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THE RED CLOUD CHIEF, FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 1895.
j utsfeK :-
DN A BROKEN WHEEL.
ILL WYATT, tho
well - known bicy
clist, told tho fol
lowing story to n
small imrty or ub
ono evening titter
nilay'B spin through
tho mountain re
gion of tho Uranlto
t h o b o Franconln
lillla reminds nio of
a startling experience I had liiHt year In
tho heart of tho Mohnvo district In
Western Arizona," boRan Will, "and
though eyen its memory Is not pleas
ant, I shall not mind spinning you the
yarn to help whlln away tho evening.
"A chum had set out with me to do
tho country, but at Mohnvo City ho fell
III, and I "was obliged to continue alone.
Wishing to remain with him as long as
possible, I did not start out until nearly
noon tho first day, but before minuet I
was glad to begin to look for tionic sort
of A shelter for tho night.
"I had been climbing and coasting
hills mountaluH,more correctly speak
ing ever since starting, and at sunset
I saw no Indications of reaching a hu
man habitation for miles. I had been
told of u small town In ono of tho vnl
lcH to tho cast, but before this time I
had a consciousness of having missed
tho haven by getting on the wrong
"Still I knew I was on a road traveled
by ft semi-weekly stage, and I pedaled
ahead with better spirits than I should
havo felt had I realized tho truth, and
at last upon tho summit of one of the
long upgrades I was gladdened by the
sight of a dwelling.
"It did uot matter to mo that the
building wan little bolter than a shanty
ns long an It was Inhabited and prom
ised mo protection during the night.
"I was met at tho door by a couplo or
rough-looking men, and In nnswer to
my request to stop over night, was told
to walk In.
"I loft my blcyclo In n sort of rudo
lean to, but regretted It the moment 1
had entered tho dVclllng. I found a
third man getting tho evening meal,
and It I hnd thought his companions
repulsive, he appeared absolutely hide
ous. I felt, too, that he would think no
more of cutting a man's throat than he
would ot shooting a mountain sheep.
Ho eyed mo closely, but did not oiler to
"The others proved more Foelnble,
i however, nnd naked me all sorts of inten
tions, until, completely tired out, I
suggested that I would like a chance to
', "I was then escorted to the loft, mak
ing the ascent by n lanocr, which wan
nulled nway Immediately after the men
Returned below. 1 hnd resolved not to
sleep, and throwing myself on a pile of
.skins In one corner of my cramped
apartments, 1 lay and listened to tho
rounds underneath, until In my drowsl
.ness I felt liko calling myself a fool for
my suspicious ugulngt tho men, who
might be more honest than they ap
peared. "I hnd about come to that conclusion,
whon my attention was called back to
tho scene below by tho opening of the
door and tho entranco of three new-
SPUD PA8T HIM LIKE A FLASH,
romcrs, ns I quickly saw. Theso last
wero tit associates of the others, and
upon entering- tho room they deposited
u heavy bundle on tho llodir, saying
comcthlilg' In an uuticrtnuo that 1 did
"From the cousultntlon thnt followed
I caught enough to know that n robbery
had been committed by the men re
cently, nnd that they hnd brought with
them tho pluudor. Tint talk grew
moro animated as they continued, nnd
three times one of my hosts Jerked his
thumb over his shoulder In the direc
tion of my npartmont. Finally, when 1
overheard them planning to over
power and murder me, I thought It was
time for mo to look after my Bafety.
"At the farther end of the long room
was a small aperture doing tho service
of a window, and I quickly mndo up my
mind that tho best thing for mo to do
was to escape by that way ns soon ns
convenient. I hadn't come to thnt con
clusion any too soon, either, for nt that
very moment tho men were replacing
tho Inddcr to its to reach me.
"As swiftly nnd silently as possible I
sped the length of tho old building,
gaining tho openliv lust ns tho hoad of
the foremost robber appeared above tho
level of th? floor.
