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PITTSBURG, MONDAY, JAN. 7. 1SS9.
SLOW, BUT IT WILL COME.
The newest thing as to the Pittsburg Ex
position, which everybody hopes is coming,
is that Mr. Nicholson, the gentleman from
Cincinnati, who came to get the necessary
5500,000 subscriptions, now retires from the
scene but little pleased with the result of his
labors. Mr. Nicholson's observations are
given in another column of The DisrATCii
this morning. The sharpness of his dis
appointment is quite natural because of his
uniform success in quickly raising far
larger sums for exposition purposes in Cin
cinnati. But it would be foolish to exag
gerate the importance of the incident. "We
all know that Tittsburg, though leading
Cincinnati in business by at least $100,000,
000 every year, outranking it in natural re
sources and enjoying just now such an ex
ceptional period of growth, has yet to learn
the practical benefits of expositions, a mat
ter in which Cincinnati has been thoroughly
posted, by experiments covering the past 14
The view which President Marvin takes
is the correct one. As a competent associa
tion of reputable and capable business men,
who as individuals do not know failure,
have set to the work of building the Exposi
tion, their ultimate success is not to be
doubted. That they will meet difficulties;
that they will receive slow responses from
quarters in which they might reasonably
expect quick encouragement; that they will
have to argue much with doubting
Thomases, and that they may themselves at
times feel almost like following the exam
ple of Mr. Nicholson, counts for nothing.
These are but the ordinary incidents of a
canvass in the city where the project is new.
The assured fact remains behind that the
Tittsburg Exposition will be finished no
matter what the temporary delays. With-
ont doubt the new board to be elected on
Tuesday will push the project with re
AN ANNEXATION CAMPAIGN.
An interesting indication of the progress
ot annexation sentiment in Canadais afforded
T)T the iact that in the mayoralty campaign
of Windsor, Ontario, now in progress, two
of the four candidates in the field have pub
licly pronounced in favor of annexation,
one of them, in his desire to catch the annex
ation vote, going so far as to declare that he
was prepared to fight either the "United
States or Canada to make annexation a suc
cess. The other annexationist, who is con
sidered the leading candidate, confines his
wishes to peaceful annexation. That
"Windsor is hardly representative of the
feeling of Canada as a whole may be in
ferred, inasmuch as its location, immediate
ly opposite Detroit, would naturally create
a strong feeling in favor of annexation.
Allowing for that, however, these indica
tions of the strength of the annexation sen
timent warrant the belief that the time is
coming when Canada will ask to be admitted
to the United States. When that time ar
rives the United States will grant the wish.
ELEPHANT EXPERTS IK DEMAND.
A pretty, zoological style oi boom has
been started for Adam Forepaugh with a
view of landing him in General Harrison's
Cabinet. It is true that Mr. Forepaugh has
been very successful in disposing of His ele
phants recently. He has killed one and
has presented two others to the cities of
Philadelphia and New York. Genera
Harrison has a number of elephants on
his hands, and it is suggested that
Mr. Forepaugh might be persuaded to
help him to dispose of them. But the still
more famous showman, Mr. P. T. Barnnm,
has parallel claims, we imagine. After he
had procured or manufactured a sacred
white elephant and it began to pale upon
the public, and its pallor began to peel off
in unseemly patches, we remember with
what wondrous celerity that beautiful ani
mal became a common, everyday pachyderm
in color but a veritable Grimaldi among
Mr. TJarnunTs ability to transform ele
fphants from time to time,in accordance with
the popular demand would seem to recom
mend him to General Harrison in this
emergency more strongly even than Mt.
Forepaugh, whose ability to kill and give
away elephants is undoubted. General
Harrison can hardly kill or even give away
ihis elephants, but he would like to know
Show to transform a candidate for the Cabi
net into an ally of his prospective adminis
tration without the bribe of a portfolio.
A DISCHARGE THAT KICKS.
Fremont Cole, the Speaker of the New
York House of Representatives, is consid
ered to have countered rather strongly on
Go Ternor Hill by saying in his opening ad
dress: "The issue has been joined as to
whether the politics of 6,000,000 people
should be dominated by the power of 30,000
saloons, and the saloons have won." The
declaration is clearly intended to apply to
Governor Hill's re-election; but in view of
the tact that Mr. Cole has been given a lead
ing position by the party which holds a ma
jority in the Legislature it appears to have
a dangerous recoil. .The committees to be
appointed by Mr. Cole and the majority
which elevated that gentleman to the
Speakership will have a good deal to say
about legislation affecting the respective in
terests ot the people and the saloons. Mr.
Cole does not wish the people to think that
the saloons triumphed in securing the bu
premacy of his party in the Legislature; but
there are better ways of proving that it is
not so than laying "the responsibility on
SUPERVISING THE DRAMA.
Municipal bodies are waking up to the
gravity of their duties, and are determined
to discharce their functions by a close super
vision of the theatrical 'companies that come
into their respective bailiwicks. The coun
try has heretofore been called upon to ad
mire the vigilance of certain Legislators
who wanted laws passed for the regulation
of the railways, requiring free passes to be
furnished to the lawmakers. The municipal
bodies have too clear a comprehension of
the positions of master and servant to at
tempt to reculate the railroads; but the idea
seems to be spreading in that class that they
must regulate something, and they propose
to regulate the theaters. In order that they
can supervise them properly, the municipal
legislators have passed an ordinance re
quiring all theaters to furnish free admis
sion to all city officers, councilnien, in
spectors and policeofficials. Lansinjj, Mich.,
has followed suit, calling for free passes for
the Mayor and thence all the way down.
There is every reason that the city fathers
who have thus assumed the task of su
pervising the drama will be constant and
diligent in their duties. From orchestra
chairs they will carefully study the ques
tions of costume and anatomy arising out of
burlesque and ballet performances, and
from the aristocratic region of the boxes
they will watch over the performance of
Shakespearean tragedy or grand opera. As
long as the attractions are good, we may be
sure that the work of supervision will be
kept steadily np; and in a few years the city
officials will probably have attained a wide
circle of information about the drama, while
the dramatic profession will also have
learned considerably more about city offi
cials. WHAT THE FIGURES SHOW.
The DisrATcn has already called atten
tion to the clement of water in the capital of
railroads which have gone into the hands of
receivers as a cause of their bankruptcy.
The detailed figures of railroad insolvency
for the past year show the actual presence of
this element to a considerable degree. The
year in the present decade in which railroad
bankruptcies have been most numerous was
18S4, when 11,000 miles of railroad passed
into the hands of receivers with an average
capitalization of $65,000 per mile. This
year the failures involve only 3,270 miles of
track and the capitalization on hem was a
fraction under 00,000 per mile, and that is
just about the average capitalization on the
43,770 miles of road that have been defaulted
These figures have no slightsignificance.
In 1874 the average capitalization of all the
railroads in the United States waS $60,000
per mile. That represented war prices for
construction and equipment, which were
two or three times what they now are. It
included such notorious examples of stock
watering as the Pacific railroads, the New
York Central and Erie, and the whole brood
of Western wads, which were built at ex
travagant prices solely on bonds. Since
then, every department of business has been
scaled down to a basis of solid values ex
cept the railroad business. Nearly one
hundred thousand miles j of railroad have
since "been built and capitalized at nearly
war prices, the present average being about
$57,000 per mile.
