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'. PITTSBURG, MONDAY, MAR. 4, 18S9.
A STABTLIKG BUHOR.
The rnmor which comes by the singula
route of Kiel, the naval port of Germany,
that an actual collision has taken place be
tween the German and American vessels at
Samoa, is sffiucient to put both nations into
At this writing the report hardly has
more standing than the wildest rumor. It
may be some time before it can be either
corroborated or contradicted. The knowl
edge that the instructions of our Government
to its representatives at Samoa were of the
most conservative, not to say pusillanimous,
character, while the latest orders issned by
Bismarck were of a pacific nature, renders
the story improbable.
Still the fact that national pride and long,
stored grudges were present, makes a possi
bility that gives such a report the gravest
importance. Its existence will give the
inaugural ceremonies to-day an interest and
gravity far beyond the ordinary show.
AN IMPORTANT BEPOBT.
The annual report of the Pennsylvania
Eailroad, which appears in this issue, is a
document of the highest business impor
tance. Besides the full information which
it gives to the shareholders of that corpora
tion, as to the condition of their great prop
erty, it affords an index of the general con
dition of trade and manufactures in Penn
sylvania, by the volume of business over
the central transportation agency of the
State, that is especially interesting. The
figures show what has been previously stated
in these columns, that the past year was one
of very active transactions on which mar
gins were somewhat closer than in the im
mediately preceding year. The gross earn
ings of the Pennsylvania Railroad are
among the largest on record, while the net
earnings have been cut down bv railway
wars and reduced rates. The report is one
of the best examples of railway statistics
published, and while public policy may find
reasons for criticising the management of
this great corporation, the figures give the
shareholders every reason to be satisfied
with the policy of their officers.
A HEEDED BEMETJY.
The general jam and discomfort produced
by the avalanche of sight-seers and office
seekers which the railroads have been pour
ing upon Washington for the past four
days, is one of the quadrennial features of
the American political system. For the de
lights of seeing General Harrison swear on
the family Bible to be as good a President
as he can be; of paying ten dollars for a
seat whence to witness the inaugural pro
cession, or perchance of marching through
the rain in that procession, some hundreds
of thousands of people are thronging Wash
ington, enduring the drizzle and taking the
chances ranging from beds on the sheltered
and soft side of a lumber pile to the cots in
the corridors of a hotel. Whether it is the
passion for seeing sights or the hunger for
political place that leads so many comforta
bly housed and fed people to undergo the
hardships of an overcrowded city, can
hardly be decided. The fact is the great
and self-evident feature.
Indeed the fact is so important that the
New York Sun casts its ray of light as to
the future duty of this nation by pointing
out that while the nation keeps on growing
and its capacity to turn ont inauguration
crowds is enhancing inmore than arithmeti
cal ratio, the superficial area of the national
capital remains the. same. This indicates
the remedy of building an annex to the
capital in order to accommodate the inaugu
ration crowds. The City of Magnificent Dis
tances must be expanded to still greater
proportions; and even that expansion is
likely to be overcrowded by the correspond
ing expansion of the crowds.
The only alternative to this remedy is
that suggested by the modern method of
bringing theatrical performances within
the reach of all parts, of the country. If
the inauguration company would only char
ter special trains and give inauguration
performances in all sections of the country,
would it not save the people an immense
amount of discomfort and at the same time
infinitely expand the number of spectators
at the quadrennial show.
MBS. CLEVELAND'S CONQUEST.
Some of the irregular members of the
Cleveland administration if we may use
that term to separate them from the official
lights seem To be going out of office with
an eclat that almost throws a glamor over
the diplomatic and political fiascos that it
has committed. Private Secretary Lamont
has won the commendations of political
friends and foes alike; and now it is reported
that Mrs. Cleveland has made a conquest
that surpasses all her previous achieve
ments. Mrs. Harrison is reported to be
deeply in love with her predecessor in the
White House, and is almost disposed to
repent the political triumph which causes
her to displace the charming lady who re
tires from that public position to-day. It is
a much more signal triumph for a young
woman to captivate an elder of her own sex
than to charm the gallant grey-haired slates
men. If the Democrats are smart they will
advocate woman suffrage and make their
ticket for 1892 bear the names of Frances F.
Cleveland and Daniel S. Lament.
THE BETIBDJG ADMINISTRATION.
To-day the Cleveland administration
ends its term and General Harrison suc
ceeds to the helm of State. The record of
the latter is still to be made. No President
can be judged so clearly when he putteth on
his armor as the leader of the nation, as
when he putteth it off; and leaving the new
President to show by his acts what he will
be, it is mainly important at present to see
what the retiring President has been.
There has been a vast amount of criticism
concerning President Cleveland's adminis
tration; and the majority of it, both in
volume and loudness, has been prejudiced
and insincere. TJp to the close of his term
the most ear-stunning attacks on the Presi
dent are from members of his own party who
were disaffected because he was not suffi
ciently precipitate and wholesale in turning
the Democratic politicians in to the public
crib without restraint. Add to that the
criticism from Mr. Cleveland's political op
ponents who would have attacked whatever
he did, and would have condemned him
just as violently if he had done the exact
opposite of the things for which they now
condemn him, and it will be seen that the
vast bulk of the criticism is of little import
except as an example of political unreason.
But it is instructive to notice one fact,
which the great mass of the political
criticism painstakingly obscures. It is that
the weakness of Mr. Cleveland's adminis
tration commenced .with the early steps
taken in surrender to the politicians and
developed as that surrender progressed. No
administration ever opened with greater
promise than Mr. Cleveland's. He was
nominated as a reformer, loved "for the
enemies he had made." He was elected
because he was believed to be sincere in his
desire to emancipate politics from the rule
of rings and machines. There was in the
early part of his administration an attempt
to carry out these principles, and during
that time his administration was strong with
the people, although the politicians were
rebellious. But when the time came in
which the President conceived the idea of
reverting to the political method of using
the patronage to carry out the tariff policy
which he chose to dictate, of sending office
holders to dominate conventions and send
ing bills to Congress from the White House
to be passedwithout consideration, then the
elements of weakness were set at work. The
sincerity and honesty which marked the
early part of his administration were sup
planted by the insincerity which fathered a
professedly anti-protection bill so framed to
increase protection to the South and de
crease it for the North.
While awarding to Mr. Cleveland's ad
ministration the praise due for the absence
of corruption, a sufficient answer to the
criticisms of the machine politicians is given
in this single fact. As a reformer he was
elected without the aid of patronage. When
he had made concessions to the political
methods, and had the use of patronage at
his back, he was defeated.
HE ASSEBTED HIS BIGHTS.
An Englishman in Chicago has set an ex
ample of the British disposition to stand up
for personal rights that ought to be useful to
this country. He was a passenger on one
of the cable roads which has developed an
interesting disposition to collect the fares of
the passengers and then, by breaking of
grips or stoppage of the cable, give them an
opportunity to enjoy pedestrian exercise be
fore reaching home.
