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MIS* MARY BREUI>'GTOM MAKES A PET OF A MARMOSET.
KITTENS Are No Longer Selected as Pets?Claim That They Are Too Old Fashioned?Freak Pets From All Over the World?Mon keys Among the Favorites, While Even Figs and Snakes Find a Place?A Pet Fox Resembles a Dog?An Owl That Can Only See Its Owner at Night?A Toucan From South America?Pet Crow Talks Like a Parrot, and a Whole Family of Raccoons Eat Candy. AI.F a century aso most of our grand mothers boaster! the possession of a pet kitten. Occa sionally there may have been one with a dop, but women were timid back iu the early fifties and sixties. and the dogs in those days were usually big. " t * hunting animals. The lap dog was almost unknown. Hence in ryost cases grandmother voted dogs too dangerous and hugged her beribboned kitten the ? 'oser. yet not too close for fear that even it might scratch. But "the old order ehangetli." Kittens av*> almost gone out of fashion. They a-e regarded as too tame, and their l !ace has betn tak?n by raccoons owls, ^t.ats, young eagles, monkeys and even -nake*. All sorts and varieties of strange in'.mals have become converted into pets K Washington girls, and there are som#? >? ;ng women who maintain miniature r. nagerles. containing a number of ani als any one of which mi^ht easily be ?-:z?-d with the blood lust of his jungle "efathers and either kill its owner or .l'm her f?>r life. Evidently, however, i- uir's <>: the National ?'apitai are lf-il trainers for there is not a singie a * or rfi rd here when* the miner of ?i a pet i as been hurt serio sly by it. m * n iany of Washington's freak pets come ? >ni the far-off Philippine Islands. Oth rs come from Scuth America, and still tl.ers from various European countries, lost of t!;em. however, are from the i..untairons sections of the I'nited ^'.it< ?and there ar?- men in Washington *??0 make a regular business of supply .ij; them Ti'e-e men stand ready to ac ? ept any sort of an order. They Will isre. to deliver, alive an I in go< <1 condi ':<>n. anything from a baby fox to a ? i.silt: Near. Only last week one of them ? i !>e known that lie had news of the apt ur? of a hear cub in Vnrth <"aro!ina ?anil already the bear has been sold to .Miss Jane Callahan, 712 lHth street. Probably the strangest of all the strange pets of Washington girls, however, are those of Miss Tina Sehmid of 712 12th street. Miss Sehmid has had some un usual pets. She has owned many mon keys. and once trained a young coyote. These, however seem almost insipid com pared to her present pets, for Miss Sehmid now lavishes her affections on two full-grown snakes She calls her snakes Pete and Jennie. She says they know their names?and they really seem to. Both are of the non poisonous variety, and have had their fangs drawn as an additional precaution against their biting. For all that, though, they are long, and so vicious looking that the average person would think sev eral times before touching them. But not so Miss Schmld. She picks them up, strokes them, lets them twine them selves about her arms or her neck at will. And they have become so used to being handled by human beings that Miss Sehmid says any one may pick them up without ttyeir makinug a- single hostile move. * * * "Yes. they are rather unusual pets." said Miss Sehmid. "But who wants a pet just like that of everybody else? Be sides, they're not a bit dangerous now. and I think they are really fond of me. They answer any number of serviceable purposes, too. For one thing, the girl who owns h pet snake needn't be afraid of mice'?the mice will keep away. And while 1 don't know, never having had the experience, I imagine they'd be as good protection as watchmen in case of burglars. "If a burglar should come in my room, fur instance, and see my snakes lying on the floor?of course they'd be awake, they're rather light sleepers, you know? 1 fancy he'd get out just about as quickly as if a revolver were pointed at him. I have made a little grass bed for my snakes at the foot of my own bed. They .see.ni to find it quite comfortable. I feed them on flies and insects, and then, of course, they catch a great many more themselves." Another unusual pet is owned by the Countess Helene O'Drovons. a young' Polish noblewoman, who has made Washington her adopted home for many years. The countess has a pet fox. which she has raised from a cub. and despite the world-old reputation of the tribe of Reynard for slyness, trick ery