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(Established 1877.) "TO CART. FOR HW WHO HAS DORMS THE BATTLE, AND FOR His v.ioow wra orphahs." Abraham Lincoln. "THE VALIDITY CF THC PUDLIC DEBT OF THC UNITED States, authoriieo dy law, incluwno bests incusbed ran PMMCNT OF PENSIONS AN9 BOUNTIES FOR SERVICES IN 6UP FRCSSING INSURRECTION OR flECULION, SHALL HOT BE QUES- tiohed." Sec. 4, Art. XIV, Constitution of the United STATES. " i consider it the ablest taper cevoted to the inter ests of thc soldier published in the couktrr. i earnestly covmend it to all c0urace8 of the order." Paul VanDervoort, Ccvmnocp.-in-Chiei-, G. A. R. PUBLISHED WEEKLY. One Dollar per Year. JET-TERMS OF SUBSCRIPTION Invariably cash in advance. Money forwarded otherwise than dy regis tered LETTER, POSTAL MONEY 'ORDER, OR ORAFT ON NEW York, will be at the risk of the iencer, as also all subscriptions paid to acents. Je2RENEWALS. 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ENTERED AT THC WASHINGTON POST-OFflCC AS SECOND-CLASS BATTEN. The National Tribune. WASHINGTON, D. C, FEBRUARY 15, 1S33. The number of subsections to The Na tional Tribune received during the week ending Tuesday, February 13th, was 1,549. 9 The number of pension certificates issued and signed during the rack ending Feb ruary 13th., was as follows: Original, G2G; increase, 189; re-issue, 44; restoration, 19; duplicate, 0; arrears, 1; accrued pensions, 51; total, 928. m In- another column "will be found Sena tor Logan's eloquent reply to the toast "The Volunteer Soldier" at the banquet -given in commemoration of General Sherman's sixty third birthday. It is just such an eulogy as might have been expected from so staunch a friend of our veterans. Elsewhere in our columns this week will be found a brief statemont of the char acter and strength of the Massachusetts Belief Corps. It will be noticed that mem bership is not confined to soldiers' relative3, but that all loyal women are admitted to participation in the labors of the Massacku setts societies. Our tetbrans are still " facing the foe," and it will be seen by reference to the 'let ters which we publish this week that they are on thoir mettle. If the New York Skk. und papers of like principle continue much longer to abuse the soldier, they may find their supplies cut off, one of these days. It will be seen by reference to our report of Congressional proceedings that the Senate has passed the annual pension appropriation bill substantially as it came from the Ilouse, the only important amendment adopted be ing that proposed by Senator Logan to in crease the efficiency of the law forbiding the pledging of pension certificate for any pur pose whatever. It is gratifying to note the earnest practi cal interest which our comrades of the Grand Army are beginning to display in TnE Tribune. The suggestion that every Post Ehould appoint a correspondent and can vasser for The Tribune seems to have mot with general iavor, and we are in hopes that ere long The Tribune will have a special .representative at every place where the Grand Army has obtained a foothold. The entertaining description of a steamer foyage to Liverpool, which appears in another column of The Tribune, is from the pen of Hiss Florence Kellcy, tho daughter of the Hon. "Win. D. Zelley, of Pennsylvania, the 2Sestor of the House and the father of our protective tariff. It is not likely, however, that the author of such a thoughtful and instructive letter will ever have occasion to fall back upon her father's reputation. IF there is a more contemptible object in the world than the author of an anony Snous letter it is certainly the editor who (gives its slanders currency. Our attention has been called to several cases where ex-soldiers, having been villified by anony mous correspondence in local newspapers, have demanded from the editor the proofs of the charges against them, but without success. The editor of the Hazleton (Pa.) Sentinel is one of tho cowards who thus strikes over the shoulders of an anonymous correspondent at the reputation of our vet erans. Now that there is no longer any question .as to the amount of money which will be available for the payment of pensions up to the close of the fiscal year ending June 30th, 1884, public attention will naturally be directed to the Pension Office itself; for upon the "efficiency displayed in its conduct will hereafter depend the rapidity with which the claims now pending are adjudi cated. At prctent the outlook, as disclosed in the interview with Commissioner Dudley, published elsewhere in our columns this week, is decidedly encouraging. Commis sioner Dudley is evidently determined io dispose of the arrears of work in his office at the earliest moment eouaistetil with a due regard for the interests of the Givsr anient, sud the sequel will doubUeSn show that tite toiiikleuoe v, hieh our ex-soldiers lepose in him has not been mbnlaced. lie has had many obstacles to contend with, but one by one he has succeeded in overcoming them, and there is now every renson to believe that the business of his office will proceed smoothly and rapidly to a satisfactory con clusion. Himself