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THE visit to St. Paul of Postoffice
Inspector N. Noile, who recently
came from "Washington under special
Instructions from Fourth Assistant
Postmaster General Bristow, was not
alone for the purpose of investigating
the rent paid for the commercial sta
tion.
He was sent here, according to In
formation received by The Globe,
to make a quiet investigation of the
present methods of distributing mail
in St. Paul, which, tt Is claimed, <s
row done in a very impracticable and
exceedingly costly manner.
The inspector worked very quietly
and Postmaster McGill and his super
intendents all seemed surprised when
told that such a thing had been done,
and state that the inspector did not
Interview any of them.
The cost of maintaining the com
mercial station, which, it Is claimed,
has nearly doubled the cost of city
distribution in St. Paul since Its es
tablishment, has aroused the officials
at Washington, and the inspector was
sent here, it is stated, to see if all the
service could not be handled from the
central office instead of maintaining the
five sub-stations.
The plan of consolidation on which
Inspector Nolle is said to have worked
Is declared by the local postal officials
to be entirely impracticable, as St. Paul
has already outgrown its handsome
and yet uncompleted postoffice.
Commercial Station Costly.
Although Postmaster McGill, Super
intendent of Delivery H. J. Hadlich and
others favor the present system, and
praise the results accomplished by the
commercial station, other officials, both
In the postoffice and the railway mall
Bervlce, and old postoffice employes, are
known to be opposed to it. Their opin
ion seems to be that the commercial
station has been a costly experiment
for the government, and has hampered
rather than benefited the service. They
believe that if the entire postal busi
ness of the city were concentrated in
GIRL GAMBLER MAKES FARO PAY
Woman Devotee of the Fickle Goddess Plays on Lucky Days.
NEEDLES, Can., Jan. 9. —The most
ornate gambling place in this wild
"West mining and railroad town on the
California side of the Rio Colorado has
been crowded for a week from early
evening until dawn every night. Con
cepclon de Hara —professional feminine
faro player—is in town. Because she
Is one of very few women who make
gambling a profession, because of her
untistial success about the green table,
her dignity In spite of her environ
ment and her attractive personality,
she is the most famous young woman
between Xl Paso and Los Angeles.
Senorita de Hara's stay here in
Needles has been typical of that in all
mining or cattle ranching camps she
vlsffs in her professional wanderings
about the territories. Cattlemen, cow
boys, miners and tin-horn gamblers
woo had heard of her coming flocked
to town, even from' fifty and seventy
five miles away. The senorlta's gam
bling always draws cro.wds. The bar re
ceipts are swelled and all the roulette,
craps, poker and lottery games of the
resort take on renewed activity.
Every evening at a little after 7
o'clock little Miss de Hara and her big,
dark-skinned brother go from the de
pot hotel, through the plaza, up Rail
road street, past a dozen wide open sa
loons, several stores and little shops, to
a two-story red brick building, with a
lavish' display of electric lights, plate
glass windows and gilt signs. This Is
the Mineral Palace —saloon, gambling
house and restaurant. Mis de Hara
and her brother go through the open
front doors into a large apartment,
■whore electric lamps sputter in the
ceiling-, and there are all sorts and
conditions of men engaged in gam
bling games.
The brother and sister are taciturn.
With seldom a word to each other,
they go directly to the big faro table
in the rear of the room. The brother
hands the sister a leather bag, heavy
with coin, and when she seats herself
vanishes in the crowd of men about the
room.
Having made a quick Inventory of
her cash in hand, Senorlta de Hara
looks over the game—always In prog
ress—and waits an opportunity to
wager to the best advantage. Some
times she plays listlessly and with only
email stakes. At other times she seems
absorbed in faro and tacks up silver
and gold coin several inches high on
three or four cards at a time. Several
times a few nights ago she had $400
or $500 in different wages on the table.
She was born in the pueblo of Say
nla, in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. She
Is one of eight children. Her father,
Mariano de Hara, was alcade in the
old town for years, and once was
wealthy. When she was about twelve
years old the family moved to the city
of Guanajuata, where her fother be
came manager of the elaborate gam
bling house of the Martel syndicate,.
