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VoiiUME 30.
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Melius Verus Gave a Banquet
Costing $240,000.
Modern Food Fads Recall Expensive
Palates In Earlier Days—Minced
Cat, Stewed Rats and Dog's
Liver Served in Paris.
London.—The food fads, about which
so many members of society have
gone almost crazy, recall the food
Fads—quite different in their essence
—of olden days. From time immemo
rial wealthy epicures have not hesi
tated to spend large sums on single
meals for themselves and'a select and1
limited number of.friends.
For instance, there are on record
some nice little -repasts indulged in by
the Roman gourmands. Aelius Verua
gave a banquet to a dozen guests,
which must have been a sight for
gods and men, seeing that it cost if
reckoned in American money, more
than $240,000. The Emperor Vitellius
once entertained his brother Lucius to
& dainty "snack" which ran away with
something like $200,000. This latter
feest could not have been a meageiv
affair when it is considered that
among the courses were 2,000 differ
ent sorts of fish and 7,000 varieties of
It is said that the equivalent of
something like $40,000,000 was spent
by Apicius Coelius during his lifetime,
merely in continual tickling of the
palate. He committed suicide when
Us extravagance in eating and drink
ing and in other directions had re
duced his income to about $400,000 a
jrear, a sum on which he imagined he
could not be happy.
In modern times the art of feeding
has been by no means neglected but
who would care to sit down to a ban
quet such as that organized by
Geoffrey St. Hilare during the siege of
Paris? After swallowing a consomme
fle cheval de millet the company par
took of minced cat, stewed rats, grilled
log's liver and plum pudding.
The feast seems to have been
great success, for it is on record that
"the soup was perfect, the dog's liver
tasted like sheep's kidneys, the minced
cat resembled veal, the rat stew waa
very good, and reminded the guests of
boiled chicken."
Rats, by the way, are described aa
an exquisite form of nourishment,
which is an obiter dictum to which
many have agreed, notably a famous
naturalist, the late Frank Buckland.
He used to swear by roast alligator,
which he declared was more succulent
even than boiled boa constrictor, ona
of his most prized disheB, and this in
turn he preferred to the finest veal.
Terrified Canine Runs About Until
Landed In Mud Puddle by
Passing Autoist.
Cedar Grove, N. J.—Mary Gale,
daughter of Simon Gale of Curry ave
nue, gave a bath to her fox terrior
Teddy when the older Gales were at
tending church. The girl got out of
the closet what she supposed was a
package of ordinary washing bluing,
but which was in reality a stick of
blue India ink belonging to her sia
ter, Daisy Gale.
The result was one of the bluest
dogs ever seen outside of dreamland.
Little Mary was astonished, and sq
were the residents of Cedar Grove,
when Teddy raced through the streets
of the village. Boys threw stones at
the dog and it turned into a blue
streak that began at the Four Cor
ners and ended in church, where
Jeroboam Jones, the sexton, kicked
the animal over the fence and into a
field where Squire Cushing's bull was
The bull looked once at the blue
dog, then bellowed and charged it,
The dog jumped back over the fence
and landed In an automobile contain
ing a party of New Yorkers. All
hands yelled and one of the party
flung the dog into a puddle. When it
came out it was brown, and in that
sobered state meandered home.
Woman Spends Five Days Posing Be
fore Camera to Gratify Whim of
Husband in Alaska.
Seattle, Wash.—Three hundred dol
lars is what a wealthy Alaskan mine
operator paid for pictures of his wife
to a local photographer. Being tied
down to his work in Alaska and un
able to make the usual summer trip
to his Seattle home, Alonzo Provost
sent $300 with Instructions to get pho
tographs of his wife in every pose pos
Mrs. Provost called at the photog
rapher's at his request and read her
husband's wishes. She spent five
lays posing before the camera and as
a result her doting husband in the far
north will see some astonishing views
at his
London Journal Discovers That Many
Men Retain the Habit of School
boy Days.
Many a laugh has been raised at the
expense of the schoolboy whose pock
ets are filled up with string, bits of
pencil, toffee but la the schoolboy
any better when he becomes a man?
"Nineteen men out of twenty retain
the schoolboy pocket-stuffing habit,"
writes B. J. N." to the Daily Mirror.
"The twentieth man, who always
keeps his pockets in order, is either
effeminate or a* brutal type of the me
thodical business man."
Yesterday the Daily Mirror put to
the test the theory that the majority
of men are schoolboys in this particu
lar. Members of the staff of a well
known city firm kindly supplied a list
of the contents of their pockets to
the Daily Mirror yesterday. They
were as follows:
First—Loose money, two keys, mem
orandum book, key-chain, ring of keys,
sigarette case, watch, sovereign-purse,
two pencils, three letters, pocketbook,
pipe, matchbox, tobacco pouch, knife,
nail file and a pen-nib.
