The San Francisco Call from San Francisco, California on December 2, 1906 · Page 10
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WANTED-HEIRS TO FORTUNES ftn Insight Into the Business of Tracing Lost Rersohs^ H C! ?iS ;>.;:: ted :.ThU trt»>Uaile phrase sure!**; warrants -mi exclamation mark. Heirs wanted! S 'Yes', many cf them— and wanted ba«3!y., ; . '\u25a0-;.'- ,_ ; •" .\u25a0:'; ;•\u25a0 On first ..thought one Vmlght fancy this to fee tlhe plaint of a childless Croe-scs. yearning; 'tor. some small person on Tt-libni to f,i his millions Ilk* ft coasting cap. But x:o— it is merely \u25a0 n ordinary pii:a?e used by a few memhers of one of the strangest a^id raott paradoxical: prof et niece in or outside the pases ; of •{\u25a0fiction— tracers of- lost persons. ..-•• '.• : '." \u25a0 •..'.-\u25a0\u25a0'.\u25a0•• \u25a0' If you ci* a hoAtl reader you have certainly heard of ami may be familiar with : one • tracer ct lost persons — tli e" clever and \u25a0• extraordinary', character rj-eau-d reeeatiy by Robert W. Chambers.'•.••: Ketn'i :>.ftrj'*ten«d We»trer by n&*'' ture cs Well *s noir.enc-Ulure. h&n he»:i g-Jyen a plate in very near the Inimitable Rierlock Holme* unions the gai- Jeryj-ods of romance, so to cay. That he is merely th? shadow ot one or moro: origrinale. nenin r?sl;i!f^. .'pnrwWxut .\u25a0>• real though highly romantic profession, may be rfewß. and surprising. .:.-• For New York housee and taxes fully, a dosen tracers of lost persons .\.wh J do nothing else professionally than conib and -curry tlie'.-earfh in s»arc % .i of raw, - v.omen and .children, r.-ho. unknown to themselves, have fallen heir to fortunes '-.ranging- in -value from a thousand up to several hundred thousand dollars.- .' : '. ••• ' : As one interesting item in the account there is now tying doraast in the banking hou?es an-J bidet trust <ompanies of New York nearly $700,000. A cretter portion or this sum has been unclaimed for twenty year* or more. Oddly enough, the banks and trust companies In question are anxious to find the legal owners of the money, and their egems in the search arc known as tracer* of mispinj heirs. ;1£ \u25a0•.' v Take'the case— * recent one — ol oae.. of the wealthiest and best Unownr.o-taen In the United States. Her mansion in upper Fifth ivraue. is one of the most imposing In tht many -inaustoned metropolis, and her .'philanthropies are town broadcast o-. er the 'lan«L That \u25a0he was ever an actress after being a ( horus sirl. after i being, an obscure typewriter, is dreamed not even, today *>y her most intimate <ae<ju2.!ntanre.«. How and -by whom was the startling discovery made? By a. tracer of lost persons, and iii.'. tii* following -.riantrer, a* he related to a writer for Ti;e Sunday Call: -;_- : / ": v;' "-''•. .:\u25a0;\u25a0"';, - ; v; ; :.y-^ V .Several years sfO, ia/ISS" to be precJse. a Miss K. had some SU\OOO on deposit with one of the downtown banks. During the latter part of that year the left her bank book there to be balanced, and. ao far ac the bank was concerned, or. could discover. disappeared. Had ' the earth opened - : and . srvalloTred her. she <ould riot have vanished ' more \u25a0 completely.* .;: .Tears \u25a0• passed, and every effort "was made to locate the . missing: depositor. /Eighteen; month* ago a tracer who has an office up town was advised ©f the rase by the president of the bank a.nd took up' the search. By •tudylngr euch . mcagrer facts as were pbtalnable and d^durjnff the rest he decided that she badebme to California. Taking the first train across the continent, the tracer discovered, that a woman answering: the description of the mtssing depositor, as contained in the bank record*., had met and married a. famous muKl-millionairc In San Francitco in ISB4. By comparing: her presrnt handwriting; with her recorded sisrature he was assured that they were identical. Her husband had died. leav- Idz her one of the richest women in America, and the bankers, when in- Tortned of A he- facts, were incredulous. Bat the "evidence was absolutely clear and convincing. . : . • : . ' •' -. American Cavalry Horses Most skilled of all THE c-fliciency of. the United States cavalry' receives less than it deserves of popular appreciation., It is the old Btory of the prophet in his own country. The natural, Kenius of Arc.ericans for the saddle end the unlirnitcrj opportunity for.riding, r-ombine'd under the intelligent dl:«v:lion of the army regulations, have rroduc^d results =in which every Amcrlcan should take- pride. - , Since th«^ earliest days the riding of i»ie American soldier has been notable. The work of the cavalry on both sides of the Civil War. was in many respects unprecedented, end- has been studied .by European experts with the closed attention. The Spanish war furnished Qther famous cyar.iples. The credit for being the<best riders in the woria .has long been given lo the Cossackp. Flnce Xhc lat*> war between Russia and Japan, however, .