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New-York tribune. (New York [N.Y.]) 1866-1924, June 26, 1904, Image 54

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man priced orchids.
Bfanij Peril* Arc Undergone in
Securing Rare Specimens.
It costs time and money and sometimes life
to rather sonic flowers. The flowers are not the
fortune telling daisies, the silky petaled roses or
th<* buttercups growing beside the dusty road
In the tall grass. They are the fragile orchid*
living In the humid Jungles of the tropics. To
find these men are willing to take Journeys of
two and three years' duration and costing much
fro:i*y, besides risking their lives.
it Ib paid that many enthusiasts have lost
their lives from fatigue and from diseases caught
In the pestilential climate which so well suits
many of the richest orchids. Some of the finest
of these queer plants have b'"n found In swampy
Jungles and almost Impenetrable forests. Weeks
*■" spent floating down rlv<*rs In South America
on rafts. From these rafts the collectors gather
large numbers of the orchids, which hang from
the branches of the trees over the water. The
Insects' which are attra< ted to the flowers arc
in some Instances dangerous to human life. In
sui-h cases the tree Is rut down and towed
through the water until the Insects have been
washed off. Sometimes snakes are found In
the trees. Lives have been lost from attacks by
these; or from wild animals. The hundreds of
natives who have been hired by collectors as
Knifes and porters have added to the number of
those whose lives have been sacrificed.
The loea of life la not always due to tropical
fevers, the bites of dangerous insects, or the -at
tacks of reptiles and animals. Sometimes a
collector Is killed by a native for his money,
VJ;d Is never heard from again. A collector
Vho expects to be gone two or three years may
<ike with him treasure to the amount of from
f;;;M)00 to $.",0,000 to cover his expenses Only
• few years ago a London firm sent a collector
to South America. It was expected that his
.'rip would take at least two years, and he car-
Jed with him $40.OO(k He never cause back out
it the South American forest It was supposed
"Be had been murdered for his money.
Orchids are found In a number of different
tropical countries. Some of the finest are said
it ionic from the Philippines. It is believed that
there remain In these islands many choice va
rieties to be discovered. They are found also in
India, Australia, brazil, Mexico and other coun
There are persons who collect orchils a*
others do coins or postage stamps, paying large
sums for single plants. It is said that a sum
nearly twice :>6 large as the largest price paid
for a tulip bulb in the time of the famous tulip
craze, .5r.,°.<)0,, °.<)0, was paid In London last year for
one plant, and that the stock of another is valued
at ?I<Um:i. The hifihest valued orchid is Bald
to be m the collection of Sir Trevor Lawrence,
of Dorking; England, its value has not in en
tested by t'alo, however, as the owner cultivates
orchids for his own pleasure solely. Iflss Gould
Is said to have pal 1 $.",000 for one plant.
Some orchids are so large that large teams are
required to move them, and so old that they
outrank the UvCS of mo.'t men. l'.aron Aponoyn,
an Hungarian nobleman, bought from a Ven< z
uelan a plant which was Mild to be one hundred
years old. He paid J0.f.00 for It. It was so
heavy that several teams of oxen were required
to draw it from the forest to the coast fi.r
transportation over sea.
Awing the fine collections Is that of Hnron
Bchro !er, of the Dell, who has a collection
oc< upying twtnty-three houses, almost under
the msesUe towers of Windsor Castle. For
two of his specimens he has been offered 55.00Q
apiece. Some men make a specialty of one
genus, IL H. Measures, of London, anil Mr.
Hothwell, of Brookllne, Mass., are said to have
remarkably fine collections of this character.
That of Mr. Measures is one of the finest in
the world. Mr. Measures took up the collection
Of orchids for the benefit of his health. A physi
cian told him to buy a place in the country and
take up the cultivation of some special kind of
plant. He selected the orchid.
Joseph Chamberlain can always be picked out
easily In the House of Commons by the ■•:!.: i
In his buttonhole. He is fond of orchids an 1
has a fine collection of them.
A story is told of one orchid which proved to
be an unusually profitable speculation for the
owner. He was a wealthy Knglish Iron mer
chant, and bought the plant from a dealer near
l>)ii(Ju:i for $o7. r ». The plant proved to be an
Vrosfl these rafts the collectors C ather orchid* wfcfcl hwfta treat brushes over the water.
unusually fine f^,ectn:en, so fine that the owner
divided it Into ten part* Of these he sold eight
for sums which bought the total receipts up to
$10,000, The firm from which he bought It orig
inally, hearing of this, tried to buy from him
one of the parts. Ho refused to sell It for lees
than 15,000. notwithstanding the fact that he
would still have one part remaining.
Dishop Cbrtlandt Whit. Lead, .if Pennsylvania,
was talking about resignation.
""This attitude of mind." he said, "ran hardly
be carried 100 far. I rath. think, though, that
In the ease of a certain philosophic farm hand
an alarm clock would have served better than
the excessive resignation which the man dis
"lie was a great philosopher, and he slept In
the barn with the stable boy. The two, one win
tor morning; overslept themselves, and the
fanner, very angry, came With a pall of ice
writer to gel them up. The philosopher lay on
the outside, nearest the door, arid he it was who
received the full contents of the pall.
"'oh, well,' he said, in his resisted way. 'I
will take measures to avoid this another time.'
