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PEARLS OF THOUGHT.
Too much talk on trifles is a social
Nothing circulates so rapidly as a
On slippery places take short steps
No one is evor fatigued after the ex
ercise of forbearance.
We can do more good by tieing good
than in any other way.
Make not thy friend too cheap to
thee, nor thyself to thy friend.
We carry all onr neighbors' crimes in
sight and throw all onr own over our
An artesian well has been sunk at
Yitoriato the depth of 11,020 feet. It
Youth is the tassel and silken flower
of life ; age is the full corn, ripe and
solid in the ear.
Kduoation begins the gentleman, but
reading, good company and reflection
must finish him.
No life can be utterly miserable that
is heightened by the laughter and love
of one little child.
liashfulness may sometimes exclude
pleasure, but seldom opens any avenue
to sorrow or remorse.
The praises of others may be of use
to teaching us, not what we are, but
what we ought to be.
A great many people's lives are like
the blnnderbuss that had a rusted loud
in it. At the discharge the owner is
himself kicked over.
It is better to yield a littlo than quar
rel a great deal. The habit of " stand
ing up," as people call it, for their
little rights, is one of the most disagree
able and undignified in the world.
How a President's Message was Stolen
During the excitement over the Ala
bama treaty, some few years ago, a
message of President Grant got into the
newspapers before it did to the Senate
No one knew how it did so then, though
all knew that it did. It came about in
this way; W. E. Sawyer, the corre
spondent of the Bcston Traveller at that
time—who has since gained prominence
as the inventor of a number of electric
appliances, notably an electric lamp—
happened to be near the state depart
ment building as the message, which
was prepared by Hamilton Fish,
the then secretary of state, was being
sent down to the executive mansion
for the signature of President Grant,
preparatory to being sent to the Senate,
which was then in special session for
the purpose of considering the ques
tions arising out of the spoliation and
damages done by the Alabama to
American shippers. Taking it for
granted that the messenger had the
document which all know would be
sent to the Senate that day, he spoke to
him in an authoritative way, saying that
President Grant was in a great hurry
for it, and so great was his hurry that he
would take it to him himself. His man
ner of talking threw the messenger off
bis guard for tho moment, and ho
quietly handed the package to Hawyer,
who jumped into a carriage near by
and drove away without giving the
messenger time to think.
Instead of going to the White House
Hawyer drove about we city until he
eonld copy the message, and after
filing it at the telegraph office he went
to the White House, where ho delivered
the message, as he promised he would
do. President Grant occupied some
time in reading it over before he would
sign it. and it was an hour or so before
it was sent to the Senate. By this
time the message was in Boston and was
being read on the streets of that city in
the TrarrUir before it reached the
Senate. The Senate being in executive
session, even the substance of the
message was not given out until Sena
tor Bomner called the attention of the
Senate to the fact that he bad received
a telegram from Boston Mying that the
message was printed there entire. In
view of thin fact, the Senate allowed a
copy tj be given out Sawyer took
chances and won, as many do*who take
chances. All sorts of stories were put
in circulation as to bow it got out, the
general impression being that Ben But
ler had a hand in it. The true story
was the above, and this is the first time
that it has ever appeared in a newspa
per.— Wathinglon iMlrr.
I nahle to Come.
A New York paper tells this good
eiory : A matter-of-fact young man from
New York during a recent visit in Bos
ton received an invitation from a lady
—an old acquaintance—who haa jost
blossomed out into a typical specimen
of the esthete, requesting bis presence
at her house on a certain evening "to
meet two minds." It happened that he
had jnst accepted an inritatien to dine
elsewhere on the same erening, and so
he replied, expressing his regrets that
he eonld not avail himself of the oppor
tunity "to meet two minds" owing to a
previous engagement "to meet four
CLIPPINGS FOR THE CCRIOUH.
Oats came originally from Abyssinia.
Bilk and spongo scarcely differ in
There are eighteen known species of
the list inCngland.
It is calculated that out of 30,000
salmon eggs, not more than five fish
live to be caught.
Among Swedish Laplanders a drum is
kept in every family for the purpose of
exorcising the evil spirits.
It is reported that the Colorado
beetle has obtained a foothold in Bel
gium, near the French frontier.
An ant town was found in the Al
leghany mountains containing 17,000
neets, rising in cones to the height of
two or three feet.
