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HE WAS PARALYZED.
WHY THE PLUMED KNIGHT DE
CLINED THE PRESIDENCY.
A Historical Revelation-Urged by His
Attendant Physician to Write :the Fa
mous Florence Letter of January 5,
NEW YoR, Oct )ber 28.-The W orld
prints five and a half columns from its
European correspondent, dated Flor
ence, showing that James G. Blaine.
when he wrote his famous letter of
January 5, 188S, declining to allow his
nomination by the Republican Presiden
tial Convention in Chicago, did so by
the urgent advice of his physician. He
gvas then a very sick man, was paralyzed
and speechless and was also suffering
from intense melancholia. The article,
after givirr the various dictionary defi
nitions of paresis, continues as follows:
"Poor Mr. Blaine! For nearly two
years he has endured misrepresentation
and abuse for suddenly rejecting a
Presidential nomination which at last
was absolutely in his own hands. le
has kept silent. He has striven to en
velop in mystery his reasons for writing
the Florence letter. The truth should
be known. It does not reflect upon Mr
Blaine. It commands for him, on the
contrary, the apologies of his querulous
friends and the sympathies of his politi
cal opponents. The facts herein set
forth belong to the history of American
politics, though not by any means are
all the occurrences of that sad winter to
Mr. Blaine's life presented, because
there is no wish to add to the sorrows of
his recollection of it."
Mr. Blaine had a stroke of paralysis.
brought on by a chill caught in the St.
Gothard tunnel. He was prostrated at
Milan for twegty-four days, and with
-his convalescence appeared a most dis
-tressing type of melancholia, which fully
developed after he reached Florence.
During this last stage of his long and
painful illness, acting on the advice of a
conscientious physician, Mr. Blaine
wrote the letter withdrawing his name
from the list of Presidential candidates.
.The World correspondent first called
upon Dr. Baldwin of Florence, upon
whose advice the letter was written. He
argued that the writing of the letter was
a matter of life or death to Mr. Blaine,
-who did not consult any of his friends
in America upon the step he was
When asked why he had urged Mr.
Blaine to write the letter, Dr. Baldwin
- "I will never tell what was the matter
with Mr. Blaine, further than to say
that his trouble was functional, not ap
oplectic. But it was of the utmost
gravity. For him to have one into the
excitement of a summer and fall cam
paign such as would have followed his
nomination would have cost him h:s
life. I am certain of that. It is a mat
ter as far removed from the realm of
doubt as we are from Madison Square.
Everybody .who saw Mr. Blaine that
winter in Paris gr elsewhere before he
came here knows that he showed un
mistakable signs of mental overwork.
"It was not so many months since he
bad lost the Presidency by what shall
we say? .'A fluke.' He suffered, no
doubt, disappointment of the most poig
nant character. He was morose and
hypochondriacal to a degree seldom seen.
- If you knew the awful depression of Mr.
Blame's mind you could understand
everything and see it all."
The physician, turning to the corres
pondent, thien said:
"0, now let me ask you a question.
;-Will Mr.. Blaine be a candidate again?'
"I am sure I don't know. Is there
any reason why he should not be'?"
-"Absolutely none whatever. The
Sfunctional trouble from which he saf-j
agai lie Ererewith
?his aspirati . . h to
~ry once more?'
Then the correspondent went to Milan,
going to Florence. At the Hotel Cavourj
the proprietor said that the presence of
M ~r. Elaine and his family at the hotel
was kept very secret and but few people
- knew of it, although they remained
there twenty-four days. Mr. Blaine, he
sai4 became ill 'on the night of his
-arrival anid Dr. Fornoni was called.
* This physician was next called upon by
ii: .the World's correspondent. He said
~ that .when he reached the hotel Mr.
Elaine, whom he did not then k-now,
was suffering from paralysis of the right
side. He could not utt~er an intelligible
word, though he made spasmodic efforts
at intervals to do so. His right arm
and leg were utterly helpless. His pulse
was very weak and his heart quite ir
regular. He vaguely understood, or
appeared to, when the doctor addressed
hun. The. doctor finally succeeded in
'getting a look at his tongue, but it was
.-drawn over. to one side of his mouth.
-The physician was not certain that comn
-plete paralysis might not ensue, so he
-remained an hour and then gave direc
--tions to the family and some remedies
to the patient and left.
Mr. Blaine remained this way for a
week, and then recovered the use of his
tongue. He became very despondent
.and hypochondriacal and daily became
~ ~ more depressed. To the physician's re
assuring talk he would answer:
"No, I mfinished," or "I am done
for:," or "My career is ended." -
One afternoon he suddenly said:
"It's all ov-er with me. I will cable
to my friends that I am hopelessly sick.
Oh,. I am done, doctor; I know it. There
is no hope."
His melancholia increased and lhe
spent hours writing his name upon
slips of paper and complaining that he
could not write as well as formerly, a
though no one else could see any appre
ciable difference. He was cured of this
*delusion by being shown his signature
written some years previously.
- Eepuiblican ?ersecution in Virginia.
-The Virginia Democratic State Execu
tive Committee has felt called upon to
issue an address to the Democratie
voters of the State, warning them to be
prepared for the sensational devices of
their political opponents. This warning
has been .elicited by the arrest of a num
ber of Democratic judges of election
and the probable arrest of others. Th..
assurance is given that all judges, clerks
and registrars who may be arrested are
to be properly defended in the discharge
of their duties. Three more citizens of
Pittsylvania County were arraigned be
fore a United States Commissioner at
Danville Thursday, for alleged intimi
dation of Republican voters last fall.
They demanded a prompt trial, but the
Commissioner postposed the hearing;
until after the election, after placing
the accused under bonds. This business
has a very bad look, and is in the high
est degree discreditable to the men in
Murder in Barnwell.
BARNwFnu., October 30.-[Special to
The Register]-John J. Hleffernan, form
erly of Augusta, but for several years a
young merchant of this place, was shot
and instantly killed at 3~ o'clock this
afternooni by a negro named Ripley
Johnson. Mr. Heffernau entered a negro
restaurant to reprimand the negro about
some loose talk, and as he entered the
door the negro, who was sitting down,
rose up and shot him, putting the pistol
so close to Hleffernan's head that the
powder burned his face. The murderer
escaped by the back door, and the S-her
iff and a large posse of men are sco.uring'
the country for him. Mr. lleffernan
never spoke after being shot. If the ne
gro is ecaught it is, doubtful if lie ever
A WO.IAN CONDUCTOR.
Shei et Her Fate in a Man Who Didn't
(From the Jim1 . Appeal.)
"Talk about woman suffrage," said a
veteran railroad conductor. "I can relate
10 you a jhasle of wonial that few people
have se. n in this country.
