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THE BEST PAPER NEWS OF THE WHEI1L, • : ElS'in-Aurora'.cffiir-f recoils.'" 13 -arter. THEA/TBICA.L ' GOSSIP. Tiawson's scalp. The world's championship race's ot IN THE CITY, IS FORTY CENTS A MONTH, NOW. Send in your Name and Street Number ;on a Postal Card. BIKti BUILT OF TOOLS. Tho Most Extraordinary. Freak Machine Ever Constructed. It Win Put TosethCT by » W cittern Hardware JJfflll«r I ram the Material lu HI* Store—It Kun», Bnt Cannot lie Hidden. The oddest bicycle in the world is owned by X. B. Shannon, .of Elaine, '\Vas-h. It is safe to say thntnover before has a bicycle been so fearfully and wonderfully wrought. It was not built, far nctive service, .und 'thw« nre few who would care to ride on. it; yet from, the ingenuity of ita construction it ha-s attracted a great d«a! of attention. Ir. has fired many juvenile miud.s-with ambition to build one on a similar plan, and incidentally has depleted the tool boxes of maJiy a household. 1'or this bicycle is built entirely of tools. Mr. ShMi imn is ar. enthusiastic wheelman, and he deals is tools £or mills and loggers, as the town luis large shingle industries. He thought, perhaps, that such a wheel might serve a useful purpose in carrying 1 on his business, if not his person. Desiring, therefore, to construct something thoroughly unique in appearance, he spt to work to make a bicycle which should cont.-vin nothing ' that he did not supply. It was not built in a day, and a great many tools were tried before those actually used, were selected. II« was sorely puzzled how '-- to supply tho frame and the sprocket wheel. He was grcatiy assisted, how. ever, by several young friends, who became so interested that their fathers tmd mothers heard of nothing but the new bicycle for over a- week. It wait finally decided to use lor the frame 01 the- machine two wood sows, a mop " stick, some wood saw blades, and a pair of strap hinges. The 'wood saws were placed on either side of the rear wheel, the nxel passing through their handles. At the other lower ends were fitted two beyeled-wlge emery wheels, the beveli facing each other so as to form a groove for the dog's chain, which was employe*. 1 , as a sprocket chain; and a very respectable one it made. The wheels were two 33-inch shragl saws. When the wihccl was rolled around they looked like buzz saw.s, Mr. Shannon was much 'amused when thn boys said they were fit-ted with steei rims and puncturcless tires. For tho front forks two nic'klccl stove rods were bolted firmly into cross-cut saw-hanUo THE BICYCLE I1UII-T OF TOOI.S. irons, passing through the iron ana forming the front hub, while busblnp •nt each end of the nipple held all in place. Then came the problem cf providing the head and handle bar; and al most every article in stock was* token out and its availability tested. It was finally decided to employ a carpenter s iron bed screw with an automatic push door bell attached. Tho bicycle, wo* now nearly completed, but the hopes 61 the builders were nearly shattered bv their failure for some time to dis cover what would take the place o pedals and cranks. Finally ono of. thi boys suggested two grind-stone cranks which were secured in place by the us 0 { a short nipple running through th sprocket wheel and resting on the tw w ood saws. The seat spring was an o-\ bow,^ast,cned to the frame by clamps • while lor the saddle a, stove urn wa . usc d ' A small American flag was fas, t'eneci to the handle bar.and thJssingula bicycle was complete. It ran be-rolle and bout wiwious shaking to pieces ; •ill probably be seen before long m tho wious collections of freak wheels at icyclo shows throughout the country, he boys who helped build it feel justly THE FEDERATION PLAN POPULAR IN NEW YORK. . • I • --.' Every City Should Hnvo Jt« Toilofatlori of nicycllntf Clubs—Wonclorful Growth' of the National Loacnu—Note* from AH Oror. F CYCLISTS were treated properly In New York city there would be,-no excuse 'for;.,the existence of '"the ' Cyr diet's Federation. As it-is; the organization is a-.'niuch- needed body, and 'the many reforms