Several years ago the Mexican con
gress revoked all licenses for gambling
houses, and Martel's establishments
Were closed. Mariano de Hara got a
Job "in the custom house at Juarez,
formerly El Paso del Norte —just
across the Rio Grande from the Amer
ican El Paso.
The girl gambler is twenty-two and
beautiful, with a serious face, large
black eyes and a wealth of black hair.
She has rosy cheeks, a dimpled chin
and long black eyelashes. Her chin
and mouth may be taken to denote
intense earnestness; the eyes, under
the delicate arching eyebrows, betoken
thoughtfulness. In height she is about
6 feet 6 inches. Her complexion is the
eoft brown of her race.
She seldom smiles, and at a faro table
ene seems abstraction and sadness person-
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today with the telephone
service furnished before
the Twin City. Telephone
Company entered the field?
It is much better now, arid
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Independent metallic cir
cult telephones.
. Business, Per Month, $4.00
"V" Residence, Per Month, $2.50
COSTLY SCHEME TO CREATE MORE JOBS
Postoffice Inspector Sent Here to Investigate the Present Method of Distributing Mall, Discovers That the Commercial Station Is an Ex
pensive Institution and That the Distribution of Matter Is Delayed Rather Than Facilitated.
the main office it could be done much
more effectively.
"The commercial station is a fraud,"
declared one of the older employes of
the postoffice yesterday. "It was cre
ated to satisfy the personal ambitions
of one or two men and to incidentally
create a lot of jobs for somebody.
"So far as benefiting the service is
concerned, it is an absolute failure.
The jobbers as a general rule are not
receiving any better service, while In
the outlying districts the mail is de
layed from one to two days by the new
station. The postofflce has received
more kicks because of delayed mail
in the past year than it has in the
previous ten years.
McGill Was Misled.
"The representations made to Post
master McGill as to what the station
would do have all fallen through, and
if he still believes in it he is very much
misled. The men who were instru
mental in establishing it did not know
what they were doing:. They simply
had some visionary ideas cultured, no
doubt by those who wanted to profit
by the opening of the station.
"I know very well that when they
were seeking advice concerning it they
refused to believe the statements of
Superintendent of Mails O. H. Negaard
and Norman Perkins, superintendent of
the tenth division of railway mail serv
ice, who told them very plainly that
the plan was not practicable. These
men knew what they were talking
about, and their statements have been
fully borne out by the year's results."
It Is claimed the investigation of the
present conditions by the inspector
bears out the contentions which, It
is stated, these officials made.
The inspector found that prior to the
Inauguration of the commercial sta
tion all of the mail received in St. Paul
was handled at the central postoffice
by a force of thirty-five clerks. These
clerks did all the main city distribu
tion work and prepared the mail to be
sent to the four substations.
At the present time, including Supt.
Hadlich and his assistant, there are
thirty-one employes in the city deliv
lflcd. If she speaks at all It is In mono
syllables only, and to the dealer. She pays
no attention to what occurs about her,
and she Is everywhere respected. Her
brother is her invariable companion, ac
companying her to and from the gambling
rooms. She asks no extra consideration
for herself as a faro player because of
her sex. Whatever her views of the en
vironment in which she lives may be, she
nover speaks of them.
"I've been knocking around the terri
tories for a generation," says Col. Tom
Shields, the silver mining magnate at
Choloride, "and this Miss De Hara is the
most interesting piece of humanity I ever
came across. I saw her playing faro
once in Dem ing and again in Santa Fe.
It was fascinating.
"There sat that pretty little girl, dress
ed like a queen and as dignified as Juno,
with a $200 or $300 stack of chips before
her, making $10 bets on the turn of a
card. Her face was like a statue, no mat
ter whether she was ahead or behind the
game.
"Alongside her was as queer a lot of
men as ever gathered together in a fron
tier town. They crowded her to bet on
the cards as they came out of the box,
but she always remained the lady. What's
more, every mother's son of them treated
her with the supremest consideration.
I don't believe she ever looked at them,
much less addressed any of them.
"In Dem Ing a lot of fellows got to fol
lowing her plays because she had been
lucky for several days. She never said
a word. She suddenly pushed the stack
toward the dealer, cashed in the chips,
put her money in her chatelaine bag and
started for her hotel with her brother.
