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THE SUNDAY-OKEGDXIAX, PORTLAND, SEPTEMBER 16, 1906.
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ST. PETERSBURG. Sept. 15. (Spe
cial Corresporvdence of The Sunday
Oregonian.) Strange stories of a
sorceress at the Russian court are re
lated by those acquainted with the
internal affairs of the Czar's household.
The Czar's tendency toward mysticism
Is well known, and it has caused him
to ' become the dupe of several succes
sixe hypnotists, spiritualists, fortune
tellers and such persons. At one time
It was the French hypnotist named
Philipps who contrived to gain such a
remarkable ascendancy over the Czar,
and at another time the depsotic ruler
of 130,000,0)0 subjects was entirely un
der the influence of a quack weather
prophet named Demptschko. At pres
ent a sorceress named Zenobia Galat
schka is in high favor at the Russian
Zenobia Galatschka was introduced
to the Czar's notice in a curious way.
Previous to her appearance In St. Pe
tersburg she "resided at a remote vil
lage in the Russian province Volhynia,
where she earned a living by fore
telling the fortunes of the ignorant
peasant inhabitants. A Russian noble
man who was hunting in that district
of Volhynia heard of the fame of the
fortune-teller and went himself to hear
his fate from her prophetic lips. Zeno
bia Galatschka, who appears to be a
woman with exceptional powers of ob
servation and unusually sharp wits,
teld the young aristocrat so much
about himself that was true that he
became a believer in her reputed su
pernatural endowments. When he re
turned ' to St. Petersburg he related
his experience to the Czar, who was
keenly interested in the story of the
Within 24 hours Zenobia Galatschka
was visited by two police officials of
tier district, who communicated to her
the surprising intelligence ' that the
Czar had summoned her to St. Peters
' burg. They had orders to arrange her
departure and tp provide for her com
fort on the long journey. The news of
the unusual honor conferred on Zeno
bia Galatschka by the Emperor spread
quickly throughout the district and an
Immense crowd of rustic admirers es
corted the fortune-teller to the nearest
station, many miles away.
On her arrival in St. Petersburg the
young woman was taken to the Im
perial Palace and lodged there In a
suite of elegant rooms. At the first
Interview which she had with the Czar
he was delighted with her powers of
penetration and divination, and she
was immediately Installed In his favor.
Since that day Zenobia, whose father
was a field laborer, has been the trust
ed adviser of the Czar, who seeks her
opinion on questions of state policy,
on problems of military strategy and
on all sorts of other important affairs.
She occupies a suit of six gorgeous
roonu in the palace, which offer a
striking contrast to the miserable one-
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room hut in' which she first saw the
light of the world. She is waited on
by a staff of eight trained servants and
has probably forgotten that she herself
was trained to do the roughest kinds
of menial work in her humble home.
The Czar has granted her a salary of
$10,000 a year out of his private purse,
and other members of the imperial
family honor her by seeking her ad
vice. According to the latest reports from
court circles, Zenobia Galatschka is In
danger of being supplanted by a the
osophist named Beuningen. Beunin
gen, who was- formerly a colonel in
the Russian army, has contrived to at
tract the attention of the Czar, who
has manifested interest in his prophe
cies of the future. Beunlhgen predicts
that the last Pope will be deposed and
the Vatican destroyed in 1923. He also
predicts that America, England, Ger
many, France and all other great pow
ers will be subjugated by Russia by
1933. After this date the Emperor of
Russia will rule over the whole world
with the same absolute power which
he now possesses over his more lim
ited dominions. The Czar was highly
pleased at this prophecy and Beunin
gen seems to stand a good chance of
becoming No. 1 in the Imperial favor.
CYRIL. R. LININGTON.
One Night of Terror in New Zealand Bush
Sir Joseph George Ward, the New Premier, Tells of a Criminal's Mistake and His Own Escape.
SIR JOSEPH GEORGE WARD, K. C.
M. G., the newly-appointed Premier
of New Zealand, in succession to
the late Premier Seddon, who is now in
New York, on his way home from Lon
don, has had a remarkable career. Al
though only 49 years old, he has held
nearly every Important post under the
New Zealand government. Starting
from a clerkship in the postal- service
In 1360, he has held successively the
post of Minister of Railways, Colonial
Secretary, Postmaster-General and
Minister of Industries and Commerce.
