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THE -PITTSBURG DISPATCH, SATURDAY, JANUARY 12, 1889.
BiWfc ije LSTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1616. VoL 43, No, 3M. -Entered at Pittsburg Ijst offlcc, November It, 1S87, as seoona-class matter. Business Office 97 and99 Filth Avenue. News Booms and Publishing House 75, 77 and 79 Diamond Street This paper hating more than Double tho circulation of any other in the State ouulde olPhlladclphia, Its adTantngcs as an adver tising medium will be apparent. TERMS OF THE DISPATCH rosTACK ritEi in tue united states. Daily Dispatch, Due Year. J 800 Daily Dispatch, Per Quarter 100 Dailv Dispatch, One Month W Daily Dispatch, including Sunday; oae year 10 00 Daily Dispatch, including Bunday, per quarter 250 Daily Dispatch, Including Sunday, one month M Eckday DisrATCH, oneyear 150 Weekly Dispatch, one year 123 The Daily Dispatch Is delivered by carriers at 15 cents per week, orincludingthebuuday edition, at SO cents per -week. PITTSBURG, SATURDAY. JAN. 12, 1SS9. THE PEBENIOAL QUESTION. The introduction of a new bill making further amendments to the street improve ment act, recalls the fact that we have a law on that subject, which as yet deserves to be given the benefit of the doubt as to its validity. That law, at the time of its passage, was thought to afford a solution of the street improvement difficulties; and it seems rather harsh treatment to have it condemned in the house of its friends be fore any decision has been given against it. It will certainly surprise a good many peo ple to learn that no improvements are being made under it. The general impression has been that the East End sewers, Xegley avenue and the movement to improve Center avenue are founded on that act. If the summary of the provisions contained in the new bill are correct, it would seem to be very questionable whether the amend ments would stand the ordeal oi the Supreme Court much better than the present law. "We can hardly see how after the Pcnn avenue decisions, legislation which takes away from a majority in interest the right to object to improvements in some cases, and lawsuit in others, would be expected to stand. 2 or does the intimated abandon ment of the assessments for benefits which is not very clear in the report and may be erroneous improve matters Tcry much. "While it is undoubtedly the case that in most instances the benefits correspond to the foot frontage, there are exceptions. "When this method was adopted, it was thought to meet all requirements; and it hardly seems wise to abandon it without a trial. There was practical sense in the proposi tion, made some time ago, to make up a test case under the present law and send it to the Supreme Court. It would seem better to endure the limited ills that might arise from such a course than fly to others that we know not of, under the proposed amend ments. THE CHRONIC DEADLOCK. The condition of pernicious inactivity to which the House has reduced itself is in structive as to the workings of our national legislative machinery. First an attempt is made to fix up things so as to give priority to certain large-sized measure, in favor of big interests, and it is blocked by the opponents of the bills. Then another mem ber chokes off all legislation because he cannot get his pet measure in ahead of the rest, and, finally, another carries out the policy of the member of Parliament in "Nicholas Nickleby"by objecting to every thing on general principles. It is well to bear in mind that ail this arises with refer ence to special legislation, of which there is such a mass that it can only go through under suspension of the ruleB. A very satisfactory remedy of the difficulty could be furnished by abolishing all special legis lation; but, prior to that, the most necessary reform is to get an improved breed of states men. NOT "WISE LEGISLATION. The Ohio Legislature is very strongly set in the direction of legislative prescription of charges for public services; and the meas ures it is considering are certainly radical enough in their reductions. Bills are before it reducing railway passenger charges to two cents a mile, and telephone charges to three dollars per month. The first rate is not more radical than the majority of the railroads could stand, while the second is a very sweeping cut on the present rates for telephones. The vital error of all such bills is that they do not take into account the fact that just charges vary with circumstances. Two cents a mile may be lair enough on through lines of railway; but on a local road rnnning into a new section, five cents a mile may not be more than will pay expenses. Thirty-six dollars a year may be profitable for many telephone circuits, but there may be many cases where twice or thrice that charge on a few instruments will not more than pay ex penses, and yield a profit on the cost of lines and instruments. Those who need telephones under such cases might save hun dreds of dollars by them; but such a law would forbid them from it Hard cases make bad laws. THE REGULAR THING. The decision which is announced as hav ing been arrived at with