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THE OREAT OPERA
HOUSE HOLDUP By J. P. OOUGesLAX t'p1rfgA, too. b A. S. Richard m The oaktree Opera House war un umeuilly crowe, xucvy l of ak tree are a dr-ama loving community, and the Watson-Duval Double Star combination was giving "Han:!et." The manager estimated that there was at least F'." in the house, his prosale way of sunsming up the value of the audience from the box olce point uof view. Thcre was a good deal more than $-I-M in the house from the prac tical financial view of Gentleman George, known in the adjacent moun taln.P where he made his headquar ters, as the leader of the Red Caps. Gentleman George had a reputation that branched out into several of the adjoining states. His methods of brig andage were more novel than the un originality of his sobriquet would lead you to believe; but, then, he was not respotalble for the adjective. t(.ntleman George visited Oaktree occaionally, but a discreet population relfut d to recognise him. and the an thorbittes were onveniently unaware of his identity; hence it was quite in order. as with other personages, that be should attend the performance at the opera house incog. The curtaln had fallen on the second act and the audience was for settling itself beak into its seats when a tall, bearded, distinguished looking gentle man in evening dress appeared before the curtain and made a saln to the an siece, beg·as their attention. The asdltene raned forward In their seats. The man raised an impressive hand and began: "Ladies and gentlemen, I trust that I shall have your undivided attention. We are about this evening to vary the programme slightly and shall, with your kind Indulgence, offer a little comedy, part of whose action will take place in the body of the house. I think It well to warn you beforehand that it would be beat for you to keep your seats. If you jbey this Injunction, you wtll be In no danger whatever, but should you become restive serious ac tldents may happen. "Now let me add that It will be Im possible for a single person to leave the theater until the finish of the little comedy. If--don't rise from your seats, please-you will look toward the exits you will see that they are carefully guarded." Eyes were Instantly turned to the doors. At eac'h door on the two tiers that included floor and baldbny of the little theater stood a resolute lookinq man holding a brace of revolvegs and wearing a red cap. A teAldeay to scream on the part of the women was repressed by the Impressive hand of the mian on the stage, who had by this time also donned a red cup. "No danger. friends," he called out In an anmable voice. "Allow me to intro duce myself. I am (entleman George, and you know my reputation. If you are ºeasonable, you will not be touched -that Is to say, you will only be touched mildly, for what valuables you may happen to have upon you. The good people behind the scenes are safe in the hands of my comrades. All com munication with the outside is cut off. Every door Is guarded. There is not a head in this house that is not covered with a Red Cap gun. As long as you sit still you are in no danger, but the moment you try to get gay or stow away any of your goods or put us to any trouble you t 11i hear" The ominous ellpals at the end of the last sentence had all its Intended effect. "Now that we understand each oth er," continued the speaker, "our col lectors will pass among you, and I trust you will remember that their time is valuable and cannot be wasted in disputes. In the meantime there is no reason why the music should not continue. If you please. Mr. Professor, strike up." To the somewhat tremulous music of the piano three men moved sys tematically through the lower floor of the theater, each one carrying slung ever his shoulder a large leather bag such as is carried by postmen, while three others similarly equipped went at the same time through the balcony. "Ladles may keep their wedding ringls," called out the chief robber, who shouted out from time to time or ders to his men and to the audience from the stage. "Please, air, may I keep this? It was my mother's," said a young girl in a tremulous voice from the balcony as she held up a small brooch in her hand for Gentleman George to see. "Certainly, my child. Jim, see that the young lady keepa her brooch." Presently requests of various kinds began to come froto all parts of the house. In some cases the requests were granted immediately, others as curtly refused and still others compro mised. Some citizens were allowed to keep trinkets they valued by givinug an "1. O. U." for their value. This unex pected turn to the proceedings gave the affair a flavor of the auction room, and in the excitement, coupled with peeps into the heart secrets of others, the women forgot in a great measure their fright. This result was greatly con trili,.d to by the good uIatullred way in which the thieves did their roiling. "Non-w. my friends," said ,nil ltn.an ,,,',. Iafter a pause. "'ev rlthin t''n.