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THE ms SUNDAY JANUARY 1, 1911.
WHEN ALL PARIS PAYS UP
.:ir yi:mis mi rm: im.i.s
com: At uirr t:o otr.
Then the llarhclor Mint ltopa Ills Hlnnrr
Imitation Mllli CxpcinUo :ifl
The Credit ,.tem Applied to the
l.oser Noocltlc of Hie lloiwlwlil.
I'AIUS, Doc. 1(1. Thorn is a little con
fectionery shop in tlio lino Uutiuou, when1
they speak Knglish iiihI serve Ue cream
ttili j!t j!y your around.
It Is to this llttlo shop thnt Americans
In P'.'.7i5 must loot: for their Christmas
"l flw 'Vciir'u gluduoss, 1 icfer to
Tho Christmas fair enlivens the boule
vard, and mistletoe, holly mid grooncry
hip hawked about tin- streets. Hut
Christmas iscxclilsivolya little children's
religion feast ill Franco, while New
Year'sbut yon shall hear of New Year's.
Cooked oysters limy be hud after a
fashion at PrimierV: canned cranberries
and sweet corn may be procured ut several
HAT SOLACE ARE MINCE PIES IN A LAND WITH NO EXEMPTION
LAW. WHERE JUSTICE LEAVES THE DEBTOR ONLY A CHAIR. A
BED. A TABLE AND THE CLOTHES HE STANDS IN?"
international grocers; nuts, figs, raisins,
wtilti: grapes and celery aro plentiful,
while u properly stuffed turkey (bread
crumbs and not cloying forcemeat) is to
be "found with sweet potatoes and canned
corn only at certain expensive hotel and
restaurant holiday dinners.
But what solace are mince pies in n
land with no $3i) exemption law, where
Justice leaves the debtor only a chair, a
tied, a table, the utensils of his trade and
the clothes lie stands in?
New Year's Day in Paris is tho universal
paying up day of tho year, and the Ameri
can cannot get away from the bills that
come piling in.
In Paris every one pays and expect
to be paid on New tears Day.
All the old bills that have been jogging
through tho year pile on each other at
this moment. If you have an apartment
and furniture (especially if you are a
subscriber to the telephone and order
your supplies thereby) the furnishers take
it for granted that you are worthy of al
most unlimited credit.
With an eye to keeping your trade and
-I pfi not cot'NT Titr new year's Must.
I UN'S WHO MKH AN ri'HOAtt IN
FROST Oh thi: HOI hi: AM. day
without any plan on your part they let
things, run for month, so that at New
Year's the milkman, the baker, the laun
dry the grorer, the butcher, the coal
dealer who delivers daily by the wick he
i 'iu i m: your servant will not carry up four
flights, the i-hoemaker, the cleaner and
thedruggis will tend in bills toanumounl
which utterly surprises you, but which
you find to be exact on investigation.
They are tho small weekly expenses
which ought to be paid weekly. It is be
cause they are small that they nre ullowed
Take my laundress. She is a woman
of biibstfinee, possessing. i line house, laun
dry '""I lot f giound with a running
Ktream at I.o Voslnet, and a husband who
cornea in three times a week to play the
races, hen he is lucky he does not need
her laundry money. When he is unlucky,
nlin prefers to leave it safe in my hands.
Well, the man must be pretty unlucky.
All tho same she wants a big account on
It is tho same with tho butter and milk
dealer. In Paris, where the sale of milk,
butter, choose, and egga forms a nico little
retail business in Itself, there is particu
larly hot competition with regurd to mill:.
Obviously untHeptio milk is more easily
hold on credit.
Because of considerations easy to im
agine, then, the milk, butter, egg and
choose shopman is particularly anxious
to hold the trade 1m has acquired. You
cannot get weekly bills from him. and It
ib hard to get monthly bills. It is Hatter-
m OF COINS IN JEWELRY
mu: nisnxi rm.s.s ,n: 1:1. 1.1:11s
mi: 10 ons 1: 111 1:.
The l.nw strict mi the Mihject- Coins
Mustn't lie I'michcd or Cimnnnl. hut
Uy lie Cart i d p Cnln. In .lewclr)
f.o I'lipulnr .Now 'limn I'ormrrl).