regard to the new Government library building strictly fol lows the precedents with regard to public buildings at "Washington. This structure was originally authorized with the cost lim ited to $3,000,000; and people looking at our new 52,000,000 Court House will agree that this sum ought to furnish an adequate li brary building. But the architects and con tractors did not think so, and proceeded to start the structure on a ten million scale. This created a row and work was stopped. Congress now appears to have come to the conclusion that it is necessary to compromise with the fellows who set aside the legal limitation, and it is announced that work is to go ahead on a 0,000,000 limit This suc cess of the first violation of the limit may probably induce the expansionists to amend their plans so as to make the building cost 520,000,000. After the cost has been doubled a few times more, there will be no necessity of troubling anyone about that surplus. IN THE SAME POSITION. It is interesting to observe that S. C T. Dodds, Esq., comes to the front with a claim that the decision of Judge Barrett against the Sugar Trust does not affect his combine, the Standard Oil Trust which he asserts to be "a union of stockholders and not of corporations." Like most of Mr. Dodds deliverances on the combination question, this has a slight admixture of accuracy, in connection with a very large percentage of untruth. The Standard Oil Trust combines a slight ele ment of stockholding interests in corpora tions which it docs not completely own; bnt the vast bulk of its component parts is made up of corporations which were combined by exactly the methods which Judge Barrett so rigorously dissects. Supposing the trust to be exclusively what it claims to be, "a union of stock holders," there is a veiy decisive statement of its character, and its position before the law, in the following extract from Judge Barrett's decision: Any combination, the tendency of which is to prevent competition in its broad and gen eral sense and to control, and thus, at will, enhance prices to the detnment of the pub lic, 's a legal monopoly. And this rulo is ap plicable to every monopoly, whether the sup ply be restricted by nature or susceptible of indefinite production. Fortunately the law is able to protect itself. And while further legislation, both preventive and dis ciplinary, may be suitable to check and pun ish exceptional wrongs, yet there is existing, to use the phrase of a distinguished English judge, "plain law and plain sense" enough to deal with corporate abuses like the present abuses which, if allowed to thrive and become general, must inevitably lead to the oppression of the people, and ultimately to the subversion of their political rights. It would not be strange if the Standard Oil Trust were able to ignore and over ride the law, as declared by Judge Barrett as it has done with other plain principles of law and equity. But it is of much value to the people to have its legal status so clearly defined as it is in the above words. CAPITAL AS A BOYCOTTEB. Some of the inside details of the railroad agreement which are coming out by frag ments, put the distinguished representatives of the financial interests at that gathering in a rather peculiar public light. One of the covenants is stated to be that, in answer to a complaint of President Boberts, a pledge was given that none of the three banking houses would float any securities for a new railroad intended to compete with any of the old lines. This boycott, as one report correctly terms it entered into by the greatest repre sentatives of capital in the laud, puts the status of railway capital clearly before the public. It has been frequently pointed out, and also denied by the representatives of the Pennsylvania Railroad, that what trouble existed between the trunk lines was for the purpose of choking off the South Pcnn. The truth of that assertion is shown by the appearance of this remarkable pro vision in the agreement Ko enterprise, however legitimate, or however solid its securities, is to receive the privilege of negotiating its securities through these firms, if it exercises its legal right to com pete with an existing road, and yet some people claim that these agreements are not intended to suppress competition! The boycott of those banking firms named is not likely to be very destructive of new railroad enterprises. There are many thou sands of millions of capital in the country that are not carried in the vaults of these bankers. If new enterprises exclude water from their capitalization and are based on sound business principles, people will be ready to invest in them. But the position of the 2ew York bankers is instructive. Every merchant, every farmer, every man ufacturer must take the chances of having inconvenient competitors; but the great rail road corporations, with all the strength of concentrated capital and enjoying public franchises, must not be expc . to the reg lative force which is universal to the com mon people. In the pursuit of that great goal of privilege for the few, these bankers resolve, that whatever the needs of