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possesses a ca
nine coffee fiend Don Teo
doro Is the dogs name and
he is the property of Don
Scnor Santiago Thompson the proprie
tor of a coffee store on Pcnnsjlvania
Don prefers sugar and cream In his
coffee but he will drink cafe nolr rather
than go without Go without he will
not If ho does not get his morning
cup of coffee as soon as the store Is
open for business he proceeds to make
thlnri lively birklng and expressing
his displeasure in various ways He Is I
rather fa tldious In his ta6tes and pro-
fers to drink his coffee from a cup or
tauccr He can be persuaded to partake I
If the cup sits on the floor but he
would rather fit at the table and drink
as nearly as possible after the manner
of Lis human friends
Don is a beautiful animal of re
markable Intelligence and abundant
pood humor He Is part Irish setter and
part Llewellyn and was born among
t Esplritu Santu Mountains on the
we in boundar of Honduras In spite
of his high birth and aristocratic line-
E e he shows a disposition to become
h I How -well-met with- everyone
whs comes Into the store Perhaps
Vos considers himself so much of am
aristocrat that he can afford to be a
mixer witho t risking his social
prc tlge
Don is about a year and a half old
ard came to America at the early age J
of six months with his master Mr
Thomson says that the dogs fondness
for coffee Is an acquired and not a her-
cdltari trait So fas as he knows none
of Dons anccstow possessed the taste1
fr the fragrant berry He learned to
drink it when he was a -very small p P
J t t as other pups drink milk and he
tock to it from the first with the fa
cility with which a Spaniard takes tc
tlgarettes The habit has grown on him
until It would be almost lmnosalble to
lrca km of it now Cereal imitations
ottre hi repudiates
of Dons other tastes in the
I uer of food are peculiar for a anliio
Vc llkC3 pie of all kinds He formed the
I habit since coming to the United
Lutcs and the small colored boy who
runs errands for his mastjr Is hUpDosed
to have been his tutor In this jespecu
3 one is clear on his i in1 Iwwever
and hc fhiory las been advanced that
Don took to the pie habit becauso it
la distinctively Airerlcan However
this ma b It Is a curious sight to see
tho colored lad and the doe sitting side
Don at Breakfast
by side and partaking of plo and coffee
Hon Is a great favorite of the people
who patronize the coffee shop and an
etporial favorite with the ladles When
his lady friends come to see him how
ever he begins to beg for cake and
sweetmeats of which he Is unusually
fond He is som hing of a Joktr it
being a favorite trick of his to slyl
steal the hats of his small boy friends
and trot off with them
A Mere Handful Left of the Band of
Thirtu Three Men Tried and True Who
Sought Fortune in the West in the Days
When California Was a Foreign Land
In tlic lr3 of old
In the flats of pold
In the dajs of fort -nine
were days to test the cour
age of the most fearless and tax
the strength of giants in the
struggle across the trackless
wastes where now stands a nation Men
Knew llttlo of the extent and topogra
phy of the great continent ling bejond
the little fringe of civilization along the
Atlantic coast and stretching away to
ward the great Pacific And what little
they did know was mostly limited to
tales of dangers and hardships and in
surmountable obstacles Men were
prono to shun the hardships of those
Inland mountain passes trackless plain-
and alkali deserts What trip they
mace to the racific Coast were made
by ship around the Horn
Almost dense obscurity enveloped the
continent Ij ing betv een the oceans The
westward march of civilization was con
tent to take Its way by means of ships
Few men had struck out Into these dan
gerous wilds and returned to tell of
what thev saw and encountered
But suddenly there came a change
The pulse of the whole world was beat
ing at a frightful rate The tremen
dous news spread like wildfire until It
encircled tho globe Gold had been dis
coercd in encrmous quantities In Cal
Rapidly one on top of another the re
ports came traveling back to the East
and thence to the rest of the world cf
the fabulous sums that could be secured
in this land of the West almost without
labor And in the telling the rumors
were expanded Into wonderful talcs
Gold gold was on every tongue was
the one topic -of conversation As fa3t
as the news could trael the entire
world was set buzzing and lust tuggd
strongly at the heartstrings of men ev
erywhere The whole world went mad
mad for tho gold of California No such
discoveries of the jellow metal had been
unearthed in years Nations e crwherc
were thrown Into a cortex of mad desire
to reach the land of promise And so
tho rush began a rush approached In
later years only by that following the
discovery of gold In the Klondike
Those were the dajs of forty nine
