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«ANOTHER GREAT OFFERING OF NEW FALL GOODS \»
k CLOAK DEPARTMENT.
LADIES' FALL JACKETS.
At 355.03.
LADIES' DOUBLE-BREAPTED JACKETS of black and navy blue beaver, with triple stitched
seams, very full sleeves, bone buttons, will be offered at $5 each.
At 57.50.
LADIES' DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKETS of black and navy Berlin twill, coat backs, notched
collar, tailor pockets, bone buttons, will be offered at $7 50 each.
At 10.00. »
LADIES' DOUBLE-BEEASTED JACKETS of black and navy diagonal cloaking, with square
notched revers collar, very full steeves. large bone buttons, neatly trimmed throughout with
worsted braid, will be offered at 10 each. „ -..*s i ■»•-; t ■-/•
18.50. ' . V ;;/V
LADIES' DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKETS of black and navy Boucle cloth, trimmed with bias
strips of plain cloth, storm collar, very large bone buttons, mandolin sleeves, will be offered
at §12 50 each.
LADIES' CLOTH CAPES.
At $5.00. .
LADIES' DOUBLE CAPES of black and navy melton, trimmed all round with aatin band with
rows of silk stitching, rolling collar of velvet, will be offered at 55 each.
At $8.50.
LADIES' FULL CIRCULAR DOUBLE CAPES of black and navy Roanoke beaver, trimmed all
round with several rows of worsted braid, will be offered at $8 50 each.
At 10.00.
LADIES' MEDIUM LENGTH FULL CIRCULAR DOUBLE CAPE of black and navy fancy Boucle
cloth, edged all round with two-inch band of satin with rows of silK stitching, inlaid collar
of black velvet, will be offered at $10 each.
LADIES' PLUSH CAPES.
At *10.00.
LADIES' FULL CIRCULAR RIPPLE CAPES of black plush, lined with twilled silk, neatly
trimmed with braid and jet, storm collar and satin ribbon streamers, will be offered at $10
each.
At 1 5.00.
LADIES' CIRCULAR CAPES of black silk plush, elaborately trimmed with jet, storm collar and
satin bow, lined with twilled silk, also medium lenpth plush cape with deep cape collar,
fronts and collar edged with angora, will be offered at $15 each.
At 520.00.
LADIES' SHORT CIRCULAR CAPE of black silk plush, lined with extra quality twilled silk,
neatly braided with soutache, pattern outlined with bands of narrow jet trimming, also
shot double cape of black silk plush, very full sweep — storm collar— entire garment edged
with fur, with heading of narrow passementerie, will be offered at $20 each.
CHILDREN'S JACKETS.
At $4<50 and 55.00.
CHILDREN'S DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKETS, varying in size from 4 to 14 years, made Of fancy
brown mixed cloaking, square revers velvet collar, bone buttons, very full sleeves, will
be o3ered at $4 50 and $5 each.
At $7.50 and 48.00.
CHILDREN'S DOUBLE-BREASTED JACKETS of Boucle cloth, in shades of red, medium brown
and mottled effects, edjred all around with fancy cord, mandolin sleeves, notched collar, lap
pockets, full backs. These jackets vary in size from 4 to 14 years, and will be offered at
$7 50 and .$3 each.
NOTE!
Special Sale Fine and Medium Table Damasks and Remnants
Towelings, Towels, etc.
UiJ Murphy Building, /
ludliul Qilu Jones Streets.
IN CHILDHOODS
REALM
The Little Mock-Man.
The little mocK-man on the stairs-
He mocks the lady's torse 'at rears
At bi-sicklea an' things-
He mocks the men 'at rides 'em, too;
An' mocks the movers, arivin' through,
An' hollers : "Here's the way yon do
With them air hitch In '-strings!"
" Ho! ho!" he'y say,
Ole settlers' day,
When they're all jogglln' by—
" You look like this."
