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WHAT IS NEW ON THE BOOKSHELVES THE Rise of the Empire," by Walter Besant, is the first of a series of small books to be devoted to the glorification of Britain as a whole. Parts to follow are "The Story of India." that of Australasia, of South Africa, and of Canada. Modern history made palatable, and ad ministered in small doses, this book of Besant's Is. There are probably 35,000 words in it. It is told in an unpretentious Btyle, does full justice to the greatness of England, and though not anxious to see fault? In the British system, does not h§B- Itate to point them out and mildly to con demn them. ant's pen picture of the average Englishman is a very good one. "He is.. to begin with, more readily attracted by things practical than by things theoreti cal; he prefers a feat of arms to any in tellectual achievement; he would rather hear of things done than of things at tempted; he worships success in every thing, because success means battle and victory; he is combative and aggressive; he likes lighting as much as his ancestors. • • • He is subject to restlessness, he cannot be always sitting still; he will throw up his situation and ■ go roaming about the world; he likes trade, espe cially trade across the seas, because it de mands enterprise and courage— it ia a great mistake t<' suppose that the love of trade denotes a mean and money grub pirit. He is profoundly religious, but he will not endure the-domlnation of priests: he is tender and chivalrous to ward women. He demands' freedom of !., freedom of thought, freedom of faith. He insists on self-government as . he enters Into combina- I md associations with readiness, and Is what is meaat by give and take. He is not the most courteous per son in the civilised world; he is well satis fied with himself; * * * he is a strong, I In arty animal." What this strong, big and healthy ani mal has done In th-.^ world Besant dwells Upon with pride. His picture of the early inhabitant of Britain and the circum stances that led to his becoming the strong, big and healthy animal Englisn authors delight in is a good piece of work. I I admits that England's dealings with Ireland have not been entirely satis "Have we absorbed the Irish race? <;>>. ask the millions of Irishmen in America what sort of extension of empire is that where, after 600 years, the p are so anxious t<> shake off the English yoke as they were at the outset. • ♦ • It is not my business to explain, or to de fend, or to accuse in the matter of Ire land. I would only remind you that, after all these years, though the whole of the empire, with all its countless offices, dis tinctions, honors, chances of wealth, be ••■< the Irish as much as to ourselves. though Irishmen are found in the highest : though by their services 'and their they know how to climb, and do the country must still be down by a garrison, anil the Irlsn in America never cease abusing us, conspir ■ inst us. embittering. the Americans • us." It is not upon such .extensions as this that England should pride herself. The book is an excellent mental birds eye view of the great English empire, and • s with a strong plea for united fed eration of the English-speaking states. ••I can see no boundary or limit to the FRATERNAL NEWS ORDER OF EASTERN STAR. The district meeting last Tuesday night in the hall of Ivy Chapter was a very pleasant one, and- it was attended not only by almost the entire membership but by a great number from all the local chapters and many from across the bay. Mrs. Dell C. Savage, D. D., found herself ushered into one of the most beautifully decorated chapter halls she ever entered,' for there was a profusion of the choicest of flowers, and the patriotism of the membership was made manifest in the liberal display o* the American colors. As an earnest of the desire to advance the chapter and to show how well the of ficers could perform the work of initia tion, the membership presented for Initia tion Mrs. W. J. Martin, Mr. and Mrs. S. C Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. Donald McKay, Mrs. Emma Hendry. Marion. Hill. Alma yon Tillow. Otto Hall, and Edwin Reiser, and the work of conferring the degree \vu- performed in the perfect manner for which this chapter, is noted, and It was highly commended by the grand officers and visitors, .'.mong the visitors were Grand Patron Rowe. Past Grand Matron Mrs Mary A. Flint. Grand Secretary Mrs Wlllats. Worthy Matrons Mrs lllats of Gate, Mrs. Wetjen of Harmony. SrSwn O f Beulah. Mrs. Schnv dt of Kine Solomon, Patrons Heichei ot n,ik ££l and Greenwood of Beulah •»>««>£ bast officers. During the evening the sub -hall, where covers were SSysHff&SS Soffit £ort^l*tto? Charles L. Patton re- II the assemblage »to ■■tag rtg *tar makfrig'^abdominal 111 bandages and com- Deputy Mrs. Dell C. Savage was a dream of patriotic display and flowers particularly in the east, where therlwaS an Immense canopy formed of two very large American flags falling in graceful folds over the chairs of the worthy matron and patron. The effect -ivac, extremely pretty. The worK was Exemplified after which there was a flow of or', orv. and it was half-past 11 o'clock before the meeting closed, and all pres ent were Invited into the main hall, where there was a repetition of the pa triotic display of American colors only a little more so. There was set a table for the grand officers and officers of the chapters, live tables in the form of a star and then additional tables to ac commodate the large number who attend ed the meeting. Nearly two hundred oc cupied seats to enjoy a fine collation that .had been spread in the midst of flowers, ferns and daintily arranged covers. Among the visitors there were the worthy Brand patron, Past Grand Matron Mrs. Flint Grand Secretary Mrs. Wlllats, Grand Esther Mrs. Helen May Patterson, the matrons of all the local chapters; Mrs Roberts, past matron of the Ban Jo<*e Chapter; Past Grand Treasurer Mrs. S I. Hubbard, and a great number of tbe members of the local chapters and of those in Oakland and Alameda. ODD FELLOWSHIP. A new Rebekah lodge was instituted at Covena on the 20th inst. by Past Grand President Miss Fannie Benjamin with ten charter members. Thirty-two were ad mitted by initiation. The instituting offl cer was assisted in the work by members of Heliotrope Rebekah Lodge of Po mona. A new subordinate lodge will be