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Monday afternoon and night, New
Tear's day, at the Clunie Opera-house
the lasting farce comedy "My Friend
From India" will be given by the Al
cazar Theater Company, San Francis
co, headed by L. R. Stockwell, Miss Ne
vada Heffron and Miss Mabel Bowman.
The play is one of the best of the order.
It is by De Sauchet, the author of "The
Man From Mexico," Willie Cother's
great success. It was played here at
$1.50 prices about a year and a half
ago by the Smyth and Rice comedians.
Recently the Alcazar management has
renewed the piece—it is a costly one,
by the way, as the royalty is heavy—
and Stockwell has found In it a part
in which he is said to be better than
in anything he has yet done upon the
stage. In this verdict the San Francis
co press seems to be agreed. Miss
Bowman has the "character" part In
the farce, the same made famous by
May Yokes and which won her a new
place in comedy.
NEVADA HOFFMAN IN "MY FRIEND FROM INDIA."
To-night at the Clunie Opera-house
the Georgia Minstrels give an enter
tainment. It is a large and popular
company of colored minstrels.
* * *
The next attraction to appear at the
Clunie Opera-house is one whose suc
cess has been general and remarkable
and has been re-echoed In all parts of
the civilized world. All creation is
singing the coon song, and the cake
walk is the reigning fad in exclusive
circles. This popular and unparalleled
inspiration began with the first per
formance of the Black Patti Trouba
dours several years ago and the craze
is now riding a tidal wave. The Black
Patti Troubadours is the attraction
which incited the form of entertain
ment that has brought joy and laughter
to legions. It comes with Black Patti,
the foremost singer of her race, and
Al Watts, leading comedy genius of his
race, and forty other actors in ebony,
with the latest and most pleasing fea
tures in coon songs, buck dances, cake
Black Patti of "The Troubadors"—at the
walks and operatic masterpieces. The
Troubadours appear at the Clunie next |
Friday and Saturday evenings.
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William Wood, the auditor of the
Broadway Theater in New York, is a
mathematician, first, last and all the I
time. He delights in doing '-stunts" in
figures. Recently he divided the re
ceipts of "Ben Hur" for the week end
ing Saturday evening, December Oth,
by the number of people who saw the
performance that week. He found the
average price paid for seats was $'._•'•.
He then figured out that, on the bas-i*
of the box-office being open from 9
a. m. to 9 p. m. daily, excepting Sun
day, the Treasurer and his assistants
had had to sell on the average three
tickets a minute during these hours to
supply this demand. As places were
soid from two windows constantly, it
is quite likely that his computation is
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The death of Charles Edmond Cho-
Jecki removes a notable figure from
French dramatic, Journalistic and lit
erary life, says the Paris correspond
ent of a "London newspaper. "For forty
years he had been connected with the
"Temps." His career was a checkered j
and romantic one. Born of a no'oie;
Polish family, he took part in an insur
rection, and found it necessary to seek
an asylum in France. During IST.',
owing to his participation in the polit
ical struggles of that year, he had to j
quit France for Italy. A few years
later, when the Crimean war broke out.
Charles Edmond (as be was OBUally
known) returned to Paris, and, becom- [
ing a naturalized Frenchman, had an
opportunity of fighting against Russia.
He was aide-de-camp to Omar PaJ-fca
on the Danube, and chief of the staff to
General Prim when, with a feeble
Spanish contingent, the latter fought
by the side of the French soldiers."
* * *
The following is from the London
"Athenaeum": "'ln the Italian Quar
ter,' a one-act piece by Miss Rosina
Filippi, has been added to the bill at
the Vaudeville. It is realistic and
squalid enough in themagiio suit the
caterers for an independent theater.
The story is, moreover, lugubrious,
showing the means by which a convict
of a specially dangerous type wins the
affections and the hand of a fair,
shapely and tender-hearted organ
grinder, the means in question consist
ing of systematic brutality, such as in
the case of men of the class is usually
reserved for post-nuptial Intercourse
So cleverly Is this unpromising theme
managed that the effect produced is
pleasurable, and one accepts, even,
with equanimity a performance upon
the ear-splitting instrument of torture,
the piano-organ. For this result Miss
Gigia Filippi, who plays the heroine, is
* * *
Eleonora Duse. is so much interested
in the subject of dress reform that she
recently got her daughter to write a
German letter to Frau Pachhammer in
Berlin, President of the Society for the
Improvement of Women's Dress, in
which she declared that she herself
never wears a corset, either off or on
the stage, and has never allowed her
daughter to wear any.
