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MASONIC MATTERS: The Master's Will; The Closing
Year; Kindly Rcjaembratce; Arcturus Lodge;
Greetirg; From “Uncle John”; Remembrance;
A Symposium; Notes and Queries; The Champion
Fraud; Manhatton Lodge; Royal Arch Items; Per
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W. G.—lii France, Spain, Italy, and,
In fact, all Catholic countries, the festival of ‘-Marell
Gras" is known as the grandest carnival day of the
year. " Mardi Gras,” translated into English,
means “Fat Tuesday,” and the latter day is the
day preced.ng the first day of Lent, or Ash Wednes
day. '1 he clay is celebrated in high carnival be
cause it is the last day of mirth anjl merrymaking
in the CHholic Church until Easter Sunday. The
abstinence of the Lenten season has, probably, been
the origin of the name "Fat Tuesday,’’ which im
plies that thus far shalt thou eat fat aud no farther.
The custom has been of late years introduced into
this country, and New Orleans particularly has
made the day one of the greatest festivals observed
in the South. In olden times, knights mounted on
prancing steads, decorated with gav plumage and
fantastic costumes, wore wont to celebrate tho day.
Wine flowed freely, and sounds of enchanting mu
sic filled the air. Every one enjoyed the festival
rich and pocr, young and old —for when the sun
went down a season of fasting and prayer com
menced. In this country, of course, the reason,
object aud real meaning of the day is changed; yet,
whenever the day has been set aside for observ
ance, it has thrown Christmas in the shade, and
even made au ordinary affair out of our own be
loved Fourth of July.
8. H. S.—“ What is the explanation of
the phenomenon of the water-spout?” When a
whirlwind occurs out at sea, it agitates the water
contained within to such a degree as
frequently to cause a column of spray to rise-in the
air. If the sky is cloudy, the upper strata of the
whirlwind acts upon the lower clouds in the same
way in which the lower strata acts upon the surface
of the water, and thus causes a column of vapor to
descend immediately above the ascending one.
These two columns will, if the whirling motion of
the air continues for any considerable period, be
come lengthened by the pressure of the atmosphere,
and will ultimately join together. What are teamed
water-spouts in inland districts are quite a distinct
phenomena. They ara simply very heavy showers
of rain confined within narrow limits. These
showers may or may not be accompanied with a
whirling motion of the atmosphere, but will, of
course, come nearer our idea of what a water-spout
may be when it is so accompanied.
C. N. — The following is the accredited
origin of the race known as the " Steeple-chase " —
At the commencement of this century, such was
the difficulty felt in solving the oit-recurring dis
putea in the hunting circles of .society as to the
rival merits of horses or riders, that recourse was
had to the simple plan of choosing a distant steeple
which, as being placed on sonfe eminence, aud iu
the direction in which the two contentious horse
mon were directed to make the best of their way
across country, formed a sort of goal or winning
post, and io him who alighted first within the
churchyard, which held the steeple, was awarded
the victory. Hence the word "steeple-chase ’ came
to be regarded as symbolical of those cross country
races with which, although its name is still retain
•d, the village spire has long ceased to have any
A. B. G.—lst. “ Who was the author
Of the poem, “Bivouac of the Dead ; or, Faurn't*
Eternal Camping Ground?” The exquisite poem,
♦‘The Bivouac of the Dead ” was written by Colonel
Theodore O'Harra, of the First Alabama Regiment,
and afterward Chief of Staff to General Brecken
ridge. He di6d in 1867. 2d. "Where did the ex
pression, or quotation, originate. ‘They left their
country for their country’a good?'” The quota
tion :
True patriots all; for be it understood.
Wo leit our country for our country's good,”
was written by George Barrington, and occurs in
the prologue written for the opening of a play,
house in New South Wales, January 15th, 1796.
Obion. — “Who are George Band and
George Eliot ?” The names are both no»i deplumes.
The former is that of the distinguished French
authoress, Madame Dudevant. She assumed the
name out of attachment to Jules Sand or Sandeau
a young student, in conjunction with whom sin
published her first work. She was born July 5,
1804, and died June 8, 1876. George Eliot is the non.
de plume of Mrs. Lewes, a distinguished English
authoress. She was born about 1820, and died De
cember 2 J. 1880.
J. 8. o.—“ Where and when did the
phrase ‘Ember days ’ originate, aud why are they
so called?” These days were first appointed by
Pope Calixtus, A. D. 220. The ember days occui
four times a year, the Wednesday, Friday and Sat
urday after the first Sunday in Lent; after the Feast
of Ponticost on Whit Sunday; after the Fes
tival of the Holy Cross, on the 14th of September;
and after the Festival of St. Lucia, on the 13th o.
December. The derivation of the term is doubt
•Foreigner.— David Crockett was an
American backwoodsman, remarkable for his ad
venturous life and eccentric habits. He was born
in Tennessee in 1786, became a member of Congrest
in 1827, and was twice re-elected. He held a com
mand in the insurgent Texan ranks in their struggle
against Mexico in 1836, and was one of those “de
voted few ” who perished in the massacre at Fort
Alamo, after slaying ten times their number o;
Mexican "greasers" before they fell.
Curious.—Gypsies are a vagabond
race of people and are ignorant of thoir own origin,
and as history has failed to record their migrations,
there are many opinions on the subject. It is as
sarted that they came originally from India, and
entered Europe in the fourteenth or filteenth cen
tury. and are now scattered all over that continent,
living by theft, fortune-telling, Ac. They have few
redeeming characteristics; they are treacherous,
cowardly, revengeful and cruel.
E. J. O. R.—At half an hour past mid
night on the morning of Tuesday, March 3d, 1868,
fire was discovered in the northeast corner of Bai
num's American Museum, on Broadway, between
Spring and Prince streets, then occupied by Van
Amburghe Menagerie. The flames had attained
such headway that it was impossible to extinguish
them. The destruction of the museum was com
plete. The weather was bitterly cold, aud the ruins
were covered with ice.
Anxious.—Coal mines were first dis
covered in the neighborhood of Newcastle, Eng
land, about the year 1300, and coal was first used as
fuel in London in the reign of Edward L. in the
middle of the thirteenth century; but the gas from'
the coal was thought to be so corrupting to the at
mosphere that the use of it was forbidden by proc
lamation in 1373, and it was not used for several
years after ward.
Cassino. —“In a game of cassino,
which points count first, cards and spades, or big
and Little cassino?” The points gained by each
party ara counted at the end of the deal, aud that
party which has the greatest number of points
wins the game. If playing a stated number ol
points, the player having gained the required num
ber, oalls out. No one point takes precedence of
O. H. J.—The following is a cure for
ringworm : To one part of sulphuric acid add six
teen or twenty parts water. Use a brush or f. ether
and apply it to the parts night aud morning, a few
dressings will generally cure. If the solution is tie
•trong, dilute it with more water, aud if the irrita
tion is excessive, rub on a little oil or other softeu
ingappi oatliu; but always avoid soap.
