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THE JOURNAL HAS FACILITIES FOR FINE J O B PRINTING Call or^Write for Prices. THE JOURNAL f a v o r i t e p a p e r with readers and advertlsers. DEVOTED TO THE TRUE INTERESTS OE THE PEQPL e OP SENECA COUNTY. VOLUME 15. SENECA FADLS, N .T ., W EDN E S D A Y, NOVEM B E R 1,1899. n u m b e r 82 SepeeaQD.Jourpal PinsUSlIED EVERY 'WEDNESDAY BY THE JOURHAL PUBLISHING CO. (LIMITED) PARTRIDGE BLOCK, SENECA PALLS, N. Y. T E R M S ; County Subflcribeie, $1.50 when paid, in advance; Bnhscrihere outside the county, $2.00 per year, postage prepaid; Snhacription for six months, $1.00 in advance. RA T E S O F A D V E R T ISIN G ; and Hite notices, B I T S H V E S S C A R B S . 0S5IAN n . CONQDON, A TTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW j t \ . Lodi. Seneca County, N. Y. WILLIAM H. HARPST, Seneca Falls, N. Y. L. FOSTER CROWELL, B3NECA FALLS, N. T. SHELDRAKE HOUSE. I . wforta gutirantecd. A, GOODMAN, Prop, ‘■heldrako, Seneca Co., N. T KELLOGG’S LIVERY. C. B. HOWE, M, D. 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Had ever with tho baser party stood, « ‘ r . . . m Was calm as sleep, and on the marble face Much do we hear about the grievous wronff Done by the flesh to tho indwelling soul. But here was one, and many there may bt Like Mm, whose spiritual part was strong The subject flesh most basely to control. Now from that long enslavement it is free. —John White Chadwick in Century. ; V/HEN PA 6 ANINI PLAYS .< A Now Translation of Hein Heine's fam o u s Description ■ Copyright, ISOO, hy Ervin Wardman. I believe th a t only one person has succeeded In fixing the real face of Paganini on p a p er. H e is a deaf p a inter nam ed Lyser, who, in his brilliant m a dness, drew the head of Paganini so w ell w ith a few strokes of his crayon th a t the beholder laughs and is frigh t­ ened a t once a t th e resem b la n ce. \The devil directed my hand,” said the deaf d to do w h en he li ess jests. T h is painte m rious creature • enough to the orchestra he id th e music from the faces of the m u sicians and th a t he could judge of the more or less successful execution by tUeir finger motions. In ­ deed, he w rote the operatic criticism s for an im p o rtant new spaper o f Ham- A fter a ll, w h a t is there wonder- T h o deaf p a inter could see the tones In the visible signature of th e music. T h e re are persons to whom the tones them selves are only Invisible signatures, in which they h e a r colors a n d form s. I am sorry th a t I ow n th a t little draw ing of L y ser’s no longer. Only in glaring black, hasty lines could there be seized those fnblelike features, seemed to belonglong moreore too the hand,” Insisted the e deaf painter. w a s nea r burg. I m t t urous shadow realm than to t lunny w o rld of life. “Assuredly th e devil guided r land ,” Insiste d th de a f painti w e stood before tho A lster pavll H a m b u rg on the day w'hen Paganini gave his first concert there. ‘‘Yes, my friend,” he continued, “it is tru e w h a t th e whole w o rld is saying—th a t he has sold liim self to the devil, body and soul, to become the best violin player, to fiddle millions into his pockets, and first to get ley, w h ere style, w as love w ith a th e a ter princess, beeai jealous of a priest, stabbed his fal' less A m a ta In good Italian 1 sent to tlie galley in Genoa have said, sold him self to the devil to g e t aw a y , to become th e best violin player a n d to lay each one of us under trib u te to n ight to th e extent o f ?2. B u t you! All good spirits p n , therehere hee comesomes himself,im uspicious fa am m iliar.