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General Manager of The Herald • • Pub"shlng Company, being first duly sworn, deposes and • • says- Tha; the average dally circulation of ;ne Los An- • c les Herald for the six months ending Sept. 30. 1898, was • • Daily Herald 8.646 • • Sunday Herald 10.143 _.___ • , WILLIAM A. SPALDING. • • Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7ih day of Oc- • • tober WS G. A. DOBINSON. • • (Sea!.) Notary Public in and for the county of • c Los Angeles, state of ## # J FRIDAY, DEC-MIIER 23, 18IIS. It has long been.a recognized fact that Anglo-Saxons are active, aggressive, industrious and grasping. It is historical that they do not hesitate to employ whatever means are neeesary to the attainment of what they want. The American branch is not unlike the parent stock, but they have not readied out beyond their own SENATOR PLAIT'S SPEECH country, because ther,' has been enough within to keep them occupied and to satis.y their ambition. Opportunities to exploit their energies within their conti nental domain have become meager, as compared to what they have been. The restless and adventurous are in a frame of mind to adopt idea's of expansion and imperialism. Indeed, there has always been more or less of a world-governing spirit; which at one time sought expression in the phrase "manifest destiny." This restlessness and unhealthy ambition would have endan gered the very existence of our institutions, but for a conserva tive principle in our political system, embodied in a written constitution, in which popular rights arc guarded through spe cific definitions of the powers of government. This conservative principle is a serious check upon expansion and imperial schemes. The object of Senator Piatt's speech seems to be to remove this check. His effort was to explain away, or eliminate, cer tain constitutional requirements in connection with the govern ment of the islands which we have recently acquired. The pow ers he would have exercised are foreign to the fundamental law; they are as unrestricted as the powers of a Russian czar. Mr. Piatt asserts hat it might become necessary lor us to acquire territory in Africa, "in the interest of commerce or some other interest," and asks, "Shall we be forced by the constitu tion to organize a state from such acquired territory and ad mit its inhabitants tc citizenship?" In the first place, it has never been supposed to be an Amer ican policy to acquire territory merely for commercial purposes. In all our acquisitions the object has been to provide homes for free men. and in the expectation that they would be gov erned according to our pronounced principles. Putting this very question discloses the animus of the expansion sentiment. It is trade and un-American rule that stimulates the efforts that would reach out afte all we can get. Extension of American freedom and civilizati in is an inferior object. .Shall we acquire territories inhabited by inferior races merely for the purpose of forcing our trade upon them? The best way to extend our commerce is to make better things than other people and be able to sell them at equal or less prices. But the doctrine ot the open door has been declared as to the Philippines, and this country does not close the door and seek ti* monopolize their trade. The senator further asks, "Why should we belittle those pow ers, or strive by subtlety and sophistry to hamper the progress and growth of the country? Rather than pursue this course why should senators not wish the nation godspeed in its mis sion of extending our free institutions as far as possible?" Perhaps the senat >r thinkn that it is possible for us to ex tend our free institution* all over the world. Certainly we can take in a great numh r of other islands and considerable con tinental territory inhabited by barbarous races. It will only require an adequate increase of our army and navy, and, hy enlisting the savage and semi-savage tribes, we could obtain a considerable mastery over territory and peoples. Rut how can we extend our free in-titutions without extending our consti tutional principles? If these principles can be ignored in one place, why can they not be ignored in all places? The danger lies in ignoring the fundamental law at all; for, when we once begin, no one can tell where it will end. The way to extend our free institutions and civilization is to absorb no faster than we can digest and assimilate. A communication in yesterday's Herald calls attention to the aggressive attitude of the Mormons, relative to polygamy, since statehood was given to I'tah. The election of a congressman who is blessed with a triplet of wives indicates that the I'tah Mormons are prepared to ask con- A FIGHT FOR POLYGAMY gress, "What are you going lo do about it?" Representative elect Roberts, the person in question, holds that there is noth ing in the