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The St. Louis Republic. [volume] (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, October 25, 1903, Magazine Section, Image 50

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One of the lincst steam yachts owned by
a St. Louis man is the luquesne.
She Is the pleasure craft of Colonel
James. Gay llut.er of West ?lne loule
vanl. who with his family enjoyed this
millionaire's laxnry last summer.
Three years S" Colonel liutier paid
J50.0OJ for thl3.flnt-lookiiiR vessel.
It w J built by the famous Herreshoffs
of Bristol. R. L, and was the object of
especial pride of John llerreshoft. the
blind member of the Arm.
Before the vessel pHt-sed into Colonel
Butlers hanos sir. Ilerreshoff went care
fully ovef this beautiful yacht on uls
hands, and, Hnees .from stpm to tern, Xeel
ng for any jiossibie defect tlutt nilgbl
roveal itself to his sehsltfvt; touch.
Arter -this strenuous1 and singular in
spection: of. bis work, he found the yacht
la accordance with his approbation.
From' the time Colonel Butler tool: pos
nessten Of thli ieaut!ful Hesse! he has
spent about JlS.TOt a year mion her main
The Duquesne is entered In four yacht
clubs, flying the pennants- of the Xew
Tork yacht Club, the .Larchmont Yacht
Club, the Columbian Tachi Club anil the
Sfanhassett Yacht Club:
She went Into commission last season
on June 17 and was entered for the trial
races in' an official capacity.
The Butlers went -aboard their yacht
2IIUl the intention of remaining on It live
months, and they never for a day de
parted from that programme. The Du
quesne went as far north as Xov Scotia.
Mrs. Butler, cf peclally, is devoted to the
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during a sumpier cruise. . , .
t-oiuaei liuuer nas liaa many oners irqm
'e'lithuxlasllc -Auvlitsmen who wanted to
buy the liuquesne. but he refuted s-trad-fastl.
pml h not likely to tire soon or
his cosily plaything.
The crew numbers twtUe men. includ
ing the raptaln and first male. Two chefs
ate employed, and there are two maids
for th ladies. There ate cabins for elsht
Irsons. thauEli more can bo accommo
dated on the larse couches which range
alone the tides of the salon.
The dining salon is on deck, somethlnR'
unusual in a yacht.
It Is a magnificent room, furnished
throuKhout .in mahogany and red un
hrilstrry. A regular schedule for meals is ob-
veryed, the ante as on large transat
lantic steamers.
Breakfast Is served at 3. though
Colonel Butler rises long before that time,
takes a salt water plunge and tramps the
deck' for a morning exercise before his
first meal.
Luncheon Is serred at 1:39 p. m. and
dinner at 6:30 tharp.
Mrs. Blitlcr. who is a splendid sailor,
never elaya below except at night.
She occupies a large willow chair, and
In stormy weather is strapped to It and
covered with Xavajo blankets to keep dry.
Purine the summer the Butlers wen
never without visiters.
It is one of the customs or tms cuue
to invite a young Blrl from their set. with
the prrWIec '" k ' manr ef her
friends as she llkrs. to enjoy the jacht's
This year Mi's AdIe Halt, daughter cf
Mr. ami Mrs. Aagastm It. Hart of Port
land place, was the fortunate, one.
Mis Hart, who is an exceedingly pretty
and stylish young woman, chose whit for
her yachting costumes.
In warm weather she wore white linen
Her everyday costumes were made of
white serge, yachting style, and with this
dres she wore a natty cap embroidered
In the Duquesne pennant colors and In
signia. Mrs. Butler also appeared preferably In
white serge with yachting cap to match.
The Butler yacht's private signal Is a
flag which combine the Colonel's college
Hue. Ann AiJwh's color, with cavalry yel
low.' In memory of bis army day.
A small U on a black MM. Hnish the
Tlie moment rbml lluttrr rts' feet on
hU yacht the pemtMlit up. ,to remain
there until shf goen Into cummlsshMt or la
liarlxred -for the winter.
The rhhin nel on lard the yacht i
marked nllh this private pennant, com
bined wltli the Xew York Yacht Club's
Iemianl. the red and Mue stripes, with a
small white star.
All the yacht stationery la stamped in
the same manner.
The cabins on board the Dwi'mn are
handsomely equipped. Mrs. Butler's pri
vate cabin It finished In olive green ami
pale blue.
in ramy weather the deck run be en
tirely closed in with awnings and mada
Just as cgmfonabU as any other part of
the boat.
During the entire five months that the
Mailers were on lioard their yacht they
never had a ml. hap from storm or weath
er, though they experienced same rough
seas occasionally. -
Colonel Butler since his return home
was aiked whether be had not lwen sick
In lh manner tliat eai'.ors sometimes suc
cumb, but he denied It vehemently.
"I am built for a yachtsman short
leaucd ymi know." sakl the Colonel, "and
tie best iferson In the world to hold down
a Wk chair. Mrs. Butler can't be hired
lu ko ashore long enough to let me have
n ita party. She Is devoted to the boat
and the bt woman sailor I ever saw.
