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C. E. T becott, Publishers. DDPCYEB, - MONTANA More credit might be given to the Havana statement that the Cuban In surgents have betrayed their cause for money if It were not certain that the cash would be Immediately reclaimed by the Spanish officials for war and ether taxes. If great deposits of gold are found in Colorado, British statesmen will weep to think that no claim can be fixed up by which the boundary of British America can be curved down to take in the auriferous treasure. French geographers place the pres ent steam railway mileage of Europe at 152,209 miles, or 28,000 miles less than are operated in the United States. When it comes to electric railway mileage Europe Is nowhere in com parison with this country. England will use negro troops from the Hold Coast settlements, officered by white men, to subdue the negroes of Ashantee. This ingenious method of making savages exterminate each other Is expected to put through the ultimatum In good shape. When the honeety of a French official Is questioned he does not ask a sus. pension of public opinion or an appli cation of whitewash, but challenges his accuser to fight a duel. Duels in France are harmless and the succes sion of official scandals endless. Vldocq, the great French detective, had so excellent a memory for names and faces that, after having seen a criminal once and learned his name, he never forgot him, but would often Identify him under the most subtle disguises. The recent mutiny on a Spanish ship carrying volunteers to fight the Cu bans was caused by the fact that 170 convicts were on board charged with the same mission. Probably the Cu bans would as soon deal with convicts as with the plundering officials who are making use of them. The steamship St. Louis has not been quite as fast in calm seas as the crack Campania, but she proved on her last trip that she is the swifter ship in etormy weather. When she gets her full speed the American flyer will live up to her name In handsome style. The friends of the working women will be glad to know that the day nursery Is established in a suitable and convenient home of Its own. None of our philanthropic Institutions Is more deserving than this, from one point of view, for it enables people to help themselves. Hortensius, the Roman orator, could repeat, word for word, a book he had Just read. On one occasion he made a wager with one Sienna, and to win It, went to an auction, remained all day, and In the evening gave a list or nil the articles sold, the prices paid for them aud the names of the purchasers. Edward Everett Hale, who Is as In teresting, if not as eloquent, in his sermons as Col. Ingersoll Is in his lec tures, says "We have made greater progress in the Interpretation of re Vgion In the last fifty years than In any 1,000 before." Among the many answers to Ingersoll this appears to be the briefest and best. Edison looks for a gold mining boom In this country as a result of the fact that new methods secure a profit In mines that have been closed because they were too expensive to work. The Kaffir excitement has served to call at tention to the far greater gold re sources of the United States. Three times as many American horses have been sold in England this year as were called for In 1S94, and their average price at the ports of shipment has been $155. They are used chiefly for draught In London. There is a future for horses that are fine animals and suited to commercial and military uses. A new advertising wagon Introduced In New York Is fitted up with two cyl inders which keep revolving, giving a momentary view of various business announcements. There are people who would rather spend $10 to catch the eye of two or three thousand people with a contraption of this kind than Invest 50 cents to reach a hundred thousand readers in a good newspaper. Figures furnished a few days ago by the agricultural department seem to place the corn yield at about 2,156, 000,000 bushels. This computation is not bo favorable as was the estimate based on the figures given by the de. partment In October, but It is proba bly nearer to absolute accuracy. The crop has been reduced several times In the figuring, but even yet it is the largest ever gathered. Japan appears to have withdrawn her claims upon Corea and Manchuria In favor of Russia, thereby surrender ing a portion of what the world rec ognizes aa the legitimate fruits of her victory over the Chinese. Your little Jap has proved himself a little hero, but he can hardly be blamed for pre ferring a velvet-pawed caress of ap proval from the bear to the menacing growl and destructive hug of that powerful animal. But what a team Jap aud the Muscovite would make In Eastern politics! WILD