days which have gone down In the
worlds history filled with tales of dan
gers and hardships and deaths
In the Eastern States of this country
the tide ran at its height Stores
offices eating houses business places of
all sorts closed with one impulse their
owners joining the mad rush to the
Golden Gate Shops were sold at any
price which they happened to command
eating houses with their tables already
set for the next meal were locked doc
tors lawyers and clerks In every town
and city left almost without a moments
forethought and Joined the countless
thousands who formed an unbroken
string from the ports of tie East to the
haven of gold
In all manner of craft they took their
departure Anything that would stay
afloat and present to the eager thou
sands the possibility of reaching Call
forn a was whipped into shape and
drawn up to docks and wharves In
every seacoast town along the Atlantic
Boats that had been thought utterly un-
seaworthj fell into line and took on
their burden of human freight Thou-
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sands of craft swarmca along the
ccurse that led around the Horn and to
the Golden Gate Many reached their
destination and many more sank In tin
disastrous storms that almost continu
ally swoop down with unbroken force
upon Capo Horn But cen with the
tales of these frightful disasters ring
ing in their ears men lost none of their
wild deflrc to reach California
Still the rush continued Rates of
transportation rose to undreamed of
heights nevertheless there were hun
dreds who were merely waiting the op
portunity to secure a berth on any sort
of a vessel that gave fair promise of
reaching Its destination With all the
string of ships dally departing for Call
fornla the demand tould not be sup
It was at this time that a number of
men in the State of Maryland got their
heads together and began to figure out
a way to reach to land of gold There
were thirt -three of them nearly nil of
whom were residents of Baltimore They
were anxious to reach the gold fields
and only lacked the means of getting
At that timo thy learned that a wa
was going to be opened if possible
across the continent to the Pacific
Coast and they at once embarked upon
the scheme taking their places in the
front ranis of the vast army of gold
seekers who had determined to ttrike
cut for themselves and brave the vague
Front row from left to right Capt William H Jenkins Thomas G Morrow Daniel Donnelly president Thomas S Stratton and James Johnson
vice president second row from left to right F X Donnelly James Clements C C Stieff secretary and C F Gibson treasurer
dangers of the interior One thing the
band had agreed upon they would stick
together from start to finish bralng
dangers together and sharing possible
rewards in common
Following out this determination they
3truck out Into the inthless territory of
the Middle West and West Of the dan
gers of that rush across 3000 miles of
uncultivated soil the world has heard in
detail The Rush of rortv nlne has
taken Its place on the pages of history
and not even the lurid tales that have
reached the world of tie hardships and
countless deaths that men encountered
in their attempts to penetrate the frozen
barriers of the Klordlke four or five
jears ago have dimmed the matchless
Interest or mcmorablenes i of It
Like the migration of the luckless
Tartar tribe or the ast exodus of the
children cf Israel this dauntless 1 ost
crept slowly over mountain heights
across rivers over boundless pHins and
hundreds of miles of wateiles3 alkali
deserts Westward ever westward
the star of Empire wendd its way
The terrifjing cold of the Western win
ter sought them out In the crevices and
on the higher altitudes of the lofty
peaks and the summers sun oeat down
upon them with unveiled fury on the
plains jet they fought their way for
Dons good spirits good health and
good humor ought to put to the blush
the scientists who claim tint coffee
drinking leads to djspepsla Indigestion
and bad temper There never was more
healthy canine This may be explain
ed partially perhaps by the fact that
Don is a slave to no other hahlt but
coffeo drinking He uses neither to
bacco nor alcoholic beverages keeps
early hours and does not gamble nor use
nrofanc language
ward toward the land of promise Step
by step they drove the red man lack
ward In his own territory Winter and
summer found them ever the same band
save for numerous deaths by the way
side The possessed ever the same
American spirit of ne er sa -die that
had won liberty and a country for their
forefathtrs No perils beset their path
but found them equal to the emergency
Still with no resources at their com
mand save their own boundless faith
and courage they continued to push for
ward breaking a track across those al
most unknown wilds for the countless
thousands who were to come after them
And In the front rank of the army of
