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ihe Wonderful Adventures
The Lightning TrovEter.
A Story of Peculiar Interest to the People
of Pennaylvnnln, Ohio and
Citizen Smith returned to bis office after a
short absence ana regaled his friends with his
stories of adventures and travel, which in sub
stance were as follows:
"Since I saw you last, boys, 1 have had a
thrilling time. I went from Pittsburg to the
Adirondack, where I camped out, bunted deer
and fished for trout. I did not stay lone, but
made a dash for tho Indian Territory, wit
nessed a Fourth of July celebration, and then
sped to Mexico, where I saw1 many strange
sights. New York was the next city visited,
where I watched the Broadway masher and
talked with the Kirigof the Dudes on dress and
kindred subjects. It occurred to me that an
ocean trip was the proper thing, and I sailed
for England and engaged In anarch for a
mysterious document on which the hopes of
many people rested; attended a royal wedding
and obtained some pointers on English politics
and society gossip.
The spirit of adventure being strong within
my bosom, I dasned hastily through Europe,
stopping at the more important points and
reached tho banks of the .Nile, where I inter
viewed some of the fairest inmates of the
harem. Fearing that I had aroused thejeal
ousy of a particularly ferocious old Bey, lief t
Egypt and went to Australia, where I hunted
tho kangaroo in company with tho natives.
'I can't begin to tell you all I have been
through and all I tavo learnt on this trip, both
at home and abroad, but it you want to know
anything at all just ask me and I can give you
all the information J ou want."
"Well," replied one of the boys, "you must
be lightning to have gone through all you say
between baturday and Monday. You have
been rcadinz THE SUNDAY DISPATCH and
now try to palm off its contents as your own
experiences. You forget that it has 250,000
readers. The cigars are ou you, old boy."
iM To-morrow's MamioOi Issue
Tine Pittetiurg Diapetcli,
And Yon Will Dppllcato Citizen Smith's
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PITTSBURG, BATRDAY. JULY 27.1888. n
PAYING FOE ITS WHISTLE
Parliament wrestled with the subject of
royal allowances yesterday, with a decided
disposition on the part of all but the Rad
icals o yield up the necessary funds- lor the
support oT the ramifications of the ruling
family. The argument of moderate Liberals
and Conservatives alike is that the original
agreement between Parliament and the
Queen having involved the surrender of
large Crown estates, it was the duty of Par
liament to grant the allowances necessary to
support the Queen's family in comfort down
to the third, if not the fourth, generation.
It is perhaps no more than just to say that,
-with the premise conceded that a royal fam
ily is necessary, the logic of the supporters
of this allowance has a degree of consist
ency. So long as England considers it
requisite to own the figurehead and parade
of royalty it is no more than fair that En
gland should pay for it If this nation
should adopt the idea that it is necessary
for its national happiness and welfare to
maintain an exaggerated and peculiarly
expensive tin whistle, it would be no more
than a fair deduction that it must pay for
the whistle. Or, to make the comparison
more cogent, if we should agree that it is
necessary to maintain a favored class, to
absorb all the profits of business by trusts
and railway manipulations, then it would
" be naturally expected to pay the profits of
those devices for enriching the favored
class as we are doing now before the
If the English Radicals wish to be wholly
logical they should urge the abolition of
useless royalty in order to get rid of the
royal grants. Their abandonment of con
sistency in order to make the appeal solely
to the British pocketbook is an apparent
failure; but the time will come when En
gland will emancipate itself from the neces
sity of paying for its whistle by refusing to
-have anywhistle at all.
CAKN0T COME TOO SOON.
There is not a bit of doubt that Treasurer
Thompson, of the Belie! Commission, per
fectly expresses the requirement of the situ
ation as well as public opinion of the right
course in urging at once a distribution of
the whole money on hand for Johnstown.
No good reason can now stand in the way.
Governor Beaver and the Eastern members
of the commission will do well to take the
judgment of the Western members, if indeed
they do not already fully concur. Distribu
tion cannot be ordered too soon. Nothing
will help the Johnstown people more than.
to realize whatever measure of temporary
independence and freedom of action the dis
tribution will give them. It will furnish a
stimulus, at least, to new effort.
Some time ago The Dispatch pointed
out the innumerable benefits to be derived
from training some bird or insect to prey
unceasingly npon the pestiferous mosquito.
'It was a mosquito hawk of which we sug
gested the employment in places where the
bloodthirsty insect contrives to make life a
burden. Now, Dr. Robert H. Lamborn, a
philanthropic scientist of New York City,
is prepared to give practical effect to our
It has occurred to Dr. Lamborn that the
dragon fly is the hawk of the Insect world,
and that it must naturally have a prefer
ence for mosquitoes fattened on human
blood. Then.'says he, tho thing -to do is to
raise dragon flies in the mosquito infested
neighborhoods. If only enough of the
,3ragon flies can be let loose in New Jersey,
for instance, that State will be entitled to
retain her place in the Union in summer,
during which period she has hitherto bees
forced to remain outside.
More than this, Dr. Lamborn has gener
ously offered 5200 in prizes for essays on
dragon flies and practical plans for using
them effectively as hawks among the ac
cursed mosquitoes. It might also" be well to
include plans for preventing the dragon
flies from becoming a greater nuisance than
50 CHANCE FOE A COMBINE.
.The report which comes in our specials
from New York, that English capitalists are
trying to buy up the drygoods stores in
New York, reveals an extraordinary appe
tite on the part of the English for anything
in the line of American property, or else
indicates that someone is playing a confi
dence game. One is about as t credible a
hypothesis as the other.
The statement is that the retail merchants
of New York refused to sell their establish
ments; but that need not deter the English
men from going into the drygoods business
if they hanker after that trade. It the New
York merchants will not sell out their estab
lishments they will sell out their stocks of
goods, and the New York real estate men
will kindly contract to lease the Britishers
all the stores they need. And after our
English brethren have started their dry
goods stores they will find that their pos
sessions will do them little good unless they
can furnish the same keen business manage
ment and personal supervision that the
present stores have.
