Newspaper Page Text
(!. A. Insu, l'ublksher BAST JORDAN, , MICHIGAN Denmark Is ready for war. The whereabouts of her fleet Is not men tioned. It will require several years for Colombia to make a thorough job of kicking itself. You don't hear much from Qalvee ton these days. This means that Gal veston is too busy to talk. Some war correspondents are won ders when it comes to predicting a battle after it has happened. Japan has attracted the favorable notice of Kentucky by paying an American whisky claim of $115,000. Don Jaime, the Spanish pretender, has joined the Russians; that was bet ter luck than the Japanese had hoped for. A London journal has prepared what appears to be a trustworthy list of the ten least bad novels published in 1903. A Princeton professor has discov i ed a new ce-Mcal combination which he calls trisulphoxyarsenic. It looks dangerous. It makes a woman furious to have her husband treasure an old pipe as it It were the first pair of shoes the baby ever wore. Prof. 1 oeb has created a pew spe cies of sea animal, but unfortunately It will hot take the place of the dis appearing lobster. A Tolodo contemporary speaks of a woman as the heroine of three di vorces. They have a queer idea of heroism in Toledo A lady once asked a librarian for a copy of "The Whole Duty of Man." She laid she had a husband who cer tainly ought to read it. The senators of the United States are evidently pleased with their new chaplain. They have raised his salary from $900 to $1,000 a year. It is hard to tell which is in greater demand, the Georgia girl or the Geor gia peach. It is a question of peaches, though, either way you take it. Some German scientist claims to have discovered a way to make ordi nary water burn like kerosene. Only a very smart man can set a river on lire. Mr. Schwab is reported to have broken the bank at Monte Carlo. Mr. Beh web sometimes gives the intend ed victim a fair chance to get the money. The Connecticut farmer who is boasting of having bones of steel need not get to gay about It. All the girls have had them ever since whalebone became scarce. Secretary Taft says there is a fine chance for young men to make for tunes in tho Philippines. Go to the far Beat, young man, and grow Up with tho islands. Tho city of Boston will spend 024.748 for her public schools this year. That is one of the reasons why Boston maintains her reputation as the home of culture. A woman on her way to church in i.ew York was struck by an auto mobile and instantly killed. This will furnish some other people with a good excuse for staying at home. Radium has been reduced in price from $5,000,000 a pound to $2,500,000 a pound. Possibly, it may bo procur ed at even a more reasonable price than that if taken in ton lots. A Philadelphia waiter who inherited a million dollars a few years ago is working right along as if nothing had happened. What is a mere million to a waiter who has a good "tip" route? A Chicago professor has the petri fied form of a fish sixteen feet long. It will be reeognieed at once by many truthful anglers as the one that got away when they were about to haul It into the boat. King Edward had a fall the other day and scraped his shin, but consid ering that it enabled him to get his name in the papers in spite of the press of war news perhaps he does not regret the accident. The girls at a Massachusetts college slid down hill on dustpans recently, and the faculty Is wondering what to do about it. Ore would think the sen Bible remedy would be to invest in a lot of sleds ami toboggans. The live frogs that were found alive by a Connect icui taxidermist in the crop of a loon that he had shot, and that hopped off gaily when they were released, must have f"!t. more or less the way Jonah did when he quit the whale. Arizona and New Mexico, which oasreus is willing to admit to state- Ihood only as one state, are still pro- kestinK that they hato and despise acl) other. They mav as well larrled, however, and then fight it nit like other couples. mm m m IN RUSSIA'S CAPITAL SCENES ON THE STREETS OF ST. PETERSBURG. Ccstumcc of All Descriptions to Be Seen on Every hand Church Per vades All Life in the Great City Priceless Treasures on Public View. (Special Correspondence.) Your lirst surprise when you meet Rwntel ' Window toward Europe," as Peter the Great called his new city of St. Petersburg, is to see the glitter in it. The turnip-shaped towers ris ing above the other buildings of the flat, W la town on the Neva shine will gid, burnished as no gilding of