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Chattels and whatsoever, and to be Out of the king's protection. This Is my charge. Stranger still, when a case is disputed in any of the plays, the dramatist lays down the law as it was in the Inst preceding reports of the higher courts, even when that bad changed tho previous law or the^popular con •oeption of it. Thus the grave digger in "Hamlet," though discoursing clumsily that "Ophelia might be buried in consecrated ground, lays down the law as it bad been laid down in "Plowden's Reports" in the •case of Sir James Hales, who commit ted suicide. If the Shakespeare preconcep tion were not so strong, the modern lawyer would say that this passage was written by a man in practice and "keeping up with the •decisions." 4. The author of "Shakespeare" was fairly well informed in botany, zoology and sucb science as then existed. MINOR INTERNAL EVIDENCES. The foregoing are only the most salient proofs but many more are cited. Thus the •dramatist never refers to Stratford-on-Avon, the home of the Shaxper or Shakspere fam ily but there are twenty-three references to •St. Albans, the home of Bacon. Warwick shire is nowhere praised but Kent and other •districts in the south are. The fauna and flora of the plays are not those of War wickshire neither is tho geography, the nobility or the dialect. When "Shakspeare's" •clowns talk dialect, the only 'Warwickshire words are those common to that county and the south of England. Neither the politics, nor the religion, nor the social life of the plays are those of Stratford-ou-Avon. By =all reasonable supposition the Shaxperes were democrats the dramatist is an aristo •crat who only mentions the common people to ridicule them. The dramatist lived through the life and death struggle of •Catholicism and Protestantism in England yet it is impossible to decide which party he favored, and both have claimed him. He plainly ridiculed the pope's claim to sovereignty in England but he rid iculed the other party's extreme •view just as keenly, and as soon as Queen Elizabeth was dead he put forth a play in •which her mother, Anne Boleyn, is merci lessly dissected and held up to our contempt. We have presented but a tithe of the Baconians' evidences the Shakespearians meet them with weighty facts. First and probably strongest on their side is what logicians call the universal testimony. All the world believed from the start that Will iam Shakspere was the author and how •could all the world btf deceived? They add to this the written testimony of three con temporary writers. The Baconians easilv dispone of two, one of whom attacks Shaks pere as a pretender and the other only re fers to him as a witty, easy writer but the testimony of Ben Jonson is too direct and «xplicit to be thus got over. He was very intimate with Shakspere and for a time acted as secretary to Bacon he outlived then' 4»th and received a pension from Charles I lie survived to a time when the political di visions of Elizabeth's, and James' courts were obsolete, %nd as far as can now be seen, he was perfectly free to tell what he knew. He knew the universal attribution of the plays to Shakspere and never contradicted it. If he knew that Bacon was their author why was he silent} if it was a fact and he did not know it, how could he be deceived.' Mr. Donnelly's answer is ingenious, and to many will be conclusive but in our limited space we cannot set it forth. Mr. Donnelly'? cipher we do not as yet at tempt to master. At first view it appears to us very complicated but of the few who have worked out sections of it, some insist that it is conclusive. For explanation we need in this place only, use a familiar form. Suppose that in some current writing we find that the tenth word is "our," the twentieth •"father," the thirtieth "who," the fortieth "art," and thus on through the Lord's prayer—we are compelled to conclude that it is the result of design. Mr. Donnelly's •cipher, however, proceeds on a far mora •complicated plan. It is as if oneshould take the fifth word, the tenth, the fiftieth, the hundredth, the hundred and fiftieth, and thus on to 1,500 then return through a totally different series of figures, arrived at by dividing, to the place of beginning, and then proceed ou a new series of which the separate increments were obtained by a fixed system of division between the previously obtained increments. Of course, tb»3 is not Mr. Donnelly's system, but it gives some idea of it, and those who maintain that it is the true solution admit that many days' labor, of tedious counting, are necessary to evolve even one paragraph of the concealed story. But when evolved, they insist, it gives the inside history of Queen Elizabeth's reign and shows, why the authorship had to be con cealed. With this caution to the reader