By: Tina Ordone
Though this site is centered on Stephentown, I wanted to include some interesting things from the town that I actually grew up in, New Lebanon, Columbia County, NY. It is “next door” to Stephentown and has a very interesting history of it’s own.
It’s major claim to fame is that of being the birthplace of Samuel J. Tilden, who was governor of New York and one time Democratic presidential candidate, running against Rutherford B. Hayes in 1876. He lost that election by one electoral vote.
As a young girl, I was in the Girl Scouts, and on Memorial Day, we marched in the town parade, always ending up at the Cemetery of the Evergreens. It is there that Samuel Jones Tilden is buried, in the cemetery’s most elaborate gravesite. Nearby are the Tilden family graves, including his brother Moses Y. Tilden, who died in 1876. I have visited that cemetery many times over the years, paying my respects to some family members and some friends, but I never leave without stopping at the gravesite of Samuel J. Tilden. You can’t miss it, as it sits in the middle of the cemetery, but more than that, it is important to remember that, from this small town in upstate New York, came a man who participated in the government of not only his beloved New York, but that of the country. His family ran the country’s first pharmacutical company, which employed many people over its many years of existance. They are all gone now, but the legacy will live on, hopefully unforgotten, for years to come.
Sheboygan Daily Press on December 5, 1910, by Eleanor Lexington
Tilden is one of those names taken “from the face of nature,” as the derivation books say, and originally signified a tiller of the soil. There are several forms of the name of, Tilden, Tildan, Tilding, Tildren, Tilden and Tillidon; Telton is also found once in awhile.
The English family from which the American family branched spelled the name Tylden. It is of great antiquity and has been noble for generations. Away back in the times of Henry II, the first king of the Plantagenet line, who came to the throne of England in 1154, there are records of a Sir Richard Tylden. Henry’s son, Richard Coeur de Lion, with Philip II, of France, led the third crusade to the holy land in 1190, and one of his companions was either Sir Richard Tylden himself or Sir Richard’s son.
The first Tilden in this country came to Plymouth by the America in 1623. He had a wife and children with him. But four years later, when a division of cattle was made and all the colonists were mentioned in a list, his name is lacking. As no death had occurred in the meantime, it is supposed that he and his family returned to England.
Nathaniel Tilden, Sir Richard’s descendant, was in New England before 1628. The family from which he came had lived for several centuries in Tenterden, County Kent; about the time he came it separated into three distinct branches. One branch went to Sussex, one settled at Ifield, and one came to America. It is not known just when Nathaniel came over. But he is mentioned as a property holder at Scituate, Mass., in the first official records of the place, dated 1628; the record is a sale by Henry Merritt to Nathaniel Tilden “of all that land which I have of Goodman Byrd lying within the fence at the north end of the third cliffe, unto the land of Nathaniel Tilden.” He was among the earliest settlers there, called the “men of Kent,” because of their birthplace; some of the others were Thomas Bird, Edward Foster, Henry Rowler, Anthony Annable and William Gillson.
Nathaniel’s youngest son, Stephen, married in 1662, Hannah, granddaughter of Richard Little, who had come to American in the Mayflower. They had 12 children.
Throughout its history, the Tilden family has married into other historic families. The late William Smith Tilden, member of the Massachusetts legislature in 1879, married Olive, a descendant of Robert Babcock, one of the first settlers of Dorchester, Mass. His father and grandfather had married, respectively, Catherine Smith and Hannah Perry, both descended from men of importance in ante-revolutionary days. The late Samuel J. Elam was a son of John, who came from Lebanon, Conn., to New Lebanon. Tilden, governor of New York 1875-6, and unsuccessful candidate for the presidency in 1876, was the son of Elam Tilden and Polly Y. Jones. His father was Isaac, son of Stephen and Hannah, whose grandfather, as mentioned above, came over in the Mayflower.
The arms illustrated, which are the only arms borne by the Tildens of this family, are blazoned: Azure, a salture, ermine, between four pheons, or.
Crest: A battle-axe, erect, entwined with a snake: all proper
Motto: Truth and Liberty
There is a brief genealogy of Samuel J. Tilden
Nathaniel Tilden m. Lydia Huckstep about 1606.