Anyone can go Into the drygoods business
who wishes. That is the reason why suc
cess is won on the principle of giving the
best bargains for the least money, and why
prices are kept steadily on the basis of a
narrow margin of profit This is the radical
distinction between legitimate competition
and the trust tactics.
If English money is to be obtained on the
hope that a trust or combination can rule
the drygoods trade, it is only necessary to
remark that an extraordinary lot of fools in
England are seeking the opportunity to be
parted from their money in the promptest
AN OBJECT LESSON FOB TBTJSTS.
The statements -which have been made
with regard to the failure of the sewer-pipe
combination are not made by authority; but
they correspond so closely with the natural
sequence of events that they are entitled to
considerable credence. When the trust was
formed, some time ago, it was not considered
necessary to include some of the smaller
plants. The consequence was that as soon
as prices were put up, the outside establish
ments took the cream of the business. This,
of course, evoked the usual trust tactics of
cutting prices, in order to drive the outsiders
either out of business or into the trust The
result is that prices are lower this year than
last; and instead of the trust improving trade
it has made it less profitable than ever.
Of course the hope is that these throat
cutting tactics will mutually enable the
combination to swallow up the competing
concerns; and the recent meeting in this
city is supposed to have some connec
tion with that project But the facts
illustrate the rules which The Dis
patch has always held to be cardi
nal in connection with the combina
tion policy. The cutting of prices far below
the cost of production is apart of the com
bination campaign, and not a result of com
petition. Beyond this it is a fact that the
combination which has no method of chok
ing off new competition is destined to event
ual failure. Supposing that the sewer
pipe combination does gobble up its present
competitors, are there any means of prevent
ing new factories from springing up as soon as
the profits are big enough to attract capital
there? If not, it is plain that the combina
tion has got to give up or buy up the new
concerns and their successors in turn, until
it finally fall to pieces of its own weight.
This is the fate that must overtake all the
big trusts unless they are sustained by some
advantage which enables them to freeze
their competitors ont of business as most
of them have been by railroad prefer
ences or the monopoly secured from patents.
COMPETITION THAT BUILDS UP.
There is no item oi news that will give
wider satisfaction than those which, lrom
day to day, tell of the prosperous growth of
the Pittsburg and Western road. The
quicker and bigger the growth the better
the facilities for shippers; the larger also
the trade area brought into relation to this
town. When a young enterprise like this
and like the Lake Erin reach profitable and
imposing proportions, the lesson is also
taught that there is room for other judicious
ly planned roads without hurting the old
ones. The Pennsylvania, Fort Wayne and
Baltimore and Ohio probably never carried
so much freight or so many. passengers in
and out of Pittsburg as at this time and
during the development of the younger
lines. So if the South Penn had been built
it might have proved that while of immense
benefit to Pittsburg, it wonld take nothing
at all in the long run from the companies
whose apprehensions prompted its strangula
tion. The competition which builds up cities
and makes new territory tributary to the
common source of sustenance is not the kind
that hurts the railroads as much as some
of them feared.
HOW TO KEEP HIK SOBER.
A peculiar feature of our social order is
brought out somewhat prominently by the
comments of a colemporary in connection
with the payment of the $20,000 stake for the
prize fight to John L. Sullivan that "Colonel
Sullivan can now rest in peace! oret drunk
in public places, for $20,000 will bay a great
many drinks and payalargenumberof ordin
ary fines." The fact that the possession of a
sufficient amount of ready money will enable
its holder Jo violate good order and indulge
in all sorts of sprees, is referred to as a mat
ter of course. People of a much higher social
standing than the champion bruiser of the
country have found that the ability to pay
fines upon demand enables them to incarna
dine their especial locality with perfect im
punity. The fact-that police fines present no
obstacle to disorderly characters of the
wealthy class, ought to suggest that punish
ment should be provided for that class which
would be some' restraint It is certainly
worthy of consideration that if Mr. Sullivan
was obliged to work at street paving for
thirty days as the result of a disorderly
spree, he would, at least, keep sober during
the thirty days.
THE LARGE LEON PRODUCTION. -The
statistics of. pig iron production for
the past half of 1889 show that the out
'put was greater than for any preceding six
months in the history of the country. This
is accompanied by the fact that the increase
in demand did not keep pace with the in
crease in the production, for the returns of
stock on band's have increased 0,000 net
tons more than the entire increase In
product These facts point to a conclusion
exactly the reverse of what has been repre
sented by trade reports, namely, that the J
profit lrflhe production of pfg iron, narrow
though it is, has been sufficient to induce
private.owncrs to keep their plants in blast,
even although stocks have continued to ac
It is apparent on the face of it, however,
that margins in the pig iron business are
very slight, and if the result of the increase
oi stock should be to cause a decline In
prices, it is equally clear. that a very slight
decline will turn the balance between loss
and profit Much of the increase in stocks
may be due to the expectation on the part
of the trade that there will soon be an in
creased demand for iron products. Unless
that expectation prove to be well founded
within the next few months, the conclusion
is very strongly indicated that the -accumulated
stocks rill cause a decline in the mar
ket, and a corresponding decrease in the
production until the excess of supply over
demand is fully rectified.
The loss to the Pennsylvania Railroad
by reason of the flood is shown by its state
ments to have been $1,149,000 in gross earn
ings, and $804,000 in net earnings. The sur
plus earnings of the company for the year,
so far, balance this loss, so that it is only
$282,000 in net earnings behind the same
period for last year. The loss to the com
pany in the expenditures necessary to repair
its tracks and bridges will increase this
sum very much. But the company is
fortunate in having a large surplus on
hands, by which this contingency can be
met The presence of the surplus which
enables the company to meet the demands of
this juncture without any probability ot
passing its next dividend, is one of the most
convincing demonstrations of the wisdom
of the policy which accumulated that fund.
The Governor will now wrestle with the
Flemon case. Whether he can tackle it
with a different result than the local Su
preme Court, is not apparent; but the con
viction is rather strong that South Carolina
must try her own criminal cases and stand
the disgrace if she does not try them fairly.
