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THJE MORNlNGr TIMES, SUNDAY, APBIL 11, 3897.
A WOMAN BANK PRESIDENT.
Mrs. "VV. M. Miirbh TVJns a XIice it
the Front Ilnulr of Financiers
r.rtwi v. . Anril 10. -Mrs. W.
Marsh, of this place, is tlic only jvoman
whose signature appears ou bank bibs.
This happens because she is the piesident
ot the First National Bank of Groton,
an institution which does a very largo
business with corporation., and private In
dividuals whose operations are extensuc.
an addition to performing thodutles ot ta nk
president, Mrs. Marsh is the head of the
Groton TypewriUngMachincCompau and
treasurer and director of the Groton Car
riace Company. She finds time to do all
this and have that leisure which is ncces
bary to a woman who enjoys the advan
tages of bocicty.
The husband of Mrs. Marsh -was a capi
talist and one of the business pillars of
Groton. "When he died, a year and a half
ago, people -wondered how the large in
terests of his estate would be handled.
Mrs. Marsh quickly solved the problem by
assuming the discharge of the duties which
had devolved upon her late husband. The
business men or Groton, -while they deep
ly respected Mrs. Marsh, were a little in
clined to doubt her ability to successfully
carry on the role bhe had undei taken.
The lady said nothing one -way or the
other, but in a very short time demon
strated to the entire satisfaction of the
business community that she -was fully
capable ol handling the business of the
hank, the typewriting company and the
In a town like Groton the president or
the leading bank must be a person of ex
ceedinglv good judgment. :tis tlite offi
cial's task to pass upon every loan the bnnk
is asked to makebefore tlieiiioi.eylhandcd
over. In case of a very hard problem of
tills Koitlt is the custom to bubmit the
matter to the board of directors. Ordinari
ly, it is not the part of wisdom to bother
the directors with matterb or this sort,
because the president of the bank lb there
lor the purpose or making those derisions,
the director having other things to attend,
to Mrs. Marsh lb to be round at her ofliie
In the bank every day in the secular week,
and keeps as sharp uu eye upon the business
of the institution as the keenest man who
could be placed in that position.
She nieelb thecustomarb or the bank and
talk--over tliefinaucial situation with them.
The applicant for a loan is directed to her,
and fiudb that he not only has a kindly
libtener, but one who never loseb sight
of the interests of the bank for a moment.
On several occasions, men whose finan
cial conditions aie unlike Caesar's wife,
have bought to induce Mrb Marsh to
permit a loan of the bank's funds to them.
Every attempt or this bort has failed, and
beside that the woman bank president hab
permitted the applicant of this nature to
nuderstand that she clearly perceived his
echeme and his reasons therefore.
Just as olleii as occasion demands, crisp
new bills are soured from the treasurer
bearing the bank's name When these
bills come by expiess from the Treabury
Department at Washington, they lack the
signature of the president and cashier of
the bank for which they are intended.
Until these signatures aie placed on the
ne.v notes, they are or no use. that is the
notes. One signature will not do. That
la -why Mrs. Marsh's signature makes
inouey." She signs the bills in a clear,
etrong hand, and the chances are that lew
persons who sec the notes of the Groton
Bank, with "W M. Maish, President,"
Inscribed thereon, Imagine that the name
Is that of a ioman.
When the board or directors holds a
meeting, as it must at least four times a
year, Mrs. Mar.sh preside ovr the delib
erations of the body ia as thoioughly business-like
and parliamentary a manner as
could be desired. IT it is an informalt.dk
Bhe enters into the discusriou of the linan
clal problems as thoroughly as the best man
among them. If it is a formal meeting
Bhe treats the members of the board with
as rigid an etiquette as that observed by
the greatest bank official in the gieatebt
financial center. 8 he is very popular among
the bank employes, from messenger to
cashier, and there is not one of them who
does not thoroughly respect her, both for
her uniform kindness and her sterling abil
ity. The duties devolving on Mrs. Marsh in
addition to the banking business, throuch
her other interests, require close atten
tion. Tt is necessary that the affairs of
the typewriting machine company be'
watched with as pood nnanciai juugmem,
... .c. f iiio limit- Of course, the de
ne tliuni; v wiw .. - - - .
