The Oklahoma State Capital. (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 15, No. 78, Ed. 2 Sunday, July 26, 1903 Page: 3 of 8
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'TTIE OKLAHOMA STATE CAriTAL, SUNDAY MORNING, JFTA' 56, 190S.
"THE GOLDEN FLEECE"
(By Paul Thieman.)
How does It feel to be a British no-
bleman on American heiress hunting
bent? It must feel decidedly dippy to
a noble bird who is a decent man.
David Graham Phillips, In his smart
novel, "Golden Fleece" (McClure,
Phillips & Co., New York), has tried to
describe tho point of \ w and the sen-
sations of a good sort of impoverished
earl who stalked for heiresses in
Lord Frothingham is described as
thai peculiar humau being of which
ther* is no example now on earth, or
ever was 011 earth, except the blue-
blooded Britisher. This queer speci-
men of the human race is one who ex-
alts an air of stolidity and stupidity as
fashionable. The fact appears to be
that the British nobleman is so ut-
terly positive of his superiority—even
•corning all other aristocracies—that
he regarclH with contempt any effort
to be brilliant or attractive or other-
wise pleasing to his fellow human
creatures. He is not nasty about it. He
may be downright kind and cheerful.
Through generations of this cult he
has lost consciousness of his own at-
titude. In other words, the dull, ln-
not made by himself. He was a use-
less human being, simply an ornament
on the wall of society, a trifle duller
than the clever man of the people, but
regarded as Interesting because of tra-
And then fancy this man being bred
to ignore any hlghfalutin sentiments.
No wearing of guttering armqr. No
more war horses. No more tho passion
and fury of aristocracy. Just platn
dullness. Truly the portion of an im-
poverished British lord is bullish. But
the women—the poor women! They
ftjved each other's sister*. But, wUh
Spartan courage their lovers croi6a
the water to marry money. Surrey
went first and sold himself for one and
one half millions. And Frothingham
urged by the women, followed to do
the same. One girl's heart broken. An-
other's about to be broken.
Frothingham's advantage in hla
quest for gold is portrayed by Mr.
Phillips as virtually the advantage an
ordinary man of the world would have
in winning women in a provincial
place. Suppose that a man of metropol-
itan experience came to an inland town
where the people are plain and haven't
the smart point of view he has. Per-
HE D1SCOVERE D A RIVAL.
herent arrogance expressed by the
monocle In one eye Is the same thing
to the British nobleman sr the attitude
of being quick, keen and restless is to
In America we exalt the idea of as-
tonishing by our swiftness in action.
Thus the American workman's chief
idea of the efficiency is to work rapid-
ly. Our machinery Is based on the idea
of always doing more than anybody
and being quick. Our business life's
very soul Is the man who can act with
phenomenal suddenness and insight
The ideal American is a wonder work-
er. The English idea is the very oppo-
site. All the way through British life
to the workman the effect of the atti-
tude of the British aristocrat is seen
Stubborn stolidity is the keynote. They
stood like rocks. Now, it's different.
That quality is ruinous in modern
business, toll, war and society.
haps they may be better and really
cleverer than he, but he possesses the
enormous advantage of his superior
point of view. He stoops to conquer,
as it were. And, so, this common Eng-
lish lord was able to see through the
women and men he met, although they
were really cleverer than he.
The first girl he tried was Honorla—
a type of deep meriAcan girl, not spe-
cially good looking, but distinctly
thoroughbred, though her father wan a
low-down type of rich expatriated
American. She had been disappointed
In love in Europe. She was bitter and
cynical. Her father was painfully anx-
ious to steer her into the arms of
Frothingham, possessor of one of the
oldest titles in England. But this girl
hated her father's un-Americanism.
She hated her own bringing up. They
were on the steamer coming over. He
had not made up his mind. She was
THE NEXT WAS CATHERINE.
How on earth could two branches of
the same people become so widely dif-
ferent in attitude?
• • • *
Anyhow, a perfect living up to the
aristocratic cult in England and his
ancient title were all there was to
Frothingham. Poor devil. He had a
sister he loved. He had a beautiful
old castle, Beouvais House. He had
estates. Everything piled with mort-
gages. He could not earn the neces-
eary money, for he had no education
or experience therefor. lie might bold
down a $100 a month Job—that was
about all. He could not sell his cas-
tle. He was the victim of his ances-
tors. He was a prisoner to a condition,
his first. She intercepted him.
