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ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1848.
Vol. 44, o. 36. Entered at 1'lttsburg Post office,
November 14, 18S7, as second-class matter
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PITTSBURG, FRIDAY. MAR. 15. 18S9.
CALL FOB AH ENEBGETIC POLICY.
Though the news from Auckland confirms
the impression already had that the Samoan
story of lat week was a canard, that fact
will not lessen public interest in the resolu
tions reported yesterday from the Minnesota
legislature. These make a bold demand
for a vigorous policy of national defense,
and for steps to furnish better facilities for
commercial communication with foreign
"What has passed since the Samoan ques
tion arose, not to talk of the ways which
were open to trouble with Great Britain
about election time last fall, must convince
every one that an adequate navy and sea
coast defenses are a timely and wise invest
ment. They cannot be had in a few weeks,
or in a few months, yet circumstances now
not foreseen might precipitate a war in less
As for the proposal for steamship lines to
South America and other lands where busi
ness can be done by the United States, it is
entirely in line with President Harrison's
inaugural deliverance and with the best
business sense of the country. The Minne
sota resolutions will meet with national ap
proval. K0T THE PE0PES BEMEDY.
Vhen Mr. Blaine stated in a campaign
speech that England was ''plastered all over
with trusts" his statement was ridiculed by
all the free trade journals in the country.
It is a little amusing now to note that the
same papers, which but a few months ago
would hardly admit that such a thing as a
trust was in existence outside the United
States, are now copying a compilation of
statistics from an Austrian journal, which
goes far toward f substantiating' the ante
election utterance of the present Secretary
According to this Austrian statistician
Germany leads in the number, extent and
influence of its trade combinations; the
United States comes next, with England a
close competitor. Trusts are found to exist
in every European country and in Japan
and other parts of Asia. Several are named
that are international in their scope, and
others are rapidly growing abroad. The
argument that our protective tariff is re
sponsible for the existence of such organiza
tions loses all its force in the face of such an
array of facts and figures as are contained
in the compilation mentioned, for it is seen
that trusts flourish in free trade and low
tariff countries as well as under govern
ments devoted to the protective system. It
looks as if those who are seeking to rid this
country ofcts trust afflictions would have to
make use of some other prescription than
that of Dr. Mills and others who profess to
believe that a removal of duties on imports
is all that is necessary to effect a cure.
TEBBxTOBIAL HOME RULE.
Judging from the appointments thus far
made President Harrison intends to adhere
to his expressed determination to give the
territorial offices only to residents of the ter
ritories, despite the importunities of the
place hunters. This is a policy which will
win for him the friendship of a portion of
the people who, by force of circumstances,
have little opportunity to take part in the
affairs of the Government Carpet-baggers
are seldom popular, and we don't believe
there is any territory so poor in men possess
ing the requisite qualifications for office
that there is any necessity for giving posi
tions to outsiders.
As a rale, the population of the territo
ries is largely composed of intelligent and
enterprising emigrants from the old and
populous States, who certainly know, if any
one does, what is for the best interests of
the sections in which they live. "We believe
the experiment of placing such men in ad
ministrative positions will prove both suc
cessful and popular.
would sure fob metaphor.
General Greeley's weather probabilities
have been the theme of much public criti
cism lately. Their optimistic outgi vines
for inauguration week are remembered by
not a few who still have pains in their bones
from the excessive out-of-door fluidity at
Washington when, by the prognostication,
lie sun should have been shining in all its
brilliancy. So, again, a cold wave was pre
dicted the current week for these parts; but,
instead, the robins are singing on suburban
lawns, the sparrow chattering briskly in the
eaves and cornices of city houses, and over
coats, heavy wraps and such things are rel
egated hopefully, for the season, to cedar
Spring is come, if the local signs go for
anything. We trust that General .Greeley,
-whose efficiency as a prophet prior to the
present administration coming into power
was unquestioned, will soon get his bearings
again and have his divining apparatus ad
justed to the new order of things in politics.
The elements go right on in their old way
each, whether wind, water, hail or sun
shine, doing business at the old stand re
gardless whether Harrison or Cleveland sits
in the White House.
But if General Greeley's probabilities
failed to hit the weather, they were at least
admirable as a cast of the political horizon.
Inauguration Day, despite the rain, was fair
and bright for many aspirants to office, be
fore whose mind's eye, the sun of promise
was then brilliant, despite the exterior and
material clouds and rain; and, alas J who
doubts that for some of these a cold wave
more chilling even than Greeley predicted
ha already arrived, even "while' the whole
cuter face of nature is smiling.
Mt the farmers, the coal shippers, the
builders, and housewives who go out shop
ping of mornings don't care for allegory or
metaphor. General I After the fashion prev
alent all through the busyJworld they prefer
plain facts applicable to their own several
The flummery of the Viceregal court, its
millinery and gingerbread imitation of the
monarchical mummery practiced at the
Court of St, James, seems to be causing
disgust to a large number of Canadians.
The Toronto Empire voices the discontent
in its usually vigorous fashion. Here is a
paragraph from our cotemporary's editor
ial: "We lire under a monarchical form
of government; but at heart the people are
democratic. They dislike caste; they abhor
titular distinctions; they object to the in
troduction of class discriminations, pat
terned after the English plan."
If Canadians generally have as keen a
sense of the ridiculous as tbe Empire, they
cannot but feel disgusted at the cheap imi
tation of monarchy which they are paying
to keep up. It cannot be pleasant to them
to feel that the men they hire to conduct the
government hold themselves too good to
meet their masters on terms of equality.
That is just what the office holders under
the Canadian Governor are doing,and only a
few days ago the select circles of society,
made up of Government officers and other
idlers, carried their assumption of superior
ity so far at the viceregal ball at Ottawa
that the common people were roused to hot
The progress of the only aristocracy
Canada ought to have, which the Empire
rightly says, should be "of muscle and
brains" alone, toward true Bepnblicanism is
well worth watching. It will end in Canada
entering the United States.
HOW TO SETTLE IT.
When it comes to applying the law and
imposing penalties on restaurant keepers
who serve to their customers oleomargarine,
or a mixture of that product with genuine
butter, the situation looks ripe for an in
telligent compromise between the conflict
ing interests and antagonistic opinions.
On the one hand the oleomargarine people
say their article is preferable to many of the
qualities of butter which are sold in the
market; that it is not only cheaper in itself,
but as an alternative to genuine butter
keeps the price of the latter in bounds; and
that people should have the right to buy it,
or to use it, as they please. On the other
hand, the dairy men and dealers in pure but
ter maintain that to sell oleomargarine as
butter is a manifest fraud, justly punishable.
Both parties so far are clearly right; and
this gives the key to the true and simple
solution of the whole matter. Sell oleo
margarine for what it is, in place of for
what it is not. Agree upon some device by
which it may be told apart, so that ii pur
chased it be purchased knowingly, and if
served at table those who consume it will
know what they are getting. If oleomar
garine is such a good thing as its supporters
insist, and as the public are willing to be
lieve it can be made, it will soon and surely
find demand upon its merits; and with the
implication of false pretense no longer at
taching to it, it should really have a more
extensive and profitable sale than when put
on the market in disguise.
