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New Bedford, Mass., Oct. 20.—I have
Just returned from a visit to the warship
Olympia, which lies anchored twenty-live
miles west of here, and which, tomorrow,
weather permitting, will start upon lier
trip across country.
The Olympia was once a seagoing ves
sel, hut was wrecked off the coast of
Massachusetts ten years ago. In those
days she was the White Swan.
For ten summers and winters she lay
stranded with the waves washing over
her and, gradually, all her valuable parts
were removed until she resembled noth
ing as much as an old wreck, deserted
■and useless, not good even for the wood
which the fisher wives gather along the
timber-strewn beach.
One day a Yankee genius came along
and after looking at the wooden shell
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fur some minutes conceived the brilliant
idea of hauling her ashore. It took time
but he accomplished the task, and, in a j
month or so, had her far inland. He work-j
ed days and rested nights and Sundays. |
A stout team of oxen did the hauling and, j
litle by little, the big empty hull was j
We had been steaming all night up the
Han river in a second hand Japanese
tug. dodging from sandbank to shoal, re
versing engines one minute, and plough
ing ahead the next. Wearied with effort,
I sandwiched myself between the Jap
anese sleeping on the lower deck and was
dozing off, when a elawy, clammy some
thing pounced into my face. With a
start I was up, in time to see a huge rat
clear the deck, over the unconscious
sleepers, and disappear into his hole, my
compliments following hard after him.
Robbed thus of rest, I climbed out on top
and spent the remainder of the night
watching the grouping of stars and hills,
that changed, or passed, or swung about
with the moving of the steamer. Here
Korea had made her first stand against
foreigners; here, her dead had laid heap
ed up where the white men entered.
Mountains had failed in their guardian
ship. and, in all probability would fail
again. Toward the east rose a black de
nuded range, three thousand feet up
among the stars, watching under its
shroud the fate of dynasty and city. Be
neath slept king and queen, eunuch and
palace-maid, all certain that there was
no flaw in its guardianship, that they
might ljiugh, and live, and sing on fear
lessly, for themountain would see to it
that all was well.
With morning we reached the landing.
Among those who came to meet us was
a girl some fifteen years of age, dressed
las a Japanese. She had ridden down to
the river, four miles, astride of a foreign
saddle. Her nationality was a question.
Was she Korean or Japanese? She seem
ed intensely in earnest, taking no notice
of those about her, but stood, switching
tlie ground nervously with her riding
whip, and looking with great impatience
for some one on the boat. She was not
awaiting me, for I landed, and went close
up to her, but her eyes never wavered.
Home one had failed her. In an instant
she was astride lier pony, and with one
cut of the whip, was off, cavalier fashion,
for the south gate. An onlooker remark
ed that yon girl on the horse was half
Korean and half Japanese, and that she
was attendant on the queen in the palace.
Viewed in the light of Korean feminine
modesty she certainly seemed a dare dev
il girl.
All was quiet in the capital. The same
familiar odors as of yore greeted me.
Dogs were not better mannered. Streets
still had their gutters ploughing lazily
along the middle. Pride and poverty
strode by.
I slept comfortably till early morning,
when the rattling sound of rifle shots dis
turbed me. There was something up
somewhere. Koreans never move other
wise. and that morning the city was all
in motion. Nothing short of a political
earthquake, or tidal wave, could make so
great a stirring. I sauntered down to the
Pacific to find, if possible, the center of
■disturbance,when, bundling forth from
the side gate, came soldiers,, prisoners,
and frightened women. Some one said
-I bat tlie queen had been murdered, and
■here was the blood before my eyes of
Hong, late commander-in-chief of the
Korean army, shot half an hour ago. Ex
citement grew Intense. All day long tlie
white-coated multitude surrounded the
palace, filled the streets, and surged from
gateway to gateway. On the second day
•1 was asked by one in authority to push
my way into the palace, find tlie quarters
of theforeign general, remain with him
air night, and discover, if possible, by
Whom this tragedy had been committed,
for the queen indeed was murdered, and
'her body burned with American Standard
oil. A young girl In attendance, it seems,
half Korean and half Japanese, had
pointed her out to Miura's soldiers and
tlie rebels had followed, and they had
slaughtered her, like a rat in its hole, and
now they held the palace, while his Ko
rean majesty shivered and chattered
helplessly on his mat. "Send me some
foreigners." said he, "to stay by me; let
them be anything in the world, tide
waiters or missionaries, globe-trotters or
Swiss bell-ringers, only let them be for
eigners," said lie, "foreigners." On this
specially flattering invitation, I was in
vited to run the guard and risk my life
in behalf of his Gracious majesty.
