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The Washington Obitic
22D YEAPv NO. 0,704:.
WASHINGTON, D. Cm MONDAY EVENING, FKJll.UAIW 5), 1800.
PTUCE TWO OI3NT&
THE LIVES LOST!
Fatal Fire at Secretary
. Tracy's House,
MATH OF MRS. TR1CY.'
She Leaps From a Window and is
Daughter and the
At 7 o'clock this morning fire broke
out in the basement or Secretary Tracy's
residence, on I between Seventeenth
nml Eighteenth, anil soon spread to tho
uppci iloois. Tho family were nslccp,
and their escapo was cut off before the
terrified servants could awaken them.
Mis. Trncy, whoso chamber is in
the lenr of tho house, was
invakcncd by the noise made by tho
scivnnts, who railed to her from tho
alley running along tho back of tiio
house, Sua ran to tho window, and
seeing tho smoko rolling out from the
lower windows leaped to the nlloy and
was ciushcd horribly on the lough
locks with which it is paved. She was
lifted by lender hands and hunicd into
the rcsideno of Mr. llhccm on Eigh
In the meantime a gcnci.il alarm had
been turned in and every engine in the
oily had hurried to the scene. The lad
dcisvveio quickly placed to the win
dow s and bravo firemen rushed through
windows and doors- Sccrctaiy Tr.iey
was found in his looin unconscious. He
was taken to tho house where his wife
had ahcady becu carried. Miss Mary
Tincy, daughter of tho Sccrctaiy.
The body of a lady charted and
blackened honibly was found in one
of tho rooms. Sho was vv lapped in a
blanket and brought out.
A few moments after the ahum was
tinned in Senator Chandler nnlvod and
Mdlloncrt himself at tho door of tho
Ithecin's residence. Ho sent for
3)i. Kuth and Dr. Whales, who hunicd
iioni their beds and did all in their
power to rcsuscitato tho Sccrctaiy and
his wife. They wore successful in the
Fccretaiy's case, but Mrs. Tracy never
icgalncd consciousness, and died a few
moments before 0 o'clock.
Tho houso was completely gutted and
the furniture is a complete loss. IU
a nine is estimated at $8,000. The place
xas magnificently furnished, all of
the furniture being now. Secretary Tracy
continued to Keep his residence in
Brooklyn, whero Mrs. Tracy, who was
mi invalid, resided n gicatcr pait of the
AN AUTHOR'S AUIOGIIAL'II.
Arln lliiteg Tolls How Ho was Punted
nnd HI Somdtlva Soul Shocked.
Tho suggestion, writes Alio Bates in
the February "Hook Buyer," that atito
giaph letters may bo mounted upon
sci ecus reminds mo of an nwkwaid re
sult which might como lrom that cus
tom, a4 illustrated by nn incident that
happened in Boston not so very long
ago. A young literary man got into a
mock sentimental correspondence with
mi unknown and for somo tinio wrote
hei bits of humor and sentiment, with
now and then a scrap of verso to her
eyebrow or otherwise, as ono would
rhyme a fair unseen.
Ho enjoyed tho correspondence in tho
half serious and half mocking way
naluial under the circumstances, until
one day, in looking over tho collection
of autographs of a friend, ho camo to
one of his epistles to the unknown.
"Whero did you got that?" ho asked.
"That? Oh, that I bought for ton
cents at Blauk's. Ho had several of
them, aud I bought it just for tho fun."
The result of an investigation, judi
ciously conducted, was to bring to light
the fact that tho unknown fair ono was
nn autograph collector of tho mascultuo
persuasion, who had started upon his
correspondence with a view to enrich
ing his collection, aud had been Induced
to keep on by tho double advantago of
the amusement ho got out of it and tho
o'n eulenco of having tho autographs
ol this author for uso in exchanges. Ho
had not himself sold tlicm, and thoso in
tin- hands of thodcalcr had been simply
bmtcicd by him for others. Tho chagrin
mid amusement of tho aulhot wore
"1 did not so much mind being de
ceived," ho said whimsically, in telling
ot it, "but tho combination of finding
that thcro hadn't been nny fair ono nnd
that my autograph was woith only ton
tents was a shock for my sensitive
If tho fashion of screens could but bo
intioduced It might bo much toward
reforming prevailing methods of ob
taining autographs, and that at least
vculd bo somcthliic
A Ucntt (live Aifllj.
Ghost (at a seance) Do you recognize
Mrs. Toper (confidentially) Yes; you ore
mj Into busbaiid, John Toper.
Ghost (surprised) How did yon know
,Xrs. Toper ((Irmly) I smoH your breath,
John. Louvll Mail.
11:-4:S si m.i
Tho story of Dr. 1", S. Kliecin, who
lives justaiound thu corner on Seven
teenth sheet, gives an oyc-wltncss nc
rount of one of the thrilling incidents
of the lire. Ills house tuns back nlong
tho alley, the kitchen being opposite
tho second story loom of tho Secretary's
Dr. Itheeni said: "I was awakened by
tho most fearful screams piocccdtna:
from Sccrctaiy Tracy's house. I ran
to my third story window nnd witnessol
a fearful sight. Clinging to tho edge of
tho window-sill of thu second story was
Mis. Tracy. She was in her night
clothes. Tho sinokc was pouting out
of the window behind her.
"Suddenly sho let go her hold nnd
diopped cleat to the area-way of the
basement, which Is some dlstanco below
the lev clot the, yaul. Mynltentlon was
then nttracttd by tho screams which
proceeded fiom the roof. I looked up
and through tho black, denso sinokc,
saw a woman como out of. tho window
in the mansard roof and walk nlong tin
"Sluvvaved a blanket around hci
self, tiylng to dear away tho smoke,
which pouted out after her, all the
while uttering piercing scrounn. Eveiy
moment I expected lascclur jump.
In a few minutes thcro was a shout,
a clatter of feet and a squad of fircrrcn
beating a ladder rushed down tho al
ley. They hoisted it, but found it too
short. Then nuothei was raised and
tho woman biotight down and into this
house. Sho was the German cook."
In the meanttniosonicmcuhad picked
up Mrs. Tracy and bore her into Dr
Ithecm's house. At tho siine
time three firemen appealed at the
-icond story window, bc.uing the form
of Secretary Tracy. Tho men had
uopid biaely arouud thiough the
limning loom and tounit him in
bed. as they boio him down tho
laildu ho was limp and unconscious.
