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SUNDAY, AUGUST 2, 1891.
PAGES 9 TO 12.
ALONG THE NORTH SHORE.
A RAM RIVE AMONG SOME QUAINT
OT.l) rUKITAN TOWNS.
The Eniiy-doing Shopfcoopors of Marble
head unci tho Haunted Houses of
Salom Rovorly Farms Where Anglo
manias Rust In Solemn Stylo.
Conespondoucoof The Sunday Hkiiald.
Bevekdy, Mass., July 31. Tho "North
Shore" to any ordinary American, I suppose,
'might call up visions of the bleak coast of
Labrador, or bo dimly associated In his mind
Tvith the chilly islands of Baffin's Bay. But
he who has tho good fortune to ba born an
American extraordinary, othcrwiso a Boston
ian, knows that tho "North Shore" means
that part of Massachusetts Bay which lies
Nottli of tho Hub. It means to him the cool,
green shimmer of tho eea that ho can reach by
an hour's rldo from tho gilded dome of tho
State House. It means Revere, the Coney
Island of Boston, where he may bathe In tho
finest surf that breakB along the coast; where
he may sit upon hotel piazzas and drink cool
ing beverages, and watch tho shining water,
and, yes, unbutton his coat and waistcoat, if
he is the manner of man that requires that
license. It means Salem, tho quaint, with
seven gabled houses galore, and legions of
f dark, witcfi-famed spots. It means Slarblo
head and Bovorly, and" all "the rock bound
coast." All of which may provo that tho
modern Athenian takes a somewhat provincial
view of tho "North Shore," but no ono can
deny that it Is a charming one.
Slarblehcad Is, perhaps, tho quaintest of the
North Shore towns. There It is that no ono
but a native can, by any chance, succeed In
coming out at any point other than the one
where tie started, or another exactly like it.
Thero it is that tho inhabitants cet sad
opiuions of mankind, seeing them with dis
torted forms and grimacing facus, and all
because tho Marblehead window panes are of
uneven glass. There it is that tho stranger,
attempting to shop at noon Is met by bolted
doors, and tho -information that Mr. Grimes
the storekeeper, has gone homo to dinner and
won't be back until such timo as his repast
'may be proporly digested, the patient waiter
finds. Tho people of the neighboring towns,
influenced doubtless by jealousy of some of
Slarblehead's superior attractions in other re
spects, mock'at tho town's lack of sidewalks,
and say that tho truo "Marblehoader" never
walks anywhere but in tho middle of the
street. Across tho harbor, tho famous yacht
race track, lies "Marblehead Neck" with
hotels and BUinmor houses. One reaches it by
means of a small but loud ferry boat from
Tucker's Wharf a ramshackle landing among
tho old ware-houses, to which ono descends by
a rickety pair of stairs, Captain Tucker, tho
jolly old tar who owns and mans the littlo
boat, is tho most bronzed, most wrinkled,
most twinkllng-ojed and white-bearded salt
on all tho coast. To seo him in tho midst of
the most Inland city would bo to have a whiff
of salt air, and a sieht of the weather beaten,
unsightly old buildings on the pier. To hear
him speak would bring back again tho splash
of waves against tho wharf, the drip of spark
ling drops from some uplifted oar, the sound
tl waters rushing together behind his shrill
littlo ferryboat. On the "Neck" are rocks
aud cliffs whore tho sea foams between tho
sides of a narrow cleft, and reverberates in
hollow caverns, Thero are summer villas with
trim parks aud lawns, whoso well kept,
modish air isforever looking scorn upon tho
crooked streets and rambling houses of tho old
Bye and byo wo come to Salem, city of
witches and old Colonial mansions, where we
almost look to seo tho portly form of the first
Governor como forth and move splendidly
among the trembling townsfolk. But a being
yet more imposing issues from tho heavy door
way and moves toward tho waiting carriage
my lady, with slightly uplifted chin and
haughty staro through her lorgnette. After
all, tho Governor's dignity would pale before
tJmt U'niimin..,nnll, J,1 i ! i
the gabled houses stand, and look for tho
flower faco of Pkrobo of tho Seven Gables.
