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Whether Innocent or Guilty of Murder She
Is Paying the Penalty of a Life
of So-Called Pleasure.
Attracted by the Glare of the Footlights She Forsakes
Fa.mily and Friends for the Tinsel of the
Sta.ge A Moral in Her Tragedy.
I :
Nt.. "From the Glare of the
Footlights to the Gloom of a Cell In the
Tombs." w ould be a fitting title to a story
of the life of Nan Patterson, the former
show girl, charged with the murder of
Caesar Young, the well-known horse
man and bookmaker.
Only a short step and a few brief mo
ments fromthe stage with the plaudits of
hundreds still ringing in her ears as she
gaily danced in the famous "Floradora"
-eextetteintheglareofthe calcium, to the
dismal depths of the prison, to be brand
ed as a murderer by thousands and to
hear the bitter and cutting words of thft
6tern prosecutor as he laid bare the se
crets of her past life.
Such, in brief, has been the experience
of Nan Patterson, and it has turned her
from a beautiful and care-free girl to
prematurely aged woman.
There are those who declare her inno
.cent of the crime charged to her; say
she Is only an unfortunate victim of cir-
eumstanccs who is reaping the reward
of a life generally and generously know n
AS "fast."
Whether she is guilty or innocent of
the murder of Young will probably never
lie positively known to any but her and
her Maker. She has been brought be
fore the earthly bar of Justice, where
craftf and skillful lawyers have tried
to fasten the crime on her while others
have tried to free her, and the 12 men
lav been unable to agree..
Adopts Life of Stage.
Nan Randolph Patterson was quite
well known along Broadway among the
atrical people for several years before
Eh so suddenly took the center of the
stage. Among the profession though it
was simply Nan Randolph.
She was born In Washington, D. C,
tha daughter of a minister, and was
raised amid the religious surroundings
of a Christian home,
Always of a wild and wilful disposi
tion, the simple life did not appeal to her.
She was an uncommonly beautiful child,
and the praise called forth by her good
looks, as she grew older, turned her
thoughts in directions wholly opposed
to that Intended for her by her parents,
and before she was many years in her
teens she went to New York and ob
tained a place In the chorus.
Stage life caused her to forget the re
ligious training she had received. The
glitter of the spangles and the cav life
of the actor folk appealed to her, and she
decided to become a great actress.
Surely there was nothing harmful
behind the footlights, she thought
Fine clothes and a "good time" were
to her liking.
She was handsome in face and form,
and it was not long before young scions
of wealthy families and elderly men of
means who haunt the "bald head" row
began to haunt the stage door and make
her acquaintance.
The flowers and champagne suppers
they furnished were also not amiss.
Jewels and gems were showered on her
and more than one, smitten with her
beauty, laid their hearts at her feet
and begged her hand In marriage'.
But she refused them all, and finally
married a young man In the profession
named Martin.
Her Meeting with. Young.
The confining bonds of matrimony
were evidently not to her liking, and
when "Floradora,' a nfuslcal comedy
which had gained great popularity in
London mainly through the famous
sextette, was imported, she applied for
and obtained a position in the front row.
The company was organized to tour
the country, and was to extend to the
raeinc coast. This gave her an oppor
tunity to visit California, something she
had always longed for.
It was on this trip that she met Young,
whose tragic death has caused her so
much misery and sorrow.
Young was a prominent and success
ful horseman and bookmaker. He had
horses running on nearly all of the prom
inent tracks of the country, and was re
puted to be worth half a million dollars.
Although a married man, he immedi
ately fell a victim to the charms of the
beautiful and vivacious show girl. On
their arrival in San Francisco he In
stalled her in a handsome flat in Oak
land, across the bay, -and for some
months led a' dual existence. Anything
she wished for was at her command.
During the trial it was shown that dur
ing their acquaintance he had given her
thousands of dollars.
Leaves Stage for Young.
While on the coast she sued for a di
vorce from her husband at his sugges
tion, and also deserted the stage.
With all his faults, Young maintained
an outward show of respectability, liv
ing in a pretentious horn in an exclu
sive section of San Francisco. He had
a certain respect for his wife, and when
she discovered the double existence he
had been leading, he was driven almost
crazy by the exposure. With the reck
lessness of a man insane, he entered up
?v ,0n? debaach. Bd lost a fortune on
the block before he recovered himself.
