1901 article critical of E.W. Perry in misrepresenting opportunity and luring colonists from Chicago resulting in death and disease and premature return to the U.S. Interesting that the scene of the failed colony is not the Perry grant at all, but the neighboring Burchard grant. Compared to articles more close to the time of the original effort, this sounds a bit one-sided.

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large- Is Is a physi- VI TRIP OF COLONY Chicagoans' Disastrous Expedition Sent to Spanish Honduras. DEATH IN' JUNGLES Party of Seventy Duped by Sharp Real-Estate Speculators. Settler la the Hew Caaatry Attacked . fcx Caaarrea KeVer Laad Wlta- at a Vlllaa-e or m Towa. Down In Spanish Honduras,- after a six- months experiment, three adults and two little children remained as the only survivors of a colony of seventy that went from Chicago in 1891. These unfortunate onea had not the money to pay their return passage, and nothing is known of their fate. When they saw their last comrades sail away they were In despair, and went back to their dreary plantation anxiously to await some deliverance from a country In which they had found HOBBY-HORSES. Reduce Their Weight. fact, mutinied from his leadership. Captain Murlllowa running short of pro visions, and. as a last resort, ho declared he would steam back up the coast to a little name settle ment named Irioula,- where a landing, could easily c mane. This was done, and' accordingly the entire I colony, with Its tons. freight, soon found ttseit on in sana ot un a Caribbean sea. sur rounded by half-naked Carlts. Indians, and a I few Spaniards. The -tents -were put up and a camp formed, but it was , camp composed of many elements, witnout-a head. The Hen. Philip Burchard. United States consul at Ruatan, since dead, heard ot the colony and crossed tho Carlrbean ta tender his ad vie and assistance. Mr.-Burchard and his son. now consul at Ruatan. held a concession of land from the Honduras government, along me Liangreiaya xivr. ana titer one red to let the prospective settlers takoap lands on mcir tract. In a very short time the deadly Cbagres lever, a malarial fever of tbe country, began to (axe noid or me colonists. " Tbe v-aoor- laden air from tbe stagnant- depths of the thick Jungles brought sickness and death to the little band of whlto people. Tbe greatest suuerero were members oftthe Smith famllv. there were infthe roionr when Nora smith, a girl ot 14. became ill, her par-1 "'Vr1?"?? nfr. or medical skin, privation, deadly fever, and hopeless poverty. Ten years ago the little body of pioneers from Chicago left New Orleans with high expectations of making their fortunes in new land. Tbe colonists were persons whose thrift and Industry had enabled them to save small amounts of capital with which to make tbe venture. The wily land agents, who had large offices In State street, had painted a place of tropical verdure and grea healthfulneta. Flourishing towns and thriving settlements had been described. The poor dupes, who studied maps and listened to misleading statistics, found a climate so malarial that Its atmosphere was death to all except the most hardy, and a land over grown with a Jungle, while there was not even shelter for the colonists and their pos sessions. The Spanish Honduras government in 1890 made a grant of 1,000,000 acres of land in that country to E. W. Perry, at that time a real estate man In Chicago. The land was situated in the Department of Mosquito, on the Carib bean sea, and was granted upon the condition that Mr. Perry colonize the tract with Amer leans, build saw mills, place steamboats on the rivers, dredge the waterways, build roads. and otherwise Improve tbe country. Advertlaemeats Were Allarlasr. In the summer of 1891, Mr. Perry "began advertising colonists lands in tbe "Perry grant," In Spanish Honduras. Hia office in State street was visited by many people anxious to learn more about the land of promise, so glowingly advertised, the fruits and products of which were displayed In I window in Clark street. Young and old, well-to-do people, and hard-working mechanics flocked to the Perry office and scanned the maps and charts of the proposed settlement bn the Patuca river. It was represented that Mr. Perry had started a town at the mouth of the Patuca river, at which there were already many white people, good houses, stores, and a sawmill. A flat bottomed steamboat was to be taken down to navigate the Patuca river. The quick returns and large profits to be derived from banana culture were uaed as tbe bait with which to catch settlers, and the Perry real-estate office did a big bus! ness, selling land which the buyers had never seen at $15 an acre. The majority of the investor paid cash and were assigned tracts on the charts, while some decided to accompany the colony,' and look over the ground before risking their capital. The colony sailed from New Orleans In October, 1891. It was composed of persons from Chicago, the New England states, the Western, and middle Western states. One Danish-American carpenter named Smith sold out his home and household goods In