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Springfield Globe -Republic
THE fSPIUNGPIEl.l OLOIIE,
Volume IV. Numoor 22(.
SPKINGFIEIJ), OHIO, TUESDAY EVENING, EEBETJAEY 3, 1885
(THE NPBINOPIELn HEPDUUC
1 Volume XIX. Number :ao.
OWEN, PIXLEY & CO.
Ohio Valley and Tennessee: Slightly
warmer, fair weather, southwesterly winds.
A question that's disturbing us
now is, whether that particular
line of Gentlemen's Double Breasted
Sack Suits of Fine Basket Worsted
Material will go nuick enough at
their price $16? Queer, the ma
terial is right, trimming right, cut
right, and made right, "but still
they linger near."
To quicken their sale we decide
to slash the price; for the balance
of this week we shall offer them
at $12 Ir SlXlt.
See bargain table.
We've waited for season. You've
waited, no doubt, for the news on
Hats. They Ve going now. Upwards
of two hundred of them greet you
witn a sue smile, see east win
dow. The price mark doesn't apply
to Bags and Satchels in same win
The simple mention that we had
replenished our separate Pant
stock, brought Saturday night buy
ers by the hundred. The great
bargain lot, No. 7094, at $3 was
the favorite among the mediums;
6632 at $1.25 was well thought of
by those in search of low-priced
goods, and thet Fine Globe Mills
Cassimeres were freely taken by
those in want of extremely fine
dressy garments. And now there
are three $2.75 for $2 Fur Caps,
and but a dozen Patent Ear Pro
If it should occur to you that
you wanted one of those $9.00 All
Wool Frock Suits, it might be nec
essary to come this week.
It is scarcely needful to mention
Overcoats. Many of our light
weights are in.
This is Inventory week and all
closed lots and broken lines are
going at the half or three
quarters. OWEN, PIXLEY & CO..
ONLY ONE-PRICE CLOTHIERS.
Training in Amusement.
Oliver Wendell Holmes suggests that
kittens were evidently made to play
with their tails, and we may fairly sup
pose that, if thoe pliable appendages
were cut off.kittcns would do their best
to play with the abbreviated stumps.
Givenl however, the fact that the
amusement faculty is there, like every
other faculty it needs education and di
rection. While most parents are so
licitous about the health of their child
ren, and the way it is affected by late
hours of mild dissipation, is it Dot de
sirable to consider amusements in re
lation to character as well? Is not
simplicity beautiful in the speech and
manner of childhood, and is it not so
in their dre-s? 'lhat may be pretty
without being showy, and good with
out marks of extravagance in cost.
When we think how Parisian and other
foreign ideas affect American taste, we
may "well deplore the pernicious habit
of spending lame Minis in most expen
sive toys for children, and larger sums
on children's costumes. This is a
question, not of beauty, nor of taste,
for these are appropriate in the dress
of childhood. Hut the selfish waste in
fostlv garments made for some enter
tainment in which children take part
has to be considered.
Corrects bi Ciias. V. 1'athtkr A Co.
Daily Ileiiort Wednesday, Feb. 2, 1845.
Butter 25c retail.
Yjtit' Good supply; 25c
Fwcltry Oood detn&nd; chickens, young, 20a
SOr-, nM.Z5Wc each.
ArrLKS-il Wal SO pr hush.
1'uTarot' Sue per bush.
.sheet Potatoes 51.5fa200per bush.
Cabbage Dull; 75c a J1.50 per bbl.
Osio 81 0erbush.
Salt bnow-flate brand, S1.30 per bbl.
Oial Oiu-SK1520: per gal.
I a TTffc IOC-
ttcuAit-Li-RED Mkats Sides, 10c; shoulders, 9c;
hams, 14c; l. bacon, 12c.
Scoars A large demand and prices low; gran
ulated, 7c per lb: "A" white, (c per lb; extra C
light, ejc per lb; yellow C, 5c per lb; C, 6c
'CorfEK Marie lower; Java, 20a30c per lb;
Rio golden. 18aiO per lb: Klo, prime green, 124a
15c per lb; kio.x nmon.lOcperlb.
Molases Xe Orleans, WaSOc pergal; sorgham
Kict Best Carolina, 8c per lb.
Oysters 30c twrqt.
Dkieu ArPLis 8 l-3c per lb.
l)RlbI 1'KACHLS 10c ir lb
CmCKRss-lreseJt 5i 75afX35aS3 50 perdoien.
Dross " 2 543 Tr d01-
IUbbits 51 25at 50 per doz.
Fine washed, 28a30c: unwashed, K oft.
r.AHiss Sew 10at2Kc per lb,
fDRRANTs New 7Jc er lb.
APFts-Sew 8c pe. lb.
Pkaches Halies lic; uilied 14 ir lb.
PRUSES New7cper lb.
The Dynamiter Still Alive, and
Has His Editorial Rooms
Opened in the Hos
pital. Mrs. Dudley Arraigned in the
Tombs Police Court.