IIu was taken into Dr, Ithecm's
litclun. Dootois were on tho scone,
and weic ministering to tho stilTcicis.
nir. brcm.T.HiY iurri:n.
"Secrelaiy Tiacy is much beltci and
will not die," said Di. Ituth to tho re
poller at 10 o'clock. Ho is now test
ing easily under tho Intluentcof seda
tives. Ho has not j ct Lccn told of the
death or his wife.
Tim oitimv op 'fin: nut:.
Upon investigation it was discovered
that tho llto originated from steam
pipes by which tho hnu-.c is heated.
Tho light woodwoik in tho biscmcnl
was tho ih it to catch.
Mis. Tiacy died of her injuries w tlhin
nn hour uftei she was hint. Her
daughter, Miss Mary, was sufTocated to
death. Tho Ficnch maid, Mailc,
was suffocated to death anil also
badly burned. The Secretary was
suffocated, but was icied, and is bet
ter. The Gcim.iii cook was slightly
bin tied. Mr, Wilmcrding and hci
little daughter jumped fiom the second
story window, torching slight injuiies.
till: SEOW'.TAUV DUMltlOlN.
Tho Secrelaiy was revived, but was
delirious. Ho raved in n tanibling way
about his beloved daughtcis. Hu had
not aniud at a full Knowledge of tho
calamity which had befallen him.
Mrs. Tracy was ljing upon a lounge
in the sitting-room of Dr. lthcom's
bouse. Sho was perfectly conscious,
and did not Bccm to suffer pain. Occa
sionally she complained of nn oppres
sion in the neighborhood of her heait,
and found a dilllculty in bicathtng.
Site talked awhile and tlicu became
The physicians looked at each other
sigiiificautly. Tho suffeicr coughed
unco. A littlo blood trickled from her
troutli. Thcto was an uneasy move
ment of tho body and then quiet. Mis.
Tracy was dead. Tho immediate cause
of her death was supposed to bo from
injuries to her heart, sustained in her
fall from tho window, which Hooded
her lungs with blood. Her body was
removed in tho police ambulance to
Gawler's undcttaklug establishment,
and tho body of her daughtor nnd tho
Ficnch maid carried there also.
Secretary Tiacy was carried arouud
to Mr. J. Bancroft Davis' house and
tho best medical aid summoned to his
tun iootmax's sronv.
The footman in tho employ of the
Secictary is a youug man named It. C.
Turner. IIo gives nn account of tho
lire ns follows: "It was about 7 o'clock,
I had just dressed my myself, was In
tho basement and was going up into
tho dining-room to clean tho silver,
when some ono rang tho basement dooi
bell. Tho laundress went to the door.
In a moment sho called tho butler. I
henid him tun hurriedly up tho stairs
nnd then tush down again.
" 'My God' Tho houso is all on flro"
ho exclaimed. Then wo nil ran out
into I street.
niscovniuNO tiii: rum.
"It seems a colored man, a servant at
tho Aruo Hotel, was passing tho houso
and saw smoko coming from tho first
tloor doorway and windows, Ho rang
tho bell and gavo us tho alarm. Then
ho rnn down to tho cnginc-liouso and
turned in the flro alarm. Tho engines
were soon thcro. Just as thoy arrived
I saw Mrs. Wlluicrdtng and her little
daughter appeal at tho front window of
tho second story. Sho was in her night
clothes tuid was Bcroamlug wildly.
Tho firemen were trying to qet
a ladder up waved my IiiuhIh at hot
and shouted to her to watt A cloud of
smoko burst out of tho window behlnl
her, nnd, taking tho little girl in her
aims, she spuing from tlio window, fall
ing upon tho pavement. A docn men
nHied forward and picked them up
Mis. Wllmcidlng's wrist was broken
and sho nnd her little (laughter wore
now inn i tin, was dihiovi'.uuh.
Early this meriting n colored walt'jr
employed at the Hotel A mo was pass
ing nlong slicct on Ids way to woik.
It n not very light, although ncarlv
7 o'clock, for thcio was n heavy mist
hanging over tho city and the
Micct-lnmps were still blinking, red
eyed ns if fiom being Up all night.
Tho colored man dicw his coat about
him nnd landed on,shlvlng in tho invv,
cold air. As he passed along the south
side of Farragut Square ho pcicclvcd
tho puntrent odor or burning wood and
lie glanced up, and Jtt-t across the
sticct saw the smoke issuing from the
doors aud vvludows of a largo Unco
story brick house, with Mansatd toof.
It was ono of Hie imposing
stmcturso which forms n group of
three palatial trsldcnccs on 1 street,
cast of tho comer of Seventeenth street.
lie inn aeioss the street nnd could hear
the crackle of flames inside tho house.
There was n light as of u gas-jet in the
basement. Probably somo of tho scr
vnnls wcro awake. Ho vigorously
pulled the door-Lcll. It was answered
by a female domestic.
"The house is on firol" he cvolalmed.
The woiran seemed paralysed with
fright. "WnUoup the rco.ilu and I
will run for the cngliicsl" said tho col
oicd man as lie darted up thu bascmont.
He paused a moment, looking wildly
He could not remember where n fire
nlarmbox was located, There was an
engine-house not far away, on K street,
between Fifteenth and Sixteenth Erects.
hike a Mush ho was iff to give tho
OltOt Nt HUG DAY,
A Suro frooT Tlmt Winter Ik Non nt
Sunday was "Giound Hog Day," and
if bis ho:sbip followed all rules and
precedents he camo out of tho hole into
which he has but t owed himself all
winter and, failing to seo Ids slndow tc
fleeted upon giound, conducted tint
winter was nt an end nnd that hu would
remain out with his fellows lliU ho
eten his shadow, and if he was a well
behaved hog, ho would have immedi
ately relumed to ids hole and lorn line 1
in hiding for six- long weeks, feeling
satisfied that each one "of thorn would
bo too cold for the Kind of hog he was.
The traditions nn'd anecdotes of tho
giound-hog havo bcu handed down
from lime immemorial, and foimcily
coutlding and supcistltious old women
anu men would watt noxiously tor tliu
nnlvnl of tho 5!d of February. Should
tho day bo clear and sunshiny Ihon
prepaialion" would ba made for n Ion.;
w lntci, and was the day one on which
the sun did not Milne then believing
funnels and olheis would piepare for
the mil of w inter, and it was not
nn unusual thing for the faimcr to pre
pare to plant his ciops.
