The Eugene City guard. (Eugene City, Or.) 1870-1899, January 10, 1880, Image 6

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    IX A BOARDIJIU HOUSE.
When I was approaching the end of
my penultimate term at Oxford my tutor
one day aHKeu me w uivw, v-- -;-had
something he wished especially to
talk to me about. He was always rather
a nervous man, and lie hesitated a good
deal before ho cumo to tho point on his
occasion. However, when when we had
finished onr eggs and toast and were
ngaged on our cigarettes, ho suddenly
began :
"Massinger.you ought not to come up
next term." , , ..
I make a rule of never interrupting a
man till he hus said all ho can on the
.!!. n.1 ho I simidy continued
smoking my cigarette.
"You aro getting nervous, ho said.
i.v,, ova fnilinir off. vou know, and I
Ann't think it is votir fuult. I know what
thoun ..hinirs are. My dear fellow, tho
lust terms are horrible things always to a
rending man. Every ouo is saying to
you, 'Are yon going to got a Aral? and
yon boar nothing but books, bonks,
books. Go away and don't come back
till just before 1110 eiuiuiimuuu.
master will give vou permission to stay
down-in fact, lie will quite toko my
view of tho situation." Longpause.
Hhiilt I iro to? I said.
"I grant'you it's bad enough being asked
all day long if one has read this or if
, " 11 i. 1...4 I...!!..- tl.uti 1mm.
one Knows uiiu ; uuiwu -
liness."
'Oo homo."
"1 daren't. My people are m town,
and I should not bo ublo to resist ball
going and all the rest of it."
"Tho devil!" says Suunderson. An
other pause. "Look hero," ho begins
again; "wuit a minute. Charles, Charles,
Charles!" (fortmimo.)
"Yes sir."
"Charles, go to Mr. Denderleys
rooms, and ask him if he'll bo good
enough to come in here for a minute."
Dondorly appeared in that amazing
bomospun suit of his which was tho
admiration of all tho Freshmen. Don
derley was n delightful person, whom
no ono had over soun out of temper or
out of spirits.
"Good day, sir," says Dondorly.
"How do. Massinger? Will you go in a
four to Illley this afternoon?"
"Donderloy, savs Niumierson, wnui
was that place called you wont to last,
Long?"
"What, at Havre'" ' says Donderloy
"Oh. tho Hotel et Tension ltichelieu.
(Jorgeous lurk it was! Ohl fellow who
used to swear liko a trooper if tho eggs
wero too hard; straw widow who thought
herself liandsomo, and would Hut nor
bead off with you after you'd known her
ten liiiuntes: snlondid brunette who
nsod to teach mo to sketch animals from
nature. What was that girl's name?
Annette, Juliette something otto, I
know."
Huitudmsoti interrupted:
"The very plaoo for you, Massinger.
No balls, and uoouo to talk to you about
examinations.
Two weeks later I found myself at the
Hotel et Tension Kioholion. Iiei:
I
arrived tho company was just to com
mence breakfast (you leavo Southampton
at Vi and roach Havre about 0) and 1
was exceedingly inquisitive to contem
plate the table d'hote. It was imulo npof
about equal numbers of French and
English only one brilliant face among
tho number. This was the fuco of a
livuly French schoolgirl. The waiter
asigned mo a place and I ate and gazed
till I was aroused from my reverie by
tho voice of my neighbor, a fat, rod-faced
woman looking about forty, who asked
whether 1 had mado a good pusnugo.
Our conversation was not interesting,
and 1 was relieved when breakfast wac
over. In tho union de lecture et de con
vernation my fat friend was happily not
to be found, and the schoolgirl and I be
gan to talk.
"Monsieur has come to live hero for a
while Oh, mon Dieu! monsieur will
find it droll! There is the old Mr. Hob
inson, the English gentleman, savs
'which way is tho wind ah, north-northeast'
aud thinks wo all care. There is
tho fat lady, who says she is a marquise,
ami who, I think, is a cook, w ho says,
'Ah, grand lHeu, irtte det muMr rcpub-line-"'
"And tho fat English lady," I inter
rupted, whom I sat next to?"
" 'Hood morning,' says M'lle. Jeanne,
as I found out my school-girl was culled,
mimicking my breakfast neighbor most
admirably 'good morning. Have yon
slept well, dear!' '(iracious me, 1 never
closed au eye.'"
t burst out laughing.
"Does she often say that?"
"Every morning."
"It must get dull in time."
"Je U xn.r bUm."
"Has she been here long?"