But all tho fresh young faces, alack J belong
so unmistakably to tho year of grace 1891
that we give up the search and remember that
Phcobo and tho artist and tho anciont cousins
all sleep in somo Salem graveyard. Our
guides show us a few haunted houses, tho
cross roads where somo benefactor was
banned, or somo suicide lies burled, and wo
shuddered appreciatively. But it Is a relief
to como into tho bustle and npise of modern
Salem with its stores and shoppers and jang
ling horse car bolls.
Across tho rlyer lies Beverly, a fair old
town that was once a part of Salem. Tho
chronicles tell of somo homesick soul who
prayed that its namo might bo changed to
"Budleigh" "a market towno in Devonshire,
and neere unto the sea as we are in this place,
and where myself was borno." But tho
powers that woro did not hear his prayer, and
tho Devon man did not succeed in getting a
namesake for tho English town "ueero unto
the sea." But it Is good to know that our
Puritan fathers could know tho paugs of
homesickness. Near tho station are thoso
blots on tho landscape wblch denote tho march
of progress tall factories. Farther In aro
dwellings standing close to tho sidewalk as in
tho days when tho fathers crowded together
for defense against their Indian foes. Down
by the 6ea aro pretty cottages and substantial
mansions, elm-surrounded and vino-adorned.
Here is a cuilous wooden structuro raised a
few feet abovo tho earth, colored gray by raiu
and wind. Tho ever-ready inhabitant informs
us that this Is a "fish fake" where the flshor
nien dry mackciel iud cod. Wo Immediately
become awaioof a "fishy" odor, aud escape
the neighborhood. Down thore is a grim-looic-ing
brick, warehouso of ancient date. In rev
olutionary days, wo are informed, sugar was
stored therein by merchants who refused to
received the currency of tho new government
in payment. Whereupon tho women of
Beverly, arming themselves with brooms and
pokers and other essentially feminino weapons,
marched thlthor in a body, besciged tho ware
house, captured tho sugar, and marched homo
again a band of extremely elated Puritan
housewives. Tradition and tho archives both
aro dumb as to tho sweoteniug properties of
that sugar, but surely it must have matto tho
patriots' tea like nectar to them, although
they might have disclaimed tho comparison
as being of pagan origin. Toward tho centre
of the town stands tho town houso, a gaunt,
vast, brick building, onco a family mansion.
Even now, tho citizens of Beverly, in town
meeting assembled after tho good old Now
England custom, may look upon tho great
I of somo Beverly family watched tho flames
uuuiu uuu uicuuicu uiuirurcams.
.Jer a fow milos of perfect road, fragrant
whlus of salt air from tho sea and odor of
clover and hay, wo como to "Beverly Farms,"
not a thrifty agricultural district as tho unini
tiated might suppose, but a collection of
great summer estates. Hero aro stately man
sions set far from tho vulgar gaze, beyond
thick groves, and un long, winding drives.
Hero aro quaint lodge houses as English as
even the heart of an American could desire. In
this neighborhood drive the aristocratic in
mates of these summer homes, adorned with
Worth gowns but looking bored unto death.
Their carriage horses aro docked after tho
English fashion for huutera. Hero tho la
mented Lord Sackvillo West had a summer
home. Here, in fact, ono may enjoy all the
advantages of travel in England.
Still farther along tho road, from which wo
are always catching glimpses of the sea and
Its islands lying fair In the sunlight, comes
Manchester, then, wo swing off and go inland
through miles of green forest road to Essex.
There "the sound of hammers, blow on blow,"
from tho shipyards reach our ears, and tho
fragrance of timber freshens the air. Hero
arofarms and barns and suggestions of homely
good cheer. Hero blueberry pastures, where
ail July and August tho sound of berries fall
ing against tin pails will make muBic for tho
sunbonneted Essex girls, and tho sight of tho
purple-misted fruit will gladden their eyes.