The religious ceremonies of the
Egyptians were preceded by abstinence,
and tho sacriflcers were allowed neither
animal food nor wine.
The town of Yarmouth, by an an
cient charter, was obliged to send 100
herrings baked in twenty-four pies or
pasties annually to tho king.
Bir John Mandeville, who wrote a
book of travels, is called the first prose
writer in English literature. He died
in 1371 at Lcige, Belgium.
There is on record a story of a young
man who ate eighteen pounds of beef
daily, and died at the age of twenty
eight, weighing 530 pounds.
In the will of the Countess of North
ampton in 1350, she l>eqneathed to her
daughter, Countess of Arundel, " a bed
of red worsted, embroidered."
Among the Greeks of the time of
Homer, the Dorian tril>es were charac
terized by the broad-brimmi-d hats
which they wore when on a journey.
In 1531 the wandering bands styled
gypsies were so numerous in England
that an act was passed to banish them
from the realm on pain of imprisonment
and confiscation of property.
One of tho first modern kings who
possessed the accomplishment of
writing was Pedro 1., of Castile, styled
Pedro the Cruel. He died in 1369-
His signature is preserved on a treaty,
" Yo, el Hey." I, the king.
Only One New* Stand.
A correspondent writing from Venice,
Italy, says: There is only obe news,
paper in Venice and one crier of papers
in the streets, and this vender makes a
noise between a yelp and a bay—a sad
bnt desperate noise, as if his epiglottis
had been struck by lightning and he
was about to expire in mortal agony. I
bought a Paris paper from him—about
all he carries—but it didn't seem to do
him any good.
The saddest thing in Venico is the
absence of newspapers. 1 have never
yet seen one in the hands of anybody
but a travel er. The rod-faced Venetian
sits lazily under the half-drawn curtain
that takes the place of door to his
shop, waiting for customers, knowing
nothing of the world without; the
women, barefooted or in too-slippers,
shnflle and gossip about; bnt no one
has a newspaper or a book; the somtwr
gondolier quarrels for an extra con
tesimi from his passenger, but he never
heard of America or of England, and
has never read a word even of his own
language. All are proud of Venice,
even though she is but the dowerleaa
bride of the Adriatic; proud that she
was once conquered by Napoleon; proud
of the church and square of Bt. Marks;
proud of the palaco of the Doges, with
its quaint Moorish-Gothic architecture;
proud, for aught I know, of the Bridge
of Sighs, " a prison and a palace on
each hand," which we traversed yester
day, and of the horrible machinery of
persecution underneath, running down
a hundred steps into the gloomy earth,
where the early Venice developed all
that was dovliah in man. But Venice is
a bankrupt city, only half fed, a pan per
of brass gewgaws and filigree, slowly
returning, through gloomy grandeur,
to the from which it sprung.
The Ori vln of Regatta*.
Apropos of a recent article in the
Pall Mall UaMtttf, a correspondent
writes, it may not lie generally known
that Venice ia the home of regattas
whence they were introduced into Eng
land in 1775. In the appendix to the
" Annnal Register " of that year will be
fonnd an article entitled, "Home Ac
count of the new Entertainment Called
a Regatta, Introduced from Venice into
England in the Conrae of the Year
1775." The event produced a universal
excitement. The whole river aide waa
crowded from London bridge to Mill
bank, and even Weatminater ball waa
desecrated by a scaffold for spectators.
" Plans of the regatta were sold from a
■hilling to a penny each, and songs on
the occasion sung, in which ' regatta'
was the rhyme for 'Ranelagh,' and
' Royal Family' echoed to ' Liberty.'''
The racing itself in dismissed with the
■canty information that "the wager
boats started on the signal of firing a
■ingle piece of cannon," and that'' they
were absent near fifty minutes."
Of Idaho's 40,000 population, 10,000
I'reilv Ulrla In SMII I.
The Mexican girl lias not the life, the
vivacity, the animation of the American
girl, a correspondent a**erts, but she is
very lovely in her way, and I think her
the best produot of the counter. Bke
has the most boautiful eyes is the
world, with a *oft languishing expres
sion in them for those who like that sort
of thing; a good complexion, not rosy
but colorless, a magnificent head of
hair, aud a very shapely head to wear it
on, a slim waist, and a graceful walk.
