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P1TTSBDKG, THURSDAY. JAN. 17. 1BS9.
The letter from Henry M. Stanley to
Tippoo Tib, which was telegraphed to the
world yesterday, having arrived in Brussels
the previous night, gives, to a certain de
cree, what the public was waiting lor, a
statement in Stanley's own language of his
position and intentions, and to a certain
degree of what he had done. The letter is
full of figurative expressions of good will
and friendship for the Arab chief, which
are strikingly like those which a negotiator
would use with our Indians; hut it tells us
authoritatively where Stanley was and what
he was about to do.
It is placed beyond all question that he
reached Emin Bey and found him with
abundant supplies of food, ivory and cattle,
but presumably short of ammunition. At
all events Stanley returned to the Aruwimi
to obtain such goods as Emin needs, and
was to start back to "Wadelai ten days after
the writing of the letter. It took him eighty
two days to come from the Xyanza to the
Aruwimi, and he intended to move back
rather slowly at first, in the hope that
Tippoo Tib would join him. This effectual
ly disposes of the idea that he could have
been at Lado on October 10. He could not
have been half way back to Wadelai by
that time. The letter also shows that he
has opened a practicable route, with stated
camps and places for getting food, between
the Congo and Emin's position; and the in
dications are strong that he intended to use
that route for supporting Emin. This
affords a possibility that the energetic Stan
ley may yet make his great discovery, the
Congo, a means for sustaining in the heart
of Africa the advanced posts of civilization
that are threatened by the slave trade dis
turbances in Zanzibar and the Soudan.
DISCORDANT LABOR LEADERS.
Mr. Powderly is in town and is talking
straight from the shoulder with reference to
Mr. Barry's charges against his administra
tion of the IC of L. The mutual recrimina
tions which these once harmonious leaders
of organized labor are making against each
other are the reverse of edifying and can
hardly do cither side much good. It the as
sertions of either side are true, they make a
damaging exposure of the character of men
who rise to high position in such organiza
tions; while if they are untrue'on both sides,
the effect is hardly less depreciatory. "Wc
hardly think that differences of policy, or
even divisions in organization, call tor so
much personal bitterness. Both organiza
tions can live, and a spirit of toleration
could lead them to the point of harmonious j
action. At present it looks as if labor was
drifting toward the condition of being more
divided against itself than of being united
against injustice on the part of employers or
PLAYING AT BOTH ENDS.
A bombshell is hurled into the specula
tive business of Hew York by the Sunday
money article of the Herald, which asserts
that the up-town offices of the "Wall street
brokers are really gambling rooms, where
dice-throwing, flipping pennies and the
great American gameis earnestly prosecuted.
"Stock-jobbing is vulgar enough, goodness
knows," remarks the Herald, "but common
consent has drawn a well-defined line be
tween it and dice throwing." The conclu
sion is that people who prosecute such games
have no right to "yell that the downfall of
such places means the stagnation of specu
lation." "We must sympathize with the festive
devotees of "Wall street and jack pots to the
extent of thinking the Herald is illogically
squeamish. "Wall street speculation having
been reduced to a big gamble, who that puts
his money up on that game has any right to
object to the proximity of dice-throwing and
penny-tossing. Both are methods or at
tempts to get the money of your antagonist
without giving value received for it. Of
the two methods of gambling the penny
flipping, bone-shaking and poker-bluffing
are the least destructive, do not bedevil
legitimate business, and have the merit of
openly professing to be what they are pure
"We think, too, that there is an error in
the statement of the reason why these
gambling rooms are deserted. If the secret
were to come out it would probably be found
that the lots of business to the proprietors
of these offices is not because they throw
dice in their private rooms, but because
they throw loaded dice in Wall street.
ONLY A CHANGED NAME.
It is instructive to find our esteemed co
temporary, the Atlanta Constitution, hold
ing up its hands in horror with such ex
clamations as the following: "White Caps
in Ohiol White Caps in Pennsylvania and
Xew York! White Caps whipping women
in ifew Jersey! Don't talk about Missis
sippi any more the little State of 2ew
Jersey is ten times worse."
This expression of condemnation is sig
nificant, though full of the spirit of pulling
the mote out of your brother's eye, while
preserving the beam in your own, it is in
structive as the declaration of a leading
Southern journal that the practice of arm
ing night prowlers and permitting them to
attack houses and commit violence by dead
of night is, when perpetrated by the people
of some other section than its own an out
rage upon civilized law and free govern
ment. The opinion is true; and it is just as true
of White Capism as it was of Kukluxism,
lrom which our Northern barbarity is an
offshoot. As to the question which is the
blackest form of lawlessness, we have not
yet heard of any White Caps in Xew Jersey
or elsewhere killing people in order to take
possession of the farms which the victims
have improved, but we recognize that it may
come to that, it the outrages are condoned
or winked at. The Northern press perceives
this .'act, and is unanimous in condemna
tion of the t rung. It the Southern press
had been equally outspoken against Ku
kluxism it is possible that the pest might
have been killed in its inception.
Friends of civilization, both North and
South, should unite in urging that such
lawlessness shall be put down, wherever
aud under whatever pretext it appears, in
stead of indulging in a pot-and-kettle con
troversy as to which is the blackest.
IT COULD HAVE BEEN RETRIEVED.
The assertions of ex-Representative Rob
inson, with regard to the failure of the rev
enue bill, have elicited a defense from the
Philadelphia Press, which by a labored ef
fort to put the matter in the best light possi
ble indicates the conviction of some one
that it is necessary to make some reply to
those assertions. The defense is rather un
fortunate, however, both in the suggestions
inadvertently made by its phraseology and
in its failure to properly appreciate the
bearing of the assertions made by Mr. Eob
inson. Thus, it is asserted, that the Governor's
only design in the investigation was "for
the purpose of ascertaining whether the
fault was of a kind that could be retrieved."
Such a way of putting the matter irresisti
bly provokes tie reply that an investiga
tion of that sort would very soon reach the
conclusion, independent of the personal re
sponsibility for the failure to get the bill
signed, that the fault could be promptly re
trieved if the Governor wished it to be. The
members of the Legislature pledged them
selves, if an extra session were called, to
meet and re-enact the bill without delay.
If the Governor wished the bill passed, it
would only have cost him the issuing of a
proclamation. If the members of the Leg
islature had not kept their pledges, the re
sponsibility would have been with them
and not with the Governor.
As to the question who was responsible
for the failure to sign the bill, the claims
that "no record of the Senate" shows the
bill to have been signed and that "the Sen
ate was not in session when it was signed by
the Speaker of the House," hardly afford an
answer to the affidavit of the message clerk,
corroborated by several other persons, that
he took the bill to the Senate while it was
in session; that it was returned to him,
as signed, and thence taken to the Executive
Department forty-eight hours before the
Legislature adjourned. Against sworn evi
dence of this kind, the general assertions
that the Senate was not in session, and that
there is no record of a signature, of which
the very complaint is that it was lacking,
are somewhat inconsequent.
