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PITTSBURG. MOKPAY. DEC. 16. 1BSB.
1HE VINDICATION OF AMEBICAK LAW.
The last information from Chicago, as
will be seen from our special dispatches, is
that the jury in the Cronin murder case has
agreed upon a verdict of guilty against all
the defendants. The statement cannot be
absolutely verified, of course, nntil the ver
dict is formally announced to-day; but as it
(, comes from reliable sources, it may be ac
cepted as probably correct
. This ends the most important criminal
trial of the country, since that of the An-
archists. Indeed, in some respects, it in
volved a greater and more vital issue than
the former case. While the Anarchists
took the attitude of claiming the
to murder without regard to
they did not present any
indications of entrenchments
within the citadel of justice itself, by whicn
to defeat and defy punishment In this
case the right of organized murder was
ipfactically asserted, and there were abun
dant signs of conspiracy among the officers
of the law to prevent conviction.
'It is a subject of congratulation that any
such attempt to override and defy the law
ihas been defeated. While the evidence
may not be best judged of at this distance,
it can be said that the general opinion will
undoubtedly sustain the verdict, and hold
that the evidence, though circumstantial,
fixed on the defendants, beyond a reasonable
doubt, as the men who murdered Dr.
Cronin as the result ot a secret society
The lesson 'of the verdict should not be
lost. It is plainly that the animosities ot
other nations cannot be permitted to over
ride the protection of life by the laws of the
United States. If the star chamber edicts
of secret and exotic societies undertake to
deal out lire and death, the murderers will
be dealt with by our laws.
NOT TO BE USED THAT WAY.
The remarkable attentions which the Gov
ernments of England and Germany are
-showering upon Stanley are doubtless
prompted, in large measure, by genuine ad
miration of bis remarkable exploits, but
bTiuiere is aise a posnoie prompting oi seu-in-
of the great explorer. Both Germany and
England are doing their utmost to extend
their African possessions; and the Govern-
iiment which can secure the services of Stan
ley can count on large gains from his
enertrv and kuowledre of the conntrv. But
Jif "anything can be interred from Stanley's
previous career, it will be a decided refusal
on bis part to sink to the position of agent
for the territorial aggrandizement of any
single European power in its African pos
sessions. He may have influence enough to
restore the policy ot impartial protection
and open trade free from monopolies. If
he secures that it will be a fitting crown to
his wonderful African career.
HEADERS OF THE MESSAGE.
An inquisitive New England paper
adopted the plan, the other day, of polling
a number of the citizens of its town as to
whether they had read the President's mes
sage. The results of the inquiry present the
f" remarkable fact that of 202 responsible citi
zens 11 bad read the entire message; 66 had
read portions of it; 2G had not read it at all;
B had not noticed the message; 87 had read
'the press comments, and 17 had not. The
returns show that, of the total number, over
three-quarters had given enough attention
to the message to read something about it,
Ibut that the number which waded faithfully
through the entire document was about one-
'third as many as those who paid no atten
tion to it
" This showing, which can probably be
duplicated with slight variations at any
point throughout the country, may give our
statesmen some new light as to the awfnl
ijpublic importance of their deliverances.
rWe need not repeat Mark Twain's famous
scheme for enlivening the public documents
with a humorous deDartment: or nronose tn
attract attention to them by brightening
them up with the current device of news
paper illustration. It is well to recognize
the necessity of a considerable degree of
decorous dullness in these publio docu
ments, when the nation is at peace; and we
can even paraphrase a famous saying to
read: Happy is the land when the
'resident's messages put their readers to
Bnt, under this showing of the calm
"(ability of a majority of the public to resist
itie thrilling passages of the annual public
Idocnment, might not our rulers accept a re
Ivised idea ol the importance of their utter-
lances? Instead of frowning upon the news-
Ipaper world as banded together to steal the
Sprecions documents, should not the Presi-
Kdent gratefully accept the offer of any
newspaper that is willing to print the
i message when it is fresh news?
AS TOBIVALED APPETITE.
.-.The question of how to get an appetite is
lone that vexes a large((portion of highly
civilized society; and the answer is at last
sfurnished. It is only necessary to get sent
Ito jail in Cohoes, 27. Y., and appetite will
Sbe.one of the most prominent features. That
(is the obvious deduction from some unique
fc. accounts of that institution which have just
- reached the sunlight of publicity. Two
prisoners are credited with 14 loaves of
f Ibread 2nd six pounds of coffee per dav, and
llwhen the nnmber was reduced to nnr the
allowance per capita was larger. But this
.& frecora is smasoea or me tact mat when the
jail became empty the consumption of vict-
fttals went on at the same alarming rate.
his last touch reaches the height of genius
land extorts our unwilling admiration. An
institution where no inmate at all can con-
Ssurae a large amount of bread and coffee
aaily must be conceded to be the champion
Isplacelo develop an appetite for profit in
Itbe.officials having charge of the place.
.SHEW YORK'S ELECTRICAL C0BTEST.
be contest between the electrio lighting
(companies of Xew York and the authori-
tiesiwho-'seek to maintain the safetv of bp
atregilVtobk new turnlast week, in the
preme Court overruling the remarkable de
cision of Judge Andrews, which forbade
any interference with dangerous wires.
This decision came Justin time to be empha
sized by the death of another employe of
an electric company from touching an ex
It is a singular feature of this affair that
when this decision was announced, and the
authorities set promptly at work-to remove
the dangerous wires, the representatives of
the electric lighting companies came for
ward and stated that they were willing to
take down the defective and badly insulated
poies ana wires at tneir own -expense.
This gracious announcement after
the decision of the courts had
made it certain that if they did not do so,
the public authorities would do it for them,
affords a striking contrast to their previons
inaction. Judge Andrews' decision gave
them several weeks in which they could
have taken down and repaired the danger?
ous wires at their own expense; but so long
as the only reason for doing so was the pro
tection of human life they did not consider
any such effort necessary. Now that they
find themselves defeated in their poller ot
keeping up wires that cause an almost daily
slaughter,they are benevolently willing to
do the work, provided they have permission
"to repair badly insulated wires" which
proposition it is pleasant to note was curtly
This remarkable display of corporate care
lessness for the public safety, except under
compulsion, contains a whole sermon against
the practice of granting privileges in the
streets without the most careful conditions
for preserving the rights and safety of the
STICKING TO PLEDGES.
Prom our Washington special it will be
seen that some of the Western Pennsylvania
Congressmen are indulging in the Biblical
vice of Jeshurun because the President does
not make a general distribution of the post
offices in the districts, withdut waiting for
tho terms of the present incumbents to ex
pire. Jeshurun, it may be remembered,
waxed fat and kicked: The Bepublican
Congressmen may not have waxed fat, and
it is certain that the expectant qmong their
constituents have not; but they are making
up for that by the violence of their kicking.
It is one of the creditable features of the
Harrison administration that it has held
so nrmly to the principle of permit
ting Democratic postmasters, against whom
there are no charges, to serve out
their full terms. The example was set by
President Cleveland; bnrtbe principle he
laid down was reduced to a by-word bv his
Assistant Postmaster General's famous con
struction of "offensive partisanship" under
which nearly every Bepublican postmaster
could be removed without regard -to his
efficiency or integrity. The present admin
istration having been elected on a civil
service platform, cannot afford to go back
ward. While this rule is by no-means per
fect civil service reform, it is satisfactory
that the administration has so much sin
cerity and firmness as to resist the clamor
ous importunity of the Congressmen more
firmly than even its Democratic predecessor.
