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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 1889.
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PITTSBURG, FRIDAY, JAN. 11. 1SS9.
The explanation tendered, by an interview
in our local columns, of the slowness oi cer
tain interests in subscribing to the Exposi
tion, shows a tendency to drag in personal
feelings and class prejudices that is hardly
consistent with a public project. But being
stated as affecting a public enterprise it be
comes necessary to point out one or two
salient points in connection with the matter.
The first point to be noted is that the Ex
position is a public enterprise for the benefit
of the'whole community. If any iadi
vidual is prominent in connection with the
project, it is because he was elected by the
votes of the majority of the subscribers.
Anyone can subscribe his money and Tote;
if he has sufficient interest in the project
and if there is any such sum withheld on
account of personal considerations, as is
represented, the obvious reply is that by
subscribing that sum thirty days ago, the
dissatisfied could have chosen officers ac
ceptable to them. By doing so now, they
they can elect their officers at the next elec
tion. To drag in personal objections under such
circumstances is rather puerile; and the
aspect of the case is not improved by the
special intimation that Mr. S. S. Marvin,
as President of the Exposition Society, is
obnoxious to the wholesale liquor interests.
This is qualified as not coming authorita
tively from the liquor men, and we hope for
the sake of those firms that it does not cor
rectly state their position. It certainly puts
them in a false attitude to be represented as
refusing aid to an enterprise for the benefit
of the whole city, with which the temper
ance question has no more connection than
the eclipse of the moon, because other in
flaeutial citizens who hold temperance
views have worked and subscribed for the
benefit of the public. Such a position will
injure the public standing of the liquor
trade more than it does the Exposition.
As to Mr Marvin's position, his own
statement makes that clear. He has worked
hard and faithfully for the public good in
this enterprise, and if his retirement will
benefit the project by half the amount
named elsewhere, he will cheerfully retire.
"We do not think, however, that the Expo
sition will lose Mr. Marvin's services.
When the standing of the Exposition as a
public project is considered, the public will
recognize the necessity ot supporting the
project, without dragging in personal feel
ings or class interests.
NOT A CREDITABLE CONDITION.
The situation in West Virginia does not
appear much to the credit of that State.
The fact that Judges on the bench could be
found to enjoin a public official against re
turning the vote of a county, so as to
change the result, is at once a warning
against the dangers ot a partisan judiciary
and an indication of the lengths to which
government by injunction can be pushed.
It ought to be tested whether, if a court
enjoins a public official not to do his legal
duty, such a remarkable order is deserving
of obedience. Apart from that question,
the presence of a partisan spirit which is
willing to override the expressed will ot
the people in order to keep its own party in
power, indicates a danger to popular gov
ernment that cannot be paltered with.
There is an evident necessity for a general
movement to infuse honesty and fairness
into our politics. A few years more of the
men who buy and steal elections will place
the fabric of representative government be
AN OLD PLAN.
The railway agreement, which was
reached yesterday, assumed the purpose of
enforcing the inter-State commerce law. It
starts out, however, with the intention of
securing a purpose diametrically opposed to
the spirit of that law.
The theory of the law is very plainly
that each corporation is responsible for its
own rates. If the Pennsylvania railroad
can carry freight or passenger from Pitts
burg to Philadelphia more cheaply than
the Baltimore and Ohio, it is entitled to do
60, and rice versa. The theory of the agree
ment is that no railroad can be trusted to
make its own rates or competitive business.
This self-brought indictment of railway
competence to manage its own business, is
simply the effort to get as near pooling as
possible without incurring the penalties
for that forbidden act.
So far as the agreement itself is con
cerned, it is harmless enough. It will have
no power to sustain rates beyond a reason
able level, or to prevent a railroad from
getting business. But the real solution of
railway troubles is not to be found by going
back to the combinations which proved
lutile fourteen years ago.
MANY GEEATEH ONES.
There is a failure to appreciate some very
successful and large-sized swindles in the
general disposition of the press to term the
electric sugar refining swindler the
"greatest confidence man." The easy
nature of the humbug affords a striking
illustration of the old "popului vulldecipi"
proverb; but there have been huge confi
dence games beside which this humbug is a
Let us examine the figures and proportion
of this fraud and compare it with some in
stances of false values and deception. The
Friend process took raw sugars worth about
t cents per pound and pretended to turn
it into refined sugars worth about 8 cents
per pound. It did not do it, but by a fraud
which represents about one-third of the
value of the refined product, made people
believe that it was done. The deception
then was about 33 per cent of the value
involved, and the gross amount realized
from confiding investors is variously stated
from 5250,000 to $1,000,000.
These figures are petty beside some noted
achievements in the way of getting money
out of investors by pretending to give them
a value twice as great as really exists. Thus
if a great corporation builds a transconti
nental railroad costing $50,000,000 and floats
$150,000,000 of stocks and bonds, it has left
the electric sugar humbug clear in the
shade. If it only succeeds in getting cash
for fifty per cent of its water, it has rivaled
the proportion of the smaller confidence
game, and it has taken out of the public one
hundred dollars for every dollar that the
sugar swindlers got
The comparison need not be confined to
the railroad corporations. Mining opera
tions, cable companies, gas companies tan
all furnish examples of securities put on
the market to several times the amount of the
actual investment with totals which make
this sugar fraud look like a molehill beside
Ossa. But the subject of railroad capitali
zation presents a very apt comparison, be
canse the total of purely fictitious value
palmed off on the public in connection with
that interest by stock-watering is estimated,
on the authority of Mr. H. V. Poor, to
reach about $4,000,000,000, or eight thou
sand times the money gained by the petty
The sugar fraud, as The Dispatch has
already pointed out, is a striking example
of the readiness of the public to be hum
buggedjacdinthatlightaffords an explana
tion of the success of much greater de
ceptions; but it is byno means "the greatest
confidence game" that it is termed.
THE OBVIOUS POINTS.
The discussion as to the cause of the ter
rible accident continues. "With a list of
thirteen dead, sixty-five injured and a dozen
still supposed to be buried in the ruins, the
discussion has a decided poignancy and,
however contradictory some of the assertions
may be, it is plain that some very important
deductions are clearly established.
The allegation of inferior materials is still
heard; but so iar as actual examinations
have been made they do not seem to be sus
tained. On the other hand it is clear that
the condition of the building with the front
uninclosed, and the interior bracing un
finished, made it weaker than other new
buildings in its immediate vicinity, which
stood the storm unshaken. Beyond that the
very pleas made in answer to the charge
that the mortar was poor, show that the
practice of erecting high walls with the
mortar unset, at this season of the year and
taking the chances that they will stand till
the mortar dries, is a dangerous one. One
person with a knowledge of the subject is
quoted as saying that it takes a year for
mortar to dry and bind fully. If that is so,
how vitally important it is that the work
be done at a season of the year when the
drying will progress enough to give the wall
some cohesion before it reaches the towering
height which, in its green state, makes it a
menace to life and property.
