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V- '' ' 'J .ft PACIFIC COMMERCIAL ADVERTISER, SEPTEMBER 28, 1887. STUDYING GEK3IAX. TURTLE-CATCHING PACIFIC HARDWARE CO., L'd, NEW GOODS! NEW GOODS! HOW MARK TWAIN USED TO TAKE .SIX LESSONS A WEEK. AT DOLORES BAY, ON THE COAST OF YUCATAN. SlL. W" " - ' t A narrating: ami Infuriating Study A Terplexed OU Professor and an Erratic Pupil Distressing Diversions Shrewd Suspicion Among Friends. Perhaps you remember the article on "The Awful German Language' which is inserted near the end of Tho Tramp Abroad." The article 13 said by tboso who thoroughly under stand the science of that irregular, intricate and strangely conducted language, to bo a powerful criticism upon it, and one showing an unasual kno- 'dge and understanding cf the peculiarities of th-3 language which Mark Twain justly pronounces a h arraying and infuriating study." It i-i so well done, displays such an insight into the complexities of mean ing and construction that the young man says it a mystery to thse who know of the author's methods of acquiring the tongue, making them woudt-r wh-roand how he ever liaml so much. AVhn Mark Twain, in con templation of a vLit abroad, decided to learti German, he sent for the professor, a man well known and respected in Hartford, a patient though opinionated old gentleman, cramied to his very hair with science and grammar. During the preliminary arrange ments he ake I Mr. Clemens how many ie?- . sous a week he would tak "I think I will ; take six," was the deliberate answer. faOh, ' but you caimot tike sis," said the professor. I "It will be impossible for you to study so : much each day. Thne would be ju:t enough." But Mr. Cionifr.5; a-sined him he could take six and aasurinrjy &aid, "Now, you ; come f very day, professor, and I will take care of the rest. Wo shall get along all . riht." j The professor went, armed with grammars, j lexicons and commentaries, and seated in he ! library seeure from intrusion, begaa his teaching. Mark Twain listened patiently for I while and then said: "Yes, 1 know. That ! is all very interesting, but I want to know j how to say 'How do you do.' 'Good morn ing,' and such things. Tell me how you say j the names of the desk and table and chairs, j you know. Let us talk alxxit the things in i the room. There is time enough for gram- i mar, is there not, later, after I can talk?" Ic j was before the days of the "Natural Method," I and the good old teacher stored with aton- j ishment. He said such digressions would j never do, and pinned his pupil duwn to the j text with most creditable perseverance. I DISTRESSING DIVERSIONS. j At every lesson there was ingenious, and ! to the conscientious professor most distressing ' .. . . . . . n i diversions, ana tne lessons were none too regular, though Mark Twain insisted that the professor should come every clay. When there was no lesson, as began to be fre quently the case, he managed to get a great deal of Information and ent.i tainraent out of the conversation of the proVor, and in turn so interested and amused Jhs old gentleman that after a few futile attempts to stick to the grammar he gave it up and shook his sides in hearty enjoyment of the drolleries of his unmanageable scholar. One day, when the weather was fine, Mai k Twain endured a short quarter of an hour in the library, and then throwing his books j aside said: "Come professor, it Ls too pleasant j to stay in the house, let's go out into the : garden." With his conscience troubling him, j but unable to resist a chat in iho sunshine j and his pupil's happiest mood, ho followed to j a seat in an nrlxn- among the roses which j bloomed on every side. "Let'3 have a cigar," ! said the host; and when the smoke curled away over their heads Mr. Clemens said, "There! This is something like! This is my j way of studying German. Now wo will talk about the flower?. How do you call these ' roses, that vine, this tree.'" j ilr. Clemens insisted upon paying for six ' lessons a week, but to those who "know of hia erratic and at times original manner of study, I it seamed impossible that be could leam an'- ' thing of tht- language he desired to acquire. ! When, however, his subsequent fluency in ' conversation and his insight into the written I language apieared, there was a shrewd sus- j picion amoi-.g the friends of the old professor that he procured another, one more pliabla j ana reaay to contonn to his ideas and adding thereto, when, 110 one can imagine, a study of the dry details of the language, is now able to discuss it in a manner