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ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1S16L
VoL , Xo. 1. Entered at rittsbnrg l'ost
OfUco, Kovembcr 11, 1SS7, as second-class matter.
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riTTSBURG, FRIDAY, FER 8. 1SS9.
SUCCESS OF THE HEW GTJ5.
Once more there seems to be a future for
the cast steel gun. Yesterday the gun
made by the Standard Steel Casting Com
pany at Thurlow, in this' State, was tested
in the naval proving yards ai Annapolis
and proved a success. Twelve rounds were
fired from it and while the official report
can only settle the question of the measure
of the gun's merits, it is decided that it has
strength enough to sustain the regular gov
This would be plcasanter news, of course,
to Pittsburg cars, if the successful piece of
artillery had issued from this city, hut con
siderable comfort can be drawn from the re
sult of the trial, which proves distinctly
that it is possible to make a gun of cast
steel. The belief of the makers of the
Hainsworth gun that its destruction under
trial proceeded from some defect in casting,
rather than an error in the theory upon
which it was made, is confirmed in some de
gree by the success of the Thurlow piece.
If cast steel guns are to be made for the Na
tional Government Tittsburg will do well
to try again. In the meantime we heartily
congratulate the makers of the first service
able gun of cast steel.
THE FLAG AGAIN INSULTED.
Another result of the vacillating policy of
the present administration in dealing with
questions involving the rights ot citizens
abroad crops out in the report, which comes
from New Bedford, Mass., of the seizure of
an American whaling vessel by a Portu
guese gunboat. It is stated that the bark
Frazer was boarded on the high sea by
armed men, who searched the vessel,
against the captain's protest, then took pos
session and towed it into port The cap
tain was held as a prisoner for two days,
and compelled to pay a fine for alleged
violation of customs laws.
The story, if true, shows that the prin
ciples of international law have been shame
fully violated. "Will anything be done
about the matter? Time was when the
American flag could not be insulted with
impunity, but now it appears as if a notifi
cation had practically been given to all the
world that American citizens abroad have
no rights which this Government cares to
protect. Our greatest need at this time is
a Secretary of State who is a statesman.
NOT NICE BUT NOT NAUGHTY.
"When Mrs. Sherwood explained in last
Sunday's Dispatch that it is not wrong to
convey food to the mouth by means of a
knife, but simply vulgar and nnneat, she,
perhaps, intentionally revealed the dawn of
moral light in the highest circles of society.
"We congratulate the grand dames if they
have discovered that there are other sins be
side those committed against etiquette, and
that there is a higher code of laws than
that of good form. It is a tremendons dis
covery for them.
An impression has prevailed very gener
ally that'sassiety's" censors held a man to
be a gentleman, and as such entitled to the
best of everything going if he wore good
clothes, haa money, did not cat soup with
lis knife, or fish with the wrong fork, and
did and did not certain other equally im
portant things. It has been understood
also that such a man could not be blamed
for stealing other people's money, betraying
fiduciary trusts, either by stock exchange
gambling or similar refined means, so long
as he ate soup with a spoon and wiped his
mouth with his napkin and not with the
tablecloth. In a word, vulgarity or breach
of etiquette has been the deadly sin in the
chambers of the great. Theft and such
ugly words have simply been avoided grace
fully. Nice people could have no dealings
with nasty words. .
It is comforting, therefore, to remark
Mrs. Sherwood's assurance that there is
nothing morally wrong about eating with a
knife. Perhaps some equally prominent
authority in eood society will muster up
courage enough to declare that it is wrong
to steal, to be unchaste, and to fracture any
of the commandments even politely.
IMPE0VE THE COUNTRY E0ADS !
Every one who has occasion to travel in
the country for any purpose must feel sin
cerely glad that pnblic attention is at last
aroused to the dreadful neglect of the ordin
ary roads. "While settlements in a district
are yet young and sparse of population and
means, there is, of course, an excuse for the
primitive state of the highways. The pot
has to be kept boiling; the farm requires
clearing and close tillage; there is not much
travel; and the communication with the
outer world which the railroad affords has,
through necessity, to serve most purposes.
But with population and means, and with
the requirements of growing wagon travel
vastly increased, the clay or even the plank
roads are felt to be a long way out of date.
In the older States it is full time the sub
ject were taken up. There is no reason
that will bear examination why the country
roads of Pennsylvania, Ohio and "West Vir
ginia, for instance, should not to-day be as
good and as well kept as the admirable
roads which run everywhere through Great
Britain and Ireland, France and Germany.
These latter are, on the average, in better
order than the streets of many of our cities.
Macadamued, always in good repair, lined
usually by trees and hedgerows, they are
not only a delight to the traveler for even
ness, firmness and neatness, but surely must
be a source of great comfort and pleasure to
those who live along or near them.
That the very best roads, such as we have
been describing, are actually less expensive
in the long run than the very worst roads,
such as we have not a hundred miles say
from Pittsburg, is without doubt also abso
lutely true. The original construction, of
course, makes a tolerably big item; but,
after that, they are kept in perfect repair at
almost nominal. cost Contracts are taken
in England nd and Scotland for kecp-
ing these roads in perfect repair at as low as
twelve cents per lineal perch, or about $10
per mile. "Where the travel is very heavy
the rate is higher, but the figure above
named is about the average. Now take into
account the money spent and time put in on
our hopeless clay roads, and then the loss of
time, the wear and tear on horseflesh and
vehicles, the destruction of clothing and of
temper, and the isolation in the country
produced by the mud of spring and the dust
of summer, and it is perfectly sure that the
economy as well as the comfort is wholly on
the side of the good roads.
But there is another inducement Where
good roads arc, the ground in the neighbor
hood of our cities and town! increases won
derfully in value. Pleasant driving and
profitable gardening are made possible.
Farming becomes a much more agreeable
occupation under these circumstances than
"Much more might be said on this vastly
interesting subject, but Tns Dispatch
thinks the public arc now about all of -one
mind on it, and if any statesman of Penn
sylvania, Ohio or "West Virginia wants to
make an enduring name for himself he will
just introduce a plan for abolishing the
mnd and the plank road in favor of the
macadamized roads, which are so much more
suitable to the times and circumstances of
our day and generation. "What little
progress has tnus lar been made in this
branch of design and labor is shown by the
fact that the best road that any of the three
States named can exhibit to-day is the old
National pike, planned and built more than
sixty years ago through the efforts of Albert
Gallatin and Henry Clay. It remains to
the present a model highway.
PAENELL'S LATEST FOE.
If the springs from which the London
Times has hitherto drawn its evidence
against the Irish leaders had not been
proven so often to be polluted with the foul
est kind of perjury, the testimony of the
renegade Beach, which is reported at length
in this issue, might be deemed of grave im
portance. As it is, it cannot be denied that
in Beach's evidence the heaviest guns of the
Times and its ally, Lord Salisbury's admin
istration, have been brought ont against
Mr. Parnell and his associates.
Previous experience with the campaign
ing tactics of the Times inclines us to be
lieve that the witnesses expected to do the
most damage to the Parnellite cause have
been purposely held back until the end of
the inquiry is not very far off. The
maneuver is craity, but if the Parnellites
succeed in smashing the reputation of Mr.