Iniccint ycais the giound hog his
had faith iot in him by the weathci
refusing to do as it was expected. The
woist shock that his predictions tc
eclved was in 18SS, when he came out,
did not Fee his shadow and was netily
fiozen to death IiUho Match oilmil.
Tho clianrcs are better this year, how
ever, as tho Weather Bureau shows
disposition to help the hos and au
nounccswaun weather tor this week at
.srjiAKiiit i:i:nn's r.ui.i.sr.
IlcnilciW a Dciimcriillr Member l it
A Dcmociatic member said this morn
ing that Speaker liced's uillng as to
what constitutes a quotum and his
opinion on tho stn.o subject as ex
pressed in debate on tho floor of tho
Houso borne jears ago, reminded him
of tho wny tl.o old Irish plo woman
told her pics apart without o.amlii!ng
them. It was noticed that when nn
order was given sho turned nt once to
tho proper" plu and cut the dcslied
piece, quarter-section or half, or handed
it out whole li ordered. She never
inndo a mistake, but dealt out mince,
peach, apple, pumpkin and so on with
n deft and unhesitating hand. Curiosity
was aiotf-ed as to tho method sho cm
PI03C1I, and finally someone asked her.
"Suit', an' that's alsy enough," she
said. "D'j 0 moind tho polio of pies at
tho ind nv tho counter bcynitt? Yo do?
Well, thin, d'vo moind tho label on
them, tho lctthcrs 't. iti.t'"
Asiired that thoy wore seen sho said:
"Well, thin, thim lcltheis mane "lis
inince.' D'ye moind that now?"
Thnt was minded. It ovplained about
tho mince, but failed to account for tho
"Faith, thin, that's just ns aisy. D'yo
moind thispoiloV" putting her hands on
a heap of pies nt tho other end of tho
counter; "d'yo obsarvo that theso arc
labeled 't. m.V "
It was duly observed, but it did not
seem to cast any light on tho pioblem.
"Well, thin, 't. m.' nt tills end of
tho connter manes 'tnlnt mince?"
A .Illicit l'rlnrtbs.
Bmai, Feb. !). Since heartless
Priuco Alexander jilted tho IVuiccss
Victoria so cruelly sho has become so
souicd nnd unbeatable that tho Em
peror William has offered her 10,001)
yearly if sho will reside out of Ger
many, but will stop the nllownnco if
ever sho enters his dominions. Sinco
tho biith of Prlnco Battcnbcig's sou
tho Princess is subject to settled gloom,
and tho Empress Frederic, disgusted by
her daughters conduct, will approvoof
auy plan, 'iho X'unccss will prouauiy
bo sent to Queen Yictoiia, with whom
sho was a prlnio favoiite.
CiiIb as l'ortlllors.
Lomion, Feb. 8. An English film
dealing in niliatcs, guano and other
fertlliras has secured a consignment
from Egypt of many thousands of
mummies of cats which wore buried in
ancient tombs as sacred animals. These
tnummhs are said to be, when ground
to powder, lite best feititlrers in tho
wont), even better than nitrate,
A Lotion In OiHiKrapliy.
Teacher (to dull boy of tbo class) Witch
New EiiKluuit State has iwo capitals?
Uoj New Hampshire
Teacher IuilceJl Name them.
Boy Capital N ana eapital II. VJiir;w'
SILVER FOR BULLETS.
JONAS BENTON'S CAREER IN THE
Living Tor Ycnr u l'miimron Hid Hnr
fHco of n Ilonnnn I.eadv lllci'x r.itcilc
Jonas Benton was a failure, yet ho
was an honest, plodding man. .No vice
liammclled him Ho fulled without
having even so much as gained tho
sympathy Kocky Mountain mincis dt
not withhold fiom n conn ado who falli
a victim to his own weaknesses.
Benton was a failure, yet ho never
lailcd ntluck, lie declined to recog
nl?c It as n factor in human affairs. Ho
put ids faith in cflort, nnd when tho re
sult fell shoil of his hopes he breathed
no blasphemy against invisible foicos.
Glinnco vvos no spceuliitlvowoidlo him;
It stood merely for opportunity, and to
his mind success could alone como from
energy sensibly directed. Nearly
twenty ycais of haidship tiled this con"
victlon. IIo saw si i anger after strangor
come Into his fionller home poor, and
go away lich. Tho mountain sides he
hail crawled over bo long yielded $'20,
000,000 to olbei'. lie posed nlono
anionc tho old Humes and shafts, the"
new slog-piles nnd dumps, tho pie
lures-quo pci Bonification of bad luck.
Yet he would not tike luck into tils
vocobulaiy. "It is a vain word," said
ho 1 1 mo and time again. "It me ins
superstition or villainy, ltich fools and
piospeious rascals are lucky."
bvm'.i) v noitsK Tiitnr.
He was of Scotch origin, and from
New England. His want of onthusl
asin and temperate habits offended tho
Oiocamp, which looked upon levity
as the voice Of the heart, and love of
the (up as proof of a true fellow, Ho
could not get along with the spend
lliiifls mound. Frugality was at first
n virtuo with him; It became a neces
sity. To tho Lees, Coultcis, Greens
nnd other gold-hunters, who, after
months of varying foi tunes in the
Clear Creek, Tatiynll and Alma dig
gings, had settled in California Gulcli,
ho seemed a reminder of the grasping,
piofit-jiiigling men I hey hated and had
left behind in the cities beyond tho
MUsouri Itiver. He attracted "their dis
like without mcilting it. Schemes for
tbcnvcithrovv of tho lights of otheis ho
could havo taken pan in with piollt.
Ucclioo lather to work his own bir
icn claim, confident that someday lie
would find it pay streak. When the
camp, in licny ouo night, tried to
lynch an accused hoisc-thicf, he S'jvcd
it e life of the suspect with a double
barrelled shotgun, chaigcd with slii'is,
upon which the mob was not bold
etinimh to advance. Ho was abused for
opposing the popular will. Then ho
was hated for saving tho camp fiom n
ciluc, for the man proved to be iuno
vk onrr.cr op im, m'i'u.
