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I Indian Summer In we- Mountains and Along Shore Fancy.
Lenox, Mass.. August 27.—The little J hills are clapping their hands with jov, j for it has come the time of year when the seaside is forsaken for the moun tains. and when the bathing-dress is taken off and the yachting costume put j on. The big boats head towards the roast, where, inland, lie the beautiful blue elevations, russet now and golden, the hills of September. The great mountain sensation of the season is the wonderful game preserve owned by William C. Whitney. It lies back of Lenox, and consists of nearly a thousand acres, upon which run wild game of every kind that will live in this country. Mostly from the Rockies, these great animals have taken up a I habitation In the Whitney woods, and pow running wild, apparently more they were in tfteir where they were r?9 frequently disturbed, | The collection of this game began one »ear ago. when young Harry Payne Vhltney took his bride. Gertrude Van- j '.erbilt, up to October Mountain for a 1 loneymoon. Soon afterwards Mr. Whit iey and his bride went up and, while .here, Mr. and Mrs. Whitney planned ihe present game preserve. AH that you can see of “October Mountain" is a very large, roomy resi- ) dence, not much unlike an old baronial hall or a spacious farmhouse of the Walter Scott days. It sets back a little, and to the rear of it rise the trees, the woods where the game roam. Very tall w ire fences bound the pre- j serve, and there is uo danger that the i animals w ill escape*. An interesting tale is told of the treasures taken io prevent the whole sale slaughter of the Four Hundred now at I.enox for the month of Sep tember. Mr. Whitney had been quietly gathering together for some time tho black-tailed deer, the antelope and such small fry. to which no one paid much attention. But one day it was noised about that a whole carload of buffaloes bad xrrvied, and that there was a wild stampeding at the station when they triel to unload. As yet it had been Impossible to get them imo tho trucks. Within five minutes a delegation of Irnox's leading citizens waited upon Bir. Whitney and demanded to know •what precautions he had taken for the I preservation of the public peace and cafety. “How are we to be assured that our wives and daughters can go to drive upon the thoroughfares. Even walking upon our grounds will be un safe.” they said. Then Mr. Whitney explained how a great high fence had been erected around the buffalo pre serve and tested with steam power to make sure of its strength. The Whit ney game preserve is now the pride of ILer.ox. The great annual Lenox flower par ade is to take place here this fall, though it was feared at one time that it would not come off. The sudden appearam e. however, of the Greenleaf families, ar.d the coming of the Stokes, the Neilson and a portion of the Sloane household has made that probable. This parade consists cf gayly decorated wagons drawn by horses covered with flowers. Servants, clad in t!^ cos tumes of foreign countries, lead the horses, and the drivers are the women h of the f&mil s, ail dress E .floral guises and holding flower chain* ■ over the backs of the horses. The men E folks dress in costume and ride in the B rear. This flower parade is more fa ff mous abroad than the one at Nice. ^k The Klondike fever has struck Lenox A|n an aggravao ! f tm. The summer ^^resid*'nt.* arc : ■ ~uilh i*aily w* althy ff to do as they please, and instead of V waiting until March to go to the gold ( fields, they have taken yachts and pri vate cors and started off at once. The D Sloane family gone to K’ou l dike, and Elm Court, the magnificent residence of W. D. Sloane. is left in the hands of their daughter, Mrs. I. A. Burden, Jr., who presides, with the aid of her infant of two months. Mrs. Burden was married at Elm Court two years afo ami had a wedding which it is conceded, was never equalled in mag nificence. Klondike tea parties are features of licnox. They are held at 5 o’clock on the lawn. You go hungry and come away enlightened if not satisfied. \ou get everything iced, from the Russian tea and the fruit to the creams and the salads. If it happens to be a cold day you can have a dip of something out of a black bottle that rests in a little room off the piazza, but uiilerrs it it is biting weather you must be con- | iet:tc*« wiili your Klon»hk-i All are giving these teas, and you are very much out in the cold if you haven’t one invitation a day to “K ondike or Freeze,” which \V. C. Whitney told me was a new version of “Bike s Peak, or Bust.” The sports here are golfing am, bicycling. The best cyclers are Miss Julia Dent GraaL who corn's up from Newport, and Miss Randolph. 