already instituted since its inception demonstrate'its usefulness. Besides it furnishes -an. example for the whole country. Tlie'Fed- eratlon was organized last .October, with the a-batement of the", street roucl. MAIL MOTOCYCLES. ion to Be Put In General. C»e by tha l'o«t Ulllce Department. . Tho arrangements for the trial of lorseless carriages iu Washington for he work of the post office department >oint to the adoption of ma.il moto- yeles throughout the country. T!ie chicle to be used in Washington will >c 32 feet long,. G feet wide and some- hnt more thun fi feet high. ,It will be itted up like tho mail compartment f a..atrect or railway, car forming, in act/a miniature post office on wheels. "he machine is to be operated with a gasoline motor..and is-claimed to bo :apable of making four spoeds,iive, ten and 20 miles an hour forward, and three iles 1 an hour backward. It can be quickly geared to different speeds, and it involves no hazard either from ire or explosion. It is proposed to use he pdstnl monocycles in city and coun- ,ry districts where there are no railway in.es, and where the service can be improved by assorting the maJls between iftices while in transit, These vehicles will be of great service in picking up nails from stations, and even from letter box<;s. They will supply, in fact, i cheap Mid expeditious means of de- ivering- and collecting mail, and their utrodnction will doubtless be quickly followed by the banishment of the an- .k|Tiatcd closed wagon service, and tho ^as-horse chaise now used by. postmen a uiiMtir.jrup :naii in large cities, j;»ciTa IJicycie. l:i fi'Uou. A new use for the bicycle has be«n discovered in the New York state' rev formittory at Klmira which is much commanded by 'the general superintendent. The captain of the watch makes his rounds within the prison proper through the main corridors on a cycle. The distance is over half a mile. His trips are swift and noiseless, nnd he is thus enabled to keep his subordinates on the alert at all-hours of the day or night, as there is no telling when he may bear down upon them. • Bicycles for KanRaroo UunUOB. Our Australian cousins arc Buid to bo now using bicycles for quite <\ novel purpose. In-some districts-the kangaroos do much mischief, and the local authorities pay J'soalp money" For all heads secured by hunters. A large number of bicycles are used In the chase. Armed with rifles, the'shooters ore able to encircle the escaping flock, and can bring down many a kangaroo by their noiaelesa approach. Blnyclos and Mad Doff», Another use has been found for the bicycle. On one of the outer boulevards a cyciist recently perceived a policeman driving a cart and urging on the horse at n rapid pace. Upon questioning the constable the .wheelman was told that he was endeavoring to overtake a rabid dog which had got ahead ot the trap. Borrowing the gendarme's saber the cyclist hastily mounted his muchii e and sped away •in pursuit of the-enraged animal. On coming up with the dog .he charged it while still on his bicycle, and had the satisfaction of. running the creature through with his weapon. The cyclist's plucky action was much applauded by the crowd that had been attracted by BO unwonted a sight.—London Standard. Rofwlan Bicycle Reirnlatlonl , In St. Petersburg every bicyclist is obliged to have affixed to the back of the machine a metal plate, on which the registered number is displayed in figures large enough to be legible from a hlc distance. . ' - • - sprinkling evil and similar-nuisances as objects. A New York papervagitated ita formation single handed,.and succeeded at the initial meeting In attracting seven hundred persons. ' "Without any useless ceremojy action was Se- gim at once, officers elected/and many movements were started for the benefit ot bicycle riders in New York city. That the members of -the -Federation are earnest can be seen at the meet- Ings some of which rival a-legislative session In stormy and vigorous'-debate- Since Its formation, cyclists in'many cities have organized similar 'bodies, after "having first written-'-to the New York body for information-regarding the policy and plan of-'<adtton pursued by It The membership'of the r Federation is nearly 1,000, and is constantly growing. During the present, season the executive committee will'inaugur- ate many new features in the method of conducting the Federation;.'