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The St. Louis Republic. (St. Louis, Mo.) 1888-1919, October 25, 1903, Magazine Section, Image 53

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I dresmod the music with its rhythmic arses.
Crept down the l-all where we two stood
Onc more the spirit of thy haunting face.
Swept memorj's Hnzers on my steering heart
Thy nervous arm encircled ro. ray etr
Thirstily drank thy words. as In a trance
We whirled to wbire the rrystal chandelier
Swunr Its pale Uht across the winding
I felt thy pulses, closo and bot. to mine.
And youth and Joy and life wers ours again;
And hop paired down the glittering shafts of
And found no scoria "raid Its golden vein.
I woke. I saw our wild loie. wan and old.
And thou far off. silent, estranged and cold.
-Julien Cordon Danes Music Alnslef s
X?hen th -writer tugged at the very
stubborn door bell of an old-fashloncd
WaslUngtoa mansion It was with the firm
resolve not to Indulge In any anticipatory
Interpretation of the character or appear
ance of Julien Gordon liv the external
surroundings of Mr Van Rensselaer
Notwithstanding the fact that that lady
heraejf onoe wrote. "The sympathy of ma
terial things with one's own moods In one
of the quaint studies of the reflective";
notwithstanding the Tact that James Lane
Allen find his school insist urxm their at
tempts to intercept and reconcile the sub
tleties of the mind and the eoul -with the
hidden mysteries of material nature, an
infinitely greater fact remain to us who
are neither poets nor novelists, we who
must generalize from the logical deduc
tions of common sense t. a know that na
. ture loves "to surprise us. that she takes
delight in contradictions.
For reasons such as thee the interview
er waited at Julien Gordon's door with
stoical indifference to any possible sym
bolism that might orave interpretation out
of the quaint beauty of the great, unkempt
garden that surround the house long; his
toric aa the home or the first British Em
bassy in this country-
For the symbolist there ie aliment here
in every object, in every sound.
Over house and grounds and street bov
era an archaic charm, a charm not in the
least Impaired by the whir of the George
town trolley cars that pass the place.
There is an unconscious pathos in the
undipped hedges of box and in the de
serted brick-paved alloys that run between
the hedges leading to trelllsed grape ar
bors, and even the sternest common senc
cannot be deaf to the note of sadness in
the twitter of the birds In the tops of tho
tall maples and In the sighing of the autumn-painted
leaves as they fall In show-
tr or brown and red and gold.
And yet notwithstanding all these po
etic surroundings, there was Just the pos
sibility that the lady herself would receive
me in a shirt waist and golf skirt and
with ink-stained fingers.
Ona can never tclL
Because Julien Gordon writes sonnets
and weaves romances, all the more reason
why she should be disappointingly matter-of-fact.
Because Mr. Van RrTitwlirr r-nK-.i-
famed as an international beauty, all
the more reawn why rhc should sec nt to I
"rar tnat Beauty unadornt.-.l on everyday I
occasioiis at least; because she Is a grande I
turn., au tae more reason why she might you
THE ZfB?S7s?lr:
be xarbed like any 1iman departmental
A diminutive boy In button open the
door and shows the way through a illmlv
llghted hall, up a broad flight of stairf. to
the drawing-room.
The hostess has Jiim bidden good after
noon to a caller, ami a lingering fragrance
or ten pervade the big. hlch-ci lied apart
ment The flutters arc clced. and wax candles
burning everywhere in great, slrangeiy
wrought candelabra lend a soft radiance
to tho gilt and brocade of rare old furni
ture. It I en Meal setting for a poet and
romanter. and Julien Gonlon herself i
dressed and looks as one like to Imagine
a poet and romancer.
Very much the grande dame. very much
the femme do la mcinde. I the tall. slender
beauty, who rcpoes with careless, grace
in a high-becked glided chair, for one mav
say. without affectation, that Mrs. Crug.'r
rspose ratber than si i
The Chair Is UnhoNlernl In cnwslln .i.
iow brocade, and Jlrs. eraser wears, a
trailing Empire gown of psle blue iijt.
A rope or pearls is wound about her
long, slender neck, and on an exceedingly
tiny hand burns a constellation of rap-
It 1 but a Just tribute to Jlrs. Van
Bensselaer Cruser beauty to s.i that
It 1 Infinitely greater than Julien Gordon's
work, howeer meritorious the latter may
Whatever depth of Inslgh: Into human
life aud human motives Julien Gordon's
readers may have found in "Mrs Cljde."
or In "Tho Wago of Character." it was
as naught compared to the unfathomable
depths of the author's own beautiful,
cleiir. sea-green eyes.
If Julien Gordon's readers admire her
turn of an epigram. let them remember
that it is never nearly so graceful ae the
turn of her small head.
