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PITTSBURG, MONDAY, MAR. 11, 1SS9L
The complaint of unprofitable business in
the flint glass trade, which is made in an
interview published in our local columns,
sets forth another instance in -which leading
industries are running at prices which yield
little or no profit.
If the demand continues poor and the
profit an absent factor, of course there will
be no other course open to the factories than
a .suspension; an,d in that case the establish
ments which shut down first will the soonest
aroid the danger of loss. But while they
continue in operation it affords a tolerably
good indication that their advantages and
clever management enables them to get a
little something out of the trade.
It is certainly worth while in view of the
close margins at which our leading indus
tries are operating, to encourage united
action to improve our situation. Any
movement which would give our factories
cheaper fuel or better freight rates would
strengthen the industrial position of the
city wonderfully and put our interests in a
position to compete successfully.
"While encouraging every such effort, we
are by no means disposed to take such un
favorable views as are expressed by some of
the complaints. Prices are on hard pan,
and therefore cannot contain the danger of
collapse. It is also cogent that low prices
are the only sure way in which to stimulate
a reliable consumptive demand.
There is good assurance that while Pitts
burg industries may not make large profits
this year, they will have a fair business and
enjoy a prosperity which will not be less
stable on account of its moderation.
REPEAL OP LOCAL OPTION.
The Democratic majority iu the New
Jersey Senate has taken the trouble to put
itself on record by a strict party vote for
the repeal of the local option law. "What
ever arguments may exist against absolute
prohibition it has always been difficult, ex
cept on the ground of the absolute right to
sell liquor without restraint, to produce
arguments against the measure of permitting
each county to decide for itself whether it
will grant licenses or not. The New Jersey
Democrats appear to find it so, as they made
no arguments in favor of the repeal, but
forced it to a vote by strict party discipline.
It is not alone the Democratic party which
has taken this action, as may be learned by
turning back to the similar repeal of local
option in the Pennsylvania Legislature
fifteen years ago. The result of the repeal
in this State has been to finally bring the
State to the consideration of prohibition.
Perhaps those who are urging the matter
in New Jersey would do wisely to consider 1
SHEPARD'S HIGH AMBITION.
It seems from a list of the applications
already filed for the fat things to be dis
pensed by the Harrison admfnistration that
Colonel Elliot F. Shepard is not inspired
by any suchmodestambitionas will be satis
fied by the Italian mission. The extremely
good Colonel, has put in his bid for the En
glish mission, regardless of any liens which
brother-in-law Cbauncey H. Depew, or his
journalistic brother, "Whitelaw Beid, may
have on the place. That the religious editor
Kin earnest, can be fully proved by read
ing in the -3fatl and Express such modest
assertions as the following: "We believe
that no newspapet had a larger share in the
election of Harrison and Morton than the
Mail and Express."
It must impress the mind with a disap-
pointed ieeling, to discover that all the
piety paraded in this new organ of the
jstraitest sect of the Pharisees, has had
in view this high reward. Have all the
excerpts from Holy "Writ been poured out
upon the public,on!y that their evangelical
selector might assume the function of pre
senting worshiping Anglomaniacs to the
Queen and Tummy? Does the reward of
true religious labor lie in making speeches
to the nobility and aristocracy at public
dinners? Such questions as these'are likely
to shake the public faith in that purely dis
interested religious spirit, which Colonel
Shepard has doubtless intended the public
to believe in as inspiring his remarkable
We are fain to believe that the Colonel
proposes a higher mission to himself. He
has heard of the wickedness and laxity of
morals which characterize English aristoc-
racy, and he wishes to go as an official repre
sentative of American morality to convert
and reform the Britons. By judiciously
hurling Scripture texts into his diplomatic
correspondence with Lord Salisbury, and
by threatening the British nobility with the
war of extermination which he has hitherto
held in reserve for the South, he may lead
them to abjure their Tices, and become as
good even as himself the pattern of good
iiess. The appointment should be given to
Colonel Shepard. We have the old Com
modore Vanderbilt's authority as to the
large variety of fools which Colonel Shep
ard is able to be; and here is one depart
ment in which he has 'as yet had no oppor
tunity to demonstrate how big a fool he can
make of him self.
THE COMMON FaTLTJEE.
An example of the failure, to pereeivb the
fundamental principle which ought to
govern the supply of staple necessities tohe
public by the use of public franchises is af
forded by an, interview with a Dayton
Councilman who was here last week to study
fthe natural Ws question. While objecting
Y J strenuously to the high- prices of natural
-t' jgas, this gentleman is represented as saying
and doubtless he said it in perfect good
faith "We are willing to tive a monopoly
of the business of our town if they give us
in return a fuel that doesn't cost more than
This measure of the duty of a public body
is very common but nonetheless very short
sighted. Suppose that after such a monop
oly were granted, it should be developed that
the supply of gas that could be brought to
Dayton were such as to make the price
under competition half the cost of coal.
Would not the excess charged nnder the
monopoly granted by the Council be an ex
tortion from the public for which the short
sightedness of the public representatives
would be fully responsible?
On the other hand, suppose it to be true,
as claimed by the gas companies, that the
distance, which the gas must be transported
requires a price somewhat in excess of the
cost of coal, in order to yield any profit in
the business. Is it fair to deny those who
can afford to pay a little extra to be freed
irom the smoke, ashes and labor of hand
ling the privilege of doing so? It is as much
an injustice to prevent the public the privi
lege of paying an enhanced price for a su
perior article as to require it to pay moie
than its true value, by the absence of com
petition. It Is evident that there is no infallible
test as to which of these suppositions is the
true one, other than the test of competition.
When municipal Councilmen become suffi
ciently enlightened to abjure the vice of
granting monopolies, and to grant all fran
chises so as to protect and maintain compe
tition in every service performed by these
franchises, they will do their duty as repre
sentatives of the public.
AH" IMPORTANT PRINCIPLE.
The action of the joint committee of the
Legislature and Grand Army, in recom
mending that the syndicate soldiers or
phans' schools be disbanded and the children
placed in church homes as a temporary
measure, and eventually as far as possible
in private homes, is a recognition of a
principle which has long been urged in
these columns. The recognition is some
what tardy, it is true, but it is none the less
The principle is that funds assigned to
charity must not be placed in the hands of
money-makingadministrators. Every dollar
that the State devoted to the care of the
soldiers' orphans ought to have been sacred
to their maintenance and nurture. The mo
ment the possibility was allowed of making
money out of this fund, that moment the
gate was opened to abuses and dishonesty.
Notwithstanding the elaborate efforts in the
direction of whitewashing the syndicate
schools, the truth of this appears in the re
sults. The provision of jlGO a year for
children over 10 years old and of $115 for
those under that age, is not more than is
needed to give them first-class care and edu
cation. If any portion of that fund is di
verted to the pockets of political speculators,
they must lose a portion of the care to which
they arc entitled. The fact that a large
share of that fund has been taken as profits,
renders inevitable such tales of insufficient
food, clothing and buildings as have been
constantly coming to the surface in connec
tion with these institutions.
