Clearfield Republican. (Clearfield, Pa.) 1851-1937, November 19, 1879, Image 1

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The largeet Circulation f any N(
la NorlD Central Penue)lv.nla.
Terms of Suusoription.
if r.iJ ia adraaoa. or within a moatha....A'.
If nid aflar I and before month 9
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If P''4
Bates oi Advertising,
f rtnilent idrortllementa, ptr iqoara of 10 Unci or
li, tl 0
fur ul iuoi.o,ueoi iniertion ao
4 lininl.trnton' end Uxeoulere' notion.. I .0 i
i.rfilori' notice 1 00
Cutinn. and S.Ira; 1 SO
lli.iolatlon noticel I 00
p,ofenlonol Cardl, a Hnaa or leu,l jaar... 00
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1. mural- la 00 column.. TO 00
I ,.rol.. ......... SO 00 1 aolnma 110 10
oj lion eeelly eueeeted at Ibla offioa.
tt w. smTtu,
attorney-at-la w,
i 1 1 :T J Clearfield, Pa.
1:11 Phlllpaburff, Centra Co., Pa. y:pd
Curwroirille, Clearfield count, Pa.
oel. S, '78-tf.
t-0m In ttia Opera Huua. oclll, T-tf.
January JO. 187.
Clearfield, Pa.
ey-OBIee in the Court Houie. JyU.''
(llNTf Ht P. O.)
Ma; 8, 178-ly
Dili .-a in Ma.orle building, Second atrcet, op
polite the Court Hume. je20.'78-lf.
,! Clearfield Counts, Penn'a. liy
ap 1677-ly
Office In Opera llouta.
UBALa la
Square Timber & Timber Lands,
llfilce in Pie'i Opera Ibmae.
June 20, '7Stf.
ataar r. Wallace.
patid l. aanaa.
jobs w. wat.i.r.
I T (Baieeaeora to Wallace A Fielding,)
ATTOB.NEY8-AT-LAW,'77 Clearfield, Pa.
rrank Fielding.. W. D. Biler....8. V. Wllaon.
f-O-OtiM In Ple't Opera Ilou.e. mebt-tll.
Hhop on Market St., oppoiUe Court Honaa.
A olaan towal for every eurtomer.
Alio dealer la
lle.l Hrand. tif Tubarco and Clftare.
raoa. g. HuaaAr.
ovaoa eoanoa.
JCtVOmeo la Ple'e Opera llouae, aacond loor.
joaara a. h aaALLT.
DAMf at, w. cnanr.
cie.i'Ueid, Pa.
AT" Legal bualoeai attanded to promptly wlthj
B.telity. Office on Seoond atraat, abore tb. First
National Bank. Jin:l:7l
Real EiUto and Collection Agent,
Will promptly attend to all legal bnllnaaa ea
(raited to bie oar.
JaarOOea in Pie'i Opera Hoaaa. Janl '7",
At) lagal bualooM entra.Ud to bla ear will ra
nelve prompt attaotloa.
Offiee oppoilta Coaat Honie, la Maennle Balldlng,
areond floor. augl4,'78-ly,
OIBea Is rorldenta oa Firet tt.
April 14, 1071. Clwlald, Pa.
Will Attend profairlonal ealla promptly. anglO'71
)R. T. J. BOXER,
OOoa Market Stmt, Claarteld. Pa.
-0Boe boon i I to 11 a. m., and 1 to p. .
TOfflne adjnlalng tha mldonra af Jamae
iy, K.., oa gMond St., Clearfield, Pa.
Jalyll,'7 tr.
' OfEttJtTirK lE.rTIST,
VOInet . raslilaaoa, oppoaila Skew llaaea,
Jy0.ll7 If
Offloo koart-Frota It to I P. M.
May 11, 1S7I.
Lata Sargaon of tha 03d Keglmeat. PaanayWaala
Velante.ra, baring returned from lha Army,
fl.n hii profeulanal lerrloai M IbaaHlaau
of Clnrtold eoaaty.
a-Profeiiieaal aalla promptly atteaded to.
OltM ea Saoesd Itriet, foraaarlyMupl.d by
vr. w eo.i. lepra, a. ii
W hart trlntl Imrf nnmrnjr or th
FUR DILL, and will tb noaipt f (wtnty.
17ILLIAM M. HEKAY, Justice
CITY. CollMtioni tntul in. monar promptly
pftld over. Artlolui of agreement and ddt of
oDTayantM BMtljr gxeeuua tnd warrtntM cor
not or ba eharfta. Jajj'TI
Juitio of th Pmn Bod RotiTer(
CurnerjBVllle, Pb.
t&fv Collect torn mad and mooj promptlj
pttd or. ibdij (in
dBler In
Real Estate, Square Timber, Boards,
:10'73 Qlearlleld, Pa,
House and Sign Painter and Paper
ClearUeld, Penn'a.
teavWlll execute lobe in hit Una promptly and
In a workmanlike manner. arr4,A7
BAKER, Market St., ClearUeld, Pa.
Freeh Bread, Hulk, Rolla, Pita and Cakee
on hand or made to order. A general aalortment
of Confeclionariei, Frulti and Nutl in ilork
lea Cream and Or.tera in acion. Holoon nearly
uppnitta the Poit'nmee. Prioea moderate.
Mrrh 10- '7V
Real Esta'.o, Square Timber, Saw Legs,
.j-trtfBn- nn Kaam.nd llfMt. Itt rear flf tUftl
ruDi of UeorRu Wcbtof A Co. jaoil, '7B-tf.
Ittcalur TotentMp,
Oaceola Mill. P. O.
All official builnera antraeted to him will bo
promptly attended to. mch29, '70.
Wallaceton. Pa.
drlla b.ia prepared htmielf with all the
neoee.ary blank f.,rtna oodrr the i'cniion and
Bounty lawi, ai well ai blank etc. All
legal matiora rnlru.ted to bi oaro will rcceita
priinipt attention. May 7tb, WH-tf.
nd Ileal Eatate Aljent, ClearReld. Pa.
Offlea on Tblrd itraet, bat. Cherry A Walnut.
andbujing land! in Clearfield and adjoining
. ami with m An.lofle of over twantv
ouuu.i... 1 -
yearaaa a furvayor, flatten hlmielf that ha ean
render atliraotioo.. i
Market Htreet, ClearUeld, Pa.,
AtifrAirrnaaa Ann dbalbu ta
JJnrnrss, Bridles, Saddles, Collars, and
JJorse-Furnishiny Goods.
M-AII kiodi of repairing promptly altendid
. ... , . -j Ha-.s ll.a.kM. t:urrv
lO. eau'ner. iirw,.,
Coinbi, Ac., alweye on bead and for lele at Ibe
loweet oaib price. (March 1W, 187.
i r nn hnnri and made to order
on abort notion. Pipe! bored on reaaonabia tanna.
All work warrantad to render aatiafactfoa, and
! delivered if deiired. my2a:lypd
Iivcry Stable.
THE underlined begi leara to Intom the pub
lla that he la now fully prepar"1 to accommo
date all In tha way of fnruiihing lU.aei, Unggiei,
Saddlea and Harnoal, on tha iborteit notice and
in raaionabla termi. Reildenca on Loeuit Itraet,
between Third and Fourth.
