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. . . < > ! I . ; . t- 11 T OMAHA UNDAl ESTABLISHED JUNE 10 , 1871. OMAHA , SUNDAY M011NING , APRIL 1 , ] 89L TVVENTY PAOES. Y JttV Chiids' Suits. Mens' Suits. THE COLUMBIA " . 75 MEN'S SUITS , ELEGANTLY MADE "Wilson Bros. ' 50 AND TRIMMED. A PERFECT OEM FOR $5- t 100 CHILD'S 2-PIECE SUITS , IN ODD . . . , . . THS PRICE. WORTH $10.00 AND $12.00 Colored : SIZES , WORTH UP TO Jl.BO. AUI3 COM- COMPELLED TO QUIT AT PKLLED TO QUIT AT . Percale. autl ' Boys' Suits. Worth Madras ODD PUNTS 60e ' A HANDSOME LINE OF HOYS' SUITS. , , $ l. JO. HANDKERCHIEFS. Shirts Mens' Suits. THREE PIECES' . AGES II TO 18. IN CI.AY .00 , WORSTED , CAESI.MERES AND CHEVIOTS , $5 HDD PITS 75e Worth . WORTH JG.OO , $3.00 AND J10.00 , COM , , $2. 1BO MEN'S SUITS IN GRAY AND OX 00 PELLED TO QUIT AT Collars and cuffs at FORD AND PIN CHECKS , WE ALWAYS Worth tached zlnd detach GOT $6.60 , BUT WE ARE COMPELLLED ODB PANTS , $1 , $3. 1.000 DOZEN HANDKERCHIEFS. DISPLAYED 3 ed , necktie includ TO QUIT. Boys' Suits. PLAYED IN THE WINDOWS , LARO13 ed , elegant pat terns , former price HOYS' FINE WORSTED SUITS , AOHS BIKE , HEMSTITCHED AND PLAIN , ' $1,50 ' 12 TO IS YBARS. THAT ARE $5' Mens' Suits. Suits. FORMERLY BOLD AT 15C AND 20C FOR . WORTH EVERY CENT OF $12.00. ARE Boys' . * AT BACH NOW NOW COMPELLED TO QUIT 75c 8nO MEN'S SUITS IN ALL THE DESIRA 26 BOY'S SUITS THAT RANOB IN BLE SHADES , WELL MADE AND ,00 , Men's Suits. . TO $3.00 , AOK9 4 TO 75c PRICE FROM J2.CO . . . 14 YBARS , NOW 00 AT THE COMPELLED COMPELLED TRIMMED. OUR TO QUIT REGULAR AT $8.50 SUITS. TO QUIT PRICE Of r.O MEN'S BLACK CHEVIOT SACK SUITS THAT WOULD IJE VERY CHEAP $600 AT $10.00 , HUT 00 NOW. BECAUSE WE'RE COMPELLED TO QUIT , AT Boys' Knee Pants , Mens' Suits. Men's Suits. ABOUT 130 MEN'S SUITS THAT WE WOULD ORDINARILY SELL FOR $9.00. .50 lOc. . AND EVEN $10.00 GO NOW , UECAUSE WE SO MEN'S SQUARE CUT BLACK . ARE COMPELLED TO QUIT. AT CHEVIOT SUITS , CORDED. NONE WORTH SO LESS THAN $10.DO , GO IN WITH THE $6- AGES fc 10 -ELEGANT PATTERNS. r - PRICE REST AT THE COMPELLED TO QUIT ' Spring Overcoats. Men's Suits. Boys' Suits- Wilson Bros. and ANOTHER LOT OF MEN'S SPRING AA 100 MEN'S BLACK CORK SCREW SACK so 'AN ELEGANT BOY'S SUIT. COAT. OVERCOATS , IN DARK UROV.'N. NICELY VL / | , 'SUITS ' THAT WE USED TO RETAIL TOR $7- J > ANTS AND VEST , SIZES UP TO 18 .50 FINISHED. SILK LINED. WORTH $10.00U \ J. $12.50 , CO NOW I1ECAUSE WE ARE COM YEARS , WORTH UP TO $ G. THE MAKING " COMPELLED TO QUIT , AT PELLED TO QUIT , AT ALONE COST MORE THAN OUR COM Wire Buckle PELLED TO QUIT PRICE Men's Suits. , a- ' aM ' A LINE OF MEN'S FINE CASSIMERE Boys' Suits. Suspenders SUITS THAT WE ALWAYS GOT $18.00 FOR.BUT WE CLOSE THEM OUT AT THE TO QUIT PRICE OF rilE FINEST KIND OF CHILDREN'S IM PORTED 'CHEVIOT SUITS. DOUBLE ,50 IlRBASTBi . ELEGANTLY , ' ) OR SINGLE. Men's Suits. TRIMMEK WORTH UP TO $ S , COM REGULAR 25C AND 35C QUALITY. , . PELLED JO QUIT AT . * A LARGE LINE OF MEN'S CLAY WORSTED SUITS THAT ARE WORTH L - f"V f\f\ DOUDLE THE PRICE WE ASK , GO NOW CL ; I I l.UU > EING compelled to go out of the clothing business forces us to make prices that will QUIT. BECAUSE AT WE ARE MPELLED TO J ) JJ I turn our stock into cash as soon as possible. The cut is deep and every department Men's Suits. V THE $25 SUITS THAT ARE MADE IN THE BEST OF STYLE AND OF THE FINEST ment suffers alike. We will seriously entertain propositions for all or part of the s tack , EARTH. OF FABRIC. YOU GET NO THEM BETTER NOW SUIT AT THE ON COMPELLED TO QUIT PRICE OF ? and dealers with an eye to a snap will consult their own interests best , by consulting us. * i . Money , Omaha drafts , or Postoffice Orders must accompany all mail orders. For a Short Time at 18th and Farnam ; /nrv rie - Columbia - Ol Go. v JAMOOS MARTS OF BELGIUM Tie Bicli Old Oity'Vill Hcwo the World's ' Pair of 1804. TO BE STRICTLY A COMMERCIAL AFFAI Jrlrst American Uiilldlnjr nt Foreign Uxp osl tlous-Uiiolo Sniu to llo u 1'riiiiilncnt I'cnturo of the Show Curiosities nnil .Marvels of tlio llclgliiu Cities. 