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OFFICIAL MIX UP.
THE STORY OF AN APPOINTMENT
TO A JUDGESHIP.
How tlie Man Slated For Aanoclate
Jastk'c of New itlexlco'M Supreme
Court First Got a Surprise and Att
frnsrd the Office.
Late in the year 1900 it was decided
•to? the powers in Washington that Mr.
:.j Daniel H. McMillan, ex-state senator
of New York and for many years gen
ii eral counsel in the city of Buffalo for
the Vanderbilt system of railroads, was
to be appointed associate justice of the
supreme court of New Mexico.
This appointment had been urged not
only by those who knew Mr. McMillan
s. in the state of New York, but by law
yers of Santa Fe and of other cities in
New Mexico who knew of him and de
li sired to see him obtain the place.
Toward the close of 1900, with Gov
«rnor Otero of the territory, Mr. Mc-
Millan was on a Lake Shore train
speeding toward Washington. When
the train stopped at Painesville, O.,
Jitfr newsboys boarded it, and one of them
iy called out: "All about the new supreme
court judge of New Mexico. Silas
Alexander appointed." The governor
of the territory and Mr. McMillan look
ed at each other, and they bought a
*$§1 paper, and in that paper they read in
glaring headlines that Silas Alexander
of Santa Fe had received the appoint
ment to the vacant judgeship.
Mr. McMillan the morning of his ar
j":' Tival In the capital went at once to the
office of the secretary of war.
"How did it happen I was not ap
pointed?" be asked.
"Why," said Mr. Root, "you are ap
pointed!"
•"Why," said Mr. McMillan, "you are
mistaken." And he drew from his
pocket the Cleveland newspaper of the
day before. Secretary Root turned all
colors. "This is a mistake," he said
"an absurd, strange mistake, for I have
It from the president's own lips, cor
roborated by Mr. Griggs, attorney gen
eral, that your name was sent yester
day to the senate for action and that
the recommendation was duly signed
i. by President McKinley."
Then the men weut to the state, war
and navy building and found Attorney
General Griggs.
-".But you have been given the ap*
polntment," said Mr. Griggs.
"Then what does this newspaper re
|V port mean?" was the reply.
The attorney general was dumfound
ed. "I cannot conceive what it means,"
he said. He tapped his bell, and when
a messenger came in response he re
1 quested the attendance of the clerk in
confidential relations with him, whose
duty it is to fill in upon appointment
blanks the names of those who are de
signed for appointments by the execu
&. *'ve*
'i The clerk appeared. "Mr. Blank,"
said the attorney general, "find out at
*f once whose name was sent yesterday
to the senate with the recommendation
by the president that he be appointed
associate justice of the supreme court
jkSlfc? 9f New Mexico."
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"kV,
i00[jt" said the clerk. He soon
^.-fTjeturned with a memorandum slip in
his hand.
psf "Mr. Alexander," he said—"the man
from Buffalo."
Then a glimmering of the truth
dawned upon the group. "Are you
sure," said Attorney General Griggs,
"that the name was not McMillan?"
"Certainly," was the reply. "The
name was Silas Alexander."
The situation was remarkable, and
time was important.
The president of the United States
had inadvertently, by the error of a
subordinate, been made to set aside the
$ man whom he bad intended to name.
If There came a pause. Mr. Griggs
.broke the silence.
"Well, gentlemen," he said, "the fat
Is In the fire, but we must get it out.
My subordinate has made this mistake,
if-and 1 must do my best to get it recti
3 fied, and perhaps the fault is partly
mine, for 1 told him to till in the name
jj of 'the Buffalo man,' and he, probably,
seeing the name Alexander and identi
tying it with the congressman of the
,: same name prominently known in
Washington as coming from Buffalo,
thought that be was to be the ap
fl polntee."
And so the three men went to the
i| president and explained matters, and
as a consequence a messenger, preced
ed by a telephone message. sped rapid
j'i
ly
toward the capitol with instructions
to seek Immediately the leader of the
senate and prevent any action on the
ii- -mistaken nomination and to make the
statement to that leader that it was
withdrawn.
The messenger arrived just as the
senate was about to take action, and if
the telephone had been relied upon the
nomination of Silas Alexander.would
have been confirmed by the United
"States senate, and the will of the pres
ldent of the republic would have been
defeated.—Saturday Evening Post.
Lcoklng For Work.
