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J, Q,— •* Having often conie across in
the papers the word fakir, 1 would like to find the
meaning of the word, can you enlighten me ?” The
Word is oiten used in the sense of a bad actor or a
peddler, but it is an Arabic word, meaning a poor
man. It is the name of a mendicant order in the
East Indies, like the dervishes of Persia and Turkey.
The first condition of an Indian mendicant monk is
poverty. He wears a rent robe, such as the Mus
sulman s pretend the ancient prophets wore. In
ton things, according to Hassan al-Bassrl, hois like
a dog; he is always hungry; he has no sure abiding
place; he watches by night; ho never abandons his
master, oven when maltreated; he is satisfied with
the lowest place; he yields his place to whoever
Wishes it; he loves whoever beats him; keeps quiet
While others eat; accompanies his master with
out ever thinking of returning to the place
he has left ; and leaves no heritage after
death. The number of Mussulman and Hin
doo fakirs in India is estimated at more than
1.U00.000, beside whom there are many other
religious ascetics. Some fakirs remain isolated, go
entirely naked, and sleep on the ground, with no
covering. They never use wood for making fire,
but employ the dried dung of cows, regarding this
ns au act ot devotion, since the cow is a sacred ani
mal in India. They carry a cudgel, a battle-ax, or
ftpear, on which are bung rags.of various colors, and
they traverse the country begging and instructing
credulous people in religion. It is dangerous both
to his life and money for au unprotected person to
meet them. Another class of fakirs unite into com
panies, and wear fantastic and many-colored robes.
They choose a chief who is distinguished by having
a poorer dress than the others, and who has a long
chain attached to one of his legs. When he prays
he shakes his chain and the multitude press around
him, embrace his feet, and receive his counsel
»nd precepts. He has formulas for the cure of the
paralytic, and especially of sterile women. One class
of fakirs are highly honored. They are the children
Ct poor parents, who live in retirement in mosques
flevoted to the reading of the Koran and the study
of the laws,till they become qualified for the duties
of moUah* or doctors of theology. The fakirs often
|nflict upon themselves very severe penances. Some
remain bent forward in the form of a right angle
until they grow permanently into that shape.
Others lay fire on their heads until their scalps are
•burned to the bone. Sometimes a fakir ties his
wrists to his ankles, has his back plastered with
filth, and then makes a journey of hundreds of
- miles, rolling along like a cart-wheel and stopping
jftt the villages for rest and food.
W. J.—The Eddystone rocks form a
teef in the English Channel 600 or 700 feet long, off
the coast of Cornwall, about ten miles south of the
Jiamehead, entrance of Plymouth Sound. They
Consist of three principal ridges, which are entirely
•covered at high water. The first light-house on
these rocks was built in 1696-9, of stone and timber.
It was swept away in 1703, and another tower, of
wood, was completed six years afterward. This was
burned in 1755 and another was then commenced
the celebrated engineer, John Smeaton. The
material employed was Portland stone, encased in
granite, partly quarried from the rock itself, into
jwhioh the foundations were dove-tailed. In 1877 it
Mas decided to take down this structure, as the
western wall of the reef was so undermined by the
fiction of the waves that there was constant danger
Of the light-house being precipitated into the sea,
With the portion of the rook on which it stood. The
plan was to erect a new light-house, 120 feet east
ward of the one then standing, whose site, it was
believed, considerably overhung the base of the
frock. The site chosen for the new light-house was
the south reef, which made the work of building
the lower part of the structure much more
difficult than in the case of the old tower, as it lies
An some places as much as four feet below the low
water mark. The present tower Is much larger
than Smeaton's, but of the same general form.
XL'he base is perfectly cylindrical, 44 feet in diameter
and 22 feet high. The light-house proper, resting
on this substructure, is 35J£ lcet diameter at the
bottom, leaving a ledge around it nearly five feet
wide, which is used as a landing platform. To the
bight of 134 feet above the rock, the tower tapers,
till its diameter is 18>£ feet, and above that it curves
outward again until it is 23 feet in diameter at the
top, eight feet higher, or 142 feet above the rocky
base. It is built of granite, dovetailed and cement
ed together, like the old one. The old ligbt-house
was 34 feet in diameter at the base and 15 feet at the
top, the gallery being 61 feet above high water and
the light-68 feet. The present light is 55 feet higher
than that. This tower was designed by James N.
Douglas, Chief Engineer to the Trinity corporation,
which has charge of the British light-house system.
This light-house was set in operation on May 18th,
J. R. M.— lst. Edmund Kean made
his American debut in November, 1820, at the An
thony Street Theatre, in “.Richard the Third," and
In Philadelphia, January Bth, 1821, at the Walnut
Street Theatre, as Richard. 2d. The elder Booth
Was not considered an imitator of Kean. 3d. Charles
Giffert, bora in Germany in 1787, was an eminent
snusioian. He afterward became the first manager
pf the Bowery Theatre. Died in New York, July
Both, 1829. Ths Bowery Theatre was formerly the
.New York Theatre. It was built in 1826, on tbe site
©f what was the Bull's Head. It was burned four
limes—in 1826, in 1836, in 1838 aud in 1845. It is
flow a German theatre, known as the Thalia, 4th.
A company of gentlemen having secured a lease of
the ground and buildings on the southeast corner
of Varick and Charlton streets, known as Richmond
Hill House and Gardens, once the country seat of
Aaron Burr, determined on having a theatre there,
and the necessary additions for stage, &c., being
toon completed, the direction of affairs was in
trusted to Mr. Richard Russell, who threw it open
to the public on the 14th of November, 1831, with
that comedy of ill-omen, “The Road to Ruin" and
the farce of the “Turnpike Gate." Mr. and Mrs.
Bohn Duff never bad the management of this the
atre, Mr. Duff having died before the theatre was
Judge.—About twenty minutes after
one P. M., on the afternoon of Sunday, July 30,
1871, when tbe steamboat “Westfield," of the
Htaten Island line, was leaving her pier at the foot
of Whitehall street, for the island, a sudden and
loud crash, accompanied by a sound of hissing 1
Steam, shook the boat from stem to stern, and in a
Second the decks were thrown high into the air, and
/ell in ail directions in a thousand pieces. The
Roller had exploded, and caused a frightful loss of
life. At tbe moment of explosion the end of the
boat where the engines were was toward the land,
and that, with the boiler, outward. The people
Were crowded right on the end containing the
boiler, as that was the front of the boat on this
trip. This caused a much greater 10-s of life when 1
tbe explosion took place. The end of the shell 1
Was driven by the ioroe of the explosion into the
hull of tbe ship, but no part of the machinery was
Injured. Ninety-three persons were killed, and 113
Wounded. It is supposed that a flaw existed in the
boiler, as it had been tested a short time before and
found sound. <
t M. M.— lncluding all the ships of '
ttßVy class the English navy has 58 vessels against 1
French, 18 Italian and 18 Russian; or neglecting
ships with wooden hulls, the figures are 57 British.
