The Scranton tribune. (Scranton, Pa.) 1891-1910, December 18, 1894, Page 8, Image 8

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Alcott's, Heimburg,
Roe's, Bulwer,
Dickens, Corelli,
Thackeray, Hugo
Rollins, Scott
Guizot's, Tinsau's,
Ruskin's, Muhlbach,
Dumas, Eliot's,
Cooper's, James ancl nlany others.
Oxford Bibles, Oxford Reprints,
International Bibles,
New Prayer & Hymnals,
Photograph Albums;
Family Bibles,
Catholic Grayer Books.
English People
Admire Cleveland
Tky Also, for Selfish Reasons,
Admire Our Democratic Tarty.
TI:o Ilritislicrs Cnnnot Sec Why Wc
Should Spoil Their Anticipated Coin
incrclul leasts at America's J x
pcusc Miss kiiiser unj Royalty.
London, Dec. 3. I have had a very in
teresting time this week explaining our
American polities to the English girls
here nt our house. They have seen, in
my Ameriean newspapers, that a party
t ailed Ri publicans huve won the day,
tremendously, In the elections in my
country lately, and so I have been
plied with questions every day and put
through as vigorous an examination as
a.ny American girl ever had on this
subject, I am sure. To begin with,
'they have, from hearing bits of their
ciders' conversation, I fancy, or from
the English papers, perhajts, somehow
gotten a certain fondness for Grover
Cleveland, and for the Democratic par
ty In the United States. They think
that this party is the best for them and
their interests, as, perhaps, it Is. I have
been laboriously explaining nil I know
of the differences in the platforms and
principles tf these two parties, and of
some of the little parties which we
have had cropping up lately, too. I do
not know much about politics, but what
I know I certainly had to teach to these
Inquiring Engllshors here. They are
very loyal to their country's interests,
niid are really sorry that our tariff will
have to be reversed again soon, to suit
the new party.
The Interest which they take over
here In our politics Is surprising. I
have met a great many different people
who have, as soon as they found that I
was an American, mild something
about the result of the recent elections
a.t home and asked me If It would af
fect their markets very soon, and so
forth. The English all are in low with
our Democratic party, and It must be
because of its loose protective policy,
I suppose, RS they all say their times
are so much better when that party Is
in office than when we have the Re
publlcnns ait the helm. Of course, I tell
them that we really cannot run our
country to suit theirs, and if their mar
kets are affected by our frequent
changes of tariff, why, they must only
have to "watch out," that's all, and not
depend upon us to feed their poor and
underpaid workmen by fostering too
jnuch free trade.
Lively Tea Tohlo Debates,
have great talks. We have ac
tually become heated in our arguments
nt the dinner table o' nights, over
these things, but It Is all great fun,
It sharpens one's wits so to argue. They
have told me some interesting things
about their method of conducting elec
tions, which Ideas' I admire very much.
For one thing, at their elections here,
it Is almost Impossible, nowadays, to
use any sort of bribery. There Is a
m.n called the "returning officer." an
'unbiased Individual appointed by the
povernment, who Is sent down from
London to any place where elections
have taken place, and whose duty it is
to discharge and publish all the ex
penses attendant upon the recent elec
tion there. Election expenses are not
3ES Bsssa
Special Sale of Books, Pictures and Art
allowed to excd a certain amount,
nowadays, and very poor men can suc
cessfully run for seats In the house of
commons. Almost all of the labor can
didates In the house now, for instance,
are poor men. It is Impossible for a
man to literally ruin his fortunes in an
election over here, now, as has often
been done in the past. Imagine, if not
pressed for time, what a showing some
of the campaign expense accounts of
our American candidates for public
ofllee would make if they were pub
lished, its they are in every country
over here. It would be hard lines on
some of our politicians, I fancy.
In the I.tiglish Shops.
The shops are growing prettier and
prettier as Chrlstmans draws near, and
1 waste all of my spare time looking at
the enticing tilings and wishing.
Everyone who has been In London will
remember the lnrge number of shops
over which they have seen the arms of
England, 'the lion and the unicorn with
the three feathers, and the invariable
motto accompanying it and the legend
underneath, "Hatter," or "Glover and
underneath, "Hatter," or "Glover and
Hosier," or "Purveyor" to "If. K. If.
the Queen and the Royal Family," or
"Hrewer to H. It. It. the Prince of
Wales," or "Perfumer to If. It. 11. the
Princess of Wales," and so on. This
coveted distinction, my English friends
tell me, (s won by petitioning the queen
or the prince or princess to buy an ar
ticle of a certain kind from the person
desirous of the honor of being a "pur
veyor" to their highnesses, and after
that, they may use the English arms
on their shop and wrapping paper, and
be"court glover," or "court perfumer,"
or court anything else for that matter.