The Congressmen should possess their souls
in patience, and not permit their buneer
for the offices to get the better of their repu
tation as supporters of Bepublican prin
ciples. The foreign epidemic of influenza is not
needed in this country. We can be entirely
content with the indigenous and sporadic
description that we enjoy as the result of! our
unparalleled general humidity.
In a fine fit of sarcasm over the census
appointments, a Southern paper says: "it is
taken for granted that Mr. Andrew Carnegie
will indite the treatise on iron production and
the necessity of fostering that tender industry.
Any monopolist can write the chapter on the
American worklngman's enormous wages and
luxurious ways of living." It Is true, if our
Southern paper would take the trouble to put
it that way, that anyone, monopolist or other
wise, will find little difficulty in showing that
the workingmen of the Pittsburg iron industry
enjoy what would seem 'enormous wages and
luxurious ways of living" In comparison with
those which negro labor gets in the South,
Senatob Wisdom's silver scheme
was an earnest effort to sit down between twd
stools; and It has met with the usual tumble
that attends upon such attempts.
Concerning the decision of the Michi
gan Sunreme Court that "there is nothing
in the Constitution to prevent the Bepublican
party from sending an idiot or an ignoramus to
Congress," the Philadelphia -Record remarks:
"Republican members who have lost money by
Silcott are thus assured of the tenure of their
seata." It also follows that the Democratic
members who are responsible for Silcott's in
cumbency cannot hare their qualifications dis
puted; but the Democratic Record singularly
omits to mention that phase of the matter.
President Cleveland's Boston speech
may suggest to Governor Hill that he might
study the encyclopedia or other Instructive
works with great advantage-
The important piece of information is go
ing the rounds that the wife of Joseph Johnston
once said to a friend that the wife of Jefferson
Davis dressed like an Indian squaw. The repe
tition of the remark to Mrs. Davis is asserted
to be the reason why Mr. Davis removed Gen
eral Johnston and put General Hood in his
place. This is argued to show that women are
incapable of exerting political power; but Its
real significance, if trne, is that the husbands
must be as Mg fools as the women, to'have theand Oriental languages at the University of
latter's foolishness do any harm.
The Signal Service's cold waves are al
most as f ugacions as the several oatcs fixed for
the starting of the Central Traction Company's
John Keenan, of New York, while on
the street the other day saw a black cat cross
his path twice. Indignant at being hoodooed
in that manner he hurled a stone at the cat and
broke a show window, for which he bad to pay
SW). The incident is held to show the bad lack
which follows upon having a black cat cross
your path; and while that view of the matter
may be questioned, all will agree that it is ex
ceedingly bad luck to throw a stone at a cat
and bit a plate-glass window.
The hanging seems to have been trans
ferred from the Cronin jury to the locality
where.it will do the most good.
Me. Edtvaed Bellamy, of "looking
Backward" fame, has given his attention to
the question, "What Can be Done With the
Servant Girl T" in a recent magazine article
If Mr. Bellamy can solve the servant girl ques
tion and is then able to discover the way to re
form the mistresses, he will probably bring
aooui tne millennium, without resorting to his
Idea of running everything by government con
tracts. BB1CE BOYS AN 'ORGAN.
The Democratic Chairman Said to Have
Purchased m Colnmbas Paper.
CoLniBCS, December 15. It Is stated noon
the authority of Mr. John A. MoMahon,of
Dayton, that Calvin SBrice has concluded ar-raiig-menu
for the purchase of the Evening
Potfof this city, which will be conducted here
after aslit personal organ.
The Pott was established here about a year
ago by J. C. WcCullouch, ot Toledo, former
ownrnf the Toledo Bee. It was afterward
made a stock concern: moit of th loc.i Dunn.
cratlcpollttcians taking smiUlaterests-'u! .
GOOD IN EVERY WAY.
Yesterday's 28. Page Dispatch a Newsy and
Yesterday's mammoth triple number of The
Dispatch was bright, newsy and entertaining.
Besides a full record of important events in all
parts of the world, it contained many pages
filled with original contributions from the pens
of famous authors. Every purchaser got many
times the worth of bis money.
The epidemic of influenza is rapidly spread
ing in Europe. Physicians are unable to tell the
cause, it attacks royalty as well as the com
mon herd, and no country appears entirely ex
empt. The English gas stokers bave been de
feated in their strike. Balfour Is accused of
contemplating matrimony. The prospective
bride is a Scotch girl and the daughter of a
Gladstonian. The German Government has
refused to accept :tho hill exempting theolog
ical students from military duty. The activity
of the Socialists is causing much political dls
Franklin B. Gowen, ex-President of the
Beading Railroad, committed suicide at a
Washington hotel. The Cronin jury had
reached no verdict up to a late hour Saturday
night. Kllrain has been adjudged by a Missis
sippi jury not guilty of prize fighting, but guilty
of assault and battery. He was fined 200, and
sentenced to two months in jail, but the case
was appealed and bail given. The Federation
of Labor provided for assessing its members 2
cents a week to prepare for a strike on the
eight-hour question. It adopted an address,
asking that the K. of L. discontinue and re
voke the charters of all trades assemblies and
districts within their order, pledging itself in
turn to urge its members to becomo
members of mixed assemblies of the K. of It
No trace has yet been discovered of the miss
ing Philadelphia banker, J. G. Ditman. The
South Carolina Legislature, by a unanimous
vote, repealed the civil rights law of that State.
The latest phases of the contest for the Be
publican Gubernatorial nomination in Penn
sylvania were set forth in a Philadelphia tele
gram. Official investigation of the publio in
stitutions in Utah discloses the fact there has
been a systematic misappropriation of f nnds
by penitentiary officials and others. An edict
of the Para Government taxing the dealers in
rubber has caused a great advance in the price
of that commodity,
Local labor leaders and employers discussed
the contract labor law, and suggested methods
for enforcing It. The great coal deal has not
yet been consummated. Carnegie, Phipps A
Co. bave received an order from the Govern
ment for SS0.000 worth of steel plate. J. M.
Kelly was expelled from the Trades Council.
The Fort Wayne Railroad Is to lay another
double track between Allegheny and Conway.
It is estimated that the work will cost 300,000.
Al Johnson's Inside history of the Brother
hood, Pringle's review and the snorting news
In full occupied the sixth page,
Hon. Henry Hall related bis exneriences in
the "tough" districts of London in a well writ
ten and interesting article in the second part.
"A World on Wheels," by Frank Jenks, con
tained a hnmorous account of the boundless
possibilities and remarkable uses' ot an in
vention contemplated by an ingenious Pitts
burger. Thorn a Branch pleasingly sketched
the ways of the shoplifter and the female klep
tomaniac Allan Boyd Jardlne gave a pen-
portrait of the fallen monarch. Com Pedro.
Frank Carpenter contributes Interesting gossip
concerning the new Senators and other great
men at the Capital. Brenan depicted scenes on
the Pittsburg streets and bridges. "The Col
legian's Sweetheart," by Wong Batska Foo
and Albert Dayton, was a charming novelette.
A fairy story by Beinrichs, the continuation of
"Joshua," and articles by Belva A. Lockwood,
Clara Belle, Ablo Bates, Bev. George Bodges.
George Goldlo, James C. Pnrdy. Searight,
Jessie Fotherglll, Bumbalo, Young, Bessie
Bramble and others, were also included in the
large assortment of excellent reading matter
in the second and third parts.
A MARE OF ESTEE1T.