CATS A\D HOUNDS. As a H ig: h Jumper the California Lynx Han Few Eqnah. - "Is this a coon or a fox hunt?" asks a lady on a spirited little broncho. "1 have come out for wild cats." "And you shall have one," said the master of the hounds, as the bay of old "Rog ers" broke the stillness. "If that is'nt a cat I'm greatl.v mistaken. Stnnd back, gentlemen," he cried, as a mo ment later the hounds grew louder, and then the whole pack swept by r.s If in review before the sweating, chaf ing horses. Away they go. a living whirlwind, the horses leaping after. The plunging, roaring, scrambling, are ludescribable. Down the bauk, up the other side, the green hands cursing, while the old climbers scramble over and find themselves in the thickness of narrow nrroyo jungles. Shouts come from all about. Some see the game and some merely think they do; but, finally, amid a perfect pandemoni um, comes the welcome sound, "Treed!" The horses come struggling up; some without riders, and riders without iiats. Some are caught In the briars, and seem unable to get out, but finally the field is assembled around a big sycamore, about which the dogs arc grouped, making music. Some at tempt to climb and fall back. One young dog gains ten feet up the slip pery trunk, only to slide down again. What Is it all about? Cast your eyes upward, fifty, yes, sixty feet, and there is the object of all the work, sport, early rising and general uproar —the arch chicken thief himself. How big he looks, crouching on a big limb, back against the trunk, looking down at his tormentors; his two eyes blazing green and yellow ,his ears twitching nervously, and his short tall moving back and forth. Indicative of rage and fear. Treed, surely, and caught? No. Indeed. The chances are that he will make another tree before the finish. 'Give him a chance to rest," says the master of the hounds, who believes In fair play If anything. "He Is wind ed, and so are the dogs." But the lat ter do not care to wait. They sit and look, with eager eyes, tongues hanging out, and white, froth-flecked teeth, showing a formidable array for poor puss, who looks down to almost cer tain death. Still, cats are said to have nine lives, and he does not propose to give them up so readily. "Now, ladies and gentlemen," says the huntsman, "form yourselves in a circle about the trees and give the dogs full play and don't shoot; the hounds have worked for the cat and they deserve it. Again, It Is the most humane way of looking at it; the dogs will kill the cat sooner than a bullet." With the little speech delivered for the benefit of the excitable tenderfeet In the hunt, the horses are arranged in a big circle about the sycamore, and a young man who wishes to beard the lion in his den crawls slowly up. As he draws nearer the cat the latter looks around in desperation. The tail twitches quicker and more nervously; glancing down at the open-mouthed dogs, then at the approaching human enemy, the poor animal is evidently & » m ■ •:V- & V, "Dorrn He Goen, Fifty Feet. considering the chances. Nearer the climber comes, until man and cat gaze Into each other's eyes scarce three feet away. For a moment puss hesi tates, then turning quickly,he steadies himself, and with a mighty spring is In the air. Down lie goes, fifty feet, bounces among the bush, a mass of springs, steel and rubber, and is away. lie has landed just beyond the circle j and a horse has dashed aside to let ! hlm pass, followed by the pack In full : cry. They go like n flash of light, a roaring, crashing sound; a scream— and puss Is again visible, perched upon the llinb of another big sycamore. Then the same thing Is repented, again and again, and the women re pent, and cries of "Let him go," "Poor puss," are heard among the baying of the dogs that are growing fairly mad with unappeased fei oclousness. Again the young man faces the cat. this time fully sixty feet from the ground. Surely If ever an animal had won its liberty this one had. But the game is up. The dogs are spreading, and as out into the air the cat leaps in mag nificent form, they collect. Down he comes, like a gigantic flying squirrel, with his legs spread far apart, the soft, cushion-like pads ready for a re bound. Like a flash he cuts the air. strikes the ground at the writer's feet, and is enveloped in a whirlwind of ferocious hounds. The agony of the cat is over in a second, but the dogs fight, war and struggle until each has vented his rage upon the inanimate skin that is now borne aloft as a trophy. Not a few of the dogs but have felt the sharp teeth and claws of the vicious cat that tips the scales at fifty pounds. "Well,' said a tenderfoot, "for up and-down excitement that beats any thing I ever saw or heard of. It makes your very linir stand on