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THE OTTAWA FREE TRADER, SATURDAY. AUGUST 2, 1890.
MRS. EDISON AT HOME.
Her Fairy Palace at Llewellyn
Park, and Her Family.
The Wliard's Wife a Beautiful Womaa,
Who Entertains Dellghtfully-A Pretty
Boudoir-EdUon'a Hobble A oa
Who ha the Inventor Talent.
Count Thomas A. Edison, commander
of the Legion of Honor. lives in a beau
tiful houso which Is almost a castlo In
"Glenmont." as itis called, Isdcllgbt
fully situated in the midst of tho aris
tocratic suburb, Llewellyn Turk, X. J.
This place Mr. Edison bought after his
second marrlugo, about four years ago.
The family consists of Mrs. Edison,
two boys and a little girl, tho latter the
child of his second marriage. Mr. Ed
ison's eldest daughter, a young girl
about eighteen years of age, Is studying
music In Germany, where she has been
for nearly a year under tho caro of a
The two boys, Thomas and William,
aged fifteen and thirteen years, are
good-mannered, lively littio fellows
who are being educated at home by a
governess. Their school-room, In the
third story, is a pleaiant, airy place,
where the boys and thoir teacher spend
four hours or so each day.
Thomas, his father's namesake, is
something of a musician, playing re
markably well for a lad of his years
both on tho piano and the organ. Will
lam, I believe, has Inherited some of his
father's talent and likes to spend a day
occasionally in tho laboratory. That
he one day failed to perform quite a
marvelous experiment was due, he said,
to the workman who did not provide the
correct apparatus for chaining the elec
tric current to do his bidding.
Little two-year-old Madeline, a bright,
winsome chlid. is naturally the pet of
the household. Ono very pretty pict
ure of her, which Mr Edison keeps la
her boudoir, was taken in a quaint
fashion. A crescent-shaped moon Is
outlined upon tho curd, and with trees
for a background, tho child was photo
graphed. Underneath are tho lines:
Twinkle, twinklo, little stur.
How I wonder what you are.
Phonographic dolls doubtless little
baby Edison has by tho dozens, or can
have if she happ ens to liko them.
Mrs. Edison is a beautiful woman,
with charming manners as become a
Countess. Her beauty and fine manners
won high pralso last summer, while in
London and Paris, which she visited
Witli her husband. Mrs. Edison is
THE DRIVE AT M.KWKI.I.VS I'AIlK.
twenty-four years old, a triflo above the
average' height, with a very graceful
figure. She has brown hair which she
usually wears high at the back, with a
fluffy bang over her forehead. Her
eyes are hazel, and her complexion that
clear olive which artists love. Mr.
Edison's pet name for her is "Mena."
Mrs. Edison always dresses in perfect
' taste, and on ordinary occasions very
quietly. Many French y tea-gowns and
handsome dinner dresses were added to
her wardrobe last summer, when she
was in Paris.
She takes a long drive every morning,
accompanied by her little daughter and
Its nurse. Her carriage costume at this
season is very apt to be an army blue
eashmere with passementerie trimmings,
and a straw hat with a becoming clus
ter of pink roses for ornament.
Mrs. Edison has a young woman's
fondness for society and entertains a
good deal; luncheon and dinner parties
being her favorite ways of dispensing
hospitality to her friends. Her sister,
Mrs. Mary Miller, whose home is
Akron, O., spends much time with Mrs.
Edison, and is expected in a few weeks
to return to finish a visit which she
commenced in April.
The luncheon hour at the Edison
mansion is two o'clock, and lest her
abseii'v-mnded husband forget that he
needs some refreshment, Mrs. Edison
often has the carriage sent for him to
his laboratory, although It is only a
five-minute walk to tho house.
The reader would hardly guess, per
haps, one of Mr. Edison's favorite
viands it is nothing moro or less than
that very Yankee dish pie; for break
fast he always wants fruit
The house where the wizard and the
wonder of this age lives is a tandsome
Structure of brick and wood, somewhat
Queen Anne" as to architecture, but
tt this the reJller can judge for him
self. There is a wide and hospitable porch,
at the front entrance, large enough to
bold a settle, piled high w ith soft cush
ions. There are benches, several chairs
r-AOSDlUlltr beginning even before vou
step over tho threshold. Within, there
la a charming air of comfort and luxury.