* * *
A short play may consist of only one
part or act, and may be given without
a pause or rest. It has been found that
we cannot listen to a story, however in
teresting, for more than about forty
minutes. So we find all plays that are
to fill an entire evening are usually di
vided into two, three or more acts.
Two things are accomplished by this
division of a play Into acts. It gives
both performers and listeners a little
pause or rest, and it enables the author
to Impart variety to his scenes and to
change the time of the story.—Charles
Barnard, in Werner's Magazine.
* * *
When "Dandy Dick" Is revived at
Wyndham's Theater, in London, the
part of Georgiana Tidman, In which
Mrs. John Wood made so great a hit
originally, will be assigned to Violet
* * *
The health of the popular English
actress Nellie Farren has much im
proved of late, and it is said that therj
is some chance of her once more ap
pearing on the stage, not in burlesque,
however, but In comedy.
* * «
George Fleming (Miss Fletcher) .has
written a new play of serious interest,
which Mrs. Patrick Campbell will pro
duce presently In London.
» * *
Edward Terry may accept some
tempting offers which he has received
from Australia, and. in that event, his
proposed revival in London of Plnero's
comedy, "The Times." will be post
* * *
Mme. Genevra Johnstone-Bishop,
whose oratorio singing has made her
so popular among music-lovers, has ac
cepted the chair of oratorio in the con
st lvatory at Florence, Italy.
| Maybelle Bowman—Clunie Opera-house.
The costume of a popular leading
lady is described as an eelskin gown,
of closely massed jet paillettes, with
silver and diamond roses in the front,
the glory completed by a fan-shaped
train of chiffon.
* * *
In her new play, "A Wonderful Wo
man.'' Fanny Rice will leave the realms
of musical for those of farcical comedy.
The play deals with theosophy, and
the heroine is a Boston girl, who is a
.ft-,*-:-.- zml •
The recent engagement of Blanche
Walsh end Melbourne MaeDowtdl at
the New York Grand Opera-house *as
so successful that a return engage
THE RECOHP-UK-OK, SACRAME-TTO STOTDAY, DECEMBER 31, 1899.
ment will be played in May, when Sar
dou's "Cleopatra" will be presented,
with Miss Walsh in the title role, and
Mr. MacDowell as Antony.
* * •
The receipts for the first performance
In Charles Wyndham's new theater in
London were $20,000. This result was
owing to the previous announcement
that the money would be turned over
to the war-relief fund, which caused a
patriotic contention for seats. But thia
amount is remarkable even from this
point of view. As for the house itself,
a writer in the London "Times" says:
"In appearance and in comfort it
leaves little to desire. The white and
cream paint of the auditory shows off
to advantage the turquoise blue drap
eries, and one is grateful to the decor
ator for having been so sparing with
his g*l. Then. * gold, of course. It
Is as much de rlgutur, at present, for a
theater as a gold frame is for a Royal
Academy picture. But here It is not
thickly laid and flaunted, as it is too
often, and the general scheme of dec
oration has many artistic qualities. In
the corridors and saloons the hang
ings are of 'old rose,' which the un
initiated would probably call pink. But
it Is a delicate pink and agreeable to
the eye. There is even .a special sa
loon for the family circle as well as
for the dress circle and the stalls; and
the pretty blue decoration is carried
right up to the gallery. Roof panels
after Boucher harmonize with the del
icate flower-studies round the grand,
tier and with the soft glow diffused by
the pink and pale yellow shades over
the electric lights. From above the
proscenium portrait plaques of Sher
idan and Goldsmith look down with be
* * »
When Sarah Truax is seen at a
Broadway Theater in New York in
March in a series of special matinees,
it will be her debut as a star. "The
Merchant of Venice" will be the first
play presented, with Miss Truax as
* * *
President McKinley, it is said, has
never seen a play In Washington since
his inauguration. The last perform
ance he witnessed was "A Black
Sheep," in Canton. The play-going is
done by Mrs. McKinley, who is very
fond of the theater.
» • *
W. S. Gilbert, the English dramatist,
has celebrated his 63d birthday. It
is thirty years since he began writ
ing plays, and twenty years since he
formed his famous partnership with
Sir Arthur Sullivan, which resulted In
the "Pinafore" series of comic opera.