ClearUeld, Feb. 4, 1814.
T11IB nndrtlfop-l, bavin liud Ibii otb
nodi'Di Hotel, In lh ilhfr of Olen Hope,
U now prrparvd to BmomtiiodalB all bo oihv
obH. My table and bar bail t reppHcd with
the bolt tbt market ITorrl!
flKOItUK W. D0TTS, Jr.
Glen nipe. Pa-, Mirob 26, tS'9-tf.
Alio, etternive itmnnfirlarer and dealer In Rcjnar
Timber aod Hawed Lumber ol all kind.
jpf-Qrilm eoliclted and all bill promptly
niied. iw)Jin "
and manufacturer! of
AI L KINlm OP KAWEn i.cmiif.r,
aFV vA I tlAVIIl'Ab n A lvlJJnAlni
WtttchuB, Clucka and Jewelry.
Orakim'i Bow, Market Strtft,
All kind! of repairing la mj line pmmptlj Bt
ondfd to. April 2X, 1674.
Clearfield Nursery.
THK nnderfltraed, Bavlnf tahliihad b K ar
tery on the 'Pike, about halfway betwee
Ckarflrld and Carwenerille, ii prtiiared to fnr
Dlib all kinde of FHUIT TllKKH, (itaBdard and
dwarf,) Kverirreen't Bhrnhhery, lrape V.oet,
Uooaeherry, Law (on Bleohrmrry, Htrawberry,
and Kaipberry Vinee. Also, Siberian Crab Trere,
Uainoe, and early artarlet Rboierb, Ac. Or J en
promptly atteodrd to, Addreai,
ep29 M-y Curwenatllle, Pa.
F. M. CARD0N & BB0.,
Ob Market Ft, obi door wret of MaoiloB IIoim.
Oar arren foment i ro ff lb wort oomnlete
rharautcr tor funiiibing the pnblle with Fraab
Meala of all kind, and of the very boet quality.
WeaJeo deal IB all kindi of A trlenHaral Imple
enenti, wbieh we keep oa oibibltien far I be ben
efit of the pabho. Call aroand whea la town,
and take a look al thing , or addreee ai
Clearfleld, Pa., Jaly 14, lR7a-tf.
ftearHflit Inmtranct .Irtntf.'
iAuaa aaaa. cauboll l. aja.LE.
KKItn BlltULE, Jlginli,
Rrpraeealtba following aadatbarlrftlen Ce'a
Companiee. Aearta.
Llrrrpool London A alone tl. S. Dr .H.tol
l.raemleg oa malaal Aeaib plant.... A,ana,.oe
I'bmnla. af Hartford, Conn I.024.0H1
Inloraaoe Co. of North America 1,431.074
North Hrlll'h A Mercantll. II. B. Br. l,7l,ao.1
Kcotll.b Commaralal U.i. Braaab.... 7,l4t
Wnt.rtown . ...m Tfll.BIO
Trarelera (Life A Arcldeat) 4,S9J.UI
Omoa a. Market St., app. Court BatuM, Claar
leld. Pa. . Jane 4, Tl-tf.
4 Proprietor.
;ahi:t o'm.ill liATON.
CIDENTS. From lha Washington Poat, Nor. 10th. .
Mrs. Gen. Eaton died last Saturday
nt her residence, on Ninth street, niter
n briol illness. 1 boutm sue had been
failing in health lor some months, it
was only within a tew dnys that alarm
ing symptoms were developed, and it
became, evident that sho could not live
long. Fndny evening Dr. Townnond
wus called, and pronounced her dan
gerouxly ill. For months pant she bos
been a great sufl'orer, but until A short
lime before her death alio was not
deemed in inimcdiuto dungor. She
knew that the end was approaching
and was not afraid to die. "It is a
beautiful world to leave," she said the
day before her deuth, looking out into
the sunshine; "1 am not afraid to die,
but it Is such a beautiful world." It
had been a beautiful world to her, and
she clung to its last sights and soundo
with the strong tonaeity of an organi
zation endowed with intense vitality,
which has preserved in her strength
and vivacity unusual at her ago. Tho
complication of disorders from which
sho fullered had made it impossible tor
her to sleep, except in a silling post
ure, and when at lust she lay down on
her bed, it was evident that tho final
surrender had begun. At tho last all
tho vilul forces gave way at onco, and
thcro was no prolonged struggle I'p
to within ten minutes ol her death sho
relnincd full consciousness, neither
sight nor hearing wero impaired, and
she would respond to tho question,
"Do you know me ?" with a slight im
putienco in tho nflirmntive, as though
wondering why her recognition should
be questioned. Tho minister, who was
summoned, read and prayed with her,
and she expressed her I u i lit in Christ,
and her willingness to depart. She
repented in n clear, firm voice the
hymn "I would not live alway." Dur
ing tho Inst night she grow very rest-
less, and suid often, "The night is an
longl If morning would onlycomor
Shi: wati fully conscious of the nef r ap
proach of death. In answer to a itug-
gestion of something that should be
done on the morrow, she answered,
"Not to-morrow ; 1 shall bo hero only
a litllo whilo to morrow." Tho morn
ing sho longed to see came, and hy
noon all was over. At ten in mutes
past 12, with her hand clasped in those
of her grandchildren, M rs. Eulon passed
calmly and peacelully away. Tho
funeral will be attended from the house,
512 Ninth street northwest, to morrow,
and the remains will be interred be
sides thoso of her husband, Gon. Katon,
at Oalc Hill cemetery. Oa tho family
lot there lio buried also her mother,
her daughter, Mrs. Randolph, an infant
child of tho Inttor, and tho Into Uol.
I' red Aiken. Sirs. Eaton is the last
member of her own immediate familv.
.She leaves one daughter, living in
Paris, the Duchess do Samnnyo. Hor
only other child was the daughter, Mar
garet, who married Dr. Randolph, of
Virginia, and who died years ago.
Tho only immediate relatives in this
city aro hor grandchild, John Ran
dolph, and Mrs. Beaumont, who havo
cared for Mrs. Eaton through the lat
ter years of her life, and with whom
sbo was living nt tho time of ber death.
Margaret O'Neill Eaton was born
on Twentieth street northwest, nearly
opposito what is now tho P'ronch Min.
ister's residence. While sho was still
a child her lather, William O'Neill, a
native of New Jersey, and a descend
ant of that noblest of ull Irish families,
tho O'Neills of Ulster, opened a tavern
or boardmg-houso on the corner ol
Twentieth and I streets. Ilia hovel
was patronized by a gay and reckless
class ol guests, members ol t nngress,
gentlemen of wealth visiting Washing
ton, particularly young Southerners,
cflieei'S of the army and navy, and tho
upper grade ol departinuiilul clerks.
