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THE MTTSBimG DISPATCH, ' TUESDAY, A?EIL '23,
1STABLISHED FEBRUARY S. 1846.
Vol. 44, No. 75. Entered at Pittsburg Postofflce,
November It, 18S7, s"fecond-clt$s matter.
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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, APR. 23, 1889.
THE SLAUGHTER OF THE LICENSES.
The opinion of Judge "White in the matter
of granting licenses to liquor dealers, sets
forth in considerable detail the grounds on
which the Court has acted in refusing a
large number of applications. The general
grounds for action as stated by the Court,
will receive the abstract approval of the un
prejudiced public The most obvious criti
cism that can be offered is that, on the basis
of the Judge's assertion that most of thosel
who receive license have violated the law,
he rule of hewing to the line would turn
Allegheny county into a prohibition dis
trict Bnt it is the practical application of these
rules, resulting in the grant of licenses to
less than 100 retailers in Pittsburg
and under 150 in the county that will
arouse the widest divergence of emphatic
opinions. The owners of the excluded sa
loons will.of course, be loud in disapproval;
and no doubt the steady or even moderate
drinkers who find the places at which they
were accustomed to imbibe closed up will
be apt to grumble. On the other hand, the
radical opponents of the liquor traffic will
no less emphatically approve the reduction of
the number of saloons to less than one-tenth
the number of two years ago. The majority
may regard the matter with a good deal of
Sofaras the public needs are concerned there
is no reason to fear but that the population
of Pittsburg can get all the alcoholic stimu
lus it requires, at the ninety odd drinking
places that Judge "White has licensed; and
the revenue of those places will be so rich as
to make the fortunate proprietors very care
ful to obey the law. As to the saloons that
have lost their licenses, it may also be the
case that they have not respected the law
and deserve no better fate. But it may also
..be the case that they have respected the law
more than the unlicensed sellers; and it is a
question whether this restriction will not in
crease the incentive to illicit sales, and make
the detection and punishment of those sell
ing without license more difficult than
It is certain that the second issue of
licenses under the Brooks law, shows a re
markable change from the time when Alle
gheny county contained over 3,000 saloons.
"Very few people will affirm that the county
is the worse for the change.
A PROHIBITION DEFEAT.
The vote on the Constitutional Prohibi
tion Amendment in Massachusetts, as re
ported in to-day's dispatches, does not
promise much for the popular support of
that method of abolishing the liquor traffic
The result was perhaps foreshadowed by
the election in New Hampshire, where the
measure wonld naturally be expected to carry
if it carried anywhere. "With Massachu
setts added to the list of States that voted
against Constitutional prohibition the in
ference as to the result in Pennsylvania is
pretty strong. It is a rather singular rever
sal of the general estimate of the two sec
tions that while "Western and Southern
States have adopted prohibition two New
England States have voted against it. Penn
sylvania seems likely to be satisfied with
the restriction of the liquor traffic by the
Brooks law, as applied by its courts.
ME. EEIGHT AKD SHAKESPEARE.
The late John Bright did not like Shake
speare. "It is the dialogue," he said, "that
spoils him for me. The break from sentence
to sentence, the question and answer, the
continual interruption of the thought divert
the attention and impair.the interest. The
flow of thought is not sustained; the style
goes to pieces."
This criticism of the greatest writer the
world has produced will strike people as
being most singular, especially as Mr.
Bright was a man of high literary attain
ments and one of England's most eloquent
orators. On its face this contrary expres
sion of judgment would seem to impeach
Mr. Bright's intelligence
But it must be remembered that Mr.
Bright was in some ways a very peculiar
man. His attachment to his own ideas was
terribly strong, andinsomefields of thought
he stood absolutely alone. He cared noth
ing for the lighter side of life. Like his
love for peace at any price, his love for cer
tain styles of speech and language was
wonderfully strong. Conversation had no
attractions for him. Xong orations, worked
up step by step from premises to per
oration, were "his delight. He was a master
of the old-style school of oratory, and his
eloquence in that form was peerless. So
the brilliancy of Shakespeare's dialogues
was lost to him. Dramatic power he could
But it is singular that he could not ad
mire Shakespeare's, sonnets and his other
more strictly poetical works. It was per
haps an eccentricity of genius.
Miracles do not often occnr and it was
hardly to be wondered at that Mrs. Pauline
King, a colored woman who has attracted
attention in Springfield, Illinois, by pro
fessing to fast for forty days, should have
drawn a great crowd last Sunday to see her
convert water into wine Mrs, Pauline
King -nd several other persons prayed and
sang hymns, and then an eight-gallon stone
jar filled with well water was placed on the
platform. The water was obstinate; it
would not turn into wine. The fervency vof
Mrs. King's supplications and the sympa
thetic enthusiasm of the audience availed
nothing. At the end of an hour of tempes
tuous prayer, the water was watery still.
The miracle did not appear.
In nearly all these so-called miracle meet
ings, which arei generally remarkable for
the total absence ot the miraculous, either
gross ignorance or crafty imposture is the
motive power. .Probably the case of Mrs.
King illustrates the potency of ignorance
coupled with religious enthusiasm. If the
water had been apparently turned to wine,
we should have sought for an impostor.
Usually the ignorant crank or clever rogue
finds at his disposal a goodly number of
semi-intelligent persons in every community,
who are only too ready to lend their ears and
dollars, too, to the first man or woman who
promises them something miraculous.
These credulous creatures assure themselves
and would have the world believe that they
are influenced in this by genuine religious
feeling. But in reality they are only dupes
of their own curiosity and of a fool or a
knave, as the case may be
It appears from "Washington advices that
Senator Quay has more to complain of in
respect to the distribution of patronage
than the siege of office seekers.' The im
portunities of the fellows who want office is
bad for the junior Senator's equanimity
when he wants rest, bnt the contrariness of
the officials who fail to appoint Senator
Quay's men to office, and the bad faith of
the statesmen who get their men appointed
over Quay's head, produces the exaspera
tion tha( makes the once wily Matthew
Stanley throw to the winds all his old rules
of silence and discretion.
Senator-Sherman is the latest object of
Senator Qnay's complaints. The Pennsyl
vania Senator virtually charges that the
Ohio Senator played a card from the deck
head, as it were, and the cool Ohio Sena
tor's reply amounts to an admission that a
surreptitious trump was used to take the
trick, but claims that the other fellows did
it' Senator Quay is worked up by this
political sharp play almost to the point of
vowing that he will quit the game; but he
is deterred by the reflection that if he
should do so the other fellows will absorb
all the stakes, and they would like it alto
gether too well.
Even if the indictment which he brings
against Senator Sherman be true it looks as
if our formerly clever Pennsylvania leader
was rather unnecessarily vociferous over his
wrongs. Sharp play ;s what is to be ex
pected in the game of politics at which Sen
ator Quay is an expert; and if in such a
game the Senator finds himself on the chilly
outside, it hardly befits him to fill the air
with assertions that "Poor Tom's a-cold."