" 'You mustn't take life so seriously,'
he said gently. 'You'l charge before—'
" 'So my father thinks.' She looked
at Frothingham with a mJschevious
audacious smile. 'He thinks I shall
change immediately—and marry—you!'
" 'No—your're safe. I spoke out be-
cause I wleh to be friends with you.
1 don't especially admire your purpose
in going to America. But at least
you're frank about it.'
" 'I Why. Miss Longview—I—'
Frothingham began to prateat, pushing
at his dislodged eyeglass.
" 'Don't prevaricate. You wouldn't
do it well. As I was about to say, I
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wish to be friends with you. And its
impossible for a woman and a man to
be friends when either Is harboring
matrimonial designs against the other.
°r.f*^c^ea i® harboring them."
'I certainly have to marry some-
body/ said Frothingham mournfully.
'\es, I know. Father explained
about you. He's up ou every titled
family in Kin land above thw baronets.
And he's determined that I shall bo a
countess as the very least. He says
he has the money to buy it—and possi-
bly he has. But'—she waa intent upon
the blackness again—*1 shall never go
back to England. I shall stay in Amer-
ica—with a vialt to Paris aud the Riv-
iera now and then.'
'That'll cheer your father whon he
hears it, drawled Frothingham. He
coughed and stammered, and added in
an embarrassed apologetic tone, 'And
I don't like to hear a girl as young
and attractive as you are talk In that
'You'll make some woman a good
husband,' she said. 'Selfish and flighty,
perhaps, but ou the whole good. I'll
be glad to help you—with some othnr
girl. In fact, I've one in mind—an ac-
quaintance in New York—we call each
friend, and I'm fond of her, as that sort
of thing goes with women.' "
• • • •
The next was Catherine, tall, gurg-
ling Intellectual, tearing moods and
emotions to utters. The earl was real-
ly impressed. He had never seen a
woman like that before. Says the
"At Sherry's that night, besides
Honoria, Catherine, Longview and
Frothingham, there were at Ivongview's
table Mrs. Carnarvon of the hunting
set, and Joe Walllngford— he hunts \ I
and writes verse, both badly, and looks
and talks, both extremely well. Hon-
oria devoted herself to Wallingford and
so released Catherine and Frothingham
each upon the other—she listened for
a few seconds now and then to note
" 'It's a go,' she said to herself with
the matchmaker's thrill of triumph, as
the cold dessert was served. She saw
that Frothingham has < eased 10 lis-
ten, and so had ceased to puzxle; his
eyeglass was trained steadily and sym-
pathetically upon Cathtrlne s fascinat-
ing beauty—why weary the brain when
it might rest and enjoy itself through
the eyes? Catherine wiu> talking on
and on, quoting poetry, telling Froth-
ingham of her emotions, telling him of
his emotions—he did not have them,
but she was so earnest that he was half
" 'When you said this afternoon that
you liked things quiet aud comfortable,'
she said, 'I felt that it was splendidly
in keeping with your character. I saw
that you hated all this noise and dis-
play, that you would like to get away
in your own corner of your beautiful
England and live grandly and quietly-
"If Catherine had not been beau-
tiful aud rich ho would have said to
himself, *What rubbish!' But, as It
was, he thought her profound aud spir-
itual. And he said, trying to touch
bottom and get a firm stand upon firm
earth, 'I think you'd like Beauvais.'
" 'I'm sure I should,' replied Cath-
erine with enthusiasm. 'Honoria was
showing me the photographs of it. I
admire the great stately old house. But
I liked best of all the picture of the
woods and the brook. It reminded me
of those lines of Coleridge's—they are
so beautiful—where he speaks of the
" 'In the leafy month of June
That to the sleeping woods all night
Slngeth a quiet tune.'
'Don't you think those lines fine? Do
I quote them right?"
" 'Yes—I think so—that is,' stammer-
er Frothingham, 'its a jolly brook, but
we call it a river.' Then to himself:
'What an ass she'll think me!' "
New York Sun.
"Bay puL>. who wus din mut Horathis.
anyhow? \V* wui r«*4in' & i m>« about
him In school today."