"Oil, she is always hero. They put
strangers next to her when they come,
because wo all hate sitting by her except
tho tall Etmlish girl."
"A relation of hers?"
"Oh, no. Monsieur will see her aud
father to-morrow. They have gouo for
to-day. Monsieur will perhaps admire
his country woman; but 1 do not. She
is so till and so trinte. Ah, bull, its
Antitmie!"
1'he youag lady, though only sixteen,
had all the air t( a Tai isieune of six and
twenty.
The nnw.ni of to-day is to be, how
ever, not M'lle. Jeanne, nor tho "tall
English girl." My heroine is to bo my
breakfast neighbor, red-faced Mr. Man
dors. Still, perhaps, the real heroine is the
tail English girl. For it was to her that
I ow my acquaintance w ith Mrs. Man
dors; it was on her accouut that Mrs.
Marnier first interested me; it is because
of the tall English girl, whom I always
called Amino but of this latter, 'as
newspapers say that I want yon to be
interested in' Mrs. Manders. How I
hated and shunned the hoary-eyed,
thick-lipped old fright the first weVk I
was at the Pension llichclicu! How
diligently I avoided her! But a week
after I had been there I came bv chance
into the mton at five in the afternoon,
when, as a rule, every one was out walk
ing. When I was outeide the door I
heard a sonnd of crying, and I came in.
I found Mrs. Manders sobbing, and
Amina clasping her and saying:
"I am so sorry. I wish I could help
you. Dear Mrs. Manders, always moke
me sit with you when yon are lonely."
Mrs. Mauders tied when I entered.
Amina remained. I began to apologize
and said I had come to find yesterday's
tiazlnani. Amina was looking out of
the window and made no remark. I was
just going out when Amina turned
round, and ono could see in her face that
she wished to say something and was
Witatintr how to put it. I tried to save
ner iroin me uni:uii.j.
. . i ' I .,An in thn
1 1
"Can I
uo anyimng ior juu
town?"
"No, thank yon."
I was again going. Arnina stopped mo.
"Mr. Massinger, I wish to speak to
yI was so taken aback that I could
really mako ne answer at all. I merely
looked in wonder.
"Mr. Massinger, you must do me a
favor. Do kind to that poor woman who
has just left the room."
"To Mrs. Manders? I don't know if
she would care at all for my speaking to
her even."
"Oh, yes, alio would. 8ho is very
sad, sho wants sympathy; sho is very
silly, but she has suffered terribly. Do
try to listen to her gently; ono makes
her a littlo happier by doing it. Hers
has been a hard lot. It makes it easier
for her when sho tells it, I think; she is
so grateful to a kind listener. I think
sho knows how people shrink from me.
Do try to, Mr. Massinger; try to liko
ber." . .,
"I will, certainly ;" I was going to add,
"for your sake," or somo such phrase;
but a look in Amina's eyes stopped mo.
"Tromiscl"
"I promjse."
I found Amina was perfectly right all
that Mrs. Manders desired was that one
should "listen to her gently." To any
ono who did this she was only too ready
to pour forth her whole history. Old
Mr. Robinson had occasionally forgotten
his study of the direction in which tho
wind was blowing, or meant to blow, to
listen to Mrs. Manders, and he had heard
all tho story. Tho father of my school
girl friend, Jeanne, had heard it all too;
so hud a grim, gray-headed Hcotehman,
who was kinder thun ono thought. .
Mrs. Manders usually began by talk
ing about her health and her continual
suffering; then sho would explain the
cause and dilato on her cruel hardships.
Sho was tho older of two daughters, and
the uglier, or, in her words, "I was not
pretty us Caroline was." Tho father was
a well-to-do solicitor ana gave eucu oi
his daughters i'aiOO when they married.
Tho younger had married first, and her
husband disliked Ms siHtor-m-iaw ana
would not allow the sisters to visit ono
another no great loss to cither, as they
had never been very good friends.
A year after the pretty sister had mar
ried, a suitor appeared for tho other.
Her homo was not happy, for her father
was a gumblor (there was no mother),
and ho was not very fond of the plain
daughter, tho mistake of tho family, as
he called her. So tho suitor had an easy
wooing.
llo was an oldish man that is to say
ubout fifty. He died ono year after the
marriage. Four years ufter tho second
husband, Mr. Manders, appeared on tho
scene. Ho must bo a very handsome
fellow, we thought, when Mrs. Manders
showed us his photograph, and wo all
admired his great brown moustache, his
deep-sot eyes, and his splendid broad
chest. Hut we all remarked to ono an
other afterward how much younger ho
was than Mrs. Manders.
