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THE -PITTSBURG DISPATCH SATURDAY, OCTOBER' 1889. ' J
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In addition to all the news and a large num
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striking features, as follows:
The opening chapters of
BY PROF. GEORG EBERS,
Which is the first of a series of
Which will include novels by H. Rider Hag
gard, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and
Rev. Herbert D. Ward.
Filkie Collins' Last Story,
"One August Night in '61," prepared for The
Dispatch a few days before
(be great author's death.
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PITTSBURG. SATURDAY. OCT. 5. 1889.
BURROWS AND FILIB&BTERIHfl.
The Hon. Julius Csesar Burrows, while
rejoicing in the "great victory" of the Re
publican party in the new Northwestern
States, points out that tfiere will be a very
narrow Republican majority in the next
House, and that the Democrats will nearly
always he able to block partisan legislation
by refusing to vote, and thus leaving the
House without a quorum. Consequently,
Mr. Burrows thinks, the Republicans will
need a Speaker who knows the whole busi
ness, and a convenient friend is ready to
suggest, what the modesty of Mr. Burrows
prevents him from stating, that he is ex
actly the man needed. ,
This sonnds a good deal like two words
for Mr. Burrows and one for the Republi
can party. Nevertheless, supposing that
statesman to be all that the fancy of his
friend paints him, it is worth while to sug
gest two things which maybe of more value
against Democratic attempts to break a
quorum than even the Wolverine statesman
as a heroic dose. The first is that if all the
Republicans are on hand attending to their
duty the Democrats cannot break the
quorum. If it is impractical to ex
pect that all the Republican members
will do what they are elected for, another
protection against Democratic filibustering
is attainable. That is to attempt no legisla
tion except what is so fair and unquestion
able as to leave the Democrats no excuse for
resorting to obstructive measures. If that
is done the Democrats will be forced to bear
the responsibility of any failure of business
resulting from partisan disputes.
In short, if the narrow margin between
the two parties in the House puts both of
them on their good behavior, the public will
be well served and the party that behaves
itself the best will be so much the better off
in the end.
NO BOOM NEEDED.
Prices on the leading iron and steel
staples continue to move steadily upward.
With- Bessemer pig at $2022, steel rails
advanced, till this week's quotations
are at S3233, billets at $35, coke at
$1 50, and a general improvement
of that sort all along the line,
the sanguine will soon begin to scent a
boom. One of the old-fashioned bulges in
the market wonld only entail a reaction;
and it is to be. hoped that nothing of the
sort is in store for us. The best reason for
that hope lies in the large increase of pro
ductive capacity that is certain to be
brought into the market with every dollar's
advance above the present prices. Let us
look for an active demand at good prices;
but it will be better to have it understood,
that there is to be no boom with its succeed
ing shrinkage, if Pittsburg can prevent it,
HILK AND DIPLOMACY.
In a recent report United States Consul
Diller, of Florence, Italy, displayed a sin
gular conception of his duties by giving at
some length a description of the highly
profitable milk route worked up by an emi
nent Chicagoan resident in Florence, one
Le Boy De Koven. "Why Mr. Diller
deemed it worthy to tell how Mr. De Koven
had filled a long-felt want by supplying
pure fresh milk and butter daily to his
patrons in Florence, 'how he delivered the
articles twice a day if desired, and made a
special feature of providing milk warm from
the cow, nobody seemed to know when first
this brilliant contribution to consulary
literature was published. The secret has
come to light, however The milkman with
the. aristocratio name Is now an applicant at
the State Department for Consul Diller's
place. LeEov De Koven wants to supply
Florence with American diplomacy
as well as milk. In this
laudable ambition he has evidently
been aided and abetted by Consul Diller.
"We presume the latter is a Democrat,' and
of course he knew that he would have to
give up his office to some one. "Why not to
the trusty milkman? He reasoned, his
butter and his milk are of the best, his
name suggests the peerage of France, rather
than the packing houses of Chicago, and
perhance if I give his milk route a good
sized pan in my next consular report, who
knows but he may grant me a rebate on my
milk bills? Whether any exact agree
ment was made between Diller and De
Koven as to how many quarts or
milk and pounds of butter were to
be exchanged for the advertisement in
the public documents of the State Depart
ment will never be known. But we can see
that the milkman struck a good bargain
with the diplomatist The United States will
be equally fortunate when Diller is bounced,
and the suit of the Chicago milkman is de
nied. WILL CABLE RATES C0HE DOWN!
The report that one of the cable lines to
the East End will, by the close of the year,
reduce fares to the five cent basis clear
through to East Liberty is made public in a
way that lends it a good deal of credence.
li it should be corroborated by an actual
reduction at the close of the year, it would
afford a strong evidence both of the success
of the cable system and of the competition
forces which bring prices down to hard pan"
Five cents for a ride to East Liberty
sounds very cheap; and, in one sense, it is
so. But the experience with cable roads
warrants the belief that such a rate can be
made a paying one. In the first place it
would create an immense expansion of busi
ness; and the nature of the traction busi
ness is such that when it is once in opera
tion every additional passenger is very
nearly clear profit. Beyond that the fact
that the net earnings are already such as to
pay dividends on stock totals considerably
in excess of actual investment, leaves little
room for doubt that a five cent rate will
yield good returns in actual cash cost
Doubtless, in order to earn full dividends
on watered as well as actual cash, the traction
managers would, if they could, maintain
the ten-cent scale. But competition will not
let them do so. Rumors of agreements
during the past year for maintaining the
rate have seemed to be well founded. But
if there were such agreements, the verifica
tion ot this last report shows that the force
of competition is not so easily overcome.
The rate was forced down to a moderate
margin by a force as certain as that which
makes water run down hill, unless it is
dammed up the competition of the steam
railroad with the traction roads, as well as
that of each with the other.
