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    12 THE OMAHA DAILY BEE : SUNDAY DECEMBER t > 0. 188(1TWELVE ( PAGES ,
COTIIAH'S UPPER STRATUM ,
The Patriarch's Bnll find the Money There
Represented.
ELIGIDLE BELLES AND BEAUX.
A Sxvrll Dance on ilio Avrmic The
New Si-leiiocor Hnuktitry Intel
lectual litnos nnit AiiKlcn of
.Shoulder
NF.W YoiiK , Dee. 83. fCoiTosnondence
of the llKi ; . ! , There nro four hundred
and sKtv-sevcn per.Mins out of New
York's million who am "in .society. "You
are incredulous ? Well , let us figure up.
'J'o begin with , wo inuct admit for argu-
niHit's sake , If not for : i fact , llmt the
AHtor strntnni is top in the social
geoloiry. Now , then , the patriarch' * ball
was dniieed this week. Tim utmost lire-
caution has boon taken to keep it ex
clusive. Criticism was made lust season
Hint . evcral of these extra-sensitive occa
Hions were doinonili/.od by the iiresnneo
of a few unaccustomed and uiKiunlllied
guests. This time the lines were drawn
with rigidity. The hall was given by
fifty patriarcliH , all within the vail be
yond peradventnre. Kven so lirnily cs-
tnbliMiod a swell as Cornelius Vanderbilt
was new to this sacred half-hundred , he
having been elected this year. Kach
paid . ? IfiO to cover the expenses , and re
ceived an invitation for ids Immediate
family , besides others for live persons
whom he might choose as suitable. This
method \vas calculated to secure exacti
tude in admitting only individual ! : "in
society.1 The number was 407 , by care
ful accounting , and of them all except
forty two were there.
JA.MKS uoitnox nr.SNirrr
i.s an eligible bachelor who has lately re
vived New York interest in himself by a
briet visit to town ; and while hero ho
proved , by overhauling and improving
the Herald , that lieean do something else
than luxuriously enjoy himself if lie tries ,
His presence led Harry Nolon , a boat
man well known in yatching circles , to
clear np an old mystery by telling a story
of Dennett's diversions Harry s.iid :
"A bout was discovered one morning
sailing about in a crazy way that
pnz/lcd everybody that saw her.
.Sometimes she would dart ahead
like a lish ; then she would come np
and 'laugh' in the teeth of the bree/.c ,
back up , spar for wind and then make
another rush. In fact she mano'iivred
pretty much like a lighter in the ring.
Everybody thought that whoever was
hailing Unit boat was era/y sure. But
spyglasses soon showed that there was
nobody on board. She was out on a spree
of her own , and , as she was disorderly ,
she was taken in. it was believed that
she had tossed some fellows overboard.
but she hadn't. I know what happened
to her. The Dauntless was in the harbor
the night before , and llcniicll went
ashore. He wasn't long there until he
ran foul of Jight in a hotel. I don't
know anything about the details of the
battle , but 1 believe he had quite a
brec/.y time. Champagne bottles woie
damaged , mirrors were bombarded ,
waiters were scattered , bouncers
bounced and the police called. The posi
tion became a little disagree
able , and Bennett , who , whether he de
served it or not , was sure to get the credit
of having painted the town red , found
himself obliged to retreat. He ran down
to the dock , jumped on board the lirst
catboat ho could reach , cut her lose ,
inado sail , and put out for the Dauntless.
Oh , ho could handle anything with can
vass. When ho got on board the Daunt
less he left the cat boat go adrift and
gave orders to leave immediate. Wo left ,
and that explains the catboat mystery.
If the boat had been lost or damaged ,
litinnott would undoubtedly gave given
the owner of her tlte price of a new one ;
but , as no damage wns done , no money
was paid , at least as far as I know. Ho
was always willing to pay all damages at
the close of any boyish frolic ; for although
licnnct was a wild fellow , ho was also a
gentleman ,
11ACKISTKV
is a suddenly new science of my own. It
i.s no great thing to read the lines in the
hand. Why , one's character sticks out all
over , and it is particularly bristling and
obtrusive across the back of the neck and
shoulder blades. 1 took a lesson in an
opera box in company with lour illus
trative examples. In front of me loomed
the stately shoulders and aggressive back
of a dame , who was surveying the other
boxes , happily unconscious of the fact
that her fashionable low corsage was
oll'enng as snrp an index to her character
as a diamond circlet around her neck did to
her wealth. I saw that the outline of
her blioiildcr-blades came down parallel
with her spinal column , and I said to
myself , that line i.s as still' and unbend
ing as the old lady herself. See how
sharp it turns that corner making the
angle of obstinancy , and it couldn't bo
any bigger than it is right there. The
general outline indicates aggressiveness
in a high degree , but , I suppose , if I
were explaining her back before an au-
dieiico of her dearest live hundred , I
would simply say that she had a vivid
understanding of bur own rights and
never allows herself to be imnosed upon.
Just as I was getting deeply interested
in the old lady , she moved to the other
side of the box , and 1 transferred my
study to the shoulders of the girl who
took the neat. Pliant as your own wil
low figure , my dear , I said to myself.
Those shoulders slope at an angle which
can mean nothing in tiie world but
gentlessness and meekness. That line
down the middle in what vulgar and
practical physiologists would call spinai
column , but it is your life
line , and the way in which it
makes itself appaient indicates great
vitality , and assures me Unit you can
confidently expect a long lease of life ,
Those outline humps arc not vertebrae ,
they are love knobs , and the number of
them Unit can bo counted above the cor
sage show how many inoro years she
may expect to continue writing " .Miss"
before her name. I see the upper inside
of your shoulder blade rises into a little
headland , and I suspect that It means a
good deal of thr ft , and the intention of
Keeping the interests of number one just
n little ahead of the rest of the world.