goiu nunters was the little band of
Marylanders Through peril and strife
they remained side by side fighting
each others battles and sharing the
same discomforts and hardships Snow
or sleet found them always there
drenching rains all but drowned them
Indian hordes circled down upon them
but still they remained at the fore in
that dauntless army Time after time
defeated and routed by their constant
foes the red men they drew together
and revived the spirits and courage of
the other members of the party and pre
vented every soul from being slain No
perils were great enough to drive them
phenomenon of a persons
THE on a celling or flat sur
face head downward with no
visible means of support always
attracts that wondering attention that
delights In mjBtery Usually In order
to procure a perfectly smooth surface
to walk on a board twenty four and
one half feet long Is suspended from the
celling and near one end of this Is a
trapeze The performer known by somo
such name as the human fly or upside-down
wonder Is equipped with
pneumatic attachments to the soles of
her shoes Sitting in tho trapczo with
her face to the audience she draws her
self upward by tho arms and raises her
feet until they press against tho board
They udhere by atmospheric pressure
She leaves tho trapeze and hangs head
downward Taking ery short steps not
over eight Inches In length she gradu
ally walks the length of the board back
ward She tnen slowly turns round
taking ery short steps while turning
and eventually returns still walking
To provide against accident a net Is
stretched under the board Performers
of this feat have frequently fallen hut
a far no serious accident has happened
There Is said to be a certain art In
managing the fall as It the shock were
received directly by the spinal column
It might prove very severe
The attachment to tho shoe Is in gen
eral terms an India rubber sucker with
cup shaped adhering surface It Is a
disk four and one lnlf Inches In diame
ter and five eighths of an lneh thick
To Its center a stud Is attached which
Is perforated near the end Tills stud
enters a socket fastened to the sole of
tho shoe The socket is also perforated
transversely A pin Is passed through
tho apertures securing the hold be
tween socket and disk The socket is
under th i Instep and Is attached to the
shank of the shoe sole
A wire loop that extends forward un
der the to of tho shoo 13 pivoted on
two studs which aro secured on each
end of the transverse central diameter
of tho disk This loop Is normally held
away from the disk and pressing against
the shoe bolo by u spring One nd of
the loop projects back toward and over
the rear edge of the disk A short piece
of string Ik secured to the India rubber
and passes through a hole In the exten
sion or rearvvardly projecting arm of
the loop The disk when pressed
against a smooth surface is held fast
by the pressure of the atmophere It
now the loop Is pressed tow aril the sur
face to which It adheres tho string will
lie drnv n tight and will pell th edge
of the India rubber away from the
board Air will rush In and the adhe
sion will cease
back or force them to give up their
leadership of the advancing hosts
How they survived the terrors of that
march across the plains and later the
blanching alkali deserts to which were
added the perils of the unknown moun
tain defiles none of the band could ever
tell To this day they attribute it en
tirely to an act of an all powerful Provi
At length however they reached the
golden Eldorado and Joined hands with
the hundreds already there in lajing the
foundation for tho present greatness and
prosperity of the Western country They
still remain together sharing the same
fortunes and working together as far
as possible Like most of those who
ventured Into the Territory they soon
found that the stories of the vast quan
tities of gold to be bad almost without
labor were generally groundless never
theless they worked hard and succeed
ed in making their pile
In 1S33 having had a quite sufficient
taste of the perils and hardships of life
in the gold regions they returned to
Maryland and entered their former
trades or professions
Later In 1SS7 the forty niners more
closely cemented the friendships and
close relations of other days by organ
izing the Mar land Society of California
Pioneers all of the thirty three mem
The newly appoInd room committee
of the Capital Camera Club has been
hard at work for somo time getting the
studio in presentable condition and as
a result of their efforts a great Improve
ment Is noticed In the new curtains for
the skylight and several new back
grounds and other accessories and as
a result of this housecleaning a whole
lot of odds and ends will be sold at a
rummage sale In the near future
While the members of the club have
felt keenly the loss of the use of the
studio during the time the improvements
were being made the continued cool
