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TEE RED CLOUD CIUEP.
"Good morning, my son," Bald (he
cnptnln, Inking his plpn out of I1I3
mouth for a moment. "Wc nro de
tained by tho supcrenrgo, who appears
not ovcrwilllng to come on board; tho
boat hns been on Hhorc this hour wait
ing for him, and wc shall be last of
the fleet under way. I wish the com
pany would let us sail without these
gentlemen, who are, In my opinion, a
great hlnderance to business; but they
think otherwise on shore."
"What 13 their duty on board?" ic
"Their duty Is to look after the car
go and the tralllc, and if they kept to
thnt It would not be so bad; but they
Interfere with everything elso nnd
everybody, studying little except their
own comforts; in fact, they piny the
king on board, knowing that wo dnre
not affront them, as a word from them
would prejudlco the vessel when again
to bo chartered. The company Insist
upon their being received with all hon
ors. Wo salute them with five guns
on their arrival on board."
"Do you know nnythlng of this one
whom you expect?"
"Nothing, but fiom report. A brother
captain of mine (with whom he lias
sailed) told me that he is most fearful
of tho dangers of the sen, and much
taken up with his own importance."
"I wish ho would come," replied
Philip; "I am most anxious that we
"You must bo of a wandering dispo
sition, my son; I hear that you leave
n comfortable home, and a pretty wife
"I am most anxious to see the
world," replied Philip; "nnd I must
learn to sail a ship before I purchase
one, nnd try to mnke the fortune that
I covet." (Alas! how different from
my real wishes, thought Philip, as he
made this reply.)
"Fortunes arc made and fortunes are
swallowed up, too, by the ocean," re
plied tho captain. "If I could turn this
good ship Into a good house, with plen
ty of guilders to keep the house wnrm,
you would not find me standing on
this poop. I have doubled tho Capo
twice, which Is often enough for any
man; tho third time may not be so
"How long do you expect your voy
age may occupy us?"
"That's as may be; but I should say
about two years; nay, if not detained
by tho factors, as I expect wo shall bo,
for somo hostllo service, It may be
"Two years," thought Philip, "two
years from Amine!" and ho sighed
deeply, for ho felt that their separa
tion might bo forever.
"Nay, my son, two years Is not so
long," said Mynheer Kloots, who ob
served the passing cloud on Philip's
brow. "I was once five years away,
nnd was unfortunate, for I brought
homo nothing, not even my ship. But
hero ho comes nt last; they have
hoisted the ensign on tho stnff In the
boat; there they have shoved off.
Myncer Hlllebrant, see the gunners
ready with their linstocks to salvo tho
"What duty do you wish me to per
form?" observed Philip. "In what can
I bo useful?"
At present you enn bo of llttlo use,
except in those heavy gales in which
cv.ery pair of hands is valuable. You
must look and learn for somo time yet;
but you can make a fair copy of tho
Journal kept for tho Inspection of tho
company, and may assist me in various
(ways, as soon as the unpleasant nnu
'sea felt by those who first embark has
subsided, As a remedy, I should pro
pose that you gird a handkerchief tight
round your body so as to compress
the stomach, and mnko frequent appli
cation of my bottle of schnapps, which
you will find, always at your service.
But now to receive tho .fnctor of the
most puissant company.Mynheer Hllle
brant, let thorn discharge the" cannon."
Tho guns were fired, and soon after
the smoke had cleared away, tho boat,
with its long ensign trailing on tho
water, was pulled alongside Philip
watched tho appearance of the super
cargo; but he rcranlned In tho boat un
til several of tho boxes with tho in
itials and arms of the company were
first handed on tho deck; at last the
Ho was a small, 6paro, wizen-faced
man, with a three-cornered cocked hat,
bound with broad gold lace, upon his
head, under which appeared a full
bottomed flowing wig, the curls of
which descended low upon hlB should
ers. His coat was of crimson velvet
with broad flaps; his waistcoat of
white Bilk, worked In colored flowers,
and descending half-way down to his
knees. His breeches wore of black sat
1n, and his legs were covered with
white silk stockings. Add to this, gold
buckles at his knees and In his shoes,
lace ruffles to his wrists, and a silver
mounted cane In his hand, and tho
reader haB tho entire dress of Mynheer
Jacob Janz von Stroom, tho supercargo
of tho Honorablo Company, appointed
to tho good ship Ter Schilling.