34 French, 17 Italian and 18 Russian. On the other
band, if we include the French wooden ships, i
many of which are of comparatively recent date, .
and exclude broadside ships, belted cruisers and
Coast defense vessels, the number stands as follows: <
85 English, 31 French, 8 Italian and 11 Russian. In ;
other words the English have 58 ships of every
Class, against 80 ships of every class oi these three <
bations, and 35 sea-going armor-clads as against f
their 60. The other three nations mentioned in the
table possess among thorn 33 armor-clads of every 1
>ind, while the whole ot the remaining naval pow- (
Crs of lesser note, wuose floats are not worth tabu
lating, muster altogether about 20 such vessels. (
from this you can judge that it will take the ;
largest number of men to man England's vessels
than any of the other nations named.
! Currency.— The oldest bank notes '
Are the “flying money," or “convenient money,"
first issued in China, 2697 B. O. originally these 1
notes were issued by the treasury, but experience '
dictated a chan.e to tbe system of banks, under
government inspection and control. Tbe early '
Chinese •• greenbacks ” were in all respects similar
to the modern bank notes, bearing the name of the
bank, and date oi issue, tbe number of the note, 1
signature of tbe official issuing it, indications of i
|ta value in figures, in words, and in the pictorial .
representation of coins or heaps of coin equal in 1
{amount to its face value, and a notice of the pains (
>nd penalties for counterfeiting. Over and above 3
all was a laconic exhortation to industry and thrift: .
•• Produce all you can; spend with economy." The -
notes were printed in blue ink, on paper made i
from the fibre of tbe mulberry tree. One issued in
1399 B. O. is preserved in the Asiatic Museum at 1
fit. Petersburg.
M. T.— Maltese cats do not differ in
any respect from the ordinary animal. They should
•be fed upon meat, with plenty of clean water
always at hand. They should also be allowed the
freedom of some place w.here they may obtain grass
or other green food, such as catnip. If the catnip
cannot be obtained in a green state, it may be
bought at any drug store. Take care and do not
allow the animal to overload its stomach with
meat. If, when they are small, they are overfed it
is very liable to cause fits, which often kills them.
E. B.— Any publishing firm will e-n
--gage to assume the costs of issuing a book that, in
their judgment, will prove saleable; but they are,
one and all, exceedingly careful in venturing to
print a volume by au author who has not yet ap
peared before the public and won its approval.
There are sever*! publishing houses in New York
city to which you are respectfully referred. We are
not authorized to give the addresses of any firms
through the columns of this paper.
Walter. —Shampooing is a term used
for cleaning tbe head and hair. Salts of tartar (car
bonate of potassia) is the principal article used by
barbers for this purpose. Dissolve one ounce salts
of tartar in one quart soft water; sprinkle ireely on
the head aud rub well until a lather is formed;
wash off with clean water. Bay rum can then be
Used, if desired.
Tiros. Weir.—Your question will be
answered as soon as a copy of the official record,
for which w<i have sent, is received from Londan.
There is no definite published statement on this
side in reference to yacht races concerning which
you have made a wa r er.
William.—Custer county, Montana,
Is the largest county in tee United States. Its area
la thirty-six thousand square miles. It is larger
than tbe States of Vermont, New Hampshire, Mas
sachusdtts, Delaware and Rhode Island all com
Steady Reader.—There is no portion
•of tbe excise money paid into the city to be applied
into the public schools. The whole fund is distrib
uted by tbe Board of Estimate aud Apportionment
Among the different charitable institutions of the
Reader. — ‘‘ln a game of cribbage, A
plays the 4; B plays the 3; C piays the 6. A plays the
2; B plays the 5. B claims 5 points on the run. A
says be cannot claim the o points. Who is right?"
JB is right. He can claim the 5 points on the run.
Minor.—Apply to the bank with your
"book, and they will calculate the interest for you.
It would be impossible for «« to compute the inter
est, as the rates b sve been changed several times in
the period you mention.
J. C. T.—“ Did the Board of Aldermen
•override the Mayor’s veto in regard to firing off
fireworks on the last independence day?" The
Hoard did not override the Mayor’s veto.
Patron.—Tot receive instructions in
..swimming apply to the bath on the Battery, near
Castle Garden, There are always teachers in at
H. and S.~A is rig.; it. The sentence,
•' J. B. Stark’s casino " is proper, as the name J B.
fiUrk's is the way to tto .PQSjWHy? case. I
j MASONIC MATTERS: The Sunny Side; Several Matters;
Complimentary; Undue Publicity; Anthon Lodge;
Adytum Lodge; Piatt Lodge; Constitution Lodge;
' Another Fishing Excursion; Arrested; Royal Arch
Items; Questions and Answers; Personal; Worth Re
membering; Sound Advice; The Science of Silence;
The “Lost Arts”; Chinese Masonry; Who is My
Neighbor ?
ffcto gork
NEW YORK, JULY 17, 1887.
Owing to our large edition we are compelled to go tn
prcsFßt nn parly hour, hence ADVERTISEMENTS CAN
To Masonic Advertisers.
Those desiring to advertise fn our Masonic columns
must have their advertisements n our office BEFORE
vertisement can be inserted on the Masonic Page after
that hour.
has a larger circulation than any
other Sunday Newspaper pub
lished in the United States.
This is warm weather in which to talk poli
tics; but the polities ot the country lor several
years to come will be settled this Summer. On
the hotel piazzas, under the grateful shade of
the woods, and during fishing excursions, when
more ideas than fish are caught, the candidates
and the platforms—local, Stats and National
will be talked over, and the political leaders
will decide for whom and for what the people
are to vote, thus kindly relieving their parti
sans from the trouble of thinking for them
selves. But there is one subject about which
the people of all parties have been thinking tor
themselves very seriously, and we press it
upon the attention of the caucuses of wire
pullers who are running the risk of sunstroke
by exercising their intellects, during July and
August, for their country’s good. It is the im
mediate and unconditional repeal ot the infer
nal internal revenue.
Nobody is able to say a single word in favor
of the continuance of this odious, oppressive
and nnnecessary taxation. All the arguments
are overwhelmingly against it. It is a war
measure, designed to meet the rude exigencies
of the Rebellion and to be repealed at the
earliest opportunity. The war has been over
for nearly a quarter of a century and yet this
war measure has not been repealed. The
money raised by it is not needed for any pur
pose whtever. The expenses of the govern
ment are provided for otherwise. All of the
national debt that can be paid off under tbe ex
isting laws has already been paid in full. It is
worse than a waste of money to go on piling up
tbe proceeds of the internal revenue in treasury
vaults and hired cellars, because every cent of
it is taken from the pockets of the people and
hoarding it away from them cripples their busi
ness, and also bee anse such an immense ac
cumulation of unnecessary funds offers a tempt
ing premium to corruption and extravagance.
These facts are as true as the gospel which is
preached to-day. No sane man can deny them.
Moreover, the system of taxation by which
this useless and burdensome hoard of idle
money is collected is un-American, un-republi
can, un-democratic and dangerous to the liber
ties ot the people. It demoralizes the country
by fostering spies and informers, and by offer
ing rich inducements to our citizens to violate
the laws. It creates numerous unnecessary
offices, and thus quarters an infamous army of
clerks, collectors, assessors, superintendents
and other supernumeraries upon the taxpayers.
