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OLD TIME MEMORIES
TYLER’S DAUGHTER ON A VISIT TO BALTIMORE. I MISTRESS OF WHITE HOUSE Now Lives in Washington and Full of ‘ Interesting Reminiscences—Was in Paris After Louis Napoleon's Coup and Entertained Prince de Joinville —A Typical Gentlewoman. Mrs. Letia Tyler Semple of Washing ton, daughter of President Tyler, who is now visiting her cousin, Mrs. Earle, the wife of Dr. Samuel T. Earle, in Bal timore, says the Sun of that city, was the mistress of the white house during her father’s administration, more than half a century ago. At the close of her father's term of office Mrs. Semple went abroad, where she had the entree into many foreign courts. Both in this country and abroad she was a witness of the stirring events and mu 'velous changes which have since passed into history. When she was just a young girl the first railroad train was run in this country. Later on, during maturer years, she was present at the comple tion of the first telegraph line between Baltimore and Washington. This was during President Tyler’s administra tion, and after the preliminary mes sage had been sent President Tyler was asked to send a message. He asked who was at the Baltimore end of the line, and was informed that it was Chief Justice Taney. Then he pre sented his compliments to the chief justice, who made a polite response Mrs. Semple is a typical gentlewo man, sweet and refined. Her face is strong and full of character, but is giv en a gentle expression by the soft, white curls which cluster around the temples. Her recollection of the inter esting experiences of her eventful life Is as clear as though they occurred last week. As she invests the simplest narration with a charm which makes it seem like a bit of fiction from Hie realm of the things that happened in the story-book—once upon a time, rather than actual occurrences. She described yesterday her experi ences on the occasion of the launching of the Alleghany, the first iron ship propelled by steam in the American navy. The vessel was built at Pitts burg above the Monongahela bridge. Every scrap of iron, the timber, the • sails and cordage used on the vessel came from the region in honor of which the vessel was named. “Why wasn’t the vessel built at some seaport?” Mrs. Semple was asked. “In those days.” she answered, “the only people who believed that we ought to have a navy were the people along the •eastern coast, and they wanted ships for the protection of the Atlantic coast. The Pacific coast, you know, did not belong to us then. Frement was sent out a little later to explore the west during my father’9 administration, and this was in 1837. Pittsburg was se lected as the place for the building of the vessel to arouse an interest in our navy in the people of what was in those days the west, who saw no neces sity for coast protection.” W T hen the vessel was completed. Mrs. Semple said, the builders waited until the snow began to melt in the moun tains before they could make their plans for launching. In February the snow began to melt, the river was un usually high, and on Washington's birthday, 1837. the ship was launched. As the vessel slipped down below the ' bridge into the river it was lashed to two smaller vessels. The one held the crew, the other the officers and the ladies who were their guests. Capt. W. W. Huntley of T>ouisiana. Lieuten ant Mcßlair of Maryland and Lieuten ant Reynolds, afterward Admiral Reynolds, were among the officers aboard. Mrs. Semple and Mrs. Reyn olds were two of the ladies. Mrs. Semple had been asked to •christen the boat, but said that she had •conscientious scruples against using in ■connection with a boat either the words “christen” or “baptize.” She promised, however, to give its name to the vessel. In the meantime the little son of the master builder had smashed a bottle of whisky over the side of the boat as it slid down the w^ys. After leaving Pittsburg lie boat was taken down the river. ItsWnal destina tion was New Orleans, where it was to be fitted out for sea duty. “On the way down,” Mrs. Semple said, “we passed Wheeling. W. Va., and the river was so high that we •could look into the houses as we went along. When we were near Cincinnati a small platform was erected on the prow of the boat, and taking a bottle •of champagne in my hand, I said as I broke it over the boat: ‘ln the name •of this great republic, I call the Alle ghany, and to thee, good ship, thy cap tains and tliy sailors. I wish success.’ ” The vessel was taken as far as Mem phis, where it remained until the sum mer. when it was sent to New Orleans. After being fitted out it was sent to the Mediterranean. “We were all so proud of our first iron ship,” Mrs. 