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ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1848.
Vol. ,Ko, 77. Entered it Pittsburg Postofflce.
Xovember 14, 1887, as second-class matter.
Business Office 97 and 99 Fifth Avenue.
News Booms and Publishing House 75,
77 and 70 Diamond Street
Average circulation of the dally edition of
The Dispatch for six months ending April
Copies per Issue.
Average circulation of the Sunday edition
of The Dispatch for March, 1SS9,
Copies per Issue.
TERMS OF TBS DISPATCH.
POSTAGE VBEE IN THE LMIJilD STATES.
DAILT DISPATCH One Year t 8 00
Dailt DibPATCH, Per Quarter , 2 00
Daily Dispatch, One Month 70
Daily Dispatch, Including Sunday, one
year 10 00
Daily Dispatch, including Sunday, per
quarter 2 SO
Daily Dispatch, Including Sunday, one
Spxday Dispatch, one year. 2 50
Weekly Dispatch, one year 125
The Daily Dispatch is delivered by carriers at
35 cents per week, orl-icludlugthefcundayediUon,
at 20 cents per week.
POSTAGE All persons who mall the
Sunday Issue of The Dispatch to friends
should bear in mind the fact that the post
age thereon Is Two (2) Cents. All donble
and triple number copies ot The Dispatch
require a 2-cent stamp to Insure prompt
PITTSBURG, THURSDAY, APR 25, 1SS9.
THE .WHOLESALERS' FETaTIOK.
The petition of the wholesale liquor deal
ers who hare been refused license, for a re
hearing, as given in our local columns,
makes as strong a presentation of their case
as is possible. The Court trill pass upon
the legal points involved; but as to the
public view of the question, it may be per
missible to express an opinion in advance.
It does not seem that, under the system of
regulation established by the Brooks law,
the discretionary .power of limiting the
number of retail establishments is required
in application to wholesale concerns. The
purpose of that power in permitting the
Judges to say that there shall not be more
than a certain number of saloons in a given
quarter is clear enough. But on the as
sumption of the law that the business,
properly regulated, is legitimate, that pur
pose will not be served by an arbitrary
limitation of wholesale concerns or the re
fusal of licenses to firms that have respected
the law in letter and spirit.
It would seem then that there is a good
deal of force to the claims of firms which
have not only conducted their business in
accordance with the law, but have avoided
any acts that would make them accessory to
violations of the law, that they should at
least have a rehearing. If any of them
have conducted their business so as to aid
illicit selling there would be good reason
for depriving them of license. But so far
as the public recollection of the testimony
goes, iu the case of most of the wholesalers
who have lost their licenses, it did not
create the impression that they were even
charged with encouraging the illicit trade.
The courts will of course decide whether
further action is possible under the circum
stances; butwe bebeve that the pnblic will
not be sorry to see the wholesale firms who
can show a record clear of any illicit trans
actions given a chance to vindicate them
selves. OPERA B0UPFE OUTDONE.
After rattling around in Belgium, Bou
lander, " 1e brav' General," and the pro
fessional overthrower of the French Re
public, has shifted his base to London.
Prench politics have heretofore undergone
the charge of being of the opera boufie
variety; but the reality is doing its best to
outstrip the sarcasm. Opera boufie could
hardly rise higher than the formal trial by
the highest legislative body of a traitor to
the State who has made himself conspicuous
by levanting. It would never be able to
produce the conception of the darling of a
nation whose fame is based on a factitious
reputation for bravery, running away at the
first note ot danger, and an avowed sub
verter ol the Government floating about
from one country to another and paying
tribute to the fishes in the Channel, from the
uttermost depths of his stomach. We fear
that even as an opera boufie hero, Boulanger
has become a back number. -
EQUAL TO TEE SUEZ CANAL.
The rather contemptuous dismissal by our
Philadelphia cotemporaries, of the project
of reopening the water route from the Ohio
river to Lake Erie, gives a good deal of per
tinence to a statistical statement recently
published. It is that the Sault St. Marie
has nearly as large a tonnage as the Snez
CanaL The Snez Canal in 1888 afforded a
route for 3,440 vessels with a tonnage of
6,640,834 tons. The Sault St Marie in the
same year saw 7,314 vessels pass through
with a tonnage of 6,411,423 tons.
It will thus be seen that the Sault St.
Marie, which is open but about 200 days in
the year, transacts a business rivaling that
of a full year 'of the great inter-oceanic
canal, in the construction of which all Eu
rope was interested. A large share of the
business which passes through the lake
canal is destined for Pittsburg. Probably
even greater figures would be attained if
the Pittsburg traffic could be transported
directly to our mills and furnaces
without the cost of breaking bulk and the
railway hauls, now necessitated, at this
end of the route. The volume of the"
ore, coal and coke traffic which would pass
over a water route between Pittsburg and
Lake Erie is ot course largely a matter of
estimate; but it is evident that with the
cheapness of water transportation over such
a route, it would be counted by the millions
Certainly the importance of such a pro
ject is very clearly shown when it can be
compared jwith the traffic of what is con
sidered to be one of the greatest works of
the nineteenth century. There is also every
s reason for believing, that in comparison
with the magnitude of the results the cost of
a ship canal from here to Lake Erie would
A COMMENDABLE POLICY.
"It i satisfactory to credit the manage
ment of the Union Pacific Railroad with
having paid some attention to the recom
mendation that it should use a portion of its
surplus earnings in paying the interest on
its debt to the Government. It has, at
least, gone so far in that direction as to re
solve that it will henceforth set apart from
its surplus revenues, money or securities
sufficient to prevent any further increase of
the Government debt "With this resolution
adhered to. we may be assured that at the
time when that debt matures it will be no
larger than it is at- present, which carries
with it the probability that the company
will be able at the maturity of the debt
either to pay it off or to make some satisfac
tory arrangement lor its extension.
This is a much more honest method of
dealing with public obligations than the
practice which was formerly prominent
in the policy of that company, of using its
earnings in paying dividends while its debt
was piling up, or of burdening the company
with immense sums of illegal indebtedness.
It is also a marked improvement upon the
conduct of the Central Pacific corporation,
which says, by its actions, rather more dis
tinctly than by ita words, that it does not
intend to pay the Government anything.
Adherence to this policy by the Union
Pacific will certainly justify and induce a
liberal policy by the Government in dealing
with the company. The reform may be a
little late, but a deathbed repentance is bet
ter than no repentance at all.
THE CHUBCH AND THE WOEZINGMEN.
The National Reform Conference, among
its other interesting and important discus
sions ofpublio questions, yesterday, listened
to a paper from President Blanchard on
"The Labor Problem from a Christian Point
of View," President Blanchard is a thinker
of undoubted ability who has for some years
been the leader in opposition to secret so
cieties. The disposition of a specialist in
reform to find one source for all evils, and
to heal them all, by his especial remedy, is
indicated by his declaration that the trouble
with the workingmen is tha't they place their
lodges above the Church.
