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GREAT TRAGEDIENNE WHO IS NOW APPEARING
IN MAETERLINCK’S PLAY, “MONNA VANNA” Mme. Leblanc, who is regarded as one of the coming great tragediennes of France, was to have appeared in the title role of Maeterlinck’s “Monna Vanna,” which the British censor would not allow to be played in pub lic. In the picture Mme. Leblanc is seen in the costume she wears in the play, which was first produced in Par is on May 17 last. The story of the play turns upon poignant situations. The town of Pisa is being besieged by the Florentine army, led by the brilliant Condottiere Prinzivalle. It is at the last stage of famine and despair; food and ammu nition are alike at an end. At this point the conqueror states his terms. He will spare the town, he will indeed revictual and rearm it, if the beautiful Monna Vanna, the wife of Guido, one of the princes of Pisa, is sent out to Deadlier Than the Fer-De-Lance. One who has been over the world says: “Your Martinique friend fer de-lance is not to be compared with the dukite snake of Australia. It is like the pictures you have seen of sin, a long, red snake, with eyes the liv ing embodiment of evil. The dukites never go alone. If you are unfortun ate enough to kill one without killing its mate the latter will follow your trail remorselessly, like death, or fate, and though you camp twenty miles from the spot it will kill you as sure as you killed its.partner.” Leader Who Has the Confidence of the United Mine Workers John Mitchell, president of the Unit ed Mine Workers of America, is a leader who has the confidence of every member of the organization. Active efforts are being put forward to end the present costly strike, and it is be lieved a plan of arbitration will be a&reed to soon and that a million men, his camp. When Monna Vanna hears of the conditions she decides, in spite of the horror of her husband, that it is her duty to save her city. She goes, only to find herself treated with re spect instead of insult. Prinzivalle has seen and loved her years ago, and he asks to be allowed to kiss her upon the forehead. They return together to Pisa —for it is no longer safe for Prinzivalle to remain with the army w'hose victory he has robbed —and Monna Vanna declares her innocence and her companion’s mercy. But she is nowhere believed. Her husband, Guido, is so infuriated by her state ment that he threatens to put Prinzi valle to the torture unless she con fesses. Finally, in the attempt to save him whom she now finds she loves, she confesses to what is not true. The play is exceedingly powerful. The Greatest Oil Well. The greatest oil spouter of the Rus sian petroleum district was struck a few months ago about eight miles southwest of Baku. The well was bored to a depth of 1,800 feet before oil w'as reached. Then, for nearly three days it sent out oil at the rate of 180,000 barrels a day, and continued thereafter to flow at a diminishing rate until it had produced over 2,00t>,- 000 barrels. The owners lost money, for the well could not be controlled, much adjacent property being dam aged by the oil that escaped. women and children will be relieves from the imminent danger of starva tion which they now face. The pro posals for peace have been inspired by business sentiment, and the appoint ment of a board of conciliation is im minent. All parties are tired of the costly struggle. ARMY DOCTORS ARE SCARCE. Now Over Fifty Vacancies in Assist ant Surgeo**. List, Vacancies still continue in the com-, missjoned medical corps of the army, notwithstanding the efforts >f the sur geon general to secure doctors for this branch of the service. The pro fessional examination is more or less rigid, but to a young doctor, newly graduated, it ought not to be such an insurmountable obstacle, as in many cases it seems to prove. The physi cal requirements are also very strict, and quite a number of applicants fail to pass this part of the examination where they would doubtless have suc ceeded professionally. There are over fifty vacancies to be filled, and the examining board is al ways in session. Applicants should address the surgeon general of the army at Washington, and receive in reply the necessary blanks contain ing information. An assistant sur geon in the army commences his military life with the rank, pay, and allowances of a captain. He receives a commission which carries with it life tenure. WOMEN’S ADVANCE IN JAPAN. Magnificent University Constructed for Their Benefit. Six years ago the first conference was held in Tokio for the purpose of laying plans for a university exclusive ly for women. Now the university is an accomplished fact. In April, 1901, the buildings were completed, $50,000 having been expended in erecting them. The number of professors and instructors is now forty-six. The num ber of students, including those in the perparatory school, is 550. Both professors and the students live in “halls’' or “houses” similar to the dormitories at various American col leges. Each hall has its matron. The departments are three, named after the study which forms the basis of in struction in each, though, of course, many other studies are included in the general program. There ia the de partment of Japanese literature, the department of English literature and the department of domestic science. How High Birds Fly. The heignt to which different birds attain in their flight has often been the subject of dispute, especially among sportsmen. From observations lately made in Germany it would ap pear that the higher flier, as has al ways been supposed, is the eagle. This bird was seen at a height of 3,- 000 yards. Crows also fly very high, though not to be compared with the king of birds, the greatest heights at which aero nauts have encountered them being 1,400 yards. The lark, says the Lon don Country Life, which is usually supposed to reach great heights, in reality only soars to about 1,000 yards above the ground, while pigeons which were allowed to escape at alti tudes between 900 yards and 3,000 yards, quickly descended to lower re gions of the air. Preserved After Burial. Human bodies buried in limestone countries are often turned to solid stone by the limewater which pene trates the graves. In other soils there are elements which sometimes so embalm the buried dead as to pre serve form and features unchanged. Many such cases are on record. Rob ert Burns’ body was disinterred in 1815 to be removed to a new tomb. To the surprise of all his friends the features were found to be as perfect as at burial. When the body of John Hampden, the famous English patriot and leader, was disinterred by Lord Nugent 200 years after burial the form and features were as unchanged as if the corpse had been recently laid in the grave. Upholds Unique Will. Chief Judge David Torrance of the Connecticut Supreme Court of Errors hc.s decided for the validity of a be quest of SIOO,OOO made to controvert the doctrine of the immortality of the soul. The testator, Sidney Hall, was an eccentric who gave much study to religious questions. He died in Hart ford three years ago, being then a member of the Advent church of that place. He left the sum named to the Advent Christian Publication Society of Boston, whichfhe charged with its expenditure for the purpose men tioned. Relatives contested the will, but Judge Torrance has finally dis posed of the matter by holding the clause valid. Pointed Satire. The late Henry Clay Miner, theater owner, patent medicine manufacturer and congressman from New York city, once registered in this fashion in the leading hotel of Syracuse: “Hon. Har ry Miner and valet.” A delegate to the convention that accounted for Miner’s presence there was Daniel Donegan, a big man in the Tammany wigwam. 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