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The Early Days of St. Paul, With Biogra
° phies and Anecdotes of Old
- Settlers.
Wandering in the Parks and their Ben
eficial Effects--- A.
Van Slyke.
The Old Timers of Forty Years Ago--
Joseph G ulon and Joseph.
That Old Sign and That Old Home
stead—Plowing in the Center of ?
the City.
"A thing of beauty is a joy forever," and
the man who can produce, this result ought
to be perpetuated in bronze or marble m
Due of our parks, so that all classes can
raze upon the placid features of the bene
factor whoso artistic genius has made na
tare blush in her efforts to compete
with tlie superior attainments' and handi
work of man. Tile who makes two blades
of grass grow where j there was but one, is
deserving of the highest public commenda
tion, and he who goes further than this and
makes roses bloom and flowers shed their
fragrance on the air, and God's grand senti
nels, tlie trees, to spread their brawny arms
and shield the way fairer from the
piercimr rays of the noon-day- -sun,
has accomplished a feat grander
and more lasting than the hero on the bat
tle field, or tho politician in the forum -of
the senate. Take away the grass, the
trees, the flowers, the birds, the sparkling
water, the quiet nooks and dells in the
household of nature, and man's heart be
comes sered, and blackened, and dwarfed,
and narrow. He lives, he struggles for
one money. His brain revolves to one
point only— business. He dies for no other
purpose than— to economize. But give
him nature in all her elegant appointments;
give him the balmy air, the rippling
streams, the carol of the songsters, the ra
vine, the" mountain, the forest, the diadem
ai the prairie, with its variegated colore,
the green, velvet lawn, and the thoughts of
the Creator as they assume form in the
bursting petal of the rose, or the purity of
the calls' lily, or the clinging affection of
the creeping vine, and he broadens out into
the sublimest elements of manhood, and
ripens for that ultimate end, the perfection
of a better life.
"Amid the storms they sang,
And the stars heard, and the Fea, .
And the sounding aislesof the dim woods rang
To the anthems of the free."
Free from the corroding elements of • life
—free from the burning, insatiate - desire
for gold— from the corrupting influ
ences of society. Standing under the blue
canopy of God, with its all-elegant sur
roundings, mau expands in his soul-power,
he broadens in his mentality, his aspira
tions are higher* grander,. purer; lie is more
charitable, more genial, kinder, nobler,
better. And so he who educates the people
to a proper appreciation of I nature, and
whose untiring efforts to this end have pro
duced most salutary results, deserves. to be
remembered, for he is a part of and lives in
the hearts of the masses. A marble shaft,,
pure and symmetrical, should, stand where
it can be "seen of all men, upon which
should be Inscribed: . . •- , . 'M/,.'MM£'
the friend of nature and the friend of the
That which impresses me most earnestly
is the apparent reserve artistic power of Mr.
Van Slyke. I admire his tastes,., his ge
nius, his overpowering personality in his
arrangements of our parks, but .his possi
bilities are greater than his acts, and hence
the real strength of the man can only be
brought out in a wider field of
usefulness, and I trust that may
be fouud in the adornment
of our great park on the shores of Lake
One knowing Mr. Van Slyke and his ca
reer of life, is surprised at -his peculiar
talents. Tall, modest, unassuming, kind
hearted, philanthropic, benevolent, he is
one.of the most public-spirited men in our
city, and 7 every celebration is unfinished
without his hand. He is the originator of
our electric light shafts, obtained at con
siderable cost, and for which he is
still financially, largely
he was the moving spirit in our beautiful
arches— he is, per se, the man above all
other men who has transformed our dirty,
sombre, dark, forbidding parks into gems
of loveliness— always collecting money
for charitable objects; is never idle in acts
of benevolence; and still, with all these
burdens upon his back he trudges on in the
daily routine of business life.
Mr. Van Slyke was born in the state of
New York ui~lB3S; educated there; clerked
in a dry goods and grocery store in Coopers
town, N. V.; came to St. Paul in 1854; en- j
tered the employ of William Cooley and
continued with him up to 1856, when he |
commenced business for himself; was a
lieutenant in the old Pioneer guards: on the
breaking out of the war raised Company G
of the Fifth Minnetsota, and became its
lieutenant: served wo years; was dis
charged from the army- hi - conse
quence of sickness, and continued ill
for a year and a half: then entered
the grain and commission business, ills
store being in various parts of the city in
lower town, until he moved to Sibley
street, his present quarters, where he has
been for twelve years.
Mr. Van Slyke has the same old sign on
his present store that he started buisness j
with in 1856, or twenty-nine years ago. It
has survived fire and the hard usage inci
dent to moving, but is still legible and . is
emphatically "an old settler."
, All good artists cling to the old things of
the past, and S Mr. Van Slyke is no excep
tion. He built the present house he lives
in, hi 1857, and he has resided continuously
there for twenty-eight years. Of course the
trees, and the shrubbery, and the little un
pretending nooks, and the familiar points
of the dear old home, still evoke lively emo
tion, for it was here he took
his young bride; it was here j
his children were bom; it was
here where supreme happiness was found,
away from ' the jarring elements of the
world; it was here where sorrow Came: it
was here, when sick and weary of the bur
dens of life, gentle hands and kindly-voices
smoothed the weary brow and calmed the
aching heart; it was here, in this sequested
little spot called home, where the best part
of life found a lodging place. The heart is
less ambitious than -it was over a quarter
century ago; the brow shows more furrows
now: the eye is more pensive, and gray hairs
sprinkle locks once black. The little
boy has grown to manhood and treads the
soil of a. foreign land, the little girl to
womanhood; there are vacant chairs; me
mentoes of babyhood. God bless the deaf
old home!
In 1853 a fire swept both sides of Third
street, and among the • sufferers was Van
Slyke. Many goods not rued were stolen,
so that when' tlie rubbish was cleared away
Van had but little left, still, with a brave
heart he started in again, and can now. ex
claim, "Richard's i himself again!"
Mr. Van Slyke hits; been; alderman three
years: chairman of the committee on parks,
chairman of \ the Committee on the Vil
lard reception.'' and chairman of. the com
mittee on decorations at the time of the
Garfield funeral, all of -which positions he
held with great credit. For several years
past he has given more than half of his
time to . the ; interests of the city.
He has one son .in Europe study
ing medicine, while the home, circle
is the Mecca to which his heart 'always
travels.- ; He is a quiet, modest,unpretend
ing gentleman, plain hi Speech and in dress;
but beneath his hat be carries a head un
surpassed for its| artistic : and cultivated
taste, especially in I arranging the drapery
.which enfolds the beautiful and attractive
form of nature^ and beneath his coat beats' a
heart always alive to the sympathetic calls
of the human family. y."
