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The Dillon tribune. [volume] (Dillon, Mont.) 1881-1941, July 10, 1886, Image 6

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(The Diilon (Tribune.
The voice had a strange charm—enfee-:
bled, broken, as if growing aged, ir never
theless reached jny fifth story in caressing
modulations anil an exquisite sweetness
of tone.
1 did not see the singer: but I imagined
him to be old and melancholy. He accom
panied himself upon a guitar, whose low
notes rendered still more sad the Lament |
of Mignon.
That matinal romance floated into my
room together with a merry beam of -ini- !
light. When ne had finished the tirst
couplet, the mau pit used: l waited to hear;
the inevitable recital of ids misfortunes.
But he said nothing, and sat is lied himself
with simply tuning his guitar: Ite was
certainly an extraordinary mendicant, i
who snug really well, and trusted himself,
Without the least plea, to public gener
1 felt desirous to see tills original char-j
net er, and to satisfy myself whether my j
surmise had been correct, and whether!
the physiognomy of the man bore any re
lation to the physiognomy of his voice.
Between the slats of the Venetian blinds ;
1 caught sight of him- tricked out in « ;
frock-coat of a pitiable green color, bis
face all crevased with wrinkles: distance
made him look even more iliin and frail
than he really was; he could not have been
less than 50 years of age; long white locks ;
fell, like snow, from beneath his bat upon
his lient shoulders; from above, 1 • mild see
his thin lingers twanging the strings „ft be
guitar, aud the tendons oi bis wrist seemed
like cords moving under the yellow skin.
He intoned tin* second couplet of the 1
romance: all the chattering and all the
laughter were hushed at once hi every ;
stcry of the building. lu the limpiditv of i
the morning air the voice rose up. vibrant j
as with ihe keeping-back of tears and the
restrains! of heart-throbs; it floated up [
from the black depth of the court, as a J
thin curl of incense ascends from t in.- abar.i
even to tin-vault of the church. Iv.en i
such is the sound in a sweet plaint, com- |
ing from the interior of a distant sand u- j
ary. !
Just opposite nu- the fastening of a win
dow squeaked; and iu the stone frame
work of tile aperture, fastened by a elimii
ing convolvulus, the face of an old woman
appeared; behind my Venetian blind, w il h
otit fear of being seen, I could watch ibis
singular creature, whom I had already
passed ou the stairway several times. Her
weary face was lighted up with a smile,
with the Hash of teeth still pretty, anil the
sparkle of two gray eyes, still bright with j
mischief. Her hair, white, curled, vapory
looking, stood out hushily about her fore
head; she looked like one of these alle
gorical representations of Winter imagined
by the painters of the eighteenth century,
in which the snow is made as pretty as an
April meadow, and in which the north
wind blows witli the tepidness of spring.
She leaned out dreamily, listened to lie
termination of the song, and dropped her
obolus to tlie singer.
Tlie musician had deposited his guitar
in a corner of the yard; lie bent down
thankfully under tlie rain of coppers; lie
went on all fours,—showing thaï his spine
was still supple—carelessly plunging bis
lingers into the gutter-water, and stowing
away, in the pocket of his tattered mantle,
the offerings of the poor.
Then, when lie had picked up and opened
all the many-colored little paper packets,
which hail fallen iirouud him with a me
tallic chink—feeling pleased with his re
ceipt, he rose up, lifted his face toward
the upper windows, and bowed his thanks,
not all awkwardly. My old neighlior con
tinued to ga/.e in the yard, with a some
what iudilferpiit uir, when her eyes sud
denly met those of the musician. I saw
her baud clutch the liar ou which she
leaned: she lient forward over the void, as
if she was about to throw herself down—a
sudden ilusli made her face all pink—her
lips quivering, hud opened, and seemed
about to utter a word, when the guitar
sang again under the lingers of the mu
To gratify the public iu return fortheh
attention aud generosity, the man was go
lug to regale us with u second piece, of liia
repertory. Tlie guitar muttered a sombre
prelude, then the singe - intoned a song of
the tavern keeper Gir.it iu the Pre-au.v
"The meeting of the noble company
Upon tlie charming spot. '
His voice, awhile before so melancholy,
now detailed with merry emphasis all tlie
charms of that famous enclos where life
was passed—
"To celebrate with wine and love:-''
1 listened, ravished by the correct ness of
Ins method—stupefied at finding such
marvelous skill la the person of that
ragged and shabby mendicant.
