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- THE SUN, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 1806. ' 7
NEW OX NEW YORK'S STAGE
j.ote J.XD christian xarttrdou
xiie xreme of a vzat.
Tho Flret Tli-eof "Th Hist-or tha Croee"
' at llici K-lekerkoeliet Polities as J)t-
pleted In "lienors) An Uaejr" The A.
eaeelaatlo- of the Caar aa (bom
la "The NI-IIUM" Chanaeey . De.
J paw Imntraoonte X.e r Sockelader.
Sexual love In religion U tho subject of "Tho
Sign of the Grow," ana the manner of tha
treatment ti boldly melodramatic Human,
passion, somo of It pnra and omo of
' It foal, U here Illustrated in atsoela-
tlon with Christian martyrdom. ThU li the
1 first achievement In making theatrloal enter
tainment, with no false pratancei of pious In
tent, out of material whloh moit of onr people
bold tacred. It was. therefore, Interesting to
watch tha audience at tbe Knickerbocker last
night, during a performance of thla piece, to eea
I If It had any effect of sacrilege. There were no
signs that offense of that kind was given.
No doubt the prior acceptance of tbe work by
the London public, and tha approval of It by
oltrejmen over there had prepared a major
ity In this New York assemblage to re
ceive It without oaTll. Had Its author
ship been Amcrloan, and this Its first
trial, there might bare been less readi
ness to be pleated by It and not shocked. Some
of us are not yet as confident In our own Judg
ment of dramatlo affairs as we are In that of
London observers. Upon the question of Its
prosperity with us, the chances appear
to be In tho affirmative. It Is true
that not all the people who saw It
last night were enthusiastic. Thero were
many who applauded some of the climaxes,
some of tho scenery, and some of tho act
ing, but were silent durlni: long. Ineffectual
passages. If the play makes a successful op.
peal In this olty. as It probably will, it mutt be
to moro general, more Impressionable, and less
exacting folks than most of those who go to tho
theatres on opening nights.
A Christian girl and a pagan man are tho lov
ers In The Sign of the Cross." He is a prefect
of Home, under orders to exterminate tho con
verts to the new religion. She escapes death
for a while through bis passionate regard for
her, but is compelled to suffer instead his
lustful persecution. But she will not keep her
life at the loss of her honor, and so goes to her
j doom; but her steadfast virtue and cholco of
martyrdom win him to her religion, and he
becomes a Christian to dlo with her. This
simple and pathetlo story Is wrought out
by tbe dramatist with tbe same methods of
suspense, situation, and cumulative Interest
which he would have employed In case his
theme had not been a religious one. Home of
his scenes are Intensely "sensational," in the
theatrical meaning of the word. Tbe man has
given a bacchanalian feast at his palace In
Rome. lie has the girl brought to him. She Is
a prisoner in his house, and he is Inflamed by
her beauty, lie would like to gain her consent
to sin, but s3e refuses to violate the law
of her faith. Thereupon he has the
doors locked, the Hunts put out. anil
assails her with phrslcal force. At the
moment when he overcomes ber, she lifts a
cross, and, presumably by a miracle wrought
in her behalf, he Is stricken down to tbe
ground. In another sceno a boy Is
whipped to make him betray his fellow
Christians, and, as he still refuses, he
Is taken to an adjoining torture chamber, and
his aurulshed shrieks on tbe rack are soon
heard. The end of tbe play is the exit of tbe
hero and the heroine to the arena, where, by
order of Nero, 200 Christians are to be torn to
death by wild beasts.
The play Is distinctly melodramatic as has
been said, and the quality of Its melodrama Is
none too good. Wilson Barrett wrote, and
those who remember bis " Claudlan "
"111 find the newer work of Just about the
simp poor literary quality and also possessing
about the same vnlnable theatric merits. In
other words, "Tbe Hlgn of the Cross" comes
from a pen more ambitious than able. Its lan
guage is nnly seldem what It should be. It la
almost all the while prosaic, unromantic,
tinlmnglnntlve, and unoriginal. But the
nrrangement of the materials is adroit.
' and the faults of composition are not such as to
S weaken the Intended effect with people not ex-"-
- Ira ntce of fasts. The mounting- Is excellent,
bring both correct and showy, and the sights
arc Impressive, The actors have been im
ported with the play. Cbarlos IJalton, who eti
(acts the hero. Is a manly figure, with
eood speech and dignified bearing. He I better
thin Mr. Barren In the rule, being mora flexible
in method and no-icsslnc a more agreeable urr
tonality. Lilian McCarthy, the Chris
tian heroine. Is a suitable actress, com
bining the requisite emotional sensibility
ami lesnlnte determination. The company
had several other competent members. It was
remarkable fn- Its lack of feminine beauty, it
rrnt tried a satisfactory cast, however, and will
in doubt share in a popular triumph of the
Experienced playwrights know that politics
In a dangerous theme for a drama. Used as the
background or as the motive of a particular
fereno this kind of Interest has often served ef
fectively. Hut as the foremost feature of a
play political entanglements are not likely to
1 e entertaining. Paul Leicester Ford has
used the struggle, between the two
part'es as the basis of his comedy,
" Honors Are Easy," which was acted last night
at the MontauL Theatre by one of Charles
Frohman's companies. Ho kept tbe political
talk and tbe political incidents well In the fore
ground, and the love Interest of his play was
entirely based upon this element of It. A politi
cal boss was a candidate for Governor, and he
was by no means tbe corrupt political vllllan he
was painted by his enemies. Ills opponent rep
resented another class of voters, and his prin
cipal agent in the election was a young widow
who fell in love with the opposing candidate In
tbe first act and conttnned in that Interesting
condition throughout the play. But she op
posed her lover's election bitterly, and the
struggle between the two mado up the play.
The climax of the heroine's efforts come in
the third act. Her opponent was due at a coun
try town to buy from a party leader there the
votes of bis constituency. Tbe woman knew of
bis plan and reached tbe place ilrst. She
knew that, as a woman, she would have
little chance with tbe rough men with
whom sbe bad to deal. Acnes Miller
acted this part, and hsr authority helped It
through the trying scene she was called upon
to act at this stage of the plav and
trying scene It was fur any actress.
She borrowed an opera hat and an im
mense coat and, supposedly disguised effec
tively by this means, talked down In
throat and temporarily won her point. But her
lover appeared in time to defeat her plans and
save her from a horsewhipping at the hands of
the man she had deceived Intn not bellevlnc her
a woman, Hhe was struck several times with
tbe whip, and herresouo closed a very Improba
ble and absurd scene.
Mr. Ford called his play a satirical comedy,
but as the Incident desorlbed will show. It was
farcical In nrts, and Its satire was rather mild.
It dwelt with tho usual types of politicians of
high and low degree, borne of tho scenes
were well contrived, but thero was little
sparkle to the dialogue, so the piece, as a
whole, was not bright nor diverting. It would
not be difficult to point out, tbe many defects
which kept It from being a good play, and It
would be mors of a task to discover what posi
tive merits it had. There was little directness In
the progress of the piece, and tin really control-
I ling interest. So "Honors Are Eas" need not ho
more specifically desorlbed. It was fairly feeble
throughout, and will probably pass promptly
out of view. If Mr. Ford bo a beginner, his
commencement Is fairly promising, for the play
Indicates i an appreciation of what is needed, even
if tbe falluro to accomplish It is quite as evident.
Agnes Miller struggled valiantly as the young
widow and hsr share of the performance was
. entirely successful. William Morris's fine
voice and delightfully clear enunciation helped
bis capable performance nf the political hero.
No time probably to launch a political ploy
could be found worse than the present, anil Mr.
Ford bad that additional circumstance to strug
Not twenty words had heon spoken from the
ttageof the People's last evening before a pretty
serving maid In yellow blouse and red skirt bad
said "Curse you!" No one else was In sight.
Very soon after another character had appeared
she made It 1,000 curses and directed them at
character number two. A moment later not
more than three minutes of the play bad
elapsed-sbe held a dagger straight at
his shirt front. Not every three minutes of the
play bad quite as much of seriousness as tbeso
first ones held, hut there was no lack of thrill
ers, and some of them were unusual. Many
others were of the sort that are familiar in
Russian melodramas, the play of tbe evening
bolng entitled "The Nihilists; or. The Aotatsl.
nation of the Czar." Its author, Theo
dore Kramer, was also its oblef player,
and his most Intense momenta ended
In the explosion of a bomb In the carrlaso of
) Russia's ruler. This was viewed through tbe
I Iron fence of a prison. A minute before the im- I
l prisoned bsro had seen bis own funeral o by, I
,' his father having arrauged that another conviet I
should bo burled as bis son. In order to shield
the family name. So closely following
this procession that Its members worn
easily recognized, a group of seven or eight
persons gathered before the prison, Some
ono threw a missile to the left, there was an ex
plosion nt the right, and from nbovo dropped a
mass of wreckage nnd flames a yard square.