The large, squaro hall Is a room in itself,
as the modern hall Is designed to be,
with a recessed window which forms a
cozy nook with winJow seats. A carved
oak table holds a curious Japanese vase
or Jar; near It Is a bouquet of roses
bunches of freshly-gathered flowers
greet you in every room in the house.
A large window over the second land
ing on the stairs Is entirely of stained
glass, a full-length figure of some
mythological character being depicted
Mr. Edison's study or library is at the
right of the hall. The book-cases,
which lino tho sides of the room, are
protected with glass. A large fire-place,
with its mantel and pollshod brass
audlrons and fonder tako up nearly one
aide of the room, while a double window
in front occupies another side. A little
nook or recess has moro books and a
window of stained glass, with Dante's
head pictured upon it.
Dante. I take It.. Is a favorite author
of Mr. Edison's, for on tho library tablt
is a superb edition of that author's
works, illustrated by Doro. A small
bronze bust of Edison forms tho stand
ard to tho drop light on the library
table, and was the gift of a friend.
Speaking of lights, to seo Mr. Edi
son's really magnificent homo in all Its
glory ono must visit it at nignt, when it
glitters liko a fairy palace, with its in
numerable electric lights. Ono push
pon a button light up tho drawing
room, for instance, where there aro two
chandeliers with countless lights. The
effect, even by daylight, is very fine,
i A beautiful and spacious apartmont
is Mrs. Edison's drawing-room, as the
photograph Indicates. There is an arch
way, supported by onyx pillars, which
gives a lofty look to tho plan. Tho
prettiest corner in tho room is where
tho piano stands, with a stainod glass
window above, a littio statuette near it,
and tho door leading to the conservatory
also near. Through tho door is a
glimpse that reminds ono of tho trop
ics; for just at present tho conservatory
is filled with palms and ferns.
There aro some fluo paintings in this
room; ahead by Elizaboth Gardner, who
imitates so closely her master, llouguer
eau; a figure painted by, Perrault and
ono by Lc Iloitx, a moonlight effect
painted by Dougctte.
The picture which especially attracted
me was a painting on porcelain, "The
Christian Martyr" tho figure of a beau
tiful, young girl floating upon the wa
ter. This picture is framed, in mother-of-pearl.
The hangings of this room aro crim
son damask, the furniture is richly
carved rosewood, also upholstered with
One of tho noticeablo pieces of fur
niture in tho drawing-room is a small,
gold-and-onyx stand. There is only one
other liko it in this country, and that
belongs to Mrs. Astor. In a deep re
cess, which is partly window and partly
mirror, isabeautiful marble bust, "The
Pose," it is called; It represents tho
head of a young girl, and as it stands
before a largo mirror, both tho marble
and its reflection add to the attractive
ness of this part of the drawing-room.
You enter the dining-room at tho rear
of the hall. This is rather a simply
furnished room. Trio sideboard stands
in a recess and displays a few pieces
of silver and crystal. Mrs. Edison, by
tho way, has a small fortune in silver,
which is kept in a safe, only a few
pieces being in constant use. Leading
from tho dining-room is ono apartment
at present being fashioned into a billiard-room,
billiards being a game which
Mr. Edison likes to indulge in occasion
ally. An attractive picture in the dining
room Is one of Mrs. Edison's old home
in Akron, O., which looks like a pleas
ant place, with Its broad and well-kept
lawn and spacious dwelling.
There aro many beautifully appointed
rooms on the second floor of tho Edison
mansion. Mrs. Edison's boudoir Is
naturally very attsuctive, as it is most
homelike in appearance.
There is every thing for comfort and
many things for luxury. A fine por
trait of her father hangs upon tho wall,
and many pictures of littio baby
Madeline stand upon tho mantel.
