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Rome Stirred Up by Alleged Mar riage of Dowager Queen. B«nor Hi« It That Hargherlt* Wow la the Morganatic Wife of Untitled l&nglneer The Facta In the Case. The reported morganatic marriage of Dowager Queen Margherita to an en gineer named Tenerani is causing no small stir in Rome. The New York World correspondent at Rome has made exhaustive personal inquiries on the subject, and the follow ing are the full facts of the case. The alleged bridegroom is widely known, being the son of the late Slg. Tenerani, a noted sculptor, after whom a street was named. His family is com paratively wealthy. The World correspQndent called at Tenerani's house and saw one of the Misses Tenerani. She was so flurried and agitated by the news that she could say nothing beyond denying the allega tion that her brother was a young Don Juan. Instead of being a hansome young man of 24, Tenerani is well over 50 years of age. He first had the honor of approaching her majesty in regard to the annual exhibition of fine arts, at which his father has been a constant ex hibitor. As he belonged to the commit tee, it often was his duty to escort Queen Margherita. After that he called at the Quirinal, and gradually became the dis creet channel through which her maj esty distributed private charities. This circumstance began to givt rise to court gossip, as Tenerani, a handsome man of commanding appearance, was admitted to the queen's presence even when others socially and politically far more important were excluded. When King Humbert was assassinated the bereaved queen made no secret of the comfort she derived from Tenerani's presence and ministration. She after ward devoted most of her time to traveling and yachting, when Tenerant was her constant companion, although he was invested with no official capacity. He even was known to have had high words with the queen's gentleman-in walting, Marquis Guiccioli, who resent ed his presence. But the queen would never allow Tenerani to be sent away. What brought this state of things prominently before the public of late was Queen Margherita's recent voyage to the arctic regions. Tenerani was her DOWAGER QUEEN MARGHBR1VA. (Reported to Have Married Sig. Tene/anl, an Engineer.) companion again, and it was more easy for the other members of the royal suite to notice alleged marks of familiarity or affection. It is altogether false, however, that Queen Margherita, who is 52 years old, intends to contract a morganatic mar riage with Tenerani. She would not risk the popularity she enjoys in Italy for any consideration. Her confessor, Father William Whit mee Taliottine, of the Fathers of San Silvestro, an Englishman, was inter viewed by the World correspondent in regard to the rumor, and pronounced it a mere newspaper canard. He thinks the queen incapable of such a step. But in court circles—which are no toriously uncharitable—Queen Marghe rita is by no means regarded as a par agon of sanctity. It is well known that her marriage was arranged by diplomacy and that there was not a spark of love on either side. And when the succession was assured King Humbert made no secret of his re lations with Countess Hercolani, Prin cess Ginetti and others, while the queen devoted herself to music and art. The latter led to her acquaintance with Ten erani. There is nothing in this royal romance to justify any aspersion on the fame of Queen Margherita. Although there have been stories about her from time to time, they have always come from hos tile sources. Tenerani is still in the queen's entour age, and his relatives expect him to win ter in Rome. Wnrnfng Agalnat Celibacy. At Cherry Point, Northumberland county, Va., is the grave of Izatis Andersof, who died August il, 1823, aged 44 years 6 months and 12 days. His epitaph states: "He was a worthy and estimable man, a kind neighbor, a faithful friend and a good citizen. In other relations of life he might have been equally praiseworthy, but he died a bachelor, having never ex perienced the comfort of being a hus band and father. This situation he found so comfortless that in his last will he directed this stone to be placed over his remains, with an inscription warning all young men from imitating an example of celibacy which yielded no other eventful fruits but disap pointment and remorse. Inscribed at his request by his friends." WINS PRAISE OF POPE. Governor Philippines Pleaaaa fM tiff In Settling the Vexing Friar Land Question. GOT. Taft has informed the war de partment that an agreement has bees reached for'the salt of the friar -landS there remaining only some small mat* ters of difference to be adjusted. Provision, it is understood, is made for a relation between the tenantry and state government which marks an advance even upon the land tenure system of Ireland. Thus, for instance, it is contemplated to sell this vast area of land purchased from the friars' orders for the benefit of the Filipinos themselves, for the money will go into their own treasury. Realizing that few of the Filipinos have any consid erable sums of money, the Philippine government proposes to allow them to buy the lands on long-time payinents, at a very moderate rate of interest on the deferred payments. The main purpose is to create the greatest possible number of landlords WILLIAM H. TAFT. (Governor of Philippines, Soon to Be See retary of War.)