- to he moving serenely. :!II while t." reit of the eollictlin i1 le uin_ utle. iiIh your kind lprmission, I w.11 :n 'V,,r to cvtterttln you with a littlei C'a.n1 Can you accompany me Ii "Thii, -t'nou,,e, River,' professor?" it inlly. sir." 'I ,wleate. then." I. s sweet. rich tenor voi,.e the Higas b a he old ags. The ani. --- lisomtd 1 amasement and as he Eniabed the first verse lled the house with genuine applause. By the time the song was finisbed the collectors had completed their work, and only the guards on the doors remained. The leader again raised his hand for silence. "Ladles and gentlemen," be said, "I thank you for your kind attention. Our little comedy has passed off successful ly, and now before we wind up let me ave you a few fnnal instructions. Our guards are still outside the various doors and shall remain there until we bare had a good start. That will be, let aus say, fifteen minutes. Any one who attempts to leave before that time w1il be shot dead at the door, and you now I have a habit of keeping my word. To simplify matters I intend to place this alarm clock"-here he held up an alarm clock which was handed to him from the wings to the view of the audience-"here on this table. It s set to go off at 11 o'clock. Don't avre your seats until you hear it. li yoU do"- Before the sentence was finished Gentleman Georg had vanished. The people in the house looked at one another wonderingly. No one dared to be the'lrst to tempt fate by getting up and leaving the theater. Yet each man there believed that the threat was a "bluff." intended to give the robbers a chance to get safely away. They were dislncilaed, however, to put their belbe to the test, and no one stirred. While matters were still in this Indeterml nato state a piercing cry of "Firer' rang out throughout the house and was Immediately taken up on several sides. The managers of the theater at this outcry rushed on the stage and shouted words meant to be calming to the audi ence. They succeeded in a measure in allaying the panic which was begin. ning to get under way, but many peo ple, overwrought by the evening's hap penings, rushed from the theater out into the street. Then it was discovered cenclusively that there was no fre, but that the scare raised by the cry had added to the start already gained by Gentleman George and his band. By noon on the day following the sherlff was ready to start for the haunts of Gentleman George with a strong posse, when the mayor sent for him and read this letter, found on his doorsten that mornlng: Dear Mr. Mayor-A dastardly outrage has been perpetrated on my good name and incidentally on the people of your city by 'he rumans who held 'tp the Opera House last night. The person call ing hlmself Gentleman George was only an impersonator. I believe I know the scoundrel, and by the time you receive thl asyaelf and a few trusty comrades will be on his trail. The good citisens of Oaktree cannot be more grieved than I am over the regrettable occurrence of last evening. To show you that I was not thb~Mn who held up the Opera House I i 7ou my latest photograph, made S Francisco. You can depend upon Sthat the evildoers. of last night will be brotight to Justice. Yours In good faith, GENTLEMAN GEORGE. The sheriff did not like the cool. Im pertinent tone of the letter and thought that, owing to his long immunity, ;enll tlemun George was illlunedtl to Jest with the township. The mayor thought differently. It wtas. he said, a very courteous note, land he c(ould not see that it in any way reflected oil the town. Sides were taken, and the next election was fought out largely on the question of the gootd faith or other wise of Gentleman (;eorge. Though the election went in favor of the may or and the upholders of Gentleman George, to this day it has Iot Ieen de termined whether or not It was that polished bandit who had held up the Opera House. "Come Hesre" In Japanese. A writer on children's games in Japan says: "Blind man's buff as played In Japan is quite the same as the game played by western chil dren, but if you play it with Jap anese I may warn you not to say 'Come here!' In English to any one you may be trying to catch. It will be all right to say in Japanese 'Cliot to oide' (C'ome here a moment) or 'Olde nasal' (Condescend to come here). The person spoken to will not 'olde' of course itf he or she can help himself or herself, but if you call out in English '('ome here!' as I know a foreigner did once, you may interrupt the game. 