Henry Clay, in his fuslur days, was a
continuous truest, and ho wus a fair
typcof the occupants. In such sootety
mow up tho child Margaret. Her
marvelous beauty of lace and form,
and her lissom graco ol manner could
not fail to be noticed by the gay, wild
revellers who made her father's house
their home, and they flattered ber
without thought and without Btint.
surrounded from childhood with such
unconventional aasocialions it was im
possible that sho should not herself
becomu markedly nnconvonlionnl. A
laircr bud never ripened into a more
perfect blossom. tSho was as brilliant
in Intellect as she was graceful in
movement, and as sparkling in conver
sational charms as sho was beautiful in
person. Sho was ambitious, and her
childish associations stimulated in the
young maiden .the determination to
enter and reign, aa one born in tho pur
ple, in tho mugio circlo of that society
upon whose threshold only sho had
hitherto stood, gazing at tho glories
sho now burned to make wholly her
own. Tho task beloro ber was adifll
cnlt ono. Society in thoso old days in
Washington drew its linos more strictly
than it docs now, and the daughter ol
a tavern keeper was not deemed the
equal of those stately dames and aris
tocratic maidens of thofamilios of those
gny.frcc-spokcngallants that hadflattor
ed the precocious child into unconven
tional daring. It may well be bolioved
that her daring was ahead ol her com
mon sen so. Brilliant as she was in
intellect, sbo was neither profound nor
comprehensive, and henco cduld
neither understand why tho lutliers
and brothers wero so friendly, whilo
tho mnthors and aistors passed coldly
by with stony stares, nor wisely plan
tho policy that should lead to sucb
soAul recognition from tho women as
was gladly accorded by the mon. Ho.
ciety in those days, in many parts of
tho country, and especially in Wash
ington, was a conglomerated problem,
requiring lor Its solution the consider
ation of fitctors drawn from tho provi
ous century. As the race among which
it existed was British, so lis manners
and its morals wore thoso of Anno and
tbo first Goorgo, transplanted to Amer
ica. Hero tho prevailing, tono bad
become more manly but not less unre
fined. Tho grossness had been dissi
pated in a drier climate and a freer air,
but tho coarseness still remained, ilie
vices of a monarchy struggled for ex
istence amid tho Institutions of a Ro
publio, and, wbilo losing their distinc
tive charactor, had not tailed in stamp
ing an impress deep on tho new order
ol things, Addod to this, the ascetic
ism and fanaticism of lha Puritan
diluted, it is truo, but still strong,
sinewy and subtle bad percolated
through society lis prudery aevoia 01
its purity, and without abating its ar
rogance bad well mgn lost lu amia
bility. Caste ruled with an iron band,
none the IcbS hard and cold and un
bonding becauso affecting to bido its
rigid defining of social lines in the vel
vet glove of a professed democratic
equality. To sum up, the mon wero
coarse, tbo women conventional ; and
Ireedom of social action, oxcopt within
certain restricted limits, was as abso
lutely unknown to the masters as was
liberty ol movement to Ibo slaves ol
that day. And it was in this socioty
at its hardest, hocauso at its commenc
ing disintegration thatMargaretO'Neill
was born, and with wboso upmost and
holiest circle she waged so long, so
bittor and so stubborn a conflict. The
odds wore all against hor. She was
handicapped from tho start. Her
tatber was a man ol ordinary lutein
gence, of narrow intolloct, and cursed
with inclinations that Jod downward
instead ot up. Her mother, indood,
was cast in a larger and finer mould,
a woman of good judgment, of pure
instincts, of well-balanced intellect,
but whoso early death deprived tho
high spirited and wayward Margaret
of all the benefits sucb a mother would
assuredly buvo conferred on sucb a
daughter. That Mrs. O'Neill was not
qualified by education for the conflict
goes without saying. In this latituda,
three-quarters ot a century ago, the ed
ucation of women, at its bust, was a
misnomer, and Margaret O'Neill was
not fortunate enough oven to have at
tained that best. Naturally reckless,
courageous, way ward,accustomcd from
infuncy to the intoxicating atmosphere
of admiration, gilted with a personal
magnetism that fascinated everything
in subjection to ber own sweet will,
savo only the envy of hor Bister women
at her surpassing personal charms,
brilliant bill snpurliciul, vain yet vacil
lating, looqiiicktempercd not to wound
mid ollund, but too loving and lender
hoartcd to crunh or destroy, this child
went out into the fiercest ol life's strug
gles as much qualified to withstand
their buffetings as a lamb to long pre
serve life when thrown out to Norland
wolves. Born to a splendid misery
whoso mngnificonco only tho more
manilested its malignancy, she yet
horo horsolf with such calmness and
fortitude as to rob Kate of half its ter
rors. In an ago when scttndul was tho
breath of life, and gossip supplied the
stead of cultnro,sho did not escape
smirching whisper and disparaging
censure. It would have boon a mira
cle il alio had, on such a stage, amid
such scenes and beforosuch actors. By
bur beauty and fuscinations alone bud
sho reached tho giddy boightson which
the wife ol the Secretary of War sal,
and rivals, both social and political,
sought to pull her down by stabbing
ber with sncei s, sharper than stilettos ;
by impaling her on imputations which
could withstand in those days, and
which aro as easy to institute as tbey
are hard to disprove. Whatever her
sins, thoro can be little doubt that her
social success was the immediate cause
of the attack upon hor. , Caste wrung
its iron knuckles in dismay at tbo spec
tacle. Tho daughter of a tavern keeper
essaying to play Iho equal of a Sena
tor's wile or a Dutch diplomat's lady.
Tha tampler upon conventionalities
seeking to dispenso social patronago to
the great grand-daughter of a Puritan
brewor, whose affectation of morals
was aa stiff as ber stays : and presum
ing to dispute tho precedence ot the
niece, four dogrcos removed, of a cav
alier cut throat who was sold as a con
vict to the Jamos River colony. An
heiross downward only with beauty,
and whose solo title deeds were a grit,
cious manner and an . angle's face,
placing herself higher than the mistress
of a thousand slaves, or tho fair legatee
of a New England rum mill managor.
This was the unpardonable sin lor
which tbero was no forgiveness horo
nor atonement hereafter. They did
not forgive her. But pluck and per
sistency won at last. 1 bey always do.
All things finally como to her who
waits. Tbo young girl, afterwards
Mrs. Eaton, conquered ; broko down
the iron barriers which those twin
jailors of Iho daring mind, low birth
and iron fortune are always erecting
to tiro out genius and courage ; and to
her credit, be it said, wore her laurels
as gracefully, as courteously, as kindly
as if, indeed, sho bad been born in the
purple, and they came to her hy tho
law of descent.
The beauty, which tho friends and
enemies of the departed lady alike
united in praising, was truly beyond
praise ll justified rhapsody. It wus
the perfection of form and color and
grace, with tho superadded charm of
soul. It was of the kind which the
old poets culled "i btaute de diable"
tho ever charming freshness of youth
and apparent innocence, tho dewy fra
grance of the morning, tho child like
bloom and Mush of radiant and trust
ful hope. Thoro aro men to-day in
Washington who have about as much
poetry or gusli about them as a sweet
potato vine has of tho attar ol rose, who
nevertheless rave of her beamy, of her
"angclio" face, of her"soraphio smile,
in those long gone days, in terms as
gushing and rhapsodical aa ever young
lovers uso. She was a blonde. The
aofl Lfray oy, the light nboetnnt,
the perfect contour of faco and chisel
ing of feature, the complexion exquts
iluly clear and soft, a torm of faultless
proportions, whero Ibo external char
acteristics of that beauty over which
artists raved, to which pools dodicatcd
their loveliest versos, which dictated a
President to tho United Slates, which
triumphed over sagos as passionless as
their own abstractions, over warrior,
oold and bard as their own swords.