The use of coins in jewelry is not so
popul'ir to-day lis it was once, s.iy the
JeveiJen. n crtholo- coins me still
used to KJlne extent in this way, .md ,t
is why III" jewellers woio a good deal
Interested in a leport Imm Jicnvcr te
Willy that out tlieie the loci) h(.;l, f
tile i-eoiei service liiid eceVcl otileiH
from the Treasury Department in Nash-
tnSf'll to t tint the Keder.il statute
regarding the defacement of ciuteut
coins was enforced.
Thin law-, which Is Section r,,m of tho
Itevlsed Statutes. lut bucnasoitol buga
boo for jewellers for many y.ir because
fro.n tune t l time the um ofceitaln conn
In lewelry has deen a Lid and not ever)
jeweller has been awarn just to wluit
extent it i-aiiie within Hie ,m jr
inbUnce, n man may have one of the old
cW 1ini1.11 and have a hankering to
YOU SEE, OF COURSE. THAT MONSIEUR GEORGE WOULD NOT DARE
TO SEND A RING OR BRACELET TO THE BLOOMING YOUNG MATRON
WHILE DE SCHNEIDER. BEING OLDER, MIGHT BRING HER A JEW
ELLED CHAIN OR HALF A DOZEN HAT PINS ON CONDITION THEY
ARE VERY NOVEL."
)ng to families, and permits them to spend
the milk money on taxi autos.
Your own servants too are innocently
in the conspiracy. They prefer that bills
shall run up becauso Uieir invariable com
mission of the sou in the frano (1 cent on
'.'0) seems greater when computed and
THE PARISIANS AIIP. NOT EXTRAVAGANT:
THBV AHESAVINll.SELF.DENYlNti, ONLY
THEY LOOSEN CP AT CERTAIN TIMES."
paid to them by tho shopman on bills of
good size. How is the poor girl to got, eaoh
dav. one-twentieth of a bill of 10 rents?
True, sho might ask for one cent every
oiner aay ; nut sne too nas ner pnae.
Item: On New Year's day the tele
phone is due.
Item: The gas bill is due.
'DRING. DRING! IT IS THE LETTER FACTOR. DRING, THE JANITOR.
DRING. THE CORNER POLICEMEN TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS.
DRING. THE PIANO TUNER."
Item: The electric light bill is due.
Item: Tho rent is due.
The telephone and rent are quarterly.
I 1 1 J . H '
' YES, HUT I MUST GIVE LOUISE, Ot'It OWN
SERVANT (illlL. ONE MONTH'S EXTRA
KM.Airt OR Mil'. WILL I'd' T Idlt THIIIT.
wear it on his watch chain. Thesimplest
way of doing this is to take it ton jeweller
and get him to punch a hole in it.
No doubt thero aro n good maiiv people
who would lie surprised at the curt re
fusal they would get from most jewellers
if such a request were made. Should a
jeweller accommodate you the secret
service man who caught you wearing that
ptinrtureil coin on your wntch chain
could put you in jail nnd tho jowellcr too,
and it wouldn't make a bit of difference
how old tho coin wiih you weie wearing.
Curiously enough you would bo in the
same class with the counterfeiter and tho
man who plugs coins.
Not long iigo when tho Lincoln cents
first came out some of the jcwnllers heie,
struck by the arthllu merit of thoeoinw
and the popularity tlieylmet with, thought
it would tie a nice thing lo mako use of
them as jewelry. Their idea was to gild
them to lie used for watch charms and
bloodies nnd pins.
'I hen homo of them hapiwuied to think
of tho law anil decided to find out how far
they could go. In lespotisn lo a letter
wnttcn to District Attorney Wise Mr.
Wi-csciit hack word that it was his habit
not to give opinions but to uct only on
complaints, but in tins rase for tho benefit
' of thu jewellers ho would Juat nuoU) tho
while the others, though monthly, often
mn into tho quarter
At Now Year's your tailor, who has
only sent you quarterly "statements"
through the twelvo months, expects
to he paid through a uniformed bank
runner, whom It in hard to refuso because
ho needs all tho money ho can scrapo
together to meet these same, colossal
New Year's expenses These fonnidablo
bank runners are the hardest hearted
old vetorntis they can tlnd, proof against
cajolement and promises.
Add subscriptions to magazines and
the bookseller's account, pow rent and
your newspaper bill and you will then
I -a properly stuffed turkey ts found
ONLY AT CURTAIN EXPENSIVE HOTEL
begin to see how tough a Parisian New
Year's Day may be. It is well oalled
lo Jour de I'An, "the Hay of tho year!"
I owe these debts? I ought to pay them?
Yes. But what of New Year's presents?
