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The Shady Side ol Life-Fallen
Men ami Women.
The Notorious JIcFarJaixl Asleep
in a Police StationA Noted
St Louis JJelle.
the floor were several queer ragged
C?u! comic opera company is his re- one evening the -nan-
centlv divourced wife. Young i from a palatial dance hou-e
Richardson once reported himseii. ;
!-neciimns of humanity.
uvu -nntiritiailv "iv ili'r utter
-d "roans, in- dead m the liiacK inns, navmg sem.
he in LI
re e ted
I roai the Kansas City Times.
Kansas City, May 15. Nothing
shows more clear! v the ies':Iess .spirit
and inborn activity of the American
people than the iact that every peri
odical minin2 craze is the signal for
thousands to pack up on short notice
nnd make a pilgrimage to thegolden
ihrine. Such is the case with regard
to the Couei tie Aleue region to
day, and such was the case when
the great carbonate discoveries were
made in LeadviHe in 1S78. Thither
they flocked Irom all points of the J jaWyer, was rapidly pushing his
compass and leadviile, which was way to the front of the New lork
known only as California gulch up J jje married one of the belles
to that time, became famous the j Qf Gotham and for a long time their
world over. Like Jonah's goard it domestic happiness was not marred
sprung up, asif in a single night, U,y th.e presence of a single cloud
from a struggling mining hamlet to f Then the temnter came. His wife
a bustling, cosmopolitan city of J (now Mrs. Abby Sage Richardson)
40,000 people, a heterogeneous h.i an ambition to shine as a dra-
mass indeed. All could not be J mat,c star, an aspiration which was
successful, so many left curs-1 sedulouslv cultivated by Albert D.
Richardson of the New ork Tnb-
ance to half suppressed groans.
dicating a trouble spirit. Thinking
that his mind was burdened with
htv woe, r that
conscience was rash enough to
awaken him and, without much
difficulty, secured from him the
story of his life, as startling and as
sensational a tale t domestic infe
licity, combined w ith high tragedy
as was ever giving an airing
print. The man was Daniel McFar
land. And who of our readers that
has not heard of the celebrated
TM.Pnrlnd-Ttirhardson traced v of
November 26, 1S69?
AN" OLD SCANDAL.
Daniel McFarland was a man of
talent and fine education, and as
ing their luck some committ-
eu suiciue, ana oincrs con- une- Richardson was an accom
tinued to hope against hope j pisned Writer, was the Tribune's
and manfully 'attle against it until j ceiebrated war correspondent, served
luck turned their way. One fellow J :n reDei orisons, wrote the book
in particular, who had at one time j j3ovond the Mississippi," and was
been a protessor in an eastern col- I a brilliant and forcible writer from
Jege and was on his way hack, was I nis Vouth. All did not seem right
asked by a Kansas City reporter McFarland, who looked on Richard-
about three years ago, how he liked attentions to his wife with a
LeadviHe. "Not very well, I assure jeaious eyej and late one night in
you," was the response. "I suppose, lS66 whije Richardson was cscort-
vl course," said the reporter as he ing Mrs. McFarland home from the
glanced at the professor's immacu- theater, the green-eyed monster took
late shirt front, and snowy white pOSSession ot McFarland and he
cuffs, "that you enjoyed the society aimed a buHt;t at Richardson which,
Of the town while you were there." however, missed its mark. McFar-
" Young man," was the sarcastic laml began to Cglect and abuse his
reply, "when I visit h I it will not wite and snc, woman-like, turned,
be for the purpose of enjoying its to best friend R,charuson, for
society but to study the laws oftiar, .i ,,imfnrt. TrF;,r-
to various paper, a bogu
(under an ns-nmed name) ot
his j slain by indians. m order to have the
pleasure of reading ins own onituary.
The hoax was short lived and he
was severely criticised. He came
near having a duel with Col. Mc
Caull not long ago owing to the hot
shot he poured into McCauli,
through the press, cn account of the
gallant colonel's marked attentions
to one of the pretty chorus girls.
When "Texas Jack," whose real
name was John B. Omohunuro, ar
rived in LeadviHe he was greeted
with a warm receotion and crowds
flocked around him to obtain a g .od
view of the ' famous scout. His
piercing black eyes, long dark hair,
white sombrero hat and athletic
build, coupled with his splendid rep
utation, made him an object ot curi
osity from the start. Texas Jack
had also obtained some fame anil a
slice ot fortune by starring through
the country with Bill Cody's (Buffa
lo Bill) blood'-and-thunder dramatic
company. They appeared in Kan
sas City a few years ago and when
ever Texas Jack showed himself on
the streets he was followed by j. large
crowd of curiosity seekers.