end. and I fancy that if the cat would strike any one duriug the jump lie would, in all probability, go under." Two other cats were treed, and these, with a coon and a coyote, con stituted the morning hunt. Like fish ing, wild cat hunting changes. Some times they are plentiful, and again not one Is seen. In all, several hundred of these mischievous animals have been killed by the hounds of J. T. Fellows of Los Angeles .and the sport may be ranked with any in excite ment. while, being followed on horse back. it affords a ride through one of the most delightful portions of the Southern country. The wild cat of this country, while pot so large as Its cousin of Colorado, and other states, Is a large and power ful animal for a cat, averaging forty or fifty pounds, with small tassels on Its ears, high rump and small, rldicn toelsy small, tail, which, however, Is a lerv expressive organ. Tue wild cat Is, according to some j j j authorities, the ancestor of the près ent domestic cat. The long tail of the house cat may be accounted for by as suming that generations of boys, is pulling the tails of cats, have produced the elongated caudal appendage. The Southern California wild cat Is. properly speaking, a lynx, being a va riety of these animals and known to science as lynx rupes, variety macula tus. It has a wide range ov^r Califor nia and New Mexico. Arizona and the North and South.—Chicago Tribune. A QI ERH DITCH ISLAND. "Where the Men Wear Bloomern und Mnny Are Millionaires. At Monnlkendam, a straggling old village, I took a queer-shaped sail boat, called a "botta" for Marken island, writes Will H. Davidson In the Fulton Democrat. The island Is a low piece of ground, probably a mile in circum ference. inhabited almost exclusively by fishermen, whose costumes stamp them as the most unique people in Holland. The men wear bloomers and the women short dresses coming a lit tle below the knees, with bright bod Ices and highly ornamented headgear, from which a long curl hangs down over each ear. The children are all picturesquely dressed in like fashion. It Is said there Is not a man. woman or twelve-year-old child on the island who cannot read and write, and many of the residents are millionaires. Their homes are built of wood and are low and humble, but the Interiors show a neatness and cheerfulness bordering on refinement. A Domestic Countersign. "What Is the matter?" asked one of Mr. Yivvles' boon companions; "you haven't taken the pledge, have you?' "No. But I'm not looking on the wine when It Is red In the cup, just the same." "Reformed, have you?" "Yep. You've heard of a woman's marrying a man with the Idea of getting him to j stop drinking. It doesn't always work; but it did In my case. My wife is a stupendously clever (woman." "Made you promise, did she?" "She didn't have to. When I started down town to-night she said, 'I've lost my latch key, dear, but it won't make any dif ference. You ring the bell and I'll let you in.' I said 'All right.' 'Only,' she said, 'we'd better agree on some pass word, so that when you ring 1 can look out of the window and make sure It isn't a burglar.' 'Of course.' said I; 'what will the password be?' 'I have it,' she answered; 'it musn't be too simple. You just say "Irre pressible reprehensibillty" and then I will come down and let youtfn.' Gen tlemen. if I can't say irrepressible rep rehenslbllity when I get home I don't get in. and, moreover, I assume the chances of being taken for a house breaker. I've simply got to be care ful." And he went over and resolutely seated himself next to the ice water tank.—Washington Star. For Coats and Jackets. Though relegated to second place by many, there are others who prefer coats and jackets for fur garments. These are now limited to Persian lamb and sealskin. Tfiey have lm mense sleeves, each made of four skins, and the aruiholes are enlarged as much as is consistent with a good lit, yet it is still a struggle to get into j fur jackets, unless one wears a silk waist with soft, crus liable sleeves. Plain, untrlmmed jackets are most : often bought, while those of previous i seasons are modernized by combining with chinchilla, black marten or sable, j used as revers, epaulettes or a eollar cite. Bordering of another fur is sel dorn seen. The gayest of poreelailf buttons decorated with Watteau .Ig ures and framed in Rhinestones are used in pairs just at the waist line, where the revers start. Double-breast ed jackets of sealskin have two rows of large tortoise shell buttons with eyes down the front.