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Great Is the Illustrious Fame
of th 3 Bean Eating Bos
ton "Spieler."
He Toils Not, but One Should
See Kirn as He Spins and
The Pastime Costs Him but a
mere Nominal Sum Per
His Crowning" Glory Is a
Fr Z3 for His Fancy
JJoston Globe.
HILE the readers of
the Clobe have been
made aeqnalnted with
the characteristics of
the •\«parrer" < r
'.'sparrow." there ant
no doubt many of
them who are ignor
ant of the ways aid
haliifs of an unfeath
pred biped, which lias
a few of the. traits of
the "sparrer," and
in any distinctive
qualities of his own —
namely the "spieler.*
The "spieler." lor
the benefit of the un
initiated, is generally
a youti^ man of anywhere from sixteen
to twenty-five years of age, whose
energy is devoted to becoming proficient
In the art of fancy dancing. This pro
liciency is nor gnined from the. instruc
tion of any professor of the art — if so it
may bo called— but is obtained by in
struction from his associates, both male
and female. lie has a great contempt
for professional teachers, and it is his
proud boast that he -picked up all he
knows about dancin' from de gang on
ile corner."
The evolution of the tough young boy
into a ••spider" is not a very wonderful
process, but to an observer of human
nature it is not without a certain humor
ous interest.
The period wliPn he leaves school in
the summer might be called the "chry
ha!K" period, lie then, as a rulp, pets
a job of some kind, and— also as a rule
— keeps all his pay for his own use. very
seldom giving any ot his wages to his
In a short time, if he is economical —
and his pride or conceit generally makes
him so— he has saved the price of a new
suit, and then he hies himself to some
sporting tailor and orders a veiy "noisy"'
BUit — generally a reefer and vest of the
same material and trousers of an aggra
vated pattern, cut very wide, with ar
inch-wide band of black braid down the
<>f course there are sometimes varia
tions from this, bat generally these
"spielers" have great similarity in their
taste in dress. To complete the costume
lie has a flat-crowned hat on his head.
tipped back to show his nice, even
br.iifr : a necktie with long ends sticking
outside his coat, the collar of which is
generally turned up, and a black silk
handkerchief around his neck.
IJy tlits time it. is pretty well along in
the fall, and tbe dancing season is fairly
under way. Although there are not
many larire parties or balls being held,
the Saturday uigbt assemblies are now
iiii:niiitr. and he attends one of these
witn a few of his "gang," w i, o | iave at
some previous time become full-fledged
lie goes, he sees and he is conquered.
Down he falls at the feet of Terpsi
chore, with the other worshippers, and
henceforth he is an ardent devotee of
the spriirhtly muse.
At the beginning he applies hhuse'f
to square dances with an energy worthy
ot a better cause, and lie stands dis
consolate against the wa'l during the
progress of a waltz or any fancy dance,
wishing with all his heart that he was
able to glide gracefully through the
"mazy" as he sees the most of his sang
doing. .
But if lie is the least bit good looking,
or even tough lookinir, unexpected aid
comes to him. .Some one of his female
friends in the hall goes oat in the waltz
with him, guiding his somewhat erratic
movements, saving him from collision
with other couples, and finally succeed-
I -'
Ing in communicating pome idea of the
waltz movement to his brain, or rather
to his feet.
Generally, by the way, the brains of
the "spieler," i o matter how tall he
may b<\ wculd seem to be nearer the
ground than those ol ordinary ueople.
He finally irets home from the dance,
overjoyed at his success, and during
the week he practices with great assid
uity on t lie corner every night with the
icana. liis diligence is not without a
reward, for in four or five weeks he has
become a fair waltzer, and can now ask
most any of the girls t<» dance without
fear of a refusal. But he is not so gen
erous with his attentions, and lie makes
one gn 1 the object of his terpsicuoreau
lie dances with this girl all the fancy
dances thai she knows how to dance,
and would not ask any other girl to
dance lor fear of— as lie says in liis own
expressive language — "catching a
wooden lee for a partner."
He does not think of dancing a quad
rille now, except on very rare occasions,
and while they .we being danced he sits
in the smoking room and sintrs about
the old red shawl his mother wore, or
the "Lifeboat Crew,*' in a very shrill
and nasal tenor.
11l this work he is generally aided and
abetted by some of hrs gang, and the
music they produce is something one
would wish to hear from some point
about twenty miles distant.
Uy this time the ball season is at its
hoiirht. and lie has been "stuck" for sev
eral tickets to the balls run by associa
tions of which be has friends who are
He goes to them all, and takes liis
He generally stays at these parties
lonir enough to dance the last waltz.
Then, of course, he has to see his girl
home, and when he reaches his own
domicile it is 4 or 5 in the morning.