and general unreliability, she de clares her animal is more faithful and loving than any dog cou!d possibly be. There is quite a history attached to the countess' fox. Six years ago, when she was on a visit in. the south, she par ticipated in a fox hurt. A female fox was jumped shortly before noon, and there followed a merry cha?e lasting sev eral hours. The quarry doubled time and again, striving in its efTorts to rea.h a certain great rocky wall in which it had its cave. But to reach this cave it had to cross a large open space, and the task was too much for it. Just n? it reached the mouth of its cave, the dogs were upon It. Another moment and It was dead. * * The riders were not far behind the dogs and they had dismounted and were dis cussing the chase when a tiny red brown fig' re crept out of the cave, and, seem ingly unmindful of the hounds, trotted up to the dead body of its mother and sniffed at it. Then it made a darting turn and started back to its cave?but too late. ITie men ami women who luid been in the hunt forme,1 a ctr -le about It. The baby fox was pitifully young. It was- captured and givf-n tn the countess who took it home and raised it. It is now a? large animal and follows its mistress about for ail the world like a dog. Indeed, but for a certain nar rowness of the head, and a certain craft iness in the expression of the eyes, which all these years of taming have failed to eradicate wholly, it looks very mucfi lik^ a small collie, ft has the full liberty oC the countess' home, at It'08 Monroe street, and frequently she takes it down town with her, leading it by a chain, as though it were a harmless poodle. In deed. the c-ountess ard her fox are fa miliar figures on Washington's main boulevards. Miss Millicent Coward of 1S11 3d street northeast divides her affections between two pets. One is a small snow-white billy goat. For generations past humorists have jester! of the penchant of goats in genera! to eat anything and everything under the sun, from tablecloths to empty tin cans, but their jests do not apply to Miss Cowan's pet. It lias been raised with almost as much care as if it were a baby, and as regards food it is a veritable epicure. It is called Tony, and is prob ably known to half the residents of Eek Ington. for Tony follows Miss Cowan about like a dog. And the District au thorities force its owner to license it with a collar and tag, just as if it really were a dog. The other pet of Miss Cowan is less widely known by her neighbors, for ob vious reasons?for it is a full-grown fe male eagle. I.ike the goat. Miss Cowan has raised the eagle from babyhood. She brought it back to Washington following a trip to the far west. It is not a par ticularly affectionate looking pet, and with strangers its disposition is far from gentle. With its owner, however, it is as gentle as a canary. It perches* on her shoulder, on her finger, her head or her lap, and arches Its neck to have Its head scratched like a tame parrot. Its ugly, viciously hooked bill is harmless to .Miss Cowan, but let a stranger come near, and the eyes grow vicious, the head darts back and forth, and tlie bill is ready to strike hard and deep. ".lane wouldn't hurt me for the world, would you, Jane," said Mis-s Cowan as she ruffled the big eagle's feathers. "She did though one*?although she didn't mean to. You see. she wanted to light on my arm. and she didn't get a good hold, and in trying to steady herself she dug her talons into my flesh. It hurt pretty badly, for her ta'.ons were pretty sharp I had all that remedied, however, by hav ing the talons clipped. I keep them cut off short now." And just as Tony the gout is particular about his food, so, too is Jane the eagle. Jane spurns any kind of food except tish. She takes her food from her owner's hands meekly enough, but once she fcets it the latent cruelty in her becomes ap parent. Then the wicked bill darts back and forth and rips the fish into strips? tearing, first of all, the In ad from the body. To see the eagle eating makes one wonder that Miss Cowan is not afraid to hand'e it. and ruffle its feathers as she does, but barring the onf instance re ferred to. it has never hurt its owner, and she is certain it never will. at ? A There are many Washington girls who have monkeys for pets. Monkeys abound in the Philippines, and many of them have been sent or brought back to Wash ington by army officers and others who i.ave visited Pncle Sam's eastern posses sions. These