Senorita de Hara has been a profes
sional faro gambler in Texas, New Mexico
and Arizona for about two years. She
has spent most of this time in the terri
tories. For several months she sat in a
game two evenings a week at a gentle
men's club at Las Vegas a year ago.
Sometimes she would play an hour or two,
sometimes all night.
Once she sat in a game from sunset
until the afternoon of the next day, never
leaving her chair and speaking scarcely
a dozen words to any one of the talkative
and excited players about her. That time
she quit the game some $700 loser. Two
days later she was back again.
At Albuquerque, where there are many
influential and wealthy Spanish families,
she had unusual success. There her gam
bling has been confined to games among
Spanish gentlemen and wealthy cattle
men. The game is conducted in an elab
orately furnished apartment in the old
town that is the Mexican part of the
city.
A story current in Albuquerque is that
Senorita de Hara cleaned up some $1,600
once in a month in that city, and that all
her winnings go to her father In Juarez
for investment for the family. One of her
own investments is a valuable copper
mine near Jerome, Ariz. She lives at the
best hotels at each place she visits and,
except her brother Manuel, has no asso
ciates.
Landlord Tolfree, of the Flagstaff hotel,
says that when the girl gambler took part
in a faro game, five weeks long, among
several wealthy lumbermen at their club
in Flagstaff last fall, she was as methodi
cal in her habits as a timepiece. She spent
most of each day out horseback riding
with her brother. Then came a nap in
the afternoon, dinner at 6, after which she
and her brother went to the club rooms.
At exactly midnight she left the game.
Her brother attended to paying her bills
and to her bank account. One day he
bought a draft for $450 for her. It was
evidently a week's earnings. She break
fasted at 9 o'clock and never had lunch
eon. She was never known to converse
with any one about the hotel during the
five weeks she was there.
Some of the old-time faro gamblers in
Arizona believe that the little Mexican girl
gambler has a system, but no one really
knows for certain. She plays capriciously.
Sometimes she will watch the progress of
a faro deal an hour or two, then suddenly
seeing a point to be made, will reach into
the chatelaine bag strapped to her waist,
draw out a handful of coin and bet upon
the turn of the cards.
At Prescott, several months ago, she
silently studied a faro layout for several
nights before ehe could risk a dollar on the
game. Late one evening the mood for
fresh gambling came upon her, and with
out a word she bought a stack of chips
and began playing five-dollar bets.
Every gambling place in the territories
welcomes the young woman. Even the
"tinhorn" gamblers esteem her. She moves
from town to town, and from mining
camp to mining camp. Wherever there
are men in Arizona and New Mexico who
are held In leash by King Faro, there the
Mexican girl gambler turns up. Some
times she leaves a share of her yellow coin
in a community, but oftener she goes
away with her associates' wealth in her
own chatelaine bag. She lives well and
dresses in fashionable attire.
Many a red-faced, hard-fisted fellow
among the mountains of Arizona and New
Mexico would fight instanter for the girl
gambler, though she has never so much
as recognized that he is on earth. She
speaks quaintly in English. Spanish
scholars say she is a mistress of her
tongue and a well informed young woman.
"How did I get to be a professional faro
player?" She repeated the reporter's
question slowly. "Oh, I learned It from
my father. He ma#e a study of the game
by mathematics. He would deal cards day
after day at home and watch the proba
bilities. I got to know what chances
there were for certain cards to come out
of the little silver box at certain times. I
got interested, and when I saw how fool
ish most people are in betting on turns of
THE ST. PAUL GLOBE. SUNDAY, JANUARY io. 1904
ery department at the central office.
Much of the mail distributed at the
commercial station has to be handled
a second time at the central office.
More Jobs Created.
The force at the commercial station
numbers twenty-three clerks and two
substitutes, who are working regularly.
All except four of the clerks are used
constantly in the city distribution.
When the commercial station was
opened Postmaster McGill was permit
ted to appoint ten new clerks to.serve
with Supt. Brown. Ten clerks were
assigned from the general office. Since
that time, Supt. Hadlich states, there
have been four more clerks and the
substitutes appointed to the commer
cial office and three to the central
office. Several additional clerks have
also been sent to the four other sub
stations. Besides it is stated that
clerks assigned to other departments In
their appointments are being used in
the city delivery branch.
