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Training the Speaking Voice.
In the realm of mechanics a
machine deficient in jsrfect co
ordination of its component parte
and showing a'consequent lack
of power to prooerly perform the
work for which it was designed,
would be considered unfit for use.
Infinite care is taken in the con
struction of all musical instru
ments that each part may be ex
actly adjusted in relation to the
other parts, so that there may
be the least friction and the most
perfect harmony for the produc
tion of pure tone. The finished
instrument is carefully guarded
from all atmospheric changes
and periodically "tuned" to the
standard. Hut that intricate
and wonderful little organic ma
chine for producing speech is
scarcely regarded in tne same
category. The opera singer, it is
true, shows due consideration
for her vocal mechanism, but the
reasons are obvious. To her it
represents not the means of ordi
nary daily communication with
her fellow men, but fame and
fortune. It is the everyday indi
vidual whose voice is of less mo
ment than the color of his hair
or eyes, who entirely disregards
the "instrument which through
misuse permits him to continu
ally add his contribution to the
Babel of discordant sounds.
The individual who, in conver
sation, always gives the impres
sion that he has just climbed a
long pair of tiresome stairs and
ih panting lor breath, is common
enough, an 1 perhaps this very
commonness accounts for the
general lack of curiosity as to the
why and wherefore. That simple
little act of allowing the breath
to escape every time a word is
spoken, is a waste of good mate
rial which might be better em
ployed. The legitimate office of
the vocal cords is to convert
breath into tone under the impul
sion of the will. The act ot breath
ing is carried on not at the same
time tone is produced, but before
and after. If this is not the case
the vocal cuords only half do
their work. A thorough course
-of breathing exercises such as
usually forms a part of vocal
training only serves to increase
this difficulty. The student has
already more breath than he can
control, and to increase its
amount without at the same
time developing the power to
command it, is to lead him into
difficulties which may impair his
vocal mechanism too seriously
for iurther work. A continual
deluge of breath mixed with tone
pouring through the throat will
in time undermine any voice.
Kffective work can be done with
the breath one naturally is in
command of, if the ability exists
to use it all economically and to
the best advantage. With the
growth of the powers of control
the needed increase in breath sup-1
plv will come naturally.
'The great dissideratum in all
voice culture for the singing and
speaking voice is the vocaliza
tion of every particle of breath
as the word or syllable is pro
nounced. That is the natural
way of speaking, except in mo
ments 01 great emotional dis
turbance. The audible emission
of breath with the spoken word
is dramatic in its signification
?and should be used only in dra
matic situations. Maude Adams
in her performance of Juliet made
noticeable use of this. The per
son who only partly vocalizes his
words is like tne boy in the fable
who cried "Wolf." When the
moment of real need comes there
is nobody and nothing to draw
upon, 'fhat which should have
been held in reserve for use in an
?emergency has been made value
less by too frequent repetition.
To teach breathing exercise in the
training of the voice is like teach
ing a person to walk backwards
when he wishes to go forward,
iireathing is involuntary, speech
voluntary and the two should be
kept separate and distinct.
it is deplorable to degrade good
literature to an exercise for prac
tice of the median stress or oro
tund quality, so that the appre
ciation of the thought becomes
secondary to the manner of
voicing it. It is even more de
plorable to use cheap literature
lor the same purpose, for the
student becomes accustomed
then to the portrayal of cheap
emotions, hence fails to distin
guish between the true and the
false. A long course of drill of
arbitrary syllables may seem
tedious and unprofitable, but
that method is followed in the
training of the singing voice.
The opera singer devotes months
and even years to trills and runs
and scales before an ana is at
tempted. The old story of the
Italian master is a good illustra
tion. A young man went to him
for singing lessons. At the end
of a year there was surprise and
indignation in the family of tht
pupil that he could sing nothing
but exercises. Hut the inflexible
master held the young man to
the same practice for two inort
years and told him to go forth
and King, that ull the music in
the world was at hie command.
In thin day of great specializa
tion the standard is set very high
in all the arts and crafts. Years
of patient study and intense con
centration are necessary to ob
tain any degree of perfection.
The singing voice demands as
I much if not more close applica
[ tion than other lines of effort.
Absolutely pure tone isoneof the
few things striven for, and yet
(he results of that labor can be
enjoyed but rarely. The same
organ is used for the shaking
voice, but for that there has been
no standard of perfection raised.
