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Senator Stanford's Great Palo
Alto Breeding Ranch.
TIIK NOTED SIRE ELECTIONEER.
He l« the Father of Hundreds of Cele­
brated Trotters, and Is a Good Deal of
a Goer Himself—Stanford's Passion for
Horses—The Horse in Motion.
There are many lovers of horses in the
United States senate. Many of the most
noted horses and several of the finest breeding
farms are owned by them. Some of the
wealthier senators have done inestimable ser­
vice in the development of the American
horse. The commingling of the best foreign
breeds of horses with those of America has
been one of the enterprises of ex-Senator
Palmer, of Michigan, and not long ago he
commissioned an agent to scour the plains of
Arabia for rare breeding horses. Palmer is
STATION AT PAI.O ALTO.
also much interested in the magnificent Per
cheron draught horses of Normandy in
France, and ho hus some splendid Percherons
on bis farm near Detroit.
But the most noted horse breeder of con­
gress is Leland Stanford, the wealthy senator
from California. He devoted a considerable
portion of his vast fortune of $75,000,000 to
the establishment of his great stock ranch at
Palo Alto, Cal., and his annual sale is one of
tho great events in the world of horses.
Stanford is a man of vast experience. Al­
though it did not take him long to acquire
his great fortune, the hardships lie was
obliged
to undergo during the construction of the
Pacific railroads were equal to those of a life­
time of the average man. From a briefless
young lawyer to the possessor of one of the
greatest fortunes in the world is a long ascent,
but Stanford may be said to have achieved
it at a bound. His career since the comple­
tion of the Central Pacific railroad, wfien he
found himself a millionaire many times over,
is well known. He has been saddened by the
death, while traveling in Italy, of his only
son, and it is to the memory of this youth
that he hus endowed the §15,000,000 univer­
sity now being erected in California.
Stanford lives magnificently in Washing­
ton during tho winter. He has several
•splendid teams of carriage horses in his stables
at the capital. Ho can handle tho ritibous
with great skill, and in his younger days was
•a fino horseback rider. But ho has ^rnwii
rather too heavy for this exercise now. Ho
is a fine looking man, with a rosy face, brown
hair aud a gray beard. Ho talks slowly and
-deliberately, and is one of tho most charita­
ble of the millionaires.
"I becamo interested in thoroughbred
horses," be once said, "through ill health.
My doctor had ordered a vacation for mo,
aud had told mo that I must go away on a
tour. I could not. leave at tho time, and he
advised me to leave as soon as possible. I
bought a little horse that turned out to be re­
markably fast, and it was in the using of it
that I becamo interested in the study of the
horse and its actions. I began to buy fast
horses and breed them. It was a very ex­
pensive amusement
•at first, but it is
now profitable, and
think it is useful
as well. We are
raising a much finer
class of horses in
the United States
SENATOR STANFORD AND HIS COUNTRY
RESIDENCE.
now than ever before, and I believe that by
proper breeding we can double the working
powers and the staying powers of our work
horses. I do not think there are any fast
trotters that have not a trace of thorough­
bred blood, and I don't believe that any horse
without such a trace has ever made mile in
three minutes.''
The importance of Senator Stanford's Palo
Alto ranch to tho breeding interests of the
United States cannot bo estimated. There
are ten thousand acres within its borders,
bat that is not wonderful, for any man of
ample means caii buy tew thousand acres.
There are over a thousand horses in its sta­
bles and pastures, but that is of little signifi­
cance, as any 0110 with the means to pay for
them can buy a thousand horses. It does not
entirely consist in the number of fast records
to its credit, but it is because lie re is beins
raised there a grand race of higli bred, sound,
handsome horses which trot fast liecause it is
their nature to trot, and because they are
bred so that tha trotting instinct i* their
ruling passion.
WAX AN A.
