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L J 16 Pages 1 THE i STJTNIAJY HERALD J Pages 9 to 16
A Graphic Pen Portrait of the
Brilliant Novelist i I
Some Specimen Nuggets of Her Bril
liant Conversational Powers I
Homo Life and Surroundings cf the
Author 01 Little Lord tfauntleroy
Pathetic Story of the Great Grief
of Her Life
HERALD Correspondence
WASHINGTON May WThere is noth
ing in Mrs Burnetts home which marks
it as the abiding place of genius Prom
the outside the house is like any other
house on a fashionable street You see
in the window a physicians sign telling
his office hoursDr Burnett Perhaps
jou were not awara there was such a per
JI1fi I
Bonorthat he was one of the best ocu
lists in Washington The colored man
asks if you want to see the doctor No
no of course you dont the question irri
tates you as if it were a slight to the
woman you admire The rooms are fur
nished like the rooms of ordinary taste
and means You notice a Japaniso idol
in the square hall some etchings of f r
eign scenes but nothing designed make
an impression
Now Mrs Burnett enters She wears a
black gown and has yellow hair The
skirts have the orthodox swishswish and
train along the floor the hair is a tossed
and tangled mess She has a well groomed
wholesome look and the chic si women
who spend much of their time abroad
Why give thecatalogue of her eyes nose
mouth chin with their various shapes I
rnd colors Who ever got any idea of a
person from mere adjectives She looks
Very much like Miss Ada Rehan In re
pose her face is severe but it never stays
In repose She smiles in two ways with
deepening lines at either side of the
mouth with diverging fanshaped lines
from the juncture of the brows Oddly
enough too she has a mania for collect
ing fans
Mrs Burnett is not an American She
V was born in England loves English pee >
r pIe and their ways speaks and looks like
an English woman Her voice has the
low English softness her complexion the
warm English coloring American women
who speak as she does are usually affected
Mrs Burnett prefers Washington to
any city in America
One will pass through many places
without finding such talker as the author
of Little Lord Fauntleroy She
sneaks when animated in rapid broken
sentences with a curious staccato move
ment the words tumbling over each
lither under the crush of ideas I can
compare her in this respect to nothing but
one of those luminous fountains which
delighted the people so at the Paris expo
sition There is neither end nor beginning
one color running into another incess
antly J the whole being pleasant and bril
liant Start Mrs Burnett on any sub
ject under the bun and your task is ac
A question a suggestion a name is
sufficient and away you go It is like
opening the throttle valve of a locomotive
You will hs whirled away over moun
tains rivers and plains and will keep on
whirling as long as there is steam in the
boilers The difference between Mrs
Burnett and the locomotive is that the
latter has to follow the rails She follows
As she talks it fairly takes ones breath
away to see how she glides from one sub
ject to another From Theos she glides
to Italy takes in the Hue de la Paix and
Paris fashions glides to New York then
smoothly to fox terriers to ponies to an
adventure in Surrey to amateur photog
raphy to the choice of a profession to
Washington society to the latest crimes
and winds up with dress reform and her < <
plans for the summer
I am afraid that gives the idea that Mrs
Burnett is a chatterer which shows how
I hard it is to paint people truly in words
The very charm of her talk is that all of
j these changes come about naturally each
I I growing out of what went before just as
the colors in the fountain blend the one
I into the other Now it is Buddhism now
I pet docs you dont know how you got
over the gap and you dont care It was
done artistically and there was no intel
lectual jolting in the process
A word about her reminiscences of child
life now being published in Scribners
called up a flood of memories of her own
childhood from the day when she a tot of
three formed an unfavorable opinion of
her nurses intelligence because the lat
ter tried to deceive her in the matter of
holding her baby sister The precision
with which Mrs Burnett remembers her
own mental state at such an early age
and indeed all through her life is a proof
of the unusual intensity of her sensa
tions She remembers more things than
other people do because she has felt more
things and felt them more deeply
Her tendency to analyze and puzzle
over the characters and motives of per
sons about her is even more developed
than her tendency to selfanalysis She
is always putting herself in other peoples
positions always trying to see with their
eyes and feel as they do This often
causes her very great suffering for she is
affected by the ills and sorrows of others
almost as much as though they were her
own indeed for the time they become her
Mrs Burnett is clever of course she is
as everyone who has read her books
knows But not f everyone has had the
privilege of knowing the sparkling clev
erness of her talk I think Mrs Burnett
can say more bright things in a given
time than any woman in Washington
which is a high tribute And they are
not frothy bright things such as one
usually hears but have a basis of earnest
thought which lingers in the mind after
the laugh has died awav I have set down
here a few gems picked from several of
