The Hennessey Clipper. (Hennessey, Okla.), Vol. 17, No. 41, Ed. 1 Thursday, March 7, 1907 Page: 3 of 8
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From Tutor to Forge
FORMER COLLEGE PRESIDENT
BECOMES A BLACKSMITH.
IU Health Forces Descendant of Pres-
ident of Yale University to Quit
Educational Work for Manual
Indianapolis. Ind.—The brightest
«ij- in the village school at Stilesvllle,
itid., prize winner at Ohio Wesleyan
university, teacher In various schools,
(hen president of Green Klver college,
Kentucky, and now a blacksmith, toil-
ing daily at the forge in his humble
shop at Anderson, lnd., this lias been
the unusual career of Roscoe J. Stiles,
v.reat grandson of Ezra Stiles, I'll. I).,
« president of Yale university. The
•own of Stllesville was founded by his
grandfather, in honor of whom it was
In his youth Hoscoe was looked tip-
on as a second Kzra Stiles. He liked
school, and spent his spare time in
reading instead of playing. His fond
parents believed that a great future
was before the young man In the edu-
cational world and they encouraged
him to every extent possible in his
studies. At the age of 17 he was sent
to Indianapolis and entered what is
now Shortridge high school. Here lie
maintained his record as a brilliant
-student, and when he had completed
his course with high honors he was
.-iefil to Ohio Wesleyan at Delaware,
O. lie proved a leader in all college
affairs, joined the Sigma Alpha Epsi-
lou fraternity, was prominent in the
social life of the school and gradu-
tod, as usual, with honors. After
leaving the university he naturally
turned to educational work, and for
Mglit or ten years taught in the high
tchools of cities in Indiana, Ohio and
Kentucky. Then he was offered the
chair of history in Green River college
al Maysville, Ky. This school then
<i;u! an enrollment of about 300, and
was one of the leading coeducational
institutions of the state. He taught
history for four years and when the
presidency of the school became va-
cant he was readily chosen to fill the
place For four years more he Berved j
•is the head of the college, when liis
health failed, llndcr his administra- j
ion the school nourished and the en- j
rollrnent was increased to almost 500. I
!!<• brought about many changes for !
better, including the elective sys- j
When he saw that he must give up |
his work ho thought it would be only I
for a year or so. and decided to spend
'he time traveling. But for several
rears he wandered here and there
over the country without finding his
strong! h returning, and so he Anally
decided to settle down in Anderson,
near his brothers, and quietly await
the end. He had never married and
made his home with his brother Al-
bert. For a while he spent his time
in reading and studying, but having
exhausted his means while traveling
he decided to go to work.
His brothers and bis friends though'
he was only joking when lie said he
intended to open a blacksmith shop.
Then when they saw he was really in
earnest they offered to find something
more suitable for him, but he declined
"1 want to work, I want something
that will tax my vitality to the ut-
most." he said in a recent interview,
and in a short time he had purchased
an old abandoned shop on the edge of
"I would rather be a strong, healthy
blacksmith than a tired, wornout col-
lege president, with the grave yawn-
ing for me. I believe a strong physic-
al body is the most essential thing.
ROSCOE J. STILES.
(Once President of a College, Now a
When my health failed I turned to
manual labor. A man can keep up Ills
education and w Irk in the smithy as
well. I am ready now to debate with
any one on the question. Was Plato's
Philosophy Wrong?' and take either
side of it."
The blacksmith can always tind time
to pause In hi; work to discuss his-
tory. philosophy or public questions
with a visitor. His favorite study is
history, as it was that subject he
taught before assuming the presidency
of Green River college.
Spite Fence Covers Window
J dence. Protests were made, and the
Raised on Stilts, It Shuts Out the elder Megary lii.ally called on the Mes-
Light From a Second-Story Room.
Baltimore, Md.—For a quarter of a
century one o£ the oddest spite fences
<m record has shut out the light from
sersmiths and told them that he in-
tended to build an obstruction against
their window to keep down what had
become a nuisance. The Messersmith
denial was emphatic, and then the Me-
gary side charged the Messersmith
side with spying on the Megary dress-
ing rooms from the liall window. One
night the Messersmiths retired, and
when they awoke in the morning the
fence that was to shut them oft was
"We're used to it now imd don't
mind it a bit," said Mrs. Messersmith,
and three generations, down to a tod-
dling babe, joined in approving that
statement. "Of course, it shuts off our
light, but we have been shut off from
light for 21! years by that fence, and
we can get along without it just as
well as not."
