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Miss Phyllis Langhorne
Has Been Much
She is Visiting Her Sis?
ter, Mrs. Charies
Dana Gibson.
Much Corhment as to
Where Gibson Gor
His IdeaL
Miss Nannie Langhorne, the
Second Sister, Married Mr.
Robert G. Shaw, of Bos?
ton?The Youngest of
trn Three is an Ac
complished Equ:s
trienne and is De
voted to the ^,
NEW YOBTC, Feb. ::.?Three pirls came
riding up out of thc South!
Tbat sounds te.o much lilce Kingsley's
EUd song of "Three Bishcrs." And this
isn't a sad song at all.
But those three girls were beautiful!
Nobody knows, in the chronology of
(Wife of the Celebrated Artist and fype of the Gibson Woman.)
From a photbgraph at tlie time of her weddingv
a properly introduced family. which is
the eldest, for. after the introduction:
all are merged together in the general
classiricaUon of "daughters that aro
out." But there were Misses irene, Nan
nio and Phyllis. And they were all
from Richmond, Va., and all were thc
prettiest types of pretty girls that the
North has seen in many a day.
Miss Nannie iJanghorne got as far to
ward the Pole as Boston, where she was
persuadetl into matrimony by Mr. Robert
Shaw, well known in club and soci.il
circles at the Hub.
Everybody wondercd why that ven
c-ratcd artist, Charies Dana Gibson. in
sisfod upon spending all his vacallons
in the South. even his mldsummer ones,
and everybody wondercd where he got
his womanly ideal, anyway.
But it was all expluined one day when
invitations were issued for a Richmond
wedding and when Mr. Gibson, in a
blushlng little note, asked Richard Kard
ing Davis and a few other young men to
go down and be best man and nsliers.
etc. lie was to marry Miss Irene Lar.g
hi mo. thc queenly Southern beauty, one
of tbe handsomest girls of all the Hau
l if ill South.
It was whispered at that time that
Miss J.anghoriie has a tiny foot and that
(The Pretty Sister of Vtrs. Charles Dana Gibson.)
she was tall and graceful. She made an
idcal model, and with that face aud hair
and voice sho bccame slmply Irreststlblo
as a compantbn. Yes, GIbson was in
luck. His friends declared that with
Miss Langhorne as a model, for life, he
ought to go on und on improving, world
without end?and subsequent events
proved the prophecy correct to date.
When Mr. and Mrs. Gibson came
North it was disco.vered that Mrs. Gib?
son could sing. Xew York is so crowd
ed that thero isn't room for fieid sports,
but tliis girl, who could ride like a cen
taitr. could sing like*a prima donna, and
soon there were offers to go into opera.
But Mrs. Gibson refused them all, and
for a while refused to sing at all outside
her own home. Sho so hatcd notoriety.
Southern girls have one peculiarity.
If you have studied them you have notic
ed it. Before marriage they are the ciev
erest coeitiettes in the unlverse. When
you tax them with it they will laugh and
tell you that a girl must hav^e somebody
to fall back upor*. And they will even
strive on ~this fruil ground to excuse the
fact that they have engaged themselves
to marry two persons. one in the frozen
North and one in the sunny South. "It
will all tttrn out- right." they will tetl
you. That ls the Southern girl before
But once catch your blrd and it is dif
fercnt. Suddenly she turns into a mod
el of domestlcity. Such devoted wives as
the girls of thc South make were never
seen elscwhere.
(Who Was the Beautiful Miss Nannie Langhorne.)
And now another beautiful Southern
girl has come up from the South. Her
ni'me is Miss Phyllis Langhorne. She
has blue eyes under low. dark brows.
Her hair Is beautifully glistenlng. her
tigure is Junoesque. Though visiting
her sister. Mrs. GIbson. and the two
babies. Miss Langhorne escapes to ride
w'th the Meadowbrooke Hounds, to go
coachlng, to golf on Long Island, to at?
tend the great balls, to be petted by the
?100. Xew York has few sueh girls.
