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3 i ; - HIGH LIFE IN ARGENTINA j , ank G. Carpenter Describes Mar Del Plata, the Newport of the Argentine Republic r pi, h - ,i'iur - - -- II Kl.. Tt- j M(jr in- I turnout tinu iui 1(p Tin I5ai 01 uie t Womcn High Prices South iquator. Hotel at $10 a , in the Camblins .rl. Nt 'fn "' ... ,v i '( i; 1 i'1 , by I titer.) "rank G. Car- 1 Plata, Argentina. into t, . 1 ! tl - 1 -. 1 ' ti ' lii .ii . i ! th V a.- th -..' t .... cii at j 1 tt t ,,f tli it and snow : and take a look at the , resort oi the Argentine midst (f your winter. : v i- far south of the eu.ua i s its dog days of semi- el! whn the Pnited States with ice. Its summer is in f our winter, and just : h have 1 f t the hot winds ires, Kosario and Cordo in the cool breees of the . tic oi van at Mar del Plata, i a.t is the Long Branch, .. it and Uar Harbor of this ... vo rid. It is situated 240 "a f Buenos Aires on one . -t ocean strands of the '"'!. i i'y lies in a little de- - alley, with high ground ,j it The high lands are .th magnificent villas, and ; a wide boulevard, where . many miles in your au . , ing the ocean. The h';.ses, magnificent ho . I nb that cost close to a 'las.-. It has extensive golf i.iiv course, where meet- i,.-'d a hi lost dully and an ... v. here they shoot pig-' ' va rious clubs there are inn roulette and other and in the Casino you . small fortune if you care . the turn of the wheel. Plata has a business sec i .ufi'icd concrete and the t. ii il is used in most of the ii,.! clubs and hotels. . Alto i,' place looks as substantial tin- spas of Belgium and ! f..re this terrible war, and i be considered a beautiful . Mild be dropped down into f our country. millinery displays have hats that cost no ends of dollars and in the jew elry shops are diamonds and pearls so set that a single ornament would cost a king ransom. I have never seen more magnificent jewelry. In one window they have diamond tiaras and collars of emeralds and diamonds- Kirnr of v -. o"ntui ivo io Ukr i - as the nail of my thumb and irides- j cent pearls twice the size of marrow fat peas. There are also emeralds and rubies of wonderful beauty and many new creations in combinations of precious stones. Some of the col lars are made of emeralds and dia monds, in which the emeralds run in a row through the center below. There are sapphire and ruby collars made the same way and wonderful knots of diamonds and bracelets and brooches of the costliest stones. There are four or five shops of this kind on the Rambia and nearly all are branches of the large, jewelry establishments of Buenos xires, Paris and Lon don. There are candy establishments in which the boxes of confectionery are displayed in caskets so beautifully in laid that otie may give his sweetheart a present worth many dollars, al though the contents are only sweets. Some of the candy is imported from of ivory, of and of sat in Paris, and the boxes are embossed leather work, and silk. It is the same with other wares. The cheapest things are so put up that they cost a great deal. There are no Cheap John shoos with oinch- back jewelry such as one finds at Atlantic City. The goods are display ed for the rich, and that so us to show that price is no object. In fact, there are no market prices in anv of At. . . .1 J X me suops, ami you are expected co pay what is asked. Everything for sale on the Hambla is high, and the purses or the visitors are long. ir a -ii l u is nothing like any of -isiH resorts and many of the arririt iu' tits are such that they n'irrUt o copied with profit. Mar del IMa.f i j a town of millonaires and it is tviift like a series of palaces. Take "Th" Jbuuhla" or wide promenade Hji'ii C;i.'h the people stroll back anl i :;rih ts at Atlantic City or Ash Lury Park. The two latter resorts have beard -walks with shacks, shan ties :ui.j a miscellaneous jumble of building splendid and mean scatter ed along them. The Rambia is of ar tificial stone, built in the shape of an r.cifnt !reek temple with an espla r.ai" rui.ring for about a mile around th chief bathing quarter. The tem ple is. per hops thirty or forty feet luzh. p Li a combination of Moor ish .ial Greek architecture and it ruti.-- h tfui shape of a half moon around - stretch of beautiful sand It has magnificent entrance of none upheld by stone columns, and e ;:i.s through a grove of columns on t th esplanade, which is high ov-r tr.pt beach. This forms the chief walkins place of the great summer crowd. It is verv widft nd la border- . . . 