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P1TTSBUKQ. FRIDAY. DEC. 27, 18881
POLICE AS LITE SAVEBS.
"Whenever the City Hall bell gives irarn
ing of a fire in the Fifth avenue block be
tween Wood and Smithfield streets the
hearts of all in hearing jump. The sword
of fire which wrought such mischief there
sore than two years ago shines in most
:l?ittsburgers memories still. Judging the
fire which broke out in the Casino Museum
last night by its results it did sot amount to
"much. Some of the people who were inside
the musenm were slightly injured, by inhal
ing smoke, for the most part, but the splen
did promptness of the police service it is
more than possible saved many lives.
At the first sign of the fire the thoughtless
people on the avenue rushed to the doors of
the burninr building. But stalwart police
men were as quick or quicker than these imi
tators of the curious crowd which caused or
contributed to the fatal results of the theater
.panic in Johnstown. "With excellent pres
ence or mind the policemen drove the crowd
back, and the great point kept the door
way of the museum clear. Had this door
way been obstructed several deaths would
Tun Dispatch hopes that the services
of these policemen, we are unable to give
tbeir names, -will be properly recognized. It
is the opinion of eyewitnesses that their
promptness of action saved many lives. The
city should be proud of such servants.
We have so desire to be alarmists, but
this little reminder of the danger of fire in
places of public resort might well be made
an excuse for an inspection of the exits, fire
escapes, eta, of all the city theaters. Vigi-
f lance and vrevision in such matters is of
WATTE TBAMPS WOBK!
Our esteemed cotemporary the Philadel
phia Press says the tramp must go. At
first glance this demand appears idle, for is
sot the tramp always going? The trouble
about the tramp is that he is always on the,
go. The procession of nomads never stops.
Seasons come and season go, but the tramp
goes on forever. If the tramp did not go,
the nuisance his march through the land
constitutes wou'd immediately cease.
But upon further perusal of the Press'
remarks we perceive that our cotemporary
is seriously in search of a solution of the
tramp problem. That there is a crying
seed for concerted action against the
tramps throughout Pennsylvania more
than any other State is apparent
In this part of the Slate tramps
are as numerous, we believe, and as
fat, lazy and insolent as they are upon
the banks of the Delaware or in the fertile
fields of the Cumberland Valley. A good
many tramps find winter quarters in our
jails and workhouses, though we have not
beard of a case in Western Pennsylvania
parallel to thai shown by the Cumberland
county jail, where one hundred and seventy
five tramps are herded in nineteen cells!
We are wholly in accord with the Press'
suggestion to enforce the State laws apply
ing to tramps strictly and generally all over
the State. And as the Press says: "JJet the
vagrancy laws of Pennsylvania which pro
vide not only for the employment of tramps
upon public improvements, but for the dis
posal of their labor by contract, be rigidly
enforced, and the solution of this tramp
uroblem will be reached. Compel the pro
fessional tramp to work as other men have
to work, and he will solve the question him
sell of his place in the social and industrial
fabric. He will have no place. The tramp
will go, and of his own accord."
Moreover, if they were emp!oyed upon
country roads, another pressing problem
might partially be solved for the benefit of
travelers and taxpayers alike.
THE CAIf AL WANTED.
The approval of the Erie canal project by
leading business men of Pittsburg is so em
phatically and almost unanimously set forth
in The Dispatch's columns to-day that
it may safely be said that Congress can take
, - it asjv fact that Pittsburg as a community
Seisin favor of his new link in her chain of
waterways, xne question of the cost
and the tray it shall be met seed
not" stand in the way of the
furtherance of this project. It is certain
that whatever may be the price for this
great boon to the commerce of many cities,
towns and States, it will be worth paying.
The men who speak for the canal in to-day's
. Dispatch are guarantee enough of the
practicability and great value of the .canal
ioUhis city and other places interested. The
canal should be made, and it will be made.
'" OHIO MTJD POLITICS.
The ballot box forgery is still a qnestion
of. apparently absorbing interest to Ohio
. politicians. Murat Halstead is contributing
several thousand words a day to the matter,
ostensibly and designedly to explain things
and set Governor Poraker tight before the
people. But the explanations do not effect
ively explain, and it mnst be said candidly
and impartially that there is so hope of the
miserable business being cleared up till the
Congressional inquiry shall penetrate the
As The Dispatch said several weeks
ago, 'when the scandal was much fresher,
nobody should be more desirous of a thor
ough ventilation of the conspiracy or per
sonal fraud of the man Wood than Governor
Toraker. It is unfortunate for him that it
must be sometime before that investigation
can occur. In the meanwhile Governor
Poraker's foes are sot slow to introduce him
to -the rack and thumbscrew. The New
York Sun, with remarkable ingenuity, at
tempts to show that Poraker has himself
given the lie to Poraker in his latest state
ment about bis dealings with Wood. To
this charge which seemed to be
proven, as far as an ex parte
usrgnment can carry conviction, Editor
$Halstea3 replied, in some three or four
(.columns in yesterdays Cincinnati Com-tnercidl-Gazetle.
But the reply is hardly
lTEelyitOHshnt off the attacks on the Gov.
rnarplVi too diffuse, and, as far as we can
.fthe essential part of the Bun's charge is
lefpolitics'ef Ohio are not remarkable
'for cleanlines7aad'it7Hsy,be that'thisjn-.1
cident of the last campaign may have a
purifying effect. But we can perceive no
great benefit io bo obtained by continuing
to stir the mud puddle surrounding the
forger of the ballot box document. Let
Congress attend to the matter. Congress
man Butterworth will see to it that the in
quiry is genuine.
THL DANGERS OF ELECTXICITY.
With the experiencesf other cities not
ably that of Hew York to go by, Pittsburg
and Allegheny can congratulate themselves
on the comparative immunity so far enjoyed
from fatal accidents through the electrically
charged wires which are strung so prolusely
through our "streets. Let us believe that
this is a case of good management, not
merely one of good luck. Taking this most'
desirable view, the occasion is only the
more urgent for insisting now, wben this
network of wires is being further-increased
by electric railroads, that the good manage
ment shall increase proportionately 'as the
elements of danger do not diminish.
Criticisms trom competent sources are
freely made upon the added danger to life
and limb through the construction of the
electric lines sow being bnilt or projected.
If these were the. mere casual apprehensions
of the son-experts they might be passed
lightly by; but as electricians connected with
the telephone and telectrio light companies
have freely voiced them in Cincinnati and
Pittsburg also, they must command atten
tion. It may be that self-interest in the lat
ter quarters has something to do with the dis
tinctly threatening prophecies of danger.
Corporations whose own wires should have
been underground long since may not like
to have their aerial realm invaded by new
comers. That is one way to look at it But
the other and sensible way is that the build
ers and owners of the electrio roads must be
made to understand that, right from the be
ginning, they are to take such sure precau
tions as will prevent accidents that migbt
otherwise come and shock the community.
It is when the lines are being constructed
that this warning must be impressed. The
Dispatch, as is well known, wishes to
throw no obstacle in the way of rapid transit
and legitimate corporate enterprise. But
the lessons of electricity in other cities have
been terribly emphatic. New York has
been literally compelled, by a succession of
horrible roastings of human beings, to order
its electric light wires under ground. These
in Pittsburg nave, so far, proven relatively
safe. Now, let the newcomers the electric
roads see to it that they so build as to
slmilarly'escape the fatalities which result
from want of foresight.
