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UNLUCKY INCIDENTS AT THE
CHOWIJTNG OF KINGS.
Historical Reminiscences of Happen
ings Considered Unlucky at Cor
onation of Morarchs.
'" T.nnr1on "Sam ""What- is the finest
Bight in the world?" said Horace Wal
poie. "A coronation. What do people
most talk about? A coronation. What
is the thing most delightful to have
passed? A coronation."
These words are an accurate indica
tion of the close scrutiny which is cast
by the public eye upon this great his
torical event. It arouses, therefore,
but little surprise to learn that even
the tiniest incidents on this great oc
casion have been remarked and noted
down by the curious; while a value al
together disproporionate has been not
Infrequently asigned to them.
Naturally this was proved to be the
ease in a very marked manner at the
coronation of sovereigns whose reigns
have subsequently been clouded with
disaster and failure; or, perhaps, ter
minated in a violent and untimely end.
There was the well-known scene at the
deathbed of Edward the Confessor,
-when Harold and his relatives forced
their way into the king's bed chamber
and demanded the name of his succes
sor. "Ye know full well," replied the dy-
Although Xing Edward VLT may n ot
ti7!qd , TTnited States,
Hiehness may visit here in a
mer on the warship which has been
lng monarch, "that I have bequeathed
my kingdom to the Duke of Normandy,
and are there not thoss here whose
oaths have been given to secure his
Dissatified with this answer, the earl
proceeded to repeat the question In still
more peremptory terms. "Harold, take
It, if such beUhy wish," was the reply,
"but the gift will be thy ruin. Against
the duke and his baronage no power
can avail thee." A few more moments
and the king had passed away. Harold
was hastily crowned, and before that
year had been gathered to its rest he
himself was lying, a blood-stained
corpse, beneath n heap of Saxon claln,
upon Senlac field.
Another 70 years and the troubled
reign of Stephen commenced. From
the very first this reign was marked
with events which augured ill for the
new sovereign. The usual kiss of peace
was forgotten; the host bestowed at
the celebration disappeared in some
strange and unaccountable manner.
The archbishop. William de Corbeull.
who but a short time previous had
solemnly pledged his word to uphold
Queen Maude, and was now deliberate
ly breaking it by crowning the king,
died within the year; while the great
officers of church and state who had
taken part In the ceremony all came to
some wretched and miserable end.
The coronation of Edward II. was a
scene of desperate confusion. Arch
bishop Wlnchetoey was unable to offi
ciate, owing to the breakdown of health
and hit absence at Rome. He accord
ingly named a commission, consisting
of three prelates, to act In his behalf.
One of these, Thomas Woodlock, bish
op of Winchester, was actually Intrust
ed by the wretched Edward with the
Arty of crowning him, in spite of the
fact that he had deliberately played the
traitor to the great sovereign who had
just passed away.
Another Incident which Jarred upon
the afTectlon felt by ths nation for Ed-
.a t w9. th levmtton of Piers Oav-
eston, the royal favorite, who had been
excluded from the court to a position
superior to that of any of the great
magnates of the realm. The arrange
ments, which Gavaston had superin
tended, were of the crudest description,
with the- result that the "hallowing" of
the king and queen was not completed
until I o'clock In the afternoon.
When at length tie hungry and
wavy nsbles sat down to the corona
tion banquet the confusion displayed In
ths hall eeemad to rival that of the ab
bey, for the food was eieerably cooked
Md the whole thing was 111 served to a
Richard ui. endeavored to throw
dust Is the eyes of his subjects by
great display of magnificence.
CJill, H was hardly to bo expected
that tie murderer of kit own flesh and
Uaod. so to speak, ahonld melv the
wort of welcomes. Pot Jhe
ja the Unfa Pn wit a body
CO norta. Ths atfctot and other
er ? cf ta mmvmC tMt the kiT.
r r "J, u c canr m vm invvsy, B"
had pledged "his aln body and soul"
for the safety of the young Duke of
York, now lying, with his brother, the
victim of a foul crime.
