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HBHn-Sy-A AAAA 'MlilHlHi
TiTBilFIHr' WTIi M r-n--
flowTliih Authoress Kxprchse Her
Moods in Her Surroundings.
ew Yoik. July 23 Few writers are
tame scahiUve to their environment than
ibXIrs.FfoncefiHodgson Burnett andwhelh
cr in Her Washington or Loudon home, In
hotel, uumer cottage or on board bhip he
Is alwaj mii rounded by an atmotphereot
leilned luxury- Call upon ber within an
hour i two after her arrival at a house
-vfliere riie is to remain for only a Tew
rtays, and you will find that already
rate bu of tapestry have been hung and
picture- m ranged, that numerous cush
ions WHroiiably di-poed invite to iest,
and that ih omnipresence of new mag
azine and fiesh flowers- hah put to flight
the an welcome sense of hotel splendor.
Ner are her swathing the leatt -client
fwtfwreortlilRnecesfcaryfii tourago- Go wis
luve a!aj been with II r. Burnett a dis
tmr exiHOssion of her mentality, and have
lou made lo play no insignificant role m
u harmonious whole- Itl&not soniuchwliat
thej may mean to otheis as their leflex
Influence r.poa herself.
Perhaps no character in her novels has
to broug a flavor of Mrs. Burnett's jier
sonarity as Bertha Amory in "Through
One Administration," and oue cannof have
railed to observe the dominant note of
Bortha,& gowns throughout the story
tndaed we find her one day confiding to
her tiasbaiid- "I am not really pretty or
clerer .tt all. and It lias been tlie object of
my Met prevent its being detected
Yob know how partioular I am about mj
gowns? Well, that is my secret I haven't
an attraction, really, but my powns and
my sftirita and my spcclousuess. The
solitary t4iing I do feel T have reason to
pride viyselt on is tnat I am bold enough
to dait my gown? iu uch a way as to
lerBttde yon that 1 am physically responsi
ble for tin- color and shape of them You
fancy you re pleased with me when you
are siiwpty pleased with some color of
wiHCh I exirt on tlie reflection or glow
Iu Mfaccases out of tenitlsmerely a matter
or pale blue or pink aud silk or crepe or
casfcmure "
A ad lHVer In one of her mocking moods,
die -ays to Tredennis:
"Do j on spp how ber sleeves fit? It
was her sleeves which firtt attracteil
myaJtentiou. I saw them at a luncheon
In Kew York, and they gave me new
theMitcs or life. When a woman i-an ac
coMplifcli rfpeves like those, society need
ask nothing further of her. In moments
or ctMumnis and felly, I have occasion
ally been betr.tycd into being proud of
my deeves; but now I realize that the
fenHnt: was simply impious."
Mrs. Burnett was born with as pro
sMHtfod an instinct for inventing gowns
BsiaveMtingstoncs, and it developed at as
oarfv an age. There was never anything of
the proverbial literary louch alut her.
pKfiwes, Mie made dillpent use of her fin
ger as well as brains in the creation of
pretty stumes. A curious proof of their
effectiveness came to her but recently,
wken she was addressed as "Queen of
Ilert" by one who had not seen her
t nee sheina squerad edin this costume when
only Mvoutee! years old.
1!e'uen lived in a little .southern town,
wberc it was difficult to obtain anything
deniable even if one had money, and her
ntwns were exceedingly limited On this
particular occasion, however, with a sim
ple 1,1 1 or white mushn and a few sheets
or cilt paper, ohe succeeded in making,
a it appears, a never-to-be-forgotten
impression Over the skirt of her cos
tume flic luro scattered myriads of little
bewta. and Tor the remainder had m-eeatout-ly
Revised hearl-sliaped overskirt,
hh&t sleeves and l-odice. Phe gilded
her own little ioots, and finding noth
ing that could be made to fcervc as a neck
lace, wlih infinite patience cut out tiny
pasteboard hearts, which she pasted over
wtt gilt paper .and mounted on gold braid.