This warning, justified by the circum
stances, is as timely as it is well-meant
Now is the time to consider it well, not after
some occurrence which all would deplore
migbt prove the need for it If electricity is
to do its work in the air, with hundreds of
thousands of people coming and going under
the wires, it is due to the public that every
possible precaution, regardless of expense,
shall be taken by the corporations employ
ing this useful but dangerous agent
LITTLE CHILDBEirS CHAEITY.
A very profitable success the perform
ances at the Bijou Theater for the benefit of
the Newsboys' Home seem likely to prove.
In fact the great audience which attended
the first performance yesterday practically
assures a favorable result financially. It is
a peculiarly pretty and appropriate idea
that children who want for nothing should
goto the help of children whose wants are
so many. The newsboy is deservingof all
the help the world can give. him. He is
usually a brave, hard working little fellow,
-without frills, as he himself would say.
There is every reason to believe that the
Newsboys' Home.pnder the carelul manage
ment of Mr. Druitt has become a real as
sistance to the boys who toil amid many
temptations and suffer many great hardships.
The children who acted the good old nursery
dramas and sung the quaint old songs that
we have all heard in cradle days, are likely
to learn a good deal more about their broth
ers of the pavement now that their sym
pathies have been appealed to. And
knowledge of this sort leads to love.
The children's play for children is there
fore more than a pretty series of pictures
which loving mothers and fathers and hosts
of relatives and friends of the tiny actors
may delight to contemplate. It is a prac
tical piece of charity in the best sense.
Every reader of The Dispatch may add
force to the lesson this loving act displays
by paying a visit to the Bijou Theater this
TWO BIRDS WITH ORE STONE.
In another editorial we have already ex
patiated upon the beauty and usefulness of
setting the lusty tramp to work upon the
public roads. Curiously enough almost the
same idea has struck the Prison Board of
this county, and this very day a commence
ment of the movement looking to the em
ployment of the prisoners confined in the
county workhouse upon the roads will take
These prisoners are at present caged in en
forced idleness. The prejudicial effects of
such penal treatment are too well known to
be enlarged upon here. Nor is the appalling
condition of the county roads a subject npon
which The Dispatch's readers need en
lightenment. Here at one stroke, then, two
problems of grievous importance may be
swept off the horizon. The Dispatch cor
dially approves the movement, and the de
tails of the plan the Prison Board rnayddopt
can safely be left for consideration later on.
HOT OB COLD!
The weather that can over-tax the Signal
Service has not yet been made. The plucky
officers of Geneial Greeley's department
may be attacked in front flank and rear at
once, but they never surrender. So when
the first whisper a loud whisper it was,
too ol a blizzard whistled through Pitts
burg and the adjacent valleys yesterday, the
Signal Service man on top of the Hamilton
building hoisted the cold wave flag and pre
dicted warmer weather for to-day I
How can a prophet of sueh infinite re
sources be nonplussed? The Government's
line of prophecies is assured of success to the
extent of fifty per cent every day. If the
cold ware comes Pit tsburgers will have to
confess that- Uncle Sam's deputy prophet
hit the mark with his little flag. If a warm
spell sets people to planning picnics and
baseball games the prophet has his bulletin
to fall back upon. The weather can turn
and double, and double and turn as it may,
but the greyhounds of the Signal Service
will catch it half the time. The other half
of the time the public will catch it hot or
cold, as the case may be. In fact, the publ io
is the only certain and fixed factor in the
Pbakcis Muephy nnnonnces that he is
preparing for another winter campaign m
Pittsburg. There Is no laborer for good who is
more welcome here at all times than Mr. Mnr.
pby. He bears testimony tbat there Is less of
visible intemperance -in tbe city nuw, notwith
standing Its increased population, than there
was in years put; andif Is doubtless tree, But
Francis Murphywiu always Una good work to
'ana userui suggestion, are always ocneneiai,
and tbeyare heard and read with gratification
and benefit byall classes.- 1
It is pleasant to know ta.t Mr. Washing
ton Porter, of Chtcago,acknow)edges Pittsburg
to be ahead of the Windy City in some respects.
That Is a tremendous admission tor a Chica
goan to make Just now.
Brazil is still in an unsettled condition,
according to late advices. Tbat country fin ds
tbat it Is not the easiest thins: in tbe world to
change Its form of government in a day. Tbe
province of Pernambnco, whlchls largely auto
cratic jn its tendencies, is disinclined to yield
obedience tolhe new Government, and it is not
improbable that the United States ol Brazil
may soon become disunited.
The principal freak at the Casino Mu
senm was not killed in the fire. The double
headed phenomenon died a good while ago.
A SUGGESTION has been made to draft
the Indians into the army, as it Is said they
make better soldiers tharvfarmers or mechanics.
There is some good seme in this idea. At pres
ent we keep a standing army to watch the
Indians, who are supported oy the Government
If they formed the rank and file of tho army
it would be an important saving to the United
The latest race war in Georgia has re
sulted in the usual way. Twenty negroes killed,
ono or two white men wounded.
McGestty has ceased to be amusing. The
latect victim is ad old man who jumped off a
bridge in search of the mythical Irishman, and
thereby met the tatter's fate. If New York
would only start a monument subscription for
McGinty everyone would realize that the gent
leman is Indeed dead and wonld search for him
MoxHEE Goose's rhymes are snng to
some purpose when they bring dollars to our
small friends, the newsboys.
John Bull must have experienced a de
cided change of temper. It is intimated semi
officially in London that a very moderate tone
will be taken with the United States in regard
to the seal fisheries question. Is England be
coming less aggressive or has she at last real
ized that we are too big to be spankedr
And a good many old folks were taken
back to the nursery, In spirit at least, at the
fsn Chinese are over-running the Sand
wich Islands and rapidly crowding ont the
natives. The celestials are more Industrious
and progressive than the islanders, and con
sequently pay no attention to the edict: "Tbe
Chinese must go." It is simply- a case of the
survival of the fittest
PEOPLE OP PEOMIKEKCE.
Aeabi Pacha Is growing gray and haggard
in exile, and looks a dozen years older than
he is. '
Tub Hon. K. J. Phelps, formerly Minister to
England, will return to his duties at Yale next
The Duchess of Hamilton devotes much
tune to personal supervision- of her dairy, one
of the finest in England.
Corpora! Tanner will be a guest of the
Butler Club, of Boston, and will make a speech
at the dinner on tbe anniversary of the Battle
of New Orleans.
Washington people are said to be appre
hensive that the novel which the widow of
Generrl Ricketts is writing will portray some
incidents in their lives with rather too much
A monument to Victor Noir, the young man
who was killed In 1870 by Prince Pierre Bona
part, has been completed by the' sculptor,
Dalou, for a committee, which intends to erect
it in 'some part ot Paris.
ANew Orleans letter writer says that old
Jubal Early, now an annex of the Louisiana
Lottery, goes slouching about the corridors of
the St Charles Hotel like a ghost of the past
One of his fads is that he will never accept a
national banknote with a portrait of; General
Grant on It
The late Henry Grady, it is told, was a rapid
newspaper writer. At the timo of Jhe Charles
ton earthquake he did not reach the stricken
city until 10 o'clock at night, but by 2 o'clock
next morning he bad a report eight columns
long on file in the telegraph office for trans
mission to the leading Northern and Southern
Pen Butler's eccentric attire is the sub
ject of considerable gossip in Washington.
