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An Adventure In photography.
Frederick Courtland Hardy, ex
member of Mrs. Johnny Folkstone's
emart set of Boston, ex-cotillion lead
er, yachtsman and clubman, was On his
Way to Russia to take charge of one
of the American Trading Company's
stores at Stryetensk. He had lost
his money and his fair-weather
friends, and had been jilted by a girl
who, as it proved, was not the ideal
of nobility and womanly grace he had
supposed her to be. Though plucky,
he was, to use an expression more
forceful than elegant, "sore.*' Had
he but known it, the escape from the
girl was a bit of good luck sufficient
to compensate him for the loss of his
wealth for no woman who. deserts a
man at the first blast of misfortune is
good to tie to for a lifetime. He did
not realize this, for it is hard to be
philosophical when a man has just
lost his girl, his friends and his
He received his appointment to Si
beria through a friend of his father's,
old Frederick Emery, who had gone
out, to that country some years before
and came back to Boston on a visit,
rich and eloquent of the resources and
possibilities of that great empire so
little known and understood by Amer
The series of adventures that
caused the ex-cotillion leader to forget
his troubles began at Yokohama, and
dated with his first meeting with
Stapleton Neville in the dining room
of the Grand hotel. The two men
were seated together at a small table,
and the American was gazing dreamily
over the room, most probably thinking
of the girl who dropped him when he
lost his money.
"It's a jolly gay scene, isn't it?" re
marked his vis-a-vis, smiling pleasant
ly. He was a florid blonde man, with
the peachy complexion of a Swede,
rather thick lips and nostrils, a
square chin, the bluest of blue eyes
and white even teeth like those of a
young dog. His expansive shirtbosom,
for he was in evening dress, dis
played to the best advantage his depth
of chest.
"These people seem to be all Amer
icans," remarked Hardy. .They looked
like Americans, and the accent of
Produced a Card Bearing the Name.
those passing by, or sitting near
enough to be heard, was unmistak
"Yes," replied the other, "I suppose
they are, nearly all of them. The
show places of Japan are thronged
with your countrymen a£ this season,
and they make fashionable resorts of
them. I have been staying here for
several months, and I do believe I'm
about the only Englishman here. Per
mit me to introduce myself"—and he
produced a card, bearing the Vname
"Stapleton Neville, Travelers' club,
"My countrymen," replied Hardy, Of
fering his own card, "have a way of
taking' America with them wherever
they go. They travel to the ends of
the earth to get out or their oVn
land and then they so thoroughly
Americanize their favorite foreign re
sorts that thej- might quite as well
have stayed at hotne."
"When 'do you leave?"" asked Ne
"The day after 'to-morrow," replied
Hardy. "I am on my way to Russia
on business, and I am supposed to get
there with as little delay as possible."
"But there is no boat starting for
a week. You can't very well leave for
Vladivostok day after to-morrow."
Hardy smiled.
"You forget our American enter
prise," he replied. "I have learned
that a small boat leaves Hakodate in
three days, crossing the Japan sea,
end that by taking the train north
ward through the island, I shall ar
il^ five at Aomori, near the northern end
of Nippon, In time to connect with
this boat. I hare already had the
ageat here telegraph for passage for
I shall thus save a week's tlm«.
•M sluall

aalt to n—, fro tk« ear
window, the Interior of Japan—that
portion of "the country which our
friends in the dining room there get
little idea of."
"By Jove! Do ydu'know that would
jolly well fit in with my plans, if you
wouldn't object to a traveling com
panion and there should be room- for
me, also?"
"I'd be delighted," replied Hardy
"charmed, I assure you, to have ^rou
come along. Traveling alone is a
bore.. Shall you %e going through to
"Farther than that. I, too, am go
ing to Russia, through to Moscow^ and
from there back to England."
"Why, then," exclaimed Hardy, "I
shall have you as far as my destina
tion, Stryetensk!"
"Exactly so. And, as we are leaving
the town so soon, what do you say to
our prowling about to-morrow, to give
ou an idea of the bally place, and to
taking it, in in the evening in a jin
rikisha? It's Very picturesque, both
by night and by day, and you'll not
find me a poor guide, as I have
knocked around considerably since I
have been here."
The American fell in with this plan
gratefully, and thought himself in
good luck that he was about to have
for a guide an Anglo-Saxon who knew
the principal places of interest, and
possessed a slight command of the
language. Neville, he learned, had
been in the country over three
They were out early the next morn
ing and spent the entire-day tramping
about the fascinating streets of the
Japanese city.
