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KNIGHTS OF THE RAIL St. Paul Men Famous for Their Ability as Rail roaders. James J. Hill and T. F. Oakes Shining" Examples of High Success. Stickney and Manvel Have Come Up From Humble Stations. Hannaford, Thrall and Board Iron Rail Magnates of No Mean Ability. The present century has produced a set of men who are a class by them selves. The discovery of the applica tion of steam has opened a field that has been sown with successive generations of intellects. The field was fertile, so fertile, that now the men who are its fruits, especially they who dictate the policy of railroads, for sound, common sense, and ready, rapid and accurate judgment, rank with the statesmen of the world, and frequently above them. The United States leads the world in rail mileage, and its railroad men for intelligence and personal worth, easily outrank their class, wherever found, outside of its territory. St. Paul has more resident railroad men of note than probably any other city between New York and San Francisco, and is justly proud of that fart, In all events that call for the aid of executive ability above, the average or require financial assistance, the people at large pay them the INVOLUNTARY TRIBUTE of calling on the leading railroad of ficials. The heaviest subscribers to public funds, whether charitable or not, a' c among the railroad men. This not simply because, as a rule, they are the heads of large personal fortunes; for. in St. Paul, at least, then* are many other men whose wealth is as abundant as theirs, but because their business is such as to enlarge their minds and en gender a spirit of liberality, that, in cases where they are called on to act simply as private individuals, is often princely. Foremost among St. Paul's railroad men is James J. Hill, president of the St. Paul, Minneapolis it Manitoba rail way. He, by his own energy and in dustry and 'by the exercise of that quality of judgment that, directs a man to the one road lo success amongst 4 maze of diverging roads, has, within a space of about twentv three years, elevated himself Irom the position of a struggling con tractor, in a small way, with the old St. Paul & Pacific, to his present place at the head of one of the greatest rail roads in the United states and a fortune ample enough for any one, certainly greater than that owned by any railroad man in St. Paul and most newspaper men. In spite of the demands on his time by his enormous business inter ests, Mr. Hill still finds sufficient leisure to study matters of art, and has patron ized artists with such appreciative in telligence that his gallery now contains tlie best private collection in the North west. A younger man, though probably longer connected with railroads, is T. ]■'. (takes, that handsonu* and affable man whose recent election to the presi dency of the Northern Pacific railroad is an evidence of the superlative intelli gence of his electors. Financial and executive ability sufficient for the proper management of a concern of such magnitude as the Northern Pacific railroad is not congenital, though the predisposition may lie, but Isa matter of such predisposition combined with experience. Mr. Oakes' experience began away back in Ist;;} when he went to work as an ordinary clerk in one of the Kansas Pacific rail road offices. He was fortunate in hav ing natural aptitude and still more fortunate than many that "blush un seen*' in being cast where he was ap preciated, for lie rose rapidly from the position of clerk to that of general superintendent. The report, of his ability rapidly spread, and other roads began to bid tor ids services. He passed from road to road, always advanta geously, until 1881, when lie was elected vice president and general manager of the Oregon Railway and Navigation company. HENRY VII.I.AIin, that keen financier, had been watching Mr. Hakes with growing appreciation, and in l'-'Bo was instrumental in secur ing his election to a similar position on the roail that he has since, managed. His continued management means the continually increasing success of that vast and growing property. Saying that Mr. (lakes' social qualities are equal to his managerial is a simple way of expressing his popularity in society. Even people whose business interests conflict with Ins cheerfully testily to this fact, for his geniality is so un affected that it disarms prejudice. He is a kind husband and father, and that lie is a wise one is instanced by the tact that his son. a Harvard graduate, is now working on a railroad in Missouri with his advancement dependent upon himself and his own personal applica tion, and not upon the influence of his father's name. A. B. Stickney, whose recent ar rangement and perfection ot the present Chicago. St. Paul and Kansas City rail way system lias caused a considerable commotion in