1 'ANTWERP , March 12. ( Special Corre spondence of The Bee. ) On this side of the 'Atlantic ' for months past there has been Bounding the unceasing wall of hard times , rti } ' } trade and unemployed labor , along with nil sorts of rumors of trouble and expressed fears of something unusual to happen that . would disturb the peace of Europe. In the face of all this there has not been n day lost during ull the long winter by the people and workmen of Antwerp , Belgium , the queer , rich , strong old city byWtho ulcepy. lazy Scheldt , where Is to bo held the . "World's fair of ISI. ! ) opening May 6 and remaining fi > on until November 12. When oiii thinks of the frequency with which national and International fairs have taken Place for Uio past few years and the promise to continue in tlio future , It would oppcar that the business were In danger of being overdone , were ono to lose sight of the Idea of extended trade relations and national acquaintance that must result from thijso great gatherings. Here , In densely populated Europe , where transportation la cheap , tlisy are always sure of u largo at tendance from their own people and rarely Disappointed In the attendance of many .morlcabs. Then , lee , the merchants on his aide of the Atlantic keep a careful 'ivatch ' for foreign trado. Anything that jpndH to extend their commerce they give ilcli and prompt attention. 'Therefore ' this World's fair or bazaar , boon to open at Antwerp , cannot possibly W > o looked upon in any other light than oi.s of pure business , coming , as It does , BO soon after the greatest of all World's fair * . Thcro will be hero none of the architectural beauty , none of the artistic - .v > . triumphs , none of the- glorious light and 5 colors , none of the enchanting exterior grandeur that characterized the great Co lumbian fair , the prrlses of whose unsur passed beauty and marvelous proportions are Etlll ringing. In Antwerp the buildings are large and tasty , but constructed solely with on eye to the display of exhibits. The grounds , the same used for the exposition of 1SSG , though much enlarged , are near the licart of the city and easy of access. Will there be on American building and 'American exhibit ? Yes , thcro Is to bo an American building , ' the first at any foreign exposition to flout the stars and stilpes. The American build- , conspicuously located , In 240 by 150 feet , Nlng arranged as to furnish , with Its annex , 6,500 square feet of space , In addition to i which the Unltrd States has been allotted CO- 1POO square feet of space In the main building and 30,000 square feet In each of tbo ma- ichlncry and electricity buildings. Five Uiundred American exhibitors have already Secured sqace This building , however , Is not erected by the government , but by the American Propaganda corporation , a con cern Intended to bo a permanent Institution , liuvlng the support of many American manu facturers , working for the promotion of foreign'trade. This organization lid's been appointed the American agent Jt Is claimed ( hat the main buildings at Antwerp , so erected as to bo continuous , pno otter another , will cover not less than 1,030,000 square foot. They are steel , Iron and brick , finished In staff , and roofed with zlnk. The grounds comprise nearly 200 acres. It will bo seen from those figures that the fair is to be of much larger proportions In comparison with other foreign exhibitions. THE AMERICAN BUILDING. The American building has every known modern Improvement for comfort and for conducting business. The main court , to bo Illuminated by an electric fountain , Is open to the dome , and surrounded by a broad gallery divided into rooms for the different states , with one somewhat larger , perhaps 40 by SO feet , devoted to the United States government. This gallery will bo reached by two handsome stairways and two American elevators , themselves great novelties to Europeans whose sleepy affairs In the- way of elevators or lifts , as they are hero called , resemble but very little the speedy American article. The main entrance is to the south , and approached by a broad marble stairs leadIng - Ing Into an Immense , well-lighted , well- decorated vestibule. On the east bide Is another entrance , for the press and com mercial rooms , where will be. found every convenience. In this department may be. transacted the business of exhibitors and n general exchange conducted. The build ing Is almost perfect In arrangement fur the display of exhibits , as It has come Into being for stimulating trade , and there Is no room for doubt that Americans will takt u lively Interest In the undertaking. This they must do If they would profit by their experience of last summer. The many pos sibilities ol trade