Tliinking tiiat T might find some amuse
ment on the road to royalty, I went
straight for tlie gates, and the guard
presented beautifully. AH danger was
over, when suddenly n Korean officer,
dressed like a Japanese, stepped in
drawn further and further inland. It
attracted considerable attention but. as
the boat was not very large and as New
Englanders are accustomed to seeing
wrecks converted into houses and put to
other uses, nobody paid much attention
to the Yankee, whose name was Sylves
ter, and his queer load.
One day he halted, righted the boat and
began rigging her up. He painted her
white and planted smoke stacks in her.
He rigged her tip to look like a cruiser
and. when she was complete, tie painted
the word "Olympia" upon her side. Be
fore that she was the White Swan.
The mission of the craft is to save souls.
The owner proposes to drive her across
country, stopping at every Four Corners
and going steadily on again until he has
reached California. Then lie will turn
and go south, then east, to the Atlantic
coast, then north again, arriving home
some time the end of the century. j
At every stop the owner, who is an |
evangelist, will hold meetings. His texts
will ba such as, "Launch out into the
deep," "Follow me and l will make you
front of me and said, "Where are you
going?" "To the headquarters of the
foreign general in charge," said I.
"There is no" foreign general in charge,"
said he; "go out!' " "Here is my card." I ;
said, ''report me to my consul through \
the foreign office will you?.....All !
right," said he, "but go out first." "But!
if I go out you'll have nothing to report, ■
don't you savey?" This staggered him
for a little, and I walked on. Then I
heard him when he had collected his
senses, order the soldiers to follow at j
once, arrest me, and put me out. One
came after at the double quick and ac
tually took me by tlie arm, but 1 return
ed him an expression as much like that
of the god of war as I could muster, and
lie beat a nervous retreat. 1 left him and
his officer to light and swear it out be
tween them, and passed on through gate
and quadrangle to the quarters of the
foreigner who was formally in charge.
The general was an American of many
years' experience. He had served in
Egypt and elsewhere, and the failure to
save tlie queen and keep out the rebels
had been through no fault of his. Tlie
chronic incapacity of tlie Korean govern
ment explained it. The queen was dead,
carved up, and cooked. The king was all
but driven insane, from craven fear and
weakness. The crown prince, a fool
by birth, under circumstances such as
these, was doubly idiotic. The king's
elder brother, who lives and flourishes ■
still, had been chosen by the rebels as
head of the household department. Fat,
and round, and jolly over cremating his
sister-in-law, he was in a state of exhil
aration when I first saw him, smoking a
cheap foreign cigar. Our presence was of
course most distasteful to him, but It had
to be borne with as an evil that could not
be avoided. He had his plans matured,
however, of gradually getting rid of all
foreign influence, and was simply bid
ing his time.
Just then, on hands and knees, by "un
derground railway," and through the
back window, came a message from his
majesty to the general in charge: "They
are talking of removing me to the other
side of the palace grounds, a mile from
here, in order to get me away from for
eigners. Come at once, and in public au
dience make request that you go with me,
but do not say I told you. Be sure to
make urgent request." Some time later
1 accompanied the general into the august
presence of the little frightened monarch,
who stood behind the liar. He was dress
ed in plain white silk, wore a look of
most inexpressible woe, and yet he
brightened somewhat at our coming. He
shook hands, and said in parrot-like
"How do you do?"
It was a study, indeed, to watch
his feet shuffling from side to side.
He spoke in low effeminite accents
and looked with tlie most appealing eye
that dumb creature ever rolled toward its
master—in alt. the most fearsome sight
that I have ever seen. A poor, helpless
incapable, at the mercy of the savages
who held him prisoner!
On his left hand tlie crown prince, a
head taller than his father, a coarse, bru
tal monster. He. too, shook hands, and i
then, with one paw over his mouth, spew
ed and split with laughter. The funniest
experience of all his funny life! Two days
previous his mother had been butchered,
and since then liis father had been lialf
eiazed from fear and weakness, while
he. the lunatic, in the midst of the tra
gedy exploded with laughter.
On the right of the king stood his older
brother; red with the blood of his own kin,
but his face reseinbiing that of tlie crown
prince, huge and frog-like, was placid.
He had played ihe winning card and was
happy—he and his pal, the Tai Won-kun.
As minister of the household, of course
he was on hand during tlie audience.