N<w, indeed, has he become a full
fledged and thoroughbred "spieler." lln
goes to all the bulls and parties that he
can, and he lies abed until 11 or 13 in
the morning. He then gets up and
dresses leisurely, and after having
breakfast repairs to the rooms of some
social club, of which he became a mem
ber some time ago.
Here he meets the "day gang." and
they sit around the stove and comment
upon their experiences of the previous
evening, and make arrangements for
attending seme dance after supper.
riiep we r away the afternoon with a
little seance at the "great American
game,'- or making a play in Hie policy
shop down the street and wailing for
the "slip" to come.
The reader may wonder how these
"spielers"" attend so many dances and
not earn any money. This is an easy
matter to the true""spieler." lie does
n>t pay: he "'nerves.*' "Nerving" con
sists ni boating his way in in some nay
or another, and the "spieler has more
methods than one of eluding the vixi
lance of the persons who takV the tick
ets at dances.
The favorite and most common way,
however, is to stand uown on the side
walk at the outside door and solicit a
check from any person who may co
home early. If he secures one he boldly
fronts up "to the door, gives the check to
the ticket-taker and passes in with as
calm and serene a countenance as if he
were tloor director of the ball.
Once inside, lie generally finds some
of his gang, and they monopolize one
corner of the ball, and sometimes make
themselves obnoxious to the others.
He now looks around for his girl, and
she is pretty sure to be on hand, having
walked in with some of her friends.
While he is blase of quadrilles and
square dances, he delights in dancing
a gallop on the outside of the sets to the
quadrille music, and he sieers in and
out amonir sets with great dexterity. but
with total disregard of the yghts of
those in the quadrilles.
lieinji told t>y one of the aids that
round dancing is not permitted among
the sets, he ulide« gracefully over to
one of the corners with his girl, and
there charms the beholders with the
performance of an operation called "piv
oting"—which consists in spinning
round with irreat velocity, paying no at
tention to the time of the music or the
steps of the dance.
When supper time comes he and his
liii'iuls, male and female, sit there ami
sini: "Comrades" or "That Is Love"
with more vigor than sentiment.
Perhaps some one of his chums have
gone down to supper, and. it so. the
friend brings \\)^ a "hand-out,"' i. c.,
cake, rolls, etc., niched from the supper
Invigorated by the "hand-ouf he
dances on merrily until the ball is over,
and sometimes the janitor of the
hull has hard work to get him out.
All large balls— like the police, the
Bremen's, the waiters', the letter car
riers 1 and others— were generally lucra
tive to him. for he used to ply vuite a
business selling tickets and checks on
the sidewalk in front of the ball. But
many schemes have been devised by
those in charge of these parties of iafe
years.so that his income from this source
is somewhat diminished
It is at a prize dance, however, that
the "spieler" i.s in his glory.
Each competitor, be it known, has the
privilege of naming a judge. Slips of
paper containing the names of th»*se
judges are placed in a hat and the first
three drawn forth are the judges of the
These judges take their places on the
platform, the center of the hall is
cleared and ttie prize dance starts.
Now watch the "spielei !'' With liis
armsgingeily encircling his girl, and
with every muscle strained to maintain
a iro;id "position." he is moving grace
fully (?) over the Boor, with his body as
straight as a ramrod. Round and round
he glides without, any apparent effort
whatever, carefully avoiding contact
with any other couple, for in so doing
he would be disqualified for Coaling.
Finally the music ceases, and after a
short consultation of the fudges, tin 1
names are read of those who are enlit'ed
to "dance off" in another heat, provid
ing no choice is made.
This proceeding is repeated until a de
cision is reached, and then the winner
is announced. As usual in all competi
tions, the name is srreeted with a storm
of acclamations and hisses, and the win
ner sUps to the platform and receives
his prize and that of his partner amid
the cheers of his friends.
• The prize dance is as dear to the heart
of the true "spieler as the ghost dance
to the Sioux, or t he corroborree to the
aborigine of Australia.
The winner of the prize is looked upon
by his lellow-spielers as an oracle in
terpsichorean matter*, and the girl w t'l
whom he condescends to dance considers
herself in luck.
The "spicier" is a great lover of
variety, and particularly so in dances.
It is the height of liis ambition to in
vent—in collusion with the enterprising
leader of his favorite orchestra — some
new fancy dance, which dance generally
requires the composition of new music
to tit the combination of slides and turus
evolved from the "suieler's" brain.
Many efforts of this kind nave been
made in toe past few years, but they
have nearly all died young.
Their names, however, were very
BUggestive: "The Maverick Glide," the
"Sparrow's Glide," the "Meridian,"' the
"Flutter" and many others.