\ See, t h c h self, w ith his clous f ilia r leed it w a s Paganini himself. H e wore a d a rk gi-ay overcoat, whicli reached to his feet, m a k ing him look very tall. T h e long, black hair fell to his shoulders In torn curls and form ed a d a rk fram e around the pale, corpse­ like face, on w h ic h sorrow , genius and hell had graved th e ir Im p erishable signs. Beside him danced a short, com fortable figure, prosaically ornate, rosy, w rinkled face, a little light gray coat w itli steel buttons, saluting to all sides w ith offensive friendliness, but alw a y s squinting upw a rd full of w o r­ ried tim idity a t th e gloomy form w h ich stalked, grave and thoughtful, a t his side. One Im aginer picture of the pla< w a lking w ith W agner before tlie tlioa- rr madeade Qg w ith W agn e r to r In Leipsic. T h e deaf painte m com m ents on th e tw o shapes own fan tastic tentlon still between hlS ankles? He has ac­ quired fo r good the hab it of w alking that way. See, too, how contemptiu ly Ironical is tlie glance w hichich liee seends w h li s lauion w hen he hur- prosaic questions. B u t he cannot rid him self of th a t com­ panion. A bloody pact binds him to th is servant, who is nobody else than Satan. T h e Ignorant public, it is true, thinks tlia t this companion is H arrisj and aneci aken aloi ?he public merely bo George B soul of th a t T h e Ignora n t pul s compan lomedies an d anecdote Paganini has take n alo n g to aoage tlie finances. T h e public does it k now th a t th e devil m erely b o m w riter of comi m Paganin i I H a rris »nd th a t the poor soul o f I h a t poor creature is locked up in a chest in H a n ­ over w ith other rubbish to w a it till the devil retu r n s its flesh envelope. Prob­ ably he iy UI accom p any his m a ster, Paganini, In another form through the world then—namely, as a black poo- I f Paganini seemed fablclike and w eird to m e In the bright noonday, under th e green trees of H a m b u rg’s Maiden lane, how did Ills frightfully bizarre appearance amaze me In the evening at the concert! On the stage there appeared a dark form that seem­ ed to have risen from the under world. T h a t w a s Paganini In black gala dress, the black coat and the black waistcoat of a dreadful cut, a s perhaps hellish etiquette prescribes at the- court of Proserpine, th e black trousers tim- idly fluttering around the thin legs. T h e long arm s seemed even lengthen­ ed as he held the violin In one hand and in the other th e bow, and nearly touched th e ground w ith them w hile he displayed his nam eless bows before th e public. In the angular distortions o f his body th e r e w a s a dreadful wood­ enness, a n d also som e thing grotesquely anim allike, so th a t one had a strange desire to laugh; b u t bis face, which seemed still more cadaverously w h ite In the brig h t light of the stage, bad som e thing so beseeching, so stupidly humble, th a t a horrible p ity drove aw a y the desire to laugh. H a s he learned these motions from an au- th e re behind It the saturnine hum o r of a sly miser? Is this a living m an who Is dying, a n d w h o is to am u se th e pub­ lic in the arena of a r t like, a dying gladiator, w ith his spasmodic move­ m e n ts, or Is i t a dead m a n , who has climbed, out of th e grave, a vampire, w ith the violin, w h o sucks, i f not the blood o u t of our hearts, a t all events th e moneyoney out of our p ockets? m Such questions crossed them selves In ly head w h ile th e m a ster cu t his atro- ms compliments. B u t all such lonshts had to hush w h en th e won- naster;p u t 1 :an to play. his violin to his chin derful and began to piay. W ith the first stroke of his bow tlie )nud and beliiud him w as tood w ith bis. il.room, deeo- disorder w ith tw isted I taste of Pom p adour; 'here sm a ll m irrors, gilded Am- orettes, Chinese porcelain, a m o st de­ lightful chaos of ribbons, garlands, w h ite gloves, false petirls, diadem s of chiinged. Suddenly he stood w ith his. music stand in, a cliee rated in m e rry disord fu rn iture in th e tas te •rywhere sm a ll m irrors, gi ittes, Chinese porcelain, a os of i'ibbo 1 , fals e pearli gilt, such as one finds in the studio of prim a (\ greatest advantage. H e w o re, short, knee breeches of lilac satin, a silver broidoi-ed w h ite w a istcoat, a coat of light blue velvet, w ith gold buttons, and the hair, carefully