"We carried the JVorkl's Fair flag this
summer wherever we went and created
no end of exilternent. Everybody who
knows yacht and their signals tried to
KUe9 what that odd blue flag meant, but
thev al' gave It up and had to be told.
"Governor Francis sent me one early In
the nimmer and we floated her very
Colonel Butler's yacht Is 130 feet long.
The favorite mode In vogue with Mr. and
Jire. Butler for entertaining whs to steam
Into some perl, where tbey knew they
would find friends, send the launch ashore
and gather up a party of guests, which
were net bard to tlnd all along the At
Jan tic Coast last summer.
These were brought out to the yacht
asked to make themselves at home
over the boat.
Luncheon was served on deck, and
the party was large It was returned befi
dark to the port in which It waa jrathere.
Mmailer and morn Intimate parties m
held for dinner, and a moonlight cm
uunng which tne ys.cn fs orohastra pi
vided music, often for a dance on t
smooth and shining deck.
When time came for the good-nights t:
guests were returned to shore In th
launch, one of the three boats with which
the yacht is equipped. The two other
boats are the dingy and the lifeboat.
Some of the guests who enjoyed Colonel
ana jurs. Butlers hospitality last summ
on the Duquesne were: Sir. and Mrs. Ai
gustus B. Hart and their daughter. Adel
of Portland place; Mr. and Mrs. How:
Blossom. General and Mrs. George 1
Shields, and Mr. Lelahtcn Shields, an Ar
Harbor College student: Mr. and Mr
George II. Wright and family. Mr. ar
Mrs. John H. McCluney. Misses Clar
Elizabeth and Mildred McCluney. ar
Messrs. John. Samuel ami James 11
Cluney; Mr. nnd Mrs. Charles Scudd
and family. Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Ud
and their summer guests. Profeisnr ai
Jim. Warren of Boston. Judge and Mr
Hary W. Bond and family, and man
others of the St. Louis colony to be four
at HyannMport and Cape Cod.
When Uncle Sara pays In gold coin of
the United States his obligations to his
fighting nephews in the far East a fairly
considerable dent is made In the national
bank roll.
When the transport drops an"1- in Ma
nila Bay and the Quartermaster Captain
goes up the River Paslg to the office of the
Captain of the Port, there is rejoicing from
the water front to the Army and Navy
Club. In Calle Palaclo. for the gentleman
with the shoulder straps realizes that now
to the pomp and circumstance, of war
as expressed by the functions at the Gov
ernor's palace in Malrconan and the Gen
eral's receptions in Malate road is to be
added the material consideration of valor
money or. as the natives say It. dinero.
Certainly the man who goes a-soldler-ing
has a right to expect prompt pay.
Ordinarily he gets it
Sometimes, for various reasons, lie
One of the oddest of these various rea
sons was advanced on the recent arrival
In Manila of the United States transport
The Sumner, being the money ship, the
word waa exultantly passed around Ma
nila the mlnuto her funnels were recog
nized off Corregldor.
"Now." argued the Captains and the
Colonels and the Lieutenants and the
"shave tails" and all tin- rest of the grand
army, "miw we will get our money and
spend it in more or less riotous living
'neath the sliade of the sheltering palm."
"But. said one. Colonel Charles II.
Whipple, by way of being the chief pay
master of the islands: "Manana."
And from the consequent questionings
developed the fact that Uncle Sam had
been 'doing a little Job of washing and
Ironing money, and not till the wash waa
dry could the creditors get tlfeif pay.
The why of it was this:
When the good ship Sumner, drawing
clear of the Folsom street dock. In San
Francisco, and heading out oast the Pre
sidio and the-Faralon Islands, had been
on ber way not longer than It takes
from 10 o'clock to tiffin time the dlsovery
was made by a certain of lie favored
passengers that money was aboard.
Tho Sumner was a veritable tteature
ship, carrying paper to the value of JM0.
CM stamped with the promise of tho Gov
ernment of the United States.
Now. as everybody knows, such a sum
of ready cash as this Is not to be care
lessly handled or lightly considered.
It won't' do to take a fortune of this
magnitude and stow It away In a steamer
trunk under the bunk, and It Isn't "the
regulations" even to put it In the little
safe In the Quartermaster Captain's snuf
office en the main deck. t
No. some more secure hiding place must
be found.
Such a place wan found for the Sum
ner's tiVi.cna First tho money, which was
In denominations of ones, twos, tens and
twenties; had been neatly bound up In
appropriately sized packages and the
whole collection placed In a larse wooden
box. Iron bound and lined with tarred
paper. Next, the box had been - taken
"The piece for this money." decided the
Quartermaster Captain, "is the powder
The Captain argued it would be & good
thing to keep the bills In a dry place.
Next, lie argued that the powder maga
zine was a dry place. Ergo, the powder
magazine was n good place for Ihc J360.
000. The logic of the Quartermaster Cap
tain was flawless.