ours ever is, and you suddenly realize that you are facing something which is different not only from anything in America, but from anything In tho Palace of lands of our kindred across the At lantic. The people in St. Petersburg seem to move quickly, like the carriages, and no sort of costume occasions an instant's wonder in any one; priest3 v. lib long hair and robes, monks with black Telia hanging at the back of their tall head coverings, Cossacks with astrakin bands about their close eapa, Turks in their fez, women in I tilllant yellow dresses, witth purple handkerchiefs on their heads, work ingmen in red blouses, generally with Waistcoats worn over them which come but a short way down the length; Englishmen in silk hats-, sol diers in white blouses, officers in long pale gray coats no one of them sur prises any of the rest. Feast days occur very often In the Russian calendar, so there are tre QUent opportunities for rest among the people, though men may work on such days If they choose, receiving double wages. On one such occasion I paw brick:, being carried up to a building in process of construction a little way above and back from the street. A narrow footpath had been made, doubling on itself and winding upward to the place Where the bricks were to be deposited until needed. Small wheelbarrows, very fiat at the top, an 1 in which but few bricks could be carried, were the vehicles of this transportation, and it looked to an American singularly antiquated to see V s Ineffectual little objects endlessly filing past him. The wsg.-s of men doing work of this kind Is very small. less than M cents a day in our money, my guide tpld me, but their usual food is black bread and cabbage, with a liquor made from sour bread, except on Sundays and holidays, when their fare is somewhat better. Their digestion, 1.H ' i i i i iri i .. , ' ' Typical Russian Church. however, appears to be excellent, for as they walk along the street I have Often seen men and women eating as a fruit, and with evident relish, cu cumbers, skin and all. When I asked if it did not make them ill to do so I was told, with a pitying smile, "Cer tainly not. Why should It?" One day I saw several infants bap tized in the rhurch. none of them over five days old. Warm water was poured '?it the font and the priest took tno child from the woman who had brojght it and who slipped tho blan ket from it as she gave it to him. He gently immersed it three times, spar ing its small dark face and head, over whlcii he passed water threo times by taking up a little in his hand. The god-mother and gdd-i'atker In every case stood by, each holding ::' dle, one a girl of perhaps 8 years !:. ing iho very prettiest child I had i n to a long time. She can never even if she should wish it, marry the shy boy whose candle flared beside ! ; iii.it. day. The Greek church does not allow two who have stood together in that relation toward any child ever to be husband and wife. The church pervades all life In St. Petersburg. It is not only to be found in tho vast Cathedral of St. l-aae. where I stood at dusk anions tho throng on a Saturday evening, when iho Russian Sunday begins, and heard tho voices of the choir 1 could not BOB roll, unaccompanied by any instrument, mound the spaces over- Russian Noble. head, while now and then figure? standing beside me dropped upon their knees and bent their foreheads to the floor, not all together at any time, but evidently when each felt moved to do so. The universality of the church is made more prominent still in the streets, where even in the busiest business centers a little niche in n wall with its picture of the Medonus and child reminds the hurrying crew not to forget wiiat St. Isaac's had en forced. Every man and boy lifts his hat as he passes the place, tho officer in his uniform, tho horse-car driver the bicycle rider, the newsboy, not one omits the act, and all the Women cross themselves. In every Russian house, no matter now poor, a picture of Mother and Child is hung la the "sacred corner' of each room, that spot upon Which the eye of him who enters shall first rest. In the churches the congrega tions stand, except a few feeble folk who literally go to tho wall whence the expression where thero are usu ally some feats. Rich and poor stanc side by side, and follow one anothei In kissing the sacred pictures on th walls after service is over. From the Czar to his meanest sub ject the church is one of tho chief ele ments in their daily lives. The 3plen dor of colors in the