dressed in little curls, played around bis face, which w a s all young and rosj’, and shone •with tenderness w h en he cast his glances a t the pretty dam sel who stood by bis side while he played. Truly, a t his side I saw a pretty young thing,hing, dressedressed in the old style, th e w h ite satin s' t d in 2 w h ite satin sw elling below the IS, the w a ist charm ingly tiny, the ................................gh, the pre pow d ered liair dressed high, th e p re tty round face looking out freely w ith inely painted chei ashing eyes, sauty plasters and an imper ; littleittle nose.ose. Inn herer liaudiaud s:he lertineut, sw ee t l n I h l s had rhite paper roll, and the motion iiettish u w h ite pap e r roll, her Ups, as w ell as the coquett sw inging to and fro of her shoulders, m a d e it appear th a t she w a s singing. B u t no tone w as audible, and only ith w hich young charm ing and w h a t he him self felt In his soul during her singing. Oh, these w ere melodies like those fluted forth by the nightingale in the evening dusk, wTieu th e rose’s odor m a k es her expectant spring h e a r t drunken w ith desire! Oh, th a t w as a m e lting, sensually dying, blessedness! These were tones that kissed each other, then fled petulantly, then again em braced w ith laughter, became one and died in drunken unity. Yes, the tones indulged in a mer e rry th e ton e s indulged in a m , like butterflies w h en the o lie other, I caught a t ;heu, light heartedly happy, fli ward in tho golden sunlight. play, lil teasingly avoids th e othe r, h ides be­ hind a flower, is ca the n , lig h t hearted ly w a rd m th o golden sunilgu t. ■ B u t a spider, a spider sometim es can bring to such lovesick butterflies a sudden b itter fate. H id tlie young h e a r t forbode such a thing? A mel­ ancholy sighing tone, like a prem o n i­ tion of a d isaster stoaltliily approach­ ing, gilded softly tbroiigli the m o st en­ trancing melodies th a t glowed out of Paglulni’s violin. H is eyes became moist. Adoring, he kneels before his A m a ta. Alas! As bo bends to kiss her feet, he sees under the hod a little cam e pale as death. H e seizes the lit- .................................boxes Uls liiiii out of !tto out tie one w ith furious liaiids, ears and kicks liiiu, tlirow s him th e door, then pulls a long stilet of ills pocket and tlirusts it in b r e a s t o f the young beauty— B u t in th is m o m e n t there sounded “Bravo! Bravo!” from all sides. Ham­ burg’s eutliusiastie men and women gave th e ir best applause to the groat a r ti s t who had ju s t ended the first p a rt of Ills concert, and who w a s bowing w ith even more angles and contortions th a n before. In his face, it seemed to mo, tlierc w hined a Inmiility still m ore beseeching than before. In his eyes stared a fearful terror, like t h a t pf a poor sinner. As Paganini began to play anew . It becam e somber before my eyes. The tones did not transform them selves into b right colors-and shape.s. The form of the m a s ter.ratlier draped itself in gloomy shadows, from the d a rk­ ness of w h ich his music w ailed w ith m o st stabbing tones of lam ent. Only som etim es, w hen a sm a ll lamp th a t bung above him threw its dim light on him, could I see his pallid face, In w hich, however, youth had not y e t been extinguished. Strange his costume, split into tw o colors, •hlch the one w a s yellow and the »emed. belonged to j reached helping- chains. Behind him there moved a face whose physiognomy rily a t th a t of a goat, and hands, ly into the strings of the violin which Paganini w a s playing. Sometimes, too, they guided the haiul which held the bow, and a bleating langb then accom­ panied the tones that welled ever more painfully and bleeding from the violin. Those were tones like tlie song of fall­ en angels who had reveled w ith daugh­ ters of earth and, bowed w itli sliaine, nto tlie underworld. are descending Those w ere tones in whose abysm al depth neither com fort nor hope glim­ mered. W h