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THE WORD MELODRAMA.
It Han Drifted From its Derivation
and Original Significance.
Nowadays "melodrama" is in general
use as denoting a purely sensational
play, with an all but impossible hero.
heroine and villain among the charac
ters represented. Formerly the word
kept more closely in its signification to
actual derivation. "Melodrama" is com
pounded of the Greek words melos, a
song, and drama, an action, a play,
and was applied to two sorts of per
formances when it first came Into use.
It signif\ed a play, generally of the
romantic school, in which the dialogue
was frequently relieved by music.
sometimes of an incidental and sone
times of a purely dramatic character.
On the strength of his "Pygmaion" J.
J. Rousseau is credited with the inven
tion of this style. Some of Lhe so called
English operas of the older school, such
as the once famous "Beggar's Opera"
and the once popular "No Song, No
Supper," are in reality true melo
In the second place "melodrama" was
applied to a peculiar kind of theatrical
composition ip which the actor recited
his part in an ordinary speaking voice.
while the orchestra played a more or
less elaborate accompaniment appro
priate to the situation and calculated
to bring its salient features into the
highest possible relief. The merit of
the Invention of this description of
melodrama belongs to George Benda,
who used it with striking effect in his
"Ariadne auf Naxos," produced at
Gotha in 1774.-London Globe.
The Ordeals of a Doctor.
It is often claimed by outsiders that
having a profession dulls a woman's
sympathies, but I cannot believe that
this is true in the practice of niedicine,
where one side of the work Is so im
measurably sad. I have seen a baby
that came after fifteen years of wait
ing and hoping and was rejoiced over
daily and hourly for a wonderful year
anddenly struck down and gasp Its lit
tle life out in a day with pneumonia.
These are the times when It hurts to
be a doctor, to find that all the knowl
edge that you possess, all the skill at
your command, is as so much chaff
before the wind. To have a woman
cling to you, begging you to save her
baby, is an ordeal to which no human
being can grow callous. You must
feel as though the brand of Cain were
upon you when, with all your efforts,
you cannot save the little life. Not
years nor experience cnn lighten hours
such as these.--Everybody's Magazine.
Storms of Old England.
In the year 9-1- in London alone 1,500
houses were blown (own; in October,
1091, a great number of churches and
500 houses were destroyed; in 1235 it
thundered for fifteen days consecutive
ly. The dreadful night during which
Cromwell's spirit passed has formed
a theme for poet and partisan. And
the great storm that "o'er pale Britan
naa passed" in November, 1703, the
most terrible in British annals, also
has its enduring record in poetry. It
did danige in London to the amount
of ?2,000,000; over 8,000 people were
drowned in tloods in various parts of
the country; twelve men-of-war, with
over 1.8X)0 Ienl on board, wvent do-wi in
sight of l:n1d, and the 1"ddystonle light
h1ou1se, along with Wilstaniley, its in
venttor, was swepit away.
Bl ind Swvihmmaer'f Stra ight Steering,
It is a staniniig puizzle that all blind
swinuner'is are able to hold ani: lmnost
perfectly straight course for very co'i
sidlerable d istan ices, thongh nto mtore
guidancee is gli-en to themli t han some
species of call or whistle comling from
the winnaing goal. A b)lind moan, in
fact, dlesiring to go in a straight line
possesses the curious power- of bein
able to do so almost exactly. A pre
vincial mayor Institute'd a series of
contests in an open hake between blind
men and ordinary ones of about equal
skill and strength, and the result was
marvelous so far as the straight steer
ing of the blind was concerned.--Lon
Moth. and Butterflies,
Butterflies are activ-e in the day and
told their wings together- when they
settle. Their antenno. (end in clubs.
The fore and1 hind wings ntever hook
together. The chirysaills is angular and
not inclosed in a cocoon or- silken case.
Moths, on the other hand, arec usually
active in the dusk or att night and( (10
not fold their wings toge'ther on set
tling. The feelers arte very varttious ini
shape, b)ut rarely clubbed. Th'le fore
and1 hInd wings are generalhly fastene.d
together during f(i';ht b)y a "hoo0k andl
eye" arrangement. The chrysalis is not
angular and is inclosed in some sort of
case or cocooni.
A Serious, Onmme.
"Papa." saidt littile Tommy Tiaddells.
"what is thle game of author's?"
''The gatm of aut hors, Tommy,'' re
plied Mi'. Tadd(ells. "is to sell their
Is Wili Powver.
"Henpeck hats giv'en up smoking, eht?
I didn't think he had so much will
"HeI hasn't, but his wife has."
The highest liberty is harmony with
the bighnst 1nawa _G3l1s.
DANGER IN SODA SIPHONS.
Whey May Expidde and Cause'lnure
to Thome Who May le Near.