-'' wh'reh will further establish its- necessity in New York city.- l •'•"' - ; ' M U Brldgman, -president,'- was chosen for the position unanimously. He Is secretary ot the Metropolitan Bicycle Company, and one of the jHoneera of the metropolitan district. 1 He was an active road rider'when'the'high- wheel was "the" mount,'-'ana''aur!rig his time has at personal 'sacrifice';' db'ne much to encourage the sport.- '•'•;_"'' Sidney B. Bowman Is treasurer of the Federation. An old-time racing man, and team mate of "Zlmmy,"-"Siu ' has graduated from the path; to 'the trade in which' he is a'shlnirig';llglit. He is credited with introducing cy.cling among the elite, and was one o'f_ the persons who aided in forming the;s'well. Mlchaux club. He has an .academy-,: at which the first meeting of'the Federation was held, and .two stores, at which he sells Cleveland bicycles. /J/:. Leon Johnson, financial secretary of the Federation, completes the trio of old-timers who hold office in the Fed : eration. He Is a native of Louisville; and made his entrance Into'the New York cycle trade when the Indiana Bicycle Company first started a branch In that city. •'..„-,.-. •-•'•* * * • • The Germans have just begun to ap r predate the merits of the''American bicycle, and United States Consul Mason at Frankfort has contributed a long report to the state department explaining how the American machine came .to gain the supremacy over the English models, so extensively copied In' Germany Jffe-tells how the American"makers may Introduce their machines'to the. best -advantage, and gives' much information as to the peculiarities ' of German taste that mustbV.consultud to: Insure the success of any'effort to.,in-; duce the Germans to'use the American' wheel, • ',',.'.'. '* * ' * ' , ' '. '-.'. Tillie Anderson, one of ,the'_fastcst-, If not the fastest female cycle riders in the world; has made application to enter the big Chicago road _race; May 30 The A. A. C- 'has not as yet passed ftpon the Application, but th;e, -officers intimate that to allow her; to enter would be -establishing a bad precedent, and it is thought she' will' be turned the International Cyclists' association •vllf be held in .Ooenhtt.cen this veaj and sportlng-column-'nralse, ana being the center in a vast, -band of glory shouters. For instance,'had Fitz.bcen put to the floor three times to loll his tongue in ignominious dust, as Peter has done, how many would there be to plead his case? Not one. Doubtless a single drubbing in this country would be sufficient to'cover the Kangaroo with such a pile o£ weight as he would never get clear from. • Manor is a good, openhearted fellow', who wakes friends that want to see Mm get'wp in his-profession, i But Fitz cannot catcli on and he seems'to bo getting farther away-every day. • • * • • • As to fighting ability alone, in strict fairness, it is in my opinion--puerile to try to compare Maher with-. Fitzsimmons. The naked truth points to the Kangaroo as a wonder of wonders, such a one as, potm-d to pound, t!ie ring has never known the equal"o~f. With him, whipping the general "run-' of heavyweight aspirants'is easy as brushing oC niosqultoes; a feint, a hop or two, a smash with right or lett,and-al! is over. In the heyday of his ..glory Sullivan never carried any'suclv'slucg-shot vans •as this middleweight freak: J. H. HEADWAY. CURRENT NOTES AND COMMENT OF THE STAGE. Mrs. Mario V«n Her Veer Orcon Chnrmoil Amerlciinn With Her Sln —Otl» l-larlun HH "Hot- Stuff"— nnlil anil Ifrolmnui. MON.G the singers ers who h a v e charmed American audiences, none lias been more cordially ' received and welcomed than -Mrs. Marie Van der Veer Green, of London. •Winner ot Tciai Slnto riinmploniililj). Mr Arthur Du Bray, of Dayton, Ky., won'the diamond trophy for the Texas state championship on live ; birds, at the state shoot, held at Houston, Tex., re- Gently. Mr Du Bray Is ex-lieutenant of the Fifth Cavalry, U. 5- A,, and a traveling salesman. He is well-known all 'over this country by sportsmen and gun dealers, and Is a very popular and enthusiastic' trap shot. In fact, he is a thorough sportsman In every way, and commands the respect of all classes - I ARTHUR DU BRAY, of people in which he.