The partial burning of the Palo Alto stables
last spring was felt very much by Senator
Stanford, not so much on account of the
ymn nnn which be lost by the fire, but because
man* of Ma favorite horses perished in the
flames—including California Belle, Rexford,
Maiden, Normaine, and the colts Emma
Robertson. Troubadour. Lowell and Howell
Electioneer, one of the greatest sires in the
world, is one of the many noted horses on (he
Palo Alto farm. Electioneer was foaled in
18Q8. He was sired by Hambletonian 10, dam
the world famed Hairy Clay brood mare
Green Mountain Maid second, dam Shanghai
Mary, a fast trotting mare of unknown
blood Incredible as it may seem to the
theorists and adherents of pedigrees made up
of eight or ten crosses of different blood, this
is all there is of the blood lines of this famous
sire—Hambletonian, Harry Clay and a mare
of unknown blood, which has accomplished
nothing of note except in this single connec­
tion.
Electioneer is the sire of forty-one 3:30 trot­
ters, aud forty-six daughters which have pro­
duced more than fifty 2:30 trotters, andis out
of this great old mare. He is a combination
of the founder of the greatest trotting family,
and the foremost mare of a great brood mare
family a trotter himself, and all his sisters
and cousins and aunts are trotters, and from
the most prepotent families. His great suc­
cess is not enigmatical or a marvel, but only
the legitimate sequence of a grand speed in­
heritance and strong individuality.
Senator Stanford purchased Electioneer of I
Charles Backman in 1878.
At Stony Ford the horse had been given
but little opportunity to demonstrate his
quality as a sire. At that time large stallions
were in favor, and the breeding of the dam
'of Electioneer was extremely unpopular, so
much so, in fact, as to be held in contempt.
It resulted that Electioneer was entirely neg­
lected and had but few foals when he was re­
moved to his California home. At the close of
the year 18S7 had about 320 foals of these 33
were weanlings, 37 were yearlings and about
40 were brood mares without records. 01
the whole number of bis foals 231 were bays,
8 were roans, 3 were grays and the residue
were either browns or blacks, so that more
than 08 per cent, of his get are solid color.
At the close of 1887 there had been bred at
Palo Alto2!M foals by Electioneer of this
number 38 now have records in 2:30 or better.
Nine of them, as 2-year-olds, secured records
better than 2:30. They are Wildflower, 2:21
Palo Alto, 2:23% Bonita, 2:24^ Fred
Crocker, 2:25^f Bell Boy, 2:26 Carrie C.,
2:27^ Sphinx, 2:29X Palo Alto Belle, 2-.2&X,
and the wonderful Sunol, 2:18. In addition
to this Suisun trotted to a record of 2:31
(trial 2:26) Ella secured a record of 2:33^,
and Chimes, 2:33J^. Seven have received
records in 2:30 or better as 3-year-olds. They
are Hinda Rose, 2:19)4 Manzanita, 2:23^
Rexford, 2:24 Maiden, 2:23 Grace I«e,
2:29Jjf Ella, 2:29, and Gertrude Russell,'
SPRITE.
In the year 1S87 eight of tho get of Elec­
tioneer entered tho magic circle. They were
Ansel, 2:20 Maiden, 2:23 Bell Boy, 2:20
Whips, 2:27% Old Nick, 2:23 Stella, 2:23%
Clifton Bell, 2:24, anil Eros, 2:2S%. In the
year 1888 thirteen of tho foals of Electioneer
trotted to records in 2:30 or better. They
were Elector, 2:21% Juno, 2:23 Gertrude
Russell, 2:23 Azmoor, 2:24% Morea, 2:25
Arbutos, 2:27% Cubic, 2:28%: Express,
2:29% Grace Lee, 2:20% Ella, 2:29 the
great 2-year-old Sunol, 2:18 Palo Alto Belle,
2:2S%, and Mortimer, 4-year-old, 2:27.
The power of Electioneer to sire fast trot­
ters from all kinds of mares is especially
noticeable, and his marvelous producing
power is apparent in. the fact that from
strictly thoroughbred mares he has sired fas*
trotters, nor does it seem that his ability in
this direction is confined to one class of
thoroughbreds, or to mares of any certain
lines of blood.
