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What the Church Folks Are
Religious News
A Round-the-World Current.
The International Sunday School Les
son for Juno 30 la. "A Temperance
Lesson." 1 Cor. 10:23-3$. The Gold
en Text is. "It is Good Neither to
Eat flesh, nor to Drink Wine, nor
Anything Whereby Thy Brother
Stumbleth," Romans 14:21. '
There Is a deal of unlabelled Chris
tianity in the world In these days. The
tidal wave of many named socialism
that seems to be sweeping over the
whole earth Is, after all. but an ex
pression of the New Testament prin
ciple to which the Sunday schools this
week give attention. The student un
rest In Japan, the revolution in Rus
sia the spectacular awakening of Chi
na, the struggle of Korea for the na
tional existence, the portentious
Swadeshi movement in India, the mut
tertngs of the "Young Egypt" party,
the dominance of laborism and liber
alism in British politics, and th pow
erful social ferment In the United
States, may all reasonably be inter
preted as widely separated specimens
of the one underlying sentiment of In
dividual liberty and social interdepen
dence. Ostensibly, at least, all of
these manifestations, look to the bet
terment of the common welfare and
the enlargement of personal rights and
Old-fashioned Tp-to-Dateness.
Everybody Is under obligations to
all. That is, broadly stated, the day's
rlatform. Yet what is that but the
Pauline teaching, set forth in the pres
ent Sunday school lesson. "Let no man
seek his own, but each his neighbor's
good?" Or, again. "Not seeking my
own profit. hut the profit of the
many." There you have what the
tracts used to call "truths for the
time." He is a dull teacher indeed who
can not point this lesson with illustra
tions not a few from the days' news.
In truth, the coincidence between the
theme of this lesson and the thought
of the day is most extraordinary.
The world's socialism is seeking the
goal long ago indicated by inspired
pens, even thouerh it know it not. The
days "advanced" thinkers may consider
themselves ahead of the old-fashioned
Book; but in truth they are only com
ing up t it. There may be an atmos
phere of novelty and progressiveness
about espousing the cause of the com
mon weal, as set forth under various
names, yet the indisputable fact Is
that this has been the message of
Christianity for centuries. The Chris
tian church at its purest has presented
the nearest to an ideal social condition
that the world has ever seen.
HJ-Fomulel Temperance Teaching.
In the present instance, . this big
truth, which Jesus embodied in his
life and his followers set down on the
sacred page, is indicated for its bear
ing upon the temperance question,
which once a quarter Is designated as
the theme of the Sunday school. Here
in is found the sanest and most unas
sailable basis for the temperance po
sition. When children are taught, with more
than truthfulness, that only bad
people ever drink intoxicants, they grow
up t -rn that the teaching is not
true. When they are told that to taste
liquor always means drunkenness and
ruin they are certainly later to discover
the fals tv of this instruction When It
it represented to them that the drink
ing of wine is forbidden by Scripture
their own intelligent reading eventually
controverts the statement. No man can
ever know how much temperance in
struction has fallen to the ground in
failure because based upon these un
sound foundations.
A Man's Noblest "Rislit."
But when the Pauline position i of
noble altruism is taken "give no oc
casion for stumbling" surrendering
one's lawful right because it is not ex
pedient or does not build up, then the
temperance propaganda stands upon an
unshakable basis. Not only has a man
a right to give up his own indulgence in
any taste, for the sake of his fellowmen,
hut he is concededly noble in the exer
cise of that right. To do for others, or
to do without for others, is magnanim
ous and brotherly; it is the law of the
ideal life.
This is the platform upon which Paul
taught concerning a subject analogous
to the modern drinking habit; the eat
ing by Christians of meat which had
been offered to idols. The meat was
nothing In Itself; the effect of the eating
or it upon one's own conscience, and the
conscience of one'a fellowmen, was the
main consideration. Paul, you see, was
a Christian socialist.