The Langhorne family has long been
known ln the South. In horsemunship,
that sine qua non of the Southerner.
they have excelled. In bcauty, none
Miss Langhorne is nineteen. She cooks
=o* well upon a chafing dish. is so vcry
courteous to the chaperones. so utterly
refined In speech. so modest. so thought
ful. The young men mentlon other qual
Ities more desirable. such as the ablllty
to ride^to hounds and to take all obsta.
cles as though thex were nnt-hllls.
ThTey tell a pretty story of how Miss
Langhorne. rlding to hounds. tortr-along
upon the back of her hunter. through an
orchard where the apple boughs hting
low. One of the branehes, more per
sistent than the sest. caught into the
band of her derby and tore it from her
head. But on she rode, unconscious in
the excitement of the- chase. and so
came in at the death. hatless but flushed
and beautiful. A dozen gay cavaliers
rode off to get that hat. as she roda
back to the club-house, hatless, but
happy, with the fox's tall as a trophy ot
her success.
The Great Commander Would Have
Marched Around It
General-Jackson Always Avoiilct] Dat
i*e AYJieii tlie Eucinv Wcri Kn
Ireuulicd in a Suwiftly l-'orti
flcd Position.
There has been a great deal of dis?
cussion among ex-Contederate Veterans
in Richmond as to what General Stone?
wall Jackson would have done at Spion
Vr. Hunter McGuire, who was a mem?
ber of General Jackson:; stall" during
the civll war. and was surgeon for the
famous eonimander, has been much in?
terested in tin- war betwen the Boers
und the British, and has watched with
groat interest reports of military ma
noeuvres on both sides.
Dr. McGuire, who was a great ad- j
mirer of General Jackson as a military
commander, as well as a man, could not
lir.1;i comparing the tactics of General
Buller with those adopted by General ]
Jackson, and when called upon and i
asked for an Inter\"iew as to the com
paraUve merits of Uie twb men and a
comnarison of Buller's campalgh in South
Aifrlca and General Jackson's iu Vir- I
"Kiiiht, said:
"Jackson would never have gone into
that trap at Spion Kop as did Buller's
subordinate commander.
"Had General Jack: m been placed in
the same posiUon In which General
Buller was placed he never would have
atta'cked the Boers from the front, but
would have gone around them?if ne
cessary, one hundred miles?cut their
communications and attacked them on
xnore equal ground. An arniy is obliged
to move when its supplies are cut off,
and. Its commuriicaUons cut, Jackson
would have followed out this principlc.
The dlfference in advantage in South
Africa jo the- army attached with the
present weapons and the army attacking. j
ls shown ln the splendid dcl'ence thc ]
English have been makin.n at Ladysmith
and Kimberley, where they have inva- ]
riably defeatod the Boers. who were the
attacking party. and just the reverse ob
tains wiien the English have been the
attacking party.
"It does not seem to me that the English
have shown any generalship at all. The
soldiers have fotigln in tlie mi st gallaiit
way. as they have always done in their
whole history. But so far. there have not
appeared a Marlborbugh or a Welling
lon. or a Robert Lee or a Stonewall
Jackson. So far as 1 can see there has
never been any manoeuvring at all.
"Another great defect in the English
campalgn to an old soldier is the absence
of scouts. The Englisli seem to be abso
lutely Ignorant of the position. strength
and resources of the enemy, subjecls with
which Jackson was always aequainted
through his scouts and spies. J;Vkson's
cavalry, under Ashby and J. E. B. Stuart,
kept him aecurately informej of the po?
sition, strength, number and the morale
of his adversaries. As far as 1 can see,
the Englirii are greatly deflclent in this
"The Boers are splendid fighters. I be
lieveJ when I saw that General Warren
had crossed tlie Tugela river with little
reslstance the Boers were laying a trap
for the English. Jackson would never
have aliowed himself to be caught-in such
a trap as that.