It is asserted by good authority that
sugar can be refined in the United States at
as small a cost as anywhere else in the
world. This being the case, the fact that
the people of the United States are paying
about twice as -much for having their sugar
refined ts any other country in the world,
should make it the business of our law
makers to ensure that things are put npon a
basis so that sugar will have to be refined
as cheap'ly here as elsewhere, or else to let
the people buy their sugar of other
The news that William T. Coleman, of
San Francisco, has sold his California min
ing Interests for $2,000,000 in cash is calcu
lated to create an apprehension that Mr.
Coleman is about to indulge in the expen
sive luxury of another Presidental boom.
The State of New York has now spent
about $2,000 in a discussion by electric ex
perts of the question whether electric light
currents will kill or not Yet a free de
monstration of the fact has been furnished
by unwary travelers on the streets of New
York City who have come in contact with
loose electric light wires; and it is probable
that any of the committee who have doubts
upon the subject would have been permitted
to make full tests in their own persons
without any charge.
Laboe numbers of office holders are
ready to appear before that electricity com
mittee in New York, and testify that while
it may kill murderers to be struck by light
ning, the'politieians are willing to take the
chances every time.
The decision of a Clneinnati Judge that
ice cream can no longer be regarded as a
luxury, but has become a necessity, creates
a good deal of comment Coming from any
other city it might be regarded as surpris
ing; but Cincinnati has always been famous
for entertaining unique ideas on the subject
of necessities and luxuries. It has been a
long-standing rule in Cincinnati that beer
is a necessity of life, while pure water Is
one of the wildest and most extravagant
TnE dervishes are reported to be still
pouring down on Egypt, undeterred by
previous defeats from their determination to
slaughter and be slaughtered.
It is rather interesting to learn, from the
Indianapolis Journal, that while that or
gan of the administration does not wish "to
raise false expectations" there is a hope
that President Harrison will visit Indian
apolis this fall. The expectation is cer
tainly founded upon justice. As Indian
apolis has visited the President at Wash
ington it is no more than right that General
Harrison should pay off the social debt
Allegheny's typhoid scare will not be.
without its instruction itmakes the North
side city recognize the necessity of a pure
Pittsbubqebs who are disposed to
grumble over municipal taxation should
ponder over the paragraph which comes
from New York City, to the effect that the
New Yorkers are rejoicine over a tax rate
of only $1 95 on the $100 of valuation,
which, it is asserted, is the lowest rate for
thirty years. The comparison should cause
Pittsburg's 12-mill rate to be regarded with
a good deal of philosophic; toleration.
TnE boom in Exposition affairs is a fore
runner of the boom which the Exposition
will bring to the business of the'eity.
Julian Hawthoene's information to
the country by carrier pigeon line, that the
Scripps League expedition has got safely
half-way over the ocean, is more novel than
important The pigeons are to be congrat
ulated for their success in bringing the
news; but tho country could have restrained
its impatience long enough to receive the
intelligence by the cable route.
I wonder cf all wimmln air
Like Lizzie Is when we go out
To theaters an' concerts where
Is things the papers talk about.
Do other wimmln tret an' stew
Like they wus beln crnclaed .
Frettra' a show or concert through.
With wonderin' erthe baby cried?
Now Lizzie knows that gran'ma's there
To tee that everything Is right,
Yet Lizzie thinks that gran'ma's care
Ain't good enuff fr baby, quite;
Yet what am I to answer -when
She kind uv fidgets at my side.
An' asks me every now and then:
' 'I wonder If the baby cried?"
Beems like the seen two little eyes
A-pinln' fr their mother's smile
Seems like the heern the pleadln' cries
Uv one the thinks nv all the while;
An' so the's sorry that she come.
An though the alius tries to hide
The truth tbe'd rather stay to bum
Than wonder ef the baby cried.
Yes, wimmln folks is all alike
Ily Lizzie yon kin Jedge the rest;
There never wus a little tyke.
Dot that hit mother loTed him best,
And nex to beln what I be
The huiband st my gentle bride
I'd wltbt Iwnz.tnat croodlln' wee.
With Lizzie wtaderin' ef I cried.
IHE TOPICAL TALKER,
The Danger of Anaettbj ties In Sareery Say
A Wenderfnl Appetite.
"TnERB Is always ia chance of death result
ing from the use of anaesthetics in surgical
operations," said one of the most eminent sur
geons In the city to me yesterday. "What the
proportion of risk In such cases Is I cannot say
with certainty It is small though. There is no
way of foreseeing the effect chloroform or
other anaesthetic combinations will have upon
a patient It is pretty delicate ground when
you get between the life of volition and Invol
untary life. I very much prefer to dispense
with an aesthetics in surgery, and I do so when
ever I can. Chloroform, in particular, I am
very averse to rue. The usual anaesthetic used
in surgical operations is composed of one part
alcohol, one part chloroform and three parts
ether. It was und?r the influence of this
anaesthetic thatuohn Daly died on, the opera
ting table at the Homeopathic Hospital. I
can see no reason why anyone should be blamed
for the fatality. The house surgeon of. the
hospital Is no more to blame than the operating
surgeon, who, by the way,-is always considered
to have the operation in his charge."
A stunning name for the stranger man.
Whose steps you desire to itay,
And-one that Is built on a winning plan.
Is the good American "Sayl" -"
Some fish may rite to the tlmple "Sir!"
Andothertto "Hll" or "Heyl"
But the sleepiest wight it tare to stir
At the sharp salute of "Say!"
Say what? you say It may be naught,
Or may be the time of day;
But a foreigner, tramp or prince li caught
Never fear, by the shout of "Say!"
"You remind me," said an elderly man to a
young college boy yesterday in a city restau
rant, "you remind me of your uncle Henry.
You told me you were not hungry, and since
you sat down at this table 45 minutes ago, you
have eaten some soup, a half a Spanish mack
erel, a beefsteak of no mean proportions, inci
dental vegetables five or six, and you are pre
paring for pie and ice cream. Yomr uncle
Henry could not have beaten you in his best
"Was Uncle Henry's appetite healthy I" in
quired the youth.