wo present a few of the paragraphs formed by the words thus numerically selected from "Henry IV." the play in which Mr. Donnelly dis covered the cipher. We give the names as formed by the cipher of common words and the real names in paren theses. The Mar 1 we mentioned was a contempo rary and rival of robeut cecil. William Shakspero. Queeu Elizabeth is rep resented as talking with Cecil,cousin of Bacon but his enemy. Cecil says: "These plays are put abroad at first upon the stage in the name of more-low (Marlowe), a woebegone, sullen fellow. He had engaged in a quarrel with one Arch or (Archer) a servant, about & wanton, ending in a bloody band to hand fight, in which he was slain. Tho point of his own sword struck against his head and eye, making fearful wounds." Speaking of Marlowe's blasphemy, he proceeds: "My father would, in his wrath, have burned the horson, rascally knave alive in the fire of Smithfield for the sin he hath committed against Heaven and the state." Speaking of the treasonable purposes of the plays, he says that, having heard that the Essex party were representing the deposition and mur der ot King Richard II on the stage and cheering uproariously at every hit, he sent a friend to ascertain the facts, who returned with the statement that the reports were traie. The following sentence is descrip tive of the scene in the theatre on the death of King Richard II: "But when poor King Richard fell a corpse at Pomfret under uncounted blows, they made the most fearful noise. Again and again it broke forth. It seemed as if they would never stop. The play show# the •victory of rebels over an anointed tyrant, and by this pipe he hath blown the flame of rebellion almost into open war. These well (mown plays have even made the most holy matters of religion, which all good men hold in sincere respect, subjects for laughter, their aim being, it is supposed, to thus poison the mind of the discordant, wavering multitudes. They mean in this covert way to make a ris ing and flood this fair land with blood." In another part of the cipher story it reads thus: "Seas-ill (Cecil) said (bat More-low (Marlowe)- or (Shakspere) never writ a word of them. It is plain be is stuffing our earswttb raise re ports and lies this many a year. He is a poor, ill-spirited, greedy creature and but a veil for some one else. I have a suspicion that my kinsman's servant, young Harry Percy, was the man to whom he gave every night the half of what be took through the day at the gate. Many rumors are on the tongues of men that my cousin hath prepared not onjy the 'Contention Between Yorlf and Lancaster,' and 'King John1 and this pla} (Rich. 11), bnt other plays which .are pul forth, at first under the name of More-low (Marlowe) and now go abroad as prepared by Shak'st-spurre (Shakspere)." Still another represents a conversation between Cecil and the Bishop of Worcester, and the bishop says: "We know him (Shakspere) as a butcher's rude aud vulgar prentice, and it was in our opinions not likely that be writ thein. He is neither witty nor learned enough. The subjects are far beyond his ability. It ir even thought here that your cousin of St. Albans writes them." The beating of Hayward is described in another cipher paragraph. Hayward, it seems, had been imprisoned for dedicating his "Life of Llenry VII" to the Earl of Essex. When brought before the queen to answer for his ofi'ense, the cipher says "The sullen old jade doth listen with the ugliest frown upon her brows, too enraged to speak, but rising up and starting forward, took Ha-word (Hayward) by his throat aud choked him. The old jade struck my poor young friend a fearful blow with the steeled end of the great crutch, again and again. His limbs being so weakened by 'imprisonment and grief, he is not able to stand the force of the blows. The hinges of his joints give way under him and he falls to the ground. Seas-ill (Cecil) says to him, 'Speak out. Why did'st thou put the name of my lord the earl upon the title leaf of this volume?"' Hayward thereupon foolishly proceeds to praise Essex as a great.and good man. The queen threat ens to have his ears cut off and concludes: "Thy hateful looks and the whiteness of thy face is apter than thy tongue to tell thy na ture." BACON'S SINGULAR TESTIMONY. In Lord Bacon's admitted works is this curious passage: "In a matter which had some affinity with my lord of Essex's course, which, though it grew from me, went about in other men's names, her majesty was highly incensed with that book of the First Year of King Henrv the Fourth—it was dedicated to my lord of Essex—said she had a good opinion there was treason in it, and asked me if I could not find plans in it that could be drawn within case of treason, whereto I answered: For treason surely I found none, but for felony very many. And