"Suppose tbe Boers were oocupying a
stfong position in the Blue Ridge range
of mountains, occupying liills about R'ock
lish Gap. controlling the whole of the sur
roiinding county. Do you suppose Jackson
would have attacked thcim in their almost
inipregnab-e position? He would have
gone around them and got in their rear
cut their communicatibns, and forced their.
to leave their position. AVhat a corimli
ment the London Times paid to Jackson
when they sent Colonel G. F. R. Hender
son ;is one of Lord Roberts' staff officers
ayowedly because of his 'knowledge of
Jackson's factics in military affairs. It is
not the b:g battalions that win, but tho
man who leads them. Xapoieon said: 'It
wasn't the -Roman army that conquered
Gaul, but Caesar; it wasn't the Gartha
gin!an army that made the gates of Rome
tremble, but llannibal: It wasn't the Prus
sian ai-my that kept the Allies out of
Prussia for years, it was Frederick the
Grea!.' And if he had lived, he mlght
have added: 'It wasn't the splendid Armj
of Xorthern Virginia, grand as it was
that kept the Federals out of Rlchmono
for four years, it was Lee; it wasn't the
Army of the Valley that made the Slien
andoah campaign tmmortal, it was Jack
son.' So far tlie English have shown nc
general equal to any of these.
"Jackson was very, sparlrig of the blood
of his men. He never vcnturcd very des
perate encounters unlcss under orders of
a superior ofliccr. He never hut up against
breastworks if he. could posslbly go around
them! A good illustration of this was
with Pope before Second Manassas. Pope
was on the north side of the RaPpahan
nock river. Lee on the south side, and for
two or three days we had severai artillery
duels. Lee was therateuing to eross to
The Famous Confederate Leader Was
Orieinal In Plans.
Never A Howeil Himself toPall Into tlie
Error of Xot Knowins tlie
Strength tintl Kesosircrs
oi" II is Onponents.
tbe north side of tho Rappahannock to
attack Fope who occupied much
the eu-u.iger position and was par
tiallv entrenched. While threatening to !
cfoss ar.d makiug felnts at different points
he detached Jackson with nearly one half
of his armv, sent him. some miles up the
Rappahannock rlvet, whe.-e he crossed,
marcbing to Saletm in Fauquier county,
and the next day after dark we were at
aiahassas Jimction astride of Pope's com
munlcatlohs: Fope was obliged to traas
fer his position from the Rappahannock
river to Bii-11 Run. to come out from be
hind his fortificattoris and ir.eet us on
more equal grounds.
"Another illustration of Jackson s
marvellous strategy and tactics was at
Chahcellcrsville. Hdoker had cros*sed the
Rappahannock river with what was
known in the North as the linest army
on the planet, ? but as soon as he got
withih striking distance of Lee and Jaek
sori ho began to throw up breastworks
of the most fonnidable character. In
decd, they were imprcgnable. Goneral
Lee detached Jackson at Jackson's sug
gstion. and he marched clear around
I-Iooker lifteen miles and struck him ex
actly in the rear. The wooded country
enabled him to do this unscen.
"It scems to me the British are flght
inS now as they did one hundred years
ago, when they had muzzle-loading guns.
and' could aproach within two hundred
yards of the enemy without being in
jured- when they could receive one volley
and be on top of the enemy with bayo
nets before they could reload. Now-a
elavs, with the magazine gun, which will
go' through a brick wall one brick thick
at 1,210 yards, or the bodies of five men
at -ihat distance, and which you can
shoot as fast as you can pull the trig
ger, the old tactics are wrong.
"Xeilher Jackson or Lee ever accepted
battlei if thev could avpld lt. by manoeu
vering when the enemy had greatly the
advantage of position. Lee did do it
at Ge'.tvsburg after Jackson's death. and
would have suceeeded If his subordinate
cbmmanders had obeyed his orders and
foiight instead of talking."
Says Jackson Would Not Have Been
Caught in Such a Trap.
Rev. Dr. James P. Smith. who was very
clo=ely associated with General Jackson
during the Civil War, and who was a
close student of General Jackson's tactics
in military movements, as well ns a great
admirea- cf the famous commander s
genius. "udgment and character. had
irtercsting points to make about the fa?
mous Confederate leader and his manou
vres during the Civll War.