The American method of action under
such circumstances is to revile the company,
even past the verge of profanity, or to in
dulge in sarcastically crushing jokes, and
let the matter go with that. Not so the
Briton. He reflected that he had paid his
good nickel to be transported to his domi
cile. Here was a contract of which he had
furnished the consideration .and to which
the other party had failed to furnish per
formance. Performance being plainly im
possible after he had reached his home by
the pedestrian method, he correctly con
ceived himself to be entitled to restitution.
He was not bound down by the narrow
American view that it would proba
bly cost him some hundreds of times
the amount of his five cents to get restitu
tion. To him rights are rights, and when
they are infringed upon they are worth
some expenditure of money to maintain
them. So, nothing daunted by a mere pe
cuniary disproportion between the sum to
be obtained and the sum to be expended
in getting it, he feed his lawyer, brought
suit against the cable car company for the
five cents, got a verdict in his favor, and,
havingcollected his judgment, goesabout his
business with the consciousness of having
asserted his rights.
Although the American mind rarely stops
to perceive it, he obtained a good deal more
than the five cents in that verdict. He ob
tained the demonstration that the man who
asserts his rights against corporations, re
gardless of the pecuniary importance of the
injury, has a standing in the courts; and he
showed how those who make a practice of
petty impositions on the public, secure in
the belief that the small amount taken from
each individual will prevent the resort to
the law, may be brought to book. The suit
did not probably cost the company as much
as it cost the ind vidua); but it'eost enough
to insure, if the example were generally
followed, that the imposition would cease.
The American public would do well to
study and follow the English method of as
serting individual rights. It might be use
ful in a good many other places than with
regard to cable car stoppages.
The information that Montreal is all
torn up at the appearance of Chicago
dressed beef, in the hotels there, which costs
the landlords 7 cents per pound instead of
the 10 cents that they have been- paying, is
calculated to create a wish among Pittsburg
marketers that the Montreal tavern keepers
would ship their rejected 10-cent meat down
The announcement of Mr. Stuyvesant
Fish, who is varying the duties of the Presi
dency of the Illinois Central Eailroad by
assuming the direction of the centennial ball
at the Metropolitan Opera House in New
York, that the ladies who wish to dance
in the opening quadrille on that occa
sion must wear "lace and diamonds only,"
seems to take in sober earnest the pro
verbial sarcasm' of the wit of the last gener
ation who, when a very decollete ladycom
plained of the cold in" a ballroom, advised
her to "put on another necklace."
The rival politicians of New York have
the satisfaction of knowing that they have
shut themselves out of the Cabinet If this
is not a satisfaction to them, it can be taken
as such by the rest of the country!
The important statement that Colonel
Elliot F. Shephard has sent General Har
rison a basket of Faster lilies produced in a
high-toned conservatory at a cost of 53 per
lily, reveals the symbolization of the purity
and spotlessness of the good Colonel's inter
est in politics. No lily can be quite so in
nocent as the man who presided over the
payment of 5150,000 to certain political
strikers in New York and was shocked at
the non-delivery of the goods; but these hot
house lilies come as near to it as anything
Mabch's moist but rather lamblike en
trance still leaves the sightseers at Wash
ington on the ragged edge of suspense as to
how soon the leonine "characteristics will
make themselves apparent
The statement that the Duke of Suther
land, who has just married "a Mrs. Blair,"
shocked American society while here, by ap
pearing at a 5 o'clock tea in a shooting coat
and a neglige shirt, indicates that Ameri
can society was not shocked by his travel
ing in company with this same Mrs. Blair
while his Duchess was living. The infer
ence seems strengthened by the fact that
some prominent members of the American
Democracy appeared at the opera in com
pany with the Duke and his traveling com
panion. Has Washington no Law and Order So
ciety to discipline the lawmakers when they
pursue their regular vocation of railroading
private jobs right through the Sabbath
Senatoe Biddlebekoeb's old enemy
appears to have got the better of him once
more, to the extent of making him kick np
a row in the Senate and send in his resigna
tion to the Governor of Virginia. The first
result is nothing unusual; but when a Sena
tor of Eiddleberger's kidney forgets himself
so far as to send in his resignation twenty
four hours before his term expires it is an
awful example of the evils of intemperance.
If Canada will lend a favorable eartoonr
wooing for commercial union, she can do
the courting for the political union, or leave
it undone, just as suits her.
The reasons given in an interview else
where for the belief that the Standard Oil
Company is refining Lima oil, may impress
our Pennsylvania producers with the exact
amonnt of value to be placed on the fre
quently repeated declarations of the monop
oly when it wanted the producers to play
its game for it that it would never, no
never, have anything to do with the nasty
PEOPLE OP PE0MINENCE.
With all respect, the fact may be mentioned
that Mrs. Harrison is in her 57th year.
Secbetaey and Mes. Endicott will re
main at Washington until April and then go to
Ex-Goveekok Chejiey, of New Hampshire,
is at the Riggs House. Washington. It is whis
pered that he wants a foreign mission.
It is now pretty well established that Sir
Julian Panncef ote is to become British Minister
to this country. The newspaper men of Eng
land do not seem to like him.
Lady Lwdsay, the song-writer, is 45, tall
statuesque and fond of wearing classical cos
tumes. She paints in water colors charmingly
and writes much for the magazines.
The Duke of Newcastle built a new church
at Clumber at a cost of over 200,000, and his
grateful tenants have put a fine memorial win
dow in it as a wedding present to him.
Russell B. Habbisojt, son of General Har
rison, edited and published a paper when 10
years of age. It was printed at Honesdale, Pa.,
where young Harrison was visiting his aunt, in
Dr. Maey Walkee expects a place under
the new administration. She wants a fat clerk
ship in one of the departments. She will urea
her services to the Union cause during the'war
in pushing her claims.
A Washington reporter asserts that he
called on Elliott F. Sbepard at the Arlington
Hotel. Washington, a day or two ago, and
found the unique editor cutting paragraphs out
of the Bible for the Mat and Express and hav
ing them telegraphed to New York.
Mes. Haeeison is fascinated by Mrs. Cleve
land. The incoming mistress of the White
House recently remarked: "Mrs. Cleveland is
positively the loveliest creature I ever saw. I
almost feel guilty in depriving her of a posly
tion that she adorns so well." This report Is
circulated by one of Mrs. Cleveland's friends.
President-elect Haekison's typewriter.
Miss Sawyer, bas aroused the enthusiasm of
the Washington correspondents. She cannot
whistle, like Elijah Halford, but she can sing
with the best amateur in the land. She has
plump, round, red checks, brown hair, large
gray eyes and a trim little figure. She looks
about 20 years old, but is probably older. She
knows more about Harrison's political secrets
than Halford himself, and she knows how to
keep her knowledge to herself. Her special
bete noire is a newspaper man, no matter how
pleasant he may look.
A CUBAN PLASTER'S PLIGHT.
Cnptnred by Bandits, Ransom Stipulated,
Blindfolded and Released.
Havana, March 3. The daily La Verdad,
of Cienfuegos, gives the details of the kid
napping of a rich planter, Modesto Ruiz. 1 he
victim was going on horseback to his estate,
when two men, rifles in hand, halted him. Ho
was made to dismount After going a short
distance he was met by three other members of
the gang, who gave him paper, pen and ink and
requested him to write an order for the immedi
ate delivery of 820,000 in gold. Ho was told if
he refused be would loso his life.