"Who wiih iforatlua? M' boy, m* boy!"
Ths llttsratour of Avenue a aor-
ro-wfully at his son.
"An' here d«*y are talkin' about Intro-
duein' Dutnb in do public schools when
dey don't even lenrn ys history «v Hor-
atltie, de most super cop* tint
ever pounded a sMfwalk even If l e wun
a I>a«ro! HoratitisT JAstrm. m' boy. Uston:
" "Way back to de dayw when Noah
won de Cvp. dl guy Mora ti u* wus cap-
tain uv de Ilrldfo iqimd In Home
"Dl* bridge r.in from Rome ovsr ter
Tuscany, an" wus Ilka da Brooklyn
bridge ia lerday.
Mopt d ' stylographor (dat's ancient
lanfttvMp® fur typewriter Llasles) and all
de clerks an' people who worked on de
Roman market place durin' re day wus
Well, Catherine, only used poor
Frothingham to exhibit as her con-
quest. She loved another man—an
American. She accepted his lordship s
offer of hand and title—and jilted him.
Splendid feather in her cap to jilt an
Then he tried Boston. He got mixed
up with Theosophist8, Spiritualists,
Buddhists, etc. He was amused aud
bewildered. Anyway, Cecilia Allerton,
of old Puritan stock, was very rich and
fragilely pretty, even if her peculiar-
ities as hereafter set forth were rather
"Frothingham and Cecilia rode the
next morning. Getting away from the
staid old house in Mount Vernon street
seemed to have revived and cheered
her. There was color in her cheeks,
life in her eyes, and she showvd by
laughing and talking a great deal that
she was interested in the earth for a
moment at least, Ridgie had given
Frothingham a difficult horse, but as
he rode well he succeeded In carrying
on a reasonably consecutive conversa-
tion with Cecilia. She asked him many
questions about country life in Eng-
land, and and drew him on to tell her
much of his own mode of living. And
he endtd with, 'Altogether, I'd be quite
cheerful and happy if I were properly
"Cecilia became Instantly silent and
cold—and again he had the feeling that
she was expecting something to hap
pen. " 'What the place needs.' he went
on boldly, 'what I need is—a woman-
such a woman as you.'
"His horse reared, leaded in the air,
tried to boit. It was full a minute
before he got it under control. 'Nasty
brute,' he said, resettling his eyeglass,
and turning his face toward her again.
He thrilled with hope. 'Is there a
chance for me?* he asked. I have
not spoken to your father—that isn't
the American way, it it? And I
shan't trouble you with a lot of—of
the usual sort of talk—until I know
whether it's welcome. You're not the
Bort of a girl a man ventures far with
unless he's Jolly sure he knows where
" 'Thank you,' she 6aid simply. 'I
shall be frank with you. If his will
were not stronger than mine I
shouldn't think of it. It is only fair
to tell you why.' She was looking at
him tranquilly. 'I loved a man—loved
him well enough to have, where he was
concerned, a stronger will than my
father. But he died. I love him still.
I shall always love him. When my
father told me to marry you, I asked
my lover—and he—said that I ought
to obey. He has been urging me to
marry—except occasionally—ever since
Tuscs, and went home by way uv d«
brldtfe every night.
"In fae* dey had de snme sort uv
roughhouse free-fur-all den dat they does
now. an" at times it w\is all de cop could
do tor keep .*n from crowdln' re chariots
off de trolley line.
Hut de name de cap made his big play
o>n wus after de roorm crowd got In an'
kicked Bo*s Tarquln uv Tuscany Hall out
uv offlcs an' over de hrldi*.-
"Tarquln got I.arry Potwnu, one uv de
leadin" gut district leader* across
bridge, ter tap up his fight.
. remember da next part uv dt« de way
It's in de liist'ry book. It s no try
"Den out speak" Hpurious Lantry, ,
A RaouUna proud wus he—
"Ymr twant or know wat a Ratnlnan
proud Is? Why, dat's po'try.
" "Lio, 1 will sit by thy right mlt
"An hold de bridge by gee!'
An' speaks brave Heruiinius
Uv TlUun bio,xl wus ha--
' Wot? Naw. Didn't I tell yer dis wus
aml<*m hist ry? Why, '"apt. Titus wusn't
even born wkun all dl& happened. Uut
"Uv Titian blood wus he;
I'll tpat do face off he Tuscan race
If dey get gay wid nie.