insti tuted within the next two weeks at Loreta. A remarkable fact is that during the past three months there have been but very few suspensions in the order in this jurisdiction. The various reports received show that there is much activity in the membership. The Sovereign Grand Lodge will meet In Boston. Mass., on the third Tuesday In September. Templar Lodge, which has been doing remarkably well In the matter of taking. power that will be possessed by such a federation. • • ♦ It Is possible to hope that the time Is nigh when the orator (in the United* States) will cease to misrepre sent us: when' the school books will cease to teach the children perversions of our history; when the greatness and glory of the United States of America will not re- "He leaned a little way to one side and swore softly to the sea. "Riding a lame sheep is bliss to it." quire, even on Independence day, to be In flated with froth and gas about the wick edness of Rrltain; when it will be under stood that it is beneath the dignity of a great power to rail at one equally great • • when at last the great reconcilia tion shall take place, and we may be proud of each other, as we ought to be and as we deserve to be." The last sentence in the book Is one that in itself is testimony of the kind of history Besant aims to write: "The six Anglo-Saxon nations are already, and will always remain, republics." IT doesn't make any difference what Stephen Crane writes or how he writes it. There'll be readers for his books as long as they are marked by that unique Cranelike quality of sur prise. In Craneland It is. always the unexpected that happens. When the au thor begins a simile it's pure Joy to shut your eyes and fancy what the end will be. "The long revolvers in his hands were as easy as—" As what? Guess. " — as straws." •'The men rowed like — " Like what? "—seamstresses," of course. In new members of late, will have an other Initiation at its next mee.ng. Tuesday. June 14, will be memorial day in the order. ANCIENT ORDER WORKMEN. The following district deputies for San Francisco have been named by Deputy Grand Master Workman Danforth: Dis trict 1-Bernal, Excelsior, Alta and Lib erty lodges, William Hansen of Excelsior Lodge; District 2-Bay View. Fairmount, Eureka Valley and Crocker Lodges, J. Van Alen of Croker Lodge; District 3- Burns Memorial, Friendship and Tri umph lodges, F. J. Maguire of Friend ship Lodge; District 4-San Francisco. Unity Spartan and Magnolia lodges • J. Bowman of Magnolia Lodge; District 5- Golden Gate Valley, Golden est ana Prosperity lodges. M. J. Blackman of \ ai lev Lodge; District 6-Harmony. Yerba Buena Myrtle and Noe Valley lodges. A. Wiemore of Yerba Buena Lodge. LMa t ri« 7-Appolntment not yet announced; District 8-Hercules, Washington. Rlcn mond and Park lodges, R. Q. Nunan of PGP G r rand O< Master Workman Bahrs attend ed a large meeting of Santa Cruz Lodge '^U^w^Varge attendance at the meeting of Oak Leaf Lx.o-ge last week on brate Its anniversary in the early part of "rhe^odges of Sonoma County will plc be instituted at that place June 1. Gold Ridge Lodge gave an entertain ment and bail at Sebastopol last Friday. The grand master workman delivered an el T?e e nexf iSn of the Supreme Lodge will be held at Asbury Park N J.. June •>1 Past Grand Master W. H. Barnes will leave next Wednesday to attend, the qes«lon of the Supreme Lodge. On the wav there he will address a meeting in Chicago to be held under the auspices of the Fraternal Union, and-one at Milwau kee to be held under the auspices of the D past e Suifr| ( me r Master Workman J. G. Past SurjUnie Master Workman J. G. Tate has gone to the front with the regi ment of the National Guard of which he was for five years the chaplain. Valley and Spartan Lodges have re solved 'to pay the dues and assessments of their members who have volunteered or shall volunteer for the war. THE NATIVE SONS. It Is the intention of Grand President Conley to increase the number of city deputies from seven to eleven, and to have them visit the parlors of the bay counties and to make the bay county deputies visit the local parlors. Arrangements are being made for the organisation of a new parlor in the Rlch- m The annual picnic of the Sequoia Club, composed of members of Sequoia Parlor, has been postponed until the 12th of June. The following additional donations to the Red Cross fund have been announced: Golden Gate Parlor, $25 from the general fund and $35 from individual members; library and reading room, $10, and Yerba Buena Parlor, $25. THE NATIVE DAUGHTERS. On the evening of the 21st inst. the mem bers of La Estrella Parlor gave an "at home" In Sierra Hall, Native Sons' build ing, to their friends, who responded In large numbers to the invitations extend ed, for all know that when they attend these gatherings they are assured of a pleasant evening's entertainment. There was presented a short programme that included "Remember the Maine," an original song, to the air of "Then You 11 Remember Me," by Mrs. Lillian A. Car lie- "The "Veteran," a recitation. Miss G. Bello; "When the Snow Begins to Fall," vocal solo. Mrs. Margo; specialties by the children artists, -. •aire PYx and Jack Rob inson- "Come Back, My Love," vocal solo, Miss l.andell; fancy dance in Japan ese costume. Miss Turpin, and then a cake walk by four members of the parlor, who each concealed her identity behind a black mask. So excellent was the action of each that the judges divided the cake among ther-. ahare and share alike. This was followed by the serving of icecream and cakes, and then a dance. Previous to the "at home" the parlor was enter tained with remarks by Mis? Kervan and Miss Eliza D. Keith on behalf of the Red doss Society received four applications and elected Mrs. A. Aigeltinger and Emma Thiorbaeh as delegates to the Grand Parlor. BUENA VISTA'S PATRIOTISM. The entertainment that Is to be riven on THE SA:N T FRANCISCO CAH, SUNDAY, MAY 29, 1898. THE RISE OF THE EMPIRE. FOUR DOGS. MEIR EZOFOVICH. ALWEWSKA. THE OPEN BOAT. "The ship swashed through the seas as genially as—" —"an old wooden clock.' "He was aa astonished as—" (This is a craniacal gem. fj ' — as if his hat had turned into a dog." .