As more gold camo out of the gulch,
nrd Oro grew more populous, ho fell
tin deeper into want and ostracism. Ho
w as pointed out to new-comers as an
e.vainplc of what n fool or a pauper re
spectability and indu'liy can sometimes
make of a man. Thoy began to call
lilm "Unlucky Benton " In litnocamp
MiptistltUm made the sight of him tin
lucky to otheis. Ills was tho qnlyj
uuuu iijui uju uui j'.iy; iiu was uirimiv
person who believed it ever would, ft
vvnsjicnt the head or tho gulch, where
tho ground of otheis was richest. It
cave up to the pick and shovel but big,
iion like bouldeis, to the bluice bov but
Mviin nit owx ju i.i.m.
Tho test of the gulch was washed out
to bed tock; $1.1,000,000 or gold dust
was taken off; the camp melted away
ns quickly as it had llscn: hut Ben
ton remained in buckskin rag, desti
tute, hopeful, nlono. For Hour and the
meaner nccessailes ho went down tho
Atkansas Elver oiciy spilug, and
woikcd a short spell on somo i.inch or
in somo mine. The pino clad hills
around him wcro aliv o with game, nnd
ho was a laro good shot. Ho made his
own bullets of lead neai at hand. In
looking closely at the black sand his
sluice llfllcs saved in such abundance,
he saw it was more lead than iron. Ho
buist open a bouldci. Inside w ere nug
gets of lend buiied In a yellow substance
not less heavy. Ho ringed out a little
foigo in his cabin with an old fash
ioned blowpipe, and here he moulded
bullets for hunting. Ono day while
climbing the hill above, ho saw a ci op
ping resembling the stufl that clogged
up and Impovciished his placer. Ho
melted somo of it. It-mado a blighter,
smoother bullet. Ever after that he
got lead for his mould out of tho hole
he dug there.
iconic vagatioud-iprintcis came into
thu place flvo ycais after Oio had be
romo a memory, stayed in Benton's
cabin awhile, and then built a dug-out
across tho gulch. Thoy had in that
Liief time found :i quart mine, out of
which gold was afterwaids taken by
tho hatful. Tho company that bought
ihcm out lcstorcd the camp. Hundreds
it men wcro put to work; $9,500,000
were mined; the vein gavo out, and tho
second gold epoch ended, leaving Ben
Ion with the samo toll, the samo pov
eity. tho same faith. Tho printers of
fered to glvo him a princely holiday in
tho far away cities if he would bo their
companion. IIo only wondoicd at tho
senseless use to which they would put
their money. They tried to press a gift
on him and ho took offense.
Down towaul tho plains in tho
ranches nnd towns thero grow up tho
lccend of a phantom miner who liov
ci cd about the Mosquito langc, seeking
a placer deslincd to never bo found.
Tim seinstisT Aitmvr.s.
Then a man, wealing gold-iimmcd
spectacles and a vory humble air,
stumbled into Benton's hcimltage. He
saw tho blight bullets, the odd lcfuso in
tho foigo aud aftenvaid tho holo on tho
hillside. When ho asked permission to
put up a location stake on tho spot Ben
ton was amused to think his queer vis
itor should bo so anxious to own a lead
pllo in a land of gold. Tho scientific
man called tho mineral carbonates and
said it would bo valuablo in time.
Benton still thought it only fit for bul
lets, while each week tho flood of new
Soon thoro was not a patch of ground
unclaimed for miles aro'und, and soon
this becaiuo knowu tho world over as
tho wonder of bonnn7as.
Hundreds of men, sti angers to tho
gulch, were changed into millionaires
by tho turning over of n fow shovelfuls
ot dirt. Benton was no louger allowed
to supply his bullet mould fiom tho edd
hole, AVhatwcnt on before Ids eyos
wcro tho events not ot tho gold, but of
tho dawning silver ago. Whore ho had
been accustomed to tough, homoly jus
tice ho was given tho retlucmeut of it.
I.tZADV II.t,n COMES TO Ml'B.
A city of fine "buildings mid 33,000
inhabitants spurted up us if out of the
earth, over tho hills were scattered as
many inoro adventurers Railroads
pushed in from tho plains, and lu thu
contosl for tho narrow way through
the gorges men slaughtered each otlicn
Anioital sltugglo set in between thoso
who had secured primitive- ilght3nnd
thoso who were determined to steal
them. Companies camo to buyolty
lands, to buy mines, to buy falso deeds,
to by the mere shadow of vnltio any
where and fiom nnybody, and behind
their agents lurked nssasins lcndy to
make irood nil unjust claims by put
ting the rightful disputant out of tho
wny. The title of the squatter, ro
spected in nil frontier countries, was
auctioned off by lolso claimants, and
tho sale often ntteslcd by his murder.
Tho thefts which tho trusts failed to
complete by foico the couils finished
with their conuplcd decrees and de
lays. Benton's claim wns taken up by
company hirelings under the local laws
respecting cm donate deposits, and ids
title to It as a placer was questioned in
court by injunction piocccdings. His
life wns no longer secure In the
nlnco he had lived so long.
The lawyer ho cngaccd was se
crctly retained by tho consplintois
At the end of two years' litigation lie
wnH awnrded, as squatter's sovereignly,
ids log cabin, nnd ordered to pcrnta
ncntly vacate tho miticial vein. Tho
capitalists cot the mine, for the blg
bouldeis full of yellow substance and
lead nuggets, among which lie had
spent eighteen years in search of gold,
were the ouleroppiuirsof a rich carbon
ate conlai t. While tho lawsuit dragged
on, ho gained his livelihood ns a com
mon laborer mound camp. Fow knew
of his experience, lie was not tho man
to talk ot himself to evcryonoho met.
When tho law at lcugth sanctioned the
wrong done him ho disappeared, leav
ing no regret behind, sinco ho had
sought no one's sympathy.
ms usnr.sf.uv t.i path.
In the years sinco then I havo often
recalled his stoicism and woith, and
tried to imaslno that he had been vis
ited by that good luck he did not be
lieve in. A two months' old copy of
the San Miguel Pilot, which Ins just
reached me, puts all such Imagining at
test with this crude paiagraph:
1'rank Johnson, who camo aerosa from
Mineral Creek yesterday tilings tbo ncivs
ot u landslide on Silver Horn, ulilch has
carried away the shaft-houses and
vvorltlocs ot tlio rettllxiiie, Slnaloi
nnd Hogback mines, anil set lnck
Hie development of theso liljlily valu
able propci ties for months, not to count
tlio netunl loss tho dlsistcr entails on the
ow ners. J.ticklly the cabin escaped, being
out of the course, ot tlio slldo near Timber
line, ami as the slide cimo oil' at nlulit and
there were no night shlttswoillng,tho men
wcro all safely In beil.