I must give Louise, our servant, one
month's oxtra salary, $11 In cash, onNew
Year's Day. I must give $10 to the jani
tor; a small gift for a cheap apartment
Such is the universal practice.
I must give tl to each servant whom
I meet lit each house where I dine through
out the year. They lay In wait and keep
tab on us.
Tho soliciting of New Year's presents
begins with the postman armed with
"We are tho four letter factors," they
said lost year to the valet of one Amer
ican in Paris known to bo liberal. In
our apartment house we receive but four
oltogether, two letter men, one news
paper man and one prospectus man.
Kach wishes you a "good and happy
one," meaning a good and happy New
Year, Each offers you a calendar. Ten
francs to each
Dring! Dring! "It's the piano tuner,"
says the servant "How much does he
take, Ixjuis?" "Ten francs, Monsieur.
Dring! Dring! "It's the telegraph boy.
"Well, hand mo the despatch."
"There is no despatrh Ho has como
for hi" etrenne "
You find that he represents the tele-
I graph boys of your post office sub-dis-
I trict, and prudence warns you that it is
well not to give them a grievance
"How much, Louise?"
I "Ono dollar, monsieur "
I I)i lug! Dring! "It Is the sewer man."
Dring' Dring! Dring' The defile is now
in full march up and down the stairs the
girl who brings uu your bread every morn
ing, the boy who brings up tho milk and
i butter and tho man who lugs up tho coal.
It is only proper to givo them 10 francs
: each Most fairly well to do peoplo givo
I them ;n francs or more.
t Again the bell sounds and the servant
comes, apologetic: "Monsieur, it's the
' sweepers "
! They are the street sweepers, and tlioy
get n dollar each if thro are two of them',
law to them. The law ho quoted says that
any person commits acrimowho"fraudu
lently, by any art, way or means defaces,
mutilates, impairs, diminishos, falsifies,
scales or lightens" thu gold and silver
coins of th United States, While this made
no mention of copper coins Mm jewellers
concluded not to emliolllsh the popular1
Lincoln cents In any way and there tho
It often happens that somebody digs
up a gold or silver coin of ancient vintage
und gets a desiro to have his monogram
nicely engraved on it for use as an orna
ment. Jewellers frequently get requests
to do such work, but here again tho law
comes in. Cutting a monogram on a
coin lightens it mid again brings you
into the class of thoso who laniHr with I
tho currency. j
On tho other hand, suppose you asked u ,
jeweller to cut a gold dollar in tho shape
of u diamond and make a stick pin out
of it. This ho would gladly do and with
such a pin in your scarf you could walk
into tho Treasury Building at Washing
ton itself without fear of molestation.
Of courso you would huvo lightened
your gold piece, but you would also havo
destroyed it completely as a coin, In a
hard up moment you couldn't use your
slick pin for carfare as you could your
or f0 cents apiece when there are four or
Iist New Year's Day there came also
to my apartment: (a) A boy representing
the plumber "of tho houso"; (b) a man
representing the firm of electrlo light
litters and fixture dealers that had made
tho installation six months previously;
(o) the man who waxes the floors (a
specialist who ought to "function" onco
a month In every Paris apartment); (d
the llttlo girl who brings the newspapers
from the stand every morning; (e)and old
woman who collected for scavengers of
our street, and (f, g. h), throo different
pairs of sisters soliciting glftn to chari
table Institutions I do not count tho Now
'CHRISTMAS IS EXCLUSIVELY A CHILDREN'S
ItELiniOUS TEAST IN FRANCE."
Year's musicians who make an uproar in
front of the houso all day. Between times
there arrU'es tho sagged "friend of other
days" the only social Now Year's caller
I havo exaggerated nothing; and for
those who pretend to any kind of social
life the heaviest obligations remain to be
stated. No ono begrudges these poor
people their New Year s graft It is true
their nerve would entitle them to full
club privileges in any band of Bed Hav
ogers; but remember that they do not
so much solicit Kiftn as collect the annual
dividend duo to them by society, under
paid stragglers in a cruel capital The
real New Year's gifta havo taken In the
last ten years in every rani: of Parisian
society the character of a veritable
calamity for all but tho rich.
