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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1889.
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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY. FEB. 12, 1SS9.
THE DAHKEST HOUE.
It would be underestimating Mr. Bal
four, the now famous instrument of Tory
rule in Ireland, to suppose that he is either
a weak or incapable person; but conceding
the truth that he is by temperament and
purpose the fittest exponent of Toryism his
generation has known, it still remains that
in counting upon main strength and force
as the means of governing Ireland he has
been sowing the wind, which will ultimately
destroy the suprematy of his party. At all
times he has bc.n ready with pleas to jus
tify the imprisonment of the Irish members,
and their severe treatment in prison. His
contention has been that they should obey
first the coercion laws, or, breaking these,
and finding themselves in prison, they
should live up to the prison rules and regu
lations, or else be treated as other prisoners
who infringe them.
This argument has met with applause
from Sir. Balfour's party, but when the
struggle is seen to continue, and the results
promised from this discipline arc farther
away now than when it was begun, the En
glish people will not remain satisfied. Ihey
will revert to the fact that these laws which
Mr. Balfour is so severely administering in
Ireland are exceptional; that they create
new offenses known in no other part of the
British Dominion; that they destroy the
right of free speech on political subjects;
and that, by their application, many men
who are elected to "Westminster to take part
in the government of the country, find them
selves in prison, in place of sitting with
equal voice in the same hall with Mr. Bal
four. There arc signs that leading members of
the Liberal Unionist combination are grow
ing restive under the continued state of
things in Iteland. Coercion laws have
never resulted successfully for any political
Darty in dealing with that problem. The
most experienced of all British statesmen,
Mr. Gladstone, threw them to the winds
after a long trial; and the Tories cannot
succeed by them. Should Balfour fail, it
will doubtless be the last of the system of
repression and coercion. Much as he is
hated by his opponents, all recognize that
be is the most determined of the Tory
leaders; that he is least liable to be influ
enced by agitation against him; and that, if
he fail in governing Ireland by coercive
methods, there is no one who can hope to
take up the task where he leaves off with
the slightest prospect of success. Thus, with
the Home Rulers, the darkest hour is that
The crash of the Ohio and "Western Coal
"Company, which has already been noticed,
appears upon further details to be an utter
wreck. This concern was one of the results
of the policy attempted a few years ago of
erecting a huge system of fictitious capitali
zation on the foundation of the Hocking
coal business and trying to inject some
value in it by combination. It was an at
tempt to follow the example of the Standard
Oil Company, without business perception
enough to recognize its impossibility, or
honesty enough to withstand the temptation
to try to secure its illicit gains. The strug
gle to carry the burden of fictitious values
has been dragged on for some years; but the
inevitable result has been reached. The
sooner these hugely watered concerns are
wiped out and reorganized on a basis of
honest values, the sooner their business will
be restored to health and prosperity.
BEvTEWING CITS' EXPENSES.
As everybody is, or should be, concerned
in any scrutiny of city affairs which tends
to establish due economy, as well as efficiency
in the administration, the Mayor's message
to Councils yesterday, and other proceed
ings in those bodies, will be read with inter
est. Particularly is this so because of the
pending appropriation ordinance and of the
approaching election. It may be said of
the taxpayers that they are cheerfully will
ing to pay all that may rightly be re
quired for a good government It follows,
as of course, that they are entitled to a full
return for their money; and, if in any par
ticular they do not get it, explanations are
in order. Several points were raised yester
day which Councils and the heads of de
partments must consider.
The growth of Pittsburg promises to be
extraordinary within the next few years, in
volving large expenditures and important
works. It is only by frank and free criti
cism and comparison o f notes that the best
results can be hoped for, and it is the duty
of Councils to examine every matter, not
from the point of view of personal or politi
cal considerations, but in a strictly business
light. "Wherever charges of extravagance
or inefficiency are made, they should exam
ine and act upon them promptly and
An ingenious writer on sporting matters
has evolved a curious theory regarding the
results to be obtained from cross-breeding in
pugilists. His conclusions are hardly worth
discussing here in so far as they concern the
physical side of pugilism. It appears rea
sonable on the face of the arguments ad
vanced to believe that the mixture of na
tionalities has a distinct bearing upon the
evolution of the pugilist as a fighter with
his fists. That side of the question may be
northy the consideration of experts on the
But in these days surely we are justified
in preferring to inquire the causes of the
singular ability displayed by pugilists
everywhere to fight with their mouths.
"Whence comes this enormous gift of the
gab? as the classic ringstcrs would say.
Has the mixture of English, Irish and
American blood anything to do with the
display of eloquence which the meeting of
any two or more pugilists always brings
forth? The learned writer in his disquisi
tion on cross-breeding in the production
of ring champions unfortunately has
failed to enlighten us upon this
point. 'He contents himself with the
commonplace conclusion that the best
fighters with fists have the blood of three
nationalities in their veins. Doesn't he
knowthat it is not good form any more for
a pugilist to use his fists? He cannot be
much of an observer of the fighting frater
nity if he has not realized that the tongue is
stronger than the fist, not absolutely inside
the ring but as near it as pugilists of this
era ever care to come.
What we should like some technical ex
pert to demonstrate to us is the origin of
what may be termed pugilistic eloquence.
Is it the Irish strain contributing the "blar
ney," for which the race is famed, the Brit
ish strain with its national characteristic of
boastfulness, or the American strain with
its spread eagle tendencies, which has had
the most weight in the evolution of the pu
And if it takes three nations to produce a
John L. Sullivan, a Charley Mitchell or a
Jem Smith, how much does it take to turn
out a Congressman, the next in the scale of
eloquence, who can talk the House into ad
journment in ten minutes?
THE BTJILDEBS' BULL.
The deliverance of the Builders' Ex
change against the Coroner's jury which
found a verdict in the case of the "Willey
building disaster, assumes the ex-cathedra
character of a papal bull, in denying the
right of anyone but the Builders Exchange
to pass judgment on that affair. This is not
calculated to encourage outside comments;
but those who are not experts in building
may feel themselves qualified to perceive
gaps in the builders' logic.
"We are told on authority that all the ma
terial in the building was of the best char
acter; that it was put up under the supervi
sion of the best architect by a first-class
contractor, with the inference that every
thing was done just as it should be. On
these premises the public can hardly fail to
perceive that it is a most illogical conclusion
for such a first-class building to fall down
in a wind that did not severely
strain any of a hundred other
buildings within a radius of a
thousand feet, including two that were little
further along toward completion than the
one destroyed. Is the view of the ruins and
the list of the dead merely an imagination to
be dispelled by this solid reality of first-class
material and talent? Or are we to infer that
these are possible results from the use of the
best bricks, mortar and builders, with the
apparent conclusion that safety is to be
secured by the resort to second-class ma
terial? The intimation of one of the builders that
the Coroner's jury should have found that
Providence was a fool for sending a wind
that would blow the building down, is evi
dently intended to place the responsibility
for the disaster as an act of God. But
while a builder may speak as an expert on
building matters, he is not necessarily an
expert on Providence. The public is very
well qualified to perceive that Providence
was not so foolish" as to blow down the
Hussey building within 200 feet of the one
which fell, and to draw the obvious infer
ence. TOO LATE IS THE SESSION.