It is a libel upon our policy of government by
tbe people for the people, because the people
unanimously protest against It, and, instead of
being benefited by it, are flagrantly and auda
ciously robbed. There is no sound reason for
its existence, except that it exists, and it has no
champion in all this bro ad land to offer any
stronger defence for it. Even those officials
who are making fortunes out of it are ashamede
Of the system, and would prefer some more
creditable employment if they could be sure of
retainin - tbeir pickings.
Tbe politicians who desire to be popular dur
ing the next campaign—and what politician does
not?—must declare themselves boldly in favor
of tbe repeal of the infernal internal revenue.
Tbe political leaders who wish to win at tbe next
elections—and what political leader does not ?
—must make sure that their candidates are
pledged to the immediate and unconditional
repeal of the infernal internal revenue. Fortu
nately, this is not a party question. No party
can gain anything by upholding such an out
rage upon the people. Republicans, Democrats,
Labor men, all unite in condemning and oppos
ing the system. It injures everybody; it is
odious to everybody, and it does nobody the
least good. But the people can carry out re
forms only through their parties, and tbe par
ties are manipulated by a few more or less in
telligent leaders, and these gentlemen have not
hitherto realized tbe intensity of popular feel
ing against the internal revenue. Let them re
alize it now or they will lose their control of
their followers. The majority of all parties are
determined that tbe infernal internal revenue
must go, and candidates for every office, great
or small, will have to pledge themselves to this
This is a splendid yachting season. The
white-winged vessels are flitting along our
coasts. The professional yachtmen are getting
ready to brush the down off of the Scotch
"Thistle.” Boston is hoping for great speed
from the “ Volunteer,” and New York, too indo
lent to build a boat, has bought the “ May
flower” to again defend the America cup. But
every American ought to blush when he looks
at these pretty but petty craft. They are no
more to a nation than the toy yachts on the lit
tle lake at Central Park. Where are our real
ships? Swept from the seas, years ago, by
British pirates. What has been done to replace
them, to restore to us our commerce, to give
back to us the carrying trade of the world ?
Nothing and lees than nothing. Yet Congress
has bad the money ia hand and could have
built up our mercantile marine by a few simple
England was forced to pay fifteen millions of
dollars damages for her perfidious piracies
during our Civil War, and this sum would have
-been tbe nucleus of a fund to re-establish our
commerce. It is gone and Britannia still rules
the waves. She could have aflorded to pay ten
times the amount lor so profitable a privilege.
But for the inefficiency and indifference of
Congress, our trade could be extended to
hundreds ot millions of dollars yearly among
onr own neighbors. Mexico, Brazil, South and
Central America could be connected with this
country by lines of American steamers if Con
gress would grant liberal subsidies in return
lor carrying the mails. But the money is
diverted to other objects ; newspapers snbven
tioned by British gold frighten Congressmen
in o opposing such patriotic projects, and Eng
land continues to monopolize the traffic end
portage which of light belong to Amoxioan
, We are building a new war navy ; but of what
use is that ? What Power dreams of attacking
a nation of sixty millions of freemen ? War
ships are excellent to protect commerce; bnt
what shall we do with them while wo have
no commerce to protect ? It may amuse Sec
retary Whitney, when he is not engaged at tea
fights and fashionable receptions, to play Sir
; Joseph Porter at the national expense; but,when
• the new men-of-war are completed, they will
’ rot like the old ones without benefiting any
body except the contractors. The same amount
; ot work done and the same amount of money
’ expended upon a mercantile navy would make
the whole country richer, revive the obsolete
class of American sailors, and furnish a de
fensive force a thousand times more powerful
than a few ironclads, with the wonderful ad
vantage that it would more than pay for itself
in time of peace.
The revival oi our merchant marine is too
immense an undertaking tor private enterprise.
England gained too much start during the Re
bellion. The government, which received dam
ages in cash from England, is bound to assist
our merchants in repairing the damages which
she inflicted upon our commerce. If Secretary
Whitney would build a fleet of steamships, in
stead of lumbering cruisers, they would be
hired from the government by commercial
firms. For this the authority of Congress is re
quired, and Congress would never authorize
the building of ships for hire any more than it
would the building of barns or boots. But a
practical plan, a plan which is adopted by every
other civilized nation, is to offer liberal terms
to private firms to construct and run swift
steamers under contract to carry the mails in
peace and be turned over to the government as
troopships and privateers in case of war. We
are a peaceful people. Industry, honesty and
education are our bases of strength and pros
perity. Develop our commerce and we can
dispense with ironclads ior another hundred
Bill Tweed found out, at Isst, what the people
of New York were going to do about it, and
Jake Sharp, alter asking a similar question for
years, has been astonished by the same sort of
a reply. Four years imprisonment and five
thousand dollars fine- that is the end of Jake
Sharp’s long career of bribery and corruption.
The sentence is just; it would have been just
had it been still more severe. But Judge Bar
rett tempered justice with mercy and took into
consideration the recommendation of the jury.
We do not suppose that he was much moved by
the comedy which has been played about Jake
Sharp’s old age and ill health. Sharp was young
enough and well enough to bribe the Aider
men, dispose of his Broadway railroad plunder,
and scoff at the Legislative committee of inves
tigation. Of course his nerves relaxed aud his
mind weakened when he beard the irrefutable
evidence against him. No rogue e’er feels the
halter draw without qualms in his stomach.
But nobody now cares whether Jake Sharp dies
In jail or lives to serve out his term. His con
viction is a magnificent triumph of justice and
nothing can alter it.
There have been grave doubts, and well
founded doubts, whether a criminal as wealthy
as Jake Sharp, and with so much influence
among politicians and officials, could ever be
found guilty and sentenced in New York city.
This doubt kept Sharp here, and made him in
solently bold. If he had foreseen his convic
tion, he would have forfeited his bond and fled
to Canada, long ago. He know that his wicked
old head held the secrets of hundreds of pub
lic men, and he thought that he could terrorize
them into acquitting him. For fifty years he
has been buying up Albany legislators and
Now York Aidermen. He may have no book
accounts of these transactions; bnt he remem
bers every man he has ever bribed ; how much
was paid, and under what circumstances, and
he never supposed that bis accomplices would
dare to desert him in his difficulties. Tweed,
who once had as much money and as much
influence, gained by the same vile means, made
the same fatal mistake. As soon as Jake Sharp
decided to stand his trial, all his victims knew
that be would have to hold his tongue, and
they assisted to strike him down to keep him
silent forever.
Paragraphs are going the rounds of the
papers stating that, of Sharp’s counsel, John
E. Parsons has been paid $25,000 ; Albert Stick
ney, $25,000: Homer A. Nelson, SIO,OOO, and
William Fullerton, SIO,OOO. We do not know
whether this statement is true. It ought not
to be true. Sharp’s lawyers should not be paid
a single cent. They have not earned it; they
have done him more harm than good ; they
have willfully put the public to a large un
necessary expense. They now know, if they
never knew before, that the fees they are said
to have accepted are stolen money, and they
have no right to it. It was their duty, when
they discovered that Sharp had no defense, to
make him stand up in court and plead guilty.