Of the thirteen trotters by Electioneer this
year, three were out of strictly thoroughbred
dams. The list of his get from thoroughbred
dams to date is Ansel, 2:20 (in a jog) Palo
Alto, 4-year-old record 2:20% (quarter in 32
seconds) Gertrude Russell, 3-year-old record
2:23 Azmoor, 2:24% Whips, 2:27% Cubic,
2:28%, and Express, 2:29%.
The development of extreme speed at an
early age has been the aim ut. Palo Alto. The
results are beyond the most sanguine hopes
of
tho friends of Electioneer, llinda Rose has
a yearling record of 2:36%, which stood un­
challenged for six years. Norlaine, a grand­
daughter of Electioneer, holds the world's
yearling record of 2:31%. Hinda Rose in
1S83 trotted to a 3-year-ohl record of 2:19%,
which was undisturlied until 18S7, when it
was beaten by Sable Wilkes, 2:18. Man­
zanita holds the 4-year-old record of 2:16, and
tho nearest approach to it is Susie 8.'s mile
ill 2:18.
Wildflower, iu 1881, astonished tho world
by trotting a 2-year-old record of 2:21, which
was never approached until in 1888, Axtell,
by William L., trotted in 2:23, while a fort
night only elapsed until the 2-year-old Elec­
tioneer filly Sunol trotted in 2:20%, and a
fortnight
later in 2:18. This giv^s to Pale
Alto the fastest yearling, 2-year-old and
4-year-old trotting records. Electioneer's roll
of honor now embraces nine trotters with
NORMA
records in 2:20 or better, four with records
better than 2:18. two with records better
than 2:1?, twelve with records better than
2:33, and twenty-three with records in 2:25
or better, while only two of his entire num­
ber in the charmed circle have records as
slow as 2:30, and all of this bas been accom­
plished in the short space of. one decade.
It is necessary to write at. this length in
regard to Electioneer, as he is the central
figure at Palo Alto.
There is also at Palo Alto the fastest sou
of the famous Alrnont, Piedmont, 2:17%.
pi» foals, especially those from daughters of
Electioneer, are without exception of good
MM, symmetrical conformation, high finish
and excellent trotting action. There area
few two year olds, but the greater number
of them are yearlings, and from this union
there will undoubtedly come some first class
trotters. The yearlings by Norval, Ansel.
Clay and other sons of Electioneer are also
remarkably fine. They all act like trotters,
and are vounxsters of substance and high
finish, preserving in a great degree the Elec­
tioneer type.
Nephew, 4-year-old record 2:36, is also in
the Palo Alto stud. He is by Hambrino,
2:21X, dam Trotting Sister (dam of three
horses which have sired 2:30 trotters), by
Alexander's Abdallah second dam Lydi*
Talbot (dam of Pacing Abdallah), sire of
Bay Mate, 8:30. Hambrino is the sire of
Wilkeebrino, 2:23 Hambrino Belle, 2:25%
Hamdallah, 2:26% Ben Hur, 3-year-old rec­
ord 2:28, and Baroness, 2-year-old record
2:33. He is by Edward Everett, dam by Mam
brino Chief.
Nephew, prior to his recent installment at
Palo Alto, has had but little opportunity in
the stud, yet he has sired, mostly from mares
of little quality, Bracelet (pacer), 2:21
Voucher, 2:22 Barney Horn, 2:23% Lottie
M., 2:24 Baby Mine, 2:27 Lucilla, 2:28%
Fred Arnold, 2:30% Ha Ha, 2:31, and Elite,
2:34. He is a grand horse, and will distin­
guish himself as a sire of game, courageous
trotters.
DAME WINNIE.
There are at Palo Alto about 300 brood
mares, which are being bred to Electioneer,
Nephew, Piedmont and their sons, and to the
sons of Gen. Benton.