'"A few days ago I was goig out frotm
IDe:ver. ('ol.. on the Denver and Rio
Grande lIulroadI, when 1 was throw n in
(-omlany with a iady who opened my
eves. conductor as 1 was. She was a
) -itie brunette, who hai the vim and
aunnar of what I would term a manly
woman. Not impulsive and given to
erratic spells, but pure!f a woman given
by nature to imanhood's ways.
"This lady was a conductor on a
)ran1ci train tapping our line, and sh
was the first fm'1nale 1 ever knew neting
in that eapacity.
".lut you most not think that she was
at all .,low inl maiee-ting all demnands, for
while she had her range and could go
just so far to that extent she did her
work superbly. She collected fares and
punched tickets like a man, but when
it camte to putting some fellow off be
eause of his failure to nomtly with the
requi ri\tleilts of the railroad company
it was her custom to call on a mao to
do the work. The brakeman on the
train wa; usually present to do her com
inands, but I have known cases where
passengers were called on to put other
assenigers ot the train.
"I will reate a singular ,ccurrenlo
that took place at a certain point in the
Northwest. Th lady conductor had
charge of the train, and a burly. gruff
passenger from Iowa was on bexad He
had not a cent to pay his fare to her
knowledge. and when the ticket collector
cane along a climax occurred. Sihe de
mand-d his fare.
" -1 haven't pit it to give- yo u,' le
"'.Then you mutt -et off,' she replied
'At the next station?'
-Then have a seat.' said he, and she
sat down by his side. She first cast her
lynx eyes about, and seeing no mmai
around resolved to say no more.
"At the next station the mountaieer
quite unexpectedly arose, reached into
his pockets, paid his fare and, giving
the lady a s':rap of parchment upon
which was inscribed his name, stood on
the platform and gazed wistfully on the
train as it pulled out.
'"I don't know what transpired dur
ing- the interim, but the lady is no
longer a conductor on any train. She
is married, and the mountaineer who
was on the train) is her husband. le is
wealthy in mining interests, having
many shafts in constant operation."
Even the Dead are Hated Still.
Tie intensely bitter feeling which
prevails in so many quarters in the
Ncorth against the Confederate soldiers
has again- manifested itself, and in so
offensive a form that it is difficult to
conceive of such undying and devilish
hate as seems to prompt it. Abe Pat
terson Post of Pittsburg, part of the
Grand Army of the Republic, has unan
imously paesd resotutions stating that
the Second Marylard rebel Regiment
have erected on the Gettysburg battle
field, within four feet of the tnnument
erected by a loyal Maryland regiment,
a monument e->mmermorating the dis
loal deeds of said rebel regiment, thus
udertaking "to make treason honor
able." Therefore they resolve that the
"Abe Patterson Podt" "enter their
solemn protest against this sacrilege.
and most emphatically denounce such
intrusienl by traitors upon sacred soil,
and ask that the Gettysburg Battlefield
Association, of which Governor Beaver
is-chaiu man, cause the rebel monument
to be rmoved and express order's given:
that more of thauta-' ie be erected."
- reammis saidl, ill response,
"-these reso)lutions show the righlt
slirit." He further states for himself,
"1 am, and always wi'i be0pposed to
any rebel organization erecting its own
mnuments withint the grounds of the
association." Governor Beaver, how
ever, thinks "thle gov-ernlment should
erect markers 0on the position occu
niod by the Confederates as a mat
ter of 'history and to give a perfect
idea of the fight." Sa that the
poor Conifederate entombed at Get
tysburg, while his mouldering clay
my~ be valuable as a "marker" to show
where his more heroic brother of the
North fought and (lied, shall have no
stone placed above him to tell that he
too fell on the tield of honor. We have
hit hlerto been told that those who par
ticipiated in the stugl ave long ago
forgotten its bitter memories, and had
"clasped hands across the bloody
chasm;" that only thle politicians con
tinue to fon the embers of the strife,
which every suggestioni of patriotism
and manhood required should be buried
with thle past. But here we have an
urmy p)ost composed of veteran soldiers,
id'the Governor #f a State, who is also
president of thle Bat tle-field Association,
giving utteranice to sentiments which
rught to crimson t hie cheek of a Co
manche or a Zulu. Not long ago a num
er of old Confedera'te officers met those
who faced thlem in the thi'nk of battle at
ettysburg to loeate poinits of interest
r~ that historie fieil. They were told
the achlievemenlts of the bloody days
they remembered so well were a comn
mon heritage~ and glory. Hlad they
ireamied of the petty spite wvhich seems
villing to wi eak its vengeance on the
leadl they wvouhi have staved at home.
[Ld they stupposed the gallant band they
led to the jaws of dleathi, and who
"foremnost fighting fell," svere only fit. to
figure as "mlarkers" at the foot of the
chiseled stone winchi toldl where others
tood, but that no~ record of their (leeds
ould be placedl above thlem, they would
have t urnedl away fr-om the spot with
'isguast and contemlpt. It. is well the
bi.noy of that struggle does not depend
ijoni Governor Be-aver and the Abe
Patterson Post. Th- miay figure as
cltres over the bittlhe-field, tbut the
Lieleesof t he heroic dead who fell b+~
neath the Confederat" banners are
bleyoned so brightly anid so high in the
wolds reecogn it ion that all t he malice
Nort h of the Maryland l inc is p~owerless
As tume wears on the name of Gr-over
leveland grows br-ighiter, and as tile
presenit ad minis!tration txecomes fully
stblshed,. that b)1 oad, honest and clean
adimnst rat ion wichl was guideld by his
hand stands out tihe more1 pronlmiently
by the contr-ast. IHis tiame awakens ani
n0 other- namie ean awaken. To-day,
wile ot her nmen pr-ominent ill thle party
coucils are aspirinig to perfy leadIe
ship, plain Griover Cleveland, practic
ing his profession in the city of New
York, is reare-r the gr-eat D~emocrat ic
eart t hani iny othier liviimg American.
Whthr ho'-le w; l be the D eem-crt ie
nine iinihi 19- , or2 wh.'dethter, inldeed, he
willI accepit a noiinat tion it tend~ered, we
o) not kniow. ltut thi- we do know,
that as imupar-tial history, laying aside
a llar!tisan bitterness, writes downm tile
rerd-( of his admnis.t ratinim, it will be
one0 of the pure\st anid cleanest tihe Anmeri
ran natijon hams ever- known.-S/dbyrdill
Herr Ja~eg-r, olne of the most popular
of Nor'wegim no 'velit, b ut pooir withat,
has shipped as an oirdiniary sailor oil a
Scandinavian ship in order- to get the
execise :lnd airi thait his broken health
A FINE SHOWING.