If he had a defense, then it was their duty to
put him in the witness-box and let him tell his
story to tbe jury for what it was worth. They
have great reputations, but they have acted
like very poor lawyers. They have received
big fees, but they have added to the punish
ment of their client. Judge Barrett dwelt
upon this point with crushing force. "There
must be considered the fact,” he said, "that
Sharp stands before us to-day, not confessing
bis guilt, holding on to the money he has ac
quired by his briberies, rebellious and unre
generate.” For this attitude, which aggravated
his crime, his high-priced lawyers are to blame,
and we toll them so emphatically and by name.
All the boodle cases have been mismanaged
by the counsel for the defense, and Sharp’s
worst of them all.
Justice Potter, a judge from the country, has
granted a stay of proceedings to save Jake
Sharp from an immediate journey to
Sing Sing. Strangely enough, there is
always a country judge on hand to stay the
due course of law in this city, althongh the
countrymen are all the time sneering at New
York city courts. It was straining his authori
ty for Judge Potter to grant what Judge Barrett
had just refused and subject the public to more
expense and further delay; but this legal trick
has been worked so oiten that it is now regard
ed as a matter of course. If it should give Jake
Sharp time to commit suicide or die from fright
and shame what will be said of Judge Potter?
Tbe people do not want to lose Jake Sharp un
til they have seen him in prison garb, as a warn
ing to all bribers and corruptionists. It he
should escape this he would be held up as a
martyr. Judge Potter has, therefore, recklessly
assumed a terrible responsibility and we hope
that he will be lucky enough to get out of it
respectably. Not until the prison doors close
behind Jake Sharp will the public be fully satis
fied. He was not brave enough to die to save
his wife and family from disgrace, and, if he
conducts himself properly in prison, he will be
the president of the Twenty-third street rail
road again after three years.
The old proverb, that extremes meet, has been
again illustrated by the caustic speech of Lord
Randolph Churchill against the Coercion bill in
the British Parliament. Lord Randolph is a
Tory; but he is blessed with an American wife,
who will not allow him to stay tn the wrong
upon the Irish question. He is nothing if not sen
sational, imitating in this respect the great Dis
raeli, whom he has adopted as his model. His
present ambition is to play toward Lord Salis
bury the same rola which Disraeli played to
ward Sir Robert Peel. His enemies charge that,
like the Duke of Marlborough, from whom he is
descended, his motives are personal and politi
cal aggrandizement. Bnt, no matter what may
have teen his motives, Marlborough saved Eng
land from defeat, and Lord Randolph may be
tbe means of preserving his country from a con
tinuance in crime.
Turning upon the Tory Cabinet, from which
he resigned because he thought its war esti
mates extravagant, Lord Randolph over
whelmed tbe coercion bill with ridicule and
contempt. As an immediate result of his bit
ter and brilliant speech, some of the most ob
noxious clauses will certainly be dropped and I
others w II be modified in committee of the i
House. This is a good day’s work,'and it was
followed up vigorously by Mr. Gladstone and
Mr. Parnell. Even Joe Chamberlain, the rene- ■
gade Radical from Birmingham, who has been i
coquetting with the Tories, showed signs of re- I
I pentanes and amendment. The coalition be- '
; tween Lord Salisbury and Lord Hartington,
representing the old Tories and the old Whigs,
is not so powerful in intellect and eloquence
nor so strong in numbers as the coalition be
tween Gladstone, Parnell, Chamberlain and
Churchill and their followers, which includes
all the Radicals, all the Irish, all the new re
form school of Tories and all the Liberals who
are not mere Tories in disguise, like Harting
ton and Gosohen. In plain words, the conflict
between the classes and the masses is now nar
rowed down to the strictest lines. It is all
England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales against
the hidebound Whig and Tory aristocracy.
Under these circumstances, the coercion bill
may be passed, with a mechanical majority, by
means of the cloture, which gags all argument,
but it can only be passed in an emasculated
condition and it will be a dead letter before it
can be printed in the statutes of Great Britain.
The world does move, and the unanimous
public sentiment of the world, that England is
treat ng Ireland tyrannously and unfairly, does
have its legitimate effect even upon Parliament.
Lord Randolph Churchill was shrewd enough
to see that the bill was practically dead and he
seized the opportunity to gain the credit of
administering the final blow. He is a David
who slings the fatal stone at a Goliath who is
already mortally wounded and tottering to his
fall. The predestined failure of tbe bill may
make Lord Randolph a great man, but this is a
email matter in comparison with the reliei to
oppressed Ireland. A good cause may welcome
recruits from any quarter, and, therefore, both
Mr. Gladstone and Mr. Parnell joined hands
with Lord Randolph, who has so often slandered
and abused them for saying the very truths
which he now repeats as original.
But, although we may watch with interest the
struggle in Parliament, it must not be forgotten
that the Irish peopfe are starving while their
advocates are pleading their cause. We insist,
therefore, that the easiest, best, simplest, cheap
est, most immediate and most effectual remedy
for the sufferings of Ireland is a grand scheme
ot organized and assisted emigration. There
are the people, unable to wrest a subsistence
from the soil under Eritish landlords, and here
are thousands of unoccupied acres waiting to
be populated and cultivated. Bring these two
extremes together and the problem of Ireland
is solved forever. The experiment will cost
nothing. The funds expended will be repaid
in a few years with interest by the grateful
Irish settlers. Beside, the money will return to
us a hundred fold in the increased prosperity
ot this country. Again we urge prominent
Irishmen in New York to consider Ulis subject,
discuss it and put it into practical operation.
In tbe meantime no more money should be sent
to Ireland except to relieve the starving. Every
dollar is needed here to inaugurate the scheme
of wholesale emigration and to purchase lands
for the immigrants.
Police Business in the Twenty-first.
—Captain Ryan’s precinct does not seem to pro
gress with any appreciable dispatch. About
three weeks ago a little fellow not more than
twelve years of age, arrested and locked up for
larceny, jumped through the gate, the doorman,
the hallway, and a platoon of police, struck out
for freedom and defiantly shook his little fist at
his would-be captors. He has not yet been re
taken, although all the police, detectives,
roundsmen and doorkeepers of the Twenty
first, headed by Captain Ryan, with a black
thorn stick in his hand, have been scouring the
Ward for him. A week later the city was
shocked at a report of a brutal murder of a
most excellent and popular young man, shot
down in daylight by a notorious ruffian still at
large. As in the case ot the little rat who
jumped through the doorman, Captain Ryan
shook his blackthorn, shouted to his men, and
ordered the murderer hunted down and run in.
But the bold and audacious murderer has gone
with the little lad sale from police interference,
and refuses to be run in. This does not speak
well for Captain Ryan’s energy, nor hopeful for
the safety ol that portion of the public that are
supposed to come under his protection. It is
time for Richard Croker, Esq., to look out for
some employment more suitable to the cap
tain’s ability than that he is now wasting his
time in. He might make a good coroner,
church deacon, or undertaker, but keeping the
toughs of the Twenty-first Precinct In anything
like decent order is entirely out of hie sphere.