This blazed on the ground until a curtain shut
It out It may not have worked as It wus in
tended to: if that were the case, it
should result In better realism at an.
othtr time Of the comio Incidents none was
more unusual than the one that brought
a Counlett and her man servant Into a dark
room at dead of night, olad in tholr night
dresses, In search of a pet cat. Mr, Kremer's
treatment was toward ati extension of scenes
that harrowed. A few of his auditors wept,
and a great many moro followed him sympa
thetically. In the rare moments when ho sim
ulated Joyoutness the lot of his companions was
not easy. As evldenco of llghtheartedness he
showered the villain with bottles and cigar
boxes) he hit an old Jew hntd with n book
thrown halt across the stage; ho threw a has
sook straight at an old man's head, and tossed
three valises at the maid servant, hitting her
with one. Even this treatment was not to be
compared for eoverltr with that given to
the last named by tho villain. Unless that
young woman Is black and blue pretty much all
ovsr her body to-morrow. It will be becauso her
opponent. In hauling her about the stage,
bandied ber moro guardedly than he seemed to.
She had an extra round of applause for her
share In the scuffle, but most erory ono hod
plenty of that.
In a new specialty at Pastor's yesterday Lew
Oockstader made his face up tu look like Mr.
Chauncey Depsw, and pretended that he was
proprietor, manager, and janitor of tho Peach
Opera House of Pceksklll, N. Y. The name of
tho playhouse, with Dr. .Taunt Da Peach as Its
director, was on a curtain at tho back of tho
stage, and tho entrrlalnor. In orcnlng dress, was
standing at a desk. Ills first business was to ex
omlno his correspondence, and tho ilrst mlssivo
was from the StagoMechanlcs'Unton demanding
the adoption of an absurdly high scale of wages,
the items ranging from $10 for lifting a curtain
to S30 for moving mountains. Dismissing this
communication vv lib the remark that, as ho had
managed sovoral strikes on tho Now York Cen
tral Railroad, he thought bo could attend to
ibis, ho opened a letter from an authoress. It
contained a description of experiences In New
York, In which frequent pnuses were ninde,
the piano playar tilling in each wnlt with a
bar or two of some popular air whose title com
pleted tho unfinished sentence. Theu camo a
letter from Maor Strong commending tho
brand of tea used at tho theatre, and follow Ing
this a stage hand brought In on a barrotvaroll
of paper two foet long and a foot thick, which
ho announced as a play bv Sidney Rosenfeld.
A letter from Steve Urodle proposed a theatrical
partnership, nnd one from Oscar llammersteln
sought a bid forthoOl) mpta, to be used as a the
atre If proll table, othern Is ns a depot. A gushing
epistle was from a young woman v ho wanted to
act In the Feaoh Opera House, and closed with
a postscript that If its new manager wos to be
In New York nn a stated date he might meet
tbe writer a: the fountain. A swollen envelope
of several pounds' weight was from Marshall P.
Wilder, and contained Jokes that were warrant
ed to be either new or too old to be remembered.
Finally came a letter from the company that wan
to play at tho opera house that night, saying
that they were In Spui ten Duy vll. after having
played to Sl.i0 gross, and requesting passes to
Peekskill, At tills, the manager stepped to the
teleohone and called np the Grand Central Sta
tion for Mr. Webb. He not being on hand, Mr.
Vanderbllt, styled "Vaudy." was ordered to
empty tha Empire State Express, send the
psssengers on by way freight, and have the
express stop at Spuyten Duyvll to fetch
on tbe stranded actors. Then with a
half an hour to u alt. Manager Do Peach stepped
before the curtain to personally restrain the
audience's Impatience until the company could
arrive. His speech was Interrupted by the piano
player, who rtqineted that Ills chair be re-up-bolstered,
and when the entertainer came to
sing he stopped to Inquire If his musician was a
union player or not. blnger and pianist then
displayed their cards of membership In unions.
What followed was a budget nf songs nnd non
sense of the sort with w hirh this performer
usually responds. The specialty ended with
Mr. Dockstader returning with the rard that
announced bis specialty In his hand, and de
claring that the company had rome.
This entertainer has blackened up to repre
sent, many of the nouhlnnicuof the day. and his
appearanco was surprising. Burnt cork had
not been used, and a rinse Imitation had been
sought, with such good result as to belittle the
efforts of Amann and his fellows tn copying.
To Mr. Depeiv then was quite as much resem
blance as there la In roost of his crimed pictures.
and all that remained of Dockstader was
tha sffghtly nasal voice that In melting tones
has for so long comically told about Its owner's
girl, or described the Joys of kissing or the
S rices at Catsklll hotels. One nf the many jokes
Isclosed tliH Imitator. Speaking of actresses
bathing in milk, be said that he thought It
would do good for some stago women, particu
larly for one of our music hall's much exploited
dancers, "because," said he, "milk is good to
Tbe Debut or" Sitae Nuian Slrone-" Fanat"
at the Academy.
The first "Faust" of this season, given last
evening at tho Academy, furnished an oppor
tunity for two debu". that of Miss busan
Stroug aud Signer Randaccio. Miss Strong has
sung abroad in England and Italy in
SteyttnJe, KlM, and other roles. She Is pos
sessed of a fine mezzo soprano, well placed and
skilfully cultivated. Apparently not naturally
gifted with an extraordinary amount of dra
matlo ability, she has nevertheless learned to
walk through this role of ifargverlU without
transgressing any of tho immutable stage laws.
Neither did she for a moment lose herself in
her part nor create any illusions for her
audience. At all times ber singing was su
perior to ber notion, and it was notably
excellent In the last act, where she displayed an
abnormally large and resonant tone on the high
B above tho staff.
The performance was In general wanting in
smoothness, not having been sufficiently re
hearsed, Slgnor Randaccio was not at all an ac
ceptable Faust, Judged from a New York stand
ard, but yet his voice sounded at times really
beautiful. He was unequal In bis vocal work
and feeblo dramatically. Miss Strong prob
ably labored under difficulty In acting
with so unimpressionable and non-commltol
a lover as Randaccio made however, her dlbut
may be accounted a success, for ber friends
turned out tn masts and bid her wel
come, and she really broke the rec
ord for all prima donnas with respect
to flowers. Such numbers of bouquets aud flo
ral edifices as were handed out from a prosco
tiium box were never bifnro witnessed ninny
performance. There must linvr been 00 at least.
Miss strong was at length ubllicnd to ask .lienor
Illinboul to proceed with the opera while sho
left a supernumerary to remove tha piles of
llowers to her dressing room.
big. Dado tuok the part nf Mci'hMnphiltt with
the strength aud tremltiin of an acMimpllshtd
artist, but thu ifllo does tint suit him uolther
does Valentine entirely fit lie Anna, nlthough
his beautiful high tones did clllclout service iu
tbe duel trio.
A spirit nf extreme economy seemed to
animate the management, causing It to
muke one aceno do for thu duet between
.Sir tl and jVtiruuciffs before the church
scene, for tho church scene and then fur
the soldiers' rhnriis. 'I here was a roinblnaliou
of cottage, church, cloister, and open square,
most Ingenious urtnlnl), but poor for each
thing it was required to stnnd as background
for, Jriiuiirrife'scIiurcb scene uasdeprlved of
all Illusion, and, tu shot t, thu opera w as marred
b this defect.
MILS. COVRXEXAY'S IXSAXITT.
Her Gunrdlnn Surrenders Control of If sr
A Cosnutlsaloa to fasue.
An order was Blgned In tho Supremo Court
yesterday by Juallco Lawrence, on the petition
of Wlllaid Hrmvti of -101 West 14Hth streot, dl
reotlngthatn commission Issuo tn Inquire Into
the mental condition of Mrs, Isabella Cutting
Courtenay, Dr. Austin Flint will bn the com
missioner. Mrs.Courtenny Is the daughter of Francis Cut
ting of San Francisco, wlio Is travelling In Eu
roifr. In 1801 sho married Harold Courtenay,
aud one car tin reader io showed signs nf
mental disorder uhllu sho was in j'urope with
She was adjudged Insane by the Italian courts
In 1HIBJ and placed in theHbertnll Asylum. In
PlstoJa, Italy, whero sho remained until 1BU4.
when she was illMchurged ami put In tbe cus
tody of her cousin, Ml Mary Nelson PateraOn.
who acted as her guardian. Miss Patersnn ami
her charge are now In the Isle of Wight, and as
the guardian is desirous of coming here with
Mrs. Courti nay the Commission Is asked for, so
that Miss Patcrsuu iiiui be further appointed a
committee of tho demented vromun s person
About the time Mrs.Courtcnay was discharged
from the Italian asvlum un agreement was
made by which I'nurtenay was to receive from
hlswlfo's fattier Sl-o a month for two years
and 1100 a month fur thu succeeding two years,
tbe consideration nn ills part being that be have
no further control over his wifu.