"We wero so happy," Mrs. Manders
used to say, "so happy for two years,
and then he hud brain fever."
Sho nursed him through tho fever, and
at the end of the nursing, when he was
convalescent, sho was very ill from
fatigue. Her dcx-tor recommended
change of uir and scene, and she went
alono to the seaside. She had a letter
from her husband tho day after she ar
rived, then another letter a week later.
Then none came for a fortnight. She
wrote, imploring him to write again.
Then the answer at length arrived. 1
think I shall never forget Mrs. Mundcr's
face w hen sho described her receipt of
that answer. "I am well," the convales
cent wrote: "I am much obliged to vou
for your inquiries; but stop where you
are. J)o not come buck 1 cannot bear
the sight of you."
"that was his letter, said Airs. Man
ders, "and as 1 read it a shot of pain
went through mo, and mv left leg grew
stiff, und I nave never boon able to walk
well since." Curious details these. Ono
could scarcely help laughing;und yet the
story was sad enough.
The husband hud in timo come down
to SoutliHoa to soo her. But he had said
very little. He suggested that she should
go to Havre, where un aunt of hers w as
then staying, and sho weak idiot that
sho was, consented. Having once settled
her there, Mr. Manders thought he did
his duty sufficiently by sending her ill! a
week. I pointed out to Mrs. Manders
that tho law might mend mutters for her.
"es, yes, Mr. Mackenzie had told her
the sumo, she said, ltut she dared not
ko to law: sho feared the publicity.
though she had nothing to bo ashamed
of and this wo could not help believing;
she had been hated and despised. A
great and uohlo thing is the public na
ture of our hnglisli law; but it hits its
disadvantages, and they are very grave
ones.
So Mrs. Munders seemed to bo a per
manent resident of the Tension Riche
lieu. Time after time we listened to her
story, suggested the only possiblo way
out of her dittieulties, was not met by "I
can't, I can't," and a flood of tears.
"What fools women are!" said old Mac
Kenzio, who was very, very sorry for
Mrs. MundenCdl tho same. ""Whv did
this femule jackass not have a settlement?
1 1 lenient , settlement! said old Mac
kenzie, shaking his fist in my face, as
though I hint prevented Mrs." Manders
from having one.
That is the moral of her storv why
has she no settlement? Too r Mrs. Man
ders did not know; (die was vague as to
what a settlement Dtvciselr meant. Sim
had married for the second time as she
did for the first, thiuking that her hus-
lnd would "look after her money"
which the scamp no doubt hail douo
and that she would alwavs have the nso
of her own capital and possibly of his too
(sue nad believed lie was nearly a mil
lionaire). One bstened to her and condoled with
ber iartly.
I speaa for myself because Amina
bad wished it, partly out of sorrow for
her. Yet once I could hare stranded
her for auger. That once was when Mile.
Marcere of the Anatole Theatre came
down to the Tension for a day or two.
Mile. Marcere was dressed very quietly
in a tight fitting black dress and bad a
beautiful fan of gray feathers. She
locked bright and intelligent; and were
we not all glad to see a new face and hear
a fresh bright chatter that said everyday
! '.i.,-nff ss thouch they were holiday
methlngs. We knew no Paris Randal
and wanted to know none; and though
Mllo. Marcere was an cui - -
play burlesque parts, and had created a
furore last year by her performance o
Phaeton, in "La Familfe d'Apollon,
why should she not be a very good crea
ture notwithstanding? So we all lionized
ber, begged her to play on the arrange-
ment in wooa anu ivorj m " -
.i.:..i. -nu null! hv courtesy a piano,
V. 1111,11 " . , . " , .
and applauded her songs and laughed at
her jokes. ny in mo uumo "
gods, must that wretch, Mrs. Manders
suddenly sweep out of the room, and
say to Amina in a tone that was sour
enough to gall us all, and make poor
miu Afnrenrfl blnsh crimson. "I am go
ing to my room, there is too much com'
........ . mn tinrA tn-tliffllt!"
I never could quite forgive Mrs. Man
ders this, and I was not sorry when she
went. Her departure came about most
strangely. She had a a favorite cat, and
ono day her pet fell ill. She declared the
landlord of the pension had poisoned it
to spite her. Sho had no proof wnui
ever of it, but "I know it" she said, with
the same look of supernatural wisdom
that my cousin T. assumes when he wants
mo to believe that he is in the confidence
of Hor Majesty's government. The cat,
shortly boforo its decease, vomited se
verely, and by so doing spoiled a carpet.
