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IF the fashion of harping continues
es thriftily as it has begun, we shall
have a paradise here on this weary
old earth, for the angels and the in-
Etmments are getting busy.
Society has taken to the harp. New
York has set the fashion and now San
Francisco is producing some skilled per
formers. '
There are plenty of reasons why our
fair sex should adopt Erin's instrument—
reasons that go beyond the mere music
to be coaxed from it. For women have
discovered or rather rediscovered — that
they can lead a man directly Into Par
adise when they pos© beside a harp,
drawing golden music from the golden
instrument.
The harp plays siren's musio.
There was a day once when it was
fathionable; - ; when ¦ Madame Gulllame,
beautiful in her old-time fluttering dra-
peries and her piumes and her - old-time
gentleness and repose, harped' at the
court of Louis Philippe and was painted
by a famous maker of pictures ¦ because
of the mere loveliness of her,. .Women
knew in' those days what was the'seduc
tion of a bare arm. trailed, across .the
strings, of tapering pink -fingers flashing
over them, of the glimpse of ¦ a* comlng
and-going little foot on 'the pedals.
They - are recalling these things now. |
Society has taken to the; harp. ¦' Some
years ago it was to all' Intents and .pur
poses dead. Society had, forgotten .its
virtues and deviltries as - welL ' But ¦; it
was bound to be revived som« day and
now the day has come."
It isn't fair by the women who take
their harps seriously, to claim that.grace
ful pesing is at the bottom ¦ of ' every
woman's love for the music. There;. are
plenty of them who have "achieved real
skill In the quaint art and are doing
something worth while at it.- Others are
amateurs and will always be amateurs,
but the charm of seeing them play would"
be enough tq make even the worst dis
cords forgivable. . :
There. is nothing quite as delightful for
a veranda evening as the music of a
harp. . The Eastern summer resorts have
bfeen making- a point of having a harp
on hand this season, and the fashion is .
only in; Its infancy.' yOur own mountain
end seaside cottages and hotels will be
prompt ; enough In taking It up. The I
music of Its strings floating out- over - the !
water is enough to go : to the soberest
head.
And for the winter drawingr-ro'om!
Why, it is half enough to furnish a. room,
if it were never played at all. , It is . one
of the' most beautiful, ornaments that
can be found" for any drawing-room. Its
lines are exquisitely graceful, its sound
ing-board is made of some, brilliantly pol
ished, often Inlaid and Jeweled wood. A
weman can hardly' sit at it without mak-'
Ing a beauty of herself.
Mrs. E. R. Bryant is one of the best
amateur performers in San Francisco,
and she says she has found more satis
faction in her harp than in any other
instrument. -
/ "It Is always popular," she says, "part-;
ly because the music .Is delightful -and ¦
partly because it is unique. Sometime . it '
will be so common that this latter -virtue
will be lost, but at present It is. a new
thing. ' ¦;'-'¦¦ . ¦' . ¦'. . •¦ ' „>. , • ¦,.-;.
"I'm so proud of my harp that I like/
to* show it to everybody - 1 know/ The
makers say that : it Is the finest instru- '
ment they ever turned ¦ out. ,; It has th*
extension sounding board, which is hew.
I didn't go In for Jeweled designs, as you .