A large, pi5ded heart shone resplendent
In ifeer rert-browu hair, and In her hand
the earned a gilded btlck surmounted by a
The young authoress really brought as
crett earnestness of purpose to the con
cocting of this unique Bttle costume,
which, by the way, won her the first
priie. afc to her next story for Peterson's
ilagarine, and doubtles? viewed the re
eult wltli equal satisfaction.
WMh the coming of affluence Mis-Burnett
did not ceaue to fcnent her gowns.
Ukc Bean Urummel, slie lias her failures,
vluoh fart, however, is not a hair liad
thteg Joi hei f;ieads, as the Iiolds that
a troaiBn who wears a gown unbecoming to
herself "that mignt lecome some one else
U sailty of a double crime: rather than tu
Jeopardise ber soul, she rums over the
root expensive experiment to the fiist
chance corner, to v.hom It belongs by dl
noe rglt of fitneKS.
The rtirrving out of her debiuns is now,
howeer. a matter of easy delegation, -as
he alwavs retains a maid who is at the
cawe time a skilled dressmaker, and who
Is lept constantly ernploved making, al
tering and remodeling.f ot llrs. Burnett re
quire, uidlmltcd change of costume, never.
Indeed, wearing tlie same gown twice at
the same place. Even at her own "at
liiimer she does not wish to appear twice
alfke thioughout the Reason- She says
simply that the thought of putting on the
jjua.e Irock over and over again tires her
nfl takes away all sense of mental freeh
nes. Tn each ot her homes, therefore,
he Is obllffed to devote a .good-sized
1'nxn to the exclusive keeping of her nu
crass toilets.
iTirt. Barnett.ln her costumes, affects al
most wholly long lines and soft rabrlcs,
using quantities of crepe de chine, liberty
silks, gauzes, brocades., etc She Is also ex
tremely fond of lace, seldom belug seen
without gnmtahings of this delicate mam
nalin onc-formor another Her underwear
is always of tueUnesl muslin, suiuptuouMy
trimmed with laces. Once when very ill
bl.e said quire pathetically to a fneud who
came to sec Iter "You may know how III
I have been when I tell you that I have
been indifferent to ray ribbons and laces."
She has also a great liking for rare and
beautiful furb. indeed, so pronounced is
her penchant Tor all bufLand riufty effects
that it Is rt-j-ponbible foi the very name by
which she ta known among her intimate
While at woik ilrb. Burnett wears a
pretty negligee, usually of India silk,
that falls from the shoulder to the
floor, entirely unconfiiied at the waist,
and ends in a long train. Thebe charm
ing little confections abound in falU of
lace, aud are always of black, white or
violet, as bince the death of her eldest
son ills. Burnett has never worn colors.
She cares nothing whatever for Jewelry,
ind though she has had many valuable
and interesting pieces presented her,
never wears anything iu the way of or
nament but a rathei ugly mooustoue
ling given ber ieveral years ago by the
daughter of Mrs. Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The stone was never or pretty shape, and
ba now become tihiwst lnsterless, but
nothing wot'ld induce Mrs. Burnett to be
without it for a single day, so strong is
her superstition regarding IU influence
upon the fates. It wa- given her just
before the enormous success of "Faun
tlcroy," and during the only time she
ever allowed It to be orf her finger oc
curred Ui carriage accident which re
sulted In her long illness from a con
cussion of the brain. Most of her jew
els have picturesque stories connected
with them, that of a heautirul diamond
ring which she possesses being indeed
quite a thrilling tale, as the ring was
given her in memoiy of having saved a
man's life (while bathing at long
Branch) at considerable risk to her own
"The Btory" bus been the dominant in
fluence In Mrs Burnett's life from the
beginning, aud she Is never so happy n
when trymg to make some fairy story
materialize In the life of a friend aven
to the third and fourth generation She
has already laid the foundation for the
most one'.. anting real fairy talc in
the life of some far-away great-srand-daughter
Eight years or more ago, just
before receiving the cable telling her of
her seal's illness, Mrs Burnett had been
to Paris, and had a number of magnificent
costumes m.-de for the coming London
eeason Tiiey had hardly arrived at her
London home before the tragic news cams,
and the splendid creations were destined
never to be worn In a cedar chest GOO
vears old they lie packed away at Port
land place, stiff brocade and soft crepe in
f shades of pink, yellow, violet, blue, and
ashes ot roses, embroidered over with
pearls, silk and gold. A beautiful opera
cloak of yellow brocade, lined with helio
trope sitln, and trimmed with white mari
beau. completes the fairy outfit, which
will not bee the light of day for another
generation or wo.
