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, HILB American jockeys and
trainers and raeinK methods gen
erally are still at the forefront In
France and several other European Conti
nental countries, It Is no secret that
Americans and American ways are less
important factors on the English turf just
now than formerly.
It is true that an American owned the
winner of thlH year's derby and that the
colt was ridden by an American jtx-key;
also that Danny Maher is considered by
the most British of British racing men to
he the best of all the jockeys wiio have
ridden in England this year. Yet he is
second In number of winning mounts, a
jockey named Higgs, who Is as British as
his name would Indicate, being far in ad
vance, although Maher leads in percent
age of wins.
Furthermore, Instead of America being
represented in England by half a dozen
racehorse pilots, as a few years ago,
there were only two American jockeys
regularly riding in England In 1907. Near
ly all Johnny Relff's work was done In
France, his derby winning being on a spe
cial engagement. I,ucien Lyne. the only
regular Jockey in England besides Maher,
stands away down near the bottom ofthe
host 21 riders, aay 18th or 19th. Johnny
Reiff hlmwlf. who found time, despite his
pressing engagements, to cross the Chan
nel and ride a few races in England, lost
more of them than he won, although this
should not be set down against him. His
already high standing was so enhanced
by his" success on Orby In the derby and
on Captain Calllaufs Querido. a French
horse. In the race for the Chester cup.
that he might have had many races to
ride In England had he been able and
willing to accept the commissions. It Is
not surprising that he was persuaded by
very high pav to accept a few mounts on
horses which had small chance of win
ning, nor that in some cases the obvious
truth that the best riding in the world
will not transform a hopeless proposition
into a winning one was fully demon
strated. The scarcity of Jockeys from this side
of the water this year In England is by no
means the only visible sign of the decline
of American Influence on the British turf.
The Amerk-an style of riding, incredible
as It would have been thought a few years
ago. is going out, or at least a.ndergoing
modification. Stated conservatively b
Mr. Horace lnnard, racing editor of the
Sporting Times of London, the situation Is
about as follows:
"Nearly all our jockeys, said Mr Len
nard to the writer, "are now using longer
stirrups than they have used for severs
vears., and are getting rid of the 'crouch
seat Thcv do not use as lonS stirrups as
thev did before Tod Sloan began to ride
in England, and tney still ride well for
ward, but they do not go to such ftremfs
as they did when most infr.tuated with
Sloan and his ways."
When the Sloan craze was at its height
he was imitated to the point of exasRora
tion. British jockeys then appeared to be
lieve they could obtain the desired results
l,v out-Sloaning Sloan, but since then have
learned that mere servile imi'atlon Is of
no more value to a jockey than to any
body else. In this it may be said that the
English Jockeys went no. further, surely,
than their brethren on this side of the pea.
Mr Lennard does not think . the small
number of American jockeys riding in
England this year was due to any preju
dice against them on the part of the Brit
ish public or British owners. Naturally,
and as a matter of patriotism, an English
jockey would be more popular than an
Mnerlcan one with an English crowd, but
as was shown In Sloan's case and with
regard to Johnny Reiff and Danny Maher.
the American hoy who can win is more
highly esteemed than the English lad who
"The American jockeys have left Eng
land for the time being," said Mr. Ixn
nard. "mainly because they could earn
more money on the Continental than on
the English turf. There Is a lack of good
native jockevs in France. Germany. Bel
glum. Austria. Italy and Russia. The peo
ple of all these countries like to see rac
ing, hut they do not develop many first
class riders. England develops more than
she can employ, and there are plenty , of
English as well as American jockeys on
the Continent. Better pay and less compe
tition elsewhere are the chief reasons, in
my judgment, why American jockeys are
not so prominent an element in England
The feeling that was manifested to some
extent against American jockeys when
Sloan and some of the others got Into
trouble seems to have died a natural
death. It was never .shown conclusively
that the jockeys did anything wrong,
whatever the suspicions against them
may have been. They are supposed to
have been the "victims of their friends."
who are believed to have made big win
nings, which Inter they divided by giv
ing "presents" to the Jockeys. Anyway
the English seem as willing to forget the
past a the Americans are, and no one
puts forward a claim that American
lockeys have been the only ones who have
"made mistakes." Maher and Lyne cer
tainly are considered above reproach.
