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VOIi. LII. NO." 106.
ROCK ISLAND, ILL., SATURDAY, PJEBUTJARY 131, 1903.
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WOES OF A
Simeon E. Ford on the
, Simeon E. Ford is New York's new
star dinner humorist. Dinner comrnit
itees haunt the lobbies of his hotel by
day and by night, says the New York
. (World. lie has averaged a dinner a
cweek since the new year.
From an occasional speaker he has
become an indispensable. As Boon as
Ithe toastmaster introduces him the
guests begin to smile, before he is half
through they are in paroxysms of
laughter, and by the time he sits down
.they are reduced to helplessness.
Financial kings, clothing men, re
formers, hotel men or police captains
it doesn't matter a bit to the genial Mr.
Ford ("Sunny Sim") who his audiences
are. lie makes merry with all just the
Admiral Beresford, whom he ventur
ed to lampoon the other night, .first
looked startled, then amused and final
ly resigned himself to uncontrollable
laughter. "Ford," the jolly admiral
told the humorist afterward, "I'd like
to keep you in the top drawer of my
desk and take you out once a day."
Mr. Ford's business is keeping a ho
tel, and humor is only a side line. lie
fell into it accidentally and surprised
himself that he was thought to be
funny. His first accidental hit caused
him to get another invitation, and since
then his reputation has beea progres
sive, but he has steadily persisted in
giving out his humor only in the form
of after dinner speeches. He has de
clined glittering temptations to be a
"The secret of success in after dinner
speaking," he said to the writer, "is
something subtle in the follow. One
man can tell you a story and it will
bore you to death;, another fellow tells
it and you laugh till your sides ache,
though you may have heard it a thou
sand times. It is personal magnetism."
Mr. Ford is not a humorous looking
person. The solemnity of his appear
ance suggests a country deacon. He
Is thin and angular, with a long narrow
face and head, and a close cropped red
dish brown beard, with pensive eyes
that mirror deep reflections upon the
destiny of man.
"Oh, Lordy!" said Mr. Ford with a
gesture of despair when asked to tell
the story of his success as an after
dinner speaker. He sat down on the
first chair in the lobby of his hotel as
if to recover from the shock of the sug
gestion. "I'm so heartily sick and tired
-of this whole speaking business that I
wish I'd never heard of it. Oh, yes, I've
made a good many speeches more
than half a dozen this year, although I
promised my wife I wouldn't make but
one the one to the hotel men. She
thinks they get on my nerves, and they
"I don't know why people think I'm
funny." The humorist gazed out as If
to find the answer in the subway
framework that obscured his view. "I
suppose it's the solemnity of my ap
pearance I don't know what else. I'm
certainly not a good looking person. I
know people don't burst into screams
of laughter at what I say when I talk
to them. On the contrary, I'm the
poorest kind of a talker, and I seem to
subtract all there is of beauty from a
subject when I discuss it. I'm the most
humdrum talker you could imagine.
"Why is it they laugh at rue when I
get up? I give it up. I try not to tax
their minds with statistics or give them
too much Information. The average
American at a dinner is not gunning
for information. The fellow with a
long table of statistics is tolerated, but
I don't think he adds to the general
sum of gayety. I recall a dinner where
I sat between J, Fierpont Morgan and
Frederick D. Tappan, and the postmas
ter general or some other notable was
a speaker. He made one of those reg
ular Washington speeches. You know
" 'Gentlemen,' he said, 'do you realize
that this country produces two and
two-seventh times as much hemp as
all the countries of Europe combined?'
And he went through the whole table
with great earnestness. Mr. Tappan
leaned over to Morgan and said. 'Mor
gan, the postmaster general has a great
memory for figures.' 'Hub!' grunted
Mr. Morgan. 'Nobody knows whether
he's right or not, and nobody gives a
"My first speech." Mr. Ford said,
with a reminiscent glint in his faraway
eye, "was when my friend Boldt opened
the Waldorf. That was twelve years
ago. Boldt h'eaped coals qf fire on the
heads of us fellows, who had been pre
dicting that he was doing a foolish
thing by inviting us to a luncheon all
the hotel men. John R. Fellows, a real
speaker, had been selected to speak for
the hotel men. Somehow Follows
failed to come, and they turned to me
and said: 'Fora, you'll have to ppeak.
