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NEW-YORK HAS MANY IMPRESSIVE SKYSCRAPERS BUT NONE iVICRE REMARKABLE THAN THE FLATIRON.
gbip was out of the bay. They were tre-
Bt r.dously happy over It, end more or less ex
dt'O, as it was their first, ocean voyage. The
wc::ian was afraid of being seasick, and asked
every one she met for a "sure cure." The new
hvsb&nd was brazen in his scorn of the sea.
"i will not be seasick," lie said, "and I won't
bother with any of your old cures."
The bride kept up her hunt for a "cure." and
at i;tst laooeeded. An old traveller told her to
put a piece of brown paper over her chest and
keen moving about on deck as much as possible.
She had faith i:i the cur-, but could not per-
Buaae h<*r husband to pape: hi.-- chest. He called
it f-'olishness.
The steamer ran into a blow just outside of
the Hock, and for twenty-four hours few pas-
BCEgers -*> re in sight. It was exceedingly rough,
but ihe l.ride did not seem to mind. She was
one of the three women who dared come to
m;-:'s, and she had to come alone, which looked
bad for the bridegroom.
The third day out she got him on deck, a
pali id wrick of a happy, boasting bridegroom.
He lay in a steamer chair In the lee of a life
boat aad tried to forget. She danced up and
4owa the deck, always in sight of his chair.
After an hour she had the stewards help him
below. Sh" remained on deck to read and pleas •
the other i assengers with her smile.
"You have been reversing the usual order,"
saii one. "On honeymoon voyages it is usually
the bride who gets seaskk."
"I am not so sorry for John," she said. "He
laufihbd at my brown paper cure, and it servt-3
hi-:: right. If l bad been sick I naver would
have heard the last oi it. I just had to *tay
weU."
A WONDERFUL BUILDING.
THE FLATIIION. WITH SHARP EDGE.
COULD accommodate an ordi
nary VILLAGE POPULATION.
The Flatiron Building, at the intersection of
Broadway. Fifth-aye. and Twenty-third-st..
York, is a marvel of tall building construc
tion. It takes its name from the ground plan,
which roughly resembles the form of a sadiron.
Its greatest length is 190 feet En Broadway. It
is 173 feet long in Fifth-aye.. and 80 feet S
inches in Twenty-second -st Since the removal
last week of the scaffolding, which partly con
cealed the outlines, there is scarcely an hour
when a staring wayfarer doesn't by his example
collect a big crowd of other staring people.
Sometimes a hundred or more, with beads bent
backward until a general breakage of necks
seems imminent, collect along the walk on the
Fifth-aye. side of Madison Square and stay
there until "one of the finest" orders them to
till., on.
No wonder people stare! A building ;r">7 feet
high, presenting an edge almost as sharp as the
bow of a ship to one of the most frequented
openings along Broadway, is well worth looking
at. The mere statement of the height in feet
conveys only an imperfect idea of the towering
Structure. It is more impressive to say that if it
fell over to the eastward it would almost reach
Madison-aye. It would more than reach from
Twenty-second-st. to Twenty-first-st. if it
Should fall along Fifth-are.
The Flatiron is not the tallest building En
New- York, but It is the slenderest— a bright
girl expresses it, "the most aquiline." "It's the
■katpeot thing any architect ever perpetrated,"
according to another authority.
It looks tall enough above ground, but there
are «5 feet of it buried, the bottom of the boiler
room being that fax below the street grade.
If all its floors should be divided into offices
tl. re would be seventeen on each floor, and if
th -re were an average of live persons to the
oßice the population of the building would be
L7<*», or more than that of a respectable subur
ban village, for the Flatiron is twenty stories
high.
The architects responsible for this unique
structure are D. H. Burnhaxn & <'<>.. of Chicago.
B.nd the corporation which is investing SI.IiUU.OOO
to it is the Fifth Avenue Building Company.