should stimulate Amer ican manufacturers , because everywhere the term "American" is accepted as synonymous with utility , worth , workmanship , and all that Is new and novel. The exhibition will not bo so largo as to overshadow or dwarf Individual effort , which Is inducement for Americans to come for ward with their Innumerable manufactures and machines. Europeans were greatly sur prised by America and her abilities as dis played at Chicago , though they have long known her to bo a wonderful country. I Jut as numbers go , not even a handful of Euro peans visited Chicago , while at Antwerp , n city so situated that a day's travel would In clude almost 100,000,000 [ people , the Ameri can exhibits will bo seen and talked of by hundreds of thousands of the most Intelli gent of Europe. People , too , who are anx ious to accept now Inventions , new discov eries , every feature that will place them further along In the way of progress , lighten labor and facilitate trade and commerce. After London and Liverpool It would bo difficult to name a city where are locate , ! so many foreign trade establishments as at Antwerp. She lias merchants from ovcry country and her ships sail on every sea. Her neutrality , long since declared by the great powers , readily places her In a supe rior light to any place In France or Ger many for the establishment of foreign tradIng - Ing houses , n fact , too , that places her at the commercial head of northwestern Europe , THE ANTWERP OF TODAY. Modern Antwerp has many fine buildings , some handsome boulevards , lovely residences , numerous large hotels , a great bourse , museums , galleries , some of the richest churches In Europe , street transportations and Immense shipping interests , ail more or less Interesting to the average traveler ; all of these , excepting the churches and one or two museums , partaking of modern charac teristics that cannot full to bo of Interest. Hut ono must know her rich merchants , who buy gorgeous fabrics , unsurpassed metal ware , teas , coffees and spices from the far Hast ; of others who already receive great quantities of Ivory , woods and drugs from that great African eniplre the Congo , to whlcu country they eftnd cotton fabrics and quantities of railway , building and other materials , that hera are merchants who re ceive dlmtly from South Africa quoutlUen of , diamonds for the lapidaries hero and in marvelous old Amsterdam , not far away ; from New Orleans they buy sugar and cot ton and from Florida lumber ; from Australia they get wools. All those things and others that might bo enumerated go to prove what a cosmopolitan mart this is. This under stood , one quickly realizes why country , loyalty , Interest and all Induce ono to urge America to bring forth her manufactures , products of mine and soil and thus establish herself as a business factor , would she rightly fill her place among the world's best. The people of the United States should not neglect an opportunity to compare with any country , whether In supplying or Inventing , and should instantly reveal their master hand , their ability to take part In the world's affairs beyond the confines of their own great land , would they hold the station so readily accorded them last slimmer. Since I propose In this letter tb take a glance backward to the times when Antwerp , llruges , Ghent and Louvaln were marvelously - ously rich centers of commerce , Industry , learning * and wealth , when their doings were chronicled by the rust of the world , It Is only right to add that at the exposition there Is to be produced a section of the old city exactly reproduced showing the church , some palaces , her bourse. The first people to establish an exchange , their most prosperous days witnessing as many as 5,000 men as frcqutontors , were the people of Antwerp. This feature of the exposition will no doubt bo among the best drawing features of the whole fair. Of course , there will be provided every amusement and diver sion of which the Europeans aro. masters , but It will bo very Interesting to look upon this real picture of old Antwerp. But of Antwerp as an old city , of her stores of wealth to the traveler , artist , his torian , student or soldier , and of "the curi ous llttlo Belgian land In which she is bltuatcd , I would fain speak. This done ono will see there Is reason for the am bition to visit the city , oven were there no