her conversations The words are natur
ally mine as no phonograph was at hand
but in each instance the thought was pre
cisely hers
1 have to admit being an abject slave
to the pronoun of the third person Oft
I can only do good work when it is will
ing and it is very particular I have
never been able to dictate my writings
because it would rebel and go on a strike
It insists on seeing the ink from my
pen Interviews are almost invariably bad
To be an ideal interviewer one should
have the novelists power of analysis
and a person who had that would be busy
writing novels
America wears me out with interrup
tions and yet I have done most of my
work in America I suppose that is be
cause the most of my time in Europe is
spent recovering from the shock of hav
ing been in the United States
I got over caring for fame when I was
in my teens sawthe folly of working
i I so hard simply that the world mav be e
little longer in forgetting one I wrote
because I had to write The doing of the
j thing was its own reward I should have
kept on writing had the publishers sent
I back all of my stories
I Ihould not be surprised to learn that
I am a Buddhist without knowing it I
I am constantly finding I am something 1 I
never suspected myself of being I read
a book or an article and say to myself
Why those are my ideas I thought all
that myself years ago This man has
I stolen my thunder In the same way
Buddha may have plagiarized my un
I born thoughts
One of my great trials in life is to get
a good pen The pens other people have
are always better than mine I never go
into a bank without coveting the lovely
smooth flowing pens I find there I usu
ally beg two or three from the cashier
but when I get them home thoy scratch
as badly as my own There is a strange
perversity about pens
1 Ever since I was a child I have felt an
amusing sense of responsibility for the
universe When my little sister was
naughty and broke her doll it seemed to
me that I was to blame I have a vague
feeling of the same kind still when
greater things go wrong
Whenever I come to consider what
stories for half the amount he paid but
he did not take advantage of her igno
rance Now she has far greater demands
on her pen than she can fulfill and what
ever she chooses to write and as much as
she can possibly write bring her 10 cents
a word
That means that earning S200 or 300 is
an easy mornings work for her
At that rate one wonders why she does
not work morning Ooon and night As
people may call my virtues I find myself
possessed with a harrassing tendency to
reason them back to faults Thus gen
erosity becomes weakness industry be
comes abnormal ambition self denial a
higher form oi selfishness and so on I
wish I could reason my faults back to a
a matter of fact she is not even ablY t >
work continuously during the mornin o
In any event her afternoons and evenings
are given to other dutie to her family
and to society although she car ittle
for the lalter But her mornings she sets
apart or tries to set apart i her
justification in heredity or something
else by the corverse method but I cannot
dolt I
The great trouble with me is that the
top joint of my thumb is too short and
the second joint too long This means
as the palmist tells me that my reasoning
powers are developed at the expense of
my powars of decision I see on all sides
of the question at the same time and come
to no conclusion except in a general way
that everybody is right
These practical illustrations show better
than any generalities could the kind of
things Mrs Burnett says but the ac
companiment of her animation and in
tensity is needed to complete the charm
The story of Mrs Burnetts literary
success has been told too often to need
repeating Here at least is a writer
who bears no grudge against the race of
publishers She has always found them
generous and courteous ever since the
time years ago when one of them on
his own accord offered to pay a higher
price for her stories than she had been
getting from him She was then a young
girl of 16 and he might have had the
writing And then what happens
So much for the jewel now a little
more about the setting The Burnett
house stands on Massachusetts avenue a
few doors from the Chinese legation and
the Elaine mansion It is the home of a
cultivated woman who likes to have pretty
things about her and knows how to ar
range them effectively The rooms on
the lower floor at the right are three
in number and open into one another
running the whole length of the house
The first two are parlors the third is a
cozy music room These rooms are fur
nished in thoroughly modern style with
few books and a liberal number of paint
ings It is these which the casual visitor
sees but what is best in the house he
does not see
At the left in the back is a dining room
very largo and abundant in treasures of
woodwork and carving brought from
Venice Several of the cabinets in this
room would do credit to a museum and
in one of these are specimens of Venetian
glassware that could not be excellel On
I the walls hang two full length portraits
of Mrs Bennetts sons Vivian and
Lionel one of whom has been taken from
her I
Dr Burnetts offices are on the other
side of the house at the front
Passing up stairs through the square
hall with its fine woodwork one comes to
the sleeping appartments on the second
floor and then up another flight to Mrs
Burnetts den up at the top of the
house Wherever she is Mrs Burnett al
