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THE NORFOLK NEWS : FIUDAY , OOTOltEU 31 1002.
THE j ® &
Dy P. Y. BLACK
Copyright , 1001 , by P' Y. niock
Cnnnbn nnd Powers rose nml bowled
With Joy when their ntrlker brought In
tbo cnrd , n most official card "Mr.
KIdo Mnbuchl , the Japanese Legation ,
Washington , D. C. " In the big school
In Massachusetts where Mnbuchl as a
boy hud studied the mysteries of An-
Jean civilization , with Cannon and
Powers as his chief Instructors , he
had struggled through a course of foot
ball , lie now required all the power
of muscular resistance thus gained to
withstand the onslaught of these
friends of his school days.
"You monsters ! You dragons of
America ! " ho cried , falling backward
Into the only armchair the youngsters'
bare quarters possessed , "lias West
Point , then , not reformed you ? "
"Shut up , you lovely little brute , nnd
come to my bosom again ! Ain't he
Bwcct , Powers ? Observe his little tan
tootslcums. The dude has been built
In London and Paris. Ktdo , oh , Kldo ,
Is this n grateful return for all the re
publican simplicity you Imbibed at
Halton ? "
They sat down , one on either side of
Mabuchl. Their tall , bony , wire woven
frames far overtopped that of the
"Well , tell me , then. " said Mabuchl ,
"Tell you ? It's you who've got to do
the telling , Kldo ! " they cried together.
"We've nothing to tell , " Cannon added.
"When you left for the war , we got
through West Point somehow and are
existing among cowboys and Indians
on these broad , unlovely plains. It
. was good of you to come to see us , ns
we could not come to Washington , but
you always were a decent little speci
men of foreign brlc-a-brac. Now tell
us about yourself. "
"It Is not much to tell. When my
country went to war with China , I
; was ordered home , you know. Then I
served with the army , and the honor
able general spoke well of me In
dispatches and I was promoted. The
; war ended , and my government sent
me to travel. . I was everywhere Lon
don , St. Petersburg , Berlin , Vienna
and Paris. "
| "How I should have liked to do Paris
[ with you ! There's a French count , an
ex-ofllcer , here stopping with the cole
nel. I suppoRe you met heaps of them
in P rls ? He's studying America too.
Count Count what's his name
T "Count Dlceandbass ! " cried the strik
er , opening the door of the young
officers' sitting room to usher In an
elderly , wax mustacuod Frenchman.
Powers and Cannon advanced to greet
the new visitor. Kldo Mabuchl rose
slowly , his yellow brown face turning
"Count d'EIsenbas , " Powers said ,
"we are honored. Let mo Introduce
to you Mr. Kibo Mabuchl of the Jap
anese legation and an old school friend
of ours. Wo were just telling him
itras curious that you and he , both
studying us savages for the benefit of
your governments , should meet at such
mi out of the way hole as Fort Drake. "
The count made a rush of effusive
'greeting ' at the Japanese , who coolly
.took . his hand.
I "Mon Dleu , gentlemen ! You afford to
me surprises the most welcome. "
t "You know each other , then ? " said
I "Know ! " cried D'EIsenbas. "We are
( comrades since long time ! "
! "Yes , " said Kldo , nnd the laugh -was
'gone from the eyes which had sparkled
on his old friends , "we met in Paris. "
! "And are ravished to meet in Amer
ica ! " cried the count with n hand on
[ either of Mabuchl's shoulders.
f Cannon and Powers looked at each
btlier in amazement. It was impossible
not to note the dearth of delight in
I "On this hot afternoon , -when I had
nothing to do , I remembered our lost
game at pokair , gentlemen , and I said :
'Ha ! I shall go and have my r-revnncho
from the youthful giants , Messrs. Can
non and Powuir. ' May I ? For Mabuchl
nt baccarat , ecarto and the games of
Paris. I know , but pokair"
"I pray excuse me , " said Mabuchl
gravely. "I ho longer play cards. "
"Ah ! Since Paris ? " cried d'EIsen
bas , with a shooting glance.
I "Since Paris , " Kldo assented calmly.
! "Pshaw , Kldo , " cried Cannon , "you'll
simply have to play poker In Washing
ton. Count , let mo offer you some
thing cooling. Kldo why your glass
is full yet ! "
" ' " said Ma-
"I don't touch anything ,
, uchl gravely ,
i "Since Paris ? " again the Frenchman
asked and mocked.
