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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.
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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.

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