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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, MAR. 19, 1SS9.
THE C0PPEE TSUSrS CRASH.
The final smash of the copper combination
came yesterday. The Societe des Metaux,
tb organization of the syndicates, stopped
payments, the Comptoir d'Escompte, the
bant whose funds were used to sustain the
combination, has been placed in the bands
of a receiver; and the other banks of Paris
are suffering a run which threatens their
solvency. This is a just result of the
attempt to strangle the legitimate action of
The great copper deal, which thus ends in
disaster, partook rather more strongly of the
character of a corner than of that ot a mon
opoly. It sought rather to buy up all ot
the staple which it chose to engross, as it
was produced, than to control the sources of
supply and force high prices by creating
artificial scarcity. If its managers had been
satisfied with the profits which they could
have reaped when they first gained, control
of the market, they might perhaps have got
off-afely with their plunder. But as they
sought to make the excessive profits and
high prices permanent, they hastened their
Of course such a crash involves a great
many innocent persons; but still it is satis
factory to find that result punishing a world
wide conspiracy to levy high prices on the
public and increase the cost of life. It is
only in snch penalties that the protection of
commerce against reckless corners and un
checked greed is to be found. And if the
financial institutions of any country lend
themselves to such enterprises of dishonesty
the loss and rnin that is inflicted in this case
is a salutary and essential result.
It is only to be wished that a wreck like
that which took place in Paris might over:
take all the organized efforts to establish
monopolies and engross staples that vex
and burden the consumers of this and other
dyejq AS HARD AS the; CAK.
Mr. Fronde's declaration that the ex
posure of the Pigott forgeries makes Home
Bule an immediate certainty is all the more
impressive from the fact that Mr. Froude
continues to be a rabid and unreconciled op
ponent of Home Bule. He has taken pains
to declare that he considers the grant of
local self-government to Ireland a disaster;
but with the exposure of the forgeries and
chicanery that have been made the basis of
the attack on the Home Rulers, he does not
think the Tory party can retain its suprem
acy. Nevertheless it is plain that the
Tory leaders will try to hang on. So long
as-they can retain their majority they will
stomach the fact ot forgery and lying to
carry their measures, as best they can,
and hope for some new development to pro
long their power. "While there is life in
Balfour's scheme for keeping down the op
position by imprisoning the Irish members,
there is hope for the Tory party.
THE DISDAiNED TrxTirarMKNT,
Though both the Prohibitionists and the
liquor dealers were opposed to the high
license law one year ago, there would be
none of either party so bold now as to deny
that the measure has, where wisely and
firmly administered, made a visible and
pronounced improvement on the old order
of things. The great number of ill-administered
saloons of a low grade which
went by the board last summer were neither
a public convenience nor necessity. They
were more nearly a public nuisance. Though
the owners felt disappointment and in some
cases possibly, also, financial loss in the
refusal of license, it is not to be questioned
that in a majority of cases they were distinct
gainers by changing to other forms of in
dustry. That drunkenness and disorder on
the streets "have diminished is likewise ap
parent. Those men who are in the business,
and who have to lace the Court again this
week with an account of their stewardship,
know that they must act as special police
men in their own establishments, for the
prevention of abuses of the traffic, or else
take strong chances of getting no renewal.
They are thus made parties to the mainten
ance of good order upon and around their
In the heat of the prohibition canvass,
the importance of the hearings now going
on at the Court House will not be over
looked. The manufacturers and wholesale
dealers and the heavier retailers of liquors
can now see that if the high license law had
been in existence years before it did come
into being, the demand for prohibition
would now scarcely be so urgent. So, too,
the supporters of prohibition will be com
pelled, in common with all good citizens,
to look to this high license act for strict
regulation, if total prevention be refused at
the polls. Thus the experiment, which both
extremes rejected with disdain only a year
ago, is of great practical importance from
whichever side the question is looked at now.
MR. CLEVELAND, BEWARE!
Xobody was surprised when Mr. Grover
Cleveland stepped quietly down from the
"White House to a lawyer's office in New
York City, without staying a moment for
refreshments between the acts, as it were.
Mr. Cleveland 'undoubtedly likes work and
dislikes idleness. It has been an useful
and admirable characteristic of his. But
we hardly supposed that Mr. Cleveland
would find time to grapple with questions
of immense moment and meatiness outside
his professional duties before his office chnir
had become warm. Nevertheless Mr.
Cleveland already has found time to take
up one of the Jnost important conundrums
of the day. ,
It seems that a couple of old political
friends of the ex-President called upon him
the other day to gossip about personal mat
ten. Suddenly, in the midst of the conver
sation, Mr. Cleveland swung around in his
chair and, with his expansive face full on
his little audience, asked: "What kind of
a man is this Colonel Shepard we hear so
much of nowadays?" Of course Mr. Cleve
land's friends could not tell him what no
body but Colonel Shepard himself knows.
And if Mr. Cleveland were a man who de
lighted to ask questions without caring
whether or no he obtained answers, there
might be little significance in his seeking
for a definition of the prize religious editor
of the age.
Unless we are mistaken entirely in Mr.
Cleveland, he will not be satisfied to remain
in ignorance, but will push his inquiry into
this subject with energy and untiring pa
tience to the end. Perhaps he will begin
by a close scrutiny of the pages of the
Mail and Express, since Colonel Shepard
took charge of the sheet. Naturally a com
parison of the biblical texts with the war
like editorials will seem profitable to Mr.
Cleveland. Tne singular analogy between
the sporting columns and the sermon de
partment, the correspondence from pil
grims in Palestine and the jokes of the
period, may catch "Mr. Cleveland's eye.
Then a survey of cotemporaneous and
other views of Colonel Shepard will be in
order, and the investigation will be con
fronted with endless variations of the
Yanderbilt dictum as to the abundance and
variety of Colonel Shepard's foolishness.
The outlook for Mr. Cleveland's health
and happiness if he persists in this inquiry
is so dismal that we trust his friends will
labor with him to drop it.
BUSINESS OR OTHERWISE?
Senators Morrill and Gibson had a debate
yesterday over the utility of a special com
mittee to make a trip to Mexico and Central
America to examine into our trade relations
with those countries. The point was made
by Mr. Morrill that such committees are
usually junketing affairs, undertaken with
an eye to the pleasures of travel rather than
with a keen interest in their professed ob
jects. Yet, it is not to be doubted, there is
a wide and earnest public thought, at the
present time, of the extension of our trade.
President Harrison voiced it in his inaug
ural; the Minnesota Legislature uttered a
national sentiment in its .resolutions on the
subject a few days ago; even the flurry with
Germany about Samoa brought out the feel
ing strongly. It is not improbable that a
new impetus will be given this inquiry by
complications likely to arise out of the de
velopment of the Mexican gold mines near
Serious people will not think well of mere
junketing committees; but if a committee be
sent out to absorb facts and figures and
timely information for Congress and the
people, its reports cannot fail to be heard
with great interest. If the view is merely
to absorb champagne, smoke fine cigars and
revel in the attractions, of tropical scenery,
that is, of course, quite another matter.
CAUSE, NOT EFFECT.
The production and circulation of what
is generally termed "erotio literature"
forms the subject of a somewhat alarmist ar
ticle in the Atlanta Constitution. The
trashy character of such books is correctly
set forth by our cotemporary and the fear is
expressed that "the reading of erotic liter
ature for perhaps ten years or so if these
novels continue popular so long cannot
fail to lower the moral tone of society."
