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Senator Clark of Montana
(Copyright, 1!, by T. C. MeClure.) O HAVE an Income of $1,000,000 a month, to manage gigantic busi ness corporations, to be a senator of the United States and to oon trol the politics of a sovereign Btate of the union this In the lot of Wil liam A. Clark of Montana. Senator Clark Is In every way an In teresting personage. He has put the stamp Of his Individuality upon a great portion f this country. He has developed ami till In developing a larKe par t of the Roc ky mountain and l'aclfie coast legion. "I Marie of Montatut" is a name to conjure with li the wept and draw forth the golden hoards f Wall street. He Is not only one of the richest men In America, hut one of tho moi't successful. Other men have made fortunes and lost them and made them Rain. Clark of Montana has never made a f.illurc. Kverythlng that he touches turns to Kohl. Out west they are almost superstitious about Ids luck. He seems to be Inspired to avoid tho schemes which aro faulty, and when Clark rocs Into a project men rush to Join their fortunes with It, believing that It will be sure to win. Ills life Is a lonely one. He Is of the world, but apart from his fellow-men. This Is duo In a measure to tho Isolation of nonius, for CMark of Montana, Is un doubtedly a business genius and there aro few like him. Ho has been compelled by force of circumstances to withdraw him self from companionship. Imagine how a man of his power must be sought, almost hounded, by every one who has a schemo to promote or an axe to grind. It Is more difficult to roach him In his own home than to see the president of tho United States ut the White House. j Iiuilng the sessions of congress he lives alone In a great mansion in the national capital. A housekeeper nnd a corps of ' Bllcnt, watchful servants minister to his material wants. Since his wife died his children have grown and gone their ways. At dinner this lonely, frail specimen of physical man Hits at the head of his table, with the lights of the candelabra reflected from costly plate and rare cut glass, nnd eats his rftcal In silence. He elects that It should bo so, and It Is his pleasure. He takes keen Interest In the homely, things of the household. He noses around the stables and examines a horse's fet locks, or notes a frayed bit of harness or a missing bucklo. Ho knows the price of oats nnd the different kinds of hay. He will stop nt the market and select him self a choice porterhouse or a bit of game, and he keeps tab upon tho state of his wine bins. He will thumb a turkey with tho most critical of housekeepers, and is aware every mouth what his establishment lias cost. He pays tho current rate of wage for the most competent assistance, but tho butler and the housemaids and the cook get their contract wages and no more. Hu Is fond of pictures i.nd a judge of them. He will smoke tho best of Havanas and bo ubsoibed for an hour in bis library, and then turn to the dally report on the price of copper or the drop In the cost of teel rails fur his railroads. He is fond of society, as society goes at the capital, al though domestic atlllctlon has put limita tions tiHn participation in tho social whirl. The most striking characteristic of h's nature Is Infinite attention to detail. The next most conspicuous Is caution, amount ing almost to suspicion and distrust of his fellow man. No man has ever fooled Clark of Montana but once, and few have done that. It will be remembered that ho started life on a farm, worked In the mines, fought Indians on the frontier, suf fered hardships In the mountains and con tested for supremacy with the bold and active spirits who have made the west. That meant hard work, and he has not lost , th habit. Benator Clark leaves his home about 10 o'clock In the morning and speeds In his automobile to his offices in the annex of the capltol building. As he comes In every lineament and movement denotes the bard, practical, alert man of business. He moves with a quick and springy step. He talks rapidly and decisively, rarely smil ing. In his office at Washington he has two secretaries, one to attend to his con gressional and departmental affairs and one to handle his business correspondence. They, of course, have a corps of ste nographers and typewriters. Ills dally mall U enormous, one of the ' largest budgets, If not the largest, that Comes to any man in public life save the president Yet he reads every letter, and reads It carefully, not skimming through it In a perfunctory manner. Then he atarts In to dictate replies. He keeps the stenographers on the rush for two hours tnd disposes of an Immense amount of cor respondence. He possesses the faculty of (mowing what he wants to say and how to Ifcxy It concisely and definitely. A letter from the humblest constituent or business ' Jnan, If It ts a genuine communication, re ceives prompt and courteous reply. At U o'clock, when the senate convents, ' ie ts In his seat, and remains there during pb .transaction of rouUn business until 4 , . r t . s , .-;- . ' : ;. . ' . '- ' . . ; ; . ' , ' v ' - ..- "i ? . ' . .' ..v....