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READY FORTHE PLAY
All tlie Pittsburg Theaters
Benovated and Eedec-
orated for the
OPENING OF- THE SEASON.
Large Sams Spent in Mating Many
THE BIJOU'S KSW DROP CURTAIN.
Dnnesne and Grand Fixed Over and the
SOME OP THE ATTRACTIONS BOOKED
Iili the theaters
will soon be
the robin in the
spring the the
atrical o o m -panies
t o Pittsburg
in the fall.
There ore few
better cities in
the conn try,
and the stay of
a week here is
very refreshing to comedian and tragedian,
especially after a siege of one-night stands
in Ohio o'r the wilds of "West Virginia. The
play houses are being put in order for their
reception, and the box offices have been
widened for the influx of gold.
rreparlDjr for the "Winter Spason.
Every theater in Pittsburg will be in full
blast in another month. It is the first sign
that the summer is fleeting, and that the
winter, with its mantle of snow and sluh,
will soon be here. The Duquesne Theater
closed about Hay 1, and the Grand Opera
House, Bijou, Alvin, Harry "Williams'
Academy and the two museums followed
suit during the first week of June. Since
then Harris' Theater has been the only one
furnishing amusement for the public on the
When the different houses are thrown
open this fall patrons will be surprised at
the changes and improvements that have
been wrought Altogether between 540,000
and 550,000 have been spent by the man
agers touching np and beautifying the in
teriors of the houses. It shows that Pitts
burg is either a first-class theatrical town
or it is an example of what keen competi
tion will accomplish. Pedestrians as they
Scenic Artists at Work.
no idea what was going on behind the
ISrlshtentag Up the Day nouses.
Painters and scenio artists have been
daily passed the closed and cheerless doors
of the theaters during the hot weather had
A KNIGHT OF
9 1& A "-
WRITTEN FOR THE DISPATCH
BY FLORENCE MARRYAT,
Author of "Fighting the Air," "Her Father's Name,"-Love's Con
flict," "Veronique," Etc, Etc.
It was at the close of a lovely summer's
day that a girl was seated on a grassy knoll
in a garden in Devon, gazing pensively and
with just the suspicion of a tear in her eye
at the scene before her.
It was a beautiful prospect In front
were green pastures sloping down to the
yellow sands, over which the creamy waves
ran smoothly to their own sweet, rippling
music To either side were rich fields and
vegetation, and the back of the cottage, to
w hich the garden belonged, was protected
by grand old trees, now in their fullest
foliage. Over her head drooped a magnifi
cent chestnut; and she sat there, surrounded
by.fiowers of every hue, so generous is the
warm mother earth In kindly Devon. But
her surroundings had no power to mar her
beauty. Graceful and languid, with a
supple figure and a fair face, from which
her large hazel eyes looked forth like those
of a startled deer, Cynthia Needhani formed
a fitting center piece for the beauties of
nature that encompassed h'er.
She was dressed very simply, even poor
ly; but that circumstance seemed to make
her uncommon beauty all the more start
ling. Her frock of washed-out brown Hol
land was snch a contrast to the anburn hair
that flowed loosely over it; her country
shoes made the sleoderness of the little feet
stretched put upon the grass still more ap
parent, lideed.few peopld would ever have
00k ed twice at Cynthia's clothes who had
looked once in Cynthia's face, with its deli
cate features and perfect rose-leaf coloring.
So evidently thought a young man who
leaned against the trunk of the chestnut
tree, and gazed down upon her, as she sat
there with a tennis racquet in her hand,
and kept her eyes fixed steadily upon the
"What a perfect summer we have had,"
said Cynthia presently and with a little
sigh, "there has not been a single contre
temps to mar our happiness, has there?"
".Not one," replied Granville Mostyn,
busy plying the brush and expert paper
hangers have covered dingy walls with the
brightest colors. New seats hate been pat
in some of the auditoriums, the latest de
vices and machinery have been added to the
stages and much has been done to please
the eye and make people comfortable. All
this costs money, as the managers who foot
the bills know, but a grateful publio
will replenish their coffers with
profit The time never was when
Pittsburg had such beautiful theaters as at
present To cap the climax the wealthy
owners of the world's Museum over in Al
legheny promise to build one of the largest
play-houses in America next spring. It will
be located on the site of the museum, which
will be torn down. The museum people
had some trouble in getting a long lease on
the ground, bat it was finally .secured for 20
years. It will be a theater for the people,
and popular prices of 10, 20 and 30 cents
will be charged.