It is not true, as pome of our party
were told while touring this autumn,
that these people must every year send
a stipulated share of their gloves, or
hats, or beer, or groceries, to the royal
ties from whom they have received
their letters patent. If there Is any
one who profits by this proceeding it is
the court officers through whom the
queen must be appronched for the sup
posed honor, and if the tradesman who
has received It sends bonuses to any
one It Is to the "middleman" concerned.
It Is true that some persons of the
royal family are very poor, compara
tively so, at any rate, and all the Eng
lishmen with whom I have spoken on
the subject say that while the queen is
Immensely weulthy, by reason of the
estates whlchvshe has added, little by
little during her long y,fe, to her other
possessions, the other members of her
family, especially her grand children,
are quite poor for royalties. All of the
children of the queen have a yearly
"snlary," or gift rather, from the Eng
lish people for their maintenance, and
ail of her grandchildren have been pro
vided with a like support, as one by one
they made their appearance upon the
Stipends for Impecunious Princes,
The lust gift which was mirtle for this
purpose whs bestowed by parliament
upon condition that the queen should
ask for no more money for like pur
poses during the remainder of her life
time. These yearly stipends are not
sufficient for a royalty, sometimes, and
so if they want anything extra they
must come and ask grandmamma, the
queen, for it. She gives away very lit
tle, the peopel say, and while not con
tributing from her own Income for the
welfare of her descendants, she has
spent very little of it upon herself anil
so has been quietly, as the years passed
by, possessing herself of a great deal of
property which makes her as extremely
wealthy old womnn, even for a queen.
Cm the other hand, her children and
grandchildren sometimes find them
selves not so rich as they should like
to lie, and have come to the pass of
making capital of their royalty, such as
driving out at the houses of the rich
nobility, or richer commoners, and get
ting paid for the honor which they pre
sumably thus bestow upon their host
and hostess! One of the ladies with
whom I lodge here is a terrific Hadieal,
whom I lodge here is a terrilic Radical,
the swells. Whenever she reads in the
London papers such an Itepi as "The
prince and princess dined at Shoestring
House with Lord and Lady Solo
leather," she says, "Hum)! there's an
other 300 ftom poor Lord Soleleuthor.'
She thinks the queen a very selllsh old
lady for not retiring from the throne
and giving the regency to the Prince of
Wales, as she, ns everyone knows, goes
nowhere and does nothing, but maker,
him go about opening hospitals, laying
corner stones and making speeches the
whole blessed time, almost. He Is really
a very hardworking man, and does his
best appearing anil speaking for the
queen, and my friend rails greatly at
her lazy majesty for still reigning and
nt the same time, put her work upon
the shoulders of her son, while giving
him no share of her Income.
The prince and princess are not the
only ones of the royalty who dine out
for a salary. They all do It, more or less,
and the Teck family, the branch from
which comes the present Duchess of
York (Princess May), are so poor that
they can be got for nothing, or almost
nothing. My little Radical woman was
telling us only last week of the terrible
to-do which had just been raised in
some quarters by the leajtlng-out of the
fact that the Duke and Duchess of York,
who were married a year or so ago, you
remember, had recently sold some of
their magnificent wedding presents on
account of their being so "scrimped,"
so to speak. One of these presents
was a splendid dining suite of
solid mahogany " most beautifully
carved by the workmen of the city
Which presented It, and whose people
became quite Indignant upon learning
that their splendid gift had already
passed out of the possession of the
recipients of their generosity and loy
alty. The Scotch girl here In the house
is a rank Conservative and she and the
Radical have some highly exciting and,
to me, most enjoyable wordy fights
over the table cloth. I Just love to hear
them disagree. It is most edifying, I
do assure you.
When Koynlty Exhibits Itself.