A cable rate of five cents to East Liberty
would only need a three-cent rate toLaw
renceville or Oakland to make it the ne
plus ultra of convenient and cheap transit
A 0AEE OF F0T AND KETTLE.
The contemplation -of the political field in
New York State does not appear to the New
York Telegram to offer much satisfaction to
the independent thinkers who are in favor
of honest politics. It considers the two or
ganizations as presenting the aspect of two
political Dromios, one operated by Piatt,
the other by Hill, and each with practically
the same shiftiness and lack of backbone.
It devolved on the Democratic convention
to unload the Democratic lights who were
smirched by the ceiling job; but that body
smothered the protest and put out its or
dained slate. The Republican convention
was called upon to take an outspoken stand
on the temperance issue, but it dodged it
Both parties are after the spoils, and are
willing to let principles go the dogs.
Under such circumstances, it is natural
that people who think for themselves should
be inclined to take to the woods of inde
pendence, until a party organization is dis
covered which puts honesty and principle
above the usual political resorts of dodges
ONE UUCOHQUEBABLE CHARACTER.
Mayor Patrick Gleason, of Long Island
City, has made another record. The
achievements of that belligerent and yet
practical municipal executive in bringing
corporations to terms by chopping down
their structures which encroach on the
public highways are already matters of his
tory. Mr. Gleason has now come into col
lision with the political set-up, and has
knocked it out as promptly as any con
tumacious corporation. The delegates to the
New York Democratic Convention from his
district had a State committeeman to elect;
and some of them planned to leave Mr. Glea
son out in the cold by holding a meeting
with the door locked, and Gleason on
the outside. But that energetic person had
not chopped down encroaching railroad
gates to be backed by so flimsy an obstruc
tion as a hotel door. With the door kicked
in, the meeting was held, and Gleason came
out as usual, on top. When neither cor
porations nor political combines can conquer
him, Patrick Gleason may claim to be the
one indomitable man of the country.
It is unpleasant to observe on all sides an
enlargement of the practice of giving and
taking tips. To the man whose purse is but
indifferently lined tipping is a very formid
able affliction and danger. Rich men can
afford to waste their money in tips as in any
thing else, and it is their example that is so
demoralizing. They are planting every
where a desire for tips b'yindiscriminate
largesse in hotels, on trains, and wherever
There is a serious side to this question of
tipping. In this Republic there should be
nothing moro precious in a man's eyes than
his self-respect He should be eager to pre
serve that at almost any cost. A tip he can
not take and continue to have self-respect
How many men among us must be losing a
proper regard for their independence and
honorl For tips are demanded in this city
at most of the restaurants, in all the hotels
and casually in half a dozen different trades
and callings. Very likely the men who put
out an expectant palm and are pleased to
see it crossed with silver or even nickel do
not realize what they are selling. They
ought to remember that they are in a
countiy where no man is so lowly thai he
need put himself in the position of a slave.
The men who take tips are slaves. The men
who give them deserve slaves' service.
THE ROAD QUESTION.
Some very telling figures upon the cost of
bad country roads aie furnished by Prof.
J. W. Jenks. His calculations are based
on the condition of country roads in Illinois,
where the highways are perhaps a little
more carefully worced than in Pennsyl
vania, but where the softer and deeper soil
mates the roads more impassable in bad
weather than is the case with our hilly and
stony roads. j -f rt ? i
The net results of Illinois road-making on'
the no-system which prevails there, as
in most other parts of the Union, is that a
full load for a two-horse team can be hauled
three months in the year, two-thirds of a,
load for three months more and half a load
for the other six months. The cost or value
of the extra labor in . hauling is over $15,
000,000 annually. The result stated in an
other form is that Illinois farms at a distance
from the railroad are depreciated in value
by reason of the impassable roads over $160,
000,000. These figures give a fair idea of the
money's worth to agricultural sections of a
thorough system of road improvement
which should extend permanent roads,
smooth and hard at all seasons of the year,
into every section of agricultural produc
tion. Such roads would permit the farmers
to market their products and make their
purchases at a season of the year when they
have time to do so, and would relieve trade
and transportation from the attempts to
crowd the movement of the crops and the
agricultural trade into brief periods of each
spring and fall.
Together with this need is the fact that
nearly every State has on its hands a con
siderable quantity of convict labor which
with proper provisions could be utilized in
this work. The way to commence the con
struction of solid and lasting roadways
ought to be evident to all.
It is regarded as a subject for disappro
val by the Philadelphia Bulletin that
"there are a good many so-called Republi
cans in Virginia who are going to do what
they can for Democratic success this year;"
and the further assertion is made that they
are Republicans who "support the party
only when some personal advantage is to be
had by doing so." The inference as to the
entirely disinterested attachment to Repub
lican principles displayed by Mahone and
his followers, is amusing; but it will
hardly fail to evoke the response that those
who did the most for Democratic success iu
Virginia are those who made Republican
ism synonymous with Mahonism in that
Thibteen million dollars of a decrease
of the publio debt in September more than
offsets the $7,000,000 increa'se in August But
is the decrease like the increase, merely an
apparent and misleading result of the Treas
ury system of bookkeeping?
The lawyers are now attacking and de
fending the constitutionality of the acts of
1887 and 1889, according to the views which
they are led to tpke of the question by their
respective retainers. The uncertainty is
deepened br the lack of knowledge as to
what views the Supreme Court will be led
to take of the question. If there is one
thing that legal science cannot foretell it is
the ruling of the Pennsylvania Supreme
The three things which the most ener
getic search fails to find at the present
day are the qualified Cronin juror, the man
who will take the Pension Office, and the
New York millionaire who will put up for
the Exposition fund.