The money was stored away In the pow
der magnzine, and tlit favored passengers
who had been !et Into the secret that half
a million dollars was the principal cargo
forgot all about its prosvnre on board aft
er the first few- hundred miles had been
passed arid the charms of sea. sky and
smoking-room had begun to work.
Everybody who waa on board agres It
was a ery fine voyage Indeed; that is to
say. a very fine vaoge till the coast ot
Japan was reached.
Now and then a thing called a typhoon
sweeps along the coast of Japan, and
when this hsppens persona In tbe neigh
borhood are aware of the fact.
A typhoon Is to the coast if Japan what
the cyclone and the hurricane and the
tornads would be to Kanras lr they were
all rolled Into one and given a running
The good ship Sumner encountered a
typhone on the coast of Japan.
It were superfluous to speak farther on
this point. The Sumner encountered a
That waa alL
"Anyway." said the Quartermaster Cap
tain, shakily, after it waa all over, "any
way, the money Is safe- It's In the pjwder
to make sure, however, he took
what Is termed In the East a "look-eee."
The powder magazine held two tbinirs
water and the money box principally
When the Quartermaster Captain got to
Manila he turned the box over to Colonel
Whipple. ,.
"Here's your money." he ta. He
hesitated. "We had a typhoon off the
coast of Japan." lie sahl. "iimI pomdhly
you'll flr.d the stock has been watered."
Colcnel Whipple opened the b. "The
mine has been ssltrd. all rlshl." lie
agreed. Then he ail.led: Thl half mil
lion dollars has been washed clean
enough. It to row time for the Ironing."
In one corner of Colom-I Whlp-le's of
fice In the Santa Potenclana building. In
the walled city part of Manila, stands a
Twentieth Century letter preM.
The Colonel called one of the little
brown brothers who do duty a helpers
and gavo him Instructions to put the
greenbacks under the screws.
8everal gallons of water having lieen
squeezed out. the preparations for Ironlnj
were comemnced.
Blotting paper was laid on the tables
and en the blotters the Mils, eighteen to
a card, were spread.
When 10 bills had been JaM out a mu
chacho armed with a steaming iron, the
sort that in the States only tailors use. but
wbloli in the Enst are In general usage,
He flourished the charcoal goose, ran its
sizzling surface along the damp dollars,
polished them to a gi-oful crisp and
passed on to the next table.
And then, after the sea washing and the
cliarroat Ironing, the fiKhlitig man in th
far East, got the pay itu: him. and. witli
the wallet crammed comfortingly, saun
tered over to the Army and Navy Club.
In the mil" street, and cashed, his months
ly accoumu!3tlon of chltii
Waicaes Tiiaf Run
Slower ia Evening.
"You know that tbe vital energies are
at loner ebb at night than Is the day
time." suld an old watchmaker "Would
you belleie that some watches especi
ally the cheaper ones-are similarly af
fected? "You know a good watchmaker always
wants several days In which to regulate
a timepiece. That Is because the only
way to regulate It properly Is to compare
It with a chronometer at the same hour
every day. Otherwise the variations In
the speed of the watch will baffle his ef
forts. "The man to whom I was apprenticed
told me this, and I thought the Idea ab
surd. We were working late one. night,
and he called my attention to a lot of
watches we had regulated and ready to
deliver. It was near midnight and every
watch waa slow.
The better timepieces had lagged behind
some seconds. The cheaper watches were
a minute or more out of the way.
Next morning every one of the lot was
exactly right.
"The fact is you can regulate n watch
to make exactly twenty-four hours a
day. but you can't persuade It to muka
Just sixty minutes in each ot the twn-ty-four
"Why this is no one can telL
a a eiift t r
Afisest-iViiaaea mai &
MUiiiicu wucb 2iiir?
The business man had no time to r'1
out a wedding gift for hla dearest frien
So his wife went shopping and purcuM
a very handsome rlcture.
-I bought a picture. Jim." she said "
evening- at dinner, "and sent it up
-.-... c.H with nur cards.
v,U h you could hav sn it. for I kno
i ...i . a, ..t Att in fart, vnen
iv nvuiu ;u-ak itu!, jn - - .
picked It out I tried to look at thin
through your jes and choose sucn a. pi
ture as you would have selected.
ni.- t i i.. ferried the WO
itiv uusmrss uuiu -
ries of the day home with him. so 1
merely remarkd: "That's very nice."
an absent-minded sort of way. and-Iet n
i.i ., I.-..!- n his oclce again.
A week later he and his wife attend
George Ston.'s wedding, it was a. a
-.. ihi. Informal. The bus
anair, ami ... - ---- ---
ness roan was wandering; around to tg
room where the gifts were displayed, lex
mg aimiessiy ai ' " .- - -when
he suddenly stopped before a. pi
"I ray. ram." he called to his wif
so that every one nw him could hea
..,-. i. 41. ia i., n lffutiful nlcture.
wish wo had It In oufnouse, -Jla ft fli
bit of work."

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