Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on June 6, 1897 · Page 5
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page 5

Rochester, New York
Issue Date:
Sunday, June 6, 1897
Page 5
Start Free Trial

ROCHESTER DEMOCRAT AND CHRONICLE. SUNDAY, JUNE 6, 1897. CHILDREN OF DIPLOMATS. jtey Are an Attractive Feature of Social Life at the Capital. Philadelphia TIdips. HOUOII the heads of the various embassies and legations of our republican court are familiar to most people, the little ones of their families are almost unknown. And while these interesting visitors from other climes are seldom if ever in the public eye, moy are one or me V most attractive fea- h. tures of the social life of Tarions nations as i-een at he capital The bright costumes of the gentlemen frm the Oriental nations may look stran?e to Western eyes. One grows soon lerasromed to the sight, but there is no dan-er of the children, with their dress snd'speech so different from ours, ever becoming too familiar to excite interest. In the family of 'Sir Julian Tauncefote, fce ambassador from England and the can of the diplomatic corps, there are no jntrag children. Several grown daughters sake up the family circle, young ladies who have spent the last few years of their life in Washington, but there have been bo little ones in the big embassy since the toning of the present ambassador. The Italian ambassador has lately been called upon to mourn the death of an only son, a young man identified with business life st "the capital, so that the home of Baron Fm is without the presence of children. Sor Mendonca, minister from Brazil, kstwo young lady daughters, while Senor Gana, minister from Peru, is the father of a girl who has just made her debut and a fob about merging into manhood. Sonor Eomero, minister from Mexico, has no children. The wife and children of the minister from Turkey, Mustapha Bey, are living on a beautiful estate on the sunny shores of the Bosphorus, while the ambassador from icy Russia is also compelled to keep bachelor's hall, his family not having yet come to the new world. Several members of Ihe diplomatic corps are resident in New York, while others are single or unaccompanied by their families, so it is an almost impossible task to trace out the membership in full. But there are at the capital a host of little ones whose fathers bare already won fame in the world of diplomacy. Baron Max von Thielmann, ambassador from Germany, is the father of two beautiful little girls, Hilda, who is 7, and Caroline, about T. The children ire perfect pictures with their bright ?&idea hair hanging in ringlets about their lovely faces, their blue eyes and pink complexions making them seem, almost the work of some Parisian doll-maker, so exquisite is their form ami coloring. The isg embassy on Highland terrace has its brightest feature in these dainty little Tpieal German maids, and the parents are tly proud of the two children, who may named as amongst the prettiest of the diplomatic corps. In the home of the ambassador from pain there are two loys. Enrique, who J named for his father, is the older, a andsoine lad with the soft dark eyes and -h complexion of the sons of old Madrid, aile Lewis, who is several years younger, i more of a blonde and a bricht hov. Bath are hard students, sncakinir several assuages and taking lessons daily from tn mother and father. Madam Dunuv Lome is one of the handsomest ladies i diplomatic circles. She devotes several ws to the boys' education and the af-iction of the lads for their mother is mething out of the ordinary. Senor Japay de Lome is a devotee of astronomy, Mi instructs tne boys personally in. that science. Out at Clifton, the heantifnl n.nntrr isoineof II. Jules Patenotre, the ambassa-France are two little girls. a&me ratenotre is an American, being -wuaugnier or Mr. tlverson, one of the "OR prominent men in IVnmtit;. ...i 4e owner of he well-known paper, the In- ?, - -mss 'verson, who was a pretty mae, was married just three years ago, wedding being one of the events of the n, on account of the prominent social Posuon f both parties. Mr. Patenotre is tail, dark gentleman of distinguished appearance. The oldest girl, Louise, who Is j2years of age, is dark, like her father, I n trot about the grounds alone. i!Me is a little over 1 year old, and still fa?, m of thG family. Both are pretty fje maids, inheriting the good looks of h Parents. la 4e family of the minister from Costa there are six children, boys and girls aunjn?UaJ:y liTi3L The little ones are W , panisil type' wittl dark e-ves nJ an . iS. sanw shade. The three boys Jose, who has a face like the Muril!o- nl Joaquin. The girls ; Jiana, Marta and Selina. The family that v6 twn 6hln'y for a trip home, so t Mr. Calvo will be left alone in the kthw0?' IrS CsiUo' on