any sec tion for increased railroad facilities, they will do their best to shut it out from in vestors if it dares to start a line which will compete with the favored corporations. The courts have had something to say with regard to misguided workingmen who resort to the boycott It is pertinent to ask what they will say to this boycott on the part of great capitalists to sustain watered stocks and a great railroad combination. PEorLE in the Eastern cities now have the chance to buy strawberries at $10 a quart; but the Sugar Trust's desire to make the price of the sugar to sweeten the berries proportionate to that figure, has been sadly hampered by Judge Barrett The reckless and rapid manner with which journalism comments upon events of the day has often provoked adverse com ment; but our esteemed cotemporary, the Minneapolis Pioneer Press, is free from any such fault in the following announcement: "A person called "Ward McAllister, living in the city of New York, has bumptiously announced that the nnmber of people who could really be reckoned 'in society' in Gotham was not greater than four hun dred." "McAllister's Four Hundred" having formed one of the topical songs of a year ago, it will be seen that the Pioneer Press is totally exempt from the vice of haste. At this rate there is reason to hope that some time in the next century it will attain a qualified degree of light on the sub ject of the Inter-State Commerce act The adjournment of the Coroner's in quest because "we are not well enough versed in the case," creates our special won der how they are to become versed in the case except by continuing the investigation and hearing the testimony. Mb. Ciiaules A. AsnBUUNxr.'s defense of; the Geological Survey, given in the form of an interview elsewhere, has an undoubted foundation of truth, so far as the material results from the work are concerned. "We do not understand that anyone disputes that it has been of value in giving information as to the mineral resources of the State. But there is some pertinence to the question whether a work of that sort might not be finished in a somewhat less period than fifteen years. The reported organization of a new million dollar coke corporation indicates that someone docs not place much faith in the tragic representations of the amounts of money that the coke business has been losing for the past year. The police and physicians of Chicago who have been held up to public contempt by the exposures of the daring and some what sensational Times, have sned that paper for amounts which now reach the neat total of SI,118.000- The Times is under stood to be aiming for a total of $20,000,000 before it pays attention to tbs libel matter. It considers itself past the day of small things. Rider Haggaed is reported to be a Tegetarian in diet Possibly he reserves the meat to put into his stories. If some of our American authors could accomplish similar results it might be well for them to live strictly on vegetables. The intimation that Foster and Foraker have locked horns over Ohio legislation, in which the Standard Oil Company is inter ested, and that Foraker is against the Standard, will not, we fear, reconcile the Democrats to their pet aversion, the Gover- have The Inter-State Commerce Commission gives the railroads the benefit of some solid facts in its annual report Let the railroad magnates and their numerous mouthpieces read, mark, learn and inwardly digest Mb. S. C. T. Dodds' claim that the Standard Oil Trust is not affected by the Sugar Trust decision, because it is "a union of stockholders and not of corporations," makes it pertinent that the Sugar Trust made exactly the same claim that it was a j union of stockholders. But it is in a fair way of finding out its mistake. Trie real estate exchange proposition will be a very good one, if it does not fall into the common error of making tho organiza tion one to enhance the cost of the business at the expense of buyers and sellers. Judge Cooley's name is mentioned among those who have given utterance to the doctrine that "public office is a public trust" If he can impress upon railroad officials that their office is a trust, and not one of the monopoly kind, he would be dis charging fully the trust for which his office was created. The distress of the London Saturday Re view at President Cleveland's rudeness is evidently based upon its conviction that rudeness is something of which its own nation has a monopoly. Jay HmiBEiii,. who is now living in Boston, is reported as saying that he is pining for the wild, free, upper peninsula. But the wild, free, upper peninsula has failed to pine for Jay Hubbell since it defeated him for Congress, several years ago. The stock market exhibits a distressing distrust of the value of the railway Presi dent's pledge that they will stop cutting each others" throats. The attempt to blow up the royal palace at Madrid, the other day, docs not seem to he much more successful than a Burlington Bailroad dynamite plot. Spanish con spiracies have a bad habit of being most destructive in the newspaper reports. PUBLIC PEOPLE PARAGRAPHED. M. Jules Simon recently