"Healthy? As robust as an ostrich's. He
was always complaining of sickness, and his
face always cave him the He. Rosy-faced and
stalwart a heartier man than your Uncle Henry
never settled In Allegheny county when the
forest stretched to the river's rim and Indians
still stirred the Ohio's waters with their canoes.
But he never worked when be could help it
His grown-up sons and his wife kept up-the
house, farmed tho land, and fed the indolent
head ot the house year In and year out They
tell the story of him that he sat down to dinner
one day when they bad apple dumplings.
There were 13 large dumplings on a dish and
your pious Uncle Henry ate 12 of them," and
when it was proposed to give the one remaining
to his little daughter, he said: "You wonldn't
deprive your poor sick father of a dumpling,
wonld your' and then to save his child from
such a crime be ate thelast dumpling.
"I have known him to go tramping over the
country with an unloaded gun on his arm. He
was too lazy to load it Every now and then
he would raise his gun to his shoulder and ex
claim as ho took imaginary aim at a gray squlr
rel: 'You'd flirt your saucy tail, I'll warrant
you, it I bad a cartridge handy.' And then he
would stop at some neighbor's house and ask
for a drink of milk and a bite of bread. Where
ho was known the good housewife wonld bring
out a crock of sweet milk and a loaf the size of
a small house, and she would not have to wait
lone before Uncle Henry made away with
"You may take after your uncle in the mat
ter of appetite, if you please, but remember
you will have to satisfy it yourself
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Kino Kalakatta, of the Sandwich Islands,
will be in the United States within a few weeks.
He is now flyinc about the sngar islands round
ing np all the money he can borrow and gather
ing in all debts.
While at Oakland on Wednesday President
Harrison's family were weighed, Mrs. Harrison
tipping the beam at 157, Mrs. McKee at 125,
Little Ben at SO, Baby McKee at 19 and the
nurse at 105 pounds, t
Mbs. C. B. Thomas, who is spending the
summer at Old Orchard, was the first woman to
enter the Baptist mission work among the
Karens In Lower Bunnah, and has served more
years than any missionary in that denomina
tion. She went to India in 1851.
Sib Arthur Hodgson-, who has just ar
rived in this country from Australia, is known
at home as tbe "King of Queensland." He
was knighted in 1S8S on account of bis valuable
services as Honorary Secretary of the In
dian and Colonial Exhibition's Reception Com
mittee. Senator Kbnna, of West Virginia, has
purchased a lot on Capitol Hill, Washington,
on which he is going to erect a 12-room house
for the accommodation of his family for the
next six years. It adjoins a house which is
owned and occupied 'by Senator Barbour, ot
Lord Tennyson is busy over bis new
batches of proofs. His new volume of poems
will appear in about four months. It is 60
years slnco tho Poet Laureate won his first
laurels. That was in 1S29, when he carried off
the Chancellor's medal foe bis "Timbuctoo," a
poem In blank verse.
Governor Oliver Ames, of Massacbu
setts. Is seriously ill again at his North Easton
residence, and Lieutenant Governor Braokett
has been summoned from New Hampshire to
perform State executive duties. Heart disease
is the trouble, and the Governor's physicians
say that the utmost care will be necessary on
his part to prevent serious results.
AMONG the Pittsburg excursionists broncht
to town yesterday by Thomas E. Watt of the
Pennsylvania Railroad, on their way to Cape
May, tho most notable figure is ex-Mayor Jared
M. Brush, who, served two terms as chief ex
ecutive of the Smoky City. Mr. Brush bears
his years well and takes as active an interest in
politics as he did a score of years ago, when he
was the leading man in Pittsburg municipal
affairs. Philadelphia Times.
HANI SCOLDING WHEN.
Four Philadelphia Fcmnlee Under Bonds to
Hold Their Tongue. ,
Philadelphia, July 29. Despite its name
and Quaker peace proclivities, Philadelphia
teems to have a bountiful supply of common
scolds among its inhabitants. To-day there
were arraigned before Magistrate Baird Julia
Snyder, of Ho. 2138 Wallace street, and Wini
fred Brnlevy, of No. 2133 Callowhill street,
each of whom was charged with being- a com
mon scold. They were placed under JoOO bonds
to hold their tongues.
Magistrate Llyod also had two common
scolds before him. They were Charles and
Caroline Hollander, of Thirty-fourth and
Huntingdon streets. They, too, were required
to give 500 bonds each to assure the keeping
of the peace. In each case neighbors of the
accused made the complaint
A SALMON SH0ETAGE,
It Will Amount to 80,000 Cases. In tho
Colombia Catch Alone.
SAN FbAS Cisco, July 28. The July salmon
circular, issued by the Johnson-Locke Mercan
tile Company, estimates the total Columbia
river salmon pack to the end of the season at
2SS.000 cases, which includes 30,000 cases of
steel head, reducing the regular spring pack to
253.000 cases. This indicates a shortage of
86.000 as compared with the season of '83.
Alaska advices to July 13 Indicate a shortage
in the season's catch there, but no definite
figures of the total catch yet have been pub
A 83.000,000 Estate Disposed Of.
SAN Fbakcisco, July 28. The will of Hiram
Pearsons, who was drowned in the lake near
Chicago recently, was filed for probate to-day.
The estate Is estimated to be worth over $3,000,
000. Elliott J. Moore Is appointed executor.
The bulk of his property.whlch is In this State,
IS willed to his relatives here. That portion of
his property In Cook county. 111., is bequeathed
to T. C. Hill, of Western Springs, I1L, to be
used for charitable purposes.
Brower" Bis; Job. x
From the Chicago Inter Occan.l
Congressman Brower, ,of North Carolina,
should change his name to Haines. The Sage
of Waukeean was the only man who succeeded
In holding up a party by the tall until It
acknowledged him to be the head, Brower has
a big contract onhls hands.
FOTDEE OP THE ANGELUS.
