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THE SUNDAY HERALD, vSUNDAY, OCTOBER19, 1890.
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If lightning should strike almost any place in
Maj. McKinley's district these days it would
be pretty sure to hit a head crowned with some
sort of laurel. Every stump out there has a hie
man on it.
Tho rapid drift of New York from her once
proud position of cosmopolitan cussedness to
provincial piety is painful. Tho police of that
city are making a fuss about a raid on a poker
room. The next thing we know "the finest"
will be putting on airs because they broke up a
progressive euchre party.
At least somo of the social reformers of Ger
many are inclined to practice the unselfishness
which they preach. At the Socialist Congress at
Halle the other day one of the delegates talked
himself to death, instead of inflicting that ter
rible form of capital punishment on his audi
tors, as our home-brewed social reformers usu
ally seem bent on doing.
Our consul at Picdras Negras reports that
American hogs can be profitably exported to
Mexico, despite the $2.50 per capita duty on
them. This is good news indeed, and let us
hope a great movement of the American hog
across the Rio .Grande will be Inaugurated at
once. Tho home market is frightfully con
gested with them, both of the four-footed and
The Governor General of Canada has also
made arrangements to be absent from his capi
tal when the Count de Paris visits Ottawa.
Tho Count in the garb of peace seems to be
making more people run away from him than
he did when arrayed in tho trappings of war
during tho late unpleasantness. How happy
the Count would be if a threatened visit by him
to Paris would cause the stampede of tho pres
ent ruler of France !
There is a shocking rumor afloat to the effect
that vestiges of tho color line have been discov
ered in the domain of Senator Hoar and Henry
Cabot Lodge. A colored Prohibition orator
claims that ho was turned down by two hotel
proprietors at Pittsfleld, Mass., because his skin
was not even approximately as white as tho
sheets on the hotel bgds. Let the Force bill
be passed by all means. Massachusetts needs it.
Has Mr. Blaine lost his grip ? What has be
come of our vigorous foreign policy ? Is there
nothing in tho MoKinlev bill by which tho
great American seal iudustry of Alaska may be
protected? Government agents In that far-off
region report that the seals have been almost
exterminated the past season by poachers, pre
sumably from British America. What are wo
going to do about this Retiring Sea question,
any way? Address tho State Department, and
enclose stamp for reply.
Tho ofllclals of our peripatetic Police Court
may find someconBolatiou for tho inconvenience
they nro put to these days in tho fact that they
aro receiving more public nttentlon than ordi
narily falls to the lot of their humble but impor
tant free dispensary of justice. Tho daily papers
aro devoting a great deal of space to the doings
of the homeless court, although tho accounts of
the proceedings aro not as respectful aB might
be wished. But then it Is exceedingly difficult
to invest with solemnity these trials, in which
the flotsam and jetsam of a big city como to
judgment and receive their alternative of $10 or
Ma, McKinley has a reputation forfuirness,
even in the warmest political discussion, which
seems in dauger of serious Injury In the pres
ent blistering campaign in bis district. Hols
quoted as saying in a recent speech that "the
opposition, tho bitterness, aud tho ciittcism"
proroked by his Taiiff hill "has come from
those that acknowledge no alleglancu to your
flag, the flag of the stars, that moves and lives
in all the grand American nation." In this Mr.
McKinley perpetrated a gro65 libel on thou
sands of men, who are as good Americans, as
good citizens, and a6 intelligent us himself.
Not a few newspapers that advocate tho prin
ciples of tho Republican party have been among
tho most unsparing critics of the McKinley
bill. Tho Major inu6t be greatly perturbed at
the prospects of defeat to allow himself to fall
Into statements of the kind quoted.
When iiropcrly conducted there is no nobler
sport than horse-racing, nor ono that gives
nioro keen anl innocent pleasure to those who
love to watch trials of speed and endurance.
