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PACIFIC COMMERCIAL . ADVERTISER, OCTOBER 1, 1887,
A SAVAGE BALLET. Motley Multitudes and Barbarous Festivi ties in the City of Tangier. The feast of Mohammed's birthday has recently taken place here, and, in deed, it took place rather unexpectedly. The prophet's birth was on the ninth day of the month of Molud, and it is the cus tom to begin the celebration on the first day of the month and keep it up for ten days. Now, the Mohammedan 'month is the lunar month, and it is the duty of the Bashaw, or Governor, to proclaim the beijinnins: of Molud when he, or some solid citizen in whom he has con fidence, has seen the young moon. Thi3 year, acting on uncertain information, the Bashaw started the festivities a day or rather a night ahead of time. During all this period, preliminary to the celebration of the 9th. the country people are flocking into Tangier, com ing generally by villages, or if from greater distances by "kabylcs" or tribes, and they are to be seen coming along the beach in crowds composed of men mounted on horses or mules, or riding side-saddle on small donkeys, or on foot and all carrying guns, generally long flint-locks of Moorish make, and with these main' women, some with babies slung over their shoulders. Where all the people slept I do not know; there were many tents on the market place, and you could see men sleeping in the streets at night, but the majority NATIONAL LIBRARY AT WASHINGTON. must have gone bar a distance into the country at nightfall. In the day, time this crowd was very interesting to watch. The different tribes have dis tinguishing marks. For instance, the "Hill" men shave all the head except the space above and behind the right ear, where they wear a tuft or cue. Others leave a tuft on top, and so on. These countrymen are the descendants of the barbarians, the Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans found. here, and are not of the race of their conquerors, the Arabs. That there has not been much admixture of blood is apparent in. tlreir features and color, which, though sun-darkened, is uniform in the race, and has not shades fiom white to black, which marriage with negro slaves have generated among the Arabs. Some of the foreign ministers and residents have tents put up at the head of the slope and invite their friends to witness the performance. The view from one" of these tents, where I was, was very striking. In the foreground a dense moving crowd; dark moun taineers, with their long guns and their arsenals of pistols ?nd daggers; women shrouded in coarse sacking, exposing only an eye and tl bit of a nose to view; grave, bearded Moors in white haiks, as they call the vast white folds they put over their other raiment and turban; Jews in their long gaberdines; m the middle distance the town of Tan gier, its white cube of houses rising like a pile of child V blocks, to the Kas bah or citadel, and in the distance the blue entrance to the Mediterranean, Bounded by the Spanish hills, and thirty miles off, the rock of Gibraltar, show ing clearly against the eastern sky. The mountaineers indulge in much powder play, constant discharges, sometimes so near that as the guns are discharged on the ground the gravel is blown into erne's face. One savage ballot I noticed; about twenty of these ruffians, divided into two platoons, face each other, and at tfce sound of pipe &.nd drum dance for ward and back, passing through each ether's lines, brandishing their guns high in the air, until at a point in the dance when one platoon gives a wild briek, reversing the muzzles of the gtens to the groiuM, and giving a si multaneous leap in the air, they fire off their guns all together. Then this platoon runs off to an attendant who stands by with an open bag of powder to reload, and its place is taken in the tfance by a fresh troop. I saw this thing kept up for an hour, to the in tense delight of performers and audi pnee. The feet and legs of some of the participants werebleedingfrom wounds vja.de by careless discharge of guns, but this was quite disregarded. Gen erally some eyes are put out and some lTyes lost by explosions in these cele brations. Tangier Cor. Bosto?i Tran ttrtpt. Saved by a Horse. Hare and Curious Works Queer Old Bibles Valuable Autographs. The National library contains many rare and curious works. It has some of the most valuable books ever published in America, and among these is the first American Bible printed in European tongue in this country. It is a, German Bible, which was printed' at Germantown in 1743 and which Mr.,Spofford bought at a book auction about two years ago. It is kept in a box like case in one of the alcoves of the ground floor, and is truly a curiosity. Though not as thick as Web ster's Dictionary, it weighs about as much, and though printed over 120 years ago, it is still in good condition. It is about six inches thick and eight inches wide, by ten or twelve inches long. It is bound in oak boards, covered with a rich brown leather, and on it3 corners there are heavy brass bosses, with little heads jutting out of them to keep the leather from resting'bn the table. Its cla3ps are of leather, with brass fasteners, and its paper, now yellow with age, is printed in queer old German type. . The first page is in colors, and on the fly leaves there are several genealogical records. It was originally owned by a German, but in 17 VS it was bought by Enoch Rittenhouse, a member, I doubt not, of the old Kitten house family of Philadelphia. Another Bible that the library has is that printed for the Indians by John Eliot in 1GG3. This is the first Bible printed in xmerica. It was printed in Cambridge, and in the Indian tongue. The library has a chapter devoted to Bibles, and the chapter of theological works is the largest one in the library. I looked at this big bookcase of Bibles the other day; they are of all sizes and shapes, from the little vest pocket edition to one big enough almost for a mounting block for horses. They are in all dialects and languages, and the Chinese Bibles look like so many bunches of manilla wrapping paper. The print of these Bibles is as queer as the languages in which they are printed, and they have every style of types, from the illuminated script of the