Odd Spite Fence in Baltimore.
the second-story hall window on the
north side of a house on Pennsylvania
avenue and now, though it Is old and
iiossy and covered with vines which
ihavc grown with the years, there
sevens to be no prospect that it will
not lire to remind more generations
«f the ancient misunderstandings
which caused its erection. It is a
?>oard construction, raised on stilts,
just large enough to cover the window
ind it stands within a few inches of
the window opening.
In the house against which the spite
fence is raised there are three genera-
tions of the family of Mr. and Mrs.
William Messersmith, and the heads
lit the family have lived there for 411
years this coming April. In the next
Iioti3c to tho north lives the family of
Mr. Alexander Megary, the head of
which raised the fence years ago—
some say 20 years, some say 25.
Away back yonder, when Baltimore
*as far to the south and east of the
;daco where now the Gilmore street
cars turn into Druid hill park that
as all country. The Godtnatis owned
and lived in tho present Megary resi-
dence, and then the Whltneys, and
ancceoded them came the Megary fam-
ily. Mrs. Messersmith and Mrs. Me-
sary were young married people then,
nd their children used to play to-
gether on the lots about the houses. |
Children will quarrel, it is said, and
the Messersmith and Megary children
weic not exceptions. First It was that
thing, then this, then another, and in
time the mothers began to "tuke up"
for their respective children until
<herc was a mutual agreement to dis-
agree. Then, the Megary side srfys,
the Messersmith family begun to
throw dirt and hair and refuse of va !
iloos sorts from the hall window Into '
the Megary flower garden, and tho
wind would often take the dirf and
•rarry It over close to the Megary real-
LOOKS LIKE A HYENA.
Cape Hunting Dog Not a Handsome
Animal in Appearance.
London.—The Cape hunting dog,
owing to Its resemblance, both in col-
oring and marking, to the hyena, Is
often called by the name of the hyena
dog. Its most striking external fea-
tures are the large size of its ears
and the great length of leg. They
Cape Hunting Dog.
hunt in packs, relieving one another
when exhausted, so that those who
have been resting and husbanding
their strength in the rear of the chase
come forward and take the lead.
Morocco's First Railway.
The following telegram from Tan-
gier has been received at Berlin: "On
December 15 the first train ran over
the now narrow-gauge railway to tho
quarries built by the German Harbor
Construction company. The railway,
the first in Morocco worked by steam
traction, is two kilometers (one and a
Quarter rallnul long."
The costume at the left Is of gray
blue cloth. The blouse is mounted with
line plaits to a yoke of guipure or em-
broidery, which is bordered with bands
of the material united by a sort of
laeing of silk galloon and tiny gold
buttons over an insertion of velvet of
a little darker shade. This trimming
encircles the armholes and trims the
bottoms of the sleeves, which are
plaited nt the top and finished with
puffs and frills of lace.
The draped girdle is of satin, or vel-
vet, fastened in front with a buckle.
The plain skirt is plaited at the top
and encircled at tho bottom with live
rows of stitching.
The other costume is o< sevres blue
clotli, trimmed with bands of velvet of
a darker shade and with soutache.
The blouse forms a sort of plastron
trimmed on the outside with the vel-
vet and soutache, and on the inside
with blocked bands of the material or-
namented \fltli triangles of the velvet,
loops of soutache and tiny gold but-
tons; the ends of the blocks are fin-
ished with motiffs of lighter cloth.
The waistcoat and turnover collar
are of this lighter cloth, the collar
trimmed with soutache. The chem-
isette and sleeve puffs are of white
silk batiste and lace; the cuffs and
girdle are of the cloth trimmed with
tho velvet and soutache, as Is also the
bottom of the skirt. The latter Is fit-
ted smoothly over the hips and has
a seam in the middle of the front.
What woman Is there who does not
admire a beautiful complexion and de- I
sires it for herself if It is possible to
be obtained? There is no doubt that
many women rather Injure than im-
prove their complexions by the lotions
used and the severe treatment given
to the skin. It is a mistake to try all
the lotions one sees advertised and to
torture the face with all manner of
gymnastics. It is tho simple treat-
ment that is the surest to result ben-
eficially. Try a mixture of eau de
cologne and almond oil. The right
way to go to work is to begin with
very much diluted eau de cologne, half
water and half perfume. Soak some
pieces of medicated wadding in the
liquid and thoroughly and very gently
cleanse the face before going to bed
at night. When the face is perfectly
clean fresh pieces of wadding should
be soaked In a half and half mixture
of almond oil and eau de cologne and
the face should be very quietly mas-
saged, rubbing always upward, and ex-
treme care being taken to avoid
stretching the skin, which is wonder-
fully elastic. The oil must be allowed
to dry on the face and next morning
the skin must be freely bathed in the
eau de cologne sold for baths and fric-
tions. I lay special stress on the lat- j
tor sentence as there is an immense !
difference between ordinary eau de j
cologne—of the finest quality—and the
liquid sold for frictions. The former
would be much too strong and pungent
for delicate complexions.