"A full moon made it nearly iih light
ns day without, and It must havo shown
my tlguro with groat clearness In tho
opening, for I heard my pursuer say to
thoso behind him:
"He's climbing out of tho wiuder!
Quick outside, cud catch him ns ho
"I was already swinging myself out
ward, and, regardless of tho distance to
tho gr.ound, let go my hold on tho board
ing to drop to tho earth In a heap.
"Whllo I wau regaining my feot,
somewhat stunned by my fall, but not
Injured seriously, the door opened
within less than a dozen feet of mo, and
lk men rushed out pell-mell.
MQH TT J
'"Here ho Is! Don't let lilm get
away. Shoot him!'
"My llntt thought was to reach my
bicycle, and as (ho reports of tho tiro
nrnin rang out with unusual sharpness
on tho still night alrl darted around
the corner of tho building In season to
escape their bullets. Tho ne.xt moment
I was beside my bicycle In tho shed.
"It was quite dark Insldo tho build
ing, hut I managed to get my hand
upon tho machine Just as my pursuers
came around the corner of tho main
hoiif.e. 1 was In decidedly close quar
ters, but I ntlll believed that, once In
the saddle of my silent steed, I could
bid dellanco to my enemy, so I Ignored
their hoarse cries to surrender.
"Then, as I pulled (he machine out of
tho hed nnil prepared to mount, I
made a discovery thnt for n moment
dashed my hopes to the earth.
"The handle of my bicycle hnd been
"Vou may Imaglno Hint I had no time
for reflection ns lo tho reason of this
condition of the mnchlno. Shouting
furiously, one to another, the outlaws
were lushing forward to Intercept my
"Disabled as It was, I felt that my bi
cycle was my only means of escape,
and 1 vaulted Into the seat without
stopping to consider what might follow.
Tho next lnstnnt 1 was wheeling away
for dear life.
"In tho excitement of the occasion,
with tho shots of my enemies whizzing
about my head, I simply steered for tho
road, guiding the machine us best I
could by the. action of my feet, without
stopping to think thnt It mattered to
me whether I kept on down the road
ahead or returned by tho wuy I had
" 'Onto yer bosses an'glve hlmchnsc!'
I heard tho leader of tho gang shout.
'Don't let him get away alive'.'
"Glancing back, I saw three horses
hitched to tho rear of tho house, and na
many of the outlaws rushing toward
them. Then tho clatter of hoofs rang
nut with the report of firearms as I
turned to llud myself speeding with
llghtnlng-llkc velocity down tho sharp
descent leading on further than I could
"It was fortunate for me that tho
moon rodo high In the clear sky, light
ing my pathway to almost midday brll
lnnny, for by that tlmo I had begun to
rcaliz-o that my only danger did not He
behind me. ruder the furious Impetus
I bud given 11 at the outset, and gaining
greater speed at every revolution of
the wheels, my blcyclo was already be
yond my control.
"I no longer paid any heod to my
noisy pursuers, but gave all of my nt
(edition to that wild (light of which 1
had barely begun to got a foretaste.
Tho descent was growing sharper every
moment, and, expecting to bo flung
headlong from my seat at any lnstnnt,
I wns carried on aud on, faster and
faster, until I seemed to loso my breath,
and I saw only u whir uud glitter bo
foro my eyes.
"I hnd boasted t swift riding before
that eventful evening, but all paled be
fore that startling experience. 1 seemed
to he Hying! I don't know how l kept
my heat, how the machine kept on Its
course. Twice I found myself being
borne mound picclpltous curved down
tJt 111 fchurpcr descontflstlll on the
wholo (he courso must have been re
markably straight aud smooth. Two or
threo times l fancied I saw tho out
lines of a team approaching, when my
heart fairly ''11100 Into my mouth, but
each tlmo I was happily deceived. Then
there loomed up In tho narrow road the
llgure of a horseman, which provei' to
be no Illusion of my imagination.