Its Owner Cannot Stand the Expense of
Bringing It to America to Stay.
rSrZC3.il. TZLXQRAU TO THE DISPATCB.1
New Yobs, July 28. James F. Sutton, of
the American Art Association, who bought
Mlllet'S-great picture, "The Angelas," after
the French Government failed to seenre it at
the price at which it was knocked down at the
Secretan sale in Paris, on July 1, arrived in
town to-day from France, on the steamship
Lahn. Mr. Sutton was enthusiastic in praise
of the picture, but said any patriotic American
who could appreciate patriotism in a French
man, would be sorry that France was not to
have the picture. "The French made a great
mistake' in not keeping the picture," said Mr.
Sutton, "and they are aware of it now. It's a
very sad (thing for art in France, that it is to be
taken from the country, for 1 believe the pic
ture is the greatest picture ever painted by any
artist It is my intention now, however, to place
it on exhibition in Paris, for the benefit of
Mine. Millet, who lives with her daughter in
Paris, and is quite poor. As soon as Lean be
sure that no speculation will be connected with
"When will the 'Angelus' be brought to
"The duty of 39 percent on imported paintings
stops me. Otherwise I would bave it here soon.
In the first place, to the knock-down pries ot
53,000 francs ((110,600), the Goverment adds a
fee of 5 per cent, as is customary, which brings
the amount to 580,650 francs, or $116,130. The
duty wonid bo 31,838. making the price, deliv
ered in Now York, 1150.969. As tho picture, ex
clusive of frame, is 22 inches wide and 23K
inches in length, it seems that the "Angelus
would cost $3,500 a square inch, delivered In
New York. However, 1 propose to bring it
over in bond, to exhibit it if necessary this fall,
as the Vesretchagin pictures were cxhibted in
New York last winter. Then I could take it
back to France. The picture si notfor sale,and
will not be for sale. If it goes ont of our hands
it will probably be presented to a museum.
The Corcoran Gallery worked hard enough to
get it Even if Mr. Proust had bought the
Elcture for the Government, I would have
rought it over this fall to exhibit with the
Bayer collection, to be shown in the American
art galleries. That is now entirely uncertain,
owing to the loss of a small fortune In duties it
it is brought hereto remain permanently. I
hope Congress will pass it through the Custom
House free, by a special act"
THE EXPOSITION OP 1892.
What is Betas; Done la the Interest of the
World's Fair at Washington.
r special txlxobak to ths nisrATca.3
Washington, July 28. Secretary Ander
son, of the National Board of Promotion, is
working diligently in the Interests of the pro
posed Three Americas' Exposition to be held
here in 1892. Standing committees have been
appointed by the Boards of Trade in 50 or more
cities, and it is expected as many more will be
appointed before the 23d of next October, the
date fixed for the meeting of the Governors,
Mayors, officers and committees of Boards of
Trade and others composing the Exposition
National Board ot Promotion.
That date was chosen for the reason that the
Three Americas' Commercial Congress, com
posed of delegates from the 19 American sister
nations, will then be in session in this city, and
therefore gives a favorable opportunity to the
official representatives of the states, cities, and
commercial bodies of the United States to
meet with tbe official representatives of the
other American nations and formulate a con
cert ot action for the creator event which is to
follow the Three Americas' Exposition in
1892. Tbe movement for tbe Exposition has,
for the three years it has been under way, been
earnestly indorsed by tbe Governors ef 40
States and Territories, the Mayors of 59 leading
cities, 176 presidents and secretaries of boards
of trade throughout tbe United States, and the
masters and secretaries of most of the State
and Territorial granges, all of whom have, by
formal letters, accepted membership in the
National Board of Promotion, which has
charge of the movement.
The standing committee appointed on the
Exposition by the Pittsbure Chamber of Com
merce Is composed of William E. Schmertz,
President; S. L. McHenry, Secretary: George
H. Anderson, Reuben Millcr,Charles Y. Bach-
MAEY ANDERSON NEAELI WELL.
Her Confessor Refute All Rumors as to
Her Blind Trouble.
IBT CABLE TO TBI DISPATCH. J'
LONloK,July26. iCopyrlghtl Mary Ander
son is not in a private niadhouse.as a New Y ork
rumor went, but on the contrary, has nearly
recovered from tbe extreme nervous prostra
tion from which the suffered on her return
from America. This Is on tbe authority of
Canon Purcell, her confessor. When the
reverend gentleman heard of tbe rumor he
said tho authors of it deserved severe punish
ment Miss Anderson was at high mass last
Sunday, and tbe Canon has seen her since
then, and she Is well. He said the fatigue of
lone journeys In America hadbrought her t?a
state ot extreme nervousness, which had
troubled her friends very much, but her mind
could never bave been said to be deranzed. She
is better now, but much thinner than she nsed
Miss Anderson will not pay another visit to
the States for at least a very long time. She is
living now with her recently married brother
in ono of a number of quaint old houses on a
hill near Hampstead Heath, and near the
Catholic Church. Miss Anderson gives a birth
day party next Sunday. July 28, which in Itself
Is a complete refutation of the rumor.
Beyond the Size of Their Pile.
From the Chicago Tlmet.l
Pittsburg steel manufacturers deny that they
have any Intention of selling out to English
capitalists. It would cost tba British investors
$100,000,000 to buy them out and it is just possi.
ble that this is a trifle beyond their pile at
' Setting a Good Example.
From the Akron Telegram,!
Mayor Cregler, of Chicago, says: "lay Instruc
tions to the police from the start have been to
stop gambling." That's a first-class Idea.
Their moral example may also Influence others
to ceasa the pernicious habit
One War of Attracting Visitors.
From the Philadelphia Herald.!
A Chicago Judge has decided that a residence
in that city is not necessary to secure a dlroroe
there. This announcement coming just before
the taking of the census of 1S90, has a very sus
DIG STOKIES AND BIG SNAKES.
Ax immense snake, "with a head as large as
an ordinary sized bulldog," is frightening tbe
natives on the ridgo near Millwpod, Pa. It is
said to have been seen by quite a number of
persons, all of whom drink the same brand.