The supposition was that he, of all men, un
derstood that it is not discreet for an ambi
tious leader of the machine to advertise the
fact that he is on the outside, or to unneces
sarily antagonize the fountain of patronage.
The fact that be has disregarded these
primary rules by quarreling with the bread-and-butter
or his followers, if not with his
own, and by raising a rumpus with the Sen
ators who have got ahead of him, seems to
warrant the conclusion that the quondam
Napoleon of Pennsylvania politics has lost
his head in the whirl of the national game.
"We have heretofore suggested to Senator
Quay the value of that advice which he
tendered to Governor Beaver. But the ad
vice seems of little use now. He has talked
too much already.
OTHERS SHOULD "RTrMTrWRFR,
The New York Financial Chroniclt has
an extended article upon Mr. Carnegie's
controversy with the Pennsylvania Rail
road. Of course this organ ot railroad
stockholders disapproves of Mr. Carnegie's
position in all its details. It produces the
stereotyped railroad argument at length, in
refutation of Mr. Carnegie's statements;
and finally gives up its own case by the ad
mission at the close that "it is of course
possible that, in some special cases, existing
rates should be modified." As this is a
virtual, though grndging, admission of the
Pittsburg position, we need not review its
arguments at length; but it is interesting
to' notice one point which the Chronicle
makes very prominent
The New York journal intimates that Mr.
Carnegie is arousing a feeling of hostility
against corporations, and asks him whether
he has forgotten the great Pittsburg riots
and the havoc they caused. If Mr. Car
negie is attempting to incite disorder and
produce riot against the railroad corpora
tions, he-is doing very wrong,and The Dis
tatch will afford him no support in any
such effort. "We hardly need say that we
do not believe that Mr. Carnegie has
any such purpose; but it is worth
while to turn the question of the
Financial Chronicle upon itself and
the railroad corporation that it repre
sents. Have they forgotten the riots of 1877
and the causes which produced those riots?
It is worthy the recollection of the railroad
that those riots were only rendered possible
by the feeling of enmity and hatred aroused
through the persistent discrimination and
oppression of the Pennsylvania Railroad on
Pittsburg industries. If Pittsburg had not
been burdened and taxed by the railroad for
years previous to that event, the good sense
of the people would have at once repressed
any tendencies to disorder. But the per
sistent policy of the railroad in levying upon
Pittsburg manufacturers all that they could
bear, alienated public confidence and de
prived them of that popular support upon
which all corporations must depend for
maintenance and protection.
That this lesson was understood was mani
fest in the course of the railroad for a few
years alter 1877; but it seems to have been
forgotten now. The corporations should not
forget the riots ot that year. They prove
above all things that the sole dependence of
corporate preservation lies in their respect
of law and their conciliation of the public
GO AHEAD, WAKAMAEER!
The "Washington correspondent of a co
temporary writes as follows:
Mr. Wanamaker has started in to run a Die
Government department on the same principle
that he ran his big merchandise house in Phil,
adelphia. This may or may not be good for
the Government, but it is certainly distasteful
to the general public The public doesn't like
it, and it says so. His first assistant acts as a
bulwark to the Quaker City merchant and
meets at least nine ont of every ten of the
office seekers. Notwithstanding this, Mr.
Wanamaker is unjustly building up for him
self a reputation of being unnecessarily dis
agreeable If this writer tells the truth about Mr.
"Wanamaker and his methods, it will not be
the general public that will complain of
the Postmaster General. The politicians,
the professional office seekers, may growl.
The public, the sensible mass of men of
both parties, would like to see all the de
partments run. on strictly business lines.
Mr. "Wanamaker will get all the popularity
and praise he wants if he succeeds in put
ting the Postoffice Department upon a basis
like that which has brought success to his
The trouble is that "Washington corre
spondents, especially at this season, are sur
rounded aud swamped by office-seekers and
office-holders, and they easily fall into the
habit of mistaking the grumbling of tbe
animals at the nation's trough tor the voice
of the public We hope Mr. "Wanamaker
will continue his business methods, which
are certainly for the good of the government
and the people, and we can assure him that
the public likes them. "When a proper
occasion occurs the public will say so in
very plain language
The New York police authorities are
urging a bill authorizing the locking-up of
criminals without trial, during the centen
nial celebration. This is a rather unique
way of celebrating the centenary anniver
sary of a Government which is based upon
the universal rights of trial by jury and the
maintenance of the rights of every person.
Do the police officials desire to record their
convictions in this way that a hundred
years of the Anglo-Saxon principles of pro
tecting people from star chamber imprison
ments is a failure.
The season has advanced far enough for
the Bunslys weather prophecy to indulge
in the confident prediction that, if no set
back comes later on, we shall have a very
early spring. The meauinsr of which
prophecy lies in the application on it
The reported allegation of a "local
sport" that it the pool bill fails to pass the
Legislature, the Homcwood and Exposition
park people will be responsible because
"they have spent no money with the boys,"
reveals a,status of political morality which
enables ns to estimate-the social morality of
the measure to facilitate betting on horse
The widening oi Diamond street is mak
ing steady progress. The reference of the
project to the City Attorney for examination
is a cautious step in the direction of mak
ing that narrow street one of the leading
thoroughfares of the city.
The Pennsylvania Legislature having
come to the conclusion that it is not worth
while to pass "any laws which the interests
of the people demand, fell back last week
upon the regular legislative resort of junk
eting trips and circus monkey work during
the sessions that are heldforthe purpose of
going through the motions.
Ix is interesting to be assured that the
proposed salt combine will not be a trust
and will not force up the price of' salt.
None of the combinations ever do intend to
put up prices if we can believe their pre
It is a subject on which there may be a
difference of opinion; but there is certainly
a good deal of force to the claim that to tax
farmers and gardeners who brine in their
food products" to sell to the people of Pitts
burg, will be likely to prove a rather costly
tax to the general consumers of food in the
Ab out a hundred licenses for Pittsburg
will ma ke the conversation of the Gover
nors of North and South Carolina peculiar
ly applicable to this city.
If Governor Beaver has any sense of the
manner in which tbe whirligig of time
brings round the opportunities for revenge,
he has ere this sent a dispatch to the follow
The Oklahoma boomers are now taking
possession of the promised land; but they
have yet got to make it a land flowing with
milk and honey.
It is all right for the workmen at the
Duquesne Steel "Works to stand out for full
wages. But the fellows who shoot at
watchmen or other people around the mill
should understand that they are making
themselves into eligible candidates for the
And still some people will persist in the
assertion that the distribution of the spoils
is necessary to preserve the unity of a polit
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Mes. Paesons Lathrop is writing a noTel.
Father Mathew's centenary is to be cele
brated elaborately next year.
A fixe window Is to be placed In StThomas'
Protestant Episcopal Church, Hanover, N. H.,
in memory of Benjamin Bale, Professor of
Chemistry at Dartmouth from 1827 to 1835, and
President of Hobart College from 1836 to 1858.