When be envelops his short chunky figure in
a thick fur overcoat with tbe fur outside, and
pulls a fur cap over bia ears, he is said to look
like an Esquimau. He varies this costume oc
casionally by wearing a sombrero in place of
the fur cap.
. . COLONEL QUAI DISGUSTED.
Why His Pollllenl Mission to Louisiana
Correspondence Chicago Herald.
A former New Orleans carpetbagger tells
this story of Senator Quay. It was before tbe
Pennsylvania fine worker baa achieved tbe
glory of buying the election of a President of
the United States. He was pretty well known,
however, as a sleek article, and William Pitt
Kellogg, who is now getting rich out of Wash
ington real estate, but who was then Governor
of Louisiana, sent all the way to Pittsburg to
ask Quay to go down to New Orleans and help
tbe Republicans carry tbe election. Quay went
down. He arrived .at the tit Charles Hotel at
9 o'clock one evenlne and sent a messenger to
the Governor to announce his presence. Tho
Governor sent bis private secretary over to
tbe hotel in a hurry. Quay saw at once that
the private secretaryVas a bright chap, pretty
well up on local politics; and be asked tbe
young man a few questions.
"Who appoints tbe judges and clerks of elec
tion in tbe voting precinotsT" be queried.
The electoralboard," replied the Secretary.
'And who appoints tbe electoral board!"
"And who canvasses tbe vote as returned by
the officers of election and Issues the certificates
of election to the successful candidates!"
"The board of canvassers.'
"And who appoints the board of canvassers?"
The Governor of tho Btatet"
"Who Is now William PlttXelloggr"
"Ah. What time does the next train leave
for New York? You have no use for me here.
If with all that in your bands you can't carry
the election, you are. the.blankest set of fools
on tho face of the earth.- Tell tbe Governor so
for me. and order me a carriage and a sleep
ing car for the first train out for New York,
In two hours Mr. Quay was on his way back
to the .North, without having seen Governor
Kellogg or any other man in Louisiana, except
the nrivate secretary. But at the ensuing elec
tion the Kellogg party was overwhelmingly"
HI6 PHONOGRAPH WILL LE0TDEE.
Haw Edison Proposes to Tnlk to tbe Peo
ple of Kansas City.
from the Kansas City Tlmei. J
The programme for the annual convention of
the National Electrio Light Association, which
Is to meet In (his city February II to H, has
been announced. The most Interesting and
unique circumstance connected wth the prep
aration of tbe programme is the lecture an
nounced for Mr. Thomas A. Edison. Whether
present in person or not Mr. Edison will deliver
a lecture by phonograph. "It will make no
gestures." said tho greatest of inventors in
speaking of ir, "but it will not be bashful."
Tho story which explains now Mr. Edison was
induced to give bis lecture was told to a re
porter last evening by President Weeks.
Mr. Weeks on his recent trip called upon Mr.
Edison and insisted on the latter attending the
convention and reading a paper. Mr. Edison's
reputation for bashfulness and modesty is well
known, and be informed the President of the
association tbat be could not possibly comply.
President Weeks insisted, and at last Mr,. Edi
"I tell you what I will do, if it is satisfactory
to yon. I will talK to my phonograph and -end
it to Kansas City to lecture forme. It will
make no gestures, but the tons will be perfect,
and I wtu warrant that H can be heard aj over
tbe Opera House,"'
This agreement yras satisfactory to President
Weeks, a very few persons have ever Beard Mr,
Edison speak In public
A Fair Sfwyper Prcare a Ferirery Prtstce
on and Harvard Ab Ideal Feetbali
Cnptaln Tnlos of Two Tela,
Tt was in a. Fifth avenue drygoods store on
New Year's Eve that tbe following dia
logue took place Between a lady, who was buy
ing presents for bet masculine friends, and a
polite yonng salesman behind the counter:
Polite Young Salesman Cart I show you
Fair Shopper No, I think not but but is
there a price mark on tbat silk tie, the blue
and black oner
P. Y. a Yes, m'm; I'll rub it off If you wish.
Ho tries, but tbe letters 'will 'not disappear.
Then a bright Idea strikes blm.
e'. Y. S. I can add a letter to the mark and
change it to a dollar seventy-five.
Fair Shopper That's delightful thank you
so much 1
The man who got a blue and'black tie among
his Christmas presents knows now that Ara
mlnta spent 75 cents, instead of a dollar seventy-five
pBiNCETOW men feel very bitterly towards
Harvard, and they have good reason to.
The explanations and apologies made for Har
vard's extraordinary back down in the matter
of tbe inter-untversity football matches in the
future cannot alter tho fact that Harvard has
done tbe same thing before, when Columbia
College beat her on the water, for instance, and
she gravely announced that she should not play
with any one but Yale thereafter. It looks
awfully like a clear case of flunk, and to judge
from the tone of the Princetouians at home
here for the holidays, Harvard is not likely to
be allowed to forget It for many a day.
A Princeton man tells me by the way that
the football championship will attract about
a hundred more men than usual to tbe college
next term. Tbe college is already overcrowded,
and more than 200 men have to find lodgings
about the town. Dr- Pattou's administration
is very popular, and the outlook for the old in
stitution in New Jersey is very bright
Matuballt one is curious to know what
Invincible football team Is, and tbe more so be
cause he bears tbe historic name of Edgar
Allen Poe. He is a nepbow of the poet and bis
family is one of the most highly respected in
The young football leader was described to
me the other day as being a thick-set muscu
lar fellow, rather below than above the aver
age athletic student; smooth shaven, save a
slight moustache, and' of gentle, pleasant man
ners. He is not one of your rip snorting
swashbucklers, but a student of quiet ways
and religious tendency. Everybody likes him,
and the general opinion among his college com
panions is that he will make his mark in the
world. If he were to grow a beard his re
semblance In face to his poet uncle would be
remarkable, they say.
A child's reasoning is sometimes far more
strict than a grown-up person's.
The other day a little girl,' who lives on the
Hill, said to her mother: "Can't that man see
out of his eyes?"
The child referred to Colonel Brown, the col
ored man who has long asked alms outside the
Pittsburg Bank, on Fourth avenue. She had
seen him from a window of her mother's house,
making bis way every evening to bis home up
an alley; This prompted her to ask her moth
er: "Can't that man see ont of his eyesT"'
"No, the poor man is blind," her mother re
plied. "Why does be have winners (windows) in his
house, then?" Insisted the stern logician.
T xmNX Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clans must have
blue eyes, said 1-year-old Margaret, as she
hngged a Parisian doll almost as big as herself.
'"Cause this year Santa Clans gave me Eva (the
doll), an' she's bine eyes, an' last year he gave
me Nelly and she'd blue eyes all their chillen's
eyes are blue, I guess!"
ALL SOETS OF QOEER FISH.
The Ccnsna Bureau Offers a Kevr List of Aw
fully Fanny Ones.
From the Washington Star.
For the first time iq, the history of census
making in this country tbe bureau which con
ducts that Important work finds itself now com
pelled by an act of Congress, approved last
March, to produce statistics regarding the
fishes that inhabit the waters In and about
the United States. The Superintendent's first
contribntlon to this branch of human knowl
edge has just been published In the shape of a
list merely giving the names of 'aquatic ani
mals sought by fishermen." Hon ever, this list
is surprisingly interesting to peruse, so very
many queer fishes there are in it, or, at all
events, fishes with exceedingly queer names.