monkeys, however, are for the most part rather common breeds. Miss Mary Brewington of 1.141 Vermont MISS M1LL1CCNT COW\\ WITH HHR PET <!OAT. avenue has one that is of a breed more unusual. Miss Brewington's monkey is ratnen Mike, and is of the type known as the marmossette. In appearance it is most ly tail. Its body is tiny, probably not. quite as large as that of an ordinary gray squirrel. But its tail is more than two feet long. Mike is jet black in color, but he boasts a pompadour tuft of hair and an aggressive heard that are notn snow white. This does not signify however. Mike is only four years old, and so far as coloring is concerned he ha.i always been just as he Is now. .According to Miss Brewington. Mike has almost as much sense as lots or human beings, and more than some, in fact, he knows almost too rtiuch. sue says?so much, that except when she is petting him, she is forced to keep him shut up in his cage. Otherwise he gets into all sorts of mischief "He tries to imitate everything he sees me do." said Mips Brewington. cuddling Mike in her arms as? a mother mi'-'ht hoin a baby as she talked. "I remember when I first got him. He was only a few months old. I used to leave hi?, cage open, so he could come out when ne pleased. One afternoon I was powdering my face and Mike was sitting on the edKe of my dresser watching me. I no ticed he seemed to be studying me rather lntentlv. but then Mike nearly always lookp as if he were wrestling with some weiKhtv problem of the intellect, so i didn't give the matter much thought. After a while I went out of the room and left Mike inside. A few moments later I returned and there he was. big a^ life, powder puff in one hand and hand mirror in the other, daubing powder on his face as if his life depended on it But when he saw me lie stopped and made for his rage. You see. he knew he had no business to be doing it. The> never set Into mischief while >ou them, but go out of the room and the> n turn everything topsyturvy. A "They're dear pets, though. This is the third monkey I've had. They don t live long in this climate. They get con sumption. But they are as affectionate as a child with their owners, and they re lots of protection, too. Id rather ha\e Mike in' mv room than a dog. He s little, but his teeth are sharp, and I believe he'd attack anybody who attempted to harm me in a minute." To test the truth of the statement The Star man raised his hand as though to strike Miss Brewington. Instantly Mike gave vent to a peculiar half hiss, half whistle, and his little whlte teetli were bared in an ugly row. JvUdentlj Mi. s Brewington was correct. Almost as strange as the eagle of Miss Cowan is the pet of Miss Jean Menefee of the senior class at Washington Col lege who makes a p^t of a toucan, a strange and altogether hideous bird of the tropics. Miss Menefee had the bird, then a baby not yet rid of its pin feath ers. presented to her during a trip to South America three years ago. Few toucans are ever caught alive, and fewer still are ever tamed, but Miss Menefee brought hers back to Washington and tamed it to that point where it w 11 eat from her hand-although it fights vicious lv whenever any one else comes near it. Constant feeding and familiarity will not make it more friendly. To most people the mere appearance or the bird wouli be ample and sufficient reason for general undesirability. It has a short, squatty body of black, with wings touched with glaring red. Its legs are stubby and almost scaly in appear ance, and its feet are seml-wefcbed. Its head Is freakish in its ugliness. Small and covered with red and black feathers, it is made to seem out of proportion by an unusually large, unusually bright and unusually wicked looking eye. The head slopes downward to an enormous bill, al most as long as the body; the upper half is hooked something like that of a la-rge male eagle. The bill is tinted literally with all the colors of the rainbow, with a yellowish green predominating. * ?v ifc v * But Miss Menefee declares it is the "dearest of pets." "It doesn't love any body but me." she aa'd. "and I don't want it to. I wouldn't have a pet that would make friends with everybody. Oh, yes; I have a cage for it, but I don't keep it there much I let it fly around my room. Once or twice, in the summer, it has gotten outdoors, but it has always come back. It was rather funny It tried to make friends with other birds, but they flew away in terror. They seem ed deathly afraid of it." Another