Their children were:
3. Stephen b. October 11, 1629 Tenderden, Kent, England; d. August 22, 1711 Scituate, Massachusetts at 81 years old.
Stephen Tilden married. Hannah Little on January 15, 1661 in Scituate. She was born about 1635 in Mass. and d. May 13, 1710 in Scituate at 74 years old.
Isaac b. August 28, 1678; d; April 15, 1771 in Hebron, CT at 92 years old. He married Rebecca Mann who was b. in 1686 in Scituate; d. November 17, 1761 in Hebron, CT at 75 years old.
John, b. January 28, 1729, Lebanon, CT; d. November 9, 1812 at New Lebanon, Columbia County, NY at 83 years old. He served with Conneticut troops in the French War.(Ancient Ancestry Columbia County, NY). He married Bathsheba Janes on February 8, 1802 in Coventry, Tolland, CT. She was b. February 14, 1743 d. August 26, 1806 at 63 years of age. She was the daughter of Elisha Janes and Mary Terrell Dimock. When Elisha died, his family stayed in Canaan, Col. Cty, NY.
John and Bathsheba had:
7. Elmer (Elam) b. December 31, 1781 in Lebanon, New London, CT; d. April 10, 1842 in New Lebanon, NY. He married Polly Younglove Jones, who was b. March 20, 1782 in New Lebanon; d. December 11, 1860 in New Lebanon.
4. Moses Y. b. 1810 in New Lebanon; d. September 9, 1876 at Lebanon Springs, NY; m. Lucy Campbell; buried in Tilden Circle, Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon, NY
5. Samuel Jones b. February, 1814 in New Lebanon d. August 4, 1886 at his country home, Greystone, Westchester County, NY, and is buried in the Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon, NY. He never married.
6. Henry b. 1821; d. 1884 New Lebanon; m. Susan Gould of Rochester, NY
7. Henrietta – Henry’s twin.
Youth of Samuel J. Tilden
From a farmer’s boy, Samuel Tilden rose to be the most famous lawyer of his day. He was born at New Lebanon, NY February, 1814, and was the fifth of eight children of Elam and Polly Tilden. The boy’s father, although a farmer, was an intimate friend of Martin Van Buren (from Kinderhook, NY), President of the United States from 1837 to 1841, and the Tilden household was much given to discussing political questions relating to him. The elder Mr. Tilden being a great upholder of the politics of his friend. His son Samuel, who early showed himself possessed of a keen, quick mind and clever conversational gifts, also took great interest in public questions. When he was only 18 years old, a manifesto prepared by him was considered worthy of adoption by the state Democratic party. The same year, the young man entered Yale college, but his studies, interrupted by ill health, were finished at the University of New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1841 and at once took an active part in public affairs. Tilden was elected to the New York assembly in 1845 and held numerous other state offices. He was prominent in the contest which finally retired the dishonest Tweed ring in New York City, and in 1874 was elected governor of New York State. In 1876 he was a candidate for the presidency, but Rutherford B. Hayes was declared to be entitled to the presidency by the electoral commission. Although urged to again permit the use of his name as a presidential candidate he declined. His death occurred August 4, 1886, at his county home, Greystone, Westchester County, NY. His fortune of $5,000,000 was left to found a system of free public libraries in New York City. – Fort Wayne Sentinel August 17, 1901
The following article appeared in the Independent Democrat on July 20, 1876:
SAMUEL J. TILDEN
The Antecedents and Career of the Democratic Nominee for the Presidency
“The Democratic nominee for President of the United States is Samuel J. Tilden, of New York. Mr. Tilden was born in Columbia County, New York in 1814 and is in the 63rd year of his age. His family is from England and one of his ancestors was Mayor of Tenterden, Kent, in 1623. In 1634, one of the members emigrated to Massachusetts, and another one of the Tildens aided and assisted in fitting out the Mayflower. Governor Tilden’s grandfather, John Tilden, settled in Columbia County at an early day, and the family has resided there up to the present day. His mother came from the family of William Jones, Lieutenant Governor of the Colony of New Haven, a man of character, standing and note. The father of Governor Tilden was a farmer and merchant of New Lebanon, of fine intelligence, good judgment and of great popularity in his section of the State. After being carefully educated under the supervision of his father, young Tilden entered college at eighteen years of age, but was obliged to leave in a short time, owing to his health giving way. After a period of rest he resumed his studies and in 1834 entered the University of New York, and finished his academic education and training. At the close of this course, he began the study of law in the office of John W. Edmunds in the city of New York, and soon displayed all those studious and sterling traits of character for which he has since become so celebrated.”
