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From present indications society will
no longer be divided upon the lines of
birth, l)i ceding or wealth, but the quail-
Jiciition for membership in the innermost
circle will )m- ability to play "ping pong,"
that fascinating parlor game that has
recently come over the seas to us from
aristocratic London.
Age. sex. color or previous condition
inaki no difference with the devotees of
the game and in England duchesses have
been known to struggle for the honor of
having a champion ping pong player from
some suburb at their receptions. Success
ful authors, artists and actors are no
longer being: lionized and made to roar
for the benefit of society. Their place ,s
but secondary now to the man who can
make the highest score with the bellum
covered racquet* and the celluloid balls.
The craze has but just struck the West,
although in New York, and. in fact, in
all of the Eastern cities, it is raging al
most as widely as it does in England.
The dealers say they are unable to keep
up with the demand for the game and
that thousands of sets have been sold,
v.ith the demand still increasing. "Pins
pong" parties are taking the place of
bridge whist and cinch contests and even
of bowline tournaments. No longer does
the Western swain sit contentedly in the
parlor with the girl of his heart, discuss
ing the weather undisturbed by the other
members of the family. Now the parlor
is in use. Father and mother and the
neighbors are "serving" and "returning"'
and calling love 15, love 30, deuce ad
vantage, etc.
i'iiiK pong is Bimply modified tennis
played upon a ta-ble in the houft« instead
of a court in the open air and is, in fact,
table tennis. Bui when the little celluloid
ball strikes the hard surface of a table
the contact prodapes a sound best
d< scribed by the word "ping" and as it
bounds against the viium racquet the
Bound "pong," a full note lower, issues.
Some person with a quick ear and a
quicker imagination translated these
sounds and the gamfe was christened with
the catchy name "ping pong," a name
tnat has helped to call attention to it.
The balls are very light, much like blown
birds' iggs to the touch, and there is no
possibility of their breaking or of injur
ing anything they may strike except, of i
course, fragile bric-a-brac. The racquets !
are light rattan affairs, covered with |
vellum. In this respect they differ from j
those used in ordinary tennis, although |
ih>- dealers are showing some specially
constructed ones strung with catgut, as j
are tennis racquets. They were ordered
by ]>ing pong players' who are also tenn:s
experts and who believe they can play
In tter with the strung racquets than with
the vellunf-covered ones. Any table
about the height of a billiard table and
jn the neighborhood o. nine feet long by
five feet wide will do for the game. Many
use dining tables. To be correct one
should have a table, the surface of which
has been painted dark green, or covered
With biliard cloth, it makes no difference
in the game whether it is played with or
Without a cloth upon the table. Without
a cloth the balls will, of course, bounce
higher. The game is played by two or
Jour persons, usually by two. For the
at in which thfe are two players,
and this is the game in high favor, each
player stands art one end of th<- table.
The one first delivering the ball is called
the "serve;;" t):.- other person is th-e
".■strikeout." At the end of the iirst game
the "strikeout"-becomes the "server' and'
00 on alternately to the end of the sets.
As soon as theball is served and drops
nnywlK re on the table top beyond the t.et
it is 'play." if it drops Into the net-or
off the table it counts to the "strike out."
I i< re is no second service as in lawn ten
jus. On either player winning the first
strike, the score is called fifteen for that
fourth stroke won by either player is sac
ond "game," unless both players have
yon three strikes, "forty all," whsn the
scon- is called deuce, and the next stroke
v.on by either player is scored "advan
tage" to that player.
[f the same player wins the next stroke
the game Is his: If he loses the next
eiroke the score is again deuce, and so i
on until either player wins the two
Strokes imediately following the score
player; on either player winning his or
her second stroke, the score for that play
er is thiity. On either player winning- the |
third stroke, the score is forty, and the
of deuce, and the "game" is scored for
that player. The player who lirst wins
six games wins the set. In tourna
ments usually three sets are played by
each <.im;)etitor against each other one.