Wasuinqton, February 3.
that Swaim is acquitted.
-It is rumored
O'Donovan Holla Shot.
New York, February 3S Jeremiah
O'Donovan, tl.e Irish dynamiter, was shot,
on Chambers street, near Broadway, last
evening at 5:12, by an English woman
named Dudley, who was immediately ar
rested and imprisoned. She emptied a five
shooter on him, only one ball taking effect,
entering the back below the shoulder blade,
but not penetrating the lungs or 'the spinal
column. The wound is pronounced not
necessarily dangerous. Korea was taken to
the Chambers Street Hospital, and was only
a few beds distant from Phelan. Mrs. Dudley
is described as follows:
She was a good looking woman, dressed
neatly in plain dark clothing, and wore eye
glasses. She appeared like a school teacher
with an intellectual face. Her manner was
entirely composed and she answered som of
the questions put to her promptly and with
out embarrassment. To others she simply
shook her head and said: "I shall only an
swer questions I know you have have the
right to ask."
1 :30 a. m. A physician's bulletin issued
at 1 this morning Btated that O'Donovaa
Rosa was sleeping quietly and suffering no
pain. His condition was generally favorable.
His wife left the hospital for home at 11:30.
Rossa thought his condition serious enough last
night to justify his making an "ante-mortem"
statement, and the following was dictated by
Saturday, January 31, about 3 p. m, I re
ceived a letter at my office in Chambers street.
The message was in writing and delivered bv
a messenger boy. The note Btated that a
lady wiehed to see me; that she was inter
ested in the Irish cause and desired to assist
it. She did not care to go to my office and
remain waiting there until I came. She only
would ask me for ten minutes' time. The
boy told me the lady was at the telegraph
office in the street in the Stewart building,
on Broadway and Chambers street I went
with him and met her. I told her it would
be well to go to some hotel, as the telegraph
office was no place to talk in. We
carae out and went to Sweeney's hotel.
We went into the ladies' parlor and she said
she would be able to give me considerable
money if anything good was done. She
then said she wonld call Monday, February
2, at 4 o'clock. To-day she sent another mes
sage to my office, and I went to the same
telegraph office and there I met the lady.
She ehowed me a paper which I was to sign.
She then suggested we go some place. We
walked down Chambers street toward Broad
way, and we got a short distance toward
Br dway when the woman stepped back and
fired two or three shots at me. One of the
balls entered my back.
JlREKIAH O'DOXOVAN RoSSA.
CapL Phelan, when told Rossa was shot,
smiled grimly, but refused to say anything.
Dudley had acted as a trained nurse in
London hospitals. It seems that she had
been greatly excited and inflamed by the
London dynamite explosions, and had con
centrated her indignation and rage on Rossa.
A young woman who knew her said she did
not regard her right in her head.
Rossa's son, John, is in business in Minne
apolis. New York, February 3. The headquarters
of O'Donovan Rossa's paper have been tem
porarily removed to the Chambers Street hos
pital, where its editor-in-chief lies to-day with
a bullet lrom Mrs. Dudley's pistol still em
bedded in his back. Rossa's office in Centre
street is closed to-day. The physicians at
the hospital thought Rossa improved during
Mrs. Dudley was taken this morning from
the Station House to the Tombs Police Court.
A number of people gathered. Arthur C.
Butts, lawyer, accompanied the ac
cused to the court room. When the
fact of the presence of the prisoner
became known the hall of justice became
rapidly occupied until entrance was denied
to the later comers. She looked a trifle tired
after having spent the night in the station
house, but her cheeks were still rosy and her
eyes quite bright. Lawyer Butts presented
the case. He said he received a dispatch late
last night, signed P. E. Edwards, asking him
to defend Mrs. Dudley.
He went to the station house and saw Mrs.
Dudley. She paid she knew nothing about
the dispatch, but desired him to take charge
of her case. He learned by the morning
papers, to-day, that the dispatch was a bogus
J. Pierrepont Edwards, British Consul,
denied hariog sent any dispatch what
ever. Butts said he had not been
consulted by any of the woman's friends, and
did not do what he shuuld do in the case.
He continued: She told me she desired me
to defend her. While reserving my right, as
counsellor, to act in the case or to withdraw,
I shall endeavor to do what will be for Mrs.
Dudley's best interest. For the present my
client will remain mule. She neither pleads
guilty nor not guilty.
The Court remarked that she would be held
to await the result of Sossa's injury and re
manded her. When Mrs. Dudley turned to
leave the court room, a smile played upon
her face. She drew her cloak about her and
walked camly out of the room behind the of
ficer. Ohio X.ecUlatnrif.
Colcmbl's, February 2. Senate. Bills
introduced: Amending the act of last winter
so as to provide for paying claims in the or
der allowed by the military commission.
House. Bills introduced: Requiring ma
jority of property owners in interest to sign
petitions to county commissioners tor im
provements; authorizing Clark county com
missioners to pay judgment against Spring
field; authorizing town councils to provide
for inspecting boilers; preventing overcrowd
ing of street cars: preventing sale or con
cealment of property held in trust.