"Foitunulcly tho rider was hugging
tho Inside of the way, while his nnlmnl
was wearily climbing (ho tedious as
cent, steeper here If possible than at
any place I had found before. 1 was
following In the middle of tho road. On
my right hnnd yawned a deep gully.
"I havo often wondered what that
man thought ns I t.pod past hlni like a
Hash, my leg actually brushing against
his hort-e, which gave 11 snort of terror
and barely missed leaping against inc.
"After that 1 had a clear course,
though continually descending, until It
seemed to 1110 it was without end. I
felt wen): mid dizzy and liable to fall
frdm my seat nt any moment. Then a
dnrirncss began to kettle over tho scene,
lighted at Intervals by bars of silvery
light, across which 1 sped llko a specter.
I was entering a more heavily timbered
district, nnd where tho gloom hung
deepest over 1110 I suddenly found my
self being carried up 11 sharp ascent,
nnd I know that the worst of my wild
race was over.
"At the very top of this long rise,
carried hither by tho momentum It had
previously gained, tho bicycle camo to
nu abrupt stop. I dropped upon tho
ground In a swoon, unublo to bear up
"When I recovered my consciousness
I found that I had barely escaped being
borne down a second descent of moro
than a mlto In extent. I was so weak
that 1 was obliged to rest under tho
shadow of tho forest for half an hour or
moro beforo I could muster sufficient
strength to riMiinie my (light.
"I could hoar nothing of my pursuo?K,
nnd, judging that thoy had abandoned
the chase, I moved leisurely away on
foot, not caring to remount my wliottl.
Toward morning I enmo to a small
town, where I told tho story of my ad
venture, A party wns at once organized
to visit the old house on tho heights,
which had long known nn unsavory
reputation, mid Its Inmates wcro sur
prised nnd captured, ns I afterward
learned, for 1 had no desire to return
over tho courso which had beon tho
Eceno of n lido that yet hautttB my
mind. One of tho mon found my blcy
cyo handlo aud brought It safely back
Mrs, Fogg: "But how In tho world
did eho co.uq to marry him?" Mr,
Fogg: "Ho asked her, I believe." Boa
MIRRORS IN ELEVATORS.
Ttm Typewriter flirt Say They Are
Kthleiii'r of Mnsciitliio faulty.
"Talk about tho vanity of women,"
siiirfed the typewriter 'girl contemptu
ously, as she went down In tho elevator
of a big olllco building on Urond street,
Now York. "Why, It nln't n" clrcuin
stanco to tho vanity of men. Just you
watch thctn going up nnd down In theso
elevators. What do you suppose theso
mirrors arc for?"
"For the typewriter girls," suggested
tho elevator mnn, meekly.
"Thnt'H all you know about It. Just
you watch the oung men twist their
mustaches tip nt tho corners and set
their lints on with a little extra touch,
a trifle to tho loft side. I'm onto their
tricks. They Just smirk and prink
In tho elevator ns If they wero going on
n tintype. And you take theso erny
headed men, thnt you would think wero
figuring up stock quotations why,
they enn't step In hero without facing
nrcund to tho looklng-glnss and fixing
tho set of their coat collars. It makes
The elevator man yelled, "Going
down?" nt tho fifth door, and the middle-aged
man who got In turned to the
mirror , pulled out 11 pocket-comb and
surreptitiously straightened his mus
tache. "There!" said the typewriter girl,
conclusively; aud as tho elevator
stopped nt tho street lloor she gave a
backward peep to see If her hat whb on
"There!" called tho elevator man,
provoking!, after her.
11m Water Tree.
M. Duehartc lecentfy mndo known to
the French Academy of Sciences tho re'
suits of nn experiment made by M.