Friz —The prefix of Fitz,” as rs»d
by the N >imans in England, meant "illegitimate
eon.” The word ie derived from the L tin “filins,”
moaning “ a son,” but words introduced into other
languages from the parent stem, while maintaining
poinewhat of the original meaning, are often broad
ened or narrowed in their definitions.
Congress. —The best paper to obtain
containing all of the proceedings of Congress is the
Conpresstona/-Kecord, published in Washington at
the government printing office, and the best one for
the i lines of the Now York Legislature is the
Albany Eveninj Journal,
U ole J ms.—John Howard Payne s
the swwui the song Home, Sweet Home.” He
was b<ru in Ne v York, June 9th. 1792, and del in
Tunis, April 1 t , 1852. The song is conta e in
an opera which t e composed call.d, "Clari.”
R. B.—The chances of retaining life
and health of persons from this latitude, working
on the Panama Railroad, are very st. all as the
climate is very fatal, and people die by the thou
sands after working there a short time.
Sailor. —The quickest passage ever
made across the Atlantic was that of the steamer
‘"Etruria,” of the Cunard line, being six days, five
hours and thirty minutes from New York to Queens
town. The distance is 2,860 miles.
Beader. We can find no record of
the steamer “ City of Rome” breaking the telegraph
wires in West street with her bowsprit ou her first
arrival at her dock in this port.
Bank.— lf a note be lost or stolen, it
•does not telease the maker; he must pay it, it is
not legally necessary to say on a note, " for value
E. I. —We cannot answer such ques
.tlona as to which are the beat physicians, lawyers,
insurance companies or other businesa.-e in these
C. A.—You will have to make your
question more explicit, as we cannot understand
what it is you wish to know.
Old Beader.—January 5, 1862, fell
on Bunday.
Li w.—See answer to Cassino in this
|ltto JJorli
Owing to our large edition we are com nailed to go to
preFeat an early hour, hence ADVERTISEMENTS CAN
To Masonic A_<t vertlaers.
’ Those desiring to advertise in our Masonic columns
must have their advertisements n our office BEFORE
vsrtisement can be inserted on the Masonic Page alter
that hour.
has a larger circulation than any
other Sunday Newspaper pub
lished in the (Jnited States.
Last Sunday wo wished the Dispatch raaders
a Morrio Christmas. Next week wa shall wish
them a Happy Naw Year. We shall be » day
late, but no matter. Good wishes are, like a
motion to adjourn, always in order. Between
the two great holidays comes this holiday week,
when the digestion protests against the tasks
imposed upon it, and hard work seams harder
than ever. To-day everybody is supposed to
bo as stuffed as the roast turkeys under which
the table groaned yesterday. The plum pud
dings and the mince pies, which tasted so de
licious a tow hours ago, are now, like sorrow,
a grievous burden to be borne. There is a
moral in this and also in the remains of the
Christmas poultry, which coldly sot forth to
day’s dinner. No rose without it. thorns ; no
sunshine without its cloud; no pleasure with
out its pain—wo all know the old, wise pro
verbs. For many centuries, the philosophers,
from Solomon down to Carlyle, have been
preaching upon them. But this is not the time
of year to indulge in glowing reflections, even
though the Christmas bills arrive as plentifully
as the Christmas cards and presents. If we
have done our best to be happy and to make
others happy, we can bid dull care begone and
enjoy ourselves heartily during the holidays.
It is over forty years sines the publication of
the famous “Pickwick Papers” inaugurated
what has been sneoringly called “ the Dickens
Christmas.” The great novelist, who has had
many imitators but no successors, described
Christmas as a season of general jollity and
benevolence. The idea was not original with
him. It was as old as the story of the angels
who announced peace and good will. Dickens,
who was in no sense of the word a churchman,
became the secular apostle of the jovial Christ
mas creed. AU the good characters of hie
Christmas stories enjoyed eating and drinking,
giving and receiving, presents, helping the poor
and relieving the sick and the afflicted. All the
bad characters suffered Irom remorse, and were
haunted by ghosts until they, too, went about
doing good. The preface, by the author’s son,
to the latest edition of “Pickwick” informs ue
that the “Dickens Christmas’’ has died out in
England. We can readily believe that it is no
longer observed in the land of aristocracy and
oppression, vice and corruption, Charles Dilko
and Colin Campbell. But it has not died out—
it has been transferred to America. Here, in
the free country ot which Dickens once wrote
satirically, but which he afterward dearly
loved, his works are perused, his memory hon
ored, and his Christmas kept much more uni
versally than iu England. The merry scenes
which his graphic pen depicted are now more
often witnessed in American than in English
homes. We enjoy our holidays better than the
British people, because we have bettor
reasons to be jolly and because wa have forever
shaken off the trammels which harass aud an
noy them.
But the only way to get the utmost enjoyment
out of the holidays is to provide some pleas
ures for other people. It is not enough to buy
toys and candies for the children, and to give
as liberally as our means will allow to our
friends and relatives. This season impresses
upon us the wonderful lesson which history is
slowly but surely developing—the fraternity ot
all mankind; the fact that all men are a hand o
brothers. Nobody can bo truly happy who
knows that somewhare there is somebody en -
tering whom he could relieve if he would. No
body can relish his good dinner when he knows
that, within a stone’s throw, are starving peo
ple whom his superfluities would eave. It is
not a fair excuse to say that you have no money
to help the p or. Very few of us have plenty
of money to spare, liven those who appear
rich have such demands upon them that they
do not feel like giving away money. But a
great deal can be done without money, m
every family there are surplus provisions tha
would fill at least one hungry mouth, Almo?.
everybody has some old clothing, not fit for his
own wear, which would cover the nakedness ol
some ragged waif and keep out the Winter's
cold. Religion teaches us that he who givetb
to the poor leudeth to the Lord, and that the
Lord repays such loans with compound inter
est. One of our benevolent citizens made a
speech the other day, in which he declared that
he had been giving liberally lor many years,
and, he added, “as fast as I shovel the money
out the Lord shovels it in again.” But, quite
aside from religion, it is the experience of every
man of the world that he never misses the
sums he dispenses in benevolence. As the gam
blers phrase it, “Charity always brings good
This is, perhaps, the lowest motive for being
generous to all who are in want or trouble; but
never mind the motive, tha good is done any
how. When an actor contributed handsomely
to a charitable fund one of our contemporaries
unkindly remarked that he did it as an adver
tisement. If eo, it was a first rate form of ad
vertising, and we wish that many other people
would advertise themselves in the same man
ner. An advertisement that feeds the hungry,
clothes the ragged, heals the sick aud buries
the wretched outcast is as excellent as a column
of large type in the Dispatch. But no man can
be sure of another man s motive, and none of
us should presume to judge our brethren.
