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The shades of night have wrapped me
Upon my humble cot,
And 'raid a slumber soft and sound
I drenm that cares are not:
But sudden thunder shakes my bed
And rumbles, rasps and roars—
'Tis token that the folks o'erhead
Have moved their sliding doors.
Anon again I sleep, and try
Once more the land of dreams
But lo, there swell a lusty cry
And shrieks and angry screams.
Be calm, be calm, sad heart, for that's
My neighbor's baby sweet:
Just hear the flabby pitty-pats
Of "papa's" busj'" feet!
At last the dawn a'rrives, and brings
The morning's carols gay.
As through the wall a neighbor siugs
Her ragtime roundelay.
Aud next an incense, rising slow,
My kind attention begs,
And shouts the fact that down below
They're cooking liam and eggs.
The morning speeds apace. Above,
The baby frets and coos
To right, peals forth: "O come, my love!"
Beneath, some cabbage stews.
Theu sharp at half-past one o'clock
My ceiling creaks and moans—
I list to "mamma," up there, rock
And croon in dulcet tones.
The eve Is nigh. An'.' husbands all
Ascend--t ramp, tramp!—the stair.
I note them kiss—I note them call—
1 note them laugh and swear.
Now "baby" is put to bed. "Oh dear.
What's trumps'.'" "It's after ten!"
"Jack, don't!" "Ba-a-a-a-a-a-a-ali!"
I doze to hear
Those sliding doors again. —Lif«?.
Scenes and Incidents of Everyday
Life in the Paris of America. &
Miss Maude Adams' first fourteen per
formances at the Knickerbocker theater
averaged over $2000 at each performance.
This is in advance of Miss Adams' best
previous New York city receipts the past
three seasons. The arrangements are
now under way by which a change of
booking will be made, so that Miss
Adams will remain at the Knickerbocker
theater until December 20. giving seven
ty-live performances of "L'Aiglon."
The annual auction sale of boxes for
the horse show in Madison Square gar
den was held Thursday in the Garden
theater. The attendance was large and
the bidding spirited. The average price
paid for boxes was $400. said to be the
highest in the history of tne organization.
Fewer boxes were sold than formerly,
the second row of arena boxes being re
moved this year. The highest price paid
was $tJ23. by T. W. Lawsou and F. K.
Sturgis. The price then dropped to 1m500.
at which several were sold. The sale
An arrival is expected before long in
the family of William Iv. Yanderbilt,
Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Yanderbilt are now
living at (577 Fifth avenue. They were
married on April 4 last year at the home
of Mrs. Yanderbilt's sister, Mrs. Her
mann Oelriehs. The marriage was one
of the most notable society events of the
year. Rev. Thomas F. Murphy, who was
connected with the cathedral parish, but
Mas then acting pastor of a chwrch at
Dobbs' Ferry, performed the ceremony.
Mrs. Yanderbilt was Miss Virginia Fair,
the youngest daughter of the late Sena
tor James G. Fair of Nevada.
Miss Louise Drew, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. John Drew, will make her so
cial debut at an afternoon reception to be
given by Mr. and Mrs. Drew on Thurs
day. November 22, at their home, 44
West Twenty-tirst street. Miss Drew is
a slender, graceful, dark-haired girl. She
has studied in Dresden, at Boulogne, and
in the school of Marquise de San Carlos
in southern France. She appeared once
on the stage with her father last year as
Mrs. Parbury's maid in the comedy,
"The Tyranny of Tears." Miss Drew is
ambitious to become an actress. Her fa
ther approves of her plans. She has nev
er posed before a camera.
Charles Frohman in announcing his
plans for the Knickerbocker theater and
for the coming tour of Mrs. Leslie Car
ter in "Zaza" said: "Miss Maude Ad
ams in her play of 'L'Aiglon' will con
tinue at the Knickerbocker until the end
of Christmas week, when she will prob
ably visit some of the larger cities. She
will be followed at that theater by Miss
Ada Rehan, who will make her first ap
pearance in this city iu Paul Raster's
version of 'Nell Gwyn,' called 'Nell of
Old Drury.' Mrs. Leslie Carter will ter
minate her third New York engagement
in 'Zaza' at the Criterion theater on Sat
urday evening. She will begin a tour im
mediately which will extend as far West
as San Francisco."
