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Mf i ' THE SUN, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28, 18M. j I
ii TROUOPE AT HIS BEST.
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I ;. 'TIS A nOLUCKWG HUSH TALE.
Ii If' K
II f Tin O'Conors of Castle Conor, Connty
K ?. Mayo.
f III Br ANTOONT TROLUirK
tip t thall never forget myCrt Introduction to
I II p country life In Ireland, mr flrat day't hunting
I I I If ' there, or tha manner In which I passed the even-
III' ins afterward. Nor shall I ever cease to be
B III ' grateful for the hospitality which I recelreit
R 1 1 II from the O'Conora of Cattle Conor. My ac-
r mi qualnUnce with the family wa flrat made In
. the following manner. Hat before I begin mr
K itorr let me Inform mr reader that mr name I
l jffl ' Archibald Green.
a , I had been for a fortnight In Dublin, and was
H llll abont to proceed Into county Mayo on business
t llll which would occupy roe there for acme weeks,
ft HI ' Mr headquarters would, I found, be at the town
y Ml' of Hallygiass, and t soon learned that Ballrglass
p' 1 1 1 was notA place In which I should And hotel ac-
I 'J L onmmodatlon of a luxurious kind or much con
It II J I a-enll society Indigenous to the place Itself.
HI "nut you are a hunting man, you tar."
aald old Blr P C , "and In that cane
J J I you will eoon know Tom O'Conor. Tom
HI won't let you be dull. I'd write
1 ! you a letter to Tom, only he'll certainly make
3 j, yon out without mr taking the trouble."
if ' I did think at the time that the old baronet
p . might have written the letter for me, as he had
I, been a friend of my father's In former da)s; but
. ne did not, and I started for Hallygiass with no
j . . other Introduction to anyone In the cimntr than
f that contained In Sir P 'a promise that I
I should soon know Mr. Thomas O'Conor.
I had already prorlded myself with a horte,
I ', groom, saddle, and bridle, and these Isentdnwn,
ij' fimwinr, that the Hallyglasstans might know
I that I was somebody. Perhaps, before I arrived,
! p Tom O'Conor might learn that a hunting man
, wa. coming Into the neighborhood, and I might
'' And at the Inn a polite note Intimating that a
bed waa at my service at Castle Conor. I had
( . heard so much of tho frre hospitality of the
" Irish gentry as to Imaglno that such a thing
I, might be possible.
; nut I found nothing of the kind. Hunting
1 j. gentlemen In those days were verr common In
i ' county Mayo, and one horse was no great evi
dence of a man's standing In tho world. Men
there, as I learned afterward, are sought for
themselves quite as much as they are elsewhere.
L and though mr groom's top boots were neat and
: ray horse a very tidy animal, ray entry Into Hal-
lrglass created no sensation whatever.
I In abont four daya after mr arrival, when
' I was already Infinitely disgusted with
, the little pot house In which I was
forced to stay, and had made up my mind
that the people In county Mayo were a churlish
set, I sent my horse on to a meet of the fox
hounds, and followed after on an open car,
' No one but an erratic fox hunter such ns lam
a fox hunter, I mean, whoio lot U has lcn to
wander about from one puck of hounds to an
I other' can understand the melancholy feeling
, i which a man has when ho first intrudes himself,
; unknown by any one, among an entirely new
1 ' set of sportsmen. When a stranger falls thu,
as It were, out of the moan Into a .hunt. It
Is Impossible that men should not stare
at him. and ask who ho Is. And It Is
so dlsngreeablo to lie stared at, and
i f to havo such questions asked! This
,, feeling does not come upon a man In Lelcester-
1 shire or Gloucestershire, whero the numbers are
! large, and a stranger or two will always be over-
looked, but In small hunting fields it Is tn paln
1 ' ', ful that a man has to pluck up ranch courage
J ' before he encounters It. ,
r We met on the morning In question at Hlng-
) ham's Grove. There wore not above twelve or
j fifteen men out. all of whom, or nearly all. were
j oouilns to earli other. They seemed to be all
1 'i Toms, and Pats, and Larry, and -Mid's. I was
j j. dons up verr knowingly In pink, and thought
that I looked qulto tho thing; but for two or
j i three hours nobody noticed inc.
,, f I had mr eyes about me, however, and soon
I J t found nut which of them was Tom O'Conor. Ho
f E, was a flne-looklng fellow, thin and tall, buf not
i u a largely made, with n piercing gray ee,
-, i and a beautiful voice for speaking to
fir a hound. He had two sons there also,
5 f I short, slight fellowB, but exquisite horsemen. I
, "r ', , already felt that I hod a kind of acquaintance
fcjF,' s with the father, but I hardly knew on what
J i ( ground tn put In my claim.
I'Wl ' We hail no sport early In tho morning. It was
III K. a cold bleak February day, with occasional
l ; stonni of sleet. We rodo from cover to cover,
fj i but all In vain. "I am sorry, fir, that we are to
IJj ! have such a bad day, as you are a stranger
If I here," said one gentleman to me. This was
II Jack O'Conor, Tom' eldest son, my boom
Ifl friend for many a year after. Poor Jack I I
IB ' fear that the Encumbered Estates Court sent
If . him altogether adrift upon tho world.
ICl "We may atlllhavearun from Poulnaroe, If
ID the gentleman chooses to come on," said a voice
M 'f- coming from behind with a sharp trot. It was
M Tom O'Conor.
KJ " Wherever the hounds go, I'll follow," said I.
B "Then come on to Poulnaroe," said Mr,
llj ; O'Conor. I trotted on quickly by his side, and
In before we reached the cover had managed to
h i slip In something about Sir P. C.
Mf I "What the deuce!" said he. "What I a friend
Rig of Blr P 'a? Whr the deuce didn't )ou tell
H W me so? What are you doing down hero? Where
H m are you etaylng?" Ac.
K At Poulnaroe we found a fox, but before we
j K did so Mr. O'Conor had asked me over to
IB if' Castle Conor. And this he did In such a war
fl Mm that there was no possibility of refin.
H K ing him-or, I should rather hay, of
'K disobeying blm. For his Invitation came qulto
H K, In the tone of a command.
M E "You'll come to us of course when the day Is
K' B1 oer and letmesee; we're near Ilallyglas now,
V W but the run will be right away In our direction,
H E Just send word for them to send your things to
Si Castle Conor."
B K "Hut they're all about and unpacked," said I,
H K, "Nevermind. Write a note and say what you
want now, and go and get the rest to-morrow
CM E yourself. Here, Patseyl PaUey! run Into Hal.
t Kf ly glass for this gentleman at once. Now don't
VM K; be long, for the chances are we shall find here,"
l K And then, after giving some further hurrlnl In-
l K. atructlons, he left me to write a line In pencil to
U. the Innkeeper's wife on the bank of a illlrh.
If H This I accordingly did, "Send my small port-
K ft manteau," I said, "and all my black dress
W W Uolhea, and shirts, and socks, and all that, and
H above all my dressing things which are on the
, ' little table, and the satin neckhaudkerchlef,
M andwbsteveryoudo, inlndyomonil inyjiumu,"
H ' ami I underscored the latter wurd; fur Jack
M It O'Conor, when his father left me, went ou press-
K i log the invitation. "Mr sisters are going to get
K I nn a dance," said he-"and f jou are fond of
J- that kind of things perhaps we can amuse you."
9 Now In those days I waa very fond of dancing
S mid very fond of young ladles too, and therefore
W glad enough to learu that Tom O'Couor had
jm dathltn as well as sons. On this account I
!, was particular In underscoring the word pumpa,
IB , "And hurry, you divil," he sail to Patsey,
" "I nave told him to take the portmanteau over
Vgt ou a oar," said I.
H " AU right; you'll Bud it there on our arrival."
K Ws had an excellent run In which I msymako
mL b ild to say that I did not acquit m self badly, I
K (tuok very close to the hounds, as did the wbole
mm of the O'Oonor brood and when the fellow coo-
H trired to earth himself, as he did, I received
Jt thoM compllmeoU on mr horse, which Is the
K most approved praise which one fox hunter ever
klrc-s to another,
Hj " We'll bur that fellow of you liefore we let
Lyou go," s IWr, the youngest son,
"ladvlM ou t look sharp after yuur money
1 you sell him to mr brother," said Jack.
And then we trotted off to Castle Conor, which,
howevtr, waa by no msas near to u. "Ve have
ten miles ta go; trocl Irlth miles," mid tie
father. "I don't know that I ever remember a
fox from Poulnaroe tflklng that line before."
