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Sissowath, King of Cambodia, Is now visiting France, accompanied by some of his “ballerinl," than whom there are none in the world so remarkable for sumptu ous attractiveness. Their rich costumes, cut ancient Siamese fashion, are laden with bright embroideries and sparkling ornaments. The substantial silken fabrics of which they are made come from Siam and India. They are of all colors—yellow, red, blue and green—with interlacings of gold and silver filigree. Like all the other Cam bodian women, these dancers have their . hair cut short, brush fashion. They wear gold helmits studded with gems, frequently of great value. These dazzling helmits, which remind one of the turrets < apping the Siamese pagodas, have gold pendants, framing, as it were, in delight ful fashion the dancers’ tantalizing loguish faces. Among these dancers are those who take first rank and whose attire is even I richer than that of the majority. So strict are the stage rules that an error of interpretation or false step may result In their being deprived of their rich at tair, worth, in some Instances, from 411500 to £2000. A remarkable fact in regard to these dancers is the yellow color of their com plexions; It recalls from the use of a kind of paint formed of an extract of cur cuina, a vegetable product of the coun try. The entire theatrical element attached to the palace of Pnom-Penh is composed of 600 artists, of whom only a small danc ing contingent accompanied the King of Europe. In watching the action of the dancers as It unfolds on the stage one’s attention Is attracted by the graceful swaying of their bodies, caused by a back ward raising of one foot, so as to imitate the movements of an elephant, which It seems the Cambodians consider full of charm. Let us add that they hold in high Veneration that pachydermatous animal. There is another dance which still fur ther enlists our attention, for it recalls the "menuet” so dear to our ancestresses. ^N'hile the orchestra Is playing a medley of indigeonous tunes, the dancers execute numerous steps pertinent to it. One is Surprised to learn that this old dance, pop ularized in Siam, was introduced there by •the Siamese ambassadors on their return In 1686 from Versailles, where they came to render homage on the part of their Jiving to Louis XIV. Still, all these effects pre but accessories, inasmuch as the es sential physical efforts of the Cambodian clangers, expressive of their aspirations, kre the result of an elaborate mimic ac tion of the hands, only successfully ac compile hed after years of laborious and patient training. Cambodian actresses seldom speak on the stage, but when they do they of course use their own language; while if they sing they are compelled to vocalize on Siamese texts, which have never been translated into Cambodian. The chiro graphic evolutions are not mere dances, they are well ragulated pantomimes and mimodramas, the meaning of which is interpreted by a chorus of female sing ers, figuring with the orchestra on the stage—which, by the way, is a custom prevailing throughout the extreme east, with the exception of Japan, where the orchestra is placed behind the scenery, the reason for it being that the orchestra does not lead the performance, but is led by the acting of the players. Cambodian musical instruments aro primitive, loud and quaint. In th«- %ont rank figure big xylophones, ship shaped, and large rectangular boxes on rollers, the fingerboards of the former, being formed of thin metal plates. Then we have the brass cymbals affixed to rattan made circles, inside of which the musi cians sit doubled up and play. They are all armed wiih wooden hammers, with which they vigorously attack their instruments. Cambodian melody is much more seduc tive than it appears to be on first hearing it. The car soon gets accustomed to the pentatonic gamut of the Asiatics. With a view' of enforcing the rhythm, a series of big and small drums, having the one a high note and the other a low note in the same key, complete the orchestral ar rangement. The xylophone is the favorite musical instrument of the Cambodians, and ap a matter of course, every band lias a con ductor; but he Is merely a figurehead as a leader, unless the sovereign commands him to play a solo on the xylophone, of which he must be a proficient, and as he is as a rule a virtuoso on all the Cam bodian instruments, his playing is always most acceptable to the listeners. He ia a bit of a martinet in his way. He carries a big stick and when any mem ber of his band happens to go wrong dur ing rehearsals he does not forget to ap ply it pretty vigorously across his shoul ders. We may possibly shortly have the opportunity of deciding as to the •merits of the Cambodian dancers and in strumentalists. Sympathetic, but Helpless, From the New York Sun. Mournfully consider the plight of the young Illinois woman who broke her right arm while trying to button her waist, which buttoned in the back! It is not for mere man to express an opinion as to these high mysteries, but he may recog nize and admire humbly a martyr to the science of clothes. Get It Now If You Are a Lover Of the best Music, Songs and Stories; perfectly rendered, with all the purity and naturalness of the original, the EDISON PHONOGRAPH AND GOLD MOULDED RECORDS will delight you. Be reasonable—come hear how perfect recent im provements have made them. Catalogue mailed to you on request. TALKING MACHINE CO. Open Every Evening Bell Phone 1530. 