Sho is jierfectly modest, in fact rather
timid, pretty well bred, and doe* not
seem to find it dull to have the old
folks along; it would be hard with her
if she did, for the old folk* would a*
soon think of letting her go up in a bal
loon as of letting her go out of their
sight. I figured up that there must have
been at least 500 pretty girl* in the
crowd, and it was pleasant to pass two
hours between !and midnight admiring
( np up what soap may be needed and
dissolve in a skillet of boiling water.
Let it stand on the stove and simmer
till every particle is dissolved. Never
rnb soap on the flannels, or allow a bit
to settle on them. Nothing " falls"
flannel so bally as rubbing soap on it,
or letting bits of it settle on the cloth.
A place on which a bit of *oap ha*
been nibbed will have a different shade
from tho rest when dried, making the
whole garment look *|>otted.
Take a small tab not quite half full
of scalding hot or boiling water. Into
this ponr enough of the dissolved soap
to make a rich suds, also some am
monia, a tablespoonfnl -and a half to
ten or twelve quarts of suds is a fair
proportion. Stir this and the soap into
the hot water till it ia all thoroughly
incorporated. Then put in the flannels.
Two or three articles are enough to
oak at one time. Proas them well
under the water, but turn them over in
tho suds occasionally while soaking.
Lot them remain in the water till it is
cool enough to put the hands in with
out discomfort. Whilo washing keep a
good quantity of water at boiling heat
on the rango for rinsing purposes, and
to keep the anda as hot as it can be
tised. Before one piece is wished and
ready to be wrung out fill a small tub
half full of clear hot water. Into this
stir a little more " blning " than would
be used for cotton or linen. Bkake out
each piece as soon as washed, quickly,
and throw at onoe into the hot rinsing
Rub the flannel as.little as possible,
hut draw it repeatedly through the
hand*, squeezing rather than rubbing.
Harsh rubbing thickens and injures
the fabric. Never wring with a wringer,
as the pressure mats the nap down so
closely as to destroy all the soft,
look of good flannel. Wring with tho
k ads as dry as possible, then rinse and
wring out again ; and when as dry as it
can be made by band, snap out, stretch
and pull ont into the true shape ; dry
in the open air, if possible. Bring in
when not quite dry, roll np a abort
time, and iron whilo still a little damp,
so that each |>art can be more readily
brought into shape. Fressing, when
ironing, ia better for the flannel than
rubbing. It docs not make the fabric
f eel so hard and wiry.
Boarlet flannel ia poisonous to some
skins if UMXI before washing, and aa one
ia not sure how one may be
affected tffjli it is safer to givo it a
scald in hofVater with a little soap—
not enough to make a strong sn la. Let
it stand and *oak a few minntea, then
wring out ank treat'liko other flannels.
—Chri ii i ion.
Shirring is out of order.
Fans arc of medium size.
Veils are not worn with pokes.
Brown furs are restored to favor.
The word chuddab means shawls.
Opera cloaks are madeof moire plush.
Polonaises much bunched up are
parts of new costumes.
New York women are fsvoring black
costumes for stroet wear.
Nickel chntelsine watches for shop
ping are chosen by New York ladies.
Little tufts of black silk, watered rib
bon and Spanish laco are used to trim
heavy black satin gowns.
Link necklaces of bright gold cable
chains, Etruscan wire work, or heavy
gold ornaments of any description are,
for the moment, considered ont of
atyle in the fashionable world.
Diadem wreaths of scarlet piootees
and holly-berry leave* for the hair ate
worn with fall evening dress, and pink
plash roses and white clover blossoms
are favorite bind and corsage bouquets
New and beautiful semMong visits*
of black velvet, brocaded with fine gold
leaves, are imported. They are lined
with gold-colored aatin sublime, snd
trimmed with broad bands of black
ziblinetU', sprinkled with tiny flecks of
The dress goods made ty stitching
designs in cloth npon a silk or satin
ground are now succeeded by those
witli plush figures stitched with gold
thread. Plush gowns are trimmed with
bands of plush figure* on a cloth foun
Long row* of Romau i*>arls Hro used
upon dresses of white surah, satin or
brocade, as a heading to ruffle* of lace
or plaited frills of tho dress material.
Short pearl sleeves and high medics
fraises made of tho bead* are added to
tho corsage when thi* heading i* used
upon the *kirt.
