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H I Vjiaaaiaaia' hMHww la' AnHralfa, aa4
Q i I'l-laiCata'atawa Btaylaa; Her Parta fVaai
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H ' 'Bj Maattaa af Her Ufa af Hloe aa
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i'wq" famous ,w6men .thorn ars. whose an
liptihtto the newspaper fratomltr is as sin
eera";clt is.,prQnounood. yet whoso.ntmcs
aeearmorjs frequently than an others i in the
JeycIiroDolft, Barsh. Bornhardt and Queen
Ylototla- 'T,n, dressing rooms, are. about
ajoAaHKdifneultof entree, the one' In Bnoklntt
twPflM.,4ae other just now back of the
a ' in ittit Standard Thcslro. It matter
Hft Wi!tJiat, appointments for audience with
H g tba,, Bernhardt, have beeu mauo with lior
H ft JsTiitty,0 ' gracious consent. "Mar aha
H f Met! 'exorclsa Uto woman's prerogative,
M ttatf right to change her 'mind? And
Hv idk'vilt ontatda whllo tho gonial Mr. WIN
m oiighbT-lntreede8 In your bahalf and tha
B t dujUc-us Cliaraller Cbatterton arbitrates In
H I R.''..Tba papier maeh6 sphinx leers at rou
M Cto'the corners of Its cunntnc eyos. and tho
1 llttje Eerptlari god In his playhonsa chuolles
K ttyOQr discomfiture. Suddenly tho Imperial
j ivfU relents. Word la hastily passed alone tho
H lis ot-cuards. Ton harry to tho eqroon-
H closed doorway, meetlnc the tall, brond-shoul-
1 ilerd Maurice and his wife. ,tlio Frlncoss
Mi Verita. as daintily Frcnohtly fair as a Greuze
i Jauty. Thoy aharo the Bernhardt disfavor
H fdf'tMe.llhlQnltous "special" writer. You are
H announced by, the alot,who is at once the
HI rftJArdla'n of the snored preclnot and tho das-
H reVot the robes. You hear the single woleomo
HJ wtird,"EntroKl" in tho .wonderful Bernhardt
VS 4oioo, soft and deep, and capable of lnlinlto
BH tnodulatlon. In Its melody passion and pathos
P ate' atrdneely blondod. optreaty and command,
HH tMrs and curses. lnOnito sadnesa and terrible
Ha acorn. On the stone it dominates tho wholo
HJ conversation, as tho organ sounds through the
Hj f, choreh serrlee.
Hb I'he screen folds back nd you are In a cosily
Hi knrtalned nest where soft hangings of neutral
Ha tints with hoavy fringes drape tho walla from
Ha floor to celling. On a table at the sldo nro the
Hi ' jiftrfumes and pigments, the manifold and
HI to'rsterlens' toilet appurtenances, each fash-
HI iajx3. of ivory and set wlty a silver cither.
H5 and ail arranged in a leather travelling case
Hi hound and clasped with silver. On ono sldo
Hi fn tapers in silver candlesticks stand in front
HJ of the mirror where the delicate rite of inaUng
Hi tipHs performed.,
Hlr ' .On'tho opposite sldo of the room is sproad
Hi ; cat tipfcn another table the curious array of or-
J fctneals. belonging to tho Cleopatra dress,
J inlmlTe'. gtrdlos from Constantinople, with
HJ laspa of embroidered enamel, silver belts of
HE , oldk Egyptian 'workmanship, beetles and bugs.
HE ' tbeeary rings which decorate each flngorand
HJ i onb' toe Of the Egyptian quoon. armlets and
HJ headdresses of real pearls and turquoise. Tho
HJ table la entirely covered Xrith thom. and yet
HJ : they are all worn in tho ono play.
HJ ' ""AcroM one corner Is a pier glass, but Auok-
HJ land, the powerful St Bernard, which came all
HJ ' Uaway from the city for which ho is named,
HJ, ' lies before the mirror, and not onco docs his
HJ' rtlsttAss glance Into it. ovtm In ndjostiug tho
HJ Cleopatra draperies. An easy ohalr in tho
HJ Corner has thrown over it a long violet velvet
,' T elokk with fur trimmings. But not at all i's ft
H; , oAupiad by tho woman for whoso com fort it
HJ,- W supplied.
" ? taw Bcaezra aw "otp tbibsd.
I' I 'In'; a tall dark wardrobe at thtf end of the
Hf roort, hangs what there is of the Cleopatra
Is ' dreije'es, the screen closes in tho other corner.
I( And; In the centre standing vory erect, i
II.- ' with her back toward'you. In nil the olTended
I ' osietty of a quoen disturbakl at her toilet,
; f Swaits the groat Bernhardt, ready to annl-
f ' Wftite the visitor with her score.
V . I'HJajery still lu tho Httlo room. Two or
If ' lima men stand about with uncoverod heads.
- AWldiwafto with' folded arms. It Is like a
m$ ! etf nelfronj a play. You fool an if rou were at
MV k the Q(jn Drawing Boom wltliout your trail
- f aMen.
I I 'Boadenlr she readies a hand out backward
' '" ityou'ln alutatlon. with face still haughtily
i 4ted.
I : ")o,roo speak ze.Froneh 57 rlercos the Obj-'
II, 5 ' Innas silence.1
r . ra raply that von do not. but that you have
I 'i i -4MyHt oUopatro.
'i fieni with one of her lightning-like motions.
t fc Nutans and flashes tha wonderful Bernhardt
$ 1 . aile it yon showing all the beouUful. wicked
t , , wfcKU40),tha tawny, burning depth of the
jj ; apifndld., mysiarioas ayes. You know thea
h whifMaro Antony falls and, .falls. Youundsr-
& ,lsd bow the slave rejoices to drink tho pear-
f . eMtadwlna. Yen are ready to face her fary,
Jj 1 iafV her soorn for that sweet smile's sake.