There is some foundation for President
Blanchard's statement of the facts. It is
probably true that a large proportion of the
wage-workers do place the lodges of their
trade unions, or the assemblies of the
Knights of Labor, above the church, in the
intimacy of their connection with the labor
er's welfare. It may be worjh while for the
church to inquire whether this is due more
to ignorance on the part of the workingmen
or to indifference on the part of the
church to aggressions by the rich and great
on the welfare of the masses. Whether it is
true or not, it is, no doubt, the case that
many, and possibly the majority of wage
workers feel that while their labor lodges
will oppose the diminution of -their wages,
the churches as a whole would not lift a
finger in the matter.
As we have only the sparest newspaper
abstract of President Blanchard's remarks,
he may have pointed out the way in which
the churches can do the most to combat this
error; but if he did, the point is itnportant
enough to warrant repetition. Let tbe
churches convince the laborers that they are
inspired with the interests of the masses by
opposing trade methods and the policy ot
capital that levies unjust burdens on the
people. Let it prove its utter indiffer
ence tor wealth and influence by openly re
fusing fellowship with the men who heap up
riches by the methods of greed and fraud,
and refuse to be bribed into silence by a
share of the plunder in the shape
of fine church buildings and endow
ments of theological seminaries,
When it shows that it is unalterably
opposed to any system of commerce that is
not based on the spirit of Christian benevol
ence and the greatest good of the greatest
number, the laboring millions may be con
vinced that organized Christianity is a
greater friend to them than organized trade
The assembly which President Blanchard
addressed, is in favor of a formal recogni
tion of religion and Deity In our governmen
tal affairs. But we think that most of its
members will agree' with us that the real
adoption of the spirit of Christianity in our
commerce, and the insistence that Christian
commerce and industry shall be based on
the rule of doing as we would ba done by, is
more important than a merely formal avowal
SPRING IS SURELY HERE.
Some weeks ago the redbreasted robin
made his appearance. Snowstorms ceased to
be a daily occurrence about tbe same time.
Then the days grew perceptibly longer, and
the buds began to swell. Every man that
could moved his home at the birth of April,
and every woman witftout exception in
dulged in the luxury of cleaning houser
All these symptoms pointed to the near ap
proach of spring. Still something was
lacking. The gentle season1, so-called, of
showers and sunshine and flowers, might be
almost with us, but we felt it was not yet
The chain of circumstantial evidence was
completed yesterday, when the bands blew
music into the busy circles of the city, and
the shouts of the cranks upon the curh
made known to all the triumphal progress
of the Allegheny and Chicago Baseball
League Clubs to Recreation Park. Then
we knew spring 'was here. There was no
need to whisper "one strike" in our ears;
the sound of the national humorists bur
nishing the antique umpire jests brought no
surprise to us. Spring had come under tbe
direction and management of the baseball
And if there is a noise of weeping in the
inner courts, where the baseball crank is
unknown, what of it? Is not the multitude
uproariously happy in the prospect of a
wild struggle for the pennant and tbe gate
money? Spring is welcome, and all hail to
the heroes of the diamond!
One of the most humorous efforts that we
have seen lately is a small brochure of sta
tistics by E. R. L. Gould, au expert in the
U. S. Department of Labor. The publica
tion is issued under the auspices of the
American Statistical Association, which,
until now, we imagined favored only serious
undertakings. Mr. Gould's statistics deal
with park areas and open spaces in cities.
The statistics are themselves very amusing.
Mr. Gould very kindly puts Pittsburg
above Brooklyn, Cincinnati, Philadelphia,
and tentatively above most ot the great
cities of the old world in the matter of pos
sessing small parks. Scmehow or other we
do not dare to accept this flattering estimate.
The image of the Second avenue park is too
vividly before us. A few dismal grave
yards scattered through the city will not be
forgotten. It pains us to make the confes
sion, but Pittsburg has not really the acre
and a third that Mr. Gould credits her
But Mr. Gould is evidently joking. If
be is not joking what does he mean by say
ing: This somewhat glowing sketch of the open
spaces in Pittsburg Is taken from The Dis
patch newspaper of that city. "O, how this
pen burns to be at a picturesque "description of
the romantic Second avenue park and spacious
lawn (one-tonrth acre) interspersed with noble
forest trees before Municipal Hall!. Pittsburg,
it is true, has only these pnblic grounds as
breathing places for the poor soot and sweat
begrimed laborer and his family; but could
anything more philanthropic or expansive be
Tee Dispatch's remarks were certainly
intended to be "wrote sarcastic" on this oc
casion. But Mr. Gould evidently likes a
j jok and knows -how dry statistics usually I
are without a leavening of humor. He has
improved on Mark Twain's old proposition
to make a humorous publication of the
United States census reports.
The device of stealing or losing an im
portant bill in the last stages of legislation,
has been adopted in Minnesota. The meas
ure which has disappeared is an important
railroad land forfeiture bill. This is a rather
coarser method than "the Pennsylvania de
vice of omitting a vital signature.
The Railroad Gazette furnishes an inter
esting table, correcting the rather extrava
gant statement of the Railway Review with
regard to the amount of railway under con
struction. The number of miles of railway
actually built so far this year is 585, and
the amount under construction 4,221 miles.
The Railway Age's estimate of thousands of
miles of railway planned and projected was
obtained by including all the corporate en
terprises that have taken shape on paper.
But projecting a railway and building it
are two very different things, as Pittsburg
has recently bad occasion to observe.
The report that General Boulanger is
going to ask for a loan of $20,000,000 seems
to show that his intentions are serious. A
man can do a great deal with that amount
of money; and it will also increase his sup
port if he has the vested interests of bond
holders behind him.
It appears that, after all, the Czar of
Russia has reconsidered his intention
of being present at the centennial
celebration of the JErench Republic. It is
now said that he has not only decided to
absent himself, but that he has ordered his
Ambassador to remain away from Paris
during the Exposition. It seems that the
Czar has considered that the celebration of
revolution, even so far from Russia as Paris
is entirely irreconcilable with tbe interests
of absolutism. -
The bills' to regulate the corporations,
that were not shut out by the change in the
rules of the Senate, such as that providing
that corporations shall restrict themselves
to the business authorized by their charters,
are being steadily killed off by the usual
It is pleasant to learn from the Southern
papers that a dozen companies have been
organized during the last two weeks with a
capital of over $1,000,000 to build indepen
dent cottonseed oil mills in the South. This
is a strong demonstration of the fact often
urged by The Dispatch that when there
is no method of cutting off outside compe
tition, the trust device is only certain to in
crease the strength of competition by stimu
lating the creation of new concerns.
It is now reported that ex-King Milan,
of Servia, is going to become a Monk of
Jerusalem. This invests with the character
of prophecy the old adage to the effect that
when the Prince of Darkness was sick, he
determined to become a monk.
The partial abandonment of Sunday
trains on tbe Yanderbilt roads is declared
to be for purely religious reasons. Never
theless Mr. Depew's declaration "that, the
roads "cannot afford to abandon all Sunday
trains that would simply ruin us," is an
indication that when tbe religious rule and
the question of making money come directly
in contact with each other on the Yander
bilt roads, religion has to go the wall.
The rest and seclusion of Beaver, and a
treaty of peace with John Sherman, will, it
is to be hoped, restore the Napoleon of
Pennsylvania politics to -his wonted equa
nimity and discretion.