Very few master these intricate ma
neuvers, and they are rarely seen in the
ball room, except at certain Saturday
nisrht assemblies, where they are a
The season Is now coming on when
the life of the "spieler" will be one con
tinued round of eayety. Soon he may
be viewed rayed in all his glory— with
his ban?; his biack silk neckerchief, his
reefer, his noisy, side-band trousers—
pursuing liis even way through the
mazes of the waltz or scbottisebe or
polka redowa, or, perhaps, one of tne
"slides" or "quivers."
Verily, the spieler is a wonderful out
growth of the civilization of the nine
teenth century.
No Champagne.
Chicago Tribune.
"We'll have a small bottle," he said.
"Of what?" asked the other.
"Of wine — champagne."
"No: J think not."
"O, come on. It'll do you good."
"No." with a dubious shake of the
head. "1 can't afford it, and then 1
don't belong to either of the classes."
"What classes?"
"Millionaires or sports. One must
class himself as one or the other when
he drinks champagne, except possibly
at a dinner or a banquet."
"What do you mean?"
"Well, if 1 were a sport I'd buy cham
pagne at a bar and iuvite every one to
have some. It's his way of showing
he's in luck and is a good fellow. If 1
were a millionaire I'd keep it in my
house and have it when 1 or my friends
felt like it. It's his way of enjoying
life. I'm not a sport and don't like to
gulp it down over a bar- just to show
that I have money enough in my pocket
to pay for it. I'm not a millionaire and
can't keep it at my home. 1 dou t care
to pretend 1 am either.' 1
Mrs. Hooper— What is the matter,
Willie? Don't you speak to the little
Mildraay boy any more? Willie Hooper
—No, lie's not in with us boys now.
Mrs. Hooper— How is 'Willie
Hooper— We caught him studying his
Jauudai'-scliaol le*«ou.
But Have Rich Women the
Right to Compete With
the Needy ?
Few People Have an Obsti
nate Taste for Manual
How Much Sentiment Can Be
Condensed Into Small Vis
iting Cards.
Suggestions as to How a
Woman Should Speak of
Her Husband.
II AL Ii the
woman work
if slip wants
to? That is,
shall thewoni
tn whoso liv
ing does not
■lepend upon
iier daily labor
put herself
into competit
ion with the
woman \v h o
must earn her
i bread before
she can cat it?
lias she a
moral right to
do t? The
question lias
but recently
arisen, because it is only within the
past tew years that youtif women have
had either the equipment or the desire
to do serious work, except where
necessity compelled it. But it is
here now, a most delicate so
cial problem. Ask ninety-nine out
of 100 workingwomen, and the instant
response will be, in sentiment, if not in
words: "The world is full of women
who must work for an honest livelinood.
Every new worker that enters the field
lessens the opportunities of the others.
The rich young woman must not take
bread from the mouths of the poorer
ones. There is no right but that of
Well, there is human nature in the
answer, at any rate. Is there logic?
Let us see. Much depends upon the
way in which you regard work. The
mass of us are sure that It is an unmiti
gated curse. Part blame Adam and Ere
for it. and the rest put the blame upon
that first hairy, louir-tailed, inquisitive
ancestor of ours, who couldn't be con
tented uutll he had found out how to
light, a tire or to construct something
nr.ore impenetrable than the leafy roof
uiniei which the Ilace-in-the-makini;
had lived so lon« and so comfortably.
But whoever we blame for it, we have
no fancy for it. and we whine and
whimper and take a great deal of super
fluous credit to ourselves in that our ten
lingers and two brain lobes have found
out what they were made for.
There ?re a few people in the world,
however, who are caught in an obstinate
taste for work, who would really rather
keep their wits astir and their eyes
open and their souls growing than sit
under the greenest tree by the wayside
and pipe the idlest tunes of ease and
foigettulness. This is bad taste. And
occasionally one ot these persons hap
pens to bo a woman, and a woman who,
in selecting a parent, made the mistake
of settling on one who had dollars in
his purse. Here arises the complication.
She has dollars and a dadrty; sue may
have anything that these two together
c in give her. except the blessed libeity
t> work with her own hands, to see with
her own eyes, to draw . her own con
clusions and to wrest good out of hard
ship and disciplines and pains.
It all depends, you see. The ninety
nine poor women who deny the hun
dredth rich woman tbe right to work
fail to look at ii from her point of view.
This much is certain. No woman who
has money enough works for money.
Men do: and here is where a part of the
confusion ar ises. Unt when a rich
woman or a well-to-do woman works it
is sane to suppose that she works out of
some other love than a dollar love. Js
there room for no other motive than the
dollar one? Is there no possibility of a
recognition that one's work in the world
has something to do with one's worth in
the world; that strength and wisdom
and competence are worth having for
their own sake? Why, the very feet of
a woman who is a mistress of some one
thing stand more squarely upon the
earth, the very eyes of her look more
sensibly and frankly into the eyes of
men, if she says: "This is one thing I
can do, and do it well."