Do you know that the siphon bot
ordinarily used for vichy, soda watei
and other efTervescent drinks is usuallZ
charged with a pressure of from 120 t4
100 pounds to the square inch? Th<
danger likely to result from an explo
sion of ote of these little household ar
ticles is by no ineatins inconsiderable
and yet the average person handles i
fiphoii as though it were the mos
harmless tling iI the world.
There are two or three things to re
inember in handling siphons: Neve
keel) your sipllions iear the range, fo
the unusual heat is miore likely tha
anything else to cause an explosioi
Don't subject the bottle to any suddei
change of temperature whatever. Fo
instance, if you keep your siphons l
the ice box-and that is the best an<
safest place for them-don't grasp th,
glass part of the bottle with your warn
hand, for the sudden change of temper
ature is apt to cause an explosion. Th
best way to carry a siphon at all time
is by the metal top at the head of thi
bottle. It is needles to say the great
eat care should be taken not to drop i
siphon, for an explosion is the inev
itable result. When empty, the siphol
is, of course, quite harwness.
That these bottles are considered i
great source of danger is evidenced b;
the fact that the'courts inevitably hol
the bottlers strictly liable for all dain
ages resulting from the explosion o
one of them if even the slightest defec
In the manufacture of the bottle cai
be shown.-Washington Times.
Thin Horne Knew.
A doctor was returning home fron
visiting a patient late one night Ii
company with a clergyman, when th
horse stopped short at one of the nos
dangerous grade crossings within th,
city's limits. Absorbed in lively con
I versation with his clericil friend anm
seeing no gate down, lie mechanicall;
touched the horse with the whip an
urged it by his voice to go forward
But the spirited animal for once woub
not respond and instead of obeyin;
stepped briskly aside and turned hi
head as far as poible from the trail
which just then whizzed by at the rat,
of forty miles an hour.
It was a close call for the occupant
of the carriage, who sat breathles
through the inornents of terrible sut
pense, but the horse inaintained it
attitude of a half circle until the day
ger had passed. It seeis the gat(
keeper wa,its asleep at his post and ha'
neglected his (ity, but the delicat
ears of the horse had detected tht
sountid of the coming train.-Bosto
When the Poor Itide In Conces.
In the east side tenement house r(
gion coaches are associated with oni
1 two things-weddings and funeralh
The coach is an indispensable featur
of the wedding, and only the ver
poorest are buried without the attent
ance of I mourning coach.
'T'le whole block knows when a wed
ding is to take place, and everybody I
on the watch when the coach and pal
come Iashing around the corner to rt
cehve the bride. The vehicle draws n
bere the i1irirow enltralce to a tent
neit and pre4senltly is entered by tih
brile. half hiddeni inl her wIlite vel
anrd all nodinjg withI ormange wreath>
whlile a gaina iag crowd looks1( on. Th
hoises are' lashedi(M, the' comachi turns at
other coiner, aimI ini three nintes tha
bride Is at thle lahiCe of' ceremonyii. Th'l
ceremoinmy over*, the comachi this~ timn
swamllowvs up both bride and bridt
gr*oim. Everiybodty is cha rmied at t h
sight. Th'le gossijps are busy for a da)
--New York Press.
A striking instance of cainemi intell
gence Is repaorted from Paris. A nmil
stchioolteaichier anmed D)illaz was wai)
11a1( one evening near Charenton b)ridig
by two roughis, who set upon himn ant
after rifling his pockets, flung him lint
the Seiune. A collie (log that hiappene<
to be necar, withlout being encourage<
to do so by any persn-- indeed therc
wuere inone who saw thle clrremnstance
at once plunmged into the water and(
catching the man by the coat, aide<
haim to keel) atloa t until the river pc
lice, attracted by his cries, arrived(i
his assistaince. M. D)illaz was subtst
quently able to furnish the poli1ce wit]
a dlescript ion which led to the arrest c
IT e--80o I he enlgmagemnt 'ii s broken off
She-Yes. lIe told her lhe though
she shiouild stop) reading novels ani
read soinaethaling more substant i
soimethlin g -'woulId imnprove her.
She-Well, thle idea of a man intimat
ing to his hiancee that she could lie ir
provedi in any way! - Philadelphi
iIe r Lost Opportunlties.
Mrs. Noolywed-And1 If I had reall;
thrown y,ou down then would you hav'
given mne up)?
Noolywed-I should say not. I woul
have kept right on tryIng to win yol
evein if you land thrown mec over halft
dozen t Ineas.
Mirs. Noolywed .\My, what a lot o
VERY LENGTHY SHAVES.
Ramor Trztvels Many Miles Over the
AVerage Mann's Face.