V ith this troup was the celebrated
danseuse, Morlaccni. one ot the best
dancers since the days of Fannie
Elssler. The premier danseuse
witness, for a !':!
turn- ot the 1
-:. t wHie
t men and
, 1 r
combustion." But this was putting
it rather strong. LeadviHe was not
always as wicked as it was painted.
Having tor a long time looked only
:U the bright side of life and wishing
to look at the reverse side of the
picture, the writer, a few years ago,
journeyed out to the famous bonanza
city while the "boom" was on.
There was something fascinating
about life in this far western town
beyond the pale of ctyilazition.
so much so that once within its
and afterwards forgave her
and a reconciliation w;i effected.
She agreed to give up Richardson's
company and McFarland overlooked
the past. Although possessing an
exceedingly jealous disposition he
relaxed his watch over his pretty
wife and everything moved along
quietly, "ut an incident soon trans
pired which fanned the dyinjy em
bers ot jealousy into a brill:ant flame.
McFarland was furious and applied
for a divorce. This was in the tall
women as they glided
! intricacies t the mazy wait
J put it in plainer but more truthiu!
i language. a thev cavorted with
mg (ions through a l.e:tlvilie tan
dango. At the head of the estab
lishment. i" 'r.ircbi of :.ll -he survey
ed and clad in velvet and diamonds,
was a daik-.ved. handsome featured
woman, who ruled the place as with
a rod of irot?. With a 4-caIibic
weapon at her side, she was prompt j
to suppress every riot and trouble at
its insipiency. There was a cold
glitter in her eye. her brows were i
. . i
knit, and her lips were tightly com- ,
pressed, which at first discouraged
me from approaching her, with a 1
view ot learning something of her
past history. But. after waiting pa
tiently, her brows relaxed and her
lips parted, disclosing two rows of
shapely white teeth, it was while she
was wreathed in this temporary
smile that I made haste to form her
acquaintance, a proceeding that am
ply repaid me.
.The career ot this remarkable
woman reads like a romance, and
fairly illustrates the adage that truth
is stranger than fiction. If, as it has
been ungallantly asserted, it is
satan's tuling policy in winning the
world to himself to select handsome
women with brilliant intellects for
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achieved her most brilliant success j his adjutants, then he played his
in "The Devil's Auction" when it J cards well in this particular case.
was first brought out in New York Xet she was purely a creature ot cir
in 1S6S. When "Monte Cristo" cumstance, a butterfly of fashion,
was produced at the California thea- and whatever criticism there is should
tre, San Francisco, in 1S70, Morlac- be tempered with pity. There was
chi gained new laurels, being the always an air ot mystery about this
star dancer. The dancing was then cold, proud, beautiful woman and
in the fourth and fifth acts, afterward although she plunged into the giddy
the ballet was- brought in the first whirl of LeadviHe life and became
act and pantomimic and gymnastic the gayest of the gay she was as si-
performances were worked into the lent as the tomb when sounded
carnival scene, but many of these about her past.
A society beile, a rebel spy, an
adventuress, a queen ot ian bank.
v.u..a.1.w.. leave, of ,S6o. It was reported that the
there being a sort of magnetic at- t r- 1 1 1
" - 1 intimacy between Richardson and
traction about the place. Everything , P , ,, , ,.
, , ' Mrs. McFarland had nppened in. o
seemed to be conducted in a different .n- , 1 1 .u c
1 illicit love and the story of tne
manner than elsewhere; the methods Haison resounded throughout the
were original, and ,t was curious ,an(L Maddcned be d contro))
and amusing to note the character- m-c..i a u u.i r
. . . . Alcr arland, although the divorce was
191:1.9 i me i-'coimc vYijeiiii cnanrp t., . .
threw together in this lively minin I 1- D. .
features have since disappeared.
I.OVK AT J" lit .ST SIOHT.
Between Moriacchi and Texas
Jack, when thrown together in the
troup. it was a case or " love at nrst
Sight. lie instantly oecame enam-
ored of her. and. it is needless to
say, she became smitten with the
charms of the gallant frontiersman.
A speedy marriage followed and
they subsequently settled in Lead
ville, where they played a long en
gagement at the leading variety
theatre auJ lived a happy married
hie. Une night Umohuiulro was
of Implements ever brought into Bates county..