en the holy ones in heaven hear such tones, then the praise of God dies on their paling lips, and, weeping, they cover tlielr gentle heads. Some­ tim es w h en th a t goat laugli bleated into the to r tures of tliis playing I could a liorde ( led in evil m e rrimeni With their ugly heads. From the violin th e n there rushed sounds of f e a r and a pitiable moaning and a sobbing as lias not been beard on earth before and as never may bo beard on ea'rtb again unless it be in the valley of Jehosha- pliat wlien tlie colossal trumpets of the Judgment are wound and the naked corpses cr.awl from their gi-aves and Xwalt th e ir fate— H a d a s tr in g really broken? I do not know. I noticed o n ly the transfiguration of the tones, and with them Paganini and his surroundings seemed totally changed again. X could sca'i-cely recog­ nize him in the brow n m onk’s habit, w hich bid him rath e r than-clotbed him. The wild face, lialf secreted in the hood, a rope around bis hips, barefoot- ed, a solitary, defiant shape, Paganini stood on a rocky prom o n tory by the sea and played the violin. It w a s the tim e of dusk, th e red evening flooded the Wide floods of the ocean, whicli be­ cam e ever more ruddy and roared ever more solemnly, in m y sterious accord w ith th e strains of the violin. B u t the more ruddy th e sea becam e tlie more pallid becam e the heaven, a n d w h en at last the sw elling billow’s looked all like scarlet blood, th e sky above became ghastly pale, corpse w hite, and great and threatening there cam e out the stars, and these sta r s w ere b l a c k - black, like shlnging coam. B u t the tones of the violin becam e ever more storm y and daring. In th e eyes of the dreadful player m a n gleamed such a m ocking lu s t for destruction, and his thin lips moved so f rightfully fast th a t it seemed as if he w e re m u ttering ac­ cursed words of enchantm e n t of a long dead tim e, w ith w hich one calls the storm and looses the wicked -spirits th a t lie fettered in the chasm s of the Sometimes, w h en he, th r u s ting his naked arm , gaunt, fa r out of th e flow­ ing m onk’s sleeve, sw e p t the a ir madly w ith his bow, then he seemed indeed a m a g ician w ho rflles the elem e n ts w ith his w and, and then it howled like mad Ip the sea depth, and the fear.stricken blood w aves then sprang so m ightily Into the air th a t they alm o st flecked th e pale canopy of heaven and the black sta r s w’ith th e ir red foam . It how’led, it shrieked, it cracked, as if th e w orld w ere about to break into ruins, and ever m ore stubbornly dU ;rape his violin. H e mean light of his raving w’iU, to th w hich Sole lornly th e m onk scrap e h is violin. H e m eant, w ith the m ig h t of h is ravin g will, t break the seven seals w ith mon liad closed the iron pots a fte r he had im p risoned th e conquered demons in them . Those pots had been sunk in the sea by the wise king, land they w ere the voices of th e iiont spirits th a t I heard while Paganini’s violin grow l­ ed its angriest bass tones. B u t a t last I thought to h e a r exultations of libera­ tion, and from the red blood -\vaves there rose the heads of the unfettered dem o ns—m o n sters of fabled* ugliness, crocodiles, w ith bats’ wings, snal ■witli a n tlers, sea dogs w ith patriarcl long beards, g reen camel heads, a ll stai-- Ing w ith , cold, sagacious eyes and w ith long fins a t th e fiddling reachin; monk, fallen from In his m a d n ess his hood had his face, and the curling hair, blown w ildly by th e wind, tw ined around his head like black serpents. T h e appearance w a s so crazing th a t I closed my eyes. Then the -vthole en­ chantm e n t vanished, and w h en I look- ■ed up again I saw th e poor G enoan in his custoninry slmpe, jnakiug ile the public tom a ry bows, while ed w ithout end. pakiug his cus- applaud- Quletly Paganini brought his violin ;o his chin again, and w ith the first more. B u t tliey w ere not so glaring in color or so decided in outline. Tho tones