"Since Paris , " said Mabuchl.
"Ah , I see , you want not to play po-
lialr. You have much to talk. Au
revolr , my American giants. We shall
meet at the colonel's. Mabuchl , shall
twe meet ? "
\ "We shall meet , " said Kldo , rising
nnd bowing with grave oriental cere
I The school chums stared on Kldo.
"What the devil happened to you In
Paris ? " Cannon cried again. "Why
did that Frenchman grin In that meas
ly'way ' , as If-as if ho owned you ?
Speak , you little lump of bronze. What
mischief did you have the nerve to get
into without Powers and me to haul
you out again ? "
In the corner of the colonel's broad
veranda that night Count d'EIsenbas
spoke In French brlelly and coldly to
the little Japanese.
"I cornered you hero on purpose , " ho
Bald. " 1 luivo glvon you a year , and
you F.ro not ready. Well , tomorrow
you must make good your promlHo or
I shall hand these notes In my breast
pocket to your chlof. "
Kldo Mabuchl went homo to his
bunk , hastily llttt-d up In Cannon'H
room , but slept not at all.
In the morning when his clnuun came
In from stables and early company
drills they found the attache sealing
letters on which ho had been very busy
nnd which he now put In his pocket.
He was very amiable , scry cheerful
nnd very calm. It Is something to
have had ancestors of oriental blood
and oriental faith ; It Is something to
be able to say when the hour has come :
"Is It , then , time ? Good. Just n min
ute , and I shall be ready , " to llnlsh the
cigarette calmly , to nod to friends n
Binlllng adieu and then to perform the
haraklrl decently and with regard to
other people's sensibilities.
The hour before sundown Is admira
ble for target shooting. The four went
down to the range late In the after
noon. The count had been bragging a
little of his skill with a rlllo , and Can
non and Powers had coaxed the Jap
anese Into making a match with him.
D'Elsenbas mocked at that. He seemed
to have n great contempt for the at
"Mais Mnbuchl ? " ho laughed. "I
shall beat him at the r-range , as I beat
him nrecarte In Paris. What nr the
en Anglais stakes ? "
Kldo'a eyes Involuntarily flashed on
the Frenchman's breast pockets , and
the count grinned In n way which Can
non and Powers resented , but could
Powers and D'Elscnbaa were to
mark for Kldo , nnd Cannon and Ma-
buchi for D'EIsenbas.
"It Is very simple , " said Cannon for
the count's benefit. "While you mark ,
Count d'Elsenbas , bullseye , four , thrco
whatever the shot is , the targets re
volve , and Powers will paste the hole
on the lower one. Remember , be care
ful to wiggle wngglo the danger flag
distinctly if you want to examine close
Then Kldo saw the gates open before
him and was content. This matter of
suicide might be very simply nrrnnged.
Powers would be In the pit with him ,
stooping down with his pasters nt the
lowered target. The count was a fair
shot at least. At 300 yards he could
hardly miss. What BO simple ns to
leap up In the nick of time and receive
the bullet ? It was not the haraklrl ,
to be sure , but In matters of sulcldo
ono should accommodate oneself to
place and other circumstances.
D'EIsenbas won the tosn and elected
to have Kldo shoot first. He and Pow-
ersxwent to the butt to mark. Kldo
began to shoot at 300 yards mechan
ically , and , behold , the gates closed !
Fate laughs at schemes. The plan of
Kldo was shattered. D'EIsenbas ,
wrathful at the Jap's good shots , for
getting where he was , forgetting the
danger signal , leaped up with an oath
to challenge a bullseyo nnd fell back
again in the pit , shot through his plot
Kldo rushed Into Cannon's arms with
Btrangc , mad eyes.
"It Is the gods ! " ho screeched. "It
was no murder. I meant It the other
way because I could not perform hara-
kiri on myself in your honorable room.
Look , then , look ! "
Cannon clutched the letter Kldo hud
written in the morning. In It the at
tache told his tale the untold talc of
many another in the clutches of the
"secret service" of unscrupulous Euro
pean governments. D'EIsenbas had.
failed to corrupt the secretary by brlbo
or promise , but in Paris ho had intro
duced him to cards and women , and
the women had got from the lad a few
of Japan's plans for fortification nnd
nrmy organization. Threatened with
disclosure by the spy , who also held
over his head notes of hand for "debts
of honor , " Kldo saw but one way to
escape disclosure and disgrace. But
the gods had forbidden it. The count
instead was dead.