an ex-soldier, and bearing in his. person the evidence of his gallantry his sympathies are all with his disabled comrades, and we may bo sure ho will not fail them iu the hour of need. .i It Ulust and "Will Triumph Sometime." The New York Sun of the 5th inst, in the course of an editorial on the Equalization of Bounties bill, remarks: "Preposterous as this bill may appear It would not bo safe to assume that it has no chance of ever becoming; a law." This is certainly a remarkable admission for the Sun to make, and it calls to mind the prophetic words of the late Senator Morton, Indiana's patriotic war Governor In his last great speech in support of this measure he placed on record this solemn declaration: " Justice to the soldier cannot always be deferred. It must and will triumph sometime. If it does not come this Congress it will come at sonic other Con gress. It is a part of the war debt, as much &o as the 5-20 bonds or the 10-10 bonds. It is founded on tho !anie principle of justice. It is an obligation resting upon this Nation, and if it takes 520,000,000 or $50,0fl0,000 can mako no difference. It is n, debt this Nation honestly owes and ought to be paid. In other words, let the bounty be equalized ; put all honorably-diichargcd soldiers upon the .Same basis; pay them at the same rate. They are entitled to it. The justice of it no man can dispute, and that is all that this bill contemplates. I am for it. I vole for it with nil my heart." As the Sun says, " it would not be safe " to assume that the Equalization of Bounties bill has no chance of ever becoming a law, and for the all-sufficient reason that "just ice TO TOE SOLDIER CANNOT ALWAYS BE DEFERRED." It is only to tho life-long enemies of the soldier that the Equalization of Bounties bill appears "preposterous;" it is only men like the editor of the Sun, in whose eyes all payments to the soldier are a robbery of the Treasury,. that oppose it. The failure of the bill to become a law yeara agojwas due to no dispute as to tho merits of the bill. The sole ground upon which General Grant vetoed the measure was the alleged inability of the Treasury to meet the demands which it would have made upon it without jeopard iziugtherights ofthe bondholders. Of all the claims growing out of the war there is none, indeed, more surely founded in right and justice than that of our ex-soldiers to an equalization of bounties, nor is there any which more closely concerns the honor of the Republic. The obligations of the Gov ernment to keep faith with the men who risked their lives in its defense is quite as sacred as the written bond which it gave to the men who risked their money in its hands, and, although such a thing as a literal equalization of bounties may be no longer possible, owing to the fluctuations which have occurred in the purchasing power of money, it is due to tho soldier creditors of this great and prosperous "Nation tkatthey should be paid the balance that is clearly due them. It may be true, as the New York Sun is very careful to point out, that the long pending bill will "not secure, real equalization,'' but because exact justico can not be insured in this settlement between the Government and its late defenders is certainly no reason why approximate justice ehould not be done them. If they are willing to accept as a full satisfaction of their claims the bill which proposes to equal ize bounties by giving each honorably dis charged soldier or sailor eight and one-third dollars per month for every month of actual service, less the amount of bounty which ho may have heretofore received, the Government, it seems to us, has good reason to congratulate itself on the reasonableness of their proposition. The bondholders, we believe, have never shown any disposition to abate any of their claims, notwithstanding that they paid for thoir bonds in depreciated paper money and drew their interest in gold. But we agree with the Sun that it is not safe to assume that the Equalization of Boun ties bill has no chance of becoming a law. Nay, we will go further, and say that we be lieve it is certain to become a law, and the foundation of 'our belief is the equity of the measure itself. If justice does not come this Congress it will come,a3 Senator Mortan said, at some other Congress ; the sooner, the moro resolute and determined our ex-soldiers show themselves in the assertion of their claims, the more vigilant and fearless in the defense of their rights, and the more earnest and united in their support of The Teib- une. Bribing the Press It is, after all, not very strange that un scrupulous newspapers should clamor for the publication of the Pension 'list, as proposed by Senator Beck, when it is taken into ac count that such publication would be a'di rect pecuniary benefit to them. Mr. Beck's scheme provides for advertising tho lists, first, in at least one newspaper in each county; second, in two newspapers in every county containing a town of 10,000 inhabitants ; and third, in three newspapers in each city of 50,000 inhabitants, publica tion in all cases to be made at least once a year. Nor are the lists simply to contain the