The melancholy story of the two last
i.amed reigns need not be dwelt upoa
here, nor yet the five brief unhappy
years during which Queen Mary ruled
over the land. At ber coronation a
terribly evil omen for the cause of
Protestantism was remarked. Mary,
so runs the tale, absolutely declined to
be seated In the same chair as that
ii-h"h Kdwnrr! VI. had occuoied. Hence
it horamn liwpssarT to nrovide a sub
stitute for this ancient throne of the
Needless to say the new one was
carefully blessed and sanctified by his
holiness the pope ere the queen ven
tured to trust herself upon it. Once
more, it is curious to note that during
the act of homage the nobles one and
all "held both their hands together, in
manner of lamenting."
The Stuart dynasty, too, displays a
bountiful crop of evil omens. Take the
coronation of James II. for Instance.
Even In the preliminary preparations
for that ceremony a curious lack of rev
erence for past traditions is shown, to
gether .with a determination to ride
rough-shod over popular opposition.
To begin with, the actual service was
mangled almost beyond recognition.
The reason alleged was the necessity
for curtailing the extreme length of the
In reality, the omission of the com
munion and other prominent feature
of the rite was entirely due to a desire
to refrain from outraging the papal
sanction an official visit ot the
it is yet probable that ida Soya
semi-official way during the coming- sum
named after tne heir apparent.
ivmngfiiiu if th Vine. Once more,
hi im.hnnnii nmcession from the
Tower through the city to Westmin
ster was abandoned on tne grouuu u
nnr,oo Thla Hffl BOt- hOWSVer.
prevent James from expending over a
hunrirprt tnntisana ooauai u ujo
adornment of his queen.
VOCABULARY OP POKEE.
Literate and Illiterate Contributions
to Its Enlargement
Philadelphia Telegraph: A coterie of
poker players meet semi-occasionaiiy
of nno nf ttia m11r iiTitnwn clubs and
play the great American game with all
the zest that sirs, eatue uea iu
into whist. Once In a while a stranger
o Emitter) nn tli atreneth of an Intro
duction by one of the poker crowd. The
limit is small, but tne game s utiea
!(,. iiiraiv for all that. Straneers are
welcomed more for the variety of the
thing than tor tue amount or money
wkink thaiF mAvont eftimM to chanse
hands, but especially for the way in
wM"h thev enrien tne vocaouiary oi
One night last week two men were
Introduced who were types the one, a
man who In early life had
...jion thunlnn1 ti nther. one who
V.4 rnrVtt1 hS Wv KA With the id
vantage or oaiy one winter s scnoouus.
Dstth inat rAiiiv rram lOfl L 1UI
J' J L .i - -
an hour, and even with a small limit
one can lose a good deal in an nour at
! T nrk turned for the collese
man, ana in ten minute n vmv
tured three big "now, ana um au
niinrtw nf an hour was Dlarinr
4 ..i.rf VL!y am 1 1 ha remarked
as be raked In the chips after a big
"I knew there was balm In 01 lead for
ijiok was still against the other
hi na whin hi had hecun
to think that it wasn't his night for
winning his luce turnea, ioo, ana
t.ia kmii tn vm lila war. When
his pile of chips was big enough to
make tne panner weary ne,
There s a Dam m uwuoru iur mm.
Ancient City In Mexico.