Worked Through the Heated Term.
The managers haven't had much of a pic
nic this summer. They always have plenty
of work to do and little time for plar when
the doors are closed. Manager MeCnllough,
of the Duquesne, has been here the bulk of
the time during June and July. He paid
several visits to Chicago, and this was the
extent of his vacation. " The genial press
agent, Harry Schwab, has been in Mt
Clemens for the last two weeks, where he
went for the benefit of his health. Manager
"Wilt, of the Grand Opera House, with his
family, is in Atlantic City. He will be
home next Monday evening. G L. Davis and
Manager Hyde, of the Alvin, are in New
York. Thev are expected to return
in a few weeks. Mr. Davis, by the way,
has msde arrangements to play "Alvin
Joslyn" for 20 weeks this season. He
will'confine himself to the cities with week
stands. Mr. Hyde has fixed up the route,
and Mr. Davis will take the road again in
the latter part of October. Like Charles
Lamb who longed for the day when he could
quit keeping books and straightaway when
relieved wished he was back again in the
counting room, so Davis is glad to be at his
old job once more.
AVon the Favor at rittsburger.
This will be E. J. McCullough's third
year in Pittsburg as Manager ot the Du
quesne. He is a very intelligent, cour
teous young man, and has grown up in the
theatrical business. He has had consider-
A Peep in a Property Room,
able experience on the road with com
panies, -and has made a studv of theater
coing people in all the large cities.
Naturally he has been a close observer of
Pittsburgers, and yesterday he pointed out
some of their peculiarities.
"In this city," he said, "the largest at
tendance is not on the first night I have
been puzzled to account for it Instead of
Judging the merits of a show for themselves
they wait for the verdict of the
newspapers and those who have been there.
However, the people want a first-class per
formance, or the attendance flattens out at
once. It is the stage and what is put on it
that makes a theater, and when these are
satisfactory the public is easily pleased.
Now, in Chicago and San Francisco, the
people are great 'first nighters.' The
theaters in those cities are packed at the
opening, and if the play is not up to their
ideas they don't go back. There is a good
deal in training, and I notice that Pitts
burgers are gradually taking to the first
night plan. The performance then is really
the best The actors know that the critics
are in the audience, and they do their, best
to earn a notice.
Everybody Is Treatrd Alike.
"No favoritism is permitted in a first
class theater, and with us in the sale of
tickets the first come are the first served.
Occasionally when the house was crowded
a few would imagine that tickets were
being held back for others, but the people
are getting to understand now that when
they ask for a good seat they get it, and not
many of our patrons want to see the board.
Thev know about where the seats are lo
cated, and that is sufficient These are
some of the few peculiarities of the public
I have discovered in Pittsburg."
"Will the coming season be a good one?"
'That is hard to tell. I don't think the
strikes will injure business to any extent
The PreBidentai election comes this fall,
and theatrical managers always dread these
exciting times. There are three things that
hurt us Lent, rain and eleotions, and yet
we did very well during Holy "Week last
season. Pittsburg is a good theatrical
eagerly. "It has been quite remarkable.
Not a rainy picnic, nor a postponed party,
and no quarrels. It has been the best time
I have ever had. Fancy! being obliged to
leave it alL"
"Do you go very soon?" asked the girl.
"The day after to-morrow. I would put
it offif I could, but it is unavoidable. My
mother is ill, and my father says I have
been absent too long already. Indeed, I
only came with the intention of staying a
fortnight at the castle, and I have stayed
over two months. You know what has
made it impossible for me to tear myself
The girl colored faintly and replied:
"You are sure to return, some day?"
"It aepends upon you whether I do so,
"Upon me? "
"Of course. You cannot pretend not to
have seen my feelings for you not, I may
say, to have riven me a little encourage
ment in return. "What does all the happi
ness of our meetings; the depression during
our separation; the bliss of being together
mean, if it does not mean love!"