account of dearh ht ly' tas not beea muca in society fhaPs th most interesting one of the a uL "e Ea is httIe Tai w ... on 01 the new ininitr from Chii en ne m tu , ...... .. . na. io y vmltl irom tne Unent lmgS to the nati dress. The fcoMh " Wu' rracn' town about a aso'Taecmpanied by his wife and BiaW, Wa Plafed "I Miss nt m na.nv learns twenty words a day. htl-X nK taken to teach him the EsgHsh V TOc,lon of sentences. Though all iI5trardoi as the most difficult ible an??8- Ta displays a remark-ers -fi nd is raP'Hy learning to wt, dorni v hw Tnynmtes. He is a of Vhl 'ith aU the native dig- tk mi.'u- aKt and troubled with none k(3 f tm 2n 8"irit that actuates the with th ef,.am'8 domain. In accord-EBam timese custom, he received MiM enterinS ehool three weeks tar'a. who ,f;,-?mn,"r is veiy Pud of her , UmlwZ 'riI,rratPS affection. '. Mr To , The mit"f'ter from Guare-ha " T- d?Arriago, Is a very large al I "uf J.:Te is on'y one girl to kin)f tWi ' 1"?hIy Seated, lk. u.-1..1?9 languages. Kvon tt. k,,.k. Enslkh 7"luaK"e- Kn.the baby is yet W u parents, t but a wt of two years. Tfce .1 ' ' i ,-,.. f . jy ('f wemm i oldest boy wishes to enter at West roiut whnn old enough. All of the children attend our public schools. The minister front Japan, Mr. Hoshi Toru, has one son, a boy of 5, little Ilicaru Hoshi. The child dresses in a pretty sailor suit and makes an attractive picture at play amid the roses in the garden of the legation. He speaks Knglish fluently ami can write and r?ad loth in that language and in his native tongue. He is always attended by a small Japanese boy, who sees that the restless little one dcx3 not get hurt. Ilicaru is full of life and play and ns fond of rambling about in sports as any American child, having nothing of the usual solemnity supposed to be common to all Eastern nations. The minister from Hawaii, Mr. Hatch, has two children a girl called Harriet and a boy of about 0 named Gilchrist. Bolh Mr. and Mrs. Hatch are natives of the United States, one leing from the North and the other from California. They settled in the islnnd before the days of the revolution, and Mr. Hatch, who had already made a name, was sent back to his native land as minister. Both of the Hatch children are blondes and are pretty, "well-be-haved little ones. Mr. Moron, the remitter from Argentina, has three little girls, the eldest, Alcira, being S: the second, Valeutina, 0, and the youngest, Iiosita, a tiny maid of three. The children spend most of their time in school and are always busy at their music or other lessons. Mr. Merou, who is well known ns a literary man and author of several books, attends to their education. Mrs. Merou 19 a fine-looking lady and yet but a girl. Little We Ye Yung, eon of the minister from Coroa, has adopted American dress, and though he is but 10 yearsi of age and has been in this country but a year, be is a full-fledged, romping child of the I'nicn. as far as dress ami ways are concerned. There is no other child in the family, and Me 'VYe, ns his companions call him. Ins every advantage. He goes to school to a lady by whom lie is taught English, and lie hag so far mastered that tongue r.s to be able to converse with fluency. He is a boy of gentle, kindly disposition, brt fond of play, and goes fishing, wrestles vith other boys, and is as up-to-date a child can be found in the city. His nnruffled temper nnd generous ways make him a groat favorite. A TRUE HEROINE. A Littls California Girl Who Gave Her Life for Her Brother. San Francisco Call. She lived in Placer county, not far from where the pretty town of Auburn now stands, for it happened many years ago, in the early sixties, and I expect that but few now residing there have any recollections of the affair. The family, consisting of her father a. miner her mother and little brother, dwelt in a small shanty erected nnder cover of a convenient ledge. The shanty was a miserable structure of two rooms, but it held what many a grander dwelling failed to contain, a loving household. The mother lay sick with the fever, and Carmen, then a girl of 1U, performed the drudgery of the house. Her little brother, a curly-headed romp of 5, was Carmen's great responsibility. The father was away from early morning until late at night at his work, and so the little hands of 12 found plenty to do. In common with the custom of miners, the father kept a store of giant powder in the house, which in the present case was contained in a sack placed in an old box that stood by the foot of the bed where lay the sick mother. The upper part of the shanty under the sloping board roof, was utilized as a storage place for old dunnage and rubbish. One night the father was absent in the mine on night work. By some means the shanty took fire, probably from the cracked and defective adobe