*» * '
Charles Hawtrey, the English actor,
dislocated a shoulder while playing
recently. He finished the play and then
fainted—just like a woman.
* * »
Charles H. Hoyt is not writing any
farces just now. He has several that
are good for $150 apiece a week in roy
alties, and he doesn't have to do more
than indorse the checks. He is back
in New York, but is merely resting.
» * »
Reports that Fannie Rice would ap
pear in vaudeville are denied. She is
to take out a new play, the very bad
title of which is "The Funniest Thing
That Ever Happened"—which will be
changed as soon as a better one can
* » *
Nat Goodwin is to have a dramatize
tion of "The Honorable Peter Sterling"
made by the author, Paul Leicester
Ford, and Miss Mildred Dowling.
* * »
Whatever opinion is expressed of
"The Children of -the Ghetto," in Lon
don, the critics agree as to the excel
lence of the American actors in the
* *> *
Gertrude Coghlan, the daughter of
the late Charles Coghlan, is getting
ready to star under the management
of Manager Reed of "The Royal Box"
* s *
It is reported that Louis James and
Charles B. Hanford will do "Damon
and Pythias" in a spectacular way
» • •
A. Conan Doyle's thrilling novel,
"The Firm of Girdlestone," has been
adapted to the stage under the title of
» * *
One of the plays recently copyrighted
at Washington Is called "The Massa-
Tenes." The authors are Sir William
Young and Oulda.
* * »
The first man to act Uncle Tom in
the French version of "Uncle Tom's
Cabin," Jules Bresle, died in Paris, the
other day, aged 82.
* » »
Word comes from England that De
Wolf Hopper will revive "The Charla
tan" before long, but under a new
title, "The Mystic Miss."
* * *
When "Richard Carvel" —one of the
successful novels of the day—is given
stage representation, James K. Hack
ett will have the title role.
* » *
"The Christian" has failed In Lon
: don, and is now withdrawn. In Aus
j tralia the play has scored something of
i its succezs in this country.
* * *
Israel Zangwill's new story, "The
I Mantle of Elijah," will run in serial
form in one of the leading magazines
before it is presented as a play.
* * *
Thomas Wise, iong known to thea
ter-goers as a clever comedian, has
scored so great a hit in England that
he may be starred in that country.
* * »
It is said Fanny Rice wants to enter
the vaudeville arena, but cannot get
her price from any of the managers.
She wants $800 a week for her services.
* * •
Two French playwrights have dram
atized Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe," and
made of it a spectacular extrava
» » »
Joseph Jefferson will begin a spring
season early In April. In the mean
time his sons are doing a good busi
ness on the road.
* * *
Dr. G. W\ Purdy has engaged Clar
ence Fleming as the business manager
for Fanny Rice.
* * *
"Hunting for Hawkins," a new com
edy, was tried on Milwaukee recently.
It went pretty well.
* • •
It is said that the four concerts given
In New York by Paderewski will bring
him at least $25,000.
* » *
Thomas Q. Seabrooke is trying his
new one, "Who Killed Cock Robin?"
In Brooklyn just now.
* • *
Victory Baterr.an i 3 playing the lead
ing role in "The Bowery .r-fter Dark,"
a fierce New York melodrama.
"Ben Hur" will probably be contin
ued at the New York Broadway Thea
ter during all this and next season.
The crow in New Zealand strikes as
sweet a note as any heard in the wood
land, says Henry D. Lloyd in the De
cember "Atlantic". The robin has no
song and no red breast; the native hen
is the greatest of rat killers; there is a
caterpillar which turns Into a plant.
These and some other productions of
nature have done for New Zealand
what the kangaroo and the ornltho
rhynchus have done for Australia
given It the suggestion of oddity and
the marvelous. Rabbits and sweet
briers, introduced for pleasure, spread
like wildfire, and It is an attraction to
be duly advertised in the sale of land
that it has been cleared of sweetbrier
and fenced against rabbits; and then
later, the rabbit becomes a profit in
stead of a pest, and is exported by mill
ions to feed the English.
• * *
An effort is being made by Poles to
have Chopin's remains transferred from
Paris to Krakow, where they are to be
placed in the royal vault on the Wawel
Hill, where former Kings of Poland and
other great men lie burled. M. Frederick
Chopin has given 2,000 florins toward
the expenses and the rest is to be raised
among Poles, the plan being to make
the occasion a great Polish festival.
