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Ammwementt. ACADEMY OF MlSlC— 2— 2— Babe* In Toyland. /I.HAMBRA- -' — Vaudeville. HiiLwA^CO— 2— « — The <;<rl of the Golden We?t. BIJOI--2 — £:15— Music Matter. UK. I>YVaY — 22 — — Veroniqup. CARNEGIE HAUL — — Philharmonic Society Concert. CASINO— 2— — The Karl and th« Girl. ("OU>MAI<- 2— N— Vaudeville. CRITERION— — On the Quiet. DALY'S— 2:I5 — — Toa«t of the Torsrn. EDEN MI'SKE- -World In Wax. EMPIRE— 2:3S Peter I"an. f'F!,I' c ' THEATRE— — The Press Agent. GARDEN— Kin- Lear — Ham]'!. «?ARJRICK— 2:IO— -*:lo— The- Marrlagi- of William Ashe. HAM M KRSTKI s VICTORIA— 2— 8:18 — Vaudeville. HARLEM OPERA HOUSE— 2:ls— Little Johnny Johes. HERALD ARE— 2:I5 — >»:1. r >— Carmen. HIPPODKOMK— 2 — — A Society Circuo. HUDSON — 2:15 — 8:20 — Man and Superman. IRVING PLACE 2:I5 — 6:20— Helves Hlut. JOS WEBER'S — — The Prince Chap. KNICKERBOCKER— 2:IO— S:IO~ Belle Marseillaise. 1.1 HEKTV- — 8:20 — A Fair Exchange. L.YCEI'M— 2:I5 — *:15 — The Lion and :h<« Mouse. LYRIC- -2— Phedr* — — Lc Femme dv Claude. MAI>ISON SQUARE — *:30— The Man en the Box. preceded by DuvM Carrie*. MaDISON SQUARE GARDEN — 10 to — Electrical Show. MAJESTIC— 2:15— Wonderland. MANHATTAN— *:2O— Before and After. METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE — 2— Koenigin Yon Snlci— S-Lb Glnoonda. N KW-AMSTKHDAM— 2:I5 — The Professor's Love Story — R:l£— The too! s Revenue. VBXV viiRK- 2— — The Mayor of Tokio. PEUNCESS — Zlra. SAVOY — S:18 — — The Walls of Jericho. ■•V \i.l. \,-jc\<s— -B:2O— The Squaw Man. TTKST -2—8:12 — 8:15 — The Isle of Spice. Index to AdorrtisemnUg. Pmrp.Col. ! Page.Co!. Amusements 8 5-6!H#:- Wanted 9 t> Automobiles 10 6-«llxwt » 4 Bankers an<J Bmker«.l4 1 \ MuTiarcs and Deaths.' 7 fl IViard and Hooxns P •"> Pianos and Orjrans.... 9 4 Business Notices 9 1 i Proposals 8 6 Carpet C3eanlnE 9 4 Rallrrds 13 0-« City Prop, for Sale. .. 11 S'R«-a] F>iate 11 .'• J>*ks and Office Fur- i Rrstaur»nts 1* 4 nUur* 9 4 ; Rt-medles 8 4 J>lr!4(»nd Notices 14 1 1 Ri iljrious Notices 11 5-0 Dressmaking and Mil- I Hp-icml NoCSeaa 7 fi llnery 9 4 ! Steamboats 13 6 Prypooda ~ 16 4-6 ] Surrogate's Notice* 13 6 Drygt>odß 9 6-7 To lit for Business Enaploym't Ajrende*. 9 41 Purposes ... 11 B J^laaiclal Election*. . .14 1 1 Tribune Sub"n Rates.. 7 6 Financial Meeting*. ..14 1 Work Wanted 9 5 yu»» Ttoom* to Let.. 9 6"W»>-k Wanted.. 16 1-2 Business Notices. A Popular Advertising Medium. Eleven la'octhg' Gain. 063.773 Lines; or. Nearly 8.080 Columns. (816 linse to a column.) In tb« ei*ven month* ending November 80, 1903. The New-York Rally and Sunday Tribune printed 963.773 Lines of Advertising (exoludlne Tribune advertisements) mar* than Curing the same period of 1904. Circulation Books Open. £Ve^^arkSitiln 'ambrxnt SATURDAX, DECEMBER 1(5, 1905. TEE NEWS THIS MORNING. CONGRESS^ — Senate: Senator Tillman at tacked the administration's policy In Santo Do xaingo and Panama, and there was severe criti cism by Senator Hale of Mr. Bishop, the Canal Commission's "literary secretary." . . ■. . House: In a discussion on insurance Bourka Cockran made a severe attack on the three larger com panies. FOP.ETGX. — Advices from St. Petersburg say tliat t. republics has been established in Khar koff, the troops having joined the insurgents; another series of outbreaks is reported from the Caucasus; Moscow lacks troops sufficient to qutll ssl uprising, and the financial depression continues. ■ Aji inu>t;rial manifesto is ex pected to be issued at Moscow on December 19, containing concessions to the peasants and the terms of the election law. High prices, as a rule, were obtained at the sale of articles b© kmging to the late Sir Henry Irving. — = — The Reichstag passed a bill to construct a new railway in German Southwest Africa and ad journed until January 9. == Herr BalUn de nied the report that the Hamburg-American and North German Lloyd lines had agreed to a five years' extension of the pooling arrange ment. — r — The international fleet will prompt ly be withdrawn from Turkish waters, the Port.-- having formally yielded to the demand of \hf powen for the financial control of Mace- r Efforts are being made in Ha rana to revive the movement for a commercial with the United States. DOMESTIC; — Conferences on hazing were heid ■etary Bonaparte and Rear Admiral at "Washington, and Attorney General Moody was asked to define the Xavy Depart powen of dismissal. - Bids for the uction of railroads In the Philippine a were opened at the War Department in Washington. ■ The president of the Wachu ecu Shirt Company, of Leominster. Mass., re purted the loss of four notes for $20.000. ; Tr- federal grand jury at Kansas City returned Indictments in the rebate prosecutions against the packing firms of Armour, Swift and Cudahy, and accused a local broker of receiving heavy s from the Burlington Railroad. = Navigation on the Hudson River closed; teni peratcres far below zero were recorded in the Adirondacks, ■ The city council at Ogdens burg, K. V.. prohibited the playing of football se it is now played. ■■■ The Mortgage Tax law wrs declared constitutional by Supreme Court Justice Bens at Kingston, N. T. ■ The Su preme Court of Illinois at Sprlngfle.ld affirmed the verdJct against Jijnann Hoch. the bigamist and wife murderer. CITY. — Stocks were active and irregular. = E. H. Harriman, before the Insurance Investi gating' committee, "conceded," though he did not remember, threats to Mr. Ryan, and de clared that his "political Influence" was only what might be enjoyed by any "prominent citl xen." - Ex-Governor Odell intimated that he would leave Governor Hlgglns a free hand In the selection of Speaker. = A fire In the Trinity Building, at Broadway and Cedar- st.. caused considerable excitement. : At the trial of A- H. Hummel, who Is charged with conspiracy In connection with the Dodge-Morse case, one of the defendant's law partners testi fied that the firm kept no books and destroyed Its fee list each year, but all other questions the members of the firm refused to answer. THE WEATHER.