OUR CAPITAL LETTER. r- BY "ZINCO" ABOUT THE MISSINO AUCHDUXB JOHN OP AUSTRIA-THD INCBKASE OF ROYALTIES AND FACTS CONCERNING AN ZKFXBIAI. NURSERY—MOTHER BEFORE IMPIIZBS- IN AT THE DEATH—AN EMINENT ARTIST AND HIS RECORD—PARNEIX THE INVIN- CIBLE AND HIS HOME—OVERSHADOWED ONLY BY PARNELL 18 MARKS THE VEN- TURESOME —THE LATEST DRAMATIC SUC- CESS-COMICAL PENNY BEADING BTORTE8 —AN UNFORTUNATE START—A COSTLY ACCIDENT—WHY NOT A COLOURED CHRISTMAS ? Few real events of recent years present such Itrong elements of romance as does the story of the missing Archduke John of Austria, the ion of the present Emperor's uncle, and, con- sequently, his cousin and in the succession, i here is a little more than a tinge of madness in the Hapsburg family, and eccentrioity-to can it by a mild term-was a marked feature Df ARCHDUKE JOHN. I He was a man of powerful intellect and I great ambition. At one time he aimed at the Throne of Roumania, a station his very good cousin and trusty brother," the all-powerful Czar, would not allow him to acquire. The Czar is to all these tribal nations, Roumania, Servia, Bulgaria, &o., what the Kaiser is to the yet unabsorbed States and petty kingdoms on the probable map of Germany. Both potentates have a quickening quality of absorption. In our free England, with its democratic sovereignty, its jealous tenure of landmarks and boundaries, it seems impossible that indi- vidual will should be allowed to re-draft any portion of the map of the world. However, we are a controlling force, and for ourselves the octopus nation has not yet arisen who will absorb our tight little island. It seems that the Archduke offended bit Imperial cousin, and was banished, and his enormous debts paid. After a time he was received back to cousinly favour, but in some mysterious manner he again managed to offend, and that so seriously that his crime was pronounoed unpardonable. In j consequence of this he resigned his title, place in the succession and everything, and became a plain gentleman. After several adventures—enough to fill a three-volume novel—ha married an actress of low birth, bought a large vessel built in this country, and after a voyage to South America again started for a further journey. But the ship and its living freight have never been heard of again. • Is it well to have too large a brood of royalties? In after years the ramifications become intricate and embarrassing. The Kaiser has six sons, and the ory is still they come. A friend lately in Berlin told me a great deal about the Imperial nursery. The Emperor is devoted to his boys, who are very strong, aturdy young- sters; the seoond is positively lovely, he says. They are simply brought up, well-drilled in military movements, and taught that their whole duty to man is to be on the offensive or defensive. Their father visits their quarters every morning, and, should he fail to take special notice of each individually, he hears of it, and the little one out in the cold is incon- solable for the day. The Empress is an ad- mirable mother; in fact, she is Frau first and Kaiserin afterwards. She has a magnificent figure, and when recently she donned a gor- geous habit of green and gold and headed the regiment called after her, she elicited great admiration. # • The Princess Louise received a severe, ahock in being at the studio of Sir EdKar Boehm as he was on the point of death. Her Royal Highness had an appointment with Sir Edgar at his studio in Fulham-road, and at lix o'clock—the hour arranged—she went there. The resident caretaker at the studio took Sir Edgar his lunch, when the latter told him he expected the Princess and would wait for her. He had just been working on a horse for one of the liothschilds, and only last Monday he had completed the statue of the late Emperor Frederick which is to be erected at Windsor. Full of life and work, the silver cord was loosened. The Princess walked straight to the studio and found that Sir Fdgar had been discovered on the floor and motionless. She called for aid, medical assistance was sum- moned, but life was soon extinct, conscious- Ileu never returning. • « r 41 • I JOHN JiDG.R BOKHM Was a Hungarian, ne was born in 1834 at Vienna, where his father was a medallist and direotor of the Mint. In 1862, the year of our leoond exhibition, Boehm attracted the notice Df the Queen and soon rose to fame. He tried his 'prentioe hand on the Windsor Royalties, but his first important work was the statue of Banyan for Bedford, 1872. In 1878 he was made A.R.A., and in the same year Bnished his fine statue of Carlyle, whioh in braia;tik is now on the Thames Kn.Vfikuient and powerful genius. After this commissions Booked in on him. His publio statues are many; of the moat important are the colossal ones of Lords Napier of