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, 1 1 SKIRT SIASHER AT WORK.
'4K yr aorrss nvixr.o by a misciik-
,W AUTOS Kl.ECTlOX XIOIIT.
B
"jE - emen t Have Operated Chiefly
-! I th Orowdt About Madison Square
' ..jjperlenret of Some of nil Ylc-
'I ll- TBilleniitl"" Anionic Women-ro-
' I II" ,"",', r"'"1 ,0 Cntch ,Iln,
' I mhnwoiT. of thlsclty could Identity a cor-
I !' manml,aleh him. ho would bo made to
jL " "Timlin i,npieasantquaror ot nn hour. Ho
8 ? toe mi"""111 w,l ,Tont lllr0lK'-,ho eloc
vjt !J iiji err.Tf.is Iii Broadway botwoon Thlr-
, ,ourth aud Twenty-third streets, outline
V It j,,sinc; and ripping women's skirts, ruin-
,"B fVth's girinont'' '" many ewes. Ho worked
'im i,Vtfloon0'',,l',, hundred dresees. porhaps
ll 5 hl thnt number, and there Isn't a woman
ha doesiii srmpathlie with his victims.
m WMinniind ManclH united on ono question at
f i" J,, ,n(ltliiIsthe!acrodness ot clothes, and
31 it Unot surprising that women gonerally
' SonliSt" Teiy nmoli otlrrert up ovor Ills work.
iiijlitnUortiid out anything definite nbout
.! e!tln "liiht slasher. Tho police say
hatthor know notliinc about blm: theycer-
ublrwont to'l anything. In the Tondorloln
M,,ee nation a Sergeant said that no com-
'ilnts li'l bfen ma,1 thoro br women wn0
, h.j ttidr drcssos cut. thouch ho hud lienrd
toat a roan had boon out that night rlpplne
mmen'i'Wrti Into ribbons.
Th flrat person to make publla the taot that
. ,,j bitter reason for rememberlne eleo-
?T UonnllM In New York was a young woman
llTttfloEnBlewood. Bho came to the city to
I illnt with Wends and to soo and hoar what -was
io Kieen and heard In the throngs eager for
t'tctlon news. After dining she stood with her
Mends lor some time watchlnc the bulletins at
EroJwarnd Thirty-fourth street, and when
"' It was a settled thing that Col. Roosevelt
lad lndfd safely thoy mads their way
own Broadway through the dense crowds
to Twenty-third street. That was about half-
tat Id o'olook. At Twenty-third Btreet the
1 rirtrtooka car for the Krle ferry. On enter-
(nt the ferryhouse the young woman met a
friend (rem rnglowood. and as soon as sho
' Mutht Elcht of her threw up her hands In dls-
inar. for she w that her friend's dross had
teen'elaslied across "P and down, zlc zng. and
,vtrr other way. until thore wasn't a piece of It
a blc ai a pocket handkerchief left wholo.
Alter '-alline hor friend's attention to It sho
S. dlswred that her own gown was In the same
tondltum. and they sat down togother. a pair of
" ri indltnant and faint women. In spcnklug
i. cf this joung woman's cown tho tailor to whom
in took It said to a Bu reporter:
1 "I sever sawn garment In such a condition.
I The cown was a mngnluYent ono and had just
1 eorae from one o' the linnet dressmakers In
I J'arl It eot no Iosh than $500 1 am sure, and
i it a total arefk. Itwas out not only at the
" lidos lut ail down the back. In slits varying
romanlnchto a foot In length, and running
n v pry direction. The owner told mo that
ler underpins were all cut in thesamo way.
to had three oi her towns brought here by
ny customers niutilated In the iamo way. but
V mere l absolutely nothlnir that can be done
J, with them except to throw them Into tho rat:
E Ith haul ioconceio why a man should
commit su'di a crime. If I were Ills judge I
:r iboiildsurelysenteneohlm for life." ,
Mt (nbhH. wife of ox-Stnto Henntor Frod-
erict S. Inlili-s, talked verv freely at her home.
421 Vf-t Twenry-sei'ond street, nbout this
its TrHch, us i-he called him. Mrs. Ulbbs did not
n. laffer at Ins hamls liorsolf. but Bho knows
toma ono wlio d id and she had this to say :
"A friend of a very deir filend ot mlnowont
' intoaeonfietioner's at Hroidwny and Twenty-
n fjimh street uii election night to got a little
mpier. and when she enmo out nhe and her
M lr.ci.d-. stopped there In thecruwd towalchtlie
at fan. Siw telt some ono pulling lit hersklrtrtbii-
. L'nd. and turning quickly saw a man pressing
. tp cie toward her Mho thought ho was
ln (ry ns to pick her pookel, and us he moved
lit iway paid no tnoro nttontiou to the Inci-
,i. dent Jiut sho says his face impressed
Iwelf to on hor mind In some way
!& that she could Identify him anywhere.
g. V, hen she got home she tound her skirt out
i( Into shreds, ami then she knewjustwhor.lt
I . wat done. Hhe made no complaint to the
' police, for what good could it posiibly do when
or' the streets oro thronged as they wore? If it
r. did a man any good to go about ruining
somen's clotlilnc. wo coul.l overlook It In a
" ar. but It can-t polbly do him any cood
or whatewr. mid so It makos It nil the inoro
or Knaatbig "
m Sotwci hlocks away from Mrs. flibbsllve a
wi)nttwli"Boldd the election nlcht crowd
If. n -nuchas possible and yetsho has n skirt to
itf tliuw which nlmo-t brings tears to her oyea
E. eirrytiaie 'lie looks ut it. Hho did cry over
la It i ira ulioie day and night, and then sho con-
in eluded that te in wouldn't mend the routs and
rs ansheHupteiJ.
ve " Inoildn't hae my name go Into a paper
lr forallthe gowns in mv wardrobo," sho de-
it clari'd ejrnest.j. " hut If it will brine this out
's raw to lb- ears of the public I'm perfectly
ii. wUmcloiell son my experience. Uut llrst let
tan uow ou my gown." she added, dlsappear-
it ire (rra the room
ie Here iris." she exclaimed Indignantly on
lr 1it remrn. spreading a handsome fawn-
i wored cloth skirt on a big chair.
"Look ni that, will you? It Is chopped
is into plecei front sido eeam to side seam
all the way around the back. Some of the
cuts are long, as you can readily observe,
'x and other ituto shorl I know the porson who
; ilid It wa !i f a'lor money ; he wasn't trying to
fci I nnd my pocket, for ho cut too low down for
T. that And I leol sure thut ho did his work with
C a razor, beeaubo the cuts are soelenu and so
. be4tlyeT:eued. Had ha used a knife or slm-
it Harlnstruuienl.no matter howsharri. hewould
foJPu hace first had to thrust It in nnd then cut,
"v a"d that would have been apt to at
l M uf ,racl attention to his dastardly work. I
a fly nt lep you liow or when or where
- f this horrible thing happened to my gown.
I went to tlm Garden Theatre that eonlng nnd
after the p.ay wasoier walked through Slad-
lon Hqr.aie tcio." llroudway and down
Iwenn-foiirthetretttoLightli avenue. I then
is Vktkel tlonn the uenuo one block and went
1 Into a drug f tore at t lie corner ot Twenty-third
it ureet Thire. my friends and everybody in
the store piclaiuied aloud:
, Look nt jour skirt! Itlsrulnedl'
't I alnio-t fainted when I saw It, for I real-
1 , I'ed in a illi that I might have been seriously
f woum-ed I was afraid to comu into the houae
0, $ when 1 sot iminn lor fear that somebody might
0 t nine in wait forme. Of course it was sheer
teriousnen-, ami I cried nearly all of that
MgotaDdlhe next day. too. This gown." pick
's ln up th" iituiiuted skirt, "was not brand
aew, Lut it had jiixtcome fiom thedrossmak-
jr s after being temodellcd.and had cost inn
s,and I e.in't allord to dlsfiose of any sort of
towns in tins waj Anyhow, no matter ho,v
fl:,li& "Oman is. -dm can't afford to liam a
i handsome gown Mashed Into bits, for a hand
,5, X fpa" town represents more than mere money;
' K represents thought and, uenerallr speaking,
I gno.lde.il of worry
' . ," Ih.t.l been mt In the election night crowd
! i should han -aid, 'Theio. now. you deserve
ij ioha;e your ilotl.i's cut oft your back.' but I
i Ij'i"11 I enrefuu) avoided the crowds, and
f old not one cet in on 6, and I walked right
'I sf.hlnil a po i oilier Ironi tho Oarden
,' J Jitatru to l.iclitli aicniio. 1'vehcaidof sov-
'.' '' women who had their skirts cut in the
1 ".njeway, ani the miscreant must linve dona
',? il his work in tho neighborhood of Twenty-
t ounhMreet and Ilioadway. for all who suf-
i Hi n"7 f'ero some time during the evening,
i '! ,Ik petticoats wero also ruined, nnd I
. iilnk a short cotton skirt which 1 wore under
rf .in"1 V' al that saved my flesh. Why tho
,l i!i '", didn't cut a hundsomo Imported cafie I
. wore I eun't f.-i)r , but seemed only logo In
1. ;M,WrM I really think It a pity that he did
fo luiuiesomi one silttlitly. for then he might
n tiu 1"''n ' .light I sincerely hope that tho
ftiV" ","1 him and that he will cot tho
luniDhment hn deserves."