Maximo Lccomte In Congo upon n tico
of tho genus Musenga. Upon making
Incisions In tho trunk of It nnd placing
a pall at the fool of the tree, more than
ten quarts of pure wnter collected In
thirteen hours. Tho gorillas, it seems,
are In the habit of slacking their thirst
at these hidden fountains, nnd rcgulaW
the (low of liquid at will by pulling off
different sized branches. Mnny years
ago Dr. Wnlllch found In tho province
of Martnban, Africa, a plant belonging
to the sumo natural order, whoso soft
and porous wood discharged, when
wounded, a very large quantity of pure
and, tasteless fluid, which was quite
whdlesome, nnd wan used as a beverage
by the natives. This plant was nniucd
by Dr. Wallich the wnter vine, and was
placed In the genus l'hytocrcne, which
signifies "plant fountain." These plants
form n remarkable exception to the
usual character of the order, which cm
braces species that prodtico a milky
Juice such, for cxnmplc, as tho cele
brated cow tree, or Palo do Vaca of
South America, which yields a copious
supply of a rich and wholesome milk,
ns good as that of tlm cow, and used for
the same purpose.
Voor I.ltlln Tiling.
Every station In llfo has Its own pe
culiar disadvantages, and kings, oven
moro thnn ordinary men, cannot do as
The little king of Spain wns out with
his nurse, and seeing come boys of his
own size ut piny, struggled to get away
aud Join them.
"Oh, but you must not," snld his Eng
"Why mayn't I go nnd play with
them?" asked tho boy.
"Hecatibe because- you are a little
"Then, If you plenso, nurse," said tho
Impatient sovereign, "I would rathci
bo a lltlo boy."
At one time the Presbyterians of
Ulstnr wcro discussing tho l'norancu
nnd stupidity of ono of their number.
"And whnt u notion ho has In hlu head
now!" exclnlmcd one of tho elders, In
"Ills head!" echoed ono of tho nilnls
tcis. "he has no head! What you call a
he-id Is only n top-knot that his Maker
put there to keep him from ravelin
SHORT AND SWEET.
A word and a blow gale.
Uvea n dead duck can claim that he
Tho sixth sonse tho senso of our
The Bcandnls that come from Africa
are black Indeed.
Tho waiter will holp thoso who In
tend to help themselves.
"Sermons In stones" must bo of a
hard -shell variety.
The man who wanted "littlo hero be
low" went Into tho newspaper busi
ness. South America sends us nligutor
pears, but they aro not pairs of allga
Prof. Koch's consumption cure will
havo no effect In curing consumption
When King Canute ordered tho waves
to roll back, ho thought ho was talk
In; to a surf '
A policeman Is not necessarily n
shepherd because ho tnkes a crook
along with him.
In a gimo or ball nmong denr mutes
the profanity of fingers Is perfectly
awful to observe.
English tenors keep all their humor
locked up In their breasts. Hence their
Some men who aro so attached to a
farm that rather than give it up they
will splko it down with u mortgage.
A raco botwecn n carrier pigeon nnd
u man kicked by a mitlo would be very
close, If tho pigeon hnd half a mile
An nrtlclo In a contemporary is en
titled. "Why editors nre rich." It is
because thoy give a five-dollar .ou
with a fifty-cent advertise.,
CHRIST'S OWN WORDS.
EXTRAORDINARY DISCOVERY OF
ANCIENT SYRIAC MANUSCRIPT.
Mot Vultiulilc s.icroil Trraura jn
eurtiKMl for Jinny Ontiirlr llllilliiil
Scholar nml I hi' IIcIIrIimi rt rlil
HtH'ljliii; Till Itrnmrkatili- old I'.irch
tho Four Gospels
In tho native
toiiguu of Jesus
has at last beon
found tho great
est lllbllcal trcan
that has been dis
covered In cent
uries. This lit probably
the oldest authentic
reconl of tho doings and sayings of the
Saviour. It was written within fifty
years of tho death of tho last of the
Apostles as near to tho time of Christ
as wc today are to the time of Washing
The (lospcls of the Olblo nre from
tho Oicek manuscripts. Christ, how
Jvcr, addressed the multitude and tulk
d with his disciples In Syiiac, the na
tive tongue He learned at His mother's
, And here, for the first time, the
Christian world has the history of the
Saviour told In the very words He used
tho Inflection, the spelling, the pre
cise shades of meaning. Written in the
native language of Palestine, this ng"d
manuscript Is. moro valuable than tho
Oreek translations, which are the ac
cepted Gospels of Christianity.