Livestock will be sold at the Waldorf
Astoria on December 5. The animals
will be on exhibition in the grand ball
room. Full blooded puppies and a donkey
are already on the list. What other kinds
of beasts will be offered to buyers de
liends upon the ingenuity of the women
organizing the fair for the benefit of the
Mothers and Babies' Hospital and dis
pensary. They are in search of novel
ties. The turning of the Waldorf-Astoria
into a livestock market was one of them.
Friends contributed the animals and the
hotel people made the best of it. The
managers have received offers of puppies
from all the kennels and calves from
dairy farms. They are still debating the
question of accepting the calves.
iss Louisa Morgan, daughter of Mr.
and Mrs. J. Pierpont Morgan, will be
wedded on Thursday next to Herbert
Livingston Satterlee. It will be the
largest wedding of the week, and will
take place in St. George's church, Stuy
vosant square. Rev. Dr. William S.
Rainsford will officiate. Following will
come a reception in the Morgan home at
Madison avenue and Thirty-sixth street.
The bride's sister, Miss Anna Morgan,
will be her maid of honor. Miss Mor
gan is one of the wealthiest girls in so
ciety. She is very popular, an accom
plished ravsician and linguist, and an ex
cellent horsewoman. She takes much
interest in various guild movements.
She is very tall, dark and picturesque in
Roland Reed, who was compelled to
abandon his tour while the company was
playing in Chicago and return to New
York that he might place himself under
the personal care of his family physician
-at St. Luke's hospital, has arrived at the
conclusion that it will be impossible to
continue his tour further the present sea
son, and lias therefore disbanded the com
pany, Miss Isadore Rush, who was hi?
leading woman for many seasons, will
make her first appearance in the part of
Belle Money in "The Rogers Brothers in
Central Park" at the Victoria theater
next Monday evening, taking the place of
Miss Delia Fox, who, it is said by the
management, has voluntarily resigned be
cause of her poor health, whicn would
•prevent her attempting an arduous season
on the road.
All the scenery, costumes and stage
properties of Bernhardt and Coquelin's
coming tour in this country have arrived
in New York and are now being put in
readiness on the stage of the Metropoli
tan Opera house. Mme. Bernhardt and
lier compaaay $we now on the ocean op
board L'Aquitaine and are due to micli
New York next Monday.
'The French actress' expensive stage
settings will be of no value to her for
future use in Paris. It was discovered
that the scenery is too large even for
the massive stage of the Metropolitan
Opera house. Orders were issued today
by her business repersentative to cut ft
down to smaller proportions.
The misfit proves that the stage of her
theater in Paris is much larger than any
in New York: larger, in fact, than the
stage of the Garden theater, where hrt
engagement in this city will be played.
The dates of the various large dances
ot the coming season are now beginning
to be announced. Mrs. Astor has not ye"
determined on the date of her annual
January ball, but. as it has often taken
place on the evening of the first Monday
of that month, a good guesser would
probably hazard that as the evening se
lected. Mr. and Mrs. John Jacob Astor
will spend but little time in town. They
will be at Aiken, probably, for a time,
aud a little later will sail for Europe.
Mrs. Astor, Jr.. will give one large dance
before she leaves. Mrs. Frederic J. de
Peyster will give two large dances for
her daughters, both at Dehnonico's, one
on Thursday. January 3. and the second
on Thursday, February 7. There will be
cotillons with handsome favors, and 200
to 300 guests. The annual Charity ball
will be held at the Astoria on Tuesday,
One of the features of the Mark Twain
dinner at the I^otos club was the menu
card on which was printed a photograv
ure portrait of Mr. Clemens with his
white hair surrounded with lotos blos
soms. These appropriate menu cards
have been for many years features of
Lotos club dinners. They are usually
bound in a folded sheet of rough, dark
colored paper. The art work on them is
of the best and a complete collection of
them which hangs on the walls of the
club's cafe makes an interesting pictorial
history of the club's remarkable series of
dinners. Every visitor to New York dur
ing the past twenty-five years who was
conspicuous in music, art, the s'age. lit
erature or politics has been entertained
by the Lotos club and the dinner cards
on each occasion have been emblematic
of the career of the.guest of honor. The
cards, which hang in the grill room,
have each the autograph of the guest in
whose honor the dinner was given.
