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Wthe next six weeks the woman
of fashion, the home woman
and the ■woman of medium
tastes all will observe Lent, for
there is do season that is more generally
hallowed by "womankind than this.
Specially in a woman's robes does this
Show, and Lenten waists. Lenten gowns,
mostly church or.es, and Lenten fads
and foibles are all now to be seen in the
But during Lent a woman's fancy,
Vhen not at church, turns most steadily
to thoughts of house dresses, pretty
■waists which she can wear at the only
function allowable In Lent— the midday
luncheon. You can call it a late break
fast, if you please, and can have it served
tn your, upstairs sitting-room or boudoir.
THE mysterious rites of Voodoo,
instead of being upon the de
cline among the Northern ne
groes, seem rather to obtain a
firmer hold every day. Civiliza
tion would appear to have little or no
effect in deterring the colored race
from patronizing "voodoo doctors" and
squandering money on "conjuring
; speils."
■Such is the opinion of Dr. L. B. Or
chard, a well-known Southerner, who
has devoted some time and study to the
subject of voodooism throughout the
■cities on the hither side of Mason and
Dixan's line.
■ -"I can state of my own knowledge,"
says i>r. Orchard, "that there are now
in New York at least seven voodoo doc
; tors practicing among the colored peo
ple, apparently with considerable profit
. to themselves. In Philadelphia I know
of three voodoo doctors in the nelgh
. "borhood of South street alone. One of
the Quaker City practitioners of 'con
juring' has a national reputation
among the colored people. He Is Eben
ilassy, and his age must be about 90
years, although negroes will tell you
with awe that he has long passed hiu
. one hundredth winter.
' "I know personally of only one voo
doo doctor in Chicago, although I have
been told that there are many others.
Pittsburg rejoices in a female con
jurer. Chief of Detectives Roger
o'Mara introduced me to her some
years ago. She was then living in the
neighborhood of Grant street and do
ing a thriving business among the col
ored Lolk. But I believe the police have
elnce put a stop to her career.
•Despite the education which he re
ceives to-day, the negro is still a primi
tive being, and spells, magic and the
like— the stock in trade of voodooism—
appeal forcibly to his credulous nature.
He does not stand alone among the
races of civilization, either, in this par- I
ticular. There are witch doctors among j
the Pennsylvania Dutch, and only last I
year a case was brought to light in Ire
land where the black art had been in
voked with fatal results.
"It takes considerable persuasive
power, plus a strong financial consider
ation, to gain admittance to the sanc
tum of a voodoo doctor in cities where
the police organization happens to be
active against such imposition. Money,
without other influence, will avail you
nothing. As for me, I have many
friends Cold acquaintances of ante bel
lum times) among the colored people.
With the aid of Georgia darkies, who
knew me or my kin, I have frequently
secured entrance where it would have
been mighty dangerous for any North
ern white man to attempt to penetrate.
"For instance, no later than ten days
ago, I was brought by appointment to
visit a New York voodoo doctor of
prominence in his profession. My col
ored guide led me to a flat house in
East Ninety-seventh street, in a block
specially favored by negroes of the
richer sort. The house was very neatly
kept, nor was there anything in the flat
dwelt in by our 'cunjurer' to hint at the
mystic performances which were gone
through within.
"The grizzled old doctor was Inclined
to be angry when he discovered that a
white man had come to patronize him.
Clearly he feared police espionage. But
after a brief talk about the South and
the discovery that we both hailed from
the district around Atlanta, he percen
tlbly relaxed. Then my mentor told
him that I wanted a spell — 'a cunjuh'in'
■pell'— he called it— to charm back the
Or you can make it a little dining-room
feast and go down to the table with its
covers elaborately set for each guest.
The luncheon is really the most ac
ceptable form of entertainment that can
be mentioned to any woman. Lent or
otherwise, and at this time, when dinner
dances and balls and theater parties are
out of the question, it becomes doubly
fine from the attention that is put upon
If you were to ask the most popular
fabric for the informal luncheon you
would be surprised If you were told that
it was French flannel, yet such is the
case. There is no material one-half^ as
much in vogue to-day for a very infor
mal waist, sacque or gown for a small
luncheon gathering as French flannel.
Now stop, you woman of taste and fig
ure, before you picture to yourself a
woolly, coarse dressing sacque, disagree
able to the touch and twice disagreeable
to shape and style. Tho French flannel
' errant affections of a certain young
i lady. This interested our old doctor at
i once.