I I' -y lint isbs.ii very gracious now, smiling and
fj bdkiltls at her own reflection In the mirror.
ebttiii .with the friends that wait In the
, deewlng. room, painting her slim fingertips
' if .with.crmlpe. and holding hor hands palms
t loVn against her dress o got the effoot.
'?. .llnder tha Cloopatra gauzos ore silken tights
.y; AltinrWte'et&sagloo'llts tho hand, with a
A feparato corapartmont for each digit. The
f-i tthtaaio of tlie same roddlsh copper hue that
X 4tfr arms aro, painted and they fasten about
V ll" )Whpuldjrs. jt)pr tho tights Is a long cloeo
3 M picesje robe of heavy satin in the samo dull
W w t(nf,lPXil)theneckandv1thoutBlooos.Vihlcli
,y k JjoplteIy covers 'the tights and conoenls
k fi outline 'of-the -figure so effectually that.
$ V eeortln'f)4h Mrs. James-Srown rotter.
,i A ayte'tbaDBffaaporUdea.ltwouldantlrelrruIp
f-f , t-KoaUc through its iafldtlltrto the
' ;v';; ;V '
real Cleopatra dress. It Is to this robo that alt
the gaeao draperies nro caught with Jowellod
plna,,'aod it Is because of this robo Uint ibo
dressing room may ben rendezvous for Bern
hrdt'sfriendbotli menand women, during
the swift costume changes in tho watts bo
tweonUioacts. Thd " make-up" is all of flno French rouges
and powders, and Includes nonobf tho Gorman
srreaso paints In which our chorus girl brings
ontliorlmpreesloniitcffects. Over the arms
and neck Is brushed a liquid which gives thom
tho required Egyptian tint Tho face Is deli
cately tinted, tho Irfsido of , the cars and tho
nostrils touched wlthTrougo. according to tho
rrcnoh custom. The long eyclashos aro
wlnkod Into commotio of the blackest raven
hue. and the blue pencil outlines them with a
broad stroke and all so swiftly that ono real
izes not nt nil tho'nmount of nrtlstlo intolll
genco brought to bear upon tho work.
Tho mouth. Ah I that Is tho finest bit of all.
. The strong. stralghtUlp's, aro patntod with n
little brush dipped' in 'carmine into tho arch of
a, Cupid's bow. Sho smiles when thoy are
finished to see tho pretty effect Then tho re
bellious wavy red-gold locks aro plaited and
coaxed Into smoothness under the long red
wig. and tho jewelled crown is Bottled in
place.- r '
Tho effect of It all is that there stands be
fore ron a woman scarcely 25 years of ago.
yet tho Princess Yorka has boeninconsldorata
enough to teaeh a baby girl to call this woman
grandmother.' '
But the' last call has sounded through the
corridor. The curtain has boon rung up, and.
with a last look in the mirror, she snaps every
Joint of her supplo fingers and covors them
with tholrhoavy rings. Bending over tho table
of jewels wbile a maid ties on tho armlots
above her olbows. she sprays swoet odors over
face and hair and gown, and then threads her
way In and out through the crowded scones to
mount hor barge and lay siege to the heart of
the Roman.
'While tho thrilling voice rings out over the
hushed.theatro thoy will tell you of tho won
derful, vigor and endurance of tho matchless
Bernhardt: how after the exhausting even
ing performance she entertains hor friends at
supper, herself tho gayest, merriest of all tho
party. And when they aro gone sho studios
tho now part sho I about to take up until 2
and 3 o'clock in the morning before .nlooplng.
In splto'of this sho Is nwako again at 10, sees
the costumos. attends to hor mall, has hor
luxurious' bath in perfumed water and Is
dressed and roady for breakfast at 12.
. This, breakfast is a hearty moat of three
or four courses., Tho, tablo is always set for
six,' and usually her son and'daughtor are
among tho guests. "
Attor this sho hurries to tho theatre and
BUperintonds the afternoon rehearsal until
time ' for her simplo dinner of coup and
chickens and coffee, which is carried to tho
theatre. Sho has no couch in hor dressing
room, and never lies down for rest, but chats
with her friends until the evening's perform
ance. 8ho,has no .regular srstom of exercise,
and. indeed, has no opportunity for'outdoor
exerclso of any kind during tho production of
now pieces, ret sho never loses n performance
because of illnctsormlsscs a lark on account
of weariness.
TThonsho arrived in Ban Francisco from her
Australian tour after a thirtr4wo days' voyago
with horrible weather and more horrible food,
tho discomfort attendant upon a strike of the
waiters and tho usual seasioknoas. because
tho company wore two days over due, she went
on tho stage within two hours after roaehing
the oitr, Not content with this exploit sho in
sisted upon going to Chinatown attor tho per
formance becaUBO sho was so full of enorgy
and vitality sho muBt go.
It was ono of 'tho wildost frolics that even
tho irroprossible Sara ovor indulged In. In
and out of opium den6 reeking witli vilo odors
sho flitted, scattering gold among the dozed,
stupid Bloopers, and down into tho Chinese
theutro. whore sho interviewed tho leading
comedian and daneed about the utngu lilo a
child let looso from school. Finally the
comedian brought in hla wlfo and Ht
tlo .yellow baby, which seomed afraid
of tho tall woman with the blazing oyes and
flying tresses, But with strange, purring, cat
like noises and carosse tho aotress wonoer
tho Celestial ralto. coaxed kiss after kisa from
tho funny little mouth, laughing in triumph nt
her sucoess, and shutting euough yellow gold
in tho yellow fist to keep the child in rice and
quouo-strings tho rest of its natural lifo.
In Australia, too, Bornhardt Insisted Jn driv
ing with hor party sixty-seven miles out into
the bush to shoot gill birds and kangaroos
after tho Saturday's second performance. And
she shot gill birds until sho was skk of it,
tram pod. about the buRh all tho next day.
snatching a few hours' sleop in a little tent
and At a wretched little bouse at night It was
after seyon o'alock when encroached the thea
tre on Monday night, and yot sho went on and
uava a porformance-tfaat surprised oven her
onn people.