?UI?' '""'r women wore visited who had
L ii'. f'r,,h 'ut home wore handsomo gnr-
. Sit, ?' ?'"''-,laln' but tho owuera of all wore
'.' '!' riditfnau i
i irt .'"ii' ' " eould have seen mo." said one
it ri,L. w, Clrl irlends and I went out with
i' ui''omiR men to watch the election returns.
. in!i f11""!"1" '"" hours In JladlsonHauaro
if'i 1 rJJ.h e l!falway in that vicinity, and we
,' ." iiUn. 'ca umptious tlmo. when al. ofa
' f :";We" my eseort cried out: 'For henven'n
. iirn,I!.'k,"t;0"r9k"'t" I looked, and I nearly
r- tlr n , d J,,i'r , a had eight lont cuts in it. be-
KintrKri-l'tln "" 'lentre In front and go-
11 n . L"., "a round. My friends thought It
i7.?knn JkH nn l roiirod. but I tell you I
,,3' bJ.T"1''1 understand that It was no laugh-
o M !, l er mil, , ,f t ,bl happen to be a lust
c- IIKfH' w.n. ,"ut they nil got around mo and
-'. I I? 7, ' ''id" me mill we got off llroadway.
lLi.?,, , 1"1' imrortabTe When we got
ii ti.r r" J" street on our way home.how-
drlk'.u'' B''Mouaii Ideaof how badly my
d aliiil " ' "'' ''ea. h gave ono of tho pieces
i I hnti.r ' K, whu'h tmlleu them apart at the
a lfiiVi.' ' ' "' n thoy begun to dance the
" Ien.liVi'' ' '"angry as a hornet, though? If
H '2nu?AH,! k'" hnld of tho person that did It,
' 3o,?,d,h '" wed. I don't know what. And.
0 H iK""'''1 Mlot those fiends who go
' HI worn i" ''"""i; women's gowns to pieces are
e ..,"' h ' are emlous. or else they aro
t J. i,n ehin, who can t bear tOHenpeo-
' r , ,k "2 t'f sperous, who hate tho rich'
' ) c,,."1 , ru- SI I'lusky, chlof ot detectives,
" II 1 1 n " "''' '''is young wonum In
it a,, . ' w hi,, u am pulity of this ma-
t )) f!, " ' ''r i of cslumes.
'll the V i , 'U think of this disposition on
'1 K -iinono to ruin women's gowns?"
M n'Vie.rrS' '.iVtlns a ult.attar his custom. h
.tJW ,u. "It'saa cicosdinely UorrlbU dl-
I l08lton, tnoro horrible even than, the most
worldly minded man imagines. This business
w ruining women's clothing Is by no means
new. Flvo or six years ago a man went nbout
town squlrtmc Ink all over women's dresses,
and the Oner the dresses tho moro force he
put Into the squirting machine. A little
later a man threw some sort of thick,
nauseous yellow fluid on women's skirts as
they were ascending the elovated railroad
station steps, Another man went around spit
ting tobacco julcn on womou's olothes. No
arrest has over been roado ot a miscreant of
this kind. To begin with, they Invariably
work In nlfrht crowds, just as this man who cut
women's dresses on election night did, nnd It
Is Impossible to discover them. Theaverago
woman Is too niorteM and shrinking to make a
romplnlntaxalnstnmnn of this character, even
It sho happened to bo nware that he was ruin
ing hor sown, and eo the officers at the station
houses nstr nothing of it. 1'vo heard of a
largo number ut women who had their
gowns slashed on election night, but no far
only one hns been hore to see what we
could do nbout finding the guilty man. Bho
didn't know when or how or where It hap
pened, so wo have no elun to work on. This
sort of vlllnlny Is always the work of a man.
Yon can nut that down. Women aro nover
guilty of like deviltry. It Is the work ot a man
who Is not only criminal, but vicious In the
lowest sonse. We shall probably hear no mora
of like occurrences for several years to come,
though I daro say In the holiday crowds th
same thine might happen. But we shall not
have such a crowd as we had on election night
again for a long time to come, and when we do
I say to all high-minded women, 'Do not help
to swell It. "
IiirilflOlT BTItEKP.t TACKLKBS.
A.
Feminine Diplomacy That Mnkes It Hard
tn Avoid lloylng a Hat.
An afternoon stroll through Baxter street la
no longer mnde an excltlnjr affair by tho
pullers-ln; but Baxter street's mantle has
fallen upon Division street.
On Division street the pullers-ln art women,
and hats tire the goods to be sold. Feminine
diplomacy takes the place of the bruto tores
which mado Baxter street famous: but the
wayfarer Is as helpless against one as against
the other. Jlen may pass unchallenged through
the street, but a woman runs a diflloult Bant
lot, and It sho doesn't corns out at the other
nd ot tho lino ot millinery shops wearing a
new hat It Is becauso she Is a woman ot Indom
itable chnraotor.
Tho pullers-ln aro buxom creatures, bare
headed and wearing shawls about their
shouldors. Why they nevor buy any of tho
hats they arc so determined to sell Is one of tho
myHtertes of tho unfathomable east side. Thoy
stroll back and forth, (n front of their shops
occasionally carrying on a lively conversation
with rivals, but keeping a sharp outlook for
customers, A decently dressed woman starts
up Division street Instantly an eloctrlo thrill
runs along the line of waiting taotiolnns. Tho
first puller-ln girds un liorsbawl and assumes a
winning smile. She blocks the sidewalk, and
assures the woman that there are hats In the
shop that seem to hae been made for hor
beautiful hats, and cheap, so cheap. It tho
lady will but step In and soe. She need not
buy.oh.no: but to seo that Is no harm. Tho
ladv protests: but. unless she Is used to the
experience, she gets a trifle confused. The
pullor-Iu seems to fill the whole side
walk, and argues, urges, cajoles, pleads,
edgos her en fit ho toward the door, Hhe is
not rude, but she Is overpoworlng, Ono feels
that tho easiest and cheapest way to get past
her is to buy a bat. Incidentally bo Is noted
that there are some very pretty hats In those
shops. Tho captive catches sight of one. weak
ens, wavers, is lost. The wily conqueror nllots
her fcito tho shop, turns her over to a sales
woman and returns to tho sidewalk, casting
triumphant glances nt her rivals and looking
for moro worlds to conquer.
If. by some chance, a woman escapes the first
attack, she has to bear tho brunt of a second
tackle. nnd a third, and a host beyond that:
nnd. if sho does pass tho last shop without giv
ing way. she Is as breathless and demoralized
as any hero of a touchdown. The experience
is exceedingly entertaining, though : and while
buslnoss methods are aggressive down there,
everything is good-natured, and the diplomats,
when forced to acknowledge defeat, do so with
radiant smiles that almost cause the victor to
relent.
AS OBITUARY QUILT.
The Queer Donation by the Women of
Mulne Parish to Their Pastor's Wife.
"Many queer gifts come to the minister of
a New England country chuich at the annual
donation visit of his parishioners, but tho odd
est and creepiest thing ot the kind that I ever
knew of I encounterod once in northern
Maine," said A. K. Stetson, a member of
a New York publishing 11 rm. "I was a
book canvasser then, selling religious
works, and I stayed one night at the
house ot a Baptist preacher In the little back,
country town of Monson, since becomo some
what prominent through the development of
its slate quarries. The preacher was a man of
deep erudition, known far and wide for his un
worldllness and apostolic piety, and his wifo
was a notable housekeeper. There was a good
supper, and at it o'clock In tho evening prayers.
These over I went to bed in the best room and,
after the day's hustling, slept soundly,
" Waking in the bright morning sunlight my
attention was attracted by the odd pattern of
the quilt which senod as counterpane on my
bed. It was a patchwork quilt, made in largo
squares, and on every squure was a lettering
workod in black worsted. In tho square Imme
diately before my eyes I spelled out the words:
' Sacred to tho memory of Solomon Tubb.
Died Oct. 8. 1807.' In the noxt square was
Inscribed: ' In memory of Martini Phillips.
Born Juno 11, lb :t. Diod Jan. H. 18H.' On
every square wa nn obltimry notice couched
in :i style similar to the first one that
I read, and they covorod a time running
from 131 to 1H07. The quilt, which I learned
afterward was presented to the pastor's wife
by th women of her husband's congregation,
combined the utilities of a counterpane with
the record of deaths In the rarleh for a term of
sixteen years. That It was spread In the best
chamber showed that itwasresonedforguesta
as a mark of high consideration.
"At first sight tho mnnrnto mori character
of tho inscriptions was a trifle nppalling to a
roan just awakened. But being a guest at the
same house for some subsequent nights I got
use 1 to the obituary quilt and even derived a
certain enjoyment from studying out the In
scriptions of mornings before I got up from
bed. Ho familiar did thoy become to mo that
I could havo repeated them all In order by the
time I quitted my canvassing field in Maine to
tako up my present buslnesjin the metropolis."