chimney. Carmen awoke to find that the roof was afire and sparks droping down. Springing up, she loudly cried to awaken her mother and Tommy, but the little ly became frightened and hid his head beneath, the covers of his bed. Carmen sprang to lift him from the bed when she si.w the shower f sparks falling upon the powder box. Recognizing the awful danger, she attempted to leave the child for the moment and carry out the powder, but in her excitement she caught her foot in the overhanging bed clothes and fell to the floor, breaking her thigh bone. Unable to arise, the brave girl crawled to the box of powder, and drawing herself up, covered the box with, her body. The mother had by this time succeeded in getting out of bed and getting outside the now furiously burning shanty, and managed to take with her the little boy. The cries of Carmen, "Oh, take Tommy out, won't yon!" turned for a time the mother's thought from her daughter's danger. The fire had aroused some of the neighbors, who speedily ran to the burning shanty and lent what aid they could. Carmen was discovered and removed. Her rescuers found her almost hidden beneath a rnnss of burning cinders, her back frightfully burned. Tender bands bore her to a neighboring shanty, where all that could be done to alleviate her suffering was eagerly bestowed. But human aid came too late. The brave little spirit departed for a brighter land. It was not known until after she had recovered consciousness, a short time lefore she died, that she had broken, her leg. Her. last words were: "Kiss me, Tommy, dear. I've saved you, and I'm so happy !" A SUMMER TOBOGGAN. An Easy Way to Make a Jolly Good Slide Without Snow or Ice. Chicago Record. Although spring is well on its way and grass has taken the place of snow and ice, there is still fun for the boys and girls who are fond of coasting. It is a rery simple matter to make a summer toboggan. Take a long, stout plank, or board eight inches wide and place one end of it on the top of a high fence or platform, allowing the other end to rest on the ground. At proper intervals under It place erout supports to keep it firm and steady. Then take an inch board a foot square end nail cleats on the outer edges in such a way that when it is laid on this long board the cleats will slip over the edges of it. Hub the top of the long board thoroughly 'with soup. Place the short board or slide at the top ol the long board, sit down on the slide, let go all hold and go flying to the ground. There is great sport in this little toboggan. More ambitious boys can build from the top of a shed or from a talt stone wall, placing v number of planks end to end, bracing them securely and thus make a very much longer and more exciting slide than a one plank slide. Try it. Bird That Kick3 Like a Horse. Exchange. A mulo is proverbial for his kicking abilities, and you would hardly believe any living bird could equal him. But a famous traveler tells something about the emu as a kicker. "An emu can kick as hard as a horse. 1 have seen men kicked so hard by this vicious bird that their legs were broken. If I had my choice of being kicked by a horse or an cm a I think I would take the horse. The emu stands on one leg, and with the other strikes a quick and most paralyzing blow. I never would have believed that a bird had such a power had I not had ocular evidence of it during this trip. After two or three of our men had suffered from the terrible kicks of these birds we did not venture near them, but, after running our horses till we got close enough, would bring them down with our rifles. We did not approach them till we knew they were dead. "We killed them for their feathers, although they are not so valuable as those cf the ostrich. We also hunted fur th? eggs, which are to be found in the sand, but in doing this we took care not to collide with the emu. The egg are more in demand than the feathers. They are very iM-autiful. and are so tough that it is difficult to break them. Professional curio-mnkers drill a hole in each end, take the inside out. and then the shell i carved and mounted in silver. There are three layers of the hell, and the carving shows three colors. The silver is set in the first layer, so thick is it, anil when it is all carved and ornamented by the silver it is handsome." The Doll's FuneraL New Orleans Picayune. When my dolly died, when my dolly died. I sat on the step nud 1 cried, nnd I cried. And I couldn't eat any Jam nnd bread 'Cause it didn't seem riht when uiy doli was dead. And r.ridiet was sorry as she could 1 For she patted my head, and " h." said she. "To think that the pretty has gone nnd died:" Then I broke out afrefeh, and I tried and cried. And all the dollies from all around Came to see my doll put under the ground. There wore Lucy Lee and Mary Claek Brought their dulls ovfr all dre-.ed in black. And Kmmoliiie H n c"d ir' ,li T Camp over nnd brotisrht their dollies too. And all the time I cried and cried 'Cause it hurt me so lu u iiiy dolly died. p uresen ner up in a new nunc Yt'I.l. :i 1.. .... 