see; but I had the board made of curly
maple, which I: think is pretty enough in
itself -without' being'. Jeweled^ /Th* tones
which; the .broader,. board [.gives out ar©
infinitely, richer and fuller.'"" ! '
'.What Mrs. Bryantt talks'": about ; is ,th*
beauty, pf: her Instrument.' Her playing
speaks for itself. She has devoted endless
hours to her practicing and she, says that
the satisfaction that; she "and"; her, friends
get out of her skill pays for' all the .trou
ble. "The harp Isn't easy by any means,":
she says/j "but it's j delightful, and ¦ It - is
.pleasing 1 ¦;; without '•'; any .-J accompaniment,;
which is 'convenient, ; as^one doesn't al
ways, have an accompaniment at hand." t
; .' One' s . fingers. ; grow ' J callous v.with % th*
hours of j patient, twanging. •' ItVis like a
1 guitar, ; and more '• so^ ' j The '< practicing i is
particularly hard for a. woman's : delicate
hands, but that .is nothing, to; keep 1 th*
plucky ones from it. --•- ,-•.:--..-
»-¦< * HE term "double \ cream." is more
I "in use 'among \ chef s than cooking
II - ' teachers or ~ housekeepers. Where
it is specified' in a recipe It means
cream which is very thick— the top. cream
taken from new "milk which h*as been
allowed • to .stand L undisturbed for from
24 ' to 88 hours, and which, .when whipped,
will make a froth, so -compact and heavy
that it can be cut with a knife. .
For whipping, cream/ should be thor
oughly chilled, else there is great danger
of , its. turning to :* butter. "Where, only a
email amount— say,' a cupful ] or Jess— is
to : be ' whipped an" ordinary egg x - beater, 1
such as f the Dover,' can be "used, but it:
takes longer ; than If you have a regular
cream whip or chiirn;>Of the latter there
are several ; on ; the 'market; the syllabub
or. old-fashioned cream whip, which con
sists of; a tin .cylinder about; eight inches
-In' length," into which is fitted aperforated
dasher, wlth-a lohgV handle. or plunger; a
can In : the '; shape of a miniature churn,
with ' wire paddles., or; dashers, sev r
eral patented articles varying in construc
tion, but resembling : one . or the other of
•the '-• two "j described. In ¦ any case, it is
wisest to chill the'ehufn before : using.
Where- the churn ! Is .such as to necessi-
POINTERS FOR THE HOUSEKEEPER.
tate .using a bowl for the cream it will
be found wise in very hot weather to
stand the bowl In a pan of cracked Ice,
turn in the cream and let stand for about
five minutes, that the temperature may
be thoroughly lowered. Place the churn
in the cream, tilt it slightly and tak«
short, sharp strokes with the dasher. Do
not "work too rapidly at first, but let tha
downward strokes . be made quickly and
forcefully. .If a, light, fluffy '.whip is de
sired, as for charlotte russe, skim off
the whip as' It accumulates on the sur
face,and lay it on a fine sieve which la
standing on a plate; such liquid cream as
: drips through. Is; to be turned back into
the bowl; continue to whip and skim until
no more froth will rise. . If the cream is
not very thick, only about 'half of th*
quantity can be taken off, the rest thin
ning too much to permit of its frothing 1 .
If the cream Is very thick" and heavy and
a solid froth, is desired, beat under th*
froth which first rises and repeat until
the whole mass becomes thick. When it
' Is so stiff that a knife can be run through
it and come out quite ' clean whipping
should be "discontinued, or, despite the low
temperature. It may turn' to butter.-*
Table Talk.; >."
ODDEST ROBBERY ON RECORD
SHORTLY after I was put- on the
fly force." v said the old detective,
"the chief sent for me. On enter
ic ing his office I found there a man I
recognized, as a banker of repute. Since
then. he has '.-become famous. The chief
told -me to listen to 'the story, for it was
my case. The story was brief . Th§ bank
er kept some personal securities in a safe
at his own home and some were missing.
They had disappeared one. by one at ir
regular. Intervals. The one singular thing
was that on one occasion he had set out
to watch the. safe all night and between 3
and 4 had dropped asleep for half an hour.
In ¦ that ''half hour another had disap
peared. The lock was a combination, the
secret of which, so, far. as he knew, was
wholly his own. , . '. . ' !