—Harper's Bazar. The Spray Boiler. The spray boiler, so-called, com mends Itself, especially for steam car riages on common roads, for it has the least weight for a given efficiency of any steam generator known. True, It has the disadvantage of wearing out very rapidly, but this is not so serious an evil as the words seem to imply. When it is said that a steam boiler wears out rapidly, an idea is given of nn expensive generator, but the value of the spray boiler lies in the fact that it is not expensive to either construct or maintain. The spray boiler is all heating surface, and îequires no costly fire box. which is one of the first places to give trouble; it carries no dead weight of water, either, and has distinct merits for the work mentioned. It is not an original suggestion with us —to use it for road carriages—for the Serpollet boiler is constructed upon llils principle, and the road carriage used by M. Serpollet has proven to be a practical machine in daily use. Per sons who are about ti design steam wagons for common roads should in vestigate the merits of the spray type of boiler for the purpose.—Engineer. I once Stealing S talked with a man who had j served a term in prison for embezzle ment; lie said that the first step in j his downward fall was the stamp j drawer. The clerks In that store, as ! in many, if not In most stores, helped j themselves to stamps from the drawer j for their private letters, using the ! firm's stationery, also. What more ! natural tliau they should take a few I more natural than that they should take a few more stamps If tiiey were ordering a trifle by mail? Having made this start, and seeing no trouble therefrom, how easy It was to take a larger amount when a more expensive article was wanted! 't he step from i Hardware. the dollar's worth of stamps to the dollar itself was not a very long one, and then to larger amounts, followed, at length, by discovery and prisoa.— OLD-TIME JULIETS. EARLIER ACTRESSES I\ SHtKE. SPEARES I1HMORTAI, TRAGEDY. Mr». Betterton the Flrnt Jnllet—t'ol 1 y Cibber* Gran«ldnnKhter—Mrs. Slddoim, Fanny Kemble and Many Other«. Of tlie performances of "Romeo and Juliet," in Shakespeare's own day, no tradition is preserved. The first Juliet of whom we have any record—the first woman Juliet, as opposed to boy Juli et. who ever trod the boards—was Mrs. (that is. Miss) 8a undersoil, afterward known as Mrs. Betterton. Of her per formance— at J.incoln's Inn Fields, in 1662—nothing is recorded, though Do ran does not fail to romance about it. The Romeo was Harris. Betterton's only rival among the younger actors; lletterton himself played Mercutio. The Hon. James Howard, Dryden's brother-in-law, provided the play with a never-ending Romeo and Juliet re maining alive at the close, "so tlrat. when tile tragedy was revived again," says Downs,."'twas played alternately, tragically one day and tragl-comical another, for several days together." -°H., Jo .<.iojs ar[i oaoav .iiuwo nsoi "I meo and Juliet" into his Caius ,Marius. about half of which was lifted bodily from Shakespeare; and this "history" seems to have superseded Shake speare's plays on The stage for more than half a century. Thus, neither Mrs. Barry. Mrs. Bracegird'.e nor Mrs. Oldtield ever appeared as Juliet, and we have to leap from Mrs. Betterton to Mrs. Jane Cibber, Colley's grand daughter. who played the part at the Haymarket in 17-11. to the Romeo of her father, Tlieophilus Cibber. Thus resuscitated, the great love tragedy of the world was never again suffered to lapse into disuse, and every generation « j : i j Mrs. Jackaon (1778). for the past century has had not only its Juliets, but its bevy of Juliets. The first actress whose rendering of the part we find described in any de tail is Mrs. Cibber, who played it at Drury Lane in 1784, to the Romeo of Barry. When she and Barry, two years later seceded to Covent Gar •den. they opened in these, their most popular characters; while Garrlck. at Drury Lane, produced the same play on the same evening, himself playing Romeo to the Juliet of George Anne Bellamy. Except in one or two Indi vidual passages,-Garrick was probably inferior to Barry, and there is little doubt that the Dmry Lane Juliet was. throughout, inferior to Mrs. Cibber. Mrs. Bellamy, according to Francis Gentleman, "excelled in amorous rap ture," while Mrs. Cibber "called every power of distress and despair to lier aid." "If we ask," says Hill, in the Actor (1755), "why Mrs. Cibber Is more herself In Juliet than in any other character, it Is because Mrs. Cibber lias a heart more formed for love than for any other passion; and if we ap prove Miss Bellamy in her declara tions of love In the same character more than In any other It Is because she has a heart also more susceptible of tenderness than of any other pas sion." The same critic declares that he who has seen Mrs. Cibber in the po tion scene "has seen all that is possi ble to be conveyed this way of terror." It appears that "the disproportion In stature