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ESPABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1818.
Vol.44, o. 18a -Entered at Pittsburg Postofilce,
November 14, 1SS7, at second-dan matter.
Business Office 07 and 09 Fifth Avenue.
News Booms and Publishing House75,
77 and 70 Diamond Street.
Eastern Advertising Office, Uoom 45, Tribune
Average net circulation or the dally edition of.
TnEDisrATCHforslx tnontba ending July 31, 1SS9,
as sworn to before City Controller,
Coplea per Issue.
Average net circulation or the Sunday eUtIon.of
Tue DISPATCH for three months ending July 51.
Copies per Issue.
TERMS OF THE DISPATCH.
POSTAGE ran ik Tnr rarrrD statxs.
Dailt Dispatch, One 1 ear I 8 CO
DAiLTDlSrATCH, Per Quarter..- 2 00
Dailt Dispatch, OncJlonth - 70
Dailt. Dispatch. Including Sunday, I year. 10 00
Daily Dispatch. Including bundajr.Jm'tha. 2 M
Dailt Dispatch, Including Sunday, 1 month
fcCSDAT Dispatch. One ear 1 60
"W eeklt Dispatch, One Year 13
The Daily Dispatch is delivered ty carriers at
15 cents per week, or Including bunday edition, at
S) cents per week.
PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, AUG. 6, 1883.
THE P0STMASTEB QENEBAL'S BEPLY.
Postmaster General Wanamaker is ready
to give Mr. Green, of the "Western Union
Telegraph Company, his fill of correspond
ence on the subject of the Government tele
graph rate. The letter published elsewhere
does not leave the honors of the controversy
-with the corporation magnet,
Mr. "Wanamaker maces mincemeat of Mr.
Green's claim, that the advantages which
the "Western Union has received from the
act of 18GG are slight; and he does
bo without resorting to the obvious
suggestion that it 'would be easy
for the corporation to effect an arrange
ment by -which it might surrender all its
rights under that act to some other telegraph
corporation and be relieved of its duty to
do the Government's business at the Gov
ernment's price. But he does not make as
strong a case of the claim that the "Western
Union does similar business at the low rate
of one mill a word, which he has named.
The new rate is no more below the just rate
than the old one was above it; but the facts
seem to indicate something between the two
would be the correct one.
The outcry that has been raised against
Mr. Wanamaker for his action in reducing
the rate was largely inspired by the corpor
ate wrath at having its gtd and excessive
rate cnt off. But the Government can afford
to pay fair charges and the Postmaster Gen
eral should recognize the fact by making
the reduction somewhat less radical.
As that bluhy story 'about the pros
pect of young Jimmy Garfield succeeding
to his father's Congressional jseat has been
taken seriously by some esteemed cotempo
raries, it is necessary to remark that, so far
as his having any hold upon that constitu
ency is concerned, it is entirely the
product of pure Jenkinsism, in connection
with the young man's wedding. The dis
trict which his father represented is famous
for requiring its representatives to dem
onstrate his abilities before satisfying
his political ambitions. None of the ele
ment of "daddy" politics entered into the
choice of "Whitlleseyj Giddings, "Wide,
Garfield or Taylor, from that district.
AVith that record, it is not probable that
the district will throw overboard a man so
worthy to succeed Garfield as Judge Taylor
lias shown himself to be in order to choose
a young man whose sole claim upon public
notice i that he is the son of his father and
has married the daughter of a railway
AS UNEXPLAINED DELAY.
One of the most satisfactory features of the
law under which the city assessments were
made this spring, was the provision requir
ing the assessment to be published in
pamphlet form as soon as the work is con
cluded. This was referred to by the Board
of Assessors, at the time that the assessment
was under discussion, as giving the public a
chance to see that all taxpayers are assessed
on the same basis and that the principles of
valuation which apply to one, apply to all
Under these circumstances it is the un
doubted right of the public to inquire why
tne promised pamphlet has not appeared.
The assessment was completed months ago;
and the absence of any signs of the assess
ment list indicates an omission that is
neither in accordance with the law or the
representations of the authorized city
officials. The omission should be repaired
as early as possible; and whether the.re
sponsibility for the delay.'rests with Councils
or elsewhere, unless a valid explanation is
offered, the facts will justify some rather
The United States Navy has struck its
streak of bad luck recently. Up to a short
time ago, there had been an apparent suc
cess in putting fine vessels in commission
and in handling them successfully when
built How the tendency is the other way.
The Baltimore and the Charleston have
tailed to show the expected speed. The
Xorktown is asserted to be a failure and on
Saturday night the Boston was sent on to a
rock in X arragansett Bay, the one place in
all the world where it would be supposed
that the United States Navy ought to be
able to keep its vessels afloat It hardly
seems possible that such a succession of
failures, especially when following upon
the Samoan catastrophe, can go on without
being taken as an evidence of poor manage
ment or lack of dis upline. If the tendency
does not change soon, the public will be
asking who is to blame for it
A DOUBTFUL aUESTIOH.
The interesting communication in this
issue of The Dispatch, concerning the
projector deepening the streams of Johns
town, is evidently from one who studied the
practical aspect of the work with an expert's
knowledge. He states the cost of the work
at $375,000, which would be surely not ex
cessive for immunity from floods. The finan
cial difficulty he proposes to meet by hav
ing the General Government appropriate
the funds under an understanding with the
State that when it can do so constitutional
ly the latter will reimburse the expenditure.
The public, especially of Pittsburg, will
heartily support any plan that will tend to
rehabilitate the calamity-stricken town of
Johnstown. But it is worth while to con
sider whether they will do wisely to start
off on a policy presenting such obstacles as
obtaining an appropriation for this purpose
will be sure to present If there ere consti
tutional obstacles to the use of State money
for that purpose it must be remembered that
, other parts of the country are likely to, find
equal constitutional objections to the use of
national funds. The power of Congress to
appropriate money for work on interior
rivers has always been held to be confined
to improvement of navigation; and the
doubt as to whether the majority of Con
gress can be convinced that this is such a
work is a serious one. The question as to get
ting such an appropriation certainly makes
it worth while to consider whether there is
not a more prompt method of doing the
work that Johnstown needs than hanging
around the lobbies of Congress waiting for
that body to do it '
6TJBE SIGNS OP THE TIMES.
The charter-fever grows at Harrishurg.
No fewer than seven distinct enterprises in
gas and street railways for Allegheny
county got their official letters from the
Governor yesterday. "We have already ex
plained the purely speculative character of
a few of the charters particularly those
based on the fallacious notion of "exclusive
rights" but, setting such apart, there is
still a numerous remainder from which
early and active work may be expected.
Everybody has awakened suddenly to the
demands of the present and the possibilities
of the future in Pittsburg and the adjacent
territory. If the community had been pro
foundly asleep, and a fairy with a magical
wand were suddenly to wave away the in
fluence of Morpheus, the realization could
not be more sudden. Places that were out
of the world are now judged to be so desira
ble for street railways that there is a quick
rush to see who shall be first to get there.
Districts in which coal or wotyl was but
lately the only fuel thought of are now to
have natural gas. The rivers are to be
spanned by bridges at points where scarce
even a ferry plied. No measure, in short,
is too great to compass this new faith in the
needs and the future of the place.
Of course all this is encouraging. There
is, indeed, a very big tire under the smoke.
