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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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Quartz location blanks—large or small.
Water right location blanks.
Bargain and sale deeds.
Affidavit of Attachment—Justice's court.
Promissory notes—several styles.
Blank shipping tags printed to order.
Blank programmes and folders.
Stock receipts—Bound the long way for
office use, also, the short wav for conve
nience of carrying in tiie 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 tabieted without extra charge ; and
blotters added at cost of putting them on.
h ine blotting board kept in stock and cut
to any desired size.
Mourning note and
and printed to order.
envelopes in stock
Everything in the printing line at cash
prices for cash.
Keeps constantly on hanu
the largest and best stock of
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