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, Th« ; days '¦ tnat followed" were gloomy.
Clara sank into a state of depression that nothing could lift her out of. She was ill family, and toe meetings grew more and more icy. ' '","' , ' ; ' In New York and abroad Miss Clara should have a child that should reach 21 she would then b© at liberty to encroach in some' degree upon the principal. ever, la rare} It takes a Huntington to make a millionaire Princess out of a grocer** little girl. .• The . Electrical Engineer of London is authority for the statement that the Ger man Government has Just paid $500,000 to a Chicago concern . "for ] the patents and rights to manufacture and use the auto matic telephone switch" owned by the company. The deal was made on the basis of the results obtained with a 200 lnstrument exchange test by the Govern ment for six months, which were entirely satisfactory. • account of an incident which brought us together and gave me a passing glance behind the drawn curtains of his past life Just before the regiment disbanded. V/ilklns came to me one day, as many of the boys did, with his discharge, re questing that I write something on It giving him a 'character.' " 'I would appreciate It, colonel,' he said, 'and It m!ght be of use to me some time.' "'So I took the discharge and wrote on the back of it: /" 'This is to certify that James Wilkins Is a good soldier, sober and trustworthy.' "'Thank you. colonel,' he said, folding the paper carefully and putting It away in his coat pocket. 'I'm much obliged to you. This will undoubtedly be of great use. to me some day. You see, colonel, my name ain't Wilkins at all, but Chambers. I had a little trouble In my ttwn with the Sher iff. Fact Is. I shot a man, an' If I ever meet that Sheriff this will prove I'm not Chambers, but TVilkine. I'm much obliged to you, colonel." "Some of the letters the boys write me are gems. They seem to think I am able StfTT l,oo^ to. "Teddy" to : Help Th«ir»- OUt oF f HOUbT§. Then it all came out. ' She questioned, she cross-questioned, she was very firm and she would have the truth. Hunting ton' saw that It was useless* to try to hide it any longer. He told her the whole story and: It' took. 'so long that he forgot about .his engagement at 5.. "When the interview was 'over and , there was noth ing left unasked, nothing untold, she said not a word, but went to her room. By this time sho had got him to tha study door and he found himself entering. He knew what was coming. He said he had .in engagement downtown at 5, but she said there would be twenty minutes left to meet it after she was through with him. He thought' he. heanf Mra. Huntington calling him frpm upstairs and he must be excused just a minute, but Clara said that she— "Mrs. Huntington" was what. she said and not "mamma"— was on the veranda' and what he had heard was a door squeaking. , . He must give the man an order — "back In a min ute, my dear," but she said the' order could wait. ¦,*.?&& Clara was very quiet during the re mainder of the call and showed no feel ing. But qfter the suest had gone, runs the story, she calmly and determinedly ordered Collls to a prlvateflntervlew. so many people knowing who Clara's par. ents really were it must come to pass that the word would slip and the only wonder ¦ was that it had not been lona before. "One of them, a tall, hollow-eyed fellow. WlUdns by name, was as good a soldier as I bav« crer seen. I remember him on Cictlnctiicss from the cowboys of the West and South. "This country leaves its marks on men," he said. "I rpmrabtr the few men who served with me from this end of the con tinent. They stood out vAth a peculiar On a certain afternoon the train was speeding acres* the Bad Lands of North Dakota and llor'.ana. The Governor was at lur.ch v.Ith h&lf a dozen newspaper correspondents. I3e was leaning his el bews on the t^ble after the soup. look- In? out at the low, round hills and the etubborn. gravelly fiats thinly covered by a stunted growth cf S rzss. Presently he looked down the table and smiled. Roosevelt, however, at table with con vivial companions, is another man. ' The curb which he apparently wears when xcakirc political speeches Js then thrown aside: be is the finished story teller, the wit of the party, and ever ready to reel oil anecdote after anecdote from h!s 1riexhau?;'.v<; supply. CLARA PREXTTCE started out in life as the daughter of a grocery man, and a small grocerynian at that. She is now the Princess Hatzfeldt-Wi'denberg:. heir to a million California dollars and to one of the most ancient names cf Germany's aristocracy. This Js another wonder for which Ccllis P. Hunting-ton is rcFponsibie. He was rot satisfied with making a rail road out of ah Indian trail and a fortune out of poverty, bat he must needs make a Princ^t* out of a. grocer's little girl. In 1«C1 there was living in Sacramento a man named Edward Prentice. He kept a little grocery store, and the neighboring housewives used to drop In every morn ir.g and order soap ajia sard'nes and su gar and