From the front windows, there is a fine
view of the Orange valley. Adjoining
this is her sleeping-room, from which
a door leads to tho roof of tho conserva
tory. Over this, in summer, an awning
is stretched, and hero often a cup of tea
is served in the afternoon, as it is a
favorite lounging place of Mrs. Edison,
with its divans, its table with all the
pretty and dainty appointments for
making tea. and its huge jars of
There are many guest chambers, all
upholstered in delicato cretonnes and
dimities. The beds have small cano
pies arranged in the French style over
each. There are rugf and cushions and
pretty inlaid writnr-ta.W in pvery
roou. I i.otic si two pi -id -en. which
possessed m-c'.i iitonst. One was a
photograph of Ili;on when a boy about
fourteen years of rge The other a pic
ture of Mr. Kli-,n taken at "sweefc
sixteen," shows a lovely. serious-faced
maiden. Tho photograph of the first
Mrs. Edison has a conspicuous place in
The crrounds surrounding Ulonmont
are extensive; a pretty lawn lies direct
It in front of the house: at a little dls-
tance is a garden, with a goodly prom-
Ise of vegetable in due season. m
stables have a largo poultry yard near;
raising fancy breeds ot poultry is one 01
Mr. Edison's hobbies, and he has several
hundred valuable fowls. There are five
or six green-houses and a pasture where
one or two Alderney cows enjoy the
goods the godi provide. Mr. Edison
keeps four horses for horses, however,
he has no special fancy: he considers
them poor motors.
"I keep bonus because I have to," he
says, "but thoro Isn't ono fast one
In twenty-five years from now elec
tricity will have superseded horse-power
in Now York In tho performance of
every sort of useful work. The horso
will have become a luxury, a toy, a pet,
according to tho wizard's prediction.
About tho only recreation Mr. Edison
takes nowadays Is a drive on Sunday
with Mrs. Edison through tho country
aboutOrango. In winter Mr. and Mrs.
Edison aro often seen in New York at
the theater or tho opera; comic opera
Mr. Edison prefers. A play ho does not
enjoy as well on account of his deafness,
as he can not hear what the actors say.
That he can not hear tho sermon is the
excuse he laughingly gives for not at
Frances M. Smith.
We had occasion yesterday to com
mend tin: courage and presence of
mind of a Dubuque lady In providing
more than a match for robber tranty.
Miss Maggie Campbell, of Monmouth,
though in another way, showed her
self a heroine. About three o'clock'
in the morning she was awakened and
aroused out of bed by clouds or smoke
that came rolling Into the room
through an open window. Seeing
that a porch at the back part of the
house was on lire, Instead of going on
into hysterics, as most young ladies
would have done, she never said a
word but coolly got up, hastened down
stairs and gave the lire a drenchiDg
with a couple of buckets of water and
returned to bed, never arousing anoth
er member of the household. Says
the Monmoulh Journal, "Not one lady
in a thousand would have done this,
and Miss Campbell is deserving of the
highest praise lor the nerve and cool
ness which she displayed."
And lln ilrl Adore Illm.
Bllger That count is a most imposing
Kloge Well, he is. He has imposed ou
all the men with whom he got acquiiinted
since he !inslceii here at Newport. Detroit
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The chambermaid is talking to herself:
"If that handsome young lieutenant that's
visiting here dares to kiss me again he'll
get a piece of my mind. I wonder w hy it
Is he's so late."- Fliegenile lilaetter.
Niece I'm writing to Clara Smith, aunt.
Shall I say anything from you?
Aunt You may give her my love, dear.
How I do dislike that girl, to lie sure!
The professor of dead languages V7hi
had lost his false teeth was obliged to dis
miss his class, because, as one of the stu-Or-nts
said, lie coulclu't "gum Arabic."
Judkins (to Mack, who is preparing, for
a continental trip) How do you get ou
with your languages, old fellow?
Hhtck Capitally. Why, I've got on so
nnw T ciin think in French.
Judkins Well, t hat's a blessing, for it's
more than you could ever do iu r.uglish.
Ills Kind llrart.
"Now, Fritz," said his aunt, "were you
whipped again today at school?"