Chopin's body is now In a tomb In the
Pierre Lachaise Cemetery between the
graves of Cherublni and Bellini.
♦ « •
Los Angeles Herald: When a young
woman surrenders a salary of $150 a
week for conscience's sake, choosing
rather to minister to the poor and
needy, sincerity of purpose can but be
accorded her, says the San Francisco
"Examiner." Such a sacrifice has been
made by Miss Flora N. Bollinger of
Los Angeles, now in San Francisco en
gaged In missionary work among the
unfortunate of the city. Miss Bollinger
is the daughter of G. H. Bollinger of the
southern metropolis, prominent in lit-'
eraxy, musical and religious circles.
From her childhood she has been given
every educational advantage, and being
the possessor of a rare voice, a brilliant
future was assured her. There is hardly
a southern city that has not been
favored at some time by Miss Boll
inger's appearance in concert, her name
on a program always insuring a most
generous hearing. Eastern managers
soon came to knew her, and on trying
her voice were ready to make a place
for her In grand opera. The comfortable
salary of $150 a week was offered as an
Inducement. While preparing for the
stage Miss Bollinger was asked to ac
company Evangelist C. H. Gatman In
several efforts at Los Angeles, Santa
Barbara, San Diego, Pasadena and oth
er southern cities. As she sang the
gospel for tb* conviction crowd
ed upon the singef'that a ! career in
grand opera was hardly in keeping with
her profession. As *ihe meetings pro
gressed she felt more and more the call
to minister to others, and only a few
days ago this young" woman, with a
brilliant future assured, settled the
question that had been agitating her
for weeks by deciding against the op
era and choosing a life of sacrifice, of
privation and hardship — for con
science's sake. Misa Bollinger has not
yet fully determined the nature of her
future work. At present she is en
gaged in the Co-operative Home work
with the Rev. John A. B. Wilson, D. D.,
at 648 Folsom street. "Until reaching
San Francisco," said.Miss Bollinger, "I
had no idea of the wretchedness, pov-
erty and want that exist in a great
city. It appals me, and yet I suppose
I have not seen in taking
the step I have taken*it is. with me a
matter of conscience. And now that 1
better appreciate conditions, I wouid
not dare to turn back. My only desire
is to do all the good I can to the great
est number, and to that end all my
time, talent and being are consecrated."
Says the "Baltimore American: "In
"Chris and the Wonderful Lamp,' Mr.
Sousa has composed some of his most
majestic music, and the librettist has
written some of his wittiest text, and
the scenic artist has done his utmost,
and the costumer has been profligate,
and the entire production is one dream
of splendor, the like of which may
never have been done on earth. This
opinion comes from one who is no
friend of comic opera. As a rule, I
think It the least important of all our
amusements, simply because there is
nothing in it which appeals to Intelli
gence. But 'Chris and the Wonderful
Lamp appealed to a taste for the beau
tiful, musically, scenically, libretally.
Miss Wallace was the same as of yore,
but Mr. Sykes gave us what he always
gives—new ideas, revelations of his per
sonality so distinct and diverse that
his sphere is virtually a problem.
Judged from the standpoint of excel
lence, Baltimore has never seen a more
brilliant comic opera production than
; this; has never seen a more clever com
j edian that Mr. Sykes; cannot imagine
a more successful composer than Sousa.
The prodigality of modern production
appears- to be growing more and more
extravagant. We think it has reached
its limitations, to be startled by reve
lations which almost stun us with their
magnificence. The swing of the music
Walker Dyes (telling of'his success*—"During the second act the audience
arose in a body."
Friend—"Gee! Didn't any of 'em come back for the next act, old man?"
widens and deepens and increases in
velocity, lights multiply, the volume of
vocal sound swells forth, the dazzle and
glitter of dressings bewilders and the
sumptuousness of scenic naturalness
• • •
While Chicago, with a population of
2,000,000, did not care to support a
grand opera company for three weeks,
Frankfort-on-the-Main, with less than
300,000, had 310 performances of
operas from November 1, 1898, to the
same date this year. Seven of the
operas given were entirely new and
eight wiere revivals.