In view of this fact, and the further one
that nearly all these bankrupt roads were
located where the cost of grading is notori
ously low, the showing presents a remark
ably good one for the railroads. During a
period when the whole business of the
country had to undergo a process of shrink
age and reorganization less than one-third,
the railroad mileage of the country has
gone through the process, and the averaee
capitalization of the bankrupt roads in
1889 is actually in excess of the inflated and
watered capitalization of 1874.
Instead of this being an indication of un
profitable railroad, investments, it is an
evidence that the railroad business is re
markably successful when it can sustain
such a weight of inflation with a total of
bankruptcy of about 1 per cent annually.
The proposition to amend the United
States Constitution so as to give Congress
the power to enact uniform laws on marriage
and divorce, Is being boomed by the New
York Herald. As The Dispatch proposed
that way of reformlng'the confusion of State
laws some years ago, it is 'glad to see other
people falling into line.
A rather sigular method of judging
evidence is famished by the remark of the
Philadelphia Times with regard to the
Bismarck-Morier squahble that "it is by no
means sure that the calumnies of which Mr.
Morier complains are calumnies in fact,
since the only testimony offered in disproof
of them is the word of Marshal Bazaine."
Whether the cnarges against Sir R. D.
Morier are true or not, is not very import
ant to the American public; but it is some
what interesting, since the only testimony
which afforded any basis for the charges was
an alleged statement by Bazaine, to find
an intelligent American journal arguing
that a denial from the alleged authority
does not amount to disproof.
It is rather instructive and should be
something of a warning to note how each
newly elected Senator has his public repu
tation based on the fact that he is either a
millionaire or a corporation attorney.
The Irish citizens of Pittsburg denonnce
the testimonyof informer Flanagan before the
Parnell commission, with regard to raising
money in Pittsburg forthe purchase of arms,
as perjury. Unfortunately, however, this
rebutting evidence will not reach the En
lish court in which the purchased perjury
A communication to the New York
World intimates that if Amelie Rives'
"Herod and Mariamne" is compared with a
work published beiore the war, entitled.
"Marianne, or the Queen's Fate," some in
teresting discoveries may be made. That is
calculated to evoke the hope that if anyone
wrote such overwrought and gory stuff
before'the war, he was killed off before the
war was over.
The House of Representatives took a
wise precaution in amending the Nicaragua
Canal bill so as to prevent the United States
from assuming any pecuniary responsibility
in connection with that measure. If the
Senate has any desire to place the affair ona
proper basis, it will agree to that amend
ment Lieutenant Governor Davtes opin
ion that the Legislature wants longer ses
sions in which to transact its business has
this foundation in fact, that the Legislature
does not do much business with the usual
length of sessions. But that is not a -demonstration
that it might not do more if it di
vided its time by some other rule of propor
tion than one day of work to seven of recess.
The recent inquiry started by the New
York Herald: "What Shall We Do in
Heaven?" has inevitably provoked a dis
cussion which ought to be more pertinent to
the editors of that sheet as to what they will
do in the other place.
Mature consideration of Dan Dough
erty's outbreak to the effect that Pennsyl
vania "has stocked the whole' country with
poison," anttytber commendatory language,
leads to the conclusion that there is some
basis for it The State must plead guilty
to having furnished the advocate of the
New York boodlers in the person of the
brazen-tongued Mr. Dougherty.
The method adopted by the Mayor of
Harrisburg in raising "loans," as he calls
them, from the police force for the benefit of
the Democratic campaign fund, is a return
to an old method. More famous campaign
ers than this politician have adopted the
practice ot concealing plunder under the
name of "forced loans."
Lillie Devereui Bolton says that the
American eagle is a hen.
E. P. Roe's most popular novels aro being
translated into German.
In spite of tempting offers Lord Tennyson re
fuses to write his memoirs.
Alphonse Daudet is nearly 60 years of
age, but does not look it by at least ten years.
President Dwight, of Yalo College, does
his writing on an old-fashioned secretary that
is said to have been in the family 200 years.
Judge Chabxes J. McCurdy, of Lyme,
Comf., is now the eldest living graduate of
Yale. Ho was graduated in the class of 1817.
Mrs. Frank Leslie wears a No. 1 shoe, and
toasts her tiny toes on a coil of steam pipes be
neath her office desk from 9 A. M. until 3 p. Jr.
The Queen of Portugal not only has a
mustache, but she is proud of it Tho ladles of
her court do not feel inclined to follow the
The Queen of Sweden, who still suffers from
shattered neives, finds ease in working like a
housemaid and in weeding and digging in her
Mrs. James G. Blaine. Jr., was offered
K00 per week Dy a Bowery variety manager to
sing in concerts, and she bad tho good sense to
decline tho offer.
Lord Wolseley's brother, who is a squat
ter in Australia, has invented a sheering ma
chine by the use of which a dexterons hand
can shear 144 sheep in a day.
Robert Louis Stevenson will step foot on
American soil again In a fortnight at San Fran
cisco. He will come direct to New York, ar
riving hero about February 1, and set himsolf
immediately to literary work.
General Grant was once a pupil of W.W.
Richeson, a teacher, who died in Maysrille,
Ky., day before yesterday. When Grant be
came President be tendered his old preceptor
an office, which Mr. Richeson declined, saying
that he would not exchange the work ho loved
for the highest office in the country.
ANOTHER NATIONAL PAE.
A Scheme to Establish a Fresh Breathing
Spot for the Citizens of tho Capital.
(SPECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Washington, January 6. The movement
on foot to establish a public park in the Dis
trict of Columbia has definitely taken shape,
and the prospect for a general indorsement of
the idea grows brighter each day. It is pro
posed that the tract of land lying on both sides
of Rock creek, beginning at Woodley Lano
bridge, on the road leading to President Cleve
land's country house.and running northwardly,
following the course of the creek, shall be se
cured and set apart as a public park or pleas
ure ground for the people. Tho wholo tract to
be selected is to be within 2,000 acres, and of a
width not less at any point than 400 feet, in
cluding the bed of the creek, of which not less
than SO feet is to be on either side of the creek.
The ground along the creek which will be
condemned if Congress passes the bill appro
priating the necessary funds is in possession
of several persons who are in sympathy with
this movement, and in its present natural state
ar willing to dispose of their property at a
reasonable figure. A bill has already been pre-
Fared and will shortly be introduced in Congress,
t is based in part on tho act setting apart the
Yellowstone National Park and in part on the
act condemning the National Library site on
Capitol Hill, the idea being to get a bill which
had a precedent. This varies somewhat from
a former proposition which, it was claimed,
savored of a scheme to boom land held by
speculators. Most of the land involved in the
present project is owned by old citizens who
wish to see the natnral beauty of their lands
preserved .or the pleasure of future genera
tions, and therefore, while not feeling ablo to
donate it, desire to keep it from the grasp of
BUSINESS BEFORE PLEASURE.
