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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY. FER 2 6, 1SS9.
MENBIHG A TOUGH OLD LAW.
At Harrisburg to-day the newspaper pub
lishers of Pennsylvania hold an annual re
union, at which, among other things, they
will consider Mr. Pow's proposed new law
of libel for this State. So often have the
peculiar hardships of the existing law been
described to the public that it would be
waste of time to go over them again in this
connection. The worst feature, because
without a parallel in criminal jurispru
dence, is that publishers are liable to crim
inal prosecution, even where they not only
have no personal knowledge before hand of
the commission of the libel, but even though
the offense be done against their express in
There may be said to be three classes of
possible libels: the accidental, the mali
cious, and the mercantile. The first is
where, through negligence on the part of
writers for the press, some one is libeled.
Here there is no good reason for departing
from the usual rule holding employers re
sponsible for the acts of their employes; but
it is hard to presume malice where none ac
tually existed. In any event if is out of
all reason in severity to pursue a publisher
criminally for an act of an employe, who in
nine cases out of ten sins against instruc
tions when be pens a libel. As forthe libel
done in malice, or libels written reckless
ly to make papers sell, we do not think any
honest, right-minded publisher wants to
abate -one iota of the severity of the law
against them. Hut there is a broad distinc
tion between the latter and those which may
be classed as accidental, so far as the pub
lisher is concerned.
There is another amendment agitated in
some quarters, one against lawyers who
take libel suits of the first mentioned sort
on contingent fees. As a matter of fact,
just as there are newspapers which will
never willfully or knowingly publish a
libel, meaning thereby that which is
false, malicious, untrue or reckless, or
wantonly designed to injure character, so
there are lawyers who will not prosecute
accidental libels unless reasonable repara
tion is first refused. This class is growing.
It is to be doubted whether the Legislature
will discriminate between contingent fees in
libel and contingent fees in other cases, but
it is to be presumed that the Legislature
will pass a just and reasonable law on the
Kowhere are newspapers, as a rule,
conducted with more conservative regard
for the rights of private citizens than in
"Pittsburg, yet here, as in other places, the
need for judicious amendment of the libel
law is felt. The Pittsburg delegation in
to-day's convention, of which Mr. Byram is
Chairman, can no doubt contribute some
interesting experiences on the subject.
THE GROWTH OF NEWSPAPERS.
Our evening neighbor, the Press, puts
The Dispatch under obligations by re
minding it that the claim of this journal to
"double the circulation of any paper out
side of Philadelphia" is no longer tenable
since the recent growth of our one-cent co
temporaries, to which class our neighbor be
longs. Coming at a time when The Dis
patch circulation is at its largest, this sug
gestion can be accepted not only with ex
cellent grace, but with perfect good humor.
It is true that penny papers were not con
templated, or even in existence, when the
statement was framed; but it is equally true
that it has been all the time subject to with
drawal or the necessary modification on the
presentation of authenticated figures from
any source to the contrary. It is only
within the year ending next April that such
figures have been offered from our esteemed
young neighbors, the Press and Times; and
the evidence from those quarters would have
been cheerfully recognized before now but
for the good and sufficient reason that it
was necessary to see whether the growth of
these new, and in no sense competitive, as
pirants to-public favor had staying quali
ties before taking them into account as
factors in any sort of comparison with their
older established and higher priced co
temporaries, whose circulation has in every
instance proved steady, regular and perma
nent. 'However, its one-cent cotemporaries have
flourished; and The Dispatch can say
without the slightest affectation, that it is
sincerely glad of it. While they have been
making new fields for themselves, getting
thousands to read who did not read pre
viously, The Dispatch has also during
tHe same period added thousands to those it
had before; and similar growth) differing
perhaps only in degree, has no doubt been
the experience of all the older city journals.
"Under the circumstances we can well say:
".May they all live long and prosper"
In place, therelore, of the comparison
which seems to touch somewhat the sus
ceptibilities of our young cotemporaries, as
to whom it was not originally meant, The
Dispatch gives at the head of its columns
the exact figures of its own circulation, un
precedented in its history. They show for
the daily edition an average per issue, for
the six months ending February 1, 1889, of
over 27,000, and an averag; for the Sunday
issue during February of over 45,000. The
latter does not include extras on two
issues sent to asrents to meet the special de
mand for the opening of Joaquin Miller's
story, the accounts of sales for which are
not yet fully in; but represents the actual
orders for the average special edition before
going to press and the supplemental news
boys' sales. The figures for the daily are
verified under oath, as required by law, in
the City Controller's office; those" for the
Sunday issue can be similarly authenticated
I in detail if required.
J.L is neeuiess iu buu uin WBtieuuer iu mc
Press and to all of our esteemed cotem
porarics the -usual Assurances of' our most
distinguished consideration, and wish, to
each in its field, and with its own con
stituency, a full measure of the abundant
success which The Dispatch has always
enjoyed for itself, and which it never
possessed more than now.
ESTIMATES AND APPROPRIATIONS.
The statement made public yesterday
that the receipts of the City Treasury for
1838 fell about 5159,000 below the estimates,
hardly seems to have the significance which
is attached to it in some quarters. The fall
ing off is not difficult to explain. Two lead
ing items in the published statement more
than cover it
The receipts from liquor licenses were
$55,t00 below the estimate, which loss the
city can well afford to pocket, in view of
improved condition of affairs in connec
tion with the retail liquor trade; while
the fact that receipts for city taxes are
nearly 5170,000 less than the estimates in
dicates an accumulation of delinquent
taxes which instead of being" a deficit to be
made np by taxation will be a source or re
venue in the next two years. The drift iu
this direction is shown by the fact that the
payments of outstanding taxes last year
went fCO.OOO in excess of the receipts.
When the changes in these three itemsarc bal
anced, it will be seen that the deficiency be
low the estimates is more than accounted
It is not very accurate reasoning which
can make this showing the excuse for larger
appropriations and an increased tax levy.
If the deficiency were anything serious, it
would rather indicate the need of greater
economy in appropriations to meet the exi
gency of decreasing revenues. But the fact
is that it is not serious. The city can well
afford to pay the taxes necessary for doing
the public business well; and it did so last
year. The public is well advised of the
fact that the appropriations of 1888 were
made on a very liberal scale, and it will not
expect them to. be enlarged.
Councils will do their duty in revising
the appropriations of last year by cutting
them down wherever experience has shown
that they are profuse and by levying the tax
necessary to meet that requirement. If
that is done, a twelve-mill levy will proba
bly be found sufficient and we doubt if
eleven-mills would not prove adequate for
the necessities of economical government.
A PRESrOENTAL EMERGENCY.
