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The, Acnatha.
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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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,
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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.

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