Mynheer von Stroom did not appear
very anxlouB to remain on deck. Ho
requested to bo shown Into his cabjn,
and followed tho captain aft, picking
tils way among tho cnlls of ropes with
which his path was encumbered. The
door opened and tho nupercargo disap
peared. The ihlp was then got under
-DY CAPfAIN MARRYAT.
way, the man hnd left tho windlnss,
the sails had been trimmed and they
wore securing tho anchor on board
when the bell of the poop cabin (ap
propriated to tho supercargo) was
pulled with great violence.
"Whnt ran that be7" said Mynheer
Kloots (who was foiwnrd), taking his
pipe out of his mouth. "Mynheer Vnn
dcrdeeken, will you bco what Is the
Philip went aft, as tho pealing of
tho bell continued, nnd, opening tho
cabin door, discovered the supercargo
perched upon the table nnd pulling the
bell rope, which hung over Its center,
with every mark of fear In his coun
tenance. His wig was off. and his bare
skull gave him an nppearance peculiar
"What Is the matter, Blr?" luqulrod
"Matter!" spluttered Mynheer von
Stroom; "call the troops In with their
firelocks. Quick, sir. Am I to be mur
dered, torn to pieces and devoured?
For mercy's sake, sir. don't stare, but
do something look, it's coming to tho
tnble! Oh, dear, oh, dear!" continued
the supercargo, evidently terrified out
of his wits.
Philip, whose eyes had been fixed on
Mynheer von Stroom, turned them In
the direction pointed out, and, much
to his astonishment, perceived a small
bear upon the deck, who was amusing
himself with the supercargo's flowing
wig, which he hold In his paws, tossing
It about, and now nnd then burying
his muzzle In It. The unexpected sight
of tho animal was at first a shock to
Philip; but at a moment's considera
tion assured him that tho animal must
be harmless, or It never would havo
been permitted to remain loose In the
Nevertheless, Philip had no wish to
npproach the animal, whoso disposi
tion he was unacquainted with, when
the appearance of Mynheer Kloots put
an end to his difficulty.
"What 13 the matter, mynheer?" said
tho captain. "Oh, I see! It is Jo
hannes," continued tho captain, going
up to the bear, and saluting him with
a kick, as ho recovered the supercar
go's wig. "Out of tho cabin, Johannes!
out, sir!" cried Mynheer Kloots,
kicking tho breech of tho bear till the
animal hnd escaped through tho door.
"Mynheer von Stroom, I am very sor
iy hero 1b your wig. Shut tho door,
Mynheer Vanderdecken, or tho beast
may come back, for he Is very fond of
As soon as the door was shut be
tween Mynheer von Stroom and tho
object of his terror the llttlo man slid
off tho table to tho high-backed chair
near It shook out tho damaged curls
of his wig, and replaced It on Ills head;
pulled out his rullles, nnd, assuming un
air of magisterial importanco, struck
his ciino on tho deck, and then spoke:
"Mynheer Kloots, whnt is tho mean
ing of this disrespect to the supercargo
of tho puissant company?"
"God In heaven! no disrespect, myn
heerj tho nnlmnl Is a bear, as you see;
ho 13 eery tamo, even with strangers.
He 'belongs to me. I havo hnd him
ever slnco ho was three months old. It
was all a mistake. The mate, Mynheer
Hlldebrant, put him In tho cabin, that
ho might bo out of tho way while tho
duty was carrying on, and ho quite for
got thnt ho was here. I am very Eor
ry, Mynheer von Stroom; but ho will
not come hero again, unless you wish
to play with him."
"Play with him? I, supercargo to
the company, play with a bear! Myn
heer Kloots.thc animal must bo thrown
"Nay, nay; I cannot throw over
board an animal that I hold In much
affection. Mynheer von Stroom, but
ho shall not troublo you."
"It must Immediately be sent out of
tho shin, Mynheer Kloots. I order you
to send It away on your peril to re
fuse." "Then wo will drop tho anchor again,
Mynheer von Stroom, and send on
shofo to hcadquartors to decide the
point. If the company Insists thnt tho
bruto bo put on shore, bo It so; but
recollect, Mynheer von Stroom, wo
shall I030 tho protection of tho fleet,
and havo to sail alone. Shall I drop
tho nnchor, mynheer?"
This observation softened down the
pertinacity of the supercargo; ho had
no wish to sail aloue, and tho fear of
this contingency wns mora powerful
than tho fear of the bear.