The decision of the joint committee in
sures the termination of this wrong in con
nection with the soldiers' orphans. It is to
be hoped that in future public charities the
les-on may be borne in mind that charity
and speculation are irreconcilable and must
be kept, strictly separate.
AN INEVITABLE RESULT."
The Canadian proposition to buy New
England is rejected by the New York Tele
gram as inadmissable, because with Maine
the'Canucks would acquire the magnetic
Secretary ot State, not to mention Messrs.
Hale, Erye, Boutelle and Thomas B. Beed;
with New Hampshire the irrepressible
William E. Chandler and the persevering
Blair; with "Vermont, Senator George Ed
munds, and with Massachusetts the only
Benjamin F. Butler that the world has ever
Yet this fact, that the scheme would re
sult in the transfer of these indomitable
statesmen into Canadian citizens, is one of
its strongest recommendations to this coun
try. Not that we wish to get rid of Messrs.
Blaine, Butler, Chandler, Edmunds, et al.
Political life would be but a desert without
even an oasis if these lively figures were
taken from us, and the output of political
jests would be woefully restricted for want
of material. But we could undergo that
privation for a brief season in the pur
suit of any well-defined object; and such an
object appears to the mind which looks
ahead and estimates the character and com
parative energy of the men and the country
which proposes to annex them.
Can anyone believe that if Blaine, But
ler, Blair, Chandler, Edmunds, Boutelle
and Beed, not to speak of Hoar and Dawes,
united to accomplish any object they could
fail to secure it? A combination of the
magnetism of Blaine, the perseverance of
Blair, the energy of Chandler, the calm
coolness of Edmunds and the dogged pug
nacity "of Butler would be irresistible, par
ticularly when it came to capturing the
politics of Canada. We would give that
organization two years to take possession of
the Canadian Parliament and administra
tion; and then is there any doubt what they
would do? Would Blaine, after nourish
ing the Presidcntal fever for 20 years, be
content with Canada, when by a stroke he
could extend his ambition over the united
area of both countries ? Would Blair rest
satisfied with passing educational bills for
the district north of the St. Lawrence when
the boundless continent might be his?
Would Ben Butler rest content under bunt
ing of English design and manufacture?
No, indeed. Give these indomitable men
two years' to capture Canadian politics and
one to carry an application for admission to
the United States, and their work would be
done in time to bring Canada for the next
A transfer which would convert Blaine,
Chandler and Butler into Canadians, means
the ultimate conversion of Canada into
States of the Union. It may be well to re
member that fact, if Canadia is so rash as
to propose to buy Northern New England
Mbs. Habbison gave a tea to the In
diana people in Washington the other day,
and the President poured out the tea. But
the Indiamans want it Understood that tea
is not the only thing that the President is
expected to pour out for their benefit
If yon can't get what you want take the
next best thing. Now that Piatt, of New
York, is sure that he cannot get into the
Cabinet as Secretary of the Treasury, his
name appears in the New York papers as
eligible for the position of Collector of Cus
toms. This would be a step from the sub
lime to the ridiculous.tif the idea of Piatt
for Secretary of the Treasury had not been
ridiculous in the first place.
No moke American ships were sunk by
telegraphic dispatches yesterday. It is:
pleasant to observe that the fake manu
facturers are respecting the fourth com
mandment if they do smash the ninth to
One of the features at the White House
appears to displease theDemocraticBochester
Union and Observer, which asserts that
"Since the Secretaryship of W. TC Bogers
there has been nothing so insufferable in
the White House as BusselL Harrison's
smirk." But the assertion is erroneous. To
the great mass of visitors at the White House
a very much more unpleasant thing would
be Bussell Harrison's frown.
The interesting story which is told
from Harrisburg, casts a little doubt upon
the oft-repeated assertion that there is no
lobby in attendance.. upon this Legislature.
It seems that the inauguration ball was a
success to the extent of leaving a surplus of
$25,000 in the hands of the committee;
and like the usual surplus it causes much
discussion as to what shall be done with it.
If it should occur to the committee to dis
tribute it among poorpeoplc, who are in need
of food and fuel, they would have the satis
faction of knowing that the ball did some
practical good after all.
With six persons after every office in the
gift of the new administration, five-sixths of
the crowd will soon bo profoundly convinced
of the fact that republics are ungrateful.
The economical measure adopted by the
Western Union Telegraph, in reducing the
pay of its messenger boys from two cents
per message to one cent and two mills, is an
indication that whatever may be done with
the water in the stock of that corporation, if
is considered the right thing to fill up the
boys with plenty of water and a little
Advices from Washington indicate that
Senator Quay's doorbell has been about as
badly overworked as the President's hand.
Me. Gbant Allen's argument in the
North American Review, that the most in
telligent animals, such as monkeys, ele
phants and parrots, are those which have a
grasping organ, comes just in time for the
politicians to prove that they have a high
order of intelligence by grasping anything
that they can get hold of.
Bailboading the revenue bill through
the Legislature may lead it to a disastrous
collision with the Supreme Court.
In reply to Dr. Talmage's inquiry in his
sermon published elsewhere: "Where is
the court house that, in the building of it,
has not had a political job ? " we are happy
to point him to the very creditable speci
men, both of architecture and public ad
ministration, that crowns the Fifth avenue
Mb. Blaine is the only college graduate In
Mrs. Noble, wife of the Secretary of the
Interior, comes from Northampton, Mass.,
where her father was for 25 years proprietor ol
a large sanitarium.
Sib Julian Patjncefote stands 6 feet i in
his noble stocking feet. He will, therefore,
probably yand higher in our estimation and
bo longer in tbe country than his predecessors.
Many lawyers and public men who admired
the late Dr. Francis Wnarton, tho great au
thority on international law, were not aware
that he was an Episcopal clergyman of con
spicuously high standing among tbe clergy of
that church. ' - .
Kate Field says that a woman who aims to
be fashionable must neglect home, husband and
children, put away comfort and convenience,
be a first-class bypocrito and a good slanderer,
and at tbe end of ten years break down and be
come a physical wreck.
Miss Bergliot Bjobnson, the eldest
daughter of the Norwegian poet Bjornstjerne
Bjornson, has just made her debut as opera
singer at Paris, and French impresarios
and artists are enthusiastic in her praise. Miss
Bjornson is 19 years old, beautiful, with fair
hair and tall slender figure. For the next two
years she is to continue ber musical education,
and at the end of that time a "starring" tour to
America will be undertaken.
Mbs. Henry Wakd Beeches has taken a
house at Hicks and Orange streets, Brooklyn,
and will begin housekeeping in it in May. The
house Is new and not yet ready for occupancy.
It is but a block from the house in which Mr.
Beecher died. Although Mrs. Beecher greatly
opposed the choice of Mr. Abbott as pastor of
Plymouth Church, she occupies her old pew
there every Sunday when In the city, and is as
active in church work as when her husband
was living. Mrs. Beecher is in her 76th year,
but is hale and strong and as full ot energy as
In other years.
Chief Justice Fdlleb Is far from being a
handsome man, but in bis robes of office he
makes a very striking appearance. This is due
In great part to tbe luxuriance of his long
white hair and moustache. He has a serious
caste of countenance, and like many small men
physically,, looks like one who would maintain
his dignity under all circumstances in order to
prove to the world that his greatness depends
not upon tbe size of his body. He is popular
with bis colleagues and has already won the re
spect of all who have watched his course in
A PAST OF 22 DATS.
