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The times dispatch. (Richmond, Va.) 1903-1914, June 23, 1912, Image 14

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Royalty Is Seen at Its
Best Where the Reigning
Family Prides Itself On
Its Good-Fellowship With
the People
B
4 4 jT>/(' Cnr!s! BiS Chris!" the chil?
dren of Copenhagen were wont
to-hotter at the life guards a dec?
ade or so ago. Giants, every one of them,
were these guardians of the king, and tower?
ing even above the'"six-footers1' or better was
the "pivot man" on whom the youngsters
trained their vocal ibatPeri es.
To those children the muster of the
guards\was like the turnout of a fire depart
ment in /Jmerica. It offered an excuse for an
\ outlet of the excitement that is latent in every
''??'healthy lad and lassie. Those who lived near
the streets ordinarily patrolled by the big sol
'*-diers were accustomed to foregather when and
vwhere they were likel\ to pass, for the pleas?
ure of yelling-"Big Chris! Big Chris!"
Always tlie tall soldier stalked on, as
Mtately as a^ffrincfi?which he was. Like his
{father, Kftig Frederick, he was serving his
utime in the raitks as a private, just as every
\U)ane had to*do. Being well over six feet, he
r.ttvw assigned to the guards. Far from being
sinecure, this assignment carried with it an
^rxtra year (,f service, simply because it is hard
''to get memlargc enough to keep up the quota.
Now "Big Chris" is King Christian X,
1 the leading representative of one of the most
' * virile of royal lines, of a race of kings that
^rank as the most republican of sovereigns and
the most democratic of individuals that the
'courts of Europe can produce.
TU F. mother of ?Ulf; Chris" Is tho Down gor Queen
Louise, who was n princess of Sweden and
Norway, daughter of Charles XV of Sweden.
She was said, at the time of her marring,-, to
h*i the tallest and tho wealthiest princess In Europe.
Tears ago her fortune was estimated at $30)000,000.
She was never pretty, hut she was as well off In wifely
f,r.d motherly virtues as she was In this world's goods.
By Inheritance, the princes of Denmark are likewise
tall. Old King Christinn IX. the "father-in-law of
IF.urop*. ' when he was ah unsttl cessful suitor for tho
hand of Queen Victoria of England was a dashing
young Made of commanding; appearance, His son. the
late King Frederick, was every inch a man and
eoldier. Like "Big Chris," he served In the guards as
a private. A youth Of 20 he was when his father
was crowned, hut It made not the slightest difference
In his manner of living, except that he spent tho
Saturdays which the University of Copenhagen allowed
him at the Amalienberg palace. Instead of at the
modest home that bis parents had formerly occupied.
STRANGE FREAK OF FATF.
It was. a Strange freak Of fritc, Indeed, that placed
Christian IX on the throne of Denmark. A titular
prince of Schleswig-Holstein and a few other prov?
inces, he became, after his unsuccessful wooing at tha
British court, an Instructor at the University of Kalle.
Several times waa he removed from the succession,
But the Oldenburgs, who were In the direct line,
dropped off one by one, until Hie parliament bad to
thoose a future monarch. Bight wise, in the light of
later events, was their decision to place Christian on
the throne.
Not until a number of years after he had been
chosen to the succession did Christian ascend to the
t,hrone. Meanwhile his means were scanty. Ills
daughter*! one of whom was the future Queen Alex?
andra of England and another the Czarina Dagmar of
Kussla, had to scrape along with what a grocer's
daughter of the present day would consider a sfattt
income. Likewise with his sons, one of whom died
recently and another of whom is King George of
Greece.
Once the royal palace and perquisites defended to
C-irlstian IX. the family atock went up with a bound.
Tet tha Crown Prince Frederick, who was then about
20. experienced not the least change. He ate off th
same tin plate and cup with the same Iron knife and
fork as the other guardsmen. His food was as plain
nnd coarse, his rlffe as heavy, as if he had come from
the plain people. Only after he had received thorough
training would he accept promotion to the rank of
sergeant.
Through life he was the same unassuming man.
On informal occasions it was his desire that he ho
greeted"" by his acquaintances like any Other citizen;
the. populace, which would have saluted him on cere?
monial occaalone. knew thut he preferred to be passed
without recognition. Not seldom he might bo seen
standing before a bulletin board, as much Interested
In the nows as the humblest of his subjects.
Hie son he reared In exnrtly the same manner.