When I turned my attention to
Tin : 111:1.1,1 : : UK TDK uox ,
With ho Hut , smooth back , as soft- smooth
and white as velvet , I remarked to my-
S'olf that if thorn was over a self-possessed
back there it sat right before me. That
peculiar curve ot the neck where it
jnorgos into the shoulders plainly means
u merry disposition. That little hollow
at the base of the neck , when she throws
her head back and straightens herself ,
thU | is the eup of huppincss , and mean ! )
that she will liivo ; a very fortunate ,
happy , contented life. There Isn't much
of si depression between her shoulder
blades , ami that , I dike it , clearly proves
that sue ia to have many friends , that
she will prove faithful and that she will
take great pleasure in their society ,
The close of the opera broke np my
investigations that evening , but I have
pursued thorn on a number of occasions
since at the opera , at balls and at dinner
parties , unit 1 find that the results fully
justify the enthusiasm I felt wlien 1 made
the discovery. At the opera , as an intel
lectual entertainment it fully equals
Wagner s music. At balls and dhuuu
parties , there is nothing like it when
your partner bores you awfully. The
great adyantage of it Is you take people
unawares , and tlioy can't deceive you bj
hoisting their shoulder-blades or letting
down their shoulders , and so disarrang
ing their lines and angles. And then it
is , n nmcli more considerate way of get
ling information .and .ttmiscnicnt than
Prtlmistry , beenu o as you read people's
backs without thorn kuowitig it , you
don' * make them feel like prize fools set
up for exhibition. I am confident that
bnoki.sMy is the coming fashionable
A HAM. OS Tlin AVHSfE.
Several of the nicest of swell parties
from the avenue went to n ball as an ex
ploit. They bought private boxes for the
ball rvt Hosier A : Bial's notorious garden ,
and looked on the doings safely from be
hind screening curtains. A few stood
concealed by a rampart of potted trees
and vines , some of them in full bloom ,
and peered out from the foliage at the
pcciip. They could hardly distinguish
the occasion'from a fashionable one in
high life before 1 o'clock. The dresses
wore n la mode , many were wholly
modest. several were expensive ,
and a few were in excellent taste
and beautiful to look upon. At least half
the men Were in full driw. The venturesome -
some belles could not see the wine bottles
in the other boxes , or the beaded glasses
at the tables in the further end of the hall ,
or the blue smoke from cigors and cigar
ettes that was beginning to rise in every
direction. A noticeable percentage of
the men present had come to see the
sight * and were in a stale of profound dis
gust. They had paid two dollars , the ad
vertised price of admission , and then been
refused entrance to the hall unless they
got their hats cheeked , for \yhich they
had to yield up lift.y cents additional , and
then to lind wine the only drinkable
to bo obtained and that at a mountainous
price , admission to the gallery ami
other places where a view of the lloor
could be had , refused without : i still
further surrender of shekelsand nothing
but church fair sobriety to see even at
the best. Jt was disappointing. But
tliere was one person , at least , to whom
even this stage of the performance was
interesting. She was dressed in white ,
wore a long train , had bare arms and
neck , and watched the allidr with the
keen attention of a novice. The men
were polite to her and everybody elsoher
escort was gallant and introduced
his friends bv what seemed at least to be
their real names. After such an intro
duction , when the gentlemanly dude iiad
withdrawn , she cast a sweeping glance
about tlui room , saw the waltxers pro
ceeding to the waxed lloor , the old men
bowing graciously over their fair com
panions , an air of wealth character
izing the proceedings , and turning to her
e cert said half earnestly , hnjf jocosely ,
as if to guard against a ridiculous slip :
"And is this the way they do in society ? "
ASTIIKSfllttT OF AVINP.
began to get the upper hands of the lev
ellers the scenes in the boxes ranged
around the gallery became more a'ud
more hilarious. The first intimation that
the bounds ot decorum were passed was
a series of falsetto and soprano yells that
sounded like the emotional cries of the
untutored redimui when he is either in
anger or rejoicing. The sounds came
from a box at the further end of the bal
cony , were caughtup by the _ occupants of
ho next one , and rapidly carried
omul the circuit until the whole
ow of boxes was alive
with shrieks , curious spectators
edged out too see what it meant. Look-
ng into a box near the end of the
Imicony opposite where the sounds lirst
were hoard they saw the grave faces anil
bofeathcred heads of two stalwart braves
peering over the rail , and back of them
smiling in vast amusement Mr. William
r. Cody , ( "BullaloBill" ) his long black
iair in elegant order and his wild
western form clad in the regulation full
Iress of civilization , on the broad , white
jxpanse of which snarklcd a diamond.
The savages were making no noise ; they
, vero awful in their dignity , but later
ivhou the dancing grew fantastic
: hey could not. repress in
terested smiles. The war-whoops were
furnished solely by the dudes.
Presently a swallow-tailed representa
tive of one of the boxes came over to
L'ocly and invited him and the Indians to
join liis party in a bottle. The invita
tion was accepted and the savages were
escorted to the box. They did not fit
well into the surroundings ; their dignity
was oppressive , their demeanor too
solemn. There was a plan laid to get
them to the lloor and have them join the
dancing , but it failed , and soon nothing
but the whoops of the civilized remained
to remind one that
THK Hill ) JIIJN HAD HKKNTHKllE.