Jonas henton, who was unfortunately In
his cabin at tho timo directly below the
Slnuloa shaft, is lost beyond peradveutitre,
not a timber ofhls plaeo reimlnlnir slinil
lug. When Frank left Silver lloin tlio
Loj s 1ml comedown fiom tho mines, and
wire doing theli level best to Unci tho body,
but it may lnko wicks, ns the ellilolsu
lumdrcil feet deep, so ho would like a gaaj
to take Hie trail back with him tofcliver
lieiton wns not veiy vu'll known here
clients, leinR not much of n h ill fellow with
Hie Lnvs, hut this don't matter now. Hu
bid fltio piospccls, vvuieh makes Ills fite
nil tlio h.mlci. I)y tho wny, Frank tells us
tbo deceased was tho dlsccncicr of cirbon
ales, nnd the first man to put a st.iko In nt
I.cadvllie, though tho courts swindled him
out of bis claim, and ho didn't takens much
as a grub stakn out of tho c nmp.
Wo arc requested to ask that all thoso
who want to Join tho rcsculusc paitj should
meet Trunk licio at the 1'ihl olltcc at 7
ululcch ii Uiajnotnlng with their own tools
and fiu days' grub.
"nm.b" (( ovi imji:i)).
The Peisinn Philosophical Itilo was
n system of Masonry which oiiglnalcd
iu Pails in the ycai 18Jr. It met, how
ever, with but slight encouingcmcnl
and lias long since ceand to cist.
Very little, if anything, is known of its
lilunl, and it Is a question whether Iho
thioc symbolic degrees were cssoullal to
tho members of the system, or if they
wcro included in the fantastic titles
which dignified the seven deirieos of
Older of Chailes XI1I. is an order of
hiiichlhood instituted by Charles XIII.,
King of Sweden, May "li, 1811, as an
encouragement and rowaid for social
ami benevolent eiloits to tlio advan
tages of the people. The order is Only
eligible to racmbcis of the Masonic fia
tcrnity of Sweden who havo ntlaincil a
high tank therein. The King of Swe
den is perpetual Giond Master and the
number of knights is limited to thirty,
twenty seven ot whom must bo hiymcii,
nalivo Swedes, yo years of ago and of
tbo tenth dcgico of tho Swedish Kite;
tlio other threo must be of tho Ecclesi
The Kite of Memphis, sometimes
called thoOiiental Kilo, lias a somewhat
peculiar history, it hav tng been founded
by Jacques Etlcnno Marconis, who was
twice expelled from the Klto of Mis
raiu, aftei having, however, attained
the ii.ty-sltli degree. In 18US he
founded a lodge at l'.uts under the
title of "Disciples of Memphis," and la
ltrl'ii, with the aid of E. A. Montct, cs
tablishcd a grand lodgo, "Osiris." Tho
system was n modification of the Klto or
.Misrnln, and a bitter enmity prevailed
between the two. Tho latter, however,
wero the more pouciful politically, aud
at their instanco tho police closed tho
lodges of the Memphis Klto upon two
occasions in 1818, and again in 1831. In
11:02 tho lite was rce'ognicd by tho
Grand Oiicnt of Fiance, but became al
most otinct. the last two lodges cm
biaciug the French Klto In ISfiS. The
system extended to Anieilia, and was
inaugurated in tills country about 1817
at Xew Yoik.
The Kile of Mopses ivas founded in
1T10 iu Gcimatiy, and, according to
McCoy, originated lu tlio following
manner: Popo Clement XII, having
issued n bull against the Free Mason's
in 111)8, tho people wore nlaimcd,
nml, hesitating to join a society which
had been thus pioscilbcd, "foimed
another on tho kuuo pilnclpal, which
would nffoid thrm equal giatlflcation,
without subjecting them to the Hum
dcis of tho Vatican. Fieo Masonry
was tlio model, with pretentions of do
votion to tho Pupal hleraieiiy, and
thus, under tho assumed appellation,
they evaded the Papal denunciation.
Somo of tho most illustrious peisonagcs
in Germany countenanced anil otenucd
their patronage to tho schemo; many of
tho princes of tho Empire becamo its
grand masters. In 1770 this oiganla
lion assumed nn androgynous chaiactcr,
and admitted femaicsto its ceremonies
Man wants but littlo hero below,
Hut wants that littlo strong,
This is especially truo or a purge. The
avuagomauor woman docs not precisely
hanker for It, as a rule, but when taken,
wishes It to bo prompt, suro and effective
Dr. 1'lerco's Pleasant l'urgattvo l'ellets
leave nothing to bo desired In point of
ifllcacy, and vet their action Is totally free
fiom auy unpleasant 6 mptoms or dlsagno
ablu after effects, l'urcly vegetable, per
fectly hannlef s.
Tho houso occupied by Cornelius Mor
gan, colored, 'J020 L street northwest, was
damaged last night to tho extent ot $50, by
tho explosion of u coal-oil lamp upset by
somo children Notice was given by a still
0LAMS0N WILL RESIGN I
Hu lined Nut I.llio to Sio allio l!n"
Out In tlin Cold and tlio ..(lunilv
(IoimIIpk" Invited In tlio Aduilnln
"Claikson is going to ic3lgu."
The speaker was a piomincul West
ern Hcpublioan not in olllce and nit ex
"Yes," lie continued, "Clarhsoi Is
going to resign. I am aware tint this
statement has been published loore
and that It has becu denied. But It ii
true, ncvcithclcss. Clnrksnn wl 1 re
sign In less than ninety days from this
The epcnLci was lu earnest nnd
Fccincd to know what he was talking
about. Ho was asked whytliu Fiist
Afilstmit Fotmnster General would le
"Clorkson will resign because hols
wcnivoftho Pluiilsatcal ways of the
Administration. Ho is a politician who
believes in rewarding, as fnroa may bo,
the men who did tlicwork nnd made
tho election of Ilairlson a possibility.