A resolution was offered asking Congress
to oass Taylor bill preventing removal of
Union soldiers from office.
Mr. Farran, Republican, offered the follow
ing resolution entitled in "Honor of Ground
Whereas, The second of February has long
been recognized among the worldly-wise as
exercising great influence upon the weather,
and endangering the health ol the ground
hog by requiring that animal to leaTe his
winter quarters lor the purpose of taking ob
servations too early in the season; there
fore, Resolved, That Groundhog Day be and the
game is changed to March 4, and that the
the Governor be requested to transmit a copy
of this resolution to the Chief Signal office at
Washington, that the flag be placed at half
mast on the Capitol, and that the House do
now recess in honor ot said day.
The resolution went over under the rules.
WxiaixtT, February 2. Si.vats. The
credentials ot Messrs. Spooner, ol Wisconsin,
and Vest, of Missouri, were presented.
The inter-State Commerce bill was then
taken up and Mr. Harrison addressed the
Senate. Several amendments were disposed
of, and after the Senate had gone into execu
tive session the doors were opened and the
House. The following bills were intro
duced and referred : To maintain the purity
of the ballot box. Abolishing the census
bureau. Resolutions offered: Asking the
Secretary of the Treasury as to certain infor
mation relative to orders issued from bis de
partment in regard to Chinese immigration;
calling upon the same official for statistics as
to the employment of United States marshals;
calling upon the Secretary of State for infor
mation relative to the inquiries of Great
Britain, if any, in regard to the use of dyna
mite; also, upon the President for certain
correspondence concerning the Congo Con
ference. NBWti XOTE8.
John A. Await, Cincinnati jeweler, has
made an assignment.
Elijah Wease, aged 75, confesses to six
murders at Petersburg, Ya.
The Diamond Match Company has absorbed
the Akron Match Company. It was a rival
Speaker Haines, of the Illinois House, now
wishes to be Senator.
Fitx-John Porter has made a plaintive ap
peal to the President for "justice," which, by
request, the President has transmitted to the
House of Representatives.
The total public debt ot the United States
Seventeen new national banks were organ
ized in January.
George II. Edmonds, a grocer, of Eaton,
O., is missing.
Electric headlights are to be alopted on
the Panhandle road.
Governor Cleveland has engaged quarters
at the Arlington Hotel, Washington.
Fitz John Porter appeals to the President
to reconsider his veto of the reinstatement
Three thousand men will resume work at
the steel works at Braddocks, Pa., at a reduc
tion of wages.
Chris Quartlander died in Cincinnati, of
heart disease, from excitement incident to
stopping a quarrel between a farther and son.
The public debt statement for January
shows a reduction of $9,420,000 and for the
seven months ending Saturday, nearly $41,
000,000. Two thousand persons gathered in a hall in
New York Monday evening and a conflict be
tween the dynamiters and the more conserva
tive socialists occurred. The police appeared
and Justus Schwab shoated to the crowd to
kill them. The hall was cleared and Schwab
was at rested.
Abont 10 o'clock Monday evening, the
west portion o'. the Palace Hotel, Cincinnati,
was badly injured by fire. Loss over $20,000
fully insured. Nobody was injured.
Bubble parties are expected to be re
vived again this winter in adult fash
ionable circles. Some years ago they
were a craze among youths and child
ren. They did not recommend them
selves to older persons becauso they
were a superficial and not very solid
form of amusement. By surrounding
them with elaborate preparations such
as feasting, dancing, and music, how
ever, it is calculated to bring them up
to the necessary dignity of a fashiona
ble indulgence for grown persons. At
a bubble party on the south side last
week there were fifty invited guests
present The invitations were for 8
o'clock. The guests assembled around
the dining-room table, upon which lay
a generous pile of white clay pipes,
decorated each with a different colored
A large bowl of lather made ot pure
white castile soap reposed in the cen
ter of the board. As many as desired
participated in the sport. The hostess
held in her hand a large box containing
prizes for the largest bubble, the most
symmetrical bubble, the smallest bub
ble, the bubble which should retain its
form longest, the bubble which should
evaporate quickest, and, finally, the
best cluster of bubbles. Three judges
were selected, furnished with pen and
paper and the names of those who en
tered. The prizes consisted of bon
bons in boxes, slippers, and fancy
pipes. The sport was very amusing.