A Forger Who Bccamo Conscience-Stricken,
Tries to "Starve Himself.
Atlanta, March 10.-For 22 days John L.
Adams has refused to taste food, and Is now
unconscious from starvation and Is likely to die
at any bonr. The first 12 days of his fast were
spent in Bibb county jail. In the hope that his
mother might induce him to eat, he was taken
to his home, under guard, where he now is.
His mother fell on her knees and implored him
not to continue in bis way.
"No, mother," said the son, "X am atoning
for my sins by not eating. I have misused
other people's money, and In no other way can
J atone but by offering myself as a sacrifice. I
commit no sin by dying thus, bnt make myself
acceptable to tbe Lord."
He sent for the Episcopal clergyman and was
baptized. In his sleep he can be seen motion
ing as if taking food. He dreams that a feast
is before him. When be occasionally awakes
and finds bis mother there wih the viands at
bis lips he draws back and refuses to taste
them. Thns be has passed the time, growing
daily weaker and declaring that his life was
being offered as a sacrifice for bis sins. The
forgeries traced to him are for sums amount
ing to over $70,000. Tbe affairs of bis house are
in such a mixed condition that none of tho
claimants will get any considerable amount.
A GENTLEMEN'S MEETING.
Some Difficulty Experienced In Finding a
Sultablo Cbnirmnn. .
Chicago, March 10. A call issued yesterday
by President Marvin Hnghitt, as Chairman of
the late "gentlemen's" meeting, for another
meeting of "gentlemen" at 'The Rookery," in
this city next Tuesday. Mr. Hnghitt says a
full attendance is required, but gives no inti
mation whatever of the subject to come up for
consideration. The object of the meeting, it is
assnmed, is to hear tho report of tho special
committee, which went to New York a week
ago to secure tbe service of the Inter-State
Commerce Commissioner A. F. Walker as
Chairman of the Executive Board of the
"Inter-State Gentlemen's Association."
According to information derived, it is
asserted, from one of the "gentlemen," tile
committee has een privately informed by Mr.
Walker that he would accept the position un
der certain condition. Theso conditions were
such as tbe committee could not grant wltbont
consulting tho presidents of all the roads ih-terestcd,-and
hence tbe meeting for next Tues
day was called to find out whether Mr. Walk
er's terms were acceptable.
Lots of Labor Saved.
From the Philadelphia Frees! 3
The office Is not seeking tbe man nowadays.
The man is saving it the trouble of doing so.
PITTSBUE& ' DISPATOH?
Did Blaine Want to be an Editor Why
Noble Was Blade Secretary of tho In
teriorThe Unique Kitchen at the In.
rcoRItESrONDENCE OF THE DISrATCM.
Washington, March 10. Ona of the later
estlng political rumors floating about tbe capi
tal this week connects tbe narne of James G.
Blaine wittTa plan that failed recently, contem
plating the establishment in the arena of poli
tics of a well-known weekly magazine. I am
assured by what would appear to be good au
thority, that within three weeks of his appoint
ment to be Secretary of State Mr. Blaine gave
a conditional-promise that be would take edi
torial charge of Frank Leslie's Illustrated
Weekly. The offer made to him was satisfac
tory financially much more satisfactory; In
that respect than anything that President Har
rison could make. But the principal induce
ment held out to him was the prospect of meas
uring swords with his old political foe, George
William Curtis. As editor of Sarper's Weekly,
Mr. Curtis did the Blaine cause inestimable
barm in the contest of I8S4. In assuming
charge of Frank Leslie's and making it a polit
ical publication, Mr. Blaine would have had
rare opportunities for attack upon his old
enemy. The programme, as outlined, included
the appointment of Whitelaw Beid to be Secre
tary of State. But pressure was brought to
bear on Mr. Blaine and be yielded to the en
treaties of his friends and accepted tbe nomina
tion tendered him by President Harrison.
This leaves Mr. Reid with the possibility of be
coming a diplomat, and representing the
United States at London or Paris.
Whatever may be said of the other Cabinet
selections and much has been said in the
partisan press of tbe influence of Mr. Blaine
and others with the President there is one
member of the President's political, family
who was unquestionably chosen by Mr. Harri
son. That man is John Y. Noble, of Missouri,
Secretary of the Interior. No one suggested
General Noblo'snamo to tbe President: nobody
even thought of tbe possibility of his appoint
ment for a long time. It was Indicated by
GenerarHarrison In conversation with several
ot his visitors and advisors, but no one appre
ciated the true significance of his remarks
about the man from Missouri until one or two
gathered together and exchanged notes. Sen
ator Teller, of Colorado, was questioned about
General Noble, whom be had known for some
years. Then Senator Plumb was asked if he
knew anything about General Noble, and on
his reply that be did not he was treated to a
description of Node's good qualities. A
friend of ex-Senator John B. Henderson, who
went to Indianapolis from St. Louis, found
that General Noble was the only Mis
sourian whom General Harrison would
discuss. The compliment to General
Noble was the greater because General Harri
son bad told Senator Teller that be considered
the office of Secretary of tbe Interior the most
important in his Cabinet and the Hardest to fill.
It is extremely difflinlt to find a lawyer of hi3
eminence in his profession and high in the
councils of either political party who has not
had corporation affiliations that unfit him in a
great measure for the duties of the office to
which General Noble has been appointed. Mr.
Harrison was looking for a man of eminence
who had no intimate association with corpora
tions. Tho wealthy corporations of this country
have retained most of the eminent members of
tbe bar. Corporation fees are large and they
are sure. Corporation cases pay more than
general practice. General Noble has had some
corporation practice, but has never been identi
fied with any particular corporation. I know
tbat General Noble wonld have preferred to be
Attorney General, bnt Mr. Harrison thought it
would be easier to find another Attorney Gen
eral than to find another Secretary of the In
terior. A Calm Caterer.
One of the unique features of the Inaugural
ball and one which was seen of but few men,
was tbe temporary kitchen from which were
sent forth tbe viands to feed the 7,000 people
that supped with George C. Boldt. It ran the
full length of the Pension building. Its equip
ment was most elaborate. Ona huge range at
one end ot the building were cooked such
articles of food as Mr. Boldt brought with him
in the raw or unfinished state. An enormous
pine box beside the range contained shelves of
perforated tin, through which the warm air
circulated, and on these sbelves were ranged
great platters of delicious croquettes. Imagine,
if you can, 4,000 delicately browned cones
standing side by side. Think of the great tubs
of cbickon and lobster salad, the enormous pots
ot coffee, the great, cans of cream. In the
midst of all the bustle and the hurry, walked
Mr. Boldt, faultlessly clad, no speck of grease
soiling tbe perfect broadcloth of his coat; no
wrinkle marring the snowy expanse of his linen.
Every detail was caught by his quiet eye, every
fault corrected the minute it appeared. I saw
blmwhen the ball was over and the tired
waiters were packing away the remains of the
feast. He was as calm and, as bappy at tbe end
of the evening as he was at the beginning. "I
could have fed 3,000 more If they had come," he
said. "I expected 6,000, but I was prepared for
A Good-Natnred Crush.