A Bid of 810,000 for rir Island.
Amiawt. Nov. P.-William W. Brown of
Buffalo has submitted to tho State Land Hoard
a bid of S40.O00 for Fire Island, '1 he last bid
received for the property was $33,000.
OPERA WITnOUT NORDICA.
sub irox'x sixa at xutc metjio
voliiax X2iin trjKTicn.
The American I'rlma Donsa Snje Jest da
lleetka Used Ills laOneaee te Crowd
Her Oat or the Casarmar-SisUrr Not
tke Hoae or Coatentlon, She Declare.
Mmc. Lillian Nordlca started last night on
concert tour whloh will' take hsr to most of tho
Important cities of tho country as far West as
San Francisco, and lu an lntorvlow which n
Bun reporter bad with her before her departure
she said positively that she would not appear
with the company at tho Metropolitan Opera
llouso this winter. Nobody regrets this more
than tho singer bersolf, and shs leaves New
York with a very deep pang of regret. Her lip
trembled aud tears came into ber eyej last
night when sho told of the circumstances which
had compelled her to refute a rtcngagement
with the company.
In order to understand clearly Mme. Nordlca's
own explanation of the case it will be necessary
to remember that Maurice Orau returned to
this country last summer, and announced Wag.
nor's two operas, " Dlo Walkure " and " Sleg-
fried," as tho principal productions of tho sea
ton. Jean do Iteszke was to sing In both. In
"Dlo Walkilro" tho Bninnhililt was to be
Mnio. Nordlca, and In " Siegfried" Mme. Melba
was toroiublno that rolo with tho numbers of
tho Forest Ulrd. Mr. Orau said that Mme.
Nordlca had notbeenre-enpagcd.butthatltwas
certain sho would bo a member of the company.
Three days later be returned to Europe with tho
news that she positively would not be engaged.
It was said unofficially that there hod been a
disagreement ovor the affairs of the firm of
which she is a creditor to tho amount of $3,000,
Afterward Mme. Klafsky was engaged to sing
her rdles, and when she died suddenly It was
again said that Mmc. Nordlca would sing with
tho opera company. That story was settled by
tho engagement of ."Mmc. Fella Lttvlnne,
Eilouard do ReszLo's sister-in-law, and the ex
planation given then was that Mme, Nordlca
had put ut) her prices to $1,500 n night, Mmc.
Nordlca has nsvir before explained the real
facts of hor failure to sing with tho company
this) ear, and it has been generally believed
that slio foiled lucntuetoanutiderstandluK with
the Abbey, bchneffel ,V Orau Company as to tho
figure at which her services wero valued.
"'1 he questlonof terms would not hare Inter
fered with my re-engagement," she said to Tin:
St'.s reporter hut eriuing. "and lust snrlng it
was understood that I wns to recelvo $1,000 a
night for my services this year. I thought It
was only fair in view of the ainuuntuf work I
was dolng.nnd I told Mr. Grau that I would
take a middle course. 1 was not going tn de
mand SI, ".'00 and a large percentage, as Jean de
Keszke gets, nor $l,'.'0u. asMlle. Melba receives
for singing -Viiiiwrrit' nf A'aiarrc In 'The
liuguonots,' nor ask that I be paid as much as
Mile. Oho, who receives $1,400 a night for
singing lu 'Cavallerla Uustlcaua,' thatlastsles
than an hour. Hut 1 thought that for SsoIuV.
Viileutine, nnd Lisa I was at least entitled to
$1,000 In view of tbe Bams paid to the foreign
ringers. Jean de Keszke. with his large Dcrren-
tags, has received as much as $5,000 for one
nlgbl's services, aud for such a, part as Friar
Xuiirenc in ' Borneo and Juliette' Edouard de
Rc&zke has received $'.'.000. I know thla be
causo I have seen the figures. I thought I was
worth my one thousand, nnd thero was not tbe
least disagreement about that until my signa
ture to the plan of making a stock company out
of the bankrupt firm had been secured. Then
for tbe first time there was some objection to
paying me tha figure which we had agreed upon.
"But the terms were finally arranged and I
was to return. Then It was said that 'Die
WalkUre' would be abandoned, as Edouard
de Iteszke was not willing to learn the part of
H'olati In both that opera and 'SJegfried.' To
my astonishment I learned that the rfile of
Jlntnnhthlt in 'Siegfried' was to be given to
Mme. Melba. and that I was to be the solitary
member of the company that returned this
winter without the opportunity of appearing In
a new role. I was the first singer to go Into the
Wagner operas, and for a Benson after I had
b. en at Bayreuth I tang here in Italian. It the
Wagner movement was to go on here
at the Metropolitan I was at least en
titled to be the singer who should do It.
I demand n exclusive possession of certain
nil?. 1 think it Is better for all of us tbe larger
tha repertoires are. Mme. Fames Is to sing KUa
In 'Lohengrin' this year In German and V'altn
tfne In 'The HueKenota,' and I haven't the
slightest objection to her doing so. Neither do
I want to take Juliette from Mme. Melba or
.Variuerits or Carmen from Mile. Calve. But I
do maintain that It is only simple Justice that I
should be allowed to areata the new Wagner
roles in the operas to be sung, as it was 1 who
bore the burden of that work last season. The
abandonment of 'Din WalkUre' left only Urtm
lilldt In 'Siegfried,' and I felt that! ought to he
allowed to sing that Dart.
"1 learned torn) amazement that Mme. Melba
got the rCle through the Interference of M. Jean
de Itt-srki. I was as much wounded at heart
when I hrard the news as though I had been
struck n blow In the face. But Mme. Melba was
very proud of the fact, and told It everywhere.
M. de Reszke wrote her a letter last summer
after leaving London, advising her to study the
part, and used his influence with Mr. Grau to see
that It was assigned to hsr. Us is a powerful
mull, nnd his support means a great deal. I was
thunderstruck, ti had supposed that M. de
Iteszke wus my friend. I thought that he had
gone hana In band here through the success of
'Tristan nnd Isolde,' and to learn that he hod
been Instrumental In preventing my having the
leading Wagner roles was more of a shock than
I can tell you. Imagine my writing to the men
In the company urging them to study the parts
that belong to M. de Reszke, and then uslntr
whatever Influence I bad to see that they got
"Mr. Grau was my friend, but ho was powor
less Mr. Abbey was a stanch friend of Mme.
Melba. and Mr. Grau discovered when he got
here that Mr. Abbey was going to suimort her In
the struggle for the roles. Jean de Iteszke was
urging Mr, Grau to give the role to Mme. Melba,
There was nothing for him to do but to yield.
Then he knew that I would not return with the
comiiauyand eald so. What M.du Reszke a
motive may have been I do not know. He may
have wanted M. Schutz'a sister. Mile. Lltvlnne,
engaged to slug herein the company, but I am
ut a loss to discover why his support should
have been given to Mme. Melba In tho effort to
deprive me of my place In the company. I
know nothing of Mme. Lltvinne'a talents,
but I am frank enough to say to the New
Vork punlio that I hope sbe Is no better
than I am. and that my friends here will miss
meJustalU(le bit during tbe winter. This Is
my own country, and I have made my progress
he-re before my own people. They have teen me
rise, and It Is doubly patnfnl to me that they
should see m driven out by foreigners. I huts
to go. I am perfectly willing to admit. Bnt I
could not have gone back to the Metropolitan In
the position Into which I bad been driven and
have retained soy prlue."
(lltAM) Ol'KKA ST AIIS HERE.
The lie Ittsikes, I.aaaalle, Flnaeen, rmd
Other Hlnaera Arrive from Juroir
Maurice Grau arrived here yesterday In
rhargo of a brood of his singers, which ha
brought over on La Champagne. The chief of
theso were Jean nnd Edouard de'lteszke, Pol
l'lanqon, Jean Lassalle, Thomas Sollgnac,
Jules Gogny, and Mario Aneona, Others
were Conductor Ilorlgnanl, M. Castel-
mary, Slgnor de Vaschettl, and Mile. Marie
ltellna. Mum, da Iteszke did not accompany
hor husband, who called for this country two
days after his marriage, Jean de Reszke, who
looked young and slighter In figure than he was
lust season, said that his wife might comoto
this country later,
"Her mother wns slok," ho said, "and begged
that she be allowed to stay a while longer with
her, but I hopo that within a month or two she
will bo able to come to the United States. She
hat heard from me of tbe hospitality of the
American people and she Is anxious to make
When asked about his determination not to
sing ,SfcimiKl In "Die WalkUre" this year. M.
de iteszko said; "My brother felt unequal to
learning ll'oldii In both operas this jear, and,
besides, 1 think that one new role every year is
imuugh to undurtuke, particularly lu the case of
parts to difficult as tlio.o of the Wugner operas.