1 he golfers are Miss Anna Sands and Miss Sloane, both of whom have won cham pionship cups and medals. There are no houses now bidding in Lenox. People do not do that sort of thing here. It is by far too "new. As the Duchess of Cleveland remarked to William Waldorf Astor on inspecting his i w staircase, "Yes, its all very fine, and much better than our old staircases at Hattie Abbey, which has beeu spoiled these two hundred years by the spurs of those stupid old knights: “But the stupid old knights” are the ones that are prized here. The window where Hawthorne sat. the room wh ’re Fannie Kemble studied, the cottage in which Harriet Hosmor dwelt, the J. G. Holland house are all landmarks of this kind already on it. Then you en large as much as you please, but you do not tear dow n the old house. That William Waldorf Astor story was told at a dinner party at a very fashionable house the other night by a well-known politician and was much enoyed. People who come to Lenox must he rich, or their could neither hoard hire nor own. property, but they don't brag much nor put on much style. They say that they leave this to the Hudson River millionaires. A party of school teachers tried this year to camp out at Lenox, but they pot left. To get to fashionable Lenox you take a ticket to the place and get off at the station. Here you see a vil lage which reminds you not at all of of the stories you have read of five million dollar homes and magnificence. But soon a 'bus trundles up. a few smart carriages drive away drawn by prancing hors* ?, and you realize that to get to the Lenox you are looking for you must get in and ride. It is fully two miles up hill, maybe more, before you reach the hotel at the top. Then, of a sudden, a scene of sur prising beauty is revealed to you. Stretching out for miles In every direc tion is a great flat piece of country, a pl '.teau dotted with lakes and diversi fied by little valleys, but all high and 1 cool anti beautiful. Great broad roads i are laid out. along which four coaches could drive abreast and Ben Hur's ' chariot race easily take piace and run ning off lead to palatial country houses. It is like a private city into which none but millionaires even ven ! ture: and it was into this charmed retreat that six venturesome school teachers ivnetrated, bringing theii j tents w ith them. A kind-hearted photographer was found w ho loaned a section of his from yard to them and here they pitched | their tents and prepared to live all summer. But I.enox would not have it. One of the school teachers had a camera, and the first time she used it she pointed it at the Anson Phelps Stokes family carry-all as it took the younger mem bers to a little afternoon party. That was enough for the Lenox contingent, and though a regular boycott could not be maintained, things were made so un pleasant that the school teachers with drew and decided to leave this ex clusive spot. The Westinghouse dwellings are more lovely than ever this year. All of white stone, they glisten in the sun and lay cool and blue under the moon, i There is almost a city of its own laid out in the grounds, and all “powore” are generated here-^gos, st'iara, elec tricity and water power for the com- , fort of those who live in this summer paradise. There is r.ot many dances at Lenox, from which respect it is ouite different from Newport. People go to bed ear lier, too, and enjoy themselves during the day at outdoor sport. They get up autumn leaf parties, and with the Geb hard, Lawrence and Jay coaches go into the depths of Massachusetts for the glories of the forest. '1 hen they cycle a great deal. and. in short, enjoy nature as you would little rxpeot the sons of discontented mankind to do, even in lovely autumn. HARRY GERMAINE. -—o— FIs Name Is Michael Grath, and He Sits All Day and Watches His Oil Fountain—Struck It by Ac cident-Yields Him More Money and Is Easier to Handle Than a Klondike Find—Run by a Home Made Water Wheel. Bradford. Pa.. August 19.