During the long sea voyages she tears about
tho ship ns full ofpranks as a low corned Ian. aa
daring and intrepid as an athlete. She InslBtn
on going to tho bottom of tho ship to manipu
late the levers and put coal on tho furnaces,
and shonloo insists on climbing ovon to tho
crow's nest in tho wildest gales, when even a
roan of strong nerve hesltstoa boforo attempt
ing tho feat in fair weather. She twists her
lithe body up the spray-wet ladders with tho
agility of a cut and will pause mldwny down,
with tho storm tossing her ambre Jocks about
hor taoe. to reclto poetry from Hugo, while
every ono looks on in amazement
But tho act 1b ovor.. The theatre rings with
anplauno, and sho stands torn moment before
trio audlonoo with bowod head and outstretch
ed arms as if deprecating so muoh prslso.yot
profoundly conscious of hating earned it The
counco oft rat btaoe.
stage peoplo make. way for her to pass with
the deference and homage that gonlus inspire,
as smiling up into tho face of Mara Antony,
her handln his, sho is conducted back to her
dressing room again. Tho tall Jtoman in his
flittering orimson toin stas nnd.clmtn an
long nb ho hrm time, whllo sho pulls
the rings from hor fingers und unolnups the
girdles ana ornaments. Hhn hnthos hor hand
and wrists ovor and over again in Mwwt per
fumes to koon thom from becoming swollen ami
fmorlfcti under tho e tell omen t of tl acting.
Blio. rubs inoreiouaooor herenrh-touchosiillf-tle
dab of it on hor chin, deepens the shadow
around her eyes, twists tho rod hair masses
tip In a looso, Unot all the while chatting and
laughing with the friends who oomo In. con-!tPtfcmoJM-l'0
. strong, splendid .tiger,
full of Are and intensity, yet never hurrying or
seeming Impaltent. and flashing tho rnro smile
out in answer. to each salutation "
Tho maid who dresses her is the wlfo of the
man who assists in. tho iiporntlhn. ileitis
Who has Charge of tho procloils iowojs, naekn
and unpacks tho great trunks, attends to tho
honsand-and-ono Imperious freaks of his be
ovod mistress. Thoro Is another servant ton. in
Harah's train, who is supposed to loot; after tho
baggage, attend to tho big dog nnd tho Austra
Ian raceoon which havo consoled her for tho
oss of the pot snakos that died during the
Thoro is n companion too, the fair-haired
little Harah. whom tho great Sarah hss adopted,
to whom sho is just now most davoted.
Tho valet hands out of tho wnrdrobo a.fllmr
thinner om roldcrod gauze, ltlslikenladrs
slip, only-longer, Itlssllpuodoverthonntiurn
hoad nnd falls in straight foldt to the floor.
Long breadths of gauro fall over tho hands
from tho shoulders. . Tho maid deftly gathers
them up In n slnglo festoon, and fastons tbem
with n raratypin In ench .slionldcr. Madamo
cntchosthulr folds around hor arm onco nnd
Pins them lit front with a big Jowollod bug.
Tho mnld catches them up at tho back with
another insect of .gold, and jewels, nnd tho
sleero Jsnttnd wolito.tho arm and bangs In
oxqulsltollnontotlio floor. 1 honthnmantossei
f length-is two or throo times its width, and
this tho inadamn pins tightly around lior body
just above the hips, fastening It ilrmly In front
with" a safety, pin. , Two ortltreo more safety
pins conOno its folds in tho back. It is all tho
work of a moment. In the midst of it Rhe feels
3 draught on hor baro shoulders And ffngs the
raporTes around horsolf nnd. shivers as sho
calls for thovalottf thoro IsonothlngthatBarah
Bernhardt la really afraid of It is draughts,
llemomberlng tho fato of tho groatltaehcl, sho
refuses to ipiar InA Uieatro where the tern
eraturo Is not regulated according to her
deas of hygiene. , . ,
Otertho drapery Is clasped too heavy double
girdlo, and this Is tight too, but it is, placed
Below tho fashionable waist down about .the
hips. A trail of rotes Is caught from shoulder
to qrlnllo. A wreath Is fastened abovo tho
mobile face whero tho sensitive nontrlte dilate
with ovory emotion and tho smile flashes out
at Its own reflection constant!). All over tho
roses, tho gauze folds, lmir. lips, and throat
tho porfumotapor Is sprayed oen In. tho fingers
touohed again with carmine, qno lost smile
Into tho mirror, and sho is oft with hor melo
dious adieu nnd swift gliding sln.
And whllo tho two stngoloters settle them
selves comfortably and picturesquely on tha
great dlvnu road) (or the curtain tho talk goes
on about this wonderful woman and how sho
rtxxTKo ur the dbapebt.
makes her conception of the tragic roles writ
ten for hor by great dramatists. Tho- first
thing sho does in tho studr of a role is to visit
tho actual plaeo in tho country in which
tha scone in laid, ill "Joan d'Aro"
nothing would, do hut sho must walk
along tho banks of tho rlvor and ,ln
tlio forost whoro the peasant girl listened to
tho olces nnd wuitod for tho visions. She
must liyo in tho lints of tho peasant women,
make friends with tho peasant girls, enter into
tho simplicity of tho noasant life, and bo re
produce it ns it is. and not as sho or any one
elso imagines it. She must go to Bomo. too.
and consult tho canons conoorning tho possi
bility of tho canonisation of Joan d'Arc. and
study Into the accuracy of the story
In the samo wny. sho U not content In the
production of "Cloopatra" until she haaMsIt
ed Alexandria. Cairo, and associated with
the 'people who represent the element she
wishes to reproduce in the play. She roust
oome in contact with the Egyptian women,
leam their tendency of mind. souL and sontl
ment for the Egyptian woman, of to-day is the
same as tho Egyptian woman of 1.000 years
ago. The Egyptian is onn of the few nations
that has preserved its individuality in cus
toms, feelings, and language. She must prowl
about old tombs and ruins, to study the
frescoes and eanings for ideas in
cobtume. Her Egyptian experiences must form
sho has prepared. Then she reads all the ob
tainable lltoraturo of the period of the play,
ransacks libraries and aallerlos for everything
routing to detail In cnstumoandscenicetlocts.