A liberal education means a cer
tain amount of culture of all the
faculties, but the speaking voice,
perhaps the most potent and far
reaching in its influence, is not
included. There is indeed certain
difference between the speech of
the lettered and unlettered, but
'it lies more often in the inflections
and articulation than in the qual
ity of tone. Mypicaisfor vocali
zation and articulation simul
taneously, better enunciation and
purer tones in daily conversation.
? Esther Freeland Bennett in
How the Fllipina Girls Live.
The life lived by the Filipinos is
not an intricate life, nor in Philip
pineetiquette the highly involved
system that is found in the old
and artificial society of western
lands. 1 do not know that I can
better describe it than by follow
ing a society young lady of
Manila through the ordinary
events of one day's existence. It
may interest American women to
know how their sisters beyond
the seas pass their lives.
The day of the fair Filipina is
a long one. With her there is no
lazy rising to a niueo'clockcoffee
and toast. - She is usually up
with the sun, not later than six,
and, if very religious, as early as
four, that she may attend eurly
mass, breakfast is set early,
about six o'clock. Then come
the morning duties of the house
hold ; sewing, washing, cooking
or whatever there may be, for
our young lady is not expected
to spend her days in idleness.
The mid-day meal is taken at
twelve o'clock in order that the
warmest hours of the day may
be the hours of rest. About two
hours are thus spent in the enjoy
ment of the siest a, when our lady
fair arises, refreshed and ready
for the latter pleasures of the day.
At four o'clock the "afternoon
tea" is served. This is a light
repast, usually consisting of
chocolate, with rice and cakes, or
other simple viands. Then, at
the hour of five-thirty or six
o'clock, the carriage is brought
out and the daily ride taken to
the Luueta, the beautiful park
on the bay south of the city.
Here the military baud discourses
sweet music eveiy evening, and
the beauty and fashion of Manila
meet and enjoy the evening air
and melodious strains. Return
ing from the drive about seven
o'clock, the evening meal or sup
per comes next in order, after
which our belle of Manila is free
for any mode of spending the
eveuing hours that may anneal
to her ; perhaps u friendly visit,
a trip to the theater or opera, or
an " at home " to receive callers.
Early as she arose bed-time often
comes late, and no hours more
than nature demands are spent
in the enjoyment of slumlier.
Going to rest, however, is differ
ent there and here. Ladies, even
of the highest social rank, do not
sleep in a bedstead, but prefer
the floor, lying on a petate, or
mat, which is provided with a
long bolster or pillow, and cov
ered with the conventional mos
quito netting.?Ramon Reyes
Lala in J une Ledger Monthly.'
Biliousness is a condition char
acterized by a disturbance of the
digestive organs. The stomach
is debilitated, the liver torpid, the
bowels constipated. There is a
loathing of food, pains in the
bowels, dizziness, coated tongue
and vomiting, first of the undi
gested or partly digested food
and then of bile. Chamlterlain's
Stomach and Liver Tablets allav
the disturbances of the stomach
and create a healthy appetite.
They also tone up the liver to a
healthy action and regulate the!
towels. Try them and you are
certain to be much pleased witli
the result. For sale by Hood
"Some men are so hard-headed," |
says the Manayunk Philosopher, j
"that softening of the brain |
would improve them."
? Yellow Sky's Arraignment of the
1 Here is a true tale of a red
' man's philosophy. Yellow Sky,
1 an aged Blood Indian, came to
i the tent of a white man who had
a heart that could understand
his talk. This is what the vener
able patriarch, who was but a
> child, said:
"My heart is heavy and I am
sad. In my young days, from
where 1 sit 1 could see my tribe all
1 over the prairie. They trampled
the yellow flowers, and the blue
i flowers, and the flowers that are
' like a woman's cheek, into the
thick grass as they walked.
"To the south were the big
horned elk; to the east were the
sweet-fleshed antelope; here, and
to the north, were buffalo, until
the prairie trembled with their
gallop. Our horses were like the
buffalo?they were that many.
We sent our young men out to
the east, and thev came buck
and said they had seen many
white men. We sent our young
men off to the south, and they
saw that there also were pale
faces in great numbers. In the
west theStonies, brother Indiuns,
told us of many white faces; and
in the north the blue-eyed people
were coming from over seas."
Then Yellow Sky, making a
circle with his thumbs and fore
fingers joined together, contin
i iiku 11i?il?u uiruie ,
j and my people were in t he center.