"Yes, but it didn't hurt me a bit."
"Still you cried over it, I understand f"
"I've got. no hard feelings against the
teacher, so I did that to please him.'
"Johnny," said his teacher, "who were
the two strongest men of olden times?"
"Samson ami Hercules."
"Can you tell anything about them?"
"Oh, yes. Samson was a regular Her
cules." New York Sun.
The artesian well of the Elgin con
densed milk company brings up in
one pipe allow of hard water, obtained
at a depth or a few hundred feet,
while another pipe brings up a How or
soft water, obtained at a depth of
The little coal village of Ladd, near
Peru is happy over the finding of the
third vein or coal after more than two
years of the hardest kind of work and
repeated failures in getting through
the strata of quicksand and water un
derlying the surraoe.
The Streator Fire 1'nss notices the
arrival of a suspiciously large number
of colored gentlemen in that town and
surmises "they are a sort or advance
guard for a lody of negroes expected
to work at Plumb's shaft. Heretofore
there has not been more than three or
four cullud gemmen in Streator. There
are now jnissibly twenty."
Yesterday, says Friday's Peru .Ycim
lli ruhl. the water tank of the C, K. I.
P. at the Peru round house was
emptied and after the water was
drawn off a curium collection was
found. Thousands of minnows, vary
ing in si.e from a quarter f an inch
to two inches in length, a wall-eyed
pike, weighing thirty ounces, and a
couple of large wis, all alive and in
good condition were taken out by the
men clearing out the aquarium.
LaSalle has a new daily 77- Trihimr.
It is published by Hennessey and
P.ostwick, we lielieve, though we find
no sign on the paper itself. It is a
seven column foiio. and promises to
be something one of these days. The
first nuintier is not as newsy as a pa
per published amid l",i)00 jieople
tin LaSalle and Peru) might be: but
no doubt it will, like god wine, Im
prove in quality as it ages.
RememlT we have reduced prices
on all work. Gay Si Ss.
THE COAT WAS KENTED.
Ople Read Tells now a Big Maa
Suffered in a Little Coat
It Knablad Him. Hwaar, to Make
Highly Amusing Ki hi bit Ion of
lllanatilf at Hla Frlond'
The largo man whom circumstances
have forced to rent a dress coat is al
most as much deserving of pity as the
man that has been unjustly condemned
to bo hanged. I will give my reasons
for thinking so, Several weeics ago a
friend came to mo and said: -
"Look bore, old fellow, I am going to
give a musical entertainment and I
want you to help mo out."
"How can 1 help you out?" I asked.
The only music I ever made was turn-
I.OOKIMI AT THK COAT.
lng a grind stone accompaniment to the
flesh-creeping tremulo of a scythe."
"Oh, I don't want you to make any
music only want you to recite some
thing; somo littio thing, it doesn't
mako any difference what tell that
story you told us at tho club the other
night just tell any thing, you know."
I shook my head; he continued: "All
we want you to do is 10 elvo us a little
somcthinir to fill in with won't amount
to any thing, you know."
"I am afraid that it is beyond my
ability to grant your request," said I.
"The truth Is, I haven't tho eourago to
place my awkward anatomy In a per
pendicular position and address an audi
ence." "What! as large a man as you are and
haven't that much courage'.'"
"Ah! but sizo is the trouble. If I
were small, the trial would bo less.
There would not bo so much of me to
feel embarrassed. As the most famous
of social hypocrites said in a letter to
his son: 'Superior height requires su
perior grace.' "
"Nonsense," my friend rejoined.
"You'd look first rate in a dress-coat."
"Hut I havo none."
"Why, hang It, rent ono. I'll go out
with you and In less than half an hour
you'll be fitted liko a tailor's modeL
Now look here," ho added, persuasively,
"it won't do to disappoint me, for the
fact is I was so sure that you would help
mo out that I havo had your name
nrinted on the programme. Oh! it
won't tako you moro than ten minutes,"
he soothingly added, noticing my nerv
ousness. "All you've got to do is to
step out, say your littio piece, mako
your bow and that ends it. Don't you
remember that I came out to your house
somo time, ago and played during the
I did remember, and thus thrown by
tho "under-holu" of gratitude, I could
d nothing but yield.