Thus fortified she cnt rs upon the rehearsal of
the pieCo. critieiulng stage jottings and cos
tumo effects with a mind wollprepared to detect
anachronisms. No actor Is allowed to speak
his lines oxcept in her presence It
ho wants to spout ana happens to
spout intelligently and consistently, he es
capes her criticism. If not. ho must follow hor
conception exact!) , or ho fools the fury of an
outraged goddess, and is vory soon made to
understand that ho can bo spared from tho
cast. Fnrtlflod with such previous investiga
tion and thoroughly imbued with tho uieco
from hearing it rohoarsod. in the long watches
of tho night alone, sho studies out her
own conception, which shall be the cen
tre of , tho rays of effect the climax of
the concentration of all tho purposes of
the play. She manipulates scones, suggests
situations oven to tho genius of a Snrdnu. She
is responsible for the croatlto part of her own
nnd every other role. Sho works it all up to
tho climax twitch sho makes. She thinks of
tho startling things that shall lead up to a
oontral. point of oftoct. and then crowns it with
a thunderbolt
. The human mind expects certain things of
humanity. To gopast that point of expecta
tion and be consistent is cenulno; to go past it
without consistency Is insanity, Tho octrees
who simply satisfies the people s prooonccivod
Idea of the part is pleasing, but tho actress who
goes beyond this and thrills thom with sur
prises Is divinely gifted is n Berdhardt But
the . Is coming, .again... with Antony, her
hand, again Jn his. smiling and chatting.
An eldorly French gallant bows low over
her hand in greeting. She talks to him. but
smiles at herself In the .mirror as sho pours
the refreshing cologne ovor the small tapering
hands. She Keeps him there bewildered with
her arts until, the dressing Is nearly occom-
Sllshed, and then bids, him .adieu with both
ands clasping one of his. Then she tells rou
with. a most decided nod. whon. you ask her
whiob American city she likes best: "Taut
all, as you say."
"Ana which dramatist do yon consider
"'fJUvlng? .Ah I if I tell ron zat all ze rest
will" be fu-lnrlous-Ahr. with an lmp.
tisnt thrag of -tho shapely shoulders, and
she goes off into the French again and says.
In answer to the old question as toberfavorite
part, that she likes them all. hut that the one
she happens to. be playing she likes bet of all
for the time. , B .chattering., half 'in French,
half fn the prettiest English In the world,
she tells yon about the book, she Is going to
write on .'her, return to Franco, her improt
slons of America, For this book sho has time
to make no notes, but will, as she says, write
it out of tho mind, tho memory.
Klie has boon standing every Instant since
she began to drosB for tho flrst act smiling,
chatting, gilding about tho Httlo room with her
sinuous, graceful motions llko a raged nnd
beautiful wild, bird only waiting favoring op.
portunity to escape. And so. still smiling, sho
is off again, ami you are listening to wonder
ful stories or her iinpulshe generosity, of her
lavixh gilts to tho u sho idolises, to the Ht
tlo Sara tUtoso misfortunes tonehmi her hoart,
tnhorninld. who in t.ila to "ot ft hrccr salary
than ft llmt-ehihs antor. and t otoironowho
rioos Imr the Hiimltoht eieo fiiltlitnlli. Sho
insisted on Kolng down ill u eoul mlim m Aus
tralia uud climbing round on Miln) littlo lad
der, explprinc dump, grott koino pastutgrsand
lighting the iiises of tho oxploslieH. Mion
sho came out she gavo t ho Captain, $50 to bur
cigars for his men, besides an ample remem
brance tor his courtesy In showing her about
his underground domain.-
In all that hat been relsteSot Bernhardt'
reconrrlcltles there has been, together with
somo reality, n good deal of cTsggeratlon and
not a littlo Invention. Anyway, thoso legendary
oxtmvaranees nro over. Thoro Is no longer
any whltn.robod Androgyno In snowy flannel
jacket and trousers playing nt gnmln In tho
studio: no niore ooftlns lined with satin for
coitclien. No skeleton supports tho mir
ror and .holds flip ponk of tho. playt In
hla bony hand. Tho sitter mounted skull
ehnmpagnn enp has been banlshod- And slneo
the lamp Hon and tho Cleopatra snakos filed,
to every one's reilof but hor own. no ferocious
wild boasts and venomous reptiles aro among
hor pots. Dogs nro her fnvorlto companions
now. for, sho says, "they aro not hypocritical.
They show their love or hatred nt once and you
know what to fxpoet." ,, ,, ...
There may havo been considerable method
In tho martnois of Iheso lntentlonsl cccontricl
tlos committed at "n time whon , sho was pass
ing throughn difficult phase of life. . t hen, ns
sho has, said, "lltiless criticism without do
ceney systomatieally attaoked ono's nrtlstlo
fnnio. nbd not stopping, searches into tho sor
rowful details and sadremembranoos of one's
private llfo."
DoubtKjss the deslrei for new and startling
sensations, led. on by an actlvo Imagination,
prompted tho mad f roaks rather than a lore of
notoriety and a penchant for advertisement
Now hor chief delight-Is In tho 'society of
men and women of gifted minds, whom sho
receives with tho simplo cordiality of tho ac
tress, which does not exclude tho politeness of
the woman of tho wot Id. Tho stile of dress
sho affects off thostagois dominated by the
artistic ploturesqucnoss of tho La Toscn mo
tives. Ixug. looso gowns of rich material,
gathored to n yoko of costly embroidery, nro
Confined about tho hips with tho quaintly
ahIon ed girdles which sho has modo popular.
Tho thoutre dress is of a dark, rloh shade of
hollotropo. gathored to n leaded yoko In tho
comfortable Mother Hubbard fashion, and
girdled with nn old-silver band.