Beach as they have those of his notorious
predecessors in the witness box, the moral
effect of the evidence will be all the more
decisively beneficial to the Irish cause.
The comfort is that the whole case does
not rest solely in the hands of the Commis
sioners for decision, but the full panel of
Great Britain's voters will return a verdict
upon it in due time at the polls.
AN EDUCATED nUAHCIER.
There are people in these days of ad
vanced thinking who have the temerity to
claim that money invested in a college edu
cation is money wasted. Looking at the
thing from a sordid, groveling, mercenary
standpoint, it must be admitted that those
who hold this view have heretofore had the
best of the argument Judged purely by
his ability to earn money the average holder
of a sheepskin which declares him to be a
bachelor of arts is probably no; better off
than the man who never received instruc
tion, even in the rudimentary principles of
the higher mathematics, the dead languages
But that there arc men who can turn a
classical education to account, even in a
pecuniary way, is proven by the career of
young Ford, who until recently was' a
student in the University of Illinois. Doubt
less he was naturally smart, and evidently
his collegiate training made him smarter; for
he left the university, and in one day dis
proved the old theory that a college boy is
ill-fitted to earn his own living by gathering
in the neat little sum of 55,200. It is true
that he secured the money by forgery, and
found himself under arrest'a few days later.
But he succeeded in demonstrating beyond
the shadow of a doubt that the fact that a
man is a collegian does not prevent his also
being an expert financier.
Public opinion crystalizes easily into
practical legislation in Nevada. Ten-story
hats on feminine heads have probably vexed
the theater-goers of Nevada no more than
they continue to annoy us, but they have a
way of removing nuisances in the "West
which the effete East has not the courage
even to suggest Becently the Legislature
of Nevada passed a law declaring it illegal
for women to wear high hats at any place
of public entertainment, and providing
suitable punishment by fine or imprison
ment for those who disregarded the law.
Imagine the scene in any one of the Pitts
burg theaters if such a law were to be put
in force without warning 1 About half the
audienceand nine-tenths of the women would
be liable to arrest The experiment could
hardly be tried here. It would be too
costly. The police force would have to be
enormously increased, and new jails would
have to be built for the reception of the
high hat offenders. For the law would not
be obeyed here; not if the penalty were
death. It may work well enough in
Nevada; the women are in the minority
there, but it is remarkable how gallant men
can be found when they are in the minority.
A FUSS ABOUT A TRIFLE.
Some nonsense has been written here, and
still more abroad concerning the testimonial
banquet tendered recently by the Lord
Mayor of London to our Minister to En
gland, Mr. Phelps. The subject does not
deserve one-half the attention it received;
bnt we are tempted to advert to a phase of
the criticism which is extravagantly dis
played in the following quotation from our
satirical cotemporary, Life:
11 Mr. Harrison is ablo to find an American
who can go among the English aristocracy and
retain his Americanism, he will deserve better
of his country than if he should solve the tariff
and surplus problems. Wo do not want another
toady to British institutions as American Min
ister to England. Better far wonld it he to
break off diplomatic relations altogether.
The sentiments above expressed are hap
pily not those of a majority of thinking
Americans. The bulk of the nation would
a great deal rather have Mr. Harrison ex
pend all his term in an endeavor to further
the material interests of the country than
waste a day in the selection of a figurehead
to be stuck up in the Court of St James.
It really does not matter who goes- to En
gland, so that he be a respectable person
with enough aacoir aire to present travel
ing Americans to the royal nonentities, and
enough diplomacy to forward the dispatches
of the Secretary of State to their proper des
tination. Mr. Phelps filled the bill well
enough, and so doubtless will the next repu
table person so deputed.
Delaw aee is talking about enacting a
law abolishing the corporeal punishment of
women. Now is a good time for missionary
societies to make an effort to civilize and
Christianize that Commonwealth.
A United States Commissioner has
been removed fronoffiee at Buffalo because
he offered a Congressman 25 per cent of the
proceeds if he would engineer through a
bill in which the commissioner had an in
interest of about $800. Served him right
A man so innocent of the ways of the world
as to imagine that a bribe of $200 would
tempt a Congressman to turn lobbyist has
no business in the service of the United
States. He should have been generous
enough to offer at least the fall amount of
Meat on the hoof is very cheap in our
markets to-day. But meat on the butchers'
counters hangs on the same old price. Talk
ing of this it is pleasant to observe that hogs
are very plentiful.
It is reported that Sewall, Consul Gen
eral to Samoa, has been asked to resign on
the ground that his views are not in accord
with those of the State Department and the
administration. Unless President Cleve
land and Secretary B3yard deign to give
the Consul a more lncid explanation for
their action Sewall will probably never
know why he was deposed. Up to date the
views of these gentlemen on the Samoan
question remain a dark secret
The sensational news that comes from
Hayti seems to indicate that Hippolyte has
followed Legitime's example, and estab
lished a bureau of war correspondence.
That portion of the public which objects
to running the risk of being roasted alive
every time it makes a journey by rail will
rejoice to hear that on the Fort "Wayne
Railroad and other parts of the Pennsyl
vania system experiments with hot water
and steam as car-heating agents are being
made. "We have heard of experiments of a
like nature in the same quarters before, but
we hope that the car stove is in serious peril
Pbide equal to that historically asso
ciated with Castile is to be found at Thur
low to-day. But it comes from cast steel.
Some of our cotemporaries are poking
fun at Southern Democrats because of a re
port that a large flock of crows was ob
served passing over Cincinnati headed to
ward the South. The really remarkable
feature of this flight is that a single crow
should have escaped our friends the Demo
crats in the North.
The salary of King Mataafa, oi Samoa,
is reported to be only $20 a month. No
wonder he is rebellious.
Ik Philadelphia people are afraid they
will have to light their lamps to see the gas
flames by. Here in some quarters prayers
are going up that it may not be necessary to
make coal fires to keep the natural gas
General Boulakgeu is afraid that an at
tempt will be made to poison him. He lias
gone to Rogart for a rest and has taken his own
cook with him.
The oldest clergyman in the Church of En
gland is said to be the Hov. Bartholomew Ed
wards, rector of AshlU, Norfolk, who took his
decree in 1811, and was ordained in 1812.
Three days a week are the measure of Mr.
Abbey's work. The artist is under SO years
old; small in figure, with bright, brown eyes
and brown hair parted exactly in the middle.
The German Em'peror recently accepted an
invitation to dine with Count Shuvaloff, the
Russian Ambassador, this being the first honor
of tbo kind he has paid to any member of the
The aristocratic organ grinder has again
made his appearance in the streets of London
with his card on his instrument. Lord Hinton
informs all whom it may concern that he is
"tho son of Earl Poulett"
A large party of Senators and Representa
tives went from Washington to Philadelphia
yesterday to attend a dinner given by Mr. C. A.