Take the case of a young man who at
twenty-one comes into the possession of
a fortune. Is it held to be any reproacli
to htm that he at once puts liis money
and his brains at work? \ay, veiily. is
it not held to be a reproach to him if he
doesn't? No one t«*lls him he is taking
the bread out of the mouths of more
needy men. Why. then, should his sis
ter b.' accused of larder robbery if she
does the same thing? Is there a :si'x in
political economy, as well as in political
everything else? Shall we not grant to
women a recognition of the moral qual
ity that troes into work, or, rather, of
the moral dignity with which work in
vests the worker?
••Oh, very well,'' says seme keen
brained youmr woman, reading this, "if
moral rewards are what rich women
are after, let them work for moral re
wards and let the rest of us have the
dollars. Let them work without
asking pay for it." My dear
short-sighted young woman, don't you
know that this world has some law's of
its own, which it expects us to accept,
and that one of these is the severe
economic one that governs a bargain?
A bargain demands an exchange of
values, and just now moral rewauis do
not pass as counters in the realms of this
world. A man may not even give a
niece of land to his wife for the moral
reward alone— a certain sum of money
must pass between them. The dollar
Sign is stili the outward and visible
sieu of a bargain, of a service ren
dered, of value received. If a woman
works worthily, she ought to receive
money tor it, fast as certainly as she
sought to pay money for the new gown
she buys. The. spectacle of a young
woman settiug tortli on a quest of
work for moral rewards alone is as ab
surd and impossible as the idea of a
Bioadway merchant distributing
gowns and household goods for the
same lofty emoluments.
How Sentiment Can Be Expressed
With Them.
St. Louis Republic.
somewhere, "Most
women can express
any sentiment
under heaven with
cut Bowers."
And the same is
true of the visiting
card— joy or grief,
congratulation o r
condolence, grati
tude, regret, cordi
ality, or even of
disapproval and re
A society woman, recently becoming
vexed past her patience with the some
what vulgar vagaries of a well known
dame, left her card upon the offender
with the address scratched off.
A perfectly final act!
It is a mistake to believe that station
ers make the fashions In cards in their
own interests, asis sometimes asserted,
when, in fact, there is a permanent eti
quette ;u this currency of courtesy.
To meet all these requirements of
co iit-sy a very large quantity of cards
*-j^*«ir»4 k« uujutm v, whom ttxn «xci
cise of social amenities is the rule of
daily life. :':
It was, therefore, a merciful dispensa
tion which abolished the custom, some
while auo in vosrue, of leaving a card for
each member of a family, and, if the
caller were a married woman, of addius
as many of her husband's; '"dealing
both packs," as n lively vouug inatrou
put it once. >'o\v it suffices to leave
your own card for the lady upon whom
you call, if she is out or engaged, and
your husband's for her and her hus
band. . ,
If there are daughters in the house
who are In society, leave one card of
your own and one of your husband's for
them, collectively. ••
If you cannot be present at an after
noon tea to which you are bidden, tend
your card on the afternoon of the "at
home." It is equivalent to your pres
ence and cancels the social debt. <jf
course, if you attend, you leave your
card in the hall, or with th* servant who
announces you. If the men of your
family have been invited and cannot be
present, leave their cards also. If a
man is asked and cannot co, he 6hou\d
send his card by raessenirer or post if he
has no relatives to take care of his visit
ine obligations.
Cards of condolence are delicate as
surances of sympathy and a • graceful
attention. If possible, they should be
left Iv person, but may be sent. '
A card with "congratulations" writ
ten upon it may be s^nt to the parents
of a newly born infant, an engaged
friend, or to those newly wed. If the
parents only of the bride are yo:ir
friends, send your cards to them with
"best wishes" inscribed.
If you cannot attend a church wr-d
--ding, send a car.l or cards to these who
invited you. If the invitation was is
sued in two names, respond to both
upon the envelope, in which two cards
should be enclosed and sent by mail or
■lesseturer upon the day of tie niar
riaze. If you l'o to the* church, leave
your card or send it within a week.
It Is not a trood form to write notes
upon visiting cards, anything which
savors of an abbreviation of courtesy, as
this does, being invariably iv question
able taste.
Introductions by card are sometimes
simpler than by letter. The name of
the bearer is in such cases written
above that of tho rirer, prefixed by tha
word "Introducing." This card is'theu
placed in a small envelope, left un
sealed, and Hearing on the lower left
hand corner: "Introducing Mr. or Mrs.
," with the full name written out.
When presented, or forwarded, the
person introduced incloses his or her
own curd, with the address written or
engraved upon it. This style of intro
duction is much more personal than by
notu or letter.