And the question comes to one, Who has the
best time, tho belle at the "Farms" or tho
Essex girl, or wo who rido along the North
Shore and 6eo them both ?
SIaky Abigail Powers.
THE SUMMER FOOD SUPPLY.
Grout Curo Must Bo Taken to Got Fresh
and Itlpo Fruits and Vegetables.
The last weekly report of Health Officer
Town dhend showed that thero was an increase
in diarrhoeal diseases in the city that amounted
almost to an epidemic. And the facts were
rather under than overstated, as it Is well'
known that diseases of:thl6 kind are prevalent
in every section of tho city, and in many cases
wnere persons of weakened vitality have been
seized the diseases have resulted fatally. A
Heuald reporter asked a leading physician
whether thero was anything in tho atmosphere
to account for this state of affairs. "No,"
replied he, "but at this season zymotic dis
eases ire always more or less prevalent, owing
to the weakening of tho vitality by tho heat
and the fact that more fruits and vegetables
aro eaten than at any other season. Now,
fresh, ripe fruits and vegetables are tho health
iest food that can bo eaten, just now tho less
meat tho better; but unfortunately wo do not
always get hero in tho city these articles fresh
and sound. Unsound fruits and vegetables
are the most prolific source of ferment in tho
stomach and consequently of diseases such as
diarrhoea. Many people do not know how to
select these articles of food tho sound from
tho unsound. Thero are many ways by which
unscrupulous dealers and hucksters can fix up
food unfit for uso and palm it off on tho un
wary as fresh. For example, two or three
days ago a huckster iu tho Centre Market was
brought into tho Pollco Court charged with
selling stale vegetables on complaint of two
policemen. A District food inspector ap
peared in behalf of the defendant, but tho
judge disregarded his testimony and fined tho
defendant. And I may say hero that I be
lieve that tho system of inspectorships of food
products in tho District is, as at present con
ducted, a farce and usoless expense. Thero Is
too much of tho you-tlckle-mo-aad-I'll-tickle-you
business in tho premises. If the health of
the citv is to hn linnnfltflil thn mlmi or-t.
must be changed and penalties imposed upon
officials for neglect of duty or malfeasance in
office. If tho people are to bo slaughtered by
being compelled to buy unsound food, tho
officials who pass and stamp such food as
sound ought to bo put Into tho penitentiary."
Tho HeIsald reporter next called upon ono
of the regular country raarketmen. who stands
on tho B-street side of tho Contra Market, and
asked him if tho bogus countryman dodgobad
as yet been squelched.
bald he, "I bolievo the police aro doing all
they can to break up tho gang, but It is a hard
job. Tho custom is as rifo as ever. It is just
this way; These men are supported by somo
of tho regular stall-keepers Jn tho market.
When the day's sales aro over these stall
keepers always havo a lot of fruits and vege
tables left over, which they know will pot
keep well until next day and they would have
to throw them away; but these street hucksters
6tep in and take tho art!clo3 off their hands at
reduced rates and fix them up or peddle them
through town tho next day. It is never safo
for housekeepers to buy fruits and vegetables
under tho market rates, no matter how wise
they may think they are in such a matter.
They are bound to get fooled and their econ
omy may breed death in the family."
"What do you countrymen do with tho
fruits and vegetables left over af tpr tho day's
sales. Do you carry thbm back homo ?"
"Well.no; wo sell out for what we can get,"
"But thoso vegetables and so on would not
be fresh for next day'? dinner; how do you
know the hucksters don't got hold of them
and peddle them around the next day as 'fresh
country vegetables ? "
"Well urn ah wo sell 'em fresh audit's
not our lookout,"
And so it goes.
To Atluntlo City vJa Royal Blue lino.
The Royal Blue Lino trains leaving Wash
ington at 10:00 A. M. week days aud 11:55 A.
SI. every day arrive at Atlantic City 3:25 P.
SI. and 5:24 P. SI. respectively, Excursion
tickets on sale at all B. & O. ticket offices.
A CONSERVATIYE'S VIEWS.
HOW HE REGARD? THE GRAND OI.D
MAN ANI PAltNEtl.