Magdala and North- brook for Calcutta. That of Lord Laurence for Waterloo-plaoe did not please the master, and he at his own expense re-placed it by another. In 1882 he became full Academician. The academies of Home and Florence have him also. He was also muchly medalled. It was only last year that he became a baronet. He was the designer of the Jubilee coinage and of the new Wellington statue at Hyde Park Corner. No son, Edgar Collins, born 1869, succeeds. if I give the ancestral home of the most to the front man in this country just now— Parnell, the Invincible. • • •' -■ Tit AVONDALE is situated in the County Wicklow, not far from the Vale of Avon. It was like so many old places in the distressful country, in a very dilapidated condition, but some admirer left the patriot a fortune, and with this certain mortgages were paid off and the place put in partial repair. If those who disapprove of Mr. Parnell wished to punish him, the best thing they can do—if able-is to relegate him to a compulsory residence at his ancestral seat, with full liberty to p!ay the simple role of an Irish squiro I < The editor of a good paper told me only a few days ago that he never remembered a more exciting, extraordinary, and amusing episode in any political situation. The tele- grams, he said, rained in his office; wild, inflam- mable, incoherent, triumphant, insulting, im- petuous, and slightly inaccurate! Will the king come by his own again P I trow not. Mr. Timothy Healy, Mr. Parnell's most bitter opponent, was a curled darling yester- day to-day v- in—ilHimu trnwimm THEY BURN Har IN EFFIGY. Some give Mr. Ilealy the credit of "All for Ireland and the world well lost; other say T. Healy wishes to boss it as leader. Partly true and partly false. One cannot but admire the indomitable pluck and stay of Parnell. He had the elements of a statesman and a ruler of men. A pity he had not been born out of the troublous country! » The substituted leader [ &^ MR. JUSTIN MCCARTHY is a man of very different moral calibre to Mr. Parnell. He is a family man, decorous and sociable. He is a brilliant writer, a good speaker, and consistent in his politics. He will never surprise" his followers. A well-known weekly contemporary gives the only portrait of Mrs. O'Shea wh;.ch has yet been published. By the style of the costume, it must have been taken some years back. It gives you the impression of a handsome, graceful women, a little over 30. The head is particularly well posed and shaped. The hair is fringed in front and combed back over the neck in a rioh thick, unconfined mass. It is reported that Mrs. O'Shea has told a personal friend that she will be Mrs. Parnell before July next. Mr. Parnell, it is expeoted, will marry her as soon as the law permits. Such a union would help Mr. Parnell finan- cially and could now do him no harm sooially, for his personal means are limited and have been dwindling for years, owing to his liberal treatment of all employed by him and his expenditures in the interest of the Irish canse. Mrs. O'Shea will receive a handsome share of the estate of her aunt, the late Lady Wood, however the pending contest as to the will may result, and this, with what remains of Mr. ParnoT patrimony, would support them Another hero of the hour, of a very different build, is MR. HARRY MARKS, the boldest man in this division of the Empire. How, with such Cabinet secrets." the Seniftio adventurer could dare the fierce light which pierces the courts of criminal law, surprises everyone. The papers, tongue-tied during the proceedings, have opened their mouths, and Mr. Marks will wish, for a bad quarter of an hour, that he bad never been born. A good many will wish the same. The Financial News is plaoarded as to absolutely trustworthy," but, then, as the poet said, Things are not what they seem." "The People's Jdol" deals with black- mailing, and in the person of a woman, too. I think—and the records of crimes will bear me out—that a female blackmailer is even more unscrupulous than a male. Laurence St. Aubrey, J.P., has heard that his favourite brother, who is married, is intriguing with a blackmailing adventuress. He makes a ren- dezvous with the woman, to save the family credit, ill an abbey's ruins, but meets instead a Socialistic striker, Jim Stevens, who is caus- ing his workmen to revolt, and who is the cast off lover of the woman. Jim is an arrant coward. He has a revolver to shoot his mistress and her new lover, but to his astonish- ment he is met by a determined man, though unarmed. The scoundrel dyaws his revolver on the unarmed man, sCZTK WHO IS STRONG ENOUGH TO WRENCH IT FROM Bar AND KNOCK HIM SENSELESS. Bat all well. There pcretic Justice all round and Mr. Wilson Barret went up in a blaze of glory." The piece will soon be