* • •
The life of poor Berlioz was made
wretched by the fact that he could not
get his operas performed in Paris, and
when Napoleon ordered that Wagner's
"Tannhauser" should be mounted be
fore Berlioz had had a hearing, the
French composer became as furious as
a wounded grizzly. His despair would
not have been lessened could he have
known that thirty years would elapse
after his death before the grand opera
would condescend to produce his "Cap
ture of Troy," and that when the same
French public which went into ecsta
cies over Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde"
would damn his opera with faint ap
plause. The trouble with Berlioz was
that he was not a born dramatic com
poser, and that, instead of learning
from Wagner (as Wagner learned from
him in some details of orchestration), j
he antagonized him and went back to
the simplicity of Gluck. To cap the
climax, Berlioz chose a subject which
was dear to the ancient Romans, but
does not Interest modern Parisians.
Scenlcally, the performance of "The
Capture of Troy" is said to be fine, even
the episode of the large wooden horse
being managed in such a way as not
to excite the laughter of the Parisians.
But judging by the scant applause,
"Father Aeneas" will not long attract
the attention of the French music lov
• * •
Hungary has Just lost one of her most
prominent composers, Dr. Ivan Gi-eiz-
Inger, whose name, however, is r.ot well
known elsewhere as the number of his
works might lead one to suspect. There
are no fewer than 100 songs, lGi> tran
scriptions for violin, two masses, three
quartets, and a great deal of dance mu
sic similar in character to that of De
9 9 9
Goldmark is again at work on an
opera, his subject being "Goetz yon
Berlichingen." The libretto, has been
prepared by WUlner after Goethe's
• * *
Father Perosi has finished his ora
torio "The Massacre of the Innocents."
The first part deals with the Wise Men
from the East and the second with ihe
flight from Egypt and the massacre. He
has now started his seventh oratorio,
"The Entry of Jesus 'nto Jerusalem."
• » •
A further indication of the friendly
relations between France and Germany
is the production at the Opera Comi
que of Humperdinck's "Hansel and
9 9 9
Essipoft* has resigned her professor
ship at the St. Petersburg Conservatory
and will give private lessens in that
-.. * * *
The body of Johanh Strauss was mov
ed October Bth to the grave given by
Vienna near that of Brahms.
The twentieth anniversary of the
death of Peter Cornelius was commem
orated at Mayence on October 26th.
Cornelius was not only the composer
of the comic opera "Der Barbler yon,
Bagdad," but he was the author oi
some charming lyrical poetry*. On be
half of the municipality, a beautiful
wreath was placed on the monument
erected over the grave, bearing the in
scription, "To the Meister Cornelius
from his native city."
A Unique Birth Notice.
There was a baby born to Mr. and
Mrs. C. L. Phifer of California, Moni
teau County, recently, and Mr. Phifer
printed in his newspaper, "Push," this
announcement: "The coming of the
Boss of them all, The Baby, in that
awetest, most stirring andvmost popu
lar drama in all the world, 'The Home,'
in five acts of surpassing interest, as
follows: Courtship, The Honeymoon,
The Family, Hustling and Breaking
Up; full of the lights of laughter and
the rain of tears, and visions of heaven
in the common pools of earth; written
in the noblest of. blank verae, with
many striking situations and orginal
features, by the great Author of All,
at California, Mo., Tuesday, October 3,
"The fourth and positively lasti ap
pearance under the present manage
"3—bright, beautiful boys—3.
"1 —dear, sweet little girl—l.
"Three of a kind beats two pair.
"I—mother, the best and most patient
woman on earth—l.
"I—father, who really doesn't count
"6—in the cast. Count them—6.
"The younpest has not yet been
named, and the audience may suggest
names for him without extra charge.
He came on the fourth anniversary of
the birth of his only sister, -and also
the anniversary of the death of his
grandfather. They are all members of
the firm. This paper will be greatly
improved when 'the boys' get big
enough to run things. Meantime it
takes money to feed six people. Five
of them are deserving. Now is the time
to subscribe. Get in the 'Push.' "—
Kansas City Journal.
An ill laborer quarrels with his toola
A FOREST TRAGEDY.