-this ideal has been rudely shattered. . For certain feats of trick riding, again, the Italian cavalry lias been very highly. praised. It is safe to say. however, that as regards endurance, fancy riding and general efficiency our American troopers are easily the equal of and in all probability superior to any cavalry In the world. ' -.".'.• r Such results arc in no sense, accidental. In the first plac«. the material ft the disposal of- the officers is exceptionally fit. The American soldier seems to take naturally to the raddle. He is, in the phrase, a natural 'born rider, nor 5? lie lacking? in daring and \u25a0 endurance. Then again the troops hare the advantage of great stretches of country for riding which teet thetr kkill end endurance. The cavalry posts of the West — and there arc many c* them — »r*. doubtless the finest training , scnoois Tor riders in the world. Here are no tan-bark ring-* or restricted parade grounds, but unlimited' prairie, mountain and desert, presenting every condJUcn a soldier may be called upon to face in actual warfare. Aj» might be expected, therefore, recruits are soon licked into excellent shape. The regular cavalry drill of. the" army is very esactlne, The recruits are taught at the beginning" every detail of their work. In many long and arduous hours they are taught how to mount, how to saddle and harness their horses, how to care for their raoacts under all conditions, and finally, when all these details have been mastered, t& go through the various drills on horseback. And at. regular intervals the troops are sent out on lone prac,: tire marches to harden and " fcccu«tom the men to face every possible aitui- "Armed with credentials," said th€' tracer. "I called at th« H — town house, and through her secretary informed her that she had 912.000 on deposit at such and etich s. bank. She sent back word that she kn«r neither of any such* account nor any such pereon as the one In whose nurne it had stood for twentythree years. Eventually, however, be- Insr pressed by the bank to make some disposition of the account, and realizing the futility of attempting to keep her prenuptial career secret, she accepted the money and sent me Just Here it may '.c explained that the average fe» received by a tracer under such c!rcumstant»§ is from 10 to SO per cent, and unless this client conforms to the rule there rr.ay be a sensatlonal >eQU»J> Just Pt [n~e%«ynt severs 1 -tracers are •r'-ingr to ho\"p the riddle of Patrick White, who died 2Jay<; ft the House- ;';. I Drooklyn, l->avlnsr about : JlTO.OO) a^d r.o known rVlatlvW or will, lie .t.-a» $~ .'••us of e?» and has been » r«c!"-^. All that was Unown of his aatec^r.t". said one tracer, who ha* j*jst rt-turr.cd from liftland, whurc he »ound severs.l heirs and learned from liun that a firEt-.cousin was llvlnfi: 10 Chicagr-\ was that PHtrick V.*hlte htd come .from County. We:: ford -f> Baltimore s'?;tv-o:*<» y<?£rs aaro ac t!ift near>st r'-lttire of p. woalthy urcls whe had oi»d there. This tracer rliscovercd that t'.if younj? man had be»«n nataral«.7ed throuar'i th? efforts of the late R^verdy Johnson in having a special act p:isr,<»d fey the Maryland Leff!s-lalur». This '."a* nocp.*sary. as under the lav/ an a^im cannov inherit property In Marylnnd. A-! soon as the missing relative in Chicago ia located the comfortaLile cs-ate Tin be divided. "Of course >."e do not travel a BdJ?ery| road all the time.'* said the tracer. "In fact, o:t profession is considerstble ot a specu'.atlon. For instance, we never ask for or reclve any cantineent or vtaining: >«>, but «!mp!y take .our rhances en *very ca»* TTh»*n .?*iT*ra) thoi«sar.«: Co'.'.e^s is in an otphan state. «o to say. a 23 per cent fe? Is cruite a. reward for succes*. But r*menJ6*r that one int^rt frequent*:* spr--cl a year or more aril a few bunded dollars i:i exptnE<«s on c mer« chance. "Th'j? trts .Must rated by the case of John Eiiwant Hughes, .who died in the Flatbush Ineane Asylum four years ago. leavirg J^O.O.'iO. AH the relatives there was any inkling: of were two sisters, who hsd e.