— Indications for to-day: Enow. The temperature yeseterday: Highest, 28 degrees; lowest, 21. CHINESE RELATIONS. The President puts responsibility for the Chi nese boycott of American goods precisely where it belongs, and accurately indicates the means through which relief is to be obtained. The fault is In the laws, or in the local administration of them, and it was put there by the force of a mistaken public opinion. It was not universal public opinion by any means. Perhaps it was not the majority opinion or the best opinion, but it was the opinion which most made itself ef fectively felt by the makers and administrators of the laws. If now public opinion has changed, or if the other part of it, formerly ineffective, has now gained predominance, it should promptly make itseJf felt for the correction of the evil. It is probable that the laws relating to the ex clusion of coolies and the admission of other Chi nese into this country could be amended in some respects to advantage; indeed, that they need amen<unent in order to obviate hardship and in justice. It is unquestionable that much harm has hitherto been done through the ignorant or unwarrantably harsh interpretation and appli cation of laws which are not in themselves evil. Doobtleas certain strains of rabidly anti-Chinese public sentiment were influential over the mak ing of some laws. But such influences have been stronger locally — over the administration of the laws by immigration officials at i>orts of entry. Sio<^ the r««-ont flnn utterance* of the President on the subject w»> assume such officials have imwlnii their ways, but it will take more time and further action entirely to undo the mischief they have already done. A wholesome reminder is also given by the President to the effect that the people of the na tion or of any part of it cannot work mischief at will and then secure immunity from its effects through an appeal to the President. They can not, in concrete example, harass and outrage Chinese visitors to th's country in violation of ltw and treaty, thus provoking reprisals in China, and then get the President to prevent those reprisals. They cannot sow seed and get the President to prevent its sprouting. In effect the President says to some of those who are suffering from the Chinese boycott that they have brought the trouble upon themselves, and they must themselves do something to get rid Of It- The government has done and Is doing all it can, tal it caBDOI make bricks without straw, pud it cmnael convince China th.-v the Chinese fire well treated here unless they actually are well treated. In the apt phrase of the day. it is "up to" Americans to act toward the Chinese as they want the Chinese to act (..vsird them. Mi:. HARRIHAX f\D MS. ODEI4L. Question by Mr. Hughes-Well, it has been charged that, through your relation wiUi Mr. Odell, you have political Influence; what would jou say as to that? Answer' by Mr Harrirhan— WHI. 1 should think Mr. Odell had political Influence because of his relations with me. It is quite conceivable that Mr. Hatriinan or any other masterful man of affairs should take pride in the acquisition, possession and em ployment of political power. Great men of business have frequently before now established their domination in politics. The financier may i act the part of a political magnate honestly. I highmindedly and without disadvantage to the public. So, if Mr. Harrimar. takes pleasure in being a fountain of political Influence, we see nothing discreditable In the avowal. We should not think, however, that his statement — even with the gloss, "if anybody in politics <:in get "the friendship and barking of people who "have no political end to serve, why. it gives "them more or less a standing**— would be very pleasing to Mr. Odell, or altogether satisfactory to the people of this state, who. whether they were inclined to be his friends or his enemies, always considered Mr. Odell a person of inde pendent forcefulness. Mr. Udell was Governor of New- York for four years, and, at least in outward seeming, was Governor in fact as much as any man who ever held that office. Can It be that it was ouly seeming, and that his importance was derivative and due not to official authority backed by a strong will, but to the friendship and patronage of Mr. Ilarrimnn? Mr. Odell while yet (Governor became chairman of the Republican State Committee. That action was criticised by some persons, but defended by others as a perfectly proper coupling of party power aud responsibility. As nominal head of the party Mr. Odell in a crisis took actual com mand of the organization which the public ex pected to work in harmony with him for the administration of the state government. Was that domination, after all. only a shadow? Mr. Qarriman thinks Mr. Odell may resent any such assumption. 'We should think he would. CONGRESS AXD THE ACADEMY. Mr. Loud, of the House Committee on Naval Affairs, introduced a resolution on Thursday calling for nu inquiry into the practice of hazing at Annapolis. It may be somewhat generally felt that the scope of the proposed investigation is not broad enough, inasmuch as no provision is made for satisfying public curiosity concerning the probable effect of the reinstatement by Con gress last year of three midshipmen who bad been dismissed for hazing. Perhaps, however, Mr. Loud thinks there can be so little doubt on this point that no new light is needed. Aud he may be right. Certainly the action of Congress last year might not unreasonably have been interpreted by the young men in attendance at the Naval Academy as an invitation to < < oimnit breaches of the rules and of discipline in reliance on the pardon and favor of an authority higher than the responsible head of the institution. 