in the provinces, so enough is said. It has human, living, and stirring incidents. it » • One of the most ingenious papers in Puzzle Prizes is Truth. This paper often selects as the week's subject the best anecdote on a given topic, and very amusing ones are sent in response. The subject last week was The Best Story of a Penny Reading." I give three, which will amuse my readers. "The readings were got up for a charitable Ciutse by a well-meaning curate, who opened the proceedings himself with a proee piece of a moral and didactic nature. To nervousness and a fatal habit of mis-placing initial letters must, no doubt, be attributed his mishaps, of which the following utterance was the first :_u Ah! we all know wh,.t it is to have in us a half-wirmed fish." His hearers tittered, but he struggled on, till, with levelled forefinger and desperate earnestness, "See yon man upon the bizzy drink." At this climax the unrestrained emotion of the audience overwhelmed the reader. At an entertainment in Newfoundland, held for the purpose of raising funds for the enltirgjement of a school, an amateur reciter attempted to give the following well-known lines:—"My name is Norvnl; on the Grampian Hills my father feeds his flock," & Regardless of punctuation, he gave vent to the following :—"My name is Norval on the Grampian Hills." (Full etop.) One of the audience cried out instanter And what is it here, Pat jI" Elocut ionis-t giving "Richard III. and wishing to say, "My lord, stand back, and It t the coffin pass": My lord, stand back, and let the parson cough. No-- My lord, stand back, and pass the coughing aes. No (desperately), My lord, stand back, nnd curse the pardon off." » The burning down of Mr. Dudley Leigh's bouse in Warwickshire, newly furnished and fixed up for the residence of himself and his fair American bride, is an unlucky beginning to the matrimonial journey. The best of the contents, however, were saved. Every year we have bonfires of old mansiolls-irreparable losses. Ten millions' worth of property is yearly lost by fire in England. I hope no disaster will date Christmas, 1890. m » It is said that the cost of the railway acci- dent near TauBton-illustrateà in the Weekly Mail at the time-on the Great Western Hail way, will be between £ 130,0u0and £ 140,000. Had not the chief victims been poor peeple the cost wouJd have been far mere. But the stock of lives is kept up. A child is born in London every five minutes, and a person dies every eight. Perhaps it isn't a toss-up which is the most to be pitied. » Well, we have not got a green Yule. We have had real dirty London snow for at least three weeks off and on. It would be interest- ing if the elements would vary the colouring. Coloured snowstorms were reoorded in the sixth century, and Humboldt states that a shower of red hail fell in Palmero. In Tus- cany on March 14, 1813, there fell hail of an orange colour. In 1808 red snow fell to a depth of over five feet in Carniola, Germany. The storm of coloured snow was followed by one of the regulation colour, and the effect produced by separate layers of red and white, which were perfectly distinct, was very peculiar. A portion of the scarlet snow was melted in a vessel and the water evaporated, when a fine rose-coloured earthy sediment was found at the bottom. Snow of a brick-red hue fell in Italy in 1816 and in the Tyrol in 1847. In the first volume of Kane's Arctic Exploration it is stated that when the ship passed the Crimson Cliffs of Sir John Ross" the patches of red snow from which they derive their name could be seen p-&
Catering for Children's Christmas Parties. [BY "GWENYNEN GWYNEDD."J With Christmas holidays comes the time for Christmas children's parties. The merry little sons and daughters have returned to their homes, and are eager for any and every kind of amusement. In London and other large towns there are many ways of entertain- ing them—pantomimes and theatres in the evening, and various performances, such as a circus, a menagerie, or other things, which may be visited in the afternoon. In the country, unless there should be skating, or the parents are able to keep ponies for their children, it is sometimes more difficult to amuse them, and in a quiet neighbourhood a juvenile party is a great event, and one eagerly looked forward to. There is rather a tendency nowadays to make the hours for a children's party too late, and the little ones are tired before the hour of assembling arrives and weary with anticipa- tion. From five or six o'clock till nine is a good time, and older gnests may be invited to remain rather later after the younger ones leave. It is also a mistake to give too elabo- rate a supper; indeed, at many of the juvenile parties refreshments are much on the same scale as would