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The San Francisco call. (San Francisco [Calif.]) 1895-1913, June 01, 1902, Image 13

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The world has so long been at war with
the hapless printer that it will be Inter
esting to know that at least one compos
itor.has been capable of following instruc
tions. Once upon a time a printer brought
to Booth for inspection proof, of a new
poster, which, after the manner of its
kind, announced the actor as "the emi
nent tragedian, Edwin- Booth." Mr.
Booth did not fully approve of it.
"I wish you'd leave out that 'eminent
tragedian' business. I'd much rathar have
it simple 'Edwin Booth,' " he said.
"Very good, sir." \.
The next week the actor saw the first of
his new bi'l3 In position. Ills request had
been carried out to the letter. -The poster'
announced the coming engagement of
"Simple Edwin Booth."
a safe with nitroglycerin and just
how, he proceeds to business. His outfit
consists of a few pounds of putty, a suf
ficient quantity of nitroglycerin, a ham
mer and perhaps a couple of thin wedges.
With these, and a fuse and matches, he
is .ready to "negotiate", the so-called
burglar-proof safe, » and the degree of his
success depends almost wholly upon him
self." . ¦' \- . •; ,--;.;. "' .¦ \
; /A -very short time is needed In which
to "blow" the safe. The first thing cione
is to make a [ careful inspection of the
upper door Jamb oV the safe. No matter
how tight-fitting and carefully adjusted
the door of a safe may be, it is- claimed
that it is impossible to make.it so that a
.wedge hardly any. thicker than a razor
edge will not find . entrance... A . few taps
with a hammerdrive in the thin end of
the wedge, making an opening which may
not be ,any ' bigger than a thin sheet of
papeiv; The wedge is driven in further, a
thicker ?w,edge is inserted, and this is fol
lowed, perhaps, by^a still thicker- one,
each wedge only receiving a ifew dull
blows, until finally the opening" between
now turns to his lump of putty and goes
to work on the bottom of the safe door.
The minute crack here where the door
and the, safe meet is carefully puttied up
along its whole length, and the line of
putty is continued up for about a foot on
each end along the sides of the door. Tho
burglar with his putty next makes a
"cup" at^ the' top of .the door, directly
facing the opening ma.de by the wedga.
When the cup , is finished he fills it up
with nitroglycerin. This slowly perco
lates in through the thin opening made
by. the wedge, .and as soon aa the cup
lias emptied itself it is filled again. Now,
what happens?
The nitroglycerin does not simply dis
appear in' the safe among the books and
drawers. It slides down the top of the
door at an angle of 45 degrees and fol
lows down the ; inside of the door. In
stead of resting on the bottom of the
safe, the nitroglycerin follows *he "steps"
into which the door Is fitted. Here the
nitrcglyceriri collecta, the putty on the
outside of the door preventing- Its escape.
The burglar keeps pouring In nltro-
VERY few people are aware how
simple are the implements needed
by the modern burglar in opening
the door and the wall of the safe Is per
haps a sixteenth of an Inch wide. Leav
ing the last wedge «- place, the burglar
How the Expert Burglar Cracks a Safe
glycerin by the aid of his "cup" until h»
believes; that the interstices between the
bottom 'of the door and the safe are full
of the liquid, making a layer under the
door at an angle of about 45 degrees. The
eaf e la then ready to be "blown," which
merely consists in setting off the expio-"
Bive. So powerful is nitroglycerln that it
wrenches the door from Its place and
leaves the inside of the safe at the mercy
of the burglar.— New York Times.
Yet, in his rare moments of comparative
humility he will half admit that hfs wo
men assistants contrive great works for
which he, as chef, gets credit, "and 'he
knows other renowned kitchens la Lon-
enough to include anything the King
wants, for it 13 a chief qualification of
theso functionaries to know his tastes.
Mr. Manager selects jCverything ha
needs. The master of the^ kitchen, Mr.