Hor favorite dresses for the famous Sunday
night recoptfons aro of heavy white corded
sflk bordered with fur. mode high and puffy
about tho neck, as in tho old days boforo tho
thront attained its exqulslto curves and gra
cious outlines. The sloovesof the gowns are
always long, coming well down on the hand.
In conversation Bernhardt is gay, charming.
satirical, nnd at times utsorly Incomprehen
sible to all save tho Initiated, who understand
herfancy for playing v. Ith tho unfortunate sub
ject aa a cat plays with a mouse, partly to
amuse hertlgerlsh Instincts, but more to study
the effect upon hor victim. -Character study Is
to .her a constant occupation. Sho reads
Balzao for the purpose of studying tho minor
manifestations of character. It is hor knowl
edge of ami fidelity In little things that make
her characters such Individual types.
Her groat crazo just now is shooting. .Her
hobby is her wonderful collection of jewels, to
which has been added rooontly many rare gifts
J ram Itussia. Soutli Araorlco. and Australia,
lut she net et-wears tho ornaments of which
she Is so fond except on tho stage. Her pas
sion for flowers Is ono of tho most marked In
her nature.' Sho cannot lho without blossoms
and perfumes.
As to her eyclonlc outbursts of temper, no
ono donlos that she is a woman of sudden and
intense impulse, and that she Is not what one
might call reserved or serene In .their mani
festations. Thoro aro certain little I'nri6lan
pleasantries which every one in the company
dread to soo exhibited at tholr expense But
they will toll rou. too, that however unreason
able Bornhardt is when sho gets in a tem
per, sho Is never ungry v ithout a roason.
She doesn't llko surprises or disappoint
ments and goes off into u first-class rogo whon
she is deceived about anything. She demands
fiorfectlon In detail and in actor. If tho lime
ight'she is always accustomed to havo In a
certain plaeo cannot be scoured and it Is ox
plained to her boforo sho goes on sho is
gracious and patient about tho loss of it But
woe he Unto tho luckioss wight who fallB to
secure the light and to oxplaln boforo shogoes
on to discover it
If an actor fall In his rAte through careless
ness or stupidity, hla dtsohirgo Is announced
in plain French that ho can grasp. If ho is ill.
none so full of sympathy, so quick with rolief
as she.
They will tell you, too. that sho Is tho most
conscientious and consideruto actress on tho
stage. She cannot bo called exactly consid
erate, in so far as keeping horaudlenco wait
ing while she clutts at har toilot is concerned,
but sho gives them at oach porforuianco tho
post gifts of hor gront gonlus and tho most
cloar' and distinct enunciation of ctory word
inher nOle. , ,
when playing In tho smaller cltlos. whoro
firobably there aro not half a dozen peoplo in
he house who understand French, she pro
nounces evory word with the greatest possible
distinctness, so that if thoro Is a word they
know they may not fall to catch it. She knows
by mysterious intuition when sho cannot
Ret possession of hor. audloncen and foels
. most keenly. Whethar it is from
lack of Intclllgenco and culturoon their part
or from carelessness and want of feeling she
never ehoulders tho blaroo on them, but puts
forth redoubled effort and will not bo satisfied
until she comes off breathless but triumphant
saying with tho gloricus smllo, " I havo tbem
at last." For applause she cares little; for tho
sympathy of her audionco sho puts forth her
highest endcat ore, and hss not or yet failod of
fioeuringlt. . .....
Bernhardt has bocn called a plain, yes. an
ugly woman. Hor face in roposo 1 indeod
strong and sad rather than fair, but hersuperb
figure, marvellously graceful in etery attitude
Rnd motion, crowned vlth .the proudly not
oad, her sensitive quivering nostrils, her
wonderfully glowing eyes, her flashing smile,
revealing white, even toeth of great beauty,
and the intangible fnsolnatlon of her person
ality convey nn impression of tho rarest kind
of beauty whon you aro near her.
And this inher crped, speaking of her pro
fession: "We hold tho mirror In which all
things are reflected, but In which no truth
abides. We bIp you endure what Is weari
some in life. Our task is not unworthy. To
teseh the truth of truths we have the. priests;
to oonsole us for death we have God."
JL Taoag Faster Secttaae to Perioral Btr
vices at the 'Crave or a Calls.
KcrasToy, N. Y.. Soy. 38. A young minis
ter's want of courage is creating much gossip
In the vicinity of Florida, Orange county. A
little daughter of James Bradner of Bellvale
died a few days ago of scarlet fever, and in the
absence from home of the Rev. S. Masten, who
Istlio resident Methodist minister, his eon. who
Is also a pastor and Is staying at bis father's
home, was asked to read a short service at tho
burial ground. At first tho young minister ob
jected, on the ground that ho aid not llko to go
whoro thoro was scarlet feter. On being as-
Ruredthut ho would not be asked to go to tho
pusc, he reluctantly consented to conduct u
short service at tho grove. then tho hour
nrrlted for, tho burial )oung Histor Marten
did not put In nn nppeuranco, and after Halt
ing half an hour or more a message cumo from
tho )oung elorgmun lo tin; effect thut he
could not bepi.'xont to rend tho itnrt lee, as his
inothot ohjLcted to his running any risk, a ho
lttlt gill' body tus buried without any re
Iglous litos whatever, and tho tears of tho
leartbrokon parents were all the more bitter.
The action of the young pastor, whoso fears
prevented him from performing a duty which
noclergymanhasarfghttontglect has caused
much Indignation.
, . i i -
a. jurcmrr rsRts kusdbb.
It Was Eatrciatlr Bratal aa CaaiaiUlea
fbr a Very Trivial Cause,
No. 27 Huo do Charonno. in tho Quartler, do
laltoquctte, Fnris, Is .a ari-nt-flvo-slorr tene
ment occupied by respoctablofanilllosof work
ingmon. Among tho shops on tho flrst floor Is
that of a certain Vncborcsso. who stores his
goods In two compartments of tho great cellar
which runs under tho entire building About
noon of Nor. 4Vnchorossonndtwoof his om
ployoos went down Into tho cellar to stir
about among tho boxes nnd rasos for BOmo
stuff that ho wanted. Tho stairway leading1 to
tho cellar Is in tho rear of tho public hallway.