'Indeed, they seem to have acted on that suggestion, with the result that discipline was undermined and the work of the superintendent seriously em barrassed. If Mr. Loud wants to perform a truly valuable service to his country he should effect a change in the policy of the body of which he 's a member. Reform, like charity, should begin at home. Admiral Sands is now said to have told the President that he has within the last few days received gratifying assurances from the cadet officers and cadet petty officers of the academy. They have voluntarily pledged themselves to re port promptly every case of "interference" which comes under their observation. This action re flects credit on the men who took it, for it be trays a fine sense of responsibility. Detection must precede punishment, of course, and with out aid in discovering breaches of the regula tions the superintendent is helpless. We trust that the hopes which are excited by these prom ises will be fully realized. THE DRIFT IN RUSSIA. Russian affairs continue to drift, but not alto gether toward the bad. The mouiiks are rag ing, and injuring themselves more than any one else, and the reactionaries are plotting all manner of mischief. Nevertheless, Count Witte is not yet broken down in mind or body, but remains steadfast and potent at the helm of state, and it is said the Emperor re tains confidence in him and gives him all the imperial support at his command. On Tuesday next v.hat is described in advance as a highly important decree will be issued, addressed chiefly to the peasantry, but including an nouncement of the electoral law for the whole empire, under which the National Assembly is to be constituted. This announcement, apart from whatever else may be in the decree, will be of groat importance, and may determine the whole future course of affairs. If it satisfies the liberal and popular leaders, it may put an end forthwith to the insurrections. If it seems to them a mockery and a delusion. It iiiay in tensify and increase the revolt beyond any hope of restraint. From what can be learned of it in advance it seems likely that it will prove pretty widely satisfactory and will greatly strengthen the hands of Count Witte and the advocates of reason. Meantime it is reassuring to iearn that the finances of the government are in :i fairly satisfactory condition. In the first eight months of the current year, we are told, receipts ex ceeded expenditures by $14,500,000. Of course, receipts included money from loans, meaning so much increase of national indebtedness, but then also more than a third of the expenditures were extraordinary. What is most encourag ing is that the ordinary receipts show..! ; . ;i in crease of 139,400,000 aud the ordinary expendi tures :i decrease of $B^oo,ooo. There was a change of $48,000,000 to the good in the balance sheet. In such circumstances there seems little ground for doubting the entire solvency of the empire. The latest returns of the Russian State Bank showed credits abroad and foreign bills amounting to about $155,000,000, or suffi cient to meet the Interest charges on the debt for a year. Moreover, the State Bank baa nearly $400,000.(100 in gold at home, and the treasury has 53T..000.000 In gold on deposit abroad. It is true that shipments of gold from Russia have begun, but it is too soon to assume that they will proceed to nn embarrassing de gree — unless, of course, there should be a gen end cataclysm. . We have spoken of affairs as drifting, and drifting is not usually regarded as a commend able course. It does not, however, always demonstrate helplessness or inability to steer and control the craft. There may be times when it is necessary, or at least convenient, to let. matters drift while preparations are being made for a vigorous and effective assertion of control. In the present case the world sees the drifting and its possible perils, but it does not see and does not know what may be going on inside the vessel. Every riot, every mutiny, every untoward incident, is blazoned abroad, but there is little or no information of the silent quiet constructive work of organization which Count Witte and his associates may be doing behind the doors of the imperial cabinet. That they are doing something we must be lieve. It is inconceivable that they are sitting around a samovar drinking tea while revolu tion is raging Id the land. Toe forces of dis NEW- YORK DAILY .TRTBUNE. SATUgDAY. DECEMBER 16,- 1905. order are having their Innings, but we may reasonably hope that the forces of constitu tional ordor will presently nave theirs, which mar be none the less successful because of the delay. OPENING the LIBRARIES. There always has been an Incongruity in main taining public libraries for the great body of the people of a city and closing their doors at the very hour when the vast majority of those peo ple found leisure to make any use of the privi lege. A library meant chiefly for the use of pro fessional students may serve its purpose satis factorily without being open at all in the even ing. Those persons may do their Intellectual work in ordinary working hours. It is entirely different with the mass of men and women who earn a living In- shops and offices, and for whom libraries are a means of recreation or of self education which must yield first place to dally labor. For them a library must be open in the evening to be of benefit, and it has long been a cause of regret that in this respect the metrop olis was so far behind many smaller cities. A reform Is now promised which no doubt the authorities would have been glad to introduce years ago if they had possessed the means. The Astor and Lenox libraries were private institu tions, and. of course, the general public could have no claims to accommodation larger than that which the trustees felt able to give. The resources of these foundations were fully used In other directions. The old Brooklyn Library was open in the early evening, as was the Mer cantile Library, but these were both subscription libraries. When the Astor. Lenox and Tilden foundations were joined in the Public Library the people then had a valid claim to a larger service. Dr. Hillings, the director, has always been open minded to this claim, but has said that It could not be satisfied without an addi tional outlay for light and service, which he did not feel sure would be warranted by an increased use of The books, and which certainly could not be made from the revenues at his command. At last the trustees have voted the money necessary to the opening of the Astor Library and six of the circulating branches until 10 p. m. As the Lenox collections are