One of the things we are never likely to
know is the subject of General Harrison's
dreams last night and this morning. It
would be interesting to know the general
plot of bis unconscious cerebration as the
most perfect railroad car in existence carries
him speedily on to the Capital of the na
tion he has been chosen to lead. We are
presuming that he will dream. The ob
servation of many travelers has been that
nothing under the sun, or more appropri
ately, the moon, is so conducive to ex
citing and sensational travels in dream
land as the rock - bound pillow
and adamantine couch in a sleeper. Perhaps
the bed of the President-elect will not
partake of these popular characteristics;
perhaps the mattress will be a soft and level
plain devoid of mountain scenery, and the
pillow as soft and yielding as an office-seeker
is not We hope that it will be so.
But if the President-elect meets a night
mare after his eyelids close, if he imagines
for instance that all the unsuccessful candi
dates for the Cabinet are entwining each
his prehensile finger in the Presidental
button-hole, if he wakes up with a blood
shot eye, a parched mouth and a feverish
fire in his department of the interior, it is
to be hoped that someone will have the
presence of mind to summon one of the
travelers in the beautiful car "Iolanthe."
Among the select coterie of newspaper cor
respondents in that car surely the material
and the maker of a cocktail can be found.
KNIVES MAY COME OUT.
Mr. Dravo expresses his doubt whether
Quay and Rutan are at odds so much as
has been intimated, as will be seen by 3u
interview published in another column.
This is not inconsistent with the report
given by The Dispatch's Harrisburg
correspondent, which indicated that the
fight was not that of Quay against Rutan,
but that of Delamater, Andrews and Boyer
against the Allegheny Senator. Putting
the two reports together it is quite possible
to develop a theory that the tacital Matthew
Stanley is keeping his hands off for the ex
press purpose of letting his rather bump
tious lieutenants make their own record,
with an indefinite prescience that the record
will not be one of triumph. It appears, at
all events, to be developing into a very
pretty fight, with possibilities that the con
testants do not foresee. There is a suspicion
of cold steel in the political atmosphere
that is highly interesting to the outsiders.
REPORT OK THE ANTHRACITE COMBINE.
The report of the House Committee
which investigated the anthracite coal com
bination over a year ago appears at a time
when it is somewhat out of date. So long
an interval between the investigation and
report not only damages the pertinence of
the finding, but produces curious specula
tions as to the cause of the delay.
The statements of the report with regard
to the combination by which the anthracite
industry is dominated, the production re
stricted and independent operators frozen
out, are but the repetition of what has-been
shown for many years, to the satisfaction of
all who cared to inquire into the subject
Mr. Tillman, to a certain extent, makes
good his promise of holding up Pennsyl
vania to the roprobation of the country, by
showing that this State does not enforce its
own constitutional provisions against the
abuses which produce the anthracite coal
combination; and it is due to the good luck
rather than the deserts of our legislators
that the report does add to its statements
the fact that the Legislature now in session
has refused to pass a bill enforcing the
separation of the carrying business from
mining and manufacturing, as required in
The committee's recommendation of a na
tional remedy in the shape of a removal of
the duty on coal is made very questionable
from the fact that the protection afforded
the anthracite coal combination by the duty
of 75 per cent on bituminous coal is indirect
at the best If the duty were as directly on
the product of the monopoly, as is the case
with regard to sugar, the recommendation
would have a good deal more force. But as
it is, the removal of the duty would hit the
bituminous coal interests, in which there
are, at the most, only local combinations,
a gooa deal harder than it would the an
thracite combine. It is true that the fashion
of combines has led the bituminous coal
men to attempt the establishment of similar
machinery in their interest; but they will
succeed in controlling prices about the time
that they are' able to change the bands of
Orion and draw out Leviathan with a hook.
There is plenty to reform in the anthra
cite coal business; but it is rather difficult
to, see how the report of the committee makes
any material progress in the direction of a
GLADSTONE KAY COME.
An indefinite intimation that Mr. Glad
stone may possibly visit the United States
has been published in the shape of a reply
to an invitation by the Union League of
Chicago to speak at the Washington inaug
uration centennial, saying that "he will
carefully consider the request in connection
with others received from America." This
is not going very far, but as all previous re
plies to invitations of this sort have con
tained a declaration of the improbability of
his coming to America it seems to indicate
progress in this direction. It Mr. Glad
stone should be induced to visit this coun
try by the invitation of Chicago, it would
have the drawback of making that city
more insufferably conceited than ever. But
even that alloy would be forgotten in the
public enthusiasm over a chance to show
the great English leader what this country
thinks of him. The reception of Gladstone
would bo equal to anything done by this
nation in the way of honoring a-foreigner
since the welcome to Lafayette.
Mb. Blaine's resignation of the posi
tion of delegate for Maine at the Centen
nial of the Washington inauguration is a
gentle notification to the country that Mr.
Blaine will be deeply occupied with diplo
matic affairs about that time.
Woman suffrage seems to be gaining in
Ohio when a constitutional amendment in
its favor passes the Legislature by a ma
jority vole, though lacking the necessary
two-thirds to make it effective. Possibly,
however, some of the astute Buckeye law
makers voted for the resolution nnder stress
of domestic influence with the saving
knowledge that their votes would not carry
PATTiasthe attraction -for opening the
Chicago auditorium next fall' is another de
feat for German operatic school. Chicago
never fajls to get even with Germany for
its unjustifiable warfare on the American
The fact that the actual receipts of the
City Treasury last year, were $159,000 be
low the estimates, does not afford a valid
reason for i ncreasing the appropriations by
5250,000. There seems to be an idea among
the departments that this is the logic of the
showing; but it is a decided non sequitur.
When receipts'fall below estimates a very
pertinent remedy is to cut down the appro
priations. Messes. Joseph Blackburn and Will
iam Chandler are respectfully urged to
ponder the principle stated by Truthful
"That it's not the proper plan
For any scientific sent to whale his fellow-man."
Millionaires Cbugek, Astoe and
Goelet get 1,000 a year each for attending
the directors' meeting of the Illinois Cen
tral, and 2,000 if they have to go to Chi
cago. The premium which is required in
case a New York millionaire goes to Chi
cago is yet to bo explained by the esteemed
directors of the Western metropolis.
If on future celebrations of Washington's
Birthday the Hon. William Chandler feels
his ear tingle he will be able to remember
that it is not because some one is saying
sweet things of him in his absence.
A Buffalo poet has given birth to some
ardent verses addressed "To an Abstract
Buffalo Girl." Perhaps a poet may be
pardoned for seeking an abstract girl in
Buffalo, as the inspiration of poetry; but in
this locality the concrete and material
Pittsburg girl is enough to make any poet
wake up and do his utmost.
The example of Ives and Stayner as
Napoleons of finance demonstrates that
these conquerors must steer clear of defeat
in their financial campaigns, if they would
keep out of jail.
The Chicago fox hunt which consists in
dragging a fox around the boulevards and
then going and filling up in honor of the oc
casion, is a great success in that city. Pull
ing the fox about is not particularly at
tractive; but as an excuse for inebriation,
it captivates the oleomargarine and cotton
seed lard aristocracy.