Nothing too much has so far been done.
Everything in the way of enterprise tried in
Pittsburg and Allegheny within five years
has proved too little to meet the require
ments, rather than too big. Nothing has
been premature. All this is tremendously
encouraging for the charter-seekers. They
are grasping time by the forelock seeking
new opportunities, while they may, in place
of mourning over the missed ones which the
other" fellows caught This is the right
spirit Is is the spirit which will make the
town wax fat and grow large. '
"With charters which are .out in the
vain idea of preventing competition with
existing enterprises, of occupying the field
to the exclusion of others, or to lay away in
the drawer of a safe not to be nsed till
somebody who has need for it comes along
to purchase, The Dispatch has no sym
pathy. Those, on the other hand, which
come for immediate use are to be heartily
welcomed. The law does not permit the
Governor to discriminate; he cannot meas
ure motives, but it is safe to say that only
the charters which mean business will prove
worth the setting. And, as there are evi
dently lots of these, they prove a substan
tial, vigorous confidence in the wonderful
development of Pittsburg, Allegheny and
NOT SUCH PLAIN SAILING.
The news that the entire British squadron
in the North Pacific has been ordered to
Behring's Sea may be only one of the roor
backs that are produced by international
disputes; but it may be also well founded.
In the latter case the seizure of the British
vessels, on the claim that the United States
has exclusive sovereignty on that body of
water, is likely to become rather hazardous.
The Dispatch said at the first receipt
of the news that it was not wise to seize
vessels.in order to let them go again. The
United States revenue officials seem to have
thought differently, as that was what the
capture of the Black Diamond amounted to.
But if this report is true, the British fleet do
not propose to allow even temporary seiz
ures. England has always shown a decided
dislike to have her vessels overhauled on the
high seas; and with a fleet of a dozen vessels
expressing that dislike in Behring's Sea,
the administration will probably find it
healthy to revise its policy.
Of course such an action on the part ot
England means either war or a backdown
by the United States. But if were foolish
enough to let ourselves be put in such a
dilemma by the pretension of an absurd
claim, which we would not concede to, any
other power, the best thing we can do is, as
gracefully as possible, to adopt the tactics of
ANOTHEE "WESTERN FLEE.
Some of those famous "Western towns
whose growth has been so marvelous, show
an unfortunate disposition to disappear in
ashes even more rapidly than they sprung
up. Spokane Falls yesterday had a visita
tion of fire, even more destructive than the
one in June at Seattle. "We are told by the
telegrams that the burned district at Spo
kane was solidly built of stone, and brick,
and that there was also an excellent water
works; but the news is added that there
were no fire engines, and that .the streams
of water direct from the works were evi
dently insufficient is shown by the results.
The loss of Spokane Falls, like that at
Seattle, falls heavily and must be bitterly,
disappointing to the people. But the great
energy which built those towns in the first
place will not fail in the face of the new
Both Spokane Falls and Seattle will rise
from their ashes even more quickly than the
municipal phconix, Chicago. They will
also arise with the determination to take
measures which will not leave the fnture to
accident or hap-hazard. Experience shows
that cities can be surely protected by effi
ciently organized fire departments. The
new towns in the West will appreciate
the necessity of sparing no pains or expense
io thus protect themselves when they make
a fresh start Their lesson, however, is
for the present sweeping and expensive. It
is such a lesson as Pittsburg, Boston, Chi
cago, and many other cities had to similarly
learn in times past
The coke strike appears to be waxing in
stead of waning. Bat what hope can there
be of settling such a dispute it the agree
ments of the representatives of the work
men are not to be relied upon?
The rather positive and remarkable num
ber of the relatives of Judge Settle, of North
Carolina, who have obtained offices under
the present administration, causes the St
Louis Republic to hold up its hands in par
tisan indignation. The Settles do seem to
be pretty well provided for; butthe indigna
tion of the esteemed Republic would have
been more effective if it had ever indulged
in any comment of the sort concerning its
friends, the Alabama and Arkansas Sena
ors, who, under the Cleveland administra
tion, succeeded in providing for an equally
remarkable number of their friends and
The symposium of opinion in one of the
current monthly magazines, in which nu
merous people state their preferences for
works of fiction, fails to include any opin
ion from the editors and leading men of
Minneapolis and St Paul. This explains
the nbsenee from the list of favorite works
of fiction of the famous direotoriea of those
It is amusing to observe the New York
Star holding up its hands in indignation at
the fact that the Albany Journal glorifies
Mr. Clarkson's performance in beheading
13,000 Democratic postmasters, and distrib
uting the spoils among an equal number of
Bepublicans. Of course, the Star does not
consider it pertinent that that this is just
the sort of jollification it indulged in over
the. samp thing under a Democratic admin
istration. It is the Republican policy that
bothers the Star, while the Democratio di
vision of the'pat'ronage is just exactly its
idea of reform.
The declaration of Mr. Clarkson that
Jchn S. "Wise was supposed to be "contend
ing for a priuciple, but that it is now ap
parent that he merely wanted offices for his
friends," is calculated to raise sarcastic in
quiries as to what principle in politics Mr.
Clarkson has any acquaintance with, except
that long-standing one about the victors and
The publication of an old agreement to
which the name of U. S. Grant is signed,
in which certain cadets at "West Point bound
themselves not to purchase of the post sut
ler, "except what is necessary," as the
original boycott, claims too' much for it
It was probably not the first agreement of
the sort by many thousands, and it lacked
the offensive and illegal feature of the boy
cott in threatening and terrorizing third
parties who do not join the agreement
Canada is reported to be real mad about
the seizure of the sealing vessel "Black Dia
mond," while the United States Govern
ment has a good excuse for getting mad at
the transitory nature of the seizure. As
misery loves company, this mutually unsat
isfactory affair ought to produce a harmony
of feeling between us and our neighbor.
The reported sale of Library Hall on
mortgage foreclosure affords the pnblic an
other example of an institution which was
organized for public purposes, and for which
a considerable amount of money was sub
scribed; but which, through a burden of
debt, has never afforded any material aid to
the library which it was organized to sup
port, and now bids fair to pass into private
"With the two prize-fighters safely in the
Governor of Mississippi's game-bag, it
only remains for that official to get his
clutches on the railway officials who ran
special trains for the benefit of the fight;
and it will be pretty thoroughly demon
strated that prize-fighting in Mississippi is
a hazardous occupation.
Texas train robberies seem to be more
successful than the Missouri variety. The
train officials in the Texas case did not have
the stamina to try beating the robbers
over the head with a lantern; but on the
contrary surrendered about $2,000 and
thanked Providence that they were well rid
of the knaves. There is a great difference
between cowardice and pluck.
Chicago's proverbial enterprise leads
her to the belief that she can make it an in
ducement for the location of the "World's
Fair of 1892 that she can offer visitors the
most peculiar and wonderful mixture of
diluted sewage under the name of a water
supply known to any city in the land.
The statement of Deputy Strom, of South
Carolina, that, while in this city, he was of
fered bribes amounting to 1700, to connive
at the escape of Flemon, lacks one essential
particular. He should have given the name
of the alleged publio official whom he states'
to have offered the bribes, in order that the
public official might be presecnted or that
Strom could be sued for libel.