possible to few foreigners. So much for the story as it is told in society circles here. It is certainly characteristic! Florine Thayer McCray in Springfield Homestead. Watching the Turtles by Moonlight Making a Capture and Securing the CaptiTe The Hawk-Bill and the Carey The Egg. "Snakes- in the Temperance Cup. Sir Henry Thompson, the great English teetotaler physician, who refuses to treat any cne in illness who drinks alcoholic beverages, says, nevertheless, that the only water which is perfectly safe to drink, unless it has been boiled and filter-:!, is natural mineral water. In the shape of a wriggling worm, invisible to the eye, even when held to the light, and only to be detected by the microscope, a water drinker may have given more imma nent lodging to a snake than ever the hospit able whale gave to Jonah. But an animal cule will grow and thrive in the inside of t he indiscriminate water drinker who has swal lowed it until he feels it upon his vitals and exhausts his health and strength. The victim wonders why ho or she feels so much discom fort in the stomach, loses all appetite fr food or else grows ravenous, feels nervous, depressed and incapable of active duty. The unknown and unsuspected reptile stowaway, swallowed weeks or months before, in a glass of impure water, is the cause, and he who doubts the numerous cases on record of in anition, or suspension of life, and apparent death from this cause alone must be incapable of weighing evidence. I have known a young girl who died ap parently and remained cold and lifeless until put in her coffin, when her mouth opened and a small snako some few inches long, appeared. A French d.vlor, who attended to the case, was, fortunutely present, and drew the reptile out with his fingers. After a brief interval, the exhausted girl -gan to shudder, then opened her eyes and was thus rescued from being buried alive. I heard the siorv not only from her own lips, but from those of her father and mother, and have not the slightest doubt of its truth. Numbers of similar case are reported in medical journals. If ihe war swallowing of indigestible food will almost deprive a dyspeptic of the use of his ikn'.-s and brain, bow much more must a living reptile hi the stomach paralyze and suspend the func tions of the human body. Exchange. Harper's Bazar. The air was exquisitely soft and balmy, and the moon so brilliant that every fleet ing cloud was reflected in the clear water of Dolores bay, while the white sand or the shore glittered under our feet as we sauntered a!onj enjoying the beauty of the seen a Jn this peaceful bay. six miles from the eastern coast of Yucataa, the Spanish ships anchored nearly 400 years ago, and the conquerors named the place Island Mugeres, or Woman's island, because in the temples of the natives they found many images of women. One of those quaint sanctuaries still stands at the south point of the island on an eminence whose rocky foundation is being washed away atom by atom, by ever-secthiu-- waves that perpetually dash against it It is a deserted spot, the few inhabitants of the island all dwelling iu the village of Dolores, just in front of the bay. Their principal industry is fishing, and from the month of April to August, all their attention is given to turtle catch ing. So on that moon-light night as we strolled along the beach, men, women and children weeded their way to the north end of the island, where all was silent as the white tomb-stones in the village graveyard by which we passed, some hastening their steps as if they feared some departed friend might stalk forth in winding sheet i eachmg a place where thick bushes ! grew, not far from the water's edge, all j concealed themselves behfnd the bushes or in the shadows cast bv them, and I from their hiding place watched silently I lor me turtles, ihese pro ihe creatures j come to lay their eggs in the sand, never I failing to seiect a spot above high-water i mark, consequently at low tide they have to go a good wav up the beach. Having ! chosen a place they c.uicklv make a hole in the sand and deposit therein about 100 eggs, over which they agaiu put the sand, leaving the spot in appearance as they found it, so that no one would discover the nest but for the tracks of the turtle, which immediately returns to the water, leaving the eggs to be hatched by the heat of the sun; and in due time the little turtles make their way out and go straight way to the water. When the turtle begins to cover the eggs the people creep from their hiding place and cut oS her way to the water: then, when