Probably some such arrangement as this
will be the ultimate outcome of litigious
hostilities now in progress.
It pays to be patriotic, no doubt. To die
for one's country is a brave and glorious
act, provided the country requires the sacri
fice. But an exnberance of patriotism,
wasted in efforts that benefit neither the
nation nor the individual, is quite another
thing. The enthusiasmthat vents itself in
shouts, marching and processions, and
pompous display, maybe carried to an ex
tent where it ceases to be patriotic and be
These reflections are suggested by an item
in a Philadelphia paper giving a list of
men killed and injured by participation in
the inauguration ceremonies at "Washing
ton. True, there were no riots at the capi
tal and little disorder of any kind. The
disorder came later. Its name was pneu
monia, and it was that which carried several
prominent Philadelphians to the verge
of the grave and'took others quite over the
brink into the realm of the unknown. A
railway disaster could scarcely have been
fraught with more serious consequences to
many of the Quaker City patriots. Ac
cording to a Philadelphia journal, "nearly
everybody out of the thousands who went
to Washington from this city is more or
less sick," and the deaths of several persons
Clearly, here is a case where patriotism
did not pay. The moral is obvious, and it
is to be hoped the lesson will not be for
gotten before March 4, 1893. A President's
power and influence will be equally great
even if -no lives are thrown away in cele
brating his installation in office.
HEATING CABS FROM THE ENGINE.
1 is not amiss to call the attention of the
railroad officers in this vicinity to the re
port presented to the Massachusetts Legis
lature by the Bailroad Commissioners of
that State on the matter of heating cars
with steam from the engine. The report is
emphatically in favor of locomotive steam
heating, and the commissioners are san
guine that the system will come into gen
eral use without compulsory legislation.
This matter has considerable local inter
est because the locomotive steam-heating is
now being tried on the Pennsylvania Hues,
and apparently to the satisfaction of the
railroad officers. The public, of course, re
joices to see the detestable car stove give
way to almost any other warming apparatus.
But the report of the Massachusetts
Commissioners contains several facts in re
gard to the question of heating cars.
It is pointed out, for example, that locomo
tive steam heating will be more economical
because the removal of individual car heat
ers will make additional room for passengers.
This, however, probably has not been over
looked by the railroads. Another thing,
however, which the public is directly con
cerned in, is stated as the result of practical
experiment, namely, that there is little or
no. danger to the passengers in the case of
accident to the heating apparatus carrying
the steam from the locomotive, even if too
great pressure should cause .the pipes to
The ex-President and several ex-members
of the Cabinet are about to visit Cuba.
While they are so near, they might as well
run over to Hayti and tell Legitime how to
conduct properly the affairs of a Bepublic.
The Haytian President is evidently much
in need of advice.
The Massachusetts Legislature has en
acted a law imposing a penalty of 25 cents a
day on manufacturers and others for each
alien employed by them. Her next move,
providing the Governor signs this bill,
should be to-build a lofty wall around the
entire Commonwealth and exclude all but
the descendants of the Turitans. There's
no sense in halfway measures.
It is not unusual for the State Legislature
to be turned into a circus, but the Assembly
men were not prepared to allow an operatic
company with a ballet to use their hall last
night, as Mr. Corey, of Luzerne, ironically
proposed should be done.
Some learned chemists of this city al
most convinced a legislative committee at
Harrisburg yesterday that oleomargarine is
away ahead of anything-the cows could give
them. But the legislators seemjtobe thinking
more of what the owners of cows can, do
with their votes, than the comparatiye
merits of butter and oleomargarine.
So Colonel Shepaed, the great and
only religious editor, is not seeking office.
He says so himself. But, oh, how graceful
ly he Is standing where Mr. Harrison can
best take in the lull beauty of bis shape.
The Kev. J. M. Caldwell, of Chicago,
says that professional detectives are pro
fessional criminals. This is a new and
strengthened version of the adage that it
takes a thief to catch a thief. Mr. Caldwell
would have been nearer the truth had he
said that a great many criminals masquer
ade as detectives.
The author of the "Beautiful Snow" has
become an, elevated railroad brakeman in
New York. It seems to be ordained by fate
that this wretched man shall always be in a
position to distress his fellow-men:
The explosion of a boiler, yesterday, in
the West Point Boiler Works, of this city,
resulted in five deaths and terrible injuries
to a dozen others. It is hard to understand
how such a disaster could occur in an estab
lishment where boilers are thoroughly
understood, without carelessness on some
The Chicago Herald is doing good work.
Its reporters are employed iu relieving the
starving poor. In Chicago half of the popu
lation is usually seeking how it may relieve
the other half of its valuables.
A gentleman thinks it worth his while
to tell the Baltimore Herald that "there is
a great difference between a spiritualist me
dium and a fortune-teller." Everybody
knows that the medium costs more and usu
ally tells fewer lies for the money than the
fortune-teller pure and simple.
The "Samoan scare" was evidently mis
named. At any rate, it was not the United
States that was scared.
Madame O'Delia Ann Diss Debab,
the medium, has pronounced spiritualism a
humbug and a thorough fraud, and says she
is going to be a theosophist henceforth.
What the theosophists are going to be is not
said, but they are clearly debarred from
using their title longer.
PERSONAL FACTS AND FANCIES.
Groyek Cleveland on Monday next cele
brates his birthday. He was born on March
Mrs. Humphrey Ward has forwarded to
President Harrison a copy of "Robert Els
mere." bearing her signature.
John B. Fry, of Sidney, N. Y., who was
once private secretary to Henry Clay, is look
lngfor a consular appointment.
Prince Peter Boltikoff, the well-known
collector of armor and enamels, some of wboso
acquis! tions are in the South Kensington Mu
seum (London) and the Louvre, has just died
at the age of 85 In Paris, where he had lived for
The growing intimacy between the German
Emperor and his brother, Prince Henry, has
attracted comment. The latter is consulted
about everything, and his allowance from the
Prussian Royal Fund has been largely in
creased. Sir Julian Pattncefote, the newly-appointed
British Minister to the United States,
is said to be much pleased at the prospect be
fore him. "The position in question has been
tbe ambition of my lite," he said recently. His
daughter is described as a most attractive
woman and a great favorite in London society.
Walt Whitman Is not without a keen sense
of the humorous. An ambitious young poet
called on him the other day to show him a MS.
tragedy entitled "Columbus." "Mr. Whit
man," said he, "I should like to read you my
drama and get your opinion of its merits."
"No, I thank you," said Walt. "I've been par
Jeremiah Ruse cannot get used to being
called "Mr. Secretary." ' As he was entering
the White House a few days ago one of his Wis
consin friends canght a sight of him and cried
out to him by his new title. Rusk did not turn
his bead. Again and again the Wisconsin vis
itor called "Mr. Secretary," with no result
Finally he yelled "Governor." Rusk turned
around atf once.
JUSTICE MATTHEWS YERT ILL.