Ruiz informed his captors ho could not raise
that amonnt in ready cash, but that if his Hie
were spared he would promise to pav a ransom
limited to his means. This proposition was
ultimately agreed to. He was then blindfolded,
put on a borse, led by two bandits, who. after
riding a wbole night landed him in an unknown
f orst, The bandago was taken off bis eyes and
after resting during the beat of the day, the
trio set out again, blindfolding Ruiz again.
They rode a whole night and at 8 o'clock next
morning they stopped, bade Ruiz good-by, and
told him he was near bis home. He arrived
exhausted at tho Santa Fe Railroad station
and was sent homo to Esperanza, several miles
from Santa Fe. The Mctim is a man of very
high reputation. He has been Mayor of Rem
edios several times.
TOE BEAR EMBRACED HIM.
A Pennsylvania Hunter Has an Exciting Ex
perience In tho Mountains,
WnxiAMSPOET, March a Calen Jnnis,
while going from Canton to his tannery at
Grover, saw a largo bear in the road. Getting
a party of friends together, armed with repeat
ing rifles, they soon overtook the bear, and a
lively fight took place. A man named Miller
was nearly squeezed to death in the bear's em
brace, and was rescued by tho rest of the
party. Tne hunters were compelled to retreat,
and the big bear scampered oft to the woods.
What's In a Name?
from the JJew York Telejram.l
Sir Julian Panncef oto bas been chosen for
British Minister to the United States. Now
will some one tell the Americans how to pro
nounco the name? If the pronunciation fits tho
spelling as well as it does in some other En
glish names it might bo Gasteropod, for in
stance. A Bedford Aveuoo Blaze.
The offlco of Albertson's brickyard on Bed
ford avenue took fire yesterday morning about
11 o'clock. An alarm from box 313dIqnot
come soon enough to save the roof, bich was
entirely destroyed. The cause is unknown.
' 0'BrtIEN-BAlN GOSSIP.
Senator Ingalls Returns to tho Ranks and
Mr. Morton Takes the Gavel Humorous
Capitol Guides General Harrison Occn
pylnc Boulnnger's Qnurtors.
rconnispoNDESCE or the DiSPAicn.1
Washington, March a-With the dissolu
tion of the Fiftieth Congress to-morrow, Sena
tor John James Ingalls will step down from the
chair of the presiding officer of the Senate, re
signing the gavel to tho Vice President, Levi
P. Morton. By Mr. Ingalls' retirement, the
Senate will lose in one place while it will gain
in another. Mr. Ingalls has been one of tho
most perfect presiding officers tho Senate bas
ever known. His decisions have been emi
nently fair, and bis manner of presiding has
been dignified and impressive. No man in the
Senate chamber bas scored his political oppo
nents on tho floor as Mr. Ingalls has,
and yet npne will admit his fairness
so quickly as the Democratic Sen
ators in tho Fiftieth Congress. But
while Mr. Ingalls is an excellent presiding of
ficer, he is of far more value to nis party on
the floor of the Senate. His position during
tho time he has presided over the Senato has
prevented his taking an active part in the de
bate. He bas felt, as ho has sometimes said to
me, that his motives wero sure to be misrepre
sented If he camo down from the chair of the
presiding officer to speak on a partisan ques
tion. He has made very few speeches in tnis
Congress. Whenever he has spoken, though,
it has been to crowded galleries. Before he
was chosen to be President pro tempore he was
one of the brightest participants in running
debate on the floor of tho Seriate. He will re
sume his old scat March 5, and thereafter his
voice will bo beard more frequently- He will
not have 'So good a subject for discussion pos
sibly as ho would have had if Mr. Cleveland
had been re-elected; but Mr. Ingalls can make
any subject interesting.
Tim Capitol Guide.
Tho Capitol guide is usually a gruesome in
dividual. Ho is not even the inspiration that
is known to the guides in art galleries who, if
their souls are artistic, can find somo pleasure
in the appreciation or enthusiasm of visitors.
Tho works of art in the Capital are of a most
dispiriting character. Any one who has ex
amined them can appreciate 'tho melancholy
of the well-constituted guldo who has to look
upon them day by day, explain their origin,
tell their cost and expatiate upon a beauty that
does not exist Small wonder that the Capitol
guide is a melancholy Individual.
But I have seen his spirits display themselves
in a line vein of sarcasm that was a delight and
an entertainment to a ptrt of the audience
abont him. Given a particularly unsophisti
cated visitor and a humorous guide, and you
will hear somo of tho finest fiction work that
ever graced the tongue or pen of an author. I
have heard guides relate the most ridiculous
stories about the objects of Interest in the Capi
tol. One of their favorite stories is the one
originally attributed to Representative Frank
Lanier, who is said to have pointed at the fig
ure of Robert Fulton holding in his hand the
model of the steamboat and to have said:
'There's a statue of the man who invented the
roller skate." There are, probably, GOO inno
cent visitors who have gone away from the
Capitol in the firm belief that they had seen a
statue of the inventor of the roller skate.
A few days ago Perry S. Heath, tho corre
spondent, stopped for-a moment in statuary
hall to listen to tho harangue of one of the
guides. The guide saw him, and without mov
ing a muscle of his face, continued his lecture
"The next figure to the left, ladies and
gentlemen, is that of Perry Heath, the cele
brated continental hero. His descendant, now
living in this city, is a well-known newspaper
Mr. Heath and two friends who were with
him escaped in some confusion, but the guide
was wholly unmoved. A day or two later Mr.
Barry, of tho Detroit Journal, was coming
down the marble steps on the west side of the
Senate wing of the Capitol when a guide, who
was explaining to some visitors the beauties of
the statue of Hancock at the foot of the stair
way, turned and raising his voice, said with
great deliberation: '"The marble steps which
yon see before you, ladies and gentlemen, are
particularly fine. The marble was brought at
great expense from the quaries of Mr. David
S. Barry, of Michigan."
Probably those visitors are wondering still
why the man who was coming down the steps
flushed so deeply at this announcement
A Welcome Guest.
On Tuesday last a few hours before the
Presidentelect entered the sleeping depart
ments in the Arlington Hotel, in which he has
slept for the past few nights, I sat there and
talked with Mr. Bennett, of the hotel. A nim
ble upholsterer was giving the last graceful
twist to the door hangings and applying the
last tonches to the really very handsomely ap
"We were very much gratified, of course,"
said Mr. Bennett, "when General Harrison an
nounced that he would come here. We had
not solicited him, and this made his decision all
the more pleasant He made but one condi
tion, and that was that he should pay the regu
lar terms. We asked tho privilege of enter
taining him, but he promptly declined."