"When this conclusion is insisted upon as
a point of social importance, it is necessary
to state another one in connection with the
same subject. That is that the produc
tion of literature of that sort indicates that
the moral tone of society has already been
lowered. The standard of morality in liter
ature has been raised and lowered at vari
ous times in the history of the world. From
the days of Massinger, Montaigne and Ra
belais down to those of Alexandre Dumas,
and Eugene Sue,llteraturehas had its lapses
which were greater in degree if not so great
in volume, as the present; and it is worth
while to remember that when the tone of
literature has been high and pure it has been
because the standard of public taste con
demned and ostracised those who sought
literary fame by the cheap expedients of
Literary morality is a good deal like com
mercial morality in its genesis and safe
guards. There are always plenty to adopt
the cheapest way to get fame or money, by
appealing to the lowest side of human na
ture in one department, or in the other by
the cheats which appeal to men's cupidity.
But in both fields of ambition, if public
opinion sets down success attained by sueh
false means as dishonorable,the surest check
is placed upon them. No 'better proof of
this is needed than in the remarkable free
dom of English literature from such vices
in the middle of this century. The English
writer who would try to make a hit by
adopting the methods of Edgar Saltus would
have been ostracised; while in Frane he
was lionized. The Tesult is that England
had the literary standards of Macaulay,
Scott, Thackeray, Dickens and "Wilkie
Collins, while France's standard of purity
was represented by the works of Balzac, Sue
and the elder and younger Dumas.
"We believe the world is steadily getting
better. The worst lapses of onr literature
to-day, are nothing to those of some of the
earlier writers. But it is heajthy to recog
nize the fact that, when the tone of our lit
erature becomes less pure.it must be because
a temporarily .lowered tone of public moral
ity permits it
WHICH SHALL WE BELIEVE'
The public is now on the ragged edge of
doubt as to whether its faith must be de
stroyed in the Great American Humorist or
the Great American Poet. As these two
national characters have been united in a
lecturing combination thathas administered
its concoction of humor and pathos to audi
ences from the frozen 'North to the sunny
South, irrespective of race, color or previous
condition of servitude, the necessity of con
cluding that one of them has not that strict
regard for the truth that should inspire both
the humorist and the poet in their unpro
fessional moments, is all the more harrow
ing. Some months ago Mr. E. W. Nye, better
known to the patient publio as Bill Nye,
gave the weight of his. private and sacred
word that Colonel Elijah Halford, who now
holds the keys of admission 'to the Presi
dent, is an 'inveterate whistler. The Pri
Tate Secretary was represented as a mascu
line Mrs. Shaw, born to blush unheard
as a whistler until his intimate relations
to the fountain of patronage made him
famous. This representation has spread
and formed the food of trusting paragraph
ers from the Atlantic to the Pacific coast.
But now comes Mr, James Whltcomb Riley,
the poetic partner of Mr. Nye, and with an
intimation that Be will not he the partner of
Mr. Xye in iniquity, deposes and says that
Colonel Halford never did whistle and
never would whistle, unless under the in
fluence of the puckering persimmon, "which,
as Indianians, both Messrs. Riley and Hal
ford must have frequently tested.
This leaves the publio in doubt and does
not put Colonel Halford himself in an un
disputed position. If the humorous Bill is
a wicked maligner of private, secretaries it
remains to be observed that the poetic James
"Whitcomb permitted hiswicked partner's
f arn to travel uncontradicted until the com
bination got back to Washington, where the
object of the slander is a personage to be con
ciliated. So that we are still left to wonder
whether Nye is to stand convicted of slan
der, or Riley of time-serving, to the extent
orglving" Colonel Halford a coat of white
wash on the whistling charge.
And, above all, the vital question re
mains unsettled: Does Colonel Halford
whistle or does he not whistle? "We hope it
may not be necessary for the Senate to go
into exeoutive session to decide this point.
Whet we read in the religions Mail and
Express of New York, that "a good -Way to
treat the Societe des Metaux is to copper its
play," we are struck dumb with grief and
horror. Not only is it stunning to find that
religious cotemporary saying anything
against a trust conspiracy although it can
be explained in this case by the fact that the
trust is tottering to ruin but when we find
that truly pious sheet expressing itself in
the language of the faro-table, the founda
tions of our faith are shaken. Did any
body on the Mail and Express ever copper
The persistence with which that report is
repeated, that J ustice Stanley Matthews will
retire from the Supreme Bench and Judge
Gresham succeed him, requires the remark
that it is the sort of news that is too good
to place much faith in.
The New York Assembly Committee
that is investigating that ceiling job has
got to the point of examining the contrac
tor's bank account and a protest goes up
from some leading New York Republican,
not wholly unconnected with Mr. Thomas
C. Piatt, that this thing must, be stopped.
That indication makes it all the more imr
portant that the investigation shall go
rig lit on.
The ordeal of the applicants for liquor
license commenced again yesterday. Judge
White, as the Rhadamanthus of the occa
sion evidently does not propose that the test
shall be an idle one.
The last effort of the genial Joe Howard
is in the shape of a two column article in
the New York Press, showing how many
people are superstitious. The genial Joseph
does not appear to recognize the palpable
conclusion that when he has shown this he
has only shown how many people are irre
Airs now it is asserted that "William
Maxwell Evarts is in the field for Minister
to England; and the President's puzzle over
the pigs who want to be in the clover, is a
worse one than ever.
The discovery of new gold diggings in
Montana is a commendable effort to set up
home industry in opposition to the Southern
California fake. But the most reliable gold
diggings anywhere,are those where the dig
ging results in the production of golden
crops of corn and wheat.
The long list of appointments sent in
yesterday settled some ambitions; but the
agony continues to be long-draw out on the
subject of the Paris and London missions.
The renewed announcement from Jay
Gould that he is "out of politics" need
cause no uneasiness. It may be strictly
true; but every one knows that if he is out
of politics he will be able to buy a fresh
and ample stock for cash whenever he needs
The Democratic cry which once swelled
the gale, that the rascals must be turned
oat, is now softer and quieter than the notes
of the sucking dove.
The strike of the painters is equivalent
to a promise from those artists that they
will not indulge in painting the town, at
least until the .strike is over. But the fel
lows who take contracts vof that character
are generally independent of union rules.
PE0MIXENT PEOPLE PARAGRAPHED.
Senator ErjaruNrs, being troubled with a
cold on his lungs, became somewhat alarmed
and has gone to Georgia, hoping that a warmer
climate will relieve him of his trouble. '
Mb. Henry Irvtng's son, Henry, is not
going to look to the stage for a career, notwith
standing his success at Oxford. His ambition
would lead him to the feet of Theepis, but his
father has marked out the bar for him. His
brother, Lawrence, a fine young fellow, with a
distinct gift for languages, is in Russia, study
ing for the diplomatic service.
Sam Jokes, the revivalist, has been attract
ing large audiences in San Francisco sinceSun
day. The other night in bis address he said:
"Look here! When I was a boy, a little feller,
I used to play town ball. But I never got so
low down as to play baseball. Why, if I had a
yeUer dorg that went Over and saw one of your
Sunday baseball games I'd kill it just as soon
as it got back."
