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ROMANCE OF A FAMOUS
COMMUNIST COLONY. Who Will Get the Immense Fortune of the Harmony Society? Seven a.'ed and infirm people, cling Incr to Sif ; bv an almost worn out thread, arc aii fbat stand between one young man and a l'ortnne estimated at four millions. John Huss is the for tunate mortal, anil he bills fair soon to be tli sole survivor anil heir of a rpiaint .-'oiaraunistic society which has nestled in peace on the banks of the. Ohio for nearly a century. A v.-ay hack at the birth of the nine teenth century Oeorge Kapp, a youth of some lucation and originality of thought, became so obnoxious to the Prussian :uveniiiient through his ad voeacv of i ommunistic doctrines that lie v.aF forced to leave his native coun try. D'termined to seek a land where he wou-l bo free to carry his ideas in to practice, he chase to emigrate to America, where political and personal liberty seemed to have secured a firm f.'OthoM. He landed at New Orleans in J mil', a!. 1 for several years seems to kav; t!;!aod the almost unbroken wild-mes of the Mississippi Valley for a suitable- site for a settlement. He rea-died h't. Louis, and from there turned hi- ;-d,-ps eastward. iy this time he v, .. s followed by a baud of in trepid spirits, attracted by his en thusiasm . make 'His second appearance on earth and take all mambers to His bosom. During "Father" I'app's lifetime, and under his administration, the so ciety prospered wonderfully. Not withstanding that a sufficiency was all that was aimed at the industry of the members brought annually a large surplus, and wealth accumulated. "Father" Eapp made profitable in vestments of the society's funds. In the later days of Eapp's reign the society reached the height of its G ermany . tor a few months' visit. They returned to Economy, and in 1S78 young Duss was given a position as a teacher of German in the Economy school. He remained there about a year, and then entered Mount Union College, but did not remain long. He received an offer to teach in the Kansas State Eeform School, in Topeka, and as his limited means would not have permitted him to complete his college course, he accepted. John Duss was always enlarging his interests, however, and when he saw a chance to buy a fine farm of 160 acres in Webster County,' Neb., for Sl'280, he took it, and devoted con siderable time to agriculture. In 1888 Duss, who in the meantime had married, returned to Economy. He claims this was at the earnest solicitation of "Father" Henrici, who had succeeded "Father" Eapp as the head of the society. 'Duss took charge of the Economy public school. In 1890 he was admitted to membership "When Christ did not come at the death of "Father" Eapp, disappoint ment was keen. Jacob Henrici, who was elected senior trustee and patri arch of the society, predicted that they would not have to wait much longer. He encouraged the members to more ascetic religious life and to I F located iu Posey County, "ji'diiuia, and established a setth-mi-.-iit along the lines of his com munistic :i-as. The settlement was iirniony. i'osey county and a few years Uupp iiaaieu proved !.tt e -yl v.mia. ( !ov,nry. v wa io;m let tile u unhealthy. led his followers into Penn They lir.st settled in Uutler iere a second 'Harmony" ( d. Then Eapp heard of the and the beautiful site for a t:wn vei looking the Ohio in Heaver -imitv. ai A the society moved to the JX ..'Jj if m THE LABORATORY, OLD MILL AND "ft RE AT HOUSE"' OF THE HARMONY SOCIETY (IV joitx s. rrs. t th" Harmony iiiii'iv. Penn.) Society at vni town Di' Economy, Penn., in Here the society thrived. In cur.-e -d' years hundreds of habita s ruse, and to-day busy mills, over flow granaries and fertile fields are niuiiie re. i among tiie possessions oi j say pr. 1 : th. ii" prosperity. After his death, however, lisintesrration began. By this time all the original members, had far passed the prime of life, and .were well content to abate a little of their efforts and enjoy more at ease the fruits of their earlier labors and the income from their wealth. In order that there might be enough to go round, admission of new members be came rarer and rarer, and finally 1 ceased altogether. The lands of the community were leased to tenants, while the aging brothers and sisters came to pass their declining years in jieace and free from toil. Now but seven remain, six aged women and one bent man, and they have little coucern for the disssension and dissolution which threatens the community. They think and talk chiefly of when they will be laid to rest in the "orchard," as they call the society burying ground, and of a joy they expected to realize long ago that of meeting their Lord. For days, weeks, years, they have eagerly watched for the ' second coming of Christ. "He has delayed His coming to us, but Ave shall soon go to Him," the serene faced sisters whisper to one another, as they walk out together on pleasant days. The wrinkled man rarely speaks to them more than to "Good day. sisters, God bless the viel v til. and all for one," was fne Kin'.',-) et tins little band of eom mnt. i-t--. hi being admitted to the Maria- ny Society a new member was oMiit-I ti. cede all his money and worb.tiy possessions to the commun ity. Members received no compensa tion ; ') liu ir laluns. Some peculiar law- there were. No member was permitted t marry, th- ;y bei.ig that should be able to add his share to the re:;,.; a! endeavor. Thus there were ' ' P . . .