2007 Second Avenue. STUYVESANT FISH CALLS FOR PROXIES Early Request t) Illinois Central Stockholders Significant TEST STOCK OWNERSHIP Although the Annual Meeting Is Now Nearly Four Months Away, Prep arations Are Being Made By the Management. New York, July 1.—The Herald says: Rumors of an impending contest within the Illinois Central railway, which were current in Wall street some .months ago, were revived yesterday by the action of Stu.vvesant Fish, president of the rail road, in sending out a personal letter to stockholders with a request that they fill out an enclosed proxy form made out In his favor, to be used at either the an nual election or at any special meeting of the Illinois Central road during 1906. It was the wording of Mr. Fish's letter tliat directed Wall street’s attention to the reported contest for control in Illi nois Central anew. The annual meeting Is not to be held until October 17, nearly four months away, and calls for proxies sent out that length of time in advance are most unusual. However, aside from this, Mr. Fish makes reference to the pos sibility of one, in the event of which he solicits the proxies for himself, or, fail ing him, for John C. Willing, attorney or proxy. Mr. Fish’s letter to the stockholders Is as follows: Chicago, June, 1906. To the Stockholders of the Illinois Cen-! tral Railroad Company. The annual meeting of the stockholders 1 of the Illinois Central Railroad company j will be held at the office of the company, ■ 1n Chicago, on Wednesday, October 17, 1 1906, at noon, for the election of directors ' and the transaction of other business. While no special meeting of the stock- i holders has been called, and it may be that none will be called, yet in order to j provide for such a contingency In case ■ it should arise, and on the assumption that you may not be able to attend in ! person, you are requested to kindly exe- | cute.the enclosed prcxy and to mall it. in ' the stamped envelope enclosed herewith, ! to the secretary of the company, at Chi- | cago. Very respectfully, STUYVESANT PISH. I The form of proxy which President Pish sends out covers all meetings, annual or special, or any adjournment thereof. It reads to the effect t-hat the. shareholder constitutes and appoints Stuyvesant Fish, or. failing him, John C. Willing, attorney or proxy to represent all shares standing in the above name on the stock books of the Illinois Central Railroad company at any meeting, whether it be annual or special, of the stockholders of the said company and at all adjourned meetings of such meetings which may be held In the current calendar year 1906, and in said name and behalf to vote t'hereon, hereby notifying all which said attorney or proxy shall lawfully do in the premises. Stock Holdings. ! For a long time reports have been cur [ rent in Wall street that the Harriman Vnion Pacific interests had greatly in creased their holding of Illinois Central stock, until at tlie present time, it Is : said, fully one-third of the capital stock of the company is lodged wilh Mr. Harrl ! man and the Union Pacific party. Recent j reports are to the effect that the stock lists of the company show a marked con ! traction in the number of shareholders. Indicating a gradual absorption of the holdings or the concentration of the hold ings. President Fish’s holdings In the com I pany are not considerable, as compared with those of the Harrlman-Union Pa I eifle party. Before the breach between Mr. Fish and Mr. Harriman. the proxies of the latter were at the disposal of Pres | ident Fish, and he has controlled the elections through proxy holdings. It is re garded as assured that the Harriman proxies will not go to President Fish this year, as a contest at the election in Oc ! tober is almost inevitable. It Is believed in Wall street that Mr Fish sent out the call for proxies to be | made out to him thus early to measure i if possible his own strength In advance of the annual election, to determine If j possible what his fighting chances are before that date. Many of the proxies now held by him. It is thought, represent I stock that lias long since passed out of the ownership of shareholders in whose name they were originally given. The Problem. What the action will be on the part of t'he shareholders In reference to President Fish's call for proxies is n problem, chiefly because of the very long interval that elapses between the announcement and the date of the annual election, and also because it has been rumored that some Important developments might result be tween Union Pacific and Illinois Central as a result of the very extensive holdings by the former in the latter company. So long a period elapses before the meeting takes place that many Illinois Central shareholders, individual and corporation, are likely to hold off from giving proxies until they can better determine what projects, if any, the future may bring forth. The stories of friction between President Fish and Mr. Harriman came to a head last winter. The prevalent theory in Wall street was that the differences arose be tween the men over Mutual Life affairs and the insistence by President Fish of a drastic investigation of that company. This. It was said, was opposed by Mr. Harriman. Later on, however, after Presi dent Fish resigned from the Mutual Life committee, it was made apparent that the Mutual Life affair was one thing and the dispute between Mr. Harriman