What a Bright Writer Has to Say
About Humanity.
St. Louis BepnMte.
BRIGHT girl who
is taking a special
course in natural
science in one of
the woman's col
leges has elevated
her opinion of hu
mankind consider
ably *inee she be
gan her studies.
"Talk about the
wickedness of hu
man beings!" she
wrote back home
not long ago: "it
isn't a circum
stance to th«»
iniquity of these
lower orders. Why, in watching some
of the amoeba uu kr the glass I've see.v
the whole Ten Commandments go to
smash in a single half boor. Their
wickedness may be microscopical,
but it's awful. Whole families are
eaten by some one enterprising mem
ber, they steal each other's wives and
children, and lie and rob and practice
polygamy, and they're slyer than lots of
people, too. I'm going to study cells
next term, and I expect to find pro
toplasm the most depraved substance
yet. 1 believe what theologians call
original sin in people must ba nothing
but protoplasm working out." :
This many a year the moralists have
set down anger as one of the things
thai poor humanity should strictly
guard itself against, notwithstanding
there are occasions in which anger rises
from a passive virtue to an active duty.
Fore sample:
When a beast or a baby is beaten.
When afrieud suffers wrong or hurt-
When you pinch your sole with tight
boots or your soul with envy, malice
and jealousy.
When a person crawls to accomplish
that which he could do better walking
When a concrete woman by vanity,
littleness or treachery, impairs the large
and tender respect that broad-minded
men give to ai»tract womankind.
. It is proverbial that a man must ask
his wife's leave to thrive. It is quite as
true that a woman must ask her hus
band's leave to be bright and amiable.
Stiirar by fermentation turns to acetic
acid. "The sweetest soul that ever
looked through human eyes" will {urn
sharp and bitter under the ferment ot
rasping marital criticism.
Two women spokeof a third; said one
enthusiastically: "Age cannot wither
her nor custom stale her infinite va
"True," murmured the other. "In
the last census report she is set down
as just two years younger than her eld
est son, and her life's story— l've heard
it half a dozen times, and it's always a
romauce, and always a new one.' '/
If you value your .Youthful looks,
dress five years beyond your real age.
Your wardrobe, more than aught else,
shnuld take time by the forelock. Tne
my trappings of sixteen go marvelouslv
ill with gr.iy hairs, and the wearer of
them is a sorry spectacle for gods, men
or the observing sex.
Nothing is so underbred as quarrel
ing, to say nothing of the waste of
nervous energy, and there is neither
honor nor profit in it. It your adversary
is a woman, she can heal herself-esteem
of your sharpest stabs in a battle of tea
and tears. The manliness of a manly
man puts him at a cruel, dumb disad
vantage—a coward can always shelter
behind your womanhood. * • • It is
much better to resent insolence or po.-i
--tiye hurt with fine freezing courtesy than
with the most clamorous sarcasm or the
most hysteric sobs.
There is a story that a testy old land
holder in the District of Columbia often
said to our first president, when he was
planning the City of Magnificent Dis
tances: "Mr. Washington, I'd like to
know what you would have amounted to
if you hadn't married the Widow Cus
tis." Certainly, marriage with tUe
wealthy widow helped the handsome
young soldier to the leadership in his
province that afterward Bowed into the
command of armies, and gave inde
pendence to a nation.
Strive to keep these things clear:
Your eyes, your complexion, your con
science. These things soft: Your hair,
your hands, your heart. These things
clean: Your lips, your name, yotir
To know liow to ride a horse, to shoot
a gun and to. tell the truth— once thut
was held to make the education of a
gentleman, and it is still a very good
foundation for modern tlourishes.
The lady managers of the world's fair
are already receiving most astouisliirre
tetters applying for space in {lie wo
man's l-uildiiig. The mother of three
pairs of twins has written to say that
she thinks she is entitled to recognition,
and she would like to have a crayon
drawing of her offspring exhibited.
She also desires to know in what de
partment she ought to have the exinbil
The Deacon's Argument.
Xew York Weekly.
Deacon Rednose— No use talkin'.
Every year science is discoverin' some
thin' new what shows the Bible is true.
You know the Bible says -there was
eiants in those days. Doubting Ike—
Yep. Deacon Rednose— Well, it's jest
been discovered that in the island of
Yuma the oysters used to grow two-foot
long and a foot wide. Tlie shells is there
yit. Now what would oysters want to
grow tnat size far unless there was
buucbuii^ to eat 'em.
-^S* .-*• - . -*-:
That air youngen ust to set .
Isy the cricit here day by day,
YN atch the swallers dip and Vet I
Their slim wipjjs und sipot away;
Watch these little snipes along "
;i be low banks lilt up and down*"
Mougst the reeds, and hear the song
Ql the. bullfrqps croakin' rouu".