"Did you bring your camera with
you?" Neville asked Hardy, as the
latter appeared on the veranda.of the
hotel, Avhere he found his new-made
friend waiting. "There's a deal to
photograph and these" people are cer
tainly picturesque, even if they aren't
much else."
"Will they allow one to take pho
tographs?" asked Hardy.
"Oh, certainly. There are no re
strictions, whatever. Their civilization
is imitative, you know—copied mostly
after the English and American. They
allow perfect freedom in such mat
ters, simply because the Anglo-Saxons
do. They are a nation of monkeys."
Hardy went back after his kodak.
The two men, as they walked away
from the front steps of the Grand ho
tel, presented, in their physical ap
pearance, as great a contrast as pos
I sible: Neville, tall, large-boned, florid,
blue-eyed, thick-lipped Hardy of me
dium size, dark, slender, well-knit, and
so erect that he seemed to be slightly
I taller than he really was. His suit of
dark gray fitted him with that unob
trusive elegance that proclaims the
most expensive American tailors,
while his gold-rimmed pince-nez add
ed intellectual distinction to a high
bred, somewhat ascetic countenance.
In the afternoon they walked down
toward the sea-shore, the Englishman
still acting as guide. I
"That would make a fine view," sug
gested Neville, "those houses along
the beach, that bit of sea, and the
hills yonder."
"That is so," assented Hardy. "L be
lieve I'll take it If I'm not careful,
I shall get all my films covered with
babies." He opened his camera and
rolled out the bellows, Then he
strolled back and forth for several mo
ments, gazing into the finder, as he
tried to decide on the' composition of
the view that he would take. -He
pressed the bulb and was closing*the
instrument when a Japanese in Euro
pean dress stepped up to him and
laid a detaining hand upon his arm.
"You must give me that camera,
sir," said the Japanese quietly, in per
fect English. Hardy looked about in
amazement. Naturally his ^v first
thought was that he was being
"Don't try anything of that kind
here, my man," he replied, "or I'll
give you into the hands of the police."
The threat was." 'suggested by the
presence of two-'police officers who
were standing iiear," "evidently watch
ing the scene. The .Japanese now
called to them in", his own tongue and
they approached.
"I am an officer of the law," -he
said, "and you will-be taken into cus
tody if you resist. I beg that you will
not compel me to. have ,the camera ta
ken from you forcibly." Hardy rarely
allowed himself to exhibit excitement.
"Better hand it to him,", advised
Neville: "He is evidently laboring un
der some mistake, which the authori
ties will be jolly well anxious„„to recr
tify when they find it out."
.Hardy handed over .his camera
"I'll go. with you to the police sta
tion," he said to the officer.
"Do not. put yourself to the trouble,"
said the Japanese, "the police will
know where to find you: when they
want you. The instrument will be re
turned to you, when we are through
with it, at the Grand hotel."
"Well, I call that cool!" said' Hardy,
as he stood watching the,three men,
who were walking off with his cam
era. "I'll hare that instrument back
If 1 hare to sts^ her«_a moatli and
wonder what they wanted of .it. What
"t Haven't the_ least idea,* replied
Neville.^'Probably they,have heard
that some" other country prohibits ta*
king photographs. As I told you, they
jure a nation of monkeys."
pfeMr. Hardy found his camera on hia
return to the hotel, with a note stating
that the films would be returned to
him in the morning, developed. The
Incident, which had been conducted in
a masterful manner, threw a new
light on Japan. It led him to believe
that this was something more than a
comic-opera country, _iind that the inc.
habitants were not all babies, -T .-I:
Searched by the Police. Jj?
4"The Anglo-Saxons are_ the only peo*
pie who have any idea of personal lib
erty," remarked Hardy, as the two
meh stood on the -steps of the hotel,
waiting for their jinrikisha to arrive.
"Fancy the authorities in New York
or "London taking away your camera
and developing the films, just to see
what pictures you have taken! Well,
I got my camera back all right, and
I'm going to consider" myself in luck
because I get my films developed, free
of charge. I wonder if there's any
thing else this obliging people would
like to do for me before I go away?"
At this moment the jinrikisha came
up and the newly-eaade friends start
ed out for their night expedition about
"I Am an Officer of the Law."
the streets of Yokohama—such an ex
cursion as only Pierre Loti or Lafca
dio Hearn could describe adequately.
An American's chief sensation on first
getting into a jinrikisha is loss of
dignity. There you sit,, perched in a
narrow trim baby carriage, driving a
bare-legged little man with an invert
ed fish-basket on his head.
