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OFFICIAL and social circles in
Washington are much interested
In the news that Prince Henry of
Prussia, brother of the German
Emperor and commander of the
German squadron in the Pacific, intends to
visit San Francisco on his flagship, the
D-utschland, after he leaves China, and
that he may thence so by rail to \V ashlng
ton in compliance with an invitation re
cently extended to him by President M ■
Kinley. ■ .
The general opinion among those who
know the Prince Is that he will not lose
this opportunity to become acquainted
with the capital city of America, and the;.
are or this opinion because they know
that the Prince, ,ugh a born seaman
and never so happy as when on board of
his flagship, is also a keen student of men
and manners and has from his earliest
years at sea loved to take inland journeys
whenever his professional duties permit
ted him to do so.
Constant activity, indeed, hi a marked
characteristic of Heinrich the Navigator,
&s his own people love to call him. Born
on August 14, 1562. he entered" the navy
while still a lad, and most of his time
eince then has b^en spent at sea. He rose
rapidly in his profession, and ev>n as tar
back as ten years ago thoughtful Germans
prpdictr-d that he would some day be the
a<imir:il of the German navy.
Not only, as all the m rid knows, is he
a distinguished seaman: he Is al3o a
scholar of no mean repute and a mu
sician of more than average ability. On
questions of state his views are almost
always considered sound, and in all inter
national questions that in any way affect
Germany's welfare no one takes a deeper
Interest than he.
In 1887 Prince Henry went- a- wooing,
and a year later be took home to Berlin
as his wife Princess Irene, third daughter
of the Grand Duke Louis of Hesse and
Princess Alice of England. The Prince
had seen a g-oodly portion of the world
by this time. He knew his own country
well, and during 1883 and 1854 he spent
•ome time in Cuba and Bermuda.
rjurtn* the latter year he aLio visited
London, and while thv-* life very nearly
became the victim of a ■ dynamite plot.
While he was in one of the upper rooms
at Paddington Station a dynamite bomb
exploded in a cloakroom Immediately be
neath the room occupied by him. and the
general opinion was that his escape from
death or serious Injury was little short of
In July. ISSS, he was made a commander
of the navy, and his next few years were
comparatively uneventful. He was almost
constantly at sea— indeed, it is said that ■
of all the naval captains In the German
navy he is the only one who has been con- !
tinuously on board an Ironclad as com- '
mander since ISS2. This statement will be
more clear if we supplement it by saying
that Prince Henry, young- as he !s. has
spent more than twenty years of continu
ous service in the German navy.
During many of these y-ars the public
outside of Germany heard but little of him
or of his work, and it was not until the
winter of 1837 that he really came, to the
front In German .iffMr?. At that time ft
was announced that the Emperor Intend
ed to send his brother to China, with the
object of looking after the German Inter
ests in that country. This action on the
Emperor's part naturally aroused many
comments from the European press,
which was at that time devoting much at
tention to the relations existing between
the various European powers and China.
It is no wonder, therefore, that Prince
Henry's visit to China, was regarded as
an event of unusual significance. He ar
rived at Kiaochau in th- spring of 1593.
»nd thence he went to Peking, where a
brilliant official reception awaited him. .
The attention of Americans was espe
cially attracted toward him about this time
in connection with the so-called Irene In
cident A German vessel of this name
rave "-id to some Spaniards at Subtg Bay.
in the Philippine islands, and as this .
country was at'war with Spain at that ,
time there was an impression that such
action was not quite in accordance witn
the rules of neutrality. **_. ;
Prince Henry, however. In an official
statement, maintained that the Irene went
to Subig Bay to .take off some Spanish
women and children who were in distress
and that at Isla Grande the German war
ship met a vessel belonging- to the Insur
gents which, left without any difficult?. .
WHILE the nation has been
thrilled for nearly l tvo years
with the heralding of feats of
American arms by land and
by sea, her intrepid scientists fcave
won renown in the field of re
search. The soldier and sailor give up
their lives !n patriotic duty. 1 . too,
the scientist subjects him* If m the
cause of knowledge to the hidden perils
of exploration.
