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YOUNG WIDOW WILL FIGHT FOR MILLIONS OF HER FATHER-IN-LAWi Magnate. Reveals ScanJal. mn.cor when te went to New York on matters soclsl, Martha E. Lewis was the daughter 'I A boat rau ker emnlnvail l.r fp Ilrown. Whin only a child In abort dresses the millionaire had taken to her because the reminded him of hi dud daughter when she waa a tiny Klrl. Whfn she grew older be mate her bis almoner la bla many charities. Disposition of Estate of Samuel S. Brown. Pituhurr IIXZ 'h:,;" ; b:iJ s. v a s m j sj vr uiiU' day arhuol which he bad endowed. filfta were ahowered upon her Jnnt as the were upon Miss Grace Ilrown. for awhile tblszs went along aruooth- ly enough on the surface, but Mrt. Ilrown Kradually discovered that ahe waa belnK undermined. Mlaa Lewis Anally Kot control of the establish- ment and ran It with an Iron ban I. Family Makes Objections. Tba other Ilrowna brother, roua- Ina and nephews didn't Ilk this at all. Tbey demanded that Miss Lewis h at least sent to lire elsewhere and that Mrs. Crare Ilrown be brought bark from Kentucky, where ahe had Hone, to give tone to the household. 'Not for a minute," retorted the old man. (trace has rboeen to live swav bad Ionic Jn lore. In fart, tbey fore bo was taken I LEFT MICH MONEY TO HIS LATEST PET r.i.i .1 il. . . c- . ...... . U..T uppianred wirt of Dead Son tn the Old man a i ectiona - will Was Made aa He Lay on Mis Death tied. Ired eac'.. III. Hero were Pie provisions of the will concerning the young women in tbo case: Requests to Martha Lewis. lleeon.l - ! give and U-o iath to the I nion Trust company of fiUstoirg nrat n..il.K Inin.la .,r the l'MIliir llrrw Inn . ompany to tha atfarvgata valua nf I .). In Iruat hYrthelrsa. to pay the lnlr mil Inrotn therefrom to my iUij(htr-ln-law (iraca M. Hruwn for anil during tha Itiii of rr natural lit: If aha an long remain a widow an.l lriin ami aftr her m.irrlaga or death. In fun hT iruat to divide ,,r illatritiuia lha principal of and trual funl to I ha peraona hereinafter provl.td fur In the ran fif my residuary eala'la. and I au thor: and mx'rr aald truata. lit II aald lMmla. ami to reinvest (h pro eyds of aula at lis dlai rrtion." : The Marriage of : Muggsy By W. H. ALBURN "Better an old man's darling than young man's slave." runa the old song. I'rohalily Martha K. Lewis will con cur, but Mrs. Crare McMiuularin Ilrown. daughter In law of the late Kamuel 8. Ilrown. Smoky City mag nate and multimillionaire, ran bard, ly be expected to. Idolized ant petted by her father Inlaw for li years, taught to con alder herself his helrcst, and Intro duced everywhere a his daughter, ahe finds berseif lift a paltry 3'i.00. while her supplanter. Martha K. I.ewls. ha been given S sum exceed ing I.VjO.OoO. And a contest In the courts which will enrich lawyers and furnish sensa tions to satisfy the most scandal hungry dame Is promised. For Mr. Ilrown and all the rela tives of the dead millionaire assert that his latent will, executed on his death bed. was made under undue Influence and Is unjust and unfair. Woith Over $20,000,000. Samuel S. Ilrown died lat Hecem ler. He lift an etate scattered all the way between I'lttsburg. New Vork aud New Orleans which Is conserva tively estimated at JU ooo.Ooo. e al left a will which Is the bone of contention. Mrs. Ilrown. young widow of the lead magnate'a only aon. bad Wn told that she was to In his bene ficiary. A goodly portion of the state was to have been hers. Yet. when the will was real, she found lierself rut off with a paltry batch of brewery bonds, and these to go should ahe remarry. Hut Miss lwls, bitter enemy of the u-i!!..-. t, . rittsburg. ra. .. ... ..... ,.,,,, i rmmiin, Ky.: iii t loniing iIhwd lliat way ..... B hkhws. ror an answer tbla came back: Can t wan. WILL. And this waa the reply: Ali r Kht ;,) ahead. Uod hl- you "o. iiring ner iinin. r ATIIKK. nut it was not so fated. Will Ilrown. undisputed heir to the larger hare of his father'a millions, did not bring bis bride home. She brought him homeIn a coffin. Almost the next day be fell III and waa dead within a week. The brlde-wldow, al most 111 with her grief, met ber fa ther In bw and wmi straight to his! heart. "You must stay here with us, my near," said the millionaire, "and be my daughter, too. I know Will would have wished It so." Old Man'a Daughter Dead. Ho the girl stayed along with tho old man. and year after year made herself letter loved by him. Then came another blow his only living