weather will permit as much work being
done during the present month as usual
for the studio In the average month of
June as well as the remaining summer
months resembles a fiery furn ice in
temperature and work during the sum
mer Is alunjs attended with great dif
ficulties on account of the Intense heat
Tho appointment of Mr E C Messor
to the position formerly occupied b
Prof Andrew In tho Corcoran School U
warmly commended by the amateur pho
tographers of this city on account cf Mr
Messcrs warm svmpathy with the ami
Mrs In the efforts to raise photograph
to a higher place among the fine arts
Mr Messer has served on several pho
tographic Juries In this clt and his
suggestions and kindly words of praise
have had a stimulating effect among the
camera workers who have had the bene
fit of his criticisms The same kindly
Interest was shown Dy ills predecessor
Prof Andrew 3 who stated to the last
exhibition committee with reference to
the photographic exhibition of last May
that ho had commended it highly to his
pupils and believed that It had been of
as much advantage to the scholars of
the Corcoran School as any of the ex
hibitions of tho car
Mr H J Daw of the Camera Club has
Just left the city for a four days trip to
Tangier Island an almost unknown lmd
to the camerlst in the Chesapeako Bay
Mr Daw has from time to time in con
nection with Mr W P Peabody photo
graphed many Interesting places on the
lower Potomac and has made many pho
togrjphs of historic places about Will
iamsburg and Yorktown while the ex
hibition of Mr Pcabodjs work some
two j earn since composed almost en
tirely of views taken on the Potomac
from Its source to the capes will long
be remembered as one of the most nota
ble collections made by a single Indi
vidual on this historic river
The theor thnt artists do not appre
ciate and thoroughly indorse photo
graphic work Is only believed In by a
few who wish to beconsldered the only
i v t
bers of the original band being charter
members By the passage of a special
resolution several years ago three gen
tlemen sons of members who died have
since been admitted to membership in
the societr
Of the thirty three original members
there are now only twelve survivors
The names of the survivors are Thomas
S Stratton Thomas G Morrow E Drey
Jacob Kauffman James Clements Wil
liam A Wenti Daniel Donnelly Charles
T Gibson William E Stewart James
Johnson William II Jenkins anj De
Witt C Kone
Messrs Charles C Stieff r X Don
nelly and William r Morrow- are sons
of the original members who were ad
mitted by the passage of the special
A meeting of the society was held on
the afternoon of June 19 at the office
of Mr Charles C Stieff and tho fol
lowing resolutions were drawn up
Whereas It has pleased Almighty
God in His wise providence to remove
from our midst and take unto Himself
our esteemed brother and fellow-pioneer
ard companion John L Stieff and
Whereas by his death Is removed
one more of that sturdy band of Cali
fornia pioneers who in 1819 made their
way through the then trackless prairies
judges of their own products and who
fear to submit their work to a sincere
test of Its value as governed by well
known art standards
It Is always safe to mark all photo
graphic solutions as poison and to
avoid using trays or dishes which have
been used for photographic work for
olLer purposes The failure to observe
this well known rule came very near
causing strained relations In one happ
The family In question eonslsted of a
man and his wife who were both strick
en by the photographic habit and work
ed together In the most peaceful man
ncr One day the husband purchased a
fine chafing dish for the couple were
boarding but occasoilly cooked little
suppers In their rooms The Inventive
mind of the wife saw in the chafing dish
a ver convenient article for toning sollo
prints and of course the suggestion
was carried out and the dish used for
that purpose So far as known the
prints did not suffer from being toned
in a chafing dish but when the same
dish was used for the cooking of a welsh
rarebit of which the wife Judiciously
did not eat the trouble began
The husband praised the result of the
attempt at making a rarebit and ate
generously and approvingly but later
tu the night the phsiclan was called
in great haste and for some tlmo It was
In doubt whether tt was a case ot ap
pendicitis or one of ptomaine poisoning
Tho wife In her remorso confessed the
photographic use that had been made of
the chafing dish and the dish has been
given away and the little suppers have
been abandoned
One of the recent photographic maga
zines has published a scries of Illustra
tions In three color photography a pro
cess that is not by any means a new one
but which has not been In general use
for Illustrative purposes While the
color scheme is pleasing the results
seem far from warranting Its adoption
for general use The great difficulty