The Washington Jockey Club is making a
commendable- effort to keep alive the interest
in tho sport in tho National Capital, and in
this it merits tho cooperation of all public
spirited citizens. Tho autumn meeting at tho
club's track at Bcnnlngs will begin on Tuesday,
continuing eight days, and many good horses
will bo on hand to contest for tho purses. Tho
race meetings have in the past been a delightful
feature- of life at the National Capital, and
doubtless the coming ono will not be in any
wise lacking In interest and attractiveness.
Though he had reached au age when most
men have retired from business and professional
pursuits, Justice Samuel P. Miller's mental
and physical vigor was still so fully preserved,
apparently, that his sudden striking down came
with a great shock to the community and the
country. His loss will be a serious
ono to the high tribunal which ho had
so long occupied with honor, dignity, and
splendid ability, and the country can wish noth
ing more thau that tho President may find a
man fully worthy to bo his successor. Tho dead
Justice was built on tho noblest plan, broad
minded, big-hearted, genial, and so strong in
his integrity that ho naturally viewed with a
compassionate eye the short comings of others.
New Orleans has naturally become very much
excited over the murder of the chief of police
by members of a band of Italian assassins. But
her people should strive to keep their heads
cool and not hold responsible all her citizens of
Italian birth for the bloody deed of a few des
perate criminals. Nothing could be more un
reasonable and un-American than such a courso
The talk of an extra session still goes on.
According to the reports in circulation, the
President must have changed his mind on the
subject so often that he stands In need of a
special secretary to keep track of his decisions
The report that the heir to the Russian throne
will visit us is robbed of much of Its terrors by
the announcement that he will leave his name,
which is Nicolay Alexanduovitcu, at homo
in the keeping of his family.
When a man is on first-rate terms with him
self what need has ho of the smiles of a shallow
and fickle world? The census officials are
serenely satisfied with their work.
Mr. Christian Heurich left for Europo last
Monday to bring back Mrs. Heurich, who is still
an invalid, to her Washington home.
Mr. James It. Hunsicker, the well-known
young real estate mun, recently returned from
an extended tour through the North.
Mr. William K. Ellis, an energetic and popular
young gentleman, who was for some time con
nected with the well-known firm of John A.
Prescott. has established himself in the real
estate and insurance business at No. 1111 F
Fish Commissioner McDonald starts for Put-in-Bay,
Ohio, to-morrow, to organize the force of
employe's and bcglu work on tho just completed
new station there. The Commissioner will also
visit Chicago in the interest of a permanent
aquarium in connection with tho Exposition.
Mr. Fred W. Jones, one of the leading members
of the District bar, is lying at tho point of death
at his home, 3331 N street, West 'Washington.
His illness is a complication of liver and heart
trouble. As a lawyer Mr. Jones occupies a high
position, most of his practice being before the
Circuit and Equity courts.
Judge Charles Walter has received a fine plc
turo of the late Gen. John A. Logan, represent
ing him in tho heyday of his military achieve
ments. Tho Judge and Gen. Logan were warm! v
attached to each other for many years, and tho
gift was therefore a very appropriate one. It
was accompanied by a graceful note from Mrs.
The South Mountain Fishing Club returned
yesterday trom Its expedition to tho North Caro
lina coast, with its aggregate weight largely in
creased by a generous flsh diet, and its collective
complexion embrowned by tho sea breezes. Tho
members report no end of sport, and the records
of tho Chief Prevaricator have been enriched with
a collection of piscatorial tale3 that are expected
to last at least a year, with occasional repetitions.
Mr. Augustus Duddenbauscn, one of tho sub
stantial business men of Port Townsend, Wash.,
Is hero on a visit, tho guest of Mrs. Dr. Bigelow.
of No. 031 G street northwest. Mr. Duddon
hausen is a former Washlngtoulan. but loft ton
years ago to grow up with tho West, and ho has
done so most successfully. Ho took away with
him at tho time ono of Washington's loveliest
and most attractive young ladles, MIes Mollio
House, as his bride, who is pleasantly remem
bered licro by many friends. Mr. Duddenbauscn
grows enthusiastic when extolling tho glories of
his now homo on tho placid waters of Puget
Sound. Ho says that any ono who wishes to bo
healthy and happy must go there, and that it is
"next door to Paradise."