An unmarried man who is invited to
"IH'TWEEN TIMES THERE ARRIVES THE
FRIEND OF OTHER DAYS THE ONLY
SOCIAL NEW VI'.AIt'SCAI.LER EXTANT."
dinner onco or twlco a week ought now
adays, if he wishes to do the proper thing,
to consecrate a couple of thousand franc
notes to his Now Year's gifts. Ten years
ago tho usage limited ItFcif to a bag of
chocolates or other bonbonB signed by
ono of several fashionable confection
ers Price, 13 francs ($2 40), It was
the nccompllshmnt of a simple act of
politeness, an amiable, fashion of sending
one's good wishes not completely dry.
The times have changed To-day the
man who does not send his chocolates
in n corhcillo costing LI louis or in a fancy
watch rlmrin with your initials on It. ,
In one case Undo Sam wouldn't have a
word to Miy and in the other case lie could
clap you in Jail. All of which shows how
careful the jewellers have had to be in tho
many years that havo passed since the
Government made laws to protect its.
"Wo don't have much trouble with this
law now from tho jewellers," said Hichard
II. Taylor, tho new head of tho local secret
service, the other day. "I don't remember 1
when tho last arrest was mado for Mils
Hort of tiling. That is becauso tho Jowollers
some years ago were thoroughly Informed
as to the law and Just how far they could 1
go toward making coins Into jewelry.
"Hut while that is so wo am always on '
tho watch, and should wo catcli any ono
wearing a punctured coin or a coin used
in such a way that it could still ls passed
as a coin wo would enforce tho law, I
haven't i revived any special instructions
lately from Washington about this, but
(hero's tho law, and that's nil thero is to
say about it."
Ono concern in the Maiden la no dis
trict has for yeurs made a specialty of
making coins into jewelry, but it is done
in a way that doesn't disturb Uncle Sam
a bit. This concern lute a process by
which the head ou a coin is driven out.
"NO ONE BEGRUDGES THESE POOR PEOPLE THEIR NEW YEAR'S GRAFT.
ALTHOUGH THEIR NERVE WOULD ENTITLE THEM TO FULL
MEMBERSHIP IN ANY BAND OF RED RAVAGERS."
contrivance of rare silk, gold braid and
lace Is looked on by pampered dames
as nothing better than a "plgnouf" of
tho first class. "If this ruinous excess
cannot be checked," remarks an editorial
writer in a recent Echo de Varln, "tho
gallant man will soon feel himself obliged
"AND YOUR TAILOR EXPECTS TO HE PAID
THROUGH A UNIFORMED DANK RUN
NER. WHOM IT IS HARD TO REFUSE."
to send his marrons glace or chocolates
In Louis XV, silverware, costing its weight
As to time of payment, you may take
your choice New Y'ear's or Easter.
Some smart young men avoid tho
crushing liability by bringing a bouquet
each time they lunch or dino. It is tho
cash system versus oxpensivo credit.
I saw a mother and daughter scratch off
four such on their list.
"They always send flowers, little
"True, cherio cocotte!" replied mother.
Of fourteen other dinner guests six
had como down expensively last Easter.
"They'll bring candy." mused mamma.
"Or surprise boxes," said Suzanne
Such surprises can bo most amusing.
Ono little porcelain box will contain
miniature painted bronzes for tho mantel,
tiny pigs, cats, roosters. Thero aro little
girls and big who have a vast collec-
I tion of them, truo art objects. Another
will have a parasol handle in gilt and
enamel or cut rock crystal. And another
I will surprise them with a silver buckle
' or a tiny book or llttlo objects in bur
There ore men who collect inexpensive
trifles for Now Year's or Easter surprises
three months in advance. They nre
bibelot fiends, who enjoy a first pleasure
of their own in buying. Then they keep
thorn carefully locked tip against tho
day of need.
"Llttlo blue bird, there aro eight men
who did not split themselves last Easter,"
mused mamma. "They ought to send
WITH AN EYE TO KEEPING YOUR TRADE THEY LET BILLS RUN UP
FOR MONTHS. SO THAT AT NEW YEAR'S THE MILKMAN. BAKER,
LAUNDRY. GROCER. BUTCHER, COAL DEALER. SHOEMAKER,
CLEANER. DRUGGIST, CONFECTIONER AND BAZAR MAN SHOWER
BILLS ON YOU. "
They ought, or as Suzanne knows well.