Give, whether you do it for love or for luck, as
a religious duty or ae an advertisement, to
please God or to please yourself! Give, whether
ft is from your abundance or your scanty sav
ings, with careless lavishness or with careiul
self-denial 1 Give, whether you are too nervous
to be bothered by the beggars or whether you
manfully remember that all men are brethren!
But, if you would get the highest enjoyment
and the supremeet blessing by your charities,
then give with the heart and the head as well ae
the band; see for yourself the sad necessities
which you seek to diminish; add a word of en
couragement and sympathy to whatever mate
rial aid yon heetow, and try to appreciate the
radical truth that it is no sacrifice for you to
help the poor, but that you are only the steward
of the beneficent Power irom whom cometh 1
every good gift.
George Washington Childs, of Philadelphia,
eager to tack hie name to that of Shakespeare,
as it is already entangled with that ol the Father
ot His Country, has presented a fountain to
Stratford-on-Avon, to be inaugurated in honor
of the jubilee year of Queen Victoria. The
Royal Thames Yacht Club has resolved to cele
brate the jubilee by offering a prize ol five
thousand dollars for sn ocean yacht race, to be
open to competitors from all countries. In both
instances we might infer that cold water is to be
thrown upon the Queen ; but, obviously, that is
not the intention. Now that the fashion has
been started, we may look for a hundred other
devices to do honor to the fiftieth year of Queen
Victoria’s reign. Perhaps Joe Pulitzer will an
nounce a popular subscription lor a statue, to
be lighted by the government, or some little
thing like that. The Englishman resident in
this country, who are more English than those
who remain at home, will be sure to get up
seme sort ot a celebration, il it is only a cricket
match, on the St. George grounds or a dinner at
Delmonico's. We do not see any particular rea
son lor rejoicing, except that the Queen’s long
term ot office baa prevented the Prince of Wales
from sullying the throne a lew years sooner ;
but this is a festive season and the more people
jubilate the better lor all concerned.
If Queen Victoria wishes to make her jubilee
memorable, and to immortalize herselt and her
reign, let her cast aside her prejudices and re
solve that justice shall bo done to poor Ireland
during this year of grace. This single act
would render her jubilee more illustrious than,
all the drinking fountains, yacht races and
cricket matches that can be devised. The res
ignation of little Lord Randolph Churchill af
fords the Queen an apportunity to benefit Ire
land and herselt at the same time. Whatever
excuses, financial or personal, may be made for
Lord Randolph’s conduct, the utter failure of
the coercion policy which he recommended in
Ireland will be the reason assigned by history.
His desertion is the death blow of ths Tory
party. It can no longer carry any measure
through Parliament without the assistance ol
the Lord Hartington clique ot Liberals, In
other words, it must exist upon the sufferance
ot its adversaries. The Queen can continue
this absurd and unconstitutional state ot affairs
by using her influence to persuade Lord Hart
ington to bolster up the Tory government, or
she can boldly send for Mr. Gladstone, concede
his demands for the freedom of Ireland and ar
range for the recall of the Liberal party to
power as soon as Parliament reassembles. If
she be truly a great Queen, worthy to have her
jubilee celebrated, she will adopt the latter
course. But, if she be merely a foolish old
woman, deaf to the cries of her people and oar
ing only to have her vanity flattered by her
toadies, she will coddle the Tories as long as
possible and thus play into the hands ot the
British democracy.
Jake Sharp, Richmond and the other rich
men accused of bribery and corruption com
plain that they have no fair chance of a trial in
New York city, and ask for a change of venue.
Pome of our contemporaries object to this and
attempt to bulldoze the Judges into refusing the
request. 'I here is a freshness about the objec
tion which amuses us very much. Our con
temporaries are as green as the Christmas
wreaths. Why should not the rich bribers have
a change of venue 11 they desire it 1 We ate
not sure that there is not some ground for their
application to the courts. They are certainly
right in claiming that our reputable citizens, to
a man, are opposed to the schemes of the
boodlers. They are also right in complaining
of the behavior of the daily press during the
McQuade trials. Several of the papers—the
H'orW and the Herald especially—committed
flagrant contempt of court by striving to in
timidate the jury, The story has leaked out
that the jurymen read the headlines on the
World and Herald bulletins, from the windows
of the Astor House, and that at least one news
paper was smuggled into the jury room. It is
also a fact that the journals condemned the ac
cused in advance and strenuously insisted that
he must be convicted. We do not wonder that
the lawyers for the defense have taken ad
vantage of these circumstances and that a
Judge has been found to listen to them.
If Jake Sharp and his colleagues are certain
that a change of venue will result in a fair trial,
we sincerely hope that they may get it. Guilty
or innocent, they are entitled to be fairly tried.
That is all the people require. But if ever
there was a case of an engineer hoisted by his
own petard, or a rogue cSilghi in his own trap,
the boodlers who secure a change of venue will
present it admirably. Here, in New York, they
have a slight chance of escape in spite of the
public feeling, the prejudiced press and the en
ergetic District Attorney. They may bribe a
juror. They may select a jury, under our mod
ern rulings, too stupid to understand the evi
dence. Their clover lawyers may befog the
plain issues involved. But what living chance
will they have in the rural districts ' Outside
of New York and Brooklyn, the jurymen would
make short work of Jake Sharp and his accom
plices. They know him well by reputation. He
may manipulate the Legislature, but he cannot
corrupt the rural voters who send legislators to
Albany for him to lobby. We shall be perfectly
willing to trust Jake Sharp to the tender mer
cies of a country jury. District Attorney Mar
tine would have only to lock on and laugh at
the bad strategy of the boodle lawyers. De
Lanoey Nicoll would take a well-earned rest
and feel the laurels of victory already blooming
upon his broad brow. Col. Fellows would have
au opportunity to turn his eloquence upon an
other class of offenders. Instead of objecting to
a change of venue, all those who believe the
boodlers to be guilty, ought to approve it hearti
ly. Next to Lynch law, there is nothng which
a notorious New York city criminal so dreads as
to be tried in the country. The farmers are
aching to get hold of a few of our scoundrels
and show them the difference between city and
country justice, and when they hear that Jake
Sharp is anxious to be tried by them, they will
rub their honest hands with delight and have
their verdict ready before the case is called.
Tha people of the rural districts ot this State
(Jjvide the people of this city into two classes.
