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I I III II II .11 r tl llltl lf fl tlVIlVtl lI II II-. II 111 ' II XII II 11 II II - - " ' . : 1 - j .j ., ' .. HARTFORD ' AND WATERBUttV, CONN., SATURDAY, APRIL C, 1901. PRICE, 3 CENTS. VOL. XIX. NO. 19. i I T 1 1 HAS UNIQUE CAREER. v Story of Benjamin Scoville's Life Reads Like Fiction. Been a Street Gamin, Ship' Cook, Tramp, Actor and Teacher, and Noir Will Kngrase In Missionary Work. Among the men who do missionary work in the large cities of the world there are many who have had strange histories, but in all the list hardly ne is to be found whose life story is more wonderful than that of Benja min J. Scoville, who is now prepar ing at the Christian Alliance school in Nyack, N. Y., for special mission ary work among the stage folk. In the 30 years of his life this young man has had varied experiences. He has been a street gamin, cabin boy, ship's cook, tramp, choir boy, actor, teacher of elocution and was at one time assistant stage manager for Sir Henry Irving. Scoville "was born in London and his father, a British officer, was killed "during the Zulu war, leaving a widow and two children, Ben and a baby sis ter. Shortly afterward the mother also died, and the two little ones were left to struggle for themselves. By working as a newsboy, street sweeper and bootblack, the boy man aged to obtain food for his sister and himself, but as there was no way to pay for lodging the children were ex posed to the cold at night, sleeping in hogsheads or any place they could find. This kind of life proved too se vere for the little girl, and she soon died, leaving the boy alone in the world. , . The sea had an attraction for him and he secured; a place as cabin boy on the ship Vanguard, remaining on the vessel for several years until he was promoted to be the cook's assist ant. While he was serving in this ca pacity he saved the captain's daugh ter, who had been washed overboard, and for this act of bravery was pre eented with five pounds by the Royal Humane society. Later on, while employed as stew ard's assistant on the, steamer Pris cilla, he saw Capt. William Hughes, commander of t the vessel, throw a BENJAMIN J. SCOVILLE. (Missionary Whose Career Has Been a . Strange One, Indeed.) weak-minded boy overboard and ap peared as chief witness against the brutal seaman who, after being con victed of murder, confessed that he had killed more than 30 boys in the same way, being paid for the acts by their guardians. At the end of the trial Scoville once more returned to sea, but was shipwrecked and drifted ten days in an open boat with little to eat or drink. He was rescued, however, and taken to London, where tie; was' sick 'for a long time at the Marine hospital. As soon as he was discharged from that institution he worked his way back to this country and obtained a place as chore boy for a Cleveland (O.) doctor, at the same time attend ing school until he graduated. Then he went ' south and worked his way through Howard college in Alabama.. Later on he managed to obtain enough work to pay his tuition at the New England conservatory, where he studied elocution and oratory. After finishing his course he took a posi tion with Wilson Barrett's "Sign of the Cross" company, going with that troop to England. While in London he obtained the position of assistant stage manager, and a short time later, during an engagement at Man chester, he fell in love with a young lady, whom he married. , The couple soon returned to this country, and Scoville was appointed professor of elocution at the Galves ton (Tex.) ' high-school. On the day of the great flood his wife was killed and the husband, stunned by grief and without ambition, went to New York, where, by chance, he heard a former pera singer, who was hold ing ' a special missionary service, preach. After listening to several of her sermons he decided to take up , missionary work himself, and acc6rd Ingly he is now studying with that object in view. ., His principal efforts will be direct ed toward stage folk or those who have failed to establish themselves on the stage and are drifting into dis solute ways of life. JOHN BROWN'S HOUSE. State of Connecticut Thinks of Pre aervin& and Converting It Into a Historical Landmark. An effort is now being made to pre serve the birthplace of John Brown and properly mark the spot where, as a barefoot boy, he learned the trade of his father, a tanner. During this session of the Connecticut general as sembly it will be attempted to have a sufficient amount of money appro priated to purchase the John Brown place and convert it into