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guilty.

Shakespeare's knowledge of the law is very
fully entered into, and the soundness or unsound-
ness of his conclusions explained ; the unquestioned
familiarity with stage terms and business are illus-



trated with scores of quotations that prove the
writer to have been a man of the theatre, but
strongest of all is the list given of Shakespeare's
contemporaries and friends, men of letters, who
have never intimated a suspicion that the thirty-
seven plays and sonnets were not his work, or that
there was any surprise at his ability to write them.

In the matter of his signature there are but five
known to be genuine in existence, and he has
spelled it slightly different in two instances, but
this is shown by known examples of his time, that it
was common with such writers as Sydney, Spencer,
even Jonson, Sir Walter Raleigh, five ditferent
ways, Drayton, etc., etc.

As to the matter of bad penmanship, men, he
says, who certainly were not deficient either in
intellect or in education, such as Macaulay, whose
manuscript consisted of columns of dashes and
flourishes practically unintelligible; Napoleon, who
could not read his own writing; Victor Hugo,
Balzac, Byron, Dean Stanley, Horace Greeley and
Rufus Choate, wrote almost illegibly.

Judge Allen closes his "decision" with a quo-
tation attributed to Sir Henry Irving.

"When the Baconians can show that Ben
Jonson was either a fool or a knave, or that the
whole world of players and playwrights at that
time was in a conspiracy to palm off on the ages
the most astounding cheat in history, they will be
worthy of serious attention."



Mrs. Lawrence Hilton of Princeton, N. J.,
is at the Poland Spring House.

Mrs. Hobart, Mrs. Blood, Mrs. Griswold,
Mrs. Moulton, and Mrs. Ricker were entertiiini'd
by Mrs. Kassam and Mrs. Benedict on Thursday,
at the Summit Spring Hotel. The afternoon was
pleasantly passed at whist and a game of hearts.

Horseback riding is one of the delightful pas-
times at Poland Spring. Many of tiie ladies ride
wonderfully well. And some of the children, who
are just learning, are making fine progress. Miss
Rachel Swain of Dorchester, Mass., who has
recently been visiting the place, enjoyed the rides
immensely. Miss Swain rode saddle tandem at the
Boston Horse Show this spring and won the yellow
ribbon. She considers Mr. McMahon, who is in
ciiarge of the Durland horses at Poland, an
exceptionally fine instructor and most carefid and
thoughtful of his pupils.



THE HILL-TOP.



THE ART EXHIBITION.— Continued from page 7.

any of the others of larger size. Miss Blanchard
sends three characteristic miniatures, showing her
usual careful, finished style of painting. Miss
Lizzie Waite exhibits a likeness of an old man,
excellent in its portrayal of character ; Miss Jean
Oliver has three, one of a remarkably beautiful
child being the most noticeable. Mrs. Elizabeth
Taylor-Watson, Miss Nellie Thompson and Anna
C. Moore are also represented.

Notable in any collection would be John J.
Alexander's pictures, "The Green Gown" and a
landscape. Childe Hassam sends a small interior.
J. Alden Wier, Charles C. Curran and Luis Mora
each send good pictures. Carroll Beckwith has a
portrait of President Fellows of Maine State Uni-
versity. Matilda Brown, William J. Whittemore,
R. W. VanBoskerck, H. Bolton Jones, Ben Foster,
Will S. Budworth, Ava D. Lagercrantz and Louis
Loeb are also represented.

Send me your Broken Glasses. I will repair
and return them on the next mail.

A complete stock of Photographic Supplies.

H. E. MORDOCK,

Optician ,

Portland, Maine.



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