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Distinguished Characters Found at
the National Capitol.
But Few of Them Are Now to Be
Fomitl In the Senate op House—
Some Picturesque Chnrnc
ters In Congress. .:
Washington.—Two great soldiers
have passed away in the deaths of
Maj. Gen. Long
street and Gen.
Gordo n—two of
the greatest sol
diers in the his
tory of the repub
Of the generals
of the confederacy
Longstreet ranked
easily among the
first three, and in
the opinion of mil
itary experts there
were not more
than that number
of commanders on
Gen. L:nzstreet
the federal side who excelled him. Yet
for the greater portion of the time
after the close of the civil war until
his death his fame rested under a
cloud among some of his own people,
•because after swords were transformed
into agricultural implements he allied
himself with the opposition party.
At the close of the war Longstreet
tecame a republican and he remained
a republican until the end. Some of
his neighbors, forgetful of the splendid
services he had rendered the confed
eracy in the field, ostracized him. They
refused to recognize him at the re
unions of confederate veterans and for
years he lived as a stranger in a
•strange land. Now that he is dead per
haps his reward may come, but the
tragedy of his life cannot be obliter
Of lateyears he has been a resident of
•Washington occupying the sinecure po
sition of railroad commissioner, which
•was occupied before him by another
•confederate soldier, Joseph F. John
There is little in the physical ap
pearance of the gray-haired old man to
remind one of the dashing corps com
mander of 40 years ago. The inevita
ble ear-trumpet and the sightless eye
were pathetic reminiscences of a he
roic past
Dwindling ltaiik*.
The departure of Longstreet and
•Gordon serves to call attention to the
rapidly dwindling
group ot former
confederate officers
who remain in
There are still a
good many confed
erate veterans in
congress, but very
few of them held
conspicuous rank.
There was a time
not so very long
ago when the visi
tor to the senate
galleries looked
Senator Ea'.-J
down on an historic group of southern
military heroes. There were Wade
Hampton and M. C. Butler, those fine
types of the "rebel brigadier" about
•whom Ben Butler used to storm Isham
Harris, oj. Tennessee Mahone, of Vir
ginia John B. Gordon and Colquitt, of
Georgia Walthall, of Mississippi,
whom Lamar used to say would have
succeeded Lee if Lee for any reason
had fallen by the wayside, and whom
Senator Hoar describes as the finest
type of southern statesman Zeb
Vance, of North Carolina, the idol of
the old north state. In Kie senate now
there are only three or four. Cocltrell,
of Missouri, had an enviable record.
So had Morgan and Pettus of Alabama.
Another interesting survival is Bate,
of Tennessee. Bate limps about on a
shortened leg ti» show for his experi
ence in fighting the battles of the con
federacy. Bate is known among his
colleagues and has been known for
years as the man who never smokes a
lighted cigar. He is never without a
cigar in his moutli, but it is always
what is known as a dry smoke. There
Is a reason for this to which the Ten
nessee senator rarely refers. During
the civil war he was riding into action
once with his brother by his side. He
was smoking a cigar. A bullet sped
by, caught his cigar from between his
lips and speeding past killed his com
panion. From that day Bate has never
lighted a cigar. And he never will.
Bate rarely opens his mouth in the
senate, but he is now one of the most
experienced members of that body. He
is serving his third term.
A Picturesque Congressman.
A picturesque figure in the house is
the new member from the Bowery dis
trict in New York,
Tim Sullivan. Sul
livan is a Bowery
boy and is proud
of it. He has
fought his way up
from the bottom
and at 40 years he
is one of the most
influential demo
crats in Greater
Nov/ York. Over
on the East, side
.think of speaking
of him as Con
They all call him
Dry Dollir Tim"
gresstr.an Sullivan.
Tim" or "Big Tim" or "Dry Dollar."
"Drj Dollar Tim" is perhaps the
name by which he 1s most familiarly
known. He has carried It from boy
hood. One day on .his way to school
little Tim picked up a revenue beer
stamp. He thought it was a dollar bill.