Gnscomb, one of the Directors of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad. Among those on the jaunt
were Senators Cameron, Hale, Palmer, Davis,
Plumb, Farwell and Mr. Breckinridge, of Ken
tucky. The daily mail of John Wanamaker, of Phil
adelphia, has become burdensome since ho was
considered a Cabinet certainty, his influence
is asked by men who want positions under tho
new administration. As his exact Cabinet po
sition is not known ho receives letters asking
for naval places and others requesting post
masterships. One man wrote that ho had in
vented a lock for mail bags "and wanted tho
Government to adopt it All these letters are
filed and acknowledged.
The following anecdote of tho Empress
Frederick is touching and authentic. Some
days ago she is said to ,have visited the Stuart
Exhibition, where she was fascinated by the
relics of Queen Mary. Looking long and sadly
at the picture of Mary's execution at Pother
ingay, sho at last said: "Poor Maryl Poor
Queen! If I had lived 200 years ago. X, too,
would have been beheaded at least three times
in the last IS months." The story gives one a
touching insight Ilnto the cotemporary view of
the position of the Empress Frederick.
Mrs. Cleveland Is very fond of waltzing,
bat up to a few nights ago she had not danced
since she had entered the White House as
mistress. She and her husband havo no preju
dice against tho waltz on moral grounds, but
tljey decided that it wonld be more dignified
for Mrs. Cleveland to abstain from dancing in
public The President does not waltz, as his
boyhood was spent in a domestic atmosphere
antagonistic to Tcrpslchorean accomplish
ments. Mrs. Cleveland is a fine dancer if her
partner is skillful enough to do his full duty.
BLAIR'S AMENDMENT BOOM.
Prominent Peoplo Organize- for tho June
Fight No Politicians Need Apply.
Special Telegram to The DUpatch.
Altoona, February 7. Over 200 delegates
from every district in Blair county, started the
Constitutional Prohibition amendment move
ment m HolUdaysburg to-day. The convention
was non-political. Many ladies attended and
took a prominent part. A.VM. Lloyd was
elected Permanent Chairman, and many Vice
Presidents were chosen. Addresses were made
by Rev. Dr. John W. Bain, District Attorney
Jlartln F. Bell, J. R. King, Postmaster T. B.
Patton and Rev. Dr. Coggleston. The conven
tion adopted a resolution offered by J. D. Hicks
directing the appointment of a committee
of seven whose duty it is to select three per
sons from each election district in the county
to be known as the County Campaign Commit
tee, and they in turn canvass the vote and
secure the attendance of voters at the polls on
election day, and transact all other work of tho
amendment campaign. This committee meets
for organization March 1, and elects an Execu
tive Committee of seven.
The sum of $700 was subscribed as a prelim
inary to the campaign expenses, of which sum
CityRecoder John A Doyle, ot Altoona,gave
$100. It indicates the significance of the move
ment when prominent men like Jndge Doyle
take leading parts. One of the peculiar phases
of the proceedings was the setback extended
Prohibition 8tato Chairman A. lA. Stevens.
He was shut out from all active participation
in the work of the convention. ! From the
character of to-day's attendance the leading
minds in every commnnity of Blair are banded
together to further the success of what Rev.
Dr. Bain declares to be "the greatest moral
issue of the day and the second divinq emanci
pation of humanity in this century.". (Six dele
gates were chosen to the Harrlsburgj Conven
Must Pay Their Own WayJ
Special Telegram to the Dbmatcli.
Habbisbubg, February 7. Governor Beaver
and Adjutant General Hastings are Unable to
secure .free transportation for the (National
Guard of Pennsylvania to the Washlngtod In
augural Centennial In New York, ana as the
bill will be $40,000, the boys who go will,baTe to
do so at their own expense. ,
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
A Word for Yours Merrily Aiding a Tramp
and a Novel Care,
Vert few people who have seen littlo Min
nie Palmer at tho Bijou this week know her
husband, John R. Rogers. He is the great ex
ception to the rule which decrees that
actresses' husbands shall be of no earthly
account. Yon've heard perhaps of the reporter
who called upon a great actress to interview
her and found hor in tears. Ho inquired the
cause of her grief and between her sobs she
managed to say that she had sustained a great
and irreparable loss. '
"Is your husband dead, madam?" the re
"Sirl" replied tho great lady, "do you im
agine I could afford to run the risk of ruining
my complexion for such a trifleT No, sir
Fido, my beautiful pug has been missing since
breakfast and 1 know I shall never see him
again, o o o oh dearl"
Well, "yours merrily, John R. Rogers," Isn't
that kind of man. , Dramatic editors and the
managers of theaters throughout the civilized
world, one might almost say, know what Mr.
Rogers has done and is doing to advance tho
interests of the charming little woman who
bears his name. His methods are entirely of
his own fashioning.
It would Sot bo fair to him to divulge all the
ways Mr. Rogers has of keeping the public In
formed of Minnie Palmer's whereabouts, her
successes, plans and ambitions. I never re
member meeting Mr. Rogers onco that he did
not Impart to me some singular and usually
startling fact about his wife's guiding star.
It is just to say that Mr. Rogers is not a bore,
as many hard-working, well-intentioned mana
gers unfortunately are. The lobby pf tho
theater Is his 'vantage ground. There In the
full glory of a clawhammer coat, he spreads
his confidential announcements with a gracious,
happy air that entertains the listener im
Mb. WrxxiAst Hoet, the only man who has
succeeded in making the nineteenth century
tramp a thing of beauty and a joy forever, is
grateful to The Dispatch for giving him a
new verse to the topical song he injects into "A
Parlor Match." The verse In question touches
up tho Riverside Penitentiary inquiry sledge
hammer fashion, and the public seems to en
Sufferers from dyspepsia are always look
ing for new remedies. Here's a bran new one:
In the household of a Pittsburger, living near
town, Is a colored man sorvant, who is remark
ablo for nothing in particular except his appe
tite. He can cat as much as any three ordinary
men. This assertion is founded on the careful
observation of competent witnesses. One night
last week it is to be presumed the rash man at
tempted to beat all previous records and con
sume food sufficient to have stayed the stom
achs of at least four persons.
Nothing of this exploit was heard by the mas
ter of the house that night Next morning,
however, when he came downstairs he saw,
as he entered the library, something black
lying on the floor. He investigated and found
that tho something was his colored man, fast
The head of the sleeper was on the register
through which tho room was heated. A gentle
kick applied where it would proauce the most
good, brought tho colored man to his waking
senses in time to hear his master ask:
"What on earth are you sleeping hero for at
this time mthe morning"
"I dunno, sir all I know Is dat I ate a bit too
much las' night, an' when I wakes up in de
night I felt a drefful pain right heab, sir," and
ho pointed to the center of the digestive sys
tem. "But what made you come down here to
"I wuz tellln you the pain was dat bad dat
I specs dat 'twas 'spepsy, and I corned down to
fine some 'spepsy cuab, an' some'ow I must ha'
gone ter sleep heah"
"Didn't you find tho register hot for a pil
"No, sir and 'sides heat am pow'ful good for
spepsy. mammy use ter say!"
And the employer of this sufferer from dys
pepsia, laying his hand upon the register,
found that he could not bear contact with the
heated metal for more than two seconds.
LIVELY TIMES AT CHARLESTON.