At Palo Alto great attention is paid to the
mating sire and dam, with a view to con­
formation, temperament and gait. Indeed,
this point is considered of paramount impor­
tance, even ranking above the mere question
of blood lines. One theory is that a colt by
a good sire out of a good dam will show
speed according to its balance and friction
less way of going, and bo places these points
far above any mere question of breeding.
Senator Stanford's theory is that extreme ef­
forts atan early age can only be sustained by
great vigor, perfect conformation, a high
nervous organization and a long, unbroken
line of extreme speed inheritance.
He finds these qualities to his greatest satis­
faction in choicely selected thoroughbred
mares of certain families, and believes that
his grand stallion will impart to them the
trotting instinct and action. It is nonsense
for any one to say they can detect the differ­
ence in trotting action between the foals by
Electioneer from thoroughbred mares or
those strictly trotting bred. This theory is
rank heresy to the mere theorist in breeding,
but pending their discussion of what some of
them are pleased to call eccentricities, he goes
on astonishing the world with his phenomenal
record breakers.
On this subject a writer in Tlie Horseman
says:
"Our own ideas concerning the selection of
a trotter by Electioneer would be a colt from
a mare with one trotting or pacing cross, and
a long line of choice thoroughbred ancestry.
When we first saw Norlaine we thought she
was tho sweetest thing of animal creation,
but when Sunol was placed by her side we
saw even greater finish, fully as faultless con­
formation, and a sort of "hard as nails look,"
which excited our unqualified approval. Nor­
laine had all the grace and beauty, and the
sweet, mild look of a fawn Sunol had the
proud, self confident, reliant air of royalty,
and in very truth she seemed in all respects
a queen. It was this, together with her
easy, elastic action, that induced us to pub­
licly predict that, if no accident occurred, she
would break the 2-year-old record of 2:21.
How grandly she has performed her task is
known to the world. She has made three at­
tempts, the first early in the season in 2:25,
the second early in October in 2:20%,
the third a few days later in 2:18. What
else Marvin [Senator Stanford's trainer] has
in store as a surprise we are unaftle to pre­
dict. Last spring he stated to us that his
ambition was to beat 2:30 with a yearling, to
beat 2:18 with a 3-year-old, to beat 2.20 with
a 2-year-old, and to reduce the 4-year-old rec­
ord below 2:15. This accomplished ho was
willing to rest upon his laurels.
"If he meets with no accident in the next
two years we firmly believe ho will accom­
plish the task. People wonder that more
Electioneers do not go into the 2:30 list, and
that moro daughters of Electioneer do not
produce. It should be remembered that there
is practically but one trainer at Palo Alto,
and that his sole aim and purpose is to
secure each year some phenomenal youngster,
and to that eiid all other considerations are
sacrificed. We have seen at Palo Alto 2 and
3-year-olds from Electioneer mares which,
without being in Marvin's hands, have
shown
quarters iu 30 to 37 seconds, and were then
ordered by him to the stud or paddock. It
would give us great pleasure to see a system­
atic effort made for two years to train all Palo
Alto horses to a record better than 2:30 which
show ability to train to such record."
When Senator Stanford goes down to his
country home it is his pleasure to sit in a
large chair in the center of a ring aud see his
favorite young flyers brought out for trial.
It was while watching oue of these fast trot­
ters—an animal which had the enormous
stride of twenty-three feet—that the million­
aire conceived the idea that in some part of
his course the horse must entirely clear the
ground and have all four feet in the air. So
he decided to have bis horses photographed
while in motion. Ho secured the services of
a skillful photographer named Muybridge,
who arranged an ingenious system of cam­
eras worked by electricity, by which an in­
stantaneous view of the animal was given ns
he passed the home line.
About $40,000 were spent on these experi­
ments but they overthrew all previous no­
tions on the subject, and the book which
Stanford bad written and published, "The
Horse in Motion," is a valuable contribution
to science.
