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HOW MADERO AND REYES IMPRESSED !
A PARTY OF BIRMINGHAM CALLERS What Visitors Thought of Two Men Most Con spicuous in Mexi can Affairs nnj HI GH tv. ROBERTS EXE HAL. BERXAKDO KEYES?, whose body at the present mo ment is interred in the heart of a Mexican gulley, was in the full of 1811 domiciled in a magnificent home on San Pedro avenue, Sail Antonio. Ar.d there one November morning, he granted an audience to a nurfiber of Bir mingham citizens, who were following the "bent of their own inclination, and Inci dentally beholding the picturesqueness of the»sole remaining American city which gives back today a glimpse of ancient Spain. The following morning the Americans boarded the train for Monterey. On a private coach to the rear of that in which they rode, was borne the corpse of a prominent Mexican lady, who under an opeiation had died In Philadelphia. The corpse was met at Monterey by Francisco I. Madero, the, present president of Mex ico, whose reign is beyond ull question, nearing the sunset of its glory. Having seen and talked to General Reyes, the Americans wero determined to interview the president of the Mexican republic. Several days later, as a result of the intercession of American Minister Newton, the hope was realized. In his palace In Monterey, Madero received the Americans very graciously and following the request of a newspaper man present, dictated lor The Age-Herald the only statement he had ever authorized for an Individual American newspaper. An thus it happened, that two of the three most interesting figures In the dis turbances in Mexico today, were mot and Interviewed by the Americans in the party. General Felix Diaz, at that time, was in Southern California, plotting re bellion, and dreaming of enmlre. Gen eral Reyes, in Snn Antonio. As plotting rebellion, and laying plans, in ljls jealous rage, for the overthrow of the Madcristoa —plans which eventually resulted In his own death. President Madero, just es tablished at the head of the cabinet, was hopeful and fearful, dreaming and thoughtful, in his own territory, just across the Rio Grande. General Reyes was the more Interesting flgtne. because of his age, and his rev erential appearance. He greeted the vis itors kindly, and displayed his training in that Latin school of politeness and polish which cannot be disguised In any assemblage. The old general stood be fore us, very grave and very dignified, althoueb there was no evidence that he was resentful of this intrusion into the privacy and sanctity of his home. It GEN. BERNARDO REYES PRESIDENT FRANCISCO MADERO was afterwards indisputably established that the house in which wo were on San Pedro avanue, was the headquarters of the revolutionists, but nothing which would even tend to betray this fact was gathered from the conversation with the chief of the rebels. General Reyes, In answer to questions, discussed the situation in Mexico, and predicted tho downfall of the Maderistos, which prediction was based on his be liew that the new president and his cabi net were not living faithfully to their pre election promises. Reyes unlike the av erage or ordinary plotter might have done, did not hesitate to discuss his ene my, or to speak of that enemy in the harshest tones. As a mutter of fact, so well he played that the visitors on their departure, were willing to swear that the reports concerning Reyes were not well founded in incontrovertible fact. Reyes was of a most attractive per sonality. As one beheld him. he thought of the career of the man who had been the chief cog in the wheel of the iron rule of Porfirio Diaz. It was remembered that at the tender ago of 15, Reyes had begun his fight in behalf of the coun try, and that at that tender age he had fallen into a trap set by his enemies. 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One could readily imagine how resent ful the old “leaf of the tree of the broken government” became that a young strip ling, heretofore unknown, should supplant himself, even though it was through nis prowess as a general in the field, over the old veterans and aristocrats, born to rule, and who knew nothing else save to rule. And it was deemed perfectly natural that Reyes should have stood against Madero for the presidency, and that fol lowing his defeat, he should, pouting and burning under the fire of jealous rage, have retired from the land of his birth, and prepared to plot rebellion in seditious company. But Reyes gave no evidence, as stated above, that he was plotting. But he was. And a few days later, as the Am ericans, returning from Mexico, crossed [ the border into their own country once! again, the news was flashed that the,. United States government had caused the arrest of the old Castilian, and that he had slipped into Mexico leaving ze hind forfeited ball of $5000. It was natural that the Americans should have followed with feverish In terest, his lll-lfated revolution, should have read with amazement that the old cry. resounding once again, had failed to enlist the old followers of his plume. There was sadness when the truth wus told that Reyes had surrendered and as a weak, infirm, broken and despised old man. had been led to the prison of his conqueror. And among these Americans who had known him. there was renewed sadness when last Sunday, the old gen eral, w'hile gallantly leading revolution ists against his arch enemy, Madero, fell Extraord inary Offer To Musicians and Music Students on Steinway Upright Pianos The Steinway business is done on a big beneficent scale. It has led the development of music everywhere, disclosing hidden talent and furnishing the greatest medium for its expansion. 