A Ynnkeo Doctor Sends His Brldo Alono on
Cbumpton, Mo., January 6. The village
gossips are discussing tho marriage of Miss
Mattle Glanding,- the principal of the school,
and Dr. C. T. Cahoon, the village physician and
druggist When the ministerial blessing had
been given and the benediction pronounced,
the happy pair stepped into the finest team the
town could afford and drove to Ralph's wharf,
twelve miles away, to take the steamer Emm!
A. Ford for a wedding trip to Baltimore and
When the steamer was reached, however, the
bridegroom concluded that he could not desert
bis practice and bis drug store, even for the
pleasure of a bridal tour, so placing his hrido
on the steamer, with many emphatic injunc
tions to the officers to look after her comfort,
he slowly and sorrowfully wended his way
home, while the lonely bride came on to Balti
more. Mrs. Cahoon visited friends in Balti
more and Washington, and enjoyed her lonely
wedding tour as best she could. After three
days' absence she returned, and this morning
was met by her husband at the wharf. The lit
tle house was ready for her, and the happy pair
have gone to housekeeping.
M0ET0N VISITS PHILADELPHIA.
Tho Vice President-Elect and His Wife At
tend Dedicntlon Ceremonies.
Philadelphia, January 6. Vice President
elect Morton and wife arrived in this city last
evening;. They were driven to the residence of
Rev. Dr. Francis L. Bobbins, whose wife is a
niece of the Vice President-elect
The evening was spent in a purely social and
informal way, and only a lew callers paid their
respects. This evening Mr. and Mrs. Morton
and Dr. Field attended the ceremonies of the
dedication of Disston Hall and Beacon Dis
pensaries, connected with the Beacon Presby
terian Church at Cumberland and Cedar
Qanr Said to Favor Blaine.
Prom the Philadelphia Press..
One of the minor revelations of Senator
Quay's presence In the city is the fact that the
Chairman has received"! letter from James G.
Blaine, congratulating him on the manage-
Tnent of the campaign. It is no longer much of
a secret that Senator Quay is not only not op
posed to Mr. Blaine for the Cabinet but is dis
posed to favor him. He is also desirous that
ex-Senator Piatt and John S. ClarKson, of
Iowa, as well as Mr. Wanamaker, shall be
among the President's advisers.
As She Heard It.
From the Hartford Courant
A very little girl in the infant class of one Of
our city Snnday schools came home' last Sun
day and told her mother that the teacher had
taught them a new song. On expressing a
wish to hear it the mother was much aston
ished at the following sentence, which was all
tho child could remember: "I'm a little green
horn among a half a cheese." The words
which had "been misunderstood by the child
were these: "Tm a little gleaner among the
The Bobs Mangier.
1'rom the Oil City Blizzard.
There is a compositor on a paper in Albany,
N. Y., who, if not "a thing of beauty and a joy
forever," is at least a James W. Dandy, "They
wonld strain at a gnat and swallow a camel"
was the expression be bad to set a day or two
ago, and this is the way he Is said to have set
it: "They would strain at a goat and swallow a
Franklin Was an Annexationist.
From the Boston Journal.
If Benjamin Franklin had only stuck to his
original idea of making it a part of the treaty
of peace with England that Canada should be
ceded to the United States, what a heap of
trouble might have been saved. But England
would not listen, and the idea was abandoned.
And Not Oat to Grass at That.
From the New York Sun.
It is a positive fact that Colonel William M.
Singeriys Holsteln cow never gave more milk
than at present
Tho Cotton Belt nud the Cotton Press Tho
Cradle of the Confederacy Some Re
flections Concerning Birmingham and the
Recent Eplsado There.
Montgomery, Ala., Week Before Last,
1SS8. We are now in the center of the cotton
belt. I have not been in the center of a cotton
belt before since I was a child.
Here we went over, Mr. Riley and J, to see
the large press squat tho daylights out of a bale
of cotton. The old-fashioned cottoD-squatter,
which worked like a cider press, is only utilized
at present for home use. It puts a $40 bale of
cotton down to about the size of an upright
piano or folding bed. Then it is brought to
town, where a large athletic press of more
modern mechanism shuts it up into one-fourth
its former size, while nimble fingers readjust
the hoop-iron wrappers.
The old-fashioned press is operated by a
mule, supported by a colered man, whose whole
life is a shoreless calm, and whose system is
saturated with rest. The mule walks around
the press and the negro remains stationary, It
is tho origin of what has been since called the
Tho upright of the press is a large screw,
which, as it revolves, brings the relentless laws
of the machine closer and closer together. Six
bands of hoop-iron are then wrapped around it,
and it is ready for market. Most all the cotton
planters of Alabama are engaged in raising a
crop to pav for the grub and good clothes of
the past They do not appear to enjoy it, but"
they have formed that habit and they can not
overcome it now. It is one of the drawbacks
of cotton planting that the planter gets his
goods on credit at enormous prices, and then
gives the crop to tho merchant at the end of
the season. In this way ho is really only a kind
of hired man for the one who furnishes him
with supplies. He is wearing oundhe soihand
barely keeping his soul and body inside the
same suit of clothes. That is the reason his
gate hangs by one binge and tho winds sigh
through the vertebra) of his borse and carriage.
That is the reason why you do not mell new
paint around his premises, and the carpets on
his floors are never hung on the line to be
To-day wo visited the new Statehouse, the
cradle and the grave of tho Confederacy. Here
for the first year the Rebellion rolled up its
sleeves and prepared for the future, and here
Jefferson Davis stood and addressed the people
whose warfare had been waged in vain. I stood
on the spot where be stood.to address the peo
ple, near the big white pillar and commanding
a view of the beautiful street In my mind's
eye I could see him there with white hair and
beard as he recalled the past. He does not yet
understand that he made a mistake,but thinks,
like Mr. Cleveland, that he was not defeated.
It was a principle that got a black eye. It is
pleasant to look upon things in that way. I
often wish I could do so. One time I was kicked
through the side of a log corral in the far West
by a mule whose bunion 1 was treating at tho
time, and if I could have felt that there was"
nothing personal about it, and that it was just
simply the defeat of a great principle instead of
feeling as I did that a normal school building
had fallen on me. it wonld have been worth
$100 to mo. But I cannot reason things out
calmly when in pain.
We are having a good time scooting about
over thf country, changing cars two or three
times in one night, and in other ways enjoying
onrselvos to the utmost We sleep days, lectnro
evenings, and, at night, abandon ourselves to
changing cars. At first we devoted the first
half of the night to orations, banquets and
demonstrations, but now we have quit Hav
ing but one stomach apiece, and having about
six months of this tour looming up ahead, with
its prospective mirth, music and quail on toast,
we have registered a large, hot vow on the
hotel register, hereafter to substitute on such
occasions our new agentwho has four stomachs
and a valise, together with an alimentary
which would certainly be an ornament to any
Birmingham is the most remarkable city in
the South. It is more like a booming mining
town than anything else, and looks like Lead
villo in the flush times. When we rode into the
city it was a remarkable transition from the old
stylo of Alabama towns. Red-mouthed fur
naces yawned like sleepy giants and painted
the somber sky a gaudy crimson with their hot
breath. Busy people might have been- seen
here and there, going somewhere Instead of
waiting patiently for somebody to walk around
them or looking reproachfully at strangers,
who seemed to be tho slaves .to .business habits.