He Has Another Relapse nnd His Condi
tlon Is Considered to be Serious.
Washington, March 11 Justice Matthews
is not so well to-day and had another of the re
lapses which have marked the progress of his
illness. Last night he was restless and had a
lever, and to-day he was quite ill. The Justice
has a complication of disorders, none of which
alone are of a grave character, but which taken
together make quite a serious case and one re
quiring close care and attention. The primary
troubles are rheumatic attacks and impaired
digestion. Justice Matthews' system Is very
sensitive to changes of all kinds. For eight
weeks preceding tbe inauguration he showed
a steady improvement in health and his case
progressed so favorably as to greatly encourage
his family and Dr. Johnston, bis physician.
During this time he received as many as six or
eight callers daily and conversed with each for
quite a little while.
The horribly bad weather about the 4th of
March, however, seemed to affect him, as It
did some others. Notwithstanding great care
was taken to protect him from climatic In
fluences during this bad weather and was not
permitted to go outside of the two warm rooms,
the Justice caught cold and this has been fol
lowed by several relapses, during which he has
been restless and feverish.
Justice Matthews displays great fortitude
and patience under his afflictions, and those
Suallties have proved of great benefit to him
uring his illness. It is said that the nature of
his disease is such as to necessarily make the
changes in bis condition very slow, whetner in
the direction of better or of poorer health.
NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP THEM BUST.
The President Unable to Bfnke Appointments
Too Fast for the Senate.
Washington, March 14. Tho rate at which
nominations are being sent in by the President
leads to the belief that the present session.of
the Senate will be longer than anticipated.
Such being the case, a disposition was mani
fested in the caucus to-day to consider the
Southern election matters under the Hoar and
Some of theSenators thintcMr. Coke's speech
sbonld be answered, and it Is stated that the
indications now are that this will be done.
I am tbe country, the country T
Madertor the Bismarck dynast L
That is the end of German L
I am the country. He that tricks
Or jests at Bismarck's politics,
The splendid German honor pricks.
I am tbe country heart and core,
If other countries ask "What for!"
I give my word. I start a war,
I am the I-ron Chancel-lor,
Ills Marriage Certificate.
From the Uetrolt Free Frees.; t
A Detroit gentleman, whose hair Is becoming
a little sparse, says that bis marriage certificate
is beginning to show through.
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Cowardice Sometimes Is Linked Qaeerly to
Conrnge In Unman Nature.
Courage, physical courage, is Eeldom found
in man without a flaw. It was not long ago
that I heard of a gallant soldier, who undoubt
edly made a splendid name for himself by acts
of great bravery In the late war, and who yet
was nearly scared to death by the Irruption of
a harmless necessary cat from its hiding place
under the soldier's bed. He told the story
himself, and confessed most candidly that he
was frizhtened by the feline intruder.
A clergyman who had pluck enough to
swim across a dangerous river when he was a
youth, and since then has shown his brave
spirit by ministering to the poor parishioners
during tbe cholera epidemic of 1849, 1 think, in
London, and In numberless other great ways,
is periodically made a perfect coward whenever
the not very formidable wasp or yellow jacket
flies anywhere near him.
This person is remarkably fond of fishing for
trout with the artistic fly, and I have known
him to put up his rod and desert a pool where
the fish were rising on all sides, just greedy for
surface food and asking to be caught, because
a wasp or two persisted in hovering over his
Allegheny county boasts a brave little
woman, possessed of culture, gentleness and
all the sweetest of womanly traits, who Is emi
nently unlike tbe majority of her sex 'in that
she can break glass balls with a rifle at ten
yards, and has been known to make things very
lively for burglars with a revolver, who yet
has the customary feminine dread of tho small
est mouse, and who will faint at the sight of a
pin scratch. i
I remember how a gbost story was laugha
bly Interrupted in its telling, and in a way
which bears upon this topic of courage.
Three or four newspaper men were matching
talcs of horror in a lofty bedroom at tbe Loch
iel Hotel in Harrisburg during the session of
1SS5. There were four of us there, I remember
now. One of them was a stout sanguine, fellow
who would not be suspected of fearing any
thing in particular. He told tho last storj, and
the most blood curdling of course. It was 2
o'clock in the morning, and an empty bottle
stood on the bnreau, as a reminder of what had
What an awful yarn it was our sanguine
leviathan told. Every hair in my head was
in revolt, I know, and the silence was teniflc
when the tale came to a thrilling wind-up.
The next biggest man in the party was the
only one brave enough to speak. Said he,
huskily, for tho bottle had been empty a long
while: "Do you mean to say that you weren't
a bit scared, George?"
"Not a scare," replied the sanguine George,
but ere the words were out of his mouth there
came a fearful rapping at the door quite in
keeping with "The Raven" and that knocking
evermore and that valiant companion and
hobnobber with ghosts turned two shades paler
than the sheets on his bed.
"What's thatT" he involuntarily cried.
"It's me with tbe other bottle," said the bell
boy, and there was a startling roar of laughter.
One of the most unpleasant scares a friend
of mine has ever experienced occurred re-,
cently during a railway journey by night. I
will let her tell it in her own words.
"Just before I fell asleep, weile I was on the
brink of dreamland, and when I was still dimly
conscious that my husband was snoring melo
diously, I saw the curtains of our berth, or
rather felt them, move. That waked me a
little and I strained my eyes to watch the
pale streak of low lamp light which
marked the dividing line of the curtains. They
slowly parted and I saw a band come in, and
then an arm. The hand unbuttoned all the
clasps of tho curtains, and then I saw it stretch
out toward the netting where some of my hus
band's clothes were. Tbe whole thing struck
me. then as rather humorous, and proceedings
that view I reached for one of my shoes under
the bed, but by chance took hold of one
of my husband's. I gripped the shoe
tightly, and sitting up dealt as
savage a blow as I could to the arm in sight
The blow didn't fall quite true, but an excla
mation of pain and a hurried scuffling of feet
down the aisle told me that the owner of the
arm didn't want any more boot. He didn't get
any booty except from my hand."
"Who was the thief? ' I asked.
"That's the strange part. Though I waked
my husband at once and he Investigated all he
could, we ifever found out tbe rascal. I sus
pected a colored porter, but I couldn't
BEADING'S IE0N FAILURE.
Efforts Being Blade to Resnme .Business at
the Old Stand.
Philadelphia, March 14. The creditors of
tbe Beading Iron Works held a meeting at the
office of the company this afternoon. The
Committee on Appraisement, from whom a
statement was expected, made a verbal report
of the result of their work, in which they cave
the total liabilities at $l,o75,959 81, instead of
$1,927,783 22, as reported last week. The as
sets are valued at $2,091,"47 24. The balance of
assets over and above liabilities Is given at
The committees on management and re
organization were compelled to report their In
ability to arrive at any definite conclusion,
whereupon Joseph Wharton suggested that
the only feasible plan to overcome the existing
obstacles and to satisfy everybody was the ap
pointment of a receiver. George F. Baer, who
is a director of the works, and also of the
Reading Railroad Company, recalled the fact
that he had submitted a plan at the last meet
ing which contemplated the uninterrupted
continuance of the business as tbe most ad
visable course in the interest of the creditors.
