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THE LEITER FAMILY.
Its History Makes Good and Enter taining Reading. Papa Letter m a Money-Maker and Gracious Parent Hla Daughter Mary to Be Vicereine of India. Special Chicago Letter. The other day 1 had a chat with an English gentleman who ought to know considerable about the social life in the United Kingdom. From him I learned that next to Chaun cey M. Depew the best known American name in the British metropolis is that of Leiter but whether the public mind dwells on Levi Z., the founder of the house, or his hopeful son Joseph, who has just spent seven millions or more in a futile ef fort to corner the wheat market, my informant could not specify. Old Levi Z. Leiter is a wonderful man a typical Chicagoan, although he now resides at Washington. He came to the charming trade center at the foot of Lake Michigan before organ ized capital and organized labor had made financial progress difficult. Be ing thrifty by nature and training, he managed to make a few dollars go a long way. Instead of throwing away his money in billiard halls and beer em poriums he put it in merchandise and real estate; and before he knew it evolved into what an admiring mul titude is pleased to call a merchant prince. He became a partner of Mar shall Field, the great dry goods mer- RT. HON. AND MRS. chant; obtained a controlling inter est in several Chicago transportation companies, and added quite liberally to his real estate holdings. Everything he touched turned into gold, and final ly he became so rich that the west was no longer good enough for the la dies of the family, who yearned for a stately mansion in the national cap ital. Being a model husband and father, as well as a giant among money makers, Mr. Leiter yielded and shook the dust of Chicago from his feet, re taining, however, a fat rent roll in the city which had made his fortune. When his son Joseph reached man's estate he forsook the temptations and vapidity of Washington society and en gaged in business in his native place. Joseph was well received by his old friends. He dabbled a little in stocks and grain, looked afterthe Leiter real estate interests and became an orna mental colonel on the staff of his ex cellency, the governor of Illinois. But a quiet life like this did not suit the young man. He wanted to be a power in the world of trade and felt con cinced in his own mind that destiny had called him to control the price of wheat in all the world. He entered into a gigantic struggle with Philip D. Armour, the king and veteran of the Chicago board of trade and one of the cleverest manipulators of mar kets in the United States. At the start everything seemed to go Joseph's way, but later the gas escaped from the over-inflated wheat balloon, and there was a drop that 'was heard and felt from Greenland's icy mountains to In dia's coral strand. The whilom Napo leon of the grain trade found him self loser to the extent of $7,000,000 and took himself and his defeat to Eu rope. The old man Leiter, so all Chicago calls him, showed that he had the true tuff in him. Instead of disowning his hopeful and enterprising descendant, he came to his Waterloo and began the settling-up process. He sold the most valuable parcel of real estate he had at the southeast corner of State and Madison streets, to his former partner and later enemy, Marshall Field, for something over $2,000,000, and mortgaged other holdings for $3, 5;.u,000 to a Milwaukee life insurance company. He may have thought a great deal, some things not fit for pub lication, but the public never heard him grumble or complain. He knew his duty and did it. The Leiters had been squeezed, and, as their head, he paid the penalty. . . Alossof $7,000,000 would cripple most of us financially, but the Leiter pos essions still rank among the most val nable in Chicago, and yield such a large income that a few years hence they will again be free from all incum brances. Leiter never was a popular man. but his promptness in settling up Joseph's wheat deal made him thou sands of friends among those who had formerly looked i.pon him with cold suspicion. Mr. and Mrs. Leiter's pet child is their daughter Mary Victoria, who, in 1895. married Bt. Hon. George N. Cur zon, a member of one of the oldest and noblest families of Europe. Cur zon was a smart fellow, of prepossess ing appearance and every inch a gen tleman. But he was poor as Lazarus. When the engagement of Mary Leiter was announced in the newspapers the gossips wagged .their heads and said something about another American heiress selling herself for a title. But what the old