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Paililiiad's Most tempting
. l Art for thc
By MARCEL PREVOST.
AINTIXti, 1 believe, is j,rcttin;? to Ik- the most tempting art
for tho dilcttant, more tempting even tlnm music. There, arc.
inure painters than there are musicians, writers;, than every
tliing else, nlinost. There are infinite numbers of them. The
most moilrst Imnipiet of painters reunites hundreds of guests.
At every exposition modern paintings cover n largo area of
space. And what does honor to these volunteers of art i
the fact that no financial bait induces the greater part of
those painters to follow this vocation.
The majority of people who do not paint themselves value a
picture, unless it bears the -name of some noted master, only by thc worth
of its frame. Ind"cd, one's imagination is too weak to conceive what dark
abyss engulfs those numerous rolls of painted canvas which represent
human being", llowers, landscapes. Where did they come from? Whence
are they going? Jt is possible, that these pictures bide themselves to die?
However, this uncertain destiny of their works does not discourage
the thousands of this vocation. Ever increasing numbers of indefatigable
buman hands are mixing paints und putting them on canvas. It would
set in that painting bad an irresistible attraction for them.
Where, then, does this tempting quality which painting lias for these
neophytes come in? Is it possible that they all take up this vocation in
obedience to our inner voice, to a call from (iod? Xo amateur who is
reasonable will i.dmit this except perhaps to himself. If be think of all
the others he must admit that so many people cannot be "necessary" nrl
ist. A work of art is by the definition of it an exception. One has proof
of this in the fact that one ceases to consider the present and one begins
to value the legacies of the past.
Without even seeing tbeni one can confidently state that out of the
T,0l() paintings which the Paris Salon exhibits annually the number .of
really great works of art is decidedly small. The rest arc more or let
successful. J,cfs presumptuous than poets, less chimerical than musicians,
many men of talent who hang, up their pictures in salons from time to
time admit that they paint for the pleasure of painting only.
The pleasure of painting is complex. While giv
ing an occupation lor tne painters lingers punning is
not exactly a thing to stir the soul of the amateur.
The amateur is not reouired to undertake a number of
compositions and to pick out the most difficult. A
faithful reproduction of a house at the edge of a
stream and the amateur has gained the name of an art
ist. Painting within the limits in which the dilcttant
exercises it is one of those arts where invention and
originality hae been greatly reduced. A successful
copy of a picture of a great master with them passes
for a work of art.
It is for these reasons that canvas and brush
stand in no danger of remaining idle.
Br Dr. THOMAS DARLINGTON
Unllh Commisiioner ol New York City
vegetarian is not because Nebuchadnezzar,
the. first uni tarian in history, was afterward found to be crazy. I eat
simply what appetite and experience have told me agrees with me.
The reason for this course of diet is that it enables tne to work l.
hours a (lav. Perhaps I might say that others should be glad 1 do not
follow what is judged to be a scientifically balanced dietary, for as mat
ters are 1 am able to make a speech lasting two hours and a half. What
would happen to my hearers if I really were kept in form by proper
eating? It reminds me that once I spoke for two hours and 25 minutes
on the evils of alcoholism and when I finished half my hearers rushed
for nearby cafes, while the other half said that they were so tired they
never wanted to hear the word alcohol again.
lint, seriously. 1 should say that whatever I may iind expedient in
niv own case anybody who wishes to feed himself properly should consult
his family physician, whether or not he is yet a sufferer from indigestion.
By RV. THOMAS R. SUCER
ing power without lowering his moral
ideals. If the world seem Hat to him, and his outlook narrow, many an
Ninth. r may be. to him just the inspiration that he needs.