'Semple said, “that we had to send her to Europe to show how fine she was While she was mistress of the white house Mrs. Semple was one of a small party who witnessed the first subma rine explosion in American waters. The explosion took place in the Poto mac near the navy yard at Washing ton. One of the events during her life at the white house was a dinner given r>y ■President Tyler to Prince de Joinville. Tn those days, she said in speaking of it, the only occasions on which ladies appeared at tha white house table were at the dinners given to the diplomatic corps and the cabinet officers. Mrs. Semple and her sister were both pres ent at the dinner given to the prince, who was a son of Louis Philippe ot France. The dinner and other attentions shown to the prince by President Tyler were in a way intended to make amends for the lack of attention dur ing Prince de Joinville’s first visit to this country, during President Van Buren’s administration. The prince came to this country to ascertain, if possible, the truth of a rumor that the Dauphin of France, son of Marie An toinette, had been brought to this country and was still living in De troit. Mrs. Semple was in Paris alter Louis Napoleon’s coup d’etat. She saw the crowds, but owing to ill-health was not able to be present at the cere mony of baptism of the young prince imperial, the son of the emperor and the beautiful Eugenie. Mrs. Semple said that the Empress Eugenie was greatly beloved by the French people, and that her emotion at the ceremony endeared her still more to them. As the little Prince Eugene was presented to the bishop of Paris for baptism by the first marshal of France tears rained down the mother’s face. From the balcony of her hotel Mrs. Semple saw the brilliantly illuminated ballroom in which the ball was given that same night in honor of the naming of the young prince, who was destined to meet so sad a fate in Zululand. The scene was one of the most gorgeous that could be imagined. “Every na tion of the earth,” said Mrs. Semple, “was represented in those who at tended. Their costumes were magnifi cent. Suddenly, far off in the dis tance, came the sound of ‘Vive l’Em pereur!’ ‘Vive l’Empress!’ and the im perial guard came in sight. Behind them came the carriage, with its sides of glass, so arranged that we could see the emperor and empress within. The empress wore the costume she had worn at the church in the morning— blue silk, with ruffles of lace, caught with diamonds and a diamond tira.” Mrs. Semple was in Brooklyn at the outbreak of the civil war. With c~e greatest difficulty she made her way to Richmond, where she met her father. Acting upon his advice she went on to Williamsburg, where, through her in fluence, the first hospital for the con federate army was established in the spring of 1861. Mrs. Semple opened a school for girls in Baltimore at the close of the war and lived here for several years. When the Louis Home was opened in Washington William W. Corcoran, the founder of the home, invited her to be come his guest there for the remainder of her life. With the exception of an occasional visit with friends, Mrs. Semplp spends her life at the Louis Home. PERSONALITIES. Puccini, the Italian composer, spends his mornings usually in hunting or shooting, his afternoons in sleeping, and most of his nights in diligent work of composition. The bishop of London sent a thrill through church circles there recently by saying in substance that the work of the devil were badly mixed up with the city administration. Mrs. Collis P. Huntington has given Principal H. B. Frissell of the Hampton normal and agricultural institute a check for $2,500 for the establishment in Newport News, Va., of a cooking and sewing school for colored girls. Rev. Donald McLeod of the Central Presbyterian church of Meadville, t a., who succeeds Dr. Talmage at the First Presbyterian church of Washington has been the latter’s intimate friend since the days when the two were schoolboys together. Rev. Charles M. bueldon of Topeka, Kan., Who has become known through his book called In His Steps, is to read another original and sLiilar story to his parishioners this w.nter in place of the usual evening sermons. This, it will be remembered, was the way in which In His Steps was introduced to the public. John Garland Price, who will repre sent Alaska in congress, is a lawyer of Skaguay. He was born in lowa twen ty-nine years ago and is an enthusiast on the .-.abject of Alaska. He settled in Skaguay in August, 1897, and is conse quently one of the oldest pioneers of the town, as well as one of its most prominent citizens. FUNERAL OF SENATOR HAYWARD. Distinguished Honors Shown Dead Ne braska Statesman. Nebraska City, Dec. 8. —The funeral of the late Senator Hayward was con ducted Thursday afternoon from the family residence. Members of the bar attended in a body and the remains were escorted to the cemetery by a company of the Nebraska national guard, members of the G. A. R. and a large concourse of citizens. Business was practically suspended during the time of the funeral exercises and flags were at half mast. The remains lay in state from 30 to 2, and were viewed by thousands of people. The governor house at Lincoln was closed. The