Of course complexions differ as
greatly as do characters, but for the
average woman the eau de cologne
and almond oil treatment will bring
But there are probably some of our
readers who care more for dress than
they do for complexion and who are
impatiently waiting to hear the latest
from fashiondom. Well, first of all It
is extremely likely that with the
spring styles the flounce, especially in
narrow width, will occupy an Impor-
tant position among spring trimmings.
Almost all the newest tailor made
costumes show the cape bolero ef-
fect. on the shoulders, but in some
cases it is very subdued, Just giving
a tinge of the "1830" effect. Indoor
blouses are now very often made with
perfectly flat shoulder seams and with
the trimmings arranged to simulate a
fichu or short cape.
All of these old-time and truly pic-
turesque touclies on modern cos-
tumes are delightful. They make for
variety, and lend themselves, when
properly chosen, to accentuate the in-
dividual quality of each wearer's spe-
cial beauty of form or face. What is
needed to improve the evening and
house gowns of to-day is the copying
of what is best in old-tim6 costumes,
as well as originality of creation.
There is little that is truly new, save
the severe tailored gowns. The evolu-
tion of the modern corset has led to
the inn of the strictly modern
and truly smart coat and skirt combi-
Many of the new millinery models
nre particularly dainty and attractive.
Taken as a whole the hats of this win-
ter are sufficiently restrained and free
from exaggeration, and It Is probable
that the same will continue to be true
of the millinery of the coming spring
In our Illustration we show the very
latest and most becoming version of
the mushroom shape. The closely
gauged black silk has a band of velvet
draped round the moderately high
crown and drawn into a big chou at
the side, while some full blown roses
of shining gold tissue and gauze put In
an effective appearance on the other
The first hat on the left is made in
mauve tafTeta with velvet ribbon and
deftly poised wings to match for Its
trimming, and brown tille aoftly gath-
1 £ •
ered and puffed on the bandeau for a
The toque pictured in the center Is
Just the thing to crown the softly
waved and puffed hair. It Is made of
transparent drapery of black tulle,
which at one side Is drawn into twists
and loops which are held In position
by a large and effective buckle of plain
jet. Then curving close against the
hair aro two white ostrich tips which
complete a most betwltchlng and at
Ihe same time convenient and com
fortable form of headgear.
Dinner on a Chimney-Top.
Twenty-five members of the staff
of the Royal Palace hotel at Atlantic
City, N. J„ dined on the top of the ho-
tel's new 150-foot .chimney, to cele-
brate Its completion. The waiters
carried up the food In hamper*.
POPCORM PEDLERTO SENATOR
From popcorn peddler to United States senator
is the story of the rise of William Alden Smith.
I!e has represented the Fifth Michigan district in
congress since 181*4, and is now the choice of the
Michigan Republicans to succeed Senator Alger.
Forced by the humble circumstances of his |1
family, William Alden Smith, at 12 years of age,
left Dowagiac, Mich., his birthplace, wont to Grand
Rapids and began selling popcorn on the streets
W. W. Hannan of Detroit is said to have given
young Smith his first recipe fur sugar-coated pop-
corn. Smith proved to be such a success in the
popcorn business that his profits soon amounted to
as much as $75 a month.
His first job in any vva> connected with poli-
tics was given him by Speaker John T. Rich, who appointed him as page iu
the house of representatives at Lansing in 1 s7.
He began to study law in 1882. He studied alone for a while, and later"
became associated with the law linn of Smiley, Smith & Stevens, lie was
admitted to the bar at the ago of 21, and later became general counsel for the
Chicago & West Michigan and the Detroit, t'.rand Hapids & Western railroads.
His first work of any importance in connection with his railroad duties
was at the time when the late .1. IV Mulliken, general manager of the Detroit,
Lansing & Northern, determined to run a line to Grand Hapids.
The task of securing a right of way was no easy one, and Smith was
employed for the purpose of buying the necessary property at the right prices.
His work in this connection was highly satisfactory, and in consideration of
his services the company gave him the cottages which it was necessary to
move to give place for tho tracks. These cottages he moved to his own
property and soon had houses to rent as well as houses and lots to sell.
He was made state game warden under Gov. Luce in 1887, which position
he held until 1891. Later he was instrumental in building a logging railroad
from Rapid City to Kalkaska and Stratford, and afterward his Lowell Ai Hast-
ings branch to Holding.
When the Pere Marquette wanted these branches it is said that William
Alden Smith made a neat sum. somewhere in the neighborhood of $100,000.
He was elected to represent the Fifth Michigan district in congress in 1894.