IHTAliF JAPAXESR SHRUBS.
A Growing Fancy In New York for tho An
cient and Cottly Miniature Trees.
Dwarf Japanese shrubs havo become quite
a fad with people who are able to follow it.
The fancy for them started at the exhibition of
Japanese trained shrubs and trees at the
Americun Art Galleries last year. Some ot the
specimens shown at the exhibition sold as
high as $000 apiece, and the observant florists
woro therefore not'slow In sending to Japan
for more importations.
One of tho uptown dealers has a display on
the pavement In front of his window, and more
people stop to look at the gnarled yet beautiful
little shrubs than pause to par their respects
to the flowers. Ono of these shrubs, not more
than two feet high. Is said to be more than 100
years old It has only tufts of foliage at tho
ends of the branches. These branches, or
stems, are about hnlf an Inch In diameter and
hold between them a foot-long rock.U inchesono
way by perhaps 4 Inches tho other. Tho stems
of the shrub ure imbedded In deep Rrooves in
the tock. Thespeeimiin Is more curious than
beautiful, perhaps, and Is valued at $50.
Other shrubs, fifty or sixty years old. have
boen trained Into fantastic but never too gro
tesque curves. They look as if they had fallen
out of a Japanese print or as It they were big
trees, but at the wrong end of an opera glass.
Most of them aro small nines or cedars, and
they are said to thrivo fairly well In this coun
try. Most buyers put them In vestibules or
hallways, using Japanese blue and white jardinieres,
TIIXIR IIART.BM BKNEFACTOltS.
A Procession of Old Women Moving Toward
Work and bomethlng to Eat,
The number of old women who bee on the
streets seems larger this yearthan ever before.
All the well-known types are out; but one role
seems to be the favorite. A wretched, poorly
clad, feeble old woman stops a passer by. He
Is proof against tho pitiful tale of the artful
beggar; but this respectable old soul doesn't
want to beg, 1'ar from It, tthu wants only In
formation. "Isltalongwnlk to t!8th street, sir?" ih
asks In a tremulous, weary tone.
"About a hundred and fifty blocks."
The woman sighs and turns away without
another word. Then the victim does tb ex
pected thing.
" Why did you ask?" he says.
"Oil, I know a lady up there that would help
me, and I'm going up to ask her for work and
something to eat, but its A long walk "
hlie gets a carfare and goes on her way re
joli'lne. If sho Isn't on her way to some
clurltnble friend, she Is bound for a hospital
and doesn't quite nee how she can walk so far,
In tho courso of one afternoon s shopping last
week a young woman met five respectablo
looking old women, all of whom wero tnllinir
toward Harlem benefaotors. The atory is bo
tog overworked, but it la good oa
MRS. MAEDE1TS MEMORIES.
AX AOTltKiB'S Z.IFK JCAKI.T I.V TUB
CKXTunr.
Andlsnees nt New York's Old Theatres
Local Notabilities of the Day Her Social
Kxperlences In the South Some of Her
l'upllt and Their Work on the Stage,
Clara Fisher Itsodor, who died last week,
linked the stago of tho day with a period so
rer.ioto that beyond Its elements our theatre
to-day and that which she found hore In 1827
seem to have little or nothing In common. Hor
dobut was mado in Now York at tho old Park,
which formerly stood In Tlioatro alloy, now n
narrow and abyssmal thoroughfnre lying at
the bottom ot deep walls ot sky-scrapers,
Hor recollections of old Now York furnished
a ploture of ltfo at that tlmo which shows the
contrast between the life of the theatre then
and to-day to have beon qutto as striking In
front of the curtain as bohind It A young
actrosa coming to New York to-day would find
her experiences less placid than those ot whloh
Mrs. Maeder wrote two years ago, when the
Dunlop Society published her memoirs. She
oama hero in 1827, whon she was about 17
years old. One Ingenuous account of her habits
then elves an Interesting Ideaof what tho olty
was.
" I usod to walk down to the Battery," she
writes. " every ploasantday whon in New York
with my mother or my sisters. Bomotltneswo
varied our walk, going up Broadway as tar as
the brick paoment ran, I think above Prince
street, where Mr. Olltert oponod. In tho year
after I came to the city, his 'Bans Boucl.' as
they called It. It had just boen made Into a
garden by Mr. KIblo, nnd a temporary theatre
put np within the lone board fence. We were
then living in Broome stroot, I think. Boon
after wo oamo hore. In 1823. wo moved from
our lodging placo In tho Bowery to a house In
Walkerstreet.
"Nearly opposite us, Mme. Achllle, a French
danseuso, restdod, and afterward kept a danc
ing school. About the time wo moved to
Walker streot M. and Mme. Achllle. who
wero among the earliest French ballet
dancers to nrrlvo In America, were engagod
for tho Park Theatre. A number of nice peo
ple were In tho habit ot attoudlng the Park
Theatre In 1827 and 1828. Thlllp Hone. Who
was a very large, handsome man. I saw fre
quently at tho theatre. Several of the beat
people In New York had boxes whloh they al
ways took for tho season, and Mr. Hono'a box
was always on tho first tior and next to the
stago."
Tho Philip Hone referred to by Mrs. Maeder
was tho best 'known of that name, and one of
the first of tho well-known family whloh was
olone conspicuous In New York social life.
The last Philip Hone, one of his ereat-grand-sons,
died in this city only a few weeks ago of
typhoid f6ver contracted at ono ot the army
camps. A few years ago his father wandcrod
away from his home and was laterfound In the
North Btvor.
"Another frequent attondant was Mr. Doml
nlok Lynch. He was the Ward McAllister of
that day. and a great authority on all matters
concerning the drama and tho opera, which
was at tho Bowery Theatro In 1827 and had
boen nt the Tark. The penplo ot New York
were not familiar with operas, the Garcia
troupe, which Included Senorlta Garcia, cele
brated as Mmo. Malebran. liaUnc appeared
here only n year or so before. They said then
that Mr. Lynch used to sit In a prominent scat
or box every opera night, and many of the audi
ence would take their cue from him whon to
applaud. He had a way of holding his hands
to his face, and when ho stretched out his
hands to applaud thoy generally followed his
example. H sot the fashion at tho opera, cer
tainly. Dandy Marx was another constant vis
itor at the tbeatie. and became a warm friend
o! Mr. Maeder and myself. Downs very much
of agoutlenian In oery respect and cu-ulod
quite a sensation, as no ono in New York at
tnat time had driven tandem ordresedas well
as he did. Ills mustaches wero waxed to a
point, something ory odd In 18.'i0. and his
foreign habits acquired in lluropean travel
caused great tiilk."
The hospitality toward actors which has
been often considered a. characteristic of tho
Mouth had evidently dnvelopod .t early us Mrs.
Maeder'siluysasayoung noman. During hor
travel In the Houtli. she met Henry Clay nnd
other distinguished moil
Among tliose who henrd me." Mrs. Maeder
wrltes,"were Mr. Htevenson.thon Speaker of tho
House of Itepresentntlves. and Mr. Henry Clay.
Both gentlemen urged mo to go (to Richmond),
and most kindlv olforod mo letters to their
friends and relations. Mr Stevenson. In addi
tion, wrote to hPtoral families in Richmond,
warmly praising me, and commending me to
their kind ieronal attention.
"In consequence, when I did get to Rich
mond 1 received many courtesies from somo of
tho best people there; but Sister Carolino had
to receive them for me. and my duties at tho
theatre gave noehanco of immediately return
ing their calls. Finally, on tho lat day of tho
Richmond engagement, Caroline asked tho
landlord to got a carriage for us which he did,
and with four hore.s. which bo insisted was
tho properthlng- nnd we two called on all the
ladies who had been attentive to us in Rich
mond, leaving our cArds and respects in
a proper manner. I recollect I was some
what impressed by the circumstance of our
driving around in a carrlngo drawn by four
horses! Neither in Baltimore nor In Washing
ton, both of them full of pleasant acquaint
ances, did I have the tlmo to return the polito
nessof cullers in a similar fashion.
"The bills were changed nightly on those
journeys and fresh rehearsals called oory
day. as In each place wo met new associates,
and performed a variety of pieces. I frequently
appearing In three parts on one night, seldom
In less than two."
Some of her experiences of Southern society
were oven moro entertaining than this.
Speaker Htovenson and Attornoy-Genornl Wil
liam Wirt had given her letters ot introduc
tion to "somo prominent families in Kentucky
and South Carolinanndother Southern States."
This "was in 1820." Mrs Maeder wrote, "and
that winter I had a lovely time In the South.
In Charleston, especially, my letters were of
great vnluo. Mrs. Pottigru was tho lender
of society, and gave receptions which
wero attended by all the best peoplo
there, and- I was asked to thorn and most
warmly welcomed. I havo since been told I
was the llrst actress admitted by Mrs Petticru
to her very exclusive sot. She always sent her
carriage and her brother forme. Several very
prominent editors. wIiofo names havo unfortu
nately (dipped my memory, were extromuly
kind to mo In Charleston nnd New Orleans.und
tho press of thoso cities spoko enthusiastically
of my performances."