One of these intrepid men of more
I than usual m desty la J bn Bell
I Hatcher, cura- rtebrate p
i tology and assistant professor i t geol
ogy in Princeton University. H
: turned a few days
months of Investigation amid the -
and glaciers of Patagonia, and br
| tone of geological st -
i ethnological articles with him.
' If his treasures will be han :
{he Smithsonian Institution at *■'■
ington and to the Amerl - :m of
Natural History of New fork, b 1 ;-
It the exhibits will enrich the g»
m~] and paieontologieal tre sores
r . .r.ceton University.
f This last was the third trip which
professor Hatcher has made to Pata
gonia. The tb taken i: - ■
tvhen he traveled in Terra del Fuego,
as well as on the mainland. He |
neyed hundreds of miles alone in a
country unknown to- him, except by
what he conid read In books.
The second trip was taker, bet
! November, 183T, and November
1 This was a journey of most baza
\ experience for Professor Hatcher. He
> fortunate in ever being able to re
turn from it alive. For fifty-seven
days he was on his back in the snows
of Patagonia, suffering from a v
attack of inflammatory rheumatism.
i He was under a tent, wrapped m blan
i kets. He had only one companion, Mr.
iA. E. Colburn of Washing: n. D. C.
j There were no persons within many
miles. There were no medical supplies,
j and Mr. Colburn had no medical expe-
I ri»nce.
Professor Hatcher, as the expressive
I saying goes, had "to grin and bear it"
through those fifty-seven days o-t agony
after which he was able to get on h'n
H- returned to the Ui
th many boxes of geological
and palcontological spHimi-n? — a rich
harvest for the university with which
he is connected. «^n this trip he and his
comj . ; 1500 milts without
- a human being.
: from his rheuroa
: Hatcher set out
- ria on Ev
ber 5 last. H<
with his assistants, Mr. O. A. Per
. irnum Brown of the Ameri
can M Natural History. Pro
• - ttme some
beumatism. He shipped
- ■
draw him and his party • =rt of
the '■ > tended t
The par- I at S Int by
the Strait/ of ! - made
that place their baa - The
d up Patagonia, along
oast, to the Santa Cruz
they went np the n<-rth
fork, ■ Ihico, about 25(J miles. The
•ft the Kio Chico with faces
turned northward for 100 miles. They
r.- Xt jour- Bt l') 0 mil
.ieras — the snow covered Andes,
?e the
level of the sea. They were the
. the Atlantic c miles
Sandy Point, their starting point.
The party had traveled between 1280
and i" - during which time they
had seen only a few human beings,
mostly Tehuelche Indians, along the
Atlantic coast.
At the Cordilleras,. Professor Hatch
er, taking a saddle hcrse and a pack
mule and only a small quantity of rice,
salt and pepper, bade his comrades
goodby for six week?. He Journeyed
entirely alone during that time and vir
tually without any provisions.
"I did not want to- be bothered," said
he, "with provisions. I can kill enough
in a day to last me for a month."
During the lonely Journey he trav
ersed 800 miles and slept in his blanket
with the thermometer 10, 15 and 20 de
grees below xero most of the time, and
with mountain lions arid tiger cats
prowling around. He did not see the
arising. Ha added that the Irene on re- i
turning met outside Manila Bay two I
United States cruisers, which did not ;
speak her. and he said in conclusion that
tne removal of the women and children ;
"was effected from motives of humanity ,
and with a strict observance of the rules '
of neutrality."
Prince Henry recently succeeded Ad
miral yon [richs as commander of the
fleet, a distinction to which he is clearly
entitled in the opinion '.<( those who know
how carefully he has looked after Ger
many's interests in China. That his i
brother, the Emperor, is satisfied with his
work Is evident and it is safe to say that
when he returns to Berlin he will receive
a right royal welcome not only from the
court but also from all classes of the
Meanwhile let him be assured that he
will meet with an equally hearty welcome
if he should see fit to become President ;
McKinley's guest at Washington. America j
has always a hearty welcome for .foreign j
guests and especially for those who are, i
whether officially or not, the representa- |
tives of great and friendly nations. ■
face of man or woman and was prob
ably as contented as if he had been
sitting in the study of his snug home in
He climbed th* Andes for many miles
and went over into Chilean Patagonia.
Some of the glaciers In the Cordilleras,
he says, are 50 miles long. .The scenery
is magnificent.