-mingles: Du Bray '• is the great favorite in Texas, and Guessaz says: "He is a dead game 'shot-and true blue grass, jovial sportsman- who would rather shoot live birds than eat dead.game." Mr. Du Bray has a-'-large acquaintanceship-in, the So'atn and/devotes most of his time when on the rdo&io visiting the.tradein that section of'thlc'ou'ntry. ' : Heis a firstclass shoton live'-birds and'now and-, then ''strikes a gait" that'would defeat the best o ttiern.' 'jn-tbls match he, lost the.firs and "second' birds dead,,put of bound- arid-then settled-down to an up-hil race- killing the next eighteen withou a miss. This; tied, with McGinty, Jack 24' G-UBge and Brown. In the'shoot-ol at : five birds Brown, of Burton, Texas and-Du Bray .killed, five more; but on the' 1 next live Brown 'lost the seconc 1 'blrd.'ind Du ;Brayskilled out, thus win nlrig the-'trophy;. .::-'.-•' RIVERSIDE CLUBHOUSE: No. 527 BROADWAY. A Rest for Weary Riders. OFFICERS: , 8KINMJB, PBKUMSCT, JOS. MBS. 8KCHETAJW, CHAS. ftBAHT, ' ! , M. W. ODKNcniid. E™WAHD, C. A. SJUFT, All riders over 15 years of age elegible to membership. .Initiation fee SI. Dues after . first month 60c per month. Tli«'Ninety-Foot Cutter This Is an excellent representation o A. B. Walker's yach<:the Ailsa. 'Whil becalmed off the coast"'.ol Morocco re cently on her way to England after tak Ing part'in the Mediterranean regattas she was fired"upb'nVby the Rifflans an- 1 escaped captiire"..onlj' 'by the help- of timely bre'feze;' for her crew' were ui armed. The Aflsa~has gained a world wide reputation 'aa'-ff-T&fae cutter. §h Is' a rival'of th'e Britannia in 'fleetness •She won many .cups at the Nice regatta this year. Wtyhiany"breeze .the AHsn M. L. BRIDGMAN. down. Miss Anderson is willing to take the scratch if permitted rfto ride; and her manager .boasts that she has'more than a chance to win.out. ..-The;general public would like-to se'e M,iss,!.A-n<ier- son's application passed upon-.-;, favorably, and if it Is not more.than one- will believe that the-male riders, .are.afraid of this flaxen-haired Sw.ed.e, -.who can give fully, five-sixths-.ot:the :i male. riders. her dust on affair road,,and; no favor. Oo»lp of the Wli«l. Harry Clark of Denv'erS'an'd- a : hal£- dozen of the speediest tn'fen^ih Colorado will enter the -deco'ratiftn'day race. .< Herman Kohli'rbf:;.the-Engle.wood Wh'eelmeD'. holder, ot 'the a)e -SotoAnd ' ' " This reception and welcome-were r.ot only flue to Mrs. .reen's superb and beautifully trained ontralto voice, but to her remarkable eauty, cultivation and charm of man- iar, and to the fact that although she nas resided in London since her mar- lage. both she and her husband are Americans. Mrs. Green is a member jf the old family of Van der Veer and vas -born in Brooklyn. Her voice as-a oung girl gave groat, promise, and after her -marriage, when her husband became the London manager of a large American exporting firm, she^weiit to Paris and studied under Marches!. Her American birth and associations made her at home in this country at once upon her first appearance in concert here last November. After spend- ng several weeks in New York, where ier voice'and beauty made her prominent, and tbe recipient of unusual social attention,she started on a tour of eleven weeks with Madame Albani through Janada and tbe west. From this tour she returned early In April, and after a short stay in .New York returned to St. Louis and Chicago, where she repeated the successes she won earlier In the year. Mrs. Green's best work has been done in the "Messiah," which Is also, her favorite work, ghs recently made a tour of New Zealand and Australia, where she also achieved a rare success. Still a young woman, Mrs. Green would seem to have a brilliant career