railway circles and aroused much futile opposition, is an other man of the same type as Mr. Oakes. His first railroad experience as superintend! Nt of the St. Paul. Still water & Taylor's Falls railroad is still "fresh in the memories of his friends, the old residents of St. Paul. This little road was only twenty miles long, but in its management he displayed such keen financial instinct that he aroused a feeling of strong admiration in the breasts of his observers. So strong was this that he was frequently called into counsel on affairs that were foreign to his own immediate interests, and Hor ace Thompson, the banker, sought the aid of his judgment on all mat ters of importance. Mr. Stickney was general superintendent id* the Cana dian Pacific at Winnipeg, going there from the Taylor's Falls road (now pait of the Omaha system). Later he was made vice president of the Minneapolis A- St. Louis railroad, and negotiated its transfer into the Bock Island system. lie has been identified with railroad construction for a number of years, and among the more prominent fruits of his work in this direction may be men tioned the Minnesota & Northwestern, the Minnesota Central and Manitoba and Northwestern. Mr. Stickney is now president of the Chicago, St. Paul it Kansas City railway, but his genius for combination is such that doubtless the near future will tell of either his ad vancement to a still wider field, or of his enlargement of his present field to an extent that it will increase its value to its owners, and advance the interests of the public that is dependent on it for transportation. Mr. Dixon, the affable and capable agent of the Milwaukee road, says that Mr. Stickney is gener ally considered to have the best finan cial head that has ever been identified with the Northwest. His past successes and present prominent position are clear proofs of this fact. Like Mr. Oakes. MR. STICKNEY is possessed of a kindly manner, and a spirit of liberality that seldom accom panies great wealth. Jule iii Hannaford, general traffic manager of the Northern Pacific rail re. is a man who is peculiarly fitted, both by nature and by his long experi ence, to handle the intricate commercial problems that are constantly presented to him in his work. With genial man ners and a hearty laugh that always makes friends, he combines an atten tion to details and shrewdness in hand ling them that frequently surprise peo ple who, depending on Ins evident good nature, attempt to impose on him. Mr. Hannaford hails from New Hampshire. but began his railroad career as a clerk in the genera] freight office of the Ver mont Central railroad at St. Albans, Vt., in the summer of 1866. In May, 1572, he left the Vermont Central to be come chief clerk in the freight agent's otlice of the Northern Paeitie railroad when the general offices of that road were in Hraineid. From that time to the present his rise has been steady, passing through the various offices, in their order, of assistant general freight and passenger agent, general freight agent Eastern d. vision; assistant su perintendent of freight traffic, and gen eral freight agent, to his present posi tion as general traffic manager. Under his management the business of his de partment has assumed magnificent pro portions, and is on the increase. In common with most of St. Paul's prominent railroad men, Allen Manvel's present eminence is the result of a com bination of peculiar Innate ability with along and persevering study of the various phases of railroading. His entry into the field that he now graces was with the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific railroad in 185.-). He has been with the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Mani toba railway for less than eight years, but in that time has risen from a" posi tion as clerk in the purchasing agent's office, through the various stages of paymaster, purchasing agent, assistant superintendent and purchasing agent, / THIS IS THE \ / OR THE HAUGHTY V ' HEART OF BRIAN BORD, V / LORD OF TIMBUCTOO, > Mayhap of the naughty Bugaboloo; who three hundred maidens slew, slew, slew, Maidens dark and plump of form, with watery eyes and face forlorn, who sat from eve till sunny morn, by fields of yellow Afric corn, and sang Sweet Violets, The Last Rose of Summer, Only a Little— He's a Drummer, The Sweet By and By, and No One to Love / \ or Caress Me— o Fond Dove, Dove, Dove. And for this old Brian Buru, / \ or the haughty lord of Timbuctoo, perhaps the naughty ' / \ Bugaboloo, these three hundred maidens slew, slew, Blew.