names ; in addition it must be stated whether the pensioners or claimants claim to be invalids, widows, minor children, de pendant relatives, or survivors or widows of the war of 1812; the amount of pension now paid to and claimed by each, and the total amount heretofore paid; to all of which a request is to be appended from the Com missioner of Pensions calling for information as to tho justice of said claims and stating that communications en the subject may be sent to him free of postage. Now, on the 1st of December last, according to Commis sioner Dudley's recent showing, there ere 291,050 pensioners on the roll' ami 297,201 claimants, making a total of 588,857 names to bo advertised in tho nsior proposed by THE NATIONAL Ttt.LBUKE:. WASIHNGTOK Mr. Beck, and, making due allowance for tho space which would be required for the publi cation ofthe information called for concerning each case, it is not unreasonable to esti mate that it would take at least three lines, agate measurement for each case or 1,760,371 lines in all. Advertising rates vary so greatly, of course ranging from forty cents a line, in the case of metropoli tan dailies to ten cents a line, charged by country weeklies and the stipula tions concerning the number of papers in which the publication is to be made, depending upon tho population of the town or city, are so vague that it is impossible to make any accurate calculation as to the an nual cost for, remember, the list is to be advertised once a year of this publication, but our readers can see for themselves that it would be something enormous. "When? In a letter enclosing a club of new sub scribers to The Tribune, an esteemed cor respondent at Kyana, Indiana, remarks : "I want to see your announcement of 100,000 subscribers some day this year." Nothing, we are sure, would give us more pleasure than to be able to make such an announce ment, and it rests entirely with our sub scribers to fix the time. "Some day this year," however, sounds somewhat vague and indefi nite. " Some day this winter," or " some day next spring," would, in our judgment, be nearer the mark the sooner thebotter. Tho year which has just begun promises to be a critical one for the soldier's cause. It was ushered in with a general attack on soldiers' rights, and the pack of newspaper blood hounds can still be heard at full cry on the trail of our pensioners. The effect of this huo and cry trpon Congress can already plainly be distinguished. The 40 bill, which ought to have passed the Senate in the early days of the session, was allowed to slumber for weeks in committee, and al though petition after petition for its enact ment has been presented, it is doubtful, to say the least, whether its friends will be able to force a vote upon it when it finally comes up for consideration. It is true that the House has passed, by what was practi cally an unanimous vote, the regular pension appropriation bill, so that the work of the Pension Office will suffer no interruption for at least another year, but upon the whole it cannot be said that Congress has shown any disposition to consider pension or bounty measures, except when absolutely forced "to do so. Nor is it likely that it will manifest any greater interest later on, for the session is now rapidly drawing to a close, and both Houses are deeply engrossed in the consideration of the tariff bill, to the neglect of all other legislation. On the 4th of March the present Congress will adjourn sine die, and it iB to the next Congress that our ex-soldiers will then be forced to look fcrthe recognition of theis claims. As re gards the composition of that body, beyond' the fact that tho Democrats will be in a majority in the lower House, but little is known. How its members will vote upon questions affecting the interests of our vet eraiiH, no one can at this moment foresee, but one fact stands out clearly, to wit, that they will take their cue from whatever hap pens to be the prevailing public sentiment at the time. Between the adjournment of tho present Congress and the convening of its successor, a period of nine months will intervene, and it is not too muck to say that upon the use which our veterans may see lit to make of this interval will depend to a large extent their chance of securing from the forty-eighth Congress the justice to which they are entitled. The Tribune stands ready to become their leader in this campaign, but to insure suc cess it must have at least one hundred thou sand veterans at its back, and the question again recurs: How soon will they be forth coming? It is a question, as we have said, for our subscribers themselves to decide, and everything depends upon the promptness of their answer. Some of them have already shown that they appreciate the danger of delay, and have gone to work with enthu siasm to raise the needed recruits. "We note with pleasure that several Posts of the Grand Army have even gone so far as to appoint special committees to canvass for subscriptions, and wo are in hopes that their example will be widely followed. But what is needed is that every subscriber should do his share towards building up TnE Trib