when her majesty hastily asked me wherein, I told her the author had committed very apparent theft, for he had taken most of the sentences of Cornelius Tacitus and translated them into English and put them into his text. Another time, when the queen would not bo persuaded that it was his writing whose name was to it, but that it had some more mischievous author, and said with great indignation that she would have him racked to produce bis author, I replied: Nay, madame, never rack bis person but rack his stile let him have pens, ink and paper, and help of books, and be enjoined to continue the story where it leaves off, and I will undertake by collecting the stiles to judge whether he was the author or no." Observe the sly humor with which Bacon attempts to divert the queen by speaking of plagiarism as felony. But Mr. Donnelly finds confirmation of tho foregoing account in the cipher story, one paragraph of which reads: "His men turn their backs, and my crafty old friend Hence-low (Henslowe) flies at the first appearance of danger, stumbling under the heavy weight." The first to question William Shakspere's authorship was his rival and enemy, one Greene but this was attributed to envy. Alexander Smith, the essayist, made the ob servation that "Bacon seems to have written his esSays with Shakespeare's pen." Horace Walpole classed tho authorship of the plays among his "Historic Doubts." In 1S52 Mr. Spedding printed a paier, ""Who Wrote Shakespeare's Henry VIII?" Soon after Chambers' (Edinburgh) Journal published an anonymous paper entitled, "Who wrote Shakespeare?' and the author arrived at the conclusion that Shakspere "kept a poet." In 1S56 Miss Delia Bacon (the identify of name with the Lord keeper's is only a coincidence) an American lady, sister of Rev. Leonard Bacon, first propounded the theory that Lord Bacon was the Shakespeare wanted and from that date it began to assume the dignity ot a theory, and what was down to that time only an insignificant literary heresy, its ad herents having no rallying point, has since grown to be the faith of a united and ag gressive party, numbering tens of thousands, among them many of the ablest critics and scholars of the time. During the last thirty years some 250 books and pamphlets have been written upon tho subject Some four years ago Mr. Donnelly announced to the world that he had discovered a cipher story interwoven in the plays which would end all discussion. The proposition was one so astonishing, hat its very statement almost carried its own confutation. Even Bacon ians stood aghast, as if in awe of the very miracle they had invoked. The whole~dis cussion had grown out of vhe fact that for more than 200 years the production of the plays by Shakespeare bad been considered a literary miracle, and the dispo sition of an incredulous age to eliminate it and now, what wa? the result of all this labor but a transposition and magnifying of the miracle For what other is it than a miracle if we add six cubits and a span to the stature of Goliahror increase the strength of Hercules by superadding Samson's or augment the wisdom of Solomon with that pf Socrates! For sorely he does no less than these who doubles the in tellectual stature of Francis Bacon, who, from his known works, is adjudged by almost all great critics to have been the greatest man that ever lived—Shakespeare alone, if any, •wtrfitaiy him in greatnew. If It should be proved that Bacon should stand upon the ihoulders of his only supposed compeer to be measured for his niche in fame's temple that, bisected, he was the greatest two men that ever lived—have we not a miracle? No. But we have more, for there be phenomena that are greater than any miracle, and this is one. If the pen that wrote the Essays, the Advancement of Learning and the new Organon, wrote, also, not only "Lear," "Hamlet," "Macbeth," "Othello" and "Ju lius Cesar," but "Romeo and Juliet," "Mid summer Night's Dream," "As You Like It," "Comedy of Errors," and others, then, in deed, was it a magic pen, and he who wielded it the composite of all humanity, with a quantum of divine leaven superadded, such as has never been vouchsafed to any other man. For Shakspere, unlearned as be was, to have "soundeid all the depths and shoals" of learning, to have culled so much wealth from the debris of dead languages with which he was not familiar, was a miracle for Bacon to have added the production of tho plays to that of his other works, was a phenomenon and is as much greater than the other as the equipoise and rotation of the solar system is greater than the floating of an axe bead or the transformation of rods into serpents. There are two facts worthy of note: Tho turning from Shakspere is an expression of the widespread unbelief in his ability tho turning to Bacon is an expression of the gen eral