child, his dauKbter Nellie, died In Italy. I am arral.l my poor old heart will break." raid the old man. bowed un der thU a dded weight of woe. There was no one to turn to cave his daughter In law now. He called her to him one day soon after the funeral, and said "Stay here with me. for I am left alone. Ite the head of my household, and when I die you a 111 lie the same In my will as If you were my own daughter. And why notT Are you n-it the wife of my dead son, my only boy?" Hut the girl did not need this prom ise. She loved the old man as the In striking contrast with this ars the clauses In which Miss Lewla bene fits In the following sections of tho same will: Nlnih "I give and ouaath to M!a Martha K. jwia. of tli city or I'Ula l'ir. one-half of lha readliM of my library whervvrr lha aanio may be an ion e at lha a.praiMl value Ihrmif, alia to haa lha nahl l mint UmSs lo lha amount of ont-half I alao glva ami Utiaath In lha aald Mxrttia K. lHla my Aatoria Htatea llar:n trophy ami the !) of ailverware which I r- '''" uaugnier in law, lane- lather of ber boy husband. Her sis men io the extent of a quarter of a i ter came to live with Ih-m an.l .).. million and more. She bad already Mil'planted the l-autlful Kentucky t-lle as the head of the old man'a household before bis death. That was the last straw; then came the open trearlj. It Is a strange story how thene two young women came Into the life of the millionaire. There were a anlia daughter whom the oil man less. took her place at the head of the Ilrown household. The servants were Instructed to oley her In everything. anil wherever she went she was in troduced by the millionaire aa "my dauahter Crace, my aon'a widow, dear to me as my own.' Kverywhere it was understood that son 'the young widow wa to I his heir- Folks were told that Mr. Itrown a MS3 r t. a at I -r' ' c r 7 c- r, r. . i 4 i TV' r- If i I . I i i . v x "fir mm w by . - - i 1 A j ixKj I aWK VV Ksu-, Brow i,. u i; my ,3$- ? m . 'Xr- . J H' 'A YU i rpn is ' v ' i- i v-i i ivy ii c J ra w r w u-i '-'.rjr v-'j rg '33 from me and I will not trouble her " Apparently, however, the aged mil lionaire was still fond of. Ms son's widow. She spent a part of the sea son with Mr. Ilrown last year ami aa the Christmas holidays were approach ing she received a hurried call to coma to the old man'a belaido. He was dying. The young widow caught the first train. Hut aa she sped through the darkness another will waa being made In rittsburg in the old Ilrown man sion. With a few strokes of the ten all she bad tx-lteved was to be hers waa blotted out. Hut no one told her this whin hhe reached Pittsburg the next morning. Young Mrs. Ilrown was received with open arms. Twenty days later Samuel S. Ilrown riled. Muring those :o days the deathbed will did not come to light. Mrs. Urown's friends say that It was ptirMt-ly hidden so that she would know nothing about It until It should le too late. The mil lionaire died, surrounded by his fam ily, while Mrs. Urown knelt at the bedside. centty purchased from Ileren Bros. i . " Tenth 'f alao le ami bciueath to Miaa Murli.a K. twia aforraanl. first ttort.i:e tn. of the I'Ulnl.ura Hrew ln ioit..arv to ar.it- r valua of IV i., dim t aiall I de. ller. to l,.-r l.v mv nauiora with.n ilrnti aftr n.y lth. ami if for any reason tae lHinla art not illivir. Hiilnn lh .i-r o. afor.-aai.l. I l,rm I my rnulnr to pay to l.ar on Ilia nrst day of II, e month following my drain the aiini of II. i and a l,ke aum monthly liieri-ufinr until Si id bunda are daliv rJ lo lier.'' The library from which Miss Lewis was empowered by the will to select one half of the tiooks Is worth 150. ooo, and one of the most complete libraries In the city. The Astoria racing plate, which also went to Mis Lewis, was of gold, value 1 at flo.Ono. It was won by Sue Smith. (Copyrlgnt, by JosepS U. ikiwlaa.) So It happened that Muggsy and Mary Ann the waitress bocsms en gaged. Muggsy waa to borrow soma money from s friend, and get a job, and be married. Now, It la hard for a burglarious loafer to get s job. It la harder still for him to borrow money. Hut after flvs days of tramping the streeu and visiting mills and factories, and striking old friends Intermittently for recuniary aid. he obtained tha prom is of work In a foundry, to begin tha following Monday, and a former "pal lent him 10 to begin housekeeping with. So be waa to be married on Sunday. It was Saturday night, and Mary Ann'a fiance waa itrolllng through the streets, resness