The HoiTa Burglary.
On Sunday morning last the jewelry estab
lishment of Mr. Frank Iloffa, 400 Seventh
street, was entered and robbed of a considerable
amount of goods. Mr. Iloffa estimated his loss
at $12,000. The work was that of expert safo
burglars, a6 the largo safe in the place was cut
opeu with all tho adroitness of cracksmen used
to such business. The police officials were at
ouce put on tho case. On Monday a largo tray
of jewels was found in the basement of the
store, and this up to dato Is the only thing re
covered. The detectives stated last night that
there was nothing new In the case, but that a
description of the stolen goods was in the pos
session of every police ofllclal in the country.
This U tho title of a pamphlet by Mr. Stephen
Maybell, written to advocate a financial and
economic theory of a rather htartllug nature.
Mr. Maybell believes aud argues with much
energy the reasonableness of his belief that a
currency based on land values, and put in the
form of Government mortgage certificates,
would cure mo6t of tho economic evils which
now alllict society and regenerate society
morally and otherwise. Tho pamphlet is woll
worth careful perusal.
Foreign Iiiiluence in Mexico.
Viir of Mexico, Oct. 18., via Galveston.
A tumor Is current that a Freuch syndicate,
headed by tho Rothschilds, have purchased u
majority of tho stock of the National Bank of
Mexico and will take chargo of the institution
shortly. Tho bank ofllclals refuse to speak on
TALK OF THE "WEEK.
Representative Kerr, Chairman of the Penn
sylvania Stato Democratic Committee, was in
town on a flying visit during tho wcok to seo
his family, who aro still here. Ho spoke of tho
outlook for Democratic success In Pennsyl
vania In a tone of quiet but absolute confidence.
"As matters stand today," ho said, "Quay
and Dclamater nro already bcatou. Wo know
that and they know it. Quay Is in tho position
of not knowing whom to trust or to depend on.
There is disaffection In his forces all tho way
from the rear ranks clear up to the headquarters
in Philadelphia. Ho doesn't know which way
to turn or where to placo his monoy. Wo hnvo
been working pretty hard, but as tho wavo of
nntl-Quaylsm has been rising steadily of its own
nccord wo have not thought it best to exhaust
ourselves whilo thero was no need of it. From
this on to tho ond of tho campaign we will
throw all the energy at our command Into help
ing it along, nnd when it reaches its full height
at election time Quay and Delamatcr will bo
swept out of sight by It. I am absolutely con
fident that Pattlson will be elected, aud by a
majority that will surpriso a good many Demo
crats." k -k -k
There was no doubt about Mr. Kerr's sincerity.
Ho really believes thero will bo a revolution In
Pennsylvania politics this year. Ilo says tho
Democratic committee receives on an average a
hundred letters a day from Republicans who de
clare they mean to vote for Pattlson. But it
must ho said Mr. Kerr's confidence is not shared
by other Democrats in Pennsylvania. They ex
pect to sec tho usual Republican majority seri
ously cut down, but they have no faith In tho
claims that Pattlson will bo elected. True, thero
are few in a position to know as well as Mr.