Chicago, and with his wife, son, and daughter, staked his all on the Honduras venture. There were seventy In the little psrty wbicn assembled at New Orleans to await transportation to Spanish Honduraa on one ot the 8t. Oterl line of fruit vessels Among these were six women and several children. A man named Dyrenfurth, brother of the Texaa rain-maker, waa in charge of the expedition. Warslsg for the Ploaeers. A party of two or three Americana, one of worn waa a Professor Minor, arrived in New Orleans from Spanish Honduras before the departure of the colony, and. hearing of tbe I reposed expedition, sought out tbe party at the hotel and vainly endeavored to dissuade the colonists from embarking on such a venture. The Americans who had returned toll a pitiable tale of suffering and hardship, but they were met with insult and abuse, and vers charged with being in the employ of a rival real-estate company. The repre-n' at Ions ot these men were afterward found to be only too correct. The party finally embarked on the Italian steamship S. Oterl, Captain Murlllo. The colonists took with them about seventy tons f freight, consisting of provisions, Implements, etc., besides twenty-two tents, most of which good had been purchased in New Orleans. Crossing the gulf In a fruit vessel, which Jifci no accommodation for such a number of passengers, was a dismal experience. The vessel called at Truxlllo, and took on fifty Csrlbs with their "rlt-pans," or canoes, to ut-.'oad the passenger and cargo at th mouth rt the Patuca. When th vessel arrived at Its. destination It was found Impossible to get nearer than three miles from the mouth of tr river, owing to sandbars and shallow water. The vessel came to anchor In six fathoms of water and swung there for twenty-four hours, tn a rain hope of being able ta dlsobarg th cargo and colonists. There was onlv one house of any kind, at th mouth of th Patuca river, and only one white man there, who was In -the employ of tbe Perry company, and who wrote the glowing pamphlet article which attracted the alter tlon of th would-be colonists. Th Carlba on board the vessel refused to attempt tho task of discharging th cargo or passengers in such a aa. although better boatmen do not exist. Drrenfurth, the leader of the expedition, fumed and stormed and as serted that a landing could easily be effected. but tbe majority disagreed with him, and, in and the little girl died. ; Her body was burled oeoeatn tn palms on the sea shore. Her lit. tie brother followed c-rxt, and then the father, erased and delirious with fever and trouble. died a raving maniac -The cole aurrlvlna member of the famllv. Mra. Smith, return w1 alone to Chicago. . - - Coloalata Left IbsNSeir Land. Gradually th colony began to break no and drift back to tbe States In Dartiea of two. threes, and half-dosens. Two name? Ferguson and Brodle. the latter an ordained minister, were, drowned In the Langrelaya river.-and their, bodies, which were half eaten by alligators, were burled by the side of Nora Smith and the nth or victims of the tropical climate. -Land was explored and small clearings were made. uui uuv or dub me aisoouraa-ea minnmta sick, weak, and tremblinjr with the deadlv chills and fever, abahdoned.thelr little plantations and fled back to the Statea as best they could. - ; - fi. One family, a man. his wife, and two llttl children, Chicago people, had no meana of getting back to the States, 'for. while the fare from New Orleans was only $10 a head on the chartered boat, tbe price demanded for carrying tne same peep! back.to New Orleans was $60 In gold. - When-the writer left the Mosquito shores, Jejta than six month after the hopeful colony landed, there were only three adults and two children left in Spanish Honduras of alh.the seventy who so short a time' before had landed there brimful of health, energy, and hopefulness. These unfortunates had no means of. leaving the country. The last remembrance the writer has of these abandoned ones of tbe party was the haggard face of "Old Man Bowman," a fine old fellow from Iowa or Wisconsin, as he stood shivering, his teeth chattering with ague, in the tropical heatof 86 In the shade. There are doubtless survivors of that ill-fated colony in Chicago ' today, as most of them were Chicago peopled Theodore Porn-land waa one Chicago boy of the party, who made some good speculations tradlnir vifh the natives. - t.aad Com pa ay Stopped Baalaeaa. The Perry Land company sent out but the one expedition, tt Chicago office having been closed suddenly, as reports from the misled colonists began to travel .back to Chicago. Another of the party was Professor Hous-ley, of Detroit. It would be interesting if the survivors of the Perry Grant expedition to rv a n t si rt U. - a .a .1 .. . T. wuia, Migr reunion :a I the city of Chicago, where the maloritv of I them are row doubtless living. EDWARD VII. AND THE ACTORS. Kew Moaarch's Karaaer aad rni Attltade Tswsrd Theaters. Edward VII., says the London corresoond- ent of the New York Cl!ppr,,is a thorough man of the world,' and a good a patron of the theater that he 'la apt, io fully realise the serious