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THK NEW MINISTER FROM .7ATAN AND HIS AOCOMI T.ISHI.:i> WIPE. Bsssonmra of a new tkaj* at ths catholic UNIVERSITY— THE cvuitokts OV CONGRESSMEN. Washington. Oct. 13. The Japanese Legation is one of the most popular and best adminis red of the legations at this capital, fret it is oae " the youngest. The first Minister from Japan visited this Government only forty years •-'■ a: • it is scarcely thirty years since the famous Embassy with Mr. Iwakura at its head arrived here. This Embassgy had as its object the making of treaties with the United States *nd other civilized Powers, and started out to make a tour of the rid, hut so Impressed was Ambassador Iwakura with the advantages to be gained from a long residence at the American capital that he remained in Washington for six months. In that time he gave eighty official dinners and a banquet for sixteen hundred peo ple which rivalled in elegance anything ever seen here, and picturesque tales are still told of bis p-ineely entertaining. Diplomatic intercourse ■^wv-.-r J the United States and Japan was estab ibched by Mr. Iwakura's visit, and since then it Baa never been interrupted. Japan has sent to ibis country the flower of her statesmen, and no nation with which the United States has iiplomatic relations has been represented by en of higher intelligence or greater capacity. 1 *.«od taste and conservatism have invariably ::.arked the administration of the Japanese Le gation, and that it will hold the high place it has attained under the new Minister is not to '■•" doubted, for Mr. Takahira comes to us with ■ ripe experience, having already served here as c<>nsul-<JeneraJ and represented his Government it Minister to China ai.-J at several of the Kuropean capitals. The new Minister is accompanied by his wife. Mme. Takahira comes of a noble family and was educated at one of the best schools for omen in Japan, established and conduct* d after Western niod.js. She was married to Mr. Taka : ;fa in 1887. shortly after her education was wished. ;tnd since then has been with him upon ..Is of his diplomatic missions. This, therefore, nut Mm- Takahira's first visit to the United •••■> since her husband served as Consul-Gen !.il in New-York in IB9li From this position ■ Takahira was promoted to the Ministershlp : The Hague, whither Mine. Takahira accom ; billed him, and later on she went with him to k'ime and to Vienna, at both of which capitals ht represented his Government. These pro l i sed visits in foreign countries have enabled Mme. Takahira to become acquainted with i heir languages and their people, and the ex l<rience she has had at the European courts will be of advantage to her even in this repub lican stronghold. Mane. Takahira is a fine looking woman, even from the Occidental point of view, which differs -• materially regarding the beauty of women Jrom that of the Orient. Her complexion has the tinge .it,-: softness for which Japanese women :_re famous, her eyes are large and expressive, and her wealth of glossy black hair is worn in the prevailing style, brushed back fron a pretty brow. Hut the most attractive feature Mme. Takahira possesses Is ihe vivacious expression jid the quick responsiveness one notes in her *<-c v, h'-n she is conversing. Not since the days of Mr. Voshida have the women of the Japanese Legation retained their :.ative costume, which is rapidly going out of 'ash ion "» Japan among the higher classes, and, :;ke her predecessors, the wife of the new Min ister has adopted European dress; but, unlike msaiy « f her sisters, her clothes are in exquisite taste <G»] li'-r jewels are beautiful. It is doubt ful, fcdeed, if any woman in the Diplomatic Corps possesses more gorgeous gems. Mllle. T;ikahJra has three children, who are in Japan and will not at present join Lheir parents. One of ;ne most attractive women who ever lb< Japanese Legation was Mme. who.-, death has recentlj sad (lened ■ ■ H.r end, it is said, was d bj her sorrow for the death of her husbanc win. ti occurred three years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Mutsu wen surely a most devoted maple and v\h"n Mr. Mutsu was stationed here : tn-\ w.re constantly sen together, and between usesn id»-a! harm<;i\ se.-rned to exist. Asked at an afternoon tea what was Minister Mutsu's favorite sport, his gentle little wife )..«,k.d up arrbl) and s«iiO "Oh, madam, my husband he like to flirt best t»f a.l! things in the world. He think this Amer ican sport most adorable. We flirt and flirt all i bt- day long. 1 flirt vitn him, he flirt with me." It is a. long established custom in the depart ments at Washington that upon receiving a pro motion a man shall treat his chief and fellow «l«-rk« to cigars, and a woman her companions to candy or ice-cream. Not long ago a worthy man in the Interior Department was rewarded Tor hip devotion to duty and faithfulness i.