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Poms Fnnnr I rrju I tort.
"Well. I U-lit've in conij siijns,"
Mid jolly I'narli" Warn 'r, when
askod whether he, in particular, and
musicians in p-nra'., w. re sii)ertjii
tious. rnf'sMr Warner in his life
time has been toiiu vie 1 vvhh all the
famous mu-ioal oruni at ions of this
country. He playtvl K Hat cornet
with (iilmore's Uin 1. was W.lin!? vio
lin in various cyurilinny orchestras,
besides having ha i a Un exvri;nee
with circus and iniitivl hands.
"If mu.iii'ians are suttitiou8,"
said he. "It is Ivcause their deal
ings with the how iieoplu have made
them so. Take, for instance, the
man with a yellow clarionet Ho
couldn't get a joh even wlthabarn
storminr outfit. I le.neml) t when I
was a niiMiiU'r of 1 orepauh's eiivus
band, when To ay Franks was the
leader, Alexan ler Fischer, now solo
clarionetist at McVicker's Chicago
theater, was one of our men, and he
joined with three yellow clarionets.
"The other niemlK-rs were very
much alarmed at this doleful occur
rence and importuned Fischer upon
every occasion to get rid of those box
wood instruments. The circus per
formers 'jot on' to the color of the
clarionets, and came running to Leader
Franks with ularni pictured on their
" 'If the old man sees those
clarionets,1 said Franks, -we'll all get
discharged;' and he told Fisher to
either buy instruments of another
color or paint the ones he had black.
Alexander, however, did not have
money enough to make the requisite
change and told the leader so.
"Driven almost to distraction,
Franks sent and bought three hand
some buffet clarionets and hid them in
hia music chest. He then told one of
the canvas men to take Fischer's yellow
clarionets and drive them in the ring
bank for stakes. The man did as ho
was directed, and the first thing that
Alexander saw that night was his
clarionets' mouthpieces and all leing
driven into mother earth by lusty
blows from a twenty-pound sledge.
"Here, what are you doing with
my clarionets?' he yelled; but the
brawny circus attache paid no atten
tion to him, but kept on until nothing
more could be seen of the throe
'tuners' but their yellow bells. Fisch
er hastened to Franks with tears in
his eyes, but was instantly mollified
when Tony placed in his hands the
new black clarionets.
"A yellow base viol is also consid
ered the harbinger of bad luck. I re
call one instance where a corpulent
German engaged at a Louisville thea
ter persisted in coming to work with
a 'bull-fiddle' the color of a sunflower:
Business at the house kept going from
bad to worse, but the obstinato bass
player continually refused to make a
change inthe color of his instrument.
"When the curtain went up one
Friday night there were but five peo
ple in the house, and the members of
the orchestra decided that something
must be done with that yellow fiddle.
After the show they began arguing
again with the German, but he re
plied that it was all 'tam fool busi
ness.' This so exasperated the men
that they threw the German and his
yellow bass from a second story win
dow into the street below, and 'ho
never came back.'"
FAST STEAM LAUNCH.
A Thamas I Iflttsura Iloat Said to He the
Swiftest Sinn!: Host Afloat.
The Hibernia, a small boat which
plies on the river Thames, England, is
6aid by the New York Advertiser to
be the fastest boat of its size afloat,
and a trip in it is an experience. At
ordinary sjieed the Hibernia lK'haves
like an ordinary boat, cutting her way
through the water and leaving a mod
erate impression in the form of shore
waves. With a slight touch of the
regulator she leaps forward, and as
the speed increases she gradually sinks
a little by the stern, rises a little by
the head, until at a certain speed
the bow rises clean out of the water,
and the boat Hies along at the top of
it, throwing double wall of spray, be
tween which she flies at a speed of
about twenty-nine miles an hour with
the stream and twenty-six and a quar
ter miles against the stream.
