James Forbes Fosterm107

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James Forbes Fosterm107 - HOMELESS AT 107: YEARS JA .MKS FORBES FO.*fTER....
HOMELESS AT 107: YEARS JA .MKS FORBES FO.*fTER. ilXE IVEALTHY, IS PEXMLKSS .\<MV. .Made Mimey But Lost It Tliniiigli Schemes—Kemlnlsrenres <if Olderi Hay.'!. Kansas City. Mo.. Dec. 21.—An old man. with shaggy head and beard of white, a man 107 years old. who lived in the time of Napoleon and the Duke of Wellington, and who was born only twenty-eight years after Uie Declaration of Independence, is going to lose his onlj- home this week. Wliere he is going, or how. he does not know. But go he must. At i>res ont he is living in a small back room in a condemned building.at the north east corner of Fifth and'Oak streets. Tlie owner has .glvt>if James Forbes- Foster a wet'k to find another lodging place. ••] don't want charity." .«jiiil the 'old man. "1 can siill work. Give me work." "1 was a worker once, and 1 am going to be again." he flashed, as he Btraightened up and fais eyes brighten ed; "1 am only down temporarily. I'll show them that I can get back again. I'll start all over again." That is the spirit that characterizes this man who was bom the year that .Napolwn was decreed emperor, who was 12 years old when the battle of Waterloo was fought in 1S1.'>. who has lived the lives of two men and still has the ambition to begin a third time. "Yes. I have been through the mill." he said this morning. "1 have seen riches and.luxuries, and I have seen jioverty and want. 1 have served other and here I am In rags. But I will come out on top yet. 'I was reared by the Indians. They have i>een the best friends I ever had. -My while relations, have'beaten me out of my money, jbut the In­ dians always welconicd nie. .\Iy while j rehiti<ms have never been any goo <l to nie. "I was born In Scnrca stn-et. Buffalo, in 1S04.' My mother died when 1 was five weeks old and my father died soon after. 1 was taken to rear by the Seneca Indians, of whom Red .lacket was the famous chief. "Until I was V.i years old. I lived Willi them as an Indian. 1 iisi >d to stay in camp while they went out ami louRht. After I was lit. 1 left iheni and wandered about the <iMin- tiy. 1 workeil my way to Europe and went throuph France. "I saw one of the Naimleons there. It was not Napoleon the First, but 1 i don 't remember his name. 1 vi>ited \ Fontainebb-aii. .\'ai)o:eons old palace, where he lived with .losejihlne. and I traveled the historical avenues .of Paris. I saw life then, anil here I am. "But I have been rich- 1 once had a mine in Montana. Six of us discovered a gold mine, eight miles from Helena. There was a man nameil Clark. Sard' Clark, we always called him. 1 think he Is the Senator Clark of today, who worked with us. We bought $."(i.(Mt<i worth of machinery and put it on the" mine near Clark's Creek', but it burned one night and we lost it all. For years I followed the cold miners in the wt -st. I made money, and I tost it. I didn't drink, but I was beaton out of It. "Years ato I located a zinc and lead mine near Joplln. The son of my second cousin Issued the stock- far me. The company was capitalized at J2iiOii .<t<ii.i. tie sold the stock, got the money, and then went to Canada. That i .s how J lost tliat. .\J1 the men that owed ine have died or gone to the di-vil. I am alone and 1 am suffering. I can not stand that. I have no craft or creed. I f^ar none Init Him, and He I have followed all iiky life. I can not understand this. But " and his old face brightened. <is he piiHhed back the shaggy locks I from his fan', "but, T will win out yet. " Such Is the story of the sturdy old man who knew Daniel Webster. Henry Clay and saw Abraham Lincoln The woman why uses poor spices hasn't realized the possibilitiesi ii cooking. ndrt ttie proper, snappy, fresli Oamr to all your bakin;;. | I'aeketl fm,|i In alr-ttfclit'car- tonii—f ^HRcr, pepper, mu5 ^ni, cloves, etc. Grocer*, IOC. • TONE BROS., On MOIRO . i». many times. In • Muffalo in later years he lived five doors from the place that .McKinlfV dieil afii-r he was a.ssassinated during the Buffalo fair. Slot K UKKKOKK'S .MEKTIX.'. tloi: I'hitlerii Senini Uill lie lleinoii. ^trated lit lb'' .Meeliiiir. Hon cholera COKIS tin- farm Ts of Kansas y.'.i'D.onn » year. The iinri-hog liiolnra si'rum which is i-ndorsed by the United States government, as a sure pr-vi'uiatlv.' will be present .-d In .in lllusirati'd lecture by Dr. E. F. Ku- hin, hog cholera ••.vpert at Ihi- experiment Fiaiion. ai the iweniy-lirst annual nieeiini; of the Kansas Improved Stock Breeder's Association lo be held in Topeka. January H-Il. I'Ml. With forty cent b.icon ami seven- cent hogs who shall cure the farmer's meaf President H. J. Wai rs of the .Agricultural College will discuss thai quer.tion: "Shall the American Farm er Become a Meaf lacker?" and T. (;. Patterson ^wlll glvi- a denioiisiratioii ill meat cutting, with KUKgeRtloiiB lor cuitiii:; and curing iiie ;it8 on the farm. liFrst Published In the lolu Dally Register. December 21, 19]tl.) . Nollre of A|ipulnlMienl, AdrnlnNlratnr State r.f Kansas. Allen <;ounly. H«. In the matter of the estate of I.4lurR J. Latham,, late of Allen County, Kansas.

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  1. Iola Daily Register And Evening News,
  2. 21 Dec 1910, Wed,
  3. Page 7

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