Mr. Menager's career goes to substanti
ate the saying that great cooks are born,
not made. He is not more than 40 now
and th^ compliment of being asked to
become chef to the Prince of Wales was
paid him more than five years ago. He
Is a Frenchman, probably of the south,
tall and comely, with a black beard
trimmed on the model, of his master's.
It was from the kitchen of the Reform
Club, the best club for dining in London,
that he moved westward a few hundred
yards to Marlborough House. The Re
form Club kitchen has been for a long
time the studio of great artists. Its Tory
neighbor, the Carleton, plodded , along
with the old plain dishes and let the
cookery contest go by default, only
shaking its head and muttering, "Those
Whigs always had French leanings."
He says with conviction that he doed
not believe that feminine nature can rise
to the greatest lieights in his art any
more than in, painting, poetry or music
don. Sir Edward LawBon's and Julius
Wernher's, which hav6 frequently served
dinners to his royal master and are con
trolled absolutely by women cooks.
He does not sleep under the King's roof,
but has his private residence in a street
not very far away. Breakfasts are not
his affair on ordinary, days; they are the
task of his assistant. It is not looked
for that any artist produce three
masterpieces in one day, especially when
the greatest, the dinner, has to coma
last. Thus Mr. Menager need not quit
his own rooftree till after 11 o'clock.
Then he steps into a hansom and drives
to Marlborough House. His kitchen is
big and bright and has all the windows on
tho ground floor facing the lawn. The
carte for luncheon is brought to him and
his work begins., V
The King never draws up the, list, of
dishes for his own meals. This is done
by Lord Farquhar, the master of the
household, or.' Lord Valentla, tho comp
troller, but of course it is always varied
King Edward's Ten-Thousand Dollar Cook
IF the viands served at the table of
King Edward of England are. not to
the liking of those who are favored
with invitations to dine with his
Majesty it will not be for lack of a
cook who enjoys a reputation second to
none in Europe and a salary that the
ablest statesmen of the world might en
vy. In making his arrangements for the
public feasts of the coronation season
this kir.g of the kitchen is to have a
free hand, for by the King'e mandate his
slightest wish 'is to be complied with.
It was a decree promulgated by King
Edward when he ascended the— throne
that Mr. tfenager. his cook, wats not, to
interfered with. Mr. Mcnager draws an
annual salary of $10,000 a year— about the
same i-s a lieutenant general in the Brit
ish army or an admiral of the fleet, it
is the same a.s the official income of two
members of Lord Salisbury's Cabinet
and it ex cetfis that of the keeper of the
British museum and of sundry bishops. ,
Mr. Menager's position is much firmer
than tlie Ministry's. The King has re
ferred to him again and agafrTas a "per
fect treasure," and frequently proffers
h'.zn a cigar from the royal pocket case.
A negro kissed a white waitress at a
restaurant at ; Granger, near .Salt Lake
City, some two years ago. Witnesses of
the episode-were so enraged by the as
sault that they commenced a five days'
caiiipalgn ; against all the negroes in the
city, who.^of ' course,^ took the, part of
their colored comrade. Thirty-six, white
men were either killed or wounded, to say
nothing of eightar negroes, and at the end
of "that time tho. -waitre-s> astonished
everybody by lnanylns Uer colored lover.
about 1 the decimation of a town. A
Spanish vessel put Into the little seaport
of Candalo, on the coast of Florida, fly_ing
the yellow flag, and was accordingly or
dered to remain in quarantine, . for more :
than one member of the crew exhibited
symptoms of bubonic plague. But a
sailor disobeyed orders and put off in a . j
boat- for shore one evening,' where ;he v
sought outhls fiancee and r embraced her.'
The girl . succumbed to. the plague, which
spread through the town so rapidly" that
over 204 persons died out of a total popu
lation of 1500. :•'
A FATAL kiss was that given by a
young Spanish pallor to, his fiancee
nine ; years ago, , for it brought
IT was a glorious meet."
"How much did you lose?"
"It is to be hoped that King Ed-
ward will patronize the game ex-
warn -wm *;«*«"""¦«- «¦« c*
"It was so thoughtful In the" genial
hostess to pass around chewing gum and
chicken salad."
