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fUE HUMAN COMEDY.
jit Humors Xotcd If the Parisian Caricaturist. Paris. December 11. -h.. third annual exhibition of what is appro . ,-ir called the -ComMle Humaine." now l- " l at the floors P.Hit Gallery, contains :W.\ open T he artists represented are fully "•"L .' of th<* tra.iiti-ms of Paumier and C.a- m > T3k^ f» r instance. Abel Faivre. His V * rfll |i < . \M»" w«-ll *> cars comparison in delicate "^'lity with Fantin-I-itour. Moreover, his tos^ Lim an j consdentloaj qualities enhance *"* " ously U»e artist's sardonic sense of humor. CS jcun d laJy of venerable aspect is dis \-tiy i^thinjt. wnfc a beautiful white swan. "T^vijrn.ir.t • ye has detected the comic note *?1? situation, swims away from the venerable at fu'l need, frantically cackling with ap ~\ l9 r— and discontent. Another canvas by Fai\Tf n'presents the summit of the Righi, A th a fair.t tpproaeh of dawn— beautifully com *srf an( , painted— while a grotesque group of •JjJJJ^i tourists, opera glasses in hand, are waiting ■» a'la ' 1 " '"•' the forthcoming sunrise. Vet^r. a ssrt of Itubens of caricature. . jb j tt an admirable series of pictures of the c. <-heil trial- Mmc Sttinheil. with her black !»' 5s ant! white cambric handkerchief, is ad [^.jj-jr the juJ?<- >n an outburst of energy *y e scenes in the court are brimful of humor. jinati.>ns of Marietta Wolff by the -j_l a2i ? by M. AuWn, Mme. Steinhcil's conn 3" ar(l rendered with marvellous exactitude * j rf*or. Devambe* has a highly effective jj,!^ representing an aeroplane wedding. The l^ that of Taris, near the Eiffel Tower. There are sorv.c tw.-nty monoplanes and biplanes crdir-S about, lie newly married couple being ty^s fo'.lowcd by the ontire wedding arty. Ibae is a wrics of delicately drawn pictures by A'bfrt Gafflsome. dealing in a humorously satirical vein with familiar epis<ides and com- F :ica.Ui>r.s in smart society. Scenes in the suc cessful pSaj* a ri ' effectively depicted by Israels. LosQues and Bernard iioutet de IfonveL The pepuiar "nidin^f- >." or young girls belonging to the great cootnriert' establishments, who at tour of noon recreation impart such a mirth lal note to the Place de Wndume. where they fjck merrily together, with bare bends an in simple, becoming black dresses, like bevies of caspics. are portrayed by Pierre Drassaud. Ttiere are sorr.e clever figures of golf players in wax or clay by Jacques Loysel. Life in the \jia (Juarter Ls treated by Maud Hunt Squire, portrait* of notable figures at the first night :: T .K FOOT. ; ly E 1. Couse.) theatrical representations are wittily presented fey Esa, who each year gains in strength and in ■**■• onalyslj of character. The retrospective •eciicn of the '•Human Comedy" comprises t^-ty-six worka of Toulouse-Lautrec, depicting: varied hats and phases popular life in Part*. art^ Pr Bflhouettes" — promenading profiles * the Paris Tour — consisting of ar| i -" portraits some ten Inches in height tf the cost prominent figures of fashion, art, CRICHTON of london Old English Silver AND FINEST REPRODUCTIONS € '• <i FIFTH AVENUE (31st Street.) hew-tobk DAILY rmmme. stjhdat, December i». tm. bianco of feature. SSSS^ caricature The arrangement is that of a dio rama, some fourteen yard in length it is he as hionable of the morning "promenade in "t, d " s T ? B ° ls «* ROUl<^- The point se lected I. just opposite the Trianon mans . of nnCe , and PHnCeSS de Saß:in - Th « tiou*. . trees, roadway and broad footpath are painted XT U art ThC ■*-■■■' is clear and radiant. Caricature hi not pushed to the ex treme, but imparts exactly the right note of delicate irony, genial humor and graceful, well bred unrestraint. What a precious document for future historians! What a pity that noth ing that refloats similar phases of life durjn the days of Lo U :3: 3 XIV. or Napo.eon. in this simple yet spectacular way has been handed down to the present generation! Here we see King Edward VII passing along with a sm..« in l.; s automobile. President Fai lures proceeds to the races in his equipage with outriders a la Daumont. lime. Rejane sweeps by in her brougham, drawn by her famous pair * dirk chestnut mules. Henri Rocbefort la driven in a sisaple cab. Edmond Etostend walks with an air of abstraction. J.;- n Ben nett step* briskly by, wearing a black pot bat and in a pearl gray lustum.-. with white waist coat. William K. Vanderbilt. discreetly dressed in dark clothes, with a cravat of deep blue, with white spots, is n near Vicomte Robert <!•■ Montc-squiou and Arthur Meyer, editor of the "Oanloia." N\ar l>y is J.ini-s Hazen Hyde, of tall a.