The entertainment was to tako place
the following Thursday evening, giv
ing me almost a week's time to brood
over tho coming trial. Never, except
on one miserable occasion in Kentucky,
years ago, had I ever attempted to ad
dress an audience, and the memory of
that occasion's hot embarrassment often
comes in feverish dreams to strangle mo
with humiliation. I was editing a
weekly newspaper, five feet by four feet
and a half, in How ling (! recti, and was
compelled to write, every week, nine
columns of "Undo (Jabe Lyon culled on
us Wednesday and renew ed his subscrip
tionthanks, Lnclo dabo call again;
Colonel Kill Ansoy says tho fruit is not
injured; Undo Mark fllevens says the
fruit Is killed; tho river is rising; big
drove of hogs passed through town Sat
urday " had to write nine columns of
this brain-wearing thought, and surely
after so great a literary out-put I was In
no condition to address a convention of
bee-keepers; but the proprietor declared
that as his paper w as tho recognized or
iran of the boo-koepinir Industry, it
would bo a disgrace if I did not say
something. I was shoved forward but
do not now recall even tho substance, of
my speech. I know that a red-haired
man gazed at mo and then neighed like
THK ROOM WAS KI LL OF rilKITV WOMES.
A clover-fed colt, and that a pug-nose
fellow from over the creek squealed like
a peach-orchard shote.
Thursday afteraoon I went with niy
friend to get the coat. "I have one
staked out that will just fit you," said
La. "I have engaged in this business
to of.en that I can look at a ooat and
tell it it will fit. Let's go in here."
. We went in. Oh. voa. tho clerk had
the very coat; know it was largo enough;
had been made for a big fellow mat
lectured at a cyclorama. I don't think
that a more disreputable looking piece
f cloth coald have been displayed. On
the lapel a dried piece of flannel-cane
was held in placo by a daub of maple
strut). The coat had evidently been
present at a wedding breakfast
"Oh, a littio benxlne win lane mat
off," said the clerk.
"Try li on." tho musician urged.
"Wait a minute," I remarked. "How
about this hole under the arm?"
The clerk tried to patch the hole with
a look, but railed. "im, our tauor can
fix that," said ho.
Can mako it look better than ever,"
the musician enthusiastically declared.
"Hut look hero." said l "One claw is
almost torn off."
"Have you another coat?" I asked.
"I've got ono that U tho very thing,
but it Is out. You can have It to-morrow."
"Don't want it to-morrow want it
now or never."
"I think we can mako this one do,"
said the musician, holding up the lacer
"It is an elegant pleco of goods," the
In ono more moment I should have
resorted to violence, but tho musician
drew me away. Wo weut to another
placo. Tho clerk looked at tho num
bers on a stack of coats and shook his
head. "Hold on," ho said, as wo were
about to leave tho store, and then re
marked: "If Phllberts has brought that
coat back I think I can fit you."
Ho pulled open a drawer and said:
"Ah!" Phllberts had brouirht the coat
back. He advanced, holding tho thing
in front of him. It looked like an
alapaca jacket w ith two dangling shoe
strings intended to represent talis.
"Tho very thing!' cried tho musician.
I tried It on, or, rather, toro off oe
sleeve in the attempt, Mr. Phllberts
must have boon a living skeleton. Out
in tho street again, perplexed, worried
Into perspiration and profanity. At tho
next place I asked tho clerk If he had
any sw allow-tail coatsU Jor men. Oh!
yes. he had a largo stock. Tho first one
he brought out would havecrampod the
form of an Ideal Juliet; tho second
would havo distressed t'amllle, even if
put on during tho fag end of her fatal
illness; tho third might havo been
passed upon favorably by the ossified
man. and tho fourth well. I crowded
myself into it. The clerk smiled and
the musician declared that It was a
VANISI11NO fill AC KKUI.I.V.
beauty. "Oh! you must tako it!" ho ex
claimed "Looks tip-top out of sight.