When asked whether he thought Gen?
eral Jackson would have attacked Spion
Kop in accordance with the plan adopted
by General Warren. iwhq was acting
under the orders of General Buller, as a
part of the latter's division. Dr. Smith
! said- "I do not believe that General Jack?
son 'would have made such an attack.
The Boers wcrc strongly entrenched there
and coaimanled a -.e:y formidab'.e pcslt on
all around Spion Kop. It could not have
been anything but a difflcult military
feat to take the pilace and hold it.
?'Geneia! Jackson was particularly efft
cient in tlank movements. He seldom made
front attacks, but almost invariably de?
cided upon some plan to go around tho
enemy, and attack them at some wing or
tlank, bv which he broke up their
strength and accomplished great results.
General Jaclcson was one of the most
original military men X ever knew. He
was never held down to any narrow
regulations, biit always planr.ed his
movements in accordance with the posi?
tion of the enemy ahd the circumstances
surroundlng. the situation. His decislons
were made entirely upon the conditions
At Kcrnstown. General Jackson made a
very peeuliur military movement. He- at
tacked the enemy and then retreated, so
that it was unclerstood that he was beaten
back. It must be remembered. however.
?that this movement was intentional; the
enemy were contentrating their forces in
the eastern part of the Slate, and General
Jackson-s Idea was to draw off a Iarge
part of their force Into the Valley ot
Virginia. In order to do this. he retreat?
ed. so as to be followed by the enemy.
At Chancellorsviile the odds were great
ly against the Confederate forces. "Gen
At Chancellorsville He Showed Great
Itr. McGnire Thlnks the Present En?
glish Coininantlers Show Littlo
Jniljrment and Military .Genius
In Their Campalsii.
eral Hooker had a magnlflcently equipped
armv of somethlng ln the nelghborhotiq".
of one hundred and thlrty thousand men,
which was supported by the War Depart?
ment of the United states to the extent
that everything desirable for an army
was furnished. General Lee's forces
numbered scarcely one-third. It was
against military regulatlons, generally. to
divide so small a torce Into two or three
separate forces, especially when the ene
my were so much strongr ar.d better
equipped. General Jackson. however.
announced his plans to General Lee. to
divide his force into three parts?General
Stuart remalned in cnarge of the hills
around Fredericksburg. and Jackson him?
self went around to the western exten
sion of Hooker'3 force. and attacked them
with a vigorous llank movement from
that side.
General Lee approved the plan, and in
opposition to all military rules. lt Was
adopted. It worked like a charm: Gen?
eral Jackson came down suddenly a:id
with great force upon Hooker's western
flank and badly demorailzed lt.
Jackson would not have allowed him?
self to bo caught ln a trap like Spion
Kop. He would have attacked from
some other source. He was seldom known
to attack an enemy when they were en
trenched or held very strong pusitiona.
Jackson's strngtn and success lay Iarge
ly ln his rapUl marehes, his quick and
strong flank movements, and In his eris
inallty of purpose and plans ln deallng
with the cr.emy.
The English general* have been grefltly
handlcepped by stlcklng closely to a red
tape system of rules and rearulatlons as
laid rtoivn In the books.-ins'ead of maklng
their plans and following out their move?
ments in accordance with the conditlons
and clrcumstances ln force.
XradliiS VossclsTliat Go to Many Out
pf-?lie-Way Cornersof thc World.
The man with a pack on his back.
trudglng from village to viliage and of
feting for sale at cottage and farm-house
u misccllaneous collecUon of waros, has
his counterpart in the ocean peddlerj
ranging in size from a schooner trading
among the islands of the Pacilic to a
steamer of ouc or two-thousand-tons
Thc ocean peeldlcr starts out from Ham
burg or San Francisco, Uie chief home
ports of tho trade. with a definite object
ln view. Saillng from the former city the
course 1b gcnerally laid eiUier to the
roast of Africa or South America. having
Jn Uie hold a varied assortmont of goods
Ukely to bo marketable in the reglons
vlsiied?cstton fabrics. trlnkets. arms,
tm'nvuniUon. llquors, and all spare room
Ciled up with coal.'