Sho inspired the first ot American ly
rical pools to write, perhaps, the most
beau til u I of all his poems. Some time
after Margaret O'Neill becamo Mrs.
Timborlako, sho was in Baltimoro, and
thoro JCdwnrd Uonto i'inkney saw and
admired. Going home ho wroto his
'lloalih, and dedicated it to tho most
beautiful woman in America :
"I III tale cap ta en. aiade up
Of toreliaell alnno,
A wnnj.o, of ber gentle eel
The eeaming paragna
To whom the better .lemaate
And kindly itura bare gleet
A form an fair, that like the efr,
'Til leaa of earth than Heaven.
Of her bright face on. gtaaoa will trAOa
A picture ea the brain,
And el bar role., ia eaboiag hearta
A aound mat lung rarntio :
A memory each la mineef bar
Be very maeh andean,
W hen death la nigh my latert alga
WUIaetballf.'a bat ban.
AflVetieee era ea thought! ta her,
The meeaarae af ber boaie I
liar fciiage bare the frangruney
Tha frniboeae uf young Sowera.
Aud taraly aaiaieai ekaaging .ft
Be III bar, ibe epeeara
Tha Imag. .f tbemeeliea by luree,
Tea id.l ef peat yeara.
I tlbd Ibla cep te owe mnda ap
"Uf laraiiaaei aleoe,
A woman of her gentle Ml
The aeemiag paragaa.
Her health I And wuald o. earth, there ware
Roma mere ef each a fraaaa.
That Ilia might be ell poetry
Aad wearioeea . .erne I" .
Fow American women bava bad a
mora eventful career. Living to anj
advanced ago, slid was a woman of
four generations, and to listen to hor
reminiscences was to recall the events
and tho characters of a long chapter of
Amorican history.' There is a certain
resemblance between somo phases of
ber career and that of another re
markable woman who died not many
months ago Madame Bonaparte.
Both women lived abroad, and curried
there tho prcsligd ol Amorican wo
manly beauty. Bo;h wore women of
strong personal iolluonce, and scorod
many social triumphs, Both bad dur
ing a portion of their lives lortnne
and brilliant position, and both ended
their days in comparative obscurity.
But thcro tho parallel ends. They
woro their ruo with a difference. Mud
amo Bonaparte, bitter, cynical and
grasping, preserved hor reputation un
tarnished. DuttliG lived also a life
barren of love, and of all sweet and
tender emotions. In alrong contrast
was the lift) of tho woman who, though
worsted by adverso fortune, had no
special quarrel with futo, and lived bur
life out to tbo end with a certain sweet
and bravo courage which no diuaster
could crush. Her faults were those of
a gcnoral nature, and hor many lova
ble qualities endeared hor to all who
knew ber. Sho died in the city whero
sbo was born, and whero the greater
portion of ber long lilo was passed.
Butter known to a past than to the
present generation, still many are lu
miliar with tho slender and still graco
I'ul figure of a woman whoso luco re
tained to tho last traces of great beauty.
Her beamy as a girl and matron is a
matter of traditon. Thoso who have
seen her lately will recall u face, lined
and tremulous with age, but still ro
utining its spirited, dour cut outline, and
solluned and shadowed hy clustering
masses of grey hair. With all she
kept the vivacity and tho charm of
manner which must have been a strong
attraction in bordays of conquest. For
sbo had her conquests. Perhaps no
woman evermore completely hud her
own way. The personal reminiscences
given below are from Mrs. Eaton's
own lips, during tho lust year ot her
lilo, when sho recalled vividly, and ap
parently without clfort, the events and
the people ot her post lite. A natno rf
yesterday might escape her, but hor
life in Spain and tho Wanlnnton of
fifty yearn ago wero vory present re
alities. Of the exact date of her birth
there is no written record. Sho her
self always insisted that sho was two
weeks old on the day that Gen. Wash
ington died.
Mrs. O'Neill was u woman of more
than usual strength of character, and
remarkably efficient in the practical
affairs ot life. Daniol Webster said he
had never seen a woman so well pre
served and so beautiful at ber ago.
Gon. Jackson entertained a great es
teem for her, ant) during his Presi
denev. when etinuritLa fnrliado that he
should call on anyone, a favorite re
laxation with bim from the cares ot
office was to stroll across the "old
fiolda" near Washington to tb. oottago
whore Mrs. O'Neill lived in retirement
and chat with her son. Mrs. Jackson
also, during her residence in Washing
ton in 182!, became much attached to
Mrs. O'Neill and her daughter, and to
Ibis fact was doubtless due something
of the zeal with which in later years
Gon. Jackson espoused Mrs. Eaton's
cause. A portrait of hor mothor, which
Mrs. Eaton bos treasured, bIiows tho
grave, scdute face of an elderly woman
in cap and neckchief, with a quiet brow
and mouth, indicative ot more reposo
and poiso, and less animation thnn her
more brilliant daughter.
Margaret O'Neill was the first child. 1
There wero two sons, both ol whom
died away from homo, and two other
datightors. Mary married Philip
Grimes Randolph, who was appointed
Consul to Franco under Gen. Jackson,
and Georgians married the Rev. French
S. Evans, now of this city.
One ol Mrs. Eaton's early recollcc.
tions, as related by horself, is of tho
capture ol Washington and the battle
of Bladdnsbiirg. Tho family wero at
thattimo living In Georgetown, two
doors from tbo house of Mr. Monroe,
who bud promised to give them warn,
ing in event of danger, in time to make
their escape good. For days Mr.
O'Neill kept carriage and horses in
ready fur flight. It was necessary to
keep them bidden, as all horses were
plowed into the service.
"Whon tho battlo of Hlndensburg
came," relates Mrs. Eaton, "M r. Monroo
sent us word, as ho had promised tbal
ho would do. We fled, leaving dinner
on tho table. Some forty Inmilies
wont in procossion to Montgomery,
mostly women and children, a ithjust
men enough for escort. I ronicmhcr
how tbo dust blow, and how we cried,
and with tho tears streaming down
our grimy fuccs what a sorry set nt
pooplo we were by tho limo we reached
Montgomery, (ion. Daniel Purker,
Attorney Genoral, was our guide and
oscort. Wo took with us whut wo
oould well carry, and whon wo reached
Montgomory took refuge In a double
log bouse, tho two houeos communi
cating by a hallway. From thoro we
watched tho fires in Washington tho
pnlilin buildings end the rope-walk
burning down. The people wero vory
muoh excited. All sorts of absurdities
wero committed. The woman of tho
houso was frantic, continually moving
tho fnrnitiiro from ono end of the es
tablishment to the other, and back
again. My mother said, '.My dear
woman, what in tho world are you
doing ; cannot I help you f" '(),' sbo
said, 'tho British aro coming, and 1 must
get this furnituro moved.' Wo stood
tbero watching the flames, and wond
ering what might be the fato ol our
own bnnses. My mother said if all
our properly was gone sho did not
want to see my falhor again ; sboconld
not bear to see him a ruinod man. Wo
went back to Washington and found
our own homo unmolustod. Gen. Rows
was the moat human of British officers.