He nas also been three times Mayor of
Wellington., In 1868 he went into busi
ness as a grain exporter, and is now
head of one of the largest grain con
cerns In his country and a man of
Aside from his public career. Sir Jo
seph in his younger days saw a good
deal of life in the New Zealand bush,
and in the course of an Interview at
the Waldorf-Astoria he related an ex
citing experience he had when on one
occasion , he was caught at night in a
rainstorm at a wild spot in the bush
known as Funeral Gorge, situated near
the ba3e of the Southern Alps, In South
"The name of Funeral Gorge Is not
an inviting one," said Sir Joseph. "In
New Zealand one realizes the fact more
clearly when riding down its murder
ous track at one in the morning on a
beaten horse and in a rising rain.
"And when Just as the first angry
raindrops fall and the preliminary
snarl of the New Zealand sou'wester
rushes down the gully -the turning of
a corner discloses a stranger of pecu
liarly villainous appearance, even the
trained bushman has some excuse it he
feels that there have been pleasanter
situations in his life.
"Such at least were my feelings
when, while riding down Funeral
Gorge late one night many years ago,
1 was caught in a 'southerly buster."
"You always know when you are
caught in a New Zealand sou'wester.
It is like the hustling Yankee In that it
is quick to make up its mind and act
upon It. You could time with a stop
watch the change from a broiling nor'
wester to a storm of ice-cold rain; you
could almost see the glass rise and the
withered grass grow, and the rain Is
worth dollars a minute to the weary
'runholder.' You don't 'think it's going
to be wet,' or 'expect the warm weather
Is over': you turn your horse's tail to
the wind and gallop wildly for shelter.'
"I did not hesitate, therefore, when
the unkempt strangor I had stumbled
cross addressed me as 'mate' a word
which the New Zealand bushmen will
use to an archbishop or any other dig
nitary and offered me a shakedown In
"One dees not in such circumstances
ask for particulars of the antecedents
of one's host, a reference to a clergy
man, or a plan of the drainage system.
I let him seize the bridle and drag me
and my horse through some unrecog
nizable" track In the manuka shrub to
a email shanty thatched with some
manuka and built of rough-hewn ' to
tara wood. Hanging my horse up to
dry, so to speak, under a shed con
structed of four poles sunk Into the
ground and a few boards and some tuft
on top, I crawled into the hut, negoti
ated a glass of whisky and applied ex
ternal heat to my dripping clothes in
front of a Are.
"In sucn a house one may live on about
$25 a year, inclusive (keeping a horse and
doing some entertaining, provided one
makes clothes and shoes out of sacking
and cowhide and Is a good shot. More
or; if one's antecedents are doubtful
the privacy is complete, and the New Zea
land bush affords every facility for invad
ing the mounted police, who go around
occasionally with the photograph of some
criminal of whom they are in search.
"In such reassuring environment I was
to spend the night. My friend quickly
got ready a meal of the inevitable mutton
and the eternal stewed tea and we sat
down. On a closer Inspection I liked the
look of him still less than I had at first.
"As we talked he carefully examined
my clothes, my shoes, the ring on my
finger In fact, everything except my face
which he studiously avoided. His jaw
was heavy and hung ' at an unpleasant
angle, and Irregular habits had set their
unmistakable seal upon his brow. Yet
under the rough veneer which bush life
Invariably produces there were traces of
education and refinement. But the more
I looked at him the more certainly the
conviction grew upon me that I had seen
him before, and under discreditable cir
cumstances, though for the life of me I
could, not recall the occasion.
"Well, tea was over, and, with the
storm shrieking furiously outside, we sat
down to entertain each other. First he
invited me to throw for sixpences, but the
dice were so palpably loaded that I felt
the offer to be an Insult to my intelli
gence. He then proposed euchre, to which
I acceded (for the low points, so that I
could not be too readily robbed), glancing
at the cards to see that the backs were
not too obtrusively marked and that there
were not more than six aces to the pack.
I also furtively examined his coat sleeves
for a secret card box or a holdout. He
pressed me to sit where I should have a
lookinar-glass behind me; I declined that,
but maneuvered unsuccessfully for some
time to get him to take that particular
seat himself. We had each now asserted
ourselves as keen men of the world who
understood each other.
" 'Take your drink, mate; it'll keep the
cold out," said my hoqt.
"He had seen suspicion in my eyes, and
now read it plainly in his. I drank his
villainous liquor mechaincai.y; it might
have been furniture polish, but I inclined
to charitableness and put it down as only
We began to play euchre the national
game of New Zealand, as it might almost
be called. He won steadily, though I
could see nothing definitely unfair in his
play. I noticed, however, he held the
right and left bowers suspiciously often,
and occasionally 'bridged' the pack when
handing it to me to cut. But my bush life
had given me some experience of sharp
ing, and I took out the 'bridge' by gently
squeezing the pack between my fingers.