great exposition. REMINISCENCE AND RELICS. " It Is claimed that the city of Antwerp was two centuries old when the Trojan war took place. Certain It Is that the student of history must find Interest In the city of Godfrey of Boulogne , count of Ant werp , king of Jerusalem. William of Orange and other great heroes of those stirring days , not to speak of the long and awful struggles of the Spanish for possession anil supremacy , against which tyranny the bravo pcoplo so long and so fiercely contended. What soldier has not read of the duke of Anjou's attempt upon the city , of her two memorable sieges , and of the great fortifica tions of Napoleon , many of which works now stand , among others of later structure , which constitute the city's fortifications al most as formidable' as those of Paris. U was a dream of Napoleon to make the old city the strongest port In Europe , aiid ho spout fabulous sums to that end , and for other public Improvements. Here the Catholic devotee will find far moro devo tion than In.Rome , and to the artist thfTClty Is a veritable pilgrimage , for It is hero are found the master works of Rubens , Tenlers , Vandyke , Rembrandt and others , to say nothing of the great Plantln museum1 , which Is nothing less than a stalely mansion and great printing house combined. This re markable collection of valuables. Belonging to ono Chrlstopcr Plantln and his succes sors , the family Moretns , was purchased not many years ago by the city for 1,500,000 francs , and Is really worth a long journey to see , One Is spell bound on beholding a complete printing office of the sixteenth cen tury , then renowned In Europe as the most perfect extant. There stand several presses , little , old and curious , yet \vlth a. Hind of natural , friendly look , cases , plates , cuts on wood and of copper , and Innumerable things as then used In n first class print ing establishment , all perfectly preserved , most of Hum highly polished and clean , all hanasoraely arranged , easily dividing atten tion with the priceless library of rich and . rare books in superior bindings , many 11- ' lumlnated ip glorious cplora'j paintings , en gravings , autographs of kings , queens and cardinals , alongside of 'rlgh old tomes In Greek and Hebrew. All , these and moro for the scholar , not to mention the Tare old mansion of carved wood i and sculptured stone. Its remarkable windows and In numerable stairs , its tapestried walls and countless souvenirs of untold value. After these como the great paintings , those of Rubens , who is looked tujon as almost patron saint of the old cljy , ranking first. In the galleries and churches hero are found nearly 100 of his best , works , his masterpiece , or at least th ono most adored by all , and which noble work , "Tho De scent from the Cross , " lie gave for the ground on which he built his house , ( s found , In company of feir ! others , In the cathedral , whoso magnlfliefnt Interior , In gold a. d marbles amf splendid carvings , forms a lovely setting fcr the great pic tures. This most imptijCant hulldlug In Antwerp Is the pride of Jier citizens , and Justly so , for It Is ranked among the noblest buildings In Europe. It ) s rich In every thing that makes a great church splendid , above all rising Its beautiful spire of moro than 400 feet In height , it splro once used as a light house for homc-cpuilng mariners , and at another time as a Witch tower dur ing the Spanish wars. Its chimes , too , are among the richest In the world , a claim never yet rpfutcd , because Belgium possesses the "art of the carillon understood by no other people , ns witness the perfectly wonderful dhifnes of antique Bruges , Ghent and other * 'of her famous cities. All the churches pro. very rich. In fact but few cities , after Rome and Venice , can boast of such yaluabfe embellishments and remarkable worlfs'ot. . art as am hereto to ba found , from the hands of such masters as Vandyke , Jordaen , Tenlers , Probus and others. There Is also the fine old city hall , perfectly preserved , showing many treasures In frescoes and tapestrleq , erected ns long ago as 1504 , where may boioeu several halls In all the splendor of carving1 and decoration , that made that rich as , so notable , the hall of civil marrlago being particularly rich. The National miibcurn , a. perfect treas ure house , comes In for fttttntlon as docs the queer old castle and pilsotl