Next winter I will sing Slrvmuiid und inavbe
thu senium nfteruard Mcyilfd In 'Die Goct
tridaunimerung,' 1 was at Ilayreiith tills sum
mer unci heard a young man named Buohstahjer
sing teyfiinl, llo was a debutant, unci 1 cou
gratulutcd Mine. I orlmn Wngneron his success,
' Vet.' sho said, ' he does well; but for the past
thrio years he has studied sinjfrUil six hours
every duy, and he lias lived lu the part.' Ihat
seemed to me a great deal of study for one part,
but they reully do reijulru u great deal nf labor.
"1 shall sing this year III 'LeUld' and tn
'IAfrlcalno' with Mile. Calve and M. Lasallu.
I was very much Impressed with the ensemble
at Bayreuth, aud I think that everybody must
be. Then It Is delightful lo sea a great audi
ence so absorbed in nothing but the music. I
talked to Mme, Wagner about singing there
nil self some day, and I should like to do It.
Hut the London season lasts until late in the
summer, aud I always take my cure at Mont
d'Or, and that lasts for a month. If I should go
to Ilnyreuili.lt would leave me a very short
time to spend In my awn country,
"1 am only hoping now that the American
climate may bu kind to me and help me to sine
with our three prima donnas Melba, Eames,
and Calve. It's rather an unequal struggle, you
see, one man against three women, but they're
always good to me, and I will probably gat
through all right. Mile. Fella Lltvlnne, my
sister-in-law. Is to come over this season
and I am certain that she will please New
lor I. era, Mmo, Wagner wanted hsr Mo slog
next summer, at Bayreuth, the llrunnMHet. bnt
she probably will not do that. Mme. Wagner
suggested a stay of three months this winter at
Bayreuth to learn her Ideas of the parts, and
that was rather ton much of an undertaking."
It Is understood that only the civil and not
the religious ccrempny was performed at M, de
Mr. Grau eald that no successor to Mr, Abbey
had at yet been suggested, nor had ho heard
anything of one, "I have engaged a young
Italian tenor," he said, "who Is said to resem
ble Tamagno as much In voice as he dors in
looks. He Is to arrive here next week. Mile,
CalvA will not make ber appearanoa until
the third week of the opera season. I wanted
ier to corns over earlier, an Mmo. Nordlca Is
not to sing with her this year, but she either
couldn't or wouldn't, and at nil events will not
reach New York until the SSthof this month.
The subscriptions this year have been so much
larger than usual that I think it must be due
to tho feeling of prosperity after the elections."
1IZSS SXEEn'A ROMAXCE.
Disappointed Inwove, Hbe Lived the I.lfe of
n Kecluse-IIer Will to lie Contested.
New mmo n, Nov. 0. Mist Sarah E, Bnecd
died at her residence In Liberty street, this city,
on Aug. 10 last, after living thero alone for
many years, and depriving herself of the corn
forts of life. Her father was tho Into Georgo
Snced, who accumulated a fortuno of $100,000
In the meat business here. After his death Mrs.
Sneed kept the homestead going on tbe incomo
of tbo estate. The sou, Oeorge, became a thlft
Icsk fellow, and soon helped to deplete tho fur
tuna his father had left. About ten years ago
both he and his mother passed away, leaving
Sarah as the last und only member of the fam
ily. By this time the estate Is said to have
dwindled to about $50,000.
Sarah soon begau to show bj mptoms of mo
roseness. She rarely left the old whlto frame
house In Liberty street, which bj this time had
been surrounded by new dwellings. Her life
became more and more like that of a hermit
and her neighbors were never able to exactly
divine tho causo of tier strange conduct. Her
odd figure, w lib lu still odder apparel, was net er
seen upon the street unless an Important busi
ness errand called her out. For ears she had
not been seeu lu a public place, nor In moiety.
She would see but very few people at ber house
and ut times would refuse to noon her door
even tn some of her fow female acquaintances.
Besides her valuable real estate sho had monev
lu the savings bank which had accumulated
In tho savings bank which had accumulated
When she was taken sick and expected tn die,
she tent around aud collected all her outstand
ing bills and uald them, and afterward sent lor
tho Hon. Howard Thornton, ber lawyer, to
diawherwlll. This was only two or three days
before she died. When Mr. 'I hornton reached
the once completely furnished home, he was as
tonished to see tho squalor and wretchedness of
the place. Tho lurulluro had nearly all been
cut up nnd used for firewood, and there was but
little budding and linen In the bouse. When ha
suggested thut a physician be called the sternly
dissented, 'lhu lawyer, however, not only
called Dr. P. M. Barclay, but the procured a
nurse nnd the necesary linen and other clothes.
But it was too late, fur in a few days she died,
at thonge of CO.
Mr. Thornton drew ber will according to her
dictation. Although she had several first
cousins on her father's side living In the city,
she left all her personal and real property to
badle Hilton, a daughter of a first cousin on
her mother's side. The estate Is now thought
to be worth about S'JS.OOO. Lnwier Thornton
cannot Und the legatee. Miss Hilton has not
been seen here In many years, nnd It Is not
known whether sbe yet retains that name or
has been married. She formerly lived lu Co
hoes and latex lu Albany, and Is now sup
Dosed to be somewhere in tho West,
bhe is now about 45 years old, and It Is
hoosd that tbe publication of this narrative
may be the means of learning her whereabouts.
Robert N. Whelan of this city Is the executor
named In the will. He is a teller in the New
burgh Savings Bank.
The will will be offered for probate on the
17th of this mouth lo Surrogate Howell's court,
when the contest which Lawyer Thornton has
been notified of will begin. The cousins on the
father's side, who have been Ignored by the
will, are about eight in number, aud It la said
that all will Join in the contest, which is to be
mode on tbe grouud that Miss bneed was not of
sound miud nnd capable of making a will.
The cause of Miss Sneed's eccentric mode of
living and her constant desire to avoid publlo
attention und keep secluded tn her home all
these years. Is credited to a love affair which
oceurred at the close of the late civil war. She Is
said to have fallen deeply In love with a hand
some officer of tbe Union army aud was engaged
to be married to him. but the engagement was
broken oft and he married another.
MR. SOFEll'S PICKZED FEET.
A Northport !" Stands Aakle Beep la
Urine Tor Twelve Ilonra.
NoitmrOHT, L. L, Nov. 0. Abraham L. Soper
of this place is suffering from pickled feet. He
pickles cucumbers for a living, but the other
night through a mishap he pickled his feet, and
now bis shoes are too big for him. Mr. Soper's
feet were In pickle Just twelve hours. He
would not have kept them In tbe brine that
long, but the sides of the tank were high and ha
Is short of stature and could not get out.
Pickling tanks are about fifteen feet in
diameter and eight to ten feet deep. They are
located In what la called the salting bouse. Mr.
Soper is manager of a big pickling plant, and
the other night he started out alnne to make a
tour of the establishment. The tanks all con
tained brtae ready for the cucumbers to bo
shovelled In for salting. In order that the em
ployees can pass from one tank to another
planks are laid across the tops of tho big vats.
While Mr. Soper was crossing over a lank
ho lost his balance. He triad to save
himself but could not, nnd had to Jump
for It. He landed in the brlna In
for It. He landed in the brine In
the tank, Tho brine was Just deep enough lo
cover bis shoe tops, but It was quite deep enough
tnsult Mr. boner. 1 here was nn one about at
tho time, and Mr. Soper's cries for halp echoed
unanswered through tbe building. He then de
voted his efforts to trying to Jump up and grasp
the edge of the tank. Ho could not make It In
one Jump, aud failed even In two lumps. Find
ing etcaps cut off in that direction Mr. Soper
lumped for the plank. He even missed that.
Then ho devoted some time to giving vent tn his
opinion of the man wno built pickle tanks so
high that a short man could not get out of one
without the aid of a derrick or a ladder. The
more Mr. Soper talked to himself about tho
builders of the tanks tbe higher the sides of the
tank teemed tn grow, until the pritoner could
not tell whether he was looking at the tide of
the salting llouso or the sldu of the tank.
All through the long, weary night Mr. Soper
walked about that tank. It will never be known
how many miles ho traversed bsforo daylight.
However, when day dawned the pickled pris
oner saw a chance to escape Resting on the
plank over the top of the tank was a box. Draw
ing u lnng piece of stout twine from his pocket,
Mr. Soper mude a loop In the twine and lassoed
the box. Standing on the box, he jumped and
grasped the aides of the tank. Then he pulled
himself up and managed to reach the plank.
Not wishing tn risk a second tumbln Into tho
vnr, he crawled along the planks until be wat
Mr. Soper It able to walk about, but bis feet
are not so largo as they w ere.
TRACFJTO A TKTF.RAX CLERK.
MTerrlt Hmlth Arrested Alter HalBK Thirty.