\ a lonj.' hoped f-»r promotion! The clerk is noted for his frugal mind, hut hardly had he received the n< a•- of hi* (-"t.<i fortune Alien he hastened to a tobacco .-:h'ij> in the vicinity and returned laden with cigars, a full t«.> at which he placed upon bw '-hief* desk, who was profuse with thanks •■•r t Pj» really magnificent gift, as custom de n.anded that only a few cigars should be given. .me hai-±;> clerk whose heart had been made NEW- YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED >l J'PLKMKiNT. glad by a promotion was taken out to luncheon by some friends, and in his absence the thief decided to try one- of the <-i«ars he had just re ceived. His far-*-, at first wreathed with pleasant expectations, wore a surprised and inquiring look after the first puff, at the second puff it was wrinkled with disgust, and after the third pufT the clfjar was thrown disdainfull) into the waste basket. "Some are born to rank," quoted the chief, "some achieve rank and some have rankness thrust upon them Bless me if i can stand it." The Catholic University, which was opened last week with the mass of tin- Holj t;h<>si and solemn professions of faith by its professors and instructors, begins Its twelfth academic year under most favorable auspices and with a large increase of students over last year. Among those who have matriculated are young men from Cuba, Porto Rico, Canada, France, Ger many, Poland and Japan, an evfd< nee that the fame of this institution has made the circuit of the world. With the reopening of th> university several important changes took place in its faculty and in the faculties of the affiliated col- leges. Father Shilling has been transferred from the direction of the Franciscan monastery to another fi<-i<j of labor, and, it is understood, will b»- intrusted with special work of importance. The College of the Holy Cross also loses its director. Father Fran< iscus. A recent addition to the faculty of the university is mi Rev. Dr. John D Ifaguire, who returns to his alma mater as professoi of Latin. Father Maguire, whu is a native of Pennsyl vania, is one of th* 1 most noted men among the alumni of the university. In 18110 he received his degree of Ph. D from the University of Pennsylvania, and Archbishop Ryan commis sioned him a> \<»\ craduate student In 1 SI »l! while he «.is st.l! i- deacon in the Catholic min istry. ll<- wan ordained .1 priest •>> Cardinal Gibbons In the -nine year and, after receiving his orders, went again lo the Catholic University for supplementary study. After completing his course there Father Mag'iire studied for several years at European universities and, returning to America in IBIMJ, took a specia". course of study at Johns Hopkins. Recently he has been acting as a missionary in Philadelphia. Amoii).' re. .■ni visitors to the Capitol was an old man from a n«arb> provincial district who took a deep interest jh the chambers of the Senate and House of Representatives, viewing with especial favor the comforts provided for the people's servants. "I tell you w hat it is," he said to nni < :' the doorkeepers. "Congressmen have a might} easy time of it. don't th' •> '.'" "Yes." admitted the doorkeeper, 'they do." "Thi-j aie washed fr«*e, shaved fret?, fed free. ain't they?" inquired the visitor. "Yes, yes,' answered th' doorkeeper, "and they are lodged free, to. !».. you so that big building?" pointing to the Library of Congress. ••That's where they sleep, and the b- <l- are nofi as down " "That s all I want tc know," announced the hayseed, jubilantly. "I never did take much interest In politics, but I'll be jrosh derned If l don't go straight home and run for Congress.*' A WESTERN BAD MAN. PRACTISING LAW "ON A HIOH PLAIN" AT EL I'ASn. Ft em The Chicago Record. John Wesley Hantin. whose death .>t ih< hand.; of Constable John Sellman, of El Paso, la yet within the mem< ry of newspaper readers, af fords :i striking type of the border bail man both in the story or hi-; life and in tip manner <>f his death, lit- was tin- son ><' a Baptist preacher, but in spite >'i hi.* home advantages he grew to be an unruly, shiftless and skulking member of thi communit) before he was fifteen \<-ars old. Hi v, i£ born in l^.'ii. near the town of Coman cl • . Ti "... ami began his wild career b( fore he was twelve years old by riding to death the only iwo horses bis father had. li' refused to go to school, was caught cheat- Ing at cards when hi was fifteen years old, and in the same year put out the < ye of a neighbor's sou in a quarrel over a rock fight. Preacher Hardin died goon aft< rward, and it is a tradition in Comanche County that h«- died of a broken heart over \h<- wickedness of his favorite son. In lSii:, being twenty-one years old, John VWs l' y <■!