" 'Ah's done got fine chah'ms, suh?'
he said. 'Does yo' want d<- po' man's
| chah'm, er de gemman's chah'm?'
"How much is the gentlemen's
j charm?' I asked.
< " 'Gemman's chah'm five dollars, suh;
j po' man's chah'm two dollars fifty.'
"I took the gentlemen's charm which
completed my conquest of the doctor.
Having first obtained my money and
carefully examined it, to guard against
I mistakes, he drew the curtain at the
' end of the room in which we were
j standing. There was then exposed to
view as queer . looking den as it has
ever been my fortune to behold.
"The apartment was naturally In
clined to be dark, for it had no wln
i dow, and the only light came from the
i front room. Around the wall and dang
i ling by strings from the ceiling were
! curious objects — skins, skulls of bird
| and beast, odd bones and other name
! less relics. On a deal table in the mid
dle of the floor stood the "tuffed figure
of a great horned owl — one of those
fine fellows one c counters in the upper
parts of Louisiana, and especially ven
| crated by apostles of Voodoo. Over in
the most distant corner glowed an or
dinary gas stove and upon this was
a pot. What decoction the vessel con
tained, I know not; but it exhaled an
unpleasant, nauseating odor, and the
old 'doctor' varied his occupation of
preparing my 'charm' by stirring It
vigorously at intervals.
"Despite the commonplace gaa stove
I could not help recalling the witches in
Macbeth and their cauldron, as I gazed
at and smelt the Voodoo 'doctor's' mix
ture. I was not allowed to approach
any nearer than the dividing curtain to
examine the interior decorations of this
6x9 apartment of the black art. Every
time that I made a motion to cross the
prescribed limits my colored guide
twitched my sleeve by way of warn
"The 'doctor* went to a shelf and
I took down sundry bundles of what
; looked to me to be bunches of dried
: herbs. These he mixed in a small teacup
i and poured over them a glass of water.
Mumbling a few words (unintelligible
to me, and which I strongly suspect to
be gibberish), he strained the decoction
through a piece of cheesecloth bottled
the liquid portion, and presented it to
me with a bow.
" 'Dat ar,' said he, 'am de strongest
chah'm fo' love. Yo steep de young
lady's han'kchlef in dat chah'm, an' she
love you fo' suah.'
"The consultation appearing to be at
an end, I was forced to depart; but not
until I had made another effort to
study the 'fixings' of the inner room at
closer range. This time I positively
identified a coon skin, the skina of sev
eral rabbits and silver foxes, and what
looked like the skull of a dog. The old
'doctor' was suspicious of me to the
last and kept between me and the
"Two years ago I got a negro to get
me a love charm in Philadelphia, and
in that way opened up an acquaintance
with the notorious 'Doctor' Massy, al
ready mentioned. Massy's method of
preparing a love potion differed con
siderably from that of his New York
fellow-practitioner. Having first paid
over $2 by way of fee, the client was
called on for (5 more. This latter sum
was expended in purchasing five quart
bottles of whisky or rum and one
empty bottle. The full bottles Massy
placed in a circ'^ on the floor of what
he called his 'office.' Then he filled the
empty bottle with water, or with some
fluid that closely resembled water, and,
stepping into the circle, went through
of to-day is smooth, fine and soft, Tt
may u e almost silky on tho surface, for
some of the flannels have a tine satiny
face very pleasant to look at. You
would hardly know them to be flannel.
They resemble more a ladies' cloth, or a
very fine quality of broadcloth.
They may be figured or they may run
in stripes, and you can even get them
with a very nice pin stripe of tine satin
running through them. Now they are
not cheap, so don't think it, but they are
easy to handle and consequently within
the" limit of the home dressmaker. Tou
can get them from 40 cents to 90 cents
per yard.
A moat convenient one that has been
made for a woman wno is going to in
augurate the season of Lenten lunch
eons next Thursday by giving a purple
lunch is made of purple and white
striped flannel, the stripes of flannel be
ing double ones, with white satin stripes
running through the middle. This is lined
with purple taffeta, and around the throat
is a turn-over collar of purple velvet,
edged with very nice lace. The sleeves
are loose ones, with the arms encased ap
parently In old-fashioned flowing sleeves.
Inside there is a sleeve of purple taffeta,
edged with lace around the wrist.
This is called the choirboy waist, and it
is made upon a mode that Is perfectly
fresh this year.
A much more elegant waist for a Lenten
luncheon, though none the more expen
a long rigmarole, waving the sixth
bottle to and fro in time to his mono
tonous chant.