After the While House was burned and
the pictures destroyed, he declared
there should bo no lurlhor destruction
of propony ; that they had beon kindly
received, and so they should behave
kindly in rctnrn. We were not dis
turbed, except by strollors ; but the
terror of war was npon ns ; spies in
women's clothes bad haunted the town
whilo wo were away, and wo still shud
dorcd at the sight of a red coat."
Oen. Cockl?""! seemaUihave morited
and received the principal aharo ot
blame and dislike. Mrs. Katon re
membored how tbe British officers, In
a party, slopped at Sutor's hotel, ind
how Mrs. Suler prepared a dinnor for
them. Sheexpressed herself very freely
in regard to iho wanton destruction of
nronertv. "firm. Rons is nnt en hail "
she said, "but aa for Cock burn, if I
could I would putaepiderin his coffee.
Indeed, lam not sure but I would
poison him If be sat at my table."
"Madam," said Cock burn, passing np
his cup of coffee, "will you oblltte me
by tasting this ooffes boforo 1 drink it.
1 am lieo. Uockburn. "
As Margaret O'Neill grew to wo
manhood, Bbo was odticatod at Mrs.
Uuyward's seminary, ill Georgetown,
and allcrwards finished at Mr. Kirke's
school, in Washington. Sho went to
dancing school at Ibo old Union hotel
in Georgetown, and ono of tho little
triumphs ot her girlhood was her bo
ing crowned by Mrs. Madison, the
President's wife, at one ot tho dancing
parties, as the prettiest girl and beat
dancer in tho room. When sbo came
homo from school she was not quite
fifteen, and it wus not long beloro tbo
first lover appeared, In tho person of a
tapt. Koot, who was an am to den.
McCoomb. There was also a Copt.
Bolton, from Baltimore. Much rivalry
seoms to havo ensued, and a duel was
imminent, hut was prevented, She
would have eloped with Capt. Koot,
and, indeed, with tho traditionul bundle
in her hand and her loot on the win
dow-sill was about leaving her room
whon sho accidentally knocked a
flower pot out of tbo window, and tho
nmse brought ber lather into tho room.
Mra. Eaton has related how she look
a swoet, girlish revenge the next day
In crushing with hor dainty foot tho
offending flowor pot ; how her father
took hor to Mow l orK ana put her
under tho caro of Gov. Do Witt Clin
ton, in Madam Nuu's school, whero
Julia Dickinson, tbo daughter of Gov.
Dickinson, of Now Jorsey, was ber
dearest school friond ; of how severe
Gov. Clinton was, and bow afraid of
him and unhappy she was. She so won
on tho hourt of tho teacher, however,
that she was permitted, in tho pres
ence of others, to seo her lovor, who
had. followed her. Tho pretty exiled
girl was very homo-sick, and finally
wroto ber father that if ho would lei
hor como home, neither "Boot" nor
branch should tako her away from
him again ; which pretty punning on
tho mime of her lover, mid no doubt
also a longing to have bis favorilo
daughter at home, bad tho desiied ef
fect. "My father camo and took me
home. Gov. Clinton told him ho might
as well ; that I was in lovo, and it was
of no uso tor mo to star, especially
since Mudam Nau bad allowed mo to
roccivo visits." So sho camo homo,
and thoso who rcmombor bur girlhood
describe herns being a bright, vivacious
girl ot raro beauty, and, as sbo lias
said of herself, "tho wildest girl that
ever woro out a mothers patience.
But not wilfully bad only thought
less." Leaning out of tho parlor window
one day, she saw Mr. Timberlake, who
was a Purser in tho navy, riding by.
Ho saw her also, and it seems to havo
been a caso of love at first sight, for he
asked ber of her father, and they
spcodily became ongaged and wero
married within a low weeks from tbo
time of their first mocting. The mar
riage ceremony was performed by tho
Rev. Mr. Balch, of Georgetown, and
not least among those raado happy hy
the wedding was the mother, who
frankly confessed that sho felt rid ot a
great responsibility when sho gave her
daughter to the keeping of the young
Dusiianu. ibo newiy-marrieil couple
went immediately to a furnished bouse
in the first Ward, whero they continu
ed to rosido, though they still spent
much time at tho O'lSeill's. Mr. Tim
berlake was ft vory handsome man, an
affeclionato husband, and the five
years of thoir married lifo were happy
ones. J hree childron wero born to
them: William, who died in infancy,
and two daughters, Virginia and Mar
garet. At ono time Purser Timbcr
luko was ordered on tho United States
vessel Shock to Havana, his wilo and
children during his absence remaining
with hor parents. It was daring this
time that Major Eaton first became an
inmate of tho houso. The O'Neill
tavern was still headquarters for Con
gressmen, and when Major Eaton came
lo tbo Senato from Tennessee in 1818
ho went thoro, and continued to board
with them every winter for ten years.
It was during this time that first con
nected his namo with Mrs. Timbcr
luko'a. When, lator, her husband was
ordered to the Mediterranean on tbo
United States ship Constitution, she
still remained at her father's. Sho
was, howevor, about to go to her hus
band, and had made all preparations,
when thoro camo the sudden news of
his death. One ol Iho last acts of bis
lilo was to writo his wilo a long letter
inclosing money and bearing tho in
scription noli me tangcrc. Mrs. Tim
burlako and her father went to Boston
to rcccivo certain relics which wero
sent homo, and would havo gono to
bring homo his remains if it hud been
possiblo at the limo for them to do so.
Mr. Timborluko died on board the Con
stitution, al Port Muhono, ot asthma.
It was currently reported at tbo time
that in a fit of melancholy ho commit
ted suicido. Ho died in 1828. Soon
after, Major Eulon and Mrs. Timber
lake, whose names had already been
coupled by the gossip ol the hour,
wero married. Tho ceremony was per
formed hv Rov. Dr. Ryland, in 1829.
Genoral Jackson advised tho marriugo,
when Major Eaton consulted him in
regard to it Of Major Eaton's early
lilo litllo is known, and perhaps lilllo
would havo been known of hiinscll but
fur bis union with a woman who seems
to have bren pursued hy detraction. Ho
had a natural genius for politics, and
becamo ono ol the most adroit political
managers of tho day. Ho was a man
ol flno presonco and ready repartee,
with a manner that won him the ad
miration of the Queen of Spain, and a
scholarship that commandod the re
spool of bis compeers. A recent biog
rapher has said that hp was lucking in
moral elements. Bo that as it may,
hs was an attractive man, and by the
often reiterated testimony of bis wife,
"the kindest man and the best bus
band that ever lived." His appoint
ment to tho Cabinet from the Senate
was a mailer ot personal friendship.
