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HEN the aged fa
ther of the Rev.
C. V. T. Richeson
fell upon his son's
neck In the prison
at Boston, and
the two men sob
bed In each oth
er's arms, a trag
edy was unfolding,
a tragedy deeper
and more heart
rending than even
that which led to
the death of poor
. "My boy! My boy!" cried the fa
ther in his anguish. Almost the words
with which the breaking of King Da
vid's heart was registered for all time
when they brought him word of the
death of bis erring son Absalom.
"Deal gently with the young man,"
the old king had said to the soldiers
he sent out to capture the rebellious
youth. And when divine Justice cut
him off in his sins, David cried, "Oh!
Absalom, my son, my son!"
Through the ages this cry has rung.
It has burst from the heart of almost
every father whose son has commit
Much is written and said about the
weeping mother of the son who goes
wronga figure full of pathos that
obtrudes Itself forcibly, often over
shadowing the equally pathetic figure
of the father of the prisoner, for a
man's grief, though no less deep than
a woman's clamors not from tjie
housetops, but broods In the dark si
lences o the heart
Father's Grief Worse.
A mother's grief differs from a fa
ther's In this that she, in spite of
overwhelming evidence, can never
believe her son to be guilty. Thus
her passionate tears are those of re
bellion against Injustice to one who
Is dear to her. She will fight, as the
mothers of Carlyle Harris and Harry
Thaw fought, to save their sons from
what they believed an unjust fate. A
father, on the contrary, may know his
son to be guilty. He may be obliged
to let the law take Its course, to sit
ellently alone at home when his son
Is being led to the gallows or the
electric chair, knowing that the boy
so dear to him Is meeting a Just fate.
In cases like this and they are by no
means exceptional the father's grief
transcends In Its miserable tragedy
even that of the weeping mother.
The figure of Judge Paul Charlton
quietly coming to the aid of his son
THE STRANGE COINCIDENCES OF SOLDIERS' SONS ft
Col. T. V. Richeson,
Gen. Peter C. Halns,
veteran of the Civil war.
Gen. Edward L. Mollneux,
veteran of the Civil war.
Gen. Jeremiah V. Meserole,
veteran of the Civil war.
Carl Albert Woiter, veteran
cf the Franco-Prussian war.
when the young man returned home
almost boasting of having killed his
wife In Italy had something awe-inspiring
in its loneliness. Here was a
highly respected man, of good south
ern family, who had attained a posi
tion of trust and responsibility in the
service of his country, who had
brought up a bright boy, with all the
care and solicitude of a refined home,
lavishing affection upon him, hoping
great things for him, and suddenly all
these hopes were swept away aud In
their place he must needs forge for
himself a solitary grim hope that of
saving the boy from the disgrace of a
Gen. Halns' Pathetic Figure.
Another heroic figure heroic be
cause of the way it stood firm In the
tempest of tragedy swept about It
was that of Geu. Peter C. Halns, fa
ther of Capt. Peter C. Halns and
Thornton Ilains. When Capt. Halns
killed the man he believed had wreck
ed his. home, and he and his' brother
were accused of conspiring together to
commit murder, the old father's fight
ing blood rose and he turned like an
old lion to defend his cubs. In his
eyes his son's deed was Justified. This
point of view was shared by a large
number of people, women as well as
men. That he saved his sons from
the grip of the law was a triumph for
him, but the triumph only attenuated
the grief that the killing had laid upon
So It was with gallant old Gen. Mol
Ineux. He, however, was spared the
grim horror of knowledge of a son's
guilt, for he firmly believed In Rol
and's innocence of the murder, and
his fight for tl)e youth's acquittal was
urged on not only by affection but by
confidence In the triumph of justice.
Another father who was buoyed up
to the last by faith In hl3 boy's Inno
cence was A. F. Tucker, whose son
Charles was put to death for killing
Mabel Page. To t!ie very last he was
firm in this faith. He Kept up the
fight to prove his son Innocent right to
the hour of execution, and In one of
his petitions to the governor for clem
ency he expressed in a sentence the
tragedy of the parent whose son is
accused of a grave crime: "Our hearts
are bursting with anguish."
