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PITTSBURG, THURSDAY, MAR. 7, 1SS9.
BASEBALL IS AT HAND.
The sun came out boldly yesterday, and
in tbe bright light of his beams the schedule
of the League baseball clnbs most oppor
tunely burst into view. The poor enthusi
asts who hare been starving all winter
through for -want of the dear delights of the
diamond can gird on hope now and grow
fat upon the joys of anticipation. If the
crack of the bat and the chorus from the
bleaching boards are not yet, at least the
programme ol the national game for the
coming year is in our hands.
There is no denying the extent and firm
ness of the hold that baseball has upon
the hearts of the American people. The
popularity of no other pastime, even in
cluding the games of other lands, can be
compared to that of baseball. The tour of
the ball nines around the world has been
watched and chronicled as gravely as if
-they had been the most distinguished states
men the United States could boast. A
grand reception awaits them on their
It is a healthy sien in some ways, this
national love of an athletic contest. Busi
ness, politics and the more serious things of
- life call for the larger part of our attention;
there is need of relaxation some times, and
baseball seems a very good excuse for it.
OUTSIDE OF ITS JURISDICTION.
A new example of the persistent misun
derstanding of the functions of the Inter
State Commission was given by the resolu
tion adopted at the convention of State
Railroad Commissioners, urging the Inter
State Commerce Commission to use its in
fluence to mitigate the evils and dangers of
the present system of car coupling. The
subject is a most important one; and it is
one over which some of the State
Commissions have jurisdiction. But a
study of the inter-State commerce
act should have informed the body
adopting the resolution that the Inter
State Commerce Commission has just as
much jurisdiction over the car coupler ques
tion as it has over steam boilers. The latter
body was created solely to carry out the
provisions of the inter-State commerce law
against secret rates, discrimination, exces
sive charges and pooling. Its power is en
tirely limited to the provisions of that act,
in which there is not a single word looking
toward the regulation of the physical opera
tions of the railways. The Inter-State
Commission has full occupation in the du
ties which it was created to perform, with
out going outside of its legal functions to
treat of a subject over which it has no more
power than any. other body of five respected
and intelligent citizens.
To the trained eye and mind of Editor
Murat Halstead the whole impression of
inauguration day was that the Republican
party had come back to stay. This view is
possibly the child of Field Marshal Hal
stead's desire to some extent, but it is none
the less likely to be correct for that reason.
The excitement and enthusiasm of the
scenes in "Washington on Monday last, as a
matter of fact, do not afford very sure
ground for the prediction of the political
future. President Harrison certainly, as a
man of balanced mind, is not likely to forget
the lessons of his predecessor's defeat. To
day the President represents the policy
which has been approved iy the majority
of the States, and he can assure the mainte
nance of the Republican party in office by
carrying out that policy.
In his inaugural address tbe President
lays down a very secure plan for his four
years' administration, and if that plan be
adhered to there is a strong probability of
the continuance or the Republican party in
office. But the hurrah and jubilee of in
auguration indicate nothing. The Ameri-
;can people rejoice in that day as a whole;
party divisions and partisan feelings are
buried under the larger emotions of
patriotism. By the deeds of their rep
resentatives in office and in the halls of
Congress will the Bepublican party be
judged in 1892.
THE "WASHING OF THE GAS.
The explosion of gas in the vaults of the
' Citizens' Traction Company's power house
yesterday morning is reduced, by the fortu
nate absence of serious damage, to a warn
ing enneerninp the existence of nrwrid rian-
h . :;: .. . .
. ,,ger in a new jorm. xt would De tne natural
supposition tbat by this time the scientific
handling of gas should, both for economy
of supply and the avoidance of danger, pre
vent its leakage so as to accumulate in
. Taults and cellars. The explosion yester-
day shows that this is not the case. It is a
salient fact that the first serious explosion
from natural gas in Pittsburg was at this
locality. That disaster ought to have
-secured a very close watch of the pipes in
that section; but the presence of accumu
lating gas there once more indicates that
lessons of that sort cannot be relied on to
last over three years. "Whether the escap
ing gas is of the natural or artificial variety,
its presence indicates gross inefficiency
NOBLE ANCESTORS TO OBDEB.
There has never been any particular dif
ficulty in a man of even moderate means
' procuring ennoblement. Titles bf nobility
arc to be had lor a song in Italy, Spain and
- in lots of the smaller European States.
. jBut it has always been a distinct drawback
tin the acquirement or nobility tbat ones
'ancestors had to stay plebeian. Ancestors
fcjnave an awkward way of keeping out of
fiour reach. We cannot make them dukes
Cjty any expenditure of hard dollars, and itis
unpleasant for the Marquis de Montmorenci
jnnnMiMl frtv flip Kmftll Rfltn nf tpn thnil-
" . - .-..
sana irancs to oe reminuea mat nis grand
mother, Mrs. Mulligan, took in washing or
was a scrub-lady.
But from China glad tidings lor the
would-be noble have come. The Empress
Regent of China has issued a decree "en
nobling three generations of Sir Robert
Hall's ancestors." This is something like
getting down to business. It is all very
well to raise a wealthy brewer, butcher or
mantua-maker to the House of Lords, as is
done habitually in England as a cheap and
convenient way of paying political debts to
heavy contributors of campaign funds; and
it maybe gratifying to some men so en
nobled to think that his descendants will be
peers also. But the average man h apt to
ask as somebody did in the House of Com
mons in a similar case: "What has poster
ity ever done for me, I should like to
If the Chinese system of conferring
nobility upon a man's ancestors could be.
tacked on to the Presidental prerogative
here, the gentleman in the "White House
would become at once an object of venera
tion to the wealthy American worthies who
now have to worship from afar off the fat lit
tle figure of "Tummy," Prince of "Wales. It
would be too sweet for anytlling. Plebeian
antecedents would cease to be the bugbear
of the newly rich. It would even surpass
in convenience the condition of things
pictured in Gilbert's "Pirates of Penzance,"
by which Major General Stanley was
enabled tc boast of a long line of ancestry.
"When JVecfericfc reminds him that the an
cestors belong to the former owners of the
abbey. General Stanley replies: "Please to
remember that when I bought the abbey I
b&ugbt everything belonging to it. There
are ancestors in this abbey. Whose ances
tors they were makes no difference. I
bought the ancestors, and now they are my
PATRIOTISM ABOVE PABTY.
The President's inaugural contained one
thought which deserves to be adopt
ed as the key-note of polit
ical reform. The remedy for all the
scandals and demoralization of partisan'
politics is found in the idea expressed by
the sentence: "Let us exalt patriotism and
moderate our party contentions."
This is no idle or unnecessary sentiment.
At present the tendency is to ignore patriot
isms and exalt our party contentions. "While,
in private business, the man who would re
fuse to trade with his neighbor because of
different political convictions, or the Repub
lican who would discharge from his bank or
factory a faithful subordinate because the
latter is a Democrat, would be considered
crazy, exactly such phenomena are common
place in our politics. "When contested elec
tions are decided solely with reference to
party supremacy, and not solely with reier
ence to who was fairly elected; and
when it is declared that patronage must be
distributed for the benefit of the party in
power, regardless of the public welfare,
thea there is need for the exhortation that
patriotism should be put first and party con
tention be moderated.