He dies at Greystone after 24 hours
Serious Illness – Sketch of His Life
August 4, 1886
He looked more of an invalid than he was because he suffered from paralysis agitans, or trembling palsy which is an entirely different disease from paralysis. This caused the shaking motion of his left hand and a weakness of the lower jaw. It had no effect on his health. His arm was crippled by rheumatism, which had stiffened at the wrist joint.
Since his retirement to Greystone, Mr. Tilden has been very methodical in his daily liife. He rose at 6 o’clock, looked over the morning newspapers, breakfasted at 8 o’clock, listened to reading, talked or dictated to his ainanuensls (NOTE: print on newspaper is not clear, but this is what it looks like), John Cahill, until lunch time at 1 o’clock. In the afternoon he went out for a drive or a sail in his steam yacht, Viking, returning to dine at 6:30. Sometimes he walked around his magnificent place to look at his stock or at improvements which were being made. He could never bear to be idle, and if the weather was bad, he found something to busy himself with in the house. He was very fond of being read to by his companion, Miss Anna bould, a middle-aged lady who is a sister of the wife of Mr. Tilden’s deceased brother Henry. She has kept a list of the books she read to Mr. Tilden in the past five years. They number 800, not including magazines and other periodicals.
He rarely put his hand to paper and the last time he did so was on Monday of last week, to write a telegram of condolence to the father of Hubert O. Thompson. The last letter which he signed was written to Secretary Daniel Manning. Mr. Manning was the last guest whom he had entertained at his house. Mr. Manning was there for a week, and left about eleven days ago. For some months past Mr. Tilden had busied himself at odd times with the composition of a family record of the Tilden family. He traced the line back to John Telden, who lived in the Dale of Telden, county of Kent, England, in 1463. some of the family still reside there. Mr. Tilden completed this work last week; and on Monday of this week he dictated the preface – his last dictation. In it says the record was compiled from information picked up here and there, jotted down and tossed into a drawer.
It will thus be seen that Mr. Tilden’s mental vigor was unimpaired by his long illness. His appetite was good, and he ate a much as most men. He dined regularly with the family, and only differed from them in that he ate at more frequent intervals. He was perfectly able to masticate his food. He rarely ate vegetables, but was fond of fruit. His household consisted, besides himself, of Mr. Andrew H. Green, his life-long friend and chief confidant; George W. Smith, his private secretary and general manager; Miss Anna Gould, and his nieces, Miss Susan and Miss Ruby Tilden, daughters of Henry Tilden. Besides these there were his antanueusis, his valet, Louis Johnannsen; a night nurse, Wiliam Davis and ten servants.
Dr. Charles E. Simmons, the Commissioner of Charities and Corrections, also had a room in the house, which he occupied occasionally when Mr. Tilden seemed to be at all ill. He lives next door to Greystone, and has attended Mr. Tilden for ten years. Last week Mr. Green and the Misses Tilden went away for a summer outing.
Mr. Tilden was fond of sitting out of doors on pleasant evenings. Sometimes he would go to his seat under his favorite oak tree on the lawn, and at other times he would sit on the back veranda, which overlooked the Hudson River. While sitting there last Saturday evening he caught a slight cold. It made him hoarse, but he thought little of it, and when Dr. called on him on Sunday afternoon, as he was in the habit of doing, Mr. Tilden said nothing of feeling unwell.
At 3:30 o’clock, Wednesday, he was seized with nausea and vomiting, and Dr. Simmons was sent for hurriedly. He found Mr. Tilden also suffering from diarrhea. The usual external and internal remedies were applied and the patient grew better, but in the evening , he suffered from severe colicky pains.
In a little while he became easier and under the application of warm poultices the colic left him and he slept for an hour and a half. After that his sleep was more broken and the rapid breathing continued. He asked now and then for water, or to be lifted up. At four o’clock he grew very restless and uneasy, and asked to be helped out of bed.
There was no further change until 6 o’clock. He then began to fail very rapidly. His face became ghastly pale. The pulse ran up to 180 beats, and the rapid breathing continued.
At 7 o’clock he asked for water, and these were his last words.