A $50,000 Jockey.
Danny Maher is a Hartford boy by birth
and there Is a story that he was Intended
for the priesthood by his parents. Any
way he was making his own living shining
shoes when 9 years old. and. whatever
his parents had hoped for. he had no Idea
of being a priest. "Father Bill" Daly's
brother Mike married the lad's aunt, and
after some coaxing allowed him to work
about the Daly stables. There he showed
that he was a natural-born horseman, and
after exercising 2-year-olds for a while
was allowed to ride a race at Providence,
In which he failed to make much showing.
He was rather a puny lad then, and It
Teas feared he never would be strog
enough to ride properly, but at 16. in 1S97.
he had Improved so much that he then be
ban to ride succesfully and regularly. In
1899 he won the Brooklyn handicap with
BanastaV, but was left at the post with
the same horse in the Suburban. This re
sulted in a "ten-day scandal" that turf
men still like toi speculate about, but Ma
her wasn't disqualified, and the next year
was the star rider of the Eastern turf.
Then he went to England to ride for the
late Pierre Lorillard, and has been riding
there ever since.
in the seven years Danny Maher has
been abroad he had done some great
work. He won the Derby in 1903 for
Sir J. Miller on Rocksand. and was
the third American jockey to push the
nose of his mount to the front in that
classic race, Sloan and "Skeets" Mar
tin having been his forerunners. It
was said at that time that Danny
was under special arrangement to ride
the horses of the Prince of Wales
now the King whenever lie was not
wanted by his regular employers. He
never did so, however, for the reason,
as was stated at the time, that the
Prince listened to those who thought
it would be considered strange for him
to employ a foreign Jockey.
The story cannot be verified, but
certainly Maher used then to earn a
pot of money more than $50,000 a
year, according to some enthusiastic
newspaper writers. and, therefore,
more than the President of the United
States. Maher spent his money freely,
too, although he has saved a good bit,
and is now fairly well off, at least.
He became a great swell at that time,
and on at least one of his yearly Win
ter visits to this country brought a
valet along with him and put up at one
of the big brass-and-glass-and-glitter
hotels, leaving- the valet to hold his
hotel room down while he went to
Hartford to see his father and mother.
Maher is now 25 or 26, 'handsome
and well set up, and gradually acquir
ing weight. It Is because of this lat
ter, probably, that he is not at the
head of the winning list this year. Nor
is he earning as much money now as
formerly, in all probability, for, at
least so far as the public knows, he
had only one regular retainer this
year from Lord Derby although un
der contract to ride first the horses
from the establishment of Blackwell,
the trainer, and next of Lord Rose
bery, when required, unless wanted by
Lord Derby. ,
Maher has ridden the Derby winner
three times In 1903 as above, In 190
on Lord Roseberys Cicero, and last
year - on Major Loder's Spearmint.
This horse was the winner also of the
French Grand Prix last year. For
each of the several years Maher's vic
tories have numbered over 400, and he
is. still making a big Income In the
This year he won the great York
shire stakes for Lord Derby on Alti
tude, beating Capel; at Sandown Park,
on Lovesong. he beat Rockford; at
Ascot he won a big race on Golden
Meaeure for Mr. Buchanan, and so on.
But for his weight be would lead in
number of races, no doubt, as well as
in percentage. In nearly every one of
his this year's winnings he has had
a hard fight to make, and the victory
has been due more to his riding than
to the merit of his mount.
Maher is an enthusiastic motorist,
and, it will be remembered, ha had
his share of motor accidents, In one
of which his collarbone was broken.
He has been gossiped about almost as
much as if he were a society figure.
Two or three years ago the racecourse
Jenkinses solemnly announced that "a
marriage had been arranged" between
him and the daughter of a well-known-baronet,
but it was only gossip, of
Luclen Lyne's Indifferent record is
somewhat of a puzzle. He has been
riding about eight years, but didn't
make much of a mark until 1902, when
he won the American Derby at Chi
cago for John A. Drake on -"vt'yeth,
and in the Futurity with Salvable.