ways prefers to do her writing where no
one can get above her This den is
full of interest full of memories full of
triumphs There is the table at which
many pages of her rather scraggly hand
writing have been turned out There are
books she has consulted tHere the lounge
on which she has rested there the photo
graphs and tasteful things about the walls
on which her eyes have fallen while seek
ing inspiration or while trying to cajole
it into a good humor And there never
out of her sight are the photographs of I
her two boys a wreath of flowers around I
I learned later from an intimate friend
of hers that once she lay unconscious I
for five days from concussion of the
brain the result of a runaway accident
in England and another time I
she watched for eight months at
the bedside of her dying boy When I II
heard that story I undeisood the depth
of her womanly nature Lionel died in
Paris about two years ago and up to the
very last never knew that he was seri
ously ill His mother determined that I
lii should be snared that knowledge
i alas his whole life had been happy
and bright so should his death be His
illness was long developing from an at
I tack of grip into rapid consumption
but long as it was and trying it was more
than equalled by the mothers devotion
and courage For it took courage rare
courage to sit beside that handsome
young fellow of sixteen and see the
varm color of his face fade away and the
hands grow thin and the body waste day
by day and yet smile and be gay through
it all and never let him suspect anything
was wrong That is what Mrs Burnett I
di < during those eight months Her love
made her capable of playing a part such
as no actress could play the part of a
mother watching death circling her boy
in its grasp and laughing at the grim
spectre as if he were a welcome guest No
one xyili ever know the patience and in
genuity dhovn by Mrs Burnett during
those weeks so long and yet all too short
to kecrjKLionels mind occupied to keep
him from worrying from mistrusting
She succeeded though and up to the end
the boy believed that he was merely laid
up with a bothersome case of grip and
nothing more
Weeks before his death Mrs Burnett
had prepared herself for the final stene
She was determined not to b eak down
when it came but to smile at her son as
she had done all along From the begin
ning of his illness until his death Lionel J
I never saw a tear in his mothers eyes nor
a cloud on her face nor a change in her I
1 I I expression She knows what she suffered
i when alone but her boy knew nothing I
he was happy
I i The doctors told Mrs Burnett a long
I time in advance that the end would come I
painlessly Lionel would pass away as in
a sleep It was possible that at the very I
last he might have a vague conscious
I ness that he was dying but even this the
mother wished to prevent Days before I
she acted over the death scene as it must
occur preparing the very words which I
I she would say and training herself to say
them calmly It all happened as she had I I
anticipated She played her part through I
without flinching As he was dying
Lionel raised his head with a half fright
ened look which was met by his mothers
miIeDoes I
I 1 Does my boy feel a little faint she
said taking his hand Dont worry it I
will be all right in a moment
Lionel smiled and died
i The shock of that trial left Mrs Burnett
in a dreadful state She has quite recov
i ered from it now physically and is in
I deed in the very heyday of her vigor of
i body and mind But as she expresses it
she feels as though she were separated
I from the rest of the world by a gulf which
I she had passed and they had not
1 One strange result of her bereavement
is that she has a superstitious terror of
ever going to Venice Five times she has
I started to go there and five times some
bad news has kept her from going The
last time it was a cablegram telling oi her
boys illness
1 think she firmly believes that if she
ever set out for Venice again she would
learn that some harm had befallen her
remaining son
That would kill her for in this fine na
t ture there is a quality stronger than the
cleverness deeper than the intensity and
II that is the motherly love
Y L 31 I A Quarterly Conference
Programme for the Y L M A quar
terly conference of Salt Lake stake to be
held in the Assembly hall Tuesday June
6 1893
Opening hymn Now let us rejoice etc
Singing an original hymn
Miscellaneous business
Historical subject from The Guide The
Book of MormonClara S Carlyle
A talk on the TempleuhDr Maggie C Shipp
Quartette by young ladles from Seventh
ward association
Subject in theology from Tho Guide Sec
ond Coming of ChristEdith S ampsome
Closing hymn The Doxology
Singing How firm a foundation
Hymn 0 my Father thou that dwell
ist with solo byMaggie F Bassett
Miscellaneous business
Lesson from The Guide The Human
Body Hannah Olsen Second ward asso v
ciat on
Biography Confucius Vickie Clayton
Seventeenth ward association
Song Sophia Holmes Twentysecond ward
association Un
Suject Fasting and Prayer Emma
Goddard Twentyfirst ward association
Brief address unuu
Closing hymn The Spirit of God like a
tire la burning
A cordial invitation is extended to the
public and to all interested to attend
Please bring hymn books and join in sing
ing MARY A FREEZE Stake President
Tho Ladles
The pleasant effect and perfect safety
with which ladies may use the California
liquid laxative Syrup of Figs under all