An Employe of the P. B. B. Blnde the Be
clplent of n ITnndsome Present-
Mr. Clayton L. Wilson, for eight years con
nected with the Pennsylvania Railroad, in the
west-bound department, who, to accept a posi
tion with Carnegie, Pblpps & Co., tendered his
resignation several days ago, was the recipient
of a handsome present from his fellow-clerks
Saturday evening. It consisted of a gold pen
and holder, inkwelljand stand.
Shortly before the closing of business
Thomas F. Jelly announced that W. W. McEl
heney, a rising young law student, desired to
make a few remarks, and in a neat and appro
priate speech Mr. McElheney presented the
writing set In behalf of his fellow-clerks, pay
ing a glowing tribute to the many good quali
ties possessed by the recipient, and wishing
him much success in his new position
Mr. Wilson responded in a fitting manner,
kindly thanking one and all for their token of
regard. A general handshaking ensued. Mr.
Wilson leaves the P. K. R. with many friends,
who wish him every success in his new enter
prise. PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Vbbdi is spending the winter in a hotel at
Milan, engaged in making notes for a new
The oldest member of the French Legion of
Honor is a soldier 99 years old,tbe last survivor
of the battle of Trafalgar.
Galusiia A. Grow is In Washington. The
capital now entertains a nnmber of ex-Speakers
of the House Banks, Grow, Blame, Randall
Hon. W. B Flicking, member of the State
Legislature from the First, or Erie city dis
trict, has just arrived in Washington, D. C,
from Quitman, Georgia, where he has been
for his health. He bad almost entirely lost
the uso of his vocal organs, but has apparently
Repeesentative WrxxiAH Mabtet, of
Texas, who bad a good deal ot fun poked at
him during the last session of Congress, is the
heaviest smoker in official life at Washington.
He is always smoking cigars. He is not par
ticular as to the brand, quality, style or prlc.
All he requires of a cigar is that It shall draw
Pkof. MttbkaY, of Oxford, England, who
was married recently to Lady Mary Howard, is
only 21 years of age, and is probably the young,
est man ever elected to a first-class chair at any
of the greatEngllshu Diversities. He and his best
man, Prof. Margollouth, were for a Jong time
the most distinguished scholars in classical
Two of the daughters of Sir Henry Aaron
Isaacs, the new Lord Mayor of London, are
deaf and dnmb, but they have been so admir
ably educated on the oral system In Holland
that they can by lip-reading even understand
what goes on at a theater. They bave such
bright, intelligent faces that no one could possi
bly imagine them to be deprived of two of the
A lady well known in Boston society having
been Informed that the poet Whlttier, when he
received an Inspiration, was wont to retire to a
certain corner of a certain room and there
kneel, while he reduced his thought to words,
at once, with her own fair hands, made a
handsomely embroidered cushion. , This she
o mveyed herself to Oak Knoll, and formally
presented it to Mr. Whlttier, although she bad
not had the slightest previous acquaintance
with the poet.
A HEART AND HAND CONCERT.
An Excellent Boater of Participants In a
In the concert for the benefit of the Heart
and Hand Society of the Third Presbyterian
Church, to be given In the chapel of that
church next Thursday evening, a great many
prominent musical people will take part.
The concert has been prepared under the
management of Miss Madge G. Irwin, and the
following are the namesof those who will make
the evening a very enjoyable one:
Mr. Jean Wallace Webster. Mrs. Scott,
Mlses Mamie Beock, Caroline Schmertz, Jen
nie Evans, Annie Flower, Carrie Lang. Jessie
Raynor. and Messrs. H. B. Brockett and Frank
DEATHS OP A DAI.
Mrs. Margaret OledlU.
isrECiALTn-KonAii to the nisPATcn.t
Caktox. O., December IS. -Mrs. Msryaret Me
dlll, mother or Joseph Aledlll, editor of the Chi
cago Tribune, died at her residence In this city
lastntcat, after a Unirerlnjr illness'" from dropsy,
aged 87 yean. -Shehas been a resident of this
place for many years; and was noted for her graces
vt,uuuu Attn nwu oicusriiy.
THE CRITIC'S REVIEW.
Paintings Bentulftillr Duplicated lu n Rook
Water Colors Faithfully Reproduced
PIctnrea nnd Pastry From Abroad Chit,
dren'a Floral Fnbllcailons Varied Styles
of Books for Holiday Bayers.
The handsomest book which The Critic has
been able to discover this season in the book
stores is Facsimiles o Aquarelles (Frederick
A. Stokes 4 Bra; J. B. Weldtn 4 Co.; J12 SO).
Its generous proportions, its embossed cover
edged with vellum. Its fine paper and strong
binding, make a fitting environment for its
charming pictures. It represents a great ad
vance In two arts, in the art of water-color
painting and m the art of color lithography.
This latter art has so recently won a standing
for excellence that the word "chromo," which
characterized its earlier attainments, has still
a most inartistic sound in our ears. A really
successful "chromo" is, however, an important
work of art, for it means the accurate repro
duction of color; it means that a painting can
be practically duplicated and multiplied to
give inspiration and pleasure to thousands. The
fine pictures of the Arundel Society are simply
snecessful "chromos." The "Fac-slmiles of
Aquarelles" which are presented in this book
belong to the same high class.
The art of water-color painting has made an
advance almost as'notable. In 1833, at the New
Tork Crystal Palace .exhibition "a handful ot
water-colors shown modestly npon a screen,"
represented, both In quality and quantity, all
that bad been done at that day in an art wbic,u
was thought to be best fitted for the abilities
of young ladles at boarding schools. To-day
out of a great nnmber of competing pictures,
the Water-Color Society selects 700 to show at
its annual exhibition. Borne of the best work
which is being done now by artists is done in
The art ot painting and the art of accurate
reproduction meet at a high, point of perfection
in these eight pictures. There are figure
studies by Mr. Percy Moran, Mr. Ferris, Mr.
Symington and Mr. Paul Moran. Mr. Paul
Moran's is perhaps the least pleasing, being a
sketch of any airy maiden standing upon noth
ing and offering a rose to a dragon with a fiery
tongue and a tail of blue ribbon. The airy
maiden, however, is quite pretty. The tall,
tastefully and qualntily clad ladles of Mr.
Perc Moran and Mr. Ferris are very fair to
see. Mr. Barnsleyhas "an old-time merchant
man" with whole acres of spreading sail. Mr.
McVicar has a picture entitled "Vain Begrets," .
wnich reminds one of his good work in Life.
A group of pretty, chubby children picking
dandelions is the contribution of Miss Hum
phrey. A delightful spring landscape of green
fields and trees in blossom is the work of Mr.
William Hamilton Gibson.
Mr. Ripley Hitchcock has prefaced the book
with a valuable review of American water-color
pointing. Beside each picture Is a paragraph de
scriptive of the artist, with a little sketch of his
face; and a reproduction in half-tones of one of
his other works.
"Designed in England. Printed in Germany,"
is set at the foot of the first page of a great
number of pretty books of pictures and poetry,
published by Hildeshelner and Faulkner, of
London, imported by George C. Whitney, and
for sale here by J. B. WeldinACo. These
books are printed in the attractive monotint
which is the specialty of certain German art
A. Book of Old Ballads, the most important
ot these publications, is a collection of good
poetry, with pictures, by Alice Havers. The
ballads are of the order of "Comln' Thro' the
Bye." Bobert Burns and Thomas Moore are
the favorite authors. Some of the pictures are
clumsily drawn, but the soft colors make even
inferior work pleasant to look upon, and the
general effect is good. Two or three subjects
are so ill-chosen thai the book would be im
proved by the omission. The less pretentious
drawings are the better. The rustic dancers in
"Come let us seek the oaken grove" are very
Among the Daisies, by F. EL Wetherly, is a
pretty book for a child. The verses are simple
and good, and the full-page pictures in color,
by M. Ellen Edwards, are bright and attractive.