He'll say an' twls'
His mouth an' squint his eye
An' 't«nd like he m beat the bass
Drum at both ends— an' toots an' blares
Ole dinner-horns an' puffs his face—
The little mock-man on the stairs!
The litt> mock-man on the stairs
Hocks ail the people he cares,
'At passes up and down !
He mocks the chickens round the door,
An' mocks the girl 'at scrubs the floor,
An' mocks the rich an' mocks the pore,
An' everything in town !
" Ho' ho!" says he.
To you er me;
An' ef we turns aD' looks,
He's all crosseyed
An' mouth all wide
Like giunts' is in books.
" Ho! to!" he yells. "Look here at me,"
An' rolls his fat eyes round and glares.
"You look like this !" he says, says he,
The little mock-man on the stairs!
The little mock—
The little mock—
The little mock-man on the stairs!
He mocks the music-box an' clocks
An' roller-sofa an' the chairs;
He mocks his pa an' specs he wears;
He mocks the man 'at picks the pears
An' plums an' peaches on the shares;
He mocks the monkeys an' the bears
On picture bills, an' rips an' tears
'Em down an' mocks it all he cares,
An' ever'body ever'wheres!
Jamzs Whitcoub Rilky in Amazlndy.
The Children as Pioneers.
Once upon a time, just so long ago as
Iriien I was a small girl, I went into the
lei/ Wlurphy Building, ./
Martet ai Jones Streets.
Capitol building at Washington to see
a picture which I had been tola I must
look at a great deal and think about
very hard.
The picture seemed to my childish
judgment to have been rather roughly
and hurriedly painted on its great stretch
of plastered wall, but the very title,
"Westward the Course of Empire Takes
Its Way," had rather frightened me, and
the artist haa done his work with a vim
which emphasized the forceful meaning of
his title.
Much of the picture has faded from my
memory, but one figure, a minor one it
may have been in the artist's plan, stands
sharply out terribly expressive to me now
as it was all those long years ago.
A woman, strongly posed, seems to move
toward the setting Bun, upon which her
eyes are fixed. In her face are lines of
pain and of hope. He who runs might
read that to press on to the Westward,
always to the Westward, is the woman's
doom. One must icad, too, that the doom,
fixed by some unknown power, is made a
blessing because hope goes before. The
sufferings by the way may leave their
mark, but they cannot hinder her. cannot
stop her progress to the far fair land where
she h going.
Other figures in the picture I remember
vaguely — children who smile to see the
sunset s glory, and, having no past to re
eret and no to-morrow to fear, are safe and
happy clinging to their mothers' skirts.
Men there are, too, in the picture —
strong men, with purpose in their faces,
and carrying axes that shall hew out their
road through the wilderness.
There is a great covered wagon, too— the
sort they used to call ''prairie schooners."
Patient oxen draw it, as in real life they
drew thousands of people the long year's
journey across the plains.
Westward the course of empire takes its
way ! Leaving the Oriental nations out of
the question— because China has seemed to
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1895.
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The MAMMOTH NEW FALL STOCK that has made our establishment
the one great center of attraction for ladies ever since the season opened
receives many important accessions this week in the shape of immense
shipments of LATE AND EXCLUSIVE STYLES AND NOVELTIES IN
CLOAKS AND OTHER GOODS that have just arrived, and as a special
'. inducement to an early inspection of these beautiful goods we offer the
following ■\/". ,".';• ' < o£S^l
TEMPTING ATTRACTIONS FOB OUR THIS WEEK'S VISITORS !
Ladies' Waists.
At 50 Cents.
LADIES' WAISTS, made of heavy percale
in fancy stripes and figures, yoke back,
full sleeves, regular price 75c and $1,
■will be offered at 50c.
At 75 Cents.
LADIES' WAISTS, made of French per-
cale, in all colors, laundered collar and
cuffs, regular price ?i 25, will be offered
at 75c.
At $1.00.