This is likely to prove the real cause of
the accident. As it points out the danger of
a practice which has become lrequent, it
should suggest the necessity of a public reg
ulation, providing that walls shall not be
carried beyond a certain height faster than
the mortar can dry, and that high walls
shall not be put up at a season ot the year
when cohesion is practically impossible.
Of course the Coroner's verdict will fur
nish the official statement of the responsi
bility for the fatality. But these points are
so obvious in connection with the disaster
that the public can make the necessary de
ductions for itself.
A BATHES OBDINABY DODGE.
There is a certain degree of unnecessary
outcry over the exposure of the act of
Messrs. Quay, Clarkson and Dudley, of the
Republican National Committee, in buying
some stolen mail lists of the Voicf, which is
the National Prohibition organ. It is nat
ural that the Voice should resent such an
interference with its own property, and
make all it can out of the affair. But for
Democratic papers which indorsed the
Morey letter forgery, to parade the matter
as an exposure of corruption, is very thin.
The fast is that the act was a campaign
dodge of the somewhat discreditable kind,
but such as practical politicians are familiar
with. It is unpleasant to recognize that
such things are common, but this particular
example of campaign methods is not so
mean nor do such things pervert our pol
itics as much as Morey letter dodges, the
dollar-a-day campaign lie, or the circulation
of private family scandals. The Repub
lican managers bought a list of names, to
which they could mail campaign documents,
which purpose was within the view of legit
imate discussion. They fell below the re
quirements of uprightness in buying some
thing to which they had no reason to believe
the seller had an honest title. But beside
the indications of other abuses in our cam
paign methods, the affair is but a minor
At the end of a campaign in which both
sides raised funds of a size far beyond what
was needed for legitimate purposes, and
when both parties have shown a greater
desire to gain for themselves the fruits of
victory than to have the result honestly de
clared, the fact that some campaign man
agers bought a stolen list of name is, un
fortunately, quite commonplace.
The movement to raise funds for the
benefit of the sufferers by the disaster and
their families will command public sup
port A large number of the killed and in
jured were of the working class, whose
means must necessarily be narrow, and
whose need, at this juncture, will be great
The charitable heart of Pittsburg will re
spond liberally to this emergency.
It is noticeable that the banquet at Bos
ton the other day was shaped to permit S.
C. T. Dodd and others to preach the doctrine
of combination; but Judge Cooley got in a
sound word or two on the subject of the
Inter-State Commerce law and pooling.
A VEnr plain remedy for the people who
object to the personality of the Exposition
management is to subscribe and vote at the
elections. For people who have not sub
scribed or voted to object to the choice of
those who do both is, to express it mildly,
rather beyond the ordinary assumption of
importance in connection with public
The railroad presidents have once more
covenanted to maintain rates. "When they
get to the point of determining to maintain
rates without caring what the other fellows
do, there is a possibility that their promises
will be worth something.
Senatoe Reagan is said to have con
tracted the habit of eating paper while en
gaged in his Senatorial duties. It is to be
hoped that his friends will see that he does
not get hold of the Congressional Record.
The indigestible character of that publica
tion would be likely to turn a very inde
pendent Senator into a confirmed dyspeptic
TnE Democrats of New Jersey haveor
ganized the Legislature, and it is hoped
that they will now elect a United States
Senator who wears no corporation collar.
That would mean that they would not elect
The King of Samoa is represented as
wearing nothing but chin whiskers and a
string of beads. Alter Germany gets
through with him, however, there is every
reason to believe that his costume will be
still more airy. He will be lucky if he
saves his skin and does not have to rely
solely on his bones for royal robes. "
Tub American navy is very successful in
going to Hayti and capturing the disputed
steamer and the yellowfever. The sick sea
men are inclined to think that Hayti's re
taliation gives her the best oi it so iar.
It is not of so much importance to find
out who first declared that "public office is
a public trust" as it is to discover the public
official who will recognize and enforce its
truth. The people who have a chance at the
crib on Senator Ingalls' principle that
"public office is a private snap," are much
more numerous at present
The Governor of Kansas responds to the
Supreme Court of New York with a vigor
ous blast against the trusts. -The combina
tions may as well understand that their
days arc numbered.
It requires to be noted that the annexa
tionists of "Windsor, Ont, did not elect their
candidate for Mayor; but they frightened
the Tories by coming within twenty votes of
it. A few years more and Canada will be
knocking at the doors of the Union almost
as hard as Dakota now is.
Allegheny Councils wrestled with the
charter question last night, and the charter
question at last accounts remained on top.
The wind made itself felt in other places
almost as savagely as at Pittsburg. Bead
ing's calamity outranks ours in the de
struction of life; while the wrecking of the
Niagara suspension bridge indicates a force
that probably surpassed that which mani
fested itself here.
The controversy between Private Dalzell
and Auditor Day is rising to the dignity of
a public infliction.
It is pleasant to learn that when burglars
attempted to work some Oaklandhouses.night
before last, they were driven away by the
police and shots were exchanged. At this
rate the police will soon work itself up to
the final achievement oi capturing the
Queen ViCToniA goes to tho Villa Laroche
f oucaid, at Biarritz, in March next.
Prince Bismarck is a capital French
scholar, but detests every other German who
parades the samo accomplishment
The reports concerning the condition of the
King of Holland are greatly exaggerated. Tho
King, though ill, transacts business daily.
Some days after the Imperial railroad acci
dent the Czarina wrote to her mother of her
self and her husband: "We still have hie black
and blue bruises ail over us, but they are of no
A friend in this country has received a let
ter from Miss Sackville West, in which the
young English woman says that her father's re
ception in London and Paris was extremely
cordial He and his daughters will spend the
winter at Cannes.
Senator Haw-ley took his little daughter
with him on his New Year's calls. Mrs. Haw
ley kept the baby with her in the carriage
while the Senator entered the various houses
in which receptions were being held. A girl
begins social life early in Washington.
The preat explorer, Mr. Stanley, whose
Welsh name is Owen, was born at Mold, in
Flintshire. He came to America" and was
adopted by a lady, who took great interest In
the talented young Welshman, and by her wish
bo assumed her name as bis own. Thus young
Owen became tho now celebrated Stanley.
Mr. Gladstone says that his reason tor
writing about "Robert Elsmere" was to show
that tho arguments brought forward against
Christianity in it are fallacious. Mrs. Glad
stone is quoted as saying that her husband con
siders it one of his most sacred duties to do his
utmost to check the flood of infidelity that is
sweoping over England.
Alphonse Daudet lives in tho heart of the
Faubourg St Germain, Paris, on the Rue de
Bellechasse. In tho same street reside ex
Presidents MacMahon and Grevy. Daudet was
born in 1810 and is still a handsome man, some
what resembling Lord Tennyson in features.
His favorite author is Balzac and his favorite
poet Shakespeare. As he does not understand
English, he is obliged to read the Bard of Avon
Mr. MortimeuMempes, at the beginningof
his career, secured some portrait-subjects in a
peculiarly frank manner. Ho went to Miss
Ellen Terry, for example, who is one of the
hardest of persons for an artist to got hold of,
and said: "Look here. Miss Terry, I'm a young
Australian with few or no friends here, and I
want to make my way in the world. Won't you
let me paint your portrait?" "Certainly," said
she; and by the word lifted him a long way to
ward the summit of success.
