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MONDAY, APRIL fi, 1885.
A VISIT TO THE CHEVALIER BLONDIN'S
" Why. J thought illondin hml
s gone to heaven long ago," ?alrt
someone In :i railway carriage the
other day, as he conned an advertise
ment in his paper which announced
that the hero of Niagara was walking
the light rope at the I'ritniniht
Theatre, in fur away lloxton. To
must of us Itlomlln is now merely a
name, hut he is almost as active us
ever, ami iiitc ready to chnt about
both the present and the futuic. The
affectionate legurd felt by the Chev
alier for the Fulls which made him
famous is shown by the name which
he has given to his house. The
visitor rings the bell tit the gate and
reads the legend inscribed in large
letters, "Niagara Villa." " M.
Blondin at homo?" "J am M.
Illondin." The intrepid one (stands
before me, short and stout. lie has
evidently been :i model of muscular
compactness and symmetry, a French
man to the bone, with small, twink
- ling grey eyes, hair thin, and slightly
streaked with grey, a moustache and
thick imperial. "Come in," says
the Chevalier. " You sec I am busy
gardening;" though it is only the
talt of the earth, who can dig and
delve with great diamffhd studs for
shirt buttons. And no spot is so
dear to him as Niagara Villa, whither
he retires to the bosom of his family
for a few months during the year to
take his well-earned rest.' ' When
will you say good-bye to the fascin
ations of the rope, and cast off the
tights and spangles for ever?" "Sir,
it will be long, 1 hope. I am sixty
now. Have 1 let my nerves? No.
Am 1 strong and active? Feel the
muscles of my foro arm and my
legs. J am fat. I admit it. There
fore I no longer assume the monkey's
skin, as once I did." M. Blondin
is as sound a man as he has ever
been. lie has had only one accident,
and never a fall, lie has never even
broken an arm, and the only wound
I saw was covered by an inch of
sticking-plaster. It is said that the
reason why he never tumbled was
the marvellous power of his fore arm
which enabled him to cany a balanc
ing polo of great weight. But when
asked the secret of his success ho
tells jou that "it was because I
didn't want to tumble." Ho has
never smoked, and if you ask him
whether he drinks, he tells with a
twinkle in his eye that he "docs not
wear the blue ribbon," and takes
claret at dinner.
" Now come in, and you shall ce
the ciuios and relics which J have
collected in my wanderings." For
the Chevalier is a very Ulysses, lie
and his ropes are known to the ends
of the earth India, Australia, North
America, South America. Other
Rlondins have stolen his thunder,
imitators have arisen, but there is no
Blondin like thN one. Wo shall
never look upon his like again. As
we enter he points with pride to a
well-stocked aviary, and passing
along one notices a dozen photo
graphs showing some of the many
evolutions which' he. perform in
mid-air. lie is on the rope, of
course clad in :t suit of mail
armor, there with a ' masher " of
the period on his back, here crossing
a dizzy height on a bicycle, again
blindfolded, walking on his head,
cooking an omelette on the tightrope,
looking as much at case before his
stove as the chef of the Reform Club
in his kitchen. Then we sec him
eating his omelette, drinking a glass
of champagne, and but there is no
need to say more. The hall is
adorned with (trophies and relics of
the honorable past. There arc port
raits of M. Blondin, of JMdmc. Blon
din, of Niagara. In another room
is a wonderful painting of the scene
of Niagara. There is the foam, the
rope, the hero a mere speck on the
face of the canvas with an excited
group, including the Prince of
Wales, awaiting his safe arrival.
And here I rest for a few minutes
while my host tells a story or two ot
his career. "Ah," he says, "you
think people have forgotten my ex
istence. Not at all. I perform in
the province sometimes, and every
year I go to Frankfort or Berlin or
Vienna. There 1 have special per
mission to perform without n net ;
for that is my condition. My fee !
