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MY FIRST SITTER.
I had emerged from the Slade -stfhool
- after several years of art study, ?.wliicb
? chiefly consisted of drawmg: and paints
-ing the human form in every'conceiva
ble^ position. One day I made up my
mind to go and worship tst the shrine of
t|ie old masters in the National-gallery,
to see if these high priests could inspire
and rekindle in me the sacred fire that
?was dying out. I wandered through that
temple of art, filled with awe and won
der at the magnificent works 'that sur
rounded me. Yes; I would try to copy
one these chefs-d'ceuvje, whichever of
thea just then most struck ^my fancy. I
found it difficult to decide; at last I
fbxed on the portrait ?af .Andrea del
Sarto, painted by himself;'.the melan
choly, handsome face with;the sad eyes
fascinated me; of all tIiis splendid collec
tion it was the portrait that attracted
me most. .*
II began to paint. 2 soon became
conscious of the' presence of some
one behind me, aixd through the
comers of niy ?oyes I saw
clumsy pair of muddy .boots evidently
belonging to the masculine gender. The
wearer of the boots coughed; it was not
a big cough, but a series of little husky
sounds that irritated me. I longed for
him to choke and expire on the spot; if
he were to remain much longer I felt I
must certainly inflict some stains of
paint on his person.
"Admirable, beautiful!"1 exclaimed a
voice with a Scotch intonation.
I turned round, my face .flushing. Was
this individual making ?un of my efforts,
or was be in earnest? if the latter, then
he must in art matters be an ignoramus.
I beheld a stout, elderly man, with a
red, jovial comitenanoe; a large ver
million nose, with couple of buds of
noses v springing from the main stem,
lookin,yas if later on they might develop
into other full-grown noses; his small
blue eyes twinkled pleasantly; his
whiskers were gray, long and bushy?
the old Piccadilly weeper. Ho was at
tired in a tweed, heather-colored suit,
and looked like a Scotch tourist oat on a
holiday. . ?
"Excuse me for interrupting you," he
?exclaimed, taking off his hat, and dis
playing a bald head with .a fringe of
gray hair that stood erect; "but I cannot
refrain, from expressing any admiration
' of your clever work. Already I like it
better than the original; it is not so dark,
and it is smoother; you are a'gifted
lassie. Now, would you mind undertak
ing, a portrait ? I "am rather, desirous to
have my old phiz painted for my only
relation, a sister who lives in America."
I was so taken back by the suddenness
of this request that I oould scarcely
answer; I had never before .received' a
commission. .:. ?j
"I have j never painted a .portrait," I
muttered, leaning on my malil-stick,
?palette and brushes in hand; "butTve
been studying art for several years."
"Well, will you make beginniiig with
"What size portrait would you like ?
.Head and shoulders, or one with the
"Down as far as the knees^" lie an
swered, stroking his trowsers. "While I
.amabout it, I may as well go in for a big
picture. Now, business is business; may
J. ask what your terms are for a portrait?
I wish I was younger and better-looking,
but that is no fault of mine;" hesaid this
?with a genial smile which improved .Iiis
"My terms for a portrait ? Allow me
? ''.Yes, take your time. I've been look
ing round the gallery, and I really ?don't
much like the old masters?they are so
dark. Now, just look at this old woman
by;Rembrandt. I am sure you paint hefc
tWrhaa that. Your work is nice AaA
smooth, .and shiny; this is thick and
dull. .My picture must be smooth, shiny,
with a clean white shirt, and all my or
namej!!2:?eatly painted; my coral studa,
.eodtWiakmg'off ' a bright yellow aid
gl?ye^tni?'ring; it is a carbuncle with
jBSsbciiations. I wontit painted?in fact,
represeatme just' as I am, so that all my
?rcends may toiow me."
T ;fe)t (this pToture would give me
trouble,, .and mever could enhance my
artistic reputation. But I was an orphan
with small: means; and this Scotchman
"If .you .wish the hands included, it w?l
be 00 guineas." I said this with aplomb
while.ieellng.lflce a tradesman.
"Very welL I. am willing to give this
sum for. a good, likeness. When shaU I
come to sit? The sooner the batter; I
am a, bird of passage; and am in London
only for a short tune."
He fumbled his pocket and handed me
Mb Douglas .Cameron,
The Burn, Dumfries.
"I am a farmer, with a good deal of
land north of the Tweed. Now, may I
ask your name and address?"
As I had no card with me, I wrote in
24 Thistle Grove, South Kensington S.W.
"Can you come to-morrow at 11?"