One may imagine with what Interest
some fair daughter of the twentieth cen
tury will open the old chest aud Helen to
tne sad f-tory of how tlie light went out
of her Illustrious grandame's life, so that
she npver again cared for bright colors,
and .ilays wore her garbs of mourning.
In planning the denouement Mrs. Bur
nett's emotions are divided between ber
story-telling aud maternal Instinct. For
the best interests of the story, this charm
ing descendant mut be very poor, aud full
unexpectedly upon the old chest at seme
great cilsK of her hfo, where clothes play
an Important partas when do they not,
for that mailer?- yet how deliberately
consign one's great granddaughter to pov
erty to serve even so picturesque a pur
"What Tt Is Xot and TThnt Tt lt.
New York, July 28 The decree lias gone
forth. Curfew shall not ring tonight.
Every branch of education sooner oi later
comes under clober semtinv- Elocution
is taking its turn. Its very name has be
come odious to cultivated people. The
elocutionist is conceived to be a jierKin
who ranis, gesticulates violently, woike
himself into a tornado of ridiculous passion,
nd cives his efforts to cheap and .foolish
recitations that have no acquaintance
with literature.
The elocutionist chooses "pieces" to
show off" his wonderful powers. He.
therefore, has in his menial wallet se
lections that gioup themselves -under puch
classes as "The Tear-laden Domestic,"
The Low Life Realistic," ''The Sport
ing Sensational," "The Homely Pathetic,"
"The Triumphant Tragic," ''The Spas
modic Soul-Telt," "The Melodramatic
Harrowing Sentimental."
Ho is able lo depict Imaginary horse and
chariot rarcs, .stirring battles, soldier boys,
scenes In the barber's thop, young ladles
learning to skate, a rustic relation's visit
to town and little girls' experiences in hotels-
He can cry like a ba by of two weeks,
he can sing like n bobolink, he can weep
tears over an imaginary lock of Wash
ington's hair, he can sing "Home, Sweet
Home" as he sinks to death below the
blllowfi of tho heaving main, lie can
mount the belfry and swing out above
the town at the sunset nour, lie can give
m dialect the wit and wisdom of Mr.
Socrates Snooks, and he can let down hia
back l'alr, like Miss Ileniletta Petowker
in "Nicholas Nickleby," ami do ''The
Drinker's Burial."
Reading is u high form of histrionic
art and it ha Mif feted loo long. A new
inovement If taking place among the
professional icadei.s and teachers of elo
cution. Tliey picfer tlie term, tlie truo
elocution to that of the new elocution
They eschew mechanical mien, cultl-
vate the mind and emotions, and the re
sult is natural expression. "Learn the
author," they say, "and you can then in
terpret him: study life around joii and
you wHlcompieheud emotion, quicken the
imagination and you can touch your audi
ence." One of the leaderb of this movement and
one of the best exponents of this natural
method Is Mr S. II. Clark, of the University
of Chicago. He holds the highest standards
for the selection of literature and the
highest alms for Its Interpretation. In his
public leadings he shows that the artlstio
reader is the actor away from all accesso
ries or costume and scenery, depending en
tirely upon his voice, individual Imaginaton
and personal magnetism to produce illu
sions and of feels upon the minds and emo
tions of his audience Ills great axiom is:
"If the thought is tight tho expression will
be right," and conversely, "irtheexprcsslon
is wrong the thought lias been wioug."