They all tell me that they often see
the prince and princess, and the other
lesser royalties about London and In
the parks, especially during the season
which, however, dos not commence
until May, bo that, I dare say, I shall
not have the pleasure of gazing upon
their royal persons until that season of
the year, when I suppose I may look
upon their august presences at Concert
Garden, where they often frequent the
opera, which also does not commence
until that time. So If everything goes
right and Providence permits, I shall
see a:nl hear Calve, the De,
Melba, Eames, and all the rest of
these .wonderfully gifted singers next
May and June, and Incidentally re
member, only Incidentally shall I look
at their majesties in their boxes. Per
haps I shall be so taken up with the
artists that I shall never want a glance
at the swells. I shouldn't wonder at
all. ; I wouldn't miss a note of Calve's
voice for the whole fifty or sixty of 'em,
I'm perfectly sure. g
I am very glad I do not happcfT to
have been born a granddaughter of
"Her Majecty, the Queen," as the Eng
lish put it. They' lead such unsatis
Goods of fill Descriptions at Prices That
Water Colors,
Pict ure Frames,
Easel S"""rass, Oak White and Gold,
Fancy Calendars,
Xma's Booklets,
Onyx Inkstands,
Brass Inkstands,
Wood Inkstands,
Glass Inkstands,
Diaries, 1895.
factory, on-paiade sort of lives and al
most its soon as they are born poor
tilings their dear fussy old grandma
sets herself to thinking whom
they shall marry, and, as they dare
many none but another royalty, and
there are not enough of that sacred ar
ticle to go around, why. they almost
always end by marrying one of their
own royal cousins. Poor things! Prin
cess Louise, the one who married the
duke of Fife, is the only sensible one
of the lot, for slie married the one she
wanted to, even though he was not of
royal blood. My Radical friend says
that, according ,to the royal marriage
act, none of the queen's family dare
marry without her consent, and as
Prim-ess Louise had not obtained it,
she marched herself boldly to her
grandma and announced her Intention
of marrying the duke of Fife; consent
or no consent. .As she was a great fa
vorite with her majesty and a very
strong-willed person, the queen gave In
and allowed her to engage herself as
she liked. It happens (that the duke
could not propose to her, ns It is not
etiquette, you know, so the poor prin
cess had to sort of do it herself, I
guess, or smooth out the way for him
simieliw, just as her grandma did when
she became engaged to the Princess
Consort, llfty yeais ago and more.
London Musical Kvcnts.
I have been to several concerts this
week. One was at the Imperial insti
tute, a great big fairyland palace,
which Is sort of a club house, I think,
and does for the rich what the People's
palace does for the poor. The concert
was an orchestral one, and was In an
Immense marble hall, perfectly beauti
ful, and everybody there was in even
ing dross. It was lovely to see all the
pretty women and beautiful dresses
and dazzling Jewels, and so forth. We
had very good seats and I enjoyed my
self way up to the skies.
The next night I went to a lecture,
the first of a series of twelve by Dr.
Bridge, the organist of Westminster
Abbey, and it was illustrated by some
of his lovely little choir boys and a
magnificent bass. They sang examples
of certain forms for us. The next one
is a Mozert one, and will lie given on
the anniversary of the death of that
old master, next Wednesday. I am go
ing to them all, if I have to miss
lessons for them.
The next night I had the great pleas
ure of listening to the great London
Symphony orchestra, led by Henschel,
the gifted singer, composer and leader.
I heard Agnes Jansen, the Swedish
mezzo, and better yet, llerr Popper, the
German 'cellist Who has produced some
of the best things in the world for the
solo 'cello. He played a perfectly de
lightful suite of his own, called "Im
Wald," accompanied by orchestra. I
never henrd anything daintier in all my
life. I was in a perfect frenzy of de
light when he had done, and made just
as much noise as I could among the
thousands that were making noise to
help make him repeat it, which he really
did. Last night there was another con
cert at the Academy, and tomorrow I
am going with my dear Miss Radical
Richmond to hear a lecture on the
orchestra by a famous lender here.
Miss Radical, who happens to be the
talented leader of an orchestra herself,
has been chosen to Illustrate this lec
ture with tho instruments described
My goodness, as they say in America,
what good times I am havlngl The
girls here call me by several nick
names, the last one of Which Is "Con
certsc.htuok!" They say it most actual
ly describes my present condition.
Sadie E. Kaiser.
flnfiqtie Ctirios
o Aged Qtiebec
Some of the Entcrtainini Historical
I'osscssions of the Fortress City.
The .Museum of the I.itcrury and Histor
ical Society Contains This and Many
Other Souvenirs of the Curly
Pioneer Times.
Special Correspondence of Tho Tribune.
Quebec, Dee. 3. Every visitor to tills
antique city is interested In the ancient
city gates. Even in their modern at
tire, they remind one of the old military
regime, ns they form a part of the
reconstructed line of fortifications. A
rich history is attached to these gates,
and to them the eye of the visitor is
especially drawn. None of the original
gates, with their old grass-grown walls,
Is left standing. Prescott and St. Louis,
In 1S71, yielded to the necessities of a
later civilization, preserving, however,
much' of their unique military charac
ter, nnd memorial structures and pic
turesque archways have been rebuilt
In a style that does credit to the taste
of the publle-sprlted citizens of Quebec,
of the public-spirted, progressive citi
zens of Quebec.