Ove lOurs In She l'oatnl rlervle.
Many complaints were made last month to
Postmaster Dayton that money transmitted In
lrtten through the city Post Office had failed
tn reach Its destination. All the money had
been mailed to persons living out of town. At
the Postmaster's requeH Pout Office Intpectors
Jacobs and Morris were detailed to catch the
thief. After many days' watching they traced
the pilfering to the Now England division of the
General Post Office, and suspicion finally rested
upon Merrlt Smith, w ho It iic-arly 05 yean old,
nnd who was appointed a clerk by Postmaster
William II. Tavlor In 1H81. Smith Is a widower,
living at 440 West Thirty-sixth street, and he
has such an excellent record for fidelity that
the Inspectors nnre loath tn believe him tho
culprit. Nearly une huudri d letters nnd money
packets had been tampered with up tn Saturday
Yesterday morning Smith took his seat at tho
tablu aud began to sort mall Intended for Con
necticut, A few moments nfter he began his
work Inspectors Jacobs uuel Murrln posted an
envelope addressed "Prof, r.C. Fouler, Moodus,
Conn." It contained tho usual decoy letter
nnd tour marked $1 bills. In the ordinary
course, this letter ought to huvo passed on to
another table after it reached the New England
table, buttracuof it was lost at Smith's table,
'therefore, when Smith put nn his coat and hat
to start nut for lunch at noon the Intpectors
Mopped him and took him to their room on the
fourth lloor nf thu Oeneral Post Office. He
showed llttlu or ln surprise when they said they
liucl orders to search him. In one of his pock
ets, the Inspectors' suy, they found the decoy
letter and the marked bills.
Smith was arraigned at once before United
Stales Commissioner Shields, ills face flushed
sliihtly when be saw the Commissioner, but he
denied that ha bad stolen the letter found tn his
possession, or that he wat In any way reaponsl.
ble for the embezzlement of the other sums of
which the Postmaster had received complaint.
"I have eerved under eight different Post
masters," he said, "and I am not guilty,"
Ha waahsld In $;.o00 bah for examination nn
Compositor Jlles at Mia Post.
George Renner, 00 ears old, a compositor in
the Staafs-ZcKunu office, died suddenly last
night while at work at a typesetting machine,
Mr. itenaer had been employed on the fltaot
Zttfunp; for thirty-three yean.
SEWALI LIBRARY SALE.
RARE EDITIOK RROVOUT OOOJ
rntcttn YBSXERDA x:
The Bale Attended bra I.nrste Iteprreenln
tlon or IVell.Kaotvn Collectors nnd Ileal,
era A Cotsy of Anncreon Fetched
102.60, the niKbeat rrlce of the liny.
The opening sosston of thosnloof tho library
of II. V. Sewall brouyht together ycstcidnyat
the rooms of Bangs & Co., 01 Fifth avenue, a
large numberof enthutlastlcanddlscrlmltiatlng
buyers. Even tho ghost of Dlbdln would havo
been pleated at tho prices fetched by snme of
tho treasures to much written about and so dear
to blm. One thing is certain, that the com
plaint of tho English bookbuycr is well
founded when ho says that Americans aro
such persistent and wealthy buyers that most
of tbo good things go to that country, for this
sals is full of treasures bought nt tho great
English sales. Among tho conspicuous dealers
In rare hooks represented jestcrday were Dodd,
Mead it Co., Charles Scrlbner's Sons, J, O.
Wright & Co., D. O Francis & Co , E. F. Bonn,
venture, F. P. Harper. W. E, Benjamin,
F. W, Marris and Joseph Sablno. whllo among
tha private buyers present or represented were
Bishop Hearst, C. C. Morean, Beverly Chew,
William Luring Andrews, E. B. Ilblden, Mar
shall C. Lefferts. 12. I). Church, II. C. Sturgls,
and Junius S. Morgan.
The libraries were largo purchasers, as the
fine editions of the Greek and Latin classics
were particularly attractive to them. Among
theso may bo mentioned the names of tbo Now
York Library (Lenox, Astur, and Tllden
foundation), Columbia College Library, Yalo
University, Princeton University, and many
others. The prices fetched were, upon tho whole,
most reasonable, as the genuine book collector
of to-day is moro particular about the condition
of his purchase than his forefathers were.
Manynf the books owned by Mr. Sewnll wcrs
famous examples, but not always in the best
condition. To Bpeak of a book as a fine copr
unless tho title pago Is in fac-slmlle is Hko
speaking of " Hamlet" with tho part of the
melancholy Dane omitted.
Tho highest price for the session, $103.50, was
paid for n copy of Anacreon, from the Beckford
library. The total for tho afternoon was not
announced. Atpended ore the prices at which
the principal items w ere sold :
Am as, Mlvlus Fplttolo;. ltoma, 14,3. Bought,
b Ueorgell hmlth. 4 73.
Asop. Fabulu. with Claudlan s Proserpine added:
Utbcra louy. Home tsbom MTtii. bought by Ueorga
Asop Viu et rabuli-. I'arls, 1540. nought by
Dr. Iiurke. ta
.Esop V Ita rt rliuliri Rr at I.st. Francofurtl,
1010. Bouglltby Oiorjtol) Smith, tij
.tsop vltaet Fabuini,inrca Latins, Francofurtl,
1BC.U. Bought by UeorkeD. Bmlth. 0.
Alniwurth's The Tower of London, Illustrated by
(Iro Crulkshank. I.ona , 1541. Bought by Uodu,
Msad X Co , tla GU.
Albertus Magnus, Fostllla super MMthet Kvanse
lalre et sUDer Marcl Kvaogelaire. Jlagrnau, 1303.
bought by Dr. Iiurte.fS.
Albertus da l'adua Exposltlones Evancellarum.
Veuetlls, 147(1 bought by Ceo Li. Hmlth tin.
AlcUtus. Llvret des hmbleines. l'srls. IBS",
Bought br Oto V. Smith, ft VS.
Alexander's Tragedy of Darius. Lond., 1004.
Bought by J. O Wright & Co, Si o,
Aleyn's. Th Battalles or Crescy and Potetlers.
Loud . 1633. Bougut by Pndd, Mead & Co . ..
Aleyn's. lilstorle of that VV Ise and Fortunate
Prince Uenria of that name the Seventh. Klog of
England. Load., 10J3. nought by George L, Smith.
Allan's Bradford Club Memorial of John Allan.
Sew ork. 1S04 Bought by Oeorge D Smith, 110
Atvlu s Catalogue. Hatsonnea de 1 (Ktivre des Trots
Frfres Wlerlx Brussels) 1600. Bought by J. O.
Wright & Co, SO 3U.
Auibroslus (sanctusl. Ilexameron; Id est da 8ex
dlrrum operlbus In Prlnciplo Mundl. Lolontas, circa
147U. Bought bv llraillle. e.
Du Kleuvre en oubekende Weereld of Beschryvlng
van America, door Jacob lleurs Amsterdam, 1071.
Bought by Oeorge V. Smith. ' 50.
Pamphlets relating to the I roubles with tha Ameri
can Colonies: Taxation o Tvranny, bj 8 Johnson,
Loud 1773, Hoblnsou, Load. 1774. &c. Bought by
America, Tracts relating to American History at
tha period of the revolution 4 vols. Load. 1774-70.
Beprlnted. Bought b Latuer. S3.
American Almanacks. 1713-1714. 2 pieces. Boston.
Bought br Oeorge v. "tinltli. IU'.
American Almansi ks puhlUhed at Philadelphia
(bradlordl and (11. Iraukllnl at Burlington, and .Sew
York (Itlvlugton) aud Boston (N. Amos). 1731-1774.
Bought by Morris. S4A.
American Almanacks published at Philadelphia
(Franklin A Hall), at Wilmington. Burlington, and
New ork, 17U4-1778. Boicht by Codd, Mead tea,
American Almanacks, published at Philadelphia,
Trenton, and Sew ork. 177IM79I. Light In one
volume l.'mo, bait calf. Bought by Oeorge t.
American Almanacs Nine, bv vnrlous publishers
In Philadelphia and Trenton, 171)2 1791). bougbt by
American Hardener (The) Aaron Burr's subscrip
tion cop) with his autograph. Washington. 104.
Hull SM by Dodd. Mead Co . as 30
Ausereon. Printed In Ureek capital letters, with
Latin commentary lu Homan capital letters. (Irorn
Bxkrord Library) Parma, 17vl, Bought by J. O.
Wright Co, I0V 30
Auaireon. odes d'Anacreoc, aveo LIV. compost
tlomparOlrsdet. Paris ll-dt. Bought by Cook ST.
Anderson's Illustrations nf Mother Goose's Melo
itls, b Alex Anderson, H. D. Mow ort. IsiJ.
Bought by Arnold, $4
AndrA s The Cow Chase, an Ilerolck Poem In Three
Cantos, written at New ork 1780. London, 1701.