chiefly interesting to specialists, the call for its opening is less loud. The Astor is the general reference library, and It may be expected that all the day workers In search of knowledge will be glad of the new facilities and will show the trustees that the larger privileges now granted are useful to a considerable part of the population. Evening service, too, at the circulating branches will be a great convenience to readers, and it is to be hoped that a way will he found to open more of them. The new resolution is an important step in the evolution of our old private libraries into a public librar.v in fact as well as in name, and the trustees are to be congratulated upon the advance. HEED THE ELECTIOX WARNING! New-Jersey's House of Assembly consists of sixty members. In the incoming house th^re are just four lone Democrats. Of the fifty-six Republicans there are twenty unterrified oppo nents of bossism, corporate Influence and un limited franchises who are at the same time ad vocates of simon pure equal taxation without reservation or qualification. It is more difficult to classify the remaining thirty-six. Some of them are mere dummies, sent there to obey orders from the local bosses. A few are creatures of cor porations having Important legislative Interests at stake, but the majority are well meaning men who want to do what is right, though possibly they are a little obtuse in interpreting popular sentiment. There are probably a dozen separate reasons for the thirty-six banding themselves together to organize the House «md parcel out the patron age, but neither they nor any of their champions are willing to admit that defeat of equal taxation and limited franchises is a part of their pro gramme. As a matter of fact, the average citi zen doesn't care a hill of beans about the legis lative offices, except in so far as selections for these affect the dignity, fairness, capacity and iniegrlty of the proceedings. The Republican party In New-Jersey cannot dodge the questions of equal taxation and limited franchises, nor can it be blind to the powerful public sentiment against corrupt bosses and their corporate allies. If all the Republican members of the legislature of 1906, or a majority thereof, will but heed the lessons of last month's election, the great mass of the voters won't bother their heads much in the way of drawing lines between one faction or another. Should the public be disappointed, however, there will be some plain speaking, and no amount of spe cial pleading will be allowed to befog the situa tion. ANOTHER "WIRELESS" RECEIVER. With what must be regarded as a highly credit able spirit of impartiality the United States Navy Department has abstained from commlt- I ing itself to any particular system of wireless telegraphy. It is already making use of appa ratus with the development of which several well known inventors have been identified, and It has just extended its patronage to that of an other. A dispatch to The Tribune from Wash ington last week announced that ten sets of "Massie" apparatus had been ordered. One Is to be installed at the Washington navy yard, and the others will probably go to Pacific Toast stations. This step should not be regarded ns a final verdict by any ni"ans. or as an indication of the future policy of the government. It mere ly betrays alertness to merit and a willingness to try a new thing. Americans will take the more pleasure in noting the official disposition to do so when they learn that the man thus honored. Walter W. Massie. is a fellow country mail. His home is in Providence. It. 1., and in struments devised by him have been In service on the Xew-Englaaf coast for nearly or quite a year. One feature of the Massie system is a switch which simplifies the labor of the operator. An other is an alarm bell, or call bell, which warns him that some one wishes to communicate with him. Finally, there have been modifications of the microphone receiver which eliminate some of the difficulties which have hitherto be set its use. The sensitiveness of the Massie "oscillophone" — as its inventor calls it — is Illustrated by a statement made last July by a contributor to "The Electrical World and Engi neer." The Rhode Island inventor's apparatus had been installed at Point Judith and Block Island for communication between those two places. Yet messages from Incoming steamships which were designed for the Nantucket light ship were often caught at Block Island, ninety miles further away. It does not follow, of course, that the Massie detector is superior to all rivals, but it certainly has its good points, and naval experts in Washington are not blind to them. The distance to which a Hertz wave message can be sent depends largely on two things — the mechanical energy expended at the transmitting station and the responsiveness of the instrument employed for receiving. I>evW s invented for The latter purpose differ Considerably in sensi tiveness. On a single voyage across the Atlantic, for Instance, it was observed that the "liquid barretter" of Fessenden and Marconi's magnetic detector gave about equally good results one thousand miles from Tape Breton, whereas at seventeen hundred and twenty-three hun dred miles the Marconi receiver was more ef ficient Tnder other circumstances the liquid barretter might prove the more serviceable. The basis for comparison between these two inven- i tions is not yet broad enough to make a trust- i worthy estimate practicable at the present time, but the observations mentioned fnrnish one of many evidences of the need of further investiga tion.and test. The desirability of an extended Inquiry is revealed also by the fjt<-t that, though at several government stations in this country two or mor« kind* of receiver are at the dl» posal of the operator, one is preferred at one place and another nt another, and occasionally gome modification is attempted and is looked upon as an improvement. Such a diversity of practice on the part of the initiated shows the wisdom of not trying to form any definite opin ion just now concerning the relative merits of competing systems. Autumn has been lingering in the lap of