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Folklore of Hawaii RED RIVER, NIW MEXICO. PICTURES OF ADMIRAL JOHyAUL JQfiEw&E MANY AND VARIED v MUSINGS OF A MEKE MAN. (Special Correspondence.) spoil! No girl likes to be made i' .) by an amateur. Bargain sales have parted many a wife and her husband's money. No married woman can pass an old admirer without a backward glance. Beauty la the only thing that con soles some women for being women. Only a strong-minded woman can keep her calendar torn off up to date. It's the blissful ignorance of bache lors that enables widows to marry them. A widow knows when a man Is In love with her long before he knows himself. When there ar- two rivals for a wid ow's hand one of them Is apt to win by losing. The average wife looks upon her husband as an automatic machine for supplying her wants. Man proposes and later on he is apt to wonder how he managed to trake such a fool of himself. The most engaging summer girl Is the one who secures the largest col lection of engagement rings. Lovi that can stand a peruke and secondhand teeth may be safely branded as the genuine article. There are two things that try a man's courage marriage and death. But after he has passed the first he doesn't fear the second. A woman may not be able to sharp en a pencil or propel a stone with ac curacy, but she can pack more things In a trunk than a man can pile on a truck. GEMS FROM SUCCESS MAGAZINE. The fellow who can be late when his own interests are at stake Is pretty sure to be late when yours are. There Is only one place In the world where you can live a happy life, and that Is, inside of your own In come. There Is no advertisement for a business house like having its men go around bragging because they are working for It Good manners pay even If they do not make friends, because we cannot try to make others happy and to radi ate sunshine without feeling better and purer ourselves. THE MILLCREEK PHILOSOPHER. Time flies and cash gayly amblea with it. The enthusiasm of the defeated can didate is as hilarious as a funeral. If you can do much, do It well. II you can do but a little, strive to do It better. H Is not so much conscience as the fea of consequences that makes cow ards of us all. In holding the mirror up to Nature don't mistake yourself for the good old Dame and get In the way of fair reflection. The low ground Is safer, always, for the man who fears to climb to greater heights. Commercial Tribune. RUSSIAN PROVERBS. Over the woman from afar the devil pours honey. Poverty Is not a sin, but It Is the .cause of many. At home a man ts judged by his tress; abroad, by his wlL When the thunder ceases the peas ant forgets to cross himself. A He told cleverly may be truer than the truth told foolishly. Misfortune comes by the hundred weight and goes by the ounce. When a woman goes to heaven, she wants to take her cow with her. All Chrlstei dom fasts In Lent ex cept the dogs and the noblemen. fellow travelers and fellow gam blers soon know each outer well. Even an old man can win a wom an's love and keep It, If he Isn't Jeal ous. When the devil cannot arrive In time he sends a woman on before him. When the priest Bits down to read mass the people lie down to hear It Praise your wife, not three days after the wedding, but three years after It If you can. A kind word to tb the dinner. ""i?; who desires to confli m 01 Ion of John Paul Jones, ... distinguished naval commando, can do so In the library of the Navy de partment at Washington, be that opin ion unfavorable or favorable to the great sea captain. In a score of old prints gathered during past decades from various sources John Paul Jones la depleted m a bloodthirsty pirate, which was the view taken of him by the British, whose coasts he scoured In the gallant Ranger; as a bluff sea captain, which la the opinion most schoolboys have gained from reading the account of his plucky victory over the Serapls, and as the cultured gen tleman and accomplished naval officer, which is the opinion held of him by practically the entire American naval service to-day. Mr. Charles W. Stewnrt, superin tendent of the Naval War Records Of fice and Library, has arranged these old prints In a highly Interesting col lection. Many of them purport to be engravings from pictures made during the lifetime of Jones. All that Is known of the mp.n confirms the opin ion that, not unlike some fighting DMD of his day and since, John Paul Jones was sonjething of a dandy. Certainly he wasa favorite In Paris in that cir cle of imperial society which gave fre quent employment to artists and sculp tors. That the skull of the body re covered from an abandoned grave yard In Paris, by Gen. Horace Porter, American ambassador to France, cor responded to the precise measure ments of Houdin's bust of John Paul Jones was. accepted as the final proof of Identification. Houdin was an ex ceptionally painstaking sculptor and a copy of his bust of Jones which stands In the office of the Secretary of the Navy at Washington Is consid ered most probably a true likeness. One of the best pictures In the col lection Is an engraving by Carl Outten burg from a drawing by C. J. Notte, a French artist. This rather reflects the favorable opinion which the French had of Commodore Jones, for It depicts a fairly young but deter mined looking officer, standing behind the shot-riddied rail of the Bon Homme Richard, with a sword swing ing easily In his right hand, while his left rests upon the butt of one of half a dozen pistols In his belt. The legend of this picture says: "John Paul Jones, Commodore In the Service of the United States of America, as he appeared In the en gagement of the twenty-third of Sep tember, 1779, against Commodore Pearson. 