George B. Beecher, pastor, of the First Presbyterian church, and his bride (Miss O'Hara, of Allegheny City, daughter of James O'Hara, were welcomed last evening by the good people of the church, in a very pleasant manner, in the lecture room of the church on Fourth street. ... ... One of the treats of the occasion was the recitation of a poem of welcome by Mrs. James H. Foote.
Wife of Former County Assessor Was Identified With Club Work.
Mrs. Detie W. Galbraith, a pioneer of this city and in club work, died at her home, E1917 Pacific avenue, yesterday afternoon. She was the wife of Elbert P. Galbraith, former county assessor, now bailiff in the superior court. Her health had been failing for several weeks.
Mrs. Galbraith possessed strong literary and elocutionary tendencies that were given expression in pen and club work. She was a professional elocutionist, but from pleasure rather than profit, before coming to Spokane 24 years ago. She was a founder of the Twentieth Century club and the only remaining charter member of the Cultus club. She was a native of Michigan and was Miss Welch before her marriage.
Hitherto Unknown Communication of Famous Humorist Brought to Light
BY NEETA MARQUIS
The recent effort of admirers of Robert Browning, poet, to acquire his love letters permanently for Southern California exhibition, has brought to light a hitherto unpublished letter of Mark Twain, humorist, telling not only of his attachment for the poet of which many of his admirers have remained unaware but also of his abilities as an Interpreter of the poet.
Written more than forty rears ago to Cornelia Welsh Foote of Cincinnati, the letter was brought to light by Elizabeth Herrick Steake of Hollywood. The publicity attendant at the time to Browning recalled the letter to her mind and she has presented it for publication.
This is the letter which Mark Twain wrote to Mrs. Foote from Hartford on December 2. 1887. It was penned on three sheets of thin tablet paper folded twice to fit into a plain white envelope:
"My dear Mrs. Foote:
"Well, people and things do swap, places in most unexpected ways in this world. Twenty years ago I was a platform humorist and you a singer of plaintive Scotch ballads that were full of heartbreak and tears. And now we have changed places. You are platform humorist (among other things) and I am reader to a Browning class!
"I can't imagine a completer reversal of roles than this. I hope you find your change as pleasant as. I do mine, and that you are as willing as I to let the thing remain as it is; for I wouldn't trade back for any money.
"Now. when you come to think of It, wasn't It a curious idea — I mean for a dozen ladies of (apparently) high intelligence to elect me their Browning reader? Of course, you think I declined at first, but I didn't. I'm not the declaring sort. I would take charge of the constellations if I were asked to do it. All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, then success is sure.
"I've been Browning reader forty-two weeks now, and my class has never lost a member by desertion. What do you think of that, for a man In a business he wasn't brought up to?
"I wonder if — in one particular — your experience in your new vocation duplicates mine. For instance, I used to explain Mr. Browning — but the class won't stand that They say that my reading imparts clear comprehension, and that Is a good deal of a compliment, you know; but they say the poetry never gets obscure till I begin to explain it which is only frank, and that is the softest thing you can say about it. So I've stopped being expounder, and thrown my heft on the reading. Yes, and with, vast results. I don't wish to flatter anybody, but I will say this much; put me In the right condition and give me room according to my strength, and I can read Browning so Browning himself can understand it. It sounds like stretching, but it's the cold truth. Moral: Don't explain your author, read him right, and he explains himself.
"I wish you every possible success and shall be as glad as your own heart to hear that you have won It.