between Barry and Mrs. Cib ber" verged upon the ludicrous, but that the genius of the actors carried it off. Between Garrlck and Miss Bella my the disproportion was, probably, ali the other way. Mrs. Cibber, falling into ill-health, Barry, in 1753, found Miss O'Neill another Juliet In a new actress, Miss Nossiter. scarcely older than tlie Juliet of Shakespeare. ' "She was possessed," says Tale Wilkinson, "of a handsome fortune and a genteel education, and" (what was, perhaps, of more Import ance) "strong sensibility and feeling." Moreover, "it added to tlie perform ance that Romeo and Juliet were real ly in Une, and well known to be so." This lady was successful in Juliet, but did not fulfill the promise she thus gave. The same may be said of Miss Prltchard, who played the part at Dru ry Lane in 170(î to the Romeo of Gar rick. She was introduced by lier moth er, the great Lady Macbeth, who played Lady Ca pule t for the occasion, and her extraordinary beauty made a great impression on an audience which was resolved to applaud her mother's daughter. Nevertheless, she presently ! faded into obscurity. From this time i forward Juliets abound. The part ! became, as it remains, a favorite one with debutantes. ("You must help me," fays Lady Muriel, in a pantomime re- j liearsal. "I've had so little experience, j I've never played anything but Juli et."! "A young gentlewoman." after wards Mrs. Mattocks, makes her debut ; at Convent Garden in 1761. At the same theater. Mrs. Jackson. In 1776. plays it to the Ri meo of Ward. On j her benefit night. May 11., 1789. Mrs. j Siddous acted .lullet for the first time i In London to tiie Romeo of lier broth j ! i . John Phillip Kemble. She was at this time thirty-four (Mrs. Cibber, by the way, first played the part at the same age), and her pyysical propor tions were not lu her favor. "Rut." says her biographer, Boaden, "the art of the great actress made a powerful struggle against her natural strength. so that, at times, the ascendancy of the mother and the nurse did uot seem j preposterous and Incredible." The Iireijusieruun ana luawnui«. -.ae part never held a place la her reper tory. Mrs. Jordan, too, played Juliet once or twice, but did not shine in It any more than Mrs. Slddons. One of the liest Juliets at the close of the Inst century was Mrs. Stephen Kemble. whom a critic In Blackwood describes as "delicious." He adds that, though she was not as lovely as Miss O'Neill, "her eyes had far more of that uncon sciously alluring expression of Inno cence and voluptuousness." It was on Oct. 0. 1814, that Eliza O'Neill made her first appearance in London, at Convent Garden, In the part of Juliet. "Through my whole experience," Macrend.v declares, "hers was the only representation of Juliet I have ever seen. 'She Is alone the Arabian bird'. ' Miss Phillips In another place, speaking of her as a "remarkable instance of self-abandon ment in acting," he says: "She was an entirely modest woman; yet In act ing with her. I have been smothered with lier kisses." Criticizing her first performance. Ilazlitt said: "In the silent expression of feeling we have seldom witnessed anything finer than lier acting, where she is told of Romeo's death, lier listening to the Friar's story of the poison, and her change of manner toward the Nurse, when she advises her to marry Paris. Her delivery of the speeches In the scenes where she laments Romeo's banishment, and anticipates her wak ing in the tomb, marked the fine play and undulation of natural sensibility, rising and falling with the gusts of passion, and at last worked up into such an agony of despair .in which im agination approaches the brink of fren zy. * * * Miss O'Neill seemed least successful In the garden scene, etc. The expression of tenderness bordered oil hoydening and affectation. T';e character of Juliet is a pure effusion of nature. There Is not the slightest ap pearance of coquetry In if, no senti mental languor, no meretricious as sumption of fondness to take her lover by surprise. She ought not to laugli when she says: 'I have forgot why I did call thee back,' as if conscious of the artifice, nor hang in a fondling ■- : !