Buffalo has followed the example of
New York and Chicago by obtaining a
mandamus for the enforcement of a city
ordinance requiring telegraph wires to be
put underground. After all the other cities
of the country have for years enjoyed the
benefit of streets cleared of the electrical
incumbrances, it is to be hoped that Pitts
burg will make up its mind to do 'a little
something in the same line.
The satisfactory announcement is made
that Postmaster General Wanamaker will
propose to Congress that it shall mark
down postage and make a drive by selling
the remaining stock of two-cent letter
stamps for a cent
Samuel Atees sticks to his prophecy
hat the world will come to an end next
Monday. If Mr. Avers lives to contemplate
the wreck of his prediction next Tuesday
he will probably devote his attention to
figuring out, not that his prediction was mis
taken but that the workings of the univer
sal cosmogony have made an error by fail
ing to reach their proper result.
The report that Montana vigilantes have
undertaken to restrain the firebugs only
leaves it necessary for Montana to settle
who will restrain the vigilantes.
Is it not a little monotonous to find the
cry of fraud raised in the Montana election,
just because the vote is close there? It
would seem no more than fair for the fraud
shouters to wait till the State gets into the
Union before putting in their stereotyped
excuse for defeat
Plats which deal with big stock opera
tions for their plot, furnish the latest varia
tion of the recently fashionable water-tank
The sale of coke to the English market
would be a variation on the old proverb
about carrying coals to Newcastle which
Pittsburg would gladly see achieved. But
it may be well to wait for the return of sales
before banking on a big income from the
foreign coke markets.
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
In 1855 James G. Blaine and Melville W.
Fuller, the present Chief Justice, were report
ers on papers in Augusta, Me.
Bm Julian Padncetote, who is on his
way back to this country, brings with him his
wife and daughters. Washington society is
prepared to give them a warm welcome.
Just beforo Frederick Douglass sailed for his
post as Minister to Haytl he was called upon
by Lieutenant Edward Lloyd, of Maryland,
whose great-grandfather owned Douglass and
his mother when they were slaves.
Robert Bohneb once paid Tennyson $5,000
for a poem whichmade only20 lines In the New
York Ledger. This was at tho rate of 5250 a
line, which is a price that would almost seem
beyond the value of any written production.
Mb. Horace Mabshaxjj Pobteb, son of
General Horace Porter, is to bo married on Oc
tober 22 to Miss Adelaide Wattson, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Wattson, of Philadel
phia. Mr. Porter is a recent graduate of
Princeton, and is connected with the Reading
Fob the first time in the history of the Yale
Law School an Italian is among the students.
Bis name is Big. Paul Rosso, and he has been
employed as court Interpreter in New Haven
for several years. There Is. also an Indian
among the pupils, an educated man, and the
first ot his raco to take the Yale law coarse.
Miss Roxakna Wentworth. the only
child of "Long John" Wentwortb, is one of the
wealthiest women of Chicago. She was edu
cated at Vassar College. Her father never
allowed her to receive attentions from gentle
men, and now, at the age of 80, she is still un
married, although she is rich enough to sup
port a family, having inherited six or seven
millions from her father.
Mas. Frances Hodgson Burnett was
earning a small salary as a school teacher down
In Tennessee when alio wrote her first stories.
It U said that the stamps with which her first
story was sent to Peitrtorit Magazine were
made by picking blackberries. Her early
stories attracted little attention, and it was not
.until "That Lass O'Lowrie's" was published
that sue became Known as a popular writer.
THE TOPICAL TALKEE. .
His Temper Led Illm to Dyspepsia The
Society Kiss Booth nnd a Lady's Feet
The Dandelion's Complaint.
When some people get angry they cannot
eat Their temper walks away with their
appetite. But I beard a case entirely different
the other day.
He was a man in tho prime of life about S5
probably. With many good things of this Iff e
was ho blessed. Even a good wife bad been
vouchsafed him. Bnt he lacked one important
thing a good temper. His blood was hot and
his spirit fiery.
One evening he came home to supper with
anger in his heart He bad been nicely
trimmed in a commercial speculation. At the
gate of his own garden his own dog for some
unknown reason flew at him and bit a small
square out of his trousers. That was irritating
you'll allow. Everything went wrong. His
father-in-law, a much greater nuisance than
the most meddlesome mother-in-law ever
known, waged war upon him after supper. By
10 o'clock he was in a supremely lively temper.
After the family had gone to bed he went into
the kitchen and literally gorged himself with
some strong cheese and crackers, and pickles
His anger had multiplied his appetite.
The next day he had the most awful attack
of dyspepsia imaginable. He has the disease
still. But his temper is better.
THE SOCIETY KISS. '
O everyone knows what bliss in a kiss Is,
That's given and taken with plenty of love;
It's one thing at least that never amiss Is
That no one's below, and no one's above.
Bnt save ni, good Jupiter, save us from kisses
Society ladles exchange when they meet;
For clammiest, coldest of courtesies this Is
bans sympathy, sugar and served without heat
Motion one-Parse the lips Just ever so little;
Motion two Btlck your head out, yonr model a
dab your opponent as if lips were brittle,
And using them roughly would cause them to
Betlre In good order, composing yonr features
To look like a statue or death mask of wax
There! yon have all tho rules by which the dear
Eeauce to a science their kissing attacks.
One young lady in this county is likely to
remember for a good while the extraordinary
effect Mr. Booth's triumphant acting as JfcAe
lieu had upon her.
She is tall and appreciated every Inch ot
room she could get in her parquet seat at the
Grand Opera House on Wednesday night
When Mr. Booth began his superb tourde
force, with which the fourth act of "Riche
lieu" closes, this young lady gradually pushed
out her feet It was an involuntary act of
sympathy. As the excitement of the situation
grew those two little feet found their way
clear through the boles which Manager Wilt
has placed for his patrons' feot to rest in under
each seat When the curtain went down this
young laay discovered for the first time where
her feet had gone. It took cautious maneuver
ing to extricate tbem.