There is one especially lively little picture of
Child ren and kittens. Needles and Pins is an
other pretty book in the same style. Michael
Drayton's Shepherd's Daffodil gives the name
to a little bundle of pastoral ballads delight
fully illustrated. Among a great company of
other little books sent ns by this house, and
all of them good, we have space to notice only
Songs of the Birds and Toilers of the Sea and
A Happy Childhood. The latter is a little book
just right for a Christmas remembrance for a
child. These booklets, with their pretty verses
and charming pictures, are taking tbe place ot
Christmas cards by survival of the fittest.
Speaking of Christmas cards, calls at once to
mind the house ot Prang A Co., who send us
this year a great bundle of samples of their
Holiday Publications. Among the cards,
"Bed Letter Days" pleases ns most. Old
Father Time points out to a little child the
great days of the year personified by a group
of charming boys and girls in appropriate cos
tumes. A little folding calendar for 1690, with
children holding a wreath, is particularly good.
Four little books with illustrations in color by
Louis K. Harlow are worthy of more ex
tended mention than we can give.
"Haunts of Emerson," with pictures
ot the house and study, and glimpses
of tbe river, the pond and the woods; "Snnlight
and Shadow," with pictures of landscapes in
twilight; "Good Luck," In which new moons,
and old shoes, and horseshoes, and rice and
wishbones are brought to remembrance in
verse and sketch with equal grace; and "Golden
Sunsets," in v,hich the words of famous poetry
are set to the musio ot pleasant pictures, "A
Fishing Town" being especially pretty, make
attractive little souvenirs for this season of
Another example of good work in color
lithography is Gondola and Palace (Frederick
A. Stokes A Bro.;J. K. Weldon C6.;S2 00).
The Doge's Palace, the Bridge of Sighs, the
Arsenal and the Piazza and Campanile are re
produced from the familiar illuminated photo
graphs, with accompanying text ' from the
writings of Charles Triante. The Star Spangled
Banner and The Landscape Calendar come
from the same publishers and the same book
sellers. The pictnres in these pages are sketches
of American scenery.
From Lee & Shepard, througn J. B. Weldln
& Co., we receive several pieces of color work
On; Herrie Christmas Time, and A Happy
Jfew Year to You, and Hurrah for tie New
Tear. Little cats and dogs and boys and girls
dance through these little pictures. Our
Baby's Book is just what some father and
mother are looking for, with a place for tbe
date of baby's birth and christening, a space
for his picture and lot a lock of his hair, and
plenty of room for a chronicle of bis bright
sayings, all bo and np in fine shape with chains
Bally in Our Alley (White & Allen; H.
Watts & Co., $1 25), Is an ideal setting of this
most delightful old ballad. Tne Illustrations
are by Joseph Lauber. Fart of the pictnres
are in monotint, part in rich color and all, with
out exception, excellent. The work of printer
and picture-maker is so uniformly good that
one hesitates to express a preference. This Is
"Sally" just as she looked when hir prentice
lover wooed her in "our alley,''
One. Two, Three, Four (Frederick A Stokes
& Bro.; J. B. Weldln & Co.; 91) Is another of
Miss Humphrey's children's books. Four
small boys and girls, with verses set beside
their pictures, make up the contents.
Jn o Fair Country (Lee & Shepard; J. R.
Weldln & Co.) is one of that series of books
which holiday buyers look for, with pictures
by Miss Irene E. Jerome. The text is by Colo
nel HIgginson, and is mads np of selections
from his "Outdoor .Essays." xne length of the
lines makes the reading rather difficult,bnt the
main feature is, plainly enough, the pictures.
These sketches of green pastures and still
waters take one out into hearing of tbe
birds. They are a, sufficiently true account
of the fresh fields through which
the artist has been wandering, and they
bring with them tbe rustle of the leaves and
the plash of the waves, and the fragrance of tbe
flowers. Mr. Hlgginson's appreciative papers
will seem to some readers to bring them even
closer to nature and make them see more than
the artist shows; but to most the charm of the
book Is In tbe pictures. The publishers have
given it a cover of cluth of gold.
The pictnres aro sn good in Legend Laymare
(J. B Lipplncott Co.t J. B. Weldln fc Co.;
f2 50) that one can quite easily forget the
poetry. The photogravure Illustrations show
some ot the best artistic work of Jthls season."
Mr.'Bolton Sons' svcase-rsf.Mr?DenBfts'S 1-.'
maiden, Mr. Swords' and Air. UiluunV va"ers
and canons, and especially Mr, William T.
Richards' picture of the jsurf, are a satisfaction
and a delight.
The Wooing of Grandmother Grey (tea &
Shepard; J. B, Weldln & Co.) is pleasantly
told in verse by Kate Tannatt Woods, ana in
drawings by Charles Copeland. Tho homely
story is set forth in homely fashion, Christ
mas Eve is the time, and thus a touch ot the
holiday spirit is given to the old-fashioned tale
ot rural courtships. Tne popping-corn picture
is noticeably quaint and real. The faces and
positions in the right band one ot the two pic
tures in which the ring is tried on are ex
Jtao and Hi Friends (J. B. Lipplncott Co.;
J. B. Weldln & Co. SI 0) is illustrated by Her
mann Simon and Edmunb H. Uarrett. Hero
is good Dr. John Brown for frontispiece, and
Stont old, honest, brave and tender Bab him
self and his friends, pictures out like life, an
edition of this pathetic story. The best of any
which the lovers of "Bab ana His Fiiendsr'
We know before we look inside what we will
find in The Good lhings of "Life" (Frederick
A. Stokes & Bro.t J. R. Weldln & Co.. $2 50).
Author's preface, "Thoughts on Truth in Art,"
come sin well with cotemporary discussion of
realism in fiction. Among the numerous illus
trations which adorn these two stately volumes
is a dainty little etching of Cinq Mars, vhich
shows the strong face of that Ill-starred hero.
There are IS exquisite full page etchings by
Gaujean. The publishers have set torth this
masterslece of French, romance in a worthy
QUESTIONS BEFORE CONGRESS.
Business Likely to Come Up Before the
WASHlXGTOir, December 15. Congress this
week will provide for the usual Christmas holi
day and will adjourn, doubtless, from next
Friday, December 20, until Monday, the 6th of
January. Aside from action on this subject,
the completion of committee organization, the
further introduction of bills and the confirma
tion of numerous recess appointments, there
will probably be little to chronicle in the Sen
ate. Some means of permitting: the immediate in,
traduction of bills in the House of Represen
tatives will probably be sanctioned early this
week, and a prodigious number of new and old
measures now fill tbe pigeon holes of 829 mem
bers awaiting the opportunity. When the call
once begins not less than two legislative days
will bo required to complete it.
roe uommittee on Appropriations intena to
report, and will doubtless promptly pass
through tbe House an urgent deficiency bill,
providing for the wants of the printing office
and tbe Census Bureau.
The Silcott committee is still wrestling with
the legal questions upon which It is to pass
judgment, and its report, no matter what the
conclusions may be, will undoubtedly give rise
to a lively discussion when it is presented this
week to tbe House.