The Penitentiary Makes s Profit $35,000
for the Past Year-Recommendations of
The board of penitentiary directors
held a meeting at the institutioti yester
day morning. The report of the Super
intendent was submitted. Among other
things thereiti stated was that 1,842
days' labor had been furnished on the
State House; that no improvements had
been made on the prison buildings for
want of funds, but that a new hosnital
was imperatively needed. The advisa
bility of putting in electric lights was
also suggested. The death of te Rev.
William Martin, chaplain of the institu
tion, was appropriately referred to in
The following figures are from the Su
Total number of convicts now in
pri son 884-white, nmles 56, fem;es
0; colored, males 780, females 45.
Discharged and freed by other
The number out on farms are as fol
lows: Aughtry's, 38$; Sims's, 22: See
:ers's. 120; State farm proper, 2$; Wal
ker's brickyard, 27.-Total, 235.
AT A MEETING LAST NIGHT,
theslirectors decided upon their annual
report and attended to some other mat
An application was received for a
number of convicts on lease for work
in the phosphate mines. This was re
fused, as there are at present no hands
The board recommended for appoint
ment by the Governor as delegates to
the meeting of the National Prison As
sociation, to be held at Nashville, Ten.,
on the 11th of this month, Major Thos.
Anderson of Fairfield and Colonel John
Guignard of Aiken.
In their annual report to the Legi.la
ture the directors suggest the erection
of a new hospital within the prison en
elosure, and it is stated that the present
hospital has been pronounced unsuit
able and inadequate by the chairman of
the Medical Association. The directors
propose to build a new hospital, prob
abiv of brick.
The Legislature will he asked to grant
permission to the board to purchase a
farm on which the convicts can be em
ployed, the cost of the farm to be paid
out of the earnings of the penitentiary.
It is urged that the purchase of a
farm is inure opportune now than ever
before, as the contracts for convicts on
all the plantations but one. now
run on ~hares by the peni
tent tary and the owners of the land, will
expire with the present year. The one
plantation in which the contract does
not expire until later is the Green Hill
plantation of Mr. John C. eegers.
it is also the belief of the directors
that it will be greatly to the advantage
of the State to have the permanent im
provements resulting from convict labor
expended upon land belonging to the
State instead of private parties
Although for ihe first time in three
years a crop has been made on certain
of the land carried on by the State on
shares, it has been but a partial crop, as
there was a failure to get a good stand
of cotton at the start and the crop is
therefore late. In spite- of this the ex
cess of the receipts over expenditures
for the past year makes a handsome
profit, estimated in round figures at
The total receipts for the year have
been $88,565.35, and the disbursemuents
were $73,298. 32. This shows a net
profit of $15,267.02, to which should he
added $6,000 paid for machlinery used in
the work on the canal, etc., and a debt
of $14,162.49 from last year which has
been paid. This makes a graind total
of profits of $35,429.51..
D~uring the five months since June 1,
during which the peniitentiary has had
the contract abandoned by M1r. liardin,
the earnings on canal work as figured
by the engineers arc some $21,000. The
earnings of the penitentiary onl the canald
:ontract for the past month have been
5,4001, which is about $2,000 in excess
of the earnings on the same work for
the previous month, and vet it is stated
that about 100 less hands were cm
There has been an average of .305
ands employed ou the farms, 265 on
the canal, 46 in the shoe factory and 108
in the hosiery mill.
The crops falling to the share of the
State will include about 300O bales of
otton, 7,000 bushels of corn and a
uantity of peas, forage, etc.
The next meeting of the board will be
held on tile first Thnirsday in December.
.SHOT HIS OWN~ SHADOW.
Duel Between a Chicago Burwlar and His
Double in a Mirror.
CatCAcO, October 30.-A burglar se
ured an entrance to the residence of
George 3M. High, No. 66 Believue Place,
Mfonday night, and seeing hlis image in
a large plate glass mirror becamue so
badly rattled that he drew his revolver.
he tnan inl thle mirror did likewise, and
in a nmomeut the burglar was blazing
away wit h a precision that was hard oti
Mir. High and his family wvere at dini
er on the floor below, and when the
shooting was heard, together with the(
noise of breaking glass, there was a
suden loss of appetite on the part of
very one at the table. Mir. High
rabbed a poker and headed aprcs
ion tup the stairwvay, a'd when the
arge rear bedroom on the secoud tloor
was reachied, nothing was found but the
broken mirror and an open window.
By this time the whole neighborhood,
ne of tile most fashionable on the
North side, was in an uproar. Private
telephones were set at wor-k, and the
E st Chicago avenue p~atrol wagon, with
a load of otiters, .was summoned. The
rriva! of the police added to the ex
yntent, and there were rumors that a
:ouble murder had been committed.
An itnvestigation showed that some
oe had placed a ladder~ against the rear
wll of M\r. lligh's house and had ef
fected an entrance by forcing the win
:ow. The room door was open, and the
light from the hall fell upon the nmirror
ini such a wa as to give the inression
that some onie was approaching through
thet dloor. It wast not the fatult oif the
burglar that lie (lid not commliit murder.
Hypnotism in Court.
In one of the law courts of lltisin
borg, Swedeni, a queer ease of hypnotism
has puzzled the judges. A young medi
al student brought suit agams~it a praec
tiing phiysiciani in the town for having~
hypotized him sev-eral times against Is
will, with the~ result thiat his nervous
system was injured and his intd some
what enfeebled. Several witnesses ap
pearedI for the plaiintiff, and, to the
astonishment of the court, they all ap
beared to be crazy and gave the most
otr-atdictory and astOundintg testimony.
iereupon a medical gentlilnan camle upoii
the st-and aund still further astoniished
the court with the annoeenment that
his con~mfrere, m lie defendant. had hypno
tizedh t he witnesses and made them say
just what lie liked. Finaly thme court
adjorned the case and~ ap)poited a
onuission to see if the entire crowd
were not erazy.
Suicide to Escape Death by Cancer.
Caleb Dinsmlore, aged 75 years, of
Claremont, N. 11.. committed suiidet by
placing the muzzle of a gun to one of
his eyes and firing the gun with a cane.
1e left a note saying thmt he m1ust. soon
ie from cancer and, p)referred( not to
suffer. 11e had made arrangemients for
his funeral, even to layitng out a suit of
clthe in w-hich lhe wanted1 to be buried.
THE DRUMER'S LATEST TRICK.
Don't Pick the Stray Thread from His
Coat Unless You Wan't to be Laughed
The drummer always brings the latest
trick. Here is is:
Take a spool of white basting cotton.
Drop it into your inside coat pocket and,
threading a needle with it, pass it up
through the shoulder of your coat.