The inaugural ball was unique in the tran
quility, and perfect good nature that seemed
to pr evade the enormous crowd upon the floor.
There was no altercation and no discussion of
unpleasant warmth during the entire evening.
It is extraordinary tliat in so enormous a gath
ering there should have been no unpleasant
dispute. There has seldom been an inaugural
ball tbat was not marred by at least one fist
tight. Tbe gathering Is always of a miscellan
eous character, and with more than 12,000 peo
ple constantly jostling against one another it
wonld seem almost impossible thatperfect har
mony should prevail among them.
Not DInch Iiike a Senator
Senator Kenna, one of the re-elected mem
ber of tbe Senate, is not a handsome man, nor
does he in any way bear out tbe idea of the
typical statesman. He is manly, and strong in
appearance, but his features are cast in a
rugged mold. He came to tbe Senate six
years ago. One day shortly atterthebeginning
of bis term, he stepped into the Senate ele
vator to ride upstairs. It is one of the rules of
tbe Senate tbat none but Senators, employes of
the Senate and newspaper men be on the gal
lery floor when the Senate is in secret session.
On this day the Senate was sitting with closed
doors. When the elevator reached the Senate
floor the boy stopped it.
"I want to go to the gallery," said Senator
"You can't go," said the boy.
"Why not?" said the Senator, Inclined to be
Because the Senate's In executive," said the
'But I am a Senator," said Mr. Kenna.
The boy was covered with confusion." Never
mind." said Mr. Kenna. "X don't blame you.
I don't think myself that I look very much
like a Senator."
Minister to Mexico, Maybe.
A political character that will attract some
attention in the next four years is Hon. Ros-
well G. Horr, of Michigan, ex-member of the
House of Representatives. Mr. Horr is an an-
plicant for the post of Minister to Mexico. If
his prayer Is granted be will become an Inter
national character within six months. He will
eclipse even that typical American Bayless W.
Hanna. who created sneb a sensation In tbe
Argentine Republic Mr. Horr represents in
appearance one type of the American. He is a
rough hewn Uncle Sam. His trousers look as
though they bad strayed from their normal
resting place within his top-boots and his hands
never 6eem half so well at home' as when they
'are stuck deep m bis trousers pockets. Mr.
Horr has a Dig bullet head, with square
jaws and a mouth that never curves, open or
shut. The base of bis nose spreads over fully
an inch of his face. He has white hair, which
he wears cut short and brushed straight up
from his forehead: bis eyebrows are shaggy
and on his chin is a short, bristly goatee of
white. Mr. Horr's whole appearauce is com
ical in tbe extreme. He speaks in homely
phase. When he was a member of tbeHouse
ot Representatives he was noted for his funny
speeches. He spoke with a plainness and a
directness unusual even on the floor of tbe
House, and the oddity of his appearance and
tho quamtness of his speech always assured
him a laugh from the galleries. Mr. Horr's
first oratorical effort in the House was enough
to make him famous for all time. -It was a
discussion of the Southern question. Mr.
Horr stood in the center aisle of the hall otthe
House of Representatives and advised his
Soutbern friends to go back to their homes
and "raise less hades and more hominy: more
cotton and less Cain."
Mr. Horr is now In the lecture field. Tie is
said to have the ear of the administration and
be is likely to go to Mexico.
THE NATIONAL MCSEDM:
ProfessorlLangley Want Slen and Money
to Keep It Up.
Washington, March 10. In a letter to the
President of the Senate just made public. Sec
retary S, P. Langley, of the Smithsonian Insti
tution, sets forth in answer to a resolution by
tbe Senate, tho present actual needs of tbe
National Museum. In tbe year ended Juno 30,
lfcbS, tbe aggregate expenditures for service
was 122,720; for tbe present year it is estimated
that tho aggregate will be 8129,710. For the
broper working of the museum the amount re
quired would be $100,121: In other directions,
also, tho Secretary says, tho museum is sadly in
need, in order that it may be enabled to main
tain a satisfactory position In comparison with
.those of European nations.
M.bKDA.Y,r" MRGB. "'11'
Brief Summary ot Lending Feature of tbe
Mammoth Doublo Number.
A novel reason for King Milan's abdication
Is given. He found that his hair was falling
out, and concluded that it was time for him to
quit the throne. The copper syndicate is drag
ging the great French financial institution, the
Comptoir d'Ecompte, Into bankruptcy. Tbe
Duke of Portland is in luck. Two of his horses
are prime favorites in Derby quotations. The
anniversary of the death of Emperor William
was celebrated with memorial services through
out Geimany. The socialistic agitation causes
much anxiety in the-German" Empire. The
young Emperor Is taking steps to strengthen
the navy. Two million Germans have left-the
Vateriand for the United States since 1871.
The reported destruction of the United
States steamship Nipsic by the Germans is not
confirmed, and is generally discredited. The
recent discovery of rich gold fields in Lower
California Is making that territory tbe Mecca
of fortune-hunters, and the excitement recalls
the days of '49 on the Pacific slope. Congress
man Townshend,of Hllnols.died at the age of 49.
Moses Myers, who has acquaintances in Pitts
burg, was arrested In New York for robbing
the malls. Representative Burdick, of McKean,
told The Dispatch correspondent his reasons
for opposing tbo general revenue bill. The
legislative and G. A, R. committees have de
cided to prepare a bill, putting the control of
tbe soldiers orphans' schools in the bands of
a commission. Inspector Greer commends the
management of the McAllsterville school.
Diphtheria Is epidemic In portions of Venango
The dead are being removed from the Troy
Hill Cemetery, and the graveyard will shortly
be obliterated. Secretary Martin, pf the Amal
gamated Association, is a candidate for tho po
sition of United States Labor Commissioner,
and is being strongly recommended. A special
article on natural gas meters contained much
to interest every bonseholder. The Squirrel
Hill Electric Railroad Company held a meet
ing, and, it Is understood, will soon begin work
on the new line.
The American ball players had a rough voy
age from Paris to London. Extensive arrange
ments have been made for their formal recep
tion today. The Prince of Wales will witness
the first game to be played bythem in England.
Other sporting events, both of local and gen
eral interest, were treated of at length. The
markets, editorials, the music world and other
departments were as complete and compre
hensive as usual.
In the second part additional chapters of
Maurice Thompson's entertaining romance
were given. Bill 'Nye touched upon the sub
ject of his ancestry, and Robert J. Burdette
contributed a couple of columns of original
humor. Frank Carpenter gave an account of
his visit to the richest man in China, and de
scribed minutely some of the peculiar customs
of the Celestials. Goodfrlend continued his
record of the American ball players abroad.