The Casad ay Sulky Flow, Farmers friend,
Brow n Sc Keystone Planters, the Havvorth check
Rower tor all planters.
The new Weir all Iron and steel combined cul
tivators, the new 1'ekin, all iron and steel com
bined cultivators, Butord Rock Island. Weir,
Furst & Bradly, Canton, Clipder & Morrison
Blows. Headquters tor
33 2rl. BESD W I JEC E
The Bain Farm wagon, the Racine Spring
Wagon, the Baker Grain Drill, Harrows of all
kinds and a full line of
T O I BU OG IE
Iron, Steel Nails, and wagon wood work, and
the only exclusive line of Shelf Hardware in the rity.
R. 11. DEACOX
WE ARE IN THE
proprietress of a dance hall and a
confidante of stage roi'beis, her life
was indeed seasoned vviih all the ele
ments of a fust class ioniancc, and
between the yellow covers of the west
sensational literati: "e of the day sel
dom can he found a more wonderful
or chequered career.
A KKBEl, SPY.
Beile Siddons, during the first
years of the civil war, was the reput
ed bell of St. Louis. A near rela
tive or Uovernor Claib Jackson s
town, hemmed in by the Rocky
mountains, from all quarters of the
ardson, but was told he had not ye
come down. Presently the destroyer
of his domestic happiness entered bv
a rear door and McFarland as quick
Among them are many "charac-J as lightning drew his Tevolver and
tors.' I mean men and women fired at Rii'li inUnn :k imc an
Vfho possessed histories around j proaching. The wounded man was
Whose lives clustered romance's, taken to the Astor house, where he
some as thrilling and as sensational lingered in great agony for several
as any related by a Dumas, a Gabo- days and just as his spirit was about
lian or a Reade. 1 made mental to take Might, Henry Ward Beecher
impressions ot many of these queer
people and now, for the first time,
will draw on memory's storehouse for
material lor a series of sketches for
The Sunday Times. These pen
portriats are drawn trom life. There
s no need ot any romnncing orfancy
eoloJing; tfn; bare facts themselves
Are romantic enough, and any extra
touches would simply spoil the
Mine ot the celebrities of the
wonderful voung mining camp had
a national reputation. I remember
particularly one cold and stormy
night, nearly three years ago, when
the snow lay two feet on a level, and
in some places had drifted so high
.is to be well nigh impassible, ot
being on my way to my room to
take a well-earned sleep. The
wmd seemed to be howling a dismal
requiem, and everything looked as
Miserable as possible. When pass
Fng the police station the lights were
inviting and the fire within looked
o cheerful that I could not resist
the temptation to drop In and toast
s!ur.s by the stove. Sleeping on
was hurriedly sent for and.
dying moments Richardson and Mrs.
McFarland, (now divorced) who
was constantly at his bedside, were
made man and wife. McFarland
was duly tried and acquitted ; but
soon gave himse't up to drink and
became a wanderer on the face of
the earth. He has been m Kansas
City a number of times during his
fraveles. Once he occupied a seat
at Coates'opere house while his wife
(Mrs. Abby Sage Richardson) was
delivering a lecture on temperance
or some kindred subject. Their
eves met, but they never spoke al
though she remained here the next
day. She is now somewhere in the
east doing poorly and poor Mc-!
Farland lies in an unmarked grave
in the LeadviHe cemetery.
Leander Richardson, a son off Al
bert D., is one ot the brightest and
gossipiest correspondents ot the me
tropolis, is editor of a New York
dramatic paper, and has inherited
his lathers talent, and a little of his
lively disposition. Ada Gilman, the
charming little soubrette of the Mc- 1
suddenly attacked with illness and j predecessor, she created quite a sen-
died within a few weeks. Hisfuner- J satiou in Jefferson City on her debut
al was the largest ever witnessed in j in society. A graduate of the Lex-
the camp. All the military compa- j ington female university, her accom-
nies turned out, and with bands j plishments and beauty, and with her
playing a funeral dirge, the cortege ) high family connection, made her at
slowly wended its way to the ceme- J once the acknowledged queen of the
tery. T.he cofhn was wrapped in I state capital society, and around her
an American flag and after it was J the hot blooded gallants hovered
lowered to the earth the troops fired like moths around a candle. But
several volleys over the grave and j she kept them at their distance and
all was over. Morlacchi returned to j preserved her heart whole and free.