bird, far more common, but al most unheard of as a pet, is a huge owl owned by Miss Evelyn Denmark of 1740 y street northwest. It Is a peculiar breed of owl. It stands almost two feet high and is pure white. And for all that it can see only through a haze in the daytime. It knows its mistress?proba bly it recognizes her voice?for it allows her to play with it as she will. She will take its huge head in her two hands and shake it from side to side, and the owl will patiently endure. She will press it to her and the owl will almost seem to "cuddle up." At night time, of course. It can see?hence, according to Miss Den mark, its desirability as a pet increases one hundred fold. I'nlike the other unusual birds kept by Washington Kills as pets. Miss Denmark's owl is not at all dangerous. On the con trary, it is easily frightened. Let a stranger attempt to touch it at night, and it will run, using a peculiar semi waddling step not unlike that of a duck. As it runs it tries to fly, but its owner keeps Its wings clipped short and flying is impossible. When a stranger ap proaches it in daytime it does not try to run?it cannot see well enough for that MISS JEAN' MBIfBFBE AND HER TOl'CAX. Then it merely stands perfectly still and trembles. Evidently it knows the touch of its owner's hand from all others. * * * "I love my owl," said Miss Denmark, "but I must admit that I can't pin much faith in the old adage about an owl beint; wise. Min" certainly looks wise enough, but although I've tried hard I haven't been able to teach it a single trick. It's just sweet and gentle?and that's all." Of all known animals, probably none is more vicious, when cornered, than the raccoon. Coon hunts are common enough In various sections of the country, par ticularly the .south. In such a hunt a pack of dogs is taken along, and usually, before the hunt terminates, several of these dogs are killed by their quarry. Nevertheless, .Mis. Elizabeth Parker of 1717 Pennsylvania avenue northwest, has a family of pet raccoons, and they are all as gentle as kittens. So thoroughly has she tamed them. too. that they are gentle not only with her, but with every one. Airs. Parkej bought the mother coon from a Virginia farmer, who had trapped it and was preparing to kill it for its skin. She brought it back to Washing ton and fitted up a big cage for it. l-ong before the wound in its foot, caused by the trap which caught it. had healed, she says, the coon was tame. She named it Queen, and a few weeks later took the door off the cage for all time and allowed it the full run of the house. A few more weeks passed and Queen became the mother of a litter of four tiny balls of gray and black fluff?baby rac,-oons. The puppies are now almost fully grown, and. having been born in capitivity. they are naturally the quintessence of gentleness. If approached correctly they will make friends wltii any one instantly, and the only secret of the correct ap proach is to offer them a piece of candy. Every one of them, the mother included, has a "sweet tooth" as pronounced as that of a young girl. * ? "Aren't these better pets than a do? 01 a tat?" asked Mrs. Parker, as she stroked the head of the mother raccoon. "So dog could possibly be more gentle and loving, and not many could have nearly as much sense. Then there's a pleasure, too, in having a pet that was on< e wild and that is capable of inflicting all sorts of dam age. but which won't just because it loves you." She looked down at the big iac coon she was holding. ' Show your teeth, Queen," she said, and as she spoke she calmly pried open the animal's jaws. Two glistening rows of long, pointed teeth were disclosed?teeth that could tear a dog or a man to ribbons. "Rather wicked looking, aren't they?" asked Mrs. Parker, smilingly. ? But Queen isn't ever going to use them for anything but eating candy and vegetables, are you. Queen? Vou see, 1 never give any of them any meat. 1 don't want to stir up their wild strain." It is a far cry from a coon to a pet crow, but Miss l.eah Randolph of Ken sington road has one of the latter for a pet He!- crow has its tongue split and can talk fully as well as a parrot. It is much smarter than a parrot, too. and nat urally. being less heavy and less awtwavd is much more sprightly. As is" the case with monkeys, however. Miss Randolph sa^s. her crow is continually gettinp into mischief?so much so that she invariably keeps a !onp chain attached to one of its legs. The chain gives the crow plenty of space in which to move about, without allowing him to reach anything with which he can wreak mischief. Sometime" freak pets arf turned to commercial advantage. Such is the case with tho wife >f a barber in the down town section ol the city who owns a pet goose. Tlit- troose is hh enormous bird, standing at least three and one-half feet high. and i' has been so trained tfi?t all through the da> it parade?