conditions makes it their favorite rem
edy To get the true and genuine article
look for the name of the California Fig
Syrup company printed near the bottom
of the package iI >
Free delivery of goods to any part of the
city at the Chicago Liquor House
For Appointment to United States Mili
tary Academy
Professor J T Kingsbury acting
president of the University of Utah
Lieutenant K W Young and Dr J J
McAchran have kindly consented to act
as a board to examine applicants for the
appointment to the cadetship in the
United States Military academy at West
A competitive examination of such
l applicants will be held by said board on
the 10th day of June 1893 beginning at
11 oclock in the morning at the Univer
sity of Utah Salt Lake City Utah
JTj KAWLINS Delegate
Dr O B Hewett Son the leading
dentists Dooly P 0 building
call and see
our Russet Oxfords
f225 to 400 per pair
k 124 Main street
No charge for jugs with any family or
der at Chicago Liquor House > if
Garfield Reach Trains
Effective June 1 and until further no
tice trains between Salt Lake and Gar
field Beach will run as follows
Leave Arrive Leave Arrive
Salt Lake Garfield Garfield Salt LaKe
745 am 855 a m 1200 m 1240 pm
1000am 1040 am J50pm 40Qpm
200pm 240pm 400 p m 440pm
300pm 340 Dm 500 pm 510 pm
030 pm 710 pm 930pm 1010 pm
Daily Sundays excepted
Bathing Boating Dancing Olsens
orchestra in attendance every afternoon
and evening
Fare for round trip only 50 cents
Genl Agt Pessenger Dept
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They traded elsewhere and they have felt the bitterest pangs of regret ever since Yes it is wise to think before you leapbecauseuIt is too late to lock up the horse III
when you have lost the stable door
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She wept great weeps and her dog wept in sym I1
Boware also of snide dealers or you will bo 1 putliy after seeing the beautiful things her dear Grandpa is tickled to death with his new chair I j
badly bitten to your sorrow Trade with Freed est lricnd lmd Vougnt from Freods at hall the that was bought from Freeds Easy Soft and
and you are safe price she had paid Ion auction goods and bankrupt elegant i
stocks i I
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Mrs Jefferson Davis Corrects
Some Recent Misstatements
Interesting Pictures of OldTime Pea r II
pie and Their Ways
Instead of a Simple Old Woman Saiok
lug Her Pipe and Bemoaning Her
Fate Mrs Taylor Was a Refined I
and Elegant Lady i
HE liberty ol the I
press is one of tho
sacred rights of free
S P men but liberty
j I
trenches on license
I ei when such an article I
as the following is
uttered by a conser 11 I
vative and dignified
monthly magazine A person who signs j
himself G H Yenowine in its December
number of 1892 has an article on Louis I
ville at the end of which is the follow I i
ing libel upon several of General Taylors
family and notably upon his wife The i
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attack on the Taylor family did not most
the eye of their friends until after it had
deeply wounded and incensed the chil
dren and grandchildren of tho heroic old
After setting forth that Mary Anderson
was born in Louisville etc the writer
goes on thus
The parents of President Zachary Tayloi
were Virginians but they settled near the pres
ent city of Louisville about the year 1785 It
happened that Zachary Taylor was born in k1
Virginia but was brought to Louisville when
he wag only a month or two old and he grew tc I
manhood working on his fathers farm Old
residents have interesting reminiscences of 4
President Taylor and his wife 1 I
Mrs Taylor seems to have been Tory domestic 1
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mestic abhorring i all forms of society She
was almost crazed with grief when she learned
thai she was to live in the White House Al 1 1
ter the inauguration she retired to one room
where she spent all of her time refusing to see
callers Until shortly before her husbands
death she lived tho life of a recluse and it Is s
I related that the poor simple old woman cat 1
her day sad after fate day Many smokingher people pipe are and yet bemoaning alive who I
claim to have seen her calmly puffing an old
clay pipe Her oldest daughter eloped and 1
married Jefferson Davis who was then a young
army officer stationed at Prairie du Chien
Wis General Taylors burying place was long
neglected Briars and brambles grew over the
grave the fences surrounding it rotted down
and the little family cemetery became a
It would be hard to have written two t
paragraphs containing more errors than j
these two which speak of the Taylor
family It is true that General Taylar i
was taken to Kentucky when veryyoung
I and that he grew to manhood in that
state but that he grew up working on
I his fathers farm is untrue That ho
would have done so with no loss of dignity
I or of the esteem of his fellow citizens is
also true had such service been necessary
to the welfare of his family for through
a long life he met every emergency with
promptness zeal and efficiency From
this peculiarity came his pseudonym old
rough and ready not because he was vulj
gar or rough inmind manner but be
I cause he was always ready for any emer
gency and took the rough end of every
encounter He was a man of great tenderness t
derness of heart of very gentle manner
and so totally devoid of selfassertion or I

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