Mr. Bennett pointed to the beautifully carved
mahogany bedstead which stood in a corner of
the room, facing tbe window which looked ont
onMcPberson square. In that same room
stood the conch on which Bonlanger slept in
his visit to Washington in 1881. It is some-,
thing oi a coincidence tnat tne aistmguisnea
man who is so soon to occupy this room is now
engaged in the same task that the former oc
cupant is the selection of his cabinet
The belief is general, and I think well
founded, that there are less of the very poor
and of the gentle poor in Washington than in
any American city. I was consequently not a
little surprised the other day when Stuart Rob
son, the well-known player, said to me:
"I have received more begging letters and
personal requests for assistance during my
stay in Washington than ever before in a simi
lar pencd in any other city. Not a day has
passed for a fortnight that three or fonr calls
have not been made upon me at tho hotel and
each day bas brought me from two to six let
ters. Actors perhaps, more than any other'
class, are nesiegea witn requests tor pecuniary
assistance. They are looked upon as very gen
erons and careless of their means. No greater
mistake could be made. Of lato years no class
of people is so careful and so thrifty as the
people of the stage. In an experience of 12
years as manager I have known but two people
in our companies who were spendthrifts. The
leaven of the olden days still rests, however, in
people's minds, and many believe that the
player, he he well known or unknown, is care
less of his dollars and entirely heedless of the
Wanted to Savo Her FInno.
"The letters that I have received in Wash
ington have been written by women seemingly
of refinement. Tho stationery was unexcep
tionable, the phrasing perfect, and tho demand
most gently put I could not resist tho impres
sion that all the cases deserved consideration.
The amounts asked for, however, were invaria
bly large. In the personal appeals tbo sums of
money requested were smaller. Five and ten
dollars was the average. With a fair knowl
edge of human nature It was impossible for
mo to determine who were deserving mendi
cants and who were mendacious solicitors.
"Yesterday a handsomely-engraved card was
brought to me bearing a woman's name, with
a request that I grant a brief interview in the
hotel parlor. As I entered the room a hand
some, well-dressed woman of middle age, whom
1 had never seen before, approached me and,
without a word of preface, said; 'Mr. Robson,
I want you to help me. I have been disap
pointed in money matters, and my grand piano,
on which 1 owe 8200, will be taken ont of tbe
houso to-morrow .unless I pay the money.
Please let me have the money to-day." I asked
her why sho sought me. 'Oh, all you actors
are rich and you won't miss that amount,' she
"I told her I could not serve her. 'Haven't
vou got that amount?' she demanded. I said
I had, and that I also had obligations to friends
that were not due to strangers. She said she
would reserve her opinion of me until another
occasion, and then swept out of the room in the
most indignant manner. The woman appeared
to be perfectly sane." O'Bmen.Bain,
Tbe Poet's Power.
From the Chicago Times. J
George W. Childs put In somo very flnQ work
for his friend Wanamaker. The idea that the
obituary poet has any influence with Harrison's
administration will simply cause Charles A.
Dana to stand on his head, put his heels In his
ears and howl.
One ns Bad -as tho Other.
From the Boston Herald. 1
An Ohio boy who bit off two of his fingers is
said to bo afflicted with dydrophobia. Tbe per
sistent swallowing of two or three fingers is
more apt to lead to delirium tremens.
Tho Old Reliable Method.
From the Omaha Herald.
There is an article going the. rounds telling
"how to catch the public eye." This, we think,
is best done with an umbrella. " "" -
MONDAY, MARQg- 4,
PEEBIDEKT HARRISON'S AKCEST0SS.
His Great Grandfather Pioneer or West-
moreland County, Pennsylvania.
The body of the greatgrandfather of Gen
eral Benjamin Harrison rests In the quiet
graveyard of the town of LIgonler in West
moreland county. The President's grand
father, Major James Ramsey, was a
native of Glasgow, Scotland, who located
where Mercersburg now is while Pennsylvania
was yet a colony. He built a mill and for some
years carried on quite an extensive business,
manufacturing flour and keenlnir a. mnt
store. But being overtaken by financial reaj
verses, he removed west of the mountalni tot
LIgonler. a town laid out by his son, Colonel
John Ramsey, afterward a prominent cititen
Major Ramsey was a man of dignity of per
son and character, and is spoken of as remind
ing those who bad Intercourse with him of Gen
eral Washington. His religious habits and i
fluence, in a tlmo when there was much infi
delity and vice, were specially decided. Hii
children wero brought up to read tho Scrip,
teres, memorize tho shorter catechism, and
observe strictly the Sabbath and its duties. His,
last earthly employment bofore he fell beneath,
the stroke of which ho died the following davJ
was an earnest and tender prayer at the morn-1
ing worship of the family. His children shared
no little fn his character. Several of his de
scendants wero remarkablo for personal
His second daughter, Marv, married Archi
bald Irwin, Esq., of near Mercersburg, and
spent her life there. Her daughter, Jane
Findley, went when a girl, to visit her father's
sister, Mrs. General Findley, and was married
there to Wm. H. Harrison, Jr. Her sister
Elizabeth having gone on a visit to Cincinnati,
was married to John Scott Harrison, father of
the President Major Ramsey's daughter
Nancy was married to Mr. John Sothcrland, of
Hamilton, near the city named; and there her
daughter Mary was married to Carter, a third
son of General Wm. H. Harrison. Of three
other daughters, the eldest Sarah, was mar
ried at Mercersburg to Rev. Wm. Speer, who
had been installed pastor of the Falling Spring
Church of Cnambersburg in 179k Sho accom
panied him to Chillicotho, O.. then back to
Greensburg, where she was killed by a stroke
of lightning in 180k
THDEMAS IS HAPPY.
Tho 6ld Roman Still Feeble, and Content
That He Was Not Elected.
Columbus, O., March 3. For the first time
in two months Judge Allen G. Thurman to-day
left his residence, on Rich . street, and came
down town to bis office. Ho has been under
going the worst siege of his life with his old
enemy, rheumatism, and his suffering has been
great In a conversation he said:
"Yes," he said, "the people have been very
kind in making it unneccessary for me to take
the trip to Washington, as I am enjoying my
self much better where I am."
As Judge Thurman talked over the coming
inaugural exercises he had a disappointed look
which wonld lead one to believe he was not
thoronghly sincere in his recognition of the
goodness of the people in leaving blm at home.
When asked for his views on President Cleve
land's administration, with the assurance that
they would be read with a great deal of inter
est at the present timo, he said:
"I will not say a word on that or any other
topic for tbe purpose of publication. I don't
think there is anyone who wonld be interested
in what I might have to say, and more than
that, I do not want to talk, as I had plenty of
that during the campaign. I will say to you,
however, that I have no reason to change my
views in regard to tho administration of Presi
dent Cleveland, which I detailed at length on
the stump. If I wero to say anything now it
would be only to reiterate what I then said.
But I will not talk on that or any other politi
cal subject for the purpose of an interview."
"Wonder if General Harrison has his Cabi
net fixed," Interrupted Mrs. Thurman.
"I believe not," said tho Judge, "from what I
havi read this morning, but I see that be is
getting any amount of advice from New York.
That State wants the Treasury, and will be
satisfied with nothing eke. 1 believe, though,
that Wlndom will hold good for the Treasury
portfolio. The reason is that Blaine wants him
there, and no doubt knew he was to have the
place and bas advised it. "The great scramble,
though," he added, "will be over the smaller
positions after the Cabinet is out of the way."
