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GREAT GUNS' GRAVES.
Some Interesting Relics at the Wash ington Navy Yard. OLD ABANDONED CANNONS. ? m Old Ipuhh Trap hire -II el tee of Aate IMInM Dayi?(>riw s?enilisele TkU rim'i *boot-Plln o( Deadlf Pr?Jecl U???Honi?-le?> Shell*. UNS ARE bora, like hu man being*, and then they die. following out tbo sim ilarity qmte accuratoly. Tliey havo their period* of usefulness, their stages of decay and their times of abandonment. when they are east aside for other and better snakes, and are allowed to runt away on the rofnsn pilea of. perhaps, the acene of their birth. In some caaea they follow the ancient doctrine of the transmigration of sonls. and. when they are Belted over and recast into newer mold*, they reappear rejuvenated, fit for another period of noise-making and destruction. Bat sooner or later these great Knot, some times known a* cannons by the laymen, find their way to tho graveyards for abaudoned do atroyer*. for there are cemeterics of tliis sort Just as there are those for human guns, great and little. There is such a spot down at the southeastern corner of the city within the limits of the Navy Yard, where, oddly enough, there is now the largest plant for the making of gnns this side of the Atlantic ocean. Thus do tho elements of life and death nestle side by aide. Here are store d a good many of the cannons that were captured from the confeder ate forces during the Lite war. aud several relics of former strifes in which the American sag was sustained in a truly American niannar. :ji tttk oimvetmtx To the casual visitor, most likely, thrso lingo tnmps of metal represent nothing but so much weight, or raasx. or value as old iron, while to others, who like to regard the past and its memories, they are full of meaning. They told a strange story the other morning to a Stab reporter who wandered anions them armed with a more modern and still raoro deadly weapon than any or the relics, a detective ram era. Tliey were mute as th<> ordinary ma rine guardsman, aud the tale* they told were those of tho silent language. ]Uite as full of ex pression. and often more enjoyable than the other sort. The maj'ir par* of the graves are located in the rear of tho oflk-c of the com mandant of the yard, straight down the wide, main street that ien is from the gateway to near the wat r's edgo i.ut before one gets well into the yard there are two antiquities :n the shape 3f men-killers that are sure to attract atten tion. They stand on either aide of the to ?d. with their muzzles point in; toward the outer world, as if guarding the sacred precincts of both activity ami reminiscence. They are of the famons Spanish pit tern, with their breeches?this word is purely technical? adorned with flowing designs, monogram of lome departed Castllian monarch. A bund of I letters around th* extreme edge tells how they f were cast at Barcelona in the year 1JW. A.D., sod a more modern piece of literary work, painted on a tin plate r.nd tacked to the trun nion of each gnu. reads as follows, telling tb-> tale ot these refugees front thoir native land better than any reportorial pencil could hope: Turin stout. "On the 3d dir of August, 1904. Capt Stephen Oecatur. in eonitnand of an American gun ?oat off Tripoli, boarded and captnred in suc tession two Tripolitan gun boats armed with this and the adjacent gun." One of these trophies of the valor aud skill of the famed Decatur it named ??Corzu," meaning a too or fellow dear, thus signifying Ceetness. and the Stlier wai- dubbed "?Camelio." the camel, also Oieaning something in tliu line of swiftness. There seemed to be a custom among the Spaniard^, and. indeed, other European gun oiakers of the last century, of giving eacti of these engines of war a name, sometimes peace ful, some lines belligerent, often signiticaut of lome quality. For instance, one of tho other '?tropin**." stored down in the ?"graveyard"' fcelow tie commandant's oftWe is named "tieneroM>." ?.he generous one while another m called *E1 Galgo." the grayhound. and one tther rejoices in tbo ph-asant title of "El Toaigo." which haa a meaning derived from the poisonous product of a certain tree of the tropics, tnus signifying death, a rather queer sonceit f >r a loud-month destroyer destined to kill without recourse to the methods of secrecy Implied by the word poison. old npaxisa runrnxti. The prstt.est specimen* of the grmmaker's irt are to be fcund among tho old Spanish trophies which as a rule, are relic* of the surlier war* in which this country wis in tbo babit of indulging aa a means uf kind.'ng and developing the national courage aud pluck. Some of them the guus- are works of art with their elaborate designs mid their wide-mmithed muzzle, trimmed with wreaths and flowers and inscriptions. Nowadays tho manufacturer sut* iuto tbe (Bstnl of his eaunou only to iden tify it trim the hundreds of others of exactly the sam< sort and to show when and whers it was mailc. matters valuable wheu the guns burst. When shot was put into the gun from the mn/zleand the puce was iired from a vent bole on the application of a mutch, there was plenty o' room at the breecn for decoration, aud some of the designs are -ery ornate. It was a day of bandies on the sides of the gun*. Just above the trunnions. and 111 the making of ! theae the workmen had a clear field. Ihilpmns in a hall-curved condition were favorite in spiration* for them, and many a man must have made bis reputacou from the oddity of the form of his guu handle*. ok:m 8?mtu. Just In front of the office building stand eight Br ten great gun* of this tvpe. grim relics of the last century, clean and bright, as if they had jus: come from the foundry, their sleek tides 01 ed and protected from nut. their bases painted and wed attended. The best of eare is bestowed on them, for they are the dower of the lloct. if such a gentle situilio is permissible in alludftig to such a violent topic. The accom panying eut tbows them aa they stand In a row, the out) that is fully visible being tho smallest. There is another sort of Spanish guu around behind tho building -a chort. ?tout affair, re tetublu.g a modern mortar more than anything else. It is a howitzer?one of those little fel lows with a large voice and short breath. The Initial t-ui is m.ide from a photograph of it. lhi* one is very handsomely finished and re tains a deep bronze tone that is very rich and that show* that they oa<-d costlier metal in the days ol vur ? when tbey were making guns than they did during the war. OUT or DATE. Hero is the "grave yard" proper, r? 1 yet it is fear illy f fr to call the ?jtnats corpses, for they are qaitu as good today as tbey werj when , all but on* m two of them. Bet the secret of their presence here it in the fact that it does not alwnys need death to kill, for to be out of fashion ia qnite aa aura a method, and the** guns are very much behind the stvles. The/ nre not very old. some of them being as near to the present aa 1S65. bat tbe.v are considered an mere lumber when tb? new theoriea of gunmakiug are mentioned. They are arranged in an elongated semi-circle, with the round to the south. just aa if they were placed there to protect tho river front They arc diHmomted from thoir carriages and lie with their trunnions sticking helplessly oat into the air like a