They trotted from place to place till
midnight or after, Hardy enjoying
himself hugely. He took away with
him a confused memory of dark, nar
row streets swarming with Japanese,
mostly babies of occasional low build
ings where something seemed to be
going on inside of steep acclivities at
which it was necessary to get out and
walk and of steep declivities where
the man-horse, leaned back at an aa^
gle of 45 degrees and the muscles on
his legs stood out in knots.
"I say," cried Hardy to Neville, "if
this thing ever gets away from him
I'll be in a pretty pickle."
"You'd travel to_ the bottom ~jolly
fast!" laughed Neville, who did not
seem to be the least bi^ nervous.
There were innumerable paper lan
terns, -of course, and one quarter of
the town was lighted as if for a lawn
They were sitting on the floor in
the back room of a tea-house, listen
ing to the music furnished by three
geishas, when they were arrested.
Hardy had felt it a privilege to go
into this place, because his compan
ion assured him. that it was the real
thing, and not- one of .^those resorts
that are run for foreigners. This state
ment was borne out by the fact that
the dozen or more patrons whom they
found there were natives, with the ex
ception of one, a little foreigner who
spoke bad English, and who, as Hardy
remembered afterward, sat offensively
close to him, This man had a prq
fuse, shapeless beard and bad teeth
and persisted in drawing Hardy and
Neville into conversation. The
American took a dislike to him from
the first. ..."'
"Don't resist, don't resist," whis
pered Neville, as. four policemen
stepped up to them. "It won't do
you the least good in the world, dont
you know. They've made some bloom
ing mis take, and when they find out
what it is they'll do. everything in
their power to make amends."
"I haven't the least idea in the
World of resisting," replied Hardy
good-naturedly "this- is 'really .inter
esting. Whom do they take .us, for, I.
They were escorted to a cab and:
whirled off to a large modern-appear
ing building of stone, whose front
was lighted by an electric globe. They
walked up a broad flight of stairs and"
entered a room^ in the center of which
a. middle-aged Japanese, In" the uni
form of a general in the army, sat at
a table writing. He was a corpulent
man* in whose shrewd eyes and stern
features European training contended
with Mongol cunning. He spoke for'
a very few moments in a low tone
with' a subordinate, andi evidently as
a result of this- conference, -Neville
was led from the room. He returned
after about 20 minutes'-and Hardy
glanced at him curiously. If anytfiing
unpleasant bad been "done to him, it
did not show in Ills face—a fact which
fh«r American. attrfbuted to theotk
el's British SmwHtwbabllitr
Hardy himself was now led away.
He was taken .into a room about' ten
feet square, with bare floors and not
an article of furniture. He found him
self alone with two Japanese, one of
whom addressed him immediately in
& language that he did not under
"I can not speak Japanese," he re1
plied "if you wish to talk with me,
you will have to find some one who
can speak English."
"I was not talking Japanese to you,
as I think you know," replied his in
quisitor, in absolutely perfect English.
"You are too modest as to your really
remarkable, linguistic acquirements. _.
But if it suits you to speak English at
the present moment, I shall be most
happy to oblige you. I am sorry to
inform you that you must submit to
being searched.""
"Now, really, wouldn't that be car
rying matters. too far?" asked Hardy.
"I had intended to take this thing
good naturedly, as it interests me
but searching me—I really think. I
shall enter a protest against that. I
am an American citizen, you know,
and if any indignities are offered me,
I shall not fail to demand redress."
"Unfortunately, we have nothing to
do with that feature of the case," re
plied the Japanese. ''We are under,
orders, and we trust you will not put
us to the disagreeable necessity of
using force."
"Well, go ahead," said Hardy cheer
ily, "and if you find anything out of
the ordinary, I'll eat it."
They stepped briskly up to him and
began to run their hands rapidly and
deftly over his clothing and through
his pockets. As they worked, he
"If this had happened in Russia,
now, where every man is suspected
of being an anarchist or a spy, I
shouldn't have wondered at it. But
we Americans have begun to look on
you Japanese as civilized people. We
call you the Yank,—hello, what's
They had taken from his overcqat
pocket a bundle ^of papers, which they
opened under tfie electric bulb hang
ing from a wire in the middle of the
room and began to examine. Hardy
stepped forward briskly, out of curi
osity, but one of them threw out an
arm as rigid as a bar of steel and
pushed him back as easily as if he
were a child. As nearly as he could
tell from the distance maintained, the
paper seemed to be covered with
drawings and plans of some kind.
"I never saw that before!" he ex
claimed, much wondering. They went
out together and left him in the mid
die of the room. Having nothing bet-"
ter to do, he lighted a cigarette and
attempted to stitdy it all out, standing
there with his Sands in his "pockets,
"I only hope they don't' keep this
farce up till I miss my train," ho
mused "I have bought my ticket."
