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As President-General of Patriotic
Daughters of the American Rev
olution She Was Invited Guest of
Honor at Ceremony.
When the annual convention of the
Daughters of the American Revolution
was in session in Washington a few
weeks ago the meetings were presided
over by Mrs. Donald McLean. She en
joyed the unique distinction of being
the first presiding officer of the con
gress who was not the wife of some
man prominent in official circles. She
had been a oandidate for this high
woman's office for several years, and
the opposition to her election was
plainly stated because 6he could not
bring to the office high "national"
prestige, which the Daughters of the
American Revolution felt was neces
sary to the varied traditions of the so
Mrs. McLean has half a yard or so of
ancestral bars on her revolutionary
ribbon, and hails back to some very
distinguished citizens, both men and
women. She was born in Prospect Hall,
Frederick, Md., the city made famous
by Whittier's poem, "Barbara Fritchie."
The ancestral hall is a big, beautiful
MRS. DONALD McLEAN, President- General of Daughters of the Revolution.
old place of colonial architecture, and
it is only a few years since Mrs.
Ritchie, mother of Mrs. McLean, died.
She also had been prominent in D. A.
R. matters ever since the organization
of the society. Judge John Ritchie,
father of Mrs. McLean, served in Con
gress and was subsequently elevated to
the bench of the Court of Appeals of
Maryland. He was an orator of re
nown, and Mrs. s'oLean seems to have
inherited this attribute of her father.
Mrs. McLean'e grandfather was
Judge William P. Maulsby, and her
grandmother, Emily Nelson, for whom
she was named, was the daughter of
Gen. Roger Nelson, who was a boy of
sixteen in college when the Declaration
of Independence was signed. He ran
away and joined the revolutionary
forces. He rose in rank to Brigadier-
General for conspicuous bravery on the
field of battle. He was left for dead
on the battlefield of Cowpens. and a
British officer in passing his body wan
tonly struck his hand with the flat of
his saber, breaking the bones of every
finger. To his dying day, which oc
curred many years later. Gen. Nelson
carried a stiffened hand. He became a
member of Congress and later was
made a Justice of the Supreme Court
of the State.
Mrs. McLean's ancestry began back
of the revolutionary period, however.
Judges Lynn and Beattle, two of those
twelve Judges known as "The Twelve
Immortals," who first signed a protest
against the British stamp act in 1765,
ten years before the battle of Lexing
ton, have in Mrs. McLean a descendant
who is not unworthy of the illustrious
example of fearlessness of spirit set by
them. Lieut. James Lackland was also
an ancestor of Mrs. McLean, as was
also Deputy Governor Burgess, of
colonial Maryland history.
Mrs. McLean was educated at what
was at the time known as the Woman's
College. She was gradi'nted at the age
of fourteen, receiving a diploma which
Is one of her proud possessions to-day.
She continued her studies in history,
music and the languages until her mar
riage, in 1883, to Donald McLean, a
man of a long line of revolutionary
ancestors like herself and a brilliant
awyer in New York city.
Mrs. McLean has made a practical
itudy of parliamentary law. and in the
ong years of battling for chapter rights
m the floor of the Continental Con
gress and her own big chapter has be
The Amador Ledger.
come a finished expert in thrust and
parry in parliamentary tactics.
At the Fourteenth Continental Con
gress of the Daughters of the American
Revolution, when Mrs. McLean was
Regent of the New York Chapter, she
assisted in introducing a resolution
looking to the burial of Paul Jones in
Annapolis, Md., that being her native
State. Besides having a local pride,
she thought the first naval hero of the
nation should be buried near to the
great naval school.
There was tremendous opposition to
the proposition, and the congress voted
to "lay the resolution on the table," an
expression used in parliamentary pro
ceedings to defer action on the subject.
Later it was taken up, but the congress
voted against taking the body of the
naval hero to Annapolis and favored
bringing it to Washington for burial in
Arlington. Mrs. McLean has now. how
ever, seen one of her dearest wishes
carried out, and, as head of one of the
greatest societies of patriotic women
in the world, she was a guest of honor
at the recent burial ceremonies of Ad
miral Paul Jones at Annapolis.
Made a Good Speech.
Senator Morgan the venerable states
man from Alabama, has that valuable
sense of humor which enables the pos
sessor to enjoy a joke when the laugh
is on himself. The other evening, as
he tells about it, he picked up an old
copy of the Congressional Record while
at home, and opening it at random be
gan to read. "Very soon," says th*
Senator, "I became interested, and as
I proceeded I said to myself, 'This man
is making a very sensible talk.' 1
found myself quite in accord with his
views and read along with a good deal
of approval until I finished two pages
I was wondering who could have made
such a speech but was too much inter
ested to look back to find out. But as
I turned the page I came upon an in
terruption, and there was my own name
I given as the Senator making the reply.