The result of the Pigott disclosures is ap
parent in the fact that people at London are
actually beginning to doubt the infalli
bility of the Times' Paris correspondent,
The House of Representatives adds the
finishing proof of its inability to attend to
business, by ushering in its last week with
filibustering, while the majority of the im
portant things that it started out to do, two
years ago, remain, as usual, undone.
Calvin S. Brick is said to resemble Gener
al Boulanger in appearance.
Herb Kbtjfp is evidently the richest man
in Germany. He pays more Income tax than
any of his countrymen, contributing 6,4S0 year
ly on an income of 219,000. Baron Willy de
Rothschild, of Frankfort, stands second on the
The Czar of Russia is growing so fat that ho
has become alarmed at his condition. He
smokes a great deal and is always under a
heavy nervous strain; but in spite of these
flesh-reducing influences, be continnes to in
crease in weight He has been advised by his
physicians to try the Banting system.
Mme. Mutsu, wife of the Japanese Minister
at Washington, is a brilliant woman who has
gained'f ull command of our language In a year.
.Sue devotes a great deal of time to social mat
ters, but spends two hours every morning in
translating a Japaneso novel into English. ,iler
translation 'will be tho first of the kind ever
made. Japanese fiction is said to be very read
able, and Mme. Mutsu has chosen one of the
Dest novels in the language for rendition into
M. PAtn. de Cassagnac, the well-known
Bonapaitist journalist is the most skillful of
duelists, and, knowing that he can as a rule
"pink" his man, he has all the courage of his
convictions. One of bis good traits of charac
ters is that be rarely allows political animosi
ties to interfere with the amenities of private
life. Thus he and Henri Rochcfort, of tho In
transigeant, are on the friendliest terms, al
though they do not spare each other in their
Me. Walter Rothschild, Lord Roths
child's eldest son, who has Just come of age,
bids fair to become one of the leading au
thorities on natural history. He has utilized
the enormous connections which the Roths
child house have all over the world In an orig
inal way. The correspondents, who are scat
tered abroad in every part of Europe, Asia,
Africa and America, have received instructions
to send home any interesting specimens of nat
ural history which they may come across. Tho
result is a unique collection of fauna of every
description. Mr. Rothschild is a tali, rather
good-looking'youtb, with a light beard. He is
short-sighted, and .his appearance rather sug
gests tho savant than the fashionable youth of
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Tho Qnlet Passage of President-Elect Har
rison Through Pittsburg Recalls Blem
orlet of His Grandfather's Visits to
It is unlikely that any Pittsburger will see the
President-elect" as ho passes through the city
early this morning. The reporters will see the
outside of tho Pullman car In which General
Harrison will probably be asleep, but even they
will find it a very difficult job to procure a
personal interview with the distinguished gen
tleman. If tho world were say 48 years younger, it
would not be so easy for General Harrison to
pass through Pittsburg without receiving an
ovation and without mating speccnes in return.
His grandfather found that out There are a
good many men living here to-day who can re
member that more or less of a formal reception
was given to tho hero of Tippecanoe every time
he passed through Pittsburg. His arrival was
always a signal for enthusiasm, and the young
men particularly vied with each other in show
ing respect to the great soldier.
It would be interesting to know how many
times he actually trod or rode through the
streets of old-time Pittsburg, but the records
of his visits are not easy to find, and one must
bo content to know that whenever he went
East or was returning from there at all events
after steamers appeared upon the Ohio he
always chose the route by way of Pittsburg
by boat and thence by tho national pike.
Mb. Retben Miller, Jr., who in spite of
the affix is one of tho fathers of this city and
has seen more than 80" birthdays, remembers
one of General William H. Harrison's visits to
this city, which occurred either in 1819 or 1S20.
Probably it wasjn 1810, at the close of General
Harrison's term in Congress, which he entered
upon at the end of his military career.
Mr. Miller was then in his father's boat storo
near the Monongahcla wharf, and the visit of
the greatest martial hero tho country then had
naturally left, a deep-cut impression on his
boyish mind. General Harrison and his party
rode down to the leveeand waited there while
two broadhorns were made ready for their re
ception. They were returning from Washing
ton and were dust-stained and tired with the
long journey on horseback.
Beside General Harrison there wore two dis
tinguished statesmen in the party, to-wit,
Henry Clay and John J. Crittenden, of Ken
tuckythe latter, it will be remembered, was
afterward Attorney General in General Har
rison's Cabinet There were two rjoats pre
pared for the statesmen, one for their cwn
accommodation and one for that of their ser
vants and horses. Mr. Miller remembers
taking down tho provisions for the voyage to
the boat, and be has a very keen recollection
of receiving 50 cents from Henry Clay himself.
Another of our venerable citizens, William
Colliugwoodywho In spite of his 78 years, is in
active business still on Fourth avenue, recalls
a visit General Harrison made to Pittsburg
during the campaign preceding his election to
the Presidency. Mr. ColliUgwood says he was
one of a number of young men who rode out
to Wilkinsburg to meet General Harrison.
They formed quite a gallant band of cavalry
and General Harrison was mightily pleased to
be escorted by them into town. The campaign of
"log cabins and hard cider" of "Tippecanoe
and Tyler too," was at its height just then and
the whole population left everything to catch a
glimpse of the standard bearer of the Whigs.
Other authorities in this city, whose mem
ories run back to that hard-f onght campaign,
assure too that they have no recollection of
General Harrison coming here at the time Mr.
Colllngwood states, although they say that ex
Governor Tyler, the candidate for Ibe Vice
Presidency, certainly did visit Pittsburg in
1S and spoke for tho Whig ticket in Alle
gheny. All the same It Is quite likely that Mr. Col
lingwood's memory has not played him false,
and that General Harrison did come trotting
into town surrounded by Pittsburg cavaliers on
The last visit General Harrison made, when
he was on his way to the White House, is re
membered well enongh by hundreds of Pitts
burgers. He came up on the packet from Cin
cinnatipackets by the way had not begun to
run daily then and Pittsburg stood on end
until he had taken passage on another steamer
to Brownsville. Thence he proceeded by stage
over the national pike via Cumberland to
Some of the old-timers I talked to yesterday
seemed to bo' under the impression that Presi
dent Harrison's body was brought back from
Washington, and carried through Pittsburg on
its way to the Harrison homestead at North
Bend, during the April on the fourth day of
which he died. The exact date of this event
does not appear in any of the histories accessi
ble at this totting. I find, however, that his
body was first interred in the Congressional
Cemetery at Washington, and that not until a
few years later was it removed at the request of
his family to North Bend, where it was placed
in a tomb overlooking the Ohio river.