The nhort-pile plush being found the
most durable is in tho greatest favor.
It form* a decided feature in all mil
linery decoration*, and a band of it
fulled around tho edge of a bonnet
makes a soft, becoming framo to the
face—even tho severest features coming
under its pleasing and sub*iding influ
Exquisitely tine all-wool fabrics in
delicate shadea are shown, designed for
evening drcHsea for yonng girls. The
skirts of those materials aro trimmed
with lace, and the bodices to be of plnah
or satin, matching the color of the skirt.
Tho lace* used with these dresses aro
generally white Spanish, rcse point,
polanza, or Aurillac.
Very pretty walking costumes are
made of dark Prussian blue vigogne,
the only trimming being a wide Moorish
scarf of rich Oriental striped silk,which
is caught under the panicra on each
side, and brought around and tied in
front. Handsome enameled buttons,
in bright Pemian colors to match, fasten
the bodice and the ontside coat.
A SuccesNful Stratagem.
MisM Rebecca Bates, who died re
cently at Bcituate, Ma**., aged eighty
eight, was with her sister Abigail the
heroine of a stratagem which drove a
British vessel ont of Massachusetts
tray during tho war of 1812. Bbo was
then eighteen and her sister fonrteen.
The residents npon the shore had been
frequently visited by the crewa of
British ships and robbgfl of their pro
visions and other articles, and when
the girls saw tbo vessels Waring down
they knew it Itodod no good to the
family larder. Rebecca's quick mind
decided to repel the enemy by a strata
gem. The mnsieal instruments of the
home guard were stored in the house.
She could play four tunes on the fife,
and kor sister Abigail could beat the
drum in an exceedingly wild manner.
" Yankee Doodle" was their master
piece. The idea thus conceived was
quickly put through. Rebecca and
Abigail, with the drum and fife, ran
down lichind the cedar wood, and in a
moment the quiet >eptember evening
was startled by the most remarkable
irartial outburst that ever was beard.
" I looked," aaya Misa Rates, "and I
could see the men in the barges resting
on their oar* and listening. Then I
ssw a flag flying from tho masthead of
the ship recalling them. My sister
began to make a speech, and I said:
'Don't make me langh, for I can't
pucker my month.' When the men in
the barge saw the flag they went about
so quick that one fell overboard, and
they pieked him up by tbo back of his
neck and hanled him in." A quarter of
an hour later the LA Hoguo sailed
away, the strains of "Yankee Doodle"
Too Fast to Hft On.
It WM at away station on the Wa
bash. An old man and woman with
bundle* and package* arrirod from ont
in the country. They expected to get
on the train for Detroit. The station
agent told them that the train always
stopped. "Jnst pnt yonr things where
yon can get them quick," said the agent,
"and when it come* along jest get on."
There was an "extra' on the road, as
j it happened, in advance of the "regn
. lar." In a few minute* they heard the
I Honnd of the approaching extra. The
baggage was all secured, and the two
waitinr passenger* stood dose to the
edge of the platform. The train went
by at the rate of forty miles an hour.
When it had passed the old woman
dropped her bundle, and rushed to the
door of the office shaking her flat She
screamed out, "Ton big-headed fool,
did you say get aw-en f"
The old man rushed aronnd the plat
form calling for the agent to come ont
The agent came to the door. There
was a smile on his face.
" Don't come out a smiling at me I
By the living jingo," said the old gen
tleman, "we've a notion to pace yon
around this platform six times 'aster
than them keers went I Too blasted
fool, did you say get on 1 Did you think
a man of my age oould get on a streak
of greased lightning? Ton may play
tricks on some folks, but don't yon try
any game on me t Because a man lives
on a railroad he doesn't have to know
it all. I'm feeling hungry, and some
body is liable to get chawed up afore I
Before anything serious happened the
regular train arrived, and the couple
boarded it all right. The railroad agent
felt relieved. He doesn't like the bys
to hallo, "Did you say git on P at
him.— Frt* Prm.
Itusliiiiir to Their Heath*.
