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capital ci'rV Courier, Saturday august 6, 1891
MENTS AT SUMMER
An i:irlrnrnl 'nrrrioiu1rnl Tsdlt
How i lil V Amusing Mini I'mllt-
m rrrfiirinniipri-llm l l'rrirr a
frog minium Mini Itiimll III "Tnlml.'
Hm lid (.'iirrcsimniletire.)
Sauatoo , Aug. 4. When pootilo mt
nwny from homo for thn summer and
tlio llrst novelty of tlio surroundings lint
worn olT, tliu restlesi feeling of wanting
1o Ik) amused assorts itself, ntnl some
limes nlso i lnudnblo ilotlro to ilo some
tiling for others finds placo in tholi
minds, nod ns ilcnlcs and excursion
Imvo palled tliolr lionrtn, hanker nftei
tho fleshpols of muslo and drama
Then is tlio tlino thntoiitcrtalhmotits fm
tlio Vuiotlt of tlio fresh air fund, tin.
children's country week, tliu llttlt
uiotlicrs, or tlio St. John's guild or sonic
other worthy object aro thought of,
Dut tho getting up of nn entertain
tnetit that Hhall bo entertaining, tlif
choosing of talent ho ns to lenvo no bit
torness or jealousy mid tlio bilnglnn
the wholo thing through tlio mazo ol
dlulciiltles to u tlunuclul success is 11
bnrd and diftlcult labor, and out of tin
abundance of oxnoileuco Iwilto down
theso fow directions, hoping they 11111)
bo of help to any ono who thinks of or
Kanizlng an enteitulnniunt.
I11 tlio first place the organizer must
consult with two or threo of tlio mint
influential tenons in tlio place, if a
small town, or guests if in n hotel.
Tlio iwrson who wishes to get up nn
entertainment should always nrraugt
matters bo that ho or sho is tlio powei
without showing that fact, which re
quires a good ileal of tact, ns will lit
discovered lieforo tlio wholo thing h
llually settled. A firm but modest de
meanor is necessary in tlio matter, and
nil disagreements between the rest
should Ik) referred to tho manager fo:
arbitration. - ,
, Thcrais in small towns usually (i pub
lio lmllbut noyer'tako 11 church if ks
slblo to obtain any other placo large
enough, oven if it has to 1k somebody's
barn, nicely decorated for tho occasion.
There is, as there should bo, a feeling
that lnakos n hearty laugh or n gonial
npplauso seem out of placo, and the
aacredncsa of the church throws a pall
over tho spirits of nudlenco and players.
Hotels havo a ballroom, or tho dining
room can bo utilized.
Having secured n placo for tho enter
tainment, tho question of what it is to lie
should bo fully decided before tho final
arrangement of tho impromptu stage
should bo made, as if a little play is
given thero will need to bo souio stage
setting, whereas, if only a concert,
nothing but tho curtain is required. In
making out n programmo there should
1)0 ns great n varioty,of talent as pos-d-ble,
and if in a town local talent should
bo employed us largely as possible, ns it
will interest tho people more. There
should bo as many persons on tho pro
grammo ns can possibly be giveu parts,
for tho reason that each iwrson, no mat
ter who, is suro to havo friends who will
como to see him succeed and enemies to
rejoice in short coinings, and both classes
All tho fund, and money is what the
manager is after.
Hit is possible to havo a tableau ot
two with little children in them, or to
havo nny clover children to slug, dance
or piny upon any Instrument, or to re
cite, it Is always well, n thoy jook pretty
ant! appeal to eveiy one's heart frrit
ably, nnd their very mistake m4 fall
tares are attractive, nnd every ono bis'a
Jot o( cousins, sister nnd aunts, and in
the affair is for charity it should be
'firmly Insisted upon that there be no
"If In a small place tho price should
be low, thsj inhabitants cannot afford
to pay high prices; if in a largo hotel, ot
place llko Narragansett, Newport, Sara
toga or Long Branch, higher, prices can
be charged, and there aro always enough
clever young ladles and amateurs ot
considerable talent and pretty children
to make a show far better than tht
, scrubby theatrical performances ofteu
.inflicted upon jthe snfsrikg visitors b
poor traveling companies, which the
summer visitors gladly patronize out ol
If, then, the manager wishes to or
ganize such a performance ho must tirsi
inquire about cautiously for a few day
until he gets an idea of what available
talent there ts at hand, nnd then make
sure that he can get a place. Next t
gin openly by trying to get the "leading
people," as aforesaid, interested; then
let it Biinmcr a few days more until
everybody is talking about it. When it
has reached this period it is well to see
the "talent," nnd find out just who you
can get nnd what they can do, If there
are anjfr fairly good amateurs try 1
plan for agpod llttlo one act comedy.