General Jackson bad made up his mind
to have a Cabinot officer from Tennos
soe, and Major Katon was the man se
lected. Mrs Eaton's father and mother
wore much pleased with her second
marriage, which was a brilliant one.
With only hor wit and her' beaut v.
with no special advantago of birth or
position, she bad attained the position
of a Senator's wife, and a few weeks
later, by the appointment of Major
Eaton as Secretary of War, sho found
herself placed among the ladies of the
Cabinet. Placed, hut not recognized.
Slander, like death, loves a shining
mark, and all tbo rumors which had
slumbered and slept, and which Gen
oral Jackson had hoped were utterly
silenced by tbe marriage which be ad
vised, broke forth anew, so soon as tbe
parties wore elovated to one of tho
highest positions under the Govern
menu As the wife of Senator Kaion,
Mrs. Lalboan, tho wife ot the Vict
President, and tbe wives of the Cabi
net Ministers had called upon her.
But to hor admission tnto tho highest
social circle of the Capital there was a
decided demurrer, The ladies refused
to call upon ber. During the first
months ol Jaeksone Administration
tho uncompromising President thought
of litllo olso than ways and means
by which ha might silvnco tho calum
niators of Mrs. Katon. lie demanded
and ohtainod from ovory man to whom
could be traced any insinuation against
hor a strict apology. J ho question cl
hor character was discussed in Cabi
net councils, and beloro ono meeting
appeared Ihe pastor ol his own church,
tlioir dilloronce ol opinion in tins mat
ter resulting it. tho future ruin attend
anco ol Iho General. Mrs. Eaton be
came a disturbing element in politics.
Probably no other American woman
has over bad so much influence over
political events. Her future biogra
pher, at this period of her caroer, will
Hud himself compelled to write Ameri
can history. Sho is part and parcel of
tho record ot two Administrations ; ac
tively present during one, and a strong
primary canso 01 the other. JSlr. van
Iiuren owed his nomination toGonoral
Jaskson, and there is littlo doubt that
bis strongest claim lo tho friendship oi
General Jackson was bis cordial recog
nition of and marked attention to Mra.
Eaton. General Jackson was in a po
sition to name his successor, and a let
ter written by Daniel Webster in 1830,
to a personal friend, Bays: "Mr. Van
liuron lias evidontly, at this moment,
quite the lead in inlluenco and import
ance. JIo controls all the pages on
tho hack stairs, and flutters what
seems to bo at present tbe Aaron's
serpent among the President's desires
a settled purpose of making out the
lady, ot whom so much has been said,
a porson of reputation. It is odd
onough, but too ovidunt to bo doubted,
that the consequence of this dispute in
tho social and lushionuble world Is pro
ducing great political effects, and may
very probably determine wbo shall bo
successor to.tbo present Chief Magis
trate. Iho Cabinot had bocomo di
vided into two opposing factions, and
tho lino of division stretched down
through both Houses of Congress, and
extended through the entire country.
On Mrs. Eaton's side wero the Presi
dent, Sccrotary of State, Secretary of
VY ar and tbe 1 ostmaster General ; op-
possing her were tho Vice President,
tbo Secretary ot tho JiaVy and Attor
ney General. The bitter feeling en
gendered ran so high that Genoral
Jackson threatened to dissolve his Cab
inet unless harmony could be secured.
A temporary peace ensued, but a year
later tho Cabinot was dissolved, and
the President appointed Major Eaton
Governor of Florida. General Jack
son's championship ol Mrs. Katon, tho
letters ho wroto in ber behalf, tho test
of executive favor which ho mudo her
recognition or non rocognilion, are
matters ot history. 1 bcro is still in
oxistonco a voluminous correspondence
between the President and tho Rev.
Dr. Ely, of Philadelphia, on this sub
ject. Gcnoral Jackson might have
controlled public opinion, so lar as the
men woro concerned. Il was the la
dies who wero merciless and utterly
unmanageable. Alter Mr. Van Buren,
tho smoothest and most polite of men,
came to Washington, ho seems to have
fallen at once into the role or si age
manager of this social drama. More
than onco ho set the scenes for success,
only to have bis plans frustrated by
the determined opposition. Primo
Ministor of tbe Nation and accomplish
ed diplomat though he wa-vebe was un
able to control the decisions of society.
Tho annals of that day gave graphic
descriptions of balls in which Mrs. Ea
ton's prosence in a cotillion was suffi
cient to break it up, and of suppers at
which tho honor of being conducted to
the head of the tablo by a foreign Min
ister did prevent her Irom boiug lcilly
ignored by the ladies present. It is
an old story that is told ol Mrs. lluy
gens, the wifo of tho Ministor of Hot
land, whom Mr. Van Buren had per
sonally entreated to consent lo be in
troduced to tho "accomplished and
lovely Mrs. Eaton." At a hall and
supper, given by the Russian Ministor,
both ladies were present, and Madame
Hiiygcns evaded all advances from the
side until supper was announced. Sho
was then "Informed by Baron Krude
nor, tho Russian Minister, that Mr.
r.aton would conduct her to the table.
Sho declined and remonstrated, but in
the meantime Mr. Eaton had advanced
and offered his arm. Sho at first
objected, but to relievo him from bis
embarrassment walked with him lo
tho table, whore she found Mrs. Eaton
seated at tho tablo, besido an empty
chair for horself. Mrs. Huygcns had
no alternative but to become an instru
ment of iho intrigue or decline taking
supper. Sho chose tbe lattor, and,
taking ber husband s arm, withdrew
from the room." It is saitl that whilo
tho company were appalled at so
crushing an insult, Mrs. Katon, lifting
ncr glass to ner oyo, sent allcr the re
treating form of tho Minister's wifo
the exclamation. "What an elegant
carriago sho has I" The remark was
so thoroughly in keeping with the
aplomb and high-spirited audacity
winch characterized Mrs. Katon that
it is no doubt authentic. She would
not down atono'e bidding, and ihrnuiih
all Iho stormy scenes ot thai period of
ncr career, tbe ono thing she believed
in was her own splcnJid rieht ol way.
and sho had, as f'acinnting women al
ways have, always a following of poo
pie who behoved in hCr. At another
time a grand dinnor was given in the
Kast room of tho White House, on
which occasion Mrs. Katon was con
ducted to tbe tablo hy Mr. Vaughan,
the lirilish Minister, and placed beside
the Presidont, who paid her marked
attentions. But to no avail. These
were the social conditions which Mr.
Van Buren found when he came to the
National Capitol, and oulof those war
ring elements he wrought his own po
litical fortunes and his Presidential
future. As tho discordant Cabinet vir
tually went to pieces, be became the
principal and confidential adviser of
tho President. Mrs. Katon enjoy od
bor lile in Florida; it was a quiet,
peaceful episode; and on the expira
tion of his office Genoral Eaton was
appointed Minister to Spain, an office
winch no tilled lor thirteen years. Of
all the periods of her eventful caroer,
probably Mrs. Eaton's life abroad was
most brilliant. All hor life she looked
back to it and of it with pride and
pleasure, and in memory still lived in
her "Chateaux en Espagne." She was
greatly admired, and ber social con.
quests are among the brilliant tradi
tions of Madrid. Her memory in la
ter lile, while vivid in reenrd to nor
sons and events, often confused dates.