> m er the balcony." Petween Miss O'Neill and Miss Fan ny Kemble, the most noteworthy Juliet vas Miss Phillips, who cannot, how ever, be regarded as an actress of the first rank. On Oct. 5, 1829, when the fortunes of Covent Garden were at a very low ebb, an nttempt was made to revive them by bringing out Charles Kemble's daughter, Mrs. Slddons' niece, in the part of Juliet, her father playing Mercutio and Abbott Romeo. Fanny Kemble may or may not have been a great actress, but a clever wo man she undoubtedly was, and her ac Fanny Kemble. count of lier first appearance ("Rec ords of a Girlhood," vol. 2) Is delight ful reading. She was successful in arousing the keenest interest, if not in entirely satisfying the critics. Leigh Hunt was especially severe on her. She played the part, he said, in "the regular conventional tragi«; style, both in voice and manner, maintaining It, with little variation, the whole even ing." Talfourd, on the other hand, was enthusiastic. "Miss Kemble," he wrote, "gives tlie part a depth of trag ic tone which none of her predecessors whom we have seen ever gave to It. Miss O'Neill, loth as we are to forget her fascinations, used to lighten the earlier scenes with some girlish graces that were accused of being infantine. Be this as it may, there were certainly a hundred prettinesses enacted by hundreds of novices in the character, which Miss Kemble at once repudiat ed with the wise audacity of genius. * * * As the tragedy deepened, her powers are developed in unison with the strengthening decision of purpose which the poet gave to the character." Two years earlier a Juliet, whose car eer in England was obscure enough, had taken Paris by storm, "revealed to Alexander Dumas the full possibil ities of the romantic drama, and in spired Hector Berlioz with the passion j of his life." This was Harriet Smith ! son. "a young lady with a figure and a face of Hibernian beauty." says Fan i n.v Kemblç, "whose superfluous native accent was no drawback to her merits in the esteem of her French audience." Charles Kemble was her Romeo. a I j ,Misr Vanilerhoff. Among the accepted Juliets of the mid ! ; ; ' I i j I die years of the century was Miss Vanderhoff, daughter of the "respect able" tragedian of that name. An en thusiastic critic, in Tallis' Portrait Gallery, extols her for "that gorgeous and dreamy oblivion which surrenders all to her sublime and passionate love." About this time, too, Miss Su Bun Çushinan played Juliet with some success to the Romeo of her sister, uu^ran m mc j Charlotte. Many play-goers now Uv Ing m«T remember the Juliet of Mis* Helen Faucit (Lady Martin), who has given such a charming account of her first performance of the part at the old Richmond theater. She was a mere child md It was her first appearance. "When the time came to drink the po tion, there was none, for the phial had been crushed in my hand, the frag ments of glass were eating their way Into the tender palm, and the blood was trickling down in a little stream over my pretty dress. This had been for some time apparent to the audi ence, but the Juliet knew nothing of It, aud felt nothing, until the red stream arrested her attrition. * * * This never occurred again, because they ever aftenvard played with a wooden phial. But, oh. my dress! I was In ccnsofable!."—The Sketch. CHEAT 1,1 VI!* G IN GERMANY. As Low Sow tn Hninhnrn as AVUen It Was a Free Port. The enormous strides which Ger many lias made during the last quar ter of a century—that Is. since its uni fication—are nowhere more apparent than at Hamburg, now the first com mercial port and center of the empire. In its old days, hardly a dozen years ago, when, retaining Its ancient Hans eat 1c privileges as a free port, it ad mitted all goods from other countries without toll, it was looked upon with considerable envy by other cities of the confederation. By far the richest com munity then lu proportion to its size, it had Its own local administration, so j powerful taht It could dictate terms »<> the central government. Yet It gave way at last, and was enrolled I In the great German Zollverein, tax ing foreign goods at the nominal rates of imposition, just as in all the rest of the empire, but reserving to itself cer tain privileges of making its own laws aud preserving a sort of autonomy. I knew Hamburg as a free port, and made careful notes of the prices of commodities. This last week I have agaiu uoted carefully the prices, as marked In the shop windows, made close Inquiries besides, and compared them with English and French. And it appears to me the cost of living un der the new regime Is very little, if any, more than previously, which, compared with English cities of equal size, is little enough. Provisions of all kinds are no dearer and generally both cheaper and better than in England; household furniture and the entire me nage for an apartment is far prettier, better made, more commodlaus anil complete than anything of the kind in England and France, is less costly than In both, and, compared with France, say, without hesitation, is 50 per cent less. Rent Is exceedingly moderate; quite half that of Paris, if not of London. Only a short time ago. In speaking to a city of London merchant, I re marked: "If only you would learn something of continental thrift you never need complain of bad trade." He looked at me for a moment, and then emphatically said: "Wo are not going to economize, and we do not need to learn from other nations. Rut we are going to have good trade again, and that In our own way." This rep resents tlie sentiment of English peo ple far too frequently. And if Is tie cause the thriftless character is so uni versal among all classes of English people that we have—what apparently docs not exist In France, Germany Holland, Belgium. Switzerland, Nor way, Sweden or Denmark—a "sub merged tenth," and a very large tenth it Is.