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Aged Beauties. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
Aged Beauties. History is full of the accounts of the fascination of women, who were no longer young. Thus Helen of Troy was over forty when she perpetrated the most famous elopement on record. Pericles wedded Aspasia when she was thirty-six, and yet she afterwards, for thirty years or more, wielded an undiminished repu tation for beauty. Cleopatra was past thirty when Antony fell under her spell, which never lessened till her death, nearly ten years afterwards. Livia was thirty-three when she won the heart of Augustus, over whom she. main tained her ascendancy to the last. Turning to modern history, where it is possible to verify dates more accurately, we have the extraordinary De Poictiers, who was thirty-six when Henry II.-then Duke of Orleans, and just half her age-became attached to her ; and she was held as the first lady and most beautiful woman at court up to the period of the monarch's death and the accession to power of Catherine de Medici. Anne of Austria was thirty-eight...
Label It. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
Label It. "Longshanks," said we, to the elongated mass of erudition who occasionally writes what he considers excruciatingly witty and humorous paragraphs for tli! journal, "Please don't write any mots those pathetic articles ; we can't stand it, Te ask you this as a personal favor. We are in clined to look on the bright side of life, and when we thoughtlessly took up the copy you sent in last week, it really toppled us over a precipice of gloom and despondency that nearly culminated in self murder. "To what copy do you refer?" asked the long 'un, unwinding himself and showing as much interest as his interesting features admitted of. " Why, the one headed 'On the Points.' No, by-the-bye, it was the other one com mencing, ' Said Satan to Lucifer.' " "Why, sir," replied our intellectual giant indignantly rising from our only chair, and allowing us to sit down ourselves; "that was a highly witty and humorous article; one of the best I ever wrote." " Ah, was it?" said we. "Well, give us...
Waiting. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
Waiting. The scene was a cottage small, with ivy grow lug Around the gate. The day was fading fast, The sky was leaden, and the winds were blowing Great clouds of dust this little cottage past. And while outside the storm was raging madly Within there dwelt but quietude and gloom; And a woman by a fire thinking sadly Of the happy day when first she saw that room : That happy day when she was young and slender, And her husband loved her for her pretty face, And told her, with a manner kind and tender, That as his wife from then she'd take her .place. But, ah, that time has gone, and she is lonely And longing, longing for his quick return Shehears a footstep which sheknows can only Be his for whom her heart used often yearn ; She flies unto the door in haste to meet him Who owns her heart, the house, and .all within. With husky voice she- speedily doth greet him "Say, John, have you brought home that flask of gin ?"
What it may come to. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
. What it may come to. There is always a certain amount of sym pathy amongst certain classes for even the greatest criminals; we have no doubt that tons of tears and waggon loads of pity were evoked for that bloodthirsty scoundrel Ned Kelly when he received his just reward. We know of several people who attempt to justify the'late dynamite outrages in the old country. We pity their families if they have any, and give a specimen of the kind of diary they would likely keep supposing they could read and write and keep one. Monday.-Me and Jo Perkins put a tree on the line in front of the express train. Such a lark to see it go flyin' off the rails, and didn't the people yell, and Jo seed forty dead bodies; and the way a old man was a screamin' because he had a whole kerridge on his stummick was proper. Tuesday.-Baked the cat alive in mother's oven this mornin' and gave the baby a tea spoonful of kerosine. Father's come in and whacked me. I'll make it hot for father to morrow. . Wednesda...
One to the Landlord. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
One to the Landlord: "A certain actor"--we call him Smith occupied a small room on the third floor of a house in the suburbs. The rent was terribly in arrear, and his relentless landlord threat ened to put in the bailiffs. Smith was loth to part with his furniture-a family treasure he termed it. As the only means of saving it he decided to remove it secretly. Not that I would recommend you his plan ; I merely re late the facts. To assist him in this foolish undertaking, he engaged the services of a couple of friends. A pulley cleverly at tached to the window and a stout rope would do the rest. At two in the morning.the ac complices stationed themselves below on the footpath. Smith in his room securely fastened his chest of drawers to the rope and lamnched it into space. A minute afterwards the rope was drawn up again relieved of its burden. The operation had proved successful. All the rest of the furniture, including his wearing apparel, followed the same route. Whereupon Smith left...