Ore of the grandest spectacles on the
Pacific Slope" is Lake Puerrydon,
which is surrounded by luxurious vege
tation. it is down deep below the vast
Andes and is only 430 feet above the
sea level.
Xear Lake Puerrydon Professor
Hatcher found a natural amphitheater,
whose slopes were 3000 feet high. Seats
were carved in the rock as if the place
had been intended for some immense
It is Impossible to cross the Andes
and see the Pacific Ocean, otherwise
Professor Hatcher would have tried it.
Besides, he did not wish to be longer
away from his comrades, who might
fear if he prolonged his journey that
something serious had befallen him.
Professor Hatcher has an affection
for the Tebuelche Indians, who live Id
the southern part, or what is known a/
the Santa Cruz territory of Patagonia.
Most of his explorations have been con
fined to this territory- The Tehuelchr
Indians comprise nearly all the popu
lation of the Santa Cruz section of
Patagonia, which is as large" in area as
New England. There are not more than
a thousand persons in the territory.
They live on the Atlantic coast. The
furthest inland they go is about fifty or
sixty miles. The central part and the
Pacific slope of Patagonia are uninhab
The Tehuelche Indians are large and
powerful, being about six feet talL
They have splendid dispositions, are
peaceful and fairly industricrus. The
women are more industrious than the
men. The Indians are frank, generous
and hospitable, though they are not un
duly so. For instance, they expect a
reasonable compensation for what th-y
do and for their products.
A quart of whisky will go further
than many dollars. Professor Hatcher
would have been able to save quite a
sum of money if he had taken a good
quantity of whisky with him to Pata
gonia. The Indians are not cpuyrel
aome. They are kind to- one another.
Parents treat their children with great
"I never saw any children whipped,"
said Professor Hatcher. "Parents will
ike anything away from the chii
dfen unless the iatter are perfectly will
part with the articles. It cost me
ne niuney to buy a cradle
from an Indian. I had great difficulty
in obtaining it at that price.
'■If you go to them hungry they will
feed you. They live mostly on the
South American ostrich and the guan
aco, or camel. The camel is their main
stay. The animal gives them food and
raiment. Their cooking is not as clean
as you may desire, but when you are
• here long you get used to it.
"The guanaco is about the size of a
yearling colt, or half again as large as
the Virginia deer. Its tax has a light
brown eolcr, except in the belly and
flanks, where it is beautifully white.
The Tehuelches make capas, or man
tles of the skin a.-d fur of the camel.
Th-y w~ar the mantles with the fur
next the body."
Professor Hatcher and his compan
ions sailed from Port GaHegos, which
is about thirty miles north of the
-3 of Magellan, in the latter part
of May. They went to Buenos Ayres.
Then Pro-fessor Hatcher took a trip up
the Parana River into Paraguay, where
he wished to pursue an investigation.
He went alone. He reached New York
about a week ago and immediately re
joined his family in Princceton.
The sci-rn.inc T /a!ue nf Professor
Hatcher's expedition is said to be great,
but of that he will not say a word. He
admits, however, that the geologtccal
and pala>- I specimens he ob
tained are interesting. Nearly every
genus is represent •! by one or more
skeletons in forms hitherto only kno«wn
tn fragments.
He considers that the ail Important
part of the collection is some teeth
which belonged to mesozolc animaia.
Xo su<. h teeth had ever be^n found be
- nth America.
Doubtless if you saw the man who
made this expedition a success you
wtrnld never take him for a scientist or
a university prof^sssor unless you
talked with him. He is a diamond in
the rough. You might take him for an
intelligent backwoodsman or a typical
rawboned Westerner — a man something
after the style of Daniel Boone. He is
a little above medium height, with a
broad chest, and is slightly bald. His
chin is fairly large, and the frank ex
rr-s*kn of his countenance reveals his
sterling character. His words are few,
snd his modesty approaches shyness.
The chances are that he will feel un
easy it you compliment him, and no
person can scarcely be more averse to
being brouzht into public print than
this "man who in the fhterest of science
was help. - back in the snowy
wastes of Patagonia for nearly two
months without any medical aid and
with only one companion. The world
loves such a man and the modesty
whfch is-«rne of the strongest supports
.-= character makes that affection
real and lasting.

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