It had been raining and the stamp was
wet so when he reached the school he
pinned the stamp on the wall near the
stove. The teacher asked him what he
was doing and he replied that he was
trying to "dry that dollar." The boys
caught on as boys will and from that
day to this he has been known as "Dry
Dollar Tim." Since that memorable
day Tim Sullivan has learned a great
deal about the medium of exchange.
He has over a million and a half of
dry dollars now. He owns theaters,
race horses and race tracks and he is
as weU known in the sporting world as
in politics. Most of "Dry Dollar's" ed
ucation he picked up in the streets.
His school days were few. He began
to make money by selling papers and
most of the information he picked up
was gathered from the papers he sold
and from the racy talk of the streets.
To this day he says his reading is con
fined to the newspapers. He buys a
lot of them and reads them all. When
he is through with them he has littlo
time for anything else.
A riassachusetta Character.
Sam Powers, of Massachusetts, is go
ing to retire from congress at the end
of his present
term. That will
be sad news for
younger men in
the house and for
many of the older
men, too, for that
matter. But Pow
ers thinks he can
make a good deal
more money by
going back to his
profession and he
says that the life
of a representative
is dreary and un
Congressman Powers
Powers is a man of ability and he is
also a thoroughly good fellow. He is
one of the few members who has man
aged to attract the attention of the
house'Quring- his first term in congress.
When he landed in Washington to be
gin his congressional career the first
thing that impressed him was the utter
insignificance of the new member un
der the hard and fast system of prefer
ment which prevails. He lay around
for a few weeks, wondering why he
ever consented to come to Washington
at all, and calling nimself all sorts of
names. He talked around among some
of the other new members and found
that most of them felt about as he did.
Then he had an inspiration.
He organized the new members into
a club, which he called the Tantalus
club, because it is the l'ate of the new
member to be constantly hoping to get
somewhere and never reaching the
goal. He got them all together for a
dinner. He was made president by ac
clamation, and the first dinner was
such a success that they had another
and another. The beauty about, the
dinners was that the members who
would never get a chance to talk in
the house under the rules could be rec
ognized and show wh»t there was in
them. The Tantalus club dinners be
came a feature of Washington. Ev
erybody wanted tp go to them and no
body could get in. The old members
for once had to take a subordinate po
sition. Powers became the best of all
the Aew men and he speedily became a
factor to be reckoned with. If he were
to stay in congress he would cut a big
figure, but he is going to leave.
Bevcrldse, of Indiana.
Beveridge, of Indiana, is coming back
to the senate at the expiration of his
present term. That
is one of the
things that seems
to have been set
tled by the recent
re an
feast at Indianap
olis. It is a good
thing for Bever
idge and it is a
good thing for In
Senator B.veridge
Beveridge is one
of the most prom
ising men in public
life to-day. If he
handles himEelf
right it is hard to say where his am
bition will carry him. For ho has plen
ty of ambition and he has plenty o£
capacity. He has an acute mind. He
has ample assurance. He has industry.
He has a wonderfully attractive per
If Beveridge were not in politics he
could make a handsome living with his
pen. It is possible, too, that he might
make a great success in business. His
closest friend is George W. Perkins, of
the firm of J. P. Morgan & Co.
Beveridge ran into George V.". Per
kins in Indianapolis when both were
ambitious young fellows with their
way to make in the world. They met
for the first time on a trial trip that
was made on an Indianapolis trolley
line and they were attracted to each
other at once. After that trip one of
the big financial magnates of Indian
apolis asked Beveridge what he
thought of his new acquaintance.
"I believe," said Beveridge, who was
then a boy lawyer, "that Perkins will
be the most powerful financial figure
in the United States."
Perkins was then a life insurance
man and there was no superficial indi
cation of his future. But before long
he was called to New York and he is
rapidly advancing to the position
which Beveridge picked out for him.
The two are groat chums now. They
spend all the time together they caD
and each goes to the other for advice,
but neither ever asks the other for a
favor. That is the compact between
Mayor McClellan's Chances foi the
Presidential Nomination.