Toting bird that haa been left alone and does not care to try its wings. The great guns are placed on the southern edge of tho curve. the larger ones in the cen V-r Hnd the smaller tapering off to the east and t he west. Most of them .ire contraband from the rebellion and bear inscriptions showing how and when an 1 where they were captured | by the Union forces. TART MESDIXO. There are some famous pieces of ordnance in the cemetery. Up on tho north side of the yard is an old hulk of a gun that has not only gone out of date, but is so badly mutilated that it can never be used again, and it reeeivod its soars in tho lino of duty. too. It is one of the great gun?that formed the fighting powers of the terrible rebel ram Merrimac. that canio so near to wiping the Union navy off the face of the seas, but which came to grief in a very few hours after lier successes were uehievod, at tho bauds of a contemptible little tomato can on a shingle, the work of the man whose remains have just been taken to his native home by one of the most ma;;mii'*pnt of naval constructions. Th<- inscription of the gun is stamped into the side with steel letters, and reads thus: "One of the guns of the Merrimac in the action with the U. 8. Frigates Cumberland and Congress. March 8. 19?2. when the chase was shot off. 7he mutilation of tho trunnious, Ac.. shows the ineffectual attempts to destroy the gun when the United States abandoned t"h6 Norfolk navy yard. April 20. 1861." The ehase, it might be well to explain, is tho part which does not appear in the illustration, t'unt is. tho end which would have been there had not one of the Yankee shots hit it and caused it to disappear?tho end of t'ae mnzzle, in short The gun is painted ? dingy brown, as, indeed, are all of those in the yard, exccpt those of .Spanish origin and other bronze pieces. THE WHITWOHTH OUX. Among the most dreaded piecos of ordnance which the confederates had was the noted Whitworth gun, ?terribly effeetivo rifle that haii wonderful range and accuracy, and sent oat ? shot a foot or so in length that would penetrat- almost any bulwark. The rifling was hexagonal and had an unusual twist, so that the proje.'tile was given a whirling motion that caused it to send forth a particuurl/ blood curdling shriek that sent terror to the hearts of all who heard it. Thero is u good specimen of this gun in the yard, a few paces awuy from the Merrimac relic. It is a lou,'. slender piece, with scarcely more than two and a half Inches in tho bore, whilo its length is fully seven feet One of the shells of this piece is to be found in the row of projectiles standing in front of tho yard museum. The following inscription haa been stamped on the breech of the gun: '?Whitworth breech-loading gun. captureu by Bear Admiral Leo near Fort Fisher, N.C., Au gust S3. 18C3." Tho centerpiece of this nniqae collection of | old metal is a whitewashed stoue. rounded, standing on a stone base, on cach side of which is a brotizo cannon, uumbered trophy 13 and trophy 14. The former, so savs tho legeud, was surrendered by the capitulation of York town. October 19, 1731. It must have been stolen by the English from tho Spaniards?by whom it was made?before ou* troops relieved them of it Its companion, ou tho other side, is named the *'Justiciero," probably signify ing justice. QrBRK KECIIAXMJf. There are somo queer piece* of mechanism among theso old rains. Home of them have really unique breech arrangements, bat not ; sufficiently ingenious, it would seem, from the subsequent course of gun making. One has a long lever, which is to open the loading end. bat which will never do it until the gua lias been boiled in oil nnd the paint, dirt and rast re moved. Most of the guns have open vents, bat here and there are some that show evidences of a fierce determination on the part of the re treating owners never to let their cannon be of . use to the captors, for tho holes have boon filled by irons, and in some cases sharp points have been driven into the motal near the vents, in order to weaken that part, so that tin guns would burst in any attempt* to unspike them. SOME BACK XCMBXBS. Outside of the graveyard, across a street, is ] a very interesting collection of old iron, in the form of a few abandoned anchors and chains and two or three pieces of iron armor platiug that have been fired at with somo very excel lent result*. as far as tho guuners went. Mere are two of the oddest anchors over seen, huge grapnels, with six fl'lkcs. designed to take the place of tho regulation two-fluked anchor for tho holding of ships. They are of a pattern adopted tor a very short time somo years ago and soon abandoned. The plates of iron tre bent and twisted out of shape and in one or two instances the balls have penetrated nnd are to bo setu on the reverse sido of the armor. After so mtu-h of a studv of the guns ot other navies and other times, a glancc at some of the abandoned ordnance of our own make and of moro recent periods would not be uninterest ing. m tvbe. The specimens of this sort aro on the west side of the yard, piled up on rails that stretch across the yard between the shops. They are all painted brown and they look very prim and sad in their long lines of porspoctive, their mouths all iu it row. their heels together and their feet firmly planted. There is * long a PKBsr*rrtv* or mohtarr. battery of huge mortars on Jcffers Square, i gre ;t ro'ind fellows that fire six-inch shells and I make a thunder of a report. It was the guns of this type that did so much damage to the confederate forts and fleet daring the passage ot tho Mississippi blockade by Admiral Farra gut they weigh several toas and are made of east iron, aa are all of the pie ces of this class and time. A SPLIT XOHSTES. Ia the next square are some odd relies- (tuts that have been destroyed br constant firing, both through accident and deaign. The most remarkable of thee* ia here shown. It* story ia thus related on th? side; "First 15-iach gun. Fired times with charges varying from S3 ponfhls with shell of 3i0 pounds to 70 pounds with shell of 440 pounds." Rather hard ser vice. that The gun has been actually split open, like a peach kernel, with the bore laid bare throughout it* entire length. A log of wood ha* been placed ia the broken mazxle for the lock of a better place to put it Moat of th* gnu* along her* hav* been condemned and some ot the in look v*ry woful with th*ir yawaiag cracks aad their bandages of iroa arooad th*m to k**p th*m from falliag apart. Id some cum the entire gun ta ?teM from on? end to the other aad in others the end of the muzrle hu been blown quit* away. Mom of these guna are riled. 1 I ? ?OKI BABXLB9S STILL*. The mntenm, the interior of whieh will be described at some future time, forma the rest ing place for some of the more deserving of the ordnance Invalids, OuUide, sunning in a Ion* line next to the wall, are a couple of dozen shots and shell, and torpedoes tamed bv fire br extraction, by rust They represent ibe odd ities of shell maktntf, the insnnity of explosives so to sjieak, and the mere sight of them will give a nervous man the shaddera. The fifth of those shown in the cut, counting from the right and using the long, pointed fellow ns number one, is the Whit worth shell previously mentioned. 