1 . M iL n j a, sumo oaiusiraue ui ior uie a rftono balustrade "f a king. .. i ru i.i palace At tho brick' of thla nrnmAnadp ia a. lor.st arraded structure about fifteen Jovt whJ backed by the stores. This w ab'itit twenty feet high. It is paved with porcelain tiles and it runs around the whole esplanade from one fiat to the other. The esplanade out-ftd- l thirty or forty feet wide. At tre p:;13 of the arcades and in the luile are mosque-like domes of warned plans that blaze with electric i?hu during the evening, and in the irt rt of the stores is another promen aao upheld by magnificent columns. y the back of the latter are the plate r's windows of the shops, which '.ompare favorably with the best .M'w ork or Y, '"' find walking along the cor 11 r is iiv(. g0ing through the treas- V ..." I.J . 1 T J li "i. a King, inaeea. i aouui The walk along the Kambla is in full view of the sea. You look over the billows of the southern Atlantic as they roll in on the sand, and be tween you and the. ocean are hun dreds of booths or tents roofed with canvas. These are filed with people who sit and chat and have little tea parties in sight of the surf. There are children playing outside the tents, and down in the ocean are bathers by hundreds, who roll about in the water just as at our own sea side resorts. Indeed, the views on the beach are not very different from those of our seashores. Both sexes go bathing together, and in this land from where the tango sprang the people are devoted to pleasure. They get their fun, however, in a more refined way than we do. The seaside ha? none of the crazy costumes or loud dressing of our seaside resorts. The bathing suits are usually of black or dark blue, and they are modest of cut. There is no loud dressing either on the promenade or on the beach, and on the beach as a rule the groups are either family parties, or, if bath ing, are composed of only one sex. The dressing rooms are under the esplanade, and the bathers walk through the crowds in the tents down to the ocean. Along the shore are racks of towels, and the bather wipes off his face, arms and feet when he comes out. The chief bathing hours are from 10 to 12 in the morning. In the after noon you will seldom see any one in the water, and at that time and in the evening there are many strolling up and down the Rambia anxious to show their fine clothes, to see and be seen. gold, would need a Croesus to buy. The flesh, of the older women Heks solidity, and their faces are p.-tsty. They look as though if you pressed your thumb into them the dent would stay. They stem putty-f lhed. The Argntin irls io ia-t object to having their phofraphs taken, in deed buying snapshots f yourself and your friends is one of the chief occu pations of th crowd on th1 Bainbla. There are a half dozen photographer who hav their cameras so st That they can take pictures of the crowd as u passes. They snap individual and groups, and th-se are xp-.s-d in the windows the next day. Yu can look over a whole window containing several hundred such pictures, ,.f postal card size, and above them will be the date on which they were taken. Tht?si dates are now those of yester day, and they represent th- people who are hre at the seasi-b-. You can buy a piehire of vour swiIimi: any girl you would like i, have for a sweetheart by paying for her a sura equal to 4r cents of our monev, and if you with a picture ..f vur self so taken they will print vou a dozen for eight Argentine dollars. Th'. photographing is all done on specula tion, the idta being that when one sees a photograph of himself or his friends he will order the picture. Tho chief hours for strolling about the Rambia are just before breakfast tin-1 uiaiici. ivv nreaKia.sr me:in the noon meal, which begins as about one o'clock. You have in addition to this only coffee and rolls upon risjng, and a dinner which comes at s'::jo or H in the evening. From 1 1 to l the esplanade is filled with hundreds of the best class of the Arg-ntinos. The girls usually walk in groups by themselves and. the. young men by themselves. Now and then you se ;i young dandy strutting along looking as though he owned the whole Argen tine Republic, and behind him per haps a vouner married conide l-o have come to celebrMt!