.'."I -went up to his house and made a
careful examination, without hitting, on
any theory that would seem to unravel
the mystery. So I said to the banker that
he must go right along In hi3 mode, of
living, do nothing to let any inmates in the.
house suppose' they were under suspicion
or obsen ation and '.that I. would conceal
myself and watch 'the -safe. For I was
eatlsfle t .that the thief was one of the
family and I fancied it was the son, 1 who
was a high roller. ',."¦. *
"This the banker agreed;. to and helped
my.rig up a place-* where-. I 'cduld conceal
myself. I began the. watching that night,
but nothing came of it for five nights. On
the sixth the banker went out to a dinner
party, but he was back home shortly af
ter midnight and the house quieted down
by. 1 o'clock. An hour and a 'half later I
heard a soft . step In ; the room adjoining
the library and presently a form stgle into
the J room . and going to. ; the safe, swiftly
unlocked it and abstracted j a single se
curity, closing the safe again. -,. ¦';- ,
"The room- was so. dark that I could dis
tinguish pnly the outlines of the form, but
the darkness .enabled me "to . follow* tha
thief- as he turned from the safe. I did
so, and with a step as stealthy as his own.
He led mi -through "the adjoining room,
out Into the hall, down the basement steps
and Into a lumber-room, where there was
an old box for firewood. To this box th*
thief went; and. lifting the cover, put th*
security in It. • .''. '. ¦ ¦ ¦ ¦'
"Then he turned, and so quickly that h*
nearly struck me, and hurried up th*
stairs. I was close behind him, and at his
heels when he climbed up to the second -
story, where there was a night lamp in !
the hall, giving sufficient light for me to
recognize the features of the man who .
had taken the security. From, her* h*
turned into a room, closing* the door after
him. I went down Into the library and
found the easiest chair for a nap. .
"The next morning as the- banker ap- :
peared for br'eakf ast 1 took him down- .
stairs, saying to him: 'Examine that box. y
and see what" you find.' . "
."To hl3 amazement he found every ens
of the missing securities and jsome paper* •
besides which he had not missed. Be was "
dumf ounded. ¦- After a moment'* heslta- • : •¦
tion he turned to me with a sever* azut '
most stern air and asked: . ¦ ¦„ '
"•Who is the thief?' V
. " 'You are,' I replied complacently.
"He started violently, and for a moment | !
I thought he would strike* me. But he -:
asked instead, ferociously:
* " 'What do you mean by that?*
" 'Only that you are > a sleepwalker/ X :*
replied. That's all. I followed and saw ¦-
you take the paper and place it here.'.
"He stood still, as one paralyzed. - Then -»•
he said: '..'¦
"'Keep my counsel. Bay nothing/
"A week later he sent for me to his of- * ,
,fice to. tell me that his physician had told"
.him that it was a case of dyspepsia and ""
that when he had come to look back h» ¦
found that it was only after a late-course -
¦tinner that a paper has been missed, ¦
Then he added:
". "You've been discreet so far. Continue - r .
to.be and you will see. that you will not
lose by it.'
.. "I continued to be, and that's the reasoa
why I have retired so early, can drive
down the road Just as fast a stepping pair |
as any one does' and can have an auto
mobile if I want one."— Brooklyn Eagle.
Roughly speaking. th« world Is divided
Into two classes: Shirkers and workers, j
and obeying a universal law the helpless
fly to the competent, the competent ac
cept the burdens of the weak, and so the
world goes merrily round, the velocity of
the one species balancing the supineness .
of the other, else half of us would spin
into space, and the other half pass from
human being to vegetable.
' "Miss Marie Dillon is on* of our society
girls who can coax sweet harmonies from
a beautiful harp. She says that it means
steady and hard work to reach any skill.
"It isn't the kind of thing that you can
take up for an idle hour's practice." sh»
cays. "You may get some amusement out
of your guitar or your mandolin or your
banjo and not take it seriously at all. But
a ham Insists 'on being taken seriously,
and after all, it pays for every effort you
make for its sake."-. '¦
Miss Morgan is : devoted to her harp,
and her friends ara likewise. Nobody
who has Been her in fluttering white- be
fore her harp would dare call it extrava
gance to speak of her as angelic. She Is
a most head-turning sight when her fin
gers flit over the strings.