Speaker Reed Is not prepared to say whether
his list of committees can be completed in time
for presentation to the Honse during tbe week,
bat It Is the general expectation that he will
hare finished bis task by Friday. -
A REMARKABLE LIBRARY.
S. L, M. Barlow's Valuable Books to Be
Sold at Auction.
From the Hew York World.;
Tbe sale of S. L. M. Barlow's. collection of
books will occur at the American Art Galleries
during the first week in February. This li
brary is certainly the most remarkable collec
tion of Americana ever made In this country.
It includes the first printed copies of the let
ters which Columbus sent back to Italy de
tailing bis discoveries, tbe first letters returned
to the Court of Spain by Fernando Cortez and
tbe first editions of a number of tho reports
made by the pioneers In Virginia and New
England. Otsome of these books it Is known
that there are onlv four or five conies in ex
istence, and these are in possession of the great
libraries of tbe world.
Tbe market value of tbe Cortez letters Is said
to be about $3,000 each, and there are only 20 or
25 printed pages. The Commons letters win
bring, it is expected. $2,000 each. It is estimated
that the 6,000 volumes In tbe library, which
can all be comfortably placed in one small
room, many of tbe books consisting simplv of
three or four pages, will realize 3120,000. The
British Museum, Baron Rothschild and several
ot the leading libraries of Europe will un
doubtedly have representatives here to attend
.DELIVERING MILK THROUGH. PIPES.
A Novel Scheme Proposed by the Dairymen
of Sllddletown, N. V.
HiddletoWTT, N. Y., December 15. Unless
some unforeseen difficulty presents Itself milk
will be flowing through big pipes from here to
New York before many months. A company
has been formed here to raise $600,000 to build
the conduits, and the men interested are san
guine of success.
' X nis scneme," saia tne originator ox tue luea
to-day, "presents many difficulties, such as the
danger ot the milk's becoming sour or being
churned, but we can deliver it In a half-frozen
condition If we want to prevent the souring or
churning. We shall probably be aole to send
milk to New York from all tbe towns within 100
miles of tbe metropolis for 1 cent a gallon. The
concern can be as easily controlled as a tele
graph system. We shall be able to send milk to
the big city in one hour. As the plans are not
yet all finished I can give no names or say
Probnblv n Miscalculation.
From the Chicago Times.!
A Washington newspaper correspondent is
authority for the statement that there are four
good storytellers in Congress. A great many
people who have thought that the majority in
Congress were storytellers will be relieved to
The Popular Version.
From tbe Syracuse Herald.
"Go buy, sweetnert, go buy," is the Christinas
version of the old song. -
IS IT COLUMBIA'S CHOICE?
rWMTTXX VOB TUB DISPATCH. 1
Ohl sprightly Miss Columbia,
Tby shining diadem '
Has stars full many-sister States
And each a sparkling gem.'
And of this coruscation rare
Which city dost thou love?
Alonff myriad communities.
Which wilt thou place above?
Kind air, embarrassing your wish,
For they all honor me;
And am I lngrate to their charms.
That I should choosing ber
From California's golden clime
To Aroostook, In Maine,
They all acclaim my hearty praise
And bless my loving reign."
Obi sweet, obi patriotic maid!
Set scruples far away I
List to my supplication wild.
And choose for us, I pray.
For common folk have many minds
And preferences queer;
While millions, if you but speak up.
Your lightest word will hear.
'Well, since the people bid me speak,
I e'en win ope my moutn.
Then listen all! from East to West,
And hearken, North and South:
"New York's where stringent millionaires
Their rortunes tightly clutch..
List to tbe Eagle's frantic squawkl
They squeeze him overmuch.
A soldier's unmarked, resting placet
A city's blazoned shame:
You'd conjure naught but crooked pence
With such a doubUal.name.
Fair Washington, thy paves are broad,
And shafts impale the sky.
Thou wouldst, Indeed, be fairyland,
Were 'all thy flats qnlte dry.
Bat would my statesmen thrifty grow
With World's Fair close at hand?
Alacksdayl I fear It much.
With lobbies slyly planned I
Sweet, slow St. Louis, who art thou
That ask for such a boon ?
Hath not Jay Gould got quite enough
Without tne star and moon r
Thou bast old Navigation's head
Nursed tn thine ample lap.
Go to. Old Girl I liemaln, rorsooth,
In thy archaic nap I
What brilliant maiden's this, who comas
With willful, winning mien?
My youngest child; but bow she's grown I
A marvel, she, that's plain I
What breeze and dash and nerve and vim i
Wbat'consclouf poweVehe shows 1
Ahl fair Chicago, inland Qaeent -
Near thee the lake swell flows.'
Buthence, ungenerous thought! This child
Is worthy df ber sire.
She rose to royalty estate,
Undaunted e'en by fire, ,, .
Come hither) Let ine charm thee, taen,'-
The rarest of the rare! ,1v.
TtiMM Ylt flf fill , AUnl.t .i. mi ..CJ!
uvH . . .....,. vsw , n(aQ mmui, j -.
Tuonan ins .Hew .world's JFalr:iltt5aH!2..V
. ;ac?i3mai.HON a. !.
HON. M. C'S AS STORYTELLERS.
How ConsTcssana Snllbkiss Flnyed Up
Deaf and Got Seat la a Car A Forelga
Prince Tells Slablnecker His Opinion of
Cblcaso Englishmen Don't Want Bufla
loea A Thrifty-Steward's Scheme.
rrBOM X BTATT COBBZSFOITDEXT.
Washington, December 15. There Is many
a Congressman who has a fine sense of humor,
but who hardly ever gets a chance to exhibit it
on the floor of tbe House, but allows it to And
vent in other, and sometimes' in the most unex
pected, places. Coming down-town in a street
car the other day, Bepresentatire Smithklns'
found every seat crowded.'by 20 human beings,
a very stont female of oneet the foreign lega
tions, who spread ber skirts over two seats, and
her little dog (about as big as a kitten) which
occupied the space of a full seat. Tbe Con
gressman was tired with his arduous duties of
the day, and looked wistfully at the perch of the
small canine. The large female looked at the
Congressman as though to say, "Take It, if you
dare!" Smithklns fixed his eye with an Intense,
mesmeric glare on both female and pup; but
neither of them moved in response to the pow
erful action ot this will. Smithklns, who
weighs over 250 pounds, suddenly wheeled
about and sat down plump on the little dog, bat
bracing his feet on the floor of the car and his
back against tbe back of tbe seat, and letting
down just enough of his weight to make the
dog howl. Half a dozen ladies drew in their
breath quickly and exclaimed, "Ob, my!" The
large female gave vent to two or three theat
rical screams, and shouted:
"Oh, you horrid man, you are sitting on my
"Beevonr nardon. ma'am, slttlnp on a lor
did you say? I am quite deaf," said Smith
kiny with his blandest smile.
"Yes. it's a very fine dayl" said Smithklns.
"Oh, I could just beat you!" she screamed
again, digging her elbow into Smithklns' side
to make him move.
"Yum, yum," said Smithklns, "and I conld
Just eat you; but yon shouldn't talk about it
before all these people."
"Ob, ydu vile wretch!" she screamed, beside
herself with anger, and without more ado she
grabbed Smithklns by the collar and hoisted
him off from her precious pet; grabbed up the
howling phist, and slgnalea the conductor to
stop the car.