The debate in the House of Representa
tives yesterday on the Elliott-Smalls contest
affords a remarkable illustration of the in
efficiency and inanity to which partisan
control has reduced that body.
It is not alone the remarkable nature of
the discussion, which paid not the slightest
attention to the evidence in the case, that
shows the inability of the parties to take
into consideration real and vital issues.
That is a singular feature; but it is not the
most phenomenal one.
It is the spectacle of a legislative body
which has postponed the settlement of the
question who was elected in the Congres
sional election of 1886 for nearly three
years, and now, laying aside necessary busi
ness, in order to fight the bloody shirt issue
over on both sides, with reference to a seat
the term of which expires within three
If the House cannot decide its contested
cases before its terln has practically expired
it should have sense enough to leave them
alone when there is pressing business to be
NO TRUST IN PIG IRON.
Concerning the intimation of a disagree
ment between the furnace owners of the
Mahoning Valley and their employes "a
Pittshurg iron man" is quoted by the city
papers as saying that it would be a good
thing for all the furnaces to chut down one
month, from which the usual deduction is
drawn that "the furnace owners should
come to some kind of an agreement to limit
If the furnace owners and their employes
cannot agree as to wages they will, of
course, shut down; and it may also be taken
as a fact beyond dispute that so long as
there is a profit in the production of pig
iron they will not shut down. The pig
iron industry is peculiarly the -one which,
by its' records, is able to confute all the
factitious theories about the restriction of
production andthe benefits of pooling, by
the fact that it has been the case for twenty
years, when the production of p"ig iron
does not pay that the furnaces go out of
blast. If the price is at a point where
some furnaces can run at a profit, those
which cannot shut down, when prices
are readjusted so that they can get a profit
they blow in again. This is the natural and
legitimate way of preserving the equilib
rium qf supply and demand, and its result
is to put the prices of pig iron at the level
which yields a decent return to the estab
lishments that are in operation at any given
"What would be the difference in results
obtained by the pooling or trust policy of
an arbitrary restriction of production? In
the first place the policy i$ impossible, for if
the furnaces at present in operation should
try to raise prices by restricting production,
it would at once bring in the hundreds of
stacks that are out of blast waiting for a
favorable turn of the market. Imagine, for
the sake of argument, that the whole indus
try could be united in such an effort, and it
is plain that the judiciously located and
best constructed furnaces wonld be losing
the profits of steady operation in order that
the furnaces that are out of date or inju
diciously located may share the profits of
That is the true meaning of all combina
tion attempts to restrict supply. It means
that the legitimate results of improved
processes and careful judgment are to be
prevented from reaching ihe public. The
pig iron industry will not adopt any such
policy, because it cannot.
A PEOPEE AMENDMENT.
"While there may be sincere and well
founded differences of opinion as to the
justice or good results jf the"'valued pol
icy" insurance bill which is being mooted
in the Legislature, there can be no doubt of
the justice of the movement to secure the al-
teration of the legislation which prevents
the adoption of the "factory mutual" sys
tem in thisState. It is proper for legisla
tion to regulate insurance to the extent of
seeing that no false pretenses are used and
that the assets reported by the companies
are valid; but it is' highly improper to dis
tort the pretense of regulation into the ex
clusion of so legitimate and economical form
of insurance as the factory mutual. If, as
is stated, the law of 1887 prevents factory
and mill owners from furnishing mutual in
surance for themselves, it simply builds up
a monopoly in the interest of the generally
excessive ratio of expenses in the regular in
surance companies. That is legislating in
the interest of a class and not of the people.
The wrath tif Wall street at the events on
the stock market during the past week finds
utterance in the declaration of the New
York Telegram's financial column concern
ing the Chicago crowd, that "these "Western
money masters are a horde of common gam
blers, with less notion of commercial in
tegrity and personal honor than obtains
with the average faro dealer or bunko
steerer." The fact that the Chicago gang
came out on top seems to make the denun
ciation pertinent. It takes that kind to
get the better of the "Wall street money
It is a little singular that no one has yet
pointed out the inference that the failure of
an Eastern guano company is due to the
fact that a Democratic administration has
charge of the affairs of Slate.
The discovery that after a season of "Wag
ner, the performance of "II Trovatore", at
the Metropolitan Opera House in New
York, was the most attractive thing of the
season, is like a dash of cold water to the
ultra "Wagqerians, while the Philistine
Herald actually glories over the disgraceful
fact that New York still likes its opera with
some "go" in it.
If Balfour can only freeze and starve to
death all of his political opponents the
problem of Tory Government in England
wonld seem to be completely solved.
The official reports concerning that Mc
Alisterville school epidemic afford a sum
total of information to the effect that the
officials do not know what is the matter.
That is probably just what is wrong. The
public wishes to know what is the matter,
and it wants officials who make it their
business to know when anything is the
The Tobacco Trust has gone to pieces, as
all combinations of that sort are bound to
do unless they have some special grip to
shut out fresh competition.
Edgekton's loss of a month's salary as
Civil Service Commissioner rouses the in
dignation of the Democratic politicians; but
it is not half as objectionable to the people
as the fact that he had previously drawn
four years' salary for his services in nullify
ing civil service reform.
The report that New York is left out of
the Cabinet has at last struck the Big Four
in its vital parts, and the inevitable con
vulsions are supervening.
Another cold wave is reported to be
bearing down on us freighted with blizzards.
If it is not wrecked, as the one predicted on
Saturday was, the usual report of a gas
shortage may be expected in the hill dis
tricts. PROMINENT PEOPLE.
Lord Salisbury has purchased an estate at
Villefranche, in the Riviera, and will build a
splendid mansion there.
Cassius M. Clay has presented the revolver
given him by President Lincoln for his defense
of Washington, D. C., in 1861, to Colonel J. "W.
Caperton, of Richmond, Ky.
Dr Cornelius Logan, cousin of the late
John A. Logan, and formerly Minister to Chili,
is said to be not averse to re-entering diplo
matic life. The Spanish mission would suit
Mns. Ltvermobe, of New York, says her
husband is a Republican, while she is a Prohi
bitionist; hs is a protectionist, and she a free
trader; he has a pew in one church, she in an
other; he has one doctor, she another; and yet
they are happy and harmonious and never
dream of quarrelling.
Fairly well settled in life, Valerie, Arch
dnchess of Austria, and Franz Salvator, Arch
duke and half-brother of the Grand Duke of
Tuscany, will be when they get married. The
bride's fortune is a round $1,000,000; Parliament
adds $250,000, and papa Francis Joseph gives
$50,000 a year as long as they live.
Paul Loyall, who died recently at Vallejo,
Cal.,Tent to California as secretary to Com
mander Farragut when tbo latter took charge
of Mare Island Navy Yard upon its establish
ment in 1854. Loyall was attached to the Gulf
Squadron during the Mexican War. He has re
mained in California since 1854. He was the
eldest brother of the late widow of Admiral
"General Boulanger has to my mind"
It is Blowitz the Great who speaks "a short
but great career before him, because there is
no one else before the public at the present
moment, there is no other man to take away
his popularity, which certainly docs exist; he is
the popular hero for the moment" "Do you
not, then, consider him a clever man?" "It is
his adventure, not the man, that is wonderful.