The old general, visibly trembling with
emotion, said: "1 have been eight years
in attendance on your majesty, and your
majesty lias been good to me; and now
that a change is contemplated to the oth
er side of the palace, I humbly and earn
estly make request that I be permitted to
accompany pour majesty aa heretofore."
The request was interprété# and under
stood. The king, twitching meanwhile,
whispered a word or two to his brother
about the petition being granted,, but the
big brother frowned and said: "No! no!"
Then the king, in the accents of a fright
ened school-girl, said: "The general need
not go with me; remain here in tlie libra
ry where you are; that is near enough."
"I repeat my request," said the general,
fishers of men;" "The ord on high is
mightier than the voice of many wa
ters;" "The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
the floods have lifted up their voices;"
"And He said peace, be still, and imme
iately there was a great calm;" "And he
showed me a pdre river of the water of
life:" "When thou passest through the
waters I will be with thee and through
the floods, they shall not overflow thee;"
and "What manner of man is this that
even the winds and sea obey him?"
These and other nautical texts will
supply the theme for the discourses.
When it is pleasant, services will be
held on deck, but when the winds do blow
and the storms dash against the boat
then services will be held below.
The hymns will be such as. "Fierce
and wild the storm is raging:" "Pull for
the shore;" "Oh, think of a home over
there by the side of the river of life,"
and others that suggest the sea with
which the man is battling towards^his
haven on the Other Shore. s
Although the Olympia hears a string
resemblance to the ship after which ishe
is named many of her parts are shim,
being of wood and timber instead of ifbn
and steel. They are to heighten the sem
blance to a ship. >d
Mr. Sylvester's garb is that of a sailor,
He says of himself. "1 was born in New
England and spent my boyhood on the
sea where, later. I saved enough money
in merchant traffic to retira. I settled
along the rocky shore of Massachusetts
and determined to lead a life of ease.
"to go with your majesty wherever that
may be." Again a tussle ensued, the big !
brother coming out "king of the castle."!
His majesty piped: "You are not permit- j
ted to come with me." "Then," said the'
general, "I shall come with my minister ;
and demand permission." The king's i
brother looked at thegeneral with a ;
green ravenous look, and the king, in a
state of hysteria, said, with appealing
eye: 'Go away. Don't mention the sub
ject again. You cannot come."
We shook hands feebly all around: even
the crown prince removed the covering j
from his muzzle, and said good-bye also.
The minister of the household saw us
safely through the inner quadrangle, and !
I walked out of the court and away from j
the gruesome presence of his miserable !
Korean majesty. As I passed thefrmnt
gateway, the officer in charge saluted. .Vi
Korean proverb says: "If your coup
d'etat fails you area rebel; if it succeeds
you are a king." I was king as far as the
outside gate was concerned.—"Esuon
Third," in the N. C., Daily News, <
Chicago Tribune: Theodore Thomas,
conductor of the Chicago Orchestra, nar
rowly escaped fatal injury yesterday. As
it was, he received a wound that will con
tine him to liis bed for several days.
He conducted a private rehearsal of the
orchestra at tlie Auditorium. A few min
utes before tlie end of tlie rehearsal an
iron bolt dropped from the loft above the
stage. It hit the floor within a foot of
Mr. Thomas, and, bounding back, struck
him in the face.
Dr. Ream arrived at the Auditorium
hotel a few minutes later and examined
tlie wounds. One was a gash in the right
cheek under the eye. The other and more
serious wound seemed to have been made
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The Count—Now that you have promised to be my wife, tell rrr that you love
The American Heiress—Oil, you Coun ts want tlie earth.
"The misery of my fellow men moved
me to take up the work of saving them.
The world was never so wieked as now
and never was there such a chance for an
evangelist. One morning I chanced to
see this stranded hull and a voice said
j to me: 'It is your church. Save souls in
jit.' So I rescued it.
j "I know the Baroness Schlessuiger, who
j sails along the coast of Germany holding
meetings for poor sailors, but to the best
j of my knowledge there is no gospel craft
j afloat along our shores. I preferred to
go inland, because the further you get
from tlie sea, the more the people need
I "Yes, the boat was an odd idea but
j nowadays you need to arouse people's cu
risosity before they will consent to let
you save them.
i "i shall not go alone in my boat. Any
i poor felow who wants a lift across coun
try can get in and take his turn at driv
, ing."
i;.,New styles in corsets evince a ten
dency toward smaller hips. In fact none
of tlie new gowns for winter are padded
and the keynote of fashion is slenderness.