This carpet Mrs. Manders was nstced to
pay for; and she had to do so, despite
her protest that as she knew the cat had
been poisoned, it was doubly wicked to
muke her pay for the results of the
crime. Sho wrote a letter to hor hus
band, saying sho was miserable hero and
begging for n home. He replied that
she could return to England, and "ar
rangements will be made for giving you
a homo as yon so ardently desire."
So Mrs. Manders packed up her goods
and departed.
"I wish I knew what has happened to
hor," Amina said a week after she had
gone. Hut no news ever reached us.
"Sho was ugly and nneducated," Amina
said; "and yet bow sad it all was! how
sorry one wus for herl" And whatever
mav later bavo befallen Mrs. Manders,
she must surely have thought often of
that compassion Amina showed ber with
such continual gentleness. Coming as
it did from 110 feeling of duty, but sim
ply from Amina's own good will, it
touched us all in the Tension ltichelieu.
It mode us feel that Amina was wiser
than tho rest of us, for every ono caii
seo comedy, but only tho chosen few can
distinguish tragedy when tho surround
ings are ungainly.
Conccrulng the African Desert.
Although tho namo of this vast desert
is familiar as a household world, a few of
those who speak of it aro uwaro how
much of North Africa it covers. Its
area is ubout three millions of square
miles, and it extends east and west, from
tho valley of tho Nile to the Atlantic,and
north und south, from tho Atlas moun
tains to tho river Niger. On tho edge of
this sandy sea is situated the city tf
Tiinbuctoo, founded by the Itcrbers in
A. D. 117o, on tho Niger. It is well
built and possesses several magnificent
mosques. The largest hus nine nuves, a
lofty tower and measures '285 foot by
212"feet. Its population is about 20.(100,
but in former times was much larger. It
is tho capital of Central Africa tho
religion known by tho namo of Soudan,
whoso people number about forty mil
lions. At present tho foreign trade of
this greut city is about four millions
sterling per annum, carried on by
curuvuns which have to cross two thou
sund miles of the great desert, to the
ports of Morocco, Algeria, Tunis and
Tripoli. It is evident that conimorco
carried on by such mndiicvul arrange
ments will not snit tho genius of modern
times; and Mr. Donald Mackenzie, a
liritish engineer, has proposed to Hood
the .Sahara from tho Atlantic, and thus
bring Liverpool within ten or twelve
days' steam of Tiinbuctoo, and im
mensely develop tho trade of tho country.
He rinds that there is a grout depression
in the land, called El Juf, which ap
proaches within 100 miles of Timbuctoo.
This depression is ubout 500 miles long
and 1211 miles wide, und its surface 200
feet below tho level of tho Atlantic, from
which it is separated only by an enor
mous sand bank. From the salt, the
shells und other indications, it is clear
that ono timo this district was covered
by the sea.
The great mouth of this old inland sea,
culled lloccu Urande, lies between per
pendicular rocks, which rise about 200
foot above the sea, aud it is about 2!J
miles wide. It will only require a ship
canal of !100 yards long through the sand
bank, to let in tho Atlaul, and reform
this grout tract of water;r.id a small cut
ting once cut across the bur, the rush of
the sea-water would itself do the rest of
tho work. When tho greut inland basin
has uguin boon tilled, there will, no
doubt, be difficulties to overcome in
preventing a fresh formation of tho bar.
lint with the example of the Suez canal
there can le no reason to think but that it
way be kept open. It is believed that
this tract of country has been unfertiliz
ed bv the cutting awav of forests. In
A. i. tWl.the Arabs found it well
wooded, and with extensive lakes and
streams of water. The inhabitants,
sheltered by the woods, kept tho in
vaders at bay for a century. The Arabs
then destroyed the timber, and by A. D
12(H) the lakes have becomo salt marshes,
the streams only occasionally appeared
and were swallowed up by the sterile
sandy soil. Even in our tune the same
process and result have lrn taking
place in some purts of the United States
and Australia. fniturtlai Mayazinr.
Mr. Sola, the English journalist,
whom Senator Burn.ird entertained at
dinner in Washington a few days ago,
has leen offered a scat in Tarliament.bnt
like his friend Charles Dickens, he does
not care for politics.
Archibald Forln-s, the war correspon
dent, was hooted and pelted on bis way
to the railway station at Newport, Eng
land, having refused to lecture as
advertised, on account of a quarrel with
the manager.