Utah enabling act to prevent polygamy in the new state. He claims that the prohibitive clause applies only to time subsequent to the admission of the territory to statehood. This position, if tenable, would tolerate polygamy during the lifetime of the la>t of ihe present polygaiuista An unusually aggressive tone has lately been observable in Mormon discourses and in the church publications. We learn from these publications that a great revival in their mission work has begun. It is declared that their missionaries are now Bent out in greater number aud with more perfect organization than ever before, and again they proclaim "the divine mission of Mormonism to conquer and control the world." The Deseret Evening News is the official organ of the Mor mon church. In a recent issue it said: "The Latter Day Saints, notwithstanding all opposition, hnve risen to an eminence that today is a matter of envy to some other churches. They are today more numerous than ever) better prepared to advocate the principles of the Gospel and set forth their divinity, and as willing as at any period of their existence to make sacrifices for the faith delivered to them through the servants of God. This is indeed a marvel, and can be accounted for on no other ground than this; that the work in which they are engaged is divillt '- • • • Th e Latter Day Saints, as a church, have a great mission to fulfill in the world." It was a deplorable story of debauchery and murder that appeared in the special dispatch published in yesterday's Her aid. Two friendly Los Angeles families only a short time ago. -Vow, in Carthage, Missouri, one husband and father is in liis grave, murdered by his friend, and SKELETONS IN CLOSETS the latter on preliminary trial for his life. This is not the worst aspeet of the tragedy. A widow and the wife of the murderer nre two wretched women, and innocent children are marked for life with the indelible stain of parental disgrace. • The closet skeleton disclosed by this murder is not a very rare exhibition in Los Angeles, although our record in this re spect is not above the average of cities of similar size. It is fortu nate, perhaps, that the public does not get peeps into many family closets until the doors are thrown open by a scandal or a tragedy. If skeletons come to light with the frequency that we see them, how many more of like kind must be hidden from the public gaze, although terribly conspicuous to those who are accountable lor them. Are we morally nnd socially degenerating, or is the fre quency of these public exhibitions of the domestic skeleton a natural outcome of enlarged population and more enterprising reporting? Looking backward we fail to .see such quick suc ccsion of domestic volcanoes as the press reports to the public in these latter days. The files of newspapers published a gen eration or more ago do not present such frequent instances of domestic horror us we find in tbe current journals. Have we started on the down grade which led the Roman empire from licentiousness to destruction? In a recent allusion to the practical education of girls, The Herald remarked that if girl school graduates were equipped with such education there would be happier homes nnd less divorce suits. While men are undoubtedly more responsible thnn women, as a rule, for such scandals as so often come to public notice, there is no doubt that much of the trouble is directly traceable to want of practical feminine education. This judgment is strengthened by the fact that such scandals usually develop in homes of persons who nre either rich or in fuirly good circumstances. Men and women who earn their daily bread by labor are not likely to be entangled in the meshes of licentious intrigue. Give a man or a woman nothing of con sequence to do except to dress and admire the image in the mirror, and you supply the primary condition for the devel opment of domestic trouble, with the possible culmination of a tragedy. If only the individuals immediately concerned in these dis graceful episodes were made to bear the weight of infamy there would be much less cause for regret. It is the suffering of the innocent that is most to be deplored. How any person worthy of the name of man or woman can willfully bring disgrace upon innocent childhood, as iv the case we have alluded to, is something beyond comprehension. But at intervals, appar ently growing nearer, the public is shocked by these terrible dis closures, with the suggestive thought that there may be other closets likely at any time to open and reveal their hideous con tents. This officer was selected by Secretary Alger for command of the expedition against Santiago, because, it is presumed, he is a Michigan man. That the campaign was botched from beginning to end is the concurrent testimony of all who were not GENERAL SHAFTER tongue-tied by the fear of saying what might be considered a