'Come here' (in Japanese character written ka-mi) means for eign dog. Inn is the word for native dog, but the first foreigners in Yoko hama, Americans and English folk, al ways said 'Come here!' to their dogs and the expression has become a Jap anese word." Sareaam That Failed. He is such a little man- only three years old--yet he inalsts upon lutrud ing his presence and advice upon his elders, often to their Intense antloy n fle. It was only a few days ago that Ilis mother and his Aunt Belle were dis cussing some household problem-somie thing which an Infant was not sup posed to know anything about. Sud denly (liff apl-eared oil the scene and in a momllent was iluforming both of the feminine tmembeutrs of the family Just what the facts were. "Oh. Wisdoum, when did you arrive?" exethtil'd Aunt elle, Ithinklug that she might be able to "stluelh.l" tile youngtt-r. ".1Ist td inh dis mlniit." replied thUie ilt. lnot in th1 least nthnlshd 11y the si .r-a nt .\ll Ant! '1]] L;c '(' it :p1 a hp,,"le"S e .",' - I1lhttlh N,',",1. Tr'!., tr, nl 1d L tlerntur'e. ; r ' - " ! ,I. I - ''. t WONCERFUL BROECK THE ORIGINAL SPOTLESS TOWN IS IN NORTHERN HOLLAND. A Neatm.ee and a *rIllamey That Are Abselately Palatol Permvae the SWhoise Psaee-Rtale Whbleh the la abhltaes Muast Oberveo. For up in northern Holland among the dikes and canals of the little king -usu h;w Umueck rhe orwgmal spou_ fown. The palings of the fences of Broeck are sky blue. The streets are paved with shining bricks of many col ors. The houses are rose colored. black, gray, purple, light blue or pale green. The doors are painted and gild ed. For hours you may not see a soul In the streets or at the windows. The streets and houses, bridges, windows and barns show a neatness and a bril liancy that are absolutely painfuL At every step a new effect is disclosed. a new scene is beheld, as it painted upon the drop curtain of a stage. Every thing Is minute. compact, painted, spotless and clean. In the houses of Breeck for cleaning purposes you will And big brooms, little brooms, tooth brushes, aqua fortis, whiting for the window panes, rouse for the forks and spoons, coal dust for the copper, emery for the Iron utenslls, brick powder for the floors and even amall splinters of wood with which to pick out the tiny bits of straw in the cracks between the bricks. Here are some of the roles of this wonderful town: Citisens must slea their shoes at the deer when entering a house. Before or after sunset no one is allowed to smoke ezoepting with a pipe havitng a cover, so that the ashes will not be seat tered upon the street. Any one crossIng the village on horse back must get out of the saddle and lead the horse. A cuspidor shall be kept by the front door of each house, where it may be ao esseible from the window. It is forbidden to cross the village in a carriage or to drive animals through the streets. In addition to these established rulee it is the custom for every citizaen who sees a leaf or a bit of straw blown be fore his house by the wind to pick It up and throw It Into the canaL The people go 500 paces out of the village to dust their shoes. Dozens of boys are paid to blow 'the dust from be tween the bricks in the streets tour times an hour. In certain houses the guests are carried over the threshold so as not to soil the pavements. At one time the manla for cleaning in Broeeck reached such a point that the housewives of the village neglected even their religious duties for scrub bing and washing. The village pastor, after trying every sort of persuasion, preached a long sermon, in which he declared that every Dutchwoman who had faithfully fulfilled her duties to ward God in this world would find in the next a house packed full of furnl ture and stored with the most various and precious articles of use and orna ment, which, not being distracted by other occupations. she would be able to brush, wash and polish for all eter nity. The promise of this sublime recompense and the thought of thi extreme happiness filled the women with such fervor and piety that for months thereafter the pastor had no cause for complaint. Around every house in Broeck are buckets, benches, rakes, hoes and stakes, all colored red. blue, white or yellow. The brilliancy and variety of colors and the cleanliness, brightness and mininture pomp of the place are wonderful. At the windows there are embroidered curtains, with rose col ored ribbons. The blades, bands and nalls of the gayly painted windmills