4 I.,,.,.,. .. 1 1 AnAil...! nil nuu'!u niiii .-a mi ni"ui. And I made her eml'm in n box Where niv brother keeps bis wjielllnsr block". And we had some prayers, ami a funeral, too. ALd our hymu was "" The Two Little iiris In Illue." Rut for me. I only cried and cried 'Cause It truly hurt when my dully died. We dug her a grave In the violet bed And planted violets at her head. And we raised a etone and wrote quite plalu. " Here lies a dear doll who died of pain. ' And then my brother he pail " Amen '." And we all went back to the boii again. But all the time I cried nnd cried Because 'twas right when my doll had died. And then we had more jam nnd bread. I'll,. 1 llt-U 'M!- . "M And thru I cried and cried some niori-. I couldn't be happy, don't you .see, Bwause the funeral belonged to me. And then the others went home, and then I went out aud dug up my doll again. ...... i-.. .... ,i trt i' .If tll lion., door. A Bottle of Famous Tea. Troy Times. Next time you read about the Boston tea party in which our forefathers threw the Knglish tea into Boston harbor it will u-ake the fctory uior? real o you to know that some of this tea i-s. still preserved in Massachusetts. The .State Historical Society baa a big bottle of it and several of the old families of Dorchester have small packages of it and they are very proud of them, too. You see, the tea wm sent to fJovernor Hutchinson and there was so much of it thrown overboard that it floated down the river and the next morning tome of it was recovered by people along the shore who found it floating perfectly dry in the boxes and they preserved packages of it as mementos. The old bourse in Boston in which the Sons of Lahcrty disguised themselves as Indians for the purpose cf going lo the tea party was owned by John Hancock and it still stands just as it was when they came whooping out of it in, 1773. Paul Revere's Weathercock. Exchange. You remember, of course, all about Paul Revere and his wonderful ride: Listen my children and you shall hear Of the midnight ride of I'm u! Revere. Well, some workmen have just been taking down a funny old weathercock from the steeple of an ancient Methodist church in Watertown, Mass. It was over two feet high, with a pewter body nnd a copper tail, and tradition says that it was made by Paul Revere when he wns a young man. It will be preserved by the historical society of the town, nnd if you ever make a visit there you may pay your respects to Taul Revere's weathercock. Wanted it All in the Record. San ITrancIsco I'ost. "Now, your nonor," argued the attorney in the court of Juiti?e Brown of Santa Rosa, "I move diamis-al of this cn the ground that the corpus delicti has not been established." Judge Brown rubbed his chin in a perplexed way, fixed his gaze on the ceiling for a moment and then, celaring hw throat, said: "Of course, It ie the old principle of law that the pronator must correspond with the alligator, flnd in this case I anf of the be lief that the corpus is all right, but 1 don't know about the delicti." "Your honor, I want that to go into the record," demanded opposing -oun-scl. "I want he record to show that your honor said the corpus w all right, but you do not know about the delicti. Judge Browa realised th it he had blundered, and sat staring at the attorney for a moment. Then pulling himself together he said: "All right, let that go into the record. But you fellows knew danged well I wns only joking when I said it. and that will go iiito the record, too." McKIKLEY TO HAVE A PRIVATE TRAIN It Will be the Railroad Wonder of the Century. FOR OFFICIAL FAMILY It Will be the Gift of the Combined Railways of the Country To be the Most Wonderful Train in the World. Written for the Democrat nnd Chronicle. Washington, D. C, .Tune 5. President McKiuley is to have a whole train presented to him. It is to be the most wonderful and sumptuously furnished palace on wheels ever conceived. This announcement will be news to those who thought only a privata car was to be given to the chief executive, which was the original plan of the railroad men having the mtUter in charge. It has not been fully decided yet whether the train will consist of two or three cars, but it is probable that its make up will be as follows: One car for the olli-cial use of the president for the transaction of business, reception of committees and deputations, for conferences, etc. Another for the living accommodation of the president and his family, or the ofiicials and functionaries accompanying him. In addition to these two, is a