Birmingham reminds me so' forcibly of a boom
ing mining town that 1 remarked to Mr. Riley,
as we got off the train, that all we needed to
carry out tho similarity was an earnest lynch
ing party. In less than 24 hours a crowd of 6,000
people made a party call at the jail for the pur
pose of extending tho neck of a gentleman
named Hawes, but after 20 people had been
killed and wounded by the officers thoy re
treated. Several strangers who bad never seen
a man lynched and wanted to be able to scare
their children with the story when they got
home by telling about It went to observe tho
entertainment, returning later on by way of the
Mr. Hawes was a man who had an earnest
nature and a large red elm club, with which he
ever an anon attracted the attention of his wife
when he wanted to communicate a disagree
able truth to her. But ho would mostalwajs
feel real sorry about it afterward, and one time
after he had broken two of bis wife's ribs in.
this way, he. told her he could see that he had'
perhaps been hasty and given her needless
pain, and he believed that ho had better divide
up his attentions between her and another
woman, so that one of them could recover
while be gently rebuked the other.
Now I think that he will ultimately climb a
telegraph pole at the hands of his friends, and
if the evidence as thus far given be correct the
audience is making no mistake. Mr. Hawes
did wrong in the first instance in marrying two
women. When a man marries two women he
is already on tho downward road. "One wife
seems to caU for another" in such a case, and
then ill-feeling arises. Mr.. Hawes, of course,
then tried to obviate tho wife he had at first
married, and now people dislike him for it
Bill Kye in Once a Week.
A WIDOWED PRIMA DONNA.
E. J. Wethcrcll, the Husband of Emma
Abbott, Dies ofPneuraoniant Denver.
Denver, January 6. E. J. Wetherell, the
husband of Emma Abbott the prima donna,
died at the Windsor Hotel, in this ciity, at 10
o'clock to-day of pneumonia, contracted while
he was en route to Kansas City from the Pacific
Coast He departed from Los Angeles last
Monday, via tho Southern route, and was in
his usual health. He had business in Denver
in connection with the sale of some valuable
real estate which be purchased upon a specula
tion a few months ago, and arrived Thursday
Mr. Wetherell went to the Windsor Hotel
and at once requested a physician, statins that
he had contracted a very severe cold on tho
road. He went to bed and gradually crew
worse until this morning, when he appeared
a mug ueuer. xie ab up in uea ana reaa the
newspapers and annonnced that be would de
part to-morrow morning forKansas Clty.whero
the Abbott companr begins an engagement to
morrow night One hour later he was seized
with choking, and expired immediately.
A Fruitless Junket
From the Chicago News.
The United States hog cholera commission is
traveling through the South seeking for infor
mation. There is a general Impression here
abouts that nothing can kill a southern hog ex
cept a streke of lightning or chronic ennui re
sulting from too much attention beingpaid to it
DEATHS OP A BAY.
John D. White.
John I). "White, father of Ex-Fire Chief William
White, of this city, died at the residence of his
son, Itev. A. W. White, Jefferson, Greene county,
on Saturday, at the ripe old aire of 89 years. De
ceased came to Pittsburg In 1S3Q, and np to within
a few years was a familiar flrure. He was a plo.
neer In the dra Tins: business in the crood nlrt rfavi
of boating, and for a number of rears occupied a
position ox trust In the Custom House here. He
leaves a large lamuy oi grown-up sons ani
ters and numerous grand ana great-ei
dren. Funeral services will beheld at his son's
residence, No. 8 Clark street; this evening at
6:3a after which the remains will be taken to
f lain Grove. Lawrence county, to be Interred be
side those of his wife.
Christian T. Ihmxcn. '
The manyfrlends of the late Christian T. Ihrascn
will be pained to learn of his unexpected death in
(Denver, Col., on last Saturday-niornlns;. Mr.
Ihmeen had gone to Denver for his health, but his
illness was not supposed to be as serious as It
really was. He was well known In tbls city, and
was the grandson of the late Charles T. Ihmscn,
oi me inmsen uiass ores, aoutnsiae, I
MONDAY, JANUARY Y,
A GEEAT NEWSFAPEIi,
The Leading Features of Yesterday's Six
teen Page Dispatch.
The DiSPATcn yesterday was exceptionally
brizht and newsv. The first nan contained a
special by cable from Europe, depicting in,
vivid terms the sad physical and mental condi
tion of Emperor William. The Morier muddle
Is still agitating Europe. Count Herbert Bis
marck has promised to exonerate Sir Robert
Moner of Uncharges made against him, but
the latter demands an official apology. In
France Boulanger and his campaign is exciting
Coming nearer home, it is reported from In
dianapolis that Blaine's appointment to the
CaDinet is still uncertain, while a dispatch
frpm Washington asserts that Blaine has been
assured of the Stato portfolio. The tariff bill,
which has been dragging its weary way along
in the Senate, is expected to come to a vote
on the Zlst inst Senator Quay, who has
been in Washington a couple of days,
has decided to go 'South' to get
rout of the reach of unfortunate office-seekers
More developments in the big sugar swindle
are coming to lights and it appears that 81,000,-
uw, contributed by men on both hemispneres,
has been sunk. The murderers of Paymaster
McCiure and Hugh Flanagan, who wero killed
and robbed near Wilkesbarre, have been cap
tured. The Justices of the Supreme Court of
the State will convene in Philadelphia to-day
in 'all the dignity of silken gowns. News
comes from Harrisburg that a vigorous move
ment is on foot, supported by the Governor, for
the reopening of the soldiers' and sailors'
orphan schools. A remarkable case of death
from hydrophobia, in which many of the usual
symptoms were lacking, is telegraphed from
Fall River, Mass.
The local news Is complete and varied. The
charitable bequests made by the late Miss Jane
Holmes have doubled in value, owing to the ap
preciation of property. A controlling Interest
has been obtained in the P. A. & M. road by a
syndicate, and the cars aro to be run by electric
motors. T. B. Barry, the expelled Knight of
Labor, arrives in the city and talks in a con
cisc.and pertinent manner. An interview with
a Legislator states that a compromise will be
made in regard to the Blue Laws and the
Brooks law by which the former will be al
lowed to remain on the statute books and the
latter will be amended.
The feature of the second part is the first in
stallment of "The Colonel's Cards," an Ameri
can novel written especially for The Dis
patch by Franklin File, a purely American
writer, whose contributions to the press have
appeared under m Ay non de plumes. Bill Nye
discusses the Inter-State commerce law from
his peculiar, bald-headed point of view.
Captain Charles King, the author and fighter,
contributes an article on riding. E. W. Bart
lett discloses a few secrets of wig makers and
wig wearers. An interesting article on the re
vival of the minuet is contributed, and Dr,
Hammond explains why dancing is healthy ex
ercise. Lillian Spencer depicts in a sprightly
manner the London Alhambra, the home of
the ballet Our traveling correspondent de
scribes Korea and its ruler, Clara Belle sends a
budget of fresh New York gossip, and Rev.