shine like silver. The houses are brightly varnished and surrounded with red and white railings and fences. Tie panes of glass In the windows are bordered by many lines of different hues. The trunks of all the trees are painted gray from root to branch. Across the streams are many little wooden bridges, each painted as white as snow. The gutters are ornamented with a sort of wooden festoon, per forated like lace. The pointed fa cades are surmounted with a small weathercock, a little lance or some thing resembling a bunch of flowers. Nearly every house has two doors, one In front and one behind, the last for everyday entrance and exit and the former opened only on great occa clons, such as births. deaths and mar '-I-'p The gardens are as peculiar as the houses. The paths are hardly wide enough to walk in. One could put his arm around the dowerbeds. The dainty arbors would barely hold two persons sitting close together. The lit tle myrtle hedges would scarcely reach to the knees of a four-year-old child. Between the arbors and the flower beds run little canals which seem made to float paper boats. They are crossed by miniature wooden bridges, with colored pillars and parapets. There are ponds the size of a bath. which are almost concealed by 11llIputlan boats tied with red cords to blue stakes, tiny staircases and miniature kitchen gardens. Everything could be measured with the band. crossed at a leap. demolishled by a blow. Mlore over, there are trees cut in the shape of fans. plumes and disks, with their trunks coloredl white and bluer At every step one discovers a new effect, a fresh combinationl of hues. at novel caprice. smllle inw labsuriity. The roms are very tilly andl rIei i le .so many lil:z.rs. T!htre are pIrc la i! i li_ u rl t s o, th i l ' (l ll i . n rd. Cll iin , ,e ' .un p s ;,1i ,1 . !su 1 " a r b ,i\ - 1o n ll I1 '" !. Sa ll t'. l -. t " S. s ýI, - l l 1 . l i n I t. A RESTORATION BEAU. Pseiy PreerImme ot a Dneady I imaland Darlus Charles' Time. The history of an brdinary day of a restoration beau was somnething like this: From about 10 till 12 be received visitors in hli sleeping chamber, where he lay in state, with his periwig. thick ly powdered. lying beside him on the coverlet. Near at hand, on his dress ung table, the curious visitor might have noticed some little volumes of amatory verse, a canister of Lisbon or Spanish snuff, a smelllnr bottle and perbaps a few fashionable trinkets. As soon as he deemed proper the bear arose and with incredible difi culty proceeded to put on all his charms, to perfume his garments, to oak his hands in washes for the aske of producing whiteness and delicacy, to tinge his cheeks with earminative in order to give them that gentle blush which nature had denied them, to arrange a number of patches upon his face so as to produce the efRect of moles and dimples, to dip his pocket handkerchlef in rosewater and to pow der his linen so as to banish from it the smell of soap, to consume a quarter ot an hour in the attempt to fasten his cravat, so long agaln in the ea deavor to adjust his wig and to "cock" his bat, as long again in the contem plation of hia charms in the looking glass and as long again in the practice of such smiles as wopld display to the best advantage the ivory whlteness of his teeth-these were the processes through whleh he who desired to ig ure am a beau of the first magnitude was compelled in that age to pass. Tohe character of the beau. so far as his outward and personal appearance was concerned, was now complete, and as In those days fashionable gentlemen used their legs to a much les et ont than they do now our Imaginary beau would have directed his valet to order a sedan chair without delay. Into this he stepped and was borne to the fashionable haunt-to the mall In St. James park or perhaps to the more ceremonious parade in Hyde park where, like a butterfly, he delighted to flutter In the train of some jilting beauty, who gloried In nothing so much as "an equipage of foola" and who was perfectly willing for the nonce to furnish him with an excuse for toasting her in a tavern at night- Gentleman's Magaine. APHORISMS. You never lift up a life without being yourself lifted up.-Emerson.. To ease another's heartache is to for get one's own.-Abraham Lincoln. It is ever true that he who does noth Ing for others does nothing for himself. -4oethe. 'Tis far better to love and be poor than be rich with an empty heart. Lewis Morris. God doesn't care for what is on the outsidep he cares for what Is inside. Rev. M. Babcock. Fruitless s sorrow for having done amiss !f It Issue not in a resolution to do so no more.