Toe Empress Frederick was, it is said, much
impressed with the political sitnation in Eng
land. Not only this, but she communicated
her impressions to tne Queen, and told Her
Majesty, it is said, in pretty plain terms, that
Balfourism was not the sort of thing which
British sentiment would stand. The Queen is
said to have taken the Empress' criticisms in
fairly good part.
Sin Geokqe Teevelyan said a neat thing
at a dinner party given in London the other
night. Mr. Parnell was under discussion and
somebody was remarking on the extraordinary
interest he took in mechanical affairs and es
pecially on his Interest in any new machinery,
"I'm told," said one of Sir George's, guests,
that he takes in all the papers on mechanics.
For instance, he reads a paper called Inven
tions every week." "I should have thought we
all read that paper every day," replied Sir
George. "Aren't ws all subscribers to the
Cornell Stndems to Mnke Personal Obscrvn
tlons Daring a Conplo ot Tours.
Special Telegram to TbeDUpatch.
Ithaca, N. Y., March J8. One ot tbV ad
vantages Cornell offers to her technical stu
dents is inspection tours to the great manufac
turing establishments in the cities. This year
250 students will go on the different trips. Dr.
Thurston and Profs. .Nichols and Canaga ac
company a section west, visiting Rochester,
Lockport Buffalo, Pittsburg and Cleveland.
The Cornelllans will be received and enter
tained well along the route. Profs. Roberts
and Williams bare charge ot the eastern trip,
which takes in Schenectady, Troy. Albany,
Brooklyn, Newark and Jersey City.
The electrical students will be specially en
tertained by Edison. The Electrical World
gives a dinner to them. A new feature of the
trips this year, is that a number of Cornell
"Co-eusJ" accompanied bv cbaperones, are
going. The tourists start Wednesday.
The Difference Between the Two Countries.
From the New York Herald.)
Every now and then we hear of an applica
tion to the British Parliament for allowances
'in behalf of some of tho royal progeny, In
America we compel every man to support his
children., It he Is unable, to do. so they are
sent to the poorbonse; if he is unwilling to do
so be is sent to the Island.
. THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Principally Comment on Recent Events In
the British Isles.
Thet are saying again that Qneen Victoria
Is showing signs of feebleness and physical dis
solution. The court gossips have been saying
this since early in the seventies, and after
every crop of rumors I have noticed that the
royal old lady has immediately shown signs of
renewed health and increased vigor. The pes
simistic reports actually seem to act as atonic
upon England's ruler. She is not old; in May
next she will celebrate her 69th birthday, and a
well behaved woman, who takes as good care
of herself as Victoria does, and has such un
limited means to get whatever she needs, has a
good hold of life till long after the traditional
three score years and ten.
In the accounts in the English newspapers of
Queen Victoria's recent departure from En
gland for the continent, I noticed that the
writers one and all said very little about her
and a very great deal abont the Prince of
Wales. The fact Is Queen Victoria is not an
inspiration for the descriptive, word painter,
while the wife of the rotund "Tummy" of
Wales is, and, it seems likely, always will be,
I remember hearing an American lady who
saw Quean Victoria at close quarters during
some of the Jubilee celebrations in London
the year before last say: "I thought the Queen
was a pretty nice old lady till I saw She had on
How that fair spectator caught sight of the
royal understandings Is more than I can say.
But a woman can always see more of another
woman than any 60 men similarly placed can.
Kennlngton, the election district which has
so substantially aided the cause of Gladstone
and Parnell, is a semi-suburban part of Lon
don, principally notable for containing the
Oval, one of the finest cricket grounds in the
country, and a public park which is highly he
loved by the children residing in the crowded
districts of Lambeth and Southwark.
I am under the Impression that previous to
1SS4, when it elected a Tory scamp, Kcnmngton
was generally to be found safely inside the
the Liberal column. The victory of the Glad
stonian candidate is none the less encouraging
on this account, for it shows that the middle
class Liberals In particular are returning to
their allegiance to the- grandest figure ana the
noblest cause in English politics.
Axotheb bit of English, news Is welcome,
namely, the report of RicbaidMansfleld's suc
cess in Shakespeare's "Bichard HI." Though
Mansfield was born and educated In England,
We are wont to regard him as an American
As usual in theatrical matters a great many
untruths have been told about Mansfield's ex
perience In London His "Dr. Jekyil and Mr.
Hyde" was a dire failure, and though the Lon
doners took more kindly to his "Prince Karl,"
it cannot bo said that it was a remarkable suc
cess. So it is to be hoped that Mansfield has
scored a genuine monetary as well as artistic
success with his portraiture of the hump
RAILROADS MUST 0BEI THE LAW,
Which They Admit Has Been Evaded for
Washington, March 18. The Inter-State
Commerce Commission to-day resumed its
hearing in the matter of export rates and the
methods adopted by the trunk lines In comput
ing them. O. G) Murray, Traffic Manager of
the Chesapeake and Ohio; W. P. Walker, Jr.,
of the Kanawha Dispatch Fast Freight Line;
John Porteous, General Manager of the Na
tional Dispatch Line; J. F. Childs, General
Manager of the New York, Ontario and
Western; Mr. Harriott, of the Baltimore and
Ohio; Mr. Felton, of the Erie; Mr. Sneles, of
the Lehigh Valley: Mr. Haas, of the Richmond
and Danville, and Mr. Hayes, of the Wabash
Western, were examined.
Tbe gist of the evidence was that, with few
exceptions, tbe inland published rates had not
for some months been maintained. Some of
the roads had made an effort to maintain them,
and in consequence had practically lost their
export business. It seemed to be the universal
opinion of the freight managers present that a
uniform through export tariff could not be
maintained, as in that case the railroads would
be at the mercy of the steamship companies.
But the opinion was as general that a full
inland rate could be maintained as contem
plated by the law.
Chairman Cooley announced that he was not
ready to render a formal opinion, but stated,
that no excuse would be accepted 'as satisfac
tory for the evasion or violation of the law.
Tuesday, April 2, was fixed upon as tbe day
when the southern carriers will be heard in the
matter of export rates and the method of com
puting them. The Commission will give a
bearing to passenger associations regarding
the issuance and printing of tariffs Thursday,
March 21, 1889.
THE GATES THROWN OPEN,
Mayor Grant Requested to Allow tho Brit
ish Flag to Wave.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New York, March 18. The following let
ter, asking to have the British flag displayed
on St. George's Day, as the Irish flag was to
day, has been sent to Mayor Grant:
Mv Dxab Sm-Tnlly appreciating tbe liberality
of your views in permitting the Irish flag to be
placed over the City Ball on Bt. Patrick's Day, I
respectfully make application to yon on behalf of
a large number of tbe Brltlih-born American
citizens, that the English flag may also be floated
over luevaine uuuuiuk ua at. ueurges xray.
1 am, yours with respect.
The Mayor, however, no longer has authority
over the City Hall flags. The Aldermen with
drew it from Mayor Hewitt's hands and re
sumed it themselves. The application should
be presented to tbo Board of Aldermen. They
may, by resolution, direct tbe keeper of the
City Hall to hoist the British flag, or they may
request the Mayor to direct tbe keeper to do it.
The Mayor might veto the resolution and a
two-thirds vote would pass it over the veto.
Then, if the resolution was an order to the
keeper, the keeper would hoist the flag. If it
was a request to the Mayor, he would do as he
pleased about obliging the Aldermen. April
23 is St George's Day.