—In those days of Klondike finds, when the earth is giving up treasure for the asking, and Siberia. Texas and Alaska all call ing out for people to come and he mill ionaires, one stops to wonder where it will all end and to ask if nature, after all. docs not intend to make million aires of her children. But if any one doubts seriously that Nature does not oftentimes encourage laziness in her children, he should make a little journey into the oil fields of Bradford, Pa. There is a man down there whom Nature in her most gra cious mood simply has compelled to be lazy. All he does day in and day out the year round is to sit upon the bank of one of her little creeks and watch. Nature slave for him. If he were to raise his finger he might undo all the skilful plotting that has been done by her in his Denali. Long ago this favored child—he’s an Irishman by birth, and his name i^ Michael Grath—discovered the folly of toiling for his living. Before the dis covery he owned a little tract of land ! that was as sterile and barren as a strip * of the Jersey coast. He tilled and plowed until he was wrinkled and ber.t. and all he got was barely enough to keep body and soul together. But one day he found that the barren little strip of land was oozing with oil. He said nothing about it. but redoubled his efforts, and after awhile he had enough money saved to put down a well He struck oil the dar the rig t gers threatened to Quit unless they re ceived their pay. The well was not a gusher; it was what is known in the oil regions as a “small producer,’’ and yielded on an average twelve barrels a day. While Grath was looking about for some method to pipe his oil the rains came and swelled the tiny ereek which passed through his farm until its course was changed and it flowed by his well. That was all the Irishman needed. 'At practically no expense beyond the cost of cutting a little timber from his lano„ he rigged up a water-wheel, and soon 1 nature was merrily pumping her treas ures into a neighboring tank owned by one of the big pipe lines, and Grath was charging her work up to the company at so much a barrel. When she had slaved long enough fur • Grail* to fttxve couie i,.^ney lie t»‘.o noA'n another well, which, ,ke the fust, proved to be a small producer. The supply from this well was pumped by the same wheel into the same tank, and the only increase in the Irishman's labor was to charge double the sum for the work Nature was doing. A “small producer’’ ir a fortune, al most the same as a big producer, be cause it takes so much less labor to run it. Grath sometimes employs a man and soetimes he doesn’t, but he gets rich just the same. On a rainy spell he can sleep most of the day and wake up to find himself just so many dollars iiclier, and when he goes off on a three-days’ fishing he comes back to find his fortune is just so much greater than it was. It matters little to him what the price of oil may be. The cost of production worries him not. at all. Even with it down to 50 cents a barrel he is sure of an income of $12 a day, and that is enough to meet all his needs. \\ hen there is dollar oil he waxes rich fast, and his slave does the work for him at the same rates. For years he has watched her, and never once has she gone on strike or asked for shorter Lours. Capitalists have again and again tried to buy the Grath place, but this new Rockefeller, of Pennsylvania, thinks he is doing very well just as he is. He ; does not kuow just how much he is worth, but thinks it is “considerable.” JAMES TUCKERMAN. OlLUUpH. Tha Noted Cos'timers of Frankfort* on-the-Main Tell What Fashion Has in Store for Autumn and Winter-Rich Cloths and Unique Gowns. YOUNG LADY’S BROCADE SILK DRESS. Frar.kfort-on-the-Main, August IS.—; Everj- season some form of color and j fabric makes a bid for public favor, • turier Is expected to do so. Thus aided j by samples of fabrics sent us by most; reliable manufacturers we will endeav or to give satisfactory answers to the ever important feminine question, j “What to wear.” The fancy for simplicity which as serted itself to plainly towards the end j of the summer, iu direct contrast to ■ the gay and bright color combinations with which the spring had set in, con- j tinues for street and day costumes for the fall and winter, although for ever ing wear gayety and glitter is indulged ] in. One’s wardrobe will be considered incomplete without a black dress, and plain, smooth-surfaced goods, such as zibelene, moscovietta and drap d'ete will be extremely fashionable. As a rich trimming finish, and not impair- ; ing their simple elegance, silvery bor ders on some goods, and a silver sheen over the face of others, are used with i happy effect. Thus interwoven, metal • threads are again in. evidence. A beau- | tiful cloth called Travers Larissa, has a ground of gold, thickly overlaid with . The jacket do^^D the left side and reaches just. top of the bod ice. The sam^^BR bands of darker cloth eacircle^B jacket, the pointed ends meeting* and overlapping grace fully at the closure. The high stand ing collar of darker cloth