"Joseph OtTlbSi
Mr. Onion is ; a large man. turning the
scales at 2JO pounds. lie Is tlie descend
ant of a French family, : whose, pedigree ho
can trace back : 200 years, : and ; J , la. . said by
those who' know.' 1 him, to have a 'heart as
big as his body,- that is,, he has always been
and is now,' i very generous. 7He is ; very
fond of . hunting, and is : much of a poli
tician, ; especially , ; on » the Democratic
side. v He :" ;7 is ; 'very V free and ".' frank
in his manners, and is an off-hand, pleasant
gentleman... He : was born in Missouri . In
1825: educated there; learned the trade of a
printer; worked on a farm; came to St. Paul
in; 1845; boated and made voyages Into.- the
interior; in IS4B went to St. Louis and was
married; in 1850 took a journey to Cali
fornia and engaged; in X mining; returned
to Minnesota r.. A m.. .1851. and .set
tled at Belle ' Plalne, where he
remained tip. to 1858, when., he
moved to St. Paul; during the Indian out
break he went to Fort Ridgely with Gen.
Sibley; jhe was deputy sheriff • under King
two years, and for a time under Rlchter; ;
has lived in West St. Paul for some time,
where he now resides, and ,is the father of
six grown-up boys. Property he purchased
there has greatly advanced, while the in
creased value of the property he has now in
that : ward will make 7 him well off.
He is one of the oldest b settlers,
and . has a vivid recollection of
the old times and .' the old
landmarks of the long-gone past.
Mr.'. Robert is a brother of . the late Louis
Robert, and was born „ in Missouri in 1827;
worked on a farm up to 1844; removed to
Prairie du.Chienf came to St. Paul in 1845;
engaged with his brother in a store; the
same year went to the Red River of the
North with three carts loaded with * goods,
and an Indian pony; traded there until
1850, when he returned to St. Paul and
took charge of the transportation of the
goods of the Winnebago Indians to Long
Prairie; bought a store at ' Swan river
and commenced trailing; ran it for two
years; began freighting in y 1853-4, and in
1859 took a contract to carry goods and em
igrants from St. Paul to St. Anthony, Crow
Wing, and other points In the territory;
then bought lands in various parts of Min
nesota,, having made 7 ho money in the In
dian trade, probably being too honest; in
1860 was connected with his brother in the
Indian business. He was on his way to
one of his brother's trading posts,
when he was informed that the
Indians had broken out and were
killing the settlers. He rode out from New
Ulm near enough to satisfy himself that
this was the fact, when he turned and gave
the settlers warning; re-entered New Ulm;
was a bearer of dispatches to Gen. Sibley;
returned and was in the fight seventeen
days at New Ulm. In the fall of 1862
(speaking the Chippewa language readily),
he commenced j trading with that tribe at
Mille Lao. He continued there up to 1882,
when he returned to St. Paul, where
he has remained every since; In 1805 he
went through to Vermillion lake for a New
York company with seven teams. Since
1883 he has resided mostly in St. Paul, al
though he spends his summers at his coun
" try residence on ' the shores of Bald Eagle
lake. MM - M. .y 7 Mi 7.7'j '
I M'' '.' '••'.! " AT '.WASHINGTON.
f: In 1884 Mr. Robert : visited Washington
and spent two months fighting " for the
rights of the Indians, as a decision had
been made that- the whites had a right
to go on 7to , the : Indian reservation
and make homesteads. It was through
Mr. Robert's influence that this decision
was revoked, and .how he finds that the
white settlers who went on to the land in
good faith,- under the decision of the gov
ernment, ate ordered to leave without any
redress, and he thinks this a great wrong;
that their money ought to be refunded and
they recompensed for their - loss, and Mr.
Robert is right.- •'- ■> MM- ■- ■•■■
jln 1845, or. forty years ago, Mr. Robert
ploughed a field of about twenty acres, then
fenced, running from Third street back to
nearly Sixth street, and from half way to
Minnesota one way and half way to Jack
son the other, and in this field he planted
oats and raised a good crop. . The twenty
acres cost his brother about 8300; worth
now upward of $2,000,000! At this time
there were, about ten families in the place,
and not to exceed fifty white people.
Mr. Robert has been an important interpre
ter for both the • Sioux and the Chippewa
Indians; was elected alderman of St. Paul
in 1881, and re-elected in 1883, serving two
terms. He is a tall, muscular man, some
what commanding in his appearance, well
preserved physically, and differing from an
ordinary Frenchman in that he is moderate
in ills conversation and . ■^kil-.his man
ments, and yet he is a man of activity- and
great endurance, ,as a checkered \ life of
some forty years -in Minnesota -clearly
shows. He is social, pleasant, honest; a
great friend of the Indians and a great
friend of humanity generally. - .
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Why Women Wont Wear Trousers.
Jenny June in Hartford Times.
It is useless to preach trousers to civil
ized women under the name of divided skirt
or any other. She will have none of them
unless they are put out of sight. . The "di
vided" does not present any just claims to
the suffrages of women, - apart .from . the
prejudices existing against trousers in the
place of skirts. It is simply an ugly and
shapeless kind of drawers, and when it
tries to be pretty it is by adding ruffles,
piling on Weakness, the last effort of imbe
cility. Mrs. King, the present representa
tive apostle of the divided skirt . movement,
was invited to a meeting of ladies in New
York, which " she ' attended in a divided
dress made after her own most approved
style, i The wide divisions of the skirt were
long and very much ruffled; the skirt was
very short and raffled also, and . the loose
jacket part much trimmed. It was a dress
requiring much labor, and Very easily and
irremediaoly soiled. It had a patchy ap
pearance, was devoid of grace and dignity,
and attracted the attention of boys in the
street. These are all real and valid objec
tions. Probably every woman has some
objection to make to her dress, as every
woman in the world objects, more or less,
to the facts of their environment, whatever
they may be; but not one of the 200, more
or less, present on that occasion would have
exchanged their style or form of clothing
with Mrs. King.
— *♦
The Unrecognized War-Flag.
• Louis Kiel's war-flag was a common table
cloth, 6 feet by 4, with fringed or rather
frayed edges. On the flag is a steel en
| graving of Notre Dame dcs " Lourdes, and
; beneath is written the pedigree of Louis
.Kiel; then a prayer to his patron saint, and
lastly a prayer to the Virgin Mary, signed
by Louis "David" Kiel. On the reverse of
the picture is a prayerful' proclamation.
The flag, is in possession of . Capt. Howard,
who will probably take it with him to his i
home. .y . 7. 7 T' 7 •
The flag which has just been presented
to the sixty-fifth regiment of Montreal
bears a sacred 'heart, with the inscription,
"Thy kingdom come." Curious enough? the
badges -taken from the half-breed rebels •
at BatocheT-one of which • was brought to :
Toronto by a grenadier, taken from Kiel
himself— also bears a sacred ; heart and the
same motto. ■* ■*
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Why She "Wouldn't lie an Angel.'
1 'Mamma, 7 '-said - a sweet \ little Brooklyn ;
missj^idotney'i do -just the same in heaven'
every day as we do down here?"