DEATHS OP A DAI.
D. J. Mnginnls.
BOSTOir, March 18. D. J. Maginnis, a well
known and popular actor, died at 2 o'clock tills
morning after a short Illness. Ho was born In
this city In Jannary, 1834. From 1800 to 1806 he was
a member of Morris Brothers' Minstrel Troupe,
-winning a wide reputation as a singer of ballads.
In the latter year he essayed, under tbe manage
ment of Dan Br) ant, the role of a comedian, and
In 1SS7 became low comedian in tbe Boston Thea
ter Company. As a delineator of Shakespeare
comedy parts he had few superiors on tbe Ameri
can stage. Mr. Maglnnls' only son died two
months ago, and the bereavement has weighed
heavily upon his usually light spirits.
A telegram was received In this city from San
Francisco announcing theact that Mr. Carleton
Newman died there last week. Mr. C. Newman
formerly lived on the Southslde, where he was
very well known about 25 years ago as "Call"
Newman. He was a bottle-blower, nnd worked
In Chambers' glasshouse. Be left Pittsburg 23
years ago suffering with consumption, and his
physicians advised him to make the change. He
was very successful out In California, for be not
only regained bis health, but he also amassed a
considerable fortune. He established a bottle
boose near ban Francisco, wblch was known as
the largest and finest along the Pacific Coast.
George B. Mitchell.
Nearly two months ago George B. Mitchell was
Jostled against a seat In a train and received an
Injur which developed Into an abscess. This
caused his death at Vhcellng yesterday at 4 a. V.
He was a former resident of Pittsburg, having
been prominent in the business management of
bhoenbcrger&Co., Evans, Dalzell & Co. and the
fltUbqrglinfply Company. He was a prominent
Mason and a member of Federal Commandery,
Knights Templar, He was 44 years or age. Be
leaves a wire and two children. His wife was a
sister of Mrs. John S. glagle and Mr. Harry C,
Campbell, of this city.
Colonel N. Wilkinson.
Wheelino, March 18. N. Wilkinson, late Col
onel or the Sixth West Virginia Volnnteers,-and
for 40 years one of the most prominent and best
known citizens or Wheeling, died suddenly at 2
o'clock this afternoon, aged 62 vears. Colonel
Wilkinson had held several official positions
under the city government, was a leading spirit
In the U. A. 1C, and was the choice or the old
soldiers for postmaster under the new administra
tion. , Dr. William Garrard. - "
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
NEWilmGHTOX, March W, Dr. William Oar
rard, the first manufacturer of steel In the United
States, died or old age at his home lnFallstonat
1:30 o'clock this afternoon, aged W years. Ho
first encaged In the steel business In Cincinnati In
Judge J. Imwrcnco Smith.
NEW YOBK. Marsh 18. Judge J. LawreneH
Smith, of femlthtown, died yesterday at his resi
dence In this elty. In his 73d year, Hewasre-
centty examined before the Surrogate In MlssBut-
'tar's contest of the Stewart will. .
Tho Teamen or the Gnnrd, the Florences
nnd Other Flays and Players.
The tolling of the passing bell In St. Peter's
belfry is the keynote, or better tho overruling
tone, of "The Yeomen of the Guard," Gilbert
and Sullivan's opera, which was given to Pitts
burg for the first tlmd last night, at the Bijou
Theater. Well, itisgeneraliyunderstoodthat
Gilbert and Sullivan work in the cause of
laughter and light-heartedness, but there is not
much joviality in the blm-a-boom of a funeral
chime, and "The Yeomen of the Guard" Is
weighted down in words and music by the sug
gestion of death at every step. As a comic
opera It is a failure.
The libretto is at times in the best style of
Gilbert, There are perhaps a dozen lyrics
which are pointed with the sharpest wit and
carved in the most graceful fashion. The
muslo is, at the first hearing, the best part of
the operal It displays that remarkable skill In
orchestration, that delicate completeness, and,
better than all, original treatment of light
rythmlcal'airs, for which Sir Arthur Sullivan
is famous. In the first act there is a constant
contention between the minor Key, which the
tolling bell suggests, and the martial spirit
which the chorus of "beefeaters" and the brass
combine to sustain. Though tho melancholy
sentiment prevails in the libretto, the clangor
of the brass and the bassos rather dominates
all tbe choral passages of tbe first act. In the
second act there is more variety in the music,
a greater quantity of the lighter modes. But
the opera as a whole contains fewer of the
popular and catchy measures than ai!y opera
previously received from the same hands.
A number of the familiar numbers always
f oundln Gilbert and Sullivan's joint work occur
in "Tho Yeomen of the Guard." There is an
unaccompanied quartet attuned to a rarely,
sweet air. the deftest part of wnlch is the repe
tition ot the refrain.
"Tower, Tower, Tower Green."
This was more warmly accepted last night
than any other number; it was encored thrice.
Another familiar thing was a wonderfully
quaint duet between Jack Point &na Elsie,
called "I Have a Song to BIng, Ol" Tho patter
song also is not absent, but somehow or other,
it did not have the ring and rollicking rapidity
of Its predecessors. Once more considering
the libretto and music together we cannot but
remark the wonderful harmony in spirit and in
form which exists between them. As in pre
vious operas Messrs. Gilbert and Sullivan ap
pear once more as tbe best of collaborators.
The story of "The Yeomen of the Guard" Is
not very deep or subtle, but it is anything but
clear. Colonel Fairfax, the romantic hero of
the story, to make matters worse, was In
trusted to SIgnor Michelena lost night, whose
English Is none of the best. It is doubtful if
one-halt the audience got more than a mere
glimmering of the plot. Miss Emma Abbott
hardly seemed herself, and her Elsie Maynard
was singularly lacking in spirit. She sang one
or two songs in her accustomed style, and
charmed tbe audience with an interpolated
tour de force in the first act, wherein she dis
played her old liking lor trills ana
cadenzas, but not her wonted power. In
fact she seemed to be indisposed.
The gloomy jailer of tke Tower, Wilfred Shad
bolt, fell with grace into the hands of William
Pruette. He made the character as grotesque
as it could be made, and his large figure and
even larger voice lent themselves readily to
the portraiture of one of Gilbert's nniqne
creations. But the opera suffers from the prev
alence of tbe spirit of which" Bhadbolt is the
climactic expression. The lighter comedy of
the jester. Jack Point, is not much account
anyhow, but Walter Allen did not bring it all
Miss Nina Bertini, of whom Pittsbnrgers
have a pleasant memory, made an arch and
comely Phoebe Meryll, while Miss Lizzie An
nadale did with some hutnOr the little that is
assigned to the sketchy character. Dame
Carrulhers, to perform. The robust and manly
Sergeant Meryll which William Broderlck em
bodied was one of the pleasantest features ot
tbe cast Of the rest there is little to be said,
unless it be that Signor Michelena really
achieved wonders, considerlnghis deficiency
in the knowledge of English. The chorus did
not betray great virtues; the women's voices
were constantly out of time and tnne, and the
overpowerlngly raspy voice of one of the tenors
marred all the men's work. ' The orchestra,
however, did credit to Carl Martens, the di
rector. To-night the "Rose of Castile."
Grand Opera House.
Those who became for the time being a part
of the constituency of the member from
Kohosh last evening enjoyed themselves as
only mortals thus privileged can. Their
genial representative bad them completely In
his power and yet they seemed to like it. It
was what they expected, and they did his
bidding without protest. Although the Hon.