tails of the transaction are attended to by i
other persons, but it is Mrs. Marsh s brain
that governs the organization's finances
Not an action of any moment ib taken
without her advice and approval. She it.
familiar with the extent to which credit
should be granted to customer of the com
pany, and knows at all times how collec
tions are, and keeps carefully in. mind
those firms'or individuals who are slow In
making a settlement.
The best of judgment is necessary to
avoid loss from the giving of ciedit. One
or the notable tributes to Mrs. Marsh's
judgment is that the percentage of losses
from uncollected bill's or financial disasters
with which the company is afflicted ib so
Email a percentage thatit amounts to little
or nothing. She does not trust to the word
or a subordinate in the matter of the state
of the organization's accounts, but, being
thoroughly familiar with the most com
plicated methods of bookkeeping, scans
the books herself, and in this way forms
her judgment as to the tiend or affairs.
The third of the principal interests of
which she keeps watch and ward is the
carriage company. The ramifications cf
this business are -widely divergent from
those of the first two, but Mrs Marsh's
-versatile genius grasps them without diffi
culty. As treasurer, it is her duty to
Elgn the checks, know where the dirferent
Bums are going and what they are ex
pended for She knows exactly the price
of materials which the business of the
company renders it necessary to use, and
Bees to it that they arc purchased at the
very lowest rates, and from producers,
-Who can give the best for the least money.
Mrs. Marsh also keeps an eje on the
general finances or theconcern, and watches
the credits ab carefully as she does those
of the typewriter company. All in all,
there are few men in business in a town
or the size or Groton, who manage so many
utterly differciitinlercsts and in a manner
ui KntiKfnetorv from the standpoints of
both the emplojer and ttie employe. With
al, Mrs. Marsh Is thoroughly a woman,
has not the slightest appearance or mas
culinity and enjoys the society or her
own sex just as much as the most domestic
woman who ever caied Tor the affairs of
A FUHIOUS SWOIID FIGHT.
.Marvelous. Skill and Sand Displayed
nt the TliouiPK"Lx-PittI Iel
On the very same daj that the Corbett
Fitzsinimons match was fought at Caison
City, Knglisli fashion, tl e Parisians enjoj ed
a famous fight, Ftencli fashion, in Die duel
between the gicat Italian fencing master,
the Chevalier Pini, and M. Tl.omeguex, a
renowned Parisian swordsman. A brief
mcntfonoftheaffairwascabled to the news
papers here, in which It was treated lather
lightly; but, in leantx, it was a desperate
fiirht. in which marvelous phases of fenc
ing were displayed. It was a nine-bout
battle and Jnsted moie than forty minutes.
Its semWnlei national character gave it
considerable additional interest. It was
-witnessed by a hobt of sighteeers.all gath
ered near the btand of the Saint-Ouen race
course. In the crowd were many photog
mnimrRf.nkintr snanshots. and one of tl.em
nadakinetoscope.whlch took in the combat
from start to finish, Just oe in the cjtsc
of Corbett ana Fitzsimmons. The cause
oflheduel was trivial, auditib now admitted
that it was a case of mistaken identity.
At about 2 p. m. the principals, with
their seconds and surgeons, arrived. Pini
was the firbt upon the ground. He ap
peared to be delighted and warmly shook
the hands of many friends, while the j
photographers opened rire upon him, tak
ing him in fiont, in the rear and on the
flank. Immediately afterward Thomcguox
appeared. He wab biuiling, and, like Pini,
greeted his friends, while the snapshoot
ers aimed at him.