Evidences That tlie Tiger Is In Con
trol—May Sacrifice a Good Man—*
Other Timely and Interest
s' inar Gotham Gossip.
New York.—It would be Interesting to
know what the country thinks
of the new
"boom" of Mayor
Mr. McClellan
has a good reputa
tion as a congress
man he is in per
son small, but ac
tive, a fair speaker,
popular with ac
a in an a
with strangers,
educated, traveled,
aided by a wise
wife, master of
many languages,
The Shadow of the Feast honored by a name
that no man needs to learn who knows
our history. These aroadvantages.
Why is the "boom" discounted in New
York, which so recently rolled up for
Mr. McClellan so tremendous a majority
Because of Mr. Clellan's unfortunate
backing in Tammany Hall. In vain,
while that lasts, will Mr. Cleveland and
Mr. Hill and other party leaders dine
and make speeches in his honor. New
York is a close state. Nine months in
tervene between January and election
"Boss" Murphy, the new leader of
Tammany Hall, showed himself in the
campaign such a shrewd manager that
many believed that he would insist upon
a clean local government—at least un
til after the presidential election—for
the sake not so much of the party as of
Tammany's influence in the party. The
appointments made in the opening days
of the new administration, however,
prove that either Mr. Murphy is not a
free agent either he is compelled to do
the bidding of the Tammany district
leaders or he is more anxious to secure
for Tammany the loaves and fishes of
patronage than he is to advance the pres
idential fortunes of Mr. McClellan or of
anyone else. If the latter should prove
to be the case, "Little Mac" will not be
the first to be cajoled by local rings
through his honorable ambitions.
The McClellan Appointments.
No one who knows him imagines that
George McClellan would do a dishonest
act. Unfortunate
ly for his future he
is obliged, having
been elected by
Tammany, to work
through and with
a an
contrast between
what he would like
to do and what he
must do shows in
bis appointments.
McAdoo, the new
commissioner of
police, isa fine man
of genial disposi
tion and good Bait for Statesmen
repute an ex-congressman and ex-sec
retary of the navy. He is McClellan's
choice, a good one. But McAdoo has
named as his first deputy another Devery
in the person of McAvoy, a Tammany
district leader and former police inspec
tor, who resigned his job in a hurry un
der fire from the Lexow investigating
committee rather than defend his record
before Theodore Roosevelt as police
Again, McClellan has named his friend
John Delany, fine young fellow, as cor
poration counsel, an office with large
patronage and the appointment of many
young lawyers as assistants. These
subordinate appointments are parcelled
out among the district leaders and they
are by no means good. And further to
contrast with the excellent record of this
head of the city's law staff put the subor
dinate officials named Tim Sullivan's
new borough president of Manhattan,
the home of 2,000,000 people and the cen
ter of the town. That part of New York
which every visitor sees is to have its
vast interests looked after by these men:
Public works, Dalton leading spirit in
the conspiracy which sought to compel
the city to buy a private water system at
a cost which would, amount to {200.000,000.
Water and Gas, Scannell: brother of
Croker's l'rlend, a tire commissioner under
Van Wyck.
Donohue also implicated in the Rama
po plot, resigned from the building de
partment under charges when an inspec
These men are all Tammany district
leaders. In Brookly McCarren, the new
boss, has compelled the naming of pub
lic servants of equal unfitness, including
a clerk in a district leader's office as park
commissioner, and his own partner as
second police deputy.
Theaters and Politics.
I have explained that one of New
York's new officials was ousted from
charge while
an in
buildings depart
ment. What that
may mean the ter
rible fire in Chica
go's Iroquois thea
ter and the possi
bility of such an
other here, have
led people to see.
The discovery is
made that our old
er theaters arc-lire
traps that when
they were con­
liways AiUi.ds '.iio
builders eva-Jcd the not very strict laws
then governing new theaters by "seeing"
the officials. And now that the mischief
Is done the owners of old theaters can
not under the law be compelled to
change them sufficiently. So that Ntw
York, with building laws nominally
more strict than Chicago's Is not actu
ally better protected.