T Ttaraa mnaanraiAV of Sdl
aeologlcal monuments In Mexico, has
exhumed an ancient city oi w mw
u. Im ttm mmtm M riatfaM. In Its Ml-
ter is a grand puiia, and rising to the
north oi tne piasa are wnm, m
which are founded two great temples,
hita in tha Mater of the nlasa itself
are two massive mausoleums In which
the priests of the temples were ounea.
w aMaa mtAmm mt tka Mhlie samara
there are also It mailer shrines, six
on either nana, an supponea 07 neavy
nianiu f haavilt edwared with hlero-
ivDhle lascnotlona In bas-relief. In
v- Mia Ka hlatntw at the Beanie
was found Inscribed, in the language of
the Zapoteeas. upon M tablets of atona,
go ansa of the sarprlslngly ran hla-
JU haa aliaailT haatl faond
that Vr. Batres will mk the govern
xeemt for xeore men to be Mt at the
won of exaamint saw lewnjug we
bmlUiao of the mnm fitr.
at a tl
f U1 if c
8 FELLOWS down atShakeRag
O'Fallon came in and gave the
have become plutocrats now,"
said Uncle Bill, as- he and
editor his usual weekly round-up.
"Why plutocrats?" asked the editor.
Tls not plutocracy, pure and sim
ple," remarked O'Fallon. "but In a small
way. We be's bondholders In th' Shake
Rag and Shoe Fly Interurban SubHrban
Electric railway, and phwile we be's
bloated bondholders, there'll be no na
cessity fer t' tap us, because pwhy, we
be's Just afther being' tapped, as th'
shoemaker said t' th' ould shoe. Wc
paid our money for th' privilege av
roidln' be electricity, and In order that
th' cars may be kept a-goln' we pays
agin whin we roldes."
'Oh, wall, me an' OFallon is goln'
ter be the hull gosh durn push," spoke
up Uncle Bill.
t There be s no pushln' needed, in
terrupted O'Fallon. "All yez have t
do Is ring a bell aud give the crank a
thwist and off yez go V bate th' divll
out av Jail."
Who are going to run the cars?
asked the editor.
''Sure th' electricity be's goln' f rim
thlm. Didn't we Just tell you?" said
I'm goln" ter be the moterman,"
proudly asserted Uncle Bill, "I went
Inter the city ter learn how the dumb
thing works, an' I'm purty tolerable
well posted. They put me on a car
what had a pilot on ter show me how
ter turn the electricity on an' off.
Wall, we started off an' In 'bout a half
hour we fetched up right where we
started. That made me feel sort uv
cheap, 'cause when a feller gits lost he
generally fetches up right where he
started from. I asked the pilot feller If
he had a compass. He said 'no. Then
I said, 'you wait here ontil I go git a
compass, an' we'll take the durn thing
out, 'thout gittin' lost An' then ev
erybody ' laughed, and the pilot
feller said, 'Lost? No one is lost, ole
man; we've been 'round the loop.' Gee!mart gown. The long rolling collar
whizz, what do yer think uv that? I
thought we had ter go somewhere an'
then came back, but instead uv that
we Jest kept goin' and got bank, any
how. Wall, the sum uv it was I learn
ed how to run the cart, and now I'm
a terror ter all the chickens an' dog In
the neighborhood since I've got ter be a
"He have eggs in his head since he
bought shares in th' trolley line," said
"Wall," replied Uncle Bill, 'I ain't
afraid uv 'era hatchln' out"
"Anny wan that wants a compass t
run a street car have his head so full
av eggs that be needs a cold storage
Instead av a compass. Sure, yez be
worse than Clancy, fer his head
wouldn't hould mush widout it makin'
a hoe cake. He be's so hot-headed,"
said O'Fallon, who seemed to take de
light in trying to get Uncle Bill rat
Oh, I hain't much alarmed 'bout the
heat in my head," said Uncle Bill. "But
yerought to have seen O'Fallon the first
day be was conductor on the trolley
car. He would walk aneaa a nttie
ways ahead every time I'd stop the car.
Jest to show people how much like a
railroad man he wae a-glttln on, an' he
can put on more dog over a little posi
tion like that than eny Irish feller yer
ever see, an' that s sayln' a hull lot
But I shook some uv the dog out uv
"How was that? asked the editor.
"I landed him in a sand bank 'long-
side of the road. Yer see he went ahead
as usual an! it was oown grade there,
so I turned the crank good an' strong
an' off we started like a shot out uv a
blow pipe. O'Fallon made a grab for
the car an' caught hold uv the rail uv
the car.'but he couldn t git next ter it
with his feet, an' there we went with a
wild Irishman in the air, an
"Hold on," Interrupted O'Fallon.
