Okeene Eagle. (Okeene, Okla.), Vol. 11, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, July 7, 1905 Page: 3 of 10
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BOY MILLIONAIRE TO
SEARCH FOR POLE
Aim ii\ Life of William Ziegler, Jr.» Is
to Realize Ambition of His
YOUTH UNSPOILED BY FABULOUS WEALTH
Inherits $30,000,000 Through Death of *His
• Uncle—Will Go Through College and Then
Take Up Arctic Exploration — Slowly
Recovering from a Serious Infury.
sailing away, and pictures hims. lt as
on one of them, some day, with her
prow pointed to the uorth.
There is something pathetic behind
all this. Yet pathos and romance have
governed the whole career of this lit-
tle boy. who was not the child of the
man whom lie knew as his father, ex-
cept by adoption. The baby was born
William Brandt, his father being a
half-brother of Mr. Ziegler. At an
early age it became necessary for rel-
atives to assume the support of one
or more of the children, and Mr. Zleg-
I ler took the little boy. He and his wife
were childless, and the little chap at
once filled the vacant crevices in their
hearts as fully as their own could have
done. He returned the affection and
between him and his foster father grew
a love that was noticeable to the mer-
Shared Father’s Confidences.
They were Inseparable, the million-
aire and the schoolboy, and when, a
NEW YORK HAS 100 FREE DE-
rigger Postal Service in Tint Section
Than Entire Country Had 30
Years Ago—Other Inter-
New York.—Through the will of his
nncle a 14-year-old boy has come into
a fortune of $30,000,000. The uncle is
William Ziegler, the millionaire manu-
facturer of Noroton. Conn., baking
powder king and projector of arctic
expeditions, who died a short time
ago; the fortunate youth is William
Ziegler, Jr., his adopted son.
Although but a child in years, young
Ziegler has been unspoiled by the sud-
den inheritance of the fabulous wealth.
By the time he becomes of age the es-
tate will have grown to more than $40,-
000,000. His income now is $1,000,000
a year. He is the richest boy of his
years in the world and he will be
among the world's richest men.
The boy has been brought up to un-
derstand that he is the son of the man
who fitted out polar expeditions. His
books are volumes dealing with ad-
venture in the far north seas. He has
been made to understand that it was
always his father’s wish to have one of
his expeditions locate the north pole.
Wealth No Handicap.
To some 14-year old boys a fortune
of $30,000,000 would be a terrible hand-
icap. To young Ziegler the monny
promises to be anything but a draw-
back; for the boy, few in years though
he is, seems thoroughly to appreciate
his unique position, to understand the
responsibilities connected with the
possession of so much wealth and.
what is infinitely better, to have
formed a definite object in life, toward
the gaining of which he proposes to
devote the millions left to him.
He is a manly little fellow, ambitious
to achieve heroic adventures. This is
an ambition which the cherished
dream of his foster father makes it
possible for him to realize. He begins
life now with millions and a mission,
for he Is the boy who must discover
the north pole.
The task is not imposed upon him In
the will, nor is It even specified that
he mus£ prosecute the search for the
Fiaia expedition, lost in the frozen
north. But the boy is thoroughly im-
bued with the spirit of the elder Zieg-
1EMPI UK STATE LEA PS
cover the north pole before I gel ready
“Do you think there's any great
danger of that?”
"No, not much. You see, it costs a
good deal to fit out an expedition, and
people don’t seem -to be very anxious to
do that. My father would have Sent
more expeditions, and his plans, if
they had been carried out. might have
I made the discovery possible before
"What do you think of Mr. Flala’s
expedition? he was asked.
Anthony Kiala, a young Brooklyn
newspaper man, and a great friend of
ihe late Mr. Ziegler, went out at the
head, 6f the second Anile expedltlvu
projected by the millionaire, two years
ago, after the first, under Capt. Bald-
win. failed of its purpdse. The expedi-
tion has not been heard from for some
time, and fears are entertained that it
with his foster mother, Mrs. E. Ma-
tilda Ziegler. William J. Uayuor, a
justice of the supreme court, and Wil-
liam S. Champ, a trusted employe of
Mr. Ziegler, will share with the widow
the responsibility of directing the boy s
education. He will spend his summers
in Noroton, and in the winter will re-
side in the Ziegler mansion in Fifth
avenue. He will not be cooped up and
held aloof from other boys of his years,
but will be taught democracy as well I
as business Integrity and scientific
He is passionately devoted to Mrs.