also finishes witfi overlapping points and bronze buttons. A full ruche of pleated browa satin ribbon of the came shade as the bias bands form a niching around the top of the collar and along both sides of the closure. The p’ain sleeves 1 ire very slightly fulled at the should ers. The hat to co with this simple but unique costume is a toque cf brown felt with high brown quills on one side and rosettes of the same pleated rib bon as trims the collar of the jacket. A beautiful large buckle of cut bronze is bent over the brim on the left side of the toque below the quills. In silks for evening wear brocades will prevail in small figures. A model for a charming gown, par ticularly suitable for a young lady, is made of a dainty white silk brocaded \ young LADY'S BROCADE SILK DRESS. Copyright. 1897, by Wm. Du BoU. i (Ullua.nm & STKAU33, FraaMur I _ -—— 1 sometimes failing to succeed although endorsed by the leading costumers, which, goes to prove that fair woman is ! hardly as docile as she is ideally cred i jted to he. and refuses to be dictated j to, even by her dressmaker. If any one ' can forecast the coming styles the cou ^ -- ^ MICHAEL GRATH. OF PENNSYLVA. WHO IS AN OIL KING AND DOES NOT KNOW IT. HE READS AND LETS NATURE DO HIS WORK FOR HIM. «r [ a soft black brocade in which bronzo crescents are set and through whi*h I ! comes a soft golden shimmer. Many new cloths have woven borders ' at the selvedges, to he used as trim mings. a wide strip being at one end for the trimming of th* skirt, and a narrower strip extending along the other selvedge for the waist* and sleeves. Another popular stylo has squares of rough black earned s hair on a solid color for a border. Another novel fabric is Travers Nemours; It is covered with a little check of raised silk cords of the Eame shade as the woolen ground. Epingle is a weave of cloth as well as of velvet. Small plaids in many materials and plain goods with a plaid of long black camel's hair make stylish costumes. The favorite color* bids fair to be blue, red, green and brown. All these bordered goods show that trimmed skirts have established them3elve*, and there is evidence that the slightl) draped over-dress will he a feature cf the newest tailor-made gowns. I Tbe latest gown of this de«"TlpUon which issued from our shops Is (leagu ed for fall wear, and conslfts cf a plain rather narrow skirt cut “princess®.” . with the low bodice of fine light brown drap d’ete. to be worn over a blouse. All seams are stitched with brown silk, and horizontally across the hips ex tends a trimming of four strips of darker brown drap d'f te. each strip one and a half inches in width, cut bias I ’nd stiffened with thin linen canvas, and stitched twice at each side with brown silk. The ends of these strips, reaching from the seam of the back gore, are finished in triangular points which are allowed to han? lo'aely over I and are adorned with handsome square buttons of cut bronze. Three bands of the darker brown cloth also ex tend at equal distances around the hem of the skirt, ending at the seam ■ of the front gore, with the same over hanging points adorned by a ronze but tons. The short Zouave jacket is lined like the skirt, with a light-weight satin of a beautiful old-gold shade. ..-it. . ikuLi . . i _ - in ; dcsl/n of diminutive mou cli'*i«“< with pink-tipped petals am green sterna. The Bkirt Is made drop skirt over nn underskirt flfj pink gatln, with a pinked ruche B»me satin at the hem. I he f»#!ne«a of the drop skirt is shirred at 'lie top Into a belt of white Batin rlbbojf. Two wide insertions of cream-colored gui pure edged with narrow niching* of pink moussellne de. sole, encircle the baegy blouse which closes on the le.ft Bide under a large white Satin ribboa bow, and a rosette of pink moussellne de sole. The standing color with its ruche of pink mouBse'.lne de solo at the l»ack, Is also made of the same rib bon as the Ik*U. Another small pink mouBseline ruche forms a \ -shaped decoration at the nerk. The crinkled sleeves of brocaded Bilk have a narrow flounce of brocade and a ruche of pink mouiweline at the pointed wrists, and are capped with a wide flounce of bro caded silk and two narrow ruches of pink moussellne de soie. i v (UllMABN A Btbacss. Prankfurt A. M.) HEART HUNGRY. The rain fell sullenly. Truck horsey plodded along the iodden street pie ! tiently. b»*av!ly. Gladys De Vere stood at the window, , i on a -iU '<!'■' h:- ■ ^ i world. The lonelies t o' the day well ^ ed on her sou!. “I am heprt hungry.” “Aye, heart hungry*” But what was the*U*e? be liver for Wakfe'* Indianapolis^ JournaL \ — ■ ■ fU