Iiu finds tho nctivo woikeisof the pirty
shunted oil onto a side track, and tho
dllcttautis, who, when the light was on,
slniplv stood around in thu wny, rail
roaded Into office. Ho sees 'the boys'
out In the cold, nnd tlio 'goody-goodies
Invited to the least thcrlonner killed
iho game tot, Thai's why. To be
slioit and plain, lie is disgusted, and as
soon a9hc can piotcct some pollticii
linper lie lias nut lie will shaku hands
withhimscir and quit."
"Can v on give an instance?"
"Can II A docn, if needed. Here is
a sample caser When the vvnt broko out
a y ouug man living in an Indiana town
volunteered in a Ilooslei regiment. His
bunkmatc and messmate ihii lug the bat
tlo ycais which followed is now a mom
bci of Cong less fiom his distiict. His
Colonel has been and is high in nubile
life. Of late yeats this man lias kept a
liquor saloon in ids town. He has al
ways been a Kepublican, Duiing a re
cent campaign his old Colonel was a
candidate foi a high olllce. This
aroused nil the enthusiasm of this old
soldier, who thought his old comniau lei
a great man and a good comrade. Ho
made his saloon tho paitv hoadquaitors
in the town, lie spent his money lav
ishly and ho gave of his goods with an
unspailng hand. Ills saloon for weeks
and mouths gave diinks uway and o
tended credit to all who worked for the
pi opiietnr'fi old Colonel. All the cloo
lion whisky mod in tlio (own, nnd it
was not stinted, waseonlilbulodby him
Ho called on his old Colonel, an I
when clctctid with him would tell
him all that he was doing, nnd of his
plans foi future work, including the
dinls cnteied into and the fine schemes
bo had for clei lion day. Tlio baud of
bis comrade grasped his, and he vv is
ibunked foi what he had dono nnd en
couraged to keep up tho good work.
Then ho would seek out tho puly leal
eis and managers, and they would
praise him and mge him on. It was
known to all from the Colonel down,
just what the soidiei-saloonist was do
ing; it was known that his whisky and
btci wcio flowing ficons river water,
and thnt lie was "putting up money be
sides for tho Colonel and the cause, pit
tlculaily the Colonel. Well, the
Colonel wns elected. His humble fol
lower rejoiced with gi cat joy; yea, lie
celebrated. He got out tbo band mid
he set 'em up unceasingly. Aflci tho
Colonel had been installed tho saloon
keener, who had concluded to quit tho
business, nnd who did quit it as soon ns
he could, nnd at a sacri lice, wanted a
small place in the gift of the Colonel.
"The Colonel kept htm waiting for
months and finally told him he could do
nothing for him because he had been n
saloon-keeper. Ho was out of the
business then. But it didn't matter.
His old Colonel couldn't tlo anything
for him, and as a matter or fact ho lias
done nothing for him. The Colonel
used his f filth ful follower when hu
needed him, and allowed him to go ou
spending money and lav ishlng goods to
win votes until" he nearly mined him
self finnnclnliy. That vvas before the
election. But after the election tho
Colonel had no further use for his
' "You have mentioned no names.'
"Soldier saloonist, "ntc Craigmlrc of
"Congressman, Joseph B. Chcadle of
"Kccimcnt, Seventieth Indiana.
"Colonel, Benjamin Harrison."
HlHliniXl A l'OST.MAHTIlIt.
Cunfiiirnc In rennpftsfo
landed In tlnnlt failure.
Under Cleveland's Administration a
(irtuin town in Tennessee sought in
vain to effect a change ot Postmaslcis.
Civil scnlco rules wcro enforced to
pi unit tho incumbent to hang on, nnd
this finally aroused tho people to take
decided action. Ho had cci tain ways
which tendered him obuoIous to nine
tenths of the inhabitants, nnd after sev
eral meetings had been held it was dc
cldid to worry him by malting all let
ters on the postal oar which passed
through tho place twice per day. It
wns hoped to reduce tho amouot of
si amps canceled at his otllco to such a
flguro as would knock his salary into
tho middle of tho eighteenth century,
AVlillo tho postmaster vvas posted as
to what was going on, ho gavo no sign.
His demeanor wns neither better uor
woiso. Ono day, when the plan had
been working for a mouth, u committee
of leading cilbcns called upon tho offi
cial to Inquire If lie wasn't tlicd and
ulout ready to resign.
"Gentlemen, I stick," vv as his brusquo
"Then wo shall havo to continue our
nlan to rctluco your salary."
"But your plan isn't woith a cent."
"If wo don t mall our letters here
"Won't make tho least bit of diner
euee. I've raised $1,600 on a mortgage
bought S-500 worth of stamps and hive
three girls goinc through the State
Ganttccr and addressing nn envelope
to every blamed iubabitaiit of old Ten
ucsseo. They nro encloslug n intent
medicine circular In each one, licking
on n creen stamp, and l'vo had to biro
an extra man to help cancel them.
Gentlemen, 1 stick, 1 can raiso nbout
$1,000 for this fight, and every dinned
cent goes In to bust the combine."
Tho next day the mall returned to the
tegular channel, and tho sticker hasn't
been ousted yet -V. V, bun
Bow Mntv I'iiom. to neglect tho warn
ing of tho chilly feeling exhibited beforo
tlio approach of a severe cold or tover! A
dofo of I.axailor taken at such a timo
would, In all probability, prevent tho es
tablishment ot serious disease
Our mothers, young and old, all pralso
Dr. Hull's llaby Byrup; for It Is tho best
thing tor babies vvlillo teething, Price 25
cents a bottle.
THHIR LAST WORDS.
llrnlli-ltrd I'tlrriuiii n nt Kniui) nf
World's I'ainoti Men.
An iiitcntcly Inlei tsiliigvolumo might
be made up of tho dying words and
speeches of men whom the world calls
Inmoiis. They have nil had to pass In
their chips like the most insignificant ot
us, nnd theli final evils fiom the great
since havo been gontinlly edifying, and
"God be praised " exclaimed WoTc,
thchcio of Quebec, on learning that
tic Ficnch were giving away lu every
i irccllon; "I die hnppy." liisantig
onlst, Montcalm, also received a mortal
wound while cndeavoilng to tnlly his
men, nnd when told that his cud was
nppinaching, made auswci. "So much
the better, I shall not live to see tho
Mmendcr of Quebec."