To make bubbles at all requires some
experience, and to make them well
calls for skill. One lady carried off
four prizes for the largest, the most
symmetrical, and the smallest bubble,
also the one which held its form long
est She evoked great"" applause by
forming the latter in the pipe, and
then by a skillful movement of the
hand freeing it and sending it sailing
in mid-air. She then held out her
bare, round arm and dexterou-dy
caught the bubble on her delicate skin,
where it reposed for several seconds
After the bubble-blowing was over a
lifrfif. Mnnt of chocolate, ices, cake.
and fruits was served, followed by vo
cal and instrumental music, the enter
tainment concluding with a dance.
i?- an lirrlit n unpnips of aninsemcnt
there is no little opportunity in a bub
ble party to pass time pleasantly.
in Melville's account or tnc scarcn
for the Greely party, ho gives his own
plan for reaching the North Pole, and
"etting back without loss of life or
property. Franz Josef Land has been
explored to latitude 83, and is known
to stretch northward at least 1 degree
farther; and it may be much farther
still. By this land route Mr. Melville
believes the Pole can be reached, and
ho proposes to get there himself, and
find out about the flattening of the
earth and all the other scientific secrets
that are supposed to cluster round that
mysterious point. As Siqurd broke
through the circle of fire and won
Brynhild, not for himself, but for an
other, so Mr. Melville is determined to
force the defenses of ice that guard the
alluring mystery of the highest north,
and to bring back the results of his
couquest for the good of the wondering
Hints to Housekeepers.
Never let your children como to the
table until you are quite sure that they
won't undertake to do all the talking.
'1 his you should make a law when you
have company. Yfou are never safe
with the children aMho table. If there
is anything jolt doult want known it
will be told by thppi. The boy who
never noticed that!1 the spoons were
plated will shout, a3 though giving you
' O, see the gold coming through tho
And that same boy will say he wishes
it was Sunday, and when your guests
ask him vv hy, he will reply:
"Because we always have pio Sun
da v. "
Vou will find out ho knows a great
deal that you never suspected he knew,
and vou will be at a loss to ascertain
how lie ever equipped himself with the
facts. A boy at tho tablo is a well
spring of displeasure. If his sister is
kissed by any one he.is always the per
son to. witness the performance, and
tells of it before a cr"wd. Ho is al
ways the one to give "to the world the
fact that his sister us-.'s powder, wears
false teeth, and is 32 jears old. If there
is a mortgage on the place, tho boy
hears you spealc of it, and then goes
around talking about it as though it
were something to bo pointed to with
pride and pleasure.- Everything you
say in the bo-om of your family that
should not be repeated the boy repeats,
and he always has tlie faculty of re
peating it at the wrong time and to the
If you say the clergyman's sermons
are too long or too dry, the boy will
take it all ilk and say nothing until the
clergyman comes around to make his
regular visit, and then ho will let it out
just after you have entered tho room.
If you say the doctor is not fit to cure
hams, he will jump up on the doctor's
knee, when hu calls,- and cunningly
"O, doctor, mamma says you ain't
fit to cure hams!"
The old adage that boys will be boys
ought to bo changed to boys will be
fiends. One bov is more bother than
half a dozen girls. The boy is always
in mischief. When ho is at school he
is studying up some kind of deviltry to
perpetrate when school is out Orelso
ho is playing tricks on tho teacher.
"When ho is at home he is twisting the
cat's tail, or disturbing her hearth
stone dreams with a bean-shooter. II
there is no cat to torment he will toi
incut his 1 ttle sister by making face
at her or dressing tho dog up in her
How Cholera Travels.
The disease is best known in Europe
under the names of cholera, cholera
morbus, Asiatic cholera, since the epi
demic of 1817 to 181'J, iu which the
English Army, under the command of
the Marquis of Hastings during a war
against the natives, was rendered unfit
for fighting and almost annihilated.
But cholera has never visited Europe
fill the present century, when in 1830
it appeared in Kussia and spread to
Poland, where war was prevailing.
Since that time, sometimes at longer
and sometimes at shorter intervals,
cholera has sometimes appeared in
Europe. The question why cholera re
mained a thousand year? in India, be
fore it began to migrafeis one of-great-interest,
but one which cannot be sat
isfactorily answered. The principal
consideration appears to me to be that
the event happened at the time when
intercommunication in all directions,
both by land and water, had become
more rapid. The first steamship ap
peared in the Indian waters at the be
ginning of the second decado of the
present century. By land also inter
course was greatly accelerated. The
Russians possibly took cholera from
India, Arabia. Afghanistan, or Persia,
through couriers and stage-coaches. It
soon became clear that cholera, tho
specific cholera-germ, was in some way
or other propagated along the paths of
human intercourse, and it also became
evident that unless the germs found a
suitable soil within a certain time they
did not flourish. Observers soon dis
covered that cholera was more prone
to appear in certain regions and affect
certain localities, while it shunned
other districts; and, again, that other
regions were only visited at intervals
o many years. It is also a fact that
Asiatic cholera never yet appeared at a
place which had not previously been
in communication with a region where
cholera prevailed; and, further, that
the disease from an infected locality
never yet passed on to another place if
the journey lasted a certain time with
out interruption. The large inter
course between India and Europe.more
particularly England, by means of ships
which sailed round the Cape of Good
Hope, had never succeeded in carrying
cholera from India to England. Dr.
Max von I'ettenkofcr, in Popular Sct
cjcc Monthly for February.
The Star of ltethleliein.