The lato Sir Walter Stirling was a notable
figure on the streets of London. Although he
was close on 87 years old, he retained the trim,
spare figure of early manhood; his brown wig
was juvenility itself, and his walk was almost
a run. He was constantly on foot, with his
umbrella tncked under his arm, hurrying from
bouse to houso and from club to club, gossip
ing, inquiring, collecting news and distributing
it, and illustrating every social and political
event of the time from the copious recesses of
his inexhaustible memory. He had been edu
cated at Westminster, and had as a boy freely
availed himself of the traditional privilege of
the King's scholars to attend the debates of the
House of Commons. Though he had never sat
in Parliament, he had lived constantly in po
litical society, was a keen and expert Parlia
mentarian, and a kind of political oracle at
Brooks' and the United University Clubs.
BLAINE'S NEW HOUSE.
He Goes to Trenton to Get Some Ideas on the
Trenton. N. J., January 10. Hon. J. G.
Blaine and Congressman W. W. Phelps spent
last night in this city, guests of General Will
S. Stryker, Adjutant General of New Jersey.
This morning was spent in the inspection of
General Stryker's residence, which is one of
It is understood that the visit was made for
the purpose of inspecting the residence, as Mr.
Blaine contemplates erecting a new residence
in Washington, and often hearing Mr. Phelps'
description of General Stryker's house, desired
to see it Only a few Trentonians called on the
distinguished statesman. Mr. Blaine leftbeforo
noon for Washington.
Mounds in the Kanawha Taller
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
Charleston, W. Va., January 10. Henry
L. Reynolds, of the ethnological department of
the Smithsonian Institute at Washington, is to
make notes in reference to the ancient earth
works of the Kanawha valley. His studies
particularly relate to the Inclosurcs. In these,
this valley is peculiarly rich. They seem, he
says, to bo of the Scoto valley type, which are
composed of clay and in form are circles,
squares and octagons, all trne geometric
figures. He has noted three true circles com
posed of clay. One of a uniform diameter in
the valley below here has two elongated el
lipses, both very symmetrical in outline and
uniform in dimensions. This type has hitherto
been supposed to bo confined to Ohio.
He Ought To Do Very Well.
From the Hew York 8un.
Osgoodby of Pomona is now said to be the
author of the Murchison letter, which decoyed
Lord Sackville into paths of unpleasantness.
If Osgoodby is the man, he should lecture. Or
else get up a new Complete Letter Writer. His
style is plausible, his invention ready, and his
self-possession enormous. If, as Confucins ob
serves, "Cheek runs the earth," Osgoodby of
Pomona will do very well.
KATES WILL NOT BE CDT.
Tho Meeting; of Railway Presidents Results
In a Perfect Understanding;.
New York, January 10. Tho meeting of
railway Presidents to arrange a scheme of co
operation for the maintenance of uniform rates
and other matters of importance, met at the
residence of J. Pierrepont Morgan, at 11 A. M.
The Committee on Organization made a report,
and a discussion ensued which resulted in the
adoption of tho report and a practical settle
ment of tho matter. The progress of the
meeting developed tho fact that those present
were practically in harmony, and an adjourn
ment was reached at 1 p. sl Those present at
the conference included Jay Gould, Chauncey
M. Depew, Charles F. Mayer, R. P. Cable,
C. P. Huntington, A. B. Stickney, J. H.
Vright D. A. Hegeman, Samuel Sloan, John
King, M. L. Sykes, John C. Brown, President
Perkins, of the Cbicago, Burlington and
Quincy, Frank W. Barnes, 0. F. Adams and J.
J. McCook, who acted as Secretary.
Mr. Depew stated this afternoon that the
conference was unanimous in agreeing to main
tain full rates. The trunk line Presidents
passed a separate resolution to tho effect that
they would form another association; that all
the roads could be governed by equitable laws,
as is now tho case among the trunk lines. The
Inter-State State Commissioners express satis
faction with the understanding that has been
The committee appointed to prepare a plan
of orcanization reported to tho meeting of rail
road presidents to-day. Among other things
the report said:
It has been manifested throughout the dis
cussions which have taken place at these meet
ings that thoso attending them deisire, first
and foremost, the strict enforcement of the
provisions of the inter-State commerce act,
both among themselves and against all others.
Whother that act, in its present shape, is in all
respects beneficial or not, is in the viow of your
committee beside the question. It is sufficient
that it is a law; and that, as such, it should
bear with equal weight upon all, unless it is
equally obeyed by all.
The objects of the proposed association were
outlined as lonows:
First The enforcement of the provisions of
the inter-State commerce act; and tho estab
lishment and maintenance of public, reason
able, uniform and stable rates, in conformity
with the provisions thereof.
Second To securo completo reports of all
competitive traffic subject to tho provisions of
the inter-State commerce act, and of such other
traffic as may hereafter be deemed advisable.
At a later session the plan was approved
section by section, and was ordered engrossed
for signature. The meeting then adjourned
to meet at Chicago, on call ot chairman.
DINED WITH TnE PRESIDENT.
Second of tho Scries of White Houso Winter
Washington, January 10. The President
gave a State dinner of 40 covers to the members
of the Cabinet to-night, the second of the
winter's series of official entertainments. The
White Houso was handsomely decorated for
the occasion, and the East Room especially
was adorned with a profusion of tropical plants
and flowers. Banks of green concealed the
mantels on tho west side of the room, while the
mantels on the east side were hid in a variety
of cut flowers. In the center of the room and
at tho windows were masses of palms and ever
greens. The dining tablo was arranged in the
form of a double T, and presented a beautiful
appearance in its garniture of choice cut
flowers and splendid dinner service. A minia
ture lake, with Its banks lined with evergreen
and red and white roses, was the. principal
floral decoration, and was flanked at the ends
by large pots of lovely flowers. The Marine
Band, in full uniform, oecupied the lobby and
rendered choice selections during the evening.
Miss Bayard had the place of honor on tho
President's right and Mrs. Fairchlld occupied
the place at his left. Secretary Bayard sat on
the right of Mrs. Cleveland andSecretary Fair
clnld;on her left (Tho other guests were: The
Secretary of War and Mrs. Endicott, the Sec
retary of the Navy and Mrs.Whitncy, the Post
master General and Mrs. Dickinson, the Secre
tary of the Interior and Mrs. Vilas, the Speaker
of the House and Mrs. Carlisle, Mr. Justice
Lamar, Senator Allison, Senator Voorhees,
Senator and Mrs. Cameron, of Pennsylvania:
Senator Gorman. Senator and Mrs. Palmer, of
Michigan; Senator and Mrs. Manderson. of Ne
braska; Representative Scott, of Pennsylvania;
Representative Russell, of Massachusetts, and
Mrs. Russell; Representative French, of Con
necticut, and Mrs. French: Governor Green, of
New Jersey, and Mrs. Green; Colonel O. S.
Brlce and Mrs. Brice, of New York; Sir. J. J.