These, and other victories gave him
such a reputation that James R. Keene
took him abroad In 1903. He did little
in England that was worth while that
year, however, as his friends claim,
because he could not get along well
with Mat Allen. Keene's trainer. He
returned to this country, therefore,
but decided to make another venture
in England in 1907. He stands well
personally this year, and he won the
"New" stakes on Sir Archibold at
Ascot, but his following Is neither
very large nor very enthusiastic. His
proportion of winning races for the
season was rather less than one in
six. Lord Carnarvon was his most
Important employer. He was to ride
for Sol Joel, the South African mil
lionaire, but they quarreled and the
deal was declared off.
Americans Supreme In France.
It is In France, beyond doubt, that
the American jockeys have done best
this year in Europe. There they fairly
may be said to be supreme, notwith
standing the fact that George Stern,
Anglo-French, Is at the head of the
list as to winning mounts, while Bell
house, the English jockey, who suc
ceeded Jay Ransch. the American who
rode for Vanderbllt last year, is sec
ond. Curiously enough. It is Johnny Reiff
about whom there has been the most
admiring gossip on the tracks and
elsewhere, among those who keep tab
on the Jockeys' personalities, although
H. Cormack led all his compatriots in
France this year, standing third oh the
list and next to Bclllhouse. Cor
mack began winning on the first day
of the opening meeting at Longchamps,
and from that date until the close of
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the tseason he won event after event
with monotonous regularity; none of
them of the first magnitude, to be
sure, but all of them good, respect
able races, and so numerous that to
name them here would be to turn this
article into a catalogue. Last year
Cormack rode In Russia, where his
name was at the head of the list of"
winning jockeys. He is a Canadian
by birth and a product of the Western
circuit, where he was regarded as a
jockey of rare ability for some years,
but he has never been well known in
Next to Johnny Reiff, Milton Henry
Is more talked about, probably, than
any other jockey In France. He was
under obligation this year tor ride
first for Baron Edmond Rothschild and
afterward for Count Portales,
Ephruesi, the" big banker, and Prince
Murat He won the French Derby
(Prix du Jockey Club) on Mordant,
owned by Ephrqssi, and the Grand
Prix de Paris on Sans SoucI, owned
by Rothschild. These are classic
events! the stakes of the first nom
Inally being 100, 0U0 francs, but really
about 180.000: of the second, nom
inally 200,000 . francs, but really
Whoever rides to victory in either of
these races becomes a hero In" the eyes
of all French racing followers; Henry
won them both, and in consequence
had a double dose of hero-worship
spooned out to him. It's a wonder if
his head hasn't been turned by It, but
they say it hasn't.
Possibly that is because, like some
others, he has had his own taste of
discipline in his day, having been shut
out of French racing at the same time
and fbr similar reasons as the Reiff
boys were. Between the time of his
adversity In France and the reissu
ance of his license there lie tried his
hand in the States, but for some rea
son didn't do much. His notable win
nings in the past included the English
Oaks in 1901. with J R Keene's Cap
and Bells, but he did not sign with
Rothschild until the close of the sea
son of 1906, after making a great rec
ord. It was a feather in Henry's cap
this year that after having won the
French derby oh Ephrussi's Mordant,
that horse, ridden by Stern, the Anglo
British jockey now at the head of the
list, lost the Grand Prix de Paris to
Rothschild's Sans SoucI with Henry
Although "Willie K." Vanderbllt
gave Jay Ransch the lemon at the
close of last year's French racing,, af
ter he had made a big string of win
nings for the Vanderbllt stable, the
Jockey was well placed this year as
chief rider for Jean Prat, one of the
stewards of the Jockey Club. And
while he has not won so many races
this year as last, his friends maintain,
and most French racing men agree,
that his fewer victories this year were
due to the lack of good mounts more
than the lack of good form. Ransch
was the leading Jockey on the Pacific
Coast In 1902 and has been riding
three years In France
Harry Spencer, an American jockev,
who had been out of the saddle for sev
eral years, during which he tried his hand
at picking winners without becoming a
multimillionaire, appeared in France at
the beginning of the season, determined to
get back Into the riding business, and with
the expectation of signing with one of
the big stables. He didn't succeed In this,
but he has done some fair work, one of
his winnings being on Thorn's Thoughtful
Liar. Spencer Is living with Nash Turner,
the Amerlean trainer, at Maisons Laffitte,
near Paris. He Is about 30 he began to
ride 12 or H years ago and in 1900 was
ruled off the tracks for a bad ride on
J. R. Keene's Commando, but later was
reinstated. He used to be noted for his
cool-headedness when he was at his best
In America, and then was nicknamed
The best all-round sport among the
American jockeys in France is Winnie
O'Connor, who has been riding there with
great. success for several years; he boxes,
does fancy stunts on the bicycle and per
forms most elaborate clog dances as
cleverly as he rides. His winning career
as a jockey is one of the many evidences
of the excellence of "Father Bill" Daly's
ability to bring up the right ,boys to be
good jockeys. O'Connor rode this year for
Count von Hatzfelt and Count La Marois.