The distance a man shaves in an av
e erage lifetime, or the distalnce his ra
r zor travels over his face, will be a stur
Sprifse to most people. FPromn a multi
! tude of examples an average measure
- nent around the chin from ear to ear
- Is found to be twelve and one-half
I Inches. From where the beard starts
t on the throat to the chin and thence to
t the edge of the upper li) is four and
on1e-hlf i Nes. You must reckon that
it is ie' . try to give two strokes of
r the razor to each inch or fraction of
r an inch In ordor to cover all the sur
face and go over each section of the
face twice in order to secure a clean
r So, multiplying the number of
I strakes by the number of Unies the ra
I zor is passed over the entire faoe, you
get the figure 4, and four timep the
two above mentioned measurements
- gives you the figures 50 and 18 respec
tively, which, added together, produce
68. Therefore the average man, wheth
er dark or fair, shaves 64 inches every
twenty-four hours. With these figures
l we arrive at the result that every man
- wearing only a mustache shaves 2,068
1 feet 4 inches per year. Taking, then,
the average life at seventy years and
I that the fair man starts shaving at
eighteen and the (lark man a year ear
I lier, or at seventeen, we have the fol
- lowing roit: That a fair man, if he
lives till he is seventy, will shave in
t the course of his life 20 miles 050
yar.s 4 inches. The dark man, If he
lives till he is seventy, will shave In
the course of his life 20 miles 1,340
yards i foot 8 lnches.-Kansas Olty
The Poot Astrar.
t William F. Cody was once relating a
story which concerned an Indian who
- had met with an accident In a Buffalo
Rill show. It was necessary to anpu
tate the Indian's leg, and(] in the de
acription of this operation Cody was
interrupted frequently by a young doc
tor who injected technical and medical
terms into the straight vernacular of
s the scout. Ile was irritated, but ig
nored the doctor. "A few days after
the opieration," continued the narrator.
''te Indin learned that his leg had
s been hurled. With a whoop he leaped
from his h1d Ivl and jumped upon the doc
tor with both feet."
".Jlped with both feet after an op
eration?" shouted the doctor, exulting
in his exposure of the great scout's ab
1 surd story.
I "I said umn tle 'doctor with both
e feet.' " explained Cody. "in order to
distinguish him from the other hospital
I physician, who had only one foot. hav
ing put the other into people's affairs
so often that lie lost it."
The Way Home.
When the bishop of Truro. Dr. Gott,
was dean of Worcester his absent
mindedness wvas so notorious that lie
earned for himself the sobriquet of
On oile occasion h(. had invited somew
r friends to dine with him. On their ar
rival, a short time before the dinner
hour, It' suggested that in the interval
of waiting his friends would perhaps
like to waithrough tile grouids.
AtIor snitmimg about a quarter of an
hour in :adinirinig the flowers, shrubs
azu renhlouse's they suIddenuly camec
upna door ini thei garden waoll.
.\h'" said thec (ilan to Is astonishled
Sgu's ts. '"Thisx will be a mouch nearer
wa:ty lfor you to go homnet than1 by going
bacik to t he front1'" And11, forgetting
'his Oinvitation he) en'ted the door andt
bowedi tlh'ii out.
An O)l'enulve- Cravat.
A goodi story of Wh'listler and his pe
cullarities is told ini the [Vree Lance.
A ginthma w1:31;ent to Wlhistier withl a
lette'r of initroduction atd senlt up his
card with the letter. The servant pres
tly~ biroughlt downvl thed card with a
1est lin teur?"' The visitor p)romiptly
wroPe "Whistler" mal5 was imimediate
,ly shown upistairs. An amusing scene
followved, arising out of the fact that
the visitor was wearing a red necktie.
W Xhlstler dleclared it interferod with the
color schieme of his5 roomi anid "puIt hitm
Soff" a pilctumre lhe wais painting In quitek
a different "key." F'inally he obliged
Shim t) talke off the offending cravat be
Sfore lhe would condlesend to exchange
antothIer word with him.
? In crossting the oceanlI a father and1(
t s0on both1 became very seasick. Th'le fa
j ther r'coveredl quickly, but the son wasl
- o e'xhaulsted1 with tihe attack that lhe
511nki inite a state of apathy, from
which it seemelld imIIposs~ihk' to arouse
Th seamner physician,i thlikinug lie
Swould try a1 suddeni shock, said: "I
have bad news for youl. Your fathler is
'Thue son, raising his expressionless
eyes to the doctor, relied, "Lucky
3 "Our air matir'sses,'' soaId the dealer,
"'arte all filled In thle months of April,
.\ i and .1lune(. Thla t aiccoluts for their
remai'irkal y resi lien t qual1 ities."'
"is t he( air (if those monithis hotter
tha n (t hers?''
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