A hundred pounds a night, less per
haps in a theatre." M. Blondin then
showed mo his wonderful collection
of medals and his diplomas, each
with a history of its own. Then he
took me into another loom, on the
walls of which were hung seveial
portraits of himself and his courage
ous wife, who has shared so mauy
of his dangerous feats, dusty wreath
and faded white ribbons, feathers
and mementoes from many lands,
Tho snuggery, again, was decorated
in tho same way with wreaths and
ribbon, bits of rope, shields and
headpieces from Java, for even Java
has known tho Chevalier. "And
that air gun, now, did that go across
Niagara with you?" "No, no, I
shoot tho cats with it. J am very
Happy hero, with my garden, my
workshop, uiy birds. Ah! you arc
looking at ray piano. It is a work
of art. Permit mo to explain." And
M. Blondin brought in tho overture
to tho Barbiore, pinned out on Hvo
wooden blocks, llxed it by an ingen
ious arrangement to the piano,
turned n handle, and the room was
flooded with music In n second.
"Then you uro musical, Chevalier I"
" Yes, I have played tho harmonium
on the rope before to-day." Celestial
strains they must have been.
In 1851 Jean Francois Gravele
was performing in a French provin
cial town, when his agility, grace,
suppleness and intrepidity were re
marked by a certain Havel, himself
ti famous gymnast of his day. "Join
in," he said to the young fellow,
"and come to Now York." "Done,
replied Jean Francois. "But how
art thou called?" "Gravele."
"Sacrc Dieu 1 we cannot bill such a
name." Then they fixed upon
Blondin, from the color of his hair.
Triumph after triumph followed,
until his career was crowned at last
on tho !50th of June, 1850, when he
crossed Niagara. "Sir, I was a
rope walker at four. My father was
a gymnast. 1 havo never felt fear
no, not oven when crossing Niagara.
In 18(10 I crossed on stilts. There
was a danger in crossing Niagara.
In straining u rope of that length to
the requisite tightness it was liable
to snap. The shorter the rope the
easier it is to walk on, for the dip in
the middle is less. 1 once offered to
carry tho Claimant across a rope,
but he declined with thanks, lI will
not endanger your life,' he said,
'and I do not wish to expose mine.'
A light rope walker is born ; nothing
can make him. None of my family
will over appear in the arena, be
cause not one of them has been born
a rope walker. I am always well
when 1 am working. When I am
lazy I feel a twinge of lumbago, and
that is all." Not the least interest
ing of M. llloudin's collection of
mementoes is a 6inall library of
scrap books, containing cuttings
from till the world French, English,
German, Austrian, American, Aus
tralian critiques, reports, inter
views, caricatures, jokes. He is
called the "King of the Tight-rope,"
"Tho Lord of the Hempen Realm,"
"The Emperor of all Manilla."
There are wonderful woodcuts, plain
and colored: verses too, e. g.:
The fcarles Rloudiu walks, perchance,
into Ills tomb;
J I is doubtless courage fails him not,
E'en tho thy roaring torrents lie. tils
Heavenward he- look, ami Inspiiatlon
Kadi heart heat high he makes a mo
Itests at full length upon hUlragilc rope :
One cheer ten thousand voices send of
eai nest hope.
Hero is another extract from "A
Noad to Mr. Blondin":
Itemaikalile pii"uu! enterprisiiiStralii-
You piobublv Stnrtid on to a rallrode
or in'ap a emit ston: then you look to
iV thou you Soared to rafters of uoo
lii uieiely a iak'm of a walk, you clear
1000 dolors needy every Hum.