The subject is an old one, as the Press
says; but as it has been revived by the Gov
ernor with comments showing that mil
lions of corporate property have escaped
taxation by the failure of the bill, there is
considerable pertinence in the evidence
given by the other side as to where the re
A STRANGE CRY FOR HELP.
Without doubt the most remarkable
"combine" so far reported in 'these days of
such things is that which some New York
bankers declare they have undertaken to
prevent the building of lines of railroad to
compete with railroads already running.
Mr. Morgan, a prominent financier of the
East, is quoted as giving railroad magnates
in session assembled "a pledge, on the part
of the bankers, to discourage the raising of
money for parallel lines." This was in
answer to President Roberts, of the Penn
sylvania Central, who is credited with the
following extraordinary speech: "I think
it idle for the present capital invested in
railroads in the country even to hold its own
in property, if there is not some limit to the
building of competitive lines. The con
struction of these competitive lines will
cease just as quick as the projectors are
unable to get the capital to build them.'.
There is more humor in this diagnosis of
the case, and in Banker Morgan's remedy,
than is usual in business. Why should
anyone want to build parallel lines, or
why does capital go into such undertakings?
Simply because there is profit in the enter
prise. Why did the projectors of the South
Penn wish to build that line? No one sus
pects that they did it for fun. What im
mense profits they expected from that
project will be understood when it is re
membered that, though only putting 15,
000,000 of cash into it, the syndicate was to
take 540,000,000 of securities out of it. By
starting rate wars against the Vanderbilts,
and by the friendly offices of Andrew Car
negie, the Pennsylvania Central has been
able to throttle the South Penn; but it took
big inducements to get at least that "par
allel" line dropped.
Of course the public will see at a glance
where the fundamental error is. Railroads
put part cash and part water into their capi
talization. The water often is "converted"
into profits by the promoters: but it remains
in the capital. If arailroad heavily watered
succeeds in paying large dividends on its
liquid capital, is there not a constant
temptation to hard cash to enter the same
field? Then when the inflated capital, the
composite of part money, part wind, part
water, is hard pressed by competition with
something closer to bed-rock basis it cries
out for "protection," forsooth.
Protection is needed. It is needed by the
public against the taxes laid upon all classes
to pay dividends on bogus stock in all man
ner of enterprises. But it is the extreme of
foolish audacity to cry out that bubbles
must be "protected" at the public expense
by the prohibition of competition on a busi
A SOTJTH CAROLINA BLAST.
The blast of the Greenville, S. C, Xexcs
in favor of shotgun control of elections in
the South, seems intended to leave no doubt
in the North that the element which it rep
resents is opposed to a free ballot. When it
declares that the man who keeps the negro
away from the polls with a shotgun "is
better than the Northern manufacturer who
offers a poor devil of a workman the choice
between voting for high protection and
starvation" it gives expression to an opinion
which is very ill-founded. The fact that
there were many thousand Democratic votes
in Allegheny county and no discharge for
political reasons heard of, is a complete
answer to that sort of talk. The similar
idea that the "night red-shirt riders are less
guilty than the wealthy hypocrites who
gave money to corrupt the ballot, also needs
correction. Both are equally the enemies of
an honest ballot, The press of the North is
calling for the suppression of its evil-doers.
The South Carolina example declares that
its enemies of popular government shall be
upheld. Such a declaration is not calcu
lated to inspire confidence in the Southern
Bet. T. DeWitt Talmage's recent
sermon, "Does Beligion Pay?" not unnat
urally provokes the remark that Dr. Tal
mage makes it pay better at 812,000 a year,
with lectures additional, than the poor cler
gyman at a salary of 600 per year, and a
The proposition' to raise a penny sub
scription among the school children, for the
benefit of the sufferers from the Wood street
catastrophe, brings out the fact that there is
a rule in Allegheny which, under strict con
struction, forbids that sort of thing. Such
a rule is, of course, intended to prevent the
raising of subscriptions in any way which
would appear obligatory upon the scholars,
to some of whom a penny may be more im
portant than ten dollars to prosperousiusi-
ness men. But there is no likelihood that 1
anyone would object to voluntary contribu
tions for as worthy an object as that named.
Campanini is singing in English this
season. That is, the advertisements claim
that he is; and as the people who listen to
him understand just as much as they did
when he sung in Italian, they will not raise
any dispute over it.
A voice from Boston has again been
heard on the subject of literary supremacy.
In connection with the fact that New York
is to have an authors' reading this week the
Boston Herald pipes up to the effect that
"two of the three authors, Mrs. Howe and
Colonel Higginson, come from Boston and
Cambridge, while the third, Mr, Warner,
comes from Hartford. And yet New York
frequently boasts itself the literary center."
Which appears to demonstrate with toler
able conclusiveness that Boston is a very
good literary center for authors to go away
The intelligence that William A. Wallace
is going to come into politics again as the
leader of the Pennsylvania Democracy, is
heard once more. This is, we believe, its
regular season of the year for turning up.
A newspaper started Stanley on his
first African exploration after Livingston,
and now another starts Stevens off after
Stanley. This is for the purpose of adver
tising itself, of course, but advertising in
such a way shows enterprise. Nevertheless
there seems to be reason to advise Mr. Ste
vens that he will have to hurry up to get
himself far enough into the interior of
Africa, to make it worth while for Stanley
to go and find him, after the great explorer
TnE Supreme Court of Massachusetts
decides that street bands are a nuisance. Is
there any hope that the country can bear
this decision in mind when the next Fresi
dental campaign opens?
The old proverb that "a green Yule
makes a full church yard" seems to be even
more thoroughly wrecked this winter than
the ice crop. We have not only had a green
Yule but a green New Year, and the verdant
aspect keeps right on to the middle of Jan
uary. And yet the health of the country is
The Greenville, S. C, Muss seems to be
desirous of fighting the war over again
with Samson's weapon.
TnE criticisms on the State Book of
Birds, and the presence of an appropriation
for it in the Legislature, are likely to create
a slight inquiry what business the State has
to be publishing a Book of Birds? Pres
ently we shall have the State publishing a
Book of Dreams for the benefit of the policy
PERSONAL FACTS AND FANCIES.
Mb. james Rtjsseli, Lowell is about to
part with hl3 Cambridge home, "Elmwood."
l"Emin," which ought to be pronounced
"Emeen," or "El-Emeen," means "faithful" or
trustworthy" in Arabic
At the meeting in Now York yesterday Max
J.Becker, chief engineer of the Panhandle
system, was elected President of the American
Society of Civil Engineers.
Six members of the Harvard class of 1829 hid
a reunion In Boston last week, Oliver Wendell
Holmes, Samuel May, Charles S. Storrow, and
tho Rev. Drs. Stickney, Devens and S. P.
"Hebbeet is the only Bismarck who works
decently," said the Chancellor the other day to
Dr. Chrysander. "If I had worked as much in
my younger days, some good might have como
of me, too, at last"
Blokdin, of tlght-ropo renown, has become
the purchaser of a residential estate at Little
Ealing, England. The estate, which is known as
Coldhali, comprise a residence, with spacious
gardens and grounds.