Thero aro numbers of them requiring
from two to half a dozen character)",
That is a good thing to have first on the
' Next try hwTfind n quartet, a pianist
a vioun ana ante soloist ana sonic
ono who plays the banjo. Singers of
more or.less ability are plentiful, and lu
these days it is very easy to find seme
yaaag society lady who can do a gentee!
aurenqtful serpentine or shawl dance .
If poadbrlRt avoid it, do not inflict uu
elocunanist upon your public. If you
jari gea few pretty children to do a
minuet try it by all means, and get all
the children you can on your programme
on general principles. Not so much is
exacted .of,, them, nnd 'they ulwayx
pleasoand everything thoy do is pro
nottsmdjMt too cunning for any
thingV' nod tltolr voices, which sound so
thready and thin in a theater, aro ntiltt
strong enough for the hall, ballroom or
Now yon should fix your date, gel
out your tiokets and place them with ill
your lady, friends and, iu the principal
places'of resort and appoint a sort ot
committee, always keeping the fact be
fore them that you are the head of it
all. Appoint the richest woman as
treasurer, the one who knows the leaf t
nliotit music on thnt department nnd
endeavor carefully to glvo each ono of
tho committee ohargo of that of which
she is most ignorant. Sho would never
refuso, for that would show her igno
ranco, nnd sho will know so llttlo nbout
it thnt sho will bo glad to dofer to you,
and they will all work If you havo tact
enough to stimulate them by inferring
a sort of rivalry in tho salo of ticket).
As manager you must now decide
upon tlio programmo, ana go your
stage and all Its necessary proportlcs
ready, nnd begin your rehearsals. Thcso
need not necessarily bo held in tho place
whoro your performance is to Ihj given,
but should lo practiced onco at least
thero to gauge it to tho voices.
You will now bo protty busy, but you
must seo tho editors of tho local papers,
and it is just ns well to write about
what you want to say yoursolf, nnd give
It to tho editor with tho pollto phraso
thnt knowing him to bo no vory busy,
nnd that his tlino is so vnluablo, you
thought best to mnko n fow notes which
ho could rend and draw upon at his
leisure, Ten to 0110 ho will print tho
notice just ns you wroto It. In small
places the local editors expect and
should havo tickets. Don't bo stingy in
this particular. Tho clergy nlso could
hnvo complimentary tickets,
Tlio programmo that gives tho bou
satisfaction in miinnier resorts is one
which pormita n dnuco afterward. The
lat arrangements to make uro to flint a
ticket taker nnd an honest man at thtt
box olllco, to get n couple of gentlemen
to net ns ushers, to boo that all tho
chairs for your nudlonco nro In their
places, that your stage is solid and all
right, to look carefully to tho safety of
your footlights, to havo your cut tain
nnd Htngo properties in perfect readi
ness, bo thnt thero enn bo no possible
hitch nnd no danger from ilro, nnd you
must personally mako suro during tho
last day thnt ovory "artist" who is to
tnko part is going to bo thero, bo ns to
mnko provision for filling in his or her
placo in caso of failure.
Tho proper sheets of inusio must be
thoro in duplicate, so that if in tho haste
of departure tho "artists" have forgot
ten theirs it can bo given them, nnd tlio
prompter (probably yoursolf, nlso) must
havo tho prompt book in hand to stimu
late lagging inomorics. A good concert
piano should bo at hand and whatever
other musical talent available bo ready
for tho overture.
A good programmo for an entertain
ment of this kind for ono of tho larger
resorts would lo as follows, with such
variations as tho caso ntado necessary
Overture lly piano, violin, flute, etc.
Comedietta 'Tlio Happy Pilr."or other one
act piny with small cast.
Souk ami encore by some yuuutc laily.