" Howard," tbo New York corre
spondent of tbo Philadelphia Time*, [
write*: Our " flrat citizen* " are going i
off like hot cake*. It'* a* much as a
fellow can do to attend to hi* bniioem '
and psy the la*t *ad tribnte to departed ;
friend*. First-class funeral* are of daily
occurrence, and there are more mourner*
in the street* than ever before. Other
thing* are happening, too, and among
them aoftening of the brain. For year*
Printing House square, the Aator house
rotunda, Delmonico'* and the Brans
wick have been frequented by a hand
some-faced, big blue-eyed, frank-man
nered, open-handed paper dealer,
known to every one, and a jolly good
fellow all the time. He was a fast liver,
a hard drinker and a very light sleeper.
He made money easily, npent it like
water and was the personification
generous recklessnes*. Itesult?
Boftening of the brain. About
three week* ago he was taken
to an insane asylum, where he is of
course abundantly cared for, but the
doctors say he is hopelessly idiotic. A
friend of mine, one of these self-sacri
ficing chape, went to see him. The
poor fellow is poisoned by tobacco. He
smoked cigarettes incessantly, so much
so that his forefinger and thumb were
yellow stained. This complicates mat
ters. If he were devitalized by loss of
sleep only, rest and regular hours
might recuperate him. If bis interior was
simply overcharged with alcohol, proper
medicaments and total abstinence
from intoxicating drink might bring
him up again. Hut on top, through,
under and all about every muscle, fiber
and tissue of his mental, moral and
physical nature is that ineffacable stain
that nicotine alonecan give and omnipo
tence alone remove.
Anybody else ?
Yea, indeed. They may not l>e lit
erally in insane asylum*, lmt they are
the merest wrecks of old time glory.
Come with me to that great exchange of
down-town workers, the rotunda of the
As tor house, and stand near the cashier.
The place is packed from noon until
three, and tolerably full all the rest of
the day. Thousands eat and thou
sands drink and thousands smoke there
every day. The monthly profits are
said to be sl6,ooo—a great deal of
money. Is it the same crowd ? Are
they the name thousands? Not by a
jug full. Within the past five years
two generations have come and gone,
and the third is rushing along a* fast a*
it can go.
By eating fast, drinking faster, and
puff, puff, puffing with the eagerness of
a race horse, bound to win and lose no
time. There they stand or sit, as the
case may be. If they eat they throw
their victuals down at a gulp. If they
drink, it's one, two, three, " give me a
check," and off they go.
Well they work till night, take their
dinner and repeat the dose in some up
town bouse, according to their means.
The chief places are Delmonioo's, the
Brunswick, the Fifth Avenue, the St.
James and the Hoffman. Accustomed
though yon may be to the gay
and festive developments of Phila
delphia, I can show you sights here in
the gastronomic line that would open
your eyes with wonder and shut 'em up
again in disgust
But it isn't well, it's fearful, and the
few temperate old chape who witness
this social breakup, who see friend after
; friend depart—who has not lost a
friend?—are paralyzed with fear lost
some dsy we be left alone in our glory.
How qneea Victoria Travel*.
A late number of the London TSme
gives an account of a recent trip made
by Queen Victoria to Balmoral, etc., in
the royal saloons provided for such oc
casions. Superintendent* of the rail
roads always take charge of the train
whenever the queen travels, and npon
the oooaaion referred to "the utmost
precautions were taken for the safety of
her majesty during the journey, very
detailed instructions being issued to
the various railroad officials for the
purpose, and it was distinctly stated
that on the oocasion none of the public
was to be admitted, under any circum
stances, to the stations between Ban
bury and Edinburgh; that the com
pany's servant* were to perform the
necessary work on the platform without
noise; and that no cheering or other
demonstrations was to be permitted,
the object being that the queen might
not be disturbed daring the night
joarney. The royal train was provided
with a complement of fitters, lampmen
and greater*, and was preceded by a
pilot engine; it waa furnished with con
tinuous brakes and electric communi
cators. A • lookout man * was placed on
the tender of the engine with instruc
tions to keep his face turned toward
the rear of the train for the purpose of
observing signals, and similar orders
were given to the guard on the front
It matters not bow oarsfnl the cook
maybe, he can't make a rabb t hash
without getting some kind o! hair in it
How the Express BSIIMM Started.