-i>- t, wearing a light colored suit, black f. It hat and red cravat. The Prim I : ■ • - \ may be sene >n discre< I ing from th- ir motor I house tely r"- r *' ' ladies prominent in society, and then i score* of the actresses and actors, dramatic authors, politicians and diplomatista most in vogue. The effect is admirable. This exhibition In th* !:•.:•■ Royale show? that the art of caricature h is never attained n:ore popular favor than at pres'i.t. C. I- 13. — • — Till: THEROM R BUTLER COLLBCTiOV. The American Art Association announces the exhibition and sale of the collection of Barbi zon and other pictures formed by the Ut-- Theron R Butler. The exhibition will open on Saturday, January 1, and the pictures will In sold at Mendelssohn Hall on Friday evening, January 7. A BET OF TOMMYS. From The Manchester Guardian. The other day (writes a correspondent) I dis covered a new author at a second-hand book shop I. like the French gentleman who has discovered Moliere's signature, inquired for French classics, and the bookseller haJ taken me to a pile of books which looked as if th ■/ had lain undisturbed for years. They were In various bindings, cloth and leather, with not a yellow back amons them. "You won't lind a better collection of French second hands in the city." he said "Here's Ra Iney (with a curious upward lilt on the last syllable in supposed bnl tation of th accent), and here's I'ornellley — and Voltatrey— abd Tossey." -And wtio"' 1 int.-r rupted, in some perplexity. "Tomey." be re pUed; •T-o-m-e. Twiilji. he's one or their big writers. H"«i.lar vol.H»minous he is I've a tine set of Tonie-ys. A dozen volumes in SBOrooco. Nine pence t rohmw or Beven-and-sixpenee ths lot." I t>x>k a glance at th • books and hnmediati - !y snngnt tha set n wai a splendid edition jf Montaigne in .several fomct. 'BIDDBW TIIIXGS. I'ntrrtttrn Hubs in the llnwtr of Common*. From Blackwood's Bfagnatee. When you rise up to speak you must be un covered, but after a division is called, and you wish to raise a point of ord»r, you must do it with your hat on your head, and this gives rise sometimes to amusing incidents. Those who saw it can never forget th> occasion when Glad stone, who never wore s hat in the House, had to surmount his mighty cranium with a "topper" hastily snatched from the head of his neighbor Herschell. The forbidden things are numerous. It is a serious Parliamentary crime to pass be tween a sneaker and the chair, and loud cries of order greatly confuse the neophyte who makes this mistake for the first time. A front GIBL AND HORSE. d'r >m i:. portr tit by Ir- man may 101 lon th<» small of his back ml bis ixi.it on the table without r strance, but his bumble satellites are bI pulled up by the sergeant-ut-arms il they vent follow his example. Tou must i lentatiously read a book or a newspaper saw. Mr Chamberlain pulled up for quoting of "The Tim. •.-."- -«>r open letters in the nor •• i l j Mir speech; and if you Indulge in ted mas be admonished by Speaker, If anj common Infonnei the i.iw in motion Nor : i ;. »w .-il to --at anything your t>! i.c on the green benches 1 ren ■ >n. .-. during one of the all-night Bitting late A M. Sullivan, toward the small hours "f irning. produced a paper bag and pro- 'i'-'l to f 1 himself with ja:r; puffs, and when hi.- attention was directed t>> this irregularity by th- chairman he replied - t, Mr. Playfair. that v\.- were in Committee of Supply." 1 have never, however, seen any one pulled up ■ ■ • shment in t H- ■ House Mr. ( ;: i.i -ton.' tis.-d to slobber up a glut ■ of a. pomatum [>ot. composed, one of iii- sons told me, of - gg, ether and sherry; Lord Palmerston sucked oranges; some bench men have th*-ir slass of md an ng -t"ry is told "t Sir II Hicks-Beach, as he tl-n « . During a budget B] — b he was f the time honored Jokes ap;>ropr;.tt- to th Tasi >n, and said: "Who . lr:n k~ rum nowadays?" But a modest quencher • •!' port, brought him from the bar. happened to t i tin tawni variety closely imitating in color the liquor whose disappearance from i">p ular consumption he had announced, and when -■•■! it t'» his lij..- an immediate shout of r rippled over the green benches. The W'ilberforce is reported to have taken an .•[,ii:'i> pill before he .-;><-k- : and l..>r\l Gran ville. in the '"Life" so admirably written l>y my friend Lord Fitzmaurice, reproached himself with having once :t. the House <>f Lord* before Lord Beaconsfield, who had primed him s.