Uaujo or violin solo by lady, gentleman or
Minuet by children In costume.
Tableau Something relating to Revolution
ary days by tamo children in saino costumes.
Solo by lady, gentleman or child.
Shawl or scarf duueo by lady.
Parlor uiaglo or Instrumental musto by gen
Tnbleau by children.
Imitations of various celebrities by lady 01
Flualo Tableau of totuo historical or fairy
pleco by whole company, with red light.
Tho programmo does not look long
but what with tlio waits and tho encore
it will fill 11 good two hours, after which
thoro can be 11 small hop, or, if that is
not desirable, a ono net farce can lx
played. There aro various places where
scenery, properties and costumes are to
bo let for just such entertutnmonts at
very reasonable prices. I remember ono
where Mrs. Mary E. Bryan wrote a llttlo
(omedy for production and had all' tho
costumes, scenery, etc., sent on from
And that makes mo think to suggest
that a clever manager can mako up very
pretty littlo plays from the fairy tales
and nursery rhymes, and have them
played by children, part in words and
part in pantomime. Classical subjects
are also pretty and taking, and the audi
ences being disposed to be lenient, it is
not hard to get up something amusing
and novel, if you have an idea of scenic
effect, nnd have the faculty of drilling
raw material, which is by no means an
For a programme in a small 'town
charades go very well, ns they givo the
andienco a sort of feeling that they "bo
long to the show," und tableaux of
Biblical subjects are always taking, and
so are pictures of low life in great cities,
and the scenes from "Ten Nights in n
Barroom," and last, but not least, patri
otic sceaea with wounded and dead sol
diers, and a fierce battlo with stnra and
stripes abovoull. This season Columbut
tableaux would go well.
l'rurtsior David Swing,
Ciucxao, Aug. 4. Professor David
Swing ts not so much discussed in the
newspapers as ho used to bo, but his
reputation and influcnco hero nro ns
great as ver. Now about sixty, ho still
draws crowds every Sunday to tho Cen
tral Muslo hall, where his admirers and
followers assemble to hear his vlows on
Many persons have already forgotten
that he rilled, some twenty yenrs ago, a
Fresbytertau pulpit, that ho was nr
ralgned,for heresy and that his trial
caused a profound 1 commotion in the
ologic circles. During the trial one ot
the Chicago dallies published the primi
tive Presbyterian creed? which was so
shocking to many members of the
church who had never rend it before
that they doubted its authenticity at
first. When thoy found it to bo entirely
correct they saw how any man might
be guilty of heresy without knowing it,
and thus learned a much needed lesson
of evangelical charity.
The jury, having disagreed, Swing
chose to resign his pulpit rather than
undergo tho trouble und annoyance of u
second trial, which would probably have
ended like the first. He then bet up an
independent society, which divided his
church, more than half its members, and
many of.tlie most proinlnont and intelli
gent, adhering to him and his fortunes,
which have never waned. N. B. It.
IN THE BAHAMAS.
A Truvrlrr Is He 111 1 mini of Om iilti,(
llefnrn lltti llrrat flcurrr
IJoston, Aug. 4. Tho writer recently
passed through thnt part of tho Dahamn
tea whero the caravels of Columbus must
havo been on tho evening before tho day
of tho great discovery.
Tho cry of tho laud birds, recalling
those that llko winged prophets first
sung to Columbus of tho Antilles of
tho pines nnd palms, tho flying fish
like white throated birds, tho shadowy
ilolnlilns in tlio coral caverns of the
green sea, and tho flaming western sky I
against whoso crimson tires a cloud I
looks llko the raised hand of tho fabled 1
Karkan that tho crows of tho resolute
Ucnoeso so much dreaded, nil servo to
kiudlo tho imagination in this tropical
region the paradise of waters.
"What wero tho crows of Columbus
doing on this evening in tho vory shadow
of tho great event?" naked n traveler ns
tho steamer glided, ns it wero, into tho
glimmering darkueis of tho twilight
and a lighthouse flamed nfar.
"Singing," said a well read tourist.
"What evidence havo you of that?"
queried a commercial traveler, whos-j
mind demanded proof in nil situations
of poetic coloring.
"Columbus Bays," said tlio tourist,
"that tho crows sang tho vesjior hymn
on every evening of tho outward voyage,
so wo may safely picture them as so oc
cupied onthis eventful evening."
