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TWELVE PAGES. MAINE'S NEW-SWEDEN. GREETINGS FROM KING OSCAR ON THE COLONY'S THIRTIETH BIRTHDAY. Washington, June 2o (Special). — An Interesting affair will take place in the woods of Maine to morrow, when the colony of New-Sweden cele brates the thirtieth anniversary of its birth. The occasion has- brought together some five thousand people, principally Swedes, who have travelled Ion? distances to join their compatriots in commemorating: their arrival in this coun try and crowd the hospitable little town, gay with bur.ting and festive in holiday attire, to its utmost limit. The ceremonies will be held in a vast maple forest that crowns one of the high est ridges of the city, and will be participated in by the Governor of the State, the members of OSCAR, KTXG OF SWEDEN AND NORWAY. Fron. -- .-ntcd by him to the colony of New-Sweden, Maine. a number of the members of Cor.- from the Pine Tree State and the father ci the colony, W. "W. Thomas, Jr., Amer ican Minister to Sweden and Norway. Hie American Envoy to Scandinavia comes, In A vay, a.s a special envoy from the King of that northern peninsula to his former subjects in this country, since he brings from the genial monarch a note of greeting written by his own hand. conveying his "warm well wishes both for the still surviving native Swedes and their posterity in the colony, and also for the con tinued progress and prosperity of this new home land so vividly recalling the former 'Old Sweden,' " and the latest photograph of the King, which also bears his autograph. Mr. Thomas could offer no more welcome souvenirs from the fatherland than the King's good wishes, but he is the bearer, too, of what will be equally appreciated by these Swedish colon ists, who have become loyal and patriotic Americans, greetings from President McKinley and a large photograph with his autograph, which, with King Oscar's letter a:. portrait, will be received with four royal cheers and deposited in the archives of -Sweden. The history of this colony is an unusual and interesting one. In ISTO V". W. Thomas, jr., as Commissioner cf Immigration for Maine, sailed to Scandinavia, where he recruited a colony oi picked Swedes, and within forty days after he had landed in Sweden sailed back again to America with his charges. The colony, num bering gome fifty souls all told, men, women and children, was ltd by its founder up the St. John River and into the primeval forests of the north of Maine, eight miles beyond where the furthest American pioneer had ventured and where the settler's axe had never before resounded. MINISTER THOMAS A GREAT FAVORITE. They settled on what was then Township No. 13, Ridge No. 12, and began at once to fell the forest, build loghouses, roads and bridges, and to clear the ground for the raising of crops. From the moment they took possession of this vildemess their prosperity began, and after four years of devoted work, of unselfish conse cration to the people he had tempted across the tea, Mr. Thomas, feeling that the colony had taken permanent root to the rugged coil of Maine and had become self-supporting, left it to act alone. But in the years he worked with the settlers shoulder to shoulder, cheering them by his constant sympathy, stimulating them by his own efforts, Mr. Thomas won the undying gratitude an S affection of these simple people, who invariably refer to him as "father," while he speaks cf and to them as his "children in the woods." : U. Norbcrg. echoed - i Mr. Thomas, in founding New-Sweden you have erected a living monument, and in your obituary will be written ••unselfishness, great foresight and the with to do good to your fellow men." You were' the author and the executor. You not only conceived the idea, but stood at the helm and carried it out, and it has proved a e^ccl-ss if we may judge by looking at results. Twenty-?: ve years ago these early pioneers fol lowed you over the ocean. They followed you because they had faith in you. and without that faith in you none of these 'people would have made what is now New-Sweden. You are not only the founder of the colony, but you have always cared for It as a father, and your chil dren in the woods have always looked up to you as such, and they will remember you as Father Thomas as long as tradition lasts and history lives. For thus and many other things which you have accomplished you are and will be honored. May your life be long and happy, and may you Bee before you leave this earth New- Sweden pass the point of your highest anticipa tions. And when your work Is finished here be iriw we would, if it were possible, put upon your head a crown of everlasting stars. Mr. Thomas's "children in the woods" take tha greatest pride in his career. Appointed Consul to Sweden by President Lincoln. Mr. Thomas during the eeveral years he remained there made a deep study of the country, its peo ple and traditions. learned its language so that he could fc-fteak and write it as fluently as his own, and his