A list of the swell matrons and maidens
who went to this ball for a lark and re
mained carefully undisclosed to the gen
eral assemblage , would read astonish
ingly to those who do not know the dar
ing that society sometimes indulges in :
But even tlieso venturers felt called upon
to retreat , rather early in the fun. One
of the chief amusements of the latter cud
of their stay was the demolition of tall
silk hats. The young ladies led in this
exciting sport , their part of the game
being to step quietly up behind
a man and give his topper such
a smart rap that it would go
rolling over the lloor under the feet of
the dancers , there to be kicked and
tossed about joyously until the owner
could rescue it. In some onsen the own
ers objected to the ruin of their hats , but
no row occurred oyer the matter , as
everybody saw that any resentment
would surely n'mvolve one or more wo
men in a disagreeable scene. After U
o'clock every dance degenerated into the
can-can. Spectators crowded upon the
lloor , surrounding the mo.it extravagant
kickers , and completely breaking np all
attempts to waiter go through ligures
of lancers or a quadrille. Continuous
laughter and howling ; filled the air. The
scene was sufficiently shocking , as was
evidenced by the action of a woman past
middle life , who had sat at a table for an
hour or more , a close spectator. She
rose when the excitement was at its
height , and , uushing her way through
the crowd , sei/.ed a young woman by tlio
arm violently and dragged her away ,
saying : "I don't allow no girl that Im
chaperoning to aet like that. " The men
thought it cruel to draw the line so
sharply , but what is a ohaperono for ,
anyway ? CI.AIIA Hiu.u : .
Judge firesluiin as a Conscientious
Alan.
Chicago Herald : "Jndiro ( ircsham was
a near neighbor of mine for many years , "
said a former citizen of Indiana , "and I
can say I hat a more conscientious man
than ho never lived , I believe his con-
ficiontlounos.s in oven-thins he does to bo
his most predominating trait. Onu story
iihout the judge's severity in this direct
ion , told me by Mrs. ( ire.sham , runs liku
this : In the early part of the war the
general was a provost marshal some
place down in Tonnosso , or perhaps it
was Mississippi , Mrs. ( Srcslmm. aoug
with some otlier ollleers' wives from In
diana , took a run down there. Among
the curiosities in which they werogreatly
interested was an enormous pile of con
traband cotton. Kach of the ladies
wanted to make up a small parcel of the
raw material to send homo as a curiosity ,
ami also for household use , and they
wore greatly surprised when Marshal
( ireslnim forbad them doing any such
thing. Ho said that cotton was govern
ment property , ami not a.pound of it , nol
oven aii ounce , should bo taken away
without duo process of law. S
"Another thing which I have bean
about Judge ( ircsham , and which I believe
lievo to be a fact , is that in all of his ex
perience on the bench moro Uian thir
teen years in all ho neycr had a decision
reversed by the supreme court. The
judge's friends in Chicago and Indiana
understand very well that he desires IK
politjcal olllce , and that he has abjurei
polities forever and dedicated himself
body and mind , to the lif" potion ho
now holds. Ho is too conscientious :
man lo huve any liking for polities or
politicians , and actually despises botli
lie-has no morn political ambition thai
Uuthcrford 11' . linycs-has , "
IDE MAN THE COOS CAME TO
Gap lain Martin Scott , of Vermont , tie
Noted Rifle Shot.
A Fellow Ufltcct' Is Cured of Consump
tion by Ono or Ills Unerring Mul
lets The Cnptnln'i Clever Dog
His Visit Home.
Atlanta Constitution : Almost every-
) ody has heard of Captain Scott's coon ?
mt who lias heard of Captain SeoltV The
coon has become famous , while the man
who made the coon come down Captain
Scott is almost unknown ,
lie was really one of the most interest-
ng of men , with a curious anil adventur
ous history. It is strange that so eapa-
jle a man should have gone down lo his
tory amended , so lo speak , to a coon. To
'jegin ' , let's have the coon story.
This story was first printed in a conn-
ry pu per in New York state about 1810
At Unit time the coon had considerable
political significance , and the story may
liave been told as a political anecdote.
The tale is as follows :
Captain Martin Scott , who was a noted
rijlo shot , was out in the woods one day
with a party of friends hunting. They
were scattered through the woods , each
muling separately. One of the party at
length came upon a racoon that was sit
ting in one of the highest branches of a
very tall tree. He lire at him and mi. ? cd.
One by one the rest of the parly came up
ind tried their hand , each missing the
lislant coon , who grew saucier as they
iroceeded. At length Captain Scott ar
rived , and was in the act of pulling trig
ger , when the coon looked slyly around
tie limb and said :
" \Vlio are yon ? "
"I am Scott. "
"What Scott ? , '
"I am Captain Scott. "
"Are you Captain Martin 80011 ? "
"The same. "
"Well , " said the coon , ' unlimbering
iim elf , you need not shoot ; 1 will come
down. "
When 1'J years old Martin Seott was
iving at Hcnmngton , Vt. A bear made
Is appearance . in that neighborhood ,
loiiifj yreat havois among the lloekh. The
icopio organized in squads to hunt it.
Young Scott , knowing that his father
would not let him take part in the hunt ,
loaded up an old smooth bore gun ,
crawled out ol the house before daylight ,
nnd wont out on his own hook to hunt
the bear. It was nearly night when he
jaine upon tlio bear , lyhig apparently
isleopjnst before him. He raised the
trim to his shoulder , fired , and fortun
ately reached the vilals of the beast and
killed him instantly. When he reached
the tave.rn the hunters were all relating
their experience , lie announced that he
Inul killed the bear , and agreed to show
them where it was. When they found
the bear they constructed a litter on
which to carry him to town , and mounted
Martin on top of the bear. As they
pasted his father's house the old mail
jailed him down , but , unlike the coon ,
the youngster would not come , and the
triumphant crowd told his father that he
Iiad killed the bear.