Ziegler. His own mother died when he
was a baby, and his foster mother has
filled her place with complete devo-
tion. His ow n father is simply “Uncle
George" to him.
Suffers Severe Accident.
Since April 1.' when young Ziegler
suffered from a distressing accident, he
has been laid up. A few weeks ago he
had only a bare chance to survive an
operation performed by one of New
York's best known surgeons. To-day |
thtk boy. always vigorous and strong,
is a waste of the sturdy young fellow
who started a pillow fight on April 1
in his father's home which since has
taken him to tire operating table on
three different occasions.
On March 31 Ziegler came home with
two schoolmates in the Browning
school. The boys anticipated the com-
ing of All Fool's day. Several jokes
had been planned for the benefit of
Mr. Ziegler's valet. The valet slept
in the room with the boys, on a cot
between the brass beds. The day had
hardly begun when Ziegler awoke his
companions. The valet was asleep,
but he awoke quickly, a victim of the
Ziegler grabbed a pillow and the
fight began. The instigator of the
sham battle was soon exhausted and
sat on the edge of the cot to rest. One
of his friends jumped on him. Ziegler
was severely torn by a long iron hook
on the cot and fell wounded. From
that moment he has been ill.
But health is gradually returning.
few years ago. William Ziegler began has ended In disaster. Mr. \\. S.
to crave the distinction of being the
founder of an expedition that should
find the north pole, the lad was one of
the few who shared his confidences,
who listened to his ambitions and sym-
pathized with him in hiB desires.
To a reporter, who saw him at the
Ziegler home at Noroton Point one day
recently, the boy was as communica-
tive as could be expected of one weak-
ened by more than two months of sut-
HAS FAMILY TREE DE LUXE
Illuminated and Decorated Genealo-
gies for the Wealthy Person-
ages of New York.
t’hamp, confidential secretary to the
late Mr. Ziegler, is now at Tromsoe,
Norway, ready to go in search of the
Terra Nova. Flala's ship. Should 'he
death of Mr. Ziegler made him deter-
mine to return home, the expedition
will continue under the direction of
some one else.
Sure Pole Will Be Found.
“Mr. Hula's expedition may have
succeeded for all that is known,” re-
fering. Mrs. Ziegler, the widow of the
millionaire, and as loving a mother as
a small boy could wish for. was afraid
that he would not like to talk.
Were Like Boy Chums.
Willie was more overcome by his
HE LOVES SOWELL
plied the boy. “But 1 don't think so.
My father's plans would not be called
failures if it did iot reach the pole, or,
in fact, if several expeditions failed to
do this. Finally, though, after several
expeditions have got further and fur-
father's death than 1 believed it posst- ther toward the °ne wi‘l rP“, h U'
1 am sure. I would like to be the one
ble for a boy of his age to be,” she
said. “He was very fond of my hus-
band; in fact, the two were always
to do it.’
The pale, wan face
i\ Matemcnt issued by tin- post office
department, at Washington, showing
the cost ot the free delivery service in
the larger cities, tlie number of car-
riers employed and the comparative in-
creases bring out some interesting
Taking the service by states. New
York heads the list with 100 free de-
II v* ry jtost offices, which l« more titan
there were in the whole United States
30 years ago. Pennsylvania comes
next with 94 offices, then Ohio, with
73; Massachusetts, with 70; Illinois,
with PC; Indiana, with 58; New Jersey,
witi. 55; Michigan, with 53. and Iowa,
The total number of city free de-
livery offices on January 1. 1005. was
1.104. Bearing in mind that the re-
quirements ot free delivery tire that the
city shall have at least 10.000 popula-
tion, or $1 u.ooo gross posiul receipts,
that its streets must be paved, and
houses numbered, this indicates how
fiteal lias been the development of J lie
country since the service siurted in
1804 when there were only 60 cities
complying with these conditions.
in area served. Chicago takes first
rank with 103 square miles ol terri-
tory, covered by 1.517 letter-carriers.
New York, with Brooklyn combined,
has 123 square miles of territory,
served by 2.604 carriers, an increase of
12S since January. l'J04. Philadelphia
has exactly the same area as New
York aud Brooklyn, but lias fewer car-
riers, 1.147. an increase of 40 during
t h* past year. Boston has 05 square
miles and 957 carriers, an Increase of
Cincinnati has G5 square miles and
301 carriers, a very slight increase.