"We take it that if the President's wish be
enforced, it will put a stop to fights over
contested elections in which the votes of en
tire districts are thrown out, rival certifi
cates granted and three or four claimants
contend for the seat! It will also arrest the
raising of immense sums to be put into the
hands of unscrupulous politicians for obvi
ous purposes of corruption Patriotism dic
tates that the unobstructed and unpur
chased voice of the people shall rule. Party
contention cares for no fairness or justice
so that the party organization is triumph
ant, and stops at no ace to secure the party
supremacy. Examples of that fact are
prominent enough in both parties at pres
ent. The President is In a position to give his
exhortation practical force. But he will
not make it thoroughly effective without
taking care to keep power out of the hands
of the machine politicians.
JUDGE WHITE'S BEFBIMAND.
Judge "White talked pretty sharply1 yes
terday of the rapid and ostentatious ride to
the station house which the city authorities
furnished gratuitously to Captain "Wishart
and his son Tuesday evening. There was
lots of humor in the trip at the time, viewed
from a narrow standpoint, but the most
exhilarated anti-Law and Order Society
people can hardly fail to perceive, after
reading Judge "White's observations, that
there is another side to the case, and one
which is by no means so funny.
Of course, thoughtful people will bear in
mind that justice should move without
personal prejudice. In this instance, it be
ing perfectly well known that Captain
"Wishart and son "would voluntarily go to
the station house, there was no occasion to
thrust upon them the invidious distinction
of seats in the hurry-up wagon, behind gal
loping horses, and to the music of clanging
bells. The only man in the country who
has ever been found to enjoy that sort of
thing, and make it profitable, is our eminent
contributor, Bill Nye, who lately described
in The Dispatch, at a handsome rate of
remuneration per column, just such a recep
tion, which he alleges was given him recently
at Atlanta, Ga. Mr. Nye persists inregard
ing that event as a treat and an honor; but
it requires much careful, previous cultiva
tion and control of the emotions for the
ordinary man, so situated, to view it suc
cessfully in that light
There has been quite too much of personal
prejudice, growing alike into and out of
recent proceedings in whlcn the agents of
the Law and Order Society are concerned.
"Whoever else is concerned, the officers of
the law, both of the city and the county,
must be above this feeling. It brings the
law into disrepute to spread the idea that
its machinery can be effectively invoked or
exercised through unconcealed animus.
If tbe "Wisharts committed assault and
battery as charged, or even disorderly con
duct, they could be punished for it just as
severely without using them for the sen
sational purposes of spectacular exhibition.
Aftee all there is a suspicion that Bid
dleberger's most vital mistake was in con
verting himself into a tank drama ahead
of date. Had he waited until Monday, he
would have been in the most approved style.
Milan's abdication is an unexpected
stroke of good sense from that disreputable
monarch. "When the details are given it
will probably be discovered that the abdica
tion was of the same involuntary sort as
Edgerton's retirement from public life.
Alexander and Milan retire simultaneously
to the delights of private life.
The Count di Montercole appears to have
come to this country for the purpose of de
claring that he baa a castle; but it is safe to
predict that he cannot raise any money on
it until be produces the title-deeds.
Loed "Wolsely" recently advised the
"Woolwich cadets to shun conceit, which be
declared to be the .besetting sin of English,
officers. His Lordship omitted, however,
to add the instructive fact that bis own Be
lief in his own infallibility makes him a
.signal example p'f the besetting sin.
The hopelessness of teaching the French
nation the national games appears wben we
consider that Gallic ideas of honor will re
quire a duel every time that anyone is
moved to call tbe umpire a liar.
The assertion that Alger was the cause
of shutting Michigan out of the Cabinet, on
the ground that if he could not get the
position no other man should, allows the
hope that it will be appreciated in
Michigan to the extent of making tbe
barrel candidate unpopular.
Thebe may not be much money in the
coal business; but Pittsburg managed to
keep up her record by shipping a trifle of
6,000,000 bushels to the down-river towns in
Certainly it would appear that the rain
soaked inauguration sightseers would join
the also dampened inauguree in urging
that the date of inauguration be changed
to April SO. Get the Constituti6nal amend
ment ready by 1893.
Active politicians who are now picking
out the consulates which they thins: will
suit them, will, in about sixty days, be in
specting the lists of messengerships in the
It is to be remembered as a credit to the
Fiftieth Congress, that the amendments
which it made to the Inter-State Commerce
law, were not the amendments which the
railroads tried to get, in order to reduce the
law to a nullity.
The declaration made four years ago that
"the Confederacy is in the saddle once
more" now requires amendment. It has
shifted its quarters from the saddle to the
Pebhaps after Riddleberger has ceased
to be a factor, it may occur.to the Republi
can leaders that the political deal by which
they gave Riddleberger prominence, seven
years ago, has not proved especially credi
table to them.
Neither the rain nor President Harri
son's remarks on Civil Service reform, suc
ceeded in dampening the ardor of the office
seekers. 1 TiiEPacific coast gives notice tbat it is so
much aggrieved over being ignored in Har
rison's Cabinet that it is doubtful whether
the Central Pacific will accept a receipt for
its debt to the "United States Government as
a free gift
PERSONAL FACTS AKD FANCIES.
It Is a curious fact tbat tbe name of tbe
county In which Jefferson Davis lives is Harri
son. Andbew Cabnegie says Scotchmen make
the best Americans. There! is nothing like
speaking from personal experience.
Miss Cabteb. a California school teacher,
took halt a day off recently and cleaned up 810,
000 In a real estate deal before the sun went
Db. Ohveb Wendell Holmes complains
of the persecutions inflicted upon him by vol
unteer correspondents. Twenty or twenty-five
letters in bis morning's mail is considered a
light delivery, and nearly all are upon subjects
of interest to the writers alone.
Robert Louis Stevenson complains that
he found tbe South Sea Islanders too amiable
and cultivated to furnish him material for a
piratical novel. Possibly tbe Islanders whom
Mr. Stevenson met have not yet been thrown
into intimate relations with the highly-civilized
Mas. Cleveland denies that she is writing
a book, translating a French novel, or prepar
ing a magazine article. She says tbat she is
fond of literature and reads as much as she
can, but she bas not and never had any desire
to emulate tbe achievements of Rose Elizabeth
Cleveland in the realm of letters.
Or tbe members of the Cabinet two, Blaine
and Wanamaker. were born in Pennsylvania;
three, Wmdom, Noble and Rusk, were born in
Ohio; two, Tracy and Miller, were born in New
York, and one. Proctor, was bom in Vermont
Tbe average age of the eight men is about 6
years. Attorney General Miller Is tbe young
est and Secretary Wlndom Is the oldest.
Blaine, Tracy and Rusk are each about 59 years
Mb. R. Selltnghah, who has just retired
from engine-driving on the Great Northern
Railway (England), after 40 years' service, has
bad a wOnderfnl career. In 1848 be was a
driver on the railway between Paris and
Rouen. "When the revolution broke out
which caused Louis Philippe to flee, be re
mained at his post and drove the last train
which went from Rouen to Paris prior to the
mob burning the bridge across the Seine, and
by tbat means cutting off railway communica
tion with the northern provinces of France.