This is an increase in the force of
employes in the delivery department
of more than 60 per cent for handling
the mail in the main part of the city,
while the entire increase in the amount
of mail handled throughout the city is
less than 15 per cent. This large in
crease in force, the Inspector found. Is
being used almost entirely for handling
first-class matter. •
The second class matter is cared for
entirely at the central office and only
five men are used In the work, al
though the Increase In second and third
class matter has been every bit as large
as in the first class division.
Costs an Extra $20,000.
Each clerk at the commercial sta
tion receives on an average $60 a
month, and Supt. John Brown receives
$1,600 a year. The rent of the building
amounts to $5,150. The actual total
cost of maintaining the commercial
station by the government per year
amounts therefore to about $20,000, in
addition to extra carrier and wagon
eervlce and other expenses which the
new station is claimed to have neces-
sitated.
Part of this increase in force, the ln
a card in faro, I got to playing for a few
centavos at a friend's place in Guana
juata.
"You know gambling is not so horrible
among my people. Everybody gambles
in Guanajuata. Lots of times I have
won money from our finest families. Pret
ty soon everybody was saying in Guana-
Jutat, 'Senorita de Hara is a fine faro
player.' I tried to like the great Mexicai,
game of monte, but I had no luck, and it
is not so lively or so fair as faro.
"When papa moved us all to Juarez, I
learned English. I met American tourists
there, and they liked to play faro with
me. I made a good many dollars as faro
dealer In Juarez the year I was twenty.
One week I made $80 betting on an Amer
ican's game.
"That set my blood on fire. I had nev
er dreamed I could get bo much money
together. I was invited to Join some New
Orleans ladies and gentlemen in a faro
game at the Pierson house, in El Paso,
across the river. My brother Manuel
went with me. That was money easily
made. I saw that half the people who
play faro don't understand the' game. I
played with those New Orleans people
every evening for two weeks. Then 1
was wild to play faro for a business. I
have been playing ever since. Manuel
and I go everywhere. My father went
to Benson last year to see how I played,
and he went home satisfied.
"My dream is to go to Monte Carlo.
Every day I say to myself, Til break the
bank at Monte Carlo. 1
"No, I never tell how much money I
have made. Manuel and I only know
that. Sometimes I lose and sometimes I
win. Manuel takes it all down in a book.
But I will say that I have made good
money so far. Sometimes I see faro deal
ers handle cards and act so that I fear
that I am not having a fair deal. Then
I say no word, but cash in my chips and
go away."
"Do you ever have temptations to
drink?"
"No, because I have nothing to do with
the people in a faro game. I play faro for
a living, and I don't care who Is betting
or playing or looking on. I see nothing
but the cards as they come out from the
box and the case records.
"Sometimes there is a drunken row In
a saloon, but I do not even turn my head,
nor do I hear the cursing. Some one in
the game orders drinks every little while,
but now I am so well known that I am
not asked to join. Besides, Manuel is al
ways near by.
"Of course, there Is no system in faro.
My father has seen too many of those
system players come to ruin to let me
ever believe in such foolishness. It is all
a matter of chance, but one learns a lit
tle by experience to know what those
chances are. I simply try to bet safely
and to take few risks. I have my lucky
days, and then I crowd my luck hard. At
other times I get distrustful of myself.
Then I keep far away from raro.
"A year ago I got superstitious about
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Dread Felt Throughout the Civilized World Lest the Awful Horrors of Last Year May Be Repeated at the
Great Jewish Center in Russia.
The above photograph shows the Jewish quarter In Kishenev, where the last hideous slaughter was perpetrated, and Mr. Schmidt, who was then
lord mayor. Although Mr. Schmidt is doing his best to avert the dreaded onslaught, advices from Russia suggest that there will be a recurrence 01
the butchery.
spector found, can be accounted for by
the Increase in the mail handled, but
this is but a small proportion. The
number of pieces of first-class mail
handled during the past eleven months
amounted-to about 18,600,000. The In
crease during these months over the
same months last year has reached a
little over 2,000,000 pieces. The in
crease in second and third class mat
ter has been proportionately the same.