Josiali Quincy write* a* follow*
in the ln<l>]>en<bmt: I have just found
an old letter addressed to me "oa
the 27th of October, IH3H, whtob led to
results quite overpowering in their mag
nitude. The writer in William P. IXarn
don. He telle me that he baa applied
for a post of conductor upon the Weet
ern railroad, and aolicite my influence
an treaaurer of the road, "ahould you
think me worthy of the office." I fern
den had been celling at the
Woroeater railroad depot, but found
this office much too sedentary for hia
active nature. He waa a man who
wanted to bo moving. For torn* rea
son I do not recall, Harndan did noi
get the oonductonbip; bat hia applica
tion brought me in contact with tbia
lithe, intelligent yonng fellow, who
wiahed to be on the go, and 1 auggoated
to him a new aort of buaineaa, which in
the handa of a bright man I thought
might be poshed to success. Aa direo
tor and president of the Providence
railroad I waa compelled to make
weekly journeys to New York, whrwe
the balk of onr stock waa held.
The daya of my departure were well
known, and I waa always met at the
depot by a bevy of merchants' clerk*
who wiahed to intrust packages of buai
neaa papers, aamplea of gooda and other
light matters to my care. The
• atabliahmcnt waa at that time utterly
insufficient to meet the wants of the
public. The postage waa seventeen
cents upon every bit of separate paper,
and this waa a burdensome tax upon
the daily checks, drafts and receipts
incident to mercantile transactions. I
was ready to be of servioe to my friends,
though aome of them thought my good
nature was imposed upon when they
j found I was obliged to carry a large
I traveling hag to receive their oontribn
l tiona. I kept this bag constantly in
sight on my journey, and upon arriving
in New York delivered it to a
whom the merchants employed to meet
me and distribute its contents. Now, it
occurred to me that here waa an oppor
tunity for somelmdy to do, for an ade
<juatc compensation, just what I was
doing for nothing: I pointed out to Mr.
Harden that the collection and delivny
of parcels, as well as other transporta
tion, might be undertaken by one re
sponsible person, for whose service* the
merchants would be glad to pay.
The suggestion fell upon fruitful
soil. Harnden asked me for special
facilities upon the Boston and Provi
dence road, which I gladly gave him,
and with the opening year he com
menced regular trips (twice a week, I
think he made them), bearing in hi*
band a small valise; and that valise
contained in germ the immense express
business—contained it as the acorn
contains the forest of oaks may
come from it; but many generation*
are required to sec the magnifioenoe of
the forest*. whUe the growths of human
enterprise expand to their wonderful
maturity in one short life. Harnden'*
fete a as that too common with pioneers
and inventors. He bnilt np a great
■ business by steady industry, saw all it*
splendid possibilities, tried to realise
them before the time was ripe and died
a poor man at the age of thirty-three.
In attempting to extend the expreM
business to Knrope he assumed risks
th*t were ruinous, and the stalwart
Vermonter, Alvin Adams, took his place
as chief in the great industry which had
arisen under his hands.
IMnnrra of tlir bcrman Emperor.
Tho A msrican RogiMer u f Paris aaya:
After the frequent notioee we read in
the papers of dinners st the emperor's
palace, and tables laid for twenty at
more oovera, it may not be uninterest
ing to learn something about the em
peror's table in general. Emperor Wil
liam is in the habit of taking, about
7:30 a.a simple coffee with a large
allowance of milk, and a couple of
small breads without butter. At 1
o'clock r. M. the seocnd breakfast
(lunch) is serred alternately cold or
warm. The dinner takes place regu
larly at 5 o'clock. If the emperor has
one or two guests the table is simply set
in the lower apartments of the palace, the
menu remaining the same which
he U wont to order for
himself, consisting of four
or flee courses, which the chef de cui
sine submits early in the morning and
the emperor approve* 0 t If the din
ner is a large one, the table is laid iu
the upper apartments. The invitatiosm
are given by the emperor at an cwrly
honr, the arrangements of aeata being
then and there discussed with the court
marshals. The invited guests receive
their host in a saloon adjoining Use
dining-room, where the latter mlutea *
and, after a conversation of ten or
fifteen minutes, precedes them to the
table. The emperor takes light claret
or Moselle with soda-water, and coflfce
only occasionally after large dinners. A
cup of tee, without cake or bread, after
the theater, concludes the frugal re
pasts of the day. When the rmprse
it present the menu is submitted to her,
and, except when a large party is in
vited, the emperor takes bis dinar* in
the empress' apartments,