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MEETING AN AUTHOE
THE MAN WHO WROTE "OLIVER BOS?
Tlic Groat Man Is Modest About lila Work
aud Sometimes Kvcu Forgets That IIo
Hum Written II?Some Extracts Showing
?ls Lovely Stylo.
[Copyright, 1805, by Edgar W. Nyo.|
It has beeu claimed that young writers
without reputation cannot get into print,
while oltl fossils with nothing but n
glorious past got all the big prices arid
monopolize the magazines.
This is not true.
As an instance of this I have just re?
ceived for review the ndvauco sheets of
a story entitled "Oliver Boswell's
Courtship?In Camp Meeting Time."
Below I give without change the open?
ing page of chnptor 1. When I say that
I huve enjoyed this story to tho full, I
BTR1NOIXG THE AUTHOR.
mean every word of it. When I sny that
I know tho author personally, and that
ne has been in my house, I do not say it
to bring myself into public notice, but
to satisfy a craving that I know tho pub?
lic must feel to know till that it possibly
con, without being rude, of this new
OLIVER BOSWELL'S COURTSHIP ? IN
CAMP MEETING TIME.
EY BOMK OSB.
FOl'M> Ills I.OVKn.
Ava Rlnnelio sat at her own window, looking
nfnr off nt tho green trees that was waving
thoir green mantles timidly in reply to tho
sitting sun. Hit jasmines, roses ami other
flowers was jnst blooming, which lilloil tho
air with their pleasant ami Iis. Tho wind was
blowing her sunny hair very teiulorly. It was
now the hist day of .Inno. Sh? .-aw ? tall ?g
uro of n man appear In front of her with a
ticket in his hand. His oy? h was ns 1>l?ck as a
1? ad. Ava thought ho would have made n
handsome photo. Ho stood at the window for
a moment till ho caught Ava'a oyo In his own
and then disappeared. Ava road tho Invita?
tion to her niothor half an hour tutor. It was
mi invitation to Dcliatlmith's birthday party.
Next day, the time Bet for tho party, tho Bams
man stood ut tho gate awaiting Ava's arrival.
Just as Ava ciuuo tripping along ha mado her
u pleasant lx>w. "Good morning," ho .suid.
"Good morning, Mr. Boswoll," said Ava.
"Miss Delia Smith said I niiglit have the
pleasure of escorting you to tho dinnor, pro?
vided you won- willing " "With pleasure,"
miid Avn. "It's n pleasant day for a party,
isn't it?" "Quito pleasant Indeed. I expect wo
will havcanlco time today," ho said us ha
Hiniled courteously. '-I anticipate sueh," said
Why flitter away one's timo reading
"Tho Prisoner of Zenda," written by a
foreigner, while here in America wo
have such pure basswood honey right
fr?nt the great natural North Carolina
bee ginn of litevatr.ro?
On first rending this chapter I thought
I detected an intimation of carefully ci m
cenled humor, but on meeting tho au?
thor and talking with him I saw at once
that such was not the case.
"And what are your literary meth?
ods?" I asked as I passed the prunes to
him, for we were at table 111 my own
homo, and I believed that n conversation
between two such men would read well
perhaps in a piece I thought of writing
for the paper.
"How do you think of so many Illings
to write, pray':" I asked, helping myself
to another gourd of champagne, fori
nan willing to open anything when a
literary man conies to see mo. "Tell me
all about it',".I said, emerging from the
gourd very much refreshed. "HOW do
you live before yon have these thoughts?
Do you live plainly, or can you cerebrate
on rich food?"
"Well," he said, "when I began
writing, I was very poor and dieted a
good deal, but now I eat everything that
I cau get hold of, and then force myself
to write whether I feel like it or not.
Howollsand me tire similar in regards to
that. We don't boliovo in inspiration
"What were the circumstances under
which yon wrote 'Oliver Boswell's
Courtship?' " I asked.
"Well, I was feeling real good. I
don't know as I could ever get off an?
other work like it is if I tried 40 times.
I felt oat a sight. "
"Of course you did not let it turn
your head when you awoke to find your?
"Oh, my patience, no I I'm jnst the
same exactly. I laugh and cut up around,
home all tho time. I'm the greatest
case to carry on ever you saw. Half tho
time I forget that I wrote 'Oliver Bos?
well's Courtship' find other works."