Baltimore has not Increased its car-
riei service, probably on account of
the fire. It has 357 carriers, covering
an urea ol 155 square miles. \\ ardilug-
ton (or the District or Columbia I. once
known as “the city of magnificent dis-
tances,” si ill has 499 square miles of
territory served by 259 carriers. 'I ills
is only four square miles less than New
Orleans, which city, however, gets along
with only 123 carriers. U has a greater
area than Indianapolis, which lias 31
square miles and 117 carriers; greater
than Minneapolis, 38 square miles. 195
carriers; than St. Paul. 43 square miles.
143 carriers; or than Buffalo, 42 square
miles. 24G carriers.
Wichita. Kan., has almost a freak
service of 43 square miles and only 22
carriers, but its postal receipts measure
up well, amounting to $110,306. making
tht percentage of cost of free delivery
Pennsylvania, the birthplace of our
postal system, has the distinction of
having the two most costly free delivery
offices. Nanticoke. with four carriers,
whose pay amounts to 55.18 tier cent, of
the gross receipts, and Plymoulh. with
Six carriers, costing 54.12 per cent. of t he
gross receipts. Each of these rities ac-
quired the free delivery service by rea-
son of a population, according to the last
census, of 10.000 or upwards. The gross
postal receipts In both cases fall fur be-
low the $lo.ono mark.
The family tree de luxe is the l&tes
development in the ever-increasing in
terest which rich New Yorkers are tak-
ing in their ancestors; A few years ago
society was content to talk alsmt their
notable forebears, to assert that they
could race their family back to such and
such a year, or to this duke or that lord.
Mere assertion no longer suffices. Any
one could assert that they canie from
such and such a stock, but not every one
could prove it.
The demand now is for an absolute
and undoubted record, without any
missing threads, and written down In
such form that there can be no doubt
about it. An artistic woman of Balti-
| more, w ho is an officer in a number of
; Maryland historical societies and the
author of a book on Maryland history,
conceived the Idea of working out the
family histories of the rich old families
of that state after the style of the old
illuminated missals in the British
Museum and the Vat lean.
Her first effort is to work, out the fam-
ily history from the old records of the
south, and to follow them back to
their English or French origin. This
is a work of several months for each
family. Sometimes one puzzling ances-
tor will require weeks of searching be-
fore his place and posit ion can be fully
established. Again the thread which she
follows backward will snap, perhaps be-
cause some county courthouse was
burned years ago and the records de-
stroyed, ns has happened iu a number
ot Maryland countles. This means more
Once the record is complete the task
of putting it Into de luxe form begins.
The history is written by hand on sheets
of vellum, a hand so perfect that it reads
like engraving. The paragraphs are
punctuated by Illuminated lettering.
There are water color illustrations also,
showing the old houses that figure in the
Such a book only the rich may hope to
possess. The afternoon caller glancing
through its pages cannot, fail to be im-
pressed. and as it is a work of art there
is more of an excuse for showing it than
some of the printed volumes which have
been Issued In such numbers. ,
One of the first of tfeese hand-made
genealogies to come to New York is the
property of Mrs. Francis Lemolne bor-
ing. of No. 811 Fifth avenue. It is a man-
uscript record of the Holland family of
Maryland and England, of which Mrs.
louring is a direct descendant.
lit up with a
more like two chums than father and worthy ambition, and the little body.
son. During the early part of Willie's
illness, before Mr. Ziegler suffered ine
accident that resulted in his dea:h.
Mr. Ziegler spent a great ileal of time
talking to him. their conversation Hav-
ing a lot to do with Arctic exploration,
in which Willie took as great an inter-
est as he did. I do not know whether
I entirely like the idea of his making
that his life aim, but there is a long
time between now and the day that
he shall attain his majority, and, per-
She spoke as though in the hope that
tirna would change the little fellow’s
determination; but the hope seemed to
vanish as quickly as it came, for Mrs.
“No, I don't believe ho will change.
He is a deep little fellow, and when he
once gets an idea he is steadfast in
carrying it out. Especially true do 1
think that will be iu this case, for his
love of Mr. Ziegler, if nothing else.
ler, and even now regards the search
for the pole as his life work.
Thought Father His Uncle.
'His father. George Brandt, whom he
has been taught all his life to believe
was his uncle, resides in Chicago.
Brandt is half-brother to the elder
Ziegler. When the boy was a baby
his father gave him up to the million-'
aire. then childless. The baby was le-
gally adopted, was called William Zieg-
ler and did not know until the death of
his foster father that he was other
than William Ziegler’s son.