"I think it's a horrid shame," said a dande
liontoa plantain, in the new lawn attheSe
wickley railroad station, "that they make that
sign over our heads read, 'Keep Off the Grass.'
They don't warn the public to keep off us; and
if we don't outnumber the grass a thousand to
one I'll go to seed at once."
The plantain merely murmured: "Well, I
BEMEMBERED IN TEE WILL.
Creditors Who Waited Long Will at Last
bo Fallr Paid.
Detroit, October 4. D. M. Richardson, the
match manufacturer, failed in 1S77, and Francis
Adams, an indorser, lost 25,000 by the failure.
Mrs. Mary Crary was also a sufferer to the
extent of 5,000, and the estate of E. S.
Galley dropped several hundred dollars in
the crash. To Mr. Adams Richardson trans
ferred a life insurance policy for 515,000, on
which the assignee has since been paying the
premiums. The other creditors were not in
anyway provided for, and tho claims were
about forgotten, as they had been outlawed.
Richardson resumed business In 1880, and ac
cumulated a fortune. Ho died last week leav
ing an estate valued at fully 81,000,000.
His will was filed for probate to-day. It pro
vides among other things that Francis Adams
shall be paid the full amount of his claim, less
the $15,000 life insurance (and he is to receive
all that he has expended in premiums). Mrs.
Crary is to be paid S0.5UO, and the Galley estate
6350. After these claims are paid the property
is to go to the deceased's family, the widow to
have one-third and the only son, a lad of 18, the
SHE DOESN'T GET THE MONEY.
Bliss Judge Breaks an Engagement
Loses Cash Thereby.
1 SPECIAL TELEGBAM TO THE DISPATCH.
Boston. October 1 A novel suit in relation
to life insurance money was begun in the Su
preme Court to-day. Some time since John J.
McCarthy, whose death recently occurred, be
came a member of the Assessment Insurance
Company, the New England Order of Protec
tion, and bad his certificate made payable
to bis fiance. Miss Sarah J. Judge. Afterward
his engagement with Miss Jndgo was broken,
and subsequent to that McCarthy, who was
taken suddcnlv sick, made a will, in which he
provided that his benefit in the order named
be paid to his parents. The order, however,
was not notified of McCarthy's wish pre
vious to tho tetter's death. The order was,
therefore, about to pay the money to Miss
In the Supreme court this morning full pay
ment was restrained by an injunction issued by
Jndze Devens. UDon the aDOlication of Lawyer
McGeough, who appeared as counsel for Mr.
and Mis. McCarthy to claim the fund on the
ground that the deceased had changed his
beneficiary, and that the insurance company
cannot legally pay the money to Miss Judge, be
cause she Is neither a relativejior a dependent
of the deceased.
F1YE-SC0RE AND TEN.
The Oldest Resident of Lawrence, Mass.,
tSrECIAL TELEORAM TO THE DISPATC7I.I
La whence. Mass., October 4. Mrs. Cather
ine Donovan died to-day at the ripe old ago' of
110 years. She was born in Ireland in 1779, in the
town of Tercastle, Kilkenny. She came to this
city when there was but one honse in it, and
built a little shanty, which she maintained as a
boarding house for the men who were helping
to make the foundations for a town.
Up to the time of her death she kept all her
faculties, and never wore glasses, her sight be
ing perfect. '
Bcwlckley'a Financial Condition,
To the Editor orThe Dispatch.l
The article in your valuable paper of October
4 has some statements that are not correct. In
the first place, the borough valuation, is not
over one-half to two-thirds its worth, and th'e
assessment for all purposes, including county
and State, is not over 10 mills on the valuation.
Second, The water bonds, on which 8 per cent
is paid, is $00,000. These are redeemable in 1892.
and could be floated to-day at 4 per cent. The
Water Commissioners certainly deserve credit
for giving citizens a full supply of perfectly
pure water at a
comparative! smaii expense.
A Constant Reader,
She Is btlll Learning.
From the Chicago Ncws.1
Sir Edwin Arnold is lecturing on Brahman
philosophy in Boston. It was generally snp.
posed that Boston already knew more about
Brahmanlsm than Colonel Brahma himself.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
General Asa P. BInnf.
MAKCnrsTEB, N., H;, October 4. General Asa
P. Blunt died here this morning, aged 62. He was
born In Danville. Vt., served through the Re
bellion as Adjutant Third Vermont Volunteers,
and has been almost continuously in the United
States military service since, receiving various
promotions for meritorious services and filling
many positions of responsibility and honor From
1877 to 1833 he was In charge of the military station
at Fort Leavenworth and was Department Quar
termaster at Boston at the time of his death. He
received his commission as Major General United
SUtes army last Saturday.
Miss Itnth M. Wells.
'ft. Wayne, Ind., October 4. Miss Buth M.
Wells, for SO years a resident of this city, died
yesterday, aged 82. She bequeathed her residence
property, consisting of half a block In the heart
of the city, worth (25,000 to the city, provided an
asvlum lor the blind be erected thereon. Her
mother was for ye afflicted irlth blindness.
Her only relative Is a nephew, Herman Wells, In
John Lyon Smith.
Mtddletown, Conn., October 4. John Ly6n
Smith, the last of the 21 original trustees of Wes
kiCJ . .-1, 1"' "" wty, agea wj. newas
r.born In Edinburgh, and .came to America at an
Ik"178 - fjit, -
ley an umvemty. oiea to-flay, aged S3. He Was
AT ASCENSION CHUfiCH.
A Fashionable. Tea Will be Given This
The fashionable tea given by a few of the
ladies of the Ascension Church, East End, this
afternoon will be one of the most enjoyable
affairs of the autumn. The residence of Mrs.