be provided at a grown-up dance, and even champagne is given. Simpler fare is much better and more wholesome for the little ones, and they are much less likely to suffer any ill effects the next day from their unwonted gaiety. When children arrive at the hostess's house there should be tea (not over strong\ lemonade, cakes, bread and butter, and other light refreshments provided for them in one room, and, later on, say about eight o'clock, a light supper arranged- chicken sandwiches, calves' foot jelly, creams (simply made), light cakes, &c., of all which they may safely partake, and which will be enjoyed as fully by unprejudiced little ones as richer foods. At supper lemonade is the best drink for children, and one which generally all like. Unless ordered by a medical man, they are far better without wine of any sort, but if children have been dancing or playing any romping games, they are sure to be thirsty and will want plenty to drink. Lemonade freshly made with lemons, strained, sweetened, and diluted with boiling water and allowed to get cold, is far better than bottled lemonade or that made with any of the bought bottled lemon syrups. If the party is a large one, cold chicken, boned and out up and neatly garnished with watercress, make a nice supper dish. The sandwiches can be varied by making them of tongue or any minced and pounded meat. Genoese pastry is always a favourite sweet with chil- dren, so I add a recipe for it and for a few other simple sweets:— (IKNOESE FASTKY. One ounce of butter, 6 z. fine flour, Jib. sugar, and seven eggs. Put the t-utter in a stew-pan to melt grease some paper with it, to prevent the pastry at icli ing t ) the I)al)et- put the paper into the tin, and let it be considerably larger than the tin (the lid of a stock pot is a good thing for this purpose); bend the paper round in shape; have ready a stew-pan full of boiling water; put, JIb. of sugar in a basin break in seven egg*, yolk and white altogether (it is beat to break them first into a teacup to see that they are fresh); pass the flour through a wire sieve to prevent it being lumpy set the basin into the stucepun of hot wattr, and beat it up over the fire till it is as thick as cream. This will pro- bably take a quarter of an hour. When suffi- ciently b6atfn add in the u.elted butter and the flour. Work it all in well. Pour it into the tin and put it into tue oven to bake—this will taku about quarter of an hour. When sufficiently baked, take it out and let it get cold. Cut it into fingers, circles, or any shape liked. Spread a 1. of apricot or *trawberry ),Lin on one side, p'ace alii ther piece 011 iL of ti,e sama size, ice with pink ov wUit* -A w SWBBT FOACHED EGGS. Little square bits of plum pound cake, toasted small pieces of blancmange to- look like the white of a poached egg, put on the toasted cike, and a little apricot jelly on the blancmange, which gives the whole the appeal ance of poached eggs. OPEN TART. Fint make a short paste. Put this paste in a little tin, add the jam, wet round the edges, cut the remainder of the paste into thin pieces, twist them ar.d set them across, ornament the edges, paint and sugar them, put it, in the oven. It will take about twenty minutes in a. quick oven. It can be further adorned with a little iced sugar pinched out through a horn of paper. CALVKSToOTjKLLT. Cut up one calf's foot into pieces as much as possible, cover it with cold water, and put it in a stew-pan over the fire. When it boils add a quart of cold water, and let it simmer for five hours strain it into a basin and let it stand till next day. One calf's foot and one qurtrt of water. will reducotoapint of jelly, one call's foot being equivalent to Z'iz. of gelatine, which must have been soaked and melted three hours previously. When the time for making the jelly is come, put into a stew-pan the peel of two lemons and the juice of four (t-tiHtn the lemon juice before put'ing it in in order to get rid of the pips), ten cloves, a piece of cinnamon about Jin. in length, Jib. loaf nugar, and the whites and shells of two eggs to clear the jelly. Beat it all up in a. basin Rnd add half a gill of cold water; stir into the stock made" he previous day; i-tir with a whisk till it boils; leave it by the fire with the lid on for twenty minutes; strain through a jelly bag several times till perfectly clear; add two wine-glasses of sherry, or one ot brandy, and of marachino. If a dark colour is wanted put in a small piece of saffron whilst, it is boiling, or a little cochineal if desired of a led colour. Put the mould in ice, and pour the liquid jelly into it. If fruit is to be put inside, pour in a tablcspoonful of jelly then put a layer of fruit; then more jolly, and so on till the mould is filled. NEXT WEEK :— OHANGES.