"When the coke strikers have to resort to
riots in order to make workmen who are
satisfied with their wages join the strike,
there is a decided necessity for a practical
demonstration that this country is ruled by
statute law and not by mob law.
Hon. "W. L. Scott being out of politics
for the present, is engaged in absorbing all
the surplus coal lands up the Youghio
gheny. No Presidental canvass being on
hand, Mr. Scott can pursue his regular pol
icy undeterred by any political obstacles
from his favorite course of making his
miners take 5 cents per ton less wages than
his rivals pay.
The authorities at "Washington certainly
have some grounds for their opinion that in
the matter of the Black Diamond seizure,
England ought to be satisfied with the un
doubted fact that the joke is on the Govern
ment of the United States.
PEOPLE OP PBOMINENCB.
Owxn K. Studebackee, the well-known
brewer, of San Francisco, w ants to be Governor
Attorney Genebax. Miller will leave
Washington this morning for Indianapolis,
where be will remain until after the Presi
dent's visit on the 22d instant
The report that Secretary Tracy was con
fined to bis bouse by an attack of dysentery is
erroneous. The Secretary was at the Navy
Department yesterday attending to business as
Samuel and John Nice, ot German town,
Pa., are twins who have nearly reached their
eighty-fifth birthday. They are in good health
and are still inclined to have a nice time in. this
"William "Waltzb Phelps has one taste
which will make him popular in Germany. He
likes beer. When he lived in Washington he
always drank a bottle of the best imported beer
before retiring at night
Colonel Holliday, of Erie, the Com
missioner of .Customs, who is already one of
the most popular of the new officials, left
Washington for a visit In Pennsylvania yester
day. He will probably be absent abonttwo
Mb. Tost C. Hanntju, formerly "Washington
correspondent of the Pittsburg Post, has Joined
forces with Frank Hatton and Beriah Wilklus.
He will hereafter nil the position on the Wash
ington -Post held by the late George Jamieson
as a writer on national politics.
aEOROEllELD. the oldest resident of Canton,
O., died Sunday night, aged 98 years. He was a
member of the "Old Guard" ot Napoleon L. and
accompanied that warrior upon his Russian in
vasion. He was present at the burning of Mos
cow, and was among the last to see Napoleon
before his banishment to St Helena. He leaves
a large circle of relatives.
Kino Alexander of Berrla, is not yet IS
years old; but he is precociously developed and
looks as English boys do at 15 or IB. In his
colonel's uniform he stands as tall as the three
Regents, and has acquired a good deal of self
possession. He has bright features, but not an
intellectual face. His forehead is low, and
little of it would be seen if he did not wear his
hair close cropped. He "has large, soft eyes
and a quick, pleasing smile: but a physiogno
mist would say that the mouth and nose showed
indecision ot character.
VARIOUS KINDS OP CBAKK8.
Bores and Nautical Numbaknlla Whom a
Passenger on an Ocean Steamer la Sure
One ot the trials an ocean traveler has to en
dure In a trip to Europe Is the crank. He oc
onrs in large numbers on all the transatlantic
steamers, and bis forms are as various as tho
waves of the ocean. Foremost among this, ar
ray is the nautical crank. He is generally be
tween 25 and SO years of age, and If be could
purchase what he knows about navigation and
sell it for what he thinks he knows it would be
a profitable speculation. He hardly waits un
til the steamer gets through tho Narrows be
fore he begins to air his knowledge of things
nautical. His aim seems to be to Impress his
fellow voyagers, and the tales he tells of expe
riences on previous trips would fill several
large and worthless volumes. He delights in
making timid people more timid and then he
tells them not to be afraid, that in times of
danger they must simply have presence of
mind. It is astonishing, says a New York Her
ald writer, how quickly this individual dlsap
Eears whenever a storm comes up. If sought
e may be found crouching in his stateroom,
and if there is the least chance of serious dan-
Ser to the ship be is the greatest coward. Early
i the voyage be seeks to cultivate the cap
tain's acquaintance, but the commander soon
takes his measure and lets bim severely alone.
Another crank Is the photograph man who
wants to take pictures of the passengers in
groups. He disturbs everybody, and if there
are any prominent professional people on board
they are given no rest until their features,
divine or otherwise, are transferred to a nega
tive. The Old Maid and the Blase Youtb.
The sentimental old maid Is another bane to
the ocean voyager. She is fond of sitting on
the promenade deck on, quiet, moonlight nights,
and her conversation is as soft as mush. Poetry
is her stronghold. She never has had an offer
of marriage, and if she should meet her fate on
this trip bow romantic it would be! So she
dawdles and moons, talks poetry and disgusts
everybody. "Without a shadow of common
sense or the faculty to make herself pleasing
or a comfort to any of her suffering fellow
travelers, and unblessed with physical charms,
the sentimental old maid crank on an ocean
voyage is a sorry object as well as one to keep
Perhaps the most pitiable object ot all is the
young man who has lived In New York: all bis
life and is just going abroad for the flrst time.
He is the son of rich parents, and he has grown
up with the Idea that there is nothing outside
of New York worth having. He is not going
abroad to learn anything, for he has already
graduated from Columbia College, and has
moved In the "best" society for two whole
years, besides taking a dip Into the very worst.
He feels rather proud of his experience with
the latter class, and refers to it once in a while
in a complacent way.
Seasickness Wakens Htm.
He wants people to think that he is a thorough
man of the world. By the world he meansNew
York. He tries to act as if he had drunk the
cup of pleasure to the very dregs and has noth
ing more to be interested in. He is very
haughty, very indifferent and very blase. He
has never earned a dollar in his life, and could
not if be tried. No business man would bave
him. His father has become disgusted and has
bundled him off to Europe, hoping that by some
sort of miracle, he will come back a different
being. He watches the preparations for de
parture with languid indifference, as a high
born youth should, and it is not until the steam
er is lalrly out to sea that ba takea the slightest
notice of anything.
Then be notices something. It Is shall I say
It? bis stomach. He doesn't see it, but be
feels it, and for several minutes be makes more
rapid movements than he has for years. He
imagines himself on the brink of the grave at
first, and an ocean grave at that, but as he
grows better he begins to order the stewards
A Man Hard to Please.
They never do anything to please him. He
feels that, as an heir to a big estate, he ought
to be humored, and, as his father has paid'
something to have him "looked after," the
stewards humor him. Despite this he threat
ens to report them for inattention. Just then
he suddenly discovers that he doesn't own the
steamer and for the rest of the voyage he sulks.
He makes few friends, and when the steamer
arrives in Liverpool none of the passengers are
sorry to lose him. This species of crank occurs
In large numbers on steamers leaving New
York, and they generally come back In the
autumn with a bundle ot canes and an English
Other Specimens on Bonrd.
There are other cranks of whom I might
speak. There is the religious crank, who wants
to convert everybody on board, who assures
you that perhaps this may be the very last
ebance, as no one knows but the steamer may
go down. Then there is the political crank,
who believes the country he has Just left is
going to ruin and wants to prove it by "statis
tics, you know." There is the funny crank, the
man who thinks he is a born humorist, and
never loses an opportunity to piore the con
trary. There is the Inquisitive crank, the es
special abhorrence of the captain and officers,
and there are a score of others but, never
mind, if you are going to Europe this season
you will meet them.