"Oh, stop, Granville Mr. Mostyn you
must not speak to me like that."
"But that is just how I must speak to you
how I am bound to speak to you," replied
the young man, as he threw himself on the
crass beside her, and got possession of her
hand. "Cynthia! you know. I love you.
Every look of my eyes lor the last month
has told you so. What are you going to
give me in return?"
"I can give you nothing. It is ungener
ous to ask me. You know that I am already
eagaged to be married."
"To a man yon don't care for. It is a mar
riage that must sever be. Give me the as
surance of your lore and that matter Is easily
"It is impossible it cannot be. Captain
O'Neil would never release me."
"Then he must be a cad, and you must re
lease yourself. You haven't seen the fellow
for a year, and most likely you will never
tee him again, Say you will be ,iiy wife,
town, one of the best for population in the
The Duquesne Theater will open early
in September. The exact date or the pro
duction have not been decided upon. Mr.
Henderson thinks an early closing and late
opening pavs best The Henderson Bros.,
of New York, will begin about the' middle
of August to redecorate the house. The the
ater Is new, and won't need much improve
ment Mr. Henderson thinks the colors are
too dark for the best effect, and the decora
tions will be pretty and light
Three Terr Important Chances Made.
Three changes will be made in the light
Ins in the auditorium and on the stage.
The effect will be to make everything
brighter. The house will be thoroughly
cleaned and recarpeted. The quality of the
attractions will be better than ever. The
aim is to get the best actors and produc
tions. The following list of attractions for
the Duquesne during the coming season
A Big List of Attractions.
speaks for Itself: Mrs. Bernard Beers, Mod
jetka, Fanny Davenport, Stewart Bobson,
William H." Crane, the Bostonians, Ameri
can Extravaganza Company in "All
Baba, Jr., or the Forty Thieves,"
Hoyt's "Texas Steer," Russell's Comedians,
Hoyt's "A Temperance Town," "Wilson
Barrett, "A Trip to Chinatown," Neil
Burgess, Francis Wilson Opera Company,
De Wolf Hopper Opera Company, Margaret
Mather, Nat Goodwin, Isle of Champagne
Opera Company, Digby Bell Opera Com
pany in "Jupiter," E. S. Willard, Pitou
Stock Company, Agnes Huntington Opera
Company and others.
A. Hamlin has been appointed treasurer
for the Duquesne instead of Mr. Berg.
The balance of the force will continue.
Last evening the first note of the orches
tra for the theatrical season of 1892-93
echoed through the Bijou Theater. Dock
stader's minstrels was the attraction.and the
merry joke went hurtling over the
footlights, while the sweet singers sat
and wait for their turn to please the audi
ence. There has been the usual summer
renovation at most of the playhouses in
the city, but it is safe to say that the
changes in the Bijou are much greater this
year than in any other Pittsburg theater.
Chances at tho I) joa Theater.
Manager Gulick says that he has spent
$12,000 in the Bijou Theater this summer,
and it is very easy to believe him when one
looks over the Interior and sees the impro ve
ments that have been made. The tone of
the houso is very light, white and gold pre
vailing everywhere, from the street to the
curtain line. The lobby has been retiled,
the walls covered .vith new lincrusta Wal
ton, in white and gold, and 200 extra in
candescent lights nave been put in. The
lobby, like the rest of the interior, is a
blaze of light when the current Is on full.
In the auditorium and foyer new carpets of
old gold have been laid, the soft brussels
dead ening every sound of feet, so that
there will be no annoyance from late-comers
to those already seated.
The list of attractions at the Bijou com
prises most of the latest successes of the
theatrical world, besides a number of new
plays that come recommended either on ac
count of their authors or company, or both.
They include the Francis Wilson Opera
Company, "Hoss and Hoss," "Across the
Potomac," "Aunt Bridget's Babv;" Robert
Mantell, In his new play, "The Face in the
Moonlight," "The Operator," "The Daz
zler," "The Power of the Press," John I.