But it was in Baltimore that her poelal ex
perienco wero moat characteristic of the tlmo
anil the plum:.
" In Biiltimore. which I vlsltod in 1828. after
the termination of a successful engagement In
Philadelphia, a new and brilliant oxiotence dags-led
me. Tho city was social and genial and
the theatro a popular resort of tho very best
people; and. as was afterward the caso In sev
eral Southorn cities, an artist of good reputa
tion was received Into tho best socioty of the
place. I subsequently visited, at such spare
time as I could tako from the theatres, mid
usually after the performances, somo charm
ing peoplo. of whom I can only remember ono
or two.
"A Twelfth Mght prlvato ball and supper at
ono of tho principal residences in Baltimore
was ono of tho things I have occniion to re
member. The names of those present woro
Pluced In u box, and a king and queen of the
rovels llrst clrn.vn. It fell to my lot to draw the
queen and to be Invested witli the paper crown,
and my partner for the evening, who drew the
king's Insignia and with me was Installed In
the two silk or muslln-covornd chairs which
made an Imitation tlironu at the end of the
largo parlor, was no less a personage than
uls Napoleon, since Emperor ot l'ranoe, and
then living In Baltimore. Whether this hud
been prearranged or not. I can't tell, but I
know It was very gratifying, to me, and 1 found
the Prince, who spoke English verr woll and
apparently enjoyed the leatlritlea. to be cor
tainiy a very good dancer nnd un agreeable
partner,"
These rambling reminiscences written by the
old lady touched on many topiou in their dis
cursive course. She was a tuaoher ol acting
fcfor a whllo alter her marriage, Jier pupils are
themselves old-time professionals to-day. Her
vears fcpent In teaching ware from 1854 to
lHoli. Jane Coombs was ono ot her pupils aud
ho was Kato Cluxton.of whom she speaks as
"Little Kitty Cone." Not all of thoin gnlned
Mrs. Maeder s approval, although she says that
most of them were successful on the stage.
Home ot those who did not gain her favorable
opinion in their efforts ure described In tliose
words:
" Nearly all of my pupils were successful
Miss Jane Coombs especially so; but one, al
though most persistent and anxious, never
couidlearn to bo an aotress, and I told her so
frequently. Hho was so desirous ot going cm
the stage, was very pretty and bright, and had
so excellent an education that I trlod hard to
succeed with her, but It wasn't of tho slightest
use. She hadn't the llrst quallllcntion for an
actress, and couldn't learn.
"Another lady showed me conclusively that
she could not succeed. Hhe brought mo a lot
of plays sho had bought Shakespeare's. I
thinkand she mispronounced half the words.
1 said to her- 'My dear, sell your plays and
buy a dictionary,' an1 1 told her why; nnd she
fare up attempting to learn. Home years alter
was visiting a trlend when a handsome, well
, dxtawd lady came up and raid; ' Airs. Uacder,
do yon remombortne pupil. you told. to o and
buy a dictionary ? a ploce of advice I followed
and thank you for.' ". .,, . ,
What was Bohomlan Ufa In, her day Mrs.
Maeder desorlbcs In hor momolra:
"In Broomo street, between ureeno and
Mercer, where wo lived for several years, a
number of gontlemen of tho press and artists,
muslonl ns well as theatrical, called to seo cither
Mr. Maeder or myself. Mr, Thomas 8. Ham
hlln was a good friend to both i of us. 1 had
known him woll and nctod with htm often In
tho old days, and our one spare, room was al
ways at his service. After his death. In 1853,
his widow. Mrs. Eliza Ilamblln. wroto mo a
most n(Tietlonnto letter Inclosing his picture
and a lock ot his hair, which I still have. Steve
Massott. too. was a frequont visitor. Ho
would JtiBt 'drop In' and got Mr. Maeder
to look over and suggest somo amendment to
a nuw song ho -was getting out, and ray hus
band would give him always the benefit ot his
cxporlenco. Htcphen would run across tho
way to the Cones, who were nearly opposite mo,
and sing for thorn the composition as filtered,
I ndmlrod llttlo Kitty Cono very much as I
used to seo her from my opposite window,
going to school with her bundle of books under
lierurm. and long auburn ringlets hnnglng
down her back. Hhe was exceedingly pretty
and Intelligent also, ub her noting In .The Two
Orphans' und of Ingenue parts at the Union
Square Theatro plainly showed."
Stovo Massett dlod a few months ago and
" pretty Kitty Cone" Is. still Playing, In "The
Two Orphans." Mrs. Maeder s earliest remi
niscences wero ot greater names In history than
auy thnt appoaredin tho accounts ot hor Amer
ican exHjrlenees. Her father at one time kept
n public librnry In Brighton, and there she
heard of the most famous men of the llrst years
of this century. Somo of tho moniories con
nected with her father's library are told In
these words: ,
" Tho library was near tho Grand Parade,
and among Its visitors woro Sheridan. Fox, nnd
Mrs. Flt?herbort, whom my father believed, as
did all Brighton, to be the actual wife ot tho
Prlneo of Wales. No doubt she was. and a per
foot lady also. She hnd a houso of her own at
Brighton nnd entortalned nicely.
"lli'iiu Brummol. too, wo heard much about.
Ho was always around whon the Prlnoe was
thero. during tho tlmo thoy wero friendly, and
was f requontly a visitor to the library. Hn and
my father were partloular friends, and Mr.
Brummel had a great deal of literary ability,
and was fond of looklngoverand talking nbout
tho books. So, you see, he had othor tastes be
sides the mero nrrancoment of coats, nocktlcs,
and snuff boxes."
It was alter Bho had become n child that Mrs.
Maeder saw tho Prlneo after ho had becomo
King
" Once tn a whllo I stood at the side wing
with my father to hear or soo some of the first
pieces," sho writes, "as I usually played lntbo
afterpieces. I remombor but once seeing
George IV., whom my father had known well
nt Brighton. He was then Prince Regent, the
King, Georgo III., being III end blind. I forget
tho play which was specially ordered, but I
went on with all tho cdmpnny to Bine 'God
Save tho King,' and can slightly recollect tho
handsome Prince as he bowod from his box to
the oheerlng audience. Whether ho did ma
tho honor to stay tor tho afterpiece I haven't
tho slightest Idea."
ZOUISIAXA'S QUEEREST COLOXT.
Two Thousand Chinese and Other Orientals
Who Live by Catching Shrimp.
From tht Xno Orlttnl Timtt-Democrat,
Hidden away In the labyrlnthino bayous of
lower Jofferson parish and scattered about
the margins ot Grand Lake. Little Lake and
tho musically named Chenlere Cnmtnada Is a
strange colony, tho bare existence ot which Is
Drnctlcally unknown. It numbers, all told, at
least 2,000 people, three-fourths of whom are
Chinese and the rest Manllamen and unelassl
flablo mongrels. Thoy llvo In brushwood
carpus near the edge of the water, their habits
are Incredibly simple and semi-savage, and
their business is the catching and drying of
shrimp.
This slugular Bet'.Iemnt recently came to
the surface In some litigation, on the calendar
ot the local courts, over the ownership of a
niece of adjacent property, but the Industry
has beon quietly pursued, from time out of
mind, in idmost unbroken Isolation. Its prod
uct Is never seen In the Now Orloans market,
but Is shipped direct to San Francisco nnd
New Y'ork and consumed entirely by the Chi
nese. At certain seasons the shrimp aro
caught bv the millions In rude hand nets aud
spread in layers on platforms, built over the
surface of tho water. Tho hoi sun soou shriv
els thorn up and thov become desiccated.
Whon thoroughly dry they aro brown and brit
tle and havo a sweet, nutty flavor that Is far
from dlaereeable. In this condition thoy aro
packed loosoly In barrels holding about "JSO
pounds each and sent to native merchants on
Mott and Doyers streets In New York and to
the famous Chinatown of 'Frisco. At both
pl-ices they are in livelv demand nnd aro eaten
oithor as condlracnW. without further pronar
atlou. or with it cunty of rice. Kven American
barbarians Hnd them very good.
Tho scono at the shrimping camps Is so
strangely Oriental that It Is hard for a visitor
to realize that he Is In the neighborhood of a
big Aniei icnu city. Asa matter of fact the In
dustry is importedand exactly the same proc
ess of Ashing aud drying Is pursued on a vast
scale in China. Almost nil tho colonists come
from families of shrimpers and when they save
sufllclent money return to tho Dowery King
dom and send back relatives to take their
places. Thore nro thousands of common Chi
nese fans in the stores of New Orleans bear
ltik pictures of shrimp llBhers an! dryers, and.
no doubt, many a purchaser has puzzled over
the queer daubs and wondered what it all
meant. The samo thing precisely could be
witnessed by making a trio to tho outlying
bayous of Grand Lake.