He was not kept waiting long. The
general himself came in to see him.
"Of what am I accused ask£d Har
dy, "and why am I subjected to these
The general also spoke English. He
had shi*ewd, fearless, penetrating
eyes, and an absolutely dispassionate,
businesslike air.
,"You can not brazen the matter,"
he replied. "The papers found on your
person leave little'goubt as to the
nature of your mission in this coun-1
"I should like to see those papers,"
said Hardy. "I can not imagine what
they are, that you should be interest
ed in them. I didn't know that had
any papers in my overcoat pocket."
The general smiled.
"We shall be under the necessity of
detaining you," he said, "and of ex
amining you more at our"~leisure."
He pushed a button in the wall. TWo
soldiers entered. "You will go with
these mem." ...•' •.
"But you are making- some great
mistake, that will get you all into trou
ble. Iv am a- well-known American cit
izen, now on my way to Russia. I ar
rived only this morning, direet from
my country. I demand to be taken be
fore the American consul—or, better,
I will semi for him."
"You say you arrived this morn-'
ing?" asked the^ general. Hardy's
earnestness was so great that it was,
almost convincing. Besides, the Jap
anese had no desire to alienate. Amer
lean sympathy.,
"Come out into my office and wait I
a while," he said "I will telephone to
your consul."
Hardy found Neville still waiting in
the office, smoking a cigar and ap
pearing quite cheerful, under the cir
"Oh, this is good of you to wait for
.me," said the American, sitting down.
"Couldn't help it, my dear fellow,"
replied Neville. "They haven't let me
go yet."
"But what do they suspect me of?
What have I—what have- we done?
Have you any idea what those papers
were that they ^found in my- overcoat-,}
-"Not the least in .the world, but I
suspect. You see, th#se people are
simply spoiling for a fight with Rus
-sia. They talk and think of nothing
else. "Ja'pan is a volcano of war^ ready
-to erupt at- any moment. Consequent
ly, they are suspicious of foreigners.
They probably take you for a French
man or a Russian—a spy, in fact."
Neville spoke quite loud, so that it
"was possible for any of the officials
standing near to hear him. Hardy
admired his imperturbability. The:
consul soon arrived, a forceful man
who understood his business. Hardy
produced his passport, a card, and sev
er&l letters:
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Citation for Hearing on Final Account
and for Distribution.
County of Mower—ss,
In Probate Court.
In the matter of the estate of Hannah
M. Slaven, decedent.
The State of Micnesota to the heirs at law
of said deceased and to all persons interested
in the final account and distribution of the
estate of said decedent The representative of
the above named decedent having filed in this
court the final account of the administration of
the estate of said decedent, together with his
petition praying for the adjustment and allow
ance of said final account and for distribution
of the residue of- said estate to the persons
thereunto entitled Therefore, yon, and each
gf you, are hereby cited and lequired to show
'cause if any you have, before this court at the
Probate Couit Rooms in the Court House* in
the city of Austin in the county of Mower, state
of Minnesota, on the 4th day of October,
1S09, at 10 o'clock a. m., why said petition
should not be granted.
Witness, the judge of said court and the seal
of said court, this 1st day of September, 1909.
(Seal) Judge of Probate.
Attorney for. Petitioner.
Sept. 8.15, 22.
Citation for Hearing on Final Ac=
count and for Distribution.
County of Mower—ss:
In Probate Court:
In the matter of the estate of Laura A.
Carter* decedent.
The State of Minnesota to the heirs at law oi
said deceased and to all persons interested in
the final account and distribution of the estate
of said .decedent: The representatives of the
above named decedent, having filed in this
court the final account of the administration of
tbe estate of said decedent, together with their
petition prayiig for the adjustment and allow
ance of said final account and for distribution
cf the residue of sail estate to the persons
therounto entitled Therefore, you, and each cf
yo'j, ai hereby cited and required to show
cause if any you have, before this court at the
protate court rooms in tbe court house in the
city of Austin in the county or' Mower, state of
Minn^szta. pn the 11th day of Octobor, 1909,11
10 o'clock a m, why said ^petition should not b(
Wituesc, the judge of said court and the ee 1
cfs .iJ pon rt, this 13th day of Sept., 1909.
Judge of Probate.
Sept. 15, 23, 29.
Citation for Hearing on Petition
to Mortgage Land
County of Mower—ss.
In Probate Court:
In the matter of the estate of G. W. Grim
shaw, Decedent.
