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"This is the season of the year _ -`when the baseball aend scampers to ithe center of the stage," said the growler, "and you will find that un •er the most trying circumstances, when men's :minds are busied with other things, 'when men are really pondering over the more serious prob lems of 1ite, he will fall into the con versation suddenly as if he had drop ped through the skylight, and ask: 'Do you know what the score was to day?' Here is a crowd of gentlemen discussing some serious question of state, and they are weighing problems of great import, and they are grave and sedate and wear, worried looks, when suddenly the base ball fiend blusters into the crowd and asks: 'Do you know what the score was to day?' Go into the newspaper office. The wires are all busy carrying the story of some fearful disaster some where which has resulted in the death of thousands of persons. when sud denly the telephone rings, and an ex cited fellow at the other end of the line asks, 'Will you please tell me what the score was to-day?' That's the way it goes. It is simply one of the things of the season, and I suppose a man ought to be patient with it all, for we all have our little weaknesses." -N. O. Democrat. WANTS A QUARTER OF A MILLION Ooumte.a of Buena Vista Demands Big Damtire4 from Gem. Brooke. Suit has been entered in the United States district court at New York by the countess of Buena Vista against Gen. John R. Brooke of the United States army for $250,000. The countess alleges that Gen, "-t Oeu. iBrunke. Brooke abrogated rights held by her through inheritance to the privilege of conducting the slaughter house at Havana and of the distribution of meats and the collection of the fixed charges for meats. The countess claims these privileges by virtue of a royal decree from the king of Spain. The countess declares that the busi ness under the privilege was success ful and profitable until 1899. In that year, site alleges. Gen. Brooke, then military governor of Cuba. issued or ders to the effect that the hereditary privileges connected with the slaugh ter of cattle in Havana were termi nated. This oraer,. the plaintiff alleges, was in direct violation of0 a section of the treaty of Paris declaring that so long as the occupation lasted the United States should assume and dis charge all obligations under interna tional law for the protection of life and property. Mexircn Cornbin. Primitive customs still prevail in some parts of Mexico, and among them is that of storing corn in a queer, cone-shaped buildings. A corn bin of this kind is strong and solid. and grain can he preserved in it as well as the most modern storehouse. Some years ago bins of this type were more common in Mexico than they are now. for the reason that the number of Mexican farmers who are adopting modern agricultural methods and implements is yearly increasing. A Descendoent of Kings. George Fitzgeorge, a reputable and prosperous newsdealer of Trenton, N. J., claims to be a cousin of King Ed ward, though he does not propose to anake any use of the relationship and seeks no notoriety because of it. Mr. Pitsgeorge says he is directly descend ed from the morganatic marriage of George IV. to Mrs. Fttzgeorge. Proof of this fact was long in the Trenton newsdealer's family, one member of which destroyed it, however, belng on wiling that the record of that mor Saime marriangeS should be preerved. . 1 ; ··,. ~ :: ~:t g" ^ y .gra .F..a' :ip^..ý,,s . `.-o f In the suburbs of New R1ochelle, fac ing North street on the east, stands a granite obelisk, inclosed by a stone fence and overshadowed by trees. It. is the monument erected in 1889 in memory of Thomas Paine, the -author of 'The 4Rights -of Man," "Commoji Sense" and "The Age of Reason," by the Paine Historical Society. The ideas expressed in his "Age of Reason" raised a storm of popular in dignation against him, and when on his return to America he took up his residence among the descendants of the stern Huguenots of New Rochelle they treated him as an outlaw. Indeed, he appears to have enjoyed little comfort in his country home. He R HOUSE IN WHICH PAINE LIVED, NEAR NEW ROCHELLE. flUn. S IN V had I 3t his wife the year following his marriage to her, and had separat ed from a second by mutual consent. He afterward had as a companion a Mme. de Bonneville, a Frenchwoman, whose husband had been ruined in England by publishing "The Rights of Man." With her two sons, she ac companied Paine to America and took up her abode with him on his farm. Here they lived a life of the strict est seclusion; for, although Paine was occupied in a variety of active pur suits, his attacks upon religion had greatly narrowed his circle of ac quaintances and rendered him an ob ject of aversion to his neighbors. Un der the leadership of the clergy. they instituted a crusade against him with the avowed object of driving him from town. His last days were spent in his city house, No. 203 Bleeclker street. New York. It was a melancholy ending to a brilliant and active career. Suffer ing from a complication of disorders brought on by his habitual intemper ance. he dragged out the last hours of his life propped up in a chair by a window, poring over the pages of a book and drinking at frequent inter vals from a bottle of brandy that stood on a table at his elbow. It is said that as death approached, the noise in busy Bleecker street caused him excruciating agony, and it was found necessary to remove him to a house in Grove street. where he breathed his last on June 8. 