The grave responsibility of directing
the combat, or, in other words, acting as J
referee, fell upon M. Georges Brcittmayer.
When the swords were crossed and the
usual "Go, gentlemen" was piouounced,
the flglit begau. M. Thomeguex, in a
threatening style, held hib weapon well
in line, and, advancing, made several feints
for an opening. M. Pini remained on the
defensive, evidently watching for a chance
for a deadly riiostc, but fortune did not
favor hint. Nevertheless, in this bout he ;
disarmed his adversary. He saluted; his j
balutc was leturned, and the uactiu was
lencwed with vigor. Evidently the men
-rkir t c
i rut CA
without'incident, beyond giving an exhi
bition ot splendid swordsmanship.
In the third bout Thomeguex, fancying
that he had wounded Pini in the arm, low
ered his weapon. The surgeons rushed in
aud found that Pini was not touched.
The fourth bout was furious. With
lightning rapidity Pini drove his weapon at
Thomegucx's chest, but a vigorous parry
sent it to the ground. The point landed on
a stone. The sword was bent like a reed
and rendered worthless. Another sword
was handed to the Italian professor, and
the fifth bout was without Incident. The
combatants were winded.
The sixth bout was stopped by the sec
onds, who believed that M. Pini was wound
ed In the arm. He was unhurt.
The duelists now faced each other for
the seventh bout. They bounded at each
other, lunging with wonderful force and
parrying with equal skill, until the point of
Piui's weapon reached the guard of
Thomegeux's, aud for the second time tho
former's weapon was bent.
Arteralitlletliuoltwas repaired, and the
eighth bout was begun with furious attacks
ou' the part or Thomcgeux. Pini gave
ground, watching Tor a riposte. Apparently
his chance presented Itself, and he sent In
a terrific thurst at Thomegeux's breast.
Someof thespectatorsshuddered, and many
of them thought that the man had been run
through, or at least badly wounded; but a
pai ry, that is described as "something mar
velous" by the experts who saw it, saved
him, aud when the seconds and surgeons
rushediu they fouad him unhurt nndsmlllug.
In the ninth bout M. Thomegeux was
wounded In the right cheek. He declared
that it was merely a scratch, and insisted
upon going on, but the surgeons insisted
that the internal hemorrhage Interfered
with Ins breathing to such a degree that
he -was lu a condition of inferiority. M.
Breittmaycr then stopped the combat.
The Chevalier Pint advanced toward M.
Thomegouv. and offered him his baud. The
latter grasped it, muttered some compli
mentary remarks, and the two men left
the dueling grounds fast friends. New
He Chose Hnrleui.
KJnd-Hearted Old Gentleman If you
beat your horses that way you will never
DriverAnd if I don't beat 'em, I'll
never reach Harlem. New York Journal.
L-m - lOP wW lfi
A Rare Accomplishment.
"Most extraordinary man!" .
"Oh, yes, indeed." . "" "
"In what way?''
"Why, he can carry an umbrella so that
not more than thresoutof every four peo
ple he meets have to do dee it" ChJcaco
-. a. 1.4.11.
NEW YORK'S DINNER FAD.
JSncli Course Ik Followed by a
Change of Iluse utiil Surprise.
New York, April 10. -The New Xorkerof
fabhion who accepts an invitation to a
dinner party nowadays is likely to enjoy
the repast at half a dozen different places.
This constitutes Gotham's latest fad. Tho
diner may take hib soup at the Waldorf and
enjoy his chartreuse in Chinatown, while
the Holland, Delmonico's on the Manhattan
may coinein for the entrees and roast, with
several more places of note to hear from.
The fad is in actual practice and budded
and bloomed ira single night.
The geniuses to whom must be given the
creditor tlie idea, tliatis really something
new under the sun, are Mr. and Mrs. A. A.