A magnificent new portal of masonry,
with towent and 'medieval appur
tenances, was erected on the site of the
St. Louis gate in 1S77 and 1S79; also an
other very Imposing entrance, called
Kent Gate, was opened between this
and St. John's gate at the same time.
The foundation of St. Louis gate was
laid by Princess Louise; and as a me
morial of her father, the Duke of Kent,
who was at one time commander of the
Iiritlsh forces in Canada, Queen Vic
toria contributed generously to the
other, which was named in his honor.
It is a very interesting piece of feudal
architecture, with turrets, arrow-slits,
St. John's gate is a strong nnd grace
ful structure, though more ancient In
style. It was erected In 1X69. From the
top oi eacn gate one gets gooo views ot
the oddly planned streets of the Upper
Town. Palace, Hope, Prescott and
Mountain Hill gates, the picket flanked
structures which marked the era of 200
years ago, were removed In 1S73, and
have never been restored. In ye olden
days the gates were closed at sundown
and opened at sunrise.
Some Ancient Kellcs.
Quebec Is a city of relics, both archi
tectural and antiquurlan. As a matter
of course many of the antiquities of
Quebec are well worthy of study. Not
only In public repositories, but in the
homes of many of the old families of
the city also are found rare treasures
and heirlooms, with many quaint old
bits of furniture and bric-a-brac. Quite
recently a small mahogany cabinet or
cupboard, said to have belonged to
Chaniplain, was discovered; certainly
the style of workmanship marks the
founder's era of nearly three centuries
ago; also a combined toilet and writ
ing case, said to have been In possession
of General Wolf, and the sword he car
ried when wounded In 1759. Another Is
General Montgomery's sword, found
near him when he fell. These and other
ancient relics are deposited for Bafe
keeping in the museum of the Literary
and Historical society, at Morrin col
Will lis You Buy
Decorated Placques,
Leather Goods,
Lap Tablets,
Pocket Books,
Card Cases,
Celluloid Goods,
Smoking Sets,
Manicure Sets,
Toilet Sets,
Fancy Mirrors,
Games, Sleds,
Rocking Horses,
agic Lanterns,
lege, also the brass cannon captured of
the Americans at Hunker Hill, In 1775.
These trophies were on exhibition at
the dominion fair, which was this year
held in Quebec, under the distinguished
patronage of the governor-general. A
description of the Interesting and im
posing opening ceremonies of the pro
vincial exhibition, by his oKeellency,
the governor general, and Lady Aber
deen, which v.e witnessed, may appear
in another letter.
Interesiitij; Street Kainhles.
St. Louis suburbs and St. John's sub
urbs are two distinct quarters of the
Upper Town. A stroll along the ram
parts, between St. Louis and Kt. John's
g.ites, where one cannot be driven, re
pays tihe sightseer, and to witness a sun
set from the heights, is indescribably
enjoyable; one feels elevated, bi,th
physically and spiritually by sight of
those peaceful blue mountains upon the
horizon and the quiet St. Lawrence
flowing far below. '"Forest and river
and mounlailn and cultivated broad
acres combine to make a gorgeous land
scape." We found It a fatiguing ramble up
and down hill, and in some places It be
comes a scramble over bits of wall and
across cannon ditches, where the harm
less looking smooth bore guns so peace
fully repose. Take time to sit here and
there, and youwill enjoy the lights and
shadows on the distant hills, viewed
from different points. One observer
says) "The mountains have a kaleido
scopic habit of sliding behind one an
other, or jostling each other to peer
over eutih other's cthoiildci-s, and many
other little tricks which make them
fascinating In the extreme."
Passing through St. Louis gate, on
the Grand Alice, we first behold the
provincial government buildings on the
right, and on the left the skating rink
and drill ih:.!l. in front of the latter is
the Short Wallaek monument; beyond is
the Duke of Kent's residence; Gray
Nunnery; St. Bridget's Orphan asylum,
(Catholic); Female Orphan asylum,
(Protestant); Ladles' Protestant Home
and tihe White Nuns' Home, distin
guished by a white cross on top of the
building. Just above the nunnery Is
the Convent of the Christian Brothers,
facing on the glacis of the rampfit; also
near by is the Convent of the Good
Shepherd, with its 71 nuns, !!0 penitents
and 500 girl students.
I'.etween the Anglican cathedral and
Dufferln Terrace Is the handsome new
court house, built In 1SS!. Beyond Is
tho Masonic hall and the Young Men's
Christian association. Opposite are
several old time structures-tho old St.