Then they kept closing in, in,
in"?and Yellow Sky narrowe I,
as he spoke, the loop of his thumbs
and fingers "and my people were
becoming less and less, in the
land that was growing smaller,
and smaller, and smaller, and
now they are but a tiny bunch;
and all about are the palefaces,
and soon it will be this way?
Ph-i-t-tl" And with a swish the
old Indian swept one hand over
the other, and he had closed out
the circle and there was nothing.
"Yes, White Brother," he added,
folding his blanket about his
shoulders, "my heart is heavy?
my poor people, my poor peo
In all this there is food for deep
thought. The al fresco poetry of
the New World seems merging
into the clank of machinery and
the painted art of the Old. Our
song birds are passing, and we
have with us sparrows. We have
taken what is left of the buffalo
and placed them behind fences in
our zoological gardens, and Na
ture sighs wearily, petulantly, at
our futile efforts that are too
We have ploughed up the red
man's lawn, and walleu him in
ill-ventilated industrial schools,
where he learns the things that
are as useless to him as a horse
collar to a zebra, and he mates
with pneumonia and dies.
We have stripped the furred
dwellers of the forest and put
their raiment upon our backs
because of vanity, and to the end
that the hardihood of our ances
tors may pass quickly from us;
but we are agents of civilization,
and what shall one man say
against the many??W. A. Fraser,
in The Saturday Evening Post.
fteware ol a Cough.
A cough is no# a disease but a
symptom. Consumption and
; bronchitis, which are the most.
dangerous and fatal diseases,
j have for their first indication a
persistent cough, and if properly
treated as soon as this cough j
appears are easily cured. Cham
j berlain's Cough Remedy has
1 proven wonderfully successful,
and gained its wide reputation
and extensive sale by its success
in curing the diseases which cause
coughing, if it is not beneficial ]
it will not cost you a cent. For
s sale by Hood Bros.
Arthur, who is forbidden to
speak at the table, had his re
venge the other day. As dinner
began, he was uneasy, and finally
"Ma, can't I speak just onej
"You know the rule, Arthur." i
"Not one word?"
| "No, Arthur, not until your
father finishes the paper."
Arthursubsided until the paper
was finished, when he was aslied
what he wished to sav.
"Oh, nothing! Only Nora put I
the custards outside the window
to cool, and the cat has l>ceu eat- j
ing them up!"?Ex.
It Saved His Leg.
P. A. Danforth, of LaG range, j
Ga., suffered for six months with 1
a frightful running sore on his
leg; but writes that BucklenVr
Arnica Salve wholly cum! it in j
five days. For Ulcers, Wounds, |
Piles, it's the best salve in the I
world. Cure guaranteed. Onlv 1
25c. Sold by Hood Bros. i
History of a Chicago Lot.
Hack in 1839, when rabbit hunt
ing wan excellent in the brush 01
the lake front Kouthof Van Burei
Htreet. anil the postmaster knee
everybody by his first name, lir
Sylvester Willard paid out $321
in cold cash for lot 8 in block 1 -i
of the Fort Dearborn addition
l'eople wondered what had conn
over the physician, and it is hand
ed down that the transactor
shattered the faith of a nuinbei
of his patients, who figured thai
such a reckless investment didn'1
speak well for anv man's ability
'1 he doctor held the propertj
three years, at the end of whici
time he considered himself fortu
nate to dispose of it to Krastm
Cole at a slight profit. In 184-1
Mr. Cole sold t he land to S. W
l'eck, who, at the end of 1845
conveyed it to his partner, L. \V
Boyce, for $750. In defense ol
his action Mr. Boyce told hit
triends that the ileal was not
made for investment purposes,
but that he liked a nice, ouiet
spot for a home. He built a
house on the land and lived in it
with his family for several years.
After Mr. Boyce's death a Mr.
J ones bought the property and
occupied the dwelling for a num
ber of years. The property
changed hands a few more times,
and in 1M7(5 Marshall Field came
along. He purchased the house
and land for $191,000. By this
time the people had begun to
figure out that Chicago was des
tined to become great, and they
applauded Mr. Field for his wise
move. Twenty years later Mr.
Field negotiated a lease for
ninety-nine years on the property,
the contract calling for a yearly
rental of $40,000 for the first
seven years and $50,000 for the
balanceot the term. 1 hesereiitals
set a value of about $1,000,000
on the ground, and it is doubtful
if that amount now would even
be considered as a purchase price.