she starts toward them, they capture her and turn her over, not with " out trouble, for some weigh as much as LOO pounds. The tfap3 are then tied, and a mark set on the shell, so that when morning comes each party may know which they have captured. The family that catches two or three in a night is well satisfied. The turtles have formidable jaws, and it is necessary to keep one's hands well out of their reach, for they can break a man's limb as we can a match. As for conchs most abundant in those waters though the shell is hard to break with a hammer, the cahuamo easily cracks it, to cat the delicious contents. The cahuamo, or hawk bill, is the larg est kind of turtle, weighing from 200 to 50) pounds. Its fiesh tastes like good beef, but is generally left on the beach to rot and be consumed by buzzards, the people not being numerous enough to eat it all, though large quantities are dried and salted to be sold as jerked beef, borne people once went to considerable expense to preserve this meat, but we are told that it turned bad in the cans. The people gather the eggs, the fat, and the shell, though the last is worth so little that they do not always take the trouble to lift it from the beach; many are scattered over the sand. The eggs are considered a great delicacy, and taste very rich, but have a strange sandiness that is unpleasant to the palate. The carey (( helonia imbricata) is smaller and of more value. The least the islanders will take for the shell is two and a half or three dollars a pound; rather than accept less they will keep it in their house from one year to another. The carey, as well as the green turtle, is caught with harpoons and nets. The green tur tle is carried to British Honduras, where they are worth from $1.50 to $3.00 each, the shell not eiug used The poor creat ures are transported in small sailing ves sels, where they lie on their back on deck exposed to the "scorching sun, and once a day have buckets of water dashed over them to keep them alive. B. P. EHLEES & CO. 99 Fori Street, Have just oened a. new consignment of and SEASONABLE GOODS. Inspection Invited. 3 IRONMONGERS in V R If you want a fine CIGAIJ, try some 01 arrived at Straiton & Storm's, which have just IT f i3 i a 1 a w 1 1 ij 1J JjJjiO 1 iLil (V C0.S, . t. V---. wt li .f r - ?! 2n :k w goods Just Keceived. COISCORD LAMP ATTACHMENT A ne Oil Store Which can be used on a amnion lamp-burner. NEW LAMP GOODS At very low prices. 109 Fort Street. Latest Improved Burner A fine line of G LASS Ar j JRH Entirely new to this market. iPOCall and examine our novelties. - 1 73 ri. E. AT el n tyre fc J3ro. IMrORTKRS AND DEALKKS IN Grioceriesi Pro visions and Feed. EAST CORNKR FORT AND KING S5TREKT8. New Goods received by every jjacitet from the Enstern States and Europe, reah California Produce by every sieainer. A II orders faithfully attended to. and Goods delivered to any part of the city free of charge. Island orders solicited. Satisfaction guaranteed. Postotlice Box No. 145 Telephone No. j2 api7 M. W. McCHESNEY & SONS, 42 and 41 Queen St.. HONOLULU. 43 Clay Street, SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. Importers and Wholesale Grocers. A FULL LINE OF 1S76. GEO XT 1 W. LINCOLN. 1886. Hj D Jh 1t . 75 and 77 Kin.o- Street, Honolulu 65 3Iutua! Telephone Xo. 65. WINE & SPIRIT MERCHANT CAMPBELL'S FIBE-PROOF BLOCK, chant Street, Honolulu. KEEPS THE The .Spoiling the Itahy. Common scuso indicates if babies were not rocktHland coddled they would never have occasion to grieve or lament wbrxi these at tentions w-ero withdrawn. Commence rihlly and save yourself an immenso amount of in covtnienco or worry. A little determina tion, a great amount of patience nd it is ao complibhcd. The. child will not o-ly levarn that he is to go (juietly into his crib to sleep, but also the realization will gradually steal into his little mind that his wiab cannot a 1 waya be uti o!jHt Ix fore w hich parent-, relar tives, every UhIv must bow assent. Try tha plan, and i( it i well your buby ,:i not cry lUtolf into convulsions. AtlaiiU Coa.titu- Health of College Girls. IN. E. Medical Monthly. The investigations which have been conducted by the Massachusetts bureau of labor have resulted in some interesting facts regarding the health of female stu dents. The commonly accepted opinion that mental labor, if at all severe or long continued, is prejudicial to health, is here refuted by statistics derived from various sources. Iu one case, of 705 returns made, it was found that 78 per cent, of the women graduates heard from were in good