"Can you repent tho words?"
"No. Tho popular translation begins
"Oentlo Stnr of Ocean,
Portal of tho Sky,
"Still ns on wo Journey
Help our wenk endeavor,
Till with Theo anil Jcsua
Wo rejoice forever.
"Now to Ood eternal,
One nnd mighty Three,
Father, Sou nnd Spirit,
Equal glory bo. Amen."
But this is not tliu exact "Snlvo Ro
gina" of Columbus. It is only a vory
fico rendering of it, llko tho Italian girl's
hymn to tho Virgin, by Mrs. Heman".
It has ono curious stanza, which is a sort
Jfnw by nnbrlul's Ave,
Uttered unto thee,
Eva's nnme reversing,
Our protector be.
So wo hnvo a somewhat clear picture
of tho night before tho discovery on
tho caravels of Columbus. Tho serene
twilight, tho procession of tho early
stars, the hymn chant, the signal gun
and the watch a sceno worthy of the
poet or painter; n thrilling suspense in
tho silence of tho most eventful hour
of human history.
Something Llko the Wlialebvck.
Cleveland, Aug. 4. The first of a
new typo of lake vessel, which promises
to bo as notable in its way as the Mc
Dougal whalebnck, has been launched
at this port. Tho Monitor, a lake men
havo dubbed it, is the special design of
Captain H. D. Cofflnberry, the presiden
of the company, It is a compromise be
tween tho ordinary steam bargo of tho
lakes and the whalebuck.
Tho vessel is entirely of steel. Below
tho water lino the Monitor differs lit
tlo from the old type, but abovo tho
sides round in, nnd tho upper works nro
less conspicuous. Tho windlass house
in front is little more than n narrow box
and does not interfere with the view of
the man at tho wheel aft. For entering
port or in the crowded rivers that con
nect the great lakes the vessel can be
steered from the top of this wlndlas-s
house in tho bow by nn arrangement r f
steam steering gear. This is u mot-t
The upper works aft consist of a
square steel houso, which incloses coal
bunkers nnd boiler room, besides storage
and dining room and firemen's and deck
hands' quarters. Abovo.,theso are tlio
'pilot house'and cabin. , 1
The advantages 'of the Monitor type
over the ordinary lake bargo nro n saving
of 10 per cent, inxost and the ability to
carry 5 per cent, moro cargo on the
sane draft owing to tho dispensing
with the main deck and the weight in
the ends represented by tho sheer. While
this is a smaller ranrgiu than is claimed
for tho whaleback, it is compensated
for by the sollder contraction. Besides
the upper works tho system of framing
is stronger for the buido amount of ma
terial, nnd tho bides und ends are sup
ported by irtirtial bulkheads sixteen feet
apart, while tho lino of tho tides is nn
urally stronger than that of tho whale
back. Samuel G. McCluke.
' jfW I
Mlm Took I'riiU In lllm.
It was n good ninny inltuiti-s after mid
plglit wIiimi Mr, Hnaugs readied home, and
nftcr n kimx! deal of experimenting ultli
tho keyi'olo and tlio latchkey finally let
Ilo went up stairs 111 stealthily ai he
could, but of course they creaked, and
wbyU.bejTaichvd tho second floor his wife
wk wide iiwiikoT
"Wlint time Is itf" sho asked.
"A llttlu while after 13 by my watch
my dear, but I think It's fast."
"Something llko Its owner,1' Mrs.StwiKg
coriYriiciitcd In n frigid voice.
Mr. Sunggs nmdu no reply.
"Whero were you tonlghtf" sho de
manded. - -MSjf"
"My dear." responded Snagus In In
lured tones, "you don't mistrust your own
'" "".""" l "PJ
"Not at all. I merely had some curlix
Ity to know what fresh excuse you hml
concocted, that's all." Now York H
Her I.lttlo Jolcr,
"Why did you toss young Chapley over
boanir "Oh, I was tired of him: I wanted to
renew my youth, don't you know." Life.
A farmer told this story tho othcrday nt
Newtown, L. I.:
"Crops had turned out pretty badly, and
tho prospect for sprouting was worse. No
rain had fallen for many days. I was
"My lwiys wero Hying 11 kite.