-- ' . . i. . ''-vv- s v.: v - V 1 BENATOR CLARK OP MONTANA. the senate settles down to the order of the day. He Is a member of nine committees, three of them very Important, and he never misses a meeting. He takes much Interest in the deliberations of the senate and In the work of the committees. He gives to nil legislative business the same pains taking care that he bestows upon his own uffairs. When subjects of great national Im portance are being debated in the senate he Is an attentive listener, though rarely entering Into the discussions. Up to the time that he came to congress he was not familiar with national affairs, either po litical or legislative, but he Is speedily try ing to familiarize himself with them. In the hour and a half spent In the early part of the afternoon In the senate he Is not approachable to callers. No cards are taken to htm before 2 o'clock. Pay after day he can bo seen In his seat, noting care fully everything said and done nnd scan ning the bills under consideration. He is not altogether sociable with his fellow sen ators and does not mingle freely In the cloak rooms, as some of them do, tmnklnj and talking. Tho reason for this apparent isolation Is easily understood. He Is natu rally reserved, that suspicion of mankind at large, which his life and experience have Inculcated, giving him a rather repellant manner. His colleagues feel It and do not wish to give the appearance of seeking htm, for fear It may seem Intrusion. At heart he doubtless would like to be closer to them, and they would find In hlrri once the reserve was broken down, it cheery and kind-hearted companion. BuJ when a man has a million dollars a montt Income, some men would feci disinclined i6 place themselves In the attitude of so- llcitlng his attention or favor lest their mo tlves would be misunderstood. He canno unbend, through sheer force of habit ani characteristics, and they won't. Of course, he has friends, and at the; luncheon hour usually goes down to tht restaurant with a guest or ns a guest. lit lunches well, but not lavishly, and, Indeed, ts far from extravagant In any of his hab its. He is stylLsh in dress and ufcs onl; the finest fabrics, but there Is nothing o' display that would reflect upon the gentle man and man of .good taste. He returns to the senate at 2 o'clock nnd receives the cards of his visitors, meeting them In the Marblo room, the long apart ment utilized for the reception at people having business with the senators. lie has a throng of callers every day, for the mosi part Montana people and westerners at large. Kvery man from any part of the west, from Butte to the Spanish Teaks, and from the riatte to the Golden Gate, knows Clark of Montana, and if he lias business In Washington, seeks his aid in its transaction. The visitor may catch him at the senate; he will not find him at home. If the watchful butler sees him first. It Is Interesting to watch these westerners transacting their business with Clark of Montana. Most of them are typical men, The Value Of Smiling W RK Is what a woman has to say of the value of smiling: "Smiles are the h.nguage of love," the poet has said. IYrhaps, however, it would be more cor rect to say that "L.ove is the reward of beautiful smiles;" for what attracts and wins the confidence of man, woman or child more than a genuine smile, which reflects sunshine In the heartT There are smiles, however, which neither wtn love nor In any way enhance the beauty of a face. In fact, they more often than not detract from a girl's comeliness. One of these Is the smile which has no meaning or expression In It. It Is what might be termed the "polite, or courteus" smile, demanded by circumstances. One readily sees through such a smile, for It plainly says, "I suppose I must be polite and appear Interested, but I am awfully bored." What a difference to the surny smile of welcome, which lights up the whole face, and makes one feel that your coming is a real pleasure which has been looked for ward to! Tho plain-featured girl, with a happy, genuine smile. Is far more attractive and fascinating than the doll-faced girl, on whose pretty face la never reflected a happy spirit and pleasing disposition. Real beauty Is something deeper than color and regularity of features. One often meets with comparatively plain women whose genuine, heart-warm smiles and sweetly modulated voices become perfectly beauti ful to people who understand them, and even more so to those who live with and lovo them. Many girls possess the idea that the mirthful laugh and smile are unbecoming, and should be restrained except when at home. Why they Bhould think so is rather hard to understand, for the mirthful smile Is one of the prettiest. It betokens cheer fulness and animation, characteristics which are far too rare among girls of today. What girls should guard against, however. Is the boisterous laugh, which Is apt to distort the features and grate on the nerves. It generally creates the im pression that It is too loud and long to bo genuine. And then there is the quiet, dignified smile, which girls would do well to culti vate. It has a charm nil its own. One al ways feels drawn toward a girl who pos sesses such a smile. Its attractiveness lies In Its refinement and kindliness. The whole face seems to light up at once In a sin cere, womanly manner, which, while quiet, is distinctly encouraging, and therefore pl.