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THE aiOBflTBTG TIMES, SUNDAY, MARCH 14,. 189T
- The Planting of 1
I the Shamrock 1
BY GEKAL1) BRENAN.
It was over 1,000 years ago 1,500
j cars, to be correct and yet the wild,
vrave-Veatcii coast-Hue, the wind-swept
cliffs and the houseless headlands or An
trim looked little different then from
what tliey do today. Then, as now, the
madcap surges of tiie Irish sea came leap
ing up to kiss the lichens and long grasses
that swung from the frowning rocks-then,
ab now, l lie heather and the furae fought
for mastery far inland, unfl the fojack-ncs-id
Eheep browsed patiently on the scant
green blades that grew between.
A little fleet or boats had been benched
on the strip or yellow sand beneath the
cliffs and even the boats were wondrous
ly like those in -which the hardy Anttim
fisherman of our own day goes down to
But the men that leaped rrom the bows
while as yet they came nosing through the
surge were widely diffei eat iu all icspects
from the canny manners of Larne or Bel
fast Lough. .Steel caps were on their heads,
from beneath which streamed musses of
raven black or ruddy golden hair. Kaeli
man bore sword and dagger by his side,
with a great bronze ax swung over ins
fur clad shoulflcis. , . -
Now, one or these captives, a blue
cyeti, daifc-haired lad. intirotied somewhat
apait riom the others. Tor lie was of
gentle race in 'his own country, and
therefore destined to serve as bondman
to the king htmselfv to the wild king of
thi wild, heathen land, "Patrick," thev
culled him, or, in Gaeli "l'alralc,"
which was the nearest they could go
toward pronouncing its name " Patri
cks,' or "the patrician."'
As he stepped with bare feet out rif
the shoal water, this dark-haired lacl
to.k something furtively from his travel
stJined tunic, and gazed at it with Iick
luster eye. It was a' little clump or
brown mold, with, growing rrom it, a
(my plant or slendei green stems, and a
tiny green lear, curiously bhaped upon
every stem. The great, rugged sea
rovers were busy with their Iwats and
their otliei prisoners, so that Patrick
had a time in which to gaze at this cu
rious prize. But, even as he gazed, a
heavy hand descended upon his shoul
der, and a rough voice spoke in the dia
led of the seas the tongue in which all
amriners spake then as they do today
the hvbrkl language or harbor and ocean
- Beware the evil spell. It is bewitched.
This boy's rather is a priest in his ow'n
country. Be has doubtless set his mark
upon this piece or herbage. Should one
of us touch it, it will turn into'serpents.
to rend rind to destroy Ub. Lay uot thy
liand upon it in the name or Baal, the
sun the master or our lives.'
For these old Irish worshiped the sun,
and they were vastly siipeistitious, "as,
ndied, are Gaelic people even to this day,
despite Christianity and civilization.
-Thou'rt light avic," ciied the captain
cr the band: 'twere rash to touch the
Christian child's spell. But he
fchall go forthwith before the archdruld
or I'lster. and the herb shall go with him
Although it look harmless enough, yonder
lit of green just like nny other
trefoil, such as 1 have seen growing by
i.undiedsover seas, yet a spell It well may
lie. and I am in no mood to risk meddling
He motioned to Patrick to keep his bit
of trefoil, and the trembling lad hastily re
placed this relic of his lost home Witlin the
f!ds of his tunic Tlten the slips having
been beached, and a guard posted over
them, the -hole party turned their faces
luUnd towards Lough Neagh, where King
M.u-lcho. monaich" of Antrim, held his
At high noon on the following day two
or th sea lovers roused him f lorn his rude
bed In the Gaelic monarch'sbawnor stable
yard He had been, it seemed, separated
fri-ni his fellows, for when he came Into
the presence of the king, he could see none
of the other captives in the throng. Mael
cho. rulei or western Ulster, sat upon a
tin "lie or oak a dark-eyed, yellow
tiaiied man or mighty stature, but with
a lurking kindliness in his race, cheered
tt e yonM.ful captive not a little Around
the throne were the druids, and chief
among them all stood fortli the arcb-druid.
low-browed and evil-eyed, reputed one to
be reared thioughout northern Ireland.