transport Warren has sailed Rom Manila with eight companies of the 49th infantry. MEN’S STYLES FOR WINTER. Says the New York Herald: In the general cut and style of clothes tor men there is very little change this winter. It is an old story to repeat the details of the morning or sack suit, made of rough cheviots or Scoteu goods; the frock coat and dark striped trousers for the afternoon, and the con ventional evening dress. And yet there are some little variations which need attention. In evening clothes the waistcoats are cut higher, and many of them have four buttons instead of three. These are iu the same material as the coat ana trousers. Even the white waistcoats of the season will have more material to them. The cloth waistcoats to cor respond with the rest of the suit are single breasted, and the white duck waistcoats double breasted. There is still the desire on the part of a few men and many tailors to in troduce gold or jeweled or enamel but tons with white evening waistcoats. The best dressed men, however, will have the buttons made of white pique or of the same material as the waist coat. The man who considers himself a criterion in dress will never have a white waistcoat sent to the laundry. He wears it once, or, possibly, twice. As these waistcoats, made to order by the best tailors, cost from sls to S2O, they are objects of luxury. Haber dashers have waistcoats of the same style ready made, and the man who is fortunate enough to secure a lit can ap pear to as good advaatage for $1 or so. Some of the evening suits have the trousers double braided down the* sides. This is an English fad, and not very popular. All trousers are made to lit loosely from the knee down. The shape of the evening waistcoat remains the same —that is, although higher in cut, it preserves the perfect U showing the top of the second but ton of the evening shirt. The best dressed men wear white evening waist- coats only with evening clothes. A white waistcoat and a dinner coat are not in harmony. White is the badge of ; formality, and a short black coat signi- i fies semi-dress or mufti. The Proper Evening Suirt. The evening shirt is made this year with a very wide bosom. In form this bosom is about the shape of au egg. It is a bit narrow, almost coming to a round point at the upper or collar end, and is a crescent at the lower. Across the chest the bosom is very wide, vary ing, of course, with the measurements of the wearer. This prevents bulging and secures a good fit. The evening or dress shirt, is made of white linen, and it should be as stiff as a board. There are two shirt buttons worn. The shirt with three and the shirt with the jeweled stud are seen on the stage and are affected by foreigners, but not by New Yorkers. The collar is straight standing, or it has the corners slightly open. The proper size for the collar is two and one-half inches. If you can afford it, it is better to have an evening shirt made to order. At the very fashionable haberdashers the price of these shirts to order vary from $36 to $56 a dozen. You can, of course get cheaper ones at other places. Some men can step into a shop and find ready made shirts which will fit them. It is all a question of figure. These shirts ready made at the best haber dashers are usually sold at from $3 to $6 and $9. There are some hosiers and shirt makers who will make them to order for that price. The evening shirt must have cuffs at tached. It is much better form that tue collar be attached also, but that is not essential. The shirt buttons worn with evening shirts are of white enamel or they are small pearls. Plain gold shirt buttons are not so much worn this year and jeweled ones are bad form. It would be better even to have the little simple imitation shirt button of a material re sembling mother of pearl, but not so iridescent. These can be purchased for 75 cents. Some of the haberdashers promise later in the season to introduce a pique shirt, the woof of which is in white flowers and ferns. There will be waist coats and ties to match and the effect will be something like fine embroidery or in startling patterns not unlike a white Lir.crusU '.’’Flton wall paper. They will be expensive and whether they will be fashionable or not remains to be seen. The tie for evening wear is of white lawn. The ends are square. The idea is to tie it in a very small knot and to make it even look as if It had been slightly mussed in the tying. Many men still pride themselves in destroy ing, Beau Brummel fashion, a dozen or more of ties before they get the proper knot. Some of the younger men arej twisting the ties at the knot, so as toj give them an extremely “mussed" ef fect. In selecting ties or in having them ! made care must be taken that they are ( of the proper length. If white ties go ; to the wash they must not be starched. | Coats and Collars. With the dinner coat, sometimes fool ishly called the Tuxedo, or the Cowes, or even, I believe, the Newport, black ties are always worn. This