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PRINCIPLE OF CHRISTIAN SCIENCE 139 retired to live the life of a hermit in Saco, Maine. In 1873 Mrs. Patterson secured a decree of divorce from him in the courts of Salem, Massachusetts. Directly after visiting his wife for the last time he went once more to the Tiltons. Mark Baker was dead; he had passed away the preceding autumn. Mrs. Tilton heard the dentists confession in silence. She had nothing to offer by way of advice for the patching up of difficulties. She saw they had reached a climax. But her practical mind made one sugges- tion as the amende hojiorable for the husband, that he should settle some sum, however meager, on Mary and not leave her utterly destitute. To this the doctor agreed and a sum was fixed upon to be paid twice a year. This was continued a few years, until Mrs. Patterson refused longer to accept it. When the doctor had taken his departure, Abigail wrote to her sister to come home. We will build a house for you next to our own and settle an income upon you, she said. You shall have suitable surroundings and not be annoyed by the friction of life in another home than your own. We can be together very much, and you can pursue your writing. There is only one thing I ask of you, Mary, that you give up …
EDWARD D. BAKER. 49 vigor, despite the most formidable obstacles, and dis- piriting influences. As the work progressed, laborers were drawn from almost every quarter of the globe? great numbers of whom perished by exposure in the terrible marshes on the Atlantic slope of the Isthmusj and with the deadly fevers incident to the country. At length, after the expenditure of several million dol- lars, and the sacrifice of thousands of lives, the last rail of the road was laid at midnight, on the 27th of January, 1855 , and, on the following day, a locomotive passed over it from ocean to oceana distance of fifty miles. Thus was built and completed this great commercial highway of nationsa work which will endure for centuries, a noble monument to the memories of the men who had the genius to contrive, and the ability, courage, and perseverance to carry it to a successful termination.* COLONEL BAKER IN CALIFORNIA. When the bracing air of the Illinois prairies had restored Baker to something of his accustomed health and vigor, he turned his gaze eagerly towards the golden sands of the Pacific coast, whither the wave of emigra- tion was then swiftly rolling. Heaps of untold wealth and political honors higher than any he had yet attained, rose alternately before his excited imagination, and allured him westward to the land of promise. *The above account is chiefly condensed from an able article on the Panama Bailroad, published in Harpers Magazine for January, 1859 .
i^6 NEWTON D. BAKER tribution system provided it was not illegal/' The Cleveland Press said the court was controlled by racing moguls, and leveled both barrels at Judge Walther in a provocative query entitled If This Be Contempt/' The judge thought it was, and promptly dted Seltzer and Matson. In the subsequent trial Baker's strategy was clear and his defense was both witty and effective. He had to prove that illegal gambling (disguised as the contribution system) was going on at Thistledown, and that hostile newspaper articles were not subject to contempt proceedingsalthough they might be punishable as libel if the criticism was not justi- fiable. To Baker it was as plain as the path to the parish church" that unauthorized wagering was being conducted under the contribution system: A lot of men who own race horses lease them to an associa- tion which runs a track, and the association to which they are leased runs the horses, and the spectators, who used to bet, no longer bet, but, by putting up money in the form of a bet, they really buy a participating interest in the lease of the horse for the particular race. These are short-term leases. (Laughter.) And then, if the court please, the race is run, and the gentle- men who contributed, if they were lucky enough to have con- tributed on Horse A and Horse A is lucky …
Thankful Baker is a member of the Baker Family.