"And have you not been criticised by
the more ultra and puritanical for your
Cffhtind method of introducing Oliver
and tho heroine? You remember that 'ho
Stood at tho window for a moment till
he caught Ava s eye in his own and then
"Tho next day," said I, giving him
tho pope's nose of the steer with eomo
bit of chaff or other, "ho meets her and
says 'Good morning,' whereupon Ava
says, "Good morning, Mr. Boswoll.'
Now, fur any one but a green goods man
Or vino from Hondersonvillo I would say
that his manner was informal and do
trop. One naturally exclaims while
reading it: 'Ah, there, Oliver! Nnuglfty,
naughty ollie.' Did not come ono make
I this criticism in tho Brovnrd Hustler?"
I "Possibly so, but honey swat tho
Miliar pants is my motto?aril to him
that ovil thinks. I write of peoplo in tho
middle walks of iifo and dou't core u
c?ss for tho aristocracy of Flat Rook or
Philadolphy. Thoro I'm tohl that folks
?wait for ail introduction, mid oven a
firemun ain't allowed toeome iu a house
and rescue a young lady from tho flames
till they change cards, and then it hisn
is a leotlo too wido or has 'Mr.' on it
when 'Esq.* is tho thing she exclaims,
'Welcome, deathl' and perishes in tho
"Hero is a bit that interested mo very
much," I said, picking up tho hook from
tho sewing machine and reading from it
whilo tho young author played a sonata
or. an car of hot corn:
A fow minutes later Oliver und Ava was hur*
rying down Main street at Marietta. Tho
hours and words passed swiftly with Avn.
Oliver talked of lovers' quarrels, sea voyages
Hid everything be could think of to interest
lier young mind. Ava's mother and father was
half a mile behind and Ava was growing lone
Homo when Oliver sang her a littlo Bong:
"There's a lover that lives, and bo lives for me.
And I hope some day to seo him marching
forth by tho side of mo."
And then, farther ou, where tho
roguish girl sings:
"I bo on old maid and sit In tho shade,
Ami I not marry at nil;
I'll marrv the rich and they get drunk and
fall in tho ditch,
And I not marry at nil;
I'll marry the poor and they go round beg?
ging from door to door
And I not marry at all."
Oliver's voice trembled when ho Bald, "Yon
are not going to bo an old maid, am you?" "I
don't know," she said. "It depends upon my
mind when I get older." "I think old maids
havo hard times, and I don't think many sit
in the shade." "If I were an old maid, I would
vit in the shade, hut I don't guess I'll be one
if I can get married." "Oh, there are plenty
of hoys that would havo you," said Oliver.
Tho day went by sweetly to Ava, for she wad
loving Oliver more than she cared to tell.
Late in the evening they landed at tho
grounds. Tents was being put up; tho crowd
was as thick as it possibly could be.
"Yon would hardly holiovo it now,"
tho author snid, laying down his cob with
a sigh and combing out a fow kernels of
tho com from his loug silky mustache
with his fork, "that 'Oliver Boswell's
Courtship' was refusod by an eastern
"Well, it just was."
"Yes, it was plumb sont back, with a
printed circular inside of it which went
on to say that it Raided them like sin to
fiend back such good penmanship, but
that they had all overplayed themselves
and bought up a lot of stuff from Stock?
ton &Howclls and By-Jahncr By-Jorth
By-.lohnson, etc., and would I ever
forgive them so's they could look nie in
tho face? I could sco by the way they
wrote that they folt mceohiu enough."
"Can yon think best with a stub pen,
or do you fool more free with a lump of
chalk and the underside of a bridge?"
"I write freely on anything and never
reriso a single line."
"That shows that you aro not hide?
bound by custom. Your grammar also
"Yes, I hate grammar?that is con?
"True," I said as niy littlo boy snap?
ped the kodak on both of us as wo sat
together trying to look liko Washington
Irving, for I wanted the picture to use
iu a magazine article and had already
borrowed u photograph of neighbor
IIEF0KR LAYING now:: THE COP.
VnndcrbiIt's homo hero to use as though
it wore my own in a personal article de?
scriptive of "How a Groat Author Feeds
"And how you keep up the interest
too! The end of fhischnptcr makes ono
fully determined to read the next, no
matter what tho cost, may he. Lasten!"