Proving a Little Squirrel* Grati
(Written for the Record-Union by Harold
In a quiet, secluded nook in the
heart of a forest, a silver-gray squir
rel and his pretty mate took up their
abode. It was a charming retreat and,
with the practiced eye of an expert,
they selected for their home a cosy hol
low in a large leafy, moss-grown oak
tree, whose branches shaded a clear,
deep brook which threaded its way
among the trees. Water lilies, which
almost covered Its surface, rocked by
the gentle movement of the water,
swayed gracefully to and fro with their
white flowers. Here and there rustled
a clump of slender reeds, on which the
wind played its accustomed song. Dain
ty forget-me-nots, purple violets, pink
daisies and tender ferns and scented
musk grew in profusion on the banks,
while in the background there was a
wild tangle of creeping vines, verdant
underbrush and noble pines, birches
and oaks. In short, it was just such
an ideal spot as wood nymphs usually
At the entrance to the home of these
little squirrels an orchid bulb lay em
bedded in the mossy bark and when
strange noises were soon heard in the
depths of the tree, it stretched out its
slender neck, opened its bril
liant eyes, and. delighted beyond de
scription, beheld two tiny young ones
nestling at their mother's breast- It
did not take long for them to become
friends, for soon they were able to ven
ture forth. How it amused the orchid to
watch the pert darlings playfully pat
ting one another as they basked in the
sun or scampered about in the branches
of the tree! They would rush frantic
ally up and down In feigned alarm, stop
abruptly, then covering themselves
roguishly with their bushy tails, would
teasingly say: "Don't you wish you
were one of us?" ,
But soon these innocent fellows found
that life was not one long play-day.
Their parents, like all wise squirrels,
gave them to understand that not only
must they secure their own food, but,
while the long, summer days lasted, lay
aside daily a certain amount of nuts,
seeds, and other edibles to tide over the
winter months. Being sunny-tempered
and obedient, however, they did not
cay.l at this, but gradually grew strong
er, and wiser and more useful to their
elders. Their rosy views of this won
derful world were soon to be even
more badly shaken, for, alas, one day
they beheld their first man and—sadder
still—lost one of their dearest playmates.
It happened in this wise:
While playing about in the upper
branches of the oak tree, they suddenly
heard a strange explosion, which fairly
frightened them out of their senses.
They rushed to their friend the orchid,
crying, "What is it?"
"A hunter," she replied, "Run to
your home or you will be killed."
They needed no second warning. Their
little playmate, however, laughed at
their fear. Peeking through a crevice
they saw a huge face peering in their
direction. Then there was a flash—and
a second later their imprudent little
friend dropped to the ground. Proba
bly they, too, would have been killed —
for the hunter patiently awaited their
appearance—had it not been for the
orchid who watched the movements of
intruder and whispered to them to re
main hidden and not be too curious.
In a few weeks they had almost for
gotten this unhappy episode and, inas
much as their solitude was not invaded
by any more hunters, the whole family
decided to take up their summer home
in a meadow near by. So it came to
pass that the pretty orchid lost her
dearest friends. But she did not lack
for other comrades and admirers. The
bees hummed pretty airs in her dainty
ears; the birds serenaded her in her
lofty bower; even the wind whispered
words of love to her. Bach day found
her more beautiful in her exquisite
gown of pink and purple and purest
Now it happened that a vain vine
that grew at the base of this oak tree
became envious of the modest orchid.
No birds, no bees, no gentle zephyrs,
paid court to her. She tried to enlist
the sympathies of the other flower*
but they all shunned her, for her breath
was poisonous and her branches were
like the tentacles of an octopus.
"Before you came," she said one day
to the orchid, "things were not so. I
was considered beautiful, for my leaves
are far more gorgeous than your pale,
The orchid, having done nothing to
merit her wrath, made no answer, but
a saucy bluejay who overheard the
vine's outburst, sarcastically ex
"Yes, my dear, but fine feathers don't
make fine birds."
"And," ventured a tiny blue forget-me
not as it nestled up closely to another,
"you are not content to burden the will
ing oak tree with your useless self, but
you are gradually crowding us all out
with your countless progeny."
To which all the other flowers nodded
"So," cried the enraged vine, "you
have entered a conspiracy to abuse me,
have you? Very well. I accept your
challenge." And then, addressing the
trembling orchid, she said threatening
ly: "From now on my sole ambition
will be to climb up high enough to
grasp your throat, you simple beauty!"
And, turning to the little forget-me
nots, daisies and violets, she added:
"As for you, I'll attend to you later.
Not one of you shall survive."
A month later the vine's threat had
almost been fulfilled. Already the
timid orchid could feel her poisonous
breath upon her cheek. Every attempt
at reconciliation had failed. The jeal
ous creeper remained steadfast in her
purpose, and when the powerless flow
ers begged her to have mercy on thelr
comrade she only replied:
"Mercy? Never! When the sun
rises to-morrow she will be within my
grasp. Then you'll feel my power."