third for baggage, to be fitted with apparatus for independently heating and electrically lighting tlie train- Such a plan would certainly appropriately fit the requirements of the case, nnd it would be gratifying for every one, railroad men say, if the train should be arranged as previously outlined. The advisory committee which has the matter in charge is now considering it. This committee consists'of the following gentlemen: P. D. Adams, Newton, Mass.; Thomas Anderson, M. C. B., Pittsburg and Western railway; F. W. Brazier, assistant S. M., Illinois Central railroad; John T. Chamberlain, M. O. B., Boston & Maine railroad: S. A. Charpiot, M. C. B., Atlantic Coast Iine; R. M. Calbraith, general M. M.. St. Louis Southwestern railway; loorg' R. Joughins, S. M. P., Norfolk & Southern railroad: William Ciars-tnng. S. M. I., C. O. C. & St. B. railway; John Kirby, superintendent car const motion, Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railway; Pulaski Leeds, superintendent machinery . Louisville & Nashville railroad; John S. Lentz, superintendent, car department, Lehigh Valley railroad; W. II. Lewis, M. M., Chicago, Burlington .c Northern railroad; J. II. Mo Council, S. M. P. & M.t Union Pacific System; C M. Mendenhall, S. S. P.. Philadelphia. Wilmington & Baltimore railroad: W. S. Morris, S. M. P.. Chesapeake & Ohi. railroad; E. D. Nelson, S. M. P., Northern Central railroad: J. O. Pat tee. S. M. P., Great Northern railway; John Player, superintendent machinery, A., T. & S. V. raiKvay; Frank Rearden, S. C. Sc L. department, Missouri Pacific railroad; W. J. Rolertsn, M. C. B. Central Vermont railroad; H. A. Webster, M. C. B., Manhattan railway; George W. West. S. M. P., New York, Ontario &. Western railway. Just r wb-n the private car scheme wnf first broached, the plan was for' the material nnd equipment t' be contributed by th manufacturers thereof, so it was expected that everything necessary to construct the train would be secured in a similar manner. It must not be supposed that there is anything in th' nature of a bribe to the president in the m-ttter of this tr:iin. It is fciinply nnd solely intended as u specimen of what this co-intry can produce in the way of a railroad train when a united effort to tur'i out the very liest is made entirely without prejudice. Of course it is no certainty that the tinin outlined nlroady in this article will be the one eoi.structed. Several very happy have been fmcgested. Among them is one by Archer Richards. Mr. Richard's design incorporates a novel but what railroad men term nn entirely practicable feature. In other words, twin cars are proposed for the purpose of obtaining more space than is practicable in any tingle car not of such dimensions fis to preclude the possibility of its general movements over the. roads. The two halves Ixing within reasonable limits of size would permit of a structural design of maximum strength with a mimimum of weight, while the additional points of A WONDERFUL ij5f ?m - .t -hi j ' ' - filter a 1 n to Ifr, ptiFSEXTED WITH NOT ONLY A TRIVATE CAR. BUT A COMFLKTH OF AirOINIlIENT AND NOVELTl" OF CONSTttUOTlON ANX RAILROAD. support for a given length would tend to give steadiness and desirable riding qualities. Never before in the history of railroad building has anything been planned which will even approach in magnificence the ideas which it is believed will be carried out in the construction of thi3 railway train for President McKinley. President McKinley will be the first chief executive of the United States to enjoy such luxury. Of course Mr. McKinley will not travel extensively in all probability while he is president, but he w ill at least ha ve the satisfaction of enjoying every possible comfort that can be imagined to aid in making railroad travel a pleasure. The fittings of the car will be gorgeous In the extreme The finest Wilton velvet or Moqnette carpets will be ntilized. The woodwork will be inlaid with mother of pearl. It is intended that the wood itself shall be representative of all the different woods of the world which are used in the construction of furniture. Wherever there is a point against which. President McKinley might be thrown by n jar cf the train a delicate bit of nnholstery is visible, for the purpose of rendering the impact harmless. On entering the car one will be amazed by its beauties. We are used to luxuries on trains. We know that scores of clever brains are studying to find new ways in which to make railroad travel something to be pleasantly remembered. President McKinley train, however, will be the first exposition of what artistic ability and practical common sense combined can accomplish. It will show the people of this country and to all those fiom abroad who have the pleasure of inspecting it that the United States, when