Bad as you are. you're the best Bpeak
er here, and you'll have to do it. I did,
and they seemed to like it. They laugh
ed at it When the hotel men's dinner
came around, .they all said I had to
speak, and I've been at it ever since,
but not so bad as here lately.
"Stage fright? Many times, getting
up before an audience. I have felt as if
I were going to faint. The worst ex
perience I ever bad was wlien I went
down to Washington to be funny be
fore the national committee and get
Uaem to bring the convention here (New
York). It was an august audience, and
" the speakers were all put on little plat
forms Jnthecenter ptthrom When
Sadness of Being Funny.
l got up there, the room seemed to be
reeling around me. I thought every
minute I was going to faint. In my
distress I could realize in a dim far
away manner that the whole room was
roaring with laughter. I gasped. I
was white and red. I grabbed for some
water. I got the pitcher and, not wait
ing for a glass, I drank out of the
pitcher.. Then they howled. They
thought that was a piece of low com
edy business. They did not realize how
thin the line that separated tragedy
Just then a card came, and Mr. Ford
excused himself. When he came' back,
"Just the president of the board of
trade and transportation of New Ha
ven wants me to run up and make a
speech.. No trouble at all, he assured
me. Just get on the train right here at
the door and get off a little talk.
"Trouble! Why, when I am going to
make a speech it hangs over me for
days. I almost give it up. Then I lock
myself in a room. I write 'Mr. Toast
master and gentlemen.' Then I sit
there and smoke. I smoke half an
hour and give it up. Then I think of a
line. That may suggest another Une.
I write a hundred words, then decide
I'll give the whole business up. But
finally I squeeze out something. Work
there's no work like trying to be hu
morous. Splitting rails is pure recrea
tion compared to it. Your humorist is
always a sad follow. He's invariably
melancholy, sometimes a hypochon
driac. It is the natural reaction, I sup
pose." Here are some of Mr. Ford's most
recent samples of humor:
OK HIS 1SOTHOOD HOME.
"When I describe the town as rest
ful, I but feebly describe it. When I
say it was healthful, I am well within
the mark. If a man died there under
eighty years of age, they hung white
crape on the doorbell and carved a lit
tle Iamb on his tombstone. The flight
of time has little effect upon the folks
there. Last summer I went up with
my children. A dashing young blade
of some ninety summers fell into con
verse with me at the village store and
asked my name. 'I recall your face,'
he said, 'but I can't place you.' 'Ford?'
he said. 'There was a kind of slabsid
ed, lantern jawed cuss by that name
left here last summer to go to work in
New York.' I said, 'I am the cuss, but
it was not last summer, but thirty sum
mers ago that I left.' 'Well.' he said.
'Soon as I caught sight of you I
knowed I'd seen, you somewhere re
cently.'" ON THE HOTEL QUEST.
"The timid man stands in front of the
clerk, and the clerk affects to be ob
livious of his presence and continues
to relate a humorous anecdote to the
commercial traveler. Finally the timid
man plucks up courage to ask the clerk
if he can get a room. The clerk, with
a look of disdain, spins the register
around, projects a pen. at the timid
man, and the timid man fools that the
really proper thing for him to do would
be to get off the earth. After the reg
istering is done, the clerk calls out
"Front" and haughtily points at the
timid man, and the African gen
tleman drags him away and slams him
into the elevator. When he is in his
room the colored gentleman brushes
away the last remaining spark of vital
ity which yet remains in him and
leaves him in a condition of collapse."
OS THE BACE QUESTION.
"I asked Boldt if many colored folks
had patronized the Waldorf, and he
said he had only seen two in his restau
rant, and when they glanced at the
prices on the bill of fare they both
turned white. The Bible says the leop
ard cannot change his spots nor the
Ethiopian his skin, but when that
statement was made the Waldorf
wasn't opened. The Waldorf can knock
the spots out of anything, and I pre
sume they would skin au Ethiopian
just a3 quick as they would a white
"Brooklyn, as you know. Is situated
betweeen the borough of Manhattan
and Greenwood cemetery midway be
tween pleasure and the grave and has
produced some great men besides St.