A 12-foot blacksnake was killed by David
Amalong. near Harvey's Five Points, Paw, a
few days ago. The snake pursued Mr. Ama
long for quite a distance, and In his flight he
succeeded In securing a stout club, when he
turned and slew the reptile.
Feed Lobentz, a Marshal county, W. Va.,
farmer, was mowinc a field of clover the other
day, with a machine mower, and when he
finished he found that the mower had slaugh
tered 11 copperhead snakes and 2 black snakes.
Several of the poisonous coppers were over J
feet In length.
Mbs. J. M. Woblet, a widow of Senison,
Tex., lost her eye in a very singular manner.
She visited tbe chicken coop for the purpose of
removing a large Plymouth Rock rooster to a
box. When the rooster was taken from the
perch it struggled violently and thrust a spur
into tbe left eye of Mrs. Worley.dcstroylng the,
A man named O. Feme, at Bellaire, MicbM
and be is a little hatchet sort of a man, says
that his turkey gobbler strayed off among the
byways of bis farm and was missed for several
days. "When found he was contentedly sitting
astride some hen's eggs, from the nest of
which he had driven the ben. The old gobbler
has. been given full swing, and tbe world
awaits the result of his nursing.
A rattlesnake 4 feet long was killed on
James Hardy's farm at lnshtown, near Bun
bar. Pa., by three men recently. Tho snake
had 'charmed' a ground squirrel which it was
about to seize when Keffer's famous dog Tray
discovered It, and Interfered with its sport
Tbe dog would have made short work of the
snake, but was prevented by tbe men. The
rattler was three Inches in diameter and had
six rattles. .
A MAjmpTH rattlesnake, measuring 11 feet
in length, was killed near Little Rock, Ark., by
a fisherman named J. &, Van Horton. When
discovered the snake was coiled around a small
sycamore tree, and the fisherman killed It by a
bullet through the head. The thickness of the
reptile was between four and five Inches, and
there were 82 rattles ouits tail. When cut open
three young rabbits and 68 guinea eggs wore
Shattered the Side of Hit Head.
Stnr toss bubxau srxciAi.s.1
New Yobk; July 28. Dr. Isaac Lea, the old
est and best known physician on 8taten Island,
shot himself dead with a revolver last .night
He gave up his practice to his assistant Dr.
Steenson, on account of his increasing years
some time ago. Of late he has been weak and
despondent: Two days ago his favorite daughter
fell ill. -His anxiety unbalanced his mind.
Last night he dfove Dr. Steenson from bis 111
daughter's chamber with a revolver. Then he
went to his room, sat down in an easy chair be
fore tbe mirror and sent a bullet through his
head. His wife, who heard tho shot, f onnd him
dead, with tbe whole side of his head shattered.
Died Rntber Than Suffer Unjaitly.
An inquest was held to-day on the body ot
Charles G. Talcott, assistant engineer on the
cruiser Atlanta, who killed himself In the
ship's bathroom, last evening. For some time
Talcott suffered from hernia. His work in the
engine room was severe. He requested a sur
vey by the medical board, in the hope of being
relieved of duty till he could regain bis strength.
A board of officers decided against bis request,
and notified him of their decision to-day. He
said he was discouraged by this unjust treat
ment Six hours later he shot himself. Mr.
Talcott was appointed a cadet engineer from
the District of Columbia In 1875, and was grad
uated in 1879. He served with distinction in
tie European and Pacific squadrons, and was
commissioned an assistant engineer in Jnne,
1881. He was ordered to the cruiser Atlanta,
"November 2, 1883.
A Queer Phase of Law.
The Queen's connty surrogate this morning
denied a motion to open the will of John Sow
den, who died In HlckvlUe, L.I., in lS7i The
motion was made by the children of Sowden's
first wife. He deserted her In England, where
she died of a broken heart At that time he
was known as John Ruttlnger, but he eloped
with Cbarlote Sowden, whose name he took.
Under his will, she and ber children became
the benefleiarles. His estate was valued at
$50,000, and by the decision of the surrogate tbe
children of bis first wife are disinherited, while
the woman to whom 'be was not married, and
her children, become the heirs.
Bit Wife's Evidence the Beat. '
William Johnson, of 407 Seventh avenue, had
his wife arrested.last night for assaulting and
beating him. In court to-day, "Jedge," he
said, "dat air woman's a terror. She cum after
me wld a big razor, an' she'd a' killed me suab,
Jedge. ef I hadn't a' run like a streak. 8ho
said tor me, she says, 'look ont, l'se a comln'
fur yer,' den she plucked dat razor outer her
stoekin', an' jes' enm fur me like sixty." Mrs.
Johnson broke in:" He's a lyin' like 2.40, Jedge.
I never carried no razor in my stoekin', cos I
don't wear no stoekin'. SeeT" she said, at the
same time raising one ankle, so the Judge
might look. She told the truth. "Well, she
bit me, any way." broke In the husband. "Cat's
another lie, Jedge." said tho wife. "How could
I bite him when I ain't no teeff Jest look
heah." She opened her mouth wide, showing
that she had only a couple of molars in the
tear of her mouth. "Well, that's indisputable
evidence," remarked tbe Judge. "You're dis
charged. Before you bring her here again,
William, you want to buy ber some stockings
and a set of teeth."
Not n Paying Excursion.
Judge Benedict baa filed a-decision In tbe
United States Court in Brooklyn, Imposing a
fine of $7,103 on the owners of the steamboat
Columbia, of tbe Rockaway Line, for carrying
677 passengers in excess of the legal comple
ment, which Is 3.000, on July 17, 18S3. Tbe com
plainants were W. H. Ripley and W. M. Rip
ley. A fine of $10 60 is Imposed for each extra
A f 01 AMONG THE TENTS.