Into his work aud tho methods that he and
the other exponents of the new leaching
advocate many intellectual qualities and
much technical training are Involved. A
good general education and higli Intelli
gence is first required as a basis. As the
good reader must be an Interpreter of th
author he must have a certain amount of
critical perception; must understand I ho
exact shade and meaning of every word;
must have a clear, elegant and distinguish
ed pronunciation, and must develop his mu
sical sense strongly enough to feel the
rhythm Inprose aud poetry. Again, he must
pay attention to the posture ot the body
and stand hefpre ills audience with quiet
ease, grace and self-command.
With regard to this point, Mr. Thomas 0.
Trueblood, of the University or Michigan,
Ann Arbor, who has just been elected pres
ident of the national association of EIocu
tlontats, says: "I believe that the highest
art in gesture Is when our movements are
not noticed. I say to my classes: Tgiveyou
certain exercises: T wish you to practice
them foxgraceand ease orbearing of body
and movement of the hands and feet.
When you get so your positions nnd
gestures will not he noticed on the plat
form, then you have reached high art.
JBut the one who I constantly making
movements of his hands and arms sim
ply to net them going Is doing some
thing that detracts from his thought.' "
Cultivation of the speaking voue is
just as necessary as cultivation of tho
ringing voice, therefore many technical
studies are necessary for the develop
ment ot the reader's instrument. The
art of breathing mubjt be consideied as
a basis of totie production, aud then fol
low the tpecini exercises for carrying
power and pure' quality- The hygiene of
the vocal organs 1s a study by itself that
is alf-o instated upon exactly as important
to the reader rib to the singer. Indeed,
in many lespects the teaching of tlie new
elucutionlsslmllar to the methods in modern
The vast majority of people do not
read uloufl Intelligently, even if they
read Intelligibly. They have no ex
pression, no feeling, and do not use their
voices properly. - Consequently, few per
Nns can read to a circle of friends suf
ficiently well to give pleasme. Tlielr
ear has had no critiral training, their
emotions never sympathize with the text
and their voice Is dull and monotonous.
Aa good duration has the advantage of
being an elegant accomplishment and a
marketable commodity, the following
suggestions are offered to amateurs and
beginners, who would like to follow the
new and natural method, for the great
point that this school makes Is that in
telligence is the best ot all guides:
"With regard to the voice, speak
neither too loud nor too low, nor
too quickly nor too strongly. The key
which you adopt must be governed ac
cording to circumstances; for Instance, the
fcizc of the room and audience. Once de
termined, it must never be changed, al
though it may be necessary to raise or
lower the voice at different passages.
Judicious use must be made of punctua
tion. Paurea of different lengths like
refs in music are determined by comma,
semi-colon, colon and period The great
difficulty is proper emphasis. The kernel
of the art of reading lies here.
"Emphasis is of two kinds; emphasis of
sense, that determines the meaning, and
emphasis of feeling, controlled by emo
tion. The intelligence depends on the
former; the sentiment and beauty of the
interpretation on the lattei. Show ani
mation and interest in what you are do
ing, bat not too much radiant enthusi
asm. This makes one lidiculous and un
dignified, and neither a circle of friends
nor audience can be suddenly raised
to that unnatural dclighc. Pollow nature
and avoid all exaggerations.''
Anstey. in his amusing "book, "Mr.
Tunch's Young "Reciter," says: "On the
platform everything is exaggerated, or it
will bo -unperceived; your audience ex
pect animation even In the most trivial
situations. Eudeavor then to impart the
utmost flexibility to your facial muscles;
practice elevating each eyebrow inde
pendently of each other; roll your eyes
until they work with perfect ease In
their sockets, aud train your lips to ac
quire elasticity of gutta-percba. For tho
nose a haughty expression of the nos
trils will greatly aid the effect of a
sneer. Tho ears should be left in repose.
We have only een oncreciter who made
points with these organs, and It seemed
to us that this method Involved a certain
loss of dignity.'
A Society Woinnn "Who Entertain
Her Friends.
"If you won t go to the roor garden,
make the roof gaideu come to you."