Such a case as this was that of
Henry Clay Ueattle, the Richmond
banker, whose son has been convict
ed of murdering his young wife. He
kept up the fight, having appealed for
a new trial, without result. The fa
ther's heart must be wrung with grief
The Rev. C. V. T. Richeson, arrested
on suspicion after the death of Avis
Linnell by poison.
Capt. Peter C. Haines, who was sent
to prison for kllllng-W. C. Annls.
Roland B. Mollneux, charged with
killing Mrs. Adams; first convicted but
Darwin J. Meserole, tried for killing
Theodore W. Lablg, but acquitted.
iDen woiter, convicted for
dering Ruth Wheeler.
over the wild career that led his
wayward Bon Into these direful straits.
Much was written about Carlyle
Harris mother when that boy was on
trial for killing his young wife, and
old Charles Harris, the father, was
mentloued only incidentally. Back
Into the shadows cast by his strong
wife sank the figure of the unsuccess
ful old man. Nobody paid any atten
tion to him. He wua alone with his
When Dr. Crlppen was being hunt
ed, tried and put to death for killing
his wife a lonely old man in Califor
nia followed the reports of the case
with trembling Interest. Myron A.
Crlppen wa3 too old to be of any help
to the son who had left him long ago.
Though unheralded, the greater trag
edy was the father's, not the son's.
When Albert Woiter was convicted of
killing Ruth Wheeler his old father,
a veteran of the Franco-Prussian war,
felt the blow as a long-delayed retri
bution for the one great sin of his
life, and so expressed himself. Albert
was the child of a woman Carl Albert
Woiter had known In Germany. De
serting the mother and baby, the elder
Woiter had come to America and
wedded another woman. She had died
and he, stricken by remorse, had sent
for the mother and child to Jon him
in America and had legitimatized the
one by wedding the other.
"The Sins of the Fathers."
And now this child had committed
a murder so fiendish In its borror that
the old Prussian soldier bowed his
head under the shock and murmured
words about the sins of the fathers
being visited upon their children.
Another case was that of Gen. Jere
miah V. Messerole of Brooklyn, whose
son, Darwin J. Messerole, killed Theo
dore W. Larbig in a fight The old
soldier fought bravely to save his son
and the verdict of acquittal, followed
as It was by the young man's conver
sion and reception Into Plymouth
church, was balm to the father's
There can scarcely be a doubt about
the grizzled Confederate veteran. Col.
T. V. Richeson, believing In his son's
Innocence. But the tragedy of such
an accusation against a dearly be
loved son is less only than that of his
These fathers whose gray hairs are
brought down In sorrow to the grave,
as the patriarch Jacob expressed it,
are tragic figures. They appeal for
sympathy, but their weight of woe i
too heavy to be alleviated by words.
New York World.
Mourning the loss of old-time man
ners, an aged Englishman said the
other day: "Boys are not like they
used to be. If they do not like a
schoolmaster they show it nowadays
by treating him with studiously cold
politeness. Why, I remember when I
was at Eaton a lot of us getting hold
of a master who taught us mathemat
ics and whom we all cordially detest
ed, and holding him by his heels over
Barnes' pool bridge until we saw in
the distance another master coming
in our direction, when we gently
foosed our victim and let him slide
headforemost into the water."
A New York man writes: "I was
taught to offer my seat to ladles when
traveling. I foolishly did so a few days
ago in the subway. All I got In re
turn from the iady was a glassy
stare, a devilish grin and 'Oh, 6itdown,
my boy. I don't want your seat.' And
I am just thirty!"
In the Society islands two persons
on meeting salute by rubbing the ends
of their noses together, and the saluta
tion is followed by each taking the
hand of the other and rubbing it upon
his own nose and mouth.
Moors of Morocco ride at full speed
toward a stranger, as if they Intended
to run him down, and as soon as they
have approached near they suddenly
stop and fire a pistol over his head.
