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INDIAN MATCHMAKING. CONSUMATE TACT AND SKILL OF THE HINDOO GHATUCK. A Man of Apparent Learning, Compliant Manners anti Great Persunsive Powers— How a Marriage Is Negotiate«! by the Matrimonial Go-Between. The ghatuck, or matchmaker, is gener ally a Bn:him of high order—a man of ap parent It.'"inn?:, compliant manners, and invariable jf great persuasive powers. His disposition is as amiable as his occupation is please His strength lies in the use of the pari.LUlnr kind of tact and skill neces sary to all intermediaries, and iie is not much « ected by scruples of conscience. Genealogy and pedigree are his specialty. He ca - ypeat everyboc y's father's, grand father's, great-grandfather's names, and so on to thirteenth generation: a.id hu has at his fingers'ends all ubout their caste, gotra or tribe, their quality and position, and the hundred other details about which the Hindoos are very particular. The ghatuck lias great pretensions to a know ledge of Sanskrit, though on the first test he breaks down. But it does not in the least mat .1 to him. Hellas a stock of Sanskrit pi- ises and commonplaces stored up in his emory; and these he delivers in so m.v ly a fashion that tiie ordinary folk gape at him with wonder. NEGOTIATING A MAlilUAGE. There comes of a morning a Brahmin ghatuck to the house of his patron, tvho.se son's marriage he is negotiating. He has a tall, thin face, with the tilac or caste mark on his high forehead, large, round eyes of a culm, meditative cast, though betraying in their corners au unusually sly expression, finely turned eye brows, an aquiline nose, and a beardless chin. His placid countenance has a certain charm, and his look inspires respect for his talents and confidence in his abilities. After the usual exchauge of salutations the master of the house asks the ghatuck whether everything is all right, and how he finds the girl; upon which the latter answers in this style: "Yes, sir, every thing is all right. The girl is beautiful as the full moon; even the moon has spots, but she Is spotless and peerless. Her teeth are sparkling, like the seeds of a pomegranate; her arched, bright, black eyes beat those of Kama (Hindoo Cupid); her voice is sweet, like that of a cuckoo; her gait is dignified and graceful, like that of an elephant; and, as to her figure, I know nothing to compare it with. She is intelligent, like the goddess Saraswati (Hindoo Minerva), and talks like Lakshmi (the goddess of fortune), and will cer tainly bring bright fortune to any family Bhe may be connected with." With a twinkle in his eye, his patron interrupts him with the question whether the girl really is handsome and intelligent; then the ghatuck bursts forth: "Kam, Dnrga, Hari, Siva, Brahma, Yislinoo—do you think I am joking with you? A man like me, descended from Brahma himself, never jokes. Satyam eva jayate—truth is ever victorious. Why, sir, you would nol. find such a perfect match for your noble son in these three worlds. And then the girl's parents are willing to bestow such a lot of things as her dowry—a whole house hold of tilings. What can you have better?" The conversation goes on in this style until the hesitations of the parent are overcome. The matchmaker, well satis fied with his performance, departs for the horse of the lady. There he represents the young man to be beautiful like Kartic (the god of beauty); his manners are those of a nobleman; he is free from all vices; he studies day and night. In short, he is.a precious gem—an oruameut of hU country. SETTLEMENT OP THE LAST POINT. To the questions whether the young man has passed any university examina tions, whether he holds any scholarship, and what degree he has taken, the gha tuck replies: "He has not passed any ex amination yet; but what does that mat ter? Bless his dear soul, he will pass all his examinations in three years; and then his parents are so rich and have promised to give sncii a mass of priceless ornaments and jewelry!" Then comes a difficulty on the settlement of the last point; or the mother of the girl grumbles at the boy not having passed any examination as yet. Or perhaps somebody has whispered to the young man's mother that the young girl's nose is rather chubby. The gha tuck, well prepared to meet these difficulties, flits backward and for ward; and after the fullest display of his arts and powers, and a good deal of higgling on both sides, he manages to bring the negotiations to a successful termination. He is amply paid for his services, though often life-long curses of all the parties concerned form bis chief re ward. The remuneration of the ghatuck is not fixed: it depends upon the sort of match he makes and upon the quality and posi tion of the families he imites. At a mid dle-class wedding lie gets front fi to A3, besides presents; from rich families he gets about £5, besides presents worth about £10. Some matchmakers have been known to make fortunes and buy estates. If a ghatuck cau secure an educated and well-to-do young man for a poor, common looking girl he is immensely paid for his services by the parents of that girl. On the contrary, if the bride or bridegroom turns out to be the reverse of wlmt she or he was represented, the ghatuck lias only the few rupees he got before the marriage for all his reward, with a shower of blows from the' male members of the family thrown in. Of late years female matchmakers are taking the place of the male ones iu some of the large towns. Having free access to the inner upartments of a house—a privi lege their male rivals can never expect to enjoy—they can reach the ladies, who necessarily have a great influence in all marriages. Naturally sharper iu wit and more glib of tongue, their finesse and sub tlety have been known to overcome all difficulties where their moil competitors have failed.