Secluded as they have been, the litigation
already referred to Is not the first event thnt
has brought the Chinese phrlmporn to the at
tention ot Now Orleans officials. About eleven
vears ago n tremendous row was raised at tho
Post Olllco over some unknown matter that
wus tainting the malls with n peculiar and vil
lainous odor. Tho trail being ns evident as tho
aura of a soap foundry, tho Government
sleuths wero not greatly overworked In follow
ing it to certain mysterious parcels, decorated
all ovor with Mongolinn hieroglyphics. The
bundles contained dried shrimp, prepared
niter a special and odoriferous formula, and
s nt as tidbits to friends of the colony. Need
less to nay. thoy were promptly confiscated
under the rules of tho Postal Service, but tho
mailing went on. to a wild chorus of nubllo
protest, until It was stopped bv a peculiar in
cident. One day tho Sufierlntendont was pars
ing his window just as a Chinaman dropped a
tabooed parcel In the slot. The ofllclnl was a
man of notion. Grabbing the package, he
hurled It Instantly at the retreating Celestial,
who turned just In time to stop it with his
none. The Chinaman emitted a howl of an
guish, and from that day to this not a single
shrimp has ovor perfumed the malls.
Jiut tho most remarkable story connected
with the shrimpers Is that of the Chlnoso
Prince. It Is a true story, and so curious In Its
details and so grotesquely sinister In Its de
nouement that It might easily be elaborated
into a striking romance of Anglo-Oriental life.
However, the plain facts are these:
About seven years ago a Chinese Prince of
the blood came to New Orleans for his health.
Ho wus not III. hut ho had reasons for believ
ing that lie might llvo longer if bo removed
himself tomporarllytfrom the neighborhood of
tho court and enjoyed a complete "hango of
diet. Kinctly what theo rensous wero no
body knows, for, llko ull Orientals, he kept his
own couufel btrlctly, but it was hinted in the
Chinese colony that ho had taken too active an
interest In politics, and was regarded at
I'cklu as mi offensive partisan.
Htrangely enough, tho news of his presence
hern never got into tho papois, but there was
no doubt whatoverof his genuineness. Those
Americans who mot him In connection with
curtain business transactions found him a cul
tured, superbly cducatd and thoroughly ac
complished man of the world. His ofllolal
robos, which formed part of an extensive lug
gage, were such gorgeous affairs as are seldom
seen outside tho saared circles ot the court.
Thoy wore made of silk of the wonderful
w cave reserved for tho royal house, to counter
feit whluh means death, and were stiff with In
tricate embroidery. He had besides a multi
tude ot ptrango and beautiful trinkets, carv
ings in jade nnd Ivory, splendid fans. Inlaid
work as delicate as frost, oaskets crusted with
silver filigree and a hundred and one
othor things, all attesting his taste, position
and at least former wealth. But In spite
of these numerous evldenjes of luxurious
hublts, tho Prince was a very buslncssllko
gentleman and he proceeded at once to be
guile his exile by obtaining an interest In the
largest shrlmpory on Grand Lake. He had
tho sagacity to assume charge of the books,
which he kept with such skill that at tho end
of elr months they elnnrly demonstrated that
ho owned the entire property and was entitled
tn all the profits of the season. A long wran
gle ensued. Mr. F-dgar M. Calm of the then
llrm of Molse A: Calm was the attorney of the
shrimpers and his ollloe was the scene of In
terminable arguments, all ending as they be
gan, with the Prince In possession.
Such was the situation when one afternoon
six stolid-looking Chinamen filed Into Mr.
Calm's presence. Thov were the plundered
partners, and without wasting time thoy mnde
n brief aud pointed statement in choice pigeon
Knglish. "We are tired of American law."
they said In substance. It Is too slow. Be
sides we have a society that attends to such
matters. It Is called the Highbinders. Pos
sibly the Prlneo has beard of this society. If
not hn will hear from It shortly. Kindly con
voy him this message with our compliments.
Good day,"
The Prlnoe was sent for. Ho arrived at 4
o'clock and listened to the communication wltn
composure. At U o'clock he eallod again nnd
made a settlement In full. Next day he de
parted and has never been heard of since, It
Is understood, however, that there was a
chauge in the political situation In China and
(hat ho now resides at Pekln, where, judging
from his shrimping adventure, he has proba
bly prospered. Before leaving he gave some
trinkets to a few friends, who still present)
them aa souvenirs of a singularly able mta.
PRIZED WRIGGLING PETS.
A REGULAR TRADE IX BXAIUZ3 AND
THTXaS THAT SQUIRM.
Frogs, Tends, and Other Queer Crontures
Thnt l'eople Get Fond Of-Some High
Priced Pith Core of Aquariums A Com
mercial Insect Demand A Pish llntpltnl.
Up among the reptiles at tho Snnke Show a
Sun reporter found a jolly llttlo Gorman wo
man whoso namo was Mrs. Uggellng, She
was hovering around her own exhibit, and the
pride written on her faco was not to bo won
dered at, for her snakes nra living pampered
lives In glass cases amid moss and stones and
mlmlo castles. :Z
Across tho hall tho dlnmond-baok rattlor,
with Its family of fifteen baby rattlers, squinted
malignantly at tho Kggellngsnakelotsandthe
king snake snnppod Its jawswlokodly ns if it
aald: "Just let mo get at those measly little
Eggellnc dullest I'll make just one mouthful
apiece ol them." But tho snakolets wont
right on wriggling through tho tiny forests
and going through four windows of the oastle
at onoe. until Ilntlly the Jealous reptiles across
tho hall curled thomsolvos In a corner of their
plain wooden boxes and sulked.
One ot the pampered group, howovor. a
pluklsh thunder snako from tho South, cot to
frlskr that It almost came to grlof. In its lit
tle glass houso thero was a pleco of wood nnd
a good-sized lump of Imitation stone with eov
eral holes through It. Tho thunder snako,
which was about two feet long and three-quarters
of an Inch thlok, had got a little too gay
and had started through one ot the holes in tho
Imitation stone. For about three Inches all
went woll. Thou It struck Its largest dlnmo
ter, and there It stuok. Wheu Mrs. Lggellng
nnd tho reporter found the snako It was
twisted around so that the under side of Its
head was uppermost, and It looked llko a very
unhappy snnke. Its little Gorman mistress
rescued tho snake by breaking the stono. and
then how it did wrlgglo with delight!
"It was eighteen years." said Mrs. Eggellng.
"boforo I could bring myself to handlo a enake.
We feed thorn on meal worms, you know, and
at first 1 vowed I would nover touoh evon a
meal worm. But now I don't mind tho snakos
at all. Isn't he a pretty one? They havo all
been overat the Pratt Institute nnd the teacher
has made them so tamo I can do anything
with them.
"A good many ladles want a snako for a pet
just hecause thoy want to be odd, and you
must admit that two or threo little ribbon
enakes look pretty running around In the grass
aud ovor the Btones. How much do they cost?
Well, the common ones, such as tho garter
snakes, adders, green, brown and black snakes,
oost from 23 ocnts to $1.50. Rattlesnakes cost
from $2.50 to $10. milk snakes about a dollar.
2lass enakos about $2.50, and so on. I suppose
most peoplo would laugh at tho Idea of a mar
ket price for snakes, but I just toll you that
there are mighty few things that you can't
find a buyer for. If you only wait long onou gh.
Do you know tho regular prlco for tadpoles?
Or for water walking stloka? Or llttlo llvo
snails? No? I thought you wouldn't. Woll.
you just drop In and see my family some day,
Maybo It will Interest you."
Thus encouraged, tho reporter dropped In
tho very next day and found Mrs. Eggellng ex
amining a squirming mass of salamanders and
llrards from the midst of which tiny crcen
frogs hopped from tlmo to tlmo. Around the
wall was a row ot aquariums, but Mrs. Eggel
lng dismissed these without much notlco.
"You come upstairs with me." she said, "and
I'll show you my pote."
She led the way up some narrow, BteeD
steps Into some rooms whoro there were still
more aquariums. It was cold up thero. but
Mrs. Lggellug's pride In her pets mado up for
that.
"Aren't they beauties?" sho demanded,
pausing before a case of gold and white fish
which ehono like burnished metal "Thoso
cost $10 apiece." sho addod impressively,
"They are Japanese telescope fish, and tho
largest of their kind In New York. See their
blc eyes. That's why they aro called tole
scoDe fish. Wo have somo othors coming.,
and thoy nro called cilestlal telescope fish be
cause their orcH are right on top of their heads.
"I know a gentleman who has an aquarium,
and all of his llt-h are named. He has ono or
this kind that he calls Gogglely because it has
such bis eycj. and ovcry morning when he
goes and culls it by name it comes up and eats
out of his hand. Oh, you'd be surprlxed to
know how many people havo pet fish. Here's"
an aouarluni that lm keening for n lady. Sho
hail It two yeais and when she went to tho
oountry for the hummer she broiuht It to me
to keep. Now she's at a hotel waiting for her
houso to be put In order and when she's set
tled she'll havo her aquarium back again.
"Now. here is a little hospital," pointing to
a globe which was quite full of a dark green
plant. "I havo a little sick ilshdown in there
somewhere out of sight. He has sore eyes
and so I put Inm In the hospital. This plant
is excellent for Its healing properties and he
will live alone in hero till ho cots well. There
Is another hospital downstairs with it pntlent
that Is sick with fimgiis. Fungus is what
elves the most trouble among aquarium fish.