The present monument atNorthBend, which
can be seen from the river, was raised quite re
cently. t ,
But If Pittsburg is not allowed to show her
respect for the President-elect on this occasion
her citizens assuredly harbor the desiro and
hope that the high office he is shortly to enter
will not provo to be, as it was to his grand
father, nothing more than the ante-chamber to
WEITES WITH HIS TAIL
How Bolivar Is Preparing; for an
phnntlne Slagging Match.
From the Philadelphia Record.:
Bolivar, the big elephant, at the Zoological
Garden, which, on Sunday last, was treated to
a coat of cement by his two female com
panions, Empress and Jenny, has not yet had a
chance for revenge, but Keeper Pendcrgast
says he Is laying a deep scheme, and is making
all the preliminary arrangements for a terrible
one. Ever since his plastering he has been
sullen, and apparently in deep thought. Every
movement on the part of his companions has
been closely watched by him. On the wall
along side of him, which ho coated with cement
while trying to clean the stuff from his back
before itbecamo wet, he has been writing all
the week. He stands with his back to the
wall, and with his tail makes a certain number
of Hindoo words every day.
After completing his penmanship he draws
the attontion of his companions, and with his
trunk points to the inscriptions. The keeper
says it is the handwriting on the wall, and is a
warning to Empress and Jenny to prepare for
their fate. All the hair on the end of his tail
has been worn off In writing the warnings, and
Headkecper Byrne says he certainly means it
as a warning to his companions. Empress and
Jenny have been chained all the week for tho
contemptible trick they played on Bolivar, and
now they are enemies because Bolivar shows
an Inclination toward Empress. The enlarge
ment of the elephant cage has been completed,
and as soon as the piaster is dry thoy will all
be unchained and havo plenty of room f or-thc
slagging match which the keeper expects will
TO BE WEDDED TO-MORROW.
A Rising Young Man and a Handsome Belle
Forming a Union.
To-morrow evening a quiet wedding will
take place in the Episcopal residence, on
Grant street The principals in the affair will
be Mr. Stephen Foley and Miss Cora Fife. The
ceremony will be performed by the Rev.
Father Graham in the presence of a small cir
cle of the friends of theconple. Mr. Foley is
one of the active members of the Randall
Club, and was a candidate last year against the
Hon. James Bulger for the nomination for
Legislature from the Fourth district Tho in
tended bride Is a handsome belle and well
known In society circles on the Hill.
An East End Card Party.
Mrs.H. M. Byllesby, of North Hiland avenue,
East End, entertained a number of her friends
at her residence last night with a card party.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Cardinal Charles Sacconl.
New York, February 25. The correspondent of
the Catholic Sews, of this city, cables that Cardi
nal Charles Sacconl is dead. He was born at
Montalto on May 8, 1808, and was created Cardinal
September 17. 1861. He was one of the six
suffragan bishops of tho Roman pontiff, and the
senior in rank of the Cardinals. Tiro weeks ago
the second member ol the Sacred College, In point
of seniority, CardlnalJohuBaptlstel'ltra, died.
Special Telegram to The Dlspatcn.
Carlisle, February 25.-Jury Commissioner
Jacob BlBoii died athlhomc,nearBhlremans town,
last night, of grlght's disease. He was a shrewd
THE LOCAL STAGE.
Romeo and Juliet, Oar Irish Visitors and
Margaret Mather.ls always sure of a cordial
welcome in Pittsburg. This was again proven
by the unusually largo 'audience 'that greeted
her appearance at the Grand Opera Houso last
night If she was mortified because her audit
ors did not exhibit more enthusiasm we would
respectfully remind her and her manager that
the day whehlt could be said that anything
would suitPlttsbargers' has long since gone
by. A Shakespearian drama, so staged that a
part of the same setting is made to do duty for
J three different acts, is not exactly the sort of
entertainment which tho people ol tins city go
wild over. That was the situation last night.
One example of how the scenery fitted the
play will suffice. In the first act, the second
scene, which, according to Shakespeare, should
represent a street in Verona, showed a pea
green millpond, with Pennsylvania farm
houses in the foreground, back of it some
impossible mountains, and over all, sunset
clouds of bnaht red, gorgeous yellow and dark,
grassy hues, that were marvels to behold. The
company brought no scenery whatever, so the
best that conld be dona was to improvise from
tho stock on hand at the Opera House. It is
scarcely necessary to state that the result was
anything but satisfactory. The whole was in
strange contrast to the exquisite stage setting
of "Romeo and Juliet" when Miss Mather ap
peared in that play in this city at the Bijou.
Miss Mather herself is as delightful as ever.
Her Juliet is graceful, intelligent, impassioned.
The balcony scene was as pretty as it well
could be, considering the disadvantages of the
inadequate- scenefy. The fact that Romeo
seemed to possess but one suit of clothes, and
that those garments were in anything but per
fect repair, detracted somewhat from the im
Eresslon Mr. Charles Hagar might otherwise
ave made as JulieVs lover. He has a good
voice and speaks and acts well, bnt his Hiber
nian countenance and his athletic physique
servo to make him anything but the ideal
Borneo. One couldn't help thinking all along
that, the lovely Juliet should have exhibited
better judgment in choosing a husband. Mr.
J. B. Studley played Mercutio fairly well,
though there was an absence of animation in
his work that was quite noticeable at times.
The rest of the cast could be vastly improved
upon. Miss Mather deserves, and should have,
a uetter company.
Tho entire seven acts were given. To-night
"Leah" will be presented.
"Our Irish Visitors," with their rollicking
fun, bright music and dances, both graceful
and grotesque, amused a fairly large audience
at the Bijou Theater fast night Everybody
knows the comedy, and is aware that it con
tains more huuor than refinement, yet it still
has power to please all who enjoy hearty
laughter and are not especially particular what
kind of tricks are used to excite their mirth.
Thomas E. Murray, as Colonel Gilhooly, was
irresistibly funny. Ho couldn't walk, speak or
oven turn around without making himself the
laughing stock of his audience. And as that
is the very thing he aimed to do, he ought to be
satisfied with the hearty reception given him.
Probably he is. His partner in the mirth
makine;, Mark Murphy, was almost equally
amusing, as Jerry McOmnts. Mr. Charles W.
Young, the tall, spare young man. who assumes
the part of Sammy Upper, is again with tho
company, and makes a capital dude. Miss
Blanche Seymour, a pretty and sprightly little
soubrette, was very pleasing as Dorothy. 8he
Slio is a capital dancer. The rest of the cast
was fully up the requirements of the piece.
Several new songs and jokes have been intro
duced, while those that havo done duty for
years are still retained. "Our Irish Visitors"
are sure to delight thoso who like a variety
performance with a good deal of fun in it.
"Packed to the doors" was tho word at both
performances at this popular house yesterday.