Clair McKelway. Setn Low and Tim
Woodruff and Mr. Shepard all emanate
from Brooklyn. I sprang from Brook
lyn myself. I sprang from Brooklyn the
minute I had money enough to pay
board inNew York, and I am proud
of it." '
Popularity of Ilanna'i Famoui Hash.
"Corned beef hash a la Hanna" is a
favorite luncheon dish with many sen
ators, writes the New York World's
Washington correspondent. When
Shaw, the head waiter of the senate
restaurant, wants it prepared with un
usual care, he orders it this way: "One
corned beef hash for Senator Hanna."
The restaurant was doing a great busi
ness the other day, and .everybody
seemed to want corned beef hash.
Fourteen times the order for "corned
beef hash for Senator Hanna" was
shouted to the chef. When the fifteenth
order went down, there was a rum
bling noise in the kitchen, and the chef
shouted: "That's fifteen orders for Sen
ator Hanna. He better watch out or
he'll founder hisself."
Peking to Moicow In Eighteen Day".
Mr. Henry Clark Kouse of New York,
president of the Missouri, Kansas and
Texas railroad, arrived at New York
recently, on., .the Luca nia. - Mr. I?oyse
wnne aDroaa made tne trip from Te
king to Moscow in record time of sev
enteen days and nineteen hours over
the East Chinese and Traussiberian
railroad, says the New York Herald.
He believes that the road will be of
great commercial value and thinks that
It will soon be possible to make the
trip by rail from Berlin to the Facific
coast in less than a fortnight.
STATELY MISS BINGHAM.
Why She- Scolds the Xew York Crit
ics of Her Xcw Play.
Here is a new picture of Miss Amelia
Bingham, showing that stately and
statuesque actress in one of the becom
ing costumes which she wears as the
frisky Mrs. Johnson in her new play of
Miss Bingham was recently much dis
pleased with the New York critics be-
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MISS AMELIA BINGHAM.
cause they said that the frisky Mr3.
Johnson did not frisk. She contended
that the author never meant , her to
frisk, but that the critics had-wholly
failed to understand the character that
of a widow who under, a light exterior
masks a sound and loyal heart.
POPE A MARVEL OF VIGOR.
Dr. Manonl Say It In Hard to Re
lieve That Leo XIII. Will Ever Vic.
The Berlin Tngeblatt recently pub
lished a most remarkable interview
which its Borne correspondent had
with the pope's physician. Professor
Mazzoni, regarding his holiness' health.
"What, the pope ill!" laughed the
professor, "no is so well that we
might envy him. Except for a slight
hoarseness, which was cas-lly cured,
nothing has ailed Leo XIII. these last
"He is truly a phenomenon. He
grows older in -years; but. paradoxical
as it may seem, lie appears to gain in
vigor each year. At the beginning of
every new decade of Tope Loo's life it
was prophesied that it would be the
last, but it never came true.
"Mark my words, the pope will live
to be a hundred years old and longer,
and even then he will enjoy life as he
"What should the pope die of any
way? He has the constitution of a
young man. All his organs are In per
fect working order. He loads a regular
life and consumes very little alcohol.
His holiness roads without spectacles,
walks without a cane, dresses and un
dresses without assistance and works
about fourteen hours daily.
"Really oijO can hardly believe that
Leo XIII. should ever die!"
- Assuming the Husband's Name.
The practice of the wife assuming
the husband's name at marriage origi
nated from a Roman custom and be
came the common custom after the Ro
man occupation. Thus, Julia and Oc
tavia, married to Pompey and Cicero,
were called by the Romans' Julia of
Fompey and Octavia of Cicero, and in
later times married women in most
European countries signed their names
in the same manner, but omitted the
Against this view it may be mention
ed that during the sixteenth aud even
at the beginning of the seventeenth
century the usage seems doubtful,
since we find Catherine Parr so sign
ing herself after she had boon twice
married, and we always hear of Lady
Jane Grey (not Dudley), Arabella
Stuart (not Seymour), etc. Some per
sons think that the custom originated
from the Scriptural teaching that hus
band and wife are one. This was the
rule of law so far back as Braeton
(died12GS), and it was decided in the
case of Bon versus Smith, in the reign
of Elizabeth, that a woman by mar
riage loses her former name and legal
ly receives the name of her husband.
Altogether the custom is involved in
Ideas generate ideas, like a potato,
which cut in pieces reproduces itself ia
a multiplied form.