Miss Pauncefote, tbe daughter of the new
British Minister, Sir Julian Pauncefote, is said
to be a very popular young lady abroad, and
her entree into the social life of Washington
will no doubt prove an attractive addition to
tbe ranks of favorites at tbe Capital.
These has crown up a superstitions feeling
that tbe men Harrison wishes to honor are
doomed to misfortune. Murat Halstead is
very ill, as Is also Minister to Denmark Enan
der. The son of Thomas Ryan, Minister to
Mexico, has been arrested for forgery. Russell
Harrison is undergoing the -unpleasant ordeal
of a heavy libel suit
Ex-Senator Palmer, Minister to Spain, is
not very cheerful over bis prospects. He re
cently said: "I'll be back next year, for I can
never stand it longer than that. The fact of
tbe case is when I have been over there four
months I become so. homesick that I cannot
wait to get home. Lookout for me, for if the
feeling takes me between the railings of the
blp vessels I may come dancing over by myself
in a skiff."
Senator Spooner has a 7-year-old boy who
is a musical prodigy. Be has an exceedingly
sweet voice He can bear an opera once come
home and repeat every air in it. He inherits
his love of music from his mother, who has a
very sweet well-cultivated voice, and be has
entertained her friends often with his singing.
Among his toys be has a miniature theater, and
when be has seen a play or heard an opera, be
reproduces it at home with his mother as an
A pleasant story is told at San Francisco
of tbe wife of the Mexican President. Tbe
Spanish Opera Company recently found itself
in distress in that city. It seems that one of
tbe musicians was something of a poet, and he
bad dedicated some verses once or twice to
Madame Diaz. She was very much pleased
with the compliment and told him If she could
ever serve him in any difficulty she would be
happy to do -it. He recalled her promise and
asked ber if she could assist the poor opera
people to go back to Mexico. Immediately a
telegram came from the kind lady authorizing
them to be sent home at her expense, said to
be some $3,000.
One Way of Learning It.
From the Philadelphia Times. J
When the Incumbents have to hand
Tbe keys of office over.
In grab for spoil we understand
Who are the "pigs in clover."
A Great Boom In Shipping.
From the Washington Post.
One or two goqd men and true like First As
sistant Postmaster General Clarkson, would be
enough to restore American shipping. Mr.
Clarkson is launching about 200 ships a day
THE TOPICAL TALKEE.
Improvidence a Crime Votes About an Old
Town and Its Inhabitants.
It sometimes seems to me that the poorer a
man is tbe more ridiculously foolish be is in
There is an old colored man whose case I
have known for a good while He finds it a
tough struggle to support himself and family.
Usually he is anywhere from a month to a year
In arrears with bis rent Every storekeeper
from whom be can get credit be never pays
cash. Once in awbile his pastor or some other
benevolent person hands round the hat for this
old spendthrift and a relief fund is raised for
him. He is. for a wonder, tolerably industri
ous, and moreover he is honest and a good fa
ther and husband.
If ho had a little sense about managing hi
treasury department be would be a gooiciti
A few weeks ago I beard that the old man,
who had to my knowledge just avoided being
thrown out of his house, had undertaken to
purchase on tbe installment plan a gaudy plush
photograph album with gilt clasps. He had
not a photograph in his possession; is never
likely to have But he bargained with a travel
ing agent to buy that garish album of plush
with gilt clasps for S7 50 at.60 cents a week.
Tbe album, mind you, would bo dear at $2; to
this particular purchaser, of course It would
be dear at any price.
But old colored men are not the only suckers
who bite at the bait of the itinerant install
ment agent Men of culture and women of re
finement and position are often tapped, as
everybody knons, into buying books and other
things that they do not want that are absurdly
dear, and that nobody in his senses would buy
in a store.
George Siiiras L, the venerable head of
the family which has reflected a good deal of
honor on Allegheny county, is hale and hearty
still, though not far off from four score years
and ten. As he has done for over 50 years be
has seen the spring break this year among the
orchards and trim streets of picturesque Econ
omy. In a few days he will start on his usual
fishing trip to Marquette.
Not lone age at tbe hotel table in Economy
were gathered the representatives of the four
generations of the Shiras family, namely:
George Shiras I, Mrs. George Shiras II, George
Shiras III, and the lasfenamed's infant child.
Talking of Mr. Shiras I. staying at the
Economy hotel for over SO years suggests the
fact that the queer old Dutch settlement has
a fascination for most people who have stayed
there long enongh to become accustomed to its
many peculiarities, which has proven In several
cases in my knowledge marvelously strong.
Economy is a wonderful place for a man
who likes regular hours and meals, fresh air
and the depths of peace and quietness. I have
known it to build up shattered health and put
new life into a man; and yet I have experi
enced the stillness and primitive customs of
Economy until a trip to Dixmont appeared im
minent Economy is losing its identity very fast if,
indeed, the old settlement which Rapp ruled
is not already, excepting the houses and the
habits of a half a dozen original Economites,
CONTROLLER DURHAM RESIGNS.
He Couldn't Coincide With tho Policy of the
Washington, April 22. First Controller
Durham severed his connection with the Treas
ury Department to-day. He-tendered his res
ignation on the change of administration, and
it was accepted by Secretary Wlndom to take
effect at once There are several explanations
for this action. The one. generally accepted by
those supposed to be acquainted with tbe inside
facts is that the First Controller has taken a
position on several official matters entirely at
variance with tbe views of the present admin
istration. The immediate cause of the change is dne to
a personal misunderstanding between Attorney
General Miller and First Controller Durham in
regard to tbe accounts of Mr. John I. Daven
port as Supervisor of Elections in New York.
Tbe latter recently presented vouchers aggre
gating $3,200 for "extraordinary expenses" in
curred during the last Presidental election.
These were being examined by tho First Con
troller, and be signified his intention to dis
allow them. He bad several conferences with
the Attorney General on the subject which rev
suited In an open rupture between the two offi
cials, so much so that tbe First Controller on
Friday last ignored two requests from the At
torney General to call at his office The Daven
port accounts were then taken out of his hands
and turned over to the Attorney General,
where they now are
Secretary Wicdom said this afternoon that
he bad accepted Mr. Durham's resignation in
tbe ordinary cause of business, not because ot
any fault with tbe latter's official conduct but
because of several newspaper articles reflect
ing upon the administration, which are said to
be inspired by the first Controller. These at
tributed sentiments to tbe First Controller
which, if true, must have made it unpleasant
for him to continue in office under tbe existing
A FLYING TRAIN.
An Express on on Eastern Road Makes. 63
Miles In 68 Minnies.
New London. A'pril 22. The limited ex
press train from New York to Boston over the
New York, Providence and Boston Railroad
ran six miles in five minutes on Friday after
noon. The train was delayed three hours and
one minute by a derailed engine at Stony
Creek, this side of New Haven. When it
reached the Groton side of tbe Thames river it
was attached to engine No. 3i tbe old Con
necticut in charge of Engineer Charles C.