A YKXATI0US PROBLEM.
Tho LnborQunodnry Cassed by Three Gov
ernors la West Ylralnla.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Wheeling, W. .Va., March a Not the
least interesting feature of the uncertainty
surrounding to-morrow's events, in a Guberna
torial way, is the uncertainty of the Ohio Val
ley Trades and Labor Assembly, of this city, as
to the fixing upon a candidate for
the newly-created offlco of Labor Com
missioner. Tbe Assembly originated the move
ment which culminated in the passage of the
Labor Commissioner law, and it is generally
conceded that tbe gentleman put forward by
the organizations there represented ought to
be given the place. But the Assembly is
divided against itself politically, and the Re
publicans and Democrats are struggling for
the indorsement of somo of their respective
With the prospects of three Governors for
at least some months to come, each of whom
wonld naturally claim the right to appoint a
Commissioner, tbe situation would be bad
enough, but it is further complicated bvtho
thought that If a Wheeling man of Republi
can pontics gnouia do recommenaea, aim
Fleming should unseat Goff, the claims of tbe
Asscmblv would be ignored, and vice versa
shonld a Democrat succeed in getting the in.
dorsement of tho Assembly and General Goff
succeed in homing ins seat, xne Trades As
sembly gentlemen are in a decided quandary
about the matter, bnt have so far wrestled
with it in vain.
INVESTIGATING ELECTION OFFENSES.
A Number of Arrests In St. Louis, and Others
St Louis, March a The first fruits of the
investigations of the Democratic State Com
mittee into tho big Republican majority in St
Louis at the November election, is given col
umns of space In two morning papers. A com
plete canvass of tbo city bas been made under
the direction of Thomas M. Knapp. Assistant
United States District Attorney, and in the re
ports received by that official, itl claimed that
dead men, non-residents and negroes, who were
not designated as colored on tho registration
lists, were voted.
The assertion is made that prominent citi
zens are involved, and a great sensation is
promised. Asaresnltof these investigations
tbe following persons, all colored, have been
arrested by the United States authorities:
James F. Burlington, John J. Kinney, Joseph
Robertson, alias Joseph Hudson, and Abe De
mondson. It is said that other arrests will
A SIX YEARS' INCOGNITO.
The Reason Why a Prominent Virginian
Kept Himself Concealed. ,
Louisville, March a For six years C. G.
Wayt has been a successful dentist here and
has mado a considerable fortune. Last night it
developed that his name is not Wayt, but S. L.
Bntler, and ho Is a nephew of Congressman
Butler, of Tennessee, and of the Rev. George
Butler. Chaplain of the United States Senate.
He left his borne near Richmond, Va., a little'
more tnan six yeirs ago, 10 avoia a neavy judg
ment for dobt, and changed his name to avoid
the annoyance of repeated efforts to collect, in
tending to make the money and pay.
This he has done and now assumes bis true
name. Ho is vouched for bv Hon. Eustace
Gibson.of West Virginia, and other well-known
men. Ho left for Washington last night for a
Was It a Chestnut Tree.
rSrBCIAI. TELEQBAM TO TBE DISPATCH,!
Maehnsbueg, March a While Messrs.
Emerson and Couchman, two farmers, residing
on tho Potomac, near Willlamstown, were cut
ting down a tree they discovered a package in
a hollow. On being opened the package was
f onnd to contain between five and six thousand
dollars in national bank notes. To whom tho
money belongs, or when-it was placed in the
tree, aro unknown.
They Found Her Dead In Bed.
Caroline Maltland, aged 48, was found dead
in bed at her home, 113 Beaver avenue, Alle
gheny, yesterday morning. Apoplexy was the
cause of death, and too Coroner decided that
an Inquest was unnecessary.
Thev Left tbe Door Open.
Two men were found In James A. McAtcer's
grocery on Webster avenue last night by Of
ficer Terry, who found the. front door open.
The policeman arrested and locked them up in
tho Eleventh ward station house.
A Sunday Morning Special Car.
About 20 prominent Southside men left for
Washington yesterday in a special car over
tne Baltimore and' Ohio Railroad. Alderman
C. E. Snecop neaaca tnoparty,
A Brief Review of a Session In Many Ways
Kemnrknble Cleveland's Many Vetoes
Important Bills That Became Laws,
and Others ThntFalled to Secure a Flaco
on tho Statute Books.
Washington. March a Undoubtedly the
most noteworthy legislative act of the Fiftieth
Congress, which closes at noon to-morrow, has
been the passage of the act by whioh there will
bean addition of four new stars on the field
ofblnoof the American National colors. The
Congress has been in many respects a remark
able one, and In Its length has exceeded that of
any previous Congress. It has been character
ized by some sharp and acrimonious debates,
and on several occasions, personalities have
been exchanged of a character more bitter and
exasperating than polite. Tho first session was
made unusually interesting by the fact that a
national election was near at band, and that
tho lines of both parties were closely drawn,
with the-Ieaders watching eagerly for every op-
Eortunity that might give them an advantage,
owever slight, in the approaching contest
Although tho measure which caused the pro
longation of the first session well into the
autumn, and to a time beyond all precedent,
failed of enactment and resulted in nothing
savo a mighty debate, the Congress has never
theless achieved a considerable amount of
work. More bills have been introduced and
more enacted Into laws than during any other
In the matter of vetoes, the tharetofore un
surpassed record of tbo Forty-ninth Congress
as been beaten, President Cleveland dlsap
roving more bills during the last two years of
is administration than during the first two.
le bas vetoed directly 278 bills. 157 more than
ul his predecessors combined, from Washing
ton down, while a number of measures have
teen subjected to what is called the pocket
veto, that is, they failed to become laws be
ciuse tbe President did not sign them, and be
cijise the sessions of Congress expired before
the constitutional limitation of ten days was
up within which tbe President is required to
exiress his disapproval. Fourteen of tbe bills
fared to become laws in tbis manner at the
cloleof the first session of the present Con
grcis. Beginning on the first Monday in December,
lSS7,the Fiftieth Congress continued practi
calljfuninterruptedly in session until the 20th
of 0tober. 1888, when It adjourned to meet for
the iecond session in December, and to con
tinue, until March 4, 1889. as required by law.
Darin; the two sessions there have been intro
duced: in tbe House 12,659 bills, or 1.4C0 more
than ii the preceding Congress, and 268 joint
resolutions, or 5 more than In the Forty-ninth
Congress. In the Senate 3,998 bills and Hi
joint resolutions have been introduced, against
3,357 bils and 118 resolutions during the Forty
ninth Congress, which broke all previous rec
ords in this respect Of all these bills and
joint resolutions 1,791 became laws, of which
number! 1,190 originated in tbe House and 601
in the Senate. Tbe President also sent
.veto messages in the case of 99 House and 47
Senate tills, or 14 more vetoes than were made
during fiie previous Congress. Allot the 99
Honse bills vetoed except 8 were either private
pension r relief bills.