It was a queer auction sale which the
representatives of Uncle Sam held at the
public stores the other day. Packages
sent from Europe and confiscated' for un
paid duty claims were sold to the highest
bidder, after a year's storage in hope of
reclamation. Some Strange trans-Atlan
tic freight was unearthed, by the sale,
which was attended by nearly 200 eager
junkmen. They scented prizes in the
mysterious bundles, but to their disgust
the majority drew blanks. The sale cat
alogue contained 014 lots. Ten jars of
jelly sold for 90 cents, and an oil paint
ing for 10 cents. A book of armorial
bearings brought $20. while a boxful of
clothing netted but $2. Small cases and
demijohns of liquors were numerous.
Many of the articles were gifts on which
the consignees had refused payment of
duties. Every steamship brings a cer
tain amount of mixed freight which nev
er reaches its destination. Customhouse
vigilance sidetracks every article which
does not yield tribute.
F. Marion Crawford, the novelist, has
gone to St. Louis, where he will witness
Viola Allen's performance of his "In the
Palace of the King." "Lorimer Stod
dard is entitled to all the credit which
may be found due for the dramatic ver
sion of 'In the Palace of the King,'
said Mr. Crawford. "I am not a dra
matist, and the only contribution to the
stage form of the story was in purposely
contracting the duration of its action and
in constructing it broadly on dramatic
lines. I did this much because the play
proposition was the one first discussed.
"Miss Allen and her mother visited me
in Italy last year, aud there we talked
over the stage possibilities of the subject.
All of the action of the book, as well as
of the play, lies between the hours of 4
in the afternoon and midnight."
"Do you find that such close construc
tion harmonizes with your instincts as a
"The advantage," answered the novel
ist, "in the way of rapid action overbal
ances the disadvantages of extra fore
thought on the part of the writer. I
have always taken pains with the con
struction of my novels, planning the sto
ry from beginning to end before doing
the^ actual writing. To compress all the
action of the narrative into a few days or
a few hours simply requires a little more
Thirty well-known actresses poured tea
Friday afternoon when society and the
stage met on a common footing at th=
Waldorf-Astoria. It was the third annual
ladies' day of the Strollers' club, and a
notable array of matrons were present
as chaperones. In the big hotel ballroom
the Kaltenborn orchestra of seventy
pieces rendered selections from the Strol
lers' last three productions, "The Right
ful Heir," "The Lady from Chicago" and
"Phyllis." An added novelty was that
each composer led his own number, so
that the baton passed successively from
Reginald de Ivoven along a line o*f nota
ble musicians. The Strollers had a nota
ble display of posters in the east room.
There, too, the original posters for the
coming performance were on view.
Around the tea urns were more than a
score of actresses. Maude Adams had
her own particular circle Virginia Earle
adjoined her. with May Irwin on the
other side. Henrietta Cro^man was re
ceiving congratulations for "Mistress
AN ENDLESS CHAIN
SHORT SKIRT CRUSADE.
MRS. D. O. HEARS OF ALBANY. N. 1*.
Photograph by Rock wood, New York.
Women all over the country are to be approached by Mrs. D. O. Mears of Al
bany. N. Y., president of the New York State Assembly of Mothers, •,with a
view to persuading them to adopt short skirts for street wear. Mrs. Mears will
start an endless chain by means of which she hopes to reach eventually every
woman in the United States.
Nell," while Ida Conquest and Annie
Russell talked of golf. It was an inter
Society has turned from the anise-seed
fox to the chrysanthemum and violet.
From Poughkeepsie to the Waldorf-As
toria flower shops are attracting the at
tention of fashionable folk, and before
the snow flies exclusive New York will
have the greatest flower season in his
tory. Violets and chrysanthemums rule,
and conservatories of the upper Hudson
have been taxed to their utmost iu sup
plying rare specimens for private exhibi
tions. Fashion has stamped its seal of
approval on the yellow snowball by en
tering products of its hothouses in 'ontest
for the various prizes. Mrs. Frederick
W. Yanderbilt carried off the chief tro
phies at the Poughkeepsie show. The ri
valry was intense, and half a dozen well
known social leaders, including Mrs. John
Jacob Astor, were entered in the race.
The next big exhibition will be held at
the Waldorf-Astoria, while preparations
are already being made for an elaborate
display of "mums" at Tarrytown, where
it is expected Miss Helen Gould will car
ry off the honors.