Mr. Thomas Hughes "Tom Brown"
is quoted as saying to Mr. James Red
ruth: "Do you know there is nothing
that astonishes us Englixh so much as to
tee you Americans come over here for
lecture. Why, Sir, I can name all the
orators of England on the finger of
one hand; while you are a nation of
orators."
Ah American Deer Park.
From the Philadelphia Record.
About two miles from New Hope, on
the old York road, is situated what is
known as the Salisbury Deer Park, 0
large inclosure of ground used for rais
ing deer. The park, consisting of over
eighty acres, is a part of what was at one
time the old Logan farm. The park u
the only one of the kind in this country ,
and at present contains forty-ono full
crown deer, of which thirty-two are of
tho English fallow breed. This institu
tion has been in existence for seven
During tho war a gentleman in the
South owned about 100 of these beauties,
but with the advance of the Union army
they were scattered in all directions, and
but few were recovered. Those which
wero returned were sold to the Salisbury
Association, and the park was then
formed. There was but one buck among
the few received, and even he soon died.
The American deer are slow to breed un
der any circumstances, and they will not
mir uitli the Kuelisu aeer. iu wu"
perpetuate tho English deer in thisccmn-ti-ou
iioonHwirv to cro to England
and there procure a fallow buck. Lord
Dunraven readily dispatched one to the
park, and from that time tne associuuuu
,, i.nnn in a nroHiiorous condition.
l.l.ii . ' v . 1 . i" 1 1 .
The park is in charge of a keeper, who
resides on the grounds. The American
deer are the neatest in form, and a few of
them aro so tame as to follow the keeper
from place to place. A reporter uieu 10
get within reach of the English stock,
but they hid in the low undergrowth
with which tho park is almost completely
covered. The keeper, George Hill, said
that there was no difficulty in raising the
deer. They were fed once a day on corn,
and in the winter, corn and buy. Somo
few of the English breed will not appear
upon the w histle of the keeper at feeding
time, and he snid that those fed upon the
walnuts, which were upon the ground in
abundance. Two deer are killed each
week for the market. Yesterday was the
timo for tho weekly bunt, the reporter
concluded to witness tho chase. There
might just as well have been but one
beust in the park, so far as it facilitated
the killincr. as there was one particular
deer to be sluin und no other.
There were three men with double
barreled shoturuns ami three without
guns, who, about 2 o'clock in tho after
noon, moved to the assault. After a half
hour's skirmishing through thick undor
frrowth the Enclish llock was spied.
They had heard the approach of tho bun-
tors, and tliev were lunuuea ciow, wuu
their bonds erect. Suddenly there was a
scattering, and the quick-footed animals
were flying in all directions. Another
search followed und in time u few deer
were sighted. Among this number was
the one desired. Dr. Johnson, of New
Hone, stole in their direction, while the
rest of the party watched the fretful crea
ture's anxious movements. When the
Doctor bad reached a point ubout 100
yards distant tho beasts again bounded
away. Tho Doctor shot, however, break
ing tho animal's foro leg. This wound
seoniod to havo no other effect upon the
deer than to entirely separate it from the
flock. Its running.eapacity seemed to be
in no way impaired. A long while
elapsed before they again camo upon tho
unhappy animal, und only then to lose
him again in tho shrubbery.
Of course, dogs wero not used in the
chase, as the doer was for the market;
and w hen dogs are used the carcass is
more or less mutilated. Also, in shoot
ing the deer the throat is aimed at, and,
unless u good shot is presented ut this
part of tho body, they are not killed. All
tho afternoon the six men chased the
boast from plaoo to place, until nature,
in the fall of night, came to its rescue,
and the hunt cousod.
Close by the park and on a part of the
old farm there is located a brook-trout
fishery which is springing into huge pro
portions. Tho fishery is now operated by
the Thompson Brothers. The process of
hatching the trout is interesting, and, al
though the work is not now under full
headway, an idea of its extent can be
gained. Un an elevation of ubout ten
feet above a rude one-story brick build
ing there is a hugo spring, the water of
which is as clear as a crystal, und in
rainy weather will not mix with the
muddy water that runs down from the
hills. From this spring comes tho water
which is used in the fishery. In tho
brick building tho operation of hutching
is begun. Three hatching boxes, each
containing fifteen apartments, are filled
with tho eggs of the trout. The three
boxes w ill hold in all three hundred
thousand eggs. Tho apartments of the
boxes are separated by light wire, and
each contains a certain number of eggs.