- solemnIv bark and forth in front of hot husband s i,liop. Passersby may, Hiid frequently <io. > ffer it rood and if the fo'~?d please* It t aecepted Hut. no matter how tempting lT" morsel, tho goose cftnn >t bo persuaded t<? walk away from that shop. afthough it is not restrained iti any way. Many per sons have tr!?mI ti> load it off. merely t'? see if it could be done, but none 1ms ever S'.ieceeded. On tho other hand. the goose \\ i 1 follow its onnet or her hus band an \ where. A-? a living advfrtlcf ment tho husband of tho owner of the ge>o*o declares it w -rth hundreds of dot 'ars. .Miss May Phelps of the Navy Yard has a pet which is common enough a? an animal, but rarely soon in ti residence ller pet is a pi* Tho pig. which boast^ the euphonlons name of Jake, is tho first pet Miss Phelps ban evei owned, and sh? lias had it for six years. She declares it "loves hor devotedly." and certainly it should, for she saved its life. The pi? was never intended for a pet. Just before Thanksgiving y.x years ago. when it was the tiniest of shoats. It was sent to Mi.-s Phelps" lather to grace the dinner table. It came front a friend living in North Carolina, who. in order to make >uro that il would be fres'i when served setit it alive. Mlsw Phelps" father fully Intended to have the pig duly slaughtered, according: to program, but his daughter would not hear of It. v % ?!; 0 e * t "The poor little baby looked so pitiful and c ute I just couldn't bear to think of it? being killed," said Miss Phelps. "Mam ma. tew. wouldn't iifar of having: it killed, i couldn't have eaten a bit of It lo save my life' So finally papa consent ed to et me keep it. and I've had it over ' since." Today M'ss Phelps pet. considerably ? grown and rather stout, although not | too much so i? :i very aristocratic pig. indeed. It has never known the feel of a friendly mud puddle. Instead, its hid" is spotless'y clean as a result of thrice weekly baths, and Its nc ck is usual v ' decorated with a gay-colored rlhbon. It sleeps on a mattress made especially fori it. and its meals are carefully looked ? after by its owner. Naturally, beins oni a pin aft' r all. it is always ready to ea . but Miss Pheips rppv that its meal tim? s ar.- carefa ly regu ate:', ar.l it is pov. r allowed to est too much. ' You see." ex plained Miss Phelps. 1 can't have Ja .e- . ge ttir.g too fat He must keep lashlein- , aliie." .snd so. throughout the city, in every . section, there are gir.s whe? spurn the pets of our grandmothers' days as be ny 'hoptlessly old-fashioned." It has bef.i said that nothing can be truly enjoyable! unless it is attended by a certain spice of ' danger. Perhaps that accounts for the } seemingly ever-increasing desire of j Washington ulrls for wild animals At j any rate, the desire exists, and Is daily ; becoming more and more prevalent. MISS EVELV \ l)K\M VRK WITH IIKK WIIITK OWI? MIES. PMLANDEIR PMESTLY CLAXTON, WIFE OF THE COMMISSIONS! OF EDUCATION SHE Is a Recent Arrival in the Capital and a Bride of Last Spring?Was Miss Mary Hannah Johnson of Nash ville?Comes of Illustrious Lineage and Through Her Mother Is a Direct Descend ant of Josiah Payne. Father of Dolly Payne Madison. r.Y MAKCAKKT T*. IMWNIMi. F the language list J by the board of director* of the < "artiegic Library of Xaslr. ilk*. Tenn., is suggestive of the moinhers' in di\ idua 1 sentiments Washington N to be congratulated on securing such a charming and ca pable woman ass a permanent lesi ?:?-?!t. Ai wife of the commissioner of ? ?iij'.ation Mrs. Claxton at once assumes .? position of much importance in the official and social world. Slit tomes to her new home with a reputation for deeds, and even in the center of prog ress and culture. which the capital is acknowledged to be. she will undoubt edly find many subjects to study and per haps to improve. -Mrs ?'laxton is counted among the pub lic-spirited women who have made the new south. She i-? descended from two of the oldest and most revered families of the state. the Johnsons, who came from Vermont after the ,\ar of the in dependence. and the l'iiyn.