Leave the end an inch or so long on the
outside of your coat and take off the
needle. Four men out of five will try to
pick that whole thread off your shoulder
and will pull on the spool until it
actually does seem as tnough you.
clothes are all bastings and that they
were unravelling not cnly your clothes,
"I was in to see Wilson Barrett i
'Claudian' in Boston last week." said
the traveling man. "It was the most
interesting and pathetic portion of the
play. Everybody was rapt. I was sit
ting bolt upright, and didn't know or
care to know a soul around me, when
suddenly I felt some one tugging at
that basting cotton that I myself had
clear forgotten. I didn't say i word
and did not move. Foot by foot it un
rolled. Half glancing around, I saw a
man-a total stranger-yanking at that i
thread. His face was scarlet. He had
pulled out about ten yards and was now
hauling it hand over land. IHe didn't I
dare to stop because he had decorated
my back and the whole aisle with bast- <
ing cotton. He hardly dared to go
ahead, for he didn't know :what portion I
of my domestic interior economy he was
trifling with. hand over hand he
yanked it in. The aisle was full
of it. 'For heaven's sake! will
it never end?' said he above his
breath. I sat perfectly still and ran the
spool while he pulled. How I wanled
to yell. I never saw anything in my life
half so funny. The whole section of
the house got onto it. They didn't know
whether to laugh at me or him, and
some looked on amazed at the spectacle.
At last the stranger behind me gave one
frantic rip and yanked out about eleven
yards on one bunch, and as the cotton
got twisted around his watch chain,
over his ('ye-glasses, in his very hair
and filled his lip, I turned around, and,
producing the spool from my pocket,
said: 'I am very much obliged for your
interest and very sorry that I missed
you. --You see I have about one hun
dred and twenty-four yards left, but I
presume that you don't care for any
more to-night. . am honestly sorry, but
I cn't help smiling.'
"The man was a modest sort of a
gentleman in appearance. His face was
as red as fire even to his ears. He looked
at me and then at the spool. He changed
color once or twice, and then as the
crowd caught on a big laugh went up
right in one of the painful passages of
'Claudian,' and the gentleman who had
intended to pull that thread off joined
in the laugh and said: 'I will square
that up on my wife when I get home;
but, my friend, I swear to heaven that I
did think at one time that I was going
to undress you where you sat.'
"It catches every time, and my own
wife has been fooled twice on it."-Lew
A GIGANTIC ENTERPRISE.
Brooklyn Bridge to b3 Thrown in the
James Andrews of Pittsburg has 1
been in New York several days, in con
nection with the greatest engineering
project of modern times -the bridging
of the Hudson River from the New Jer'-1
sy and New York shores.
To a reporter he said: The bridge1
will certainly be built. The plans have i
been completed by Engineer Lindenthal <
of Pittsburg and pronounced by the
best eng.neer'ing authorities as perfectly1
Beside this structure the Brooklyn
bridge will be a mere toy. The bill for
permission to bridge~ the Hudtson River:
as already been dirawn up, an~d wilt be
presented to Congress by a New York
member early in the conmmg session.
It will be a wonderful structure, giving
a route to land all Western freight in
the heart of New York city. The bridge
will have six railroad tracks. The
Brooklyn bridge is supported by two
thirteen-inch cables; this will have four,
each of wvhich will be four feet in dianm
eter. The span <:f the new bridge wvill
be 2,800 feet in the rear and will be 150
feet above high water mark. The piersI
will be wonderful masses of masonry,
500 feet high and broad and deep. The j
bridge will cost anout f518,000,000 and
the N-ny York end will be located some
where between Fourteenth and Twenty
sixth streets. Those who are to build1
the bridge arc largely railroad men
from New York, Philadelphia and Pitts
CRUELTY 'N A CHILD. .
An Inhuman Uncle Brutally Beats His
Nephew-The Eiscreant Committed to
A case camne before Trial Justice-Mul
.r yesterday in which the evidence pre
eted stam'ped it as one of the worst
ases of brutality that has lately come to
public cognizance in this community.
John Kennedy, a full grown colored
man, was charged with assault upon his
ephew, Joseph S. Keefe, a lad only 9
years of age. The assault consisted in
terrib~le beating administered to the
oy, who was tied to a fence for the par
ose, with a strap which had a buckle
pon the end of it.
With this implement of castigation, a
veritable instrument of toiture in the
andls of so heartless a wretch, as Ken
edy is proven to be by the facts ad
:uced, the boy was beaten until his back
was lined with welts and the flesh so cutI
mdi bruised as to almost hang in shreds.I
Thoutgh the beating took~ place twvo
wees goihsewho saw tne boy yes
erday, and Dr. Fraink 'V. Ray who ex
a1inedl him, unite in saving that theI
vidences of the brutal treatment the lad
received are still horrible to look at.
The reason assigned for the infliction
f the punishment is that the boy, who
is the son of Kennedy's sister, failed to
perform the whole of a task set him by
his uncle in cut ting sonic hay. The child
himself says that it was impossible for
im to neet'nplish the task set.
Kennedy was held for trial by Trialt
Justice Muller, and, in dlefault ot pail, i
was committed to jail.
The Australian System.
A t the club one evening last week seV- t
cral members were expressing theirt
Opinion as to the prob~able effect of the
Australian system of voting. (Onc
thought it would help one party and an
ther thought it would have the oppo
site effet. Another thought it wouldt
erease the total vote, while anotheri
exressed that it would have no appre
able effect in that direction. "I will
tell you what it is, fellows." said one I
wo 'had been listening, ''von don't I
know anything abouit it. Whlen a iman I
is alone 'with his God andI his lead pen- 1
eil von can't tell wvhat he'll dlo."-B~os/ou I
Improving on the Graphophone. I
.There is now being perfected at 4
Schenectady, N. Y., a machine to more 1
than cover the present fiel of the
graphophone. For somne seven months I
a well-known machinist has been bring
ing his ideas to tangible form, and the
ingenious contrivance is nearly ready to
test. Partial tests have already beeni
made, and thme results have aroused con-1
fdence in the work of the inventor, It
is claimed that besides reproducing 1
speech this inventioin will also at the I
sam tinme p-int the matter in type.
OFFICIAL LIFE IN CHICAGO.
Little Duties Which the Mayor of that
Village Must Perform.
Mayor CrEgier had a late caller last
evening. It was past 11 o'clock, and
the Mayor was just on the point of re
tiring. His door bell rang, and it was
answered by one of the family.
"Is the Mayor in?"- asked a well
dressed man of perhaps 35 years of age.
"He is just retiring. Is your business
of an urgent nature?"
"Well, just step in and I will call
The Mayor had partially disrobed, but
asked the fellow his business.
"Well, Mr. Mayor," he began. "I
:alled here to-night in the inte:est of a
friend of mine who is locked up at the
LChicago avenue station. My friend is
in a beastly state of intoxication and I
wish to take him down town and give
him a bath and take him home. I can
bail him out, all right enough, but I
have not money enough to pay his hack
Fare home. In fact I have only 85
:ents, and if you would be kind enough
:o lend tne %5 until morning I can get
"You say your friend is in need of a
)ath?" the Mayor asked. "Wait a
ninute," and he sat down at his desk
and wrote an order on the Palmer House
"Here," the Mayor said, "is your or
ler for a bath."