unfolded them selves calmly, m a ­ jestically, surging and swelling, like those of an organ in a cathedral, and all tlie surroundings had e.xpauded w ide and higli to a space colossal, such as not the bodily eye, b u t onlj^ tlie eye of the spirit, can grasp. In the middle of the space floated a flam ing sphere. where tliei’e stood, gigantic and ified, ce- stood, gigantic and proi a m a n who played the violin. T1 spphere- h e r e - w a s it the sun? I do not k now. s B u t in the features of tlie m a n I recog­ nized Paganini, ideally beautified, ce­ lestially purified, lovingly smiling. H ts body bloomed in strongest manliness, a light blue garm e n t inclosed tho enno­ bledbled limbs,imbs, aroundi liis shoulder billow- l a ed in sinning curls the black Jiair, and as lie stood there, firm and si; a n uplifted im age of God and pla; th e violin, it w as as thoughlough thel wh violin, il t planet, ar loved w ith i creation barkened He was the man planet, around whom the universe ured solemnity and sounded in celes­ tial rhythm . Those large lights, which floated around him in such peaceful splendor, w ere they the stars of heav­ en? And th a t sounding harmoYiy th a t rose from th e ir motions, w a s it tlie song of the spheres, of wliich poets and seers have told ’.sueli deliglitful tilings? Sometimes, w h en I strained my sight into the daw n ing distance, I thought to see all flowing w h ite w herein erein w ere hidden colot bands; a n d , cr of -the staves ments, w h pilgrims, with wliite staves iu tlieir Is; a n d , curious, the ggolden les wore the greal buttons it lights Wbieh I bad thought w ere s tars. Tliese red in wide circles around yer, ever more sliiiiing did t buttons of the staves becoi the tones of his violin, and the oral songs th a t cam e from th e ir lips id those I had thought w ere the of the spheres w ere really only ying echoes of t h a t violin. An un- nam a b le holy fervor dw elled in tliese strains, which som etim es trem b led, hardly audible, like secret whispering on the w ater, again swelled, sw eet’ thrilling, like the hunting Iiorn in the moonlight, and then a t hast roared on w ith unbridled delight, as if a tliou- sand bards w ere striking the strings of th e ir harps and raising their voices to a song of tl'iniuph. Tliese wore strains such as tlie ear never Iioars, bu t only m it lies a t Anctent Pianos. T h ere is a very interesting collection of old pianos in the Rom an museum a t Illldesheim , G erm any. D a ting all th e w ay from the end of the seven­ teenth century, the collection exhibits in a very instructive w a j’ tho prim i­ tiv e origin of piano m a n u facture, and the h e a r t can dream whei on the bos York Press. teentli century, possessing. 3 With 28 two choral bound strii other of equal a four full octaves bound strings, ;iquarian value h Ing accompanlmient. rifted w ith point Im The strinj quil Instrum e n ts date from the tim e of first h a lf of th e cigliteenth. ceuti and is a bound clavicliord of 4% taves, 58 tones and 40 strings. I'liere Is also an instrum e n t from the second half of the last century ifliich pos­ sesses 514 octaves. The la s t tw o are supplied With strings tipped witli brass, and their im m ediate follow ers w ere the ham m e r pianos' of 1700, used a t th e tim e of Haj-dn, M ozart and Bee­ thoven, a n d even by M endelssohn, Bar- tholdy, Chopin and Franz L iszt during tlieir youth.—Chicago Record- It w as not until 17S0 that a Birming­ ham manufacturer nam ed Harrison in­ troduced the m etallic pen to England. Even then’ 23 years later, when a barrel of tiiem w a s on sale in Loudon, they -were by far isive for general u.se. W e do that Sheldon of Sedgley was selling them at 18 shillings the dozen. In the pensive fo r gener know the price tb illings t; grandfathers paid ago. ■ Y et there is s to be done on the successor of Byron’s “G ray Goose Quill.” Bach of the mil­ lions turned out every year. (It is a thousand million in Englam i alone) hgs to go through 1C s e p a rate processes. One E n g lish tyriter on th is subject says: “ Should we. In place of rolling out the steel into strips the thickness of pens, pull it out into one square b a r having th e w idth and height of its cross area each three-sevenths of an inch, then w e should get a b a r 471 miles long, w hich could be bent so th a t one end of th e arc rested in Lon­ don and the other end in Edinburgh.” —^London Chronicle. must be born so. “T h a t’s a fact. I liked the very first olive 1 ever tasted.”