la It not strange, therefore, that stu
dents of the Iilble, Creek nnd Syrluc
scholars and historians havo turned
with feverish excitement to this totally
unexpected treasure of sacred history.
Rut nlmost as remarkable as the dis
cover of tho manuscript is the extraor
dinary story of how it was unearthed.
The details of the visit of two English
women to tho lonely monnstcry of St.
Catherine on tho summit or MountSlual
and tho accident which revealed tho
Syiiac Gospels aro told below.
To return to tho manuscript.
Christ, as wo know, was master of
several languages, but It Is certain that
Syrlac was tho one Ho learned ns an
In moments of great mental excite
ment It was this language Syrlac
that leaped naturally to His llpn, and
when He cried out in anguish upon tho
Cross Ho spoko In Syrlac words which
our Greek Gospel has to translato, but
which In this newly discovered Gospel
stand In their ploper plnco with no
need of translation.
Theso Gospels glvo, for Instance, nn
entirely now reading of proper names.
From this it appears that thero
was no such person ns Judas Iscarlot,
but thnt ho who botrayed his Muster
with n kiss wus Jiidn Scarlota, that
Peter's name was Cepho, and thnt tho
correct name for the Mount of Olives
was Doth Zaita.
But above and beyond such techni
cal differences as these aro the new
and unexpected readings of the Gospels
which this ancient manuscript dis
closes upon dogmatic questions of the
first Importance. Written, as It Is ad
mitted, so near to tho death of John,
mid couched In the langttago whlcn
was native In Palestine, this, tho old
est or authentic records of His life
and mission, must take its plnco In tho
very fiont among historical docu
ments. And right here, It might bo said tint
this ancient document, which bas been
found In the very place where Moses
received tho comrnunaments, whllo It
coincides with tho translations of the
Gospels accepted up to tho prosont day,
yet differs from It.
Tho difference Is of Itself regarded
as proof of its originality and genuine-
In doctrinal matters there are differ
ences that have already aroused tho
theologians, Thus is the entire ques
tion of the Immaculate Conception
thrown open to, coiitroersy by this
Syiiac manuscript. Its reamngs en
thnt question nro unorthodox.
It Is hero distinctly stated that Jesus
was tho natural son of Joseph. The
manuscript which has now been found
Is 11I0116 In this now reading. No other
historical document of the kind makes
any such nsscrtlon,
The exact words used are theso:
"Joseph (to whom wns betrothed the
Virgin Mary) begat Jesus, who Is called
Hero Is a distinct nfTlrnintfoii thnt
Joseph wns the natural father of the
Savior. This Syrlac manuscrlpt.tho old
est authentic record of the Gospels,
here makes a statement contained In
none of tho other nnd later documents.
The story of tho finding of this an
cient manuscript by two women with
a kodak is one of the most marvelous
In tho history of Dlbllcal literature.
Nowhere has It a counterpart.
lit the remote and almost Inaccessi
ble monnstcry of St. Catherine, which
the Emperor Justinian caused to be
erected In the sixth century upon the
site of somo of the most astounding
miracles, two nineteenth century women
with a snapshot camera ask for n look
at the musty documents with which
the cellar Is stored. Tho monks can
bcnrccly believe their senses when they
learn that these two women made the
hazardous Journey across the desert 011
dromednrlcH to Inspect their musty
They arc loath to disturb their parch
ments and papyri In their sleep of cen
turies for two Btich casual tourists until
the Intter present credentials from the
authorities of tho Greek church, which
at once opens tho vaults, tho hidden
cells and the ancient chests. Then an
almost endless nrray of parchments Is
unearthed for their Inspection.