• Wes Hardin established himself on a part of his father's farm, and began to assemble MME. TAKAHIRA. Wife of the Minister fiom Japan. about his cabin a company of the wildest young men in the county. None of them had means none of them seemed to work, and yet after a few months of midnight rides into adjoining counties tli.ii corrals were crowded with cattle and the townsfolk of Comancl began to fear and suspect Hardin and his gang. Not satisfied with ranch solitude, and led by Wes Hardin, the desperadoes soon began i" make midnight .raids unon the town. It became their practice to gallop into Main-st. every night at 8 o'clock. "shoot up" the stores, carry off what they want i n the shape of liquor and supplies, and terrify into silence the protesting storekeepers. !t is current history in Comanche to this day thai W.s Hardin and In: men held the town almost in bondage during the greater pan of llu y< ar IST.".. Munj farmers who bad suffered at the hands of rustlers then begun t.> assemble in Co manche for th- purpose of '"investigating* 1 Han in's layoyi. Whether this visitation had anything to do with his departure, or whether store looting and ranch life became too dull, is not known, but m August, IS?.'!. In lefl home and identified himself ivith the Comanche County Kann of Taylors, then engaged in a feud war of four years' standing with the sons and friends if a man n n• I Sutton, who was killed l>.\ one ..f the rttylor family in I>e Witt County in I.m;n. Hardin had no personal interest in thi feud, but he w is <•; is n leader of the Comanche Taylor?, and during the short period of his leadership U'>i "cr< -lit"" for slaying three of the Sutton faction. To -how how ineffective was the machinery of the law in punishing the per petrators of these border crimes II is sai.i that t hiri y-i i-iiit men. participants in the Taylor- Sutton feud, were killed within six years in Gonzales, De Witt and Comanche counties, and their Klaye rs w< ■«• ncithei punished imr posi ii. < ■ I \ identified. 'eport gives Hardin credit for pl.oittins many ol the Button parly, but he boasted alwa.xs* of having "got" three, and as lie was pro k) and jeali us of mis man kill'n^; rec ord ;• is probable thai ht killed no t ■.- of the Sutlers F hruary l!i IS I. Hardin reappeared sud ■ I nlj in Oomi n he with a crowd of his follow ers, who immi i;..i'-i> .:!":i; .<l ; hi principal saloon of ihe town, bane i the front door and proceeded Hi i-ari hp< ait- r Ihe manner of their .-!;■■- Koine inn. thai afternoon Deputj Sheriff i harl s Webb. ■•< Brown Ciunty. arrived in <'• .. anclie .\ni a aarra . !• i nm of Hardin's n.::-.ir who was accused "t cattle stealing. He s> ■■ ill learned that Ihe desperado and his fellows wei> embattled in the saloon, but, nothing daunted, tie.) his hort»» and entered the back door, which v.uf open. Hardin knew him and the moment he put his face in the doorway shouted. "Hollo, Webb! What do you want here?" "I've a warrant for <"al Shelby." the deputy was saying as he pulled the document hall out of his pocket. But Hardin shot him through the heart, adding 'I guess you won't servi It!" In the party with Wes Hardin when Webb was phot was Joe Han'in, a younger brother of Wes, then posing as a lawyer, but following closi ly in the footsteps of his lawless brother, and with a growing reputation in Comanche as a des perado and a crool .News of the shooting of Webb spread quickl> i>ver the town, and before dark the saloon was surrounded i.y a posse of volunteers. The enraged citizens stormed th«i lock d barroom about dusk and captured four of the inmates, Including Joe Hardin \Ws es caped in the confusion, and rode to temporary liberty on the horse of the man be had killed The posse, determine. l to make an exampli of somebody, hanged Joe to the nearest tret and gave bis companions hours to leave the county When the Coroner examined the effect? of the dead young desperado he found the seals of thirteen cunties which had 'been profitably used for months by the quondam lawyer in tl i process of making out bogus bills nl sale iv, r cattle stolen by members of his brother's xnitx. Wes Hardin then tied toward Florida In the suburbs of Gainesville be was ov< rtaken by two negroes, "Jake" Menzel ami Robert Borup. both Of whom had worked for Hudin's father Im pelled by d.sire to obtain the $500 reward of fered for Hardin's capture, they attempted to arrest him as he was leaving his lodging place early in the morning. They approached him with levelled pistols. He had his thumbs in the waistband of his trousers and assured them he was unarmed. As they attempted to sei» him he whipped two pistols from under his vest and killed one of them. The other was blinded ,uid fled for his life. Hardin was caughi at Shrevee port a few days later, returned to Comancbe and sentenced to twenty-five years' imprisonment for the killing of Charley Webb. He was b< t at liberty under the exemplary conduct rule in 1892 and left the penitentiary with the reputa tion of having perfected himself in the study of law during the seventeen years of his incarcera tion. Immediately after regaining his libertj he clinched his reputation for being the "meanest bad man