- tht-i- hi.nov. I moon at the shore. There are many middle-aged men. alt carefully dress ed, moving along in groups chatting and talking, and now and then a fam ily of young girls with their brothers and cousins. At the same time the seats on the esplanade are tilled with parties chatting, and other parties are drinking tea or enjoying the sisrhi oi trie neacu. me crowTa is more like a great family than the. stiff and staid one at Bar Harbor. Nearly ev ery one seems to know every one else, and the atmosphere is that of good humor and pleasure. The scenes of the evening are more beautiful than those of the morning. Mar del Plata at night is one of the gay places of the world. The great hotel is then ablaze with electricity and the Rambia is glorious. Its wide esplanade has long rows of electric lights resting like balls of fire upon the bronze columns of the balustrade. There are lights in the stores at the back and lights in the corridors that run from one end of the great walk to the other. The tearooms and the promenade are covered with people sitting about tables. The esplanade is thronged with people strolling back and forth and the lights from the roofs of the arcade make all as light as day. Indeed, there are no such seaside surroundings anywhere else in the world. It makes one think of what Pompeii must have been at the height of its glory. It is more like an .ancient Greek temple than a part of one of the newest of the up-to-date countries of South America. The hotel life is interesting. Take the Bristol, at which I am stopping. It is the most famous seaside hotel can buy any w her- in North America for a quarter, cost- hre nn pt-.sos. of more than IT. onfs. Shavim: soap is doubled in price, and safety razors are away out of sl.ht. Photographs- are especially high. An ..rdiniry ;:ht by ten view, which one can buv almost anywhere in the world for S cents, eostr. h.-re S'.'.o", a. rid p.eture post card photographs c.-t 4m cents- Papers which sell fur i it k 5 in t he Pniied Stat en est L-, cents a! Mar del Plata aed a t w..-:n y-n - .'-ni magarinr costs half a dojlnr. The common r-i. fare is :'o cuts, bu the automobile ttxicabs ar- comparatively clu a p. All kinds of service is high. The rates for havinc and hairoutting are such that it set-ms ,, m,. they alinn-t cnarue t.y the hair, and i h e jast j paid a manicure a rate equal to rr. ceni ie; eaeti i.i rny hamN. 1 have I,..,.,, traveling u;.t n the vsl.ci cias. and m fmui-r nails were so rough and stained tlrt i u.-kol the hotel porter to send me n manicure trirl. He replied thai there were tew such in the Argentine, and added that u was naru lv proper to; a. 'rl t. a man's hand. He added, hoy, nT.it. liit-u- were nun vvno ir:au curing a profession, and that ht orde. one to svnted. and manicure man . . . q ..ii.f i.e. .4.11'. IliC I' hour on the ced hold Yer. mam- Would hotel. 1 a came the holding hi.- WlJ t'l'S. I ! -.- ib, and at the eta. conn- to th III due !:m with a bo mo s :i n 1 1 ik . ,,u ii. half l'nsr" me lle rei iiTino i ,,ii-,r equal to about. of our nu.nev. The same service in Ib-ston. Philadei. phia or Washing! ui would have ,-.,t me ,raj cents. Last evening 1 vir,,it,.(j ;IU,, Casino and watched the men gam bling. Two tables were going, and one hundred men and women were sitting about them with great pile- ,,f chips before them. The chips were of mother of pearl of different eolors They ranged in value from ? .'. to and I coubt see that a thousand dol lars or so changed hands at everv shuffle .if the cards. The croupiers dressed in black, were a., sober look ing as parsons. They announced the results in a singsong way that gave n indication of the amount staked neon, took on the throw, and th their losses and gains without demon stration. There are other gambling rooms at the club. and. in fact, high play goes ,,n at many places over thi. eoimtry. The Casino at Mar del Plata has seven saloons for roulette, baccarat, poker and whist. There is high play at the clubs in Buenos Aires, and at the Tigre, one of the fashion able suburbs situated on the islands nearby, are clubs where ions of thousands of dollars are sometimes staked on the turn of the wheel- The same is true of the Jockey Club, which is made up of about 2,000 of the richest of the Argentinos. and gam bling other able. in a small way goes on at the clubs which are less fashion- FRANK Ci. CARPENTKR. 'Till COXQUKUOU.' Story Hy Fourtecii-Year-Old Ito. and It Won a Pri.e. The members of the St. Nicholas League compete each month in writ ing stories or essays or poems, or drawing pictures, or making photo graphs, on various subjects which are suggested to them by the editors of St. Nicholas. The following is a story on "The Conqueror," published in the March St. Nicholas. Page Williams, the fourteen-year-old author, won a silver St. Nicholas League badge in recognition of position. the merit of the corn- xork or London. goods are shown in in The the e-r art 1 th.'u. b ire is a richer place upon proportion to its population, little city. The most of i . .1 ! 