1 he affair with a startling re torn bianco to the end of a hol-water boiler attach ment to a kitchen rnnge is a can torpedo that was found floating in one of the southern rivers | one day by a daring Yankee. The southwest corncr of the building is well decorated with the*e toys. One of the prettiest guns in the yard is to be found here?a small bronze how itzer of the Spanish pattern that was captured at Fernaudinn, Fir., by Hear Admiral Dupont February 3, 186?. AS OLD BPAB TOIirzDO. Next to ft stands what looks liko a beer keg with a pointed top that has scon its best days and is now slowly rotting away. Closor exam ination shows that it has several protuberances about as long as a cigarette, holes through which the charge was poured into it and from which the firing apparatus was worked. It was once a spar torpedo, designed to bo fastened to the end of a long spar carried by a vessel and thrua under the nose of an enemy and there exploded. This sort of work was quite ns dangerous for the attacking party as for the other. A BEI.IC or TBI BRITISH IXVASTO*. Around the corner is a queer old gua. painted black, with a white paper pasted to the top that tells the whole tale, as far as can now be told It reads as follows: ?'Recovered Feb ruary 12 18S4, while dredging in the channel in front of the navy yard; supposed to be one of the guns of V. 8. sloop-of-war Argus, which "?fts burned August U, 1814, by order of tho Secretary of the Navy, at the invasion of W ashington city by the British." That, then, is a relic of the last time that tho red-handed invader, as he is called in the story books, left his mark upon Sur bolovel UniL The gun is rather short in proportion to its bore and sug gests the Spanish piece in its general out lines, although it is quite devoid of the decora tions usually put upon tho latter. HUVPBKDS or PB3JK0TILKS. It is not only guns that find their way to this cemetery, but also the things that the guns u<ed to shoot. Around behind the factory where they are now making those highly tem pered cones of steel that are designed to go through over sr. many inchcs of armor and thou explode on the other side aro piled in neat symmetry hundreds of old projectiles, solid allot and explosive shells, round, elong ated, pointed, twisted, all sorts of shapes, in fact. Some are painted white, some red. some black, while others have given themselves a color of their own through successive rustings. I nder the graceful sweep of a weeping willow tree is an artistic group of these old missiles of duath, arranged in the regulation pyrttmidsand loaking very peaceful, ns if their aole mission was to be used for decorative purpose*. A BE At. TtBAVC J* TUB CSMETCBY. There is death amidst all these engines of death?a lonoly little grave down behind one of the shops, marked by a leaning headboard that beurs three letters?BOB. Here is u small mound to be yet discerned, with evidences of care taken with the spot at some time not far distant. Borne of the older workmen know the story of how one day the pet dog of the children of the commandant's family died sev- I eral years ago and there was a great amount of genuine grief, as the little ones formed in procession and laid their dear Bob away under the sod. Some days afterward one of them came to the conclu sion that BoL> had not been buried properly, and they enlisted the sympathies of one of the gunners attached to the yard and resur rected the remains. Then the ceremony was performed in the right way, and after another procession the dog was once more laid at rest About a week after that there was another epidemic of discon tent among the meurnera, and after some pro test oi. the part of the gunner, the performauco was repeated On this oecusion, however, the gunner showed auch a lack of the proper feel ing that he was severoly rebuked bv the chief mourner, and as a punishment was compelled to re bury tne dog once a week until the pro cess became a nuisance. And this ia Bob's grave. AN ICY ltKJOINDKR. Pert Remarks From a Small Boy Who Hankered After Ice Water. From ths Hail and Express. They didn't have ice water at h ia atore and they did have it at the atore next door. Conse quently his aoul was filled with envy, even if ho was but a mere snip of sn office boy. The othor morning a particularly big iceman with a particularly big pair of tongs, sauo! tered up to the store wht re they did have ice water , carektsly dropped a fariiculiirly small piece of ice st the doer and strolled away. 'Ihe envious office boy happened to be around, and the sight of even that small bit of ice ro vived all his old heart burnings ?and perhapa all bis old-time stomach burnings. -Eh, mister," he shouted, "I say!" The big icuman with the big tongs, who waa fifty feet or so away by this time, turned aro uud, Baw the b >y waving his hand at him and re traced his steps, thinking, perhaps, that he'd found a new customer. "Well wat do yer want?" he queried, aa he approached the m itioolew youth. ? Ob, I just wauted to tell yer yer dropped something, responded that conscienceless in dividual..with a hasty gesture toward the micro acopic piece of ice and a still more hasty de parture from the scene of action, i hat iceman's tongs di in't hit the cuvious office boy, but thev did hit tba place wh#ft he had stood and the verbal volley of th* i:eimtu hit everythinc in the viciBity. ? The Smith Family, From tbe Cbioifo Tribune. W. T. Etinf, one of the best story tollers of the Chicago bar, recalls an incident of a joint debate in Virginia. The disputants were Fitx hugh Lee ^pd Wise. They were always rivala, but their debates were always courteous. On one occasion Mr. Wise paid a compliment to the came of Lee. If it were not that hia oppo nent bore that name, said Mr. Wise, that opbo. nent would not be in the field. "Had his nana been Smith," said Mr. Wise ib his peroration, "he would have gone to his grave nuknown, nnhonored and unsung." ,.,L*e replied. Hesaid, personally, be ahould like to see Mr. Wise governor of Virginia. He laviahed compliments upon his oppoBSBt ia quantity autil he tired ot that sort ef play. "But I warn him." aaid Lee, "how he triles with the name of Smith. Me seems to think that becanae a man s name is Smith he can never h- anything. The Smith family has helpod U. atake the history of this countrr." Then Lee u*?ran citing ths heroic deeds of the Smith fsmuy from the commencement. He mentioned each byname a ad gave an account of his 'There are,'7 he contianed, "Matthew ?mith Mark Smith, Luke Smith. Peter Smith, Faal Smith, Timothy Smith and St John Smith." Lee pause d for the purpose of giving his audienco aa opportunity of grasping what he was driving at In that pease there name oae of those breaks from a drunken whieh is as often fatal to a good speeeh as is the blander of a poor copy reader or proof reader teas orderly and well-mannered sentence. The fellow seemed to rise oat of tho ground. "Waxzer matterth John Smith that Mhl Pueahootasr he asked. ^ It broke up the i BREAKING THE RECORD. A Star Reporter Goes Aronad the World la 2 Hoars 75 Minutes. a bio now raov behind rax scenes?what Til AUMBXCB DOESN'T HI IX "ilOVID TBS wd*L?"