Amid a toar of laughter she alighted, mutter
ing angrily, while Smithklns, without a smile,
but with a prolonged sigh of satisfaction, set
tled down and spread himself nearly all over
the space that had bean occnDled bv both fe
male and dog.
When Stnblnecker Was Abrond.
"When I was abroad lawst summer," said
Stahlnecker tbe other day, with a fine English
drawl, "I met Pnnce Thingumbob, who has a
name as long as my arm. We dined together a
nnmber of times, and be had a thousand ques
tions to ask about America."
No one doubted this part of the story, as the
Yonkers Congressman is handsomer than any
prince, and is known as tho Adonis of the
"It was in Vienna that I met him, continued
Stally,' and one day at the great Schweizerhof
restaurant we sat long over tbe wine, and tbe
Prince asked to know all about the Exposition
of 1892. He had got it Into his bead that it
would be held at Chicago, and he wanted to
find out where Chicago was. I told him it was
about 1,000 miles from New York.
"Down the coastf" inquired His Eoyal High
ness. "No, inland," laald.
"Ob. it will never be a success there," said
tbe Prince, earnestly. "You cannot get our
people to travel so far inland. They would go
in great numbers to New York or Washington:
but to go 1,000 miles inland and run the risk ot
the train- being attacked by wild Indians or
knocked from the track by herds of buffaloes
Impossible! It cannot succeed there."
"It is absolutely astounding," concluded Mr.
Stahlnecker, "to discover how many foreigners
have an idea that civilization in America ex.
tends only a little distance from the coast."
Billy Mason's Little Colncidenee.
' "The reference of the companion of princes
to buffaloes and Indians recalls a little occur
rence last winter at my livery stable," said
Billy Mason, of Chicago, who was ot this dls
tlnguished company. "No, I don't run a livery
stable," he continued, in answer to anxious
glances, "I merely keep my coach and four
and my coachman, footmen and other animals
there. I happened to be there looking after
something, when two Englishmen, fresh from
the old sod, came in to hire a team and sleigh,
for there was snow on tbe ground, and they
wanted to enjoy the novelty of a sleigh ride.
During the preparations the liveryman, to makj
his foreign patrons as comfortable as possible,
called to one of his men to bring a couple of
buffaloes, meaning robes, of course. Tbe en
glishmen looked alarmed and whispered hur
riedly together. Then one of tbem approached
the liveryman and said timidly:
"I beg your pawrdon, sir; but, it 'you don't
mind, wouldn' you just as lief make it a couple
of horses t"
Coterlsg to Our Foreign Craze.
"Foreigners are not so green in all things,
however," said another Congressman who was
a listener to these stories. "I happened by ac
cident some time ago to make tbe acquaint
ance of a Frenchman who had been steward to
t foreign Minister at one time stationed at
Washington. The Minister was transferred to
another post after a few years, and there was a
sale of his personal effects at the residence of
the legation. The steward bad attended sim
ilar sales and seen what a craze there was to
possess something that had belonged to a for
elgn Minister of rank and title, and concluded
to turn the knowledge to his own profit. Gain
ing the consent of the Minister to sell for his
own benefit a lot of things that had been set
aside as not worth putting up, he added to
them from his own store and by purchase at
tbe auction rooms of the city. He quietly let
it be known that these things had been given
to blm by the Minister to sell privately on his
own account, and he disposed of everything at
even better prices than were got by tbe auc
tioneer. Cigars for which be paid $3 a hundred
he sold by the handful at EOcenu apiece, and
whisky and brandy which he had purchased
for S2 a gallon be sold for J10 and 1& ttiei pur
chasers feeling certain they were getting some
thing very cuoice. witn tne enormous pronts
from bis share of tbe sale tbe steward was en
abled to return to Paris and go Into business
in good style on his own account" E. W. L.
HO WINTER IN WASHINGTON.
Pleasant Features of tbe Climate In the New
Tacoma Letter In New YoTk World.
Practically there Is no winter in the region
west of the Cascade Mountains. In all tbe
larger towns ice manufactories have been es
tablished, and the smaller towns are supplied
with ice from tbe factories. Ico never forms
on the lakes of sufficient thickness to cut and
pack, as is done in the East. To-day is a typical
winter's day. A heavy mist is falling; at short
intervals rain tails. It is a decidedly nasty aay.
The workmen pay no attention ti the weather.
The town resounds with the t oar of industry.
I hear carpenters' hammers, at least 1(0 of
them, driving nails. I hear the sharp tap, tap,
tap, of stonedressers' hammers as they strike
on granite ana sanumoae uiuckb, aau an army
of workmen labor at tbe wharves, on the
streets, and around the mills.
The work year is 12 months long on Puget
Sound, and that fact means a great deal to
men who bave followed agriculture inlands
where blizzards and arctic like frost rigidly
suspend work for many months, during which
time the farmer and bis family and stock eat
and burn all he made or grew during the work
ing season. . Here fuel is at the far
mer's band. He can And work for every
day. But -it is true that to clear
a farm and fit it for the plow in this region of
dense iorest is a slow and very costly operation.
But it is also true that the farmer who enters
the forest to chop out a farm can readily sell
every log be cuts if he will haul it to the bank
of a river or adjacent to a railroad. When he
has cleared a few acres he can grow more food
on tbem than be could on twice as much Missis
sippi Valley land, and sell the product for more
BETTER ACCUSTOMED TO CANDLES.
A Young Conple From Towanda Frightened
at Electric Lights.
.From the Waverly (N. I. ) Kree Press, j
A couple from Towanda arrived at the Hotel
Warford on Saturday evening last, and em
ployed the services of a minister, who made
tbem husband and wife. Tbe newly-made ben
edict then engaged a room, and Henderson
Brown, the affable waiter, proceeded to escort
them to. the bridal chamber, which is lighted
by electricity. Henderson then proceeded to
instruct tbe Towandian how to manipulate the
light, knowing that' but a few from that inland
village ever saw other than a tallow dl used
for that purpose. His guests stood wits open
eyed wonder and fear depicted on their feat
ures so great was their astonishment.
The groom Anally asked what caused the
light, and when told it was electricity he put in
a protest, declaring that be "had Beerrf.tell of
it. and didn't want uit tor hlsa. as ke was not
.ready te)ie,"sjad iMtswdoa tbe light
jtusaes e .jus. saw tear oaaawsareaew
'Um vastoas hnteic jmn M e-
TeejCMh mmm sWens.
'0U2 MAIL MJC&
A Mtaer oa the Strike,
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
I, would like to say a few words in answer to
an article that appeared in Wednesday's Dispatch-on
the supply of river coal. In tbe first
place, I wish to contradict the statement of "a
leading coal operator" In regard to the miners
being dissatisfied. The miners are more ex
pectant now than ever before, since the Hill
dale Coal Company has come to.tho front and
given the movement new life by awarding the
5-ceat rate demanded by their employes. It is
my candid opinion that if another convention
were called, it wonld be more largely attended
than the last, with each and evermelegite In
structed to vote for 3 cents or nothing. Be
sides, I defy anyone to point out a single case
of "black steeping" in any mine on tbe entire
Now, in view of these facts, can any man Say
that be sees Signs of a break in the ranks of the
miners? I predict, that unless the weather
changes conslderably.the miners ot the Monon
gahela will be working at the advance in less
than two weeks from now. I base my opinion
on the qnietness of this strike. It Is a greater
show of determination than all the noise and
bustle in tbe world. Then, take the Fourth
pool, and see what a grand showing it makes,
compared with its past record. It Js out to a
man, without a break in the lines. In fact, yon
may take the whole river and. everywhere find
a bold front exposed. Now, will this leading
operator please inform nte, at what time and
place did the miners or their leaders ref nse to
arbitrate, debate or discuss the labor question?