On the other hand, the newest thea
ters here are probably as safe as any In
the world. I have myself twice seen fires
plainly visible from auditoriums put out
upon the stage without alarming the au
One was in the old Brooklyn theater,
scene of the worst fire in the country
previous to Chicago's. The same or
chestra leader who had barely escaped
from the earlier fire with his life sat im
passive, stolid, as tht' flames licked the
scenery. Sarah Bernhardt was playing.
The audience coughed, spoke out, trying
to attract the attention of the actors
without causing alarm. The actors were
puzzled, the more because they were
Frenchmen and di\ not understand.
Finally a man strode down the aisle,
pointing at the flames. The actors
turned, put out the fire as if used to it,
went on with the play.
Another time I saw alight wreath of
decoration surrounding proscenium arch
blaze into a horseshoe of fire. Then rose
two methodical firemen in uniform upon
the right and the left, they pulled down
the offending stuff hand over hand like
sailors coiling a rope and stamped out
the place.
At the gala performance in the Metro
politan opera house in honor of Prince
Henry, of Prussia, when a vast au
dience was present, including many of
the best known persons in the city, afire
broke out upon the stage behind th«»
lowered curtain and was put out without
the audience being alarmed, or even
knowing what had happened.
Never since the Brooklyn theater fire
has a show been given in a New York
theater without- the presence of a fire
man in uniform. That was one thing we
gained by that catastrophe.
The Matter with the Schools.
New ork is passing through a season
of heart-searching as to the faults of its
schools. The ar
ticles of Miss Shaw
in the World's
Work were fair and
accurate. They re
vealed the strength
and weakness of a
system that at its
best is the best, that
at its worst would
shame Russia, and
that at its best and
worst alike is the
world. New York
appropriates $21,000,000 for its schools
this year, an amount greater than that
devoted to a like purpose by all Khe
states lying between Pennsylvania,
Florida and Texas. Besides this it is
sues millions of bonds for new buildings,
the $21,000,000 being merely for running
expenses. Yet the board of education
threatened to cut off part of the evening
schools and evening lectures and to close
entirely the vacation schools and recrea
tion centers—the best of the work, some
think—for lack of money.
The Material
It costs New York vast sums to buy
for its children text books seldom ured
by more than three pupils in succession.
The teachers' wages are the highest in
the world. Teachers in thehighschoois
often refuse professorships in minor col
leges because they cannot- afford to give
up their present places. I have recent
ly known of men refusing upon this
ground professorships in Dartmouth and
Amherst. A New York high school
teacher has recently been made vice
president of Berea college.
For the salaries it pays New York de
serves good service. Sometimes it gets
this sometimes not.
So of the school buildings. A few of
the newer ones are not only architec
tural ornaments to the city, but within
are finer than their rivals
anywhere. One
of the newer ones will provide for 5,000
pupils. On a level with the street, easily
reached by tired mothers of the neigh
borhood, and safe in case of fire, is a
great assembly room, to be the scene of
lectures, of neighborhood gatherings,
of school events. The baths, the great
playground on the roof, wired and fenced
on top as well as the sides like a chick
en coop, so that no child can possibly
fall off, furnishes pure air and sunlight.
The gymnasium is better than that of
many a college.
But the older schools!
Julia Grunt Coming: Home.
The Princess Cantacuzene is coming
home to visit her native country. Amer
icans knew her as
JuliaGrant, daugh
ter of the present
Gen. Grant, grand
daughter of the
president. She is
to accompany her
aunt, Mrs. Potter
Palmer, of Chicago,
one of the army of
typhoid martyrs.
Princess Can
tacuzene is one of
the very few Amer
ican women who
have married Rus-
Princess Cantacuzene
sian princes. Another is the daughter
of Gen. Charles A. Whitman, of this city,
who married the Prince Belosselsky
Belozersky and thereby acquired the
most eccentric name in the "American
peerage." The Prince Belo-and-the
rest-of-it is aide de camp to the Grand
Duke Vladimir and commands the Rus
sian army about St. Petersburg The
husbands of both these American wo
men would doubtless be concerned in the
troubles if there were to be a long war
with Japan.