?STBAXOE BIOBTS TO TBX BXIX ITUTlft "Ssj, old fellow, lend me s dollar." The speaker was a gentleman in (aaltless evening attire and the person appealed to was ? representative of the Stab with a large and wormy wad of second-hand money in his in side pooket, and the time was 8 o'clock last Wednesday evening. "Certainly," replied Thb Stab man. going down into his cash drawer; "here yon are." But he was not there. He had gone, and a few minutes later the Sta* man heard him talking with three or four others of like feather with himself about making a journey around the world in ei glity days. and ulti mately he closed the discussion by offering to bet 8600.000 spot ca?h that he could do it. The bet was accepted and tho next thing the gentleman did wait to hand over to his valet three or four hundred thousand lollars in change for spending money ou the trip, make a rush for a suit of traveling clothes, and bolt out of the magnficent apartment oi the Eccen tric Club to whore The Stab man stood among a lot of Bashi Dazouks and thiugs, with the dollar botween his thumb and linger. "Ah! thanks," he said, with a grateful gurgle. "I am saved from a watery gravo." That's the difforeuco between the way a play looks to an audiense out in the open space and to a person back in the wings whe n the genuine realism of the stage is seen in a luxu riance, which is almost rank, it is so luxuriant. ACT ONE. A good many thousand people in Washing ton during this week havo seen Kiralfy's "Around the World in Eighty Days" at Al bnugh'g from tho front, but not so many have enjoyed it from that mysterious point of view ?'behind the scenoV.and there a representative of Thk Star went on Wednesday evoning with Mr. liolossy Kiralfy, brother tolmre, the other brother, to see ?bat it looked like. "lly the way." said the reporter as they Btood waiting for the curtain, "how do you Srouounco that front name of yours, Mr. .unify?" "llolossv," reiponded Mr. K., pleasantly. "Oh, yes, 1 see," continued the reporter. "Honesty is the best liolossy," and all the flies from the top of the stage came down and settled on the gigantic intellect of the reporter to Mr. K.'s evident pleasure. A great spectacular play like this, which to en audience moves in all its complexity us smoothly as a simple pair of wheels over a con crete paveuiont, represents an immense amount of engineering skill, uud what is going on bo hind the beautiful paintings ni%I costumes and tinsel and fittings and th* dramatic action of the pJny, which the audience sees, bears no ap parent relation to the mass oi properties, scene piece, lights, crowding soldiers and sailors and Indians and rnjahs and coryphees and actors and scene stutters and supers and the hundreds of diversified elements which raovi about on the very verge of all th<? glitfriug order and symmetry before the footlights. "Ting!'' goes the bell, mid as the curtain rises f->r the first time tbero is a hurrying and scurrying from the stage into the wings bv those who have made ail ready, and they stand back and note tho eff?ct, while the stage man ager hustles sboat pr?pariug for the next move aud having those win are to appear when their time comes ready and prompt to respond. SCENE ONE. In the first scene of "Around the World," after the prologue, the reporter stood on a Union Pacific railroad locomotive gating out upon the crimson sky above th? Suez canal, while two feet from his left was the magnillcout steam?r Magnolia, with a charming English tourist (gul, of course,; on deck, leaning over ths gUarl tuik'ng to a sturdv scene shifter wr^st'ing with a section of Nile scenery. Mid on the fthvr side of the vessel under the truck of the craft the engineer had a soda fountain tauk l'.tti?d with atearn, winch ho let off at intervals quite as natural a* life At the proper cue the whistle bl w, four men on the far side of the stago gribbid a rope hitched to the jib bioui of ths steamer and began to pull, the en gineer stooped down out of sight of the au dience and ran along up to his neck in the caual, making the engines puff, the pretty girl told the sud, sad sceue shifter good-'ov and the next instant the audience greeted the vessel with a Burst of applause, Mr. J-'o<jg, Paxmvnrtout, Mr. O'Pake and the others calmly stopped clean across the deck of tho boat from the stage and gracefully passed off on to the dock, for all the world (.to tlie audience) as if they had ridden a thousand miles on that same steamboat. Then, you will remember, sho blows her whis tlo again and goes off up the canal toward Alex andria or <>eorgetowu and tho travelers disap pear to bob up again in India. In the mean time the vessel is headed for the shore and laid up against the wall ou the o. p. side, the steam siomaeh is taken out of her to be reloaded for turther service in a locomotive and her sections are taken apart to be set up again for tho next appearance. Her passengers by this time are hustling around getting iuto their summer clothes for the Indian climate, which is almost as warm as Chicago was last summer, and a big painted canvas is let down front the flics like a great quilt on a Mouday clothes liue, aud the audi ence fees an East Indian bungalow. SCENE TWO. A Jump from Suez to India in about eighty seconds! Aud etili it takes eighty days to go arrund the world. While the audience listens to Mr. t'oyr/'t astounding offers to tho Pruhmin chief, by which be breaks the corner ou ele phants in order to rescue tho Indiau Princess (.Miss Helen Tracy), who at the time is leaning up against the cow-catchcr of the locomotive, which will appear later, culmly discussiug with the reporter the relation of living elephants to histrionic art (.for Misi Tracy is u really liuo legitimate actress), there is a massing ot tho forces of mourners, ot priests, of dancers. of musiciaus and of singers and a moving and Slacing and fitting aud fixing for the Koyal ecropolis scene which is ouu ot tho finest of its kind ever put ou the stage, aud not a noto of advertisement in the staiemeut either. The beautiful Pnucess. who. by the way, is also a Hindoo widow to be grilled on the sumo gridiron with her late lamented, having been interrupted in her conversation with the re porter to go ou and tell the old duffer ot a high priest that although she is vouug aud heauti lul an 1 life is very, very sweet to her (as it is to all young and beautiful widows), yet she will I die bravely, though under protos., now conies ] off with the others tnrough the back door o( the buugalow to the audience, but to those be hind the scents, stepping over the recumbent mourners, who are lying out iu the Necropolis waiting for the scene to shift aud Utiug ihern iuto view of the house, and juc j more resumes her chut with the reporter, just a* if there never had been such a thing as domestic infe licity and she was not going to bo roasted alive in the presence of her friends within the next fe<r minutes?by ths way, that Beutcuce is nearly as long as one of (Senator Evarts', isu't it? liut the Senator is not reporting any be hind-the-scenes business for Ihk stab this season. bcexe tubsb. Now clustered thick in ovory opening of the wings are lirahmius, prioutj, Wallahs, D obez Wallahs, soldiers, Hindoos, Hindouts, players and supers, each intent upon his duties aud ex pectant of his cue to go ou aud bocomo part of what the audience sees, while hither uud you the theater employes fly in their impul sive activity, and beuiud-the-scenes isasiuil of movement aud animation as before it was dull and dead, with all these costumed figures iu their dressing rooms or waitiug below stairs for their call. bcexe focb. "Are yoa a member of the compnny or merely local talent?" inquired the reporter of a chunk of a boy in the white robes of Iudix "My eye," he said,with a chuckle to his part ner, "get on to his uibs askin' me that! 