Soon bo time to go to tho hall, you
"I know, but I can't raise my arm.
"Oh, you don't want to raise your
arm. In a humorous recitation you
must stand perfectly still."
"Hut It pinches me under the arms."
"Oh, come, now ! what difference does
that make? Kvery thing pinches llfo
pinches, for that matter, but you don't
want to throw off your lifo simply be
cause it does pinch a little. Put on
your overcoat and come ahead."
I sat on an uneasy chair waiting for
my turn was to appear Immediately
after a slim young man in a nicely
fitting coat should finish singing
"Jack Is Kvery Inch a Sailor." Tho
timocatno and I suddenly found myself
in tho presenco of innumorabln ribbons
and biirhly-colored feathers. Eyes,
noses and then faces gradually grew
Into recognizable shape. I got th'ougb
with my piece and then attempted to
vanish, as trained stage pecplo do,
without turning round, but failed. A
graceful vanish was beyond my skill.
Tho people roared and I was forced to
tell another story; and. encouraged by
tho outbursts of appreciation, felt the
thrilling leap of tho nuddenly-acquirod
blood of bravery: still, at tho close of
tho second recitation I could not vanish
gracefully. When I turned to go the
audience roared louder than ever, but,
determined to run no risk of failure
after so brilliant a success, I hastened
to tho green-room flushed with tho ex
citement of victory My friend and the
other musicians, the young man who
hal sunz ".lack Is Every Inch a
Sailor" all veiled. 1 was not long In
discovering tho true causo of my great
success. The rented atrocity that I woro
was split down the back from collar to
tails. This was not the only humilia
tion, for ono of the newspapers. !n re
ferring to my part of tho performance,
"His idea of fun is of a very low order.
Not having tho hut iorof idea, he sub
stituted a disgraceful clow nishncss
the miserable trick of puttlngon a coat,
silt in the back, and tht-u turning around
so that the aulienco could see the
'joke.' We would advise htm not to ap
pear again In public, at le;ist not until he
learns the difference between respecta
ble humor and disreputable trickery."
I may live to Iks an authority on floods
and early frosts may Im referred to a
"one of our oldct Inhabitants;" circum
stances may force me to commit robbery
or steal a hog that wears a tusk like a
reaping hook; but no condition. It mat
ters not how severe, can ever compel ma
to rent another swallow-tail coat.
Oris P. RiA-U.
Tha Praam of Wbatavar la !f away, lata
atlas; or Spier la onr Half h
Only two townships In Marshall
county show an Increase of populat ion
sine 180. These are K vans, Including
wenona, ana Jtobert, in which
v a rim is situated, dz.
M. M. Ravlin. a wealthy and highly
respected tanner near Aurora. 78 years
old, met his death on Saturday by fall
ing rroiu a nay iort in his barn, lie
was one of the early settlers of Kane
county and In imii-2 was mayor of Au
Schwelnfurth, the Rock ford Iiudos
ter, preaches regularly very Sunday a
nve nours sermon. Jiinugn hardened
to a patient endurance of a multiplici
ty of atlllctions, no Rockford reporter
has yet U-en able to he.ar him out.
On account of the heat and drought
or excessive economy In the use of
grease, a load of hay lelng driven Into
Champaign last week became Ignited
rrom the friction or the wheels against
tho hay rack and burned hay, wagon
The Princeton Trihunr tries Its hand
at an original tish story thusly : "Uev.
llurless, or iiepue, while fishing In the
lake one day this week, caught his
hook in a tin can, which he landed.
Inside the can was a live cattish consi
derably too large to find egress through
the hole that was in the lid of the can.
Karlville huiUr: Attorney L. O.
iSrown removed to Ottawa this week,
where he has associated himself with
Mr. Aver, of Hloonilngton, and leased
an oilice for the practice of law. As
will be seen hv their card, their office
Is in Lynch's block, and they w ill be In
Karlville on Saturday of each week to
look after the business here.