Hill and Mrs. Hill, of Minnesota: Mrs. Folsom,
Mrs. Daniel S. Lamont, Hon. R. P. Flower and
Mrs. Flower, of New York: Mrs. Lincklaen,
Ma Tnl, r'rnea Tnrerrt Afc A A Wilann
Mrs. Lystcr and Mr. William Steinway, of
New York. n
THE COFFEE OF THE FUTUEE
Is to be Decreed an Unmerchantable Com
modity on 'Change,
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
New York, January 10. Assemblyman Me
Carren, of Kings county, will introduce tho
following bill to-morrow morning in the State
Legislature Its object is to suppress gambling
in coffee: .
Section 1. AH contracts, written or verbal, for
the sale or transfer of any Bio, Santos or other
1) r nil Ian coffee shall be absolutely void unless the
party contracting to sell or transfer the same shall
at the time of making such contract be in the
actual possession of said coffee or the bill of lading
or Invoice or other evidence of title in said conce,
or be otherwise entitled in his own right or be
duly authorized by some Derson so entitled In his
own right to sell or transfer the said coffee so con
Section!. All contracts, written or verbal, for
the sale and future delivery of an v Rio, Santos or
other Brazilian coffee snail be absolutely void un
less the number of bags and the port wherein said
coffee Is then held be mentioned In the contract,
and the name of the vessel upon which said coffee
is to arrive be given by the seller to the purchaser
within 30 days after the execution ot the contract.
bectlonS. All wagers concerning the price or
prices, present or future, of any future Itio, San
tos or other Brazilian coffee shall be void.
Sections 4 and fi make violations of the act mis
demeanors and pnnlsbable as such. The act is to
take effect immediately.
LAID TO BEST.
An Entlro Town Attends the Fancml of
Emma Abbott's Hnsbnnd.
Special Teleiram to the Dispatch.
Gloucester, MASS., January 10. Emma
Abbott accompanied the body of her hnsband,
Engcne Wetherill, to its last resting place at
his old home hero to-day. There was an un
usual scene at the station. A great crowd of
women and men blocked tho platform, beside
which stood two black hearses. Two bodies
were expected on tho train. Ono was that of
an old lady; the other was tho husband of tho
Miss Abbott was in the rear car. She was
the first to get off, and under the direction of
the master of arrangements proceeded quickly
to the carriage in waiting. Sho woro a black
dress, over which was a long wrap, and her face
was completely hidden by a heavy veil Her
maid and private secretary followed, accom
panied by M. L. Wetherill, brother of the de
ceased, and Mrs. Wetherill, his mother, who
had mot the party in Boston. The burial will
take place to-morrow.
A WE0XG EIGIITED.
Reinstatement of a Government Clerk Who
Was Unjustly Discharged.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
Washington, Jaiuary 10. William B.
Morgan, formerly nf Pittsburg, who was re
moved from his position as disbursing officer of
the Geological Survey for alleged irregularities
was reinstated to-day for the purpose of per
mitting him to resif,n. The experience of Mr.
Morgan is an example of injustice which does
not often happen in the departments. H13
place was wanted for another and thechargo
of irretrularity was made asainst him and ho
was removed. He insisted there was nothing
wrong, but wasn't allowed to set himself
Now, after this long interval. First Auditor
Chonowith makes a new conscience contribu
tion to the injured man, kindly passes his
vouchers, and admits he is all right and mag
nanimously allows him to hand in his resigna
tion. Pernicious Batter,
From the New York World.!
A goat was arrested in Baltimore, Mi, on
Monday for disorderly conduct. The reckless
animal had chased two young women and bad
driven a smaU boy into a house. The Balti
more authorities are in a quandary as to how
they can legally punish tbo coat, but it is
thought that they will hold him under the
statute against pernicious butter.
Last Year's Coinngc.
Washington, January 10. Tho total coin
age of the United States mints during the
calendar year 1SSS was $65,318,614. divided as
follows: Gold, t3L380,80S; silver, $31025,606:
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Robert R. Shellabnrger.
Washington, January 10. Robert B. Shella-
barger, only son of Judge Samuel Bhellabarger.
died at his father's residence, this morning, of
typhoid fever, aged 29. His son's death is a
Secullarly sad loss to Judge Shellabarger, his
aughter having died on the 1st instant or the
Soaked the Schmidts.
1NEW YOEK BUREAU SPECIALS.
New Yobk, January 10. George and Ellas
Schmidt called on Miss Mary Stebbing last
New Year's Day. "While brother Elias was
smoking in the corridor, George Schmidt tried
to kiss Miss Stebbing. She ran into the next
room. He followed. A helter-skelter chase
through the house ensued. Old Mr. Stebbing
got home in the midst of it and kicked both the
Schmidt's out They then threw cobblestones
through Mr. Stebbing's windows. They had to
pay 10 each today in court for doing It
Tired of Being Polite.
The National Line steamship Denmark left
London for New York 22 days ago. Great
anxiety is felt among marine men as to her
welfare. Inquiries concerning her at the
National Line offices are so numerous that this
sign has been hung at the door: "The Den
mark has not arrived."
Mast Have 810,000 a Year.
Miss Mary Irene Hoyt was granted in court
to-day an allowance of 10,000 a year from the
estate of tho late Jesse Hoyt Miss Hoyt said
she could not live on less. The lawyer for tho
executors of tho will tried to prove that she
could live on less.
Money Needed for Her New Rank.
Tho new Duchess of Marlborough is trying
to get 5300,000 from the estate of ber first hus
band, Louis Hammcrslcy. She applied to tho
Surrogate for the money to-day, through her
lawyer. She wishes to spend $150,000 in buying
a summer residence m England, and 150,000 in
sustaining her new rank of Duchess. She
thinks she ought to have her $300,000, whether
her first husband'B will be admitted to probate
or not The total yearly income from tho
flammersley estate is 5350,000.
Saved by the Life Savers.
The steamship George Appold is rapidly
going to pieces near Montank Point, where sho
went aground on Tuesday night. Tho 16 men
of her crew and one passenger were brought to
shore by the crew of the life-saving station.
The beach is strewn with her cargo, which the
crew threw overboard in the hope of lightening
her sufficiently to float her off. The Georgo
Appold was bound from Providence to New
port with an assorted cargo. Tho vessel will
be a total loss. The cargo was insured.
Fined for Slagging Comstock.
Joseph Anderson was fined 510 to-day for giv
ing Anthony Comstock a black eye. Tho en
counter took place in the stairway of a
gambling house which Mr. Comstock was raid
ing. Anderson said he would not have hit Mr.
Comstock if he had recognized him. Anderson
struck Mr. Comstock's eyo in the dark. He was
getting ready to hit again, when Mr, Comstock
called out: "lam Comstock."
The Grent Chess Player Arrives.
Tho steamship Thlngvalla brought to the
city to-day Carl Lumboltz and Ohlgoren. Chig
oren Is the treat Russian chess player, who is
going down to Havana to try and beat Steinltz.