"By dat ttme de Tusc was half way
over dc bridge, an', any, dere must have
been u million of 'em.
"But dat didn't exit uo Ice wid Tap Ho-
ratius, an' Lantry an' de odder guy.
Cheats out, stomachs in, an' little finger*
011 where de outside peam in dor pants
oughter v been if dey'd had sny, dey start
ed over de btuige just as if dey wus goin'
tcr make a liberal enforcement uv a re-
form excise law.
" 'Dey'll he eaten alive!' cried de terrl-
fled Romans from where dey wus watch-
ln" <>n de bridge platform.
"But dey wusn t. Just as dey got al- 1
niort t- 'em lloruiius spotted de Sextus
gu> an' made <1 funny face at h'm
"Dis so erwagui du billion or more
Tuscs dat de> all made one wild grab
for him nt do *wnie time an'—wot do yer
tlnk? halp me home if dey didn't sll
get wedged tight in do middle vv do
"After dat < v course It wus only a ques- ,
tlon uv plckln" em off where they stuck,
while de bridge commissioners scraped
dc paint off d<- gliders.
"When de paint wus off, de bridge be-
gan to crack an' de gani; howls, 'Come
"Lantry an* Herminh * took It on do
run fur diers an' reached hunk O. K. H"1
Just as Mora ti us wus e.igln' back a n\ut
named Astor wriggled outer do Tusc ■
.bunch, an', as dehlst'ry books ,rayu:
"Bays, he, de she wolf's littler,
Stands savagely at bay.'
"Well, say. now, Ilnratlus, wouldn't let |
no man cull him any name like dat,
'specially a Tusc.
"lie stops and shaJtes his club at de
" 'Come back! Como back,' de Roman
"lloratius turns again, l>e gang groans.
'Twua too late. De bridge nad bust be-
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hind him, an' dero wus no away back.
"He rushes over t" de edge uv de char-
lot roadway an' crawls up de edgw. 1
" "O Tiber! Father Tiber,' he cries 1
"Wot's dat y' say? If Tiber wus his old i
man, why wiisn't Ids name Tiber, too?
Why, Tiber wasn't his father, y' lobster
De excitement had mado him dippy.
"But anyhow, dere he stood. Den sud- j
denly, after makln" ono last lnsultin'
funny face at Sextus, h« took d« Htavo
B rod la act fur his, an' flopped inter do
"T REE LONG HEECULYUN STROKES."
"So dey, an' n guy named Sextus, who
had bean legislated out uv a commission
er's job ap" wus sore anyhow, got a big
mob uv heelers t'gether an' started over
de bridge ter put do hooks inter Rome.
"But Cap Horatius wasn't sleepin' on
po t. He piped de Tuscany push re min-
ute dey'd started, and rang up de re-
"' 'Boys,' says he, 'It's like dis Der:'s
nutt'n to It but fur a couple uv us t'
stand off dis gang long enough fur de
bridge commissioners ter* Scrape de paint
off de girders an' put de bridge on de
" 'I know It's outer de precinct, an' It
won't be up to any Kuy wot ain't willln'
ter stoup fur it. Who's wid me?'
ragln' drink below.
"Drowned? Not on yer life. T'ree long
herculyun strokes an' he stands drlppln
but safe on de banks uv Ills beloved
Rome, de apple uv every admlrln' eye.
"Dat night he wus the top layer In do
Roman strawberry box. Dey presented
him wid a diamond badge an' wanted ter
mako him king.
"But not fur Horatius. De cap wuz wise
dat a king a only a king, an' dat in dec
next reform movement he might be der
" 'No feller cltlacns,' says he. 'when me
oountry catls me i will come, but fur
mine in de meantime, back to do old Cin-
cinnati farm.' "
" 'Frothingham stared at her in ut- I en at last, but only for a brief time, for
ter amazement. 'Do you mind—' he be-I he saw that it was hopeless to try to
gan, but again his horse tried to throw | win Nelly. She was already in love—
him. When he got it under control he with a poor man who had not dared to
saw that she was much amused—ap- speak to her.
parentiy at him. She rode up close be-
side him, laid her hand on his horse's
neck and said, 'Please, Stanley, don'tl*
In a curiously tender tone. The horse
instantly became quiet.