winter black silk is much preferable to black satin. The shape of the black semi dress tie is that popularly known as the batwing. Avery pretty tie for this style of dress is made from black fig ured silk. A man is allowed a little latitude with a dinner coajL A popular way of tying the batwing, and one much iu vogue this autumn, is to give the nar row part two twists, so ns to make a knot almost similar in effect to that of the evening tie. These ties, when ad justed, appear doable at the encs and: are picturesque and bouffant. The prices range from $1.25 to $2 at the best haberdashers’. The all-round or banded turned down collar is worn with the dinner coat. All the turn-down collars have rounded ends. The evening glove is divided into two classes, the dancing and the opera. The gloves for dancing are made of a lighter kid. The shade is white or a very light pearl gray. The stitching is in white or pearl gray, and they are buttoned with one large mother of pearl button. Gloves with brass or metal clasps are not fashionable. Opera gloves are a little heavier and are of light pearl gray. Prices are from $3 up at the most lashionable places. Hose for evening wear is black, of silk or lisle thread. Silk hose is ex pensive, but a good investment. There is no change in the shape of the opera hat, which is indispensable for theaters, evening affairs of all kinds and with evening dress. A good opera Hat will last several years if you do not shut it up when not in actual use, but keep it open in a band box. This prevents the creasing of the silk. The overcoat of the hour is the Rag lan. It has been adopted for evening wear as well as for the street. The Raglan was originally intended for the country, and it is the only overcoat a man can wear while riding. It is a long, loose garment, practically without shape. Those for evening wear are made of black waterproof cloth and are modulated a little at the waist, to give them a smarter appearance. It is ex tremely easy to take on and off. For the afternoon it is a bit ungainly in look, but it is the one novelty of the season. The boot of the year is made of black ' leather. Patent leather boots, how : ever, are in vogue for afternoon dress 'with frock coat and top hat. All new boots have rounded toes and are but toned. Silk Ties. The tie. or cravat, or scarf for the morning and the afternoon is most at tractive, and several shapes and styles are in fashion. Combinations of black and white are just now very much the vogue. All the fashionable haberdash ers import squares of silk, and they guarantee that no two are alike in col or or pattern. These squares cost *5 and $6. From them a man can have made an Ascot, a dub tie or an Ascot and a four-in-hand. The narrow four-in-hands and even the flat scarfs, geometrically folded are coming back in favor. These lat ter are also narrow and show a bit of the shirt bosom on the sides. Dark greens and rads, and even purple, are exhibited at the best shops. The fav orite designs are, as already stated, in black and white, next in favor being purple and black. For the younger class of men, for the afternoon, with frock coat, the Ascot will be much worn. The cravats have long, wide ends and in arranging them they should be puffed a hit ou the lefl side and fastened with a gold bar Bafety pin. With the four-in-hands a thin pin is worn below the knot. The club ties go with the business, lounge or sack suits of the morning, and some <>f these are a bit more fantastic in com bination of colors and patterns. '1 ney are nearly all made in the square end. or bat wing, shape or else in the very pointed end. They are tied in a small knot in the middle. They are always j wor i with the turndown all around col | lar. The four-in-hand is likewise seen with this same style of collar, giving to j ma iy of the men somewhat of the look jof in Eton boy. Many of these are of plain black, j quite narrow A few have attempted cherries and reds, and there is also a 'club tie in the market with pointed ends and bound in black silk with vivid center pattern. I have only seen this last in a few shop windows. Ascots can be purchased from $2 to $3, if not bought from the square, but singly. With the Ascot the tall, straight collar is worn. There are a few men who have taken up the “wing” collars, hut the tall, straight and the all-around are favorites. Cuffs are nar row and square. The street gloves are of heavy tan, in browns and reds, and buttoned, not clasped. There is an effort to keep the gray suede glove fashion. It has been all the vogue in Paris this last spring, and many men contend that it is the only glove to be worn in the afternoon with frock coat. Gloves vary in price according to the make and the place where you buy them. Walking Sticks. The walking sticks are of dark wood. There are some heavy knotted, with a silver tip on the handle and a narrow sliver band for the Initials The handles are either at a right angle with the stick or else they are a little