When you see n vvhlto growth coming on ono
of then, genorally by tho 11ns. you must tako
him out at once or all tho othcis will get it.
too.
"Tho reason peoplo havo had so much
trouble in kecpiuc llsh in aquariums? Well,
thero havo been two reasons. One la that
they crowd too many fish into one globe. Only
so many llsh can live in a certain quantity ot
wntor and most people want to havo about
threo times that number. Of courso tho fish
die. Another reason istlmttlrov- starve. Soma
oople aro careless about feeding their llsh.
They forger them. Othors think thut whon
thoro aro plants in nn aquarium there aro
enough insects on those plants to feed the fish.
But that isn't true. And st'll another reason
Is that people used to keep fish in class globed
without sand und the aquatic plants which aro
necessary to purify the water. You might not
think so, but It Is bettor to keep a fish In a
little aquarium properly stocked with plants,
simply pouring In enough water to cqunllzo
the evaporation, than it is to keep it In u tank
of clear running water without plants.
"An aquarium should not havo too much sun
light, cither. You see how thick tills water
looks. Well, it is as clear as thnt in tho older
globos, but tho suu has been shining hero nnd
It causes a lino grc-ou growth on the class. By
tho way. do vou seo tho little snails in all tho
aquariums? You'll noverguoss why they mo
thero. They aro the llttlo housekeepers. Thoy
clean the inside ot tho glass and keep it bright
and shining. Wo don't havo to feed them.
They llvo on what thoy clean off tne glass aud
tho leaves of the plants.
"Hero are somo mure llttlo Japanese fishes,
Theho are only two years old and thoy haven't
goggle eyes, so they aro north only $2 or itl
each. But look at their beautiful frlnvod
tails. By tho way. the Celestial telescope llsh
are worth a pretty peiiuy from $10 to $25
apleco. These nro pretty fish, thoso comet
tails, but thoy cost ouly 50 conts or $1. Now.
tako those $10 llsh ovor thero. I fiipioho $10
seems a big prico to pay for a little llsh only
threo or four Inches long not counting its
lovely tall, thouch I Its tail is longer than its
body. But peoplo who keep fish for a whllo
grow fond of them. Indeed thoy do.
"A gentleman who lives at one of tho swell
hotels here got an aquarium, and ho carries It
to the country with him and back again regu
larly. Another gentlomnn told mo that when
Ids wlfo got an aquarium ho thought it wan all
foolishness, but now they spend hours watch
ing the llshes and teodlng them. Una of the
schools have aquariums, too, nnd thoy always
want tadpoloa. Well, tadpoles are in great de
mand anyway. Somo people llko to put littla
turtles In their aquariums, but I don't approve
ot It, because tho turtles llko to bite tho fishes'
tails. But the tadpoloa yes, thoy are funny,
and tho children lorn to waton them grow Into
frogs. Chinese paradise fl.sh aro ulco, but they
light a fish of any other kind, so vou havo to
keen them alone.
"Speaking of fighting, you know a king
snnke will tight any othor snake, Aud eat It,
too, If it can. Well, one tlmo ve got In a box
ot snakes when my husband was away, and in
It thoro was a king snako and a bull suake. I
didn't know much about them then, but
watched them for a couvh' of days, ami when f
saw bow meek and quiet tho bull anuko was I
suld to a young lady that tho bull suaku wns o
quiet I believed we might put him In i little
cage thnt I hail und that wasn't very strong.
So wo did. After a little whllo ho began to
stir around, but I didn't think ho hnd enorgy
enough to make any trouble and I left him for
tho nlcht. It wan the lust I ever saw of him!
Ho had been meek nnd quiet just because ho
was so afraid of the king snako that hn didn't
daro to move: but as soon us ho was oil by
himself he got so frUky thnt ho ran away en-
"All of these things, snakes, llshes, snails
and so on, have their prion. The llttlo horned
snails cost 15 rents a dozen: moss-urown
snails cost 10 Cents each; tadioios nro 5 coins
apiece: so aro water lizards green tree touts
from 15 to 25 cents. Pickering tree toads, JO
cents; hop toads and ordinary froirs, 10 cent
each, and bullfrogs from 25 eeuts to $1 apiece;
turtles, from 15 cents ti Sl ; lizards, 5(1 cents
and $1; honied toads, 25 '-cnts efts, 5 couts
aiileee, and salamander from 2, cents to $1
You can ovon buy lltt'e water insects, the
water boatman aud the whirligig at 5 rents
apiece, the water walklngstick for 10 cents
tad the water aeorpion at the suae price,"
HATIXKB diniS BAD.
The Drama This Beaton from tho Stand
point of the nonrdlng School,
This has boon a trying season for tho m&tlnoe
Ctrl. Bho feols hersolt distinctly abused. Thoro
are oldorly persons who think that tho opening
of tho dramatic season has been unusually In
teresting. Manngnrs nro chuckling over box
receipts and ticket sellers wax aggressively
haughty and Independent.
" Thoso aro Tory poor seats." saya the ticket
buyor feobly.
"You're In luck to get f those." replies the
ticket seller eurtly. for the now Plays Iisto
mado decldod hits. But the raatlnoo girl Is un
happy, and In boarding-school olrclos thore is
no enthusiasm over the drama,
"Not a thing worth seeing In tho town,"
sighs the boarding school girl.
"Nonsense," remonstrates a teacher ot a
cortaln ago. "Thoro'a 'Cyrano.'"
The young woman's face expresses lively
disgust.
" Y'os, I spent money on that."
"Didn'tyoullkelt?"
"I should say not. It's porfectly horrid. I'd
llko to know how anybody could be Interested
In a man with n nose llko that. I suppose
Mansfield's a good actor, but I wouldn't glvo a
cent for a play whoro tho lover lookod like
CVrono."
Thero wasn't any use in arguing against
such a stand, so the teacher made a fresh
start.
" Woll. dldn'O you like The Christian r "
" Oh, It's sort ot Interesting, In spots; but it
Isn't my kind of piny,"
"What's wrong with it?"
"Morgan."
Tho teachor lookod bewildered. "But, my
dear, Morgan la superb. He's the backbone of
the play. Everybody la surprised by his splon
did work."
" He's tho bones of the piny, all right enough.
Did you ever see such a hollow-chested, lean,
lank fellow?"
"But his face Is handsome, and he looks Just
tho ascotlo that the role needs."
"Well. then. I'vo no ubo for asoetlcs. Ho'a
too thin and gaunt for a lover. Now. It Fnvors-
ham had his placo "
Tho teacher lost herself for a moment In a
vain effort to Imagine tho robust and volatile
I'avorshnin In tho rolo of John Storm. Then
sho said meekly:
" You admire Sothorn, don't you ?"
"1 don't know, ho Isn't a bit nicoln'Lady
Ursula's Adventure.' Virginia Ilarnod Is the
whole play. Sothorn's getting sort of old. too."
Tho tonchor was discouraged: but she
thought that she had one trump card.
" What about John Drew." sho asked.
The girl shook her head despondently. "He
used to be porfectly lovely; hut ho always plays
such frumpy, middle-aged parts now. and
goes around meddling with other peoplo's love
affairs Instead of making love himself. No;
thero isn't a single nice hero In any ot tho
plays this year, and It's no tun at nil to goto
tho theatro. I hope It Isn't going to bo this way
all winter. Harry Woodward's been horo. but
wo aren't allowod to go to those continuous
performance places."
The girl went sadly up to hor room and eon
soled herself by looking nt tho wall frieze of
photographs of FaveNham, Kdeson, Richman
and the other good-looking voting fellows
whom boarding-school girls adore. After all,
one's appreciation of tho drama depends en
tirely upon one's point of view. Tliemnnagurs
should do somothlng for tho matinee girls.
SOME POZXT.t Or IM3HGRATIOX.
The Totnl for the Lmt Pltcnl Year anil the
Preceding Almost tho Snine,
Balancing day for the books of Undo Sam Ib
not Jan. 1 but July 1. and fiscal years In Gov
ernment bookkeeping begin on July 1 and end
on Juno HO succeeding. The Immigration
statistics for tho fiscal year ending June 'M,
1808, which havo just appeared, show somo In
teresting facts, tho most notable of which is
tho similarity ot totals botwcoa this year and
thooneproccdlngit.
The total immigration for tho last fiscal year
to the United States was 229.000: tho year
before It was 2.'10.000. practically the same.
But thore entered Into the total of this year to
a larger extent than was the case a year ago a
number of "home-comers," Immigrants who
had previously been In the country, but on ac
count ot hard times or for some other reason
had left It to return abroad. The number ot
such homo-comers this year was 42.000. or
more than one-sixth of the ontiro number.
