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PART 11.
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
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
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', .
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
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
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
22^ -^£"* £« &*&
M 'jf. is jfi< „/ 4th June 1900.
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,
yer.v' truly vcurs, —^
The Weber lock Company > — ■ - ~* o>^
Xev^York City,,
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.
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
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
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.
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?
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
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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.

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