health. L'pon entering college the health of 0 per cent, was below par. After gradua tion, impaired health was only 17 per cent., showing that the physical condi tion of the student became improved un der the restrictions and requirements of college life. Those whose health was not good suf fered chieliy from nervous diseases It was also found that girls from the coun try do not make as good a showing as re gards health as those who were natives of cities. Although these statistics are looked upon b. the advocates of higher education of women as conclusive evi dence, we cannot admit that they are suf ficiently large or complete to convey much weight. The variation in physical condi tion, before and after the acquirement of a collegiate education, was onlv 3 per cent This fact, which is the one from which any conclusion can be drawn, might be the result of improved hygienic surroundings, both mental and physical, making the ellect of study itseif wholly negative iu character. The "Coon Bo iu" in South Carolina. i hiea ro Ttm?.i The "coon boom" is now on in South Carolina, and the colored ?opu!ation are especially ail'ected by it. The devotees of the sport are easily recognized, as appears by the annexed from The Carolina spar tan: " When you see au old-time darkev, with one gallus on, a horn worn smooth with long use, a sharp ax sticking out at his shirt eol ar behind, a business-looking half hound that puts on no airs, a bob tailed yeller cur. considerably scarred up. and a half-grown pup tha't he carries along to see if he won't lam some sense,' you may know that he U oiur a -ooi ttuntinir.' . Hawaiian Inlands Finest anil Best Assorted Stock niE MARKET. Sole Agent of the X. CaV w c X X v X X CP X XVix JOS. SCHLITZ' HILWAUZ22 ZZZZ. oalieland nurin (Ta.t Ke.sjectmlly solicits patron- and sruarantees com plete satisfaction to all aue FRANCISCO NATIONAL BREWING CO. SAN FRANCISCO. S. LACHMA1T & CO.'S CALIFOHNIA WINZS. A. P21TKHAUSE1T & CO., WHISKIZS, &c.f S. Delmonico and Veuve Cliquot Champagnes. STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES. COFFEES, TEAS -AINTD SPICES. Plantation Stores, Salmon, Beef, Pork, Flour. Beans, Bread, etc. Fresh arrivals by every steamer and sailing vessel. Special inducements offered to Portuguese Traders, in a variety of Fresh Goods especially suited to their wants. HIGHEST CASH PRICE PAID FOR Dry and Green Hides and Goat Skins LARGEST ASSORTED STOCK OF GROCERIES ON THE ISLAND. HAY and GKRAlTIN 42 ant 44 Qumii Ktreet, Honolulu. 6-I-my22-ly i 3 O T-T V NOT T, a. Stores, Ranges and Housekeepins GiiO'.ls. Plumbing, Thi, Copper and Sheet Iron Work W. P EACOCK 7 &C0. Wholesale Wine and Spirit Merchants, 23 XlTASl' STHEET, HOXOLILI', II. I. Have just received ex CERASTES, HERCULES and other late arrivals direct from Europe, G. II. Mumm's 1887. do do "Extra Dry" Champagne. "Dry Vepenay" Champagne. In Pints and Quarts. MELCHEirS "ELEPHANT" GIN In 'are clear crystal bottles, 5 gallons rer case. CASES J. D. K. & Z. GIN Each 20 1'Ottlea, 4 4-5 gallons. J. J. Pellisson's 10-year-old Brandy And a full assortment of the most favorite brands of ALES, WINES AND LIQU0BS, P. O. BOX 502. Which are offered for sale at lowest rates. 7Mai:Iltf TELEPHONES o. 46. A III IN 1 I0W READY. Fourth Year of Publication. TELE HONOLULU J A n A A7 Ti rT D in lain n r t iilJL 17 J 11 Fuxj 1 J 11 J 1887J For the Year of Our Lord 1887, Containing an Astronomical, Civil & Ecclesiastic'l Calend r FOR THE YEAR AN. Official and Business Directory of Hon oln In TOGETHER WITH I E"WIS & CO.. 111 Fort Sret. Iiiitorf er and Denier in Staple and P'rmcy Grocerie: FRESH GOODS Iy ovt-ry stoamer from California, and always on hand, a full and complete line of T3xjovisioiis, Etc. Etc. 61 Satisfaction guaranteed. Telephone No. 240. P. O. Box No. 29?. Full Statistical and General Intoxication RELATING TO THE HAWN ISLANDS, Great pains and expense have been gone to by the Publishers to make this Almanac and Directory the meet nsftful ml l siye work of the kin, ever published in the Hawaiian Kingdom. It will be found invaluable to men of business, travelers and touriVs and is guaranteed a wide circulation at Home and in Foreign Couul tries. & moment" mChl1 Calentlar carefullv corrected to the latest Articles ol special value to the Islands have pert writers, whicn are well calcul their condition aa.i prospect abroad. his nave neen prepared hv pv. calculated to beL'et LTe:it infarct Semi in your orders for copies early. htttteriint tu l.Lut eiTct for you to Sole Agent Hawaiian lsianas. if t ' 'i )Wl.MIV.'l'l'll'WWl',,j':"'"