At 8:50 he raised his head, opened his eyes, looked towards the light which streamed in through the cracks of the shutters, seemed to recognize those about him, and gave a long sigh, laid his head back on the pillow, and he was dead.
As news of Tilden’s death spread, tributes were made on his behalf. Among the were:
Washington August 5 – Mr. Morrison of Illinois, offered and the House unanamously adopted the following resolution:
That the House of Representatives of the United States has heard with profound sorrow of the death of that eminent and distinguished citizen, Samuel J. Tilden.
The President has sent the following telegram to Colonel Samuel J. Tilden, Jr., (nephew) Greystone, Yonkers, N.Y.:
I have this moment learned of the sudden death of your illustrious relative, Samuel J. Tilden, and hasten to express my individual sorrow in an event by which the State of New York has lost her most distinguished son and the nation one of its wisest and most patriotic counsellors. – Grover Cleveland
Albany, NY August 5 – Upon receipt of the news of Mr. Tilden’s death, Governor Hill immeditely sent the following dispatch:
State of New York
Albany, August 4, 1886
Colonel Samuel J. Tilden, “Greystone” Yonkers, N.Y.
I learn with deep regret of the death of your uncle, Samuel J. Tilden. I tender to you and other relatives my sincere sympathy in your great bereavement. In his death the country has lost one of her most eminent statesman and our own State one of its most illustrious sons. Please inform me at your earliest convenience of the date which may be fixed for the funeral, as I shall endeavor to attend. – David R. Hill
Impressive Ceremonies at the Greystone Mansion
The President and Cabinet Members Present
The Remains Taken to Lebanon For Burial
August 7, 1886
At 9:40, President Cleveland entered the mansion, accompanied by Secretary of War Endicott and Private Secretary Lamont. George W. Smith, Mr. Tilden’s private secretary, took the President’s arm and found a place in the line of citizens. Secretary Endicott followed with Mr. Lamont. On reaching the head of the bier, the President stopped a moment or two, took an earnest look at the face of the dead and passed on to the hall and was escorted among the family up stairs, as were also Secretary Endicott and Mr. Lamont. Ten minutes later the pall bearers descented the broad stair- case in the center of the house that leads directly into the room where the remains were. Secretary Manning leaning upon the arm of John Bigelow lead the bearers. Manning seemed rather feeble, his steps being by no means sure as he came down down the stairs. The delegation from the various bodies followed the pall bearers and took seats i the blue room and adjoining parlors, the bar association headed by Hon. William M. Evarts, the New York board of aldermen, Tammany Hall, Irving Hall, the county democracy and others.
The Picturesque Burial Plot
At New Lebanon, N.Y.
August 8, 1886 Mitchell (S.D.) Daily Republian
At New Lebanon, Columbia County, N.Y., the mortal remains of Samuel Jones Tilden were buried Saturday, August 7. There, in the little country hamlet, his life started, seventy-two years ago. When it had worn out the body and taken its flight to unknown realms, the clay mold it had inhabited was given back to the same kindly earth at New Lebanon.
The president attended Mr. Tilden’s funeral and stood with bowed head beside the coffin of the great master Democrat. Serveral members of the cabinet also came over from Washington to Greystone to be present.
A striking and pleasing feature of the scene as the body lay in state at Greystone was the absence of heavy black drapery about the revered remains. The catafalque, where the body lay in state in his own room looking out over the Hudson, was covered with snow white hangings. It was beautiful and unique.
Many famous men have “died like a tree at the top first,” as Dean Swift said of himself. Mr. Tilden was spared that most sorrowful kind of decay. For some years his body has been practically dead. He was so paralyzed that it is hard to see how he kept in the flesh so long. His vocal chords ceased to act several years ago, and he could only speak in a whisper, so low that the listener had to bend his head close to Mr. Tilden’s lips to hear. His left hand was useless; his right hand shook so that if he wished to extend it in greeting to a friend, it had to be shot forward with a sudden impulse to make it move at all.
When he walked it was with a slow, shuffling step, painful to be seen. His hearing was the only sense that remained to him perfect. Yet his mind was strong, and crystal clear to the last. He was so helpless that for some years, he has had to be fed like a child; yet within a few months he dictated and issued a document so vigorous and statesman-like that it waked up the whole country. The document was his letter to Senator Hawley on our need of coast defences and fortifications. It commended itself to members of both political parties.