Then this hier vo'u -ret the Straiter vou
kin walk. "
(his Miow.s yon ain't at al like common
wldi can't walk mutch w lien they aie
"Did nervous terrors ever oppiess
you, M. Blondin?" "Never, sir,
never ; not even when I lirst crossed
Niagara. Pouf 1 They laughed and
said, 'There's a fool of a French
man going to commit suicide,' or 'I
don't believe he'll ever try,' and so
on, butl have crossed Niagara 300
times since then. T cany three sets
of ropes, which arc two inches in
diameter, with a hotly of steel bound
round with hemp. The balancing
poles vary in weight according to
tho business, from 1571b, -101b, 451b
and 471b." And the height at which
you perform?" "From 40ft te 100ft,
according to circumstances. I am
Then I went into the workshop,
for M. Blondin is an accomplished
carpenter and a skilled blacksmith,
who makes his own models and fits
up his own apparatus. When life
depends upon the fixing of a rope it
is best to trust to oneself. Then I
strolled to the stables, wliich were
filled with the Chevalier's travelling
paraphernalia. In one compartment
was neatly stored away a tent? to
hold 14,000 people. Under a wooden
fched stand two or three huge vats,
which ara used to stow away the
topes when travelling, and great
cases with BLONDIN painted in
We might sec tho Chevalier at the
Alhnmbra if those terrible ogres, the
magistrates, would only allow the
little spice of danger which per
former and spectator find so agree
able. Or at the Crystal Palace.
"You take nway my reputation if
you make me perform over a not.
Why, if tho net was there I couldn't
break my neck, or my arm or leg;
in fact I might as well walk over
Westminster Bridge. The danger is
half the fun. No ; I accept no en
gagement if they want the net."
1'all Mull Budget.
Mrs. Parventie would not allow
her children to go to Mrs. Learned's
children's party because she was told
Mr. Learned was afilicted with the
bibliomania, and she didn't want her
girls to catch it, New York Mail.
ALL PAUTIKS HAVING accounts
against the firm of HUSTAOE &
ROBEhl'SON or against F. Huslaco or
O. II. Robertson personally, are lcquoel
cd to present tho fame promptly at the
end of each month.
(132 2w O. 11. ROBERTSON.
iri HE'lEUY given that we the under
signed have this day bought thu
entire binlnes fiom Oil AN YU KEE
alias AOllU of his lncrchandlfo store In
.Smith Line, Honolulu, and we carry on
the business at the wmo old stand. AH
debts due by the said firm prior to thu
date of transaction mutt bo settled by
tho mid THAN YU KEE alias ACIIU.
CHAN JIU YAN,
Honolulu, H. 1.. 14th March, 1835.
970 1 in
W. AI. OAJLfc,X,l,&,
AGENT TO TAKK
Acknowledgments to Labor Contracts.
Office with Mr. Fishbourno. 909 8m
RS. A. F.MORRIS takes plcasuie
in announcing mat sue lms leased
The Beautiful Seaside Rcsldonco
Of Mr. Allen Herbert, at WAIKIKI,
Honolulu' famous summer resort, and
Isprcp.ucd to accommodate parties de
sirous of enjoying tho balmy air, unsur.
passed bea.b.itliiiig, and tropical rest and
quiet of this charming place. Every
facility is offered for the perfect enjoy
nicnl of this ideal wateting place. By
special arrangement Dodd's Line of
'Husics will tnko passengers to the en
trance of the place, when two or nioro
For twin?, etc., apply to Mr. Congdon,
Telephone No. 302, (juecn St., Honolulu,
or to the undersigned, at the residence.
mhh. a. !'. aiomus,
Walkikl Telephone, No. 257. Leasee.
WHICH OOKB INTO
Most of the Houses
EASY RATES I
liss Mile L. Item's
TITtXCJJ LIST OK
1T.K 10 100 1000
18 to 24 inches.. COc $4.0t) 50.00
2 to 3 feet 90c fi.OO S0.00
ftto-tfeet $1.23 S 50 flfl.OO
I'ETt 10 100 1000
J toO Inches.. . $2X0 $10.00
li to 12 inches.. SOc 2.fi0 15.00
12 to is " .. r.oc y.no 20.00
IS to 21 " .. 75c 5.00 ;.0.00
2to!Heet $1.00 7.00 -10.00
SI to 4 1.25 0.00
4to5 " 1.75 12.00
5 toL " 2.G0 16.00
Cuttings, per 100, $1.00; per 1,000, $0.C0.
White Mulberry Seed, per ounce, 80
cents; per pound, $3.00.