As the largest proflts are-often dcrlved
from tho sale of contraband goods, such
is munitlor.s of war to insurgent bodles.
ind" a? deteclion by regultir authoritlcs
fbula lend to eonflscation. several thoti
and ronndK ot eartrldges are probably
?ne uj> ln lunocvnt iooklns cases gtamp
ed, "Canned Becf," and a few stands of
discarded German Army rilles in pack
ages labelled. "Glass, With Care."
The captain of such a vessel must pos
se.-s not only ability as a navisator, but
an expert kiicwledge of the requireiriehts
of his trade In nddition to a -plausibla
tongue whercwith to bartcr. and win
over the good will of an ill-disposed
ofllclal. lf he does not own an interest
in the ship It ls generally rcquired that
he shall in her cargo.
Trudging along over the ocean at a
seven or eight-knot gait. saving his coal
as much as possible, the peddler opens
his trade by casting anchor in, say, a
South or Central American port, when,
having sqt.ared thc commandante, he ln
vltes nverehants and others on board to
inspect his stock. Duty, of course, has
to be -paid by tho purchaser, but In cer?
taln cases that difflculty is oftep over
come by the visltor to the ship going
ashoro "swollen out, perhaps, to three
times his normal size by as many new
suits of clothing.
- The greatest good fortune that can fall
In the way of an ocean neddler Is for
an American or British man-of-war to
put Into .soirfa out-of-the-way port, in
which he i? lylng. short of coal. Then
from his sparo stock he sells a few huri
dred tons at as hard a bargain- as tha
necessily of the purchaser permits him
to drive.
On the Central American. coast the
peddler usually times his visit .at about
tho opening of the coffee season, that is,
?early in the new year, so that when he
his so'.d out his wares he is able tr. load
up. almost to the water line. with the
priiicipal cxport of the country. (
That the- ocean-peddllng trade is not
without Its d'angcrs is illustrated by a
story told by a mate of one of those
vessels. In order to preserve his respect
able eaharacter the contrab&nd goods are
scometlmes stored ih plaees likely to es
cape the vlgilant eye of the customs offi
cer and in the case in question the mate's
bunk was chosen as the safest repository
for certain packages of dynamite conslgn
?cd to the leaders of a Xicaraguan revolu
tion. All went well until tho night before
the ship was diie to arrive at her des
tinatlon. when a thunder-storm occurred?
the lightning playihg about the masts in
an alarming manner. The mate confessed
that the ld'ea of turning in upon a bed
of dynamite under such circumstances
was not conduclve to" peaceful repose,
even to one accustomed to sleep through
all manner of dangers,- but with the re
fiection that if a flash found Its way to
! his bunk he would not be likely to be
?r?C; axva.ro ot the fact he slumbered
scsrc'.y through his watch below, and
next day delivered the "canned toma
toes" safclv to the consignee.
Thc ocean-peddling trade on the Pacific
has been shorn of much of its profit since
the inter-island passenger traffic in na
tives who too often were carried as pas?
sengers much against their will. to dlye
for pearls on the great Australian bank.
has been effectually suppressed. Still, a
considerable trade is carried on in smal
articles of hardware, old clothcs, personal
trinkets and an occasional case of "dry
goods," which, if seized, would turn out
to be remarkably wet.-New York Sun.
That is What an American Woman
TliinUs of Filipinc Housekeepins;.
"Housekeeplng ln the~ Philippines,"
writes a Brookiyn woman to her mother,
"is slmply a joy. I have never lived so
well or so cheaply in all my life. I have
learned a lot sinee I started to housekeep?
lng but it cost somethlng before I got
the' hang of things. L first rid myaelf
of tbe horde bf worthless FUiplno ser?
vants. who rob hewcomers right.and left.
and thea installed a Chlaesa ceok .at
\ $12.50 per month, and tbe house runs it
"There ls not much work ln a troplcal
household. no stuffed furniture or car
pets, no lace or other kind of curtams.
but painted, flexib'.e screens attached to
the wlndows. Everythtng ls on one
floor, the furniture is rattan bamboo, and
the kitchen utensils are slmpllclty itself.