An interesting phase of universal human
nature is evinced by John Sherman's decla
ration that he does not see why he and Sena
tor Quay should continue to quarrel over the
offices, and that he is entirely willing to let
the matter drop. It is almost universally
the rule that the man who gets away with
the pork is perfectly willing to let bygones
Captain Anson's firm stand that his
professional baseball players must act as
if they were gentlemen, if they cannot
really be gentlemen, is commendable, al
It the dismissal of railway postal clerks,
recently made, is solely for the purpose of
increasing the efficiency of the service, it
ought to be approved. If it Is solely for the
purpose of creating places for party work
ers, it is simply a repetition of the old spoils
policy. The public will be able to make up
its mind for itself which it is.
Even the British channel fails to respect
the overthrower of the Prench Republic,
and lands bim in England very much
purged as to his inside.
The collapse of another combination is
reported, the oat meal trusf being tbe
latest defunct organization. About the
only thing that the public has had occasion
to know of the oat meal trust is its col
lapse, which is also the most gratifying sort
of acquaintance that the publio can have
Elmer Watson, of Juniata county, was
chased for a quartor of a mile by an eight foot
snake on Saturday.
A Mifflin county man is said to have got
drunk every Saturday for the last ten years.
He is sober on other days.
A young man living in the northern part of
Warran county was indiscreet enough to visit
his girl after having a battle with a polecat
The engagement is declared oft.
Tub mewing of a cat saved the family ot
John Eckenrode. near Gonglersville, Berks
county, from being burned to death on Sunday
night The house was destroyed.
Katie Ward, a Williamsport schoolgirl,
aged 8, had a lejr bone broken at recess, but
stayed the session out without a word, and then
limped to her home, half a mile off.
Farmer Klein, of Lancaster county, locked
his cat into bis granery to (kill rats, when he
opened tbe door to let her out be discovered
her dead body. The rats had killed her.
A KAN named Rice, living in Hnnticgton,
' was cutting his corns with a razor, when the in
strument slipped and cut one of his toes so
badly that he was laid up for two wjseks.
A FARMER utilized the fountain in front of
the Harrisburg Court House as a hitching post
two days ago, and bis team getting scared,
made a bolt and pulled it up by the roots.
Henry Mtt.es. of Indiana county, draws
water from his well with an old fashioned
sweep. The other day he drew up a bucketful
and found in it a very lively trout ten inches
He Remembered His Old Friends.
Winnipeg, Man., April 2i Mr. Monroe,
an ex-convict from the Manitoba Penitentiary,
recently died In Engl and. In his will ne makes
some canons bequests, including $100,000 to
Bedson, warden of the Manitoba Penitentiary,
and 150,000 to Lawyer Vivian.
Rifling Oklahoma., j
From the Baltimore American. J
The boomers are preparing' to'rifle Okla-'
homa, and the military are preparing to rifle
the boomers. - -
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Watching the Watchman The Bun's Mia.
take An Unkind Incubator and a Query.
In that excessively ornate Uttletroom off the
Bijou Theater lobby, wherein Manager Onllck
is usually to be found, there hangs upon the
wall a highly-polished silver-plated clock. It
looks like an ordinary alarm clock,but it is one
of Mr. Gnllck's safeguards against fire. The
clock combines tbe faculty of keeplngtlme
with that of Watching the watchman. It is
what fs known as a watchman's clock. A simi
lar machine hangs in the most remote dressing
room behind the Scenes.
Said Mr. Gulick the other day: ""I am re
solved that the Bijou shall never be burned
down if I can help it. The night watchman,
who is on duty from 7p. it. to 7 a.m., is re
quired, after the r performance closes, to keep
going between the two clocks, one in my room
and the other at tbe point furthest from it He
has to record his presence at these two points
by pulling down a lever in the clock, The
clock is locked, and 1 bold the key, so that the
watchman has to make a continuous patrol of
the theater all night, or explain his failure to
do so to me."
THE SUN'S MISTAKE.
The sun In the heavens shone all day
On copse and meadow and garden gay,
And the tun was glad and said in glee:
"The flowers and leaves depend on me!"
The sun shone on for a day or tiro;
Tbe buds broke ont and the green grass grew,
And the son waxed proud andgayly said:
" 'TIs I alone that can raise the deadl"
But the earth dried oat to a useless dust,
And flew in a clond with every gust;
The flowers drooped on their tender stalks.
The grass burned brown by the garden walks.
Still the sun shone on in its golden pride,
While the earth for shadeand a showei sighed,
The damsel frowned on the dnst clouds dan,
And tbe bad man said: "Oh, blank the sun."
Then the heavens grew dark and the thunder
And the sun bid fait in a black cloud's fold
Heard the rain sing In a tinkling tone:
"It is not the sun that can save alone,
But shower and sunshine, band in hand.
Bless bud and blossom throagh all the land."
The Incubator may be a source of chickens,
revenue and joy to some, but it brings sadness
and a lot of profitless egg shells to others.
For example, a gentleman who has raised
chickens with considerable success .by the old
method involving tbe assistance of a hen, was
ttmpted to try a highly improved incubator
this season. Out of 70 eggs he hatched out per
tbe incubator exactly one chicken, who lived
just long enough to give one chirp in this beau
tiful world before be turned up his toes,
A doctor happened to be telling his family
of an amusing scene he had witnessed at a pa
tient's house during tbe day.
"Mr. Brown," said the doctor, "was not seri
ously ill, but his wife really made matters
worse and herself supremely ridiculous by
rushing in and oat like a wet ben."
The doctor's son, Bob, a very bright boy of 6,
was present when his father said this, and
treasured his words. A day or two afterward
Mrs. Brown called upon the doctor's family,
and when Bob came into the room be sat down
on a stool and fixed bis eyes on tbe visitor. By
and by he asked, very seriously: "Mrs. Brown,
do you know anything about a wet hen?"
Of course she replied in the negative, and
Bob's face assumed a very puzzled expression.
After a brief pause horrible to his sisters
Bob said: "Well, it seems to me you ought
The poets of Kansas City ought to be sing
ing in tbe interest of the local cemeteries:
1 ' 'Twill save yon railroad fare at least,
For yon, my gentle roamer,
To shoot yonrself before yon start
For fatal Oklahoma. "
It has been prevalent superstition until re
cently that the street sidewalks In tbe heart of
Pitt9burg were intended for the use of pedes
trians. It would be well for tbe pnblic to un
derstand that tbe sidewalks on Fifth avenue,
for instance, near Smithfleld street, are kept in
repair as a loafing ground for a glorious army
of tramps, deadbeats and mashers. Thejcable
company owns the roadway, and what part of
Filth avenue belongs to the respectable tax
paying pnblic is not clear. Possibly they can
take the air there.
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Queen Victoria refuses to go to London
for fear ot being assassinated.
Sib Julian Patncefote has four daugh
ters, tbe eldest of whom is 25.
The new British Minister is said to have ex
pressed his unqualified approval of American
General Alger, of Michigan, frankly ac
knowledges that be will be a candidate for the
Fresidental nomination in 1692.