He Is a good talker and he tells a good
story. He rides "over the sticks" a good
deal. He was in Germany last year.
L. Spencer, younger brother of Harry,
rode in both Itally and France this year,
but mostly in Italy. Frank Duffy, an
American steeplechase Tider in France for
the last three years, once rode for Mike
Daly, and began In France for Eugene
Ije.lgh. He is now employed by Percy
Woodland, an Englishman. T. Mclntyre
is a newcomer in France from America.
This was his first year, and he promises
All the American jockeys in France are
earning "good money." Winnie O'Connor
gets a big retainer 60,000 francs, they say,
and "spends It easy." Cormack has a re
tainer of 50,000 and earns much more.
Milton Henry must be doing ; as well;
Ransch almost as well. If not quite;;
Harry Spencer half as well, at least, and
so on. Most of them are saving their
money, too, and it Is no secret In .France
that they, as well as all other jockeys,
are now watched vretty closely by the
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Jockey Club authorities, and that evi
dences of to great spendthriftness or
riotous living of any sort are followed by
the most rigid Inquiries by discipline also
if that is considered necessary.
Four or five American Jockeys, are ac
credited .to Austria. Fred Taral, best
known of the lot, Is a remarkable chap,
for he is Just completing his twenty-sixth
year of continuous riding. He was 40
on August 2 of this year, has never been
hauled before the judges or stewards of
any racetrack and probably is the oldest
jockey now alive in active service. Taral
is of French and German descent, but he
was born in Peoria.. In this country he
has won both the Suburban and the
Brooklyn Handicaps. He ran away from
home in order to become a jockey when
a boy and has always worked at the busi
ness with the utmost seriousness ever
since he got Into it.
In spite of his seriousness he was long
known in New York as the "Smiling lit
tle Dutchman," because his face was al
most always expanded Into a broad good
natured grin. His method when in the
saddle was so peculiar that It used to be
said that he "rode all over the horse."
He was always saving up his money and
lie had a fine house on Lexington ave
nue, of which he was very proud before
he went abroad. He has now been riding
for Herr van Pechy, of Vienna, for six
years, has won no end of races for that
Austrian sportsman and made so good
a record this year that he Is likely to ride
for him another six or sixty years, if
he wishes to, and they both live so long.
Racing men who knew Taral in this
Some Good Stories Told by and About Prominent People
His Hanilike Honesty.
JM RS. M. G. QUACKENBOS. whom
1 I Attorney-General Bonaparte has
made one of his special assistants in
the campaign against the trusts, is a
New York lawyer of great brilliance.
Mrs. Quackenbos has the faculty of
underscoring a remark with an appro
priate fable. Thus, discussing the
other day the character of a certain
notorious millionaire, she said:
. "I suppose there is some honesty in
the man, but it is hard to find. It re
minds me of the railway ham sand
wich. "A man, you know, paused bitterly
in the consumption of a very hard, dry
railway ham sandwich, and said to the
maid behind the bar:
"'I don't see no ham in this."
" 'Oh, you ain't come to It yet,' said
the maid, with a smile.