Kerr tho extent of tho Republican disaffection,
but still they can't believe that Quay will allow
his candidate for Governor to bo defeated when
ho has as much personally ut stake as ho has this
year. One of Quay's lieutenants admitted tho
other night that in his own county, in the west
ern part of tho State, the disaffection was great
a couple of weeks ago, and if the election had
been held then Dclamater would have been
snowed under. But an immense amount of work
has been done recently to bring the malcontents
Into line, and tho gentleman said that now every
thing looked lovely. All in all, it is the most
interesting fight of "recent years in Pennsylvania,
or in any other State, for that matter, and before
its close an immense amount of monoy will bo
Tho newspaper boys who wont over to Now
York on the Baltimore and Ohio "Blue Lino"
excursion last week had a great time. They
were treated liko princes from start to finish,
and can't say too much in praiso of tho way tho
affair was managed by the Baltimore and Ohio
officials. In Now York Dave Towers, a Wash
ington boy, now manager for Neil Burgess, ex
tended the courtesies of tho Union Square Thea
tre to all the members of the party who wanted
to seo "The County Fair," and a large number
attended. Others of the party woro extended
similar courtesies at other theatres. Some took
in tho sights at tho Eden Musee, and a practical
joker in tho party greatly disturbed tho com
plaisance of the proprietors of that famous re
sort by his criticism on tho representation of tho
Kemmler execution. The newspaper man
scanned tho Kemmler group with n keen and
analytic eye, and said he didn't liko it. It was
incomplete. It was a fraud on the public, be
cause it omitted one of the most remarkable and
pathetic incidents of the historic first electrocu
tion. Kemmler was there all right, writhing in
his chair of death. The sponges were there,
so were the electrodes, the death cap, the straps,
Warden Durston, and tho group of doctors.
"Then what's the matter with it?" asked thoat
tendant of the critical newspaper man. "The
matter ?" answered the latter. "Why, the thing
isn't half complete. I wonder that you have
tho cheek to exhibit it. This a representation
of the Kemmler execution, indeed, and not a
sign of the tender-hearted reporter in his great
emotional act of fainting not even his feet I"
The attendant admitted this was a serious
omission, and said they would seo about having
the figure of the fainting reporter put in.
News comes from Pennsylvania that Dr.
Atkinson, author of tho Railroad bill which tho
Star In its courses fought against with such
vigor, is in some danger of defeat. Dr. Atkin
son's constituents are said to bo disgruntled
because ho devoted himself too exclusively to
his Railroad bill, in which they were not nt
all interested, while he neglected the Pennsyl
vania Border Raids Claim bill, which interested
them very deeply in their pockets. The Doctor's
Democratic antagonist Is Capt. Skinner, who is
a member of tho Pennsylvania border raids
commission, and has become well-known in
Washington through his frequent visits hero to
look after the border raids claims before Con
gress. Capt. Skinnerisagooddeal of ahustlcr,
a keen politician, and an all-around
good follow, and ho is giving Dr.
Atkinson a lively fight. Tho latter can't
get around on his crutches at so frisky a gait as
the Captain, and although tho Doctor's smile is
expansive aud diffusive it will hardly reach
across his district.
A cozy and much-frequented dispensary
of liquid crcaturo comforts on tho Ave
nue is specially famous for tho sooth
ing and seductive quality of Its mixed
drinks. They aro works of art In a
way, with a deHcatc, oluslve, subtle, su
premely satisfying touch-the-right-spotativenesg
about them that many connoisseurs
maintain tho symphonies of syrups,
spiritus frumenti, aud wines concocted else
where somehow never possess. Among
the most recent conceptions of tho
artist who dallies with tho decanters
at tho noted Avenuo snuggery is a cocktail
served in a glass whoso dampened lips are
dipped in powdered sugar before tho delicate
decoction Is strained Into It. Then when
tho sugared lips of the glass touch the fevered
lips of the patient tho latter feels as if a stream
of the nectar of Olympus was flow
ing into hlin over a bed of tho honey
of Hymcttus, or words to that
effect. But all this luxury has Its drawbacks,
as one of the regular audfrequont visitors to tho
snuggery has recently discovered. Ho
Is a quiet young mun with a largo
nose and a devoted but determined littlo wife.