It is to be ready for occupancy early in the falL
Hi:. PATTOSTS Dt AL CITIZENSHIP.
A LOYAL AMERICAN. lilT LEGALLY A SUB
JECT OF THE KING.
Princeton. June US.— Dr. Francis L. Patton, of
Princeton University, who recently resigned the
presidency of that institution, enjoys the dis
tinction of a dual citizenship, in all probability
a <listinction held by no other college president
In the United St.it* and perhaps by no other
la the world. He is both a citizen of the
United Stales and at the same time a subject
Of Great Britain, and this is the explanation:
In the early years of the last century his grand
father lived in New-York and was engaged in
the coastwise trade between New-York and the
•/eat Indies. He was a native born American.
On account of the annoyance and losses due to
'■'■' impressment of seamen and other outrages
which led to the war of 1812. he removed to
**mnuda in order to save his business. He and
i family lived there during the rest of his life,
and one nT his sons, the father of Dr. Patton,
«"" was born in New-York, married while in
born?" and It . v.as there that Dr. Patton was
A<-< ■•irOinp to th law of Great Britain, which
•»i i ' .} any one born on British land is a
If iii? rr ' r '' Hi lirit:iln . Dr Patton is a subject
W the Klnp. President Patton's father, who was
L, fVi! Ui " UnJted States, never took the
baUi of allegiance to Great Britain, and accord- ■
NEW-YORK TRIBUNE ILLUSTRATED SUPPLEMENT.
Tin; i i,.\riK<»N.
Tha nm.irk.ibie i.-w Bkyscraper at Twenty-third- t. Fifth-aye. and Broadway
Co., archlte< ts.
ing to the American law. which provides that
the children of any < itiz.-n of the United
States born in any land, whether under i
Stars and Stripes or some other Hag. are cttl
zens of the United States, L)r. Patton is :ti«
American citizen.
President Patton Boonta tho idea that he is a
BrttMl subject and not a citizen of the United
Stales, as has been generally rumored. He is a
citizen of both countries, and this because he
has never declared his citizenship, lie could
enjoy the r.±;uL to vote tu-uiorrow if he should
11. 11. I : :! I i. . 11l
declare his citteenship, but the reason be ha?
not done so is that an ancestral estate was lefi
to him in Ki'iM:ii<la. and if he declared himself
a citizen of the United States tins .state ivotild
escheat to the crown. That this estate might be
passed on t<> his ehlldren is the reason It- has
refrained from declaring his citizenship. Not
withstanding; be is a true and loyal American,
and In full sympathj with the progressive move
ments of the American peop] and the country
in which he has lived eir.c hi- was eighteen
years old-
SAXONY'S NEW KING.
NINE OTHER REIGNING SOVERKIGNr
BEAR. LIKE HIM, Till-: TITLE OP
DUKE <>F SAXONY.
Although the kingdom of Saxony is considered
abroad as one of those petty States of I'-ntr:.!
Europe that have become merged into what ia
now known as the German Empire — States that
are bound liy the march of events gradually to
lose both their independence and their identity,
their rulers sinking more and more into the p ■
siii'iu of mere vassals "f the German Kaiser
yet the royal House of Saxony is undoubted'?
the most important of the Old World in these
modern times. For its members occupy no iesj
than ten of the thrones of Europe, namely,
those "f Great Britain, Prussia, Portugal. Bel
gium. Bulgaria, Saxony, Saxe-Weimar, Saxe
Altenburg, Saxe-Meiningen and Saxe-Ce-burj
and Gotha.