1 1 u rO ... s k 'HO.O an) millionaire xvi - 'i 1 1 a ; "i h ineluding rich estancieros thousands of acres and who r teim of thousands of cat- rsvs. i' b Jr.. As. . of or ,. V,,l,j r i.'ir. i tr.ifte Tr.r,l(. ' 'i i cnuld show you the shops Rambia. it would remove ""r Mdr.ds any idea that South ' h part of the backwoods j and, therefore, fitted to diet for the scrap and waste r rated States factories. It bo you that the people de ; est of everything that is that they have the money ' I'T all tlat ihey want. In ,.fn'Ts are exhibited the latest ,r Unions from . Paris. .The The crowds on the Rambia are worth seeing". -I know of no place where you can meet so many fine looking, well-dressed people at one time. The clothes of the men look as though they had just come out of the shop, and the shoes, stockings, neck ties and suit of each promenader match in color. The women have Paris gowns and there are scores of dresses that cost a hundred dollars and upward apiece, notwithstanding by the fashionable cut they scarce touch the shoetops. There are hats that would be cheap at $50 apiece, and under them you may see jewels galore. These Argentine girls know how to wear their Tine clothes, and the most of them are wonderfully beautifuly. They have dark liquid eyes, long black hair and clear com plexions the color of cream. Most of them are well formed. They are tall and dignified, and they know how to walk. Thev are not bashful or back ward. Thev are not immodest, but they seem to be perfectly sure of themselves, and to oe ame to hoiu. their own anywhere- Many of them have been educated in Europe, and in culture and bearing they would stand high RP.vwher in the world. The older people run to fat. There are gouty old men and plump do wagers T,ho. if sold at their weight in of the Argentine, having something like 700 rooms, with dining rooms and parlors so large that they would..cover i at least half an acre. The hotel is built something like a great Swiss chalet, running in the shape of a half moon faciner the Rambia. The front is walled with glass, and there is a wide promenade under cover. The promenade is Tilled with galy dressed people at night. There are dances in the enormous ball-room, and a gypsy band plays the music of the tango, the maxixe and the popular fox trots. You may have your dinner as early as 8 o'clock, but you will find few at the tables before 9, and they do not get through until 10. The men all wear evening dress, and most of the women have low-necked gowns, although many also wear hats. As I looked, I was susprised at the number of families, and especially so when I thought of the cost. This is a resortjf the rich, or of those who would seem so, and will starve half a - A. year to spena nere m great siyie. The prices at the hotel are $10 and upward per person a day, and the estanciero with a family may know that it costs him more than a big fat steer for every day that he stays. 1 am paying $20 a day for myself and stenographer, a young man of twenty. For this we have a double-bedded room without bath, and the water is brought in in a pitcher. The furni ture of my room would not sell for more than $50 if put up at auction in Washington, and I have, as the Eng lishman says, "to nay through the nose." 'Ti; . o But this is only one instance of the high prices of the Argentine Republic, and especially of the prices at this seaside resort. Nea.ly everytnmg is imported, and if any comment is made the merchants will talk about the heavy freight rates, the European war and the duties. Fof instance, a well known tooth paste, xmich you line and Til lick " 'Taint!" " 'Tis'" " 'Taint:" "Step over the you." Five brown toes wriggled over the chalk-line. "Dare you to!" This was how it started. They fought till Jimmy had a black eye and Johnny a bloody nose. They rolled in the dust and clawed and kicked and bit until, by mutual consent, they paused. "Guess I licked yer good and hard that time!" "Didn't lick me." "Did!" "Didn't!" "Did!" "Didn't!" and they were at It again. "Boys!" The fighting stopped instantly. The teacher stood before them. "What is this about?" "Jimmy called me 'red head'." "Johnnv calied mc 'snub nose'.' "Didn't!" "Did!" "Didn't!" The teacher's eyes gleamed with amusement. "Stop your fussing and shake hands." Two grimy paws met in a sudden clasp. "Now go about your business." "Johnny have you been fighting again " Thus from an indignant mother. "Jimmy called me names and I lick ed him," was the brief reply. "Looks like you were up to some thing, son," said father, as weary and footsore Jimmy entered the house. "Johnny and I had a fight." "Well?" "Aw, I could lick Johnny with my little finger!" was the retort and Jimmy's remaining eye flashed triumphantly.