Talking with him about his "Macbeth" in
advance of its production, a friend said to Mr.
Irving: "Surely Macbeth should be a stal
wart, broad-shouldered man?" "Yes," replied
the great actor, "so I thought, until reading the
text, I found the words Throw physique to
Is appearance M. du Maurier, the artist of
London Vuncfi, bears a striking resemblance
to Mr. Alma Tadema. This likeness has given
rise to many amusing complications. Somo
time ago, at a dinner party, he happened to sit
next to a daughter of his host. "I cannot
understand," remarked the young lady, "how
people can bo so absurd as to mistake yon for
Mr.Tadema. To me tho likeness is very slight"
A little later sho said: "Oh, I bought your
photograph the other day. Would yon mind
er putting yonr autograph to it." Mr. du
Maurier expressed his willingness, and later on
in the evening tho young lady conducted him
to a writing table and handed him the photo
graph tor his signature. Mr. du Maurier looked
at it, sighed, and then laid it very gently on the
table. "That," he said, "is Mr. Alma Tadema's
Dr. Joseph Pabkeb, tho London sensa
tionalist preacher, recently went to see a popu
lar piece at a London theater, and at its con
clusion exclaimed: "God bless the man who
wrote so useful and admirable a play!" "That
piece,'' he continued, in conversation, "was
simply a dramatic sermon of the most powerful
kind as to doctrine, eloquence and spiritual
effect. I can safely defy any man to bring a
word of reproach upon the theater presided
over by Mr. Henry Irving, who is doing all in
his power to elevato the educational and moral
tone of the stage, and therefore he deserves
the heartiest support of all Christian workers.
I have a distinct personal authority that somo
managers and actors have been among the best
Christian men that ever lived. The 'Memoirs
of Macready' might have been the record ot
the life of a Methodist preacher. All who know
Mr. and Mrs. Bancroft Mr. Irving, Mr. Toole,
Miss Terry and others of that class, will testify
that they are continually doing good on a very
liberal scale. No good will ever come of in
justice, even to actors. Understand that there
are some actors as bad as some preachers; and,
on the other hand, understand that there are
some preachers who are not a whit better than
some actors. Let us be just and fear not"
A Frightful Example.
From the Norristown Herald.
A number of Philadelphia school boys were
recently taken to Washington that they might
see Congress in session. The object was praise
worthy, but notwithstanding the frightful ex
ample set before them, some of these very boys
may aspire to the same position when they be
come old enougb. It is on record that a boy
who was taken by his father to see a criminal
executed didn't heed the warning worth a cent
He was hanged himself 20 years later.
Why the Cyclone Spnred Philadelphia.
Prom the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 1
The recent Pennsylvania cyclone steered
clear of Philadelphia. Cyclones are blood
thirsty things, but evidently this one had some
feeling. It is said that the heart of the most
cold-blooded murderer is often melted by look
ing upon the sleeping form of an intended vic
tim. The Distinction.
From the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.:
The country is gradually waking to the fact
that the railroads were created for the people,
and that the people were not created to serve
the railroads. There is a fine distinction in
this matter, upon "which a good understanding
Would be'benelicial on all hands.
Mr. Bnndall Hard nt It How Illness Hoi
Changed Him Tho Old War Governor
Charm; a Clrclo on the Floor Other
Veterans Cause a Flutter In Congress.
TEOII A STAFF CORRESPONDENT, 1
Washington, d. O., January I6.-N01 a day
passes now but Randall is in his seat and giv
ing as enthusiastic attention to business as be
fore the breaking of his health. He has not
quite regained his former vigorous appearance,
but his movements show that he yet has im
mense vitality. He is a shade paler than be
fore, his Angers are not so plump, but his eyes
are bright and his action muscular. He en
dures the fatigue of a day's session without
flagging, walks to his modest home near the
Capitol and dines with good appetite, sleeps
well and awakes thoroughly refreshed. It is
said that the result of the election greatly re
vived bis spirits, and I can readily believe that
for it was in the nature of a vindication of his
As I white, sitting in the very excellent
chair allotted to The Dispatch in the front
pew of tne press gallery of the House, the "Old
War Governor," Andrew Gregg Curtin, enters
the hall, and, in the lobby behind the screens,
near the big chimney, with its fire of logs of
wood, is immediately surrounded by a bevy of
members, most of them "Southern brigadiers."
Among them is the famous Martin, of Texas,
the perfect antipode of Curtin; the one with bis
rugged, brigandish, cowboy countenance, grim,
half-wicked expression; tho other of ideal
classic type, one of the finest specimens of a
harmonious, magnificent combination of the
physical and intellectual ever seen in the
United States. The Governor has evidently at
once flashed some witty story or remark upon
the circle around him, for tbey throw back
their heads and laugh heartily, though the
Texan's face looks rather blank as though he
had not quite canght the point of the joke.
As he withdraws from this circlehe is caught
by other ex-Confederates who seem to have a
special affection for him because of his liberal
Opinions following the war. Martin follows
him up, attracted, fascinated, as Orpheus
charmed the tigers and hyenas, and when the
Governor remarks that he wishes to see Ran
dall, Martin ungracefully, but sincerely and
worshipf ully acts as his escort The Governor
walks down the aislo among the members.
There is a vacant chair beside Randall. The
two Pennsylvania veteians shake -bands heart
ily. Curtin settles into the vacant chair, and
then follows a long chat The Governor passes
much of his time in Washington. His income
is sufficient to keep him comfortably. Helives
at John Chamberlain's, where everyone lives
well, and may often be found therein the
genial smoking room, sipping a glass of some
thing hot, puffing at a good cigar, surrounded
by the most brilliant of the habitues of that
Another ex-member has just made his ap
pearance on tho floor, "Silver-bill" Warner,
formerly of the Steubenvillc, O., district.
Warner had the name of being a crank on
"reform," and he made himself something too
busy, but he was earnest and sincere. He is a
man of stalwart physique, and was noted for
his bravery and endurance as a Northern
brigadier. Why Curtin went over to the Dem
ocrats is well known, but the cause of Warner's
flop, early after the war, has never cropped out
to the public. I remember him when he was
the principal of tho public schools in Mercer,
Fa. He was an excellent teacher, but an
awfully harsh disciplinarian, who used to whale
the fractious boys unmercifully. Apparently
he Is knocked out of politics finally, but no one
can bet on that, for a man who likes to hang
around Congress after he has passed out of it
again always has his return buzzing iu his head.
Another Pennsylvania veteran who at
tracts some attention to himself is Charles It.
Buckalew. He sits a little back of the center
of the Democratic section, between Archie
Bliss, of Brooklyn, and Martin, of Texas. He
is smooth-faced, slender, his hair thin and white
and holds his head constantly a little to one side -of
the perpendicular. He pays very close atten
tion to tho, proceedings, and often speaks, es
pecially on questions involving constitutional
law, but usually to .a small audience, as his
voice is very weak. He was a chief figure in
one of the most exciting of Gubernatorial cam
paigns in Pennsylvania in 1872, and there suf
fered the disadvantage of being constantly
charged with having made speeches during the
war expressive of sympathy with the rebels.