a historical landmark. D wight C. Kilbourne, of Litchfield, and other members of the Litchfield County Historical society are working to this end. The place of John Brown's birth is within half a mile of the highest point JOHN BROWN'S HOUSE. (Located Five Miles West of the Town of Torrington, Conn.) of ground in Connecticut, about five miles west of the busy town of Tor rington. The old house is situated on a high bluff , with no other house with in a mile of it. The house is built, as most of the houses were at that time 1787 with a great stone chimney in the center of the building, which has its foundation in the cellar. The tim bers used in the foundation, on which the big stones are laid, are of oak, 12 by 14 inches square, and hewn out by hand. It was, in the western front room that John Brown first saw the light of day. There are two windows in the room, one looking to the south and the other to the. west. The first thing that impresses one on entering, the room is the1 fireplace, before which " John Brown as a. boy sat and listen d to th black logs crackling" in the blaze as -the; winter .jsxinds howled through, the sturdy 'oaks and"fSst&lwart 'chestnut trees in the woods which surround ed two sides of the house. The fire place is quite broken down, owing to the visits of relic hunters, who have taken away stones and bricks for sou venirs. There are four rooms downstair and three above. The great kitchen has the big fireplace and old-fashioned oven that most of the houses of that day had. A grown-up man can stand in the kitchen fireplace and look up the chimney and see the clouds soar above in the blue sky. The old crane which once swung in the fireplace is gone. A Torrington gentleman who was building a fine modern house took that from its moorings, and it now or naments the fireplace in his new house. Three years ago the house was shingled, and the old shingles were carefully gathered up by relic hunt ers and taken away. The present own er is William M. Cook, and he enters enthusiastically into the plan to place the old landmark under the care of the state. Unique Cure for Toothache. A novel cure for the toothache was Inadvertently applied by Dr.Parmer tier, at Tremont, N. Y. A man, suf fering from a raging tooth, called at the dentisjb's house at night, forgot to ring the bell, found the outer door open, entered the hall, uninten tionally stepped on a burglar alarm, and thus brought the dentist to the dark hall with a pistol in his hand. The dentist threatened to shoot, and the visitor was so terrified that the ache departed from his chattering teeth. Queen Victoria's Pet Cats. The disposal of Queen Victoria's nu merous pets is a matter of no small concern to the persons who are clos ing up ,her affairs. The late queen was a great lover of cats. When the court moved it was accompanied by a feline caravan. There were Persian cats, Manx cat,s, Angora cats, Maltese cats, tabby cats and nondescripts, and thev all traveled in state. They were placed in wooden boxes with an open wire front and had plenty of clean straw to lie on. One Persian cat, of which the queen was especially fond, wears round his neck an elaborate col lar, on which appears in silver letters: "I belong to the queen." Electric Koads in Canada. The statistician of the dominion of Canada represents that there were 34 electric railways in the confederated provinces at the close of last year, ag gregating 630 miles of track. Capital mounting to $21,700,000 has been actually invested in these lines. Dur ing the year they carried 104,033,659 passengers. Why They Are So Costly. To produce a cashmere shawl of the best quality requires the constant la bor of four persons for an entire year. in."" .,i,m'M,". n. .M.iii;i.iDH.n.i.im!l .J. nw g.jWIW - It J HAS LOST HIS SIGHT. Sir Edwin Arnold, Famous Poet, Now Is Totally Blind. Anthor of "The Light of Asia," Al though In a Sad Condition, Is Pa tient and Resigned and Goea Bravely on with His Work. Troubles in a battalion have" be fallen the author of "The Light of Asia." Buddha's interpreter to the English speaking race, like that greater epic poet before him, is stricken with blindness. Deprived of the brightness of the visual ray, Sir Edwin Arnold has been compelled to relinquish much of the active literary work on which he has mainly spent the last 40 years on the editorial staff of the London Daily Telegraph. Domestic clouds have Added to the burden of years and waning physical powers, as only recently- a son, who was a solicitor, was arrested in the United States and found guilty on trial in London on a charge of embez zlement. A