"I. guess so, my dear." " . MyyMy,
"Well, then, I don't want to go to < heav
en.";"-':-^; " '■■ L ". . ' v .. y-7- \7;:
"Why, darling:, what makes you talk that
way?" ; i- ■■-... ■'.'•■:•■■ ' ; 7 ■ " :"' 7
"Well, I don't care, mamma. ' If I've got
to have :my ; hair done •up In. curl-papers
every night when I'm an angel I'd rather
not be one.'/ So there, now!" • . ; 7,
Her eyeglass sparkles like a star,
Her bangs caress the passing breeze; , '"
• Her cultured fancy roams afar '„
In search of something Japanese. .
; ■ With rose and lily duly fraught, 1 .
Her girlish cheeks are fair to view; 7'
7' 'Her mind is the inquiring sort,
;: Her blood and china deeply bide. '
: With learned skill and antique rage ;, y
• - • She reads the secrets quaintly hid - -
i ): Beneath the gathered dust of age
On obelisk and pyramid. '
When I prepare to write at case,
- Beguiling thoughts of her arise; ;
IM- Her fairy footsteps cross my t's . ,
Her fleeting dimples dot my i's ,
With such bewitching eyes of jet
'. And parted lips that strangely please, .
-. She well would suit my cabinet "
As something from the Bostonese.
..7 M.. 77 M M- M:MMM.' • " • —Life.
Garden Teas, Latest Style of Summer En
tertainments and How They are *" 7
• • ';' \Bi\6j'il,'y '7y 7'7 :v . yY-M
Art ■in Costume Shows I Some Very Ugly
Styles— .-■ the Latest Fash- ■'*;.' '••■ '
" 7 7 ions Allow. / .77 7 77
Ways to Make Home Attractive- -
Decency ■ in ' Dress— Tidbits of Hy
Homo Life.
Household Hints to Help the . House-*
Keeper, Interesting - Points {7^s
'- for tho Girls. 7 !>- >
Entertainment and Dress. :•
7 Garden teas are pretty variations for sum
mer entertainments, less formal and showy
than lawn parties, which involve landaus,
barouches, and the best turnouts generally,,
with a great deal of : footman, ; claret "" and
champagne cup, striped marquees, lace par
asols and flounces, : French ; bonnets _ and
fancy y gowns, . with apprehensions. '.' . It's
more trouble to dress for a lawn party than
a state dinner, says a young person of ex
perience," and you have the delightful pros
pect of coming home a blue ruin, with get
ting your dress damp in dew or caught on
the roses, or a breeze comes up and: drives
everybody indoors at risk of neuralgia. The
garden tea offers a pleasing compromise.
Invitations are sent out the morning of the
same day, when one is sure of the weather.
Tea, ices and baskets of cake and fruit 1 are
served from a table under a large tree or
awning on the lawn. Algerian grass chairs,
bamboo settees, hammock chairs with Span
ish and Mexican grass mats. spread 'before'
them, are placed among the shrubbery near
the house, with plenty of the lawn stands
with sharpened iron-shod supports 7 to bo
thrust into the ground and keep things
steady. Light music, good amateur violins
and guitars are in keeping with the easy
spirit of the affair, a stray quartet of stroll
ing musicians may be - found to give much
better music than more pretentious bands;
story telling, a recitation or two, ballads
without accompaniment or sung to .the
strings, may amuse the party, but the point
is to have things go off in an effortless way,
people generally doing easily whatever they
do best. "y .-- ;
We hear art In costume talked on every
side, yet never in the memory of fashion
was the touruure so exaggerated and so
ugly as in the styles of 1885. The worst
case of broken back never presented so
painful a deformity as some of the figures
in costume, in and out of fashion plates.
Yet the plain "house-maid's" dresses, with
full skirt, without flounce or bustle, are as bad
the other way, for their flatness and straight
up-and-down lines have a poverty the eye
resents. The bustle of steel springs is ' not
as burdensome as the pleats and folds ; of :
cheviot or lalne that add no grace whatever
to the form. It is easy to devise a dress
that shall be unfashionable in every point,
that will Injure health as surely as a three
yard trained skirt with accompaniments.
Could women, modistes, artists of all sorts
be taught to scorn the falsehood of extremes
half the work of improvement would j be
over. Such loops and puffs of light drapery
as relieve the waist line at the back are
eminently artistic . and cannot damage the'
most sensitive spine.
"Has any one ever known what a woman
can suffer from unsuitable dress? Unutter
able bosh is written about the torture of
girls in fashionable dress, but the truth is,
a healthy girl does not feel uncomfortable
in it. The sweep of her flounces gives a
cadence and measure to her walk and pleas
antly balances the free tread of her limbs,
the close corset supports the luxuriant, elas
tic figure. She feels as comfortable In a
glove-fitting dress as a racer in his running
belt. But when ailments that experience
is heir to have depleted her strength, and
malaria, insufficient . nutrition, slight dys
pepsia or overwork has disturbed the bal
ance of physical force, then the grass-hop
per and the dress becomes a burden not to
be described.' Any strain* on the spine or
muscles of the back . becomes torture. I
have seen a plump young woman reel blind
and dizzy with the effort of holding up her
arms to dress her' heavy hair, and seen a
woman of 40 faint in a shop from the : pain
of trying^ on ill-fitting shoes, of which she
was trying to get an easy pair. In a third
case, one who wore • neither corsets nor
tight dresses, nor heavy skirts, left shop
ping half done and went home by the first
train, exhausted 'by wearing ; a common
Cashmere dress and thick walking boots — a
woman who in slippers and cambric wrap
per was capable of a day's work at house
keeping or tennis -with any other of her sex.
The plain case is that women are Jso sensi
tive through ill conditions of life that every
stick and straw . needs to be- chased from
their path, especially in the matter of clothes.