„_. , You can appreciate the possibilities of this last. It may be changed to read: "She was as amazed as thougn her bonnet had turned Into a cat; as though her skirt had become an elephant"; in fact, all through the Infinite combinations and permutations of all articles of clothing : and all species of .animals. Successful writers are of three kinds— Those who are bound by the ordinary laws of literary civilization; those who avail themselves of poetic license (and pay for it in a higher degree of capacity); and— Crane. He's in a class by himself. And he stands first in it, unapproachable, peerless. You may search through all the flood of books that pour In a deluge from the publishing houses, and nowhere will you meet expressions like these. "Riding a lame sheep is bliss to it. —"and his knees turned to bread. "From a dark corner of the room there came the sound of two or three snores twining together." "He leaned a little way to one side and swore softly into the sea.." "They have no friends or other cred ulous furniture." "Was I brought here merely to have my nose dragged away as 1 was about to mo- ; ble the sacred cheese of life?" | "Canton flannel gulls flew far and near. "He yelled some sudden language at tne i •■ . the ant of desire to-see-what-lt's- , like " "A man could beat carpet with a voice ; like that." . , Then there are the "blip and the | "plop" constructions. "A shot," Mr. Crane tells us, "whined "Was I brought here merely to have my nose dragged away as I was about to nibble the sacred cheese of life?" softly into the air and blipped into the sea." And later, "The Foundling plopped and foundered." Here's an extract from the new Crane grammar: Infinitive, to blip. Present, blip; past, blipped or blop; the evening of the Ist of June in Native Sons 1 Hall in aid of the Red Cross fund of the Native Daughters will be a very patriotic one. There will be an address by Mrs. Genevievf Baker, one of the most eloquent and patriotic speakers in the or der; a Hag drill by twenty ladies of the parlor, patriotic songs, recitations and pa triotic tableaux. As the entertainment is in behalf of a cause that appeals to all who are imbued with the spirit of patriot ism and humanity, it will no doubt be well patronized. THE NATIONAL UNION. Golden Gate Council at Its meeting last Tuesday night received two applications. There was read a circular from W. M. Bayne, president of the senate, calling particular attention to the fact that there is nothing in the laws of the order, the constitution or contracts of th* National Union which might In any manner in validate the beneficiary certificates of the members who might die in the military service of the United States. The council will have several candidates to initiate at its next meeting. After the routine business there were short talks ami the singing of patriotic songs by the member ship. FORESTERS OF* AMERICA. Court Golden West was the first of the local courts to give substantial aid to the Red Cross Society. At its meeting last week it donated to that organization the sum of $10, and the hope was expressed that each court would do at least as well in aid of the good cause. At the same meeting the court presented to Captain Rethers of the corps of surgeons or the First California Volunteers, who for some time was the court's physician, a set of engrossed resolutions in pamphlet form, expressive of the court's high opinion of him. On Saturday, the 21st inst., Court Inter Nos gave a social In the Social Hall of the Alcazar, and there was present a large number of the members of the court, their friends and members of Inter Nos Circle of the Companions of the For est. There was a good programme of dances and during the evening there was introduced the midget reciter, Baby Lil ian Doiliver, who, under the direction of Miss M. F. Dreyfuss, her teacher, re cited a selection in line style and then danced a fancy dance. After that J. W. Sparrow, past chief ranger, was pre sented a certificate and beautiful em blematic badge, and L. H. Wiggins, also a past chief, was presented a certificate. AH present were treated to a tine colla tion in the banquet hall. On the evening of th<? ]Oth inst. Court Golden West gave a banquet to Jacob Samuels, the grand chief ranger. There were a number of the members present. and during the evening the members of the court presented their guest with a beautiful set of diamond studs. Those who responded to the toasts of the even ing were the guest of honor, J. J. Cordy, Hugo K. Asher, J. C. Heenan, F. Conk lin, E. W. Levy, Sol Pelser, D. Cohan, J. Caiman, Dr. M. Regensburger, D. A. Sullivan, S. Waller. P. Gray, E. Behm. E. S. Isaacs, G. W. Alexander, C. W. Stern and J. H. Newbauer. COURT SUTRO HEIGHTS. The entertainment that was given last Thursday night in Odd Fellows' Hall by Court 6utro Heights of the Foresters of America, the third by this court, was one of the most pleasing of the kind that has been offered by any of the fraternal or ganizations of this city. All of the talent was of the best, and the several numbers were presented in a manner that elicited well-deserved applause. Under the direc tion of Leo Cooper there was presented a farce entitled "A Pair of Lunatics," the parts being taken by Reginald Travera and Miss Vorg-ie Goodsell. Miss Cordle Wetjen entertained with whistling solos In birdlike notes that were most artistic performances; Thomas Hickey gave a recitation; .J- EL bunpson as n swell col ored dude gave coon songs; Miss Moille Brown gave a monologue, "The Window Curtain," an admirable piece of acting; Miss E. Ruth Cohen sang ballads; Miss Pearl Noble gave a cornet solo, and for nn encore played the bugle palls ana the "Star-spangled Banner." "Henrietta," a short comedy, In which Miss Etta Butler and Louis Butler took part, closed the programme. Miss Butler's rendition of the part proved that she is a natural born actress, and the audience did not fail to recognize her merit. A grand ball followed, and the choice programme was greatly enjoyed by all. The committee that got up the fine entertainment was: I. Gross, L. N. Boukofsky, E. S. Harding, E. N. Boukofsky and George K. Small. COMPANIONS OF THE F. OF A. The entertainment or picnic social given by the convention of 198, Companions of the Forest of America, in Alcazar Social Hall on the evening of the 23d inst. was a very pleasant affair, and all who attended spent an enjoyable evening. There were games, dancing and a cake walk, which nrove.d one of the most amusing features participle, blippeh or blap. The principal parts of "plop" are the same. Only once does Mr. Crane apologize