"He wasn't a Poulnaroe fox." said Peter.
" I don't know that," said Jack t and then they'
debated that question hotly.
Our horses were very tired, and It was tate be
fore we reached Mr. O'Conor's house. That get
ting home from hunting with a thoroughly
wearr animal, who has no longer symoathr or
cxamplo to carry him on. Is very tedlons work.
In the presant Instance I had company
with me; but when a man Is alone,
when his horse toes at every ten step,
when the night Is dark and the rain
pouring, and there are yet eight mites of road to
be conquered. at such times a man Is apt to
swear that he will give up hunting.
At last we were In the Castle Conor stable
yard for we had approached the house by
some back way ! and as we entered the house by
a door leading through a wilderness of back
passages, Mr, O'Conor said out loud) "Now,
boys, remember I sit down to dinner In twenty
minutes." And then turning expressly to me, he
laid his hand kindly upon my shoulder atnl
saldt "I hope you will make yourself quite at
home at Castle Conor, and whatever you do,
don't keep us waiting for dinner. You ran dress.
In twenty minutes, I suppose ?"
"Intent" said I. glibly.
"That's well. Jack and Peter will show you
your room," and so he turned away and left us.
My two young friends made their way Into the
great hall and thence Into the drawing room,
and I followed them. We were all dressed In
pink, and had waded deep through bog and
mud. I did not exactly know whither I was he
lm? led In this gnlse. but I eoon found myself In
the preenco of two )oitng ladles and of a girl
about thirteen jearsof nge. f
"My sUtcrs." snld .tack. Introducing me very
laconically. "Mls O'Conor. Miss Kate O'Conor,
Miss Tlrxy O'Conor."
"My name Is not Tlry." .nld the younger!
" It's Kll7J. How do you do, sir? I hope ou
had a fine hunt! Was pupa well tip. Jack ?"
Jack did not condescend to nnsner this ques
tion, but n'kcdotioof tho elder girls whether
an)thing had come, nud whether a room had
been maile ready for me.
"Oh je!"snld Mls O'Conor: "they came, I
know, for I saw them brought Into tho houxe;
and I hope Mr. (Ireen will find everything com
fortable." As she said this I thought I saw a
slight smile steal across her pretty mouth.
They were both exceedingly pretty girls.
Fanny the elder wore long glossy curls, fori
write, oh reader, of bygono days, as long ago as
that when ladles wore c.irls If It pleased
them so tn do, and gentlemen darned In pumps,
with black handkerchiefs round their necks
-yes. long black, or nearly black silken curls;
and then she had such eyes I nocr knew
whether they were most wicked or most bright;
and her face was all dimples, and each dimple
was laden with laughter and laden with love.
Kate was pro jab.y the prettier girl of the two,
but on tho whole not so attractive. She was
fairer than her sister, and wore her hair In
braids, and was also somewhat moro demure In
her manner. ,
In spite of tha special Injunctions of Mr.
O'Conor, senior. It was Impossible not to loiter
for five minutes over the drawing room fire talk
ing to thee honrls -more especially ns I teemed
to know them Intimately by Intuition before
half of tho fhe minutes was over. They wcro
so easy, so pretty, so graceful, so kind, they
seemed tn take It so milt h as a matter of course
that I should stand there talking in my red coat
and muddy boots. t
"Will; do go and dress yourselves," at last
said Kunny, pretending tn speak tn her brothers,
but looking more especially at me. "You know
how mad Apa will In". And remember, Mr.
Oreen, we expect great things from )ourdanclng
to-night. Your coming Just at this time Is such
a godsend." And again that soupcon of a smile
passed over her face.
I hurried up to my room, l'cter and Jack
coming with me to tho dour. "Is eery
thli.i: right" said l'cter. looking among the
towels und water Jugs. "They've given you a
decent Are, for a wonder," said Jack, stirring
up the red-hot turf which blazed In the
grnle. "All right as a trivet," said I. "And
look allte like n good fellow," said Jack. Wo
had scowled at each other In the morning, as
very oung men""do when they are strangers;
and now we were intimnte friends.
1 immediately turned to ray work, and was
gratilltd to find that nil my things were laid out
riady for dressing; my portmanteau hud, of
course, come open, as my keya were lu my
pocket, and therefore some of the excellent ser
vants of the house had been able to save me all
the trouble of unpacking. Xlmre rns my shirt
hanging before the fire; myblsck clothes were
spnad upnn upon the bed, my socks and collar
and handkerchief beside them; my brushes
were on the toilet table, and everything pre
pared exactly as though my own man had been
there. How nicet
I immediately went to work at getting off mr
spurs and boots, and then proceeded to loosen
the buttons at mr knees. In doing this I sat
down In the arm chair which hail been drawn
up tor mo opposite the fire. Hut what was the
object on which mr eyoa theu fell the objects,
I should rather say.
Immediately In froot of my chair was placed.
Just ready for mr feet, an enormous pair of
shooting boots half-boots, made to lace ud
round the ankles, with thick double leather soles,
and each bearing half a atone of iron in the shape
of nails and ntel piece. I had superintended
the making of thee Bhoes In Ilurllngton Ar
cade with the greatest diligence. I waa never
a good shot; and, like some other sportsmen,
intended to make up for my deficiency In per
formance by the excellence of my shooting ao
parel. "Those nails are not largo enough," I had
said; "not nearlr large enough." But when the
boots came home they struck even me as being
too heavy, too metalsome. "He, he, he,"
laughed the boot buy as he turned them up for
me to look at. It may therefore be Imagined of
what nature were the articles which were thus
set out for the evening's dancing. f
And then the way In which they were placed.
When I saw this the conviction new across ray
mind like a Hash of lightning that the prepara
tion had been made under other eyes than those
of the servant. The big heavy boots were
placed so prettily before the chair, and the
strings of each were made to dangle down at
the side, as though Just ready fur tying. They
seemed to say, the boots did, " Now, make haste.
We, at any rate, are ready -you cannot say that
you were kept waiting for us." No mere ser
vant's baud bail c er enabled u pair of boots to
laugh at one so completely.
Hut what was I tu ilii7 I rushed at tha small
portmanteau, thinking that my pumpa also
might be there. The woman surely cuuld not
have been such a fool as to send me theme tons
of Iron for my evening wear! Hut ulas,alas no
Immps were there, llieru was nothing else in
he way of co erlng for my feet, uot evt u a pair
And now what was I to do? The absolute
magnitudeof my misfortune only loomed upon
me b degrees. The twenty minutes allowed
by that stern old paterfamilias were already
gone ami I had done nothing toward dretwlng.
And indeed it wua Impossible that 1 should da
auythlng that would be of avail. I lould not
i;odoHu to dinner In my stocking feet, nor could
put on my black dress trousers in era pair of
mud-painted top-boots. As for tlioao Iron-soled
horrors- ; and then I gave one of them a kick
with the side of in) bare foot which sent it half
way undrrthe bed.
Hut what was I to do? I began washing
my.elf and brushing my lialr with this horrid
weight upou my mind. My lint plan was to go
to bed and send down word that I hail been
taken suddenly HI In the stomach; then to
rise early lu the morning and getawa) unob
served. Hut by such a course of action 1 would
lose all chauoe of any further acquaintance with
those pretty girls I That they werealreadyaware
of the extent of my predicament, and were now
ealoi ing it of that I wan quite sure.
What if I boldly put on the shooting boots,
and clattered down to dinner In them? What If
I took the bull by the hornsand made myself the
most of the Joke? This might be very w.llfur
the dluner. but it would be a bad Joke for me
when the hour for dauclng came. And. alas, I
felt that I lacked tbecourafe. It Is not every
man that can walk down to dinner In a strange
bouse full of ladles, wearing such boots as those
I have described.
Should I not attempt to borrow a pair I This,
all the world will say, should have ben my flrst
ldt. Hut I have not yet mentioned that I am
myself a large-boned raau, and that my feet are
especially well dij eloped. 1 had never for a
moment entertained a hope that I should find
fnyuuolathat house whoso hoots 1 cuuut wear
I '. at last I rang the bell, I would .cod for
Jack, and If eerithiig failed t would com
raunlrete my grief to him.
I had to ring twice before anybody came. The
tenant. I well knew, were putting the dinner
on the table. At hut a man entered the room.
dreed In rather shabby black, whom I after
ward learned to be the butler.
"What Is ronrneme, my friend?" said I, de
termined to make an ally of the man.
"Mr name?, Whr, Larry, sure, rer boner.
And the manner It out of his slnsee In a hurry
becase rer honer don't come down."