Lightness, ease, cannot be ! too carefully
studied, joined to graceful effect, for it se
riously frets the nerves to wear an ugly, ill
made gown. It should be ihe study of
merchants to refine garments to a feather
weight, giving all the advantages of Warmth,
coolness, absorption and electric qualities;
nothing stiff or inconvenient should be tol
erated in the dress of men or women, for
society or negligee. | To wear it -is simply
to carry weight uselessly, when we should
be at our best and lightest. It damps wit,
it perverts good humor, causes repartee to
hang fire, and mars social success as : well
as working power. 77
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The fashion allows too little ; resources
between the short wraps, which require a
dressy toilet and full tournure to go with
them, and the undress newmarket cloth
coat. The cardinal and mother hubbard
cloaks were too convenient to be banished
from the wardrobe. Thrown over : the
plainest dress, they allowed a lady to be
ready for the street without precise j corset
ing and appareling. " English designers
come-to the rescue with an elegant long
habit of black canvas cloth, lined through
out with black or changeable silk, charming
.with thick raffling of black wool lace from
throat to hem, and lace flounces' filling, the
back, with wide-looped satin bows on' the
tournure. "The desirable garment outlines
the figure, while loose enough to slip on
without trouble, and covers the dress .' en
tirely except the lowest flounce. 7ln it a
lady is dressed at once for. park or picture
show, call or theatre, and it is hoped such
an elegant domino as this will remain as
standard a part of a woman's .wardrobe as
a waterproof or chuddah shawl for even
, The Beaufort ulster is a sensible travel
ling cloak for.the season, -in S light cheviot
and canvas cloths, falling into the figure in
front with ample pleats behind, not to em
barass the dress display or make a woman
take the pinched look ;of a foiled umbrella,
while a removable cape with;. high collar
gives completeness to the outfit which ' one
Can hardly improve. y „ v'v;; : v < ;'y ;7'
:v ; '7-7: • .y"-'*^ 7777' : '•;•,•' "■; -h
Smocks are in vogue for . children's and
young ladies^ wear, y being the .simplest of
flannel or holland frocks, with two or three
tucks in the skirt, and the fulness of .waist
and sleeve gathered In elaborate gauging
and stitching like the Sussex plowmen's
shirts.;- The smock Is the latest artistic gar
men,; and as such commended to people who
have such poor opinion of;, what they are,
they are always trying to look like some
thing else. \ ', - ' 7 ■ ; 7' ;
A simple, stylish seaside dress is a jersey
of navy blue, and skirt of the blue serge
and trimming of red and blue blocks, 'on
the scarf drapery. This is designed after
one of Princess Beatrice's costumes, most of
which are of the striking order of taste. - A
dress of blue and red striped cloth, with
Tarn O'Shanter cap of dark red "- and blue
quill in the band, a gown of dark, red habit
cloth with red • silk . turban, red vests and
blue scarfs are in. high contrast to the peach
blossom and hawthorn pink her royal high
ness has worn through her maiden days; ;
Making Home Beautiful.
An extremely pretty novelty is the Italian
growing : vases. Although . they ate ahe W
invention, ' they have ■* received general : pat
ronage and approval for their simple yet
beautiful effect. Mi '■'• " y.-'"^MM
• The vase must be soaked under water for
at least twelve hours, then as soon as taken
out of the water, and while it [ is • still ;. wet,
cover it with the seed 'i (which' is supplied
with the vase)" by sprinkling it j on," taking
care not to leave any parti uncovered;, then
at once fill it with water and every morning
refill it if the water be decreasing. *■} *:
7 In a 1 few days the vase will be covered
with a beautiful green foliage. This is very
effective,-'; making . T . a : ; handsome ornament.
These porous pots are said to be healthy in
a room, as the herbs growing on them absorb
damp and foul' air. ; 7. •y.
j A remarkably pretty toilet cover was re
cently/noticed of pa(e f, yellow ; taffeta, cov
ered ; . with", polka-dotted; white swiss, each
dot of which had been embroidered L yellow
and taken f " as the center. : for • a : ; daisy, the
leaves of .which, were embroidered in white
upon the : -; transparent - ground. At : either
end of the scarf wore three rows of | plaited
Oriental lace, .with ; loops of narrow yellow
and white ribbon alternately falling like a
fringe over each; row. Mats were made to
match and surrounded with one row of , this
trimming. * The cushion was of yellow satin,
with a bunch of daisies embroidered upon it
and frills" of Oriental lace., l l
Low-Neck. Dresses.
From the Hour.
y The' costume of woman, /from a .hygienic
point of view, is much discussed at present,
and the vexed 'question of tight-lacing and
of skirts too numerous" and heavy- for j the
forms which sustain them is considered with
patient -thbughtt'ulness by medical people
and female reformers., .However, all this
great expenditure of time and attention will
doubtless result, as it has hitherto done, in
no possible change in dress save that pre
scribed by fashion. 7
.. The evils of lacing are in general exagger
ated, and it is by no means impossible that
if men wore a species of corset they would
enjoy an immunity from the effect of violent
cold and many disorders from which .they
now suffer.' The ancient beau, of an age
more foppish than our own, was not un
familiar with the art of lacing, and there is
no record of his being injured by it. •.
The exposure to cold in wearing low-neck
dresses is certainly one which affects the
health of women more immediately than the
wearing of corsets, and the thin-soled'slip
pers and high heels of the day are -also
causes of I cold and consequent disturbance
of the system. The advantage of . woolen
under-vests over silk is certainly not to be
denied, but to an irritable skin the former
is almost as intolerable as the hair shirt of a
penitent, and as such self-inflicted scourges
are. not de . rigeur for the moment the silk
vest is perhaps the most popular. .
Does Habit Make Decency in Dress.
London Times. ' .7777777
. What is it that constitutes decency in
dress?. Clearly nothing but habit. The
custom of the particular society or subject
matter concerned in ordinary language,
convention. This . seems strange to some
people, but it . is most certainly true that
there is no absolute rule as to what drapery
is or is not decent. . Even in the same so
ciety the conditions vary enormously. Use
and custom alone determine the becoming.
A Turkish lady is shocked if a strange man
sees her without a yashmak and a monstrous
bundle of wraps. So conventional is this
covering of the face that a Mussulman pea
sant woman surprised in the field will often
veil it with her only petticoat. • 7 ..: If
Travelers tell us that a well-bred African
woman blushes to be seen for the first time
in clothes. The unusual use ot clothing
appears to her scarcely decent. Custom,
habit and convention • decide the matter
among ourselves. A pure V cottage girl in
Connemara, who sleeps in a room with men
and never owned stockings, would feel un
easy in the ball dress of a princess. The
princess would almost suffer death rather
than share her cottage for a week. If the
daughters . of I Leonidas- went to a drawing
room at Buckingham palace in their Spartan
tunics, they would probably cause as great
aflutter as they would feel themselves.
No one would expect a hospital nurse to do
what', hundreds of innocent girls do In a
pantomime; but the danse use, again, would
hardly submit to the unsparing revelations
of a surgical ward. Honl soit is the sole
and paramount rule; but then this depends
on certain conventional practices being re
spected, y yy. m ■ ■-- : •;;
Home Matters.
Do not throw away the tops of mousque
.talre gloves, but use them with any fanciful
design. They will be serviceable for cov
ering sachets, boxes and other articles.
A simple cake is made ;*• of one cup of
sugar, half a cup of butter, one-third of a
cup of milk, three eggs, one cup and a half
of flour and a teaspoonf ul of baking pow
der. ■' v''H/yy^;w.;vy;:, . .
Salt pork may be broiled or fried in the
same manner as bacon, and by many is con
sidered more wholesome. Cut the pork in
slices; parboil it in 'boiling water; broil or
fry and serve with slices of lemon.
A very simple and nourishing dish is
made of two pounds of lean round steak,
finely minced, and simmered for three hours
in one quart of water, salted to taste.
Served with boiled rice. If liked, curry
powder may be added to the gravy.
A Good Addition to Fried Eggs.— When
they are taken up from the pan slide 1 them
on a hot dish; add a tablespoonful of butter
and two of vinegar to the browned butter in
the pan, boil it together for two minutes,
pour over the eggs and.serve. •;.. '..■;'
; Put away the milk -at once when it is
served. ■ In five minutes, an authority says,
milk that is left uncovered and standing
near any drain or on the bricks by a garbage
pail will imbibe enough "impurities to make
it spoiled for the baby's use. 7J 77:7777
A delicious cream is made by this recipe:
Mix some raspberry jam or jelly (a small
cupful) with one pint of j cream, and, strain
it into a bowl. ', Dissolve half an ounce of
gelatine in a very . little • hot water, and,
when just warm, stir it into the cream.