But the kin. Maeleho, smiled upon Patrick,
and the loy reared not.
"It has been told unto us," said the
arch-druid, in thunderous tones, "that
this stranger child is a wizard or the
Christians over the seas that he bcareth a
epell or might within his tunic. There
fore, we the Druids or the kingdom or
"Ulster, bid him produce this vaunted talis
man", but we warn him that there is no
epell, or whatsoever power, that we cannot
overcome and conquer by invocation pf
Baal the supreme."
Pat rick, staringwidely beneath his swart
eyelashes, understood no word of this
speech, until the kindly king, nodding to
one or the sea rovers, had the speech ot
the aichdruid translated for his benefit
Into the mutual language of the seas.
Then Patrick, plucking up courage and
drawing from his bosom the little clump
or mold, with its sprig of trefoil, spake
tarnerstly unto the king:
"Tin in no spell, my lord - Only
E.S the sea rovers swooped down upon our
tields, to bear me away into slavery I
&eg-H- or n:v captor the tall, dark warrior
yonder leave to pluck this plant from the
eod as a memory of my native landi
The swarthy sailor indicated ncknov.i
tdged sailoi a ise, in a rew words that the
boy had spoken the truth. But the arch
aruid and the lieutenant or the sea
rovers, who were not to be confounded,
lageilv conferred together, and the arch-
"It blooms! The
amid spoke "My lord, the king, he
tald, "this lad lletb. He is a wizard,
Mid Ills mock trefoil is an evil spell.
Such a plant has never yet been seen
x Ireland. Look, you, my lord, it bear
th three leaves of equal tlze and shape-
denoting thyself, the queen thy consort,
and thy youthrul Son Believe me, king,
it is a spell against our lund."
The king pondcied deeply; b'ut his bet
ter nature, after a glance at Patrick's
ingenious face, conquered.
"The doom of such a wizard," he said,
"were death at the stake. If the boy
weie as you say, he should be burned
alive. But for my part, 1 cannot be
lieve it. He looks not like an evil sor
cerer. My desire, theicroie, is
that the foreign captive be given fair
trial. Let him, in our presence, plant
this clump of eaith and thc-threc-lcaved
heib upon it. Should it thrive and grow,
well and good Then it is harmless and
his life is spa 'ed. But should it
"A heavy hand descended upon his;
fail to bloom, and rather wither in oui
bight, then It is. a false, heib, und , its
owner deserving of the stake "
Theie was a. fiown upon the face or
the chier Druid; but the waiiors around
the king's tin one 'approved their mon
arch's decision, and smote their swords
loudly upon shield and bienstplatc.
Accordingly, at a wold fiom the cap
tain of the sea. rovois, Patrick stepped
forth a few paces and dug with his anx
ious fingers in the' mold. Then, having
made a cavity, lie therein planted the
trefoil or his native land.
"Dost wlli," drifted the king, "to say
a spell over It?"
The lad shook his head. "It needs no
spell, my lord," he answered, "ir the
soil be triendly, it will thrive."
Then sprang to the spot the arch
Druid, followed by the pnests of Baal.
All day long and fai Into the night they
sangthcii evil incantations, and woie their
spells over the drooping tiefoil But
toward night a light rain begun to fall,
such as is common in those latitudes, and
the king, accompanied by his entiic court,
fled to shelter, leaving an aimedgiiard to
watch o ei the tiny plant. "With the guaid
stayed l'atrick, piaying earnestly to high
heaven that the trefo.l or his fatherland
should nourish and take loot in this new
and ban en toil. Long he prayed, until
the rain ceased, and the silence of tiie warm
night lulled him to sleep. And, sleep
ing, l.e sank lightly to earth beside his
When morning came, fresh and fra
grant after the welcome rains, Pat
rick' opened his eyes to behold advanc
ing toward him, across the plain, a
notable company of wa triors and priests,
with King Maeleho, himseir, at the head.