translations, indeed, of the Swed ish classics have won not only the encomiums of tis own countrymen, but o£ literary people all IT'1 T ' \l-£ 'ifrflLMT i^W^***^/ " fc*^-lJu^>l<~ over the world. Mr. Arthur named Mr. Thomas as Minister to Sweden and Norway, which place i until removed by Mr. Cleveland. Th;: Mr. Thomas had made in Sweden, the goo.; he had accomplished for his country' while at Stockholm, could not be Ignored by a Re publican Administration, and one of Pr Harrison's first appointments was that of Mr. Thomas to represent the I tea in ican dinavia- HONORKD BT KING OSCAR. Recalled a second time by President Cleve land, Mr. Thomas wu again appoint President McKinley, and now represents this country at Stockholm, where h«- is the- most pop ular member of the Diplomatic Corps at that capital and in especial favor with the Kinir, who constantly gives to the American Envoy evidences of his regard. It what esteem King holds him was shown by his reception of America's representative when he last returned ekholm. "I hoped it. I felt it, I knew it." he exclaimed as Mr. Thomas entered his presence bearing his credentials, "and now you are here," giving the diplomat a royal embrace. A most noble and gifted monarch is King- Oscar of Sweden and Norway. Six; feet three inches tall, broad ar.d weil made, handsome of face and gracious of manner, he is "every Inch a king." Intellectually and morally the peer of his royal contemporaries, the King of Sweden has gained the confidence of all the nations of the earth, and no one is so frequently asked to help untangle the snarls that trouble the vari ous governments as the modest man who sits on the throne of Scandinavia. Within the last . • the greatest Powers of the world have three times tsk^-d King Oscar's good offices In ites. In ISltO. at the request of the United States, Great Britain and Ger many, King Oscar appointed Judge Cedercraniz Chief Justice of Samoa: in 1802, at the request of the United States and Great Britain, the Bwedish King appoii. ter Gram one of th*- arbitrators of the Bel.- immission. which met in Paris to settle th ties be twen this count i.r.giand regarding the Alaskan fur seal fisheries, and only recently the Unitn . md and Germany have MXX. THOMAS, Wife of the American Minister to Stockholm. again requested King Oscar t ten out their complications. requests have been tendered to King Oscar by th>> Ministers President of the Powers at Stockholm. The envoys of Great Britain and Germany have been different per sons on ■each occasion, but it has fallen to the fortune of Mr. Thon. . times to ask the good offices in behalf of his country. Shortly before leaving Stockholm the American Minister reminded the King of the unusual priv ilege he ha.i enjoyed m tnis respect. "We march well together." said the King, smiling genially, giving Mr Thomas a hearty slap on the shoulders. MRS. THOMAS A SWEDE. Other than official ties bind Mr. Thomas to Sweden. Besides the many missions to Scandi navia he has filled for his country, he went in lSis7 to the Northland on a mission of hi! own nnd wooed, won and married Dagmar Torne bladh, a Swedish woman of noble birth, at that time just eighteen and one of the most beauti ful and winsome young girls in the brilliant Swedish capital, where as the wife of the Amer ican Minister she still holds sway. The American Legation at Stockholm is sit uated in one at the finest palaces of the city, fronting the rushing North stream and lying directly opposite the palaco of the King; no where is to be found more generous and hearty hospitality- During the cay reason a State din ncr Is given at the Legation each week, and there arc, too. frequent musicals and balls in the spacious drawing rooms of the American Min ister's residence. At the function given by Mr. Thomas last winter to celebrate Washington's Birthday the Crown Prince of Sweden and Nor way. who will one day be King of both coun tries, was the guest of honor and led the merry dance with the chatelaine of the Legation. But Mr. Thomas is prouder of the little colony in the backwoods of his native State, grown in the three decades of its life from fifty to two thousand souls, that calls him "father" and ap plauds him for his part in bringing them to this promised land than of all the honors that have come to him from other sources. One sees on every side in New-Sweden evidences of thrift and wellboing, and it is notable, too, as being the only successful agricultural colony founded in New-England since the Revolution. The people live there in peace and accord, such accord that a solid vote was cast for the Republican ticket in the last campaign, and such a thing as divorces and family quarrels are practically un known. It is truly a modern Arcadia, but the thriving and prosperous condition the colony enjoys was purchased at a considerable price. THE SHARE OF THE WOMEN. From the moment the emigrant train halted on the hilltop and, pointing out the distant ridges of the townshio, Mr. Thomas said, "Del utlofvade Lar.det," "the promised land," all united, men, women and children, to make the wilderness which held for them such great promise to bloom as the rose. The Swedish women, indeed, according to Mr. Thomas, have contributed as much to the succpss of the colony as the men, and the:r devotion and faithfulness have stood every test. Once ridin? through the woods of Aroostook, Mr. Thomap met a matron of the colony walk ing briskly along with a heavy sack on her back, and in passing noticed a lively commotion inside thf* bag. "What have you got in feed. "Four nice pigs," r- | v.omar.. ""Where did you get them?" 