One of tho matters about which the llttlo wlfo
Is most determined is that her Billy musn't
get into bad habits; and of nil bad
habits sho regards drinking as the
worst. Now, Billy has u sound stomach and a
head that a Jiarrel wouldn't turn. Moreover, lie
knows some things about breath-disguising that
would make his fortune if ho could patent
them. Thus equipped the wicked and deceitful
Billy lias long been enabled to poso before his
wlfo as a little prohibition party all by himself.
But in an evil moment Billy becamo enam
ored of those fetching cocktails that como in
glasses with sugar-coated lips. Billy is never
willing to miss a drop, of tho de
licious decoctions, and tips the glasses
over until he can seo tho cobwebs
on tho cornices and crossbeams through tho
bottom, and tho outer edgo of the rim rests ou
tho bridge of his largo noso. Tho result
of the operation usually is that a de
posit of powdered sugar is left on
Billy's proboscis, and with it tho
pungent flavor of tho cocktail. Not long ago
Billy went homo to his llttlo wlfo with his noso
thus decorated. She is watchful and wily, nnd
without saying anything ilecked tho sugar off
with her handkerchief. A fow evenlncs later
Billy again came homo with his noso sugared.
This time his wlfo spoko about It, but Billy
couldn't imagine where the thing camo from. Ho
nlways carefully disguised his breath, but never
noticed tho danger-slcnal on his house. When
tho whlto powder appeared on Billy's proboscis
a third and fourth llmo, and always synchron
ously with a disguised breath, as his wlfo
dotcetcd when sho kissed him, tho llttlo
woman hecamo decidedly suspicious, but said
nothing. But tho next timo it occurred and
this timo the doposlt of sugar was very larcc
slio removed tho powder with tho tip other
finger and then touched tho tip of her tonguo
to it. Oh, horror 1 As sure as fato it tasted
of spirits. Billy had been drinking.
Sho taxed him with his perfidy,
nnd when sho sprung tho chain
of evidence on him which sho had been gather
ing for many days, ho had to confess all and
promlso to reform. And ho has roformed, to
tho extent, nt least, of novor drinking out of a
FUNERAL OF JUSTICE MILLER.
Tho ltoinnlns Hurled ut Oakland Ceme
tery, Noar Keokuk.
Keokuk, Iowa., Oct. IS. A special car left
this city at 5 o'clock this morning convoying a
commlttco of citizens who went to Burlington
to meet tho family and friends accompanying
tho remains of tho late Justico Miller and to
act as au escort to tho body to this city. Tho
funeral train arrived hero shortly after 9 o'clock
It was met at tho depot by tho honorary
pall-bearers, body-bearers, various commit
tees having in chargo tho funeral nrrangc
mentB, company of tho Second Regiment, I. N.
G.; Torrcnco Post of tho G. A. R., tho two
organizations having been designated to act as
an escort of honor, aud several thousand citi
zens. The body was borne to tho Federal
building, which had been elaborately draped in
mourning. Tho casket was conveyed to tho
court-room In which tho dead Justico had fre
quently presided, and placed upon a handsomo
catafalque. Tho faco of tho beloved jurist was
exposed to view, and during tho fow hours tho
body was lying in stato it was viewed by several
At 2 o'clock the funeral services woro held at
tho Unitarian Church, of which tho deceased
had been a member. Tho church was entirely
inadequate to accommodate ovon a small por
tion of the many who crowded about it long bo
foro tho doors were opened. Tho funeral pro
cession was headed by tho officiating clergy
men, who led tho way up tho centre aislo, fol
lowed by tho pall-bearers bearing tho caskot
containing the remains. In a few minutes tho
family entered with Chief Justico Fuller aud
wife, Justico Brewer, Attorney General Miller,
relatives, and some friends of tho family. Then
came members of tho Supreme Court and tho
various bar delegations.