"Is he, though? Well, now, Larry, tell me
this. W hlch of alt the gentlemen In the house
has got the largest foot?"
" I s It the largmt foot, rer honer ?" said Larry,
altogether surprised by mr question.
" i e, the largest foot:" and then j proceeded
to explain to him mr misfortune. lie took np
first mr top tsxit, and then the shooting boot, In
looking at which he gated with wonder at the
nails; and then he glanced at mr feet, measur
ing them with his eye, and after this be pro
nounced his opinion.
" Ver honer couldn't wear a morsel of leather
belonging to e'er a one of 'em, young or ould.
There nlverjvaa foot like that yet among the
Hut are there no strangers slaying here ?"
There's three or four on 'em come In tndlnner;
but they'll be wanting their own boots. I'm think
ing. And there' young Mlsther Dillon; he's
come to star. Hut Lord love you" and he
again looked at the enormous extent which lay
between the heel and the toe of the shooting
anuaratus which he still held In his hand. "I
niter see such a foot as that In the whole
barony," he said, "barring my own."
Now Larry waa a large man, much larger
altogether than myself, and as he said this I
looked down Involuntarily at his feet : or rather
at his foot, for as he stood I could only see one.
And then a sudden hope filled my heart. On
that foot there glittered a shoe not Indeed such
as were my own which were now resting In
gloriously at IlallyglMS while they were so
sorely needed at Castle Conor: but one which I
could wear before Indict without shame, and. In
my present frame of mind, with contentment.
" Let me look at that one of your own," snld I
to the man, as though it were merely a subject
for exierimentAl Inquiry. I.arry, accnstomeil
to obedience, took oft the shoe and handed It tn
me. Sly own root was Immediately in it, and I
found that It fitted me like a glove.
" And now the other." said I. tint smiling, for a
smile would have put him on his guard, but
somewhat sternly, so tnat that habit of obedi
ence should not desert him nt this perilous mo
ment. And then I stretched out my hand.
"Hut,)er honer can't keep "cm. you know,"
said he, "I haven't the ghost of another shoi'tn
my feet." Hut 1 nnlv looked more eternlj than
leforn, and still heldottt my hand, CuMom pie
vallrtl. I-nrry stooped down slowly, looking at
me the while, mid pulling off the other sllpiier
handed It tn me with much hesitation. AIimIhs
I put It to my foot I found that it was old, and
worn, and irndeemably down at heel; that It
was In fact no intiiiterpart at all tn that other
one which was to do duty as lis fellow. Hut,
neverthelcs I put my foot Into It, and felt that
aile(cut to the draw Ingrtiom was now possible.
"Hut jer honer will give 'em !ack to n
poor man?" said Lnrry, almost erring. "Tho
inosther's moil this minute because tha
dinner's not up. Ulory to lind, mil) lletlirn
to that." And as he siwko a tremendous pes!
rang out from some bell down stairs that bad
evidently been shaken by an angry hand,
" Ijirry." said I- and I endeaonil to assume
a look of ery crve Importance as I spoke "I
look tn you to assist me Ifl this matter.
"Uch wlrrn sthrue then, and will you let me
go? Just llstbrn to that," and another angry
pnl rang out, loud and repeated.
"If you do as 1 asks oti," I continued. "ou
shall bo well rewarded. Look here; look at
these louts," and I held up the shooting shoes
new from Hurlingtnn Arcade. "They cost
thirty shillings-thirty shillings! and I will
gtte them to you for the loan of this pnlr of
They'd be no itso at nil to me, )cr honer; uot
thelalst use In life."
"You could do with them .ery well for to
night, and then )ou could sell them. And here
are ten shillings besides." and I held out half a
sovereign, which the poor fellow took.
I waited no further parley, but Immediately
walked out of the room. With one foot I was
sufficiently pleased. As regarded tliat, I felt
that 1 had overcome my difficulty. Hut tho
other was not so satisfactory. Whenever I at
tempted tn lift It from the ground the horrid
slipper would fall off, or only Just hang by tha
toe. As for dancing, that would be out of the
"Och.murther.murther."sangont Larry, aehe
heard me going dnw n stairs. " what will I do at
ull? Tare and 'minds; there, he's at it ngln, as
mad ns 1)1 arcs." This last exclamation had ref
erence to another peal, which was evidently the
work of the master's hand.
I confess I was not quite comfortable as I
walked down stairs. In the firot place, I was
nearly half an hour late, and 1 knew from the
vigor of the peals that had sounded that my
slow nets had already been made the subject of
strong remarks. And theu my left shoo went
flop, Hop on ettr) alternate step of the stairs; by
no exertion of my foot In tho drawing up nf my
too could I induce it to remain permanently
fixed upon ray foot. Hut over and above, anil
worso than all this, was the conviction strong
unon my mind that I should become a subject
of merriment to the girls as soon as I entered
tho room. They would understand the cause of
my distress, and probably at this moment were
expecting to hear me clatter through the stone
hull with those odious metal boots.
However, I hurried down and entered the
drawing-room, determined to keep my position
near the door, so that I might have as little as
Cnsalble to do on entering and as little as poesl
le In going out. Hut I had other dirnciiltlea in
store forme. I hail not as et been Introduced
to Mrs. O'Conor: nor to Miss O'Conor, the
squire's unmarried sister.
"Upon my word. I thought you were never
coming." snld Mr. O'Conor as soon as he saw
rau. "It Is Just one hour since we entered
thn bouse. Jack. I wish you would find
out what has come to that fellow ljirry,"
and again he rang tha belt. He waa too
angry, or it might be too Impatient to go through
the ceremonv of introducing me to anybody.
I saw that the two girls looked at me very
sharply, but I stood at the back of an armchair
so that no one could see ray fwt. Hut that little
ImpTlrsy walked round deliberately, looked at
my heels, and then walked back again. It was
clear that she was In the secret
There were eight or ten people In the room,
but I was loo muili fluttered to notice well who
"Xlamma," sold Miss O'Conor, "let me Intro
duce Mr. ilreen to you."
It luckily happened that Mrs. O'Conor was
on the same slue of the fire as myself, and
1 was able to take the hand which she of
fered mu without coming round Into the
middle nf the circle. Mrs. O'Conor was a
little woman, apparently not of much Import
tance In the w orld, but. If one might Judge from
flrst uppvarancc, very good natured.
"And my Aunt 1)1, Mr. Green," said Kate,
pointing to a very straight-backed, grim-look-Ing
lady, who occupied a corner of a sofa, on the
opposite side of the hearth. I knew that polite
ness required that I should walk across the
room and make acquaintance with her. Hut
under the existing circumstances how was I to
obey the dictates of politeness? I was deter
mined therefore to stand my ground, und
merely bowed across the room at Miss O'Conor.
In sn doing I made an enemy who never de
serted me during the whole nf my Inter
course with thn family. Hut for her. who knows
who might have been sitting opposite to me as
as I now write?
"Upon mr word. Mr. Green. the ladles will
expect much from an Adonis who takes so long
over his toilet." said Tom O'Conor in that cruel
tone of banter which he knew sn well now to use.
" You forget, father, that men tn London can't
Jump In and out of their clothes as quick as we
wild Irishmen," said Jack.
" Mr. Oreen knows that we expect a great deal
from him this evening. I hope you polk well,
Mr. Green." said Kutr.
I muttered something about never dancing,
but I know that that which I saldwaslnaudlble.
"I don't think .Mr. Greeu will dance," said
Tizzy: "at least not much." The Impudence of
that child was, I think, unparalleled by any that
1 hove eer witnessed.
" Hut In the name of all that's holy, why don't
w limn dinner?" Aod Mr. O'Conor thun
dered at the door. "Larry, !.arry, Larry I" he
" Yes, er honor. It'll be all right tn two sec
onds," answered I.arry, from some bottomless
ab)s. "Tale an' ages; what'll I do at all." I
heard him continuing, as he made his way Into
the hall. Oh, what a clatter he made upon the
pavement, for it was all stonel And how the
drops nf perspiration stood upon my brow aa I
listened to him I
And then there was a pause, for the man hail
fone Into the dining room. I could see now
hat Mr. O'Conor was becoming very angry, and
Jack, the eldest sou. oh, how often he and I have
.laughed oter alt thli slme, left the draw Ing
room for the secund time. Immediately after
ward Larry's footstep were again heard hur
rying across the hall, and then there was a great
slither, and an exclamation, and the noise of a
fall and I could plainly hear poor I.arry's head
strike against the stone floor,
"Ochone. ochoue!" he cried at the top of his
voice "I'm murthered with 'em now; and
d - 'em for boou HI. Peter, bo good to me."