Vacation Justice.—Judge Barrettt is
spending his vacation at West Point, where
Judge Bedford is also enjoying a well-earned
rest alter his hard work as Assistant District
Attorney. Perhaps these two jurists did not
consult officially in regard to the sentence
passed upon tbe big boodle briber, but we
may be sure that they talked the matter over,
and that Judge Bedford recalled the time when
Recorder Hackett suddenly withdrew from
court, to Join an alleged fishing party, and left
the young City Judge to face the undivided re
sponsibility of the commitment of Boss Tweed
to prison. All tbe facts of that time which tried
men’s souls have not yet been published, but
Judge Bedford made a reputation then for
straightforward courage and integrity which
Judge Barrett has now equalled by the fearless
and unflinching energy with which he held
Sharp in tbe grip of justice, despite his ill
gotten wealth and the “ pull ” which he fancied
he had upon all political officials.
Fair Wages fob Dec.-snt Service.—
Tbe Tt’mes, of Saturday, in some editorial re
marks on the Coroner’s inquest in the case of
Samuel Roth, who died in tbe Ward s Island
Insane Asylum, says that Dr. Trautman testified
that, “during the past year he had suspended
nearly half the attendants at the asylum for
intoxication, breaches ot dicipline and cruefty
to patients. Thia, with other facta recently
elicited,indicates that a most unfit class of per
sons are employed at tbe asylum, and it would
be interesting to know just how aud why they
obtained their places.” Is the JVmes not aware
that the authorities of tbe asylum must accept
of such attendants as they can get? Does the
Times imagine that they can pick and choose
when tbe pay is but two hundred dollars a
year 1 Let the city pay decent wages and it
can get competent service. A salary of two
hundred dollars a year will not procure any
service but that ol tramps and thieves.
Which Waves the Bloody Shirt ?—
Any Republican who says a word in favor of the
sentiment which preserved the Union in tbe
dark days of the Republic, is denounced as a
waver of the bloody shirt by the Mugwump
papers, the only adulators of Grover Cleveland.
What do our Mugwump friends think of this
utterance of the Charleston News and Courier :
“It is realized now, despite tbe stolid deafness
and willful blunders of the few, that secession
was not treason, and that the Confederates were
not traitors.” What did the men who died and
the maimed soldiers who live, fight for, if it was
not to prove that those who tried to destroy the
Union wore traitors ? And is not such sen
timents as the foregoing proof that tbe bloody
shirt is oltener waved in the South than in the
North? Through tire assistance of the Mug
wumps the Confederate brigadier ia again in
the saddle.
A Slap in the Face. —The St. Louis
Globe-Democrat gives that wonderful “man
milliner,” George William Curtis, this nice lit
tle slap in the face : “Mr. Curtis has finally dis
covered that there has been a clean sweep in
the fourth-class post-offices ‘ under an Adminis
tration wbese head is sincerely interested in
re orm;’ and he does not hesitate to say that
‘ the fact is to be regretted.’ In ether words—
painful as it is to him to express his indigna
tion over such a plain piece of treachery on
Mr. Cleveland’s part—his conscience compels
him to remark that he doesn’t think it is pretty
in the Postmaster-General to permit such a
thing to come to pass.”
An Excellent Magazine.—There is
no magazine published that is more popular
than “The Young Ladies’ Journal.” It con
tains excellent reading matter, is finely illus
trated, and prints an enormous array of fash
ion plates, colored and uncolored. At present
there is a serial story, entitled “Mirande,” run
ning through its pages, which is of exceeding
’ interest. The other stories, serial and entire,
are of the best, and the miscellaneous matters
arc edited with much care.
I Bbbntano a Publisher. —Everybody
knows Brentano’s, and has dropped in there,
' for many years, to buy the latest books, maga
zines and papers from all parts of the world.
Chicago now has a branch of the Brentano
firm, and it is as popular in that go-ahead city
as it is in New York. But, not contented with
Belling other people’s books, the Brentano
brothers have now begun to publish for them
selves. Their latest issue is called “ Tales Be
fore Supper,” a translation of some of the clev
erest stories of Theophile Gautier and Prosper
Merimee, elegantly printed, tastefully bound,
and as readable as it is artistic. We like to see
these established institutions putting forth new
enterprises, as a vigorous tree sends out new
houghs. It was once the boast ot the elder
Brentano that he sold more copies of the Dis
patch than any other news-store above Canal
etreet. What a surprise it would be for him
now to see his large order more than quadru
pled every Sunday, while the news-stands and
news-stores in his vicinity have increased in
similar proportion I
“I can’t see,” said Granddaddy Punkinhead
yesterday, “ why every man in town shud be
runnin’ aroun’ an’ makin’ hit his despeoial biz
ness fur ter tell every udder man wot he meets
wot hits hot. Jes’ as if everybody didn't snow
ed hit.
“You see a man cummin’ along street wid he
collar floatin’ an’ whin you gets up ter him he
stops an’ blows. Jes’ as you expex he is abo't
ter ax yer how yer family is he wuks off dor ol’
ches’nut, ‘Hits hot.’ Den de udder feller who
is bo moistness dat he looks like a riverlet says,
ewear if hit hain’t so, an’ den dey goes in an
meks a distillery ob deirseives. Does dat do
enny good or mek ’em enny cooler. Not by a
remawkable dejority an’ wid seberal back coun
ties ter hear frum.
“I notice data good menny people carries
umbrellas. Hit is strange but hit is nebberde
less true dat yo’ gen’rally see a five dollar um
brella ober a to’ cent man an’ I offentimes won
ner why Providence doan’t leak troo da umbre
lla an’ swat ’em dead in de head.
“De bes’ apperclation fur de heat is ter wear
a cabbidge leaf in de hat. De cabbidge leaf de
sorbs de sun an’ meks de man cooler. Anodder
good ting abo’t de remedy is dat when de man
presweatiplres de fumes ob de cabbidge leaf
treacles down be face an’ perwides him wid a
free lunch. Dus he ia enabling to combine biz
noas wid pleasure an’ ter kill throe stuns wid
one burd.
“Ice is no good fnr de head. Ice feels better
in a man’s stummick an’ desorbs hitself troo de
man’s sistern.
“ Wot does I tink abo’t de termometers ? Dey
s no good it da people is ter b’leeve wot udder
people sez abo’t dem. In my humbul dopinion
termometers has made mo’ liars an’ filled mo’
early grabes dan de early cucumber or da well
known hollyoo’st.
“Aman oums along an’he says yo’jes’o’t
ter see my termometer. Ho are nine hunnerd
in dor ’frigerator an’ still a whoopin. Den de
udder man he say, ‘ Holy smoke 1 Yo’ termom
eter kan’t be wurkin’. Yo’d oughter win’ he
up. Hit mus’ hab bean out wid de boys an’ got
tired. Min’ is in de coldest werandy, an’ I hab
had ice on its head all nite long an’ ho are fo’
tousan’ by de clock.’
“Den a other man cum along an’ say dat he
hab his termometer down de Well, an’ wen’ he
bring hit up it hab die wid sun struck.
“Now how yo’ gwine ter bloeb such men. In
de wordsob depoio, ‘Nil despyrandnm,’ which,
bein’ interpreted, mean ‘ Yo’ a har.’
“Ob co’se hit are not widin’ my precink to
say ennyting rong abo’t de white man or de ter
mometer, but dey doant look well in company,
and dat’s my little piece.”