Some idea of the power of this boat
may bo gathered from the following
statement of dimensions and engine
power: n'he length of the boat is 48
feet 8 inches over all; breadth, 7 feet
8J inches; draught 1 foot 4 inches,
and depth of propeller below the
water line 2 feet o inches. The boiler
is of steel, locomotive pattern, with
barrel five-sixteenths inch thick,
' quintuple riveted in longitudinal
seamj. Th . engines are two-cylinder,
both high pressure, 1 inch diameter,
stroke ti inches, revolutions about 750
per minute up to 1,050 revolutions
per minute when doing the highest
speed. The pro .eller has three blades
Ci hammered double shear steel, with
carefully prepared surface and knife
edge, keyed in a wrought steel boss
and accurately balanced. The en
gines are of small dimensions, except
in the wearing and hard working
parts, and h the dimensions are
very large, and at first glance dispro
Every detail has been most care
fully designed, and carried out with
equally careful workmanship and ex
cellent finish. The boat was built
chiefly for umpire work at regattas
and coaching university crews, and
has run over 3,!i00 miles without the
touch of a spanner.
"A human life," said the senti
mental young man, "ia a poem
tragic, comic, sentimental, as the case
"Yes," sighed Misa Passeigh, "and
so , many of us are rejected manuscripts."
SUMMERTIME IN GREENLAND.
Prediction That lh Vr.t.r. Hill Yt
He I'lace of l opul r lt-sirt-
During the hummer n. oaths the
temperature usually riiies from 35
to 65 degrees, sax a wri cr in Home
and Country, and on m days the
heat is such that ou miht 1 par
doned for believing t' a! the burning
rays shining down ii on the traveler,
are those of a tropical sun. The val
leys are carpeted with a mantle of
green, the srrass in many places grow
ing knee high, while dandelions, pop
pies, saxifrage, and other wild (lowers
are found in profusion and the air is
full of insect lift'. Marino birds und
garishly colored butterllies dart hither
and thither, while the less pleasing
mosquito amply demonstrates thai
arctic existence does not impair
its fiendish persistency or rapacious
ap'tite. The iiiht air resounds
with the eonfus ! voices of the feath
ered tribe, which range from the
quick twitter of the swallow to the
hoarse qtiouck quonck" of the eider
duck Snow is only visible on the
high elevations. Indeed, there is the
"brawling brook," or "babbling
brook," if you please, the leaping
mountain torrent, and all tho other ac
cessories prescriU'd by ets ani art
ists to complete a b -itutiful panorama,.
The picture is more striking ou ac
count of its bol I contrasts. Forbid
ding black clilTs an 1 lofty rock-riblied
mountains rear their stately hea Is far
above tho verdant valleys, while fur
beyond, the green sea is softly caress
ing some tall icebergs that are glisten
ing in the sun like fantastic fairy pal
aces. To-day we travel to liermuda or
across tho ocean to Switzerland in
search of health or pleasure. Why
not go to Greenland? ltmay bo a rash
prediction, but 1 feel confident that
before many years have passed the
north will lecome a favjred if not
popular summer resort. Then the
man of business, the student, the art
ist and their wives and daughters as
well, instead of going for the summer
to some place they are well acquainted
with, such as insipid watering places
or tho corresponding fashionable sea
side resorts, will set sail for Green
land, the new Eldorado of nature's
Firing In liotb Army and Navy Lett Ao
cumte 1 han Formerly.
The training of navy artillerists has,
in recent years, been given a good
deal of attention, and no end of pow
der and shot has been ex penned in
target practice designed to serve a
more telling purpose in actual war
fare should the occasion present it
self. It would seem, therefore, that
the floating equipments of naval pow
ers of to day ought to give good ac
counts of themselves in point of
marksmanship if called into action,
though, according to Cassier's Maga
zine, it would be presumptuous to un
dertake to foreshadow possible re
sults. If, on the other hand, past experi
ence counts for anything, there would
seem to have been a notable deciine
in accuracy in naval gunnery, growing
with successive improvements in naval
architecture and naval armament. It
was estimated some years ago from
data furnished by target practice at
sea, that a heavy gun must bo dis
charged fifty times to make one
effective hit. The old smoothbores
were credited with killing a man by
the discharge of tho gun's weight in
shot; in oiner words, three tons of 82
pouuder shot are required for the
purpose. Actual service tests with
modern high-power guns, however
guns weighing twelve tons has,
within the past ten or twelve years,
shown that it took about sixteen tons
of projectiles to accomplish the same
thing. It is interesting to note from
what statistics are available that the
introduction of rilled muskets into
the armies has had a somewhat sim- '
ilar result. Tho old-time muskets, it I
is said, killed a man by firing at him I
his own weight in lead bullets, but the
modern rifle in tho hands of the aver
age soldier, so it has been figured out,
does not effect a fatality until it has
discharged twice the man's weight in
lead. Both here, as well as in naval
shooting, therefore, there has been
shown to be an important demand
for greater skill and care. Whether
this has been met in any measure, fu
ture hostilities only will tell.