it comes to railway travel, can ro far discount European effort as to make the comparison odious. The McKinley train will in a word be the railroad wonder of the century. The plans if carried out will certainly result in the splendor that will fairly dazzle the eyes of even those who are accustomed to every luxury. Edward A. riiillips, of the Railroad Car Journal, has been largely instrumental in presenting this idea to the railroad men of the country. He believes that the plan is not only feasible, but that these is no question of its being carried out. There Is, he says, nothing which the railroads of the United States cannot accomplish if they so desire. President MoKinley's train, Mr. Phillips believes, will be a surprise to even car builders and furnishers. The number of cars has not been definitely decided as yet. It is suggested that two cars of the twin variety would be amply sufficient for the train, as the half of the second car could be devoted to purposes of baggage, etc. Thomas Anderson, M. C. B. of the Tittsburg railway, has prepared a design for one car of the train, to be used by the president. He dominates it the presidential car. His plan calls for a car 09 feet G inches long, and 9 feet 8 inches wide. In one end are the heater, range, sink and all that goes with the kitchen, together with a refrigerator, etc. In the same portion of the car is the section where the cook, porter, etc., would lodge. A small baggage room flanked by the toilet room on one eide and a locker on the other come next. The aceeedi:ig space in occupied by a private room extending almost the entire width of the car, a narrow aisle on one side just permitting the passage of a person. Next to this room at one side is a pacious wardrobe and locker, these adjoining a buffet which occupies a portion of one end of a large dining room. A I rivate room comes next, and joining that is the bath room and another private room. The remainder of the car is taken up by the observation room. This is one of the most elaborate designs of all those submitted. The project for the president's train calls to mind the remarkable advance which has been made in the comforts of railroading the last thirty-five or forty years. Up to 1SU0, only a few private cars had been built, and they were t-tructures costing little if any more than the ordinary passenger car of that period. In the early sixties a man who had charge of GOO miles of railroad was considered one of the foremost men of the business. The change from then to now, from no private cars at all to a private car for almost every one, is shown by the fact that the Pullmnn car shops alone have turned out one hundred private cars during the last fifteen years. One of the finest private cars in existence to-day is that constructed for the president of the Philadelphia & Reading railroad. The bottom of the car consists of 4xH inch sills, laid solidly side by side for the entire width of the car and se TRAIN FOR PRESIDENT MCKINLEY. curely fastened together. Over this foundation heavy canvas is stretched and upon this canvas a board flooring is laid and nailed to a substructure of sill timbers. This makes the bottom of the car six inches thick of solid timber. Such a car could not be broken even by a collision where the car was moving at a speed of fifty miles an hour. The decoration of the car is in the empire style. The ceilings are in artistically colored relief work. The windows of the car ure unusually, large, the observation end being composed of one pane of plate glass and a glass door. The windows are in gothic style, the upper parts being of leaded glass. The car contains eight hundred feet of glass of all kinds, one hundred square feet of it being thirty-three mirrors. The roof of the room is dome shape and the deck sash throughout the car is supplied with dark cathedral glass with fancy metal grills. The car is perfectly equipped electrically for calls and for lighting. Two hundred drawings, exclusive of sketches of details, were made for this one cnr. The car in which president McKinley rode from Canton to Washington is that of J. P. Miller, general superintendent of the western division of the Pennsylvania railroad. It is believed to !o the most solidly built car in the world and is regarded as collision proof. The walls of seasoned oak are planked solid and without the usual studding. The car can roll down a fifty-foot embankment and arrive at the bottom safe and sound. In the event of such an emergency, the occupants of the car would not suffer greatly all the sides and ceilings are heavily upnot-stered. In a collision the other cars might lie smashed into splinters, but this one would be uninjured. When all that has been done to render these railroad palaces safe, commodious and comfortable, it would