After that be returned to England and drove
tbe first train to Homcastle, and from tbat
timeuptoa few weeks since be has remained
at work on the line between Homcastle and
Kirkstcad. His trains have never met wftk
anything approaching a serious accident
NOW LET HIM DIG A GRATE.
An Ohio Farmer 'Bay a Coffln and a Monu
ment for Himself.
Zanesyille. March 6. An old gentleman
named Smith, of Falls township, came to the
city to-day and bought a coffin, paying $50 for
Hand taking a receipt Tbe coffln is to be de
livered when be dies. He then visited the
marble works and selected a monument, for
which be paid $70. He is wealthy and in good
health, bnt declares he feels better now tbatbe
has those little matters attended to.
A HORSE HAS RABIES,
HeWas Bitten by a Dost, Became Mad and
Habbodsbubg, Ky., March a About four
weeks since a dog with tbe rabies, attacked a
horse and a calf belonging to Samuel Gulder,
living in tbe Cornlshville neighborhood. The
animals were impounded. On last Sunday tbe
horse showed signs of tbe disease by frothing
at the mouth and dreadful contortions. He
killed tbe calf, and was shot to prevent further
SOLICITOR GENERAL JESKS QUITS.
Be Tenders His Resignation, bnt Will
Initiate His Successor.
Washington. March 6. Solicitor, General
Jenks 'has tendered his resignation to the Presi
dent to take effect at bis convenience. At
torney General Miller to-day requested Mr.
Jenks to remain for a few days, until be be
comes a little more familiar with the business
of tbe department and he consented to do so.
An Oakland Concert.
A pretty vocal and instrumental concert will
be given in the Oakland M. E. Church, Thurs
dayevening, March 11
Such well-known and favorite musicians as
Mis. Mellor, Mrs. Cora Hellers, Miss Bella
Tomer, Miss Annie Van Kirk and Messrs. C.
C. Mellor, Louis J. Keldel and William A.
McCutcbeon will furnish tbe entertainment.
It Is to begin at 8 o'clock, and the proceeds are
to be turned to the benefit of the curch,
Sf aeeabels Entertainment.
The members of the Knights of the Macca
bels at Mlllvale will give a supper and enter
tainment in the Opera House at that place this
evening. Lillian Burkbart and other elocu
tionists will be present
Grace Church Entertainment.
A musical and literary entertainment will be
given at Grace Reformed Church, Grant street
and Webster avenue, to-morrow evening.
Tiro Qnurts of Whisky Killed Him.
Philadelphia, March 6. Alcoholism was
I onnd by the Coroner's jury yesterday to have
caused tbe death of William Pearson, of Broad
street above Diamond, wbo died suddenly on
Monday, He drank two quarts of Whisky in
tbe 21 hours preceding his death.
PITTSBTm(3 - .v ItilSPATOH,
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Bnlldocs Arethe Thins New Pictures Here
Lenten Haerlflces Odds and Ends.
One hardly expects'to see a bulldog sitting on
a chair, with a napkin t(ed around his neck, at
a table in a fashionable restaurant. But the
other night the sedate guests at a restaurant
iff this city beheld this very sight The dog, a
fine animal of correct behavior, took dinner in
this fashion with his master and some other
gentlemen, and it was noticeable that the
waiters showed hun great respect
Upon inquiry you will find that It Is just now
the very properest thing, If you are anxious to
keep up to tbe jeunesse doree, to take your
English bulldog with you wherever you go, and
to treat the animal exactly as if he were your
equal In Intelligence and social -position. Un
fortunately we cannot ascertain how the dogs
regard this fashion. '
The pictures of Collins' exhibit which had
not been sold, were removed from Gillespie's
gallery yesterday. A considerable moiety of
the collection has passed Into tbe possession of
Plttsburgers, but, strange to say, Baguette's
sea piece, and tbe vigorous painting by Beaug
nesne, called "Defending, the Despatches,"
were not sold. The former picture, it js true,
could only be hung to any advantage in a very
large room. Suitably placed, Hagnette's work
would be almost as a glimpse of the sea Itself,
with the added virtues of a brave breeze wet
with the salty foam.
But the choice Of one man is the rejected of
another, and this is truer than ever where
pictures are concerned.
Said a doctor yesterday: "If my patients
were wise they would keep Lent In the strictest
manner imaginable. It is not my business to
tell them tbat they ought to fast and abstain
from indulgences and tbe pleasures of tbe
world for thegood of their souls, though I am
persuaded that -what is good for the body's
health Is rood for the soul's also, but I do
whenever I can impress upon my patients the
virtue of rest and abstinence at this season of
tbe year. It is the law of nature, and doctors
would have a great deal less to do If Lent were
recognized aud observed by the community
.In making personal sacrifices at this season
it is well not to give up just tbe practices and
pleasures that we are tired of following. A
good many of us are like the young woman of
whom tbe following story is related:
A maiden to ber mother came.
Her eyes cast down, her cheeks aflame,
And said, 'My mother, Lent to-day
Begins, and In the proper way
I'll keep It."
It made that mother's heart rejoice;
Ihere was a quiver In ber voice
As she inquired, in accents mild:
"Come tell me how, my pretty child,
You'll keep it?"
Jteplled the girl, with lowered eyes:
- "I thought It best to sacrifice
The dearest thing 1 have my heart!
1 gave it up-'tls Harry's part
To keep it!"
Ir the railway mail, service is to be turned
over to the Republican patriots lhaveno doubt
that in the West particularly devout prayers
will ascend that the result of the "spoils to the
victor" plan won't work so disastrously as it
(lid wben tbe Democrats put It Into operation
four years ago. One of tbe high officials of the
Western Union Company told me that it was a
common thing during the first half of Cleve
land's administration for the linemen to find
bundles of mail beside the railroad traces. The
new men In the West seemed to think tbat the
only way to expedite tbe disposal of the mall
when It came upon them heavily In the postal
cards was to deliver it into the ditch wholesale.
This was not our experience in this part of
the country to anything like the extent of tbat
which Western men" oCboth parties have de
scribed to me as their affliction.
Mb. Cleveland must have thought it an
odd coincidence that his departure from "Wash
ington occurred on Ash Wednesday.
It would be a good thing to shove inaugura
tion day ahead into a warmer month say
June, at the earliest if It were only to give
tbe poor men a chance to lay tbe roseate hne
of their noses at tbe door of the sun. It isn't
easy to make the most confiding wife or
mother believe tbat a rain storm made a head
light of your nose.
AN UNLUCKI ESCAPADE.
A 'Lonssboremnn Pawns Ills Sweetheart's
Bins; and Gets Gloriously Drunk.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New Yobk, March 6. William Van Salzan,
a tbrawny 'longshoreman, with two black
eyes, a badly torn scalp, and tattered
clothing, told a Harlem Follco Justice,
this morning, how the widow Gberhng
and her young daughter knocked him out in
their restaurant, last night. Tbe original cause
of the row was an engagement ring which Van
Salzan gave (he widow when she promised to
marry him, several days ago. Yesterday noon
he got back the nng, for tbe ostensible purpose
of having a weddine Inscription engraved in It,
pawned it, got bowling drunk on tbe proceeds,
and, returning to tbe widow Gherllng's
restaurant at midnight told her all about his
escapade. His prospective stepdaughter
smashed a milk jug over bis head, and the
widow threw blm down and fell on him.