" 'Dad,' they said, 'send up a message.'
"I took a pleco of paper half of a sheet
of note paper and wroto on it: 'Will It
rnluf Henry K. Smith.' Then tho loys
sent up tho message, as you did many a
tltno when you wero Ixjys.
"Well, thnt mesoago went scooting away
up. Ileforo long n wholo flock, or what
ever you call It, of sparrows cnuio along.
They spied tho kite und the messngo awny
up there nnd kicked up n great rumpus
They darted nt tho paper, drove their lit
tlo bills through It tlino nnd time ngnln
and pecked furiously ot it. Then they
stood off at souio distance, ns if Inspecting
their work, and then they flew oil nnd
took up position in a big old tree.
"The boys shortly nfterwnrd, when the
air tiecnmo close and tho big black cloud
began to bank themselves np nil about,
pulled down tho kite.
"But n small pleco of tho paper re
mained. All of tho namo but tho y on tho
end of Henry, the K and tho S on the
Smith had been pecked away. Thnt spelled
"Ilut the strangest thing was yet to hap
pen. That night there was a thunder
storm, but strange to say not a drop of
"Next morning wo found that tho tree
in which tho spurrows had taken rcfugo
hail been struck during tho night, and that
every blamed ono of thoso sparrows had
"'Twan't tho first time a fellow was
struck down for lying, was Itf" New
York Evening Sun.
Mothurly Trlila Justified
"Mildred, Is it truo that Frances Bill!
wink has been seeking to attract tho at
tention of Harold Spanglerr"
Tho regal, dark eyed girl bowed her
"She has, mother."
"Does sho not know ho Is your affianced
"I I think so. Everybody knows It."
"And pardon me, my child docs he
seem to waver In his nlleglnnce to your"
A look of relief, mingled with an unmis
takable expression of gratified matern.it
pride, flashed across the gentle face of the
"I am glad to hear it, Mildred," she said
tenderly. "I could hardly think it possi
ble, I confess, that a girl ot her merely
superficial attainments nnd florid style of
beauty could attract tho fancy or snare the
affections of n discernloself poised young
man llko Harold Spangly And you nro
suro sho has utterly follcilf'
"I know what I am ta tag nbout, moth
er," rejoined tho proud girl, her lips cur
ling In magnificent scorn. "When Fnn
Ullliwlnk tried to cut me out she bit oil
moro than sho could chew.' Chicago
Out of the I'ati.
Sea Captn,-Yi', 1 wnnt a boy, but I
think you Icxk llko a runaway: Now ain't
yet Didn't you run nway from home?
Hoy Yo-yo-y-e-s, but I couldn't help ft.
They wns goin to send mo to a 'dentist to
havo six teeth tilled.
"They was, was they? Well, I'd 'a run
oft too. I don't believe in llllin teeth."
"N-o, sir; I don't either."
"Of course not. Youconioon board with
we, ana ir anytiung's wrong witn your
teeth th' carpenter enn take 'em out with
a monkey wrench,"
Hoy went llonle. Good News.
Maud .Muller worked at rnklng liny,
And got inoro f rc-cklcs day by duy,
Until her f ilce looked llko n side
Of leather from a horse's hide.
Shd didn't care till boarders enmo
from Uoston town, and then her shame
Wu really- pitiful to see,
At least It to appeared to' me.
'Her reddest blushes wouldn't show,
Tho freckles were too thick, you know.
As you rub both our elbow and shin,
, 'You are tempted to swear somo no doubt.
For fust when oii think )ou are In
' Is tho tliha when ou llnd ou nrr out.
New- York Kcnlnu&un.
One Great Ad runt aifs.
1'se got a cood New- Enulun'd I11M0
For ev'ry-klnd of pie..
But hurklvtH.rr)'s beM, Ucnuso
You cannot see tliu lllm.
pAVINU Just assumed personal control oi my liandwine new stables, It will be
my aim to conduct n Una-class establishment, gMng best of care nnd attention to
horses entrusted to otir keeping.
Single or double, and n fine line of well-trained horses for liver) us a,
nlshed, day or night.
DAVE FITZGERALD, Prop.
M. R. STANLEY, Foreman. Telephone 550
Stables 1639 and 1641 O Street.
For the Seashore,
nn extended visit
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