Dramatic Author Mr. Manager
may I venture to ask whether my
three-act play has Imen accepted?
Manager Well, you see, the throe
members of the reading committee
have gone through it. and they have
come to the conclusion that one act
will have to bo struck out.
Author Oh! there is no difficulty
about that; it is not so bad after all.
Manager No, but unfortunately
each of the members wants to strike
out a different act!
I:e V ant I articular.
"Sir," remarked the rich father to
the suitor, "after the investigations I
have made into your character I can
not give you my daughter Emma."
"All right," answered the persist
ent suitor, "than how about one of
the others. "' Fiieirende Biaetter.
First Express Train Robber Say,
this here paper says detectives have
been sent out after us.
Second Robber, disgustedly Oh,
pshaw! Now they'll get all the credit
for the beautiful escape we made.
A Delightful t hange.
"Well, Jennie," said ons actress to
another, "how do you like your new
part?" "Oh, for goodness' sake,"
exclaimed Jennie, "don't let us talk
shop." "All right," said the other,
"let us talk shopping." New York
GOWNS COST flOO EACH.
Those Wora on Official Ocraaloa by Jus
tire of th Supreme Court.
A justice jiays as much for his ro'w
of office as he would pay for a Tt ry
handsome suit of clothing, says the
Washington Star. There is a fixed
price for the gown a price w hich doe
not vary with the fluctuations in the
duties ou silk. One woman has made
all the justices' gowns for forty years,
and her invariable pi ice for one is
tioo. i.iko mo tailors wno make a
Secialty of outfits for officers of the
army and navy, she knows just hat ar
the requirements of a justice's gown
and all her customer has to lo con
cerned about is its lit. The gown
must set well across the shoulders.
and it should reach from tho neck to
the heels; but it should not drag on
the floor. I say floor, In-causo,
except on inauguration day, the
justice does not wear his gown out
of doors. When he attends an
official dinner or reception at the
White house, he wears tho garb of
everyday life; even when he calls on
the president on the opening day of
the court's session, ho goes in tho
clothes he would wear at tho break
fast table. If you visited one of the
justices ut his home of an evening
you would find a pleasant, rather off
hand man, in a frock coat, with none
of the solemnity of manner that cloaks
the justices when they are on tho
bench. Tho supremo court justices
are by no means unapproachable
1M ... . .
iney are, in iacl, considered very
jolly after-dinner companions and
they are in great demand in social
Washington. Tho justice wears his
rolxs only when the supremo court, as
a body, is participating in some official
ceremony. He may go gowned to a
funeral, if it is an official funeral. He
wears it. as ine inauguration ot a
president, but ordinarily he puts it on
in tho robing room in the morning
and takes it oil hi tho robing-room at
dusk. Ho does not wear it even in
the consulting-room, so there is very
little wear and tear on it, and one
robe will outlast several suits of
According to the technical descrip
tion of it, the judge's robe is made of
large, straight widths of silk. It is
three and a quarter yards wide at the
bottom. It has a narrow hem around
the bottom and a broad hem down the
front. It is guagod at the top to a
yoke, which is short on the shoulders
and forms a deep scallop at the back.
The flowing sleeves are a yard and a
quarter wide and reach to the wrist.