Tho success of the Palo Alto farm has
demonstrated that the climate of California
is equal to that of Kentucky for the breeding
of swift trotting and running stock.
The rocent sale of Palo Alto trotting stock
at the American Institute in New York city
realized about $50,000. and many celebrated
horses were sold.
A Good Story About Forrest.
Forrest on one occasion was rehearsing a
tragedy and spoke to one of the "warriors"
who entered in a slouching, undignified man­
ner:
"Don't come on like that," he said, in a dis­
gusted tone, "but like this"—and, stepping
into the wings, be showed him an impressive
entrance.
"But, Mr. Forrest," said the man, "if I
could come on like you do you think 1 would
bo working for eight dollars a week?"
"Is that all you get!" asked Forrest, indig­
nantly.
"Yes," answered the helmeted Thespian.
"Well," exclaimed Forrest, walking away,
"come on as you please 1"
The Recent Trouble with Rob­
inson, of St. Louis.
TIM KEEFE, OP THE NEW YORKS.
What President Reach, of Philadelphia,
Says About Johnny Ward aud His Pro­
posed Release—Tim Murnane, the Vet
em naseball Writer and Player.
The trouble over "Little Robby," of the St.
Louis team, has made quite a stir. It only
goes to show how much trouble a little thing
will sometimes make. Before the game be­
gins Robinson sends
a boy out of the
grounds in St.
Louis to get his
baseball breeches,
giving tho boy at
the same timo
note of readinis
sion. When the
boy comes back
with the breeches
he presents the note
to Niehaus, who is
at the gate,aud who
refuses to admit
him on Robinson's
signature. Then Robinson gets his back up,
cusses Niehaus, gets lined $2T, refuses to pay
it, is backed up by tho team, and a general
row eusues. Then the whole matter is settled,
the St. Louis team gets advertised free gratis
for nothing, and all is harmony. Robinson,
however, is too good a man for the St. Louis
team to part with. He is one of the best
second basemen in the country. He was born
in Philadelphia, and first played ball, in 1881,
with the East Saginaw (Mich.) club in the
Northwestern league. He then played with
the Baltimore Unions. He has played on the
St. Louis team for five years.
WILLIAM ROBIN SOX.
WHAT PRESIDENT BEACH SAID.
It seems that President Reach of the Phila­
delphia club is not willing to pay $12,000 for
Ward. "I would certainly like to have
Ward," he said in a recent interview, "but
the Philadelphia club will never pay $12,000
for his release. The New York club would
no doubt like to
dispose of W ar
for $12,000, but I
don't suppose any
club will ever give
them that much for
bim. It would cost
us $17,000 to get
this player—$12,000
for his release and
$5,000 for salary.
policy to even start it
Now, does any sane
man believe that
Ward or any-other
player is worth
that much to tho
'Philadelphia club?
The day of enorm­
ous prices for
players' releases is
past. It was poor
and if an end had not
A. J. KEACH.
been put to it there is no telling where it
would have led to. Iiigh prices for players'
releases and fancy salaries would have killed
baseball in a very short time if measures
had not been taken by the club owners all
over the country to put a stop to it.
"I see some jjeoplo say that if we had Ward
wo would surely win tho pennant. If these
same people who make tho.so assertions are
so positive about it, let them purchase
Wane's .release, and I will give them S 15,000
next fall if the Philadelphias win tho pen­
nant. Hero is a chance for somebody to
mako $3,000 to back up his opinion. Now, if
ho is afraid to risk his money, why should ho
ask us to throw ours away?
"Of course, these people would not make
these unreasonable demands of us if they
were in our place and knew the inside facts
as well as \v: do. One man can never win a
championship, and if we cannot win it with­
out Ward we could hot win it with him. Wo
are uot as much in need of a short stop as
several other clubs in the League, and even
they" would not pay half the amount for
Ward that New York asks for him.