John C. New, the recently appointed Consul
Genoral at London, Is said to have a very com
prehensive knowledge of the great American
game of poker.
Governor Jackson, ot Maryland, has en
tirely recovered from his recent illness, and,
accompanied by bis staff, will go to New York
on Saturday to attend the Centennial celebra
tion. Peof. Tyndall, the scientist is an Irish
man, but an Intense anti-home ruler. Prof.
Tyndall's family was originally of an English
stock indeed, the Professor traces his descent
to the great Tyndall, the translator of the
Bible. His parents were by nomeans rich, and
young John may be said to have educated him
self. Edoar L. Wakeman, the popular con
tributor to the Sunday issue of The Dispatch,
basprenared an interesting paper on Gipsy
hvglene for the May number of 'The Annals
of Hygiene." .Mr. Wakemanls undoubtedly
tbe highest American authority on all matters
pertaining to the language, life and customs of
the Gipsy race.
Miss Eugenia Washington, who is the
great granddaughter of Washington's full
brother, Samnel Washington, and who is in
tbe First Assistant Postmaster General's office
in Washington, is said to more nearly resemble
Washing on than any of tbe descendants of tbe
family. She will not be In New York during
the inaugural commemoration, it is intimated,
because her means are limited.
Once again tbe stage is to.be elevated. This
time the elevator is Alice Snell-McCrea,
daughter of the lately murdered Cblcago mil
lionaire and divorced wife of "William "McCrea.
As her father was killed under peculiar cir
cumstances and her divorce had its queer
features, she is, of course, possessed of his
trionic ability. Then, again, she is beautiful.
It is seldom that the stage obtains such a
Miss Margaret Blaine is fast earning the
reputation of being one of the wittiest joung
women in Washington. She is clever and sar
castic, butusesherpowers with rare judgment
and good nature. Her voice is particularly
pleasing, and it is said that sbe has a naive way
oiayins-.won't you kuowj" mat is the envy
of all the otber Washington belles. Sbe
acquired it in England during her- visit last
year, ana uses it frequently in her speech.
The law partner of Governor Beaver is J. W
Gepbart of Bellefonte. He will sail for Europe
early in June. Mr. Gepbart is a Democrat, but
In the last campaign refused to support Mr,
Cleveland on the tariff issue. He is a practical
prohibitionist and would cast his vote tor tbe
prohibition amendment next fall if he should
be in this country. Genhart is, therefore a
protectionist, a prohibitionist and tbe law part
ner of a Republican, but he still asserts his
Miss LizzrE Banks, f St Paul, Minu, who
has been selected as private secretary by Mr.
Hicks, Minister to Peru, is a plucky little
woman who has made a hit as a newspaper
writer in tbe Northwest. Miss Banks is en
route to New York to visit, her sister. The
ladles are being encouraged by the present ad
ministration. President Harrison's lady type,
writer is the first one ever employed at the
White House, and Miss Banks is believed to be
the first lady secretary ever taken abroad by a
United States Minister.
Responsible for Their Physicians.
New York, April 21 In the action brought
by Miss Alice M. Alien to recover 525,000 dam
ages from the State Line Steamship .Company
for having been poisoned with mercury by the
doctor while a passenger on the steamer Geor
gia, of that line, tbe jury In the Brooklyn Su
PlrS?01 t0"day ETe th-8 Plaintiff a verdict
Of f 12,0W. - ' r - jr-
THURSDAY, APPJL "
BILL NO, 52.
The Grade Crossing Measure Vigorously
' Assailed A P. R. R. Dodce.
From the Philadelphia Record. 3
The Pennsylvania Railroad Company is pull
ing tbe wires on Councilman and Legislators to
secure the passage of bill No. 62 to stop the
building of railroads at grade. Tbe measure
as presented by Mr. William F. Stewart of the
Eighteenth ward, was drafted by Pennsylvania
Railroad agents, and the original copy, as In
troduced in the House, was found to be in the
handwriting of Alexander K. Pedriek, a rail
road lobbyist wbo occupies a desk among the
reporters on the floor of the House of Repre
sentatives at Harrisburg. Pedrick is the
open and avowed agent of the Penn
sylvania Railroad Company. His desk is
the honey pot for all legislators who
want free passes or the more substantial favors
of the rich corporation. He openly distributes
tbe eratulties of his employer, making no con
cealment of his mission in tbe halls of legisla
tion. He makes copies of all bills that relate,
even remotely, to railroads or corporations, and
sends daily reports to Captain Green, whose
function as vice President of the companv
mainly consists in caring for its political and
legislative lences. wniie Air. if earicK pulls tne
strings for the legislative puppets on the popu
lar side of tbe General Assembly his assistant
Captain Potts, keeps watch upon the Senators.
Recently the services of the Pennsylvania
Railroad lobbyists were utilized in an effort to
put an absolute stop to all railroad construc
tion in tbe big cities of the Commonwealth.
The merchants ot Philadelphia were clamoring
for a belt line railroad, and the shippers of
Pittsburg were asking for the marginal road
that was to relieve them from an oppressive
monopoly. White, William R. Tucker and
others, acting Independently, were antagoniz
ing and delaying tbe belt line scheme, the
Pennsylvania Railroad Company fixed up Coun
cils and tbe Legislature in favor of a bill to
stop competition under the pretext of abolish
ing grade crossings.
Mayor Fitler sent an earnest and emphatic
protest to the Legislature against the passage
of Bill No. 52. Tbe manipulators of the Penn
sylvania Railroad Company were not able to
answer his objections, but in order to provide
an antidote for thl9 vigorous protest they
called upon their tools In Councils to pass a
series of resolutions in favor of the bill. To
each member of Councils who was regarded as
pliable Mr. Latta sent the following private
Pennsylvania railroad compast.
office of the general agent.
PHILADELPHIA, Aorll 17, 1589.
Member C. th Ward:
Dear Sir I beg to Inclose you herewith a copy
of resolution to be Introduced In Councils tc-mor.
row in the interest of the passage of tbe bill known
as "Grade crossing bill No. 51" at Harrisburg,
This measure has received the sutjoort of the
newspapers to a great extent, and I am glad to
say that the objections raised to some of the pro
visions of the bill by his Honor the Mayor of the
city will be fully met by proper amendments at
the proper time. The resolution I Inclose you Is
explanatory In this direction, and it will give me
pleasure to have your vote and support for the
passage or this resolution, Indicating to the Legis
lature at Harrisburg that the city or Philadelphia
is anxious to have some law upon the statute books
that will regulate the great problem of grade cross
ings In the future. Yours truly, ,
William J. Latta, General Agent.
As a result of the above letter Councils en
dorsed tbe iniquitous measure. The last chap
ter in this story of a great crime against the
material interests of Philadelphia and Pitts
burg will be unfolded to-day or to-morrow in
the State Senate, when bill No. 52 will be
called np for third and final reading.
AT THE SOCIAL SHRINE.
The Herbst-Taylor Wedding In Sewlekley
and Other Gaieties.
Sewickley, that swell little suburb in tbe val
ley, was agog last evening in consequence of
'the marriage, at 6:30, of Mies Stella Herbst
daughter of Captain D. C. Herbst, to Mr.