'i hen to the reporter: -Can't you see I'm a actor?" "And how much per week do you get? i'iva. hundred dollars?" "Well, no, not this week." he said sadly. "I'?ft only getting three hundred now, but I'll strike 'em for a raise when the old man gits his Nellie illy in on 'em and swipes the moke tor that live hundred thousand." Then they both chuckled aud the other one ?aid they were receiving 25 cents a night, in cluding their admiseion free to the show. In a very few minutes it wus quiet behind the aoenes agaiu aud all the throng had gone on to make the pageant at the funeral. One acolyte stood ia the lower entrance swear ing in Anglo-Indie sulphur becauss he could not get the sacred torch lighted at the pro tected gas jet for the chief to kindle the pyre with, and Mr. Mites (fPmlee was dancing a pleasant little Ballywhack hornpipe on the other side with Mr Fogg, each having a loaded revolver ia his hand thirsting for the goro of old man Whiskers, who insisted upon the widow being fricaeeed with her deed husband. All at once they rushed oa, fired their shoot ers, the pageant massed to the front abont the fallen priest, the widow hopped oft of the pyre and broke for her dressing room, two pane of red light were set on fire and the "?-? at the curtaia let it come dowa in a tempest of ?ppiavM. The tableaux remainsd fixed, for It WW plain a repetitioa was expeeted, sad agaia * - t , - the curtain went ap and down it nut, and In a minote more everrbodv wu gone and the scene shifters were scattering the enrtron meota ef the royal necropolis in everv direc tion and replacing them with the cin of Cal cutta, which they dragged about the stage at unceremoniously ai if CalcntU were onlv a very email village with no municipal rights whatever. When the curtain goea up on the next Kiene. the portion the audience eeea is only the least of it, for the whole stage back is filled with drops and Avers and one thine or another, which constitute the verv beau tiful setting surrounding the Mikado ballet During this scene nearly all the available wing Sace is filled with coryphees (ballet girls) and ey are even better looking on close view than at a distance; quiet, good mannered girls, too. with a little sauce possibly, for stage employes', but no smiles for the strangers, and when the' reporter in rather a masherly manner congrat ulated that one of the "three little maids" who i? dressed in blue and .lancos in such graceful and spasmodic contortions, she blushed and was so confused she hadn't a single word of re ply to make, but she was evidently pleased, for the reporter knows a good thing when he sees It. This ballet, which is one of the Tory prettiest and most unique on the stage from the front, is, from tho wings, a very different affair in deed. and one can scarcely imagine that a side Tiew and a front view could vary so widely. SCENE FIT*. Another feature or intorest is the locomotive and sleeper an the Pacific road.in the third act This piece of rolling stock is in effect a folded screeu. and when it is not running on schedule time it is stuck away in a very small space. The locomotive is loss compressible, howovor, but "bohind the scenes," unless a disgram went with it. tho novice would scarccly discover its identity. It has the sumo steam stomach which supplied the Suez canal vessel, and the same four men who hauled that craft through the arid desert also pulled the train across the plains beyond the Rockies. It may not havo looked that wav to the andi ence, but it was that way just the' same. \\ hen the Indians and robbers wore creeping around to seize Mr. Ftyjg and the ladies..4ovd?, the rescued widow, was presenting .VVmea, her beautif ul sister, to the reporter mid the reporter was enjoying himself as if there was not a rob ber baron within a thousand miles, ami when it was tiiu3 for the fair ones to walk along be hind tho car to the door lu front and step right out of it on to the stage and into the hands of their captors with a frozen scream of startled horror, the reporter was right there with them saying farewell with tears in his eyes and only the thickness of a piece of painted canvas betwosn hint and a whole house full of people, who saw only highwaymen, Indians and helpless women. Then came the water scene, with the ship going to pieces. A wild, weird effect, which the sceno shifters produce by pulling the painted water up and down in three sections, callcd "waters.' first, second anil third, num bering back from the first piece, which looks as if it would splash right over the footlights and put them out, preparatory to floating off the big drum and the bass fiddle and driving the entire orchestra to the use of life preservers. As tho waters rise and the ship drops out of sight, the passengers plunge into the seething vortex of wave, duck their heads and walk off the stage with as much case and dryness as one would walk through a back yard on wash day, while those who were drowned outright have probably gono to their dressing room some time previously. The way a stago manager dances around and *tirs up things in order to keep the ocean in perfect position and prevent the waves from lying right down on the floor in a state of collapse would remind anybody of an untamed Congressman during a revival in tho House. SCENE SIX. The putting on of a spectacle is a very dif ferent matter from the ordinary play which from the wings is a somewhat uninteresting per formance, unless the star is a bright woman, who likes to havo visitors while she waits. The Kiralfy brothers?Iinre and Uolossy?are the lcador* in this country 111 producing spec tacle*. and they have put on the finest onos we havo ever seen hero. Such a play as "Around the World" repre sents an outlay in the neighborhood of a hun dred thousand dollars and it costs *5.000 a week to keep it going. The costumes varv in value from $20 to *2J0 each, and such a setting as that in tho first scene, the Eccentric Club room, which was douo ami can only be doue in Europe, costs a thousand dollars. Other sets cost from ??00 to si,500 each. In the matter of salaries, coryphees are paid #20. *25 and ?90 per week, while seconds and premier* receive from t50 to #200, and great artists much more, but dancers are not appreciated in America. Mr. Iiolossr Kiralfv says, and it docs not pav to briug the high-priced ones here. Italy fur nishes the best ballet girls, but not naturally the best, the American beiug quite the equal of her Italian sister, but without tho facilities for education which the Italians have. Ger man girls are also very superior. The French are less good, becaus-: they lack the faculty of application and are too" fond of having a good time, and the English girl is the least npt. but when she is good she is very good indeed. The best ballet school is in Milan, but Berlin, l'aris, St. Petersburg and London have good schools. Costumes come from Paris for the men, and for the women from London, this the result of competition among the great variety halls of that citv, where