No Use for Molly.
"Admiral Schley, Vs his own splen
did career showed, didn't believe In
automatons," said a Washington vet
eran. "Ho didn't believe in the sub
ordinate who lets his boss do all the
thinking for him. I once heard Ad
miral Schley talking to a young An
napolis student. He told the student
that unreasoning and unquestioning
obedience to orders was, If the orders
were wrong, a foolish thing. He said
the navy bad no more use for men
of that stamp than the Widow Black
had for her maid Molly.
"The widow, he explained, told Mol
ly one evening that If any one called
she was only at home to Mr. Munn.
Then she retired to her room and
took a little nap. On toward ten
o'clock she awoke and, ringing for
Molly, she asked: 'Did any one call?'
" 'Oh, yes, ma'am said Molly. 'Mrs.
Blank called, and Miss Dash, and the
" 'And you told them what I told
" 'Yes, ma'am. I said you was only
at home to Mr. Munn.' "
University Uses Experimental Cottage
So that the work of the housewife
may be reduced to the minimum, an
experimental cottage not a "model"
cottage has been fitted up by the de
partment of home economics under
Prof. Ahby L. Marlatt of the Univer
sity of Wisconsin for laboratory work
in house management, dietetics, home
nursing and house decoration. Much
of the decoration Is supplied from the
textile laboratory, so that the expense
Is somewhat similar to that of the
private home. The first floor bed
room of an ordinary cottage was
changed into a kitchenette, so that the
pantry now IIor between the kitchen
ette and dining-room, which was the
old kitchen The hnsemcnt, f res My
concreted, Is divided Into n cold store
room, a laundry and a furnace room
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THE recent unveiling of the Parnell memorial in Dublin was the occasion of the gathering together of a large
number of sympathizers with the famous Irish leader and his movement. The monument Is a triangular pyra
mid. At its base stands a statue of Parnell, which was the last work of the American sculptor, the late Augustus
St. Gaudens. The memorial is a notable addition to the works of art possessed by Dublin.
TEST BIGGEST GUNS
Broadside Breaks Dishes and
Wrecks Deck Boat.
Trial of 13'2-lrtch Piece of New Su
perdreadnought Orion Marks New
Stage in Art of War Most
Powerful Warship Afloat.
Portsmouth. The trial of the 13
Inch guns of the new super-dreadnought
Orion marks a new stage in
the art of war. They are the largest
guns ever fired at sea. There was
much interest In the question of how
the ship would stand the shock.
The concussion when the ten big
guns were fired at the same instant
broke many small articles on the ship,
but did no damage to the hull.
The Orion Is now the most powerful
warship afloat, but will not remain
long with that distinction. The Unit
ed States is building two ships of en
tirely similar construction, which are
to carry 14-lnch guns Instead of 13
The test firing of the Orion took
plaoe off Owers lightship.' All the
ten big guns are, for the first time
in a dreadnought, placed on the cen
ter line, to secure a full broadside
fire, and even the Inner guns have an
angle of fire of 110 degrees. First
with half-charges and then with full
chargcB of common and armor plerc-
KNEE BREECHES ARE COMING
Parisian Sartorial Expert Advocates
Ruffled Lace Shirts and Buckles
Alto Silk Hose.
Ios Angeles, Cal. Knee breeches,
silk hose and ruffled lace shirts are
things that men are coming to in their
wearing apparel within the next ten
years, according to Louis Bourque,
gentleman of leisure and sartorial ex
pert of Paris, who arrived here the
other day on a holiday Jaunt around
The men are wearing very narrow
trousers. They are getting more nar
row all the time and It will be but a
few years before they will wear the
same styles that were In vogue dur
Ing the days of the last Louis of
France, or during Colonial times in
the United States, he said.
"How much more handsome Is the
man who can display a good figure
in knee breeches than he who wears
the present ordinary looking gar
ments which do not show at all the
form as the Creator made It How
much better it would be to see a
man dressed in a fine silk shirt pret
tily trimmed in old lace and silk
hose and shoes with buckles would
be much more pleasant than our
loosely tied and slovenly appearing
string shoes or buttoned shoes with
half the buttons off."