A Repnbllcnn Protest is Shelved, and They
Bolt iho IeeIlntnrc.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Charleston, W. Va., February 7. When
the joint Assembly organized this morning
Senator Flourney offered a resolution that all
of the returns of the election so far as they re
lated to Governor, should be referred without
reading, to the joint committee provided by
the law relating to the contest for the office of
Governor, and be hereafter considered and
have the effect as If none of the said returns
had been read. This was passed by a strict
party vote, when Senator Morris, on behalf of
tho Republicans, offered a resolution, which
was termed tho protest of 45 members of tho
West Virginia Legislature, setting forth that
the proceedings in regard to opening the vote
were unconstitutional and outrageous.
Its discussion occupied the entire morning
session and was resumed this afternoon, the
Democrats finally refusing to let It go on
record. Immediately alter the vote the Re-
fiublicans arose and left the hall, thus break
up; the quorum. Senator Maxwell, the only
Republican left behind, made a motion and
called for an aye and no vote, which was taken,
only 40 members 'answering to their names.
The Speaker's attention was called to this, but
he decided that it didn't make any difference,
and tho opening of the vote was proceeded
No returns for Attorney General were found
from Webster county, and the vote for Bowers
for Auditor In Wood county was also missing.
However, as tbo Assembly was unanimously
Democratic.no difficulty was experienced in
having the declaration of the vote postponed.
According to the returns as read, Hubbard,
Republican, has a majority of over 200. Two
ballots for United States Senator were taken
to-day without any change, Kenna receiving 39
votes. Golf 40 votes, Goshorn 3 votes, and Pres
ton, Wilson and Herotord 1 vote each.
TO OUT-EDISON EDISON.
An Erie Electrician Believes He Has Caught
on in Great Shape.
Special Telegram to The Dlsnatch.
Erie, February 7. Peter C Heydrick, who
shook up political circles in Erie last fall by
abandoning the Democracy for Republicanism
and protection, is about to turn scientific
circles upside down by electrical discoveries.
Mr. Heydrick is of a scientific turn of mind,
and in addition to being a college man, he is a
person of extensive scientific research. He
has just been granted a copyright upon a
treatise of how tho electricity in all the uni
verse. In the heavens, earth and waters, can be
brought into use by the adoption of apparatus
which he invented.
By tho uso of these implements Mr. Heydrick
claims to be able to locate the Mississippis of
electricity which course the universe. By the
use of these implements the belts and great
reservoirs of electricity can be located and
utilized by man. He attributes the great pro
pelling forces of the gulf and ocean streams to
these flows of electricity. The publicity given
by the copyrighted letters has created a vast
amount of excitement in scientifio circles.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
Colonel J nines A. Woods.
Louisville, February 7. Colonel James A.
Woods died at Bloomfleld yesterday at the age of
74. He was la Texas In 1845, and took pari la the
revolution. Re claimed to have been at
the massacre of the Alamo, and with others"
to have made his escape, although the
commonly accepted story savs that none escaped
except a woman, a servant and a chUd. Colonel
Woods' statement is believed by his neighbors,
and is corroborated by the fact that a native of
Lincoln county, till recently alive In Texas, also
claimed to have escaped.
Stnto Senator Taylor.
Philadelphia, February 7. State Senator
Henry S. Taylor died last night at his home in this
city of pneumonia, after a short 'Illness. He was
in attendance at the Senate until last Wednesday,
when he returned to the city to appear at the trial
St ex-Councilman John Buhl, for whom he was
counsel On Saturday he complained of being ill,
and a doctorwas called, who said the Senator. was
suffering from an attack of pneumonia. His con
dition grew steadily worse, and his death occurred
at 8:13 o'clock last night.
Oliver P. Shiran.
Oliver P. Shiras, one of the best known of tho
olden residents of this city, and an uncle ot George
Shiras, Jr., died at his winter residence In Florida
on January 29. He was 74 years old, and was one
or the most respected citizens of this county.
At 104 Years of Age.
Samuel Hazlett, a resident of West Deer town
ship, died Wednesday, aged 1M years. He had
resided In lb e house where he died for 0 years.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8,'
AT THE SOCIAL SHEINE,
Several Weddings and Other Enjoyable So
ciety Events of a Day.
One of the most enjoyable society events of
the season was the wedding at the residence of
Jacob Rlcbter, East street, on Wednesday
night. Mr. Richter Is tho well-known, old time
Diamond market butcher, who, for an entire
generation has catered to the Pittsburg public.
The contracting parties were Mr. Thomas
Hefty, shearsman of tho Brown & Co. mills,
Tenth street and Miss Kate Richter. The knot
was gracofnlly and effectually tied by Rev. W.
Shafer, pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church,
The marriage was followed by the christening
of Walter Richter Zoller. a nephew of tho
bride. When bride and groom, after having
been joined for better or worse, stood before
the minister as godfather and godmother to the
little one, the scene was at once novel and
touching. All hearts were moved, and not a
few to tears, as the holy rite was administered.
The attendants were Mr. John and Miss Kajio
Gelz, Mr. Williftn Peters and Miss Emma
After tho ceremony a supper that cannot bo
described was spread for the half a hundred
guests. Then the fun began in downright earn
est The "American Orchestra" furnished
most excellent music, and old and young kept
on swinging partners until daybreak and even
beyond. Miss Ida Hefty Bang a number of
solos which enchanted all hearts.
Presents were abundant and rich. Not the
least of these was a comfortable check from
the father of the bride. Those who were privi
leged to join in tho festivities of this happy
occasion will ever remember it as one of tho
bright records on memory's tablet.
A Pretty Church Wedding In Which a
Popnlar Couple Aro Joined.
Miss Adah Owen, daughter of R. M. Owen,
of 735 Fifth avenue, was united in matrimony
last evening to Mr. George Cunningham, of
the firm of Evans, Cunningham & Jones, at tho
Sixth Presbyterian Church. Precisely at 8
o'clock the organ, presided over by Miss Anmo
Flower, struck up Lohengrin's "Wedding
March" and the bride and groom started up tho
aisle, preceded by Qeorge Fulton, Nathan
Jones, Frank Latimore and Lincoln S. Brown,
ushers. Tho ceremony was performed by Kev.
J. F. Patterson, of the church, assisted by Rev.
Mr. Harsh. Throughout tho ceremony the'
organist played selections from Stephen Heller,
and after the ceremony Mendelssohn's "Wed
The groom was attired in a Prince Albert
and the bride wore a traveling suit of French
gray cloth and moire silk, with hat and gloves
to match. In her hand sho carried a largo
bunch of pink roses.
They immediately left for a tour of tho East
ern cities and will be gone three weeks.
Presents wero numerous and elegant. Among
those present were:
Mr. B. M. Owens and wife, Mrs. Charles Nast,
of Charleston, W. Va.: Mrs, Uann, orColumbus;
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cunningham, Mr. and Mrs.
D. J. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Crosby Gray, Mr. and
Mrs. John Arthurs, the Misses Fulton, Miss H.
Croskey and mother. It. and J. Miller, Mr. and
Mrs. John Spratt, K. S. Cunningham and son, the
Misses Itamsbottom, W. H. Brown and J. A. A.