Vars. W. H. Reynolds was conductor. The
train is a flyer at any time, but Vars set out to
whittle a few of tbe lost moments off the sched
ule time, and he did it The train consisted of
a combination car, a coach, two drawing rooms
and a dining car, equal in weight to seven
ordinary passenger cars, and the veteran
throttle puller landed it in Providence, 62
miles away, in 63 minutes. This without mak
ing a stop.
The passengers enjoyed thetriphegely. From
Wickford Junction to East Greenwich, a dis
tance of six miles, tbe running time was five
minutes. From the junction to Providence, 20
miles, the rnn consumed 22 minutes. The
speed maintained over tbe entire Groton di
vision by "Vars is said to beat the record on the
Stontngton road. He gained 11 minutes on tbe
train's schedule time Tbe Connecticut has
hauled some of the most important trains on
the road in ber day. She has 18x24 cylinders
and 6-foot drivers. She has just come out of
A TERI PRETTY SCENE.
Easter Monday Celebrated In the Usual
Way at tbe White House.
"Washington, April 22. Easter Monday i
-known as children's day at the White House
and in tbe grounds surrounding it. To-day the
infantile boomers, in imitation of tneir adnlt
prototypes who were crossing the border into
the promised land of Oklahoma, swarmed into
tbe White House grounds, made tbeir location
on the grassy knolls, and proceeded to the joy
ous occupation of rolling brilliantly dyed eggs.
The merry laughter of hundreds of children
rang in the ear, and the pretty costumes pf
mothers and maids, who came to keep a watch
ful eye over their rollicking youngsters, ren
dered the scene an attractive one, and one
Hblch the occupants of the Executive Mansion
frequently appeared at the windows to admire
Tbe merriment and pleasure of the occasion
was enhanced by an order issued by Secretary
Tracy requiring the Marine Band' to furnish
music for the little ones during the afternoon
and many impromptu dances were Indulged in.
One-lit to Have Consulted SacUvllIe.
From the New York World, I
Sir Julian Pauncefote, tbe new British diplo
matic agent, arrived yesterday and denied him
self to tbe representatives of the press on the
ground ot fatigue. This was a bad beginning.
It is evident that the new Minister does not ap
preciate the press. His predecessor should
have posted him on this point
DEATHS OP A DAT.
BOSTON, April 22. Stanton Blake one of the
best known citizens of Boston, died early this
morning, after a week's Illness. He was horn In
this city in 1S37.
John C. Park.
BOSTON, prll 17. The Hon. Johu O. Park, a
notable Whig-orator of 40 or SO years age died at
Heir ton last' night, aged nearly 83. He was a
eraduste of Harvard and a member of the Suffolk
bar. At the dinner tendered Charles Dickens in
Boston In 1812, Sir. Park's speech so touched Mr.
Dickens tbat he requested an Introduction to tbe
AT THE THEATERS.
Kellnr's Tricks Tbe Hanlons And Other
Plays and Players.!
In every respect the performance of Kellar
at the Grand Opera House is interesting, and
he has reinforced bimself with several valuable
a.nes. Of bis tricks it is not unfair to say
that they are not In every instance new
a iOod many are old but they are
all graceful and amusing. It is a draw
ing room entertainment. From tbe mar
velous production -of tbe white roses in
abundance from emptiness tbe roses were
given -to the ladles in tbe audience to tbe
most remarkable automata Mr. Hollar's work
is admirable. He is so quiet and unassuming
that one almost takes some of his most mysti
fying tricks as a matter of course from him.
"Psycho," "Echo" and "Astarte" are all clever
pieces of machinery, and the Hindoo seance
at tbe end of tbe programme is full of striking
feats of magi c. As usual, Mr. Kellar's banter
ing exposure of spiritualist humbugs Is good
natured, though earnest, as far it goes.
The Spanish students are not as young or
goodlo-jking as, for example, the Frincetonians
who were here a few days ago, but they can
play with ravishing sweetness and a spirit
characteristic of tbeir nationality as of their
nation's mnsic. Tbe little band is made up of
three guitars and two mandolins, while the
leader has an excellent knowledge of the
violin. This combination of Instruments pro
duces a volume of tone which is as remarkable
as the exquisite delicacy of tbe execution at
times. They alone are worth going to hear.
The stage was handsomely and suitably
draped with plush curtains.
The pranks of tho model servants in "Le
Voyage en Suisse" are so familiar now to Pitts
burgers tbat it is not necessary to say much of
Ed Hanlon and T. W. Ryley's reappearance in
these amusing roles at tbe Bijou last night
They made a large audience laugh as heartily
as ever last night and the company as a whole
was competent to bring out every bit of humor
in tbe piece. Tho scenery was well handled,
and all tli o marvelous mechanical effects in
volved in the accidents which are constantly
occurring to the travelers in Switzerland wcro
produced in such a way as to give a wonderful
likeness to reality.
Tho Post-Lenten season at this popular house
opened most auspiciously yesterday, the attract
tlon being tbat entertaining American drama,
"The Main Line," which is given by a wel1
selected company, and the scenic and mechani
cal effects being very good indeed. Miss Flor
ence Roberts is an ideal Possy, and Miss
Augusta Martine a beautiful and statuesque
Do'a Van Tune. Tbe rest of the company is
equal to all demands, tw o gentlemen, especi
ally worthv of mention being Eugene Bertram
as Jim Blakely, and Walter Osmond as Sam
Burroughs. The latter is a native of Pittsburg,
and is renewing old acquaintances.
Acndrmy of Music.
ThoLeavitt Company, which appeared last
night at Harry Williams' Academy of Musie is
not only strong in numbers but also in talent
lathe English extravaganza, "Monte Cristo,
Jr.," the pretty women and diverting comedi
ans of tbe company make an excellent show
ing. Tbe Mexican part of the programme is
very attractive, and the specialties generally
STRANGE PEOPLE OP PITCAIRN.
An Island Inhabited by 115 Persons All De
scendedFrom Matinaas Sailor Ancestors.
Philadelphia, April 22. When the clip
per ship L. Schepp, which has just tied up at
Race street wharf, was beating down in tbe
trade winds Jn the dreary waste of the South
Pacific Ocean, on her way from San Francisco
to Philadelphia, Captain Gates was much sur
prised to find on coming on deck one morning
a boatload of stalwart men approaching his
vessel. An island was seen a short distance off
the starboard bow, and on the boat getting
within hailing distance an aged and decrepit
man in the bow shouted: "I am Thursday Oc
tober Christian, Governor of Fitcalrn Island."
He said that the population of Pitcairn con
sisted of 115 men, women and children. Captain
Gates ordered the yards aback, and in a few
minutes 18 men were on tbe ship's deck, all of
whom bore evidence of English ancestry. They
were extremely religions and held exclusively
tho teachings of tbe Seventh Day Adventists,
the result of a work of, a missionary who was
wrecked there years ago while bound from
San Francisco to China.