The brilliant star which suddenly
bur-t forth in 1S72 and is sometimes al
leged to hae been seen in the years
l'.'Gl and !)!. in tho region between
Cephens and Cassiopeia, has been
thought identical with that marvelous
star which appeared at the time of our
Saior natiity, acting as a guide to
the wise men of the East. The period
of re tirring brilliancy of this remarka
ble object is. we assume, the identity of
the stars of 1j72. 12fil and 945, would
therefore soem to be about 314 years,
and computing back three periods from
01. " we shall arrive nearly at the epoch
of the death of Herod. King of Judea.
hich occurred, according to the best
authorities, one year before the com
mencement of the" Christian era and a
few month', following the nativity.
Ancient chronology is, we know, not
very exact as to date, and occasionally
has to be corrected by meansof eclipses
hich have been computed back to a
remote antiquity and comparisons in
stituted w'ith historical events said to
have been connected with such phe
notnena. If the star of 1572, which
has been associated with the Star of
Bethlehem, should now again appear
with all its original splendor, and occa
sion the endless speculation which such
a mysterious phenomenon must obvi
ously invite, its supposed identity with
former objects of similar character will
have to be admitted, and the science of
astronomy will-receive a unique addi
tion to its many curious facts in'the
form of a variable star of entirely new
aspect. And some attempts will be
made to elucidate tho question as to
what possible means operated to ob
scure the star during the long lapse of
more than three centuries and then
suddenlv enabled it to shine with such
wonderful brilliancy as perhaps to be
visible in the presence of the noon-day
sun, as in 1572! But wo fear that the
realization of a phenomenon so attrac
tive iu its appearance and so replete
with mystery is very doubtful so far as
the existing evidence enables us to form
a rational opinion. Pro IF. F. Dem-inq.
BECKY 11 A PIT IN .JAIL.
She Han llien There m (.ting Time, and Haa
Xn Trnuhlcii Kxrept Altl. Farley.
Miss Becky Jones, the obstinate
housekeeper of the latu Mr. Hamcrs
ley, having been adjudged guilty of
contempt of court for refusing to tell
all she knew about her late employer,
was sent to Ludlow street jail. "She
was put in a room about twelve feet
square, on the first floor, just off the
dining-room. The single, iron-barred
window faces on Essex market place,
which is kept alive by the soul-stirring
imprecations of butchers, the screaming
cries of children, and the occasional
howling of half-starved dogs and cats.
Miss Jones hung a neat white curtain
over the window and then examined
tho bed. It horrified her, and she made
life entertaitiing for Warden Phil Ki r
nan until she got things fixed. He mov
ed in a marble-top bureau adorned
with a mirror, and gave her a largo
piece of carpet and two chairs.
The first week Becky kept closely to
her room and was seen only at meal
times. She said she was ill and the
warden never passed a drug store for a
few days without buying a bottlo of
patent medicine for her. Becky got
well, and the warden claimed the cred
it of it.
Finally Becky settled down into a
humdrum metliod of passing the days,
and seldom varies from it. She locks
her door about 10 o'clock at night- If
she is not very sleepy she draws her
bedstead tinde the gaslight, and lies in
bed reading a novel or ti tract, if she
happens to have one that draws a hap
py parallel between a really good, and
a very bad boy. She never forgets to
turn off the gas before dropping into
She is up about daylight, and tramps
steadily about the circular yard in the
center of the jail forhalf an hour. Then
she uses up considerable worsted in
making tidies until breakfast is ready.
Breakfast is passed in Kindly converse
with her other unfortunates, who vie
with each other in helping liccky to
bread. As soon as tho meal is over
Becky returns to her room and writes
several pages of her book, which will
tell the world about her troubles. Then
she reads a little, uses up a little more
worsted, and receives as many of her
friends as call upon her. She has be
come attached to her home now; the
only thing she dislikes about it is
the name it bears.
Warden Kiernan met a reporter at the
door of the jail on Sunday and told him
that Becky had issued orders a short
time previously to have the first report
er that came along sent to her. Becky
sat near the window in a black alpaca
dress. A little wooden ttuuk stood near
the bureau. The top of the bureau was
neatly covered with white tidies, on
which rested a stubby black jug with
flat sides and a small neck. The jug
was painted black, and was stuck all
over with little cupids with green and
gold, and these letters "Been."
"They stand for Hecca," said Becky,
as she shook the reporter's baud. "I
was going to make it Rebecca, which is
my name, but I couldn't find anything
to cut the U and e out of. Sit down
over there while I tell jou what I want
ed tQfSee you for.
"It's about Aid. Farley." she said.
He has been flirting with me in aw-ful.
I told bim if he diu not stop coming in
here, I'd tell the reporters about him.
andjipwTm goingjojlo.it. He, cornea
around ana sits where jou are sitting
now, and goes on hor-rid. He brought
his picture around here and gave it to
me. Here it is."
Becky showed the reporter a photo
graph of the alderman with his smile
and watch chain all complete. It was
hanging in the dark part of the room.