-Bishop Horne. The next time you are discouraged just try encouraging some one else and see If it will not cheer you.-J. R. Mil ler. Sin Is never at : v. It we do not retreat from it. Aw .I advance in it, and the farther on we go the more we have to come back.-Barrow. Kind looks, kind words, kind acts and warm hand shakes--these are sec ondary means of grace when men are In trouble and are fighting their unseen battles.-Dr. John Hall Queen llusbeth's Amulet. Queen Elizabeth during her last ill ness wore around her neck a charm made or gold which had been be queathed her by an old woman in Wales, who declared that so long as the queen wore It she would never be ill. The amulet, as was generally the case, proved of no avail, and Eliza beth, notwithstanding her faith In the charm, not only sickened, but died. During the plague in London people wore amulets to keep off the dread de stroyer. Amulets of arsenic were worn near the heart. Quills of quicksilver were hung around the neck, and also the powder of toads. The Absentminded Professor. At it session of the German relchstag an absenttminded member. Herr Wich mann. created no little amusement. lie was calling the roll, and upon reaching his own name he paused for a response. N:aturally none came. Then he.cnlled the name more loudly, waited a few se, . .is and roared it out at the top of his nolce. The laughter of his colleagues finally aroused him to a sense of the ludicrousness of his act. and he joined in the general hilarity. Misdirected Philathroepy. "Ah got no use to' de man," said Charcoal Eiph in one of his phillo sophical tunr,. "'dat donate er tlousan' dollahs t' di heathen fund ob de fash ionable churlch wid one ban' an' raise de rents on iis tenement houses wid de udder. Ah 'spec' he bettah begin practicin' crawlin' fro' de eye ob er needle. .i-tah Jackson!"-1Baltimcre News. Quite Amlcable. "Why did you quit your job? Did you have a disagreetmenait with thei boss?" '"Oh, tno; ;'t at all. I told him l-lind to mve in, . m:onI ) or I we, uld qulit. i ý"d he .a~ !' 1 t nt somilly "-ttisfn \c'h i tl ! . i, Li l, I:i 1 - . \ t cli -, o. . . The oi ' a Van Cortland Honeymoon By HOWARD FIELDING Copyright, 1901, by Charles W. Hooke SN a corridor of a quiet and lux urious hotel in Boaton I encoun tered an Individual named Was son whom I knew to be Archie Van Cortland's valet. The news papers had Informed me that Van Cort land and his bride were staying at this hotel, and I should not therefore have been surprised to see the valet had I not read that the multimllllon alre, with true democratic simpliclty, was making his wedding Journey with out servants. "Wason," said I, checking him as he was hurrying by, "I hope that Mrs. Van Cortland Is better today." The bride had fallen Ill on the way up from Newport and had been under a doctor's care during the first two days of her nalucky honeymoon. Wasson Jumped as If I bad stock a pin into him, and at first I thought he did not recogniat me, but he gathered his wits speedily. "Yes, sir; much better, sir, thank you," he samid. "he'll soon be quite well." "The newspaper reports were really alarming," said I. He glanced anxiously toward the parlor door of the suit from which he had Just emerged. "Yes, sir; very alarming," he said and attempted to pass on, but at that "I WILL CALL AGAIN AT TEHW O'CLOCK, Mi. VAN COBTLAND." moment a servant of the house came up with a special delivery letter and some cards upon a tray. Wasson took them and gave the serv ant a silver dollar as a fee, which greatneas surprised me and also the re clplent, who choked himself with thanks. He backed away, stumbling ridiculously upon a rug, and just then a slow and dignified voice behind us said: "I will call again about 3 o'clock, Mr. Van Cortland, though the condi tion of the patient is so much improved that it will hardly be necessary." It was Dr. Marshall Whiting, a pompous old physician of the fashion able Back Bay district, and he ad dressed the remark to Wasson. who did not reply. The doctor, with a court ly bow, walked toward the elevator. I turned an eye upon the valet, and be was as red as a boiled lobster. "Wasson," said I, "what does this mean 7' His voice came In a gasp. "For the love of heaven don't tell on me!" he cried. "It-it's all right." "Well. I'm by no means sure of It," I rejoined. "You are engaged in a mon strous imposition unless I am greatly mistaken." lie seized me by the arm and fairly dragged me Into the painfully luxuri ous parlor of the ridlal suit. The'li door of a b'edroolm beyond was very slightly ajar. Wasson closed it and then faced me. The lman wvas at hay, anld, I'm bound to say, lie bore it well. lie is rather a superior