"This ceremony completed he corked
up the bottle of water carefully, and
presented it to his client, bidding him
administer secret doses to the lady
whose affections he desired. The five
bottles of whisky he retained for use
or sale.
"All Voodoo 'doctors' keep in stock a
number of the ordinary 'charms' prized
by negroes — such as rabbits' feet, owls'
ears, bones of the loggerhead turtle,
rattlesnake skins and such 'lucky' ob
jects. There Is the briskest kind of
trade in all these things. The rattle of
THE man of current affairs is almost Invariably a man with a. fad. De
pend upon It, he has his predilection for the acquirement of some one
thins, or the pursuit of some one pleasure, though he may not choose to
confess It.
Horace G. Platt has a penchant for inkstands. Not the plain, ordinary
inkwell of commercial usage, but those with a singular and engrossing
individuaJity. The Platt inkwells are nothing if not quaint, and a readable
little chapter of sentiment attaches to each of them. The attorney disdains an
inkwell that is not capacious, and will not suffer his collection to be invaded
by a flippant, shallow affair such as women ornament their escritoires with.
Mr. Plan's favorites are the Bilver and cut-glass inkwell, graven with his
name and a solemn owl's head, presented to him by his fellow directors of the
Bohemian Club, and a curious silver elephant's head.
Mr. Platt has another very pronounced fad. He turns a kindly ear when
ever a poet essays to sing hereabouts. In a word, no rhymester, whatever his
ability, need place his wares in the San Francisco market without the comfort
ing certainty that at least one copy of his book will be sold. Mr. Platt is as
certain to buy it as the fog is sure to roll in through the Golden Gate. He is
the patron saint of local poets.
Skulls and crossbcmes are the perennial delight of Consul Warburton,
Great Britain's representative In these parts. He is ever on a still hunt for
prehistoric races and aboriginal relics, and In every mound that meets his
gaze he sees possible plunder In grinning Jaws and bony craniums, awaiting
excavation and scientific discovery. It must not be imagined that the Consul
uses his finds for bric-a-brac, or that his back yard le* littered with the un
canny curiosities. He carefully examines their skullships, rejects those that
seem valueless on account of their too recent interment, and after duly label
ing them, transports them across seas to the British Museum. The Consul is
a genuine lover of curios in general and skeletons In particular.
Acting Consul Moore (his colleague, now on a trip to South America) is a
methodical collector of landscape photographs which he classifies geograph
ically in albums, and can take you on a picture trip around the world.
Ambrose Bierce has an affinity for lizards and horned toads, and wields a
mysteriously powerful influence over these strange objects of his regard. At
one time the famous critic had the most interesting and intelligent collection
of trained horned toads in the country, but he went East, and in his absence
they pined away. At all events, Mr. Bierce's toadery is no more. Disaster also
overtoc-k a performing lizard which was Mr. Bierce's pride and Joy until a
neighboring cat lunched off it on a summer's day as it lay basking in the sun
light. Previous to this tragedy Mr. Bierce utilized the lizard for a paper
weight. When about to pen his customary "Prattle" he would whistle for the
lizard, which immediately crawled into position on the table and prostrated
Itself upon the sheets of "copy" as they were turned aside by the writer.
Mr. Morganstern of the Baldwin Theater has a fad for the Maori green
stone. Twenty-five years ago he was presented with one by George Chaplin,
then leading man for Janauschek, and ever since that time Mr. Morganstern
has been addicted to the green stone habit. Never a ship in all this quarter
of a century has come- hither from- New Zealand without a small consignment
of these stones in her cargo to the Baldwin Theater's representative, who has
been sowing the emerald souvenirs broadcast among his many friends. The
New Zealand natives use them principally for spear points, but Mr. Morgan
stern wears his as a watch charm. It has served to establish his identity upon
more than one occasion.
Gustav Walter, who rakes Europe over for vaudeville eccentricities, is an
admirer of diamonds. He Is said to possess a diamond solitaire that would
make the Koh-i-noor it3elf turn green with envy.
Manager Thall of the Alcazar contents himself with photos of actresses.
None but the pretty need apply, either. His collection Includes lovely women
by the score, some with eyes in fine frenzy rolling, others the incarnation of
theatrical sweetness in pose and expression.