The force employed at the central
office, previous to the opening of the
commercial station, could have coped
with this increase with little assistance,
it is stated by those in a position to
know, provided the superintendents
could have had their clerks concen
trated instead of scattered between the
two offices, as at present.
In order also to facilitate the dis
tribution through the commercial sta
tion Inspector Nolle found that a large
amount of city mail is now being dis
tributed on the incoming trains, which
was before handled In the local office.
This means the employment of more
mail clerks, who draw good-sized sal
aries, and this is said to be a source
of much irritation to Supt Perkins.
When the commercial station was
opened it was planned to handle second
class as well as the first-class matter
at the station. This purpose was soon
abandoned, and all the papers are now
distributed at the central office, the
commercial station handling only the
first-class matter.
Delays in Delivery Result.
The inspector also found that in or
der to overcome objections of many
business men to the new system Super
intendent of Delivery Hadlich has been
forced to have many of his carriers
take "criss-cross" routes. For Instance,
it is stated, the carrier who delivers"
the West Publishing company mail is
ordered to go directly from the com
mercial station to the publishing com
pany's office, passing numerous other
business places, and then work back
ward. Consequently the mail of these
business houses was formerly delivered
much more quickly from the central
office. Many similar cases were found.
The maintenance of the four Bub-
my good luck on Wednesdays, and I made this feeling will stay. No, I don't know
a good deal on that superstition. Now it how long I shall keep this up. but I could
seems that the 9th of the month is my live In luxury in Mexico all my life on my
luckiest day, but I don't know how long winnings, even if I quit gambling today."
Gen. Alexieff, Who Will Command Russian Forces, and
Marquis Ito, Who Directs the War Council of Japan.
Everything now points to a speedy clash between Russia and Japan,
which is likely to embroil other nations. Our compact picture shows the
man whom Russia has put at the head of her far Eastern affairs, and
Japan's great old man, Ito, together with one of the new warships of the
Japanese navy.
KISCHEINEV HORRORS MAY BE REPEATED
stations which it was necessary to es
tablish when the old building was be
ing used, because of the crowded con
dition of the office, is also declared to
be a very unbusiness like proceeding
and serves mainly to make more jobs.
Inspector Noile found that in most
cases the mail now delivered from these
substations could be delivered much
quicker from the central office. At
present the mall is carried from the
central office in wagon to the St. An
thony hill station; there once more dis
tributed and then carried back two
thirds of the distance by the carriers
as far as Summit avenue and Nelson
avenue. There are similar incongru
ities arising* from the maintenance of
all the other stations.
Should Concentrate Service.
The entire service of the city, promi
nent officials say, and a report along
such lines to Washington is expected to
be made by Inspector Noile, should be
concentrated at the central office, where
they state there is now plenty of room
and the best of equipment to handle
It all. This would obviate delay on all
sides, it is claimed.
It would prevent, it is claimed, the
present cumbersome methods of han
dling the mail first at the commercial
station, then at the central office and
later at the substation. Part of this
delay was abated recently by sending
the mail for the Bradley street station
and Merriam Park directly from the
Commercial station.
"Cencentration Is now the watch
word of the business world," said a
man well acquainted with the present
postal conditions yesterday, "and if the
postofflce is going to give us the best
service it must expect to follow busi
ness methods. It cannot go back
ward. As the force is now, divided
among six offices, there must necessari
ly be a great deal of delay, because
of the many times each piece of mail
has to be handled. If It was handled
in just one office, much time would be
saved. Our street car facilities are such
now that the carriers can reach almost
any portion of the city from the central
FOR WAR IN EAST
office much more rapidly now than the
mail can be transported in wagons.
"We should have a general remodeling
of the eervice and the government
would save money by It.
"It is a good plan to have stations
around where stamps and money orders
can be purchased, but that is as far as
It is necessary to go with the substa
tion system. All the mail should be
handled in the Central building, which
was built and equipped for that pur
pose.
Hadlich Opposes Consolidation.
"We have not anywhere near room
enough to consolidate the whole service
of the city," said Superintendent of
Delivery Hadlich yesterday. "We have
6ixty-four carriers working from this
office and have seventy-six at the other
stations. We have furniture to accom
modate nine more carriers here and by
crowding might put in enough more
furniture to accommodate twenty more.