"AU right, in my Sunday beat. "Saying
this we shook hands, and he -?'addled
briskly out of the room.
Next morning at 11 o'clock punctually
there was a loud rat-a-tat-tat at the door.
I peeped from behind the curtain in my
room,' and beheld Mr. Cameron in a very
black new suit of clothes standing on the
steps. While waiting for the door to be
opened, he had taken out a pocket-comb
to trim his loug whiskers. The house
maid came and handed me his card; her
face was puckered up trying to restrain
a smile. I had told her I was going to
have my first sitter.
"Well, miss, excuse me, but he is no
beauty. How can he want to have his
picture done with such a red nose? It do
He was ushered into my sanctum sanc
torum, consecrated to my art studies.
It was a nice room, with a north light.
There w? re several good plaster casts
from the antique; autotypes from some
of the best masters hung on the wall.
There were a couple of easels, an oak
chiir ready for my sitter, and in a cor*
ner stood my skeleton,
In welcoming Mr. Cameron my skirt
caught the foot of the skeleton, which
rattled orninously. - ' ;
, "WfiatTh. horrible thing, Miss Ward 1
How' can you keep such a terrible bag of
bones in your room? It makes my flesh
creep, I assure you.""
"Have we not all a skeleton in the cup
board?" I answered, smiling gaily. "I
keep mine here; it is useful when I
"Would you mind, Miss Ward, taking
it away? j-You, &a$ i think me j foolish,
, but this.skeleton,to^es?fimiserablfe."
"Oh, of course, I will!" And taking it
up in my arms, I 'carried it into the next
"TJbank you; but rather than that you
shdjal&ti thank me'; -troublesome, I 6hall
give you a good reason. a few years
ago I lost my wife, and then two bairn
ies"?his voice sank as he said this.
"Anything that reminds me much of
death is painful and as you are going to
Paint my picture, better not to have a
"When he talked, I watched his face,
and neTit'J'J' tl^e^eT^ ^hevolence of
the ej^nessiofi.' *?
That day, seeing the piano opened, he
asked me, as a great favor, to play for
"1 Bhall sing 'Highland Mary' for
He sat behind me, but, as there was a
looking glass in front of me, I could see
Iiis face, and was surprised at the strong
emotion it betrayed. His face grew al
most white, while tears stood in his blue
"Ah, lassie!" he exclaimed, "what a
treat to h^r .you,singI You have the
voice of i 1 angel !"
I sang "Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie
The handkerchief was in constant
requisition. I .heard him sob out loud.
"You have -moved me,. lassie, to the
core. I can not stand any' more; it
brings back too strongly the days of
auld lang syne, so you must pity the Bor
rows of a poor old man."
He left me, looking greatly agitated,
and with red eyes, promising to return
in a couple of days at the same hour for
a three tours',sitting..
When Mr. Cameron came for his sit
ting, he noticed that I seemed dejected,
and asked if anything had happened'to
annoy me. I
"I have a headache." (What would
we poor women do without our.head
aches, for they cover such a multitude'of
sins and omissions ?)
"You worry yourself too much gver
this' portrait. I feel ashamed of the
trouble I am giving you. j had no
notion that portrait-painting was so
.."Yes.; I am in a-Sloughof Despond;" I
scraped and scumbled. After an hour's
work. ? ?
On leaving, that day, Mr. Cameron
hbld my - hand longer than usual, and
Poor old man! I felt sorry for him*, ho
. The next day being Thursday, I went
to the National gallery and set to work
on my copy of Andrea del Sarto; Ids
face seemed more beautiful than ever.
That day's work refreshed and com
That evening I received a letter from
HaTold, telling me that he had some
thin;; ?nportant! Most probably he was
going to have a living, and, if so, our
marriage would soon take place.
The next morning a magnificent bou
quet of roses was left at the door for
"How nice of dear Harold to be so
thoughtful!" I mentally exclaimed, while
sniffing the glorious roses and enjoying
the bright feast of color. The bouquet,
was wrapped in silver lace, and round ?
the stem I saw for the first time a card,
which had escaped my notice:
"Fiton- Mr. TJ?nahT Cameron, with his
very kindest regards."
Oh, so it Was not from Harold! But
how kind ' of -Mr. Oamerohl Now, t
must really flatter him. Taking up the
portrait, TdiS my very best "to put in a
benevolent expression. I mellowed
dfi?m the nose, and toned down the
wetm coloring of the face, and managed, i
in a measure, to give the espression of
When Mr. Cameron appeared again, I
?an<aa& l?oked: thin?ar and paler. I
"Would you like anotherpeep at your
portraifc T* I said, rather bAtsquely.