I think that he cannot last long if he ever gets
to power, as he undoubtedly wilL There is
nothing in the man, and, although, as is well
known, he has th'e greatest confidence in him
self and his lucky star, his ,falL In my opinion,
will be far more rapid than bis rise, and will be
complete when it does come."
TWO WHITE CAPS UNMASKED.
They Get Into a Fight, Loso Their Dis
guises and Are Recognized.
Special Telegram to The IHspatcn.
New York, February 11. There appears to
be at least two White Caps in Flushing. About
1 o'clock Snnday morning two men wearing
masks knocked at the door of a house In Gar
den street, occupied by an old couple named
Cunningham ana tneir two sons. Old Mr.
Cunningham opened the door. The men said
they had been deputized by the "White Caps to
call for Mr. Cunningham's eldest son, James.
They were told he was not at home, that he had
gone to New York and hadn't returned. The
two men pushed their way into the bouse and
espying the younger brother. Thomas, said he
would do. Thomas alleges they dragged him
out of the house and began beating him. His
aged father attempted to interfere, and the
men turned on him.
Daring the fight the masks were torn from
the faces of the men. Mrs. Cunningham ran
out of the house crying "Murder." Police
man Kinney bad heard the cnes and ran to the
house, but when he got there the men had
made their escape. Both the father and son
say they recognized the two men as Thomas
Bulger and James Doyle. They appeared to be
under the influence of liquor. The old man
and his son were badly handled by the alleged
White Caps. No arrests have been mado as
THE RUSSIANS AND WHISKY.
They Regard Our National Drink as a Toper
From the Hew York Sun. J
The Russians who have failed to show New
Yorkers how to dance In their jnmping-jack
evolutions at the Eden Musee are not without
honor in this country. Their power to absorb
whisky has almost paralyzed every man about
town who has seen them at the bar they pa
tronize. It seems that our national drink is
regarded by them as a toper regards lemonade.
It does not take bold of a throat accustomed to
the fluid fire called vodki, which Russian peas
ants are used to drinking. So these foreigners
take whisky by tbe small tumblerful. When
tney are cnarcea aouoie prices ana u uarien
der says to them that the Usual price of a bath
is 60 cents they think they are being -swindled.
THlr TOPICAL TALKER,
Hymns That Are Sang Everywhere Good
Words Harnessed to Poor Tunes mean
ness in the Contribution Box Rives'
Scotch Rhymes Notes of the Day.
A Presbyterian clergyman of this city,
who was in the congregation at the morning
service in tho Point Breeze .Presbyterian
Church, tells mo that he was struck by the
choice of hymns on that occasion. One of these
hymns was the beautiful "Lead Kindly Light,"
and another, which is not so well known, be
ginning, I think, "We may not ascend to
heaven." The former is from the pen of tho
great pillar of. the Roman Catholic Church,
Cardinal Newman, while tho latter was written
by our great Quaker poet, John G.Whittier.
It was curious and very pleasant to find the
works of two such opposite geniuses levied
upon to supply tho songs in a Presbyterian
Thcro is another thing that anybody who
attends services In churches where musical
matters aro not zealously attended to will have
noticed, namely, the poor judgment too often
shown in the apportionment of tunes to words
in the hymns. Grand old airs are harnessed to
sloppy lines that are too long or too short for
the musical metre; and robust noems, infused
with divine fervor, not seldom are thrown
away upon jingling modern melodies.
List Sunday I heard that remarkably stirring
tune, born in the church of the sixteenth cen
tury, which Episcopalians still use with due
respect as an accompaniment to the Christmas
hymn, beginning "Come all ye faithful!"
twisted and strained to carry some tawdry sen
thnentalism of recent concoction. It was very
hard to sing, as the choir would freely confess,
and in the singing the grandeur of the melody
was absolutely destroyed.
Probably the critics are tired of chastising
Amelie Rives-Chanler, or some of them would
have dissected her Scotch songs In last month's
Century before this. They do not invite very
serious attention, but Scotchmen will be the
first to ask why tho fiery young poetess choso
to write her songs in Scotch, for evidently she
has no very Intimate acquaintance with the
language of Bums. Perhaps the songs would
have been more Intelligible in English, even in
Amelie Rives' English.
Take for example the following lines from
one of the songs:
"The wan moon looks fa' patiently
From oot a scarf o' rainbow llcht,
Like a woman pale wl mony a grief
Dresst oot in colors llcht."
What does she mean by "scarf o' rainbow
licht?" Is "scarf to be taken as a Scotch
word when it may possibly mean a cormorant,
or is it in the English sense of a shawl or sash?
A cormorant will not fly in the context, but how
a pale moon comes to be looking out of a rain
bow scarf is past the knowledge of a plain
student of nature.
TnE treasurer of a fashionable church in
Pittsburg told a friend tho other day that ho
feared meanness was on the increase. It seems
that when the money taken up in collections in
this church is examined a great many mutilated
and foreign coins, and even a few counterfeits,
are always found.
"Itis very disgraceful," said the church offi
cer, "and tho practice of passing coin in church
that cannot be used elsewhere is growing.
Sooner than let the church losomoney by these
frauds, for the banks will not take bad coins
from anybody, I have hitherto made good the
loss myself. But I am discovering that this
means a heavier expenditure than I can afford,
and I want our pastor to direct the attention of
the congregation to the matter."
One of this treasurer's friends advised him to
get rid of the bad coin on bobtail street cars,
but the treasurer pointed out with a sigh that
most of the defective money took the shape of
quarters, half dollars, and even dollars, which
cannot be disposed of anywhere.
Talking of mean people who get rid of bad
moneyundera cheap cloak of charity, a num
ber of people would like to know who it was
that obtained admission to the Tennis Club
tableaux in Sewickley a week or so ago by
false pretenses and a Canadian dime?
It is some time now since the wind and the
Willey building played the leading parts in a
never-to-be-forgotten tragedy, but here's a lit
tle record from that Black Wednesday which
may be of service at a later date.
"I had to see a good deal of the crowds that
gathered about the scene of the disaster on
Wood and Diamond streets," said a banker of
this city, whose offices are near the wreck, "and
I observed that the sightseers who flocked to
the spot for days after the accident seemed to
proceed on a common line of action. They
would push and squeeze their way to a place
where they could see something of what
was going on, and then patiently await
the discovery of some unfortunate victim's
body in the ruins. When the body was carried
out that corpsof spectators wonld depart, their
curiosity apparently being satisfied. Another
crowd would seize upon the vacated vantage
posts and await the discovery of another dead
man, when they would scatter like their prede
cessors. But until some incident, like the find
ing of a body, occurred, the same morbidly
curious crowd would hang together.
"It struck me at the time that the crowds
could have been kept moving all the time, thus
saving the police and the rescuing party a
great deal of trouble, If a dummy had been
placed on a stretcher and carried in and out at
stated intervals. The crowd would have
melted away each time, I feel sure."
LOOKING AT BOTH SIDES.
Work nt Mendville for Prohibition
Tnlk for High License.
Special Telecram to the Dispatch.