The best seller in the world is the Hible, and, happily, it is cheap, not
in the popular sense. So that after all it is the kind -of reader upon whom
the impiirv must event mill Test-. Kvcn the excitement that comes from
rcadin" books is as vnriou m kind as the books themselves. The spirit
of adventure is excited in the boy by m good a book as Stevenson's ''Treas
ure Island," which is not to he compared with the penny dreadfuls com
mollis represented by "Thc l'ink Robbers of the Blue Mountains," "The
r.ullv Pov f the Ciilieo Kv" or "The Poisoned Gumdrop; or, The Candy
Woman's J'cvcngo." And I suppose St. Paul got far more excitement out
,f being "a day and a night in the deep" than any vulgar-minded person
has secured from tin- perusal of "Three Weeks."
What I cat myself is not what I would
recommend as thc diet for anybody else.
Perhaps this is because 1 follow no theory
in my eating and take what is set before
me. My only care is that the food shall
be fresh, a condition which I am glad to
say is usually evident. Therefore the only
iiestion 1 ask as to my menu is: "lines
it agree with me?''
Naturally I do not set up my own fare
as a model, since in that case I liud buck
wheat cakes and sausage, for example, an
excellent breakfast food. That I am not n
Xo hard and fast rule as to ethics can
be basetl upon commercial success in litera
ture. The "best seller" is not necessarily a
bad book, but, unfortunately, a bad book
is apt to be one of the "best sellers." There
are four reasons for reading a book: In
formation, inspiration, entertainment and
excitement. As Lord Ibieon says, "Read
ing maketh a full man," but it is common
.observation that it makes a difference, what
a man is "full" of. If a man be fagged
and need entertainment he has a right to
anv entertainment that restores his work
'. rM -v
Trtf A$TLVt. IX1MOUTH ap
It Is Indeed surprising to find how
unfamiliar the English are as a race
with tho beautles of their own coun
try. How many of them spend their
holidays on the continent in search of
beautiful scenery, not knowing that
within easy access they havo scenery
difficult to equal and practicaclly im
possible to Bupcrsedo.
The glorious county of Devon Is lit
erally teeming with beauty spots, the
climax being reached in the dellghtftil
little twin villages of Lynton and Lyn
mouth, nestling between precipitous
hills and ending in the gigantic rock
bound cliffs which skirt this portion
of the Brlstol'channel.
Blackmorc's romantic novel of
"Lorna Doone" and Whyte-Melvllle's
"Katerfelto" have done much tp make
these beauty spots famjliar to us, and
those who travel to Lynton and
Lynniouth via coach from Mlnehead
can acquaint themselves with most
of the points of Interest with which
the readers of these famous novels
Leaving Minehead wo pass varied
and beautiful scenery till we arrive
at the quaint little village cf Pollock,
where we pull up at the picturesque
"Ship Inn." Two additional horses
are here attached, for we have a very
steep climb of several hundred feet
before wo reach our next stopping
place, aud even with the six horses
we now have the ascent Is nono too
easy. Behind us we see gradually dis
appearing the exquisite vale of Tor
lock, on the right are the gleaming
waters of tbe Bristol channel, whilst
on thc left we obtain glorious views
of hill and moorland.
At Yearnoor Moor the horses are
changed, and the rest of our Journey
through Somerset past County Gato
Into Devon Is Indeed one of the lovo
liest. On our right we still have the
Bristol channel, and on our left breezy
Uxmour, and if we have selected a
lino day for our Journey we experi
ence an Indescribable feeling of ex
hihuVttlon as we Inhale the pure air
of the moors and enjoy the beauties
of hills and coombes surely un
If we have chosen the autumn for
oar visit, we revel In a wenlth of glo
rious color that is Indescribable; mile
after mile of purple heather Inter
mixed with brilliant golden gorse, and
a glimpse of Kxmoor under these con
ditions is never to be forgotten, whilst
If fortunate wi may catch a glimpse
of tho red deer for which the district
is so famous. After a glorious ride of
about twenty miles we reach Counte3
bury Foreland, and we now commence
our descent Into Lynmouth. On our
left are towering hills, whilst on our
right Is a sheer drop into the sea of
several hundred feet, and wo hold our
breath as the coach gradually de
scends tho steepest hl'l In England,
till the rushing waters of tho Lyn re
mind us that we are rapidly nearing
our destination. The coach stops at
the Lynbrldge hotel, where visitors to
Lynmouth alight, and ono and till
agree that the latter part of the jour
ney has left an Impression that noth
ing will ever efface.