- i« the Philippines, for it is believed that such a body will be a strong con servator of peace and will do much to discourage future revolutionary movements. The question of the withdrawal of the friars, at the outset the most im portant connected with this problem, has, it is said at the war department, practically settled itself. Of the great body of friars in the Philippine islands at the outbreak of the war with Spain only 200 odd are said to have re mained, and nearly all of these are it) Manila, almost objects of charity These are as anxious in most cases to get away from the islands as those who, maintaining them at some sacri fice, are anxious to have them go. 01 a few who remain, it is felt that theii power to further embarrass the future relations of the government-ahd the people in the Philippines has disap peared. It is not doubted that the president and Secretary Root will approve Gov. Taft's arrangement, particularly as it appears that the people of the United States are not to be charged with any of the money required to buy friar#" lands. In all Catholic church quarters Gov. Taft and Archbishop Guidi are being warmly congratulated on their suc cess in solving the most intricate ol the questions intrusted to tueir diplo macy. The excellent impression pro duced by Gov. Taft during his so journ in Rome in the spring oY 1902 has now been greatly increased at the Vatican. THE DUKE OF NORFOLK. Earl Marshal of the Kingdom of Ens land and One of the Rlcheat Men In Europe. The duke of Norfolk, who, it is as serted, is engaged to be married to Hon. Gwendolin Maxwell, daughter ol Lord Herries, Is the fifteenth British nobleman to wear that title. It Is one of the oldest in the kingdom, hav ing been created in 1483, and the duke also has the titles earl marshal and hereditary marshal and chief butler of England. The duke, whose full name is Henry Fitz-Alan Howard, was born in London December 27, 1847, and succeeded his father to the title ~y- IIi§N THE DUKE OF NORFOLK. (British Aristocrat Who Is About to Con tract a Second Marriage.) and estates in 1860. He has been widower since 1887, when his wife, who was a daughter of Baron Don ongton, died. Being a Roman CaTholic peer, he was honored with being made a special envoy to Pope Leo in 1887 at the time of his jubilee. The duke also has beem prominent in poli tics. He was mayor of Sheffield 1895-6, and served as postmaster general five year. At the time of the Boer war he went to the front and distin guished himself. His heir is Lord Ed mond Bernard Talbot M. P. for Chi cester. HOT TIME 0DT WEST. United States Senator Indicted by Federal Grand Jury. Charged with Traflcklng in the Ap pointment of Poatmaatera—Ae cuaed Official Denlea Clalma of Hla Eneuiei. When the federal grand jury sitting at Omaha returned three indictments on November 16 against United States Senator Charles H. Dietrich, of Nebras ka, charged with trafficking in the ap pointment of postmasters, it established a record which has never been equaled. Never before in the history of the coun try has a United States senator been officially accused of selling government positions. The specific charge in this case was that Senator Dietrich had accepted a bribe in Connection with the appoint ment of Jacob Fisher as postmaster at Hastings, Neb., and also with conspir ing against the United States in connec tion with the same case. Rumors began to be circulated more than a year ago that all was not right with Mr. Dietrich's appointments. It was'said that Postmaster Fisher, of Hastings, had even complained that his appointment had cost so much money that he could not afford to contribute to the regular campaign fund. Several other appointments in the South Platte country, which is Mr. Dietrich's recog nized district, were said to have been made for money. These rumors became so strong that they finally attracted the attention of the .federal grand jury. The appoint ment of Jacob Fisher as postmaster at Hastings was the first case presented to the grand jury. The New York Herald says that evi dence before the grand jury was to this effect: Mr. Dietrich owned a building in Hastings which he wished to rent to the government for $1,800 annually. He negotiated with the department on these terms, but the postmaster, Hahn, re fused to approve the contract. Later the rental was lowered to $1,300 a year, after which Mr. Hahn approved and signed the agreement, with the addi tional proviso