I It was my own SDeech I had been read-
I ing."
A Bad Memory.
Senator Knox's physician advised
him to give up smoking a few days
ago and put him in the same class with
Senator Spooner, also smokeless, after
forty years of it. The next morning
Senator Knox's physician happened up
at the Capitol and went into the Sen
ator's committee room to pass the time
of day. He found Knox smoking a
"Here, Senator," he said, "I thought
I told you to quit that."
"Quit what?" asked Knox, in mild
Son Movements.
Standing on the seashore at a -well
known Atlantic Coast resort, watching
a beautiful sunset, with its raye pierc
ing the clouds, were two Jews.
"Look!" said one of the followers of
Moses, "see the sun rays."
"No," replied the other, "dere is
vhere de sun sets."
Built in Spanish Architecture and
Cost of Buildings Alone was Thirty
Million Dollars— Will Probably be
One of the mose serious results of
the Pacific coast earthquake disaster
is the destruction of Stanford Univer
sity, near Palo Alto. More than $30,
000,000 had been expended on the
buildings alone, and the damage has
been so severe that it will mean prac
tically an entire loss. This group ol
buildings was planned and built on a
prearranged scheme and has been ac
counted the finest group of structures
for educational purposes on this con
tinent, if not in the entire world. The
buildings were all in the picturesque
Spanish mission style, with the arch as
t v i principal architectural feature. This
fact, which was so much a source of
beauty, has probably been the largest
source of destruction, because, while
the arch undisturbed is one of the most
secure of building forms, when thrown
out of plumb it must fall.
The main buildings are built around
an inner quadrangle, which contains
the offices of administration and some
class rooms. These buildings are all
one story in height. The outer quad
rangle, which comprises the principal
architectural features of the univer
sity, has as main points of interest
the memorial arch, with it 6 wonderful
frieze, by St. Gaudens, representing
the progress of civilization in America,
and directly opposite this, through the
inner quadrangle, the Stanford Memo
rial Church, with its mosaic front de
picting the "Sermon on the Mount."
This building cost, in construction
alone, $1,000,000, exclusive of the mo
saics and carvings inside and out, and
its marble statues and art treasures
from Europe.
Perhaps it may be said that the loss
of the buildings and equipment, in
spite of their great value, is the least
part of the disaster, because since the
university was started on Senator
Stanford's Palo Alto ranch it has been
a marvelous incentive toward higher
education on the Pacific coast. Not
only has it gone ahead with great
strides on its own account, but it has
carried the State University at Berke
ley along with it In healthy rivalry,
until the two gave an equipment for
higher education in California that was
not rivaled by that of any other State.
If it were not for the indomitable
spirit which seems to have enabled the
university to triumph over many diffi
culties it might be said that its career
has been particularly ill-starred. Foi
in spite of its great endowment, said
to exceed that of any other institution
of learning in the country, it has been
unfortunate from the beginning. Vex
atious litigation arose at the time of
Senator Stanford s death, in 1894, and
the claims put forward by those who
had received personal bequests, to have
them settled first, seriously impaired
the finances of the university because
it was impossible to realize UDon its
property. After that the Pacific rail
road suits tied up the university money
for a couple of years, until the Su
preme Court decided in favor of the
Stanford estate. But Mrs. Stanford,
with wonderful courage and singleness
of purpose, unselfishly turned all of her
property over to the university, saw
it through its crises until her recent
tragic death In Honolulu, when the
Leland Stanford University was again
thrown in despair. Its present de
struction by the earthquake seems to
i-ome as a culminating disaster, yet it
is probable that it will rise again su
perior to the conditions which seem
in league against it, though it has
practically been set back to an abso
lutely new beginning.
It is already understood that plans
have been considered for the rebuild
ing of the university, as the statement
has been made by President David
Starr Jordan to the students of the
university, asking them to remain and
aid in bringing order out of the chaos
resulting from the earthquake. Pres
ident Jordan has been mentioned to
succeed the late Professor Langley as
Secretary to the Smithsonian Insrftute
in Washington, but those who are in
a position to know state that it is be
lieved that he will remain at the helm
of the Stanford University and see
that the magnificent buildings are
erected again
Stanford Universlt had its concep
tion in Italy in 1884. There a four
teen year ola American boy tossed i
his bed, struck down b' a* malignant
fever. His fond mother knelt at his
bedside and as his yo- : lif> pa S"d
out, sb« arose filled with an inspiration
that he migh'r live again.
To her husband, Senator Stanford,
she said: "It was his wish and desire
that indigent young men should have
an equal advantage in obtai ing educa
tion. For his sake let us erect a uni
versity where all shall have an equal
chau-e." From that ..ay the Senator
and Mrs. Stanford devoted their entire
energies toward planning the Leland
Stanford, Junior, University.