Thero wero many handsomo floral tributes In
addition to thoso that accompanied tho re
mains from Washington. After the services at
tho church tho casket was removed and de
posited in tho funeral car and tho cortege
moved toward Oakland Cemetery, whoro tho In
terment was made in tho family tomb. Tho
funeral cortege was the most imposing demon
stration ever seen here. It was headed by a
band. Then came Co. A, First Regiment, I. N.
G.; Grand Army posts, Sons of Voterans
camps, school officers nnd children, tho Mayor
and City Council in carriages, local committees
in carriages, tho honorary pall-bearers in car
riages, the funeral car containing tho remains,
drawn by four black horses, the family, Federal
and State officers and invited guests, members
of tho bar, local, State, aud circuit; physicians
and students of tho medical colleges here,
lodges of Masons and other Societies, Are de
partment, citizens on foot and citizens in car
riages. At tho cemetery tho services wero of
tho simplest description. A short burial ser
vice was spoken by Rev. Hassall, a benediction
pronounced, and then amid the falling tears of
the family, relatives, and friends tho casket
containing the remains of ono of America's
most famous jurists was lowered into tho grave
and forever hidden from view.
DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION
An Interesting Mooting of tho Now Society
Hold Last lSvenlng.
Tho Daughters of tho American Revolution
mot la6t evening at tho residence of Professor
William D. Cabell, on Massachusetts avenue.
About thirty-flvo ladles, including tho founders
of tho society, Mrs. Flora Adams Darling and
Miss Clara Barton, wero present. Mrs. Cabell,
tho presiding vico president, called tho meeting
to order. Mrs. Walworth, the secretary, read
several letters from every part of tho country,
tho first ono being from Mrs. Harrison, accept
ing tho office of President General. Mrs. Darl
ing reported that tho ladles of Massachusetts,
Virginia, Now York, and Kentucky aro ready to
organize State societies.
Tho committee on badgo and seal roported a
dovico for a seal, to consist of n damo of tho
Revolutionary period at her spinning wheel,
with a cradle at her 6ldo, and tho Inscription:
"Sho who rocks tho cradle rules tho world."
Tho report of tho commlttco was accepted.
Thero was great earnestness manifested by
thoso present in the progressive object of this
society, viz.; to perpetuate tho principles which
wero fostered by tho Revolutlonal 6trugglo for
liberty, and by tho careful training of tho young,
to develop in them 6uch a love of country and
liberty as to make them earnest mon and women.
W. W. GOULD again raided.
Tho Police llnd Twonty.ono "Winning lot
tery TicltotH in IIlHl'ookets.
Tho Post Ofllco Department is determined, as
far as possible, tostopthosalo of lottory tickets,
and intends to devoto considerable timo to this
end, Yestorday Post Ofllco Inspector King,
with the assistance of Detective Homo, raided
the establishment of W. W. Gould, of 1805 F
street. Tho Inspectors wero assisted by Officer
Ceiuar, of tho First Precinct, and tho only thing
found that pertained to tho lottery business
was twenty-one tickets on the person of Mr.
Gould. Tho tickets wero winners In tho last
drawings, tho highest one being a one-twentieth
of $500, tho rest calling for flve-dollar terminals.
Mr. Gould was carried to tho First Precinct,
whero he was released on 5500 collateral.
Suspected at' Being a Horse Tliiei".
Officers Frayser and Spinkler, of tho First
Precinct, had thplr attention called last even
ing to the actions of a colored man who had in
his possession a splendid bay horse. Tho man
entered tho stables of tho Union Transfer
Compauy, on D street, and was trying to make
a dicker for tho 6alo of tho horso, the prlco
named being $120. Tho appearance of tho mnn
did not warrant his having such a fino animal
in ills possession, and tho officers not being
satisfied with his statement, placed him under
arrest. On tho way to tho statlon-houso tho
darkey attempted to make his escape, but be
fore going twenty yards was recaptured. At
tho statlou-houso ho tried to explain that he
had secured the horse on Twenty-eighth street,
and was offering him forsalo for another party.