-s, who went still farther south a* the ?xld Dominion became unduly crowded with settlers at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Always progressive. Mis. Claxton as Miss Mary Hannah Johnson then became iin :?resspd b\ the work which the progress of tim?- unfolded for women, and after completing the usual education given the outhern gentlewoman she entered Van ?l? rbilt i'niversity, and later went to Chi cago, where she completed a course of iihrary science in a celebrated ^eat of b-arning there. Having gained from the university ail that was practical for her work, she b? san a career of usefulness . ii<! success in connection v/ith public ':braries unequaied. certainly, iri iier ow n state and in tew others. She was prac ti> jlly the originator of the state library ? 'ui mission, and devoted Iter time, en rgy and resources to its advancement. She secured the first appropriation from the state, and this income is now part of the regular outlay of the Tennessee legislature. $ * * I .iter she became librarian in the tine building erected at the Tennessee cap ital by Mr. < arnefrie, and this position she resigned last April to marry Dr. Philander Priestly Claxton, also of Ten nessee, for the past two years I'nited states commissioner of education under the Secretary of the Interior. The mar riage was the result of a romance which began a few years previous, when Dr. < 'laxtoii was visiting his old home. Shortly after the wedding Dr. Claxton took his bride on a trip to i'orto Rico, from which they returned in the early summer. Mrs. Claxton, with the young children of her husband by his former marriage, spent the summer in Knoxvllle, coming here in September. Says Mrs. ( laxton: ' When I resigned my position as libra rian of the Carnegie Institute in Nash ville, February last, the words of ap proval and regret which came from my fellow-citizens of Tennessee will shed a sunshine on all my life. No matter how much one is in love, as the term Roes, there is a pang accompanying the laying down of one's work and facin-: the con ditions of a new home and duties. If a woman is rea'ly absorbed by her work and it is a vital thing to her, then to marry arid leave it means that she is very much in love indeed. My library and its affiliated interests had a tremen dous worth to me and they still possess a significance which I believe they will always. The directors pointed out that 1 had done my work well and the resolu tioris which they passed when they ac cepted my resignation will form my dear est heritage. From that good man who has done so much for libraries, Andrew Carnegie, 1 received a sift of ?1.<><>(>, sent me with a long letter written by himsell and containing such praise as would mjike any person proud. He hid casu ally seen the announcement of mv en gagement to f<r. Claxton in the papers and he sent me tiiis gift in appreciation of tny services |ri establishing on a prac tical. useful basis his generous gift to Un people nf Nashville. * * "Libte >ooks and the kindred themes have Sfl? ?ys appealed to me, and it was in pursuance of a deep conviction that I resolved to work for free circulating libraries in my own state and inciden tally to aid others in their communities. Tennessee cannot c aim to be the first state in the Union to take hold of the free and circulating library idea, but we do claim that we grasped it very ear'.y and evo.yed the Idea into huge dimensions and absolute practicability. The Tennes see Federation of Women's Clubs was the Jirst organization to take hold of and circulate t.aveling libraries. It got books together by every legitimate means, loaned, donated and purchased on the in stallment plan, and we used the simple rule that ever} volume admitted must answer one of the three purposes?to in struct. amuse or inspire. Subscription li braries took immediate hold and became flourishing in the most important rural communities. The members of the socie ties found a good central locution for their treasures, and with these permanent centers the tedious work associated with libraries on wheels was lessened. But we penetrated into the mountains and brought treasures to the isolated whites iri those regions, and. by the way. the people in the mountains are much finer than the world at times has been led to think. They arc backward in current in formation or book learning, but they are a nob e and intelligent race, full of pa triarchal dignity and imbued with the o?d patriarchal ideals of