Bought by Bryan, 913
Annates etc roululies des Pays d'Anjouet du Maine;
woodcut. Paris 13VW. Bought by llonaventure 94
A Collection of Anthems Loud,, 17U0, Bought by
J O. VV right it Co , Si
A planus Homanorum Itlstorlarum llbrl qulnque,
Lutetlir. 1361 Bought I George I) .Smith, 14.30
AM.bam s The Hchole Master, rirst Ldltlon. Load.,
1370 Bought by tleorge 1. Hmlth, t-'l.
Ashmore s Certain Selected Odes of Horace. George
KteeveU'-'s copy, wltn bis uuti graph on title page.
Lond.lllL'l. Bought by Oeo I imllh, 4 2S
Astles Origin and I'rogncsof Writing Second edi
tion London, 1H03. Bought by Mllo. S3 23
Athens'us Opera, Venettls, 1314. Bought by
"(ash "f Jl.
Report of Proceedings at a Banquet given to Mr.
Report of Proceedings at a Banquet given to Mr.
OvrusW Held by the Chamber of Commerce at tho
Metropolitan Hotel, Nov- 13 loss. Ltghty two in
serted pnrtralta and plates, hew York. Isot). Bought
by Bowden.il I
Asres'sLvrlo Toems tn Imitation of the Italians.
Frontispiece IKino, old ealf. London, 1U87. Bought
by Keorga 1). Smith, till 30
Bacon's lilstorle of the Italgna of King ITenry th
Seventh. London, 102.!. Bought by J, O. Wright &
Co . g? 30.
Bacon's Essays or Counsels, Clvltl and Morall. Lon
don. 10J2. Bought by Dodd, Mead 4 Co $7.30
Baker's American Fngravers and Their Works.
Fxtra Illustrated wltn loo plates. Philadelphia, 1473.
Bought by Bo den. 143.
Kobert Belmsnuos Catalogue of Ills Library and
Prints. Drawings, and Pictures. London, iBbO.
Bought bv Arnold, fs 30.
Bancroft's Pneiiis. Cambridge, 1623. Bonght by
Geo D Smith, $3.
Bankrs's The Island Queen, or the Death orstary,
Sueen of bcotland First edtllou. London, 16b4.
ought b (leorgn I) Smith, 14.
Baakes'a Virtue Betrayed or Vnne Pullen. Londoo,
Htm. nought by J O Wright Co . S3
Mrs. Bsrbjuld's Hymns fur Children. London, 1820.
Bought by tleorga D hinllh, is.
Birds) 's Ills Argrnls. Loudon, 1623. nought by
Baron s Pocula Castalta. London, 1030. Bonght by
Tolger, rt 80.
Barrla Thu Painters Vniace of Italy. London,
IU7U. Bought by Hmlth. stif
Baudlcour, P. de. Lo Pelntre (Iraveur continue,
sulta do llumeinll lwo volutins Paris, IHcl.
Bought by Hoclety Llbrar) . S3
lleattlaa Poems (rlrst edition. Presentation copy,
with author's signature ) Londou, 17U0. Bought by
Ueorga D. Hmlth. (3.V3.
Beaumont's Poems. Tho Hermaphrodite, tha Rem.
ed of Love, Ulegles and honuels (Mltfords i opy.)
London, IdSI. liomhl by J O. right & Co . 1J.
Beaumont ami fr letcher The Tragedi of Thierry.
First edition. Londou, 1021, Bought by Ueorga D.
Beaumont and Fletcher. Comedlis and Traccdlss.
London, 1047. Bought bj Vlorrls. tin
Brauinoiit's BosHurtli Field. Lumlon, 11120, Bought
byUrorgeD biultli, "Wft
llehani, Hans Hebalt. Catalogue ralsonnta nf his
prints. London, 1817, Bought h HouAventure, t.ll.
llehu, Aplira. c Si neca ritmaskid, or. Moral lie.
flections from tho French Mrs. Beiuii and poems hy
seieral hands. Loudon 1033. Bought by Uvurge D.
binltu. 3. . , .
Uehu, Aphra. la Mnnlrei or, The I over's Watch.
London, IBbO Bought by J o Wright Jt Co., M 3D.
Btruuln' Myites. Second edition, Paris, n. d.
(auout 1773 ) Bought by Bouavciiture, (4
Beverlt) a Expus'tlnn nf tho Ultlusl) Pronhetlck
Song of Songs, wnh h IsHolomon s composed lu verse.
London, 1017. Bought by Oeo H Smith. k.
Beverley's die History and I'riMjlit htate of Vir
ginia, loudon, 170,1 Bought hy llowden, (HI 30.
Bewick's Hiilor) of Quaorupeds. Kecoud edition.
Newtastlc. I7UI Bought by 'urlls. 3
BeHKk's Illstorj or llrlilh Birds. First edition. 3
volt. Newcastle, I7U7 16(14. Bought by Brian.
Bewick's Figures of British ntrds. Vol. 1, the see.
nnd not printed, hewcastle, 1SU0, Bouhtby Curtis.
Bewick's History of British Birds. S vols. Newts
tie, 1U4I, Hougnl by Curtis. 10 fin.
Bewick lwo kuudred and sixty six vignettes en-
Bewick lwo kuudred ana sixty six vignettes en
graved bj Bewick. Newcastle, 1BS7. Bought by Cur-
Bible'.' BlbllaAurea cum sills hltterlls necnon at.
iiupils VeterlsatiueNovl restamentl. (n. pj.liiiiil
Bought by Ueorge I) smith, tt.
Bible, llib la sacra. Norlmosrias, 1481. Bought
byueorgi D Bnnlli, 110.
Bible. Itlblla Sacra. Cum aummsrlts concordanllls,
n. p., n. d. (about 14U0). Bought by Ueorga 1),
Bible, illblla Sacra. Veuetlls. Bought by Chad
wlea.aiSBO Bible Preirdad by tha Common Prayer. Tha
"Treaila" Bible. Lonaon, lB7d. Bought by George
V. Hmlth, 114.
Bltila With the Common Prayer. London, 1007,
Boughtby Morris. 17 30.
Blbla. KlugJamss's Version, London, IBIS. Bought
b) Dido.1 !
lilble. With Common Prayer. Psalms and Tunas
and Tables. London, lesi. Bought by Oeorge D.
Coauplalut Agalaet as Opea.AIr rryer
At a roasting of the Park Board Commission
era In the Arsenal yesterday a letter from S. S.
Howland of tbo Albemarle Hotel was read, In
which be complained of the religious meetings
held every night by tbe Salvation Army in front ,
of tbe Worth monument In Madison square. '
The matter was referred to the Polite Uepart
msnt. , , .
A letter was received from tbesoulptor of the
De Pevster statue in Bowling Oreen asking that
a position be given the statue, that will show It
to greater advantage. To Utter was referred
to the Committee on Down-Town Parks.
J.1VE xorica auovt xoirx.
Julian S lory Is ono of tho few prima donna
husbands who has a profession of his own and
bo Is tinllko them In another respect. He did
cot give it up whnn ho married. Tho duties
of Mrs. Enmes-Story's own engagements havo
not bcm allowed to Intorfcro Alth his work as
nn artist nnd thls'season Mme, L'utms returns
to Now York with n bustios manager who
will relievo ber husband of any roapovslblllty
connected with tho business sldu of his wife's
engagement at tho Vetropolltau, Most nf ths
women slnccrs who aio lint married havo man
ngera who attend to thtlr business for thoin
nr.d it Is with thcio representatives rather limn
with tho husband that lhu miimigcrs nf thu
opera houo like tn deal. Mine. Mclhii Itnttirted
a manager nnd then ciilhiialaatlcnlli allowed
him to return to Huroponnd tbo curious speci
men of German lmpcsarlo thlil Mine. NotdUa
brought over Willi hci ono year has not jet
been lorgnttrn. Mr. Story has nutnrgkclcd
his art In tho Intotest.s nf his wlfo und Ills nun
cnusgcinenu thlr winter mako It iioccssnrv
Hint ho should bo entirely tren for tho work
w hlch ho is to undertake. !5n Is nlwn) s nverf o
to speaking of his own achlovcmonts and It
was only with the gitntest roluctnnco that ho
consent! d to exhibit lo minio reporters tho other
day a copy nf tho two imrtialts nf tho Prlneo of
vnU which he latel) finished in Knglatid for
vMlllnm Waldoif Aetnr. It was Mmo. Raines
who finally produced tho portraits and sho did
It with great pride. Mi. Mori is much more
robust In nppearnncn than he wns on his last
vi'ltbere. In appearanco and manner, ha t
moro l.tigll'li thnn American -a condition
easily romiirchonsiulo In view uf his long rosl
One of tho dancers in an up-town music hall
hnsbcen able to utilize In an exceptionally
profitable fashion tho results of n youthful
period which appeared to bo utipromlring In
eveiy respect. M-iibo tho present condition
may not ho thu most desirable for a s otitic man,
but a tnrtlculnrly actlvo and extended term
of dissipation left him with at least thu means
of csrnlug a fairly comfortnblu livelihood. Ho
began lo frequent a dance hull about ten jears
ago nnd ho soon hecumo ouo of the regular
nizhtly visitors. It was soon apparent that,
unlike the other guests, ho rums thero chiefly
to dance, nlthuugh he did not abstain entirely
lrom tlio other reiroutlous of tho estallsh
mem. Within n scar ho had spent practically
in that nlaco nlono all of n pmull lanital that
had In (onm Ills when ho reached his majority.