His limbs ached somewhat 1 rum the
night's exposure, but for all that he did not
forget to bend a quick glance upon the
tiefoil. Happiness! It had not withered,
but refrcbhed by rain and morning
dews bloomed in the unaccustomed earth
as though rugged Antiim were its
native place A great joy lifted Patrick
to his feet and set him running at
pace, wondrous Indeed considering his
cramped legs, to meet the king's caval
cade. "It blooms! the trefoil blooms!" he
cried, as he caught the king's bridle,
and was lifted by the kindly monarch
to the saddle bow. And despite the black
looks and muttered imptecations of the
chier Druid and his adherents, tiie king
spurred his charger ahead until he came
upon the trefoil, blooming daintily in
the short grass or the valley.
"There is no spell here," said Maeleho,
"nor is this boy a wizard. Nay, more,
he has given to Erin a new herb may
It prove an herb or grace. Three-leaved
it is, thcrerore we will call It It. the Gaelic
tongue sheam-rock, or the little trefoil,'
and the boy's duty it will be to tend my
flocks in the valley where he planted
Thus was Tatrick, the captive,
spared from a woeful death, that
he might become Ireland's apostle,
and even thus, say the old legends,
did he give to Ireland the shamrock, her
Trouble "With tho Stock Exchange.
The decadence of the New York Stock
Exchange, writes a correspondent of the
Pittsburg Dispatch, is giving great con
cern, not only to members of 'Chauge,
but to the business world as well. Mem
bership on the Exchange represents an in
vestment of 522,000,000, each of the
1,100 members having paid about $20,
Q0O for a seat; but today, with the pos
sible exception of a scant hair-dozen
houses having exceptional inside informa
tion on government policies, and a still
larger number on the inside of railroad
deals, and still another set "onto" floor
flurries, the" great mass of traders are
idle. A very many or them far above the
majority, in fact are not making even the
interest on their original investment. Then,
mobfor these are not even making office
rent. Still, they must hustle around and
pretend to be busy; must dress well, and
live well, Tor any failure to keep up ap
pearances on "Wall street means failure in
business. All this means that seats on
'Change are being pledged, but there is
grave danger of the prices tumbling so fast
that they will be worth little. They
once scld" up as high as $32,000, if not
higher; but. no one member today would
like to give you his hone6t opinion of their
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Prince of Wales as a JCook
His royal highness, Albeit Edward, tho
Prince of Wales, has become a chef. Brit
ish society and American, too, of course
stands agape at royalty's latest freak.
From being the hero of the social world
In various other ways, the prince hns as
cended, or descended, as one may choose
to think, to the position of chief chafing
dish manipulator of the United Kingdom.
The feminine section of European royalty
has long had a fad for preparing savory
dishes, but this is the flr.it time that a
man in whom royal blood flows has en
tered the lists to compete with them.
It all came through the grldhon party
given by Mrs. Duncombc, a favorite of
the prince, very pretty and equally
original. The prince was at Mis. Dun
combe's party. It was the tirst time
lit the history of this scion of royalty that
he ever grilled his own cutlet. The chafing
dish was the utensil that performed all the
Teats that usually fall to the lot of the
range, and tile gastronomic problems that
It solved arc declared to have been
stupendous. The diniiig-ioom or the fash
iotmiilcr mansion became Its grill room.
In other days it had been held to be Ill
bred to permit an odor that in any way
called to mind the kitchen to penetrate
the .sacred precincts or the drawing-iooin.
Xow all was changed.
It is tile Prince of Wales who has af
forded relief rrom the ennui which lias
seized upon society, and so it Is that artcr
the theater lasliiou no longer flocks to the
restaurants and gratifies its taste with the
delicacies prepated by the hernpped and
apVoncd monsieur, but hies itself to its
home, and there is its own cheL The so
cial mind is turned toward the invention
or rancirul new dishes just as strongly us
the mind or the late Ward McAllister had
its bent In the direction of social exclu
siveness. The little cozy suppers remind
one not a little of those impromptu re
pasts that the meu often enjoyed in their
dormitories when they were in college.