"The reason that tho price set on Ward was
placed at such a high figure was not because
of his superiority as a player (as theroare
many players just as good as he), but because
he is an intelligent man and would make a
good manager for any club. Tho club that
would use him as a player-manager could
afford to pay twice as much for his release
as we, because they would save a manager's
salary by tho operation. We have a man­
ager, however, and it would bu throwing
money away to purchase some player's re­
lease simply because he has demonstrated
that ho could also manage a club. If people
would only stop to think over these matters
they would not make such unreasonable de­
mands of us.'-
TIM KEEFE.
Tim Keefe got what he asked for, and he
ought to be correspondingly happy $4,500
for the season's work is no slouch of a figure
for a pitcher, even
if he is the best in
the country. Still
no one will say that
Tim is not worth it
to the New Yorks.
As a matter of fact.
however,the Giants
will not lose much
cash by the trans­
action, as some su­
perfluous talent
has been released
to make up the dif­
ference. Keefe was
born in Cambridge.
Mass., in 1 He
played ball first
with amateur clubs iu the vicinity of Boston.
He made his professional debut in 1ST"), with
tho Lewiston (Me.) club The next year he
signed with the Our Boys club of Boston. In
1877 he went with the West bo ro club.
TIM KKEKE.
In 1S78 he was with the Clinton. Mass..
club, but finished in Utica, N He re­
mained with the Uticas until the summer of
the next year, when he was induced by Man
ager Mutrie to leave Utica and go to New
Bedford. Mass. In 1S80 he opened with
Albany and finished with Troy, wbere he
stayed until IS82, when he went with the
Metropolitans of New York. Then he began
to gain celebrity as a pitcher. His reputa­
tion assumed such proportions that Manager
Mutrie was so anxious to get him on the New
York team that he hustled him ofT to Ber
mudaand kept him there until he waseh-t
ble to be .igned. For this smart bush-ess.
Keefe was fined $.*00 by the American a^so
ciatiou. Keefe has been with the New ork
team ever since.
TIS UURXAXE.
It is said that Tim Murnane, the veteran
baseball writer and player, was offered »h*
other day the baseball editorship of The Chi
Cago Tribune.
I In 1370, says The SJXM ting Times, Mr. Slur
nane played ball with locafclubs in Norwalk,
West port and Stratford, Conn. In the win
tar of '70 and '71 he went south and was con­
nected with The Savannah Advertiser, play­
ing ball iom the strong amateur club of that
city. In the summer of *71 this southern team
paid the north a visit, going as far east as
Portsmouth, N. H.
Ben Douglass, who was managing the
Mansfields, of Middletown, Conn., induced
Murnane to remain
north and play
with his team,
where he remained
until 1873, when he
joined the Athlet­
ics, of Philadelphia.
In '74 he was oue
of
the party who paid
England a visit.
and the following
season found him a
member of the
Philadelphia team.
In 1876 be went to
Boston and was one Tin MUKNA-VE.
of the members of the champion team in
1877. In '7S Manager Douglass induced him
to leave Boston and go with the new Provi­
dence team the first year they were in the
League.
In '79 Mr. Murnane went with several old
League players to Albany to form a club,
but remained but a short time when the team
was transferred to Rochester. In the fall of
that season they took a trip through the west
and went as far as California. Murnane then
went into business in Boston and gave up the
game until the Union association was formed
and he was drafted into the business once
more as manager of the Boston team in that
association. In 1876 he organized the Boston
Blues, of the New England League, and lo­
cated thern in Boston, where ho sold out his
franchise to Walter Burnham in the summer
of that season. He has done work for The
New York Clipper, Police News and several
other papers and is now the baseball editor
of The Boston'Globe. There are not a dozen
writers on our national sport who are so well
equipped to analyze a ball game as is Tim
Murnane. As a player ho never lost his
head.
As a writer he is always clear and judicial
in his judgment. He calls a spade a spade,
and he "knows a hawk from a handsaw."
He is quick to detect the weak points of a
player and is just as ready to say kind words
where praise is merited. Tim Murnane has a
legion of personal friends, and the baseball
multitude are agreed that his opinions arc
always worthy of consideration. He has
brought out some of the best players in the
country.