Becky pointed to a row of blue labels
which were pasted on one side of the
"I paste one of these tip there every
week," she s.u'd. I have thirty-three
there now, but the thirty-third week
w ill not end until next Monday night.
I am willing to end my life here, and
if tho price of my release is to tell all
I know about poor, dear Mr. Hamers
ley, I shall certainly die here. They say
I am obstinate. Ii'l am I suppose it is
because I was born so near the fourth
"Havo you anv hope of release?"
"William II. Shepherd is my lawyer,
and I believe he is doing something for
me. I am contented here, and don't
much care. Everybody is kind to me.
The Rev. Mr. Morgan," who preaches
here on Sundays, sent mo a Christmas
card, and so did his mother. Somebody
else sent me a book full of prayers and
a card full of verses. I've an awful lot
of novels sent me. too, and such an aw
ful lot of letters. You'd be surprised
if I showed you some of them, but I
"I should think you'd get a cat or
dog. Miss Jones, for company?"
"Pooh! I hate them." New York
Landing!" the Woods.
I was once floating in a balloon over
a fair estate at an elevation of about
5,000 feet, and as there was little wind,
and night was drawing on, we elected
to descend in a wide green meadow on
the brink of an oak forest. We drop
ped down 2,000 feet, and still thought
we were over the field, but on dropping
down another 2,500 feet pretty sharply
we found we should miss the field and
alight on the forest. I shall never for
get the beautiful and novel appearance
of that oak forest. I looked down up
on an apparently level soft bed of bil
lowy green; it looked like an oil paint
ing" on canvas so very unreal. We
had only one ballast-bag left; the balloon-car
soon rested on the trees; it
sank in; the temptation to throw out
ballast was almost irresistible, but
Wright my aeronaut, would not allow
it. The car went crashing and tearing
through the trees, and so we traveled
till we came to the verge of the wood.
Wright then called to tho rustics to
come into the wood and seize the ropes.
At last, "Over with the bag!" he cried,
and we rose above the wood and were
towed on to a footpath. Again the car
descended the ripe corn stood all
around. 1 got out and this gave the
balloon its last ascensive power. The
balloon was then towed along the path
through two corn-fields without injur
ing tills crops, and finally came down
man open meadow. There was very
little wind, but I fancied a balloon-car
tossed among forest tiee on a windy
day would not long retain its occu
pants. But the experiences of ascent
are to me far more interesting, and
certainly, in the case of high ascents,
no whit'less dangerous. For the high
est ascents, or for very long journeys,
a big balloon is indispensable. The
balloon which dropped me so uncere
moniously in an oak forest contained
a1i- Q7 (lain xiihin font nf na: hut Na-
dar's balloon held 215,303 cubic feet,
and Green's famous" Nassau was still
larger. I remember it perfectly well.
It was not at one time a very uncom
mon thing to observe it floating over
London. If I recollect rightly, Nassau
was written upon it in big letters.
to havo the only licorice plantation in
the United States.
George W. Childs takes chocolate ico
cream just before retiring, and never
suffers from nightmare.
Young swells in New York anxious
to have white skins have themselves
bled or use cosmetics.
Since 1870 the acreage of crops in the
British Kingdom has decreased almost
two million acres. English agriculture
is thus shown to be far from prosper
ous. Mr. "Adirondack" W. IL II. Murray
says he is only running his esthetic
sporting restaurant in Montreal for re
creation and rest, and will presently
return to the lecture platform.
When a house is to be let in Mexico
tho owner sticks an old newspaper in
the window. It isn't very tasteful and
seldom improves the appearance of the
nouse, but it is economical and is un
derstood by the community.
An observer says one of the ways by
which hotel chambermaids make extra
money is by collecting the tooth
brushes which aro left in tho rooms by
forgetful guests and then selling them
to regular dealers, who rejuvenate them
for the market again.
There is the authority of tho editor
of the San Franeisco Christian Advocate
for the charge that no pure California
wine is put on the market. He believes
that adulteration is the invariable rule.
Some of the vineyard men retort that
he is a reckless falsifer.
An Arizona paper of recent date con
tains the following paragraph: "Larry
Chitgwhistle, tho popular and gentle
manly baker of Sun Up Corners, de
parted for the great majority yesterday.
We trust that he has gone to tho land
where baking is unknown."
The age r ' an elm has been estimat
ed at 335 y ars; that of so-ue palms at
from 600 to 700 years; that of an olive
tree at 700 years; of a plane tree at
720; of a cellar at 80J; of an oak at
1,500; of a yew at 2,830; of a taxodium
at 4,000, and of a baobab tree at 5,000
The whale feeds by opening- its ca
pacious mouth and allowing the sea
water, with its multitudinous tenants,
to liir the oval cavity. Then it shuts
its lower jaws upon its horny plates,
and, straining out the water "through
them, swallows the prey stranded upon
its vast tongue.