It was no'nuw tiling for fashionable per
sons lo invite their friends to their homes
after the opera and theater, and some part
ot refreshment was al ways served. The re
freshment, however, was light. There was
generally a meager collection of sand
wiches and cake. Of course there was
plenty to drink champagne and other
wines. Now, however, no cold collation
greets the eye- Instead, threeor foursteam
ing chafing dishes awaitthercturningrevel
ers, their savory contents covered by great
silver heaters, and the blue flames of their
double-power alcohol lamps sheding a
cheery glory upon the scene.
The utensils used for these chafing dish
banquets are frequently of silver, and
each guest furnishes himself with plates,
knives and spoons from the supplies In
the buffet, and then serves himself as
well from the steaming chafing dish, be
cause the assistance of servants is, by
general consent, tabooed. Some host
esses pride themselves on special recipe's
for Welsh rarebit and the buck varieties,
while others pin their faith to wonderful
concoctions of lobster or appetizing messes
of oysters; but whatever dishes may be
cooked and eaten at these delightfully
informal little feasts, there can 'be no
doubt that their slightly Bohemian flavor
adds greatly to their piquant charm.
Take this piquancy and add thereto the
Indorsement of the Prince of Wales and
what more could a society devotee ask.
The adoption of the chafing dish by the
prince has had Its effect on the Anglo
malnacs of the United States and those
who lead In the demonstrations of Anglo
phobia are already planning various sorts
of chafing dish festivities. It seems prob
able that the fad will have even a greater
run in the United States than in England.
Then, too, such indorsement as it has re-
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celved "on the other side'' will lead many
persons to take it up who have not hereto
fore considered it exactly the thing to do,
for various reasons.
One of the oddest results of the Prince
of Wales' new departure is the sudden
mania for solving the mysteries of the
chafing dish which has seized on the young
men of society. Most of these gentlemen
had considered it a matter nnart for the
women to manipulate the chafing dish.
Now, however, their mothers or their
sweethearts or some other women are be
sought to teach" them all the little in
tricacies that cluster about tho concoction
of savory dainties or the grilling of a cut
let, to plagiarize a well-known saying, "to
the prince's taste."
The method of cooking adopted by these
young men is said to be well worth obser
vation. Every hostess who gives a grill
ing paity now keeps on hand for her gen
tlemen guests a supply or long white
npions. These aprons are not tied about
the waist as with the young women, but
the btiings encircle the neck of the gentle
men and thus preserve the evening suit
fiom gtease spots and other evidences or
too close familiarity with those things
which delight the appetite and cleave to
btoadcloth when opportunity otters. The
spectnele or half a dozen young men ciicti
latlng about several chafing dishes is in
itself a sight of interest, but with the apron
attachment the young men assume an ap
pea ranee which is positively picturesque.
The -fnothers with marriageable dauglr
tern enthusiastically approve or the meth
ods inaugurated by the Prince. Familiar
ity may breed contempt, but it also occa
sionally breeds marriage, and thus tho
fashionable mamma sees and rejolcvs at
a popular fad which helps along her match
making in wonderful degree.
Royal nighnessShovs His Ability ns
HOYAL FAMILY CONNECTIONS.
Reigning 3Ionai'ehs in Europoiluoh
Related by- Blood and Marriage.
Attention has recently been drawn to
the extent to which the royal family of
Denmark is related by marriage to the
governing families of other European
kingdoms. Christian IX, of Denmark,
the oldest secular ruler in Europe is
the futher of the Princess of 'Wales (wire
ot the future King of England), the
father of George I, King of Greece, nnd
the father of the Kmpiess Dagmar, mother
oi the Emperor of Russia, Nicholas II.
In the present complication in and about
Crete, the English and Russiau governments
are perhaps more deeply interested than
any other, und the .relation which they
bear to 'King George is therefore ot tle
very flrstimportance. Heis related by mar
riage to the royal houses of each empire,
one sister being ihejuujther of the Rus
blan emperor, and thevother the daughter-in-law
of Queen Victoria.
The Kiug of Denmark", however, is not
the only monarch of Europe at present
who owes much of his influence to matri
monial alliances. The present emperor
of Austria, Franfc Josef, has two daughters,
the elder of whom,, Gisela, is married to
the second son of the regent ot Bavaria.
His son Rudolph, who died by suicide in
1889, was married to the second daughter
of Leopold II, the King of Belgium. The
present king of Portugal, Charles I, is a
son of a daughter of Victor Emmanuel.