'Town river, two m cd Caribou," she replie '. Caribou is eight mii>'P beyond New-Sweden, and so this .li".-otH,i wife had walked twenty miles, ten mil-s with this lt: on her back, and at the end of the journey was placid, merry even, and ;: gratulate herself upon hav ing such nice pies. In the wl fch and breadth of the land there is a no more creditable colony, no more loyal and patriotic people, and yet for the fatherland, for the land of their birth and for its King, they have a tender affec tion. It Is not to lat :he four royal a for Oscai len on their thir tieth birthday will be as enthusiastically re peated for President McKinley, who,* through the American Min:ster at Stockholm, has sent them such hearty p uch earnest wishes for their future happiness and well being. To-morrow in New-Sweden the American and •dish tlags will blend their brilliant colors with the green of the oak and maple, the pict uresQue costumes of the Swedish maidens will give added color to the sylvan scene, and looking about the forest, now the home of happy indus try, it will be difficult to remember that only thirty years ago the moose roamed here, the rowled and the silence of night was broken only by the hootings of the Arctic owl. This, ia the translation of the King's letter: As Mr. W. Thomas. Envoy of the United States of America at my court, has announced : in to visit the colony of New-S in the Stare of Maine, founded by him, which colony the coming summer pro: :ebrate a festival commemorative of thirty fence, I ■ Qdly to re quest the said Envoy, Mr. Thomas, to • my warm well wishes both for the still surviv ing native > •'. rdes and 0 in the colony, ar. i prosperity of ih - . vividly re calling the former "Old S OSCAR, King of N< rway and Sweden. Stockholm's Palace, April L', . (Tran JfEW HOME Foil MANHATTAN CHURCH. THE E.VTKA - il WILT., BE THROUGH ROOMS FOP. SOCIAL PURPOSES Tho trustees of th^ Manhattan Congregational Church hay- plans from C W A: A. A. Stoughton for a building on the new pro] the church, in J ~ between S> nth =:>-. "' m has been to erect an i modern church building on inside lois. ' -oh owns four lots, with a small L in the r^-'.r opening i- - .xth-st. Members say that the building will be a return to HON. W. W. THOMAS, JR.. American Minister to the original idea of a house of God, as being some thing more than men I a place for formal public worship. On the other hand, they gay, it la not to house an institutional church, nor a people's church, nor a family church, but a church in the large sense, as a working 1 tody of Christians, •with out regard to <-'•■• or age, gathering there more or leas frequently for seven days in the week for public worship and for all the varied activities of a united body >>' Christian people, covenanted to gether for every form of Christian activity and training. AjM.! t from a small choir and service entrance In S-iventy-sixth-st.. there will be only one en trance for all, in the centre of the> Broadway front. It will opt d dli i ci upon the social rooms of the church, which will open freely in:o one another, and together will constitute a lar^o and hospitable foyer for the church proper, which will In- in th* rear. Every one who enters the building, whether child or i .T.\.i.m.t-T or pool person or chief sup porter of the church, will come through tho on« doorway, to receive the same hospitable welcome. Above these social rooms will bo a largo secular hall, with galleries for meetings of the- Sunday e.ihocl and similar purposes. It will be a rallying piace for the neighborhood for all sorts of meet- Ings during the week. li.-> large windows will open directly upon Uroadway. In the rear of thesa rooms, which together constitute a parish house will be the church auditorium. It will bo 72 feet square, accommodating 850 or 9GO people, lig-hted mainly from the roof, with ample provision for air from large wells in tho four corners and from the west front through the secular hall as well aa through its own roof. Abundant light and air have been made indispensable requisites. The Seventy slxtb-st. Ls besides a choir room, will have sunny kindergarten and committee rooms. The main front will '■"■ a somewhat elaborate facade. In the styl* of Louis X.II. of brick and terra cotta. with a fleets of copper and slate. The working drawings and specifications will be wrought out during the Bummer, and It la expected that work will be-rin