Louis hotel land the am l-n t drown
lands building, and a quaint little
building, (No. 39 St. Louis street, now
used as a barber shop) In Which Mont
calm held bis last council of war an
old curiosity shop erected in 1000, and
near by a cemetery which dates back
to 16:!.r, and the old government build
ings of MSG.
Quebec's Antique Stores.
Sauntering about the city, the Ameri
can tourist will constantly meet with
curious and unaccustomed urohitectural
sights, and quaint business people,
showing a great contrast to those found
In American cities. We visited several
curiosity shops, museums, various dry
goods warerooms nnd fur stores, nnd
for lack of space will mention but two;
Ca.rsley's "Bee Hive" Is a foreign look-
lag building, packed from cellar to gar
ret ulmost exclusively with foreign
goods, done up iln foreign locking pack
agesmostly English stamped as but
few Ameriean fabrics are used In Que
bec, and exhibited to the foreign -customers
in a style entirely foreign, when
Fine Writing Paper,
Gold Pens,
Fountain Pens.
contrasted with our American ideas.
This is said to be the best and largest
dry goods house In Quebec.
The greater and more interesting es
tablishment is Renfrew's Ancient Fur
store, located Just opposite the Basilica.
There is nothing to compare of com
pete with it in New York, Boston, Chi
cago, Philadelphia or San Fransisco.
It is a curiosity to visit Its large antlqua
workrooms, and especially the drying
rooms, filled with the finest skins that
the Hudson Bay regions and the Lab-,
rador coast can provide. Here Is said
to be found the greatest quantity of
moose, deer, and cariboo heads and
antlers In America, besides buffalo, seal
wolf.-beaver, fox, bear, lion, tiger, leop
ard, polar bear and musk ox skins,
suitable for rugs and robes. Tills Ilrnl
buys its pelts direct from the Indians
In the Interior, ami the employes, who
speak both French and English, tell
many stories of the customs of these
primitive people, who have become
nearly extinct in eastern America,
which seem almost Incredible. Their
stock of snow shoes, mocassins, to
boggans and Indian curiosities excites
the admiration of every visitor. I must
acknowledge tills Is the place to buy
both ladies' and gentlemen's furs of
every description, especially during the
summer months, when they discount
largely to tourists. This firm are
"Furriers to the Queen" and royalty of
Canada. Their exhibit at the World's
fair excelled even that of Russia,
The Parliament IimlJings.
Wo visited with much Interest the
Provincial building. It is located on
high ground the site of Champlaln'sj
fort and the old Episcopal palace Just
outside of St. Louis gate, on the Grande
Alice, built In 1S70. It Is a spacious
editlco as well as imposing; the style Is
that of the Seventeenth century
(French). It forms a massive square
of which each front is 300 feet long
and four stories In bight ; built of
gray stone. It contains not only the
legislative chambers, but the depart
mental oinces. The court covers 1.200
square feet. The legislative council
hall is commodious, upholstered and
carpeted in crimson, with a very large
throne, over which Is a canopy, sur
mounted by the arms of the United
Kingdom. There are spacious galler
ies for visitors.
The hall of the house of the assembly
is upholstered In green. Back of the
speaker's chair Is a line of Corinthian
pilasters upholding a pediment, em
which are the royal arms. The libra
ry, which contains 65,000 volumes, oc
cupies an apartment on the first floor,
nnd is rich in French Canadian liter
ature. Portraits (life size) of Queen.
Victoria her coronation, at IS years,
her marriage, In 1S3! and widowhood,
in 1S77 adorn the walls of tills ancient
library. On the outer walls of this
structure, in a nei-ss, are life size
statues of Wolf, Montcalm, Lewis, El
gin, Frontenae, Laval, the Indian Lor
ette, and other French and English,
worthies. The walk, on the ramparts
Ine-ludes the Grand Battery, and winds
up with a turn on the Terrace nnd a
long rest In the governor's gardens.
John E. Richmond.
The Deepest Mine in 1'innca.
The ileenest coal mine In Franca (by
some authorities said to be the deepest
In the world) is lit Andre ilu Portler. The
mine Is working with two shafts, one
2,9-i:! feet deep and the other Too
latter shaft is now being deepened and
vlll reach the 4,0nn-foot level by July, W
The yearly product of this mine Is llkl.i'uO
tons of coal. The leiiiurk-.iblo feature of
tho mine Is the coimmnulve ly low tem
peratureseldom rising ubovo 7o dcGi-ui'S