The heir to the throne ot Saxony married
the daughter ot a former king of Portugal,
and his eldestson married the Archduchess
Louise or Austria. The prescnf king of
Greece not only is the brother ot the
Dowager Empress of Russia, but he married,
the Grand Duchess Olga of Russia, and
a younger brother married the Princess
Marie of Orleans, a niece of the Comte de
Paris, whose son, the Duke ot Orleans, is
the Bourbon aspirant for the crown of
The eldest sou of the King of Denmark
married the Princess Louise of Sweden and
Norway, Oscar II. The eldest of the sens
of the present King of Greece married
Sophia, the sister of the present Emperor
of Germany, whose brother Henry 8 mar
ried to a daughter of the late Princess
Alice of Enginnu.a daughter oTtJueen Vic
toria, who died iu 187S. The heir lo the
throne of Boumania is the husband of the
eldest daughter or the Duke or Edinburgh,
second son of Queen Victoria; and this list
does not by any means exhaust the sum
mary or relationships betAveen the royal
families of Europe.
It was said in fomrer times that the In
tegrity or the once powerrul and a ways
proud empire of Austria was maintained
only through the fact that the princes or
the house or Hapsburg, not handsome men
themselves, had all of them beautiful
daughters, and the marriage or these daugh
ters to scions of other royal houses in
Europe had the effect of forestalling and
preventing the dismemberment of the Aus
trian empire, repeatedly thieatcned after
each successive defeat of Austrian sol
diers iu battle.. At the present time it is
tho royal house of Denmark, rather than
of Austria, which exercises the largest
measure of influence, matrimonially on
other European courts. New York Sun.
MISSKI) THIS INAUGURATION.
A California "Woman Mobbed of Tier
Money and Jewels in Chicago.
Diamonds valued at $1,000 and $200 iu
bills fell to the lot of 'some sneak thler on
Tuesday afternoon. -Mine. N. Sicott, of
Los A ngeles, Cal , says she is the loser, ami
as a result, she abandoned a trip to Wash
ington to attend the inaugural ceremonies.
On Tuesday between -1 and 5 p. m. .Mine.
Sicott says Hhc visited a downtown depart
ment store to buy a telescope bag to be
used on the Eastern journey. Hhe had the
diamonds and several other valuable pieces
of jewelry in her purse, with $200 in bills.
Her purchase, engaged her attention, and
she thoughtlessly placed her purse on the
counter When she turned to pick It up a
few seconds later it had disappeared.
Mute Sicott would not give any descrip
tion of her jewels, although she says she
u Chef at u Social Function.
has furnished a complete description to the
police department. She said Scrgt. Fitz
gerald, or the central station, had cautioned
Iter against imparting information concern
lugher loss to anyone, and she was not at
liberty to give a detailed description.
The manager of the d epartment storesaid
the theft had not been reported to him.
Tho police are inclined to believe a com
mon sneak thief made the haul. Mine. Sicott
saysnoor.c knew she wnscarrylns the valu
ables. Chicago Tribune.
The Kaiser's Mustache Trainer.
The noblest sons of Germany, says the
New York World, devote'their best energies
to cultivating mustaches. The Emperor
William sets them an example.
His majesty possesses the newest ami
most successful mustache trainer in Ger
many. It is an arrangement divided in
the center by a buckle. On each side of the
buckle is a strip of ribbon, lined with pink
netting, permitting ventilation. At the cud
of each ribbon is a tiny comb.
His majesty's valet places the buckle in
the center of his majesty's mustache and
combs the ends of the imperial mustache
toward his majesty's ears. The end of Ihe
ribbon can then be fastened by pieces of
elastic to the ears. Thellttlecombsliedown
and cause no annoyance.
The. mustache trainer can be worn all
night, and it the whiskers are long enough
the result is sure to be most warlike and
Impressive. The emperor has a rine mus
tache. The ends are long and sharp and
pointtoward his ears as straight and stiffly
as if they were made of steel.