BLUE LAW PE0SECUTI0NS,
An Epidemic Strikes Aabary Park nod the
rSFECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISFATCH.1
Kesbahx, N. J August 6. This was the
day set for the hearing of the Asbury Park
hackmen, who, it is alleged, have violated the
old blue laws of New Jersey by running their
stages between Asbury Park and Deal Beach
station on Sundays. Some of the Jehus ap
pealed and paid their fines. John Cordes, an
owner of two or three stages, pleaded not guilty
to the charge ot having violated the law, and
demanded a jury.
William A. Van Scbock, a Justice of the
Peace of Redbank, who made the complaints
against the hackmen, was put on the stand, but
be could not swear that Cordes drove a stage
on that day. The jury returned a verdict of
not guilty. The case of Thomas Forsythe will
be tried to-morrow at 10 o'clock.
KOI A PEACTICABLE SCHEME.
Tho Comblnntlan to Form a Cotton Mill
Trust Will Hardly Succeed.
Fall River, Mass., August 5. The scheme
to boy up the cotton mills of this city and of
the country as well is looked upon by mill men
"A syndicate eonld gain nothing by purchas
ing the controlling interest in cotton mills In
this country, even if it were practicable," said
a well-known manufacturer to-day. "The only
possible object a trust of this kind could bave
in view would be to corner the market on cloth.
As soon as that was done the printers would
build their own mills, or if the syndicate forced
prices high enough English manufacturers
would flood this country with goods. The Idea
is a ridiculous one."
Of Hlsh Standing;.
From the Minneapolis Tribune. 1
A young lady who resides at Beno, Not., Is -j
22 years old, weighs ZlS pounds, and stands S
feet 1 inch high In her hosiery. On clear days
she is the most prominent young lady in the
The Chicago Limited.
Gazzam Ho young Briggs has taken a part
ner for life, has heT
Fangle No; not not exactly for life. He
married a Chicago .girt
DEATHS OP A DAT.
Mrs. Catharine G. Jones
Br the death or this estimable old lady at her
home In Chartlers township, West .End, yesterday
morning;, Pittsburg loses another of her well
known pioneers. Catharine G Jones, who passed
away in the 78lh year of her age, was the widow
of the lite Nelson Jones, and bad been a resident
of the West End for 68 years She was not only
widely known, but was loved and respected by all
who knew ber. Bt. James1 Catholic Church loses
in ber one of Its oldest and best members, and the
funeral will be held at the church at 0 o'clock to
morrow morning. She leaves three daughters
and one son all Plttsburgers.
Kelson Jones, whose widow the deceased was,
bad been In bis time a man as well known, per
haps, as any In Pittsburg. .Until IBM he ran the
old "Jones Ferry.' which was Instituted about
the year 1818, and which extended from tbe Point
to the place where the southern pier or the Point
bridge now stands. It was subsequently secured
by the Pittsburg Ferry Company, and extended
from tbe Point to Sawmill Bun, and there was no
enterprise better known In Its day.
jantnln Jnme H. Rtnbr.
Baltimore, Augusts. Captain James H. Klg-
br, agedro, commander of the famous First Mary
land Arkllery. U. B. A., known as "Kigby's Bat
tery, "lithe late war, dropped dead from heart
disease tfc-day at his home here. At tho outbreak
or tbe wot he Organized the battery which bore
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6,
GRANT IS A eoicott.ee.
He Was on lbs Original Move of the Kind
la tbe Country.
Washington, August 5. Simon S'tevens, of
New York, has-presented to Secretary Proctor,
for deposit and preservation among the mili
tary archives ef the War Department a f ac
simile of what may be the first boycott In this
country, and which bears tbe signature of Gen
eral Grant It Is on a huge sheet of drawing
paper, on which is this "declaration of princi
ples?' "We, the undersigned, do hereby agree that we
will purchase nothing from John DeWltt after
this date except what we bave already ordered,
or whatever Is absolutely necessary, the. reason
being supposed manifest to everyone.
James Asrord, U. H. brant. A.-Jielll, A. Crozel,
P. il. Ilolloway, J. j. peck, C. J. Couts. F.
Howe, J. H. Potter, Bemy F. Clark. R. Hazlltt,
Isaac F. Oulmby. L. T. Cbadbourne, Burns In
galls, J. J. Jones Reynolds, U. Deshon, Jobn
Preston. Johnstone. K. 8. Jtlplev. F. T. Dent, O.
E. Jarvlc, beorge Stevens, F. xtltlng. Henry E.
Judan, M. K. gelden, B. C. French, C. O. Mer
chant, F. Steele, W. B. Franklin, George C. M.
Oelland, W. K. Van Uokkelin. John Qreland, J.
O. McFerran, L, B. Woods, . Gardner.
APRIL 15, 1M3.
The original of this "Declaration" was found
in the military chest of Mr. Stevens brother,
of the Second Dragoons, relative ofThaddens
Stevens, who was drowned within sight of
General Taylor and his staff. May 18, 1818,
while crossing tbe Bio Grando with his com
mand to take possession of Matamoras. Many
of the embryo heroes who signed the boycott
bave since become famous only seven of
ttem were living on Jnlv 4, 1889, viz.: Gener
als Franklin, Potter, Beynolds! Ingalls and
Dent, Bev. George Deshon, of tbe Parlist
Fathers, and Professor Peck, of Columbia
College, correspondence with whom has failed
to discover the secret of their boycott.
, DeWitt was the United States post sutler at
west point, and In some way had incurred tbe
displeasnre of the graduating class. The dec
laration was signed in tno drawing ciasswitn
pens or brashes in different colored inks or
paints. General Grant's signature Is large and
made with a brush, with an "II" for his middle
initial instead ot an "S" as he always signed It
after be left tbe military academy, owing to an
error in the official record made at the time ot
his appointment as cadet.
MISS TAN AUKEN'S DITOECE.
One of Her Counsel Say the Decree la Un
rBrXCIALTXLXOKAJt TO TOE DHPATCH.1
NEW Yobk. August 5. William N. Arm
strong, who was one of Mrs. Andrews' counsel
when she obtained a divorce from Barrett Van
Auken from tbe Delaware Legislature last
April, says that there is no doubt about tho
validity of the divorce. He says that before
It was decided to apply to the Legislature- of
Delaware every precaution was taken and
many eminent lawyers were consulted. Judge
George P. Andrews, of the Supreme Court,
who has since married Mrs. "Van Auken, being
Interested in ,the outcome of tbe action, re
fused to act upon his own judgment. The only
State in the Union which authorizes Its courts
to grant a decree ot divorce on the grounds of
insanity Is Arkansas. Mrs. Van Auken's coun
sel concluded to apply to the Legislature of
some neighboring State In order to avoid any
When Mrs. Van Auken went to Wilmington
in January last she was very careful to comply
with all the requirements of the law. Tbe
courts of Delaware require residence In the
State of one year before an action tor divorce
may be brought, bnt SO days' residence Is suffi
cient for an application to the Legislature.
Mrs. Van Auken nought property in Delaware,
which she still retains, published a notice of
her Intended application, and remained in
Wilmington for three months before appearing
before the Committee on Divorce. Mr. Arm
strong says that tbe Legislature regarded the
proof of the defendant's confirmed Insanity as
ample, and Ranted the decree without hesita
tion, lie denied emphatically that any Im
proper means had been used to Influence tbe
legislators. He says that the Legislature fol
lowed the opinion of the United States Su
preme Court, as expressed in tbe decision of
the case of Maynard against Hilt rendered in
A CLUSTEE OF MILLIONaIEES.