Large as the audiences here always are, none
wero ever larger than those of yesterday, and
both were well pleased. "True Irish Hearts,"
a rretty drama with the regulation "Colleen,"
a jollv "Shaugraun" and the never-failing vil
lainous landlord and his satellite, who doesn't
stop at murder, intrigue or-any crime to gain
his master's good will and earn his employer's
monev they are all there. Tha conmanv nnr-
.traying "True Irish Hearts" Js a good one and '
especially "Killarney by Moonlight" and the
Academy of Music
Gns Hill's World of Novelties is too well
known in Pittsburg to call for any lengthy
recommendation here. It is one of the best on
the road,not because of any supereminent abil
ity in one. or two stars, but for tho reason that
there is really not a stick of dead wood among
the score of artists who take part in the pro
gramme. Casino Museum.
This cozy theater was well patronized all day
yesterday, and it is needless to say that the
patrons of Mr. O'Brien's house got the worth
of their money back. Andy Sweitzer with his
smile, still remains, and Walter Stewart gives
his history in great stylo. An excellent variety
show Is also given.
A COLLECTION OP MASTERS.
Somo Notable Pictures That Wero Ycstcr-,
day Pat on Exhibition at Gillespie's.
A very fine collection of costly paintings was
opened at Gillespie's Art Gallery, on Wood
street, yesterday by Mr. S. Collins, of New
York. Without making invidious comparisons,
it is supposed to be the choicest collection of
its size, if not indeed absolutely, ever shown in
Pittsburg, the list containing names of great
distinction which were not represented in this
city by any work previously, and tho prices, it
is needless to say, fairly corresponding.
Among the eminent artists noticed on the
catalogue are Jules Breton, Van Marque.Rous
seau, Vlbert, Corbt, Diaz, Pelouse, Hacquette
and others equally known to fame.. The
highest-priced picture in the collection is a
comparatively diminutive but very expres
sive, canvas, "St John's Eve," by
Jules Breton, for which $12,500 is the
figure. One of the most attractive is
a marine picture by Hacquette, showing
the handling of a small boat by French fish
ermen In a heavy sea. Everything looks very
real about it, and great admiration was ex
pressed for it by a number of visitors yester
day. The pastoral scene by the celebrated
animal painter, Van Marque, was also very at
tractive. Beside, there aro several by eminent
artists which wero exhibited with success at
the Paris Solon of last year.
The taste for fine art is undoubtedly growing
in Pittsburg, though it is understood that
the purchases here have seldom hitherto been
of such costly pictures as the principal ones
exhibited in tho present collection. There are,
however, others in the collection, also very at
tractive, at considerably lower prices. The
occasion Js one that will make Gillespie's an
Interesting place to visit during the week, as,
whether people are able to buy or not it Is al
ways a delight to see really fine paintings. That
Mr. Collins, however, will find demands here
for some of theso works is hardly to be
doubted, as, in not a few instances, they are at
tractive enough to charm purse-strings quick
From tha New York Sun.l
Judas has been officially abolished In the
island of Maderia. It has been a time-honored
custom of the natives to exhibit in one of their
numerous religious processions an effigy of
Judas, upon which the opprobrium of the pop
ulace was duly heaped, and at the close of the
day Judas was burned with vociferous expres
sions of triumph and joy. Of late years it has
happened that the effigy of Judas has borne a
striking resemblance to some person upon
whom the general public had ceased to smile,
and thus the Governor of the island, the Mayor
of Fnnchal, and a foreign Consul have been
caricatured in the processions and burned in
effigy. The powers that be have decided that
the admixture of politics and religion is not
wholesome, and so tho edict has gone forth
that hereafter the people must get along with
The American Horse.
From the New Vork 'World.!
The Ameilcan trotting horse continues to as
sert himself overall other equine notabilities.
Last week a total of 469 head was soldatLex
Ingtop for S180.17L Tho sales this week foot
np 393 head for a total of $277,700, the 4-year-old
colt Bell Boy, realizing 51,000. The private'
sales this week include, among the Califor
nians, Stamboul at 50,000, and of the Ken
tucklans, Edgemark at $16,000, with $18,000 re
fused for Baron Wilkes.
Only a Sllclit Difference.
From the Dayton (O.) Democrat.:
1 The names North Dakota and South Dakota
do not mean much. A man freezes to death in
North Dakota only three minutes sooner than
he congeals in South Dakota.
The Eloquent Kansas Senator's Oration
Over the Late Representative Barnes,
of Missouri A Plain Reply (o Some Ut
terances of the Great Infidel A Grand
Tribato to n Friend.
Washington, February 2& At 8 o'clock
this afternoon a message was received by the
Senate from the House, annonncing the death
of Mr. Barnes, of Missouri, on the 21th of Jan
uary last Mr. Cockerell offered resolutions
that the Senate has received, with profound
sorrow, the announcement of Mr. Barnes'
death, and tenders to his family the assurance
of sympathy in lis sad bereavement; that the
business of the Senate be suspended, so that
opportunity may be given for fitting tributes to
the memory of the deceased and to his emi
nent public and private virtues; ana that, at
the conclusion of such remarks, the Senate, as
a further mark of respect adjourn. Mr. Cock
erell reviewed the life and character of Mr.
Burnes, and was followed by Mr. Ingalls, who
commenced by saving: "These are ths- culmi
nating hours of tho closing scenes in the drama
of our national life. When this day week re
turns one political party will relinquish and
another assume the executive functions of
government On every hand are visible the
preparations to 'welcome the coming and speed
the parting guest.'
'"Events of great pith and moment' are
awaiting on tho event of the brief interval.
While pleasure wanders restlessly through the
corridors of tha Capitol, hope and fear, ambi
tion, viupidity and revenge sit in the galleries
or stand at the gates, eager (like the dying
Elizabeth) to exchange millions of money for
that inch of timo on which success or failure,
wealth or penury, honor or obliquy, depend.
At this crisis and junctnre, when every instant
is priceless, tho Senate, resisting every induce
ment and solicitation, proceeds by unanimous
consent to consider resolutions of the highest
privilege, reported from no committee, having
no place on any calendar, but which takes
precedence of 'unfinished business' and "spe
cial orders,' on which the yeas and nays are
never called, and on which no negative vota
has ever been recorded and reverently pauses,
in obedience to the holiest impulses of human
nature, to contemplate the profoundest mys
tery of human destiny, the mystery of .death.
"In the democracy of death all men, at least
are equal. There is neither rank, nor station,
nor prerogative in the renublic of the grave.
At that fatal threshold the philosopher ceases
to bo wise, and the song of the poet is silent
At that fatal threshold Dives relinquishes his
millions and Lazarus his rags. The poor man
is at rich as the richest ana the rich man is as
poor as the pauper. The creditor loses his
usury and the debtor is acquitted of his obliga
tion. The proud man surrenders his dignity,
the politician his honor, the worldling his
pleasures. Here the invalid needs no physi
cian, and the laborer Tests from unrequited
toil. There, at least, is nature's final decree in.
equity. The lronyof fate is renewed, w rongs
of time are redressed. The unequaled distribu
tion ol wealth, of honor, capacity, pleasure
and opportunity, which make life so cruel and
inexplicable a tragedy, cease in the realm of
death. The mightiest captain succumbs to
that invincible adversary, who disarms alike
the victor and tho vanquished.