Sullivan, in "That Boy From Boston,"
"O'Dowd's Neighbors," "The Limited
Mail," James J. Corbett, in "Gentleman
Jack," Frank Daniels, in a new produc
tion, "Yon Yonson," Annie Pixlev, in her
new plays, "A Fair Rebel," "Under the
Lion's Paw," Bartlev Campbell's "White
Slave" and "Siberia," John T. Kelly, in
"McFee, of Dublin," "After Dark," with a
distinct novelty, "Mavourneen," Oliver
Byron, Bobby Gavlor, in "Sport McAllis
ter," C. A. Gardner, in '"Fatherland,"
Harry Williams' Farce-Comedy Company,
in "Bill's Boot," Tony Farrell, in "My
Colleen," Donnelly and Girard, in "Nat
ural Gas," "the Power of Gold," "My
Jack," the great labor plav, "Under
ground," P. F. Baker, in "Dutoh Cour
age," Ezra Kendal, in "A Pair of Kids,"
A New Drop Curtain Put In.
Men have been working night and day
getting the theater ready for the opening
to-morrow night, and it is with consider
able satisfaction that Manager Gulick sees
everything ready for the reception of the
audience. When the pretty theater is
thrown open to the publio it is confidently
expected that the expressions of amazement
as well as satisfaction will be general.
Never since the Bijou Theater was evolved
and Mr. Needham will see that Captain
O'Neil does not annoy you further."
Cynthia looked terribly alarmed.
"You must not sneak to papa about it.
He would be dreadfully angry with me. He
is very fond of Lucius O'Neil, and thinks
the world of him."
"And you think nothing of me, ap
parently," said young Mostyn, turning
away with a look of offense.
"O, indeed I do, Granville. More, a great
deal, than I ought. I am a very unhappy
girl," replied Cynthia, weeping.
His answer was to get closer to her and
kiss her cheek. She colored violently, and
moved away from him. She was not angry.
but she was powerfully moved. What was
Lucius O'Neil, far away with his regiment
in the Soudan, to her at that moment, com
pared with this handsome, fascinating
Granville Mostyn, who had been dangling
about her all the summer. Her blushes and
her silence emboldened the young man.
"Be brave, my darling," he whispered.
"Break off this hateful engagement, and let
us be all in all to one another."
"If I only could," sighed Cynthia.
"There's nothing easier. No one can
compel you to marry a man against your
wilL Write and say you're sick of waiting
for him, and wont wait any longer. If he's
got any pride he won't worry you after
"Oh, Granville, yop tempt me so hardly,"
she began, when the voice of her father was
heard calling her name.
The young people rose to their feet, and
Cynthia brushed her tears away as she ad
vanced to meet the old man.
"Hullo," he exclaimed, in a most particu
larly cordial voice, as he caught sight of
Mostyn. "You are here, are you? Now
Cynthia," he continued, to his daughter,
"say goodby to your friend and go in to
your mother. She's been waiting for you
tor the last hour;" and at this broad hint
Granville Mostyn was obliged to bid them
both farewell and turn his face toward- the
"What's that young fellow loafing abont
here for?" inquired Mr. Needham, some
what surlily, as he walked back to the cot
tage with his daughter. "He seems an idle,
good-for-nothing young gentleman. He'd
better not let Lucius catch him dangling
after you that's all or he'll not have a
whole bone left in his body."
"O, papal how'can you say such things?"
exclaimed " Cynthia, indignantly. "Mr.
Mostyn is going home the day after to-morrow.'
"All the better," returned the old man,
brutally as it seemed to her, though she dare
not say so. '
The Needhams were not rich, and Cyn
thia was their only child, consequently the
was almost always in their presence, and
had little time for. brooding by herself.
They were very proud of bn engagement
from old. Library Hall has there been inch
a thorough revolution made in the house.
Not only has the auditorium received par
ticular attention, but the stage has been
cared for in every possible way, and it is to
day one of the most convenient and thor
oughly fitted up stages in the country.
Manager Gulick has paid particular atten
tion to the lighting arrangements, and it is
with pardonable pride that he says he will
have the most brilliantly illuminated thea
ter in the country this season.