Notwithstanding all tho wealth and the royalty that
went with Iiis family, "Big Chris" was brought up
the same genial, lovable character as his father and
his grant! fat hor.
The one sad note In his life, for a time, was his
marriage, not because It was unhappy, but because
h'.s wife was for several yon'rs In quite ill health and
had to live mostly In southern climates. She was
Aloxandrina, a sister of the Crown Princess Celle of
Germany. Like all the members of her family by
marriage, she was brought up with a large amount
of Teutonic common sense. Whatever else the Father?
land's royal women may be, they are certain to be
good hausfraus. In this regard their training Is Just
as strict as that of the peasant girls, who will have
to provide for big families with little incomes.
Some years ago Jacob A. Kiis wrote an account of
his experience and that of his wife as guests at the
homo of King Christiah X?a charming pen pi> i".
a charming family, among whom tho Interest In the
LTnlted .Stan* and Its people was of the most Intelli?
gent, oven vivid kind.
He depleted, in his direct, unadorned way, the
whole environment which has molded ihe character of
the ruler; probably no better light could be flung upon
a young prince in tho making than the Mr. Rlis review
of all the Incidents attending that delightful little
excursion of the famous New York writer to Chariot
tenlund. the home of the klng'^ aged grandfather, in
the forest outside of Copenhagen
The Invitation for dinner was presented to the
whole nils family at their hotel by a gold-laced special
messenger. Mr. Rils, who doesn't enjoy the formal
silk hat and dress coat any more than native-born
Americans, exclaimed in English, "The dickens they
do!" when Sir Sitvcrstlck made the announcement that
his company was desired by majesty. You see. as a
kid in Copenhagen he had bee:; accustomed to doff
his cap In loyal reverence as il-.c crown prince, tho
late king, parsed him on tho street, and he was still
afflicted with the awe of royalty that had been born
In him.
But Sir Stlvcrstiok didn't understand English and
Mrs. Rils did. She hastily did her duty as a watchful
wife, shut her husband up anil asked the messenger to
thank their royal highnesses and say they would be
glad to come.
A MISFIT REJOINDER
So they went. In the lead of the whole procession
of royal carriages. In which a lot of princes were
following. Forth came the crown princess, mother of
King t'hrlFtlan X. her hand outstretched and her voice
saying:
It was very good of you to come out to us."
Of course. It wa? in Danish, and Mr. Rils hadn't
spoken I>-.nlsh for about forty years anil 4000 miles.
He dug Industriously Into his childish memories until,
laboriously, his tongue replied:
' How very respe. table of you to ask us!''
At that altogether misfit rejoinder the crown
prin''es:. stared at him. wondering, puzzled, at the
eccentricity of genius. But after a moment she under?
stood his dilemma and burnt into a delighted laugh.
He'- husband came up and had to be told Everybody
lai ghed. It was certainly one on the expatriated
author.
They were still In smiles when the children. In?
cluding the whole generation from among whom
Christian X wa? destined sr. soon to reign, thronged
into the room for introductions.
"It was all quite as neighborly and as Informal,"
Mr. Rils remarked, as If we had been at home. Fine
young people, nil of them. ? ? ? They all have
the slender, youthful shape of the old king. But for
his fun owed face and tho tired look that often came
Into It in the Ian few years, no one would have
thought him over 50. thr.;prh he was nearly 90. The
crown prince, at 61. seemed barely *0.
"My wife was taken in to dinner by a prince, a
shy boyish ynuns fellow, whose great ambl'lon. he
confided to her. was to live In a New York sky?
scraper and shoot up anil down in the elevator, whlrh
was entirely contrary to her Inclinations, and she
mid him so.
"I was not so lucky, but I shall always r,-member
that evening with unalloyed pleasure for the hearty
and unaffected hospitality of hosts and everybody.
Tho crown prince talked of Amerlt a and Its pc-ipl*
with warm appreciation. ? ? ? ii0 was as interested
In everything dene for the toller in our great Cities
and heard with visible interest <>f the progress we
were making in the search for the lost neighbor."
Charlottenlund Castle, where the old king lived
and the new one reigns, 1? surrounded by a district of
small tradespeople, and they knew Christisn X. as
crown prince, simply as their kindly neighbor. Both
he and bis father were much given to quiet strolls.
