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THE MAUI NEWS, FRIDAY, FEr.IUURY 25, 1016.
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THE MAUI NEVAS
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WILL J. COOPER,
Story of a Picture.
A picture Which attracts everybody's
attention nt tiio Tnte gallery by Its po
Bltion. Its size and Its striking beauty
is that of a lady riding on a white
horse through an archway Into n court
yard. She is dressed in a green velvet
lidiug habit of the time of Charles II.,
with a long red feather in her gray
lmt. On her left stands a page in an
old gold velvet suit, with a dog by his
side. This picture has a remarkable
history, as well as numerous titles.
The catalogue calls it "Equestrian Por
trait," but it is also known as "Nell
G wynne," the name given it by Mil
hils. and also sometimes as "Diana
Vernon." The fact is that Sir Edwin
Landseor left this picture unfinished.
He painted the horse and its trap
pings, intending it for an equestrian
portrait of Queen Victoria. Hut he
died and left the picture unfinished,
and it was sent to Sir John Mlilais,
who painted his own daughter in this
old riding costume, together with the
page, the dog and the background.
The picture was begun in 1S70 and
finished twelve years later. London
EDITOR AND MANAGCF!
Music Hiith Charms.
r.lit;n;,v I. the I anion- pianist, tells
A story of two Scotchmen who lived
iu the same Hat. Each had u piano,
upon which he strummed In his owu
room, and one day a friend suggested
that they should run the two pianos
Into tho same room so that they could
play music written for two pianos.
The two men thought It was a good
idea, nnd accordingly the pianos wire
both placed In tho same room. They
practiced diligently at n sonata for two
pianos, but with little success for r.onio
time, the dllliculty being that one had
generally finished his movement two or
three bars before the other. '
At last, however, they succeeded in
finishing one movement exactly at the
same moment, nnd one said, "A wool.
Donald, now that we've been so suc
cessful with the first movement, sup
pose we try the second?"
Donald looked at him in profound as
tonishment. "Eh, but, Angus," he ex
claimed, "that was tho second move
ment that I was playing!" London
Habits of the Cuckoo.
It is quite a mistake to suppose that
the cuckoo neglects her egg after she
has deposited it in the nest of another
bird, declared Oliver O. Tike, in a lec
ture at the Camera club. The cuckoo
kept a watchful eye upon her treasure
nnd should any accident befall It she
laid another egg in another nest. Mr.
Tike said he believed, although it was
impossible to prove it, that the cuckoo
laid its eggs in the nest of a bird of the
same species as that by which it bad
itself been reared. Thus a cuckoo
reared by a sedge warbler laid its egg
in turn in a sedge warbler's nest. So
wonderful was the spell which the
young cuckoo exercised over other
birds that he had seen birds other than
its foster parents pause in their flight
to feed it, giving it the food which was
intended for their own young, and once
he saw a young cuckoo fed by birds of
five different species in succession.
The champion aeronaut is tho king
grasshopper, which has the ability to
Jump 100 times its length. It can nlso
sail for 1,000 miles before tho wind.
These grasshoppers sometimes go in
such numbers that they make n cloud
2,000 miles in extent. Its great front
lip hides a pair of Jaws as effective ns
a hay chopper, and it has au appetite
ns voracious ns that of u hippopota
mus. A oung chick finds itself shut
inside tho eggshell nnd must work Its
way out alone, but tho young grass
hoppers find themselves tho whole
nest ful shut in a hardened case in the
ground made by their mother, and it
takes a half dozen of them working
together to dislodge the lid which
shuts them in. National Geographical
Quaint Old Welsh Custom.
One of the quaintest of nil Welsh
customs is tho unsheathing of the
sword of Taliesiu that takes place
every year on the shores of Llyn Gei
rlonydd, near Trefriw, north Wales.
A short distance from tho lake is a
large. Hat topped bowlder, supposed to
h.ave been Tnliesiu's pulpit. On this
mek the old bard (who is said to have
il 'Ui ished about 540 A. D.) performed
- weird religious rites, and ever since
:c ruck has been known ns the "Court
i' Tallesin." Once a year, iu August,
.1 group of bards assemble nt the
'court" tho chief bard standing on
tin; rock nnd the others on a circle of
white stones surrounding it. Here the
rites are performed solemnly and
quaintly iu the presence of a largo
crowd. Tho naked sword Is returned
to Its sheath when tho chief bard has
ascertained from the peoplo that there
Is peace in tho laud. Tho sword re
mained unsheathed during tho three
years of the Boer wnr. The ancient
ceremony is followed by witty and hu
morous bardic addresses, recitations
American Catacombs and Mummies.