"James Nelson Burnes, whose life and vir
tues we commemorate to-day, was a man whom
Plutarch might , have described as Vandyke
portrayed, massive, rugged and robust, in mo
tion slow, in speech serious and deliberate,
grave in aspect, serious in demeanor, of an
tique and heroic mold, the incarnation of force.
As I looked for the last time upon that counte
nance, from which (for the first time in so many
years) no glance offnendly recognition nor
word of welcome came, I reflected upon the
impenetrable and insoluble mystery of death.
But, if death be the end, if that life of Burnes'
terminated upon -this bank and shoal of time,
no morning is to dawn upon tho night in which
he sleeps, then sorrow has no consolation, and
this impressive and solemn ceremony which we
observe to-day has no more significance than
the painted pageant of a stage. If the exist
ence of Burnes was but a troubled dream, his
death oblivion, what avails it that the Senate
should pause to recount his virtues? Neither
veneration nbr reverence are due tha dead if
they are but dust; no cenotaph should bcreared
to preserve for posterity the memory of their
achievements if those who come after them
are to be only their successors in annihilation
and extinction. If in this world only we have
y hope and consciousness, duty must be a
be the guides of conduct, and virtue is indeed
a superstition, if life ends at the grave.
"This is the conclusion which the philosopher
of negation must accept at last. Such is the
felicity' of those degrading precepts which
make the epitaph the end. If the life of Barnes
is as a taper that is burned out, then we
treasure his memory and his example in vain.
And the latest prayer qf his departing spirit
bas no more sanctity to those who soon or late
must follow him than the whisper of winds
that stir the leaves of the protesting forest or
the murmur of waves that break upon the com
Eulogies wero also pronounced by Senators
Voorhecs, Hale, Hampton, Cook and Vest, the
latter suggesting as a fitting epitaph: "Here
lies one much loved, mnch hated, but never
despised by friend or foe." The resolutions
were adopted unanimously and the Senate ad
NO MEED OP ANI HURRY.
Official Malls From Samoa Contain Nothing
Not Already Published.
Washisoton, February 25. The State and
Navy Departments have received the malls
from Samoa brought by the Mariposa, whicrf
arrived at San Francisco about ten days ago.
Assistant Secretary Rives said to-day there was
really nothing in the dispatches received from
the United States Consul at Apia that had not
already appeared in tho newspapers. They re
lated to occurrences which have already been
described by Klein and the other passengers on
the Mariposa, which accounts were telegraphed
all over the country from San Francisco at the
Mr. Rives said thatwhlle tho correspondence
would eventually bo forwarded to Congress,
there was nothing in it that called for specially
i TOO COLD E0R POLAR BEARS.
One of Them Freezes Fast to His Iron Cago
In the Zoo.
Philadeiphia, February 23. Snowflake,
the Polar bear at the Zoo, got into a bad scrape
yesterday. As the keeper was making his
rounds yesterday on coming to the pit where
Mr. and Mrs. Snowflake are confined, he saw
that the larger bear was frozen fast to the iron
Every morning both of the animals climb up
the railing and look for their keeper. After
breaking the ice on their pond yesterday and
taking a swim they climbed up as usual, but
the long hair on Mr. Snowflake's front paw be
came wrapped around the iron bar and froze,
making it impossible for him to get down. In
this position ho was found, but a little hot
water released him, and after breakfast he was
back in the water again.
Some of the Queer Things Found on English
From the Newcastle (Eng'.) Chronicle. 1
The'followine. found inHamersfleld Church-
.yard, Suffolk, is the epitaph on'Robert Cry-
croft, ob. 1810, tot. 90.
As I walk'd by myself, I talked to myself,
And thus myself said tsrnc:
Look to thyself, and take care of thyslf,
. For nobody cares for thee.
So I turned to myself, and I answered myself,
In the selfsame reverie:
Look: to myself, or look not to myself,
uiu seug&mc tiling wui it uc.
The following is upon Joseph Blacket poet
and shoemaker, of Seaham, ob. 1810:
Strange I behold, interred together,
llic Hauls of learning and of leather.
Poor Joe is gone, but left his all
You'll and his relies In a stall.
Ills works were neat and often found
Well stitched, and with morocco bound.
Tread llshtlv where the bard Is laid
He cannot mend the shoe he made;
.Yet he is happy In his hole.
With verse immortal as his sole;
But still to business he held fast
' And stuck to l'licebus to the last.
Then, who shall say so jtood a fellow
"Was only leather and prnnclla?
For character ho did not lack it.
And if he did-'twere shame to Black it I
BEFORE AND AFTEeT"
I BXFOSX. JtAIUlIAOE.
His heart o'erflows with happiness,
' And an ecstatic thrill
Buns through bis very being, as
Be hears her sweet "I will."
II. AKTEB" 3IAKBIAGE.
Alas I his heart is heavy now,
, The world seems dark and chill.
1 The second time in life he's met
A fragile woman's will, 4
. HATTERS METROPOLITAN. .
Mrs. Leslie's. Ambition.
1XEW TOBJC BU8X4U SPECIALS.
New Yobk, February 25, The negotiations
for tho sale of Frank Leslies Mluilraled
Newspaper were completed to-day. William
J. Arkcll, of Judge; secures the' paper for $400,-OCO-S300,000
for the English edition and 3100,
000 for the German edition. The formal trans
fer will take place May L On that date Mrs.
Leslie will move her other periodicals to the
Judge building, so that the two papers sold
will still be issued from the same building as
her Other other publications. Mrs. Leslie says
the height of her ambition is to run a big daily
newspaper. 'T sincerely hope," she says, "and
in fact expect to own and edit one some day.
And I don't think it is so very far off, either."
On Trial Tor Killing Her Children.
Tho trial of Mrs. Lebkuchner for the murder
of her two children was called to-day. The
story is a simple one. '.The woman was left a
widow with three young children. She
couldn't earn enough for their support She
saw them literally starving before her eyes.
With her last lew cents she bought a dose of
poison and poisoned all three. Two died al
most immediately, bnt the other lingered. She
sat for two days with the dead bodies, waiting
for. the third child to die. Then she notified
the police. The living child was taken to the
hospital, and eventually recovered. The woman
acknowledges her crime. She does not seem to
be insane; she says she killed the children Be
cause it was betterthey should die atouce than
slowly starve to death. The trial went over till
to-morrow, so that expert testimony might be
had on the woman's mental condition.
Able to Live an Wind.
Hiram Van Dusen, a grocer's clerk, claims
that he hasn't eaten anything for 65 days. Nat
urally he found his way to a dime museum. He
began his engagement to-day. He says he wijl
fast for 40 days more, and then claim the fast
ing championship. An alleged watch is guard
ing him all the time to see that he swallows
Coming in by the Thousand.