For forty -five days the spring water is
run constantly through these boxes, and
at the end of this time the fish appear,
and are removed and equally divided into
twenty troughs fourteen feet in length by
fifteen inches wide and nine deep. Here,
in the constantly running water, the lit
tle germs remain forty-five more days.
During this timo they are not fed, but
they subsist upon a littlo ball of mutter,
about the size of a pin head, w hich is at
tached to tuch one. From these troughs
they are removed to large inclosed square
boxes built iu the ground, through w hich
tho water is also constantly running.
Here they are fed upon beef liver chop
ped as tine us possiblo. As they grow
they are passed from box to box until af
ter about eighteen months, when they
are ready for market.
Mrs. Cornelia Nntter, of Waterloo
Iowa, has given $.'W,000 to en low a chair
of Practical Theology in t'.ie Garrett
Biblical Institute of Albany.
Mr. Pentecost, the Evangelist, has re
cently lost two sons by pneumonia, and
now he is compelled to abandon work on
account of symptoms of typhoid fever.
Some ladies make a great bustle wheu
they enter a theater. And it's gotting, so
we are told by a married compositor, to
be a femine fashion to put one of that
same kind of thing on before they start.
The "Nip and Tuck" theatrical com
pany is traveling in the West, it has
been nip and tuck with a great many
other companies to get through without
walking home.
Sam Ward has fairly captured London
society. His time is completely taken
np in attending dinners, sappers and
other festivities in Belirravia. It is un
derstood over there that Sam has recently 1
come into possession of a large property !
uirougn successiui speculation.
llostf sse and Their Yi y.
A low of the salient points which dis
tinguish the yerfect or charming hostess
ore, perhaps, foremost, certain facility of
putting each individual guest at bis
ease, conveying that the welcome she ac
cords to him is a personal, if not an
especial ono. Simultaneously with these
ngreeable expressions is conveyed a
sense of the bostessess genial qualities;
her charm of manner, her smiling
serenity, her unruffled demeanor, her
grociousness, and her courteous bearing,
evincing so plainly that she is entirely
mistress of the situation, which qualities
insensibly react upon the guests, and
evoke a corresponding desire on their
part. Her tact, aplomb, and readiness
of resource are such that she is equal to
any emergency; while the most awkward
of contretemps, which not infrequently
occur in society such as the wrong
people arriving at the wrong moment or
the same moment is carried off by her
in so skillful and successful a manner
thut the awkwardness of the meeting is
scarcely so much as perceived. Tho per
fect hostess has another advantage, on
which rests in a measure the groundr
work of the foregoing charms a readi
ness of speech, a faculty of saying the
right thing at the right momentand to
the right person, and of identifying her
self, so to speak, with susceptibilities of
each of her guests; nover attempting w
nlefisa one truest over the head of an
other, making the one feel small and
neglected while she is nover at a loss lor
a judicious remark to be addressed to
even the most insignificant of hor guests,
but is a queen in the art of society small
Tho good hostess is essentially what is
known as a considerate nostess; sue
makes np in consideration for her guests
for the brighter qualities of the "charm
ing hostess," in which she, the "good
hostess" is lacking. In tho charming
hostess this consideration is eclipsed by
her more brilliant powers of pleasing; it
permeates all she does; while in the good
hostess it is ner strongest point, anu up
on which is founded her claim to tho
name. The lady who bears the undesir
ablo reputation of being "not a good
hostess'' is not "good," in a variety of
wuvs: she means well, und doe3 her
utmost to succeed, but, by some contra'
rietv of the laws which regulate domestic
and social affairs, the results of hor
efforts are always the reverso of what she
would have them be. The "not good
hostesses" sometimes sutler from shy
ness and reserve, which renders them
stiff in manner when they would be most
cordial, silent when they would bo most
loquacious, and awkward when tliey
would be most graceful. Others, again,
have no method in their arrangements,
and consequently everything that they
superintend or attempt to manage, turns
out a tort, a traverse. Fussiness and an
over-anxiety to please is with many their
greut drawback and serious defect.
These ladies bore gents far more than
they are aware of ; they hunt them about
with mistaken zeal, teazing them with
inquiries ns to whether they are too warm
or too cold, whether will do this or do
that, go there or stay here, eat this or
drink that, and are so desirous of seeing
them enjoy themselves and be amused,
thut they destroy tho element they would
foster. ' Their friends do not speak un
kindly of this type of hostess on the
contrary, they give them full credit for
all their good iutentions; but they say
pitingly of one theso ladies, "Mrs. A. is
not a good hostess, certainly, but sho is
a good-natured woman, very." As there
aro ninny reasons why ladies prove to be
good hostesses, so there aro many
reasons why they prove bad hostesses;
selfishness and want of consideration for
others contribute to these, as do procras
tination and tho having no idea of time.