JIeadville, February 1L The Constitu
tional Amendment Association of Crawford
county was organized at the Court House this
evening. The meeting was largely attended
and very enthusiastic. The association is on a
strictly non-partisan basis. Thirteen delegates
were elected to represent tbe county at the State
Convention on tbe 19th instant A resolution
was adopted requesting all the pastors of
Crawford county to preach prohibition sermons
on Sunday, February 24.
While the meeting was In progress at the
Court House, Robert Graham, Secretary of the
Church Temperance Society of New York, ad
dressed a large audience at Christ P. E. Church.
He favors high license and is opposed to the
adoption of the prohibitory amendment
A QUEER EPIDEMIC
That Carries Off Its Victims Faster Thnn
Iho Yellow Fever.
"WABASn. Ind.. February 11. A disease,
which invariably proves fatal, is epidemic in
this city amongchildren. Its symptoms at first
are those of ordinary croup, but in the later
stages they more nearly resemble those of
membranous diphtheritic croup. So far 47
deaths have occurred. Physicians acknowl
edge their inability to cope with the disease.
Its ravages seem to be confined to this city.
Dr. J. H. Ford. Secretary of tho Board of
Health, says that yellow fever. In its most viru
lent form, does not approach this phase of
croup in point of fatality.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Colonel Henry J. Hunt
WASHINGTON, February 11. Colonel Henry J.
Hunt (retired). Governor of the Soldiers' Home
In the District of Columbia, died at 10:2) o'clock
this morning from a complication of diseases.
He was In his 69th year, and was appointed
Governor of the Home about four years ago.
Colonel Hunt was born In Detroit. September
14.J819. His grandfather. Thomas Hunt, herved
as a Colonel in the Kevolutlonary War, and his
father, Samuel W. Hunt as a lieutenant -in the
regular army. Colonel Hunt served through the
Mexican War and was twice promoted for gal
lantry. He was wounded at tbe capture or the
City or ilexlco. He was promoted to Alajoron
Slay 14, 1SGL and commanded be artillery on tbe
extreme left in the battle of Hull Itun. After suc
cessive promotions he was appointed Chief of Ar
tillery of the Army of tho Potomac, and on July 6,
1884, he was breveted Major General of Volun
teers, for ''faithful and meritorious services" at
Gettysburg. It was General Hunt who concen
trated the artillery fire npon Pickett's famous di
vision and almost annihilated it. He was retired
as a Colonel in 1SS3, and appointed Governor of
the National Soldiers' Home In this city.
New YoitK, February 11. A cablegram to the
Catholic yews, of this city, announces the death of
Cardinal John Baptlste Pltra, who" was the sec
ond In rank In the sacred college. He was born at
Champforgull, France, on August 1, 1812. He
was made Cardinal March 18, 1863, and was one of
the six Suflragan Bishops of the Koman Pontiff.
Rear Admiral Chandler.
WASniNGTON, February 11. The Navy Depart
ment Is Informed that Kear Admiral Chandler,
commanding the Asiatic station, died at Hong
Kong yesterday from an attack of apoplexy.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Carlisle, February ll. Edward Crall, business
manager.oftbeHarrlsburgC'aM. died at 6 o'clock
yesterday evening at his house on South Pitt
street, this city.
AT THK TIIEATEES.
Cora Tanner In Fascination The Still Alarm
and Other Plnys.
The extraordinary sight of a play properly
set and in the hands of actors from star to the
least subordinate entirely competent and
trainod into that nlceness of execution that be
speaks discipline enforced by a clever manager
was presented at the Grand Opera House. If
Mr. "Wilt be well advised he will mark down
February 11 as a red-letter day in his diary; the
audience that appreciated the many charms of
"Fascination" last night will do so, any way.
It Is not anything of a great recommendation
to say that "Fascination" is the work of Robert
Buchanan, for at the present moment we can -
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not recall a play of his that possessed any re-
mariiiiuie merit, uut "fascination" is an in
teresting, though confessedly an Improbable
?lay. Its plot is extremely direct, and easy to
ollow. The heroino doubts her lover's fidelity,
dresses In man's clothes, follows her lover into
some rather questionable company, witnesses
what is apparently his duplicity, and manages
to quarrel with him there and then.
Dot she also, by means of tho masculine
disguise is enabled, to discover that her lover
was oniy mrea irom her side ror tne moment
by an adventuress, and through the machina
tions of a very improbable alleged French
Count Thai's the play's story in a nutshell.
There is hardly an unconventional situation in
the play, removing from consideration the
heroine's assumption of a man's clothes. The
dialogue is crisp enough, and except in the
first act there is no lack of action. The first
act is tedious.. The second act is by far the
best, though the incident of the theft of the
ring 1s dragged in with indecent haste to make
a telling finale.
Miss Cora Tanner played the heroine Lady
Madge Blashton, and as a man Charles Mar
low. In giving full sweetness to her womanly
side of tho character, and a pert boyish Im
petuosity to tho masquerade in man's gar
ments. Miss Tanner was successfuL She was
very captivating in a thoroughlyrobust English
way as the woman in love, and it must
be confessed that in our judgment she
was even handsomer as a young blade
of the jeunesse doree. It is not an easy role
that Miss Tanner fills so well; but it is one
which could be easily made offensive and vul
gar. Happily for everybody Miss Tanner
avoids the pitfalls-wliich, perhaps, Mr. Bu
chanan would probably blame her for doing
and tho consequence is that with all its riski
ness, notwithstanding the depravity of many
of tho characters, "Fascination" is not im
moral, not even suggestive, in fact
All the actors who assist, to use the popular
phase, Miss Tanner, are of the kind that can
make the dullest kind of play tolerable. In
fact, even with portions of "Fascination" one
could not help thinking how very mediocre
they would be if presented by less gifted actors.
Mr. Edward Bell is more than handsome as
Lady Madge Slashton's lover: it is his for
tune to possess a fine face, but he has added to
it a manly manner which gives force to the
sentimentallsm sometimes his element Count
La Orange, the villain or the play, is given
with all tho power for which Mr. P. A. Ander
son is famous. Mr. Anderson's character act
ing is a thing apart, and, with all Its exaggera
tions and minor defects, it is high arL In this
placo it may bo suggested that the
CounCs advances to Lady Madge in the
first act are absurdly gross in form, and such
as no man would offer to an acquaintance even
in the lowest circle of actmaintanee. In thn
last act may we ask Mr. Anderson if he thinks
it right for the Count to stand while addressinc
Lady Madge at some length. Mr. Augustus
Cook is virile and pleasing as Lord Sam Slash
ton, and Mr. Lionel Bland shows a triumph of
make-up and eccentric comedy as the Luke of
IlurUnghame. Miss Eleanor Carey as Mrs.
Delamere is satisfactory, and every Individual
in the company deserves laudatory mention.
The comic curate presented by Charles Coote
is exaggerated, but very funny.
Tho scenes in the play are set with a magnifi
cence that is 6eldom seen outside of New York.
Taken as a wholo "Fascination" is worth see
ingtwice or even thrice.
"The Still Alarm" Is one of the few modern
melodramas which are likely to outlive the
present generation of theater goers. Although
it has already been played in this city twice, it
would be hard to name an attraction better
calculated to draw a big house. The large and
enthusiastic audience at the Bijou Theater last
evening found the play as Interesting as
though its thrilling scenes were all new. The
handsome pair of cream white steeds, the
brightly glittering engine and the other para
phernalia which but a few months ago were
being used to show Englishmen how Ameri
cans fight fire, were all there In excellent form.