Ancient scrolls, leaves of parchments
which no human eye had seen for a
A PAGE OF THE GOSPELS.
thousand years, and sheets of papyrus
written over and rewritten over aro
placed before them In tho ancient li
brary, where tho sunlight Is hardly
strong enough to enable them to tako
their photographs. With tho latest
productions of this nineteenth century
era, kodnks, sensltlvo Alms, and "de
velopers," these two new women from
Cambridge university worked hour by
hour on Mount Sinni among parchments
written during tho first century.
It was thus that thoy discovered tho
palimpsest of the Gospels. A palimp
sest Is nn nnclent parchment or other
document whoso original writing hnd
beon erased to mnko room for n lntor
lecord. Generally n good deal of tho
original writing can bo deciphered In
such documents, many of which havo
beon written over two or moro times
In' this manner.
Tbo Syrlac Gospcs which havo now
turned up had so been written over.
In ordor to mnko use of tho original
sheets 11 second tlmo some monk who
attached little Importance to tho docu
ments erased with knlfo or pumice
stono tho first writing. Ho then wroto
over It the lives of somo of tho saints.
Tho Gospol writing was that which wns
Upon n second Journey made to tho
monastery by these two new women,
ono ot them, Mrs. Lewis, armed her
self with four bottles of a foul-smelling
liquid, with which she washed the
sacred leaves, thus, as she claims, re
viving tho original writing in all its
When tho original snap-shot pictures
of tho document wcro taken the two
women wcro unaware of tho Importance
of their work. A professor of Oriental
languages at Cambridge university, to
whom thoy showed the doveloped pho
tographs, read the Syrlac writing and
was much excited by his discovery.
A llopcl Cmte.
"Dpn't you think It would he possl
blo to bring about a reconciliation be
tween Thompson and Johnson?" asked
the first mutual friend.
"I four not," sighed tho second mu
tual friend. "Thoso fellows hato each
other llko two labor lenders,"
From which comparison It wns easy
to deduce the utter hopelessness of the
HAUNTS OF THE WHITE BASS
.In Um .North Otitrnl Ktntc VTtioro
Itlmk I tin Aro Scarce
In tho north central states, where thct
black bass Is scarce nnd In somo regions
unknown, a very worthy Btibstltuto for
this grand ganto llsh Is found In tho
white ba'ss. It cannot, Indeed, bo salil
that tho latter species possesses all of
the fine qualities of tho former, but In
habits, haunts and food It much re
sembles the black variety. Its shape la
qulto different, tho body bolng niont
oval and not so thick through, nnd tho
head being shorter. Tho mouth li
rather smuller than that of the stnajl
motithcd bluss bass. In color It is in
marked contrast to its black brother,,
being of a clear silvery white, barred,
with black horizontal lines, six or sovtu
In number, which run from gills to tall.
Tho streams nnd ponds of tho vhoto
Mississippi valley ubound In these
sprightly fish, and the Chicago sports
men mostly frequent the Illinois liver,
which offers the best whlto bass angl
ing of all tho wateis in tho Btate. Tim
white bass arc gregarious, and swim In
big shoals along the steep shores of tbo
lakes or In tho deeper stretches of tho
streams, feeding on tho young fry of tho
gudgeons and dncc. Owing to this nock
ing hnblt, tho veterans all fish with two
hooks on a spreader, and when u troop
passes by they land two at 11 tlmo, until
the last sun Ivors havo fled. They blto
savagely, quickly, and either Iiook
themselves or get away beforo tho an
gler can raise his rod. A long, light,
stiff rod Is used, a very line silk line,
nnd the lightest of single Btrand lead
ers. Tho hooks of necessity must he
small, on account of tho tiny mouths
of tho bass. In bait fishing it Is custom
ary to use a float and lead, arranged
to keep bait about four or
five feet below tho surface.