Our Editor and the Burglar. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
Our Editor and the Burglar. Our editor awoke the other night to find a burglar searching in his chamber for his gold and tramway and gas shares, and.drawing his trusty pistol from beneath his pillow he took steady aim at the intruder's head. Look. ing around and becoming painfully aware of his peril the burglar pleadingly said "Spare me, for I havemadea mista kein the house. I have nothing but an old out of date theatre pass and a bad threepenny piece. Let me depart in peace.'". "Not so," answered our editor, holdingl is aim like a skilled marksman, "for this is a mighty dull week for news " " But pause a moment and reflect," 're turned the burglar. "Your paper is not issued till Friday morning. Your hated rival, the Melbourne Bungstarter, will go topress to-morrow evening, and would have at least two columns of my death and the'coroner's iriquest. It would be fully two days ahead of you.'" "True enough,"said our editor with a sigh, as he lowered the pistolfandreplaced itunder his p...
Unseasonable Carols. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
Unseasonable Carols. Struck by the incongruity of the Christ. mas carols recently in use in our churches, treating as they do of cold, ice, &c., in the height of the Australian summer, it has occurred to us that colonial versifiers may achieve fame by composing a collection suitable to our climate. We append a speci men, dedicated respectfully and affectionate ly to " Sepia ": GOOD KING WENCESLAS. (AUSTRALIAN VERsIoN.) Clhol'rs. Good King Wenceslas looked out On a hot wind eveh, When the white dust flew about, Choked him in his breathin',; Brightly shone the sun that day, Though the heat was awful. Ice-cream man did pass that way, Wency filled his craw full. Tenor Slo. " Hither, page, and stand by me, If you're not afraid, sir; - Thermometer, what can it be ?" Treble Slo. "Ninety-six in shade, sir." Tenor S,,lo. " Bring me whisky, lemons, ice; Bring me soda-water. I will mix me something nice, This ere's a reg'lar snorter. "Mark my actions, good my page ; Imitate them boldly...
She Didn't Like It. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
She Didn't Like It. Miss Carlyon (Mrs. Melville), the lady who has been doing a leading business with the "John A. Stevens troupe," now making a tour of Texas, has severed her connection with the miserable burlesques of our poor crazy "Damos," and, according to "Chaff," she gives her reasons for so doing after this fashion: "It was on account of the funny star's persistence in indulging in what is known 'on the stage,' as the Henry V. kiss-a kiss introduced by Rignold, where the gentleman comes behind the lady ahd puts both his hands over her shoulders on.her cheeks, so that the fingers meet just 'beneath her chin. Thenhe pulls her head. back to his shoulder and kisses her full on:the lips; keeping his mouth-to hers for fully two minutes. After he kissed me that way once I always after ward moved my mouth, so that he kissed me on the chin and not on the lips, but it was .unpleasant in the extreme. As I say, I am not at all prudish, but r am an artist and I do not want to use:stagel ...
He Had Plans. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
He Had Plans. A wholesale house in Sydney, in which the firm consists of four partners, with asolid old gentleman at the head, took on a new travel ler a few days ago. He was engaged and packed off without having seeing the senior partner, and he probably didn't care a button whether such a person existed or not. He was coming in over one of the roads on a recent Saturday, and had taken a seat in the smoking carriage to enjoy a Cavita, when a fellow traveller asked him how business was, and what firm he represented. "Business is infernal dull, and I represent the house of Blank and Co., Sydney," was the answer. " Pretty good house !" " Oh, yes; but rather peculiar." "Going to be with it next year ?" "Well, that will depend. When I get in I'm going to ask for a position in the city business. I'm fitted for almost any place there, and i'm going to push myself." "And then you'll work for promotion ?" " You bet I and if things come around right, I'll have an interest in the old firm in ...
A New Kind of Dog. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
A New Kind of Dog. A wild-looking man, who resembled one who had wrestled with misfortune in a catch as-catch-can hold and been thrown in the contest,. went into an Eastern Market bird shop the other day and approached the affable proprietor. "Look here," he said, "may I take you apart for a moment ?" " Certainly," replied the man of animals, "if you can put me together again." " Well, here's a letter from my wife-but before I explain come out and have some-, thing." They went and had something ; when they came back the wild-looking man resumed the letter. " She writes me," he continued, "to get her a white canvas-back dog in cross- " "Now you travel," said the bird man severely. " Business is business, and I've no time to fool away." He sat down on the curbstone to rest. He was still reading the letter when a sympa thetic lady stopped to look at him. " Poor man, are you ill ?" she asked kindly. "Heaven bless you, madam; read that letter. If-you can and will, 1 am a saved man." The ...