He was wLliout a tent, and thednnce hall,
now closed up. no longor welcomed him. But ho
hud learned uimi-tlilug dutlng tho months of
hi-, regular attendance there, and this knowl
edge helped him to get nn opening inu Hon cry
music hall us a dantcr. Associated with him
was a woman considerably his senior, who
had Ik i ii his usual nmnniilon in the days that
ho wnt to the danca hull, nnd tho two danced
so well thut within a short tlmo their services
weio general! in demand. After a whllo
they hcgnii to secure engagements in tho bet
ter class n" variety theatres, nnd mado ncom
forUtblo Income. Tho woman recently lost
her mind, and It looked for a time as if thorn
would bo an end to tho particular stile of
dancing which tho two had originated. But
the man coon found a capable successor to his
companion, aud he is 6-111 realizing on tho
training which ho unexpectedly received in
tho down-town dance hnl'.
Pntlent inquiry has never revealed any good
reason for tho extreme length of tho bell
straps on the cable cars. On nine cars out of
ten tho conductor yunks the strap that rings
the bell and pulls it down until it reaches a
point below .he shoulders of tho men who hap
pen bo to standing on the back platform. Many
a crushed hat can bear witness to tho fre
quencv of this occurrence, yet thero is never
any reason forthcomlug av to why the strap
should be of a lemrth thut makes such acci
dents possible. Tbo conductors always say
that a shorter strap would bn Just as elective,
but no effort Is ever made to prevent the
smashlugof derbsl which goes on at a lively
rate every day. .New Yorkera are so patient
that they aro not likely to do more than
stralghtou out tho crushed crowns of their
hats, grumble for n few moments, and then
cay nothing more about the matter. In the
mean time tLe bell etrapt continue as long as
ever, and nobody appears able to find out why.
It might be a, relief to the man with the hat
smashed in by tho conductor s elbow to know
that the accident was really unutoidable.
Tho f.nal disappearanco of tho old Four
teenth street concert hall, with the explana
tion that business is not good enough to war
rant any further fight for existence, must bo
discouraging; to the proprietor of tho pro
posed establishment further west on the tamo
street, which is being prepared for its new
ujo as rapidly as the workmen can convert a
chapel into a muslo hall, but there is ample
encouragement for him only a block or two
away, wheto two.musio halls conducted, on
thu most ludlmrntary principles apparently
find great prosperity, iheso places offer a
cieaD variety show, and aro every night
crowded during tho long hours of their even
ing performance. In view of their success. It
Is difficult to tee why tlio older place, only a
block away, should have met its fate. It
began its career with a great flourish of trum
pets. Its proprietor, encouragod by success
with a small place near Sixth avenue, moved
to tho eust side of Fourteenth htreet tn tho
largo building etlll occupied by him. But it
ljdoubtiullf the place ever knewnny populari
ty as great as that of the other hall. Its ex
istence in its former home became an Impossi
bility . as the big stores kept the neighborhood
filled with women who mado the maintenance
of such a resort an impossibility.
After sovcral notable failures of attempts to
prorlde a cheap cab eeivico for this city It Is
difficult to couvlnco the public thut the Hack
Owners' Union Is really scriousln its petition
o tho lloird of Aldermen asking Uiat body to
reduce the sohedule of legal fares. The hack
men havo been debating this proposition for n
month or moro now, 'and they havtlresolved
to postpone definite action until after tho
Horse Show. As un indication of their good
intention the members of the union will charge
only CO cents for taking passengers to the Mad
ison Square OarJen from points below Forty
second street, Instead of tbo old rate, that had
$U as a minimum and n maximum that was
limited only by the passenger's purse. ThU
would Indicate that a chuap cab service Is real
ly In sUlit. It has long been the contention uf
men who occasionally uso cabs that the cab
men would profit by reducing their rates and
making them uniform, not only in name, hut
also lu practice, 'lhosu men have asserted that
Now York cab rates are Higher than those of
any other large city, and that the conformation
of the ilty aud the many lines of surface nnd
olovnted cnrs;thal run from ono end of it totthe
other obi Into tho necessity for cabs. Cabs are
a grant convenience, however, and tho men
who havo advocated lower rales say that they
would bo u. -cad moro generally If.they were uot
It wus a little moro than ten years ago that
n man with lots nf onergy and acoiuuiny with
lots of cnb combined tu glvo New- Yorkers a
(heap cab eervleo. The enterprise atlrai led
getiurnl nltLullou, and It lall-d becauso thu
cabs tbemsulves wtre designed to bo conspicu
ous, liioj differed from the old, hlgh-pi iced
cabs In that they wero painted yel.nw, Only
thu wealthy could afford to ride lu them. If
man whose credit wns Bhaky engaged ono uf
these cheap cabs, his creditors Mien that he
was economizing as loun as thy suw the ob
jectionable sol low running gear, That was
fatal to Miccisu, und it was found that tha
very men who had been railing loudly for
cheap cabs didn't havo courage suougli to
rldu lu them whim they were painted a dis
tinctive color. Iliu exorbitant demands of
tho iilght-huwl. cabmen und their pi aellco of
getting all they could nut of n pa senger, lias
Ijijuredlltheli business moro than hare tho
cablo cats unci tho elevated rvllronilB. llos
ttii and Philadelphia have each supported a
cheap cab ter li e, tn the mutual lienuUt of tho
cubmcli and their puxsuugrrs, New York's
pavements hum boon verv mtichJiiiDroved
within thu past half dozen itari, and tlio cab
ov ntrs can no longer alleio had leads uso,
reason for hie: fares. Iho average man, oven
when be knnwi the legal churg'i for his cab
ride, will pus tho tubman fit) cents or a dollur
mnre than tho law kiub Ins tnuy eliargo rather
UiaiChuvo a illanllte'oior It that inn oulv te
settled hy driving to a nollto station. It tho
Publlo Haok Owiwrs' Union lenlly means bus
ituss. It will havo n. fair opportunity to test
its new schedule, and very probably It will
profit hy It,
A contractor who Is creeling a big apart
"lent, hotiso on tipper Madisonlavonuo has np
parem'y tukun a lesson from tho farmer who
omplos scuro.-ro.vs to.protect his coin, 'lhe
walls of this house are up, und as tho building
Is .a largo one, hu does not rely on ono watch
man to keep away intruders and iro off lead.
1. 1, "i thieves, l.vvn ounlngut dusk ho stutids
In ix lower window an cllectlvo n.irec ion. it
Is mado tii to look llku u w li Inn in, und un.
less ono nppiuuchus the vvindun ( liutolv tho
clltct Is good, 'ilio w.ituiiiiiiiu ii apparently
leaning ngulust the window easiii.' and lo king
lulu the street. In lhe ilajlimei;. ilu ippeurs
and acuriutli Inhabitant nt Ihat iiolgliUit lionet
who questioned the contractor annul it win
liiloriued that the staierrnn save I him a dol.
iai u inula.
Onuof tlivlrurlouiirosull ' lhu election has
bu n developed; In .thcbi.- il gm ds stores in
this lo.vn. A lutn'.who Is int. i cited In teviral
of them fnld yeftenU)
"Sitico slot tlon da every big store In town
has been receiving gold from their customers.
For several muntns before election no gold was
taken in at all, but tho peupto who have been
boarding It are now anxious to gel rid of it,"
Even so popular an Institution as tbe Horse Show j!
Is realizing that the past six months has been i
period of depression.
With lnorcbftiiiliso lowor than '4
ovor, fow niorchauts had conrngn 5
to buy moro than sufliciout to moot C
most urgent wants ; nddod to this
was a tondoucy, in tho clothing i
trado, to dografio tho standard of
HoBult: small stocks and poor
An exception to this Ronoral con- '$
dition is found in our throo storoa jj
now, not carriod ovor stock 5 a
varioty and plenty of it. (
Rooehs, Peet & Oo. "i
Prince and Broadway.
Warren and Broadnay. U
Thirty second and Broadway. '
AFTER RAIXE3 J, AW HOTELS. J
District Attorney Tlaekne Sara Tamporsvtsy '.