One class they consider honest, industrious,
law-abiding and respectable. The other class
they look upon as outlaws and brigands, who
call themselves local politicians, but ara in
reality mere robbers. For the former class the
people of the interior leel respect and sympa
thy, not unmingled with a little contempt that
they should endure the tyranny of thieves so
long and patiently. But, for the latter class,
they have only a stern detestation and almost
savage hatred. The presence of such a gang as
that which has dominated this city would be re
garded in the country as a contamination and
au outrage. The rural voters would hunt down
the boodlers Lke wolves. It Jake Sharpe and
bis friends want to be tried before such jury
men, by all means let them be gratified. The
country jury will add a rider to their .verdict,
regretting that they cannot make the punish
ment fit the crime and imprison the boodlers
for the full term ot their unnatural lives. We
do not know whether Lawyer Newcomb or
some other lawyer is to be credited with this
notion of a change of venue, but whoever did
it deserves a vote ot thanks. He has led his
clients into a cut de sac from which there is no
hope of escaping. He confesses that they are
sure to be convicted if they are tried here, aud
a moment’s reflection will convince him that a
country jury will never spare a city briber.
Badly ae the cases of the boodlers have hith
erto been managed, this last move is the moat
desperate and most fatal.
Wo must assure Jake Sharp and the bribers
indicted with him that there is now no place in
the world where they can have a fair trial, ae
they understand that phrase. The reason for
this is, that thoir guilt is too evident to be
doubted. Two Aidermen have been convicted
of being bribed; other Aidermen hare con
fessed that they were bribed; these convic
tions and confessions hold the bribers with
an iron hand. It the Aidermen are sent to
prison for accepting bribes, then the boodlers
who paid the money must go to prison, also.
There is no refuge from this logic, except a
flight to Canada, and, doubtless, ths District
Attorney and Inspector Byrnes havs taken care
that flight is now impossible. We may bo sorry
for the prominent eitizene who have hitherto
ranked as gentlemen, who have respectable
families, who live in comfort and luxury; but
they are going to suffer the penalty of their
own conduct, and may as well make up their
minds to face the future as bravely as possible.
Fish was once as rich as they are. Jaehne once
fared as sumptuously. No doubt the family of
McQuade is just as respectable. It is, from
one point of view, a hard thing that everybody
should condemn them before they are tried,
and that the newspapers should anticipate the
verdict of the courts; but thoir offenses have
been open, brazen, public and palpable, and
they must take the consequences. According
to law, every accused person is presumed to be
innocent until he is proven guilty ; but, in the
case of the boodlers, the proof of their guilt
stares everybody in the face on Broadway, and
in the conviction or confession of the officials
whom they corrupted. If they had rather have
the inevitable verdict recorded in the country
than in the city, very good. A rural trial will
be very short, sharp and decisive.
Dangerous Theologians.—The other
evening, at the banquet of tha Sons ot NewEng
gland, given in Boston, a professor ot theology
made an assinine speech. Mr. Blaine was pres
ent at the banquet, and as the professor is said
to be a friend of his, the Democratic papers
shout that “ Professor Lincoln’s speech will be
as fatal to the plumed knight as was that ot the
Rev. Dr. Burchard.” By no means. The idiotic
remarks ot Mr. Burchard were made two or
throe days before election, and the Democratic
papers eaid his foolish words were those of Mr,
Blaine, and there was no time to prove the
j falsity ot their assertions. It is different this
time. The election doesn't take place for nearly
two years. However, if theologians are not
more careful, more judicious and loss bigoted,
public men will retuse to sit at the eame table
in public with them. The clerical gentlemen
say, alter they have made foolish speeches, that
they didn't mean any harm. Perhaps not, but
if wouldn’t do them any harm to remember
Hood’s saying:
"Mora wrong Is wrought by want of thought
Than evil inclination."
Hard Law.—Judge Barrett was just
ly indignant last week when he decided that he
had no power to interfere in the case ot a child
taken from its mother by ths Society which
professes to Prevent Cruelty to Children. The
evidence showed that Mrs. Beers is a hard
working woman, of irreproachable character;
that her child was well cared lor, and that she
had left it temporarily in the custody of a
neighbor, when the agent for the Society seized
it and sent it to the Five Points House ot In
dustry. The lawyer for the Society did not at
tempt to contradict this testimonv, but quietly
submitted a transcript of. the order ot Police
Justice Duffy committing the child to the Soci
ety’s guardianship. Judge Barrett thereupon
dismissed the case, “It makes no difference
how reputable in life and morals the mother
may be,” ho declared, “the surrender of the
child depends wholly on the will ot the Society.
There is no remedy,” ho continued; “ there is
no way out of the difficulty. I have intertored
in cases just like this before, and the Court ot
Appeals has always reversed my decision. The
whole power, under the law, rests with this
Society.” Such an outrage as that exposed by
Judge Barrett should not be allowed for a sin
gle week after the Legislature meets. It the
legislature does not right this wrong, then the
people of New York will destroy this tyrannical
Society as the French people destroyed the
Bastite. We cannot understand how a commit
ment by a police justice can be protected from
the revision of the Supreme Court; but Judge
Barrett knows whereof ho speaks, and his sym
pathies were evidently with the poor mother to
whom the law compelled him to deny justice.
Hanging a Woman. —Governor Hill,
who always dodges every question that pre
sents difficulties, refuses to change the sentence
of Mrs. Druse, but has respited her for sixty
days, so that the Legislature may deal with the
matter. What doos the Governor expect that
the Legislature will do? It cannot pardon Mrs.
Druse, it cannot alter her sentence. Does he
suppose that it can pass a law providing that
no woman must be hanged? Such a law would
be unconstitutional. The Legislature has no
power to discriminate between a man and a
woman convicted of a crime. Does the Gover
nor imagine that the Legislature will abolish
capital punishment, so as to save Mrs. Druse
from the gallows, aud then, when he has sent
her to prison for life, re-enact the capital pun
ishment law ? But this would be a ridiculously
roundabout way of accomplishing what the
Governor can do with a few strokes of his pen.
Governor Hill is altogether too fond of shirking
his official responsibility. Public opinion in
this State is unanimously averse to hanging a
woman. Governor Hill should have changed
Mrs. Druse’s sentence at once. He knows very
well that his political career is at end if a
woman is hanged by the neck under his admin
istration. Yet he shillyshallies and calls upon
the Legislature to help him out of his dilemma.
We hope that the Legislature will take no
notice ol the Mrs. Druse case, which is now
within the discretion of the executive depart
ment of the Goverment. But if a petition,
signed by all the members, will furnish the
Governor with a pretext for not hanging a
woman, no doubt such a paper will bo forth
—♦■ ■ I ♦
A Lucky Office. — One of the luckiest
of law offices for political successes will change
its firm name somewhat during the New Year.
This office has furnished a District Attorney for
twelve years and a Mayor for four years in
Oakey Hall; a Lieutenant Governor aud Con
gressman in Stuart L. Woodford; a United
States Judge in Mr. Brown; an official counsel
for many years to the Police Commissioners and
the Board of Health in Aaron J. Vanderpool; a
Judge in Mr. Bookstaver; a Governor in Mr.