LADIES' PERCALE AND LINEN LAWN
WAIBTS, laundered collar and cuffs,
in all shades and fancy patterns, regu-
lar price $1 50 and $1 75, will be offered
atsl.
At $5.50.
: LADIES' TAFFETA SILK WAISTS in
fancy stripes and figures, made in the
latest styles, regular price $7, will be
offered at $5 50.
At $8.00.
! LADIES' FANCY SILK WAISTS, made
of best quality silk in the latest style,
box-plaited or full front, finished with
large bow on neck and belt, regular
price $10, will be offered at $8.
At $9.00.
LADIES' ELEGANT SILK WAISTS,
made of finest Quality siljc, in the
latest style in black and colored silks,
regular price $11, will be offered at $9.
GLOVE DEPARTMENT.
At 65 Cents.
70 dozen LADIES' BIARRITZ KID
GLOVES, in red, green, slate, brown,
tan and mode shades, regular value $1,
■will be offered at 65c a pair.
W\m Murphy Building, J
Market aofl Jones Streets.
stand still without making any part of the
history of civilization for the fast three or
four thousand years — the civilized nations
of the earth have always been reaching out
to the westward.
The musty old history books say that
the three civilized races of the world— the
three races that have made the history of
the world— were once one people, and
lived together somewhere in Western Asia.
When these races began their "going
west' 1 one of them, the Hamitic, became
the Egyptian and Chaldean people, and
have always kept themselves apart.
Another race, the Semitic, has given the
world its three great religions— the Jewish,
the Christian and the Mohammedan.
The third race, the Aryan, is our own,
and the race that has been the planter of
new nations.
"First the glory that was Greece," then
"the grandeur that was Rome" ; then Italy,
France, Germany, England and finally our
own America. These are the nations tfcat
have risen, because the Aryan race, the
race of progress, has been always obeying
the law which plenty of people have be
lieved originated with Horace Greeiey,
when he said "Go West, young man !"
The barbarians from Northern Europe
and the polished Latins, descendants of
the Greeks, went west together. England
took the language and customs of the bar
barians, while France and Spain took the
religion of the Romans.
Long afterward Columbus felt the in
evitable longing to go west. Because he
had that longing so deeply impressed
upon his nature that he made great
efforts and endured many hardships to
Gratify it Columbus became a hero to all
the world. But, after all. what did he
more than a young man who told me of
his desire to come West, just as if it were
a natural feeling, inborn in every breast?
"I came just as far West as I could,"
said he, "and then I waded out into the
water ud to my waist and fired my gun
straight toward the setting sun 1"
People always think they have a per
fectly sound reason for following out their
destiny. The Pilgrim Fathers and the
Huguenots fled from the people of their
own race to escape religious persecution.
It seemed to them safer to go among sav
ages who lived in a freezing and forbidding
land than to yield gracefully some trifling
details of tbeir religious ceremonies to the
opinions of tbeir kings and their neigh
bors. New England was a good place to
emigrate from, and if our bard-heaued an
cestors had left it for the sunny South who
would have wondered? But the rlower
scented forests of the South called all in
vain to the Puritans. Perhaps they
thought happiness would be a sin, and the
hardest path to follow would lead to the
richest reward. Perhaps, and this really
seems to me the most likely reason, they
were only fulfilling the destiny that Ten
nyson hints at when he sings:
Through the Ages one increasing purpose run*,
And the thoughts of men are widened with the
process Of the suna.
Whatever the reason may be our own
people have always been pushing toward
the sunset. In New England men and
women gave the best part of their lives to
laying low the forests, to planting fields
and orchards, to harnessing the streams
for mill-power. They labored mightily to
build themselves houses of logs. They
suffered and waited for the fruits of their
toil. And very likely when the fruit was
ripe the time of their going was ripe too.
Some journeyed to Pennsylvania, some to
Ohio. There they struggled again to make
a clearing in the forest, to grow a little
trrain, to build a bouse of logs. And many
families deserted these new homes again,
pressing always farther west.