Of tho newcomers, n remarkably small num
ber only 17.000 In all oamo from Germany,
which has been the lending country In lmmi-
? ration to the United States since the flood of
rish emigration which began In 1844 fell oft
In 1884, The total number of Irish Immi
grants to arrive In the United States
this yearwaH 25,000, n number which, though
large In Itself, socms small compared with
nenrly 40.000 Trom Austria and tiO.000 from
Italy. There has been adeallne in the volume
ot immigration from the Scandinavian coun
tries, out It Is an uneven falling off. From
Norway less than 5.UO0 immigrants hailed.
From Sweden there wero more, 12.000. and
one of the peculiar fonturos of Immigration
this year, a foaturo to bo ascribed in part to
fears of impressment Into tho navy ot their
own country, hns boon tho largo Immigration
from Finland Finland is a Russian province,
which furnishes to the navy of that empire
many sailors and mnrines. and its population
by tho last census (1805) was 2.400,001). Tho
population of Denmark is substantially tho
same, and heretofore the Immigration of
Danes to the United htnfes has been very much
larger than the immigration of Finns, but thl
year the situation has been changed, and 2.007
riiitilHh and only 1.040 Danish Immigrants
landed In this country Another eloment of
necretlon to tho population by Immigration
this year consists of the Welsh, In previous
yenra (since. In fact, immigration figures havo
boen kept) the ratio of Scotch immigrants to
Welsh Immigrants has hern In the proportion
of 10 to 2. Since 1830. aOO.OOO Scotch and only
.'10,000 Welsh Immigrants landed here, exclu
sive ol thoso who described their residence as
"Great Biitaln." This year tho number of
Welsh immigrants, though not large, is nearly
as large as tne numbor of Scotchmen.
Tho most remarkable feature of thlsyoar's
Immigration, however, are the contributions
to It from countrios which heretofore have not
beon largely represented. Thero woro. for In
stance, moro than 4,000 Immigrants from Tur
key, chiefly from Syria and Arabia; there wero
nenrly 2,000 immigrants from Portugal: far
ofT Jnpan sont twenty times as many as nearby
Mexico; thoro wore nearly 2.000 from Cuba
nnd l.OOOfroniltoumaula. Poland contributed
twice as many as France to the total of new
comers, and ono Immigrant only described
himself officially ns a European, withholding
any other information Only 48 Africans oame
as immigrants to tho United States last year.
FEEDIXO THE SQUIRRELS.
Interrupted for a Tlmo by the Preienoo of
an All Too Friendly Child.
On a blc stone at the side ot a path In Central
Park sat a man who wautod to food squirrels;
the food he had was In a small tin box, which
ho took from his overcoat pocket and opened
as ho sat there. Right across from him, on a
stone on the othor side of tho rath, was a squir
rel eving him and making up Its mind what to
do. Presently the squirrel hitched across the
top of the stone, dropped to tho path, and
started across the path. Half way over it
Btopped ami waved Its tail, and thon started on
again nnd took a mor.-ol from the man's hand.
At this juncture a man with a baby carriage,
following a child about a year and a half old,
who had run on ahead lor exercise, cam down
tho path. When the child saw the man feeding
tlie squirrel it hurried forwurd with exclama
tions of delight. This did not drive away the ,
squirrel that had boen sitting on tho stone, but .
it drove away another squirrel whloh had come
from the opposite direction. Finally the child
stepped nearer with another exclamation. Tho ,
first squirrel turned now and tiptoed off, and
the man shut the box and put It In his poeknt.
for there could bo no more feeding whllo tho
child was near.
MR. Illh'FIXOTOX'B VTATS.
One Old fnj That Hn Cling To, Despite
n Confident Assertion of Ills Turning,
""Another man converted.'
"Thus spoke tho salesman In the furnishing
goods store," said Mr. Blfllngton, "when I
bought my llrst shirt opening front and back
both. Iliad nevor worn any sort of shirt ex
cept such us opened in the front ouly; but they
hadn't In stock in that sort just what I wanted,
nnd so I thought I'd try ono opening front nnd
back.
" Tho salobinan said they wore more conven
ient; that you could put tin, studs in and lot
'em stay thero us long as you woie the shirt;
two days, threo days, or whatever the time
was: und so you dlilu't muss tho shirt or coll it
getting 'em in and out; and thut ns a mis
when a man began wearing that sort of shirt
be liked it and stuck to it.
"Well. I tried It ami I didn't like II. Maybo I
I have n (.freak of old fogylsm in me some
where, hut though thnt shirt opened In the i
back, I let IhiM'Ollur lotions with wlileh 1 fanl- '
pihmI It up there stay thr-; iuhI I oHi,ei it in
the Iront. nnd treated It Is as If itweren shirt .
built to be used that way 1 still llko best, my-
self, a shirt that opens in tho front only , aud I
never bought u second of the other kind.
"When I bought that the clerk rankod me as
convert; I suppose I'm a backslider, now,"
i
SENSATIONS OF A GHOST. ;
Tiro biex wno died axd xnnit itH
CAME TO LIFE AQAIX. ;jH
Fonturas of tho Spook Btnte as They Pa stsH
serlbed Their Experiences Tho Old llodjr flH
Seen from the Viewpoint of the New- 42iifl
The Nnrrator In One Cats a Physlolnn. 4 H
"Speaking of strap go experiences," said the H
professor as tho party sat chatting over their M
after dlnnor elgars, "if you oaro to hear it, I I H
will toll you bow It scorns to dlo. My tinclo. '
Dr. J. ti. Long, ono of tho prominent phy.sl- I'tH
clans ot St. Louis, told me yonrs ngo. The 2 iiH
man thnt dlod wni an Irishman named r.it- jt
rick FInhotty. My undo did his bost to save i M
him, but ono night said he could not llvo till " Vl
morning. To his uttor amazement ho found tmH
tho Irishman allvo and on tho road to rocovory JW
tho next morning. In reply to his question ? BB
as to why ho had not died during tho night as j. jQHj
he should have dono, Pat said: Wl
" 'Sure, dootor, I did dlo, but I oame to life m
again. And they hold a wako ovor me, but I 1 fiitH
oamo back aud scared tho lite out of most ot 'j mM
them, About 8 o'olook last night I tell baas; ' lM
on tho bod utterly exhausted and soou b- i BK
camo unconsolous. How long I romnlnod so I J flHI
don't know, but tho noxt thing I knew I felt ''y JB
myself falling on tho door, which I struok wit i BH
a bound. I looked toward the bed and saw . Hi
that my body lay thoro stiff and apparently E9
dead, while my wife knelt bosldoltoryjng. I OS
glanced at my now body aud saw It was shaped : flfllj
and clothed llko my old body, I did not fool sv i'H
bit sorry to boo tho old man lying on tho bod Wfmi
and nover folt so well in my lite as 1 did then. -1 aim
Just thon Mrs. Maglunls, one of our nolghbors, i MWR
came in aud she tried to oonsolo my wifo. Sha i iKbtt
bald: 'Well, we'll havo the wako to-night. I'll ?