- y-i .-it-.l Tr - . . 1H 11 ill 1 iui iucu um luiiutu ill ims nu- community have always dwelt you. cient apart. Now comes John Duss, the pres ent "patriarch" and prospective heir. Duss is virtually a child the only child of the society. His mother took 'him to Economy with her in l sfij. when he was two years old. His father, who was then in the Federal Father" Eapp's ! army, died of a wound received in the every member 1 battle of Gettysburg. The mother went to Economy to -accept employ ment as a nurse. She remained in in the society through the influence of "Father" Henrici. Then came his election to the Board of Trustees, and his wife was also admitted to the Society. At the instance of "Father" Henrici the Dnsses took up their abode in the "Great House." Al though under the same roof, they lived apart, in accordance with the doctrine of the community. The election of Duss and his wife and the elevation of the former to power created dissension to the society. Several of " the members withdrew, claiming that Duss exercised undue influence over "Father" Henrici. more diligent toil Father Henrici in his early career i 1 1 i r - -r- was an exceneni nnancier. .uoney accumulated rapidly for the society under his management. In his later years, it was charged in the recent suits, he had become just as careless about finances as he had formerly been careful. Much of the society money was in vested by Father Henrici in Pittsburg and Lake Erie Eailroad stock. Fath er Henrici was president of this road in its early history. He was later as sociated with W. K. Vanderbilt in 'building the McKeesportand Yougho jgheny Eailroad. He was also a di rector of tlie Lake Shore and Michi jgau Southern. He invested money for the society m all these corpora tions. Up to the time he was eighty seven years old he preached, played .he organ and led the choir in the "Temple" on Sundays. A unique mausoleum marks the resting place of Father Eapp, in the "Great Garden," which is Economy's park, in the centre of the town. In this garden the Economy Society has held its "harvest home festitals" for the past half century. The "harvest home," invariably held after the grain crops have been garnered, -is the thank offering to God for His bene ficence. Each of these festivals in recent years has seen fewer and fewer of the aged members of the society in their accustomed places in the front benches, while the attendance of out siders has increased each year. John Duss has welcomed the out siders, and has introduced mauy in novations on these occasions. He has organized a baud among the society's tenants and built a gaudy band pavilion, too, in the "Great Garden." At the entrance to the "Great Gar den" stands the "Great House." Father Henrici spent his last days iu the house. The "Great House" has been a subject of controversy in the case before the courts. It is alleged that Dr. Cyrus Teed was introduced to the society and preached his doc trines in Economy, with a view to transferring his . colony there and making it a part of the Harmony So ciety. Duss, the petitioners allege, "built a fine house before Father Henrici's death for the accommoda tion of Teed and some of his principal followers." This raised a rebellion among the Harmonites and resulted in the withdrawal of some of the mem bers, "who received certain sums of money at their departure." This dis satisfaction, it is said, caused the abandonment of. the Teed scheme. So the Harmony Society born in peace and good will, seems doomed to go to pieces in the . courts; miles: legal delays can postpone adjudica tion some years, when there is apt to be left of those interested only John Dnfia. JIM BOWKER. Jim Bowie er, he said ef he'd la? a show. An' abi? enough town for his crow, " And the least bit of assistant . ma row, Jim Bowker. he sai l Ile'd fill the world full of the s.'in i - name. An" climb the ton round in V-- Sc, It may have beea so: . I dunno: Jest so it might been Taen ag'n- But ho had had tarnal luck: went agn him. The arrears ot fortune thy a:, him: So he didn't sret a chance t ) : was in him; Jim Bowker. he sai I. Ef he'd had a fair show you where he'd come, An' the feats he'd 'a' done, au ; he'd a' clum. It may have beoa s;; 1 dunno; Jest so it might beon; Then ag'n But we're all liko Jim Bovi;or. ; - , more or less, ' Charge fate for our bad luck, vurir.v success, An' give fortune the blame for u, tress. ' As Jim Bowker. he n; 1 Ef it hadn't been for lm-k IIU SICK, Wo might 'a been famou- a:." - been rich. It might be jest I dunno; Jest so il might bo-e;; Then ag'n- S. W. Foss, in Cleveland L v : "4, MRS. mss. r 1 1 '. rr ..m,.m" - Thus dissension, so long e'xcluded, got a foothold, and now threatens to totally disrupt a community which would have soon been dissolved by death. On the death of "Father" Henrici, Duss wa3 elected "patriarch," and thus the youngest member of the so ciety became its