Tbe Governor stated that he was the grand
son of one of the mutineers who in 1789 set
adrift tbe officers of the English war-ship
Bounty and then bore away for the island of
Otaheite, and had lived for years there before
being discovered. They were afterward ar
rested and sent to England for trial. The
Governor said tbat the use of tobacco and
liquors was entirely unknown among the peo
ple of Pitcairn, and tbat the little colony were
in need of dress goods, particularly for tbe
women, as nearly all of the latter were dressed
in men's clothes secured from pas-ins vessels.
A supply of clothing was given, and an abund
ance of fruit and provisions was sent on board
the ship in exchange
A CHARMING HOME WEDDING.
The Mnrtlnnd-Woodwell Nuptials In Home
wood Last Evening.
Although of a modest and unostentatious
character, the wedding of Mr. William E.
Woodwell, the prominent hardware merchant,
and Miss H. Elizabeth Murtland at the home
of the bride's mother, Homewood, last even
ing, possessed many iridescent elements. Rev.
George Hodges, of the East End Calvary
Immediate family connections were the only
guests invited, making the event reservedly
recherche and void of all affected "fads" so
common among aristocratic matrimonial al
liances. Tbe bride, who is popularly known as a beau
tiful woman, looked doubly so as she led the
bridal train through the parlors, leaning upon
the arm of her brother, J. A. Murtland, who
gave her away under an arch of artistically ar
ranged flowers. She was attired in white faille
and silk, with diamond ornaments. The bridal
attendant1) were Miss Childs and a younger sis
ter. Miss Hester Murtland, who were both be
comingly dressed in pale green and heliotrope
silks respectively. Mr. T. Howe Childs acted
as "best man" for the groom.
After the ceremony a congratulatory levee
and a wedding luncheon were given the guests
prior to tbe pair's departure on the Fast Line
for Eastern and Southern points of interest,
amid the traditional shower of rice flinging of
antiquated footgear and innumerable "wish-you-wells."
DIED TO PRINT A LETTER.
A Man Commits Salcide Because an Editor
" Rejects His Communication.
Lawrence, Mass., April 22. Section-han
Henry Moyes committed suicide- here yester
day because he had been misunderstood. Al
though an Englishman by birth, Moyes was an
ardent Home Ruler, and his writings on that
topic from time to time appeared in local
papers. He had also pronounced ideas on in
dustrial questions. A recent article from bis
pen bad caused something of a sensation, and
when the writer's identity became known he
became very much troubled in mind. He wrote
a card of explanation to a local paper, but tbe
editor published only a paragraph giving its
suustauce. This caused.Moyes additional un
easiness, and he shot himself through the
On bis person was a note in which bo said
that he decided to commit suicide because he
wanted bis card of explanation published, and
he knew it would be if he took his life. He
also left a note expressing the hope tbat his
workingmen friends who had been divided by
reason of his utterances, honestly made, would
now be reconciled.
REAPING THEIR REWARD.
A Number of Appointments Made, bnt no
Public Printer Yet.
Washington, April 22. William R. Lap
ham, of New York, has been promoted from a
clerkship to be Chief of the Division of Sta
tionery and Printing, Interior Department.
Alexander R. Morrison, of 14 ew Mexico, has
been anpointed a timber agent.
Paul Vandervoort, of Nebraska, bss been ap-"
Solnted Superintendent of Mails at Omaha,
eb. Henry A. Thomas, of Massachusetts,
has been appointed Superintendent of Mails at
Boston, vice Peter J. Hughes, resigned. Mr.
Thomas has bad 15 years' experience in the mal
Died From the Effects of Mesmerism.
Cozaddale, O., April 22. Presley Morris,
living near Goshen, O., bos died very suddenly.
Not long ago be permitted bimself to be mes
merized, and, while In tbis state, a pin was
thrust through his hand. Blood poison set in,
causing his death. He was about 22 years of
WONDERFUL LITTLE LAMPS.
Strnng-e Creatures, on Land and Sea. That
Shine by Tbeir Own Light Phosphores
cences In Plants Frog-s Eggs mistaken
for Meteors Insect Ornaments.
From the London Standard. 1
There is no subject which the researches of
scientists have more completely failed to in' 1
date than tbat of the cause of animal, mineral
and vegetable phosphorescence the light
which, unlike all otner lights, illumines with
out either consuming or giving out any per
ceptible beat -The ocean is tbe great store
house of phosphorescent light on its surface
myriads of noctilucaa (little creatures just
visible to the naked eye) are often seen light
ing tbe waves for miles, and presenting won
derful effects when tbe water is broken by the
bow of a ship or tbe oars of a boat Persons
who have passed through a stretch of water
crowded with noctiluca say that the light they
give dims that ot the stars, and makes tne sea
"look as though it were a vast heaving mass of
metal at white heat Tbe intensity of tbe light
Is explained by tbe immense quantity of the
little animals, which are computed to number
thirty thousand or so to the cnblo foot Bath
ers in waters where they abound have often
been amazed to find, on emerging, tbat their
bodies are rendered luminous by the noctilucte
that cling to them.
A Many Colored Marvel.
A kind of seaslng tbat is met with in the
Mediterranean and tbe Pacific emits light from
certain spots in the body. It is capable of be
ing kept in an aquarium, and there are usually
some specimens in the famous one" at Naples..
When disturbed or swimming the light makes
it look like a flame in the water. The most
splendid of the mauy luminous Inhabitants of
tbe sea are the pryosomae. At night tbey look
as though made of glowing white-hot iron, dif
fusing so strong a light tbat other fishes are
rendered visible when tbey happen to swim
within the sphere of their radiance. A dis
tinguishing feature of the pyrosoma is the va
riety of tints tbat it gives forth orange, green,
azure, blue, white and various shades of dark
red having been all noticed by various observ
ers. """ """ """ j -
Extraordinary Sea Creatures.
A tiny kind of shark that is met with off
the shores o he Southern States of America is
a noted light giver. Specimens captured and
taken into a dark apartment present an extra
ordinary spectacle The entire surface of the
head and body emits a greenish gleam tbat is
constant and is not as In the case of most these
luminous inhabitants of the sea, increased by
friction and agitation. The smallness of the
fins of this fish show tbat it is not an active
swimmer, and tbe assumption Is tbat its light
is useful in attracting its prey, on the principle
of tbe torches used by many savages in fishing.
Pishes That Carry Lights.
Several kinds of crabs are luminous. One
named the sapphirlna is noted for the intensely
vivid character of the light tbat proceeds from
it So brilliant is it that it does not need dark
ness to make its presence known, but corus
cates blue, purple, green, gold and sapphire
rays in full daylight Tbepresence of a School
of mackerel is often indicated, by tbe phos
phorescent gleam which these fish produce
Fishermen often descry them at a great dis
tance by this light, and hasten to surround
them by their nets.
Insects as Ornaments.