"The consolidation would not benefit
the city any. Where it might cut down
the clerical force, if we would give the
city the same service it is getting now,
we would have to increase the carrier
force. The time it would take to go to
the outlying districts from the central
office would cut off a great deal more
from the work of each carrier than the
present transporting of the mail in
wagons and having th« carriers right
on the ground.
"The commercial station is doing
good work and the jobbers are getting
their mall much earlier than before.
There ought to be no kick on it. I
have heard no complaints in regard to
delay in the delivery of the mail in the
residence district.
Postmaster McGill when questioned
about the Investigation last night said:
"I do not know of any investigation
which was made by Inspector Nolle ex
cept in regard to the lease of the com
mercial station. He did not see me
concerning anything else.
"The commercial station has meant
considerable increase in the cost of
the distribution of mall, the clerk hire
and the rent. I think we have had to
Lou Dillon's Driver Says
She's a Lady Always
441 OU DILLON, the swiftest trotter
L that the world has even seen,
who recently went a mile in 1:58%, Is
as kind and gentle as she is beautiful
and great," says Millard F. Sanders, in
the Independent. "She is very femi
nine. She has pride, but It is a gra
cious pride. She is notional, but her
notions are pretty; she wants to do
things her own way, but then her own
way is just the right way for her.
"Lou, in her races, comes to the
starting point with a hop, skip and a
Jump, a little dance, a little gallop; all
wrong from the orthodox point of view,
but all right for Lou Dillon. In an
other horse such conduct would be
most reprehensible, and would presage
badly for steadiness In the race, but
in Lou's case all the frisking is a mere
harmless effervescence. She is so high
strung, so eager, so full of strength
and go and joyous life that she simply
can't hold herself; she must dance and
prance.
"But once in the race, no horse ever
went truer than Lou. The word 'driv
er,' though the proper technical term,
conveys a false idea concerning the
person who sits behind Lou In her
races. She isn't really driven at all.
She knows nothing of the whip and
little of the bit. She is given her own
way, with the rein slack on her back
and the man behind simply giving a
word of advice at critical points as the
magnificent dark chestnut creature,
with the white star on her forehead,
the white snip on her nose, the white
stocking on her left hind foot and the
Titian red gleams in her long, silky
mane and tail, spurns the earth and
flies around the track faster than ever
trotter went before.
"As she matured it was easily per
ceived that she had great speed pos
sibilities, but at the same time sober-
Bided people shook their heads over
her. She was so highstrung that they
thought she was overstrung, too nerv
ous, too notional, too frivolous, too
wayward to ever amount to anything.
"When harness was first put upon
her she showed nervousness and impa-
tience, and she wanted her own way.
The farm trainer, a very experienced
man, but a stickler for orthodoxy. In
sisted on her doing things as other
horses did them. Mildly hut firmly
she refused, and when he still persist
ed, they quarreled. Lou has a sweet
disposition; she never harbors a vi
cious thought, she Is generous and
gentle, yet most brave and full of flre.
add about ten clerks because of its /
establishment. But the benefits re- '
ceived by the jobbers more than makes
up for this extra cost. They receivo
their mail about a half hour earlier and
it does not Interfere with the residence
service. It is also a benellt to the
railroads.
Convenient for Jobbers.
"The station also means a great deal
to the Jobers as It saves them sending
clear up to the central postofflce for
their stamps and they also have an
office near at hand when they wish to
register their mall. I feel that the com
mercial station, as it is now used, is
a good thing for the city. The delivery
from the other substations could not
be bettered either, I feel certain, and
we have not room to do all the work
at the central office."
Supt. Negaard, who is said to have
advised against the commercial sta
tion, did not care to discuss the mut
ter last evening, although admitting
that he was convinced that the com
mercial station was not what had been
expected of it.
"The work done down there is almost
entirely out of my department and so
I know little about it," he said, "and
cannot discuss it intelligently."
The plan suggested by Secretary
Beardsley, of the Chamber of Com
merce, to send all mail collected in the
business districts direct from the com
mercial station was considered unfeas
ible yesterday by all postal officials.