"I piny llteo, see me lip safe, but for
my coming down 1 can shift for my
self," remarked Sir Thomas More,
observing the weakness of the scaffold.
"I lieaid sny the executioner vvas veiy
good and I havo a little neck," said
AunoBolcyn, putllui: her bauds about
it and laughing heartily.
The unhappy Charles I. expired
with the word "Kemcmbcr" on Ids
lips, and Hie last words uttiibiiled
"Buckshot" Foster were "Xo home
uilc," while Kubeliiis calmly icmaikcd,
"Diop the cuitaln, tho fiu'ce Is played
With somo a presentiment that they
arc about to diu Is the first symptom of
approaching death. Monrt vviote his
iiqulcni uiidei the conviction that the
monument he was erecting to his genius
would piovesi monument to his own
remains. When life was ebbing fast
lie called for tho score, and as ho mused
ovei it lie said. "Did 1 not tell you
truly that it was foi myself that I com
posed this doath ehnut? Bewick, the
'otnotis wood engraver, was last em
ploy ed upon a representation of "the old
horse waiting for death," and Hogarth
delineated tlio death ol all things, an 1
having civen it u last touch, sebed his
palette nnd broke it In pieces, icm.uk
ing: "I have finished."
Many lcmnrkable instances may also
bo cited In which the dying lips mill mur
out tlio names ot riiends'iind the orcu
pations aud recollections ot past life.
Goctho'b dying lips miiimuied some
thing about a beautiful woman's face,
and Kapolton's hist thoughts were tor
the head or liN auny, while Disraeli!,
some qiniter of an bom beforo bis
death, raised himself a little iu ids bed
and stretched himself out in the old la
miliui way that ho was wont when lis
ins to reply in debate, while his lips
moved in silence.
De I.agny, the steal mathematician,
was askul the square of twelve when
he was no longci able to recognize Ids
fiicnds about his bed, and iiuclmid
cully answered: "One bundled nnd
foi t.v -four." Xo less striking were tho
last vvoids of Loul Temlcrdcn, the fn
mous English judge, boinc timo be
foro his death ho had been delliious and
talked incoherently, but presently re
cevcring his composure and vafsing
himself fiom his pillow ho was heard to
sny, in slow and solemn tones, as when
he used to conclude Ills summing up iu
coses or creat impoi lance: "And now,
gentlemen of tho jury, you will con
sidcr youi xcrdict."
Sometimes the strained thread breaks
witli a sudden snap, it was iu lids
wny Hint Boilenu expired trom the
effects of a diopsy. A iiinnd entered
thctoom vihtio he was sitting, and the
I oct, in one and the same breath, bid
him hall .'Hid farewell. "Good day and
adieu," said he; -'it will be a very long
adieu," and instantly expired.
"Come nnd lie down," cnttcilcil
Dlckcrls' slstcr-in law, when it became
evident thnt n fit was upon him. "Yes,
on the ground," he snid veiy dUtini tly,
ns he slid fiom her aim anu fell to the
Edmund Kcan niadehis final exit in
the middle of tlio greatest scene of Ids
greatest play. "iet mo oil'. Charles,"
lie gasped, "I'm dying '" Ills son led
him oil, and nil wiis over. And Phelps,
who had a superstitious honoi of tho
wotd "farewell," while actiug ll'c?,
and actually uttering tlieominous vvoids:
I'urcvv ell ! a long farewell to all mv great
ness! bioko down, aud thu curtain slowly
diopped upon him for the last time.
Many instances nre on ucorcl whero
persons have continued toje-t though
conscious that the end was nt hand.
"We shall -oon meet atratn," were thu
last words of Louis XIV. to Mmo do
Maintenmi, and tho murmured re
joinder, "A plensant rendezvous lie is
giving me; that man nevci loved any
one but himself."
"Is thcro nothing on eaith I can do
for you?" said Taylor toWilcot.as ho
lay on his dcath-bed. "Give me back
my y outh," were tho Inst w ords of the
lively, if scurrilous, poet, who, under
tho titlo of Peter Pindar, amused the
latter end of the eighteenth century.
ai ii:i:-niNM:r, hi:.mi.
A t'ornurr I ind it Ciito XVliorn
XVould Iliuu Saved Lite.
Dr. Chuilcn of Chester, England,
held nn inquest at Xantwlch work
house recently on Georgo Bcrrington,
an aged inmate. Tho evidence showed
that Bcrrlngton ato a hearty Christmas
dinner, and next mcining was found
dead iu bed. In reply to tlio coroner
tbo master of tho workhouso stated
that tho guardians had passed n speciul
resolution refusing beer or other alco
holic stimulants to tho inmates on
The coroner said it wns quite un
necessary to ptirsuo the Inquiry further.
For reasons best known to themselves
the guardians had depaited fiom the
usual nriaugemctit allowing beer to the
His own impression was that instead
of doing harm, n littlo alcoholic stlmii
inutvvas beneficial in assisting to get
lid of n heavy meal. In his experience
he had kuown many mistukes made by
persons who held extreme views on the
use of stimulants. What were the good
thlugs of earth sent for unless to bo en
joyed in moderation?
Did they mean to tell him that n glass
of wlno or beer would hurt nny llv lnsr
man ? Certainly not. In fact, stimu
lants, he knew from a very long oxpeti
onco, had been tho means ol saving
thousands of lives. Thoy were espe
cially beneficial In cases of weak action
of tho heait, IIo bad known teetotal
ers who were inordinate catcts.
He remembered a caso in Nnntwloh
where a man, a teetotaler, went homo
ot night and ate an enormous supper.
Ne.xt morning lie w as found dead iu
bed. Thu enormous quantity of food
had filled tho stomach, pressed upon
the heart and prevented nu upwnid liow
of blood. Because in that case lie (tho
corouoi) expressed tho opinion that a
glass of beer would havo saved the
man's life ho was severely criticised.
Extreme men carried this k'lnd of thing
sadly too far Verdict; Death from
AU marriage nnd death notices published
lu Tnc C'uiTic free.
AN EXPENDITURE OF $23 ORDERED
FOR ITS PURCHASE.
Tim Ot Initial I.iiiidiitnrlc Curled Atruv
nnd '1 lirmiii on u lliniipliii; Ortiuiiit
,Vllcrtrinil t f ed iih h (into t'ml
Clcnrco VVimliliiRtiin'A Wloli.