une's circulation. There should be an ad vancelxlong the whole line and the thunder of the artillery should be heard above the crack of tho sharpshooter's rifle. Are you ready, comrades, for the charge? Weather "Wise. It is an old saying that one should never prophesy unless he knows, and tho wisdom, of the observation has seldom been more strikingly illustrated than in tho case of Professor "Wiggins, the Canadian astronomer. Some weeks ago "Wiggins, of whom nobody had ever heard before, announced that a great storm would devastate the country on the flth of February, and the prediction was chronicled in the newspapers with as much formality as if it had emanated from tho signal service itself. It is true that some of these journals made sport of the prophet's pretensions, but that simply had the effect of still further stimulating public interest in "Wiggins, and from having been one ofthe most obscure persons in the country he sud denly became one of the most widely-known. And it is due to "Wiggins to say that he bore his blushing honors with great dignity. Indeed, he reiterated his belief in the accu racy of his prediction with such calm and lofty assurance, when the reporters under took to interview him, and replied with such a show of learning to tho criticisms that were ventured upon his meteorlogical methods, that the public began to manifest a deep concern in the fulfillment of hisproph- D. 0., THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 13S3. esy, and when the fatal day at last arrived the veather observers at every station in the country were on the alert to announce the approach of the disturbance. If it had oc curred to "Wiggins, even at this late hour, to announce a postponement of the storm he might have preserved his reputation, but, unfortunatelv, he let tho opportunity slip, and when the day came to an end without anything ocenrring to mar tho serenity of the weather, the public woke up to the fact that it had once moro been cruelly and shamefully deceived. This is doubtless the last that will bo heard of "Wiggins as a prophet, but it does not necessarily follow that it will be the last of popular delusions on the subject of the weather. The truth is that, despite the progress that has been made in tho science of meteorology and tho constant extension of the signal service, the old superstitions concerning tho relation of weather disturbances to astro nomical signs and symbols havo not lost their vitality, and there are thousands of farmers, otherwise well-informed and intel ligent, who still regulate their operations by the phases of the moon. Under the circumstances, it seems to us that tho time has come when the develop ment and enlargement of the weather service of the signal office should receive moro attention at the hands of Congress than has hitherto been accorded it. If it is?possiblo to so extend its scope as to render it of prac tical benefit to agricultural interests, the money so. spent will not be expended in vain. It matters little whether or not its control is transferred to the Interior De partment, so long as this result can be ac complished with tho present machinery. The essential thing is to make what is at present little better than a meteorological experiment a source of definite and exact information to those whoso interest in the weather is not confined to the question of whether or not to carry an nmbrella. There is no such thing as being "weather-wise" in the sense that "Wiggins and impostors of his stripe claim to be, bnt by a liberal yet judicious extension of the system of ob servations now conducted by the signal service, it may be possible to forecast the weather with sufficient accuracy to answer all practical needs. , The Telegraph Monopoly. It is the habit ofthe boa-constrictor when its prey is of unusual size to crush it in its powerful coils and then thickly coat it with its own saliva, in order to facilitate the process of swallowing it. For some time past the "Western Union telegraph monopoly has been subjecting the Mutual TJniouto asiini lqr treatment, and with such success that it has at last been able to gulp it down whole. Elsewhere in our columns this week will be found the full particulars of this remark able feat, and we conmiend our readers to ,s,tudy"thera attentively. The effect of this 'alwcjrbtion of. the Mutual Union by the "Western Union will be to increase the tolls which the public, arc compelled to pay to the latter, for the transaction involves an addition of fifteen millions to its watered stock upon which dividends must be earned, and as the Western Union is now virtually rid of all competition, it can fix its tariff to suit itself. The public is at its mercy. In the end, however, what has the appear ance of a public calamity may turn out a public blessing. It may hasten the estab ment of a postal telegraph system in this country similar to that which has been operated with such beneficent results in Great Britain, and thus paralyze the power of the present telegraph-monopoly. It is not in the nature of things that the busi ness public should quietly submit to the ex tortion which the