There is a higher ground yet, and to
it the great apostle ascended. There is
a loftier motive for human action than
mankind's welfare; a motive which is
really necessary to tha sustenance of
the latter. This motive is the glory of
God. The highest expression of man's
good la God's glory. Man la rarely in
tight relations with man until ha is
in tight relations with God. "Get right
with God" la the preluda with getting
right with man. A sense of obligation
to tha Infinite has ever been the moat
powerful consideration in impelling men
to tLe service of their fellows. That is
-why Paul carries his teaching a long
step farther than mere socialism or al
truism: "Whether therefore ye eat, or
drink, or whatsoever ye do, da all to
me giory ox uoa.- The man who lives
by that law will never make a brewer
rich or - neighbor poor.
A. Naval Man's Theology.
The religious motive is most needed
In life. As the famous naval authority,
Captain Mahan. said in an address In
New York, there is danger of Inverting
the order of the two greatest command
ments. Our time Is emphasising the
second. "Thou sha.lt love thy neighbor
as thyself." But tha first really Is and
a little thought will make clear why It
is the first "Thou shalt love the Lord,
thy God, with all thy heart." The life
that is light on Its Godward side can
not be wrong on Its manward side.
Symmetry of character and effective
ness demands-that the first shall be
put first.
AU truth Is practical; this exalted
teaching baa a direct relation to the
everyday theme of temperance to
which the passage from Paul's letter is
at present applied. The first and
greatest commandment can not be
kept by the person who la dishonoring
fcls mind and body by strong drink.
The lover of God is bound to make
tiimself fit for such a relationship. In
temperance is in such a one nothing
less than Iniquity.
A Word of Warning.
While preferring to deal with prin
ciples as set forth above, rather than
with detailed practices, yet I can not
forego this opportunity to suggest a
fact in relation to the use of alcoholic
tseveraxrea which has of late been
(orwi upon my attention. In a Tear's,
Thinking About and Doing
From Everywhere.
journey around the world I have noted
everywhere the partnership of strong
drink with -other vices. There is not
an evil habit that curses society, un
less It be the use of opium, which I
have not found directly allied with the
liyuor habit.- I have made it my busi
ness to see something of all sides of life
in many countries, and everywhere I
have found Intoxicants in close rela
tionship with every open and. flagrant
vice, except, possibly, opium using.
The meaning of this is potent.
"Where there is drink .there is dan
ger." The stimulating glass has been
the means of innumerable persons'
introduction to even worse habits. The
shocking story of her fall which a
young woman told on -the witness
stand In a New -York court a few
months ago would have been impos
sible of enactment had she not been
first befuddled by the wine glass. The
careful parent, who knows the ways
of this wicked old world, understands
that a tremendous safeguard is re
moved from his child's character when
he or she Is permitted to become fa
miliar with the moderate use of intox
icants. This Is not temperance fanati
cism: it is the most apparent and commonplace-worldly
caution. An intro
duction to drink, is a possible
introduction to fates worse than death.
This point need not be enlarged upon;
the understanding will perceive in the
light of their knowledge of the ways of
the wicked, its tremendous signifi
cance. .
There Is reason for congratulation in
the fact that the New World is far
more given to temperance and total
abstinence than the Old. - An Ameri
can Is amazed at the amount of drink
ing that goes on abroad, among all
classes of people. Every traveller
must have noticed how relatively few
are the bottles on the dinner tables of
the Atlantic liners, as compared with
ships further east. Even more mark
ed is the contrast between the dining
cars of America and those of Europe
and Asia. We have not the Old World's
war against strong drinK to wage.
The romarkable progress in legisla
tlve prohibition and local option which
has been made on this side of the
water Is almost incredible to our trans
atlantic neighbors. The Old World
lpnrnod some lessons from this
New World: may we fit ourselves to
teach it also the value and beauty of
abstinence from the naDit wnicn nuris
society so deeply.
Sunday school periodicals circulated
durirg the past year total more than
250,000,000 copies.