- / \^ For this cruel deed our Brian Born, or may- / \^ hap the naughty Buagoloo, will get / . • >v in time their due, due, / assistant general superintendent and purchasing agent, to that of general manager, to which office lie was ap pointed Nov. i. 1881. He has recently been made vice president, and holds thai office in addition to his former one. That he has been an able lieutenant of Mr. Hill's is evident from the success of the Manitoba railway under their man agement. It has grown from a road that didn't pretend to tap more than the Bed river valley country, to a vast transcontinental line that threatens to be a formidable competitor for the busi ness of a territory that wis formerly almost exclusively that of the Northern Pacific. Although tits presold business is hardly one that is connected with the idea of railroad work, still, as he is con nected with the business, and the busi ness, in this case, is connected with a railroad, cox., CHARLES Ti. I.A Mllol'V, is entitled to a position among the prom inent railroad men of the age, and more particularly of St. Paul, since he is land commissioner of the Northern Pacific railroad, and from his St. Paul office handles a tremendous land grant of several million acres. The complica tions constantly arising, such as con tests over claims, by speculating, al leged settlers, fraudulent mineral en tries on agricultural lands, conflicting laud mauls of oilier roads, and the con tinual worry over the proposed forfeit ure in Washington, 1). <'.. of the grant, with the terms of which the road has fully complied, will give an idea of the ability required by, and that in this case characterizes the man that holds this position. Col. Lamborn is a man of keen wit and appreciative humor; and from this and many other pleasant per sonal idiosyncrasies he is one of the most popular men in .St. I'eul society. His wife and the late celebrated poet author, Bayard Taylor, were brother i and sister. Col. Lamborn began his railroad ' career in ISGS as a clerk in the otlice of | the general superintendent of the | Pennsylvania railroad at Altoona, Pa. lie afterwards became secretary of the Kansas Pacific railroad and resigned the position for the more lucrative' one of vice president and general manager of the Central Colorado Improvement company, afterwards consolidated with other organizations under the name of. Colorado Coal and Iron company. The com *, owned a great block of land, i and it was in handling this that the J colonel acquired the experience that has so eminently fitted him for his present, position. He was made land j commissioner of the Northern Pacific railroad in Is-?-, and has filled the posi tion with such satisfaction, both to the directors of th" road and to the settlers on and investors in the company's lands, that his tenure on the position will con tinue until such time as he wearies of j it. He and Mr. Oakes are close and i confidential friends; their friendship In in- tunned many years ago, long be tore Mr. Oakes had attained to any thing like his present prominence. There have been two appointments on the Northern Pacific railroad made this fall that are very gratifying to the friends of the young men who are bene- I ficiaries, and that will certainly redound i to the credit and interest of the road that made them (the appointments). These men are Nelson C. Thrall and ■George W. Board. Nelson C. Thrall, as assistant to the president, is in a posi tion for which his tact, Intelligence and previous training peculiarly fit him. He can decline to issue a pass to a person whose only recommendation for the favor is cheek in a manner so kindly that the applicant is lost jn admiration and forgets to feel disappointment over his or. more frequently, her failure, lie has proven himself so worthy of Mr. Oakes' confidence that all of the" routine business of the president's office— and a bulky affair it is— passed upon by him— his dictum being considered final. sin, Tlir.AT.l.".*-. first appearance as a railroad man was as secretary to General Superintendent Brown, of the Erie, in lsT'.». After re maining with Mr. Brown for about two years he came West as secretary to Gen. A. Anderson, at that time engineer-in chief of the Northern Pacific railroad, and has remained with that road ever since, being successively chief clerk under General Managers Haupt and tiakes. and recently appointed assistant to the latter as president. George W. Board has only to lie known to be liked and esteemed. His manners are of that kind that seem to invite confidence, and his friends are all these that know him. Very shortly THE SAINT PATH- DALLY GLOBE: SUNDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23. 