He is a Bourbon of the Bourbons. E. W. L.
A JUKI TO TRY CIDER.
Tho Stnto Supreme Court Cannot Tell as
to Its Intoxicating Qunlitcs.
Philadelphia. January 16. The status of
cider under the Brooks high license law has not f
yet been determined,although the beverage was
before the Supremo Court yesterday. That
tribunal says that the subject must be settled
by a jury, and sends back to Warren county
for trial the case of the Commonwealth against
Reyburg. Tho County Court held that a
prosecution could not lie against Reyburg tor
selling cider without a license, because tho
beverage is not an "intoxicating" liquor.
Judge Williams, who wrote the opinion of the
Supreme Court, while admitting the position
of the Warren county Judge on the intoxicat
ing qualities of cider, said that the proper
question to be determined under the Brooks
law is whether cider is a vinous or a spirituous
liquor within a fair meaning of the term. This
question, he says, must be settled by a jury
after hearing evidence.
TALLY ONE FOR AKE0N.
A Wild Chcrrr Tree Starts to Grow in an
Ohio Boy's Ear.
rSPECIAL TELEGBAM TO THE DISPATCH.!
Akron, January 16. A 6-year-old boy of R.
B. Koons, grocer, complained for several days
of earache, and finally got frantic with pain.
The usual oil and cotton remedy was tried, but
without avail. Finally something burst in his
car, and out came a quantity of pus and with it
a small cherry stone that had partially sulit
and gernrlnated, the sprout sticking but
It was recollected then that tho boy had been
playing with some comrades last August, and
that they had smeared each others faces with
wild cherries mashed up in their hands. The
stone had evidently been forced into the boy's
ear, remaining for months itithout disturbing
him until it began to swell preparatory to
AFTER TnE RAILROAD.
A Number of Stringent Mensures Introduced
In tho Illinois Legislature.
Springfield, III., January 16. In the
House to-day a bill was introduced to regulate
sleeping car companies by prohibiting a charge
of more than $1 for 24 hours' occupation of a
lower berth, or 75 cents for upper berths. The
bill also prohibited a greater charge than 51 60
for a section or S3 for a stateroom for the same
In the Senate bills were Introduced reducing
railroad fares to 2 cents per mile; preventing
public officers from receiving railroad passes;
preventing railroad employes from giving free
passage to any person, and repealing the strin
gent conspiracy lawpassed last year as a result
of the Anarchist riots in Chicago.
DEATHS. OP A DAY.
Rev. Father Obcrhofler.
Special Teleeram to the Dispatch.
EniE. January 16. Death entered the ranks of
the clergymen of the Eric diocese to-day and car
ried off Rev. Father Oberhoffer. The deceased
priest was a native of Wolfeeg, Germany, and
was in his 71st year. He was ordained a priest In
IMG, and came to America over 40 years ago. He
had been a priest In Elkand Clearfield counties and
this county until 25 years ago, when he came to
Erie. The closing event of his busy career was
the completion of a very costly church. In which
It was his happiness to celebrate the first mass In
October. iUght Kev. Bishop Mullen will officiate
at tne lunerai i rmay morning.
Charles It. Frank.
Special Telegram to the Ulspatcn.
HocnESTEit, I'A., January 16. Mr. Charles R.
Frank, a resident of Water Cure, this county, and
a well-known reporter for several papers, fell
deail about 5:30 r. M., -while on his way home,
while running to catch the ferryboat on the
Kochester side of the river. Mr. Frank was a
bright young man, well liked by all. His father
met with death as suddenly about ten years ago
as did also his sister about one year ago. Ills
parents were descendants from the original set
tlers of Phllllpsburg.
Lain B. Thomas.
Luis B. Stuckslagcr, wife of E. S. Thomas, and
daughter ofC. R. Stuckslager, Cashier of the
Peoples Bank, McKeesport, died yesterday tn the
28th year of her age. The death cast a shadow
over a large circle of friends. The bereaved,
young husband Is a very prosperous merchant.
St. Paul, January 18. Dr. Adelard Gnernon,
Unlttd States Collector of Customs, died of heart
disease at 10 o'clock yesterday morning.
AT THE SOCIAL SHRINE.
A Brilliant Afternoon Reception nt
Singer Mansion, Allegheny.
The rainy weather which prevailed yesterday
afternoon did not seem to diminish the number
of carriages that rolled up to the Singer man
sion, on Western avenue, Allegheny. Neither
did it seem to have much, effect on the fair
guests, who were gracefully received by their
hostess, Mrs. E. F. Binger, assisted by the
Mesdames McBeth, Procter, Sewell and the
Misses Rodgers and Marshall.
Some fine selections were rendered by the
Pittsburg Club Band before the supper, which
was served by Caterer Kohort, of the Pittsburg
Tho floral decorations all through the house
were magnificent, the parlor mantel being
graced by a splendid center-piece of pinks,
surrounded by a miniature forest of tropical
plants. The supper table had for a centor
piece a large oval figure of artistically inter
mingled pinks and roses.
The guests, who numbered about 300, left at
at B. Among those present were Mrs. Pit
cairn, Mrs. Scaife. Mrs. Chalfant, Mrs. Byers
and Mrs. Suydam, also the Misses Morgan,
Watson, Mertz, Porter and Scott.
A TIN WEDDING.
Sir. and Mrs. L. Helllg. of the Southslde,
Entertain Their Friends.
There was a tin wedding celebrated on the
Southside last night, the celebrants being Mr.
and Mrs. Louis Heilig, of South Eighteenth
street Over 100 elegant invitations had been
sent to the numerous friends of the pair, and
most of those invited made their appearance
last night at Kunkel's Hall, where a formal re
ception was held. A string band had been en
gaged and a very pleasant evening was enjoyed
bv the party.
The lady friends of Mrs. Heilig made the
celebrants a. costly present of an exquisite
silver set and a sideboard.
A Y0UNGST0WN EYENT.
Miss Betsford and Mr. Wick Jolnod by the
Silken Bonds Last Evening.
Miss Ella Kirland Botsford, daughter of Col
onel and Mrs. J. S. Botsford, and Mr. Frederick
H. Wick, son of Mr. Paul Wick, the
wealthy banker, were united in mar
riage at 8:30 o'clock last evening at
the residence of the bride's parents on
Wick avenue, Youngstown, 0 In the presence
of a brilliant company. Rev. if. B. Avery, of
St John's Episcopal Church, officiated. Miss
Mary Wick, sister Of the groom, was maid of
honor and Mr. Bert Booth best man. The
bride and groom went East on their bridal
A Fall Dress Reception.
The society class of Christy's Dancing Acad
emy, 1010 Penn avenue, will give their regular
annual full dress reception Thursday evening
next, with the entire Mozart Orchestra to
furnish the music.
ENGLAND'S IRON TRADE.
How tho Loss of tho United States as a
Market Was Made Good.
From the London Standard.