Neither gems nor pictured faces are the fad of S. H. Friedlander. He does
not long to scintillate with precious stones or be surrounded by histrionic si
rens on pasteboard. Says he:
"Traveling is my fad. It has been my aim all my life to become suf
ficiently independent to travel around the globe. 1 should vant to itudy every
elve—for the choirboy waist 1b really an
elegant affair— ls one that la made of the
very finest pale pink cloth, which Is part
wool and part cotton. It resembles a very
heavy cashmere and was called by one
shopkeeper cashmere and by another
This was fitted to the waist all around
except in front, where It was lightly
bloused, or, more properly speaking, hung
straight, depending for its blouse effect
upon the waist arrangement of the rib
bon. The Jacket iself Is of pale pink, with
a yoke of lace falling over It. The dressi
ness is supplied by a yoke of lace, into
which Is sot rows of puffed ribbon. Puff
ings of the ribbon are also set in the
sleeves and the seams of the jacket are
strapped with the same pink ribbon.
A very decided relief of color Is obtained
by the belt, which is of deep petunia vel
vet. It is tied in a bow in front, with the
ends hanging long over the skirt.
No skirt is prettier with such a Jacket
that a striped silk skirt, if one owns such
an article. Black and white striped
skirts are coming in and are always popu
lar favorites. Such a striped skirt looks
better with a waist of pale pink than a
black one, as the contrast is considered
by many of artistic tastes as entirely too
In the chiffon ruffle are run rows of pe
tunia ribbon of very narrow width and in
the hair is worn a bow of petunia velvet.
a rattlesnake or the eara of the horned
owl fetch good prices. I knew of a
Voodoo practitioner who hired a
hunchback of his own race for the
l>enefit of sporting negroes superstl
tlously Inclined, it being esteemed par
ticularly good luck to touch such a
person's hump before betting on the
races or staking one's money in policy.
"Policy, indeed, is the great aid to
Voodoo in the north. Colored men and
women will bet their all if in possession
of some good piece of 'conjuh'in'.'
Wherever you hear of negroes being
gathered together for purposes of pol
icy, poker or 'craps,' you may feel fair
ly positive that there Is a Voodoo 'doc
tor* doing a rushing trade somewhere
in the vicinity. It is now but a month
since a negro Voodoo doctor was ar
rested and fined in the New York police
"The police officials tell me that four
out of every five colored persons ar
rested in the big northern cities carry-
Voodoo charms about them.
Petunia, !t may be stated, 1b a shade
that while not purple, suggests it, and
which, while by no means a deep red, yet
reminds you of wine color. All attempts
to make of petunia a cream shade have
been futile, just as It Is Impossible to un
derstand white as "rose color," though
roses come white. Pale pink Is not ge
ranium, though you see many geraniums
In that shade. Plum color Is not green,
though there may be green plums.
In ordering goods by mail from the
shops it is well, when uncertain colors are
mentioned, to Inclose a sample or to ex
actly specify the shade, or the greatest
confusion sometimes arises. In "forget
me-not blue" for instance, how many peo
ple know whether a navy or a baby blue
is desired?
As one Is not alwayß. the hostess at a
luncheon party, it may be well to know
something about the waist which one can
wear. Many women go to Lenten lunch
eon in a church gown, but where no
church-going is intended afterward there
is a choice of pretty, informal and com
fortable waists.
Of course, when you speak of an "Infor
mal" waist, something loose is meant or
semi-tight. In a fur-lined cape or a big
winter wrap, a woman can run In for the
luncheon hour In one of th^se Informal
waists without criticism. Ijj fact, they
are positively fashionable for Lent.
Take one of cream taffeta, such as is
THERE be hypnotists and hypnot
ists here In San Francisco.
There is a certain story loiter
ing about the byways of society
Just at the present time which
"points a moral" that Is well
worth meditating upon, now that mys
teries are the fad of the hour, and the
"power of mind over matter" can be
easily learned by the veriest tyro who
has the cash to pay for instructions.
The story has been traced to a very
charming, though sharp tongued, mid
dle-aged lady, a whilom pupil of one of
country of the civilized -world and some of It that Is not civilised. I should
not overlook the Cannibal Islands (though I hope the cannibals would over
look me), and would visit Egypt. I would skate as close to the North Pole as
comfort would permit, and would also ask permission to see what the Shah of
Persia's harem looks like. I should drop In on King Menelek and Li Hung
Chang, visit the Korean Islands and make a trip over the new railroad into
Siberia. But before doing all this I would remain in the United States fcrr
two years and see what comparatively few Americans endeavor to see before
going abroad — their own beautiful country."