Greek church, Its wealth. of jewels and of vestments in silver and gold is beyond all words. In tho Alexander Palace and gal lories, In the Hermitage, where the treasures are beyond price, into the Winter Palace of the Emperor, even Into the bedroom and library from which Alexander II., who freed the serfs, went out to his death by thai second bomb thrown at him as h knelt with the head of the dying Cos sack on his arm, who had been struck by the first and whom the Czar had refused to leave to save hliesH, through the halls where articles of historic interest, impossible to re place, Ho within the reach of every one. often quite outside of cases, everywhere the Czar's poorest sub jects walk as often as they will, with no money to pay; and in St. Isaac's Cathedral the guide pointed to the place in the pavement Where tho Em peror and Kmpress stand at tho ser vices anions the po nple. TREES WERE WELL NAM EP. Called "Royal" Palms Qecuso o? Thejr Uselepsneso. Prof. Martin G. Brumbaugh, c:: com missioner of education In Povto itico, is a democrat of the democrats, and ih icfore delights in this story: "About a week after I arrived In Porto Rico," said he, "I took a trip along the beaut ilul military road from San Juan into the Interior of the island. The tropical vegetation was luxuriant and my attention W8S drawn most particularly to some tall trees with slender stems and flowering stalks thp.t grew along the road in tho greatest profusion. " 'What kind of trees are those?' I asked an array man who accompanied me. " Thos3 are royal palms.' " 'And why do yen cull them royal palms?' ' 'Well, yon see, all tho rest of tho trce3 dowq here are good for some thing, but as these just stand around and look pretty, and are otherwise absolutely useless, the title "royal'' seems to fit 'em exactly.'"' Now York Times. The Original Skeptic. "Jonah' said his wife, "you've been away three days and three nights. Give an account of yourself Where have you been?" "I've been on a whaling trip," said Jonah.. "Den't tell me any fish stories. I want the truth the bitter trutn," his wife said sternly. "That's right, my dear. I was swal lowed by a whale, and just have been released after serving a threo daya' sentence." 'i don't believe any such nonsense. Why should a whale swallow u? vm.ii dOnl look good enough to eat." ' i e.m't hi'lp that; it's a fact. I.' yen bad only ben on hand with your X rays you could have see i me in that fishy prison." "Jonah, you weren't swallowed by a whale. You've been out swallowing things yourself, and you kno.v it. That will do. No more lies, please." And then Jonah stopped talking, be cause he knew that lire. J. wouldn't believe his tale, e ven if she afterward read it in the Bible. r He Knew They'd Fit. "A friend of mine down south," sai l Congressman John Sharp Williams, "indulged in the luxury of a negro valet, or body servant, as we ca1! them. This friend, in a riot of extra . agance, one day bought a pair of loud clucked trousers, His valet envied them and wanted them. They did not i to be coming his way fast enough and he threw some grease on them, "'Charley, said my friend, "akc tl te trousers and clean them. There's a grease spot on them.' "Charley took the trousers, didn't do a thing to them, and brought I iem 1 I Is in half a day. 'Deed, DOSS,' ha Bald, 'I can't get that gre.ise out.' "'Phi you scrub them well?' 0 " 'Yes, sah.' " 'Did you try a hot iron and a piece of brown paper?' " 'Yep, sah.' " 'Did you try ammoria?' " 'No, f-nh. I ain't done tried 'em on me yet, but I knows they'll fit mo.' " Immense Califcrn a Grapevine. The largest grapevine in the world Is growing in the Carpinler'. Valley, twelve miles cast of Santa Barbara, Cel., and Is called I. a i.-a Grande. If was started from ft cutting -: t -nr.e years ago by a Spanish WO nan. Dona Avala. It is eight feet four Inches In circumference at its base, and one of the horizontal blanches mea -fires more than three feet in siren inference. Tho trellis covers about a third of an acre and sixty heavy posts support it. The vine produces as many as 5 060 bunches annually at a conserva tive estimate, ami in good years many Clusters measure twelve to fifteen inches in length and weigh six to eight pounds. Its owner estimates that in 1898 the vine yielded ten tons of grapes. Navies of the World. Of vessels, battleships, cruisers and scouts of over 1,000 tons, now in com mission in the world's navies, Gn at Britain has 201, aggregating 1,616,000 tons displacement ; France, 96, aggre gating 