for his licentious use of words, and then, strangely enough, it Is for a compara "The Foundling steamed toward Cuba with its crew in a sling, if one may be al lowed to speak In that way. Surely "one may be allowed ' a trifle like this after he has blipped and plopped. Nevertheless, axid in spite of It all, whether the picture It paints be true or not. "The Open Boat" is well worth read- Ing. By degrees that— " 'Billie:— Billie, will you spell me? " 'Sure,' paid the oiler." becomes fixed upon one's mental retina till he can feel the utter exhaustion, the horrible sense of exertion that pervades this epic of effort. The book leaves you with a sort of impressionist skelcn, drawn with bold, quick strokes, of the peril of the ? ea, and, however you may condemn the means, you'll acknowledge the force of the end and agree that when the wind brought the sound of the great sea s voice to the men on shore, they felt that they could then be interpreters." *•* • • EVERY story written about the Jews is bound to remind one of Zang will. According to the degree in which this re-semblance is marked may be measured the ability of the author. Not that it is necessary to imitate the artist whose strength lies In his treatment of Jewish history and fiction to attain success; but that the field has been so covered by the author of "Dreamers of the Ghetto" as to almost preclude the possibility of finding new material. "Heir Ezofovltch" Is not a new story.- It is merely another phase of the Mes siah movement Zangwill has shown us in so many phases. An earthly Messiah la Meir Ezofovltch. who dreams of leading his people only to earthly peace and happi ness and freedom of thought and of ac tion. It's an old story, but- every orig inal mind has power to renew the world s interest In the old. This Polish author, whose book Is translated by Iza » 0U J?»?' has written a very interesting story. Ihe characters are well drawn, and some of them glow with life. The Rabbi Todros might pose for intolerance and bigotry and asceticism and unselfishness personi fied of siuh contradictory yet thoroughly human materials is he made. The great family of the Ezofovitches is a fine pic ture of the patriarchal old Israelite sur rounded by all his descendants. There s a pathetically artistic touch in the old grandmother— despite the species of mi racle in the last speech of the centena rian when she reveals the hid ing place of the writings of Meir's great ancestor— in the beautiful reverence paid to her and in her silence broken only to murmur lovingly to her favorite great-grandchild, the intellectual heir of her husband and also of her ances tor, the original great iconoclast. Excel lent dramatic Incidents there are In this" book, and capital situations, which would fit it for the stage. The lovf story of Meir and Golda Is a truly tragic idyl. It depends upon how you read "Wa lewska." If it is to be Judged a.-; grown up literature, you're apt to smile at its path. is and sigh at the funny picture Na poleon presents as the villain still pursu ing the Polish heroine. But if you know that the author is a girl of eighteen whose youthful chivalry has been stirred by ths accounts of the beautiful Polish woman whom Napoleon loved and who desires to re-estublisn the fair fame of the Countess YVaiewska. it may make you look upon the book as the author herself is likely to, in time to come— should she develop the capacity she shows and over come her delight In descriptions of per sonal beauty, among other things— as a crude but not unpromising beginning. Llna Bartlett Ditson is a relative of that Washington Bartlett who was once Mayor of San Francisco. The book is dedicated to Henry Clay Barnabee of the Bostonians. • • * There's something sane and simple and quietly old-fashioned about Tourgee"s short stories, of which the first and long est gives title to hiß latest book; a good, of the- evening. J. W. Sparrow. H. Rup ple, George Morrison and Jacob Label, who were the Judges, were so undecided as to the performance of two of the lady walkers that it was a lons time before they could reach a conclusion, and when It was reached it was that each should have < ne-nalf of the cake, which was do nated by Mrs. L. Atwood, the president >>r the convention. In one half there was concealed a line «old ring, the gift or Mrs. J. Wisbinan, and that was secured by Miss Lulu Laederich, one of the win ners. The other was Miss Annie Wold. A number of gate prizes were distributed and the affair reflected credit on the committee, of which Dr. A. W. Atwood was the chairman. THE AMERICAN GUILD. J. EL Grove of Watsonville Chapter died in Miitiposa on the 21st inst. and his remains were taken to Watsonville for interment. The chapters at Watsonville, Mill \ al ley, Tomales and other places are re ported as doing well. San Francisco Chapter at Its meeting last Wednesday night Initiated several candidates, and there are several more to go through the ceremony at the next meeting. KNIGHTS AND LADIES OF HONOR. Aurora Lodge will tender a reception to the grand offioen) on the evening of the 6th of June, to which ail members of the order will be welcome. Golden Rule Lodge has arranged for a complimentary social to be given on the evening of the 9th of June. Last Tuesday Empire Lodge consol idated with Pacific Lodge, and in the fu ture the two will be known by the name of the latter. This was done in the. pres ence of a number of nvmbors of the or <l ■ r and of the grand officers. Grand Pro tector Mrs. i.. J. Wbeelock commended the consolidation as a move in tne light direction, and she said there was no doubi in her mind that the increaseu membership of the Faeiiic would instill new life into the lodge and arouse the members t<, reneweS activity. Grand Sec ret;* ry H. VV. Quitzow followed in a very interesting address and expressed the opinion that the consolidation, which il lustrated that in union there is strength, would result in the upbuilding of tne lodge-, which is part of, as ho said, "one of the best i' all fraternal orders." Mrs. Francis Clodi, the retiring protector of Empire Lodge, was, by the grand pro tector, on behalf of the members of Em pire Council, presented a line jewel ex pressive- of their admiration of her. At the close of the meeting all present were treated to a fine luncheon at the Zink.md. GARFIELD RELIEF CORPS. There was a large attendance last Tues day night in Seven Pines Hall, in the Al cazar building, on the occasion of the entertainment given by James A. GarM-ild Relief Corps, under the direction of Mrs. May J. Sowders president of the corjra, Mrs. M. Van Horn. Mrs. Dora Wwklns, Mrs. Caroline Dibloe, Mrs. Cathrine Gil bert, Mrs. Blargaret Jones and Mrs. Eh'?. The hall was tastefully decorated with p.i trlOtic emblems, and the tire of patrio;.:.