-Bardwell Slote made only brief speeches, he
captured his auditors every time "by a large
majority." Tbey laughed at jokes which they
must have heard scores of times before; they
roared at his odd assortment of abbrevia
tions just as they would if they
were hearing them for the first
time; they smiled, when their honored
representative smiled, and became "Convulsed
when he protested against being termed "a
dodo." though at tbe same time making bis
cause their own. Truly the Bon. Bardwell
Slote is, as he himself says, a "k. f." a queer
flsb, but he is, and always will continue to be,
Everybody knows "The Mighty Dollar," and
needs not to be told that it is an exquisite com
edy. But it might wear out with usage like
anything else that is good, in the bands of any
except the Florences. The fact that it is still
the same mirth-provoking, delightful creation
that it has been for vears speaks' volumes for
their artistic skill. Bardwell Stole is a
unique character, which only Mr. W. J. Flor
ence could personate properly. He never
overdoes the part, but always comes
up to tbe expectations of bis bear
ers. He is as painstaking as a young
actor, desirous of making a first favorable im-
?resslon, though he has been playing this role
or more than a dozen years. He ought to be.
and doubtless is, proud of the Bon. Bardwell
Slote, and this may be the reason for
the remarkable audi long-continued pop
ularity of the play in which that
highly eccentric, yet exquisitely natural,
individual has such a prominent part.
Mr. Florence was received last night with the
same favor always accorded, to him in Pitts
burg, and his work seemed better than ever.
Possibly it was not, for he is ono of the few
comedians who appear to improve as one gets
better acquainted with them.
Mrs. Florence came in for her share of the
honors and applause. As Mrs. Gilflory sho
can never be anything but charming. Her cu
rious French, her Partingtonlan pronun
ciation of English nnd ber verbal
repetitions never fall to excite
mirth, second onlv to that inspired by the
efforts of the Bon. Mr. Slote. It will be welcome
news to tbe publio to learn that Mrs. Florence
has no intention of quitting the stage at
present, for she appears to bo good for capable
work for many years yet to come. The com
pany is a good one, on the whole, and makes a
strong support for the two principals. Mr.
William Yerance plays Arthur Lemaitre, and
does full justice to the character. Mr.
Archibald Cowper as Roland Vance
also made a favorable "impression,
while Messrs. J. J. Fitzslmmons and William
Herbert sustained their roles ennally well. The
ladies of the cast Misses Annie Mayor, I, E,
Fitzpatrick and Marion Russell are all capa
ble.. Miss Rnssell, in particular, made a de
cided bit as Libby Dear.
To-night "Heart of Hearts," a now but' suc
cessful comedy will be presented. It ran 150
nights at the Madison Square Theater last
Fun, merriment, pretty girls, sweet singing
and graceful dancing are all to he found in
Hoey's "Keep It Dark." This comedy is not
new to Fittsburg theater goers, having been
seen here several times before, but it is well
worth seeing again. The music is new and well
sung, and the fuu Is of that clean kind that
doesn't tire one. Of course W, T. Bryant is
comical as ever, and Miss Lizzie Richmond nets
as well as sings In a charming manner. Little
Julia Wilson, Denniau Thompson's first Tot,
Is a small bundle of vivacityand good looks.
and has a very sweet voice. The warbling of J.
(;, Harrington Is as good as has been heard
here for a long while. Miss Blanche Boyer Is
as light as a fairy in her character dances, and
Miss Alice Greene Is, as the bills say, "Sweet
16, just nice enough to loye," The rest of the
cast are well fitted to the roles they assume.
The audiences at both performances yesterday
were very large.
Academy of Mnaic
The lrwln Bros.' Specialty Company gave a
performance which the patrons of the Academy
found highly satisfactory. The company con
tains more than the usual number of clever
variety people, and tbe programme Is a most
attractive one, As usual, the bouse was well
Captain Paul Boyton Is only one of many ex
cellent attractions at this popular resort tbls
week. The house was crowded yesterday, tioth
A Hnrd-WorUed Legislature.
rom tbe St. Paul pioneer l'ress.J
Tbe session of the Arizona1 Legislature is
nearly over, and as yet it haspassed but two
bills, But as one of these provides the death
Pa"J lQ obl
'been altogether frultji
robbers, the session bos not
" A SUPERSTITIOUS DAI.
Omens and Frosnottlcs That a Man Might
Meet in a Day How to Make Oneself
Miserable What People Call Fancies.
From the London Globe.
In this very practical and skeptical age, new
superstitions are continually springing into ex
istence. We are apt to consider that our
traditions respecting -omens and prognostics
have been handed down from the times of
Thor ana Odin; but though this may be true of
some, It is certainly not true of a large number
wblchare current at the present time. Let us,
byway ot illustration, picture the day of a
man holding most of the more popular modern
The first thing he will ask himself on waking
In the morning is. "What do my dreams mean V
Having Bettled this important matter, he will
perhaps find (as is often the case In the morn
ing) that he has a hair in his mouth. This
means, according to a superstition widely
prevalent among -the lower-class Londoners,
that be will be drunk before nightfall. Having
taken the hair out of his mouth, ha cautiously
gets out of bed on the right sido (In order that
his temper may not be affected), dresses care
fully, remembering, of course, to put his right
shoe on first, and goes down to breakfast If
he eats eggs, he must knock the bottoms of the
shells through when he has finished, or they
will be used by tbewitches for boats. If he
accidentally drops a knife off the table, It
means (according to Cockney superstition) that
a man will visit the bouse during the day.
Making a Good Start.
After breakfast he will probably go out for a
stroll. Of course he will not walk under a lad
der, not only because It would bring general
bad luck, but also because he will thus avoid
the risk ot getting a pot of paint dropped on
his bead. If he is accompanied by a lady he
will be very careful should he walk through
a garden not to present her with a marigold,
for to wear a marigold Is to forfeit all chance
of marriage. He will observe all magpies,
jackdaws and crows which may fly overhead,
since theso birds, If they utter sounds, foretell
great misfortunes and sometimes death. Ques
tions of doubt can always be resolved, provided
it Is the proper season, by tne way by which
Marguerite discovered that .Faust loved her,
by pulling petals out of flowers, or by blowing
tbe fluffy seed off dandelions or thistle-stalks.
So, too, a boy's future career may be unfolded
by picking a certain well-known gross and ap
plying the ola formula beginning, "Tinker,
tailor, soldier, sailor," etc Cockneys believe
that if you see three lucky (that is, piebald)
horses during the same walk some great piece
of good fortune will shortly come to pass.
Hence it must be very desirable to walk about
in the neighborhood of a circus.
A Business Man's Guides.
When the superstitious man returns home,
refreshed with the morning air, to transact the
business of the day, he will discover aids to the
present and the future in a thousand little
things. If his clock stops be can find out the
time by holding a weight at the end of a string
against the wall. The number of taps it gives
indicates the hour of the day. By means of
lucky sixpences, charms (such as a coral hand
with tho first and fourth flnger-tips touching,
and the second and third fingers doubled up,
tossing up a coin in cases of great doubt, sortes
Virgiltanat applied to the Bible or any other
book he greatly reverences, fortune telling by
cards, phrenology, planchette or palmistry, he
will be helped through many difficulties which
ordinary mortals lave to combat by means of
their unaided reason. Of course, he will ob
serve at lunch much the same rules that are
prescribed for all meals, avoiding spilling salt
and noticing whether a knife is dropped or not.