Lillian Russell, queen of comic opera
and burlesque, has earned for herself a
new title —that of queen of the automo
bile. In order to win a horseless car
riage Miss Russell deliberately tempted
Without any aid she engineered an
"auto" up and subsequently down the
great incline built by John Brisben Walk
er's Automobile company on the roof of
Madison Square garden. At one point
the incline is at a 45-degree angle. It
has sharp turns and measures 200"feet in
length over all.
Had the motive power or the brake of
Miss Russell's "auto" failed to respond
she could not very well have escaped
Miss Russell and her sister, Mrs. West-,
tord, visited the "mobile" show* and the
two went up on the roof to see John
Brisben Walker's son demonstrate the
ability of an "auto" to ascend and de
scend _the steep incline.
W hile there Miss Russell met one of
her managers, Joseph Weber of Weber
"Bet you wouldn't dare to 'auto' up
and down like that," said Mr. Weber to
'"What'll you bet?"
"An automobile against your consent
to play an extra matinee during Christ
mas week." replied Mr. Wener, more in
in earnest. But Miss Russell
at his word. The bet waa
-%r:S_ ir» i.
Miss Russell's contract calls for only
eight performances a week, but Christ
mas week Weber & Fields give nine.
The actor-managers had a hard time gel
ting Miss Russell to play at a ninth per
formance during Christmas week of last
As a result of the wager Miss Russell,
Mrs. Westford. Lew Fields. Joe Weber,
Lewis Mansfield, Frank Howard and
lliomas: J. Reynolds, superintendent of
the garden, gathered on the garden roof
early Sunday morning and Miss Russell
performed the difficult and dangerous
^•l^* shall never do it again," said
Miss Russell "not for all the automo
biles in the world. I shudder as I recall
the strange and awful sensations which
I underwent. They will hold a place in
memory as long as I live."
Greeley Obeyed His Wife's Orders.
The fart lie." Horace Greeley got away
froni Printing House square the higher
his spirits rose, and a drive along the
winding banks of the Hudson, or a trip
across the water to Iona island, he al
ways enjoyed with the enthusiasm of a
hoy, says a writer in Lippincott's.
Nothing worried him when he was in the
country. All his cares and troubles were
left behind him. locked up in his desk
in the Tribune office.
Mrs. Greeley was different from her
noted husband in this respect. She
brought her cares along with her. and
she used to spend considerable time re
proving Horace for his thoughtlessness,
and in trying to keep him within bounds.
One day she kept at him until he said:
All right, mother whatever you tell
me to do the rest of the day I'll" do."
A couple of hours later Mr. and Mr*.
Greeiey and Mr. Hasbrouek were getting
into the rowboat for their usual daily
trip to Iona island. Mrs. Greeley
stepped in first, sat down, and placed
her parasol with the handle vesting on
the seat and the other end on the bottom
of the boat: then, glancing up at Mr.
Greeley, who was waiting to get into the
boat, she called out:
"Now, Horace, be sure to step on my
parasol and break it getting into tV
All right: just as you say." respond
ed Horace, cheerfully, and down came
his foot on the parasol, completely wreck
ing it. Mrs. Greehey looked daggers a
him all the way to the island, but a
happier man than Greeley was during
the rest of the trip would be hard to
find: and ever and anon he could be
beard chuckling softly to himself as if
he had just thought of a good joke.
Mr. Greeley made matters right when
they got back to the Peekskill side bv
buying Mrs. Greeley a new parasol and
handing it to her with the bantering re
"There, mother, is a brand-new sun
shade for you, much finer than the old
one and now don't you ever tell me to
step on it unless you expect me to do
it. I always obey the orders of mv su
Market gardeners protect their fruit by
a live wire laid along the top of their
walls or fences.
THE GIRT* NEXT DOOR.
We've got a girl next door to us—a pretty
Who's got a crazy notion in her head that
she can sing:
She favors us with melodies from early
morn till night
She bangs a grand piano—but she doesn't
do it right!
Oh, the girl next door—the girl next
She's just a public nuisance and an
I'd give a hundred dollars—yes, a
thousand—to the poor.
If some disgusted man would choke
She'll start a day of torture with "Because"
"When You Haven't Any Money, Well, You
Needn't Come Around,"
Will follow on the programme—then a comic
And that's the way she entertains herself
the livelong day.