women of both sexes said made no difference to the Leiters, who liked their prospective son-in-law and his social prominence, and could af ford to give the young couple a start in life. Mary Leiter always was a pret ty girl. Her education was of the best, and the man of her choice was at tracted by -her mental charms quite as much as by her physical beauty. Be ing a public man, he was compelled by circumstances to select a bride who would reflect credit on his position and the country which he represented. He knew that Mary Leiter could db this and more, for she was not only an ac complished musician but also a perfect linguist, speaking English, -German and French with equal fluency. And to all these considerations has to be added a still more important fact: Curzon really loved the girl, and the girl returned his affection. And, bet GEORGE N. CURZON. ter yet, the couple are still lovers and admirers of each other's accomplish ments and successes. Prior to his marriage Curzon, who is the- son of Lord Nathaniel Curzon, was under secretary for India, having made his own way through parliament. He had been a great traveler, especial ly in India, and was even then regarded as a promising student of oriental af fairs. He received the medal of the Boyal Geographical society, and waa the author of a number of prize es says, including one on "Russia in Cen tral Asia," another on "Persia and the Persian Question" and a third on the "Problems of the Far East." When Salisbury returned to power a few years ago he was made parliamentary secretary for the foreign office, a po sition of vast responsibility and trust. The political successes of Curzon pleased the Leiters, of course. Their money had contributed not a little to his progress, and that probably pleased them still more. Moreover their daugh ter was happy, and that pleased them most of all. And just when Joseph's wheat manipulation threatened to make things dull came the report from London that the government had of fered to their son-in-law the governor generalship of India, a position second only in splendor and influence to that of the queen herself. Sorrow was turned to joy in the camp of the Leiters. even though the new family honors may necessitate the hypothecation of more Chicago real estate. , The governor-general of India re ceives a salary of over $80,000 per year, but the expenses connected with the position are enormous. And so are the dignities. He rules over more than 300,000,000 people, and is lord over a land almost as large as the entire con tinent of Australia. - The supreme au thority of India is vested in the "governor-general in council," but the coun cil is usually dominated by the advice and suggestion of the viceroy, as the governor-general is called by the peo ple. Curzon has been confirmed in the appointment and it is probable that Queen Victoria will bestow a title on him, for no man without a handle to his name .has ever served as viceroy. The only drawback to the position is that its acceptance "shelves" the in cumbent politically. However, with Leiter's millions to back him. Curzon ran enter the diplomatic service on his return from India, and Mary Leiter ran shine as "ambassadress" in one of the greaVcaphals of Europe. It is a wise woman who can calculate the exact moment when she should be gin sitting with her back to the light, i SOLDIER PAYMASTERS. Some of the Disadvantages Cadef Whltk These Official Are Com pelled to Labor. One of the pleasantest features of army life is the coming of the paymas ter with his gripsack full of money. Since the declaration of war with Spain the war department has added 70 paymasters and twice as many clerks, under the emergency act pro viding for an increase. The work re quired is almost wholly that of expert accountants. Especially is this true of the department of the east, in New York city, where, in addition to keep ing the accounts of the volunteers in this vicinity, the paymasters are obliged to take care of the accounts of regulars and retired officers and soldiers. There is no mercy shown to a green paymaster. Whether he un derstands the work or not, he has to do the same amount as is given to a paymaster who has been in the service 20 years. In fact, there is a growing suspicion that the volunteer paymas ter gets the worst of it all round. The retired list which new paymas ters are required to wrestle with in the paymaster's office in this city com prises the accounts of 400 officers and men who have been retired from the service, but who are drawing three quarters pay. These payments are made once each month under an in tricate system of