Mr. Lumboltz has come over to America to tell
how he lived five years among Australian can
nlbles. Ho la an explorer by profession,
Dragged and Robbed of Her Diamonds.
Mrs. Ellen Thorpe told this story in court
this morning: Sho 13 tho wife of a wealthy
Massachusetts manufacturer. She owns about
83,000 worth of diamonds. She generally car
Tics half of them in a chamois bag, which
hangs from a ribbon around her neck. While
taking a beer in a saloon, last evening, she
showed them to a chance acquaintance. The
next glass of beer she took she thinks was
drugged, because sho became unconscious im
mediately after drinking it She found herself
in a police station this morning, without her
diamonds. She has had her chance acquaint
ance arrested. He says she is lying.
A Perilous Voyage.
A sailor who arrived here to-day on tho
steamship Wisconsin has told how the brigan
tine Snow Bird sank in a storm at sea, about
three weeks ago. On December 20, the Snow Bird
encountered a big gale some 12 miles off Mon
tank Point A great wave washed away her
captain and mate. Everything was swept from
her decks. At tho close of the second day of
the storm the vessel began to leak. The men
tried to lower tho boats. A yawl containing
three men was crushed against tho side of the
vessel by a huge sea. All three men were
drowned. Seven men got away in a life boat
eventually, and, after 30 hours without food or
water, wero picked up by a British steamship
of the Wilson line. The Snow Bird sailed from
Eastport Me., on Deccmbor 18, with a full
cargo of lumber.
WORE OF THE SYNDICATE,
Baltimore Breweries Under tho Control of
the English Combination.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
Baltimore, January 10. The English syndi
cate has succeeded in gobblins six of tho
largest breweries in this city. For spme time
the foreigners have been working here very
qnietly, their agents being men who thorough
ly understood their business. After posting
themselves as to the value of the plant, the re
sources and the amount of the sales of each,
they reported the result of their investigations
to the main office in New York. All was done
so secretly that none of the local brewers knew
of the inspection.
This preliminary work gave tho syndicate an
accurate knowledge of the value of the brew
eries and tho personal characteristics of tho
proprietors themselves. All the preliminaries
bad been so enshrouded in mystery that the
local brewers were astonished. A few weeks
later they were approached by the agents
of the syndicate and told in a matter of fact
way Inst how much their individual plants were
worth and jnst what terms tho syndicate would
offer them for a controlling interest in the de
sired breweries. Tho clever agent did not hesi
tate to assert that it was of no particular mo
ment to his employers whether they gained
control of one brewery or not,as even now thoy
had options on a majority of the other brew
eries In the city, and were In .aposition to mo
nopolize tho local business. The astonished
brewers, as a rule, found that It was a case of
cither come in out of the cold or stay out and
be frozen. Naturally the majority of them
agreed at least to negotiate with tho authorized
representative of the mysterious English syn
dicate. THE EMPIRE HAT.
The Specinl Girl Now Looks Like a Picture
of the Grent Corporal.
From tho Courier-Journal.
The special girl is just now under a shade. It
is oftcnest a shade of soft felt and great glossy
plumes. It is perched sufficiently well on her
head to show the knot at the back and suffici
ently off her forehead to make tho aureole of
curls do their duty. What is it? It is the
enormously large Empire hat burdened with
nine plumes, and with its brim bent so it salts
the face of the wearer; itmay be fasteneddown
liko a poke bonnet; it may be flared up at one
side and the long plumes allowed to touch the
cheek on the other, or it may, in an arrogant
manner, have its front uplifted, so that in her
corporai coat madomoiselle looks the picture of
tho crcat General himself.
An Empire hat is by no means an economical
adjunct to one's toilet, because it must be ex
actly the same color as the coat and usually is
made to order, so that thebrlm.while it is wide
enough, does not make the small woman look
as If she Wero a blessed taper walking about
with an extinguisher upon her. These are the
only hats with which the Hading veil3 should
be worn, for they are as much out of place on
a round hat or a bonnet as wonld be tulle gown
BH00K HANDS WITH THE POPE.
An American Who Was Not Conversant With
From the Boston 1'ost.l
I heard a good story about the Pope the other
day. Among those who had the privilege of
being received by him some time ago was a
young man, or boy, from the United States, not
a member of the Catholic Church. When His
Holiness extended his hand, according to the
custom, in order that it might be kissed, our
young Democrat mistaking the Papal inten
tion, grasped tbo proffered hand in his own and
impiously wiggled It,
The Holy Father took this Indignity with
perfect cood nature, and, rightly suspecting
with whom he had to deal, bent down and
whispered in the ear of the unwitting offender,
"Americano?" The young man told me tho
story with a mixture of shame and delight
and I trust that his example will serve as a
No Yellow Fever on the Galena.
Washington, January 10. Secretary Whit
ney says there is no truth in the report that
Sallow fever has broken out on the United
rates steamship Galena, now in Haytian
The Pnck of 18SS An Orerprodactlon A
From the American Grocer.
- The annual report of the tomato pack of the
United States and Canada, as compiled by the
American Grocer, indicates a second era of
overproduction. Of tomatoes there were put
up last season 3,319,437 cases of two dozen tins
each, or a total of 79.666,483 cans, costing at
points of production about $6,000,000, and
reaching consumers at a total expense of
The acreage was largely Increased in all di
rections, but fortunately (as the result shows)
the weather was unfavorable to the proper and
full development of the crop; and yet in spite
of a cold and backward season, heavy periods
of rainfall in some States and long drouths in
others, and early killing frosts in October, the
pack turns out to be unusually large, reaching
a total of 3,319,437 cases, against 2,817,013 cases
The canning industry has grown rapidly in
the Western and Southern States, largly re
ducing the demand upon Baltimore. Philadel
phia and New York for such goods. In a few
years each section of the country bids fair to
supply its wants from home canneries. The
leading points of production are Maryland and
Virginia, credited with 1,118,733 cases: New
Jersey, 789,363; Delaware. 227.030; New York,
197,432; Western States, 76,599; Eastern States,
43,360: Canada, 73,990.
It is apparent that houses for canning veget
ables are multiplying faster than the demand
warrants. The output of corn far exceeds any
previous year, and;a similar statement would
have been made in regard to tomatoes had
climatic conditions been as favorable for tho
tomato crop as for sweet corn.
Overproduction benefits consumers, as it en
ables tho poorest to have at command at all
seasons of the year a full line of fresh fruits
and vegetables at phenomenally low prices.
Dr. Cyrus Edson has declared that there is no
more wholesome food than canned goods prop
erly preserved. A can of corn, beans, toma
toes or peas of good quality can be bought from
6 to 10 cents, and extra brands from 12 to 15
Certainly the diet of the masses has been
greatly improved since the advent of canned
goods, which now furnish during the winter
season, at reasonable cost, a much needed sup
ply of anti-scorbutic food, and It is fair to as
sume that to this improvement in the variety
and quality of the diet is due in some degree
the average increase in longevity, which is
shown by the vital statistics to be about two
years more than it was a generation since.
WOOL GROWERS' CONTENTION.