This increased his respect for me Im
mensely. "Handing me the pack the next time his
loose cuff fell back from his wrist, I no
ticed a tattoo mark on his forearm, and
in an instant It revealed to me the history
of a lifetime.
"Like a flash I remembered where I had
last seen him it was in the prisoner's
dock at Wellington! He was a profes
sional yfesperado named Jack Keen, who
had played the title role in a score of
sensational criminal cases in the New
Zealand "courts. And there I was in the
power of the man who would think no
more of cutting my throat than of eating
his breakfast. His gang had carried on
robbery under arms as an organized in
dustry for many years. Their household
Included a forger, two murderers, an ex
cellent cook, badly wanted for bigamy and
a gentleman who, between reprieves and
escapes from jail, had received so many
sentences that had he served his full
time he would have been 150 years in
"My host's photograph and the extraor
dinary tattoo mark had been reproduced
In all our newspapers. He had been cap
tured, I remembered, sentenced and then
escaped with the assistance of that pub
lic which Is ever ready to supply with
food and a hiding place the criminal who
has been preying upon It for years.
"I had now no doubt that my life might
be in serious danger. He had seen the
jeweled ring upon my finger; and in a sin
gle glance had sized up the excellent
hunter I had been riding, instead of the
usual $50 stock horse.
"The problem that troubled me now was
how I was going to spend the night with
my host and insure being alive in the
"I had not so much as a knife, and
even if I had I should hardly have had
a chance In a hand-to-hand discussion
with such an expert as he was.
"Just as I was conjuring in my mind
what to do I suddenly remembered that I
had a small paper packet in my cigar
case containing tobacco insecticide powder
which I had been using some weeks be
fore in my hothouses: it was medicated.
I took the cigar case from my pocket and
sneaked the powder out of It.
" 'Listen!' I exclaimed, as I started half
up. There's some one outside. I heard
him sing out. If it is the police'
"I had touched the right chord. In
stinctively feeling for some weapon, my
convict host glided to the door and in
stantly vanished. Of course, he was back
again at once It would have been strange
if he had found anybody outside but I
had already dropped the powder into his
"You saust have a guilty conscience,
mate.' he observed with some relief, re
gaining color. 'There was nothing."
" 'My horse, probably," I said, 'thought
he'd get some more oats If he kicked up
"He did not take the hint, but sat down
again beside his drink. It seemed a cen
tury before he finished it, and the game
of cards was getting labored; for the sus
picion which I had noticed in his eyes
had given place to a certainty that I
knew too much about him.
"With Immense relief I saw the narcotlo
take effect. His eyes grew heavy, and the
cards dropped helplessly from his hands,
and I watched breathlessly for the mo
ment when it would be safe to lash his
hands and feet. Suddenly, to my utter
dismay, I found myself giving way to
exactly similar sensations! He had
"With the room fading before my eyes
and a fatal numbness coming over my
limbs, the only idea I could form was to
make an effort to get outside Into the
fresh night air.
: "I - stumbled from my chair. I have
faint recollections of his doing the same.
Then two people seemed to reach the
door together and grapple. One drew a
revolver and the other seized it and threw
it across the room, whence neither of
them had sufficient strength to fetch it.
Then one of the men crumpled up like a
paper bag and slithered on the floor.
"Whatever exactly happened, we recov
ered next morning. He must have touched
me with his foot when he awoke, for
when I opened my eyes surprised to find
not only my windpipe Intact, but my
watch and valuables still, 'there' he was
struggling feebly to his feet.
"There was no need to throw myself
on the defensive. My host approached me
with obvious respect and esteem and
helped me to get up.
" 'You've done me, mate!" he exejaimed,
weakly, as he placed his hand upon my
shoulder. 'You've enough drugs Inside
your carcass to kill two men, yet here
you are still as good as I am, and you've
near done for me Into the bargain."
"My acuteness had so impressed him
that he now welcomed me in the light of
a brother criminal, and without a tinge of
professional jealousy he held my hand,
meeting me with the frankness of one pol
ished gentleman dealing with another.
" 'To tell you the truth, mate," he went
on, 'my head's like a lump of lead. Just
hold up till I cook some tea.'