Sixty-Three of Them Residing In a Small
From the New York Times. i
In the territory between Dobbs Ferry and
Tarrytown, a distance of only six miles, there
reside at the present time 63 millionaires, and it
is donbtful if any such cluster of rich persons
can be found in a similarly small suburban ter
ritory In any other part of the world. Several
of these persons have fortunes so gigantic as to
bave attracted the attention of the entire world.
Among the namber are men'wbo are in charge
"of some of the largest railroads, telegraph
companies, banks and trust companies ot the
nation. These 63 persons are, upon careful
computation, estimated to be worth more than
S500,000,00u in the aggregate.
Tbe names of these wealthy individuals are
John Jacob Astor, Edward S. Jaffrey, John D.
Archibald, Eugene Jones, Dr. John C. Barron,
William E. Kingtland, Mrs. William Barton,
Mrs. George Lewis, Jr., Mrs. James H. Banker,
George D, Morgan, Arthur L. Barney, Caroline
L. Macy, Mrs. Clara Russell Bacon, F. Otto
Mattheisen, Edward O. Bull, J. Jennings Mc
Comb, Edward B. Cobb, Miss E. T. Minturn,
Bainbridge S. Clark, George B. Newton, Henry
Chauncey, Mrs. Anson G. Phelps, Mrs. Corne
lia L. Chauvet, Mrs. E. S. Paton, Thomas Coch
ran, Henry Parish, William F. Christie, Wil
liam Rockefeller, David Dows, Roswell Skeel,
Mrs. Henry Draper. George W. Smith, Tim
othy C. Eastman, Fredrick J. Stone, James
Frasler, Jobn Sinclair, Cyrus W. Field, James
M. Sigatus, Frederick A. Foster, - Samuel B.
Schleffelln, James C. Fargo, Robert Sewell,
Mrs. William Fogg, James D. Barren, Fred
erick W. Gnlteau. Augustine Smith, Robert
Graves, Jr., John T. Terry, Jay Gould, General
Samuel C. Thomas, Fletcher Harper, Charles
L. Tiffany,Alexander Hamilton, Henry Vil
lard, Mrs. Robert Hoe, Charles C. Worthtng
ton, R. E. Hopkins, John G. Wendel, John H.
Hall, William H. Webb, Mrs. Annie L. How
ard, J. Henry Whltehoose. Mrs. Henry R.
A FIBST-CLA8S SEW PLAY.
Inlgo Tyrrell'e Money Lender Scores a
It Isn't of ten that a new drama is given its
initial performance In Pittsburg. But when
such an event occurs and recelvesthe applause
granted by two large audiences, it must be put
down as a "go." Inigo TyrrelLwhose aellneatlon
of an old and faithful servant was a feature of
"His Natural Life" at Harris' Theater last
week, yesterday brought out his own play,
"The Money Lender," at the same bouse, and,
for a first performance, it was remarkably well
done. The plot is not only a deep one, but it is
reasonable as well, and not too many charac
ters are employed to confuse the audience.
The same excellent company which sup
ported Mr. Tyrrell last week Is employed in this
play, and all fit nicely into their new roles.
Mr. Tyrrell himself, "as Ivan Xianover, the
Nihilist, conldn't be improved upon, and Miss
Lillian Andrews' conception of tbo character
of Esma J'elotk the anthor roust be im
mensely pleased witb. Mr. Will C. Cowper as
the Russian police chief as, as ha always is,
perfectly at home. Mr. Charles Patterson's
Aylmer Setber Is a heroic representation, and
as such it was heartily applauded. The bal
ance of the company fulfill their duty credit
ably. "The Money Lender" will be given the rest
of the week. Manager Dean is filling In bis
summer season In as good a manner as could
be demanded, as the size of bis audiences
attests. Tbe ladles attending yesterday's
matinee were presented with a novel fan, with
HER HUSBAND'S GHOST.
A Widow Troubled by n Spirit With a Most
Cbawfobbsvixxe, Ind., August 6. The
ghost of Christopher Hillard has come back to
drive sleep away trom tbe eyes of his widow.
Hillard died from neglect, according to the
Coroner's verdict and he appeared in spirit
form the very flrst night after the funeral.
Mrs. Hillard lives alone, and she affirms that
the ghost has an uncomfortable .habit of walk
ing back and forth across her bed after she
lies down. She spends her days at home un
molested, but sleeps at a neighbor's at night.
A Quaint Epitaph.
.New York buu.1
In the old graveyard, at Klttery, Me., there
Is among the many qnalnt inscriptions on the
stones this one, relating to "Margaret Hills,
consort of OHverHUls." who died In 1803:
I lost my life io the raging seas
A Sov'reign God does as he please
Tbe Klttery friends tbey did appear
And my remains they burled here.
A Pazale'for the Alliance.
From the Philadelphia Inqulrer.i "
The members of the Triple Alliance are still
uncertain whether they are going to hunt the
Russian bear or whether the Russian bear Is
going to hunt them.
The Boston NocBadly Injured.
Newport. R. L, August 5. The cruiser Bos
ton sailed this morning for New York to go on
tbe dry dock. She is not injured badly enough
to need anwanee, as aae west out uosc,
An Argument In Favor of Government Aid la
Clearing the Streams Much Work That
SaoaldboDonaBefbre Winter Necessity
for Deeper Channels.
To the Editor of The Dispatch!
Governor Bearer is, without doubt right in
asking the General Government to do the work
of clearing out the debris in the Conemangh
and Stony creek, at Johnstown, notwithstand
ing the objection which has been urged that
wealthy States like Pennsylvania should not
have constitutions forbidding the expenditure
of funds for such objects. "What else, we may
ask, can the Governor do under tbe circum
stances? He is not responsible for the restric
tions of our Constitution, which In this respect
is much the same as those of other States. He
might call a meeting of tbe Legislature, it is
true, and submit an amendment but this would
have to be indorsed by a succeeding Assembly
three years hence before it could be acted upon
by the people.
A rise of five feet in tbe waters at Johnstown
will flood much of the area formerly occupied
by the best buildings of tbe town, so that the
situation there is much worse than before the
great flood. The beds of the streams have
been filled up to a level several feet hither than
tbey were before, and as tbe place was snbject
to floods every winter and spring it will be far
worse in the future.
The cry that comes from Johnstown is an
honest one, and her people cannot rebuild with
any degree of safety so long as this condition
of things remains as ItSs, and they unhappily,
are powerless to help themselves. We cannot
point them to Chicago. Indeed, for that mat
ter, Chicago did not rebuild itself It w as New
York and Chicago speculators who furnished
the money and tboy own the place to this day.
Bnt there are no speculative interests at Johns
town, and consequently tbe only money which
has flowed to her relief was the gift of the
charitably disposed and that money cannot be
nsea lor engineering operations.
Work That Should be Done.