Everything went smoothly and satisfactorily.
The great fire scene, In which the interest of
the playis mainly centered, was managed bet
ter than ever before, and was Intensely thrill
ing and realistic. The company contains few
new faces, and therefore criticism of individual
performances would be superfluous. Suffice it
to say the leading parts, and especially the
comedy roles, were well sustained. Hand
some Harry Lacy won new laurels as the hero
of the piece, and was repeatedly recalled. The
staging was admirable, and f nlly up to all re
quirements. Mr. Joseph Arthur is to be con
gratulated. As long as he continues to pro
duce his play in such excellent style, Pitts
burgers will doubtle33 continue to flock to see
it, no matter how often it comes.
While James B. Macki'e is not the Grimes
that 'Gene Canfield was in Hoyt's "Bunch of
Keys," this week's bill at Harris' Theater, he
is about the best of the present cast, though
he is ably assisted by Charles Burke as Snaggs.
"A Bunch of Keys," the earliest of Charles H.
Hoyt's peculiar series of successes, is not one
of his best, but it is a sufficient vehicle to carry
a company of lively fun-makers through its
three acts of merriment and iollltv. bricht
popular songs and graceful dancing. The hotel
scene gives a specially gooa opportunity for a
satire on the popular manner of running a pub
lic house, and the guests are ideal guests. The
"Bunch of Keys," Louise Sanford, Ada Both
ner and Nellie L. Dowers, of the present com
pany, mreejoujr gooa gins, iook ana act tneir
roles, and Bertie Conway does a neat bit of
soubrette work, and is quite pretty something
very appropriate but not always seen in her
class. Charles H. Stanley, the 6 illy Spooner,
has a fair tenor voice which is appreciated in
the quartettes. Manager Grover has begun
the promised improvements by makingarrange
ments to facilitate the sale of tickets some
thing the many patrons of this house will be
glad to have done. "A Bunch of Keys" will
be given every afternoon and evening this
The Academy gives its patrons a very enjoy
able bill of fare this week in the shape of
Hydo's Big Specialty Company, which contains
some neat attractions. Imro Fox, the comic
conjurer, convulses the audience with laughter
at his tricks, while Miss Helene Mora, the
female baritone, treats them to a decided nov
elty. The American Four, in their farcical
situations, keep the house in a continuous roar,
and closo a programme which is certainly en
The Casino Mnseum has many new curiosi
ties and other attractions.
Harry Williams has a good attraction in
Hyde's Specialty Company, of which further
notice will be made to-morrow.
The Bijou will enjoy a season of opera next
week. The attraction will be Rudolph Aron
son's Erminie Company, with such artists as
Pauline HalL Marie Jansen, Jennie Weath
ersby, Isabelle Urpuhart, Kate Uart, Francis
Wilson, Charles Plunkett Harry MacDonongh,
John Brand, George 0 1ml and A. W. Maplin.
The repertoire is Erminie" and "Nadjy," and
the scenery, wardrobe and accessories are said
to be superb.
BLOCKING GREEN GOODS MEN.
A Yolqmlnous Bill in the Scnnto Providing
for Their Punishment.
"Washington, February 1L A voluminous
substitute has been reported to tbe Senate for
the bill passed by the House to prevent the use
of thcmails for the purpose of swindling by
what is popularly known as the "green goods
game." The substitute makes it unlawful for
any p erson to use or to induce another person
to use the mails for the purpose of defrauding,
by the negotiation or sale of pretended coun
terfeit money or securities, under penalty of a
fine of $500, or imprisonment for 18 months, or
both. The use of a fictitious name or address
for this purpose is also made unlawful and sub
ject to the same penalty.
It Is made the duty of the Postmaster Gen
eral to instruct postmasters that where the
question of identification of the receiver of
letters believed to be of the character in ques
tion be raised, they shall summon said receiver
into their presence and if the identification is
not satisfactory, his letters shall bo sent to the
Dead Letter Office. Letters of this kind are
declared, to be unmailable.
DEAD QUICK AND QUICK DEAD.
A Woman Who Alternates Between This
World and the Next
Chardon, O., February 1L There is con
siderable excitement and the doctors are much
puzzled over the case of the wife of John
Gloin, contractor and builder at Mulberry
Corners, Oils connty, who apparently died last
night After having been laid out she revived
toward morning, talked to her husband and
seemed rational. She appeared all right until
about noon to-day, when she again dropped
Physicians are watching the case, and it is
the general topic of conversation.
The Work Done by This Hnrdy Kaon in
Opening Up and Civilizing the Country
Their Impress Upon the History of the
rWBITTEN FOR TUB DISPATCH.
In 1885 several articles by "Deacon" appeared
in The Sunday Dispatch concerning tho
Scotch-Irish people, in which the writer was
much interested. Recently the following,
which prompts the writing of this paper, ap
peared in the Associated Press dispatches:
Columbia. Tenn.. Jannarv 25. There will as-
semble here on May 8 next a
congress or tne
L Scotch-Irish race. Every State In the Union, Can-
r m .. -m, . . . . A.J
ada and the United Kingdom will bo represented
by prominent representatives of this race, who
will participate In the exercises of tbe congress.
The object of the congress Is to revive memories
and to compile a history of the race, showing its
impression on American civilization. It will be
devoid of religious or Dolltleal significance. Dis
tinguished scholars will deliver orations commem
orating the deeds ot the Scotch and Irish. The
opening address will be delivered by Colonel He
ctare, of Philadelphia. Dr. John Hall and other
eminent divines have accepted invitations to
speak. A feature of especial interest In connec
tion with tbe Congress will be a reunion of ex
Confederate and Federal soldiers.
It seems to me that steps should be taken to
have Western Pennsylvania represented in
this convention. It is a well-known fact that
the Scotch-Irish were the pioneers in its settle
ment; the Irish proper, English, Dutch and
other races following. It was the Scotch-Irish
who battled with and subdued the savages and
wild beasts; who made tho first paths through
the trackless wilderness, cleared away the for
ests, built the first log schoolhouses' and
churches, and made the paths ot civilization
smooth for their children's feet
What the Puritans did for New England, the
Scotch-Irish did for the Middle States, Penn
sylvania, Virginia, North and South Carolina,
Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio; noT
did they stop here; they were the pioneers of
many of tho more Western States. The history
of New England the character, conquests and
achievements of the Puritans has been voiced
in story and song until it is familiar ro every
school-going child. To illustrate, in 1874 tbe
writer visited Boston. Taking passage at New
York on one of those magnificent Sound steam
ers, he was landed at Bristol, Conn., where he
took the cars; the ticket said "Old Colony Rail
road." Those words "Old Colony" brought to
his mind reminiscences of the early history of
the "Colonies," their contests with the Indians,
the stirring events which were enacted, prior
to and during the Revolution, at Lexington, on
Boston Common, In Faneuil Hall and on Bunk
er Hill; all passed vividly through his mind as
he had read' them in "Peter Parley's Tales"
when a small boy; places which then seemed so
far awaj he never expected to see them, now
made readily accessible by the progress of
Even the history of the Pennsylvania Dutch
has been written.