a town in the interior of New York j Captain Parish, a young journalist
and there she pined in secret over I of St. Louis, received her Im e im-
the loss of her faithful husband, and, sought, and although already be
I am tohi, she recently died of a bro- throthed to a young ladv of Louisi
ana, Mo., he found he could not
break the spell of enchantment, and
Alive and kicking:. Best facilities
for handling: Corn in Bates
ensy and safe, only 5 feet high. We carrv our corn up by machinery, ti
empty a load of corn in two minutes. No danger fo team or wag
Highest maiket price cash up no fiunihling. Honest weight.. Trr f
once. We have regenerated the Grain Mwrltt i ..I Butler, ;md have bn
worth thousands of dollars to the farmers of Bates county. In addition tl
corn we handle all other kinds of Grain
LKFKKK & CIIILD&
There is one incident in Texas
Jack's career in LeadviHe worth tela
ting, although it had been located at
other places and attributed to other
persons Around the postofllce
there was a crowd of impertinent
young fops' somewhat like the gang
ot shabby genteel tramps usually
seen on a fine afternoon around the
uiamono building at the lunction,
and whom the police would be justi
fied in "running in" under the va
grancy act. The mission ot the for
mer, like that of the latter, was to
stand in the people's way as much
as possible, gigle at the ladies as they
pass by and. through awkwardness.
quirt tobacco juice on their dresses.
One of the LeadviHe gang, more au
dacious than the rest, insulted a
young woman as she was passing in
to the postoiiice. Texas Tack ob
served the proceeding and he instant- j
Jy made the young blood
REEVES & CO
he became Belle Siddon's most de
voted worshipper, fought a duel
with his discarded iifF.anced's broth
er, followed Governor Claib Jack
son's militia southward and fell mor
tally wounded on the first battlefit Id.
His death made no apparent im
pression on the Siddons woman.
! Her life continued to be a round ot
pleasure, a v. hill of gavcty. The
staff officers ot Generals HaMeck and
Curtis became fascinated with her
charming wavs and winning manner
and the bewitching beauty, while I
holding them in a vi.e-Iike grasp, j BARIJ WIRE,
wormed many an army secret out of j
them, and could be seen ahuo-i
nightly in De Bar's op-. r h on '.-, Sr. ?
Louis, lavishing smiles on her epj.td- t tafce insure in anrmuucii.- to
let:ed admirers. General Curb or- ! ff" pnniie tat I liave located in
IIAISH & COS.
jm .yiSyV Tor 1884.
Always In tbe Iead!
The elf win(infr device mm tewUng SUefcer.
aarea working in dart, aaae one m more than
nr other Sucker. Man on the (tack pall cord
which stops, itarta, or allows Stacker to be pu&hed
around by hand.
The new hoicting apparatna planet all rtraw and
chaff in center of stack trom start to finish.
The new stacker-bead prevent straw sod chaff
fallui through tower end of Hacker.
it tak.es urn tm -a minute to start It no rnj-
vpes, stakes, derricks or props to flz or
It loxls down low on wasron ; no top-l
ipsettins; and shaking to pieces. It is
enen ana nanny machine bout,
fiend tot Catalogue 'o 3, or call
Bennett, Wiieolor c Co.,
WIND , ;
7i i: YV . I JiW 13 1 J SI-
dered her arrest in December, rb'62,
1 Butler to mako it my future home,
as n rehfl snv. She receive.! :
net down I 1 1 1 . 7
.. u- 1 , , . , , 1 aim escaped, omv id ic arresu'ti
kiss the slightly upturned soles ot
the lady's shoes, and then made him
fairly lick the surface of them a
well as to tender iier a most humilia
ting apology about as near eatm
tin t as a man could get.
A FAMOCS WOMAN.
While passing down State street
u.il iiave i.'ie laret aiiJ Ijeit as-
snrrcf rofk of clok. wntohfi ml
jr-wflry and peefaels ever brought
to litis market, whii-li I will tell
-b-;u lor eash. Having had many
; years experience in Nip mainfae
' t!.r- at ivatche? and clo-kf in Kii
; ro. I nm now prepared to repair
, . , , , : . , , , ! watciiea auu cjocks. no matter how
Sichoheld she bravely confessed her : eowp2i'ra:el nor how ba.lly thev
crime, and without a change of coun-! ,hnvo bwn Cr brinyinia
, , . j "teiii to tne, vou can have them pu
tenance admitted to hav ing constant- . uitood running order and uaran
t eArr(lt. n,t ! tee ssttisfactio
St. Genevieve, Mo., with
evidence of her guilt in her posses
sion. Brought befijie General
continued on next tare.
FRANZ BERNHARDT Butler, Mo