and happy. To-morrow he would be married. It seemed Im possible, and yet there could be no doubt of It, Muggsy found himself staring va cantly Into a shon window. The shop waa closed, for It waa late: and the lights tn the windows were dim. There were three glided balls over the door. Then Muggty'e Me fell upon a tray ff rings In tha window, and be start ed. The awful truth flashed upon him. When people get married they uae wedding rings! And he had forgotten the ring. There waa an old shoe lying In the etreeL In a moment he had seized the shoe, rested It on the glass above the crack, Inserted his left elbow In the shoe, closed his fist and struck It a powerful blow w.th his right hand. He took only ne ring; once he would have taken the whole tray. He waa triumphant, but he waa In danger. He ran quickly down the street to a f kkaageway he knew of. leading to an alley and thence to another street, where be would be safe. Lut suddenly a blue uniform loomed up. and an excited voice ordered the fugitive to stop. A pistol shot added force to the command. Muggsy waa frightened. He darted Into the pass ageway, the patrolman after him In full chase. A fence bad been built there since last n came that way, and he waa cornered. Muggsy waa a man of peace. The game waa up. ana be surrendered. When the turnkey searched him at the police itation he still had the ring. It wvnt Into an envelope marked "Ex hibit A." There waa a big docket In polI" court on Monday morning. An end less line of "drunks" shuffled out of the reeking "bull pen" and stood, ner- j vously expectant, before the bench j where the magnanimous Judge O Kourke dispensed fines and Impria- I NM mar. a nsa lk. a .... a nBf I ( "Well, well:" rjarulated his honor, with a broad grin "Not very cheerful this morning. Mutgsy. What Is It now Ituoney?" "Ilurgiary and larceny, your honor at 'la old tricks smashed a Jewelry window an" coppd a ring a weddln' ting, too." The ourt officer smiled Indulgently and the prosecuting attor ney Inspected the ring, while the clerk read the affidavit, and the spectators craned forward w'th Interest for the rrlsoner had many acquaintances i present. j The proof waa too easy. The proaecu spectators, and a little ftgnre wita roty hair and freckled face almost tu. den beneath a faded shawl darted pa.) the officer at the gate and stepped U the judge's bench. A young lad about to follow ber waa denied admittance. Muggsy wss abashed. His flgsre lumped back to Its normal poatura, and again he gated at the floor. Ppleaae, air, I'm here." falterH the figure under the shawl, while a pair of greenish-yellow eyes roved bark and forth between Judge and pris oner. "Are ycj Mary Ana Evanar asked bis honor. "Y-yea, air. An I came hera this mornln' because Jimmy that's my brother seen In tie paper that Muggsy wss arrested, an' he said they'd try him this mornln.' An' I thought mebbe I could do sumpin' fer 'Im." Further elucidation was In terrupted by the necessity for stop ping a flow of tears with one corner of her shawl. Is It this man, or his cousin, that you were going to marry" asked the Judge. Mary Ann checked an Impulse to answer, and looked to the prisoner for guidance. Muggsy's eyes slowly rose from the floor, met hers, and ra 1 their honest appesl. That look shamed the duplicity out of him. He atepped nearer the judge, while tba lit tle group narrowed around the affi anced pair, and he ad 1 rested the Judge In a voice Arm, but low. so that th curiosity-mongers beyond the railing might not hear. I'll tell ye the truth, yer honor." he said, "an It'll be the first time t ever told it to ye. I lied w'en I said the license was fer me cousin, an' I lied about break In" the windy by acci dent. This little girl had promised to marry me. yer honor, an' the wed dln' was to 'a' been yesterday. An w'en I happened to think how I didn't have no ring, an' bow I needed one. and didn't have no money to buy one, nor not 'In', w'y I don't know how It was. yer honor, but I Just couldn't help ferglttln I'd reformed.