So here, at Johnstown, is a great and press
ing emergency, and the season approaching
when no work can be done. As Governor Bea
ver was able to effect so much in the way of
loans for charitable and sanitary objects, with
out calling the Legislature together, why can
he not in a similar way pledge the honor of the
State to ref end to the General Government the
cost of the work of deepening the streams at
The amonnt of work required to be done does
not promise to be very great Suppose we esti
mate that for a dlstanco of two miles the beds
of the streams are to be dredged out eight feet
In depth for a width of 150 feet This would
make about 500,000 cubic yards of material to
be removed. Boats to do the work could be
constructed on tbe gronnd and made to exca
vate their own channel way after being
launched. Tbe scoops could be emptied either
on to cars kept on adjustable tracks on the
bank or on to cars kept on floats and arranged
to be hauled up on the banks to the distribut
ing tracks. The project is so simple that eon
tractors wonld be able to figure on tbe cost of
doing snch work without much risk for contin
gencies. In addition to thus lowering tbe plane of the
waters, the excavated material could be so
disposed as to raise the lower parts of the
town. In this way, instead of five feet a flood
of 15 feet wonld be required to submerge any
part of the place, and such a rise is not liable
to occur In the Conemaugh at that point for
many decades to come. The cost of doing the
work, in case no great percentage of solid rock
is encountered, should not exceed 75 cents per
cubic yard or say $375,000 as tbe maximum
amount for the joo, Including the cost ot tem
Plenty of Precedents.
Far up Tygart's Valley river, in West Vir
ginia, above rocky rapids which entirely inter
rupts the navigable connection of that stream
with the Monongahela, into which it flows, the
General Government has expended money on
the improvement of the stream, and a stretch
of 20 miles of coal flat boat navigation now ex
ists, concerning which not one in a thousand
PIttsburgers has ever heard. Other similar
tasks have been undertaken by tbe Govern
ment elsewhere, and no Congressman has ever
suecessf ally disputed the right of the Govern
ment to spend money for the benefit of segre
gated communities, why cannot the Secretary
of War from some "unexpended balance" held
in his hands and appropriated for rivers which
did not need it, afford to Improve two miles of
the Connemaugh river, in Western Pennsylva
nia? He does not lack precedents tor such ex
penditures they are numerous,
Bnt whatever is done, should be done quick
ly, and Governor Beaver will no doubt receive
the hearty indorsement of the people of the
country In pressing this matter upon President
Harrison and his Secretary of war.
J. T. B.
Auxoixsirr, August 5.
A TOtrao man named George, of Exeter,
near Pittston, was sent on an errand across the
river several days ago, and the bridge being loo
far off be went to the riverside and found a
boat. It had no oars, however, so he decided to
swim, leaving his clothes in the boat On get
ting across he realized that he was not properly
attired to go shopping, and he was too ex
hausted to swim baolc He therefore lay in the
shrubbery to rest. Fire hours later he was
found there fast asleep by a searching party,
who bad found his clothes and startled the
town with a report that he was drowned.
Adbaiiam: Ktndio, of Harleysvllle, Pa..
uses a hatchet that is over a hundred years old.
It belonged to his grandfather.
A citizen of Chambersburg reaching home
late at night when all the lights were out
heard strange noises in the parlor. He ad
vanced to the door and ordered the burg
lar to come out and surrender. No response
but the noise continued. Then, a pistol shot
rang out the ball lodging in the parlor celling
and the citizen's dog, which sad been tear
ing stuffing from the sofa, came out with a
guilty whine, and was kicked oat of a side door i
for tbe night. '
A Bwdqetoet boy of I years was found
walking through the town it midnight He
told the policeman he was gdng to pick black
berries. A check for a very large amount, the gift of
the bride's father, was prominently displayed
at an Ohio wedding a few days ago. Tbe bank,
however, had "no funds" when, the groom de
E. Y. Gilbebt and Peter Seasholtz were sit
ting under an awning with their feet against
the iron posts atthe Merchant' noiei, in x-otts-town,
when one was suddenly doubled up In
his chair and the other flunn'to the pavement
Lightning had struck an electric wire some
distance off, and the currenthad communicated
to the awning post
The Bnrcess of Newtowi directed the High
Constable to arrest all perons seen drunk, ob
structing tbe sidewalks ofneara swearing on
tho publio streets.
Beabs are conUstlugMth the berry pickers
of West Virginia, and i some localities are
getting more than their share of the' crop.
Ho Warn Used to Taera and Wouldn't Re.
move Then la the House.
P.T. Barnum in New York Trlbune-J
While I resided in New York Mr. Greeley
frequently called on mej and on one occasion
stayed with me overa wek. He could never
write except by raising tie desk as high as his
bead. I arrangedin my.library a desk ot that
kind expressly for his use. and there he sat and
wrote every dayhis private secretary calling
for his manuscript for the Tribune.
He wore a pslr of thick-soled cowhide boots,
and I begged 11m while in tbo house and at his
work to takethem off and put on a pair of my
slippers. He.poremptorUy refused, and said "he
was used to the boots, and It was all right"
I insisted that slippers would be more comfort
able, add to bis pleasure, and even prolong his
life. "I guess not," said Mr. Greeley, "but if
It did, that would not be of much consequence.
It is not the length of a man's lite, but the
food or evil which he does here tbat counts."
urged bim to take off bis coat and slip on one
of my loose dressing gowns, which he also de
clined, but finally accepted.
Amusing to Outsiders,
From tho Philadelphia Kecord. J
It is one ot the funniest things of the daylo
see Chicago and St Louis acting in conceit
the one lilting ber huge foot and tbe othevex
crcislng her large and beautiful mouth against
A Sign of Peace.
From the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The tact that Turkey is rushing war prepara
tions is a pretty good Indication that there
isn't going to bo any war iu that part ot tbe
world this season;
A Singular Coincidence.
From the Atlanta Journal.!
AaeifeeiBMB'taaiee cream saloon. There
GATHERED IN GOTHAM.
All item Attempting- ffulelde.
RTXW TOBX ECBEAU SPICIALS. 1
New Yobk, August 5. A man. a woman
and a boy tried to commit suicide to-day. Only
the woman was successful. Philip MacHahon,
11 years old, was found drunk in a hallway
early this morning. He told the officer who
arrested him that he had taken a big dose of
parls green, because he was homeless and out
of work. The pails green was taken out of
him with a stomach pump, at a hospital, and
be was locked up to await trial. At II o'clock
Mrs. Conrad Bryner heard a shot In her hus
band's printing establishment, which adjoins
her kitchen. The next instant Mr. Bryner
stacgered into the kitchen with blood flowing
from his mouth and neck. He had shot him
self In the head because his business was dull
and be was In debt. He will recover. Mrs.
Samuel Slater, of Greenport, hanged herself
in tbe barn at about midnight Insomnia had
deranged her mind.
Russell nnrrlson Detained by Baslness.
Delancey Nicoll, as counsel for Colonel
Schuyler Crosby, asked the Supreme Court to
day to compel Russell B. Harrison to file his
answer to the complaint in the celebrated libel
suit Mr. Harrison's lawyer opposed the mo
tion on tho ground that his client would be
necessarily detained In Europe by business tin
the end of this month. He thought Mr. Harri
son would be able to file his answer on Septem
ber L Decision was reserved.
Back at His Old Tricks.
Late last night Peter Corcoran found Mrs.
Johanna Harding alone at an elevated railway
station in Brooklyn, with her purse In ber hand.
He snatched it from her. She screamed for
help. He jumped from tbe platform to the
track, ran half a block along tbe trestle, and
then dropped between the ties to the street
He struck on the curbstone and broke his leg.