have the account thereof written in the little bocks which they carried. Mr. Prentice was only the grocer, they would have told you; they never thought much about him. He was only the gro cer. His daughter marry a Prince? What do you suppose the good old Sac ramestans of that day would have eald to him If he had announced that his daughter would or.e day marry a Prince? They would have thought him a fit in mate for the State lunatic asyluin. It was In the year 1S61 that his daugh ter Clara was born. In 1 "J came the Sac rarsento Valley flood ..at carried away men and women and thllOren and ruined homes and left fiirastcr everywhere that it passed. Edward Prentice was drowned In It. There followed grievous distress In his family. The little grocery had been bare ly more than a struggle at best and its owner had saved nothing from Its Income. He hajl preached a. suf3cient-unto-the-day doctrine all his life, probably because It was the otly one he could afford to prac tice, acd had been unable to take thought for thaanorrow; and now the morrow had come and It seemed quite staggered by the demand that it take thought for the things of Itself. What waj! Mrs. Prentice to do, ehe won dered. How was she to take care of the children? Two of them, a boy and a girl, and the things they needed, from shoes to bat and back again, were more than che could even count up in a day, to say rothlrg of paying for. Clara was grow- Ir.g so fast that you could see the differ ence every morning when she waked, and where on earth were the new clothes to MO one will ever charge Roosevelt with being a spellbinder. His man ner of delivery Is what Is termed In Kansas the "ratchet move ment," his gestures are mechanical, and h'.s facial centortiens almost laughable. But his rarnestness Is of far. more -freight than the gift of easy speech, and nowhere In his tour cf the Northwest were his statements questioned. It is the man, not l;;s manner, which carries weight on the to set them out of all sorts of scrapes. A few weeks ago I received a letter, pain fully written and woefully blotted, which read: - ' .*;• " 'Dear colonel: I am in Jail 'for. bigamy; My mother-in-law put me in. Colonel, will you get me out as quick as you can, as I want to dig my potatoes?". "From Oklahoma this communication reached me recently: ."'Colonel: I am In deep trouble, and also jail, for shooting of a man. I am innocent, upon my word, and am unable to get ball. Will you get me out?' "When I was In Oklahoma City, at the Rough Rider reunion, one of my men came to me. . vO" ""I'm -mighty glad to see you, colonel,' he said, 'and I come In to tell you the whole story, and ask you to not believe thc talcs they pass arcund.' -"'; "I told him I hadn't heard anything about him, and he raid: " 'Well, you see, I shot a man the other day, but, on my honor, colonel, he shot first. They don't think I'm guilty, though, because I'm out on $500 bond.'" come from? It looked as If It wouldn't be on earth at all If they ever should come, After some months of this*sort of thing the fairy godfather put In his appear- ance. Ho was Collls P. Huntingdon. He took a fancy to the small Clara and de- eld>d to have her. When Huntington de- clded unoji anything It meant business. HIs wife was r sister of Mrs. Prentice, making him an uncle by marriage of the little girl. She had always been around a gr?at deal, and her uncle had grown used to seeing lier. and he missed her if *he was away. He began to realize this more and more, and when she had the whooping cough and was kept at home for six weeks tTncle Collls was so lonesom^ that the cook heard complaints of the pastry and Mrs. Huntington had a private consultation with the physician to discuss means of hurrying the disease to a sud- den conclusion. ., . , - .,, . It was not long after Clara recovered and was back In the jolllest of baby spir- its when Mr. Huntington decided that she was to stay. The Huntington. had for some time thought of adopting a child, it was Bald and they had been unable to find one who was all that they would re- quire in •daughter who was to bear their name and hold their affection. But the small niece, as It suddenly dawned upon them, answered all requirements. Xot only was she a littlo beauty and of the sort of family which the HunUngtons wished, but she had. even before she was 2 years old. taken hold of the big moneymaker's heartstrings; not that he was an acknowl- edged big moneymaker in those days. The railroad was scarcely more tfian a project In '62; the need of It had been realized only the rear before, when the civil war brought Its need before the public. But he was a prosperous man, who had estab- llshed himself v.ell In the hardware busie ness, and there were excellent prospects ahead and he cculd make a home for the little girl, whose mother did not know how to provide for her a day longer. The upshot of it was that Clara went to Jive in the Huntinjton home while she was still too young to form memories that W ™ T»" * *™W UP ' Then followed a process of unlearning what had