WING WHISPERS.
Mrs. Langtry will shortly dispose of all the
scenery and properties of her various plays,
prior to a long rest.
Emma Abbott has contracted with a Phil­
adelphia firm for a monument to her hus­
band, Eugene Wetharell, that will cost
$S5,000. It will be erected at Gloucester,
Mass. It is composed of various kinds of
marble. Beneath it will be a vault to con­
tain two bodies. Above is a canopy support­
ed by four columns of Gothic style, on the
top of which is a figure of Hope. The whole
is 54 feet high. Miss Abbott intends to have
her body cremated, and her ashes will be
placed near tho body of her husband.
Fanny Davenport has presented to Louis
James tho play "Gomez do Vezas or, A No­
ble Heart," which was at cue timo in the re­
pertory of the lato K. L. Davenport. Mr.
James has decided to produce the drama next
season. Tho scene is laid in Spain in the
time of Francis I, aiid tho story treats of a
high born father and son, who, unknown to
each other, are in love with the same woniau.
Joseph McNab lias had his name changed
by the Connecticut legislature to Frank Jo­
seph Carlyle. This Is Mr. Frank Curly! -, of
"The Wife" company.
Rose Thorno has been granted a divorce
from Edwin F. Tborne in California on the
ground of infidelity.
Mile. Rhea's new p!».y, "Josephine," is from
the pen of Roland Haven, an American. It
is a story of the first empire. Mile. Rhea
playing the part of Bonaparte's first wife.
Every member of the company will be
American except the star.
Harvard's Probable Withdrawal.
Sporting men at New Loudon, Conn., are
disappointed because of Harvard's probable
withdrawal from the four mile 'varsity race
on the Thames with Columbia next June.
There is a tendency to censure the crimsons
for their conduct in this matter, on two
grounds chiefly. The first is because their
refusal to row smacks of unfair dealings, as
in the formal agreement between the two
colleges for annual races the events are un­
derstood to be fixtures, unless either crew is
unable to row, and Harvard is uot disabled,
as she is to take a hand with Yale. —Philadel­
phia Times.
Frontier Wit.
"Every good writer lias much idiom."
said Landor. "It is the lifenml spirit o'J
language." and this truth is well illus­
trated—though in a homely fashion—by
tlic racy talk of mon who have lived
much by themselves, whether iu the back
districts of New England or in the newer
portions of the west.
Such men have not been accustomed,
as has well been said, to empty their
brains in loose small talk, and when they
ppeak, they are apt to say something.
They run natuvally to aphorism, aiut
their wit is not only dry. but has what
Lowell calls a -nativeand puekery fla­
vor."
It was a man of this class who declared
of a certain neighborhood that the folks
were "so thievish they lied to t?« ein
their stone walls nights,"' and of ouii oi
his townsmen that he was 'a whole team
and the dog under the wagon."
Of this kind, too. was the Nebr-t-k
ranchman, who was overheard takii
one of his children to task for his greas.»
face: "Ain't you ashamed, now, tosprair
all the flies' legs that light on ye'r"
A Fort Kearney stage driver, with at
eye for horse flesh, met a man with
miserable team of half sick and aged
little mules. The sight was hateful *o
him, and straightway he pulled up his
horses.
"Look-a-here, pilgrim! I know a m«i
that would give §800 to see them mules.'"
"Why," exclaimed the mule driver,
startled by 6uch a lucky possibility,
"yeou daon't say so! Who is he?"
"He's a blind man," answered the
coach driver. "G'lang!"—Youth's Com­
panion.
On the way to the post at Nashville, J. XL
Q&bOBS? black horse Capt. Lee (aged), by
Brigadier, rUm Rowena, who was 60 to 1 in
tbabetting, fell dead, and after deliberation
the Judges called the horses back and de­
clared all bets off, giving twenty minutes for
turn books to bs mide.
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