flue spectacles are particularly popular. The French excel in costuming men because of the beauty and variety of material they have at hand. THE CLIMAX. A startling fact in connection with the ballet, and Mr. Kiralfy vouches for it, though he did not swear to it, is that many of tho girls are under twenty and some of 'the brightest aud best with htm arc only sixteen. This may seem iucrcdiblc to those who havo been taught to believe that a girl is not eligible to the ballet until she is a grandmother, but it is neverthe less true, though as previously remarked Mr. K. does not furnish an affidavit to go with his statement An elephant is also an adjunct to "Arottnd the World. ' but she did not uppear this week, ??wing to her indisposition to go on the stage again, having broken through n trap door when they tried her on ic the first davof her arrival, litis elephant is of the feminine gender, and when n feminine gender will she will, you may depend on't, and when she won't, the way she won t makes a man tremble and clcave to the roof of the house That's the reason you don't see the elephant this week. ccinn. The reporter, huving gone "Around the World" in two hours and seventy-five minutes, thanked Mr. Ktralfv. gave a whoop to every body for not chucking him through a cellar door for being in tho way. smiled sweetly at the Princess and her beautiful sister, yearned lor the "threo little maids," threw :t brick at StissyixirUxJ and respectfully withdrew, going out of the front door with the rest of tho audi ence as if nothing hud huppcued. NEW PUBLICATIONS. FOB ONE AND THE WORLD. By M. BrniAM Kdwaiido, author of "Love and Marriage,'' "-?"?cxt of . Kin?Wanted." (International Series, No. 115.J New York: John W. Lovell Co. ENOLISll WR1TEU8: An Attempt towards a History if English Literature. By Henky JJurlry. Vol. V. The XIV Ceniury. New York: C'awell jt Co. Washington: Brentano's. ECHOES FROM THE OKI EXT: A Broad Outline of'11ieovo|>ht<'at Doctrinn*. I)y \? tu.l <x u. Judok (Occultus\ Reprinted from KateFleli's Washington. New York: The l'ath. THE I.ADY' WITH THE CAM ELI AS. By Alex andra Dmil, nix. A New Translation. With a New Preface hy the author. Illustrated. Now York: Belford Co. THE BISHOP'S BK1DE. By David Christie Mm hay and HenhV IIkkmask. [International Series, No. 8U.J New York: John W. Lovell I Co. | HOW A HT8BAND FORGAV& By Edgar Paw CKTT, author of "Divided Lives." "Miriam Balestler," etc., etc. New York. Belford Co, THE WONDER-LIOHT; and Other Tales. True Philosophy for Children. By Mrs. J. CAUratLL Vkuplam'k, F.T.K, New York: Tho Path. SIFTING MATRIMONY. A NoveL By Caba Camkra, author ot "Society Rapids." Phila delphia: 1'. B. Peterson ? Brother*. CONFESSIONS OF A WOMAN. By Mabel Col lins. [international Series, No. 111.1 New York: John W. Lovell Co. THINK AND THANK. A Tale. By SaXCKL W. Cooper. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publica tion Society of America. THE YlCOMTE*S BRIDE. Br Es*B StCaBT. (International Series, No. 108.] New York* John W. Lovell Co. IN THE RIDING SCHOOL: Chats with Esmeralda. By Thko. Stephenson Browne. Boston: D. Lothrop A Co. "VENGEANCE IS MINI." By Daniel Dane. New York: CasaeU A Co. Washington: Bren fcl ? n*<* ? Mrs. O'Hooliban: "Faix. Dennis, an' pkat are ?M sfther doin' sow?" O'Houlihan: "Begob. Host, it's meself as baa bought a music stool for Katie, an* Oi've been woinding the bastely thing up for over an hour, an* not n dhrop or mnaie can Oi get ont of it at all, at all !"? 8m UK, Gray A Cto.'s Momtklg. Tn Pvnma Hiain or a Cioj can be ? ? ??*fked degree by lis nutrition durlnf JfhUdbood. The choice of n feed Is, therefore, of the Wgbeet importance. A nhnlrisn writer -I ? physician w id Melon's Pood avedosew lac ? *4 inpref ? to any other and have done so tor several with entire THRKK TRAINS WRKCKRD. Bctimn Forty Fifty People Killed la a Railroad Disaster. - fatal tocn>m nti bbadiwo?mom* a. KAEBCHER, OKXIKAL SOUCITOB OP TBS MID nio COMPACT, DC AD?ax ITALIA* BOM TBS tlCTTKS?LIST or m MAO AVS IJWVRED. One of the mod disastrous accidents that hu occurred on the Reading railroad for thirty yean happened shortly after 6 o'clock Iskt evening half a mile above Sboemakerville, IS miles above Heading. The WiUiamsport ei preea left Reading at 605 o'clock crowded, with two Pullman coaches? the Elwin aud Gratiano ?and three ordinary coackee filled with p*?- | seugera. There were betides a mail car. a bag gage and an express car. The tram left ten minute late. It ia known as the rottsville ex press and waa running at the rate of at leaat , 38 to 40 milea nn hour. Above Shoemakf rville ; there ia a curve where the railroad ia about 18 I to 20 feet higher than the Schuylkill river. I Here shortly before 6 o'clock a freight train: run into a coal train, throwing several cars in . the Utter on the opposite track, and before the train hands bad time to go back to warn any I approaching traiu of the danger the 1'ottavillo | express came arouud the curve and ran into j the wrecked coal cara on ita track. The locomotive, tender, the baggage and I mail car and the first Pullman car and the j smoker plutieed down into tho river. Three Other ordinary coaches wcta thrown dowuahe embankment and badly smashed nnd snliu tored. bnt did not reach the water. The Pull- ' mnn car. par' of which waa out of the water, caught fire, but the tire tm extinguished by ; some of the train hands before it made any headway. th* srnMoxa roB belt. The Wreck occurred in nu inaccessible place, and it was some time before help could be ?ccured and wor l telegraphed to this cit>, and dnrkness coming on addvd to the dirti.-ulty. As soon aa possible word waa acnt to this city for all the physicians who could be spared, and a special train sua s< nt up with them nnd a large force of wrecker* ami laborers, Iu the meantime a large number of people from the country had gathered and wera agisting the uninjured passenger* to rescue the dead and wounded. The ?cene wn* a roost appalling one. The locomotive lay in the witer, a part of the the smokestack only protruding, while tho water of the river was flowing through a num ber of the wreeked cara in which it wnt? cer tain that many of the passengers hud met death either from tho shock ot the accident or by drowning. With such of the lanterns of the train a* had been spared from the wreck, aud with lanterns brought by tho farmers, and guided by the cri?s and groausof the wounded, the search went on, and as the pa?s< ngcrs were brought out they were laid along the roadbed, aud the physicians, with such appliances as they had at hand, attended aa best they could to their injuries. Tilt KF.MOVAI, TO BEADIXO. When the special arrived they were carried into the cars and shortly before 10 o'clock two cars containing some thirty injured and two of the dead. Wm. D. Kliomo of Heading nnd David Angstadt of Mahauoy City, Were tak< u to Heading. Ihe train was run to the corner of 3d and Olcy streets, where all the ambu lauces, cabs aud omnibuses in the city had been ordered. They were takeu from the train aud removed to the Heading Hospital, where a corps of city physicians was awaiting them to further dress their wounds and set their broken limbs. About 10 o'clock the electric light car of the railway company arrived at the scene of the accident, aud by the aul of this the work of