on the border" by betting $;» that he could at the first shot knock an innocent Mexi can off a soap box whore ho sat sunning him self. He won the bet and left the dead Mexican in the putter where he fell. That he was proud of his meanness is proved by a story which he boastfully told of an adventure in Nogales. He said that in a hotel there he was annoyed by a heavy snorer In the next room. Without mak ing an effort to caution the sleeper, he put his ear to the thin board partition till he pot the exact position of his snoring neighbor's head. Then he fired one .45-calibre bullet through the wall. The snoring stopped The corpse was found the next morning shot through the brain, but the bad man was permitted to ride away. Whatever he may have known of the theory of law, his grotesque idea of its practice was manifest when he set out for XI Paso wearing four six-shooters and carrying a Winchester rifle. It was during the trial of the Bfiller- Frasier cattle conspiracy cases that be arrived. Accoutred as he was he went to Pie office .if 'The Xl Paso Times." and, in a badly written. badly spelled "card" announced that he had oome to Xl Paso "to practise law on a hi^-.h plain." He meant "plane," of course, but his, spelling was as bud as his Inter legal perform ances. From the newspaper office ho crvlled at the White Klephant saloon, and at thf point of a sun borrowed $!<•»• from the proprietor. With tbis ready money he engaged in an open "crap" game in tho Gem saloon, in Texas- aye., lo^t all his capital and thru, with a pistol in each hand, compelled the players and the croupiers to pay him back what be hod lost. He collected about $20<> and wrnt back to the saloonkeeper whom he had first robbed, offering to "buy a half interest" in the placo for $. r ,iH». and enforcing his proposal with his ever ready weapons. It. trot tho half interest, ami before daylight all Xl Paso knew that Wes Hardin, guns and all. hart come to town to "practise law on a Jiitcli plane." For more than six months he terrorized El Paso. There was only <>no man there who dared cross his path at all times and under all con ditions. That roan was John Sellman, a bad man. too, but of a different mould from Wes Hardin. After a bloody career as a soldier, cowboj and borbr deputy, and with a record of what hi called "twtnty-thrse justifiable kill ings." Sellman had settled down into tin almost placid occupation of patrolling thi streets of El Paso. It was placid enough till Hardin cajne, but a month later .-very man then knew that one or the other had come at last into the presence of sure death. The crisis came on \ugust lit. !>;•:; old John s. llman's son, who was a policeman had ar ■ Hardin's Mend, and Hardin ai onoi aii nounced that h>- would exterminate the whole Sellman family, beginning with the lather-. To tins >n<l the offended desperado arm< I himself with pisl.'ls and a Quantity of Whiskey and went looking foi old man Sellman. The latter, who stated at his trial afterward that he knew it was only a question of time when he must kill Huruin. rr; I him to the Echo saloon With thai peculiar and almost anomalous sense of fait ii.s-- which characterized many of Ins class. Sellman then seni word to Hardin thai if he would come out of the saloon he, Sellman, would give him a "fair chance to exterminate or be exterminated." Those were the very words of Sellman as reported at the trial. After waiting an hour for v reply Sellman entered ihi bar io. m. Hardin saw his reflection in the glass and had his pistol out in a second. But Sellman was sober. lii: ; lirsi shot pierced Hardin's bead from hatband to hatband, and even when his victim fell Sellman continued to fire till 1m had plan five sli.'is in vit.ti parts of his enemy. "Oood stiii fighters like Wes Hardin sometimes shoot after they're hit," explained Sellman in telling why he Tired so many "fatal" shots mi -a/n<; OF ///// i / >." Fr< •■■ The i,ond >n Telegraph. Tin.' suspected individuals, relates th* Furia "Figaro." w. i recently arrested on tin Boule vard Sebastopol by thi politi and conducted lo the commissariat < I t' the Safntc Avayi quarter. Oh< of them. Alfred Desobry. owing to his Holiriquel of "th> kirn; of ihleves.*' was special ly Interrogated by the commissaii ■ himself M. Simand. The interrogation concluded, the ma^is irate went i<> dinner. Bui no soon«-r had hi ar rived at his hone than h< noticed that bis watch and pocket hook had disappeared He re turned 'iiii 1 ui> to. his office, thinking he had left them on the table. i,:i i. Rougbi in vain Just as he vas abandoning hN search an inspector informed him that Desobry wished to sre him to maki a mosi imp. .riant communication That individual, «.n being Introduced, said, smilingly: ■•Monsieur, ptrmil im to rertorc lo you your vvatcli and pockftbeok. 1 took th. m In ordci to justify in voui eyes my title of 'king of thieve*. 1 I ■;"'■ :.t th. bottom, as you nee, mor< honetC than you had supposed." 0