-Kff-nvA intifnnrth n f all the
Consrregationalists, it is estimated, live
in Massachusetts ana uonnecucuu
The antiopium movement in China
Is rapidly gaming in popularity, prac
tically every den in Pekin having been
At the World's Fifth Sunday school
A.n.rAntl,,T whloh TT1ft In I? OTT1 ft in
May, more than 1.500 delegates were
present. representing iweui-nu
The use of the revised version of the
Bible in the Sunday schools of the
Presbyt-srian church was recommend
ed bythe general assembly of that de
nomination at its recent meeting in
Columbus, Ohio.
The inauguration of Children's Day,
so they claim, belongs to the Univer
salisls, the first recognition, of the day
having ben observed by them fifty
yiars ago. That denomination is urg
ing their Sunday schools to celebrate
this year the semicentennial of the
Business men in the city of Mon
treal. Can., recently suspended work
for an hour during the middle of the
day to listen to General Booth who
spoke at the board of trade and to
the story of medical missionary work
in Labrador as told by Dr. Wilfred
Grenfell at the Canadian club.
A forward step toward merging the
Indians Into American citizens has re
cently been inaugurated by the ap
pointment of Dr. Charles A. Eastman.
a graduate of Boston university and a
full-blooded Sioux Indian, empower
ing him to give a new name to each. of
the Indians of the Sioux nation. He
has already named 15,000, .and it is
estimated that the work will occupy
him for two years. In selecting the
name the people themselves are con
sulted, and an entirely new name Is
not given if it can be avoided.
"When tho great pageant of the year
we see
Once more beginning.
We know that Life again the victory
O'er Death is winning."
The secret of success lies In the man
and not in the stuff he works on.
Bradford Torrey.
Life alone can rekindle life; what
others claim from us is not our thirst
and our hunger, but our bread and
our gourd. -Amlal.
There are millions of loving thoughts
and deeds
An ripe for awakening.
That never would start from tho
world's cold heart
But for sorrow and suffering.
Robert Beverly Hale.
It Is a good thing to be rich and a
good thing to be strong, but It is a
better thing to be beloved of many
friends. Euripides.
Dare to be true, nothing can need
a Me:
A fault which needs It most, grows
two thereby.
George Herbert.
"They have hop of victory who en
Gems Gleaned From the Teachings of
An Denominations.
Homo largely makes us what we are
and the homes we create reveal our
ideal of life, what we aspire to be.
Rev. Rush R. Shippen, Unitarian, At
lanta, Ga.
Jesus Christ is the one whence Com
eth our help for the perfection of our
physical and spiritual disabilities, and
the supply of all our needs of whatso
ever sort they may be. He who suf
fers and refuses to apply where aid
can be had deserves to suffer, but he
who come to the fountain of supply
has the promise. God shall supply all
your needs. Rev. W. S. Bertolet, Lu
theran, Philadelphia.
I'd rather be a coworker with God
in turning a world to righteousness
than the mightiest millionaire. The
Lord save us from laziness, idleness
and ease! Gypsy Smith, English
God's way in nature, God's way in
history, is God's way for each of us
in our own life. Let us grasp the ser
pent, that it may become a rod. Rev.
Dr. Charles F. Aked, Baptist, New
The loftiest truths, the most sublime
of all that engage human thought, are
those that have God for their subject
and the things of God for continued
contemplation. Rev. Dr. S. K. Spahr,
Methodist, Allegheny. Pa.
- Four C's we are to avoid criticise,
condemn, crucify and then canonize.
Speak to the ear while it can hear.
Make living hearts beat faster with
your kind word. Show gratitude
while the benefactor Uvea. Rev. W.
C. Bitting, Baptist, St. Louis.
A happy, marriage and a happy
home are among the choicest of God's
blessings on this earth, and he who re
gards the eternal and divine law of
helpful companionship between one
man and one woman will possess it.
Rev. Dr. Robert J. Kent, Congrega
tionalism Brooklyn.
Amusement : very often determines
the full character of the individual,
and just as a person can be judged by
the companions with whom she asso
ciates, in like manner her character
can be ascertained from the recrea
tions. Rev. Dr. Madison. C. " Peters,
Baptist, New York.