"Ol'Il tell yez all about it 01 had me
hoult av th car wld me two hands, but
My Peet Slipped and There 01 Was.
me feet slipped and there OI was, and
as presiding officer, I yelled fer Uncle
Bill t stop th' car until me reet couia
catch up wld It; but dlvil a stop would
he stop, and there 01 hung wid me feet
cracking together every tolme we'd
turn a curve and whin 01 wlnt t' spit
on me hands, OI lost me hoult and was
denoseted be th' car head first In a
sand bank; and begorrah, 01 couldn't
check meself out
"Yes," sal Uncle Bill, "I went an'
drew blra out uv the bank, an' made
him a present uv himself. I ain't sup
posed ter stop the car onlees the bell
rlnes from the conductor.
"How th' divll could 01 ring th' bell
whin 01 couldn't rache th" rope?" re
"Wall, we cum up town ter day ter
And out "bout It but I know that I'm
right," argued Uncle Bill.
"What has become of the trolley car
today?" asked the editor,
v "We hitched it ter a tree out here
tout two miles, an' If It don't get scar
ed an' run off by Itself, we will And it
there when we git this point settled,"
said Uncle Bill."
"Yes," remarked O'Fallon. "Uncle
Bill wanted t' blanket It f kape th' flies
from biting It out there be th' bonnle
hasel brash." And at that O'Fallon
clicked a couple of nlckles together and
they started for the corner with a
noasxss or Mexico.
Piesfrons Oedltion of th Country
, . as Ov Southern sorasr.
Ui4er the leadership of the
well-organised party wttmn whiea per
sonal ambitions are loyally subordinat
ed to public ends; and the eventual
successor to Freldent Diaz is already
practically determined upon, so that
the fear sometimes expressed If st upon
the death of that great ruler the coun
try should be in danger of a revolution
lias no reasonable iounnauun iu mix.
With resoect to the security of titles
and the protection of life and property,
Mexico at present leaves little to be de
sired. Moreover, conservative business
methods are being adopted, and men of
the soundest financial standing are be
ginning to interest themselves exten
sively In Mexican industry. Eaousi
experience has been gathered so that
the Investor may avoid costly mistakes,
while the avenues to great success In
the exploitation of the natural wealth
of Mexico have not yet been closed, and
the most tempting opportunities re
main. It is therefore reasonable to expect
that the next decade will witness unusu
al progress in Mexican Industrial life.
In mining, systematic methods of pros
pecting and surveying have been em
ployed; water power is being Investi
gated and developed; and the railway
system of the country Is receiving im
portant additions, opening up promis
ing regions that were hitherto almost
Inaccessible, and this giving an Impetus
to the development of the rlgh agricul
tural lands of southern Mexico. Indica
tions of progress along these lines are
afforded by the formation of large pros
pecting companies, backed by the most
conservative American and European
capital; by the establishment of the
great water-power plants of Mexico
City and Orizaba; by the opening of
scores of tropical plantations, and by
the movement of railway consolidation
and construction now In progress. Thus
the National and international railways
are to be united so as to form a single
broad-gauge line between the northern
boundary and the City of Mexico; while
the railway known as the "Mason line"
will connect the Mexican systems with
the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and open
up the way to the Central American
STYLISH SPRING COSTUMES.
FEATURES IN TAILOR-MADES.
Gown of Fancy Suiting and White
The material for this handsome
street costume Is a fancy suiting, but It
will also be quite chic if developed of
smooth finished cloth. Some" of the
newest features in tailor-mades, the
basque or skirt, as well as the broad
shoulder effect are combined in this
and the straps over the shoulder and
around the bottom of the skirt are of
moire. The revers and the extension
vest are of white moire stitched with
several rows ot Corticelli silk; small
buttons are set down the center of the
veot. as well as on the fronts, and clus
ters of buttons are placed on the shoul
der straps and sleeves. The latter are
nuite novel, the fltted undersleeves flar
ing at th bottom. The skirt Is laid
In wide tucks and spreads out Into a
verv full flare at the hem.