Winter much longer than usual, but at last seems to have slipped down and departed, leaving the old man alone to rule the dying year. Turkey is reported to have "come down" in complete surrender to the demands of the pow ers. That is well. Resistance would have be^n futile, and worse. The Porte would have had to yk-ld in the end, and further delay would hays made its final lot harder to .bear. There would have been little satisfaction, to even the most fatalistic Turk, In massacring a'lot of Christians fn Macedonia, only to have a big indemnity ex acted and to have those provinces taken away from the Porte even more completely than they DOW will be under the financial control of the powers. But the problem of Macedonia is not yet solved. It Is simply transferred from the hand of Turkey to the hands of the powers— ntore competent hands, doubtless, but by no means omnipotent; and something approximat ing to omnipotence and omniscience seems to be needed to satisfy the conflicting claims and to bring order out of the Macedonian chaos. Representative Oolden expects to introduce a bill appropriating $2ftOOO a year to light the Stiit uc <>f Liberty in New-York Harbor. Whether or not that Is a proper sum Is a question for electricians to decide. But one thing is certain — the Statue ought eithor to be suitably lighted or left Ui darkness. There is a little two story brick house in Phila delphia In which more than a million Americans, scattered all over the United States, own a share. It is No. 230 Arch-st., and la the house in which the first American flag was made. This little building, with its million owners, may be cited to Secretary Bonaparte as showing the sentimental and patriotic side of American character, to which Old Ironside.-? also makes a powerful appeal. With her banks full of money and her gran aries overflowing, nobody is now asking, "What ails Kansas?" Probably the dropping from the government payroll of the crew of the Nantucket Shoals Lightship — the stopping of wages to date from the time when the vessel sank— is a mere de^ tail of official bookkeeping, and signifies noth ing. But Secretary Metcalf. in saying, "In the end I do not think they will lose a cent of pay," does not give quite so definite an assurance as the public would like to have. Brooklyn social notes fail to make any men tion of ther Hon. Pat McCarren's having acted upon Borough President Littleton's earnest sug gestion that he should go to a torrid clime to reside. It is now considered a distinctly unfriendly act when one of the old stagers In Congress suggests to "kids" the propriet;" of responding to Leader "Williams's sallies. THE TALK OF THE DAY. Horace Hutchinson, the Kngllsh writer on golf, speculates on what will happen when the Japanese take up the royal and ancient game. If they take up Western sport with the success with which they learned the Western arts of war .-ome rare champions should come out of Nippon. When the Japanese begin to apply the principles of jiu-jitsu to determining the best way to apply muscular force to a golf ball some long drives may be ex pected. A sporting paper recommends a certain way of avoiding the bites of a dog, however savage. All one has to do is to stand perfectly still and hold one's hand out. The dog-, says the writer, will take the hand Into his mouth but will not bite It. But what guaranteo hav-3 we that the dog knows this?— (London Globe. Here is a tip for young men who hope to be Rhodes scholars: "To se« an Oxford man walk along the 'High' is to put him down as a man ab solutely devoid of further interest in this life. He doesn't walk: he lopes. To Ret an idea of the proper thing, don a tweed suit of the most approved cut. pull a cap down over your eyes, stick your hands in your pockets, and sloping your shoulders and giving weakly at the knees move with a long-, gliding step, toeing in by preference. You will then have attained the dignity of being a 'hot dog.' " THE NAUGHTT-CAli CHILD. A bathroom's the pleasant kind of a playroom That money or love can buy. The nursery's only a sort of a lay room. So, ho! for the bath, say I! I sail my sheep on the bathtub deep. Sunk in my wee wool cosset. And drowned is the doll with the flaxen poll In a tidal wave from the faucet. My Noah's ark is the color of mud, Most of its glue Is gone. Yet high It floats on the raging flood And carries the animals on. The crimson cow and the blue bowwow, Their hoirts' blood dyes the main, But safe and fast they will anchor at last In the Port of Porcelain. Treacherous things are bathroom tides, For lost is my rubbery doll: My raggedy rabbit is missing, besides; i cannot "find them at all. My father baa sworn since early morn. His grief Is a sight to see; He has sent for the plumber to hasten and come And find them again for me. The bathroom's the pleasnntest kind of a place For a nautical child like me. And there again shall th-> animals race And the hairbrush go to sea. I'll sail my sheep on the soapy deep And none shall me deny. 'Tis the rush of th^ waves my spirit craves— Ho! for the bath, say I! —(Newark News. The Chinese do not tak? to horseracing. but they have wildly exciting sports of their own on which to wager and lose their cash. There are the cricket fights at Hong Kong, for instance. Many thou sands of people journey from Canton to Hong Kong to see this sport. The crickets themselves are valued by their owners at enormous prices, a vic torious insect fetching sometimes hundreds of dol lars. D. W. Blalne, of Pratt. Is now advocating a cop per bottom canal from the Dakotas to the Gulf. At first he advocated only a plain, common dirt bottom canal. But he was down in Texas not long ago boosting his scheme when a long headed Texan ask.-d him this question: "Isn't there so much sand through Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas that the water in the canal would all seep out?" "Well we will just build a copper bottom and copper lined canal," replied Blame. So his canal from now on will be known as the copper bottom canal — <Kansas City Journal. A French lawyer whose sport Is ballooning- thinks H a mild, safe and comparatively Inexpensive diver sion. He has made sixty ascents without Injury to himself. A well made balloon will last ten ye.