They Want Protection and an Extra Session
Washington. January 10. The National
Wool Growers' Association met in the Ebbitt
Houso to-day. Officers were elected as follows:
President Hon. John McDowell, Washington,
Pa.; Vice President Colonel W. L. Black,
Texas; Ireasurer, L H. Wallace. Missouri, and
Secretary, J. H. Kirkpatrick, California.
Among the delegates present were Hon.
Fred Dnbers, of Idaho; G. H. Wal
lace, Missouri; Thomas Nelson, Pres
ident of the Nevada and Eastern
Oregon Association: David Harpster, Presi
dent of Ohio Association; J. H. firigbam, of
Ohio, Master of the National Grange; Judge
William Lawrence and J. H. 'Anderson, also of
Ohio; Judge R.N. Raskin, of Salt Lake City:
A. E. Sprague, of Ohio, representing tho
United States Merino Sheep Register Associa
tion, and O. H. Beall, of West Virginia. These
resolutions were adopted:
Resolved, That while Congress maintains the
general policy of protection on wool growers and
wool manufacturers in the United States have a
right to demand that the duties on wool and on
woolen and worsted goods shall be adjusted and
maintained so as to secure to them the American
Resolved, That this national convention pro
tests against some of the provisions of the Senate's
substitute for the tariff hill so far as they relate to
or affect wool, as Inadequate, unjust to wool
!;rowers and Insufficient to protect the wool grow
ng Industry. And It Is the deliberate opinion of
his convention that this Industry will continue to
decline unless better provisions for its main
tenance are adopted than those now proposed.
Kcsolved, That a commltteo of seven be ap
pointed by the president of this convention,
whose duty It will be to formulate such schedule
of tariff duties for wool as may be deemed just and
necessary, and to present tbe same to tbe Finance
Committee of the senate and urge Its adoption.
And said committee Is authorized to confer and
co-operate with wool manufacturers, if deemed
advisable, In securing the adoption of a sufficient
schedule of duties for woolen goods. In connec
tion with our proposed schedule for wool.
Kesolved, further. That the determination of
a future economic and financial policy for this
Government Is so lmDortant to the wool growing
and all other industries and the business of the
nation as to require Immediate and definite legis
lation, and if this shall not be accomplished dur
ing the present Congress we earnestly request that
the Fifty-first Congress be convened at the earli
est day practicable after tbe expiration of the
The following named gentlemen were ap
pointed as the committee provided for bv the
resolutions : Hon. Columbus Delano, of Wash
ington, D. C: Judge WiUlam Lawrence, of
Ohio; Messrs. Black, of Texas: Hutchinson, of
Wisconsin; Cossit, of New York; Chapman, of
Vermont, and Kirkpatrick, of California.
A DEADHEADING STATESMAN.
Ho Forgot His Little Frank Book bnt Sent
His Telegram C. O. D.
New York Sun Washington Special.
A distinguished member of Congress from
one of the Middle States had a struggle with a
monopoly to-day that awakened the sympathy
of several people who stood by and witnessed
the encounter. It happened In the corridor of
the Capitol, and within a very few feet of the
entrance to the hall of Representatives. The
statesman wanted to send a telegram and bad
left his book of franks at home on the piano.
He wrote the message on an ordinary blank
and handed it to the operator, who said:
"Slxty-Uve cents, please."
"Send it d. h.," answered the Congressman.
"Can't do it without a stamp."
"But you know that I have one, and I left it
at home this morning."
"I'm sorry," answered the operator, "but I
cannot send it d. h. without the stamp is at
tached to the message; this is tho rule."
"But I wUl bring you a stamp to-morrow,"
urged the Congressman.
"That is all right," pleaded the operator
again. " but I have to turn in the message to
night, and must either have the stamp or the
money or send it collect."
"Send it collect then," exclaimed the infuri
ated statesman, as he strode proudly to make a
renewed attack upon the "communistic combi
nations of capital."
NOT HIS OWN FAULT.
Colonel Frcrct Clnlms His Irregular Acts
Wero Fully Authorized.
Washington, January 10. Tho investiga
tion into the affairs of the Supervising Archi
tect's office of the Treasury was resumed to
day. Colonel Freret the Supervising Architect
being questioned regarding the drawing of
plans for public buildings by persons outside of
the architect's office. In explanation he pro
duced a letter from the Controller of the
Treasury, which ho claimed gave him authority
to have that done.
It was true, be admitted, that the contracts
for the drawing of plans had been let without
advertisement. What he had done had been
recommended by him to tho Secretary of the
Treasury, and had met with that official's ap
proval, no uia not Know wnetner mere was
any competition for this work, but several par
ties bad estimated for it The work was divided
among several persons.
A Pnrtv of Democrats In Washlngtoa Trying
to Secnrc Statehood.
Washington, January 10. A party of Da
kota Democrats reached Washington to-day.
Tbeywere headed by Chief Justice Bartlett
Tripp, Associate Justice Spencer, Surveyor
General Maris, and M. H. Day. The conven
tion at Mitchell declared in favor of the dl
vison of tbe Territory and the admission of
South Dakota. These gentlemen are the dele
gates chosen by that convention to secure the
necessary legislation to carry into effect tho
desires of the convention, and they express
their intention of remaining here until that is
accomplished. If it is not done by the Fiftieth
Congress, they will urge the calling of an extra
A FATHER'S RESTITUTION.
He Applies His Soa'n Inheritance on the
Lnttcr's Defalcation. .
New York, January 10. William R. Foster,
tbe father of the William R. Foster, Jr., who
recently roobed the Produce Exchange gratu
ity fund ot 198,000 and then decamped, sent to
day a check for $30,000 tor the benefit of the
gratuity fund. In the note enclosed the old
man said that be bad Intended to divide his
fortune among bis children, but he had con
cluded to give his son's share to the gratuity
fund as a partial payment of bis boy's stealings-
Pastor McAnallj's Caj't Work.
From the Shelblna Torchlight.
Shelby county, Missouri, has a minister who,
for usefulness, breaks the record. In one day
last week the Rev. Charles McAnally preached
two sermons, married two couples, and set
three broken ribs. r
QUE MAIL J?0UCfl.
Ongnt to be Attended To.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
The people of Bellefleld are greatly annoyed
by boys carrying Flobert rifles, air guns, revol
vers, etc. People are afraid to walk around
their places for fear of being shot On Christ
mas one boy was shot in the head while going
to a store. Dogs, cats, chickens and other ani
mals furnish good targets for them, and they
think nothinKof breaking: windows. Is there
any law prohibiting them from carrying such
weapons? If so, the Mayor or some one in
authority should look into this matter foe the
good of the people. Citizen.
Eeixefikld, January 10.
Area of Philadelphia and New York.
To the Editor or the Dispatch:
I had a discussion with a friend about the
areas of New York City and Philadelphia. He
contended that New York coveredmore ground
than Philadelphia. Will you give us some in
formation on the subject? Subscbtbebs.
The area ot Philadelphia Is 12 square
miles; of New York City, 41 square miles.
The Tallest and Shortest President.
To the Editor of tbe Dispatch:
Who wero the tallest and tho shortest Presi
dents? J. M.