He must be careful fb his conversation not to
talk about accidents; this is generally believed
to be unlucky, and necessitates touching wood
immediately if tbe evil is to be averted. Fos
bly in the afternoon he may pay a visit or two.
If be finds that there are peacocks' feathers in
any house at which he calls, he will hasten
away. So, too, it goes without saying that if
he meets anyone with an evil eye he
will point his first and fourth fingers
at tbe possessor, and invent an excuse
for leaving the house at once: As the
afternoon wears on, he will be glad to find him
self once more by his own hearth, with the can
ales lighted and the fire brightly burning.
A Letter In the Candle.
He can now make all kinds of discoveries if
he will only keep his eyes open. Perhaps a
cinder starts out from tbe grate. This is called
(by Cockneys, at any rate) "a present from tbe
fire." If the cinder is in the shape of a coffin,
it foretells death; if in the shape of a purse, it
is the announcement of a coming gift of money.
Itching in tbe right eyebrow implies the same
sort of thing; while tingling in the ears, as is
well known, signifies that one is being talked
about Another London superstition (wnlch,
for aught we know, may extend to tbe country)
can now be tested. It is called tbe "stranger on
tbe bar." If there is a ragged smut hanging
from the bottom har of the crate, then a
strange man is coming to the house; if on the
next bar above, a strange woman, and soon
alternately. To find the day, clap the hands
close to the grate for each day of the week,
and the day on which the smut flies off is the
one required. The candles meanwhile may be
rendering silent but important information.
If tbe wax gutters down in a kind of ribbon or
band, which Roubles over and touches the
stem of the candle, this "windlng-sbeet" tells
its own tale. If a tiny globular glowing spark
is seen to-be attached to tbe candle-wick, this
signifies that a letter will shortly be received.
Thirteen at Dinner.
Time passes quickly, and it must now be near
the dinner hour. While he is dressing our
friend will be naturally led to look at bis finger
nails, and according as he finds a white spot on
one or more of them he will know that ho Is to
have either a gift, a friend, a foe. a sweetheart
or a journey to go. It goes without saying that
he, will not sit down at a dinner table where he
is one of 13. We well remember the occasion
of our first late dinner at the age of 5. Shortly
after 8 o'clock we were aroused from sleep,
and to our intense disgust dressed and taken
down to the dining room, all because an old
lady, had discovered that the fatal number of
guests was assembled, and absolutely refused
to allow matters to proceed until a fourteenth
could be found. Then, too, tbe diner must re
member that, if salt is either spilled or handed
to another person, ill-luck is sure to happen,
unless a pinch of it is thrown over tbe left
shoulder. It may be interesting to quote here
what that scoffer, Grimod de la Regniere, says
on these points "Some people," be remarks,
"dread at a dinner table spilled salt anc" tbe
number 13. There is nothing to fear from that
number except when only sufficient dinner for
jznasDcen proviacu; ana, as lorine eaii. ine
important thing is that it should not be spilled
into a good disb." A French mathematician
bas proved statistically that superstition
apart, the chances are in favor of 1 out of
every 13 middle-aged persons dung within a
year, and a member of the Thirteen Club
would add the chances are still greater that
one will die out ot a dinner party of U.
The Fntcfnl Moon,
During dinner the conversation will pleas
antly turn on ghosts, spiritualism, table turn
ing, willing, second sight and telepathy; while
tbe more learned will naturally discuss the
qualities of tho unlucky opal and the healing
virtues of precious tones. After dinner, if
tbe company plays vcards, It will be found ad
visable not to touch, tbe cards out of turn,
and on no-account to discuss the luck,
unless to say that the luck of So
and So is good. It will have been desirable, in
the course of the evening, to study tbe moon,
and, if it Is new, to bow to her nine times, to
wish and to turn money; carefully refraining
from pointing to her at all times. Also the
cautions man will listen for the fateful tapping
of the death watch. Even after getting Into
bed be will notice the howling of dog?, know
ing that If a dog howls three times during tbe
night it forebodes death.
Were Not Superstition.
Such might be the day of a man who held tho
majority of superstitious current at the pres
ent time. Of course, on special occasions, such
as Fridays, weddings, christenings, birthdays.
t and so on, he wonld consider a number of cir
cumstances to which no allusion bas been'made
above. And, though probably no one man or
woman In this year of grace, 1S89. believes all
tbe silly things we have enumerated, yet it is
worth noting that these beliefs havp not been
raked out of "Brand's Popular Antiquities,"
"Hone's. EverydavBook," or old fortune-tellers,
but are matters o'n which many ordinary, fairly
educated men and women at the present mo
ment hold opinions strangely inconsistent with
the boasted practical character of the age.
Such people will often laugh at their
own "fancies," as they call them, but In their
secret hearts they think there Is "something in
In Its Second Childhood.
From the St. l'aul Flonccr l'ress.:
A new Philadelphia Idea is alphabetical Ice
cream, served in small, differently colored
block, nn each side of which Is stamped one of
the letters from A to Z. It is well known that
Philadelphia is slow and unprogrcsslve, bat it
was supposed sho bad progressed far enough to
have straggled out from under suchklnder-
l garten classics.
GOSSIP OP THE EMPIhB CITY.
Montercole Makes a Small Stake.
frW TOBX BUREAU SrXCIALS.
Nkw Yokx, March 18. "Count" Monter
cole, who married Miss Virginia Knox, of
Pittsburg, was to have galled for Europe on
Saturday, but, having changed his mind, he
went to the office of the Netherlands line to
day to get the money for his ticket refunded.
Mr, Krummeicb, the agent, deducted from the
original price of the ticket a forfeit ot only $10,
and banded $43 to the Count, who announced
In French that the reason he had not sailed on
Saturday" was because he had accepted the
offer of a champagne house to act as Its agent.
Mr. Krunimelch was sorry he bad been so
generous to Montercole' when he heard this,
and he was still sorrier when his clerk told him
that dtontercole had not paid for the ticket In
the first place. It was purchased for him by
an American friend. The latter, therefore,
and not tbe Count, should bare baa the re
A Switch That Is Fatal.
There is a switch n the West street tracks
of the Vanderbilt roads which has lately been
the cause of the death 'of two men and the
crippling for life of a lad of 16, to say nothing
of the destruction of no end of vehicles of all
sorts. The last fatal accident was on Thurs
day. -Edward Mllay, while driving- a truck
across tbe switch, was thrown to the pavement
by tbe wheels catching In the guards, and,
striking on bis head, he fractured his skull,
while the truck passed over hlsbody. He died
from his injuries that night John O'Shea lost
his life in a similar manner three months ago,
and David Meehan.the 16-year-old boy.had both
bis legs broken by the wheels of the grocery
wagon be drove catching in the switch In the.
same way. Many others have been injured less
seriously by the switch.
High Art in Chocolate.
A confectioner of this city has modeled in
chocolate two eight-feet high Venuses of Milo,
each weighing 1,900 pounds, or more than the
average ton of coal, for exhibition at the Paris
Exposition. Each of the figures contains
enough chocolate to make 19,000 cups of non
inebriating beverage. A pair of fivo feet high
Etruscan vases, also made of chocolate, weigh
ing BOO pounds each, and two other mammoth
vases, one made of chocolate and the other
"pastillage," will accompany the Venuses.