I wonder if they felt as did a bright
faced woman who lived nine miles from
neighbors, high up in the Sierra Nevada
Mountains. It's a gitten' most too thick
settled hereabout?,'' was her complaint.
"Folks is goin' and comin' through the
hills all summer long. We'uns wants to
go back into Arizony."
Does any one suppose that the children
didn't play an important part in all this
New Dress Trimmings
New Styles of JET DRESS TRIM-
MINGS, in bands and edgings, all
•widths. a?rt lowest prices.
JET VANDYKE POINT GIMPS, from
1 inch to 15 inches deep, new pat-
terns.
COLORED AND JET SPANGLE
TRIMMINGS, all widths and in all
shades.
JET AND COLORED BEAD GARNI-
TURES, in chain, Vandyke and
epaulette designs, the latest novel-
ties.
Feather Collars and Boas,
REAL OSTRICH FEATHER COL-
LARS AND BOAS, 18, 36, 45,54
inches long, best quality and low-
est prices.
New Dress Bnttons.
Just received, a beautiful collection
of New and Elegant Fancy and Rhine-
stone Buttons, all sizes.
SPECIAL.
Ladies' Shopping Bags.
500 LADIES' BLACK LEATHER
SHOPPING BAGS, 10 in., regular
value 35c, special at 20c each.
Glove Department.
At $1 00.
80 dozen LADIES' 4-BUTTON KID
GLOVES (0. B. qualitv No. 2),
our own special importation, in all
colors and black, will be offered at
$1 a pair; every pair guaranteed.
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{/(/ Murphy Building, /
Mariet anfl Jones Streets.
settling up of new worlds? Hot any
body who thinks about things. Even the
history-booKs, that are so careful always
not to let stories creep in between their
covers that might interest small people —
even these haven't been able quite to
ignore the children who made the dreadful
journeys across the plains in the early
days. That reminds me that there are
plenty of people in the City who could tell
you all about that drive across the plains
if they chose. Once I traveled westward
in the company of a very great lady who
knew, it seemed to me, what were the
right sort of things to be proud of.
"I have made the journey across the
continent in a Pullman car something
more than forty times," said this loyal
American citizen— "but I like best to think
A LITTLE VIBTTTOSO WHO WISHES TO "APPBAE."
about the time when we crossed it with
ox teams, walking half the way, I guess.
"You should have seen the sort of
clothes we wore in those days! Our
dresses were of denim, and I remember that
even that stout material used to get torn
when we raced and played among the
sagebrush. "
What do you think of a lady who talked
like that when she might as well as not
have spent the time telline us about the
gowns she had shone in at diplomatic din
ners and even court functions? Or, if you
don't know what those occasions are
like, she might have described the dresses
she and the other queens wore when they
had parties and things.
But wasn't it lovely of her not to sav a
word about all that, but to entertain every
body with interesting stories of the jour
ney over hills and plains?
Do you think the wagon parties were
'not such an important matter? Mrs.
Conner, a woman you can read about,
wrote a letter from Fort Laramie in 1846 in
which she said that a party juat arrived
Umbrellas.
At $1.50.
[ LADIES' SILK GLORIA UMBRELLAS,
with steel rod, natural handles, para-
gon frames, and leather covers, value
$2, will be offered at $1 50.
At $1.75.
i LADIES' SILK UMBRELLAS, with nat-
ural and steel rods, paragon frames, in
natural and Dresden handles, value
$2 50, will be offered at $1 75.
At $2.50.
LADIES' SILK UMBRELLAS, in natural
and steel rods, Dresden handles, with
case and tassle, value $3 50, will be
offered at $2 50.
At $1.75.
GENTLEMEN'S SILK GLORIA UM-
BRELLAS, with steel rods, natural
handles, paragon frames, leather cases,
value $2 50, will be offered at $1 75.