The rules for playing are similar to
those in lawn teunis, except that no over
hnnd service is allowed. There are no
«( urts marked as in lawn tennis, the
~"\i of the table forming the court, so
that the ball striking any part of the ta
ble is in play. The strokes, apart from
the service, are divided into two main
< lasses—the half volley and all other
Etrokee. The half volley is when the bull
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and pains relieved almost instantly. Ql
Backache.- Headache. FaceaChe. 3>
Chest Pains, and all Nervous Pains 91
and Muscular Weakness cured by *£
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After all other rerr.edics fail. •<(
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is taken' immediately after striking the
table. The player hits where he thinks
the ball will be, not at the ball itself,
and it is, therefore, almost impossible
to actually hit is half voiieyin^. Ji is the
ball which hits the racket, and not the
racket that hits the ball. This ia en
tirely defensive play. To attack, the
ball must be struck after it has reached
the top of the bound, or even later, for on
ly then has the player complete control of
the ball. When the ball bounds high it
may be smashed straight on the table,
but if your opponent gets back so as to
make the return, twist your wrist BO that
the ball is hit at right angles to the
flight or even somewhat underneath; it
will drop close to the net and come
straight up or even bounce back over the
net. An effective stroke in reply to a
hard (irive is that called the "crouch
smash." As the ball cornea toward you,
crouch down and hit It at the edge of the
table. This is a good return for a hard
service, but it is most difficult to ac
complish. All these strokes can be done
■backhanded— -in fact, some are such
easier, as, owing to the wrist having
more play in the proper direction, a (,-rtat
er twist can be imparted to the ball.
In addition a ball falling on the right
hand side»f the table can be driven with
the back of the hand in any d-esircu di
rection. This stroke should only Le used
when pressed by a hird ball.
It will be gathered from th<^ strokes
described that play can be made both
back and forehand. This gives many
more opportunities for deceiving an op
ponent. Variety is the secret of success.
Nev< r let your opponent anticipate your
intention. When driven to swing, after
hitting the ball, do not stop and turn
back, but continue the swing the same
way, bo as to make a complete circle.
The player i an get square with the table
much quicker by doing this. Ping pong
sets may be had to suit any fancy or any
April, the fourth month in the year.
presents many attractions for those who
follow with unwavering interest the ever
changing movements of the heavenly
bodies. The scene of beauty has, how
ever, shifted to the early morning hours,
if one would see the planets in their glory.
So that it takes an early riser to glean
from the heavens the really choice bits,
unless a telescope is at hand. The stars
are, however, always to be relied upon,
and just now in the northern section of
the heavens we see the Little Bear pass
ing above the horizontal position which he
had not quite reached last month, while
the Great Bear is overhead and inverted.
King Cepheus is now immediately below
the pole, and, like some earthly monarchs,
is standing on his head in a most un
kingly attitude. Cassiopeia is where it
always can be found, on the opposite side
of the pole from that occupied by the
Great Bear, so that the Lady in the
I'hair need never fear being hugge.i by
this fierce dcniz< n of the Arctic regions.
In the southern sky the great sea serpent,
Hydra, occupies the leading position, ihis
is the longest and nearly the largest of
the * constellations. The ruling elliptic
constellation for the month is the Lion,
easily distinguished by the Sickle, in the
handle of which is the bright star R» gu
lus. In the cast there is Bootes, Under
neath which are the stars of the Serpent,
but the fangs of the latter are innocuous,
for presumably they cannot pierce the
boots of the former, who tramples fear
lessly upon him. In the west Taurus is
passing from fcight. The Twins, followed
by Procyon, the Lesser Dog, are ap
proaching the mid-west, or prime ver
tical, and hanjj like glorious crowns over
Orion, as he pas-:cs to his setting place,
says the New York Sun.