Pour the mixture' into a mould; set it on
ice, and serve when very cold.
'Pansies and white. '.'field daisies" are now
massed together for decoration. The black
or Faust pansy, with deep shades of purple
and mazarine blue that shade off wonder
fully, with the other varieties into garnet or
maroon, are all thrown into good relief by
the white mass of flowers adjoining. The
yellow is in both these plants. 7 ; : -7 :.
; The f Allowing "fried herbs" are served
With the liver: y Four handl'uls of . young
spinach two lof J | young lettuce, ' and two
handfuls of young parsley, well washed
and drained. Chop fine and add one hand
ful of ' young onions, well i minced. Put
them in a saucepan" with one ounce . of but
ter and some pepper and salt. Cover the
pan and put it on the fire, shaking-it until
it boils; then set it back and let it simmer
until the herbs are tender; Garnish the
liver with them. ; . ' • . '?'7'
;' Strawberry Shortcake. , Caterer
gives this recipe for strawberry shortcake,
to be made with self-raising flour: To one
quart lof jj relf-raising flour add four table
spoonfuls of butter, and^rub it ! thoroughly
through the | dry flour by hand; then add
fOuf tablespoonfuls. of powdered sugar, two
eggs and t one . cup > and! a half of milk.
Knead as little as possible. 801 l thin and
bake in a- quick oven. After baking, put
the fruit between the layers, sprinkling them
with powdered sugar. .
~ A good way to treat your walking boots
is to rub all the dust from them with a
sponge dipped in a little milk; this cleanses
them finely; ; rub them off well afterwards
with a-; clean cloth. ; They - will need |no
other polish when new. 7: An expert recom
mends to treat old boots with a little oil and
ink, mixed - 7 (how this tells of the ;; writing
table) 7 but there are many good prepara
tions of 'glycerine blacking in very conveni
ent little boxes, that it is not necessary, ex
cept, for the enterprising, to go to the ink
stand at all for brilliancy. ; C > ■ f. ; ; >
*'. 'Asparagus cooked this way will be found
far more agreeable than when boiled whole.
Wash and scrape the -asparagus and cut it
in inch y pieces* until -you come to the hard
part, which Is to be, set aside 7 for flavoring
your soup. Boil \ until ! , tender in '-' salted
boiling water and serve with a white sauce
or with a little butter : and pepper. . Care
ful \- housekeepers j preserve ; the ,i water "■ in
which the asparagus has been cooked . for
boiling the tough ends, and use this and the
pulp, which has been passed through : a
sieve, . for the next day's vegetable . soup, as
it Imparts a delicious flavor to it. The as
paragus must be cooked in a well-tinned or
granite saucepan. ?.:'?' 7 ■ J 7y v y
Suggestions for the Girls.
• A diamond spur with a ruby lash lis ■ a fa
vorite design for a lady's lace pin.
The rage for ; color .« in ornaments is the
same as that in every other direction this
'season; '■ '- : • . v '. ■' , .-' \ - ' , '..
71 Fans of '■'■. large and unique forms are the
only ones that should he used for wall! dec- ]
orations. s ■ i
y Embroidery/ flowers, feathers "and;- tinsel
are the combinations ' found in dressy sum
mer j bonnets. ' i y ■■■■■ •;.
-:-> Large bows of white ribbon or of piece
goods, generally "soft silk,' adorn many sum
mer, frocks; "' '■ 1 "' .- - \\» ' ■ ' ', 'M MMi
7 Chartreuse is a color that embraces many
shades of green, from old bottle to pale cress
green. :'; ."7 '''■,■/■; 7- ./..• : . Ml
"> Absinthe and pale coral is a French color,
combination much in favor on the other side
at present. 1 ; ' ■: 'A '. .', ■'.'■: My'- : M- ■
: A guitar, mandolin or, banjo, to hang on
walls, takes the place of: the much-abused
tambourine, y - yy. ;",| .''7.' M'M.l
-'. -Violet is a shade which is more used this
season in millinery than '-ever before, or at
least for many years. ■'■■• ' .: > ■■'■
":' Rubies, ■ sapphires . and emeralds ••:. are
mixed together to form a fashionable med
ley of color in all sorts of pins, bracelets,
rings and other adornments.
-y The French, who love the emblems of the
race-course, : . have ~ capped the • climax, It
would seem. ., They. have taken as a design
for then' ladies' scarf pins a jockey cap made
in bright jewels. . ■■ y Mly/ci
Where j. Parental j Authority Should
> 7-7*. draw the Lines.
Traveling Professionals Who Take in
- Silly Young Girls. . „...
"That was a pretty good story published
in the Globe some days ago about the heir
ess marrying the roller skate chap down in
Ohio," said a prominent young society gen
tleman. "True, I s'pose?" : •■'.;:. '■'■
7' "Yes, quite true — true."
"Well, 1 must say it's not in the least
astonishing not to me, at any rate. I'd
rather you wouldn't use my name in con
nection with anything I may happen to say
on the subject, but there is a good deal of
general meanness roaming about hand-in
hand with this roller skate craze, • This
roaming lion attends the rinks seeking whom
it may devour and generally manages to
find the necessary ingredients for a pretty
substantial sort of meal. There is a kind of
undress uniform f brand of morality which
grows corpulent upon the provender which
it manages to pick up in the highways and
byways of skating rinks. 7 Social dignity
don't match the appurtenances '■ and per
quisites indigenous to the
z A girl whose nose would immediately
study astronomy if addressed at • a church
fair by a young man whose - social position
she considers beneath her, will gush j freely
in a skating rink over some professional
chap on wheels who is a sort of cross be
tween a second-rate variety performer and
a third-rate end man in a barn-storming
minstrel troupe. This . is where the great
danger lies, and the sooner the parents of
giddy, inexperienced girls recognize the fact
and place the seal of their displeasure upon
the manner of the performance, the better
will it be for the peace and morality of the
community, " 7 v:7- ; .
. "Is it the mixed society of these; places
which you condemn?" 77* j
" " "Exactly. ' There are a large number of
young social parasites who hang % around
these places for the openly avowed purpose
of performing that wonderful feat of mod
ern times which has been not inaptly, termed
'mashing.' It is the character and reputa
tion of the victim, however, which generally
has the misfortune to "7 ■'••■_'
','/ ' GET 'MASHED.' '.' .