In th» autumn MAURICE GRAU MM WEBER PIANOS 22^ -^£"* £« &*& •rfdsfIMSISSBJI LONDON M 'jf. is jfi< „/ 4th June 1900. Gentl.ernen, It is rny'vish, and that .of the Opera sComp any.? &hat tlie "Weber Piano shall be used at the opera House next season as hsv.exo fore. The magnificent Concert Grands which you have sent usifor* the Sunday night concerts "have more than confirmed the impression that in tone quality, pover, 'and carrying-capacity the Weber'Oias no superior in the Wor.ld. The lead ing" artists 'of the Company have privately expressed 'to -me their' delight in the instruments (Loth Grands and Uprights) furnished for their private use and it is the unanimous verdict that for concert -work, as well as for accompanying the voice in singing,, the. Weber piano is .unequalled* "With regards and "best .wishes for your continued prosperity, Believeijne, yer.v' truly vcurs, —^ The Weber lock Company > — ■ - ~* o>^ Xev^York City,, NO FUN AT CONVENTION. THE HUMORIST FINDS IT WHOLLY UN IMPORTANT. A slight mistake was made in the office of this paper last Tuesday. Two notes went wrong. One note was written to a political writer of the requesting him to go to Philadelphia on sday and attend the National Republican Convention. An envelope, intended for this note, was directed to the Fifth Avenue Hotel. Another notr was written to a man who some times contributes articles supposed to be hu morous, asking him to attend a cake walk, tick ets for which had been sent to the office. An envelope was directed to the sanatorium uptown where this man has lodging's. There is reason to believe that each of these notes was put into the wrony envelope. < taM reason for b this is that the political man the next morning sent his resignation to the office, without any explanation, and another reason is the remark able letter which was received from the humor ist, explaining- why he could not write th cle which was requested of him. It is not necessary to reproduce the whole of this letter, which was rather long, but it contained the ex pressions which follow. Your request that I should attend the Repub lican National Convention was somewhat of a surprise to me, as I had not heard, in the quiet life which I lead, that anything of the kind was going on. I felt your request to be a compliment, however, as It showed that you recognized that my knowledge of things was of that wide and general sort which every good newspaper man should have, and was not confined to any one department. Though I do not make a spe cialty of politics, I am nevertheless well informed on that, as on most subjects, and if there had been anything about the Convention which was worth recording I should have covered the as signment promptly and should have sent you a full report. The fact was. however, that the Convention proved to be a failure, with scarcely anything In the least degree amusing connected with it. As an exchange of sentiments among the delegates it may have been a pleasing: and commendable affair, but I was not long 1 in dis covering that it was of no public interest, and for you. to print any account of it would be only a waste of space. NICE PLACE, NICE PEoPLE. When I got off the train in Philadelphia I asked a policeman If he knew anything about any Convention in town or whether he thought that I could Bud out by inquiring at the City Hail <>r at any of the hotels. He said that there wa.*- one, and asked what it wm that I wanted to know about it. I told him that I wanted to know how to get to it, whertqpn he walked a ulock to show m<_- what car to take. I may as well say right ben that I found all the Philadelphia people, from poHcrmen down, most obliging about tt.lUng me anything that I wanted to know. I like Philadelphia and I don't mind saying so. It makes you feel rested just to bti there. I found the Convention without any trouble, for the conductor on the car knew about it too. The Philadelphia people, as a community, are very intelligent. The Convention was really an impressive sight, and so is the Brooklyn Bridge; but you don.'i take sudden tits of publishing articles about It. I am bound to say that I never saw so many people gather---d to see no little. When I went In a fine looking man was mak ing a speech. In which it seemed to me that he talked very sensibly. A Philadelphia reporter who eat next to me told me that It was Senator Lodge, and I think he said that ha was from Massachusetts, but I am n Bt that. It may have been Michigan, but I am pretty sure ie beiran with an M. If you really want to print anything about I perhaps some one of ycur reporters can get enough out of this letter to make up a short article. In that case, if you want to know where this man was from you can probably find out from The Tt :.anac, as he is a United States Senator. That is. I sup pose he is, because he couldn't be a Pennsyl vania itor if he came from Massa chusetts or Michigan. His name may have been Dodge. I liked his speech very much, but there was nothing fu j.nd so It is not worth