The conflicting stories told made tho officers
still inoro suspicious, and they will hold him
for further developments.
THE RACE MEETING.
AUKoady forKlght Hays of Fino Sport at
tho Donning Truck,
All is In readiness for tho autumn races nt
Bcnnlngs, nnd if tho weather holds good eight
days of first-rate sport will bo Inaugurated on
Tuesday. Many improvements havo been
made- In all parts of tho grounds nnd tho patrons
of tho Jockey Club will find that their comfort
and convenience havo been carefully looked
after by tho officers.
A round hundred of good horses had arrived
at tho track up to last night. Theso represent
somo of tho best studs In the country, including
thoso of J. P. Burch, 8; R. Bradloy, 12; L.
Black; 5; Excelsior Stables, 15; Gilpin, 5; V.
Hollar, 8; Lloyd, 0; Carroll. 12; Randolph, 5;
W. B. Jennings, 12; Downoy, 10; T. B. Dos
woll, 8; A. E. Gates, 0; W. Jennings, 5; S.
Withers, 5; Blunt and Leach, 4, and Charles
Oxx, 5. Many borees will arrive to-day and
Tho additional stables coming Include tho
Koystono Stable, Hickory Stable, M. T. Down
ing, Western Union, Dolnnoy & Co., Maiden &
Co., Ryan it Co., Mahoney fc Co., Slro Bres.,
W. Batchelor, Carroll & Co., Jones & Co., Mlko
Daly, II. Fllpp, B. Holler, John Madden, II. A.
Bnkcr, Hutchinson & Co., Lovcll & Co., and
S. Smith fc Co.
Tho club has arranged a good programme of
five or six races for each day, with a steeple
chase on tho first, third, fifth, sixth, and soventh
dnys. Tho steeplechase courso, to which the
finishing touches aro now being put, is n fine
ono. Tho club deserves generous pntronago
for Us efforts to glvo Washington good racing,
and tho attendance at Beunings ouch day should
BUILDING UP THE NAVY.
Bids Invited for a Uarlior Defense ltum
and Two Torpedo Ilouts.
Tho Navy Department yesterday Issued
an advertisement inviting proposals for
tho construction of a harbor defenso
ram of 2,050 tons, n torpedo-boat
of 12 tons, and a swift torpedo cruiser of
750 tons. Tho ram will bo constructed in ac
cordance with plans prepared at tho Navy De
partment. Sho will bo required to maintain a
speed of 17 knots an hour two consecutive
hours, and a premium of $15,000 will bo allowed
for each quarter knot in excess of that rate.
The torpedo-boat will bo constructed on plans
provided by tho biddor with a view of develop
ing a speed of 24 knots per hour. For speed in
excess of that rate a premium will bo allowed
of $1,500 for each quarter knot up to 25 knots,
nnd of $2,000 for each quarter knot in excess
of that rate. Tho vessel will not be ac
cepted unless sho makes 23 knots, and a pen
nlty of $5,000 will bo imposed in case she
makes less than 24 knots.
The torpedo cruiser will bo built on Depart
ment plans, aud is required to develop a mini
mum speed of 22 knots. A penalty of $10,000
is prescribed for each quarter knot less than
23 knots, and a premium will bo allowed at tho
rate of $10,000 per quarter knot above 23 knots
and up to 24 knots, and of $20,000 per quarter
knot in excess of 24 knots. Bids for tho ram
and tho torpedo-boat will bo oponed on the 20th
day of December, and for tho torpedo cruiser
on tho 11th of February noxt.
Late Society Items.
A handsome evening wedding was that of Mr.
Benonl Wheat and Miss Lydio Addison Hester,
which occurred last Tuesday evening at St.