But, where Is there a history of the Bcotch
Irlsh? There is none, except such as is pre
sented in connection with the biographies of
our generals, statesmen and heroes of Scotch
Irish birth. Why should not their history be
written and transmitted to posterity, that their
children may be inspired to emulate their ex
ample? It was they who had the backbone to
formulate and publish the first Declaration of
Independence in 1775, from which Jefferson
obtained the model for that of 1776, 'Twas
they who led the star of empire from the Dela
ware to the Golden Gate and enabled American
civilization to bathe its feet in the placid waters
of the Pacific, and reach his helping hand to
the Isles of the sea. They were the pioneers in
all grand and great reform movements in the
regions where they placed themselves. Our
common schools, academies, colleges and
churches voice the Interest they exhibited in
education; in the scientific, moral and religious
welfare of the people.
Rldpath's description of the character of the
Puritans is so apropos to the Scotch-Irish, that
I beg the reader to allow me to reiterate it
here. He says: "They were In the beginning a
vigorous and hardy people, firm set in the
principles of honesty. They were sober, in
dustrious, frugal, resolute, zealous and stead
fast They esteemed honor above preferment
and truth more than riches. Loving home and
native land, they left both for the sake of free
dom; and flnding freedom, they cherished it
with the zeal of martys. Without influence,
they became influential; without encourage
ment, great Despised and mocked and hated,
they rose above their revilers. In the school of
evil fortune they gained the discipline of
patience. Suffering without rause, brought
resignation without despair. Themselves tbe
victims of persecution, they became the found
ers of a colony a commonwealth a nation.
The gaze of tne puritan was ever turned to
posterity. He believed in the future. His af
fections and hopes were with the com
ing ages. For his children he toiled and
sacrificed; for them the energies of
his life were cheerfully exhausted.
The system of free schools is the enduring
monument of his love and devotion. "The
printing press Is his memoriaL Almshouses
and asylums are the tokens of his care for the
unfortunate. With him the outcast found
sympathy and the wanderer a home. Their re
ligious faith was gloomy and foreboding.
Human life was a miserable journey. To be
mistaken was to sin. To fail in trifling ceremo
nies was deemed a grievous crime. Dissenters
themselves they could not tolerate the dissen
sion of others. Within tbe austere and
gloomy fabric dwelt the very soul of genius
and free thought Under the ice-bound rigors
of the faith flowed a current which in fatalism
could congeal no superstition poison. The
heart of a mighty tumultuous liberty-loving
life throbbed within the cold, stiff body or for
malism. A powerful vitality which no disaster
could subdue, no persecution quench, warmed
and energized and quickened."
The Scotch-Irish came here for the same
reasons and under the same impulses as did the
"What brought them thus afar.
Bright Jewels of the mine.
The wealth of seas, tbe spoils of war?
They sought a faith's pure shrine.
They crossed the mountains
As of old the Pilgrims crossed the sea,
And made tbe West as tbey the East,
The homestead of the free.
It is said that the Scotch-Irish, inspired with
the love of liberty which their forefathers, the
Ulster Scots, manifested at Bannockburn and
Drumclog, Derry and the Boyne, furnished
men for the volunteer companies of Pennsyl
vania in '76 in proportion of five-sixths of tho
It is probably no exaggeration to 'say that
without the Puritans and their compeers, the
Scotch-Irish, "America' would have been a de
lusion and liberty only a name.
Itis high time a true history of the Scotch
Irish in this country was written. It is slipping
away. Much of itis now irrecoverably lost or
only remains as traditions; and on that point
allow a quotation from "Deacon's" article of
August 9, 1885:
"If the material were in reach to accomplish
the work, an interesting volume, or sev
eral interesting volumes, might bo writ
ten in regard to the manners, customs,
usages, social characteristics and domestic cir
cumstances of the Scotch-Irish. Perhaps no
one person could Write such a history himself.
It would require a division of labor and a com
bination of effort to perform the work with
any degree of accuracy. Tbe only way by
which it could be done wonld be by a number
of persons in different localities, fully compe
tent for this task, gathering up in their re
spective districts such facts as have not,becn
totally forgotten and furnishing them to some
person possessing ability to arrange and syn
chronize them. By this means a comparatively
full and accurate history of this famous and
distinguished people might be obtained."
This is jast what such a convention shonld
andprobably will set itself to acctKcplish. The
Keystone State should be represented there.
Steps should bo at once taken to secure that
end. How shall it he done?
John of Venango.
Experts Confirm tho Testimony ns to tho
Wnslilngton Aqueduct Tunnel.
Washington, February 11. The Joint Con
gressional Committee investigating the con
struction of the aqueduct tunnel for increasing
the water supply of Washington, have received
the report of Engineers Wilson and Greff, of
Philadelphia, two of tho experts who examined
the work for the committee. It fully cor
roborates tbe testimony of the witnesses ex
amined by the committee, and recommends
that the tunnel be relinrd throughout
It is taid the engineers stated that tho lining
was not satisfactory or in accordance with the
terms of the contract for more than 15 feet
altogether. To do the work, it is estimated,
will cost $750,000.
He Will be a Bore.
The untutored American citizen who can
boast next fall that he has this year beheld the
Carnival In Montreal, the Washington celebra
tion in New York and the Exposition In Paris
ought then he able to givo his friends attract
ive sketches in variegated colors.
Will Help to Count tbe Vote.
Washington, February 1L Speaker Car
lisle to-day appointed Representatives Ermen
trout, of "Pennsylvania, and Baker, of New
York, to act a3 tellers for the House in count
ing the electoraLvote next Wednesday.
LIFE IN HEW YORK CITY.
Lost Iler Heart Playing Poker.
IXXW YOBK BtTBXAU SPECIALS.
New York, February It Jacob H. Van
Zandt, a bookkeeper in the office of tbe Amer
ican Express Company, accuses Police Captain
Grant of alienating Mrs. Van Zandt's affec
tions. Mr. and Mrs. Van Zandt were married
nine years ago. They led an ideal married life
nntil last summer, when Captain Grant, an old
friend of Mrs. Van Zandt, taught her to play
poker. After that Mrs. Van Zandt neglected:
her husband, her house and her baby to play
penny ante with the police captain. Three
months ago she told her husband she had
ceased to love him and wished a divorce.
Captain Grant confessed to Mr. Van Zandt
that ha loved Mrs. Van Zandt At his request
Mr. Van Zandt agreed to give his wife cause
for a divorce suit, in order that she might make
herself free to become Mrs. Grant Three
weeks ago Mr. Van Zandt backed out of this
agreement, and his wife left him. Mr. Van
Zandt now sues Captain Grant for $10,000
damages. Captain Grant's conduct will be In
vestigated by the Police Commissioners.
The Pen for a Preacher.
The Rev. Robert J. Johnson was sentenced
to-day to two years in tbe penitentiary. Ho
was arrested last week for obtaining money by
false pretenses. He confessed that be bad
squandered thousands of dollars he collected
from the rich church members on Murray Hill
ostensibly for tbe purpose of erecting a church
in Essex, NewiYork.
A Baby Princess Baptized.