"Mynheer Kloots, I v.1 not bo too
severe; If the animal Is chained, so
that It does not npproach mo, I will
consent to Its remaining on board.
We must allow tho. Indian fleet to
pursue Its way to the Capo with every
variety of wind and weather. Somo
had parted company, but tho rendez
vous was Tablo Bay, from which they
were again to start together.
. Philip Vanderdecken was soon ablo
to render some service on board. Ho
studied his duty diligently, for em
ployment prevented him from dwelling
too much upon tho cause for his em
barkation, nnd he worked hard at tho
duties of tho ship, for tho oxerclso
procured for him that sleep which oth
erwise would havo been denied.
Ho was soon a favorite of the con
tain, and intimate with Hlllebrant, the
first male; the second mnto, Struyn,
was a morose young man, with whom
he had little Intercourse. As for tho
supercargo, Mynheer .Into?; f.tat ton
Stioom, ho seldom ventured sat of his
cabin. The bear, Johannes, was not
confined, anil thereforo Mynheer von
Stroom confined himself; hnrdly a day
passed thnt he did not look over n
letter which ho had frnmed upon tho
subject, nil ready to forwnrd to tho
company; and ench tlmo that ho por
UBod It, ho mndc somo nltorntlou.whlch
ho considered would glvo additional
force to his complaint, nnd would
prove still more Injurious to tho Inter
ests of Capt. Kloots.
In the meantime, In happy Ignorance
of all that wa3 passing In tho poop
cabin, Mynhror Kloots smoked his
pipe, dinnk his schnnppB, ami played
with Johannes. Tho unlmnl hnd also
contracted u great affection for Philip,
and used to walk tho watch with him.
There was another pnrty In tho ship
whom wo must not loso sight of tho
one-eyed pilot, Schrlften, who nppenr
cd to have imbibed a great animosity
toward our hcio, as well as to hlo
dumb favorite, tho bear. As Philip
held tho tank of an officer, Shrlfton
dared not openly nffront, though ho
took every opportunity of annoying
him, nnd was constantly Inveighing
against him before tho ship's com
pany. To the benr ho was moro open
ly Inveternto, and seldom passed It
without bestowing upon It a sovero
kick, nccompnnled with n horrid curso.
Although no ono on board nppearcd
to bo fond of this man, everybody ap
peared to ho afraid of him, and he ob
tained n control over tho seamen
which appeared unaccountable.
Such was tho state of affairs on bonrd
tho good ship Ter Schilling whon, In
company with two others, sho lay be
calmed about two days' sail to tho
Cape. Tho weather was Intensely hot,
for It wns tho summer in those south
ern Intltudes, and Philip, who had been
laying down under tho nwnlng spread
over tho poop, wns so ovcrcomo with
tho heat that ho hud fallen asleep. He
awoko with u shivering sensation of
cold over his whole body, particularly
nt his chest, and half opening his eyes,
ho perceived tho pilot, Shrlften, lean
ing over him nnd holding between his
finger and his thumb a portion of tho
chain which had not been concealed,
and to which was attached tho sacred
relic. Philip closed them again, to
ascertain what wcro tho man's Inten
tions; ho found that ho gradually
dragged out tho chain, and, when the
relic was clear, attempted to pass the
whole over his head, evidently to gain
possession of It. Upon this attempt
Philip started up and seized him by
"Indeed!" cried Philip, with nn in
dignant look, nq he released tho chalu
from the pilot's hand.
But Shi If ten nppearcd not in the
least confused nt being detected In
his attempt; looking with his mall
clous one-eye at Philip, ho mockingly
"Dors that chain hold her plcturo?
Vnnderdecken rose, pushed his away,
and folded his nrms. ,
"I ndvlso you not to ho qulto so curi
ous, Master Pilot, or you may repent
"Or perhaps," continued tho pilot,
qulto regardless of Phlllp'B wrath, "It
may bo a chlld'H caul, a sovcrelgu rem
edy against drowning."
"Go forward to your duty, sir," cried
"Or, as you nro n Catholic, the flngot
nail of a saint; or, yes, I havo It a
pleco of tho holy cross."
"That's It! that's It!" cried Schrlf
ten, who now went forwnrd to where
tho seamen wcro standing at tho gang
way. "News for you, my lads!" said ho;
"we've a piece of tho holy cross aboard,
and so we may defy tho dovil."