The new curtain of the Bijou is magnifi
cent The scene is taken from a Spanish
picture representing a flower sale. George
Jenks takes Colonel Sam Dawson's place as
Manager Wilt, of the Grand Opera House,
is in Atlantic City, but bis theater was
open for inspection. He has spent about
$8,000 for new decorations and other im
provements. Everything was selected for
the effect at night and the oolors were com
bined under the gas light
Old Gold and Maroon Upholstering;
The boxes and proscenium aroh were re
done in maroon and old gold. The walls of
the auditorium are covered with paper of
white, blue and old gold tints. The gallery
fronts were retouched. New carpets have
been laid in the lobby, and the entrance has
been handsomely decorated in crinkle and
stucco. The wainscoting has been replaced
with Tennessee marble. The front ot the
house, including the figure of Shakespeare
is to be painted a light sandstone color, and
a number of new lights to brighten up the
entrance will be put in. Mr. Wilt claims
when he completes his work that he will
have one of the brightest and neatest play
houses in the States. The foyer also was
looked after, and additional lights and new
scenery has been supplied for the stage.
One of the features for the season will be
the orchestra. The best musical talent has
been hired, and the music will be something
fine, better than ever before. Popular
prices will be charged, and Mr. Wilt prom
ises that under no condition will the rates
be raised. The Grand Opera House may be
opened August '15 with an opera company,
or Primrose and West will initiate the
season August 25. The opening date will
not be later. The list of attractions will in
clude O'Neil, "Superba," the Hanlons,
"The Pay Train," "White Squadron,"
"Fire Patrol," "Eight Bells," "Midnight
Alarm" and many others of the best qual
ity lor the prices.
The Alvin Theater Completed.
Of course it won't be necessary to do much
with such a complete and beautiful theater
as the Alvin. Press Agent Gordon stated
that the house would open September 5 with
"TheWife"and"Charity Ball"on the boards.
He did'n know the order in which they
would appear, but both plays will be given
during the week. When the Alvin was
opened last fall the theater wasn't com
pleted. It was a question for atime whether
it could be put in shape by the holidays,
but by confining the work to what was
needed the auditorium was finished. The
entrance and the offices above were
neglected. This summer the front of the
house was finished in a style In keeping
with the balance of the theater. A stained
glass top was put over the box office and a
row of electric lights was arranged inside.
The offices above the entrance are being
completed. One In the rear will be for the
use of Mr. Gordon and the newspaper men.
He Intends to supply the boys with a place
to write and to furnish them with messen
gers. The ceilings of the offices are done in
stucco. They are beautiful and cheerful
rooms. The scenery burned by the stable
fire when Kate Claxton in "The Two
Orphans" was the attraction is to be re
placed. All the scenery originally con
tracted for from Sosman & Landls was not
completed, and several of their artists will
be here shortly to finish the work. Six of
the windows on the stage were bricked up
after the fire.
tons 1.1st or First-Class Attractions.
The Alvin's list of attractions is better
than last year, and is as follows. No.
comment is needed:
Joseph Jefferson in "Rip Van Winkle,"
Clara Morris, Richard Mansfield, Sol Smith
Russell, Roland Reed, Julia Marlowe, E.
H. Sothern, J. K. Emmett, Marie Wain
wright, John Drew, Herrmann, Fred, Ward
and Louis James, "Old Jed Prouty,"
Joseph Murphy, "Blue Jeans," Denman
Thompson in ''The Old Homestead," Hal
len and Hart in a new production,, George
Thatcher, "The Soudan," the Lilliputians,
"County Circus," James Powers In a new
production, "Wilkinson's Widows," "Im
agination," "The Wife," "Junior Partner,"
"Grev Mare," "Jane," "Lost Paradise,"
Harris' Theater has been open all sum
mer. It will close next Monday for two
weeks and reopen August 22 with "Wife
for Wife." New chairs will be put in and
the house will be redecorated. A lot of
scenery will also be painted. The same
force will be continued, and there will be a
decided improvement in the attractions at
popular prices. Resident Manager Starr
says the theater is the best popular house In
America. It pays to run it during the
summer and as an accommodation for the
people. The theater has been open for
nine or ten years, and in that time it was
closed only three weeks. The work on the
improvements will be done night and day.
The theater is controlled by Harris, Britton
Harry Davis Introduces New Features.