From his earliest days Captain Scott was
a remarkable line .shot. Ilia fame ran
over several counties. One day
while he was plowing in the field a
letter was handed to him. He stopped fin
horse , opened the letter , and found that
it enclosed him a commission as ensign
in the United States army. To the day
of his death he never knew how this coni-
isxion came to be tendered him. He
never applied for it and never thought of
it. lie accepted it , however , and soon
became famous throughout the whole
army as the best shot of his day. Here
are some stories about his shooting told
tinon the authority of Colonel il. 11.
Maroy , ot the United Stales army.
In the presence of his company an ace
of clubs was tacked upon a tree.'Captain
Scott measured seventy-live yards from
the tree ami took his position. With a
mn//le-loading squirrel rille he proposed
to sec how quickly he could load and fire
three times. He began , and in one min
ute and twenty seconds had loaded and
fired three shots at Hie card. This was
very quick work , forcing him to take a
drop sight and fire instantaneously.
Colonel Maroy went to examine the tar
get and found one hole exactly in the
center. He remarked , however , that the
other two shots had missed the tree en
tirely. Captain Scott smiled , called for
an axe , dug into the tree , and found the
three balls embedded in a ninglo hole.
Colonel Marcy says ho has noun ollicers
who vouch for having seen Captain
Scott do this : lie would take two po
tatoes , throw them into the air suc
cessively , and put a pistol ball through
both of llicm as they crossed in the air ,
one going up and one coming down.
Naturally this was the sort of a man
that 11 fellow would not like to light u
duel with , and yet he had a great many.
His lirst duel was under peculiar cireum-
.stances. He was stationed on the fron
tier nt the military uost of Council
HI nil's. The army ollices , were then , as
they are not nov , fond of a .social glass ,
and addicted to card playing. They
considered a man who abstained en
tirely from the like indulgences as lack
ing in the proper spirit. Captain Seott
never drank a glass of liquor in his life ,
and never played a game of cards , and
while he was liberal in his intercourse
with his brother ollicers , was exceedingly
parsimonious in his own pei onal ex
penses. The ofllcor.s of the post took um
brage of this , and gradually withdrew
from all intercourse with him , until ho
was put in Coventry by all save two or
three of his most intimate associates.
He submitted for a long time to the in
sults and small slights , and then held a
council of war with his three friends lo
determine upon what had best be done.
They informed him that only two alter
nates wore left him. One was to throw
u , his commission. Tlio other was to
challenge the lirst man who insulted
him. He promptly announced tiiat lie
chose the latter course , and his determin
ation became known throughout the
post. His skill as a marksman and his
undoubted nerve protected him for a
good while , no one caring lo provoke an
encounter with him. At Jast , however ,
an officer from a neighboring post , wiio
was a celebrated shot , and had drought
down his man in some several duels ,
came to the po.st.
Captain Scott's singular hnblt soon
gave him provocation , anil ho put a de
liberate insult on him , Tlio affair oc
curred at the mess table. Captain Scott
left the room , and immediately sent a
challenge. In telling about the duel af
terward Captain Seotl said that he went
to the ground considerably agitated. It
was his first duel , and being utterly , op
posed to the practice , he had determined
to throw away Ids lire. While the
seconds were measuring tlio ground , and
the principals with their friuiujgvjr.i
grouped near each other , ho accidentally
ovorlivard jji < > < > t.noi.ti ; ! ! say that ho had
a very disagreeable job on hand that
morning , vi/ . , ( lie shooting of a "damned
Yankee. " This raised Captain Scott's
indignation , and ho determined that in
stead of throwing hi * lire awav , lie would
put his ball whore it would do some
good. When the word was given tlio
men fired together. Captain Seott re
ceived a slight flesh wound , and fuul a
ball whi/.xing through his opponent's
lungs. It i.s menlioncd as a curious fact
that this Khot saved iho man's life. Ho
had consumption before the duel and re
covered afterward it being said that the
wound he received stoppeu the course < >
the disease It is nol stated , however
that this remedy has become popular.
Captain Scott- came very near having
another ' (11101 ( on the most ridiculous
grounds , lie was a great sportsman and
a stickler for tochnicaldics of yporting
loro. lie would ( lv into a passion at
hearing any one call n line of geese a
flock of gecsp , or a covey of quails a
bi'ood of quails. On one occasion ho or
ganized a grand hunt. The game was
jack rabbits. A groal many visiting
olllccrs with a number nf ladles were
present , nnd Captain Scott Iiad fnkcn
great pride in having the hunt conducted
on the strictest principles , lie had re
hearsed the homo oOieers , and had in
structed tliPiu that when a rabbit ran
from cover they should all give the
"View-halloo , tally-ho ! " Among the
ollicers wns a Captain I ! . , who was an in
veterate practical joker. The hounds
were loosed and taken into the brush.
The cover was soon crackling with music.
Every man was at his post in tip toe
anxiety to catch the first glimpse of the
expected game. The baying of the
hounds grew sharper and sharper , and
ncatcd Captain H. . who hail a conspicu
ous stand. Suddenly , just in front of
him , out bounded an enormous cam ) )
mu'.e , witli twenty dogs in full cry nt her
heels. Alibis critical moment Captain
15. roared at the top of his voice , "Sallv
whoa. " "Sally whoa , " "Sally who.i.1'
The ridiculous cry was taken up by the
others , and the whole field burst into un
controllable laughler. Captain Scott
was greatly outraged , and it took all that
tin ; friends of the parlies could do lo pre
vent his calling tlio practical joker out.