Miss Jesle Bramel, tall and dark and
tropical, makes a picture with her gilded
instrument. "I love my harp Just as if It
was a real person," she says. "~Wb have
spent so much time together, we know
each'other so well." ;
Mrs. Jack Casserly, has achieved many
a triumph in her harp playing. She is
a skillful performer and a stunning pic
ture-as well. ;¦" .•;
Miss Paula Wolff is one of this city's
amateurs. She is one of those that the
professionals do not dart to sniff at,
which is saying much.: -. . —
I Mrs. Nathan Landsberger is among the
professionals here who are devoting their"
musical talent to the- harp.' Madame Ca
rusi. is another. Solano" is doing all he
can to establish the instrument In popular
favor. . .'/ ;
In the East the fashion Is. under fuller
headway than It. has yet coma to be on
this coast. Miss Maud Morgan of New
York is the best known performer in the
whole country. Miss Avis Boxall and
Miss Josephine Sullivan have reached re
markable skill— skill which- la ranked high
even In' their own great city. Miss Marie
Glover Miller is another New Yorker who
has made herself an accomplished harp
ist, and her, playing is Interesting not for
Itself alone. . She . is the lucky possessor
of the instrument .; which Thomas Moore
used, in the composition of his "Irish Mel
odies." -Everybody who sees and hears
her. play listens also to the story of the
old harp.and fts wonderful history. She
has told it bo many times that she says
she would be tired of it if she didn't love
her harp so well. '*
Bochsa taught Miss Elizabeth Sloman,
and he*: taught' her so well th»^ she has
often been Invited to play .before Euro
pean titles.' "It made me feel as if I were
the harpist of some old-time court rein
carnated," she says. "I could fancy that
It was the applause of historical Kings
and nobles that I heard."
Mrs. M. 'A. Frlsbie is another New
Yorker who has taken up the fad. Miss
Cluss Is a well-known professional ©t .
Washington, but the art has gone far be
yond professional ranks there. The leg*- 0
tion people have taken to.it like ducks to
water. Signor Fabrianl an Eastern
artist, and Mrs. Dawson of Newark has
achieved a reputation. Miss Rlentzel Is a '
Phlladelphian who has added her name
to the Ions list. Mrs. Harriet Shaw and
Mr. Schnecher ate the most prominent
Eostonlans. Misa Effle Douglass-Putnam,
who studied under Verdalle, has rone so
far with her art that she has had the
musical compositions of great masters
dedicated to her.
By. the' way, did you ever think of the
origin of the harp? It Is so old an In
strument ; that the first harps are lost
track of entirely. It dates back to Bibli
cal times; It originated in Egypt in some
unnamed year. Then the harpists bore
their Instruments on the 'shoulder, and.
Judging from' the ancient pictures,' were
not half as picturesque a lot as the mod
erns.'- ... ¦¦ ' vf "'k ; V t
It has been a fad among player* to b«
photographed in Grecian costume with
-their harps, but, as Mrs. Bryant says,
the harp Is not characteristically Grecian
I at -all. It Is far more associated with old
1 Ireland. Welsh and Irish harps were al-
most sacred once upon a time. The eld
Welsh laws exempted them from seizure
for debt.
The cost* of the Instrument has done
much to keep It o Jt of popularity j for
many years, but expense has not kept th*
piano out of every well regulated homo,
and the harp may follow Its example* It
la hard to tune, which is thin*
that counts against It; but Its virtues are
far In the lead. ¦
It loc-ks as If It won't In Very truth "b*
Ions before this weary old ' earth will find
Itself a Paradise, Inhabited by twanging
angels. Which is a pleasing outlook to
y say the "least."-" ; ? ¦ ¦
THE SUNDAY CALL..
TO PLAY THE
HARP'S
NOW THE
SOCIETY
FAD
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