Joy Kills New Yorker.
Rochester, N. Y. Charles W. Mc
Brlde, a prominent business man, died
suddenly while seated in an automo
bile he had just purchased. It is be
lieved the excitement Incident to han
dling the car for the first time affect
ed bis heart.
MEMORIAL UNVEILED IN
Ing shell each gun was fired singly,
and the mountings, which are nearly
half as heavy again as those of the
12-inch ordnance, developed no de
fects. The supremo test, however, was the
firing of all ten big guns on the beam
with full charges. The seamen and
marine gunners and every person on
deck or the upper works had their
ears covered in with wool padded
leather flaps. The guns were fired si
multaneously by pressing a trigger of
a new patent appliance connected with
the range finders, and operated from
a fire-control station at the apex of
the solitary tripod mast and in elec
trical connection with each gun.
The 13.f-inch gun fires a shell of
1,250 pounds an enormous Increase
upon the 850 pounds of the 12-inch
gun and the force of the discharge,
70,000 foot tons, would be sufficient
to drive the shell at the maximum
elevation from Dover to Calais. The
shells, however, were allowed to drop
Into the sea In shallow watere near
Selsy Bill. The force developed by
the combined explosion would be suffi
cient. It is calculated, to raise thirty
Orions a foot.
It shook violently from stem to
stern, and yet the persons who were
least affected were the gun's crew.
They scarcely heard the explosion,
and all they paw was the recoil of the
Astonishing Result Follows a
Glass of Vln Ordinaire Daily Proves
Great Help to Producing and Ben
efit to Quality Kind of Liquor
Is Not Mentioned.
Paris. It would he gilding thrice
refined gold to sing the praises of
wine In France, but the experiments
conducted by M. Joubert, professor of
agriculture at Fountainebieau, will
cause the poultry keepers of this coun
try to chant anew the virtues of the
M. Joubert,' as becomes one hold
ing his office, Is greatly concerned at
the falling off In the production of
eggs In France, especially during the
Whether it is that the hens have
grown lazy or the early hours they
keep In the cold prevents proper at
tention to business, the fact remains
that the number of eggs laid by
French hens has declined in recent
years, find there Is. in consequence,
a growing importation of foreign prod
uce. M. Joubert set himself to remedy
this condition of afTalrs. and he stems
to have been successful. Iast Octo-,
ber he selected a dozen young hens
and divided them into two Indiscrim
inate lots of six each. Both were fed
on exactly the same diet, but to the
feed of one half-dozen there was add
ed a dnlly ration of a glass of wlno
gun through the six feet of space in
the barbette, which happened like a
lightning flash. The huge wire-wound
steel tube, weighing 76 tons, returned
to its firing position with equal ve
locity under the influence of great
springs, whose work was controlled
by pistons with ports working in oil
Below deck ail loose crockery and
pieces of lighter furniture had been
stowed away and they rattled omi
nously and dozens of plates, cups and
saucers, etc., were smashed by the
force of the concussion, which was
even sufficient to burst open tins of
syrup In the canteen. The hull itself
withstood the shock well, and showed
no signs of damage.
The thick glass of dozens of sky
lights and port holes was splintered,
though the skylights were protected
by armored plates fastened down
tightly with butterfly screws. The
most amazing damage of all was that,
under the force of the concussion,
chiefly from the central barbette, the
bottom of a boat fell clean out.
The decks were practically undam
aged. The urea over which the flashes
passed was specially thickened with
armored steel to resist the tendency
to buckle under the plunging shock
of the discharge of hundreds of
pounds of cordite, and the Injury done
wns merely superficial.
The force of the concussion was so
tremendous that the windows of the
houses at Southsea, over 12 miles dis
tant, were heavily shaken In Jheir
The results were surprising. From
the hens which get no wine M. Jou
bert had In October four eggs. In No
vember one and in December none,
and In January 22.