Blakely Hall furnished some graphic portraits
of New York swells. Edgar L. Wakeman's
letter contained some quaint Irish character
sketches. James W. Breen narrated bis ad
ventures in Washington and) contrasted Jeffer
sonian simplicity with the fuss and ceremony
incident to a modern inauguration. The
author of "Don't" gave much sound advice to
women who move in society. a. staff writer
sketched the origin and history of Pittsburg's
social clnbs. Shirley Dare's advice to mothers;
Prof. Shaler's discourse on scientific topics of
popular Interest; Rev. George Hodges' talk on
books, good and bad; Bessie Bramble's letter
from tbe South; M. M.'s description of a
Florida sugar plantation; Clara Belle's chat;
Dr. Hammond's health bints and "A Clergy
man's Sunday Thoughts" were other interest
ing special articles. Art notes, theatrical,
social and secret society gossip; G. A. R. and
military news were also included, tbe whole
forming a complete and most excellent number
of a first-class newspaper of 16 pages.
THE WASHINGTON EAE.
A Disease Tbat Is Said to be Caused by
From tbe St. Louis Globe-Democrat.
With the march of modern improvements
and tbe growth ot luxury, diseases and their
names Increase, and humanity suffers from a
score of polysyllabic ailments now that our
grandfathers never heard of. The latest is the
"Washington ear," andsuch aname is a provo
cation to all the jokers and scoffers who know
what extraordinary things the Washington ear
does manage to gather In, and the Washington
tongue thereafter spreads. A friend of mine
was taken with a sudden and frightful pain In
the ear after a long drive on a windy day in an
open carriage. Mindful of Roscoe Conkllng's
sufferings and untimely end, she sent at once
for the best aurist in the city, and after the
first look be saldf
"Ob. it is nothing but the Washington -ear.
It is an inflammation caused by the dust from
these asphalt pavements. The dust is very
poisonous to the ear, and 1 have innumerable
cases ot it. One or two patients who have ob
stinately refused to wear cotton in their ears
on windy and dusty days have lost their ear
arums by following inflammations."
A HIGH PRICED HOTEL.
It Cost an Englishman S3 Merely for
From the New York 'World.!
A young man entered the Charles street
station late Friday night, placed a dollar bill
before the Sergeant, and asked to be called at 7
o'clock in the morning.
"Show this gentleman to his room," said the
Sergeant grimly to the doorman. The guest
was locked up, and at 7 o'clock yesterday
morning he was taken before Justice O'Reilly,
at Jefferson Market, charged with Intoxica
tion. "I am from London," be said, in pure cock
ney. "I am engaged as assistant custodian or
waiter, as you call it, at Norl2 East Twenty
ninth street. My name is Francis Day. I must
have been blooming drunk when I took the
police office for a lodging bouse. I'll never do
the likes again, but I didn't want to go home,
He was fined 55.
A CHINESE PUZZLE.
Collector Magone Doesn't Know What to
Do With Ah Foo.
New Yoke, March 10. Collector Magone is
debating whether Ah Foo, the Chinaman, who
arrived on the White Star steamer Adriatic
yesterday, may land or not. It appears prob
able that he will be allowed to land. He came
to this country when he was 9 years old and
was married here to an American woman, by
whom he has a daughter 13 years old. Ah Foo
is a cook. He talks English, has had his cue
cut off and dresses in American clothes.
The Sick Congressmen Oat of Danger.
Washington, March 10. The sick Congress
men, Buchanan, of New Jersey: Spinola, of
New York, and Lee, of Virginia, are all re
ported to be improved this evening, and it is
said that none of them are in Immediate dan
ger. The Baldbpnded Take n Back Seat.
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. 1
It Is a comfort. to think. When looking at the
new Cabinet, tbat for once there is a front row
in which no bald-headed man has a seat.
Let tbo Disappointed Take Hope.
From the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. J
Tbero is one comforting assurance in the
office-seeker's future. Walking on the railroad
tracks from Washington will improve as the
Honors Easily Attained.
From tbe Louisville Courier-Journal. 1
It will presently be the case in West Virginia
that every man will be addressed, not as Major,
Colonel or Jndge, but as Governor,
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Charles Gage- Blair.
Mr. and Mrs. James G. Blair have Just suffered
a sad loss In the death of their little son, Charles
Gage Blair. rThe little fellow was Just about 1
year old, and was most interesting and bright.
Mr. Blair Is city editor of the Pof, -and he and
his estimable wife have the sincere sympathy of
their many friends both in and ontsldo of his pro
fession. Tho funeral will take nWce tills morning
at the residence, tto. 28 Grantham street, Alle
gheny. William Barntc.
Y, 1111am liuente, a well-known resident of Alle
gheny, died on Saturday. He was a member ot
the Poor Board and served four terms In Coun
cils. The'deceased lived on Bnente street. In the
Twelfth ward, and was -E2 years of age. The
funeral will take place this afternoon.
ODE 'MAIL fOOCfl.
Something About Celluloid.
To the Editor of Tbe Dispatch:
Please tell us something of celluloid and its
Gbeensbubo, March 9.
Most celluloid Is made In France. A roll of
paper is slowly unwound, and at the same time
Is saturated with a mixture of five parts of sul
phuric and two parts of nitric acid, which falls
upon the paper in fine spray. This changes the
cellulose of tbe paper Into pyroxyllne, or gun
cotton. Tbe excess of tbe acid having been
expelled by pressure, the paper is washed with
plenty of water until all traces of add have
been removed. It Is then reduced to pulp, and
passes on to the bleaching trough, It is this
gun cotton which gives It lta, explosive nature.
Most of the water having been got rid of by
means of a strainer, it Is mixed with from 20 to
40 per cent of its weight in camphor; a second
mixture and grinding follows. This pulp Is
spread out in thin slabs, which are squeezed in
a hydraulic press until they are as dry as chips.
Then they are rolled in heated rollers, and
come out in elastlo sheets. They are from that
point worked up into almost every conceivable
form. In Paris there Is a room almost com
pletely furnished In celluloid. The curtains,
the furniture, the door-knobs and even tbe
matting was made of tbe material. To be sure,
no matches were ever carried there. Indeed,
the room was never used. It was only a curi
osity, and the man who owned it owned the
factory where it was made.
Allen Soldier Voters. t
To the Editor of Tbe Dispatch:
First Had an alien while serving In the
Union army during tbe late war tlm right to
vote? Second After serving his term of en
listment had he to take out naturalization
papers, or did bis discharge papers answer that
purpose. Naturalized American.
Tubti,e Creek, March 9.
Iu 1862 an act was passed which provided
that any)alien who had enlisted in the regular or
volunteer service and been honorably dis
charged could, upon proof of one year's resi
dence in the country, be naturalized without
any previous declaration of intention. This is
the only information we have upon the sub
ject Ladies, Tigers and Cheers.
To tbe Editor of The Dlsnatchi
Please state the derivation and meaning of
the quotation, "The lady or the tlgert" Also,
wbat is meant by "Three cheers and a tiger?"
Bbadcocx. March 9. L.
I Tho first is tbe title of a story by Frank R.
Stockton The conclusion Is left for the reader
to guessat, the narrative leaving It uncertain
whether the hero was devoured by a tiger or
lived to marry a beautiful maiden. Tbe second
phrase means three cheers and an extra loud
To tbe Editor of The Dispatch:
It has been claimed that In 17 States in the
Union persons are allowed to vote upon a
declaration of their intention to become citi
zens. Will you please state If such is the case,
and whether thev vote at all elections or not?