His majesty uses the mustache cultivator
not ouly in the retirement of his private
apartments. He carries one in his pocket,
and whenever the hairy decoration threat
ens to droop or to fall Into disorder he
takes out the little machine and restores
it to perfect symmetry.
During the winter months, says the Al
bany Journal, when there is less oppor
tunity for thorough ventilation of the
house than In the summer time, it is a wise
plan to use a disinfectant every month or
two, especially irthe members or the fam
ily are inclined to take cold readily, have
sore throats or other troubles which are
aggravating If not acute.
The disinfecting is not to take the
pluce of regular ventilation, by any means,
but simply to supplement it.
One good method Is by burning sul
phur in ec.cn room. Sprinkle the pow-
Yacht Race Between Young Vnxidir hilt und Young Ilavemeyer, the Lat
ter in the Ecad.
dered sulphur on live coals', and carry it
on a shovel through the house.
The silver should all be carefully put
away first, however, or It will be dis
colored by the fumes.
Another simpler plan still is to saturate
cloths in cholrides, a bottle or which can
be had at small cost at the drug store,
and hang them m varloius rooms. This Is
recommended by physicians as especially
It is a. gootr plan, too, to put a few
drops ot carbolic acid in a little water
and allow it to stand in all vessels which
are used In sleeping apartments, after
they have been emptied and well rinsed.
The Problem of the Mnsses.
It is to increased wealth and to Increased
civilization that avc owe the wide gulf
which today separates well-to-do citizens
from the masses. It is the increased
wealth of tills mighty city which has
driven the poor back, inch by inch, until
we find them today herding together,
packed like herrings In a barrel, neglected
and despised, and left to endure wrongs
and hardships which, ifthey were related
of a far-off savage tribe, would cause Ex
eter Hall to shuddcrtlll Its bricks fell down.
It is the increased civilization of this mar
velous age which has made life a victory
only for the strong, the gifted and the spe
cially blest, and left the weak, the poor
and the ignorant to work out iu theirproper
persons the theory of the survival of the
fittest to the bitter end.
The long-promised era of domestic legis
lation is said to be at hand, nnd prophets
with powerful telescopes declare tliey can
see the first faint signs of its dawn upon
the political horizon. When that era has
come within the range ot the naked eye it
Is probable that the homes of the poor will
be one of Its burning questions, and the
' strong armof the law may be exteudedpro
tcctingly, even at the risk, ot showing-the
shortness ot its sleeve, as far as the humble
tollers, who at the present moment suffer
only its penalties, and enjoy none of its
advantages. George R. Sims.
This Cat Returned.
The cat came back to Samuel Ward, of
Waynesboro, Pa. not In song, but in fact,
a few weeks ago. Mr. Ward had not seen
it since July, 1894, when he had dropped
Itfrom a traiu near Frederick, Md. Indian
HERE'S THE YOUNGEST
Trobably the youngest yachtsman in
this country is Master William Kissam
Vanderbilt, jr., son of William K. Vnn
derbilt, owner of the palatial yacht
Valiant- There is little doubt in tho
minds ot those who have watched the
Interest taken in boats by this young
man that in the near future he will rant
among the foremost yachtsmen or the
world. There are undoubtedly many boys
of lesser years who sail boats, and do it
well, but the title "youngest yachtsman"
is due to Master Vanderbilt from the fact
that he i3 a "deep water" sailor, the
ocean and large bays alone furnishing
room enough to suit him.
One day last summer in Newport harbor.
f Master Vanderbilt was to race his half
rater against that of young Harry Bave
inyer. When they had reached the start
ing point in Benton's Cove, Master Vnn
derbllt insisted on laying the course out
to sea, but to this Ilavemeyer would hoc
agree Young Vanderbilt could not under-'
stand why Ilavemeyer wanted such tame
sailingr though finally there was a com
promise on a course in Narragansett Bay.
