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A Great Musician's Reception
at the Danish Court.
Three Crowned Heads and Their
Courts en Famitle.
A Wonderful Display of Royalty—Music
Levels All Kanks and Lays tho
Shepherd's Crook Beside
the Scepter.
Special correspondence of the llkiiaj.d
Mkran, Austria, Oct. 13 —It was re
cently my good .'ortuue to be present at
a royal family reunion, when three courts
assembled at the Cumberland palace, in
Gmunden, Austria, to do honor to tbe
musical genius of Jesse Shepard, who
was invited by H. R. H.,the duchess of
Cumberland, to pass an evening in st rict
intimacy among her relatives. A gath
ering composed of three crowned heads,
with their respective courts, and several
royal highnesses, is a sight rare even in
court circles, and especially at a home
gathering where Mr. Shepard and tny-
Belf were the only persons present who
were not members of the royal house
The palace at Gmunden was built by
the present duke of Cumberland, head
of tbe house of Hanover, whose colos
sal fortune permits the greatest luxury
and munificence. The officers, domes
tics and retainers of his household at
Gmunden number over 300 persons,
without counting those kept at the
splendid palace at Hanover and the dif
ferent villas owned by him. The Gmun
den palace is built in tbe old feudal
style, and lies on a hill overlooking the
mountains and tbe beautifulTraunsee.
It is surrounded by a vast forest and
park connecting with the grounds of the
summer villa of the queen of Hanover,
mother of the duke of Cumberland.
As we entered the park the whole
structure, with its turrets and towers,
waß a blaze of light, and, as we ap
proached, the sight grew more and more
imposing and romantic. But once in
side one wae impressed by other«eusa
tions. Instead of a cold and conven
tional palace, the eye everywhere met
witb elegance, beauty, novelty and lux
ury. There was no mistaaing the home
like air of the interior, although one was
not for a moment permitted to forget
that one waßatcourt, forsignsof royalty
were everywhere visible. The halber
diers, with staff in band, and the lackeys
were all in their places, clad iv the
livery of the house of Hanover, a flam
ing scarlet with massive gold trim
mings, veritable giant beef-eaters,
fat and impassive under their
white wigs and three-cornered
hate. On entering, one of these niants
received us, while another took charge
of our hats and coats, but not a word
was spoken. Right before us stood the
main staircase, leading to the reception
rooms; on arriving at the first turning
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another living statue stood in silence as
we passed. Arrived at tbe top an elderly
man in deep, black livery, with knee
breeches and eilk stockings, conducted
us into the reception room ; he was the
confidential valet of the duchess of Cum
berland, and looked like an English
clergyman of olden times. Her royal
highness immediately entered, and,
after welcoming us to the palace, said to
Mr. Shepard: "I think 1 have
selected a sympathetic company
to meet you this evening." An
animated and intimate conversation on
music and art followed, and, turning to
me, the duchess said, in Danish: "I
have never heard of such exceptional
gifts in music and literature; I believe
Mr. Shepard is the only one." The
duchess also alluded to Mr. Shepard's
visit and reception at the imperial pal
ace at Gatchina, the residence of her
sis'er. It. will be remembered that her
royal highness is sister of the empress
of Russ'a as well as of the princess of
Wales and the king of Greece. The
duchess, who has a beautiful face and a
charming figure, was dressed in a simple
robe of gray cashmere, without orna
ments of any kind. She is a brilliant
conversationalist, and, like her mother,
tbe queen of Denmark, and her husband,
the duke of Cumberland, is a fine musi
Mr. Shepard expressed his admira
tion for the music room, the walls and
ceiling of which are in different woods.
On the walls hung several life-size fam
ily portraits, and the duchess, turning
to the most beautiful, said: "This is
my sister-in-law, PrinceßS Marie of
Hanover, an accomplished pianist; you
will meet her this evening." After a
long conversation with her royal high
ness, the duke entered and shook hands
cordially. He i.- a tall man rf aboi'* '_.
with a fine military bearing. ScTaeuly
the duchess said : "The queen is com
ing," and all passed into an adjoining
room to receive the queen of Denmark,
with ber court. A few minutes Inter
her majesty walked up to Mr. Shepard
and began a conversation in excellent
English. Her rnojesty wore a delicate
heliotrope silk, with a short train, her
bosom being covered with old lace, dia
monds and pear shaped pearls.
Shortly after tbe queen of Hanover
arrived accompanied by her daughter,
Princess Marie, and her court, and im
mediately followed by H. R. H. Ernst,
reigning duke of Saxe-Altenburg The
queen of Hanover was dressed in black,
without jewels, never having left off
mourning for the late king. Princess
Marie, however, wore a superb robe of
mauve brocade, her wrists, neck and
bosom being covered with sapphires and
diamonds. Her royal highness is ex
tremely tall, has a classical *ace, and
converses and moves about with an air
of great dignity. Her conversation is
Blow, methodical; every word is weighed,
every geßture betokens tbe cultured
About 9 :30 o'clock tea and coffee were
served in tbe banqueting hall, which is
connected with the music ball by large
double doors. Several lackeys passed
about smong *he> brilliant assemblage,
bearing huge Bilver trays. The effect
produced by their scarlet, and gold liver
ies and beautifully frizzled fine white
wigs, under the medueval-looking chan
deliers, filled wi'h colored tapers, mode
me think of one of Watteau'e exquisite
pictures turned into a tableau vivant.
Etiquette permitted no one to be seated,
as their majesties continually stood or
walked about, conversing with Mr,
Shepard and the different members of
their courts.