PrTTSBTJBG, March 9. R. D. L.
It is a fact. Generally speaking, such per
sons are allowed to vote at all elections; there
may be exceptions in some of the States, as the
Presidents Who Were Senators.
To the Kdltor of Tbe Dispatch:
Please inform me whether Harrison is the
first President who has been a United States
Senator. X. L.
McKeesport, March 9.
iHe is not. James Monroe, John Quincy
Adams, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren,
William H. Harrison, John Tyler, Franklin
Pierce and James Buchanan all served in the
Senate before their election to the Presidency.
To the Editor or The Dispatch:
A contends that a man In a business requir
ing a stamp for special Internal revenue tax,
such as retail dealer In manufactured tobacco,
having made application and inclosed his
money in letter and deposited It in the post
office can begin to sell without any danger. B
contends that be cannot sell until he receives
his stamp and displays It In bis place of busi
ness, which Is right T JAMISON.
Pittsbubg, March 9.
Who Can Tell Him?
To thft Editor of The Dispatch:
Can you or any of your readers inform me of
the whereabouts or present address of Wash
ington Barr, who was a mate on a Pittsburg
steamer in 1862 or 1S63T The boat, I think, was
pressed into service during tbe early part of
tbe war. Old Subscriber.
Canton, O., March 9.
To tbe Editor or The Dispatch:
If the prohibition amendment fails to carry
does that annul present local option laws now
In force In different sections of the State?
New Haven, Pa, March 9. W. G. M.
THE T0WN8HEND OBSEQUIES
To be Held This Evening In tbe Rlggs House
Washington, March 10. Religious serv
ices will be held over the remains of the late
Representative Townshend Monday evening, at
720 o'clock, in the parlors of the Rlggs House.
The Rev. Father Cbapelle, D.D., of St. Mat
thew's church, and the Rev. Father Walter, of
St. Patrick's church, will officiate. At 9
o'clock Monday evening members of Congress,
citizens of Illinois now in Washington, and
other friends of Mr. Townshend will meet to
take appropriate action relative to the death
of the dead man, and to accompany his re
mains to the station, Tbe body will leave here
on the 11 JO train over the Baltimore and Ohio
railroad, and will be taken to the late home of
Mr. Townshend, in Shawneetown, 111., by the
members of bis family and the Congressional
committee appointed for the purpose. The
funeral and burial will take place at Shawnee
town Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Harrison sent a beautiful selection of
cut flowers, to-day. to Mrs. Townshend, accom
panied by tbe following note, expressing her
sympathy and that of tbe President:
Dzar Mrs. TowunsESD I was very much
shocked to bear or tho sudden death of yonr hus
band. Your grief Is too sacred to approach with
words. Aceept these flowers, with my heartfelt
sympathy. The Jf resident desires to add his sym
pathy witn mine. sincerely yours.
cabbie S. Harrison.
BLAINE WILL NOT BE NEEDED.
The Alleged Kansas City Abductors Cap
tared at Chicago.
Chicago, March 10. George Henney and
wife, who abducted little Lucy Spellman, of
Kansas City, on February 26, were arrested In
Chicago to-day. Tho case was first published as
an episode likely to give rise to an international
question between the English Government and
the new administration at Washington.
Henney and bis wife are English subjects,
and it was thought they left Kansas City for
tbe old country with the child, thinking that if
they could place the ocean between it and Its
mother they were safe. Tbe Henneys, bow
ever, deny any Intention eitherof abducting the
child or going to England, ine oaoy naa oeen
leit in tneir care, ana they toou it aiong
cause they thought no one else wanted it. a
SENAT0E BECK WELL AGAIN.
He Feels Able to Tackle tbe Opposition on
the Tariff" Qncstlon.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington. March 10. Senator Beck, of
Kentucky, who has been traveling for his
health since the latter part of the last session;
returned to the city this evening. He looks al
most as robust as ever, and says he feels more
vigorons than for years, and quite, able for a
tilt with tbe Republicans of the next Congress
on the tariff question.
Sleep, little pigeon, and fold your wings
Little blue pigeon with velvet eyes:
bleep to the singing orthe mother-bird swinging
Swinging the nest where ber little one lies.
Away out yonder I sec a star
Silvery star with a tinkling song;
To the soft dew falling 1 hear It calling
Calling and tinkling the night along.
In through the window a moonbeam comes
. Little gold moonbeam with misty wings:
All silently creeping. It asks: ' 'Is be sleeping
bleeping and dreaming while mother sings?'
Up from tbe sea there floats tho sob
Of tft waves that are breaking; upon tbe shore.
As though they were groaning in angalsh, and
Bemoaning the ship that shall come no more.
But sleep, little pigeon, and fold your wings
Little bine pigeon with mournful eyes:
Am I not singing see 1 am swinging
Swinging the nest where my darling lies.
' Eugene field, in Chicago Kevcs.
" li .
GREEK COLLIDES WITH GREEK.
A Bright Correspondent Thrown Off tbo
Scent of a Good Bit of News by a Shrewd
Standard OH Mnn A, Story That Was
Applied to His Case.
ITROlt A STATT COBBXSrONnXNT.t
Habbisbubg, March 10. '"We were drink
ing." It was one of the brightest of the Har
risburg correspondents who spoke. "The par
ticular people who were drinking," he re
marked, "were myself, a reformer, and a mem
ber of the Legislature from the Western part of
the State, wbo Is suspected of being a Standard
Oil man. The teformer is also amember of the
Legislature. He had made up his mind there
was something in the wind, aid he gave me a
tip. I had drank just enough to take it in. It
began to be about 8 a.m., and the Standard
Oil man said: "Well, boys, I must leave you.
Where are you going? inquired the reformer
and myself. 'Ob, I must leave,' evasively re
plied the Standard man. The reformer
punched me. ana'swearing softly, stld to me:
What did I tell you. Then we both remarked:
'We'll go with you.' The Standard man re
plied: 'All right, boys: wait till I go to the
hotel for my grip.' 'You'll call for us on your
way back? 'Sure. Take one and Til be with
you before you down It,' The reformer and I
took one and conferred. Tbe Standard man
put his head inside the door and remarked:
"Just as we arrived at tho depot two trains
came in, one from tbe east and one from the
west. Senator Delamater and Chairman An
drews camenp the steps from the depot plat
form. They took the Standard man aside to
tell him'somethmg about the weather in a con
fidential way. The reformer fell over against
me and nearly fainted. "Didn't-I give you a
straight tip? he gasped, while his eyes stood
out so .far that they nearly ran down his
cheeks. -Sure.' I said. Then the Standard
man came back to us and said: -Well, boys,
there's my train; Tm going now.'
"There were two trains, one going east and
the other west. We had made up our minds
the Standard man was going east, and we were
determined to know all about it. 'All right,'
we said, "so are we.' We went down to tbe
trains together, and the Standard man said:
'Whero are you going, boys? 'We're going
with you,' we said, and the Standard man
never cracked a sulile, as he replied to us,
'Come on, boys,' and then said to the porter:
Give us a section.' The reformer, of course,
had a Pennsylvania Railroad pass on bis person,
and as I stood on the reform question I had
another. Otherwise we were broke, but the
Standard man was putting up for the section.