Neilson Clark, on Fifth avenue, near Aiken
street, will be th'e scene of gayety, and the
plan is to conduct it as a private reception.
The only difference is the guests are expected
to deposit II apiece for tickets.' The names of
the following ladies who will receive are sum-'
cient to guarantee a social success:
Mrs. Neilson Clark, Mrs. Joseph JDllworfb, Jr..
Mrs. Alex. Guthrie, Mrs. James MeCrea, Miss
Guthrie, Miss Nellie Wood. Miss Lonlse' Sneer,
Miss Montgomery, assisted by Mrs. O ranee. Miss
Rlckctson. Miss Irwin. Miss Uoldshlp and tho
Misses May and Antonette Montgomery.
The tables will be presided over by Mrs.
Henry King, Mrs. Alex. Guthrie, Mrs. MeCrea,
Mrs. Joseph Dilworth and Miss Speer.
The object of this is to raise money for the
benefit of the church. Everyone is invited to
attend. The supper, at which a specialty will be
made of chocolate and coffee ice, will be under
the direction of Kuhn. The hours are from
3 to 7.
In a Social Way.
The reception held at the home of Mrs.
Woods, on Walnut street, East End, yesterday,
was a very nleasant one. The honse was hpun.
I tif ully decorated with cut flowers, and about 75
ladies paid honor to the charming hostess. The
repast was served by Kuhn.
Rkv. W. H. Peaeoe, D, D., and his good
wife entertained the members of the Official
Board of the Butler Street M. E. Church, with
their wives, Thursday night at the parsonage
on Fortieth street
Mrs. Jenness Mtli.ee will deliver her
lecture on "Dress Reform" at City Hall,
Market street, on the afternoon of October 15.
Mbs. John Daxzexl will receive a large
number of her friends next Tuesday at her
home in Hawkins.
TEIALS OP THE EXAMINEES.
Civil Service Officials Driven Almost to the
Verse of Insanity.
From the New York Tribune.l
There are men in Washington who reach the
borderland of insanity every three months.
They are the examiners of the Civil Ser
vice Commission. By nightfall of a day
on which an examination takes place
you could not get one of them to swear
to his own sanity. The last examination
was probably the most trying since the com
mission was established, as there "were over 300
applicants in the various rooms. Although
everything is printed as plain as a signboard,
the examiners are harried by foolish questions
at every turn. They first announce as they
prepare to pronounce the words in spelling:
"I shall give the word and then Its definition.
You are to write the word, but not the defini
tion." They say this three times, the last time with
"Did you say to write the definition and not
the wordf comes from the corner of the room
in a man's voice, as the se:ond word is pro
nounced. The words "cymbal" and "symbol" are pro
nounced with their respective definitions.
"Shall we write symbol,' the sign, or the mu
sical instrument first!" again in a man's voice.
This sort of thing keeps np until the exam
iner, maddened, refuses to answer any further
More trouble arises from the necessary red
tape, however, than from anything else. The
numbers are given to each applicant one, the
application number, the other, the examination
number. One middle-aged man at the last
examination insisted on writing his application
number right in the face of the warning which
said: "This space for examination number."
When bis attention was called to it he replied
in an injured tone:
"I've had that number in my mind for two
neeiio. uay aim ingui, ana ii i aian't put It
down there I'd just as like as not forget It.
One of the applicants was asked how he
"First rate," said he, "there was a nice, smart
girl right next to me who passed me all her
papers. There was only one thing 1 couldn't
do, and that was the decimals. I never heard
of decimals Defore."
Equally intelligent was the remark of a
woman who took tho examination:
"I couldn't do that example in Interest" said
she, "that one that read "write in words 5 yrs. 8
mos. 2 wks. 5 hrs.' I never could understand
A W0BDBEFDL SPEED.
Tho Great Bate Attained by tbo New
e Crnlser Baltimore.
Washington, October 4. The report of the
trial board on the cruiser Baltimore relative to
her recent trial run was received at the Navy
Department this morning. The board states
that the average horse power developed by the
engines was 8,977.88, the requirement being
9,000, thus making a deficiency of 22.12, which
would incur a penalty of 82,212. The screw
made an average of 117.9 revolutions a minute,
which, allowing 10 per cent slip, would give her
an average speed of 19 6 knots an hour. The
report states that during the run two of the
indicators, which had been thoroughly tested
before the trial, broke, and it was necessary to
substitute two others which had not been
tested. On the record of these indicators de
pended the record of the development of horse
Secretary Tracy, after reading the report
this morning, decided to waive the question of
acceptance of the vessel until he could hear from
the Cramps, the contractors, as to whether or
not they were willing to let the last trial stand
as the final one. or preferred to have another
trial run with the indicators thoroughly tested.
His deference in the matter is based on the
accident to the indicators. The report shows
that the ship made a wonderful speed, notwith
standing the failure to develop 9,000 horse
power, and the Secretary is inclined to look
upon that achievement as eminently satisfac
tory. Tho allowance made for sup in cal
culating the speed Is a large one.
Best Fnper 'West of the Mountains.
From the Martin's Ferry News.1
The average circulation of The Pittsbubo
Dispatch is 30,015, and of the Sunday edition
.5,643. It is not to be wondered at that The
Dispatch forges ahead at this rate, for it is
the best newspaper published west of the Alle
gheny Mountains, if not in the entire country.
The circulation of The Dispatch increases
because it is deserving.
FurchnsInK Plenty of Silver.
Washington. October 4. During the pres
ent week the Treasury Department has pur
chased, at satisfactory prices, 416,000 ounces of
silver for colnago into standard dollars. Of
this amonnt 75,000 ounces is to be delivered at
the New Orleans Mint, 40,000 onnces to the
Carson City Mint "and 301,000 ounces to the
No One Plspntes It.