—Indianapolis THIEVES AND OMENS. HAPPENINGS IN WHICH CROOKS SEE ‘ SIGNS OF BAD LUCK. niKl Fridays and tlie Wlxir- tcenth of the Montli Are Days on AVhieli They Shnn Roguery. Professional crim inals have many superstitions'. Not one in 100 will com­ m it a th e f t of any daring on a Fi-iday or; on tho 13th of the m outh. In sup­ port of tills superstition alm o st a n y old tiipe crook w ill' c ite the instance of who w orked in New York city in the early seventies. In 18-72 he, a pal nam ed H o w a rd and tw o other thieves ined to rob an office iu Brooklyn. money d raw e r woul office, force, w ould be small. All the T h “ only date o’n w hich the job could and safety lid b a full and the ■ooks regarded tlie date dubiously. Id w ould have selected aiiotbor, w ith less prospect of success, but for the expostulation of M cLaughlin. So the raid w as m ade on tlie day originally determ ined upon. It proved a disa.s- trous failure. All tlio men were caught any good luck after- that. H e w as caught in tho W e.stm iuster hotel, New York, loaded w ith plunder, and w as sentenced on a Friday, the 13tli of the month. Thieves can tell m any anecdotes to prove th a t Fridays and the 13th of the m o nth are days set aside for rest. For stance, tliey will toll elly, a bank burglar, v -and ai’oiiiid Louisville, K j'., in the ear­ ly eighties, w as killed on the 13th of D ecem ber w hile robbing a safe in a sm all tow n and how his p a rtn e r w as struck by lightning w hile m a k ing his Crooks in general avoid black cats and blind dogs. I t is regarded as a challenge to disa.ster a n d m isfortune to kill eitlier. If a tliief on his w ay to com m it a th e f t sees a black cat or is followed by a dog, lie will probably don the job for the tim e being. If ck c a t runs iu fro n t of him, Ire quit Avork for a week. In 1882 I McCormack, .Tames Leon: abandon th e jo b fo r th e tim e being, a black c a t run s iu fro n t o f liim, li i Avork fo r a Aveek. In 1882 F ran!; louto and Mike makinjg Freeui tors iu Bufl'alf night to rob 6 Duffy, safe bloAV ig their headquai ! m a k in th lo, went to Lockport ■ safe in tlie office railAvay tracks. I t Avas .an Ideal spot for a burglary, because the noise of passing train s AA'Ould deaden the sounds m ade Avhile drilling and hlOAviiig open tlie safe. The q u a rtet w ere passing through the railw a y yards about 2 a. in. Avhen a black cut darted across the tracks not tw o yards ahead of them and, stopping iu the shadoAA’ o f a sw itch, hoAvled hideously. All tlie men stopped. “Yon can count mee to Leoui “You going to let that cat scare you?’’ a sked Leonard. “T h a t’s ju s t w h a t I am ,” Duffy re­ torted. M cCormack and Freem o n t s taid w ith Leonard. T h e trio got into the m the door safe Avhen tliey Avere surprisei out,” said Duffy the place and had ju s t hloAA’i ■n tliey Avere surprise d by m en fully arm e d . Freem o n t a n d Leon- lugerously injure lack w ere senteuc Nlost crooks lose th e ir monc) peeiall wliile ills luck is good. For instance, he w ijl often leave a game he is w in­ ning to go out and com m it a robbery, believing tli.at good Inck Avill continue to attend him. W hen lie loses and Is compelled to go out a n d rob, he is nerA’- ous, feeling th a t his ill luck Avill con­ tinue. If a burglar can touch a hunch­ back, ho is c onfident tliat his lucky s tar w ill rise imm ediately. Once inside a house there are many AA-hiehA-1 are ominous to^the sus- things A ceptible i roaker. burglars w ill im m ediately depart hearing such a noise. A n o ther thing wbieli is regarded .is a bad sign is to it stopped notice is tal regarde d a s a ba d sign is to Avliere a clock stops. If b tf o r e the thief sees it, no out. B u rglar Tom, Avho 20 years ago w a s an expert, had g r e a t faitli in tlie clock stopping sign and he relates this into a house in M o ntreal one tim e, and Avas going through a m a n ’s trousers pockets Avhen a sm all clock iu the room stopped. I Avent on Avitli my searcli and Avas about finished Avlieu a man in the bed beside me said, ‘Hands up!’ He had a gun and it AA-as pointed at rae. I surrendered and did seA'en years iu prison for burglary, first degree.” Pickpockets have a superstition of tlieir own. Tliey believe that to pick tlie pocket of a one armed man is fol­ lowed by bad luck of some sort. They sometimes believe that a run of the hardest kind of luck aa MII befall the esting account of a fine oak tree Avhich stands on tlie grave of a Presbyterian m inister in the cem e tery a t H u n ting- ton, N. Y. T h e clergym a n ’s son lias encircled the tree w ith a bronze tab let witli the follOAViiig inscription: “Tliis tree w a s grow n from an acorn taken from the liistoric w a tch oak tree of 'lan d and planted by the Rev. McDougal, 1802.” T h e w a tch oak tree referred to stands near th e tow n of Battle, Eng­ land. The place w as form erly called Senac. I t is near the spot w here H a r ­ old II, the king of E n g land, gathered his arm y for a b a ttle w ith W illiam the tree stood prom inent position and th a t from its branches H a rold’s men observed the m o vem ents of th e invading Norm ans. T h e nam e w atcli oak w a s given It, and has been knoAV’n during the since th a t m em orable battle. s such it li enturies sii never get over th e ir boj’ishness! I heard my husband tell yours la s t even ing th a t he would sit astride his shut- began to arriA’e soon rush continued JOKES OF GREAT JOKERS. T r ic k s P l a y e d -on lin s n s p e c tin g P e o ­ p le by Full’ L p y ing Meu. Hook forged 4,000 letters to 4,000 tradesm e n and others requesting them to call on a certain day and liour a t the house of a w ealtliy AvidoAv, NIrs. Tot- tenliam, in ' Be'rners street, London, ag a in s t AA’hom ho had conceived a These people began a f te r daybrCdk. The until nearly midniglit. They came hy fifties and hundreds. ■ 'There w ere 100 chimney SAveeps, 100 bakers, 00 doctors, 50 dentists, 50 ,ac- conehers. 'There Avere priests to ad­ m inister extrem e unction and Metho­ dist m inisters to offer last pi-fiyei’s. T h ere Avore 50 c o n fectioners Avith Aved- ding cakes, 50 undertakers w itli cof­ fins, 50 fishmongers Avith baskets of cod and lobsters. 'T h e y pushed, quar­ reled and fought, and the'police w ere called out to prevent a riot. Fin: le hoaxed ones ose. w e n England, the roy­ al D uke of G loucester and tlie lord m a y o r of London, each lured th ith e r by some cunning pretext. A police investigation folloAA’ed, b u t the per­ p e trator Avas n o t detected. Florence and Sothern once asked Captain lo o , Adelaide Neilson’s Eng­ lish husband, to dinufer a t Gramel'cy Park- liotel, Avhere he Avas to m eet Vanderbilt, Astor, G overnor Seymour, LougfeilOAV, Brj’a u t and other noted Americans. These gentlem en w ere for tlie occa­ sion personated liy Billy Travers, L a r­ ry Jerom e, Nelse Seymour, D an Bry­ an t and other choice spirits, AA’ho, afte r rses, shrieks and explosions. The iglishman, convinced th a t ihese ■e o rdinary American manners, ahder the table, Avliere Iie il dragged out am id tl of all p r e s e n t ing refused to •ing th e carriage and get the Sheridan’s footman induced her to sit doAvn to a delicate luuoli, and Avhile she Avas e.