"You have flattered me," he remarked,
after watching my performance for a
while in silence; "but never mind
that, I Eke to think that you have seen
me in such a kindly light."
"Shall I sing for you, Mr. Cameron ?
You have sat long enough for me to
I went to the piano, and, while I was
looking for some music in the rack, Mr.
Cameron aat down on the music stool.
"Are you goino; to play forme?" I
asked, 6miling at him. "I should like to
hear you so much."1
He did not answer, but turned round
and round on the stool, mopping the per
spiration from his face with a scarlet
handkercluef. There was a queer ex
pression on his face; evidently he was
suffering from a severe attack of nerv
He whirled round and round like a
teetotum, the stool creaked artd'groaned
under his heavy "weight, his eyes were
wild and rolled about fearfully;. I heard
his voioe, but it was so luMky" I could
barely distinguish the following words:
"I am a lonely, elderly man, but that
is no.reason why I should not have a
heart, and I toll you that"?now the stool
gave a tremendous squeak?T love you
?yes, I do. Will you give me some
hope ?*' A loud knock at the front door.
"Oli, Mr. Cameron, please don't say
any*hing more on this subject, it is
realh too painful;" but, before* I could
say another word, Mr. Cameron was
sprawling on the floor: the stool had
given way. Harold walked in, and we
were locked in each other's arms, but I
disengaged myself quickly.
"Oh, Mr. Cameron, I am so sorry! Are
you hurt ? He has been sitting for his
portrait, Harold," I gasped out.
Harold, who was a very shy young
man, colored up; he had not noticed thr
prostrate form almost lying at my feet.
"Oh, allow me to help you; the eftool
has given, way, I see,h exclaimed Har
old' - ;: ?
:I.could;not look at Mr.. Cameron, for
I -felt :Jiow'. wretchedly ill -at ease he
must be; '-.
"I am a little faint," he mattend, get
?ting up, "but the'fresh .air will set me
jap. I am goingr-where is my hat ?"
I saw the hat; he had put it on the
coal-scuttle.' Evidently he did not know
what he waf" doing.,.
"Oh, Mr.vCameroh, don't go yet," I
said; 'you have ? had a shake. This
music stool ?snbt in good order. I am so
sorry; do;stay a '.little; longer."
"No; T must go'now, Miss Ward. I
have stayed too. long; but allow me to
congratulate you on your good luck," ad
While Iiis back'was turned I 'rescued
"N?w,:Mr- Cameron, bere is your hat,
but I won't give it .to you 'till you tell
me when you will kindly come for one
moresitting, foci have not done justice
to' your expression.'. He has been such
a patient sitter!" Treniarked, speaking to
JHarpTo.-.' "Aro wo not friends, Mr. Cam
-"God bless you both! I wish you every
happiness," and, before I kne^vwltat he
was about, he liad pulled his hat from
my hand and was on the doorstep.
. I never told Harold, or, indeed, any
one that Mr. Cameron had proposd to
me; I felt grieved and uneasy. Had I
been guilty of flirting or misleading in
any way that kindly man, who was so
lonely? I sincerely hoped he would get
some suitable, nice woman to be his wife,
for I was almost young enough to be his
A few days after this last episode I re
ceived the following note from Mr. Cam
"Dear Miss Ward?I find that I must
leave London immediately. There is no
necessity for me to give you another sit
ting, as I am perf ectly satisfied with the
portrait you have painted of me. I have
ordered a Venetian frame and plate
glass for it; the -framer will call in a
couple of days.
"Please accept the enclosed check for
100 pounds sterling. I don't think 60
pounds sterling could possibly repay you
for the trouble and anxiety you have
had, and, as you are going to be married,
a little money is always useful. If you
should have time to spare, I should much
like you to accept another commission
from me, i. e., a duplicate of the picture
you were copying at the National gallery
when I first met you; I should like to
have it for my. drawing-room in Scot
land. With my best wishes for your
welfare, ??' ?? ' Yours sincerely,
j . *;.: ? "Donald Cameron."
1 sent the copy of1 Andrea del Sarto to
Mr. Cameron. Three montlis later I was
married to Harold, and wo went to five
in a pretty Village- in Devonshire. The
money. I., earned, from Mr.fCameron was
certainly.' oiielpi" but ? it is ever with a
mixture of pleasure and pain I think of
my first sitter. Never since have I been
asked to paint a portrait professionally.