Any modification of that plan that would
reach the same object would be agreeable, but
any otter scheme would not meet with the ap
proval of tbe board.
After some discusiion it was decided to give
Mr. JJaer's plan further consideration and it
was directed that tbe plan be printed and a
copy sent to each creditor. Each one is ex
pected to signify his approval or disapproval of
the plan by letter to one of the committee
which was appointed: George X)eB. Keim,
Comly B. Shoemaker, John H. Craig, Samuel
B, Seyf ert and W. C. Frick. It was decided to
meet again next Thursday afternoon, when
this committee will make a report. ,
DEATH OF A HISEB.
He Lived in Abject sqnnlor, But Was
St. Louis, March 14. On Friday last George
C. Harden, an old man of 75 years, died at a
cheap German boarding house on Franklin
avenue, where he had lived many years. As he
was never known to work, lived in squalid
quarters and had no associates, he was sup
posed to be very poor. AH his surroundings in
dicated this, but the public administrator, in
examining Haydcn's trunk, found a note ad
dressed to that official and inclosing a safe de
posit key. It also contained the name "B. C.
Payne, of Winslow, Maine." The admin
istrator yesterdiy visited the Safe Deposit
Company's vaults, and, on opening Hayden's
box, discovered more than 560,000 in cash,
stocks and bonds, and to-day filed an inventory
of them in the Probato Court.
Hayden had no relatives here,but is supposed
to bave some in Maine, and an effort will be
made to find them. He lived in this city nearly
40 years, and was known to be a miser, but no
one knew that he had any property.
Died From Jumping the Rope.
Indianapolis, March 14, Josephine Dyxx.
a schoolgirl, aged IS, daughter of Mrs. Clara
Dyxx, yesterday, at recess, "jumped the rope"
285 times consecutively. Last nignt she died
from the effects of the physical fatigue to
which she had subjected herself.
Jlotv to Save Space.
From the Norristbwn Herald.')
A Washington paper prints a list of names of
men who want office. A list of names of the
men who dont want office would occupy much
DEATHS OP A JAY.
Hod. Moses W. Field.
Detbott, Mien.. March H. The Hon. Moses W.
Field died at 1:30 o'clock this morning, the result
of a stroxe or apoplexy. Mr. Field was the orig
inal Greenback advocate In Michigan, the man
who called the Greenback movement Into polit
ical prominence in the United States, and sue
gested the convention which nominated Voter
ooper for President.
Hon. Chnnncey Brodock.
KOVK, N. Y., March 14. Hon. Channcey Bro
dock, a descendant of one of the earliest settlers
of Fort Stanwlx (now Rome) and a member of the
New York Assembly in 1884, died here last night,
PAMS, March 14.-Henrl Tamberllk, the cele
brated Italian tenor sinner, Is dead, Hewsi born
In Rome In 1820.
!FRIDAYV MAROH 15,"
WORSHIPING A WOMAN. ,
Singular Religions Delusion Brought tp
Light In Philadelphia A Temple Bet Dp
for the Congregation of tbe Daughter of
A singular religious delusion is revealed by
the evidence taken in the equity proceedings
of the "Congregation of the Lord" to recover
from the heirs of Anna Meister the property
No. 1128 South Eleventh street, says the Phila
delphia Record. Seven members of the con
gregation purchased the building in 1864 and
had tbe deed recorded in the name of "J.
FJimar Mira Mitta," which means "the daugh
ter of Jehovah," whom the congregation wor
shiped. This person was Anna Meister, a Swiss
woman, and the fascination Bhe exercised upon
the credulity of her followers was remarkable.
They paid 85,000 for the house of worship, but
found upon the death of "the Daughter of Je
hovah" that her heirs would inherit the prop
erty unless legal measures were taken.
Third Person In the Trinity.
The case has been beforo a Master for two
years, Lawyer William H, Staake looking after
the interests of the Meister heirs, and the mat
ter Is now in shape to be presented to court.
From tbe evidence submitted it appears that
the worship began in 1853. The woman was
looked upon as the third person in the Trinity,
and in her house a temple of worship was set
up. Tbe front part of the second story of her
home was fitted up with an altar, pulpit, and
all tbe paraphernalia necessary for an Impos
ing service. Ceremonies were held every Sun
day. Mira Mitta, surmounted with a crown
studded with brilliants symbolical of her high
estate, encircled with a girdle sparkling with
gems, in a loose silken robe, preached to her
abject followers, who bowed before her. A
costly cloth covered the chair on which she sat,
in order to protect her from contact with all
that was sinful.
Healing by Touch.
Lissette Munzert, who was in Mira Mltta'a
household, testified before the Master: "I think
the Lord formed the congregation. She was
brought to us, and it was shown from the Lord
that we had to take care of her. I believe she
was the third person of the Holy Trinity."
Miss Munzert also said that she believed Mira
Mitta could do more than any person on
earth, and that by merely placing her hands on
sickly persons she brought them back to
A Visit From nn Angel.
Mrs. Caroline Lang, another witness, said
that au angel appeared at the meeting of the
congregation on Ridge avenue In 1856. the an
gel bore a scroll on which was written in golden
letters tbat Mira Mitta is tbe daughter of
Jehovah and a sister of tbe Savior.
. Afraid of tbe Water.
The "Daughter of the Great Jehovah" was
possessed of good, substantial common sense
on some points, at least, as one incident illus
trates. On one occasion, as she was about rais
ing a glass of hydrant water to ber lips, an un
seen power dashed it from her hands, and
writing appeared upon a table to tho effect
tbat henceforth Mira Mitta should not drink
hydrant water unless it was first boiled. This
astonishing revelation was communicated to
the members of the chnrcb, and tbey there
upon unanimously resolved never to drink
Schuylkill water again without boiling it.
Gnvo an Interesting Entertainment at tho
A grand entertainment, entitled a "Calts
thenic Musicale," was given by the pupils of
the Ursuline Academy yesterday, and a great
many of the friends of the pupils were present.
A very interesting programme of three parts,
consisting of some of the choicest selections
of music and song, was rendered under the di
rection of H. Lottner.
After a concert promenade Miss Flora Loeff
ler and Miss A. Abel played a piano duet,
whereupon a chorus song and wand exercises
from "The Little Tycoon" followed in rapid
succession. A vocal duet by Miss B. McGin
nlss and Miss G. Jolly received very liberal ap
plause, and so did the following piano duet,
"Hunting Song," by Miss A. Wasson and Miss
B. O'Neil. Miss M. Page sang a very dainty
little solo, "Waiting at the Brookside."
In Chopin's "Eleventh Valse" Miss B. Mona
ghan and Miss E. Dailey gave evidences of
very unusual skill on their respective Instru
ments. The entertainment lasted over two
hoars, and it was apparent from the pleased
looks of the audience that they had enjoyed
the "Calisthenic Musicale" very much.
MAEBIED AT TWILIGHT.