Two policemen, who entered the restaurant
ten minutes later, found tbe floor covered with
broken crockery and furniture Behind the bar
lay Van Salzan and the two women, twisted up
In a bard knot and pummellng each other for
dear life. Mrs. Gherling was very anxious this
morning to get back her lover and forgive him.
Tbe Justice remanded him, however, for fur
OPENED TO SLOW JIU8I0.
The Second Trial of Boodler Kerr Begins
In n Dramatic lllnnner.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New York, March 6. The second trial of
Thomas B. Kerr, accused of buying the fran
chise of the Broadway Surface Street Railway
from the City Council, for $500,000, in 1881,
opened dramatically to-day. Ex-Judge Noah
Davis, who sentenced Boss Tweed 16 years ago,
John H. Bird and Colonel Robert G. Ingersoll
appeared for tbe prisoner. Colonel Fellows
and two assistants conducted tbe prosecution.
The courtroom was crowded with well-dressed
men and women, who remained quite still
while the District Attorney told how boodle
Aldermen were bought. Ex-Alderman Ful
graff. tbe iuformur, once more told the story of
the big deal on the witness stand, hesitatingly
and fearf ally. His hair bas grown white and
his shoulders have become round since he last
testified In the boodle trials.
The first trial ot Kerr was concluded last May,
the jury standing S for conviction and 4 for
acquittal. Later in tbe day Colonel Fel
lows explained to the Judge that he was not
feeling well, was threatened with pneumonia,
and temporarily withdrew from the case.
Senator Beck Nearly Well.
"Washington, March 6.'-Senator Beck is
almost well again. He Is still at Fortress Mon
roe, and will return to Washington as soon as
the weather becomes settled.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
XCqn. C. A, BJack.
"VVATNESBCna.MaTcb S. Hon. a A. Black died
at this place tg-day. He .was bom in Greene
county in 1803 and was admitted to the Waynes
barg bar in 1S42. Tbe same year he was elected to
tbe State Senate, scrrlng'Slx years. He. was Secre
tary or State under Governor Bigler, and was the
fliVtbtste Superintendent or Public Schools in
Pennsylvania, la. MR lie was elected to the Con
stitutional Convention at Philadelphia. He was
father-in-law or Judge IngbranK-of the Oreene
Fayette Judicial district
Francis V. De Grlselll.
Dubuque, Iowa; March 8. Francis v. Do
Grlselll died. at Storm Lake on Sunday and was
burled at Centralis, ln'thls county, yesterday. De
Urlscin was tha. Private Secretary of General
Montellot, whp wa with Napoleon I. at bt. He
lena. He was with Napoleon 'In IT campaigns,
and was banished, py Napoleon III. in 1853. He
spent six months In England and came from there
Harry Campbell, of Park Bros. S Company
Steel Works, who was very well known In this
city, died yesterday morning at bis home in Wll
klnsburg, of apoplexy, He was a member of
Knap's battery during thelate war.and atlts close
he came home with the brevet of Major. His wife
Mrs. Henry "Fox.
TBTIN, March a. Mrrf. Henry fcfX, aged 88, the
oldest resident of Seneca county, dropped dead to-
Father Co en,
DUBLIN, March, 6. Father Coen, of Woodford,
the famous agitator of the land question, Is dead,
TALK AT THE CAPITAL.
Subjects That Kindle the Fires of Oratory
In State Legislators Patriotic Ideas In
Conflict With Sense of Duty Things of
IFEOM ABTATP COBBlSPONDENT.l
Habrisbueg, March 8. There hasn't been
a great deal this session to call out bursts of
oratory. The subjects before tbe Legislature
have been mostly unexciting and common
place. The discussion on second reading of
the grade-crossing bill stirred up some of the
Allegheny City members, who thereby brought
many of the Philadelphia delegation to their
feet. The Pittsburg members, who have a
more immediate interest in the subject
than their Allegheny City colleagues,
did not come to the rescue of tbe
latter in the fight, but the recent action of the
Pittsburg Chamber of Commerce may act as a
stimulant to them. That feature of the bill
that would act virtually as a bar against the
Duildlngot new roads into the city was ex
plained at some length to the Legislature by
Representative Sbiras, but it didn't prevent an
overwhelming majority voting for-the bill on
second reading. One remarkably peculiar
feature developed during the debate was the
practical unanimity with which tbe Philadel
phlafis agreed that the western city which is
now in the socond class, and the other w estern
city tbat expects to be must accept what tbe
Philadelpblans declared to be a good thing
regardless of whether these two Interested
places considered it a good thing or whether
they didn't Third reading of the bill, how
ever, is yet to come. .
The greatest amount of oratory indulged in
by tbe House was worked off on Captain
Brown's flag bill. It was all of a decidedly pa
triotic character; the opposition proclaiming
devotion to the old flag while at the same time
objecting to the expense. The bill providing
penal ties for officials who do not give old sol
diers preference la employment made a great
amount of talk, in which patriotism also ran
rampant There was more straight business in
this debate than in the other, because it was a
matter tbat went right at the tonder spot of
the practical politician. His love for
the old soldier and his belief that
the offices onzht to be divided according
to political necessities made It a hard
row for him to hoo for the time, and now
he is devising ways and means of evading the
provisonsof tbe bill in case it should pass all
the required legislative scrutiny, and? finally
become a law by the authority of that last co
ordinate branch of the legislature, the Gov
ernor. There was no waste of words over the
Grand Army button bill. It Involved
no appropriation and it didn't en
croach on tbe domain ot the gentle
men who have offices to give out, as it merely
provides that It Is unlawful for anyone, unless
one who has the right, to wear the Insignia of
the G. A. R, the Loyal Legion or the Union
The skunk law, the fence law and the bird
book are responsible for a vast amount of lit
erature that appears in the columns of the
legislative Record. Every member with a
rural constituency had a direct interest In all
these measures, and even members jrtrbo have
no rural constituencies were Interested to a
considerable degree m the bird book. Every
body wants a copy, but everybody, of course,
won't be able to get one. That is the reason
Captain Skinner, ot Fulton, objected to the
printing of any more unless he could get 2,600
of them enough to give one to every voter in
bis county. A vast majority of the othermem
bers were satisfied to get even a few more of
the books to distribute to please, at least some
of their constituents, trusting to luck to escape
the wrath of those who are dieappolnteB, or
hoping in some way to mollify it. Speaking of
the demand for the bird book, it is told of one
member, who got a dozen of them some time
ago to send away, that he left them in tbe lob
by of tbe House while he went after something
else. When he returned the bird books were
all gone. It Is said one man was heard to offer
$20 for two of them, but he has escaped and
cannot be found.
Measures that caught the agricultural atten
tion and roused the rural voice to eloquent
declaim were the skunk law and the fence law.
The former was debated with great enthusiasm
and earnestness. It covered more subjects
than the mephitis mephillca himself, and pro
posed tnplace a bounty on the scalp of each.