"Mr Leon Lilac opened a costly snuff-
ln the shape of a racque, and Mr.
Harry Heart wore a pair of ping-pong
"It is much to be commended that,
thoueh there were numerous bad plays,
all strenuous language was eliminated,
The strongest expression was 'Oh,
fudge!' by Mr. Charley Callow, after
he had driven the ball through a thin
mirror." ,
"It is not known as yet. if the different
„*,.„ *y.a Hoiie-h'tful
churches will sanction the dengntiui
game. Many of the fellows hope not.
There is always so much spice in any-
thing a little wicked." j
"Ping-Pong has eclipsed bridge whist
for parlor gambling Severa^
young ladies present -lost their matinee
allowances for a year. It is also whis-
pered that certain mesfiames will not be
able to contribute toward charity func-
tions for some time." -
"Of course, the inevitable wit waa
present. Mr. Freddy Wages remarked
that while table tenn.s was a quiet pame,
it could not be played without a racquet,
For this outburst of brilliancy he was
rewarded with loud and continuous ap-
DJ ause >. -
..The' re has been much discussion as
t0 wnether a physical culture course is
essential to those intending to take the
game up. We think it is. Mr. Harold
m& limlted hlmself t0 ten clgar.
eUeg per day and only chewed g.um after
meals. He also says that he takes vig
orous exercise by dressing himself, in
stead of allowing his valet to do so, as
previously.' r v
cess Thyra. reckless or the fact that she
was already affianced. High words en-
Bued, followed by blows, and a duel was
arranged, which led to diplomatic rela
tions between the two nations being dis
continued,. A war broke out ultimately
and resulted In the death of many men
before .there was a declaration of peace.
BlacWwood. a much
more prosaic personage,
a mere : man of iigures.
eeos that all the articles
come in and that the items ¦
on the tradesmen's accounts
correspond. When he has, verified
them they are taken to Sir Nigel •: •
Kingscote, the paymaster, who writes •
out checks for payment.
At 0 o'clock Menager returns to Marl
borough House to prepare the. King's din
ner. He is frankly proud of his early crea^
tions. and will often Include cutlets a la.
reform or other dishes named after the
grtat Whig resort in the King's menu.
Tir.iorr.us cooks might' hesitate -to thrust
the word "reform" under the eyes ot,the
King when he was dining, but Mr. Men
ager and his ' master understand each
Before the King touches a. dish a senior
member of his household tastes it .and
puts it before him. No waiter touches tho
plate after this tasting? performance.
The King's wine taster,; Mr. Payne, is
sc;./cely so close to ; the throne as Mr.
Menager. the cook. Mr. -Menager rose to
his present height through sheer genius,
while Mr. Payne belongs to -the heredit-,
ary brancfi of the British constitution,
for he succeeded his father.-
Physically he is a great man, and he
treats nte office with becoming gravity.
Twice a week— it will be oftener when
coronation time comes— he walks into St:
James Palace, produces' his bunch of
keys and descends through a trapdoor
into the cellar, accompanied by a servitor
holding a lantern. : > ¦•
Mr. Payne has the list of wine he is
to take out. Each kind he tastes. Like
the professional at his craft, he does not
swallow. . He will; tell you that the' man
who swallows cannot taste. 'He _ just
takes a little in his mouth and puts it out.
, - - - • - . ¦____ ¦¦ ¦¦ ¦-¦ , \K ;
This by no, means
•settled matters, for
/the negroes thereupon
joined forces with the
.White men, and the couple 1
1 barely . escaped the city with
their lives.
" Kisses cost the lives of many
Jj'rave soldiers once in. the history
of the British army, .if a popular
story be true. The beautiful Duch
ess of Gordon .in * 1794 raised the
famous Gordon Highlanders by, it
is said, giving .a . thousand recruits
a kiss and a srolden guinea apiece. The
regiment ' was raised to its full strength
in a few days. The men were then sent
otU against the French, and in the first
battle in which they took part more than
250 fell killed or .wounded. It can be
truthfully said that, they paid ..for the
Duchess' kiss with their lives, for many
who had plenty of guineas enlisted,
moved by her kiss of patriotism.'