that Mr. Dietrich should provide the office furnfture at his own expense. Jacob Fisher, who was an applicant for the post office, was informed that he could have the appointment provided he would purchase the post-office furniture, which must be left in the room on his CHARLES H. DIETRICH. (First United States Senator Ever Indicted by Grand Jury.) retirement from the office. He was also to pay Mr. Dietrich $200 a year it is declared, as side rent for the building. Leopold Hahn, the former postmaster, is said to haye testified that Mr. Fisher also executed a note for $2,500 to Diet rich in further payment of the appoint ment. Fisher received the appointment. Since the Hastings investigation the appointments at Orleans, Alma, Ara pahoe, Fairbury and Wilsonville have been' subjected to rigid examinations, and with the exception of the Alma case no votes have been taken by the jury. Eliott Lowe, a business and personal friend of Dietrich, has been indicted for alleged conspiracy -in connection with the appointment at Alma. Postmaster Mitchell, of Alma, has also been indicted for alleged conspiracy to defraud the government. Mr. Dietrich's rise from an Illinois farmer boy to a bank president and United States senator is a story of hard work, ability, "courage and determina tion. Starting in life without a cent, he has pushed himself forward to his pres ent position of wealth and influence. He has been a retail dry goods clerk in Chicago, ordinary workman on a south ern plantation and a miner. It was while working in the mines of the Black Hills that he got his start in life by "striking it rich." Two years after Gen. Custer first en tered the "Hills" Mr. Dietrich was there, searching for gold. And when he found it he showed his good sense by leaving the mines forever and' returning to civ ilization. Settling at Hastings, Neb., he invested in lands and organized the Ger man national bank, of which he is the president. His lands increased in value and he grew wealthy. The country was settled by Germans, of whom Mr. Diet rich was leader. He entered politics. In 1900 he was elected governor and one year later United States senator. Begging aa a Fine Art. A strange way of arousing sympa thy and winning contributions of money is pursued by a beggar in Paris. Choosing a tree near which children are playing, he deliberately hangs himself then he groans to at tract attention. Their cries bring help, and he is cut down and relieved. A letter in his pocket describes his needy condition, and his reason for suicide. He is given money, and sent on his way rejoicing. IS A CHARMING WOMAN. Wife of Senator Reed Smoot la a Lai? •f Fine Education' and Many Accomplishment*. No more interesting woman will be in troduced to the senatorial circles this season than MrsReed Smoot, the-only wife of the new senator from Utah. She has just arrived in Washington. Mrs. Smoot is one of the youngest of the sen atorial women in spite of the fact that she is the mother of a large family. She is a "club woman," but is a great read er of the best literature and of newspa pers, keeping herself well posted on cur rent events. Mrs. Smoot was born, raised and edu cated in Salt Lake City. She was for merly Miss Alpha M. Eldridge. She graduated from the University of Utah, formerly called the University of Deseret, which school the'senator also attended, although he graduated in the Brigham Young academy. She was also educated as a musician, although her domestic duties of the past few years have weaned her from musical pursuits. MRS. REED SMOOT. (Wife of Utah Senator Who Is Having a Hard Time Just Now.) She is alilo, like the majority of her west ern sisters, an excellent horsewoman. Their eldest child is 16 years of age, and all the children are in school in faheir native state. They are i-H likely to be with their parents in WarJaingtonfdur ing the coming season. Mrs. Smoot is a woman of strong character and bright mind. She is of attractive appearance and has frank, cordial manners, and is sure to be liked in Washington as much as she is at home. Although both the senator and Mrs. Smoot are natives of Salt Lake City, their home has been in Provo City for many years. MINISTER TO PANAMA. William I. Ilachaiinn Selected for Im poi-tant Poat and invested with Special Power*. The president has selected William I. Buchanan, of New York, to be the first United States minister to Panama. His nomination as "envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary" was sent to the senate one day and he left on the next for his post. Mr. Buchanan's selection was brought about by a desire on the part of the pres ident to secure, temporarily, at least, and during the crystallization of the re lations between the United States and Panama, the services of a trained and experienced diplomatic representative, having special knowledge of the Latin American races. By reason of long serv ice as United States