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THEANACONDA STANDARD: SUNDAY MORNING, OCTOBER 6, 1889.
arelts*Was n Mlavn to^nana Ilriuklna;.^Pram Um Han Kituk-Ucu Kxnmlner.
Almostwith hm (lying breath Wilkie^Collins Mid:
^Iwant a simple funeral and no feath^^ers, no crape, no forms nor ceremonies.
Hiswishes were exeeuted to the letter.^There is little to say about the iiiotle*t^manner hi which the master of so mat y^plots was laid to rest, but now that he is^^one all sorts of strange stories are cur^^rent about bis life and the innermost^secrets of the novelist who sought above^all things to shield himself and his home^from the gase aud comment off his fellow-^men, are the topic of the hour.
EdmundYates set the ball rolling in a^signed article in bis paper, the London^World, in which lie says:
Itwas during the proarcss of the^'Moonstone,' I rs-licvc, that Wilkir Collins^first acuuired the luilefnl habit of taking^sedatives, which lie continue*! more or less^thruugtiont his life. Excited lieyoud 1110a*-^lire by the constant nerve pressure created
aanect-Hsity of liaving every thread of^^ story constantly within his grasp, stiff-^feriiiK under a sharp attack of rheumatic^gout in his eyes and distracted at the same^time by the serious illness of his mother,^to whom lie was devotedly attached.^Wilkie Collins did as Coleridge, IV Quili-^ccy and no end of other eminent men in^tlie fraternity had done before him^be^sought and found relief in anodynes.
Onthis subject I almost fear to write,^lest I should be suspecUd off exaggi mton,^but from what he himself told me and^from what I heard from friends of even^greater intimacy with him, 1 believe that^almut that period and for a greater part of^his after life Wilkie Collins was ill tlie^habit of taking daily and without apparent^serious effect more laudanum^not Bat-^ley's nor any other minimising solution,^but absolutely pure^ tlian would liave^sufficed to kill an entire ship's crew or a^whole com|MMiy off soldiers. This amount^was, off course, arrived at slowly and by
*Aneaetor who know Collins intimately^remarked to the New York World corro-^spoitdcnt to-day at the funeral:
1have seen Collins drink Ave glasses^of laudanum at one swallow without it af^^fecting him in tlie least. He suffered^some injury when a young man, which^rendered it necessary that lie should take^opium to kill the pain. Life would have^been almost unbearable to him without^it.
Itwill be some days before the will of^Wilkie Collins will be offered Mo proltate,^but it is well known among his intimate^friends that be provides liberally in it for^the three children whom be acknowledges^as his own. They were at the funeral^with their mother, and one of tlie nu^^merous beautiful wreathes which sur^^rounded the coffin was from them. But^they were not among the chief mourners,^and kept out of view as much as ixissible.^They never went near Wilkie Collins'^house, and few people ever heard of them.^In his will Wilkie Collins refers to these^children as his own, and leaves one-half^of his estate which, it is said, will not ex^^ceed $100,000. to be divided in their inter^^est. The mother of the children was a^housemaid in tlu^ employ of Wilkie Col^^lins' mother and was very devoted to her^while she lived. The other half of Wilkie^Collins' fortune goes to his housckce|m-r,^Mrs. Graves, while she lives, ami to the^novelists adopted daughter, Mrs. Hartley,^on her mother's death. This adopted^daughter, a child of his housekeeper, lias^been a great pet of Collins, for years do^^ing all his work us amanuensis.
OliveLogan's invaluable article in this^morning's World gives to the public for^tlie first time Wilkie Collins's method of^work.
Ihad been that morning to the British^Museum,^ writes Miss Loguu, ^where in^an old magazine I had found a | mi per by^Bulwer Lyttoii on the art of writing fiction,^in which he said that all that was neces^^sary was to start and then proceed, letting^tlie incidents and denouement of your novel^suggest themselves eti route. I wonder^be preserved hi ' sanity under such a^method.
Tliereis but one way to write a good^novel,^ said Mr. Collins.
That way must be very familiar to^you, as you have written so many good^Will you not impart it to me '^'
pleasure, applied t^^*I am always glad to
Withpleasure,^ applied the great nov^^elist. ^I am always glad to give hints t^^young writer*. In the first place you must
thinkout your plot in its main features lie-^fore you put pen to pa|^er. You must^know how you art- going to continue and^to end your story- You must then divide^your novel in |tarts, which I myself call^^books,^ and which correspond to tlie acts^of a play. Tlie most thrilling incident^must come as the denouement to end your^fourth |tart, and numlier five is a satisfac^^tory unraveling of everything, as in the^fifth act of a play.
Undoubtedlymany incidents and char^^acters will suggest themselves as you are^writing, and these may, in some degree,^modify your original intention, but in the^main ones the method should lie what I^have said, to know how you are going to^end before you ln-aiii.
Tliesecret off the study of human na^^ture is to get out of the beaten track in^ideas. The |m^pular impression. I lielieve,^for aires has been that fat |^eo|^lo an- nec^^essarily good humored. Now, 1 never ol^-^served that fut |M3ople were any more k^mmI^humored or virtuous than any other |m-^^-^iile, and that is the reason why I made^Count Fokco a fat man. A fat vidian was^an absolute novelty in fiction, though not^so, I maintain, in fact.
Youare so prolific a writer that it is^evident you must work very hard.
Iwrite all day long, absolutely. I work^like any other laborer. Immediately after^breakfast I seat myself at my desk and^work without intermission until luncheon^time, and then again straight on till din^^ner.
Iused to write at night, but I was^compelled to give that up.
HowalM^ut those ghosts you have sum^^moned for use in your fiction '.*
Yes;accompanied by their friends they^clustered together just beyond the smoke^from my pipe and stared at me with glassy-^eyes, and at times I was forced to jump up,^seize my hat, ami go the club.
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