A Talk With Mr. Roliort Nlvon on British
Politics Gladstone as a Political
loader Instead of a Statosmnn.
Last week at Glen Echo Mr. Robert Nlvon,
barrister, of Lincoln's Inn, London, delivered
a most notable course of six lectures in tho
Hall of Philosophy on great men of that
nationality; and ono on tho "Relations of
Carlisle and Goethe," another in "Relation to
Carllslo and Emerson." But his most interest
ing lectures were devoted to tho delineation of
tho characters of Gladstone and Parnell, Slat
thow Arnold, Lord Salisbury, Sir. Chamber
lain, and Randolph Churchill, characters who
handle tho great political questions that now
agitato tho British Empire, tho men who aie
leading players on tho stage of public life.
Mr. Nivcn is well fitted to do this work, be
ing a highly educated gentleman of Scot
tish birth, who began his education in
Glasgow High School, and took an open
classical scholarship in Lincoln College, in
Oxford. Mr. Niven's health having failed, ho
has spent much timo in studying men and the
political situation of the times while traveling
In Australia and other countries. No lecture?
since Edward Everret Hale, Phillips Brooks,
those scholarly and eloquent men, E. H.
Chapin, and Henry Ward Beecher, has been
.more enthusiastically received than Sir.
Niveu by tho cultivated audiences of tho great
cities -and intellectual centres. Sir. Niven,
like so many men of gifts, often tiles his hand
on a contribution for the London Times,
Pall Mall Gazette, tho Spectator or Fort
nightly Review. In person Sir. Niven does
not come up to the standard English tvpo in
girth, but he is very English in accent and
tho cut of his sido whiskers and in the un
studied toilets which are so characteristic, no
son of old England ever dressing convention
ally for any occasion short of a formal dinner.
In other words Mr. Niven appeared before the
Glen Echoltes'in a aimplo traveling costume
of gray clothes. His manner though scholarly
is rathor cold, but he frequently gets himself
in a glow by rounding up a period with somo
degree of fire and eloquence.
In Sir. Nivtn's lecture on Gladstone and
public men, one soon saw that ho leaned to
the Conservative sido of the Irish question;
'and he handled Sir. Tarnell, the one-time
leader, with a manner suggestive of a pair of
tongs, as ho held that gentleman up to view.
Sir. Niven Is too highly cultivated to express
mere prejudice. He gave both thoso leaders
the highest praise for native talents, for
leadership, but he thought Gladstone's pres
ent "inconsistent position In politics, dating
back somo five years, savored mora of an
ambition to leadership than to pure states
manship." Later, in amplifying his re
marks to a representative of The Hhkald,
he said: "Parnell may re-enter politics
and becomo a loader of a faction, but ho
has lost his prestige as a jgreat light. Glad
stone carries tho average Englishman of tho
Liberal party with him on account of tho high
moral attiturln Tin hnn nlwovo mnlnfol..i
The average Englishman's opinion is of littlo
consequenco to anybody. Gladstone's char
acter has always hold the reverence of this
party, wbjch is composed of great numbers
of tho working classes. Somo of the extreme
views of the Liberal party aro regarded by
the CpnservatiTes as treasonable, and the
truth is that Ireland Is now better rep
resented in proportion to numbers than
Scotland, England, or Wales. They now
havo almost a popular sovereignty. And
when tho Glad6tonian appeal was made they
had eighty-five representatives in tho House
of Commons. Tho Scots, to-day, are clam-
moriner for some Of thn nrlvllnrrAa that. Trln'n1
exclusively enjoys, such as appeal to tho
courts, when disputes arise betweon tenants
and landlords. But X or Gladstone's influence
tho workingmeu would never havo takou tho
stand thoy did for Homo Rule. They did not
take timo to consider. The Irishman seldom
does. Ho is like a sphited and fractious
horse. Ho has a tendency to take fright at
mere moonshine; to kick up his heels and run
away with whatover load ho may be attempt
ing to carry. It is not tho Irishman's fault.