I st to set hero 111 the sun
Watchin' things, and lisienun,
Peared-like. mostly to the roar
Of the dam below,"er to
i That air riffle nigb the shore
•les" acrost from me and you.
L'st to watch him from the door
Of themill— Ud rie him out
.Sometimes with a hooK and line—
; I>ig worms for him -nigh about
■ Jes' spit on his bait !— but he
! Never keered much, 'pearantly,
iTo ketch fish :— lie druther fine
Out some i-uutiy T'lace, and set
.'.watchin' things, wtth droopy hea'
; Aud "a -lisifeuun," he said—
' "Kiudo" listeiiuii above
i The old crick to what the wet
M arter was a-talkiu' of
Jevver hear sich talk as that!
Bothered mother more"n m;
• What the child will ciper'a at.
Cum home ouct and »aid 'at ha
Knowed what the snake-feeders thought
When they grit their wings, and knowed
Turtle- whtn bubbles riz
'Over where the old roots growed
Where he th'owed them pets o' hlg—
Little turripins he eaueht
In the eonntry ditch and packed
! In his pockets days aud days-
Said he knowed what goalins quacked —
Could tell what the kildecs sa\s.
And the grasshoppers, when they lit
In the crick, aud "niinxiies" bit
Off their legs— "ls;it. blame!" says ha
JSorto' lookin 1 clean above
Mother's head aud on through mo—
And them eyes!— l see 'era yet!
■'Blame:'" he says, "cf I kin see
Er make out jes' whnt the wet
Water is atulkiug of!"
Mode me nervous! Mother, though,
Said best Dot to scold the child —
The Good Bein' knowed— and so
We was o::ly nconciled .
When he"d be asleep — then,
Time, nnd time, and time again, •
We'Te watched over him, you know—
Her a-«ayin" iiothiu'—
Kindc/ smoothiu' back his hair.
And, nil to herself. I J.IICII.
Studyin" up some kind o 1 prayer
She ain't tried — Once she said,^
Ootin' Seriptur — " 'He." " says she.
In n solemn whisper. M 'He
Giveth his beloved Meep!"' '
iid jes" then I heard the rain : -\-
Strike the shingles, as I turned
Kestlees to'rcis the wall a^ain. -.-X • -;
Pity strong men dast to weep !—
'Specially when up above
Thrash : the storm comes down, and yon
Feel the midnight i>luui soaked through
Heart and soul and wonder, too,.
What the water's talkiu" of!
Fo'ind h's hat way down below
Dutchman's ford. Ye?, Anders he
Rid aiid fetched it. Mother, she
Went wild over that, you know—
Hugged it! kissed it!— Tr.rribul!
My hopes then vaa all uoue, too.
Brmig him In, with both hands full
<)" water l-.lies — "peared-like new
Bloomed fer him— renohed whiter still
In the eltar rain— mixln* line
And Boer in the noon sunshine.
Winders of the old mill looked
On him where the hil!-roa<i crooked
In on through the open gate.
I.aid him on the old settee
Oil the porch there. Heerd the great
Moving dam accost— and we
Heerd a crane cry ia among
The sycamore*— then a dove
Cutteriu'on the miil-roo?— then
Heerd i he crick, and thought again,
"Now what's it a talsin' of r"
— James Whitcomb Riloy.
A Story of tho Siskiyou Range.
G kaxt's Pass, Ore., Dec. 20.— For
many years the construction of a rail
way across the Siskiyou range was con
sidered almost an impossibility. The
Southern Pacific company, however,
did undertake and carry through the
work, and now the trader can sit at his
gaae and view some of the grainiest
mountain scenery of the Pacific coast.
„ Previous to the completion of the road
people crossed the long gap in stages.
In many instances tho stage and all the
passengers were robbed at points in the
mountains, which at that period were
full of hiding places and retreats
for robbers and grizzlies. No.v the
robbers no longer molest and make
afraid, though, an occasional grizzly
may still be found in. the high wooded
elevations that overlook Ashland and
tii,' head of the Rogue River valley. The
last one killed there was a fierce mon
ster called "Old Reel Foot,'' because of
a peculiar reeling motion he had when
walking or running, owing to a loss of
several of the toes of his left fore foot
in a trap.
for many years "Old Reel Foot" was
the scourge of the Siskiyou and Cascade
mountain ranchers. lie Killed for one
rancher alone no less than $1,500 worth
of stock, and tiiti arena of his depreda
tions embraced a territory some 100
miles long by 5J in width.