of the Stcen , and the palace of King Charles V , In fact , the old city possesses numberless places of Interest and Instruction , furnishing ample reason for desire to visit Hero and know for one's pelf , as well as to be of'such moment before the world ns to Incite in all Ameri cans their Interest and encouragement In those of their people seni here to uphold the honor and reputation of the United States , her various products and nnumerable Inventions and discoveries ) PLUCKY BELGIANS. The little state of Belgium1 , about an eighth as large as G > eat Britain , has a population of 5,000,000 , and Is the smallest In Europe , though owing to her peculiar position as to politic ? , the military , com merce and agriculture , her'position Is ono of much Interest , It Is only slnco 1830 , by revolution from Holland , that the state has been established , before whch | tlmo it had been under Spanish dominion , repeatedly under Austrian \vny , and finally , after being many times conquered , was In 179S date when the , great city ( if Antwerp began to retrieve bonio of her grcalut'iis and to reIncorporated - Incorporated with the Preach republic , a cover from her troubles. It was at the congress of Vienna whore the sad mistake of aliening ) the country to Holland or the Netherlands.jvas mudp. The peoples so joined d Iff tired In religion , lan guage and character , and v < tro , not at nil to bo reconciled. The Belgians * felt forced Into the distasteful union , and tplng excited by I the French revolution , 1,9011 Inaugurated I Insurrectionary movement * that resulted in , a. declaration of independence being made and accepted , which enau d the little state to take her place on tha nap of Europe. As it to jrove their urcsrejilvancu. ability to manage their own affairs , the Bel gians In 1833 , only three years after the great King Leopold Premier had been placed at their head , were the first in Europe to undertake to build and conduct a railway system by the government at public ex pense. Their compact little country , with the desire of uniting their principal commer cial towns , boon proved their wisdom as , with the sea on one sldo and the French and Prussian frontiers on the other , the scheme proved a real success from the first , giving them unexcelled markets and extensive trans.lt trade. Their railway fares are very low , being from a half to a third cheaper than elsewhere , and their travel , of course , considering population , almost five times what England can show. The Industrial sldo of life In this peculiar region Is remarkable for Its diversity and cplcndld achievements. The manufacture of woolen goods is one of their chief branches , their product being very superior In quality. They use much of the wool of Germany. Importing the remainder from Australia. They * excel in carpets and heavy curtain goods , and are famous for linen manufacture , as well as silks , leather and paper. There Is no lace superior to the Brussels lace , made as It Is from tlio finest flax , for elegance , variety of design and delicate fineness. In Amsterdam one goes into ecstiiclcs over the diamond woiks , where dally are handled gems of untold value and where the work on the marvelous stones Is shown and explained. In Venice , that quiet center so alone in the world , one Is charmed by the lace works and gliiss factories , but In Brussels , where lace-making Is carried on on such a large scale , one marvels. Hero ono may visit factories where every kind of lace Is shown , and see the workers patiently tolling over the little velvet cushlon ) > , with plna ; bobbins and thread ( where also yon may ECO much of the work In country homes , where much of such work Is done ) , HOSHO of the patterns bhow- Ing 400 bobbins to ba correctly worked In order to secure the perfect pattern. Imagine paying 400 francs , or almost JSO for the llax , per pound , from which the thread Is made , the spinning of which Is done In darkened rooms where only a ray of light Is admitted , this being necessary In order to preserve the softness of the thread , then watch for the result In a flounce , veil or scarf for some princess or American queen , perhaps , com ing forth after eight or nine months , on which have worked from sixty to 100 and sometimes ns many as 300 women every day , and no longer wonder at the priceless rich ness of laces as family heirlooms. FAMOUS CITIES. So