"A minute or two passed. The man's
Jaws worked gloomily. Then they
stopped again, and he said:
" 'I don't see no ham yet, young
" 'Oh,' she replied, 'you've gone and
bit over it now.' "
Same Kind of
BOSTONIAN was praising the late
Archbishop John Joseph Williams.
"And Archbishop Williams," he" said,
"had a cutting wit. I'll never forget one
day when I lunched with him, how he
sniffed and said:
" 'What is this strange smell? It rather
takes away my appetite.'
"I felt warm and uncomfortable, and
touching my bald head I have not had
a hair there, for 22 years I murmured:
" 'It Is an ointment, sir, an ointment
made of tea leaves, petroleum and onion
juice, that has been recommended to me
as an infallible hair restorer. I am
giving it a trial.'
"The archbishop laughed.
" 'Don't you think you are doing a
foolish thing?' he said.
" 'No,' said I. 'I put considerable faith
in this ointment. The testimonials '
" 'Faith!' said the archbishop. 'Well,
that sort of faith is rather silly. It re
minds me of two little Back Bay chil
dren. "The father of these children came upon
them suddenly one afternoon in his dressing-room.
" 'Here.' he shouted angrily, 'what are
you doing with my large new bottle of
"The older child pointed to a set of
" 'Oh. papa." he said, 'we are going to
make- mamma's moth-raten sable muff
as good as new again.' "
The Pickle liook.
PRINCE W1LHELM, of Sweden, told
a New York reporter that Ameri-'
cans all worked hard and looked happy.
"In my country," the Prince went
on, "we work hard, too, but we have
not your happy look. Perhaps it Is
the climate. At any rate, we tell a
story in Sweden that is typical, a story
that will give you some idea of our
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country used to predict years ago that
the time for him to become too heavy
was near at hand, but it has never come
yet, although he has to work like a major
to keep his weight down. He has a son
John, now 15, apprenticed for three years
to George Hyams, trainer for Baron
Springer. The youngster bids fair, they
say, to do his father credit in the saddle
by and by.
Harry Lewis, Fred Taral's most for
midable rival on the Austrian turf, fought
him a desperate battle for the first place
last year, and on the last morning of the
season the battle was undecided, for their
names were both at the head of the list
of winning jockeys, each having won ex
actly as many races as the other. Taral
rode two winners on that day. however,
while Lewis rode only one. Thus Taral
maintained his supremacy. Taral Is
ahead this year.
Ben Rlgby and M. Miles are the other
two American jockeys in Austria. Rigby
was formerly a figure at St. Louis; but
never well known in the East. He went
to France first, after leaving America, in
1900. He remained in France six years,
earning, perhaps, 60,000 francs a year, oc
casionally riding a race or two in Italy
and winning the Italian Derby in 1904. He
went to Austria last year. His employer
is Baron Herzog. He had done some rid
ing for "Father Bill" Daly on this side,
but never was lucky or skillful enough to
make a big name for himself here.
Hungary now boasts of being the rid
ing home of J. H. "Skeets" Martin, who
has had an international reputation ever
since . he won the Derby in 1902 astride
of Ard Patrick. His career has been a
national expression, though not, I'm
sure, of our national character.
"A Frenchman visited a Swede in
Stockholm, and one morning the two
friends set out for a walk. Suddenly
tme Frenchman exclaimed Impatiently:
" 'You look as sour as a pickle. Why
don't you smile? Why don't you have a
pleasant, good-natured air when you
are out of doors?
" 'Whatl' growled the Swede. 'And
have everybody stopping me for a
match, or asking how to get some
where?' " .
A Nature Fake.
IT WAS the venerable John Burroughs,
and not President Roosevelt, who
started the campaign against Nature
faking. Mr. Burroughs has for years,
with ridicule no less than with logic,
punctured the Nature-faker's bag of
At a dinner in Boston he narrated a
Nature fake. It was as easy to believe,
he said, as many of the Nature-writers'
anecdotes. Then he began:
"My cousin's wife's baby was very
ill, and finally the crisis came, and the
little one fell into a deep sleep. The
sleep was to be decisive. On the
child's awakening tfie doctor would
know whether it would live or die.