" "I should like some,' I answered; tny
; The experienced rug buyer knows that ordinarily to ' purchase Axminster
Rugs is equivalent to the purchase of $20 gold pieces. They are a staple article
and seldom vary in price to any extent. Therefore, when we announce the sav
ing of $8.50 in the cost of a line of splendid Axminsters, we know the rug buyers
of Portland will "sit up and take notice." We were fortunate in obtaining a
large assortment of the "Quaker Axminster brand from staid old Philadelphia
at a considerable reduction from the usual cost of this class of rugs, and shall
make use of the opportunity for a big special sale to introduce our carpet depart
ment to the Fall trade. You are invited to inspect these great rug values and
at the same time view the tier upon tier of late arrivals in our carpet rooms. We
have many exclusive patterns from the best mills the standard makes of the land and our margin of profit is the very lowest.
We cannot be undersold when it comes to the question of carpets and rugs.
The "Quaker-Axminster" Rug
This great, splendid rug has woven into its very-warp and woof all the
sterling characteristics of the honest, painstaking, reliable old Qua
ker people by whom it is woven and from whom it takes its name. The
"Quaker Axminster" is a synonym of quality in material, vweaving,
style and finish. The colorings are perfect, the nap is deep and soft
and the weaving is of the most thorough character. They are full size,
9x12 feet and ordinarily would sell for $42.00. Our 33 50
special price is only pJJJJ
$1.00 DOWN AND $1.00 A WEEK.
Made-Up "Crown" Brussels
We are showing also, this week, a goodly number of made-up rugs of full
room size 9x12 in the best grade of "Crown"' Brussels. This is
the best wearing Brussels carpet on the market today. All
the latest shades are shown, and we quote the low price pJ
$1.00 DOWN AND 50c A WEEK.
Made-Up Wilton Velvet Rugs
Here is a special bargain in Velvet Rugs, made up from the best grade
of velvets, in two-tone reas ana two-tone greens, iuu room l 1
You'll not tmd tneir equal in city ior quaniy ana price. . . t
Easy Terms. All the credit you want.
$25 Roosevelt Brussels $20
The "Roosevelt" is a 10-wire seamless tapestry Brussels, fully 9x12 feet
in size ; elegant weaves in oaks, greens, tans, reds, Oriental and floral
effects; assorted patterns in handsome colorings. Owing to their su
perior grade and make, these rugs sell regularly for $25.00 each, but
on account of this fortunate purchase we are enabled to
sell you this $25.00 rug for
$1.00 DOWN AND 50c A WEEK.
$25 Made-Up Brussels $18
Y)e have a lot numbering ten rugs, 9x12 feet in size, made up in extra
grade Brussels, colors two-toned green only, that ordinarily 1 Q
sells at $25. These are put on special sale at the low price of O
And the easy terms go, too.
$1.00 DOWN AND 50c A WEEK.
You Are Welcome to Credit
We have the most liberal and fairest credit system in the West, and
we wish to' impress upon the minds of the people that lack of ready
money need be no barrier to supplying any of their household needs.
Your terms are terms. Come and take whatever you need.
We Are Just Now Displaying the Finest Carpet and Rug Stock in the City
The Finest Heating Stoves on Very Easy Payments
If You Burn
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Tou will need a stove with a du
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well as being thoroughly reliable.
Size 10-inch firepot. . .$10.00.
This is the "Novel Eclipse," and
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If You Burn Wood
If you are lookine for a well-built
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If you are looking for one that
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If you are looking for a $9.00
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neat nickel trimmings:
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173-175 FIRST STREET 219-227 YAMHILL STREET
Are Welcome to
nerves are a shipwreck, and I'm gone In
the knees. What was that drug you used,
Dy the way?'
" 'Ah! that's a trade secret,' he replied
with a smile, 'and besides, these ain't
business hours. Don't talk shop; just low
er this tea.'
"The tea, which had probably been sim
mering In the cutomary way for a week
or two, was now piping hot. Neither of
us could eat, but we drank at least a gal
lon apiece, and after a bottle of soda wa
ter on top of that felt better.
"He pressed me to stay a few days In
order that I might exchange confidences,
assuring me on his word of honor that it
would be perfectly safe, but I declined. I
would have been sure to have lost his
good opinion by accidentally disclosing
that I was not a professional criminal
after all, and he would without doubt
have murdered me in the end out of sheer
"'Well, I won't press you, mate," he
said, as he followed me out to help In
saddling my horse. expect you've got
some job on hand somewhere else. But
why in blazes didn't you tell me you were
one of us? When I meet a regular stick-at-nothlng
son-of-a-gun with no law or
order or humbug about him, I like it,
that's all! I could see it in your eye the
moment we met. Don't let that little
matter of last night stand between us.
And say, if you're in trouble and want
to put yourself away for a few months
without fuss well, you know where to
"I grasped the old scoundrel's hand,
and, to use one of your Yankee phrases,
IN A DOG HOSPITAL.