1809. Paine had been born among Quak ers in England. so permission was asked to bury his body in the cem etery of the Society of Friends. This was refused on account of his de istical writings, and it was found nec essary to seek elsewhere for a place of burial. At last permission was ob tained to bury the body in the grave yard of Trinity Episcopal church, New Rochelle. and the vestrymen ordered a grave to be prepared for its recep tion. The funeral procession started from New York and proceeded along the old Boston Post Road. and, as it passed by several churches along the route, was greeted with demonstra tions of intolerance that it is difficult for the present generation to under stand. The clergymen, seeing the procession coming, ordered a vigorous ringing of the church bells to indicate their joy in the great deist's death. On arriving at New Rochelle the procession went to the little cemetery of Trinity Church. where the grave diggers were awaiting its arrival by the side of the grave they had pre pared. The coffin was lifted from the hearse and lowered into the excava tion: but, as the gravediggers were in the act of covering it with earth the TI T lO PAIH. I _T THlB THOMAS PAINE MONUMENT. Rev. Mr. Bayard, the rector, came r' ning to thie apot in great excitement and ordered them to stop. Paine's friends then :remembered that in his will he had reserved for himself twenty square feet on his ,farm as a place of burial; but, un fortunately, he had omitted to name -a location. They proceeded to the farm to carry out his last wish. but Nehemiah Purdy, who had acquired possession, refused to allow them on the premises. In this dilemma they were obliged to bury Paine's body in the right of way to his farm. The present monument is supposed to mark the spot where the body was buried, but those who raised the shaft made an error as to the exact loce tion. About thirty feet south of it stands a flourishing hickory tree, and near it are the stumps of two locust posts. Years ago, the father of Henry M. Lester. of New Rochelle. placed these posts, with two otners that have long since rotted away, at the four corners of Paine's grave, and subse quently the hickory tree sprouted from the mound. Several years after its burial the corpse was taken from its grave by N N -j IllT HICKORY. TRIBe wHIct HAS GROWN OUT OF PAINE'S GRAVE.e William Cobbett, the celebrated politi cal writer, who at the time was an ex ile from England, on account of an at tack he had made upon the British government. Cobbett was one of Paine's most ardent admirers. He regarded him as one of the greatest of English writers. So, on coining an exile to America. he made a pilgrim age to Paine's grave, to show the deep veneration in which he held his mem ory. On finding that the body of his 'idol llay -tnia neg:edle t l';ýtavidsagaay Without 'a atone 'to mauk :Its ~.-c: oin ,;. he was indignant,an rreulved to take it away -and give it l-onorable abrLal elsewhere. For this "purpose be -engaged the services of two negraes, and, having sworn them to secrecy, awaited -a fa vorable opportunity to puit his project in execution. 8electing-a-dark, cltedy night, he hired a team and wagon, and, accompanied by the negroes, started out from New York. -They reached Paine's grave shortly before midnight and disinterred, the body. As they were in the act of lifting the coffn into the wagon. Andrew Con taet of New Rochelle, a former friend of Paine's, happened to drive by, and. noticing the glimmer of lanterns by the roadside, stopped his horse. He saw the shadowy figures of three men moving mysteriously about Paine's grave, and a team and wagon waiting close by. Presently the men lifted an oblong object from the ground, de posited it in the wagon. mounted to the seat and drove off in the direction of the city. According to this story 51r. Contant then hastened to Paine's grave and found that his friend's body had been stolen. On making this discovery he hurried to New Rochelle and in formed the constable of what had happened. That officer immediately organized a party to pursue the grave robbers. Anticipating the possibility of pur suit Cobbett urged his team to a brisk trot, and rattled over the rough high way at a great rate of speed. For he .knew that if he could cross the Kings Bridge w.hout det.e:fon he would be safe from arrest, as he would be in New York County. beyond the juris diction of the officers of Westchester. But the constable was hot oni his trail. A Wile from Kings Bridge pur suers and pursued came within hear ing of each other. The constable's men could plainly distinguish the sound of wagon wheels ahead, and, realizing that those with the body were making every errort to escape them, whipped their horses to a fu rious gallop. But it was in vain. Mr. Cobbett reached the Kings Bridge ahead of them, and dashed over it to safety, just as they came galloping up on their panting steeds. Numerous theories have been ad vanced as to Mr. Cobbett's disposi tion of Paine's body. The corpse is supposed to have been taken to Eng land, Mr. Cobbett intending to demand its interment in Westminster Abbey. But the people of England refused to receive it, and Mr. Corbett, it is said, to avoid arrest, threw it into the Thames. Others say that the body was takre to the East Indies. The most probable story of al, however, is that which credits Cobbett with having given the body decent burial in a remote English churchyard, al though some authorities say it rests in France.