Tho Coninilssloiicis luivo entered tin
expendltui o of i'.':t to mat k tho meridian
of Washington, the stone to bo set lu
p ci by the United States Const and
Gecdetie Survey, This Is a small
amount even for selling a stone, and If
it includes tho puichiisu of a stone it
will inuko only a despicable mark, unu
woitby of tlio fate of the find meridian
Mono erected foi tlio Cnplfil City of
the lulled Slates.
Hi.niMi Tin: mi:uii)In hionk.
When Thomas .leffeison was Prcsl
e1cnt, Gcotgo 'Washington oideted tho
sclttrg of the stone, but ho did not live
to sec It set. Ho Is said to have been
of the; opinion tint our dependences
upon England could not cease until wo
had out loose from Greenwich lime and
hnd established the meildlan of Wash
ington for the me of republics on tho
"N cstcrn Continent
iMi'oni'ANcr. or tiii: r.viiNi.
As a Miiveyor, Washington's miud
naturally attached great significance to
the event, and after (lie location of tlio
uicildian stiuio lie fixed the position of
tlio Executive Mansion so that Iho
uoi th f i out door coincides with tho po
sition of tlie stone set upon Meridian
nn hi uv (.vim's itni'oiiT.
hi 180 1 tho Mono was set. Tho llnal
leporl of the but vox or is filed In tho
olllce of tho Secretary of State. The
wilier suys: "In running thu meridian
linul ill st ascertained the place ot the
Mai In the tail of Iho constellation Ursi
Minor on its greatest elongation, and
then continuing tho vcrlicnl clrele to
tbo sin face of the croiind, etc., etc., I
planted an obelisk of freestone two
niilisuoith of the President's door on
the height. Thu npex i-i the tine;
toe .vnco, nr 'tin: mm;
The lino runs directly through the
"N bite Home to a stone that has oHou
excited a question nbout its use, located
n Tew mils west of the Washington
Monument. It lias some signs and
figures on it that are worse than Greek
to the Chicago millionaires who stum
ble over il A fur more important
Mime vvas placed vcrv near to the south
fientor the White House, but it long
nco disappeared. An explorer or the
fiftieth cenluiy may find it in the niius
of a house on K stnet nnd wiito ti book
iv. u ink i in: s'iom.
'J ho real meridian stono was traced
after its dicnppcainncc fiom Mcridhii
Hill by Joaquin Mlllei throu,h many
adventures to its present location n n
hitching post in front of tho itcrorni
School on the lllndcnsbuig toad. lie
lccoidstho fact Unit tho Washington
meiidlau stone vvas set up in tho door-
yard of the mansion owned by the first
Commodore Poitci of the United Stales
Xnvy. Fily-scvcn years niter thu
mansion had tallcn into decay and u
street was piojectcd through tlio dooi
yard and thiough the foundations of
lhc house. The mciidini stone, so
cheiisbcd by Washington and set with
ceremonies by Jcilcison, was carted off
by the ignorant street conliactoi-.
ot Governor Shenhcid in 1871 to u
South Washington receptacle for waslo
'i in: stoni: t .r.t v- a r vii: i-om-.
Jcnquin asscits that it wns subse
quently u'td ns a gate post for Ailing
ton Cemctciy, and when an appropria
tion secured better posts for "the
bivouac of the dead" the old sloue was
cnnlcd to Alc:andrla, to bo again re
turned to a Government piopeity j.inl
near the wharf nt tbo loot of "S'ixtlt
street. Washington's meridian stono
wns not yet done its wanderings. A
fence was needed in I'M) for thu lie
form School. The letters and figures
on Iho meridian stone wero growing
dim, but its sio vvas about light tor u
post, and the old iion fences that used
to encircle the Capitol gumiids won;
tent to surround tbo bad white and
black boys of the District.
Monr. or nsxv VMir.nisi.s.
The meridian stone xvent out with
lire rest of tho old material and wns
cut down a little, whitewashed, a staple
at d ring were attached to It, and there
it stands to-day. Pcihaps it will stand
there until there is no need lor a Ko
form School In the District of Colinpihl i.
m.i i) or a lakgi: sioxi:.
It is possible that the ?23 just appro
I riated may be Intended to bring tho
old stone back to its original position.
It is to be hoped that no sentiment will
prevail iu this mutter. The old stono
vvruld not have been removed if il had
been of a piopcr slo and had been
piopeily guaidcd. It should not
now bo placed on private giound.
It should bo a monument in every
sense of the word, and it ought not to tiu
possible foi tho next twenty' centuries to
reduce it to tho grade of n hitching post.
Let us hnvo a meridian stono set up,
coinnicnsurato with the dignity of tho
country. Twenty-three dollar may
mail; tho site, but It will not secure u
stono that will not travel. And whit is
a tinveling meridian stone?
I-oolc Hcrr, 1'rlenil, Arc ou McU'.
Do v ou suffer from Dyspepsia, Induc
tion, hour Stomach, Liver Complilut, Ncrv
oiisnc6, Loot Appetite, llllliousiicss, Ex
haustion or Tired I'cellug, Pains In Clusf
or Lunge, Dry Cough, Night Sweats or nnv
form ot Consumption1 If so, send to Pro
fessor Hart, hS Warren street, New York,
who will scud you free, by mall, a bottlu of
rioraploxlon, which Is a suro cure. Send
Call up telephone Xo, S3 1-2 aud older
'I un Ciiitio delivered to you for tlo cent-, u
hen Otllcer Crcagh had taken Ids two
prisoners from Ninth street and l,ouUlaii
avenue last nleht, one of them, Henry Haw
1.1ns, Jumped from tho patiol and run down
Twelfth street and up nn alley on O street,
but was finally caught.
You can order Tin: t nine by postal card.
It will boseutto your address every even
log for 85 cents;
John F, Collins has procured a moclumk
lien cm tho sanitarium of Dr. Wm. A. Ham
munil, situated on the Fourteenth-street
load. Mr Collins was the architect ot thu
building, and Dr. Hammond Is $11,000 in lit
In its i inai etnxe there U nodUeaso
more offensive than cutarib of tho nasal pm
tape?, and jet Old Saul's Catairh 0iu
quickly and pleasantly cures thoso n t
vunccd and offensive conditions.
When everything elso falls, Bi. S.igc'
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