As the season advances the prefer
ence for mixed and fancy suitings be
comes more distinct and it seems ai
most as if the latter would In a very
short time be used entirely Instead of
smooth finished clothes, although the
cloth is by far the most dressy in ap
pearance, It is of more compact and
closer weave than the mixed suitings
snd homepuns, which, together with
Scotch cloth, are In the lead at present
Buttons and Buttons.
The Paris Musee de l'Armee has re-
centlv received a most interesting ana
novel present In the shape of a unique
collection of buttons, selected from the
many varieties or uniforms wnicn nave
been used from the days of the first re-
nubllc till now. The collection nam
ben 800. many of which are extremely
rare, and was bought from the owner
for the nation by a generous aoner, wno
calls blmeef "Babretacne. '
TO INVITE PRINCE
Peer who will pment formal Invi
tation from Uew lork Chamber of
fliiam to prospective loyal Tig.
iUr to the United Ctaten.
MFNELIK. ABYSSINIA'S EMPEROR,
ABOUT TO VISIT THIS COUNIKY.
EN'ELIK, emperor of Abyssinia,
best known as the man who de
feated the armies of Italy, is to
visit the St. Louis exposition.
He Is to come as an Invited guest of
the United States and as his manner of
life is not exactly that of ordinary
sovereigns, the state department and
the authorities of the exposition are
both looking forward to the event wlttL
feelings of anxiety closely akin to those
with which the British government re
garded the visit of the ameer of Af
ghanistan. The visit of the emperor of Abyssinia
111 be made In his character of a
reigning sovereign, and for this reason
added anxiety is felt by those whose
mission it will be to receive and enter
tain hfm. Menelik will be the first
reigning sovereign who has ever visited
the United States and the etiquette In
such matters Is consequently not very
well understood. He will assuredly
travel with a large retinue and is likely
to bring with htm many members of his
HIS SON TO BE AT
The son of the distinguished president of China's council 0 foreigtl""
fairs has been selected to represent
occasion and will take with him a large suite, comprised of Chinamen of
rank, to honor English King's accession.
numerous family. The emperor him
self has been constantly under the In
fluence of white men and is semi-civl-llzed
and fairly well educated, but those
who have visited his capital say that
his attendants are virtually savages
and have not the slightest conception
of any other way of life than that which
obtains in Abyssinia. It Is remember
ed "that the British authorities found
themselves under the painful necessity
of setting a close guard of armed sol
diers over the quarters of the follow
ers of the ameer of Afghanistan, in
order to repress their pleasant little
Afghan habits of wandering into the
streets of London to do as they pleased
with the property and persons of the
scandalized British subjects, and the
Afghans are said to be mild In com
parison to the Abysslnlans.
As a reigning sovereign Emperor
Menelik will be entitled to the most
ceremonious reception which this coun
try can offer. The welcomes and en
tertainments accorded to the Prince of
Wales, to the Duke of Veragua and to
Prince Henry of Prussia will have to
be eclipsed by those given to the Em
peror of Abyssinia. If the requirements
of ceremonious etiquette are fulfilled.
The fact that Menelik prefers butter
to soap as a toilet adjunct and always
eats his meat raw makes no difference
whatever. International courtesy de
mands that the emperor shall be re
ceived with the same honors that would
be bestowed upon the most cultivated
Then there will be the matter of Mrs.