He was reelected in 1S#6, and has been elected by increased majorities each
two years since. •
In March, 190(5, he bought, a controlling iiifftrcst in the Grand Hapids
Herald, in which he had previously owned some stock.
Mr. Smith was born May 12, 1859; was married in 1885 to Maria Oster-
hout, and is the father of one son. William Alden Smith, Jr.
HONORED BY THE CZAR
George Von L. Meyer, at present ambassador
to St. Petersburg, but who after March will assume
the duties of postmaster general at Washington,
was received by Emperor Nicholas in special au-
dience and presented his letters of recall. At the
conclusion of the audience, which lasted half an
hour, and was marked by great cordiality, the em-
peror, Mr. Meyer's services as ambassador having
terminated with tho presentation of his letters of
recall, personally conferred on him the grand cor-
don of the Alexander Nevski order. The emperor
expressed regret at his departure and asked him
to transmit his greetings to President Roosevelt.
The order of Alexander Nevski is one of tho
highest in Russia, and was founded by Empress
Catherine ill. The insignia consists of a broad
scarlet ribbon worn across the breast, and fastening at the hip with a jeweled
cross, and a large silver enameled star worn on the left breast.
Mr. Meyer's audience was attended by all the state ceremony of the Rus-
sian court. As a special mark of favor he was met in the imperial pavilion
of the railroad station at St. Petersburg by Prince Dolgorouki, grand mar-
shal of the court; Count. Hendrikoff and Baron Korff, respectively, first and
second grand marshals of the ceremony, and Baron Ramsay, first gentleman
of the bedchamber, who escorted him to Tsarkoe-Selo and back to St. Peters-
burg. Ilis majesty's private train was provided for the trip.
LOVED BY MANY CHILDREN
Mrs. Daniel Lothrop under the pen name
of Margaret Sidney lias endeared herself to thous-
ands of American boys anil girls by her naturally-
executed and fine flavored books for juveniles.
Mrs. Lothrop's maiden name was Harriet Mul-
furd Stone. She was born In New Haven.
It was Mrs. Ixithrop who first perceived the
assistance which would be derived for the further-
ing of this elevating spirit of love of country, by
the establishing of a society to be composed en-
tirely of juveniles. With her usual energy and In-
dustry she contrived and arranged the prelimin-
aries for the establishment of the National Society
of the Children of !!*> American Revolution, of
which she was the founder and first president.
As a correction for the tendency or the danger
of spoiling American children. Mrs. Lothrop once published In a symposium
the following suggestions:
"First—The old-fashioned respect for parents and for God should be re-
"Second—There should be an amendment introduced to the resolution
that appears to have been adopted largely, that the Sabbath was made for
man to make a worse day out of It than out of the other six.
"Third—That Ill-doing should be execrated and punished.
"Fourth—That American children should always hear from American
citizens expressions of loyalty lo their country, which their lives bear out.
"Fifth—That American children should be bred to the Idea that next to
disowning one's country is the aping of manners and customs observed by
DANISH SHERLOCK HOLMES
Karon I'alle Rosenkrantz, probably the most
distinguished of contemporary Danish authors and
playwrights, who is now In London, is a lineal
descendant of that family whose namo was borne
by one of the courtiers In Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
He traces Ills ancestry directly from the learned
Holger Kosenkrantz, who came to Hngland as a
messenger from the Danish king to his brother-fn-
law, King James I. This ancient representative
of the family though he undoubtedly furnished the
great bard with a name, bore no resemblance to
the character who cuts such a poor figure in the
play. He was, In fact, a famous theological and
classical author, and down to the present tfme
members of the family have always been noted
either for their literary, scientific or artistic tastes.
Their coat-of-arms, a chessboard held by two lions, adorns many an old castle
and manor In Denmark.
Ilaron Kosenkrantz, appropriately enough as the bearer of such a name,
was born at Elslnore, where the principal scenes in "Hamlet" are laid. He
Is H9 years old. He studied law, and after a short term in the army became a
magistrate. But his strong feeling of Independence made him 111 at ease In
the service of the state and he left the bench to become a practicing lawyer
His first writings, which appeared In newspapers, were scathing attacks on
the Danish system of administering Justice.
Of his books the most notable is "Royal Love," written in 1902, which
tells the story of Henry VIII. and Ill-fated Anne Doleyn, founded on a histor-
ical study of the period and unpublished letters and documents. The baron
has just produced a dramatization of It. His experience gained as a magis-
trate and lawyer, combined with a deep insight Into human nature, he has
utilized In the production of several detective novels of thrilling Interest and
great literary charm. They have caused him to be dubbed the Scandinavian
;"Sherlock Holmes." Though a prolific and facile writer, he li a moat 00 n-
IMtentious and painstaking one. .
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