lie was liable to turn up by nizht as
suddenly and . unexpectedly as the
"James boys" used to in the Missouri
river regions, and after tapping the
jugular vein of a heifer, steer or cow,
ami drinking the blood, would disap
pear and remain away for months, for
be never returned to make a second
meal from the same victim, like most
other hears and beasts of prey. •
He was fat, unusually large, and, as
he grew old. very unwieldy in appear
ance. And yet no creature that haunted
the mountains could excel him in get
ting out of harm's way. It was next to
impossible to follow him with hounds,
because the dogs that once survived his
intimate acquaintance were always glad
to let him alone forever afterwards. The
hunters dreaded seeking him alone, for
he had several times turned upon the
pursuer and caused him to flee from the
wrath to come and seek salvation in the
arms of some friendly tree. But as the
boldest and luckiest beast of prey— in
the woods as well as in the wheat and
stock markets— at last crosses the dead
line of doom, so "Old Reel Foot" met
his fate at the hands of two hunters, a
father and son. who sought him with
their Winchesters early one morning in
the spring of 1890.
"Old Reel Foot" had called at a ranch
the night previous and left his familiar
card and autograph in the form of a
dead three-year-old steer bearing the
well known throat marks, and the hun
ters "loaded for bear" and followed his
1 hey were moving quietly along near
the bottom of a gully when they heard
a loud snort, and looking across the
hollow and up the slope they saw "Reel
Foot" not over U>o yards away turning
to look at them as he deliberately re
They took good aim and fired simul
taneously, both balls striking him.
With a horrible and deafening roar
that fairly shook the fir trees, he turned
aiwi came rushinz, or rather tumbling
a.ud tearing down towards his foes,
snapping and biting at everything in
his way.
J:i the meantime the two men kept up
their part of the business, well knowing
that the fight meant death to them both
unless the brute died before reaching
them. When within about twenty yards.
the creature rose on his hind feet and
paused for a final charge, his mouth
open, revealing all his fangs, and his
little red eyes ablaze with fury. But
just as he uttered his last, war whoop
two balls pierced his heart, and, with a
mighty lunge, 1m rolled over dead at
tjjtf very feet of His slayers.
The fact that he weighed some eight
een hundred pounds will give some
faint idea of bis formidableness as
game, and it also'proves that the East
ern biaek bear hunts, to which the New
York Sun used to give so much space,
are mere squirrel play as compared to
grizzly hunting in the Siskiyous.
"Heel Foot's" age could not have been
less than fifty years. He had been shot
at scores of times in the past quarter of
a century, and his carcass carried
enough cold lead to load a whole regi
ment of Mark Twain's "jumping
His captors mounted the skin and ex
hibited the stuffed emblem of competi
tion all up and down the coast last sum
mer, aim crowds visited th« tent and
felt well paia for their "two bits apiece,
please. 1 ' The "Shasta route" will al
ways be a favorite because of its won
derful and varied scenery. The most
satisfactory view of Mount -Shasta is
from Sissons. nerrly a hundred miles
south ot where the railroad crosses the
biskiyou divide.
The station was named for the man
who built the first frame house in the
enchanted valley known as -"Berry
vale," long ago when hundreds and
thousands from different parts of the
world came 400 miles by stage to sit at
the feet of Shasta, breathe the pure,
stimulating, piney air, entoy oue of the
most inspiring views on the globe, and
eat >yi!d strawberries and raspberries
and creatn AU(I JiiOyntaiu trout at
Sissons" well supplied table.
Beautiful Berry vale! 1 have never
forgotten my first visit there four years
ago in company with my genial friend.
Prof. William T. Koss. of San Fran
cisco. The railroad had just been com
pleted to that point from San Fran
cisco, and Sissans" hoarding house and
cottages were all full of worshipers at
Shasfa's shrine.
And surely no lovelier shrine was
ever spread at the feet of a god than
that green, grassy, streamy, fur-guarded
valley that nestles at Shasta's feet.
One of the lady boarders who had vis
ited the ulace nearly every summer for
matiy years— formerly 400 miles by stage
from San Francisco—told me of Star
King's first view of Shasta. She said
that the golden-tongued orator of two
o^ean «hore lines seated himself at the
foot of a great oak a little apart from
the crowd, and lifting his eyes to the
vast temple of rock and of everlasting
snow, sat in silent worship, without
uttering a word or transferring his gaze
to objects of the lower world for one
whole hour.
But in my admiration for Shasta 1
must not forget another object of an en
tirely different character, though
scarcely ot less interest to every lover
of nature's divine revelations. As there
is but one Mount Shasta, so there is but
one Ifassbme tails.