minister to the Argentine republic Mr. Buchanan fills that description in the estimation of the state department It is understood that his assumption of duties is not to be per- WIL.LIAM I. BUCHANAN. (Minister Plenipotentiary to the Nrw Re public of Panama.) manent, for he sacrifices large business interests to undertake the work. The new minister was originally from Ohio and represented the state as an agriculturist commissioner at the worlds fair at Chicago. He was ap pointed by President Cleveland United States minister to Buenos Ayres. His record at that point was so satisfactory that President McKinley continued him at his post for several years after his accession to office. Mr. Buchanan next became director general of the Pan-American exposition at Buffalo, and since the close of that enterprise be has been engaged in pri vate business. He also has been looking after certain interests of the St. Louis exposition. Filipinoa Are Gay Dreaaera. The Filipinos are fond of showy at tire, and, if they can afford the ex pense, soon exhibit themselves in American garments. After a ship load of cheap straw hats with polka dot bands arrived in Manila, and a num ber of young Americans appeared on the streets with them, it was only a few days before every native in sigh' was capped in the same fashion. NOT HARD TO TBEAT. Kings and Queens Submissive in Doctors' Hands. German Emperor and King of Eng land Are What Blight Be Called Ideal Patienta Caar and Sultan the Reverie. Very seldom in his interesting career has the kaiser been placed so much at the mercy of the doctors as during the past few weeks, and there is every reason to believe that the state of affairs which so unfortunately happened is intensely disagreeable to his majesty in particu lar. He, like the late Queen Victoria, has a considerable belief in his own pow ers of staving off illness through sheer force of will, and when these methods have failed is inclined to receive the medical men with somewhat bad grace. Yet one of the physicians describes him as being a "good and even enthusi astic patient that is to say, when once he Bees there is nothing for it but a thor ough course of trea'xnent and a calm submission to whatever is ordered, he carries out instructions to the small est detail and with the most scrup5 ulous regard for being thorough. But he is so inquisitive, one of his doctors said some time ago, that he is at times somewhat embar rassing. His majesty cross-examines everybody in attendance on the intrica cies of his ailment, and winds up by sending for a book about it, whidh he studies with the utmost care. The next time the doctors come he, with a smile, often suggests an alternative treatment, "as in the case of So-and-so, with which, of course, you are familiar, doctor." If the kaiser finds himself laid up for a day or two the first thing which occupies his attention, after his treatment is set tled, is the rearrangement of his plans of work and the division of his time, so that as little of it as possible shall be wasted. Of course, hitherto the ail ments which have afflicted him have been comparatively trifling. The kaiser and King Edward are un doubtedly the two best patients, from the doctors' point of view, amongst the monarchs of Europe. The latter, whose brave bearingduring his severe illness IS months ago will forever be remembered, always persists in regarding any indis position from which he is suffering as of the most trifling character possible. When completely in the doctors' hands he encourages them in every way to treat his case with that same lack of EMPEROR WILLIAM. (Doctors Say That in Some Respects He Is an Ideal Patient.) hesitation which they would display if he were not king, but merely a subject. He carries out all their orders to the letter, and, desiring to take as pleasant a view as he can of the circumstances, insists on having only cheerful people about him. Sir Francis Laking, whose optimism and cheerful good-nature are notorious, is a great favorite of his. The king of Italy is generally regarded by the medical profession of his native country as an excellent patient, too, and his ailments are few nowadays, notwith standing his very weakly youth. Both these happy circumstances his doctors attribute in a large measure to the very rigorous treatment to which his military tutor submitted him as a boy, though surprise is sometimes expressed that this treatment did not kill him. Queen Wilhelmina of Holland gives her doctors a lot of trouble. She says she "hates doctors," and she will never endure their attentions except when ab solutely obliged, and then they have to take unusual preparations to see that their instructions are carried out. The story is told that one time, when the queen had evinced a marked disinclina tion to see a doctor on a certain occa sion, and on his entering the room un der pressure from the queen-mother had exclaimed that if he advanced