Washington Militiamen SarprUcd by the Ap
pearance of Reynard In Their Camp.
rsrxciAi. telxgkax to thk DisrxTcn.i
Washington, .July 28. A rather curious
incident occurred at Fort Washington, op
posite Mt Vernon, where 900 District militia
men are now encamped. Those who wero
awake a little before reveille heard a peculiar
sound from over the hills, and on Its coming
nearer found It to bo the baying of hounds. A
fine pack was in close pursuit of a red fox.
Dogs and quarry dasbed In f nil chase Into tbe
camp, neither paying tbe least attention to the
shout and clieers ot the men.
They ton between and around the tents in
great frenzy, the fox doubling and attempting
by many tricks to lose tbe scent to its pursuers,
but at last it desisted and airaln broke for the
-woods, every dog close on Its heels. Tbe pack
belonged to a gentleman llvlngabout two miles
from the oamp, and Reynard himself had
provoked tbe pursuit by intruding too closely
to (he kennels.
His Popolnrlty Established.
From the Chicago Mews.
A Cincinnati Judge has decided that ice
cream is not a luxury, but a necessity. There
is a man whom the female seminaries of this
nation wonld like to see elected President
The Fighter's Reward.
From tbe Chicago Heraid.l
Sullivan got $20,000 for his fight In Mississippi.
For a less disgraceful fight on tbe street or In
a barroom the ordinary citizen would got $10
and 80 days,
From the Wtynetburg Democrat.
What was It that was said some months ago
about the Mormon question? Does the admin
An interesting and ingenious piece of
mechanism bas been on exhibition for some
time in"Kittanning. It is the handiwork of
Mr. F, Stark, and consists of a mill, which,
when set in motion, also starts a woman to
ironing, anotherSo spinning, one to grinding
coffee, another to churning, two men grinding
on a grindstone, one sawing wood, another
chopping wood, a clown turning on a pole,
processions go by, doves on the roof pecking at
the shingles, chickens and turkeys eating their
morning meal and other Interesting things,
Mbs. Elmer Neal. of South Chester,
dreamed that her little boy was falling down
stairs, got up In her sleep and fell down stairs
Chester shoemakers complain that so
many residents of the town go barefooted that
it makes business dulL
Mb. W. A Cresstvzll, of Gettysburg,
felleda wild cherry tree to make mstlc chairs
of it and In sawing up the log he struck sev
eral musket balls.
The live-saving crew at Erie, complain of an
invasion ot Canada mosquitoes. They arc
described as being "smaller than sparrows,"
and as "beginning to feather out"
A bbesst young man went to a secluded por
tion of the Rutter Grove shore, at Scranton,
for a moonlight bath in the river a few nights
ago. His ecstatic splashings caught the atton
tlnn of a tramp, who sottly divested himself of
his seedy attire, robed himself in the swimmer's
garments, whjch chanced to fit hlra admirably,
and then vanished from the moonlit scene.
When the swimmercame out he was speechless
for a minute; apd having no other recourse, he
pnt on the tatters, and stole homeward through
cornfields and across barb-wire fences.
AT a teachers' examination in an Ohio county
one of the candidates stated in answer to a
qnestion that Chicago was situated in Wiscon
sin. He didn't know the size of, it "but reck
oned 'twas about as big as Columbus."
A clebk In Wheeling discovered the other
day that he had been dating bis bocks and let
ters 1833 ever since January 1 of that year.
DEATHS OP A DAI.
Prof. A. H. Welch.
COLUMBUS, July 28. A private ttlegram from
rort Huron, Mich., announces tbe death thlt
evening ot A.JL Welch, Associate Profestor6r
English Language In Ohio State University. He
was widely known in educational circles-as the
author or trveral tand.trd workt on .English lit
erature. He was XI ycart of age.
W. T, Graves.
AUBuen, JT.Tr., July . W. T. Graves, one ef
the oldett and bett known bankers la the Bute,
'died todd'ealy this morning.
The new French army law extends the
age of liability to service from 4S years to 60.
"Lost A dark leather lady's pocket
book," Is an advertisement In a Buffalo paper.
The return of land grants made In "West
ern Australia shows that one man owns and
controls nearly 4,000,000 acres.
J. Backus, of Ingham county, HicM
gan, bas a swarm of fighting bees. They re
cently attacked a flock of 25 turkeys and killed
every bird in the flock.
Peter Waddle, a milkman living near
Atlanta, will soon lead his ninth wife to the
altar, eight having died. The dead are all
buried in his yard, and each has" a tombstone.
Waddle has the wedding dress of each bung In
A woman at Carbon Hill, Ala., wanted
to hang herself, but had no rope. She went
into tbe woods, peeled the bark from a hickory
tree, tied one end of tbe bark around a limb
and tbe otber around her neck and succeeded
in ber purpose.
A newsboy 14 years of age, who has)
lost both legs below the knees, saved a young
man from drowning at Council Bluffs last Sun
day. In spite ot his misfortune he Is a good
swimmer. The citizens have started a fund to
show their admiration for his bravery.