-m that was kindled thirty-seven years ago burned with us much brightness as it d.d then. The programme included a vocal solo by Miss Minnie Powell; recitation, Mitton Long; mandolin selections. Miss Minnie Hoffman; "The American Flag," recited by Miss Ada Gilbert; vocal solo, Miss Addie Ehle; recitation. Dr. Craw ford; Kong, Miss Hazel MacKenzie; piano selections, Miss Louise Ehle, and vocal solo. Miss M. Oakes. There were present a number of the veterans of the Civil War and also a number of the young volun teers for the present war. The old gave the young a hearty handshake and wished them success in the defense of the flag and the country's honor. After the pro gramme there was a dance in the social hall, and tae party, as it broke up, sang a patriotic song. GOLDEN GATE HIVE, L. O. T. M. There was a large gathering of the members and friends of Golden Gate Hive of the Ladles of the Maccabees in St. George's Hall last Thursday night, on the occasion of the social and dance given by that organization. Under the direction of Lady Commander Mary E. B&lmond, Past Commander Gertie Wastlor. Libby Diel, Frankie Harris and Florence Avery there was offered for the entertainment of all a programme, the features of which were piano .selections, Mrs. Jennings; vocal solo, rendered with tine artistic ef fect, by Mrs. George Leroi; violin solo, Phoebe Gibson; cornet solo, I. M. Cog gins; selections by the Mandolin Club, and a patriotic address by Deputy Supreme Lady Commander Mrs. Eudorla Moffit, who has a son on the Baltimore. At the close of the programme there was danc ing and a collation was served. WOODMEN OF THE WORLD. At the meeting of Golden Camp No. 64 last Monday night twenty applications were presented and referred to commit attractive title, too. There's nothing , startling In the stories Tourgee has to i tell, but they're wholesome and. though not exciting, are interesting and well told. "The Man Who Outlived Himself" is the man who disappears from the world after an unsuccessful business operation. His , own account of his awakening to his identity years later in an insane asylum and of the gradual growing back to men tal health makes a good story * * * The peculiar thing about Laurence Hut ton'e "Four Dogs" is that it's charming to both the man who leads "a dog-less lif." and to him whose days are over flowingly dog-ful. Your anti-dog preju dices melt away— at least for the time while you listen to this easy, merry talk about Whiskie. "w.io was so honest, so ingenious and so square, who had the sense of shame and the sense of honor, and who came back from his encounter with the cat "with a muttered curse" and the sense of having made himself ridic ulous. About Punch, whose love for the world was so all embracing that "he was as cordial to a bepgar as he would have been to a King; and if thieves had come to break through and steal. Punch, in his unfailing hospitable amiability, would have escorted them through the house and shown them where the treasures were kept." About Mop, who had the same long, lithe body as his predecessor, "the same, short legs (the forelegs shaped like a capital S), th<> same short tail, the sumo hair dragging the ground, the same beautiful head, the same wistful, expres sive eye, the same cool, insinuating nose" and who soothed the feelings of the dog bereft boy by "the longed-for touch of a vanished "paw, the lick of a tongue that was still/ And then about Roy. who looks like Thomas Carlyle and "Profes sor John Weir declares that his body is all out of drawing." There isn't a cleverer word picture, a better acquaintance and a purer philoso phy shown in the biographies of four of the world's greatest men than In the story of these dogs. Isn't it well that there aren't old letters, old friends, and old frumps, to rise up and contradict their biographer? Hutton's own childhood's biography of a boy, who was "not a very good boy, or a very bad boy, or a very bright boy. or an unusual boy in any way— but just a boy," is one of those boy stories like Tom Sawyer and Sentimental Tommy— bound to be read and loved and cherished by boys of all ages and both sexes. ***** The Scribners are about to round out their series of "Stories by American Authors" and "Stories by English Au thors" with a similar set of ten volumes devoted to continental writers. "Stories by Foreign Authors" will consist of ten "Rlding a lame sheep is a bliss to it. 11 volumes devoted to the masterpieces of short-Ftory writing from modern Euro pean authors. They will be divided, as follows: Thn" 1 French volumes, two Ger man, one Spanish, one Russian, one Scan dinavian, one Italian and one miscellane ' tees. There were nominations for camp officers and thirty-two candlidates were j named for the office of representatives to : the district convention to be held June (5. At 9 o'clock the committee on enter tainment took charge and an enjoyable programme was presented to the members : and 150 visitor? from the several ramps in '• this city and Alarm-da County. There was j orchestral music by Prof. Charles Welsel's ' band; "The Dandy Fifth." recited by W. I.. Currier; tenor solo, J. H. Desmond, ; and selections by J. C. Flood. J. C. O'Dnn ' nell, F. A. Griffins; and S. J. Daly, corn- I posing the Columbia quartet. An hour ! later all present, numbering about 500, left ; the hall in the upper part of the Native Sons' building and went to th<' banquet hall in the basement, where a fine colla- Uon was served. During the evening the orchestra played patriotic air* and i there were thrcr—siinute speeches by I. I. Bnak, head manager; Lieutenant Dal ' tenberg, Colorado Regiment of Volun teers; Dr. G. W. Daywalt, John W. Lewis, W. L. Schell. W. N. Browni, W. W. Brack ett. .T. L. Geary Jr., M. B. De Roco, James Petty, M. B. Estes and D. Oliver Jr., clerk of the camp. There was manifested , a greal deal of enthusiasm and much pa triotism was displayed. There were pres ! ent twelve members of the order who wore the uniform of Uncle Sam. and at one time, during the