These social parasities invariably dress
well, are graceful upon skates and well up
in the blandishments which are so often
fatal to the peace of mind of foolish young
girlhood. They have surveyed the ground
carefully, have their little lesson in social
ethics well learned, and, you may be sure,
never by any chance wear their real charac
ters upon their coat sleeves for daws to peck
at. L They generally experience j little diffi
culty in securing introductions to the most
aristocratic and most susceptible maidens
in the rink and then the rest is clear sailing
and the trouble commences." -
"What do you mean by 'trouble?' " ' ; ji yjg
"Just what I say trouble. % It is a trou
ble, too, which in many cases will find its
way tar enough beyond the ■'-■ walls of the
skating rinks and across the thresholds > of
even fine residences. The moral atmosphere
of many skating rinks is bound to be more
or less
It is impossible to always have it other
wise. The management may be very care
ful in the matter of keeping aloof from con
tact with well-known or notorious immoral
characters, ' yet ; there is a class of patrons
who are vastly more dangerous - than even
these. . I refer to the large number of per
sona who have long been undergoing a pro
cess of moral decay at the core without hav
ing yet broken . ' that - portion of y the ; ; shell
which is visible to the causal observer. Such
persons ate careless of speech and sly in in
sinuation. 7 Without being openly repulsive
in conduct, they sow' the seeds'in the minds
of thoughtless associates, Which must even
tually blossom forth into a harvest of im
morality. These ; subtle and secret j moral
lepers have never been classed •as anything
more than 'fast, '. and therefore cannot be
excluded from enjoying the free use of : the
rinks: ■ "As they can there freely associate
on terms of equality with those whom they;
in the • ordinary walks of social life, have
been taught to. consider as far above them
selves, they are pretty certain to make the
most of their opportunities. This is one of
the evils of skating rinks."
• ".There are other evils, then?" t :
' 'Scores of them. No rink at the present
time is considered complete without its com
plement of i ;f .7 ; 7/7 7 / •' ' \ .-. 7 ;
who give exhibitions for the amusement of
amateur patrons. These professionals are
of both sexes,, but the male bipeds y of this
class are the chaps who should be marked
'particularly dangerous.' ; It is to. the in
terest of the management of the rinks that
these fellows should be ■as handsome and
fair to look upon as possible, and the con
sequence is they are ; generally 'just too
sweet for anything,' according to the verna
cular of their silly victims. They are grace
ful, too—it is a part of their business. You
may not believe it, perhaps, but it is never
theless a fact that these fellows, 7 who, as a
rule, could not make a living In any of the
manly and elevating Walks of life if they
were to be hung for it, can count the silly
young girls, by the scores and - hundreds,
who are quite willing to dance when they
pull the string.; The beauty of this state of
affairs, too, lies in the fact that a large ma
jority of the silly girls belong to as respect-,
able families as there are in the city.-, This
fact is not in the least surprising. It is only
natural that these 7; ','.';' y.
should embrace the opportunity ; and ; aim
high. , To prove these j assertions you will
only need to let your memory wander back
a few days to the momentous occasion when
a popular y young heel manipulator an
nounced through the public press that he
had decided to give ; each lady attendant at
his rink a present upon a certain 'evening. 1
You remember, of course, what that » pres
ent was to be? 7 His own photograph ! Ye
gods 1 : the photograph of a .professional
skatist in, the albums of aristocratic.: and
silly young girls. And he did it, too. His
skillful heels now adorn the albums of sev
eral hundred ladies. . ■ "•
- "You paint a truly, alarming outlook." :. ;
"And why should I not? You might say
that the rink is not more objectionable than
the waltz. : This is true— with a very im
portant difference. ;No young lady of cor
rect social •* circles -is allowed to attend a
dance where the society is of a mixed char
acter. If the same I rules could be applied
to skating rinks the danger would be largely
averted." MM; ' "-""•■"'■:•• ( -' ■ "''■■'• '*:.'•' > M
„-,.. ; ■ — i — - - ■ ■ — i — -■ — ..■ .
hygiene: of KISSES.
•'Chawley, dear." said a lovely maid,
: r ' "AS they sat in the house one night,
"' •'lt's unhealthy to kiss, the doctors say.
> ; So of course it cannot be right, i ■-'■-■ "'■
■ y v'yyu-i: 7 Not right."
' "Well, darling," spoke the noble youth. M.\ y
7As his color mantled high, ; . ; >
" "I never thought being kissed to death --M
Such a horrible death to die. ; ' t"■
: ■>"• :;:. Let's fry.V^..;.- ! ;v
A Minneapolltan Investigates . \ the
; Literature of His City;;; v 7 7
He Finds Fiction Predominating as
MM j Everywhere Else. ; '
7 The other evening I was on the eighth
floor of one of the tall structures of -Minne
apolis. The elevator shot hurriedly up be
fore I could ; touch the > annunciator, and ' a
gentleman walked out. '•';. Without • waiting
to close the door, the elevator, boy sank
back on a seat and was at ';. once engrossed
in a book he held in his hand. 7^7 So deep
was his interest that he did- riot at first : no
tice "when 1 entered the elevator, but a mo
ment afterward lie raised his /eyes | • with , a
start, dropped the book, arid we began our
downward career. --' . ' -.
• "The adventures of , .'Prairie Pete' must
be very exciting, '.',T said. •He only smiled,
and I picked up the book and ; glanced ; at
the title. At - that moment the elevator
reached the first floor,'. but I was unable to
move, with sheer surprise. 7 The book in
my hand wasTaine's English .Literature !
It was Prof.- -Peasleeof Cincinnati who
once remarked: ."The literature it indulges
iv does not always .indicate the intellectual
character of a community.". .What would
he have thought could he -have { seen [that
boy, , not over H 14 years \ of ••■_ age, - reading
Tain 6, and that so eagerly as to be lost to
his surroundings— doubled up in the
corner of an elevntor, reveling in the cele
brated Frenchman's cirtique on Byron?
Being a stranger in Minneapolis, as I walked
down Nicollet avenue I wondered whether
a mistake ) had not been made, and I was
really in Boston; and the little incident set
me thinking.
Was this book a fair sample of the , lite
rary menu of Minneapolis? With this men
tal pabulum at so tender an age, what in
tellectual giants Minneapolis must - produce
as adults. Mingled with this was a reflec
tion on the advantage the modern youth en
joyed in cheap jmblications, .. when for
20 cents that boy could read what had cost
me ten years ago S3. Pursuing the inten
tion to furnish the Globe with a definite
idea of the class of i literature, or more
properly, reading matter, most sought after
by theMlrineapolitans, I took my stand in
the Athenaeum library next i morning and
with observant eye and ear rioted the con
stant demand. Not being a free library in
the full sense of the term, this one fails to
give the complete picture desired, since it
necessarily bars out a certain class; 7My
elevator boy, for example, does not come
here, riot having the necessary deposit of
$2 and the 75 cents quarterly, ! j but never
theless a fair idea may be obtained. The
assistant librarian, as intelligent as
he is affable, without knowing to what use
his information was to be applied, con
veyed several interesting facts, which are
embodied In this article. .