Ladies with such weaknesses as theso
produce very much the same impression
upon their guests, although perhaps ono
is a little less capable than the other.
lhc selfish hostess is a hud hostess, be
cause, provided she is herself amused,
she is utterly indifferent as to how her
guests may be faring, her own pleasure
and gratification being of paramount
importance with her. If she descends
Into to tho drawing room to welcome her
guests, instead of being in readiness to
roceivo them, it is because she is indiffer
ent as to whether there is any one to
greet them or not in the empty drawing
room; to arrange tho lust curl of her
coiffure in a coquettish manner, and
studs the set of ber train, is w ith her a
matter of much more importance. This
selfishness obtrudes itself at every turn
of her self-imposed duties; she is
incorrigible, and there is nothing to be
saiil for her. For the procrastinnting
hostess, although she is equally in fault,
yet, as she hastens to excuse hereelf
when lacking in politeness to, or consid
eration for her guests, her excuses are
sometimes admitted; but tho selfish
hostess, if she deigns to excuse herself,
does so with snch a palpable show of in
difference as to her guests' opinion of her
actions, that the excuse is oftener than
not an aggravution of tiie offense.
Coming out of a war penniless and on
one leg inclines a man to think that one
man may get too much glory and too
little money ia exchange for patriotisn .J
Col. Long, the first American officer to
enter tho service of the Khedive, is
studying law in New York, expecting to
return to Egypt to practice before inter
national tribunals.
Adelina Patti is about to bring the
pitch of instruments at the Italian Opera,
London, down to the diapason normal.
The change will cost S500U for new wood
instruments.
The Empress of Russia, who is at
Cannes, France, for the winter is suffer
ing from anamia, a malady often caused
by the hothouse atmosphere of Russian
dwellings.
Mrs. Scott-Siddons paid $50 for th
release of her baggage at the Troy
station last week, it having been attached
on a claim for a broken engagement in
Albany last winter.
The good Earl of Roseberry has taken
20 per cent, off the rents his tennants had
to pay. The tenants will undoubtedly
oe aoie 10
cent.
throw off the other 80 per
Among the converts made to temper
ance by a "blue ribbon" movement in
Atlanta. Ga., is Maj. S. W. Small ("Old
Si") one of the funny writers of the At
lanta COHStitUtillH,
.
"j
Helaxatlon of Oar mm a... t I
.mea,i
"H. J. B., the Washing . Cfc
rvnndant. nf tlioPhi'laUl.:- n ,.. i'ul
M - -w HMWUD1U111I -).. ' :..
I believe the cabinet are all in to. ft
Untoirnfct f'v'
niIU en?., alui
called on Postmaster-General V
in a hot game of cards with-v;' I J
,1
" riuv uo ui me most ie c
ate solituiro
players
Nopoleo
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the em,,u
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Well, didn't
opoleon
I'lay gujj.U
tanip .
i.ey buvH ne nites ino camo "
likes tho
cause ho likes a skillful man f,..'f
ponent. After leaving the JUlh-e l i
in the Ebbitt House rotunda a c I
sharp (that is, one who knows all!
cabinet officers) and I asked u 'l
several gentlemen pass their ev,,
$2,0
m UD, jou nave aU dio
soen how Key passes a weary hotlr y t du
will find him that way even- eve--l tw"
. .. rvu.uK iu8 eve
He never misses an invitation to dj
and he is very sociable Ho
fewest airs of any man in the cai
Ho will go and play seven un n-;n
aU
jmen
bo?n 1
not 1
pa rat;
body who is respoctablo, and wiJL ,rge
iiis snaro 01 me wnisity mid snio
Biiaro 01 uie cigars, a very goo,
llalii
Dons,
pass their time? "a
"Oh, well, Schurz generally readbfeoi
when his eyes troublo him from
worn ne goes to tne piano, mm, l
eyes, the room being somewhat dat f X
ed, and improvises. He is the only 2 .xj
in the cabinet who .knows anvtlm,t.X.i
music. His style is somewhut weird '
mournful. And sometimes it is the JP tlie
est. He and Henry Watterson wit "t"
together and sing and play a whole et.tor t
ing. The piano is Schurz's diversion?. ,
horses are Grant's.