havo my man get tho pipes and tobacco. Bend i IBJH
Tom Johnson after tho whlskoy and my boy ' , 119
will go round and give tho Invites." And so , -
sho started the ball a-rolllng and in loss than Tmm
two hours we had a packod houso and the - uUm
room full ot eir.oko. -tiB
" 'Boforo tho people oamo In I floated np and 7 iH
took my Bout, on 0110 of the crossbeams. watoh kHi
lug tho proceedings. I uotlcod thut I was still , tH
attached to my old body by somothlng whloh H
lookod like n strlue. Several times I called 1 aH
out to Bridget to cut the strlag and let me go, .. H
but Bho did not soom to hear mo. Whns " VtB
eoomed more curious to mo. I did not want . GH
any of tho whlskoy nor to smoke, and It made i JH
mo mad whon Tim Uragan tried to pour soma mmm
whiskey down my dead throat and then Btuolc '1 : H
a pipo In my mouth. - H
" 'Along toward morning I folt tho string AkBsl
pulling mo toward tho bed. When I had i' sssl
reached tho bed I became unoonscious again ,f kkB
and tho next thing 1 romembor .was wheu I ti kkB
ouened my eyes und looked around, asklncc H
tho one nearest to me for a drink, Whon they kkB
saw that 1 was allvo tho people fell ovor cash -'HkB
othor in trying to get out of the house. Boon .hliskB
Bridget came to mo und acted just like a wo- itlkB
man whoso husband had come to lifo. and ''JkkB
vve'vo been waiting to seo you.' . iikkB
"That finishes tho Irishman's story, but 1C 'iilkB
you like I will tell you of another man who JmW
had a similar experience, which is more sails- EllkB
factory, becauso he was Intelligent onough to 'tmm
watch the chances and report them wheu ha 'flkB
returned to consciousness. This Incident hap- .kkB
neneU to one Dr. Warren, a physician ot Co- ikH
lumbus, O.. about twenty years ago. I will .ikkB
give you the facta as they wore related to mo ikkB
by ono ot tho members of thu Socioty for Pay- HkkB
chieal Research. Dr. Warren, when in full ''ikkB
possession of his faculties, appeared to come DkkB
to the moment of death In the last stnge of ty- -akkB
Phus fovor. Before the final htuso Into uncon- ..bsh
sclousuoss ho discussed with his friends the v'JltH
question of linmortnllty. His voice failed and ifkkH
his htiength weakened, and. as u last elTort, 'tHI
he Etilleiied his legs. Ho lay for bourn as dead, .'lkkfl
the church bell bolng rung for his death. A. tB
needle was thrust Into various Parts of hla flkB
body from the feet to tho hips without having: -IkkB
any olfect. He was pulseless for a long tlmo. 'llkkB
und lor nearly half au hour ho appeared ah- IlkBB
Bulutely dead. Whllo his body was lying in tkkB
this denthliko trance his soul was disengaging SjtlkkW
itself from its eurtlily tnbernuclu. This is the SwBI
account ho gave of his sensations: HsBl
" '1 woke up out of uiicoiHCiousness into n tiEkBk:
stato of conscious existence und discovered "BkkBo
thut the soul was iu the body, but not of it. "kkBI
With all the Interest of a physician. 1 beheld jH
the wonders of my bodily anatumy. I ti- -HB
mately interwoven with which, even Hsfiio for M!HaB
tissue, wns I, the living soul ot tint dond hod v. 'kkB
I learned that tho epidermis wns tho outbtdu ?kkB
boundary ot the ultiniuto tissue-., so to speak. ilsH
of the soul. 1 realised my condition, and lea- B
soned calmly tlus. 1 have dlud, as men term isM
death, and yet I 11 m us much n man ns ever. I ilkkB
am about to gut out of the body. 1 watched jkkB
the Interesting process ot tho separation of -'tekB
soul and bodv. B
" 'By some oovvor, apparently not my own. 'B
the ego was rocked to mid fio. latterly, as a 'kkkB
cradle is rooked, bv which process its connec- .-B
tlon with tho tissue of the body was broken X9M
up. After a little timo tho lateral motion 'tB
ceased, and along tho soles of the feet, be- fkB
ginning at the toes, passing rapidly to tho 'B
heels, I felt und henrd. ns it seemed, thu B
snapping ot Innumerable small cords. Whou -B
this was accomplished, 1 began slowly to re- B
treat from the feet toward the head, as a B
nibbor oord shortens. 1 iviucmbei-lenehlnic jB
the hips nnd saying to myself, "Now theio is iikkB
no life below the bins." 1 can recall no mum- BkkB
ory of passing through tho abdomen or clioAt, 'IB
but recollect distinctly when my whole self. 'llkB
was collected in tho head, when I reflected ''kkB
thus: 1 am all In the head now, and I shall jkkB
soou be free, I finssed around tho brain as if 'lkkB
I wero hollow, compressing it and Its mem- 'kkkl
braues slightly on all sides toward tho centre. tlkH
and peopud out between tho sutures of the kkH
skull, emerging like tho flattened edges of a 'jkkB
bag of membranes. 1 recollect distinctly -kkl
how I appeared to myself something like n kka
jellyfish as regards color and form. As I 'e.kkl
emerged from tho head 1 floated up and down. $lkka
and latterly llko a soap bubble attached to the BB
bowl of a pipe, until 1 nt last broke looso from ?KkH
tho body und fell lightly to tho floor, whoro I ,'lkBH
slowly rose and expanded into tho full stature HBkH
of a man. I seemed to bo transluoent. of a ,KkH
bluish cast. itkBlka
" ' I fled toward the partially opened door, but KB
upon reaching the door 1 turned and faced the kVaH
company. As I did so my loft elbow camo la tkBlkB
contact with tho arm ot ono of two gentle- cSiifl
men standing in the door. To my surprise, flHikB
his arm passed through mine without apparent, St IkB
resistuuee, the severed parts closing agata Bk!flH
without pain, as air reunites. I looked quickly BbHI
up at his face to seo If ho had notloed the coq-i "CkfBI
tact, but he gnvome no sign only stood and, (Bfikl
gazed toward tho couch I had just left. I dl.) IkBBkl
reeled my ga.o In the dlreotfou ot his, and' iHSfl
saw my own dead body. MBBfl
" ' I saw a numbor ot persons sitting and . 9KBk1
standing about the body, and particularly do) ZKBkl
ticed two women, apparently kneeling by myM fcfwiSkl
leftside, and I know that thoy woro weeping. 9PliH
1 havo since loarnod that they were my wife WiltWt
and my sister, but I had no conception of In-, tt.tr IH
dlvidualttv. Wife, Bister and friend were allj KMkI
as ono to mo. 1 did not remember any condl-t RS1
tloriB of relationship; at least, I did not think;) ME Ml
ot any. 1 could distinguish sex. but notbiuc 391
more. Not one lifted her eyos from my body. MraH
" 'I turned and passed out at tho opon door; SLSfl
Inclining ray head and watching whoro 1 sot WrW
my feet as I stepped down onto the porch, t ;:-!
crossed the porch, ue'eeuded the steps.. walked' tcXykr
down the path and Into the street. There J, sfil
Hopped and looked about me. I nover eW 'HJj'Wr
that street moro distinctly than I saw It then. , f
1 took note of the redness ot tho soil and oi lllj
the washes the rain had made. 1 took a rath-i E)iN
er pathetic look about mo, llko ono who fejfl filttjl
about to leavo his homo for a long time. Then PjJH'm
I discovered that I had beoome larger than I KfVlil
was In earth lifo. and congratulated myselt rsii'lli
thereupon. I was somewhat smaller In the EilllH
body than. I jubi llkedito bo. but in tho nexfl SI!.'?
life. I thought. 1 am to bo aa I desired. Mr fsBui
clothes. 1 noticed, had accommodated them- WflHlfr
selves to my Increased stature, and I fell tot SJIf JS
wondering whoro they camo from and how' flrivlB
they got on to me so quickly aud without my Snf n
knowledge, I examined the fabrlo, and 9iH
judged It to bo of some kind 0! Scotch ma- itiS
terial a good suit. 1 ih iiight, put not hand- ,1a:tlM
some; still, neat and good enough, Theooas .'"itsK
fits loosely, too, and that is well for summer. Mfftr.
'"How well I feel," 1 thought. "Only a few SRlH
minutes ago I wns horribly sick and distressed, ilVHJi
Then oamo that change called dentil, whluh C FttB
havosoinueh dieaded It is past now. nnd )ieri litlB
am 1. still a man, a live and thinking- yes, ZBK
thinking as clearly as ovor, and how well I lSKM
leell" 'iBBI
"'In theoxubeiancootmy joy atthethoughlj 3'K'4B
that I would novor bo Bleu nunfn I danced In 'sflkfl
high gleo, I thon noticed that 1 could see t he, aBBtfl
back ot my coat with the eyes of mv old bodv. "JBkU
while my spiritual eyes wero looking forward. .eBBfl
1 discovered that a small cord, liko the thread ",fikka
of a spider's web, ran Ironi my shoulders baclc ''tBB
to my body and was attached to It at the bnsn ''tfWWM
of tho nock In front. Then 1 passed through. . f 11B
the air upheld by n pa r of hands wlileh I 'wBsH
could frel pressing lightly on my sides C 'KBfflH
travelled at a switl but pleasant rnto of speed TlHkB
until 1 arrived on a narrow but weil-biiilt load- vfflBkl
way inclined upward ut an nnglo of 25 degrees. II FVb
ltwas about an far abuvu the ticutops n- It u
was below the ulouds '111" londwuv ncemeit Jj' ?(JM
to havu no support, but wns bull! of milky V i'WM
quartz and vvhlto sand 1 cullng very lonely tJ.f'Bfl
I looked for u companion, und as a lunu dies i'BI
every twenty seconds 1 thought 1 miilit 11 i If W Ijlfjl
havo long to wait before some ono would travel J, Ml
my Wdy. But I could seo no one W Inst. ; Vrnm
when I was beginuiiigto feel iniseiablx. a faeii !a asfifl
full of InclTabli) love nnd U'lidei no .lapnu ned f inlH
me Right In front of me 1 si.v ihiee pro. 'kMmm
dlgloiis rocks blocking tho ro.wl A 'leu mrSkM
spoke to me from u thunder el m,. Knviug: UiliBkB
"Tills is tln road to the ("urn il vvoild " en WsriB
foil pasH them vou can 110 mm,- rem in '" Dio EBBB
ody." Theio vveia four oiitrsuietM, one very flsBkBkl
dark : the ol her three led Into a eool, quiet ami flB
beautiful country. I ib'sln-d to go In, l,u .BH
when I reached the er.e't centie of the 10 k C iB
was sllddenll' stopped. I becuiiin lliieoiisoioilit jfBkB
again and when I auoko I was lung In in) bed. XBH
1 nvvoko 10 eoiiselounie-ts and soon leeo ere J " BrAm
"This iiarrativii was wriiU-11 out b the dim vkkB
lot eight v,-oeks afiei lb - thing '''ciiried. bus 'jB
hit told the story to thosi, nt Hie bedside ns iSBkB
soon as he rouved Tho doctor who attended VkB
him s.i Id that the brr.i Ii was absolutely ex- fllB
tlnct so far as eould be observed, ami everr IXkB
symptom marking the fallout aa dead wta HEkB
present." 'HBjB

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