Even in the iron trade there has been a more
substantial revival this year than we have seen
sinco the famous inflation period of 1870-73.
This trade has still to contend with enormous
stocks on hand; but the existence of these
stocks prevents any such sudden jump In prices
as might disorganize business and stop expan
sion. Ana what is most satisfactory about the
iron trade Is tho increase it shows in exports to
new, or comparatively new, markets. Hereto
fore the United States has been the arbiter
of our iron markets. Its tariff did not stop
exports, but it contributed in a high degree to
make them fitful. When tho Union had a
spendthrift fit of railway extension it imported
large quantities of British iron, tariff or no
tariff; but when the reaction set in, its over
stimulated producing agencies were fully
enough for the internal wants of the country,
and the demand for our iron naturally sank to
Inl8S8 the loss of tho American trade bade
fair to make the year unprosperous for the
iron producer. It was not till August that the
fall in prices halted and matters began to look
more cheerful, and the change for the better
came. not from the Statement from South
America, Germany, Australia. Belgium, Japan,
South Africa and other countries. The loss of
600,000 tons on the exports of iron and steel to
the United States has in this way been almost
made good by demands from other quarters,
and the iron trade is now in a much more satis
factory position than it gave any indication of
reaching six months ago. If we could be sure
that no unsafe stimulus had been utilized in
causing the new developments, there would bo
no drawback to the satisfaction. This, how
ever, is the doubtful point
TI1EY ARE A TRIPLE LATE.
Beef Eaters "Vi'lio Were Cnught la tho
Sugnr Swindle West to Know, YcKnow.
Sneclal Telegram to the Dispatch.
NEW York, January 10. J. J. Powell and P.
Robinson, of London, arrived on thflRlallla to
day. Their coming caused a stir on the street
where it was reported that they had crossed the
water to investigate the, big electric sugar col
lapse in the Interest of certain English share
holders who had got badly caught in the smash
up of the company. Mr. Powell declined to
say exactly whom he represented but told the
reporters that he was "going to spend the next
fortnight in finding out why things bad gone to
a smashup so suddenly." He will be aided In
his investigation by Mr. Robinson.
Secretary Robertson, of the wrecked com
pany, said at the office, 09 Wall street, that ho
hadn't heard of the arrival of the Englishmen.
"I certainly haven't seen them," he said, "and
they won't see me cither. Why, tho English
shareholders took so little interest in the situa
tion that when I cabled to them to take action
thev wouldn't discuss tho cablegram even, let
They Will Organize tho West Virginia Sen
nto in Somo Manner.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
Charleston, W. VA., Jannary 10. Both
Houses of the Legislature held a short session
this morning, but no business was transacted,
except that In tho Senate four ballots were
taken without any result Tho Republicans
seem to be determined that nothing shall be
done unless the Democrats make the con
cessions that they desire, particularly ih regard
to the Gubernatorial contest. The Democrats
arc determined not to do this, and are using
every effort to elect a President of the body.be
be Republican or Democrat. No session of
the Senate was held this afternoon, the body
having adjourned nntil 10 o'clock to-morrow,
there being at present no sign of the end of
the deadlock. But it is whispered that the
Democrats will make an unexpected move in
the hope ot attaining that end.
A DRY PROSPECT.
Perhnps Greenville Will Hnvo No Liquor
Licenses This Time.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
Gkeenville, Pa., January 16. Both parties
to the license contest have filed their ob
jections. The remonstrants object to about 80
and the petitioners also object to a few. Be
sides these, the petitioners object to about 203
prominent citizens on technical grounds, such
as giving their business address instead of their
residence. The temperance people consider
this a hnge joke, and a confession ot weak
ness by their opponents.
After the papers are corrected, Michael
Hamlll will doubtless still have a small ma
jority. Aaron Fell may also pull through, but
the others are Uf t, and the opinion is frequently
expressed that It is very doubtful whether
Greenville will have any licenses this year.
Chinamen nnd Opium.
From the London Globe.1
The Australians, and Americans, too, may
rid themselves of objectionable Chinamen in a
very simple way, if Mr. Quong Tart, who is de
scribed as the leading'. Chinese merchant in
Sydney, may bo believed. They have only to
pass a law forbidding the use of opium, and en
force It, iu order to keep out all the worst class
of immigrants. None but respectable China
men, to whose presence nobody could object,
would expatriate themselves to a land where
the soothing drug is not to be had.
Lies, the Latest Success.
Ltols the latest journal of gossip Issued in
New York, with Alfred Trumble as "the chief
liar" in the sanctum. He is a spicy and bright
"liar," and is the New York correspondent of
the Eatt End Bulletin. The paper is full of
original notes of a fictitious character, touch
ing society, club life, art, and even the bulls
and benrs in Wall street are not allowed to es
cape. Surely "Liar" Trumble's funny little
paper has mado a decided hit.
THE DIYMNQ BOD,
Englishmen Give Their Experiences With
It Coins Found nnd Imitation Jewelry
Detcctcd-Won't Work With Gloved
An article on the divining rod, published some
time agp in the London Standard, and which
was reprinted In these columns Wednesday,
January 0. has brought forth numerous letters
from Englishmen who have had experience in
the use of the rod. Several of these letters
are published below and will doubtless prove
Interesting. The Dispatch would be pleased
to hear from any of Its readers who have had
experience with or theory about the working
of this wonderful phenomenon.
Experiments With Coins.
John Blanchford, of Wisbech, tells of his ex
perience with the divining rod as follows:
I have used the divining rod since the sum
mer of 1874 first in the State of Illinois, U. S.
A., and in England several times since the
spring of 1884. I can tell which way the water
is moving under ground; I can also tell mineral
oil from water; aud have found coins that have
been hidden for a test.
I do not use a stick for that purpose, and
have tested jewelry, and know real from Imita
tion, such as gold, brass, etc.: and to prove that
the rod is not moved by the involuntary action
of mental expectancy on the muscles of the
performer, if I put a pair of gloves on my
bands not the least power is felt, which is suffi
cient to prove that the rod is not moved at will,
and that it is only moved by attractive power.
I can give the names of several persons that
have sunk wells upon sites selected by me.
With tho Wind Against It.
William Bell, of East Lyss, Petersfleld, gives
an account of a test made at a Cornwall mine as
The letters on the subject of the divining
rod have encouraged me to relate my own ex
perience. I was present when an old Captain of a mine
in Cornwall was exhibiting his power with the
divining, or, as he called it, the "dipping" rod.
I was so struck with what I saw, that I begged
to try with the same twigs that he had been
using. He made no objection, but prepared me
for failure, by saj ing that there were very few
people that had the gift. .
I held tho sticks (bramble) as he directed,
aud walked over the same ground that ho had
done. When I approached tho line at which
the twigs bad worked with him, 1 observed the
point bend forward, and turns down to the
ground. There was a very strong wind blowing
in the direction in which I was walking, and!
thought that the wind had caused the twigs to
bend, so I walked over the same ground again,
facing the contrary way, about the same spot
at which the twigs had been depressed before
they dipped again against the wind.