EXTENDING THE CAPITOL
Improvement Proposed For the
Building: at Washington.
COSTLY1 CHANGES ABE INVOLVED.
Planned to Spend 90.000,000 on Ex
tension of East Front and on Office
Balldtugr For Representatives Xew
Strnetnre Will Be Lon, So as Sot
to Dwarf Great Dome.
The house of representatives has just
made an appropriation of over $G,000,
000 for the enlargement of the capltol
at Washington and. the construction of
an office building for the use of Its
members, soys the New York Tribune.
In accordance with the legislative eti
quette which is practiced between the
senate and house one hotly never inter
feres with any appropriation suggested
by theotherwhicb conduces to Its person
al convenience. The proposed improve
ment may be taken, then, us an assured
fact. Its accomplishment will require
two and a half years. The cost of ex
tending the east front of the capitol
will be $2,500,000. - The new office
building, which is to be somewhat of a
marble palace, is to cost for construc
tion $3,100,000, to say! nothing of anoth
er half million for the site. This build
ing is to be just off the capitol grounds,
on the south, and is to be connected
.with the capitol by a tunnel, through
which miniature electric cars ore to be
run to carry members to and from the
hall of the house.
The plans presented for the exten
sion ..are based on the original Walter
plans, made when the capitol wings
were being constructed 1ST1 and ISo'J
and which were approved at the time
by President Fillmore. The house and
senate will each gain thirty-three
rooms by the extension. The exterior
construction is to conform exactly to
the remainder of the building. While
the plan involves the removal of the
old portico on the east, it does not in
volve the removal of the principal
walls of that old and historic portion
of the capitol. The present front wall
of the old building is to remain as the
rear wall of an open court, which is to
light the west side of the proposed ad
dition. The details of the construc
tion, feuch as arches and other mason
ry work, marble and plaster work, are
to conform to that of the wings. There
is to be a magnificent vestibule 108
feet long, leading direct to the rotunda
from the east entrance. It will be an
enlarged example of that at the east
doors of the senate and house. The
rooms on either side are to be like other
committee rooms, arge and commo
dious. Ample provision is made for
elevators, stairways and corridors,
which will connect with the corridors
of the north and south wings, as well
as for direct communication with the
The dome and rotunda are also to re
ceive attention under this plan. For
the rotunda the projosition is to re
store Its Interior finish in accordance
with the original design. Up to the
time the dome was completed the to
tunda was of sandstone finish. To re
store this, it is believed, will furnish
the most handsome effects. When
Brumidi began the historical paintings
in the frieze the walls wore in the
original sandstone and his colors were
choseu to harmonize. Since that time,
although the frieze has never been
completed, the walls of the interior
have been painted a dull slate color.
Superintendent Elliott Woods, under
whose supervision the proposed im
provements will be made, recommends
cleaning this paint off and treating the
stone with oil, to preserve it from the
effects of the atmosphere. The fioor
is to be resurfaced In a shade of um
ber, which will harmonize with the
walls, and the celebrated frieze Is to be
The need of the office building is ap
parent to every one who has business
at the house end of the capitol. Mem
bers have no place to take their friends
and constituents.! Mauy members
lease offices in various parts of the
city. This plan-is not satisfactory, as
these private offices ave hard for stran
gers to find and inconveniently located
for members. The result is great con
fusion and dissatisfaction. Every
room in the house end of the capitol is
utilized as a committee room, and some
of these rooms are In the remote In
terior of the basement, without the
slightest outlet to daylight or fresh air.
Only the chairman of the committee is
supposed to use the room for his own
purposes, and consequently only fifty
two members have offices, by virtue of
being chairmen of committees, out of
the entire membership of CStJ, which
the next congress will haA-e.
The new office building is to be con
structed in accordance with the archi
tecture of the capitol and the library
Of congress. It is to he of marble or
granite, three stories in height, with a
basement and subbasomeut, intended
at some time to accommodate the heat
ing and ventilating plant for the capi
tol. The plan selected will give about
100 office rooms on each of the three
floors. The basement will be devoted
to the document and folding rooms.
With the removal of the document aud
storage quarters from the capitol,- to
gether with the boilers and engines,
comprising the "heating and lighting
plants, and the addition of thirty-three
rooms by the new central construction,
there will be ample quarters for the
accommodation of each member of the
house in the way of an office room ex
clusively, for himself,
The interior finish of the" proposed
office building Is to be of the finest sort.