- an gittln' a ring the beat way I could. An' now I s'pose I got to go to the Works again, an' I don't are much, fer I don't s'pose Mary Ann'll have anything to do with me now fer she's a decent, respectsble girl, yer honor, an' not like me. Only. I don't know what she ll do. on a 'count of beln out of a Job, an' nobody to take care of her. Bui It's all up now. an' you might as well give me the sentence right swy. yer honor; fer there can t be no wpddln'. an' my Job's lost, an' It's no use, I guess, tryln' to be decent." "Whst Job's that?" asked the prose cutor. The suggestion of Muggsy at work, following close upon the revela tion of Muggsy In love, staggered him. Thereupon the prisoner filled In the details of the story. His narrative was supplemented by the testimony of a policeman who recognized Mary Ann and had known her father. "Are you stll! willing to marry him?" asked the Judge, curiously. "Why. of course!" and Mary Ana stared at him In surprise. "I know he'll never do such a thing again. An I guess I ran git nlong somehow till be gits out. an' gits another Job." "Well, In view of the circumstances, I won't make it so long ss I otherwise would." began the Judge, as he re sumed his Judicial air. "It will be" rii:t the reportorlal face had sud denly approached his honor's ear, and there was a quiet little conference. In which the prosecutor presently Joined. "It w!l be ahem!" resumed his honor, when the heals separated lur ,awnea. 0nu iieiu up tne ring tor wo , ,hre montha an coata." He pause.!. ..,7-w . U I lmpre-.!ve!y. "And. In view of cer U hy dldnt you take tho rest r he uln .,, rlrcumstances-the asked. This a!n l worth murh. and 1 .i. v. . .... .... i oi a i.wuai iinfiii la aiiapnuru dur ing good t-ehavlor. and the fine to be muttered there was a wh..i trayful." "I didn't need any more," Muggsy. "Didn't need any more?" repeated the prosecutor while the court at- y. IIoIImiI. When they grew lug was tiM) good for them. Inception of Romance. Fifteen e.irs a 'jo William Ilrown. the tnlllliitiiilri 's only son. was sent to Kentllrk) tn HUJiel lltIld the build ing of a rVlroal In til, It hU father waa Interested. T!-ere he met a blue grass belle beautiful Crace M,Cood "jf".. barely turned ln The hoy's head was turned. It was rlainly love at first sUht. There was an ardent courtship, an I the youthful suitor won. That dy there came to the old man In rittui.tg this dis patch: 1'riin-vion. Kv. J R Itrnwn, llttst.urir. I'.i I ant going to m.irr.ed to lha t.nreat girl in ina world. II. U That same day this wire went back to Kentucky: up noth- life was Insured for floo.Ooi) in her favor. Martha Lewie Appears. Mrs. Itrowtis Meter marrtd and she went back to KenMicky with her fur a visit. Thst was the beginning of the end. When !ie returned she found ti nt Miss lwis had In en asked to live at the Ilrowns'. "Crace," said the old millionaire, by way r making clear how thing stood, "Just take Marty and buy ber some thlnirs. and show ber how to wear them." Marty was whst Mr. Ilrown elect el to rail the pntty girl he had in stalled as his protege in the big house. Young Mrs. Ilrown balked some, but she did as she was told. Hut she , refused to Introduce the girl to her i friends, aud she sill! was Mr. Urown's Will Kept Secret. Never were greater efforts made to keep a will from l coming public It was filed secretly. The authorities were ordered to keep t aecret ar.d meekly compiled. The family lawver furnished an extract to the new spa pers, but all reference to either of the young women In the nu.e was careful ly eliminated. 'That's all we care to give out to the newspapers." was the lawyers curt rejoinder when pressed for an ex planatlon. Hut the New York Sunday Worlds corresiondcnt In I'lttsburg made things ho Interesting for all concerned that finally the entire contents of the will were made public as provided by law. Then the storm broke. The feud became public proerty. Promptly there came a demand from the officer I of ttie Mary ilrown church that Mis liwls resign her position in the Sun lay school. forced to Leave Sindsy School. The church had Mr. Urown's $.d.- 000. Tbey cared no longer. They had bowed to his will in life, and they had Installed his protege to a posi tion of distinction In church affairs. Now they would have no more of her. At a public bearing she waa a.iked to resign, and she did. Then she announced that she In tended marrying and that was h r ostensible reason for retiring. She and William A'hur I'orter. a race- train t-m;ilo)t A old man Urown's. Received Many Preaents. Ily the will Mls Lewi got In all ;ii,o.mi. This was only a small por tion of her lieniflts. When she was ZZ her last birthday Mr. Ilrown handed the delighted girl $20. (too In new bills. Only a few months before he had given her a beautiful big house on (Irecnfield avmue. worth Kil.ono. This Is where the bride will live when she returns from her honeymoon. She got l.'O.otio worth of diamonds, too, and In