Oh, the girl next door—the girl next
blie's just a public nuisance and an
I'd give a hundred dollars—yes, a
thousand—to the poor,
If some disguste,d man would choke
One night a fellow came to see this human
Atid then the nil- around the block was one
She gave him "I Am Waiting," followed up
by "Love, I Weep"—
And she saug them with such feeling that
the fellow went to sleep!
Oh, the girl next door—the girl next
That fellow never came to see that
maiden any more:
And now she's working overtime on
"Happy Days of Yore"—
I guess she means those peaceful days
Fads of Society.
Dinner sets this season show a return
to borders and olid colors in the matter
of decoration. Instead of the dainty
sprays of flowers scattered over the sur
face. the latest patterns are in borders,
sometimes quite narrow. Solid colors are
much used in shaded effects, the two
toned styles, one might call them.
A new dance, wbUcii Is likely
to be very popular, was danced the
other night at the Holborn town hall in
London, and the "swell set" in Gotham
will no doubt hasten to import it. It is
called "C. I. V." It is said to be easily
acquired. The couples are arranged as
in other quadrilles, but the music rattles
right through the dance without a pause
embracing the most popular movement
used in ordinary quadrilles and some new
Styles in jewels are changing. Every
big jeweler from Tiffany to Maiden Lane
is making a display of pearls. In fanci
ful little pins the pearl holds first choice,
and every "swagger" girl along Broad
way can boast of two or three. The lat
est jewelry designs are fetching. A lit
tle heart-shaped brooch of dull gold is
one of fashion's favorites this winter. It
has a tiny spray of b'.ue forget-me-nots
across it, while small pearls are in
the center of each little flower. Then the
three-pearl pin is very popular. A well
known actress set this fashion a month
ago, and now all her admirers are wear
ing them likewise. One is an all-pearl
scroll with a single ruby in the center.
Another design in scroll has five ame
thysts. The design which every matinee
girl is seeking, however, is an elaborate
leaf, set with half pearls, while in the
center are five beautiful whole pearls, ra
diating from a cluster of small diamonds.
Colored precious stones which at one
time were sacrificed to diamonds and
pearls have now found favor in the world
of fashion. Even coral, which for a long
time was neglected, is regaining its rank
as an article of adornment, together with
those old-fashioned stones, the topaz, the
amethyst, the opal and the c-hrystaiite.
Naturally the ruby, the emeraid and the
sapphire retain their favorite place
among jewels of price. Their cut and
setting show infinite variety. They are
worn not only as necklaces, brooches or
pendants, but also as chains, belts, corse
lets, rings, and on high, enormous coif
fures, almost like a tiara resplendent in
This revel of precious stones, with an
miprecedentedly lavish use of costly furs
—sables, blue fox. black fox and'silver
—in wide cloaks, a la dogaresse, or
long coats reaching to the ground, to
gether form the distinctive features of
the winter's costly femininities in Paris.
The fact that the Prince of Wales does
not crease his trousers, and that he has
not done so for months, perhaps years,
will be an awful shock to fashionable
The startling news readied Now York
in a more reliable form—in that of a
photograph of the prince, showing that
his trousers are absolutely creaseless.
It is not accidental, either. Inspection
of the photograph shows that the trou
sers never were creased. The whole
thing is deliberate-.- The prinee has
stopped sending his trousers to be
And he didn't tell New York soeietv
anything about it. Men who have been
going about New York for the past few
months with trousers bagging at the
knees and have been sneered at for their
pains by the "swell dressers" are now
There will be a scurrying by "swell
dressers" to take the crease from their
"pants." This, tailor says, can be
done easily by soaking the garments foi
half an hour in the washtub and then
hanging them on the line to dry.
When they are dry they will' look like
those the prince wears in the picture.
While the prince has gone back to un
ironed trousers, President McKinlev
The "first gentleman of America" has
his dressed every morning by his pri
vate secretary or someone else before lie
puts them on.
The crease is a most emphatic one. It
is made with a very heavy flatiron wield
ed by a man with a iarge biceps, who
must work for many minutes developing
It now devolves upon New York dude
dom to say which leader it will follow—
the prince or the President.