Brown, Mrs. H. Aanglock.AIrs. Nelson anddaugh
ter, Mr. J. Little.
BELLEVEE CBURCH ENTERTAINMENT.
A Loan Exhibition Being GWen by the La
dles' Aid Society.
The entertainment and loan exhibition given
by the Ladies' Aid Society of the Bellevue M.
P. Chnrch last evening was a decided success,
and perhaps the most novel of church enter
tainments that has been given in that little
suburb. The church had been profusely
decorated for the occasion and presented a
very enticing appearance. Mrs, Archie Hen
drio, had charge of the old volumes,
among which was a Mason's certificate
from Lodgo S52, Castlo Blarney, Ireland, 1801.
The curios were in charge of Mrs. Dr. E. 8.
Reynolds, Mrs. William, Hawley and Mrs.
George Long. In this department was the
hand of a mummle supposed to be 3,000 years
old, and was kindly loaned for the occasion by
Wilson King, ex-Consul to Birmingham, En
gland: also a pincnshlon made by Martha
Washington, and loaned by Mrs. T. D. Will
iams. Mrs. Lewis Mclntyre had cbtrge of tho
china department, Mrs. Warwick, Mrs. Straw
and Mrs. Hlnkle occupying the fancy booth.
Captain William D. Herbert had prepared a
neat programme for the entertainment, the fol
lowing well-known talent takingtart: Mr. and
Mrs. Fred Kelfer, Miss Blanche Jones, Messrs.
Fred East and Louis Brown. Miss Ella Hunter
and Miss Blanche Jones. After the entertain
ment refreshments were served. To-morrow
evening about a dozen young ladles of the
church will be dressed in costumes represent
ing the different nations of tho world. Bellevuo
Legion of Select Knights will also attend in a
A Quiet Wedding on Rldgo Avenue, Alle
gheny, Last Evening.
The wedding of Miss Margaret Robertson
Hodges, niece of Miss Jane O. Phillips, of
Ridge avenue, Allegheny, to Mr. Wlnfleld
Lloyd Scott of this city, took place at 6 o'clock
last evening at her aunt's residence. Only a
few of the relatives and Immediate friends of
tho young couple were present. Tho ceremony
was performed by Rev. Dr. Hodges, pastor of
St Paul's Episcopal unurcn, Baltimore, ana an
uncle of the Dride. He was assisted by Bishop
Whitehead, of this diocese.
W. G. Scott, brother of tho groom, was tho
best man, and D. Clinch Phillips gave thobrido
away. The bridemaid was Miss Cromer.
The parlor in which the wedding took place
was beautifully decorated with baskets and
bouquets of choice cut flowers. After the
ceremony the young couple left for the East on
a bridal trip of two weeks. Upon their return
tbey will settle down in Allegheny City.
ODD FELLOWS' FUN.
Members of Henry Lambert Lodge Hold
a Grand Entertainment.
The members of Henry Lambert Lodge 475,
L O. O. F., held a reunion and entertainment
at the Central Turner Hall last night in honor
of tho thirty-sixth anniversary of the lodge.
There were over 400 people in tho hall, and a
pleasant time was enjoyed by all.
At the opening of the festivities several ad
dresses were made, and a gold-beaded cane
was presented to William B. Evans,Past Grand
Master of the lodge. Soon after B o'clock
Gernert & Gnenthers Orchestra played to the
grand march, and dancing was indulged in
until 11 o'clock, when tho assembly adjourned
to one of Hagan's finest suppers. Five large
tables had been arranged in tne gymnasium of
the hall. The supper being conclnded, danc
ing was resumed until early this morning.
Senator Shall Dying.
Special Telecram to the Dispatch.
Habbisbubg, February 7. On the heels of
the death of Senator Taylor comes tho an
nouncement to-night that Senator Shnll, of
Monroe, is lying at the point Of death at the
Leland House. He was taken suddenly ill
yesterday. His wife has been telegraphed for.
Gall Hamilton Complimented.
From the Chicago News. "
Miss Gail Hamilton Is doing some high-class
syndicate correspondence. She is the most
virile female writer in the United States, and
we hope that she will live another hundred
Patriotism nnd British Law.
From the Philadelphia Press.
The name of William O'Brien, who lies in
prison for daring to speak for Irish liberty, will
always be identified with Secretary Balfour's
dogma that patriotism is a penal offense under
A IHodel for Offlce-Seckcn.
From the Chicago Kews. J
General Harrison is said to have inclosed
Senator Allison's negative In a neatgold frame,
with the intention of using it in dealing with
A Bunch of Keys. t
This play, one of the funniest and most suc
cessful of Hoyt's many popular comedies, will
be tho attraction at Harris' Theater next
Thzy Are Alike.
From the New York Telegram.i
Thirteen of Legitime's Generals havo been
captured. They have no privates In Hayti and
Waiting for tho Cat Ter Die.
From the Chicago News.:
In highly official circles at Washington the
perusal of railway timetables has become all
Men Musically Considered.
From the Oil City Blizzard.1
Musically and metaphorically speaking, some
men are sharps, some flats and some are simply
AlOHd THE LAWMAKERS.
Trouble Over tho Extension of Civil Service
Rnles to Postal Hallway Emplores-A
Bill to GIvo Woman the Ballot A Fatal
Stumbling Block. Consul General Sew
WA8nrNOTON, February 7. The Senate to
day resumed consideration of the legislative
appropriation bill, the pending question being
on Mr. Hawley's amendment to give an addi
tional clerk of class three to the Civil Service
Commission. Mr. Chandler hoped that one of
the first acts of the new administration would
be to get rid of the disreputable and incompe
tent postal clerks appointed since March, 18S5.
The parallel case which 'had been brought up
against Mr. Arthur's administration (that of
the extension of civil service rules to clerks of
the Department of Agriculture), had applied
to only about 100 cases, as against 5,200 of these
postal clerks. Mr. Cockrell argued that the
difference in numbers did not affect the princi
ple. He supposed that the Senator from New
Hampshire wonld call the one case "petty lar
ceny" and the other caso "grand larceny."
The amendment was finally adopted, but not
until after a lengthy debate, in which the Pres
ident's action in extending civil service rnles to
railway mall clerks was supported by Messrs.
Gorman and Hoar. Another long discussion
took place as to whether the Board of .Pension
Appeals should be increased from three to six.
This change was made.
Sewall Talks About Samoa.
Consul General Sewall was interviewed con
cerning his resignation as the representative of
the United States at Samoa. He said that he
presumed the reason the State Department
asked for his resignation was because of the
testimony he had given before the Senate com
mittee, and which has not yet been published.
Until he received the intimation from the de
partment he had been preparing to return to
Samoa, as he believed the critical situation
there demanded his presence.
"I believe," said Mr. Sewall, with delibera
tion, "that the deposition of Malletoa was de
termined upon before the conference of the
three powers began, and that it was the Ger
man intention to carry out the policy it had de
cided upon regardless of that conference. Tho
Surpose of Germany is to secure control of
amoa in defiance of the solemn and repeated
assurances it has given to our uovernment.