Not liuilty.
She—Why do you accuse Miss Gid
dings of Veing mannish?
her smoking a cigarette.
She—Well, I fail to see anything man
nlsh about tlial.—Chicago Daily New a,
I wonder when it is I grow!
It's in the night, I guess.
My clothes go on so very hard
Each morning when I dress.
Nurse says they're plenty big enough
It's "cause I am so slow,
But then she never stops to think
That children grow and grow.
I wonder when! I can't find out.
Why, I watch Tommy Pitt
In school for hours and I can't se»
Him grow the smallest bit!
I guess that days we stay the same,
There's so much else to do
In school and play, so I must grow
At night, I think—don't you?
—Lilla Thomas Elder, in Youth's Com
The Mistletoe Tells How It Grows and
the I*nrt It Has Played In Myth
ological History.
My story is very different from that
of other plants because most plants
grow in the soil, while I grow in a very
strange place. One day a little bird
dropped a mistletoe seed on an apple
tree. He was there looking for a place
to build his nest or perhaps for a nice
worm. The seed was held to the
branch of the tree by a sticky fluid
with which it was covered, and there
it had to remain. After awhile it sent
out little roots into the branches and
just lived upon that old tree. By the
way, do you know what plants are
called that live on other plants? Do
you know of any others which have
similar habits?
So I stayed on the old tree and found
plenty of food, and I grew and grew
until I nearly choked its foliage. Final-
ly I blossomed and bore dainty white
berries. Then some one gathered my
boughs and sold me at Christmas time.
My plant has long been considered very
A little story is told of Baldur, one
of the gods. He was the son of Odin
and Frejya and was killed by a mistle
toe branch. It seems that his mother
had made all creatures, except the
mistletoe, promise that they would
never harm Baldur. One of the wicked
spirits was so displeased that he placed
a mistletoe branch in the hands of a
blind god, Hoder, who, directing it
toward Baldur, pierced him in the
heart, instantly killing him. Longfel
low says:
"Hoder, the blind old god,
Whose feet are shod with silence,
Pierced through that gentle breast
With his sharp spear, by fraud
Made of the mistletoe,
Tho accursed mistletoe!"
—Orange Judd Farmer
Tells Wine Professor of n. Po
lite Way of Finding Out the
A*?es of Friends.
One day there came to the court of
a king a gray-haired professor, who
amused the king greatly. He told the
monarch of things he never knew be
fore, and the king was delighted. But
finally it came to a point where the
ruler wanted to know the age of the
professor, so he thought of a mathe
matical problem.
"Ahem!" said the king, "I have an in
teresting sum for you it is a trial in
mental arithmetic. Think of the num
ber of the month of your birth."
Now, the professor was GO years old,
and had been born two days before
Christmas, so he thought of 12, Decem
ber the twelfth month.
"Yes," said the professor.
"Multiply it by two," said the king.
"Add five."
"Yes," answered the professor, do
ing so.
"Now multiply by 50."
"Add your age."
"Subtract 365."
"Add 115."
"And now," said the king, "might 1
ask what the result is?"
"Twelve hundred and sixty," replied
the professor, wonderingly.
"Thank you," was the king's response.
"So you were born in December, 00 years
ago, eh?"
"Why, how in the world do you
know?" cried the professor.
"Why," replied the king, "from your
answer—1.2U0. The month of your
birth was the twelfth and the last two
figure! give your age."
"Ha! ha! ha!" laughed the professor.