'Wis vessel mounted forty guns. The English ship Serapls, forty-five guns, had, moreover, the ad vantage in caliber and range. Com modore P. Jones entangled his ship with the bowsprit of the enemy and continued the engagement side by side for two hours and three-quartei s. The action lasted three hours and and one quarter. The Bon Homme Richard sank the next day." "Tom" Ochiltree, of mellow mem ory, during one of his sojourns in Paris, In 1883, picked up an old print of John Paul Jones, which Is now much prized In the collection of the Navy department. It potrays a bluff sea captain type, far removed from either conception that he was a des perate buccaneer or a naval dandy. The figure Is that of a man probably forty-five years old. which Is some what further advanced in age than Jones was at the time he commanded i the Bon Homme Richard, attired lu seafaring dress, Including, wide, loose, flowing trousers. He rests the point of a cutlass upon the rail of the ship, and ttie legend under this picture tells i that it Is "Capt. Paul Jones, from .in original drawing taken from the life, on board the Serapls. published London, Oct. 22. 1779." The date Is less than a month after he captured the Serapls, and If It was really drawn on that ship may be considered possi bly an accurate portrayal of the grent American naval commander In the hour of his greatest victory. The picture in which John Paul Jones is shown boarding the Serapls from his own victorious but riddled and sinking Bon Homme Richard is a thoroughly heroic conception, but the features and figure of the victor bear little resemblance to other portraits and drawings. This picture, which is by A. 1 Stephens, Is somewhat more recent than most of the Items In the collection. Chappel's original painting of Jones has often been called the George Washington picture because of the re semblance of I' to a well l:nown por trait of the Father of his Country, whom Jones, Incidentally, knew well, they both having lived in Virginia. (WW In this picture Jones is standing i a dignified pose, his left hand Bllgh: ly outstretched from the body an' clasping a telescope. And row turning over the picture in this collection is found a moe startling creation In boldest black am white. "Paul Jones, the Pirate," I the legend, but It is unnecessary, foi the dashing, bearded figure wears a uniform emblazoned with skull and crossbones. A gory cutlass in one hand, a smoking pistol in the other, he is the incarnation of all that is demoniac In fancies of piracy, while the idea Is helped out by portrayal in the background of his men ruthlessly cutting down the brave tars of Old England. This picture is an engraving published by A. Park, of London, and is apparently very old, as Is another old English print, apparently only a trial proof copy. It shows Jones with demure side whiskers and immense hat of the style later affected by Na poleon, with tassels pendent from each side. The crowning glory of this uni form is a pair of striped trousers, which give a sort of Uncle Sam at mosphere. A head and shoulders engraving also from an unknown source, shows Jones as a mild and sedate appearing man, with white hair (or Is It a white wig?), who, one would think, might pass for a substitute merchant In the colonies. Very old and deemed very good by students of John Paul Jones lore is an engraving from a drawing by W rin, a French artist. This shows in Jones' countenance something of the shrewdness and humor he Inherited from his Scotch ancestry. It Is a quizzical but the same time a pleas ing countenance. With curly hair and chubby face ChHpmau endowed his portrait of Jones, which was eugraved by act of Congress. Of the thousands in the British Isles who thought harshly of Jones, Lord and Lady Selkirk, whose country seat still stands at Dumfries, Scotland, were about the only persons of qual ity and discernment whq came in touch with the American naval com mander. It was on April 23, 1778. that the American privateer Ranger put into St. Mary'a isle and sent an armed party to surround the house of the Selklrks, demand their plate and capture l. on! Selkirk If possible. He was not at home, so the party took the plate. When Jones arrived later at Brest he wrote to Lady Selkirk that he de- 5 CHAPHAN sired to return the plate. He pro posed not only to restore his share of the prize, hut to purchase the share owned by his crew for the purpose of giving It back to the Selklrks. Lord and Lady Selkirk were much surprised to get this letter, which regretted the fortune which caused him to make an expedition against their home. Lord Selkirk wrote a reply, but not know ing how to get it to Jones, sought the counsel of Lord de Spencer, postmast er genera) of England. Lord de Spencer was evidently not much Impressed