570,000 tons displacement; tier many. 73, aggregating 388,000 tons; Russia 43, aggregating 315,000 tons; United States 35, aggregating 205,000 tons; Italy, 38, aggregating 295,000 tons; Japan It, aggregating 106,000 t iis. But, if the naval vessels now in course of building In the world's fdiip vards were com plot ed, the tonnage of the United Btates would he more than doubld, and she would occupy third place instead of flflh. with Frnneo sctiil s econd, and with England's pow er only throe times b.s great as otsrB, Caught. A littlo while I salrl I'd stny, MThen on thnt frosty Whiter day siv o ski i mc in. all fancy tree, i r-; : ii 'i let ii-r rap ut me, Rut Who avoids love's potent sway? We sal before the embers' ray Ami taiki't, while houri paMed away AiiU. prisslr.j;. only s :.. i to L A little while. TWO tl Ufl She lured mc cm to say Ylie fhleful words. Ken t ll m? 'n v. ! A in. id' :. . Iv i"". v all a i , i And so 'tis only right thai file Should practice In h r v. unvrfu wnv A ftttla wft. Prancis H. lo The Czar as a Composer. It has long hern ! l o.vn that the czar possessed a very pretty musical gift, and his majesty h as recently es sayed his power as a composer of music to his own verses. In these renes the predominant noto Is one of religion. They extol the glories of the Orthodox church and its ssinta. and exalt the virtue of Christian self sae rolce ar.d renunciation of wor'.dly goods and prosperhy. CHARM OF FLORENCE NATURE AND ART COMBINE IN SPLENDID BEAUTY. Italian City Teems With Masterpieces of Architects, tU latere and Paint ers Genius of Michael Angelo Merc Than Any Other Man Is In Evi dence. (Special Correspondence.) The charms of Florence In tho eyes of the stranger, and of those of tho sojourner in Italy, are u ilhout end. A recent writer trying to describe what rendered Florence supreme in the iii of beau'y as compared witn other i ptacae, pays: "it is that in tt'you can i entwine your thoughts with art in gal- Old Well and Monks. leries rather than with nature in the ill-Ills." And what renders it so worthy of praise is that nature and art, Bod's works and man's, the past and the present, are here together, all within sight nay, Within touch. Such are the motives that lead oflM who. knowing Florence well, admires ll above other cities. In the very midst Of the busiest street in the city, Whlcl Is, I suppose, the Via Calzaioli "th stock leg makers' street" where the crowds press both ways!, from tb Duomo to the Slffnoria, and from tho Signaris to the Duomo, you have bm to inok beyond the end of the streei toward the Duomo to see the high an:1 distant Fiesolo. white and shining '. Ins! ths flues and trees that clothe the hllj to tho very summit. Nature in all its charm and rich sug g": t?ons of exquisite landscape, and rare views ever fertile plains, and ri b banrests and vintages, now that golden wine month witnesses the bringing in of the grapes, lies before the eye of the spec tator. At his side, rubbed up against by the people com ing and going, Is one of the grandest combinations of the architectural and culptura arts to be met. with in this Sd ot art, tho quaint formed church 01 San Michele. if';.- also, at tho corner of this street and the Cathedral square, one Of the prettiest and tiniest bits of srly Florentine architecture the i Oggia del Blgallo gladdens the eyes. Amir a Orcagna. the architect and painter, was the builder of it, and re it stands, over agomst the Bap tistery and opposite Giotto's Tower and tiie marble wonder Of the Duomo. ."nrt still it is not out of place rather Its exquisite charm Is rendered more e mspiCUOUS by their vic inity. Turning to the other side of tho city the eye rests with pleasure on the 111 nf San Mininto, with its cypresses around it, suggestive of the graves Hhin its walls. Looking south from Lung Arno, the eye is gratified by the noble marble facade of the Church of San Miniato, with its windows of laming alabaster. The fortress like building beside it takes the mind back to a troublous time in the story of Florence, when this height was considered a point of vantage, and where hflchael Angelo designed and labored at the fortifications raised upon it. and which were deemed nec essary for tho protection of the city on this side. You come across the memory of this man "of four souls," as he has been described, irom the fact that he wss painter, poet, architect and sculp tor in several parts of the city, but Cathedral Tower. BjOWfcers arc you brought in-o such close iolatlonship or such