The spring influx of Castle Garden immi
grants bas already begun. Four steamships
landed nearly 1,000 prospective citizens to-day.
' Two Dndea Starched Sj.
Some mischievous boys annoyed Hen Lee,
a prosperous laundryman at 66 Grand street
Mr. Lee rushed out with a basin of liquid
starch and threw it at his tormentors. Two
dudes named Leonard Dupold and John Heller
were passing at the moment, and they chanced
to get some of the starch on their clothes.
They bad Hen arrested. He compromised this
afternoon by paying them $10 eaob.
.Sing Sing Citizens Split Up.
The residents of Sing Sing village are con
siderably stirred up over a proposed bill In the
Legislature asking that tha Sing Sine Peniten
tiary be removed to some other part of the
State. The leading business men and property
holders are circulating petitions In favor of the
bill; they hold tho famous prison is a stigma
upon the name of the village. The smaller
shopkeepers and less pretentious citizens, how
ever, are in favor'of keeping the prison right
where it is, because it adds to the circulation
of money iu the district Petitions on one
side or the other are found in every store In the
DIGGING FOE RDBIES.
now They Find tho Precious Stones In the
Great mines of Barmah.
From the New York San.3
It is" reported from London that the Roth
schilds are about to organize a company to
work tha great ruby mines of Surmab. This
little patch of earth, having an area of only 59
square miles, was the one spot In his dominions
which King Thebaw would never permit a
white man to approach. Even under the rude
native system of mining, Thebaw derived an
income of $100,000 a year from tho mines. After
the fall of Mandalay, Indian troops were sent
100 miles north of that capital to take posses
sion of the ruby district which has since been
leased to native miners, the income being used
to help defray the cost of the British occu
pancy. There have been loud complaints that the
Government lost a chance to derive a large
revenue from the mines when it declined Loid
Dufferin's proposal to lease them to a syndi
cate. If the Rothschilds have now got a foot
hold there, It 13 certain that the new rulers oi
Burmah expect to make a good thing by grant
ing a concession to the great capitalists.
The possibilities of the ruby mines of Bur
mah are yet to be ascertained. We know that
the largest ruby ever found there was escorted
from the King's palace to the river, on its way
to Europe, by a military guard, and that it was
sold in London for $100,000. The gems He in a
thin stratum from 10 to 30 feet below the sur
face, and when this earth is lifted in rude
buckets and spread on the ground myriads of
small rubies glisten in the sun. Most of them
are too small to be of value, and are thrust
aside in eager search for larger stones. Com
paratively few rubies are found that, in color,
size and freedom from flaws, answer all the re
quirements of a first-class gem. But when
such a stone is discovered, it is a treasure: and
experts tell us that a three-carat ruby of the
best quality is worth eight to ten times as
much as the finest diamond of the same weight
Most of the marketable Burmese rubies are
imperfect but they are among the finest In tho
world; indeed, we are told by dealers that larga
rnbies of perfect color and flawles3 are almost
About 1,200 laborers are now engaged in the
ruby district hired by the well-to-do villagers
around these gem-laden hills to do the heavy
work of mining. No machinery whatever is
employed.-and only tho most primitive meth
ods of mining are seen. Western energy, capi
tal and appliances will soon make a change
THE INAUGURATION FESTIVITIES
Checking the Dealings In Stocks, Bad No
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New York, February 25. Henry Clews &
Co. say to-day: Dealings 1n stocks were some
what checked by the intervention of a holiday,
and for the next week or two excitement at
tending the inauguration ceremonies will tend
to further restrict transactions. We may also
look forward to a hardening tendency in rates
for money: and gold threatens to move outward
in the absence of commercial bills.
What the direction of manipulation is likely
to do, it is impossiDia to lorecast, except that
the market is so situated that no important de
cline is likely to be permitted unless for the
purpose of acquiring stocks. The natural con
ditions, however, hardly favor an advance at
this time, and purchases on the lone side should
be made with greater caution until the general
situation appears more favorable to an upward
PITTSBURG'S TURN NEXT.
A Magnificent Fubllc Park Is the Surprise
Given to Willlamspart.
Special Telejrram to The Dlsoatch.
Wiixiasispobt, February 21 News was re
ceived here to-day that A. Boyd Cummings,
Esq., of Philadelphia, had donated to the city
of Williamsport a valuable plot of land, con
sisting of nearly SO acres, to be used as a public
park. The land is situated upon one of the
most elevated points near the middle of the
city, and is valued at about 30.000. The deed
for this valuable property was received to-day,
but his not yet Deon filed for record. Mr.
Cummings is a native of Williamsport, but has
long been a resident of Philadelphia.
For somo time the city has been agitating the
question of purchasing a public park, but this
donation comes just at a time when the people
are worked up on the question. Speculators
have been after the land for years, owing to its
desirable location for building purposes, but
Mr. Cummings steadfastly retained it until
now it is ncarlv surrounded by dwellings. The
good news is not generally known to-night, and
tho publication ot it to-morrow will cause a
great sensation. According to the deed, tha
name Brandon Park is given In honor of a de
ceased sister of Mr. Cummings.
Chicago's First Fox-Hunt.
From the.New York Herald.
The dismal failure of Chicago's first fox hunt
proves that the Windy Oity needs a few lessons
in Anglomania as she is practised. Tbe fact
that the fox was killed 21 hours before the hunt
lies at the root of the trouble. The painful
thought that nobody but a butcher was In at
the death shed a depressing influence over the
gallant horsemen as they met to chase the de
ceased over eight miles of Dlinols mud. What
they need in Chicago is a real, live anile-seed
bag. A stiff scent "is required, not & sent stiff.
During ihe last year the sum total of
educational gifts In this country was neatly
Mr. Henry Gilbert, of Westville, L. I.,
is the possessor of a pet hemvhlch has been
setting for the past three weeks on three
An iceboat on the Hudson river recent
ly ran a race with an express train, beating it
easily. Two miles and a half were made in five
A bill ha3 been introduced in the Kan
sas Legislature appropriating money for drill
ing four deep holes in the ground "to see what
can be found."
An exchange says that in the factories
of the great butchering towns out West they
are making such articles as combs, buttons,
etc., etc., out of compressed Wood.
John Heeg, of Newton, L. L, is the
possessor of a musket presented to him by
Captain Bill 8ands. and which the latter claims
was found in the waters of Flushing Bay dur
ing the War of 1812.
An Oxford county, Me., clergyman
once called on an unlucky farmer, who bad
lost a pair of valuable horses, and tried to con
sole him by quoting the Scriptural account or
Job's afflictions. Bnt the farmer refused to be
comfoited. "Job," he said, never owned so
good a pair of horses as my Dick and Corey
E. M. Goodall and a friend arrived a
Melbourne, Fla the other day In a 32-foot craft
of eight feet beam, after a run of 1,100 miles at
sea. from Sanford, Me. The boat is a novel
combination, as it can be run either as a kero
sene launch or a sloop-rig yacht. This is the
smallest craft that has ever made the run from
Maine to Florida.