necessity of earning divi dends on one hundred millions of stock, representing only twenty millions of actual property, compels the "Western Union to practice upon its patron3, and the demand for Congressional relief will eventually be come too general to be ignored. "When that time arrives the "Western Union will doubt less be eager to sell out to the Government, but it is.pretty safe to predict that no Con gress, however friendly to monopoly, will dare to sanction such a purchase as that. A Suggestive Incident. The coroner of New York, having been called upon to investigate the circumstances attending the death of a patient in one of the city hospitals, last week, saw fit to sum mon a number of prominent citizens among them being General Grant, ex-Senator Conk ftng, "William H. Vanderbilt, and Jay Gould as jurymen. Such a procedure ought to have occasioned no .remark, inas much a3 tho duties of citizenship are the same in all cases, but, as a matter of fact, it made a tremendous sensation, and much public curiosity was manifested as to whether the gentlemen summoned would serve. The newspapers, of course, made the most of the subject, and related, with great particularity, how, with one accord, they be gan to make excuse. Jay Gould, for instance, alleged that he was suffering from facial neuralgia, Mr. Vanderbilt also produced a physician's certificate, General Grant replied that he was sitting on the Mexican Commis sion, and Mr. Conkliug was nowhere to be found. So the attempt to secure a jury of distinguished citizens failed, and the cor oner had to fall back on his usual supply, of common-place mortals. Now, the public interests, we dare say, suffered no loss thereby, but it is not a little curious that the first effort made in many years, so for as we know, to secure the best class of citizens for jury service should have had such an impotent result, and it suggests the query whether after all it is not the eminently respectable rather than the low and vicious element in American com munities which is to blame for the inefficient manner in which public duties are fre quently discharged. Essays on civil serviac reform are all very well in their way, but the greatestfobstruction to good government is not the professional politician, as they usually tell us. It is, on the contrary, the high-toned theorist who shirks the ordinary duties of citizenship at the same timo that he complains of the unsatisfactory way in which they are performed by others. Tho States That Aro To Be. ' It is unfortunate, to say the least, that the admission of new States and the creation of new Territories should be made a ques tion of political control. The men who have tamed tho wilderness and developed its virgin resources deserve better treatment at the hands of Congress. The whole country is concerned in the opening up of our North western possessions, and party interests ought not to have precedence over those of the Nation. v The failnre ofthe movement to securp the admission of "Washington and Dakota Ter ritories into the Union, and tho recent refusal of the House to even consider tho question of dividing Dakota into two Terri tories, are the practical results of an ob structive policy which, if persisted in, must inevitably retard the growth and check the progress of a section of country upon the development of which the future prosperity of the country very largely depends. Aug mented as our natural increase of population is by a yearly immigration of nearly 1,000,000 souls, it does not requite the aid of prophecy to foresee what would occur if any obstacle to a corresponding extension of our food producing area should arise. Unprecedent edly rapid as tho spread of civilization in the far "West has been, the growth of our population is still moro phenomenal; and it worthy of remark that English statisticians have already begun to calcnlate how long it will bo before the conditions of life in the United States will be reduced to the same wretched scale that obtains abroad. It is manifestly to the interest of the Na tion, therefore, that territorial development should bestimulated ratherthan discouraged. Instead of withholding from the citizens of Dakota or "Washington Territory the privi leges arising from a separate State govern ment, the policy of Congress should be to be stow them at the earliest moment practicable. "When one considers that in the Territory of Dakota, for instance, there is a population of 300,000, and that in the northern portion alone the wheat acreage last year reached a total of 444,325 acres, it seems scarcely short 4 of a crime to longer refuse its citizens repre sentation in Congress and deny them the benefits of a State government. It is no justification to say that a popu lous State like New York should not be bal anced in the Senate by one of comparatively small population. No harm has ever come to the Republic in tho past from this inevi table result of the creation of new States, and wo may be sure that those who are de nouncing the proposition to admit the Ter ritory of Dakota to a place in the Union as a scheme to give the Republican party a major ity in the next