—London Queen The RngJlNh Comic Sons:. The British comic song has finally acknowledged its condition. No long er can It rely on mere words and be dull enough. This proposition may I k difficult to understand in view of some efforts that have been heard here in recent years; but it Is true that the brain of the comic balladist is finally weary. Ellaline Terriss sings a music hall song In "His Excellency" which might be taken as the swan song of its class. Its only articulate words are "Umpty, unipty, aye," and "Jim. jam, tliat'n the sort of girl I am." The rest of the humor and the wit is supplied by means of a bladder which Miss Terriss lias on the end of a string at tached to a small wand. After she ' h ad sun „ « Un , pty , umpty, aye," for eighteen or twenty times, and "Jim. jam, that's the sort of girl I am," for as many more, she simply bangs the bladder on the stage. That finishes the song. It is really a tremendous Improvement over other English com ic songs. If the English music hall singers had bought bladders Instead of hiring song-writers, no end of worry might have been saved this suffering country. As a mere matter of compar ison. liow much wittier and brighter are the thuds of a bladder than the sound of such words as "T'mpty, ump ty, aye." The British comic song will recover some of its waning popularity if the writers of the words retire in favor of the bladders.—New York Sun. Disraeli In 181(7 We have harl Dizzy here in splendid i form. I found a note from the Advo cate when I got home, after the great ! speech—"Come and meet Dizzy to | morrow." So I went. Old Lady Rut li ven was there—a miraculous old wo ! amn. She and Mrs. Disraeli, sitting ; over the fire, with their feet ou tlie fender, made, between them, the fun niest pair—the witches in Macbeth, or what you will. And the potent wiz ard himself!—with his olive complex ion and coal-black eyes, and the : mighty dome of his forehead (no Christian temple, be sure)—is unlike any living creature one ever met. I bad never seen him in the davlight be fore. and the daylight accentuates his strangeness. The face is more like a I mask than ever, and the division be tween him and mere mortals more j marked. I would as soon have thought of sitting down to table with Hamlet, or Lear or the Wandering Je. v.—"Tli« Table Talk of Shirley." uiu jjio ton Qom-ier. Aptly tlnoted. ! "No." said the linguist, "we have no ; equivalent in the English language for au revoir. Tills phrase expresses the ; hope of meeting you again. Our good ' bye does not. In my opinion, the I French is the better plnase, which i leaves it to be inferred that there is a j prospect of meeting ycu again " I "In other words," said a student, ; "I'll see you later!.. ' l'he class tittered and the linguist did his best to frown, but failed.—Bos „ R fop , n -Cr.,ii Material Spirlti Medium (who Is giving a private se ante, in sepulchral tones)—The spirit s are about usj (sharp tat-tat heard In direction of door; shiver runs through audience and—) The new Servant—Please, ma'am. T>oll \rnll ttnilo-ot «»PPer. r»n aiuii »naget. * Talmage in Washington. •till IatsrMtad In K«w Y»rk Affaira — ■avan Haadrcd Thatn»«d Dollars far CharltlM—What Ha Thin)» or Cartala Baaks. Everybody knows that the Ulustrloua divine, who made the Brooklyn Taber nacle famous throughout the world, has recently been called to a pastorate tn Washington. His church Is the First Presbyterian church of that city, and while in form er years a very prominent Institu tion, It latterly had been favored with but small audl e n o e s, composed principally of men T. D»W itt T almaok. and women who re mained loyal to the old church even though now surrounded largely by business houses. A marvelous change, however, has suddenly come over this time-honored landmark, and to-day the First Presbyterian church of Washing ton, owing to the wondrous eloquence of Its newly Installed pastor, Is every Sun day besieged by multitudes, many of whom stand there frequently hourB in advance of the opening of the service In hopes of being able to wedge their way In somehow or other, and to listen to tho matchless eloquence ol Ameri ca's foremost pulpit orator. People all over the country are won dering whether Dr. Talmage, in mov