Tho workmon.DirkxanclCamU4,wontdown
inio tho flrst of Vachcrtsso's compartmonts.
Thoy did not And wlirit thcr wanted there, ho
Dirkx went on into the next compartment
Ho pulled down a lot of boxes, and euildonlr
got a,mw of soraothlng which mule him
shako nil ovor and then dash out of tln
Collar aud up tho stairs, follottcd closely hT
Camus,- who did not know what tho matter1
was. butfolt It safe to loat e tho collar qulckljv
Dlrky wont for Vacherosso, nnd tho thrco went
baok into tho cellar. Thoro, upon a long box,
uncovered by tho displacement of tho'plfoof
outside cases, was the uaked body of a ninu.
It was .stretched out stiff. Thefeotworo cross
ed, and ono hand was upon tho stomaoh. whllo
tho othor lay at tho sldo of tho bodr. Ono
would havo thought that-thrt body hhd been
propared for burial but for ono awful fact the
hoad was gone. It had boen hnckod entirely
awayby somo rudo Instrument, and tho bodr
terminated in tho stump of tho nock.
In a short time n magistrate, a dotoctlvc,
several police, a nd a doctor wero looking nt the
bodr. Tho doctor decided that tho man had
beer, dead nt least forty-eight hours, tbat tho
head had boon cutoff in somo place other than
this cellar, that tho mnu was dead buforo tho
head was cut off. and that his death had bren
caused either byetrangulatlon or by u blow
upontho head. Then, was no mark of vio
lence upon tho body. Tho bodr was found to
be that of a man of medium height, dark
skinned, and dark haired, nnd probably a
worker in lead. This last fact appeared from
the condition of his hanrt"i.
The police searched the cellar nssiduously.
Thoy found n few snot of blood upon tno
stalrwnv nnd leading from it to the stains at
tha end of tho nock. But t hoy found no traco
of clothing or of tho instrument with which
tho murder was committed and tho head
chopped off. Thoy did Unci tho blood-stained
com which might havo been used in strang
ling tho dead man. But thoro ttas nothing to
indlcato whothamnn was, who his murderer
was. or how tho liod had been got to that
place. Tho detectltos ttorkod all that day. in
quiring through the house, but at noon the
noxt cl'iy they wero still entirely without a
clue. It began to look as though this ttas to
bo added to the long list of myslerlos of Paris.
In tho eourso of their Inquiries tho deloctltes
found that tho housekeeper was permitting a
curtain person named Vuubourg to occupy a
small room, for which sho collected tho rent
without saying nnythlng to tho proprietor.
But upon oxnmlnlng into this thoy found that
Vuubourg ulwajs camu and want alone nnd
never rccolt cd any visits. Thoy wore about to
gitoupwhouthohousckeoporeald: "In fact
i-tmten t seen mm since pnturaay morning.
He went out earl). Ho had a bundlo of linen
under his arm." As a moasuro of precaution
tho room Vaubourc had occupied was searched
again. Tho detectltos found. that tho sheets
and pillow cases had been stripped from the
bod. and tho housekeeper said sho could not
understand this at alt They began to search
for Vuubourg nnd at 10 o'rlook that same
night arrested him in front of tho teuoment to
which ho ttas returning. Ho was cool and
calm, and the nollco nt first thought that he
was innocent The mnglstrnte questioned him
closely, ho wet or.
" Did ) ou not bring some ono home with you
in the last few days.'" was asked, vuubourg
hesitated, thon said:
" I did bring n Irlend homo with me.
"And who was this friend"
Taubourg heeltntud still longer. His hands
wero twisting nervously, although his face bo
trayed no agitation. At last he sold:
" His name is Boutry."
"And where did ) ou ' take tho sheets the
honsekeepor saw you going out with?"
" I took thom to a washerwoman. They were
soiled, and I did not want the housekeeper to
"Now," said the magistrate, "whydon'tjou
shorten this upd con (ess that you strangled
your friond. and that the sheets Were Boiled by
bis blood?" , , ., ..
"I have not strangled any one. sir." said
Vaubourg, who was agalu porfoctly collected.
" Who. then. 1" this laundress to whom you
took the sheols "
Vaubourg considered a few moments, and
then refused to glvo her name. The magis
trate dropped this line of inquiry, and began
upon Boutry.
'When was Boutry with you?"
" Thursday and Friday nights. He loft Sat
urday morning, and I haten teoon him since."
and he refused to talk any mora Thoy locked
him up, and then found that Boutry had dis
appeared from his lodgings tho Thursdaybo
fore. and that the haadloss corpse was his.
They also found tho washerwoman, and She
said that the sheets wore stained with blood
when Vuubourg brought them to hor. When
Vaubourg was confronted with all this he
ebruggea his shoulders and said :
"Oh. well. I might tell and be done with it. I
did kill Boutry. Wo came in together last Fri
day morning. Wo had both boon drinking.
Wo ato some potatoes nnd thon wont to bed.
In tho night Boutry turned over, nnd. In doing
it pushed mo so that I awoko. That made mo
furious. Heaped upon him and accidentally
kilted him.
"hen I saw thai he was dead. I pulled out
tho bed and hid him behind it. Helaytliore
threo dots undlMur'hed. I Was 'thinking
nil tho tlmo what to do with tho bod).
Tho odor began to bo unpleasant It
interfered with my sleeping, und was overy
hour getting more dangorous to my -secret.
Thon tho collar oocurrou tome. I lit a candlo
latoou Monday njcht and went, down .into it
I found tho phico 1 wanted. I weut back to my
room, took tho body in my arms and carried it
into a side passage of the cellar. It was then
clod in n shirt 1 took off the shirt and pro
ceeded to reqioto tho head. I had decided
that with tho held and clothing gone, tho
body could not bo identified.