" 'You were saying?' she asked.
" 'Do you mind if I admit that—
Really, I'm not sure that I heard you
aright a few minutes ago.'
" 'You mean when 1 spoke of talk-
ing to Stanley after he was dead?'
" 'Stanley—' Frothingham regarded
her quizzically. 'Is this horse named
" 'No—I don't know what the horse's
In desperation, hie money running
low, the unhappy earl turned to Je-
rome Hooper, the flamboyant progeny
of a great beef king.
• * • •
JuM then a cablegam from the earl's
sister to quit the game quick—there
was a goad fortune—and Owen (the
English girl) sent love.
With enormous relief the earl refus-
ed to accept the beef packer's mere
million dollar dot and went back to
old England and Owen with a sweet
paean in his heart for Nelly, Sure
enough, Surrey had come In for an
name is. The reason it was so restless enormous fortune and had promptly
was that Stanley was teasing him to -aved his sister Owen from the fate of
make him a little troublesome for you.' j Frothingham sister by giving her
"Frothingham paled and glanced j 800.000 pounds of it. Says the book
round." ' It was 5 o'clock in a late September
* * * * 1 afternoon Aa usual, on the low tghl
Well, Mrs. Ramsay, the spiritual me- on the porch viewing the Italian gar-
dlum, turned out to be an old flame den at Beouvais Hall was the big tray
of the earl's college days—the prettiest with its array of antique silver and old
barmaid of her time. She paid off old porcelain, the cake and the toast and
scores. At the seance the dead lover [ the slices of bread and butter. Round
wrote to Cecilia not to marry the ^arl it were Evelyn and (3wen and Froth-
—through Mrs. Ramsay's head. With i ingham—Owen in a shirtwaist and rid-
a sigh he realized It was no use to j ing skirt( Frothingham in the sloven-
expose her. So he tried Washington— ly, baggy flannels of an English gen-
and Miss Pope, daughter of a rich tleman in the seclusion of his country
western senator. .-'eat. No one was speaking and the
He discovered a rival, Coslmo, Prince quiet was profound. Presently Evelyn
di Rontlnogli, from Italy, on the same | rose and went through the open French
errand bent. The prince was dark,, window into the drawing room. &. en
flashing eyed, tempestuous—he beat wus watching Frothingham; he was
the earl, easily, hut, at that very mo- watching the peacocks as they atrutted
ment was exposed as a red raw adven- I with tails spread In splendor.
tiner. Frantic with shame Miss Pope " 'I'm always wondering that on# of
turned to Frothingham for comfort, those clever, handsome Ameritan
She found that she really loved this women didn't steil your heart—if
cool, stolid Englishman. But her foth- you've got one,' said Owen.
er's vice presidential ambitions pre-1 " 'He slowly withdrew his gaae from
eluded the marriage of his daughter to the peacocks and fixed it upon her with
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an English lord. The girl, however,
hoped against hope that the earl
would say. "I love you for yourself!'
But Frothinfhsui wanted the money.
He escaped, feeling like a dog, and
went to Chicago.
He had met a rough sort on the
eteamer—the proprietor of a vast de-
partment store—and remembered his
invitation. To his' astonishmeut he
found that this man really liked him,
not because he was an earl, but in spite
of his title and his mercenary errand.
And Nelly, the daughter! Poor Froth-
ingham fell humbly In love wilh her.
Here, at last, were real friends, real
Americans. He found the old man to
be a brick, the son a clever, fine fel-
low—the girl was an angel. No shant
In that Chicago mansion. Frothingham
breathed deep breaths ao he began to
compare himself with these people. He
sow that these were genuine and he,
himself, was a sham—oh, what a rotten
eham. But it was ail hopeiesa. Heav-
hls monocled expression that might
mean everything or nothing. She
choae to r^ad everything into It and
flushed with pleasure. And her lett
hand, moving nervously among the sil-
ver and porcelain, revealed on its third
finger a narrow, gold band.
"Ho drew a long, slow breath of
lazy content and drawled:
" 'You're so d—n comfortable,
la lsutrui«<l as4 >a w. .
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