Before she married, in 1887, Mrs. Carnegie was Louise Whitfield, of New York, the daughter of John W. Whitfield, a wholesale merchant. It was a romantic union. Mr. Carnegie was an old friend of the Whitfield familty but it was not until he returned from a trip round the world in 1879 that he discovered his attachment to Louise, who had said she would not marry, on account of her mother, whose fragile health necessitated her constant attention. And it was not until 1887, when Mr. Carnegie was fifty and Miss Whitfield over thirty, that they were quietly married. One daughter has been born to them - Margaret - in 1897. Mrs. Carnegie has been described as " the power behind the throne," and has a great deal to do in the distribution of the wealth of her generous husband. Often he is guided by her advice, and her popularity north of the Tweed-is such that in 1908 there was conferred upon her by Dunfermline - her husband's native town - the highest civic honour, that of honorary burghership. In the year that their daughter was born Mr. Carnegie purchased Skibo Castle, Sutherland, N.b., and here for the greater part of the year the millionaire lives with his wife and daughter as chief companions.
Mrs. Carnegie H. Burnett