There were friends and foes of the measure
and they waxed warm and offered amendments
and amendments to amendments and substi
tutes until at one stage of the proceedings the
Speaker, in ordering a vote on some phase of
the question, forgot the exact parliamentary
form the matter before the House bad gotten
Into, looked puzzled for a moment and then
said: "The friends of the skunk will please
The fence law is a relic that outranks tbe
Constitution in age, and its provision, tbat a
man must maintain a fence about his property
"horse high, pig tight and bnll strong," has
become very obnoxious to many people who
don't want to "make a fortress of their prop
perty," or "build a Chinese wall" about it, as
many gentlemen stated when talking on the
subject for tbe benefit of their fellow-legislators
and tbe public. The best objection urged
against the proposition before the House to re-
Eeal the old law was tbe one urged by Mr.
ytle, of Huntingdon, and others, that it pro
posed no other law to take its place. Hon.
Henry Hall took up a rather dry subject and
made It Interesting by applying to It the great
American principle of "the greatest good
to the greatest number." The discussion
raged fast and furious concerning the poor
man's cow and bis garden patch until the mem
bers bad worked up a good appetite for dinner,
when they voted, and then went after some
thing to temporarily cure their appetites.
Mr. Thompson, of Warren, who had charge
of the bill, was the principal friend of the poor
man's garden natch on this occasion, and in bis
remarks made it quite clear that more poor
men were interested in garden patches than in
But if some of the subjects that have gone
thundering down to tbe office of the printer of
the Legislative Record seem trivial In them
selves there Is one coming up soon tbat will
cause oratory to flow freely. So much talking
has already been done concering the proposi
tion to tax manufacturing corporations tbat
tbe proviso inserted in the bill for tbo purpose
of exempting some of these institutions
will not escape barbed shafts from
legislative tongues. Some of the friends
will not rest satisfied with the
proviso which they think Is so framed
as to exempt but a few of the classes of manu
facturers who should, in tbeir view, be free
from the State tax. Tbe proviso, for Instance,
exempts manufacturers of iron and steel.
Many members say tbat a literal construction
of the proviso would therefore exclude from
its benefits those who manufacture iron and
steel Into tools, machinery and other mercbant
ble forms. In view of this there will be a
united attack both by friend and foe of ex
emption on the proviso the one for the pur
pose further of amending it and other for the
purpose of killing it Simpson.
AGES OF ANIMALS,
A cat lives 15 years.
AN ox lives 25 years.
A dog lives 14 years.
A beab lives 20 j ears.
A lion lives 20 yearsv
A hobse lives 25 years.
A camel lives 40 years.
A sheep lives 10 years.
A whale lives 300 years.
AN elephant lives 400 years.
A tobtoisk lives 100 years.
A GUINEA pig lives 7 years.
CAUGHT ON THE GRIP LIKE.
He smoked, the deadly cigarette,
And If he could, he'd now regret,
But be can't.
For he's gone where the angel sings, ,
He is sailing now on wings.
Oil, my, what horrld.thlngs
Are those deadly cigarettes.
Vandy Where are you going with that grlpf
Zandy To Philadelphia.
Vandy Business or pleasure?
Zandy To keep lent.
Swelldom Bo you see tbat young lady over
there, dressed in bright red?
Tandom Yes, wnat about her? "
Swelldom She is one of our greatest belles; why,
do yon know, even the blind admire her.
Tandom I don't doubt it; she Is loud enough.
J. G. B. Ben, who have you slated for the
Court of St. James?
Ben Why, Jim, Ibavn't given it ajhought.
J. G. P. Well, Edgar Thompson is the man Tor
Ben. What Edgar Thompson li that, Jim?
J. G. B. Ben, you surprise me. Do you mean
to say you don't now my dear friend, Edgar
Thompson, author f "Triumphant Democracy?"
Ben That's what I mean, and what's more, I
think the country had enough triumphant democ
racy the last four years to do it for a lifetime.
You may call again, Jim.
He got the dude In a lonely place,
On a very flimsy pretense,
Be knocked him down, and took bis all,
Which, was (Sand no sense. ' '
PICKED UP IN GOTHAM.
Despondency Lends to Death.
rrrEW toek bobxav srxctALs.
New Yobk, March 6. Charles A. Hopf, a
Brooklyn drag clerk. 37 years old, took an over
dose of morphia, late last night, and died this
morning. In his pocket was found this curious
To the Coroner:
Dear Sib To avoid having the names of promi
nent society people published In the papers. I re
fuse to make a statement in regard to my suicide.
Only one request I have to make, namely, that my
remains rfhould be taken to some medical college
and placed on the dissecting table. Trusting in
you that this, my last request, will be promptly
executed, I am.
Very respectf ally yours,
CUAM.ES A HOPJV
Hopf was In good circumstances. Despond
ency, induced by the death of his wife and
children, is supposed to have led him to
Mast Marry or be Sued.
Miss Fanny Mandelbaam, 17 years old, and
Morns Frank, 20 years old, promised on Wash
ington's Birthday to marry eaoh other. Three
days later young Frank backed out of tbe bar
gain. Mr. Mandelbaum bad himself appointed
his daughter's guardian by the Supreme Court,
to-day. so that he could sue young Frank for
50,000 damages for breach of promise.
English Money May Finish tbe Tunnel.
It Is reported to-day that a company of Eng
lish capitalists bas been formed to continue the
construction of the tunnel under tbe North
River, from Hoboken to this city.' After push
ing the tunnel a distance of S05 feet under tbe
river, worktwas stopped in the summer of 1SS7,
for lack of funds. Tbe cost of completing the
tunnel, according to the company's engineers,
will be about S2,100.00U. If this sum la availa
ble tbe work can probably be completed within
Jnaas Iscnrlot Nailed at Last. .
Jndas Iscariot was a prisoner at the Tombs
Police Court to-day. He sells gingerbread in
Printing House Square. Policeman Mackey,
of the Oak street station, arrested him near
the Ben Franklin statue, for remaining In one
spot longer than 10 minutes, the limit fixed by
corporation ordinance. Judas was fined J5.
EEF0EMS m EAILE0ADIKG.
The State Commissioners Consider Ways
and Means of Improvement.
Washington, March 6. Tne first subject
discussed at to-day's session of tbe State Rail
road Commissioners' conference was that of
uniform classification. At the conclusion of
the debate, Commissioner Crocker, ot Massa
chusetts, introduced a "resolution, which was
adopted, declaring that still further advance
toward uniform classification of freight would
promote the welfare and convenience of ship
pers and of the recompenses, and commending
a conservative and persistent effort to that end.
"Railroad Legislation" was the next subject
for consideration. A paper on the subject,
prepared by Commissioner Smith, of Iowa, was
ref en ed without reading to a committee con
sisting of Commissioners Crocker, of Massa
chusetts; Mason, of Nebraska; Shorter, of Ala
bama; Pingree, of Vermont, and Rice, of Mich
igan, to wbom was also referred the whole sub
ject of uniformity in railway legislation, wifb
instructions to report at a later session. The
resolutions further declared that annual con
ventions of the Commissioners were desirable,
and that a committee of three members of the
conference, acting with Chairman Cooloy, of
tbe Inter-State Commerce Commission, be ap
pointed to fix the time and place of holding the
next annual meeting. The resolution was
adopted, and Commissioners Woodruff, of Con
necticut; Campbell, of Iowa, and Mitchell, of
New Hampshire, were appointed as such com
mittee. On motion of Mr. Crocker, a resolu
tion was adopted urging tbe Inter-State
Commerce Commission to earnestly consider
what can be done to prevent tbe present gTeat
loss of life and limb in couplinganduncouphng
freight cars; and further, In what way the
growth of tbe system of heating passenger cars
from the locomotive or otber single source
can be promoted, to the end that the Commis
sion may make recommendations in the prem
ises to the various railroads within its jurisdic
tion, and make such suggestions as to legisla
tion on these subjects as may seem to it neces
sary and expedient The conference then ad
journed until to-morrow.