Robert Newton Taylor, a prominent commis
sion merchant of Philadelphia.
It was not a large church wedding; but tbe
palatial home of the bride was comfortably
filled with only the relatives and intimate ac
quaintances of the contracting paities.
The bride is well known in this section, and
has a host of admirers of both sexes, while tbe
groom is of a prominent old Philadelphia fam
ily, and is considered a very prosperous and
shrewd young business man of tbe Quaker
Tlje arrangements for the ceremony were all
perfect. After the guests bad assembled in the
spacious parlors, which were profusely deco
rated by deft bands, Gernert and Guenther
, added pleasure to tbe occasion by rendering a
few preliminary selections,, t (
As the bour approached for tbe nuptials tbe
orcbestra played the Bridal Cborns from Loh
engrin, while tbe youthful pages a la. Little
Lord Fauntleroy. appeared, to signify the ap
proach of tbe party. They carried silken rib
bons and led the train followed by the officiat
ing clergyman,' Rev. Robert Benton, of Bt
Stephens'. Then the usber and bridemaid, Mr.
Baker, ,of Philadelphia, and Miss Russell, of
Chicago, respectively, the best man
and maid of honor, Mr. Eager and
Miss Neeb, of Allegheny, and lastly tbe bride
and groom. The train filed down the hallway,
where the two pages stood like sentinels of love
on either side of a floral altar Tbe clergyman
went through tbe customary marriage cere
mony, and alter pronouncing tbe bindingwords
which made tbem one, tbe orcbestra -concealed
behind a display ot tropical flowers played
Mendelssohn'sma'-cb.while the bride and groom
were congratulated, and tbe entire party after
ward moved toward tbe banquet ball.
The menu was a most delicately gotten up
affair for tbe most fastidious epicurian tastes.
The bride looked extremely charming attired
in beavy white satin brocade, with lace and
pearl trimmings, carrying white roses. Miss
Neeb, tbe maid of honor, wore a pink silk and
gilt tulle with pink roses. Miss Russell was
handsomely dressed in canary silk, ornamented
with lace and canary birds; tea roses.
After tbe wedding dinner ended tho couple
took an Eastern train for ail points of interest,
Including New York, Point Comfort and Wash
ington City, whence they will go to Philadel
phia, there to reside permanently. Tbe pres
ents were of a most elaborate character, and In
quantity sufficient to enrich a young couple In
this world's goods for life.
A Pretty Blnrrlnge nt tbe German Lutheran
Church on High Street.
The wedding of Miss Mary Klath and Mr. J.
R. Voskamp took place last night at tbe Ger
man Lutheran Church on High street The
church was crowded with people, and the aisles
and altar were exquisitely decorated with
natural and artificial flowers.
About 8 o'clock the bridal couple entered tbe
church, preceded by four bndemaids and an
equal number of ushers. Their names were
Misses Emilie Voskamp, C. Schellhaas, R,
Bingler, F. Kimmel and Messrs. Rlesmeler,
August Voskamp. Ollendort and Schellhaas.
While they walked down the center aisle,
Lohengrin's wedding march was rendered by
the organist. The ceremony was performed
by tbe Rev. F. Ahner, pastor of tbe church.
After tbe ceremony the bride held a recep
tion at tbe residence of her husband's parents
on Center avenue.
A Reception at Brnshton.
Miss Alice Fownes gave a reception last
night at her residence in Brushton to a number
of lady friends. The Gernert and Guentber
orchestra furnished the music
Postmasters Are to Close Their Offices That
the Employes May Celebrnte.
Washington, April 21. Postmaster Gen
eral Wanamakor to-day issued the following or
der: The President having recommended that as a
part of tbe order of observance of tbe centennial
of the inauguration or the first president, a por
tion of the 30th day of April, 1839. beset aside for
prayer and thanksgiving.
In conformity thereto It is ordered:
First Postmasters are authorized to observe the
nsual holiday hours on that day.
Second Where It Is possible to do so without
detriment to the public service, their postofflces
should be closed at or be Tore 0 o'clock a. u in
order that the employes may have an opportunity
to comply with the proclamation of the President
issued on tbe 4th instant. a
Third Postmasters must arrange for the receipt
and dispatch of mall that may arrive and depart
during tbe time the postofflce is closed.
Slurnt Halstend Considerably Improved.
Cincinnati, April 24 Murat Halstead's
condition Is so much improved that his sons,
who were called home from the East have re
turned. As soon as he "is able to travel Mr.
Halstead will probably take an outing In some
A Very Modest Bard.
From the Minneapolis Tribune. J
Mr. Walt Whitman evidently believes that
there is but one American poet and that is
but he don't like to say who right out loud, you
How to Reform Chicago.
From the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.)
;"How tto Make. .Chicago a Paradise for
Strangers" is tho title of an" article In the Chi
cago Tribune. One plan would be for all the
present inhabitants to move ouf
An Enemy's Spiteful Work A Flab 'or
General Twlgg's ((words Watching tbe
Navy Officials Going to the Centennial
News From Aronnd the Capitol.
Washington, April SI Assistant Secre
tary Bussey to-day granted a motion for recon
sideration of the application of Emanuel P.
Steed, late of Company F, First Virginia Cav
alry, for restoration to the pension rolls. The
claimant received his disability, as the Assist
ant Secretary finds, by tbe falling of his horse
wniie in action. His name was suDsequently
dropped from the rolls upon information of a
person, since shown to have been his personal
enemy, who gave evidence tending to show that
the disability existed prior to enlistment The
certificate of the army surgeon upon which tbe
soldier received his discharge, shows that tbe
injury for which pension is sought was re
ceived while in action as stated. Referring to
the evidence upon which the soldier was de
prived of his pension, Mr. Bussey says:
Such testimony, the department holds was
utterly Inadequate to overthrow tbe official state
ments contained in the foregoing certificate of
disability, and the action of the Commissioner oft
Pensions in dropping the claimant's name from
the rolls because-of such conflicting lav testlmonv
was not only an error, but a gross violation or
well-established rulings of the department fixing
the superior value of a surgeon's certificate of
disability as record evidence. The name or the
soldier Is ordered to be restored to the rolls of the
The Assistant Secretary has also rendered a
decision granting a pension to John B. Mc
Manus, late of Company C, Nineteenth Illinois
Volunteers, on account ot disability from vari
A Legal Fight for Swords.
The Court of Claims gave a hearing to-day
in the case of Meyers, executor, and Guedella
against the United States.lnvolving tbe owner
ship of the celebrated Twiggs swords. These
swords, which are very valnable,wfire presented
to General Twiggs by the United States, and
were seized by Ger :ral Butler when he took
possession of New Orleans during the war.
Tbey have been in tbe custody of tbe Treasury
Department ever since. Congress passed an
act directing that the swords be restored to the
owners, and tbe present suit is to determine
which of the claimants is entitled to them.
Tbe case was argued by J. Randolph Tucker
on behalf of Meyers, and Judge Abbott, ot Bos
ton, on behalf of Guedellx A decision will
probably be announced next week.