From the Detroit Free Press.!
"There are 40 ways in which I can steal, rob,
embezzle and murder and yet keep clear of the
law," says a New York lawyer. No one dis
putes that assertion. Indeed, all will be sur
prised that he has not discovered 100 ways.
THERE IS NO DEATH.
There is no death! The stars go down
To rise upon some fairer sbore.
And bright in heaven's Jeweled crown
They shine forevermure.
There Is no death! The dust we tread
Bhall change beneath the summer showers
To golaen grain or mellow fruit '
Or rainbow-tinted flowers.
The granite rocks disorganize
To feed the hungry moss they bear;
The forest leaves drink dally life
From out the viewless air.
There is no deathl The leaves may fall,
The flowers fade and pass away
They only wait through wintry hours
The coming of theMay.
There is no deathl An angel form
Walks o'er theearth with silent tread:
He bears our best beloved things away,
And then we call them "dead."
He leaves our hearts all desolate:
He plucks our fairest, sweetest flowers
Transplanted into bliss tbey now
Adorn Immortal bowers.
The birdlike voice, whose Joyous tones
Made glad this scene of sin and stitfe,
Blngs now her everlasting song
Amid the Tree of Life.
And when He sees a smile too bright
Or heart too pure for taint or vice,
He bears It to that world of light,
To dwell In Paradise.
Born Into that undying life.
They leave ns but to come again:
With Joy we welcome them-tbe same,
Except In sin and pain.
And ever near ns, though unseen.
The dear, immortal spirit tread;
For all the boundless universe
Is Life there are no Dead. . V-
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GOTHAJL'S GRIST OP GOSSIP.-
Dynamite In a Tin Pail.
NEW TQBK BDBIAC SPECIALS. J
New Yoke, October 4. The police have
done a little toward unraveling the mystery of
the explosion which wrecked the office of J. &
P. Scanlan yesterday morning. A regular in
fernal machine under a thick layer of bread
and cheese in a brand new tin pail did the dam
age. At 7-20 o'clock this morning a working
man found the pail behind the big front door
of the Scanlan office. No one present knew
anything about the pal), and a superficial ex
amination revealed only a few slices of bread
and cheese. The night watchman, who first
told his story to-day, upon going home for
the day placed the pail well inside
of the office, thinking it belonged to
one of the day men. Tho handle of
the pail was found to-day, three-quarters
Imbedded in the wooden celling, directly over
the spot where the pall exploded. The pur
pose of the dynamiter in placing the infernal
machine behind the door was undoubtedly
to blow up F. Scanlan, who usually passes most
of the morning on the threshold, gossiping
with customers. Mr. Scanlan is ready to pay
S500 for the apprehension of the mad who left
Robert Gran Out of Jail,
Theatrical Manager Robert Gran, who, for
the past two months, has been confined in
Ludlow Street Jail in contempt for failing to
appear in supplementary proceedings on a
judgment of 1120, obtained by Minnie Rich
ards, a chorus girl, for salary, was discharged
to-day by Judge Daly, of the Court of Common
Pleas. Gran claimed that the only way he
could pay the judgment was to earn the money.
Not New In Plttsbnrg.
Two young cigar manufacturers here have
just had patented an automatic cigar vending
machine. In return for a nickel in the slot
this machine delivers a 5-cent cigar. The
metal box which covers the Mechanism has a
capacity of 100 cigars. The machines will be
put on tap at elevated railway stations.
Singular Clause of a Win.
The heirs and relatives of the late Wright
Duryea, the millionaire starch manufacturer,
filled the little Surrogate's Court at Jamaica,
L. L, this morning. The will, which they had
come to see probated, distributed the $1,500,000
estate of Mr. Duryea pretty impartially among
the members of his immediate family. His
sons, Louis and Frank, received in equal parts
his Interest in the Glen Cove Starch Manufac
turing Company, the Glen Cove Machine Com
pany and theVosburgh Manufacturing Com
pany. The mos curious feature of the will is
this paragraph: That the monument over my
grave shall to a degree or in one sense indicate
my life. I direct my executors to procure a
large bowlder stone, of not less than 4,000
pounds in weight, in all respects as nature shall
have formed It, its surface being irregular and
with sudden elevations and depressions, smooth
only to a moderate degree, upon which bowlder
stone shall be inscribed, in legible letters of
reasonable size, my name, at; cT ana date of
death and cause; this bowlder stone to be
placed over or at the bead of my-grave, as
soon after my death as li reasonably prac
ticable, upon a substantial foundation of brick
or stone masonry, extending it to a depth of at
least eight feet below the surface of the
ground, which bowlder stone and inscription
thereon shall be the only monument erected
to my memory." The will covers 20 pages ol
They Had the Same Wile.
The United States Consular Agent at one of the
Guatemalan towns is named" Simmonds, and he
has lately come to New Tork on personal busi
ness. To-day he went into Boyle's barber shop,
in Union Square, to be shaved. Mr. Boyle's
taciturnity is not bis best hold, and so be was
chattering away to his helpless customer when
the conversation drifted around to geographi
cal subjects, and finally Mr. Simmonds said be
lived in Guatemala. "Ob, do you?" said Mr.
Boyle. "I have acquaintances there myself."
"Indeed!" said the Consul; "who are they?"
"Ob, well, I knows the s," said the barber;
"A fine family, sir," returned the Consul, with
some emphasis. "I married one of the s.sir."
"Did you, though?" said the barber. "Which
one, sir?" "It was Miss Emma whom I mar
ried." Well, well," said the barber, "just to
think of that! Why, so did L" "What?"
said the Consul, leaping, lathery and half
shaved from the chair. "Why, yes." said the
barber. "Miss Emma, wasn't It? Yes. I mar
ried her once upon a time, but we didn't agree
very well, and one night 1 caught her coming
out of a hotel with a gentleman to whom I bad
never been introduced, so I got a divorce."