The coach is now llgh'tied of
much of Its luggage, and the horses
start on their arduous climb to Lyn
ton, several hundred feet above, and
here again the Impression created Is
And now for a few words about
theso exqulslto villages Immortalized
by Shellcv, Southey and others of our
poets, and eulogized by Gainsborough
among famous painters.
Nestling between gigantic hills Is
tho tiny vlllngo of Lynmouth, its one
street skirted by tho East Lyn, whoso
waters rush and tumble over tho
rocks In their haste to reach tho sea,
and here stretched beforo us Is a
scene of loveliness.
On our right reaching far out to sea
Is the gigantic headland of Countos
bury Foreland, whilst on our left nre
btupcudouo cliffs covered with brll
lmntly hued flowers or wooded almost
to tho water's edge.
If we retrace our steps and follow
Uio course of the Lvn. iu a few uiq
V t- vl..'.''- V
ments we find ourselves In a scene of
beauty, and we can wander along the
banks for several miles lost In won
derment at tho glories opening out
Below Is a ravine down the center
of which Is a rushing stream, the bed
of which is strewn with hugo rocks,
round which tho water whirls and
lashes Itself Into foam. On either side
are precipitous hills densely wooded,
and we here and there obtain a
glimpse of banks of gigantic foxgloves
and other wild flowers, whilst near the
water's edgo are ferns In bewildering
variety, 6ome of which are almost
tropical, reaching a height of nearly
A walk of about two miles brings us
to the famous "Watersmeet," whero
the Coombe Water Joins tho Brendon
Water in a succession of beautiful
falls, and tho grandeur and manifold
beauties of the scenery nt this noint
may tempt us to remain hero till we
are ready to resume our Journey back
to Lynmouth. -
Should, however, we decide to pro
ceed, we can follow the Brendon Wa
ter for another four or Ave miles
through scenery momentarily growing
more beautiful until wo at length
reach Doone valley, where we can ex
pore many of the points of Interest
referred to In Blackmore's novel. In
cluding tho famous Waterslide, and
the tiny church at Oare, In which
Lorna and Jan Kldd were married.
Thero are two or three routes by
which we can wend our way home
wards, each equally beautiful, but as
we are probably tired, we may find It
advisable to charter one of the car
riages which ply for hire near the en
trance of the Doono valley.
A tiny cliff railway for a small coRt
will take us from Lynmouth into Lyn
ton near the North walk, probably the
finest coast walk In the kingdom. Cut
In tho face of tho cliff between six and
seven hundred feet high with Jagged
masses of rock towering above us for
another two or three hundred feet, we
have a scene of superb grandeur, and
after a walk of abqut a mile find our
selves by Castlo rock, and at tho en
trance of tho famous Valley of Bocks.
Days and weeks fly quickly by In
exploring the beauties of this romnn
tic little spot. Lee Bay and Woody
Bay nro w ithin easy distance and their
delightful glens, coombes and rushing
streams, beyond which is tho steep
gorge of Heddons Mouth, whilst coach
rides to Ilfracombo, boat trlpB to
Clovelly, and the toy railway to Barn'
staple give us tho opportunity of fa
millarizlng ourselves with beauties of
which all Englishmen should be proud.
Mr. Uawson's mule had strayed
away, and Pomp had been sent to find
It. Instead of running along the road
In tho direction In which the mule had
been' last seen, romp- scrambled up
Fvospect Hill as fast as he could go,
and surveyed tho countryside.
When he returned In triumph with
tho mule an hour later, Mr Rawson
inquired why he had wasted llrno
climbing the hill.
"'Twa'n' no waste ob time!" said
Pomp, Indignantly. "Don't you know,
Mr. Hawson, sah, dat a mewel is one
oh dose animals you is got V 'proach
from de front end foh yo' own safety?