"But, Mr. Mayor, I need $5 to take
im home in a hack!"
"You say you have 85 cents. Well, it
vill cost you only 20 cents street car
i.re to take your friend home, and that
mill leave you 65 cents to start you on
mother drunk to-morrow. Good night,"
Ind the Mayor bounced him out of the
soltme. - Chicago .1ail.
IIAND TO 11AN) WITH A BEAT.
us Wolf's Exciting Contest With a Colo
COTAPAXIE, Col., October 31.- Big
,us Wolf, well known in the Wood
River country, is around here with his
stead and face covered with bandages
md plasters. The cause of this is a
errible contest which he had with a
eery large bear a week ago. It ap
;ears~Ae was up tte Knickkinick Creek
ibout seven miles after deer. He had
;hot a deer, when, on looking .around.
!e saw a hear following him. He took
shot at him and rushed down the hill
uon him. Gus shot five times at the
>ear without stopping his progress.
After he had discharged all his car
:ridges and the bear had come into close
ontact with him, he used his gun as a
lub until it was knocked from
im. Befo'e this- hand-to-hand
combat began the bear had
his left shoulder broken by one
)t the shots, part of which passed
through the lungs. This left the bear
with only one pew to fight with, but
that was enough to enable him to tear
away the flesh from the cheek of Mr.
Wolf and let all the flesh of his lower
jaw hang down over his throat to his
areast. Gus, -in describing the fight,
:ells of how he first tried to run away
From the bear after the animal was so
wounded as to have but three legs. He
]escribes how the bear caught his right
and in his jaw, holding it till Gus
gouged the bear in the eye with his left
orefinger, making the brute let go, and
hen how the bear grasped his left wrist.
Jus finally reached out with his tight
iand and got a rock, with which he
>eat the bear over the head, and then
:hey rolled down the lill together, the
>ear falling, into the creek. Gus then
nanaged to get loose and ran, soon
'caching canmp, and his associates at
miee went for a surgeon, who sewed up
lis face, making eighteen stitches andl
Ising lots of plaster and bandage cot
:on. The next day sonme men went out
:o the scene of the contest and found
he bear dead, but still warm, lying
ubout forty yards from where the flght
.ook place. The bear weighed about
On Capies Wings.
Cupid plays rare prank-s in this work
1.-day world of ours, and seems to de
ight in nothing so much as in bringing
Lbout the unexpected and improbable.
L'he romance of the pretty young irish
eacher who arrived in New York the
>ther day with her still more youthful
upil, whom she had persuadled to elope
vith her, furnishes anot her . interesting
haper in amatory history. Miss Mfamie
Jasey, the young lady in question, is
muly 21, amndl Johnny Dolan, with whom
,he fled to this country, is only 17. But
ove laug'as at differences in age as lie
toes at locksmiths, and snaps his rocy
ingers at all our conventionalities. So
yhen he determined that the young
eacher and the pupil should lose their
learts to each other they promptly
>beyed him, and regardless of every
ractical consideration or previous tie,
how on the wings of affection and the
taunch steamer Servia to a land
vhere -they fondly hoped cruel
>arents could not follow. Un
'ortunately the cable has no sympathy
vith lovers, anid on their arrival in New
iork they found a message had pre
eded them, by virtue of which
'Johnny" was arrested and ordered to
>e reurned by the next steamer to hi?
awful guardlians in ireland. Mfiss Casey
>ein~g 21, and having a well-filled pur's,
:oubd not he detained andl lie collector
if the plort iias finally decided that if
lie will share her futnure with ".Johnny"
ue need not go back. As she has come
lere for that purpose there can be nro
loubt that she will joyfully accept the
>roposit ion. This pretty and determined
rish girl deserves a hunsband and if she
ikes to instruct her p)upil in the art of
ove who shall say that that is not the
,est sort of learningi' All younger read
rs will heartily agree that it is, and
aany persons of manturc age, wvho have
earned all the wisdom of the world,
very day show themselves eager to be
om pupils again in a school where
apidO~ is the teache'r. T'o the lately
iuootedl question: "What would a wo
ian do it shi. we're a mer'i.1,i,
lent answers, "Just like a man."
Danger in the Mtatch.
Savannuah cotton men ha:ve discovered
hat there is great danger in the parlor
natchi, many of the niysterious cotton
tres wvhich have eecurred at that port
ecing ascribed to its use, mnd it is seri
unsly prop~osedl that the General Assem
ly) now in session shall prohibit by law
lie use or sale of parlor mnatchues in that
tate.. Thet Savannah New's says::
".Thiere is tidk of raising the insnr
nec rates on cotton, or abandoning
isks at this port if cotton fires con
ie. Exclude the parlor match, which
s dangerous wherever it is used, and
lie fir-es will he less frequent. The only
ray to exclude themi is to make it un-i
awful to buy or sell them ini the Stare.
Comeit im II' when onie srik;; thle
aturIor iirll-~ thi' e~ylodhiig flmiinate
til II half wayi across anroom, oftein
Iunuotied, :mid imanv or the tires iii
itores and residences are to be ascribed
o the use of such dangerous agencies
or striking a light. The chief ofiicial of
mne of the largest railroa~d systems in
hie South has been infornied that there
s real dlanger that rates will be advanced
mn cotton coming to Savannah if the
hr s continue, and the opinion is wide
*1read that the parlor match has had
is share in the work of dlestrulction."
It is claimed that the only safe
natches to usc arc the little blackhead
ulphneii matches. 'They will not flash
up when tramped upon and are the only
:indl permit ted to be used in the New
SOUTH CABOLINA NEWS NOTES.
-The Synod of the Associate Reforme<
Presbyterian Church of the South, at it
annual session at Prosperity last week
elected the following new faculty for tbi
theological seminary at Due West
President, Rev. Win. L. Pressly, D. D.
of Due West; adjunct professors, Rev
Wm M. Grier, D. D., and Rev. Rober
Lathan, D. D.
-The Presbyterian Synod at Spartan
burg closed its annual session Tuesday
Prof. Beatty of the Columbia Theologi
cal Seminary was confirmed as a pro
fessor in that institution. As he 1:
a Canadian it was thought by man,
that the foreign labor contract law wouk
interfere to prevent his tran-fer fron
Canada to South Carolina. A warm dis
cussion was followed by a vote confirm
ing him. Prof. Beatty has been at th
seminary one year.
-Henry Allen, an aged citiz;n o
Brown's Swamp, Fairfield County. wa
lying unconscious in his yard one even
ing last week. He was removed to hi:
house, but died during toe night.