Importnnt Subjects Under Discussion at a
Meeting In Washington.
Washington, March 8. A meeting of the
Department of Superintendence of the Na
tional Educational Association was held at the
hall of tbe National Museum to-day. Intro
ductory remarks were made by tbe President
Fred M. Campbell, Superintendent of Schools
at Oakland. Cal., and an address of welcome
was made by J. W. Holcomb, Chief Clerk of
the Bnreau "of Education, Washington, D. O.
The general subject of discussion at to-day's
session was "Training of Teachers."
Addresses on special subjects were made by
Nicholas Murray, Butler. N. Y.; W. B. Jack
man, Pittsbure; W. B. Powell, Washington;
A. G. Lane, Chicago; John Hancock, Ohio;
Henry Sabln, Iowa; F. F. Higbee, Pennsyl
vanlaJohn W. Dickinson. Massachusetts, and
C. 31, Woodward, Missouri.
How tbe Story of the Cherry Tree Was
Mangled by Some Young Hopefuls.
"Now, children," after reading the old story
of Washington's exploit with the hatchet
"write me all you can remember of tbat pretty
story I have just read to you."
Slate I. (Teddy, eight years old) GeOrg
Washington is our father did he tell a lie no he
never did be did it with is hachit
Slate II. Ethel, men) gorge washlnton
was tbe fether of Is contre bes father sed did
you do it he sed iwud not lie idid it with mi
Hathlt and then he busted is teers.
Slate IU. (Georoie, nine George Wash
ington is tbe father of our country and he did
it with his batchlt and be said father I did it
did the boy deny It o no did he try to put it on
some other feller No He did not tell no lie he
bust into tears.
doings ov the gay in aeizona's
Special Correspondence of Life.
It is rumored tbat Limpy Jake is engaged to
an Apache half-breed. Shake, Jake I
Bill Higgins, of Wbackervllle. Is In town
the price of whisky has gone up 10 cents a
The engagement between the beautiful Miss
Mollie Simpson and Mr. Ed. Jobnson bas been
suddenly broken off. Ed. was lynched last night
Shorty French and Rose Jenkins were
joined In the holy bonds of matrimony at tbe
residence of tbe bride's father, at 10 o'clock,
last Tuesday evening. The Ceremony was fol
lowed by a reception, at which the elite of
Tombstone society were present. The gifts
were numerous and costly. It gives us pleasure '
to announce that Rose will continue to take in
Ode polite circle will grieve to learn of tbe
death of "Slim Charlie," who bas so long been
a favorite in fashionable society. One of tbe
ranch boys caught him with a superfluous ace
up his sleeve last Sunday and dropped him.
We mourn our loss.
The "Olive Branch" Chapter of the "Ari
zona Benevolent Association" held its month
ly meeting at Murphy's saloon last night. Only
three members were killed, although several
were badly knifed. It is thought tbat Presi
dent Pete Riley will not live, as his skull was
smashed by a billiard cue, on account of a de
cision on a point ot order. We always thought
Pete's skull was thicker than that. The billiard
cue was turned over to the sheriff.
tTHE ball at tbe Skinner's, last Saturday
evening, was one of tbe most brilliant affairs of
the season. Dancing commenced at 8 o'clock,
and continued until old man Skinner came out
with a double-barreled shotgun and swore he
would kill the next man who broke through
tbe floor. Many of the costumes were beauti
ful, many had never been (wore before, and
many, It is. hoped, will never be worn again.
The punch was excellent and as the recipe Is a
favorite one, we give it for the benefit of our
readers: Take five gallons of good whisky
(anywblsky will do If you can't get good),
strain through a flour sieve, and drink with a
tin cup. This recipe originated with old Skin
ner's grandfather, and has been in the family
ever since. The entire affair was a marked suc
cess, and we join in the hope that it may be
soon repeated. We may remark, en passant,
that the body of the commercial drummer who
tried to wear a suit of full dress such as Is worn
in the effete East, to this affair, started back to
St Louis this morning.
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'. ASTKQ50MICAL AXIOMS.
tffce Position and Progress of the Heavenly
Bodies Dnrlns; March Slornlnj and
Evening Stars Two New Oloons.
, rwarrncr fob thi DispATcn.1
Old Sol continues his march northward this
month, making the days growlongerandlonger.
He crosses the equator on the 20th, at lid A.
., and enters the sign Aries, which brings the
beginning of spring. Owing to tbe "procession
of the equinoxes," which cannot be explained
here, the 12 siens of the zodiac and the 12 con
stellations do not coincide. When these con
stellations were orleinallv laid one In th
, heavens, the snn entered tbo constellation or
star group forming tbe Ham, Aries, wben he
crossed tbe equator going north, which marked
the beginning of spring.
Since then, however, precession has carried
the equinox, or point where the sun crosses tbe
equator, backward by about 30". so thatwhile
tbe sun enters tbe fictitious constellation
Aries, according to our almanacs, on tbe com
mencement of spring, he does not get to the
actual sjar group forming the Ram until about
April lo. This incongruity, however, causes
little trouble to astronomers.
Tbe sun's apparent diameter decreases during
tbe month from 32 21" to 32' 04". showing that
tbe earth Is still receding from him. His alti
tude at apparent noon increases from 42 10' to
51U7', and this increase, in connection with a
lengthening of the day by about an hour and a
half, will tend to bring on spring weather.
Mercury Is morning star during the month,
reaching bis greatest distance west of the sun,
27 53' on the 13tn at S a. m., but owing to his
great Southern declination will not be in very
good position for observation. Mercury is best
seen as an evening star In spring and as a
morning star in autumn, since he is then north
of the equator, which causes blm to be a longer
time above the horizon while the sun is beneath
it. His apparent diameter is 8".S on the 2d
and 6".0 on the 27tb.
Mar. 13. 3h.02m,
Declination. Transits. Itlses.
KoZTsouth 10:43A.M. 5:35 A.M.
9 4J' south J0:W A.M. 5.35 A.M.
Venus is still evening star and shines unri
valed in the western sky. She slowly ap
proaches the sun, but grows brighter until tbe
25th, wben she attains her greatest brilliancy.
Very little of Interest can be seen on Venus
withi good telescope, even In ber present
favorable position. The phase, a crescent can
be seen with a small telescope; indeed, it has
sometimes be seen with the unaided eye. Her
apparent diameter is 28" on the 2d, increasing
K. A. Declination.
Mar. lS..Sh.I0m. 18 4ff north
Mar. 25..2ti.4'm. 21 40' north
3:06 F.x.lOilB P.M.
2:30 p. M.10:17P.M.
Mars, moving slowly with respect to the
earth, still remains evening star, bat is far
away and low down In tbe west. His disk sub
tends an angle of 4". 4 and he Is scarcely worth
pointing a telescope at
R. A. Declination. Transits. Sets.
Mar. IS. .lh 15m. 7 40" north 2:00 P. M. 8:30 p. jr.