George Hodges gives advice to ill-tempered
people. Bart describes tho inside workings of
a mercantile agency, and Clarke Russell tells
why he left the sea. Wakeman, in his inimita
ble manner, describes his experiences in two
Irish inns, and Prof. Shaler talks about recent
scientific discoveries in a manner which can be
at once understood and appreciated by the laity.
The receptions of tho traveling baseball teams
at Honolulu is set forth vividly by a traveling
In addition to all this, The Dispatch is re
plete with facts and fancies gathered from all
parts of the globo by its complete corps of
news gatherers and artists.
THE NEXT DISCOVERY.
It Will be Some Method of Getting Elec
tricity From Coal Direct.
Being asked by a New York reporter what he
thought would be the next field in wkich elec
trical Invention would employ itself, Mr. Edi
son said: "Undoubtedly the next great dis
covery will be eomo method of 'getting elec
tricity from coal direct without the interven
tion of boilers to make steam, steam-driven en.
gines to run dynamos, which in their turn, with
the intervention of magnetism, do work,
whether in operating motors In makintr light.
Such a consummation would mean one bucket
of coal furnishing one horse-power for ten
hours a day. As it is now it takes four or five
buckets of coal for one horse-power, whereas
wo ought to get five or six horse-power out of
one bucket That is, we get five or Mx per
cent of the units of force, whereas by obtaining
electricity direct we should get 75 per cent
"But economy of coal is not the great thing
arrived at in connection with this coming dis
covery, although that would be a great deal in
itself. The thing a good many men are work
ing on and I have been doing a good deal of it
is to get a simple and inexpensive apparatus
for applying; the force that is in coal directly to
tho wort that It is to do. That would revolu
tionize the world of machines, for it would do
away largely with boilers and engines. No.it
is nothing like tthat Keely is after, because he
is trying to get something out of nothing. The
thing I speak of is bound to be done."
WHY TnEY PARTED.
Billy Crane's Reason for Dissolving Partner
ship With Robeaon.
From the New York Press.
Cpmedlan Billy Crane is a wonder. He is one
of the strongestopponents to the generally ac
cepted laws of rest on the globe. Everybody
who knows him wonders If he ever sleeps. -Ho
has been known to come from the theater after
the performance.spend the night with oneparty
of good fellows, wear them all out, seok another
group toward morning.spend the day with them,
turn In for a short snooze at 5 o'clock in the
afternoon and show up, in the greenroom at 7:30
looking brightand chipper as a daisy. Crane
spent New Year's afternoon in tho Hoffman
House cafe with Colonel Bob Ingersoll and a
group of intimate friends. "What is the real
reason you and Robson are to separate?" asked
one of the party. "I'll tell you," said Crane,
"if you will promise not to repeat it It is be
cause I am tired of playing fathers to grand
fathers." COAL IN DAKOTA.
Two Veins Have Been Discovered nnd
Farmers Will Cease Csing Hay for Fuel.
St. Paul, January 6. Another coal deposit
has been fonnd in Dakota, and the hay fuel,
with which farmers have had to be content,
will probably soon be a thing of the past This
find Is three miles north of Ceiitcrvillo, and it
was struck by a party drilling a well. One vein
eight feet thick was first bored into at a depth
of 12S feet, and after going through sandstone
and slate another vein was struck, in which the
drill is now working. Active efforts to develop
the find are now being made.
She nnd an Eye to Business.
From the Norristown Herald.
Mrs. Dumbeigh, having read that a steel
plant in Pennsylvania yielded $100,000 a year
profit wrote to a neighboring nurseryman ask
ing how much such a plant would cost and in
what kind of soil It thrived best
Ulsmnrck Honored in Louisville.
From the Courier-Journal. 3
Bismarck is probably not aware that one of
the streets of Louisville bears his name, and
that no American or other hogs are aUowed to
run on that thoroughfare.
SARCASMS ON WOMEN.
Lamennais Woman is a flower that exhales
her perlumo only in the shade.
Caedan When women cannot be revenged,
tbey do as children do; they cry.
Proverb Take the first advice of a woman
under no circumstances the second.
Old Phoverb A lady and her maid acting
in accord will outwit a dozen devils.
La Bbuteee Women are extremists; they
are either better or worse than men.
Lkmontey Of all heavy bodies, the heaviest
is the woman we have ceased to love.
Commerson Women distrust men too much
in general and not enough in particular.
Baezac Woman is acharming creature who1
changes her heart as easily as her gloves.
Montaigne There is no.torturethata wom
an would not suffer to enhance her beauty.
iJaxzac Women aro constantly the dupes or
the victims of their extreme sensitiveness.
A. US' Musset A woman forgives every
thing but the fact that you do not covet ber.
J. J. Rosseau O, womanl it is thou that
causests the tempests that agitate mankind,
LAUGHS FOR LAWYERS.
A Number of Legal Freaks Unearthed by a
Correspondent in Ohio.
Mr. William A. Taylor, of the Cincinnati
Enquirer, has picked up a number of legal
freaks during his travels through Ohio. He
To a Hocking County Court belongs the re
markable distinction of passing upon a woman
as personal property. The unique precedent
was laid some 25 or 30 years ago and before
woman's rights had progressed as far as they
have since. . A citizen ot old Hocking married
a young lady against the energetic protest of
her father, and set up housekeeping on his own
account It was a case of "love in a cottage","
as a matter of fact During tho temporary ab
sence of the unsuspecting bridegroom the
wife's father and brothers invaded love's dom
icile and carried her off.
The despoiled husband repaired to a neigh
boring Justice of the Peace in search of law
suited to tho exigencies of the case. After a
thorough investigation of Swan's Treaties ana
Cradlebaugh's Constable, it was unanimously
decided by the 'Squire, the constable and the
desolate husband that the proper thing to do
was to proceed by an action in replevin!
Tho papers were accordingly made out, and
tho writ lodged in tho hands of the constable,
who proceeded at once to execute it, and re
plevied the woman from the custody of her
father, who, though exceedingly irate, didn't
feel like resisting the edict of the Court When
it came to appraising the property and fixing
the sworn valuo of a woman, the constable was
rather perplexed, but the three freeholders
whom he called in to act as appraisers solved
the problem in a manner at once off-hand and
They sent for her husband, the plaintiff, and
ascertained from him that he 'had expended
the following sums of money upon his "prop
erty:" License, 75 cents: Justice's marriage
fee, $2 50: one new dress, 8 cents; one new
bonnet 37 cents. They furthermore decided
that the wonjan was "perishable property,"
andhervalne was only to be estimated theo
retically. Whereupon they fixed the value of
ner laoor ana services tor tne montn at 4,wmcn
they added to the other items, making $8 SO.
In due course of time the trial came off and
the plaintiff duly and satisfactorily proved bis
ownership by producing bis marriage certifi
cate. Tho defendant could not upset this evi
dence and the plaintiff got judgement of resti
tution and 23 cents damages. His property
was then restored to him in due and regular
form, and the defendant was solemnly notified
that a repetition of his offense would be re-
carded as petty larceny and punished accord
ingly. The man and his wife are still living
happily and contentedly together.
But Hocking county can not lay .claim to ex
cluslveness In "precedents." Over in her next
door neighbor. Perry, a horse was once restored
to its rightful neighbor under a writ of habeas
corpus issued by a Justice of tho Peace.