Providence, E. L, had a curious visita
tion after the severe storm Saturday. Myriads
of gnats and mosquitoes came, and the electrio
light were made dim by their presence.. At
several stores they were so thick that gun
powder, it Is stated, was exploded to drive them
There is a cunning froe in a pool near
Glen Brook Cottage, Williamsport. He pre
tends to be dead, and when his body Is covered
all over with flies down he plumps and makes a
meal of them. When he feels hungry again,
he sets himself and goes through the same per
formance. In Gardiner, Me., ever since the gen
eral adoption of standard time there has been
a fight over this question, and in it ordinary
politics is entirely lost sight of. In all munici
pal elections tbe candidates are either "stand
ard" or "local." and the friends of tbe two
grades of tiroe fight out their differences at the
At one factory in the United States there
are manufactured between two and three tons
of postal cards a day all the year round. The
largest order ever filed for one city was 4.009,
000 card, or about 12 tons of paper, for New
York. There are 450,000,000 postal cards manu
factured annually, and their use is increasing;
Samuel L. Farmer, of Henderson, Jef
ferson county, N. Y., has invented a boat
which he claims can be rowed faster than any
now In use. Only one oar is used, which is
thrust through the middle of the boat some
what after the fashion of a center boardV The
boat Is propelled by working the oar backward
and forward. The leverage obtained is enorm
ous, and the Inventor says that a small .boy in
his boat can beat a prof essional oarsman in a
Charles Bartlett, a lad of Burlington,
K. J., saw a bald eagle and fired at it He only
succeeded in slightly wounding it and as soon
as" it dropped to the ground it arose and went
boldly toward the boy and began an attack
upon him. Tbe bird foucht viciously with
talons and beak, flying at him and endeavoring
to gouge ont his eyes. In the struggle, that
lasted several minutes. Bartlett could with
difficulty free his clothing from the long, sharp
talons of tbe bird. Finally ho released himself
and ran sufficiently far away to shoot another
charge at It This time he killed the aerial
monster, which measured six feet from tip to
tip of the wings. ,
The otber day the people who attended
the weekly market in a certain French town
were surprised to see a peasant woman who was
offering for sale a horse, which was tariffed at
4s. The same woman was selling a dog for
which she demanded 20. They thought she
must be mad, and told her so. "Be tbat as it
may," she said, "the man who wants to have a
horse for 4s, must first take the dog at 20." A
purchaser eventually secured the two, and
afterward would have the explanation. It
transpired tbat fbe deceased husband of the
artful peasant woman had charged ber in his
will to sell his doz and bis horse. The price of
the dog was to be hers, and that of the horse
she was to pay over to his family.
The absorbing question for discussion
among the employes at tbe Short Line depot la.
Louisville Is whether or not a bobtail dog can
swim. Mondav night several of the employes
went In batbinz In the river, and, on coming
out fonnd a bobtail dog sitting ou the bank
watchlne their antics, evidently with great in
terest The idea occurred to some of them to
throw the animal into the water and see him
swim out, as It Is generally understood that
any dog can swim. Bat this particular dog
could not, for be sank like a stone aeaoon as
he hit tbe water. Now, this nnfortnnateroup "
bad only one eye, and It is still a mooted ques
tion among tbe men whether its inability to
swim was due to the want ot an eye or the want
of a tall.
Dr. S. P. Richardson, of Athens, Ga.,
comes to the front with a cat story. He tells
of three or four kittens being found in a certain
house one morning, and there was a little differ,
ence among the children of the family as to
how the stock could be divided. While the
discussion was going on the old Maltese cat
came in, and this ended tbe discussion, for
each member ot the family could now bave a
cat ot their own. In the course of afew hours
a gentleman living seven or eight miles distant
came in, and in a little wnue tno om cat came
in and bopped on the stranger's knee. The
gentleman stroked tbe cat, and discovered that
she belonged at his home. The old car bad be-1
come offended at tbe mistress of the home and!
had removed herself and her whole family the I
distance ot seven miles.
A weeping peach tree is one Of the
curiosities of Denlson, Tex. It is visited by
many- persons daily. At times a perfect mist
or tpray surrounds it A number of super
stitious persons think that spirits operate upon
the tree. A leading Spiritualist visited the tree
last Sunday, and thought that a seance would
explain tbe mj itery. The negroes attach con
siderable significance to tbe name- of the
variety ot the peach, which Is known as the
Robert E. Lee. The most Ignorant declare that
the spirit ot the dead Confederate chieftain is
operating upon tbe tree. After dark they irlve
the neighborhood a wide berth. James Wal
lace, a negro wbo bas been afflicted with
inflammatory rheumatism for tbe past two
years and bed-ridden most of tbe time, was
Impressed that the fluid from the tree would
effect a cure. He was sponged with the fluid,
and said he felt much relieved.
IN JEST AND EARNEST.
A Seasonable Hint Last summer's
flannel shirt It now worn thin enough to beliearly
as cool at linen. Puet.
Truth is mighty, but she is ignominl
onsly worsted when the encounters a fishing ei
cnnloq. Merchant Traveler.
If you want to find out all about women
ana their ways ask tomeyoung man who has never
been married. Tern Haute Exprets.
Two such blind men as Hilton and
Homer rather "down" the venerable proverb tbat
"out of tight It out of mind." Puck.
Preacher How did you like my sermon
to-day. Mrs. Smith?
Mrs. Smlth-Charmlng. O, tell me, who was
that odlout-looklng woman In the first pew with
the plam-eolored hat? Time.
There are no politicians in heaven. If
there had been tbe streets wonld never have, been
paved with gold. They would have run In brats
blockt on the contract and fixed It with the sur
veyor at gold pricet. Sew Orleans Plcaymt.
Not a Great Bargain. "I got that dirt
cheap," tald Mrs. Jones to Mrs. Smith, pointing
to a pile of tecond-hand bedding. .
"And I don't think inch dirt's cheap at any
price, " snapped Mrs. Smith, Tbe ladle are flot
tpeaUng now. Detroit Journal.
:George Furnished the Arms. Emma
So you're engaged to young (leorge Halby?
Baale iet: Oeorge and I came to an under
standing tome weeks ago. You remember the
wheat corner in Chicago?
Knot-To be tare I do.
Badle Well, that's the time I got caught Is the
squeeze. Judge. ,
There Are Such Cases. Cousin Jane
And doesn't Peter itay athome any night or the
week? Why. he followed you over half the conti
nent before you gave your content.
Young wife-I know it my dear. Haven't you
beard before of a woman marrying a man to get
rid of himt-Judge.
A Convenient Tailor. Yabsley I've
struck a great snap now. I bave found a prohibi
tionist tailor. I think I can stand htm off for a
Yabtley Don't you tee? Whenever I see him
coming I'll Just step Into tbe nearest 'saloon and
be safe. Terre Haute Exprttt.
Always Got the Best Mistress Where
arc. the nails, Jobn?
John I didn't know what kind yon wanted,
Ulttrets What kinds did the dealer hare?
John- Six-penny, eight-penny, and ten-penny,
Mlitrest You should hav.e brought the latter,
John. You kaow we always get the bttt. Judge,