"I shot him , " he said over nnd over
again , "but It was not murder. I meant
him to shoot me. "
"We understand , " said his chums.
"It's all right , and the gods have moro
horse sense today than usual. We'll
take these papers from his pockets and
destroy them and report the circum
stances sad accident prominent men
you know. "
"And he's really dead ? "
"Sure dead , " said Powers. "But try
to look decently regretful , Kldo. "
The Abliot of Fool * .
The abbot of fools , who waa nlso
known in different parts as the arch
bishop or bishop of fools , the abbot of
misrule , the lord of misrule , the mas
ter of unreason nnd L'Abbe dc Liesse ,
was the person who used to superin
tend the saturnalia , which were com
mon in different parts of Europe from
the fifth to the sixteenth century. The
feast of fools was an Imitation of the
heathen saturnalia and , like this , was
celebrated in December ; hence the con
fusion of ideas which has arisen In
mixing this feast with the ordinary
Christmas revels. The chief celebra
tion of the feast of fools fell upon In
nocent's day , but the whole revels
lasted from Christmas to the last day
of Epiphany. The young people gen-
crally elected a lender , who went by
ono of the names quoted , nnd ho was
consecrated with many grotesque and
England , Scotland , France and Ger
many all practiced these wild saturna
lia , and it was with great difficulty
that they were finally abolished. The
nbbot was not responsible for any trick
or practical Joke played on the rest of
the community by his orders , and the
victims had simply to "grin and bear
it. " In the temple ( law headquarters ,
London ) the office of the lord of mis
rule Booms to have been n coveted one ,
for wo rend that It was only given to
young men of good family.
PRESERVED P > Y WAX
FOUR HISTORIC PAINTINGS IN THE
They Weri * Trrnleil I.onir After Coin-
liIHIou niul AVHoii Thpy Already
ShiMml HIiriiN f Illimoltitlou An
ArtlHt'it Curlon * It In tiller.
It Is n curious fact that the ennio
combination of chemicals which pre
served In n perfect state for over COO
years the remains nnd shrouds of King
Edward I. of England linvo also been
used to preserve four of the great his
torical paintings perpetuating BCCIICH
in the foundation nnd establishment of
These four paintings occupy perhaps
the most conspicuous place for obser
vation In the nation. They nro the
work of Colonel John Trumbull and
hang on the eastern wall of the rotun
da of the capital.
The paintings were put In place In
1824 under the supervision of the nrtlfct
himself , but not without much hesita
tion nnd objections on his part because
of the dampness of the walls nnd nlr in
the rotunda at that time. The fears of
the nrtlst were proved to bo well
founded , for four years later the
changes on the surface of the paintings
became BO apparent that congress
passed a resolution authorizing their
removal from the walls of the rotunda
by Colonel Trumbull for Inspection and
remedy If possible. It was at this
point that Colonel Trumbull's knowl
edge of the preservative chemical com
pound was drawn on.
In n letter to congress , dated Dec. 0 ,
1828 , Colonel Trumbull explains In de
tail his treatment of the paintings nt
that time , and an inspection now of
these four pictures shows that they
nro in a perfect state of preservation
both as to brightness of color nnd con
dltlon of canvas.
In the letter referred to Colonel
Trumbull says : "All of the paintings
were taken down , removed from their
frames , taken olt from the panels over
which they were strained , removed to
n dry , warm room nnd there separately -
ly nnd carefully examined. The mate
rial which forms the basis of the paint
ings Is a linen cloth whoso strength
nnd texture arc very similar to these
In the topgallant bails of a ship of war.