rescuing the wounded was carricd oil with greater success. At 11:40 the physicians left the ground, pretty certain that all the wounded had been taken oilt. but still uninformed as to the number of the killed, which, iu '.lie opinion of those who knew the condition of the train, may reach thirty or forty, nearly all of whom are buried uuder the wreck or lying in the river with the cars. MAX* FIBEXEN- M18SSXO. The stroker of tho train was very full of pna aeugors nnd in it were a large number of fire men from points in tho coal regions, who were going home from the firemen's convention at Cheater. Some of these are dead and many are miHaiug. The conductors of Loth the l'ulimun curs escaped. Conductor Cotton of tho forward Tullman says that he had eight passengers, and that he lias found bui. one of tliem since the accident. Thiaone was found on the tender of the locomo tive. badly injured. The other seven are nuk ing. Among them was Geo. H. Kaercher. the general solicitor of the Hcndiug Hallway Com pany. nnd it is certain tlint tit is dead. He has probably shared the fate of aome thirtv or forty others who will be found tomorrow when the "wreckers get to work. The first one of the dead who was found whs Win. L>. Sliomo of Heading aud the next David Angatadt of Mnhaupv City. Many of the wounded will probably die. as they are hor ribly mangled, and many will be crippled for life." Part of the scalp of Prof. Merkel of Le high University was torn off. his arm was broken aud it is feared thit there may be cou cussion of the brain. At 11 o'clock Mail Agent Greenawald's body was taken out aud shortly afterward tho bodies of two Mahauoy City firemcu, names uuknowu. ITALIAX BOBS THC CKFOUTU MATES. An Italian was found engaged in robbing the dead and wounded about 10 o'clock aud would have been roughly handled had he not been placed uuder arrest by County Detective Wunck, who protected him. A special train was run to the scene of the wreck over the Pennsylvania railroad con taining a number of the officials aud other*, who rendered all the aid iu their power, and the passengers iu the train for Pottsville leav ing Heading at tp.20 were transferred to the Pennsylvania road uud taken to Pottevilie. It was clue to the presence of mind of M. F. Gilleu. the middle biukcmau of the train, that the parlor car was not burned. He waa thrown into the river by the concussion and when he rose found himself up to hia armpits in the water iu the parlor cur. He snw that the ear was burning and before it had gained any head way he succeeded in extinguishing it by throw ing water on it with his bauds. John Hihiud of Philudtlphia. who was badly injured and may probably not recover, was on his way to Pottsvule, where he had been sum moned to the hc'd-ddc of a dying daughter, and, nlthough he had a broken leg, insisted upon being taken oh at all hazards. He is at the Rcadiug Hospital. so WOMEN" focxd. A singular thiug about the wreck ia that none of tho women, of whom there were several on the traiu. have been fouud and it is supposed that all of them have perished. Those who had lady friends with them were wild with griof aud aome of the wounded were bewailing tho loss of wivoa aud daughters more than their wounds. At 1 o'clock this morning tho most conserva tive estimate placed the number doad at be tween thirty aud forty. The following is a list of tho killed and in jured as far as known: THE KILLED. D. Angstadt, Mahauoy City, bead and body crushed, died after being taken from the wreck; G. K. Kaercher, l'ottaville, general solicitor of the P. a R.H. CO.; E. W. Logan, Shenandoah, baggage master; H. Logau. Pottsville. conduc tor; Johu L. Miller, Creasouaj William D. Stiomo, Heading, badly mangled; James Tem plin, Pottsville, fireman; John White, Potts ville, engineer; George Greenwald, Pottsville, mail agent; Harry Loughlw. Pottsville, con ductor; two firemen from Mahanoy City, names unknown. | THE ISJtTBED. Joseph AshSeld, Mahanoy City, bruised about body and legs; Benjamin Franklin Heecher, Shenandoah, left hip badly cut and lega hurt; James Lis rub art, bhenandoah, left hip crushed aud legs hnrt; B. W. Bithler, Girardville, foot and leg crushed; John Carroll, St Clair, back hurt and internally injured; John Coolick. Mt Carmel, hnrt internallv and head mashed; Samtftl Coomb, Mahanoy City, badly hnrt about body and log broken; Thomas Cooney, Philadelphia, head and legs injured; Robert Cotton. Pottstown, injured internally; Lyman Dick. Hamburg, both lega broken; E. W. Etc bier, Girardville, toot mashed; William Glassmoyer, Port Clinton, badly cnt about breast cannot live; Frank B. Hall, manager of Frank Mayo's dramatic company, cut about head and body and brniaed about arms and legs; John Hess, Mahanoy City, lags badly hnrt; W. J. Johnson, Shenandoah, head badly cnt and leg broken; James F. Market, Bethle hem. badly cut about head and intornally in jured; Prof. Mitebell of Lehigh University: Joseph Noll, Shenandoah, cut about bead aud left shoulder broken ;Harrieon He land. Philadel phia. leg broken and internally injured; Dr. R F. Salade, New Ringgold, right arm badly bur* Samuel Shollenberger, Hamburg, legs injured; Wm, Simmers, Ashland, hurt; George Souders, Reading, badly hnrt about back and nock; Joseph SouUwood, Centralia. badly cut and internally injured; Joha Thornton, Leesport. badly cut about head aad body, seriously In jured; David E. Young. Mahanoy City, head badly cnt aad legs sprained; Jacob Uteer, Pottsville, both lags hrefcaa below the knee; Strauss, Pottsville, braised; John Knltek, ML Oarmek hart internally; James Carroll. Be CUlr. badlv bruteed; Joseph John Picyoesg. Mahaaoy City, hand rru?hed and hurt about bark and brad; Himwi hrlaod. IMt North 20th utrK t, Philadelphia. I** Krokn; C. f. Merkel. IVmboaa. instructor civil engineering Lrhiirh Vniverwitv. arm broken aad hart in ternally. John Mcl?on*ld. Khenaadoah. tegs brokrai Uwrmcf Barnes. Philadelphia. brad injured aud arm hrotra. John Mtraub. Schiyl ktll Haven. leg rat; Joba IL son en LtMport, brad crushed end cannot lire; John Ritand. Philadelphia, leg brokra aad injured internally: Jolin liaruhart. Shenandoah. bead cat im bra i?l A TALK OF THK PKA1RIK8. Lights and Shadow* of a Sunday 8c>m In Dakota. Great i* the land of the Dakota*, lying be tw<-ec sundown and the laughing water*of Min nesota. but greater are ita woudcrsome ?t)A Five or i;i year* ago while wandcriug through that prairie realm a 8ta? man passed a quiet Sunday at an inland town. The day wa* one of th-ife on which all nature aeem* to say thi* i* the Said ath. The *un ahooe *i|h a sacred light the dewy landscape sparkled with a di vine radiance, the bird* joined la the chorus of the apherea. while the lowing of the herd* aad bleating of the flock* aeetued mellowed, a* if er.-n the brute* were touched by the hallowed influence of the day. ltwva tint* peculiarly fitted for tlie spirit* of the dead to be born* buoy antly away to the land of the redeemed: Mid, accordingly, the spirit of a young man had takan its flight, but the body was left for bit mar disposal. The morning wa* yet fresh when the country procemion wa* seen like a caravau of the desert moving alowly along tba winding prairie road, ignorant of nictes aad bounds. toward Jlin drowsy village. Tha friends of the dfffawd, eager to pay him a parting courtesy, had drafted luto service anoh Vehicle* as tbev possessed. and the gathering was none the !