To begin with. It would appear that nearly
all of the animals found on dry land have name
sakes in tho watery depths, fresh or salt Pok
ing around among tbe unfatbomed caves of
ocean, following the beds of rnnnlng streams,
or far down in the fluid crystal of the lakes,
you will find the sea-hog an insulting name for
tbe sportive oorpoise the sea-lion, the sea-elephant
tbe sea-cow, which suckles 'its young,
the porcupine fish, the sea-horse, the goose-fish,
the toad-fish, the parrot-fish, otherwise known
as slippery-dick, the squirrel-fish, the pig-fish,
the buffalo-fish, the tiger-shark, tbe cow-fish,
otherwise called the grampus Sam Weller's
favorite though disrespectful designation for
his father tbe wolf-fish, the sea-robin and tbe
flannel-mouthed cat Even the fabulous beast
that is supposed to cherish against the Hon
such a mortal enmity, though never found on
the earth. Is discovered in tbe sea-unicorn.
Besides these, if you are sufficiently indus
trious in your search beneath the waters, you
will come across a sun-fish and a moon-fish, a
devil-fish and an angel-fish, a cigar-fish and a
plpe-fisb, a surgeon-fish and a doctor-Hsu, a
king-fish and a queen-fish, a silver-fish and a
gold-fish; also a Jew-fish, a bng-fitb, a cntlass
fish. and a saber-lisb, and last, but not least a
EDSHIKG TO A 2SEW .STATE.
Unprecedented Immigration of 'Eastern
People io tun Northwest.
From the rortlandOrcgonlan,
The manner in which Eastern people are
straggling toward Washington amazes even
immigration statisticians. They are coming by
families, colonies and train loads, and those
who have arrived report that thousands are
greparing to come at tbe earliest day possible,
ome are almost giving their property away,
others are leaving it for a belter day. and btili
others are mortgaging for enough money to
get away on, taking the chance of being able to
redeem it through a better and more remunera
tive prosperity in tne great jNortnwest
DEATHS OF A DAY.
Colonel Robert J, Stevens,
Seattle, WASH., December 20, -Colonel Rob
ert J. Stevens, United States Consul at Victoria,
li. C, died suddenly to-day at the residence or Ills
son-in-law, Captain J. A, Hatfield, In this city.
His death was a sad event as Colonel Stevens had
arrived with his wire from Victoria to spend
Christmas with bis daughter, Mrs. Hatfield, and
at the time of his death from apoplexy he wasas
slstlae In the preparation of a Christmas tree for
the tarolly. Colonel Stevens had been In tbe beat
or health up to this moment. Stevens was born in
Kewport B. I., in 1824. He received a thorough
education In the local academies. In 1861 he re
ceived an appointment in tbe mint where he re
mained a nuiaber of years. At tbe beginning of
the war he went Into the service as Major. In
JSSS he was appointed Secretary to ibe Committee
on Appropriations in tbe House. He resigned
this position to accept that of United States Con
sul at Victoria. This latter position Stevens has
occupied about six years. He was married in
San Francisco In 1S4D to Caroline, the second
daughter of Colonel Baker, who ftll at the head or
his regiment at the bloody battle of Halls Bluff
W. 8. Jackson.
W, S.Jackson, proprietor of the Idlewlld Cot
tage Hotel, died at hs home, at 6.30 o'clock Christ
mas evening, of paralysis of the heart He was a
native of Lancaster connty. and 60 years old. He
settled In Pittsburg at the ago of 20. ror soma
years he kept a livery stable on Fonrth avenue
and afterwards on Third. He was engaged also In
tbe coal and stone bnstness. He leaves a wife and
three sons. Dr. Chevalier Q. Jtckson.M. Standfbrd
Jackson andShirles B. Jackson. The funeral will
be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
Mr. George II. Tboraaa.
Washington, December 26. The widow or
General George H. Thomas died suddenly last
nixbt at her residence here. She bad not been In
good health for two years past although up to the
hour she retired there was nothing in hercondl
tlon to awaken uneasiness among her friends.
Mrs. Thomas passed away a; .quietly as did her
dlstlngclshed husband, 19 years ago, at San Jfran
clsco. JiCVfli n.'Milla.
CABTnAQE, X, Y., December 24.-1,6! h.
Mills, postmaster at this place, fell dead In his
storu yeitcrday from heart 'disease. Ho was 62
years of ace. ' He had bc'on :i prominent figure in
iron iiaoiiracturliisand lumber intern ts, and an
active Dumacratic politician. .
BEBLtx. December . Herr Voualwens, Vice
president of tbe Bavarian chamber of Bepre
tentatlves, Is dead, ' '
Ha IiHi-Pil KsisHtala Ceasthairi a
Pleasant-Snemrswa Social Xrmti-
The wedding of Miss Mattle Logan to Mr.
Thomas S. Feel was solemnized at the residence
of the bride's parents in Valencia, Fa., yester
day at noon.
The bride was attended by her coasic, Miss
Lilly Wallace, of Allegheny, and the groom by
his brother, Mr. Robert 3. Peel. A number of
Pittsburg people were in attendance at the
happy event, and the presents received by the
young folks were exceedingly handsome. An
Eastern trip will be enjoyed, and then a per
manent borne will be taken possession ot by
Mr. and Sirs. Peel In -the Thirty-first ward.
The bride is a pretty brunette and an accom
plished musician. Her loss will be deeply felt
by associates at her former home, and she will
be greatly missed in her church, where she has
long .officiated as organist The groom is a
young man well known on the Southside, and
is at present encaged as shipping clerk at Hryce
Welsh Presbyterian Charch Crowded
to Witness nWeddlnr.
A fashlonaole audience filled the Welsh
Presbyterian Church last evening to witness
the wedding of Miss Emma Davis, daughter of
Rev. ana Mrs. P. C. Davis, and Mr. J.War
ren Lytle, the President of the Pittsburg
Six ushers. preceded the bridal couple to tbe
tropical decked altar. They were Messrs. A.
H. Brockett J. W.3elL A. H. Holliday. W. T.
Lyon, W. J. Lloyd and Thomas C. Davis. Rev.
F, R. Ferrandy of the Southside Presbyterian
Church, officiated, assisted by the bride's
The members of the Pittsburg Academy
werepreaentlnabody,and at the conclusion
ot tbe ceremony an Informal reception was
held in the church, after which the happy pair
took the Baltimore and Ohio train for an East
ern trip that will consume some two weeks'
time. A large retention Will be tendered them
npon their return.
ME. BEATTI'S PAINTINGS.
Throe Interesting Worttsi Exposed to View
and Much Admired.
.The three pictures, "Mohican Bluffs." "Oufr
side tbe Village" and "A Block Island Road,"
that Mr John V7. Beatty is exhibiting to 'art
loving people at the Pittsburg Art School for a
couple of days were enthusiastically viewed by
quite a number of visitors yesterday.
Two of the pictures were painted by Mr.
Bentty while enjoying tbe beauties of Block
Island last summer, and the other. "Outside
the Village," is a scene In tbe East End. The
one which awakened the most admiring com
ment seemed to be the "Mohican Bluffs." In
tbat the artist portrayed tho seashore and the
sea in one of its most beautiful phases.
A DEBDTANT'S DANCE. -'
The Pittsburg Club Thenter tbe Scene of
miss Stella Ilnys Trlnmph.
Mrs. John S. Hays, in honor of her daughter.