The largest bridge in tho world
crosses Lake I'onchartrain, at New Or
leans, and is twenty-two miles in length.
It is trestle-work, on piles, and is made
of cypress wood which was first satur
ated with creosote oil, which renders it
impervious to moisture and proof
'against the attack of barnacles.
Patti told the Boston Herald that she
had worn diamonds worth $300,000 the
last time she sang in "La Traviata" in
New York, but that she supposed the
audience thought her dress was fronted
with glass beads instead of gems. She
had left most of the collection iu a safe
deposit vault during her tour.
When vessels or timber sink to great
depths in the ocean the pressure is so
great that water is forced into the pores
of the wood and it becomes too heavy
to rise again. Even when a ship is
broken up the detached portions -sink
like lead. T is pressure makes it im
possible for divers to descend to any
The late David Lydig Suydam is said
to have been the only rich New York
merchant who retired from business in
his thirty-first year. He was absolute
ly out of business for forty years after
uard. The standard of wealth, how
ever, has been greatly raised since 18U,
and the late John Jacob Astor laughed
at Stephen Whitney for deeming 5,
000,000 sufficient to entitle ts possessor
to be considered rich enough to retire.
The University of Pennsylvania has
started a "department of phvsical cul
ture." Dr. J. W. White, who will pre
side over it, states that his duties will
bo to examine each student, note
wherein he needs physical development
and recommend the proper mode of ex
ercise to induce it. If his back is weak,
the rowing machine or boat is advised;
if the chest is flat, parallel bars are in
order. '1 he ordinary trainer generally
picks out for the boat a man who docs
not need it.
Mark Twain says tluit he used to be
a neighbor of Bret Harte in San Fran
cisco, when Harte was editing a week
ly journal and acting as Secretary of
the United States Mint, and Twain was
a reporter on a daily. The popular hit
of "The Heathen Chinee" nearly ruin
ed Harte in his own estimation, for his
ambition was to make fame in writing
the kind of proe sketches which havo
since gained so much appreciation, and
he feared that people would ins st upon
always regarding him as merely a writ
er of funny rhymes.
The husband of a woman living in
Highland Falls died insolvent and
iiea ily in debt twenty-three years ago,
and ever since his widow has been
striving to pay otl" these bills. As fast
as sno eould accumulate funds she
would make apavtnent, and last Satur
day laid down in .5 and $10 gold
pieces and bank bills the hist cent of
this indebtedness. She remarked at the
time that she "could never think of
meeting her (!od with that and other
debts unpaid." .arbiirg (.V. J'.)
A medal has been struck in com
memoration of the hundredth anniver
sary of Methodism in this country, and
is sold in duplicate by authority of tho
Bishops. The cae opens like a book,
and iii the central portion, surrounded
by velvet, the medal is so fixed that
both its sides are exposed when the
cover is opened. A pastor regrets that
he lately found a convert kneeling be
fore it in adoration, iisingit foran idol.
He has heard that such a perversion of
the object is common among the ne
groes of the South, where the medals
are held in awe as possessing supernat
A citizen of West Chester, Pa., is
wearing a pair of boots made from
leather that was tanned in West Ches
ter county sixty years ago. The leath
er is very line calfskin a'ud the owner
has worn the boots on a great many
occasions during the last fifteen years.
For about forty-five years after the
leather had been tanued and dressed it
was allowed to hang in the garret of
the present owner's father's residence,
and about fifteen years ago a shoe
maker of West Chester made from it
the boots that are now worn by the
The ugly fashion lately adopted by
New York's fashionable men of wear
ing colored shirt and cuffs and a white
collar is directly traceable to tho Prince
of Wales. The story, as it runs, says
that he ran up to London from his coun
try seat at the hight of the season. His
trunks were delayed by a railway col
lision, and, on "running through his
wardrobe, he found only a colored
shirt and a white collar. He donned
Oiein hastily, and went to his dnl in
luncheon. Fashionable men saw him,
te style was copied, and it has now
caught on in New York.
It is now said that the Rev. D. Bur
chard, so widely knovvn on account
of his famons and foolish "rum, roman
ism, and rebellion" utterance, is a des
cendant of the Dr. Burchard who many
years ago was so effectually snubbed by
Aaron Burr. As the story goes. Dr.
Burcbard was annoyed becauso Col.
Burr came late to service in squeaking
boots. One Sunday the doctor publicly
reproved the offender, saying: "You
have been guilty of a criminal offense
against the Almighty, sir, and on tho
last great day I shall appear at tho bar
of God as your accuser." This was
very impressive, but Burr was equal
to the occasion. Pausing' at tho door
of his pew, he smilingly said: "In the
course of a large and varied criminal
practice, doctor, 1 have observed that
the greatest criminals are always the
first to turn state's evidence." All the
Burchards seem to have a talent for
getting into hot water.