"Tbe Infanta of Spain, tbe Princess
Christina, is dead," sitid a friend to ber
when tho sister of Mercedes died last
"Ah, yes; I remembor," replied Mrs.
Eaton, "she was a beantitul child.
Everybody loved tbo Infanta. But
Isabella was very disagreeable,"
Her attention Doing callod to the
fact that tbe deceased Princesa was
only eighteen years old, while ho so
journ in Spain dated back some forty
years, one proceeded to reminiscence,
of the Spanish Queen, and the two
children, Isabella and Christina, for
TEEM3-$2 per annum in Advance.
there was an Infanta Christina at that
timo also.
Mrs. Kalon always spoke of hor life
abroad as being very doligbttul. Willi
a husband loving and indulicnt, with
her children with ber, in allluent cir
cu instances, and a position ol honor,
sho bad tho essential clomcnts of hap
piness. At one lime during their resi
dctice in Madrid, during the war in
Spuin, their house wus fuirly besciged
Tbey wero compelled to remain close
ly indoors, not daring lo open doors or
windows lor leer of shots. 1 be United
States being noutral in the matter
tboir bouse becamo a rem go for all
parties, and lor weeks soldiers or both
sides came to them. Provisions grew
vory scarce in tho city, tho country
people not daring to bring anything
in. "Wo should have fared badly, but
tbo Quoen sent us provisions from bor
own palaco, said Mrs. Katon, and she
recounts a dinnor parly given by tbo
Queen to General Kspartoro, jnat after
bo bad won a battle lor tho Spanish
arms and was in high favor at court.
11 was on this occasion that Mrs. Ka
ton was first formally received in the
palace. A Spanish court dinnor was a
lengthy and laborious eei oniony, and
Mrs. Katon, not focling very strong at
that timo, was somewhat reluctant to
go. "I kept hoping that my dress
would not come from Paris," she says,
'but it did como, a beautilul pale blue
velvet, and it was mado so small that
I could only wear it by tho old fashion
way of fastening my corset lace to tbe
bed-post and walking" away from it.
This feat of physical self torturo would
be hardly worth recording but lor the
fact that later in tho day, in conse-
quenco of the light lacing, she fainted
away and had to leave tbo dinner ta
blo. It was an innovation. No one
olso had ever been known to faint
away at a royal dinner party. The
barriers of Spanish etiquette had nevor
been so far carried away as to allow
any one to h avo tho table before the
Queen rose.
"It cannot be done, said tbo ladies
in waiting; "such thing was never
heard of."
'But it must be done," said General
Eaton, "my wife is ill and must go
homo." And bo himself spoke to the
Queen, and was granted permission to
rotire. So annoyed was be by tha in
nocent cause ol this confusion that he
took a knifo and cut tbo blue velvet
to pieces, and tho use to which its
remnants came at last was to be re
modeled into a May-day costumo for
one of Mrs. Eaton's littlo grandsons.
Onto again on that eventful day,
Spanish court etiquette was shaken to
its foundations, and this timo it was
General Katon wbo achieved that re
sult. As tbey were making tho grand
tour of tbo roams, tbe ermine mantle
worn by the Queen slipped from her
shoulders and tell to the floor. Thoro
it lay. No ono attempted to pick it
up. Tho official whose special prerog
ative it was to restore tbe fallen man
tle to tbo Queen's shoulders, acorns not
to have been on dock, and Goner il
Eaton, with tbe ready and sensible po
liteness of an American gentleman, re
placed it, and received a gracious ac
knowledgement of bis courtesy from
tho Queen. Altorward ono of tbe la
dies of tbo court told Mrs. Eaton that
such an occurrence had never been
known before.
'But the Queen was very fond of
tjouoral r.alon, ehe said ; "and invari
ably added 'be was tho best man and
tbo kindest husband that ever lived.
' She dcsciibcd tho palaco, and how,
on their arrival, Ihoy wore conducted
irom one room to another, and saw
nothing of the Quoen until the doors
of tho great drawing room flew open
and disclosed her standing in ber state
robes, in each room was a band of
music, and a fountain of perfumed wa
ter playing, and among tbe flowers
were hung cages of singing birds, dif
ferent birds in each room. The bull
fights, the popular fetes, tho brilliant
progress of tho royal carriage to the
Cortes all these momories of tbe
Spanish capital were vividly recalled
by her to the latest period of her lilo.
Isabella, eveu at that early ago, sho
describes as being extremely plain,
disngrceablo in manner and disposi
tion, and very unpopular. But the
inlanta was lovely and lovable, a beau
tiful little girl : and tbo pet and prido
of tho Spanish populace.
Mrs. Eaton's two children, Virginia
and Margaret Timberlake, wero with
ber, and Virginia's beauty was a mat
tor of universal remark. "Kiss the
little Americana," said the Queen lo
hor daughters when tho American
Minister's family were making their
adieux, "for nothing so beautiful was
overseen in Spain before, or over will be
again." Isabella drew back haughtily,
but tho Infanta, with ber usual swoet
noss, kissed hor. Tbe "Littlo Ameri
cana" camo back to Washington, and
grew up to bo ono of tho most beauti
lul women in America. Sho was a
proud, haughty woman. Philip Bar
ton Key, handsome, dissolute and reck
less, was a lover of hers. Their mar
riage the mother opposed on the
ground of bis dissipation. "Perhaps I
should havo let thoso two, who loved
each other so well it was adoration
be married," she said long years alter
it was all over aflor Barton Key bad
fallen by the hand of an avenging hus
band, and Virginia Timberlako was
ni me. Kampayn, tho wile ol a rrench
Duke "but how could I when he was
so dissipated f 1 havo seen him, whon
visiting my daughter, go to tbo side
board and take a class of brandy at a
draught and then another." Several
elopements were planned and Irus
trateo. lira, r.aton must have lived
over again some ol the experioncoe of
her own parents regarding horself. Un
one occasion, when he called at' tbo
house to soe her, ber mother sent word
down that Virginia was aick and be
could not see ber. Flinging tbo door
wide open, he sot spurs lo his horse
and rode up the stairs into the room
whore1 she lay sick. Ho was deter
mined to csrry ber away with bim,
and the girl, inlatuated and reck
lessly in lovo, would have gone with
mm. Ilut, al last tho affair was bro
ken off, and after a brilliant bellship in
Washington, Virginia Timberlake mar
ried M. Da Sampayo, a member of the
French legation, and baa been for
many years a happy wife and mother.