The State of Minnesota to,Geo. W. Rice, May
A. Faber, Eddie D. Hanson, Ida M. White,
Rose E. Rice and Lorena E. Grimshaw and to
all persons interested in the mortgaging of
certain lands belonging to said Decedent: The
petition of R®se E. Rice as one of the
representatives of the above named Decedent,
being duly filed in this court, representing that
it is necessary and for the best interests of said
estate and of all persons interested therein,
that certain lands of said Decedent described
therein be mortgaged and praying that a
license be to Rose E. Rice and Ida M. White
granted to mortgage the same:
Now Therefore, you, and each of you, are
hereby cited* and required to show cause, if any
you have, before tiris court, (it the probate
court rooms in the court house in the city of
Austin, County of Mower, State of Minnesota on
the 11th day of October, 1909, at- 10 o'clock a.
m. why the prayer of said petition should not
bo granted.
Witness the judge of said court and the seal
of said court, this 10th day of September, 1909.
Probate Judge,
Attorneys for Petitioner.
S 1 5 3 2 2 9
Citation for Hearing on_ Petition
for Administration.
County of Mower—ss.
In Probate Court,. ..
In the matter of the estate of Charles H. W,
Peck, decedeht.
The state of Minnesota to the heirs at law.
of said deceased and to all person^ interested
in-the granting ot,administrationof the estate
of said decedent. The petition of Ina May Peck
having been filed in this court representing that
Charles H. W. Peck, then a resident of the
county of Mower, state of Minnesota, died inte
state on. the 6th fi-ay of September, 1909, and
praying that letters of administration of his
estate be granted to Ina May Peck and the
court having .fixed the time and place for hear
ing sftid petition:
Therefore, you, and each of yon, are hereby
cited and required to show cause, if any you
have, before this court, at the probate court
rooms in the court house in the city of Austin,
in the county of Mower and state of Minnesota
on fhe 18th day of October, 1989, at 10 o'clock
a. m.,"why said petition should not be granted
Witness, the Judge of said" Court and the
Seal of said Cpurt, .this ISth dav of September,
1909. J.
(Spay Judge cfProba'e.
Attorneys for Petitioner.
Sep 22-P9 Oct. 6
Citation tor Hearing on Petition to
Sell Land.
County of Mower—ss.
In Pjobate Court.
In the matter of the estate of Mary
Finbraaten, Decedent.
jPbe State of Minnesota to Mary finbraaten
and to all persons- interested in the sale
of certainlauds,belonging to said ward: The
petition of -Borger Anderson representative
of above named ward, being duly filed in
this court, representing that it is necessary and
best Interests of said estate and of all
interested therein that certain lattds of said
ward described therein be^ sold and praying
that a license be to Borger Anderson granted
to sell the same:
Now therefore, you, and each of you, are
hereby cited and reauired to show cause, If
any you have, before this conrt, at the Probata
Court Boomslo the Gonrt House In theCift*of
Amtin Copnfr.
HoiiWi State of M)nn^fn,
on thelsth day of October1909. ^t3 o^clookp,
m., why theprajrer of said petition should not
ess the
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Meets on secord and fourth Fri ay evenings
3f each month at the new Elks' hall on Main 8t.
Tilting Elks are invited to meet with us.
JOHN L. GULDEN .Exalted Buler.
P'Ar ieg?.iar communications of this lodge are
aeld in asonic hall Austin, Minn., on the first
*no rd Wednesday evenings of each month,
stated communications of this Chapter are
aeld Masonic hail, Austin, Minn., on the
iscond and fourth Friday evenings of each
Meets first Monday evening bf each month at
Masonic hall. A. C. PAGE, E. C.
Meets on the second and fourth Wednesdai
svemngs of each month. Visitina Knighii
selcomed. W. L. VAN CAMP, C.
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ihe firsthand third Saturday evenings of aaob
tiontn,_ isiting comrades cordially invited.
JOHN D. SMITH. Commander,
T. H. Prldham,
Office over Citzens' National Bask
Austin, Minn,
»sal Estate, Collectibns, Loa and Insuran
Established in 1809,
Office in First National Bank JBuilding,
Austin, Minn,
JfBce over the Citizen's Natior"" Bank,
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OQice^opposite Hormel's Meat Market
Phone Interstate 232. Austin, Minn
G. M. F. Rogers, M. Dr
Practice limited to
Glasses Correctly Fitted.
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JfBce, over Dunkelmann's Clothing Store.
tHjjidence, 201 North Qragnwich St.
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special attention to diseases and anr»
ffery of the"eves. Glasses fitted/
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ffouse physician St. Mary's Hospital, Minne*
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