Miss Stella, gave a fashionable dance at the
Pittsburg Club theater last evening.
Tbe ladies were assisted in receiving by Miss
Beadleston, of New York, and several other
intimate friends of Miss Hays. They were all
gowned in distrstctingly pretty toilets, and
about aw guests were received. An elaborate
supper, and Toerge's orchestra added much to
the enjoyment of the evening.
Miss Maey Whitehead, ot Allegheny, was
married last evening to Mr. A. Ernest Slviter.
of WUkinsburg, in the First M.E. Church, Al
legheny." The young couple will receive their
friends on the firs t.second and third days of the
new year at 51 Race street
The second dinner dance will be given this
evening. Tbe german will be given Mrs. A. E.
Miss Josie Woodwell entertained a num
ber of f nonds last evening.
Miss Bessie Reed will bo hostess to a danc
ing party this evening.
The Scott receptionr takes place this after
noon. A "W0NDEKFDL WARDE0BE.
The Effects of a fashlonnblo American Sold
London Letter to New York World.
A sign hanging out before an auction room in
Old Bond street last week advertised tbe sale
of "the wardrobe of a fashionable American
gentleman, from jP.oole and others." The am
Dlitude at the aforesaid wardrobe astonished
even the' heavy swells of London who flocked
to tne sale. There were six fur overcoats, one
lined through with real sable; and the others
with beaver; 22pairs.of trousers, 12 satin-lined
dressing gowns, gloves by the dozen.more shirts'
tban the average man could wear ont In a gen
eration, and fancy waistcoats enough to stock a
All this stuff was sold to pay the debts of
Will'M. Havemeyer, who, as I cabled you last
March, was sent by bis relatives in New York
from London to Brazil. Singularly enough all
these clothes brought higher prices at auction
than they were worth new from the dealers.
Havemeyer cut a good deal of a swath the year
he was in London, and the belief among his
friends here is that he never reached Brazil,
but carried out a threat expressed before going
to jump overboard. If there is any luck in
possessing a supposed suicide's clothes, some
of Havemeyer's late friends ought to do pretty
well for awhile.
Modest Blertt Sometimes Overlooked.
From the St Louis Globe-Democrat
Generally speaking, modesty is a desirable
virtue in a statesman; but Major McKlnley will
find that it is not conducive to a successful ex
perience as leader of the House
Not a Bnsslan Malady.
From tbe Minneapolis Journal.l
A great many Congressmen are suffering from
attacks of the lnfluencer.
ABOUT THE WEATHER.
We don't like this weathers it's "too English,
you know." Hollidaysburg ReJttler.
The wb eat continues to promise a fair crop,
tbe late sowing looking rather better than tbe
first ffaynesburg Messenger,
fair's an ill wind .that blows nobody good the
present run of weather ought to be good for
tbe shoe dealers. Warren Mail.
The thoughful man should immediately be
gin the erection of tbe snow shovel. The im
portance of this suggestion lies in the fact that
it doesn't come from the' Signal Service
Bnreau. Hollidaysburg Standard. '
Waynesbtjro, no doubt can furnish several
examples resulting from tbo unusual warm
Winter wuavuer. jonu Anuerouu uas a rose
bush tbat is coming out in leaf, as in the
spring. We are informed that pansies wero
in bloom a few days go in the yard of Mrs.
Susan Allison, Main street Waynesburg He
publican. Otjb genial friend, Ben Bowser, of the "Way
side Inn," across tbe river, is a close observer
ot nature as well as a Jolly good landlord. He
called our attention the other "morning to the
fact well established by "woodsmen, that the
trees having at an early date, and so entirely
shed tbeir foliage, is a 'certain Indication of
a mild and open winter. Armstrong Republi
can. TntJS far this season' tbe successive cold
waves to which we have been treated have
refused to stay, and the persistent rain sel
dom absents Itself more than U hours. Some
of our people are beginning to believe there is
some truth in the recently printed romance
tbat the gulf stream has sbiftod its location
and tbat In consequence our climate Is chang
ing for the worse. Sotn'trtel Democrat.
DbVoe, the great weather, prophet fraud,
makes the following forecast for the present
winter. He says; "The ice men will not have
to' look far for a supply this season. We will
have good sleighing tbe, day before Christmas,
and it will last for weeks. There will he two
severe belts this winter, one along the lakes
and tho other near the gulf. We are botween
these, and will not suffer so ranch.' All of the
Storms will form In tbe West, and decrease in
energy as they" approach the Atlantic coast
The coldest weather will occur from December
Air old' gentleman; who has made the
weather a study for many years past, says tbat
during January and February there will be
but little snow, bnt plenty of rainy, disagree,
able weather. He bases his predictions on Em
ber days Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
succeeding December 13,'and which days regu
late the weather for three months following
wtilcn wore -just such days as be 'predicts for
the. time mentioned.' -It his predictions' are
true, our people may as well pack thiii1 sleighs
tn cotton, lay belittle- sleigh bells in camphor?
andpreparoia swim out for three months,
&& Ojriatotn surf tanhtt OfcswvatloM Fr
Carls Bad CarrMor.
t-he Chief' Justice of the United States, Mel-"-
ville W. Fuller,' went, through Pl'ttsburcoB
the fast line yesterday morning, bound for bis
old home in Chicago. He took breakfast In tbe
Union Depot cafe, bought a copy of The Dis
patch, and walked np and down tbe platform
for a few minutes, taking the bracing morning
air. His step is as firm and his eyes are as
bright as before he went down to Washington
to wear i silk gown. The Chief Justice was
prepared to express an emphatic opinion on
only one topic, the World's Fair. He said:
'"Chicago' will be successful."
The prediction was made yesterday, by Mr.
rr.Mi... tsa... . ,,., .. . -
it Hiuuiuu jrur.er, uue a& vuicago s com
missioners sent to Washington, that if his city
is given the World's fair, tbe buildings will be
almost completed within 12- months. "Chi
cago," he said, "is now second to Pittsburg
only in tbe production of iron and steel, anaIf
Chicago cannot get out the material quick
enough, we will ask Pittsburg to help."
Vs the course of a talk yesterday about pres
ent vagaries of the weatber.one of tbe gen
tlemen connected with the United States
Signal Service, said: "Every center of low
barometrical pressure, after making a south
sweeping curve, through tho United Btates,
passes away toward the Northeast, down tbe
valley of the St Lawrence, across Labrador to
Iceland. On that northern island there is a
permanent low pressure. Why it is so, I do
not know, and nobody knows with certainty.
That low pressure, I believe, has more to do
with the high temperature of Iceland, as com
pared with the temperature elsewhere in the
same latitude, than the Gulf Stream. Itls prob
able tbat the seat of that low pressure was
once still further north, and that Iceland was
then warmer than it is now.
QNEman was carried ont of the Casino last
night in another man's arms. It was Gen
eral Decker, the side-whiskered dwarf. Some
body picked him up with ease and ran down the
stairs with him. Tbe General'seyeswerestlck
ing out like big China marbles. "That was a
close shave," he said. "Thesmokeblewthrough
my whiskers.'' ,
Jt was worth one's while, on Christmas after
noon, to stand at a popular corner, like the
corner of Smithfield street and Fifth avenue,
and observe the variegated procession of neck
ties which passed by. There was a parade ot
new ijecktles, worn for the first time tbat day.
They bad been received as Christmas presents.