more rounded than the old shepherd’s crook. Avery novel stick Is made of black wood, with a silver ferrule and uarrow bands of silver around the | handle. Umbrella sticks are made in the same fashion. The stick pins have varied but little. I here are some very handsome ones in i übies and diamonds, cat’s-eyes and diamonds and opals and diamonds which have been given to fortunate ushers and best men at weddings by generous bridegrooms, uttle designs in pearls and gold are never out of fashion. The top hat of the year has a brim that Is slightly curled, and the crown is less belled. The English hats have very high curled brims, and are rouad in the front and back iu stagid of jplipticul. The New York hat h.wV narrow ribbed silk band; the English hat has a cloth band. modifications in top hats are so •slight Trom year to year that many n*n have their own blocks at the hatters’ and wear the same style of hat, which can be changed a bit in de tail so as not to be out of fashion. There is no economy in a cheap silk hat. The best hatters in New York charge from $6 to $S for their top hats. The black derby for the season has a high rounded crown and a somewhat curled brim. Black will be the pre vailing color. The gray felt Alpine hat. with white ribbon band, and the very picturesque sombrero of gray, with a twisted scarf in bright colors, around the crown, will doubtless be seen and j worn by many. These hats, after the l fashionable season has begun, will find their place la the country. For semi-evening dress and dinner coat one hatter has made a black Al pine soft felt hat, with a brim and lin ing of black ribbed silk. This is not only very smart, but it solves the still debated question of the propriety of wearing a top or opera hat with a dinner coat. This latter is somewhat the fashion in London and Paris, but is against the principles of good dressing, which have always taught that top hats and short coats make a ridiculous com bination. These black Alpine hats cost SG. Cut of Waistcoats. In general the prevailing changes will be iu the cut of waistcoats for morning and afternoon, as well as for evening. These are much higher. The single-breasted waistcoat is again com ing iu favor, and the flamboyant oreastplate will go out of fashion. In London some of the single breasted waistcoats have gilt and enameled but tons. These are to be worn with frock coat and dark striped trousers. Single; breasted white waistcoats are not out of place witl* black frock coats. The colored shirt, which shoulc be worn in the morning with business suits, is still barred and striped. Blues and pinks are the favorite shades. A white shade with narrow black stripes running up and down is quite smart. The frock coat is a hit long at the back, double breasted, fits snugly to the figure, with a visible long waist and tighter sleeves. It is faced with silk to the lapels, and is made of vi cuna and unfinished worsted and other black coatings. Some of the English coats have ribbon bindings, making the coat a bit conspicuous. The materials for business suits are of Scotch and homespun. The prevail ing shade is gray with mixtures. A few shepherd’s plaid clothes are also being worn, and are becoming to men who are not too stout. The season’s morning coat is cut in sack fashion, single breasted. The trousers are a lit tle loose from the upper part of the leg. A few men have black silk braid on their dress trousers. This is the Lon don fad which has never taken well in this country. For mild weather some very smart suits are made of brown checked materials, hut as a rule brown holds second place, gray being the fa vorite. The overcoat for afternoon wear— when the Raglan is not considered— will be the Chesterfield. It is silk lined with fly front, single breasted, with double stitching along the edges. Oxford grays are the most popular shades. Black and mixtures will also be worn, but the blue Melton overvoat is not as smart, and will not he the fa vorite. The Chesterfield overcoat will have two large pockets over the hips, with flaps, no outside breast pocket, and a velvet collar. It is made rather loose around the shoulders and collar and loose over the chest, and it comes down just below the knees. MAJ. M'ORATH’S BODY ARRIVES. 'ranspori Zealandla firings Remains or Wisconsin Officer in Port. San Francisco, Dec. 12. —The trans port zealandla from Manila has ar nvea. Sbe has on board the body of Capt. H. J. McGrath of the fourth cav alry. VVasnington, Dec. 32.—Members of the congressional delegation received letters from Gen. Griffin, inviting them, on behalf of the family of the late Maj. Hugh J. McGrath, who was killed in the Philippines to psrtlel pate in the burial ceremonies in this city this week. Representative Hedge of lowa, a distant relative of the late captain, Is looking after arrangements here. RICHARD D. EVANS IS DYING. Baraboo, Wis., Dec. 12.