At $2.00.
GENTLEMEN'S SILK UMBRELLAS
in naturai and steel rods, with horn
and natural crooked handles, value $3,
will be offered at $2.
At $3.00.
GENTLEMEN'S SILK UMBRELLAS, in
natural and steel rods, with Prince of
Wales crooks, silver trimmed, value
$4, will be offered at $3.
GLOVE DEPARTMENT.
At $1.50.
80 dozen LADIES' 4-BUTTON GENUINE
FRENCH KID GLOVES (0. B. qual-
ity No. 1), our own special importation,
in all colors and black, will be offered
at $1 50 a pair. Every pair guaran-
teed.
wU Murphy Building, /
Market and Jones Streets.
reported meeting, in all, 515 wagons bound
for California ana Oregon. This was be
fore the discovery of gold— before the
people reslly began to emigrate.
And these wagons were no pleasure-carts,
either, but great prairie-schooners carrying
families and all the actual necessities foi
the long year's journey and for the fur
nishing of the primitive home at the end
of it.
Somebody has said that the hardships of
that journey could never have been en
dured by men alone— that the hopes, the
thriftiness of the women kept up the gen
eral couraze and averted many calamities.
Now, I know perfectly welt — don't you? —
that if they wanted to do it people could
just as well sing a song of praise for the
brave deeds the children did?
When the Donner warty was starving in
the mountains mothers died from their
Bufferings, and we read, "babies cried and
moaned in the arms of their young sis«
ters."
And when at last two or three desperate
men decided to try to walk to tne settle
ments through the dreadful snow, hoping
to bring bacK relief, "Jacob Donner'a old
est boy insisted that he was strong enouch
to go and h«lp. And Patty Reed, full of
hope and courage, refused to be carried by
her father ana started on foot." Patty
Reed, I'd have you know, was 8 years old,
and she had starved till she was very thin.
Think of that, you plump little darlings,
who think you bestow an honor when
you say, "I want my papa to carry me!"
Think of that compared with the little
girl uptown who said when papa asked
her if she couldn't walk a few blocks rather
than take a car, "I'll walk if you'll carry
me."
Fatty Reed was too small to walk in the
COLORED DRESS GOODS.
At 85 Cent3.
76 pieces 38-INCH SCOTCH WOOL CHEVIOTS, in medium shades, good value for
50c, will be closed out at 25c a yard. ,? t , '. » ? .
At 35 Cents.
61 pieces 39 INCH CHECKED CHEVRONS, winter colorings, good value for 50c, will
. be closed out at 35c a yard. '•; : A*s< •-: * ;
At 55Oehta.' '•'-.
21 pieces 56-INCH FINE ALL-WOOL ENGLISH CYCLING SUITING, good value
for $1 50, will be closed out at 55c a yard. '"-' ■ ' '.
.AtVSS.OO.
22 SILK AND WOOL FRENCH NOVELTY SUITS, evening shades, value for $15,
will be closed out at $5 each. ■ ,■. '_ .. ..^ . . ',7i.y
SILK DEPARTMENT.
At 35 Cents.
30 pieces FANCY FIGURED SATIN, small, neat designs, regular price 50c, will be
placed on Bale at 35c a yard. ;'&'}■
At 45 Cents. /'
40 pieces FIGURED TAFFETA SILK, in shades suitable for street and evening wear,
regular price 65c, will be placed on sale at 45c a yard. '
«.■•• . ;'..-. At 5O Cents.
20 pieces PERSIAN FIGURED CREPON SILK, very pretty combination shadings,
. . regular price $1 25, will be placed on sale at 50c a yard. ; £'J;; ?!-
At.BO-.Oents.
30 pieces 22-INCH FANCY CHECKED TAFFETA BILK, extra heavy quality,
regular price $1 50, will be placed on sale at 90c a yard.
BLACK DRESS GOODS.
At SO Cents.