rellection upon a superior officer. The overwhelming evidence is that the expedition would have been an ignominious failure but for the skill and courage of the line officers and the enlisted men. The victory was won with out a general and without generalship. Vet Mr. McKinley takes General Shafter with him on his southern display as a hero and'one of the great modern mili tary generals. The American people want no such Summery and fraud. They know who is meritorious and who is not and no amount of presidential indorsement and petting can make a great commander out of Shafter. He did not know what outfit his command required, and he would have abandoned the campaign in disgrace but for the timely arrival of General Miles, who furnished both brains and stamina to the obese Shafter. The president is doing his utmost to cover up the delin quencies of the secretary of war and the incompetents whom he placed in the army and in charge of its most difficult and re sponsible operations. The American people cannot be fooled and they will hold the proper officials responsible for what by the practice of common sense might have been avoided. How could the publication of a great daily newspaper be crippled by the explosion of a far-away gas tank? The New York Evening Post answers by giving its own experience. The explosion cut off the Post's gas supply, rendering useless the linotype composing machines, because gas was used in keeping the metal hot. So the Post was obliged to suddenly fall back on hand composition, and a paper of reduced size and generally unsatisfactory was the result. And the Post says: "All other newspapers using machines were placed in the same difficulty." It is reported that arrangements have been perfected for a line of steamships between Europe and the Pacific ports of Cen tral and South America. This looks like a timely move to di vert a large volume of trade that should naturally be Ameri can. Europeans are watching our business expansion with alarm, no matter how much they may be amused by our ter ritorial ballooning. That trade down the coast is so import ant, now and prospectively, that it should not be allowed to slip away to Europe. Denver deserves the country's thanks for showing good sense in shutting off Hobsonian osculation. Hobson seemed to be standing the strain well, but the accounts of his kissing matches must have been saddening to "the girl he loft behind him." They had become nauseating to newspaper readers. It is to be hoped Denver's example will be remembered when the young man reaches the coast. "There is but one step from the sublime to the ridiculous." The convention of the Federation of Labor put itself square ly on record on the bimetallic issue. A resolution was passed "reaffirming all the former declarations of the A. F. of L. re lating to the principle of bimetallism.'' This was one of the last acts of the convention, and the author of the resolution explained that it was presented because "some local papers had grossly misrepresented the position of the federation on this question."' Senator Morgan will let no grass grow under his canal bill during the holiday recess. The committee on construction ha> power to sit during the recess and to investigate agreements that may have been made "for the purpose of defeating or con trolling the construction of such a canal for the personal emolu ment or advantage of such person or persons or corporation.'' That looks as if it was aimed at the (irace-Huntington scheme. A Xew York brewer is putting in an ice plant that will have a capacity of one thousand tons of ice per day. This gives an idea of the cheapness with which ice can be artificially pro duced. There is usually an abundant supply of ice in the upper Hudson and the near-by lakes, und it can be landed nt New York wharves very cheaply. Successful competition with this natural supply indicates the low cost of artificial production. The selection of Mr. Hitchcock for secretary of the interior is commendable for at least two reasons. First, it saves the country from the infliction of Webster Davis in that ollice, and second, it gives us a .Missouri man instead of a New Yorker. Mr. Hitchcock probably knows something about the interior of the l'nited States, while Mr. Bliss' knowledge of the country is confined chiefly to Manhattan island. The report of 10,0(10 cases of grippe in Louisville seems in credible, and we hope it will prove to be incorrect. There is HO doubt, however, that the ailment is assuming epidemic form in many eastern localities. The report from Louisville attrib utes the cause of the epidemic there to prolonged wet and foggy weather. If that is the case Los Angeles has no reason for present fear of a visitation. Secretary Alger gives assurance that his confrere in the navy department has no intention of resigning. The president has already lost three cabinet members