On the other side of Hie yard the old
woman was also listening:-, but ! saw that
great tears were streaming from her eyes
—no outburst of those miserable tears
which seem like ihe blood ot the soul, but
a beneficent dew of weeping; and wit h her
crumpled white hair, and the happy emo
tion of her face, she looked really charm
ing. in spite of her wrinkles.
When the guitarist, compelled to sing
the duo all by himself, hud come to the
part of "Xicette:" "And I shall be the vill
age belle"—suddenly the old woman
stretched out her arms, and littered the
phrase with all the force of her lungs.
For the moment l was seized with a
nervous laugh. -She is mad.'—she is
mad"—from all tlie lower windows startled
faces were strained toward her; but the
old woman seemed neither to see nor to
hear anything. Her lace, illuminated by
emotion, shone iu tin- green-shadowed re
cess of tlie window:— the light and delicate
notes fell from her mouth like pearls. I
do not know what unfamiliar enthusiasm
seized me as 1 savored the perfume of the
music-vague as that of a faded flower; a
fraternal accord had suddenly become es
tablished between those two voices: you
would have thought,!hat after a lapse of
years they were calling to each other iu
order to make themselves known: they
melted—one into thé other, intertwined,
larressin;; and warm;— the man stopped
of his own accord when Xieette's turn
came in.
llis eyes, looking up, where seeking
where that friendly voice came from;
then, mastering Ids own emotion, as wit h
a quick inspiration, lie would take up the
phrase himself at the right place: and t he
beautiful melody rolled out, light and joy
ous—leaping. intoxicated with laughter—
the deep voice of the tavern-keeper: tile
pretty outbursts ol Xicette.
And when the last note had flown away,
two cries intercrossed through the silence: ;
"Kugeilie Danton! Come up! '
And tiie musician rushed up Hie stair
way like the wind:
The old woman was waiting for him
upon the landing. He reached ir almost
reeling--all pale with the intense joy that
strained at his heart -and fell sobbing into
the arms held out to him. Whar a long,
long kiss slu- gave hint! She took the
poor «. lb fellow's head tit her hands; and ;
wir is a sweet heart's fondling, he- lip.i i
from tlie singer's eyes to his lips, from ids
forehead to his while hair. Too happy to :
speak they looked each other in the face, :
and at last cmthl find nothing to snv but
one phrase, which they repeated over and
over again:
"IVlnif !—is it really thee!'"
Then, as if to console each other for their
mutual decrepitude, they murmured, al- :
most at tlie same time:
"Thou hast not aged so much after all!" ;
Anil yet their embarrassed manner j
seemed to give the lie to what their lips
aflirmed. Then a great pain, succeeding
to the lirst joy of meeting, strangled the
words iu each throat; the man glanced
furtively at the poor dress of the pretty old
woman, and the chill poverty of the cham
ber: six* on tlie other hand, could not take
her eyes away from the wretched tatters
of lier friend. They had sat down together
beside each other, hand in linnd; anil she,
at last, embarrassed by that silence, preg
nant with gloomy thought, ventured to
•<Mi! What a condition I lind thee in,
my poor Mariaui!"
lie smiled a painful smile, anil said:
"Yes; it is not brilliant! Times are baril;
one must live, and I must sing iu the
courts and alleys; I now sing for ü coppers
the songs that folks once paid 'i louis to
hear. 1 struggled a long time; 1 wore out
the little voice left me upon the stages of
the most obscure theatres. If tlie ascent
lo glory is rapid, tile descent is almost as
sudden; I fell from disillusion to disillu
sion, into misery and hunger; I live now
upon the bread flung to me. How we
wusi our good luck while it lusts! Hut
thou—wlmt hast thou become!' lias life
dealt as harshly with thee as with me?"
The old woman did not answer: with
one «1 roll gesture she called his attention
to tin* naked room, the enrtainless win
dow. the narrow bed of iron, the few frail
"See ami judge! My lust admirer be
queathed me all tiiis splendor, and a little
revenue of a.tKM livres. I live on that,
alone and forgotten. All! why did 1 ever
leave thee? How happy we might have
been! 1 loved thee so much!—but—! was
a woman!"