(To bo continued.)
A WILD ROSE SKIN.
How It Cum be Kullr unci Healthfully
When a Swedish woman has a clear, '
beautiful skin, It rivals almost In ex
qulsito loveliness the bloom of th
"English rose" or her cousin, the
"American Illy." To Ho In bed and be
waited on by a nurse with a wild-rose
complexion nnd to discover that when
health returns ono may hopo to attain
such" a complexion by tho uso of very
simple means, seems to mako up In
somo dfgrco for tho weary days in
bed. "Oh, nurse, If I only had your1
complexion! If I could change my dull,
spotted skin for ono liko yours, It
seems to mo I would bo willing to
Jump Into a barrel of boiling oil.",
"Well, den, mces," wbb tho roply, "you
can hat It, sure, If yoiylo but ono lec
tio ting. My skin vas all spots vat
you call 'pecmples' nnd tho doctor he
say It chango of climate Ho den tell (
mo to buy 25 cent vorth of phosphato
of soda. I take a tcaspoonful In glass
varm voter at bed tlmo, and do samei
boforo broakfast. It not nasty. So,
for von vcok I also tnko the Barae be
fore each other meal; after dat for
von vcek I take only night and morn-'
Ing. In two veek, bohold mo as now,"
Reader, I havo followed the advice
for "von lint vcek" only, and already
my skin seems Ilka "that of a little
child." To thoso who desire to change
a thick, unresponsive skin for a clear, '
brjght complexion, this simple and
practical advice Is gladly given by 9 '
"I'b huyd white folks put In heaps o'
time," said Undo Eben, "ahgufyln
'bout whethuh we'a descended f'um
monkeys. Dat alu' de question. Iff
whut direction la we gwlne now,"
Allan Carter wns going ns fast as a
cab would tako him to offer himself
nnd his fortune to Miss Nellie Clen
dennln, but tho faco that haunted him
as ho rolled along wa not Miss Clou
dennln's. It wns a faco of great beauty,
a young, serious fnce, with wldo dnrk
blue cyca nnd n tenderly curved red
mouth. Only n dream-face, but at
two nnd thirty Allan Carter was a
bachelor because of It.
Carter was an artist. Perhaps It was
from his mother, who hnd been nn
Italian singer of good fnmlly. thnt ho
Inherited tho poetic temperament
which caused him to cherish this
drenm. Certain it wan that in his
travels far and wldo ho had looked for
tho face, and each ear It had grown
more vivid and leal. Now, at thirty-two,
ho hail told himself It was
tlmo to put away childish thinga and
Ho wanted lo paint and study abroad
for a j oar or wo, but could not leave
his young ward, Just returned from
school and dependent on him for her
success In social life, so as the best
way out of It ho decided to marry
her nnd take her with him. Ho
thought her a "dear girl." bright and
plqunnt, nnd but for tho faco ho
might havo fallen In lovo with her.
And now ho was looking nt It for
tho last lime. In nn hour It would be
n part of tho past, a dim shadowy
thing. Tho eyes looked nt him re
proachfully. Ah! thoso eyes! Innumerable times
ho had essayed to paint tho faco, but
the eyes had nlwnjs eluded him.
Thero wns something In their depths
thnt mocked him.
"Pshaw! what n fool I am!" Ho
gnthcrod himself together with n Jerk.
Tho Jeik terminated In a Jump, for
thero nt tho window of the Mnrkvlow
hotel wan tho fare, framed In furs
nnd feathers and looking wistfully
down tho street.
Ho left tho cab n3 foon as It had
turned tho corner and hastened back
"DO NOT FORGET YOUR LESSON."
to tho Mnrkvlow. Tho faco was gone,
but even ns ho looked a lndv mui n
,gontlcmnn descended tho steps to a
carriago that awaited them. Tho lady
was very young, slender nnd graceful
and for ono moment thoso wonderful
eyes met nnd held his. Then sho was
hurried Jnto tho carriage by her com
panion, a tall, fine-looking, gray-haired
man, evidently her father.
Carter heard tho order. "Tn Mm
Tenth street depot!" nnd In a few
I moments was clattering nftor thorn.
Ho found them In tho inent. iinmmi
wnltlng-room, evidently In trouble, for
tho girl looked distressed nnd her
father much flurried. Carter bought
n paper at the news stand near by and
dallied over It.