Quoddy Head, Me., is the easternmost
point of the United States, Alton Islands the
westcrmost. Point Barrows the northermost
and Key West the most southern. Taking
these points as the basis for work, it is found
that the geographical center of the United
States is about 270 miles west of San Francisco,
in the Pacific Ocean.-
A man fishing off Beacon Hill, in
British Columbia, was attacked by an octopus
(devil fish) 20 feet In length. The fish fastened
itself to the boat, retaining its hold of the rocks
beneath; and almost succeeded In upsetting
the boat: A large hook thrown out caught in
the fish, which made off, snapping the stout
line like a silken thread.
Mrs. E. Parks, who lives near Bangor,
Cah, wanted to cross the flume of the Forbes
town Ditch Company, going from her place to
the residence of her daughter near by. As she
could not jump she placed a board over the
ditch and started across. On the second step
the board broke and she was precipitated into
the water, which was running very rapidly. She
was carried through the ditch and flume down
to the "dump," about three-quarters of a mile
distant Remarkable to relate, she escaped
A marriage of a somewhat romantic na
ture took place at Portland, Ind., last week.
Hiram Clem, of Harrison. Ma, and Lucy Mil
ler, a resident of Pennsylvania, met by agree
ment neither having before seen the other, the
acquaintance having grown out of an adver
tisement in a matrimonial paper. The court
ship and engagement were conducted entirely
by correspondence. The lady, by agreement,
was to wear a broad white ribbon he had sent
her as tha insignia by which be was to know
ner- jneymeton tne street, he introduced
himself and at once a marriage license was pro
cured and the knot was tied. At 3 o'clock they
boarded a train en route for their Western
home, where the bridegroom owns a farm.
A pretty married woman living near
Amencus, Ga., own3 a cow that she thinks the
world of. She milks the cow herself, as she
does not want hecspoiled by endless attention.
Sinca the crops have been gathered the cow
has been running in the fields, and the brush of
her tail got filled with cockle burrs. One
morning last week the'lady went into the pea
to milk, and. while she was performing tho
dnty, the cow switched her tail into the neatly
done-up hair on tbe lady's head. The burrs
caught, and the lady dropped her pail of milk
and began to entangle her hair. The ocqupa
tion disturbed the cow and she began to
E ranee. The lady grabbed tbe tail with both
ands and said: "So wench! so wrench!" but
the wench notliking the grip started in a trot
around the pen. The lady startled the house
hold by her shrieks, and a negro woman ran to
her rescue, but had to return to the house for
a pair of scissors. The cow was driven into a
stall, her tail trimmed off and left sticking to
the lady's head. She went to tbe house, and it
took her husband, tbe negro woman, and the
family until -10 o'clock that night to pick thef
burrs from her head.
At one of the meetings of the British.
Association, a paper was read on a plan of rais
ing large stones for the purpose of building
huge masses of masonry, and which was sup
posed to be tho means employed in building
the pyramids, although the precise method
adopted by the mighty builders of the Valley
of the Nile was admitted to be a vexed ques
tion. The supposition is that the lifting power
was applied from below, the stone being raised
by a tilting process. One end of the stone
would first of all De raised from the ground by
means of powerful levers, which might be of
considerable length and worked by a largo
number of men. After getting the stone to the
proper height a slab of stone or metal conld
be inserted, and a similar process adopted with
tho other end of the stone. So, by alternately
working at either end, a certain height might
be attained. Then, by the use of wedges and
rollers, the stone might be got into position.
Another method suggested was by means of
slightly Inclined planes formed of strong timber-work
or even masonry, working the stones
up on rollers by leverage applied behind. There
doesnotseemtobeany suggestion of any di
rect lifting power applied from above. The
question 13 certainly one involved In consider
FUNNY MEN'S FANCIES.
Lament of Mrs. Winks. Mr. Winks
(looking over the paper) Cheap, Drugs & Co. ars
selling all sorts of patent medicines at half price.
Mrs. Winks Just our luck. There isn't any
thing the matter with any of us. Scio Tor
"a. thousand dollars for that little pic
"Yes'm, but it Is in od. you know, and "
"Oh, yes. 1 did not think of that. What an
awfnl monopoly that Standard Oil Company ls4'
An Unfailing Sign. Miss Westend .
And can yon always Jndgeof a man's character by
the way he laughs?
Social Philosopher Oh, no: not by the way h
laagbs, but by what he laughs at, Sew Turk
Fend Mother (proudly) Yes, Johnnie,
won the reading prize In school. Come here,
Johnnie, and tell Mrs. Brown how you won ths
Johnny Oh, I took It hands down. Billy Waffle)
got It fur readin' good, but I played marbles for
it an' won it. Harper's Bazar.
Binkle (glancing at a book of Latin an
tiquities) What regular old topers the Komsn
must have been?
Pinkie What gave yon that idea? Didn't know
tbey were particularly Intemperate.
Binkle Why, at the threshold of every Roman's
house a warning was hang, "Cave Canem" be
ware of the growler. Buffalo Courier.
The soldier soldiers for his famej
The hunter hunts .to catch his game;
Tho preacher preaches well and long:
The singer sings her high-priced song;
The driver drives his cart all day;
The clerk he clerks for weekly pay;
The dealer deals at put and call;
The dude he dudles, that is all.
"Yon have charge of my mother-in-law'a
funeral, have you not?"
"Yes, sir," replied Mr. Mould.
"What's the price of the carriages?"
"Ten dollars if wo have to drive slow; If wa can
drive last we cau make It only J3."
"Welt I don't want you to drive too fast. Say,
you might trot to the grave and run your horses
home." TA4 hpoch.
St Paul's Change of Base. Philadel-phlsn-l
see It stated that a high official In SOnne
sota wants the ice palace festival aOolhhed be
cause It scares away Immigrants.
St. Paul Man That's so: gives folks notion our
climate is cold, yon know. Next winter we're
going to make a change. We're going to erect a
beautiful Chinese pagoda with a lovely lake
around it nd water lilies ana swans. Pretty
"But those things will freese." ,
"No they won't. We'll heat 'em with, .under
ground steam-pipes." FMladelp Ma Record,
TUB WXATUIB. JjJL
The ground hog roosteth high in his tale;
Outside there's storm and mow; J jf
The ground hog docs not care a cuss
He says, "I told you So." . .
The gronnd hog smiles a childlike smile,
And rubs his back in bliss;
He sends the Weather Bureau wordt
"Say, Ureely, how Is this?"
Then Greely goes into his hole,
And shuts It with a slam.
And wht he says sbont the bog ' V
Bbymes well with clam snd rsa and list, te.
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