-iilfrratet} from Belfast to Australia abojt t!i«! sani" time he himself came to thl« country. WcUi 1 boarded a steamer.) errived in Belfast snd there learned tllat the deceased had six coueinß on Loig Island, not two mi'.e* from whore he \ .<>d. From them It wkS learned that several other relatives were scattered over the country, yet none of them had noticej the long account? printed In the newspaper*." One of the hardest knots the heir seeker* have had to untangle in recent yearn involved the 575,000 estate of.an elderly man who was burled in. Brooklyn twelve years ago undftr the name or William Braun. Six months later, said the tracer vrho did the untangling, the body was exhumed and positively identified a* that of Gustav Iltnterloch. formerly of Dafitzig, Germany. Behind this in a romance in real life the like of "which one can turn the pages of fiction in*', vain to equal. For thirty years, while amassing hi« fortune, he was known as Braun the miser.^ Ills real name flgurei) in only one* business transaction during that time — an annuity In the Germania Life Insurance Company. "I learned," said the tracer, "that the old miser had confided to one of his neighbor* down on Houston street that he was born in Dantzig in 1822, but the records over there^ revealed no one by that name as having been born near •tlon'. Tiiese practice, marcnes often cover several^ hundred miles of rough country. The .provisions for the;.; trip are carried along, the troops, of course, living in the open. At - many of ; the '/Western , posta the troops have the opportunity 'to "h ln* dulge in a variety 1 of rough rldlne or fancy riding, which is at once \u25a0 exceedingly picturesque and practical. The reputation of?: the- 'Cossack,'.- for instance. Is largely ; due to the spectacular ' fe»Ct of \u25a0 «. few., picked i men \u25a0 in the circus ' and""-' similar exhibitions. that time. -*»j n^cpverfd.huwover.v t]v?t «. -man' born" in Dantzic'in .IS'JI emigrated* to this co'.intry'about; 18»0. Tiis real nami Was WllHam^Molkcntln; but his relatives popees«ed letters »tc;ir)fr that he had assunifd the- name ;of Braun. The ease seemed -absolutely conclusive until T discovered a Haw. and learned about the same'tlme that tji« deceased "Willism Braun was known t& have an annuity in the Germania. from which he had .collected $170. yearly »ince 1861. Strange\to say. hov/cycr, the insurance records failed to < reveal any such name as Braun, though one SI7P annuity had been paid to a Gtistav HlnterlOch Bince 1861. and, this person, contrary to hie custom, had neglected to call at the insurance offices during i)\i •.•yrr€ntiel>:>J>?ontJ\? : j*;Rtit'J!nin'(j: : to I »? BtB|g7n - found tbaUoiTtfjG U»tß v* T\"lltiolm-.Uintfrlo'ch was born'^h.ere '.ln.';lB2'.\" ariiij thy "birtli certlflc"ste~. of*. thU- maul U'g-f'UiVr ":\u25a0 with the blrth;'^rp.ttrriage and d ea th " a r ti fKa t»* o f_: h \*; : par ents.'.corref spondril precisely with Ut»' Ktorles-'vi'll* li«:n: Drauvi had ..told his; frtend.-^ Pei'r mission "t, as obtained j.to*cv;humc : ,. the body, which, of' course, wan . identi fled by. th« cashier, of tho Oermania. as.Hinterloch and by the friond as /William Braun." ' .\u25a0/.;:\u25a0":• • .'; \u25a0' : \u25a0•' : -':\. • \u25a0' Thl« case; netted the "; tracer l42oo. .'"Have you'pveu l:ad any.ca«es,paralleiing the ; Xtttle: Lord . l r auntleroy story?" was ventured. \u0084. . . .. "No," laughed ..the '"\u25a0 rttcon't'eur.',- "nor am 1 aware who struck Billy Patterson. Tho»ii who ': have traveled ;. tmoni ' .the \u25a0'. army posts lot the";.Weet 'know' that the i \u25a0 'American" troofsj discount"*; those ; feats.; The- accompanyinsiphotographf*,':, which ;^ were' taken-!, recently gin?: Montana. 0 will give some! idea' of !the\ skill" of \u25a0 Arfierican cavalrymen*;' The ;f cats i were in^noji; senseah'exhibltionrATho.plctures.were?) taken 11 , whileltho] men ; were; out [for cr T : erciee.v the ) riding:; being *by ;• no . means r unusual.- . \u25a0:„;•' \u25a01% - \u25a0 '\u25a0. ','. ••'\u25a0 \u25a0 •",'•' vTho y buttes; of Montana^ lend : , themselves i admirabl>v.: to '£ such"r : a?, purpose.' v Those? curious :,-; mountain ; formations ;.