According to hia racing partner, he re
peatedly tried to sever his unholy rela
tions with the chorus girl, but his infatu
ation -was too strong or his -will povtr
too weak, for he never succeeded, ana
she was his friend and companion to the
day of his death.
Young began his career on the Pacific
coast as a foot racer, and was said to
have been one of the fastest runners that
the world has ever known." From the
cinder path he drifted to the race track,
and his luck from the beginning was
Her Fatal Beauty.'
Nan Patterson's beauty has been the
cause of other troubles in which lives
have been forfeited. An actor in another
who had proposed to her became insane
over her refusal and committed suicide
in her presence. Another admirer of
hers killed himself on the coast.
Nan Patterson remained in the west
with Young until last spring. They vis
ited the tracks at Los Angeles, Oakland
and other prominent racing centers on
the coast, and returned east in March
for the firstlime since fheir meeting.
Young returned to the coast the fol
lowing month, and it was but a few days
before she was speeding westward in re
sponse to a telegram from him.
All this, was brought out in the testi
mony at the celebrated trial. Seldom
were they separated by a very great dis
tance, and then only when it was un
avoidable. During all this time he tried to hide
his relations with the Patterson girl
from his wife. His friends and relatives
pleaded with him to give up the show
girl, and finally Induced him to agree to
take a trip to Europe, where they hoped
she could or would not follow, and where
he might forget her.
The Fatal Shooting.
It was on the morning that he was
about to leave, on Saturday, June 4,
that the tragedy occurred. He had seen
her the evening previous, told her of his
proposed trip and, according to her
story, had asked her to follow and meet
him in London. She had given him an
Indefinite answer, but had agreed, to meet
him the next morning and see him off.
They had sent a night of carousal and
drinking, and Young was considerably
under the Influence of the liquor when he
finally left her at her sister's home and
returned to his.
It was early next morning when thev
met again. After Young had several
more drinks they entered a cab and
started for the pier, where Young's wife
wa3 awaiting him. It was at an hour
when the streets were not very crowded
There was a pistol shot, and Young fell
Had Been Lying in Yale Medical
Cold Storage Room for
Two Months.
New Haven, Conn. Mrs. Geo rge Klea,
of New York, took her husband's body
back to that city, after rescuing it from
the cold storage room of the Yale med
ical school. Mrs. Klea made a sorrowful
tour of the undertaking-shops of the
town, looking for the body of her hus
band, whose death two months ago she
had only learned of. On learning that
the body had been sent to the medical
school, she hurried thence, to find the
body embalmed ready for dissection.
She secured a permit to remove It to New
Klea was a shoemaker here, and, be
ing ill last June, was taken to the Spring
side home, where he stayed until his
death early in October. The officials
there for the first time learned of his
wife, whose address was found in his
pocket Efforts were made to locate
her by letter and telegram, but, receiv
ing no reply, the officials finally turned
the body over ba the medical school, ac
cording to the law of this state.
In speaking of the matter Pmf
ris, of the anatomical department of the
memcai school, said:
forward, his head In the girl's lap. He
was dead, and a bullet had fulfilled Its
mission. . ;
For some days an absolute silence pre
vailed. Then a flood of alleged eyewit
nesses turned up. Their stories, how
ever, could not stand Investigation, and
one after another they were cast aside
as sensation seekers.
But there was one exception; an old
man, Martin Kazleton, of Oneonta, N.
Y. He saw the man and woman, their
hands clasped and held face high, then
a flash, a puff of smoke and the report
ci a revolver broke the stillness of th
morning. .
Hazleton was the most important wit
ness placed on the stand by the defense,
and the efforts of the prosecutor to shake
his brief but vital testimony ended in
Then the defendant herself went to
the witness ehair and told the whole
story of her relations with Young. It
was a trying ordeal before the curious
crowd in the courtroom as she repeat
ed the history of her life from the dav
she met the man who was to turn her
life in tragedy's path to the fatal moment
in tne cab,
Finally the trial was completed, and
tne jury, after deliberating for 24 hours,
declared they were unable to agree as
to her guilt or innocence. -
Story with a Moral.