"Good Lord," said the Consul, with an empha
sis that shook down two rows of cups and.
turned the spigot in the hot water tank, "that's
what Pve come to New York for to get a di
vorce" At last accounts the Consul, the bar
ber and the barber's best friend were in deep
DE1TES TO A F0ETDSE.
How an Indianapolis Policeman Ha do a
Indianapolis, October 4. William J.
Looney, better known as "Billy." died in
Duarte, Cal., Tuesday. Looney left this city
about a dozen years ago under something of a
cloud It being said he was wanted by tho
police for participation In a brawl, and
escaped from an officer by boarding
a freight train as be ran through
the yards pursued by the officer. He made his
way to Kansas City, where be arrived with 7
cents in his pocket There he entered the
saloon business as barkeeper, raved his money,
bought a saloon for himself, was elected Alder
man and at the time of bis death was worth
SlSCOOa He leaves a wife, bnt no children.
A few months ago while the officer who
chased Looney out of Indianapolis was in
Kansas City, Looney thanked bim heartily for
having, as he said, "chased me into a fortune."
Not Utterly Useless.
From the Chicago Tribune. 1
We tako pleasure in recording the fact that
New York's 400 are not altogether the useless
citizens they are popularly supposed to be. One
ot them, it is claimed, has discovered a sura
cure for warts.
In the fevreet Bye and Bye.
From the 2iew Tork Herald.:
What a magnificent Republic this will be
when Canada applies for admission into the
Union. Destiny brings all these little matters
about in good time.
An Odlce Seckluir a Man.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer.!
When the office seeks the man, it seems to
have jnst about as bard a time of it as the man
has when he seeks the office. Vide the Pension
AN Erie man had great fun the other day by
letting a big eel loose in a crowded store and
telling the people to save themselves, as the
bie rattlesnake had escaped from the dime
museum. In the melee a large quantity of
eoods was badly damaged, boxes and jars
smashed and the floor flooded with molasses.
Four ladles tainted . The eel and the practical
A vest fierce-looking wildcat is on exhibi
tion in a Wheeling store window, and it has
attracted a great deal of attention owing to Its?
appearance. A man who professed to know
all abont wildcats went in to examine it the
other night and there was quite a crowd about
the window. The animal, which is stuffed. In
some way fell from its perch, and the crowd on
the outside made a great scatter, while the old
hunter, on the inside, caue near fainting.
A Mosrok county (O.) man raised 1,000
bushels of potatoes on two acres of ground.
A &ABGE copperhead snake found its way
through a Columbia bydrant
A Wixkesbabre lad of 5 years enjoys a
smoke, and has a fondness for a 4-year-old pipe
of his father's. "
The Carbondale Zeader claims that that
town, with 12,000 inhabitants, drinks LSQ0 kegs
of intoxicants in a month,
A peisoseu in tho custody of a Lancaster
constable was rescued by one of his friends,
and the officer afterward arrested, the rescuer,
bnt on the way to jail he, too, made his esease,
A Pjuuby-UTAMIA exchange speaks of
oHFftnfeaUon ot a JTreew stegtttTeMM.".
One of the patieata in the Iaaaae Kospl
tai at wanes. Pa,, u WiMiaat Nye.
Mr. George W, Tall aad Mies 1Mb
Short were married la Bahteere the otter
An eagle that meawred 8 feet wkh '
its wings spread out wa that the other day at
Rutledge. Ga. The- bird was siKtafc o a piae
tree looking at a 6-montbV old baby.
Good news for the bald and gray heads
comes from Indianapolis. The water from a
sew artesian well thereabouts predaeeeaew
crops of hair and turns gray beards Maei.
While out walking with nieawtter at
Canton, Mass., a little sea of Charles Swbhwi
was attacked by a large gray squirrel, wk4eh
ran no bis clothes aad sevenlv hit sad
I scratched his face.
B. P. tarker, & Blacksfeeu'i Mill,
Laurens county, Ga, has a boy baby 1
months and 14 days old. At 4 months andM
days he had two teem, and weighed 3? possess
and could sit alone.
The annual cost per man la sesae of tba
armies of Europe i: M la Great Britain, jl
inAustro-Hufigary, 48 la Germany. 238.18 la
Russia. Switzerland comes at Hie hoMea ot
the list, with as aasaal cost of only St per
A physician of Bale, N. J Jar a
morning glory growing In bis yard that kq&He
a phenomenon, a seed la oae of toe Monms
having sprouted and grows a vise ot eesfMer-
able length, on the esd of whlea it anesaer
A large force ot raea axe sew at Trk .
inCoyocan, south of theCKvof Mextee.dteetar
la... - - - - TT- A
r ior tne treasure saenosed to have beea 1
oy ttionieiuma. Ther are eaaMaat of snaassnx
and have already discovered a number of Astee 4
.A New Tork florist says: 'It seay
seemstegalar.but Pve beea keepieg a record
for thd 20 years past, aad I have faaad Oat
nine murderers out of ten are ardent admirers
of. flowers, and most of them prefer daWei aad
Forty tramps west about St Helena,
Montana, the other day, actually begging for
employment They were put to work In a
vineyard the same day, the story goes, but by
the next afternoon all exceptteg three had dis
appeared from the sceaeof their brief acHri-
The farm ol William Blodget, three
miles from EUIcottarule, K. Y has a flae
apple orchard, nearly every tree of which la
now in bloom for the secoad tlaae-taJe seaaea.
The orchard is on rather low groaad aad it Is
thought that the recast wet weather has oaased
Henry Collasi, of Hall esvar, Ga.,
has lately made a will leaving all his property'
to the blind, one-armed aad oae4egd Ceeiea ,
ertte veterans of Hall and White oout.fa .