The enterprising confectioner's outlay in rep
resenting America on this grand Scale at tbe
Exposition is to be about $30,000.
Sprend AH Over tho World.
The Baptist ministers, at their regular Mon
day meeting to-day, listened to Mrs. Ballington
Booth, wife of the commander In chief of the
Salvation Army, in place ot to one of their
own sex and orthodox mods of preaching.
They not only listened to her, but took np a
collection for the benefit ot tbe army. Mrs.
Booth said that the army had 950 officers In this
country and 330 corps. The army is engaged in
33 countries, and the TFar Cry is printed In .as
many different languages. It has a circulation
of 31,000,000. and there is not a single business
advertisement In it.
The Green Flog Wnve on St. Patrick's Dar.
In accordance with the resolution of the
Board of Aldermen and Mayor Grant's order,
tbe green flag, which Mayor Hewitt refused to
have hoisted a year ago, floated over the City
Hall to-day. This gave the impression that
the parade was to be reviewed by the Mayor at
the City Hall, and hundreds of men and
women, wearing shamrocks and green badges,
waited in the surrounding park lor the proces
sion that was being reviewed in Union Square,
and which never came down town at all. The
green flag hung between the State and city
standards, which wero flanked br,thc national
ensign. The Stars and Stripes also floated from
the top of the tower.
A REGULAR CABLE CRANK.
The Chinese Minister a Better Patron
the Cable Companies Than Uncle Sam.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington, March la The Chinese
Minister is said to be the most liberal patron
of the cable companies in Washington, and
expends even more money for telegraphing
than tbe Government of the United States.
Almost every act of nis is governed by Instruc
tions asked and received from his Government
and although he uses a cipher by which he can
pnt the meaning of ten words into two, his
telegraphic bills average $1,000 a week, and
often exceed that sum daily, for a week at a
time. One day lost week he sent $2,000 worth
of dispatches to China concerning the riots at
Milwaukee, and received replies that must
have cost at least as much more. In fact
enough money was spent in communicating
the information regarding the Milwankee
troubles to Indemnify the Chinamen of that city
for all the damages suffered by them.
Cable messages to China are sent first to
Havre, then to Aden, thence across the Arabian
Sea, through Hindnstan and Siam to Peking,
and they cost about SI a word.
A MAMMOTH ENTERPRISE.
Eastern Capital In Abandance Waldos; to
Carry Oat a Ship Canal Project.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Lanbino, Mich., March 18. W. H. Morrell,
of New York, arrived here to-day to urge the
Legislature to grant a charter for a ship canal
company. The enterprise is a mammoth one.
He states that Eastern capital in abundance
stands ready to carry it out Tbe plan is to cut
a canal across the Upper Peninsula, beginning
atBay Autrain, in Lake Superior, a few miles
east of Marquette, and terminating in Little
Bay ae Norde. near Gladstone. The canal will
be but 36 miles In length, but by connecting
Lake Superior and Lake Michigan it will les
sen the distance for ship commerce between
Duluth and Chicago by 371 miles.
Tbe canal will require but two locks, and its
projector asserts that the total cost of con
struction will be less than that of the proposed
Government improvements of the Sault Ste.
Marie Canal. Mr. Morrell states that if the
Legislature grants the charter the company
will be fully organized within sixty days.
MART ANDERSON ALL RIGHT.
Her Physician's Emphatic Statement as to
Her Mentnl Condition,.
Baltuiobe, March 18. Dr. John Van Bib
ber, who attended Mary Anderson during her
stay in Baltimore last week, emphatically de
nies the report that her mind is affected. "I
am always very averse," says he, "to saying any
thing about the symptoms of my patients, as
such matters are confidential, bat in the face
of these absurd reports about Miss Anderson,
I am glad to enter an emphatic dental. Miss
Anderson Is in an abnormal nervous condition
from overwork and Insomnia, and is suffering
from anervous trouble that has given her great
pain. She is not suffering from any mental ail
ment whatever, nor has she shown any symp
toms of such trouble, ohe is weak and
nervous and unable to stand tbe serious strain
of her part in the play she Is in this season, and
it is better that she should take an extended
CAUGHT ON THE GRIP LINE,
Annex to Tnr girls.
A man may dress in a shabby way,
But do not Judge him by his looks.
For don't you know we often find
The best of reading In the worst dressed books?
But should bo be a dndelrt gay.
Again don't Judge him by bis looks,
For don't you know we often find
The worst ofrcadlng In the best dressed books?
Lioe General, the people are onto the fact
that J. O. B. Is running this administration.
President H.-I know It Llge, and we must do
something to throw them off.
Llge Well, bow would it do to dismiss Haw
kins, tbe coachman?
President H. Never, Llge: for as snre as wo did
ho would appoint J. (I. B., Jr., to fill the vacancy,
and that would go hard on my new team.
Mb. Cbankt Mrs. ToughJteak.1 think at
the end of this wetk 1 will have to quit boarding
Mrs, Toughsteak-Wby, Mr. Cranky, ever sine
your last complaint 1 have tried unusually hard to
please you, and I can't see what grounds yon have
for complaining now.
Mr. Cranky Madam, look in this cup or so
called coffee and yon will see I hare sufllclent
grounds for complaining.
Vandt It's a wonder to me that there are
not more manicures In Fittsburg.
VjinayBco-iuo they manufacture, so many
Thk baseball season will soon be atjiand.
And the umpire-shakes with fear;
Bat soon be can quiet bis rattllm nerves
'By drinking that soothing bock beer.
A young Englishman won 40,000 tho
other day at roulette at Monte Carlo.
A hotel in Greenville, Me., is said to
be the only one in the world that serves trout
on Its table every meal in tho year.
Still .another order has been started in
Maine-the "Permanent Haymakers' Associa
tion." Its lodges are called "haylofts
W. H. Culpepper, of Talbottom, Ga.,
says he has a mule that will point birds. Ho
rides the mule when driving partridges into a
net, and the mule enjoys the sport
At Statesboro, La., ft negro cut down a
large pine Uet a few days ago, and it fell across
a small stnmp, and split exactly through tho
center for 25 feet 6 inches and 3-16 of an inch,
and making 25 rails to the cut
A comical sentence appeared in ths
programme of a recent concert at St James'
Hall, London. A certain song was announcea
thus: " 'She Wandered Down the Mountain
Side,' accompanied by the composer."
A ragged street gamin, holding up at
arm's length an old .rubber boot from which
pours a stream of water, is the design for a
work of art for the Common, wblch the Bos
ton Aldermen have just approved, according
to a New York paper.
At Dublin, Ga., a nanny goat lost her
twoklda during the recent cold weather, and
as her owner had two hound puppies, she de
cided to adopt them. Every day tbe goat goes
to the front gate and bleats, and when the pnps
hear her they go out and get the feed.
An advertisement calling for ten young;
ladies with-large feet was recently inserted in
Chicago paper. The advertiser wanted to
secure that number ot maidens with Nail
feet for dims museum curiosities. He engaged
the desired number. The biggest foot In tho
collection was U Inches long.
The Jekyl Island Club, of Georgia, is
meeting with great success in propagating tha
English pheasant A few months ago the club
received 78 birds out of 100 which were sent to
it from England, 22 having died on the journey.