-xrs— longer than an automobile— and will cost only from $400 to 51,000. Its upkeep Is confined to the cost of the pas and the return journeys by train after a trip. "I" keeping with the amount of pleasure to txi had out of the sport." says this enthusiastic aeronaut, "I know of no other which may be com pared with it at the price." Stiil Work to Do.— The parish minister meeting a fa«-m servant, who is a member of his flock, the following conversation ensued: "Well John, and how are things Koing with you? I hooc you are keeping well?" "Heh sir. it's hard work I hae to dae; nae rest from morn to nirht; work an work, an' no a min ute's peace for me." "Wei; John, we must all do our share In the work of this world. Remember, it is only the prep- for a better world, where there will be no mure work to be done." •■\Vell sir thai 'nay be for the likes r/ you, but I'm no sat; iun tl.ut there will be narthlng for me to dae In ihe other world. It will be the same thing there 'John clean the sun; John, hang out the moon- John, llpht the stars,' and so on. I've nae doubt" they'll always find something for me to dae." —(The Tatler. "Wandering through Hester-at.. which Is in the Bowery." says "The London Globe." Congressman Tim Sullivan did not go abroad in vain: Soon we shall read. "On visittng New-York, which is In the Bowery.' Family Grammar.-Rodney-Do you have trouble W n^-No4f^; Wi w^e .ay* "You .ball.- «d I ea y/ : V-wiJi-''-a > uck. About People and Social Incidents. AT THE WHITE HOUSE. [From The Trlbun* Bureau.] Washington. Dec. 15.— President Roosevelt enjoyed a day of comparative rest from social duties, few persons calling except those with business missions. Before the Cabinet meeting, which began at 11 and lasted until 1. Representative Alexander, of Now- York, introduced Robert Lynn Cox. a member of th» Assembly from Buffalo, who Is a member of the legislative Insurance Investigating committee. Mr. Cox (old the President that his committee would report to the legislature early In January. "It Is impossible to say Just what reforms will be recommended," wild 'Mr. Cox, "but you may be certain that the report will contain a number of Interesting features." Before the Cabinet meeting the President received Senators Perkins and Flint, of California, who came to discuss Gotten State appointments; Repre sentative Cooper, of Wisconsin, who dropped In to take up a personal affair, and Senator Hopkins of Illinois, who came to talk over the postmastershlp of Chlcaßo. THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS. [From The Tribune Bureau.] Washington, Dec. IS.— The Persian Minister has resumed his Friday afternoons at home, which were so much enjoyed by Washingtonians last winter. The Minister has changed his home this year, and is now occupying a house in 19th-st. The newly appointed Minister from Peru and Mme. Felipo Pardo. who are on their way to this country, will rear-h New-York on the 21st, and will come straight to Washington, where apartments are being prepared for them at the Shoreham. The Minister from Colombia has been called to New- York owing to a relapse of Mme. Mendora, who has been ill for some time. NOTES OF SOCIETY IN WASHINGTON. [From Th» Tribune Bureau.] Washington, Dec. 16.— Mrs. Fairbanks was guest of honor at a large luncheon given to-day by Mrs. Stanley Matthews. Miss Millard, daughter of Senator Millard, of Nebraska, entertained a luncheon party to-day. Her guests were Mrs. A. E. Bates; Mrs. Oliver Wendell Holmes. Mrs. Nathan Scott, Mrs. John L. Kennedy. Mrs. Joseph C. Slbley, Mrs. Wallace Radcliffe and Miss Ridgely. A sale of autograph books was held to-day at the former home, of Vice-Presldent and Mrs. Fair banks, in Massachusetts-aye. Some of the pa tronesses are Mrs. Fairbanks. Mrs. Taft, Mrs. Boardman. Mrs. Brown. Mrs. Herbert Wadsworth. Mrs. Reginald De Koven, Mrs. Chaffee and Miss LJchfield. A number of the debutantes assisted In the sale of the booka. Tea was ser%-d In the afternoon by Mrs. Fairbanks, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Garfleld and Miss Klbbey. The sale will be contin ued to-morrow. NEW-YORK SOCIETY. Mr. and Mrs. W. Storrs Wells, who are spending the winter at the St. Regis, have decided to give up their house in East 57th-st. The Countess of Orford. who was Miss Louise Corbln. has arrived in town from Europe and Is staying with her father. D. C. Corbin. Announcement is made of the engagement of Mandeville do Maxigny Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Cornelius Hall, to Miss LJly Fitch Wil son, daughter of Mrs. George Grant Wilson, of New-Rochel!e. Mr. Hall was graduated from Yale last year. Mrs. Thomas Powell Fowler gave a dance last night at Delmonico's for her daughter. Miss Kathe-_ rine Fowler. She was assisted in receiving by Miss Fowler and by her married daughter, Mrs. I. F. Palmer. There was informal dancing in the early part of the evening, after which supper was served at small tables adjoining the ballroom. Then followed the cotillon, which was led by Ferrars H. Tows, dancing with Miss Fowlor. Among those present were Miss Georgette Borland, Miss Edith Root, Miss Elizabeth Dodge, Miss Doro thy Grinnell. Miss Wilhelmine Claftin, Miss Grace Ruggles, Miss Betty Collamore, Miss Olga Kobbe, Miss Rebecca Van Rensselaer. Miss Elsie Ladd. Miss Marjorie Dana, Miss Gillian Barr, Alfred Ely, jr., Elihu Root, Jr., Laurence Waterbury, Ar thur Havemeyer and O. Van Norden. Sherry's was the scene last night of a large dinner dance given by George T. Brokaw. His W. K. VAJJDEUBILT, JE,., A FEREMAN. Many Other Wealthy Long Island Residents Also Fighters of Flames. William K. Vanderbilt. jr., was not present to answer his name when Captain Claude A. Wanzor, the foreman of Vigilant Hook and Ladder Company, called the roll yesterday. Mr. Vanderbilt Is a member of the company which gives protection to the Vanderbilt house at Deepdale. on the shore of Lake Success. Young Mr. Vanderbilt is an enthusiastic fire m n. and the company of which he is a mem be, is the best equipped in the United States. The