Furthermore, I believe that Lord Salisbury is
a party to this scheme, and that the movement
against Samoa is only the precursor of an
Anglo - German atteraps to secure
supremacy in the Hawaiian Islands.
I believe with Secretary Whitney that a
definito policy should be adopted in Samoa.
To send our ships there with only their present
instructions is simply to subject their officers
and men to humiliation.
Continuing. Mr. Sewall said that the recent
nroclamation of martial law bv the German Con
sul was not the first time snch a thins hadbeen
attempted. He mado a bitter attack on the
policy pursued by Mr. Bayard, and asserted
that what he termed the backdown of tho
department would bo followed by fresh enor
mities heaped upon the Samoan islanders. He
said that acting under Instructions, he had
pledged the national honor to ;Malletoa that
his rights would be maintained, and with that
understanding the chief desisted from destroy
ing his enemies when he had them in his
Secretary Bayard was asked to-day about Mr.
Sewall's resignation, but declined to say any
thing on the subject.
Mr. Morton Can Afford It.
Vice Presidentelect Morton not being able
to get Into Prof. Bell's residence, which is to
be his Washington home for the next four
years, by inauguration week, has leased the
residence 1508 H street, in which to entertain
bis friends at that time. It is a furnished
dwelling, convenient to hotels, and the Vice
President-elect pays $5,500 for its use for ono
Wants to Have Women Vote.
A Joint resolution proposing an amentlment
to the Constitution, declaring that the right to
vote shall not be abridged by the United States
or any State on account of sex, was favorably
reported to-day by Senator Blair, from the se
lect Committee on Woman Suffrage. There
port recommending the adoption of the resolu
tion, after reviewing the history of the woman
suffrage movement and making some com
ments upon the denial of the right of suffrage
to women, as an injustice equal to that of
negro slavery, conoludes as follows: "Unless
thfq fJnvpmmpnt shall he mado and preserved
truly republican in form by the enfranchise
ment of women, the great reforms which her
ballot would accomplish may never be; tho
demoralization and disintegration now pro
ceeding in the body politic are not likely soon
to be arrested. Corruption of the malo suffrage
is already a well-nigh fatal disease. Arepnb
licanformof government cannot snrvive naif
slave and half free. The ballot is withheld
from woman becanse men are not willing to
part with one-half the sovereign power. There
is no other real cause for the continued perpe
tration of this unnatural tyranny. Enfran
chise women or this republic will steadily ad
vance to the same destruction, the same
ignoble and tragic catastrophe which has
engulphcd all the male republics of history.
Let ns establish a republic in which both men
and women shall be free indeed. Then shall
the republic be perpetual. A minority report,
adverse to the adoption of the resolution, re
poited, will hereafter be presented.
A Fatal Stumbling Block.
Another meeting of the conferees on the
Territorial bill was held this afternoon, which
resulted in a decision to report to the two
Houses that the conference was unable to
agree. It is gathered that tho House of Repre
sentatives was willing to make concessions in
the direction of admitting South Dakota with
out further delay if the Senators wonld con
cede the admission of New Mexico, but no
agreement could be reached on this basis, and
it is probable that the House conferees will
ask for Instructions from the House before
any further steps are taken.
Charged With Selfishness.
The hearing in the case of Coxo Brothers &
Co., of Drifton, Pa., against the Lehigh Valley
Railroad Company, was brought before the
Inter-State Commerce Commission to-day. The
petitioners, in their complaint, allege that the
railroad company charges them a higher rate
upon anthracite coal than it charges others
upon bituminous coal, thereby giving an un
reasonable advantage to the shippers and pro
ducers of bituminous coal, and that the charge
so made on .anthracite) coal is unreasonably
high, and, therefore, unjust They also allege
that the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company Is
the owner of the stock of and controls the busi
ness of tho Lehigh Valley Coal Company, a
producer of anthracite coal and a rival for the
business of the complainants, and that their
company gives to the coal company discrimin
ating rates, against which the complainants are
unable to compete. The case will occupy the
attention of the commission two or three days.
Betterment for tho Navy.
Senator Daniel to-day introduced as an
amendment to the naval appropriation bill, a
mfasure authorizing the President to appoint
aboard of naval officers to select and report
upon the five best obtainable sites in the United
States for tho fabrication of guns and armor
plate and other material of iron or steel for. the
use of the navy. One of these sites is to be lo
cated in the Middle or Eastern States, one in
Virginia, one on the Gulf coast, one on the
great lakes and one on the Pacific coast.
Senator Chandler also introduced a proposed
amendment to the same bill, authorizing the
constrnction, by contract, of two harbor rams
of steel, to cost without armament, not ex
ceeding $1,600,000 each, L"00 tons in displace
ment, or ;ouv,uvu in cost, it appiuyiiuiiaa
8700,000 to begin the construction of the vessels
and 300,000 for armament.
Only Needs a New Lining.
The joint Congressional committee investi
gating tho constrnction of the Washington
aqueduct tunnel, have about concluded to
order the entire lining of tho tunnel replaced
and charge the cost to the contractors. The
estimated cost of this is 5500.000.
Freezing for Young Frcret.
The investigation of the affairs of the Soper
vising Architect's office was resumed to-day.
Much testimony was taken showing, a3 hereto
fore published, that contracts have been made
with outside parties for plans and specifica
tions for public buildings, and that some of the
employes of the office expected to
share in the profits. One witness testified that
young Mr. Freretthe son of the Supervising
Architect was not an architect and not a
skilled drataghtsman. Sketches had been
made on tracing paper for the Otlumwa, Iowa,
building andihanded over to young Freret, who
worked thenj on white paper, in order to send
them to the Secretary for his signature. To the
question whetoer there was any necessity for
tia-HnffthAflerflans&nd drawings done outside
of the office, Tfie witness replied in the nega
The Unltid States' Chief Sorrow.
From the Chlcagb News.l
The United Stltes Govemmenthas jnstfallen
heir to $100,000 thlch was left it by tho will of
a New York mW Its benefactor probably
meant to be kindUo this long-suffering nation,
but he should havi known that Its chief sorrow
for some time hai been that it Is too rich al
EMPIRE CITY CULLIKQ3.
Died of Teething at SO Years.
1HEW YORK BUBKAP 8 FECIALS. 3
Nirw Yoke, February 7.-Mrs. Eliza Striker,
of Spotswood, was found dead in bed this
morning. She was 89 years of age, and wa3
cutting a new set of teeth. She had complained
for several days, of illness caused by this re
Tllden Day Programme
The arrangements for the big Samuel J. Til
den anniversary banquet next Saturday even
ing were completed to-day. Delmonico will bo
tho caterer and Tiffany will design the decora
tions. The first toast will he to the President
of the United States. Governor Hill will re
count Tilden's services to tho Stato of New
York. Charles A Dana will speak concerning
"The Great Fraud of '76." Minor T. Griswold,
the "Fat Contributor," will tell what he knows
about "Floppers." Henry Watterson will
make the memorial address proper. Colonel
Fellows, Simon Sterne, General Pryor and ex
Governor Vance, of Connecticut, will answer
toasts to the Democratic party.
A Bogus Count in Jail.