?Adapted from Henrietta Corkrau in
Dosrciuliuitt* of the Twenty-Two.
"Are you descended from one of the
twenty-two?" is the first question asked
when j'ou introduce Mr. Camp to Mr.
Camp?wliich is explained as follows:
Benjamin Camp of Virginia had eleven
sons and one daughter by his first 'wife,
who, not unnaturally, died. He married a
new wife and repeated his record, having
by her eleven sons and one daughter.
Having gathered about him his twenty
two sons and two daughters he felt that
he had fully obeyed God's first injunction
and died the death of the just. His
descendants are to be found - in every
Southern state, having his characteristics
of courage, industry, and 'shrewdness.
Thay are Steady lovers, good husbands,
religious as a rule, and clone ink?
Atlanta (Ga.) Constitution.
Snow-Shoca for SXlnnt^?t?UorwogtMU?
lbs Norwegians in Mmnes?ta hate in
troduced their 'pe^cfey 'sh?w-shoes there,
The sht^'are made of 'strips of hard
Wood,' about ten feet long cad six inches
wide, slightly turned up in froht. They
are fastened to the foot at about the mid
dle of th$shbe. The wearer slides over
the snow, not'trying to 'lift the shoes, and
carries a pole with which to keep his
balance. Since the big snows of this
whiter these shoes have been almost the
only means of locomotion in Dodge
county. It is not unusual to see some
thing like half a cord of shoes piled in
front of a store, within which thoir
wearers are shopping.?Cincinnati En
Tho Flreleio Soda Locomotive.
The "Maschinenfabric" at Halle, Ger
many, has aoquired the Honigmann
patent for fireless soda locomotives and
other soda engines. In style and con
struction these engines resemble the
tramway carriage. The carnago con
tains a boiler constructed in two parts,
and which must be flHed every six or
eight hours. This is done at a steam
station and occupies about fifteen
minutes. The engine L run by one man,
and it will take a train of several
Making Paper as Tough us Leather.
A plan for rendering paper as tough as
wood or leather has been recently intro
duced on the continent; it consists in
mixing chloride of zinc with tho pulp in
the course of manuf acture. It has been
found that the greater the degree of con
centration of the zinc solution, the
greater will be the toughness of the pa
per. It can bo used for making boxes
and for roofing.?Boston Budget.
The Designern of Artistic Valentinen.
High prices are paid for valentine de
signs, and some of the best artists in
New York, Boston, and elsewhere are
regularly employed by the manufactur
ers at good salaries, but the greater part
of the work is done by the piece by out
Hard words are like hailstones in sum
mer, beating down and destroying what
tht-y would nourish if they were melted
NEWLY FITTED UP
OPPOSITE THE TENT.
We do not propose to undersell
everyone else, but we are ready to
meet fair competition. Our Stock is
now. complete: give us a call
Mr. I. S. CUMMINGS is with u*s,
and will be glad to see his old friends
We sell the. ROYAL 1ST. JOHN
Machines of all makes repaired.
Large Wogoa Yard in rear of
VOSE & SALLEY.
Dress and business suits for Men, Youths
and Boys. Tills is the largest stock over
brought to this city. I particularly ask an
inspection of these goods now, in order that
I may have your verdict of approval. And
after you have seen this display of Tailor*
Made Clothing, Gents' Furnishing Goods,
Fine Shoes, Hats and Neckwear, I feel as
snrcd that you will be pleased not only with
the goods but the low prices 1 am selling
them at. I desire you to handle them, to
bring all your experience to bear in judging
them; critically examine their make, fabric
and trimmings, test the sewing, try them
on; in fact make a study of them as well as
the prices, then go to other houses and make
the comparison. I am satisfied that you
will return and make your selection out of
this beautiful stock and to find the goods as
I represent them to be. and give yon full
satisfaction in every Instance, as my goods
are made by fhst-class workmen. All or
ders sent to my care will receive prompt
M. L. KINARD, Columbia, S. C.
' ESTABLISHED 1877.
Twenty-five Years Experience.
Watch Maker and Jeweler,
And dealer In Watches, Clocks, Jewelry
Spectacles, Silver and Plated Ware and
Musical Instruments. All work warranted
for one year. Orangeburg. ?. Oj
INSURE YOUR PROPERTY
KIRK ROBINSON, AGENT.