" I had no instrument but my knlfo. It was
onsy work until I came to tho bono. I had to
bond it until thoy upappod. Then I decided to
carry the body into a further compnrtment I
settled upon that of Vocheresso. .Tho door to
it was open. I went back and took tho body.
I supported tho legs with my loft arm and held
the orms with my right Thus the body was
with its feetin thonlr and Its head down. I
had to stop to rest soveral tlmon.
"I hid tho body behind tho boxes. Thon I
went and got the head. J cut off the noso, tho
upper lip, nnd ono oar, and buried thom in a
corner of tho cellar. As my candlo was getting
low by this time 1 hurried back to mv room
witii the rest of tho head. I wr.ippod it in
Boutry's clothing, which I had stripped from
his body In the ccllnr. In the morning I took
it to tho place whore Boutry nnd I worked
together, and threw it into a vault"
Thus tho socond day aftor tho uncovering of
the body, the munleror was found, and had
confessed That samo (lay ho went oter tho
sooneof the ciime with the police. lor tho
flrst timo ho broke down, nnd had to bo hold
up by an officer on either side. No other
explanation of tho motlto for tho crime than
that Vaubourg gato has boon found.
And Coavlclcd of Itarnlit Ills Falhcrr.ln.
I-aw'a Bnlldinga, Horaea, and C'ouh.
Hakrisburo, Nov. 28. Two )enrs ago the
wife of Elmor Stoole, a woll-knowu farmer
Utlng in Franklin township. Washington
county, died under circumstances that gave
rlso to the suspicion that sho had boon poi
soned. Although her father, Jacob Kcmorer, a
woll-to-do farmer, believed that his duughtor
had not died from natural causes, nothing was
done, toward investigating tho mutter. Six
months later Lliner Jitwolo wanted to marry
another daughter of Farmer Kemerer, and ha
was rofUHod la a tort nmphatie mannor.
" You'll bo sorry for this, Jake Kemerer!"
Rteelo exclaimed, when Kemerer ordered him
to leate the premises. Somo time afteittard
a large nw barn, iu which were set era! horses
and cows, all the season's crops, and a number
of valuable farming Implements, was burned
to the ground, with all its contents, involving
a loss, of several thousand dollar. Tho fire
was plainly of incendiary origin, nnd Kemerer
suspected his son.ln-law btoolo of having fired
the building. A few daysafterthe fire Kemerer
found notices ported about his premises warn
ing htm against tuklng measures to discover
the incendiary, under penalty of losing other
propert) und his life. Kemerer did not regard
(he warnings, and last spring six of his horses
and severaleotte wore poisoned, his outbuild
ings fired, and an attempt was made to bum his
house. It was only a few weeks ago, howoter.
that Kemerer could obtain any posit it o clue
to the perpetrator of the outrage, and then ho
discovered oWdotKO that pointed unmistaka
bly to his son-in-law. Steeln was nrrested,
und ho has mst been found guilty of aron,
polsontugof uuimulH, threat against llfo, and
mullelnus inlsclilof. He bus been t-eiitoneecl to
seventeen jeuis In tho ponllentlur).
What Mr, Brjaat Krmrmbcr,
limit' IJii'j Ar- '
Ml. John llnmit of Miit-iila reineuibem that
".''.I1,'. !,,,S"ls." ''';;( I')' ins. during lliowas
of IH1' 15, a large I.iigllHbrrigiitenm.horod In
Iinek'ft llarhor.and their boldlern .iiuf marines,
1,5M in number were ludrched Into the woods
in the rear of Jlachlux. Sunday morning tho
troops marched into tho vllluge. seized a few
brass field pieces, and quartored a woek In the
Stown. , Thr next year a force was sent from
t Andrew's to govern the town, but was
riven off br the settlers,
t '
Simpi, CraiM l Sin, 1
HbT it A
6th Avenue, 19th ' to 20th Street. ft M
To mako this an unusually interesting and profitable week for bayen I " "i
by 'offering Matchless Attractions throughout tho entire Ston, W
as per specimen list below. m-
, n ,
Ladies' Suits, Gapes, Wraps,
. . Jackets and Long Garments.
Alaska Seal Coats nnd Jackets.
Fur-lined Garments
of every description.
Fur Capes, Muffs, Scarfs,' and Boas
in all fashionable Furs.
Commencing; Monday, wo will offer
buyers special and exceptional bar
gains In all the above lines.
Wo do not believe that at nny time, or
under any circumstances, have such re
markable values been placed before the
purchasing publto by any Dry Goods
establishment In America.
Aatierlas; to our xe4 rule, wi make no
charge far altertas; ladles or Mleeea
Salt, Cloalta, Far Ganaeata or, Far Carta.
Sweeping Redactions In Prices
throughout MUUncry Department
to Make Boom tor Holiday Oood
Imported Bonnets and Round Hats
At Less than Cost.
About 300 very stylish Imported Bon
nets, Bound Hats aud Toques, all choice.
6clcct designs for Drees lints. Including
many Into modola just received. We shall
eclt them at ,
$14 50
I -mmm Knell. f
Worth from 920 to 926 each.
175 Bonnets, Bound Hats and Toques,
all of select designs, at
$q 60
! Each.
Formerly 910.50 to 915 each.
850 Bonnets. Bound Hats and Turbans,
nil of good design and made from best
materials, at
- Each.
Beduccd from 97.50, 58.50 and 910 each.
I!ca Trlouaad IXat Parlora
Seeoa Floor, Mta Bl. aMa.
Misses' Trimmed Hats.
450 Misses' and Children's Trimmed Hats,
embracing a very largo and choice variety
of stylos, nt 92.50, 98.50 and 94.50
each; worth double these prices.
Chtldrca'a Trimmed Rata
Ground Floor, XOih ataid.
Feathers and Flowers.
Entire Stock of Fine Imported Fancy
Feathers at About Half Cost.