Ho has come Into his troubles through heredity.
They certainly date back over two hundred
years. Tho Irish problem is tho foremost
question in English politics to-day. But Eng
land never will graut Ireland the privilege of
setting up for herself a littlo Independency.
What sho needs, and is bound to got, Is a just,
firm government. They havo boen bad neigh
bors on both sides of tho channel and they
must learn to live together. England is con
stantly not only extending her empire, but
strengthening it by vesting all under ono head
In a central government. Why, It is Just as if
one of your smallest States should defy your
United States Government and claim to bo
outside of tho Union. Tho American sym
pathy with tho Irish is most Inconsistent,
and you even denounce the position of John
Bright as Inconsistent. It all djpends on tho
point of view. While a Liberal in politics,
Bright sustained your Government during-all
your war of tho rebellion of tbe Southern
States, and ho sustained the home Government
against tho Irish demand for Home Rule, on tho
same principles, which amounts to tho samo
thing; while Gladstone's position is in tho
oyo of tho Conservative of whom I am one,
on this subject at least Is a most inconsistent
one as a leader. To-day ho Is advocating tho
very position that five years ago he repu
diated." All Night and All Day at Atluntlo City,
Patrons of B. & O. Saturday afternoon ex
cursions to Atlantic City arrive at tho shore
before 10 p. m., thereby avoiding the discom
forts of all-night trove, aud have an opportu
nity for a night of refreshing 6leep. The
next excursion will be on Satusday, August
8. Special train fjom B. & 0. station at 4 p
m., and returning leaves Atlantic City at 5 p.
m. Sunday. Tickets also good on all Royal
Blue Line trains returning on Slondav. Au
gust 10. Round trip, !3.50T
GETS A PAOD JOB.1
Mr. J. Sloat Fnssott. tho New Collector or
tho Port of Now York.
Tho highest gift within tho Federal patron
age In tho Stato of Now York has 'boon bo
stowed upon Stale Senator J. Sloat Fassott,
that of Collector of Customs of tho port of
Now York, In placo of Jool B. Erhardt, who
haa just resigned. Sir. Fasselt wa3 born in
Elmira, N. Y., November 13, 1853. Ho en-
J. SLOAT TASSETT.
tored tho University of Rochester, .N. Y..
whence ho was graduated, taking afterward a
post graduate course at the University of
Hcldloborg, Germany. On returning to the
Unitcd.States ho studied law, and it Is a curi
ous fact that ho was admitted to the bar on
the motion of Governor Hill, now tho Demo
cratic Governor of New York, who was then
a young lawyer in Elmira. Soon after, Sir.
Fassett was appointed district attorney of
Chemung County by a Democratic Governor,
tho late Lucius Robinson. He was selected
because of his ability which had already
been recognized regardless of his politics.
He made an admirable district attorney. On
engaging in politics ho speedily acquired a
reputation for his oratory and his staunch
Republicanism. He was elected to the New
York State Senate for tho term of 1884-5 from
the Twenty-seventh district, by a large ma
jority. In tho next election strenuous efforts
were made to,defeat him by tho Democrats,
but his majority was greater by nearly a
uiuuoouu, a.u vu3 eu mo luira anu me xourtn
time, in each case being' triumphantly elected
on tho last occasion by a majority of 0,500.
During this term ho was elected President
pro tern, of the Senate. In 1888" he was secre-
tary of tho Republican National Committee
and helped to, carry Now York for President
Harrison. Ho Is a trustee of Rochester Uni
versity and Cook Academy, and is editor of a
dally paper in Elmira.
The Postoillco Site.
Tho status of affairs as to tho Postoillco site
and tho probability of tho date upon which
tho actual work on tho building will bo begun
naturally interests everybody. A Heiiald re
porter yesterday called upon Mr. John A.