by resignation — Sherman, Day and Miss. We suppose Secretary Alger's prompt announce ment concerning Secretary Long is to allay public apprehen sion that the resignation habit might fasten on Alger himself. LOS ANGELES i-BALDt FRIDAY MORNING, DECEMBER 23, $m DOWN THE LINE "I'm going to celebrate my tin wedding tonight," said Hogabooin yesterday to me, "which brings to my mind what I consider a much needed re form in one branch of our social customs. Now, you see, a fel low goes along for ten years until he has a tin wedding; then, af ter, a long time, comes the silver anni versary, and later the golden one, and if he can manage to keep breath in a useless body long enough he may possibly have a diamond wedding. Don't you see this is all wrong? How much better it would be, for example, to re- verse all this so as to have the best of the game while one is young. For example, if my tin wedding was realy a diamond one, how much pleasure by friends could have in thrusting sunbursts, solitaires, pendants and things like that on me instead of pie plates and camp spoons. You see also, your friends die quickly as one grows old, and there is a very strong liability that when 1 am about to celebrate my diamond anniver sary there won't be anyone about who will know me, and my safe' deposit box will con tinue empty. I tell you this is a social re form that is widely needed. I feel so much interested in it that I am going to consult with that leader in social rules and regula tions, Colonel J. Wilson Porter; he) may feel a kindred interest iv the question some day." 1 may as well add that any discerning per son who wishes to commence the innova tion of reversing the order of celebrating wedding anniversaries, can send consign ments of diamonds to W. 0. Hognboom, in care of the Associated Tress, Wilson block, city. o o o Colonel Perrie Kcwen is in the city, hav ing given up his appointment at Whittier. in .....I.— T _i _ in order, I under stand, to prosecute his literary labors, and to get married. 1 saw him yesterday go ing down Spring street arm in arm with Griffith J. Grif fith, his eloquent right hand describ ing all sorts of con vincing arguments in the air as they ad vaneevt. Colonel Kew en, I am told, has had a fair meed of success as a dramatic writer, and has some ideas on this hue which he in tends to put into form. He is a great entertainer. During the Riverside county bill campaign in the legislature there was a little gathering oi newspaper men at the Golden Eagle hotel, including Al Murphy, Ned Hamilton, a Eos Angeles man, and Kcwen. The Los Angeles man got to the hotel too late for dinner but engaged a room and soon wandered into the office and ran against the others mentioned. There was story, jest and horse-play then until breakfast time in thai morning, in all of which Kewen was the leading spirit. The Angeleno was washing preparatory to going to breakfast when he was approached by a fellow, a stranger, who said: "Come ahead and have breakfast with me." The invita tion was accepted and the two marched into the dining room and ate heartily, for Kewen's jokes are apt to be appetizing and spicy. After breakfast the Angeleno thought he would pay his bill, and so, bid ding goodbye to his unknown host of break fast, he went to the office and called for his bill. There it was, dinner, room and two breakfasts, $4 50. "Say," said the cow coun ty fellow, rubbing his sleepy eyes, "how's this? I did not have dinner, staid up in the office ali night and ale breakfast at the in vitation of a friend." "Don't know any thing about that," replied the clerk. "You registered last night and if you had insisted you could have had dinner. You were as signed a room, and if you preferred an office chair to a bed that is not necessarily the fault of the hotel And you took a man in to the dining room for breakfast with you this morning whom we don't know and who has not appeared to pay your bill." The bill was paid and ever since then the south ron ha* been living in the hope that a kindly fate would bring him again in con tact with that hungry Sacramento toucher who worked him for a breakfast. O O O Colonel Tom Lewis has accepted the ap pointment of trustee of Highland insane asylum from Governor liudd. There are no emoluments attached to the position, but it is one of trust and responsibility and re quires a kindly yet acute character to do what is best to be done for God's afflicted and for the state. Colonel Lewis possesses just the heart and mind that qualify bim for the place. General C. F. A. Last is kept busy days writing recommendations for officers of the National guard who wish to enter the regular army. In view of the proposed in crease in the army there .will be required many more officers than are at the dis position of the gov ernment from West Point. It is a fact that while the stand ing, as a rule, of the National guard offic