So attached were they that they frequently hunted In
couples, as the saying goes. n,nd they found strange
game many a time. The best story of all that have
been told dates back to the time when the old King
Christian?ho of whose 91 years of nge and SO of
appearmre was commented on by Mr. nils?was still
alive and looking young as ever.
There was an actresi in Denmark then whose
beauty and wit charmed all the youth Of the country
and jur-t about entranced oid age King Frederick
made no concealment of"rhs fact thai he thought she
I was a dream. Same thing with h\i> son. the 1 rown
prince. Ditto his grandAon. now King Christian. One
afternoon tlie old monarch called on the fair tnlrarie
of loveliness, and as he entered the hall recognized a
hat as already In the ring He picked It up. studied It
closely and remarked to the frightened servant
"Ach. Is my Frederick here''"
"Yes, ' >he replied, trembling. "And Prince Chris?
tian also, your majesty."
The king grinned ruefully. "There's no ep.ance for
me with those youngsters," he decided, and he quit the
rteld at once.
When Frederlrk beram" king ami Christian Town
prince they made a pair of familiar figures in Copen?
hagen, and their waiks took them into every highway
and byway of the town. Once, going further than
usual, they found- themselves at a far quarter of the
docks, with evening's shadows lengthening, when the
shri?ks of a woman '-aught their ears For a moment
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A STITCH in time Bavea nino; nnd there
f\ are more than 30,000 chances in n mnn's
sack coat that his wife miiy have a quar?
ter of a. million to put into it, it' she
doesn't gel on the job early when repairs are due.
By some blessed dispensation of providence,
there are only a few localities in men's clothes
where the original stitches are prone to need help;
nnd by our national proclivity for buying new
suite long before the old are really well worn, it
isn't often that there is. much rest itching to be
dona, anyway.
Hut the overwhelming number of stitche? thai
belong to all garments is something that should
appall even this ape of machinery; and it certainly
dir] appall all ages previous to our.-, down to that
Inst of them when Hood wrote Iii?. "Song of the
Shirt." If the sewing machine nnd the hated
Sweatshop weren't combined to do the thing by
wholesale, there would be many an automobile
owner glad to sport n suit of the vintage of five
years ago, and many n bride whose trousseaii
would contain a much more meager supply of linen.
as it is. Btitches by the thousand are reeled
off by time instead of number, nnd most of us can
afford to dress for better appearance than the
wealthy did a century ago. But there has been n
tremendous increase in the amount of Bowing
done; and it is only when one learns just how many
stitches go into representative garment, that ho
realizes what immensity of labor is demanded to
make him moderately comfortable.
IT WOUM5 bs virtually Impossible for any one
to tell how many stitches are In their cloth's,
and It Is doubtful If any two persons carry the
same number. Nevertheless there are few who
have less than ;r,,00) or 30.000 stitches In their gar?
ments,
Cine tnllor tn Kansas City, Mo, after Stitching nn1
stitching for years, both in thin country and Bweden,
had his curiosity so aroused that he decided to count
the stitches as he made n coal Herman Axene found
the b more dlftlctiit than his work, but he kept on.
arid whin he was through totaled up .12,0X7 (ditches,
'if these, 2H,fr,u were done hy machine and the rest by
land -The ro.,t was a four-button sack, thirty-two
inches long and slngli stitched.
For the five pockets. ?257 machine st?rbe? were
needed, In Addition to 428 by hand. Then the seams
needed nf?73 stitches by machine, and 22 40 blind
stitches were used for the inside work, lapels, edge
tape. etc. The basting for the trying on. etc . contained
2161 hand stitches. The collar and coat stitching took
up innre time than any other part, for fi3?S machine
ami 1606 hand Etliche? were required.
For the making of the sleeves there were 33M
n m<- stitches and 61fi hand stitches, with an addi?
tional TT.*', hy machin? at 706 hy hand to put the
alecvea iti place. The buttonholes and buttons even
needed G80 stitches; and ihen there were stitches to
the tune of lOlfi by machine and 622 by hand for mis
eel la neons purposes
Some people would tl .it waste of time to count
lh" s'lt?h<? nn such i lob and to tabulate them, but
not so with Axenc. II explained that in Sweden,
where he learned his trade, he was taught not to
spare the stitches II. had often wondered an he sat
with his legs crossed ? ? , ften he would have to push
the needle through a before It was completed.