Looking After .Our Navy.!
Rear Admiral Gberardi, commanding the
North Atlantic station, reports to tbe Navy
Department, under date of April 11, that he
left Cape '' aytlen in the Galena on the 3d inst,
visits t. Marc, Gonaives. St Nicholas, Mole
and Port Au Prince, arriving at the latter
place on the 10th Inst; sailed again on tbe 11th
for St Marc, where be expected to And the
Ossipee, and would return in company with
that vessel again to Cape Haytien.
Bombay Hemp Must Pay Duty.
The Treasury Department has decided that
the so-called East India Bombay hemp is duti
able at the rate of 125 per ton under tbe pro
vision for bemp, manllla and otber like sub
stances for bemp. This action is in accord
ance with tbe decision of the United States
Court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania,
in the case of John T, Bailey & C- against
Will Test Her Gans.
After the inauguration ceremonies at New
York the United States steamer Chicago will
proceed to sea at a safe'dlstance from the
coast and passing vessels anu fire her battery,
for the purpose of giving tbe carriages and
fittings of her guns a reasonable and proper
test to the end that any defects may be dis
covered and remedied.
Off for the Centennial.
Secretary Proctor left Washington this af
ternoon for his home in Vermont He will
join the Presidental party at Elizabeth, N. J..
Monday morning. General Benetwili act as
Secretary of War In his absence. Secretary
Tracy and General Schofield have gone to New
xorK. xney will join tne Presidental party
Chances to Be Made.
. Secretary Windom spent about two honrs
with the President this afternoon conferring
over matters before the Treasury Department
It is understood that several important
changes in the deBartment were considered. but
I' tbat no conclusion was reached in regard to any
Tbe President to-day appointed Willis
Sweet, ol Idaho Territory, to be Attorney of
the United States for the Territory of Idaho.-
Commissioner Tanner has discharged 20
pension examiners m tbe field because the ap
propriation for their pay is nearly exhausted.
THE Acting Controller of the Currency to
day authorized tbe First National Bank of
Murphyboro, I1L, to begin business with a cap
ital of 150,000.
Denby, at Peking, that the Emperor assumed
the reins of the Cbineso Government on the
4th of March last
James H. Wardle, of New York, has been
appointed Chief of Division in the Census
office. Mr. Wardle occupied a subordinate
position under Cessus Commissioner Walker.
Frank M. Smith, of Maryland, for many
years transfer clerk at tbe Baltimore postofflce.
has been appointed Superintendent of Malls
at the same office, vice John Y. Gienger, re
signed. Sir Juman Pauncefote, tbe British Min
ister, intended to call on tbe Secretary of State
to-day, but decided to postpone bis visit until
to-morrow, upon being informed of the Secre
Judge George H. Shields, of Missouri,
the recently appointed Assistant Attorney
General for tbe Interior Department this
morning took tbe oath of office and entered
upon the dnties of the office.
Mr. Sullivan, ot Ohio, for 20 years an em
ploye of the postal service, and for several
years prior to 1885 Superintendent of Malls at
Cincinnati, baa been reinstated, vice W. H.
Knight resigned. Mr. Smith and Mr. Sullivan
were removed during the last administration.
John A. Chapman, of Bllnois, has been ap
pointed Chief of the Division of Inspection in
tbe office of the Second Assistant Postmaster
General, vice A. W. Gibson, resigned. Edwin
G. Carlln, of Pennsylvania, has been appointed
Assistant Superintendent of the Railway Mail
W. B. Cooley, of Pennsylvania, for a num
ber of years Chief Clerk of the Money Order
Bureau, Postofflce Department, has been ap
pointed Chief Clerk of the Postofflce Depart
ment vice J. C. Roy, resigned. Mr. Cooley
was educated at Lafayette College, Pa., and
served lor a nnmner or years as Assistant
Postmaster at Easton, Pa.
Ought to Have Consulted Sackvllle.'
From the N ew York World, I
Sir Julian Paunc efote, 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 tbat the new Minister does not ap
preciate the press. His predecessor should
have posted bim on this point
Makes No Difference After He's Dead.
From the Washington Post.
Our usually precise cotemporary. The Pitts
burg. Dispatch, recommends a trip to Okla
homa as a sure method of committing suicide.
Unless our view of the situation out there is
warped all out of shape, a man wouldn't have
time to kill, himself-beforo some other fellow
did it for him.
A DAUGHTER OF EVE.
Eyrs like the sky, and hair like the sunshine,
What Is she thinking, the precious pet.
As she sits there, holding, 'twlxt pink palms
That gold-streaked apple, untasted yet?
Is It tbe flush of Joy's red dawning
Tbat runs round tbe little maid's rosebud lip s?
Is It the shadow of Sorrow tbat lurks 'there,
In the curves of the month that downward
The light In her eyes that dims and darknes,
Tbat glooms till tbe violet grows to gray:
Tbe glance half-glad, and yet full of wonder,
What O wbat do all these things say?
Ab. me I tbe apple that child-band holds there,
Is It a sigh and a symbol set
Since Tune began, of a woman's taking
And giving? ofL'Ove and Grief and Kegretl
Will Us taste in her month be sweet or bitter?
Will It be both? Ab, sweet little maid!
Sbe gazes with eager eyes on the golden
.Fruit not afraid nor unafraid.
Clasping It close, she sits there waiting,
'' With wistful wide eyes while tbe weird Sisters
'-weave -. J."
ne weft tbat fere'er from her Childhood's Eden
Shall shut oat tnl little Daughter of Evet
v . - Bolton ejo&s.
NE)Y YORE H0TES.
Train's Light Diet.
fJWW TORE BUBEAT srSCTALS.1
NEW York, April Zt George Francis Train
is trying to beat Dr. Tanner's record as a faster.
For eight weeks up to last Friday he ate only
10 cents worth of Lyonnaise potatoes and coffee
daily. Since Friday he has taken only water and
a Turkish bath each day. He says he will keep
up this diet until Psycho, his guardian spirit
tell; bim to eat He hopes tbat Psycho will
allow him to fast St days longer. By next Sat
urday Mr, Train expects that be will have re
duced bis weight from 196 pounds to 178 pounds.
Mr, Train prophesies that the. Centennial cele
hratioa will flzzle.and that Jay' Gould will go to
pieces In 60 days.
A Soft Sic for Dan.
Colonel Dan S. Lamont was 'to-day elected
Secretary of the New York Loan and Improve
ment Company in place of William H. Rock
Sold for a Song;.
The big Rockaway Beach Hotel was told to
C. H. Southard, a New York dealer In building
materials, for $29,000 to-day. By the terms of
tbe sale Mr. Sonthard must remove tbe hotel
from its present site within one yearr Tbe big
hotel was built in 1879 by a syndicate ot New
York capitalists. It cost nearly 31,000.000. A
receiver was appointed for tbe syndicate as
soon as tbe building was completed. All sorts
of schemes for utilizing tbe mammoth struct
ure have been tried and have failed within tbe
last nine years. The big hotel is four stories
high and some 1.40O feet long. It contains 1,000
bedrooms. Mr. Southard expects to make
large profits on his purchase to-day by selling
tbe Georgia pine, of which the hotel was con.
structed, as old lumber.