reportir.g. HOW TROUBLE WAS AVi/IDED. After he was dene speaking people began to give him mallets It struck m* as a curious thing to do, but I suppose It had some sort of Masonic significance. Then the chairman of the Comn: ':ules made a report. I under- Btood that the rules which he read were intended for the government of the Convention. There :■ two of them which there- was a rt about, and they got over that in what I thought was a clever mann-r. They left those rules to be considered the n^xt day. when the Convention would be nearly over. Though I thought that this was clever. I did not think that it was funny, and so it is not worth writ- Ing about. r. the chairman of the Committee on Reso lutions made a speech, which consisted of what I call noblr- sentiments. I could not hear quite all of it from where I sat, but one of the Phila delphia par- rs published it and I read it. The Philadelphia papers ser-m to havt- space to pub lish anything they want to. I hay.-- oftea wished that you could do something so as to have more You know that you have often wanted to publish art mine, but have bees un able to d - for want of spacu. and Ih. ways been sorry to haw you miss them, for y.>u know they hay capital articles. and you have always how sorry you were to be unabie to use them. Yr.u would not have space for this speech, so i: is not worth while to send you the clipping from the Philadelphia paper The sentiments in it were all good, as I said, but there was noth ing funny about i:. from one end to the other, and the sentiments were all those which the American people have already agrwd to. and ncbody of any sense has any doubt about them, . might as well reprint the Ten'< Comman dments. Th ness tif it all was shown by the fact that the C - ed to everything that was tfaid unanimously, and everybody is agreed about a thing, why bring it up? A NEW-YORKER NAMED DEPXW While this man was speaking there was quite a commotion and some cheering on the opposite side of the house from me. I learned that II was because a man named Depew, who seems to have become quite popular in Philadelphia, was over there. The Philadelphia reporter told me that this Dspew was a New-York man. but I told him that I did not think that was possible, as I was from New-York myself. He said that Depew had been a railroad man till recently, and that that might be why I had not heard of him. This infant, of course, that if he has been in politics long I should surely have known him, and it shows that the Philadelphia, re porter regarded me as a political expert. That comes of knowing a little about everything. I thought that it waa best to write to you about this Depew, because I think that he is going to amount to something, now that he has taken up politics. He aetms to be a man of middle age. but he looks healthy, as a railroad man. used to fresh air and early hours, naturally would, and I think It would be well for you to ask your political department to keep an eye on SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 190 a hhlikrh West 23* Street. LATHES' SHIRT WAISTS. Ladies' White La<wn Shirt Waists, daintily hemstitched; also trimmed <wi:k embroidery, 95 C value $1.50. Ladies' White La<wn Shirt Waists, trimmed <with insertions of lace or <with embroidery, ,•1.25 value $2.00. Ladies* White Law. Shirt Waists, tucked effects; also trimmed 'with embroidery, '1.98 value $2.7 5 LckMcrh him. Any man who can BBS such a stir as he did in Philadelphia, at his very first entrance into politics is worth watching. After the speech by the chairman of the Com mittee on Resolutions the Convention adjourned, and there wasn"t a good, solid laugh all the while that I was there. I suspected lons be for» it was over that you had made a mistake In sending me there, because any young re porter could have done just -•« well with it as I did. Still, I covered the assignment, and If there had been anything to write I would have written it. But you see how it was. I hear that the next day the Convention nominated Mr. McKigley for a second term as President. If that had happened while I was there the paper would have had a paragraph about it. I am glad to say. however, that my journey was not entirely In vain. I will write an article for you as soon as I get time about a new kind of bug which a New-Jersey man on the train showed to me. He ha.d it in a bottle. It Is about four inches long, and the remarkable thing about it is that, although it Is found in New-Jersey, it does not bite or sting, and does not injure crops or stop railway trains, and ta, in fact, perfectly harmless. The New-Jersey man says that it is hard to catch on account of its timidity. He says that it lives on apple jack, and that when it ha* been living on it rather too much it begins to see men. and this makes it afraid of them. The question whether a bug. when It has taken too much alcohol, Im agines that it sees men. seems to me an inter esting scientific problem. l mean to look into it thoroughly and to write you a good article about it.