and Mr. Fish in Illinois Central affairs quite an other and distinct matter. Precisely what the difficulty Is between Mr. Fish and Mr. Harriman in the Illinois Central man agement has never been made public, but It is said to grow out of differences as to physical management and financial policy. DUELS IN SOUTH CAROLINA. Last Encounters at Famous Sand Bar Ferry. For many years before the war, and for a few years suecedlng. this code duello was one of the strongest and most de structive features of southern life—of South Carolina life particularly. By this code a man who considered himself In sulted or aggrieved by another might challenge the latter to mortal combat on the field of honor. The field of honor It emphatically was. Not with the light rapiers or popguns, as It were, as In Ftanee and Germany, but with the direct, direful, deadly pistol, army or navy repeater, the combatants standing so many paces apart, as might be arranged by their seconds, and using, according to the code, just such pistols, or In rare cases other weapons, as might be chosen by the challenged man. The seconds decided the positions and the giving of the world by toss.up, Each combatant took with him to the field a second, a surgeon, nne, two perhaps three, friends as witnesses, and generally I one or more male negro servants. The I seconds with excessive civility, puncth ? lions courtesy and knightly grace loaded the pistols, placed them in the handB of the combatants and enforced rigid compliance with all the rules of the code duello. During: the first slaty years of the last century, when duelling was so in force In Sou^h Carolina, says the Charleston News and Courier, there was a rigid law. in words, against it—rigid in words, but absolutely a dead letter as regards en- I forcement. Public opinion upheld dueling enthusiastically and frowned down the law*. The penalties under this law wrere severe, but never enforced. The penalties under the present law are also very severe. Their severity and prompt en forcement, coupled with the gradual crys tallization of public opinion against the custom, have caused duelling to become almost extinct. Not absolutely extinct however. In the south we still now and then hear of a duel in which the com batants are guided and governed by the rigid rules of the old code duello. It Is now almost forty years since a duel lias taken place at San Bar Ferry. The Jast three duels that came off there, if we remember aright .occurred in one and the self-same year—1870. One of these was betwen a very prominent and popu lar young man of Augusta, named Tilly— and on account of his chivalry, generosity and elegant personal habits he was called by his friends “Count Tilly”—and an other equally prominent and popular, named Radcliffe. The trouble was about a woman, and, sad to soy. not a good woman. Count Tilly was killed outright. Cornelius Redd, a man w’ell known in Augusta during the war period and said to be a desperate fellow', became engaged In a dispute with another desperate party by the name of Copeland of Washington, D. C. Tlie trouble was about a gaming debt, and the two decided to fight it out according to the code. They selected seconds and a surgeon, and with some fifty Interested spectators repaired to Sand Bar Ferry duelling ground at about 4 o'clock one afternoon. The weapons for the settlement of the difficulty were navy repeaters. A prominent Augusta man acted as Redd’s second, w'hlle Mayor Hope of Richmond. Va., did likewise for Copeland. They lined up and opened fire. Four shots were exchanged and Copeland fell at the last shot. He lived only a very few minutes after the ihooting. Redd was not touched by the bullets, and a few' years afterw’ard he was shot and killed by a policemen while resisting ar rest. He was a small man, but terribly game. This duel was one of the most coolly, pitilessly, bloodily systematic ever ar ranged to take place at Sand Bar Ferry. The third duel was a ludicrous one, got ten up very cunningly by some fun loving gentlemen of Augusta and Hamburg; and yet it seems to have been a real duel. Tt was between two negTo men—Mose Sul livan and Peter Blair. There had been some difficulty between Mose and Pete about a case In the court, and. being deftly influenced, they decided that only a duel could clear up matters. They went to the ferry, and; Pete proved the unlucky one. He received the bullets from Mose’s revolver in his knee and you must remember that when you get it in the knee your face is very apt to be square to the front. Pete was good grit. Mose was ’most too gritty. Pete recovered from the wound. Mose I Sullivan—we weep as we recall it—was afterwards killed In Hamburg in a brawl. We knew Mose well, and loved him well. He was a person of lofty Instincts. We often met Mose after the duel, and before his unbecoming death, and used to say to him: “One day, Mose, we shall write a history of San Bar Perry, and then we shall hand you down to honor and fame.” And Mose would reply: “I know It. Marse Jems, and I know you will do me jestlee.” DOES THE DOG REASON? Expert Discusses Some Phases of the Question. S. L. DeFabry in ‘The Reasoning Power of the Hog." in the Outing Magazine. Another dog I owned suffered a groat deal with indigestion. The least Indis creet diet would bring on these attacks, and us they oceured very frequently 1 had a large bottle of medicine always on hand and kept on a shelf In his kennel. The dog semed to have acquired a thorough