Recent publicity has boon given to
tho wonders of the cliff villages of the
Gila canyon in New Mexico, where the
lofty pumice or tufa walls of the box
canyon nre honeycombed with tho ex
cavated dwellings of n nation of
dwarfs, whose mummies here and
there found, preserved by the stone
dust for centuries, nre clad in woven
clothes nnd ornamented with gay
feathers nt neck nnd waist. The re
mains of nn adult man of this people
measured only twenty-three inches In
height, and the doors nnd windows of
their "homes in the rock" nre hardly
passable by n half grown girl. Like
tho dwarf temples of Yucatan of
which Le Plougeon wrote so entertain
inglyhovel, mansion, fortress nnd
temple, seem like toys made with in
finite pnins for the children of n re
mote past; indeed, nn antiquity fixed
by tho best authorities at least ns far
back ns C.000 years ago. National
Glorification of Futility.
When General Ben Butler was prac
ticing law in the courts of the District
of Columbia he was famous for the
striking ideas he evolved and tho effec
tive methods he employed in order to
get the interests of hLs clients before
tho jury in a favorablo light.
In one case, In which he had a rather
poor show of winning, the time came
for him to cross examine n fellow law
yer, who had given testimony extreme
ly favorable to the other side. Every
body listened intently for Butler's on
slaught. It wns expected that he
would go after tho witness with gloves
"Gentlemen of the Jury," ho said,
with nn air of confiding familiarity.
"I would as soon think of shooting
skyrockets into the infernal regions for
purposes of illumination ns to cross
examine this witness In tho hope of
extracting the truth." Popular Maga
zine. Superstitions of the Cingalese.
An old Cingalese woman who lived
in nn ordinary native hut by herself
died nnd wns buried. On tho follow-
! ing day n large iguana (a species of
lizard which attains great size) enteret1.
the compound of a gentleman living
close by and attacked his poultry.
Hearing the uolso and commotion, Ik
camo out nnd on ascertaining the cau:ig
got his gun and shot the iguana. Ne
sooner had he done this than there
arose a great uproar from tho relative
of the old woman, who declared that
he had killed her, because her spirit
had passed into tho lizard, In proof of
which they pointed triumphantly to
the fact that it had never before been
seen in the vicinity nnd only nppeared
after her death. Rupees finally appeas
ed the outraged feelings of the old
woman's descendants. Java Times.
"Richard Mansfield possessed a dom
inance that never failed him, I believe.
The strange thing about this is that
he didn't need It. Ho had 'fascination'
enough without it
"That fine, dry old manager nnd good
man, A. M. Palmer, nnd I were onco
visiting Mansfield nt Southampton, and
late at night Mr. Palmer would come
into my room, and wo would talk au
hour or so. It was always about
Mansfield; that was always the way if
you were near him; it wns inevitable
that you could think or speak of littlo
else. One night I said:
" 'I think you understand liim ns well
as nny man could.'
"Understand him?' The old man
laughed In his quiet way. 'There's
only one man on earth who under
stands Richard Mansfield. That's
Richard Mansfield.' Then, after n
pause, he added with sudden vehe
mence, 'And he doesu'tl' " Booth
Turklngtou in Bellman.
Lee at Vera Cruz.
Robert E. Lee, ns enptain of engi
neers, arranged tho American batteries
when the United States forces landed
nt era Cruz in 1817. Lee s brother, a
naval lieutenant, served ono of the
guns, nnd here nro Leo's first Impres
sions of war, "Whenever I turned my
eyes reverted to him, nnd I stood by
his gun whenever I was not wanted
elsewhere. Oh, I felt awfully, and nin
at a loss whnt I should have done had
he been cut down before me.
He preserved his usual cheerfulness,
and I could see his white teeth through
nil the smoke and din of the fire." Chi
"I should like to see some spats,"
said the precise gentleman.
"Well, Btick around," suggested the
new floorwalker. "The salesladies are
starting 'em all the time." Puck.
An Even Break.
Mrs. Hiram Of!en Your recommen
datlons nre rntlier poor. I must say.
Maid Well, niMa. ..ez weren't recom
mended very highly to me, ayther.
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