Stcwait, of No. 35 Firth avenue, the
Grosvenor, where the Stewarts arc at
present making their home. The thought
is a brand-new one and was never tried
until a few days ago. Mr. and Mrs. Stew
art invited a score of guests to dine with
them at the Giobveuor, which Is an ultra
fashionable family hotel. It wab one of
those dinner parties that delight the eye
as well as the palate, for the dining-room
to which hostand hostess had bidden their
friends fairly bloomed with American
First came the oystcrsand then the soup,
after whicn the fish put In nn appearance.
Then there was apparent consternation.
The master of ceremonies on the part of
the hotel was seen whispering to Mr. Stew
art in the most agitated manner. Mr.
Stewart's face grew sober and In a voice
in which anger and mortification were
blended lie told hiB guests that the waiters
had struck, and the hotel people were un
able to secure substitutes. There was but
one thing to do, he said, and that was to
go somewiiere else. Under the circum
stances he trusted they would pardon the
Inconvenience, even though it be only tem
porary, which they would be calledupou to
Wraps were donned and carriages which
were in waiting were entered. In a few
moments the dinner party was en route
to the Hotel Martin, tlic restaurant of
which belongs to that class that comes
under the head of aristocratic. It was
a pleasantsurprisetoMr. Stewart's guests,
on entering the Martin, to rind the private
dining-ioom aglow with jonquils, whose
yellow bloom beemed to shed a sort light
over everything. Hardly was every one
seated, when the entrees made their ap
pearance, so delicately served and so cap
itally chosen that It seemed strange, in
deed, that so large a party could descend
upon any restaurant with such suddenness
and find exactly what was wanted, done
to a turn.
The entrees and the accompanying wine
were enjoyed hugely, and then burpribc
number two presented itself. Mr. Stew
art, with a horroi-stilcken face, said that
owing to the suddenness with which they
had come upon the Martin, there was ab
solutely no roasts in .sufficient quantity
to supply the company. He could not
think for a moment of asking anyone to
accapt which was inferior, but he believed
that at Delmonico's tho want might be
supplied. So, again the wraps were
donned, once more carriages were en
tered, and off drove the party up Fifth
avenue and over to Delmonico's. Ap
parently Delnionico was amazed at the
sudden appearance or Mr. Stewart and his
companions, but proved wholly equal to
the emergency, for in five minutes every
guest had upon his or her plate choice
cuts of the roasts which Mr. Stewart had
said must be procured somewhere.
Then, and not until then, a very small
suspicion began to enter the minds of the
diners that they were experimenting with
a new idea. When taxed with it, how
ever, Mr. Stewart evaded Ihe question and
Binillngly said that in spite of misfortune,
he was doing all that he possibly could
to entertain his friends and make them
feel that they had something to compea-
- . .. v . 1 y Jimrtm. m i u t t j s s z? - - r
IE iMrWt i "mmsmN& Mmm-Nty
sate them for the strange discomforts to
which they had been put.
The roast eaten and champagne inspira
tion received, Mr. Stewart stated with .a
long face that the strangest of all tilings
had happened. Delmonlqo declared that
he could not serve a party of that size
with a salad. It had, seemed to him, he
said, as if there was nothing that could
not be accomplished at Delmonico's, and
eo when informed that that caterer had
failed him, lie was at firbt at his wits end.
Bolng something of a man about town,
however, he had finally bethought of a
restaurant wheie a very excellent substi
tute for salad could be secured, and he
knew it was always available. He would
not say just where it was for fear some
of those who were dining with him would
think ho had been the victim of an at
tack of temporary insanity, owing to the
difficulty encountered. Sp he would
simply ask them to follow his leadership.