John J. Valentine, president of Wells-Fargo Express Company, has a fad
for dainty teacups and saucers, and his unique assortment of china embraces
specimens from many countries.
L. S. B. Sawyer has been adding to his valuable collection of books and
etchings for many years. His library is probably the finest In San Francisco,
and his etchings the rarest. Some of the latter are almost priceless, and in
clude the works of all the great masters.
Attorney W. H. L. Barnes Is devoted to the study of astronomy, and haß
maps galore of the starry firmament. Not many men In the United States
know more about physical geography than he. The well-known lawyer-oratoT
has a revolving globe to whloh he turns when he needs recreation, and whose
miniature surface he has traversed countless times in imagination. Starting
from the port of San Francisco in a splendidly equipped yacht with auxiliary
steam and provisions for a year's voyage, Mr. Barnes traces his course over
the waters, of the earth, spreading sail and casting anchor wherever fancy dic
tates. And he affirms that when that yacht of his gets back into the bay
again he is always refreshed in body and mind for the Journey he has made
without leaving his office chair.
Alexander K. Coney, Mexican Consul, Is of the opinion that very nearly
every other man, woman and child In America has a fad for foreign stamps.
The daily mall brings him importuning letters from all directions, until the
consulate resembles at times a branch postoffice. Being very good-natured.
Mr. Coney has yielded to his correspondents, and is now regarded as a sort of
stock-in-trade stamp Stanta Claus.
Frank S. Johnson, say his friends, dearly loves a dogr fight. Nor Is his fad
for pugnacious canines his only bellicose tendency. To en-gage a couple of
street gamins in a friendly fisticuff encounter delights Mr. Johnson, who has
been known to forget his lunch hour while a fascinated onlooker at ragamuffin
pugilism. A neat punch on an antagonist's solar plexus will send Mr. John
son into raptures. It Is believed of that popular gentleman that he not only
enjoys but does his best to promote scrapping matches among the youth of
the land upon every possible occasion.
Mayor Phelan has a fad for city charters. He can turn out a brand-new
one every twenty-four hours.
"William V. Bryan Is deeply Interested In feats of legerdemain and card
tricks. He can mystify almost any one by his skill In magic, although his ac
complishment Is not suspected by the average acquaintance of the young busi
ness man. Should he elect to turn his attention to the stage the name of
Herrmann would undoubtedly quickly be eclipsed.
George C. Pardee, Oakland's ex-Mayor and oculist of this city, shares Mr.
Barnes' liking for astronomy. When not engaged in mending the eyes of his
patients he is frequently studying the heavens o' nights and blinking at the
stars through a telescope, for Dr. Pardee has an observatory of his own and
is a man of science in divers ways of learning.
Governor Budd has a predilection for catfish. When his gasoline launch
head 3 down stream where the pellucid waters of the Sacramento mingle with
the salty currents of San Pablo Bay the affrighted piscatorial game makes for
the tules, and the ducks, sharing their alarm, take wing over the lonely marsh
es, for the gubernatorial yacht Is a familiar and disquieting vision in those
watery regions.
Senator George C. Perkins collects minerals and classifies them. He also
cultivates many hundreds of beautiful roses at Verno-n Heights, his Oakland
A. W. Foster has about forty beautiful little Shetland ponies eating their
heads off at the Foster stable in San Rafael. Mr. Foster drives each morn-
Ing to the city-bound train behind four of these diminutive steeds. He Im
ports an especially fine breed, the admiration of all who- see them.
now being exhibited on a model in a Fifth
avenue "art waist" window. This is tight
ly fitted at the back and sides and is laid
in folds in front. Over the folds is tied,
coming from the side seams, a very nar
row belt of turquoise blue velvet ribbon.
The yoke is laid in small plaits, one
touching the other, and it is bordered
with very broad white lace, which falls in
double ruffles over the shoulders. The
collar is of turquoise velvet, and there are
bands of velvet upon the wrists. The yoke
is further decorated with the very tiniest
bands of the velvet, put on apparently un
derneath the tucks.
Another informal luncheon Jacket is
similarly arranged, except that its yoke
Is much more elaborate. It is made of
mauve cashmere trimmed with black vel
vet. The frill or ripple of these waists
is lined with taffeta, which shows lightly
In the waving motion of the lace.
The very prettiest skirts are worn with
these waists, and the theory that "any
old skirt" Is good enough is exploded.