ers is not to be com pared with the regu lars, there are men in the stale service who have made a study of their work, and work at it con amore, so that they have at tained a proficiency and cxpertness that puts them on an equality with their broth ers in Uncle Sam's service. There are a half dozen or more such men in the- guard about here and they have received the ap proval of General Last in their ambition to be captains and lieutenants. THE GOSSIPER. Viva Voce Sir John. Voce Moore, the newly elected lord mayor of London for the year ensuing, is in his seventy-third year. Like many of his predecessors, he started life in a humble way, but he is now the head of the firm of tea merchants that bears his name. In ap pearance and deportment, Sir John is one of the old-fashioned school —silver tongued and courteous to a degree. He has bean ■ widow er for the last eight years, and tnf duties of lady mayoress will be discharged by his daughter, Mrs. King Farlow, whose husband is a member of the corporation. Czar and the Juggernaut Speaker Reed, it ia ssid, will oppose the imperial policy of the administration, and if he does it may be embarrassed or defeated. The court circle at Washington is gently in timating to the speaker that he had better beware of tho fate of Senator Sumner, who opposed the Grant administration, and Roa cos Conkling, who cultivated war with the Garfield-Blaine outfit.—Pittsburg Post. Saved "Fire! Fire!' Chicago shuddered at the cry. Was the beautiful, or, rather, interesting, city again to be reduced to ashes? No! "Boil the water!" somebody had the pres ence of mind to shout, and so the flames were extinguished.—Detroit Journal. Double Negatives "1 ain't got nothing. I don't know noth ing. I won't'say nothing. That is all I have got to say for publication," says the |K»rturbed successor of Street Cleaning Com missioner Waring in New York. Well, that's enough. It is sufficiently illuminat ing.—Boston Herald. Arctic and Antarctic Icebergs The icebergs of the .two hemisphere* are entirely different in shape. The Arctic bergs are irregular in form, with lofty pin nacles and glittering domes, while the Ant arctic bergs are fiat topped and solid look ing. IN THE PUBLIC EYE Thomas F. Pendel, the chief doorkeeper at the White House, is the last surviving member of Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard. Elmer Dover, secretary to Senator Hanna, found upon his arrival at Washington the other day three bushel basket* of letters to the senator awaiting answer. Ex-Senator George F. Edmunds, formerly of Vermont, but now a resident of Philadel phia, has been elected, a trustee of Jeffer son Medical college of Pennsylvania. Bishop Hurst is enthusiastic over the American university of which he is the head, and he declares that it will get $1,000,000 from the Methodists of Pennsylvania alone. In the suit of the Carson, Nev., band against Senator W. M. Stewart for payment for electioneering services a verdict of $40 and costs iv favor of the plaintiff was ren dered. Ex-Governor Sprague of Rhode Island, when recently in Washington, met his two daughters for the first time in eighteen years, during which time they have lived abroad and in the west. The Austrian minister at Berne, Count Kufstein, has sent to the Swiss government a sum of 20,000 francs, which the emperor rieeirrs to be distributed to the poor in re membrance of the late empress. Theodore Roosevelt is the youngest Re publican governor ever elected in New York state, being just turned 40. Governor Black was 43 at the time of his inauguration. John A. Dix was "3 and Levi P. Morton 70. Miss Ada L. Hanford, daughter of Dis trict Judge Hanford of Seattle, has been placed at the head of the movement among citizens of the state of Washington to pur chase a suitable testimonial for the cruiser Olympia. Dr. Charles Neufeld, the German explorer, who was rescued at Omdurman by the forces of the sirdar, is now in Cairo, hard at work upon a book in which he will recount the story of his years of imprisonment among the dervishes. Lord Kitchener's punishment for drunk enness, which has passed into a British army proverb, is to tog out the culprit in full marching equipment, a matter of sixty pounds, and compel him for six hours to inarch, carrying a fifty-pound bag of shot in each hand. Governor-elect Benton MeMillin is having considerable pressure brought to bear on him to permit the use of his name in the coming senatorial contest in Tennessee. It is Mc- Millin's intention at present to take the oath of office as governor next month and serve out his term as such. Senator Gorman of Maryland chews gum incessantly. Sitting in his place in the sec ond row, he works his jaws with the persist ence and power of a cotton compress. He always wears a turn-down collar and old fashioned tie, the later held in place with a small gold band, set with valuable stones. The Marquis of Anglesey, who died not long ago, at one time ordered sent from London to one of his country homes a large quantity of hand grenades for use in came of fire. The servants hung them all over the house, but had a dozen left over. "What shall I do with them, my lord?" asked the butler. The titled blackguard pondered for a moment and then said: "You may put them in my coffin." TO ADMIRAL DEWEY On reading that he had declined to write an account of his victory for a monthly magazine. I. Oh, Admiral George Dewey, all In the Philippines, » We love you for the you've done, You and "the man behind the gun"— Heaven keep you safe from danger and from monthly magazines. 