The lot is located at the north
east corner of State and Madison
streets, the site of a part of
Mandel Brothers' great store. It
has a frontage of fifty-three feet
in State street and a depth of 150
Owned Golden City, Died A Pauper.
Once owner of the land upon
which now stands Johannesburg,
the gold-reefed city, with its un
told millions. James Outterson
Pratt has just died in a British
almshouse, this being the sordid
ending of a career full of strange
vicissitudes and freaks of fortune,
of which one was the man's
registration as dead years before
death actually came to him.
Pratt purchased the site on
which Johannesburg stands for
?350 ($1,750). The tract of
ground of which he became owner
comprised about 18,000 acres
and included several of the gold
mines which have been worked
profitably since the date, 25
years ago, when it was known as
On theoutbreak oi the Zulu War
Pratt served as a volunteer under
Ixird Chelmsford, and later, on
the Boer revolt of 1881, he raised
a corns of 000 volunteers and
joinea the British forces in Pre
toria. When, at the conclusion
of operations, the Transvaal
Republic was proclaimed, Mr.
Kruger offered Pratt service
under the republic, but the latter
declined, saying he meant to die
an Englishman. He was escorted
across the border, and his farm,
on which gold was discovered
not many years later, con
The death of Pratt's wife made
him practically insane. During
this period some one reported
him as dead to the authorities
at ("ape Town and it was so
It was only on his return to
Lngland that Pratt discovered
that the War and India Offices
refused to recognize him, holding
that the registration of his
death was final. The shock
brought on a stroke of paralysis,
from which he never recovered,
and shortly afterward, such
money asliehad beingexhausted,
he was obliged to enter the alms
house at Guilford, near London.
"I have been suffering from
Dyspepsia for the past twenty
years and have been unable after
trying all preparations and phy
sicians to get any relief. After
faking one bottle of Kodol Dys
pepsia Cure I found relief and am
now in better health than 1 have
[>een for twenty years. I can not
praise Kbdol Dyspepsia Pure too
highly," thus writes Mrs. P. W.
Itolterts, North Creek, Ark. Hood
Hros., Hare & Son. J. It. I>ed
There is always room at the
bop of the ballroom gown for
f| Healthy Mothers
Pew mothers are healthv, because
their duties are so exacting, the anxiety
^ of pregnancy, the shock of childbirth,
and the care of young children, are
severe trials on any woman. But with
1 Wine of Cardui within her grasp, every
;? | mother?every woman in the land -can
pay the iebt of personal health she
owes her loved ones. Do you want
j robust health with all its privileges and
pleasures? Wine of Cardui will give it
f I to you.
strengthens the female organs and invig
orates weakened functions. For every
female ill or weakness it is the best
medicine made. Ask your druggist for '
I $1.00 bottle Wine of Cardui, and take no
; substitute under any circumstances.
j Mr*. Edwin Crass, Gormer, Mich.i "When I
commenced using Wine of Cardui I was hardly able
to walk across the house. Two weeks after I walked
half a nule and picked strawberries. When my
other child was born I suffered with labor pains 24
hours, and had to raise him on a bottle because I had
no milk. After using the Wine during pregnancy ?
this bine, 1 gave birth last month to a baby girl, and
waa in labor only two hours, with but little pain,
and 1 have plen'y of milk. For this great improve
incut in my health 1 thaidi God and Wine of Cardui."
f For advice in cases requiring special directions,
f address, giving symptoms, "The Ladies' Advisory
n Department." The Out'
JVM fanooga Medicine Co..
? _ y j Chattanooga, Texan.
The Traveling Man and the Reporter.
' Arthur Goodrich, in The World's Work.
The Traveling Man had just
told the "cabby" the destination,
and given him suggestions on
fast driving, when a soft-hatted
1 youth with a note book rushed
up to him.
"I'm from the News, Senator.
Won't you give me in a word
j what you think about the State
The Traveling Man uncon
seiously grew dignified as he
smiled at the reporter.
"I should like you better, my
boy, if you would call me by
name," he said.
"I beg your pardon, Senator
| , I was in a hurry."