. "I can't send nnyono for It," tho
gentleman wns saying. "I must go
back myself and leave you, my dear."
"Indeed, Indeed, I don't mind'," cried
tho girl, In sllver-swoet tones. "Wo
havo twenty minutes yet and that Is
tlmo enough If you go at onco. I will
wait for you Just hero. Hurry!" Sho
gave him. a llttlo push, and, tumbling
his several pnckage3 Into her arms, ho
"Great heavens, I can't loso hr
now!" muttered Carter, in despair. "If
only I knew her namo or whero thoy
nro bound. la thero no way no
Tho girl walked toward tho window,
and, ono of her parcels slipping from
her arms, In her endeavor to recovor
It, tho remainder were scattered on
tho floor. Carter gathered them up
in a twinkling nnd offered to tlo up
ono which had escaped Its fastening.
Ho eeated himself bcsldo his dream,
nnd when sho had said, "Thank you,"
ho could not Mimmon fortitude to leave
It was the face It was tho faco;
Innocent, beautiful oven to tho llttlo
golden rings on her forehead. Tho
limpid, childlike eye3 met his frankly
and tho roso check looked so soft and
"Sho hnsn't had tlmo to bo frozen
luto conventionality," thought Car
ter. "I will risk It and speak to her.
It Is now or nover."
Ho leaned ovor and spoko rapidly,
earnestly and with convincing elo
quence: "I saw you at tho hotel. Do you
know that I havo been seoklng you for
ten years7 Your face came to me In
a dream and I have never despaired
of finding you until today. I was go
ing no matter where, but I saw you.
I could find no way to speak to you,
0 I followed you here, hoping against
hope. If you knew how your faco hni
haunted mo you would forglvo me.
Fortune has favored me with those
few moments; do not be so cruel as to
deny mo tho privilege of speaking!
How could I sco you to go out of my
reach without making an effort, cvon
at tho risk of being considered un
gentlcmnnly! Will you not tell mo
that you are not angry?"
Tho wldo bluo eyc3 looked earnestly
Into tho face bent over her, so dark
and eager, so full of pleading.
"You saw us at tho hotel?" she
but you know I could not sneak to you
1 there. It wan just as you wero leav
ing, nci', iiero is my earn. 1 navo
traveled a great deal, perhaps somo
of your friends may know mi'. You
aro not angry? You think this la
surely something moru thnn mere
chnnco? I havo loved your faco so
long, I know Ita every feature. Do not
hnto mo for my presumption?"
Tho girl's soft eyes fell.
"I snw you when wo enmo out of
tho hotel, and. I I lll.cd you," sho
said very softly.
The blood leaped to Cnrlcr'B checks,
nnd he lifted his hand Impetuously,
but let It fall again. Her very Inno
cence wns her protection, nnd he only
touched the hem of her capo reverent
ly. "Wo havo such a short tlmo! Tell
mo whero you nro going, whero I enn
sco ou again. I will Hnd a wny If It
Is to tho ends of tho earth. 1 cannot
loso you ngnln. I have sought you to
long; wherever I havo trnveled 1 have
sought In vain for thnt beautiful dream
fnco that has been my Inspiration.
And you were a llttlo child growing
up Into perfection! It Is not mere
chance that we linvo met today and wo
must not loso each other. Will you
tell mo whero 1 may find you?"
The girl glanced up nt the clock.
"Yes," sho snld, shyly, tho color
coming nnd going In her cheeks. "Wo
aro going to New York ami shall stop
at tho Waldorf. Como thero nnd I
will sco you."
"Whom shnll I ask" ho was bo
ginning, but sho held up a warning
"Wo must not let him know." sho
whispered, as tho tall gentlcmnn, red
and breathless, rushed up to them.
"Hcio wo nro. dear," sho said, smll
Ing, In her sllvery-swcct wlce. "I
haven't been nlono. I hnvo met nn old
friend, Mr. Allan Ca'rlcr. Allow mo
lo introduce you. Mr. Curtcr, this Ib
"Very happy, very hnppy, Indeed,
Mr. Cnrter," fluitcrod tho gentleman,
ns ho shook tho rigid hand cxtonded to
him. Tho bell clanged loudly and ho
seized tho girl's arm and hurried her
Sho looked back over her shoulder
and smiled, bowltchlngly, significantly.