Russian Mulberry Seed, per ounce, GO
cents; per pound, $7.00,
Miss Nellie Lincoln Rossiter
Is Agent for the following papers:
South and "West, semi-monthly, COc a
Farmer's Call, weekly, 50e per year;
Farmer's Home, monthly, COc per year;
Home and School V'sitor, monthly,
75c per year.
As an inducement to parlies to oider
their Silk Worm Eggs during the sum
incr, to bo forwarded in tho fall, I oiler
premiums, from April lpt, as follows:
For ijl, 2,000 egeii, and a book of in-
For $2, 5,000 eggs, book of instruction
and any one paper.
For $U, oz. eggs, and any two papers,
For $5, 1 oz. eggs, two papers aim book.
For $9.50, 3 oz. eggs, and three papers.
For $14, il oz. oggs,i!" pttpcrp and book.
For $17, -I oz. eggs, and 19'ur papers.
For $21, 5 oz. eggs, 4 papers and book,
Tho above charges "arothe regular
list prices for eggs," and the papers will
bo bent as hero stated for one year.
Tliosu bending oiders tluough thu sum
mer, accompanied by the cash amount,
(Fost-Ollice orders payable to me, on
Post-Office, Pembcrton. New Jersey, U.
8. A.) will rcccivo tho premiums to
which their order entitles them, com
mcuclng at once, and tho eggs will be
tent about November 1st.
XKI.MK LINCOLN IlOMHITKIt,
Practical Silk Cnlturist,
New Lisbon, Burlington Oo,,
077 NEW JERSEY.
WIXj1I3K,'S S. S. CO.
Leaves Honolulu each Tuesdav at
4 p.m.) touching at Lahaina, Mna
laea Ray, Makcna, Mnhukona, Kn
wnlbne, Laupahochoo and JIllo.
Returning, will touch at all the
ntove porta, arriving at Honolulu
each Saturday afternoon.
jjl FOR KOLOA & YAIMEA,
The Clipper Schooner
F. Kibbling, .... Master,
Will run rcgtilnrh to the ports of
KOLOA, UANAPEt'E & WAIMEA,
KAUAI. For freight or .passage- apply
to the Captain on board, or to the
Pacific Navioation Co.,
8S0 ihn Cor. Nuiianu & Qucefi sts.
-'V. Tin: iwsr HAii.iNu
VWJN. . . .
will run legularly
TO WAIALUA EVERY MONDAY,
Returning on Thursday, weather
For freight or passage apply to tho
Captain on board, or to
I'ActKio Navigation Co.,
T'llcox.'u JJnchtne Mmlo.
Families and .othets In want of Good,
Machine ftflade Poi,
Can obtain the snmu in quantities to
suit by leaving ordets and con.
IP. 13. OA.rA
At Pnciflo Navigation Co.'s Building,
861 Queen sticut. tf
"Key" Brand Gin
For Sale in quantities to suit.
Freeth & Peacock,
23 NUUANU STREET,
Honolulu, ::::::: II. I.
H. S. TREOLOAN,
Corner ot Tort nrnt Itotol fttH.
Risen froi lie Mes !
LOVE'S NEW BAKERY !
MRS. LOVE desire to intimate to
her numerous 61d customers and
the public generally, that her bakery,
Destroyed Vy "Fire,
Has been restored in handsome, sub
stantial and convenient form, Sho is
therefore prepared lb supply the lnrgost
Plain and Fancy Bread
of the best quality, and manufactured
by tho most approved methods.
Everything in the Jino of a first-class
bakery will be carried on with greajer
facility than before tija lire.
The Lunch & Coffee Room,
is also restored in more elegant style
than ever, and at intcs that cannot be
underbid by any restaurant.
Brick Building, 73 Nuuanu Street,
Honolulu, Dec. 13,1881. 802
My Rook of Instruction,
"SILK AND THE SILK WORM,"
Gives albneccssary information.
I'rlce, Twrnty-Flvn CcutB per ropy.
Bilk ,Wonii EggF, Reels, Tree?, Cut
tings, Seeds, ,&c, for sale at the very
lowest market rales.