Ho de Idcd that tl... host way to know was to experi?
ment for himself, ami i . ,;|,| kepi a tablet at his
Fid.- and every time In counted 100 strokes be made
H mark lie found thai on his machine 4M stitches
were taker, :, t over> ??? ;.. of the pedal. He figured
that there wer? forty-iivi stitches to ton strokes, and
so he put hia mark dovu .? every tenth stroke.
Axen? found lh< ?i tch-counling of a coot a task
In' Itself, and he dldn'l go any further; but taljors
estimate thai ti. T.. nearly as many stitches In a
pair of trousers 01 a ;.? ;,s in a coat. Kaeh leg of a
irotiser I ,,,, both sides, bringing the
numb? r of . 16,000 and 20,000. and often
I 'he samo is I . strictly tailor-made skirt,
whl' h Heidi i . enntnli ,i,n? 11,000 stitches and
often needs more ?orl< than a coot.
In the matter of Ri ? appearanoes are deceitful,
for the ?:.I ll ? , ,r xno simplest often need
the most work The I ghl summer dresses, needing
yards of lacs and pleat frills, are often a trial
Ja
to Hie dressmaker, for stitches by hand and machine
to the totnl of 30.000 anfl 4".f>'ir> are needed before tho
garment is completed. As for the magnificent ball
gowns that grace the ballroom floors during the
social season, it would take a week to count their
stitches, and madsme would he disappointed In the
delivery of the gown if site waited until the dress?
makers counted as they toiled. It has been estimated
by a dressmaker that many of the fair dancers carry
100,000 stitches or more upon them. For here. too. the
frills, and ornaments must be taken Into consideration,
and then If there is a train, a few lv.OOO more .-tltches
are required.
And then th? bride. She is also given thousands of
extra stitches for good measure?satin, messaline and
crepe de chine all need their share of close .stitching,
and few go to the altar without SO.ttri or iP.OfiO
stitches, anyhow, in their outer garments And then
the lace veil must not be forgotten. The handwork
on it perhaps took weeks to complete. Even gloves
have their share of stitching, for with the long
varieties there ran be counted 1000 or more needle
strokes.
As for shoes, whether they are white, black or
brown, they all have their quota of stitching. And
lov.- shoos often need as many stitches as the high
ones. The size of milady's foot doesn't make much
difference, either. For it is often the smaller shoes
that take the most work.
SMALL SHOES, MANY STITCHES
For that matter, the soft, old-fashioned shoes, of
sizes eight and nine, that elderly men wear, carry
fewer stitches than madame'a number four or live.
iino shoemaker recently consented to count a num?
ber four, keeping close, tabs on It as It passed from
one worker to another, and when it was completed
there was a grand total of ISfij stitches. Six separate
pieces of leather wore required for this shoe, and they
all had to be sewed closely together with line machine
stitches. Then the soles and heels had lo be attached,
and In addition to the stitches, a few nails were
needed.
And then the tongues had to be sewed tightly Into
place, nnd whether the shoe Is of the button or lace
variety, the eyelets, hooks and buttons need their full
share of stitches, a dozen or more being required for
each eyelet.
Another article that every one carries often has
hundreds of stitches hidden around its margins. It Is
the handkerchief. As Is the enso with shoes and other
goods, It is true here also that the small, fancy
varieties carry twice and three times as many stitches
as the large, plain affairs. Lace embroidered, ker?
chiefs arc estimated to run anywhere from 300 to 3000.
Even in your homes you will find articles, fancy
and otherwise, in which are secreted thousands and
thousands of stitches. If you want to surprise your?
self some time, count an inch or so of stitches and
then begin to estimate.
neither could decide Uu to the direction of the cries.
Christian ?rot his hearings first. He vaulted the wall
that gave on the sea and raced toward a little group
on the beach. Ills father was as good a Jumper as
he, and followed hint inward the water's edge In time
to see the young man land the Mrst punch of a thor?
ough lamming to a hulking fisherman who lied been
beating his wretched wife.
The klni.-. aware that hi? son knew his business,
let the flghl go on, while he bent over the prostrate
woman, whose Injuries were serious enough to requlro
hospiini treatment. So he . ailed to a couple of navvies
to er.me o\, r and take her up. while his son, all the
while was attending to the husky nnd Infuriated
husband I3y the time the wife was being borne away
for surgi'-al treatment Prince Christian had whaled
iier assailant into submission. So he gripped him by
the ? .rtr and with no further ado ran him oft to Jail.