Each room is to be large, well lighted
and heated, with provision for supply
ing fresh air by forced ventilation.
Each room is also to be supplied with
i. lavatory and hot and cold water.
A LOVER'S CONSTANCY.
Why Millionaire Flower Waited
Ten Years For His Bride.
When Miss Hilda Kathryn Clark, the
operatic star, became the bride of Mr.
Frederick Stanton Flower, the New
York millionaire, a few days ago, the
stage lost a singer who has won many
successes, notably in "The Highway
man," -"Maid . Marian" "and "Robin
There is a pretty romance connected
with the wedding. When Hilda Clark
was little more than a girl, Mr. Flower
saw her and at once was captivated.
His father, Anson R. Flower, however,
was not at all pleased with the idea of
his son marrying an actress, and so
the courtship languished for a time.
h.f;:: : W;-V -
FBEDEIUCK STANTON FLOWER.
But the young man was not to be
turned away from his love. For ten
years he has boon quietly paying atten
tions to Miss Clark and at last suc
ceeded in winning the consent of his
parents to make the charming young
singer his bride.
Miss Clark has achieved a deserved
success as a comic opera star. She has
a fine voice, is graceful and accom
plished and 3s considered one of the
most beautiful women on the stage.
Last year she injured her kneecap in
an accident, which forced her to retire
from the stage temporarily. Ilor mar
riage will now make the retirement a
Frederick Stanton Flower is a neph
ew of the late Roswell P. Flower, ex
governor of New York, and inherited a
part of the wealth of the street i-ailway
magnate. He was interested with his
uncle and father in their financial op
erations and is rated as a millionaire.
He is about forty years of age.
The wedding took place in Now York
city at the home of the bride's parents,
who are also possessed of a goodly
share of this world's goods. Mr. and
Mrs. Flower, after their honeymoon,
will reside in the millionaire's hand
some residence on Fifth avenue, New
CAME HERE FOR IDOLS.
American Patterns Popular Among
Devout Koreans and Chinese.
II. 1. Krohsnkyn of Seoul. Korea,
arrived at Tacoma. Wash., the other
day on his way to New York and Phil
adelphia . to contract for ' idols to bo
used in the heathen temples of his
country, as well as of China.
He Is sent by a wholesale firm and
has models with him. He says that a
few years ago an American firm sent
a few idols as a gift to one of the
sacred orders, and a demand for them
Memorial In a rjuny Street.
On one of the busiest streets in 'Pe
king, over the spot whore Baron von
Kotteler met his tragic death in 10OO,
a huge monument is now being erected
In his honor entirely at the expense of
the Chinese government, says the Chi
cago Chronicle. It is to be in the form
of a "pailo," or triumphal gateway,
and is to extend entirely across the
street. The top stone is 27 feet long,
3 feet wide and 3 foot thick. One hun
dred and eighty niul-'s wore used to
draw it to the street and fifty-seven
mules to draw each of the smaller
stones.- It will cost China $1.0,000 In
Mark Twnln'n SknII.
Following the load of Gabriele dVn
nunzio, Mark Twain announces that he
is going to give his skull to Cornell uni
versity, but he docs not say when, says
the New York Mail and Express. "I
am getting pretty old," said Mr. Clem
ens, "and shall probably not need the
skull after next Christmas, I dunno.
But if I should I will pay rent." If the
rent of Mr. Clemens' skull is in propor
tion to the earning capacity of his
brain, he will be the only man wlio can
afford to pay it.'
As Others See Vs.
Mycr You may make some people
believe that story, but I'm not such a
fool as I look.
GyerWell. why don't you stop trav
eling around in disguise then? Chicago
I ' FINE OCEAN LINERS.
New Cuna.rders Longest Vessels Ever Built.
Enough Information' has drifted
across the sea to enable the compila
tion of accurate forecasts of the twin
Canard floating castles of steel which
are to be put over next year and to
make their maiden dips in New York
waters in June of 100T, says the New
York World. They will be the longest
vessels lu the world and have greater
power than any other craft afloat.