1888,-rTHIKTY-TWO PAGES. j before Mr. Thrall's appointment, Mr. J Board was made assistant land commis ! sioner. This appointment afforded his I friends less surprise than pleasure, for it is well known that no" other person ! connected with that department under- I stands its details more thoroughly than I he. He has a remarkable memory and • a conversational ability that makes him deeply interesting when speaking, even when the subject is only a matter of the driest detail. Mr. Board's first railroad venture was with the Ohio & Mississipi railroad in 187S, as private secretary to the general pass enger and ticket agent of that road. He was afterwards chief clerk to President William T. Hart and Vice President James 11. Wilson, of the New York & New England railroad. He was with the superintendent of the New York & Little Rock Sleeper line at Memphis, Term. lie came to St. Paul in 1881, and in March of that year was made chief clerk of the land department of the Northern Pacific railroad, under R. L. Newport, who was land commissioner at that time. From that time to' the present his connection with the. depart ment has been unbroken. It is -safe to predict that both of these young men are starting on' what will prove to be a glorious future, for they both have the ability, and are of the stuff that success ful men are made. We have mentioned a few of the rail road men of whom St. Paul. is proud, but only a few of them, for they are both numerous and good, and it is in tended to devate a column or two to their proper notice whenever space per mits of it and details can be gleaned, i As a rule, our leading railroad men are \ modest, and do not readily confide their I records to the reporter, and he is there- 1 fore obliged to hunt up mutual friends for the desired information. This . was notably the case with the gentle men spoken of in this article. .-__. PROF. BROOKE'S EFFORT. Could Prof. Brooke, the latest celeb- i . - .1 — ritv to enter St. Paul's musical cir cles, be per suaded to assume this illustrated attitude, representa tive of the moment of effort when he lias pro duced a new pot pour and realizes his success, we have no doubt but that tho People's would not sutler from any lack of patron age. We suggest that the gen ial professor be induced to strike this attitude once an evening and at each matinee. The ef fect upon the musically-inclined would be tremendous. •*_*-— A LEK-WAl*. Special to the Globe. Desert of Sahara, March B, lSS***.— In the midst of the great sand wastes yesieroay a cam el, passing rapidly toward the cast and bearing the form of a man with sad eyes, was seen by sev eral parties. It is suspected that this was William/ £. Lee, late post master of Paul, who on March 4 was ordered de capitated by His Royal Begum B. Harrison. It is surmised that Mr. Lee is heading for Abyssinia, where tenure of office is not dependent upon a change of parties. m*. A Man Forgets Some Things. New York Sun. "Pa," inquired Bobby, "what's the meaning of E pluribus unum?" "Oh. it's a Latin phrase, Bobby. I used to know when 1 was at college, but a man is apt to forget most that he learned at college when he gets to be as old as I am."" Just then a procession of college stu dents passed the door shouting vocifer ously. •'Hah, Rah. Rah 2" "Tiger," yelled the old man, aud he broke both suspenders before li« reached the gate. •-■_■*•• SWEET SINGS THE LARK. WHET sings the lark in the meadows. By the waters of bonny Dundee; High bangs the sun in the June time. O'er the walls of bonny Dundee. Of all the hearts in the low land, There are none so dear to me As the heart of the chieftain called Douglas, Son of Allan, the laird of Dundee. Sins sweet, O ye daughters of Scotia, My love has beeu given to me. Quick is the roll of the war drum lv the streets of bounv Dundee. The bagpipes cry out in their sorrow As the warriors leave bonny Dundee. Of all the lips in the lowland There arc* none so sweet unto me As the lips ot the chiefiain called Douglas, Sou of Allan, the laird of Dundee. Pray low. O ye daughters of Scotia, My love has been ta'en from me. Fresh is the bloom of the thistle In the fields of bonny Dundee ; The voice of a new year is ringing O'er the walls of bonny Dundee. Of all the chiefs in the lowland. There were none so fair unto me As Douglas, the first of the chief uuns, Son of Allan, the laird of Dundee. Weep low, Oye daughters of Scotia, My love returns not to me. --*LLC. THE GARB OF CHRISTMAS. The Pagans Introduced the Custom of Using Flowers. THE CHURCH FORDADE IT. "- n___-H_-_M__H___- V.'-'-'Y — ~~ - - - . - j The Mistletoe an Object of Venera tion Among the ■>! Celts. The practice of Christmas decora tions, which is recommended to modern times by its own pleasantness "and natural beauty, is of high antiquity, and has been ascribed by various writ--* ers to various sources. . The practice, however, of introducing flowers and branches anions* the tokens of festivity seems, and very naturally, to have ex** isted universally and at all times. Ii was, as we know, a pagan manifesta tion of rejoicing and worship, and is forbidden on that .express ground in early councils of the Christian church. Hone, in his Eve'ry-JDay Book, quotes Polydore Virgil to the effect that "trym miug of the temples with bangyiiees, flowres, . boughes and garlondes, was taken