Earthly failure should never discon
cert or daunt a man who believes in
the life everlasting. . Failures are a
prophecy of glory yet to come. Falling
short of one's highest aspirations is
evidence that there is another world.
Rev. Dr. Charles E. Jefferson, Con
gregationalism New York.
Remember three things: That in
order to please God we can't live In
strife. In order to be happy we must
let love prevail. In order to prosper
we must lay aside all prejudice and
know no nvy toward any human be
ing. Rev. Nelso M. Mayall, Free Will
Baptist, Fishing Creek, Pa.
This is a thoughtful age.. Men are
brainy. All about us there is a passion
for new ideas. But our most urgent
necessity is not of idea, but of power,
What we need most of all is not school
ing, but baptism, and that is to come
through faith. Rev. R. A. McFadden,
Presbyterian, Danvers, Mass.
God has placed within our reach all
that is necessary to insure each of us
against failure In life's work. There
Is no lack of capital for the one who
is determined to succeed. The capital
is found in what is below, around,
within and above us. Rev. A. H. Her
rles. Presbyterian, Union City Pa.
Our country rises or falls as we ful
fill our duties as citizens or as we neg
lect them. And if history teaches us
anything it teaches us that a nation
lives and progresses as it is energized
by moral and spiritual forces. Faith
and hone and love must lie as the
foundation for any " superstructure of
life, be it individual or national, and in
our national life especially, unless we
as individuals can in intelligence hold
these fundamentals, the nation can not
live. Rev. Dr. Robert Ogilvie Kirk
wood, Presbyterian, Cincinnati. :
Have God and you shall have cheer.
This is adequate. Nothing can undo
that. Nothing can dissolve that. Noth
ing can fluster that. Nothing can blis
ter that. Nothing can wreck that ship.
What have you? "It is I; be of good
cheer." I think it divinely desirable
to have the glad heart. I think it di
vinely desirable to have the glad Christ.
Now, that is the Jesus recipe for cheer
fulness to have the cheer. Rev. Wil
liam A. Quayle, Methodist, Chicago.
The church is beginning to wake up
to the fact that it should not work to
save itself, but to save society. In the
best sense of the word the minister is a
promoter. The church is not a club for
the discussion of spiritual subjects with
the minister as a lecturer. There is a
tremendous movement among a better
and more helpful line than that of lec
turing on theological subjects. The
church is organizing for practical ser
vice. The church should not be con
cerned with legal or political reforms
excepting indirectly. Its duty Is to
educate the conscience of the people.
The work of bringing about social, po'
lltlcal and economic reforms does not
belong to the church, but to the church
members. Dean Shaller Mathews, Ev
angelical, Chicago.
The W. C. T. U. will meet at the
First M. E. Church at S o'clock p. m.
Lowman chapel, C E. Holcombe,
pastor. Sunday school 9:30 a. m.
Preaching by the Rev. W. F. Bar
tholomew at 11 a. m. Preaching by
the pastor at 8 p. m. Quarterly con
ference and official board Tuesday at
8 p. m.
At St. Simon's Episcopal church the
subject of the morning (11 o'clock)
service will be "The Divine Attitude
Towards His Children," that of the
evening (4:30 o'clock) "St, Peter,
the Impetuous."
North Topeka Baptist church, Wal
ter E. Tanner, pastor. Sunday school
9:30 a. m. Preaching at 11 a. m., sub
ject: "Ambassadors." At 8 p. m. Rev.
Walter E. Tanner -closes his work as
pastor. Sermon subject: "The Har
mony of tho Soul." Baptism. Special
Kansas avenue M. B. church, Sun
day school 9:30 a. m. Preaching at
11 a. m. and 8 p. m. Sermon topic:
"Battlements." Geo. W. Stafford, pas
tor. At the First Unitarian church; Rev.
J. H. Jones, pastor. Service at 11 a, m.
subject: "The More Abundant Life."
Walnut Grove M. E. church, Rev.