—Hindoo Cor. St. James' Ga lette. Gondolas uud Gondoliers of Venlee. On these evenings it is amusing tc ! watch the elegant private gondolas wait ! ing in crowds to bear tlieir .air mistresses home. It is a regular battle of the bu.its. ] Each gondolier does his best to get his floating carriage up to the steps first, and j vast is the pushing and scuffling, loud the I uproar. One by one the earven barks, with glittering prows and tufted funereal I coverings, emerge from below the dark | ness of the bridges into the dimly-lighted I canal; a plank is laid to the shore: in one hand the sprucely-dressed gondolier I holds a beautiful lantern of worked iron ; uud ancient design, the other he offers to i his mistress, who, leaning lightly on his i shoulder, trips into the gondola, uud, J deftly turning around, backs as grace I fully as she can into her coffin-like cabin. I Here, where the ordinary carriage looks. I Byron says: "a coffin clapped on a canoe," I the genuine funeral conveyance is more j like a gala barge. In the midst of the long and graceful bark the coffin is sheltered below a rich canopy of draped black and silver stuff, glittering iu the sun, and in singular contrast to the unre lieved sumbernoss of the gondolas which carry the living. On one which I saw the other day, a silver lion of St. Mark crouched in the stern, while on the prow stood the silver, life-sized figure of an angel witii a trumpet. The gondoliers, too, were j dressed in black and silver, tlieir arms j and legs covered with a close-fitting black and white stuff, and on their heads black j caps with white, curling feathers—a strik 1 ing and probably a very ancient costume. ! The truth is that all the sights and sounds ! of Venice have a peculiar fascination of 1 tlieir own, and Mr. Howells is quite right when he says that however long one may live here, one never gets thoroughly fa miliarized or blase with the place. You may imagine you do, you may cease to think about it f and then all of a sudden the beauty, the attraction, the strange ness strikes you as vividiy as the first time, and enwrap you and carry you off from ordinary, work-a-day life.—Florence Gautier's Venice Letter. A Great Enterprise Just Inaugurated. An immense scheme for the supply of water to Bombay has just been inaugur ated at a point six miles distant from tiie city, under the Bhore Ghauts, half way between the stations of Gallia n and Kgut poora, on the Great Indian Peninsula rail way. Here there will be created a lake of eight miles in area; from it an aque duct will he constructed to carry the water to the city. A dam 9,000 feet in length, 11$ feet iu height, and 100 feet wide at the base, is being built across the Tansa valley to impound the waters of the river, and it will require six years for its completion. It will contain over 10,000, 000 cubic feet of masonry, which will be built in installments, each year's work stretching across the valley, so that the water may accumulate behind it from the gathering ground. The contractors have already commenced work on the foundations, and have pre pared a village for the reception of tneir work people. The neighborhood is en tirely desolate, and all the artisans have come from a distance. Already 3,000 peo ple have gathered to the place, and it is expected that the number will rise to 10,000. A special water supply has been laid down for them, and every arrange ment made for their health and comfort. Tiie stone is found in the neighborhood, but the kunker and chunam come from a great distance, and a branch line is to be laid from the railway to deliver them di rect to the spot.—Frank Leslie's. Bring Seien«'« tu the Rescue. Can not some ingenious Yankee invent artificial feathers and so take the wind out of the sails of the Ornithologists' union and the Attdibon society? The discovery of petroleum has saved the whales from extermination, and the manufacture ot celluloid iu imitation of ivory is destined to su persede the use of the latter article, and so give the dear old elephants a rest. Verily, science is u big magician, and will shortly supersede nil natural products. Tue next thing we look for is the manu facture of scientific food to take the place of bread ami meat. Some one will tuke a load of dirt and put it into a machine, ex tract all the nourishment from it. and and sell the product for ^ cent a pound. Then liulf the population will he starving from overproduction, we suppose. That's the way tnese benefits work.—Texas Sitt ings. ! ■ ; j j ! j : j ; ! I ! i j I Siilniou round In the Hudson. There is a legend that sturgeon was once so familiar on fairti.y dinner tables in the state capital that it was sold by the name of "Albany beef." A much inure paiutahle fish is now reappearing in the waters of the upper Hudson after an ab sence of many years. The shad fishermen at Troy have found three salmon in their nets within a tew days past, and a dis patch from that city says that the un wonted catch lias made a "great excite ment' there. These salmon are alleged to he the proiiu-t « >î iry painted in trout streams in Warren county, on the borders of tin- Adirondack region, four years ago. Tld* county lies far north of Troy, mid Lak.; George tonus part of its eastern boundary.