"Yes, and you're young. That
will save you. Here is my card,
and I want you to understand
young man, that 1 am a respect
! able traveling man. Then he \
, added, as he saw the boy's con
i sternation: "If you really want|
j my views of the Ohio election, I'll
write them for you after I get to
New York. But you won't print
If people onlv knew what we
know about kodol Dyspepsia
Cure, it would be used in nearly j
every household, as there are few I
people who do not suffer from a
teeling of fullness after eating,
belching, flatulence, sour stomach
or waterbrash, caused by indi
gestion or dyspepsia. A prepara
tion, such as Kodol Dvsj>epsia
Cure, which, with no aid from the
stomach, will digest your food,
certainly can't help but do you
good, llood Bros., Hare & Son,
J. R. 1,/edbetter.
| The longer I live the more I am
| satisfied of two things: First, |
1 that the truest lives are those
? I that are cut rose-diamond |
I fashion, with many facets answer
ing to the many planed aspects
of the world about them; second- j
ly, that society is always trying'
in some way or other to grind us
down to a single facet.?Oliver
Miss Florence Newman, wlio
has been a great sufferer from
muscular rheumatism, says
, Chamberlain's Pain Balm is the
only remedy that affords her
relief. Miss Newman is a much
respected resident of the village
of Gray, N. Y., and makes this
\ statementforthebenefltof others
similarly afflicted. This liniment
is for sale by Hood Bros.
A teacher was explaining to a
little girl how the trees developed i
i their foliage in the springtime.
"Ah, yes,"said the little miss, "I I
understand; they keep their sum
mer clothes in thertrunks!"?Fx.
"Our little girl was unconscious
from strangulation during a sud
den and terrible attack of croup.
I (juicklv secured a bottle of < >ne
Minute Cough Cure, giving her
three doses. The croup was
mastered and our little darling
speedily recovered "Ho writes A.
L. Spafford, Chester, Mich. J. R.
, I.edbetter, Hood Bros., Hare A
"Now, gentlemen," said the
professor, "name some of the
i beauties of education." And a
facetious st talent in the back row
shouted: "Pretty school teach
FOR 40 YEARS.
I)r. Worthington's Southern
Remedy has been sold on a strict
guarantee to cure cramps, colie,
j cholera, cholera morbus, diar
I rhcea, dysentery and all pains of
the bowels and has stood the test.
Price 2">e. at Hood Pros.
EDWARD W. POU. F H BROOKS .
POU & BROOKS,
SMITHFIELD, N. C.
Claims Collected. Estate! Settled.
Practice in Johnaton and adjoining
DR. S. P. J. LEE.
Smithfield, : : N. C.
Office in Smitlnvick Building:
Dr. J. W. Hatcher,
Selma N. C.
Office in Hare & Son's Drnj Store.
John W. Futrell, Treasurer of John3ttA>
County, will be in Smithfleld every
Monday and Saturday and Court Weeks
Office In back room of the Rank of Smith
held. In his absence county orders will b#
uaid at the Rank
smithfield, n. c.
Transients and Boarders.
On Main Business Street.
MRS J, E. DICKENS,
FLOYD H. PARRISH,
8MITHFIELD, N C.
Fresh Meats, Beef and Ic&.
IIiohbst Prices Paid for ;IIidbs.
tar Deef cattle wanted.
Rand & Stephenson,
We desire to call the attention of the.-,
public of Smithfield and vicinity to ther
fact that we have associated ourselves to
gether for the purpose of engaging in a
-^Gontracting and Buildings
We want the work and we think that we
can make it to your interest to have us
to do yours. Estimates promply fur
nished on all kinds wood or brick work.
Call on or address
W* lYu&aiW \ R"d & Stephenson.
SMITH FIELD, N. C .
W. H. STALLINGS, Prop'r,
CLAYTON, N. C.
Kates 25 cents per meal or $1.00 per day. Cal l
and see me when you come to town.
Groceries, A: Fruits
Confectioneries and Vegetables.
MARKET Run in Connection. I will pay
highest price for fat cattle, beef, pork, Ac.
W. H. STALLINGS,
CLAYTON, N. C.
I have a full line of Hardware,
Cart, Wagon and
Nails, Screws, Hinges,
Tinware. Oil, Lead Plows.
Sewing Machines, &c.
I still have some
and some other things in General!
Merchandise which I am runnings
off at reduced prices. Come and!
]. E CREECH,
SELMA, N, C
fy^ $5,000 DEPOSIT
HH|| 200 FREE
jyT' Scholarship# offered^.
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