Electoral College, would not hesitate to support it did it promise to in crease the chances of Democratic supremacy. It is shameful that the interests of the great Northwest should thus be subordinated to the interests of politicians. --'-''-" ii ' - The opening of the present session of Con gress was signalized by a fierce onslaught upon the internal revenue system. There seemed to be a disposition on the part of the political leaders to attribute the change of vote at the November elections to the failuro of the revenue reduction bill at the last session, and the newspapers, in their oracular way, professed to voice a great pop ular demand for the repeal of the taxes. Indeed there was every reason to fear, at the time, that the internal revenue taxes would be reduced or repealed immediately after the holidays, and it was under this appre hension thatTHE Tribune appealed to our ex-soldiers to enter a protest against such a ruinous proceeding. Since then the advo cates of tax-reduction appear to have mod erated their transports, and it is reasonable to suppose that the advices which they have received from homo have had much to do with this abatement of their enthusiasm. It is by no means certain yet, however, that some measure looking to a reduction of the internal revenues will not be passed prior to the approaching adjournment, and our veterans would do well to once more let their Representatives in Congress know what they think of it. But a few days more of the session still remain, however, and they should therefore write at once. It cannot be too clearly understood by our Con gressmen that until the Government's out standing obligations to the soldier as well as the bondholder havo been fully provided for, the reduction or repeal of the internal rev enue taxes will be regarded by their con stituents as a step towards repudiation. "I Air the fourteen-year-old daughter of a soldier, and my father belongs to the Post at ; and I would like to attend the meetings with him if it were allowed," writes one of our youthful readers, who, despite her years, evidently has a very lively sense of the enjoyment and distinc tion attaching to membership in the Grand Army. And why should not this daughter of a soldier be allowed to participate in the noble work of the Order? "Why should not the doors of the Post room be opened once in a while, nob merely to soldiers' daugh ters, but to all loyal women? "Why should not tho interest which they manifest in the Grand Army bev stimulated by association in its works of charity and benevolence? "Wherever, through the establishment of ladies' auxiliary societies or relief corps, they have thus been brought into intimate relations with the Order, they have in variably imparted fresh vigor to it and greatly increased its usefulness, and it has been frequently remarked that no Post that enjoyed their active sympathy and co operation ha3 ever been known to die of inanition. Tho time is not fttr distant, wo trust, when every Post in the country will recognize tho importance of admitting tho loyal women of tho land to a share in its labors and pleasures, and there will no longer bo occasion for the regret to which, our cor respondent gives expression. "The bondholders, in point of numbers, when compared with our ex-Boldiers, arc not numerous, and yet (hey Rain their point every time. They accomplish their purpose by thorough organisation nniLunitcd action. They muster their forces, keep their ranks well closed, and allow no straggling, while our ox-soldiers are practically unorganised and havo no captain, save one,TiiKTKiBO?;B.(thnnk God for that,) whose editor stands by his Runs liko the heroes of Thcrmopylie. We must change our tactics, therefore, before it is everlastingly too late. Apathy and indifference have marked our conduct long enough. A few are already beginning to seo tho necessity of sustaining some great central rep resentative new spaper, arid are manfully working to that end. This is good as far as it goes, but our cs-soldicrs must combine and show a solid front, if they would secure tho recognition of their jut claims. Kvery one of tho present subscribers to Tiie Tkiecse should secure, if possible, another subscriber within tho next thirty days, ami thereby strengthen tho hands of our friends and give aid and comfort to thoco who are devoting their best energies to the cause. Every cx-'-oldier should have seventeen days' cooked rations on hand, und be ready to march at a moment's notice. Let tho drums beat my knapsack is slung !" B. Cornell Chippewa Falls, Wis. It would be difficult to put the case more forcibly than our correspondent has stated it in the above letter, and we hope his earnest, ringing appeal will quicken tho energies of our comrades and arouse their enthusiasm. The military editor of The Tribune is again under the necessity of calling the attention of his correspondents to the im portance of confining their reminiscences of the war to events occurring under their own observation. It often happens that narra tives, the preparation of which has evidently cost the writers much time and labor, are so .widely at variance