The greatest care was taken with his
preliminary education, designed to fit
him for Columbia university. He will
be given a careful business as well as
a scientific education, so that he may
not only prosecute the hlngraphlcnl re-
searches instituted by the elder Wil-
liam Ziegler, but may also be fitted lo
look after the vast business interests
intrusted to him.
Ills home, uutil he Is of age, will be
the cheeks thinned by suffering are
filling out and reddening, the "boy” is
forcing the “invalid” into the back-
ground. When he is well again he
will be the same “Willie” Ziegler, with
one difference—when his injury sent,
him lo bed and under the surgeon's
knife, he was Just a 14-year-old lad
with boyish thoughts and nothing to
do but enjoy himself; now he is Wil-
liam Ziegler, the possessor of a colos-
sal fortune and with a definite aim in
Definite Aim in Life.
That aim Is the discovery of the
north pole, the quest that has cost ao
many valuable lives from the time of
Sir John Franklin dow n to the days of
the Jeannette. The glory of the pur-
pose has been pictured to the boy; he
has thought ami read and talked of It
since the late William Zicglpr began
to be absorbed by it. And now, lying
on his bed in the little room that faces
the ocean, the boy watches the ships
which needs only the sunshine and tne
healing of time to become as stanch
and sturdy as before the accident,
seemed to take in renewed vigor as ae
spoke. It was plain to see how firmly
the idea of reaching the north pole lias
taken possession of this youth.
"Did you and your Taiher arrange any
definite plans for reaching the north
| pole?" he was asked.
"We talked o»r it many times and in
1 many ways. But there is nothing ao-
solutely certain about it, for people do
not know much athut the geography
up there. By the time I am ready to
go, though, there will be improvements
in ships and more will be known, so
that conditions will be different. I
shall study all about it and follow
everything connected with Arctic dis-
"You have already reach much about
”1 have read a great deal, all that
has been given to me; but most of
would be Incentive enough to keep the whmt j know , have learneit from my
matter constantly in his mind. But
you may talk to him yourself for a lit-
The room occupied by Willie Ziegler
faces Long Island sound. The house
is a long distance from the shore, on
a high point of land which stretenes
away to the beach. From the windows
a clear view of the water Is given, and
on this stormy, dark day the sea was
forbidding and ugly. Yet the little b iy,
propped up on Ills bed near the win-
dow, was looking out on the waves as
his visitor entered and there was no
sign that the bleakness of the sea hail
affected his youthful spirits in any
"So you are the fortunate young man
with a fortune of millions of dollars?"
said the reporter, as the boy turned
toward him. Willie only smiled, as
though the matter of vast possessions
was of no consequence to him.
Goes North When Twenty-One.
”1 don't know anything much alsmt
that," he said. "I only know that 1
FREEMASONRY OF CHINESE
Oriental Country la Full of Secret Or-
ders, Purpose of Which Is to
father, who had studied the matter
"What good do you think the discov-
ery of the pole would be for human-
“Lota of good. It might show us a
new passage in the northern seas, or
— anything that is good for science Is
good for everyone, anyway. Beside,
th« re would be the glory of doing what,
so many others have tried to do and
Will Oo Through College.
“In the meantime, before you become
21. what are yon going to do?"
"Oo to college. I am advanced
enough already, they say. to take ihe
preliminary examinations for Colum-
bia. but I shall not be allowed to till
next year. Then, when l am 16. 1 hope
to enter and take a thorough course."
“Your fortune—have you thought
what you will do with that?”
"It doesn't seem like anything real
to me, for I couldn't use much money,
anyway, could I? I suppose when 1
wish It was a pleasant day, so thai 1 grow up l will find I am vary rich, and
could go out for a drive. I’ve been
laid up here for two months aud over,
and now that It's vacation I'd like to
he out. The doctor was going to let me
go out to-day If It was not rainy. In
a few days I'll be able to walk.”
"But It will be some time before yon
start on your Arctic exploring, won't
“Not so long, perhaps; though it
then I shall try to d>< as much good as
I can. How? In every way I can
“You have not thought of any ca-
"I don’t know. 1 should like to
write and then I should like to be a
lawyer, l’ut nothing that would stop
my going on the expedition to the
I north pole.”
STILL BELIEVE WITCHCRAFT
In Most Prosaic Communities There
Are Many Who Show Confi-
dence in Belief.