The substances employed In forming a
proper surface for the artist , together
with the colors , oils , etc. , form a suffi
cient protection for the face of the can
vas , but the back remains bare and ex
posed to the deleterious effects of damp
air. The effect of this Is first seen In
the form of mildew. It was this which
1 dreaded , and the examination showed
that mildew was already commenced
nnd to an extent which rendered It
manifest that the continuance of the
same exposure for a few years longer
would have accomplished the complete
decomposition or rotting of the can
vas nnd the consequent destruction of
the paintings. "
Colonel Trumbull then explained how
he first thoroughly dried the canvases
and prepared them for the preserva
tive. On this point ho continues : "I
had learned that n few years ago some
of the eminent chemists of France had
examined with great care some of the
ancient mummies of Egypt with n
view to ascertaining the nature of the
substance employed by the embalmcrs
which the lapse of so many ages had
proved to possess the power of protect
ing from decay a substance otherwise
so perishable as the humnn body. This
examination had proved that , after the
application of liquid asphaltum to the
cavities of the head and body , the
whole had been wrapped carefully in
many envelopes or bandages of linen
prepared with wax. The committee of
chemists decided further , after n care
ful examination and analysis of the
hleroglvphic paintings with which the
caslnp.fi , etc. , are covered , that the col
ors fcmploycd and still retaining their
vivid brightness had also been pre
pared and applied with the same sub
"I also know that toward the close
of the last century the Antiquarian
Society of England had been permitted
to open and examine4 the stone coffin
deposited In one of 'the vaults of West
minster abbey and said to contain the
body of King Edward I. , who died In
July , 1307. On removing the stone
lid of the coffin Its contents were found
to be closely enveloped In n strong lin
en cloth , waxed. Within this envelope
were found splendid robes of silk en ,
rlched with various ornaments coverIng -
Ing the body , which wns found to bo
entire nnd to have been wrapped care
fully In all Its parts , even to each sep
arate finger , In bandages of tine linen
which had been dipped In melted wax ,
nnd not only wns the body not decom
posed , but the various parts of the
dress , such as n scarlet satlu manllo
nnd n scarlet piece of sarsenet which
was placed over the face , were In per
fect preservation , oven In their colors/ *
Colonel Trumbull then states that ,
with this knowledge , he melted com
mon beeswax and mixed with nn equal
quantity of oil of turpentine , which
mixture wns npplled hot with brushes
to the backs of the paintings and aft
erward rubbed In with hot Irons until
the cloth was perfectly saturated. The
.niches In the walls were backed with
cement and the paintings so placed
to them that nlr could circulate behind
the canvases. Spring doors were also
ordered placed In the entrances to the
rotunda by Colonel Trumbull. Since
that treatment these paintings have
bad nothing done to them , nnd from
present appearances they need noth-
Another peculiarity In ono of these
pictures Is pointed out to persons being
iliottn the capital under the care of n
guide , nnd that Is In the scene of
\Vashlngton resigning his commission.
The two daughters of Charles Carroll ,
who Btnnd embracing each other , nro
tlven five hniida.-Wnshlngtou Star.
Thcrt'H ( tninrthln' In ( lilt erlHpy nlr tlmt'i '
111(0 the lUUllo'H Houiul ,
When ycr fnrtnln1 for tlio niinilrllln nn'
ycr Hwlni ? yiT nwenthrnrt rotiiuU
"When you hour u Kind voleo call ,
"Come up , you fcllrrn , all ,
An' tmlitnco to ytr pnrtnorn till the
tluncln' HlmlteH Uio hull I"
While thcro'n loin of joy tu mttntner , whet
the blrdtt Finn wild nn' free ,
There's nothlii' llko the winter , when tin
flilil I e BlnRH to mo I
The fire blur.ln' lirlnlit ,
The ilnncln' ever' nlnht ,
An' n feller's nwcrthrnrt sinllln' nn In
swings tier loft an' rlKhtl
Bo the crisp nlr nets mo thlnUIn' of till
times n-coinln' MOIIR
When llfe'Il meet the niUBlo of the halle-
The Imppy time of fall ,
\Vhcn you hear the fiddler cull
An' you Imluncu tu yrr pnrdnrra till
the diuicln * shako * the hnllt
_ _ Atlanta Constitution.
Iloth Wrrr Hliorltril.
Little Elulo wan u faithful attendant
nt Sunday school nnd had listened ear
nestly when plans for n coming Chris
tian Endeavor convention were dis
cussed , her Interest Increasing to en-
thUHlamn over the mysterious affair
when she learned that her auntie wits
to attend IIH a delegate.
Coming Into the library one day ,
auntie miw the little maid btmlly en
gaged In writing n letter to a coimln
with whom Hho kept up a Juvenllo cor-
roHiKMidcncc. She Hcrawlcd industri
ously for n moment ; then Htonped.
There was a puzzled expression on her
fat , Ink stained face fin Hho dangled her
short legs and wriggled uncomfortably
on her high perch.