Mar. 25. .lh 42m. 10 SI' north 1:49 P. it. HJ23 p. M.
Jupiter, tbe prince of planets, is now morn
ing star, rising three or four hours before tbe
sun, and can be seen in the southeast In the
early morning. He is in tbe constellation
Sagittarius, and brighter than any of the sur
rounding stars. His apparent diameter is 36".
Ry A. Declination. Rises. Transits.
March 15..18h.25m. 23 01' south 2:42 A.M. 7:t3A.M.
March 25..1Sn.30m. 22 58' south 2:07 a.m. 6.33 a.m.
'On the 27th, at 7:00 A. 31., Jupiter passes one
of his mile stones, being then in "quadrature,"
or 90 west of the sun.
Saturn is evening star, having passed opposi
tion to the sun on tbe 4th of last month. He is
in good position for observation, and Is the
most interesting of all the planets at present
The rings are slightly more open than they
were last month, their plane making an angle
of about 16 with the Hne from the planet to
the earth. At every succeeding opposition this
angle will be less, until about 1S91 or 1892,
wben the edge of the nng3 will be turned to
ward us, and they will be invisible except in the
largest telescopes. Tbnuzh the diameter of
tbe outer rinz is about 167,000 miles, it is sup
posed tbat -.he thickness of the rings does not
exceed 100 miles, and this of course is a very
small thing to see at the distance of Saturn.
The apparent diameter of the planet is IS". 6.
In the early part of the month Saturn is In
the constellation Leo, but later on he gets Into
Cancer. There should be no difficulty in
identifying Saturn as he crosses the meridian.
He Is then at an elevation of about 67. or
somewhat more than two-thirds of the way
from the horizon to tbe zenith. He is the
brightest star in the vicinity, and is about 15
west and 5 north of Regdlus, the nearest large
star. This method of identifying stars and
planets by looking for them when they cross
the meridian Is probably tbe easiest of all
methods. If.we know the points of the com
pass it Is only necessary to Imagine a semi
circle drawn through the north point, the
zenith, and the south point, and we hare tbe
celestial meridian, across which r.ll the
heavenly bodies must pass about once a day.
Now, if we know tbe time of transit, as this
crossing is called, and know also how far up
from tbe horizon the body will be, we can have
no trouble in finding it. Tbe elevation of the
body is found by adding the declination of the
body to the co-latitude of tbe observer's sta
tion, if tbe declination Is north, or subtracting
it from tbe co-latitude If tbe declination Is
south. Tbe co-latitude of Pittsburg Is 90 40
27', or 49 33'. Suppose we wish to find Saturn
on tbe 5th of Marco. From the table below we
see tbe planet crosses the meridian at 10:34 p.
M.. and 49 33' increased by 17 32'. since tbe
declination Is north, is C7 05 We should,
therefore, look, for the planet somewhat more
than two-thirds of the way from the southern
horizon to the zenith.
Declination. Rises. Transits.
17 42' north. 2:45P.M. v:S3r.u.
17 50" north. 2.04 p.jr. 9:12 p.m.
Uranus is morning star, and can be seen by a
telescope mounted with circles. He is just
barely visible to tbe unassisted eye. If his posi
tion is accurately known. His apparent di
ameter Is 3".8.
R. A. Declination. Itlses. Transits.
March 15..13h.lSm. ? south. 8:31 p.m. 26 a.m.
March Z..13h.l7m. 72S' south. 7:50P.M. 1:26 A.M.
Neptune Is evening star, but is not in good
position for observation. He can never be
seen with tbe naked eye, and requires a good
telescope mounted with circles to show him.
His apparent diameter is 2".5.
J!. A. Declination. Transits. Sets.
March 13.. Sh 52m. 18 S2' north 4:39 p. it. 11:40 P.M.
March 25..3h 63m. 81 & north 4.00 P. M. 10:49 p.m.
The moon has five phases for us this month,
being new twice.
New moon March L Sp. M.
Klrst quarter March 9, IP. jr.
Full moon March 17,7 A.M.
Last quarter March 24, 2 a. jr.
.New moon March 31, 7 a. m.
Tbe moon reaches her highest altitude. 71
49 on the 11th: her lowest 27 Won tbe 24th.
She Is farthest from the earth on the 9th, when
her apparent diameter is 29' 37"; nearest on tbe
21st when her apparent diameter is 32 31".
Tbe moon is In conjunction with Mars on the
3d, at 6.53 P.M., Mars being 6 02' north; with
Venus on the 5th, at 5.40 A. M., Venus being 8
53' north: with Neptune on the 7tb, at 8 P. jr.,
Neptune being 2 20 north; with Saturn on the
14th. at 1:10 A. JL, Saturn being VW south;
with Uranus on the 18th, at 8:18 p. jr.,
Uranus being 4 44' south; with Jupiter on the
24th, at 7 A. n.. Jupiter being 41' south: with
Mercury on the 29th, at 7:01 a. jr.. Mercury be
ing 2 02' north. Best E. Ldty,
Why the Sugar Trust Smiles.
From the New York World.l
The proposed ruin of all sugar men and inter
ests by the introduction of "saccharin," the
new chemical sweet seems to have been post
poned. Sacccharin Is over 300 times assweet
as cut-loaf sugar, but also 400 times as expen
sive. It has the advantagoof being an antl
f ermeht and of being harmless to diabetic pa
tients, but Its present great cost of production
Is a bulwark behind which the Sugar Trust
SOME CHOICE ADS.
Wanted, a man. Applyeverywbere.
Wanted, an oysterman; must not be a clam.
A young gentleman of Cincinnati desires in
struction in tbe English language,
A young man, just recovered 'from a two
years' trance, would like to obtain employment
as a night watchman.
A larqe reward will be paid to the discov
erer of the hidden talent which I am persuaded
my son, aged 28 years, possesses.
Having purchased a magnificent meer
schaum pipe, I am anxious to engage an ex
perienced artist to color it Must find his own
tobacco and pay for use of pipe.
A young gentleman wbo has about 12 hours'
leisure a day, not caring to lead a life of idle
ness, woud like to employ about two of the
hours In some light congenial occupation.
A young graduate from school of journal
ism, having to come to conclusion that jour
nalism doer not offer sufficiently wide afield
for the exercise of his talents, will take job in
a grocery. Address Commerce.
A poor, down-trodden lady, In compliance
with the brutal demand ot a tyrannical hus
band, will dispose of ber pet pug dog. As the
dear little love bos been reared in the lap of
luxury, only those who can guarantee it a
happy, comfortable home and the kindest, tieat
ment need apply. flew York Evening Sun.' ,
Turkey quills constitute a profitable
Fifty colored men are studying for the
priesthood in Rome.
-Electric snow plows are to be used on
the electric railway In Boston.
There is said to be sulphnr enongh m
Lower California to supply the world.
A medical certificate for a Buffalo qhack
tells of a 'man being cured of rheumatism of 91
t years' standing.
It is said that this is the first winter lor
SO years that teams have not crossed Sunapee
Lake, New Hampshire, on tbe ice.