That Is what oneNew Yorkhocicty woman
said; aud now she hab her own little in
dividual roof garden jietched up on top
of tho southern wing of her town house,
where gracious breezes come drifting
across fiom river and sea, and aid the big
punch, bowl materially in its efforts to
make the roof garden guests forget that
there Is a huge city, patched and sweating,
The fcoclety "woman's private roof gar
den it, not so brilliant and dazzling as
the big public ones .she does not tuie to
patronlc. It docs not bloom with Romany
feverish bulbs of colpTCd lights, hut it is
daintier, mere Jnvitlng aud cooler than
the others, and it poCMb the additional
charm that its mistress ma y clicoi-eber own
guest and her own "talent."
This is the second season of the little
individual loot garden. Last year its
owner and manngei, v. ho in winter tlrc.o
lives in a big bronstone house iu the
most nristot latic quarter, heard her niascu-
line friends and relatives king the praises
ot tlie roof gardens so frequently that she
decided to investigate. The garden scheme
itself Impie&sed her favorably, but its en
vironment was a tiifle too boisterous: so
the decided to lmpiove upon it and have
one to suit herself.
At the rear of her house a large wing
has been added, wh'ch extends nearly
through the block and reaches to tho
third story. On two sides It is inclosed by
the walla of adjoining buildings, but the
other two sides are unobstructed, and
give fair play for all the zephyrs that may
be hovering iu the neighborhood. It was
upon the roof of the wing that the future
manager decided to build her roof garden.
Work was begun on it without delay.
Pirst a. doorway was cut through from a
sleeping-room, which faced upon it. The
door was concealed behind a lignt por
tiere of bamboo, a tiny lantern was swung
from the easement, and the approach to
the garden was complete.
Next a Tailing was built around tho
two exposed sides, and a light canvas
awnlug in red and white stripes, stretched
from the roor of the adjoining house and
supported by bamboo poles at the cor
ners. A Japanese matting of Oriental
pattern was used to hide the tin roof, and
over It were scatteied rich rugs from the
drawing-room below.
The railings weie hidden behind tows
of palms and plants, and in and around
them were swung us many quaint old
lanterns as could be found in a search
through Chinatown. Underneath the awn
ing, suspended from- wire strings, more
Chinese lanterns and fairy lamp-j were
hung, and under them weie swung ham
mocks, draped with Bagdad regs; in the
cool, serluoed corners were placed steamer
chairs, coveied with rare stuff that tho
roof garden manager hadpicked up abroad.
The other furniture counted of bamboo
divans, where the guests might lazily flop
down and congratulate .themselves that
they were there.
Tietty little tabourets, which might
serve either as tea tables or for plpe and
cigars, were brought, out, and the vihnlo
was set ort with a big, cool punch bowlin
the center.
"Whon the private roof garden was for
mally opened theneighbors marveled much.
The top of the somber old wing, instead
of losing fts-elfin the daikness, was trans
formed into a dainty tea house in minia
ture, where lontems blinked and waved
invitingly and the Jingle of the banjo
was heaid.
Prom the first the root garden was agreat
fcuccess. its manager made a "hit' with
it, and an invitation to "drop up' for an
evening was one of the things sought for
by the poor city tollers, who were com
pelled to remain In town. "When the
hostess closed her house and went to her
country place in "Westchester, the decora
tions and appointments of the root gar
den were not disturbed. Additional storm
awnings were put up to shelter them from
the ram, and when the manager returned
to the city for a day's shopping tlie roof
garden could be opened at an hour's no
tice There she Invites her friends to
con.e and fpend the evening, and any es
pecially good artist who happened to be
"doing the roof,' was called in to "do"
the private one. All In all, the guests
round the entertainment quite as satis
factory as at the regular playhouses.
Since opening her garden a great add!-
tion has been made in a collection of
posters plastered over the bare walls of
the adjoining houses. This collection Is
one of the best in New York, and Includes
specimens of nearly all the renowned pos
ter artifcts. Between the windows of the
back wall shields and armor have been
placed; and this root garden, if the Im
provements "onlinue, will soon rival In
richness those from which the society
woman fln-i got her Inspiration.