Every once in awhile comes testimony
d a belief in witchcraft lingering In the
mosi prosaically modern communities,
says the Boston Transcript. Among the
charges on which n clergyman has been
expelled from the profession by a court
of the Evangelical Synod at Vincennes
Ind., Is t hat he "iiossessed a book on
witchcraft.” This charge is grouped
with some which laymen will unhesi-
tatingly pronounce serious. The pos-
session of a book on witchcraft is nol
usually considered uneleitcal. and the
suggestion is (hat the synod must either
have held the dismissed clergyman
something of an adept, or have regard-
ed the work as dangerous to the com-
munity. If the latter explanation Is
the correct one, then the extent ot su-
perstition In and around Vincennes.
Ind., must be surprising anil afford
very fruitful ground for the seeds of
delusion. In any event it is difficult to
believe that a synod would regard i
purely historical work on witchcraft
as barred from a clergyman's library,
and it is reasonable to suppose that it
wus a volume on "the black art which
at least might work mischief If it fell
Into the right, that Is, the wrong, hands.
Aged and Infirm.
As long as the gia-- In Central park
Is healthy und green me citizens of Man-
hattan are said to look upon it as some
sort of a gard* n and to keep off troru it,
as t he signs command them to do. When
It begins to die out, however, their re-
spect for it instantly vanishes.
One of them, being In a hurry,started
to cut across a. yellowing patch In the
upper park, says ihe New York Times,
but was stopped by a policeman
"What riiffi rence does it make?" de-
manded the citizen. " I he grass is hull
dead already." >
"Sure " replied the indignant officer,
“if ye hail a sick friend would ye he
walkin’ on his stoomach?"
Trying It on Hini.
“Pardon my boldness. Miss Cumlelgh.
hut there is the loveliest dimple In your
cheek when you smile."
"You are Just saying that to flatter
Hie. Mr Jolllus!”
Then she smiled entrancing!) at him.
The Installation of a grand master o»
the Chinese secret orders In the United
States, popularly known as the "Chinese
Free Masons.” has aroused Interest in
the question of the connection between
the Chinese secret societies and the Ma-
sonic body. Allusions to “Chinese Free-
masonry" appear periodically in the
newspapers, though according to the
Cyclopedia of Fraternities there is no
such thing as Freemasonry among the
The only Masonic lodges in China are
in the foreign concessions at the sea-
ports. Their membership is composed
exclusively of others than Chinese, and
they are conducted under foreign war-
rants. The rites of the Chinese secret
societies bear some resemblance to those
of the Freemasons, which accounts for
the popular supposition of a connection
between the two. The similarity,
though more apparent than real, is re-
markable in view of the antiquity of
both, and the Impossibility of either
to have been patterned after the other.
China is filled with secret societies,
most of which have for their object the
overthrow of the Tsing dynasty, with a
pretended benevolent purpose to veil
the political significance of the organi-
zation. The most powerful of these bo-
I fifties, the Kalao Hul. numbers more
■ than 1.000.000.
The Cyclopedia of Fraternities con-
tains an account of an Initiation cere-
mony at a Chinese lodge in Spokane.
I Wash., at which four white men. Free-
1 masons, were present by invitation. The
lodge represented a benevolent branch
j df the Kalao Hui. There were references
to the "Immortal three,”circumambula-
tion. four stations at which questions
were asked and answers returned, kneel-
ing on crossed swords, tea drinking,
burning incense, a traditional season of
refreshment and signs in w hich the head
aud hands were unable to detect any-
thing that resembled the Masonry with
which they were familiar.
The same authority gives this ac-
count of the secret signs used by the
Triad society, which was at the bottom
of the Taiping rebellion;
"Members always halt on entering a
house, and then proceed with the left
foot first. When sitting they place their
toes together and spread their heels
apart. They also recognize one another
by the way they place their tea t ups on
the table, and the manner in which they
hitch their trousers. Their motto is
•Drive out the Tartar.’ ” Treason ts
punished by lopping off the ears of a
minor offender. The final punishment
is beheading "
Never Been There.
"Did you ever visit a crematory?"
asked Mrs. Olenraore
"No." answered Mrs Nurich; "I ain't
Interested in 'em. A lady from the coun-
try alwaytt supplies us w ith milk an' but-
Miss Klchlelgh -1 understand Lord
Kneedelgh has lost considerable money
since he has been In this country.
Jack Then It Is true you have brok A
the engagement? —Judge.
Here’s what’s next.
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