Pittsbueo, January 10.
Abraham Lincoln was the tallest President
6 teet i inches; Martin Van Buren the shortest,
barely 5 feet 6 inches. Benjamin Harrison will
be the shortest his height being 5 feet 5
Barrett's Real Name.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
Will you please tell me Lawrence Barrett's
real name? J. P.
Aixeohzxy, January 10.
rilfs name is just as you have stated. Stories
of his bating another name are false.
The Play of Ingomar.
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
Who wrote the play of Ingomar?
Braddock. January 10. Reader.
It was translated from the German by Maria
To the Editor of the Dispatch:
Will the Register keep a marriage licenso
from being published in the newspapers if re
quested to do so, if good reasons are stated?
Pittsbueo, January 10. O. TJ. E.
Yes, Last Season.
To tbe Editor of the Dlspatcn:
Please inform me if "Held by the Enemy"
was ever played at the Grand Opera House?
A Constant Reader.
PITTSBURG), January 10.
He Is in the City at Present
To the Editor of the Dlspatcn:
Will you please inform me where a letter
will reach Mr. Andrew Carnegie? Ii.Mc.W.
Altoona, January 10.
WEDDED AT WASHINGTON.
A PIttsbnrger United In Marriage at That
Place Last Night.
Mr. Chauncey Moore Ward, of this city, and
M1S3 Mamie Chambers, of Wastington, Pa
were united in marriace at the First Presby
terian Church, at tbe latter place, last evening.
Rev. Dr. Ja's. J. Brownson ofBciatlnr. The
bride was attired in a handsome costume of
white silk. She wore a costly point lace veil,
probably 100 years old. which had been the
property of her maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Barlow. The bride was attended by three
bridemaids, carrying 'bouquets, and a maid of
honor, the latter being her sister. Miss Annie
Chambers, all attired in white silk.
She proceeded np the aisle on tho
arm of her brother, Harry P. Chambers.
The bridemaids were Miss Florence Ewing, of
Washington; Miss Carr, of Baltimore, a niece
of the groom, of Washington City; six ushers,
friends of the groom, from Washington City.
Baltimore and Pittsburg, completed the bridal
party. Thev were preceded by two little gltls,
Grace and Ella Humberd, daughters of James
Humberd, of this city, and nieces of the bride.
Dr. Brownson spoke the words which made
them one, using the ring ceremony. A recep
tion was held at the residence of the bride's
mother, and tbe happy pair left on tbe west
bound Baltimore and Ohio express for a tonr of
Cincinnati, New Orleans, Jacksonville and St
A GRAND GERMAN.
Mrs. A. ST. Byors Entertained Her Many
Friends Last Night.
Mrs. A. M. Byers gave a eerman last night at
her residence, corner of Western and Alle
gheny avenues, which proved to be one of the
finest social events of this season. Several
hundred guests graced the handsome residence
of tbe hostess. The sloral decorations of the
different departments were superb. An enor
mous center piece, composed of Magna Cbarta
roses and maidenhair fern, decorated the
supper table, and the parlor, library and ha'l
were framed in screens of tropical plants, vases
of lilies and various kinds ot roses.
Tbe german favors consisted of beautiful
bouquets of flowers and silver souvenirs of a
very artistic as well as costly character. The
floral decorations were executed under the
supervision of James Dell, of John R. & A.
Rev. Boyd Vincent's Leavc-Tnklng In tho
East End Last Mffbt.
Rev. Boyd Vincent preached his farewell ser
mon last; night at the Calvary P. E. Church,
East End. The edifice was filled to the doors
and as the departing clergyman said good-by to
his many friends in the church thero were not
a few, who dldnotgive vent to a sigh of sincere
The reverend gentleman will leave for Colum
bus within a few days. Gnenther's orchestra
furnished the music last night.
Dolls at School.
Miss Blaney, of the Bedford school, assisted
by her pupils, their dolls and tojs, entertained
a large number of the patrons of the school
yesterday afternoon, it being the annual "Doll
Party Day." The affair was a grand success.
Getting the Details Dowa Fine.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
Washington, January 10. Adjutant Gen
eral Hastings, of Pennsylvania, arrived early
this morning, and has been in consultation all
day with General Ordway and other members
of the Inaugural Committee, In regard to the
arrangements for the great parade. General
Hastings will remain in town for several days,
and before his departure will have well in hand
all of the details of the parade in his capacity
of Chief of Staff of General Beaver,
LUCK IN NUMBERS.
To eo nine magpies is extremely unlucky.
In France a seventh son In direct succession
is called a marcou.'
The seven days of creation led to a septenary
division of time to all ages.
These were seven wise men in antiquity and
seven wonders of the world.
Viegil tells us in the eighth eclogue that
the gods esteemed odd numbers.
Nine grains of wheat laid on a four-leaved
clover enable one to see tbe fairies.
It is an ancient belief that a change in the
body of a man occurs every seventh year.
Faustaff says; "They say thero is divinity
in odd numbers, either by nativity, chance or
In the Faroe Islands there is a superstition
that seals cast off their skins every ninth
month and assume thehuman shape.
When a servant maid finds nine creen peas
in one pod she lays it on tbe window sill, and
the first man who enters will be her "beau."
Miraculous powers are supposed to be
possessed by the seventh daughter, but, as
usual in the case of women, it has an occult
These is a well-known superstition, current
since the days of Ovid, that particular virtue,
strength or clanger lies in the ninth wave of a
The second digit acquires an especially evil
reputation among the early Christians, because
the second day hell was created along with
heaven and earth.
The number 9, besides being regarded as
a lucky one, is possessed of mysterious proper
ties, intensified from its being the product of
three times three.
The ancients not only noted the importance
of seven as an astronomical period, but also
connected with the seven planets the seven
metals then known.
The Siamese have a regard for odd numbers,
and insist on having an odd number of doors,
windows and rooms in their houses, and that
all staircases must have an odd number of
Madrid theaters are allowed bylaw to
use only the electric light
Twin sisters in Richmond, Va., have
arranged to be married on tho same day.
The annual income of the population of
the United Kingdom is estimated at 1,200,
000,000. There is one school district in Douglas
county, Kansas, in which the people refuse to
have grammar taught
Quail shooting has been good ia tho
vicinity of Lake Rosa, Florida, this season.
Dr. Cromwell, of Gainesville, in 28 days bagged
1.011, an average of nearly 40 a day.
An Italian named Antonio Boggie,
lately keeper of a peanut stand at Amsterdam,
N. Y., has fallen heir to an eighth of a fortune
of $30a.0lX) left by a relative in Italy.
The great Duke of Wellington's cocked
hat, military cloak and Hessian boots, which
he wore at tbe battle of Waterloo, are now
preserved together by an English collector.
Mrs. Newton, one of the fonr women
who were given the Crimean medal, which:
Qneon Victoria personally pinned on her, i
still livlne in Toronto. She was a nurse In the
Crimean War and was shot through the knee
in a trench before tho Redan.