all $i:;.0o0 n cash, say Mrs. Urown's friends, before the oil mans death. The Drowns have taken the daugh ter In law to their hearts. She Is again mistress of the old Ilrown man- ilon. there to stay as long as she plea-ses. W. Harry Ilrown. the broth er. even wealthier than S. S. Hrown, who Inherl's the bulk of the estate, Is understood to be against Miss Lwla' claim. There was a tragic scene when the will was read. Mrs. Elizabeth Wll lard, sister of the deal man. knew nothing of It. When she heard It gave .the young widow but .M.oi In leer bonds she hurt out weeping and ran from the room crying: "Oh. Sam nil, how could you have done this thing" A strange feature of this Strang case is that the millionaire provided lt ter for the young widow after her death than during her life. A niche by bis direction has Itcen reserved for her In the rich marble mausoleum out at the cemetery. There she will rest with the others of the family's dead. And wluther an old man's fickle fancy changed nt the last or a design ing girl succeedel in a plot to secure wealth at the exinse of reputation and stardlnu In society. Is the qms tion. ITonally it will b answered la tliS courts. paid at the convenience of tha pris oner" Muggsy stared stupidly. "fin nnf" sail fnina ntilvln k I laches and police renter. ,howed j good-naturedly. "No. not that way " sign, of Interest. "Then you confess ; tn. pn.oner started b.ck toward the to the theft? he shrewdly added. . -bu p,n " 0ut h wth ,rL Naw dontc,fe,. ot'ln-." ' You r. free. a. long a. you beh.ve Needed a wediMng ring, did you. I yourelf See" Muggsy?" queried his honor, with a v. ..' h . ..,,. ...il. ti i.- .. . . ' - - lauiaui aunt: uiai in -ijj me coun-rooni. That reminds me." remarked Lieut. O'H.ira. "We found a mirrlage license In his clothes Exhibit 11 over there. It's got his nam on. too. only he says It's for a cousin as has the same name as he has, an' was to be married yesterday. 1 wonder" and while he was wondering, a light suf fused his massive face. Meanwhile a teimrter was Inspect ing the marriage licen.e. He was a tall, loan scribe, with a lazy, tar-away look, and wore rn eternal stogie in his mouth. He leaned over to the Judge. "The girl's name Is Mary Ann Evans." he sal 1. "Maybe she's here. She'd make a gool witness." Now, his honor had great respect for this partlculir reporter. Besides, he was under obligation to him for certain unnam-l favors. "Have you any witnesses?" ask.l the prisoner. "Me? Naw." The Judge handed the license the court nfflir. "Is M.iry Ann E'.an here present?" roard Mooney. Muggsy Jerk1 hlmef erect, Ms he to mile overspread his ugly face as ba graspel Mary Ann's hand, and they turned away, too happy for speech. "Walt a minute." whispered the tall reporter. "Your Job?" The smile faded. "It was mighty hard to git. and now I've lost It." Muggsy faltered. "I was to report fer work this mornln'." "Won't you sign this. Judge?" askea the scribe. His honor took from him the sheet of official court paper and read: Foreman of th Foundry: The presence of Mr. Msgulre has been re quired at sn Important trial this morn ing. He Informs me that as a result of rendering the court this service he mar bse the employment you have promised him. Allow me to request that hi enforced absence may not de prive a deserving man of the means of earning a livelihood for himself and family. The gcr.lsl smile broke out aealn. and the Judge sttnet the letter. Whi n he banted H to Muggsy there was a lank note folded in It "You ran rs.v this back some time, if you feel like It." he sail. "Now. get married: an 1 then report for work square Jaw et, his eyes flashing, and I and give the boss this paper. It'll be all right. Mr. Jones!" An old colored minister, who haunt ed the police courts and rescued the black sheep cf his flock from frequent trouble, arcse and bowed with rheu matic dignity. "Take this couple t.-.to my private ofTco an I tie them up." ordered the Jit'tee. The frllal pslr fillowel the aged pastor from the courtroom amid a roar of arpiause. an I the court o callei the next ca, his fists clenched. "Stop that. Mr. Officer!" he cried. Mooney started back, and the court room stated In astonished sllem-e. I don't want that there name men- iloned In this d d p'llce court!" the prisoner gasped. The Judge's bland smile ha I con sled. The reporter critically poise-' 4s itople and emitted a low. thought ful whistle. Then the spell was brnkan by a com motion beyond the railing among the t p 6 e , "