"Do not forget your lesson," sho
Carter had walked many mllea bo
foro the crash of tho elements subsid
ed nnd his brain settled Into some
thing like Kb usual calm. Ho and
Nelllo Clcndenuln were married bIx
TO OROW FAT.
tint Ilrurlltjr llufnro (Joint; In Unl.
Hero Is good ndvtco to thin people
who want to grow fat, says Pearson's
Weekly. It seems contrary to nil our
early training, but la full of good com
mon Fcnsc, nnd comes from a promi
nent phyulclnn. HIb suggestions arc
ns follows: "If you nrc thin and want
to put flesh upon your bones, cnt bo
foro going to bed for tho night. Physi
ology teaches us that there la wasting
nwny of tjssuo while a person sleeps
as well as when ho is nwake, and this
being so, thero should bo continuous
nourishment. Food taken ut dinner'
or In tho early evening Is nlwnys di
gested nt tho tlmo of retiring, nnd tho
activity of the process of assimilation
continues until long after wo aro
asleep. If tho tlsmies nro not nour
ished, they nro pulled, down by the
wasting process, uml as n result sleep
lessness ensues. On a full stomach,
however, or with some food to sustain
tho system, thero Is a building up of
tho tissue. Man Is tho only crcnturo
I know of who does not dcom It proper
to sleep on a good meal. Tho lnfnnt,
In this respect, Instinctively cries to
bo fed nt night, showing that food Is
necessary during that tlmo as well as
through tho day, and thnt left too long
without It cuusea a discomfort, which
It makes known by crying. Thero Is
no need for rest In the digestive or
gans, provided tho quantity of food
eaten Is not nbovo normal during the
twenty-four hours. Too long Inter
vals between meals aro bad for the
stomach, from tho fact that the cessa
tion nnd resumption of work of tho
digestive organs tends to onfceblo
them. A modernto working of tho or
gans through tho twenty-four hours Is
much moro beneficial, I would ndvlso
thoso suffering from Insomnia to take
something to cat beforo going to sleep
always. A glass of milk and bread,
or any digestible food will do."
About Blr Henry IfiMrldn.
The resignation In England of Sir
Henry Hawkins, ono of tho wittiest
and most notod judges of tho, day,
has given rlso to many anecdotes. Ho
Is a man who bellovcs In stern Justice,
and always sentences criminals to the
full extent of his power. "Oh, my
lord," whined a swindler whom ho had
Just given seven years, "I'll never live
half of thnt time!" The Judgo took
another look nt him and answered:
"I don't think It Is at all desirable that
On nnother occasion tho usual form
was gone through of asking a prisoner
who had been found guilty if he had
anything to say. Striking a theatrical
posture, nnd with his right hand In tho
air, tho man exclaimed: "May the
Almighty strike mo dead if I don't
speak the truth. I am Innocont of this
crime." Judgo HawklnB said nothing
for a minute. Then, after glancing at
tho clock, ho observed, In his most
Impresslvo tones: "Slnco the Almighty
has not thought fit to Intervene, I will
now proceed to pass sentence."
Mom Fear VmbrelUe.
A German professor, In giving his
experlenco hb an explorer In the wilds
of Africa, soya that the best protection
against lions Is an umbrella, ns the
HOW KLUPMANT8 CROSS RIVERS
It I 11 llrc.it Sight Itngn IIcmI NnK
In Pearson's Magazlno Mr. Cleveland
Morfct relntca somo stories that wcro
told him by n celebrated huntor of big
game, Peter Burgess of Bristol. Many
years ngo, when tho world was young
er than It la now, Llvy described In
that wonderful wny of hla how clo
phantH could bo carried over a ntrenm.
Mr. BurgesB has a slmllnr topic how
elephants swim a river. "It Ib a grcnt
sight to sco a line of elephnnts cross
ing a river with steep banks. Thoy go
down slowly, striking tho ground wltfi
their trunks beforo each stop, nnd
never mnklng a slip or miss, although
you feel every minute nx If thoy wero
going to tnko n header Into tho water.
Then they wade or swim, aa tho caso
mny bo, and they swim beautifully,
not hesitating to cross half a mllo of
deep water If need bo. I must sny,
however, thnt the sensntlon of sitting
on tho bnck of a swimming elephant is
tiio reverse of plensnnt; you fancy
yourself on an enormous bnrrol which
may toll round nt nny moment nnd
tako j 011 under. Besides that, they
swim so low In the water that you aro
sure of n wetting, which In India
menus un excellent chance of fever.