recognition of his transcendent genius. If Shakspere did not write the plays, then it must have been the man who "made all knowledge his province." It is also worthy of note that the greatest merit of the one's charming poetry is its philosophj' and the greatest charm of the other's meritorious philosophy is its poetry. If tho authors were not one, surely Shakspere borrowed Bacon's sage and left his muse for surety. It is natural that toe theory should be vig orously combated so long as it is only a theory, for it may be an injustice is being done but if it can be demonstrated, it would seem that all men should bail it with joy, for it raises the standard of humanity to twicc its supposed hight. It is a compliment to the human race, to the planet on which we live, and humanity should feel such a dilatation of the soul as must, for a time, seem like in flation. "THE GREAT CRYPTOGRAM." The full title of Mr. Donnelly's book is: "The Great Cryptogram: Francis Bacon's Cipher in the So Called Shakespeare Plays." It is a magnificent imperial octavo volume of 1,000 pages, and is divided into three parts or books: Book I—The Argument. Book II— The Demonstration. Book III—Conclusions. Throughout it is written in an easy, enter taining style, such as will hold the attention of the reader. From a typographical stand point the volume is a credit to the art pre servative, being beautifully printed, with engraved titles and numerous illustrations, all of a very high order. The frontispiece is a portrait on steel of Lord Bacon, from the celebrated painting of Van Somer. The work is published by R. S. Feale & Co., whose principal office is at 407-433 Dearborn street, Chicago. The publishers announce that the second edition will probably bo issued in two volumes, as the original price of the work was based on the supposition that it would contain only 700 pages. "The Great Cryptogram" is sold by subscription only, and an army of agents will soon be in the field. It will not be sold in the book stores, but orders may be sent direct to the publishers by those who have not had an Dp portunity to subscribe. ATTACK ON THE SUBSCRIPTION BOOK. The intense feeling against Mr. Donnelly and his book has manifested itself in almost every form of opposition imaginable, from the flippant charge of hallucination and crankiness to the sober imputation of willful and deliberate fraud. Not content with con demning the book in advance, some have gone so far as to find matter of criticism in the method by which the book is published and sold—that is, the subscription method, as if that could affect the merit of the work. Grant's, Blaine's and Logan's books *'ere all sold in this way, and the more important of Mark Twain's. By this method publishers are warranted in undertaking what ivould otherwise be too hazardous, and many books are thus issued which could not otherwise $ee the lights Some of the best editions of the Shakespeare plays have been published in this way, ana never could have been pub lished in any other way. Not only this, but thousands of people are thus induced co r-aud who rarely see the inside of a library book store, and'tlie cottage without a small :ollec tion of choice books is now the exception. Besides this an army of enterprising awn and women Dud profitable employment, and this book should certainly slier them field for rich harvests, for no such literary sensa tion has ever occurred. A list of eminent men who have been nook agents comprises many authors and states men. The following is from The Philadel phia Times: "George Washington was a book agent, and a good one. Prior to the fateful th ud dock expedition he sold over 200 copies in Fairfax and adjoining ounties in Virginia of a work on 'The American Savage.' Jiy Gould, Halph Waldo Emerson and Mark Twain were in early life book canvassers. So also was Longfellow, and his success was re markable. There is now in the possession if the Massachusetts Historical society a pros- pectus the poet used, and on one of the blank leaves are the skeleton lines of the celebrated poem 'Excelsior,' which he was then evi dently incubating. Daniel Webster paid his second term's tuition at Dartmouth by sell ing books. Gen. Grant at one time took an agency for Irving's 'Columbus.' Bret Harts was a book agent in California in 1849 and 'oO. Ex-President Hayes footed it all over southern Ohio selling 'Baxter's Lives of the Saints.' After the siege of Toulon, Bonaparte, then a young lieutenant ^»nioyeu uu we capital, ana too Honorable' to duplicate bis pay account, took the agency for the 'History of the Revolution.' Bis marck, Cardinal Mezzofanti, Count Metter nich, Canning, Lord Denham, and Coleridge, the poet, were all, at some period of their lives, boob agents. So also were Mme. de Stael and Mru. Jameson, and Columbus can vassed