-iting it “Sherry” Englishm an , convinced th a t t wfere o rdinary American m anners, div- h rem th e Ian A horse dealer bavin ; mey. Sheridan ’s footman ln( r to s it doAvn to a delica te 1 i Avhile she Avas eatin g it “Sherr, slipped into the carriage off. A gain he ordered tAA boots from tw o reluctant m.alcers. When they were brouglit, lie sent e-ach m a k er aw.ay to stretch oue of ids. boots. Then he put ou the reinainiug I avo and took a trip to the country, Philip, duke of W h arton, AA’heu a young m a n had a tu tor aa 'II oui he, cor­ dially disliked. night long a f te r the good domi- d retired the duke awoke’ him in liaste and e.xciteinent. gown and Slippers and c am e trem bling, yaAViiing a n d groaning to the door. “Sir,” said Wliarton deferentiail/, nie ba d retire d th e duke seemingly gri 'The dominie hustled into his dress “AA'ill you lend ii A fter tlie defeat a n d flight o f Ch.arlos I the daredevil Duke o'f Buckingliam disguised him self as a mouutebauk, set up a stage in tlie Iieart of Loudon and for days laughed in the faces of the stern Puritans, Avlio Avere thirsting for his life. Oue day Avhou his oaaii ' sister, the be.autiX’iil D u chess of Rich­ mond, AA'as passing, tlio jocular duke set the mob ou to drag her from lier carrihge. 'Tliey forced lior to Avituess the pranks of lier bi■otlier, A not beti A noted joke imm ortalized in I O’M’M alley”alley” Avasvas actual!ctually Mr. W elcome protended to hear a “Charles O A a per­ petrated by Mr. Frederick W elcome, a student iu T r inity college, Dublin. voice iu tho soAver and persuaded tlio mob tliat a prisoner laid e.scaped into the soAvor from tho jailail andm th a t 1 irisoner laid e.sca j a 'The mob exca- The troops Averc call- and a riot folIoAved.—St. Louis Avas perishing there. A’ated the stree ed out, : Republii Meaiiean Cu-stomu. I t is a little startling to newcomers a t fir.st to notice tlie universal custom in Mexico of addressing pei’sons of liigli and loAV degree by tlieir first names. As soon a.s friends are a t all AA-ell acquainted thej- address each otlidr by the given naino, and this is done not only by those of tlie same age and sox, hut iudi.scriniinatoiy among young men and young Avomen, young people and elder por.sous. In tlie la t­ ter case, or betAA'ceu elderly persons, a respectful prefix is used, as “Don” Ricardo. Public characters are also coiiiinonly referred to hy th e ir first 11 Uie household tlie head of the house 1 Don .lose or Don M anuel ■ants, a n d a sou in distinction as M a nuelito (little Manuc tho servants, a n d a sou in distinctio n kuoAA’u a s M a nuelito (little Manuel). Among sei’A’.anl s the customs tho iiiinies given superiors liousG as Nino or N ina (masculine like those ern U nited States. 'Tlio loAA-est classes, or the servants th a t have groAvn up in fam ily, spealc to the heads of the south- fiasses feminine for child), or call the Avife and motiier senorita, regardless of the fact tliat she m a y have attain e d three- Tlie servants distinguish betAveen . one of th e ir own class and a friend of their master or mistress by snob dis- ed, it is a.senorita, regardless of her age, that is in the parlor. If a -woman of the common class aw aits the mis- -ess, it is a senora. A gentleman of tiie tipper classes is referred to as a senor, wliile a laborer will be called a mucliacho (boy).—Model A little tact sometimes saves a great duty It is to select or dismiss cm- ■ find its use deal of pain, and every duty It is to vn comfort w hom he d ,t 0^^ tl called for extraordinary t celved it. T h e conductor w as trying the voice of a young Avoman wlio wished to se­ cure a place in an opera troupe. The m a n ager Avas s tanding by. T h e candi­ date w as frail and tim id. She finished her song Avith a n air of distress. “H ow is it?” asked the m a n a g e r un­ ceremoniously. T h e conductor caught the pleading eyes of the girl. But he had his duty to perform . H e struck three notes on the piano and left th e rest to th e man- The three notes w e re B A D . The sw o rd bladea forged a t Toledo by the Saracens could be cojled up like ig. you know.—Boston Transcript. about having his salary raised.—Phi deipbia Times.

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