One of her daughters was a few years
ago married to a son oi the cider Roths
child. She was a haughty and digni
fied woman, and tbe beauty which
seems to bare been a family inheri
tance, won ber a fame thronizhout this
country and Europe. To ber eldor
aaognier, Margaret, wbo became tbo
wife ot Dr. Randolph, of Virginia,
chief clerk in the War Department
under General Katon, Mra. Eaton was
tenderly attached, and was never
weary of talking of her aweetnesa of
disposition. 'During ber residence
abroad both Dr. Randolph and his
wife died, leaving four children. Id
1858 General Eaton died, and halt for
tbe second time A widow, Mra. Katon
returned to Washington to undertake
the car and education, of her grand
children, lu affluent clronmstanoos,
and tbo possessor of muoh real estate
in this city, she spared no trouble or
exponso in their education. The style
in which sbo lived after her return
Irom Spain, the sumptuouanesa of bor
toilots, and hor groat beauty, which
oven at sixty was alill remarkable, are
matters ot tradition in Washington.
"I havo novur seen any one so beau
tiful," saya an old resident ; "and when
sbo drove out id a carriago with four
horses and liveried servants, there was
nothing In Washington to compare
with her cquipuge, nut even the Presi
dent's own. She was very gay and
fond of display." -
Mi's. Eaton in enrly life united with
tho Foundry Methodist church, and
was held in tho highest estimation by
tho members of thai congregution.
That church was poor when sho joined
it. Methodism was not then a popu
lar creed, and those who professed it
encountered obstacles and trials in the
adherence tb their faith which they do
not meet now. Mrs. Katon was not a
consistent mem bur, so far aa obedience
lo the discipline was concerned. That
excellent code ot regulation fur the
government ofa religious body strictly
lorbids "the putting on of gold and
costly apparel," but she was i.otod for
the elegance and sumptunusness of ber
dress. The discipline forbids dancing,
and she, passionately fond of that
amusement, pursued it with zeal and
pleasure. But she was voty liberal,
not alone to Iho church aa an organi
zation, but lo individuals, and ber
charity with those Of her own "house
hold m luith more than covered suua
triflinir sins as fondness fur dancing
and good clothes. Of Mrs. Ea
ton's charities, profuse, unostentatious,
whole-souled, tbo rocord would fill
many volumes. Hoi was a tonder
heart and it kept her purse-strings al
ways loosened. For years she was
the Lady Bountiful of hor neighbor
hood, and her sympathies were never
appealed to in vain. Ncr did she
wait to bo called upon for aid. Her
benevolence was ot that broad, doep,
active kind tbat sought occasion for
its exercise. It was a custom with
her to bunt up cases of suffering, and
many bus been tbe chcerloss hearth
that bor luel has transformed lo light
and warmth and comfort; many tho
empty larder that ber open-handod-ncss
has filled ; many the ill clad form
that garments from her have clothed.
Nor was it in cases of material suffer
ing alone tbat ber presence consoled
and her kindness relieved. She assist
ed the straggling to riso, and pointed
out the way of succor when no more
earthly consolation availed. Many
were tbo converts whom this ambitious
woman, this queen of socioty, this
arbitress of political destinies, has
brought to the altar of the Foundry
church when she found all other offorts
at relief wero vain, and that the dis
ease required the Great Physician's
prescription. It would bo both unkind
and impolitic to montion names, but
thcro are many prominent citizens of
Washington to day, happy and well-to-do,
whom the generous kindness of
Mrs. Katon raised from tho gloom of
poverty and ignorance to tbe radianco
ofa happy affluence.
Among tbo teachers whom Mrs.
Katon engaged for ber grandchildren
was one Antonio Bucbignani, wbo
gave lessons in dancing and deport
ment. He is still remembered in this
city as an exceeding handsome man.
lie served lor a time aa Librarian of
Congress. Mrs. Katon not only em
ployed bim for ber own children, bat
by tbe prestige of her patronage she
made him the fashion, aided him pe
cuniarily, and took him to live in her
lamily. With an infatuation to which
ber subsequent misfortune might be
traced, sho married him, a boy not
twenty-one, and lived with him tivo
yeara. They removed to New York,
whore she established bim in business.
In spile of a marriage contract which
had secured her property to herself, ho
finally got it all, personal and real es
tate, into his own bands, and eloped
with the grand daughter, Emily iian
dolph. Tboy wont to Europe. Mrs.
Katon procured an immediate divorce,
and returned to ber old home in this
city, whero sbo has ever since resided.
Broken in health and in spirits, she
was for a long time sadly changed.
During these last years of ber lile she"
has, however, regained much of her
animation, and any one who haa
met ber of late years must have mar
velled at the wonderful elasticity of
spirit and tho brave cheerfulness with
which sbe lived out tho twilight of A
onco brilliant life. Sbe talked brill
iantly and well, and bad many remi
niscences of the notable people of tbe
past. General Jackson was ber hero,
as well he might be. Mrs. Jackson
sbo describes as a " large, portly
woman with a sweot benevolent faco,
wbo always insisted on having pray
ers." When she came here she
received in her parlors, and tho
open handed hospitality of the Her
mitage was transferred to Wash
ington. Mrs. Eaton describes a visit
to the Hermitage ; bow tbe many serv
ants wero cared for as though they
were children, and tbe proverbial hos
pitality of the bouso. Gen. Jackson's
inconsolable grief after the death of
bis wilo is well known. Missed from
the dinner tablo one day by bis guesls,
Mrs. f.aton was finally sent to seek
him, and found him in the garden
where his wife was buried. In a passion
of grief he had thrown himself down
on tho tomb. Of his characteristic
bate of affectation, she relates an in
stance. A mong Ibe guests at A dinnor
party, at tbo Hermitage, was A judge
of the court of Teni,cseo, with A wife
whoso head had been quite turned hy
a season in Washington. Present also
was a brother of the lady's, wbo had
beon a tailor, which fact was carefully
ignored. Tbo lady's airs and graces
grew Insufferable, and finally General
Jackson pricked the bubble ot ber pride
hy saying to tbe brother, "lou know
I really never bad a comfortable coat
nn my back sinco you quit tailoring.''
Mrs. .baton remembered with all the
warmth of a generona nature tha
friends who bad stood by ber in tho
old days. As sho felt herself failing,
and the present slipping from ber
grasp, she clung moro closely to hor
past. On last Decoration Day she
went to the cemetery at Oak Hill to
put flowers on the graves of her dead.
Not having been at the cemetery for
some timo, and some new monuments
having been erected, her recollection
ot the locality was little confused,
"O, have I lost my graves V she ex
claimed, "how I am failing, it was
nevor so before that I oould not find
my dead." Sbe put the flowers on the
graves, touching thctn with tender and
tremulous bsnds, and going back again,
aflor she had turned to go, to lay more
roses down close and heavy over the
grave of her dead daughter, with
such caressing touches as one would
shield Another from the cold. She
talked of her dead, calling them by
name talking to them aa though tbey
could indeed bear ber. "It is the last
lime. I shall never come here again
till 1 come to atay," she said. "H is
A beautiful place to rest in at last"
She talked of ber coming "to stay" as
though death were "only A moment
from this room into tbe next," And A
certain sunny courage and cheerlnlncee
which was characteristic through life,
did not desert ber At the but. Hit
fortune never made ber bitter. W ben
costly pleasures were no longer possi
ble, she contented herself with simpler
ones, and because tbe romance of life
had gone by for herself, the did not
lose A keen and vivid interest In the
good fortune of others.
a am m
The history ol the world tells ns
that Immoral means will ever Intercept
good ends.