It goes. EaclMlty has her peculiar and governing Industry. Ghent excels In linens. At one tlmo Bruges , ono of the quaintest cities of Belgium , or for that mat ter In northern Europe , and Antwerp were the great marts of the commercial world , boasting of 200,000 population , and Wo Know there have been times when as nmny as 2,000 ships at a tlmo have waited their turn to come to the wharves In Antucrp , the same ago when Ghent gava employment to 100,000 persons of her 170,000 population , in weaving and spinning , when all the world marveled at the wondrous richness of the fabrics they produced. This amazing prosperity Is said to have continued for more than 200 years , or until about the middle of the fifteenth century , when they commenced their rapid and al most fatal decline. The rich and powerful were so extravagant In tlielr dress and style of living that depravity was Induced and crime followed. There are today not only hlilory , but many paintings and tapestries In Belgium and Holland , the history of whose past times read like fairy tales. ho\\lng the rich vtl- vets , marvelous satins and g < rgeous tire cades , jewelry und o'hcr ornum nis # o lavishly used ijjrlng th" f pro porous ages , as well as xcencs of ri h banquets and feasts indulged In Uv uie mat of those days. Many of their festivals were Inde scribably rich and gay , rivaling those of Rome In her palmiest days. It was during this prosperous era , or about 1430 , when the famous Order of the Golden Fleece was Instituted In Bruges under Phllrp Hie Good , dnko of Burgundy , the rich wearing apparel of the people then being cause for uomler. It Is In this famous country where has been seen bo much of commercial groat- ' new , varied scenes of splendor and pageI I entry , grandeur of- nil kinds , In times remote - mote to ours , though not so far gone as to deprive us of an Idea of Ihelr extrava gance , their taste , their achievements , many | evidences of all yet remaining for our do- lectatlon , such as great city halls , with their wealth of treasure In paintings , tapes tries and Jewels , old palaces now veritable museums , rich churches and cathedrals , each and all properties now much prized by the people of these times. Is where will bo held the 1S91 World's fair. No doubt many thousands of Americans will Improve the occasion to vlslt some of these queer old centers , where now active Industry plods along In serious fashion as concerns men's works , but where are many as nay and merry people ns can bo found the world over. The old tlmo gnyoty , or some of It btill lingers , and why not ? The love of niiibic , testified by the fact of the many sucot chlmest 'found now In their old spires and towers , where often as many as fifty and , 100 are found , was a marked characteristic of the earlier pee ple. The chimes * now ring out at nearly all times of the day in rich harmony , yet It Is true over some very quiet centers , yet remain as marvels of an art known to no other people. These outward features are all preserved , and In addition wo find every where , pcoplo full of love of music , song and dance. Tholr love of music is almost universal , and after witnessing a few of their handsome and most times very gay balls , there Is great pleasure In going among the masses , chiefly the Flemish , and wit nessing their Sunday frolics and amuse ments , especially If at a ball where are worn wooden shoes that they can make so merrily click In time with gay music. In Antwerp and Brusrols many persons speak English , but the Frcnc'i and Flemish are about even as to the state , though moro persons in Brussels speak wholly French than In any other part of the state. After Antwerp , with her commercial wealth and Itumciifo shipping interests , comes beautiful Brussels , nearly three times OH large , Brussels Is n gay capital , and Is no doubt the place , owing to her varied amusements , all of which are just as good as nt Paris and to bo had at ICSQ than half the prlcex paid In Purls , where most Amer icans will make tholr headquarters while visiting the exposition. There are only forty minutes of travel between tna two cities , and trains at nil fiours , It Ib In Brussels , as If the wide awake Belgians would further prove tliulr progres- sIvcneBH , where will be Inaugurated March li ! the first electric street railway system to bo opened up In Europe. The line en circle : ) the city by traversing one of the loveliest systems of boulevards extant. The Is no discounting the Belgian capital In beauty. Interest , gnyety , Industry , or any other line , a few facts to bear us out being preserved for our next letter , ALLIE C. WILLARD. 