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Madero did not Impress his American visitors as they had previously been impressed by the grave and thought ful and powerful countenance of Reyes. The president was polished and gracious, and displayed such courteous considera tion that one might have thought that to neutralize all the glamor of,the studied exterior was something lying underneath not entirely a stranger to hypocrisy. He was not unhandsome with his bronzed face and hirsute adornment, in his vigor, energy and nervous display of vitality. But his eye was furtive and restless, and his visitors, despite the flattering atten tion of the distinguished host, became aware of the truth—that their coming had been without welcome, and that their departure would meet with the approval of the hero of the hour. * * * The visitors were entertained, however, for they stood in the presence of the resourceful and valorous chieftain who had overturned the sovereignty of Porflrlo Diaz, one of the most powerful men who has ever trod the earth. That Madero was a brave man w'as certain. And this deduction was borne out last Sunday when the president very gallantly led in person his faithful adherents against the rebels, enthusiastic and drunken in revelry following early victory. But at. the Fame time, the visitors feared lest Madero was morally weak, that he would not display in statecraft that impulsiveness, that “do it now” spir it that immaculate genius which had been his characteristic on the field of carnage. And this deduction has been proved true. For Madero wa:; not strong enough to order the execution of President Reyes, a most disturbing element, and was not brave enough to order the execution of Felix Diaz, the most dangerous man—on account of his relationship to Porfirio Diaz—beneath the spread of the gorgeous wings of the Mexican eagle. Had he put out of the world these two strong men his strength would have been estab lished, and Madero, as a result, would to day be absolutely in no distress as to the safety of his people, and the perpetua tion of his empire. Wanted—A National Hall From the New York Tribune. The proposal to hold an inaugural re ception in the rotunda of the capitol, which is about as ill equipped lor such a gathering as any large hall could be, calls renewed attention to the lack of adequate facilities in Washington for indoor state ceremonies on a largo scale. There Is no place where an Inauguration address can be satisfactorily delivered in case of inclement weather, or when an interna tional conference can be suitably con ducted. When President McKinley died the state funeral was held in the rotunda of the capitol, but its size Is inadequate, its lighting bad, and it is entirely un adapted to such ceremonies. 'The United States should have in Wasn ington a structure for important meet ings and ceremonies. *lt should he a building with all the dignity of a great Roman basilica or Gothic church, large enough to hold several thousand persons, impressive enough for the most solemn occasion. In addition to an uuditorium it might well contain rooms where an international conference could be held and quarters where national guests could oe 1 suitably lodged. There an inauguration I address could be delivered, a state recep- | tlon given, a national hero’s body lie in state, a public funeral be held. It might be for Washington what *’tho great hall ! William Rufus'* is to London or the Pantheon is to Paris. The grounds in the rear of the capitol. where the Grant monument is being erected, would have furnished a suitable site for such a building, which indeed, would be an appropriate monument to one of the nation’s great men. There are other, available sites convenient to the capitol and there are other men whose memory the country holds in honor, any one of whom might be appropriately com memorated by,-a building at once grajid anil useful. Such a secular cathedral, which might be a hall of fame as well as a temple for the ceremonial func tions of the governmerft,* would servo n practical utilitarian purpose and be a stimulunt of patriotic feeling. Accommodating Kansas From the St. Douis Globe-Democrat. .William Alien White, .at an old fashioned Hallowe'en party in Emporia, told a Kansas story: ",' attae is supei iatively iieipful her© watched a half dozen pretty Kansas ! girls who tried, with Weir' hands fas tened behind their hacks, to snatch with their teeth the enormous Kansas apples tloating in a tub 'of water. "Nature is ho superlatively helpful here that one could almost believe the story of old Hi R thin son. "A neighbor, passing Hi's fertile farm one autumn day, found the old fellow smoking a corncob on a fence. " ‘Nothin’, to do, ill'." he aeked. " 'No, nothin’ much,' the old man an swered. I had a right smart grove or pine trees to cut down, but blamed it lasl week's . yelone didn't- level ’em for me, and spill 'em up as well.’ '• 'Wonderful country, Kansas,' said the visitor. " 'You bet!' Hi agreed. You know them stumps 1 was goln' to blast? Well, the llghtln' saved me the trouble/ " ‘Do tell* Say. that's a tine potato crop over there. Hi.' And the visitor nodded toward a liekl of white blossoming vines. “ 'Yes. ain't it?' said the old man. Tin jest waitin' for an earthouake to come along and shake the taters outen the ground, same as usual.' ” Moon Madness From Judge. T'rof. Wiser—"What effect does the moon have upon the lied?” Sweet Co-ed—"None: it affects only the untied." HIGH CDS! OF LIVING Kansas Defends Farmers. Urged Union of Capital and Agriculture From the Chicago Record-HcrfUd. Science, which has labored for cen turies to prolong the life of man, finally has found slight reward for its service by being held responsible for the high cost of living. Broad tracks, leading from the seat of the high cost of living, have been fol lowecf by Dr. H. J. Waters, president of the Kansas State Agricultural college. | and found to lead in a most convincing manner to the haunts of science. The chief count in the Indictment against science is that it went ahead and, with malice aforethought, increased the life of the average member of the present generation five years. Since the world must feed, clothe and coddle every member of the present generation five years longer, Dr. Waters says that the cost of living must be increased in just exactly that proportion. The agricultural instructor made known his discovery for the first time at the annual banquet of the Kansas 80 icetv of Chicago, which was held at the Auditorium hotel. So gratified were the members of the society at the accom plishment of their member that they adopted resolutions in which they called upon President Wilson to make him his head of the department of agriculture. Dr. Waters also announced his opinion that farmers were not gett’ng a square deal in the matter of credit from the na tion’s financiers; that they were not being paid enough for their products, and that a nation of landlords and peasants would be the result—a forerunner of bankrupt cy and other evil things for the country at large. “Farmers are compelled to pay higher rates of interest on the money they bor row than than the holders of any other security, although land is the best se curity the Ford made,” he said. “Rail road Stocks and bonds are put up as se curity and readily accepted, while the owner of a farm has difficulty in bor rowing money even at a high rate of in terest. “The people in this country are eating less meat today than ever before. The price of cattle on the hoof is so low that the farmer cannot afford to raise beef, while the prices of meats still are soar ing. What is the obvious conclusion? “Farmers and the consumers must come closer together. The fnrmer who has food to sell must get close to the man who desires to use his products if he wishes to get the highest price for them, and if the consumer hopes to get the best food for the lowest price. “It was not so long ago that coal was lying on the ground in Pennsylvania ab solutely without a market, while the farmer in Kansas was burning corn be cause he couldn’t sell it. The trouble was in getting these two interests to gether so that they could do business. “In many localities food rots in the fields while in the great cities there are thousands of men and women craving it to keep body and soul together. We must put those people where they can transact their trading directly with each other. “Of course it will he necessary for us to increase the production of our farms, as has been done in European countries. But this will not be nearly so difficult as to increase the production per man. That is, we cannot increase the produc tion per acre without cutting down the earning capacity of each farming family. “Is it going to be necessary to feed the millions coming into this country annual ly at the expense of the tiller of the soli? If the responsibility is placed upon the farmer, we are going to have a lower class of people on the farms, standards of living among them will go down and1 we will develop a peasant class.” Too Far Out One of the best stories of the hust ling real estate salesman we ever heard comes from one of the fraternity who isn’t afraid to tell a joke because it happens to be on him. This salesman heard of a man who was anxious to trade a farm for some city lots. So he jumped into his au tomobile, drove to the farm owner's town office and warmly invited him to come out and look at some fine i suburban property. The” prospective j buyer seemed glad of the opportunity, and they were soon speeding toward the subdivision in which our hero was interested. A half hour bes'ond the city limits the real estate men began to point out corner lots, prospective paving and sewer systems, locations for imposing residences and al that sort of thing. “The city is growing right out this way," he said. “Facts and figures prove that beyond the possibility of a doubt. In 10 years these lots will be in the most fashionable part of town and will be worth five times what they are sell ing for today. While your farm will —by the way, where is you farm lo cated?” "We passed It on our way out here from the city,” said the prospective buyer. "Want to look at it?” Famous Bit of Repartee From the Weekly Telegraph. X. P. Willis, the American writer, was usually the life of the company he hap pened to be in. His repartee at Mrs. Gales’ dinner in Washington Is famous. Mrs. Gales wrote on a card to herjaiece at the other end of the tabie: ‘won't flirt so with Nat Willis.” She hdrself was talking vivaciously to a Mr. beil. 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