taking her as she averages, whether j from
the intellectual center of Mt. Curve or the
fashionable quarter of Tenth street south,
is a sweet girl, bright, sensible and enter
taining, but she is not a heavy reader. Her
choice } of ; books, lies •in the y ; direction
of ; Mrs. Southworth, Marion Harland
or 7 ; the No Name series, rather than
in that of Lubbock, Lyle ■ or Spencer, and
Mrs. Wister is dearer to her heart than
Edwin Arnold. She has a decided penchant,
too, for books that are fashionable. y r When
she learns that a book, written by a certain
Minneapolis lady, Is the rage at present she
is determined to have it at all- hazards and
to add : her pretty "raving over it" . to the
rest. M. Just at this time, especially, she
wants "something light and pleasing to read
at the lake, you know," which means
the latest thing in novels, so she takes the
Reigning Belle, Wife in Name , Only or
Sunshine and Roses. There are some young
ladies, however, members of ; Chautauqua
circles, who demand books of reference, of
history and of travel, and a still more lim
ited number which has even asked "for
Spinoza. Kent or Hoeckel. Of late years
—months would be better— there has been
a ' demand for works , on . art, on the
part .of certain ladies, who blushlngly
and confidentially acknowledge a mild
dilettanteism.J Middle-aged: ladles invari
ably seek fiction, the exceptions to "' this
fixed rule Inquiring, timidly for works of
fashion or ladies' books. Of 134 books
taken out the preceding day, 76 were novels,
and of these 74 were taken by ladles and
the remaining two by young boys, who
were presumably messengers for their sis
ters. '. i, • J-ir
drop into the library quite frequently and,
if they are known, or with friends, inquire
for* one of Procter's astronomical treat
ies or some leading books of refer
ence. -But 1 one .of the - juniors of
the university came in . just before com
mencement week and took put Huckleberry
Finn. : . Many of the most constant patrons
of the athenaeum are artisans who come for
the j purpose of examining ] technical works
and to them the collection is a great boon,
and there are not a few young pupils of the
public, schools .who- procure historical and
biographical , works £ and . books of travel.
There Is a constant demand, by boys, for
the*writings of Oliver Optic, Mayne Keid,
Alger, ... Ballyntine and . Kellogg and
also '= ; for y books : of 7 -7 exploration
and travel - which embody ex
citing adventure.DThe explorations of Kane,
Livingstone, .Dv Chaillu ' and Stanley have
a never-falling Interest for a class of these
youngsters.- - 7 ■■".■;;
j The 134 books that went out in one day,
as mentioned, were divided as follows: Fic
tion, 76; juvenile, 8; scientific, 5; travels,
7; history, 10; art, 1; essays, 6; political
economy, ! 1; 'biography, 5: poetry, 1;
translations, (Ovid) ,1;? ; philosophy, 1;
theology, 7- 2; magazines, ! .10; •;■ This state
ment) 1 gives -a" very fair idea of the
proportionate demand for books and does
not vary,' materially, from day to day. In
winter, the class of reading matter is a lit
tle more solid than in summer, caused, as
was . explained,- by the demand for light
matter for j the : lakes, i The g long winter
evenings call out something more solid and
substantial. , Patronage keeps up very
steadily and the seats are usually full and
the librarians busy. „ In the early morning,
about; a dozen men take advantage of
the free 7-"*" reading room to go
through the morning papers. About
10-. ; o'clock, •;-- before -• the oppressive
heat begins, young ladles drop in J for read
ing matter for the afternoon hammock, and
by the time they are secured the regular de
mand of the day begins. : 'yy- v - -yy 7?
. While pursuing these harmless inquiries
I saw. a young lady friend in a, corner chair,
and, upon learning the ri nature of my visit,
she said: *7 : :';„■".. : 7 ( -. : -.-,v .y-7' •:.-.'■"
7- "Here is a pointer — is that what you call
it?— for you. The librarian can easily make a
book popular Iby simply^ making a book
fashionable. ; , Here will opine -a x lady - and
say: 'Tell me something good to read.' He
will give her a book and tell her: 'Here's a
book that's all the rage In Boston and the
ladies are all inquiring for it.' That will
settle it. , Inside of ., a week one must have
read.that book 'to be in fashion, and thus a
demand is created and that book is never at
rest."-' ,;,y ■ •■ MT': ,;.-.- ~ ! -.\MM
• ."Do you speak from experience?" 77 „y
'":':- "Certainly; and from observation, too. I \
have known a book, without either merit or
originality, to be given a great local ; run by
just that little speech. : Oh, that librar lan.
has a great. head.". . y} ; 7ii- 7 ■ .."; " f -7-7 '-',.
of ascertaining the tastes of a community,
as .far as ■ a library 7is concerned, is
merely to : observe y : the 7- condition of
the volumes themselves. 7 Take;, the
athenaeum jg for example. The popular
hovels are worn threadbare and" may have
been rebound several times. Mrs. Winter's,
translations have .loose. backs .and; pages
and Mary Jane Holmes;? is ;ih v rags. -The
Duchess is all dogs -eared from use, and so
it is with them all.' The scientific: shelves
are neat and new, and ; the International
Scientific .series, the works of Huxley,
Tyndall, Proctor, „ Lyell 7 and ; Lubbock
fresh :' as j when they came j to '; the : shelves.
Poetry is scarcely disturbed, and the shelves
where 7 political economy, t biography, the
ology the like repose -; are I lonely for ■* want
of visitors. ;: The floor matting in the nook
of fiction is worn from the constant visits of
the librarian, while that In other portions is
still intact. 7 This .is -an 1 unerring guide to
the 7 literary tastes ( of the community as-far.
as it went, and left' no necessity for further ;
pursuit.'? ..; ;-y 'MM MM-"M-^y : M : ;■"■■'.
:', So I was sorry about that elevator boy,
; sorry, that I did not at once accept him as
my criterion, sorry, that . knowledge tore the
bandage' from my eyes. But <I- said to my
self: "When this; feverish fight for/gold,
for position, is over when the next genera
tion comes to Minneapolis, the elevator boy
will be reading the category of the infinite."
The Things in Color. Which Shock
Quiet Quakers,
Philadelphia Letter.
y Indignation reigns just now among the
staid guests of that ancient hostelrie known
as the Girard house, and an evacuation is
threatened by the goody-goody people .who
have hitherto 7 made the j hotel their
abiding place. Their sense of propriety has
sustained a severe shock, owing tto the in
troduction of four oil -paintings of nude fe
male figures in the new arcade \ entrance to
the house from Ninth street, and they say
they will shake the dust of the Girard from
their feet .-' and hie away elsewhere unless
mine host Moore puts dresses upon the pink
limbs of his sportive nymphs. ' Trouble has
been y brewing for Mr. Moore ever since
the paintings ; appeared a couple of days
ago, and to-day several of the leaders in the
party who consider themselves outraged an
nounced: their intention 'to vacate their
rooms if the vulgarity of these alleged
works of art is not speedily modified.' Mr.