natura.aaMaa'3 iiaageThat might be eaured. to so Important jf phase of commercial enterprise as -ttrv catering to the public amusement M any larjfe" section of society abstained from patronising tbe thea ters out of respect for the formal mourning of the court. He Is a man of the greatest tact, combined with much kindliness of heart. and he is pretty certain to let It be known that he does" not wish that playgoers should abstain from visiting the. theaters because of respect to the memory ot Victoria. Such an intimation can be given quite Informally, nd it Is more than likely to be put abroad In an unofficial way. The nature of the new sovereign is well summed up in a paragraph written, I think, by another Edward, who Is the business manager for Mra. Langtry. As he puts it: "No one will be more missed at theaters than tbe King, who waa not only an inveterate theatergoer, but who set an ex ample which Is unfortunately not often followed by tbe occupants of stalls snd boxes. Not only did he make It a point never to be late, but he never left his box until the curtain was down, and directly It went up on another act was always in his place. But a further example of his courtesy and consid eration Is afforded by the fact that, no matter whether be liked the play or not, he never gave It a social damning by leaving until tne final curtain, and never expressed an ad verse opinion." I have heard several American profession als relate their meetings with the King when he was "tbe Prince," and they have In every case shown by their candid remarks that his manner was such that they were made to feel thoroughly at ease, and that, while the tremendous Importance of the personage from an English point of view existed, he was. ao far as the meeting of the moment was concerned, simply a courteous gentleman, who desired to ssy a kindly word to one who had entertained him. - v ... Two Instances of American professionals who bad met the Prince of Wales In connection with his visit to places of entertainment. and which they bad related to me. occur to me as I write. One was very, recently in Paris, where I waa dining'with a prominent American circus manager, and an English actor. Something was said about the Prince of Wales, and the Englishman said that he had been presented to his royal highness. And so have I, said the American, "and you can take It from me that he is a good old pal." --.:.. The Englishman stared in blank astonish ment at such a familiar statement, but tbe good old ctrcu man did not notice tho result of his remark, nor mark the amused grin of your correspondent at the actor's amase- nient. He had acted as guide to the Prince during a private vUlt to a famous American ebcw, and his opinion was' the result of the way his guest had acted ' while under his guidance. ,. In the other instance the Prince had asked that a very well-known American actor should come to his box to be' presented, and to be thanked for the pleasure the performance had afforded the royal visitor. The actor was somewhat embarrassed, as he did not understand the simplicity ' of the Incident, srJ he said. In telling of H an hour later. that he was rattled. "All I noticed was," he raid, 'that the Prluce talked such broken FLgllsh that at first I thought he was hav ing a game with mc, and I'm hanged If I could nore than half make out what he said." As a matter of fact, Edward VII. does speak English with a rery decided German accent, which Is politely alluded to by his friends as peculiar, rich burr in Ms voice. forth - SU War She Wanted the Gate Opeaed. The Bishop of Norwich has perhaps more stories told of him tl.an mort bishop. On one occasion he was to hold a confirmation at a small town, and, arrlTlns; some time before the hour for service, took a stroll. His steps led him to the outskirts of the town, and, passing a picturesque cottage, be stopped to admire It. A pretty little garden separated tbe cottar from the road, finished off with a neat -hedge and green cte. "Oh. please, sird" said ToFce from to other side of the hedge, "would 70a open th gat for meT" This the bishop at once did. Then, to his surprise. Instead of tbe ttnr child he had expected, there stepped frrth a girl quit big enough to have opened the" gate for her self. And whr, my dear, said Dr. Sheepshanks, "could you not oren the gat for yourself Please, sir, because the ralct a wet," said the child. A glance at his hnnd testified to th bishop but loo plainly the truth of her statemsct. London H. A. P. Sis Six Else Sfc Sis Else

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  1. The Inter Ocean,
  2. 31 Mar 1901, Sun,
  3. Page 53

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  • — 1901 article critical of E.W. Perry in misrepresenting opportunity and luring colonists from Chicago resulting in death and disease and premature return to the U.S. Interesting that the scene of the failed colony is not the Perry grant at all, but the neighboring Burchard grant. Compared to articles more close to the time of the original effort, this sounds a bit one-sided.

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