Tha climate ls healthy, although sani
tarv conditions are extremely bad. tle
are" all falling into the lethargic condiuon
which seems to be the chronic state of
the native. I take long naps all the
afternoon. At 7 o'clock we dlne. There
ls not much calling ln the evening ^as
the curfew ls etill ln force, clearlng the
streets at 3:30 P. M. The evenlngs are
perfect, but we get sleepy and are us?
ually ln bed by 9 o'clock.
"Frults grow here In great abundance.
The bananas are the most" dellclous to be
found anywhere. Thls4frult ls a great
boon to the poor people. supplylng them
wldf-an exceedlngly nutritlous article of
food at little cost. Other frults of the
islands are the date (the clnnamon appl*
of the French colonies), the mangpsteen.
the mango. the plneappic, the tamarlnd..
the orange. the lemon.. the: jack, the ju
Jube. the lltcht (the king ot frults. ac
cordlng to .theChinese),. the plum. th*
chicomamey, tha breadj fruit aad, tho
papaw. This last fruit is eaten like a
lemon, and is said to act as an efflcaclous
digestive. _
"When I see the Indla rubber trees, 23
feet or more in helght. growing 4n the
yards here. their stiff, brilliant gYe^n ;
ieaves Hstening In the sun, I ttogh tj j
thlnk of the little box plants we usei to !
keep ln our windows at home in the win- j
ter. because they were the only growing
thing that could stand the united attack
of dust, neglect and coal gas.
"RIce is the staple food of the Flli?
plnos. Sixty pounds of rtce at 2 cent3
a pound is all a servant aslcs for. Sweet
potatoes, a kind of yura, the ground nut.
and gourds are prctty generally grown.
as well as occaslonally peas. potatoes and
in the higher regions even wheat. Be
sides the culUvation ot ricey the Tagala
are great ft3hers, and keep cattte. swin?
and vast numbers of poultry. The lat?
ter run around under tbe houses, ^rhlch
stand up four or nve feet from. the'
ground and are lattlced off. -with split
"I never get tlred watchins the sitnplo
prlmltive methods ot Fllipin? housekeep
ers, for their processes'are carried on be?
fore the eyes ot all men- The men.them
seives do the laxge part of the hardworl-:
while the women perchron the laMar-llk*
>t?#a ttrnt laad Into their aoSism ?o4 loaft
on. All tho cooking Is done out of doors
and usually on the ground. Their little
stoves of red clay are hardly as large as
the Iron pots we have at home. One side
is bent down llko a prlmltlve hearth and
tha fire is kept going by long tuh^s.
?.vhlsh the men blow through instead of
using bellows. On this funny little apol
cgy for a stove they cook their rlce or
chocolate. stlrrlng the lattcr with carved
sticks. which they twlrl between their
palms to keep the beverage from sTtlck
Ing. Often they do not use the stove at
all, but make a flre right on the ground.
between two stonea. over which they eot
red earthen bowls ln which they cook.
"When the men cnop klndllng they slt
down oa their heels Just as theJapanese
do. and. ln fact. nearly all their work ls
done ln the name fashlon. When their
simple cullnary rites aro flnished tihey
gather around their pot ot rtce,. and. dip
plag ln their slender brown tlngers. help
themselves Without the formaltty ot
knivesV forlt* spoons or choptttcfc*. Dln?
ner concludedl hands and dishes aro
washed to. the; shallow tub- which ?tand*
at ?v?ry door?soap, dlshctotft aml dish
towet belr.g all made ot so"PV tho barh
of a specles of vtno pccuUar to ?h? "*?
IandS?.'%-S?. liOulo Globe.
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