letter just received in New York from the veteran author and journal ist suggests with what courage he is facing these severe afflictions. To use his own words: "My condition would be a sad one without patience and resignation. I never despair, and go on with my work, thanking Heav en for my unimpaired mental pow ers." Relieved from the exacting pressure of Fleet street, Sir Edwin Arnold, it may be hoped, may be able to give to the world some fresh picture of the glowing east like those on which al ready rest securely his fame and rep utation. , -. How many editions his "Light of Asia" has passed through it would now be hard to tell. The bookwas published in 1879, and at once at tained such popularity that ten years ago there had been published more than 40 editions in England and some 80 acknowledged editions in America. It was the outcome of his early life in India, where he passed several years in the stirring times of the mutiny. His career at Oxford-had been a bril liant one. Like Tennyson at Cain, bridge, he carried off at "the sister niversity the blue ribbon for poetry. T SIR EDWIN ARNOLD. (Famous English Poet Who Is Now To tally Blind.) winning the Newdigate, with a prize poem on the "Feast of Belshazzar." There have been but few instances where the early promise was well fulfilled in after life. After a brief spell as a schoolmaster in , England he received an . appointment as prin cipal of the government Sanscrit col lege, at Poona, in the Bombay presi dency. s , On his return to England after services which twice received the thanks of the governor in council, 'he became attached to the editorial stall of the Daily Telegraph. It was on be half of the proprietor of that journal that he arranged the first expedition of Mr. George Smith, to Assyria, as well as that of Sir Henry Stanley, in the joint expedition of the New York Herald, in search of Livingstone and the completion of his discoveries. 1 Though Sir Edwin Arnold's ater volumes of verse have "not been so popular as his story of Buddha, his poetical translations from the San scrit epics and of the Persian poet Saldi brought him various distinc tions from eastern rulers. He is a knight commander of the Indian em pire. A younger brother, Sir Arthur Arnold, whose labors as a commis sioner in the Lancashire cotton fam ine brought him into notice, has since been prominent in London municipal government, and gained another knighthood for this Kentish family. Romance has followed Sir Edwin Arnold more or less throughout his career. A long stay in Japan some years ago led to his marriage with a Japanese lady, as his third wife. She is a typical Japanese beauty, her name signifying "Jewel of the Dark River." To Sir Edwin Arnold's en thusiasm for the Land of the Chrys anthemum is due much of the cult of things Japanese which of late years have manifested themselves in an English house interior. Sndw" sells in the north of Sicily for about one cent a pound. It is a government monopoly, and the. prince of Palermo derives the greater part of his income from it. The snow Is gathered on the mountains in felt tovered baskets, and is sold in the fcities for refrigerating purposes. BURIAL. IN THE AIR. Startllnsr Plan of Disposing of ths ' Dead Proposed by a Former ;: British Naval Officer. Burying the dead in the depths of the "upper air is an innovation per fected by Lieut. James M. O'Kelley, formerly of the British navy, but now a resident of New York. Mr. O'Kelley was the inventor of the coin-in-the-slot machine and other apparatus that have made t him known to the patent office. The sNavohi is the balloon car in which disintegration of bodies of the dead-is forced. It is made of silk, elliptical in form. In an upright po sition, 'the body is placed inside the i NAVOHI FLOATING AW AT. (In It Disintegration of Bodies of the Dsaa Is Forced.) balloon, occupying an airtight recep tacle which connects with the balloon interior, through only a gas tap. This casket rests on a rubber cushion which has a half-inch expansion, and through the cushion a rough pin works through an inflammable com position. The coffin is lined with wax and be fore it is put into the balloon a strong acid is poured into it and over the body. Dissolution begins at once, a gas is formed which " . flows out throtjgh the top, and as the weight of the coffin grows less the rubber cushion expands, drawing the rough pin attached through the inflamma- Me substance. f ; In, the meantime the balloon has ? Teen risinsr with its liftlner ;nower of l2P ElT,s' prnished.by , ordinary jl- i iTfir t ft .t . . ai'mm' S"l,(t'SSSBSSSBS"SSBjA. the