If Julien Gordon's readers enjoy the
cadences of her sonnets, they ought to
near nrr nr.n natural itwxikn. ..t
heard it for the first time when sbo asked
I thl to be a literary interview?"
t necessarily."
-,"bi rra. Blad: T detest literary peo
p , r nnA ,hem ueh infinite bore.
They think they know it all. and they
have no time or use for anything; whic'i
cannot be turned to literary account."
"Isn't that rather a harsh Judgment for
the srandnlece of Washington Irving- to
pronounce on her own profession T"
Mrs. Cruger laushMi ami ft,irttrinn. ..
big black lace fan. went on: "Oh. no, in
deed. I hardly call myaeU a literary per
son. I have written a lew novels and
soma fugitive sonnets and lyrics that I
am soon to have published in book form.
"That Is about the extent of ray literary
work, but it has hardly been larce or seri
ous enough to Justify my calling; myself
a. litterateur.
"Besides, I don't wish to be known as
such. I am too fond of the lightness and
brightness, and frivolities of life to 1-n-
mure myself In the mustlness of an nil
t vour books betray the fact that
.pend at least some time Ia o
study." kimI j r.-niliLl-il her of the very
acute p etiological deductions that slia
had drawn in scleral of her later novelv
"Oh. certalnl. she admitted, closing
the fan and reaching forward to tap a
linr Mlver bell.
"One must kep Up with the intellectual
procelon in a uperlic!al way at least.
It isn't necetsary, bonevtr, to shut one's
Felf up in a stud- to understand Huxley
and Darwin and Spencer and IfaeckeL
i.oinbrot an.l Matrsjzil he to-day
cheek bv Jowl with Drowning and Shel
ley on the Iwiidolr table. Science, politics
and eennoml.- and intelligent discussion
in the drawing-rMm '
Here the small lo in buttons ap
peared, to wltom nu.lume cave instruc
tions that Mile. Josephine should bring tea.
"Os.-'iun is my principal ractotum." Mrs.
Cruger remarked, with a smile, as the boy
dlMppesrerf with well-bred silence. "He'
me ixst poy j . had."
"0sian!" I akrd In surprise.
"The name amuses ou? o it does ev
er)' one. They will not bcli me when I
tell them it Is hl onn Uililinal name.
They funry that it I a w'um of mine.
"I can account ror I: onli in the wav
that tho Vicar of Wakefield c&plalncd lil
wife's vagaries in the naming of her
daughters: the mother had been addicted
to reading romance before thev were born
ant! after, for that matter." She laughed
and unfurled her fan again.
"Then ou really like society people,
ami jou think tliey know quite as mueh
as literary folksT'
"Indeed I do. Society interests me im
mensely. It ought to Interest everybody.
I don't necessarily mean society with a
larce S.'
"I mean human society as a whole, of
which that gathered In the conventional
drnwins-room is small cosmos.
"In Net th drawing-room H the onl
place to study human nature."
"You seem to rccard mriftv .. ,.
most fashionable and flippant' society. a
a sort of school'" I Inquired.
"Precisely." came the nulck inur -A
pleasure garden for the undisciplined and
thoughtlcs and a sort of academic grove
for the student ami for the philosopher.
"The decorative Mde of !lfe-o impor
tant to refinement 1 harshly and unjust
ly Judged by outsiders who cannot gauge
it significance.
"I tried to make this point very clear
in my last novel. Tlie Wage or Chara--ter.
2 ii3 ouismcr ret use to see that the
same heart and the same brain exist in
every tphcre. under every garb. Tho
iuhu oi mc wona uoe not entertain you
with a detailed account or his child's ill
ness, his wife's symptoms or-hU siller's
unhappy marriage.
The ingenuous hind, accustomed to th
belief that the details of his existeneo can
be of Importance to others, mistakes this
reserve, the dwelling; only on the ephem
eral and light side of life, as a proof
i.M1, sU-nll nd responiibili.
!ng tho tea rav. and , fJfSJfr.1!
XTsilsssrn .It T... 1
French woman invert , .1." ?..."?
Cruger went en.
"Superficial In U, way. h, . V
i l: i
tk-e that this exterior I but thr dunn on
the fruit, the golden dun on the butter
fly's wing: that this brilliant surface !s
not the -yntlie-l of u whole existence.
"In his simplicity he does not under
stand that the external flutter 1 not ail
that there arc deep unrest, buttle brav-e-I
fought, dutle met. sormn Isirne and
even arduous intellectual laboi :icohii-
pli.'bed upder the feathers and the fllp
Pim of opera, ball and street.
"To him the woman with bare shoulder
nrjat be immodest, the nun who'c -litne
nt well a fop or a fool.