bookkeeping. It is so complicated that no business man of to-day would think of applying it to his own business. . The retired officers and men are paid on the first diy of each month. Those residing in New York receive their pay in currency at the paymaster's office, while those residing outside the city are paid by check. The New York pay department is under the control of Lieut. Col. Wilson, who ranks next to Paymaster General Stanton. Un ier him at the present time are two regular army paymasters, all ranking is majors. As in the army proper, there is nothing done in the pay de partment without orders, and the sol dier who becomes impatient at not re ceiving his pay at the anticipated time should not blame the paymaster. It may be that he has not received his orders. The First New York volunteers were paid off recently by Maj. Fowler at Fort Hamliton, and the method of procedure will serve to illustrate all payments in the field. On the rolls furnished by the company command ers an estimate of the amount due each man, less fines, was made by the paymaster, and the latter, with his clerk, went to the camp with sufficient currency to pay off. At Fort Hamil ton the place selected for paying the troops was the hall of the local lodge of Good Templars. Each company was lined up. one at a time, in front of the paymaster's desk, and as bis name was called out each man stepped for ward and received his money. First comes the captain, who re ceives $150; then the first lieutenant, who takes $125. The second lieuten ant walks off with $116.67, and then fol low the noncommissioned officers, be ginning with the first sergeant, whose compensation is $30 "a month. After the noncommissioned officers come the privates, who receive $15.60 a month instead of $13 a month, as for merly. In fact, in all the salaries oi noncommissioned officers and privates there has been a uniform increase of 20 per cent. When an entire regiment is paid off u is done from what is known as the roll of the field, staff and band, containing the names of the brigade or regiment al field officers. These officers are paid by the paymaster in the same manner that other payments are made, but the amounts are much larger, the briga dier general receiving $458.83 a month; colonel, $291.67; lieutenant colonel, $250, and major, $208.33. Regimental quartermaster and regimental ad jutants receive $150, while the regi mental chaplain's pay is $125 a month. Commissioned officers may draw their salaries from any paymaster, and It is not infrequent that accounts are duplicated. In such cases there is trouble in store for the officer. Pay masters, although they handle large sums of money, are only under $10,000 bonds. They are responsible for the accuracy of their accounts, and the overpayment of money to soldiers is a loss to the paymaster. The govern ment checks up every item in the paj rolls, and every error in payment is charged back to the paymaster. The possibility of error is a constant worry to the volunteer paymasters, who are unfamiliar with the work and who are largely dependent upon their clerks. For this responsibility their com pensation is $208 a month. Were it not for the gold shoulder straps and the rank of major which goes with the of fice, there are few paymasters in the volunteer service who would accept the place. There are among the vol unteer paymasters some whose in comes from their private business ex ceeded that of their; salary, but whose age disqualified thtfm for army serv ice, who have joined the pay depart ment that they might acquire a mili tary title. Such of these paymasters as have been assigned to the depart ment of the east are fast realizing that they are paying dear for their titles. V. Y. Sun. gig Woman's Intuition. Tommy Paw, what is "woman's in tuition?" Mr. Figg It is that quality of her mind that enables her to say, "Well, I don't care; it ought to be so, any how." Indianapolis Journal. Doesn't Understand Herself. "Do you think that man ever under stands woman?" she demanded, scorn fully. "If he does," he replied, "he has that much the advantage of woman." Chi cago Post. Too Slow for Him. Farmer (after registering) What time is breakfast on? Hotel Clerk From 8 till 10. Farmer Gosh, you're lazy 'round here! How'll I put in the four hours before breakfast? N. Y. Truth. The Man Who Doesn't Worry. The man who never worries never hurries, so of course His relatives support him, while he loafs, without remorse. He idles- through existence; when he dies he Is no loss, . And better hard-worked brothers have to pay his way across. Chicago Record. THE MYSTERY. The Old Man Hang it