There was a general rush into the hall, and I
was carried witli the stream. The poor fellow
who hail broken his head would be sure to tell
how I had rubbed him of his shoes. The coach
man wua already Imlnlng him up, and Peter
good-iiaturedly lent a hand,
" What on earth Is the matter?" said Mr.
" He must be tipsy," whispered Miss O'Conor.
the maiden sister.
" I ain't tipsy at all thin." said Larry, getting
up and robbing the back of bis head, and sun
dry other parts of his body, " Tipsy, Indeed!"
And then he added when lie waa quite upright.
" The dinner U aarved -at last."
And he bore It all without telling. "I'll give
that fellow a guluea to-morrow," aald I to my.
self, "if it's the hut that I have In the world."
I shall ueter forget the countenance of the
Miss O'Conors as Larry scrambled up cursing
the1 unfortunate boots. " What on earth baa ha
gut on ?" said Mr. O'Conor.
"Borrow take 'em for shoes," ejaoulated
Larry, Hut his spirit was good, and be said not
a word to betray me.
We all then went tn to dinner how we beat
could. It waa useless for ot to go back Into the
drawing room, that each might seek nit own
partner. Mr. O'Conor, "the inattbar," not
caring much for the girls who were around him,
and being already half betide himself with the
ronfuttou and delay, led the way by himself. I
as a stranger should have given my arm to
Mrs. O'Conor; btft as It was I took her eldest
daughter instead, and contrived to shuffle along
Into the dining room without exciting much at
tention, and wueu there I found myself happUy
placed between Kate and Fanny.
"Insver knew anything so awkward,' aald
Tannrt "I declare I can't eoncjlre what haa
come to our old servant Larry. He generally
the most precise person In the world, and now
he Is nearly an hour late and then be tumble
down In the hall." ... . .... -
" I am afraid I am rrtponalble for the delay,"
'd I. .......
. " Hut not for the tumble, I WPJWf?. '? "
from the other side. I felt that I btuthed upto
the eyes, but I did not dare to enter Into expla
nations. . . . ,
"Tom." aald Tlrrri addressing her father
across the table. " I hope vou had a good run to
day." Twas odd to me that a young ladr should
can her father Tom. bnt such was the fact.
" Well! prettr well." said Mr, O'Conor.
" And I hope rou were up with the hotindt,"
" You may ask Mf. Green that, He at anr
rate was with them, and he can tell rou."
. " Oil. be wasn't before rou. I know. No Eng
llshman could get before you-1 am eureof that."
" Ion't you Tie Impertinent, miss," said Kate.
" You can easily tee, Mr. Green, that papa spoils
mr sister Eliza?' .
'Uo you hunt In top boots. Mr, Green?" aald
Tlty . .
To this I made no answer. Bne would hae
drawn me Into a conversation about mr feet In
half a minute, and the slightest allusion to the
subject threw me Into a fit of perspiration.
"Are you fond of hunting. Miss O'Conor?"
asked I, blindly hurrying Into any other subject
of conversation. . . ....
Miss O'Conor owned that she was fond of hunt
ing Juata little; only papa would not allow It.
When the bounds met, an) where within reach
of Castle Conor, she and Kate would ride out to
look at them, and If papa was not there that dav
an omission of rare occurreiree they would
tide few fields wllh the hounds.
" Hut he lets Tizzy keep with them the whole
day," said she, whispering. ,
''And hat Tlrry a pony of her own?"
"Oh yes, Tl-zr has everything. Hhe a papa's
pet, you know,"
"And whose pet ore you? I nskrd,
"Oh I am notiody's pet unless Jack makes a
pet of me when lie's In a good humor. Do )ou
make pets of your sisters, Mr. Gnen?"
" 1 have none. Hut If I had I si. ould not make
bets nf them."
" Not of ) our own sisters ?"
"No. As for mj self I'd sooner make a pet of
mv friend's sister: great deal."
"How erv unnatural." said Miss O'Conor,
with the prettiest link nf surprise Imaginable,
" Not at nil unnatural, I think," said I, looking
tenderlj and loltmly Into her face. Whero
docs one II lid girls n prett, so easy, so sweet, so
talkntlw- as I lie Irish girls? And then with all
their talking and all their cine, who ever hears
offthelr mlslHiniiiK? They certainly Into
flirting, us the) also love dancing. Hut they
flirt without mischief and without malice.
I hnd lion quite forgotten my misfortune, and
was beginning tn think how well I should like
to hate Knnny O'Conor for my wife. In this
frame of mind I was bt'iullngnvcr toward her as
a sen ant took away a plate from the other side,
when a sepulchral note sounded Inmyenr. It
was like the memento morl of the old Itonuui -as
though some one pointed In the midst of
my bliss to the sword hutigmer my head by a
thread. It was the voice nf Larry, whispering
lu tils agony Just ubnve my head:
"'Iliey's dlslhroilng my poor feet Intlrely,
Intlrely; so they Is! I can t bear If much longer,
er honer." 1 had committed murder like Mac
beth; and now my Uanquu had come todlsturb
meat my feast.
" Wha Is It he says to you ?" asked Fanny.
"Oh nothing," 1 answered, once more In my
"There seems to lie some polntnf confidence
between you ami our I.arry. she remarked,
"Oh no." said I. quite lonfuscd; "not at nil."
"You need not be ashamed of It, Half
the gentlemen In the county liao their
confidences w ith Larry and some nf the ladles,
loo. I can tell) on. He, was born in this house
and never lived anywhere else: and 1 am sure
ho has a larger circle of acquaintance than any
nn. ..Iba In ft
I could not recover my self-possession for the
next ten minutes. Whenever Larry was on our
side of the table I was nf raid he was coming
to me with another ngonlred whisper. When
he was opposite I could not but watch him as he
hobbled lu his misery. It was evident that the
boots were ton tight for him. and had tbey been
made throughout of Iron they could not have
been less capable of yielding tn the feet, I pitied
him from the bottom of my heart. And I
pitied myself also, wishing that 1 was well in
bed up stairs with some feigned malady, so that
Larry might hnehod his own again.
. And then for a moment I missed him from the
'room. Ile had doubtless gone to relieve his tor
tured feet in the servant's hall, and as he did so
was cursing ray cruelty. Hut what mattered It?
Let him curse. If he would only stay away and
do that I would appease his wrath when we were
alone together with M-cunlary satisfaction.
Hut there whs no such rest In store, for mr.
" Larry, Larry." shouted Mr. O'Conor. " where
on earth has the fellow gone to?" Thevwero
all cousins at the table except m) self, and Mr.
O'Conor was not therefore restrained by any
feeling of ceremony. " There Is something wroug
with that fellow- to-day; what Is it. Jack ?"
"Upon ray word, sir. I don't know." said Jack.
"I think he must be tipsy." whispered .Miss
O'Conor, the maiden sister, who always sat nt
her brother's left hand. Hut a whisper though
It wns. It was audible all down the table.
"No. ma'am: It aln'tdhrlnk at all," said the
coachman. " It is his feet as does It."
" His feett" slmuted Tom O'Conor.
"Yes; I know It's his feet," said that horrid
Tlizy. "He's got on great thick nailed 'shoes.
It was that that madehlm tumble down In the
1 glanced at each side or me. and could see
that there was a certain consciousness expressed
In tho face of each of my two neighbors; on
Kate's mouth there was decidedly a smile, or
rather. perhaps, tho slightest posslblo Inclination
that way; whereas on Fanny's part I thought I
saw something like a rising sorrow at my dis
tress. So at least I flattered myself.
"Send him back into tho room immediately."
said Tom. who looked at me as though ho hud
some consciousness that I had Introduced all
this confusion into his household. What should
I do? Would it not be best for me to make a
clean breast ot It before them all ? Hut alas I I
lacked the courage.
The coachman went out, and wo were left for
five minutes without any servant, and Mr,
O'Conor tho while liecame more and more sav
age. I attempted b say a word to Fanny, but
failed I'oronclfrtis hirrft,
" I don't think he has got any others," said
Tizzy "at least none others left.''
On the whole 1 nra glad 1 did not marry
Into the family, as I could not have endured
that girl to stay In ray house as a sister-in-law.
" Where the d has that other fellow-gone
to?" said loin. "Jack, do go out und see what
Is themnttcr. If anybody Is drunk send for mo."
" Oh. there Is nobody drunk," said Tizz) .
Jack went out, and the coachman returned;
but what was done and bald I hardly remember.