hospitality, of honesty and upright dealing. Their standard of morality is very high. Our traveling libraries still climb into the heights and the most grateful and In telligent of readers are these same people. Though the Tennessee legislature gives each year to sustain its traveling libraries, the work has been placed under the Federation of Women's Clubs. This is only proper, since these feminine clubs gave the firmest support to the entire scheme of free state libraries and many of their memberships rendered the most efficient and unselfish assistance for years b fore th*-' legislature took up the cause. ''From libraries naturally come study clubs, a theme in which i take a deep in terest. We have libraries loaned under certain conditions to study clubs, and MRS. I'llll. \P. CI,AXTOJI. those who know what intellectual labor means to those who have been d&prived of the tools of their trade, as it were, will sympathize with all that these bookB open in isolated sections. W? have found out, as many others have who study present 4 <.:unuiiiuii?, inai me nest part of a man's or woman's education is not what is obtained at schools and colleges, but what they give to themselves through the intelligent study of books. Our- methods of providing books both in the circulating form of sets of hooks for special study is so simple that all can surpass the idea and tile rules governing the state prop erty, the books so broad that the wealth is accessible t<< all. "My most beloved work in recent years since we got our free libraries running smoothly has been with the children and in that division which with us in Nash ville became illustrious as the Story Hour League. We received our inspira tion from the visit of the raconteur Prof. Wyche, president of the Story Tellers' league. Being librarian at the Carnegie Library, with the approval of my asso ciates, I arranged a children's hour in the library one Saturday afternoon and an nounced the meeting in the local papers. One of my colleagues said that one would believe that trie Pied Piper had come to Nashville, playing h'.s seductive tunes. Every nook and corner were tilled with tlie little folks. That first day was a bit ter disappointment, for the principal story teller did not come, and I feared to take up the work with my inexperience. Hut the next Saturday there was no hitch, nor has there been since that first date It is one of the sights of Nashville to see tiie little ones crowding to the library to listen to stories. Nothing will lure them to miss a single meeting. We have themes arranged and a recognized meth od, and those who have joined the league really study the methods with diligence and with a keen desire toward success. I shall not dwell on the need of know ing how to tell a story well. It is uni versally subscribed, and, as a sarcastic friend X>t mine said. Just to attend a public dinner and go through the martyrdom at tending the recital of stories is sufficient argument. "What I should earnestly like to com mend Is that children are so benefited by the recital of stories that their imagina tion is? fired by hearing the noble deeds of departed heroes and the lessons of patriotism contained in the livep of great men. I believe in rewarding children by telling them stories instead of giving them money or unwholesome vticles of food. I could All a book with the tales relating to the children's hour just in Nashville. I am sure that manw a boy has been inspired to study Greek and Lat in by hearing of those heroes of Home!-, and he will be a better und more use till man for this desire to become profi cient in the classics. Then 1 like the de mocracy of the idea. We get the raga muffin as well as the curled darling-', for childhood has the same menial crav ing. whether the bod yis clothed In rags or in line broadcloth. 