Paul's Church, Alexandria, Va. Tho church
was handsomely decorated with potted flowers,
and the altar was also tastefully festooned with
ivy. Tho bride, a charming brunette of hand
somo faco aud graceful figure, was attired in
handsome embroidered pearl-gray dress of la
dies' cloth, hat aud gloves to match, and with
loose bouquet of roses. The maid of honor was
Miss May Hester, 6ister of tho bride. Mr. Alex-
ander Campbell, of Brooklyn, N. Y., gave tb.0
bride'shand in marriage. .There wero tenushers,
who mot tho wedding party at the chureli
door and preceded them down the centre aislo
to the altar, whoro tho knot was tied by tho
Rev. Dr. Norton, who conducted the impressive
wedding ceremony of tho Episcopal Church.
During tho ceremony tho well-known Wash
Ington organist, Professor Jecko, rendered ap
propriate music Afterward tho happy couple
departed on an extended Northern tour, in
cluding Saratoga, Niagara, Now York, and other
prominent points of interest. Mr. Wheat is
ono of tho most popular as well as public
spirited citizens of Alexandria, being president
of tho Alexandria Water Company "and tho
Citizens' National Bank. Tho brldo Is
well connected and is well known in Wash
ington aud Alexandria social circles. The
ushers wero McRsrs. Frank Campbell, of
Now York; Ogle Steele, Sam Trimble, Allan
Elliott, William B. Hester, Richard Washing
ton, Dr. William M. Sprigg, Dr. Frank Hester,
Allan S. Towson, and Dr. Rust. Among tho
many present were Dr. and Mrs. Gatowood, of
tho Navy; Professor and Mrs. William D.
Cabell, Judge and Mrs. Critcher, Surgeon Gen
eral Moore, of tho Navy; Hon. Charles Lyman,
C. S. C; Senator J. P. Jones, Commodore and
Mrs. Nicholson, of tho Navy; tho Misses Dar
nlello, Mrs. Charles Cragin, Mrs. D. S. Addison,
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Daineierfleld, Dr. and Mrs.
Addison, Col. Arthur "Herbert, and Hon.
Thomas Winklnson and wlfo.
Tho opening dancing party of Mrs. Dyer,
formerly Mrs. Flora C. Dennisou, took place
last night in her now homo on R street, and as
was expected a largo number attended. The
now dancing quarters aro tho most commodious
in tho city.
Tho marriage of Miss Louiso Covert and Mr.
P. C. Johnson, tho son of S. E. Johnson, of tho
Cincinnati Enquirer, will tako placo Tuesday
ovonlng, October 21, nt tho residence of Mrs. A.
L. Powell, No. 1513 Rhodo Island avenue.
Tried to Hang Herself.
Ida Mitchell, a colored girl of ill-fame, was
arrested yesterday by Officers Fraysor and
Sprlnklo for being drunk and disorderly. A
good case of "snakes" dovelopod at tho statlou
houso, and sho becamo so crazy that it was
necessary toliaudcuft and tloher upin tho coll.
About midnight she becamo rational and the
cuffs and ropes wero taken off, and then when
left to herself sho attempted suicide by hang
ing. Sho toro her petticoat in shreds, aud,
fastening ono end to tho door, tied tho other
around her neck, Sho was released in time,
and then another prisouor was placed in the
cell to watch her. Sho made affairs lively by
yelling tho rest of tho night.
Lato Army Orders.
Tho following officers havo been ordered to
proceed to Fort Leavenworth, Kan.,andresumo
their duties on November 1 us members of tho
tactical board: Maj. Henry C. Hn6brouck,
Fourth Artillery; Capt. James M. Lancaster,
Tho following officers of tho Corns of En
gineers, membors of tho board of visitors to
tho Engineer School of Application at Willets
Point, havo been ordered to proceed to tho
place named for tho purposo of making an in
spection of tho school; Col. Cyrus B. Comstock,
Col. David C. Houston, aud Lieut. Col. Georgo
Intriguing Ex-President Column.
London, Oct. 18. A despatch from Buenos
Ayres 6ays that tho supporters of ox-President
Celman aro intriguing with tho view of return
ing him to power.