"Auntie , " she said , "how do you apcll
'devil ? ' "
"Oh , Elsie , " said her auntie , "I am
shocked ! Why nre you using Biich n
word as that In your letter ? Nlco llttlo
girls never nay such things. "
It was Klnle'H turn to be Hliockotl.
"Why , auntie , " she cried , "I'm only
telling her about the Christian nnd
devil convention ! " Harper's Mngu
Editor' * Trouble * In Ilnimln.
A correspondent tells the following
story of methods of censorship In HUH
Bin : I was nt nn evening party of the
local press censor In a south Husslan
town. About midnight I had strolled
from the music room Into n cardroom
nnd was watching n game of cards ,
one of the players bclug our host , the
censor , when the hostess approached
her husband and said : "I wluh , my
dear , you would stop behind. There
are three poor wretches there who
have been waiting for you a couple of
hours. I did not wish to disturb you
sooner. " "They must wait a little Ion
ger , " replied the censor. "I must finish
my rubber. " Twenty minutes later
our host absented himself for a quar
ter of an hour. Meeting his wife nexl
day , I asked her who were the "three
poor wretches" referred to. "Editors
of the three local journals , " she re
plied. They had waited two and
half hours In the censor's back kltchci
with their manuscript nnd proof sheets
for that morning's IHSUC , without whlcl
they could not go to press. Pearson's
lliulii't XTnfil Any ll > Ntrrln.
A ccrtnln lady of title recovered fron
n rather severe Illness. An adept will
the' brush and a regular exhibitor o
water colors In connection with the
local art gallery , It was supposed sh
had overworked herself.
When the doctor was called In , ai
old nurse who had been in the fainll
many years bored the medical mm
with her opinions as to the cause o
"It's them long hours an * hard worl
of the palutin' what's done It , " she re
marked directly she saw him. The
doctor wns preoccupied nnd scarcely
heard the remark.
"Ilns her ladyship exhibited any
traces of hysteria ? " he suddenly demanded
manded , turning to the talkative nurse
"Oh , no , Kir , " was the unexpected re
ply. "They was water colors , all on
'em real beauties too. " Milwaukee
Ccninrliin : Shnkemiicnrc.
A masterpiece of censorship was once
performed Ly the Turkish censor , Nlc
chan Effendl , on the occasion of the
production'of Shakespeare's "Othello1
nt Constantinople. He "corrected" the
drama so thoroughly as to leave hard
ly n trace of the original. Among oth
er words , be expunged "Cyprus , " glv
Ing ingenious reasons for this correc
tion. "Cyprus , " he said , "Is n Turklsl
Island. It would bo politically unwise
to send Othello to Cyprus , because the
territorial Integrity of Turkey Is guar
nntced by treaties. Why not put , In
stead of Cyprus , some Greek Island
such as Corfu ? " And thus it came to
pass that from respect to the treaty o
Paris Othello had to go to Corfu.
Xo llrcnth ( u
"There Is something about the nt
mosphero In the far north that makes
men very quiet , " bald a man from up
In the frozen region the other day.
"The habit is acquired , I suppose , In
tramping , when the altitude makes It
necessary to use all your breath for
breathing and leaves you none for
talking. The result Is that the men
talk very little. They become almost
speechless and will sit about at night ,
each thinking his own thoughts and
allowing Ills fellows to do the same. "
Gentleman ( nt restaurant ) I say ,
waiter , your customers nro n fearfully
noisy lot !
"Yes , sir , nnd yet they nre BO par
ticular , you would scarcely believe.
Why , that same turbot you nro eating
Just now no fewer than six of them
refused before you canto ln '
Until Were There.
Miss Mlllyun-One can be very hap
py In this world with health and mon
ey.Deadbroke Then letjg be made one.
I ImYO the health and you have the
money ! Illustrated Bits.
Natives do not glare coffee with
a cheap anil impute coaling , They , ,
have too high a regard for health a
well as for the naturally delicious'
flavor of their popular berry. The
very American roasters who glaze
their package coffcc.i do not t/iirt to touch or glaze
their high . . Mocha and . ?
iiik.ii iii u priced ifiir iiun mill Javati. Why
I * never KJnzcd or
Lion Coffee adulterated. It is
JUST PURE Coffee.
Tlin ri > lfd paring * limurMi uniform quality ted froilmfM.
excellent quality of
is its freedom from ( -very element that causes licadndit1 or distrcst.
t's the purity , the perfect brewing nnd proper ageing that make it so good.
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