for a work on 'Marine Explorations.' Di.:— ean bis business career aa Washington county, Pa., James G. Blaine began bis business career aa in Washingtoi where he sold a life of Henry Clay." Many others whose names emblazon the pages of history largely owe their success in life to the experience obtained while engaged in the laudable and honorable calling of a book agcut." J. H. BEADLE. a canvasser THE CHALLENGE. I heard today upon the street, Where beggars sang a careless song, A note, a tone, so wondrous sweet That I stood silent in the throng. But, ah, I saw not those who sang I heard not their wild madrigal A thousand voices round me rang. And sweeter still, one maiden's call, For which I'd change the fame of men. My load unloosed like Pilgrim's thrall I fed my hungry heart again I saw my boyhood home and all— And heard the blackbirds, nestling, sing Their tender songs of evening! Clear, martial call of buried hosts! How sure thy challenge passed the years! I saw like sentries at their posts A myriad forms: the pines like spears Shot through the after-sunset's red The darkening fields the gleam of panes The murky dusk, star-panoplied The lazy kine along the lanes The school house dun the village spire The home-bent,dusty harvest folks The cornfields flamed with sunset fire And in our tryst beneath the oaks. We heard the blackbirds, nestling, sing Their tender songs of evening! Thus, Angel of our later days, With ever-liovering, unseen hand Are flashed upon our blinded ways. The hidden shrines we understand. We climb the rugged steeps of Truth, And falter. Lo! thy helpings bring The lesser to the larger Youth! A note, a tone, the humblest thing, Sweeps irresistless all between. And there the Now prays with the Then Where once our heaven was lived unseen. And where, like pilgrims come again, We hear the blackbirds, nestling, sing Their tender songs of evening! -Edgar L. Wakeman in New England Magazine. Hotel Clerks In New York. It is exceedingly difficult for a hotel clerk out of employment to secure a posi tion in any of the leading hotels. There are at least three clerks who have held po sitions in the principal hotels who have been out of employment for a year or more. They have given up hope of se curing employment here in any of the leading hotels. Yet they ranked high among their associates, and in every re spect were first class men. But they say that when a vacancy occurs in any of the hotels the position is given to a man from some other city. A clerk from Phila delphia, Boston or Chicago is preferred. More people come here from those cities than from any others. A clerk from Philadelphia, for instance, it is expected will influence a large number of people from the Quaker City to stop at the hotel which employs him, whereas a New York clerk will not possess such an influepce. —New York World. The Chinaman's Devotion to Bice. The Chinaman's devotion to his rice is as great as an Englishman's to his dinner, and at their regular times for "chow"— 11 in the morning and 5 in the afternoon —nothing can take him away from his bowl of rice. As all the city life is al fresco one sees miles of feeding Chinamen if he progresses through the streets at their meal hours. In each open room or shop the scene is the same—a circle of •dirty heathens gathered around a table, •hoveling the rice into their mouths as fast as chopsticks can play, the edges of the bowls being held to their mouths merely as a funnel to direct the stream. One can stand in the shops, vainly waiting to purchase, aud a surly Chinaman will only come forward when he has finished his bowl of rice, and has a sublime in difference to trade, profits and cheating when it is his rice time.—Canton Letter. Curious Coincidences. A London telegram relates an amusing incident that occurred in a case on trial in one of the civil courts on Saturday. One of the attorneys in the case was Mr. Henry F. Dickens, son of the novelist, and during the progress of the trial he brought dow.n the house by calling a& a witness John Pickwick. Quoth the presiding baron: ''What an appropriate witness to be sworn for a Dickens!" This caused immense merriment, which increased when Mr. Dickens added: "By a still more curious coincidence the witness is a descendant of Mr. Moses Pickwick, pro prietor of the Bath coach, from which I have reason to believe the character of Mr. Pickwick was taken, and I verily be lieve that one of the reasons why I was retained in the case was that I might call Mr. Pickwick."—Indianapolis Journal. A True Soldier. "Yes, gentlemen," said the colonel, Revenge In Her Mary. "I detest him I never could marry him," said a young girl. "Why, do you know what I call him? I call him 'the little tin mogul.' Oh dear no, not to his face, but in my diary. 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