already been learned. Clara was to be no longer a Prentice, but a Huntington. Mrs. Prentice was to be "auntie-; Edward, the brother, who had stolen her rattle and Tea ner peppermints, was to be "cousin." There, was a new papa, a new mamma, and it- was all changed. - Everybody was warned and mads to promise that not a word of Clara's birth should be breathed in her presence. Ser vants kept still, children kept still, no body told. The little girl saw her "auntie- f rOm time to time and liked her very much, but. of course, "mamma" was mamma. The Hur.tlngton home was hers, she was growing up as a part of it. . HuntlnRton provided for the mother by v gi vIng her a home in Sacramento. There she lived and looked forward to the visits of thc little girl, and felt lonely in her ab scnce. Her foster-father had given her to understand, it was said, that he would keep the chnd in California, and she clung to the d , ,, ule comfort that exIated , .. .. • . „¦ . in the thought of seeing her often, even tnough a great barrIer g between- moth. er and dau&hter. - Bufthe great raUroad succeedcd< much t0 manjr peoplc.s surprI?e> and j$ raU. road „¦„„., intercsts took him eastward for trI whIch ew more and more fra _ quent. Everything seemed tending even tnen |n the dlrectlon of hJs remov, finally from California. Ciara was fourteen years'old when the flnal break came for her Up tQ that Um^ >8he had led'the ordinary little-girl ex fctence without much event to break ,t, happy monotony. Xow and then she failed to have a French lesson respectably learned and her governess made violent =^nTarks and the young lady made the same kind back again. She never was known for mildness. She was as ini perious a little woman as she is now a big one. Tall always for.' her age. she had a way of pulling herself up to what r appeared a good deal taller and looking at you until she usually, succeeded In making you feel the size of a very small shrimp—very small indeed. It is supposed that in the end she usually got the better of the governess. 1 . When she was fourteen years old some thing strange happened. A man called at the house one da^ and the whole:family wcre present (luring his call. He let the cat out of the bag. it was all an-icci dent-the accident that everybody might have known would happen soooer or later -it was only'a question of time., wlta :Thus the final break was madel She was kept in the East. until her debut Into so ciety.' After that she made occasional visits to this coast, but they were fail ures. She had grown away from her own - There was so content for any one. Clara was growing more morbid every day and was dragging both families along with her as far as one 14-year-old girl could do. Something had to b* done, the Hunting tons realized at last, and It was decided to take the girl East, put her at school and let her have an entire change of en vironment. at ease with all her relatives; she could not adjust her pojnt of view to the new knowledge. She would ¦ hurry to Mrs.' Prentice sometimes -with bursts of affec tion, and then Just as quick 'a chill would rise— something very like resentment at the thought, perhaps, that this woman had let her own child b« taken -from her to another's home. Now that the millionaire has died peo ple are talking again about legality and adoption papers. The marriage Is all right, they nay, but how about Clara'* claim to a bigger share of the great es tate? If she be Indeed an adopted daugh ter, why has she only $1,000,000 when th« nephew, only a nephew, has $15,000,000? It is all very puzzling. One thing, how- There was one skeleton at the wedding breakfast -which rattled a bone or two and then lay still. An English lawyer hinted at ths Invalidity of the marriage. "In case she was not legally adopted • • • an old English law," ha mur mured. But other lawyers buzzed otherwise tnd the skeleton did not dare stir again. By the time the marriage took place tha devil-may-care young Prince had con trived to get his debts scaled down to & half million dollars and his outlook waa rosy. , ¦ Clara, Princess of Hatzfeldt-Wllden berg, was allowed $3,000,000, which was deposited In three American banks, with annual Interest payable at any time within the year on her check. Her husband should have bo power to touch It. If aha Huntlngrton was a fun-fledged . society woman. She lived through season after season of gayety, and at last came the ¦winter In Paris . that settled her as a | Princess for all time to come. The story of Prince Hatzf eldt's wooing and 'Winning: . traveled over two continents and brought " a curious multitude to peer_ at the outside of Brompton Chapel while the ceremcny was beijig performed .within. The Prince, whose $3,000,000 of* debts were the most splendid debts ever contracted and had ruined more than. one. family besides os tracizing • him from Berlin and Vienna, came to terms at last with CoIIls Hunt ingdon and accepted his daughter with the following arrangement: THE SUNDAY CAili. 3 ONCE A GROCERYMAN'S DAUGHTER NOW PRINCESS HATZFELDT-WEILDENBERG.