"Capital idea! I'll try it on the next
person. It's a polite way of finding out
people's ages."—Louisville Courier
Barked Savajyely as Flames Imperllad
of (lie
o! an
Apartment House.- S'f*-
Prince is of no particular breed. He
is just a dog. He is big, white, home
ly, also very bright-eyed, and the fam
ily of Frederick Otto, a Brooklyn mer
chant, and all other occupants of the
big apartment house at Nos. 7 and 9
Hicks street, Brooklyn, declare that
there is no other dog in tne world as
fine as Prince, because by a remark
able parade of sagacity and faithful
ness he saved the lives of many, and
maybe all, of the residents of the
Early in the morning Prince arose
from his place on the dining-room
hearth rug. He whined uneasily for
a little while and then of a sudden he
barked outright. None of the family
stirred. The sounds of their regular
breathing did not ceas6.
Prince went to the room ef his 14
year-old master and chum, Freddie
Otto. He barked furiously. The
drowsy boy sat up and looked at the
dog, told him to be quiet, and sank
back to his pillow. Prince barked
Meanwhile on the floor above Bridget
McCarren, a naged woman, having been
awakened by the barking of the dog,
aroused her husband, and reminded
him that twice last summer when bur
glars tried to get into the apartment
house, the dog had warned the sleep
ing families by his barking.
She asked her husband to go out
into the hallway and investigate the
cause of the barking. When McCar
ren opened the door it was to let in
a cloud of smoke. Looking down, he
saw that the hallway on the first floor
was ablaze.
He gave the alarm to his wife, and
then rushed through the hallway call
ing to all the neighbors. Then he ran
into the street, notified a policeman,
and a fire alarm was turned in. The
families all made their escape scantily
Finally, when the entire Otto fam
ily were in the street, Mr. Otto re
membered that Prince was still up In
the apartment. The dog had conceived
an idea that he must still remain and
guard the apartment.
So up through the smoke and flamea
dashed his owner, declaring that Prince
was a dog worth saving. And he
brought Prince down. And everybody
patted the wise dog and Prince
pranced and looked happier.—N. Y.
How to Make Beautiful Chrysanthe
mum .s Out of Paper with Few
Snips of the Shenm.
It is wonderful how close you can
come to nature if you try to copy a
chrysanthemum in tissue paper. The
paper can be bought in many varied
shades, but the best colors to begin on
are white and yellow, for they really
make the prettiest chrysanthemums.
Suppose we try a yellow one. Take
three sheets of tissue paper, fold so as
to make a thickness of 12 sheets then
cut out groups of circles as large in
diameter as you wish to rpake them
each group will contain 12 circles, and
six groups will make your flower. Cut
small scallops around the edge of each
group, dividing each into quarters for
greater regularity, as in illustration.
Then bore two holes close together,
through the center, and fasten with a
piece of wire. Now cut down the dot
ted lines, to within a quarter of an inch
of the center, thus, and this will make
your petals. Do the same to each of
the six groups of circles, then twist
all the wire tightly together for th»
stem, around which you must twine
•leaf-green tissue paper. Then you
have your chrysanthemum.—Cincinnati
Bear Makes a Bold Raid.
On the edge of Edwin Miner's farm,
at Beaverhill, Pa., is a dense woods'
out of which boldly walked a bear and
made for the pigpen, where he seized a
fat porker. Mrs. Miner sat on the
porch and witnessed the performance.
The squeals of the pig and the calls
of Mrs. Miner brought the farm dog to
the scene. He made a dash for the
pigpen. The bear saw him coming,
when he climbed out and ran away.
Cat liaises Baby Rubblts.
A nest of young rablyts was plowed
up in Kansas, and a little girl took
them home, outafter getting tired of her
pets she decided to feed them to the
old family cat that had a number of
kittens. Instead of the cat eating them,
as was expected, she undertook rais
ing them. The cat seemed to think as
much of the rabbits as she did ol' her
A merle tin Fores! Trees.
It is stuted on good authority that
North America has about 412 species of
forest trees. The distribution is t.s fol
lows Atlantic region, 17G Pacific re
gion, lOti, common to both, 10 Rocky
mountain region, 40 Florida tropical
species, 74. Europe has only 158 spe
cies. At least six of the Notth Amer
ican species are also Indigenous in Eu

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