Harry Davis' Fifth Avenue Museum will
be opened August 29. . He intends to con
vert it into an Eden Musee. The menagerie
to Captain O'Neil, and (perhaps in conse
quence of the Granville Mostyn episode),
tliev alluded to it so frequently and with
such self-congratulation during the next
two days, that Cynthia grew sick of his
name. She was battling terribly with her
self, poor child, during the interval before
Mr. Mostyn's departure, longing to accede
to all he had asked her and yet feeling that
honor forbade her doing so, until she had
broken off the engagement between Lucius
O'Neil and herself. They had one more
private interview before Granville left
Devon, dnring which he renewed his prot
estations of devotion, and assured her that,
if she once wrote to him that she was free,
be would fly to her side to olaim the fulfill
ment of the promise which, though she
would not give him,-hr could read in her
tearful eyes. And so they parted and Cyn
thia nearly cried herself blind over it, and
was 10 afraid of her, parents discovering the
cause of her emotion, that she was obliged
under the plea of a violent attack of neu
ralgia to keep her room for the rest of the
day. There she pondered over the situa
tion, until Granville Mostyn's image,
grown so much more desirable through the
pain of separation, entirely eclipsed that
of Lucins O'Neil, and she resolved to write
to the latter and ask him to set her free
It was an extremely honest letter almost
too much to. She aid not spare herself nor
will be removed, and he will spend 16,000
in decorating" the house from top to bottom.
Fine decorators are now at work. A great
feature will be a lot of wax work, costing
53,000. The figures are being prepared by
three wax workers. Mr. Davis has estab
lished a similar museum in Harrisburg,
Altoona and Johnstown. By this arrange
ment a better class of attractions can be
secured, and thev will be shown at all the
'theaters on the circuit ''
The World's Museum in Allegheny will
be replaced next spring by a theater with a
seating capacity of 2,500. On this accbunt
the owners will not spend much money on
the house this fall. The inside will be re
papered and repainted. The Museum will
open August IS. Additions to the me
nagerie will" be made and a number of new
automatic novelties will be placed in the
curio department More combinations and
some spectacular companies have been
booked. The attractions will be better
than last year. An artist is at work touch
ing up the scenery and painting new pieces.
HOUSES A1IO LrVJ-8 SWZFI AWAY.
A Remarkable "Flood Covers Several Acres
In St Paul 25 Fear.
St. PAUL, Mink., Aug. 4. Four acres
of water, averaging 25 feet deep, gathered
during the recent storms on Page street,
above Concord, in West St Paul. The city
engineering department have been at work
letting the water out, and started a sluice
way. People in the vicinity noticed water
running around the sluice last night, but
there was nothing to stop it At 10 o'clock
the bank gave way at the sluice, and the
water came rushing down the ravine and
carried four houses away, some of them two
blocks. A three-story" brick building was
torn to pieces.
August Williams, his wife and father-in-law,
Gollrick Home, were in the blook, and
Mrs. Williams was drowned. Williams
was severely injured, his leg and arms be
ing broken. Home had his leg broken, re
ceived a scalp cut, and will probably die.
Charles Kling was injured, how seriously is
not known. His house was carried away
and demolished. His little son, Freddie,
was found down the valley, in his night
gown, tangled in a tree with his leg broken.
The house of Phillip Stoebrs was carried
down on Concord street, and Mrs. Stoebrs
received a bad cut on the head and internal
injuries. Mr. Stoehrs and his 5-year-old son
were fatally injured. Fred Kroeger's house
was carried away, and he 1b missing and
supposed to be drowned. The house of
William Knapp, occupied by Mrs. Knapp
and two children, who were in bed, was
gutted of its contents, but the occupants
escaped unhurt Mrs. J. Horn and William
Kreiger were killed, and Paul Keuk, Henry
Ludwig and John Willey fatally injured.
The skill and Knowledge
Essential to the production or the most per
lect anu popular laxative remedy known,
have enabled the California Fig byrup Co.
to aohieve a great success In the reputation
of Us remedy. Syrup of i'lgs, as it Is con
ceded to be the universal laxative. For sale
by all druggists.