by the favorable tendency of the Selklrks toward Jones, for he .eturned the letter to Lord Selkirk with the remark: "I cannot help doubting. In the sit uation I am in, the propriety of my forwarding a letter to such a rascal and rebel as this Jones. A letter di rected to him, of course, must be opened at the postofflce." The foregoing extracts from letters, copies of which were recently obtained for the navy department by the Amer ican embassy at London, Shows the view taken of Jones by nearly all the people of England, but it also shows that the persons with whom he came in contact were disposed to recognize the virtues which he possessed and 16 acknowledge the finer sensibilities of his character. It would undoubt edly have been a great pleasure to Jones, who knew the bitterness of feel ing against him in England, to have received the letter which Lord Sel kirk wrote, but which Lord de Spen cer prevented from reaching Its des tination. New York Herald. Electrocution. The present failure of electrocution Is causing considerable comment. Dif ferent convicts require a different number of volts to produce the same results. One convict received 1,750 volts ard rreovered. and then he re ceived 1,900 volts without fatal ef- feet. Recently a condemned man re ceived a shock of 1.700 volts, which was continued for thirty seconds, without, causing death. This numbel muL jokes -jxyy wcrow . had to be repeated four times before he was declared dead. The explana tion made was that the criminal was very thin and his body was a poor conductor, and also that his hair was thick and oily. It has been suggested by physicians who have witnessed i lies., executions that very many criminals who have been electrocuted might be restored If proper efforts were made Immediately. The sura death In any case Ik believed to be duo to the post-mortem examination, which Is at once made, and not to the shock. Rough on Americans. Andrew Carnegie tells this as one of his experiences at Sklbo. Soon after he had bought Sklbo "there was a clr cub exhibiting in the neighborhood of the castle, and one of the main at tractions was an orang-outang. One night the orang-outang got out, fell over the cliff, and was killed. In the morning two of the keepers looking over the grounds ran across the body of the dead orang-outang. One of them scratched his head and said: "He ain't no 'Dander, that's sure." The other said: "He ain't no Ixiwland er, they ain't got so much hair on 'em." After awhile one of them pro posed to the other as follows: "I'll go up to the kirk and see the parson, and you go up. to Mr. Carnegie and see If any of his American gentry Is missing." New York Times. Older the Better. "Yes." said the old man to his young visitor. "I am proud of my Is. and would like to see them com fortably married; and as I have made a little money they will not go pen niless to their husbands. There Is Mary, 25 years old, and a really good girl. I shall give her $1,000 when she marries. Then comeB Bet, who won't see 35 again, and I shall give her $8,000. And the man who takes Eliza, who Is 40, will have $50,000 with her." The young man reflected a moment and then Inquired: "You haven't one about 50, have yout" Judge. !1 Hawaii abounds in folklore and weird legends. The land is believed to swarm with gnomes and lalriea and the water with nymphs and mon sters. The simple minded native, whose grandfather would have backed away from a pair of trousers like a mustang shying at a new harness, tells us that the god of the air car ries around the wind In a calabash. He solemnly relates that an Immense bird once laid an egg In the ocean, which in time was hatched by tue tropic winds, and thus the Hawaiian Islands were created. One of the prettiest legends Is that of the cocoanut tree. The story goes that a beautiful princess was very much beloved by one of the chiefs who was a noted athlete. He tried to please her In every way, swim ming the lakes and bringing her rare flowers and choice fruits from the other side of the Island, but she would not listen to his suit. He found life not worth living without her, and ex pired from the pain of bis unrequited affection. Before he died he said to Youthful tho princess. "The time will surely come when you will kiss mo of your own free will." Years afterward, while the princess was walking one day by the beach, her attention was attracted to a beau tiful towering tree of a new and strango variety. Us tufted head nodded proudly In the wind and her eager gaze was centered upon l& delicious fruit. An attendant pro cured one of tho great green nuts for her, and as she was In the act of inlslng it to her lips to drink the mill;, she heard a voice say, "Do you embrace me with your own free will?" The spirit of tho prince had taken the form of the cocoanut tree. The Valley of Rain. Another legend concerns the fair valley of Manoa. tUn place of dally rain. It was here In the long ago that a lovely princess was murdered by. her lover because he thought she had betrayed bim to a god. The maiden was really innocent of the charfe and rather than take revenge for her murder the gads decreed that a gentle rain should fall dally in the pUce where Bhe had died, the sparkl ing drops of moisture representing tbe tears