If they ever did, I am Ignorant of the fact, and
would like tobe better informed.
While answering this question please re
member that I am no leader, but only a com
mon man. Now 1 bave only one or two more
questions to ask, and then I will be through.
The first is this: When did our river onantors
stop shipping barges to the Southern ports? or
did you forget to mention the barge coal? If
so. the grand total or 10,800,000 bushels Is a
good deal too small. The last trip I took down
tbe river I believe we had a number of barges
in tow, all bound for Memphis. This goes to
show that something besides coalboafs go
South. Now, for my next question: Does
every coalboat hold 24.060 bushels? I believe
they do not. Any riverman will tell you that
they rnn from 18.000 to 22,000, with an odd
one at 24,000. Admitting that there may
have been 233 pieces of loaded craft in the
Southern markets last November, coupled
with the 212 pieces of recent shipment. Just
suppose that the greater portion of these 420
pieces were barges containing from 10,000 to
14,000 bushels, and that tbe rest were all coal
boats holding from 18.000 to 24.000 bushels of
coal, would it not reduce tne 10,800,000 bushels
about two-thirds ? If it only takes from now
until tbe 1st of May to consume 10,800,000 bush
els of coal it will take a good deal less time to
consume one-tnira ot mat amount.
If a mistake was made regarding the amount
ot coal It takes to load a boat, could not one be
made likewise about the time it takes to con
sume coal? I think so. AMINES.
Shire Oaks, December 14.
Tbe Proposed Miners' Conference.
To tho Editor of The Dispatch:
In your. Issue of Wednesday I see that "A
Leading Operator" Intimates that a majority
of the diggers are in favor ot a resumption of
work at the old rate. This statement Is not in
harmony with the position ot'the miners, as
the majority of tbem honestly believe that
they are entitled to an advance, but what that
advance should be should be decided by the
two committees representing the miners and
operators of the Monongahela river.
Regarding the Kanawha competition, we
agree with "Operator" that something should
be done in ad jus Aug rates for mining, eux. be
tween the two rivers; but as attempts bave
bssn made in that direction in the past and
proved abortive, it is only right that the miners
and operators of this river get together and
settle the question of wages In a manner that
will at once terminate tbe present struggle and
cause a resumption of work. This can be ac
complished, provided both parties to the con
ference will reason and patiently hear each
side of the issue In dispute, otherwise the at
tempt will be futile.
In the settlement of the wage problem
strikes, If possible, should be avoided never
resorted to until all other means have been ex
hausted. But, relative to the strike now In
progress, we believe that if the miners ot the
river had, when they first appointed their com
mittee, given them Intelligent instruction, an
amicable settlement might have been effected
some time ago.
However, as a leading operator agrees that
another conference is desirable to discuss the
Isue. it only remains for the miners' represent
atives to accept that offer and endeavor to
settle the question of wages In such a manner
as will again bring peace and prosperity to the
operators and miners.
John- W. Hixdxasss.
Fayette Citt, December 11
Tbe Johnstown Relief Fond.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
In a recent issue of your paper Mr. Miller, of
your city, who is a member of the State Com
mittee, is quoted as saying that more money
had been sent to Johnstown than was lost by
the flood. This is certainly news 'to many who
received from 8 to 10 per cent of their losses,
and tbe question naturally arises, where has
the money gone? Can Mr. Miller explain? We
are certainly very thankful for what we did
receive, and especially do our thanks go to the
noble hearted people of Pittsburg, who did so
much for us and at such an opportune time.
Bnt even their large heartedness would not ex
pect us to thank tbem for 100 percent of our
iosses, when the fact is many of ns received
only one-tenth of that amount.
A statement giving exactly where and bow
every dollar ot that princely amount of charity
was expended will certainly make Interesting
reading to those who are not familiar with the
facts and circumstances connected with Its dis
tribution. Not a Kickee.
Johnstown-, December 14.
A HIKE IN HIS BED.
A Bloodthirsty Little Animal Bites tbe Keck
of a Sleeping Man.
Richmond, N. Y., December 15. Mr. Floyd
Carwlles, who lives beyond Mt, Zion, ten miles
from Bustburg, had a narrow escape from a
singular and horrible death last night. He
had retired and was just dropping "to sleep
when be felt something pulling tbe bedclothes.
Being only half awake, he drew up the cover
without thinking much of it, and was soon
sound asleep. He was soon aroused, however;
by something at his throat. He flitted it oft
with bis band, and sprang from the bed.
Btrlklnga1ight.be discovered a mink. The
bloodthirsty little animal had gashed his throat
with his sharp teeth, and tbe blood was
trickling down. Mr. Carwlles still bears the
To Prevent Embarrassment,
From the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Only millionaires should be elected to the
Honse while tbe Sergeant-at-Arms keeps a
cashier. The Senate would not have considered
tbe Silcott defalcation so much as a mosquito
Including Salllvan, of Course,
From the Boston Hersia.l
According to the new Bine Book, there are
now about 13,000 persons of quality In Boston.
This puts us ahead ot New York by something
A Meadvtlle man is authority for the
statement tbat a rooster, served at bis home
tbe other day. had two fully developed and per
fectly formed wishbones.
The West Virginia Mountains seem to be
full of game. A party on Middle Mountain,
Bandolph county, killed 13 deer a few days ago
and another party at the bead "of Greenbrier
river killed li
Cork Is now legal tender with the Calhoun
(W.Va.) Chronicle and will be received on
subscription. So says that paper.
A THKUrrr Ohio girl sold a batch of old love
letters to the ragman last week. She realized
SO cents, which, she declares, is a good deal
more than they were worth.
Lancastee has a woman who smoked two
big cigars in 7 minutes Lancaster cigars;
With a pair of crutches and a well-regulated
cough a tramp succeeded in arousing a great
deal of sympathy at Cbambersburg. He was
finally arrested for stealing a book, and at an
excuse ke pleaded that he thought it was a
A BUCK tbat had evidently bees chased by
bounds dashed Into a mining hamlet this side
of Pittetoa last week and ran Into the open
door of a basement. There was no one in the
room, bnt a man on tbe outside, who had seen
the back enter, rashed up aad closed the door.
In a annate or to tbe bnek laaed tfereagb the
wsaeJewaadkewtded o dew tke laae wUk a
parttesTW the sash on Ma assises..-At the ead,
ef the hssi ke saaang over the fcasessid tee'
CURIOUS C0BDEUSATI0K& ;
Jng Tavern is the name of a prosperons
village In Georgia.
An eccentrio old lady, living near
Dresden, Tenn., has purchased her burial robe.
She is 70 years old and insists that she can't
last much longer.
The contract for the organ forTalinageV
newtabernacle in Brooklyn has been awarded
to the firm that built tbe old one. It wffl have
6 078 pipes and 119 stops, and it Is said it will be
tbe largest ever built.
In the past 12 years, something like 400
out of those who have been candidates for th
post of officer in the English mercantile service)
bave been found unable to distinguish colors.
No fewer thon 200 mistook drab for green: over
IWconfonndedvpink with green: and over 30
thought red was green. Two persons could
not recognize white to them it was green or
The result of the elections has had a
strange effect on the flower market in Paris.