A Dangerous Doctor.
Miss Allen M Allan got a verdiet for 112.500
damages against the State Line Steamship
Company this morning. Some two years ago
Miss Allan sailed from Liverpool on the steam
ship State ot Georgia, of tbe State line. She
was taken ill. The ship's doctor gave her five
grains of salts ot mercury instead of quinine
by mistakp. Acute mercurial poisoning re
sulted. As soon as Miss Allan landed In New
Yorkshe was obliged; to have several teeth nd
a part of her lower jawremoved. She sued the
steamship company for $25,000. In the trial
Herbert Charter, a fellow passenger of Miss
Allan, testified that the doctor wbo gave her
mercury had on the same trip given bis wife
by mistake oxalic acid instead of salts of am
monia. Anthony Cotnstock Blackballed.
Anthony Comstock was blackballed by the
U. a Grant Post, G.A. R, of Brooklyn, last
night Mr. Comstock served In a Connecticut
regiment during the war. He has been trying
to secure an election to a G. A. Rpost In New
York or Brooklyn for some time. Of the 200
members of the Grant Post who voted on Mr
Comstock's admission last night 31 used tUck
The Yacht Coronet Overdue.
Tbe yachting men and old tars who frequent
the' Maritime Exchange are much worried
over the non-appearance of tbe schooner yacht
Coronet The Coronet is now overdue about
two weeks. It is very much feared that she
went to the bottom during tbe gales of April
12, at which time sbe should have been off
Hatteras right in the teeth of tbe storm. The
Coronet had on board R. T, Bush and Mrs.
Bush, their son Irving T. Bush and John Mar
tin, of Grand Rapids. The yacht left this city
in March, 1888, went around the Horn, and
early in the followlng--JnIy sailed from San
Diego for Japan and a journey around the
world. She arrived at Madeira on March 27
and sailed for this city on the following day,
since which time nothing has been heard of
A Nev York Fngin,
Edward Mulhearn and James Wright boys
of H or 15 years, told a police justice this morn
ing how Daniel Smith, keeper of a Bowery
lodging bouse, had taught them to steal and
bad tortured tbem when tbey were unsuccess
ful. Young Mulhearnran away from his home
in Jersey Citj four months ago. He picked np
young Wright in New York, and the two boys
fell into Smith's clntches at once. Smith gave
the boys free lodgings and food on the condition
tbat tbey should steal for him. He tanght
them all tbe tricks of sneak thieves. When
the boys were unsuccessful at thieving Smith
ripped open their sleeves, burned their arms
with nitric acid and sent them out on the street
to tell people how tbey bad been injured in a
chemical factory and needed a few pennies for
night's lodging. Mnlhearn's father found him
begging in tbe street to-day and had Smith ar
rested as soon as he heard the boy's story.
Smith was held in $1,000 bail this morning to
await tbe result of the injuries of young Mul
hearn, who is in a hospital.
KING GEORGE'S JOCKEY.
A Cblcngd Mao of 00 Who Was a Great
Favorite With His Majesty.
Chicago, April 2i William Brown, 90
years of age, was in the Desplaines Street Po
lice Court to-day to prosecute a young man wbo
bad assaulted bim. Brown never took a drink
of spirituous or malt liquor in bis life and a
whiff from a pipe or cigar never passed his
"I never wore eyeglasses, either," he proudly
added, "and my eyesight Is as good as ever. I
was born In England. My father was a jockey,
and I was a jockey, too. No ordinary horse
owner bossed me His Majesty King George
HI. (may his soul rest in peace) was ray master
and I was a great favorite of His Majesty, who
was half crazv then. Nothing mora dellvhtArl
the weak old monarch tban to be propped up
iu a vuau iu uuuk ui iuo pmaco anu watca mo
gallop around tbe circuit made for the purpose
of performing the tricks which I ba 1 learned of
circus riders. Ob, bow tbe crazv King would
laugh, and then when Pd finished he'd call me
up and pat me on the cneek and give me a
"Once I mounted the royal racer to contest
for the derby. The King, before the great race
began, called me before bim and said: 'Lad. if
tbou dost win tbe prize 2,000 guineas shall be
thine.' I was permitted to kiss the King's
hand, and went ont and won the race, but the
old King bad a remarkably forgetful memory,
and when I presented myself for the winnings
he dismissed me without a word."
.The old man came to tbe United States In
1871 with a circus. He is hearty and seems good
for many years yet
Revoke This Poet's License.
From the Akron Telegram.
The Democratic waters
Are turbulent again;
Pouring oil npon 'em
May only give ns Payne.
Q0AY AKD SHERMAN.
Zanesvtlle Ttmet-Sec&der: Quay should
talk to Sherman, not about him.
Toledo Blade: Qnay is a bigger man in
Washington than, John Sherman. Perhaps It
is a good thing tbat tbe Ohio senator is going
to Europe this summer. With mended health
may come a more- rational frame of mind.
Chicago News: Matthew hates to get left
He isn't used to It. His finer feeltpgs rebel
against Jt Consequently the dapple-gray scalp
of Senator Jobn Sherman, of Ohio, is coveted
by tbe Pennsylvania organizer of victory. It is
all very sad.
Washington Pott: If Mr. Halstead gets
well he might be nominated as minister to
Pennsylvania to aid In healing the breach be
tween tbat State and Ohio. By doing se he
would heap coals of fire upon the head of
Quay and pour oil upon the troubled waters of
Eventno Wisctmiin: Senator Quay, of
Pennsylvania, and Senator Sherman, of Ohio,
are represented to have fallen into serious
disagreement over the distribution of patron
age. The proverb holds as true in politics as in
otber activities, "Blessed are those who have
Cincinnati Tlmet-Slar: If Mr. Quay really
has a grievance, it clearly does not lie against
Mr. Sherman, and there is no reason why the
personal friendship of the senators should be
interrupted In the least A quarrel between
the two Republican leaders would be unfortun
ate for the party and especially gratifying to
tbe Democracy just now, but It is not likely to
Philadelphia Record: And so Quay and
Sherman are out; and this to use the words of
a great Republican statesman Is tbe dark and
bitter ending of tbat halcyon and vociferous
proceeding under which the cohorts of Penn
sylvania delegates were marshaled to Mr, Sher
man's support in the last Republican National
Convention. Alas! for the Ingratitude of ana
in high 'station. ' '
CUXIOUS C0NDEKSATI0BS.' 1
a DrooKjyn man ureameu ne was in s
scrimmage, and drew bis pistol from under his)
pillow and shot himself. .
E. L. Jfessbaer, of Pottstown, while
plowing on Sunday, turned up a fippeny-blt of
1773 almost aa bright as new.
Constable Ike Smith, of Birmingham,
Ala., has a cat which has developed maternal
affection for a litter of orphaned puppies.
Mr. McMackin, of El Terano. Cat,
raised a beet that weighed 112 pounds. Three
cows fed on it for four days and then didn't eat
A house on Greene aveque, Brooklyn,
is troubled with a lively ghost Ha not only
scares people, but has a playful habit of throw
ing coal at them.