Is the father of several children, "who are tstaa i
debarred from any right to his property, wMek ;'
WUUUttU Ml SUVUb SJ.V,1Xk
Green Howell, a 53-yeatf-old negro Kt
lng near Gainesville, Ga., was as black as the '
ace of spades 25 years ago. Then two white
spots about the size of a nickel appeared upoa
his skin. Tbey continued to spread aatH he
is now spotted all over and appears likely to
Decome as wmte as any Caucasian.
Amos Haynes, of Richmoad, lad., died
Wednesday from the effects of basspiag his v
head in going upstairs. This was Monday -S
night, and nothing was thought of It next day A
save to laugh at it at the breakfast table. But ,
before noon he was prostrated as by paralysis, '
including his entire right side. The skullwas
not fractured, but the physicians say his blood 5
vessels were unnaturally weak aad the jar ban
one In the brain. v'
James O'Brien, Jr.. of Danes, Ga.,
was out In the rain and got thoroughly wet
When he returned he went to bis room for the
purpose of changing his clothing-. After select
ing all necessary articles, with the exception of
a pair ot sock, he pulled open the bottom
drawer of the bureau, expecting to find them
there, but to his great astonishment upon opea- .
ing a box. in which he usually kept his ties, ha
found coiled therein a snake about 26 inches
Although a postal telegraph system has
been in operation In England for so many years,
it is only during the current moath that facili
ties for telegraphing money have beea afforded
the country. Now in 18 of the largest clues a -;
money order can be telegraphed from or paid ft
at the. postoffice, but already there are com- "
plaints that no saving is effected by tee new
system. Telegraphing is saoa slow work m tbe, . , .
old country, and the man service is se'exeep- f
tlonally rapid, that a letter of tea beats a- tele
gram in a fair race.
There are many Helilahs, hut oaty oae
Samson, and he is performing at the Royal
Aquarium in London at present, where his
feats of strength are certainly of an original
and marvelous character. The spectator, as he
watches, feels that it is better to be friendly
with such a man. for with a blow of bis fist be
breaks an Iron chain that will bear a pressure
of 3,000 pounds. With his two hands grasping
a short chain of 2,600 pounds ascertained pres
sure, he makes a momentary effort aad pass
the iron chain to- bits.
A remarkable mistake was made at the
opening of the Industrial Fair at Toronto. Sir -
John Macdonald had made his opening speech
of congratulation, and before calling upon bim
to press an electric button starting the ma
chinery. President Withrow invited oae or two
other speakers to deliver addresses, Oae of
them was Mr. John Leys, M. P. P. for Toronto.
He advanced to the front and laid his heavy
white hat right on top of the electric button.
Instantly there was a shrieking of whistles, and
the machinery in the building began to run.
The crowd roared with laughter, and after
much gesticulation aad running aboat the
managers stopped the proceeding, and the
machinery was restarted by Sir John and Lady
A congress of chemists was held recent
ly in Germany in which several notable scien
tific diversions were exhibited. Oae In par
ticular attracted special attention. Dr. Hoff
mann, of Cologne, gave a shortlecture enumer
ating the difficulties experienced by students in
remembering the constitution of organic com
pounds, and proposed an original method of
fixing the formula in their memory. A ballet
then commenced. In which the corypaees,
dressed in various colors, represented the dif
ferent atoms. Under the direction of the pro
fessor, the atoms groaned themselves in differ
ent attitudes, renresenting the chemical com
pounds and their reactions. Specially note
worthy were the composition of benzole and
aniline and its derivatives. On the formation
of f uschlne, or any of the coloring- matters,
DTiuiani ugnia uiumiuaiea ine groups. Acs
representation terminated In the explosion of
one of the substances. This "excelsior ballet"
was the crowning event ot the evening.
FASCIE3 OF FUNNY MEN.
The right man in the right place the
tramp at the woodpile. Burlington free Prat.
There is a great movement on the part of
the anarchists when'the barkeeper offers to treat
to beer. Troy Prut
And Get E"ired. First Match I think
I shaU strike.
Second Match-I wood. If. T. Ban.
The woman who carries her handkerchief
In her corsage should remember tho fate of the
man In the fable who warmed a wiper In bis bosom.
Tern Hants Exprtii.
There are few society belles who have not
a record of conquest made with the assistance of
smokeless powder. There is nothing; new under
the nn.WaiMngton Capital.
Young Bnifldns passed his sister the paper, -remarking:
"Here's something that may Inter
est yon so long as you have determined to ride a
"What Is It?"
The fall fashions. "Wtuhingtm Capital,
THE DIPLOMATIC MAH3KN'.
"Doa't love me for my wealth or brains 1"
He asked the maid with words intense.
To which she made this wise reply:
I love you, dearest, for yourJ
An Interruption. "Sixteen years ago,
my friends," vociferated the aery socialist ora
tor, with flashing eye and gleaming- nose, "I left
England and came to this country "
Thank the Lord, " exclaimed a devout Ea
glishman in the audience with much feeling-.
McCrackle Didn'tyou tell me that Maflg
doi belonged to the better element onociw
"Well, I've seen him coming oat of gambuag
.v... v. ... t- That's what Zvl
MM." ff r. ft-un.
Bennie Mamma, do people really buy
u.n .n .mm. nf coarse. Bun out t
i r, iTria.f- va l,vt4.0, v..'-. " -
ti.i.i 1 -- .fniiTi Then why- Is lt,f
mamma, that poor people bay more of 'em than J
anybody ttei-CMcago TWSan- $,$
Reassuring. Guest (angrily) CeafoaadS
yoarawkwartaewl You've spu S ,
xvu-unut (heartily) Don't mtadtCi
sirl'X Mm sees more. IHess'joa.-ltfcew'al
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