A baby princess was christened in the Uni
versity Place Presbyterian Church yesterday
morning. Her mother is Mrs. Graham, niece
oLihelate Queen Emma, "of tbe Hawaiian
Islands. Mr. Graham is the son of a wealthy
Maiden Lane jeweler.
Oot S500 on a Straight Tip.
Wilbur Gunn, leading tenor in a large up
town church, had Albert G. Underbill up in
court to-day for swindling him out of goOO. Un
derbill told Mr. Gunn a few months ago that
he had a straight tip on certain stocks. He
showed references to prove that he was a
member of the New York Produce Exchange
and the Chicago Board of Trade. Mr. Gunn
lent him 600 on his note to invest in the
straight tip. The tip was no good. Gunn
couldn't collect Underbill's note when it fell
due, so ho had him arrested.
Wind-Up of a Varied Life.
Martin Althaus, a Brooklyn saloonkeeper, 61
years old, hanged himself this morning.
Althaus had led a' varied life. He was original
ly a shoemaker. He became a carpenter at the
age of 30. Five years later he was employed
by the Western Union. He drew $2,000 in a
lottery and bought a saloon. At one time he
was worth many thousand dollars. He became
financially emDarrassed and his place was
closed by the sheriff. His failure in business
led him to commit suicide.
McQande Gets a Chnnge of Venae.
Boodle Alderman McQuade will be tried in
Saratoga county. The application of his coun
sel for a change of venue was granted to-day.
McQuade was convicted about two years ago.
He passed 20 months in the penitentiary, but
was released by the Court of Appeals on ac
count of a technical flaw in tne conduct of his
THEIR FIRST ANNIVERSARY
Nicely Celebrated bv the Third U. P.
Society of Christian DndrnVor.
The Young People's Society of Christian En
deavor of the Third U. P. Church of Alle
gheny, celebratedits first anniversary yesterday
evening. The exercises were opened by the
singing of appropriate hymns, which were
followed by an address of the Rev. John
Brooks, of the Nixon Street Baptist Chapel.
He took the place of the Rev. H. B. Grose,
who was unable to attend, and spoke very in
terestingly on the "Patience of Christ," urging
his hearers to imitate this quality as much as
possible, as tbe lack of it was a great point of
our national character.
THE PITTSBURG CLUB'S QUOTA.
The Fortnightly Cotillon Largely Attended
The Pittsburg Club held its fortnightly
cotillon in the club assembly room last even
ing, with a good attendance. No special floral
designs wero used, the guests individually
bringing their own quota, which, Indeed, was
The regular cotillons of the club are In gTow
ing favor, and furnished a pleasing contrast to
tbe many other events in tho society world.
Extensive preparation aro also being made for
tbe concert to be given1 to-night
The favors last night were very unique.
West End Entertainments.
The Nordecs: Club, of the West End, will
give a select party at the West' End Rink, on
Wednesday evening, February 27. Their social
gatherings are always popular and well attended.
The first annual reception of the F. M. Rea
Encampment. No. IIS, I. CO. F will be given
at the West End Rink, on Thursday, February
21. Gernert and Guenther's orchestra will
furnish tbe music.
For n Church Benefit.
An entertainment will be given intheLytie
Opera House, at Braddock, for the benefit of
the Episcopal Church, on February 19. The
Alpine Quartette, the Haydn Quintette and
Mr. Byron W. King will take part,
A Hospital Concert.
The Schubert Club will givo a concert for the
benefit of the Homeopathic Hospital on next
Monday night in tbe chapel of that institution.
DAKOTA'S LITTLE WAR.
Tho Governor and Legislature are Still on
Bismarck, Dak., February 1L The war
between Governor Churcn and the Legislature
is still on. There were several measures pro
posed by different members as a means of de
feating tbe Governor by securing his Im
mediate dismissal from his position, bnt
the leaders of the House considered them to be
not advisable jnst now. However, a resolution
was adopted unanimously which will have the
effect of cutting on tne one way tne Gov
ernor had to return the fire of the Legislature.
This resolution declares that no communica
tion foreign to business oi legislature and ter
ritory shall be read to tbe House, and Speaker
and Clerk are mado sole judges of what reports
shall be received.
The avowed purpose of the resolution is to
prevent the Governor from making another
such attack as on Saturday, when ho "went
lor" the Legislature and his own predecessor
without gloves. Tbe feeling in the matter
grows more bitter all the time, and there Is
once more some strong talk of an adjournment
until the successor of Governor Church shall
have been appointed. This action bad about
been givm up until tne recent engagement and
now the Republicans In the House and Council
are willing to do almost anything to defeat
THEIR FAITH WAS WEAK.
Twenty-Two Faith Care Believers Afraid of
Immersion in Ice Cold water.
Kew York. February 11. Twenty-two New
Jersey faith cure believers were found wanting
yesterday. They were to be immersed in the
icy waters of New York Bay at Greenville. Not
one of them appeared. Strange to say.althongh
the bay for 200 feet was frozen over with ice
from one inch to three inches thick, yet in the
baptismal pool the water was clear and invit
ing. About 500 persons wero on the ground to
witness the baptizing. They attended the
prayer and praise meeting in the chapeL
Confirmed by the Senate.
Washington, February 1L The Senate to
day confirmed the following appointments:
Colonel Joseph C. Breckcnridgc, Inspector
General; Lieutenant Colonel William A. Buck
er. Assistant Paymaster General, with the
rank of Colonel; Major Charles M. Terrell,
Deputy Paymaster General, with the rank of
Lieutenant Colonel; Thomas J. Anderson,. of
Iown, Associate Just'co or the Supreme Coftrt
fit Utah: E. P. Johnson, of Utah, Judge of Pro
Toate, Box Elder county: Joseph D. Jones, of
Utah, Judge of Probate, Utah county.
The Cost of Living.
From the New York Herald.l
The cost of living in this great and glorions
country becomes continually less and less. For.
merry you gave a bootblack 10 cents for black
ing your shoes. Now you give him 5 cents for
his work and a 5-cent tip.
A Chance for the Old Dame.
From the Oil City lilliztrd.l
The newspapers are trying to guess who will
be President Hanison's cook. What's the
matter with the Widow Butler?
there are six prosperous Shakespeare
clubs in Concord, Mass., and talk of organixlnj;
A diamond of wonderful purity weigh
ing 240 carats was found at the Jajersfontein
mine In South Africa on Christmas Day.
Besides acting as his secretary, Captain
Zallnski's wife is of assistance to nim ta a great
many ways. She does not share the traditional
timidity of her sex in regard to guns, and a
quite capable of firing a cannon on occasion.
A convert at a recent revival in Mo
berly.Mo., in going forward to make his pro
fession of a change of heart astonished the
good pastor by handing over a bottle of whisky
and a slungshot, which he said he wished to re
nounce along with his other evils. He snowed
his faith by his works.
Twenty-five years ago a couple were
married in Brockton, Mass., and Uvea together
tor five years. Then they separated and for 20
years have not lived together, but they have
not been divorced. The odd thing about it i
that every Sunday night he calls on his wife
and spends the evening with her.
Twenty-five years ago a couple wert
married in Brockton, Mass., and lived together
for five years. Then they separated and for
25 years have not lived together, but they have
not been divorced. The odd thing about it 13
that every Sunday night he calls on Ms wife
and spends the evening with her.