From these 78 birds 1,000 chicks were hatched
Out last fall by common barnyard bens.
Fredf A. Stewart, mate of a schooner,
which recently arrived at Portland. Me., was
sleeping in his berth, the othernlght, when hs
felt something scraping his face. He grabbed
it with his hand and threw it on the floor, and,
getting a light, found it was a good-sized rat
he had killed, which had been gnawing hU
There is a cob-pipe factory located at Se
dan, Mo., which is doing a rushing business.
The factory pays at the rate of IK cents for li
incb cobs and IX cents for Vt inch cobs. A
man hauled a load the other day of IK inch
cobs which brought him 591. Tbe time may
yet come when the people will raise wheat for
The gorgeous mansion in Hopkinton,
Mass.. which Mrs. Searle. formerly Mrs. Hop
kins, has had built boasts an organ costing
$50,000. Its case is of English ash to corre
spond with the finish of the room, exquisitely
carved with gold molding, is over 30 feet high,
and is probably the most costly organ in any
irivate dwelling in America. Tbe musio room,
s large, over 40 feet high, with paneled celling
of terra cotta.
P.ailway battalions will be the next ad
dltion to the home forces In England. It Is
stated that the Great Northern Railway Com
pany has given general consent to a large num
ber of its employes, principally engaged in tha
King's Cross establishment and tbe metropolis
tan suburban stations, being enlisted in tho
Royal Engineers, in order to form a railway
battalion, and it is understood that the move
ment will be farther extended to other princi
pal stations. One battalion has been enrolled
for some time at Crewe.
Recently there was sent from Norwich,
Conn., to New Yprk five two-gallon tin cans
filled with oil of black birch, which was manu
factured in Bozrah by John Miner. It is worth
$80 a gallon, and tbe fire cans contained 158
pounds of oil. valued at tSOO, or a little over $5
a pound. Black birch trees do not yield oil as
the maple trees run sap. There is work in
getting the tender twigs, and labor in the pro
cess of extracting the oil. One ton of twigs
yields just 3 ponnds of oil, and it took neatly 53
tons of twigs to yield the 10 gallons. This oil
is used in giving the wintergreen flavor to con
fections of all kinds.
The unfortunate Crown Prince of Aus
tra shares the crypt of the Capuchin Church at
Vienna with 113 of his ancestors. With threa
exceptions, every member of the Hapsburg dy
nasty has been burled there since tbe Em
perorMatbias died in 1619 these, three-exceptions,
being the Emperor Ferdinand 11.. buried
at Gratz, the second wife of Leopold L, and
tbe Empress Amelia, buried la convents.
Thns the crypt contains the remains of
ll Emperors, 2 Queens, 27 Archdukes.
15 Empresses, 1 King of Rome, 53 Arch
duchesses, 2 Dukes and 2 Electoral Princes,
besides the hearts of 2 Empresses, of Maria
Anne of Portugal and an Archduchess.
J. C. Walters, Leary, Ga., is peculiarly
afflicted. He cannot eat an egg or any food
that contains the least bint of an egg; without
subjecting himself to almost deathly sickness.
The other night be drank a portion of an egg
flip, thinking it was a milk punch, and in a
moment afterward was rendered exceedingly
sick and was forced to seek bis bedroom, wbere
he was confined lor two days, recovering from,
the effects of one little egg. Mr. Walters says
be has been troubled thus peculiarly since his
earliest recollection, and notwithstanding tho
utmost watchfulness he occasionally gets hold
of food with eggs in it and immediately under
goes nausea as severe as the most terrific casa
of sea sickness ever produced.
Mr. Joseph H. Clapp, of Augusta, Me.,
who is a blood relation of Captain Reuben
Carver, of Pilgrim Colony fame, has an old
English chair of oak and mahogany, which,
was brought over to Plymouth from England
in 1832 by the ship Lion and presented to tha
Captain. The chair bears o its bottom an In
scription giving the history of the origin of
Thanksgiving Day, "Many a time," writes Mr.
Carver. "I have sat on my grandfather's knea
in this chair under the noble old elms which
were In front of the Old Province House in
Boston, wblch joined my grandfather's estate,
and beard him tell the story of tbe Boston tea
party, ot which be was one of the foremost
members." Another of Mr. Ciapp'a possessions
is a china punch bowl, bronght over hy Captain
Graves in the ship James, in 1635.
FDNNY MEN'S FANCIES.
A former Terra Haute shoemaker is rum
nlnx a mining camp saloon out In Arizona. Ha
used to sell boots and shoes, now he sells booza
and shoots. Terrs Haute Express.
Funny Barber I hope this razor is all
right Mr. higgle. You see, I shaved a dead man
with It this morning. Figgle (placidly-Did it
wake him? Tore Haute Express.
A man could form a more accurate idea as
to when he reached middle age If furnished with
tbe date of bis demise. A woman never gets thera
anyway, so she needs no table of necrology.-
Employer You say that your habits ara
all correct? Applicant-Yes, sir. Employer (sfte
a moment's pause) Do yon drink? Applicant
(absent minded) Thanks. Don't care If I do.
Burlington Free Press.
Wlbble What brings you down town so
early this morning. Wabble? Wabble I'm look
ing for a cook. Tbe last one was colorblind and
we bad to discharge ber. Wibble What In tha
world has color-blindness to do with cooking?
Wabble A heap. 8he bronght a rW lobster to
the table. Tsrrs Haute Express.
Tastes Differ. Mrs. de Throp I don't f
think. Mr. de Throp, that your sarcasm leveled at
our decollete ball dress is called for. Your own i
brother, tbe Captain, takes a much more liberal
view of society matters,
Mr, de Throp Undoubtedly. Captain Bob bat 4
Just returned from Samoa. TAcEpoc A. ..
Sizing TJp the House. "Have you a
dumb waiter In the house1" asked the guest,
merely by way of making talk while be waited fo
his change. "Well, "replied the clerk,abstractedly
putting the fiver In bis vest pocket and taking
the change from the drawer, "they halnt any of
'em got mnch sense, but when It comes to that I
reckon tbe landlord is the man yon want; he
knows less than all tbe rest of the help put to
gether." Brooklyn Eagle.
Safe as a Bank. Lamb, of Terra Hauta
Bllck, the broker, Is going Into a big land deal,
and says be can let me In on the gronnd, floor.
I want to make some money. If 1 was sure I'd be
on the safe side. Wolf, who Is feeling friendly
and knows 81Iek-The safe side, my boy, Is al
ways the outside. You are always left wbea you
are taken In. See?
Lamb saw and stsyed out whereby Wolf .was
able to shear bim close to the bones nimselr at bis
leisure. Brooklyn Eagle. r
Eight Man for the Plaea. ThaTSnr: re
porter,aealm,truthful-look!ng man of respecta
ble middle sge. brought In his aeconnt o4ttit . In
auguration. He estimated the throng around the
Capltul at about 11,000,000; said there, were K0,
COO.000 men in the procession, which was SM.0OO
miles long, and was witnessed by a countless
throng or 7BJ, 000,009 of people. "For mercy's
sake," gasped tbe nlghl editor, "what did yon
used to do before jroo. came on tbe paper"
Lived Iri the observatory at Hlrlns' University,"
replied tbe new man. "I'm an astronomer."
They took him off the staff and put him oa tbe
.circulation, department rtgWaWay.-X. J. Bw
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