- The Spartanbury Spartan character
izes the Woodrow "boycott" by ti
theological seninary faculty as 'a iiurrov
line for a great church to start out on
and such action will drive independent
thinking young men out to otue
churches or cause them to settle dowr
-The second trial of Joe J:ns. a
Darlington, for the murder of his father
was postponed because the jury wo
illegally drawn. The case .,t Lea.
Williams. who was indicted wi:h James
resulted in a mistrial.
-Mr. John Easier, says the Spartan
was recently married to Miss Harve,
near Cherokee. Uncle Johnnie is
sprightly groom, 73 years old, while hi
bride is only about 30. There wa:
another claimant for hier hand, bu
Mir. Easier downed him and won th<
-"Hotel Chiquola" has beenselectei
as the name for Anderson's new hotel
"Chiquola" was the Indian name fos
South Carolina, and was also the namt
of a famous Indian chief, whose trib<
occupied this section years ago.
A dispatch from Chicago says: Clar'e!
Clark, better known as "Old Charley,
once a millionaire in New York, and lit
terly a bartender in this city, committer
suicide this morning at 173 West L:ak<
street. Depondency is thought to hav
been the cause of the deed. Clark wa:
born in New York State. le was mar
ried to a lady of refinement in Brooklyn,
and has one daughter. After the deatn
of his wife he came West and settled in
Chicagro. Here he lost all his money in
speculation and in other ways. lie thei
went to tending bar, and had been doing
that sort of work almost up to the timn
of his death. For a week or more hi
has been out of work.
The last person to see Clark alive wan
Mrs. Laitra, a Gorman woman, w;tl
whom he had bee: boarding. He toki
her that lie had been a great deal of
trouble to her, but would not troublh
her any more. He went to bed in b:n
spirits. This morning about 8 o'cloel
Mrs. Lustre was startled by a' pisto
shot, and running into Clark's roon
found him dead with a bullet wound iu
hi; head. The unfortunate man wag
about 65 years of age and leaves ;
daughter somewher in Brooklyn li
body was remcved to to the morgue ant]
the one-time millionaire will have to be
buried by the city.
KEN NOT EQUAL.
Bev. Dr. Holland Sees No Equality Any,
A St. Louis Republic reporter recently
hade the following interview with the
Rev. Dr. R. A. Holland:
"Dr. Holland," said the reporter.
"the reports of your speech before omi
of the Episcopal societies in New Yorls
have you say that all men are not borr
free and equal, as the declaration of in
dependence reads, and as every youtl:
of the land is taught along with thn
rudiments of their education.."
Dr. Holland was sitting on an eas)
settee, leaning back on the upholsterec
arm, and as the reporter spoke he hall
raised in his seat, and, with eyes fairly
blazing in the conviction of his belief,
he said: "Well, arc they? Can any
thing be more absurd than to say that
men are born free and equal? I asserj
again, and I think no man can gainsa)
it, that men are not born equal in an)
way, physically, mentally or morally,
except in the fact that all men are borm
men. You might as well say that
all men are equal from a physical
standpoint, that the man who it
weak physically is the match, fro'm
physical point of view, with the giant.
Theoretic democracy is absurd. It nevei
did and never can exist on earth or ii
heaven. Men are not equals anywhere
-not in governmental rights, any more
than in physical strength, wealth or
talent. Nor arc men equal in any sens'
before the law. They are not' enlisted
into the army equally, cannot go tc
West Point or Annapolis equally; may
not pass competitive examinations fot
civil service equally. nor equally become(
public school teachers nor pay equa
taxes, iior stand with equal severity be
fore the criminal courts. Equality before
the law means simply that law is law,
and men are men-a tautology not quite
aphorismie on the part of those who by
acute distinctions would save the Decia
ration of Independence and democracy
from nonsense. Law is equal inasmuchl
:Ls its dlistinctionis aet uniformly. These
are the views in a nutshell which I gave
before the society, and I am free to
maintain that the theory is a true-me.
'here was no exuitemient over these
statemnent~s among the members of theu
society or the convention, andl I was
surprised to tindl that so much had beeni
said on the subject by the people and
ihe press of the country."
Mionsignor D. J. O'Connell, rector of
the Anmerican College in Roume, Italy,
mrent several hours in Rock Hill last
Friday, in company wnu nxis motner.
it will be remembered that Mlonsignor
T)Coxtnell was raised in Fort Mill town*
sip, tlhis County, where his father died
md his mother st ill has her residence.
Bie has riseni to great ecclesiastical dis'
itmetion], being esteemed as one of the
most brillianit young theologians in the
Church of Rome. He came to America
several weeks ago bearing a special mtcs
age from the Pope, and will not return
to 1tome until after the Catholie centen
iial in Baltimore on the 10th of No
3Monsignor O'Connell was one of the
Eriends and -companions of our boy'
iood. While in Rock Hill last week het
aidledl to see us, btut being out of town
ive were deprived of meeting him, much
0o our regret.
While on this visit Monsignor O'Con
nell gave his mother anid a Cat holic
(adlv in oumr town each a tIne silver me
Ial ionm, in whbich is enclosed a smtall cross
4haped splinter of wood, which is said
to be a part of the cross on which our
Saviour was crucitied. According to
Latholic arehawology there can be but
ittle dloubt that the true cross is in the
possession of that church. Indeed, it iS
laimed that in a vault in the Aix la
Chappelle at Rome there is one of the
~arments worn by our Saviour before
he crucifixion, the sponge which, soaked
~vith vinegar, was placed to the Saviour's
mouth while He was extended on the
3ross, and a piece of the bamboo rodl ou
ivhich the sponge was placed. These
Live been reverently preserved for
years andl are said to be properly au
Lhonticatr1.- Rnk Hiill Hirald.
Faith in the power of the sun, moon and
stars to act on the health has, of ourse, been
held for centuries. That great personage of
olden time, the astrologer, would not fail te
impress upon people this idea of the influence
which the heavenly bodies possess over health
and disease. Very few of these have sur
vived up to the present time.
It is natural that the sun should be consid
ered the great restorer and life giver. There
- is an old Jewish proverb to the effect that
when the sun rises the disease will abate.
This was founded on a tradition that a pre
cious stone was hung on the neck of Abra
ham, and that to look upon it was to be
healed. When Abraham died God placed
the stone in the sun. The remnant of thL
superstition is found today in the saying
that if an invalid goes out for the first time
and makes a circuit, this circuit must be
with the sun; if against the sun there will be
The universal belief that the moon ha,
power to make a person crazy has given us
the word lunatic. That the soul which ha:
till then hovered between life and deatl
finds its release as the tide goes out, is gen
erally accepted by many.