This, in brief, is the story of the lif
or wan Patterson, or that cart of it that
had an ultimate bearing on the death
of Caesar Young, and the trial that has
oeen a tnree times nine-days' talk in
New York, and probably throughout the
Little did she suspect when she em
barked upon her theatrical career ami
her life of pleasure and gaiety of the trag
ic ending and the accompanying sorrow
and pain in store for her, or she would
have undoubtedly reconsidered the mat
ter, y
Although one young and wayward girl
has dearly paid the price of her folly, th
STAGE poor
case has served to point a moral to oth
ers that the snares and pitfalls of the
innocent maiden behind the footlights
are many, and . more than one, unable
to stand the temptations offered, has
partaken of the fatal apple.
To the uninitiated, the Priarose Path
means a life of pleasure, ot ease and
gaiety, strewn with roses red, but to
Nan Patterson the glamour has been
removed, and it Is streaked with the
life blood of Caesar Young.
"When the bodies are turned over to
us we are instructed to hold them awhile
to see if relatives or claimants appear.
In this Instance we held the body about
two months."
Suffers Excess of Mother-In-Law.
Detrjpit "Too much mcther-in-law"
is Alfred J. Ashton's claim in answering
the second bill for divorce filed by Julia
B. Ashton. He denies his wife's as
sertion that September 6 he deserted her,
but explains he left the house for a few
days to prevent Julia Pfannenschmldt,
his mother-in-law, from "inflicting great
bodily injury" on him, "as she did on
and before that day." On another occa
sion when his mother-in-law "was abus
ing him" with a broomstick, Ashton
says his wife "upheld her mother and
declared she would get a divorce."
Truly Wild and Woolly.
Portland, Ore. Visitors to the Lewi3
and Clark exposition in Portland next
year will not "take in the Midway" nor
"go down the pike." They will "hit the
trail." . -
Tor a Bible, $8,350.
London. Robert Barns' family Bible,
containing interesting family entries,
was sold at auction her for rs 2sn Th
purchaser was a London dealer. -
There's a little bit of a fellow whose name
you all know well.
Who bas a pitiful grievance of which I wish
to tell.
He makes but little pretension, is satisfied
'all the while
To linger around the ends of things and
finish them up in style.
But plenty of boys and girls, he says, and
folk much older, too.
Seem often bent on slighting him in a way
they shouldn't do.
They're cuttin" him off and shutthV him
out and snubbln' him, one by one.
Till he really can scarcely hear himself
from morn to set of sun.
Dressin' and eatin' and drinkin' they're al-
- ways keepin him down, - -While
talkin. too, and studyin', too, or
goin' about the town.
Now I want to put it before you, the boys
an 2 girls and all,
If It isn't mean and unfair, and hard to
crowd against the wall
And shove him out of his proper place set
him off on a shelf
A wee little modest fellow who can never
help himself?
And the worst ot it all Is coming, that when
this wrong you do,
It is not only bad for him, but very much
worse for you.
So now, young friends, with your dainty
ways, who always wish to please,
Don't let your tongues do careless work,
but try and mind your g's.
Sydney Dayre, in Youth's Companion.
It Is Played with a Home-Made Flo
tilla Which Is Seeking Shelter
in Safe Wharves.
That the bathtub can be utilized for
many purposes of amusement has been
proved by many a boy or girl, but per
haps never before in the following man
ner, described in the New York Mail:
Let us imagine the bathtub is a har
bor, with one end for the water front
and the other end for the harbor
entrance. But if we are to have a water
front, where are the wharves? You are
to make them, and this is the way:
First, measure the width of the end
of the tub which is selected for the
water front. The measurement should
be taken of the distance between the
sides, inside, the tub. The mark cut
your proposed wharves with a pencil on
a thin pine board about a foot wide,
and long enough to just float snugly be
tween the sides of the tub at the water
front end.
Having done this, saw out the
"wharves" with a thin saw, and you will
have a result like the diagram. The
slips" between the wharves in the mid
die of the board are the narrowest, and
the others grow wider until they reach
the ends, the two end slips being the
widest, and marked with the lowest
5 10 25 50 25 10 S
number, five. There should be seven
"slips" in all, and marked as shown in
the diagram, the narrowest wharf hav
ing highest number, 50.
You are now ready to play the game,
if you have a flotilla of small boats. If
not fashion half a dozen or so out of
flat pine boards, whittled into the shape
of a boat, and equipped with a rudder.