A young German, who has long used the
names of Carl Schurz and William Steinway to
aid him in swindling boarding house keepers,
was a prisoner in court to-day. He refused to
give his name for fear that his father, an al
leged rich banker in Silesia, would hear of bis
disgrace. Ha had a pocketful of calling cards
on which wero "Count von Arnlm," "Count
VonBoringe," and other noble names. Ha
was remanded. This bogus nobleman has been
In the habit of engaging rooms at fashionable
boarding houses, where he mostly introduced
himself as Mr. Stelnway's nephew. He usually
poctcetedall the jewelry he could find and dis
appeared. In the escapade that caused bis
arrest he introduced himself to a tailor as a
well-known German editor. While getting
measured the supposed editor stole the tailor's
Taken for Ills Twin Brother.
A curious breach of promise suit Is that of
Miss Lizzie Margolin against Abraham Gltlln.
Miss Margolin asks the court to award her S10,-
000. The girl is a pretty brunette of 17. She
says she was Introduced to Abraham in March
last The young man wa3 good looking and
had bright prospects. In her complaint she
says: "He expressed his love for me, and our
acquaintance then and there ripened into
mntnal love, friendship and attachment. Said
defendant (Abraham) stated that he loved me
and would make me- his wife, and he at once
began keeping company with me, to which I
consented." 'The young couple maintained the
friendliest relations for over six months. Tho
defendant's lawyers to-day prodnced an affi
davit of Hyman Gitlln, the twin brother of tho
defendant, in which he swears that it was he
who was introduced to the pretty young
woman; that he courted her and proposed mar
riage. In his affidavit he says that it was he,
not his brother, who presented Miss Margolin
with an engagement ring and other costly gifts,
and that he hired and furnished apartments for
the use of the girl and her mother. The broth
ers are each 22 years of age, of the same build
and height, both have dark hair and wear a
dark mustache. They are as like as peas in a
pod. The casois still pending.
NETEK HAPPENED BEF0EE.
Secretary Whitney Negotiating With Coal
Men and Ship Owners.
Philadelphia, February 7. For the first
time In the history of the Government a Sec
retary of the Navy has opened negotiations
with ship owners in this State to carry coal
over 10,000 miles, from Philadelphia to tho
Samoan Islands. A few days ago Secretary
Whitney wrote to Charles H. Eldridge, Pay
Director of the United States navy In this city,
asking him for what price anthracite coal could
be bought. Tho Secretary said 3,000 tons wero
wanted for the uso of the United States coal
ing station in the Samoan Islands, and request
ing Mr. Eldridge to send him the names of ship
Mr. Eldridge sent to Mr. Whitney the names
of those whose companies he thought would
undertake the contract, and it is more than
likely that the Philadelphia and Reading Coal
and Iron Company will be awarded tho con
The Cement Industry In Germany
From the Glasgow Mall. I
Less than 30 years ago Germany was de
pendent on Great Britain and France for its
supplies of Portland cement, and tho first Ger
man works were erected at Zillchow, near
Stettin, toward the close of 186L A second
establishment of this kind was shortly after
started at Oberkassel, and a third in the neigh
borhood of Mannheim. Notwithstanding the
rapid development of this industry in Great
Britain, the German manufacturers have suc
ceeded in excluding the British product from
their home markets, and even compete success
fully in many foreign countries. At the pres
ent time there are about SO cement works in
Germany, which produce on an average S,O00,00U
barrels annually, weighing 180 kilos each.
It Was Too Slacb for Her.
From the New York Sun.l
. There are extremes to which even passionate
love cannot drive its victims. Miss Hoffman,
of Prince street, this city, agreed to elope with
her lover, to leave her home, her companions,
and distracted parents, and to trust her future
with one Rafferty, a barber. But she left him
and returned to her parents when she found he
meant to take her to Philadelphia. That was
ODD ITEMS FB0M F0EEIGN SII0BES.
The cost of the Paris Exposition will be 810.
000,000. Lord Beacoxsfteld's hat was 6 Lord
Salisbury's is 8.
A black man has been overcoming all com
petitors in wrestling in France.
A new Buddhist temple, to cost upward of
$3,000,000. Is to be erected in Kioto. .
Donovan, the Duke of Portland's colt. Is the
favorite for the Derby at 10 to 6 against.
Ait electrical launch, with a swan's neck
prow, is being built in England for the Sultan.
Beer to the amount of 110,000.000 imperial
gallons, 76 gallons per head, or a pint and a half
a day, is consumed in Berlin.
A new process has been discovered in Claire-mont-Ferrand
by which beer can be preserved
in casks for shipping to hot climates.
In London there are 3,700 persons, of either
sex, who earn their living as teachers, perform
ers, or composers of music Then there are also
1,100 orchestral players, half of whom are
The French engineers are busy repairing the
forts on the Italian frontier. Italy has ordered
100 heavy guns from Krnpp and a large number
of field 'guns, and has bought 4,000 horses in
The best point of the evening at the Phelp3
dinner In London is thought to have been in Sir
Frederic Leighton's speech, when he said: "As
an artist he drank to another artist a gentle
man who bad excelled in one of the most ad
mirable of all arts, tho art of making many
Lord Wolseley took this view of the future
In making an address at Birmingham: "Those
who study the map of Europe at the present
moment, and the condition of things in Europe,
must feel that there is hanging over us a war
cloud greater than any which has hung over
Europe before. It means that when it bursts
and burst It will as surely as the sun will rise
to-morrow it means not, as in former days, a
contest between two highly trained armies, but
a war of extinction, of devastation, between
great armed nations whose populations are
armed and trained to fight"
The first volume of the Oxford dictionary
has been published. The aim of the work Is
declared to be "to furnish an adequate account
of the meaning, origin and history of English
words now In general use, or known to have
been in uso at any time during the last 700 years.
it endeavors (1) to show, with regard to each
individual word, when, how, in what shape, and
with what signification It became English;
what development of form and meaning it has
since received; which of its uses have, in the
course of tima, become obsolete, and which
still survive; what new uses have since arisen,
by what processes, and when; (2) to Illustrate
these facts by a series of quotations ranging
from the first known occurrence to the latest,
or down to the present day, the word being thus
made to exhibit its own history and meaning;
and (3) to treat tho etymology of each word
strictly on the basis of historical fact, and in
accordance with the methods and results of
philological science." The first volume, which
deals with ther letters A and B only, contains
31,254 words in liO pages. In Johnson's dic
tionary A and B occupied 127 pages.
CURIOUS CONDEflSATMS. '
Mayflowers were picked at Standish,
Me., a few days ago. ,
A lad of 9 is under West in Bowell,
Mass., for horse stealing.
Caribou (Me.) citizens were recently
treated to tho unusual Sight of a rainbow by
School teachers in Shasta county, Cali
fornia, havo resolved not to Instruct the young
idea, etc., for less than $00 per month.
A young woman at Ostend, Belgium, is
said to take a sea bath every day In the year,
remaining in the water about 15 minutes.
Peter Johnson, a colored resident of
Cairo, was going to swallow ten fishhooks In
public on a wager of So, but the law stepped in
and prevented him.