membership is sixty men. and one-fourth of them are reouted to be worth over a million dollars. Mrs. Vanderbilt takes a great interest in the members who are active workers. They passed a vote of thanks to her. for on Thanks giving Day every member received a fourteen pound Rhode Island turkey with Mrs. Vandei bilt's compliments. The fire engine and truck were presents from Mrs. Vanderbilt. The rival company to the Vigilant is at Great Neck village, one and a half miles from the depot of that name. That company is supported by \V. Gould Brokaw. Cord Meyer. H. B. Gilbert and other wealthy men whose residences are in the district. HIGH PRICES FOR IRVING RELICS. London. Dec. l. >. — A large crowd was present at the second day's sale at Christie's of the late Sir Henry Irvir.p's theatrical properties, art works and library. High prices ruled. Some ar ticles closely associated with the tragedian realized extraordinary figures. For instance, $6:s was paid for a plain leather pocket book, engraved with Irving" name. Two gifts from admirers in Boston, a wooden Montieth (Eighteenth Century punchbowl) mounted in silver, and a paper knife with a figure of Mephistopheles as a handle sold re spectively for $218 and $104. . A MAN WHO SAVED NAPOLEON'S LIFE. From The Pall Mall Gazette. A writer in a Dublin newspaper has disinterred a long forgotten book, published in Lomion in IS2O. which (insists of a aeries of letters describing a tour in Ireland In ISI2 by I. B. Trotter, who was a friend of Charles James Pox. Mr. Trotter relates that the Rev. Father Redmond, who was parish priest of the little town of Kerns on the occasion of his visit, had actually saved Napoleon's life. "Accident." writes Mr. Trotter, "Introduced me to the Rev. Mr. Redmond, priest of the place, who re lated to me a curious little anecdote. When pur suing his studies and finishing his course of educa tion in France he had spent a summer in Has ! Poirtou. where General Bonaparte, then a thin, I slight young boy, was. He h;'.d slept in the same ' room with him six weeks, and perceived nothing shining or engaging in him. He was generally em ployed in matting machinery, which ho placed on a small watercourse. As the party were one day shooting. Bonaparte, who was not very active. T»MI ■ Into a brook five feet deep, which he endeavored I to leap across. He was nearly drowned, when Mr. | liedniond Immediately discharged his piece and pie- I merited the end to him. by which lie saved his life." I Mr. Trotter Inquired whether Napoleon had ever shown him any gratitude for this service, and w.is thus answered: "No. and I assure you. sir, I do , not admire his principles." . AUSTRALIANISMS. From The London Chronicle We are fairly familiar with "Americanisms,' I since the transatlantic journals are read and cop- I led here. But a correspondent points out that ' there ure "Australian lnns" enough to make a die- '. tlomry ar: essential for the proper understanding ' of an" Antipodean journal. They have their own ; abbreviations and nicknames "down under." We' have accepted "Wmtralla**; it has crossed the i "Long Stretch" and found a home in Throgmorton nt. But "Soustralia" and "Norstralia" have a foreign, travelling, portmanteau sound. Do you know where "Mell" is? That In Antipodean for New-Zealand, where Maorilanders dwell. . . . ML.... "Men" . . . ! "Squatters" and "larrikin?," we know, and we can recognize a "^waggle." Just now and here we can admit the truth of our own nickname. "The Cold Country." "The Big Smoke." But what Is a "Cocky"" In Mr. J. H. M. Abbott's book on the "Outlander In England," he asserts that he found no "Cocky's" class at a cattle show. He charitably adds a note. "Cocky" is the Australian for a small Jarraer. Wo may hope that the word will bo wanted* tn England. gojestlß were received by Mrs. Carl Fischer-Harjija and Mrs. Irvlnar Brokaw. Dinner was «erv»>a i a the banquet room at one large table, after whlpjj th« cotillon took place, led by Irving Brokaw, dancing with his wife. Some of those present were Mr. and Mrs. James E. Martin. Jr.; Mr. and Mrs. Garret P.. Kip. Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Duncan, Miss C. Eleanor Hoyt. Miss Janet Fish, Miss Grace Fargo. Miss Henrietta Weatberbee.. Miss Sally Dlxon. Miss Louise and Miss Natalie Vanderhojf Miss Kate de Forest Prentice. Franklin Plummet Bailey Vand<-rhoef. Carl Flscher-Hansen, Dongaa de Peyater, Frederick Inmnn and J. Harry Alex andre. Jr Mrs. Charles de P.ham gave a reception yeat«rd*y at her house. No. 24 sth-ave.. to lntroduo<* bar daughter. Miss I^aura de Rham. Among thos« -woo assisted In receiving were Miss Rosalind Fish, Hi§» Emily Pell Coster. Miss Stephanie Sheldon. Mlm Gabrielle Dexter. Miss Frances Macdonald and itim Alice Fellowes. Another reception of yesterday was that gr»en by Mrs. George A. Dlxon for her daughter. Mlm 3%Dy D. Dixon. which took place at their houae, Xo. lj WMI 49th-st. Miis Dorothy Kissel. MU» Emily Pell. Miss Edith D«acon. Miss Dorothy Whitney, Miss Ann Thompson, Miss Katherin© Atterbury and Miss Anne Kountze were in the receiving party. A reception was al*o given yesterday afternoon by Mrs. William H. Clark at her house, In W«t 58th-st., for Miss Beatrice Clark. Arthur Serlgwick. at his home. No. 8 Ea*t 10tb> St.. gave the last of a series of receptions yesterday for hla daughter. Miss Susan Sedgwlek. Mrs. Will iam Rufus Barr also save the last of a scrlea af receptions for \(lss Gillian Barr. Mrs. Arthur Murray Dodge's house, in East S9o>. St., was the scene yesterday afternoon of a sale of Russian embroideries, laces and needlework for ta« benefit of the Jewell Day Nursery, which hears th« name of Mrs. Dodge's father, the late Marshall Jewell, who was at on© time Minister to Russia. Mr. and Mrs. Edward H. Landon and Miss Lucy Landon will leave town early next week to spend the Christmas holidays at Staatsburg. Mrs. Georg© B. Blade will pive a dinner In t!w Christmas week In the Metropolitan Club Arm?