We just threw our overcoats-into it and re
tired to the smoking compartment. The
Standard man produced a pack of cards and
ordered a bottle of wine. We had discovered
by this time that we were going west instead
of east, but we were determined to hang on.
"The Standard man ordered another bottle
of wine.and this confirmed the reformer's worst
suspicions. The manipulation of the paste
boards and the gradual decrease of the wine
supply made the time pass merrily. The re
former after awhile said to the Standard man:
Old fellow, let me have $20r 'Sure,' said the
Standard man. 'Have one yourself,' he said to
me. 'No, I don't want any,' I said, and then
leaning over to the reformer I whispered:
That'll do for the two of us.' The size of the
roll produced by the Standard man made the
reformer's eyes stand out again, and he
punched me in the ribs and breathed into my
ear: 'Ain't we on? 'Ain't we though?" I re
plied. "The Standard man ordered another bottle of
wine. We began to get very mellow. The
Standard man after awhile called the porter
and asked him where there was a night tele
graph office. At Lewiston Junction, sab.' The
Standard man said he wanted to get off a mes
sage if it would go that night sure. The
porter was certain, ana the Standard man
played with his cipher book awhile, and wrote
something on a telegraph blank. The reformer
all this time was giving me a wild series of
nudges and knowing looks. Tbe Standard man
stepped out of tbo compartment and said to the
porter, just loud enough for us to hear: 'Now
get this off, sure. Here's a dollar, and you can
keep tbe change.' When we heard this I
thought the reformer would have a fit.
"The Standard man came back and rung up
another bottle of wine. We were having a big
time, and tbe reformer was making my ribs
black and blue between patriotic songs and
other things. After a wbde the Standard man
burst out laughing, when there didn't seem to
be any occasion for it, and we demanded, as
friends, to be let in on the joke. 'Boys,' said
the Standard man, this reminds me of a story.'
Of course we wanted the story, and he said:
-Once upon a time, a very respectable, though
poor, Hibernian died in a town where he was
known only by reputation. It was determined
to give him a good funeral, and in the absence
of relatives, a lot of mourners were hired to
walk behind the hearse, clad in black and with
heads down. A part of the., bargain was that
any man who looked up forfeited his pay.
After a while a very loud smell greeted the
nostrils of the hired mourners. "Boys," said
one of them, "that must be an old corpse In
front?" After standing it as long as they
could, they agreed that one of them- should
look up to see wbat was the trouble, and tbe
rest should make his loss good. He looked up.
"Boys," he said, "you can all look up now, as
we've lost the hearse and we're following a gar
bage cart.' "
"Right there I fainted. When I was coming
to I beard tbe reformer weakly murmuring:
'Where does this train stop next?' The Stand
ard man was having a fit of hysterics over in
tbe other corner. We bade him a sad farewell
at Altoona, and stayed there until we had spent
the S20 we had borrowsd. That isn't all of it,
though. Weloundoutaweek later that we
wero worse sold than we thought The Stand
ard man only stayed in the westward train until
it met the train east, when he transferred him
self to it and went off to New York to consult
Mr. Rockefeller about tbe cottonseed oil bill
and other matters before the Legislature that
the Standard is interested in." Simpson.
A SWEET I0DNG H0ESE THIEF.
A Yankee Woman Steals it Rig and is Sent
to tbe County Jail.
FABJirsOTON. ME.,Marcbia Mrs. Clara M.
Nye, only two years a bride, pert, pretty and
vivacious, was sent to jail here to-day for
stealing a horse and wagon. Tbe Prosecuting
Attorney told a? dramatic story to the court
that made everybody, even Clara herself,
A Farmington citizen was aroused by a-com-motion
in bis barn. He hurried Into bis
clothes and rushed down. Just as he reached
the yard a horse and wagon dashed by him.
He recognized the wagon as bis own. Going to
the barn be found his horse safe. In a moment
he was on tbe animal's back, dashing after the
- jthief, with his shotgun in readiness. In the
stillness ot the night be beard the team rattling
over the frozen icy road, up tbe river toward
Phillips. He gained on it, and, when within
hailing distance, cried: "Haiti"
A wild laugh came back. He fired his gun
into the air, but that produced no effect. Then
he spurred on his horse, meanwhile putting an
other charge in his gun. Ho expected a tussel
with a desperate horse thief. Soon there came
a crash. The wagon bad gone into tbe ditch
and turned over. With cocked weapon the
pursuing citizen advanced. He found a pretty
young woman grinning at him. The young
woman had stolen another man's horse, and
then gone for bis wagon. He patched up the
team and took her back to Farmington.
Clara said she had become tired ot life in tbat
town and determined to seek adventures in
other parts of the world. She evidently had
looked too long on the wine when it was red.
Her husband bas not apneared on the scene as
yet. She pleaded guilty when arraigned.
A BIG CLAIM.
Five SHIfloB Aeres In Central Arizona at
Tucson, Ariz., March 10- The Surveyor
General has comDleted his report on the Seral
tle claim, and recommends tbat it be not con
firmed, as there Is no evidence which is docu
mentary. It consists of unauthenticated copies
of "what is claimed as the regular title to the
Scraltie claim, and Includes nearly 5,000,000
acres of Central Arizona.
For moro than a year past Santiago AInSo, a
distinguished Spanish lawyer of this city, and
Clark Churchill, ex-Attorney General cf Ari
zona, have been engaged in Investigating the
title of the grant. The Surveyor General has
for several years Insisted that the grant title
was valid, but the researches ot Alnso and
Churchill finally convinced him, of his error.
nence nis omoiai report.
CURIOUS COSDEffSATIOXS--'' f
Joe Averr, a small boy of Cornwall!,
Ore,, while sick and delirious, swallowed a
thermometer which the doctor placed ta J
mouth to test his temperature. He suffered
terribly, hut may recover.
George Granger, ol Allaben, Ulster
county. New York, has a Jgbom hen which
has three lees. On tbe third leg there ireslx
toes. Mr. Granger bas named tbe three-legged
hen "Tim." When it bears tbat name u waixs
out from tbe flock and will follow the person
who called it.
Mrs. Marv Arndt, a lady about 30 yean
old, living at Calhoun, IniL, a small station on
the Lake Shore Toad, was taken sick several
days ago and was confined to her bed. The
second night of her Alness her hair, which was
jet black, began to whiten, and by morning K
had turned completely white. The woman has
recovered and is an object of considerable
A deerskin mantle which belonged to
King Powhatan is preserved In the Ashmoleaa
Museum, mantles of furs and feather work
brought with It from Virginia bv tho first
colonists having been destroyed. Tbe mantle
Is formed of two skins, has no hair and is deco
rated by an upright human figure, divided by
tbe seam, a pair of animal figures and 32 spiral
rounds ot shell work. The embroidery 18 o
beads and shells.