. they will 1m transferred from tho dinner
, to the tea list. To the child it seems only
ljust and honest. Suprxv.e that you oat
six of their dinners in tho year. You aro
a bachelor. Do ycu wont to nsk them to
smart restaurants in return? If you dine
' out muoh you can certainly mako com
i binations to clear up a lot of debts; but
I there are always sets that will not mix.
j You'll find it more expensive than to
send nice things at Now i ear's,
Six dinners given by tho mamma of
Suzanne, say they are worth $3 each,
total $18. Pay rt back at one of the two
dates or get prepared for aftemoontea,
New Year's calls have gone out, scat
, tered through the year in lit'lo "teas" or
"days" or "afternoons" when mudame
puts on a smart afternoon frock, gets in
In this condition tho heads aro mounted
on pins and made up in brooches and
charms, even ten cent pieces being used.
By tho process tho piece is destroyed as a
coin. Before embarking on this, how
over, tho concern took pains to boo that it
camo within the law.
One of tho novelties in a downtown
inwelrv storo is a locket the cover of
which id made of one of tho old trado ,
dollars. It is opened by n secret sprlnif,
which helps to mako it sell. The beauti
ful design of the old trado dollar helps
to mako this unattractive novolty.andyet
it does not violate the law because the coin
is simply fitted Is and has in no way been
tampered with. But whllo it would seem
to bo impossible to pass it us a coin made
up as it is, nevertheless it lias been dono.
"Some yean ago," said the jeweller who
showed one of these lockets to a SUN
reporter, "wo had a customer on the
lookout for a novelty, and ho bought ono
of these to take homo with him as a
present to his little girl. A month later
lie camo in and inquired if wo had any loft.
"What do you think?' ho said. 'I
put that thing in my trousers pocket nnd
gave it to a conductor in a crowded trollev
car by mistake for a real dollar. I didn't
discover it until I'd got my change and
got off Mm car.'
"Koitunately wo had somoleft and ho
bought, another. Of courso ho was out
quite little, and I guess the conductor
was too, Thero was 05 cents worth of
silver in it and tiiat's all, hut tho man
had naid a good deal more than that
lor n. ,
'NEW YEAR'S CALLS HAVE GONE OUT SCATTERED THROUGH THE
YEAR IN LITTLE TEAS OR DAYS OR AFTERNOONS. EVEN
PARIS BUSINESS MEN FREQUENT THESE TEAS.
little iced cakes, candled fruits, a big
brioche loaf, tea and sweet wines.
Even Paris business men go to these
teas. Men of the same sets meet; wives
taking interest in their husbands' affairs
try combinations; young men with ideas
I MUST GIVE 1 TO EACH SERVANT WHOM
I MEET IN EACH HOUSE WHERE I DINK
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. THEY LIE IN
WAIT AND KEEP TAB ON US."
meet capital; a word Is dropped, an ap
pointment mode. These teas become a
kind of neutral, non-committal ground,
yet often fruitful.
And men who have other interests;
seeking decorations, publishers, wives,
'MONSIEUR, IT'S THE SWEEPERS. THEY GET SI EACH WHEN THERE
ARE TWO OF THEM. OR FIFTY CENTS APIECE IF THERE
ARE FOUR OR FIVE."
While the law says that coins must not
bo mutilated a good many Jewellers t re
quentlv put good gold eagles into their
melting pots. Tho very scarf pin you wear
may have been made out of a gold piece
taken right out of the mint and molted
down by a manufacturing jeweller, in
doing this ho doesn't render himself liable
under tho law, necauso no nu vni jh mu
tually destroyed the coin as a .coin.
(Some manuiaciuring jmnreio i""v
to get gold coin rather than bar gold,
becauso there is no question as to tho
fineness of tho gold. It has been estimated
that every woek thero is taken out of cir
culation by tho jewellers and dentists
about 25,000, Tho Treasury officials
have never been ablo to computo the
amount exact ly and t ho st eady wit hdrawul
of gold for this purpose has mado it im
possible for tho Treasury Department
ever to tell Just how much coin is in cir
culation at ony ono tlmo. Only approxi
mate figures can bo given in tho weekly
Thero oven oroso a question among tno
Jowollers at one timo as to whether this
molting down or gold coin didn't como
dangerously near to a violation of Sec
tion 0,450, This wus a good many yearH
ago, howovor, and at a timo when a simi
lar report was spread about regarding a
stricter enforcement of tho law The
matter was laid before the Treasury of
ficials and Maurice D. O'C'onnell, the
solicitor for the Treasury Department,
decided that ft was entirely permissible.
"I know of no law," said he in an opin
ion, "making it criminal to melt ths gold
military dispensations, academlo honor,
new flirtations, who knows, frequent the
teas where they hopo to make ooaMo
Mons with the desired objeot.