On eight of the ballot slips used by a
St Paul jury recently the word guilty was vari
ously spelled: Grellty, gilty, guildy, gealty,
gealtey, galdy, guldy, gealty.
Lewiston, Me., druggists keep Iarga
quantities of tow for sale. It is In great de
mand as a remedy for mumps. It is worn
around the neck of the patient.
The people in a"Western town are com
plaining because a local undertaker displays
his coffins on the sidewalk outside his office,
with prices attached, just like the firnltura
A Council Bluffs Coroner's jury the
other day brought in the following verdict:
"We find that the deceased came to his death
by being crushed under a sand bank, and wa
therefore recommend that an inspector of sand
banks be appointed."
After George Shatter, of Natchez, had
made a legal affidavit that on the 21th of De
cember, 1S88, the current of Jhe Mississippi
river flowed up stream for an hour, half a
dozen parties went at it and proved that ho was
drunk all that day.
A convict, who was lately released from
the Joliet Penitentiary, after serving six years'
sentence, took with him $531 which he had
earned by stone-cutting as "over work." Tho
man knew nothing about that industry when,
he entered the prison, but he soon becamo
skilled in tho work, owing to the energy with
which he entered into it
One Travis, of Detroit, some time ago
insured himself in several accident insurance)
companies. Afterward he received a gun-shot
wound in the hand, and the member was ampu
tated. He was paid by the companies, but
dldn'thand over any "hush money" as agreed,
it is said, to a neighbor, and the latter now
charges Travis, in an affidavit, with having
purposely shot himself to swell his pocketbook.
Travis is under arrest.
A party of scientific gentlemen recently
.performed a series of electrical experiments on
the animals in a menagerie at Bridgeport,
Conn. The baboon, the sea lion and seals,
monkeys, the elephants and other animals wero
treated to doses of the electric current. All
the animals, with the exception of the ele
phants, manifested an intense disgust at tbo
experiments and fought and howled with rage.
The elephant, on the contrary, appeared- to
enjoy the electricity.
The business men of Marquette, Mich.,
agreed to close their places at 8 o'clock each
evening, all except one firm, who insisted upon
keeping open until a late hour. A few nights
after the early closing plan went into effect
eight clerks of rival stores walked into this
store, each smoking a cubeb cigarette. They
began looking over goods, puffing vigorously
meanwhile, and soon cleared the store of cus
tomers. They attempted no violence, but sim
ply smoked the people out; and they say
they'll keep it up until they give in.
The sophomore-freshman racket at La
fayette, College has not subsided. The calf
which the sophs compelled the freshmen to
ride has met with an untimely end. The sophs
had intended making a big parade about town
on Monday, leading the calf in the procession,
but the freshmen had a butcher in their ranks
and, learning where the calf was housed, this
freshman ended its existence in scientific stylo
and turned over the carcass to a meat dealento
be served to the sophs. This occurred while
the sophs slept and when the students marched
to chapel later the goal posts on the football
grounds were draped in mourning, while the
big "coalbox" was put in similar attire and
bore the inscription: "Sacred to the llemorv
of Our Calf."
The chair in which President Cleveland
has sat for four years is one that he had mado
to order and paid for himself. It is made of
light oak to match tho desk made from tho
timber of the Resolute and sent to the White
House by Qneen Victoria. It Is a great, wide
spreading, revolving chair, with a seat and
back of split cane and a heavy frame tastefully
carved, in the next room, where the Cabinet
meetings are held, are other Interesting chairs,
always grouped around th time-worn old table
at which so many Cabinets have held their
deliberations. Tho smallest chair there is the
President's a light bent wood appurtenance,
all gilded. Secretary Falrchild's chair is a big
one that Mr. Manning brought over for him
self from the Treasury Department Secretary
Bayard's chair is another largo one on rockers.
There is a student in Yale College who
doesn't admire a certain young lady as much
as ho did a week or so ago. With her he es
sayed to pass a certain afternoon at Lake
Whitney a few days ago. Both skated around
and bad lots of fun for a few hours, bnt thero
came an end to the pleasures, for suddenly as
the twain were executing a fancy movement,
tho treacherous ice gave way and the collegian
and his girl were In the water. It was quite
deep, and the student sank. He soon came
up, however, and found the girl struggling at
the top of the water, as her skirts had kept her
afloat. Thero was quite a large space ot open
water, but the student bravely rescued the
maiden by pushing her toward the edge of tho
ice, where others placed her on her feet Ho
was about to crawl out in her wake when this
New Haven girl, with remarkable presence of
mind, remarked: "Oh! will you please go back
and get my muff t" The student remained in
the chill v waters long enough to secure the
article and then joined the girl, but it is safe to
say he'll not risk any more adventures with;
such an exacting girl this winter, at least
Lives of burglars now remind us
To be careful how we go;
We can't help but leave behind us,
Footprints in the tell-tale snow.
The winter wind greets with a whiz
Your old umbrella stout;
He likes to see what kind it Is,
And turns it Inside out.
Quite Natural. An old fellow who had
a perfect horror of doctors was in the habit,
when told that someone he knew was dead, ot
"Of whom did he die?"
A Favorite Topic "Don't you think it
strange that Mr. BJones never gets tired front
talking so much?" asked Merritt.
"Not at all," returned Jibs Snyder, with a
smile; "you see he always speaks about himself."
A Lease of Sporadic Vegetation Wags
bee (spooning together the scattered peas in the
very diminutive "sample" brought him by the
waitcrl-There, poor things! snuggle np together
and keep as warm as you can till I get a chance to
tuck yon in with a comfortable mouthful.
The Bitterness of It Crossley I won
der what makes Taber so awkward? "Why doesn't
he come and sit down?
Badger Sh-shl He's been working for the Iree
lunch routes so long that he expects the butler to
serve hl3 soup on the buffet.
Revenge is Sweet Jawkins (entering his
friends room suddenly) Are you crazy, John?
Why on earth are you whirling that policeman's
Uogg-Oettlng even -with the new boarder next
door! He's practicing on a typewriter."
Must Have Exercise. Little Johnny haa
been with his mother to call on a sick lady.
"Why was she chewing gum aU the time?" he
"I suppose," replied the mother, "It was be
cause the doctor had left word ttut she mustn't
He.'Wouldn't "Wait "I understand there
Is a man here who wants to lick the terror of Shin
handy," bellowed the bully, as he entered tha
barroom of a border town.
"Yes; he's Just now engaged In a broadax duel
with two other men in the dark room yonder.
Won't you wait?"
"N-n-no; I'm late for supper now."
The Third Party. "Crushed again!" ex
claimed De Smythe, very despondently. "Miss
Pulgrare doesn't eare a snap for me after all."
"Cheer up, old boy, "returned Merritt; "that's
all imagination. Why, hasn't she consented to
accompany you to the theater?"
"Yes,"herepUed, rather dubiously; "butwhen
she accepted she said she would have her dear
mother come with us."
"Another evening of delight,
With you how speed the hours In flight!
Tls late, and I must say good-night
The clock gives warning."
In partlDg.kIss their lips unite;
And then she says, eyes glowing bright:
"Don' lie. Dear Fred, and say good-night,
But say 'good-morning.' "