comprehension as to the relief bringing quality of that bottle. When ever he was 111 and food wras placed be fore him, he would scent It, walk away without touching It. then turn to the shelf and gazing steadily at the bottle. Indicate plainly his wants. He took the medicine without the slightest balking, which is rather exceptional, as any one who ever tried to dose a dog will agree. This dog when let out, would never dis tub anything in the poultry yard, but | the moment a stray chick lost her way j Into his yard, the savage got the better of him; lie would catch the unfortunato straggler, kill and devour it, leaving only a few feathers as evidence of the mur der.” Punishment always followed. The remnants of feathers w’ora shown to the dog so ns to impress on him his wrong doings and make the cause of the pun ishment clear to him. From time to time young chickens would be missing, and all efforts to locate the guilty one were vain. The dog’s yard was always scrutinized but nothing found. My best broilers were disappearing at a rapid rate and I decided to have the dog watched. Soon he was caught In the act and the mystery solved. The mo ment the dog had finished his meal, he scratched the feathers in a heap and carried them with his teeth to a corner of his yard, where he buried them. The dog had the most embarrassed and help less expression at the time he was caught that I ever noticed on a dog. An extra severe punishment was dealt out. and I do not know If the mortiflcfjftion of being trapped or the punishment Ilid the work, but the dog was cured from that moment on. The related observations show reason ing In order to accomplish something for a set purpose. I believe most animals possess the quality in some degree, more or less, according to their mental develop ment. In the last case described the dog’s In stinct led him to catch and kill the chicken; but memory told him that pun ishment would -follow’ if found out. He reasoned that by hiding the evidence of his guilt he would escape punishment for his actions, which he understood to be wrong. The very fact of being able to discriminate between right and wrong and trying to cheek the consequences of the latter, show's the necessity of think ing. and therefore of reasoning power. A Daring Author. Rex Reach, author of The ftpollers, Is one of the few men Who have crossed the dangerous Katmat Pass in Alaska. When he went up to the gold fields In 1800 he took the overland route from Se attle, which made It necessary to cross the divide. Though Mr. Reach was told that a short while previously five men had lost tlielr Jives in attempting to get through, wltli characteristic daring he de termined to risk it. With hts two com panions he camped several days below the pass waiting for the high winds which, under certain condition*, rush through the opening with terrific Velocity, to subside. Finally, they believed their opportunity to rush through had come, but at the ridge of the divide the hur ricans of wind and snow came on again with redoubled violence and It Was only afler a tremendous battle with the cold fury of the gale that the author and hts companions reached safety as they were on the point of exhaustion. Mr. Beach regards this adventure as the most thrilling of all the experiences dur ing his three years in the north. Attractive ads. are illustrated. Let the Gawk make your Illustrations. Age-Herald Building. 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EWING, General Mgr. and Treas. 1812 Third Ave. Stamp IVIakers phones 228. FAMILY IN AMERICA. Opinion Is Sound and Rgiht—Question of Hypocrisy. From The Century. * America, with ft* evils of divorce, has acquired an unfortunate reputation from the point of view of sacredness from the family—& reputation, on the whole, which It does not deserve. A singular and dramatic international Incident of re cent occurrence illustrates the fact that an overwhelming body of public opinion sustains the family institution. This in cident lias been described by certain na tives and foreigners as an Illustration of national Pharisaism; as having elements of hypocrisy, cowardice and cruelty. It may possibly have had touches of these unlovely vices, so far as individuals are concerned, but the action of public opin ion in such cases will always be in danger of taint and error or hypocrisy in details It is, however, not the minor aspects of the incident so much as the larger that interests us, and in the larger view there is reason for deep rejoicing in the existence of a public opinion in America which values, and is preservative of, the marriage relation and the institution of the family. When it comes to hypocrisy there Is no more loathsome hypocrisy than that which sustains a condition of social af fairs whereby a man or woman, Inspired by caprice or self-indulgence, may evade solemn obligations and enter easily into new and inviting relations. To hear such action—when the fruit of pure selfishness and uncontrol—defended, as is often the j case, on high spiritual grounds. Is enough to awake the humorist in the dullest mind or to till with disgust the honest audi tor. Who has not heard irresponsibility. Whim, satiety or curiosity dignified by amateur philosophers with scientific or with godlike names. Hero is liypoeracy indeed—ridiculous and rank. By tills way lies danger to the spirit, danger to the family, danger to the state. If the family Is not worth saving, let us have the other thing. The