The whole room seemed to swim round and
round, and as far aa I can recollect the company
sat mute, neither eating nor drinking. Presently
"It's alt right," said he. I always liked Jack.
At the present moment he Just looked toward
me and laughed slightly.
"All right?" said Tom. "Ilut Is the fellow
"Wecanjlo with lllchard, I suppose." said
"No-I can't do with lllchard ," said the
father. "And I will know what It all means.
Where Is that fellow Larry ?"
Larry hail been standing Just outside the door,
and now he entered gently at a mouse. No
sound came from his footfall, nor was there In
his faco that look of pain which It had worn for
the last fifteen minutes. Hut he was uot the
less abashed, frightened, and unhappy.
"What is all this aboutT Ijirr)V' said his
master, turning to blm. "I Insist upon know
ing." "Gcli, thin, Mr. Green, )er honor, I wouldn't
be attlier telling agin )er honor; Indeed I
wouldn't thin, av' the mastlier would only let
me hould ray tongue." And he looked ucrost
at me. deprecating ray anger.
"Mr. Oreen!" .aid -Mr. O Conor
.t'Y,wiyer.,'0"er-. It's all along of his boner's
thick elioes," and Lnrry, stepping backward to
ward tho door, lifted them up f rum some cor
ner, and coming well forward, exposed them
with the soles uppermost to the whole table.
"And that's nut all, yer honer; but they've
snooze the very toes of me into a Jelly."
There was now a loud laugh. In which Jack
and Peter and Fanny and Kate and Tizzy all
Joined; as too did Mr. O'Conor and 1 also my.
self after a while.
"Whose boots are they?" demanded Miss
O Conor senior, with her severest tone and
"'Lved then and the dl-ll may have them for
me. miss," answered Larry. '"Ihey war Mr,
Green's but the likes of him won't wear them
agin after the likes of me-barring he wanted
them very particular," added he, remembering
his own pumps.
1 began muttering something, feeling that the
time had come when 1 must tell the tale. Hut
Jark with great good nature took up the story,
and told it to well that i hardly suffered In the
"Aud that's It," said Tom O'Conor, laughing
till I thought he would have fallen from his
chair. " Bo ) ou' e got Larry's shoes on "
"And very well he fills them," said Jack.
"And Its his honer that's welcome to
'em," aald Ijtrry, grinning from ear to ear now
that he saw that "the uiattber" was once more
lu a good humor.
"lliope they'll be nice thoea for dancing,"
"Only there's one down at the heel I know,"
"The servant' thoea I" This was an axcla.
matloo made by the maiden lady, and Intended
apparently only for her brother s ear. Hut it
was clearly audible by all the party.
" Bstter (bat than no dluner,"" safd Peter,
" Hut what are you to do about the dancing I"
said Fanuy, with an air of dismay on her face
which flattered me with an Idea that the did
care whether I danced or no.
lu the mean time Larry, now aa happy a an
emperor, was trlpulug round the room without
auy shoes to encumber blm aa he withdrew the
plates from tha table.
"And it's Id honer that's welcome to 'em."
aald he again, a be pulled off the table cloth
with a flourish. "And why wouldn't he. and he
abtt U folly the hounds neither nor any Eng
lishman that iver war In theaa parte before;
anyways so Mick tarsi"
Now Mick was the huntsman, and thlt little
tale of eulogy from Larry went far toward eas
ing my gritf. I bad ridden well to the bounds
that day, and I knew It.
There wu nothing more said about the
shoes, and I waa soon again at my ease,
although Mist O Conor did say something
about the Impropriety ot Larry walking
about In bit ttocklng feet. The ladle, how.
ever, toon withdrew, to my sorrow, fvr 1 was
tJ&T--riaTsslrT.il-iiiiisM-'T -- -- -x"
getting on swimmingly with Fanny; an J
we gentlemen gathered round the Bra and filled
our glasse. ......
. In abont ten mlnutct a very light Up waj
heard, the door was opened to the extent pi
three Inches, and a female voice which I readily
recognized called to Jack.
Jack went out, and In a second or two put nil
head back Into the mora and railed to me
" Oreen," he said, "Jntt step here a moment,
there's a goodfellow." I went out, and there I
found Fanny standing with her brother,
"Here are the girls at tbelr wits' ends," .aid
he. "about your dancing. Bo Fanny hat put a
bor upon one of the horses, and proposes that
rou shonld send another line to Mrs. Meehan at
tallyglass. It's only ten miles, and he'll be back
In two hours." . . ...
I need hardly say that I acted In conformity
'with this advice. I went Into Mr. O'Conor'
book room with Jack and his sister, and there
scribbled a note. It waa delightful tn reel how
Intimate I was with them and how anxious they
were to make me happv. . ,
"And we won't begin tilt ther come," aald
" Oh.'Mles O'Conor, prar don't wait." Mid I.
"Oh, hut we will." she answered, "You have
your wine tn drink. and then there the tea;
end then we'll have a sonr or two. I II spin It
out; see If I don't," And so we went to the
front door, where the twr waa aireadr n
hlshorse-her own nag. t afterward found.
"And I'atser." said she, "rido for your life
now; and Palfev, whatever you do. don't come
back without Mr, Green's pumps his dancing
shoes, j ou k now." ,,
Ami In about two hours the pumps did arrive;
and I don't think 1 ever .pent a pleasantereveu.
Ing or got more satisfaction out of shoes, 'they
had hot been two minutes on my feel before
Irry was carrying a tray of negus across the
room In those which 1 had worn nt dinner.
"The Dillon girls arc going to stay here," said
Fnnny. ns I wlslud her good night at 3 o'clock,
"mid we'll litre dancing every etenlngaslcng
" Hut 1 shall leal u lo-tnnrmw," said I,
"Indeed oit won't. Papa will take rare of
And so lie did. "Vim had betler go over to
Math glass your'etf tn-morrow," said he, "and
lollect jour uwn things. There's no knowing
else what yon may hae In Isirrow nf I,arry."
I stutisl there three weeks, and in tho middle
of the third I thought that eervtblng would bo
arranged between me and Fanny. Hut the
mint Intirftn-d. and In alsint a twelvemonth
After my nihenlurcs she conseiilid to make a
more fortunate, man happy for his life.
ovn aiitt.i' ct.vn is vahis.
Vliei- Yannt; Women Ntitdeatsi Flad Cera.
lorli Tliey Could .Not Otherwise Have.
Yum the I'hurrhman.
The title dc Cliev reue Is a narrow street, only
a block In length, which connects Hue Notre
Dame des Champs with the Moulcvard Mont
Parnssse. From tliolloiilcvard one sees lis com
monplace buildings, ard rising above them, the
red-tiled roofs nf a convent, where a statue ot
Our Ladynf the Fields looks down on the dor
mer windows and clustered chimneys of tho
surrounding linu.es. On the left Is a largo four
story building shining In a fresh coat nf cream
colored paint. When tho great porte opens wo
catch a gllm;ise nf n sunny court with a garden
behind. The house extends around three sides
of a paved court ; In the centre Is a large flower
bed filled with scarlet geraniums, hollyhocks
and rocs; an old well has been covered over and
transformed Into a pansy bed. and hero and
there are boxes overflowing with gay nastur
tiums. The tall trees and shrubs In the garden
shield the court from the view of neighboring
houses, and tn the pleasant seclusion the noisy,
dusty Uoulevard seems far away.
This Is the American Girls Clnb. an out
growth of a smaller ono which was opened three
years ago In the Rue Vavln. The Idea of the
latter club originated with tho late Hev. W. W.
Newell and his wife. who. from their many
years nf faithful work among the students,
were thoroughly acquainted with their needs.
Through them Mrs. Whltelaw Held became In
tereMed In the plan, and she assumed the entire
expense of the maintenance of the club. It con
sisted of a rending room, a small library, and a
reception room, where tea was sercsl every
nfUirunon at f o'clock. Situated as It was in tho
midst nf the student quarter, many girls would
come In fnr an hour of rest, tn see Die papers
and msgn7lnes, and have a chat with acquaint
ances over n cup of tea. On Sunday evenings a
short service was held, followed by an Informal
This club proved to lie such a success that last
October the Hue ile Chevreuse house was
opened, with the addition of bedrooms and a
much-needed restaurant. The girls pay a fair
frlce for their rooms and in the restaurant, but
lie club cannot be supported by the incomo de
riled from these sources. Mrs. Whltelaw Held
has made herself responsible for the rent and
tha taxes, while other expenses are met by other
generous Americans. The business affairs uro
controlled by a gentleman and a committee
nf ladles living In Paris, and the house
staff is composed of a directress and
chaperon, who manages the house and
restaurant, a housekeeper, concierge, and
women domestics. In addition, there Is the
President of tl. club, usually one of the stu
dents, who has n general supervision over the
rending rnom and library, presides atB o'clock
tea. and takes a prominent part In the social
affairs of the club.