"Ho cannot reallre that there are eo
ple to whom tho revealing of the hidden
sires of life is as Immodest and far
mom foolish tlian the trick of tailor or
modiste; that these very people whom he
severely censures hold manr tl;ing tiu
sacreil to parade with which he make In
converatlon ring and that nhe- u.
said there I a form of egotlm nhl !i Hi"
salon ha wiselv IiuiikIhiI."
Mrs. Cruger moil to the tea table mih!
hfgan ailing the cups or rare oll Bevre.
"Now. ask me If I'm interested In poli-
e-. sne suggested, laughing brightly.
"Well, are you?"
I'Immenselv :" she exclaimed.
"I am more Interested In imiIHU- than
SJIJ thlnj; else.
TiLIc"e "" Mna r clitics, even ward
pontics, and I cannot understand why
?K.r A"-In women are so apathetic In
thl direction."
"We have to devote so much time to
getting rid of our foolish' icream-eagle
Pride. In getting rid or nonsensical theor
ies, ami in banishing ready-made opinion
imi we .ire oiu men and women with
addled brain lwfore we lwgin to learn
the f,rt principles of right living and
tight thinking."
"And how would you define those prin
ciples?" Mrs. Cruger returned her tea cup to the
edge of the dainty gilded tabic and again
opened the big fan.
"A brief definition of the proper con
duct of lifer she mused. "Let me think
a moment I have it.
"Unity of purpose and concentrated ef
fort in the direction of that purpose.
"There ore two types, of human beings
In the world-those who scatter and those
wno concentrate."
"That U a unique way of generalizing
the phenomena or life."
"Now, I will prove to you how true it
is," Mrs. Cruger replied, closing the fan
and tapping the arm of the chair.
'Take, for Instance, the career of anj
of tho leaders of fashionable society.
"Beauty and wealth hava helped many
women to successful social rehras, but It
always has been, and always will be.
brains and cleverness that kept them on
their thrones.
I tried to Impress this fact in "Mrs.
CW - that the system of a social leader
"" nccurafly scientific as the structure
of : Grek tragedy, as mathematically
the Uo
j? C-sfv'gfi IN THE LHnGE I?FimSfNR9Sll
ilea ef Mr CK.I and wilier social climb
era .is wortl.3 the mutation of young
men a.-d women lis all walk of lifer
"De-.-Medlj mj Tl.eir examples, em-
oouy tn very principles of success.
"I'oliowltig the same lines of conduct, a
grocer's clerk and a shopgirl will succeeJ
equally well in their vocation."
"And what about the mote Intimate and
tender relation of life?" 1 asked.
"Would iu apJy such ptlncipl-. to
love and to liapiiiM-r'
Julien Gordon drorwd her h blond
head baik against the cowMtp-veJrSK
brocade ami tho pupil of her beautiful
eye diluted until they were no longer sea
grern. but a deep sapphire blur, like the
rings o her hand.
file shook her head Mwlly.
No. I am afraid not.
"That i another f our pi r juJU. s the
1ielf.-f thai IhV was intended t- l.- a love
di-ani. whm-a it can only be t liest
a strusgir.
"Ever-bdy ' maklne a frantic efTort
to captme happiness a -id make It his
Continued form page four.
majority, of cases utterly penniless 'when
taken under the care or the Salvation
Army, so that it was necessarr tn even
advance the money for their traveling ex-
And from the readiness with which they
removed with their families to their new
home Commander Booth Tucker draw
the conclusion that tho reason the surf Jus
populations of cities do not transfer them
selves to the country Is the lack of capital
to begin life on farm lands.
The family, he. says, proves cheaper in
the long run than the unmarried poor."s
the wife and children supply unpaid la-
When a poor family flrst arrives on x
colony the men are given employment to
help Improve the other farms, and part of
their wass is paid to them in cash and
the remainder placed to their credit to-
wara canceling their Indebtedness for land
and advances.
Fort Amity Is the principal colony.
The soil Is rich and the climate is excel
lent. The mining camps of Colorado af
ford a good market for produce, and an
other advantage is that the colony Is oo
tho highway of the principal cattle mar
kets of the Midwestern States.
The crops raised aro chiefly cantaloupes
and sugar beets.
Stock raising is provirur very prcfi ,ab'c.
for In the valley the alfalfa, or lucen.-,
on which cattle and hofs fatten so quick
ly, grows, in abundance.
I lira 25
own It Is the res, of a. ccrt-.ln falsa
teaching which he unlearns usually when
he ha grofn old.
"Dispassionate observation should be
suKiclcnt to teach men and women tliat
happlne-i i not always uplirtlng. and
that love, selfish love, between man and
woman. t!epie the poe!-. I not the end
and purpose of cxMei.ce.