When a woman cannot decide upon any other
gift for a gentleman, she bnys a necktie. The
display of new neckties was a gorgeous one.
There were all colors, from spotless white to
blue and black. Barred ties revealed them
selves to be high favorites barred with purple
and lavender, black and gold, blue and white.
The prettiest ties are those which show flowered
fieures upon' a plain, light tinted ground. Some
of these are very brilliant But they age faster
than well, than actresses.
Jtver men have a saying that If tbe river
does not freeze over before Christmas, It is
likely to be frozen up during nearly all tbe
months of January and February. Thus far
during this winter there has not been a fleck of
ice upon the rivers here, and the operators
therefore lock for an abundance of ice until
well along in the spring.
Uok. A. Coitboth, of Somerset, formetly a
member of the State Senate, is at the Hotel
Anderson with Mrs. Coffroth.
IVff ichaei, J. Dean, the big-mustached super
intendent of the Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty, has been in ill health for some
weeks, bnt during tbe past three days he has
been so poorly that he has been confined to his
house for the greater part of the time. His
work is looked after by N. K Dorente.
Johh R. Johnston's big alligator, sent to
. blm by Captain Doddler, Of New Orleans,
has been playing sad havoc in the store at No.
91 Water street The scaly gentleman from tbe
South bas been kept chained id bis big tank,
bat he grew so frolicsome or hungry Christmas
evening that he broke the chain and crawled
out of the tank. There have always been kept
in tbe store a number of cats and kittens: They
are to ba found, as rat destroyers, in all the
grain commission houses along'Water street
In that particular house there were four half
grown kittens, as cute and sprightly as could
be. Mr. Johnston used to love to 116 In the
middle of the floor and play with, them all the
afternoon. He will play with them no more.
When ihe storehouse was opened yesterday
morning, the alligator was found sleeping in
one corner, puffed with eating. No kittens ran
to greet the opening door, but the floor was
strewn witn cat-fur.
"" " 0
A man of about 50 years said to tbe Stroller
yesterday afternoon: "Do you know, I
think the winters are getting milder right
along. It's been about ten years, according to
my reckoning, since we've had a good square
winter. Twenty-five or SO years ago, when I
was a young fellow, we used to have cracking
old winters, snow two or three feet deep for
months at a time. The days ot those old sled
ding parties, apple parings and dances all night
long in some big house over the hills seem to
be gone.' I woa't be one bit surprise if they're
raising bananas and oranges around here after
t A mhotjgh the sun was pleasantly warm
yeateruar Mifceiuuvu, uu tin sunan tvero
thronged with the pretty women whom Pitts
burg can turn ont in great numbers, not a sin
gle one of the Anderson Hotel mashers posed
his handsome form in front of the entrance to
tbat house. Tbe policeman on the dear corner
A iter the generous distribution by Mr, C. L.
Magee of 123 suits of new clothing to that
many newsboys, It was expected that the little
fellows who sell papers would appear yesterday
dressed, like McGinty, in tbeir best, suit of
clothes. On the contrary, they were jnst as
ragged and dirty as usual. They bad carried
their new clothes home and stowed them in a
drawer. A ragged suit is tho better appeal for
THE late Dr. Charles Albert Ashburner was
ono of tbe best friends of the newspaper
men of Pittsbnrc. He was formerly with the
Fuel Gas and Electric Engineering Company,
and was never known to refuse to see a news
paper man. He was a good judge of what
made up a news item, and it was his habit,
when interviewed on a scientific subject on
which the reporter was not well posted, to stt
down, busy or not busy, and write out tbe item
for the visitor. The reporters, have a tender
remembrance of tbe brilliant young geologist
who bas just passed away.
Upon my vow 1 stand or fall.
Lo there am 1 alone.
My hand against the hands of all
' Andtneirsagalnstmy own:'
My roof the stars, my bed the sod, ,
The desert-home for me,
No hope nor fear or man or God.
Bo be It let It be.
My bhT sandals on my feet
My dagger in my hand.
With shaggy courser eagle-fleet
To sklm the level sand.
Tbe quiver o'er my shoulder bung,
Tbe bow across it bent.
My gaze against the whole world Hang,
- And so 1 rest content.
I know not I, the touch of grief,
Nor heed as much as falling leaf
Tbo passing of tbe years:
Long since death sealed my early vow
And often shall again.
Time stamp no Cato-raark on my brow
jror these vile sons of men.
Cold In the cloudless sky above
float tbe eternal stars.
And cold my breast to thoaghtfrof love.
But 'neitb my battle-scars
Leapt the red blood In warmth elate
To meet ray hated foe
As forth Irush to meet my late
With dagger and with bow.
The Wood of men bas stained my hands,
jit heart has turned to stone, f
I roam; scourge alon;: tne sauils
A King without a throne.
The very lion shuns my path
And legends utter when
J raised my voice (a nnt-tlme wrath
Amdnsttbe-sonsofmenv '" -
Srnut Xeaofey tn InHr Octem,
Akaat tW Maeavary
of rWa CmMssM-A Hall.Ctat 8stetc
tea ac Fall Hirer AactasK Tlnland
ProkaWy Caaa Caa ,
James Fhisney Baxter, of Portland, has
written a paper OB"Karly Voyage to Amer
ica" for the Old Colony Historical Society, of
Tauntoa, Mas., which is a valuable contribu
tion to this sort of literature. Ha treats at
great length of tho voyages of the Icelanders to
Vinland In America, A. D. 983 to 1317, and no-
tlces a voyage of Nlcolo Zeno. a Venetian, in
13S0, Ttho appears to have visited Greenland,
Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. He thinks
sculptured Dightoa Rock at Taunton, the
strongest existing piece of evidence of the
visits of the Icelanders.
In 1121 Pope Calixtus IX appointed ErlkUpsl
Bishop of Iceland, Greenland and Vinland.
Mourt relates tbat tbe Pilgrims at. Plymouth
opened a grave containing the bones of a man
and a child, in which they found some iron ar
ticles, and tho skeleton found In a gravel em-
uanameuwn mis piace in jut was incased in
armor similar to that ot Tenth century Norse
men. The Fall River skeleton, says a corre
spondent of the New York Timts, was one of
the most wonderful ever found on the Atlantic
Coast It was in a sitting position just below
tbe surface of tbe ground and was wrapped In'
a covering of coarse bark of a dark color.
Within this envelope was another of about tbe
texture ot a manila coffee bag. On the breast
bone of the skeleton was a plate of brass 13
inches long, six broad at the upper end and five
at the lower. Tbe plate appeared to have been
cast and was about one-eighth of an inch in
thickness. It was oval in form and much cor
roded. the Skeleton In Armor.
Below the breastplate and entirely encircling
the body was a belt of brass tubes each 4K
inches long, three-sixteenths of an Inch in
diameter, and arranged longitudinally and
close together. The tnbes were ot thin metal,
cast on hollow reeds, and connected together
with pieces of sinew. This belt protected the
lower part the trunk of tbe body. Two
brass arrowswre found near the body. They
were thin, flat and triangular in shape, with a
round hole cut in each near tbe base. The
shaft was fastened to the head by Inserting the
latter in an opening at the end of tbe wood and
then tying it with a sinew through tbe round
hole a mode of construction never practiced
by the Indians, not even wife their arrows of
thin shell. When first discovered the arrows
were in a sort of quiver of bark, which fell to
pieces npon being exposed to the air-
Flesh was found on the. skeleton, and its dis
coverers supposed It to have been embalmed.