And he dried himself with handfuls of hay.
"The next nlghl be was careful to lie on the
inside. He in .1 (lie boy- overslept themselves
again, and again the fanner cams with the pall.
VALUE FHOM J3.5C0 TO $r..000t
Both sleepers were conceal ! •: !• r a mountain
of straw, and, reflecting that he had fliumwril
the outside servant 'h | .. •fore, the farmer
decided that it would be only just to drench th»-
Inside one this time,
"A. ■ ordingJy, the yhflosophei uus aroused
again by a Kr»-at deluge of cold water.
"Bui his spirit of resignation was not at vii
dirturi ed
" This Incident t*a< bes us." he said, as he took
off his w« t clothes, thai even Urn wisest cannot
aviid their fate.' "
Till: CU'llllli TOO Ml ( //.
While Secretary Hay was in the count-,
summer, an important piece of official business
w.is peri'linij. and he arranged With Washington
that any news that might arrive about the
matter should be telegraphed to him in : ■ •
L»ay after day he waited; but no teW^: tm
came. One morning, happening to £■•■> to the
lonely tittle telegraph office* he said to the <•;•
"I suppose you have received no dispaica
for me?"
"Why, yes, sir," th« operator replied, "there
was a dispatch for you the other day, but it
was all twisted and confesed. I cowl ■■ t make
head or tail of it, so I didn't thtnll it was any
use to send it up to you."
A H. Klrkland, the roster. entomo.ogtet, who
has shown the toad to be on* of the farmer's
best friends, said recently:
"The toad has been misunderstood In the
'Ost— as much misunderstood as a certain
friend of mine.
"This chap was making a walking tour, and
one night he put up at a little hotel in Florida.
Next morning, at breakfast, the landlord said
to him:
" l>id yon enjoy the cornet playing In the
room next to yours l..st night?'
" 'Knjoy it?' my friend shouted savagely. 1
should think not. •Why. I spent half the night
pounding on the wall to make It stop.
"It must have been a misunderstanding.'
said the landlord, gently. Tb.% cornet player
told m* that the person tn the next room ap
plauded him so heartily that he went over «mr
piece be knew three time*,' ■
a ariilXG OF BKAfTIKi
Continual from -^iinul iiugw.
with the baggage wh»-n the rest of th- boys go
to Cuba." II <l!i! ri<>t Like the prisoner more
than half art hour t>- feejrl his commanding offi
cer with a rueful cMmtenanrei
■ if you leave me behind with the baggage^
colonel." he . iii. "I'll never dare go back home
"So you want to go to Cuba, do you?" asked
Colonel Boost vett.
"I do. worst kind." replied .Mr?h«:i«\
"Well." said the colonel, "if there is any man
in the regiment that ought to •• -'.■:. it's
"Thank yew. teiowl. thank you. You're go»
ing to take me. ain't ><••»."■ cried the prisoner.
"If you will promi>e to l»-have yourself," saiil
Colonel Roosevelt.
After the trouble «;u ov*-r down in Cuba, and
the re^im«:;t was about to be disbanded, some
oflicer asked Colonel Koosevelt where "the pri3
oner" was.
"What ptt3on»T?" ask- d Colonel Roosevelt.
"The wan sentenced la six months hi jail."
replied the tnrairer.
"Oh. I remitted that sentence),* replied Colo
nel Roosevelt. "And it never occurred to me
till that moment." sail the President telling Hal
story afterward, "that Mi-Shane's sentence had!
been approved by the maj< r general command
ing the department, and that no one but •.' •
President had the power '.. 'remit 1 that sen
"But the trooper went into battle, didn't he?"
asked cr.e of the President's hear*
"Tea. and he was a mighty tine soldier after
that," said the President
Sometimes the loyalty of the President's ad
mirers la carried to such a point that he Is
obliged to call a halt for sheer self-preserva
tion. There was a troo;« r in his regiment wha^
after the war. folio ! him from place to p'.ac^
asking only the privilege of adoring. Adoration
Is all right In small doses, but when one meets
his worshipper at eve-> street corner, when out
riding or walking, and cannot get rid of that
beaming, soulful gize, it may become tiresome.
One day the President was remind* of the in
tense admiration of this particular man. "lie
simply worships the ground you tread," the
man's frier.! observed.
"Oh, yes, so it appears. And still it would be
illegal to drown htm." exclaimed the Chief
As ■ maker of epigrams the President is fa
mous in the circle of his friends. Many of his
sayings will probably live as long M some of his
more deeply considered utterances, though
spoken on the spur •■■■.: .-. I given out
for private consumption only. It will be many
a year before his estimate of a well known New-
York politicLui is forgotten by the small clrcU
that heard It
"That man," exclaimed the President, as th»
latest gyration of the person In question was be
ing discussed, "is returning to his arboreal a .
cestors. 1 should not be surprised it any mo
ment to sif him grow a tail a:. d swing ofl t'ruia
th«; chandelier."
It ts said that Richard Harding r>\v!s o-. -e
made a Joke about the Pyramids that Ls st.Q
repeated at Shepheaxd's Llotel. the fa-sh^ . .«
hostlery of Cairo.
Mr. Davis was studying the Pyramids, and a
guide approached and said to him:
"It took hundreds of years to build them
nui^i^mwi^ Sir.™
m A government Job, eh V said the novelist.

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