It took a large batoh of women four
whole days, at last week’s convention in Chi
cago, to finally determine that the presiding
elder at a meeting should be called “ Madame
President,” and not “Mrs.” or “Miss Presi
dent.” We don’t know anything about the wo
men personally, but we’ll bet four dollars to a
tin dog-house that every one of their old men
has a patch on the seat of his trousers, and that
one end of it daps in the breeze. Either that
or he has a patch up where his alleged brain is.
Tixis has a dog that eats tacks. We
wouldn’t much care to be a dog under almost
any circumstances, but we wouldn’t like to be a
Texas dog, anyhow. There are extremely few
minutes in the year that a Texas dog isn’t
hiding under a barn, and when a man begins to
learn the dog to eat tacks, it must become
slightly monotonous. Unless the dog can be
learned to vomit them at the carpet, he will not
prove a success.
Brooklyn has a reporter named Bag
ley who can beat Dickens's boy Joe at sleeping.
“Bag,” as he is termed by the “boys,” is a
brilliant writer and a bully fellow, and he can
put in more laps to the mile on sleeping than
the Egyptian mummies. The other day, while
at a near-by lunch counter, he went so fast
asleep that the tripe snored and the pickles
turned really and truly cross-my-throat sour.
It is now rumored that President
Cleveland relused to go to St. Louis because
the Inter-State business had shut down on the
pass system. This doesn’t appear true, lor
Dan Lamont says that it cost himself and the
President two dollars per day while they were
up in the Adirondacks, and any man who can
spend all that money in one day isn’t half way.
Is he, fellows ?
Sunset Cox is summering at Coney
Island. Sunset is a grand, good fellow and we
want to guard him against tbe beer down there.
There ie only one place on Coney Island where
they keep good beer, and they keep on keeping
it. The proprietor of this particular brand of
beer is so fond ot it that he keeps it chained up
in tbe back yard and doesn’t permit it to run
Soabohly a day passes but the news
papers are called upon to report the facta of
some ice cream poisoning case. It has become
absolutely dangerous to eat ice cream and the
fruit should be led to the dog pound and be
compelled to swim overboard. No young man
who has any regardgfor himself or his girl will
appear out in company of ice cream hereafter.
The Thirteen Club held their monthly
meeting one day last week, and each member
was presented with a crystal coffin. It’s all
well enough to giggle at death, but the old fel
low has a firm grip on this earth, and sooner or
later he gets in his flue work. It isn’t bo much
fun to sleep in a nasty graveyard with nothing
but bones alongside ol you, either.
The thermometer men are about the
only persons who can snicker in their sleeves
during this large, open weather. We never cared
much for thermometers, anyhow, and when a
man has to carry a stepladder around with him
in order to ascertain what time it is by the ther
mometer, it’s about time lor people to swear off
on thermometers.
Thebe appears to be considerable
difficulty in selecting the Presidential candi
dates for the ne-xt race. It is a little bit early to
give a decided opinion, but we think, from
where we sit that whosthis will get it. If he
won't accept, blamed if we don’t think that we’ll
jump out oi the wagon and take a hack at it
Jake Sharp has been sentenced to four
years’ imprisonment and has been fined $5,000,
and yet he is not happy. If they could only
have arranged it so that the sentence could
have been five thousand years and a fine of four
dollars, nobody would have Kicked, except, per
haps, Jake, and he doesn't count.
The World says that “ Mr. Cleveland
does not appear to understand the spirit of the
American people.” That’s where the World is
dead off. He knows more about the spirits ot
the American people than he does about almost
anything else. But that isn’t saying much, to
be sure.
If anybody wants a nice large crop of
promising flies we can mail them to him, if
he’ll come over to our house and catch them.
We’ve trapped a whole lot of them with butter ‘
bait, and thay are almost, as good as new, bar- ;
ring logs aud wings.
A journalistic friend of ours thinks
about resignin" fivm the business and taking
■ the position of Receiver of Cypress Hills Ceme
tery. That’s just tl\e place for a journalist.
The good fellows are all there or rapidly on
their way.
A streak of lightning' caused a colored
funeral procession in Tennessee. What With
lightning, heavenly and othersvise, the time has
ceased to exist when there is mftcli room tor the
colored man down in Tennessee.
The latest returns show that forty
eight new marquises, dukes, etc., have been
constructed. This looks as it every girl in town
would fly to Europe right straight away, and
it’s real mean, too.
Harvey, the forger, is said to be a
Mugwump. The Mugwumps are all forgers, in
their way. They forged a Mugwumpian Presi
dent on us, and the sentence should be for lite.
The Canadians are now shooting at
Wimbledon. What’s the matter with the Cana
dians shooting at the American colony of
boodlers in Montreal ? Please omit flowers.
A prize fight really did occur last
week, and one of the men nearly had his eyes
blackened. Now he is champion, and should
be given the belt. A belt under the ear.
“Satan” is the name of a horse that
is doing good business this year. Satan isn’t a
very good thing to bet on, but he generally
manages to get there all the same.
loe is growing rapidly smaller as to
size. If people are silly enough not to can their
icicles when they are in season, they should be
made to suffer.
Jane Hading, the Parisian etar, who usurped a
good deal of Bernhardt's notoriety while La Divine
Sarah was "Stating it,” as they call touring Ameri
ca in London, is another of the shrewd managers..
Now that Sarah is almost back on her pedestal in
the gay capital, it is necessary f-or Madame Hading
to have a boom. Either une petite batise, or a di
vorce. Madame Hading is statuesque and cold, so
she chooses the divorce. M. Konig, the manager of
the Gymnase, who made her what she is, is the
husband. The grounds for the action are about as
strong as the Langtry's,
Mb. Edward H. Sothern, about whom, so much
has been said and written of late on.account of Miss
Helen Dauvray's refusal to part with hkn, is one of
the least concerned in the whole matter. He con
tinues quietly to earn dollars and fame for his ex
cellent acting in the "Highest Bidder,” and waits
contentedly to see what time will bring forth. To
use a professional expression, he doesn’t stand to
lose anything, so why should he worry ?
Henry Irving, the cleverest of theatrical man
agers, has given a dinner to Blaine in London. Irv
ing sails for America in three months, and machine
liepublicans in thia town are proverbial theatre-go
ers. Seo ?
A NATIVE-BORN, of S. I’, who is horrified that the
sacred soil of Staten Island should be desecrated by
Buffalo William shows, circuses, beer mills and res
taurants, met Manager Jack Hamilton one night
last week near the Babylon grounds, and after a
few preliminary remarks, went for him thusly:
** No, sir, I haven't seen your show ner I don't want
to. Before you fellers lit on the Islaud we had
peace and religious calm, and now what is it? No
body kin sleep o* nights. It used to be only cats er
an oueasy dog and now its the blowin* of brass, the
sawin’ of wing-ged and string-ged instrooments, the
thumpin’ of drums, the bowlin' of li-ons, trumpet
in’ of elephants aud mobs of godless New York
heathens a shoutin’ at the antics of a lot of show
wirnmin in laskivious and leckerous Babylonian
cancans. It's mor-el degradation and blast-phemy,
sir I Antimony Oomestalk oug liter shet 'em off the
Island, sir I”
An hour after. Jack, passing near the high board
fence on the lower side of the exhibition grounds,
saw this same native moralist—and •• another native
feller,'* with rainbowed backs and their eyes glued
to a couple of knot-holec in the board.