Mr. Scott had a dog named Hark , a
cross between setter ami pointer , Hint
was famous throughout the army. I'or
example , while silling in his tent at the
fort , lie would say to Iho dog. "Hark , I
want you to go over to the island , ascer
tain it tliere are any wooilcoek there , ami
come back and tell me.1
The dog would instantly go to the.
river , swim to the island , and after hav
ing hunted il over return , and if he had
found birds would run up to his master ,
then to the gun , wag his tail , atid make
it perfectly apparent that be had boon
successful. Captain Scott would then
tell the dog to get the canon ready. Hark
would thereupon take the cushion in Ins
month , lake it to the canoe , place it upon
the seat , return for the paddles , take
them to the canoe , and then come back
and signify to Mr. Seolt Unit everything
was ready.
Another dog Turk , whipped Hark < ev-
eral times , and had him hacked. One
day Hark saw Turk eating a very tempt
ing bone. He was afraid to take posses
sion by assault , and going outside of I lie
fort , sot up a furious barking. All the
dogs in the fort ran out , Turk included ,
when Hark s'ipped back quietly , sei/.ed
the pri/.e and look it to iiis hiding place.
Ho was a dog of excursive habits at
night , and when ho spent a night away
from home was compelled by his master
to .stand on his him ! feet with Ids fore
paws restintr against the wall , and take
a sound whipping. In one instance ,
having ; been out ali night on what must
have boon an unusual debauch , ho re
turned the next morning with the most
dejected and penitent air. liis master
looked at him , but did not say a word.
Hark pimitenlly'wenttt ) the wall , got. into
po.sition for licking , and turning round
with tearful eyes looked at Captain Scott
as much as to say , "I am ready. "
After he had been iu the west for a
number of years and had uccnmulated
considerable money , Captain Scott went
back to visit Ids people at .Honniiigton.
He. left there a poor bov , and returned
rich ami famous. Ho had .two remark
ably line horses , and a negro boy named
Jack , for whom he had paid $ . * i a pound ,
and whom he afterward treed. The cap
tain oil his return home-was seated in a'
beautiful gig , drawn by liis superb white
horse , followed by Jack in livery as an
outrider , and his thoroughbred "Dandy , "
with twenty or thirty 1'nll'blooded dogs
of various breeds bringing up tlio rear ,
lie created considerable.excitement. He
bought a farm for his brothers , stocked
it finely , and made them deeds to it all.
Shortly afterward ho was called to the
service in llie Mexican war , and was
killed while icadinir Ins command at tiic
batlle of Moline ilelUey.
KILLED BY HIS FATHER.
An lOnrajjod I'cnnsylvanlnii Sliools
Ills Only Son.
A horrible tragedy was enacted at Port
Howklev , I'a. , of the evening of Decem
ber lit. For many years pastJohn Crouse
has been looked upon as the leading man
of the little town. In all enterprises
which had for their object the advance
ment of the prosperity of the town he
took a foremost part , and in charitable
work he always headed the list , lly
thrift and strict"attention to business , he
managed lo accumulate a large com
petence. He had an only son. .John , the
jiride of his heart and the pet of the
home , Nothing was too good for the
lad. At an early age he was sent to a
New England school anil after
ward to college. Last June
lie returned lo the paternal
roof , a full-Hedged college-bred man ,
and ready lo enlcr the world to battle
for a livelihood. In accordance with the
wishes of his father , he chose mercantile
pursuits as his avocation , and \vasulmit- _ :
ted to partnership with his father in con
ducting a large general store , which had
for its customers eight hundred or moro
miners. In the same neighborhood and
opposite the Crouso mansion , resided a
family named Buckley , who' for wealth
and village nrislocratir bearing , were
fully equal lo the Crouses. In the Buck
ley' family there were two daughters ,
May and Lena. The latter was tlio
youngest , and looked upon as the wife
'prospective of young Crouse. Lena was
not Iho prettiest girl in the neighborhood
by any means , but compensated in other
charming attraclioiiH.
She was coquettish in the extreme , and
nothing gave her greater delight than to
have a half doy.enyoungmen of tlio neigh
borhood "on Iho string. " On the other
hand , her alleged lover , Crouso , was of a
very sullen and jealous disposition. The
acquaintanceship between Mr. Crouso
and Miss Lena existed for years , and ,
although there had been frequent spats ,
tlio gos.sips of the town had it that now
that the son had been admitted to part
nership with hisfalherthe wedding would
soon take place. Hut those who claimed
to know the inside facts of the relation
ship existing between the lovers said
there would be no marriage , at least nol
I'or llie present. Lena had grown cold to
ward Crouso , and found a now admirer
in the person of John Clark , who was
much handsomer than Crouse , but not
near so wealthy. The appearance of a
rival in the field nettled Crouso to tlio
quick , and he became moro jealous than
over. Last night lie called at the homo
of the Buckleys , and , finding his rival
there , flow into n passion. He refused to
be seated , but , taking his hat and cane ,
filarled for the door , Miss l.ena accom
panied him to the door , where an angry
discussion took place.
Croiiho accused his lady love of treat
ing him shamefully , in inviting hi u rival
to the house when ho had sent her word
tiiat ho was going to call. The young
lady said she. had not invited Clark to
luir house , Cronnso would not be satis-
lied with the oplanatlon ; , however , and
left , as mad as a hornet. Ho at once
proceeded to his homo whore ho told
Ins father what had taken place. The
parent got very angry and saift ho ought
to lie ashamed of him-elf to allow a poor
clerk to cheat him out of n wealthy girl ;
thai if ho had any spunk in him ho
would have remained at the Huckloy
mansion and sat his rival out.