Coating from tho shore or
a boat, skittering and trolling are all
successfully employed, and in Septem
ber tho trolling is most fetching. Either
a dead dace, about three inches long,
wired to a Sproat No. 5.hoop, or a amalt.
nickel or brass spoon, with single, not
treble, hook, makes a killing lure. Onco
hooked, these pretty fellows mako a
brisk but brief tight for freedom. They
possess neither the endurance nor the
strategic resources of tho black bass,
and depend on tholr first rush or two to
(car loose (ho hook, which frcquontly
happens, their mouths being so tender.
They arc a delicious pan fish, and, to
the minds of many, nro more tooth
some than brook trout.
THE BICYCLE IN WAR.
! I.ILrlj Hi, Inntruniental In Ad
Military authorities havo come to tho
conclusion that the blcyclo will play an
Indlspcnslblo part in the wars or tho
rtiturc. Its sphere, at least In its early
military stages, will be that of tjheih
lan of tho 1870 war. The.qCJUl
preliminary operations, will net iHrm
Impenetrable advanco cloud or screen
for the army, pushing far ahead Into
the enemy's theater of operations, mak
ing his power felt long beforo tho arm
ies have a chance to come together, par
alyzing the enemy's communication',
making descents now here, now there,
often rashly and often making mis
takes. In spite of this he will always
be ablo to obtain information for hcad
quarters better thnn any other form of
scouting, feeling the enemy retiring be
foro him when outnumbered, but con
testing tho ground wherever thero, is a
chance Tor contest. He will, in fact,
pursue exactly the course followed ly
the Prussian cavalry in the early daya
or tho Franco-Prussian war; always
acting in company with Hght-horso ar
tillery, with the gunners mounted on
bicycles, and not uccordlng to tho pres
ent out-oNdato system or caissons.
WJth these ami tho (lying cyclists It
la believed the modern army has an of
fensive combination such ns has never
been equaled. The cyclist will b a
crack Bhot with tho rlllo, and that will
bfjils only weapon.
Mir Wn tlm Firm star.
Every now and then an anecdote
comes to tho fronl! showing that our
first president liked the theater as well
as do his followers or today. Tho point
Is mentioned in ono of tho many the
atrical stories narrated in that new
book, "Shakespoaro's Heroines on the
Stage." Says the author of tho book: "A
Philadelphia Portia of this same sea
son of 1703-4 comes of a noted family,
being none othor than Mrs. Eliza WhH
lock, tho sister or Mrs. Slddons-nnd tho
Kcmbles. In England, at tho ago of 21,
slto had mnde her London debut, as the
heroine or 'Shylock' on tho 22d or Feb
ruary, 1783, and. though somewhat
masculine in face and flgtiro, yet dis
played so animated u countenance and
so graceful a bearing as to win a mod
erate degree of favor. A few years after
coming to this hind she enjoyed tho dis
tinction of playing tho first 'star' en
gagement on tho American stage, being:
engaged for $450 and n benefit, to play
ot tho Boston theater In October, 170G.
Thero hIio repoated her Portia, contend
ing with tho remombranco or Mr.
Powell's Impersonation or a provious
season. She also had the honor of pU
Ing bororo Gcorgo Washington In Phil
adelphia." a .iiuiini tiimgfi in ArrifH. v
Tho "African Templar" gives an In
structive account, of a model vlllago in
South Africa which serves to show ill
that may bo actually accomplished by
earnest philanthropists. The entire
village Is tho property or Messrs. Scarlett
nnd Sons, well known temperanco ad
vocates. It Is prettily situated at the
root or a range or hills, nnd has a
river running through it. A feather
manufactory, a saddlery and a Mot
factory aro all kept going, and all the
hands employed aro abstainers. No
hotels, 110 saloons and no pollcci
nre required, but a church, n scl
a cricket team, and a brass band ay
"well BUPDor," 1
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