11. When every other fighting man has seized his ready pen. And hastens 1 to record' his claim To popularity and fame, Till, the clamor of their strivings' Jars upon the ears of men; 111. When, the skekles of the "monthlies" make our captains all forget The noble silence that the great Observe to dignify the state. Surprised, ashamed, indignant, we have one solace yet. IV. We have at least one admiral as modest as he's' brave; Guarding well his country's glory, Well consent to tell his story Through the mouth!" of shotted' cannon, thundering o'er the eastern wave. —C. F. S., in Chicago Times-Herald. Definition My friend, who is a cynic of uncompromising heart, lias a way of smashing idols left and right with fiendish glee, Whenever in enthusiasm's path I make a start, He's sure to murmur something impolite And disagree. When a patriot's admlnratlon through my veins begins to throb, And I cry, "Unworthy schemers soon must roam And cease their tricks," He says. "The politician Is the man who gets the Job, And the statesman Is the man who stays at home And simply kicks." —Washington Star. [Christmas Clothes j f one ever tries *° ? ains ay * he f act tlwt J I arc headquarters for FINE clothing for men f I an< " to>ys. At this time we know every mother 1 k w ' , ° is inten< i' n B to ffe et clothes tor her boy is j A anxious that his Christmas suit should be thb £ f/ ) Iff l\ BEST obtai r» a We, There can tort one to* 1 k I \ place to get them. r 1 Boys' Tuxedo Suits, for ages 9to JJg f q JJg f f / Boys' Short Pants Suits, for _a ■ L / \ f,l ages Bto 16 ..*_•.«>« IO $l£ f ml lL..r Boys Long Pants Suits, for ages 14 $20 L fPif ' Bovs ' Vestee Suits ' for * ges 3's2 to $10 L f la_ Boys' Overcoats and Reefers, in end- »j . »io J b ■ ; less variety IO *IO ■ j Mullen, Bluett & Co. ) L N. W. Corner First and Spring Streets J It's a Simple Thing To strike a bargain in our stock of Xmas Hats, Neckwear, Gloves, Hosiery, Collars, Cuffs, Bath Robes, Smoking Jackets, etc., etc. Our stock is a library of useful hints to Christmas buyers, hints that our prices make it easy to take. A 50c Necktie Given away this week with every $3 00 Hat bought at our store. See our four show windows, at Desmond's ■ -.. • . 139*141 S. Spring St. Bryson Block Sole Agency "Dunlap" Hats I Christmas Things at Jcvnc's § W Cigars by the box for presentation. WW Im Table Wines of the very finest quality. Im flfo Bishop's Crystallized Fruits. fPure Candies, our own make. fik Enameled Tea and Coffee Pots for presentation. 5|K Christmas Candles in all sizes. jar Home-made Christinas Cakes and Pies. 1 (flh The finrst English Plum Pudding. 0» (Kk Fine selected Nuts of all kinds. (m ffl Olives, Pickles and Preserved Fruits ot all kinds. 208-210 S. Sprinft St. Wilcox Building JP The Glenwood : tL I Is absolutely the best range ;as near per- S KJ fection as human skill can make it. We S have a full stock of them. Also a good ■ Range as low as $12.50, but not as good J JAS. W. HELLMAN c.. I IST tO 16l N. SprlflQ St. « Heaters "SUPERIOR" Steel and Cast Ranges Cass 6c Smurr Stove Company 314*316 South Spring Street ■ CONSUMPTION CURED '^MSSE""' Private Sanitarium. Beporl oi eaaea aeat Ma 4MH Booth Spring st.,U» Aagelet, Oat. Mascagni's greatest pasesion and delight is to conduct an orchestra, for which he him self says he has a natural talent, gift what is more interesting is to watch Mascagni composing his works. His wife, Signora Lina, Mimi (his eldest boy), Dino (another ! son), and Kniillia (his little daughter), all have their parts in it. When the maestro ia feverishly writing rushing to the piano to catch an inspiration, his wife ■ follows him to snd.fro,.while the children climb on his knees, he unconsciously run- Ding his fingers through their curb. As soon us he has fixed on a melody he gathers the children in hi* arms, and they all roll indiscriminately on the floor, the shouts, humps, laughter, tears makiug such an uproar that at last Signora Maseagnl inter, feres, scolding hell husband and telling him that a grave musician should give a better example to his family. She bundles away the children, and he returns to his desk, but a few minutes later the scene repeat* itself. -Pall Mali Gazette.