singing of the "Red, White and Blue," one of the guests arose and waved a small silk American flag, keeping time with the music. As he did so' the twelve soldiers arose and tainted the flag, showing that they do not forget the colors when displayed. The commit tee on entertainment wns highly com mended for what It presented. « — - COMPANIONS OF THE FOREST. On the evening of the 21st inst. Sher wood Circle had a social, at which there was a large attendance and a very pleas ant time was had by all participants. Last Monday the supreme chief com panion, the grand right and left guide and the grand inside guardian paid a fra ternal visit to Pride of the Forest Circle in Oakland and were well pleased with the reception they received. On Tuesday night Mrs. F. N, Morrow, supreme grand secretary, and the grand left guide and inside sentinel paid a visit to Washington Circle, of which Mrs. Min nie Asher, P. G. C. C. is a member. It being- the silver anniversary of the wed ding of Mrs. Ashor the visitors and the members of the circle were made her guests after the close of the meeting. Supreme Grand Chief Companion Mrs. Beverson and Mrs. Morrow, S. G. S., vis ited Liberty Circle on last Wednesday and were delighted with the manner in which the circle transacted its business. The Past Chiefs' Association has in creased its membership since the ad journment of the Grand Circle. A list of official visitations is being pre pared. THE DRI'IDS. Grand Secretary Graves returned last Tuesday, after a two weeks 1 visit in the southern part of the State filling ap pointments which J. H. Goller, N. G. A., was unable to keep on account of illness.' He visited Salinas Grove and installed the officers, after which there was a ban quet, at which thore were a number of ladies. He then visited Mission Grove at San Luis Obispo, in company with mem bera from Cayucos and Guadaloupe Groves, and the visitors wore well enter tained. He then visited Guadaloupe Grove and installed its officers and then re turned to San Luis Obispo, and from there drove twenty-five miles to Cayueos to visit the grove there to initiate a can didate and make th«> official visit He then visited Morton, Mazzlnl and Los An geles Groves in joint session; then he vis ited Sumner Grove and performed the work of initiation. On the 19th inst he was joined by the noble grand arch at Merced and the grove there was visited There was a good meeting and the third degree was conferred on four candidates At all places the grand secretary was cor dially welcomed and shown every cour- Reports from all parts of the State show an increase in the order. IMPROVED ORDER OF RED MEN. A new tribe was recently instituted at St. Helena by Great Chief of Records Burgman, Great Junior Sagamore Col lins and a team from Otonka Tribe. It is called Mayacamaa Tribe No. <)7 There were thirty-eight charter members, of which twenty-seven were adopted on the night of institution. Dr. Samuel Mc- Curdy is the sachem and Frank Mixon chief of records. Deputy Herbert H. Cole has presented a box of fine tomahawks as a prize to be competed for by the several councils of the degree of Pocahontas. A number of members of the order who come from the Northwest are in the regi ment iii.ni thai section <>t the county, and there are also a number who are at tached to the Eleventh United States regulars who have gone to the front. Many of the Fourteenth Infantry reg ulars are members of Kumtux Tribe. A great deal of interest is felt in the ous — Polish, Greek, Belgian and Hun garian. The contents of the first and sec ond volumes are "The Siege of Berlin," One of the most interesting restaurants of London is the Cafe Paganini. It holds about the same position in the art and letters of the British metropolis that the Chat .Nolr held in Paris. The walls of the place are decorated with the auto graphs of the famous artists and others who have dined there. Paderewski, Sara sate, Mascagni, Mile. Chaminade and MHba. Among the habitues are Henry James, Val Prinsep, Daumier and Phil May, the English Caron d'Ache. The place is noted for its spaghetti and Ital ian wines and good music. "When first this piece of news is read, Which Literature diffuses, The reader his remark thereon With difficulty chooses; Ought he to 'Happy Standard!' cry^ Or moan 'Alas! poor Muses?' " by Alphonse Daudet: "The Juggler of Notre Dame," by Anatole France; "Uncle and Nephew," by Edmond About; "An- "A man could beat a carpet with a voice like that." other Gambli-r," by Paul Bourget; The Necklace" b/ Guy de Maupassant; me Black Pearl," by Victorien Sardou; "The Substitute." by Francois Coppee; "The Attack on th* Mill," by Emile Zola; "The Virgin's Godchild." by Emile Souvestre; "The Sempstress' Story." by Gustave Droz; "The Venus of Ille," by Prosper Merimee. "Let him who is not Interested In brawl and battle," says the author of "Four for a Fortune," "In the smell of the sea, in treasure hunting and the staking of hu man life for gold; in treachery and hate; in perseverance ami daring— let him, I say put this book aside." Which is good advice, for this is a good, strong story of its kind: the kind that one swallows at a single reading, and forgets pleasantly forever after. Fifteen works on Cuba have b^en issued recently. Among them are Richard Hard ing Davis' "A Year From a Reporter's Is'ut"' Book," "Marching With Gomez," by Grover Flint, and "Facts and Fakes About Cuba," by George Bronson Rea. Two popular weeklies of Scotland in stituted a literary competition in which the competitors were asked to name the greatest six living authors. Those who know Scotch loyalty will not be sur celebration by the order on next Fourth of July In this city. The great chief of records has asked for 100 volunteers for mounted service for that day. These will bo furnished with appropriate costumes. The committee of arrangements has de cided on three floats — one to represent t hi Northern Indians, another the South ern and the third the hunter's period. B'NE B'RITH. The committee on entertainment of the Constitution Grand Ixidge, that is to meet in this city in June, 1900, held a special meeting last Monday and increased itself by adding five ex-presidents. It appeared that while the lodges have responded to the call for a fund to entertain the high est body of the order, there is still — out side of what there is in sight—consider able needed, and to the end of securing