This twitting on the father's part made
the son very restle.ss , and nervous , and
he retaliated by calling the old genlle-
man s-omo hard names. Mr. Crouuso.
himself a very impetuous man , grabbed
up a revolver which lay on a shelf near
by nnd shot the son through the breast ,
indicting a fatal wound from which ho
died this morning. There is great oxcilo-
meiit in the town , nnd lynch law is
threatened. The murderer has been
Scenery , Society ami Healthy
Outdoor Life ,
SOUVENIRS OF ANTIQUITY.
A I.ii7.y nmt Comfortable IiH'c , AVIinrc
Days ( illdo Into Wceki and
iMoutlis If tlio 1'nrsc
Holds Out.
P.\c , Dec. 10.--Correspondence [ of the
HnK.lOf Iho many attractive winter re
sorts in Southern Franco , few have for
years been more deservedly popular and
sought after than Pan. Indeed it com
bines many nttractions , climate , scenery ,
society and healthy outdoor life. The
air certainly ia delightful , of a perfect
temperature at this season of the year ,
especially when mellowed by the rays of
the sun , of which there is generally a
good deal , with an occasional cloudy or
rainy day interspersed , just to make you
feel that perfection is not quite attain
able. An Kngllsh lady who has wintered
hero many years , having lirst come for
her health , which she soon entirely re
covered , described to me the elimate
by the one word "soothing , " and
this it is > even in the damp
rainy days. Nice and the other re
sorts of the Mediterranean , though fa
vored perhaps with more blue skies , arc
oi ; the other baud subject to the harsh
wind of the mountains behind , as well as
the tempestuous .storms of the sea. Hero
tor the most of the year , tlio Pyrenees
are snow-capped , but seldom does a
waft of the icy air sweep down iho valley.
The view from the promenade looking
southward over llie river ( Jave , Iho llr.st
line of hills , and then to the mountains
beyond , some times half obscured by the
clouds , and the nioniin < r or evening sun
changing- with color their tips , is most
enchanting. The eager lover of nature
can find plontv of easy exclusions to the
famous Knux-lioiines , Luclioii , Canlerels
or the mysterious shrine of Lourdes ,
which take him well into the mountains.
or TIII : SIGHTS is THI : TOWN
itself the most interesting is the Chateau
tie I'au. full of souvenirs. A fortified
camp from before the time of Charle
magne , of which the remains can easily
lie traced , with the stone piers of the old
bridge across the river , il has since then
passed through many vicissitudes , it
was lirst made a regular chateau by Can
ton III. dc Foix , who was called I'l'm-bus
from his remarkable beauty , and whose
stalno is placed in the grounds which sur
round it. This transformation occurred
towards the end of the fourteenth cen
tury. From that time down the chateau
lias been inhabited by many distinguished
persons , the various kings of Navarre ,
Marguerite de Valois , who made its gar
dens most beautifuland has for ils great
est glory the fact that Henri IV. , the .son
of Jeanne. d'Albret and her husband ,
Antoinc de liourbon , Due de Vendonic ,
was born within its walls. His tortoiseshell -
shell cradle i.s still therewith the banners
aboyc , and higher yet his helmet with
the white pjumes hhining as in the poem ,
when he said :
1'iess when you see my white plumes shine
Amidst the ranks of war ,
Ami be your onllumine today ,
The helmet of Navarre.
In our time the Chateau de Dl'au was
for awhile the retreat of Abd-el-ICadcr
and was a favorite abode of llie graceful
Kmpress Kugenie on the occasion of the
visits to ihe Kaiix-Boimes or Hiarritx.
Restored and renovated by Louis-Phil
ippe , it lias oven in the epoch of the Re
public been turned into a national mus
eum lor the. south of France , and will
HOOU have many treasures added to the
collection it already contains. Many are
the attractive drives and rides to be en
joyed in
Till : ENVIRONS OK TAU.
For a morning stroll , you have the
park * of the chateau , in one direction ,
with its sheltered trees and glimpses over
the stream and mountainsand ; in another ,
the quaint streets of the town itself , by
the old market , until voti reach another
park , where music is often heard. Vou
see the earls of the country , drawn by a
pair of oxen , or often cows , .sometimes
driven by a man with liis beret cap of
dark blue , Hat and large , not unlike a
Scotch ( Jleiigarry , or perhaps a sturdy
peasant woman in his place. The ani
mals are generally covered with sheets
to protect them from the cold of winter
or the heat and Hies of .summer. Pan is
a great place for animals and fairs are
held where there i.s much trafficking in
them. Mules are bred , and the Spaniards ,
in their picturesque dro s , come from
over the border 10 biry them and lake
them to tlieir native land. The market
i.s an large open bit of land , and thou
sands of horses , mules and caille are
brought hero for sale from the neighbor
ing country. There is also here one of
the government haras , or establishments
for breeding horses , which arc so care
fully looked after in France.
KOIS oi'TDooit ixiitnsi : ; : ,
those persons who like to run over hill
ami dale in the pursuit of a poor little
fox until he is driven to desperation and
death , can have this taste gratified as
much as they pleu.se. But there arc good
healthy games which hurt no one , as for
ins-lance golf and lawn tennis , for winch
admirable grounds have been arranged ,
'I hero i.s a very neat Iltllo theater with
performances three times a week. Tim
Cercledol' Union is especially for Frencti-
men. while the English club is the ron
do/A ous of the sons of Albion and the
United Stales , ' { 'he hotels are excellent
and many in numberand the visitor who
intends to remain some time can lind a
good villa , or , if ho preler.s.liikoan aimrt-
menl , or settle down in a pension. 'I hero
are plenty of churches , a good eircnlatjng
library , and many resources for making
the days pass easily.