A's horse broke into B's pasture, whereupon
B put it into his stable, locked tho door and re
fused to give it up. A secured the services of
the celebrated Sbep -Tinker as his legal ad
viser. Shep knew that his client could not give
the necessary bail in an action by replevin, so
he decided to bring a different sort of an ac
tion. With this intent he went before a Justice of
the Peace in old StraitsviUe and took out a
writ of habeas corpus and literally brought the
horse into Court Lawyer Saunders, a most
brilliant practitioner at the Logan bar, and
long the Prosecuting Attorney of Hocking
county, was called on the other side.
He didn't know the nature of the case until
the constable made his return upon the writ
"Why," exclaimed Mr. Saunders with a look
of blank astonishment, "this Court can't issue
such a writ, and no court could issue one for a
horsel" Shep was more than equal to the
"Your Honor," he said, "a wise and just
Court can do anything that is laid down in the
books. The writ of habeas corpus has been
recognized as sacred for centuries. To say that
this Court can't issue it is to say that it is igno
rant of Magna Charta."
"But this Court kin issue it," interposed the
Justice, "and it has issued it already."
Mr. Saunders saw his mistake and apologized
to the Court for having doubted its abilitv to do
anything it chose. It is needless to say that
the horse was restored, to its owner.
"Can I send an execution from a 'Squire's
docket in this county up to Delaware?" in
quired a client of Major John CNcill, of
Zanesville, many years ago. "There is no doubt
about it" was the genial Major's ready re
sponse. A month later the client reappeared.
"I thought you told me I could send an ex
ecution to Delaware county?" he said, ex
"Yes; didn't you send it?"
"Certainly; but it wasn't worth anything
without a transcript and judgment in that
"Of course it wasn't." said the Maior. "and
if you had asked me about it I would have told
you so at the time."
As funny a thing as ever occurred in a court
happened at Napoleon, 0..in 1839, before Judge
Potter and a jury. A case was on trial, and an.
outsider seated himself on oneof thepuncheons
at the far end of the panel ot jurors, there be
ing no other available seat When the defend
ant's counsel arose to address the jury he
scanned the face of each very closely, and nat
urally his gaze was directed to the furthest
man from him, who didn't happen to be a juror
at all. Glaring at him be began:
"Gentlemen of Jury: I want to know what
this man (referring to the plaintiff In the case)
has come Into court for? What is his business?
What right has he here? What is he seeking
mi. Again i repeat, gentlemen oi tne ury,
The countryman imagined that the question
had direct reference to himself, and when the
lawyer paused to give due weight and emphasis
to the question, he jumped to his feet and
"What am I here for, you cross-eyed cock of
the walk? "What am I seeking for in this here
court? Til tell you in short order, you weazen
faced old son of a gun. I've been here three
days awaitin' f er my fees, and nary a red kin I
git. Pay me my witness fees, sir, and I'll git out
of here immegiately."
This unexpected oration bronght down the
house, and the lawyer never finished his able
John H- Morrison practiced law many years
ago at Findlay and all through that section of
Ohio. He bad' some striking peculiarities,
nhlchwerein the habit of cropping out in
court. He was once trying a case hef ore Judge
Patrick Henry Goode anda jury, and opened
his side of the case as follows:
"May it please the Conrt: By the perjury of
witnesses, the Ignorance of the iurvandthe
connivance of the Conrt, I expect to lose this
"What is that yon say, Mr. Morrison?"
"That Is all I have to say on that point, and
the Court will feci happier if I do not repeat
what I have already said. From the looks of
the jury 1 infer that they would rathernot have
beard it once."
Morrison, by the way, must have been a rela
tive of the Hocking Justice who replevined the
woman, for on one occasion he got out a writ
of replevin for a child, whose ownership was in
dispute between its parents, who had separated.
But the appraisers could not fix a valuation on
the child. One set of appraisers after another
was called, but none of them could decidewhat
the child was worth. Finally the officer in
charge of the writ returned it in disgust
"There," exclaimed Morrison: "there goes
my case. I could replevin Satan himself out of
the infernal regions if I could only get some
body to put a valuation on him!"
Pa'a Boots Too Big For Herby.
From the N. Y. Evening Telegram.)
About all the public can hear in that Morier
diplomatic squabble is the noise Count Ilerbert
Bismarck makes when he tries to rattle around
in his Pa's shoes.
My friend, he spoke of a woman face;
It puzzled me, nnd I pansed to think.
He told mo of her eyej ?na mouth, the trace
Orprayerqn her brow, and quick as wink
1 said: "Oh yes, hut you wronjr her years.
She's only a child, tiltX faiths and fears
That childhood fit. I tell thee nay;
She was a girl last yesterday."
"The years are swift and sure, I trow"
(Quoth he). "You speak of the longago."
Once I strolled in a garden spot
And every flower unralsed a head
(So It seemed), for they, I wot
Were mates oi mine; each bloom and bed,
TJicir hours for sleep, their merry mood.
The lives and deaths of tho whole sweet brood,
Were known tome; itwasmyway
To visit them but yesterday.
Spake one res rose, in a language low;
"We saw you last in the long ago."
Entering under the lintel wide,
1 saw the room; 'twas all the same;
The oaken press and the (helves aside,
The window, small for the sunset flame,
The book I loved ou the table large;
I ope'd, and lot in the yellow marge
The leaf I placed was shrunk and gray.
I swear it was green but yesterdayl
Then a voice stole ont of the snnsct glow;
You lived here mail in the longago."
Tls thf same old tale, though It comes to me
By a hundred paths of pain and glee.
Till I guess the truth at last and know
That yesterday is the Long Ago.
RUhard E,urton in Jiarper't WeeXly?
THE OLD WAR GOVERNOR.
Andrew Cm-tin at 71 The Prudent Mo
ment of HU JAfe Reealted.
From a Bellefonte Letter.
At 71 Governor Curtln Is still a well-preserved
man. His tall form he is over six feet
is slim and erect His large and shapely head
is covered with a thick mass of silver hair,
while a broad, high forehead overtops a Roman
nose in full harmony with the square,
resolute jaw. Eyes of dark gray com
plete a strong and striking lace. As is
often the case with men of positive character
who, when aroused, fight fiercely and ask for
do quarter, Governor Curtin possesses a noble
and generous heart and one of the kindliest
natures. The love and esteem In which he is
held In his mountain borne are universal, and
the poor know him as their- most constant and
Some years ago a tramp was arrested and
brought- before the Burgess of Bellefonte,
charged with defacing private residences. He
had been caught scrawling cabalistic figures
upon Governor Curtin's handsome stone man
sion, and the Governor was present at the hear
ing, only as a spectator, however, and npt as a
"I am not a tramp," said the prisoner, when
asked to give'an account of himself. "lama
coal miner oat of a job, and I am working my
way tromPittsburg to Schuylkill county. Them
marks are signs."
"If that is the caso what do the signs mean?"
queried the Burgess.-
'They might not mean anything to a gentle
man like you," was the reply, "but to every
hungry man who travels the road they are
plainer than print They will tell him when he
comes along, whether it be to-morrow, next
week or next month, that tho man who lives In
mat house win always give a fellow a square
meal for the asking."