SURPRISE CHRISTMAS PUDDING. This way (says Madge in Ti-uth) of present- ing a Christmas pudding at table prevents its terrible indigestibility. It is called, "Christ- mas Pudding d la Surprise ;— Take a dozen of blanched sweet almonds and a couple of well-pounded bitter almonds and boil them thoroughly in a little less than a teacupful of milk. When cold add to it the yolks of three eggj, which have been previously beaten in cream, sweeten with a little castor sugar, and stir in half a gill of brandy. Stir briskly, and when mixed pour into it the larger pirt of a pint of thin cream, or new milk; set it to simmer over a slow fire in an enamelled sauti-pan, stirring frequently from right to left. Be careful that the mixture does not boil, and when it thickens lit once remove it from the fire, Have ready a large-sized Christmas pudding, and cut off the base to the depth of half an inch; scoop out the interior of the pudding, leaving a. lining of n quarter of an inch all round, and turn it back into the basin, being careful that it does not break. Now pour in the pret)ared mixture, and replace the base of the pudding, sealing it firmly with the white of an egg. Tie on the cloths, and set the puddirg in a saucepan to be thoroughly heateJ thiough. Turn it out into a deep glass dish, stick it plentifully with almonds, blanched and split, scatter a light sprinkling of castor sugar, crown with a sprig of berried holly, Bad send to table hot.
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WHERE HE MADE THE MISTAKE, 1: FRED Why, Charlie, I thought you were getting on so well with Miss de Hoofot She's cut you dead. CHARLIE Yaas, she told me I might send her at Christmas enough sweets to fill her slipper; I sent her four pounds, and she's never spoken to me since!
FUN AND FANCY. When a woman gets as sweet as sagar, looa out for sand. Some people had rather hug a delusion than a pretty girl. Marriage, unfortunately, sometimes provM to be an anti-dote. When a pretty girl marries rich she halo. reached the sweet buy and buy. The cat has nine lives, and spends them all in vocal culture. Brown Can I sell you a horse ? Bagnall; What's the matter with him P The survival of the fittest is often the sur- vival of a coward with long legs. If you were to take the conceit out of some people the remains would defy identification. Does it pay a man to be an inventor Ob, yes; but the man it pays is not the inventor." The people who don't like us don't know us. Those who don't like our neighbours know them too well. You and Jones don't seem to be so thick as you were. Does he owe you any money No, he w.>nts to." "Wha) a peculiar smile Rambo has Even notice jt ?" Yes. He takes it about half- lemoA and seltzer and no sugar. fie Would you object to my lighting a cigarette ? She Certainly not. It will be coiuDanv for vou on ycur way home. Old Doctor How do you get along with your husband now, Mrs. Maguire P Mrs. Maguire "Very nicely, thank ye. He's dead. At twenty a man thinks he knows it all; at thirty he merely thinks he could have known it all if he bad tried. Impecunious voung men admire virtoe. They always trade with tailors who are dis- tinguished for creditable acts. Yon sometimes see people too old to read, and too old to write, but did any one ever see a man too old to count money P The man who never male a mistake is a son of the woman who never gossiped and of the man who never had the best cure for rheumatism you ever saw. Temperate Pshaw! Talk about you swear- ing off! I don't believe you could do it to save your life Fuller Is that so ? That's all you know about it t I swore off five times last week.