It was nearly 10 o'clock when the
duchess of Cumberland went to the
grand piano and raised the hoary lid
without any assistance. Her royal
highness asked Mr. Shepard where he
would like his audience to be seated;
juat thtn the queen of Hanover took a
seat near the piano, to the right, but
immediately rose again, saying: "Per
haps Mr. Shepard will not like me to sit
here." Mr. Shepard replied that her
majesty, being a sympathetic auditor,
could sit where she pleased. Right be
hind the musician nat the queen of Den
mark with her daughter and the Prin
cess Marie. H, B. H. tbe duke of Alten
burg took a seat beside his cousin, the
queen of Hanover. Immediately be
hind their majesties and royal high
nesses stood the ladies and gentlemen oi
the different households, conspicuous
among them being the two marshals of
the duke of Cumberland's court, his ex-
cellency, General Count Kielmansegg,
brother of the governor of Lower Aus
tria, whose breast was covered with
ordeis. and General yon Klenck.
Mr. Shepard played and sang with his
accustomed ease and brilliancy, every
one listei.ing to the music with profound
attention ; but when his voice reached
the highest notes the queen of Hanover,
no longer able to control her emotion,
rose from h« r seat and exclaimed:
"I never in my life heard anything
like it."
After the music all were anxious to
«ell their impressions, the oueen of Den
mark declaring that Mr. Shepard's
playing bad tbe richness and power of
four hands instead of two, and for the
rest of the evening he was kept busy
answering questions appropos of his
marvelous artistic gifts. When their
majesties or royal highnesses were con
versing with him tbe other members of
the courts did not approach, but, by
turns, small groups would form around
him, all eager to know more about the
wonderful musician. Princess Marie re
turned several times and during the
conversation remarked to Mr. Shepard
that ber father, the late king of Han
over, was not only a good musician, but
was a musical authority who wrote on
music. In fact, the royal families of
Denmark and Hanover are known to be
the most critical in music of any of tbe
royal families of Europe. Under such
congenial and sympathetic conditions
Mr. Shepard felt himself thoroughly at
home, and was probably never beard to
better advantage.
Soon after tbe music had ceased re
freshments were served in the armorial
ball, where everyone remained standing
or walked about at pleasure. Wines
were served that are only to be obtained
from vineyards under royal control,such
as tbe Austrian Toquay, and, as we were
enjoying tbe privilege of a family re
union, the gentlem " were now per
mitted to smoke. ? t duke of CnmbMr
land offered me a t.gar, and I noticed
that the duke of Altenburg smoked
freely while conversing with the queen
of Denmark.
The armorial hall, with its vaulted
ceiling, its high and massive fireplace,
its carved woods, and chandeliers made
of elk horns made one think of old
feudal times and the poetry of the
troubadors; and the Cumberland palace,
the only one of its kind in the world,
sumptuous, varied and homelike, was
of all placeß the most fitting for such an
Several days later H. R. H. the
duchess of Cumberland sent Mr.
Shepard a graceful letter, with a superb
sapphire surrounded by diamonds, fresh
from the court jeweler at Vienna, as a
souvenir of this memorable evening.
Waldemar Tonner.
Long I watched her, beside tho river;
Breathing the springtime air;
Smiling "1> to the Holy Uiver
Of a world so bright and fair.
There she stood, where tho swirling waters
Kissed her feet with its hoary spray.
She, tho darling of nature's daughters
And the poor of the fairest fay.
There she wandered, from dewy morning—
With the thoughts that love instills—
Till the sun, with wreaths her brow adorn
Sank behind tho western hills.
There she loitered in dreamful rapture.
Alone on the sandy shore:
Oh, poet-art Ist, hero might ye capture
A picture of lost l.enorel
Now tho maiden id lying lowly
In a mound beside the stream.
While angere visit that spot bo holy
When on '.t the raw n 'loth beam.
Now her spirit has down forever,
liut her soul 1 deem is blest
By the dreams Bhe dreamt by the gleaming
When sho wandered an earthly guest.
- H. H. Kenninsrton i*i Good Housekeonitur.
Wear and Tear.
Muggins—You are getting to look right
old, Uncle Si! Too much hard work, I
Uncle Si—'Tuin't so much de hardvruk,
boss, but it urn de eberlastin wear an tear
on a pusson's mind tryin to lib widout
wuk what's telliu ou duole num.—Truth-
A Test for Forgery.
The famous handwriting expert, David
N. Carvalho, asserts that "no man does or
can write his sin-npture twice exactly
alike." lie therefore advances the star
tling proposition that "when two signatures
purporting to have been written !>y the
same person tire precisely alike it is safe to
jonclude that one of them is a forgery."
The woman with a ring on every finger
was a queenly beauty, with the regal
element largely predominating over the
comeliness. She had tl harsh I-am-not-niy-
brothers-keeper look iv her eyes as she en
tered the grocery store around the corner.
"Are those tomatoes fresh?" she de
manded icily.
A clerk with thin, sandy hair nnd no
beard hastened to assure her that the to
matoes were just from the soil.
"Is that celery crisp?"
"Those cabbages free from decay inside?"
"Entirely free."
"Those melons ripe?"
"Dead ripe."
"These lemons juicy?"
"Those cranberries reddened on the
"Yes, indeed."
The woman glanced scornfully about
the place.
"How are you selling butter?" she asked,
with a cold, stony glare.
"Thirty cents, ma'am."
"Thirty cents! Well, I declare. I"
She was sweeping toward tbe door.
"came over to order an eighth of a
pound, but I can't afford it."
The clerk witb the thin hair went into
the back part of the store to collect a few
thoughts.—Detroit Tribune.
"It's a beautiful day for <v walk," she
said, looking out of the window.
"Indeed i: is," lie said, doing likewise.
"Would yott like to take n walk?" sho
"Above till tilings.''
''TIoTI .l.Mi'r . —1,-,„„,,.
Conldn't Afford It.
Almost a Hint.

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