she would scream, the medical man's calm answer was that he could not help her screaming while he was advancing, but he humbly begged to say that out of re gard for his duty to his sovereign and his own reputation it would be neces sary for him to administer something which would make screaming impossi ble as soon as he reached her. Both the czar of Russia and the sultan are bad patients, the one being anxious and timid and very easy in giving way to indisposition, and the other so sus picious as to make the lot of his doctors almost intolerable. He has even gone the length of demanding that the physic ordered by one doctor should be analyzed and tasted by another. Snacked Her Llpa Too Soon. A woman in Peltau, Styria, caught a big hare in a wire trap. She smacked her lips in anticipation of a delicious meal. With a handkerchief, in the corner of which was tied a roll of bank notes amounting to over a thou sand dollars, she tried to strangle the animal, but the hare made a dash for liberty, and got away with the hand kerchief and the money. $$$*• THE ISTHMIAN CANAL. Its Importance to the United Rtatw Waa Recognised by the Great* ..v eat of German Poeta. In one of his celebrated tions with Eckermann, the great Ger man poet, Goethe, showed thai he recognized the importance of the Panama canal to the United States and the world In general. Eckermann records the following under date of February 21, 1827: "With Goethe at table. He spoke much and with nigh respect of Alexander von Humboldt, whose book about Cuba and Colombia he had begun to read and whose views about the project of a canal at Panama seemed to be of especial interest to him. 'Humboldt,' Goethe said, 'has pointed out with great knowledge ser eral other points where by making use of rivers leading into the Gulf of Mex ico a canal perhaps could be construct-, ed more easily than at Panama. This must be left to the future and the great pioneers of human enterprise. If the project of the canal meets with success so far that ships of all sizes can pass through it from the Atlantic JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE. (Famous German Poet Who Predicted Building of Panama Canal.) into the Pacific it will produce im mense results for the whole human race whether civilized or not. 'I should be astonished,'" writes Eckermann, still quoting Goethe, 'if the United States should let pass such an opportunity without trying to aet it into their own hands. It is to be expected that this youthful country, pushing westward, within the next 30 or 40 years will have taken possession of all the vast territory on the other side of the Rocky mountains. One may foresee further that along the coast of the Pacific ocean, where na ture has "provided large and safe har bors, very important towns will spring up by and by, which will be the con necting link between the great cbm i^erce of the United States and China and the East Indies. In this case It would be absolutely necessary for the United States to have between their east and west coast, for their mercan tile vessels as well as for their men of-war, a quicker connection than the tedious and expensive voyage around Cape Horn.'" "I should wish," Goethe said to Eck ermann in the same conversation, "to live long enough to see the Panama canal, but I shall not. I should also like to see a connection between the Rhine and the Danube, but I doubt if there ever will be, considering tfte state of our German finances. Third ly, I wish to see the English in posses sion of a canal at Suez. I should think it worth enduring life for another 60 years to see these three great works executed." _______ HUGE NATURAL SPHINX Profile of an Old Ladr Wronght la Solid Stone by the Mighty Hand of Artlat Natnre. Nature, through the active agency of the rains, winds and even the dust, sometimes performs wonderful things in the strange fashioning of the ob durate stone into forms resembling the human face. On the very summit of Mount Tumalpais, a lofty peak that stands about 12 miles from the city of San Francisco, is a most remarkable profile wrought in the solid stone. Just a few minutes' walk from the end of the railroad that leads up to the mountain's summit, on the trail that circles the crest of the peak, brings one to the "Old Lady" herself. This huge natural SPHINX CARVED BY NATURE. (One of the Most Unique Sights Near Saa*?j Francisco. Cal.) sphinx seems to guard the path •here it narrows on a rocky ledge. The profile is perfect. The seams and creases made by the centuries of weather are like lines of care and age worn in the human, face. No one—however, aged in our' worldly years—can remember when the^/j "Old Lady" was young. However, when .jl one passes further along the path and^l!. looks backward the outline of the^ija wrinkled visage Is lost, and instead the*£|s eye can dimly trace the features of a4-*'3 woman young and as beautiful as am. Egyptian princess.