And one of them said to another: "Gosh! what
nice legs them gals hev got! *
Little Bijou Fernandez has been engaged for
Augustin Daly’s Stock Company for next season.
The following people have been engaged for
Arthur Behan's Company in "Augustin Daly’s
successes:*' Miss Helen Russel, who has been seen
in leading roles at Wallack's Theatre for the patt
four years; Miss Adele Waters, a leading lady from
California; Miss Lisle Leigh, Miss Oharline Weid
man, Messrs. Geo. Parks, Owen Westford, Harry
Hotto and others. Mr. Behan has under considera
tion three well-known leading men to select from.
The repertaire will be "I he Taming of the Shrew,*
"Love in Harness,’* "Nancy & C 0.,” and Mr. Daly’s
new Fall success. Thirty weeks havegbeen booked,
covering all the principal cities. T. D. Marks will
be business manager in advance.
Chas. A. Watkins has executed a contract by
which he secures the right and title of a new musi
cal farce comedy by John W. Ransone, entitled
"Cat Nip T.” The same will be produced at an up
town theatre early in the Fall, introducing the au
thor and a company of comedians, singers and
grotesque dancers.
The Viadie Sisters, of the Paris Hippodrome,
have been engaged by the Kiralfy Brothers for their
"Black Crook ” company for next season.
The fiftieth performance of "The Arabian
Nights, or Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp,” which will
be seen in this city during the coming season, was
given at the Chicago Opera House last Tuesday
evening. In spite of the opposition offered by
Dixey in "Adonis ” at Hooley's Theatre there has
been no falling off in the attendance, and crowds
nightly witness the beautiful spectacle. The re
ceipts for the first five weeks of "The Arabian
Nights ” have reached a little over $45,000, proba
bly the largest five weeks’ business ever done by a
Chicago theatre.
The successful English drama, by Douglas and
Willing, called " A Dark Secret,” will be produced
at the Walnut Street Theatre, in Philadelphia, Sat
urday evening, September 3d. In the second act a
regatta at Henley-on-Thames is represented with a
river of real water, on whieh crowds of boats,
steam launches and swans are seen, closing with a
terrific thunder shower. This scene is said to be
unusually realistic.
Agnes Robertson (Mrs. Dion Boucicault) will star
next season in a reconstructed version of Bartley
Campbell’s "My Geraldine,” under the manage
ment of Duncan B. Harrison and Allen Rogers.
In Messrs. Joseph Jefferson and L. R. She well's
melodrama, "Shadows of a Great City,” with
which Miss Grace Hawthorne inaugurated the sea
son at the Princess Theatre, London, July 14th,
there appeared Messrs. J. H. Barnes, Harry
Nicholls, Harry Parker, Bassett Roe, Wm. L. Abing
don, Donald Robertson and Megdames Catherine
Lewis, Lizzie Fletcher and Alice Chandos.
D. D. Lloyd has been spending a part of the Sum
mer in improving bis drama, •• The Dominie's
Daughter,” which shortly opens a road tour in this
city, under the management of Byron Douglas.
Mr. Lloyd has directed his efforts principally to
livening up the comedy.
During the past four weeks the weather in Chi
cago has been extremely hot, and nearly all of the
theatres bavs suffered in consequence. "The Arab
ian Nights,” the new burlesque spectacle of the
Imperial Burlesque Company, undu<r the manage
ment of Joseph Brooks and Alfred Thompson, not
withstanding the intense heat and the presence of
Daly’s and the Madison Square companies, has
played to the largest average business of the season
Manager Rosenquest re-opens ths Fourteenth
Street Theatre August 29, with the first production
of Mr. Joseph Arthur’s new local melodrama en
titled " The Still Alarm,” followed by Charles H.
Hoyt’s new farcical comedy called "A Hole in the
Ground,’’ Denman Thompson, Moijeska, N. C.
Goodwin, Annie Pixley, Maggie Mitchell, Minnie
Palmer, the Hanlons’, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. S. Knight
and others.
Mlle. Qualitz, the premier danseuse, and the
grand ballet from the Royal Theatre in Berlin, sail
ed from Hamburg yesterday for this city and will
appear in Mr. Imre Kiralfy's spectacular production
of "Legardere,” at Nibio's, on August 15th. Mr.
Maurice Barrymore, Miss Helen Tracy and Wm. H.
Lytell will act the three leading parts. After Mr.
Kiraliy gets " Legardere” in good running order be
will begin active preparations for a magnificent re
vival of "Mazulm,” one of the famous Ravel fam
ily pantomimes.
Blondin, the famous rope dancer and hero of
Niagara Falls, will reappear in this country next
summer. He is said to be in excellent health and
as lively as ever.
The next regular season at the Windsor Theatre
begins August 15th, with the first production in
this city of Nelson Wheatcroft’s new play, called
" Gwynne s Oath,” in which the author and Miss
Adelaide Stanhope will have the leading parts, sup
ported by a good company. During the season
Manager Murtha will present a strong list of at
tractions. including Frederick Warde, Louis James
and Marie Wainwright, Clara Morris, Annie Pixley,
?.iuuie Balmer, Joseph Murphy, "Aloae in Lon-
I The Kiralfys ate certainly indefatlgabjfe. While
P Imre is looking a:ror the affairs of "The >4.-11 ci
’ Babylon,” and is preparing for the produotitfir oi
"Lagardere,” at Nibio’s, on August 15th. the oChei?
’ brother, Bolossy, is equally busy. He will
with his own company, Sardou’s "Dolores,” an his
torical spectacle, founded on events of the war in ths
Netherlands, during the domination of the Spanish
Duke of Alva. He has also beoome the projector ol
i a mammoth entertainment to be called "The Siege
■ of Troy.” It will be given on an improvised stage,
l having a bight of fifty feet and a depth of 430. Tho
mythological story of Paris and Helen will be nar
i'ftted, and Priam, Hector, Ulysses, Menelaus and
tbe other heroea of the "Golden Fleece," will be
introduced. The scene of the departure of the
Greek galley will be on real water. The costumes
will be new, from Europe. The scenery was paint
ed by the artist of the Hof Theatre, Munich. It is
expected that twelve hundred persons, dancers and
supernumeraries, will participate in "The Siege oi
Troy,” which will be presented in about three
The costumes to be worn by Swoatnam, Rice and
Fagan’s new minstrels in part first will, it is claim
ed, excel in cost and beauty anything yet seen; ou a
minstrel stage. The nine principal singers- will
wear the dress of the French War Department.
They will be of the richest material and covered
with old lace and embroidery. The end men—six
teen in number—will be attired in-the elegant courfi.
I costume of the period. The orchestra- of eighteen
I will wear military officers’ gorgeous uniforms. The
dresses of the song and dauoe men—sixteen in
number—will be of silk and satin of richest
and present a brilliant effect. The dresses of the-
Apollo Belvidere Guard in their drill, song and
movement, entirely new and unique, will be a sur
prise. Eaves is the costumer, and has carte
the affair.