declared French to be the most difficult language in which to talk nonsense. Yet it has been the diplomatic language of Europe. The will of the late Lord Sackville. who left the bulk of bis fortune to the Queen's maids of honor, will bo contested by his sister, the Countess of Derby. Queen Mary IL and Queen Anne of En gland were both born in the house of Sir Mount-Stuart Grant-Duff, at Twickenham, In which Laurence Oliphaut died. John Stuart West, now living in England, served under Mooro and Wellington in the Peninsula, and afterward in the Kaffir "War. He now has the munificent pension of a shill ing a day. Me. Richard Quay, son of the Pennsyl vania Senator, is a partner of Senator Cameron in the ownership of a splendid cattle ranch, eight miles square, in Mexico. Mr. Coleman Cameron and Mr. Brewster Cameron are also in the firm. The Camcrons arc spending tho winter on the ranch, and Mr. Quay will soon join them there. Aiioxa the other petty insults to which the widowed .Empress Frederick has been sub jeeted by her eldest son, is tho order recently published in the Official Gazette depriving'her of the use of tho imperial crown on her coat of arms, and decreeing that in future she must content herself with the attributes of a mere Queen of Prussia. A memorial of the late Sir Henry Maine, in white marble, has been erected in Christ's Hospital, London. It bears a detailed record of his long and useful career, and concludes thns: "This tablet is erected by governors and former scholars, that for all succeeding genera tions of 'Bines' it may point the moral 'Suc cess and glory are the children of hard work and God's favor.' " M. Carnot is a first-class carpenter, and can handle the saw and plane as well as any me chanic. It was at Chabanals, in the Charente, where his father possessed a chateau, that ho learned the trade. Carnot, Sr., insisted that all bis children should learn some occupation; "there is no telling." he used to say; "you may want it some day, for we live in strange times." So Carnot, Jr., was put to the bench, and, ac cording to his professor, one M. D. Large, who is still living, acquitted himself most honor ably. In memory of this event in his career, M. Sardin, who was an apprentice at that time, but is now a master cabinet-maker in the Fau hours St. Antoine, demanded an audience of the Chief of the State, and has received a re ply to the effect that the President will bo happy to meet his old fellow workman and talk shop with him a little. CHAUTAUQUA PROSPEROUS. Annual Sleeting of the Trustees and Election of OHIccri. Special Telegram to tie Dispatch. Akkon, January U. The annual meeting of the Chautauqua Assembly Board of Trustees was held in this city to day, Lewis Miller pre siding. Bishop Vincent, Chancellor of Chau tauqua, started from Buffalo, but was beaten back by storm. The report of Secretary and Superintendent W. A. Duncan, of Syracuse, showed receipts for the year of SS3.129: expendi tures, 863,991; leaving a balance of $19,236, which was expended for improvements and in buying additional assembly property. The indebted ness to-day is $31,759, and in the past year $7,500 mortgages have been paid. The total debt re duction in five years is $51,674. Secretary Dun can says the prospects of tho assembly were never better; that the troubles with lease holders that resulted in litigation are over, and that the best feeling now prevails. Ho recom mends the starting of an endowment fund, that the burdens of taxes and licenses may be re duced. Officers were elected as follows: President Lewis Miller, Akron; Chancellor, Bishop Vin cent, Buffalo; Vice Presidents, F. H. Itoot, Buf falo: Clem Studebakcr, South Bend, Ind.; Jacob Miller, Canton; Secretary and Superintendent W. A. Duncan, Syracuse, "N. Y.; Treasurer, E.A. Skinner, Westfield, N. Y'.; Executive Committee, F. H. Root, C Studebaker, Jacob Miller, Win. Thomas, J. C. Gilford, J. T. Ed wards. PLYMOUTH CHURCH EMBARRASSED. Beccbcr'a Old Congregation Falling In Ar rears in Its Financial Affairs. New York, January 1L Tho financial affairs of Plymouth Church are just now in a critical condition, and thcro are indications that there may bo great difficulty in meeting the current expenses of the society and conducting its mis sion work. This was strongly brought out at the annual meeting, last evening. The receipts during the past year have been only a trifle over $20,00aand the expenditures have exceeded that amount by $2,000. In concluding a long article on the condition of Mr. Beecher's old church, the Evening Post says: "In face of this showing. Dr. Abbott, who was paid $6,500 last year, wants his salarv raised to $10,000 a year. For Plymouth Church", which once raised $68,000 from the sale of her pews, and averaged $10,000 for many j ears, the future does not look extremely prosperous, in view of these facts." TO STIR THE PEOPLE UP. A Meeting at Old City llnil In Behalf of tho Exposition rrolect. At the meeting of life managers of the West ern Pennsylvania Exposition Society, held in the Music Hall, Hamilton building, on Tues day, the following resolution was unanimously adopted: That a committee