Homer E. Wark, pastor. The pastor
will preach both morning and even
ing. The sacrament of baptism will
be administered at the morning ser
Third Presbyterian ehurch. Sabbath
school 8:45 a. m. Preaching, text: II
Chron. 20:15 a patriotic service. 11
a. m. preacning 8 p. m-- w. m.
Cleveland, pastor.
First United Brethren church. Rev.
W, S. Baker, pastor.- Sunday school
9:45 a. m. Preaching service 11 a. m.
and 8 p. m. On account of the pastor
being out of the city. Rev. J. B. Deever
will preach in the morning ana Dr.
G. M. Huffman will have charge of the
evening service. Business session of
the quarterly conference Tuesday, July
l op
The Topeka Foundry
and Machine Co.
Successors to Topeka Foundry.
Founder and Machinists.
318-20-22 Jackson Street,
Topeka, Kansas.
Ideas Worked Out.
Patents Developed.
See here, if you want top ror your hides
and furs, ship to Jas. C. Smith A Co.,
Topeka, Kansas; St. Joseph, Mo.: Wich
ita, - Kansas, or Grand Island, Neb.
Write either place for prices.
Farroersfand Breeders
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, Death by Cllolera
and other malignant 1 blood diseases.
Don't waste time and money experiment
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Prices: 100 lbs. S: 25 lbs. 17; 10 lbs. S3; 5
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on Swine It's free. Make all checks
and drafts payable to
The German Swine Sb Poultry Sler.
cant lie Co. s Topeka. Kansas.
Grain Cleaner and Grader. :
Mean More Grain.
Write ns and we will tell yon all
about it. :, Only ' Manufacturers of
Grain Cleaning Mills in the State.
SOB Kansas Ave. . .
Manufacturer Copper and Gal
vanized Iron Cornice, Roofing,
and All Kmds of Tin Work.
216 W. Sixth ."'
Three Stroke Self-feed Easy Draft
Two Men Can Run It. Satisfaction
1022 Jefferson St.. Topeka, Kas.
9, 8 p.. m., administering of the holy
communion Sunday, June 7th. Bun
day school 10 a. m. Preaching by Sr.
G. M. Huffman, 11 a. m. .
First ' Lutheran church, sermon by
Rev. M. F. Troxell, D. D., president or
Midland college,-Atchison, Holy com
munion will bo administered after the
morning service. Sunday school 9:48
a. m.
Second Church of Christ Scientist,
services Sunday at 11 a. m., Bubject!
"Ood." Wednesday evening meeting
at 8 p. m., Sunday school at 10 a. m.,
held at 108 W. 8th. Reading room
same address, open dally from 1:30 to
5 o'clock, except Sunday.
First Baptist church. Thomas S.
Toung, pastorv Sunday school at 9:30
a. m. Pastor's morning 'topic "The
Boots and Autkors
Secretary Root delivered the Dodge
lectures en the "Responsibilities of
Citlaenshtp", at Yale last year and his
addresses Were published in book form
on June J 2d by the Scribners. The
title of the book is "The Citizen's Part
In the Government" and contains four
addresses on "The Task Inherited or
assumed by members of the governing
body in a democracy, me mnction
of political parties as agencies of the
governing body," "The Duties of the
Citizen as a Member of a Political
Party," and "The Grounds for En
couragement." Secretary Taft's lec
tures in the same course were pub
lished last year under the title of
"Four Aspects of Civic Duty" and met
with great success.
May E. Southworth is to add to her
series of Epicurean Thrills three new
volumes, each of the regulation "101."
They are "101 Layer Cakes," "101
Desserts" and "101 Oyster Receipts."
The publishers, Paul Elder & Co., an
nounce that they are in press for
early publication. They have also
nearly ready a series of six cook book
book-markors, selected by Mrs. South
worth. "Welsh Rarebit Supreme,"
"Marshmallow Cream Layer- Cake,"
"Oyster Salad," "Fruit Cocktail,"
"Planked Fish" and "Patatas Con
Queso" are to bo the subjects. Paul
Elder & Co. of New York are the pub
lishers. Ensrllsh reviewers are -notoriously
critical of American novels: and this
fact gives special G significance to tne
success attained in England by Wil
liam Stearns. Davis's "A Victor of
Salamls." It is doubtful if any of the
novels of the year has been more
highly praised. For instance, Mr. C. E.