"Well, in order that this momentous
slumber might not be disturbed my
cousin's wife, going about on tiptoe,
muffled everything chair-legs, cups
and saucers, plates, the door-bell.
"And Sa. the noble dog, from his scat
on the sofa, taking in the suitatlon at
a glance, silently got up on a chair and
stopped the eight-day clock by touch
ing the pendulum with his paw."
A Brilliant Photograph.
MARK TWAIN. at a publishers'
dinner in New York, talked of his
reporting days in Virginia City.
"We were trying a horsethief one
day," lie said, "and all of a sudden one
big, burly scoundrel pulled oft Ills boot
and threw it at the Judge. It was a
heavy boot, too. It was studded with
"I am still rather proud of the way 1
wrote up that little incident, doing it
neatly, and at the same time getting
back on a rival reporter whom I dis
liked. I got it all in one paragraph
something like this:
" 'Suddenly the blackguardly thief, pull
ing off his boot, hurled it with all his
might straight at the judge's head. This
desperate act might have been attended
with most disastrous consequences, but,
fortunately, the missile only struck a re
porter, so that no harm was done.' "
The People's Choice.
EN A TOR LAFOLLETTE was talking
"These concerns," he said, "live on the
people, and therefore they try to flatter
and delude the people. Thy pretend that
it is on the people sufferance that their
existence depends. But this, really, is not
lively one. He began on the California
tracks nine years ago. and always has
been known as a "rough-and-ready"
His first riding east of the Atlantic was
done in England in 1901. He won the first
race Intrusted to him and has been win
ning a fair percentage of all his races
ever since then. He has had trouble now
and then with the authorities because of
his anxiety to "get there." Martin has
done some riding in Egypt as well as in
Henry Birkenruth, another Pacific
Coast Jockey, who rode a season or so in
France for Etimon Blanc, is also In Hun
gary riding for Baron Henrlen and other
nabobs of that country. He is one of
the best youngsters who ever bestroifc c
racer on the tracks at Budapest.
4 Germany and Russia.
Germany has two American jockeys,
Willie Shaw, who. In 1906, rode Election
eer, the winner of last year's Futurity,
and Tommy Burns, who rode in France
last year, without making any great im
pression, owing to poor mounts, say his
friends. Both Shaw and Burns haar- done
well this year, and that is one of the rea
sons, no doubt, that Johnny Reiff and
Willie O'Connor have been engaged to go
to Germany next year, each, it is said, at
a salary about equal to J25.000; although
that figure may be high. O'Connor was
married in July to an English girl named
Lotus, and, by. the way, Eugene Leigh,
the trainer, was recently married to Miss
Lucy Stevenson, also English.
Shaw rode this year for the stable of
the truth. The people have no choice in
The Senator smiled.
"The people and the corporations," he
said, "remind me of a lady and her
little boy. 1 was lunching at this lady's
house pne day. There was a very large
chicken and a very small duck on the
table, and the lady, pausing with the
carving-knife raised, said:
" 'Johnny, which will you take; chicken
" 'Duck,' piped Johnny.
"But the mother shook her head.
" 'No, Johnny,' she said, in a firm yet
kindly voice, 'you can't have duck, my
dear. Take your choice, darling, take
your choice but you can't have duck.' "
She Got Him.
SS EDITH HUGHES was one of
the wittiest and most popular of
the Buckeye Daisies, a'group of young
ladies sent on a Summer tour of Eu
rope by a Columbus newspaper.
"Miss Hughes," said another Buck
eye Daisy, during a recent visit to Cin
cinnati, "had an amusing passage-at-arms
with a Frenchman in our Paris
"The Frenchman, a great joker, con
tinually attacked marriage. I believe
his wife had gone back on him, or
something. At any rate, he was always
very hitter and sarcastic when mar
riage came up.
"Well, one night, as we were all
taking our coffee together . in the
lounge after dinner, the Frenchman
winked at our large crew of Buckeye
Dairies and said:
"'I don't see why a man needs to
marry when he can buy a parrot for
"Miss Hughes spoke up promptly:
" "As usual,' she said, "woman is at
a disadvantage here. A bear, 1 under
stand, can't be purchased for less than
JV AYOR DOUGLASS, of Niagara Falls,
I I said the other day of an office
seeker: "He is a jollier. He reminds me of a
chicken thief of I'tlca.
