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It A PROFITABLE INDL STRY.
SNovel MIeans oat Ltvlihood In Whtle * Citizens of Detroit are Engaged. [Detroit YFst and Tribune.] There is an enterprise carried on in EDetroit which is not generally known, and never appears in the statement of the city's varied prosperous industries. Its novelty is such that it has never as yet attained the dignity of-a name. It is carried on when a imajority ef citizens are asleep. Those en tgaged in it prosper upon the carelessntss and misfortunes of others. Their income defies definite pre. iction, but can be depended on for a iandsome return on the capital invested. The few engaged in this industry might Tbe termed "fighters." The pioneers in the business were gas-lighters. Scarcely one of their number, who has been en gr.ged with the craft for any consider able length of time. has failed to find one or more articles which afforded a handsome addition to his regular in come. Almost every night there was a valuable find or two, and as a knowl 'edge of the fact came to a few men who were waiting for something to turn up, they saw in it a golden opportunity, an% are now laying up treasures from whal they can find. One of these individuals lives in Close's alley and is a negro. At the very peep of day he may be seen abroad, traveling at a good round space, scanning the side walk and doorways, and swooping down ,on anything of sufficient value to repay the loss of a minute or so. There are also three men who travel together, their rounds generally beginning about mid night and continuing until daylight. They walk abreast, taking in the side ewalk, scanning it as they go, the center man carrying a bull's-eye lantern at tached to the front of his coat. They go as rapidly as is consistent with their business, and nothing of value escapes their notice. A basket is the receptacle for many articles, money goes into their pockets, and heavier finds some times necessitate the sending of a detail of one or two for assistance or a wagon. What they pick up comprises almost every movable commodity worn or car ried upon the etrte:s. Theiy secure hats, handkerchiefs without number, coats. money, umbrellas, feathers of value, occasionally a valuable watch dropped by some night marauder, purses, rings, breastpins, canes, chains, bracelets, keys, letters, gloves, furs, skirts, and even hose, dropped by some luckless adventuress. An invoice of these find ings would show an immense annudal aggregate. A plume picked up not long since netted eight dollars to the finder. A watch was quietly disposed of for fifty dollars, and the purchaser had a bargain. Much of the jewelry is sent to a distant market. Ready money is tucked away and tells no tales. Curious finds are also made. An old lamp-lighter said to a reporter: "I have picked up two bushels of potatoes when they were worth a dollar and a half per bushel, and no one even called fcr the bags." Another had found a new suit of clothes, neatly done up, and found them a good fit without the change of a but ton. Some disciple of Bacchus tucked a twenty-dollar bill outside his vest pocket and the eagle-eyed finder gathered it in. Purses containing several times that amount have been picked up, and the business is said by those informed to be a lucrative one. A peculiar case is that of an aged negro who is found around the market building at an early hour during the hot weather: He gathers up the heads and feet of chickens, declaring when ques tioned: "Boss, dem am de quintessence ob de fowel. De possum am de only bird dat obberrates dese foh regalah ole time soup." He never misses a squash, bunch of vegetables, or some other bit of diet. Forret rand O'Coner. "The true story" of how the late Charles O'Conor came to act as counsel in the Forrest divome case is told by The Syracuse Herald. Mrs. Forrest's friends at first tried to tegage him, but he refused positively to have anything to do with the ease. But they had spread abroad reports of their intention to engage him, hoping thus to frighten Mr. Forrest, and Forrest heard and be lieved them. A few hours after his final refusal to be Mrs. Forrest'scounsel, Mr. O'Conor took his seat in a horse-car to go home. A moment later Forrest entered. His eye fell upon O'Conor and flashed fire. Believing the lawyer to be his wife's counsel, he strode up to him. and in the presence of the assembled passengers he deliberately trod on his toes. Mr. O'Connor rose, quitted the car, and returned to his office. There he wrote a brief note to Mrs. Forrest, ac cepting her case without a retainer; and a more remorseless warfare was never waged by counsel upon an adversary's client than that which Mr. O'Conor