g'as" air ririhes Vto? already at a great height, rushes up ward with tremendous momentum. : In an experiment ; made with the body of a big dog, the Navohi reached a height of 3,000 feet, pouring clouds of white vapor .frbm the valve in the casket. , For 200 feet more a black smoke came from it. . , Then a light broke "from the , lower end Vof . the Navohi.? " It was on fire and .with a fiery streak, like tliat lef t by a rocket, the whole structure shot upward and disappeared. , "In the future," jsaid the iriventor, "we may expect to see the funeral party gathered on the housetop, the Navohi swaying gently at its anchor age not far above their heads, and as the clergyman pronounces the last words of the burial service the funer al director will sever the rope, and the body take, flight and follow its oul above the clouds." COMMANDER IN INDIA. en. Sir Arthur Power Palmer Ak pointed to the Post with the ' Approval of King Edward. Maj. Gen. Sir Arthur Power Palmer, who by King Edward's approval has become, permanent commander in chief of the British forces in India, lias been for a long time commander ; 5- GEN. SIR ARTHUR PALMER. (Commander In Chief of th British Army in India.) of the Punjab frontier force and pro visional head of the imperial service. He is aa old-time Indian campaigner, thoroughly seasoned to the climate and the work. In the great mutiny of 1857, the year in which he entered the army, Gen. Palmer raised a regi ment of Sikhs, which he commanded till the close of the campaign. In 1863 he fought in the bloody business upon the northwest frontier, and afterward in the Abyssinian war, in the Duffla expedition, in the Afghan war, in the Soudan, and as head of the campaign in the Chin hills. It is said he under stands Jndian military needs more than any other m.&n in theempire, RULES THE NURSERY Prince Edward, Heir Presumptive :to Britain's Throne. The Lusty Little Boy Who Stands a Very Good Chance of Beinar Kins; of England Before H li an Old Man. Although he is in complete ignorance of the fact, little Prince Edward of York is the most important juvenile in Europe. On the death of Queen Vic toria he succeeded to his father's title of heir presumptive to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland. , As soon as the title of prince of Wales is be stowed on the duke of Cornwall and York, young Edward will become duke of York, earl of Inverness and Baron Killarney, and parliament will be asked to provide him with an income suniciently ; large to keep up the dig nity of his position. It is not likely that he will soon be informed of his new rank, nor will his allowance of pocket money be increased. He will have to be addressed as "royal high ness" and will be shown to the . people on certain public occasions,: but the significance of this will hardly be im pressed on his mind for some time to come. ' .' When the new king and queen made their first appearance in London Ed ward rode in the carriage with them and was enthusiasticalljr greeted by the crowds. He smilingly saluted from side to side and enjoyed himself huge ly, but he did not dream that he was being hailed as a future king. Neither did he understand why he was so con spicuously 'placed at the funeral serv ices at St. George's chapel. He stood next to the queen and held tightly to her hand during the solemn ceremo nies. When .it was over he remarked fervently: "Wasn't it lovely, granny, dear! Poor daddy! What a pity he was ill and couldn't cornel" The real importance of the little prince's position lies in the probabi) PRINCE EDWARD OF YORK. , (Boy Who Stands a' Good Chance of Being V . , King of England.) ' . r v ity of his succession to the throne be fore he reaches his majority. ' King Edward is 60 years old and his habits are not such as to assure him a very long life. No one imagines that he will last beyond 70. The duke of Cornwall and York has never been, robust, and of late his delicate' health has caused considerable anxiety. ; He was not able to attend the late queen's funeral, nor was4ie present at the opening of parliament. . He lives very quietly and has never been strong enough to take much interest in racing or outdoor sports, his father's favorite diversions. It would surprise no one in the king dom if he died before Edward VII. So Epgland may yet see another youthful monarch on the t&rone. Fortunately, Prince Edward is an unusually bright and attractive child, very healthy, and large for his age. He is a born leader, and dominates the York-nursery just as far as he is per mitted. There are four children in the family, only one 'of whom is a girl. They