A great prejudice exists against the night
air, especially in ventilating sleeping rooms
the night air is by no.means so unhealthy ac
many people suppose. In those places where
the soil is impure, or near waters that are
stagnant, the change occasioned by the with
drawal of tbe sun's heat gives rise to exhala
tions that are unhealthy, but in the majorit)
of instances, the prejudices that exist against
night air amount to a superstitious dread.
When an idea crystallizes into a proverb it
carries an axiomatic weight with it, and n<
one for a moment stops to question its truth
One may rebel against it, but in doing sc
there is always a feeling of having taken the
law into one's own hands, and if evil is es
caped it is miraculous.
As a rule the popular superstitions inflict
but little actual bodily harm, nevertheles
the state of apprehensive dread and discont
fort which they sometimes entail, both upor
the believer and upon his friends, makes it
essential to refrain from their indulgence
and especially from teaching them to chil
dren, upon whom they make a lifelong im
pression.-Dr. Grace Peckham in Home
The earliest account we have of an instru
meat for measuring the heat or cold of the
atmosphere is that noticed by the "Spiritalia'
of Hero, about 150 B. C. The use of mercury
in the tube was suggested by Halley, about
1697, and first practically carried out b)
Fahrenheit, a native of Dantzic-at the time
his invention was completed an insfrument
maker at Amsterdam. He divided the space:
between the freezing and boiling points of
water intg 180 dogs., and commenced the
graduation of his scale at the point to whick
the mercury fell when the bulb was treatei
to a mixture of salt and pounded ice. The
salt and ice made the lowest degree of cold
known to the experimenter or any of hi:
scientific friends, and was, on this account
termed "zero." It is a generally received
idea that the zero point on the Fahrenheit
thermometer was so named because of its cor
responding to the lowest degree of cold knows
on the shores of the Baltic sea, the native
home of Fahrenheit, but this is as erroneous
as several other popular ideas respecting the
It is simply, as already related, the lowest
degree of artificial cold known to the inven
tor of the useful little instrument. The
freezing point of water was marked at 31
degs. above zero, because it corresponded tc
32 of the 180 equal spaces marked by the in
ventor on his scale before any of the point:
had been named.
About 730 Reaumur, of France, used spirit:
of wine and adopted the freezing and boiling
points as the two standards of his scale. The
space between these was divided into SO degs
The freezing is the zero point of the Reaumut
thermometer, the graduations extending.
each way. The Reaumur was the standard
thermiometer of France until the time of the
revolution of 1789, when it was superseded
by the centigrade, the invention of a Swedisi
astronomer tnamed Celsino. The centigrade
thermometer marks 100 degs. between the
frezn and the boiling points of water. It
isue othe exclusion of the others men
tioned throughout continental Europe, the
Fahrenheit being almost wholly confined t<
Great Britain, Holland and the Unitet~
Ideas of a ranture Life.
The Iroquois and Hiurons believed in a
country for-the souls of the dead, which they
called the "country of ancestors." This i.'
to the west, from which direction their tra
ditions told that they had migrated. Spirits
must go there after death by a very long and
painful journey, past many rivers, and at
the end of a narrow bridge fight with a dog
like Cerberus, and some may fall into the
-water and be carried away over precipices.
This road is all on the earth: but several of
the Indian tribes conaider the milky way tc
be the path of souls, those of human beings
fornming the main body of the stars, and
their dogs, which also have souls, running on
the sides. In the next world the Indians dc
the samte as they customarily do here, but
-without life's troubles.
The Israelites believed in a doubling of the
person by a shadow, a pale figure, whicb
after death descended under the earth and
there led a sad and gloomy existence. The
abode of these poor beings was called sheoL.
There was no recompense, no punishment
The greatest comfort was to be among ances
tors and resting with them. There were
some very virtuous men whom God carried
up that they might be with him. Apart
from these elect, dead men went into torpor
Man's good fortune was to be accorded a
long term of years, with children to perpet
unte his family and respect for his memory
after death.-Garrick Mallery in Popular
Cuttiing Back Plants.
Many people have an idea that plants must
not be cut back, no matter how straight and
branchless they may grow. I read in a pop
ular periodical a protest from one of these
people against cutting back fuchsias, saying
that "it was altogetL~: wrong and injured
the plants." I knew better. For several
years we have cut back all fuchsias that did
not of themselves grow bushy. Abutilons
are generally disposed to grow tall and
branchless,. and so when they are about ten
inches in height we behead them about three
inches. Directly two branches start out,
and whben several inches grown we cut them
back. T wo, sometimes three, branches start
Then we allow the plant to grow and bud
until quite large, when we frequently do a
little pruning. It is then that, by cutting
back plants, we delay the blooming period,
- ut when it does come we have flowers on
half a dozen or more branches, instead of one
onilm alng Mo0st ^ its grown in the in
fragile and need to be severely cut baek in
the spring. March is the best time, but, if
negected, should be at.tentdeud to as soon as
po~,ible. Cuttings catn he rooted in a large
moutthedl bottle filled with water and placed
in the window.--Practi-'al farmer.
Killed the Dlog and Shot Himself.
Ont Sunday morning last, a few~ miles
North of town, a mad (log created quite
an ecitemen'tt. A number of n.en were
pursuing it with murderous intent,
among t hem a colored man named Ben
McCotnnell, he being armied with a mus
ket. In the chtase after the beast the
dog got so close to this m~an that he was
unable to shoot it. lIe did the next best
thitng, however, and turnted and hit it
with the butt of his gun. As he did so
the guln was dischatrged, the whole load
taking etfluet in one of his thights. It was
sitmp~!v a t1'sh~ woddt :mtd tno seriouts re
at'' fea;red .Th'e dlog wa killed by
t he blow.-- i'vr'k Kn/erprise.
Massacred by Natives of New Guinea.
LONDoN, October 30.--Advices from
Brisbane state that the tatives of South
west New Guinea have massacred Rev.
Mr. Savage', who was sent out by3 the
London Missionary Society, a number of
native teachers, ande the crew of the
cutter Mary', belongitng to) the society.
The ste'amter Albatross, betlongintg to the
Queensland gov'ernmecnt, has beett dis -
patchede to) the seene of the murders.
IThe Czar has hadl an iron-elad trailn
nstioctcd for himself.
THE O SSAMS
REMARKABLE FEATS OF STRENGT
BY SOME ANCIENTS.
Wonderful Greek Athletes-MIuscular go.
man Emperors-The Almost Incnmpre.
hensible Performances at Milo of Croton.
Giants Who Were Big Beef Enters.
A man of moderate capabilities, either in.
tellectually or physically speaking, attracts
no attention whatever, while the muscular
feats of a Sullivan or the marvelous mental
scope of a Gladstone are sounded by their re
spective devotees the wide world over.