Some force independent of my will,
and acting contrary to my muscular resist
ance, drew the points of the twigs
downward toward the center of the
earth. Of this I am as firmly persuaded as I
am that the sua appeared above the horizon
Sesterday. It was not a thing that 1 could
ave been easily deceived in, and the same
effects could not have been produced by any
trickery. When we had finished our experi
ments, the bramble twigs had become much
twisted, the parts in our bands being constant
ly rigid, and the parts between our hands re
volving with each experiment,
No Humbug About It.
H. A. Canning, of Market Larington, an
operator, gives some very Interesting experi
ences in the following:
In the first place, I have no belief in humbug
of any kind, neither do I for one moment be
lieve in anything that is superstitious; but there
are some things that to those who do not
clearly understand why certain results are ob
tained, put them down either to deception or
Who would have believed a few years since
what uses the electric fluid, or currents, would
have been put to the transmission of messages
by the telephone, the startling power of the
phonograph; and because there is an unex
plained solution of water divining, there nat
urally arises, as in other subjects not yet under
stood, a certain sceptical reasoning that will
eventually bring light to bear on it.
It is a well-known fact that some persons are
more sensitive in their nervous powers, some
are more easily worked uponasmediums In the
hands of a mesmerist, others are keenly alive
to the change or weather by rheumatic pains
they feel, and in water divining there is not one
in a hundred that is influenced by it, though
shown how to manipulate the "twig or watch
spring." I have successfully hit on the same place
after going over the ground first, and then
have come on the same spot blindfolded, and I
feel sure, much as 1 have tried not to have any
involuntary wish for an indication of tho
means employed to work, yet there is an in
describable feeling, as you approach the un
derground vein, you cannot possibly help.
On the coldest day I havo been overcome
with a peculiar kind of warmth, and lowering
depression after operating; and I bellevo there
is a negative and positivo attraction between
the water and the operator that he is powerless
That there may bo a correct solution of what
is now thought mystenous, and yet has been
proved correct in its issue, I sincerely hope
may be speedily discovered.
Used for tho Detection of Criminals.
C. Wolley Dodd, of Edge Hall, Malpas,
Those who love true science aro deeply in
debted to your correspondents who tell them
how underground springs and veins of metal
can be found by tho divining rod; but in the
good old times, 300 or 400 years ago, our fore
fathers knew more uses for it than these, and
employed it to discover murderers and other
Their mode of proceeding was this: The di
viner was brought to the spot where a murder
had been committed, and touched with the
point of his rod either the dead body or the
placo on which it had lain. He then worked
the rod, which conducted him in pursuit, point
ing always in the direction of the murderer.
After a few minutes, or hours, or even days, as
the case might be. the guilty person was hunted
down and arrested and put on the rack. If he
refused to confess his guilt ho was tortured to
death without benefit of clergy; but if he con
fessed, as he generally did, he was executed ac
cording to law, and the virtue of the dividing
rou was cxiouea ana giorineu.
In other cases, when crimes of a less heinous
naturo seem likely to escape justice, a Diviner
was called in, and an official a sort of public
prosecutor watched the point ot tho rod
grasped firmly in tho hands of the other. Then,
if the Diviner was what he claimed to be, the
gyrations and deflections of the rod's point de
scribed in the air the letters of the name of the
guilty person, and his name being announced
by the official, he was punished accordingly.
Similar modes of conducting judicial causes
are still prevalent among some of tbo more
enlightened tribes of Central Africa and tho
South Sea Islands; but, owing to the alarming
spread of scepticism, such practices have be
come nearly obsolete in Europe. This is much
to be regretted, because long and tedious cases
would by these means bo greatly abridged and
simplified, while, the cause of justice would be
Trwlnarl In tnA0a Anva thnoa nrl.ft nrnfAan trt
understand the laws of Natnre whom Cicero,
in his treatise on "Divination." rightly calls
"the most arrogant of men" would take the
bread out of the poor diviner's mouth by deny
ing him even the small remnant of power which
in some counties of England an intelligent and
discerning public still allow him to retain.
A Chance for a Chicago Inventor.
From the London Globe.
Chicago is getting "quite English, you know."
In consequence of the great increase in the
consumption of coal tho city is said to bo "en
veloped in a thick fog nearly half the time."
Here is a chance for American cntcnesa. Thero
must surely be somebody in Chicago clever
enough to cope with a carboniferous fog. Such
an invention, morepver, would be sure of a
great sale over here.
What It might Do.
From the Philadelphia Times. 1
Being hard pressed the Salisbury Govern
ment might Indict Mr. Parnell for the dynamite
explosions in Spain.
WORSE THAN MAUUIAGE.
A bachelor old and cranky.
Was sitting alone in his room;
His toes with the gout were aching.
And his face was o'ersp"rcad with gloom.
No little ones' shouts disturbed him.
From noises the house was free,
In fact from the attic to cellar
Was quiet as quiet could be.
N o medical aid was lacking.
The servants answered his ring,
Bespectfully heard his orders.
And supplied him with everything.
But still Jhere was something wanting,
Bomethlnghe couldn't command;
The kindly words of compassion.
The touch of a gentle hand.
And he said, as his brow grew darker
And he rang for the hireling nurse,
Tf eU, marriage may be a failure,
But this Is a blamed sight worse.
GOSSIP OP A GREAT CITY.
Tho Editor Hit Too Hard.
fBBW TOBK BUREAU SrECIALS.l
New" Yobk, January 18. Thomas Potter, a
wealthy contractor, pistes the Jersey City
courts to help him squeeze flO.000 out of Will
iam E. Sackett, editor of the Sunday Morning
News. About ten years ago Mr. Potter began
to protect Mrs. Flume, a widow, and her small
boy. Mrs. Plume lived at Mr. Potter's house
until a few months ago. By that time young
Plume, who had learned a thing or two in his
maturcr years, became dissatisfied -with the
home relations. He Induced his mother event,
uallyto come to New York and live with him.
Mr. Potter objeeted to this, and had young
Flume arrested for embezzlement. Plume
proved Potter's charges to be false, and got
$500 from him as damages for slander. Mr.
Backett's paper has been exceedingly severe on
Mr. Potter in its comments on the case, hence
No Jacksoninn Simplicity There.
The Brooklyn decorator who will prepare the
pension building iu Washington for tne Inau
guration ball is telling wonderful stories of the
elegant things the committee has told him to
make. The flags, colors and drapery will be of
the finest silk. Fifty-dollar banners will be
hung on every hook, and pagodas, fountains
and ships of state of the most expensive pat
terns will be put in every available corner.
Shields, coats of arms, liberty bells and cal
cium lights will make the big pillars groan, at
least so the Brooklyn decorator says.
A Dying Diplomat.
The Hon. Isaac Bell, ex-TJnlted States Min
ister to the Netherlands, Is near to death. A
sudden change for the worse in bis illness oc
curred this morning. His doctor says he can
They Forgot to Send a CInb.