An' how could I 'proach dat mewel
from do front end till 1 knowed v.har
ho was?" Youth's Companion.
Pastor's 50,000 Mile Drive.
At this morning's service In the
Union church at Neffavllle, the Hev.
Dr. E. J. Fogel announced his resigna
tion as pastor of the Reformed Con
gregallon at that place.
Pr. Kegel has served tho Jordan
charge which Includes threo churches
besides Union, for 42 and a half years,
and during this time ho calculates
that he has driven 50,000 miles In at
tending to the needs of Union church
alone. He lias baptized over 800 chil
dren, confirmed 900, officiated at C42
funerals and preached over 1,100 ser
mons nt this ono church. Allcntown
CVrospondouce, Philadelphia Press.
PLANS SIGNALING TO MARS
Prof. David Todd of Amherst to As
cend Ten Miles In Balloon to Ob
serve If Man Is Inhabited.
It it were proposed to expend con
siderable sums of money In erecting
a powerful plant to send messages by
wireless telegraphy to the Inhabitants
of unexplored regions of Central Afri
ca, we would doubtless hear sugges
tions that the effort be at least post
poned until we should ascertain
whether there are any Inhabitants in
tho locality Indicated and also- wheth
er they could detect and comprehend
the messages when received, says the
Literary Digest. Considerations of
this kind do not seem to bother the
people who are planning to signal to
Mars, among whom apparently are
numbered a few well-known astron
omers. It may be surmised, however,
that these gentlemen consider specu
lation regarding methods of this na
ture as legitimate amusement. When
money Is subscribed to carry out any
of the proposed schemes, we may be
justified In protesting, but not .before.
Some of the plans that have been
put forward are thus-briefly summar
ized in the Scientific American.
"Prof. Pickering's idea of signaling
to Macs by means of a huge system of
mirrors, which will flash the sun's
light rhythmically to our planetary
neighbor, seems to have attracted not
a little attention, and to have called
forth other schemes from more oj
less emtnent scientists.
"Prof. Pickering believes that $100,-
000 should bo spent In preliminary
work before ny attempt Is made to
Prof. David Todd.
flash signals. These preparations will
consist in the building of a huge tele
scope, and in experimental observa
tions made with the co-operation of
the foremost astronomers of the
world. The object of this preliminary
work is to decide whether or not the
canals of Mars are rpally artificial.
In all, -three years' time would be
consumed In these preliminaries.
"A correspondent of the New York
Sun. who states that he Is a practical
heliograim man, calls attention to a
fact which seems to have been over
looked. Prof. Pickering proposes to
make mirrors of such a size that they
must necessarily be moved by ma
chinery. His idea appears to be that
if they were each ten feet across,
there would be about 500 of them to
the mile. The heliograph man points
out that a pocket mirror two Inches
square will do just as much work as
a mirror that Is ten feet square. All
that any mirror can reflect is the
single Image of the sun. He states
that it is possible to flash from 6 to
48 miles with a shaving glass. This
seems to be borno out by the fact
that the standard size of an army
heliograph Is less than four inches.
Hence, ten-foot mirrors would- hardly
be any more serviceable than four
Prof. David Todd of Amherst col
lege also intends to Improve the op
portunity offered by the earth's prox
imity to Mars next autumn to discover
whether or not the planet Is really In
habited. He assumes that if Mars
has inhabitants, and If they are as
intelligent as we are, they may pos
sibly attempt to communicate with
the earth at that time, and that they
may employ Hertzian waves for tho
purpose. It Is his plan to take the
most sensitive wireless telegraph re
reivers he enn find up In a balloon,
In order to diminish any obstructive
Influence that the atmosphere may ex
ert, and listen for signals in space
We wonder how Prof. Todd can tell
whether his signals come from Mars
or whether the receivers have not
simply responded to electrical .waves
sent out from the sun."
Succecsful Riveting of China.