"Yes, ma'am," said the ragged fat
man, "I'm lookin fur work. Yer ain't
got no odd jobs of scrubbln or washin
ter be did, iiave yer?"
"Why, you surely don't do scrubbing
-or work of that sort?" said the house
keeper.
"Sure not. I'm lookin fur work fur
me wife."—Philadelphia Record.
Ignorance BUu.
"Is there anything peculiar about
him?"
"Not at all. He simply doesn't know,
and that's the usual combination In
•cases of people who don't know."—Chi
cago Post.
Many women first show signs of age
by a droop In the eyelid. This Is caus
ed-by strained eyesight, excessive weep
ing, ill health or years. It can be over
-come by dally faithful manipulation.
HARD ON SMOKERS.
Old Time logtslntlou AsaJntt the
Use of Tobacco.
It is one of tin.* curiosities of old time
legislation that the use of tobacco was
in early colonial days regarded by the
magistrates and elders as far more in
jurious, degrading and sinful than that
of intoxicating liquors. Both the use
and the planting of the weed were for
bidden, tlio cultivation of it being per
mitted only in small quantities, "for
meere necessitie, for phisick, for pres
ervation oi the health, and that the
same be taken privately by anncient
men." But the "creature called tobac
ko" seemed to have an indestructible
life. Mrs. Alice M. Earle writes of
these early restrictions about tobacco
in "Stagecoach and Tavern Days:"
Landlords were ordered not to "suf
fer any tobacco to be taken into their
houses" on penalty of a tine to the
"victualler" and another to "the party
that takes it." The laws were con
stantly altered and enforced, and still
tobacco was grown and was smoked.
No one could take it "publicquely" nor
in his own house or anywhere else be
fore strangers. Two men were forbid
den to smoke together.
No one could smoke within two miles
of the meeting house on the Sabbath
day. There were wicked backsliders
who were caught smoking around the
corner of the meetiug house and others
on the street, and they were fined and
set in the stocks and in cages.
Until within a few years there were
New England towns where tobacco
smoking in the streets was prohibited,
and innocent cigar .loving travelers
were astounded at being requested to
cease smoking.
Mr. Drake wrote in 1SSC that he
knew men, then living, who had had to
plead guilty or not guilty in a Boston
police court for smoking in the streets
of Boston.
In Connecticut in early days a great
indulgence was permitted to travelers—
a man could smoke once during a jour
ney of ten miles.
HE DID HIS BEST.
Celebrated Musician's Adventure III
a Swis* Country Village.
The late Sir John Stainer, one of
England's most celebrated musicians
and composers, was several years ago
in a small Swiss village, and the Eng
lish clergyman was on the lookout for
a musician to assist at the service.
Stainer was in the smoking room of
the hotel when the clergyman found
him and started the conversation with
"Do you play the harmonium?" "A lit
tle," was the reply of the ex-organist
of St. Paul's cathedral. "Will you,
then, be good enough to help us out of
our difficulty on Sunday? We will
read the psalms, and the hymns shall
be the simplest I can select," added
the delighted parson. "I will do my
best,'' said Stainer, with a smile.
The service passed off all right, but
the congregation. Instead of rushing
away at the close, listened to a brilliant
recital. When the parson heard the
name of his assistant, lie asked him to
dinner. "Do you smoke?" he said at
the close. "I will do my best," mut
tered Stainer. and the ensuing laugh
ter was the prologue of an entertaining
exchange of Oxford reminiscences.
Stainer was a great story teller. One
anecdote lie was fond of relating had
reference to the days when there were
amateur orchestras in churches. The
"Messiah" was being sung, and as the
line "Who is the King of Glory?" ap
proached the man playing double bass
whispered to the violoncellist in front
of Iiiui. "Let us have your rosin, and 1
will show 'em who is the king of glo
ry!"—London Tit-Bits.
Great Patent Nation.
The United States grants 25,000 pat
ents per annum, or nearly as many as
all the rest of the world. England
grants 8.000 per annum and France
and Germany each about 7,000, and
such countries as Canada, Australia.
Austria. Italy and Russia grant about
4,000 each. An Interesting and hopeful
fact is that more patents are granted
In proportion to the applications than
ever before in the history of the patent
office, showing that mechanical genius
is not chasing as many rainbows as
formerly. American inventive genius
Is shown in all lines of invention, but
it greatly predominates in machinery
for manufacturing, transportation and
labor saving. Europe and the orient
have begun to find that without Amer
ican Industries they would be unable
to go ahead.—Success.