seem as if the combined railroad talent of the country could create for President McKinley a train that would make the whole world niaivel. IT SHORTENS LIF2. Insurance Companies Awake to Dangers of Bicycle Riding. the New York Yt'orld. A man who applied for a life insurance policy to one of the biggest companies in the country was amazed last week when his application was rejected on the ground that he was suffering from albuminuria. In his mind, as with most other people, this disease was associated with over-indulgence in beer. He had been a total abstainer all his life. About the only thing he indulged in to excess was bicycle riding. When he niado inquiries about the result of his examination he was told that too much bicycle riding was as bad for the kidneys s too much beer. Intemperance in physical exercise counts as much as any other form of intemperance in determining whether a man is a "good risk." This subject was discussed at length at a meeting of the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors held, in New York last week. Dr. T. G lover Byon, of Ixmdon, secretary of the British Life Insurance Association, took part in the dis-,.;, TVr .T. C. Yroung. of Newark, read a paper on albuminuria, in which he said that prolongea puysicai wnu: i i,f n tkha disease as frequently as the u-e of alcoholic stimulants. He spoke of bicycling, fencing, boxing, football and other forms of sport or recreation in which people might easily indulge to an excess that would make them bad risks for a life insurance company. 4i ;,; Oi stii.nbhng-block of two thirds of the people whose ,pil.catijns for a life insurance policy are rejected A few years ago it would have been considered absurd to av that lire insurance companies would, under any circumstances, issue a policy to a p-ron afflicted with it. Rut now it is practically attired that at least three of the hig companies will do eo within a short time. Their medical boards have been devoting a groat deal of attention to the subject, and they have come to the conclusion that under ordinary conditions albuminuria should not bar a mans ability to obtain life insurance. renorter for the Sunday World asked one of" the chief medical directors for the New York Life Insurance Company how n bicycle rider should know whether or not he "was riding to excess, and what amount of physical exercise of any character a man might safely take without danger to his kidr.eysi. "He should stop when his heart tells hiro to," was the reply. "If a person rides until he is tired he has ridden a little too far. If he rkb?s o fast that he feels hi heart beating against his chest it is time for him to get off his wheel. If he makes his even- TRAIN KtUPASSING IN MAGNIFICENCE PALACli LN TUB WORLD ing spin ro long that he cannot readly get to sleep when he gets home it is time to take warning. Of course a man conld experience both fatigue and palpitation nnd etill not have strained himself, but I mention this cs a very safe limit. If a person never gees beyond it he will never do himself any harm on a bicycle. " At the meeting of medical directors you ask me about it was only the excess of bicycle riding and other forms of physical exercise that came up for discussion. It wns pointed out, for example, that wrestlers, football players, prize-fighters and persons undergoing that form of physical exercise get up a temporary conges tion of the kidneys and show the bad effects for some time afterwards. But even in these cases it was not claimed that the congestion took a permanent character. " Golf has the advantage over the bicycle in never permitting a person to overstrain his heart. It gets a man out of doors and makes him tired without the danger of excess. Baseball is carried to excess in the base running. A man has to be in good training to run bases well, nnd it is the training that is likely to do. him harm." Dr. George F. Shrady snid: ' It li always demoralizing to a man to have his application for a life insurance policy re jected. He rushes off to his family physician and imagines that he is going to die right away. Each applicant imagines that the insurance company passes on his individual case. Nothing of the kind. They decide by a system of averages and take no chances with the individual. The avr eroges show that men afflicted with air buminuria are bad risks, and they reject them. I have known them to reject men who lived for forty years afterwards. " Excessive exercise is almost sure to bring on albuminuria. Men in training for a severe form of sports are, seldom in good health, although they think they are. It is the vital organs and not big muscles that fit a man for a long and healthy life. A person should not be examined for insurance when he is in training. Anything that calls for Jlrent exertion of