Byles in the DaHy Chronicle does not
hesitate to couple Mr. Davis's name
with that of Sir Walter Scott, com
menting on the book in the following
words? "This Is a historical romance
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Work, Sewer Pipe and Paint. Our
prices are right and grades guar
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Topeka, Kansas.
The Wm. Schick Mfg. Co.
Manufacturer of the Famous
Elastic Topeka Felt Mattress. All
kinds of Mattresses, Couches, Da
venports, and Upholstered furniture.
Jobber of Iron. Beds, Spring Beds,
Metal Couches and Davenports. Ask
your .dealer for our goods. Every
thing Guaranteed.
120-136 Jackson. Both Phones 430
Ask Your Furniture Man For
' ' Spring Beds,
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Ma In Topeka Highest In Quality
Cider, Vinegar,
Pickles, Jellies,
Preserves, Efc.
Red Cross
'Every Day in the Year
Made by the r-.-:r--'..
Topeka Tent
and Awning Co.
Coming Kingdom." At evening service
a special program of scripture and
song with short sermon by pastor.
' First Christian church, Charles A.
Finch, pastor, Bible school 9:45 a. m.
Communion and preaching at 11 a. m.
Sermon by pastor 8 p. m.
First United Presbyterian church.
Rev. J. A. Renwick, pastor, Sabbath
school 10 a. m. Preaching 11 a. m. and
8 p. m. by the pastor.
Rev. Mr, Madden, pastor of Potwln
Presbyterian church, will have for his
subject at 11 o'clock a. m., "The Chas
tening of the Lord." Evening service
at 8o'clock.
Qulnton Heights services in the
school house. Sunday school 3:15 p.
m. Preaching at 8 p. m. Sunday.
of the' first order Mr. Davis has
written a book which, it is not too
much to say, entitles him to a place
among novelists not for below the
author of 'The Talisman.' Apart
from the strictly historical characters
and episodes, the story Is a thrilling
one. The author has thoroughly real
ized the spirit of the old Greek life,
and, without any pedantry, presents a
detailed picture of the dress, houses,
ships and temples, all the externals
of life in Athens in the Fifth Century
a. C He wears nls 'weight of learn
lng lightly, like a flower." It does not
encumber the swiftness of his move
ment. As a last word, we commend
the book to all who like a first-rate
story, as well as to those who wish to
gain a living interest In Greek history."
The theme chosen by Miss Marjorie
Bowen for her new novel, "The Master
of Stair," to be published by McCIure,
acquires a special Interest in view of
certain autobiographical facts con
cerning the young writer. "The Mas
ter of Stair" is built up around that
famous episode in Scotch history, the
massacre of Glencoe, which was cele
brated by Aytoun in his "Lays of the
Scottish Cavaliers." The massacre was
planned and executed by the Camp
bells upon their hereditary enemies,
the Macdonalds, under circumstances
that threw much - discredit upon the
then government and brought about
the downfall and disgrace of Sir John
Dalrympie, the Master of Stair, who
was minister of Scotland and who is
the hero of Miss Bowen's novel. It is
now said that Miss Bowen is herself a
Campbell, her real name being Ga
brielle Vere Campbell, and that she Is
therefore one of the very clan that
visited such vengeance upon its ene
mies two centuries ago. Miss Camp
bell, however has discovered certain
documentary evidence showing that
the massacre was not altogether the
Inhuman cold-blooded slaughter that
has been represented In history. The1
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Manufacturers of Steam BoHttu Staok Stacks and Btttdxlagu
Water, Lari and Oil Tanks.
Repairing; promptly attended to In any part of the state.
Jobbers In steam and water supplies.