Partitions Will Not llo. c
District Attorney Backus of Brooklyn had Ihifl '
to say esterdsy In reference to the violations oi i
tho Haines law: si
"Tho wooden partitions are in violation oj
law. There must bo no partitions of any kind V
In the barrooms. Proprlstors of hotels have '
been notified, and lr after this they maintain i:
temporary screens or partitions they will be 5.
arrested and prosecuted. I Tho barrooms on -
Sunday must be the same size as on Saturdav. A
Minciny must be tbe same size as on Saturday. .
It will not do to put up a temporary partition ti
around tho bar, as many have done, and servo !
drinks In tho rear."
imniTVJix xuuxac rmt DaT. J
sunrises.-. SI I bun sets... 4 40 1 Moonsst.leea i
man waTaa thu dit. ','
Sandynook.lll3Oov.btUnd.ll431Baliaate IS- A
Arrived Moxdit, ffov. 0. A
Es Taurte. Smith. Queenstown Oct 01,
bstrlesland, Mckels, Antwerp Opt. St. i
Is Clrcastla, Bootbby. llsvllla OoL SO. t
Ea Mohawk, elates. London Oct SO. ,
as Hindoo. Douglass, Hull Oou 10. $
frs Tiverton. Gray. Hamburg Oct 17. ".
Bsleou. I ampe. Port Antonio. '
frs Yumurl, Boyoe, Havana. $
Is ltlo Uraude. Maples, Brunswick, Oa.
frs Ouyandotte, Walter, Norfolk. .
fihlp Lena, Allan, llemerara. S
BblpJ.D.BtschoCr, lints. London. ,
Barx (Irace Lvnwood. Ollley. Barbados. la
Bark E. c. Mowatt, Janstoourt, PhlUdalphU. 3
I For later arrivals see jrirst rate.) t
ABR1VZD OCT. j
Ss Kaate. from New York, at Cherboorr.
Bs Mannheim, from New York, at Shields. t
8 .Neulitrla. from .Sew Vork. at Marseilles. ''
Ss Peoonlc. from haw York, at Marseilles,
Ba Amaranth, rrom New York, at Falraout . $
Ss Idy Furnsss. rrom New Vorr, al Alios Bar, -
Ss Osoar IL. from Naw York, at St. Michael's.
Bs Meoemsba. from New York, at Sharpness. k
BsKrancUco, froajjfew York, at Hull. '
Ss Lndrats mil, from New Tork for London, passed '-'
Isle of VV laht.
bs Exeter City, from Naw York for Bristol, passed i
Brow Head .
6s California, from Xew York for Hamburg, passed
the Lizard t
bi ii. II. Meier, from Bremen for Sew Tork, passed
Bs Asloun, from Hong Kong for New York, at Aden f
sin-KD most rouios ront J
Ss Saw York, from Southampton for New Tork. ?
fcs State of Nebraska, froai Olascow f or Kaw YotaV,
ss V aaco. from Hull for Naw York.
Bs Manilla, from Naplss tor Netv York. '
Ba Euclid, from hantos for New Yon.
Bs Horrox. from Be. Lucia for New York. sS
Ea Button, from St. Lucia for New York. 'J,
Ba Onsen, from Para for hew York. J-mA :
EAn.cn from DOHcrno roars. ""tiSls3h
Bs El Paso from Port Eads for New Tort. sSS,!
Hs Leona. from Key Wast for Naw York. J
Bs bemlnots. from Charleston for N'aw York-. ;
Bs Old Dominion, from Itlchmoud for Naw York, t,
Sail Tu-Day jf
XaiUCtot. rVMelSaOL r!
Trave. Bremen T 00 A. M. 10.00 A. tt, S
Habana, Havana. 11 00 A. M. I 00 P. If, 2l
nnance. Colon 10 00A.M. 1I00M. t
Alus.Uaytl 10 00 A. M. 13 00M. f
Yumurl, Uavtl 1000A.M. HOOM.
El Sol, New Orleans .. 3.00 P. B. 1
Sail To-Jforroio. k
Ft. Paul, Southampton .... 7 00 A. M. 10 01 A. U, f
Britannic Llveroool D. 00A.M. 1S00M.
boordland, Antwerp 10.00A.M. 12:00M. ?-
Yumurl. Havana S.COP.ai,
Comanche. Charleston..... B 00 P. at. .
Comal. Galveston 8 00 P.M. '
Arkadla, Porto Hlco 00P.M. 4.00 P.M. j
Sail Thursdav. .Vol. 12. t
Fntrst Bismarck, Plymo'th 7:00 A. M. 101OOA.M. " :
CityotAas-usta Savannah SiOOP.M.
M lUo. New Orleans J.OOP. n. I
Due TO-Dou. i
l.ord Warwick Olbraltar Oct tS 31
Fl Dorado New Orleans -..Nov. 4 fj.
Ems Klbraltar. Nov. a ?
Louisiana New Orleans Nov. 0 f
Cllr of Augusta bavannab Nov. f f
6euilnole Jacksonville Nor. 7 i
Dut H'ldnndav. .You. IL l'
Majestic. . Llveroool .....Nov. A 'a
Orltaba Havana Nov. f 'T
Leona Galveston Nov. 4
iua Thursday. Abu. 12.
Alltr Bremen ....Kot. a i
Hekla .XhrlsUansana Oct So
Valencia. ... Colon ...Nov. S h
Bellarden Kt.Lucla. ...Nov. s l?
Idaho Hull Oct 31 -
Dut Friday. .oo. 13.
Lnranta Liverpool Nov. 7 ""
Urooklrn City Stvaniea Oct la
Horrox St l.uila Nov. 0 ,
Cherokee JacksonvUla. .;.... Nor. lo
Furope London Oct 31 i
Eieelslor NewOrleans Nov. T
His Saturday, .ot. 14. V
LaTouratne -....Havre .Nov. T K
Persia Hamburg ...Nov.
Mendnla Hamburg Oct 31 '
Marsala Havre -...Oct 31
Oleiiturrat Olbraltar Oct 31
bauflaEO Nassau Nor. 10 ,
Vus Sunday, .Yor. 13. ,
Terreatre Gibraltar Oct! ;
Soiurjs,3 -niitlrcjs. ";jj
Mr a. IVInelnvr'a Soothing hjnin for children ,
teething! aoftens tha gums, reduces Inflammation, at. t
lays pain, cures wind cotlo, diarrhoea. 20a a bottle. j
ITatat Burke's fall and winter stvles ready t every
hat guaranteed, popular prlcet 210 Broadway, eof.
I.lebls; Company's K-tract of Xleer. f
Annual sale over right million Jars. '
Funeral from tha residence of ber brother. Jamas
Brown. 10S3 3d ar , on Wednesday, at a P. M. '.
Itl UUALU- On Sunday, Nov, , of typhoid favar, 5
Edward C. Kimball, sou or the lata Ira A. KlmbalL 1
Funeral services ou Tuesday, Nov, 10, at Oo'clouk K
from the residence of bis brother In law, John &. f
James, d Plcrrepont st Brooklyn. Interment at 'A
tha convenience of the family.
M.VTTIIUIIW. -On Sunday, Nov, 8, Mary Matt-en, t
widow of bliupton Manners f
ltslatlves and friends are Invited to attend the
funeral services oa Tuesday at P.M. at 48?
HANK.1.N,-At Newport, It I, Nov, 9, Fraaels $
Huntington llankln, M. D , In the Hit year of bis n
Fuueral on Wednesday, Nor, 1 1 , at 1 P. M. from tha
United Congregational Church, .Newport '
VAN IICUEN.-At 111U Mary St., F.llrabath, N, J,
VMllic'liulua, widow of Jo iks Van llureo, lu bar
Hist rear or aie. ,
Notice of funeral hersafiar. V
VANU-ltllll.i'.-huldciily.onFrlday, Nov. 0, u i I
the liouii of her eldest dnui,htr bcarborougbsv 7 f
Hudson, Maria Louisa, ido of William II. Van '
derbllt und daughter of tho late I'.sr, Samuel 1
Funeral servhes will te held at St. Ilartholomaw'a l
Church, Madliou av. and 44th sc, Tuesday mora Si
Ing, Nor. H utlUoclisit wlatlvcs and friends ;
of the faintly are Invited to attend, il As kinder y
requentLil that u flutters be sent j
"rri:il .J.otirciS. j
"evtkv miii tiEit iiiid.i'vKi.irtXaiTio-a t i
Tc M ' It d "l e s , j ii iiei letsnei,, an 1 debility, ' ,
I Alllil.lt- ii V i 1 vLiAU ii un toihebalr .'
iirUflirjit'i Notices. )
D. L. MOODY
PltKSi IILslV ' v
4 Ulll-I.lt l MllN
TO-DAV. al lu A M. AMI illOP a,
IV.R. SANKEY '
WILL blMi. BLA1-U1-, COJC&