with the process Is that the pictures
have a Hat appearance and are licking
In the feeling of perspective and atmos
phere that one expects to find where
color Is used One of the best of these
illustrations was made from a mosaic
Door and in this instance it is clearly
shown that for tho reproductions of
floors or of rugs in their natural colors
this process seems to be superior to any
ct discovered
Tho recent ofcr of a remarkably tine
photographic outfit at a ruinously low
price was being discussed at the Cam
and with no resources save their ownt
boundless faith and courage passed
through the perils and hardships o
those early days and laid the founda
tlons for h present greatness an
prosperity of our Western country ardJ
Whereas returning In 1333 to ils
home In Baltimore he applied hlno lfl
with the same untiring energy and Pir
severance to the building up of tho in
dustry of his native city and as mana
ger and head of the then Infant estab
lishment of Charles M Stieff reorganized
Its business and Introduced and started
the manufacture of the now celebrated
Stieff piano and directed carried on
and extended this work until in 1ST6 he
retired leaving to hl3 successors and to
his city one of the countrys greatest
Industries tho Charles M Stieff Piano
Manufacturing Company as It stands
today and
Whereas we feel that in his death
this society ha3 lost one of Its most dis
tinguished members and the commun
ity one of Its foremost citizens and
captains of Industry Now therefore
he It
Resolved That we the members of
the Maryland Society of California Pion
eers do hereby express our sorrow for
and tender our most sincere sympathy
to his children and our friend and be
it further
Resolved That a committee of two
be appointed to strew the grave of our
beloved fellow pioneer with flowers on
the anniversary of his death June ID
It is Interesting to note that the late
Mr Stieff was the founder of the pres
ent great piano manufacturing business
of Charles M Stieff Prior to 1S33 when
he took charge of the business hl3
father Charles M Stieff had been en
gaged In the purchase and sale of pi
anos but had not undertaken their
n anufacture
Mr John L Stieff upon succeeding
hi3 father In the management began to
manufacture the Stieff piano at first
on a small scale but extending so great
ly In succeeding years under his care
ful supervision that In 1S76 when he re
tired his brothers the present owners
found the great and growing business
firmly established
era Club a few days since and tra facz
developed that the cawrist
templating matrimony am that f
bride elect had decided that pi
and matrimony represezi
filcting Interests and that th ji
must state his preference and tt St
this reason the camera rad tn -
There have been several iejt v ihs
kind In town and In some instant tia
groom has permanently abandoned pho
tography but In many Instances his
powers of persuasion have been sjch
that after a little time he has gone to
work as enthusiastically as ever
This drawing the line on photography
seems to be to say the least a sense
less restriction unless It Is made from
the standpoint of the expense which it
involves and that of course must be
consdrable but every one must have
a hobby and su long as tne bobby is
such a harmless one as photography
and the means of adding so much to the
attraction of the home through the many
beautiful pictures that can be made it
would seem that tho woman with a
glimpse Into the future would encourage
rather than discourage the efforts of her
husband in this direction
Interest In the Grun fluid lens con
cerning which reference was made in The
Times some time since Is increasing
Instead of diminishing and now we have
a table which shows the tlmo required
to make pictures which have heretofore
been impossible to make with any de
gree of satisfaction It Is now possible
to make pictures on the stage of a
theater where only the footlights are
used In one quarter of a second and to
make the pictures of a ballet while in
progress where two focused limelights
arc used In one fiftieth of a second to
make biograph film negatives of a ballet
using two focused limelights In
of a second for each pic
The further uses of this lens are dem
onstrated by the tact that It Is possible
to make a picture In an ordinary room
lighted with one large electric Incan
descent light In five seconds the time
often given In a studio for portrait
work The lens will also prove a great
assistance to those fond of night pho
tography for it is stated that a picture
can be taken at midnight in an appa
rently pitch dark night In fifteen min
utes and when we consider that more
time than this Is usually given to the
most brilliantly lighted streets at night
we are able to realize the great strides
that Dr Grun has made In lens making
by the production of this remarkabij

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