The first production of " A Woman's Lie,” by
Helen Mowatt, will be given at Dockstader’s, Tues
day evening, July 26th, with a most reliable cast.
The authoress is from a family of noted literary
people. The late Rolo Campbell, Mayor of Mon
treal, published and edited the first paper in tbafc
city,. The Montreal Pilot. She is also the cousin of
Oliver Mowatt, Premier of the Province oi Ontario;
Canada, and the leader against the Canadian polit
ical government, associated with Mr. Blake.
M. Coquelin will, it is said, rejoin the company
of tho Theatre Francais after his return from- his-
American tour. He means to spend the next few
months in some quiet spot in the country, and to
devote himself to the composition of the treatise
on acting, which he has long been meditating,
L’Art du Comedian,” as it is to will con--
tain everything that the actor's experience aud his
■* constant and passionate study of the masters’*
have-taught him; and he starts with the assump
tion, which it will be the main object of the work
to establish, that acting is a purely oouventlal art.
Among other illustrations which he will cite in
support of his thesis will be found a rather amus
ing one (so "Parisis” of "The Figaro'’ says), derived
from a recent experience of his own. He was play
ing the part of Annibal, in "L’Aveuturiero," in a
provincial town, some little time ago, and when he
came to the scene in which Annibal is supposed to
fall asleep, the actor, who happened to>be extremely
tired that evening, fell asleep in good earnest. He
slept heavily and "snored like a bellringer.” When
be took up the local papers next day he found that
while praising his performance in general, they all
condemned his simulation of the phenomena of
sleep as ridiculously stagy and unnatural.
Robert B. Mantell produces his new play.,
called "Monbars,” September 26th.
Madison Square Theatre. —On Mon
day evening lut. very Urge audience witnessed
and greeted with groat show ot favor Mr. Mana
field’s domestic sketch entitled "Monsieur.”
It is a matter of little consequence whether Mr.
Mansfield originated and wrote this sketch within
three hours or whether he has been laboring on its
composition throughout the past twelvemonth.
Great work has been accomplished by groat
minds in a brief time—and then again,, over work
of very little consequence men have frittered away
years of their lives--and died in despair.
“ Monsieur ” is a dramatic sketch in which there
is sufficient material to make up a heavy drama of
four acts—according to the present methods of
manufacturing plays.
This sketch is bright, wholesome in its humor,
has nothing of drag or weariness in the dialogue,
and the story which is told by the various oharac*
ters possesses much of humanly interest, of min.
glod pathos and hilarious suggestion; its sentiment
is pure and the motive clearly expressed.
Of course. De Jadat, capitally impersonated by
Mr. Mansfield, is the central figure, and ample op
portunity is found in the business of the character
for this excellent comedian and mime to make
pleasantly apparent the infinite variety of his tal
ent as an artist and vocalist. His dialect as tho
Frenchman, in pronunciation, was. in tone and
with its accompanying significahce of gesture, such
as can only be given by one thoroughly conversant
with the French language.
The cast in its entirety had an excellent repres
entation, Miss Johnstone Bennett as Sally, the maid
of all work, making a decided " hit.” Her perform
ance-call it an exaggeration if yon will—was so
bright, so boldly drawn in characterization and so
broad and pronounced and so defiant in its humor,
that it captured the favor of the audience. Her imper
sonation of this character would have gone far to
ensure the success of a very bad cemedy, which,
happily, "Monsieur” is not.
Miss Beatrice Cameron gave pleasant and definite
interest to the nature and personal attributes of
'lice, tho daughter of the old lady who was a wor
shiper of fashion and titled persons.
"Monsieur” is precisely the sort of light and
unpretentious "sketch ” to answer the purposes of
a legitimate and wholesome dramatic entertain,
mentforthe Summer months. As such it should
prove a success; as such it has throughout the week
been received with demonstrative delight and evi
dences of hearty approval by numerous audiences.
It will be the attraction upon this stage until fur*
ther notice.
Fall of Babylon.—The magnificent
spectacle at Saint George, Staten Island, entitled
the "Fallof Babylon,” is attracting every evening
immense throngs of people and is an. established
success. The grand stand is filled at each perform
ance, with fashion and wealth. The entertainment,
since the first night, is greatly improved. New
figures and features have been added, until now it
seems scarcely possible to make further improve
ment. Tho scenery, tho brilliant and imposing
pageantry, the costly and handsome costumes and
the impressive tableaux, constitute a scene that
certainly is beyond what the average visitor is led
to expect. In this instance the advertisements do
not flatter the entertainment. It does not seem
that a flaw could be picked in the programme, and
the public, from the start, has realized that for ones
the managerial promise has been scrupulously car
ried out.
A great many persons must pass through the en
trances nightly to enable the management to make
both ends meet. The payroll amounts to $7,500
weekly, the other expenses swell the total to within
a trifle of $19,000. The grounds hold, however,
nearly 15,000 persons, and as the space is Ailed,
generally, it doesn’t necessitate a very laborious
calculation to show that great prosperity attends
the venture. On rainy evenings no performance is
given. The expenses, rain or do rain, go on just
the same, however, so an interruption to the per
formance means considerable loss.
The Staten Island boats, from the Battery, run
every ten minutes, and the steamers "Grand Re
public” and "Columbia” make regular trips from
along the North Biver and Brooklyn. The sail it
Wallack’s Theatre, — “Indiana,”
last Monday evening, mot with a handsome recep
tion from an audience that compieiely filled tha
theatre. While the opera is not new to New York,
yet it had been seen but a few times previously,
during a limited engagement at the ?tar Theatre,
aud did not have time to become perfectly known,
so that this later revival was to mauy, as a produc*
tion, entirely now; asid that the periormanco was
thoroughly enjoyed was plainly shown by many to
kens of approval. Mr. Digby Bell is the central fig
ure of the cast, and he sings the music effectively.
His performance of Matt o* the Mill is unctuous and
funny, in the recital of the lines and in farcical ex
Annie Myers, as Nan, the miller’s wife; Laura
Joyce Bell, as Lady Prue, and, in fact, the entirs
company, are deserving of praise, aud tho opers
will undoubtedly do a good business during the
fortnight allotted to its run.
On Monday, July 25th, Mr. McCaull will give the
last of his season of revivals, presenting Miliocker »
popular opera, "The Beggar Student.' with a cast
including Hubert Wilke, De Wolf Hopper,' Edwin
Hoff, Herbert Cripps, Marion Manola, Laura Joy co
8011, Annie Myers and Josie Knapp. :After"Tha
Beggar Student ’ will come opera, "Tua
Bellman,” which will than have its original pro
duction in English, the opera never yet hav ng
been given except in Vienna, where it was a pro
nounced success. Colonel McCaull has decided to
give no more Wednesday matinees. The only mati
nee of the week will now be given on Saturday.
Theiss’ Concerts, —As usual — the
better the weather the larger the attendance—after,
noon and evening, at this i>opuiar resort. Th®
great orchestrion, the regular orchestra and the
sliding roof, will continue as the principal attrac
tions. This afternoon and evening special
concerts will be given.

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