near and touching association, as in his house in the via Ohibellina. Above the arched entrance the sign of the master Is seen a bronze bust of him Inserted in a circular niche. A tiny courtyard within contains frag ments of bcuIj Jure arranged around its walls, anc. u front of you, as you eater, a larg .ugle with outspread wings, carved in "pietra aerena." that grayish-brown stone so common In Florence, is seen on the wall, and above it tho glorious and proud lines from Dante. "Who above the others, like an eagle noars!" It is in one cf the Fra Vincenzo Mar chose's works that the statement is made that tho Dominlcian church of Battta Maria Novella was also used I ; place In which Dante's "Divlna Commedia" was expounded in the aces called dark. Dante, like Michael Angelo, is ail over the place. This Church of tho Dadia shares with the Baptistery and San Miniato the dis tinction of being the only Florentine churches mentioned by Dante. On tho ground, near the "Gates of Para dise of the Baptistery, a marble slab lias recently been inserted bearing Dante's simple descriptive phrase con cerning this church: "II mio be San Giovanri." On the facade of tha Badla the marble slab bearing the verses In which he refers to it is in serted. When yon turn away frrdfctiio me morials of Dante that mctV-you so freciuonUy, your wandering Vyes can earOely help resting on some lovel; work of painting or sculpture, or that glazed terra cotta associated with the Basses of the Delia Robbjas. Above one of the entrances to the ho i ital or reiuge of tho foundling children innocents, they kindly term them here is a particularly beauti ful Annunciation, the work of 'Andrea dells Robbla. And many such works are to be mot with in Florence. Every visitor to this city has Seen the medallions that form BO conspicuous a feature in the "Innocent!," each with its little white twaddled baby on a blue background Looklnf out bo wistfully at you as if inviting your compassion and charity. Everywhere you wander in am! i bout thi3 city of great names and le art, something grand appeals to I, In the cemetery of non-Catho-'.;c. an inclos?'! space high above the (Urroundlng roads, names that, have ' fl profound memory In the minds of English speaking people, speak to you roa the monuments of the dead. Per ftps the mov.t renowned of all is that ressed by the initials E. B. B. on great renaissance sarcophagus sup ported on six squat Corinthian pillars. WljgBBtW'" mm Mi P , ' ' e'' Campanile. The letters mentioned, and tho date 1861, tell the pre snt generation that. re lie the remains of the greatest poetess of the nineteenth century Elisabeth Barrett Browning. And the memory of another nota'.e. intellectual woman employing tie English language as her vehicle ol expression comes to you as you look from the arches on tho old bridge ol Florence down to the river below and to the barks on the left side This is George Eliot, whose tale ol "Romola," with its scenes laid in Flor ence and its immediate vicinity, ha almost assumed in the mind of read ers the dignity of history: iftud the places mentioned in it are visited by those who have read it before or aftei coming here, as if they had been made memorable by the deeds of real living beings. Here at the left of the bridge, with its quairt house a survival, with that of the Rialto at Venice, of this old habit of inhabited bridges is tin spot where the body of the half-dead Tito Melema was cast up, and where his abandoned father found him. A Railroad Beauty. A railroad company that spend? large sums in illustrated advertising has In Its employ, on the regular sal ary list, one of the daintiest, sweetest, loveliest divinities ever seen. Her duty is to look pretty in front of n camera, habited in fine feathers and possessed of tho graud air. All the traveling and mo3t of tho stay-nt-hone World kttOW her from her pic tures. A little while ago she ;at in a DOS In n New Haven theater ami was quickly recogni.od by the audi ence, who temporarily stopped th' play to Site her long, loud and con tinued applause. The other oay sh" wrote to the company: "I need n new white dress for next summer; Indeed, a complete outfit. If I am to look pre sentable." "What does this 'complete outfit' cost?" the general passenger agent asked his publicity man. 'Oh. about 8860," replied Sir Publicity! "Holy Jupiter. ?.,r0! My wife can't af ford to wear staph clothes but- but i suppose Miss must have 'em. Tell her to go ahead and send in the bill." New York Press. m m mi rat iap, '