"Men understand and appreciate these
facts better than women, henco they are
more content! d. and the people of the
OM World realize it more than those ot
thin land, heme their poiso and calm, as
contoured with our nervous anxloty."
"Then, after all's said and done, life is
nuiiity worth living. Is lir I asked.
"Oh dear. i.
'IJfe i alnav amusine" lauchisl
Julien Goitkm. with delightful liicunse
1" ne while the lon white hand of Mr
Van Renreelai r niser drew a portfolio
from the old Empire cabinet at her olbow.
"Tlie dnrk-sapphm eves flaslicil into
the .imr;tM stinriaht of summer ea.
Sne was no loncer Jirs. Van Rensselaer
Crujer. r.Knd.i'ue. but Julien GordoD.
lot aud storvtrlltr.
"Life cannot be perfectly happy, but It
00,000 P Mjpors Into Taxpayers
Harry, fruit and vegetable raising
Is I
on I
also one of the paving occupations of the
farmer. An orphanage has been built on
mo coiony oy tnn salvation Army at a
cost of JJJ.i-0 and children from cities
have been sent there with the intention
that when they become adults they will
settle on the land.
Two Echooihouses have been established
In the colony by the county, and their
capacity L already taxed, there being- HO
An agricultural credit association has
been recently established, modeled npon
the plan of the Ralffelen village loan as
sociations of Germany, and la the flrst
experiment of the kind in America.
There ate about ) residents in the col
ony, and all are prosperous, healthy and
The flrst colooista reached Fort Amitv
tn April ixe.
They were worklngmen from the large
cities. Their railroad fare were paid and
their goods shipped to them.
They were settled on plots from ten to
twenty acres each; were given a house to
live In. tho necessary farmimr tools and
Implements, a horse or two, one or two
cows, pigs and poultry.
In April. 1& the first colonist dis
charged his entire debt to the army.
Ho had arrived In Fort Amity In March.
1S, hU entire capital, th savings of ten
tr twclv- j cars of married lire. Ia the
il" . be 'f a team of. horses and n. few
bousel.a'a goods.
H Lao note twenty acies, with a, neaj,
Is lfSrtal)Iy runny, and to be merry a
the next best thlnr to being happy.
And then, when one Is tired beta;
tnerry. there are the pleasures of lass!
"Pleasure In lassitude r
"Yes. indeed. Infinite pleasure, as you
will sea If you'll take time to read thesn
verses I wrote on that very subject." an 4
Julien Gordon reached me a. typewritten
sheet, whence 1 read tlie following Willi's
Mrs. Van Rensselaer Cruger leaned fa
back in the brocaded depths of her cow
slip-yellow chair:
TJm storm U OTer Tears and cries are, stilled;
Tho baXCsd heart refuses to be stirred.
And on ths Up tho but comslsint Is killed
That for a moment fluttered to hs heard.
Th fainting- words, half spoken, oo. bar)
Stuw at birth and choked in travail's paia.
The soul L silent . dumb are hate and pride.
Nor one Jot's r.ereness or their past retain
A&cer. with frlchtened eyes and broken wing.
Feebly puts forth a pube ot thuddtruis)
Then fslLs. a shattered aad a broken thlut.
Dropping pale pinions at the feet of Dtb.
Speak not of Joy nor Justice, hop nor chm.
Only cf sleep a sleep devoid ot dream.
stona cottage, horses, cattle, pigs
poultry, all free from Incumbrance.
His Indebtedness to the Salvation Anna!
was jw.
In three years he had paid It off, b
sides supporting a wife and three calls
dren and building hi hous.
Tho history of thl colony Is repeated
by the other American colonies.
The Fort Rem! colony consist of. JU
acres, divided Into ton-acre lots, and haa
seventy settl.rs.
They raise potatoes, sugar beets. alfaU
fa and vegetables. Tho Fort Herrlck col
ony. which is located near to the child
hood home of the Iato President Gar
field, at Mentor, O., has 2SS acres and thir
ty-threo colonists.
The owners of the land. Myron T. Her
rlck and James Parmelee. hava deeded ltj
to the Salvation Array for colonlxatiota
purpose and citizens of Cleveland and!
other friends have contributed C0.0OI
toward the enterprise.
It Is the tnttntlon to make It a modal
institution ot the kind and to use It as
training ground for the other colonies In
the West.
That Congress will make Important
changes of some kind In the trrigatloa
and colonization laws this comlns seaEtoa
there Is little reason to doubt.
Ona thing mora than all others that '"i
shown the necessity of loma action In .
direction Is the last annual report of thJ
Canadian Government.
In this report It Is stated that the total
number of Immigrants to Canada In Isbt
was 49.1 0. uf whom 17 tr: sr.n e v.
I United States, most of thtra being; lmJ

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