of the angels and the graces of the departed maiden. This valley Is one of the most fertile in the region of Honolulu, all owing to the fact that the memory of the gentle princess is kept green by the constant fall of rain. - Still another story deals with the cause of the reverence which Is shown the hog. This animal was not alwnys a lowly beast content to root In the mud and forage for the sake of Its appretlte. It once had the power to roam the possessions of kings and live upon the milk of the land. One bold ruler came to grief by sending his followers forth to gtve battle to the hog and destroy Native Grass House. it When approached the animal seemed docile enough and was led away an unresisting captive. When the god for the hog was really that In those days Judged he had gone a proper distance he suddenly turned and tore bis captors to pieces. After this he was treated like a hero and for cent nrie.s was regarded as 1 one of the country's greatest warriors. This yarn about the hog's prowesu as a fighter, if It takes a notion, has been handed down to posterity as u warning to all persons to approach this much-prized animal with caution. Why the Volcano Cooled. Another pretty legend is that con cerning the Are goddess, who lived In a volcano. She was the most beauti ful woman on the earth, and yet sho kept alive the blazing hell that smouldered In the belly of the moun tain, threatening the lives of all the inhabitants roundabout. One day she took a Journey to a far-off mountain to rest herself. Soon after her ar-i rival she was disturbed by the tum tum of a drum. She looked about and found that It was being beaten to keep time for a prince who wast dancing the hula. She straightway took part In the gayety by singing the refrain to words of her own composi tion. The prince was naturally surprised and enchanted by the appearance of the beautiful singer. When the song was ended he Invited the fair singer to the royal Inclosure, offering her refreshments and food. After a short courtBhlp they were married. After living happily fo gether for some tlmo the fire goddess Informed the prince that she must return to her old home and attend tJ her duties, as the fires of the vol Hawaiiana. cano had died down until there wa nothing but little sparks left. She had never revealed to her husband that she was the fire goddess, though he Instinctively felt that she was some.' thing more than an ordinary mortal. He was loth to have her depart and finally prevailed upon her to remain as his consort. That Is why tho heart of the volcano became cold and Is no longer a menace to the safety o! the people. There Is a venerable wizard that is said to be over 90 year of age, living in the hills near Honolulu, and who is noted for the wonderful power of his eye. He is filthy, ragged and un kempt, but the strange light In his eye holds the natives In awe and at tracts many curious white people who want to see what he Is like. A Few White tepers. And now, leaving the legen'ds and superstitions of the fair Island behind, we come to what may be called Hawaii's skeleton in the closet. It is the leper settlement in the moun tains of Molokai. It Is located on a peninsula of some 6,000 acres In ex tent. It Is surrounded on three sides by a steep precipice about LJjOO feet. In height. The settlement can only1 be approached by a small pathway,' and two policemen are always on guard here to prevent any one one from entering. About 140 lepers were sent here in 1865, and the number has in creased from time to time until there are about 1,000 persons in the com munity. Nine-tenths of the afflicted Inmates of the place are either Chin ese or natives, white people being rarely susceptible to the disease. Lit tle is known of this dread malady. It Is a cureless but painless afflic tion and the theory is that it can only be taken from contact. The first symptoms are generally Jlttle spots behind the ears. One of its strangest features Is that children born of leprous parents are seldom afflicted. All children born at Molokai are carefully watched until they are 7 years of age, and if at that time they are found to be nonlepers they are taken to Honolulu, and placed In an institution provided for them. These children are care fully sheltered and nurtured and al most Invariably grow up to be useful citizens. Not a Messenger Boy. A beggar accosted a man on the street the other day and poured out a tale of woe, to which the gentleman patiently listened. Then he took out a card bearing his name, which was that of a well known philanthropist who contributes largely to an organ ization working for the relief of the poor. This he handed to tbe man, after wilting an introductory note thereon. The beggar turned away with disgust written on his face and the parting remark: " 'Say, d'ye t'ink I got time to beat I it up to dat joint ? I'm too busy work in' dls pike to waste me time dat way. Wot d'ye t'ink I am a messenger boy?'" New York Times. Something Stronger. "I see your college boys are cele brating a great victory on the water," said the girl In the pink sweater. "I don't think you've got that just right," replied the young man with the cigarette. "Our boys won a vio tory on the water, but they ire uot celebrating it on water."