if it ain't sur prising, the way that Marie has got stuck on diving, this summer! N. Y. Journal. A Baseball Note. The time that sorely vexes The umpire, north and south. Is when the bat annexes His eyes and nose and mouth. He has no lovely vision When in the air afloat, His teeth and his decision Are batted down his throat. N. Y. World. The Cause of His Enmity. She Why, John! What makes you say such harsh things about the moth er who bore me? What have you against her? He Her evident determination to bore me, too. N. Y. Journal. Family Repartee. She You know very well that you Lad to ask me three times before I would consent to be your wife. He Yes, I know, and that only goes to show that it is sometimes possible to be too persistent. Chicago Tribune. A Regular Bombardment. Jack That little widow, kissed me for half an hour after I proprosed to her. . The Major (who has been fighting in Cuba) Well, now, that is what I would call a hot engagement. Town Topics. Prudent Girl. She would not shed a single tear If I should march away to die; She would not weep because she'd ear She could not keep her powder dry. Chicago Record. OUT OP EMPLOYMENT. Ben I hear De Sponge isn't working now. 'Jen What made him give up? Ben The man he was working died. Philadelphia Press. A Queer Kind. "To prove the pudding, eat It up Seems not the proper view; For though the Spaniards eat their words It far from prove them true. Judge. Deceptive Appearances. "She says he is an ideal husband." "He doesn't look such a fool either." Indianapolis Journal. Tne Exact Opposite. "I am deeply interested in the study of prehistoric man," remarked Mis Fosdick. "It is just the opposite with rue," replied Miss Frocks. "It is the coming man which I think about and 1 hope he will be interested in me." N. Y. Journal. Newspaper Enterprise. Manager See here. In yesterda morning's issue we had no account ot the earthquake. How's that? Editor It was crowded out by the article which showed we always had more news than our contemporaries, Tit-Bits. Bobby'a Repartee. "Bobby," cried Tadley to his young hopeful, angrily, "my father used tc whip me when I behaved as badly at you are doing." "Well," answered Bobby, thoughtful ly, "I hope I'll never have to tell my little boy that." N. Y. Truth. Barred Out. "You say you don't intend to marrj Miss Whopper?" "No; two men have come betweei us." I "Two?" "Yes; a preacher and the man she married." Chicago Record. Playing; the Part. "Johnny, after coaxing your little brother to play Spaniards, you should not have been so unfair as to assault him violently." "Yes, maw, but he played it too good. He went to calling me a pig." In dianapolis Journal. Fair Exchange. Haverly--Our brave soldiers are giv ing us fresh stars for our flag. Austen That's all right. They will get stripes in return. N. Y. Evening Journal. Horrors of Combat. "This war has simply ruined me." -"How's that?" "The heiress I was courtinjf has got engaged to a soldier." Chicago Rec ord. Bound to Kick. - "I've spent $15 putting fly screens in my doors and windows this season," grumbled Mr. Chugwater, "and not a blamed fly has come around the house!" Chicago Tribune. A Nea-lected Subject. Sweet, clinging curls that round her fair brows twine, Inspirers of a hundred tender songs! Yet who is there with intuitien fine Has sung their cause the useful curling tongs? Brooklyn Life. LOST AND FOUND. , . : Visitor (who has been regaled with terrible tales of shipwreck) But you don't mean to say you lose visitors here occasionally? Native No, sir; they generally washes up after a tide or two. St, Paul's. Good Advice. Just a little explanation. Properly expended; Just a little forbearance Quarrel Is ended. Chicago Record. Those Lovlna Girls. Helen Young Softleigh proposed to me last night. He ought to have known beforehand that I should refuse him. Mattie I'm sure he did, dear. Chv cago Daily News. To Drown Domestic Troubles. May You should get him to sign the pledge before you marry him. Fay Why, he doesn't drink! May No; but he may be tempted to do so later! Up to Date. A Gentle Hint. She I wish all men were like Ad miral Dewey! He In what way? " She He believes in short engage ments! 'Puck. An Eventide. The west was gold the sun was low; She murmured. " 'Tls a dream!" I thought she meant the sky; but no 'Twaa only the ice cream. N. Y. Herald. When They Count. Marie Then you don't care to Iistcv to soft nothings? Ruth Not unless they mean some thing. Puck. '( ) , The Aftermath. He gets his daughter off bis hands And thinks it all complete. But soon be finds he has to keep Her husband on his feet. Illustrated American.