The fowls which drank their glass
of wine daily responded notably to
the stimulant. In October they pro
duced 28 eggs, in November 57, in De
cember 44 and in January 46, so that
the topers showed an excess of pro
duction over th-j teetotalers of 148
M. Joubert, unfortunately, does not
say in his report what sort of wine he
employed In his experiments. If he
used the best champagne, the cost
would exceed the profit; but If the
stimulant was the vin ordinaire of the
country, which can be bought whole
sale for about three half-pence a
quart, a new nnd important field of
consumption for that article will be
opened up, greatly to the relief of the
wlno growers, who have complained
in recent years of the decline In the
sale of their produce.
The administration of wine Is said
to have not only Increased the out
put of eggs, but also to have greatly
Improved their quality, a fact which
will prove somewhat disconcerting to
the temperance advocates.
Pulitzer Millions to Kin.
New York. The will of the late Jo
seph Pulitzer, disposing of an eBtate
estimated nt $30,000,000 and Includ
ing the New York 'World and the St.
Lquls Post-Dispatch, provides liberal
allowances for Ms widow nnd rons
and daughters. The newspaper
left to a body of trustees
WILBUR P. HBSBIT
Where the home folks Is where the home
There's ra an' ma. an' Mary Jane, an
brother Joe, an' Liz,
An' Liz's little baby, an' her husbant out
(Becuz there ain't no op'nln fer a no-
cood prroc'ry clerk!)
But, leavln' out my feelin's on them no
count ways o' his,
Some days I want to go back where the-
home folks is..
You ceo. where folks Is strangers, like-
the people all Is here,
An where a feller's startln fer to carve
out his career,
There ain't no one to talk with when th
lamp Is lit 'an all
An cities sets rifiht loonesome when It
comes along to'rds fall.
An' though they say I hustle, an I've
luul my wajfes rlz.
There's times I think 'way back to where-
the home folks Is.
Where the home folks Is there's geran
iums all in bloom
In pots inside the winders o the big or
An pa. he's hung his hat up there besld
the kitchen door,
An' ma I bet she wants mo fer a errant
to the store.
I bet that them an' May Jano an' broth
er Joe in' I.!z
Is talkln' now about me, where the home
Some days I think I'll go back, then I
wait nnother while;
It ain't like home, to set here where there
ain't no friends to smile
An' Fay you're lookln' splendid, an' to
think o' things to do,
An' make you get the feelln' that there's
folks that lives with you.
I'd ruther hear a wagon than to hear the
street cars whiz
I wish that I could wish to where the
home folks is.
A PLEA FOR PURITY.
"What we want," said the First
Patriot, "Is honest elections."
"I should say so," agreed the Second
rntrlot. "Why, Heeler promised me
$50 for my Influence In my ward, and
now he says he never agreed to give
nie more than $10."
Reverses come, we may assume
t'pon this proof emphatic:
Jones slumhei-ed in an attlo room
And now he Is rheumatic.
The Trained Dogs.
A troupe of trained dogs Is an In
The Intelligent animals play dead,
jump through hoops, and do other
highly diverting things, all at the com
mand cf the trainer.
The trainer bows in acknowledg
ment of the applause; he also receives
the reward for the performance of the
The trained voter is also an Interest
He refuses to perform for any but
Let another urge, argue and plead
with him, he will not do a single trick
until his trainer snaps his fingers or
cracks the whip.
When the troupe of trained voters
are Jumped hrough the hoops, played
dead, waltzed and otherwise demon
strated its allegiance to established
principle, the trainer bows to the ap
plaiiFo and receives the reward for the
Whose poodle are you?
Long Time Ago.
"Here's a picture of one of the
members of the Florodora sextette,"
says Mrs. F.idoogus, who' is looking
over the newspaper.
"That so?" nsks her husband. "To
what dors ehe nttribute her long
Uf? Mrnuffey's Malted Whisky or
Lydia Tl.lnkem's Sarsaparllla?