Second—Half a sovereign, some sim
per and coppers, checque-book, seven
loose cigarettes, toothpick, income-tax
lemand, eight-day-old telegram, seven
cigaret pictures, loose matches, key,
Handkerchief, crumbs, various bills.
Third—Two timetables, one pipe,
pipe-filler and cartridges, eleven pen
cils, two boxes of matches, packet of
cigarettes, three keys, handkerchief,
numerous letters.
Fourths-Empty tobacco tin, ten let
ters, knife, tobacco-pouch, hotel bill,
live pencils, odd piece of paper, packet
of cigarettes spectacle-case and other
odds and ends.
Fifth—Pouch, keys, silver, coppers,
mr.tches, fountain pen, cigaret-case,
pocketbood, letters, pipe, knife, watch,
sovereign. (This man had thirteen
pockets—a separate pocket for each
article—a methodical man.
Sixth—Two handkerchiefs, pince-nez
glasses, two loose cigarets, a cherry
Btone, season ticket, eight letters, pic
tures, pipe and box of tobacco cart
Most men's character could be told
from the contents of their pockets. Un
tidyness, however, seems general from
the instances cited above.—London
Daily Mirror.
Flying Versus Flies.
Morrison is an iconoclast.
"All this hysteria over flying ma
chines makes me tired," he said. "I
wish the newspapers and the maga
zines would can such stuff. What use
is flying? What use is the mile-a
minute train or the five-day boat? We
have a fit every time a freak liner
takes a few minutes off the ocean
record, or some fool railroad puts on
a train to clip the time to Chicago by
an hour, and now the biggest hero is
the man who goes highest in the air
or who skims through the air the long
est distance.
"If this sort of thing does anything
for the welfare of mankind I have not
all my buttons. It is nothing but
mania—speed mania. A thousand
thousand times greater benefactor to
the human race than the Wrights and
the Bleriots and all such persons will
be the man* who does away with the
mosquito or the fly. More persons
are killed by flies than fall from aero
planes, are drowned at sea or are kill
ed in railroad wrecks, and what the
mosquito means in human sacrifice is
enough to stagger belief. If the world
ever gets its proper bearings we are
likely to have less flying and less
flies, fewer Mauretanias and fewer
mosquitoes, but I'm afraid that time is
a long way off."
Noted Game Preserve of Tolleston
Gun Club to Be Subdivided and
Cut Into City Lots.
Hammond, Ind.—Orders were given
the other day to plat 1,700 acres be
longing to the Tolleston Gun club ol
Chicago, near Gary, into 16,000 citj
lots. The land originally purchased
for $17,000, now through the building
of Gary is valued at $2,000,000. It wai
once a hunter's paradise, owned bj
wealthy Chlcagoans, and many blood)
battles were fought between clut
watchmen and natives. Five llvei
were lost in this way. The club housfl
was in bygone days the scene of brii
liant social gatherings from Chicago
at the spring and fall shootings,
Wolves, pelicans and wildcats weri
shot in the preserves In old days.
Wonderful Mexican Gun.
City of Mexico.—Gen. Manuel Moo*
gragon, chief of the department oj
artillery, has secured a patent for an
improvement in his Porflrio Diaz gun,
by which the velocity of the pjojectllei
will be given a maximum above thai
produced by the guns used by any oth
er army in the world. This improve
ment, it is said, makes the Mexican
gun superior to the Mauser, which ii
u^ed in the Mexican army at present
as well as in the armies of severs/
Burooean countries.
Sir Oliver Lodge's Plan of Utiliz
ing Electricity.
Bays Small Dynamo Attached to Farm
Will Work Wonders in Increas
ing Output—Practical Auxil
iary of Husbandry.
London.—In spite of the obstinate
conversatism of the average f&rmer,
much has been done to carry out Sir
Oliver Lodge's plan of utilizing elec
tricity for reinforcing the fertility ol
Weighed as a business proposition,
Sir Oliver Lodge's system has justified
Itself, and what was tentative and ex
perimental is now being taken up on
commercial lines as a practical auxil
iary of husbandry.
Lionel Lodge, who has control of
this department of Sir Oliver's work,
has explained the developments of the
last year or two and the hope they af
ford of further progress.
"Have you ever noticed what a re
markable impulse is given to the
growth of crops by a thunderstorm?"
asked Mr. Lodge "That is the effeot
of the strongly charged atmosphere,
and our object is to supply a similar
stimulus systematically.