Moore has just spent $35,000 7 in fitting
up ': in gorgeous style a magnificent and
spacious bar-room, opening his house to
Ninth street and making the entrance to
rival, in his i estimation, anything' of the
kind in the /country. ] As a - climax to the
extravagant decoration of the arcade, he
filled four medallions, which until a short
time ago were bare, with allegorical repre
sentations of the seasons. The "paintings
are more showy than | artistic and consider
able liberty lias been taken with E the - lines
of beauty of the female figure. The picture
of "spring" represents a young woman,
from whose nakedness a group of cherubs
are unwrapping the thinnest of 'thin veils
and who is falling over backward, "■■ much as
Venus is described to have fallen in Shake
speare's poem of ■ ' 'Venus and Adonis. "
"Summer is depicted by three ill-shapen
females about to take a bath. In the fore
ground one of them entirely nude stands
with an apology for a garment, which she
has just removed, held high above her head,
while in the background the other two sit
upon a mossy bank and dangle their toes in
the water. "Autumn" shows a group of
nude females and cherubs revelling among
bunches of grapes with impossible leaves,
while winter is represented by an entirely
nude young woman sitting half-frozen upon
a pile of snow; her guitar, with a broken
string, she has thrown away, her fingers
being too cold to play. These members she
holds to her mouth and crouches 7 down
within herself, apparently unmindful' of a
little naked cherub who is offering her a
muff. y ..
These are the pictures which have caused
the trouble. Mr. Moore thinks they, are
beautiful, but his ideas of art are apparently
not of a high order, and they have become
already, the laughing-stock of the artists
about town and others who know something
of what pictures ought to be. ?
The Girard has long been a family hotel,
but these paintings promise to change its
character. One gentleman who has his wife
and j daughters there indignantly declares
that he will not keep his family in a house
where the proprieties are outraged in this
manner. "Those paintings," he said to
day, "are fit for a bar-room possibly, "bul
such vulgar things are out of place in th«
entrance lobby of a respectable hotel. 1 II
gives the place a disreputable appearand
as soon as you enter the door, and the im
pression that a visitor gains of the character
of the house, from looking upon them, is
such as Ido not care a house to have in
which my wife and daughter reside." -
Henry Clay and Quiney Adams Rid.
ding for a Kiss.
Carp in Cloveland Leader.
It was at the dinner given to the Ameri
can commissioners, after the conclusion oi
the treaty of Ghent. Henry Clay was sit
ting in the seat of honor at the right of the
table, and immediately ' opposite him was
sitting John Quiney Adams: < Mr. Adams
seldom made a joke, and when he arose and
spoke as follows about Mr. Clay,
there was no man in the party more as
tonished than Mr. Clay. Said Mr.
Adams: "We have at last finished th€
business which called us to this convention,
and lam glad of it. Not that our relation*
have not been pleasant, but I think it is
high time that my friend Mr. Clay should
depart. I think it is to the interest of
himself and family that he should go at
once. I Because, gentlemen, at the hotel at
which we both stop there is a serving maid,
young, rosy, and fair to look upon. This
fair girl was met by Mr. Clay this morning,
just In the hall outside my room, and I dis
tinctly heard him offer her a five-franc
piece for a single kiss from her cherry lips.
Like a good girl she. scorned his offer, tore
herself from his embracing arms, and ran
down the hall." : My ■'-> 777 i.
The assault was so unexpected that Clay
blushed to his temples and was for a mo
ment at a loss for a reply. As John Quiney
Adams was closing, however, he noted the
well-known weakness of Mr. Adams' eyes,
which at all times were full of water, and
kept him constantly busy mopping up the
tears. While the attention of" the table of
diplomats was so directed at Mr. Clay, he
pulled out his handkerchief and wiped his
eyes with a significant imitation of Mr.
Adam's gesture. ! He then slowly rose an*"
said, as he looked up and down the tabid
and finally fixed his wonderful orbs on Mrl
Adams' face: M 'What the gentleman oppol
site me has said is true. It is true that thq
girl was very beautiful. And it is true'
that her lips were very tempting to me.
The story of my failure to pick the cherries
is also true as far as it goes, but the whole
of the story has not been told. I did offer ~
the maiden five francs for a kiss, but as 1
attempted to take it she sprang from my
embrace and indignantly exclaimed: "Do
you' think I am such a fool as to give you a
kiss for five francs, .when I've refused thai
old gentleman across the hall, who has of
fered me 20 with tears in his eyes?" I He
took the joke angrily, and for several dayi
would not speak to Clay. - Clay, however,
went to him and apologized, saying he had
been dumbfounded by Adams' remark, and
that the more so because it contained mon
of truth than fancy. : -- .7 7-.';;. :.•.■■■.',■",
m —
Hot Shot For a Husband. ■'
Philadelphia Herald. : ; - ' - -
"I wonder," said Mrs. Dumbledigg in t :
musing tone, "I wonder what -incompati
bility means? 7 1- see those words so often ■
mentioned in divorce cases. •"'-!
"'> "Can't you guess what they really mean?",;
asked her husband in a lordly manner. 7 ■ v
"Yes, I think I can." --7" i .--->. y 7 >■/;
"Well, go ahead. I'll tell you if you aw
right." y^- . : y|' ■ "77y ~^' V.
"It means where I a brown-haired : hus
band has a red beard and 7 red-headed
ways." MM-:' ■■■. \'--' ■.■■■'■''. ■'■'■'■ M : '' : H : - : ■
1 Dumbledigg promised to tell her iif she *
Was right, bet he sadly fractured his prom
ise. He threw down his paper, ] snatched y .
up his hat and fled. ;V He didn't go .to th< \
mirror to see if his ? description fitted th' '
case. -He knew it did. : :> •-- |
: - j 'M 'i-'-.'.xi 7:7;7 suitor no. 1. ■-".■;.•;.;..-: ',: • I :• I
- '. . Sweet maiden with the face so fair fs ,-/ .
r>. ; '.! And i eyes that like the diamonds shim
7 -7 Bright maiden with the queenly air, j
7, : ■ '■" Once more I ask, wilt thou be mine? 7|7
' Oh, give consent and be my wife, '-"'
•' Some pity kindly show to me;
M'h I love thee better than my life i y, ."!'■
■y .. : And cheerfully would die for theft* ;
, THE MAIDEN. »• ' -
- v » Oh, do not tease me now, I pray; .
77 ') Talk love to me some other day. ;'
■ 'yy'y '-'* ,- '' SUITOR no. 2. ; f
:'" 7 The reason why I've called to-day ■ ';'
. ; ' '* Is thi9— er — well, upon my life, i -,
r<? I scarcely know just what to say i
.'"•" i . ' ' And — cr — will you be my .wife? j
■'My.'. You'll never know life's cares or ills, ''-■ \
MM- : In ; silks and jewels you shah shine, j
■ I'll foot your millinery bills, y: -\y- iM.My].
And well, in brief, will you be mine?;,
:. : 7''.;. ; ' THE MAIDEN. ';-; ';'■ „'..7
- 7 This is bo sudden! But— oh, 1a1'7,7 , '
.. I think you'd better speak to pa.
Ml.:' M'yM'M7: — From the Boston Courier. ,

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