And now vague rumors are flying
across the seas to disturb the serenity of
the woman who has been congratulating
herself that she has gotten her figure up
to-date. A writer in one of the leading
foreign magazines solemnly assures us
that "solidity of figure in its most down
right sense has suddenly sprung into a
fashion, and that the svelte, the slender,
the sinuous shajl, on that account, be
highly esteemed no longer. The 'German
build' is, in fact, the oniy correct contour
of the moment, and it is a stern and ar
bitrary ukase of the mode-makers in Par
is that padding, with an immense "P,"
is to be called in where nature has pro
vided only a scanty envelope. This is a
sad hearing for the thin woman who has
been qiieening it in sheath-like skirts for
the past three seasons. But the plump
people ate but profiting by the eternal
law of seesaw and roundabout.
"Dame Fashion decrees that very large
hips and great splendor of 'figure' gen
erally should prevail, but also superim
poses a distinctly diminutive waistr so,
with all this adding to and taking from,
one can but suppose that a very consid
erable amount of discomfort will have
to be endured, since locomotion and pad
ding do not go well together, while a
tightly squeezed-in waist must, further
more, sadly add to all these sartorial
"In other things besides the '©erman
build' we seem to borrow a continental
manner this season, for Vienna tailor
mades are coming into widespread favor,
and one hears of endless successive
friends who have ordered tweed or cloth
built garments from the gay Austrian
capital. Most of these dresses are fur
trimmed extremely, and, therefore, doubt
less expensive but that is a question
which seems to have long ago disappear
ed from up-to-date consideration, and
'Get it if you like it' seems to be 'the
only motto of the present generation of
JOURNALISM IN FRANCE.
Romantic Tales, Flattery and Exag
geration Are its Chief Features.
The worst newspapers in France ai\
the most read, says the London corres
pondent of the Philadelphia Public Led
ger. The Sunday edition of the Petit
Journal, for example, is read by a million
of French people. It foams with
Anglophobism, but if ray information is
correct it is not read by the majority for
its news, but for the romantic story that
runs through its columns. The clients of
the Pet'it Journal arewomen to a large ex
tent, who find their emotions agreeably
stirred by the narrative of love, fidelity
and adventure that meanders through its
pages from the 1st of January to the
81st of December. Newspapers like the
Patrie, the Libre Parole and the In
transigeant are read enormously, not, I
believe, because they are Anglophobe
mainly, but because they appeal to the
man in the street, reflect his vanity, ex
press his irritation and articulate his de
Words do not mean to the Latin Celt
the same thing as to the Anglo-Saxon,
and a great part of the misunderstanding
between the two countries arises from
English literalness and French exaggera
tion. The French press is bright, ven
omous and inaccurate the English,
ponderous, condescending- and not alwavs
Senator Chandler or New Hampshire is
known as one of the most exact and
painstaking of men. He rarely makes
mistakes, and has little patience to spare
for those of others. But the wily and
careful senator was recently guilty of a
blunder which caused him much trouble
to rectify, relates a writer in Success.
It was nothing more or less than ex
changing envelopes upon two letters writ
ten about the same matter. The story,
as related by his dear friends, runneth
Once upon a time. Chandler received an
invitation from Senator Frye to go up
to one of the Maine lakes and enjoy a
spell of hunting and fishing. Politics
would, of course, come up during the
quiet evenings. Senator Chandler had
other plans, and therefore he indited
two letters, one to his wife, which ran to
My Dear Lucy—I have received an invita
tion from Frye to go up with him into
Maine for a hunting and fishing trip: but I
shall not accept. Frye is a temperance
crank and never has anything for himself
or friends to drinW. and, therefore, I have
got out of the thing r.. diplomatically as I
™n. There is not much enjoyment Uiider
The letter then ran on to detail other
domestic confidences. The letter re
ceived by Mrs. Chandler ran merrily
along these lines:
My Dear Frye—I received your invitation
and am very sorry that I cannot accept. Yon
know Mrs. Chandler is very disagreeable
about such things and so I must decline.
Some other time when I can get up a good
story to justify the fun. ..
The first intimation which Senator
Chandler had of his error was an indig
nant missive from the wife of!his bosom,
berating him for his ungallant conduct in
holding her up to his .friends as a disa
Senator Frje, fortunately for Chandler,
held his peace, as ho did not know
whether or not the epistle was loaded,
and fancied that the contretemps might
be merely one of Chandler's little jokes,
which would have an ending disastrous
to intermeddlers. The trnth of the mat
ter is that Senator Chandler is just as
much a teetotaler as his conferees from
Maine, bur the other senators who have
heard of the affair are chaffing him un
An Unexpected Guest.