As Ava left her mother she wns somewhat
bothorcd. She bad mot ii preacher on herway,
w ho asked her for tho privilege, of carrying
her to the mi etlllg grounds, but told him fho
bad engaged hor company for tho whole meet?
ing. She seen him go the path which she had
JllHt came. She wondered whore he was going,
but did not know be was her mothor'a nc- |
qualntnnco. He was tall liko a sapling, and
his coat gave him a pleasant look as ho jumped
around liko a grasshopper. She went on as
fast as possible to the back of the tents, where
a carriage was waiting for hor arrival.
He must indeed bo a patient man who j
can wait for tho next chapter, for Oli?
ver, the sport who caught her eyes in j
his, will have to meet up with a clergy?
man who has "a coat that gave him a
The author was hero again at our
house afterward, but as wo had been to
dinner ho did not stay long, preferring
to press on up tho river, where people
aro moro reckless with their watermel?
I havo not altered ono word of tho ex?
tracts above given, and I assure tho read?
er that he author of "Oliver Bos well's
Courtship" is no myth, but that ho has
dined at my house and smoked a cigar
of mine that I did not boliove could bo
smoked by a human being. I had kept
it over nine years, and it lay undisturbed
even while I was trying seven new col?
ored office hoys.
But the author smoked it, and in at'
interview for publication said that inj
faste in cigars, wines, horses and litera?
ture was "out a sight. "
He agrees with Air. Howells tha?
Dickens i.s no good.
HOW TO MAKE JACKETS.
Row to Baste, Stitch ami Prosa Cloth Gar
In making outside jackets, for which
cloth la tho usual material tho plocoa
hlumill bo basted, together with small
stitches, taken 0110 at n time, and the
Scants should he narrow. The machine
stitching should be done with lino BOW;
in;; silk, ami tho stitch should ho long to
mold cutting tho goods. The stitched
senilis must he pressed open over the edge
of aboard, and if tho fnhrlu Is stiff or
springy tho inside of tho seam may bo
moistened with a damp sponge before bo
in? pressed. Tho hot Iron ought to touch
only the BOUin, and before tho goods are
dampened voter should ho sprinkled on a
separate scrap to make sure that moisture
docs not ohango tho color. While passing
tho Iron over material do not pull tho
Stuff unless additional fullness Is desired.
Tho edge of a collar or other piece of tho
garment is .sometimes stretched while be?
ing ironed oil purpose to curve it. Tho
opposite effect is scoured if a hot iron is
placed upon the goods und left motionless.
Where u bias strip Is employed for n high
collar the lower edge may ho thus stretched
and tho upper edge shrunk to glvo tho col?
lar a roundness.
The collar rovers, lower part of sleeves
and pocket flaps nro lined with tailor's
linen, fine and not too stilT, and hinsstrips
of the sumo material are placed inside the
folds at, tho front edges of tho jacket and
around the lower edge where tho lines of
stitching are to run, stitching forming
tho almost invariable finish of doth coats
If there is to ho n lining, It must he cut
a lit I le larger and longer than the jacket
and should bo added after tho garment is
entirely finished otherwise, buttonholes,
collar, pockets, stitching, trimming and
A pleturo Is given of n gown of For?
mosa cloth. Tho guilet. skirt is finished
around t ho foot with five rows of stitch?
ing. Tho short jacket bodioo has a ripple
basque and double rovers of white cloth
opening over a chemisette of bluet surah
ornamented with frills. Tho collar and
belt are of surah. Tho balloon sleeves are
very full, and stitching finishes tho wrists
and all edges of the jacket.
Dotted Velvets, Tiiflotn und PI aids?Fur
Kur is to bo as fasliionnblo this winter
as it has been fur the last two ami is to ho
largely combined with plaids and velvets.
Velvet lias been worn all summer in tho
shape of Viands, bows, choux, collars and
belts, and plain as well as novelty velvets
will bo worn during tho coming season.
Velvet and taffeta will bo combined fur
blouses, tho heavier goods funning an im?
mense collar and small cuffs. Dotted vel?
vets, printed ones and those having a shot
or bouolo effect are shown.
Pompadour silks and silks with a cash
mere effect arc to boomploycd for fashion?
able blouses, which garments are inure or
less elaborately trimmed with laco ami
Among the now accessories is a lace col?
lar with neckband aud brotollos of velvet,
which may bo worn with any plain bodice.
Dark green and mulberry oro fasliion?
nblo winter colors, while orange will bo
employed in small quantities.
Winter bats show a strong tendency to
run to crown, that pnrt of them living most
in evidence. The felt shapes are trimmed
simply with a hand and bow of broad rib?
bon ur velvet with perhaps a quill in ad
BILK ANT) VELVET GOWN.
dltlon. The Tarn O'Shunter crown is
again coming into favor fur general wear.