Deader Than Anywhere.
"Anyone who believes that the word
'dead' cannot be compared ought to visit
Toronto on Sunday," remarked a drummer
the other day. "I've seen dead towns be
fore, bat Toronto is the deadest on the
map. 4ny one who is sidetracked in that
town over Sunday can do nothing but
"I slipped 1 into the hand of the clerk
of the biggest hotel In Toronto one Sun-
: day afternoon recently and said: 'I'm o
dry tint I'm afraid I'll crumble Into dnst
and blow away. If you know any way by
which I can be moistened so that I will
hold together till I get out of town, I -wish
you would point It out There Is a barcon
uected wih the hotel on week days, isn't
there? If anyone calls to see mo I shall be
in my room for the next hour.' Then I
went to my room and waited.
"By and by there was a timid knock on
tlie door and the clerk cutered. He ap
peared badly frightened and kept glancing
about apprehensively all the while He
carried an old valise, which he thrust into
my hands, exclaiming in alond voice: 'Beg
pardon, sir, but you have left this in the
office." Then he added soto voce: 'Throw
it under tho bed out of sight after you're
through with it '
"A drowningmanwouldnothavegrasped
a plank more eagerly than 1 grabbed
the old valise. X thrust another dollar into
j the clerk's hand, pushed hira out of the
( room, sat down on the bed and opened
the thing It contained two bottles of
pop. My subsequent remarks are reserved
for revision before printing." Chicago
The quaint old accomplishment of paper
cutting has become almost a lost art,
except where Jt Is still remembered by
a few old ladles as having been fash
ionable when they were youm?. Ter
baps some of them can still takea piece
of paper and a pair or scissors and cnC
out design, but their hands are too oM
and tremulous to execute as delicate
and complex patterns as they used to
The designs for these cut paperg'wero
never drawn, but the paper was general
ly doubled so that the pattern, Iitu
unfolded, was duplex, giving a certain .
The girls ot fifty years ago became very
bkillful at tills work, and one lady telW
of often seeing her old mother, as tho
family sat talking after dinner, draw
out a pair of small scIssots, pick op any.
envelope or bit ot paper, and, seemingly
vithoiit any thought or trouble, cut out
the moat exqulsito flowers and ara
besques. Cut papers were used for many purposes
of decoration Sometimes they were cue
with a ring at oae end that slipped over a
candle, the lear of delicate paper lace
hanging down in front ot the candlestick
harden, had almost the look or exquisitely .
like an apron The.e'candlepaper3,"wlie;i
dipped In melted wax and then allowed to
carved ivory.
Sometimes the papers were cutln rounds
to fit into the lirta of watches, and wera
presnteu by young ladies to the gentlemen
ot their acquaintance, and the young men.
of that day counted their popularity by the
number of watch papers that r. hey receive.1.
Yonng ladle" exchanged cut papers with
each ether as tokens of friendship, and
these, shaped like hearts, ovals or envel
opes, were often further embellished by
delicately painted wreaths and flawer,
and by the sentimental verses of the da7
written upon a space lert for them.
Sometimes the rut papers were mere
ly com-idered as works ot art, and as
such were mounted on black haircloth
and framed. No paste was used in the
mounting, as the papers were tco deli
cate, and besides it would have yel
lowed them. The edses were simply
smothed out with a soft brush, and tho
glass put over them to hold them in
These large cut papers were often dona
in memory ot some one loved and lost,
and the center would be cut in-the hapn
or a funeral uin and tablet. Upon thH
tablet might appear some verse, the
loiters cut out with a sharp penkuifo
after the rest was rinlned- A fuvorito
one was:
Now to the wind let all my slshs be given.
And reach tho' lost on earth the ear of
Then would follow the date, and per
haps the words, "Beloved, tho' Lost."
The only branch or this art that still
seems to be well known I- that ot silhou
ettes, but this requires much more talenc
than th others, forthe power of eatchlnga
likeness Is comparatively rare.