the necessary amount the committee will arrange a series of first-class entertain A HOW TO MAKE WHIST MORE POPULAR. When a whist club or association of whist clubs make up their minds to hold a whist tournament or contest, the first thing that should be done is to study how to make the meeting the most enjoyable and satisfactory to those who take part in the play. Try to please find do justice to every one; how can this best be done? It is very simple. First, you should have a detailed plan of whist play arranged from start to finish for each and j every contest you intend to hold. To avoid j an endless amount of trouble and delay, it is necessary for the one in charge to have at his finger ends or in his vest pocket what we call elastic schedules for both pair and teams of four play, to accommodate any number of entries under all methods or systems of match play that you have on your programme; then state to the players how it is to be con ducted—the number of deals you intend to play, and how It is to be finished, if on a different plun from the beginning; also how the scoring is to be done, and who is going to do It — how the winners are to be decided, and carry out your plans to the end, never changing them unless you are obliged to, and then only with the consent of tl>.^ players. Have everything SO simple and plain that every one taking part in the games will thoroughly understand it. The- umpire selected to lake charge of a match should never undertake to conduct one on any new system that he Is not entirely fa miliar with and of r.U things he should never phiy in a contest that he is conducting, nor should be allow post-morteming of deals after they are played at one table, and have to b* moved for play to another. Absolute silence should be preserved during play. No com parison of seres with players at another table should be allowed under penalty of immediate expulsion from the match. The score slips should be taken up as the game progresses, after each round, and tabulated. There is no system or method Of play that we know of that will not permit of this being done. The result of each sitting, match or frac tion of a match, should be announced as quick ly as pof&lble. It only requires a few min utes alter the contest is over-half an hour is plenty of time for the largest kind of a match. The score is not properly kept if tt cannot be proven; like a trial balance, it must come out right, and this proving the score. should always be done before announcing the result. The tabulated scores, as well as the score slips for each deal, are the property of the players who take part in the contests, and should be treated as such; they belong to no one else, that is. they should newr be put out of sight for a moment: they should be a» free to he examine any time after a match by all the participants, as the deals Just played are. A bulletin board should always bf provided, and this board is the proper place for the official scores to be post ed, and when once posted there, the scores should remain until th» tournament ends, bar ring the time that might be used in *a.klng a copy. It is an excellent idea to take carbon copies when tabulating. Every lady <<r gentleman who enters a whist contest should have his or her rights fully pro tected by tlit umpire or person In charge. By doing this, and there is no reason why it should not be done in every Instance, many of the whist contests that we have seen, to.ken part in and heard of. would have b.e.i mv.l. more popular, sort of family reunions. Instead of scrapping matches. A. W. L. SYSTEM OF WHIST PLAY. The American Whist League at its next an nual meeting will, no doubt, agitate the ques tion of formulating a system of play to be known as the standard game or the league sys tem. While that groat exponent of the noble game, Mr. Milton C. Work, was here a few ;igo, we asked him this question: '•Do you think the American Whist League should recommend a system uf play to guide Its VhlSi chi!i!n u'."' . . „ .' Answer— Most emphatically, ye». I believe that such action on the part of the league would simplify matters to a very great extent. For example, there are to-day a large number of recognized system?, all of which have some advantages and some disadvantages. When ' prised to learn that a fair percentage of i the six claim Scotland as their country. First, James Barrie; next, Miss Annie ' M Swan. Then come Hall Came, Conan '■ Doyle, Walter Besant and lan MacLaren. The following lists contain the best i selling books of the day. in the order of the selling qualities, as noted in the lead : ing bonk stores in the cities named: Philadelphia: "Quo Vadis," by Henryk Sienkiewicz. "Hugh Wynne." by S. Weir Mitchell. "Alfred Lord Tennyson," by his son. "The Story of an Untold Love," by Paul Leicester Ford. "The Jessamy Bride," by F. Frankfort Moore. "Corleone," by F. Marion Crawford, "The Gadfly," by E. L. Voynich. "Captains Courageous," Dy Rudyard Kipling. New York: "Quo Vadis," by Henryk Sienkiewicz. "The Choir Invisible," by James Lane Allen. "Hugh "Wynne," by S. Weir Mitchell. "Captains Courageous," by Rudyard i Kipling. "The Gadfly," by E. L. Vqynich. "The Honorable Peter Sterling," by Paul Leicester Ford. "Corleone," by. F. Marion Crawford. Boston-: "Quo Vadis." by Henrvk Sienkiewicz. "St. Iv-es." by Robert Louis .Stevenson. "Farthest North," by Fridtipf Xansen. "Hugh Wynne," by S. Weir Mitchell. "Andronike," by Stephanos T. Xenos. "Gondola Days," by F. Hopklnson Smith. It is worthy of note that "Quo Vadis" continues the best selling book on the market, and that Hall Calne's "The Christian," which had a large sale when published last year, is not in the lists. C. D. Gibson is making for Scribner's Magaaine a series of drawings under the general title of "A New York. Day." He ■will undertake to represent therein the typical scenes of a typical twenty-four hours in that city. The June number will contain his ob3ervations of the life of the worker and of the leisure person during the morning hours. They include scenes on the ferries, on the elevated roads and In clubs and homes. The announcement made last week that Mr. W. D. Howells will contribute a se ries of letters to literature will be taken as an Indication that the management has decided to consult the tastes of readers on this side of the Atlantic, in devoting more space thaan formerly to American books and American literary topics. At a late reception at tha French Academy the speech of the day was de livered by the Comte d'Haussonvile. It contained an unfriendly reference to Zola's "Debacle," which was tumultuous ly applauded. BOOKS RECEIVED. "The Open Boat and Other Stories" — Stephen Crane. Doubleday & MeClure, publishers Price, $L "A Boy I Knew and Four Dogs" — Laurence Hutton. Harper & Brothers. "Four for a Fortune"— Albert Lee, J. S Ogrilvie. Price, Jl 26. "The Man Who Outlived Himself— Albion W. Tourgee. Fords, Howard & Hurlbert, pub lishers. Price, 75 cents. "Walewska, a Tale of the First Empire" — Lina Hartlett Ditson. F. Tennyson N'ealy, put. Usher. "The Rise of the Empire"— Walter Besant. M. F. Mansfield, publisher. New York. Price. 