About tbe most important House bills passed
were the Scott Chinese exclusion bill and tbe
bill creating a Department of Agriculture, tbe
head of the department to be a Cabinet officer.
By far the most important of the Senate bills
enacted into law bas been tbe omnibus terri
torial admission bill, by which North and South
Dakota, Washington and Montana Territories
miy acquire Statehood. Congress also passed
bills to pension Mrs. Sheridan, Mrs. Logan,
Mrs. Frank A. Blair, and to retire General
Taree hundred and thirty-three bills which
passed the House failed In the Senate, in con
ference. By far the most notable of these Is
the 11111s tariff bill. Another very important
Home bill which failed is the Oklahoma bill.
Six hundred and eighty-four bills, after passing
the Senate, failed, through one cause or an
other! to reach tbe President The most 1m
portatt was the Blair educational bill. Other
Important measures that came to naught were
the bill for tbe admission of Utah, Idaho, New
Mexico and Wyoming Territories; to declare
trusts unlawful; to promote commercial Union
with Canada, and to antborize the President to
open negotiations with a view to the annexa
tion of tie Dominion; to grant women suffrage;
to repealtbe civil service law; the internal rev
enue lawf and the tobacco tax; to lay a gradu
ated incone tax; for tbe bounty on sugar; for
the free coinage of silver, and to repeal the
Two important treaties which were rejected
were the Canadian fisheries and the British ex
rHE LAW OF LIBEL.
A Bill to Protect Newspapers in Snlts
Branch! on Speculative Groands.
BiUDGEipuT, Conn., March a Representa
tive John It. Near, a leading Democrat and
business mln of tbis city, bas of late been pay
ing attention to the laws of libel under which
newspaperproprietors have so frequently in
this State Been pestered without just canse.
He has f raped a bill and presented it to tho
Judiciary Committee of the General Assembly,
and claims that he will be able through tho
evidence tqbe offered in support of it to secure
a favorable report and its final adoption.
The bill, tome of tbe features of which are
akin to theMichigan law, provides that in ac
tions o f libel there shall be no presumption of
either express, actnal orlegal malice from tbe
mere fact J of tbo publication of the alleged
libel, and that the burden of proof on the ques
tion of malice shall be on the plaintiff. If It be
found that there was no such malice, no ex
emplary orbunitive damages shall be awarded.
No general uamaecs shall be awarded that are
not strictly Actual or real. No action for libel
shall be brought until the plaintiff bas re
quested th defendant to publish a retraction
of the libelnnd the defendant shall have been
allowed a reasonable time in which to do so.
Proof of such retraction may be admitted, a3
evidence of good taith on the part of the de
fendant Attorneys are prohibited from bring
ing suits for a contingent fee or on any under
standing, express or implied, that they are to
receive any portion or all of the damages re
covered as a compensation for their services.
They are also prohibited from advancing any
money or incurring any liability for the pur-
J ioso of defraying tbe expenses of the plaintiff
n such action.
A JUBILANT LEAGUER.
President Fitzgerald Speaks of the Aims of
Chicago, March a John Fitzgerald, of Lin
coln, Neb., President of the Irish National
League, is at the Grand Pacific. "Our victory
over tbe Times strongly evidences that not a
stain rests npon tbe patriots of Home Rule,"
said he this evening. -"Our American League
augmented the Parnell fnnd by over SHO,
000, and would quickly have sent more
if it bad been needed. FaracU's exoneration
will act as a powerful stimulant in urging us to
bend all efforts for the cause of our country.
We are now preparing for tbe national conven
tion to be held at Philadelphia next July. Im
portant business will bo transacted, including
the formation of new laws and tho election of
new officers. Among other officers tbe con
vention will have to cbooso a new President
"I've served three years, an unusually long
term, and will retire in a few month, but I will
not retire from active work in tbe League, by
any means. Thcro are many leaders who could
fill the position of chief officer far better than
I can, and'it is but fair tbat someone else
should be allowed to share the honors. There
are already qnite a few candidates in the field.
Many would like to see Alexander Sullivan, of
Chicago, our next President. He is one of our
most able men, bat I don't believe be aspires
to the office."
It May be Too Basy.
From the Baltimore American, j
If Washington Is enterprising, It will have Its
census taken on Monday.
TOE OLD nOME.
In the quiet shadows of twilight
I stand by the garden door.
And gaze on the old, old homestead,
So cherished and loved or yore.
But the Ivy now Is twining
Untraided o'er window and wall;
And no more the voice of the children
Is echoing through tbe ball.
Through years of pain and sorrow, v
Since first I had to part,
The thought of tbe dear old homestead
Has lingered around my heart;
The porch embowered with roses.
The gables' drooping caves.
And the songs of the birds at twilight
Amid the orchard leaves.
And the forms of those who loved me
In the happy childhood years
Appear at the dusky windows.
Through vision dimmed with tears,
. 1 hear their voices calling
From the shtdows f.ir away,
And I stretch iny arms toward them
In the gloom of the twilight gray
But only the nleht winds answer.
As I cry through the dismal air,
And only the bat comes swooping
From the darkness pf Its lair.
Yet still, the voice of ror childhood t
And the laces' of those who loyed me , ' s ,,
LjtSmllBlhroniflithe'riiidowseTaT. , v&
tttujsc sarf. vvjus.;jiti b,
Brief Summary at Lending Features of the
Mammoth Doublo Number.
A complete and graphic account of the prepa
rations for the inauguration of President Har
rison was the leading news feature. Specula
tion as to tho probable make-up of tbe Cabinet
still continues. President Cleveland paid a
formal call to his successor. Political prophets
aver that the Republicans aro in power to stay,
and the fickle public of Washington rejoices.
Cleveland vetoes the direct tax bill. Tho Sen
ate, however, passes the measure over the
veto. The proposition to grant a sum of
money to the widow of Chief Justice Waite is
defeated In the House. Maggie Mitchell is
suing to be divorced from her husband, H. T.
Paddock. H. G. Onderdonk, a millionaire of
Ponghkecpsie, leaves a will which provides
that such of his relatives as swear, chew,
smoke, drink, or fail to go to church, shall
inherit nothing. An interesting sketch of the
famous sleeping woman of Attica, N. Y., is
Foreign evenU are discussed by special cor
respondents, fully and Intelligently, as usual.
The English are glad that the forger Pigott
committed suicide, but can hardly understand
why he did it The Prince of Wales Is playing
in great luck at Monte Carlo. Tbe Sultan Is
again in financial straits. Bismarck's coming
visit to England is considered a sop to Lord
Salisbury. Herr Steubel has been sent by Ger
many to Samoa to restore harmony there. The
tone of the German press Is remarkably pa
The Pittsburg soldiers and many prominent
citizens leave for Washington to take part in
tbe Inauguration exercises. A ghost which has
been annoying Lawrenceville folks has been
successfully laid. The West Penn is to extend
the line of Its low grade division to Johnstown.
Local shippers are elated over the prospect of
a reduction of tbe rate on Western freights.