They suggested that the body might be one of
the Asiatic race that transiently settfed in
Central North America and afterward went to
Mexico and founded those cities where such
astonishing discoveries have since been made.
Bat they rather inclined to the ballef that the
Fall River remains belonged to one of the crew
of a Pbcsniclan vessel. The spot where the
skeleton was found was near the seacoast and
in the immediate neighborhood of Dlchton
Rock, famedfor its hieroglyphic inscriptions,
of which no sufficient explanation has yet been
given. Near this rock brazen vessels have been
The Tlntand of tbe Sagas.
Mr. Baxter inclines to the Norse theory. He
thinks that Montaup, now known as Mount
Hope, and formerly called Haup by the In
dians, Is the same hill tbat Thorfloni in 1007 or
1003, named Hop, and ho believes that Nauset
is the Indian corruption of ness or naze, tbe
Norse name of a capo. The descriptions of
Vinland given in tbe Sagas apply well to tbe
countryf rom Cape Cod to Seconnett river and
Mount Hope Bay. And though these writings
are thought by many to be fabulous, yet Mr.
Baxter think they bear evidence of truth.
Mr. Baxter seems to be satisfied tbat tbe old
stone mill at Newport was built about 1676 by
Governor Benedict Arnold, who modeled it
from one still standing in his native town of
Chesterton, in England.
0UE MAIL MUCH.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
How many Governors has tbe State of Penn
sylvania had; also nowmany Constitutlonst
Fayette Cttt, December 26.
In the last 100 years Pennsylvania bas bad 20
Governors. They came In the following order:
Thomas Mifflin, from 1790 to 1799: Thomas If c
Kean, from 1799 to 1S0B: Simon Snyder from
180Stol817; William Flndley, from 1817 to 1820;
Joseph Heister, from 1820 to IS23; John A.
Shultz, from 1823 to 1829; George Wolf, from
1829 to 1S35 Joseph Ritner. from 1833 to 1839.
The foregoing eight Governors were all elected
and served under tha Constitution nt rati Tn
-1833 a. new Constitution iwaa adopted, and the
urn.- uuremor TOiaer too insutntion 01 loss
was David R. Porter, who was Governor from
1839 to 1815; Francis R. Sbunk, from 18i5 to
1818. Governor Shunk resigned in July, 16MS.
and William F. Johnston, who was a Senator
from Armstrong county, and tbe then Speaker
of the Senate, became acting Governor. Mr.
Johnston was then nominated and elected Gov
ernor by the Whigs in October. 1848. and served
until 1852 then William Biirler from 1852 to
1S55 James Pollock from 1855 to 1858 William
F. Packer from 1858 to 1861 Andrew G. Curtln
from 1861 to 1867-John W. Geary from 1867 to
1873. Anew Constitution was again adopted
in 1873, and went into Operation January 1, 1874.
making the term of the Governor four vears and
ineligible to succeed himself by re-election,
John F. Hartranft was the first Governor-elect
nndertbe new Constitution and served from
1873 to 1879. It will be observed that his first
election was before the new Constitution wentaj
into enact, ii.irtrantt was succeeded bv Henry
M. Hoyt from 1879 to 1883: Robert K. Pattison
from 1883 to 1887; James A. Beaver from 1887 to
Invention of the Airbrake.
To the Editor or Tbe Dispatch:
In your paper of December 21 1 notice tbe
remarks of a Pennsylvania Railroad man.
wherein he says probably the invention of the
airbrake is a secret dead and buried, its incep
tion shrouded in mystery. Now. as nearly is I
can remember, it is 29 years since an engine
driver on the Caledonian Railway, in Scotland.
John Mclnnes, came to my father's bouse with
drawings and a model locomotive with cars
attached, ana to him explained the scheme of
aDDlvinc brakes bv the aid of air. the locomo
tive pumping air into a receiver and tbenco
xeicAsjuK ii. tu uu jib nuib,jusbiu uoae bo-uay
on some roads.
My father advocated its adoption before the
directors. But tbe plan was knocked on tbe
bead by a director saying if anyone wished to
destroy its efficiency all he bad to do was to
take bis penknife and cut the rubber hose. I
am fully convinced that this man was tbe firs:
who conceived the idea ot applying brakes by
tbe power of air. He Is now of tbe firm of
Clarke & Mclnnes, engineers, Glasgow. Scot
land. II any reader has heard of an airbrake
prior to this, I wonld be glad to bear from him.
uoHLavixjj,iJecemoer20. ix. w.
, Writing; for the Papers.
Tq the Editor of The Dispatch:
L What kind of paper Is used in writing
MSS. for publicatlonf 2- What is the best
manner of sending MSS. by mail; 3. What
books ara ot most assistance to a writer?
McKe8pobt, December 28. Tnto.
1. Any kind? note size is the best When
written on both sides it is used to light fires.
2. Fold, bnt never roll it; put In a stout wrap
per or envelope, inclosing sufficient stamps for
its return. Put your name and address on the
MSS. 3. Any books tbat will give yon a fair
knowledge English- grammar and the prin
ciples of rhetoric Proper punctuation and
good spelling are requisite in MSS. Gram
man, dictionaries and cneyclopedias ara all
nseful, and many of tbe numerous manuais on
composition contain helpful bints. But brains
are worth far more tban books to any author.
Government Pension List.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Is there any official list of pensioners pub
Mansfield, December 28.
iTbe Government does not publish allstot
pensioners: some years agoa bill was Intro,
duced in Congress requiring the namoofeach
pensioner to be posted in bis nearest po'stoffice;
bnt pension agents and pension grabbers had It
killed on the 'ground that it would injure the
self-respect of pensioners If their neighbors
'should know that they received pensions. Pub
lication of the lists Is often recommended as a
pieans of purging tbem of swindlers. .
Over Kino Thousand..
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
How many weekly newspapers are published
n the United BtatesT Nettie.
Sjlxonbubo, December 26V
i ' n
An UnenTlnblo Bladaettaa.
From the Providence Journal.!
Major Berpa Pinto has the bad distinction of
carrying on tbe only war in the world at the
present season of peaco and good Wilt '
Th hlntqn of Chicago.
From the Philadelphia Beeord.
Cbiraco Is 'now easily tba first city In the
eonntry tn point, of oheek, Second la are, and
probably third in population.
A bootblack in Chicago managed to buy -
and distribute fire turkeys among as many
very poor families. K
In tbe wilds of the Sierra, near Kaweah
river, Tulare county, California, is" a sequoia
tree 176 feet In circumference. '"
In 1888, nearly 3,WX),W)a,00QbricksJ,were
manufactured In 12 cities of the Unfted'States.
About 80,000,000 were made in Pittsburg-jl,
Id the stockyards at Kansas City'afmnle
and a horse engaged in a kicking matcbXand
tbe mule was outkicked. Tho attendantathad
to turn tbe hose on the combatants In orderlto
separate them. 'f&'MS
A St Louis brewery has erectedftjia
largest brick chimney west ot Boston.llrlst
235 feet in heleht-ralmost twice as- highlasr
the water tower and covers 1681 square feat'
at tha base. Tba walls at tha biu ,-.-4f.At t
I thick, tapering gradually to 13 Inches at tha top.V:
A large bald-headed eagle is reportedai,
one of the visitors at a recent- flag-raising bveriK'
a school house in Lubec, Me. The bird circled
round tbe staff three times and then apparently i
satisfied that ererythine was all right flew &
towards the west probably to attend more flag -1
At Springfield, Mass., on Christmas
Eve, a generous man, who refused to let bis
name be known. Instructed the police? to send
"all the deserving poor" in the city to King's
market, where each would receive a turkoy at a
his expense. Two hundred turkeys were dis- 1
Five female sanitary police are now
established in Chicago, under the appointment
of the Commissioner of Health, according to
an ordinance of the City Council. The duty of
the new female sanitary police is to inspect
factories and tenements for tbe protection of
the health of working women.