The Tilden burial plot is of unique and beautiful design. Probably Mr. Tilden himself planned it, for it was the work of no ordinary mind. The plot is in the village cemetery, and is laid out in circular form. In the center are buried the stateman’s father and mother. A tall marble burial urn is placed above them. Then a circular walk runs around their graves. After that comes a circle of four burial plots, then another circular walk, than another round of grave plots. Four walks radiate from the central graves, where the Tilden ancestors repose, out to the circumference of the whole burial plot. Mr. Tilden is buried in the northwest corner grave of the inner circle. How his grave looks you see from the picture.
Printed in the Butte (Montana) Miner, on August 10, 1876:”Hon. Moses Y. Tilden, brother of the Governor, is dangerously ill at his residence at Hudson, NY. The Governor has been summoned to his bedside.”The following appeared in the Chester (PA) Daily Times on September 11, 1876:
“Moses Y. Tilden, brother of Governor Tilden, of New York, died at Lebanon Springs on Saturday, of heart disease. The deceased was the second of nine children, and was born in New Lebanon in 1811. He received a sound common-school education, and early in life engaged in a manufature of chemicals in his native town. In 1869, he was chosen to the Legislature, and continured a member until his death. Mr. Tilden was engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was married and leaves a widow.”
Will of Samuel J. Tilden
“New York, August 12, 1886 – The will of the late Samuel J. Tilden has been furnished to the press, though the document will not be formally filed for probate until today. The will begins:
Mindful of the uncertainty of life and being now in the full possession of all of the faculties of mind and memory, I, Samuel J. Tilden, of Greystone, in the City of Yonkers, County of Westchester and State of New York, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in the manner and form following:
(The document contains forty-three clauses. The first clause revokes all previous wills made by the testator. Clause 2 names John Bigelow, Andrew H. Green and George W. Smith as execators and trustees under the will. Clauses 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 contain the usual provisions as to compensation of the executors, discharge of just debts, etc.)
Clause 9 gives the testator’s sister, Mrs. Mary B. Pelton, during her life, the use of the house, No. 38 West Thirty-eighth Street and the income of $100,000. Upon Mrs. Pelton’s death, the use of the house reverts to the testator’s grand-niece, Laura A. Pelton, during her life and if Mrs. Pelton shall not have disposed of $50,000 of her inheritance by will, that amount also reverts to Laura A. Pelton. If Laura A. Pelton dies leaving children, the house and the $50,000 goes to her children. If not, she may will the house as she chooses and the $50,000 shall revert to the estate and be managed by the trustees. Upon Mary B. Pelton’s death, $50,000 of her inheritance goes to the testator’s niece, Carolina L. Whittlesey, with similar provisions for reversion as in the preceding instance.
The income of another sum of $50,000 is also to be paid to Mary B. Pelton during her life.
Clause 10 gives the income of $70,000 to Lucy F. Tilden, widow of the testator’s brother, Moses Y. Tilden, with reversion to her adopted daughter, Adelaide E. Buchanan.
Clause 11 gives the income of $50,000 to Susan G. Tilden, widow of the testator’s brother, Henry A. Tilden, with reversion to the testator’s niece, Henrietta A. Swan.
The 12th and 13th clauses bequeath to his niece, Caroline B. Whitney, the income of 100 shares of Cleveland & Pittsburgh Railroad Company and the interest of the testator in the Delphic Iron Company. A special trust of $50,000 is also to be invested for her benefit.
The 14th clause gives to his niece, Henrietta A. Swan, the income of 100 shares of Cleveland & Pittsburgh railroad and also provides for a special trust of $50,000 for her.
Clause 15 conveys to Lucy F. Tilden, widow of Moses Y. Tilden, the dwelling house in which the latter formerly resided at New Lebanon. This clause also provides for the conveyance to the executors and trustees of certain lands formerly owned by Tilden’s father, Elam Tilden, or subsequently acquired by Moses Y. Tilden, with the object of keeping the landed property together and in the family, the same to be applied in the use of nephews George H. Tilden and Samuel J. Tilden.
Clause 16 releases George H. Tilden and Samuel J. Tilden from debts amounting to about $60,000.Clause 17 not listed.
Clause 18 leaves $75,000 to S.J. Tilden.
Clause 19 leaves $150,000 to niece Ruby S. Tilden.
Clause 20 leaves $150,000 to Susan G. Tilden, niece.