Government Positions.
As "distance lends enchantment," so
perhaps are many people affected
who, living in the remote States, are
desirous of holding an appointive of
fice under Uncle Sam at Washington.
Lured by the short hours, light
work, and comparatively large salaries,
the young man or woman is likely to
look upon department service as a
beautiful life of "Do Little and Draw
Your Pay" and watch the passing
show. But it has its seamy side and
carries both advantages and disadvan
tages in its train.
There is the danger of fossilization;
of becoming a leaf in the sere; with
energies gone and aspiration dead.
This danger is great and seems almost
inevitable to him who has many years
of service in the departments. Though
all will not agree with the Hon. Champ
Clark in a recent article in the Satur
day Evening Post when he says "Over
the doorways of the Departments
should be inscribed in letters so large
that he who runs may read:
"All Hope Abandon Ye Who Enter
Yet to the young man and woman
who would keep the fires of their am
bition burning, government service
should be entered only as a stepping
stone to a more strenuous life of
higher and better things.
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Three Men of Navy at Risk of Their
Lives Place Compound in Teeth of
Oncoming r ire-- Vv hole Blocks Razed
to Prevent Disaster.
Through the destructive agency of
dynamite the section of San Francisco
still standing was saved at a cost of
more than a million dollars. This pow
erful compound was scientifically
wielded by three men of the U. S. Navy,
sent by Admiral McCalla from Mare
Island with orders to check the confla-
gration at any cost of life or property
With them they brought a ton and a
half of gun cotton, the terrific power
of which was equal to the maniacal de
termination of the fire.
Capt. Macßride was in command of
the squad, Chief Gunner Adamson
placed the charges, and the third gun
ner set them off.
The thunderous detonations to which
the terrified city listened all that dread
ful Friday night meant the salvation of
many lives. A million dollars' worth
of property, noble residences and
worthless shacks alike, were blown to
drifting dust, but that destruction
broke the spirit of the fire and sent the
raging flames cringing back over their
own charred path.
The whole east side of Van Ness ave
nue, from Golden Gate to Greenwich,
was dynamited a block deep, though
most of the structures stood untouched
by flame or cinder. »\ot one c .rge
failed; no one building stood upon it
foundations. Unless some second ma
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direction of the west wind the whole
populous district to the west, blocked
with fleeing refugees and unilluminated
except by the disastrous glare on the
water front, seemed safe by 9 o'clock.
Van Ness avenue is flat as the sarth
on the east side. Every pound of gun
cotton did its work, and, though the
ruins burned, it was but feebly. From
Golden Gate avenue on the north the
fire crossed the wide street in but one
place — the Claus Spreckels' residence,
on the corner of California street.
There the flames were writhing up the
walls before the dynamiters could
reach it; yet they made their way to
the foundations, carrying their explo
sives despite the furnace-like heat. The
charge had to be placed so swiftly and
the fuse lit in such a hurry that the
explosion was not quite successful from
the trained viewpoint of the gunners.
But though the waifs still stood, it was
only an empty victory for the fire, as
bare brick and smoking ruins are poor
food for flames.
Capt. Macßride's dynamiting squad
realized that a stand was hopeless, ex
cept on Van Ness a,venu«s. They could
have forced their explos l ves further in
the burning section, but not a pound of
the terrible guncotton could be or was
wasted. The ruined block that met the
wide thoroughfare formed a trench
through the clustered structures that
the conflagration, wild as it was, could
not leap. Engines pumping brine
through Fort Madison from the bay
completed the little work that the gun
cotton had left, but for three days the
haggard-eyed firemen guarded the flick
ering ruins.
The desolate waste straight through
the heart of the city Is a mute witness
to the most heroic and effective work of
the whole calamity. Three men did
this — three, simply, because they would
not trust their work to others — and
when their work was over and what
stood of the city for the first time
rested quietly, they departed as mod
estly as they had come. They were or
dered to save San Francisco; they
obeyed orders, and Capt. Macßride and
his two gunners made history on that
dreadful night.
Elephants Going Up,
"A five-foot elephant costs this
spring," an importer of animals la
stated to have remarked, "J1,400, as
against $1,200, for which such ele
phants could be bought two years ago.
"Elephants, like all other wild ani
mals, are growing scarcer with the
settlement of the globe, and their
prices tend upward. More small ele
phants than big ones are imported be
cause they cost less to begin with and
because they are easier and safer to
transport, and showmen like them,
too, for the reason that young ele
phants are more tractable and easier
to train. And small elephants are at
tractive anyway.
"Then, the elephant is a hardy ani
mal in captivity and he is naturally
long lived, and the young elephant in
creases in value with his growth. So
that even with their prices tending
upward, young elephants are good
property, though even they are rather
large for family pets."

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