Fourteen thousand tons of beets were
crushed in the beet sugar factory of Clans
Spreckles, in California last season. The
sugar from these beets weighed 1,640 tons. The
farmers who entered upon Deet culture netted
an average of $33 an acre. Next season the
production of beet sugar will be much larger.
jm 1880 there was a dinner given in a
country house in Madison connty, Indiana, and
the guests included Governor Williams, Con
gressman Bynum and 11 others. Governor
Willlanjs called attention to the fact that bnt
13 were present, and several commented upon
tbe superstition relative to this number. At
the present date only three who were present
at the dinner are living.
It is said that Jack the Ripper is in
Rome, Ga. It is reported that a negro in Hell's
Hollow saw a man with a box containing a
dozen mors. The man told the negro that hs
was Jack tbe Ripper. The colored people are
very much frightened. Notes signed "Jack
the Ripper" have been received in a dozen or
more places in the State during the past week.
Practical jokers doubtless penned them.
Eldorado Roberts, while chopping a
plank at his sawmill at Villa Rica, Ga.. the saw
running at full speed, got his right arm caught
in the saw, and it was cut off just below the
elbow. He walked about -400 yards to the
hotel, carrying his right hand in bis left it only
holding with a small skin, which his brother
but off. A doctor was called in later and am
putated tbe arm two inches above the elbow.
The steward of Mr. Vanderbilt's yacht
Alva entered a large fruit and confectionery
store on Baltimore street just before the yacht
sailed and purchased nearly $75 worth of con
fectionery and fruits. Before leaving he asked
for some hothouse grapes, and was told by the
proprietor that the price would be S6 per pound.
The steward gave an order for ten pounds and
asked that they be sent to Mr. Vanderbilt's
yacht The storekeeper declined to fill the
order, because he did not know of Mr. Vander
bUt. A a graveyard in Griffin, Ga., are ten
graves in one plot containing the bodies of
five wives and the five children of a citizen of
the town. The slabs are so arranged that the
first is that over the first wife; then comes that
over the first little child's grave. Then the
second wife and tbe second child follow. The
whole series, therefore, reads as follows: "My
wife Marie, aged 25. Little Simeon. My wife
Jane, aged 3L Little Georgia. My wife Anna,
aged 27. Little Birdie. My wife Maria, aged
23. Little Ruth. My wife Betsy, aged 30. Lit
The most ingenious method for beating
the no-license law can be laid to the credit of
Brockton, Mass. ThU is what Is called, for
want of a better term, a traveling saloon. The
saloon is a big woman who wears a rubber belt
around her waist filled with pockets in which
are whisky and rum. When she sees a cus
tomer she simply raises her jersey, turns a
stopcock in a flexible tube and permits the
liquor to run into a tin cupwhicb she carries
in her pocket Tho customer drinks, pays, she
smooths down her jersey, puts the cup in her
pocket and hunts up another customer.
Some of the ancient public records in
the Orange county Clerk's office are of curious
interest One is a beautifully and elaborately
engrossed parchment deed, executed March 28,
1734, conveying by Edward Bagge 800 acres of
land, located In- what is now the toifn of
Blooming Grove, to Sylvanns White, minister,
and others, with this curious proviso attached:
"Reserving out of tbe within grant unto our
sovereign lord, the King, his heirs and suc
cessors forever, all trees of the diameter of 21
inches and upward, at 12 Inches from the
ground, for masts for the royal navy, and also
all such other trees as might bo fit to make
planks, knees and other things necessary for
the use of the said navy."
The following compilation of facts and
figures will Interest those who are curious
about tho odd things of the great Book: The
Biblo contains 66 books, 1.1S9 chapters, 33,173
verses, 773,002 words and 3,5S6,4S9 letters. The
word "and" occurs 46,287 tiines,tbe word "Lord"
1,855 times, "reverend" but once, "girl" but
once, in third chapter and third verse of Joel;
the words "everlasting fire" but twice, and
"everlasting punishment" but once. The mid
dle verse is the eighth verse of the one hundred
and eighteenth Psalm. The twenty-first verse
of the seventh chapter of Ezra contains all the
letters in the alphabet except tbe letter "J."
The finest chapter to read is the twenty-sixth
chapter of the Acts nf the Apostles. 1 be
nineteenth chapter of Second Kings and tbe
thirty-seventh chapter of Isaiah are alike. Tbe
longest verse i the ninth verse of the eighth
chapter of Esther. The shortpstis the thirty
fifth verse of the eleventh chapter of St John,
viz.: "Jesus wept" The eighth, fifteenth,
twenty-first and tbirtv-first verses of the one
hundred and seventh Psalm are alike. There
are no words of more than six syllables.
J- CLIPPED BITS OF WIT.
MotherBobby, yon shouldn't speak so
crossly to yonr father. You never bear him speak
crossly to me.
Bobby-He dassent, ma, he's Jast like me, b
dasscnt. The Epoch.
Before and alter:
Bride Darllny, please pat your lips to my tea,
'Twill sweetrn it?
Wife (ten years later) )Iy tea's too hot Will
iam, please look at lta momentl Cincinnati Com
There was a young man from St. Panghl,
Who went to his girl's house to caagbl.
She was berating the servant
In language quite fervent
ow he doesn't go near her at anghl.
"My dear," said a vervfashionableyoung
wife from the head of the stairs, "have yoa seen,
anything of my white kid slippers? I have
searched everywhere for them."
"Did you look In the bed? You came In very
late last night, and I think yoa forgot to take
them off. "The Epoch.
The Bonlanger Make-TJp. General Bou
langer I have changed my mind about getting a
divorce from you.
Mrs. Bonlanger And why?
"I hear that a person named Napoleon got di
vorced lrom his wife, and people are comparing
him with me. I do not wish to follow tbe example
ot so unimportant an lndlvlduaL Vo Jorts
Jack was waiting for his wife to get ready
for the theater, and Impatiently exclaimed: "for
goodness sake. Mary, why do yoa have six but
tons on your gloves? It takes yoa forever to get
started. Wouldn't two buttons do just as well?"
'No, dear. If there were only two buttons fast
would leave four vacant buttonholes. Mow Jnst
tie my vell-that's a dear nan." Minneapolis
"Wife (petulantly) Such a lump of sel
Oshnesst The bouse was full of strange noises last
night, and I didn't close my eyes once; and there
yoa were sleeping like a log. Burglars might have
carried us both off and you wouldn't have known
Husband (wearily)-Don't fret, dear. If they
ever carry yoa off they'll bring yoa back..So
"I want to see the wheels go round,"
Said little Tommy Green:
But father had a reason sound
Why tbe wheels should not be seen.
Formother 6at beside him there.
And on the lnslue case
Of his gold watch was pictured fair
Another woman's face.
Stranger (at the door) I am trying to
find a lady whoso married name I have forgotten,
bnt I know she lives In this neighborhood. Per
haps you know her a singularly beautiful crea
ture with pink and white complexion, sea-thelt
ears, loTcly eyea, and hair such as a goddess might
Servant-Oieatly. sir. I don't know
Voice (from head or ltairs)-Jne, tell the gen
tleman I'll be down In a minute. -.via.Jor