Previous to 'this, in.' 1718, a war was!
'brought about by a thoughtless kiss on
the part of a Bavarian Prince of gome
what'- reckless character named ;. Ferdi
nand. During a visit to a neighboring
state he inadvertently kissed a beautiful
member of* the royal household,' Prin-
would be better if it were gray, but ex.- i
pcrience has taught that white is the best
adapted for the use of the expert player.
'•There can be no doubt," said an ex
pert the other day, "that the constant
watching- of the ball which is required in
the game tends to aggravate a^eakneaw
of the eyes. The moving of the muscUf
which control the eye3 wearies them after
an ordinary game. The control of. the
eyes is really the most essential part, for
the game calis into requisition compara
tively few muscles.
"I have heard much of the ping-pong
ankle, but as the ankle is used compara
tively little in playing I do not think that
the maiaUy is one.v/hich the player need
count. Some players find that the dorsal
muscles arc easily tired, and the man
who stoops a great deal in his effort to
find the balls which have been knocked to
the carpet is lijtcly to suffer from sore
ness and inflammation of the muscles
alrout the pftins. There is in my opinion
j. ping-pong eye, although I deny that
there is si ping-pong face.
"It has been said that the muscles of
the legs and arms are often wearied By
the game. This .is true in a. sense, but I
think that the eye and the brain -will be
exhausted :n ping-pong long before the
muscles used in sending and returning
balls can be affected to any appreciable
•— -\ ISEASES with strange names have
Dloliowtd in the wake of ping-pong,
J.ut the real pang is not a fanciful
une. for the watching of the cellu
loid* sphere really strains the eyes.
Let London surgeons talk as they will
about tei.dosyr.ovitis "and p^ig-ponS an
kles: all these are as nothing compared
to tho'strair.ed muscles of the eye of the
Ail ping-pong devotees, even experts,
suffer from the ping-pong eye more or
Jess. Other muscles employed to playing
th* game are ""speedily co-ordinated. To
develop a proper technique is^ing-pong
is no easy matter, and in the endeavor
the eye suffers the most.
There is a ping-pong wrist, of course,
and a ping-pong back, but the player who
can return a ball a hundred times or so
suffers comparatively little from these.
The tyro who bends often to pick up the
balls -which bound upon the carpet is the
one who is most likely to complain of
In time he learns, however, to make the
optical nerves save the exertions of the
muscles. Then he requires a ping-pony
i ji^jlimii
Not much strength # is required in tho
game. A little more vigorous than bil
liards and not quite bo arduous as tennis.
of which it is a cousin german, pins-
pcng appeals to those who have the quick
eye. -/ .
The skillful player can keep his body
almost rigid, and standing In front of the
table send the ball backward and forward
with scarcely a movement of a muscle
except those of the wrists. Many or the
players are able- to sit In • one of the
chairs such as are used by spectators in
billiard games, and still keep the ball go
ing rapidly.
Physicians say that many ping-pong
players suffer from an inflammation of
the eye. and champion players add their
Testimony. The constant watching of the
ball is liable to cause heaoaclies, or, 'in
other words, to cause irritation to spread
from the overworked optical mu.-des.
The pir.g-ro"g eye is often bloodshot.
The only way to cure it is to stop play
ing and to give the overworked eye a
chance to rest. Th!s the ping-pong devo
te*- objects to doing. When ho becomes
absorbed in the game he persists in play
ing it in season and out of season.
There are many . ping-pong table's which
served originally in dining-rooms. The
man who plays upon them is prone fo
contract the ping-pong eye. The ideal
table should be dark green^This color is
easy on the eye. A retired billiard or
poo! • table is well adapted to the game,
as far*"as the effect upon the eye is con
cerned. The ball is dazzling white. It

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