Tills timo the carriages headed south--ward
and down Fifth avenue to Grand
street. They were thqn-driwn east until
the Bowery was reached South on the
Bowery they went, to Mott street, and up
Mott street to Pell. There, just off rrom
Mott, and in the heart of New York's
Chinatown, the fashionables alighted and
entered the one big restaurant or -which
this bit of the Celestial Empire, in method
and action, can boast. The quecrcstsub
stitute for a salad any one ever heard
of was.set before the visitors. Itisknown
as chop-suey. What it contains no white
man lias yet been rash enough to definitely
establish. It is always eaten with a
liberal sauce or faith garnished with ig
By tliis time Mr. Stewart's guests were
all awaie they were enjoying the stiangest
course dinner that ever fell to the lot
of the ordinary New Yorker. Mr. Stewart
admitted the truth this time and said that
he would ask those about him to take but
one more drive before that which led to
their homes. The dessert was yet to come.
"Where it was to be eaten no one except
Mr. Stewart had an idea. Orf the carriages
were driven, and as they rumbled uptown,
many were the guesses the occupants made
as to their probable destination. All
doubts were set at rest, however, when
Thirty-third street and. Firth avenue was
reached and the party alighted at the
Into the dining-room they were ushered
and there, in tire midst of 20,000 violets,
found the end of their pilgrimage in search
of a dinner. It marked the succcssrul
inauguration of the queerest and jolliest
fad f.ibhlonnble New Yolk has enjoyed In
years. It promises to last in popularity
for a long time.
A Durlt Hint.
She had come within an ace of running
her wheel into an obstruction the street
upon which no light waS.displayed. This
made her angrier than' if she had really
run Into it. There was an ugly glitter
in her eye as she turned to the old man who
was in charge of the placo.
"Why is there no light here?'' she began.
"Well, ma'am," began the caretaker.
"Don't you talk back to ma or I'll have
you arrested," interrupted the woman. "I
tell you it's an outrage. That lamp should
have been lit an hour ago. I've the great
est mind in the world to have you ar
rested." "I I," apaiu began the caretaker.
"Oh, I've no patience with you men.
It's always the same. You don't attend
to your duties, aud then you try to find
excuses. I tell you it's an outrage. I am
going to report you to your employer, and
ir there was- a policeman around I'd iiave
you arrested.' '
The man smiled
"How dare you laugh at me!" stormed
the woman, "I'm going to have you ar
rested, now, anyway!", ,
"Well, ma'am, if I was iou," said the
man, with a lnugh, "I'd light that lamp
on my bicycle before I called a pollcemuu."
New York Journal-
FRENCH TABLES THAT SPEAK.
Human Hands JlrJng About Con
versations "With PerhoiiH Dead.
Paris, March 31. A table tipping fad has
taken possessionof Paris. Occult influences
cause the furniture to oscillate. Mysterious
raps slowly jar out words of messages f ipin
famous persons long dead. These thingsoc
cur in the most fashionable families. No
one hasyet attempted to expose the method,
if sucti a tiling could be accomplished. All
thlsisthe wouderof the hour, irhalfwhat
is heard is true Napoleou I is thoroughly
up to date on the arfalrsof the world, and
Louis XV knows Just what is taking place
in republican France.
So riim a hold has the new idea taken
thntinvitationsto table tipping parties have
become as frequent as a request to join a
friend at dinner. Any day one Is likely to
receive this sort of a note:
"Monsieur and Madame request Mon
sieur to pass the evening or with
them. There will be table turning "
The invitation 'is accepted of course,
for it is decidedly unfashionable to refuse
Entering the salon, one is instantly Im
pressed by the air of mystery which is
over all. The light is delicated shaded
in just the fashion that obtains in the
apartments where the psychologist un
folds to you the mysteries of what is to
come. There are several tables in the
salon. About these are seated a number
of persons, varying from three to eight.
There is a hush a solemn silence that
even the host and hostess seem disinclined
to break. Soon the guests have all ar
rived. The time for the turning of the
tables lias come.
At a signal the party grouped around
tho tables", with the exception of a single
person at eacli table, place their hands
upon that article of furniture which they
burround. Hands are not pressed flatwise
upon the surface, but the tips of the
fingers allowed to rest thereon, In the
same maimer as the hands of the operator
are disposed when invoking the aid of
plauchctte. Suddenly, one of the tables
lifts at one bide and then strikes the floor.