An iron drawbridge at Bridgeport,
Conn., will be turned by electricity, and is
believed to be the first of its kind In the conn
try. The railings between the Conr de Car
rousel and the courtyard of the Tulleries, in
Paris, have been sold for 350 francs to Prince
A Poughkeepsie man has been placed
under bonds to keep the peace. He drew a
cigar lighter on a man, the article being mis
taken for a revolver.
Strawberry picking bos begun in Flor
Ida. The crop will be large. Early vegetables
are In the market. Green apples, nearlr large
enough for sauce are on the trees In Nevada
An Angnsta (Me.)"man had a bill for a
little more than $1 against the War Depart
ment After writing for it several times he re
ceived an official reply stating tbat It would ba
paid as soon as convenient.
Among the lamous coses of existence
without food or drink is that ot a fast of. 66 days
just completed by a sheep on a' farm near Tus
cola. I1L The poor animal was imprisoned all
that time beneath a straw stack.
A great flume lias been completed, at
San Diego, Cal. It extends 50 miles from tbe
western slope of Cuyamaca Mountain, where
there is a reservoir containing a four years'
supply of water at an elevation ot 4,500 feet. Tha
cost was 900,000.
"While a man at Carlisle, Pa., was tun
ning a planer his coat tail got tangled and was
fortunately torn off. A bit of wood In his
fiocket blocked a cogwheel, and saved bis
if e. The wood was a piece of John Brown's
Ben Butler is the champion mascot of
the nineteenth century, By the admission of
the new States the Government Is obliged to
purchase 8,000 National flags with 40 stars
apiece, and Ben, as owner of the United States
Bunting Company, will be 3200,000 richer by the
A man while eating lettuce in a Boston
restaurant came upon a piece of gravel so sud
denly tbat it snapped a tooth off. He sued the
proprietor of the restaurant for 500 damages.
Tbe Judge gave the case to the jury. The lat
ter found out what an entire set of new false
teeth would cost and made that the figures of
A Chinese farmer at Kinkiang was
robbed on his wedding night by a clever burg
lar wbo had concealed himself in the nuptial
chamber, and removed everything so com
pletely and conscientiously that the unhappy
pair haa to send and borrow some clothes from
tbe neighbors before they could make their ap
pearance the next day.
Luella Christy, the 18-year-old daugh
ter of a wealthy farmer in Kentucky, paddled
a skiff across a raging torrent while her father
stood on the bank sbe had just left with a
Jiistol in bis band, threatening to shoot her
over, who was on the opposite shore. After
several narrow escapes from foundering she
reached her lover, and they hurried to a neigh
boring town, where they were married.
An advertisement in an Edinburgh
paper might be copied in this country: "Serv
antWanted, by a family living in an Edin
burgh flat, a general servant who will Kindly
superintend her mistress in cooking and wash
ing, nursing the baby, etc. She will have
every Sunday- and two nights out in each week
and the use of tbe drawing room for tbe re
ception of her friends. Address A. F Scots
Mayor Stewart, of Texas, says that
Boston has more lecture halls, lyceum3, free
libraries, reading rooms, charitable societies.
j monuments, paintings, two-wheeled public
carriages short, narrow and crooked streets,
rosy-cheeked and handsome yet fatigued-looking
women and more young men who keep
their seats in street cars wben gray-haired
ladies are standing Up than any city of its pop
ulation on the globe.
A Topers' Club is a novel organization
ot Kyoto. Japan. It has 23 members, each of
whom before being admitted to membership
had to prove his ability to drink seven bottles
of any intoxicant at one sitting. At a recent
meeting, it is said, a member drank during tbe
initiation ceremonies eight sho of sake (suffi
cient to All about 20 brandy bottles), and his
associates think he deserves to be made Presi
dent of the society.
To the curiosities of Paris belongs a
placard on tbe wooden shutter of a baker's
shop In the Rue de Rennes. It was posted In
1871 at the time of the commune, and exhorts
tbe soldiers of the Versailles army on their
return to Paris to throw tbeir guns away and
to come and sit down at the hospitable hearth
of tbe Communists. The shutter being only
put up for a few hours during tbe night It bas
never been taken down, and the rain has only
effaced a few words of the interesting docu
ment George Hamersley, of Franklin, N. J.,
does not take much stock in secret societies.
Some time ago a number of George's friends
formed an organization of a rather mysterious
character, known as. the Friendly Brothers.
Tbey invited him to be one of them and he
concluded to accept the honor. A little initia
tion ceremony was provided for the entertain
ment of the new brother. He was blindfolded
and conducted to a strange bouse, then gagged
and stripped of his clothing, after which he
was plunged in a bath of ice water, raised to
the ceiling by a rope tied to bis feet, lowered
into a barrel, bead first, rolled about tbe floor,
and finally told to sing and 4ance ajlg. This
latter request proved too much for Hamerslev
and a general tight ensued among tbe Friendly
Brothers. Hamersley gut home more dead
than alive, and Is now looking for bis former
associates with a gun.
TAKEN FROM LIFE.
The theatrical manager is known by the
company be keeps.
Suburban Housekeeping Domestic (who
baa been catechising prospective mistress) Welt
Mrs. bharply, you have rather a bad name among
the gurls In the town, but Ol think I'll glre yon a,
Easily Remedied Chicago husband (at
dinner) Isn't tbe room very warm, my dear?
Chicago wife I don't wonder, my dear, you
find the room warm, sitting there with your
A BEVISED VEBSION.
Oh, my love is like a red, red rose
In the winter o' the year:
And that, as every lover knows,
Is very, very dear.
Too Frivolous The Philosopher's "Wife
Lionel, which do you consldsr of tbe greatest
Importance of the final questions of life, tha
"have been" or the "alight have been!"
The Philosopher (sadly) The coal bin.
ARad Errand Mr. Gibes' (meeting his
father late at night) Where are you going at this
time of night, John? On no good errand. I'll
John-No, sir; I was going to look for you.
Aunt Deborah (religiously) "Woe to tha
man who marries those Flybelle girls; for tbey
toilnot, neither do tbey spin.
Miss Dalsy-Oh, Aunt Deborah: Yon wrong
them, indeed yon do! I meet them often at
Corroboration Said Paddleford to bias
wlfeon tbe way back from the museum: "lant!
firmly convinced that women have an Innate, nat
ural, constitutional love ofthe horrible." '
Good thing for you:"sbe retorted, "oryou.
might have been a bachelor to your dying day."
Explained at Last Mabel (passiag the
Whlppersnapper Club) Mamma, dear, what do
all those men always sit In that window for, I
Mrs. N. They sit In that window, pet In order
to let all of ns see that they have that window to
Like Father, Like Son Madame Paine
Don't you think-Miss Urace Is a very bright Ilttla
Dr. Paine (dryly)-Yes: often too bright. I
sometimes wonder If her humor does not amount
to a disease.
M. D., Jr. (1 years oldi-l'erhaps she has
Brigbt's disease, papa.
NOT ACCOBDtSQ TO HOYtfc.
"Must trump or follow suit," aaid.he;
To this she said, and struck him mote, "
"Wften hearts are trumps I cannot see
Why anyone should follow salt." '
She led a heart; bis trump fell on.
And thus, jtll both their hearts-were gone.
And when tbe happy game was doaeiEV
Tbcy both concluded both bad won K
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