"How abnnt Khnrninn? Hni- '
spend biseveninfirs?" ";!!!!?,
j "Well, Sherman is a great newsiw0'
reader, and just now he is making Ltou
sen aminDie wuu mo noutnern pfmer
ticians. He frequently hus them P"-
liouse of evenings. Sherman is niortf iwu
social man than you would think. Resid1
3 11111 ot anecdotes, and his rem !-fcii
ences are very entertaining. He is f PUH'
nly in official life. At home he is rn'00. ','
bleasant. He is also foud of a
iinnor and a glass of wine. The Sijcalu
ians all are. The Secretary very c'l prod
gets his shorthand writer at his hc:h mi!
find spends the whole evening writM "u
letters. His correspondence is vj""
Urge." S,n8
J "How about Undo Dick Thoinpslj
Poos he work evenings?" 1
I "No. He is very domestic and pv c u
sionately fond of young people, and! f"!
lias always a trooJ of children aboif Ja
liim. Besides, tho Secretary of tliejiakjqi
has reached that age when ho likes to fit s
to bed early. He is an early riser, to"' C1
and then he pitches into tho oilrfl
work. There is not a man in the cabin?' J
who devotes more hours to his office tk.;, ,
ho. He doesn't trust everything fe d
subordinates, and you will never findligKl
table piled a foot thick with papers of art
important character, as Robeson's ml
to be." 1 -
How about
Attorney-General Dc
vens?"
"Well, be is another hard worker. 1
studies a good deal at night. He is:
particnlur so he gets to bed at 12, 1 or
o'clock at night. Ho is a jollier folk
than he genorally gets credit for. E
also likes pleasant fellows about k
and he can tell a good story. He lib
wiuiai. tne study ot literature, ana ,u
this regard, a man of lino und corm
testes. He is not a man of strong ck
acter, for, like many Boston men, ii
cares too much for appearances. I
he is honest, and is a conscientic
officer."
Is Secretary McCavv a exeat sw
dent?" ""J
"I am afraid McCrary is a little fimi
and lazy. He is a great lover i t the laj
nnd likes to read cases. Ho is a slow lv
heavy man, who does not liko ts go oji
of evenings, but he is good-natured, ani
always treats people politely, though r?,,
servedly. He is better fitted for a juJfJp'
than jumping political fences, l"
War Department he is little better tht $
a clerk, but in tho cabinet, whenever T
big law question comes up, I had rau.-i'
have his opinion than all the rest pJ
togother. He is old common sense. B'jr,
he is not Secretary of War. Gener
Sherman runs the Wa Department, a:,
in this respect the military power
above the civil. Uelknap is the oniy aw
wno ever broucht Sherman to tent-
Bel knap made Sherman subordinate, a
drove him to St. Louis."
"Well, bow does Evarts spend 1-
"Oh, Evarts is so rarely here uw 1
""O" . . . ...II
can hardly tell. You had better a"
somo New York client of his. Evart
however, is very fond of company, and;l
the best story teller of the cabinet. B
is also a big eater, although is one 01 v-
thinnest men I over saw. I really dot
InAv limv lift tmufuui liia pvpninS. 1
....... . 0- .
chances are that if he has company, ctg
will talk to them as Ions as they
stay. He gives fine dinner parties, '
has the best bouse for entertainment
Wnuliinr-tnn TTadnnfi not 1V flllV met
disgrace the standard established by M'Kf
i lsh in shis respect.
How does the President spena i-
evenincrs.'
"Now. look liere, said my intu,t
"you are going too fast and are gur'W
me." I assured him I was not.
must surely know, then.'.aid be, "tli'W
the President is the jollied man in ti"
world in bis home circle. He is in tin
private rooms of the White House everfT
evening, where Mrs. Hayes receives f
who call. He says pleasant things
everybody, and makes himself JerX'
agreeable. When it rains, or when iroij
other causes nobody calls during tt
evening, he plays 'pussy wants a cornK
with the young ladies, for there t--
always oung ladies visiting at the Whi
"Now. honestly, does the Preside-
play 'pussy want a corner?' " t
"Upon my word be does, for InT
seen him do it, and he seemed to i
ioyiV.
"Well, it is human nature to uni-'.
amau men are careiui not w ic
world see them.
It is only the p.
men who can afford to play 'pussy
m amma .1. n TVkUi Un'nail "
The Spanish Minister at Wasbingtot
nnk in the rear of his residence.
Ex -Collector Simmons, of Boston,
msiectinff mines in Arizona, '
President of the Unpin JMoniEg
pany.
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