Baker, who was at tho head of the committee
of property-holders, and ho said: "1 under
stand that tho District Attorney has all the
deeds prepared for signature. Somo of tho
property holders, among them myself, have
got our money. Tho absence of an official on
his anuual vacation may delay a littlo the final
settling up of matters, but I don't see why
everybody who has a clear title should not bo
paid by tho middle of tho coming mouth, and
tho money on tho clouded titles paid into
court. Then tho Government could take pos
session. I havo nq knowledge when the work
of tho demolition of tho present buildings will
uu uumuiuuccu, out i nave uearu tuat tuo work
would be pressed-forward without delay. At
any rate tho appropriation Is available, aud I
suppose wo 6hall havo somo months of good
building weather before winter interferes."
Death of Consul Smith.
Edmuud W.P. Smith, consul-general and sec
retary of legation at Bogota, Colombia, South
America, died on Thursday last at Carthagona,
Colombia. He was a brother of tho woll
knowu "Huh" Smith, of this city, Sir. Smith
had beeu In tho diplomatic service for fifteen
years, aud was ono or tho most useful officers
in that branch of tho Governmout. When tho
Pan-American Congress was in session ho was
ono of tho secretaries, and made himself
almost indispensable on account of his
acquaintance with so many of tho represen
tatives from South America and his perfect
knowledge of thoir customs and language.
Ho accompaniod tho members of that Con
gross iu thoir unprecedented journey through
the United States. Too much cannot bo said
of his gentlemanly bearing and genial manners.
At ono time ho was a valued clerk in tho War
Dopartmont, and was well known in Wash
ington, Resignation of Chief Cleric McGinn.
Tho severance of the relations of Chief
Clerk J. Cooper SIcGJnn with the Health
Qfflce.while not unexpected, Is yet sincerely re
gretted by citizens, and by none more so than
tho nowspaper men tq whom he was over
ready to aftord all information in his power
to give them. Dr. SIcGinn has beeu chief
clerk of the Health Office ever slnco it was
established, and his unvarying courtesy to
visitors and his pi ompt dispatch of business
won for him golden opinions from all classes
of citizeus. t must be a satisfaction to him
to know that ho goes out of office retaining
tho respect aud good will of everybody wltB
whom ho was b ought In contact officially or
To Atlantic City via Royul Blue i.ine.
Excursion tickets to Atlantic City via
Royal Blue Line and Reading It. R.. the only
double-track route to tho sea, are now on sale
at all B. fc 0, tioket offices in Baltimore and
SMITH WON THE RUBBER.
A FATAL PAUSE BEFORE A MODERN
An Excltlnc Series of FootRnces Through
tho Art Galleries of Europo Porllu
of tho Amateur Art Critic Edin
burgh's Charms totter No. 4.
Ono of tho most beautiful cities of Europe
is Edinburgh. Its woll-kopt streets Its hand
some modern buildings, Its beautiful gardens,
its pictiirosquo old houses, Holyrood Palace,
tho historic castles, tho churches, galleries,
and colleges, and the charming people make
Edinburgh one of tho most delightful places
the Europoau travelor can visit. Af tor"having
engaged a room we yet had several hours for
sight-seeing before' night. Did you ever
notice tbe long twilight in this region ? .About
three years ago I lauded for tho first timo at
Glasgow. Wo went ashore about 7 p. m.
While waiting for tho luggage I purchased a
paper and read. It was S):15 o'clock before
we loft tho wharf and at that time In early
Juno I found no difficulty in reading fine
print by twilight. This prolonged twilight
makes it possible to sight-sco till late In the
evening. There is a gallery in Edinburgh
which our guldo book said should not bo
missed. We found this was a free day ante
that there yet remained a couple of hours be
fore tho gallery closed. Five minutes' walk
brought us to the door. 1 am not ari artist,
but several years ago was under tho impres
sion that I know a good picture when 1 saw
it. But after having mistaken inferior
daabs for masterpieces and admired them ex
travagantly till I found out my mistake, I
have concluded that art Is a subject tqo subtle
and complex for my coarse-grained intellect.