Few towns of tlio size of Pan liavo so
much of what i.s known as a regular good
( ioiiiety. This arises from the tact that
'
many'families of different nationalities
have taken up a long or permanent resi
dence here , and MJ easily fall in with iho
natives of iho country , wiio give them a
warm welcome. Receptions , teas , din
ners , picnics and evening parties are con
stantly taking place , and there i.s all the
gossip ami rivalry for social distinction
which is found in larger cities. Vou meet
pjonty of well-dressed people daily sun
ning' themselves on tlio lloulovard du
Midi or listening to the mnsio in the I'aro
Deaumont ; you lind yourself by them at
the table d'hote or in the reception room
of a hotel or pension. Life i.s rattier
lazy and comfortable , and so many coniu
to the conclusion that there are many
worse places for passing the winter sea
son than Pan , that they can go farther
and fare worse ; .so they remain as the
days glide into weeks nnd months , nnd ,
when at length they leave , it is Cf"n !
with the intention of returning another
year. NATHAN Arri.irro.v.
Mrs. Druse , the Herkinier , N. V. , mur
deress , is said to be .so confident Unit
( iovcrnor Hill will commute her sen
tence that she gives no thought to her.
spiritual condition. The Citizen reports
her as saying the other night to her
guard ; "Hy .if I'm hung I'll haunt
you all in my night clothes. "
A young man , one of a party of hunt
ers in Colorado , left camp to go out nnd
set a trap. Ho did not return in duo
time , and search was made for him. it
was six days before ho was found , and
they'll was. seen that in setting llie trap
both hands had been caught in it , and
thus he hud been held until ho was frozen
to death.
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s
HANK'S ' CI10ICE OF A WIFE ,
A Woranu to Pit the Dresses He Had
Bought for Another.
A ROMANCE OF DEADWOOD.
1'hc Otlirr Han Awuy from Hank Just
on the Kvn or the AVcildlncr ,
Leaving ttio
on Ills Hands.
"Speaking about the Deadwood ro
mance , " said old John Kittle tlio other
night at Deadwood , "the only real Deadwood -
wood romance that 1 ever heard of has
never yet been printed by any of these
story fellows. "
Some of the hoys gathered about llie
speaker , and after lighting their pipes ,
expressed a willingness to listen. Old
John hemmed and hawed a little , and
then began :
"You see , what I'm going lo tell you
occurred hero when the hills were com
paratively now. Tlio romances in those
days were not gobbled up by the news
papers as soon as they are now. When
I crime in here white men were scarcer
than they are now in Alaska , and , as far
as women are concerned , you'd see one
once in a while , maybe , and maybe you
wouldn'tVo hadn't ' any of us any
business here then , because the reser
vation hadn't been opened up as
yet. but the few of us who were
willing lo take the chances of getting
ourselves ycalped and hamstrung by the
Injuns wort ; not disturbed very much.
I'm sneaking now of the time that Crook
was afler tlio Sioux. He had been up in
Montana and not finding the savages
there ho had circled around and fol
lowed the trail of various parties which
he hoped to intercept. After n while bad
weather came on , and as the country was
terribly rough at that time lie and his
command sufibred a great , deal. They
eamo into tills camp finally , ragged and
hungry , having lived on mule ineat for
about two weeks , and here they stayed
for a long time , getting their breath , as
it were.ou can bet Unit they didn't
li.nl any fault with us white'men for
being on an Injun reservation. They
took all that we had to oiler , and we
ollered the lads about everything that
the country afforded.
"Several of Crook's men had already
served liuvond their time , ami when the
command reached Dcndwood it was de
cided to let such of thcnr-as had served
the full term of tlieir enlistment go about
their business : Several of ( be troopers
skipped out us soon as they could , but a
few remained hero , thinking that lliere
was more money In mining than there
was in anything else at thai moment. In
this way we Iiad quite an addition lo our
camp , and , as the presence of the army
in this vicinity did much to relieve the
lours ot the average rustler , the new ar
rivals became more numerous as time
went by. Well , what I want to tell you
is that one of the men from Crrak's com
mand was Haul ; Watrous , as fine a fel
low as you'd care to see in a month of
Sundays , He had been in the army live
years , nnd , of course has seen a heap of
service. Soldiering in those daj's didn't
give a man much of a enance to lie
around and look pretty. \ \ him a band
of regulars came to town they looked
like pirates , nnd felt thai way , too , I
reckon. Hank made himself agreeable
to my parly , and. as lie was a likely chap ,
we look him. Ho could work as well as
he could light , and tie was handy around
tlio camp. ISusidos him and me , there
were live others , and us time wore on
olhors .still came in. With one party
came a woman , the wife of o < n > of the
men , who culled himself 1'elo. Wo
always know he. * us 1'eto'w wifo. She
was a mighty smart little woman , too.
She didn't handsome much , but hn
didn't hnvo to In those days. Afterawhilo
she got into the habit of r.ookiiur for the
crowd , and wo all thought a heap of her.
