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NoIjfTMier ffort to odacale, entertain
nd COttrtcij'rJfltcrs of Epanlih birth
and eitrtcUim to the World's Fair vrlll be
md tr luijr todhrlflual or organized body
than by the SpanUbnAmerican Club of St
As soon as the World's. Fair rraa deter
mined 'upon, th6 dub; widened Its ecope
and branched but':In ell directions to en
able It 'to meet the Spanlsh'-trpealdnr
visitors to the World's Exposition.
Throughout Cuba nd Mexico this aim
ef? the- club nan heen well promulcated,
and manjr .wealthy Cubans and Mexicans
of high social' and commercial standing
bar. Blready announced their Intention of
Tisttlnc the World's-Fair-under the dub's'
Jbe club's history Is that of perserrer
anc and application.
From a crup of ten younjr men and
tvtomen to a cosmopolitan club of ISO mem
TMMSCMCB OF ROBERT BEMSCKE. OLDEST ST.
KlHTTEN.Fpn THE SUNDAT REFUBLTC,
Robert "Benecke.- ejperlntendent of the
Cramer' Iry Plate Worto, Is tho oldest
photographer In St Louis. St Louis dtl
aens who lived In the city as far back as
i0 will recall the well-known Hoelker &
Benccke eetabllshment at Fourth and Mar
ket streew. Uptm the -death ot Mr. Hoel
ker Beneclce continued the business.
Mr. Beaecke began bla career as a pho
tographer long before the Civil War.
Though he' haa stepped out of the circle
ot' photographers.- he is more active in
another branch of the work than many of
his contemporaries .of to-day.
At the .factory of .which he la superin
tendent' Mr. Bentcko'B duties are to direct
plate manufacturing- He also conducts the
tests of adl new. emulsions, and new platen,
A. each, batch of emulsion for the coating
of plates hecomes exhausted and a new
iris la made,' the plate must be tested.
A .abject, to he photographed Is selected
usually lOne, Of the young ladlea employed
In the factory and if seated beside the
machine,, and both ore, photographed. The
negative ts then compared, .by Mr. Ben-
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bers represents a remarkable growth.
In the summer of 1K0 eeverM young
peoplo, Interested In the atudjr of Span
ish, conceived the Idea of meeting onca a'
week In some central point to pv' to a
practical test the fc- OTvledgo of the Span
ish tcngue that had been acquired through
the study of books and in the classroom.
CLUB EMPLOYED TEACHERS
At the flrst meeting, held In June of that
year, an organization was perfected, of
ficers selected and a room secured In a
residence at No. 618 PaBo boulevard.
Meeting vtfre held reeulwly. and the
Interest displayed was bo marked that
it became necessary to enlarge the quar
ters as the membership increased.
Now the club has a hall and BUlte of
rooms at No. S3t Lucas avenue, where
the members' meet every Friday evening.
From the outset It was decided to en
ccko to another plate that is known to
be perfect On the machine is a set of
figures fading away Into a shadow, which
enables him to determine the speed of the
plate so tested. A set of different colors
gives him Its chromatic value '
Mr. Benecke Is now a man of 63 years.
with hair of snow-white color. He ts still.
halo and active, however. His life experi
ences as a photographer have been full of
Interest ond very different from what
might be expected In the same vocation
One of the most remarkable differences
and most noteworthy are the prices re
ceived for the work. Says Mr. Benecke:
"If' I were engaged In commercial or
landscape photographs now, I would not
get the prices that I did in the old days.
during its construction, I received $15 forH
eacn negative ana w cents tor eacn print
I took seme thlrty-flvo or forty-pictures.
, HE KNEW EADS.
"Mr. Eada, as I remember him, mm 0
very quiet man. short and slight Ho
wore a beard, but not a mustache. His
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gage several native-born Spaniards end
Cubans' to direct the different groups, of
members, who were classed according to
their knowledge of the Spanish tongue.
This plan, proved very successful, and
there are now seven different sections un
der competent Instructors.