Klvetlng china Is an extremely dif
ficult and delicate operation and one
that requires considerable skill and
experience if It Is to be performed
successfully. In drilling the holes the
safest plan Is to Immerse the china
completely In water, so as to avoid
fracturing It. No chemical is used to
eat away the glaze; a good sharp drill
with a nho point Is nil that Is needed
For riveting, white metal wire, which
may be had from any large metal
dealer, is used. This wire Is com
pnratively soft and can be rlvettcd
without hammering it too heavily. All
the tools required are a drill, a ham
mer, a supply of wire and a pair of
1 cutlng pliers.
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INVENTION CURES HAMS QUICK
Long Device Consisting of Long,
Pointed Tube Made of Segmental
Sections and Blade Conducts
a Pickling Solution.
Formerly It required from 30 to 60
dayg to cure a ham. Now, through the
genius of a Minnesota man, the work
can be done In much less time and
more effectively. The old way to cure
a bam was to throw it Into a vat of
pickle and let it soak for a month
or two until the pickle had thoroughly
saturated the meat. The new pickling
device consists of a long, pointed tube
No Need of Pickling Vat.
made of segmental sections and a
blade closing around them to form
a barrel, which conducts the pickling
solution. A crosspiece at the handle
prevents the tube from sinking too
far into the meat. This tube is thrust
Into the center of the ham and the
pickle flows to the inside, penetrating
rapidly to all parts and effecting a
cure much quicker and more effective
ly than in the old method. The tube
is removed before the ham is con
signed to the smokehouse.
SUN AFFECTS EARTH'S ORBIT.
Centrifugal Tendency Prevents Planet
from Being Drawn Directly To
ward trie Center of Attraction.
The earth's motion Is the resultant
of component forces. These forces
are, first, gravitation, or the attract
tlon of the sun for the earth; second,
the momentum of the earth's mass,
which Imparts to the earth the centrl
fulgal tendency or the tendency to
fly off Its orbit In the direction of the
tangent. The attraction of the sun
for the earth prevents the tangential
motion, while tho centrifugal ten
dency prevents the earth from being
drawn directly toward the center of
In the illustration reproduced here,
at the points B and D the sun's at
traction Is the same and the earth's
velocity is the same, but the direc
tion of the earth's movement is not
the same at both points; that is to
say, the centrifugal tendencies at
these two points are different. At B,
owing to the action of component
forces which have brought it to that
point, the resultant tendency is slight
ly towards the sun with an Increasing
velocity. At D, however, the direc
tion of motion is slightly away from
the sun, and therefore, since the com
ponent forces, namely, the attraction
of the sun and the centrifugal motion
at D are different from those at B,
The Earth'a Orbit.
then the resultant motion is differ
ent. The difference in motion, then,
is caused by the difference in centri
fugal tendencies at the two points.
BITS OF SCIENCE.
Oklahoma is the only Rtate which
requires the teaching of agriculture
in nil Its country schools.
Russia Is rich In asbestos and stead
ily Is Increasing in the production of
the Ural mountains.
A three-ton motor truck recently
was hitched to a plow to open the
streets of Springfield, Mass., for gas
An electric devlci for bakers allows
dough to rise to the limit, then sounds
an alarm when it begins to fall.
The tonnage of the United States
battleships and armored cruisers to
tals 607,241 to Great Britain's 1 395.
930. ' '
Soaking a cheap lead pencil In lin
seed oil will improve its writing qual
ities and make Its sharpening more
Field telephones provided with a
specially light wire are to be added
to the equipment of every Infantry
sub-division of the Austrian army.
Qualified authorities have estimated
the standing timber In the United
States all the way from 822,862,000 000
to 2,000,000,000,000 board feet.
Comet in Moving Pictures.
Tho changes In progress In a comet
are now shown on a screen In mov
ing pictures, Morehouse's comet was
favorably situated for observation In
Englnnd during last autumn, and as
this body gave an unusual opportu
nity for studying changes, the As
tronomer Itoyal had photographs made
at frequent Intervals so as to obtain
a cinematograph record. One serleR
shows the alterations that took place
lit a period of about nine hours.
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