From Hammon station, a small placa
In Louisiana, 1,240 bushels of strawberries were)
shipped n six days this spring. Some of tho
berries wire four inches to diameter.
Levi Johnson, of Boston, Ga., is 84
years old and has been blind for ten years, The)
other day his sight suddenly returned to him
and he called for a book and read with perfect
Captain A. S. Allen, of Zebulon, set
out a mulberry tree 55 years ago. It was then
about as large as a walking stick. Now it IS 13
feet in circumference and is the largest tree of
its kind in the State.
"Wright Burke, of Troupe county,
Georgia, has been married 15 years and has 14
children. Five times twins have been born to
his wife and triplets once. The other child
came into tbe world singly,
"A billiard cue used by George "Wash
ington in this city in 17V0" was a sign tacked oa
to an ordinary looking cue exhibited in the
window of a New York billiard table dealer.
He claims that it is genuine.
A New York bootblack of an enter
prising turn of mind sends out his business
cards with the inscription: "Shoes shined by
week or month atryour residence daily.or other
job work done. Send for me by mall'
A rattlesnake, three feet long, was
found under the show stand in front of a store
upon tbe busiest portion of Broad street at
Albany, Ga.. Thursday night Some one pass,
ing saw the serpent's bead projecting from be
neath the box, and throwing It over, discovered,
and killed the snake.
A ghost has made its arjpearance near
Akron at a point on the railroad where a man,
was run over and killed last summer. A ghost.
ly figure in white, with arms extended, was
seen there by a yonng couple wbo were out
riding the other evening. Both were badly
scared, and so was the horse.
The much-talked-of Mississippi gul
who bought calico and made a bonnet with tho
5 cents given her for a birthday presents so
itissald, likleytodie a millionaire. She sold
the bonnet as related, for 40 cents and kept
turning her capital over till it amonnted to $40.
This sbe put into a cow, whose milk she sold
for $20, besides raising a calf worth as mncb, so
now sbe bas 60 worth of cattle and 20 cash as
the result of a small beginning.
Jacob Gorsuoh, of North Sewiekley
township, told a Beaver Falls reporter tbat ha
went out to his hickory grove the other day and
saw a strange sight Hanging from each tree
in long straight lines like ropes, hung innumer
able grapevines, big and little vines. Each of
the 200 trees were laterally festooned with tbem.
There bad been no grapevines there the day
before, and Mr. Gorsncb was somewhat aston
ished. Going bearer he discovered that each
of the supposed grapevines was a long black
snake, suspended from the tree by its teeth.
He left In haste.
The postofflce at Jaekson, Mich., is puz
zled over the travels of a photograph mailed to
Sturgis, Micb., last December. It left for ita
destination promptly, it was supposed; at least
it disappeared, and a few days ago it was re
turned to Jackson from the Dead Letter Dffirn
.at Washington, The address was plain, but
tne pnotograpn nan meantime been to New
York, thence to England, and from there to
Bombay, where it went into the Dead Letter
Office February 4, 1889, and was returned to
Washington. From the latter place it waj, "
through the address of tbe photographer
printed on the card, sent back to Jackson.
They are laughing over a blunder of
a United States ExaminlngSurgeon In Caribou,
Me. He was examining for deafness an ap
plicant tor a pension, and to test tbe man'..
left ear held a watch at some distance and
asked him If he could bear it tick. The answer
was "No." and tbe same reply was given tp.re
peated questions as tbe watch was brought
gradually nearer. "Put bim down totally deaf
in the 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
tbat It had stopped. The examination was be
gun all over again.
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 Drought In to have a
look at bim. Chester closely scrutinized the
prisoner's lace, sniffed suspiciously, and
growled in a vengeful manner, while Ryaq
broke down and admitted tbat Cbester and two
watchmen had arrested him three months ago
while attempting to rob a Chicago avenue
store. Ryan went to the Bridewell on a $23
fine, while Chester licked his chops and again
lay down under the stove. The dog is owned
by a private watchman.
Chicago has a comedy with lots of the
spice of life in It Between the dwelling of
Millionaire, Armour and that of Broker Roloson
is a 15-foot space of air and grass. This strip
belongs to Mr. R but Mr. A. gets the good of
it; in fact the light of day and tbe breath of
heaven enter the Armour library by way of the
well-kept Roloson side yard of cropt grass and
roses. Mr. Armour bas hinted time and again
tbat he would be glad to buy tbe strip at $1,000
per foot So ends Act I of the comedy. Soma
time ago Mr. Armour, before sailing for Eu
rope, withdrew his bnslness from Broker Rolo
son, wbo thereupon began to put up on the
aforesaid strip a three-story addition to bis
house. Ogden Armour cabled his father and
tbe latter authorized bis son to offer $2,000 a
foot Mr. Roloson said "No," and then Mr.
Armour offered $5,000 a foot tbe highest price
ever offered for land in Chicago. Roloson still
grins and shakes his bead. Act HI is yet to b
Two heads are better than one. 'The two.
headed freak In the dime museum earns a larger
salary than the one-beaded college professor.
Boston Courier. ,
Russian Fashion No. Tho Czar has re?
turned to St Petersburg and cbanged his winter
suit of boiler Iron for alight spring suit of cast
steel. HYwawjron Poet.
Understood the Business. Harry Say,
fellers, let's, play cop. Tom'll be cop, and tryto
arrest us for fighting.
Tom AH right. Where's a place for me to hide
till the lighting's over?-Time.
VA DOMESTIC POEM.
She hit the nail a fearful whack
Ehe bathed herthumb with arnica, I
And then sat down and cried. ' '
-The Epoch, "
TBE CREED OF THE PLAGIARIST.
He writelh best who stealeth best
ideas, both great andsmallt ,
For the great soul wbo wrote tbem first
From Mature stole tbem all!
John Sherman (at the Congressional Li.
orary, sotto voice) Ohio doesn't amount to mncn
with this administration, and I seem to be a dis
tressingly small part of Ohio. (To Librarian)!
would like to see the book called "The Man With-.
out a Country," If you please. Chicago Trtoune,
Some "Warren folk
Can't take a Jolk.
And are troubled now with cough:
'Tls quite nnlqne
To reason seeque
TheY took; thelp flinnelA ouffb-
Truth Crushed to Earth.-Mistres-:
any one called, James?
Mlstress-Dld she sk forme? - 4f
Bervant Sne mentioned yer name and described'
ye as about 40. I said Jt wasn't you, raum.Zjjjggii
Mlstresa-Quitengnt Here's a quarter, Jamey
Servant-Thank ye, mum. x jwwsigver,
Mistress-James: take a month's notice
AN OKLAHOMA TRAGEDY.
A student from lale,
"Witi, rM wind and pale.
Took his grip and eke his diploma,
And started to win,
.Both glory and tin, - P
In tbe land that's yclept Oklahoma. -, A
Dnt wh,-li. nt tlllriL ''
t -rCCJ 'f1f
A noise rent the air,
Tbat laid him out flat with a coma,
The boom had Just bust i
And sbtg cloud of dust " V
Barked tie wreck or fweed Oklahoma.