—Chicago Tribune. Tiie Mythical Tea i>r China. "You have often heard." said a dealer to me the other day, "that there is an ex quisite tea in China which never comes to this country, and that what little of it leaves that country goes to Bussia to de light the nobility of that country, it b said that people in this country have never tasted »real cup of tea. and so on. Now, so far as 1 can learn-und 1 think t ought to know—this is all a myth. There is mi tea in China which can not easily be im ported into tliis country. The Chinese have a kind of tea that they think is bet ter than what- they send us, but we could not drink it. It is very weak and has a mawkish fia vor that is rather sickening it Os. '—Cor. Chicago Journal. Teaching Manners to the Almonil-Lyeil. A young woman in Washington is said to be making a good living by teaching the young attaches of the Chinese and Japanese legations American small talk and society manners.—Washington Letter. In the list of the five largest cities of the world, St. Petenbnrg stands last, and Paris is not included. t liiiriii-ii'l- «if Kaipli Wallin Knioi-sioi. ! Emerson never was a platform orator, j He was purely au essayist. His manner was very far from energetic, and his sub ; ject. matter unfit for a popular audience. I He never drew a crowd twice. In all I towns he had a handful of worshipers. He was one of the purest, most gentle of men. No committee was ever annoyed by his ex actions. But if lie had forgotten his manuscript, alas for everybody. He could ! do nothing. He had no ready wit. And he was very likely to forget his papers. Emerson had u habit of seeing in people ■ that which other people did not see. He was wonderfully interested in any nature ; that was downright earnest. If tlieir j views diverged sharply, all the better, llis question was, how and why is this man so sincere? No one can lie In dead earnest without iliere is a truth somewhere in j him. He did not care to lecture, and it ! was with much difficulty that he was drawn far from Boston.—Globe-Democrat. Tiie Pronunciation of Beaufort, S. C. j The name of this place is pronounced : Bew-fort, "and don't yon forget it," as a j native remarked. This is authentic and ; taken on the spot. Whatever the inhabi ! tants call a place is the name of thut I place, no matter if it is spelled with eleven ! li's and pronounced Oshkosh. And what i ever a man or family calls himself or itself, j is the name thereof: though, like one of I the noble families of Virginia, they spell it Taliaferro und call it Toliver. But that place in North Carolina with the same spelling is called Bo-fort, and that little inlet in Florida is called Boof-ert. All this is done. I »uprose to illustrate tlic absurdity of our orthography.—"Parke" in Chicago Times. Able to Afford One's Own Barber. The custom of having a barber call at one's house lias become quite a fashion within the last few years. It is rather ex pensive, but rich men can stand it. Fifty cents is the average fee demanded. Some men have fitted up especial barbers' rooms at their homes. Others have easy chairs for the accommodation of their barbers at their down-town places of business. It used to he Ferdinand Ward's regular afternoon custom to summon his barber as soon as business was over; he was a sort of pioneer in tills line in Wall street. Now there are dozens of specu lators and clerks who follow out his aristocratic- example.—New York Times. A Poor Factor in Naval Warfare. Torpedoes are all right in theory, but will prove a poor factor in naval warfare against ships well prepared and on the alert; there are various devices to neutral ize them, or render them harm i« ^ or nearly so. Gatling guns, electric lights, grape and canister (of which modern can non will throw about a hogshead fall at a single discharge) are very serious impedi ments in the way of torpedo devices. It will be in the future as in the past. There will always he a Farragut who will say, as he said when the Tecumseh sank going into Mobile Bay, and his fleet cap tains hesitated, "-the torpedoes go ahead."— Charles W. Read in New York World. The Power of the Rothschilds. The Rothschild family is rich beyond knowledge. The family wealth, united, amounts into the thousands of millions of dollars, and it holds the financial credit of nations in its hands. In the last twelve years its members have loaned $450,000,000 to certain European governments, and when, in 1SH6, the Prussian government demanded an indemnity of $35.000,000 from the city of Frankfort-on-the-Main— where the Rothschilds do a great deal of business—the house notified Bismarck that if the levy was forced every bank in Frankfort would be broken. Bis marck did not collect.—Chicago Hera ld . Greatest IMIliciilly In Hie World. Two friends meet: -Would you believe it?" said one, "I have just come from my landlord and I had the greatest difficulty in the world to persuade him to accept ii little money." "Bali! That's nonsense. And why?" "Because lie wanted so much more than I offered him."—French Joke. BLAITES Kept on sale at the TRIBUNE OFFICE, —OR— Pot Up to Order on Short Notice, Ack nowledgements, Quartz location blanks—large or small. Water right location blanks. Bargain and sale deeds. Warranty deeds. Mortgages. Chattel mortgages. Summons—Justice's court. 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