PITMAN'S DISCIPLES. First Annnal Baaqoe of the Shorthand Writes SatwrdayHia-ht. SatwrdayHia-ht. SatwrdayHia-ht. The first annual banquet of the stenographers of Chicago was taken in on Saturday night at the Sherman House with a rugged determination and a capacity for holding on to a good thing that would put to the blush most of such affairs of this degenerate age. There were present many of the warm, old lights of the profession, who were the Introducers of shorthand in Chicago, who are known to everybody, and are respected by everybody. everybody. Specially noticeable amonft the old lights were John Ritchie. Frank E. Kevins, John Gray. J. L Bay Bennett. Merrett H. Dement. W. J. Gnest. aad Charles Drlesslein. Others that were not present at the banauet were, not forgotten, though they had passed away from this mortal world and ceased longer to travel along the crooked ehlcken-tracks ehlcken-tracks ehlcken-tracks that still puzsle the living. Such was Tom Ely. the kindly, the genial, the helping hand to many a struggling young man starting in life in this city; one for whom none had any but a kindly remembrance, and whose memory was drank standing, and in reverent reverent silence. - The menu of the banquet was such an one as could be expected 'at such an hostelry as the Sherman rioh. varied., toothsome. creating, while It exercised, the appetite of Its free-hearted free-hearted free-hearted votaries, for no court, thought each one, would sit on the morrow. . The toasts and the corresponding responses were numerous: altoarether too numerous to mention, or even to give a goodly idea of the pith and spice of ail that was said. But a isw may be mentioned. The bench and bar were taken up. and struggled bravely with br the courteous Chairman sf the feast. Merritt H. Dement, Dement, who. with tne bench in his right hand and the Sherman House bar la his left, spread broad-oast broad-oast broad-oast rhetorical figures and nappy eon-celts eon-celts eon-celts that made the hearing a choking process. Old Isaac Pitman, the father ot -. -. phonography. was resurrected and taken up by John Gray, who told of his many "horizontal" virtues, his "vertical" course of life, "the curve ot beauty thai made him beloved beloved of his friends. William J. Quest took kindly hold of " lady stenographers. his inspiring toast, and wished that other guests were there at that feast, rich and rare. Perhaps the best response, and certainly the raciest and most laughter-provoking laughter-provoking laughter-provoking laughter-provoking toast of the evening, was the closing one " Stenograohie Reminiscences; a toast that inspired inspired John Ritchie and filled his memory with a rich and ripe store of shorthand shortcomings, of the marvelous ingenuity of the cheeky pho-nographer pho-nographer pho-nographer in getting rid of an unmanagable chicken scrawl; of the sad experience of an on-Hedged on-Hedged on-Hedged stenographer, who caught himself a mile and a halt behind the speaker, and of another. who attempted to report hi first official performance an ultra modest preacher, but a very wrathy one. who. seeing the reporter scribbling away under his coat-tail, coat-tail, coat-tail, immediately turned his voice into an auctioneer's, auctioneer's, and sped. like a cannon-bail, cannon-bail, cannon-bail, through the generations of Noah Japneth, Gomer. Magog. Javan. Meschech. Tiras. Togormah. ad infinitum. Sneaking ot the banquet collectively, it had no dry toasu It was one that spoke well for Its originators as their first pert ormanee in a very difficult line, and If the partakers did make some even more curious chicken-tracks chicken-tracks chicken-tracks than usual when they went home, the circumstances justified the irregularity. '