"A police reporter wrote of this thief.
'The prisoner laughed aloud for mercy.'
And when the night editor asked for an
explanation of that queer sentence, the
" 'It's exactly what happened. Ever'
poor old feeble joke the magistrate made,
tht scoundrelly thief roared fit to split
his sides." "
A Dull Town.
ILLIAM J. BUTTLING, the man
ager of Coney Island's Dreamland,
is an Elk, and at the Elks' carnival last
month, in reply to a speech compliment
ing him on his skill as a purveyor of
amusement, Mr. Buttling said:
"I am proud of my business, gentlemen.
Life without wholesome amusement would
be. a dreary thing. It would be as dreary
as the town of Peebles.
"You have heard of Peebles? Of course.
7 'SKEETS 'MARTIN
Herr Weinburg of Frankfort-on-the-Maln.
He was star jockey for "Pittsburg Phil"
the late George B. Smith for some years,
and last year rode In this country for E.
R. Thomas. Tommy Burns was reared in
William C. Whitney's stables, and after
Whitney's death rode for John W. Schorr,
the millionaire turfman of Memphis. Tills
year he was employed by "Count Lelin
dorf," which is the racing name of the
E. Turner, who first appeared in Europe
as Jockey Buchanan s valet, was a figure
on the tracks of Belgium this year. J.
Hoar, at one time employed by Frank
Farrell. has been In Russia three years;
J. Wingfield, a well-known jockey In the
West and South for some years, was in
Russia this year for the first time. So
was William Gannon, once a James R.
Keene Jockey, and all three are doing big
(Copyright. 19fl7. by Dexter Marshall.)
Everybody has. Well, a drummer, after
a hard day's work there, started out In
the evening to look for some amusement.
"In the empty street he saw but one
man. a very old man, and he said to this
" 'What time does the theater open?"
" 'Theayter?' said the old man. 'W
have no theayter here.'
" 'Well, the music hall, then?" said
the old man shook his head
" 'No, no.' he muttered. 'There's nothing
of that kind In Peebles.' "
" 'But, goodness gracious, man,' ex
claimed the drummer, 'have you no
amuseme-it at all in this outlandish
" 'Oh, aye.' said the other. 'If ye wait
till 8 o'clock ye can see them shift the
freight train.' "
HEX H. G. WELLS, the noted Eng-
pralsed Poe at a dinner.
"I think hardly of your New England
writer." he said, "for their contempt of
Poe. I shall never be able to forget that
Emerson called him 'That jingle man.'
Today a thousand read Poe where one
reads Emerson, and not to know Poe'd
work is rather a disgrace. There is a
Mr. Wells smiled.
"It Is rather a poorly- conducted little
Inn," he said, "hut the landlady gets
every visitor to write something about
it In a kind of autograph allium that she
keeps on her drawing-room table.
"One visitor wrote in the album many
" 'Quoth the raven-r-'
"The landlady did not understand that
quotation. She was not as well up in
her Poe as she should have been. And
ever since that time she has shown the
cryptic line to every guest, entreating him
to tell her. if he can. its meaning.
"But the guests are always too polite
to tell her. They pretend they do not
know. And hence, year after year, to
every visitor that comes, the poor land
lady with her album gives herself away."
EXATOR FRANK R. BIIANDEGEE
nd ex-Governor Rulkeley were dis
cussing with a Hartford editor a cer
tain Connecticut candidate for political
"He Is sure to fall." said Senator
Brandcgee. "He is beginning his cam
paign with the most compromising and
absurd speeches. He reminds mo of the
man who wanted to be a trolley-ear
"This man looked hearty, polite and
intelligent, and the manager at the car
barns seemed to think well of him.
After a number of questions, the man
" 'Well, what pay do you desire?'
"The applicant gave a. loud laugh.
Then he dug the manager in the ribs
" 'Oh, never mind about the pay, boss.
Just give me the job, and I'll have a
car of my own In a week or two.' "