"It is entirely impracticable," said
Postmaster McGill. "We have not -
space enough down there to distribute
the collected mall and little time would
be saved by It. It would also necesal
tate doubling our force of clerks In
that department and would be very ex
pensive. Furthermore the time gained
would not amount to anything. The
delay in getting off the mail comes In
tho postmarking, distributing and dis
patching of the mail, not transporting
it a few blocks. We can do this work
much more rapidly at the central office,
where we have a fine equipment."
and so It is possible to force a quarrel
with her.
"So, whenever she was taken out
by the farm trainer there were painful
scenes of discord, and the Bober-alded
people shook their heads more and
more.
"Three years ago I found Lou In
disgrace, on account of what was sup
posed to be invincible frivolity. I
made her acquaintance, and liked her
at once. She has the daintiest and
nicest manners of any horse I ever
saw. She took to me, too, and from
that day to this, though I have driven
her In all her miles, we have never had
a quarrel.
"She needed understanding, trust
and sympathy, for, as I have said, she
is very feminine. There never was a
safer horse, but she is most ambitious,
wanting to go all the time.
"As acquaintance with Lou ripened I
became more and more convinced that
she wag worthy of the higher educa
tion, and so the following season I
brought her with my stable on the
Grand circuit, which includes the
tracks at Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo,
Boston, New York, Lexington, Cincin
nati, etc. This Is an opportunity that
very few young horses get, and it 1h
most Improving. After a time a horse
becomes tired of racing on the same
track against the same competitors.
It feels the monotony. Just as a man
would. I am sure that wild animals
that are caged suffer from this purely
mental effect in the same way, and
that the reason so many of them sirken
and die Is that all Interest and excite
ment have been taken out of their
lives. They have nothing to look at
and nothing to do and they are simply
bored to death.
"On the Grand circuit there is con
stant change and excitement, and Lori
Dillon tried all Borts of tracks and
had brushes with all sorts of rivals,
and all the time she was gaining in ex
perience and confidence. She had all
the benefits of racing and none of the
strain.
"She proved to us that there never
was a faster, gamer, steadier or more
reliable trotter, and I feel sure that
her best days are yet to come. I ex
pect to see her beat even the pacing
horse record. She has pacing horse
speed, and the strongest heart of any
horse I ever saw.
"As an instance of her courage and
steadiness, I may mention that the
first automobile she ever saw was on
the road at Cleveland, during her first
season away from the farm. The ma
chine came at us, making a deal of
noise, but Lou only looked at It, prick
ing her ears. The automobile stopped
and began letting off steam. Yet at my
request she walked up to and exam
ined the strange thing with curiosity,
but without fear, while the automobil
lst took her picture.
"One advantage that Lou has over
most horses arises largely from the
fact that In spite of her dainty airs
and grace she is so gentlo and so true.
We can give her the utmost freedom.
She wears no checkrein or martlng il*".
Her head Is not forced away up like
the heads of other horses, and she
goes easy to herself, with the reins
slack on her back. Then, again. hf>r
legs are not swathed llkf: those of other
horses. She wears only a light pair of
Bhin boots, and a very light pair of
parter boots, and her shoes are the
lightest ever worn by a fnst trotter,
h^r front shoes weighing four and one
quarter ounces each and hind shoes
two and one-half ounces each.
"Liou, who has her own p''''s<>rinl at
tendants, to whom she Is much attach
ed, sleeps soundly In blankets till 6:30
o'clock every morning, an<l then gets
up and has breakfast, which consists
of two and one-half quarts of oats and
some carrots.
"After breakfast she Is brushed off
and the night dress of bandages and
cotton removed from her limbs. Then
follows her morning exercise, hitched
to a sulky or wagon when Intended to
go fast, or to a Payne cart when going
slow.
"At the end of this work she Is rub
bed with alcohol, getting regular mas
sage treatment all over. Then she is
bandaged and blanketed again and
walked about for nearly two hours,
and an hour and a half later takes an
easy jog. After this comes her dinner,
exactly the same as her breakfast, and
succeeding that she rests til 4 o'clock,
wht-n she is walked about for an hour.
"When she returns to the stable her
bandages are put back on her and she
is given her hay, which costs $80 a ton.
It is California hay, brought on spe
cially for her, as we find it is better
for her than the ordinary timothy hay.
At 6 o'clock shu gets carrots and oats
again, and -other feast of the sam«
sort a' lock."

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