The school boy's compos!.'
tion asserted that pins had
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lowed them; so lard has
saved the lives of thousands
by their having avoided food
of which it forms a part.
Hog's lard is responsible for
much indigestion and dyspep
sia, as any physician will tes
has been introduced to take
the.place of lard. There is
no secret as to its composition.
It consists only of highly re
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Beef Suet. Clean, delicate,
healthy and economical. Lard
has had its day, and a greasy
day it was. When next about
to use lard, 'Don't, but try
Coftolene. At leading grocersi
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F. SELLERS & CO.
her new lover, but told Captain O'Neil the
whole truth how she had almost forgotten
him and quite got over her first vehetnet
and (as she had thought) life-long afFecfion
more, had fixed her heart and soul on
Granville Mostyn, without whom she felt
convinced she could not be happy. And she
therefore begged of Lucius to release her
from an engagement which she was resolved
never to fulfil. When Cynthia had com
pleted this epistle, she carried it to the
post herself, without saying a word to any
body, and felt an enormous satisfaction in
hearing it drop to the bottom of the letter
box. She was much happier after it was
gone. She connted the days it would take
to reach the Soudan, and in how many more
Captain O'Neil's answer would be in her
hands, and she free to accept the love of
Granville Mostyn. She grew brighter and
more cheerful under the influence of her
own thoughts, and never seemed to con
sider, through now much pain to poor Cap
tain O'Neil, her happiness was to be ob
tained. "You're looking very bonnie, my girl,"
observed Mr. Needham, admiringly, abont
a month alter she hadposted her-letter and
when she was daily hoping to receive a re-
fily. "And I've some news to make you
00k bonnier still. There's been fighting in
the Sondan. and our Luolus has distin
guished himself above everybody. The pa- 1
TWENTY - FODB
Who Says Buttons?
We want to call the attention of the
ladies to pearl buttons "not pearls
of great price." It's but one of the
many bargains offered in all depart
ments this week, and we cannot em
phasize it too strongly. Did you ever
before hear of a couple dozen finest
pearl buttons being offered at a quar
ter dollar? We think not.
NOW YOU THINK.
Briefly stated we have 500 gross,
or 6, 000 dozen, pearl buttons, best
made, finest pure white and shaded,
with shanks and 2 and 4 boles, plain
and fancy carved in 20, 22 and 24
line (the most desirable sizes).
Just 1-2 Price.
The McKinley bill has advanced
the price of these buttons, but the
figure at which we are selling this
lot is lower than the same quality of
buttons were ever sold for previous to
the passage of that celebrated bill.
Two dozen for 25c all this week, if
they last that long.
BUT ONE OF MANY.
As above intimated our button bar
gain is but one of many. Unparal
leled values are offered in all depart
ments values that you can't obtain
at any other house in the city. We
would about as soon give goods away
as carry them from one season to an
other. It's something we never do.
Prices on Summer wear of all kinds
and descriptions are down to a point
that competitors haven't touched as
yet. Come and be convinced that
we can save you money this month
510, 512, 514, 516, 5(8 Market St.
fa 11 OiULvSL
1 HIL 1 v
WE'D rather take $5 to $10 less for our
Made-to-Measure Suits than to carry
them to next year. You'll find $20
and $25 Suits better value than ever. Same can
be said of the $5, $6 and $7 Trousers several
WELL BRED, SOON WED." GIRLS WHO USE
ARE QUICKLY MARRIED. TRY IT IN YOUR NEXT
pers are full of it He stormed a fort with
his company and led a forlorn hope for
which no other man would volunteer. He'll
have a Victoria Cross to hang round your
pretty throat when he retnrns, Cynthia.
Won't you be proud of your soldier then?"
The girl did not reply except by coloring
with nervousness, but her mother did for
"If anything were to happen to prevent
Cynthy's marriage with Lucius O'Neil," she
said, ,lit would break my heart"
"Why! what should happen, mother?"
"O! it'll be all right enongh if the dear
lad reaches home, I know, but these terri
ble dangers he is passing through make me
shudder. He is so brave! so intrepid. Sup
pose he should fall. I should never get
over it It's the hope of my life to see him
and Cynthia man and wife."