W. 8. Anderson and Frank Woog are to be
come the proprietors of the Monongahela
House April L J. H. Johnston, of St Louis,
has been appointed to thegeneral management
of Exposition affairs. Select Council discussed
and finally passed the street cleaning ordi
nance. An interesting review of sporting events, the
music world, the editorial page, Olive Logan's
letter, the Topical Talker's remarEs and a
variety of other interesting matter were in
cluded in tho first part of the paper,
The first instalment of Maurice Thompson's
attractive romance, "The Lily of Rochon," was
given in part 1L Bill liye's letter was the best
he bas written for many months. Gail Hamil
ton discussed tbe work of the Salvation Army
in the slums of New York. M. M. presented a
life-like picture of the Florida "Cracker." a
poor white settler. An interesting historical
review of the real estate business in Pittsburg,
from tho pen of E. W. Bartlett, was given, to
gether with numerous portraits. Light
ness Washington letter dealt with
some of the peculiar features of the
inaugural pageant Dr. Hammond continued
his instructive essays on health; Blakely Hall
furnished further information about the
habits of the "howling swells" of GotbamiF.G.
Carpenter told how the Chinese conduct the
banking business; Emest H. Heinrichs de
scribed the method of training pigeons for use
by the German soldiery and Heny Haynie
contributed another gossipy letter from Paris.
Edgar L. Wakeman, Clans Belle. Mrs. Sher
wood, Shirley Dare and Bessie Bramble fa
vored the reader with carefully prepared pa
pers. Lady Colin Campbell pictured the con
dition of London's poor; Prof. Shaler wrote en
tertainingly of Indian dialects; Rev. George
Hodges discussed habit and character, and "A
Clergymann" gave his usual column of re
ligious thought MacMlllan told of the
visit of the American ball players to Egypt,
and other contributors added valuable original
matter. . There was enough to amuse, instruct
and interest every reader, young or old, and
an presented in an attractive iorm.
OUR MAIL aWCIL
The Early Closing Movement.
To thn Editor or The Dlspatcn:
A custom, discussed for several years by the
retail shoe dealers of Allegheny, to close their--
establishments at 7 p. Ji. has again come up at
a late meeting. The object of this movement
is to relieve the clerks in the evening. All
dealers should approve of this, and those who
fail to comply shonld not be patronized ty our
Tbe Pittsburg shoe dealers have followed
this system for several years, to the satisfac
tion of all concerned. Will The Dispatch
kindly use its Influence over tbooe who bear us
but heed not JOHN D. Hughes.
ALLEGHENTr March 2.
To tne Editor of The Dispatch:
Will you please give me the definition of the
word croquette? A. Reader.
Pittsbueo, March 2.
Tbe word comes from the French croqner,
meaning to crunch, and is applied to a fried
meat ball, made of ponnded chicken, meat,
butter and other ingredients.
Either Is Proper.
To tbe Editor or Tbe Dispatch:
To settle a dispute please answer through
your Mail Pouch column whether a physician's
card should Dr. J. A. Taylor or J. A. Taylor,
M. D. P.
Pittsbueg , March 2.
To the Kdltor of Tbe Dispatch:
What is the county seat of Washington
county, Florida. X. O. K.
McDonald, March 2.
Policemen Trying to Caplnro Spooks In a
New Jersey Town.
South Obanoe, N. J., March a South
Orange Is plagned with spooks, and Policeman
Dunn has been detailed to capture as many as
he can. So far he has captured none, and he
complains that they won't materialize in bis
presence. Two servants living in the house
of Mrs. George Byron, in Prospect street say
that a few nights ago they were confronted
by a ghost on a lonelv road a short distance
from their borne. Tbe apparition wore a
white garment, but one of the girls thinks she
noticed tbe legs of a pair of trousers protrud
ing from tbe skirt of the shroud-like wrapper.
The other, however, was far to much fright
ened to observe this. When they shrieked the
spirit melted away, but either the same goolin
or another ono was waiting for them in the
kitcken when they entered it.
Tbat it was a practical ghost enough was
quickly made apparent for it asked for some
supper. On Mr. Byron's approach it disap
peared, only to reappear as hungry as ever
when he bad gone away. It vanished and was
seen no more, when Policeman Dunn was sum.
moned. The girls are positivo it was a visitor
from another world.
Mr. Bernard Kernan. who lives in a bonse In
Irvington avenue, says that on Thursday night
a spirit stopped his way as he was going home.
It wore a robe of gleaming whiteness and, as
far as he could judge, it was tbe shade of an
exceedingly pretty girl. Nevertheless, he fled
from it A hundred yards further on it stood
before him again, though ho bad not seen It
pass him. When he finally gained bis house it
AMERICANS RULED OUT.
A Grent Decrease In tbo Fish Catch in
. Ottawa, March a The attitude of the
Dominion Government, together with the
Issue of licenses under tbe modus Vivendi of
the treaty of Washington, all tended to har
monize tbe work of tho protection of Canadian
vessels. Thirty-six licenses were issned under
tbe modus Vivendi, and tbe revenue therefrom
reached 3,631. Tbe total number of United
States fishing vessels in tbe gulf was S3, which
is less than was over known to be thero in any
previous season. The number of Canadian
vessels engaged in tbe mackerel fiblngdnring
tbe past season is estimated at about 120.
Hook and line fishing inshore was carried on
to a much larger extent, than in former, years
and to many engaged therein proved remuner
ative, the high prices obtained for the fish com
pensating many of the fishermen for the pauci
ty of their catch. The only seizure during the
season was of a small sloop-rigged boat found
fishing in the Bay of Fnndy near Campobello.
Tbe boat was subsequently given up to its own
ers upon tbe payment of expenses for safe
keeping of tbe same.
Tbe American catch is estimated at only 10,
000 barrels. It is impossible yet to state what
tbo catch by tbo Canadians hai been, bnt ic
will be far below tho. catch of recent years.
Wnlt nnd Wnleli.
From tbe Philadelphia Becord. . '
As tbe 17-year locusts are to appear this year
as usual, It will be worth noting whether their
wings have a "W" meaning war with Germany
"-or a P"-manrflgFrohlbmon,
ya 1ISS.SSSS1 in sM w .
CURIOUS CONDENSATI05S. -
Captain E. TJreck is the tallest man la
Colorado. His height Is 7 feet and 7 Inches.
The whole number of hogs packed in
Cincinnati for the winter season from Novem-
ber L 1888, to Slarch J, 1889, was 500,082.
A. ghost with the lock step is one or the
rareties of snlrituallsm. but that is what "they
say" has been heard near the old prison at
Alton, ul ,
At Montreal, on Monday, Ealph H.
Hnsson, or London, died ten minutes aftei
wedding Mary Mulcaby. Pneumonia was the
cause of death.
At Scottsburg, Ind., an oak tree was
felled recently from which was cut a board ten
inches thick, 5 f eet 1i Inches wide at butt and
4 feet tK inches wide at tbe top, and 33 feet
W. J. Dorris, of New Haven, Conn.,
has an African boa constrictor 22 years old. Is
is 30 feet long, and weighs 278 pounds. The
snake's appetite doesn't trouble it only four
times a year, but at each meal it is fed at least
lo chickens or rabbits.