A justice usually accepts his first
gown without question; but as he
grows a little older on the bench he is
as fussy about the fit of the garment
as a young woman with her first ball
dress. Having donned their robes
with the aid of the old attendants
and they are old enough to be con
spicuous even in this city of long ser
vicethe justices, at a few minutes
before noon, cross the hall to the
ante-room of the court. Tho transit
of the justices is a matter of daily in
terest and wonder to tho visitors at
the capitol. It is the signal for a raid
a very subdued, dignified raid on
the door of the courtroom, where a
doorkeeM'r sits, solemnly manipulating
the swinging door with a cord. Only
so many people are admitted to the
courtroom, and the number is small.
There are but a few rows of benches
outside the inclosure reserved for the
members of the bar. No crodwing of
tho courtroom is permitted.
An ( mpoirtlhle House.
The man and his wife called on th
architect, and the architect was glad
to see them, for business was ex
"We want you to build a house for
us," said tho man by way of introduc
tion. "Thanks," bowed the architect, "I
shall be only too glad to do so, and I
am quite sure that I can give entire
"Well, you ought to," remarked
the lady, "we don't want much."
"What kind of a house did you
wish?" inquired the architect.
"We want a good plain one of about
eight rooms," explained the man,
and we will leave the design to you.
All we exeet is that when you have
finished it will suit my wife and my
self. I mean on the inside; we are
not so particular about the outside."
The architect heaved a deep sigh.
"I'm very sorry," he said, "but you
will have to go to some other archi
tect We can't design an impossible
house in this office.'' Detroit F'ree
A Deep-Laid Srheme.
"Yours is a perplexing case," said
the oculist. "You call red 'purple'
and referred to Nile green as 'Turkey
"Yes." replied the visitor, with a
contented smile. "I guess I was born
"It's the most aggravated case of
color-blindness I ever encountered in
my professional experience.
"That's it. I want jvou to write me
out a statement to that effect. Never
mind what the fee is. You see, my
wife has a lot of samples she wants
matched, and she'll ask mo to take
the job some time next week, sure."
And then the oculist had his
suspicions. Washington Star.
Dowd'I roildn Bachelor of Core.
In Corea every unmarried man is
considered a boy. though he should
live to be 100. No matter what his
ago he follows in position the young,
est of the married men, despite the
fact, perhaps, of having lived long
enough to be their father.
For I urpo.e of Comparison.
Early rising is a great thing,"
said the enthusiastic man; "a great
"Yes," responded the sluggard. "It
makes you appreciate tho chance for
a nap in the morning when you get it."
Th l'eile of Arabia anil From Tenia
Maka II From Isniirht Uramhaa.
In some of the 1 astern countries,
uotulily Arabia ami IVr-m. a manna
answering dowdy to that mentioned
in the scriptures is still naturally pro
duced in some considerable quantity,
says Good lluiisfko -ping. It comes
from the tender 1 uucac of the tama
risk, and is k now n to the I'ei nians by
the name of "tamarisk honey." It
consists ot tear-Ilk. 1 drops, which ex
ude in cousequenec of Um puneture of
an insect during ti e months of June
and July, in the cool of the morning
it is found solidified, and the congealed
tears may lo shaken from the limbs.
That, in fact, is one of the met hods of
gathering manna. Herodotus alludes
to the same nut.'it iious product, to
that there is no doubt it has lieen
known in those regions from tho ear
liest ages. It is easy to see how it
might bo produced in wonderful quan
tities without any speriul manifesta
tion of the siiHTtiaturaI. It is a
sweetish substance, pleasant to the
taste and highly nutritive.
Soiiio students of the bible have sup
posed the manna there mentioned to
have Ixicn a fungus growth; but while
the explanation would be a natural
one, tho modification which it would
require is an unnecessary one. There
are numerous interesting things,
nevertheless, about tho various kinds
of fungi, which modern exjiertmenta
tion has decided to be edible; and not
only that, but highly palatable and
nutritive. What country boy of an
imaginative nature but has frolicked
in mlmio warfare with imaginary
foes, getting the smoke for his artil
lery and Infantry from tho numerous
"puffballs which a convenient pas
ture afforded, while his own lung
power furnished tho "crash and roar
and cheer" for the inspiring contest!
Yet science has demonstrated that
those very puffballs were once good to
sat in fact, capable of furnishing
the most dainty nourishment.
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