The stillness is almost electrical. "Ladies
and gentlemen," the Voice of the host is
heard in solemn cadence', "there are those
of the other world with us in the spirit
who have something to say."
Then the tables tip and tilt, rapping
upon the floor in curious signal fashion.
Tiie.se raps have a meaning like the ticks
of the telegiaph. One rap means A, two
raps B, and so on. It ib the duty of the
peibgns whose hands are on the tables to
intcipret the rappings to the others pres
ent. Letters' form words, words sen
tences. FirBt comes the name of the
person who is communicating riom an
other sphere to the assembled party. Then
follow the words of the invisible stranger.
After a time the rappings cease, and the
communication Is read at each table, for
to ttie party at every table a different
shade has been-speaking.
At the aprtments of M. Henry Fournler,
at No. 3S Rue Avencon, a few evenings
ago, it is asserted the most distinguished
personagesof Other centimes spoke thiough
the medium of the tables. At one or these,
Mme. Julie Catenet, the 'daughter of M.
Alphonse Catenet, the well-known avocat,
was acting as interpreter. The table by
which she was seated had rapped solemnly
for a space of five minutes. Thenitceascd,
and the interpreter puzzled out the sen
tence. She was scandalized. "It is that
horrid Napoleon," she said, "he is to bad.
It Is always sonic lady of whom he has to
make inquiries. He has Just asked if
Sybil Sanderson, la belle Amercaine, is
really going to marry Antonio Terry. The
idea of a man who has been dead good
ness knows how long being Interested in a
lady like that." Mme- Catenet Is not in
the least a disciple of occultism, nor is
she Inclined to voice anything that savorB
A moment later a male voice was heard
from one of the other tables, saying, "Vive
la Boulanger. The general says he gives
greeting to all present. He says also
that Monsieur Andree will never reach the
North Pole in hisballoon."
"Mercirul heavens,' comes rrom a lady
at the third table. "Galileo says that we
arc goingto have a new comet In lS'JO ontT
that it portends tremendous disaster to
all mankind He wants us to Inform the
newspapers that they may warn the world
to be prepared.'"' Think of Galileo talk
ing about sending communications to the
newspapcis. One might almost as soon
expect Cromwell to regret that he could
not lead a german in one of the rarisiun
Monsieur Jean Avignon was at the fourth
table. He has long been believed to have
royalist sympathies. So the company was
not greatly surprised when he said that
Louis XIV had, through the table, In
structed him to say that the day was not
far distant when the French republic would
cease to exist, and a most beneficent mon
arch reign over volatile France. Louis
further stated that this would mean an
era of prosperity Tor all Frenchmen. It
further should be understood, he said, that
France would, underkingly rule, becomeone
of the greatest of powers, both on sea and
The firth table had as its Interpreter
Madame Nanon Monat. She flushed when
it came to her turn to read the message
that had been rapped out, and said she
would ask to be excused from acting as
interpreter in this instance. The message,
she said, was fiom Queen Elizabeth, and
really she did not see why she should
have to interpret anything of that kind
Finally, she was induced to tell what the
Queen had said, and gave this as the
message: "To the ladies and gentlemen
of France: I cannot resist this opportu
nity of saying that I think my sex has
greatly deteriorated since my day. The
women are neither as pretty nor attract
ive as they were when a woman word
was law. I must say that the gentlemen
are all that could be desired, but that the
ladies appear to me to be entirely worthy
of the description of them which I have
heard credited to Lombroso- I presume
this may not be acceptable to those of my
sex who hear it, but I never did care
anything about other women anyway."