are all pretty lively youngsters, having inherited the ruddy health of their mother, "Princess May," as she is still affectionately called. She is a most devoted mother, and deplores the necessity of leaving her children at home while she and her husband are making their state visit to the col onies. They have been left in charge of Mme. Bricka, an old and very inti mate friend of the duchess and her family, the Tecks. In addition, they will have the grandmotherly, care of Queen Alexandra, who is devoted to them all, especially Prince Edward. ' "Texas' His? State House. The Texas capitol is the largest state building in the United States, and the seventh in size among the buildings of the world. It is a vast Greek cross of red Texas granite, with a central rotunda covered by a dome 311 feet high.- It was begun in 1881 and finished in 1888, having cost about $3,500,000. It was paid for with 3,000,000 acres of public land, deeded to the capitalists who executed the work. ' V . Change In British Coins. Among the odd changes .brought about by the succession of King Ed ward VII. is that while Victoria's face on British gold coins looked to the left King Edward's looks to the right. This is in accordance with a long establisheocustom that makes each, successive sovereign face the opposite way on. the coins from his or her pred ecessor. , . SUPREME IN RUSSIA. Frinee Karopatkin Placed In Chares of the Administrative Machin ery of the Great Empire. Heports which' reach the" United? States through Berlin and other Eu- ropean capitals are to the effect that; the Russian government is in a state! of panic,' and that the whole admin-, istrative machinery has been put inj the hands of Gen. Kuropatkin, thef minister of war.' The departments of justice and the interior, including the) secret police and the regular force of) gendarmes,. make reports every hour! to the war office,' and all measures! looking to fhe safety of the czar and he suppression of the conspiracy GEN. PRINCE KUROPATKIN. J (Now in ' Control of Russia's Adlminl5 . trative Machinery.) j against the throne are in the hands of Kuropatkin. Kuropatkin has beei minister of war and commander of st trained army of - 5,000,000 men sincef January 1, 1898. More than 30 yearsl before he first saw active service in( the army of the czar, and he was al- most continually ' fighting until - haf came to the chief command at St Petersburg. From the first his career was brilliant. He was honored by suc cessive czars, with allthe decorations and "golden swords ' in'their gift, and he did great work for the empire in extending its boundaries to the east He is now in his fifty-first year, a mari of great physical, strength and iron; determination of will. By descent he is a great noble, but he has , won hi way to the front by individual merit. . , Qraeklyn 3?ari' Succeed Gen. Georff( D. Blelklejolin ; as Assistant Secretary. of "War. Col. William -Carey Sanger was re cently sworn in as assistant secretary of war, to succeed George D. Meikie-i john. . ' For many years CoL Sanger has been a useful and enthusiastic member of the state guard of New York. He has frequently visited Europe, where he , made the personal acquaintance of prominent officers in ..Germany and England, among them Field Marshal von Moltke, the Count Walderee, the" duke of Cambridge,. Lord Wolseley, Lord Roberts, Gen. Buller and othera He represented Gov. Hill at the am ual maneuvers of the English volun , CO-. WILLIAM C. SANGER. ' (New Assistant Secretary of War' of tii United States.) teers ahd was made an honorary mem ber of the staff. The new war official is a native of Brooklyn and is 48 years old. He is a Harvard man, and a bachelor of Co lumbia, and a qualified , lawyer, al though he has never practiced. ' He served a term or two in the New York legislature, burt beyond that he ham held no office. Col. Sanger married Miss Dodge, a daughter of Gen. C. C Dodge, of New York. He is a friend of Secretary Boot and has long been al choice of the secretary, tor the post to which he has just ac ceded. - j . . ". -' - ,-' jlef erred to the White Caps, An English -clergyman came to America, and in due time became a citizen. While on a pleasure trip abroad his filial affection induced him to call on his poor mother, whom he found an jnmate of the Medway workhouse. The poorhouse board in-, timated that he ought to contribute to his mother's maintenance. This loving son, with the blood of freedom coursing through his veins, stoutly maintained that, being now an Amer ican citizen, he had no legal responsi bility to waste his money in support ln his mother. '