The present club Is Intended only for girls
studying In Paris without the protection of
relathes or friends; and although married wo
men are not admitted as lodgers, the reading
room and restaurant are open to all students.
Not only does the club give a charming home
liiotn tony gins, nut otners snare many of It
privileges, it is thn nucleus of stndent lire in
the quarter, and from the ery existence of this
centre of American life In a strange land, the
lonely newcomer feels a sense of comfort and
The restaurant does much to remove the diffi
culties of student life for girls In Paris. The
charges of most of the pensions are too high for
many, and In the French pensions the newjv
arrived American misses home comforts, and
suffers from neglect of the nroper sanitary con
ditions, while a continued course of small
restaurnnts is sure to end in dyspepsia, mental
and physical. Some rent apartments and try
housekeeping, but. Ignorant of the customs anil
the puzzling Intricacies of French law, this
frequently Involves them In difilculty and ex.
pense. There Is t he confl let, also, between healt h
and one's work, in which too often the health
With these drawbacks to economical living. It
Is no wonder that the club was welcomed gladly
by American students. The house has been fim
most of the time slnced If opened. Already the
rooms are engaged for the coming winter, and
thewell-fllled restanrant last )rar showed that
It was futly appreciated by the undents. The
charges are rather less than In the cheap
restaurants nf the uuarter. while the quality Is
much superior. One of the menus will give an
Idea of the price which, however, fluctuate a
little with the season and the conditions nf the
markets. Vegetable soup. 4 cents; bolted fish,
white sauce, 0 cents; filet, madeira sauce, with
vegetables, 1.1 rents: multon braise, n cenlB;
salad. 4 cents: baked cauliflower. r cents; cream
cheese, 4 cents; rice cake. S cents; preserved
cherries. 3 cents: coffee, 4 cents; tea 4 rents.
On the second floor is thn drawing room, or
"blue room." mi ratted from the prevailing tone
of the furnishings.
The club 1m "at home" on Thursday evenings,
though visitors are not confined to that day.
Some choice iiliotngraphs, gifts from girls who
have returned tn America, are on the walls hero
and In the "red rtmm" across the linIL where
the Afternoon tea Is .erred, tn winter, coming
from the dusk v streets, this room links dellirht.
fully rosey. There Is the tea table with Its em
broidered blue and while cover. nd tirettycun
aud saucers; nnd the ulatcs nf thin brown hred
and butter are tempting: the shining samninr
Is sending lip A cloud nf steam, there is nfrs.
grancenf tea and lemon, a llukleof tesr..ns 1
and tho hum nf many vnloes. This la the stu
dents' hour of relaxation. If you want In
know wlint Is going on In the student wi.rld I
this Is the place and hour tn hear It. From
the different groups one hears talk of the next
aaion pictures, rxnimtions, anil entertainments,
studio gossip, and plans fnrsummrrtravel. The
low French windows ooen on a wide veranda
overlooking the court: here In pleasant summer
weather the tea table is placed,
The reading room adjoins the red room. The
long centre table Is co ered with maaarlnes and
pais-r. . The writing tablo by the window is oc.
copied by students with home letters. Rook,
cases at the further end nf thn room hold the
library, which grows steadily. If slowly, by con.
trllmtlons from different sources. Some girls
are looking over the bulletin hoard, which con.
talna notices of church services, and summer
sketching classes, addresses of doctor, dentists,
trench teachers, boarding houses, and an
nouncements of the tale of students' furniture.
Last December, the second annual exhibition
of the woman artists nf Paris waa held at the
club. The evening nt the opening reception the
guests. In passing through the rambling rorrl
dors, hail an opportunity of seeing manv ot the
students' rooms. These range In price from ti
bj S14 a month. All are furnished plainly but
comfortably, and arranged to appear a rauoh a
pnsslblellk titling rooms. One feature Is the
absence ot the cumbersome English bed. In lie
placet a low, rather narrow, FrtncJt vjmmlcr
and mattrtaa, which, with a cover and several
pillows. Is used as a divan In the day time.
A newcomer room may be distinguished by
Its comparative plainness, but It will not be long
before the will have about her all manner of
srtlstlo trifles. Even those obliged to economize
most closely soon pick up nice lilts of drnnerle.
nld bras, and pottery during tho liar Fair at
Christmas, the Ham Fair before Easter, and
from the old Temple. The room ol a stndent
who has been over tome time thowt the result
of many tueh expeditions. A gray-green fish
net make misty shadow as It bangs In graceful
curves from the celling. Photograph and sum.
mer sketches are pinned up on the walls, a great
Dutch milk can by th window It filled with holly
and by it stands a pair of Breton sabot. On a
charming writing desk. Improvised from aa
orange box, I a quaintly rarved nld hour glassi
a Hottlcelll baa-relief and a graceful Tmrutgr,
figure catch the light from a side window; a
abras kettle I tinging on a tiny three-legged
store, and a huge ladle of Spanish copper gleams
like a coal from a dusky corner.
In the garden U Bt Luke's ehaDeLgiven by
Dr. Morgan, rector nf Holy Trinity. Th Rev
8am osl P. K alley is th tuccaator ol the lata Mr,
, mi iiiiwtriii smttgjgttg
Newell, w hera foest monument If thewotk b
dM among the student of the LatlnCjnartrr.
rctrisUo of his notetflsh thoughtfnlnes
other wa ht Plan for relieving and eheer
the lire of those tndjrlng abroad, which,
rd by timely generosity, ha developed Into
th American Girls' Club.
Btrittxxxa IX mteAKKna.
A raelaVi react EtstH Tell Haw tt
Hhonta He Boa.
from tlit San VdsHneu CanmfcV.
Pan Francisco has a " King of the Hreakers." a
man who lew the giant shore waves of the
mighty sea a things to play with, and who pro
pose to revolutionize the life taring service by
substituting brawn and skill for life line and
complicated paraphernalia. What a breaker
really Is not many people know. Major Blake
ner, who has been for Team with the Govern
ment life saving station. It one of those who
ought o know,
" A breaker It not rxacllr wall of water." he
said. "It Is rather a great roll of these. It
start miles and miles awar a a wave, gather
ing force and gaining speed as It rolls, the great
volume of water, ton and ton of It, turning
over and over upon Itself. FlnellyA as
the sea bottom rises to form the sandy beach
the siiace for th giant rolling mass of water be
comes mntracted and It break break not
fffm thetnpof the mil. but from the bottnm.
breaks with a force that makes the rush nfaran
non shot seem trifling. The top of that breaker,
containing volumes nf water big as houses.
thrown forward lit terrific speed, forming what
Is known on the tieech as aenmber.' A boat
ratwht nt the time the breaker I formed Is rer
rieil forward nt a rate "f really flflr miles an
hour. A ms.su of water like that Is solid, la In
elasMr, A tnsn canclit squarely under snch a
rnmW would lie killed when It struck him
killed as he would be If he stood under a trip
hammer s It fell.
"It Is not ttie breaker at the the bench that Is
dangerous: It Is the liresker awnvont that Is
the temer Hythe time It reaches shore It Is
merely foam.. A man drnwpcil In breakers like
that m ver i omen nstiore. Ills Ixxlv Is never
found H" sinks and Maya. ThewAlerln Its
mlllM? nlrl.s tin the .And from tho bottom until
the rnller Is heavily charged wllh sand. A man
who rets Into that water gets sand In his lungs.
esr, and nostrils. In all his pockets. (n his aline,
under Ids rlntlies. In every poslble crevice,
until he Is ballasted so that he sinks forever.
"Hreakers sro not made for men to breast,
whether thev lie swimmers or not."
Yet the King nfhe Hreakers thinks hi sub
jects are easy tn rule when understood.
Personally, the King of the Hreakers Is a com-monplarc-lnnklng
man of ordinary build and
wearing ordinary whiskers. He Is a doctor, a
member nf the Turner societies and the Schuet
yen section., a grant German citizen who loves
In drink ts-cr and tn swim In blue salt water.
His name l Dr. F. Hlehl.
"I learned how to take the breakers br watch
ing the duck," said the doctor. " It Is very, very
easy. The heat Irr and larger the breakers the
l-tterl like It. .lust sn It Is with the duck.