ing to the National Capital, and In ex changing his Brooklyn residence for a house In Washington, has actually di vorced himself from all connection with the east. Dr. Talmage was recently in terviewed on this subject by a reporter of this paper, and the reverend gentle man said that as long as his editorial ohalr had two legs In New York and two legs In Washington he could never he considered as having severed all his connections with the metropolis. "The Christian Herald," he said, "with Its wide circulation, is a tremendous power for good," and as long as the Lord gave him health and strength he would write for that paper—In fact, he would be tn his editorial chair at the Bible House more frequently now than ever. Con tinuing. the genial preacher said: "There Is no ppper'ln America that wields a more potential Influence for good than The Christian Herald, with a circulation of nearly two hundred thou sand eoples weekly. Nothing but death shall separate me from It. Dr. Klopsch, Its proprietor, Is a man of extraordinary enterprise. This year besides printing The Christian Herald every week in beautiful colors, a veritable enchant ment for the eye, he offers as a premium a complete library, consisting of ten splendid volumes, full of Interest and full of entertainment, with an elegant bookcase, delivered free of all expense, together with the paper Itself, fifty-two times, for the moderate sum of $3. Hereafter let no home in America bo without a library. 1 asked Dr. Talmage whether he could recommend the library to people who contemplated securing It, and he said unhesitatingly, "I know every book. They were carefully and thoughtfully prei \red, either specially written or compiled by most eminent literary men. and there Is not a weakling among them." "How are the people to secure this great library, and this wonderful paper of yours?" "Simply by sending $3 to The Chris tian Herald at 888 to 895 Bible House, New York City, and by return mall they will be delighted with the result. Ever since my boyhood, I've hsd a passion for books; I love them still—couldn't live unless surrounded by them. So I'm something of a judge of good litera ture. And In my whole life I have never seen a better selection In small compass than these ten books which Dr. KlopBch has had prepared for his subscribers. It's a perfect library of Information, entertainment and amusement, and is the climax of the wonderfully enter prising and far-seeing management that has placed The Christian Herald ahead of all competitors as a Christian home Journal. Do you knew," con tinued Dr. Talmage, "that this paper has in less than six years expended nearly $700,000 In various beneficences at home and abroad?" Just then Miss Talmage came In to call her distinguished father to dinner, and the interview ended. Remember the address, 888 to 895 Bible House, New York City. Electric Snit|ien«loii Kallrnnrl Among the technical novelties Intro duced In Germany, the new electric suspension railroad between Leipsic and Halle deserves mention. The sys tem is a recent Invention of Eugene Langen of Cologne, and Its distinctive feature is the suspension of the cars. The only place where the new system has so far been tested for a short time is on the special line between Cologne and Deutz, a suburb, but there It has been found eminently successful. By the new system the running time be tween Leipsic and Halle, twenty-two miles, is to be reduced from thirty-five minutes, as at present, to fifteen or twenty minutes. The Berlin munici pal authorities are very anxious to see this new line In operation, as in the event of all the promises made being carried out, It is the intention to build several electric suspension roads for In tramura 1 traffic at Berlin. ühlpplns Shelleil U rb « Eggs are now Imported Into England from Russia shelled, beaten up and preserved in hermetically sealed tins, from which tliey are drawn off through a tap. Eggs lu this condition are prin cipally used by bakers, and the ad vantages claimed for the system are freedom from damage in transporting and long-keeping qualities. The tin or drum is packed in straw in a wooden case, and holds the contents of 1,000 to l,5(t0 eggs, the white and yolks being mixed together, poured into the drum and the aperture closed with a bung and sealed. Great care is said to be necessary in selecting the eggs to be preserved, as one bad one will spoil the whole cask or drum.—Loudon Economist. A Boy Electrician. At Cliesaning, Mich., Carl Chappel, aged seventeen, has beeu attracting attention of late by carrying ad incan descent light that he can turn on at any moment from a light battery In Iiis coat pocket. He has also invented an electric door bell, electric chair, and made a telephone of his own.