Ah, these fogs! My first experience in.
them was one night a few weeks ago,
when I was riding home in a hansom
cab from the Savage Club, of which, by
the way, I am the newest, perhaps I
ought to say, freshest, member. It was
a misty, damp sort of a night, sol drew
up my coat collar, and curled myself so
as to doze through a drive. I was arous
ed by the stopping of the cab, too soon,
I thought, for my journey's end. I
tried to see where we were I could see
absolutely nothing. It was not the
sensation of utter darkness, but of dark
grey blankets hung all around. The
driver got down off his perch behind,
and wtilked around on the pavement,
pushing his feet forward as one does in
a dark nail feeling for a step. At last
he found the curbstone, took its bear
ing carefully, remounted, edged the cab
along until the wheels struck it, and
then drove forward as fast as he could,
bumping against the curb every now
and then. From time to time we pass
ed confused blotches of light such as a
distant tire of a rainy night makes
in the air just above it and affording
us about as much illumination. We
were really on tho Kensington Gardens
continuation of Oxford street, one of
the finest and busiest thoroughfares of
the best residence portion of London,
and dim distant indications of light
were street lamps, about six feet away
from the curb, and only twenty yards
apart- Luckily, we got ahead of tho
fog soon, and it was like enfergingfrom
midnight into noonday. The next
morning it was thick all over Notting
Hill, where I live. My dear little girl,
who preserves American habits of ear
ly rising, from which the rest of the
family, I grieve to confess, have sadly
deviated, came down first, and discov
ered the hall and dining-room tilled
with what she conceived to be smoke.
With a line presence of mind, (which
would have infallibly burned the house
down had there really been a fire) she
opened all the doors and windows, rang
the servants' bell, and then came up
stairs to tell me the house was on fire.
On the way down I met a servant who
complained that young missy had un
accountably thrown all the windows
and doors open. When I asked where
the fire was, she said: "It's no fire, if
you please sir; it's only the fawgl"
And such a fog thick, brow n, choking!
Tho furniture all as wet as if newly
washed, the windows stained, the draft
in the fireplace stopped almost, and
breakfast eaten off damp dishes at 9:30
o'clock. Harold Frederic in Utica
New Dial-Division for Timepieces.
Now that the nations have adopted
the plan of a "universal day." begin
ning for all the world at Greenwich
midnight and counted from zero up to
twenty-four hours, a new dial-division
for our clocks and watches has become
a great desideratum. The inventor
who devises a simple and perfectly
clear method of indicating to the eye
and ear the hour reached by watch and
clock, respectively, will be a public
benefactor. It will be manifestly un
satisfactory to have our clocks striking
24 o'clock, and it seems difficult and
expensive to have our watches recon
structed to mark twenty-four hours by
a single revolution of tho hour hand.
In respect to public clocks it would be
very objectional to have the dial divid
ed into twenty-four parts, because tho
time of day has often to be read off at
gieat distances, and even now, with
the twelve-hour division, especially in
dim light, it is hard to decipher them.
To have two concentric circles on a
double twelve division plan (the hour
hand thus pointing to 1 and 13 o'clock,
etc) would be equally confusing.
Neither watches nor clocks so con
structed could be read instantaneously
or without tedious mental effort, and it
would be, on artistic grounds objec
tionable. To meet these difficulties it has been
well suggesteil by Mr. Hopkins, an En
glish scientist, that the hours shonld be
contained in onetrircle, as now; but in
stead of being numbered consecutively
from 1 to 24. they might be arranged in
Roman numerals, as at present, and if
figured alternately would be almost, if
not quite, as distinct as on the faces of
our present style of clocks. Thus, the
hours 0 (the midnight of the world's
initial meridian), 2, 4, G, etc., would be
shown in figures, but the intermediate
or odd hours, as 11, 13, 15, etc., could
be distinguished by an arrow head or
circular dot. As regards striking the
hours the strokes might bo confined to
twelve, as now, but the hours from
thirteen to twenty-four might be dis
tinguished by being preceded by two
strokes in rapid succession. In lieu of
this plan for striking the hours it has
been proposed that clocks should be
made to beat thestrokes in pairs e. g.,
two strokes and a rest, two strokes and
a rest, followed by one stroke, to mean
5 o'clock. The question of adapting
ordinary timepieces to the registration
of the universal time adopted by the
Prime Meridian Conference is, however,
so complicated that perhaps the best
means of settling it would be to call a
conference of clock and watch makers
to discuss the subject in all its bearings,
and to give the world the result of their
deliberations. A'. 1". Herald.
Justice Blandford, of the Georgia
Supreme Court, recently made a funny
decision against dealing in "futures,"
his highly rhetorical ruling containing
this warning: Faro, brag and poker
are tame, gentle, submissive animals
compared to this monster, future spec
ulation, which is a ferocious beast al
lowed to stalk about in open mid-day
with gilded signs and flaming adver
tisements, to allure unhappy victims to
its embrace of death and destruction.
An electrical instrument that will
register the temperature of Pike's Peak
nd Mount Washington in the Chief
Signal Service office at Washington
threatens to supersede the army of
signal station men of the country.