Green; a School Trustee in Mr. Cummings, who
is now in a fairway for a judgeship, and a
judge of acting in Stopheu Fiske, who soon left
the law for the higher walks ot journalism. A
Governor, a Lieutenant Governor, a Congress
man, a Mayor, a United States Judge, a State
Judge, a District Attorney—this is a splendid
lyt to be framed and hung in the offices of jh?
firm which Mad to be known as Brown, Hall
ana Yandorpoel, as an incentive to students.
We will send an evergreen wreath to adorn the
frame, with the compliments of the season.
Now is the time for swearing off, and we trust
that our good readers will come nobly to the
front and pool their issues with us.
At about this season of every year everybody
feels like indulging iu a good act, and there is
no way in which it can be done better than by
taking the semi-occasional pledge.
The diaries for the forthcoming year are now
in the market, and every good citizen should
lay in a stock of them.
They should bo made to road something like
“Deo. 24.—Made a resolution to stop drink
ing for a whole year.
“ Doo. 25.—Wont out and bound the bargain
by having the last drink forever. The year
looks bright, and I know that I will save five
thousand dollars a year by the fulfillment ol
this wise resolution.
“Half-past three -Don’t know how it came
about, but I begin to think that I am loaded up
to the muzzle.
“ Half-past four—Now I know it.
“ Just bad a friend ring the door-bell and
drop me into the hallway. Think it very likely
that we’U have tongue for breakfast, as tha old
lady is on her high horse.
“ Dec. 26.—Terrible head. After I have one
drink to brace up on, I’m going to sign the
pledge again.
“Just had one and it went right to the spot.
Don’t think another ’ll hurt.
“ Went in to get just one and met a party of
friends. All hands treated and feel a little
“Dec. 27.—Feel a little uneasy as to the re
sult of wise revolutions. Had to pull bat on
with a button-hook this A. M. Wife and I don’t
speak. She says that I slept under the bed
with my boots on, tbis;morning. Feel so, and
guess she must be right. She talks of going
home to her mother. If she keeps on in that
way she'll surely drive me to drink.
“ Doc. 29.—Don’t remember where I’ve been
for two days. Found myself in the cellar,
mixed up with the coal, this morning. Think
I’ll have my head framed.
“ Dec. 30.—Made a wise resolution this morn
ing to postpone the swearing off until Now
Year's Day.
“New Year’s Day.—After to-morrow nobody
will ever again say that I ever drink anything.
I’ve had my last toot.
“ Jan 2 Don’t know how I got home last
night. Just tore up diary and going to let
nature take her blooming course.
And now the country holds its breath
while the announcement is made that “Burch ’
Hayes is going to be married. Last week we
were startled by the announcement that young
Blaine had become a reporter. It does look as
if these President’s sons were always getting
into trouble.
This time it is a Philadelphia minister
who has done it. His name is Messaros, and
one of the female members of his congregation
is the victim. The world at large should order
a tie up ou ministers, and keep them looked out
or locked up.
The whooping vitriol-thrower is again
getting in his fine work, and the last victim is a
woman. Our judges should lay in a stock of
■hot-guns and learn how to use Umui,
Thb Chinese Mi? lister . who recently
visited President Clevelav d > to< * with him !,i ‘ )
“jade rang ” which is asserv’ d to 1,0 a '*' o to
ward off all difficulties and disp^ 1 * ,u troubles.
Some of the Democratic office-seeK^® 1 " 3 h’ied to
steal it in order to got the bulge on Mug
wump*. •
Cheat heads those Clevelands havdl
Grover gav* ns “innocuous desuetude” and
Rose produced “yeasty quacks.” We are now
awaiting mother-in-law Folsom to give birth to
a new word tor next year’s dictionary.
Pbof. C. H. O. Petbbs is jubilant over
the fact that he has just discovered a now as
teroid. A man with a tandem name like that
shouldn’t hav* much time loafing around with
The artists ara now quarreling over
the subject of pictures, and the managers of the
recent exhibition are being hauled over the
coals. From the appearance of some of the
pictures we can’t imagine that there’s much to
quarrel about.
McQuade’s conviction has frightened
the other boodlers almost out of their lives. It
it would only frighten them out of the country,
time and expense would be saved, and our
prosecuting officials might indulgs in a vaca
From the testimony in the case it seems
as if Lady Colin Campbell and Lord Colin Camp
bell were both virgins ; but it really does look,
from where we sit, that that blessed Duke of
Marlborough has been out with the girls.
It rather looks now as if the passage
of the bill for the redemption ot trade dollars
was assured. Anybody who doesn’t think so,
can send their barrels to this office, and we It
try to worry through life with them.
Professor Dwinelle is suing a sleep
ing-car porter on the Hudson River Railroad
for $50,000, for assault. To save trouble, the
porter should settle up. He can accumulate a
little amount like that on one trip.
From present appearances it looks as
if the ice crap wasn’t going to pan out this year.
What there is of it has already been spoiled by
the little boy who: is now booming the death
rate for all he’s worth.
Thursday’s strike was of short dura
tion, and the employers and employees are now
pretty well satisfied that they can’t get along
without each other. Why not settle the matter
just before each strike.
The daily papers are going wild over
the question as to whether or not Mrs. Druse
should hang. From Mrs. Druse’s übiquitous
ness the inference is drawn that she’d be worth
more dead than alive.
The United States Court has decided
that express companies are responsible for
money intrusted to their care. This looks as if
robberies on the trains were going to be knock
ed into a cooked hat.
A Chicago man has just claimed to be
owner ol about half of that village. He is to
be pitied. There is only one worse thing that
could befall him and that would be to own the
other half, too.
Mexico is now daily indulging in bull
fights. While they are in progress the Mexi
cans don’t have time to think of wiping out the
United States, and perhaps it’s just as well for
the Mexicans.
The rumor that Ernest Schilling, of
Morosini fame, bad enlisted in the navy in order
that ha might visit Italy and there see his Vic
toria, proves untrue and should only be told to
the marines.
The word comes from California that
Governor Hill is to be the next Democratic
Presidential candidate. He’s about as good a
man to beat as any other. Set ’em up on the
other alley.
Hog cholera is now booming through
South America. We trust that It will next at
tack the “L” railroad cars just as soon as
there’s no danger of anybody getting vaccin
Nearly every State in the Unionf is
now claiming tha Ministership to Turkey. If
every turkey in town has a minister, there is
going to be a blessed old New Years.
Thebe are so many holidays right
around this season of the year, that it’s hard
for most of us to get our hats on without the
aid ot soap-stone or sweet oil.
Uncle Bam is getting so poor that it’s
bard to find a workman in the Navy Yard. If
they are not careful, somebody ’ll get in and
steal all the cannon-balls.
They had a real prize fight on Staten
Island the other day and the pugilists were
really arrested and fined. Wonder what state
Staten Island is in, anyhow.
Just about this season of the year
every virtuous Chinaman pays off all his debts.
We wish that more or lesa of our friends were
Chinamen, don’t you?