"The growth and development o!
plants in the arctic regions compares
favorably with that in southern coun
tries, and yet their summer is very
short, and the sun's rays have to travel
In such an oblique direction that much
of their heating power is lost. Why
is it, therefore, that the plants flour
ish? The explanation lies in the strong
electrical currents which are passing
from the air to the earth, the effect of
which can be seen in the Aurora Bore
"The electric current can be gener
ated either by a small dynamo or from
the nearest supply company's mains,
and by means of a transformer it is
raised to the high pressure required
(about 100,000 volts). The current
from the transformer is more or less
alternating that is, it is not a steady
current in one direction, but oscilla
ting first'in one direction and then in
the opposite. For convenience we call
the current in one direction positive
and in the other negative. It is the
positive current that we discharge
from the network of wires above the
plants. Under special conditions—as
where there is an excess of natural
electricity—it might be advisable to
use the negative, but alternating cur
rent would be of no use.
"To sort out the positive and nega
tive currents from the transformer
valves specially invented for the pup
pose by Sir Oliver are used. Work
ing exactly like the valves in an ordi
nary pump, they allow the current to
flow in one direction only, and pre
vent its getting back they thus store
the electricity in the field network
from which it 'fizzes' off to the plants
"This field network consists of fine
iron wire, the wires being spread
about ten yards apart and eighteen
feet or so above the ground. The
wires rire so fine that it is difficult to
see them' even when standing immedi
ately below them.
"The action that the electrical dis
charge has on the plants, Sir Oliver
suggests, may be considered as arti
ficial sunshine, and as in no way tar
king the place of fertilizer. The richer
the soil the larger the increase that
may be expected. With more plants,
on average soil, the electrified area
may be expected to yield 30 per cent
more than the non-electrified. If a
higher increase than this is obtained
we consider the results good and 11
lower poor. On rich soli very much
larger percentages have been obtained.
The power required is quite small,
and many of the installations at pres
ent working are in unskilled hands."
Pretty Seattle Stenographer Suei
Natatorium When Neck and
Shoulders Are Discolored.
Steattle, Wash.—A pretty stenog
rapher has brought suit against a lo
cal company operating a natatorium
for causing her to lose an Important
social engagement.
On invitation she joined a bathing
party in the afternoon of the day she
was to be at the theater party with
another party, and donned one of the
Buits kept for hire.
Following a two-hour splash ths
young woman hurried to her dressing
"You're certainly the girl In blue,"
one of her companions remarked as
they began to disrobe.
One look in the mirror and ths
young woman fainted. Her pretty
neck and shoulders were a deep blue
from the bathing suit The stain
wouldn't come off. When she reached
town she canceled her theater en
gagement, and when she got home shs
mournfully put away her pretty low
necked gown.
At Critical Point of Glen Island Play
Genesee Breaks in With "Has
Anybody Here Seen
Genesee Is a seven-year-old Indian
boy who lives in a wigwam on the
shore of the sound at Glen island,
where a tribe of Ojfbway Indians is
reproducing "Hiawatha," the Indian
love play, for city children, who have
been hearing Indian tnusic on the rec
reation piers this ummer. Genesee
never heard of Arthur Farwell's ren
dition of Indian music, though he has
learned from his father some of the
two and three-tone native songs of
the Ojibways, and he knorws, of course,
the chants the Indians as they
dance and perform Longfellow's great
The other day Genesee, who was
born up on the Cattaraugus reserva
tion and Is the grandson of the Indian
who holds the medal for being the
finest physical type of Iroquois left
alive after the inroads of civilization,
wanted to introduce a flying machine
into the most critical part of the per
formance. He has been looking at the
papers and has een pictures of Curtiss
sailing through the air. With a crack
er box the boy had made a fair flying
machine model and wanted Breathes
Hard, his father, to have a big one
made so that the soul of Minnehaha,
after she had been "burled" In the
branches of the trees "in the forest
deep and darksome, underneath the
moaning hemlocks," could get back to
Old Nokomis, his grandmother, who
takes -the poem play very seriously,
refused to listen and his father cuffed
him for the unholy suggestion. This
made Genesee feel bad. "It's too old
fashioned," he secretly told the an
cient arrow rfaaker's daughter while
he was dressing for the part of the
boyhood of Hiawatha. "But wait!"
The next day he went over to thq,
beach dressed In a little shirt and leg
gings, to swim with the other bathers,'
and there he heard a song that had
more than three tones. It was full
of notes, and they rippled up and
down the scale to the ravishment of
his little ears. There was one line
that pleased him very much. It be
gan, "Has anybody here seen Kelly?"
He got away by himself and sang It
over and over.
The next morning there was a re
hearsal in full, dress. The play had
reached the point where Hiawatha
paddles away across the lake to the
tent of the ancient arrow maker and,
killing a deer, throws it down at the
feet of Minnehaha and her father.
Across the lake the voices of the In
dians rose and fell In harmony. The
voice of the hidden reader came: "At
the doorway of his wigwam sat the
ancient arrow maker at his side, all
In her beauty, sat the lovely Minne
Just then in the tense silence out
on the float at the lower end of the
lake appeared a tiny Indian boy, his
f§&ther jiead .dress. trembling, with ex-
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citemenf at the example of modern
progress he Intended to give, and,
stretching up his arms skyward to the
abode of the Great Spirit, he sang in
a boyish soprano that could be heard
all over the island:
"Has anybody here seen Kelly,
Kelly with the green necktie?"