Mason and Francis, a sketch team who
played at Proctor's Twenty-third Street
theater, New York city, open the pro
gramme with a sketch in which the stage
setting shows the exterior of a country
inn. The man of the team appears as
a farmer. The woman appears as the
waitress. After a little byplav the farm
er announces that he would like some
dinner. Many of the dishes he orders
are not on the bill of fare. Finally, he
&ays he would like to lmve some hard
"We haven't any," replies the girl.
"We^didn't expect you."
"Well, then," says he, "give me a cou
ple of goose eggs."
"Haven't any,*' is again the answer.
"We didn't expect you."
"Well," asks the farmer, "didn't the
hens expect me either?" and she an
"No, if they had, they would have been
laying for you."
Fare High, Time Slow.
One of the most remarkable railroads
in the United States is that which runs
from Fabyan. at the foot of Mount
Washington, to the summit—a distance
of V.38 miles. The time required in mak
ing the ascent is one and one-half hours
which is at the rate of a mile in 27 min
utes. The descent is made in the same
time. The fare is $4 for the round trip,
or at the rate of 00 cents a mile. No
other road in the world charges quite so
much, and few run trains at a speed
quite so slow. About 6000 passengers
are carried annually.—Philadelphia Rec
British Professions—Their Cost.
To become a qualified doctor in Eng
land it may cost anything between £700
and £1200—say £950 in rough figures.
This is made up of about £150 for lecture
fees mid hospital work as a perpetual
student: maintenance, books, clothing,
etc., at £100 a year for five years, says a
London newspaper. The second most ex
pensive calling, perhaps, is that of a bar
rister, the cost being, say, £100 for join
ing one of the inns of court fee for read
ing in chambers, 100 guineas, and per
haps £800 may be given as the total ex
Census of Mussulmans.
The just-completed census of the Otto
man government shows the total num
ber of Mussulmans to be 190,500,000, of
whom 18,000,000 belong to Turkey in
Europe, 99,000,000 in Asia Minor, Belu
ehistan and the Indies, 20,000,000 to Chi
na, 36,500,000 to the north and northeast
of Africa, and 23,000,000 spread in
groups more or less numerous through
out the other countries of the world.
RACE QUESTION IN MAURITIUS
English Possession Whose Inhabitants
Are Decidedly Anti-British.
The British possession of Mauritius is
at present the ground of a campaign
against everything British. The French
child's copybook which gives a picture
of the alleged British atrocities at Lady
smith is being widely used, and this is
not the only monstrous. publication that
is being issued with the view of fostering
hatred of things British.
The newspapers, of which there are
nine or ten published here, are, with two
exceptions, violently anti-British. They
constantly speak of the "undying hatred"
of the natives for the English, and stig
matize the British residents as pigs,
thieves, drunkards and almost every
other objectionable thing they can im
Although Mauritius has been a British
p6ssegsicin since 1810, it if? as anti-British
as ever. Out of a population of 870,000,
270,000 are Indian natives engaged in
the sugar industry. About 90,000 of the
rest are white and colored Creoles. Not
only the Creoles, but an enormous num
ber of the Indians, as well as the Chinese
shopkeepers, use the French language,
and all the newspapers, except one, are
published in French.
In all law cases in which an English
man is involved the newspapers inva
riably side against him, and heap abuse
on h/s head, so long as the matter re
mains befoj-e the:public.
Sir Charles Bruce is constantly derided
and. lvdicul^ in these disgraceful jour
nal.^, \vhicli, indeed, vie with the gutter
press of Paris in vituperation and calum
ny.—London Daily Mail.
Queer Notions ol' a Farmer.
"According to tradition," says the Phil
adelphia iRecord '""there was once an old
worn a ri wlio •kissed her cow and said:
'Every one to his own taste.' Out at
Bustleton there is a 'gentleman farmer'
who can give the aforesaid old woman
cards and spades and beat her at her
own game. He does not kiss his cows,
but he does something more remarkable.
He actually scrubs their teeth with a
large toothbrush! This man has many
peculiar ideas about his livestock, anil
particularly his cows, which are of the
very finest breeds. So cautious is he
about their eating and drinking that all
the water the cows use is distiiled. It is
said that he has a separate toothbrush
for each cow, and, as he cannot depend
upon his men to do the brushing he does
it himself, using the very best Castile
soap. He feels that in adopting this
course he is assured of pure milk, free
from the possibility of microbes."