"rote and liis wife had been in the
camp about six weeks , when what .should
1'eto do but blow his head oil' with a Win
chester that ho was fooling with. Nobodp
saw him do the job , and when wu found
tlio body we thought at lir t that ho had
been klled by the Injuns. They w ° ' ' ° ° > -
ccedingly liable to do Mich tilings in
those < hi3-s. Hut on examining the lay of
the ground wo found that iho Ihing musl
liavo been uu accident. Only ono cart
ridge had been shot oil' , and , as thcro was
no reason to Mippoto that 1'elo was tired
of life ! wo returned aerdict that Ins
death was accide.ntal , ono of llioso inyslo-
riosdispensations that you read nlnmt
Wo buried him in good shape and as the
wojiuiii said Unit bho would Hay vith ut > we
kept right on calling her Pete's wife.
About a month afterthis my friend think
told mo that he had been ma I ; in ; ' up to
1'ete'p wife , and that f-he had pronn-cd to
marry him thirty days later. This met
my approval and nobody else objected ,
so that Hank made prcpar.Uions ac
cordingly. At first he sent over to Sid
ney for a couple of new dresses , nnd
when they came I can tell you that they
were mighty pretty. They filled IVlo'H
wife live a glove , because they had been
made after an old one. and when slit ;
tried one of them on Mio looked mighty
lino. Now 1 waul lo tell you something
On the day set for the marr.ying--wc
were going to conduct Ihe ceremony our
selves Pete's wife vanished. llaiiK W.IH
about era/.y , for he hadn't counted on
anything of this kind , and I was alraid
thai he would go out and shoot his head
oil ; too. Hut he didn't. We looked all
over without finding a trace of her. At
first wo thought that the. Injuns might
liavo got her , but Hint theory wa.s aband
oned after a while , because we could not
find anywhere within twenty miles of
camp a fresh trail. Then we came lo the
conclusion tluit she had jusl .skipped. To
save Hank's feeling a little we told him
thai she probably had found out that . * ihe
still thought too much of Pete to marry
again right away , and so went on trying
to forget ail about her. That was in I87H.
Five years later I heard of Pete's wife up
in Montannr and a year after that I MIW
her there. She wa.s then well m.irried ,
and she told me that ? lic had skipped out
because she had concluded that -lieeouhl
do better. She found her way lo tin ;
track all alone , and ( hough she was sorry
to di.-apj > niiit anybody , she had never re
gretted her decision.
"We } ! , Hank kept the two drones for
some time and said nothing. Finally ,
when the crowd began to come iu , we
noticed Dial lie would lake a great deal
of inlere-,1 in every woman that arrived
in eami ) : Two or throe times he got Iho
dresses out and carried them down town ,
but he always brought them back again.
Finally we got word that he was to bo
married , and as there was a preacher
here then , we went to the parson's IIOIIKH
to see tins ceremony performed. Wo
didn't know the girl , but when she eamo
in with Hank what do you think she had
onV Polo's wife's dress , by cracky , as
big as life. She was a tough little cus
tomer , and she led Hank a lively race for
a year or two , but you can't wonder at
that when you hear how hhu came to get
him , or how he came lo gel her.
"Vou see , Hank had been Drought up
more economically than most of ii-1 , and
he had tried for nearly a year to get a
wife who would lit Ihe dresses that ho
had bought for Pete's wife. Sometimes
when the dresses would fit , the woman
wouldn'tand when the woman would fit ,
tiio ( iresses wouldn't , ami so it went. At
length ho found a girl who wa.s jut Urn
size of Iho dresses , and as hho happened
to want sonic clothes she agreed to marry
him. Now , I have seen plenty of Deadwood -
wood romance * , but they are gem-rally
lee high lo bn true. They COWT lee
much ground. They involve too many
fine people. Tide is u true story , and it
is none too rich for the blood of any old
Dcadwooder who was hero when ju t
such things were go ug on/ '
KiiUlixli IIM Sli ( < IH Kpoke.
A contributor to the Pall Mull Cay.etto
takes occasion to explain to hi.s lidlow-
countryman that nmny of thelcrm which
they call Americani.sius nothiii1. li"-s
than good old Kngli.sh words which have
become ofisolnto , or nearly so , at homo.
In some OHM'S we have nol onl.piv erv 'd
the words from obliteration , li'it after re
taining exclusive UKoof them awhile hnvo
restored them lo the Kiiglish vernacular.
"Freshen" is one of UIOMI and "blull IK
another. " < ; iiess , " the IIMJ of which be
trays an American at mice m hngland ,
was in vogue when the Puritans cnnio
over , and has hinmly been pre
served here and fallen into duns }
thero. "Fall , " which we ellen Mibsli-
lute for "auiuinn,1' has the IK-IJ ! of nil-
fhorilyln Dryileii. The word " .sick1 is
not often heard in England , but : . ' ( ) < > years
n"o it wna as common lhc.ro as ji t > - . now
with us. Milton made iihO oJ ' 'homely ,
which we cling to , while the modern
Knglishman cxpri' ' e.s the same idea by
"plain. " "Slick" mid ' 'whittle" are both
good old Knglihh words , now mainly con-
lined lo this nidi : of Ihe water. When wo
use "cntit1' in Iho MIIIIO sense of clever"
wolumigo'xl precedents , bill when in
Ilio SCUMof "prelt.\ " no authority at nil.
In thu latter case it nan entire depart
ure from the original meaning and it , os-
( sonlially au Americanism. "How d yo1
appears"in Pope , who wa.s exlronfoly
particular in bis mode of eipressiop , nud
Dickens , who made so much fun of us in
Ids Ami-rieaii NoloJor the uoiMu.ul " > "
of "nir. hud mily H'lro back nceutury to
lind colloquial Kngl. > 1i peppered with it.