-if up by li ■ >metl ing, or inhaling some thing, t i fire off at a particular hour. And it H hinted, with what truth I know not, that a young rising politician "f the front bench rank. whose name wild horses or their equivalent would not drag from me; baa recourse to ..xy gen before beginning one of his highly success- Mi harangues. SANTA'S STOCK OF TOYS. .lirshifis'. .infntnofiilrx nwl "Tahly in Africa" Among Them. "All I wanted to see was the aeroplanes,'* re marked one boy to another the other day as the two lingered for a moment in front of the window or a large toy store in the shopping district for a parting glance before tearing themselves away from the visual feast. In that particular store were several models of aeroplanes which would actually fly. Old St. Nick may be old in yrars, but in other respects he is just as "up to the minute" as any highly enterprising business man seeking to capitalize the future for his own benefit. He has a keen "news sense." Wherever his office, shops or storehouses may be. it is certain that they have a 'live wire" or "live wireless" con nection with the world. Every year the young sters find the most up-to-date things in their stockings. This year will be no exception, if one may judge from the bulletins coming in by way of the toy shops. One may buy for 44 cents paper winged flying machines, which in no wise infringe the patents of the Wright brothers. They fly with th*> suc cess of a $2O.«)tX> prize winner for distin.es commensurate with their size. Propelled l>y a simple engine that h\s an advantage over those usually found in aeroplanes in that it never fails until it h;us worn out — nam»'y. a stout elastic band-it will wing Its way across a room with a speed that will make a deep impnssion if it chances to bump a body's forehead. Indeed, it would be quite possible to reproduce a battle in the air with dirigibles an. I planes, for accurate r. ■presentations of the Zep pelin anil Deutsch airships have ai~.> beea de vised. They, too, are immune from the disas ters to which the original 11 BO liable, for they an entirely of metal and not dependent upon their buoyancy for support. A Blilss. takes the place of gas. me with miniature parachutes ha* also been devised, in which a parachute Is shot up Into the air by means of a bow and arrow. When the arrow falls the player Is supposed to catch it up and try to take the slowlj dea •tid ing parachute on it.s tip. tianta Claus possibly could give Conk and Peary points on reaching the North I'ole, but evidently he has decided to keep out of the controversy by the diplomatic means «>f pass ing it on to children and making it possible for Peary to win at one time and Cook at another. Whatever the. scientific so. i. -ties dsrUKi upon, the children can solve the problem for them selves. Tne chief instrument i< a Sat, IW llisjg.ll lar cardboard box. three-quarters of an inch thick and six or eight inches square, on one side is printed a chart of the polar regions. In the centre, on either side, is a round hole half an inch In diameter. The question itself is settled after the CTreek manner of selecting public officials. A brown marble represents Cook, while a blue one stands for Peary. After careful examination of the chart the box is shifted around at different angles until ont_- of the marbles falls out of tha hole. The one which drops forth. Of course, settles for the time being the vexed question. The toy stores carry herds of stash polar bears that growl n. ,t. mither do they swim; Esquimau and explorer dolls and Arctic scenes in plaster and cardboard whose Icebergs glisten i.nd whose snowcSad vales are thronged with E timau dogs, sledges, reindeer, foxes, ; • i;-: r i::is and all the other objects ■ "ii nected with life in the Arctic regions, while whales swim about in th>- darkling seas. Mr. Roosevelt took urn-ut pains to prevent his movements In East Africa beinij reported in Urn press Perhaps the news getting ability of the patron saint of Christmas Is l»-.st illus . in what !;•• has beea a. mplish it: reproducing the life of "Teddy in Africa." "Teddj in Africa" comes in a box, but when unpacked the former President is able t<> per form remarkable gymnastic feats without los ing his pith helmet or I while K'-rr.nt does a giant swing without dislodging bis shoulder the camera slung thereon. In the box are joint- .1 reproductions of many of the .. • • mala which ar-- report. -.1 to have fallen '...fort- the guns of the hunurs, tents and native sun bearers and guides. Everj kind of automobile, from the powerful racing car, with bent figures at the wheel. and the hulking limousine to the taxicab. run abOUt and autotruck, is reproduced with tilel- Qarages are also provided. Operated by clo 'kwork, these machines hav>- rubber tires and all the other noticeable appurtenances So aci urately are thej constructed that one would to tiuil the taxicab Indicator charging vi» fares at the usual ruinous rat.- and the mci il chauffeur insisting on the correctness of the indicator. [1 looks aa if the Jolly saint ha.l discarded his reindeer for an airship this year. Of course, this cannot be definitely known until "the ni_;ht Christmas," but ;i few flyers have ap which suggest that he may. These are in th.- form of Christmas cards, r. -presenting St. Nicholas arriving in an airship, laden with sifts, which the pictures Bhow him in the act ributing I I Iren. (^ORIENTAL RUGS J^ WASHED. CLEANED AND KEIWIUED. MICHAEUAN BROS. nu 8