with the facts in respect to general . military operations, as to be worthless for purposes of publication. To bo of any real value, personal reminiscences should always relate to events in which tho writer participated and should possess an interest for our readers generally. " SOME SIDE-SPLITTERS. IThat the Funny Fellous aro Saylny In the Now papers. In doubt: Young lady: "Isn't this child a little Frenchman?" Nurse: "I cannot tell; the fnther is a German, the mother French." Young lady : " Ah, then we shall not be able to find out until the little fellow can speak." Fliegende Blatter. Eeform necessary: Mrs. Smith, triumphant ly "The baud that rocks the cradle is tho hand that rules the world." Mr. Smith cynic ally "Yes, indeed, my dear; and that's just why the world is so deuced badly governed." Louisville Courier-Journal. A local application: Angelica Bellevue: "And do you look so much like your brother?" Augustus Bellettre : "Dromio of Epheaus looked not more like Dromio of Syracuse." Angelica Bellevue: "I beg your pardon, what is tha name of your friend in Syracuse? I have o cousin in Syracuse." zLife. i Not her style: "Well, perhaps she i3 hand some," exclaimed Mrs. Planephace, retrousse ing her no3o contemptuously; "perhaps she is handsome, hut I can't see it. She isn't my stylo of beauty." "Yery true," replied Sirs. Fhrauk. "You'll find your stylo only in tha looking-glass." Boston Transcript. A hard-hearted landlord: Tenant "I hope, landlord, you'll havo that wood-work repaired this week." Landlord " Oh, that wood-work doesn't need any repairs; it'll staud a year longer, easily." Tenant "Yes, my dear sir, but you forget that I am entirely out of kind ling." Louisville Courier-Journal. Logic cut to prder : If yon want to find a logician, go to your tailor. The other day one of these fractions of tho human family was overheard to remark: "I never ask a gentle man for money." "But suppose ho doesn't pay you, what then?" "Well, if ho doesn't pay me within a reasonable time, I conclude ho is not a gentleman and then I ask him." The Judge. A planter tells of an incident in his gin house, where a negro, hurrying with a sack of cotton on his shoulders, struck a beam with hi3 head. Tho blow was like the stroke of a sledge hammer, and the whole building trembled. " That must have hurt your head, Jim," said tho planter, pityingly. " No, sih," was the re reply ; " didn't hurt my head a bit, bnt sprained my neck dreifly." Somewhat slow : A day or two ago a passen ger on a milk train that had been detained some time on a siding approached the conductor and accosted him. " Waiting for a blacksmith, conductor?" he asked, in a confidential whis per. "No," growled the functionary; what do we want of a blacksmith?" '"I don't know," replied the passenger with a sigh. " I thought perhaps this cow had cast a shoo I" FOR SUNDAY AFTERNOON. A Little Something About What Is Golnjr On In the Religious World. Church property in New Hampshire is no longer exempt from taxation. Tho Methodists expect to bnild 450 churches in tho United States this year. The churches and church property in New York city are valued at over $40,000,000. Nine per cent, of the entire population of Connecticut aro Cougregationalists. A little girl says that when the Bible speaks of "children's children" it must mean dolls. Mormonism is steadily spreading over Idaho. A third of the 65,000 population are Mormons. There are more than 20,000 Sunday-schools connected with tho Methodist Episcopal church. It requires $1,500,000 annually to support tho seventy-nine Episcopal churches of New York city. "Liberalism has crept into tho churches," says a Western paper; "but it has not yet reached the contribution box." A gift of a clock was made some time ago to a church in Amherst, Mass., with the condition that it should invariably keep Boston time. The grand old tower of Petersburg Cathedral, England, which was erected in 1350, has been condemned as unsafe and it is to bo removed at an expense of $200,000. The oldest preacher in Massachusetts tha Rev. George Allen, of Worcester, who has just completed his ninety-first year is the only survivor of the Yale Class of 1813. "If the Legislature abolishes the office of Chaplain," says tho Tombstone (Ari.) Epitaph, "soinoof tho members will lose an opportunity of hearing a minister of tho gospel for tho first timo." A well-known Presbyterian clergyman of one of the lower Delaware counties, somewhat famous as a wit, was approached by a Baptist clergyman with the question : " Well, brother, wo'ro going to have a new bell for our church. What sort would you recommend?" Thero was a twinklo behind the Preabyterian parson'd glasses, and he answered promptly: "By all means,' a diving bell. Tho son of the late King of the Limba Ter ritory, Western Africa, is at present in England under the care of tho Eev. J. Booth, who is about to return to his work as a Wcsleyan missionary in that district. The young pr.nco is said to bo about sixteen years of age, an in telligent and consistent Christian youth. His. uucle, the Begent, has agreed to build a new chapel at his own cost for the Wesleyan Missions.