Master Vanderbilt is quick to learn and
afraid to try nothing with iii.n boits, yethe
will not needlessly run into danger. During
the summer season he is aliAo-t continually
arioat Last season he chartered tfce
crack sloop, Jessica, In which he made
many cruises, always taxing a large party
ot rnends along. The sloop was ripv -
nlshed ntHgiuflcently and oalj the lpt of
everything was ever taken on iard. In
addition to the Jessica, Maser Vander
bilt owned a hair-rater, in w--Ich he raced
until he saw that his boc-ft was not so fas
cis certain others, when ; laid her up, and
today she lb high anjl dry at Bllven's
yard in Newport, whete she will probably
end her days. This rl;at was called the
Osprey, and like tin," Jebsica, she flew
the private flag of1 the Valians The
Osprey is a Ilerresbv'f boat, and Master
Vanderbilt got to b such an adept in
handling her that he could take her
through narrow opeiunSs that wotud have
staggered older bailoi'-2nd dart her around
the whurves so skillfmi-as to draw the
envy of all who saw him.
Master Vanderbilt won only ont race
with the Osprey. It was heM under the
auspices of the Jamestown Yaohu Club,
but on special occasions, when he wanted .
ids boat to win, she would prove an utter
failure. The event which ended the life,
of the Osprey wa tbeoutcomeof the match
race between her and Harry Ilavemeyer's
"Ideal the prize being a gokl cup of- .
rered by his mother, Mrs. O. IL P. Bel
mont. It was a ten-mile triangular race,
andoneolthe yachtingevent-or NewporB's
last season, being witnessed by many so
ciety people, including Mr. and Mrs. Bel
mont and several of Master Vanderbiit's
young lady admirers. In this race the
Ideal proved to be the better boat or tHe
two, and at the finish line was five minute'-ahead
of the Osprey.
Master Vanderbilt was hugely disgusted
with the action of his boat, and after that
he devoted his time to sailing the Jessica
but as none of his young friends had sloops
that could compete with her, tt wa tame
sport for him.
He is now at school at Southbridge,
Mass., preparing for Yale College, but the
coming season he will again be on hand,
and It is understood that he will this time
try his luck with one oTthe nerreshoff 30
rooters, a class which proved so popular
last season, and which will do much racing
this year. Master Vanderbilt means to
have a winning boat, and will keep at it
until he succeeds in getting one that can
leave everything in its wake.
A SUBSTITUTE FOB RUBBER.
It Comes From a Tree in California
and "Will Cost BniUttle.
A dispatch from San Francisco says
that a young newspaper mau of Santa
Rosa has discovered a substitute for
rubber, which, it is said, can be pjodueed
cheaply, and will answer for auy nwpQte
for which rubber is now used.
It comes from a tree which grows jimn
dantly in Sonoma county, ami which has
been named the "oleo elastica," because of
its yield of a conslderaWe amount of gmu
my substance. It is this substance that
seems to promise to revolutionize the rub
ber business. The gum is procured from a
transverse iuclsioh in the large root. The
juice flows rapidly from the first ten to.
fifteenmiiiutes,aud aft ertwoor three dajs
exposure a layer re&emliHus rubber is
formed. Over this another layer of rub
ber gradually forms.
For every pound of juice one ounce oil
a secret composition or solution i a
added for the purpose of "curing" and
hastening the process of oxygenation- like
genuine rubber, this crust is tenacious
and elastic In its natural state. It will
vulcanize like rubber, and, being a non
conductor of electricity, it may be em
ployed for insulating telegraph and
other lines which transmit electricity.
Capital has been interested, and arrange
ments are being made to produce the new
"rubber" on a large scale It is stated
that it can be produced in practically un
limited quantities at less than one-quarter
the cost of pure rubber
Eifty Quails In Fifty Days.
Mrs. Mollie reel, or Macgregor, Tex., fln
Isehd eating her fiftieth quail Tuesday
morning, having eaten one each day for the
last fifty days, andonly terminated the ex
periment now because or the bird law,
which prevents her from procuring them:.
Mrs. Peelsays shehas experienced no dis
taste or unpleasant results; on the contra
ry, she hab cultivated a taste for quail and
regrets that she cannot continue longer.
Mrs. Peel is thirty one years old, height 5
reet 4 Inches, weight 175 pounds. She was
raised In Illinois. She has been in Texas
seven .years. She has superintended tho
culinary departments of lutcls and eat
ing t.ouses almost ccntmually for nine
years. Chicago Chronicle