All these rulers hear, in addition to their other
titles, that of l>uk-> of Saxony. lJ.uind together
as they are by ties of kinsmanship and of
dynastic policy, it will be readily seen that In
this manner the royal ll"use of Saxon) pos
sesses a prominence In the so-called concert of
nations that is quite out of proportion to the
relatively Insignificant kingdom of Saxony,
where a new monarch now reigns in th>- plaj •
..f kindly, unaffected and sensible old Alb i .
whose two must intimate friends and croni s
were Emperor Francis Joseph of Austria
tin- late Emperor Frederick of Germany. F
in tip- war of l^'i'.;. cumrades and fallow
manders in the war of 1870, there was no
whom Frederick trusted more implicitly tha:i
King Albert of Saxony, and, full of appreh< n
sion for the future, ho besought the latter
short time before his so tragic death to befri< .. I
his eldest boy and to stand by his side
mentor with all the indulgence of a father.
Albert may be said to have responded noblj
to this dying request of "Unset Fritz," and
on-- is more ready than Emperor William himself
to acknowledge how much he owes to the pat i
nal counsels, to the sayactoUß advice and to the
ever kindly interest and sympathy of the g" •!
old King who has now gone to hia rest How
completely the Kaiser deferred to the judgment
of his father's best frie::d is shown by the man
ncr in which he withdrew from the positi :i
which he had assumed In connection with '. :. •
controversy about the regency of the prin< i
pality of LJppe on his Saxon majesty pronoun
ing himself in favor of the claims of Cou I
Lippe Biesterfleld, as opposed to those of Prin ■
Adolphua of Schaumburg-Ldppe. It wa^ a bu
ter pill for Emperor William to swallow. i I
he took his medicine without a murmur, a. v,
far from allowing it to impair in any degi
his affection for King Albert, treated him, :i
the contrary, thereafter with even still mo. •
iilial devotion and regard than before.
King George, who has now succeeded to the
throne of his childless brother, was, like the lat
ter, one of the most successful and brillia.-.t
commanders of the war of liSTu, holding the
rank of field marshal general of the Gennaj
army. While it cannot be said that there an
any such relations between him and the Kaisi
as prevailed between the latter and King A.
jert — namely, like those of father and son— yi I
here is no doubt but that the new ruler ■•.
Saxony is to a greater extent in political and
Military sympathy with Emperor William tha.i
iis predecessor on the throne.
Thus, he shares his views with regard to th ■
Poles, and provoked a scene during the grand
manoeuvres of the German army in Posen som
two or three years ago by insisting upon the
removal of the national flag of Poland, which
had been hoisted by the Polish noble owning the
chateau in which he and several other German
royal princes had been quartered during the
mimic warfare. He declared that he would n i
remain in the chateau unless eithei the Hag of
the German Empire or that of Saxony »vr«
raised in us stead, calling attention to the fact
that he was there not as a guest, !>>it by virtue
of that law which compels German citizens of v
district where military operations me in pi a
less to lodge and board a certain number ■ f >'-
fleers or men. It was this action on the pan !
King George of Saxony which served to •...!
public attention throughout Germany lv the -;
gressive nationalism on the par) of the Poie.-i,
and which precipitated the disappturanc fr m
the court of Berlin of certain brilliani repre
sentatives of the Polish aristocracy, who ..•: •
charged with misusing the Imperial favor whi. >
the\ enjoyed for the purpose of promoting ih ..•
political intrigue: .
King George, who Is above everything else i
soldier, ilike by tast» and training, lias been i
widower for sixteen years, his consort bavin.;
been a sistf-r of the late King of Portugal Pas
sionately fond ol music and a devout Catholic.
..f bis being the granduncle of the King
of Italy, he has three sons and two daughters
-tili living His eldest boy. KrederkkftAugustus,
lio.v iieir apparent t.> his throne, is married to
the Archduchess Louise of Austria, daughter ol
the Grand Duke of Tuscany, and one •! ii; .
du lighters, Marie Josepha, is the wife al Arch
duke Otho, who in \ lew of the morganatic mar
riage of his e!l.-r brother. Archduke Frantia
Ferdinand, i.s bound in due course to succeed l«
the throne of Austria-Hungary.
Yet another son of Kimj Georg* is a pric.
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