Every' Friday evening an hour and a
half Is devoted to the practical study ot
Spanish to prepare the members of the
club for the Important duties that de
volve upon them with the coming of the
One of. the policies of the organization
was to elve Spanish entertainments, both
for the benefit of the members and the
pleasure of -SpanlBh-Bpeaklns strangers
In the city who had accepted their hospi
tality. A fortunate circumstance in connection
with those entertainment's Is that several
female members are singers aid elocu
tionists of ability, and they wero always
hair was steel gray. He was a man of
"The 'first picture I took for him was
when a tug' anchored at the spbt where
the first pier was to be sunk. The bridge
-was bunt with. -English money, and the
photographs were to show the syndicate
the progress that was being made."
Mr. Benecke was a member of the old
St. Louis Photographers' Association. Mr.
Benecke's gallery being centrally located
meetings were held there.
Another contemporary of Mr. Benecke
was Fltzgibbon, who published the St
Louis and-Canadlan Photographer, a mag
azine that lis still flourishing. Mr. Benecke
was employed by Mr. Fltzgibbon to trans
late articles from different German and
Among old-time photographers forgot
ten or unknown to the present public
were Long, Outly, Fox' and Scholten. Mr.
Guerin began' his career as an operator in
Mr. Benecke's studio. Ho often managed
the gallery when BeneSko was away on a
cross-country Jaunt On. of these trips
WILL ENTERTAIN WORLDS LATIN VISITORS . DURING THE FAIR.
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prested Into service, all tn more valu
able because they had acquired a ready
knowledge of- the language.
Aside from being a school, the club la
actuated by real club princlplts as to so
cial aspect and fraternal spirit
The resident Latin-Americans, princi
pally young women and men from Mexi
co, have given hearty support to the club
and are assisting the American members
in every way to master the tongue.
SIGNOR ALBERTINI AIDS
Valuable assistance is.given to the club
by Don Rlcardo Diaz Albertlnl, Secretary
of the World's Fair Entertainment Com
mittee, and his charming spouse, Signora
Albertlnl. who has been made an honorarv
member. Slgnor Albertlnl sp. aks English
like a native, and Slgnor Albertlnl Is a
delightful vocalist, who can sing in Span
ish, English, French and Gorman.
was for the Kansas and Pacific Railroad.
It continued six weeks, and Mr. Benecke
received as compensation $15 a day besides
TO cents extra for every print he made.
Ua took landscape photographs In Kan-ait-
Tho country was more wild than It
is at the present time. Buffalo hunts .wero
still the pastime of the day, and Mr.
Benecke was fond of hunting. A photo
graph of a Buffalo shack Is still in his
Buffalo meat says Mr. Benecke, would
be kept for weeks. When hung iln the
sun it dried and was then easily carried
TRAVELED IN SPECIAL PAR.
Mr. Benecke had a special car for his
railroad work. One end was fitted up
with dark and coating rooms, and the
other end served as combined kitchen and
bedroom. Mr. Benecke came to this coun
try from Germany when n youth of about
NEW IDEAS IN
CONTINUED FROM PAGE ONE.
fashionable girl's favor and Is very likely
to stay there for quite some time to come,
and this because of Us many excellences.
In the first place, it Is quaint and lends
Itself well to the designs current for the
new mode: and In the second, the dainty
frills and generous Businesses of the
sleeves of a favorite matinee or dinner
corsage need not bo crushed when they
are carefully bestowed Into one of these
full bishop puffs.
OLD LACE MAY BE
USED TO ADVANTAGE.
In these latter days the smart girl Is
strictly utilitarian In even what may seem
to her most extravagant Ideas.
Lucky ts the girl whoso grandmother
has saved all. the priceless pieces of laco
which went to decorate her own girlhood
gowns and wraps, for now that grand
mother will gladly and thankfully sew
these same pieces Into the sleeves and col
lars of her now costumes. Just as her
grandmother did ever so many years ago.
To be in keeping with the modes of
the early days of the last century, which
the whirligig of fashion has brought In
to present favor, some of the leaders of
the grand xnonde in Paris are carrying
tall canes decorated with ribbons and silk
These, however, are too decidedly ultra
for the American girl, who, above alt
things, .desires to avoid consplcuousnes. In
her dress or appearance..
Louisiana Purchase Exposition Under the Auspices
VC E -BREtSWEyT.
The principal aim at tho, present time. of
the club Is to arouse in St Louis a great
er Interest in its Southern 'neighbors who
will flock hero for the Fair, and to as
sist in sustaining the reputation which
St Louis enjoys in regard to hospitality.