A Paris gentleman engaged a cafe eoa
cert company to entertain his guests at are
cent reception, and before the evening was
over a handsome baritone of SO won tbe heart
of the young lady of tbe house, and eloped with
her while the company were at dinner. She
wore only a mackintosh over evening dress.and
had no money, while be ones his landlady two
weeks' rent and is In Aebt to all tbe neighbor
hood,but neither of them has yet been heard
About 25 years ago Charles Noyes, the
veteran keeper of the Latimer Light, opposite
Stonington, Conn., lost a prized ring on the
beach. Every day for years he rowed to the
shore and walked up and down the beach look
ing for tbe heirloom, but his trouble availed
him 'naught. Last week alady, while walking
along the coast, bad ber attention attracted by
a shining object in the sand. It proved to be
the long-lost ring, and she restored it to tho
Prof. J. D. Bryant, visiting surgeon to
Beilevue Hospital, New York, is making pre
parations to perform a singular and wonderful,
if successful, surgical operation at tbe institu
tion. He Is going to attempt to cause a new
lower jaw to grow on an ex-Confederate soldier
In place of tbe one that was shot off his face on
the battlefield of Chlckamagua by a Union
shell on September 20, 1863. The patient is
Captain John N. Sloan, 60 years of age,
formerly of tbe Forty-fifth Mississippi Regi
ment. L. B. Baton, a very eccentric man, died
recently at his home near Fremont, Steuben
county. Ind. He settled in that county In 1837,
and by the closest economy In living the life of
a hermit succeeded in acquiring over 1,000
acres of good land and much other property.
His strange will is in keeping with the oddities
of his life. His land is to be divided Into lots
of ten acres, and on each lot there is to be
erected a cottage. These cottages are intend
ed as homes of friendless women of good
character over S3 years of age.
A rat and a cat may be seen playing to
gether any day at De Witt's livery stable in
Louisville, at Seventh and Jefferson streets.
The cat is a big black Tom, with long whiskers,
a short tail and yellow eyes. The rat Is a sleek
and fat specimen of the genus rodent, and has
a cunning but prosperous and contented look.
The cat is fierceness and savagery itself, and
bears the scars of innumerable battles, not
alone with rats and other felines, bnt with dogs
as well, and he has never been whipped, and
has never been known to decline a fight.
One Hill, who mysteriously disappeared
from Heard county, Ga last fall, has unex
pectedly returned and reports having bad a
most exciting experience. He states tbat he
was kidnaped in La Grange, Gx, and taken to
Atlanta and there put aboard a train for the
West. After several days constant traveling
be reached Now Mexico, when his abductors
led him to a cave in a lonely spot and there
chained him. He remained a prisoner until
the 29th of January, when, while his abductors
were at breakfast, be embraced an opportunity
to escape on horseback. Pursuit was given,
but be was not caught, and reachmgtbe Indian
Territory he sold the horse and walked home
The following three advertisements
recently appeared in an English paper: Wan ted
an able-bodied man at country rectory, willing
to make himself generally useful; must have
thorough! knowledge of chickens, pigs,and
understand milking; must be able to drive
horses and groom them; ring the church bells,
dig graves, be cheerful mourner, and not object
to carry coffin; wbore parlor, maid Is kept. A
pious young man desires to 'be received into a
respectable family, where the excellence of bis
example and superior morality might be con
sidered as an equivalent for board and lodg
ings. Adoption Youth, 19, highly respectable
family, gentlemanly appearance, is willing to
be adopted; reasons and particulars on applica
tion. There are no species of sheep indigenous
to Australia. The fat-tailed sheep is found in
Asia and Africa, In Syria, India and China,
also In Barbary, and such large numbers are
raised in tbe colony of the Cape of Good that
It Is often known as tbe Hottentot sheep. This
sheep Is of small size, with soft and short wooL
Its peculiar characteristic is the enormous de
velopment of the tail, by tbe growth of a large
mass of fat on each side of the lower part of
this appendage. This is sometimes so great
that the tail alone bas been known to weigh 70
pounds or more. This tall Is esteemed a great
delicacy for food, and to protect It from being
injured by being dragged on the ground, the
shepherd often places It upon a board or a
small truck with wheels, which is attached by
a light string harness to the body of the animal.
Owen Hatch, who keeps a grocery and
saloon in Marion county, Georgia, has a stock
of liquor on hand In jugs. One day last week
a two-gallon jug of corn liquor was left sitting
on the floor behind the counter. Mr. Hatch
stepped behind tbe connter and was surprised
to see a large blacksnake colled around the
jug with Its head Inside. He watched It for a
moment, and soon discovered that tbe snake
was drinking liquor. It was not disturbed, and
after several minutes it slowly uncoiled itself
from tbe jng and attempted to crawl away, but
was too dinnk, and stretched Itself out on tbe
floor, where It remained apparently asleep un
til tbe next day. Mr. Hatch examined the
jug and found tbat tbe snake bad drank more
than a qntrt of liquor. Two days later the
same snake returned, and when It crawled un
der the counter Mr. Hatch watched it. By
coiling itself aronnd tbe jug and giving its
neck a twist around the stopper, it was able to
remove the cork, and again thrust its head in
side and began to drink liquor. It was allowed
to drink its fill again, alter which it was
WHAT WILD WITS ARE SAYING.
"Pa, what's the difference between a thief
and a kleotomanlae ?" "Oh, about 110,000a year.
The one who hasn't It Is the thler.' Harper'
The modesty of the owners of the gas
plants should be Immortalized by a monument.
Something In brass would be about tbe thing.
St. Louis Post-JiUpateh.
Mrs. Winks Well, I declare! The
weather Indications are right for once. Mr.
Winks (looking over ber shoulder Humph I
That paper you've got is a week old. PMladel
Flora I went down town yesterday and
ordered me a tailor-made- dlrectolre suit.
Carrie Oh, did you t I went down town yester
day and ordered me a lawyer-made divorce suit.
Miseries of Trade. Druggist (awakened
at 5.A. M.) Wbat do you wish ?
Voice (at the door) If you'll let me look In your
directory to see bow to address this letter, I'll
buy the postage stamp of you. Seio fort W eeflf. "
Caller at the Bank Is the cashier in ?
Caller May 1 see him for a minute ?
Clerk You will iave to eome aronnd to his
desk. There Is a Montreal excursion to-day, and
His feet are In the stocks. LowtU CUtxtn. , fr
"Yon're looking glnm, Charley. What's '
the matter?" -3S",.
"The Creamery Trnst. I shall have to drop iUsJpfe
Spoonplayer. Ican'taiTordherat the advanced
price or Ice cream." 53&
You idiot. You don't suppose they make.les?,--cream
ofcream, doyoa?" Chicago Heralds -" .
yet AtrrooKArn. J
My autograph she begged the night '.
When first her beauty filled my sight; , , V
RntinTnothlnrnlra besides. maV be "i XX
A poem or a maxim trite."
I yielded to tbe witching light
Of iter soft eyes and did Indite.
Entwined wtth flowers or poesy.
She perches on my knee to-night.
And In her eTcs so Clear and brlxht
The old light dnells-an, woe Is ma l'. Z
My cbeck-book in her band I see. e -.. " ,,
And once again she begs me wrlto-Ji fctiA
My autograph.- j&Altiiit, ZZT.t
-Charles U. PwrwiifeKlswrtoewtS