"Despite all the honors that have from time
been paid to me," said the Governor, in speak
ing of the incident "it was the proudest
moment of my life when that poor devil spoko
up for me in the Burgess' office here In my own
SILENCE SHATTEEED BY SHRIEKS..
How an Obnoxious Teacher Was Disposed
of by Two Cincinnati Girls.
Cincinnati, January 8. A yonng woman's
boarding school in ttu c7 ia just at present
discussing the practical joke which a few of tho
pupils played on one of the teachers who is far
from popular. Two of the girls gained access
to her room the other afternoon and painted in
phosphorus on the wall facing the head of her
bed this thrilling inscription: "This night shalt
thou surely die."
About 10 o'clock that night the teacher re
tired and the girls watched for her light to go
out It was some time before this happened,
and then there was a profound silenco of about
three minutes. When this was broken, it was
shattered all to pieces by a blood curdlinc veil
which rang through the building to its farthest
confines. A rush was made for the room of
the ancient maiden, the continued shriek
surving as a guiue.
One of the practical jokers Jed the proces
sion and immediately struck a light The
teacher was found flat on the floor with her
face firm, still screaming. "What's the mat
ter?" said another teacher who now made her
appearance. With some difficulty the victim
was led to explain. But as there was now a
light no signs of the inscriptions were visible.
The teacher was induced to look for herself
but though the letters were gone, she felt as
sured that the Almighty had served a sum
mons on her-as ho did on Belshazzar of Babylon.
She was put to bed and another teacher agreed
to sloep with her to keep her quiet As soon
as tho light went out both women yelled more
Siercingly than before. This time the principal
ctcrmiued on an investigation. The wall was-
txamlned and the cause ot the mysterious in
scription ascertained. The school is talking
and laughing over it and the obnoxious teacher
is looking for another place.
$4,000 A YEAK AT 0KGAN GBINDING.
That Is the Amount a Couple of Pretty Girls
Slake in New York.
From the .New York Graphic,
The business of grinding hand organs is rap
idly earning a fortune for an Italian family in
this city which owns several veiy superior in
struments of the "piano" variety, such as are
operated on light-running handcarts. These
are pushed around the city by pairs of yonng
ana pretty maiaens, aressea in tne picturesque
costumes-of the Roman peasantry, who serve
as performers. One of the two, In each case,
turns the crank of the huge music box, while
the other manipulates with deft fingers the
sweetly jingling tambourine.
The girls arc all sisters, daughters of an an
cient brigand called Grosse, a mender of the
fiddles and things of tho profession, and the
tunes they render, a majority of them from
light French operas, are so melodiously given
as to set the most unmusical person a-dancing
in spite ot himself. And when one of the said
organs, on its winding way through the busi
ness quarter of the town, pauses to strike up
in a side street or alley, all tho clerks, counter
hoppers, offlco boys and other employes in the
neighboring blocks quit work at once to skip
round and throw pennies ont of the windows.
So it is not surprising from the players them
selves that they average ilO per day apiece for
their work. Thii is a trifle more than $1,000 a
year, including Sundays, for eacb machine and
its attendants. Pretty good pay, is it not?
FRIGHTENED HIS WIPE TO DEATH.
Foolish Mnnner of Fan Indulged In By an
Inebriated Virginia. Farmer.
Lexington, Va., January 6. Intelligence is
received here of a sad occurrence between here
and Greenville. A farmer named Chatter
baugh, while drunk, got hold of a false-face
and took it home. He thought it wonld be fnn
to frighten his wife, who was in a critical con
dition. He put the mask on, and, with a large
club, entered his house and made at his wife as
though to club ber. She became so frightened
that she went into spasms and died. It is re
ported that he has been arrested.
An Interesting Paper.
From Harper's Bazar.
The following slip was picked up near one of
our East River docks on New Year's eve:
Cash from Pa f25 00
Muffler from Ma.... 150
band from Emma 1 DO
Scarf-pin to Pa. f 10
"now to oe nap
Monotrram die to Sis
ter Emma 5
Diamond rlne to Ce
It Is believed the writer has commited sui
cide. TRANSATLANTIC ITEMS.
The greyhound Fullerton has been sold at
auction for 800 gnineas.
Queex Margaret, of Italy, did ber own
Christmas shopping and went the rounds of the
shops in Rome like the plainest of housewives.
Agreeable to the wishts of the German
Emperor the theaters have resolved to abolish
all French theatrical terms which have crept
into the language.
Rubinstein has written a cantata to cele
brate the preservation of the Czar and Czarina
in the recent railway accident It will be given
in St Petersburg in January.
Sarah Bernhardt is astonishing the
Egyp'ia'ns by her extravagance. Her bills at
the custom houses for articles purchased al
ready amounts to over 818,000.
The oldest musical society in the world, the
Antlitzgcsellschatt, celebrated its two hundred
and seventieth anniversary last week at St
Gall, In Switzerland, with great eclat. "
Mr. Gilbert, of Gilbert and Salllvan, whose
"Brantinghame Hall" was so severely criti
cised, has written to Mr. Clement Scott, the
critic to say that rather than submit to the lat
ter's "insolent gibes," he will write no more
While the excellent market women of Mar
seilles were meeting to protest against an in
crease in their rent for stalls, a long-haired
member of the Costermongers' Guild rushed
upon the platform and' shouted that there
could be nothing accomplished until they Went
to the Mayor's office, turned ont the Municipal
Council, and inaugurated a revolution. Thi3
frightened the women so that there was a panic,
and several were trampled on.
The Duchess of Galllero, who Just died in
Paris, was so rich that she was able to give
$3,000,000 to endow the port of Genoa; 810.000,000;
to endow the most magnificent hospital in
Europe, to enlarge five streets and restore a
dozen churches. She also gave her native city
ber celebrated palace and collection of Van
dyke painting, and in Paris endowed & museum
of art an orphanage and other institutions.
Her only son and heir, "SIgsor" Ferrari, is a
rabid Socialist, and; refuses the title of duke.
CUKI00S CONDENSATION. '
Strawberries are now only 511 a quart.
There is a drinking saloon to every 112
inhabitants of Berlin, and onetoSTIn Heidel
berg. The electric light Is making great pro
gress in Berlin, the number of lamps now in
use there being about 25.000, against 830 at tho
One of the Albany newspapers received
a letter from New York the other day that had
been 65 days en route. It thinks it is about
time to put on a fast mail train.
Boston's January dividends amount to
812.500,000. JL.500,000 more than those distributed
in Philadelphia. On an even distribution this
would 'give every Bostonian $30, and every
One Newman, of Rushville, Ind., hai
a crow which has forsaken its kind, and asso
ciates altogether with the chickens in the barn
yard. At night it roosts with the poultry, and
during the daytime feeds with them, and alto
gether conducts itself as a well-dispositioned
Eugene Cranson, a New Haven carpen
ter, while at work in a building fell a distanCB
of 30 feet passing between the floor timbers of
the first and second stories, which were only 18
inches apart, and landed head down on a brick
in the cellar. Picked up for dead, he was
found to have only sustained scalp wounds.
At a circus fair in Oroville, Cal., there
were several mammotn exhibits of oranges.