The orchid, pale and sad, was never
theless calm, but, as the sun was climb
ing toward the west, sending shafts of
golden rays through the branches and
covering the ground with great golden
spots, she looked lon& and regretfully
at every loved object, for this was to
be the last night of her short exist
In the forest the labor of the day
was gradually ceasing. No longer were
the doves tn yonder pine carrying twigs
and leaves for their new nest; the ham
mering of the woodpecker had grown
still; the little ants were returning in
rows to their ant-heaps, which were
red from the evening light and' the
rays of the sun. Among the plants
were whirling here and there small for
est bees, buzzing gladly as usual, com
pleting their last load of honey dust.
Fireflies and crickets and other bugs
were emerging from cracks in the split
bark of trees, while in the torrents of
golden light moved swarms of moths,
gnats scarcely visible to the eye, and
mosquitoes singing their sad songs. On
the trees birds chose their resting
places, and after seizing a limb, fought
about the best locations. But those
voices grew rarer and rarer and weak
er until gradually they ceased alto
gether, and the silence was broken only
by the v/ail of the disconsolate forest
and the plaintive song of the nightin
gale. All nature was asleep.
But the unhappy orchid slept not.
Life was so sweet, and it seemed so
hard to leave her dear friends. At
length she became more resigned, ana
raising her tiny voice to heaven, said:
"I am only an orchid, small and
weak, but lam resigned. If it is Thy
wish that I should perish at the rising
of the sun to-morrow, let Thy will be
Then, closing her weary eyes, sha
dozed off into slumber. But, hark!
what was that? Was she dreaming?
No, for hardly had she time to collect,
her scattered senses when she feil t,
bushy tall lightly touch her face and;
her heart bounded with Joy.
"Who Is there?" she demanded.
"Thy friend, the squirrel," said al
"And how comes it that you ard
here?" she asked anxiously.
"For refuge. Alas! dear friend
orchid, this has been a sad day foi*
me. My parents and brother have*
been murdered by a hunter. I did not
dare to leave my hole In the ground
I until it was dark, for I was fearful of
I sharing their fate. Then I thought fl
our old home In the tree —and of you."
"It looks as if Providence had spared
you and sent you to me," said the
orchid, sympathetically, "for I, too, ami
And then she told him all that had
happened. But the little squirrel calmed
"Fear not, dear friend. I'll protect
you. I haven't forgotten how you
saved my life when I was young. I
must be off again. Farewell." And
before the orchid could thank him ha
1 had disappeared in the darkness.
When the orchid awoke next momingl
she stared in blank amazement at what
; she beheld. For, Instead of finding tha
[ threatening arm of the vine raised aa
if to choke her, she saw her tormentor
clutching feebly at the oak tree for
i support, her brilliant leaves all curled
up and withered.
"Oh! heaven be praised!" 3ha
whispered silently, and then, glancing
at her comrades, she noticed that the>*
j all had dewy tears in their eyes, and
she asked, puzzled:
"Why weep you? Are you not glad,
that I have been spared?"
j "Yes," replied the little forget-me
i not, "but look there."
The orchid bent far over, and then
recoiled at the sight which greeted her
eyes. There, lying at the foot of the
I tree on the soft moss, lay the little
| squirrel—dead. For, you see, those ha
i most loved had been killed the day
I before, and io save his friend he had
gnawed off the roots of the heartless
vine and was poisoned.
The grateful heart will always fin6s
opportunities to show its appreciation.
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!As it frequently happens that a con~
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rN THE SUPERIOR COURT, COUNTS
of Sacramento, State of California.
In the matter of the estate of LENA
Notice Is hereby given that FRIDAY,
the sth day of January, 1900, at 1:30 o'clock
p. m. of said day, and the courtroom ot
said court, at the Courthouse, in the City
of Sacramento, County of Sacramento,
and State of California, have been ap
pointed as the time nnd place for prov
ing the will ot said Lena Berek, deceased,
and for hearing the application oi H. J.
Goethe for the issuance to him ot letters
Witness my hand and the seal of said
court, this 21st day of December. la'J'J.
(Seal.) W. It. HAMILTON. Cicrk.
By B. H. Gallup, Deputy Clerk.
Miller & Brown. Attorney for Petitioners
Indorsed: Filed December 21, ISSH.
W. B. HAMILTON, Clerk.
By B. H. Gallup. Deputy. d2*-td>