50 cents. "Melr Ezofovitch"— From the Polish of Eliza Orzeszko. For sale by William Doxey. Price, $1 60. "Hassan, a Fellah"— Henry Gillman. Little. Brown & Co., Boston. "Aunt Elvira Abroad"— William Burt Har low. J. P. Ogilvie, publisher. "Christ In the Daily Meal"— Norman Fox. Fords, Howard & Hurlbert, publishers. "Advanced Rules"— Henrietta Shattuck. Lea & Shepard. Price, 50 cents. "Brockenbourne"— Virginia Frazer Boyle. Kir sale by Poxey. Price, $1 60. "Ppcline and Fall of the Roman Empire" — Gibbon. For sale by William Doxey. Price, $2 a volume. "Two Prisoners" — Thomas Nelson Page. R. H. Russel. publisher. "Coal Catechism"— William Jasper Nicolls. J. B. Llpplncott Company. Price, $1 50. "The Earnest Communicant"— Most Rev. Ashton Oxenden. For sale by Doxey. Price, 35 cents. ! ments, at which only the best talent ob ; tamable will participate. The grand president paid an official vis it to < >phir Lodep last Wednesday, and the large membership and visitors greeted him cordially. There were a numb, r of short talks, and the evening passed off in a pleasant manner. Encouraging reports from all parts nf the jurisdiction are being: received at the office of the grand secretary. K NIGHTS OF PYTHIAS. Unity Lodge of the Knights of Pythias had a very pleasant social In Crystal Hall, Pythian Castle, last Thursday night, which was attended by a large number of the members and their lady relatives and friends, and there were also a good num ber of the friends of the membership. A well selected programme of dances was presented by S. W. Gates, W. T. Lansfield and J. L. Brown, the committee of ar rangements. two league teams meet they are both anxious thru the other should understand Its system of play, but it sometimes takes considerable time to enter into an explanation, and there are also occasions when either by reason of the fact thnt It la presumed the adversary knows all about it. or ("mm Inadvertence, the fullest and most satisfactory explanation may not be given If the league recognized a system to be called either the league system or the Ameri can system it would be very simple when two teams met for each to explain to the other in what respects, if any. the system that it fol lowed differed from the standard adopted by the league. This would not in any way curtail originality, which should be encouraged rather than frowned upon, but It would make it much more easy for strangers meeting to understand each other's systems and ldeaa. A LAUGHABLE WHIST SITUATION. One evening when Washington Irving. Kver ett and Bancroft were chatting over dlplomatio reminiscences. Everett told Mow he and ths Neapolitan ambassador had been presented to hfr Majesty Queen Victoria. Lord Melbourne 'intimated that they would be expected to Jr>lo in a game of whist with the Duchess of Kent. "I play but a very poor game myself," said Melbourne; "in fact. I scarcely understand it." "And I," said the Neapolitan to Everett, "am a very bad player, and should I happen to ba your partner, I invoke your forbearance In ad vance," to which the American envoy replied that he knew very little of the game himself. "Here." said Everett, in relating it. "were i three dignified persons, clad in gorgeous attire, solemnly going to play a gam.^ they Imperfectly ! understood, and for which none of them cared a straw." Upon reaching the duchess' apart ments the ambassador* were formally pre sented, and then at her Invitation sat down to play. As soon as the cards were dealt a lady in-waiting placed herself at the back of the duchess and the latter said: "Tour excellencies will excuse me If I rely on the advice of my friend here, for I must confess that I am really a very poor player." This was too much for Everett's gravity, and it was only with tha greatest effort • that he could refrain from, laughing aloud at the ludicrous formality of the ; situation. — Detroit Free Press. THE AMERICAN WHIST PLAYER. This is the name of a new monthly magazine that will soon be issued from Boston, with Lander M. FSouve. the well-known whist au thority and expert, as editor. The series if whist articles that have appeared weekly in the Boston Transcript were fiom his pen, and are second to none in this country- The whist players of California and the en tire Pacific Coast have known Vr. Bouve in the whist world for several years, and will be glad to welcome him to his new whist home. WHISTLETS. Whist for -May comes a little late this month, but it is full of interesting whist top ics. The front page has a beautiful portrait of Mrs. Joseph K. Hawley, wife of Senator Hawley of Washington, D. C, the newly elected president of the Woman's Whist League. John T. Mitchell, father of duplicato whist, writes a very interesting: article on ••A I>-ague System of Whist Play" that every lover of the game should read. E. C. • Howell tli-- -short suit" champion, furnishes his solu- Uon of the Howell method problem of com puting the Kom In pair matches. Hon George L. Bonn gives some good whist t»<» sons in bin "Whist Catechism." In fact Whist for. May is a special number devoted' to tha Woman's Whist Congress. Among, other good thln.es It has performed a wonderful cmount of labor Mn tabulating the scores for the entire Mrs. Margaretta WetherPll Wallace whist editor of th« New York Post. vi JS Mrs Hw- ' ley. the new teacw pn*ident, is a woman of k exceptional executive ability, and under her I Won^L C l!e r P X a!CtS a bappy future for the \> oman s I^ea^'ie. Ceorge E. Bates, ex-president of the San Francisco Whist. Club, says the Rldeout tro phy is getting dusty, -and it 1b quite, time that come ■of the whist clubs challenged for It. Whafa.the matter with Sacramento'