Menelik. There Is but one such, offi
cially, but actually there are several,
and the emperor of Abyssinia is quite
as likely to bring some ot the several
as to fetch along his recognised em
press, Tsltu, Menelik, like all the Abys
slnlans, regards womanfolk merely as
beasts of burden. At Menellk's capital
Addis Ababa, It you lack wood you or
der It by the woman-toad. The fair
sex are expected not merely to be hew
ers of wood and drawers of water, but
to do all the hard work of dally life
as well. H Is therefore not to be won
dered at that the Abysslnlsn women do
not regard the marriage condition with
delight Indeed, marriage Is so unpop
ulsr with ths women of Abyssinia that
they will only consent to it wnen pnysi
rsl force Is actually nsed. The Samali
and Abyssinian husbands always carry
a whip during the first fortnight of
their honeymoon to keep their wires In
order. It Is a cruel looking Instrument,
studded with steel on the handle and
fitted with a long strap of hippopota
The strange things about Abyssinian
women' Is that In spite of all the hard
work pat upon them, they are by no
maaas bad looking, a thing which
a marl cans will be able to sea for them
selves whan Menelik arrives with his
burden themselves with rih'
th wear every bit of Jewelry they
- iov hir hands ui)on. whether
1 a 11 ,tj ' -
silver or brass or glass.
uver or B - - .
peclal pride In the arrangement ot
their hair, which is dressed "
remarkable way. The process of hair
dressing Is a long one, each lock being
separated by a pin, elaborately plaited,
steeped in melted butter snd then plas
tered down firaily against the skuiL
When finished it looks Tike a number
of glossy black ridges carved upon the
top of the ht-ad, leaving wide valleys
of skin between each ridge.
Though her features are comely,
travelers in Abyssinia say that the aver
age woman of that country is not at
all the sort of person one would care
to choose as a companion. For one
thing, she never washes herself in all
her life, the butter on her hair grows
rancid and emits a peculiarly pungent
odor, which affronts the nostrils when
you pass her on the street, and In her
own country wherever she goes she
carries with her a large black cluster
the Celestial empire on this au
of flies congregated on her back.
Whatever may be the shortcomings
and omissions of the emperor ot Abys
sinia In matters of civilized etiquette,
there la one virtue he possessses which
will attract to him every faithful heart
In the West. He Is absolutely sound
on the silver question. He is for 16
to 1 to the very backbone. No one ex
nctly knows how be contracted the Wil
liam J. Bryan habit, but here Is the
short and thrilling history of his ex
periment In 16 to 1 coinage In East
Menelik started coining dollars with
bis own Image and superscription upon
them, and they circulate equally with
the trade dollars at bis capital of Ad
dis Ababa, but are little known else
where and suffer painful discount at
the coast He has also issued division
ary sliver money, the smallest being a
piastre, of the same size and reputed
value as the two anna piece, which
Indian merchants have installed at
Harrar, a town nearer the coast than
One of the last persons to see Mene
lik, Herbert Vivian, says of him: "His
fare Is not so much marked with small
pox as 1 had been let to expect He Is
darker than the average Abyssinian,
but bis features are not those of a ne
gro. His mouth, however. Is quite
negroid, and his thick lips wear an In
cessant grin displaying large, very
white teeth set loosely together. His
small brown eyes wore an expression
of fatigue, and what should be the
whites of them were yellow. His fore
head hi narrow, but the upper part of
his face appears to have much charac
ter and kindliness. His beard and
whiskers are very close and curly and
Inclined to be grsy. His voice Is soft
and rather oily, without any vestige of
the usual Abyssinian squeak. He
speaks very deliberately, showing his
teeth and tongue and wagging his head
a good deal. He makes no gesticula
tions with his hands, except that he
sometimes puts his finger tips together.
On the whole, I should describe bis as
a rather eccleslsstlcsl manner."
Abyssinia Is not much of a country
f?r natural productions and Its trade
Is of little Importance. Under wise
management It Is believed that the
country could be developed very much
and this Is probably one of the reasons
why France, Russia and England all
maintain diplomatic relations with the
emperor of Abyssinia and quarrel with
each other for his favor. The country
lies In northeast Africa, being shut in
on one side by Egypt and on the others
by the possessions of Italy, Britain and
France. The country has no seacoast
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