What Mlit'ht Rave Happened.
A sporty young gentleman of the city
who drives a dainty runabout which is
the envy of the other young men of his
set was driving down Main street the
other day when he nearly ran over a
six foot countryman. The countryman
caught the bit and sat the horse upon
Its haunches without apparent effort
and then complacently remarked to the
driver:
"Sonny, you had better be careful
how you drive that doll buggy of
your'n. If I hadn't collared this here
horse, you would 'a* run that thing into
me and smashed it all to kindling."—
Memphis Scimitar.
Difficult Dutch.
The Dutch language is of a good old
fashioned tongue. It Is so difficult that
English speaking people '.'onnot with
out difficulty acquire it. fact, some
folk say it is more like v.uto English
than it Is to German. 'J' Boers in
South Africa use the Dut tongue as
it was spoken 200 years ago.
Exception.
Teacher—As I have u.-«-n telling you,
there are two general classes of work
ers. Tommy, does your ijther make
TELLTALE PICTURES.
PAINTINGS THAT HAVE DONE THE
WORK OF DETECTIVES.
Instances Where the Canvas of nn
Artist Has Led to the Confession of
a Criminal—A Portrait and 9. Stolon
Diamond Pendant.
An artist who had suddenly becomo
almost famous by his production of a
painting exhibited at the Itoyai acad
emy was one day called upon by a
man wiiose visit was productive of the
most extraordinary and undreamt of
consequences.
The picture represented a lonely
stretch of beach, upon which the sea
was beating in long, creamy rollers. In
the foreground, bending over a dead
body, was a man with a wild expres
sion on his face and with a naked
knife in his hand. A ship's boat, evi
dently just beached, was also in the
picture, and by the side of the mur
dered man was a bag of gold. The pic
ture portrayed the advent of two cast
aways upon a-friendly shore. The one
had murdered the other so that the
treasure might bo his.
The painter's visitor was a gray hair
ed, ild eyed man.
"In heaven's name, sir," he gasped
out, "how did you learn the dreadful
story that you painted? I see you know
all. I murdered my mate Bill to get
the money that was his. I threw his
body into the sea. I don't know what
impulse led me to the Academy. The
first thing I saw was your picture rep
resenting the scene that took place 30
years ago."
Needless to say, the picture had been
the outcome of imagination. Yet mur
der will out, and the guilty conscience
of the man who had killed his comrade
for lust of gold had convinced him that
the palntin.fr was no coincidence, but
was indeed the actual portrayal of a
dastardly aud unwitnessed crime.
There is probably no picture bettef
known in England than '"The Doctor,"
by Mr. Luke Fildes, yet there are prob
ably very few people aware of the fact
that that selfsame masterpiece was
the means of bringing to light the per
petration of a crime that would other
wise never have been known.
A certain doctor in a large town com
mitted suicide, and among his papers
was a letter which ran as follows: "I
have today seen Luke Fildes' 'Doctor.'
The picture represents a medical man
watching by the bedside of a child. It
has so haunted me that I am going to
take away my own worthless life and
make a confession at the same time.
When Arthur's"—his brother's—"boy
died, I came into money that my dead
brother had settled on him. He died
as all the world thought of acute pneu
monia. Yet his life might have been
saved had I acted, as Fildes* 'Doctor' is
so evidently doing, with the use of all
the skill that lay in my power. I has
tened the boy's end and so got the
money. I can bear it no more."
A well known artist was commission
ed to paint the portrait of a lady in ex
alted circles, who boasted the posses
sion of a most unique jewel in the
form of a pendant. The lady was very
anxious that this heirloom should be
included in her portrait. The artist, of
course, complied with her request.
Shortly after the painting had been
completed a daring burglary was per
petrated, with the result that the lady
lost her heirloom, and no trace of the
thief or thieves was forthcoming.
Years passed by, and the lady gave vp
all hope of ever seeing the precious
heirloom again.
Now, it so happened that the artist
who had painted the portrait of the
lady mentioned bad occasion to travel
in India.
In the course of his wanderings he
came to Bombay and, as every visitor
to that place does, strolled through the
native bazaar.
Suddenly his attention was riveted
by a piece of jewelry in a jeweler's
shop that seemed familiar, to him. It
was a diamond and ruby pendant.