Their correct measurements are: Seven
hundred and thirty foot length, seventy
feet beam, general speed twenty-five
knots, with indicated horsepower of
o9,700, burning from 000 .to 1,000, tons
of coal every twenty-four hours. A
team of horses driven in pairs, reach
ing from the Battery, New York, to
Gfteen miles beyond Poughkeopsie.
would exert no more power. They will
be of the triple screw type, with three
sets of six cylinder engines. The dis
placement'or each will be 20.S00 tons.
Three twenty-four foot manganese
bronze propellers will drive them.
When this small city puts to sea. a
daily newspaper, published from Mar
conigrams, will keep the population In
touch with Wall street, the race track,
the theaters and the news of the world.
The saloon passengers will be berthed
in the superstructure amidships. Such
features as a theater, grillroom, chil
dren's playroom, dining tables on deck,
elevators and a grand dining saloon
three docks high will be incorporated.
In dull seasons the steerage can be
utilized for cold storage. There will be
twelve decks, including the water bot
tom. As for the mechanical devices, they
will include automatic stokers, longi
tudinal bulkheads and a sufficient num
ber of traverse bulkheads so that sev
eral compartments could be flooded at
the same time without sinking the steel
island. The number of saloon passen
gers will be about 90O, of second cabin
5T.0 and of steerage 2,0txi. A crew of
GOO will suffice, only fifty of them be
ing able seamen.
John Bull has set his heart upon re
covering the blue ribbon of the Atlan
tic. He does not care how much the ef
fort costs or how unprofitable the en
terprise, provided the German liners
With the prodigal generosity, prompt
ed by patriotic and sentimental mo
tives, of the British government the
now wonders are designed to wrest the
Atlantic record from the Gorman fli
ers, the Deutschlaud, the Kronprinz
Wilhelm, the coming Kaiser Wilhelm
II. and the coming new Hamburg
American masterpiece. The Cuuard
giantesses will span the Atlantic In lit
tle more than four and one-half days.
On Doc. P.Hi2. Lord Invorclyde,
chairman; David Jardin, John William
son and the directors of the Cunard
Steamship company signed coutracts
for one of those modern Great East
erns with the Fairtiold Shipbuilding
and Engineering company of Glasgow
and for the other with the Vickers
Maxim company of Barrow.
The now ships will be christened the
Britannia and the Columbia. Each of
them will cost $u.2."0,000. The Cuuard
contracts call for twenty-six knots for
six hours' and twenty-five knots for
two days' continuous steaming. The
calling for the bids under the admir
alty subsidy revealed the imposition
of this condition of unusual severity:
"If at the end of a year's running the
vessels shall have failed to achieve an
average of twenty-five knots through
out their voyages (round trips from
Queoustowu to New York and back
they may be returned to their build
ers." The British government subsidizes
the Cunard line at $730,000 a year.
The two boats are to be built on a
government loan, to be repaid in twen
ty years, the period beginning at the
completion of the second ship. The
company pledges itself to remain out
side of the Morgan steamship combina
tion, known as the International Mer
cantile Marine company, and to remain
purely a British undertaking. Freights
are not to be raised unduly or prefer
ential rates given to foreigners. Its
entire fleet is to be held at the disposal
of the British government, which is at
liberty to purchase any or all of its
steamers at agreed rates.
The government's loan for the con
struction of the twin vessels will bear
Interest at 2?4 per cent, the security for
the loan being a first charge upon the
ships and upon the assets of the com
pany. The principal is to be repaid in
Flowers by Tons For British Tables.
'The demand for cut flowers for table
decoration is greater than ever , this
year, and the flower dealers at Covent
Garden, in London, are making for
tunes, says the New York Herald. In
the early morning the air is redolent
of the odor from thousands of baskets
of cut flowers, which come on every
boat and train. From France the other
day 2,000 baskets reached Charing
Cross, the largest consignment ever
known. The flower traffic .from the
Scilly isles is greater this season than
was ever known. Eleven tons of flow
ers were brought from the Scilly isles
in one day. which was a record up till
then, but was broken soon when a con
signment of twenty-two tons of flowers
arrived at the market.
Honor In Her Own Country.
Among the Slavs much honor Is paid
Marya'Konopincka. was recently retea
in magnificent fashion on tua occasion
of her twenty-fifth- literary, anniversa
ry, says the 'Chicago Chronicle. Dele
gations came from a distance to pay
her honor, and a substantial evidence
of admiration came in the shape of a
country house which was presented to
her. A public library was founded la
CRAZE FOR CAMEOS.