<??* earnest and sincere if carta insttii.t of cushioned carriages bore them to the village church and again took np the jour* ney to the new-made grave. THE Mot UM.RK. Some of the mourners -and none bat monrn ers gathered there -were drawn by horned and cloven-footed steeds, an.I one conveyance was a wagon mounted with a har-rick. on which .1 score of serious p* ople *at cushioned by a lew tork.ulsot sun-cured prairie graa*. lint the most noticeable and paiuful fixture of the ]in*v?Mon wan the lumber aagoti hear*a containing the plain pine coffin, astride of which the driver oat unmoved aud immov able n* if determined tiiat whatever became of the dciarted spirit it* deserted abode Kiiould be lield in the rural church yard for rent to lesser worms than man. He clung eagerly to the earthly spoils, unniiudtul of the tact that he was out of keeping with hi* surrounding*. and at la*t stolidly beheld the teuautless handiwork of God cousigtied to the dust from which it came. There wa* no pro fessional weeping and no act program for tha mourner*. They sobbed iu solos or broke forth In a symphony of emotion iw. under changing feeling, the heart leaped forth and recoiled. who HE wan. The deceased had come from hi* paternal roof near the Baltic aea onlv a few years before, but so quick is tha transformation here that ha seemed altogether an American, 1 w.i* told, lie had taken a homestead under the *tar* and stripes, and his sister, a pretty 1 lauish girl, had recently joined him. Her loneliness and sub dued sorrow maue her more than usually inter esting mid attractive. As the only relative of her brother, she succeeded to his estate and kept opcu the little prairie borne. In six mouths she knew enough l'.'iglish to conjugate the verb "to love." and within a year she wa* mi'.rried to a young school ter.cbcr. who. be coming enamored of her beauty, succeeded in winuiug her affection*. Sorrow for the dead was transformed into love for the living -crap* gave way to tlowers aud clouds to aunshine. J tie young husbaud was the next year elected to the legislature, in which he ha* sluce taken an active aud promiucut part, aud stands now in the line ot political promotion. It I* mom than likely that ere Many year* paa* by he will come to Congress as the representative of hi* people and the pretty Ilauish girl who wept her lonely weep at her brother's grave in a for eign land and would not bo comiorted will be come a bright particular star m the social firmament of that nation's capital. Ye*, great ar< the liokota*. but greater still the inspira tion and possibilities of oar country. KEPT SltKST "THIRTY YRAITS. A <ieor?ln Woman Kcligtnuvly Keep* * Vow Made to Her Husband. The death of Mr*. Susau E. Merrtfield. which occurred here yesterday. **y* a special from America*. Ga., to the Philadelphia Times, re vive* interest in oue of the moat peculiar cases ever known of a vow of silence made and kept thirty year*. In 1S60 Mr>. Merr.field, who. it i* said, was a little woman of a peculiarly bright and cheery disposition, wa* telling her hus baud of some occurrence, when he requested her in a very surly manner to be silent, adding that the sound of her voice was hateful to him. It seems that Mr. Merrifield, while a good Imsbiiud in every other way. was in the babitof venting his displeasure when aroused by out side matter* by ill humor with his wife, whoa* good nature nsiially passed hi* testiness by. but on this occasion she replied that, as it waa hateful to him. he should never bear her voice again. And he never did. nor did any other rson ever hear it. for. in spite of her hus ud'? remorse and remonstrances from friend* nnd relatives, Mrs. Merrifield kept her tongue, though she continued to act the part of a good wife and mother, fulfilling every duty scrupu lously. hlie even bore three children to her husband after this vow was taken. When com munication wa* alwolutely necessary with thoae about her she used a mate, bat reduced n language of signs to such perfection in govern ing her household and children that it was but seldom that this slate was resorted to. It was thought that when hi r husband died she would resume the use of her speech, bat while she sat by his dying bed. devoted and loving to the last, in answer to hi* supplications that she speak but a word to him, she wrote ou the slate with all the evidences of griefs '*1 cannot. I cannot! <?od forgive and help me. I cannot!" Hut whether ft was that she found it imfxsmiible to break her will and her vow. or that long disuse bad effected her organ* so that she roally could not use them, could not be arrived at. but her family inclined to the Utter belief, for it is said that while she was on her own deathbed she made distinct but incffectnal efforts to speak to her children, dying with the seal of silence unremoved from her lips. Foreign Notes of Interest. France has ontcred into a contract to supply the Kussian government with an enormous number of rifle*. According to the terms of the contract 5(10.000 of these weapons will be delivered withiu eighteen montha. A fire broke out Thursday in the bouse N<k 134 Friedrich ftrause. Herlin. occupied by ? wealthy merchant named Frich and his family. I? is??wo daughters aged sixteen and fourteen years, their governess and a maid were burned to death. When found their bodies were dis figured beyond recognition. Hanker Nyngro* has started from Athens for Salonica to rebuild public inatitutions at his own expense. The Vlenua FrrmdnJAatl has a scathing arti cle on American egotism iu desiring to exclude European products while preserving European markets. It u rumored that Chancellor Ton Capri rf and Count Kalnoky are discussing Joint re prisals. 1 he Paris La Paiz says that Emperor William and the Emperor of Austria have held s long debate on the admission of Franoe into the alliance with Germany, Austria and Italy. A customs officer at Chabery, Savoy, shot and kiHed an Italian smuggler who was resist ing arrest. When Maj. Gen. Baron Fredericks, the mil itary attache of the Russian embassv at Parts, quitted the ground on which the review was held at Gambral hs was escorted to his reeidence by an enthusiastic crowd, who cheered him and shouted "Long live Russia." Conut SchleiniU of Berlin, who had beea ruined by gambling, has committed suicide by shooting himself with a revolver. Advices from Hiogo state that the Turkish man-of-war Ertogroul has foundered at sen aad that five hundred of her crew were drowned. The Turkish man-of-war Eittogroul hsi gone down with all on board near Japan. A Maryland IWra Iiurned. The fine large barn on the farm of Adam & Magraw, n prominent farmer residing near Elk ton. Md.. for many years president of ths Cecil County Agricultural Society, waa bnrned Thursday morning with iu contents, including 200 tons of hay. a large quantity of wheat and rye. agricultural implements. Ac. The toss is estimated at 910,000. The utsuraaos amounts to <4,000. To Bo Married Abroad. A London dispatch says: Ths wealthy Hiss Leiter of Chicago, who created sacfc *a im pression during ths pes* season, has falisa n victim to the shafts of Cupid. Iks Is reyrted to be engaged to Sir Arthur HalL who is a rich man, n tamstsr, sad a great Wist s( (M roral fatnllv.