Having crosFed tho stream, they must
climb to tho top of tho bank, and tlila
Is tho most peculiar operation of nil.
Down on their knees thoy go, nnd with
trunk nnd tusks dig out n foothold for
themselves, nnd so, stop by step, work
their wny to the top, their position
being sometimes like that of a fly
climbing up n wall. Ab thoy reach tho
top they glvo a lurch sldcwayn and
shoot ono leg straight over tho bnnk,
then glvo n lurch to tho other sldo nnd
shoot out tho other leg In tho samo
wny, which brings thorn Into tho po
sition of a boy hanging by his nrmi
from tho edgo of a roof. Then thoy
como to their knees, nnd, finally, with"
a great scrambling and kicking of tholr
hind legs, bring thcmsolvcs to level
ground ngaln, In spite of these peril
ous ascents and descents I never knew
nn elephnnt to miss his foothold, al
though thero wns n caso whero ono of
the herd got stuck In tho mud and
sunk gradually deeper and dcopor un
til only Ills hend nnd pnrt of his back
could be scon. Tho rajah ordered ten
other elephants to be brought up, and
they wcro hitched to tho unfortunate
animal, and by pulling together at tho
given word brought tholr bellowing
comrade out of tho mud with a plomp
llko tho pop of n 1,000-ton cork."
BERNHARDT ON sArDOU.
HI10 DUcrlben Hit Method of Conduct
Mmo. Snrah Bernhnrdt hns begun
tho rohcarsalB of "La Tosca," tho play
sho Is to rcvlvo at tho Thcator ilea
Nations nt nn early date, sayB tho
London Post. In nn Interesting letter,
from which I send you somo extracts,
tho great actress describes M. Sardou'a
mode of conducting ichearsals: "What
has alwayB specially struck me," says
Mmo, Bernhardt, "Is tho very personal
chnrncter of M. Sardou'B methods. He
gives his attention In the first placo to
tho minor roles. Ab tho work ad
vances ho proceeds on lnrgor, moro
general lines, until It BcemB ns If th'o
stage Ib too sinnll nnd ono plneo for
more spnee In which to allow tho ac
tion of tho piece to develop, unhnm-.
pored by material limitations. It is
said thnt M. Sardou Is very masterful
when conducting rehearsals. 1 havo
found him, on tho contrary, most cpn
clllntory, and ever ready to adopt tho
suggestions of others when they do
servo to bo taken Into consideration.
Ho regardB even tho stago carpenters,
tho sccne-shlfters nnd tho firemen as
pnrt of tho public and Is careful to
note nnd to tako hints from their im
pressions. In this respect ho adheres
to tho practlco of Alexandra Dumas.
Llko Dumas, too, ho Is not oversensi
tive as to the fate of his prose, and
never hesitates to cut his text when
necessary. Nothing escapes his notlco.
Ho pays attention to even tho pettiest
details. Ho tries tho chairs, sees that
tho doors open and shut readily, choos
es tho dress materials and tho uphol
stery, studies the perspective from tho
auditorium and mounts to the upper
galleries so as to assure hlmsolf that
tho public In the cheap seats can seo
nnd hear everything. Ho lives all the
roles, nnd nt every rehearsal actB the
entire play right through three or flour
times over. Ho Is very sonsltlvo to
cold nnd always makes his appearance
muffled up In fura nnd a comforter. Ho
hands his coat to an attendant, com
plains at once of tho draughts, puts
his coat on again and again dispenses -with
It. About 3 o'clock he takes
somo slight refreshment, usually n
glass of port and cakes, which he
shares with the actors and actresses.
While thus engaged he Invariably re
lates a string of anecdotes, of which
he has n most Inexhaustible fund,
bearing, for tne most part, of course,
on the theater, but very ofton, too,
on spiritualism, a subject in which hi
Is deeply Interested."
Eros la the name selected for th
newly discovered little planet between.
Mars nnd the sun by Herr Witt, tht
discoverer, though Mr. S. C. Chandler
of Cambridge, Mass., the astronomer
who computed the planet's ' orbit,
pleaded to have lt called Pluto. Mr.
Chandler's computation has been verJC"
fled by examination of the star photo
graphs taken at the Harvard obaerra
tory station nt Arequlpa, In Peru.
Selfishness Ib a weakness, yet it la
about the strongest force some people
have In them.
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