Most of the Animals Willing to
The canines are mostly of the fox
terrier persuasion, for the reason, of
course, that the members of this breed
as one man are fighters.
There were seven or eight black-and-white
terriers, and tan-and-white ter
riers. In single compartments, each suf
fering from the effects of some other
dog's teeth, and each just longing to
get well enough to attack and put to
rout the other patients.
"This dog," said the veterinarian, se
lecting as a horrible example a meek
and humble-looking animal, with its
neck bound up, "tried to fight a bull
terrier twice his size. It was a case of
valor being much the worse part of
discretion, and you see the result."
The terrier looked mortified to death.
He hung his ears at half-mast; his tail
moved feebly; he avoided the eyes of
the Interviewer and the artist. It was
plain that he was not at all ashamed of
fighting, but ashamed of being licked.
The interviewer thought she saw In
his animated eyes something that
looked like that pregnant sentence,
"but you ought to see the other dog."
A collie had the mange and was os
tracized from good society in conse
quence. But did he care? Not more than
Aristldes of old. He 'spent the time
licking the delicious salve off his paws,
and' valiantly tried to dig an enduring
hole In the straw in which to bury a par
ticularly attractive and fruitful bone.
A little dog, thought to have epilepsy,
had been found merely to be suffering
from indigestion, and indigestion caused
by a mistaken diet, Buch as hats, feath
ers and old shoes.
The veterinarian said that' he had
thrown a whole street into a panic. He
had left his mistress, had run around in
circles frothing at the mouth; had run
Into a vestibule and banged his head re
peatedly against the marble step; had
nearly frightened a policeman to death
by darting between his legs, and was
being pursued by shouts of "Mad dog!"
and a mob, when suddenly he fell and
lay in a rigid, cataleptic state.
Along then there came a humane man
with sense. He had the dog lifted up
and placed In a champagne basket, and
so tenderly carried to the hospital, with
his mistress weeping behind the bier.
One at thft hospital he was restored to
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life and consciousness, and was now on
the high road to recovery, and he had
promised and vowed that never again as
long as he lived would he eat pieces of
a brown velvet hat, trimmed with os
trich plumes, and costing $20, no matter
how tempting It looked.
Another puppy present had eaten a
large and very rare edition of Shakes
peare, but that hadn't hurt him in' the
least. He was at the hospital to have
his ears trained, so that he could be
entered at the next bench show and
carry off all the blue ribbons in his class.
The veterinarian adores cats, and feels
that they are not understood in a world
which is too stupid to appreciate their
perspicacity and their illimitable wisdom.
Cats see things. They see approaching
earthquakes and the spirits of the dead,
but they have bottles and bootjacks
thrown at them Just as if they were com
monplace animals, fond of burle'd bones
and amused by shaking a rug.
There are some people fond of cats be
sides the interviewer, the veterinarian
says. He declares that there is a lady
In the city whose five Ancrora ents were
111 with distemper at the same time. The
doctor went to see them twice a day at
$2 a visit, and finally cured them, greatly
against their will.
The veterinarian says, and he says It
emphatically, that a cat will not co-operate
with her physician for a cure, as
most of the other animals do. but is Just
as likely to scratch him while he is feel
ing her pulse as not. . Also, she will not
keep on a bandage, but walks out of It
in the most marvelous fashion, consid
ering she's not linked sweetness and has
some curves. It Is probably for these
reasons that the hospital is entirely free
of cats. Angora or otherwise.
kabtekx otTrrrrixo company.
To Dedicate New Chapel.
Redemptorlst Fathers will dedicate a
new parish on- the East Side today by
dedicating a chapel at Portland boule
vard and Rodney avenue. The chapel is
in a private residence, which will be oc
cupied until a permanent church build
ing Is erected. Services will be held at
10 o'clock, which will be conducted by
Father K. K. Cantwell.
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Have You Seen Our Autumn
Display of Women's Wear?
Never before have we or any other store offered such a complete and varied
display of Women's Outer Garments, Millinery, Waists and Furnishings.
Every garment that has found its way into this showing is perfect in fit,
style, workmanship no matter how hard you are to please, there is satis
faction in every one of these. Displays, already complete, are daily reinforced
by express shipments of the newer things as rapidly as they appear in the
East. In bidding for your patronage, we offer the best lighted and most pleas
ant store in the city the most complete and up-to-date stocks lowest prices,
quality considered and privilege of paying for your outfit in unmissable
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In this store you "are not urged to buy you
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