1 heard of one sinati boy literally garbed in fragments of dis carded garments of his elders who had often attended the children's hour and who crept in to the banquet given the directors, hoping that the story telling would continue. He announced his inten tion of studying Greek and Latin so that he could hear Ifomer's tales himsf-if. We have nature stories, dialect stories, his torical tales, and gradually we get up the line of ptories which have religious, phi lanthropic or philosophical import. I re cently joined the League of Pen Women here in Washington, and at a meeting soon to he held I have been asked to ex plain our theory of story telling as dis tinct literary attainment." Mrs. Claxton is typical of the grace and cordiality of the old south, corflhined with the energy and commanding spirit of the new woman who has made Dixie a power in the hind. She is dark ^nd Slender, with an innate knowledge of the ethics of dress and of special accessories which go so far toward social success. In Nash ville, as in the other cities of the south, a woman earning her livelihood does not prevent her from being a sccial leader. Mrs. Claxton. as ^ary HannaFi John son, was a social favorite, and as a pub lic official she was counted among the powerful forces for moral and intellectu al development. She has> been busy with her pen as well as in other ways. Her papers have been generally published in study magazines. She is also well known as a lecturer on literary and kindred themes. Her visit to the "Passion Play" at Oberammergau furnished a topic which made her celebrated in her state. She did not have recourse to illustrations to make her point, but clearly made her picture of well chosen words and well rounded sentence*. Mrs. Johnson of Nashville will spend the winter witli her daughter, Mrs. ?'lax toti. and there are in the household two at tractive young girls, the daughters of the rommis-ionrr of education. The elder. Miss <'la ire Claxton. lias already been presented to society, hut Miss Helen t'laxton will (ontirue her studies at m local school. Vhere are two hoys. Porter and Robirt Edward. and a small g:rl. Elizabeth. Being entirely a < u-toin* 1 to training children. Mrs. t'laxton assumed these duties in regard to her stepchildren with the enthusiasm and joy which is her dominant characteristic. "I am glad that my life will he so filled with obligations that 1 shall not miss my beloved librai y." she said. "I am .profoundly interested in my hus band's work in the department of educa ration. though I am only getting a glimpse of all that it means. There seems abundant opportunity to enjoy ore's self On Election Day. Till, proposal to strengthen the se crecy of the ballot by voting by mail reminded Senator Williams of an e'ec tion day story. "Voting by mail." he said, "is a radi cal proposition that I'd hc.-itate to advo cate without further study, but I do most heartily favor inviolable secrecy as regards the ballot. "Even a harmless curiosity about the ballot is contemptible. A Salina grocer said to a little gir! one election day: " 'Who is your father going to vote for this morning, my dear?' " '1 don't know,' the little girl answer ed. " 'Will he vote the republican ticket ." " '1 don't know.' " '1 wonder if he'll vote democrat?" " 'I don't know.' " 'He wouldn't vote prohibition, sure ly?" '? '1 don't know.' "The grocer, as he tied up the little gir's package, sneered: " 'Well, you don't know much, and that's a fact.' " 'You know less," the little girl an swered. 'or you wouldn't be askin' so many question^' " and to improve lie passing hour* cmr. b.red in the various clubs of Washing ton. There is such an embarrassment 0? riohe-' that I am somewhat uncertain which good thing to accept and whi-h to reject. Then I am delighted to find such a large element of Tennessee in the so cial and official set here anil so many sou thefts people 'roni every community. ' It makes me fee) that I shall not be a * stranger, and aside from the intelleotua' treats I see in store the social -ide of Washington offers many alluring pleas ures." Dr. and Mrs. <**laxton reside just next' door to the British embassy on Connec ticut avenue. On the other side of them is the Swedish legation and directlv op posite Is the embassy of Austria-Hun gary. Buf the environment, Mrs. (Hax ton declares, will not affect her patriot ism even incidentally. Not the Rea1 Thina. y^LAKKXCK Ahf'UTT. the Vale coa< fi. comforted a s'ightly injured halfback on the side lines at New Haven with a foot ball story. "Once uiK?n a time," said Mr. Alcott. patting the brawny shoulder of the suf ferer. "there was a wonderful Thanks giving day gamp between two great var sities. "This game way played almost fault lessly. The interest was maintained to the very end. Star play succeeded star plav \\?ith the precision of clockwork. But? ' "Not a man was disabled. "Not a single doctor was called out. ' Not a nose was broken, not a tooth loosened, not a drop of blood dyed the ground. "The spectators, at the end of this phe nomenal game, Bhook their heads and sighed: " 'It was magnificent,' they said, T>ut it was not foot ball.' "