Watchnnenf the water fowl any time. As the
bird swims Inshore and the breaker comes tho
durk dlsnnneArs. Tmk araln when the hreakee
pnases nnd yim will see the duck calmly swim
ming nn the smooth water beynnd. That Is tho
wav I do. It's sn simple thst It Is hardly worth
tclllnc about. Anygood swimmer mar be taught
In a f w hours how tn ctn through the breakers.
"This Is thai war I dolt: Going ont from
shore I run through the first small wave aa far
as I can breast them, nr until the water takes
me off mr feet. Then I swim straight on toward
the breakers. When one come I dive Just tie
fore It enmes to me. I go under It and come up
In thesmooth water lM")nnd. There Is always
smooth water back nf a breaker, and always
must beany man who has been much around
the sea ran understand that- I swlmnn through
the smooth water until tho next breaker comes.
I take it the same way. On I go through all nf
them. After n man runs ont until he Is off hit
feet there are never more than eight or nine
breakers sliest!, so It Is really an easy matter to
get out where the waves are ordinary In size and
force, and where any good swimmer can take
his ease for hour"."
"And as to coming In again?" we asked.
"Ah. there vou have me." sold the physician;
"Hint Is a little more difficult much more diffi
cult. A man must keep his bend. He must nor
gel what you Call 'rattled.' With presence of
mind nnv good swimmer ought tn come In
through the breakers. I come In. not straight
ahead nf the breakers, but on a slanting course.
When the breaker nenrs me I turn quickly and
live-Just like the dnck again. Ignunderthn
breakers In the opposite direction from my gen
eral rniiris fnr shore, bnt on coming up again I
turn for shore nt once until the next breaker
comes. That I take the same way, and sn on
until lean get on mv feet nnd rnn for shore. He
cause of this constant turning It Is not easy tn
take a line from a ship to tho land, bnt It Is easy
enough tn enrry nne from shore to ship, which Is
all that la neded In the life-saving service."
To carry a line out through the breakers any
reasonable distance, the Doctor says all that la
necessary Is a .mall line lighted with corks or
olled.ro arranged that men on the shore may
pay It out as the swimmer proceed, taking care
that tlicro shall not be slack enough to encum
ber htm. With such a line around bis body,
over nne shoulder. Dr. Illehl dives under the
breakers. He says he thinks practice will en
able a good long-distance swimmer to carry
such a line ont half a mile from shore In a
storm. Once the small line reaches tho ship or
the capsized boat, the problem of life saving Jt
solved, for It Is easy enough tn haul out a
stronger line and then use any of tho numerous
rescue methods. In discussing the matter yes
terday I)r. Rlehl said: '
"The life-saving crew haveordar not tn send
out their boats when the breakers are too high.
I am told that not long ago an Italian was upset
In his skiff off the Gate and clung to the keel for
hours, being carried past the life-saving station
where the men stood doing nothing because the
breakers, were too high. Finally the current
took the boat to the Cliff House rocks, and Mr.
"A llklns nnd a boy rescued the fisherman. I
have told the men nt the life-saving station to
telephone for me when anything of that kind
happens, I can get out to the beach In an hour
and would gladly do It to save a life. I can swim
through breakers that a lifeboat could not get
through and would think nothing of It. If there
were an expert swimmer In every life-saving
crew It Is easy to see that be would be ot great
use In Just such cases."
The officials nf the life-saving service don't
agree with Hr. Rlehl.
They say the service Is the best on earth, and
that It Is organized to protect commerce and not
to ,glye circus performance. This refers to Or.
Hlehls exhibitions of surf swimming. They
also say that the cannons ami life-lines are effec
tive In getting lines to an abandoned ship nlnet v
nine times In a hundred. They admit that it I
not easy to get a line tn a capsized skiff, and are
not sure that It would do any good If It was.
They also admit that Hfehnats are not sent ont
when the breakers are too high. They de
clare that thero are breakers ut the Golden
Gato station so enormously powerful that
luenenung icntild not lie crowded Into a life
boat to pull It against them. The boats are sent
put when it is possible that they can get through
the breakers. Moreover, at the.llfe-savlng sta
tion at the Presidio there Is a bollt which can be
launched In any storm, owing tn its location,
and which can go through the gate whenever a
tug ran get out.
Hie officials laugh at Dr. Hlehl's statement
that he can go through breakers n lifeboat can
not ride, and Intimate that the statement Is
preposterous on Its 'ace. I)r. Illehl. on the
nther hand, says he will prove the truth of his
assertions the first time there Is a storm to make
the breaker big enough.
rrelty Good Dlaasoad Hacks, ! ;r They
Are Not t'p to tbe Marylaad Mark,
From Ikt rtortJa Tim4t-Union.
George Corbett of St, Augustine Is the pioneer
of a new- Florida Industry-that of catching dia
mond. back terrapin,
...' I j'Far aro '?w People knew that there was
u n a thing as a diamond. back terrapin In Floe.
lua. aim the ntherinrn w ho occasionally took
them in their nets threw .hem n erboard under
the Impression that they were a worthless and
annoying ipeclesof turtle. They had no Idci
that they wire the same terrapin that brought
from fii tn $.kl a dozen In theHaltlmore ma".
He ' ,nor. ih,'?t li,tI w0 considered the "err
SSl'iJ'ti dcllef'i)' '"" wlil? ' canviu-bact
duck, that could grace tho festive bourdofa
swell epicure ot the old State of Maryland? 1 u t
they arethe tame hived of rattle. If the license
tor such a classification may be used. """
.KMr' i u'ft" " 'n the city yesterday, and al
though h. has bought hundreds of the "erraDlu
to hunt them, he say be ntrer saw but one lu
Its native haunts, the salt marshes, and he hi"
probably tramped or sailed over every foot of
marsh within ten mile of the Ancient rtty
Die cunning the terrapin possesses Tjs u ethliiir
wonderful. No greenhorn can findadlamoiid
b"S In century unlets he has been Initial id
and then he needs a welldrained doa with i i
goal noe -pointer, or setter Sn ilwhSlt-ta
hP,Am;u ,ue onl c,,,w t the terraplnl'lacS
uig a a nair dollar, Itlght there the turtle will
whl?8nii' S.0.h,nif rliiblf bu the llpVf W, nS."
tha !!' VUT' l""rel of terrapin during
,V,t."immer trwn men and bo), who either
ohJU,.ri1mB f?r 8 "'" r to make. pari
inches and 60 cent for I hose over six lnchos.
lie tore them iu a pen beneath hi wharf, fat.
SV,!ie-moVhri,,ul,".n'1 "Jdler. until thesea.
Jln,0pDJn.linbll,themto the hotel, at
MLitJ,,0J.cU.berto"n knocked hole in
feiin?"4 na.adEd,or the mall-coated little
IVm14.' XlllVear th "torn. again
esSaLd1 M,.juvj'Kll. "i?6 more the terrapin
KcPd. Many of them, however, are being re
Vf.T? V3 V to '". ln t the old prTcis;
aamT?ivi.'Lieet'ra"tJtlt he. ha bought the
x?5 terrapin oyer and over at least three times.
iJii'Jft' T1?'1 ut the Florida diamond
ESSi?1 terrapin ' " o finely flavored a hi
woth.rot themanhe of the'chetapeske, but
bat .l5'Itne t?Ubttblih FloiidispecUa
.IDEAL COOKS FR031 CHINA. I
their ooon rixAirn nr.T ronrn nr I
A SAX MAXCIHCO ITOMAX. I
Tkey Are mealr,Hklllal,aail Traalwnrtsr,
aaa Halve a Treakleeaaie llomeetle Prnhl
lem-Tkttr AmsUlea to larw-4"Ma
Wossea Rare aa Dosseetle (Servants,
It was a Pan Francisco woman, who, wdm
calling on a friend recently, told of the trouinn
the had undergone I if trying to find a good roA,
and lamented the fact that the could not bring
her Chinese cook with her when the cametj
New York to live.
"But," said her friend, "you surely tannot
prefer having an unclean, unprincipled heathen
tn your kitchen rather than a white cook ?" l
"' Indent I do prefer them, and I onlr wish It
were possible to find one her," was the reply.
"As for being unclean and unprincipled, tiny
are models of cleanliness and neatness, and wtl h
their white linen Jackets and apron, and qucm s
wound round their heads, they are more nttrse.
tiro than the average slatternly white onok.
They are scrupulously honest and devoted to
their employers, and, besides all this, they are
rery quick to learn."