Charley Mitchell sailed to-day on the Brit
tannic for England. A large floral horseshoe
from Jake Kilrain decorated Mitchell's state
room. Mrs. Kilrain sent several costly bou
quets. A miniature pair of boxing gloves, cut
out of rosewood and inlaid with silver trim
mings, was a memento from Richard K. Fox.
Tho Kid Glove Slay be Dragged In.
The Rev. Francis While Mouck, faith-healer,
Is having a legal set-to with Adolpb Schwartz
over somo rat-skins. Before faith-healing be
came profitable, the Rev. Mouck conducted a
dyeing concern in Brooklyn. Schwartz gave
him a contract to convert 12,000 muskrat skins
into sealskins by dyeing them. The Rev.
Mouck dyed and delivered 3,300 skins. Then
his faith-healing business began to boom and
he refused to either dye or return the rest of
the skins. He told Mr. Schwartz he was too
busy. Mr. Schwartz sued for his rat-skins to
day. Hindoos in Distress.
Two men in Hindoo costumes applied for
lodging to Sergeant Tims, in the West Thir
tieth street station house, to-day. They said
they were Abdhool Kerrhheen andAbdhool
Leidhb, and had no place to go. Theydded in
broken English that they had just been dis
charged frnm the Otis Hospital in Brooklyn,
where they bad been treated for frost bites
that they got by being shipwrecked, with seven
others, on the Sophia Joikank, on a voyage
from the West Indies.
HEWS PROM STANLEY.
Tho Great Explorer In Good Health and
Spirits on Angnst 17.
Brussels, January 16. The following letter,
written by Henry M. Stanley, has been received
in this city:
BOHA OF BONALTA, ilUKETIA, August 17.
To Sheikh Ilamed-Ben Mahomed, From his good
friend Henry M. Stanley:
Many salaams to you. I hope that you are In as
good health as I am, and that you have remained
In good health since 1 left the Congo, lhavemuch
to say to' you, but hope 1 shall see you face to face
before many days.
I reached here this morning with 130 Wang
wanna, three soldiers and 33 natives belonging to
Emin Fasha. It Is now 82 days since I left Emin
Pasha on the Nyanza. I only lost three men all
the way. Two were drowned and the other de
camped. I found the white men who were looking
for mln i'asha quite well. The other white man,
Casati, Is also well.
Emin Pasha has ivory in abundance, thousands
of cattle and sheep, goats and fowls and food of
all kinds. I found him a very good and kind man.
lie gave all onr white and black men numbers of
things. Ills liberality could not be excelled. Ills
soldiers blessed our black men for their kindness
In coming so far to show them the way. Btanv of
them were ready to follow me out of the countrr.
but I asked them to stay quiet a few months, that
1 might return and fetch the other men and goods
left at Yambunga. They prayed to tiod that He
would give me strength to finish my work. May
their prayer be heard.
And now, my friend, what are you going to do?
We have gone the road twice over. We know
where it Is bad and where It Is good, where there
Is plenty of food and where there is none, where
all the camps are, and where we shall sleep and
rest. lam waiting to hear your words. If you go
with me it is well. Heave It to you. I will stay
here ten days and will then proceed slowly. I
will more hence to liig Island, two hours' march
from here above this place. There there are plenty
or houses and plenty of food for the men. What
ever you have to say to me my ears will be open,
with a good heart, as It has always been, toward
you. Therefore, If you come, come quickly, for
on the eleventh roornlugfrom this I shall move on.
All my white men are well, but I left them all be
hind except my servant William, who Is with me.
il??RT 31 Stanley
Sheikh Ilamcd-Ben Mahomed, to whom tho
above letter is addressed, is the Arab, Tippo
Tib. The letter, which was taken to Stanley
Falls by a messenger, and which reached Brus
sels by post last night, is the only one from
Stanley which has reached tho coast of Africa.
A number of other letters which the messenger
conveyed to Stanley Falls still remain there,
but it is expected that they will arrive in
Europe in two or three months.
Hovr the Efforts of The Dispatch Aro Ap
preciated in Ohio.
From the Akron (O.) Beacon. J
The PiTTsnuBa Dispatch by six years of
the most lavish expenditure for the things that
make up a complete newspaper, has put itself
clearly in the front rank ot the best in Ameri
can journalism. Its pages of specially wired
matter. Its feature news, the freshness and
thoroughness of its handling of all news sub
jects and the great scope of its enterprise
make its growth into newspaper eminence and
into the favor of the public really phenomenal.
Its Sunday Issue, with its full cable dispatches,
its page after page of special articles and its
circnlation.now in the forty thousands, tell tbo
story of its prosperity, which has been beyond
any precedent for Pittsburg. For this year
many improvements are promised, including a
scries of novels by English and American au
thors. TDK Dispatch deserves, prosperity; it
has more than earned it.
Emma Abbott tbo Sole Heir.
New Yoek. January 16. Emma Abbott, the
prima donna, appeared before the Probate
Clerk to-day, dressed in deep mourning, to pro
bate the will of her late husband, Eugene S.
WetherelL The will was executed at 8yracue,
October 13, 1877, and witnessed by Charles W.
Snow and William W. Campbell. AH of the
testator's property, real and personal, is left to
his wife, who is his sole executrix.
Charms A. Davis, the well-known theatri
cal and circus agent, now representing Gil
lette's "She" organization, arrived In tho city
yesterday. "She" opens a week's engagement
at the Bijou next Monday night, and there is
every indication that the return of this grand
spectacular play will be hailed as a noteworthy
event by theater-goers. One hundred actors
singers and musicians will be employed in the
production. Laura Clement appears in the
title role. The sale of seats opens to-day.
Next week Fanny Davenport will appear in
"LaTosca" at the Orand Opera House. No
recent play has caused a greater sensation in
the theatrical world than this, and it will be
strange if the public does not show a lively
curiosity to see this gifted actress in her new
and famous role. The box office opens this
morning for the sale of seats.
The benefit at the Grand Opera House
yesterday afternoon yielded $117 S3 for the
sufferers by the accident. Herrmann intro
duces a change of programme to-night and for
balance of the week.
The ever popular Rentz-Santley company
will be the attraction at the Academy next
week. This week- Jack Dempsey and Rice's
syndicate are drawing crowds.
"The Romaiit Rye," a strong and always
popular pl3y. will follow "One of the Finest"
at Harris' Theater.
The Casino promises many new attractions
on its next programme.
A "Wichita, Kan., clergyman has been
asked to resign because his sermons are too
It is said that when he is busy in a
"round-up," a single cowboy will tire out six or
eight horses in a day.
George Eontledge, the London pub
lisher who died the other day, printed and sold
600,000 copies of "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
A youngphysicianofl'all River, Mass.,
is laid up with a disease of the tongue, at
tributed to excessive cigarette smoking.
American apples are sent to England,
Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Australia,
Asia, Africa, South America aud Mexico.
The Eskimos are naming their children
after "By Thunder," "Go to Halifax" and
other expressions used by English sailors.
The number of adherents of the Roman
Catholic Church in America has increased
during the past century from 4f,50O to 8,000,000.