The mobt elaborate bOhouettes had the
eyes and hair afterward touched In with
white or gold paint. The silhouettes them
selves were generally black, but there are
tome exaitnJes left where the profile was
cut out In white and laid on black.
About fifty years ago a little dwarf.
Miss HunnywelU made herself quite fa
mous as a professional paper cutter, and.
it was considered "the thing" anions the
young gentlemen or that day to have a
watch paper cut by Miss HannyweH.
The manner of her cutting was verv In
genious, ror she had. neither hands nor
feet. On her right shoulder was mwc
thiag like a thumb, on her left side some
thing that might pass for a hand with
two fingers, and with these and her mouth
bhe managed to cut out the most exquisite
designs and lace with marveloas rapidity-
Her work was so much in demand, noc
only for its beauty, but becau.e ot Its
beinir somewhat of a curio-ity, that the
dvarf , traveling from place to place, and.
exhibiting lierself and her work, earned
quite. a little fortune It was enough to
make ber a mark for a rogue, who mar
reid ber, and then ran away with her
money, leaving her penniless.
Ir is said that arter he deserted her tho
little dwarf would never ont papers again,
and died In an absolute state ot penury.
There was a certain Mistress Dolly
Kiclsolas. of Petersburg, who was quite
wonderful at this art ot paper cutting,
and her drawing-room was decorated with
a whole eenes, ot pictures from Mazeppa,
wild bosses and all, which she cut out
without the aid of pencil or any guide but
her own fancy
But this art goes further back than tho
time ot Mis Hunnywell or Mistress Nich
olas. It i? some time early In 1700 thai
Mrs Delany, In ber "Autobiography and
Correspondence,'' writes ot ber clgsct at
the farm as "decorated with little draw
ings and cut papers of my own doing.''
Later on, when speakinc of a yonng Mr.
Twyford, who was deeply in love with
her. she says:
"His mother cruel treatment or him,
and absolute refusal of be consent ror his
marrying me. arfected him to deeply as
to throw hira Into the palsy He lived in
this wretched sUite about a year after my
marriage After b e was dead they found
under his pIUow- a cut-paper that he had
stolen out of my closet at the Farm.
When. Mrs. Delany was over seventy
years old she made her first attempt a
copying flowers in cut paper
Her manner of doing It was thu de
scribed: "Hiving a piece of Chinese pa
per on the table of a bright scarlet, ;v
geranium caught her eye of a similar
color, and, taking her scissors, she amoscil
herself in cutting out each flower by her
eye in the paper. She laid the paper pet
als on a black background, and was so
pleased with the effect that she proceeded
to cut out the calyx, stalks and leaves la
shades of green, and pasted them down,
and after she completed a sprig of gera
nium in thU way the Dncheas of Portland
came in and exclaimed. 'What are yot
do'ng with that geranium' having taken
tne paper imitation for the real flower."
This was the beginning of the collection,
of cut-piper flowers, which, before her
death, numbered 930 sheets, each on
That w&nderf ul collection lias disappear
ed now. as has SlKrens Nicholas wonder
ful Mazeppa series, dnly here and thers
do we come upon a cut-paper laid away In
some old portfolio or writing-desk. or see it
hamring, framed, on the wall of some
old-fashioned room; and the young ladies
of today find it more convenient to send
a bookletor n printed card to their friends,
instead of tho more personal tokens thai
usd to be exchanged In the old days of
cut-pipers. -,
The Frofc and the Terrapin.
A game dealei has ot late had a let of
terrapin and a large number of frogs in tho
same tank, and It has been funny to sea
the frogs, pile on the terrapins' backs,
whether to get their feet out otth- wet or
to enjoya ridels notknown. Yesterday the
tank was.partlyrhledwlthwater.ind ahuge
sea turtle was plated In it. At once tho
terrapin crawled on the back cf the turtle
Hid the frogs followed and (limbed on tho
terrapin, aud the wholeoutfit sailed around
us gayas aplcnlc party. One old frog than
had succt-cded in leaching the highest point,
began to eroak exultantly and secmeil to be
saying: "More room at the toprmore room
at the top." -roitland Oregonian.-

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