"Last Now Yoar's Monsieur QeorgM
gave me my ring watch," mused Bueobm.
"And Monsieur do Schneider sent you
your long chain in an enamelled egg at
Thus two enlightened young men were
promoted from tho tea list to tho dinner
list, whero opportunities for pushing on
aro far greater. They had to use not only
cash but also taot. You boo of course that
Monsieur Georges would not dare to send
a ring or a bracolot to tho blooming young
matron; whllo Do Schneldor being older
might bring her a jewelled chain or half a
dozen hatpins on condition tlioy are very
"I thought, madamo, you might per
haps not havo seen thcml' will make
hat or stiokpins, jewelled parasol handles,
powerful yet tiny opera glasses or gold
purses or gold and enamel powder boxes
or a gold ploco holder seem a correot Now
Safer still for young men who deeire
to give yet not "pay court" ore objects
whoso considerable price does not appear
at flrt glanco Very lino morooco purees
or cord cases, platinum edged, are accept
able; Copenhagen ware figurines or cups
and saucers, vases or cute animals in
H&vrcs porcelain. Madame, taking a
third or fourth glance at them, will guess
The Parisians are not extravagant.
They are saving, self-denying. Only
they loosen up at consecrated times.
Still profounder, it is systematizing and
bookkeeping for all sorts of family debts
and social obligations.
Last Now Year's Day an American
girl, married to one of the noblo names
of France, thought of a delicate device
for offering a thousand frano note to one
of the poor relations of her noble husband.
The poor relation was a struggling old
maid, as proud as Lucifer's sister, who
was known to deprive herself unceasingly
of necessary things in order to keep up
The noblo old maid, therefore, received
the day before New Y'ear's a magnificent
silk bag of bonbons.
"It's from the American girl," she
sighed, and put it carefully by, never
dreaming that there might be a thousand
franc note at the bottom of it. Poor
Mile, de X., let us call her, continued to
sigh as she made up her own list of gilts
to be made. "Hut it Is my ruin that I
am preparing at this moment," sho said
to herself. Then, suddenly inspired, she
exclaimed: "Why shouldn't I send this
splendid bag of bonbons to Mme. de O.,
to whom I really owe something hand
some? No one would know it."
So sho sent the bag of bonbons with
the 1,000 frano note in tho bottom of it
to Mme. do G untouched. Mme. de G.
(likewise inspired) sent it to the Mar
quise do II., who had it carried to Mile,
do T., who presented it to the Countess
de K., who returned it to the original
old maid, Mile, do X., Lucifer's sister, for
whoso financial relief It had been loaded.
At first It shocked her a little to get it
back. Then she laughed softly and un
tied the ribbons for the first time, saying:
"I can enjoy the chocolates now with
a clear conscience."
Three days later, when she had eaten
to tho bottom of the bag, she fainted
There, folded in its little comer, was the
1,000 frano note. "Merciful heaven! she
gasped as sho camo to It, "what a provi
"One or them might have kept it?"
queried her gossip.
"Worse." answered the proud old girl;
"they m'ght havo tried to return itt"
coin of tho United States to be used in
tho arts and for other purposes,"
Some years ago when bungles with
coins attached wore popular the Treasury
officials had occasion, to warn the jewel
lers, some of whom attached the coins
to the bangles by boring holes in them.
Now if you desiro to havo coins rigged up
in that fashion or attached to your watch
chain tho jeweller will fasten something
to the coin to hang it on by.
Where the quill Pen Survives.
from thr London Chronicle.
Quill pens, as an official correspondent
explains, survive in Cioverament offices si
outward and visible signs of officialism, U(m
blue paper and red tape. In the courts they
are indispensable, for who can Imagine
counsel taking a note with a steel pen or
uslnu it to point at a witness or to give em
phasis to an argument? Hut the art of
mending nuills is almost lost, and probably
ninety-nino out of a hundred readers who
attempted to "nib" one after the manner
of Dothehoys Hall would succeed only in
cut ting their thumbs,
Tho use of quill pens is by no means coa
fined to (loveinment offlces. Several ell
known novelists still stick to tho quill: It is
indeed Iho only rltliitr Implement with any
personality-If It i refractory you can coax
it. The mending of a null! docs not require
much practice and you can buy for a few
shillings a llttlo machine that does It for
you bountifully. ou may easily wrllo
IS.ooo words with ono quill, nisuding It
four times, which elves six quills W lbs