The latest corsets are very long waisted *
and are mostly developed in heavy silk, i
Where one feels that the corset must be I
drawn a little to check nature's genet-j
osity rubber laces will be found more j
comfortable than linen ones, since th.-y i
expand and contract with respiration. j
by the head of the bolt. The bone above !
tin.' right eyebrow was laid bare for more
than an inch and the brow dropped over I
tlie e ye. it was at -first thought the eye I
was injured if not actually put out. j
Mr. Thomas was wearing glasses of a 1
sort that served fortunately to protect!
liis eyes. They were steel rimmed and j
of half width—the kind to look over when :
one raises his eyes from reading. Had
they been of tee ordinary sort the glass
would have been so wide that would have
broken by the bolt and the fragments
most likely would have struck the eye
ball. As it was, tlie steel rim held the
glass intact, but the bow was bent and
twisted, and the bridge of Mr. Thomas'
nose was cut by it.
The bolt was one that belonged to the
upper machinery of the heavy iron stage
curtain. It tell front a height of fit) feet.
It weighed nearly two pounds. Had it
struck Mr. Thomas on ihe head in falling
from that height, Dr. Ream said, it would
have caused death. When the distance
was measured between where Mr. Thom
as sat and thedent in tlie floor at liis feet,
tlie narrowness of liis escape was realiz
After stitching up the wounds Mr.
Thomas was taken to liis residence, 4.'!
Bellevue place, by Dr. Ream. lie was put
to bed. and in the evening, when Ihe doc
tor called to see him, he was found to be
suffering from the effects of the shock,
but not in a serious way. No bones were
fractured, but tlie blow was so severe
tiiat painful consequences will he felt for
several days.
San Francisco Argonaut: When a fa
mous archaeologist went into his club the
other afternoii liis erudite countenance
for Infants and Children.
The Kind You Haye Always Bought
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In Use For Over 30 Years.
was ornamented at several points with
sticking plaster and there was a general
inquiry among his friends as to what
was the matter.
"Razor." said the professor, briefly.
"Good gracious, where was you shav
ed?" asked one of the younger members,
sy m pathetically.
"It's a strange thing." said the man of
learning. "1 was shaved this morning
by a man who really is, 1 suppose, a lit
tle above the ordinary barber. I know of
my own knowledge that he took a Doub
le First Class at Oxford, that he studied
at Heldelberg.afterward, and spent sev
eral years in other foreign educational
centers. 1 know, also, of my own know
ledge, that he has eontriputed scientific
articles to our best magazines, and lias
numbered among his intimate friends
men of the highest social and scientific
standing. And yet," soliloquized the sa
vant, "he can't shave a man decently.
"By jovel" exclaimed the young mem
ber, in astonishment. "What Is he a bar
ber for, with all those accomplishments?"
"Oh, lie isn't a barber!" said the book
worm, yawning. "You see I shaved my
self today."
A buttonhole parly may be slipped into
the list of possibilities for the entertain* ,
ment of summer households, says the i
Philadelphia Press.
Each guest is asked to bring needle,
thread and thimble, strips of cloth be
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Fair Customer—What is tlie price of this plate?
'Saleslady—Onedullar and fifty cents.
Fair Customer—That is too much. lean get one twice as large for a dollar al
tlie store across the street.
"Don't give up the ship!" quoted the old sea-dog.
"If I don't," replied the sea-sick passenger, "it will be simply because I liav®
not eaten it."
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"And 1 never thought to tell my tailor to have my pant6 shrunk!"
ing provided by the hostess or promoter?
of the entertainment. These strips are
distributed, and at a signal every mem
ber of the company sets to work upon the
production of a buttonhole in his piece
of cloth.
At a second signal competition closes:
each strip of cloth is pinned to a piece of
paper bearing the worker's name, and all
are collected to he submitted to a com
mittee of three or five selected from the
company to make awards.
The list of prizes may be a long one if
desired, and may include one for the best
buttonhole in the company, one for that
made in tiie shortest time, one for tha
best and second best, respectively, among
the ladies and the gentlemen, with con
solation prizes for the poorest and that
which took the longest time to produce.
A further variation of the entertain
ment is that the guests shall come in,
some sort of fancy costume.
This may be indiscriminate fancy dress
or the costume of a distinctive period
like the colonial, empire, etc. For a chil
dren's party when the children are not
too young, this form of entertainment
has been used with great success.—Cleve
land Plain Dealer.
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$20 sets of teeth $10. Dr. Wix.

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