This soundsllkean cxtractfrom a wonder
book, but in reality it is exactly what it
is solemnly asserted happened at the place
named. Furthermore, appearances of a
similar nature are reported from dozens of
places in Paris. The persons who attend
these table-tipping parties scoff when
spiritualism is suggested. They say it is
all the result of "occult influence." The
incredulous are at liberty to believe what
they please. The facts arc as stated.
"Come, sing to me,".sald the King one day,
"A love song soft and true,
Fori fain would turn rrom my cares away
And dally awhile with you.
The briar's in bloom and the birds sing
And the sky gleams blue above
So retell your mandolin, Marguerite,
And sing mo a song of lovel" .
She touch cdthestrlngs with a careless hand,
And sang him so sweet a song,
One heard the throbs or the glad young
The blood as it swept along!
And oft, m arter years, the King,
At chase or tourney or play,
Would Idly hum with an absent mind
That song of a summer's day.
But tho mandolin hung on the cottage wall,
Its mtiRic forever still.
And the singer slept in a nameless grave,
Forgotten Tor good or ill.
For women will love and men forget
'Twas the reading of fate alway ;
And happy the heart that knows of love,
If just for a summer's dayl
Detroit Free Press.
THE FASTEST VESSEL AFLOAT.
A' Torpedo liout Destroyer to Bear
the Admiral Porter.
London, April 1 The English govern
ment is engaged in building what will be
when complete the fautest boat in tho
world. Its object In constructing this craft
is to possess a vessel that will be superior
to the Admiral Porter, owned by the United
States, and until a short time ago known as
torpedo boat No- G. Thhi marvelous craft
that Britain is building will he able to steam
thirty-three knots an hour, a tiifleless thin
The Express, for that is the name of the
recordbreaker.isnow In processor ronbtr.ic
tion at the shipyards of Laird Brothers, at
Birkenhead. Der engines will he capable of
attaining 10,000 indicated horse-power.
The tremendous power of this tiny boat, for
she is only of 3o0 tons burden, can best bo
appreciated by considering the fact tliatthe
will be able to develop fully as great an
engine power as the .Renown, a battleship
now building for England -whicn will have
a displacement of 12,ar0 tons. The Impress
will have as an armament one 1 "-pounder
quick-riring gun, five G and 3-pounder
quick-firing guns and two Whitehead tor
pedoes. Whueit is not known with certainty how
the machinery will he arranged, or tho
exact dimensions thereof, It is understood
they will be as follows: Each set of en
gines will have four cylinders, the diam
eters of which will le- High pressure,
18 3-4 Inclies;intermediute, 32 1-2 iuches;
two low pressure of 33 1-2 incites Each
engine is of the three-stage compound
type, the stroke for all cylinders heing
18 Inches. The most noticeable point
about the engine lies in the arrangement
or the valves. The high .md intermediate
pressure cranks are similarly located, al
though at right angles to the high and in
The arrangement described renders the
design of valves adopted possible. AH
the valves are combined in pairs, one
above another in one chamber, each pair
having a common valve rod The result
or this is a reduction of the number of
moving parts, and renders possible that
very desirable arrangement of placing- tho
engine in less Tore und aft space. The air
pump is worked direct from the main crank
snare This latter is prolonged through
a small crank shaft, a coupling Joining
the two. The diameter or the pump la
19 inches, and its length of stroke
4. inches. The material used Is such
as to render breakage necessarily rare,
Tor both piston and top cylinder covers
are made of forged steel.
A cylindrical copper condenser, each with
92U 6-8 inch tubes, is attached to every
main engine. The total cooling biirrace la
3,010 square feet, and the total heating
surrace 8,500 square Teet. The grate sur
face is 178 square feet. In hout of the
boilers are air bulkheads, the air-inlet doors
of which close automatically whenever
a bursting tube or other accident causes
an escape of steam and a resulting pressure,
on theboiierside of the bulkhead. The con
struction or the bout with regnrJ to sarety,
If the plans are carried out, will be as re
markable as her capacity Tor speed. She
will have all the compartments her size
will permit, and although the crdinary tor
pedo boat can be smashed like an eggshell,
this destroyer will be armed with a ram
that could pierce the sides era battleship.