Trouble occurred in the Kvangelical
Lutheran church at Aurora last Sun
day morning. Presiding elder llyers,
ot Nanervlllo, an anti-Esherite, was
conducting the service, a proceeding
to which the Kscherites were very
much opHised, and one of hem, Sim
on Klser, interrupted the services to
such an extent that he was ejected
from the church amid great excite
ment. Dog days, which include the period
from July 'ld to August 11, are not so
named because, as many people absurd
ly believe, dogs are more liable to go
mad during that period than any oth
er, but take the name from Sirius, or
Canis Major, the dog star, w hich rises
within the same hourasthe sun in the
period named. The ancient Egyptian,
wlio worshipped the dog, attribute!
the extreme heat of summer to he
The removal of the Illinois Central
Railroad shops from Chicago to Clin
ton appears to be still in alx-vance. All
that seems settled in the matter is
that t hey are not to go to Frecport.
Hloomlngtou sent a committee to Chi
cago last week to put in a claim for
that town. They were told no loca
tion had yet been divided umui and
that Hloomiiigton would be given a
chance to submit a proposition before
the matter was closed.
The local scribe of the Rockford llf
tMcr, like all the lestof his unhappy
guild, must llnd it an awful trial not
to shoot, the "Intelligent comoositor."
After reporting Dr. Harrows as preach-.
ing an cot-vacation sermon, the "Int.
comp." makes the scribe send him off
on a vacation! In another place the
same Hend makes the scribe attribute
to Col. Vilas such monumental ignor
ance as awarding honors to Pitt that
belong to Sir Robert Peel.
While boring for water at Hioom
ington on Monday the artificial Ice
company struck natural gas at a depth
of TO feet. It issues from a li-inch
pipe with a terrific roar, and when ig
nited burned a llame thirty feet high.
When confined, the gas showed a pres
sure of eleven pounds to the square
inch. Pi lies have been run to the toil
ers of the factory, and the gas sup
plies siillicient lii'-l to run them.
There are social gas wells like this in
that region that have been in practical
use for years.
According to Professor Root, the
Canton weather prophet, the move
ment, of storms in August will differ
from that of July storms, being of a
more copious nature iu rainfall and
.xteiiiling from north to south, tak
ing in a greater scope of country. The
storms will be less violent, developing
into steady rain, except during the
tornado periods. In short, according
to the Canton philosopher, glorbus
rains will break the drouth every
where. So nmte it be!
A notable relic of old days on the
Mississippi was found in an excavation
near the river aKiaU-ua theotiier day.
It is a silver piece about the si.eofa
Hiiarter, is dated I.V1J, and is stamped
with curious characters and devices
which inno of tin' local sivants, sev
eral of w hom are especially well versed
iu numismatic, are able to decipher.
The prevailing is that the coin is of
Spanish origin, and it is barely possi
ble that it i-a relic of Do Soto's voy
age up the Mississippi in l.YIL
The Totiica JN'i . breaks forth in
song as musical and tuneless as that
of the cicihbir be celebrates: "iNig
(lavs are here. Likewise the dogs.
Likewi-e the mosquitoes. Likew'se
the musical insects of every species
katvdids, fall crickets, locusts and all
such as scrape tle-ir fiddles without
tuning them and rattle away, each on
its own string, giving nightly concerts
of mixed medleys and making a weird
racket fur the nervous sleeiier. Yet to
inanv it is a welcome sound this
lullaby from the insect world. It is
the siren song of the season, giving
notice that the summer is passing ami
tin' frosts are coming in about six
Fre'iort is awfullv " put out" aNiut
the removal or the 111. Central Rail
road shops at Chicago to Clinton, HI.
The Hulk rin says: "A few years ago
Free port donated the Malleable Iron
shops to the Central road with the
understanding that the Central shops
would lo located here whenever thev
would lie removed from Chicago. That
the company iseither willfully neglect
ing of this city or does not care tor a
valuable piece "of projxTty, is evident.
The citlens of Freciiort gave the Ill
inois Central company property val
ued at 100,000. A good many of the
gentlemen who were in the deal theu
wish they had waited awhile, for the
promises made to the com niit tee that
went to Chicago then have never een