Thoroughly democratic, both of them, with the son
emphatically a chip of the old block?a good block
and nn excellent rhlp.
Caterpillar's Death Produces
Vegetables
N'ATURAL.I8T8 In that wonderful land of curi?
osities of far-away New Zealand, where we may
apparently expect to find most anything, have
discovered a curious caterpillar, resembling some certain
specimens found In parts of America, that actually pro?
duces vegetable life when It dice.
T.-.e caterpillar is several Inches long and grows no
hair, hut has a very smooth skin.
So far as has been learned, this creature It not
dangerous, nnd II has not been found damaging any par?
ticular form Of vegetation.
W hen the last few days of this strange worm's life
!? st hand. It prepares for Its body a grave in the
sandy soli.
Occupying Its grave. It eo\rrs itself when the earth
and soyn dies
A number of other caterpillars bury themselves, but
a moth or butterfly Is the result. In this case. Instead
? f some Insect being born, a form of vegetation springs
Into life,
A small tender sprout Issues from the grave, and
after a fer. days' growth a few delicate green leaves
open out on the top of the small shoot. The plant lives
for weeks.
An Investigation 'r>> naturalists reveals the fact that
the sheet starts from the head of the curious cater?
pillar. The body of the worm does not decay or wither,
hut remains the same shape it was in life, and Is filled
with a lot of very small roots from the growing plant.
TVf" tiny roots do not puncture the outer skin of
?he i ate.-pi'.'ar. but seem tu feed upon the contents of
the dead body.
When removed from the earth th? entire form of
tl-.e creaure i? distinctly visible. Its eyes are there, ar.d
thf body of the plant seems to have started from a point
where it would be supposed the creature's brains were
located. If It Is possible It had uny, and the roots all
run one way, Into the body of the dead worm
So far as has been learned, the plant having Its birth
in the dead body of thli strange form of life Is not like
an; other form of vegetable life In New Zealand, but
its real properties have not been fully determined,
A~ Pet Pig of 1812
OLDIE RS are fond of nets. A dog attached to a
regiment is sure of kind treatment. He may be
nobody's doc, but he is everybody's favorite.
An eagle. "Old Al e." was the pet of a Wisconsin
regiment during the civil war. In the great review
held in Washington at the close of the war many
veterans were observed carrying favorite crows'nnd
opossums.
Pi rhaps the strangest pet that ever attracted a
regiment's fancy was a pig. She attached herself to a
Kentucky regiment on the way to Invade Canada
nurlntr the war of 1812.
As the men marched out from Harrodshurg one
morning they came across two pigs lighting. They
halted tu see it out. When the march was resumed
the victorious pig followed the regiment. When they
enCHtr.ped at night the pig halted and found a shelter.
The r.ext morning the pig started with the regiment,
and when it stopped the pig halted, Daj by day it
trotted along until the Ohio river was reached. A
ferryboat transported the troops to Cincinnati, but
the pier swam the stream and waited on the other aide
until the regiment took up its line of march.
During the long tramp to the lake piggy received
her full share of rations. Occasionally the men were
put on short commons, but no one thought of stinting
the regiment's pet.
When they came to the lake's shore piggy was
offered a passage across to Canada. She refused to
stir from American soil.
When the campaign dosed the troops recroescd to
American soil, where they had left their horses. As
the line was being formed a familiar grunt was heard.
There was piggy, ready lo resume tho march. On
the homeward way the pig suffered greatly from tho
cold weather. It crossed, however, the Ohio river, and
then gave out.
Governor Shelby, of Kentucky, had piggy conveyed
to his farm, and there she passed her days in Indo?
lence and good living, honored as the regiment's
mascot.
An Aged Grapevine
ONE of the most wonderful plants In the fruit
bearing class Is the scuppernong grape. It Is
an old and excellent variety, and In a number
of Instances the vine has been known to live and bear
fruit for many years.
When Sir Walter Raleigh's party sailed from England
to the new world In 15SI It is said they planted one of
these vines on Rtanoke Island in North Carolina.
This vine Is still there and Is bearing big crops of
delicious fruit. It is a thrifty vine, and covers quite a
)ot of land with Its fruit-heating branches. The people
who own it are taking the best of care of the highly
prized relic of early history.
The men who planted It had no idea of the time it
would live, and the wonderful progress the country
would make before the vine saw the end of Its usefulness.
Manv persons have been offering good prices for vines
started from this parent vine and for cuttings from its
branches.

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