A Prediction That Taey WIU Soonj
" Be in Yreat Demand.
We are rapidly acquiring a taste for
cameos for personal adornment, and it.
is prophesied that before'many weeks
have passed the taste' will have devei-!
oped into a craze, and the craze will
show symptoms of -becoming aji epi
demic, says the New York Commer
cial Advertiser. One sees a few very;
handsome ones now. though not many.,
the vogue being still in its infancy, but
a number of people possess quite a lit
tle store, owned by their mothers and.
grandmothers, which have been laid
aside in odd corners of their jewel
cases from time immemorial. This
year, however, they will one and all
see the light again.
Even cameo buttons will be pro
duced, and the prices of handsome;
brooches and bracelets, especially the
antique specimens, will naturally go
up with a rush, while even the most
colossal of ' old fashioned shawl
brooches will be brought into requisi
tion to fasten the fashionable Iac?
echarpes, which are almost indispensa
ble with the theater toilets of the mo
ment. LET THE GIRLS PROPOSE.
Chicago Woman Says That Men Lack!
the Necessary Xerve.
"If custom were swept aside and
women might propose, there would le
many more marriages and the presi
dent would not be scolding us," said
Miss Catherine Coggin in a recent ad
dress to the women of the Knights of
Columbus, says a Chicago dispatch tor
the Philadelphia Prtss.
"I firmly believe that the convention
which presents a woman from selecting
the man of her choice and making that
selection known should be done away
with. I can -declare without fear of
successful contradiction that there are
hundreds of men here in Chicago who
haven't the nerve to propose. Away
with convention then. Lot the women
do it for them."
Little Bite Men.
Suwarow, the greatest of Itussian gen
erals; Frederick the Great, David Gar
rick, the wonderful actor, and Alexan
der Hamilton, whom Talleyrand pro
nounced one of the three greatest men
he had ever known, were slender and
below the middle height. The bravo
General Marion "was in stature of tho
smallest size, thin as well as low." and
Dr. Kane, who surpassed all of his arc
tic companions in braving torrid beat
and polar cold, was but 5 feet G In
height and weighed at his best only 135
pounds. But more dwarfish than any
of these ghostly beings was that phe
nomenon of the eighteenth century,
the Abbe Galiani of Naples. "Person
alljV says Marmontel, "the abbe, wha
was but 4 feet 6 inches in stature, was
the prettiest little harlequin that Italy;
ever produced, but upon the shoulder
of that harlequin was the head of tC
The Periods of Growth.
Children born between September1
and February are, some authorities
6tate, not as tall as those born In sum
mer and spring months, and the growth
of children is much more rapid from,
March till August. The extremities
grow rapidly up to the sixteenth year;
then there is a slow growth until tha
thirtieth year. The legs chiefly grow!
between the tenth and seventeenth,
years. Comparing the general results.
It appears that there are six periods oC
growth. The first extends up to. tho
sixth or eighth year and is one of very
rapid growth; the second period, from
eleven to fourteen years, growth is
slow; the third period, from sixteen to
seventeen; the fourth period shows a
slow growth up to the age of thirty for
height, up to fifty for chest girth; tha
fifth period is one of rest, the sixth at
decrease in the body.
A Roman Cure For Consumption.
Celsiis was a Roman physician wha
flourished in the third century. Ho
was a follower of Hippocrates and
wrote various books on medicine. Or.eJ
of his prescripti6ns is for consumption,
and, strange enough, if is quite in ac
cord with modern methods In some re
spects. He says: "As soon as a man
finds himself spitting and hacking on
rising hi the morning he should Imme
diately take possession of a cow and
go high up Into the mountains and lir'e
on the fruit of that cow.." Although,
he knew nothing of the cause of phthi
sis, he had observed that good living,
out of door life, lots of sunshine and an
abundance of milk and cream were ab
solutely essential as prerequisites fot?
treatment. Journal of Hygiene.
Making Himself Clear.
She Do You know that lady in thg
He In a way. I have a listening ac
quaintance wlth'bcr. t. .
"I don't believe I understand you,
. "She is my wife." Smart Set