* preBent?preclpl toua^sldee lof | loose 7 sand :.i and sraveltjwell J- suited f for3 climbing.?; Thelr4summltßi.areJconnected|by ? 3Bt.eep"| ButiJiinonß »ev»ra 1 hundred other cases which 'p'luve cleared :iip' successfully. And 'urofiicbtii'durintr ; my thirty years if>7-thii«'.businc«r. none has been more pU2Sling:*if; nut romantic-, than; that of Judge^Thonias" M.'i, Pomeroy. Pomeroy witsk^Bostohiin.^'a Harvard gradua.a e.na':>.xccl!enHy Iconnec ted. \u25baWhen th« gold fever/ struck this country' in IS4D he boarded ; a ship under an assumed name and'etarted around the Hqrn for California. For some reason or other he changed.bis mind en route ami went to Honolulu, where he lived many years, amassing considerable fortune as a merchant.' ..."'\u25a0' • '" ' |.- : "Ileturnirig 1 to \u25a0 this country,' he . settled Jn Missoula, Mont., practiced law and rose to. a judicial position of prom- feet jln ' wlatns which': may d? usea : as bridal " paths for 'seasoned '' riders. : To the [•% eye". of ; J any/ ordinary rider buttes j appear.^: absolutely . Impassiblt.' The .'cavalryman 'takes [these .curious trails ; on the run. V; ;; .: \u25a0" \ ; '^Thero^are "many, places whero no path t has \u25a0 been] cut ? to ; the . aummlt.Vand' here : the \u25a0 men, dlsmountlns,^- climb quickly . s up^the « precipitous sides.i leav^ ing? their .'•horses £ f ree. ;t ..-Lef t ,: to ;- thern"-^ selves, .the , nimbloifooted 'beasts; will scale;, the* steep fsldes; with \the ?agillty ; ol J cats.^ii, Once -. at -^ the Y top "^ the . . me n quicklyjfswlng,?; lnto ; their, 5 : saddles ; artel arc [off ! a t ' a s sharp" gal lop.t? Despite"; the extreme* irregularity .'of Jthft;-; trail. 4 1 ho" troop rretalns'a'i remarkably regular inence,': .WVell. he died at neer- Lodge in ?18&U- lray.lng.a. large., fortune >and. no known .relatives. ; A "Vyestern .. lawyer wrote me. the facts not long "ago. and from on*; or two items of evidence, one of whtch was a. -small,, worn pocket Bible in which was written "From mother, Boston. 1848.' I finally found that one Thomas M. Pomeroy had' lived in Boston, was graduated from Harvard, married, lost his wife a . year later, and had started for California under the name of Thomas M. Higginson. I traced him to Honolulu, learned that he had resumed his right name and had gone to Montana. v "In Boston I also learned that he had left one son. who was'ln the railroad business in St. Louis. At St. Louis it rormat'on. .' it is an. escsedlngly, picturesque sight- to jsee". a company thus strung •- out \ along, the . crest { of . th« buttes.": thc'ilong -rows of .mounted men silhouetting ;\u25a0 against! the.; sky." ' .The 'descent : of i the ;buttes? is. another amazing: feat tin ithe. judgnient^of the average rider, at *least.' : : Sltting-thelr horses he', easy '.Western 'seat and frivingTi- loose} rein i to'-; thoir" lAmounts1 Amounts ;the troop wlllquickly descend one of these jnountains.'"»^nf > gotlating \- angles -v!aj»-. parently,.little\.lessi'.lhan lar>ViThc"; loose* sand and gravel which Tie : San Francisco Sunday Call. developed that one William B. Fomerfrf had recently been transferred to Joplin. Mo., where we' met. He had always believed that his father tad, died in tha Sandwich Isianda in, 1555. He fs nov a rich. man. being the only llvins heir." Meanwhile the profession of, tracing the ever-increasins number of misslnK heirs is being reduced to a twentieth century science, in which custom-hous* and immigration records, birth, marriage *nd death lecord*, newspapers, the police of two continents, and so on. form threads in the complex mesh — \u25a0 and l!k# beneficent spiders th» Weatrtl. Keens of real life sit In the center ofy the web. able to teM by the slightest tremor of any thread exactly wher* to begin investigations. • form these buttes ieno some ajjistancit - The I horses.;, from ; long experience, sit. x>n "' their •hapnehes. with their forefeet •extended; as a brace, and in- this position the horse and* rider*- quickly did. appear in a cloud of dust" to reap-* pear :a',few •sfrcor.it^later at ; the .foot of ; the mountain as fit a3 , ever.". And : thi's Is not don« By a few picked hors«-;men," but \by* scores of 'mounted \?z*m* * toerether.'; . At \ the :; signal the coccjic^ ; fiulckly^reforms. *and in an instan; "^ \ galloping *; madly over* the pralrl* it perfect order. _ SB&fISH

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