160 dozen fine Fancy Feathers, formerly
76c., 08c., and $1.25 oach, reduced to iS5c.
125 dozen fine Fancy Feathers, formerly
$1.25 to $1.75 each, reduced to'48c. each.
150 dozen flno Imported Fompons, for
merly 75c. each, reduced to 38c. each.
175 dozen flno Imported Fompons, for
merly $1.75 each, reduced to 08c. oach.
1,000 dozen flno French Bose Sprays, with
long vrfre stems, at 12c oach.
Feather Collars and Boas.
75 fine HacUIo Feather Boas, 2,V yards
long, at 95.U8 each: reduced from $9.08.
125 Curled Hacklo Feather Boas, 2," yards
long, at 9l.8 ench; reduced from $12.08,
150 best quality Coquo Feather Boas, 2
yards long. 914.50 each: wero $19.60.
350 dozen Coquo Feather Collars, IB Inches
long (all black). 70c.' each: worn Sl.83.
200 dozen Hacklo Foathor Collars. 18
Inches long, W8c. each; reduced from $2.75.
150 dozen Coquo Fentfior Collarb at fy'i.lH
each: rwliifcd from $1.93.
Japaneso Erabjoldered 8111c Decorating
Scarfs at t)8e. each.
Japanese Embroidered Batln Table Cov
ers at 98,60 each.
Ink Stands In Silver. Leather and
Onyx: Leather Writing Tablets, Gold and
Sliver 'Pens and Pencils. Work Boxes.
Stationery Cabinets. Calendars, fco.
Laalbtr I Tablet at 8)Te. and Tc.
laluld WalDOt and Koa Wood Wrltlas
D aka at 9.S aad WIM fbratr prleaa
Plata attatloaarr Boata at Me., Sac., dc,
?c, aad Sc.
Bard Wood Work Bona, SHtad coaiplctc,
SI. 8.
14.Ui.rat Gold feaa, with hiI baadlra
o. , MIX-.) Mo. (I. 8r, Xo. 4, Sl. fcelas
onr. third brlow reaular prleaa,
Hllter ThliulilcH, D3. ItSv, uad 43,
Wold Tiilmblrn, S.0N nad M3.BT,
Simpson, Crawford & Simpson,
6th Ami, I9th tl 20ft St
For the Holidays. vj
Largest variety nnd lowest pr! c tn '
tho" two tolling features of our I'snoy 'C
Goods display, which embraces ner thing W
now and deehablo In
Art Pottery. Clocks. .
Lamps. Candelabra. h
Cabinets. Musxal Boxm. ;
Tables. Leather Goods,
Pedestals. Jewelry.
Bronzes. Fans, Dolts, Ac "
For ":;'
Holiday Presents
Will bs placed on Sale Monday ')
at -
Extremely Low Prices, I
Men's all-wool Houso Jackots, quilted ',
linings nnd satin trimmed, 98.7fi CAch;
value $l2.fi0. y
Men's nil-wool Eldordovm Bath Robes, la f
pink, sky blue and gray, 94,00 each; l
value $6.98. (
Men's natural wool Shirts and Drawers, '
all sizes, 91.25 each: valuo $1.75. j
Men's Lamb's 'Wool Shirts and Drawers,
in white and natural color, 91.50 each: J
value $1.98. " - f
Men's English tan-colored Merino Halt '
Hose, double soles, high-spliced heels, all " ".2
sizes, 25c. pair; value 89c. ' ""
- Men'a extra One Ohlnese Silk Handker
chiefs, wide hem, 20c. each.
Ladles' Embroidered Sflk Gauze Hand
kerchiefs at 48c. each.
Ladies' Underwear and Hosiery.
Ladles' gonulno Swi6s Ilibbed Cashmpre " "
Vests, low neck, no sleeves, 50c. each.; f
value 89c.
Ladles' genuine Swiss Ilibbed Cashiuers
Vests, high neck, short and lone sleows,
75c. each; value $1.10.
Ladles' English Black Bibbed Cashmere
Hose, best quality, all sizes, 75c. pair;
value $1.25.
Table Linen, Tcwels. Flannels.
1 ' ' (Basement.)
Five cases Irish Linen Tablo PamsU.
full bleached and warranted pure flax, at
46Ca yard' Torth 70c i
600 dozen fine Damosk Ton-els, knotted
fringe, large size, plain and open work
fancy borders, at
25Cb each worth 3Dc.
200 pieces French Stripe ond Tlain Flan
nels; newest coloringe, and wairnntcil all
wool, at
Magnificent variofy of Holiday Ko eltie?, L
including Sll er Toilot Article of cv cry le I
scripfion Celluloid Toilet Sots, Compluta I
Toilot Outfits In handeomo tauos, Triple 1
Mirrors, ie., at lowest prices in tho clt . ' f.
Misses' Toilet Cases, 81c. ; vorth $1..
Oxidized Toilet Sets In riusli Cacs at '
$1.31; reduced from $2.60.
Combination Toilet and Manicure Sotsia
Plush Cases at $1,78. Manicure huts ut 9ic
Extensive vorioty of Toilot Sets hi Pliiab.
Oxidized and Hard Wood Cast!t. at SiM.
$3.78 and $1.21.
Fancy Perfume Baskets at 12c. and 53o.
Popular and Standard Works by all tb 1'
great Authors, handsomely bound in cloth, I
31o. each. I
Children's Story Books at 7c 10c 16c., I
10c. and 21o, each. I
Complete Works of Dickens, 15 o!s..t2.37: I
Eliot, 0 vols, $1.19; Thackeray, 10 oli, I
$19 nil lluely bound ond printed flora ,
new plates. Aj'
l'erbonal Moinoli-H of (icnoul Oiont, full jKl
f-liHp binding, at VJ7 pi'i kI of 1 olini ', m-i
bubsoiljiiiou price 'J. I'
Simpson, Crawford & Simpson, 1
6th Avenue, 19th to 20th St. 1
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