—Special to the Democrat—City Attorney Richard D. Evans is r e ,-y near death with heart disease and cannot survive, lie Is one of the republican leaders of Sauk county, a strong supporter of former Congressman I.a Foliette's gu bernatorial candidacy In the last st r, e convention and was in direct line for , the next congressional nomination in this, the Babcock district. THE LITTLE BARE FEET. Little bare feet, sunburned and brown. Patterin’, patterin,’ up and down Dancin’ over the kitchen floor, Light as foam flakes on the shore, Right on they go from morn till late From the garden path ter the old front gate; There hain’t no music ter me so awe*t As the patterin’ sound of them iTS bare feet. When I mend my nets by the foamin'' sea, Them little bare feet trot there with me. And a shrill little voice I love’ll say, Dranpa, spin me a yarn terday.” And I know when my dory comes ter land, 1 here’s a spry little form somewhere on hand; And the very fust sound my ears’ll meet Is the welcomin’ run of them little hare feet. Oh, little bare feet! how deep you’ve pressed Yor prints of love In niy worn old breast! And I sometimes think, when I come ter die, ’Twill be lonesome-like in the by aid by; That up in heaven I’ll long ter hear That little child’s voice so sweet and clear; | That even there, on the golden street. I'll miss the pat of them little bare feet. —Joe Lincoln in Philadelphia Satur day Evening Post. LOSS FROM BAD ROADS. In Some Parts of the Country the Peo ple Are Waking Up. It has taken a long time lor tha American people to awaken to the value of good and the money loss of bad roads. In some parts of this coun try the people have waked up, but in other parts they are still asleep, or Just turning over for the second nap. We are glad to see that on this subject the Windsor Ledger is wide awake. In u recent issue it says: “One of our merchants has just re turned from a country where he wit nessed a protracted demonstration ot the utility, comfort and pleasure of modern roads. Me is now figuring the annual to his business on account of the condition of the roads in Bertio county, leading into Winsdor. As this gentleman is a level-headed, practical man, quick to see and take advantage of anything that will add to his bus iness or increase the value of his prop erty, we confidently expect good results from his Investigations of the subject. When he sees a good thing he knows it and Is not slow to turn It to advantage. It Is a hopeful sign when such men be gin to show interest in improved roads. We hope that the Windsor merchant will publish his conclusions when he gets through figuring hiß bad-road losses. Then the merchants of Ashe ville and other cities and towns can use his figures as a basis on which to calculate their losses from had roads. I**t us stop bragging about the super iority of America and American insti tutions over Europe and its institu tions until our public roads are equal to those of Europe—Asheville (N. C.) Citizen. VAGARIES OF ROYAL TASTE. There is not a royal personage but has his or her more or less startling vagaries of taste. Queen Victoria, ac cording to Court News, is inclined to vegeterlanlsm, although her kitchen is the greatest establishment of the kind in Europe, and flesheating Indian ser vants, who kill their own food in their apartments at whatever palace or hotel they happen to he, are never disturbed in their bloody observances. The prince of Wales frequently makes a square meal of snails and frogs’ legs, adding a bottle or ro of rare old champaign. These dishes he enjoys, especially at Paris, where an extra supply of these dainties is sure to he on band upon his duly anounced arrival in the French capital. William 11. prefers wild fowl to any other meat. Ills favorite "gour mandise" is said to be thrush hash, a dish peculiar to the Berlin court, and when served in thiH fashion the Kaiser can tackle as many as four birds with out apprehension. Asa true Teuton, he never lacks of thirst for good beer and Rhine wine, and at convivial ses si ns it requires a sturdy stomach to respond to his toast and frequent personal admonitions without danger to brains and breeding, for the indi vidual thus honored has each time to empty his glass to the pin. Francis ioseph of Austria dotes on veal cooked with wine. Czar Nicholas ’I. favors ••Tench cooking, his favorite being N'imes brandade, a formidable concoc tion of chopped codfish and olive oil. The Sultan is fond of eggs, no matter whether cooked nr raw. King Hum bert of Italy goes in hearty for frothy pudings and orcanes, his weakness be ing for a preparation of steeped tea, gg yolks and sugar In abundance. Queen Wllhelmlna of Holland, a hearty eater like most of her loyal subjects, wnl rarely refuse a second helping of beef a I'Anglaise or spiced lamb. She abhors gin, the Dutch na 'ional drink, but is fond of beer and >cr German lover, the Prince of Wed. Robhy— Pa, this bok says Saint Pe ter has the keys of heaven: hnn *>e?, Pa —1 believe so. Robhy—is hr thrf janitor up there, papa? ■ ' — ■ J. M. Palmer wrote an anti-Bryan letter.