Tho fashion of fastening belts, bodices
and skirts with ornamental buttons is be?
coming universal, Huttens nro employed
even on hats, while their utilization as
gown trimming knows no limit. They
secure draperies, revors and straps and
loop up millinery laces. Of course tho
buttons are highly ornamental ones and
nro expensive enough to insure oxcluslvo
noss. liuttons of the Louis Seize order nro
in great requosl for winter costumes.
Tho lllust rat Ion shows n gown of change
aide violet and green taffeta. The godot
skirt o]huis over a tabllor of violet velvet
ornamented with out silver buttons. The
taffeta ? orsngo has a plus! r<>n and bn idles
of violet velvet, the latter fastened with
Kilver buiioii :. The gigot sleeves are of
tnflota, and wide epaulets of emerald vel?
vet, with an application of guipure, extend
over tho shoulders. The bolt and collar
ore likewise of green velvet. A black felt
hat accompanies tho gown and Is trimmed
with ?um raid VOlvot und violet plumes.
SAVE ROOM IN THE KITCHEN
- AND ?
Lighten Housekeeping Cares.
Why not dispose of that old Cooking
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CONNEFF, THE RECORD BREAKER.
Tho Grcot Distance Kanner nn<l Hin Ro
nmrkahlc Career on (lio Cinder rath.
Tommy Con nod is a little Irishman hut
5 foot t> inches tall and weighs but i-'J
pounds, but ho is probably tho greatest
middle distanco runner in tho world to?
day. ConnefT was Ivrn In 18(iti. Tho story
of bis entry into Ihe inllo contests goes
back to 1HS5. A native of old Klldare
county, Ireland, and schooled in the ath?
letic games of Dublin, the first race ho
ever won was a half mile and a mile hand?
icap from tho 18 and 80 yard mark re
sppctlvoly, In lS.sti. Again, in that snmo
year, at the Irish championship, he won
tho half mllo in 2 minutes 2 8-6 seconds
and tho mllo in -1 minutes 89 seconds.
In 1887 ho won tho four mile Irish cham?
pionship, but was .bo;.ton t?v <',..?-.: 1 a.
niultro ami Sen vor In England. Aug. 1 R.
C. Carter, t hen making a trip abroad for
a Now York athletic club, went down ho
foro this new champion in a two uillo
race, Connoff'stimo hiring 9minutes 14 3-5
seconds. This was a groat victory for
young ConnelT, since ('arter had been de?
feating everybody he met. Carter at onoo
challenged ConnelT for a four mile,race,
and the issue was settled at Hall's bridge,
Dublin, Aug. 20, Connuff winning in It)
minutes 44 2-5 seconds.
The Manhattan Athletic club saw lO
ConnefT a now light of tho cinder path,
contracted for him and brought him to
Now York In January, 1888.
In 1888, 1885), 1800 and 1891 ho won tho
five mile championship of tho United
States and tho ten milo championship In
1890. Conneff held the world's one' milo
amateur record of 4 minutes 17 4-5 seo
onds from 1803 nntil tho present summer.
Then Hacon set n new mark of 4 minutes
17 seconds in the English championships.
ConnofJf has boon training hut little for
two years, and it was feared that ho would
novcr regain his form. Hut ho has oomo
out in moro brilliant stylo than over. A
few weoks ago ho went for Hacon's record
at Trover's Island and placed tho world's
amateur record at tho astounding figure
of 4 minutes 15 8-5 seconds.
In tho recont international games in
New York, whon the London A. C. team
failed to win a slnglo one of tho eleven
ovonts, Connoff won the one mile run in 4
minutes 18 1-5 seconds and tho three milo
run in 15 mlnutos OtlJ-? seconds.
CYCLISTS KNOWN TO FAME.
Otto Zelglcr, tho California racing man,
will try to lower soino of tho short dis?
tance records this fall.
George Hanker of Pittsburg now en?
joys tho honor of being one milo profes?
sional champion of tho world.
Murphy, Cnhanne hud Titus claim to
have lost in the aggregate $1,500 In tho
throe meetings from which they were
Eddio Haid, tho HufTalo rider, will be
sent nfter records next month, when he
will try to create now figures from ono to
Morton Duxhury of Providence is said
to bo the only cyclist who has ridden twice
across tho continent from east to west und
from west to east.