Captain Seth B. McClellan, ot Port
land, Me., dreamed a few nights ago that his
mother's house had been entered by burglars
and the next morning visited the place and
went down the cellar. His vision was realized
by a burglar, who Knocked him senseless with
Even "real live mermaids" find little
pleasure in working for nothing, and one of
them, who for several weeks was exhibited in
a Cincinnati museum, has taken the manage
ment into conrt, because he failed to pay her
ber salary of 87 per week. The "mermaid," as
she appeared in court, is described as a fair
looking 16-year-old girl.
Among the many wonderful sights
which are being organized for the Paris Expo
sition next year is an unprecedented flight of
carrier pigeons from the Champs de Mars. All
the societies of "Colombaphiles Francaises"
have promised to take part In the affair, and it
is calculated that over 40.000 pigeons will be re
leased simultaneously for tbeir flight to all
parts of France and tbe continent.
A giant telegraph pole, in front of 63
First avenue, New York, was set afire the
other night by electric light wires, which it
supported. Firemen were called out, but thov
thought it prudent to allow the blaze to spend
itself, and accordingly, with hundreds of per
sons who were attracted to the vicinity, stood
around for hours and watched the green, blue
and red fire which burst from the wires.
A valuable copy of Lamb's "Essays of
Elia" was sold recently in London. It was a
first edition and inscribed "Robert Souther,
Esa.. with C. Lamb's friendlv remembrances."
r It bears Southey's book plate, which had been
engraved oy uewick, ana not oniy &outney'3
autograph, but that of bis second wife, Caro
line Southey. It is hound in chintz, as were
many of the poet's books, the binders being
members of his own family.
An ingenious Frenchman named Ta-
bonrin, who has tho appearances of beadtifuli
Paris at heart, and does not wish them marred
by a network of electric wires, proposes light
ing the city with voltaic arc ligbt.3 instead of
gas. At the same time, not to do too much In
jury to the gas companies, he proposes to utilize
their product to ran a little gas engine, to be
inclosed in each lamp post A small dynamo,
capable of running the arc lizht. and also!
placed in the lamp post, is to be coupled with
this gas engine.
In what strange ways some people meet
their deaths. Here is a Northampton, England,
man who died from injuries caused by a tall
hat which he was wearing coming in contact
with the top of s doorway. The deceased when
passing from one room to anotber inhlsoun
house struck the top of his bat against the
lintel of the doorway, and forced tbe bat
furtber on bis head. As he suffered consid
erable pain, medical aid was summoned, but he
succumbed to injuries to the brain, caused by
compression of the siull.
A few days since a 12-year-old son of
John Bissell, ot Gaston county. North Caro
lina, was out rabbithunting along the Catawba
river, when he found a steel trap. The littlo
fellow had never seen anything of the kind be
fore, so be started to examine it.whcn it closed
with a snap, holding him fast by tbe arm. He
set up a howl, which brought his father to the
scene, but when within about ten feet of the
boy a larse trap clamped the father's foot It!
required the assistance of anotber party to
free them. Both were severely injured.
The French Minister of Agriculture
has published a return showing that the total
number of wMvcs killed during the past year
was 701. Ot theso 2 wero wolves which had at
tacked human beings, and for each of which
a premium of 8 was paid; 14 were she-wolves
with young, for each of which a premium of 5
was paid; 315 were ordinary wolves, for which a
premium of 1 was paid, and 370 cnbs, for each
of which a premium of 32s. was paid. The total
amount paid in premiums was 1,920. at against
2,234 for 70 wolves in 1S86, and 2,620 for 900
Someone has been overhauling the old
New England' account books and tax lists and
has found some interesting entries. In 1315
Congress, to provide additional revenues, im
posed a tax of $3,000,000 on the country, of
which (632,541 fell upon Massachusetts, of
which Maine was then a part Lands, build
ings, slaves, household furniture, plate, pic
tures, clocks, and watches were taxed. For
every gold watch kept for use 82 duty was paid,
and for every silver one JL The lists for Han-,
cock county, then including Penobscot, Piscat
aquis, and a part of Waldo, show that only ten
persons in the whole district owned furniture
of value exceeding $200. Twelve gold watches
were owned in me district ana Jsa surer ones..
The interesting process of photograph
ing rifle bullets in motion, by means of the elec
tric light, presents some remarkable phenom
ena, judging from tho experiments made by
Macb, the Austrian chemist. In this operation
his plan Is to illumine the bullet by letting it
breakan electric current formed, bnt the veloc
ity of the bullet must exceed that of sound, in.
order that tbe condition of the air before and.'
behind the projectile can be shown. After vari
ous experiments he succeeded in his efforts to
photograph projectiles bred by Wernal and,
Jurde guns, having respectively an initial ve
locity of 43S and 530 meters per second. The
photographs obtained in this manner showed
an air formation in front of the bullet having
the form ot an hyberbole. while behind it al
most a vacuum was formed, in which, when
the initial velocity was very great, there were
some curious soiral motions. From the de
scription given," there appeared from theso
photographs to be a great similarity between
the motion of a body through the water and
that of a projectile through the air.
At a "Western Party He Have you been,
dancing much, Jllss Porcine?
She (from Cincinnati) Yes, Indeed t I think If
tbere Is one thlnx I dote on more than all else it U
shaking my hoof.
No Flattery There Boston girl Uncle)
Gawge, do you think my photographs do ml
Uncle Gawge (critically) Yes, Emellne; Justice
Such Is Fame Mrs. Taussig Have yoa
ever heard FattI?
Sirs. Lakeson (of Saint Joe lo; but I've sees
ber picture hunareds of times. She's the one wno
writes those charming little testimonials for the '
lace powders and things. Isn't she?
A Clear Field "How are you getting oa
in your love-making?" Inquired Merritt.
"Very nicely. Indeed, " replied BJones.
'Do you think her parents favor your suit?"
"I am sure of It. Her mother now never stays
in the room with us more than ten minutes."
As His Grace Came In Miss Hurling,
ham I'm all in a flutter, mammal I'm sure he's
coming this way.
Mrs. Hurllngham Kemember your great grand
father's mistake at Yorktown, Biethen,audlf you
get the least chance atone for it promptly by a full
One "Way of Looking At It Old Baboony
Algernon, these extravagant habits of yours
wUl ruin us all sooner or later. I think It's time
for you to settle down and take a wife.
Algy Why, fawtner. are you craay? If your
means are not enough faw one famUy, how could
you pawsslbly suppawt two?
A "Worse Fate C., whose terrible strug
gles for adversity are well known, was one day
relating his experiences to an Intimate friend.
"Well, " he added, as be concluded his nar
rative. "what would you have done In my place
had you been reduced to such penury?"
"I?" repUed his friend; "I should have killed
"No doubt; but I did mof e than that I lived."
A Better Way The proprietor of a cheap
eating saloon was chatting with one of his neigh
bors about bis business.
"At what hoar do you alne, then?" asked the
"About 3 o'clock, after everybody has got
1 'You don' t mean to say you eat what's left?"
"I should say notl Yon must take me for one of
the customers. No, I have my dinner sent In
from a high-toned restaurant on tbe next block."
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