As rar as danger to herseirit concerned,
ir a battleship, or any other irir.ored crart,
should strike her a rair blow, she would be
more likely to turn turtle than to sink.
Her steering apparatus is of such a nature
that it will act much more quickly than
that of the ordinary craft If she an
swers her helm perrealy. It win be possi
ble to turn the boat almost as quickly and
easily a- one would rein a liorse to either
side of the road, or turn about
The accommodations for officers and
craw will be superior to those in any
torpedo boat destroyer afloat. The prob
lem of air to the people who live between
decks has always been very unsatisfactory
in pointof solution. No matterhow perfect
the apparatus for giving them plenty of
oxygen, there has always been a sad lack
of the elements that go to make up the
punty of atmosphere. The Express, how
ever, will have vents for the foul air and
mode or ingress for freh air, that will
result in Mipplying-all hands with a full
measure ot that which the lungs need so
much. Besides this, the ventilating sys
tem is a great Improvement ovw that ot
all other craft of a similar class. It Is
further apparent, too. that while on most
vessels of tins sort the crew is compelled
to remain below when the sea is at all
heavy, on the Express the decks will be
of use in very rough weather.
The Express willcarry no sail, what mast
and rigging she has being intended for
signal purposes. The executive officer,
or the captain, as the ca-e may be.stands on
the little square bridge just abart tho
winch and cons the ship from that point.
From the conning tower and turret com
bined, on which the bridge rests-, projects
the 12-pound rapid-fire gun. Most of
the guns, however, are between decks and
the hriug Is done through portholes. A
shot from the 12-pounder, however, would
bend the majority ot torpedo bouts with
all on hoard to Davy Jones' locker, for
-when a torpedo boat sink, there is, as a
rule, small hope for those who man her.
That she will make the speed Intended,
Laird Brothers are willing to post a heavy
forfeit While the British government oKi-cialspooh-poohtheideaofherbeingbuiltfor
the purpose of cxcelllugthe Admiral Porter,
lam enabled to state upon the very highest
authority, that that is exactly the truth in
the case. England has no expectation of
going to war with Uncle Sam. but she
does not propose to have any war vessel
in existence which she cannot boast that
she can beat.
A Serious Situation.
It was the first roeni the young lady
had been brave enough to offer to tho
paper, and she brought It in person. She
took it into the business office by mis
take. The young lady banded her poem to tho
advertising manager, and he counted tho
words in It, tapping his pencil upon cac&
one as he read it. It ran this way:
THE LAST DAY.
As tne sun sank to rest that evening,
AH my hopes turned to ashes and dust;
The future will bring me but grieving
For him who has broken his trust.
And the day that has gone shall be ever
The last that I ever will k.iow
OT joy and of loving rorever,
And the future be clouded with woe.
"That's a dandy," said the advertising
manager, "an.l it ought to get him back
sure. Let's see sixty-two wtirds;that'll bo
$1.75 Tor one insertion. Will that be
"Why," said the young lady, "I hadn't
thought of fixing a price. Whatever you
think is right will do. Do you think it is
"Oh, yes, miss, it's a low rate. Well
run it right next to reading matter. It's a
catchy idea, running it in verse. Xou'd
better add your address so the party that
rinds him can bring him 'round to you
Quite a pet with you, wasn't he?"
"Sir!!!" said the young lady.
".Excuse me, I suricte he was. "What
color was he?"
"I supposed editors were gentlemen,"
said the young lady, "excuse me for the
mis-take 1 made," and she went out in a
"Whcwi" said the advertising manager,
as heratohed Ida head and read the
poem again. "By jingo! this is headed,
"1'hcLast Day,' and I t height It was 'The
Lost hog- "Cleveland Plain Dealer.