People are always on the lookout for
things out of the ordinary. A baby with a
head on each end attracts more attention
than a half million of the little pink and
white atoms of humanity would .if built in
the regulation way, with a head on one end
and feet on the other. Keen observers are
as well acquainted with the well beaten
track of old nature as they are with the
plainly marked highways of the neighbor
hood in which they reside. Nothing in this
dust covered track pleases or entertains
them; everything is found just as they anti
cipated it would be before its location was
reached. It is only when the old dame steps
out of her usual track and takes to the by
paths and jungles to "mother her many
strange creatures" that we realize the truth
of the old Spanish proverb: "Variety is the
spice of life; monotony a poisonous serpent.
The Greeks of olden times were celebrated
for their love of learning, and it is known
that they almost worshiped the learned acad
emicians who were fortunate enough to carry
off the palm in any of their many contests
for intellectual supremacy. But intellect
did not reign supreme even among this peo.
Iile, so famed for their love of the sciences
To be sure, honors were bestowed where hog
ors were due, but it was esteemed as appro
priate to acknowledge physical attainment?
as it was to recognize renown on aeount of
Xenophon and Demosthenes, Socrates and
Plato, each, in his special sphere have had
their names engraved in stone, brass, copper
and gold. They were the learned men-of
their times, and it is well that their deeds he
Mao or MONo-o.
They founded schools of literature and ora.
tory; carried the people by storm, and shaped
the destiny of the government under which
they lived. Not so with Milo of Croton, in
Magna Grmcia. He belonged to the same
race of people, ut he was not an academi
cian, not even a lyric poet. Sculpture and
painting, music and the sciences were foreign
to his ideas of greatness. Still his name and
fame have been preserved through vicissi
tudes of twenty-five centuries. Milo lived in
the time of Darius Hystaspes about 520 B. C..
-and was the strongest man ever known in the
history of the world up to that time, not tak
ing into account the semi-mythological sto
ries concerning Samson of the Hebrews, and
the more doubtful performances of Hercules.
Milo was a regular attendant at the Olym
pic games, which brought thousands of peo
ple togetjier every fifth year. Six times he
carried off the palm for being the greatest
athlete. When he had for the fourth time
been declared the victor, after vanquishing
all opponents and fidshed with excitement
incident to the occasion, he seized a 4-year
old ox by the feet, slung it carelessly across
his shoulder and ran through the stadium of
Olympia, a distance of over a mile, followed
by thousands of astonished spectators. His
destination reached, he deposited his bovine
burden upon the ground and struck his ox
ship a stunning blow between the eyes with
his bare fist. The blow was as fatal as one
from a sledgehammer in the hands of a blank
smith would have been. It is further stated
that Milo ate the entire carcass of the ox be
fore it had time to spoil, even in that warm
country. One account even goesso far as to
say that the giant had picked every morsel
of meat from the bones and devoured it
within less than twenty-four hours.
Historians agree that an ordinary meal for
Milo was twenty pounds of meat, as much
bread and fifteen pints of wine. Milo did
not throw down the temple like the revenge
ful Hebrew, Samson, but held up the enor
mous weight upon his massive shoulders
while Pythagoras and his schplars escaped
from a falling building. Like many other
renowned men, Milo came to an untimely
end. When quite aged he was one day alone
in the woods and thought to try his strength
in splitting a tree. He succeeded in splitting
it all riaht enough, but was accidentally
caught by the hands in the cleft and held in
that position until devoured by wolves.
Homer tells us of the prodigious strength
of the giant Cyclop, Polyphemus, whom
Ulysses encountered in his wanderings. This
monstrous Cyclop, as the name implies, had
but a single eye. When the followers of
Ulysses entered the cave in which the one .
eyed giant dwelt he became so enraged that
he killed six of them and ate their bedies ata
Similar in name and simila,- in physical
proportions was Polydamus, the strong man
of Thessalla, who was of such colossal height
and prodigious strength that he could hold
the strongest bull by simply grasping him
by the leg. It is related that Polydamus
once attempted to hold a gigantic beast of
the bovine species, which finally escaped
amid jeers and shouts from the crowd. Rid
icule was soon turned to applause, however,
when it was ascertained that the shank of
the bull had been jerked off at the knee joint.
On several occasions he pulled the hoofs off
cattle brought to test his strength.
The strength.of Maximnin, a Roman em
peror of the Second century, A. D, was al
most equal to that of Milo, the beef eater
above mnentioned. He was known as the
"Giant Emperor," and right well did he de
serve the title, being, as ise was, over eight
feet in height and of heavy build. The gir
die worn around the waist of his w-ife served
as a splendid wristband for her lord, while
the bracelet for her wrist exactly fitted his
thirud finger. Ho was often seen to crush
hard stones in his hands as r. common man
would a soft tomato. Between the two fin
gers and two thumbs of his right and left
hands he could twist the most evenly temper
ed sword into the shape of a corkscrew.
While riding with his troops in their opera
tions against the people beyond the Rhine
he became enraged at his favorite horse and
killed the animal with a single blow of the
is.-John W. Wright in St. Louis Republic.
The Last Gun of the War.4
When and where was the last gun of the
war fired in Georgia? A number of answers
were given at the time, but :he one that
strikes me as most probably the correct one
was given me in Savannah a day or two ago.
I was walking up Broughton street with a
friend when he stopped and pointed across
the street to a plain two story brick resi
dence. "That," said he, "was the home of
,CMle~h |E J isogg --
killed by the last gun of the war fired in
Georgia." " Where was that?" I asked him.
"At Columbus. Evan Howell, of The .Con
stic'r on, was near him at the time. It was
th ry last shot fired on Georgia soil."
Atlanta Constitution. 4
A Fugitive From Justice.
It now looks like Maj. E. A. Burke
had admitted the truth of the accusa
tions against him. He has left London*
ignominiously for Belgium to avoid ex
tradition proceedings, and stainds in
dicted by the laws of his State with for
gery and embezzlement. Maj. Burke's
action must be accepted as confirmation
of all charges preferred. He has fraud
uently hypot becated over $373,000 of
the bonds of his State which he held ml
his keeping while State Treasurer Like
Vincent, of Alabama, and Tate, of Kenf
tuky, he was a tried and trused agent,
whose name was believedl to be "the.
theme of hounxor's lonigie.
The Fede'-al Treasury Balance Sheet.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 1.--The dlebt state
ment issued to-day shows the decrease
of the debt during tue monih of October
to have been $9.1 04,852.72: decrease
since June 30, $15.695,944.21; total in
terest-earing delM, $859,062,972.99;
total debt of all kinds, $l,625,521,
57.63; debt less available credits. $1. -
060.90,677.24: cr.sh in the treasury,I
$62. )67,755.76; legal tender notes outj
stanuung, $346,681.01(: eer iticates of
deposit outstanding, .$12.510,000: golds
certificates otutstandliur. 51eo-937-29;
silver certificates, $277,3119,944; frae