They included an immense golden heart, cov
ered with thousands of oranges: a grand monu
ment on which were displayed 10.000 samples of
the fruit and a buee basket In which were
piled up 12,150 oranges. Another splendid ex
hibit was a Japanese pagoda, in which nearly
5,000 oranges and lemons were displayed.
The barkeeper of one of the large New
York hotels has decided the interesting ques
tion of the value of new year "swear offs." Ho
says that he has noticed that immediately after
the first of the year the receipts for drinks fall
off on an average 33 per cent, but as the month
advances they gain steadily, and by February 1
they are back to the starting point. A "swear
off," therefore, will generally iastabout 30 days.
A banker in Lille, France, h?d the
mlsfortuno to wet IS' bills of the Buk of
France, and in order to dry them he placed
them on a board at an open window where the
sun shorsf upon them. They dried mora
rapidly than wa3 anticipated. A gust of wind
carried them into the street where, unfortu
nately, a goat picking up odds and ends at once
captured the bank bills and swallowed them.
The goat was purchased and the bills secured
in a very dilapidated condition, but the Bank
of France recognized its obligation and re
The Norwegian State Antiquarian Nio
alaysenhas completed the excavation of the
ruins of an ancient monastery on the west
coast of Norway. The assembly room, sacristy
and refectory have been uncovered, and the
covered comdor running along the courtyard.
The roof of the assembly hall seems to have
been supported by a huge central pillar. All
the details of the architecture show a rich and
advanced Romanesque style, and the interior
arrangements are generally identical with
those found in early English monasteries. A
few graves were found, and in one the remains
of an abbot, judging from the cloak and miter
found with the skeleton.
'A young man of Meriden, Wright by
name and action, had a very merry Christmas.
In the afteruopn, on his way to the skating
pond, he saw two young women on the trestle
at the head of the pond, right in front of a
coming locomotive. They saw" it coming, but
were helpless from fright Young Wright ran
forward, pushed them both off the trestle, to
the bank, and just managed to get of the way
himself. Then be bad his skate. Returning
home in the dusk, he heard a cry of distress
from another pond, and, and running there,
found two children in the water. He saved
these lives also, and thus closed probably the
most successful Christmas of bis life.
Major Blnmenthal, an officer of the
German Landwehr, has, on the suspicion of be
ing a spy, been ordered to leave France within
48 hours. Suspicions were aroused by his tak
ing, under the assumed name of Baron do J illy,
a chalet near Conflans. not far from Paris. A
lady, who was supposed to have taken a part of
the chalet from him, turns out to have been a
German military cadet They both used to go
wandering ab out with a perambulator. What
seemed to be a sleeping baby was in reality a
large doll that hid a photographic apparatus
for taking views of the new forts and the posi
tions commanding them. They were also en
thusiastic pigeon fanciers, but some of their
birds were trapped by suspicious neighbors and
found to be carriers.
A ter young girls in Hartford, all of
thein "Daughters of the King," raised a Ilttlo
money by giving some tableaux not long ago,
and then set about making someone happy
with that money. They heard of a family, con
sisting of a hard-worked mother and three lit
tle children,, and decided to try and make them
happy. First they made a gigantic stocking,
and then set out to fill it They went from
store to store explaining their object and as a
result were able to buy a great deal with their
money. Most of tho purchases were useful
articles of food and clothing, but they didn't
forget toys and candies for the little ones. On
Christmas morning the stocking was delivered,
and there was but one otber happier group of
children than the widow's inHartiordthatday,
and they were the girls who filled the stocking.
More than 160 languages and dialects
are current In India and British Burmah, with
their 256,000,000 of people, and the distinct al
phabets of these countries, many of which are
very elaborate, outnumber all others in the
world. Some 40 different alphabets or syllable
systems, each having from 250 to 500 combina
tions, are used to repiesent the sounds of the
150 languages, and more than 10,000 different
signs and types have been elaborated from the
original aipnaoet to represent tne ou different
sounds all that the combined Indian vernacu
lars contain. As these simple sonnds cannot
all be represented by the 26 letters of the En
glish alphabet, 21 letters of the English pho
netic alphabet are captured and made to do
service in this new English phonetic alphabet,
and we then have one simplo alphabet taking
the places of 40 or more and becoming availa
ble as the written language of 200,000,000 of pec- -pie
who have no written alphabet, because they
don't know just how to use one.
CLIPPED BITS OF WIT.
Princes3 (amateur violinist) Why, my
dear maestro, you are always a few beats behind
Musician Out of proper respect an't please
yonr Serene Highness! Der JIoA.
Some genius with a fancy for handling
babies has ngnred out that a piece of wood the size
of a month old baby would be worn down one-half
in six months If handled as much as the average
He (at party) You are not looking quite
your usual self this evening. Miss Van Zanett
She No, lam not feoUngat all well. I was at
the cooking school th'Is afternoon, and was com
pelled to eat some angel food made by that odious
Miss Larabee. Enoch. -
Office Boy (to his employer) Mr. Brown
outside, sir, wants to see the junior partner.
Junior Partner Not In; I owe him thirty dol
lars. Senior Partner Show him in; he owes me
forty. Harper's Bazar.
UNCLE SAM AND MISS CANADA.
"What's your fortune, my pretty maid 1"
"My debts are my fortune, sir, " she said. '
"Then I can't annex you, my prettv maid."
"Nobody asked you, sir," she said.
If young women knew what desperate i,
things young men will sometimes do under the in-
fluence of disappointed love, they would be mora K
careful how tbey trifle with their deep aflectlons.
A Boston girl refused to marry a young man the
other evening, and be went rlglit away and pro.
posed successfully to another girl before 10 o'clock, r
Journal of Education.
A Familiar Subject. Able Editor Yes,"."3
sir, Mr. Scribbler, I have a place for you on my
stafflfyouwlsh.lt. When -did yon leave the pa- '
per over the way, and what was your work there 1 "
Mr. Scribbler-Thls morning. I wrote the po-
Utlcal editorials. jj,
"Well, take that desk and get up a good strong
article pitching Into the political drivel which has i
been appearing inUhat paper lately.-PAOode
phia Record. $!&
More Tribulation. Mother What's thjsjp-
matter now? J TS
Daughter Oh, I'm In such trouble. It seems
as If I'd go crazy. Yon see this little autograph, V
album that Mr. Nlcefellow gave me? , .
"Certainly, and It's a beauty." v -
'Well, on the fly-leaf I've found the store prieqTi
mark, and I I can't make out whether, boo,
hoot whether It means 83 or 80 cents. Phitadit- .
A Tiresome Caller. Mrs. Winks Hold--the
baby a moment there's a dear. I want to putK
back these pictures I got out for Mrs. Minks to
look at. Such a tiresome creature as she Is. She'
was here for nearly half an hour this afternoon,
and did nothing hut talk about the baby.
Mr. Winks-Bless his little heart So the ladles
comeandsltand admire and talk about the: little ,
cherub, do tbey? Of course they do;, they caa't f
help loving - - J5
Mrs. Winks Gracious me! It "wasn't my baby -i,
she talked about It was her own:; Philadelphia
Board. . . . " . -'A.JMfefei
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