of three be appointed to arrange for a meeting of the business men of Western Pennsylvania, to take into consideration the early completion of the Kxposltlon buildings and the holding or an exposition this rail. Tho undersigned, having been appointed sub committee, do select Old City Hall as the place, and designate Tuesday, January 15, at 7:45 p. si., as the time, and earnestly urge all citizens having an interest in tho welfare of this end of the State to be present Signed by Joseph Woodwell, George A. Berry and William K. Schmcrtz. nor of Ohio. Standard oil barrels been useful in Democratic politics. THE HIGHEST OPINIONS. Why tho Supreme Conrt Rated as it Did in tbo Thompson-Rclbcr Oil Gambling Case Other Interesting Views of Legal Weight and Worth. The popular impression went abroad on Mon day, when the Supreme Court handed down its decision in theJThompson-Reiber alleged oil gambling suit that it was favorable to the oil brokers and speculators and their business. This, it seems, was an important error on the part of tho newspapers or the lawyers, or both. Judge Paxson, who handed down the opinion, really decided nothing as to the demerits of the case, but only held that the question covering the same ought not to have been taken from tho jury by Court of Common Pleas No. 2 of Alle gbeny county. His opinion is: "Wo think it was an error to Withdraw this case from the jury. It may be that the purchase of oil was a gambling transaction, and that the jury might have found it so. But the case depended upon the oral testimony, and that was for tho jury. The learned Judge instructed them that, 'under all the evidence in the case your verdict must be for the defendant' This withdrew from the jury the question of the credibility of the witnesses. It is true tho testimony tending to show that this was a gambling transaction came from the plaintiff himselt At tho same time if, as the plaintiff testified, this was a bona fide purchase of oil and the only reason why a full delivery was not made, was that such delivery was prevented by the positive instruction of the defendant tho next morning, to sell tho oil for cash, and the sale in pursuance of such instructions to the same party from whom the plaintiff had bought it there was a question left for the jury. Had the Instruction of the court been that if the jury believed from the evidence that there was no delivery, and no intended delivery, of the oil, but that it was a mere salo upon a margin with intent to settlo for 'differences, tbo case would havo been free from difficulty. As it stands, we think the question of its being a wagering transaction should havo been left to the jury. Judgment reversed and venire facias de novo awarded. Among the other more or less important opinions was the opinion of Justico Hand on the appeal of the city of Pittsbnig against tho Philadelphia Gas Company. The question in this case is whether the gas pipes of the de fendant company laid in the streets are subject to taxation for city purposes, as lands or capi tal stock. It was claimed that because the city had authority under the act of 1511 to assess taxes on all descriptions of property made tax able for State purposes, that the assessments of these gas pipes was an assessment of capital stock. Justice Hand holds that this act conflicts wi h the system of taxation adopted by the Com monwealth since the act of 1841, and says that the lower court very properly dismissed that part of tho case with too remark that the bill and answer disclose no taxation of tho capital stock as such. The other part of tho caso in which it was held that tho pipes were the pub lic works of the corporation, is commented on onenv oy J ustice nanu. no says it is aiincuit to define a public works' and a public corpora tion, but says it is clear that they have "emi nent domain." The judgment of the lower court is affirmed. Justice Green's opinion on B. Wollfs appeal from the decree of the Orphan's Conrt was among tho number received yesterday. This case involved tho sale of one-fifth interest of Zautzinger Smith in the property called the "Sunny Slope," which was sold by the Sheriff on September 4, 1870, and the deed acknowl edged February 21, 1877. Mrs. Martha Smith, the mother of Zautzinger Smith, was tho pur chaser, and the deed was made to her. Tho purchase money was 52,100. It was claimed that the property belonged to him by virtue of a resulting trust. To make out this claim it was alleged that Mrs. Smith borrowed S2.500 upon a note signed by her sou to pay off a judgment, and that this monoy was charged as an advancement by Mrs. Smith against her son, and was, therefore, to be treated as his money. The lower Court decided that a resulting trust was created. Justice Green says that in point of fact the money belonged to Sirs. Smith. The note waspaid on June 8, 1S76. and the whole amount $2,875 50, including 200 not in the consideration chanred to Zautzinger Smith. The payment is held by Justice Green not to be a judgment to Zautzinger Smith but to Miller, to whom the note was made, and therefore could not operate as an advance ment. When the property was sold