The newspapers inform us that the
escaped boodlers are having jolty tun tobog
ganing in Canada. They are a slippery lot and
are adepts at sliding.
At the St. Louts New England dinner
the other night, Mr. Evarts actually worked off
three sentences of six words each and two New
Englanders fainted.
A Reading (Penn.) man was driven
crazy the other day by the perpetration of a
practical joke. Ho probably wore his brains
under bis coat ; tail.
The merry toboggan slide is blooming
all over the country, and the general sixteen
button stocking blushes away up behind its
Brooklyn militiamen are now fight
ing among themselves. That’s about the only
way that Brooklyn militiamen indulge in war.
Some blooming idiot has given away
the ritual of the Knights of Labor. That fellow
wonld make a good target for a boomerang.
They are now using dynamite in
Washington, to blow up safes. What’s the mat
ter with trying it on Congress ?
A bauk called “ The Bean ” recently
ran ashore in Boston Harbor. It’s a windy day
when the bean gets loft.
James G. Blaine has at last been .
downed. Gout got a majority ot votes against
him on Thursday.
Now is the time for everybody to say
The following attractions are announced for thia <
week at the theatres: " Ernani,” at the Casino; “The :
O’Reagans.” at Harrigan's Park Theatre; German i
opera, at the Metropolitan Opera House; Resina !
Yokes, at the Standard; N. C. Goodwin, in " Turned
Up.” at the Bijou; " Moths," at Wallack'a; •• Love
in Harness,” at Daly’s; Dockstader’s, minstrels; R.
B. Man tell, in "Tangled Lives,” at’ Fifth Avenue i
Theatre; "Jim, the Penman,” at the Madison
Square; Helen Dauvray, in “ A Scrap of Paper," at <
the Lyceum; Annie Pixley, in the building owned
by Jay Gould; Margaret Mather, in "The Honey
moon,” at the Union Square; Mrs. Langtry, at Nib- 1
lo's; Mr. and Mrs. George S. Knight, in "Over the
Garden Wall, at the Fourteenth Street Theatre; i
Roach’s play of " The Red Fox,” at Poole’s Theatre; i
Tony Denier’s "Humpty Dumpty ” Co., at the Wind- <
eor; vaudeville, at Tony Pastor’s, and Fanny Dav*
enport at the People’s Theatre.
Miss Myra Gcodwin is having a much better tour
this season than last and is making money with Mr.
Kidder’s comedy of "Sis." In every city where she
has previously played, the audiences have nearly
“ Romany Rye," which made a long run at
Booth's old theatre, several seasons ago, will be
produced at ths Windsor Theatre, January 3.
Miss Beatrice Lieb, the young actress who
makes her debut in this city as a star in Howard
Taylor’s new play of "Infatuation,” is busily pre
paring for that event. Her manager has great faith
in her abilities and in the quality of the play and is
engaging a strong supporting company.
Ms. Lawrence Barrett filled engagements last
week in New England, where he played to large au
diences nightly. To-morrow night he begins a sea
son of one week in Providence, where ho will give
" Rienzi** its second production.
A voting aspibant of the name of Downing made
’ bis appearance last Monday evening and during the
► q 00 stage of a Broadway Theatre rs
Spartacus in the play entitled ‘'The Gladiator." A
( worse or more blatant representation of a heroic
character has not been seen and heard upon the
metropolitan stage in many seasons. When he was
cot vociferous, or pumping gutteral utterances
from the depths of his stomach, he was monotonous,
fy indistinct; as a gladiator, he was merely a puffy
example of adipose tissue; there was nothing mus
cular and nothing suggestive of strength in his
posing in the'arene scene, and his acting—so far as
bis comprehension of the nature of the character of
Spartacus was concerned—was equally as flabby.
He was, however, loudly encored by a large
gathering of unemployed ** professional, variety
and other talent,” neighboring gin mill barkeepers
and .dead heads, who occupied three-fourth of the
seating and standing room capacity of the audi
torium. Of course such sort of critical endorse
ment at once places him as the equal and the only
representative of Mr. Forrest.
Aspirants with the same sort of half-baked bread
pudding expression of countenance and the same
following of gin mill and enthuisastio “ fake ” en
couragement have preceded this Downing, and
they have had also the same class of Mack and
Burnham managers, and they have all come to the
same conclusion. “In a little while they are heard
of no more.”
Mayo and Wilson, authors of “Nordeok,” have
just completed a dramatization of Alexander Du
mas's romance, “The Three Guardsmen.” Nego
tiations are now pending for its early production
in New York. Mr. Mayo is now filling a two weeks'
engagement in Brooklyn.
Madame Modjeska will begin an engagement to
morrow evening at the Hollis Street Theatre, in
Boston. In her new spectacular play, “ The
Chouans." Her stay in the Hub is limited to four
Dion Boucicault has had a profitable week with
“The Jilt ” in Montreal. His new American play
of war times, on whioh he has been at work some
time, is now nearly ready for production and will
be put into rehearsal shortly. It will ba brought
out in Boston.
What will be the grandest masquerade ball ever
given by the L'Amitio Societe Francais will take
place at the Academy of Music, on Monday evening.
January 10. The society numbers 200 members, "all
of whom are now actively engaged in preparing for
the fourteenth annual ball.
W. J. Scanlan played in St. Louis last week, pre
senting “Shane na Lawn” every night to large au
A striking*looking English beauty, of the pure
blonde type, has attracted no small degree of attrac
tion on the chief thoroughfares of the city during the
past few weeks, and is now known to a many
people as Helen Hastings, an actress who is announ
ced to appear here shortly in a new play which has
been written expressly to give scope to her peculiar
talents. Miss Hastings first acquired reputation in
London by her impersonation of the twelvo-year
old girl, Dulcie, in “Vice Versa,” a role whioh she
played with such consumnfate skill, that those
who saw her believed her to be really a child actress
of unusual precocity, instead of a full-grown young
woman of twenty. Afterward, as Gertie Hacketb.
in '• Silver Guilt;” Dora Vane, in “Harbor Lights,'
and Peggy, in “The Country Girl,” she established
herfslf as a favorite not only with London play
goers, but with those of the chief provincial cities
as well. She will be seen at the Union Square The
On January 10 Mr. Edmund Collier will make
his reappearance at the People’s Theatre in “ Meta
mora.” In the revival of this play Mr. Collier will
have as a realistic accessary to the play a troupe of
real Indians from Buffalo Bill’s “Great West.”
This revival of Forrest’s favorite play will be ac
companied by new scenic settings and appoint
The farcical comedy, entitled “The Commer
cial Tourist's Bride,” written by Frederic Hall and
H. S. Hewitt, will receive its initial interpretation
through New England, New Year’s week. The regu
lar season on the road begins January 31 in Cincin*
nati, at Hanim's Theatre, with Agnes Herndon as
the star.