Uncle Sam's Timber Supply Limited.
The stand of timber in the East may
be in the neighborhood of 750,000,000^
000 feet board measure. With that esti
mate in the West, 30,000,000,000, the
total stand in the country, would appear
to be. approximately, 1,380,000,000.000
feet board measure. In 1890 the cut
was about 25,000,000,000 feer, and since
then the annual cut has somewhat in
creased. The present stand would there
fore supply the present rate of consump
tion for about fifty years. As a ran
dom statement, then, it may be said that
we have timber in stock sufficient to last
the present demands of our industries for
nearly two generations. Some species,
•however, which are applicable to certain
purposes, such as the Southern pine, the
redwood and the red fir, will last longer
than others, and some species, like the
black walnut and the white pine, are al
ready very nearly exhausted.—The Fo
Karlyi Closing Decree in Berlin.
Some three or four years ago a meas
ure was introduced into Germany com
pelling trades people to close their shops
on Sundays. Caterers for household
wants were permitted to open for five
hours in the course of the dav, but not
during the hours of divine service. The
police authorities .of Berlin have be
stowed'fit new' boon on the employes of
shops this Michaelmas by prohibiting for
the future the opening of shops of anv
kind' dfter 0 o'clock in the evening. At
first there was a great outcry against
.the Sunday closing, but the hausfrauen
soori' got accustomed to the innovation
and procured their stores in time. Every
body has now at least a half holiday on
Sundays. No doubt people will likewise
get familiar before long with the idea
that 9 o'clock is not too early to let
tradespeople and their employes go to
their homes on every weekday evening.—
Dance of South African Na tives.
One of the weirdest sights to be seen It
Swazland is the incwala, or great "meaiie
dane." In the days of King Umbandine
this spectacle was to be witnessed in its
perfection. Six thousand warriors
formed in a deep line, shield and assegai
in hand. and. with the royal women on
the right, they danced to a slow sonorous
song. The time was perfectly kept, and
when the warriors stamped their feet the
earth seemed to tremble. Ever and anon
a stalwart veteran of many fights would
rush to the front and go through th"
patomillie of savage warfare, showing
how he had swept all enemies from his
path. By-and-by the King advanced,
carrying a gourd, which he threw to a
certain warrior, who was forthwith
seized and assegaied, ro take to the Wa!
halla of the Swazi a message from the
nation to the spirit of chiefs, telling them
how it was with those who remained.-
Frightened the Tourist.
When a y.otpig man, the marquis, whiie
strolling through a wood in the neighbor
hood ot Rothesay, was accosted by a lit
tle Coekne^ tourist, who told him lie was
glad to see a civilized human being at
last. All the natives he had met were,
he remarked, like a pack of wild beasts.
"But maybe, cockalorum," continued the
tourist, deceived by the patrician youth's
accent, "you're an Englishman like me*
"No, I'm a Bute man,'' replied the
marquis. "Then, where on earth were
you tamed?" inquired the Cockney, in
astonishment. The juvenile head of
house of Bute put .on a very fierce expres
sion, and raising menacingly a cudgel
was carrying, roaxed. "Who said I was
tamed!" The alarmed Londoner uttered
not another word, but turned and ran for
dear life in the direction of Rothesay.—
London Daily Chronicle.
How a Butterfly
The butterfly invariably goes to sleep
head downward. It folds and contracts
its wings to the utmost. The effect is to
reduce its size and shape to a narrow
ridge, hardly distinguishable in shape and
color from the seed-heads on thousands of
other stems around. The butterfly als
sleeps on the top of the stem. In the
morning, when the sunbeams warm them,
all these gray-pied sleepers on the grass
tops open their wings, and the colorless
bennets are starred with a thousand liv
ing flowers of purest azure.—Spectator.
Foreign M. P.'s Have Odd Privileges.
Some of the privileges of members of
foreign legislative bodies are unique.
Danish M. P.s can have a free seat in
the Royal theater at Copenhagen when
ever they like. The lawmakers of Nor
way receive free medical attention and
nursing if they fall ill during the session.
The M. P.s have extended this privilege
to include courses of gymnastics, mas
sage, baths, wine ("medical comforts"i.
drawing and stopping teeth—all gratis!—