Clause 21 releases the estates of his brother from loans of $300,000.
Clause 22 leaves Anna J. Gould $100,000
Clause 23 leaves Miss M.C. Standler, of New Orleans, $100,000
Clause 24 provides that the husbands of legatees shall have no management of the bequests.
Clause 25 provides for a corporation to be called the Tilden trust and to embrace the residue of the estate.
Clausees 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 and 32 bequeaths small sums.
Clause 33 gives $100,000 for a free library at New Lebanon.
Clause 34 gives $100,000 for a free library at Yonkers.
Clause 35 provides that the Tilden trust may be used for a free reading room and library in New York City or if the trustees decide otherwise in their judgment they may devote the trust to other charitable, educational and scientific purposes instead.
The other clauses are technical down to Clause 41 which authorizes such a monument to Mr. Tilden’s memory as the trustees see fit.
Clause 42 authorizes the publication of Mr. Tilden’s writings.
Clause 43 provides that any legatee contesting the will forfeits his legacy.
The will is dated April 23, 1884
Printed in the Coshocton, Ohio Semi Weekly August 13, 1886
August 12, 1886
Complications Regarding the Old Man’s Will
New York September 24, 1886 – Nothing has been done yet toward contesting Samuel J. Tilden’s will. It is the understanding that no steps will be taken until the hearing has been had before the surrogate of Westchester County. What is likely to happen is that the persons and corporations, including the banks, holding the obligations of Henry A. and Moses Y. Tilden and which were voluntarily assumed by the nephews, Samuel J. and George A. Tilden, with the understanding that they were to be backed by Governor Tilden, will present them as claims against the Tilden estate. This will save the nephews the trouble and expense of contesting the will and will serve the same object in relieving the nephews of a burden which they feel they should not be compelled to carry.A gentleman who was intimate with Mr. Tilden in the latter years of his life, and conversant with this phase of his affairs, said yesterday, ” I hope there will be no contest of the will. I do not think the nephews wish to contest the will. But they feel that they have been hardly treated if they are to be left to pay these obligations, which they assumed with the understanding that Mr. Tilden would see them through. They feel this all the more keenly because it would only take a moiety (?) of the Governor’s vast estate to lift the load from their shoulders. Moreover, they believe that it was Governor Tilden’s intention to relieve them of this burden, and that it was only right that he should do so. The banks received from Mr. Tilden, it is asserted, a promise that he would see that the obligations would be cared for. If the boys are called on to carry this load it will be life’s labor to pay it, even if they are successful.”This article appeared in the Chester, PA Daily Times on April 2, 1946:”The will, with its many trusts, led to litigation that became almost as famous as the Tilden-Hayes contest for the presidency. The clause of the will establishing the “Tilden trust” to maintain a free reading room and library in New York was fought by relatives. The Court of Appeals in 1891 declared the clause void because of ‘indefinateness and uncertainty,’ but in 1893 the Legislature passed the “Tilden Act,” which in effect made it impossible to deny bequests to the public on this ground, and the contesting relatives made an agreement with the trustees by which $2,000,000 was allowed for the Tilden Foundation of the New York Public Library.”
I found this article while searching NewspaperArchive.com and thought that it was interesting, in that, since Mr. Tilden wasn’t married, it could be assumed that he didn’t want to be married, or that he was married to his career. This article shows that there was another side to Samuel J. Tilden:Away down near the end of the legacies in Mr. Tilden’s will is one of the interest of $100,000 to Miss Celeste Stauffer, of New Orleans. There are a good many society people in New York who know Miss Stauffer, but few know or can understand why Mr. Tilden should remember her in his will. An intimate friend of the Stauffer family, who is now in New York, expresses herself as confident that Mr. Tilden at one time seriously contemplated matrimony, and was a suitor for Miss Stauffer’s hand. It was soon after the explosion of the story that the Sage of Greystone was engaged to be married to Miss Nellie Hazeltine, of St. Louis, that he met the charming young lady from New Orleans. Miss Hazeltine was a blonde, with rich red-golden hair. Miss Stauffer is between a brunette and a blonde, of that type styled in New Orlean chatalgue. Miss Hazeltine, who reigned as the belle of St. Louis until she married young Mr. Parramore, is now dead. Miss Stauffer is with her family in Europe.
by Captain Franklin Ellis