Since the elections the price of red carnations -has
gone down like tbe shares of a bubble
company. While the white carnation is quoted
IntbeMarche aux Klenrs at tbe re.oectablo
Aim,. rf n .. ... .... .t... . . ,
-...wv. .uwi.li uu4cu, uiv reu is onereu
freely at no more than six sous. Neither in
Paris nor anywhere else does anybody care to
be identified with the symbol of a faUureV
Charles Bond, of Crete, Neb., aged 49'
and Mrs. Anna S. Bond, of Lincoln, aged i8,
were married by the County Judge recently.
It develops that this conple were married years
ago and raised a large family of children. Dif
ferences grew between them, they separated
and proenred a divorce. Mr. Bond is tho pro
prietor of the opera bouse in Crete. Mrs. Bond
came to Lincoln, where she has made her home
for some time. By and by the old love bean
to reassert itself, and the result was the wed
ding above mentioned.
A ghost-like object "which is said to
haunt the evening train on the Elkhorn, be
tween Lincoln and Fremont, Neb., Is creating
great excitement among the trainmen. The
train leaves here at 620, and it is said to make
its Appearance from one of the many thickets
along Salt Creek, when it keeps with them until
Davy is reached, about 10 miles out. It was first
observed bv Fireman Trnrv PnnTav w,n ?
Clares his belief that it is the ghost of a man
iucu ui uio cars-some time ago. it disturbed
blm so that he resigned. The new fireman con
firms the story as tola by Conley.
Hamilton, O., has a number of haunted
houses and has just discovered another. Ac
cording to reports a white form flits In and ont,
passes its hands over the faces of the sleeping
occupants, and when it gets tired goes to sleep
in a nice white coffin, that occupies a position
i" """ room ins gnosi seesnt to put it.
It follows tbe people in tbe house from room to
room, and, when it bas bad enough sport
frightening them almost to death, quietly
walks through a wall and goes home to gee
ready for Its next night's scaring expedition.
Tbe next appearance of the ghost It bas a new
Near Eastaliago, a small station on the
Georgia Pacific Railroad, Miss Betty Emmons
was walking along the track when she discov
ered that the spikes had been drawn and a rail
moved. Just as she made the discovery Miss
Emmons heard the roar of an approaching
pas-enger train, which was running at high
speed. Bbe knew the train wonld be wrecked
If she did not stop it, and she did not hesitate
an instant. She wore a red flannel petticoat,
and. hastily tearing it off, ran toward the ap
proaching train, waving the garment across)
the track. The engineer saw the signal la
time to stop the train. When the passengers
learned of their narrow escape ana Miss Em
mons' coolne-s. they at once made up a hand
some purse and presented it to her.
The G. A. B. post at Lawrencebnrg,
Ind.. has been presented a powder horn that
was once tbe property of the great Indian
chieftain, Tecnmseb. It was the gift of Henry
Morris, of Lawrenceburg. He is a son of Wm.
Morrfs, better known to Ohio Valley pioneers
as "Indian Bin." who figured in many savage
and bloody encounters. After tbe great fight
76 years ago "Indian Bill" found tbe body of
tbe slain warrior. The powder, bom, still at
tached to the string around Tecumseh's neck,
lay on bis breast. Tbe scout removed it and
preserved it as tbe most sacred of bis relics.
At his death, a few years ago, he presented Is
to his son Henry, who has now given it to Huff
Post, and it hangs on tbe wall In that organlza
tion's hall. The horn was cut from the head of
no nrsi nunaio lecumsen killed.
Mr. Stevens owns several acres of land
adjoining the city of St Joseph, Mich., on the
south. Through the farm runs a large ravine,
at the head-o .which are nsrer-ralllijg springs -of
pure water. At some distance below the
springs are located his frog ponds three in
number. Water is supplied to the ponds
through a pipe from a large, deep lake formed
by a dam placed across the ravine near tbe
springs. Tbe largest of the ponds Is well filled
with Illy pads, Canada bog moss, and other
varieties of water plants said to be essential to
tbe life of tbe frog. Tbe smaller ponds are
fringed with these plants, while the centers
are kept comparatively clear. Mr. Stevens
estimates that there are now no less tban 200,
000 tadpoles, polywogs and small frogs in the
three ponds, and bis statement is undoubtedly
correct, as the bottoms of the ponds are liter
ally covered with thee peculiar looking little
fellows. These will be ready for tbe market
early next summer, and will bring anywhere
from SI 25 to $2 a dozen.
A pathetic scene has been witnessed in
the village of Danlelsonville for a week or two
on acconnt of the death in that place of Mrs.
Lewis Worden, a modest philanthropist of
Connecticut. For 40 years Mrs. Worden bad
dwelt hi Danlelsonville, and in that time, it 13
said, never saw a case of human or brute suf
feringwithout endeavoring to alleviate it. She
was especially the friend of all dumb animals.
For 20 or SO years she had fed wild birds under
the window of her house regularly each day,
and all kinds of birds gathered there daily as
all seasons. There were scores of little feath
ered almstakers. and their noisy chirpicgat
tracted the attention of passers a hundred
yards away. After gathering the shower of
crumbs tbat were tossed to tbem, they perched
on tbe window sills of the honse and on the
fences and had a regular thanksgiving break
down of songs. After Mrs. Wordens death
there was no one to feed tbem. but they hare
gathered nnder the window daily and expressed
their astonishment in ther most mournful chat,
terlng. They are mostly sparrows at this
FANCIES OF FUNNY MEN.
Mjs. Fangle (who is reading the paper)
What are these Caledonian sports, dear?
Fangle Caledonian sports are Scotch dudes.
They Iieft Together. "I haven't seen
Jones lately. How's his cough, doyoaksow!"
"You don't say sol"
"ies, Jones went with It. "JVcto lork Sn.
My love, she puts on many airs,
She plays the violin ;
But yet I'd like to know who cares '
Does It not rest her chin?
Aino XorkBvtning Sim,
Sate Field says: "I believe that men
and women are eternally alike and eternally un
like." Yes. Justsee a man sneak down the al
ley when he gets Into a new suit, while a woman
takes the best side of the street San Francisco
Mr. Laker (of Chicago) Gazzam, what's
Gazxam That's Psyche, Just before Cuoid
Laker What cards did she hold?-Jew Xort
Young "Wife Are yon happy, dear, to be
sailing on the matrimonial sea with such a kind
and obedient mate?
Husband Yes, indeed, bnt don't yon think we
better put Into port a little while and ship a cook?
Mrs. "Watts Mr. "Watts and I make it a
rule never to quarrel before the children. If we
have any argument with each other we always
send them out of the room.
Mrs. Potts I bave often wondered why your
children were out on the street so much more than
other people's. Terra Haute Express.
"Veteran Actor (finishing-a pupil's educa-tlon)-Now,
my dear young lady, I must -warn yon
against doing as so many other young actresses do
don't be In a hurry to rush Into print.
AnnabeUe Apt On, sir, I'm not. I'm more In
a hurry to rush Into silt and satin Tea Xort
An Expensive Outlook for Charles.
".No," said Nannie in confidence to her best
Mend, Katie; "if Charles should orooose tome
-before Christmas, I would tell him to wait, be
cause IT I accepted him he wonld mske the ring
do as a Christmas present, and otherwise he
wouia oe sure to sena me something els nice.
After Christmas I'll accept blm and get the rlnjr
anyway. Be needn't try any such economical
dodge with me." Harper's Sasar,
Jlarian "What do yon thinkof Mr. Derby,
Gladys He seems to be a very agreeable young
man, ,, s w
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