1 case 46-INCH FINE ALL-WOOL ENGLISH WORSTED SERGE, worth regular 75c,
•;■; will be placed on sale at 50c a yard.
-A-t 6O Cents. "'
2 cases ALL-WOOL IMPORTED FANCY WEAVES, in a variety of designs, worth
regular 85c, will be sold at 60c a yard.
' At T 5 Cents.
3 cases 54-INCH ALL-WOOL SCOTCH CHEVIOTS, worth regular $1 25, will be placed
on sale at 75c a yard. • . ■ -
* ' -A.t 41.00.
1 case 48-INCH EXTRA FINE FRENCH BOUCLE, worth regular $1 50, will be sold
at $1 a yard.
■»■-
-SPECIAL SALE!
FINE WHITE BLANKETS, bought at auction at nominal prices.
mUF Murphy Building, /
Market and Jones Streets.
footsteps of the men who beat the path
through the snow, so she grew tired very
soon. Her brain must have rested from
her sufferings, but even then her face was
wreathed in smiles and she kept telling
her father and the men that she saw bright
angels all about them— that they would
surely be saved. Poor little Patty sank
down at last, and was only kept alive by
a mitten-thumbful of crumbs, which her
father moistened first with his own lips
and then placed a little at a time between
hers.
The last part of the way Patty had to be
carried. But I'll warrant that even then
she paid her passage with words of cheer.
After three days the party reached a camp
where they were warmed and fed ana
saved.
What a very little woman was that same
Patty ! As soon as she was comforted she
drew out of the bosom of her dress a little
wooden dolly she had carried all that
dreadful time. And with it she had
treasured a lock of gray hair she had cut
from the head of her beloved grandma,
who was left in the far-away Eastern
home. A little gla^s salt-cellar, too, a
childish treasure, she had clung to all the
way.
In one of the beautiful homes of San
Jose those three things, with an old woolen
mitten which still has traces of crumbs in
its thumbs, are carefully treasured. And
I wonder if Patty Reed's grandchildren
don't cry a little bit over them sometimes.
That is enough about hard times for on"e
while. But another one of the history
men tells a story which must be true,
since it's written in a book, of some chil
dren who haven't had half enough credit
for what they did.
It is true that the Spanish Governor,
Alvarado, received a report of the finding
of gold in California in 1842. It
was at a place called San Francis
quito, about thirty-five miles from
Los Angeles, that a ranchero named
Francisco Lopez found this gold. He
pulled up some wild onions, it is said, and
found gold in the earth about their roots.
However all that may be everybody knows
that it was the discovery of gold on the
Americanßiver in 1846 that caused the great
gold-fever to break out and spread over all
the civilized world. Jacob Wright Harlan,
a member of Colonel Fremont's staff, has
written a book about early days in Cali
fornia, and in it he tells the story of the
discovery of gold after this fashion :
"In Coloma lived my father's sister,
married to Peter Wimmer, whom I had
always known as Uncle Peter. He had
crossed the plains with us and had re
mained at Suttcrs Fort. About the first
of 1847 I received a letter from Uncle Peter
which changed all my plans of life
"In that letter he told me that, gome
time before, Captain Sutter had made a
contract with him and J. W. Marshall to
build for the captain a sawmill at Coloma
on the south fork of the American River
'Uncle Peter had four children, three
boys and a little girl— my cousin. While
the millrace was being dug the children
found it a place which they liked to plav
in, and one day, while they were thus
playing, little John Wimmer, the second
oldest boy, found a piece of gold of the
value of about $8. It was bright and
pretty, and the- child ran to the
house and showed it to his father
and to Marshal . It was washing day,
and at Marshall's suggestion the nugget
was jut into the wash-kettle amonjr the
boiling suds. After some little time ft was
found to be untarnished, and Marshall
said it must be gold.