These falls are located on the same
railroad, only fifteen miles below Sis
sons', near when- tnc track leaves tho
canyon of the cold, blue, rushing Sac
ramento river, with which it keeps close
company from tlte time the engine
leaves Redding, sixty-five miles at the
south. The long vestibuled and buffet
tains from both ways reach the falls in
the daytime, and when the conductor
calls out "I'pper Soda Springs and
Massbrae Kalis." and the engine pauses
for a tew minutes' rest, out rush the
passengers— men, women and children
—to see the fails and to drink the cool,
HncUnc soda water that boils up in a
large volume from a matble font and
setting erected there by Senator Leland
Stanford, whose progressive spirit and
utilizing hand have left signs that are
everywhere present along the Southern
Par i ße lines. Massbrae falls consists o
a broad, shallow stream of clear mount
ain spring water falling and foaming
over a high, rounded table or precipice
that forms tiie east canyon wall of the
Sacramento, and which is covered from
top to bottom with a thick. heavy growth
of mass that completely hides the rocky
strata underneath, and half conceals
the llood that divides into scores ot
milk-white streams, which fairly laugh
and shout as they leap, frolic and strutr
gle in search of the torrent below. The
numerous photographs and pictures of
the scene all fail to do the subject jus
tice. One must be introduced to appre
ciate it. And it is worth a trip from
I'ortland or San Francisco to see and
hear these falls, and to feel the cool,
moist and refreshing influence stealing
over one's nensea while standing within
a stone's throw of the many-stringed
harp of the evergreen mountains.
BJue-Blooded Princesses Num
bered in Their Knnk».
London Letter.
HOSK who rave
with unceasing
bitterness against
woin c n wh o
smoke, and who
declare the habit
to be ill-bred and
fast, have do idea
of the women
they are con
demninsr. Peo-
pie. w itli such
old-fashion ed
prejudices have usually old-fasliioneci
feelings on tlie subject of the reverence
due to crowned beads, and would pause
before uttering their scathing condemna
tions were they aware that the "perni
cious and disgusting habit'" was one
in which the majority of queens in
Europe indulge. The empresses or'
Russia and Austria, the qneen of Italy
and the queen regent of Spain, as well
as their majesties of Portugal, Rou
inania and Servia and the Countess of
Pans, are all lovers or tobacco, of which
they are also thoroughly good judges.
Perhaps the most inveterate smoker
amonz the royal ladies is the empress
of Austria, who consumes from
thirty to forty cigarettes a day. She
keeps her tobacco in an exquisitely
chased silver box, which, together with
a gold ash tray, are always to be seen on
her writing table. Her imperial maj
esty of Russia and Queen Marguerite of
Italy only smoke in the privacy of their
boudoirs. That ot the empress of Rus
sia is a most fascinating apartment,
which makes a really ideal smoking
room. ■• :■-.',-.—,
It is fitted up in the style of one of
the loveliest rooms at the Alhambra,
palm trees living it quite a tropical ap
pearaneo, while tempting lounges in
vite that repose which is such a delight
ful adjunct to the fragrant weed. The
Countess of l'aris will look at no tobac
co which has not grown in the sunny
climate of Hayana,and while the queen
resent, of Spain gives her vote in tavor
of Egyptian cigarettes, and the queen
of Koumania declares in favor of
Turkey. Queen Natalie, of Servia, has
a store of tobacco from -each country, of
which she is careful to eet only the
very b?sr. i believe the cigarette
cases carried by some of these
ladies are veritable dreams of
; beauty. being usually ot gold
inlaid with previous stones. Turning to
our own country, it would take too long
to mention the names of the well-known
feminine votaries of the weed, and it is
not even necessary to repeat that they
are some of the highest in the land. A
very large proportion of our "blue"
women smoke, and many of them even
smoke cigars as strong as those affected
by the sierner sex.
"Working a Claim.
Cloak Review.
"Yes," dariing," she said softly, "I
want so much for you to see me in my
new sealskin cloak." "That will be a
great pleasure," he muttered. '-Tell me,
dear, was it made to order?"' "Of
course," she replied. "Why do you
ask?" "Because," he answered (shyly
toylns with one of her 25-cent curls), "I
thoucht perhaps there might l>e enough
left over to make a cap with."
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We have for sale a tract of
about 18 acres of land midway
between St. Paul and Minne
apolis, which is perhaps the
best site for factories in either
city. It has a spur track run
ning through it, connecting it
with all the railroads running
into either city, except one,
and also with the Minne
sota Transfer. It is one of the
few tracts left in the Midway Dis
trict, accessible to good railroad
trackagre, large enough to accom
modate a large manufacturing 1 con
cern, and is therefore very valua
ble. The Midway District, trav
ersed in every direction by railroads
and electric lines, and drawing
population and business from both
cities, is rapidly filling up, and a
few years will see property there
quadrupled in value. It is bound
in the near future to become the
great center of population of onr
dual city, and the owners of land
there will ta wealthy. We can sell
this line property very cheap.
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