Let it be distinctly understood, then, that I
now lay no claims whatever to being an art
connoisseur. The first humillatlnc proof of
my inability to recognize a good picture when
I saw it occurred in tho National Gallery1 in
London about three years ago. Armed with
a catalogue L started through that gallery ex
amining carefully each picture, and at the
6ame time reading the full catalogue descrip
tion of it. I think after about six hours of
thiB thing I had progressed nine feet six
incnes or perhaps ten feet on my way through
the half mile pi gallery. Sly timo In London
was limited to two weeks, and &b thero were
several other objects of interest in tho me
tropolis I desired to see, I concluded tb read
up only on thoso pictures marked 'Igood."
As most of them were marked good, Ifound
my gain in speed to be about six Inches an
hour, and when the gallerv closed that even
ing I- had nearly finished "tho ante-room ad-
10inin7 thft Tin.ll nn thn rtrrlif ldn,r.j i
looking over tho plan in my catalogue I 6aw I
must expedite matters or it would take all
summer to see that picture gallery. Icon
eluded therefore to read up and examlno care
fully only those marked "excellent,?' and
started in the next morning as soon as tho
gallery opened with this object in view,
I was now enabled to make several feet an
hour more, but this becoming monotonous,
about noon that day I left off reading (alto
gether except tho names. By this plan I
could reel oft a room an hour and I "did" tho
last half of that gallery in the timo it took mo
to examlno a.small Titian at the beginning.
It was when I was reading only "excellents"
that I made tho blunder. It was a case of
mistaken idontlty. No. 243 read In my
catalogue something like this: " 'Dlcnity and
Impudence' Is ono ot Landseer's finest pro
ductions, Tho pose, action, and coloring, aro
conBlderel faultless. 'Dignity' and 'Impu
dence' are supposed to be tho great master's
favorite pets. This picture Is valued," etc,
Having read the description given under 43
I proceeded to admire this truly great work.
"Ah I" thought I, "what masterstrokes aro
described In that picture. Notice tho coloring
iu me eijy, water, ana loiiage. Look at that
sail on tho bay; can almost s?e if move.
Then the perspective is faultless. Tho objects
positively Btand out from the canvas. It's
refreshing to seo Buch a work as this. These
modern daubs make ono disgusted with art."
Thus I stood enraptured over that landscape.
"Dignity and Impudenco" struck me as being
rather a 6trango name for this picture. I
thought of it several times but then these
masterpieces often havo obscure names, and
I concluded it had originated In some way
unbeknown to tho author of tho catalogue, as
he did not explain it. "Fluo picture, tuat," I
6aid to a gentleman standing near me.
Which!" lie replied. "That Landseor,
'Dignity and Impudence,' one of his finest
works; bore, No. 243," aud I pointed to the
number in my guide book. "Oh I" he replied,
looking very much amused, "You have au
old catalogue, I seo. Tho pictures have since
been renumbered. This landscape is by one
of tho amateurs ,hero In tho art school. Tho
picture to your right, No. 245, those two dogs,
is Lainleeer'6 'Dignity and Impudence.'
As wo entered this Edlnburg gallery, there
fore, J determined to bo very reserved in ray
comments for, how did I know, perhaps tho
pictures had been renumbered slnco qur
cotaloguo was priuted ? Smith, howeyer, Avas
mqro enthusiastic. When wo entered a room I
would lounge around on tho seats whllo Smith
examined the pictures, ne carried our
catalogue I ueyer use catalogues npw and,
would read a number, find the correspond
ing picture and begin an examluatlpn,
He would first placo himself directly
In front of the picture, shade his
eye6 with his hand and take In tho general
effect. Then he would try tho sjdo views,
first tho right and thou tho loft. After this
he would apprpach tho raillug.lean oyer, and
with his nose not two inches from tho canvas,
examine it the picture nothis nose In detail.
Ho would theu buck off, still keeping his eyes
ou the picture, and probably succeedju knock
ing over a child pr two, and bumping iuto
several ladies who would chouco to he stand
ing near. He didn't mind hard looks for this,
but would swervo around sideways iu a 6omi
circle, never once taking his eyes off tho
picture. Dogb, children, and women, suffered
the same fate if they didn't keep out of his
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