opened against the great actor the vest day. Wood as Yood. [Popular Sci ace Monthl"r.] Certain auimali have a remarkable power of dige.t:ng ligneous t asue. The beaver is an example of this. The whole of its stomach, and more especi ally that secondary Jtomach, the c~ecum, is often found crammed or lugged with fragments of wood and ara. I have opbned the crops of sev eral Norwegian ptarmigans, and found them filled with no other food than the needles of pines, upon which they evidently feet during the winter. The birds, when cooked. were scarcely eat able on account of the strong resinous fiavor of their flesh.a I may-here, by the way, correct the oaimontly aceptedw scrsiaon. of a pope la. itory. 'e are told that when .ae Anrl to:nitte was inormied of a ~i2a*. in the rei-hborhood of tbe 'Lyrol, and of the starving or s"tua . the peasants there, she repl ed: "I would rather eat pie-crust" (some of the story-teller, gay pastrv") "than w starve." Thereul on the courtiers giggled at the ignorance of the paem- I pered princess who supposed that The starving peasants ha t such an alterna. tive food as pa-try. 'I he ignorance, however, was ali on the side of the hin courtiers and tho-e who repeat the story in its crdinary form. 'he prin- Da cess was the only person in the tourt . who really unders:ood the hab:ts of the peasants of the par:icuier district in cuestion. The; cook their meat. ' chiefly young real, ly roiling it in a fe kind of dough made of sawdu t, mixed An with as little <oarse tour as will hold Bu it together; then i-la e this in an oven or in wood embe s until the dongh is It hardene4 to a tough crust, and the I meat raised throughout to the cooking point. Marie Anto:nette said that she qr wvouild rather eat croutins than starve, knowing that these croutitius, or meat pie-crusts, were given to the rigs; that Go the pigs digested them, and were nourished by them in spite of the wood Bu C. R. .IMS' DRAMATIC METHOD. S Planning the Story-Building It Up Dialogue and Completion. [Pall Mall Gaz-tte.] When I get a commission to write a play the first thing I do, as a rule, is to ai decline it, because I know it means from three to six months of 'mental misery and a long period of physical prostra tion after the work is finished. I have declined six commissions within the last s few months, because 1 dread the task so much. Writing a play is the most ex hausting and the most distressing of all forms of literary labor I have yet tried, d and I have tried my hand at a good 1 many branches of the profession. When I have conquered my repugnance so far to as to undertake a play, however, this is how I proceed. I begin to plan my story, building it up scene by scene. This I write out in a book, and alter and d I alter until I have a clear story which I can tell act by act to a friend, taking care to let the end of each act be as ef fective as possible. TI As soon as the story is clear I begin to look at the motives which actuate the villain and. the hero. If these are weak, I cast about for stronger ones. When I m think that the motives are those that will account reasonably for all that hap- n pens, I set to work to write the play- of that is to say, I complete the piece act t by act, writing in the dialogue as I pro- ai ceed. • Playwriting is both an art and a trick. There are certain "tricks of the trade" which, being unknown, lead the greatest artist into difficulties. An , audience must be written for, not at, bi and different audiences require differ- et ent treatment. A play which would be an enormous success at one house would be a failure at another. It is, therefore, essential to bear in mind the house you are writing your play for, and pay attention to all the g points which are known to tell best with those who will pay their money to be b amused at the theater for which your ti play is intended. The great secret of s sccess in dramatic work I believe to be b the knowledge of what not to write. Halm the plays that fail, do so be- b cause among the good stuff there is that r which annoys an audience, or distracts , its attention from the main points of the ,tory. I endeavor as far as possible to remove every element of danger from a play when I have written it. A line that is capable of a double meaning, has wrecked a play at a critical point more than once, and a dangerous sentiment has often turned the scale against the author, at a moment when a safe senti ment would have turned it in his favor. I am writing of course of that branch of play writing which I practice-ordinary melodrama. Grand poetical plays,where the language and the main idea carry the listener up into a region removed n from the bustle and strife of ordinary