It has been urged that tbe poet was guilty of
an exaggeration in describing the fireflies as
giving sufficient light to be of any service; but
the accounts of travelers in South America,
who tell ns that the natives light tbeir path
while journeying by" a couple of these insects
tied to their feet show that he was speaking
quite within the bounds of possibility. At
evening entertainments in that part of tbe
world it is customary for ladies to decorate
tbeir hair and dresses with fireflies, confined
by delicate silken threads.
Queer Method of Catching Fireflies.
The natives of Vera Cruz do quite a large
trade in fireflies, which they catch by waving a
blazing coal at the end of a stick. The insects
fly toward the light, and are captured in nets.
The fireflies ot Northern America differ from
those iust described in the tact tbat they emit
their light In capricious flashes, instead of with
a steady, uniform glow. This peculiarity has
fained for them the name of "lightning bugs."
heir light is very similar to that of our glow
worm. A Strnngo Sort of Meteor.
A story is told of some Frenctr peasants who
wero returning borne one night and saw a me-
L teor fall through tbe sky in front of them;
aoout nail a miie iartner on tney came to a
glowing mass in a ditch, and rushed away ter
rified, declaring that a star bad fallen upon the
earth and was burning it up. On investigation
it was found that this burning star was nothing
more uncanny than a mass of frogs' eggs that
had developed phosporescence.
Several varieties of tbe vegetable kingdom
are luminous in a greater or less degree One of
the fungi, which is not at all uncommon on the
walls of damp, dark mines, caverns, etc, occa
sionally emits sufficient lleht to admit of the
reading of ordinary print by it. The emission
of light from the common potato when in a
state ot decomposition is sometimes very
MORE THAN A HOG C0DLD EAT.
Six Hundred Hard Boiled Eggs as a Feast
For Three Men.
New York, April 22. Eighteen Staten Isl
anders celebrated Easter Eve with an egg-eating
contest At West Brighton there is a sa
loon bearing the sign: "This Place Keeps
Cogan." Mr. Cogan a few weeks ago offered a
prize of 25 to the person who would eat tbe
largest number of bard boiled eggs in tbe
shortest space of time. It cost $2 to enter tbe
contest, and tbe agreement was that tbe con.
testants should not leave the table during the
match, nor take anything to drink with the
eggs. Six hundred hard boiled eggs were laid
out on a table in Cogan's barroom Saturday
At 8 o'clock Cogan gave the word "ep," and
18 men pitcbed into tbe eggs. Harry Winters
gained the lead and James Johnston was a
good second, but Jim Daly gradually ate his
way up to tbem until at the end .of 30 minutes
the three were a tie Daly was as fresh as when
he started, while tbe others were beginning to
weaken. At the end of 45 minutes Daly was
the only man eating and declared tbe winner.
He got away with 39 eggs. Johnston during
tbe same time ate 38 eggs and Winters one
Mr. Cogan told a reporter last night that tbe
record for hard boiled egg eating was held by a
young man named Canary, who once disposed
of -12 eggs in 45 minutes.
GEORGE WASHINGTON'S HAIR.
A Denier Who Advertises It for Sale to Relic
From the New Yort Sun. J
The advertising columns of the newspapers
nowadays teem with offers ot all sorts of relics
of Revolutionary men and things at astonish
ingly low prices. Of course a guarantee of
genninoness is promised with every relie The
most nnique jet offered can be found In Wash
ington. The advertisement is headed "Tbe
Hair of General and Mrs. Washington," and
adds tbat "'an extraordinary chance is herewith
offered to purchase a genuine and exceedingly
interesting relic of the Father of his Country."
Hnsbands, Take Notice.
From the Baltimore American.
The best way to admire an Easter bonnet is
to look at it well before the bill comes in.
UNDER THE VIOLETS.
Her hands are cold, her face Is white;
2io more her pulses come and go;
Her eyes are shut to life and light;
Fold the light vesiure, snow on snow;
And lay her where the violets blow.
Bnt not beneath a graven stone
To plead for tears with alien eyes;
A slender cross of wood alone
Shall say that here a m&lden lies
Jn peace beneath the peaceful skies.
Aud grav old trees of hugest limb
bhall wheel their circling shadows round
To make the scorching cunllpht dim
That drinks tbe greenness Irom the ground.
And drop their dead leaves on the mound.
For her the morning choir shall sing
Its matins from the branches high.
And every minstrel voice of spring
That thrills beneath tbe April sky
Shall greet her with its earliest cry.
At last the rootlets of the trees
Shall find tbe prison where she lies,
Ami bear the burled dnst they seize
In leaves and blossoms to the skies
So may tbe soul that warms It rise.
If any, born of kindlier blood,
Snonld ask: "What maiden lies below?"
Say only thli: "A tender bud
That tried to blossom In tbe snow
Lies wltbered where the violets blow."
OUxtr Wendell Molmtt.
NOTES OP HEW YORK KE"WS.
Fnssed a Burning Ship at Sea.
msW TOBS BUBZAtr specials.:
New York, April 22. The brig twilight
which arrived here from Santa Domingo City
late last night, passed on April 9 a ship of 800
tons on fire. Tbe spars of the burning vessel
were hanging over her sides. The flames had
just caught tbe upper works of the ship, fore
and aft. when the Twilight sighted her. On
the following day tbe Twilight passed several
large pieces of wreckage Nothing was seen
of tbe crew of the burning ship.
Friday's Fire Not Yet Extinguished.
Six fire engines are still pumping water on
the burning ruins of the big; elevators which
burned down last Friday. Tbe coal which the
elevators contained Is still burning brightly,
and the neighborhood is filled with stifling
smoke. The walls of the Wilcox lard refinery
are blazing fiercely on the west and south
sides, where a quantity of lard and grease feeds
Sir Julian Pnuncrfote Does the Town.
SJr Jnllan Pauncefote, British Minister to
tbe United States, received his visitors to-day,
attired in a closely-buttoned Prince Albert
coat and Scotch cheviot trousers. He talked a
great deal about the weather. Central Park,
and the bad cold of bis big private secretary,
bnt be shut his mouth tight whenever Canada,
tbe fisheries, and kindred topics were men
tioned. To-day he did the town. He thinks
New York is much more like Berlin, Paris or
Vienna than like London. He has a good opin
ion of Delmonico's and American hotels. He
ate luncheon with Whitelaw Reid, and passed
the afternoon with General Sherman. As soon
as he can find time tbe new Minister will go
back to England to bring over bis wife and four
daughters. He wilt leave for Washington to
Fourteen People Bitten by n Mad Dog.
Fourteen persons asked the doctors at the
Chambers Street Hospital to-day to cauterize
wounds inflicted-npon them by a mad dog yes
terday. Patrick Walsh, 13 years old, had been
most severely bitten. He was chopping wood
on the pavement when tbe dog came by and
bit bim three times, making as many gashes on
the back of bis right band.
A Better Class of Immigrants.