That was as far as he got, for Kwa
sind, the young man, dodged out of
the doorway and bore him away.
How He Found Out.
There was silence for a moment.
Presently she spoke, and the tone
of voice she elected to use was trem
ulous and pleading.
"Gustavus, dearest, do—do you ever
Reluctantly he admitted that there
were occasions when he glanced care- I
lessly upon the wine when it was
"Ah! dearest," she continued, with
anxiety depicted on her lovely fea
tures, "what do you suppose papa
would say If he should discover that
his only daughter's future husband
"He discovered It yesterday after
noon," responded Gustavus, with some
of the same old reluctance.
"Oh and what did he say?" she
inquired, breathlessly.
"He said"—the manly young fel
low's voice trembled—"he said, 'Well,
Gustavus, my boy,
don't care If
do mine is the same, with just a dash
of bitters.'"
There was silence for a moment—
possibly two moments.
Hen at Coming California Poultrj
Show Valued at $10,000—Of
Orpington Breed.
Stockton, Cal.—"Peggy," a hen the
owner values at $10,000, will be thfl
big feature of the first poultry show
to be given next November by the Say
Joaquin Poultry association, which hai
already commenced the preliminarier
and expects to hold the biggest exhi
bition ever attempted in the west
'J'he famous hen is the property of a
stock farm near Kansas City, and ii
of the crystal white Orpington breed
She has created a sensation wher
ever shown, and is attended by flv«
liveried guards wherever she is shown
At the last exhibition she was ordered
from the showroom for blocking the
aisles She was then moved to a stor«
window, and was ordered out of th(.
city where exhibited, as the crowd)
about the window hindered the tral
flc of the streets.
Joining Them.
"There Is a certain class of met.
who are unable to say 'No.'"
"And the British peers will
be It
that class if their veto power is taken
Hard to Touch.
"This Is paradoxical."
"What is?"
"Why, the closer a man is the hard
er it is to touch him."
At the Racetrack.
"Why did you scratch that horse?"
"Because I have an itching fo»
t"v :•.
No. 38
Asked For a Mirror.
"It was an interesting experience,
but I must own to being a little shaky
about the knees when the crucial mo
ment arrived," said Mrs. Irene Buell
of St. Paul, in discussing her recent
visit in Washington, where she was
admitted to practise in the Supreme
court of the United States. "Ol
course," she continued, "the whole af
fair is much more awe Inspiring than
the state supreme court, because the
judges come In dxesBed In their im
posing silk gowns, having been cried
out by an impressive bailiff, who
closes his -remarks with a 'God save
the United States.'" Mrs. Buell spoke
of the extreme formality observed and
said she was asked to remove her hat
before proceeding to the counsel table
to take oath. "The first thing I said
when they asked me to do that was:
'But I don't see any mirror here." 11
seemed the natural observation to
make until I heard Senator Clapp, who
was my sponsor chuckle and murmur,
'The eternal feminine.' Then after a
formal address had been made to me
I took oath on the same Bible that
Clay and Calhoun swore upbn that 1
would £efend the constitution and con
duct myself In every way as befitted
by office."
Welcomed the Hint.
Mrs. B.—Wh? .'s the matter?
look distressed.
Mr. B.—I thought it about time t«
give the young fellow in the parloi
a vigorous hunt that It was nearlng
midnight, so I walked right into ths
room, and giving both him and oui
daughter a severe look, deliberate^
turned out the gas.
"Mercy! Didn't he get angry?"
"Mo he said: 'Thank you.'"
The Ideal Mourning.
Apropos of the unexampled extrava
gance and luxury of New Tork multi
millionaires, Mrs. August Belmont
said at a dinner at Tuxedo:
"Then there's young Knickerbocker.
Look at young Knickerbocker now.
He has 19 regular servants at his
town house, and yet since King Ed
ward's death he has hired four extra
ones—colored ones, you know—just
to bring up black-edged letters and to
look after visitors dressed in mourn
ing."—Los Angeles Times.
Relative Risks.
"You know the fate of the pitcher
that goes to the well too often."
"Going to the well never hurt any
pitcher yet It's going to the corner
galoon that send him back to the
bush leagues."
A Blunder.
"A Detroit minister says that hell it
hill of peek-a-boo waists."
"A queer statement for a ministet
to make when he is trying to get mea
to go to heaven."
Now They're Fussy.
"A St. Louis girl wore men'i
Nothing in order to escape suitors. I
would never do that!"
"You would never need to, dear."
Long Engagements.
"Do you manage to keep a new
"Oh, yes we have kept one heat* at

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