creature, it al allt ter of fact. and at that Iuniin'lt he looked lmuc.h more like a gent'lllnan than he did like a "gentleian's gen tleman." "You've got mle." lie said. "You can ruin me. Itnt w!iat's tihe dirfl'rence? I've ruired myself already. But I've donle ilu best to serve MIr-. V'an (',rt land. mty level best. and I simiply wat ,i't equal to it; that's all. I might haeii done bclter if I hadn't been so worriedi about Millie. But with that and Iill the rest" "Who Is 11111h. If I iniy eenture to inqinr, ?"" sa. 1I " he Is Iy wife. sir." said ie. "Sithe W ,-., \ 1. : \ a ' thi mtlaul'e . I,:iI Let u.," t, l .l, I I!," %% I,.1h. stry : "I a I. .: il, the I:st ,,f I1r. , e'+,rtl:th,1' t i , l th it I,' t. s to ',i l.* ', .. ' . - l , . ,t IV, I t o..I r , . ,I It. • th , -I alt m, Was. Areble,' says abe to him, 'this makes we positively ill. It spoils ev erytbing.' Mr. Van Cortland shook his Bst at one of the windows, and I could see h ui swear, though he didn't really say alnything. Suddenly he turned to tie. "'Wasson,' says he, 'you're smart. and here's where you've got to prove it. If you do. It'll be a pretty penny In your poeket. You know me!' "Well sir. I did know him for as lib eral a man as ever lived N I said, 'What's the trouble? And he told me. "It seems that he had made arrange ments to set away secretly with his bride. There was a shabby looking carriage by the east door, and they were to get into that and be driven to a place on the railroad twelve miles out of Newport, where Mr. Van Cort. land's private car was waiting. He had engaged these rooms in this hotel. where nobody knew him, and he Im agined that he could hide in them for a little while and be at peace. "'I tell you, Waesoa,' said he, 'I've seen my private afairs in print till I just can't stand it any more, but there's no escape. The reporters have found oet all about my arrangements. They're watting to follow the carriage an blcycles. What can I do" "Right there I got an Inspiration. I almost wish I hadn't mow, but for a tine it looked like the making of me. "'Why not have somebody else go In the carriage? said I. 'Let the repart ers follow the wrong parties, and when they're a out of the way you can go where you please.' "'That's greatr he exclaimed. 'Buat who'll go' "Then the two of them fell to dis eining this one and that one, but there was always some objection. Peo pie that might be willing didn't have the right appearance. It was easy to get a man or a woman who could play the part, but to get a man and a wom an was a different matter. "Pinally Mr. Van Cortland struck the desk that he was standing by so hard that the ink bottle jumped up In to the air. "'Is it a fact,' said be, 'that you are going to marry my sister's maid? "I answered that I hoped to some day. She had given me her promise. The fact was that we had already got the license, but the sight of all the money spent on Mr. Van Cortland's wedding-all the fowers and jewcl and fine clothes-had taken the heart eat of both of us. Somehow we felt as it poor people didn't have any right to get married. You see, we had it all under our eyes, and it was quite a strain. You may not understand it, sir, but it was. "Well, I've told you enough so that you can understand the rut. I'm the same height and build as Mr. Van Cortland, and M;ille has golden hair like the other bride. They got Mr. Van Cortland's cousin, who is a cler gyman and was among the guests downstairs, and we were married. Mr. Van Cortland gave me $2,500 as a wedding present and promised me a different and much better position when 1 got back from my honeymoon journey, or hsle honeymoon journey, to be more exact, for we took the shabby carriage at the east door and the spe cial car and this outfit of awful mag nificence here, and everybody was fooled. They fixed us up with their clothes, andt-well, sir, you've seen the newspapers. "Millie was taken ill on the train, and she hasn't been able to hold her head up since we've been here. It's the grip and perhaps the excitement of it all. Why. she couldn't even eat the dinner that we ordered when we got here that evening, and you ought to have seen that dinner! Millie cried at the sight of it and took to her bed, poor girl. Isn't it hard luck? Mr. Van , I "TWO MEN PHOTOGRtAI'HED HE." Cortland told me to .lsped all the moon cy I could. IHe cae' i tme a roll as biiC as toy head for extens-s. Ile i:nl afraid I'd get foulll o t I ty l.it 'tdl llg i a tl, llh And1 Milli. canI t e t alnt tillll but dr- t' ,; ! i i1,r d' rihl n lI tlll buti , t. f t:1 Ic 1" I' i 't 1 I-t 1 . r le': ll . 111l. II tP : r ",, 1i l. 1 4," h l,' l . .\'.t \ ,tho , t,.. I ·".· I t" flI' ' .