Tin* old woman's broken voice borrowed
from her heart new tenderness of tone as i
she mourned the happiness forever lost. |
We held our happiness in our own [
hands." lie answered: "but we opened them
mil let it fly away. Why did 1 love an
ut her?"
And both, in chorus, repeated the query
"Yes, why?"
They held their peace again; one migb,
have thought that, they were reading, iu
their memories, the blotted pages of tlie
past: doubtless both saw themselves again
in fancy upon tlie stage of the Opera Com
ique, lie as the tavern keeper of the !*rc
aux-Clercs, in his line maroon coat with
yellow slashes; she, uli coquettishly pretty,
in lier role of bride. Then, as now, hand
in linnd 1 bey advanced to the footlights
Their clear young voices gushed out in
merry melody; tHe public overwhelmed
them with applause: the men roared
"Bravo!" the women flung their gifts upon
ihe stage—flowers and ribbons.
"Adieu! I must go; 1 liuve not yet earned
tuy breakfast!" the guitarist suddenly ex
( laimed, rising up.
The old woman hail also risen; as lie
neared the door she wrapped him iu her
•Remain!" she said; "what is enough for
one will suit for two; should we get very
hungry we can sing, Remain!"
He hesitated—afraid of allowing himself
in understand.
" Bernai n!" she said. "1 am not one of
those despairing people who see nothing
lie fore them but grief and pain. Life is
sweet when we love; and we love, ilo we
not, Mariaui?"
Then, as if she had divined me hidiug
there, the indiscreet witness of her unhap
piness, tlie old woman shut her Window;
but not so that 1 could, not long after hear
•heir voices, singing in unison the cele
brated ballad:
"The memories of youth
Are eugraven on my heart."
George Danipt—Times-Ueniocrat Trans
The Home of tlie PI mills.
Miss Jennie Flood's chamber is a coun
terpart of that of Marie Antoinette, all the
appointments being after the Marie An
toinette style in maple with bird's-eye pau
■Hings. The mural decoration is of a cream
color on all silk brocade ground. The
f reize and ceiling are alike copies of the
Marie Antoinette chamber. In harmony of
color design the lied aud window curtains
and furnit ure coverings are in embroidered
•1ertrio blue. A mixed blue and dun Ax
minster carpet of the best French make
•overs t lie floor.
Quite a contrary style and line is the
apartment of Mrs. Flood. Here the low
tone of color prevails in the maliogony
woodwork: the dull blue carpet and tapes
tries. tlie heavy dark canopy over the an
tique four-poster bed and the exquisitely
hand-painted tiles on the facings of the
subdued but elaborately carved mantel.
This is the highest type of the early French
Mr. Flood's room is iu antique oak of
I lie massive Knglish cut. Canvas in high
relief aud hand-painted adorns the walls
between wainscot and frieze, it is a beau
i iful "age green of modest patterns of large
foliage design. . All of these rooms have
furnishing of the costliest workmanship in
desks, settees, chairs, tables, etc., anil all
uf entirely independent style ami execu
tion.- San Francisco Alta.
Owners of trout streams iu the Cats
kills arc doing much toward restocking
them tortlic henctii of summer boarders.
Alcohol a- » t'niisimiptive Cure.
Professor A. B. Palmer, discussing tilt
action of alcohol upon ilie lungs, declares
there arc no stal istics—no recorded ob-<n -
valions and comparison of numbers u,
cases —which all'ord the slightest indica
tion that the use of alcohol in any form
or quantity (irevents consumption.
The Losses of Puuisdhin I orest».
Canadians are beginning to worry over
their loss of forests. Iu the more thickly
settled part of Ontario only 10 percent, of
woodland remains, and wells must now
be dug to the depth of forty or fifty feet
where formerly water could be reached at
six. - Chicago Herald.
aie at the
Put Un to Order on Short Notice.
Quartz location blanks--large or small.
Water right location blanks.
Bargain and sale deeds.
Warranty deeds.
Chattel mortgages.
Summons—Justice's court.
Executions—Justice's court.
Subpii'ims—Justice's court. ■
Miitiinu—Justice's court.
Affidavit of Attachment—Justice's court.
Garnishees—notice of.
Promissory notes—several styles.
Blank shipping tags printed to order.
Blank programmes and folders.