A pal who was waiting for him with a carriage
drove him home. His injuries necessitated his
removal to a hospital, where a detective ar
rested him. Corcoran Is a member ol the noto
rious Whyo gang. Two weeks ago he finished
serving a sentence of five years In Sing Sing
A Record of Unbroken Victories.
A letter was received to-day by Mayor Grant
from Major J. P. Frost, Captain of the Ameri
can rifle team. It said: "The American rifle
team, returning from England with a record of
Lunbroken victories, will do itself the honor to
pay an omclal call on the Mayor of New xork
immediately after leaving tbe steamer City of
Chicago, which is expected to arrive Saturday
morning, August 10."
Death From a Peculiar Disease.
William Koch, 25 years of age, a son of An
drew Koch, the wealthy weisbeer brewer, died
at his father's residence at 6 o'clock last even
ing of a disease known to the medical profes
sion as actymecosis, or a fungus growth in the
liver, peculiar to cattle. His case has attracted
the attention of some of the most prominent
doctors in tbe city. It is said that only four
cases of the land hare occurred in the United
States in 100 years. He is supposed to have
contracted the disease In the eow stables of a
friend. He became ill last February, On May
3 Dr. Lange made a free Incision over the liver,
where an abscess was supposed to be seated.
The diagnosis was correct, and a freeflow of
peculiar pus followed, peculiar inasmuch as it
seemed to contain what appeared to be a great
deal of sand. This sand proved to be the
fungus which Is frequently found in cattle. Dr.
Lange performed two similar operations upon
Koch subsequently. Last Friday pneumonia
set in; oedma of tbe longs followed on Satur
day, and death on Sunday. All the big physi
cians and surgeons fn town witnessed tbe
autopsy on Koch's body this afternoon.
Forming; a Cotton Print Trust.
T George Sherman, Pice President ot the Cen
tral Trust Company, said this afternoon that
Lhe was approached last week by a stranger
giving bis name as Mellen, who professed to be
Interested in the formation of a cotton-print
trust and wanted to know if tho Central Trust
Company would act as trustee. Mr- Sherman
replied that tbe company would so act after
tho papers had been submitted to and approved
by the company's lawyers. Emerson McMil
lan, whose name appeared on the circular sent
to tbe officials of the cotton mills at Fall
River, telegraphed to Mr. Shermanthat the
ore ot his namewaa -urithudVauthorfry, and
that he was not connected with the scheme in
anyway. Mr. McMillan Is President of the
Laclede Gas Company, ot St, Louis.
A Rich French Wise Merchant Missing.
Jean B. DuFoure, a rich wine merchant in
Colon, on the Isthmus of Panama, arrived here,
en route to Havre, two weeks ago, on a Pacific
steamship. He engaged passage on tbe next
French steamship for Havre, left his trunks at
a hotel, and started on a three days' trip to
Niagara Falls. He never returned. The ar
rival In Havre without him of the steamship on
which he engaged passage led his friends on
tbe continent to request by cable an Investiga
tion of his disappearance. His trunks are still
at his New York hotel. He left Niagara four
days ago, with several thousand dollars in his
pocket Nothing more can be learned about
SWEPT BI A TIDAL WATE.
Caase ot the Late Disastrous Washouts at
CSPECIAL TZLXOBAU TO TBI DISPATCH. 1
Providence, R. L, August a Particulars
of a disastrous washout at North Scitnate, a
small settlement in the northwestern part of
the State, in last Friday's storm, have just
reached this city. The trouble was started by
tbe breaking away of the Moshwamsxuck
Manufacturing Company's dam. The dam
washed out just before noon, carrying every
thing with it and flooding tne mill property.
The structure was a new one, bunt of granite,
and was considered one of the best in the
State. The gates had been worked but once.
The dam was built tor service at the mills, and
men bad been at work all the morning, caulk
ing tbe crevices in tbe solid masonry. A large
gang was thus engaged when a regular tidal
wave swept across the lake and down tbe
stream. The workmen abandoned their places
and rushed for the hillsides. They were not a
second too soon, for tbe great pile of masonry,
gates and buttresses was carried down the
stream. A part of the mill was also washed
away. The mill dam alone cost 110,000.
Tbe damage to surrounding property was
very great and a complete panlo reigned among
the inhabitants for several hours. Small
houses were undermined and household prop
erty was washed away in considerable quanti
ties. The people rushed to tbe hills for safety,
several abandoning their houses, cattle and
fowls, to the mercy of the torrent. The town
highways' are all gone, and some are gullied
more than 20 feet deep.
A Namber of Prizes Drawn By These Who
Have Long Awaited Them.
Washington, August 5. Among the Presi
dental appointments to-day wereSjne tallowing:
"William II. nart, of Indiana, to be Third
Auditor of the Treasury. John T. Bankln, or
Pennsylvania, to be Deputy Auditor of tbe Treason-
for tbe Postofllce Department. Walter U.
Johnson, ofGeergla, to be Collector of Internal
Bevenne for the Dlitret of Georgia. .Eugene A.
Webster, or South Carolina, to be Collector or In
ternal BevennefortheDistrictof South Carolina.
Granville . Benedict, of Vermont, to be Cot
lector of Customs for the District or Vermont.
Columbus a Wlmblsh. ofGeergla, to bo Surveyor
ot Customs ror the port of Atlanta, (is. John. F.
Patty, or Louisiana, to be aval Offleer or Cus
toms in the District or Mew Orleans. John Ingle,
Supervising Inspector or sleam vessels for the
Sixth district (Louisville, Ky.) Joseph B. Klb
bey, or Arizona, to be Associate Justice or the
Supreme Court or the Territory r Arizona.
George W. Jolly, or Kentucky, to be Attorney of
tbe United States ror the District or Kentucky.
William Grant, or Louisiana, to be Attorney or
the United States ror the Eastern district or
Louisiana. Peter A. Williams, to be United
Statea Marshal for the Southern district ot Flo
rida. A WIFE'S AWFDL ACTIONS.
Hor Husband, Angored at Them, Prints a
Pleeo la the Paper.
In a copy of the BtaomsburgitejTtster, printed
In 181, which a Dispatch correspondent re
cently eame across, appears the following ad
vertlsement, Inserted by a man named Kerr,
W8XKZA8, Taffny Martin, alias Kerr, has w
out cause leftr my habitation, and is noatir
tbe ocean of tyrannical) extravagance, pro
Srodlgaliiy, taking a wild goose chase itn
and abolish sueb 'nsldlous, clandestine,
rirnlclous, diabolical and notorious de
therefore cautloitall persons from h'
trusting ber on my aecMot, m 1 win
or. her eoasrsaMBi frosa ikltxUtr
fCUVU II , x -Vf
An electric motor has Ireen applied in
Chicago for running brushes nsed in grooming
Two girls in Dover, DeL. gave a butch
er a wheelbarrow ride through the principal
streets the other day. They bad made a bet
At Jacksonville, Fla., the other day,
Gilbert Montague and Joseph Gregg; two
Chicago men, landed a 200-pound shark on the
pier after a tussle of half an hour on their end
of the line.