COMPANIES ALL FIST-CLASS AND
LOSSES PROMPTLY ADJUSTED AND
COLLECTIONS PROMPTLY ATTEND
1 am still selling Brick, Lime, Laths,
Hair and other Building Material.
I am nowprepared to furnish Coal and
Wood in any quantity. All orders left
with me shall have prompt attention. Noi
drayaue charged. Give me a trial.
July 23- KIRK ROBINSON j
VliTAIi LATHMOr. V. M- WANNAMAKKli,
Orangeburg, S. C. St. .Matthews, S. C.
j ATHHOP? WAX NAM A K Ell,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
(IKANGEUCIIO, S. C.
Olliee L'p Stairs Over the PustOfUee.
CHARLESTON, S. C.
WE INVITE SCRUTINY OF THE ANALYSES OF OUR SOLUKXE GI A.W
BY THE DEPARTMENT OE AGRICULTURE. THEY WILL
BE FOUND ABOVE THEIR GUARANTEE.
A BLIZZARD. A BLIZZARD,
A NOTIIER BLIZZARD IS COMING, BUT IT WILL BE A COLD DAY
JCX' when PRESCOTT fails to sell you CHOICE GROCERIES, CROCKERY, GLASS
and TINWARE cheaper than any other house in the city.
I have also just received a choice Stock of
FRESH GARDEN SEED, SEED POTATOES, &c.
FRESH AND CHOICE GROCERIES
Received Every Week at the Cheap Cash Store.
CHARLES W. PRESCOTT, Proprietor.
E2TI am prepared to manufacture TOMDSTONES, &C, at shortest notice and in the
most artistic style. Jan 2S-:3m
James Van Tassel,
CHOICE FAMILY GROCERIES,
Wines, Liquors and Segars,
AT MY ESTABLISHMENT CAN BE FOUND ALL THE STANDARD
arricles of GROCERIES at Rock Bottom Prices, as well as purest and best
WINES, LIQUORS, &c, sold anywhere. Also the choicest SEGARS AND TOBACCO
to be found in the market. -
WHE.-V LOOKING AROOD ?UTE ME A CALL.
JAMES VAN TASSEL.
OLD YELYET RYE
EIGHT YEARS OLD.
Gnaranteerl Pie and Wim for Mefliclnal or Other Uses.
FOR SALE ONLY BY
W. T- LIGHTFOOT.
HAMILTON'S INSURANCE AGENCY
Columbia, s. C, April l. ls.s.".
1certify that Mr. John A. Hamilton, of
Orangeburg, S. C, Agent of the NORTH
BRITISH and MERCANTILE. QUEEN,
WESTERN ASSURANCE, ROCHESTER
GERMAN, Insurance Companies of North
Amer.ra, HOME INSURANCE of New
York, CRESCENT, and FACTOR's and
TRADER'S of New Orleans, has complied
with the leiiuistitions of the Act ol the
General Assembly entitled An Act to regu
late the Agencies of Insurance Companies
not incorporated in the State of South Caro
lina, and 1 lierehv license the said JOHN
A. HAMU/rON Agent aforesaid, totata
risks and transact all business of insuruiici
in this State in the County of Orangeburp
for and in behalf of said Coinonnles. Ex
pires March 31st, ISW. W. E STONEY,
< 'ompt roller (lehcial.
HORSE AND CATTLE POWDERS
iitss will diu of Colic. Pots or Lvsg Kc
vku. :i Koiii/.V I'owdeni :ire lined In tins.*.
K< mt/'s r?m der*will imru and prevent lion Cnouiu.
Fuuu'i I'owdern ? prevent C.\1'k? in Fowls.
Fr.nr/.V Powders will Increase tin- quantity of u;ilk
ftn-l cream twenty per cent, and make the witter Arm
Kotitz'? I'owdeni win rorc or prevent almost m v.r
I)iM.\!-r to which Untres and Cuttle arc subject.
Ki.fTZ's l'ou'tll im will oivk satisfaction.
DAVID E. FOUTZ. Proprietor.
T?> llie Public.
I T A K K PL KASUR K IN A N
? iinunciiiii that 1 will run the lee Uu-i
ness from .May ist, 1SSG. Customers please
reserve vour orders and oblige,
Jan ? ? ? CHARLES P. URUNSON.
ale by DR. J. (i
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evury thlUKforLadles', Gents', Children*'
nnd Infants' wear and Bousckcciiag
Qoods, at prior? lutrrr than those of nny
bouse In tfio United State?. C'ompleto
n:i:inluctlou ouarantfi-J, ormonry re
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