Stage Illusions. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
Stage, .lousions: Curious as it may seem', it, is not generally known by theatre audiences that the " peri lous leaps," " terrific scaling of precipices," and other similar feats w.hich fallto the lot of 'the hero or heroine of the play, are in almost every case performned by a .dummy. Thus it is not the prima donna who, in "La Sonnambula," walks in her sleep across the bridge at the backof the stage ; nor in " The Romande of a: Poor Young Man" is it the leading man who takes a flying leap from a tower, but in each case a carefully-dressed dummy,' whose bones are not particularly precious. They tell this story of a "M azeppa" performance in the old days which shows how this theatrical trick sometimes results. A elebrated star was playing the piece, and had a circus-rider made up to look like him to do the riding. Of course the audience supposed the rider to be the star. In those days the runs up the mountains were elaborately arranged, and the flight of the wild horse was a startlin...
The Determined. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
The Determined. 'Twas not his garments sadly worn, The craving of his need, Would cause him, downcast and forlorn, To 1erpetrate the deedl. HIis face Vwas prematurely grave, His glance bore doubtful sign, Lest some might lend a hand to save Him from his bold design. The street lamps seemed to mock his plight With many a cheerful ray, And though he wanted now a light, He took the darksomeway. They saw him to a corner go ; They saw him cut and strike ; Prevent him friend, prevent him;foe, For once be kind alike. The glittering blade that flashed in sight lHe buried in his breast; Was it the wind, as if in fright, A moment seemed to rest! Twice, thrice, he struck his head, then bowed ; Would no hand intervene, As o'er him now a floating cloud Gave terror to the scene ? [Five minutes later.] The pallid cheeks and dreamy eyes The first attempt bespoke ; His father now may safely say, " Young fellow, don't you smoke."
Moments of Inspiration. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
Moments of Inspiration. Verdi, the great Italian composer, when engaged on his masterpiece, 11. ?i~ovatore, stopped short at the passage of the " Miserere," being at a loss to combine notes of sufficient sadness and pathos to express the grief of the prisoner Manrico. Sitting at his piano in the deep stillness of the winter nights, his imagination wandered back to the story days of his youth, endea vouring to extract from the past a plaint, a groan like those which escaped his troubled breast when, forsaken by the world, he saw himself constrained to smother the flame of rising genuis-all in vain I ,One day, at Milan, he was unexpectedly called to the bedside of a dying friend, one of the few who had remained faithful to him alike in adversity and prosperity. Verdi, at the sight of his dying friend, felt a lump rise in his throat ; he wanted to weep, but so great was the intensity of his sorrow that not a tear would come to the relief of his anguish. This state of paroxysm martyrdom...
The Sentinel. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1885 [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 21 February 1885
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21,1885 THIE HHarvest' Festival decorations last Sunday at St. George's Church were very beautiful. At the entrance of the church the first object to attract the eye was the font, in the centre of which was a moss cross, wreathed with white flowers and ;urrounded by standing corn. The pillars next drew the atten tion, the uppler and lower pair being fes tooned with oats, interspersed with scrir let flower in imitation of " poppies in the corn." From the centre pillars hung two prettily designed gilt baskets covered with corn and fruit. The .gasaliers in the centre aisle were also convenient re ceptacles for -branches. of fruit- and wreaths of flowers. The prayer desk was ornamented with sprigs of wheat and barley bright with blossoms and a cross made of crab-apples, the peculiar red and golden colour of the fruit being very effective. The pulpit was like the prayer 'desk, only with a grape cross, of which the distinguishing feature was a back ground of grape leave...
Somebody's Sunbeam. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 28 February 1885
Sbmiebody's Sunbeam: Somebody crawls into mamma's bed Just at the break of day, Struggles up close and whispers loud, " Somebody's come to stay." Somebody rushes through'the houseZ Never once shults a door; Scatters her playthings all around Over the nursery floor,; Climbs .on the fence and tear? lie 'clothes Never a bit cares she'; Swings on the gate and makes mud-pies; Who can somebody be ? Somnebody looks with roguish cyes " Up througli her tangled hair;. " Somebody's me," she says ; " but then' Somebody dosen't care."