"And to you will, as soon as the war is
over, mother. Don't croak like that and
frighten the girl out of her wits. She's
turned as white as a sheet Never you
mind, Cynthia. Lucins is safe enough, and
you should rejoice to hear of his bravery.
I shouldn't wonder if he made you 'My
Lndv' yet He'll be a husband to be proud
"Papa." said Cynthia, in a trembling
voice, "what is the date of this news?"
"About a fortnight back but it came by
telegram from Alexandria. I know what
you are thinking of, Fussy. You want to
have a letter from Lucius himself. Well, I
dare say you'll get it before long, but pri
vate correspondence is often delayed in a
time of war. He's well or they would have
said to the contrary. There's no use for
What would the old man have said had
he known that her only cause for fear was
lest the young hero had not received the
letter which was destined to crush all his
hopes with respect to herself.
"Ah!" cried Mr. Needham. suddenly, as
a lady passed the cottage window, "there is
Miss Parton. We must tell her our news.
No one will carry it sooner over the whole
He tapped on the window pane as he
spoke, and Miss Parton, turning, saw him
and came quickly in.
"My dear Miss Parton, we have received
such happy news. Captain O'Neil is men
tioned in the QcuetU as having been a per
fect hero in the last engagement, and per
formed prodigies of valor. Our Cynthia is
so proud of him, as well she may be. Major
Jenkins says he is sure to receive the
Victoria Cross. I am sure yon will be clad
to hear such excellent acoounts of him.""
"I congratulate you with all my heart,
Mr. Neednam. Cynthia, my love, let me
give you a kiss. You will be a very happy
wife when the war is over, and I hear there
is every prospeet of its speedy termination.
Well, this seems to be a "lucky day for
Dovecot. I am carrying a letter of con-
YOU'LL HATE A FIT,
And yoii are not taking any
chances, for there 11 be no
mistake about it. You give
us your order for one of our
$20, $23 or $30 suits, and
we assure yott you'll be
pleased. It's no experiment
with us, as we are tailors in
the till sense of the word. At
this time of the year we have
our clearing-up sale of rem
nants. We have about a hun
dred odd suit remnants; suits
that we made in the busy sea
son at $33, $30 and $25
we will now make to your
order at about $20, $23 and
About 230 pants remnants
we will make up to order at
$3 and $6, worth from $8 to
Give us a trial.
954 AND 956 LIBERTY ST.
gratulation to my sister to thepost now
my sister Mrs. Welland, of Weymouth.
She has written me in high spirits to say
that her daughter Dolly, who is quite the
beauty ot Weymouth, has just become en
gaged to young Mr. Mostyn, who was here
this summer. It seems that my niece was a
great favorite with Mr. Mostyn's mother,
who is an invalid, and when the young man
arrived In Weymouth he found her staying
in his parents' house, and as they were both
young and good looking and heart-whole
the usual consequences ensued. And the
best of it is that the Mostyns are so de
lighted with the marriage that it is to take
place almost immediately."
"O! heavens!" exclaimed Mrs: Neeham.
snddenlv, "what has come to our Cynthia?"'
They ill turned at once to the girl, who
was lying back in a dead faint in her chair.
"Our glorious news has been too much
for the dear child; she is overcome by hap
piness. 1 will leave her to the care ot you
two ladies," said Mr. Needham, "and when
she revives, mother, take her to her room
and let her lie down till she is more ac
customed to the proud position in which
she finds herself."
To be Condudal To-morrov!.
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LOW E 1TES TO DEATJSB. .
August 2 to O, Inclusive.
The Pittsburg and Western Railway will
sell excursion tickets to Denver. CoL, good,
to return until Ootober lL Kato Irom Pitts
burg $21 35. Kansas City and return, same
dates and limit, S17 33.
A Slffn on Toor Bouse
Some time ago may have brought you an
occasional tenant lor your rooms, but not so
nowadays. The cent-a-word advertising
columns, under "Booms To Let" in The Dis
patch, answer that purpose with better re
Excursion to Atlantic City
Via B. & O. B. B. on Thursday, August U.
Bate $10 the round trio, and tickets good for
12 days and good to stop at Washington
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Fxstsot action and perfect health result
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