Thermometer and Barometer Combined
For use of Silk Raiseis, frco by mall
only 70 cents.
I will be pleased toglvo information
to correspondents uljo apply by'etter,
inclosing twp-ccnt stump for .reply.
Spcrlmen Hoxcn of Cocooiih &, iteol
ed Milk, MS CViitu.;
None but articles qf the first quality sold
Address all communications to
Miss Nellie Lincoln Rossiter,
Practical Silk Culturlst,
Now Lisbon, Rurlinglon Co.
941 NEW JERSEY.
.AInkun, Btcav Juo.on K(.
C. J. Hahduic, Proprietor.
Contracting & Building
Mouldings and Finish always on hand.
E5 Orders promptly attended to. -J
JUnr.-l niul Soft Stove Wood,
934 Cut and Split ly
TTAVING ENLARGED THESE
Central & Commodious Stables
we' urb1 piepared to furnish first-class
turnouts with gentle Uorsc, with or
without drivers, A fine wagonette In
llncItH at nil Horn's.
duy and night. Horses taken to board
by day, week, or month, on reasonable
terms. Saddle horse3 to lot.
HorscH JBoiigflxt n.ud Sold,
O. AV. MACFA.RLA.NE, ,,
E. R. MILES, 'j Props
929 am tiTTelepbone No. 82.
LA1ME & CO.
Have a Large Stock of the
VERY BEST HAY.
Which is offered at Lowest Market Prices
Delivered Free to any part of the City
AGENTS FOS THE
Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Co
Agents for the Hoover Telephone.
Telephone No. 147. 706
Tin, Copncr and Sheet .Iron Worker
Plumber, Gas Fitter, &c.
Stoves and Ranges
of all kinds.
Plumberb' stock and metals,
House Furnishing Goods,
"?7 Chandeliers, Lamps, &o.
MacnealB & Man Safes !
Honolulu, Jan. 11, 1883.
C. O. BERGER, Esq.,
Agent Macnealo & Urban Safes.
It is with great pleasure that
I add my testimony to the Fire-Proof
qualitio3 of your Safes.
I had a small singlo door Maaneiile &
Urban Sufo in last night's terrible fire,
and, on opening tho same this morning,
found its contents consisting of books,
papers, and money to the amount of
$1040 IN PERFECT CONDITION.
I am so well satisfied with tho result
that I want another No. 3 Safo at once.
GEO. M. RAUl'P,
920 Germania Market.
Eyery Description of Job Printing
Executed with neatness and dispatch,
Daily Bulletin Steam Printing Office,
Bills of Lading
C. BBEWE1 ft -CO.
OiTei Toa Sale
LIST OF 1ERGHA1ISB,
Light ExprcM, Wagoiu,
Ex Top Carriages.
Com. "Wood Chairs,
Flue Molanui Shocks,
Ico Chests, No, 2, 8. sud 5,
Lobsters, llbtus; Reims, Ijlbtns
3pi uro Flank.
Hay Cutters, Nos, 1, 2, & 3.
Fail-bank's Scales, Nos. 7,8,10&11
Centrifugal Lining, 11 inch;
Conip. Nallj, 1, 1-14 inch.
Manila Cordage, Assorted:
Galvanized Fcnco Staples,
FARMERS BOILERS 20 AND 25 GALLS,!
Sisal Rope, Assorted,
Y. METAL SHEATHING
10, 18, 20, 22, 24 and 20 oz.;
Hair Mattresses !
Grindstones, Rubber Hose,
Hide Poison, Barbed
"Wire, Refined Iron,
ANNEALED FENCE WIRE,
Galvanized Screws aud Washers.
Horso Shoeing a specialty
A first-class man being specially engaged
for that work. .
Ship and Wagon work faithfully
Shop on the Esplanade, op. Hopper's.904
RURE, WHOLESOME. RE-
According to thejiighestand best medi.
Manufactory, : : : No. 13 Lillha SU!
P. O. Box, 870. Telephone, 284.
BfiyAll orders receivo prompt attention.
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