Vaccination is compulsory in England
and optional in France. In the large cities of
France the number of deaths from smallpox
was 1,956. or 0.31 per 1.C0O of the living popula
tion. In tbe large cities of England during tno
sime period the number of daaths was 332, or
for six years William Teneson, of
Bristol, Bucks county, has been troubled with
a sore on his neck for which a number of physi
cians have treated him without success. On
Thursday last Drs. Pnrsell and Groom, of
Bristol, cut open his neck and found a wisdom
tooth that had become detached from the jaw
and had buried itself In the tissues of the neck.
The tooth was honeycombed and much en
larged. The King of Wurtemburg has a fancy
to ascertain whether the moon is inhabited by
causing photographs to be taken of that lumi
nary, and then magnifying the negative a hun
dred thousand-fold. Tke pictures produced by
this process show nebnlse with little dots, and
the King declares tbe dots to be men and
women. He hopes eventually to get soma of
them Into distinct shape.
An Ohio poultry raiser has made a
curious discovery. He says tbat if you go out
to feed a flock of chickens and will cause them
to wait, they will invariably, as tbey crowd
abont you, begin a circuit around you from
right to left, in front and continue this revolu
tion as long as you stand there. No amount of
Interruption maneuvering can confuse them
or compel them to take the contrary direction
at any time.
In Brazil there is a tribe called Cafu
sos, which bas sprung into existence by mar
riage between the long, stiff-haired natives and
the imported negro slaves. As might be ex
pected from the admixture of these extremes,
this people possess hair of a very extraordinary
kind. It rises perpendicularly from tbe bead
in thick, curly masses, and forms a wig of such
enormous dimensions tbat the possessors must
stoop low when entering their huts.
The great Eiffel Tower in Paris will be
finished by April 1. Tbe tower stands at pres
ent 825 feet bigb, and weighs 7.SC0 tons. Only
800 tons remain to be added. To approach tho
summit of tbe tower there will be three dis
tinct kinds of elevators. Two will go to the
first platform, two others to the second and
third platforms in avertlcla line. The whole
trip will take five minutes and the elevators
will be capable of taking up 750 persons an
At the Boyal Powder Factory of Wet
teren, in Belgium, a new gnncowder is being
made. They call It poudrepapler, or paper
powder, and it is said tbat a charge of two and
a half grammes (thirty-nine grains) gives, in a
rifle of small caliber, an initial velocity of SCO
yards to tbe ball. Tbis is equal to, if it does not
heat, tho Lebel powder. The additional ad
vantages are attributed to it of not smearing
tbe barrel, of producing no smoke and of caus
ing no recoil.
The trumpeter who congratulated tho
German Emperor early on tbe morning of His
Majesty's birthday anniversary by a joyous
blast from his instrument ha3 been fined
three marks "for giving a signal which was not
required," but his Imperial master haspnt
balm into the wonnds which tne fine inflicted
on the patriotic trumpeter by expressing to
him. in a personal anuience, his pleasure at the
birthday salutation, and presenting him with a
Holsworthy, a village of England, is
all-excitement over a ghostly light which every
night intermittently flashes across a railroad
cutting. From dusk to midnight the village
station is thronged with people anxious to ob
tain a elimpsc of the light. Old stories of
superstition long dormant in the district are
being revived, and the fact that three people
have been killed near tbe spot in the last year
or so encourages the belief in the supernatural
character of the luminous apparition.
M. Mosso, of Turin, having carried out
a scries of experiments with the blood of eels,
finds that it possesses marked poisonous prop
erties. Even to the tongue it has an Insup
portable acridity, and a very small quantity of
the serum is sufficient to kill a dog. Haifa
cnbic centimeter injected beneath the skin of a
At this rate, an eel weighing five ponnds would
contain enongh poison to dispatch ten men.
The blood of animals thus poisoned cannot be
made to coagulate, just as after tbe bits of
serpents. Fortnnately the blood is inert when
introduced via tbe stomach, and it loses it toxic
properties when heated.
Girls in Biddeford and Saco, Me., seem
to have some queer tastes. One lady makes an
excursion to the brickyard each summer and
lays in a supply of nice, blue clay to eat
through the winter. Another favorite dainty
is a soft brick, and long experience has taught
her bow to select the choicest specimens at a
glance. Each of these ladies bas lived to a
good old age to enjoy her favorite dishes. One
young lady may often be seen picking from the
sidewalk soft, shelly rocks, and, after a nibble
to see if they are just right, transferring the
rock to her pocket for fnture consumption.
Soft clay pipes, which one girl buys by tbe
dozen, ground-up slato pencils, chalk, sea sand,
white rags, brown wrapping paper and starch
are among the favorite luxuries of others.
Perhaps the queerest taste of all is that for
ashes. One young lady is said to delight in
coal ashes and to be often seen raking over old
coal ashes for a lump only partially burned,
upon which there Is a nice, white ash. Another
has but recently broken a habit which she has
followed since childhood of eating bread
sprinkled with wood ashes instead of butter.
WHAT WILD WITS ARE SAYING.
A Dread fnl Loss. Waiter (sceptically)
Lost your pockctbook. madam? Madam
Much worse. I can't find my pocket ifar
Workmen in the South African fields
bare been recently charged with swallowing dla-l
monds. Bow often have we stated that it is in de
cidedly bad taste to use this brand of arem for in
terior decoration. lewtUrs Weekly.
Bingley Well, have you patented any
thing lately? Inventor-Oh. yes. I have just
received letters patent for my new Prize Fight
Suspender Button." Biggest snap of the centu
ry. Bineley "What makes you call It tbo
"i'rlze FUht?' Invemtor It never comes off.
2trre Haute Express.
Had it Down Fine. "Say Charley,"
asked one newsboy pf another, "what Is apaylc'
"He's de man what pays outde money."
An' what's a recelvin teller?"
"lie's de man what takes In de money."
'An' what's de cashier?"
'He's de feller what! gits away wld de money.'
Harper's Bazar. "
A coal heiress, Anna Drew,
Ber lover did abuse
On hearing him give utterance to
gome Socialistic views.
He passed his arm her waist around
She did not long resist
And soon the little maiden found
Herself an Anna kissed.
She stood upon the platform scale.
Iler lover by her side:
Ber dimpled checss were rosy red;
He murmured: "Bo my bride. "-
With downcast eye and filtering haad,t
Love's summons to obey,
, nT.a4 nff.fr! fn the slot
And rave herself a weigh. -ft"
- HaterUncn CJT.Mr.) TfmS
Tenderfoot (in new Kan town.,
"Where Is the postofflce? . , SSfgOR
BesldentOrer there. - ' jJF
"D'ye see that man sawing wood? 'He's ;tfca
"Of course you don't. It's In hit bat. Sev
Xork H-Wy. t
OffDutya Moment. Business Man (Chi
cago) Where Is Brown? w
Clerk-Just stepned over to the tHor'to tee
"An; nacrB-Brfouesr . -
JsTJ- .s-gsss -!? i sssk.g
I . "Just attppeaovw to tta?mafn" tens
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