Within the last 36 hours 5,000 immigrants
have landed at Castle Garden. The tide of im
migration has reached a higher point than at
any time this spring, but it will be even higher
in May. Tbe people who arrived here yester
day and to-day were mostly from Hamburg,
Antwerp, London and Havre. The avowed
destinations of fully three-quarters of these Im
migrants are in the western and northwestern
portion of the United States. The Castle Gar
den officials attribute the great "boom" in emi
gration partly to the fact that several new
States are admitted to the Union. Said one of
tbe officers: "We are highly pleased with tbe
excellent class of people who are now coming
to our shores. As a rule they are of the right
stamp to add to the wealth and stability of the
Many Mormons on Their Way Here.
It is expected that two or three companies of
Mormons will be brought from Europe by the
Guion Line of steamers during the coming
summer. Missionaries abroad 'have been un
usually active of late, and are said to have se
cured nearly 2,000 recruits for the church of
tbe Latter-Day Saints.
Safe la His Mexican Retreat.
Information was received at the Prodnce Ex
change to-day tbat William Riley Foster, Jr.,
the absconding attorney for the Trustees of the
Gratuity Fund, is in Mexico, where he cannot
be extradited. Foster fled on September 27
last after defrauding the Gratuity Fund of
168,000 by means of fictitious mortgages. His
father has since paid to the trustees $50,000, the
amount which would have gone to his son un
der his will. Foster seems to be assured of his
security in Mexico, for he has communicated
with some of tbe members of tbe Exchange
To-morrow morning a committee representing
tbe trustees will go to Bayport and take an in
ventory of Foster's property there It is val
ued at between 530,000 and $10,000. There is a
reward of S5.000 for Foster's arrest Possibly
Mexico might arrest and surrender him as an
act of comity.
The Old Guards Oat la Force.
Tbe Old Guardsmen were out to-day In their
white cutaway coats, blue trousers, gold lace,
and big bear skin shakos, because it is just 63
years since tbey organized. Tbey marched up
Fifth avenue under tbe command of Major
George Washington McLean, to Zion church,
where the band played -"The Star Spingled
Banner," and the Rev. Tiffany, D. D.. chap
lain, talked to them about the Old Guard's
mission. Tbe members of tbe Old Guards are
making great preparations for the centennial
celebration. They will wear their white, bine
and gold uniforms, march in processions and
entertain the Ancient and Honorable Artillery,
of Boston, the Washington Light Infantry, of
Charleston, and tbe Governor's Foot Ouard, of
Connecticnt, all through centennial week.
HOGS DIE OF RABIES.
Two Porkers, Bitten by a Mad Dor, Suffer
Violently From Hydrophobia.
Milan, 'Ind., April 22. Two large hogs be
longing to George Craven, a farmer near bere,
were bitten by a rabid dog two weeks ago, and
yesterday went mad. Crowds of people went
out to Craven's farm to see the animals, wbicb
were suffering with hydrophobia in the most
violent form. They were confined in a massive
pen. and the shrieks of the rabid animals as
tbey writhed in convulsions were terrifying
and could be heard for half a mile.
One of tbe hogs died in a spasm to-day aud
the other was killed. Every dog In the locality
has been shot, and suspected stock is confined
and anxiously watched.
Once Agnln He Is Dead.
Bangob, Me., April 22. Leonard J.Thomas,
of Eden. Me, who died yesterday at the age of
81, had the oldest commission as postmaster of
any man in tbe United States, it being dated
November 21, 1825. He received five com
missions, and died an incumbent of the office.
A Gentle Reminder.
From the Philadelphia Press.'.
The fact tbat there is a vacancy on the Su
preme Bench and tbat Pennsylvania has a
Chief Justice well equipped in every way for
the position should not be forgotten.
SOME EARLY SNAKES.
Feed Anson's billy goat at Milledgeville,
Ga., encountered a rattlesnake. Instead of
running away be jumped on it and trampled It
to death. The snake was over i feet long.
J. Odoji, while firing the woods near Reids
ville, Ga., recently found a rattlesnake over
5 teit long near a gopher bole He sent bis
boys to bring his gnu while he kept the snake
away from the bole. In the meantime another
rattler of about tbe same size appeared and
enterted tbe bole. He shot the first, and pro
cured assistance and dug out ,and killed the
Fred D. Smith, a boy of 13, from Sherburne,
N. Y., was hunting quail two miles from Lake
side, Cal. He shot a brace of birds tbat fell
among tbe rocks, and when he went to get
them he was Intercepted by a rattlesnake. The
bog discharged bis gun at tbe reptile and killed
it. This snake was between 5 and G feet long,
as large around as a stout man's arm, and had
The Misses Spiller, of Conway county, Ark.,
were preparing a chicken for dinner, when a
most unexpected event occurred. Tbe chicken's
bead bad been chopped off, aud tbe body was
being scalded, when a ground rattlesnake
crawled out of the crop, darted out its tongue
and speedily cleared the kitchen of the ladies.
A male member of tbe family came in and
killed tbe intruder.
John Rowden, residing on Rogers creek,
in McMinn county, Tenn., went to a spring on
his place, and found a large cottonmoutb
snake which ho killed! To "his great surprise,
small snakes immediately ran out of the mouth
of the old snake. Rowden killed tbem as they
came ont, and when he got through be found
tbat there were 61 of these little snakes, aver
aging from two inches to 12 inches in length.
A PYTHON, which was afterward found to
be 20 feet 4 inches long and over 15 inches in
girth, boarded a Norwegian vessel at Singa
pore The carpenter, armed with a belaying
pin, went to the attack, but he was completely
routed. Thepytbon, itis declared, made a series
of springs of from 8 to 12 feet The carpenter,
having been re-enforced by the Captain and
the rest of the crew, again attacked the reptile
and the -first mate succeeded in pinning it to
the deck with a harpoon, when it was killed.
A Maine farmer, vowing death to fores,
placed a carcass near his barn and then con
nected it by wire under tho snow with a bell in
his bedroom. A fox could not do vigorous
work on that piece of meat without ringing tho
bell, whereat the scbemer would wake np and
go forth to the slaughter. He killed 2a foxes
by that device during the winter.
In the past few days Oscar Swiney has
plowed up between 50 and 73 human skulls on
a small lot near tbe Boulevard in the north
eastern part of Atlanta. So far. no one has
been able to acconntfor tbeir being tbere.no
evidence of breastworks or a battlefield being
discovered, and the skulls being too near the
surface to bave admitted the theory that ths
place was a private cemetery.
Arthur Schleman, of Sanford, Fla.,
piloted a lady and gentleman out shooting
Wednesday. One of the events of the day was
a snake fight which the party witnessed, be
tween a king snake and a moccasin. Tbe king
snake killed the moccasin in less than three
minutes, and was In turn killed by tbe lady,
who bad photographed the combat with a
portable instrument which she bad in the buczy.
George P. Rogers, baggage master of
the New London Northern Railroad, stopped
bis train at Yantic, three miles above Norwich,
Conn., the other morning, long enough to run
down into the woods and kill a six-foot black
snake which later he hung up in the yard of
fice at New London, so that people might in
spect it. Tbe snake bad evinced a ferocious
disposition before it died, and met Mr. Rogen
half way in the woods.