The Wedding of a Yonng Business Man and
a City Belle.
In the well-lighted parlors of the comfortable
residence of Mr. J. Charles Dicken, tbe at
torney on Center avenue, the marriage of Miss
Fannie Dicken and J. M. Shields, Esq., a
rising business man of this city, was cel
ebrated last evening at 5.30 o'clock. Rev. E.
P. Cowan, of the Third Presbyterian Church,
performed the marrlaire rites. Thn brldn worn
an Imported white corded silk dress with a.
poim iace vesi ana diamonds, one earned a
bouquet of lilies of tbe valley. The bridemaids
were Miss Lillie J. Smith, of Chicago,
and Miss Clara Dicken. Both were
dressed in white and carried bouquets of Mar
shal Neil roses. The groomsmen were Mr.
Charles E. Pope andMr. Hillary Brunot. The
parlors were prettily decorated with tropical
giants and flowers. A supper was served by
ennody, tbe .caterer. The dining room was
made attractive by its floral decorations.
Tbe happy couple will make an extended
Southern tour, and on their return will make
their home in this citv. Only the relatives of
the contracting parties were in attendance.
The presents were many and very costly.
Two Popular Young Persona Are Joined In
The wedding of Miss Jennie Jordan and Mr.
Andrew Herron was celebrated last even
ing at the residence of the bride's
parents in Minersvllle. Rev. Charles
Herron, of Curwlnsville, Pa.. per
formed the ceremony. There were no at
tendants at the ceremony only the immediate
relatives and friends of the contracting par
ties. A wedding supper was served byKuhn.
tho caterer. Tho floral decorations were very
beautiful. The presents were many and valua
ble. Mr. and Mrs. Herron left last night for an
extended wedding trip through the South.
Mr. Herron is well-known as the cashier of
the Fort Pitt National Bank. Miss Jordan is
of the Class of '87 of the Central High Bchool
of this city.
FEAST OF PUBIM.
The Grcnt Ceremony Is Celebrated by
Dance and Merriment.
The Feast of Purlin was celebrated last
evening by tbe Young Men's Hebrew Club by
a grand masque reception at Turner Hall, on
Forbes street The event was one of the
most notablej of tbe season in Hebrew
circles. The costumes worn by tbe maskers
wore both varied and attractive. A largo
number wero in attendance, and a most pleas
ant evening was passed. The Royal Orchestra
furnished the music for dancing.
The gentlemen iwho had charge of the affair
were Mr. Harry Lazarus, Chairman; Mr. Simon
Cohen, Secretary. Mr. Myer Rosenthal, Treas
urer; Committee oil. Management. H. Davii, L
A. Levy, J. Davis, Leto Sbenktn, Henry HIrsh,
N. Arflcld. Ben Wolkowsky,.Lewis Levltsky,
A. Goldman, A. CohenVJos. Apple and D. San
dusky. A Plensant Oakland Concert.
A most successfnl concert was given last
night in tho Oakland M. ElChurcb. A large
and delighted audience uak present and a
round sum will result to bo devoted to tbe In
terests of the church. The thorough success of
the evening was greatly due tohe untiring ef
forts of Mrs. Cora Sellers, the well-known
singer and organlst,and through ber everything
was perfectly planned and beautifully carried
out. Besides Mrs. Sellers suchvavorably
kno xn local musicians as Mr. and Mrs. C. C.
Millor, Miss Belle Tomer, Miss Andie Van
kirk, W. A. McCntcheen and Louis JsKeidel
contributed to the pleasure of tbe evening.
The Horrors of Clvlllznllon. '
From the St. Louis Globe-dJemocrat.
Edison's latest triumph is tbe ltnguacraob.
or shouter. It is designed to take the place of
me uij.tnituus wuo wi nuiaiica uuw m use ou
railroads. The linguagraph-equlpped locomo
tive will not whistle "brakes off" or "brakes
on," but will give steam shrieks closely re
sembling a stentorian utterance of the order
desired. Tbe advantages of the invention are
not unmixed, even although it should eventu
ally call out the names of stations, as pre
dicted. The whistle of the locomotive is bad
enough, but a eeries of multi-toned shrieks will
be far worse.
Thirty-Six New Women Doctors.
Philadelphia, March 14 The thirty
seventh annual Commencement of the
Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania was
held at the Academy of Music to-day. There
were S3 graduates.
ODE MAIL JPODCH.
An Ex-Teacher's Reasons for Opposing a
Compulsory Educntlon Law.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
I see that Hon. Alfred Mariand, of Pittsburg,
is endeavoring to have introduced In the Penn
sylvania Legislature a bill to enforce compul
sory education. If I were privileged to do so,
and had the power to make my words effective,
I would like to appear at Harrisburg and give
Mr. Mariand and his legislative associates some
reasons why I should oppose his measure as
not being based on sound educational and
democratic principles. I do not consider it is a
good educational measure, for at the present
time I think it would work more barm than
good. Whether the time will ever come when"
compulsory education will be admissible and
permissible in these free United States is a
I think I knowsomething of the evils and the
good in our present school system, for as prin
cipal of a large public school for several years,
I had ample opportunity for Studying the same.
With due respect to popular education, as it
exists to-day, I do not believe that it is yet so
good and perfect a thing as to justify Mr. Mar
land and the Pennsylvania Legislature In their
attempt to cram It down our throats by legal
process. , .
Tbe bill he has proposed for that purpose
smacks loudly of the arrogance of Ignorance.
It provides for a system of espionage that
onghttobe opposed by every citizen. I am
opposed to any plan that makes the State tne
censor of the home. How much study bas Mr.
Mariand given to the school system of Penn
sylvania, and how much attention has he de
voted to examining tbe results of compulsory
education in the continental countries of
Europe, where forms of government paved the
way quite naturally for its adoption. Recent
school statistics in European countries are not
entirely satisfactory, so low bas run-the per
centage of healthful eyes and healthful nerves
and bodies. It is beginning to be realized by
the most competent educational authorities of
the day tbat our public school curriculum
needs considerable pruning and the whole
system a general overhauling. It has its evils,
serious ones, that must be eradicated. It is a
very grave question whether our school chil
dren are not being forced to the acquisition of
some very doubtful accomplishments at the
expense of vigor of body and of brain. If com
mon school education were more a training
than a packing process, I would be more favor
ably disposed toward Mr. Marland's measure,
although I regard tbe idea of compulsory edu
cation as a dangerous one in this country.
Nobody more earnestly than myself has the
good of popular education at heart. Tbe free
school system is not a failure, as was dismally
prophesied by its opponents 40 years ago. But
it is still in the process of evolution. Its im-
? erf ections must be corrected and the facilities
or sound, safe, healthful educational work in
creased. Before the point of efficiency is reached
much technical rubbish must be thrown away.