before her. It is possible that she may come to Newport during the coming summer, where she is certain of a warm social welcome. She Is again in London. • « * * Mr. Hoyt's farces might not withstand a Schlegcl analysis, nor could our highest critical authorities give them unqualified indorsement as elevators of the stage. Before tlie great tribunal of the American public, however, their vindication has been always triumphant. They have season runs In-the metropolis, and on the circuit they fill the theaters year after year. They are so essentially and uumlxedly American that they would miss fire with foreigners if their author-manager had time to.take them abroad. The latest perfect example In their kind is "A Black Sheep," still ' current at Mr. Hoyt's Madison Square theater, where it Das "been holding forth uproariously for some months past. The dominant character in this piece Is Hot Stuff (Mr. Otis Harlan), the sportive "black sheep" of a nice New York family, who wins his sobriquet 'by, an Arizona episode in the first act. The rest of the play is in the contrasted environment of New York, City, where Hot Stuff assumes the ultra garb of "the English as we see them on Broadway." As such he is represented in the photographic, portrait which is reproduced. Mr. Hoyt has'been exceptionally fortunate In his choice of an interpreter for this role, Inasmuch as Mr. Harlan's personal experience in real life Is understood to have been not unlike that which he portrays so inimitably on the stage. In real life many men know how to take a drink nt the bar, to carry on two courtships simultaneously, or to' sing and dance. . But to do all these things -as Mr. Harlan does them in this play requires a light-character comedian of the first rank. * * * .They tell me that the whole trouble between Frohman and Mansfield lay In the fact that the manager -would persist -in addressing letters to the actor as "Mr. Richard Mansfield." Mansfield (i the last straw that woke tne cameK£ back. Mansfield insists on bcine esquired. He -will submit to a, great deal. He will tolerate a manager who doesn't know lm\v to handle a single eyeglass. He will ensure the presence of a man who has been no nearer Loo- don than the Cunard dock, and It fe even said that he undertook to allow tho Slocums the privilege of not turning up their trousers .when cables Irom London annouced that it was raining there. There is a limit to all things, however, and 'Mansfield will never brook being mistered. It is a breuato of good-form for which there is no compensation, and $100.000 a year will not begin to pay for such a grievance. Oil- lingliam knows the actor's foibles, and has more time to attend to them than his seventy-two-bour predecessor. He cannot afford to pay Mansfield 5100,090 a- year, but lie can afford to write letters twice every hour of every day of every year adressed to "Richard Mansfield, Esq." It will be hard work, but ir will be hard work that will reap a fine reward, I wish the young man Jiear.tr' and continuous good luck. * * * Bernard Shaw, the author of "Armf- and the Man," has espoused the cause of big hat redress, and he has dene so with far less cause for disgust than. yours obediently. In London the big hat Is a nuisance merely at matinee performances. At night no woman woultf be so ill-bred as to wear one. It Is against the matinee girl that Mr. Shawn-eels his admirable weapons of satire and -abuse. Here is ore of his funny screeds, which will, I think enter'AiE my readers: "The stalls were filled for the most part with quite the most disagreeable collection of women I have ever seen. They all wore huge, towering hats, piled u-p for the more effectuSJ obstruction of the view, with every conceivable publicity, vulgarity and brutality (on the dead- bird line) that-.a pushing shopkeeper can force on. tSo would have no '.difficulty .ln-runlng away from the"Rlffian ::: ptra'tQS, , ' At 'one time the Ailsa was' fqolce_a v upon. as a;probable competitor for tho America's, cup. She was desfgned.,J)»';FWe.of.Palrlle, and is " a .90-foot cutter:;/.