Where had he seen it before? He ran
sacked his brain, but could not remem
ber.
He returned to his hotel and hap
pened to take from his portfolio a
sketch of the portrait he had made
years ago o'
+he
He hurried off to the chief of police,
and told that worthy what he suspect
ed, namely, that the bazaar he had vis
ited coutained the long lost jewel of
the English lady. Inquiries were at
once set on foot with extraordinary re
sults. The jeweler in the bazaar con
fessed to having given years ago a
quite insignificant sum for the jewel,
tvhich he had bought from a stableman
In the employ of a neighboring rajah.
The stableman was sought for, and
turned out to be none other than a fr
mous English cracksman, who had ap
parently turned honest, but who,
nevertheless, confessed to having been
the thief oi the jewel that had been
so miraculously discovered.—Pearson's
Weekly.
There's Etiquette In All Trades.
his living by using bio brains or by!! Not being iutended for biting purposes,
using his muscles? offensive or defensive, no attention
Tommy—Neither one, ma'am. He's a seems to have been paid by nature to
policeman.—Chicago Tribune. making It fast.
A lady who Imprudently explained to
a fishmonger the other day that her
purchase was intended for the cat's
dinner was a little hurt at receiving It
wrapped up In a newspaper. "I under
stood. as it wasn't for yourself, mum."
replied the fishmouger loftily, "we nev
er wraps up in brown when It's for
cats!"—London Chronicle.
The Hainan Jaw.
The human jaw is very loosely sock
eted In the skull, so that It Is often dis
located by the mere act of yawning,
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lady with the pendant.
In a nioiu.mt the enigma was solved.
The piece of jewelry he had seen was
the peculiar pendant that his fair sitter
had been so anxious he should include
in his portrait.
Opened Monday
flay 20, 1901
WE
desire to give our subscribers an opportunity to determine wliat young
lady living in Audubon county shall be awarded a vacation trip—enjoying
a tree trip to the Pan-American Exposition and trip to Niagara Falls, The
Journal paying all expenses and furnishing the best board, transportation
and entertainment that can be obtained. Our large and growing circula
tion leads us to believe that people like to read The Journal and fully ap
preciate the earnest efforts put forth to make it what it purports to be—a
county paper devoted to all the interests that tend to the growth and devel
opment of the county—and when they can pay for it and at the same time
make some one happy and give them a trip that few can well afford to make,
they will fully appreciate and accept such a rare opportunity. Every
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scription account. In addition to the subscription ballots, coupons
clipped from the papers may be voted by anyone securing them.
Trip will consist of a two-weeks'vacation at the
Pan-American. Exposition
at Buffalo, N. Y.
Transportation, Sleeping Car Fare, Daily Admission
to the Exposition and a trip on to Niagara Falls. AJso Meals and
Board on Dining Cars and at one of the best and most
reputable hotels in Buffalo
gyre
Entrance Machinery
andTbahsportatjon
FAN-AMERICAN EXP0&TI0N.
The machinery exhibit at the Pan-American Exposition will be one of the
most Important features. The display of machine to.ls will be complete, in
cluding all the latest up to date inventions. It will be the largest and most
comprehensive display of the kind ever made at an exposition.
Everything will be the best and most suitable that money can buy. The
successful contestant may start on her vacation as soon atter contest closes
as she desires.
All coupons must be voted on or before time designated on the coupon,
so as to prevent anj one from accumulating and voting them on the last day
of the contest.
No coupons will be sold they must be clipped from papers regularly is
sued to subscribers in the usual manner. No less than 20,000 coupons will
be printed in the regular issues of The Journal during the life of the contest
No contestant can sell or transfer votes to any other candidate after
they have been voted. A committee of three disinterested parties will be
appointed by The Journal to count the votes and decide the contest.
The issue of ballots will be confined exclusively to the subscription de
partment of The Journal and all ballots cast must be countersigned by the
editor, associate editor or by the foreman of the office.
To those who enter this contest we would say that business experience
has taught us and every successful business person, that an early start, pro
digious work, persistent efforts and a thorough organization are essential
to success.
Communications concerning the contest will be promptly answered
Courteous and fair treatment will be^hown to every contestant and friends.
Closes Monday,
August 16, 1901
Buiumno*
C. A. HARLIN,
Editor and Publisher

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