-a&ing to the eye and mind. f the mountains and the plains big, brawny, open-faced, cheery-mannered, bluff and hearty fellows. They come bustling In, with their breezy way, grasping their soft felt hats In one hand and the other mighty, paw extended to greet the senator. There Is Clark, slight, almost dainty in appear ance, reserved In manner, looking the vis itor through and through with his hard. Inscrutable glance, listening Intently and saying little. The temperature seems to lower at once and the breeziness dies down. The statement Is heard, the senator says a few words, perhaps to deny the request offhand or to make an appointment for another day, or to refer the caller to his) secretary; then on to the next one, who is greeted in like manner. It Is a wonder how a man of his tem perament nnd habit of manner ever got Into western politics. He Is nnything but the "mixer" that a successful politician In the west Is supposed to be. His method of business, when dollars are at stake, is not to hold out false hopes, not to be obse quious, not to solicit, and he is the sama where votes are at stake. He does not give the "glad hanfl" to any politician. They say In Montana that he will not continue In politics. They also say that he runs politics as he does his buslnessglv Ing attention to every detail and leaving nothing to the Judgment or work of Ids assistants. He wants results in voting pre cincts to be figured on as close a margin as the output of a copper mine or a factory, nnd he cannot understand why that cannot be done. No man with a business scheme to pre sent could go to Senator Clark's house at night und talk to him about it in his library; and the most influential political manager In Montana would find It equally as Impossible to get at him in the same way on a matter of politics. They don't understand that in Montana. The district leader would expect a confidential chat, an Invitation to the sideboard, and the butler handing around the perfectos. Clark of Montana would want him to put the matter In writing and let It come through the mall. After the reception of callers In the Mar ble room the senator returns to his offices In the annex, where, by this time, the mail has been typewritten and is on his desk. He reads every letter and signs it himself. Nearly all senators depute to their secretaries the duty of signing unim portant mail, either with a stamp or in their own hand, but Senator Clark has never been able to accustom himself to that practice. He laboriously goes through the whole batch of letters, affixing hU sig nature aa carefully as If he were signing a check. Perhaps, in the meantime, he has been to the long distance telephone half a dozen tlmea to talk with some captain of Indus try or finance In New York, or Philadel phia, or Pittsburg. He has received dozens of telegrams, some of which he has an swered in the senate, and others brought over to the office to be answered. After the last bit of correspondence for the day Is dispatched he enters his automobile and takes a spin into the country if there is daylight, or home to don his evening? clothes, and so to dinner and the functions to follow. He Is fond of dining out, and Is an acceptable guest at a dinner party, having a fund of anecdote and incident of his western life. No one knows the full extent of the bus iness operations of Clark of Montana. There is his copper mine in Arizona, said to be the greatest mine in the world. He knows the possibilities of that mine and probably could estimate Its output from Veins of copper yet unexplored. He owns smelters in Arizona and gold mines and copper smelters in Butte, Mont. He is building a railroad from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Los Angeles, Cal. When he started there was some question about financing the scheme; that Is, thero was question In the minds of other men. Ha settled It by drawing his personal check every month for $900,000 to carry on tho work. Then some people concluded that they would like to have some bonds, and he floated the immense project without difficulty. He owns electric lighting and street rail way plants without number, and almost the entire telephone system of the Rocky mountain region. In California he has the largest beet sugar factory In the world. He has coffee plantations in Mexico and in terests In every quarter of the Pacific coast, north of the isthmus. When congress is in session It Is usual for the senate to adjourn every Thursday until the following Monday. Then Senator Clark takes the 4 o'clock train for New York. The next morning, bright and early, he goes to his offices, which occupy an en tire floor at 49 Wall street, and plunges Into his business affairs. He has a ttaff of assistants and clerks and goes through the reports made to him of the operations of all his plants. He makes contracts, reads the conditions of every paper himself and leaves nothing to the Judgment of any man. Monday morning he is back in Washing ton again, the statesman and politician. And all of this Is said to net him about a million dollars a month. AUGUSTUS C. ALLEN.