A Most Embarrassing Question. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 28 February 1885
A Most Embarrassing Question. Mi : Wilbeificdd is not a lbad' m'iu' i "his way, but he ;was sorely put out the other morning atbreiakfstsi He had lent a neigh bor most of his parlor chairs, and when' he entered thie;rom he'fofind but one of these useful articles of: domestic econoiny left. 'He immediately called his daughter, and turning angrily to her,.demanded: " You entertained Augustus Smith, for two hours last evening in this 'ioom " " I did, pa," confessed the maiden with' a blush.. "And where did he sit ?" " On that chair.",ý 1 i . "And where did you sit 7 . '" 'No prevarication. 'Where did you sit?" "I-oh, gracious I I sat on the coal scuttle, pa." Mr. Wilberforce says he doubts the sthite ment; bit wher could the' poor girl haie
One Night's Adventure. [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 28 February 1885
One Night's ,Advienture. "Ill: tell you ;what it, is, boys, you may talk:as much as .you please about your thrilling, andjhaii'-breadth escapes; but I'll be blest"if Ididh't imxiet with an adventure when I was about fifteen years of age Ithat .camrze:nsear making me pass in my checks-I wonder now, that., my hair didn't turn Vwhite !" " .. "'As Dr. Reed said thhis his listeners ceased their laughing ' and talking, and with one accord begged him to relate his adventure., After some little time spent iinmeditation, he began:- . My:parents being vcry'poor;,and think ing to betterjtheir condition, inoved west, to a place called 'Dean's Store'. .It did not contain more than a dozen families, and the only establishment of1 anyykind was a store keptlgbyoe Dean', ,'who hadpgiven the place Sits niamet This Deanhad? daughter, Alice, a very beautiful girl of about eighteen sum mers. She lahd I soon (be ame fast friends, and one day she told:ne that George 'Small, ua young clei:gyman staying at'...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 28 February 1885
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Light and Healthsome [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 28 February 1885
Abeu i`esily untied, btit itisnot so easy, to untie' themarriage kilot. dIt'isu'seIese'foftry To f6ocluip theli stable after the idoo.iststolen$. .I Now here is Darwin's missing.link; when; you make;a dude ;yoimake'calf a man. "This is B'rent dap,"is"'t) bhoy said when, the nail oh the orchrd'wll totiehis Hints. A note for a note seems about the tune which Patti scored in her American cam paign. .....Yonrcan -telli--""ez.'.?h'ogllnfi~n hiter'ovit' time. He always tries his chair with his hand before sitting down on it. "' Melancholy-looking.man=-w.hat-is -he 7?" "Auctioneer." "Ah I that accounts for it. Belongs to a mor'-bid pro'feion" Madame is busily engaged with her dress-. maker. In comes tlie maid servant. ' Mad ame, it is the doctor." "The doctor ? I cannot receive hini.' Telihitm that I am ill." " The sweetest music in the world," saysr, a writer, "is'the'hitman voice." 'oung parents : will do well to piste this atothie head of their first cradle. .,I '" Do cats reason. a-I a...
Meeting of Citizens at the Town Hall [Newspaper Article] — The Queenscliff Sentinel — 28 February 1885
Meeting' of Citizens at the Town Halle .2 kliaiiý uel kt5 Ieslrs :\ttinaal 'L-e lila); priur to ilieir·' lerture for ert wIere present Afeisrs Arkutt, Booci i iiit'"1Ibtili'i;1 ii Cti (alzli~ii~, Di 'iiy1 ,l ' emn others` M, ll·r I3ýý .er Wim Vot.3 InI the clhnir ý1"r ,f4ºriid. wa:i9 nl oiitted' secretary asmi' t1 l ilijO)ti I:,l t -,U i't '1r c}ltwºSoil'.d t~iat tine farewell'take the m-l'ot t iiILi i :. liojti n tickedt i"ot :to elin(i l) e l aii bi t to he )tithI li the 10tH Ml ch.i a~lt as Imlw~cil w cri i cnt that an e`ex t ittire' eoiiuiiiittcc ho 1,o 'iiieul rorn ithe gciitleiict'i upretiCt tit° ef'ii'st tl. C 11cO ;Ilm jii lers, suitl~that thery decide, wherle itiii:&lt; 1l4igiict is toi h hell; i hie folloii lug *itlpiuili t e then elected ttu iudke all airan'i~n`enteit;`i.'( w 1 Me'so 'i Buwei Heio ley;.: , ~i s,. Jiiesun C lilenSih·yaii atild the tiea'SUi'r..nu " A t",n tulwqIiuilt t meetuiO of theO con iffittkP, itw\ is 'ldeiilided that the bniiqet` ,ll6ld it: 'l...