Colonel Stewart, of Nevada City, has
provided in his will that his body be cremated
and tho ashes dumped Into the river at mid
night. New York crowds 1,200,000 inhabitants
Into 92,000 houses, while Philadelphia has to
have 179,000 houses to accommodate 517,000
In Carroll county, New Hampshire, a
considerable number of forest men, tired of
waiting for snow, have begun hauling timber on
The Maltese cat in a Poughkeepsie, N.
Y., drug store, suddenly developed an appetite
for leeches, and while the druggist's back was
turned ate 30 of them.
A special train will leave New York
next month for the scene of a great bull fight
somewhere in Mexico. Twenty wealthy young
New Yorkers are said to be arranging the ex
cursion. A Piedmont, S. C, clergyman married
a couple and published a notice to that effect
before he learned that the contracting parties
were men. They wanted to have a little fun at
the minister's expense.
There is a discrepancy between the
statements of George Waterman and the au
thorities of Lorensberg, Kas. He claims to
have, stolen 129 horses, and they declare the
number to be 130. This trifling difference may
get him into State prison.
Frank Thornton, of Elberton, has in his
possession a couple of eggs which are curiosi
ties. They have two shells; the yolk is In
closed in the smaller one and the white around
it in the larger. The eggs are as large as a
goose egg, which they closely resemble.
The new American navy, when com
pleted, will consist of 22 vessels, ranging from
the armored cruiser Maine, carrying 414 men.
down to a'flrst-class torpedo boat, carrying 4
officers and 13 men. There will be 6.788 men
onboard the 22 vessels 600 officers and 5.2S6
sailors and marines.
A 16-year-old boy in Kansas Citv at
tempted to steal and carry away a sawmill one
cay last week. He first stole a horse and
wagon, and was busily engaged in taking the
mill to pieces, preparatory to loading it upon
the wagon, when the mill owner appeared on
the scene and gathered him In.
The agricultural professors tell us that
the raising of 30 bushels of wheat to the acre
will remove from the land 51 pounds of nitro
gen, 24 pounds of phosphoric acid and 37
Sounds of potash. This could be replaced by
) pounds of sulphate of amonla, 171 pounds of
super-phosphate or lime aud 76 pounds of
chloride of potash.
J. D. Cox, who is operating among the
coal fields of Alabama, made a singular dis
covery a few weeks since. A force of bands
were at work at the bottom of a shaft ISO feet
below the surface, when they came upon the
petrified remains of a sheep. It was in so per
fect a state of preservation as to be readily rec
ognized, and was kept intact for several days,
after which it was broken and tbo pieces dis
tributed among the miners as curios.
George H. Johnson, a farmer living a
few miles east of Honey Grove, Tex., has a
mule tbat is a natural curiosity. The most
prominent feature about his muleship is that
he is just exactly 18 hands high, or 6 feet 3
inches, so that a man who stands 6 feet in his
stockings standing by the mule's shoulders
just lacks two inches of being as high as the
animal, and he weighs in proportion to his
height, tipping the beam at 1,619 pounds.
There was a poplar tree at Clyde Sta
tion, Haywood county, North Carolina, so
large that it made plank enough to build a
church 50 feet long and 33 feet wide, 12 feet
high, and supplied weatherboarding. ceiling
and flooring. From the same tree a fence was
built on three-auarters of an acre around the
church, and there were three logs left over.
The remaining three logs are enough to build
another church of the same dimensions as
The latest nickel and slot device is a
sortof big stereoscope which has been invented
and manufactured in Paris. You drop in your
nickel and apply your eyes to a pair of protu
berances like the eye pieces of an opera glass.
Pictures are then displayed in rapid succession,
one picture lasting seven seconds, until the
contents of the box are all exhibited. The
fiictures are shown in the glare of an electrio
igbt, which is extinguished when one lias had
his 5 cents' worth.
Those who go down to the sea in ships
frequently have strange experiences. Any one
who doubts this should read the log of the bark
Professor Mohn, which has been on a voyaga
from New York to Callao. Her log was re-"
ceived Saturday by the New York Hydro
graphic Office from Callao, and contains the
following interesting entry nnder date of Janu
ary 17. 1888: "In latitude 40 S3' south. longi
tude 4S 56' west, passed through a patch of
water of a dark red color of several miles in ex
tent. Hauled some on board in a bucket, and
found it to contain millions of small red ani
mals about tbe size of a flea with a white spot
in front, which looked transparent. They had
two long feelers in front, and a long tail split in
the end. and numerous feet like a lobster. The
entire body had a slight resemblance to that
animal in miniature."
TAKEN FRQ3I LIFE.
A Railway accident An edible sand
wich. ,4Don't be dishonest in small matters. If
you get found out, you won't have much of a
chance for larger operations.
Beyond Redemption. Mrs. Manhattan
But what a hopelessly vulgar lot those Jones are I
Why, I hear that Mr. Jones pays all of his bills In
cash, and Mrs. Jones, to my personal knowledge,
will go shopping for a pair of gloves and carry
them home herself 1
Domestic Bliss. Yon seem very happy,
Uora Ah. yes; I have every reason to be. "We
have a beautiful home, two lovely children, a
snug sum In the bank, my husbands life Is In
sured for (20,000, and his health Is very far from
Discouraging. Uncle James "Well,
Bobby, are you gaining any prizes at school now
adays? Bobby No, sir; tbe other fellows get them all.
Uncle James But you'll keep on trying, of
course. . 1
Bobby What's the use? The other fellows keep
on trying too!
To Suit Every Taste. Miss A. Don't
you find New York society rather empty and uci
Mr. S- Not necessarily. You can take yorj'
choice in that respect. There is theHohemlan set,
all brains and no style; society proper with a fair
amount of each, and the Four Hundred, aU stylo
and no brains.
AT THE PIANO.
She was playing a waltz,
And she called It "First Kiss.
Quick I made wild assaults
(She was playing a waltz).
The result: abrupt halts
A conjunction" and bliss!
She continued the waltz.
And it was the "Iflrst Kiss."
There's Charybdis yet to Pass. He had
declared his passion, and the answer was a favor
able one, but a look of fear crept over the girl's
face as she gave It.
"Darling." he said. "I suppose I ought to
speak to your father at once."
"Yes. yes. George," the girl nervously replied,
"but you do It at your own risk."
A Frank Confession. Collector I have
called six times, sir, for the amount of this bill
Citizen Wha-at, six times? Is It possible you
have been put to all that annoyance? Now. I'll
tell you what I'll do; when I feel like paying the
amount I wlU call on you myself. It's outrageous
to give a man the trouble I have unconsciously
He Deserved Promotion. Friend (to
Lieutenant Goldbrald) Why, Lieutenant, how
are you? I'm glad to see you back.
Goldbrald Ya'as, we reached port this morn
ing; but you mustn't call me Lieutenant any
more. Chappie, I'm a Captain now.
Friend Is that so? Promoted, eh?
Goldbrald la'as; for gallant conduct In the
late war between Hay tl and the United States. ,