head. There has been practically no change in the town in the' last sixty years so far as its buildings are concerned. The "Temple," which is thronged each Sunday by tenants of the society, is as simple and quaint as ever. The The Santiago 'Surrender Tree. The insatiable American relic hunter is already getting in his fell work iu Cuba, and a living monument of the campaign around Santiago is in immi nent danger of dying at the hands of its friends. This is the famous tree at the foot of San Juan hill under which General Toral surrendered the Spanish army to General Shafter. It has been named the "Surrender Tree," and is the shrine toward which all Americans first direct their steps. Every visitor seems to become a vandal when in its presence and the THE SURRENDER TREE. 1 twentv-tW' clock in its steeple, which is run by a ; n r.t r,5,,tn,.nh of th famou, tr--nn- l i . i l a I T r il. t 1 . . - . . mige sxone weigui suspenuea irora xne belfry, has never ceased to tell the j time of day. The sawmills still clat- j ter, although the water power of the j ?h troops and th pruv- dr which I oral i-urrii ir'- thouiand Spanish ince of Santiago to Gnral fta.-i.tfr. showing the base of th trunk j artly whittled awav ) v nahh.-.-s reii-? e'-kfr..) to steam. early davs has qiven way The factories where the silk looms j trunk is rapidly being whittled away used to rattle from morning to niffht ' bv souvenir seekers. HAY MAKING IN THL OLl DAY: ill r V 1 1 -'Oi s bom into the society, but ruit came by election. The r- :.n.ked v&l to the future, o.n'.y to secure eonteut- ... i plonty in this world and tin happing in the uext. A t ";; coicRr'-.:- vh that when of the service in IsTo. .was John the society until early sent to the Soldiers' are silent. These buildings are now tilled with grain. Economy silks were famous a half century ago. Acres of mulberry trees had been planted, silk worms were im ported, and this branch of the indus try flourished for years. Then the worms began to die, and it was de cided the climate was not favorable for them. ' . ! It is urged that some action should be tak.m at once by the authorities if i the historic tree- is to be preserved, j It is certain that iu another season j it will be destroyed piece-meal if the present vandalism is not stopped. Victoria Marriage Illns. 1 Not many years ago it was the eu--I iom to distribute a large quantity of The rimdnu nf fhA cnp'etv's binds ! rin at the occurrence of some lm- and mills were much more tnan the ' portant event. HUMOR jOF THE DAY. She "How do you like her v;. , He "Still." Yankee Statesman I)'wey opened xip th- l a l. J)ewey caused Manila's f.iii. Dewev show bv what's a--That the first sh:ill be th- ;a-t: renner. "He once seemeil to U his. career?" Skribes. - ilaLLi Judge. 1. K.-... w.,,.. 1 ... ... '. ... Syracuse Herald. say. He is so nolished that Le n Cincinnati Enquirer. times before he went.' A man is as old ai ne feels, Indianajjolis Journal. "W IV W t Id VI 1111 111 t liil'JTf to the light." Chicago News. The girl who keeps h-r lort'i Ia When a merry little olf. . Keeps it still when phe srow- a Uut keeps it to herself. Hingso "He's a queer ' Jingo "You bet ! He told rue jJ day that he didn't like the sh unless he had a girl with him. -T-cuse Herald. ' 'How did von find business air "Well, I noticed that evervtlsf looking up at Naples.", "l-f "Yes; at Mount Vesuvius land Plain Dealer. He "If your head acho?. jf I wouldn't l'o to the tea v'-T. She "Then woman will be sure to taiiau. Boston Traveler. "Mrs. Crinisonbeak "My ''' '. is au open book." Mr. ':: "That's the. trouble: 1 ness I could shut you " Yonkers Statesman. "That woman trie'lt i on the price of quinine, ought to make it boi . because hhe had to :' to take it." Chicago lb Little Hodney (wh-- ; ing mind) "Papa, v' ae for a man to jret - Hennypeck "Not till n to know better, my Duzby "Jabbin. : her that joke I pr ir'a: t:.e her last week?" i-'.?y' l T'U never forget it. I it for over ten year.-.' ette. 3olJywoj "What -tween Vau Clove a:, thought she wa tli'- Jollydog "So :." ; out too nvucl .vmericau. . )-. x - '. . i:.y t' "He eaile i last ( -- charming," ?he was -v". 'lr friend, between de Berp-r Eating in conversation his manners. Hehat 1 1 . . t ... n f ieai. you hio. e. and relrllv erives vo'i a bei what he has seen than can 1 from book?. 'Uzx b' was siraplv enchantin. am heard it before from any ocj "Pshawl" Ilia oj whose eyes He ? "A Lai er.pt 1 a o.Q When Queen Victoria j Orphans' School, at PhillinsburiT, in ! community needed for its own use. married several dozens of rings were j 1T3, and remained there until 1S7C, ' and much was sold in Pittsburg and I presented to important personages, j when he returned to his mother and I neighboring town's. The receipts all I Each ring bore her portrait, but it was ; enured the service of the Harmony ; went into the common fun.l. which in ; so small that a magnifying glass had oAwof. xut mother wok- iuui iu 1 umc gicsv w a tiicat iiiouiii. m ue uci W itcoiuiie it. Shadow. "1 know iiat .r. n:ii. - wntn TO.-. tcver heard it before. "What was if: "A Trojiosal. Then ther got as near ba the Feats ould j--r:..i: meak during the rest of th f.-riauce.