The day of the plain skirt is gone by,
except for the tailor-made, which often
has a panel on it, or is trimmed with very
fancy braid put on in most decorative
design. Many of the newest skirts are
accordion-plaited, and are the exact CQun
terpart of those worn in 1890, when an ac
cordion-plaited skirt was the dressiest
thing a woman could own.
the many "professors" of therapeutics
who have reaped a golden harvest here
In San Francisco in the recent past.
The woman in the case is a sparkling
brunette, no longer a bread-and-butter
school girl, of course (since she is the
fond mamma of a child or two, which
no amount of dressing lamb-fashion
has been able to keep In the nursery
for some time past), but bright, agree
able, always well dressed, and full of
business from the top of her fetching
hat to the patent-leather tips of her
dainty boots.
Some time sine* this divorcee took j
In making such a skirt it should be re
membered that it must invariably be
made short— even shorter than walking
It Is very difficult to hold up an accor
dion skirt, owing to its fullness, and con
sequently it should be .short enough to do
away- with the necessity of holding it up.
If one rule more than another can be
given for china for an informal lunch It
is that of matching the table throughout.
Have your cups all of a color, even if not
all the same shape, and match them to
your table linen.
If you are fortunate enough to own a
tablecloth embroidered in blue silk, get
out your blue china and use it. Have the
cups, saucers, plates, suit* dishes and cen
ter pieces in blue, and, if you must com
bine any color, choose dead wnlte.
The day of odd pieces is almost past.
The dishes can be of any shape, no two
shapes alike; cups high and low, short
and tall, thick and thin, Chinese and
Sevres, but they must have a similarity
In hue.
The table decorations can also match
the china. If you choose blue, get small
winter flowers of bluish hue, if you can.
Or, if not, make the contrast a* litile
visible as possible. White roses "match""
blue china exquisitely, nnd they form a
very lovely table decoration.
a fancy to study hypnotism. She
proved an exceptionally clever pupil —
so much so that after a few lessons aha
boldly started out as a hypnotic healer
on her own account and did quite a
thriving business "suggesting" to peo
ple that they should do, or not do, cer
tain things for their physical well be
She met with gratifying success In
her new avocation and caught minnows
in plenty, but at last the day cams
when she was fortunate enough to
catch something very near akin to a
whale, and that was an Oakland capi
talist who complained of not feeling
well, and who came to her for raesmerlo
(not hypnotic, since he was opposed to
that on principle) treatment.
Here was the lady's opportunity, at
least she thought so. She exerted her
power to the utmost, and without her
patient's knowledge made him com
pletely subject to her will. She was
kind enough to "suggest" to him among
the other things which she brought to
his attention while he slept the sleep
of the passive "subject" under her Cir
cean spell, that he should no longer
fancy himself ill, but should look upon
himself as a well man from that time
forth, and he obeyed her, at least to
all appearances he did.
She also suggested, however, that he
should express his gratitude to her for
her kindness in curing him by writing
her a check for $500 and present her
with a set of diamonds to match the
sparkle of her handsome eyes. And he
Then she went a step farther— in
fact, she determined to make him a
stepfather to her rather overgrown "lit
tle ones," and she "suggested" that
such an arrangement would be most
desirable. The result is an engagement
which is to end in a marriage in the
near future, and through it all the
hypnotized fiance has not the slightest
idea that he is not acting of his own
volition, and proudly boasts that, ef
fective as his future wife's influence is
on others, he Is absolutely invulnerable
to it.
The relatives of the aged bridegroom
to-be haven't the slightest idea of what
is going on. In a few short weeks the
1 surprise of their lives is coming to
! them, but it won't come until the new
,ly wedded pair are safely off on their
I wedding journey.
The old familiar question, What is
electricity? that is asked in every text
book on electricity, and is answered by
saying that it is an imponderable fluid
capable of traversing the air, the earth
and especially all metals, and for com
mercial purposes flows through iron or
copper wires In an invisible fluid state,
has no foundation in fact; but ad-i
vanced electrical scientists to-day re-:
cognize no such theory and are free to '
admit that the exact nature of elec
tricity is unknown. The sources of
electricity, such as are termed frlc
tional electricity, hydro electricity,
pyro electricity, magneto electricity,
thermo electricity, animal and vegeta
ble electricity, etc., are not different
kinds of electrical force. Electric force
or energy is of one kind only, no mat
ter from what source it may originate.
Raw Recruit (on duty)— Who goes
Answer — A friend.
Raw Recruit— Advance, friend, an*
gle"s a pipe o' tobaccy.

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