* for her nieces. Mrs. John Vosburg Irwln. who waj Miss Helen Cornelia Merrill, and Miss Martha Prentiue Strong, whose engagement to Harold Turner was recently anounoed. Among the debutante receptions set for to-day are those to be given by Mrs. Robert Olyphant for her daughter, Miss Sophie Vernon Olyphant, at her house, In East 52d-st- : by Mrs. James Fair for her daughter. Miss Georgianne Farr. at No. It I>-sin§ ton-ave.. and by Mrs. George \V. Vanderhoef for Miss Mary Vanderhoef at her house, in West 48t?i st. Mrs. Vanderhoef' s reception will be followed by a dinner and a theatre party. This evening Chauncey Dewey, who is to marry Miss Margaret de Marigny Hall on Wednesday next at the Cliurcb of the Ascension. wfS srfv* .\1» farewell bachelor dinner at the University ("lub, and the party will Include Edwin Hall, who is to be his best man; Edward Putnam. Harold Miller. Henry Ferguson. Gerry Spaulding. of Buffalo. Her bert Watson and Lawrence Dunham, of B^«ton; Sherman Dewey. of Detroit: Be> I Hart ford, and William and Mamifville Hall. "La Sonnambula" was given last nisht at the Opera, with Mme. Sembrich ard Caruso In the cast, and among thr.se present were: Mr. and Mrs. Richard Mortimer. Mr. and M*r». Pierre Lorillard. Miss Eleanor Mortimer. Mr. and Mr?. M. Orme Wilson. Miss Gwendolyn Burder. Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Marshall. Mr. and Mr». F. Eger ton Webb. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cooper Hewitt. Miss Claire Bryce. Mr. and Mrs. Henry news. Mr. and Mrs. John E. Alexander. Mr. and Mrs. Kg-n W L. Winthrop, Mr. and Mrs. Stephen H. Olin. Mr. and Mrs. George L. Rives. Mr. and Mrs. James W. Gerard, Miss Harriott Daly. Mr. and Mrs. H. Mc- Kay Twombly. Miss Ruth Twombly. Mr. and Mr- J J. Wysong, Mrs. Moses Taylor Campbell Mrs. Russell Soley. Mr. and Mrs. De Berkeley Par sons. Mrs. Howard Townsend. Mr. and Mrs. Bradu'S Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. M. Dwight Collier. Miss Georgette Collier. Mr. and Mrs, Charles H. Coster, Miss Coster and Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Gould Jen nings. FAMOUS SONS OF SCOTLAND. Professor Jebb, Mr. Gladstone and Professor Davidson Great Greek Scholars. To the Editor of The Tribune Sir: In its obituary column the other day Tee Tribune paid a well deserved tribute 0 the late eminent Professor Richard Claverhouse .Jebb. It was only the other evening, at the St. Andrews Society "dinner, that that brilliant and popular American. Joseph H. Choate. said the kindest things of Scotland a: d her many famous sons and universities. In connection with Sir Richard Jebb's death it may be interesting to note thai he was one of the greatest three Greek scholars of this age. the two others being the late Mr. Gladstone ar.dthe late Professor Thomas Davidson. The trio w?r» Scotchmen. Professor Davidson was born at old Dur where also was born David Henderson, late Speaker of the House of Representatives. ••The London Spectator" (never lavish in Its praisa of men or things said of Professor Davidson at the time of his death that -he was, oneof -So most learned twelve men in the world. Those *» knew him best could speak of other noble OF"" 1 " he had besides great learning . .His great 9cott»g heart beat in tender sympathy for poor. "'PP-T^ and downtrodden humanity of every crved and na lion. And numerous were the self-s.ienflcs M made that he might come in touch with Uiwj the uplifting of n less fortunate feUow M»S* and to the honor a ihe Hebrew rare in IMB «g be ii said that they nobly and loyally cherish .np memory. In the Educational Alliance there u • » class to perpetuate his memory, known as "" Thomas Davidson Class. . Scotland feels justly proud of the Jong roil « famous names that she has given to the world, a™ in no other part of the world have those nasna been more revered than in this great K*P»™g where some of them have left the impress or tn«i loyalty. integrity and indomitable courage. - Mrs. J. B. CAMPBELL. New- York. Dec. 13, ISOS. "LORD RANDAL" AND ••LORD DONALD T.« the Editor of The Tribune. Sir: In "The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.^ compiled and edited by Sir Walter Scott, publish In IS*) and republtshed some f. rty years ago, the ballad of "Lord Bandar is given a= iuc:ed "' "J. EX A." in -The Academy." It is prefaced however, by the following comment: "The here ' more generally termed Lord Ronald: but I willing ly follow th© authority of an Ettrk-k Fore* copy for calling him Randal, because, though the <"•'• cumstances are so very different. 1 think it noi Impossible that the ballad may have oristnaHj' re warded the death of Thomas Randolph, or Racial Earl of Murray, nephew to Robert Bruce and Governor of Scotland. This great warrior died at Musselburgh. 1333. at the moment when hi-* ** vices were most necessary to his country. already threatened by an English army. For this sole *•• son. perhaps, our historians obstinately impute b-J death to poison. "The substitution of some venomous reyt:le j: food, or putting it into liquor, was ancivmly sup posed to be a common mode of administering I*'' sons." . At the close of the ballad this footnote Is - 4<J<l^ "In Lh* edition of this ballad published by • ■»•• Kin loch Ir IS?: the name of the hero la Lorn L™ l ' aid— very naiural in 3 north <-oiiTitr> version. ro" youth is poisoned by a dish of toads served ut ' 3 - Osn." The last verse is: "What will >•« leave to your true love. Lard Donald. mj ■on? What will ye leav* to your true love, my toll* yo""* mat' "Th»» tow and the halter for to hang on yon tre«. \n«l l»t h^r hang there for the povsimln^ «•.*' Dumont. K. J.. Dec. 11. 1906. M. C*. J. LET RUSSIA REMEMBER FRANCE! ro the Kditor of The Tribune. 8lr: It is a remarkable development of eveat* that the Revolution in France in 1789 began with* weak, kindly disposed king, and gained frtghtf* llmensions before a military dictator rose- to **? t. The ••revolution"' In Russia, beginning In '** itarted with a weak, kindly disposed emperor. W^ he masse* are. developing precisely as the Fr«»C* na»-es of 1789. . y+ Human rniure Is the same in all ages, and or looves the Russian government, or what Is ' er^J,, t. to take warning from the fate which can upc he royal family and France, as the result o. Je ing the masses get beyond control. ««,• CLEMENT C. MOOR*- Brooklyn. December 10.