This is especially true of graded schools In
towns and cities, where the best work ought to
be done. Every pupil In those schools is en
titled to a thorough, practical training In the
essentials of an English education, along with
all wholesome, social and moral Influences that
count for so much in the formation of charac
ter. I would rather have my children learn
right rules of conduct and of life within their
comprehension than to acquire knowledge to
whatever extent in any line of study or investi
gation. Mr. Marland's bill would put the wise and
discerning parent, who recognizes the evils of
the hasty and imperfect training in vogue in
too many of our public schools, and who, with
his child's health and future usefulness at
heart, seeks to avoid tbem, upon a level with
the parent who never gives tne care and cul
ture of his children an anxious thought. Does
Mr. Mariand stop to consider that the compul
sory law would take children at the tender age
of 6 years, when they are hardly past the point
of afternoon naps, from their homes and place
tbem for six hours daily in scbooU with all
kinds of associates and surroundings? Not
that the common schools are not doing much
for the masses of school children, but the in
fluences I have mentioned are invariable. They
exist and always will exist. But I claim the
right to say whether my boy, at 6 years, shall
be exposed to them. And I also claim the
right to say at what age it will be safe for my
sensitive, nervous lad to undergo the discipline
and study of a public school. 1 am earnestly of
the opinion that no child under 8 years of age
has any business in any school, except the
school for tho formation of character, which
every home ought to be. And I might except
those safe substitutes for home, the Kinder
garten, wherever it exists.
The school is prison house enough for the
home loving boys and girls without the aid of
Mr. Marland's cast-iron law. I fear it is almost
as nearly impossible to legislate people into
culture and refinement as to legislate tbem into
morality. I believe in all wholesome incentives
to further the work and welfare and improve
the attendance In our public schools, for they
offer-almost all the available instruction to the
great majority of Amerlcan'youtb. But against
the plan proposed by Mr. Mariand. in tbe de
fense of tbe much-neglected oodles, the over
wrought eyes, nerves and brains of the inoffend
Ing little ones, I enter my earnest protest. If
Mr. Mariand wishes to become a real bene
factor of the public schools let him introduce
and use every effort to have passed a bill re
ducing tbe hours of study and recitation from
six to four hours daily, providing at
the same time that childish brains
shall not bo worried over more than two or
three studies at a time (it is no uncommon
thing for pupils in tbe intermediate grades of
borough and city schools to learn seven or
eight studies), and let gymnastics be made, not
optional, not subordinate, but a necessity, a
prominent daily exercise in all our schools. A
service of this sort would entitle him to tbe
gratitude of every thoughtful parent in the
It might be agreed that to a certain class
compulsory education would be a benefit, but
surely this would not excuse an attempt that
may do much harm in order that a little good
may follow; surely, It is no justification for the
adoption of a system opposed to the spirit of
our institutions and repuguant to our tastes as
a free people. Ex Teacher,
March 14. Umontown.
- EEGAEDLESS OF CONSEQUENCES.
More Stories nnd Uglier Ones of the Penn
sylvania Troops' Misbehaving.
Special Telegram to the Dlsnatcn.
Washington, March 14. A suburban cor
respondent of the Star has the following in
that paper this evening: '"The Pennsylvania
troops who were quartered at Bcnning for sev
eral days, at tbe time of the inauguration,bave
left an unsavory reputation behind them
amqng the good people of that community, and
if half tbe misdeeds ascribed to them be true
they acted regardless of consequences. It
seems they came without rations, and regard
ing self-preservation as the first law. foraged
around for chickens, etc., in real guerilla style.
Tbe henroost of Mr. John Richardson was the
principal sufferer from these expeditions, and
it is said to have been severely taxed to supply
the demand. One of the villagers, named
Marshall, hearing that the crowd waSapretty
hungry one, bad a barrel of biscuits and a big
pot of coffee prepared, and thus provided,
drove to tbo camp, thinking to turn an honest
penny by supplying their wants in a modest
nay. His wagon was captured at sight, the
contents annronriated. and he was ordered to
I move on. He moved.
"At night the scenes would do enlivened oy
bonfires. Several old houses belonging to Mrs.
George B. Sheriff, and a cornhouse on the
farm of tho late Fielder Magruder. were
pushed over by the crowd and set on fire. A
lot of old vehicles at tbe blacksmith shop of
Jesse Bumbrey were also bnrned. Altogether,
tbey seemed to regard the neighborhood as
having no rights that a bluccoat isbonnd to
respect, and no regret was felt at their depart
ure." More Headaches, Too.
From the New York Sun. J
A Massachusetts Dry .orator makes this epi
gramatic contribution to the politico-economic,
agricultural side of the prohibition question;
There Is more money In eggs than In elder. 1
say to the fanners of this Commonwealth: "Dear
friends, nevermind the elder."
But tbe farmer may think that there's more
fun in elder than eggs.
From the Mew York World.1
The State Department is getting down toward
the Consul-atlon prizes.
Come to me darling, darling;
I am waiting here alone.
And the roll oftlie coming billows
Has a sorrow In Its tone.
There are dark lines to the westward
The eyebrows of tbe san
He has shut his eyes beneath tbem,
Light eclipsing, one by one.
There's a glint of yonr eyes In the sky,
Ana a tone or y oar voice in tne ses.
i But I care not for songs tbe waves sweep by
Till my darling comes to me.
ne to me, darling, darling, -
i you know tbat alone l wan
arc searching, one by one,
sy know my love is iatc.
th of tho wind Iu my hair,
touch of your tender band;
jrtiy ana lingers mere.
ollness over tne una
And a so;
iwful sound at sea;
There's loneliness here In my heart
Oh I myarllnfr, hasten to me.
-Rutn Ramay. in Chicago Tttntt.
A GREAT CITY'S 'SMALL TALK.
Money In City Real Estate.
riCEW TOEK BtTEXAU SPECIALS.!
New York, March 14. John Jacob Astor
has bought the Herring place and Wilson farm
in Westchester county, the two properties
comprising 200 acres along the Harlem branch
railway between the Boston postroad and West
farms road, in Westchester, for 1200,000. Ben
jamin Trask, the seller, paid $56,500 for the
combined estate 12 years ago.
Elbrldge Gerry Says He Did It.
Elbndge T. Gerry, is credited with having
forced Mr. Bergh to resign the Presidency of
the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals. He made a bitter attack on nim at
the Monday nignt meeting, charging him with
bullying hi3 Inferiors, committing arbitrary
and unlawful acts, and also with resorting to
underhand means to keep in power. Mr. Bergh
retorted warmly, and the intervention of P. T.
Bamnm is said to have been necessary to pre
vent a personal encounter. Mr. Bergh af Mr
ward grew more paciflo and resigned In the in
terests of harmony.
Will be Received la Style.
Mayor Grant will head the Reception Com
mittee which will go down the bay on a tug and
meet tbe Adriatic, which brings back tbe Chi
cago and All-America baseball clubs from
their tour around the world. The'rest of the
committee is composed of representatives of
all tbe baseball and other outdoor organizations
in this city and vicinity, and the sporting re
porters of the local newspapers. The Invita
tion Committee consists of Governor Bulkley,
of Connecticut, Chairman; J. W. Curtiss, Sec
retary; Mayors Grant and Chapin, Beth Low,
Theodore Roosevelt, Jos. J. O'Donohue, Amos
J. Cnmmlngs, Herman Oelrlchs, James D.
Smith and Walter Stanton. A banquet Is to
be given to the disseminators of the national
game on April 8, tickets to which will cost $10.