Stock receipts—Botmd the long way for
office use. also, tlie short way for conve
nience of earn ing in the pocket.
Blank tablets, for counter or pocket use,
also, put up to order on short notice.
Ruled cardboard, for placing under un
ruled paper when writing.
Letter heads, note heads, statements, etc.
neatly tableted without extra charge; and
blotters added at cost of putting them on.
Fine blotting hoard kept in stock and cut
to any desired size.
Mourning note and envelopes in stock
and printed to order.
Everything in the
prices for cash.
printing line at cash
Th • tondent anti moat piercingly «brill
whistle or it-* tizo made. Can be heard up ^
to out* mile. The exact. t*ize of a
AO fait bn* V. S. Government t
IÎ1ÎÎ;* Cartridge. Murteofbu
uU'*.;*«l lira«« with nickel
iMi'let. In vulmthlc us» >
'"i* tea in *t erm
turifïin**. «port *inon ■%#'.
fch<; ,.'d who -visa lo
•»rru if nr louât
every o t> »• w u »
sees it uaut* it.
You ahonlil liuve
To introduce otir
ftill. expensive, ami In*
creating catalogue«*
gutia* knivcm noveltlea* and
it «il m article*, we will tlii.«
hi-tlf ntid ea:itlnguu by mail, |*>*l
■„ • l. ,r J , * l L v cent» iu «tamp». »Ad
i Kt: N N I fc A ALLMAN MVU.
r»5 Filbert (Street. Fhlladelabl^ F "naT
^every descriR^ 0 ^'
0 'X SttORT NOr/Q.
(r'tÜiäÖ; --
Bill Hsiiils, tetter Heads Not« Ueiul*.
Stntements, Posters, Handbills,
Circulars. Catalogues and
Price Lists, Cards.
Meal Tickets,
Hunkers' Blanks,
.Wedding and Ball .Stationery,
and in faet everything usually
turned out at a -lot, Printing Office,
Villi 1-ess
fail. I
more money tlun at anything else by tak
ing an agency lor the best selling book
out. Beginners succeed grandly. None
terms free. Hallet Hook Co., Portland,
Scientific American
ar Weekly nor
M X?; ini. x .'.
Oftict» find îu.vt* |>r»jv
.Cite Hun cl rod Th'
ip apssü
Lv Ü Ifea Sia ua* « ^ 8sw B u Ücu sLi; £ § j
MkS. L. KUPFER, inj«,
The N\ altliam h. speti
Also earrv a large and welUei^j
<•! all descriptions.
Fine and complicated Watch work solicited from ill ,
try. All work warranted tor u ne year.
. Also carry the largest stock of all makes of SHOT (irve
_ Hunting and Sporting Goods of all kinds at Wholesale an d Retail,
Miners' Supplies Generally ! !
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The First National Bank
A ntliori zed Ca |> 1 1 al.................$!JOO,OUO
Caiillal luilit in.........................30,000
Surplus and I'mllls,................ *>3,000
Howard Shiikkk, J'lc-siilent.
IIi'.nkv Bi ri kind, Vice President,
b F. Winn., Lhislfli I
Ohio Ri.i.mm. Ass t Cashier,
tii o. L. Situpp, Hi nrv Kmi*i»kxbk..o.
Lkonakh Ei.ii:i„ |<hin C. Brkwrr,
!:. I'.'l'i.RRts.
Exchange Bought and Sold. Deposits received
subject to check on demand. Interest allowed on
time deposits.
Principal Correspondents t
Chase National Bank, New York.
Continental National Bank, Chicago.
OmahaNational Bank, Omaha,
wells, Fargo St Co„ San Francisco.
" CO" J
Milwaukee Brick Yi
L-i-.-d l.ri.k . hi
pureil to i|imtc pri
on! i|u:lli'v Hu- t";u:
to state I an
it in Hi ! ii hi i
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sijuarc ami
iegillilutc ■
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•e the lurtt'.l
in knoc ! .cil
prives. 1
lmyy. iil.-n.
1.1 Ml. ill -
<|uantiti(*s 1
or sulc.
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Dillon. Mu"'»"
Brlclc < 5 b Stout
l> I I. 1.0 N . M U N TA* 1
nut v«l »
Screen Doors ? Windois
8 Ä ° ** ! ..
Lower End of Montana*^^
at the tribune offi«-

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