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chief cause of the substitution of "The
Master of Stair" for "The Leopard and
the Lily" an earlier written story, was
the approaching sale at Sotheby's of
a letter containing the order for the
Massacre of Glencoe dated February
14 1692. The letter was from Major
Duncannon to Captain Robert Camp
bell and It Is said that the discovery of
it was among some old papers In Aus
tralia. Now that the season is over, and a
casting up of accounts is possible, a
summary of "Mr. Hammersteln's Ser
vice to Opera" and an authoritative
estimate of its place In the develop
ment of our musical life should be of
interest. Such an article has been
prepared for the July Century by Mr.
Richard Aldrlch, music critic of the
New York Times, who believes that
"the best and most characteristic gift
of the new opera house to fhe musical
public was the 'Intimate' quality in
operas to which Intimacy belongs."
In a long article upon Mark Twain,
written on account of his receiving an
honorary degree from Oxford univer
sity, the London Spectators speaks of
him In the highest terms, as a man as
well as a writer, and finds enjoyment
in picking out choice morsels of his
humor. . What strikes the Spectator as
being among the things that are most
extremely funny are Mark Twain's
stories of his editing an agricultural
paper; of how, in the columns of that
paper, he advised that: "Turnips
should never be pulled: it injures
them. It is better to send a boy up
and let him shake the tree;" and of
his putting forth the Information that
"the guano Is a fine bird, but great
care is necessary in rearing it."
A most important and unique contri
bution to art criticism appears in the
July Scribner, and the surprising fact
is that this is the first time it has ever
been translated into English. In 1656
Velasquez wrote a series of comments
upon a collection of paintings given
by Philip the IVth to the Monastery of
San Lorenzo. These brief notes, known
as the "Memoiia of Velasquez," have
been translated by Walter Pach, a
young American artist, who also writes
an Introduction giving the history of
the origin and the impression they have
made upon various special students of
the great Spaniard's life and work.
They are most interesting impressions,
among others of pictures by Veronese,
Titian, Corregglo, Raphael and Andrea
del Sarto. The article is illustrated
from photographs of some of Velas
quez's roost notable paintings.
A recent letter from Mrs. Williamson
throws some light upon the sources
from which she and her husband de
rived the idea for their new book,
"The Princess Virginia," which has
Just been published by McCIure. Phil
lips & Co.: .
"This book was begun when we
were staying at an old castle in - the
Austrian Tyrol. Partly the idea of the
heroine came to us from Princess
Helena d'Orleans, who used to live near
Kingston in an old house lent by the
queen. She was such a pretty girl, so
full of fun and mgn spirits, ana
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thought of such amusing things to do.
She and Princess Maud, now queen ot
Norway, used both to take the name
of Miss 'So-and-So' and go about vis
iting their companions. We were lr
Austria Just at the time when one' of
the Austrian grand dukes was about
to make one of the romantic love
matches the Austrtans are always
wanting to make, and we also saw
some beautiful ceremonies and attend
ed some of the charming entertain
ments given at the time of the emper
or's birthday; so altogether this Is tha
way the story came to us, and of
course it isn't half as romantic as the
real story of the old emperor's love and)
courtship, when he met his poor, beau
tiful, murdered empress. Now ' fon
the hero. He came to us in this fash
ion: The German emperor goes off
shortly incognito with an aide-de-canu
or two, or did a few years ago,
and at one time he had a rather won
derful hut somewhat like the one we
described in the book, but the Princess
Virginia's hut was exactly like one In
the mountains of the Tyrol belonging
to one of the Austrian noblemen, and
we had lunch there, but there wasn't
quite such a scramble to reach it as
that which is in the story."
erary Side of the Presidents" and oth
er volumes. Is soon to publish a collec
tion of anecdotes, witty sayings, bon
mots, bright repartees. eccentricities
and reminiscences of well known men
and women under' the title of "In
Lighter Vein." (Paul Elder & Co.)
Merle Johnson "is to supply 4 special
frontispiece design and other decora
tions. , .
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