Lyceum Theatre.—lf the audiences
who have, during the week admired the successful
representation of “The Scrap of Paper” at this the
atre, allowed their attention to be diverted for a
moment from Miss Dauvray’s Suzanne and Mr.
Sothern's Prosper, they must have been interested
in the artistic excellence of the stage-setting. The
traveler’s room in the second act, offered an oppor
tunity of studying the length to which careful
vraisemblahce may be carried on the stage. Not a
piece of bric-a-brac or a fur rug but was selected
with a definite view of the impression it was desired
It should have on the observer.
Miss Dauvray, in fact, has mounted a play whose
run is necessarily limited to two weeks, with as
much care and elaboration as though it were des
tined for a season's entertainment.
During the present week “A Scrap of Paper”
will be continued. Next week, January 3, Bronson
Howard's naw comedy of “ Met by Chance ” will
be given its initial representation.
Fourteenth Street Theatre. — To
morrow night Mr. and Mrs. George S. Knight, the
popular stars, begin a brief engagement, when they
will be seen in their amusing musical comedy of
“ Over the Garden Wall,” which has been laughed
at by countless thousands. The piece is as
(Uli of fun as Broadway is paving stones, and is
just the efiierlainment for holiday amusement
seekers. During the performance several novel and
attractive features will be introduced, including
new songs, dances, and other specialties. Mr.
Knight will again be seen as Julius Snitz, the poet,
politician, and husband, and Mrs. Sophie Knight
will come forward in her amusing impersonation of
the handsome and dashing Nellie Wrangle, in
which she will introduce her famous moonlight
dance, wearing a costume that opens and shuts like
an accordeon. Mr. and Mrs. Knight will be assisted
by an excellent company of comedians and vocal
ists, including Edwin Foy, Edward Temple,
Charles Frew, James Quinn, Our Bridget, the St,
Felix Sisters and others.
“Over the Garden Wall,” will give the patrons of
the Fourteenth Street Theatre a hilarious time.
Windsor Theatre.—James O’Neill and
his company, in “Monte Cristo,” attracted large
audiences at this house all of last week, and gave
evident satisfaction.
To-morrow night Manager Murtha will present a
seasonable holiday attraction in Tony Denier’s
famous “ Humpty Dumpty” company. There will
be plenty of fun for the children and youngsters of
a larger growth. Again the Clown, Harlequin,
Pantaloon and Columbine will display their agility
and assist in the many tricks and transformations
with which the piece abounds.
During each performance the Ashton Brothers
will appear on the horizontal bars; Madge Liston
will be seen In songs and dances; Charles Schilling
will introduce his musical lunacies, and the Bea
mons will appear in their drawing-room - entertain
meat. The other specialties will include Revelle,
the magician; Vanola, the Mexican wonder; Harry
Steele, the comedian on skates; Eldora, the jug
gler; the Yockyeye, gymnasts, and Fred Mills, the
Poole’s Theatre.—This week, com
mencing to-morrow evening, Mr. James M. Ward,
the Irish comedian, will make his appearance in
James Connor Roach's drama—written by him
many years ago—and upon the copyright granted
by the government his name appears as the author.
This drama is entitled “The Red Fox.”
It ie described as a pure story of Ireland of to
ds/; brimming over with humor, while its pathetic
interest is well carried out. The company includes
the well-known names of Mrs. W. G. Jones, John P.
Sullivan, Morton Price, W. T. Melville, Mary Young,
Emms Clayton, Myron Leffingwell and Carrie Clark
It will be presented with new and appropriate
scenery and stage appointments.
This evening Professor De Morgan will give an
other of his series Of illustrated lectures—one which
is appropriate to the season—having as its subject.
“The Holy Laud,” its sacred places of the Bible,
the people, buildings, ruinsand statuary. Prof. De
Morgan has thus far been encouraged in the con
tinuance of these instructive and artistic pictorial
representations by the attendance of large audi
On Christmas morning the employees oi this the
atre presented to Mr. John F. Poole a solid ma
hogany managerial>chair and an artistic umbrella
rack. Upon each of these souvenirs of their estima
ble manager was a silver plate with the names of
the donors. When the presentation was made, Mr.
Poole made one of his characteristic speeches, and
the usual adjournment was made for “refresh*
Madison Square Garden. —“ Buffalo
Bill’s Wild West,” in its present dramatized form—
as arranged by the emphatic, theoretic, mimetic,
theatric, concentric, erratic, didactic, eclectic, Bo
hemic and always good fellow, Steele Msckaye, is
attracting a large and never-diminishing share of
patronage. Many new features are being constant
ly introduced and—of all the many exhibitions,
spectacular i»nd otherwise, which have held place
in the Madison Square Garden—none have so
deserving of success—-none have really had ao sura
and continuous a bald upon public favor.
0 Union Square Tinu TRE ‘ av garet
0 Mather effected hor 9taß ° «<
9 this theatre on last Tuesday dm. ° ? r ’ s ’
a . ue repeated her
„ cnee of an appreciative audtetfew. K Uslseason,
performance of Leah, in which star t?1(J
0 an exceedingly favorable imprassio’u'—'*- no i o .
3 vitality, the marked individuality, on'd* tflwr k
3 dramatic force with which she invested her
- sonatlon. Since she last appeared here she- li'ftf
r improved In many respeota—and in a few esseh Wais’
she haa not advanced in any appreciable degree.
’ Her improvement is in the quality ot repose and 1 a 1
» more perfect comprehension of the nature cf ttia*
f character; the essential, in which She has not ad
vanced is—in the reading of the text and in tfbe*
i management of her voice.
- Nevertheless—with whatever minor faults which*
i come within the province of critical notation, her
j Leah deserves the commendation it has received,
. and will rank in tho records of the theatre, as one of
the most effective impersonations of the character
which has graced our stage in many seasons.
This week—commencing to-morrow evening—
[ Miss Mather will reappear as Julia, in a revival o/
> Tobin’s comedy of ” The Honeymoon.”
Ihe usual matinee will be given on Saturday.
i Madison Square Theatre.—Public
interest in “Jim, tho Penman,” deepens with tho
I lapse of time. It is not alone the romantic oharm
of the play that absorbs attention—the vitality ot
> the plot, the element of suspense, the Incessant up
ward and onward movement to a fine dramatic cli
max. A forgery has been used,in many stories,as an
Impulsive motive ofaction.bat usually it is a forgery
that concerns the disposition of money. In “Jim,
the Penman,” the forger has parted two lovers and
blighted the hope of two lives. This is tho salient
feature of the piece. Novel uso of old expedients is
about all that is left to the dramatist of to-day. Sir
• Charles Young had, certainly, a felicitous thought
when he planned this play. It received its fiftieth
consecutive performance at the Madison Square
i Theatre on Monday, Dec. 20. It no doubt will run
throughout the season. Mr. Wollett’s morning re
, citals at the Madison Square Theatre will begin on
the third week of January, 1837.