Gophers are so numerous in Dakota
that tbey are a great nuisance to farmers. Fre
quently the little animals get in a field and
spoil a day's labor. of the husbandman by dig-
glng up the corn which he has just planted. A
outh Dakota man has hit upon the expedient
of smoking his seed corn, and be says tho
Eoi bers won't touch it. He puts it in a sack,
angs the sack in the upper part of a barrel,
then builds a smudge in the barrel and smokes
it just as be would a ham.
At North Foster, R. L, Mr. James
Greene's small boy Jimmie went down to the
maple grove for a bucket of sap, but came fly
,ing to tbe house in a moment crying: -Oh, pa,
the woods is full of snakes: ono big feller
chased me clear up ter the pastur' bars. Jim
inyl he's a cracker." Mr. James Greene. Sn,
took down his donble gun, loaded with wild
goose shot, and followed Jimmie down to tho
maple grove. He shot three black snakes,
none of them less than six feet long. Another
reptile got away.
Borne Maine lumbermen who were an
noyed by a bear stealing their molasses out of
tbe camp stjoreroom put up a job on Bruin.
Tbey got an empty molasses keg, filled ths
sides of It full of sharp-pointed nails, inclined
toward the bottom, ponred a little molasses
into it and set the whole arrangement out in
the busbes near the pigpen. Tbe novel trap
worked nicely. Tbe next morning it was found
some distance from the camp. The bear's
head was Inside. He had stuck it in and
couldn't draw It our, A rifle ball ended his ,
misery and bis thieving.
The very interesting discovery of many
years ago of Jewish colonies in Western China
is now well supplemented by tbe discovery of
Christian clans or sects in Africa, south of
Abyssinia. These wholly isolated peoples have
retained some forms of, Christian belief and
worship since the early centnries when Egypt
and the lands of the South were in the hands
of tbe followers of Jesus. Mohammedanism
arising in tbe seventh century cut off this sec
tion, and has obliterated Christianity to the
north of them. What is left, however, of the
better faith, is now so thoroughly degenerate
that it is not worth tho preserving. Africa Is
full of wonders.
A btrro and a bulldog had a fight re
cently in Fresno, CaL Burro is Californiari for
donkey. The burro was browsing on cockle
burrs by the road side, when the bulldog trotted
along, stopped, and, without a growl, seized
tbe donkey by tbe shank bone of tbe off hind
leg. The donkey immediately brought its bind
Suarters Into action, and its legs and the dog
ew through the air in a most active way, for
the latter refused to let go. Tbe burro lay
down on his back, brought his hind legs up to
his head and seized the dog with his teeth.
Then both hung on. The dog let go first. Tho
burro arose and rubbed tbe dog back and fprtb
over a barbed wire fence until it was dead1
A man was arrested in St. Louis for
passing counterfeit coin. The principal witness
could not speak English. He was a Mexican
who understood Spanish. He brought a friend
who could speak both Spanish and French.
,The trial proceeded in a curious way. The at
torney asked his questions in English, and
another gentleman repeated them in French to
tbe Mexican's friend. The latter converted tbe
French into Spanish, tbe witness replied m that
tongue, and the answers were repeated in
French and again in English. It was a very
roundabout way of getting at the facts, bnt tbe
result was a complete understanding of what
was said by all parties interested.
A Chicago mastiff named Chester is a
successful detective. The other day a man
named Ryan was arrested on a charge of
vagrancy, and it was claimed tbat he was by
profession a burglar. He denied the charge
Detective Chester was bronght fn to have a
look at him. Chester closely scrutinized the
prisoner's lace, sniffed suspiciously, and
rowled in a ""vengeful manner, while Ryan
roke down and admitted that Chester and two
watchmen had arrested bun three months ago
while attempting to rob a Chicago avenue
store. Kyan went to the Bridewell on a $25
fine while Chester licked his chops and again
lay down under the stove The dog is owned
by a private watchman.
They are laughing over a blunder of
aUnited States Examining Surgeon in Caribou,
Me. He was examining for deafness an ap
plicant tor a pension, and to test the man's
left ear held a watch at some distance and
asked bim If be could bear it tick. The answer
was "No," and tbe same reply was given to re
peated questions as tbe watch was brought
gradually nearer. "Put him down totally deaf
in tbe left ear," the surgeon said, and holding
the watch away from tbe man's right ear, the
same question was asked. To bis surprise the
answer was tbe same It then occurred to the
surgeon to examine his watch, and he found
that It had stopped. The examination was be
gun all over again.
Many a woman becomes some man's better
balfmerelyfors change of quarter. TerreBauta
"Butter is going np," declares a cotem
porary, which suggests the idea that the higher It
goes tbe less It will go down. Hoiton Budget.
Hnsband A word to tbe wise is suffi
cient, my dear.
Wife 1 know It, darling. That's why X have to
he continually and everlastingly talking to you.
Charley Knickerbocker Ain't Gaul
another name for France?
Dudely Vanderelam Yes. Charlie.
Ah, then It is no wonder General Boulanger has
so much of It. Texas Sifting.
"Robert, dear, what is a jag?"
"A Jag? 1 don't know, Maria."
"11 r . Jones says that her husband told her that
he saw you down-town with your Jag on."
"Oh. yes. I see He meant my box overcoat.
It Is sometimes called a Jag." Chicago Herald. ,
It has been claimed that New York City
was the most cosmopolitan place in tbe United
States With the opening of Oklahoma this theory
is rapidly dissipated. AU the nations on earth
are now represented there and there are three or
four men from .New Jersey. St. Paul Pioneer
Sure They "Were Spring Chickens.
"Erasmus, you are sure these are spring chick
ens?" "Yes, missus. Dey wbar broughten up rite un
uermy own eye.
Yoa watched them growing all last spring?"
"TCcs, missus an' all spring afore datl Yah
dey Is spring chickens." Tjie i'pocA. ',
School for Scandal. Wiie I have ajnew vjy
maid coming to-day, dear. V R
Husband Is she well recommended? " -
Well, she has no recommendations, hut she has -lived
in 17 of the highest society ramllles.
I should think tbat would be against her.
Not at all. What delicious scandals she must -know.
Texas Sifting s.
Art Knows no Rant. TJncle Abner
That's n purty good picturro' them country folksF
a-loadlu' hay. How much Is It?
Picture Dealer Three hundred dollars, slr.
Oeewblzl Three hundred dollars for those com
mon people? Why. I've got a pictur' of Glneral
Washington an family np home that didn't cost
hut 5! Texas Ei flings.
"Sue," said Tom, "did you hear this?'"
Could It be he meant to trick her?
"The concussion of a kiss t
Always makes the gas flame flicker." '
Then experiments they tried "
In the Interests of science, .-
And their lips as she complied J?
Soou had formed a close alliance. '
After trials two or three ,
Happy as a man in liquor..
See It flicker, Buet" said he:
quoth the maiden, 'Let it flicker P