- ; '.''" Foi;t»,hl« JlllUarj. . -' : 1A portable -icrematory. for. . military. purposes .naS'-been-Jnvente3 ; -.by - a .Polish engineer:. It r :ha* the- appearance of the : ; army baklng : - oven; -.-but 'is much higher and .'heaviervana"' Js'' drawn, by ••' eight horses.- -It-'ls'-ttiliended for the disposal of the bod'iesTdf -soiaiers killed in bat-, jtje.-'sb '.aa' to ayo!u_-the_ danger of epi- ' demics -from of great num- MRS. MARIE GREEN, bore the indignity as long as he-could, but his flesh was weak. You see he was •horn In England and ed-icated at Hug- by There is nothing so Insulting to people who. are born In England and • educated at Rugby as to be addressed with a "Mr."- Mansfield Is most particular :on all points of social etiquette. He would sooner die than not .be the thirig and as he hasn't the least intention of dying just yet, he meekly hinted to Mr.Frohman that In future he would prefer to be addressed as "Richard •Mansfield, Esq." The manager was very busy when Mansfield's Instructions ar- OTIS HARLAN AS "HOT STUFFS head of a woman on whom conscience, intelligence, -character; ' conviction, sympathy and every other attribute ot an active and awakened' nature are represented solely by a deep'fear of not.be- ing in fashion. The person \vho_ woulA have prevented me .from seeing .the stage, if I had -not fortunately occupied. a projecting corner seat, actually had two seagulls' wings in her hat, -^talned crimson at the insertion, BO as to make added display. Surely it is bad .enough to see egret plumage waving all OTCT the place, and/reminding you at every quiver of the slaughter of a greafnnm- ber of exquisitely pretty birds in order to -make a few dozen trashy, shop-window hats, without also having-to endure imitation bloodstains on dismembered limbs." * * * It seems unlikely that the new Gilbert & Sullivan opera, "The Graaa Duke, or the Statutory Duel," will l>e produced in America. Francis Wilso-a . had a man in London to see it, and was v«?y speedily satisfied .that there was nothing In it fqr him. There have been, plenty of letters between New York and London anent this opera, but not the least inducement to.present It has been held out to New Yorkers. It is a hopeless failure. Gilbert & Sullivan have lost their dual cunning, Oiltt we may never hear from them again- Gilbert is the dead wood of the firm. We saw that this season in New York. "The Chieftain," by Sir Arthur, was unusually Successful, hut "His Ex<sel- lency" failed. Gilbert reads jast ;as .well as ever, hut his books won't act, and that is where the trouble comes In. The only thing that disposes me to think that there is In reality some value in "The Grand Duke, or the Statutory Duel," is the opinion of J. C.'.Btfff. Mr. Duff went to London in th« interests At the Brooks-Miner $50.000,000.?rni5tote. He was commissioned to see the Gilbert & Sullivan opera and secure tbc.Amer- ican rights if necessary. H* -cabled back: "Emphatically no -good for America." Those were the only cheering words 1 have beard about "The Grand Duke." H can't toe wholly b.id, or J. 0. Duff would not have condemned it so severely. There must be-a uwrry and a pellucid quality about jt- ; or Mr, Duff would not have been-so certain it was a failure. If I had been connectatf with the Brooks-Miner $50,000,000 syndicate, I would at once, upon receipt OT Mr Duff's cable, have secured Uie American' rights of "TUc Grand JXOtt 1 ." Duff is an unerring guide. When he says a thing's'good, it is sure to be bad, and when he says, a thing's bad, tDcrc- are millions in it. I always pin ray- faith-to Duff's judgment, which'is ia- ty-rs ot men. ~:Each^German, .army rivefl - He pald n o-attention to them, cprpsi it U said", w"Jll,be, : equlpped with , and se[lt off . an0 tner letter addressed to ,o,ne;. •'••'-".'•'• ' .v:V: : - - .- " - ' ! "Mr. Richard Mansfield." "Thafwao fallible if vice-versa'd. OLIVE THAITET. Most, of trie leading amateur started reading fast ones at their physicians' advisal as a brain rest -Vic. Bonner, Mr.Shepard of Boston, Mathew Riley and 1 many others one could tiiinJc- up. A horse Is a good doctor, provW*. be flor.sn't corns tno hleh.