muscular force will produce temporary albuminuria. But it is not permanent, and should not, under ordinary circumstances, debar a man from obtaining a life insurance pob icy." BICYCLE TOURING. Pleasant Evenings Spent With Farmers Families On the Road. narper's Round Table. There are very few peopla of the farming class who, if properly approached, will decline to take you in for the night, provided you are reasonably well dressed, a gentlemanly looking personage, and are rot traveling in a company of more than two, including yourscelf. Y'ou ride along through the day, and toward evening come upon some attractive looking farm house Y'ou approach and ask the mistress if she will take you and your friend in for the night, adding that you are traveling oa a tcur from such a point to such a point, that you will gladly pay for the rest and feed she can give you. In nine cases out of ten she will take you in after a short talk. An evening spent with the farmer and his wife and family, if you enter into tha spirit of the thing, is one of the most enjoyable of evenings, and at the same time one of the most most valuable methods for picking up a knowledge of the people of this country who live out of your immediate sphere. Toward bedtime theyi will probably want to put you in the spare chamber, which, in such homes, means the one unused room of the house. If you decline and take one of the poorer but frequently used rooms 3'ou will be happier. In any case the mistress of the house will probably think more of yoa and charge you less. Often in the morn ing when you set out to continue your journey the farmer anil his wife will laugh at the idea of payment. In that case it is due to those who come afteij you as well as to yourself that when yol return home you send them something in the nature of a present or remembrance. In this way some very pleasant evenings nre passed, and some attractive acquaint' iuces made, new places are discovered, and new features of the old places found out from day to day, and, over and above all, it is the most inexpensive method ot traveling afoot or awheel that can be imagined. Ambiguous. Exchange. Mrs. Ppooner "Charles, do yon think you would ever marry ag:iin'.'" Mr. Spooner "What after having lived with you for ten years? Never !" Mrs. Spooner says she would give some thing handsome if she only knew just wha4 he meant by that- Holding Her End Up. ' Exchange. Mistress Didn't the ladies who called leave cards? Maid They wanted to, ma'am, but I told them you had plenty of your own, and better, too. Thousands of women go down to death every year through their own ignorance land neglect. Every woman should know some thine of the physiology ol her womanly self. Every woman should appreciate the importance of the health and strength of the delicate organs that constitute her womanhood. The. woman who neglects her health in this respect is sure to be a continual sufferer ana is in constant danger of an early grave. To such a woman wifehood is 4 torture and motherhood a menace. Dr. Pierce's Favorite Prescription acts directly and only on the organs that make wifehood and motherhood possible. It invigorates them and makes them healthj'. It prepares a woman for an almost pang-less maternity. It does away with the dangers of motherhood. It insures the health of the newcomer in the family. Over 90,000 women have testified to ita wonderful virtures. All good druggist sell it. There is nothing " just as good. " If it had not been for yotir medicine and youf advice." writes Mrs. I. F. Thomas, cf Antoine, Pike Co., Arks.. " I would no doubt be in ny grave or in an insane atvluiu. Fourteen years ago, when my second clufd was born, I came very near losing ray mind. - My head would hurt so bad I could hardly live. I sould not lie down and raise up without grat pain. My life was a misery to mo. God alone knows what I suffered. I had lost all hope of being cured, but I took your Favorite Prescription 1 according to direction. I used one bottle of the 'Pleasant Pellets. two of the 'Golden Medical Discovery, and si of Favorite Prescription.' In a little over on a year after I be?an your medicine I gave birth to twins. Since then I have a bov baby ten months old. He weighed eleven pounds at his birth. I have been better in health sine the birth or these children than I had been for years before. Eeiora tisir.c vour medicine mv weight was about one hundred and thirty-five pounds, and now I weigh one hundred and sity-nve." Dr. Pierce's Pleasant Pellets are a safe, sure, 9wift and permanent cure for constipation. Thev never gripe. One is a pntl laxative, and' two a mild cathartic Drugi gists sell them. ? 3 .&im. vra

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 16,500+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Try it free