You may add masts if you like, but
they will not be of the slightest use in
this game, because the only motive
power will be your own efforts, for you
and your competitors are topush the
boats with your right hand. '
The Idea is to shove the vessel under
your command Into the narrowest "slip"
between the wharves. This , may look
very easy, but you will quickly find
that a good deal of dexterity is required..
It is a sure test of a steady eye and
hand, and the effort is rendered harder
by the fact that each rudder must be set
so that it steers the boat slightly to
ward the left This will sometimes spoil
the calculations of the sharpest eye, and
there will be quite a little practice
necessary before you can tauge the
proper impulse necessary to guide your
craft along a true course into the "slip."
Any number agreed upon, such as 100
or 200 points, may determine the game;
five must be subtracted from the total
number of every player who misses a
"slip" by his boat striking the end of the
wharf Instead of gliding in to a success
ful landing. All the players must stand
at the other end of the tub, and must re
lease their craft in turn after pushing it
Eix inches; if they lean forward too far
they are likely to tumble In besides
breaking the six-inch rule, but if they
are careful not to "fall overboard" and
have their sleeves well rolled up a very
amusing afternoon's sport may be ex
tracted from the bathtub.
Highw&ter ZXark. -ChurchWhy.
I remember when
milk was 12 cents a quart.
Gotham That must have been high
water mark. Yonkers Statesman.
How Any Ingenious Eoy Hay rrtiT
lish a Power Plant In Hia
Own Home.
The toy motor here shown L
stronger than any offered for tale, IX
It la properly made. It will run 1.CC3
or 1,200 revolutions per. minute, and
can be made by any boy who has a
hammer, saw, nails and some tin.
It can be used for running small toys,
which will be pictured and described
here from time to time, and also run
ning a thread to and from another pul
ley some distance away. ' Keep the in
scription of this motor, for it can be
used In a great many ways, and later
on you will find it valuable to yon,
even If you make no use of it now.
The most important part Is th
wheel. This Is made from soft wood
f W&eeL Vjl '
half an Inch thick and five Inches
wide. To make the wheel, drive a
nail in a half-inch board. Make a
loop in. a thread and throw over it.
Use the string as a guide in draw
ing a circle by putting the end around
the point of a lead pencil and using
the nail as the center. Cut off all the
wood from around this circle.
Now put the wheel in a vise to hold
it very still. From the edge of the
wheel down toward the center saw
slits half an inch deep to hold ths
paddles. The shape of the paddles is
shown inside the wheel. They ars
made of tin taken from a cracker box
and cut out with an old pair of shears.
Cut pieces of tin one Inch square.
Make two cuts in each piece half an
inch - apart, half an inch long, and
make both cuts from the same side of
the tin square.
Bend back the small piece between
the cuts. Slip each paddle Into the slit
made for it, and you will find the dou
bled up tin will just fill the saw cut
nicely. The axle of the wheel must be
a very straight metal rod about six
inches long. A telegraph wire makes
an excellent axle. Force the rod
through a hole made in the center of
the wheel. When the wheel is wet the
axle will be found firmly wedged In It.
The box to inclose the wheel Is
necessary not only to support it, but
to keep the water from flying around.
It may be made of wood taken from a
soap box. If the wheel is of the size .
given above the two sides should bo
eight inches square. The ends are fas-
tened Inside the sides that l th
nails are to be drawn through ths
sides into the ends. The vnds are two
inches wide, but are made shorter
than the sides to permit the Water to
now out under them. The ton hu
only one nail or screw In IL so that
it may be slid around so that one may
see insiae.
For a pulley use a snooL Ai th
hole in the spool will be found too
large, fill It up with a wooden plus
and bore a hole through the plug. If
no boring tools are handy, burn oat
tne plug with a large needle or hat
pin, heated in the gas jet.
For the hose pipe a short niece of
metal tube is very necessarv. for it can
be pinched smaller at the end which
is stuck In the box next the wheel,
and will give the water more forcsu
The small bit of gas jet which screws
onto the gas chandelier and which
holds the tip is always to be found:
about the houses where gas is used
and Is just the thing needed.
one important thing must not ba
overlooked in making the motor. Ths
axle, when run through the box. will
become stuck when the box iw!!i
unless the hole is large enough. Ths
best way is to make the holes very
much too large and cover them with,
tin in which holes just the right s!x
have been made. When so sxransrS
the motor will work beautifully arJ
at a great speed. Chicago IzZzs
Ocesa. .
' Water fiffi)

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