While contemplating these worlds, shin
ing so brightly in the morning and in the
evening, we may. without too great an
effort of the imagination, think that iTley
contain beings moving with all the activ
ity of life; nations, civilizations, cities
like Babylon, Thebes. o r even something
approaching our own cosmopolitan Gotfi
am—human beings, in a word, who are
everything that we are, under different
physical forms, but no doubt reasoning
by the aid of the same principles of logic
which govern our thought, though their
manner of perception may be totally dif
lt rent from our own. Perhaps they have
escaped more quickly from the limbo of
barbarism and form intelligent, enlight
ened, pacific and fraternal societies, wor
shipping the beautiful, the true, and the
The month opens with the sun 4 de
grees north of the equator, and the days
twelve hoLrs forty-one minutes in length.
The declination increases more than 10
degrees to the northward, with the addi
tion of one hour and nineteen minutes to
the day"s length. This should cause all
nature to bloom and p:jt on its lovely
spring coloring. On the Sth there is a par
tial eclfpsa of the sun, one of three allot
td to this year. We are not among the
favored this time, however, as the vari
ous phenomena attending the en
trance into the shadow and the depart
ure therefrom are not visible in our lati
The moon Is quite generous with us this
month, as it presents five phases, the last
quartering taking place on the first and
last days of the month. th<? new moon
coming on the Bth, the day of Ihe partial
eclipse of the sun. first quartering coming
on the 15th, and the full moon coming on
the 226. People are wont to judge of trie
chances of there being a dry or we?
month throughout April by the Pos'tion~t>f
the horns of the crescent moon. It is an
excellent illustration of the persistence
with which the belief in lunar influence
upon mankind still lingers, thougCi re
peatedly proved to be false. The early
Chaldeans believed in the influence of the
position of the heavenly bodies upon hu
man life, and their system was later
elaborated by the Greeks. If we once as
sume that there is a relation between the
configuration of stars and planets in the
sky and affairs on the earth, it Is not
difficult to find coincidences which ap
parently prove that relation. It is a curi
ous fact that the Greek astrology ascrib
ed an influence to the appearance of the
moon's horffs. which the later belief in
its effect on rainfall seems to have sup
planted. Saturn is twice in conjunction
with the moon, once on the 2d and again
en the- 29th. On the 18th the planet is in
quadrature, or half-way between conjunc-
pocketbook. Some of the tables are col
lapsible, with folding supports, and may
be stowed in small space. The bats or
racquets are already acquiring as great
variety as golf clubs. There are already
tournament bats, club bats and other
kinds. The best have vellum drums, al
though drums are also made in parch
ment and wood. Good players prefer the
short-handled bats to those of regulation
length. Ping pong- balls are largely im
ported, although American manufactur
ers are experimenting with various mate
rials in hope of improving the celluloid
spheres now in use, giving the regula
tion s|ze and weight. The net is usually
hand-made, of from five to seven inches
In height, linen bound, with a fair de
gree of elasticity. The poles on which it
is stretched are shapely wooden pegs,
with leather bottoms, which protect the
table, to which they are fastened with
clamps. In each outfit there are usually
a half dozen bats or battledores and one
dozen balls. Whether the game Is to
have permanent place among the amuse
ments is a question that i< being discuss
ed by those who have watched and ana.
lyzed the rise and fall of fads in the way
of indoor and outdoor amusements. Its
champions_ contend that it has every pos
sible requisite for the proper exercise of
body and mind that young women who
are noj equal to the roughing and phys
ical strain entailf-d by golf, tennis and
kindred strenuous sports will be heartily
and healthfully benefited by ping pong.
Others contend that the craze now
sweeping over Europe and America Is
but a passing fancy that will be rh<>-te>
lived than the bicycle vogue, and that
the new amusement will die out with the
coming of the outdoor reason, and tb^f
ore another w'nter arrives its hold win
have been broken and the devotees of
other pleasures will return to their old
gods and idols.—Milwaukee Senfinel.
tion and opposition. He is slowly increas
ing in size, but is not as conspicuous now
as we shall have him about the middle of
summer, when he comes above the hori
zon about sunset and remains with Us
throughout the evening. Jupiter rises
about 3 o'clock in the morning, so that we
have him some little time in view before
the sun comes up. It is a satisfaction to
know that this giant of the sky is gradu
ally increasing in size, and that during
the midsummer he will be a glorious ob
ject in the evening.