monks of the middle ages to the common print of to-day. The manuscripts of the National library include many valuable autographs. Among them are two autograph journals of George Washington, one of which was made during Braddook's expedition and one in 1787, at Mt. Vernon. Here is a private journal of Arthur Lee while he was minister to France, at the break ing out of the revolution, and there are two volumes of an original military jour nal of Maj. Gen. Greene, written now over 100 years ago. The National library was founded about 1801, and the first instalment of books was carted to Washington in trunks. They were ordered from London, and they cost altogether $5,000. Frank G. Carpenter in The Cosmopolitan. Soda Water for Everybody. Mono lake is another sheet of water that is full of soda, borax, and other minerals in solution. The waters of both Owens and Mono lakes is a natural deter gent. The dirtiest and greasiest of cloth ing is made clean in half a minute by simply rinsing the article in the lakes. It lathers naturally when agitated. When there is a high wind a wall of suds three or four feet in height is seen along that shore upon which the waves beat." This quivering wall in which are seen all the oolors of the rainbow and as many beau ties as are shown by the kaleidoscope would grow to a height of ten or twelve feet before toppling over, but that when it attains a certain height the wind catches it up and wafts great balls of it far inland. Some of these floating balloons of lather are as big as a flour barrel. As the pre vailing winds are from the west, all vege tation on the eastern shore of the lakes is killed for a distance of many rods. When there are unusally high winds the' balls of suds are blown so far inland es to reach cluuips of willows and other bushes, the leaves of which are then seen to be scorched as though by fire. The water, just as it comes from the lakes, would make an excellent shampoo .for the use of barbers; and the solid matter resulting from evaporation would make a fine washing powder for laundry use. Vir ginia City Enterprise. A gentleman in Massachusetts once told me the following story; and the style of the man should be mentioned as part of the scene. The narrator was tall and muscular, of manly, almost r.flble presence. He said: "I once cwed my life to the good will of a horse, and it was thus: I was farming in Ver mont. It was winter; the ground was covered with deep snow. That snow was coated with a hard, sharp crust. I was driving in a sleigh a pair of frorses. At a place in the road, where but a single track had been broken, and where to turn out into the cutting icy crust would give pain to horse and trouble to man, I met an old couple driving a single horse in a cutter. I tried to turn my horses out into the crust. They would not turn out. I Jumped out and took them by the bits to compel them. One of them sprang upon me, threw me down in the deep Snow and knelt on 1113- breast. 1 was helpless; I could not stir. I thought my end had come, when my other horse seized her mat by the cheek wth her teeth, pulled him off from me and held him till I got up and was safe. Then with voice and movement she showed joy and delight as plainly as erer did man or woman." Swiss Cross. Fiction Must Be Interesting:. When all is said and done the first busi ness of fiction is to interest. If this busi ness be accomplished in a seemly manner, without any violation of decency aud mo rality, (to be sure, there is much virtue in this if!) there can be no right reason for complaint. The late George Henry Lewes was not, perhaps, an extremely wise man, but he made one very sensible observation on this head. 4 'If an author, ' ' he wrote once in an essay on Dickens, "if an author makes me laugh he is humorous; if he makes me ciy he is pa thetic. In vain will any one tell me that such a picture is not laughable, is not pa thetic; or that I am wrong in being moved." Beyond this there is no pass ing. Mr. Lowell (and you and I, good reader, with hini) may prefer, when we settle down in our arm chairs with a book in our hands, to be taken out of ourselves and away from our neighbors, as far as this psychical transportation is possible those neighbors, whom in the flesh we are always so glad to see, and whose affairs we are never weary of dis cussing. But if our neighbors tliink dif ferently, so let them think. Macmillan's Magazine. itobflrfistrntnts. Mcrtistmntts. jsew goods ! new goods ! PACIFIC HAEDWABE CO., L'd, EHLEES & CO. IRONMONGERS ISTJiW It is agreed among all the doctors who have studied the Indian that Nature made him so he couldn't catch cold. This allows him the privilege of running out nights in all sorts of weather and enjoying cold feet. Leather Shoes for Horses. The day will come when the present mode of protecting the foot of the horse will be discovered to be a mistake. Its horny substance was never intended to be pierced by nails. No wonder that so many horses fall lame and are perpetually ruined. We wrere recently shown a horse shod in leather. It struck us an excellent idea and worthy of adoption. We should not be surprised that leather shoes had superseded shoes of iron. If, however, iron be a necessity, let it be nailed on the leather shoe. Now, shoe makera please get up a .Jieat set, and show them to all your horsey friends. Don't take "no" for an answer; stick to them till you have overcome their preju dices. When you have succeeded apply to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals for a medal, and if they decline to give you one be content to know that you have done more good than the society in question with all its wealth. Scotch Paper. . . 99 Fort Street, Have just opened a new consignment of and SEASONABLE. GOODS. Inspection lnvited.-jg OIGrA 8 If you want a fine CIGAR, try some of Straiton & Storm's, which have arrived at just 0LLISTER C0.S, Jp'- mitiwnlifiiMiirinr--fr ? Lm fif Sr. NEW GOODS Just Received. CONCORD LAMP ATTACHMENT A Kerosene Oil Stove Which can be used on a common lamp-burner. NEW LAMP At very low prices. GOODS Latest Improved Burners. A fine line of GLASSWARE Entirely new to this market. CT'Call and examine our noveltieH. 0 109 Fort Street. 73 M. W. McCHESNEY & SONS, H. JE. 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