This surprised the New York woman, wlio
onlr Idea of the ordinary Chinaman was tin
stolid laundtyman with his pigeon English, at J
she wanted to know more about the superif In.
dividual, who, the San Franciscan affirmed, J
could prepare and serve a good and well
conked a dinner aa a French chef, and took at
much pride tn it success at tits mistress.
" Where do they leam to conk ?" she asked
"That Is hard to tell. In somo cases they srs
hired as boy to wait ou the table, and, lieln
ambitious In learn, will offer tn assist the conx
and watch his methods, and the preparation of
a dish once learned Is never forgotten. So far
as I know, there are no established schools, and
a question asked of one of them brings forth lbs
Invariable answer. ' My cousin, he teach me,'
but, a every Chinaman Is every other China
niitu'i couttn, this reply at the best Is vsgiie.
However, they learn somewhere, and no good
cook will evef admit that there Is any dish he
"On one occasion, wishing to glvo a small
dinnerparty, I called Ulnf Into consultation to
iWldeon tho menu. After suggesting severs!
dishes. I asked him If he could cook lobster a t
Newburgh. 'How you call hlniT ho asked. I
wrote the name for htm on a slip of paper. Hi
looked at the name a long white, and, gravrty
folding the paper, said, 'I'll see.' After finish
ing his work that morning he went to Chins,
town, and was gone about an hour. At dinner
in the evening the dish whs served, conked to
perfection. I asked him where he learned
tho recipe. He did not seem to care about
telling, bnt my Insistence brought forth On
usual answer: I sremr ronsln-I par him f'i
cent. He teach me.' This cousin I found was
an expert Chinese cook, who for a small fee
would teach his countrymen to cook any dish,
howevor unusual; In fact, he made Ills llvlr.s
that wiy. 2
"They are excellent caterers, and can buy tn g
better advantage than most women. They pre-
fer to do their own marketing, and can be relied J
upon to select the best cuts of meat and freshest L
Yegetab'e". Their Judgment is invariably good, jj
and the mistress of the house Is relieved of the j
worry of puzzling from day to day what shall t
be ordered for dinner.
"The average Chinaman employed us rook p
can neither read nor write. Many Chinamen
attend tho Mission Schools, of which there
are several In San Francisco: not, I am afraid, i
for the religious good it docs them, for few ?
Chinamen ever desert their Joss, however loud
they may ting the Church hymns, but fur the
benefit of the reading aud writing lessons re
ceived there. After the alphabet It mastered. i
and the ttudent Is able to worry through a read. f
Ing exercise, ha become Immensely I
proud of his acquirements, and loses no d
opportunity to parade them. I was visit- 1
ing my sister' house last Christmas Dny. 1
and In the afternoon, her rook, who f
was a faithful attendant at the Mission night
echooL entered the room where the family were f
assembled, carrying a tray on which was a large !
cake. He placed the tray on a table, and then, f
with a bow that took In every one In the room, J
presented the cake to hit mistress, wishing ber I
a'MellyCHsma,' and stood back with the air
of a conqueror. It was a large fruitcake, elab
orately frosted, and over the white surface he
had scrolled In pink, 'In God We Trust,' Tho
merriment evoked by this rather odd Chrlslmas
greeting was received by hlra as a compliment.
" Tbe Chinese cook delights In observing holi
day, and although he ho only one for himself
throughout the ) ear. he looks forward tn the
American holidays, and celebrates them, as be
does Ids own. by presenting gifts of Chinese
sweetmeats or hideous spasms of color. In the
shape of Chinese baskets, to the family, and .
feels called upon to use hts greatest skill In pre- t
urlng dinner on these occasions. m
"One of the greatest attractions nf the Chi- R
nc-e cook, and the one that, next tn his skill, ap- 1
peals to the housewife, is his faithfulness. Af- f,
ter his work is finished he Is five to do as be R
pleases. Kvery night after dinner he is nff toChi- ft
natowq, and although he may play fan-tail and
drink glnslng all night. Instead nf attending B
school, morning finds him bright and cheerful 1
at his work, and he may be depended on for IPS I Jf
days li; the year, He Is bound to have two das S
to celebrate during the Chinese New Year. II
become greatly attached to tils employers and S
devoted to their Interests. A family llvlngaboi,.
two miles from the rentrul part of town em
ployed a Chinese rook, who had been In their U
service several year. Oneevenlng.when all the H
members of the family bail gone to the theatre ,S
and Sara, ns usual, hail gone to Chlnatnw n, N
the fire alarm rang, and Sam recognized the m
number a being tn the district where tils em- r!
plovers lived. He Immediately left bis friends U
and his game and rushed home. When the fam- 9
Ily returned from the theatre they found him on
the stable roof, wet and shivering. He was play. V
Ing the hose on tbe roof and putting out the flv- ?
Ing brands which the wind carried from tho Y
burning building opsmsite. He hod been there '
two hours fighting the fire. Ills act was re-i
markable because all Chtneee have a horror of. J
fire, and would rather lose all they possess than K1,
come within smelling distance of it. " g
"Occasionally the cook will conceive a prefer- K
enoe for one member of the family, and this 11
preference Is shown by covert attentions while jE
serving at tabic. In one rase, a Chinaman wai 1
employed In a family, a member of which, a
yonng lady, went to work every morning and I
atelier breakfast alone and much earlier limn 1
tho rest of the household. The cook Inservlrg St
her would Invariably make an excuse tn re- v
main In thedining room, and although hewould rl
not speak to her, he showed the keenest appri--
elation if she seemed to enjoy her breakfast, f
One day the housewife. In looking over the L
butcher bill, discovered that she had '-Keen R
charged w lib several delicacies which she omld I
pot remeraberJiavingserved at table. ShrcaUrd B
the cook, and when he entered the room in V-
ismse to her bell she asked: How Is It. Non, B
that we are charged with quail and oyster ami Ff
reed bird several times In Ibis bill? I'm sure I B
haven't had any.' The working mcmlier of the B
family had entered the room In time to hear the S
query and Interrupted to say that sho had l-en H
served with some delicious broiled oysters that H
morning for breakfast, and a quail tho day be. B
fore. Ham looked reproachfully at the sneaker E
and left the room without explaining, lie hail jl
been ordering dainties for the object nf his 3J
cholco while tbe rest of the family lived on "J
Slalner fare. That Is the nearest approach to ,
ishonesty. If you would call It by so harsh a (fi
terra, that I ever heard of In a Chinese cook, Q
'Although Chinese rooks outnumber white J
cooks by about three to one, they are all men, VI
I he only rase nf a Chinese woman being em- Al
ployed In a domestic capacity that I ever heard ft
of was in the family nf a lady very much Inter- "
ested lu Chinese mission work, The girt had 1
been brought from China whsu about III years
old, and was sold to a Chinese farmer, Ile kept
her as a drudge for several ytars. treating her
very cruelly, and sold the two little girls tha
bail borne hlra when they were 7 and 0 years
old. Shortly after the sale nf the chil
dren lie Kit that he was sufficiently well
off to bo entitled til a 'little foi '
wife, and was making arrangement tosellu.e
wife who bad helped him amass hit money. Mm i
learned of his plan aud ran away from bun. !jf
begging protection fnim the mission. The gii . X
who in suite of the slave's life she hod led wi ?
very comely and poke excellent English, vn V.
won her wy into the heart of the women cm- V
Iter ted with the mission, and waa taught tn riwt "
and write and later was engaged by this lad) ,n ',
work In her house, and with a little training
non bucarae an excellent rook. The girl had sn
aversion for her own countrymen on m count r
the treatment she bail receded at their hand-,
and made every effort to appear tuoniugl.'y
Americanized- oven to adopting curseia ai I
wearing a bang. After two years' sen Ice In ti. t
family, she met an Amerlcanlzist rhlnam.ii..
one who had sacrmced hi queue, and th.reb t
lost all chance of returning to his cwulaiid IN I'
wa a very prosperous merchant, and hawn; l
ffl'ii?. wh.,c" "Jm the girl adoptid wi . y
L,Mliii' "." Americanisms. concluded that "
i"- i ko ?.i mTry br n k" l'rmli" i A
u,fLt ? ''ar Emma at first 'dtnuirrni
but finally concluded that he was ono hal i " fe
.9hln'ira;n "!'" " they were marr. ' - H
SfeffaJ 'f, the ceremony In while, wiin 'he rrt
illation veil and orange blossoms, and 1"i u
lrr,Droachable dress suit. 'I he wedli . i-
P.1!- " t?, bon t Knima'a mpl. er. l - 9
tatlau mlohiUr officiating; and ifna l rt H
&EJuSr " -wuMke.011.. ou th. m