"Venus, having transferred her dazzling
personality to the morning sky, is engag
ed in moving to the furthest westward
point of her swing, and she now gets up
about 3:30 o'clock, pursuing Jupiter with
ail possible speed, but destined not to
catch him. She is in conjunction with
the moon on the sth, and with this some
what uninteresting meeting her part on
the monthly programme is finished.
Mercury, at present a morning star,
is swinging in toward the sun. which
goal he will reach on the 2Sth, when he
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will become an evening star, but it will
be almost another month before we can
see him, at which time he will be near
the furthest eastern point of his swing.
Mercury's variations In apparent size,
due to his varying distances, are very
striking. His distance from us varies
nearly 3 to X, and his apparent size is
in inverse ratio.
Mars plays a very minor part at pres
ent, and is one of the morning stars,
where he remains throughout the rest
of the year. He is in conjunction with
the moon on the Bth, and on the 23d
passes through a similar experience with
Uranus and Neptune fail to be of par
ticular interest in April. Into the great
void beyond the circles in which these
distant planets revolve the King of Day
sends his comets as scouts, and they fly
thousands of years without for one In
stant missing the steady grasp of the
power of the sun that controls us all.
And He Went.
"What conclusion did the old man come
to in your dispute with the shipnlns
clerk?" asked the bookkeeper of the bill
"His conclusion was my finish," said th»
bill clerk, as he put on hl3 overcoat and
hat and started for the door.—lndianapolis
Played Doll an He Had Watched Hi»
Younß KliMtreaN Do.
The capacity of the gray parrot for re
peating words and sentences of human
language and for imitating the cries and
sounds made by other animals, both
beasts and birds, is well known. The re,
markable aptitude which this parrot
shows for "saying the right thing at the
right time," is also, I believe, well known
to those who have been familiar with
intelligent specimens of the bird. But I
was not, until recently, aware that the
bird can be not only an excellent mimic,
but also a good actor.
My daughter had a very clever pray
parrot, which, unfortunately, died, after
a severe Illness of three weeks' duration.
He was brought to my daughter straight
from the nest in Africa, and had he lived
another month would have been about
two years old. He was a singularly clever
bird, • and of a charming: disposition to
his friends, though very shy and inclined
to be hostile to strangers. He was an ex
ceptionally good talker for his age, and
showed remarkable intelligence in fitting
his sayings to the occasion. He was very
fond of both fruit and sugar, but I never
knew him to ask for sugar at dinner or
for apple at breakfast. For nuts, which
were kept in a cupboard in the room, he
would ask at any time, and in many simi
lar ways he showed a vivid association
between the words and the things repre
sented by them.
But the rf-markabl", and, to mp, novel,
power which he displayed at bo young an
age was that of acting. He played with
a bit of wood exactly a.s a clever little
girl plays with her dol!. For example,
he would take th<r wood In hi.s < law and
would say to it, imitating the void- and
gestures of my daughter or of one of the
.servants: "What, are you going to bite
me? How dare you? I will take th- stick
to you!". Then he would shaM his head
at the wood and say, '] am ashamed* of
you! Whom did you bite? Go on your
perch!" Then he would take the wood
to the bottom of his cage, and putting it
down on the Boor, would hit It with his
claw several tines, saying, "Naughty!
I'll cover you up, I will! 1 Then he would
step back from it one or two paces, put
his head on one side and say, as he looked]
at it, "Are you gOOd now?"
No attempt was every m
!y, to teach him this or any other
histrionic penorman< ■
up spontaneously from his ow i
tlon and memory.
On '-iitiilnr Line*.
McJlgger I understand
mus" rri'-riiis "river horse. ' 1
th( fe'i any Latin name for
Thingumbob— Maybe that'd whal "all!
--■rator" means. An a I Heat ■<
sort (if Bubmarl
phia Pl'rss.

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