Some of the Expected Plnms.
Joel B. Erhardt, formerly Police Commis
sioner and a Republican of the straight-out
sort, is named as the next Collector of the
Port. Pearson's successor as postmaster is said
to be one of his subordinates, William Plimley,
Superintendent of the money order depart
ment in tbe postoffice. The latter has been in
the postoffice for 25 years, and arose to his
present place from a small clerkship. If he
should get Pearson's place he will find it diffi
cult to give the necessary bonds, $000,000, re
quiring sureties who can qualify for double
that amount, as he does not number anything
approaching to a millionaire among his Inti
Not so Slow, After All.
The City of New York arrived this morning
after a passage of but 6 days 14 hours and 6
minutes, which, considering tbe season of the
year, is phenomenal. If she does propor
tionately better in tbe summer she will break
tbe record as it bas never been broken before.
As it was but her fifth trip, and her machinery
is still far from running smoothly and liable to
get out of order as it did on the present
passage, causing a delay of six hours ber
speed may be increased indefinitely.
Indicted for Chopping Up a Man.
The grand jury bas indicted the boy Krullsch
for murder in the first degree. The evidence
that he mnrdered, or at any rate was acces
sory to tbe murder, of the drug clerk Wech
sung last week, is said to be overwhelming.
Expects, to Attain Its Ambition.
Although the negotiations are not yet com
pleted, the Manhattan Club is in a fair way of
realizing its ambition to become possessed of
the big marble house of the late A. T. Stewart.
A lease for 21 years has been made, and the
transfer of tbe building only awaits tbe signa
ture of Judge Hilton. The rental hasn't yet
A Meeting That Won't be Held.
No application has yet been made for a per
mit to hold the proposed meeting in Union
Square on Saturday night to protest against
tbe hoisting of the Irish flag on the City Hall
on St. Patrick's Day. The meeting for which
the anonymous call had been Issued cannot be
held without permission of the Park Commis
sioners. Fire Men Come to Grief.
Five missingmen.who have most undoubtedly
come to grief, were Inquired after at the police
Central office to-day. One was Thomas A. Pali
knonskl, an employe of the Equitable Fire In
surance Company, who has not been seen or
heard of since he started for Boston on a Sound
steamer over a month ago. As his valise was
left on the steamer some suppose he became
deranged and jumped overboard. James A.
Draper, a soapmaker, of Pawtucker, hasn't
been beard from since, like Faullknouski, he
boarded a Sound steamer. This was two
months ago. Andrew VanBuskirk, a Brook
lyn grocer, came to this city oil January 22
with money in his pocket, and, as his habits are
good, he is supposed to have met with foul
play. The other two missing men are New
Yorkers, who are supposed to have walked into
LEGISLATOES AND THE BALLET.
A Resolution to Transform the Chamber
Into an Opera Hoase.
FBOII A STAFF COBBXSFOXDXXT.2
HaebisbueG, March 14. Mr. Corey, of Lu
zerne, brought down the House this morning
by offering a resolution to grant tbe use of the
hall of tbe House to-night to theBennett
Moulton Opera Company for their perform
ance. The resolution was voted down on the
ground tbat the attendance of members on tbe
performances could not be much larger than it
i Mr. Corey later explained that his resolution
was intended in the nature of a compromise.
Some members wanted to be at tbe Opera
House to see the ballet, and others wanted to
be at their posts of duty. By adopting his res
olution the House would accommodate both.
BOTH CLAIM THE OFFICE.
Harrisburg Has a Republican nnd a Demo
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Habbisbubg, March 14. John E. Patterson,
Democrat, who was elected Solicitor of this city
a few weeks ago by a majority of Councils, took
steps to-day to dispossess Thos. S.Hargest of
thopffice. Ha'rgest. who is a Republican, has
been Solicitor for 14 years, and refuses to re
linquish tho position because of the absence of
a majority of Select Council at the joint meet
ing at which Mr. Patterson was selected Solicit
or. The rule served on Hargest to show cause
why he will not vacate the office is made re
turnable on the 26th Inst.
HOLDING UP 0UB END.
Gratifying Increase la the Vnlno of Beef,
Hog and Dairy Exports.
Washington, March 11 The chief of the
Bureau of Statistics reports that the total
valuo of the exports of beef and hog products
from tbe United States during the month of
February, 1889, as compared with similar ex
ports during the corresponding period of 1883
were: February, 1S89, $7,462,422; February,
The values of dalrv products were: Febru
ery, 1889, $584,421; February, 1888, S274.C06.
A Wonld-Bo Paul Severe.
From the Meadvllle Tribune.
An old man who lives east of the city rode
to town, to-day, on horseback, and his raw
boned steed was flecked with foam when he
arrived. The old man had come all tho way
from his home to warn Meadvllle people that
there was going to be a war between the
United States and Germany, and making him
a second edition of Paul Revere, of Revolution
ary fame. The old fellow was much excitedV
but tbe Information he conveyed failed to ere
ato undue enthusiasm.
Baseball nnd the Britons.
From the lew York World.
It was demonstrated in London yesterday
that baseball as a sport cannot be safely
grafted on the British Constitution. The high
strikes of the American players were lost in
the fog. This explains why cricket is so popu
lar in England. It can be played close to the
Au American Trait.
From the Indianapolis Journal. 2
To the people who don't want office there is a
mild and pleasurable excitement in looking
through tbe papers for the Presidental appoint
ments these bright March mornings. Ameri
can citizens take a perpetual interest in politics
whether tbey have a perpetual finger in or not.
CUBI0US CONDENSATIONS. ,
A million-pound bank note is kept si
the Bank of England.
A head of cabbage grown by Georgo
Berry, near Pensacola, Fla., measured 25 inches
A grocer on Broadway, New York, ad
vertiseshls business by stenciling his name
and address in red Ink on every egg he sells. '
The presents given by the imperial
household of China to the Emperor on the
occasion or his marriage comprised 2IX) ounces
of gold, 10.000 ounces of silver and one gold tea
set, two silver tea sets, one silver basin, 1,000
pieces of cloth and 20 ponies, with saddles and
A young woman of Owingsville, Ky;,
whose father objected to her marrying the man
of her choice, eloped, clad In an old calico
dress, and without, any head covering, her
father having hidden her clothing. She rode
18 miles on horseback, when friends furnished
her with suitable garments, and tbe wedding
took place. '
A Dalton family owns a clock which ii
SO years old, if a day. It went through the
war, lost one of its hands by a spent minis
ball, but still keeps accurate time, and has
never been repaired: but once or twice. The
same family owns a large, oval-shaped dish,
quaintly ornamented, tbat was brought to
America from tbe old country soon after tha
Nick Johnson, a farmer of Sumter
county, Georgia, says that he picked up a curi
ous sbaped rock a few days ago and struck it
against something and a large piece dropped
out of the center, leaving a cup-shaped rock.