1'iictH Almut Ilic Krmlno. The ermine Is a queer animal It l ono thing In winter and another thing In sum mer. That Is a strange statement , but it is true , for In winter Iho animal's fur Is as I white as snow and It U called the ermine. 1 In summer Its fur tunu reddUh brown on j the upper part of tli" body and a light yel low on the luv.cr part The animal Is then known as the stoat This change Is quit" familiar to naturalists but not to unscientific J neoolo. and 'ho ermine and tlio stoat are therefore generally regarded as distinct ani mals. The fur of the ermine is much valued and Is In great request. At one tlmo it was a mark of royalty and the state robea of Judges and magistrates \\oro lined with It as an emblem of purity. The ermlno la BO cunning In Its \\ays that It Is almost as difficult to catch as it is to "catch a weasel asleop. " In fact the only way to capture It Is to mark Its course from homo and then strew mud In Its pathway. When the dainty , fastidious little animal reaches the point : In Us path where the mud is strewn it will llo down and subject Itself to capture and death rather than smirch ono of Its snow white hairs. CO.V.V Ull IA / . ITIKS. An American young man has eloped with the daughter of a millionaire banker of Vienna , Austria , and has brought the girl and | 30,000 of her money to this countryl . Minnie I shall never marry any man who drinks. Mamie Isn't that a rather risky vow to make , dear ? What assurance have , you that any sober man will over propose to you ? Tlio engagement is announced of Mlas Maud Howard , daughter of Joseph Howard Jr. . to Francis D. Beard of Brooklyn. Mr. Beard Is a well known social leader la Brooklyn , and Is very popular. Major John E. Burke , of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show fame , Is to marry. The lady Is said to be Mile. Corlnno Lo Coour who was In charge of the French exhibit In the Manufactures building at the World's fair last summer. Mrs , Lln.ler Kent , whoso marrlago to Jus tice White of the United Slttcs supreme court Is announced for tlio early summer , was engaged to the ex-senator some year * ago , but somthlng broke off the match and she married Mr. Kent , who was then a strug- gllng lawyer. Mr. and Mrs. Lawson A. Sherman of Kxe- tor , R. I , , observed the sovonty-elghth anni versary of- their marrlago on the I7th lust. Mr. .Sherman Is In his 'JUth year and qulto feeble. Ho Is confined to hln bed , Mrs Sherman Is In her 07th year , and Is able to bo about the house. "It Is useless of you to urge mo ( o marry you. When I say no. I mean no. " "Al ways ? " "Invariably.1' "And can nothing over change your determination when once you make up your mind ? " "Absolutely nothing. " "Well. I wouldn't . 'aro to marry a woman like that. " A Louisville magistrate decides that a man who gives up his business to court a girl for another man cannot exact payment for lili successful services , holding that ho * ought to bo "dog-goned satisfied with the fun ho must have had doing the courting , " This seems to bo sound law. Lucy Platt Hayes , whose engagement to Rutherford Platt Hayes , ton of Iho late President Hayes. Is announced Is half sister to the wife of General John M. .Mitchell of Columbus , and to the wife of General Rus sell Hastings of Minneapolis The older Platt children are related to the Hayes fam ily. The ex-Empress Eugenia , according to for eign papers , lus given 1,000.009 lire as a bridal present to her nlecu , Princess Eugenia Latltla Bonaparte , who became engaged to Prince Fabrlzlo Masalmo a tew days ueo. The princess Is 21 years old arid the bride groom 20 , PrlncoKH Eugenie Is the second daughter of Prince Charloa Bonaparte. Her eldest sister wus married a few years ago to Lieutenant Enrico ( iottl of the Italian aimy. "I am sensible of the honor you do me , Mr. Spooiiamore , In the proposal of marrlaKo you have just made , " said HID young woman , with a slight curl of the lip , "but clicuin- stances over which I have no control will compel me to decline the honor " "What r th > rlr-umstan- , MI H Grlmshaw ? " flrrTly dfnandr i th" youn , : Iran. "Youi clrcimrtancra , Mr. Bpooiiaworo , "