-New York Tribune. "Among 'the 'high class matuves;' says s umrse just returned from the -Philippiaes, "there is a standard -of intealigence and culture that Is actu ally Superior to that displayed by any American families which have gone 'to Manila yet. These people all have continental educations. They are artists and musicians and lin guists of great ability. And the way they live is dazzling, even to us Americans, who are, used to a display of wealth. Their houses are sumptu ously furnished, surrounded by beauti ful lawns and .fairly thronged with ser vants. "The Filipinos who are wealthy are enormously so. I knew one land own or there whose house proved too small for him. He wanted to give a magnitf cent entertainment last winter in honor of his daughter's return from school. This man, when he found that he could not purchase outright the adjoining house, rented it for two months at a cost of $25.000. "There are plenty of old families 'n Manila who could- and no doubt would do the same thing," concluded the nurse, according to the Philadelphia Times. "They say they are Ameri canistos, but I believe almost all of them are secretly contributing money to the rebels' cause." NOTED FRENCHWOMAN AN AUTHOR Daughter ot Late Presldent of France About to Publish a Book. Mile. Lucie Faure, daughter of the late Felix Faure, president of France, Mle. anre. is about to publish a book on the Ox ford movement in the Church of Eng land. She is a student of philosophy and theology and recently caused com ment in French journals by declaring that a college education is necessary to produce a gentleman. AUSTRIAN EMPEROR IN DANGER Dynamite Bomb Found in Compartment of His Train. Emperor Francis Joseph-was recent ly going on a night train from Vienna to Budapest. In the final inspection of the imperial train at the terminus of the State railroad at Vienna. made ten minutes before his majesty's ar rival there, a bomb covered with pa per was found in the emperor's com partment. It was evidently calculated that this bomb would explode the mo ment his majesty entered the car. An investigation of the matter led to the dismissal of several railroad employes. The greatest secrecy concerning this Emperor of Austria. plot has been ohbserved. and the em peror forbade the nutwupapers of Vi enna to mention the affair. Phitmanthrople MiLllonire. Baron Henri de Rothschild, who is a distinguished physician and a speci alist in infantile diseases, not only drives motor cars, but manufactures them. His automobile business is now to be pushed forward on new lines. A scheme has been elaborated under his instructions for turning it to philanthropic purposes. Next door to his hospital for children he has opened a motor car factory, ahd all the profits of the latter are to be . voted to the former. He_ expects to sell about 100 cars a year. In this case the hospital will beneit to the intent of 40,000 per annum. thenameoe conspicuously " -dii George W. iPerlI. business less than a year said is a-e of Wall street's infants, lhe is a ppweir, because he is J. Pierpont -td gah!s partner. Perkins came up `the ladder step by step. He began- as an office boy in the office of one of the great life insurance companies. That was 25 years ago- when he was 15 years of age. He was eventually made a bookkeeper, then: cashier, next solicitor and director of agencies in various places. Sb splendid an impression did he make on the president of the company that the lat ter finally had the office of third vice president created for him. In 1897 he attracted attention by negotiating a Russian loan of $1.0,000.000, which was the first foreign loan ever negotiated in this country. He became friendly with President McKinley and other prominent men have come to admire him. He is six feet tall, has brown hair and eyes. is genial in manner, and impresses one as a knowing man., His income is said to be $300,400 a year. GOES TO A STRANGE BISHOPRIO Dr. J. H. Van Buren Elevated 'to sth Episuopacy or Porto RIcs. Rt. Rev. James H. Van Buren, who has recently been created the first Protestant bishop of Porto Rico, is a gentleman of broad %ulture and has many warm friends and admirers in the United States. He was born in Watertown, N. Y.. in 1850, and gradu ated from Yale in 1873. Four years later, after a theological course, he i Dr. J. H. Tea Beure. was ordained at Milfora, Co was stationed successively at ter's. Milford; Trinity ch mor., Conn.; St. Paul's, N. Y., and at Newburyport Mass. In 1901 he wenu to and has succeeded in buil Juan. Dr. Van Buren has writt number of works, includi of the Christian church, now ready for publication. entiled "Latin Hymns Xerse." He has twice yisi and has traveled extensiv its various countries. Russell Sage and Wanl Just how sensitive ~ t was manifesated on a re f-n when it became known - Sage was unable to co This is so unuuual feeiing at ouuev eisul could not be quC tainly known multi-millionaire from a 41 absent occasl hiaftp stevena died a Crau'4=