Born and raised in a Chinese tea-drink-ine
establishment a Chinaman ba Philadelphia
says the only -way to mako tea is to pour the
boiling water on the leaves, stirring them
briskly at the same time- It should be served
after allowing merely time to settle. The
whole operation takes onlya minute.
At Eau Claire, "Wis., the other night,
lightning struck the large residence of Stephen
Marston. knocking down a chimney and shat
tering the roof. The thunder was terrible.
Lightning also struck the Brush electrio wires,
and Johnson, a lamp-trimmer, was knocked in
sensible. This is the first case on record in
Wisconsin of lightning doing any damage in
The baby leopard which has been the
joy and the pride of tbe keepers at the Fhfla
delphiaZooIogicalGarden since its entry into the
world about six weeks ago was missing from Its
cage Wednesday moraine, and could be found
nowhere. Its mother presented an unusually
plump appearance, and tbe keepers were not
long in ascertaining that she had made a meal
of, her offspring during the night .
It is reported from Japan that it is in
contemplation to erect a bronze statue on an
open space immediately outside of the imperial
palace in Tokio. and artists were Invited to
send in designs. One of the latter represented
the Emperor seated on his favorite charger.the.
horse being so placed that its feet should rest
on either side of the entrance bridge. This Is
said to bave been much admired by tbe offi
cials of the imperial household; butjwhen,. it
was submitted to the Emperor itwaslmmediv
ately vetoed, on the" ground that It was not in
accordance with tho principles of hospitality
and politeness tbat foreign princes and person
ages of distinction who came to visit blm
should have to pass nnderthe feet of ahorse
bestridden by him.
A new substitute for coffee may turn np
inaberryknownas"gaertnera." The British
Consul at Ronnlon says that at one time he
received many letters from merchants in En
gland asking for information respecting a
shrub then called "mussaenda," tbe discovery
of which, it bad been said In some commercial
journals, would deal a severe blow to the coffee
and chicory trade. About two years ago a
rumor was spread that tha berry of this shrub
could ba advantageously employed as a substi
tute for coffee and chicory. It crows to about
ten feet high, has very few leaves, audits
branches are wide apart The berries do not
grow all along tbe branches, as Is the case with
coffee, but in bunches at their extremities. At
present It Is only met with in the mountains,
where it grows wild. It might be produced on
an extensive scale: but with its Inferiority in
fragrance and color, it could hardly compete
Several thousand gypsies of Croatia re
cently held an open-air indignation meeting
at Odra to protest against the measures to put
a stop to their wanderings, the authorities
having even threatened, if necessary, to set firs
to their encampments. The orators warmly
defended tne tune-nonored prrnleflreaoftha
race, especiaiiy-ma iree vagarona me nDiM
from, their forefathers from time Immemorial.
The meetlngfwaa unanimous as to the neces
sity of appealing to some protector to intercede
lortnem. xne majority loosea to tne -can ox
Croatia, Count Kbeun-Hedervary, bnt there
was a strontr minority in favor of applying to
the Archduke Joseph, the King of tha Hun
garian gypsies, while a few of tbe more radical
orators recommended emigration en massa
from Croatia to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This
suggestion was rejected on a show of hands,
whereupon a free fight ensued between the
Banites and Josephltes, and there was no de
cision. The following story of a monkey's hero
ism is told by an Indian paper: "A large
onrang ontang was very much attached to bis
master and to the baby boy, who was the pet of
tha whole family. One day a fire suddenly
broke out tn tbe bouse, and everybody was run
ning hero and there to put It out while the
little boy in his nursery was almost forgotten
and when they thought of him the staircase was
ail In flames. What could be done? As they
were looking np and wondering; a large hairy
band and arm opened tbe window, and pres
ently tha monkey appeared with tbe baby in
his arms, and carefully climbed down over the
porch, and bronzbt tbe child safely to his
nurse. Nobody else could bave done it for a
man cannot climb like a monkey, and I not
nearly so strong. Ton may Imaslna bow the
faithful creature was praised and petted after
that This Is true story, and tbe child who
was saved was tbe yonng Marquis of Kildare."
Not long ago an Atlanta young lady
was about to" be married she is married now.
Tbe following story has leaked out by mer
chants comparing notes from time to time:
About two weeks before tho time the wedding
vuto take place this young lady visited the
various' stores In the city. At each of the jew
elry stores she called tbe proprietor aside and
told him' of her approaching marriage, and
then said: "Now, it is very probable that some
of my friends may come in here and select me
a present It's horrid to get sometbins you
don't like. so I want yon to lookout forma
andif you can satisfy yourself tbat a present
is to be purchased for me induce tbe purchaser
to buy something I will now select" The pro
prietor could see nothing wrong in granting
such a request and tha young lady selected a
number of pieces ot jewelry which suited her
taste. Tbey were marked and tbe clerks noti
fied. This was repeated at the crockery, music
and book stores. From all that can be learned
tba scheme worked well, and on her wedding
nigbtthe happy bride had but fen present
with which she was not pleased.-
The king of beasts never reigns bnt-.ho
roars. Puct. ;
It fs a wise fool who knows enougbjvio
keeplttoblmseir.-PBCC. ' 1Sfe .
Best place to hold the "World's .Fair
iilgbt around the waist .Boston Herald.
Women are rarely great inventors:, though
tbey are often the first to discover new wrinkles.
Tsrre Haute Express.
"Yon "say-your friend died of conssmp-'
1 tlon: quick consumption, I piesnme." k
weii, naraiy. no urea la rauaaeipnis.r
Minneapolis Tribune. .
"Santa Clans is really a very large mer
"How do yoa mako tbat out!" asked bnooper.
'Be has a large itockln' trade."-iJj.
A Chicago Hollyberry. Mr, Green
MtssWobbash, may I take yon nnderthe mistle
toe? Miss Wobbasb-What's the matter with taking
me under the noser Pue.
Physician (to Mrs. Colonel Blood, of
Kentucky) Bow did your husband pass the
night Mrs. Blood?
Mrs. Blood He seemed quite comfortable, sir,
And litnl Pnrsu.,.r,nl flm.
Physician (with a grave looT)-H'm-sUll
fughty. oostan Beacon.
A Wholesale Liar.rI1awyer--Yon sayTS
you think the witness lsa- wholesale liar. What
do yoa.mean by a wholesale llart
Witness Well, ha is a man who wouldn't tell a
single lie for a ntekel. but would tell a dozen for
half a dollar; or a dozen dozen "gross" false
hoods, you know for JJ. Detroit Journal.
SUCH A BWXXT FIOTTRK. (
'Tit true, I'm willing to confess she nls'aa
Hot then ho bu a fortune tint to m U more thaaj
1 really would not have you think her beauty has
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nnnnniitii, B jn
ris not her face, you understand, but figure thai
-baswoaine. ) Vllisas,9'Sn