Each and every member, of the 'Spanish
American Club is willing to exert himself
to the utmost to be. of service to. the
Commissioners to he. Exposition, who are
already arriving, . generally with thtlr
families, to live in St Louis Oil the Fair
The Latin raoo to fond Of personal at
tention, glad to visit .among people who
speak their tongue and mingle with Amer
icans who are enabled to show a lively,
interest In their country.
All the club members wear pins em
blematical of the objects of- the organiza
tion, by which they may be readily rec-
twenty years' of age. He cams to Mis
souri and started to farm.
Then he decided to make use of the pho
tographic knowledge he had picked upas
an amateur, and opened a gallery In
Brunswick, Mo. When the- Civil War be
gan he joined the Eighteenth Missouri
Regiment ot the Union Army.
The explosion of an old CIntlock fcaoa
pacltated him for a military career and
he came to Bt. Louis.
During the war many army officer,
came to Mr. Benecke to be photographed.
Many of St Louts, best-known cltlseas
have in their possession photograph, tak
en in their boyhood which bear tht nam
of "Bonecko." On. of these 1. Doctor
Preetorlus of the Westllche Pott
Mr. Benecke's life to-day' I. most psaca
ful. His marriage waa"n happy on. And
the family has never known a death. He
has four children, all of whom lira sear
How Pecci (Later Leo XIH)
Befriended a tittle GIrL
Child Always Eemembered Favor
and Whfcn a White-Halred
Matron Reminded Pope
of His Kindness.
WRITTEN TOR THB BUN DAT KETTTBUC
Seventy-two years ago, while Gregory
xrv was Pope, a young priest was amus
ing himself one afternoon with a tittle
girl 10 years old. They stood on the bal
cony of a villa in Rome, and near them,
overhanging the wall which separated the
villa from the adjoining one, were large
clusters of ripe oranges.
"What a pity," .aid the little girl., "that
those oranges belong to our neighbor, for
I would bo very glad to eat one,"
As sho spoke the young priest ran dfiWB
from the balcony, quickly climbed the wall
and picked half a dozen cf the largest
oranges, which he hastened to place In
the little girl's lap. At first the was so
dismayed at his. temerity that she. would
not touch them, but with a laugh, h. as
sured her that he bad not committed any
crime and that she might safely eat. them.
A few years ago the Duchess cf BrescL
an old lady with snow-white hair, west to
rtiss L9Z3E boette:
estfied as Spanish-speaking foatvWraaSs.
MEMBERS MAT BE
IDEWIFIED BT THEIR-PINS,
The pin represents the North B&4 Booth
American 'continents, drawn together and
surroun&d' bjr the-,eolorsrof all the-'Bpan-ish-speaking-
countries and the United
Btate red, white, blue, yellow and green.
This pic Is known In Spanish aa 'un d!a
Unguldo," and will serve as a means of
identification for the club members during
The lady members of the club win de
vote themselves to the entertainment of
their own sex, acting as guides, chape
rons and companions to any visiting Spanish-speaking
lady that comes to the Fair.
The business men of Bt. Louis are rec
ognising the, value of such an organlza
'tion as the Spanish-American Club and
employes of many leading commercial
houses are enrolled In 'the membership.
the Vatican to pay her rtspects to his
Holiness, and Leo XIH received her with
' "Do you. remember, yonr Holiness," sud
denly asked the Duchess,, "that day, long
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t toe"te7. !2o1m JDewir mad. h. r stag, d.bot only lhuob agoia tli.
AlsnAV HI'-' UM.
of This Organization;
satt recently ad which 1
large expert henweev tdet tieeJutl
pralstag the work a the BpaaJsWd
can Club and rfferlsc eo-cserautm n
effort to esctead the sphere ot .MM
wielded bt St Louis a aamatnuX
Aa eort being mad t erect a
World'. Fair a building Co be placed o
the supervision of the club, where! vial
from every Spanish-speaking cuuatry
meet on common ground.
The officers of the- club sni
Boette, president; Brnest B. Flisfas
first vice president; O. H. Bchwarta,
ond vice president; B. O. Stlckel.
vice president; A. M. Verdler, correspj
Ing secretary; Henry Guests, ftnaq
secretary; August Gerllng, treasurer.
ago, when you picked the orange,
"Hush, hush! Don't say a word el
that" whispered Leo XIH. with a'nui
ous smile, aa he gently placed & lingo:
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