of the heathen people, whiche decked their idols and houses with such array;" and it came under the list of abominations denounced by I the Puritans for the same reason. The j practice was also in use among the na- I tions, both of Gothic and Celtic origin; and Brand quotes from l>v. Chandler's I Travels in Greece a very beautiful su perstition, mentioned as the reason of I this practice among the votaries of , Druidism. "The houses," he says,' "were decked with evergreens in "De cember, that the sylvan spirits might repair to them and remain unuippcd with frost and cold winds until a milder season had renewed the foliage of their darling abodes." In England the practice, whcncesoever derived, has existed from the very earliest days, and, in spite of outcry and prohibition, has come down in full vigor to our own. In former limes, as we learn from Stow, in his Survey of London, not only were our houses and churches decorated with evergreens, but also the conduits, standards" and crosses in the streets; and in our own day they continue to form a garniture not only of our temples and our houses, but constitute a portion of the striking display made at this A CHRISTMAS BELLE. festive season in our markets and from the windows of our shops. Holly forms a decoration of the shambles, and every tub of butter has a sprig of rosemary in its breast. The plants most commonly in use for this purpose appear to have generally been the holly, the Ivy, the laurel, the rosemary and* the mistletoe. Among the Celtic nations the mistletoe is well known to have been an object of great veneration, and the cere mony of collecting it by the Druids against the festival of the winter solstice was one of high solemnity. It was cut by the prince of the Druids himself, and with a golden sickle, it was said that those only of the oaks were sacred to the Druids which had the mistletoe upon them, and that the reverence of the people toward the priests, as well as their estimation of the mistletoe, proceeded in a great measure from the cures which the former effected by means of that plant. The Druids cut it from the oak on the Feast of the Sun, because, as it seemed to grow without soil on the bark of the tree, they believe it to live on the rays of the sun alone, and hence made it an emblem of that celestial body. We know, of course, that it is a parasitic plant, but they did not. m MY LADY'S STOCKING. My lady's stocking, with its clocking, as to and fro her small feet go, in mazy dance doth me trance, and mocks me — for I love her so. So quick and agile, soft and fragile, " j the silken black nets firm en- I closes and hides from view and lover true, the five pink toes like buds of roses. Now gen tly pressing, soft cares-ing the arching Instep white as snow, I catch the gleam, the lustrous sheen, 'ntatli dainty skirt to slipper low. 31 y brain is whirling with the twirling, the music sweet, the curtsy low. All 'round my sweet guests are flock ing. I would I were my lady's stocking. -H. M. F. . SEEN ON THE SHADE. \ I*o, OXTR ESTEEMED FELLOW CITIZEN* ACROSS THE WAY HAS NOT GONE CRAZY- — HE HAS OXLTBEEX LEFT TO AMUSE THE bab*. a FEW MINUTES, WHILE THEY GET HIS CRIB MADE IT. -mm MORE THAN* EXPECTED. The character of the retail furnishing trade of St. Paul is that the demand is for better goods, and we find that the finest are none too good. Four years ago we came to St. Paul from St. Louis, and have found it to be more than we expected. It has proven to be a trade point of surpassing advantage. ■--■*"*•••- RTISTIC PHOTOG raphy— where ,ou may, you will lever find a more jomplete photo graphic studio than hat of T. M. Swem, 119 Wabasha street. Mr. Swem nas the reputation of being :he best photo artist )f the Northwest, re ceiving the gold medal for the best collection of portrait photographs at the late state industrial exhibition. Located as he is. in the largest and most prosper ous gallery in the state, he still finds his place almost too small for his rapid ly increasing business; and well he deserves the patronage he receives, for he has devoted years to his profession and has called to his aid every inven tion for assisting him in the production of elegant photographic portraits, hav ing lately received from Europe one of the finest instruments for making life size photos, having points of excellence in which he justly claims superior ity. Visitors to his studio will always be welcome. ■*"• OEGELBAU|U| 0 BROS., If I Nicollet Ay., Cor, Third St., Minneapolis, Minn. HOLIDAY GOODS For the Million and r Millionaire. COLOSSAL Reduction Sale ! ONE DAY MORE To close out our immense assortment of CHRISTMAS GIFTS At reduced prices, at which they will be marked, we are sure to meet the accomplish ment of our aim, viz., an en tire clearance. RARE BARGAINS For those who will come for them. 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