d life, are not judged by the same rules. The absurdity of a situation or a senti- n ment is lost sight of, because the audi- 4 ence, never having lived in the clouds, cannot judge what they hear or 'see by their own experience. But in melo. drama, where the most exciting situa tions, and the strongest passions of hu man nature are dealt with, the greatest care is necessary to see that the thin line which separstes the sublime fran the ridiculous is'lot overstepped. A Smart Colored Boy. [Arkansaw Traveler.] "Dat boy," said a colored gentleman, referring to his son, "w'y, he's de smart est chile in de lan'. Dat boy, w'y, he is got er high edycation." "How far advanced is her' some one asked. "Who, dat chile? W'y, he's mighty nigh got all de way, dat's how fur 'vanced he is." "Well, but what can he. do?" G "Who, dat boy? Whut is it he kain' do? He ken read dese heah signs what de white folks paints on de fences, an' it Eo takes er mighty sharp chile ter do dat, Onf lemme tell yer. But dat ain't de climax C o' what he kin do. He kin read dese leather-kivered books. Mos' any boy ken read one o' dese heah paper-back books, an' any ord'nary pussen ken han'le de newspapers an famfilets, but when he takes down one o' dese here leather-kivered bobks ai' reads off de talk, w'y he's gwine ter be a lawyer, shose yer bo'n. Doan talk ter me 'bout das chile, 'case I knows him. I'se seed him hau'lin figgers wid bof han's." It is said that when Henry Ward Beecher expects to make an unusual effort in public, he postpones a meal, if it comes near ,the hour of .his lecture. 'and waits untUil i` 4ed haferward efore he eats of ytbin 3and he - has wia- rnpaect of baing a he old man. WE sHAT I KNOW Al T. [Owen Meredith.] Whom we first love, you know, we seldom wed. Time rules us all. And life, indeed, is not The thing.we planned it out ere hope was dead. And then, we women cannotchoose ourlot, M.uch must be borne which it is hard to bear; Much given away which it were sweet to keep. God help us all, who need, indeed, His care And yet, I know, the Shepherd loves His sheep. My little hoy begins to babble now 'Upon my knee his earliest infant prayes He has his father's eager eyes I know. And, they say, too, h s mother's sunny hair. But when he sleeps and smiles upon my knee And I can feel his light breath come and go, I think of one (Heaven help and pity me!) Who loved me, and whom I loved, long ago. Who might have been * * * ah, whatl dare not think! We all are changed, God judges for usbest. God help us do our duty, and not shrink, And trust in Heaven humbly for the rest. But blame us women not, if some appear Too cold at times, and some too gay and light. Some griefs gnaw deep: some woes are hard to bear. Who knows the past? and who can judge us right? Ah, were we judged by what we might have been, And not by what we are, too ant to fall! My little child-he sleeps and smiles between These thoughts and me. In Heaven we shall know all! THE DONKEY BOYS OF CAIRO. The Drollest Street Gamins In the World-The Brutes5 Noted Named. [Cairo Cor. St. Paul Pioneer Press.] Cairo would not be Cairo without its donkeys and donkey boys. They are a unique institution. These Arab donkey boys know a smat tering of the principal European lan guages, and can tell instantly in what tongue to address you. Not only are they thus keen, but they are also the drollest and most humorous street gamins I have ever seen. They are great at pantomime, and you cannot forbear laughing at their good-humored antics. The donkeys are exceedingly small, but gentle and long-suffering. The majority of them are much abused, and bear around on their bodies the marks of the merciless donkey boys. "Mine berry good donkey, sar," said one. "Mine name Yankee Doodle, sar," said an other, keener even than the rest. Then the others took up the keynote, and "Gen. Grant." "Mrs. Langtry," I and other similar celebrities were at my disposal. Had I been French, it would have been "monsieur" instead of a "sar" and the donkeys would have been named "Napoleon," "Waterloo," etc. etc. I did not make any bargain before hand. When I inquired at the hotel as to what was the proper tariff, the answer was: "Give the beggars-a great word with the English-a plastre or two per hour. There is no regular rate." Of course the boys always grum- I ble and demand backsheesh, whatever the fee bestowed, but no one minds that. So on this particular morning I bade the boy hold the opposite stirrup while I mounted-the stirrups are not fastened, but in the event of a fall the distance is - ridiculously slight. On each donkey's forehead is a brass tablet with his number inscribed upon it. $1. 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