Wallack’s Theatre.—“Moths” re
ceived its final performance last ovenins. For tba
present week Mr. Wallack announces tba revival
and the first performance on his stage in five years
of “The School for Scandal.” The representation
of this work—which will be accompanied by entirely
new scenic settings and costumes—will be made the
more notable by the appearance of Mr. John Gil
bert for the first time this season.
Owing to the general prevalence of hilarity and
pleasure attendant upon the holiday season, the
, Board of Managerial Senility merely held an in
formal and brief session in Moldy Hall. Mr. Ed
wards, however, took oocasioti to say that ho re
garded with feelings of great satisfaction the an
nouncement of the return to the stage, at the buoy
ant age of ninety years, of Mr. James E. Murdoch.
He suggested that Mr. Wallack engage him as the
“leading juvenile ’ for next season.
The Board will hold its regular * Palmy day fes
tival and meeting”—next'woek.
The Casino.—The Casino will resem
ble a huge flowor-gar lon on the occasion of tho
200th representation of “ Ermiule,” Tuesday even
ing, January 4th. The orchestra will ba increased,
new “Dickey Bird” verses introduced and several
new features presented for the first time. Tho
souvenirs are to bo unique in design and in tho
shape of a “ novel surprise.”
As tho occasion is to be the celebration of the
longest run ever made at the Casino, Manager Aron*
son promises little will be left undone to make it a
memorable one.
It has been definitely decided to give the Actors*
Fund benefit at the Casino on Thursday afternoon,
January 20th. Mr. Aronson is preparing an elabor
ate programme for the occasion.
Niblo’s Garden.—Mrs. Langtry will
repeat her impersonation of the love-lorn Pauline,
in “The Lady of Lyons,” throughout the present
week. She has really made her greatest success in
this character—and certainly it seems to come
nearer what may be termed “a fit” than anything
else she has tried on in her past professional experi
Matinees as usual on Wednesday and Saturday.
Daly’s Theatre. — “ Love in Har
ness ” will be continued until further notice. There
is as yet no reason, so far as the receipts at the box
office are concerned, for Its withdrawal. Its per
formance is nightly witnessed by audiences no less
appreciative of Its enjoyable qualities and of the
capital representation of its cast by Mr. Daly’s com
The usual matinee will be given.
People’s Theatre.—'‘The Parlor
Match ” had its scratch, blazed up brilliantly—and
went out last night with a flash every
body in the crowded audience think of an entire
Fourth of July collection of fireworks. In other
words—there was fun and jollity enough lighting
up the theatre to furnish material for a decade of
oomic almanacs, comic papers and the “ humor **
columns of the entire press.
To-morrow evening and for the weei Miss Fanny
Davenport will be welcomed in her rei larkable and
effective impersonation of Fedora. Shi will also
during her engagement be seen as Nan sy Sykes, in
a version of Dickens’s “ Oliver Twist, ’ Mr. Ed.
Price appearing as Bill Sykes. Miss Dai inport will
be supported by her own company, and tho man
agement of this theatre gives assurance that the
scenic settings and stage appointments attendant
Upon these presentations have been specially pri
pared for them.
Matinees on Wednesday and Saturday.
Dockstader’s.—The children and
young folks seem to be among Dockstader’s ar
dent admirers and generous patrons. Yesterday af
ternoon they were made happy by the antics of
Messrs. Dockatader and Sweatnam as two very
mischievous boys in search of Santa Claus and by
the appearance of St. Nicholas himself, although a
dusky and black-faced one he was. An immense
Christmas tree, which occupied almost the entire
stage, was exhibited, loaded with all sorts of toys,
bon-bons and nick-nacks, which were distributed
among the children. This sketch will be continued
for some time to come, as well as the presentation
of the holiday mementoes to the patrons, Dock
stadcr’a burlesque of “Erminie,” entitled “Our
Minnie,” shows what the minstrels can do in fun
making. It is thirty*five minutes of uproarious
jollity, and judging from the applause bestowed up
on the antics of Mr. Dookstader as Wilsonia Giddy,
the singing of the vocalists and the ten boy so
pranos, will guarantee it a long run.
To-morrow night Mr. W. H. Rieger, a gentleman
who has the reputation of being one of the best
tenor balladists on the minstrel stage, makes tils
first appearance, replacing Mr. Pepper. •
Fifth Avenue Theatre..—Mr. Robert
Man tell has made a distinct and lasting success at
this house in Mr. John W. Keller’s play ot
“Tangled Lives,” and has thus far attracted large,
and, what is flattering to the author, fashionable
audiences. The piece is one of the most com mend
able written by an American author in many years,
and, while it deal» with a rather delicate subject,
the scenes and incidents are of a decidedly interest
ing character.
It has attracted the attention of many of tho best
class of critical playgoers, who appear to-appreciate
the good work, Mr. Keller and the acting of Mr.
Man tell and his company.
Standard Theatre.—Miss Rosina
Yokes and her company will continue- their per
formances of Pinero’s comedy of "Tho School
mistress” during the present holiday week. Mien*
Yokes is slowly recover log her former physical
strength, but it is plainly evident that she greatly
needs a prolonged rest from her professional work.
Only this will bring back the brightness and* full
ness of health to hec face.
Park Theatre.—And for the week
which ushers in the New Year and acts a» tho
coroner in sitting on the remains of the old: year;
“The O’Reagans” will hold the stage over which
presides “one Ned” Harrigan and his merry,court
of humor and hilarity. And facing this stage* eits
his majesty, Dave Braham, who, with bis
guard, makes himself welcome to all.
Matlneeaon Wednesday and Saturday.
Cromwell’s Illustrated Lectures..—
This evening Professor Cromwell will repeat another
ot his most popular and picturesquely illustrated
series of lectures—the subject of which is “ Rome
and Southern Italy ”—in the course of w.hioh ha
will introduce a large number of naw viow.B ot
memorable works of art in antiq.ua and. moderns
Hart’s Theatre Comique (Hai-lem). —
For the New Year's* week, commencing fotmorrowt
evening, tho popular comedians,.Evans, and Hoey
(Old Hoss and Me), will be the attraction: at Hart's
Theatre Comlqpe, in Charles. Hoyt's, side-splitting;
comedy, “ A Parlor Match.” Of all th.a prop.ostas*
o-usly fuuny things which, haara asserted away over*
the stage in recent years, this is probably one of tba*
moat sxirthrprovcZting. It presents certain charao*
teas in a of utterly ridiculous situations
and bat the keen absurdity of wh ch
makes the old and the young, the fat and the lean
and the gravn and the gay laugh alike.
For th%xveek of January 3. the distinguished co*
median, Mr. John T. Raymond, in "Tbo Womajj
Hatat" and Colonel Mulberry Sellers, is luGlildai. J

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