He gave it to his children to play with. One of
them filled it with water, and as soon as it was
emptied the rock went to ringing like a bell.
It kept It up some five or ten minutes, and will
do so whenever filled with anything and It Is
taken or poured out.
A workman engaged in removing bodies
from an old graveyard In San Francisco found
in a coffin containing the remains of a China
man one of tbe $50 gold slugs which were
coined and put in circulation by the San Fran
cisco assay office in 1852. Thinking tbe piece
was a Chinese coin, the man tried to sell it to a
contractor for $5. The latter refused to pur
chase the slug, and, when its true valne was
soon after discovered, the finder said he would
not sell it for $75.
Mrs. Charles Osborne, a dashing young
widow of Parkersburg, Md., was put on trial on
Monday for attempting tbe life of James
Campbell, who is a middle-aged man with a
family. While out riding he passed the house
of the widow as she stood on the doorstep. He
took from his pocket a handkerchief to blow
his nose. The young widow imagined he was
flirting with her. and. taking a revolver, fired
four times at him. Two of the shots took effect
in his face.
Mrs. Alexander Hanna, of Apollo, Pa.,
was born on tbe 9th of March. She was mar
ried on the 9th of March. Two of her children
were born on the 9th of March, and one died on
that day of tbe month. A brother of hers died
on tbe 9th of March. Last Saturday, the 9th of
March, tbe ninth anniversary of ber marriage.
Mrs. Alexander started to visit a relative. As
she was crossing one railroad track to got to a
train on another, she was run over by the East
ern express and instantly killed.
The oldest of ail the obelisks is the
beautiful one of rosy granite which stands
alone among the green fields on the banks of,the
Nile, not far from Cairo. It is the gravestone
of a great ancient city which has vanished and
left only this relic behind. The city was tbe
Bethshemesh of the Scripture, the famous On.
which is memorable to all Bible readers as the
residence of the priest of Potipherab. whose
daughter, Aiemtb, Joseph married. The
Greeks called it Heliopnlis, the city of the sun,
because there tbe worship of the sun bad its
chief center and its most sacred shrines.
Captain O. G. Guriey has shells of the
following varieties on exhibition in bis office at
Bainbridge. Ga.: Conch, oyster, turtle, clam
and sea porcupine. The wonder attaching to
tbe above statement is that the shellsare found
in the solid rock which is being crashed foruse
in tbe missive concrete pier of the Alabama
Midland drawbridge over the Flint river. Tbe
rock is found elbt miles above here in bluffs
100 feet above tbe river bed and nearly 80
miles from the sea. The shells are. in form,
perfectly preserved, and indicate that this
corner of Georgia was once a part of the
Two Greensboro, Ga gentlemen have
for some time been baiting a fish hole In Town
creek. The other day they concluded to go
down and examine the hole. They carried)
along a few crackers and scattered them on topr
of the water. In a few minutes the flsh ap-.
Seared In a perfect drove, eagerly gulping;
own the food. One of the gentlemen" became,
so excited that he conld not restrain himself,
and he hit a terrific blow with his walking
stick at the bobbing noses. And with good
effect, for he succeeded in killing four flsh,
which he took home as an illustration of what
one man can do with a walking stick.
Judging from the following stories
there seem to be some exceedingly hungry
horses down in Georgia. In Oglethorpe, recent
ly, a Mr. Jackson pnt a 50-pound sack of flour
in his neighbor's buggy, Mr. Murray, for him
to carry home. Murray's horse was feeding out
of the buggy, and bad just finished 12 ears of
corn and two bundles of fodder. He turned
bis attention to tbe flour, and when Murray
went to hitch np to go home the horse had
eaten all the flour but a handfnL Another
gentleman drove a mule to Andersonville the
same day, and hitched It to the stockade. The
mule was hungry and ate up 75 feet of the two
by three-Inch pine palings, and the tops of ten
pine trees that were cut down.
Recently outlines of trees and shrub
bery appeared in a large kettle belonging to
Mrs. Goode, of Toccoa, Ga. Two explanations
of wbat caused them to appear have, been sug
gested. One is that the smooth surface of the
kettle, from unknown causes, may have been
susceptible to impressions of the rays of light;
tbe kettle acting as a camera, and thus tbe
trees and shrubbery from some distance away
were photographed around the sidrs of the
kettle. The other suggestion is that the Inside
of tbe kettle may have beeu damp, covered by
a thin film of water which froze, and in crys
talizing the minute Ice sprangles shot in the
peculiar forms seen in the kettle, just as win
dow glass covered with many brilliant and
beautiful outlines on frosty mornings, in mid
winter. PICKINGS FROM FUCK.
Answered. Night drug clerk (2 a. M.,
with glaring eyes) Well?
Customer No; sick!
Now comes the time when the youth whoi
has worn bis fall overcoat all -winter wonders if a)
few repairs won't make It pass for a spring one.
The phrase, "A Wedding March," ap
plies strictly only to the bridegroom's entrance
into tbe state of matrimony he goes In like a Hon.
and his future lamb-like conduct completes the
It is true, EInathad, that there was a good
deal of warmth In the old Greek Imagination.
Mercury could stand the temperature of Hades;
but tr he had been sent to Dakota he would have
to go as a spirit thermometer or freeze. '
Precept. The Rev.Alban Cope Well,
my little man, what are you going to give up is a
Hobby I don't think I'll give up anything, sir.
Fapa told meonce that tt wasn't manly to give "
Many a well muffled-up man will recline
on an Adirondack piazza in a steamer chair when
the mercury Is near zero, and complain bitterly
when In New York because the horse cars are not
furnished with red-hot stoves and weather
strips. In 1907. Young man (nervously) I
want to get a marriage license.
Official Very well. What Is yonr full name?
Yonng man -Benjamin Harrison Smith.
Official Can't do anything for you. Yon'renn- j
A HOKLOW DEVICE.
He suffered from drouth as the curtain west
But his thirst soon was quenched without caustngf
a frown; '
For the cane In his mouth held as mnch as a can
And he climbed over no one to "go see a man.v.
Getting on the Popular Side. Editorof -the
London Times Ito the Msnager)-What shall
we do now to make the people forget those horrid
Manager -Suppose wc attack the coast defenses?
I think wc can prove that the guns were forged by
a fellow named Armstrong. tji
He Had a Frugal Mind. Tom BigbeeXto
his Country Cousin j-Well, If you're bound to sea
tbe elephant, I suppose we must make a night of
It. But where would you like to go next? -
Peleg Oatcake, Jr. W a-al, mebbe we'dbetter go
over to Brooklyn. Your Judges here In York
charge too etarnally high nnes.
It Comes High. "Hello, Van Courtland,
vou fold me two weeks ago that you were.golng
abroad for a year and a half, and here you are
again. hat made you change your planst"
Well, you see, my wife had heard a great deal
about the big Florida hotels, and" she thought she
would Uke to go there for a week. As as the cost
ofeach trip was about the same, I thought I'd
gratify her. We have just returned from Jlor-
ids." -a - -
AU from Poet.