WIN TWO PRIZES FOR Is. £ 50 Prizes offered Ia»t week are now incrwsed toJEiOO. Entrance fee the tame—Is. only. WINTER EVENING PASTIME AROUND THB FIBB. Both profitable and pleasant. Easy enough for all. Anyone can do it. An hour this evening may bring you a Cash Frize I Try it! OVPT £ 4X00 has already been paid Pain's Grand Competitions for the season of 1890. Easy Biblioxl Competition Easy enough for all! Evening work around the fire. which will be found both pleasant and instructive. Casli prizes £ 30, £2Q, £10. 95, k3, 22, 20 at igi, and 20 at. IDs. each ( £ ,00 in all), to be paid in full certain, no matter hlnv few enter the Com- petition, to those counting most correctly the letter I) in the 12 chapters of Daniel. Use t lie authorised Version Bible, and not the revised. Count all letterf together, both capital and small, of all sizes. No mistak- ing rules, as only those letters in the actual words of verses to count, and not headings of chapters and refe- rences. Simply count the letter "D in the verses. Thus it is a perfectly legal, fair, and easy working Com- petition for all. All prizes given to those who count most correctly they are given for best work and not by chance. bimply get an ordinary sheet of writing paper, and write very, very plainly, with pencil or ink, on the top of the paper, first the words •« • D* Daniel Competition," your full name and address, and then the number you make in each of the 12 chapters and total of all. Write on one side of your paper only. Enclose nothing but your list, Is. Postal Order, or Is. Id. stamps, entrance fee, and 2d. stamps for full printed result, In envelope, and post same as soon as possible, but not later thiin Thursday, January 1st, as competition cloiea certain Friday, January 2nd. If stamps are sent as entrance fee, half-penny ones are preferred also for the result, although, of course, penny ones can be sent. Printed result, containing winner*' full names and addresses and the orrect number in each chapter, will be posted to every Competitor positively not later than Monday. January 12th. Prizes come same day. Thus you have only to wait ten days to know the result after sending in your work. If entries permit, prizes are largely increased in Pain's Competitions, but never decreased, no matter how few may enter. If no one counts correctly, iirizes will be given for the nearut correct work. If several send the correct numbers, Piiin reserves the right of either adding the prizes together and dividing them amongst the correct workers, or giving further deciding tasks to the tying competitors. Only one person from the same address to enter the Competition, without help of any kind, and each to declare at foot of their figures that they have done the entire work alone. BpiciAI. NOTICS.—Another of Pain's 'Xmaa Offers. Everyone doing the above Competition will be pre- sented with a "Presentation Form" entitling them toeitterentli,ely free of charge (without payment of entrance fee of 2s.), another of Pain's Easy Letter- Counting Competitions. Prizes over jBlOO. and the easy task will be to count the letter A In the 13 chapters of Hebrews. Full rules and the Free Coupon for the A's" in the Hebrews Competition wi 1 be sent with the result sheet ot 11 D's on January 12th, and further- more, will be enolosed full particulars. rules. and" Pre. sentation Form for Pain's Great Championship Letter- Counting Competition. The first prize, and the biggest on record, Is an Bight-roomed House, or its cash value (JMCO) also 1,000 other valuable prizes to be given. The winner of Prizes House will have an income for life. Just fancy yourself calling for the rent each week! "Prizes House is named after Pain's monthly magazine, "Prizes" (edited by Hal Berte), And is to be given in an easy Letter-Counting Competition that all can do, as an advertisement for the magazine. Write to-day for the Big New Tear's Number of Prizes now ready. 32 pages and coloured cover contains big Attractions, Stories, Jokes, Prizes, Presents, and Com- petitions of all kinds. Single copy, post free, for two stamps. Order early, as oniy 60,000 to be had, and they will sell at first sight.-Address letters W. T. Pain, TV Primaries," 69, Queen-street, Folkestone, and 14t Folkestone. 1*795