The population of Norway exhibits a
bother percentage (97.25) of light eyes than any
other country in Europe. Flaxen hair occurs
In 67.5 per cent, while absolutely black hair Is
only found in the ratio of 2 per cent
Pieces of rock crystal heated in a plati
num tube and dropped into water fly all to
f)ieeex.but If a drop of melted crystal U sl
owed to fall Into water then, though there Is a
great commotlon.it does not breakout remains
From a recent study of the bones of an
thropoid apes it appears that the gorilla and
chimpanzee approach nearest to man, but in
different degrees, the orang-outang holding the
third place. But great differences exist be
tween the proportions of the human frame and
those of au tbe apes.
An Arizona paper says that at Proctor's
well. Santa Rosa, the shells of 17-year locusts
were brought np from a depth ot 763 feet to
which depth the piping extends. It says:
"There was quite a quantity ot them; tbe
entire shell was perfect, also the limbs and
hairy covering of the back."
A swarm of butterflies, so thick as to
almost obscure the rays of the sun, passed
through Mott, Cat, recently. There were
myriads of them, and many ot them would
alight on moist spots in the streets, and as they
straightened up their wings they looked like
miniature pyramids. Tbey were all uniform
aa to size, color and shape.
Jeremiah "Wilcox, of Lebanon, Conn,, is
90 years old, bis wife 73, and both are welt Mrs.
Wilcox is spryer than her husband. One day
last week she slipped the bail of a six-quart tin
pall over her arm, climbed the family cherry
tree to the top of it, and picked the measure
full of cherries. She didn't need a ladder. Mrs.
Wilcox descended, went into the house, and
made a cherry pie in qnlck time.
Edwards Danks, a well-known farmer
of Muhlenburg county, Ky., recently killed the
largest rattlesnake seen Southern Kentucky
for a long time. He was crossing a field and
heard a slight hissing sound in a bush. He saw
a rattlesnake coiled np, and picking up a stout
stick killed the serpent with a single blowTha
snake was sec feet long, and bad seven rattles
and three buttons, and was 11 inches in circum
ference. While the wolves at the London Zoologi
cal Gardens were being fed one afternoon re
cently one of them leaped over the head.of tho
keeper and escaped into the gardens. There
were several children near at hand, and but for
the bravery of the keeper they could scarcely
have escaped Injury. This man instantly seized
tbe animal, and. although his hands were terri
bly bitten one hand, indeed, being pierced
through with the wolfs fangs be succeeded In
mastering the beast and returning it to Its cage.
A. beautiful live white owl Is on exhibi
tion at a music store In Louisville. It was sent
by Mr. 1Z J. Smith, ot Niagara Falls, and be
longs to a very rare species. It was captured by
a young hunter in the woods near Quebec It
was found in a hollow tree, and was secured
with a net. The habitation of tbe bird Is in tbe
extreme North, so Mr. Smith wrote them when
he seat the owl, and only extremely cold weath
er drives it as far south as Quebec So far as
known only seven of tbe birds bave been cap
tured or killed In Canada during the last three
years. The one on exhibition is a perfect speci
men. It is snow white, and about the size an.-
shape of the common large owL
John Coon, of Andover, Conn., had a
dog that hunted woodchucks unaided. It lay
In the grass, or in a copse, tirelessly waiting
until a woodchuck strayed a dozen rods or so
from Its burrow, then leaped out ot its lair and
tried to get to the hole first. It it succeeded in
doing so, tbe feat was bad for tbe woodcbucv
Mr. Coon's dog often headed off 30 or 40 gron.
hogs in a season in the way noted, and its tarn,
became so great that every woodchuck hui
wanted the dog. One man offered Mr. Ct
$50 for it, bnt ha wouldn't accept the money.
Success, It seems, turned tbe dog's head, and
one dy last week it tackled the "Washington
express" tratn as It was whizzing throush An
dover, but the locomotive got to its hole first,
just the same.
Oracle, a daughter of Baggage Master
Riddle, of the .New York and Lonir Branch
L,nirnrml,- inTtarTiairl ? JT-Bjo-jr-strfOpy
family which would be a small fortune to a
well-regulated dime museum. There are three
members ot the family a dog; a cat aud a
bantam rooster. The name of tn e dog is Caleb,
that of the eat is Kate, and that of the rooster
is Topknot. When the trio are on dress parade
tbey are a sight Caleb In a sort of Joseph's
coat, Kate in a train dress of blue and gold
solf erino, and Topknot in his fall dress of black
and bronze, highly polished, with a miniature
sword strapped to bis right shoulder, make up
a fine array. Topknot is the commander, and
always leads the procession. Miss Grade, how
ever, gives tbe word of command between
musical strains upon a harmonlcon. The
orders are given with great firmness and they
are immediately obeyed. They go through all
sorts ot military movements with comical pre
cision, Along the shore o f the Oneida Lake there
is an Indian's grave, where at times a weird and
supernatural light makes its appearance. It Is
described as a bail of fire about the size of a
large orange, and sways to and fro In the air
about 20 feet from tbe ground, confining its Ir
regular movements whbm a space abont 100
feet square. People hare attempted to go near
enough to solve the mystery, but it would sud
denly disappear before reaching it. A very pe
culiar story is told by the neighbors near tbe
spot They claim tbat many years ago tbe lo
cality was part of an Indian reservation. A
man by the name ot Belknap frequently
dreamed that there was a crock in the Indian
cemetery containing Immense treasures, and
that If he went there at the hour when grave
yards yawn he could secure it. These dreams
were repeated so often tbat they had a strong
effect and he went there with pick and shovel
according to instructions, bnt be failed to
turn round three times when be found the
crock, as tbe dream directed. He went to pick
it up, but was stunned by a flash of lightning,
and tbe crock disappeared. Since that time
the spot has been haunted by this mysterious
light. - m
MATTERS OF MIRTH.
You can't acquire an elastic tread merely
by wearing rubber shoes. Tstts HaxUt Exprtti.
It is unkind to make jest of aerial navi
gstloa before Inventors of airships. It Is a soar
point with them. Baltimcrt American.
The Toronto Qlobe tells of a man who has
cooked his own breakfast for IS years. Ue must
like KVrery well done. JXtroit Free Fret.
An English clergyman lately said to a
dsugbtlr of Bishop Huntington, of Central New
York: THaz you rather many Mormons In his
dloceseTl Utah, 1 think, is In Sew York." CArls.
Thl fair shoplifter makes na feel
h horror and amaze.
AndVtt we bave some pity, too
Dhehas such taking ways.
He (onlthe piazza at night) There's a
cool wave eunlajr.
She (anxldusly) oh. dearl I hope It won't come
between us.1 And he drew nearer, so it couldn't.
""Why doyon always travel third-class.
"Because 1 think It best to be a second-class
man in third Mass company than a second-class
man In flrst-clfcs company." Harper' e Bazar.
"Why so cool?" murmured a worshiper
of the lily to bert chilly vls-a-vls. 'Your love for
me used to bemt Intense."
"It Is now, 1' retained quondam, as he added la
sageasnej'-lntxit tense. "-PAJtadecMa
"Mary, said heraother severely, "if
Iamnotmfctakenl saw -your head on George's
Mary (eLtaUcaUy - Beatitude! - rhlladelvhi
.'FT' does young Smilfans earn in
theaovoWnt srWce" asked one of that gen:
Ueman'ilrlends of department chief. V
"I be your pardon," was the response- "-but
He-Yes he did." wuog'
njlyj-'-Well, it w pap.. do,.
"he isn't mad."
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