other thing this Vaunted freedom of the spirit, truth to individual character and destiny, loy- , alty to liberty—has a popular name which | goes to the root of the matter. Behind the false preachment of a noble life lurks the specter of what the plain people call ' free love." * j The public opinion of America has been tested, and it is opposed to “free love” and all apparent attacks on the sacred ness of the family; it may express Its opinion in any given case with awkward ness, or without sufficient discrimination —that is not what we are now consider ing—but the opinion is sound and right. Our people believe that the family is worth saving, and all good citizens amt wise men should tie glad. An after-the-war story, that our south ern friends tell, may come to memory when one listens to high-minded excuses for anti-family principles—In other words, for yielding to temptation. A young man of fighting age who hnd accompanied his mother In her flight from the south to Canada at the approach of hostilities was not received with marked favor by the young ladles on his return from self-in flicted exile. His good mother was much concerned, by this quiet social disap proval, and tried to placate one of the belles of the town by explaining how necessary It was that the young man, the only male In the family should stay away from the battle field in order to take care of his mother and guard the family Interests. "Oh, my dear Mrs. Blank." said the smiling girl, "you need not say another word, for X would have done exactly the same thing myself—1 am such a coward." Transatlantic Telephone. Charles Johnston, III Harper's Weekly. Wlille it might never pay to lay a telephone cable across the Atlantic, It would undoubtedly pay, and pay well, to lay a cable which, while being ef fective for telephone service, would also give much better results Ilian are now attainable in telegraphy. The dh' ficlty is, at present, not an electrical one, but, a simple question of construe tion. The cable has to be sunk in two miles or more of water. It must, there fore, be able to bear a pressure equal to two miles of water, every thirty-four feet of which is equal to one atmos phere, or fifteen pounds to the square Inch; this amounts to some two tons to the square Inch at the bottom of the Atlantic, and It is a difficult problem to devise colls that will stand that enor mous pressure. Hut this is simply a mechanical difficulty, not an electrical one. The electrical part of the matter Is complete and perfect. Messrs. Siemens and Halslte are hard at work on the mechanical problem; they ar,j at. present experimenting with a tele phone cable under Lake Constance, with a stretch of some fifteen or twenty miles, and a very considerable depth of water. If they succeed, the next step will be a series of telephone cables between England and the con tinent, where there is nowhere any great dept li of sea. LAW OF THE DESERT. Man Dying From Thirst Throws Away His Clothes. R. D. a Pine in the Outing Magazine. It was in the ramp of Bullfrog that Mitchell, the big, brick-red mining mm of Nevada, told me his view of law on the desert: “If you are prospecting with an un reasonable hog of a partner who wants to eat three slices of bacon and half a loaf of bread for breakfast, and lets the canteen gurgle down his throat, while you get along with a strip of baron and just moisten your lips when you take a drink, then you’re all right if you kill him. I’d kill him If there wasn't any thing else to do. It s a tough game, and It's your life or his when you're lost or your grub-stake and water are giving out.” These observations were suggested by the arrival in camp two days before of the bones of a prospector who bad died the thirst some forty miles from Bullfrog during the previous summer. He bad been a carpenter, earning wages of $8 a day in the new camps during the “boom.” hut the gold fever led him away from this safe and profitable toll. He picked up a partner, they loaded their burrors and trailed off south toward Death Valley country to prospect in the Funeral Range. Three weeks after the desert swallowed them up the partner wandered into a freighters’ camp, half crazed with thirst and exhaustion. He wan able to tell the freighters that the carpenter was some where out beyond, lost and without water, too helpless to move. The partner was too weak anti fevered to go back with I the rescue party of freighters, so they left him in camp. Me directed them as well as lie could, but the search was 1 »oot less, and Griffin, the carpenter of Bullfrog, was added to the long list of desert victims. Several months later a jiart.v of prospectors tumbled, by chance, across what was left of him. There were no traces of his outfit; he had-'"’' thrown away Ids gun, his * cn'fftWft and Ids hut One shoe was found thirty feet from his body* and he hail torn off and Hung away most of Ills clothing. These were the ghastly evidences of the last great fight he had made to struggle on. “When they’re dying for water,” said Mitchell. who knew the “desert game,” “they throw away everything until all their clothes are gone* and you generally i line! them without a stitch on.” CHOOSE YOUR PIANO I We court the inspection of those who appreciate true artistic worth in a piano. We have so many makes and grades of pianos that we can surely please, no matter just what the desire may be, or me price one wishes to pay. 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