"He took it to Sutters Fort, where it was
tested and found to be truly gold. While
Marshall was gone to the fort the children
pu Vl i. up about four ounces more of gold,
so that when Captain Sutter came up to
the sawmill to see for himself, which he
immediately did, Uncle Peter 'showed
mm this second discovery of the chil
dren s, and satisfied him that a most vala
ble s° ur £ e of we »lt& had been found."
Ihen Sutter and Marshall and Wimmer,
calling the Coioma Indians together, en
tered into an agreement or lease with
them, by which they leased from the In
dian 8 a territory twelve miles square.
Ahe Indians were to be paid in Mour,
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isiffiiiiiiiexlsiili
meat, clothes, blankets, knives and orna
ments, and the captain paid them at once
for the coming year.
Now, why shouldn't that second old
est boy of Uncle Peter Wimmer be handed
down to posterity as the actual discoverer
of gold in California?
And haven't I, on the whole, made out
a very fair case for the children as
pioneers in the march that goes always
"Westward, ho?" M. C. J.
A Little Girl Who Works.
Wise old Thomas Carlisle, who couldn't
abide a person who hadn't settled down to
some great purpose in life, would have
been delighted with a little maid who is
just now trying to learn to live in our City.
She has a purpose in life, this little Marie
Stevenson, and has had ever since she was
big enough to lisp about it — and nobody
knows how long before that.
Marie's mother is a sweet singer who is
well known in Italy and in England as
Mme. Calpi, and a great musician like her
mother wouid little Marie be. Nobody
else wishes it; nobody else ever has
wished it. The little girl's mother and
her friends know the hardships of the
stage too well to wish Marie to undertake
them. But ever since her baby fingers
could reach the keyboard of a piano,
and long before her « small lips could
form intelligible sentences the child has
been making music.
Her home has been in Italy until this
year, and the very atmosphere about her
was full of music always.
Though she is not yet 10 she can sing
anas from the great Italian operas, choos
ing a key that will not strainher childish
voice, acting the parts of the operas that
she loves with all the demonstrative
warmth of a genuine little emotional
Italian— which she is.
"Don't you think I am old enough to
appear ?
"Are you not glad that we are to hear
'Faust' and 'Traviata?'
"Will you please tell me which are your
favorite operas?
"Have you ever heard my mother sing?"
These and many more are the questions
that come pouring out at you from Marie's
little impatient throat— impatient to \»A
warbling for big audiences.
Because music she must have in some
shape Marie is studying the violin with a
bearded professor. She applies herself
with fervor, and her eyes flash as she tells
yon, waving her bow by way of emphasis,
•With this I shall perhaps be allowed to
appear in three months!"
"My favorite opera?" says she. "Oh, I
love 'La Cavallena Rusticana' best of all.
You do not nave that here, I guess.
"I am singing most of all 'II Trovatore,'
but I love 'Jocunda,' too— have you that
over here?"
Marie speaks English as well as she does
Italian or French, and she has learned all
she knows of it in one little year.
Isn't that doing pretty well for a small
girl not yet 10?
Just now she is working very hard, just
as she always works at anything she under
takes, to learn German and Spanish. She
has found that people who do not wish her
to understand often use those languages,
and I fear it is a touch of pique which
makes her in such a hurry to learn.
The moral of this story? Oh, I only
wanted to show you that there are some
children who want to learn things so
badly that they will do it in spite of every
thing. Marie has never been to school,
aud when she came to London and lived
in hotels, with nothing to do all day long,
she actually taught herself to read English
very well.
She knew the letters, of course, and she
heard people about her using Bnghsh
words. Then she used to work away at
spelling oat the signs on the shops, and
the advertisements in the newspapers.
I wonder ii there is another little girl m
all San Franeiseo who has taught herself
to read, to play the piano and to sang
operas?
The earliest cap was probably composed
of the skin of the head of an animal, worn
with the hair outside, nose and ears pro
truding. This form of cap has been de
t pioted on many ancient monuments.

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