by the Sheriff it was purchased by Mrs. Smith and paid for by her own money, the decree of tho lower Court is therefore reversed and tho record returned for further proceedings. Justice Williams handed down the opinion In the case of McFall against the McKeesport and Yonghiogheny Ice Company, in which a mechanic's lien was involved. The claim was for material fnrnUhed for the erection of an icehouse, on the order of W. J. McMasters. The defendants denied that McMasters was a contractor, and alleged that he was a sub-contractor under A. Inskup, one of tho members of the corporation, to whom the erection of the building had been let The plaintiffs replied that tho contract with Inskup was not bona fide, but was a device by means of which the persons named in the bill as owners sought to charge the corporation $10,000 for a contract which was being filled for $6,700. Tho point was that the plaintiffs' right to a lien depended on whether McMasters' contract was in fact with Inskup only or with all the owners of the Icehouse. Justice Williams says it was with all the owners and therefore reverses the de- Iviaiuu v tut? luitci uuuib auu uruera a new trial. . xne oiner opinions received were oi a minor importance. OPPOSED TO A MISSION. A Priest Who Thinks a Tcmpcranco Heading Room Breeds Idleness. Sprelal Telegram to the Dispatch. Jamaica, L. L, January It Prominent ladies, members of the local branch of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, recent ly established two reading and coffee rooms to induce young men and boys to keep away from saloons. One proved a failure, and was aban doned. Tho other, at "Dublin." which com prises the railroad section of the town, was a success. Last Saturday was stormy, and there was an unusual number of young men andboys in Dublin Mission, when Father Hamilton, curate of St Monica's R. C. Church, suddenly stepped in. "1 want every Catholic boy in this place to stand upl" he exclaimed. All but one arose. "Now, I want every one of you to leave this place," he continued. One or two demurred, saying that it was bet ter for them to spend their timo thero than in a saloon. Father Hamilton retorted that they had a church society of their own, which they might attend. He insisted on the boys leavin" the place, which they did. The ladies who c tablished the mission are indignant They say they will ask Bishop Loughlin to Interfere in their behalf. Father Hamilton says the mission Is calculated to breed idleness among the young men. A COMPLIMENT FROM AFAR." IIow a Maino Editor Appreciates and In dorses The Dispatch. From the Kennebec Ale., Journal. An exchango that wo invariably pick out from among a sea of exchanges which daily rolls into our sanctum is The Pittsburg Dis patch. Of course other papers are able and bright and those nearer at borne we seem more familiar with but there is something about The Dispatch which commends it to the good judgment of the hard-working sanctum editor. It is keen, bright newsy, varied and able. Thero is a well balanced arrangement and studied art in its make-up which shows the work of a true journalist. In the amount of news,attractivenessof special articles, ability of editorials and spirit and snap in all depart ments, The Dispatch stands away up among the few great newspapers of the country. Wo 'should feel lost without its daily visits. Reducing tho Frco List. Washington, January It After a lengthy debate, to-day, the Senate placed fresh fish on the dutiable list at cent a pound. Leather, oio. scraps, mica ana mica waste were also struck off the free list The end it the free list was reached and tho remainder of the bill, the administrative part is to be read to-morrow. Bird Is Governor of the Chickasavrs. WASniNaTONJanuary 11. Secretary Vilas to-day sent a letter to the two contestants for Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, W. L. Bird and William H. Guy, in which he states that as the former has been legally declared Governor ho must bo so considered by the Department of the Interior. DEATHS OP A DAY. Colonel Hiram D. Robinson. Cincinnati, January ll.-Colonel Hiram H. Robinson died at his home on Gilpin avenue. Hast Walnut Hills, this afternoon, aged about7S years. Colonel Robinson was at one time State Librarian at Columbus, and many years ago was United States Marshal for the Southern district of Ohio. He was also editor and principal owner of the Cincinnati Enquirer In its early days. MAKING A DEAD SET. Harrison Being Urged to Call a Special Session of Congress Against His Wilt Bpeclal Telegram to the Dispatch. " Indianapolis, January 10. A dead set for a special session of the next Congress is being made by visitors to General Harrison these past ten days, and it is said thar abundant epistolary urging in the samo direction is being brought to bear upon him. The Dakota people and the Southerners are doing, the heaviest work in this direction. General Harrison, it is understood, is anxious to avoid calling a session if it be possible, and will put off making his decision about it until the latest moment He thinks the extra session might do a great deal more barm than good to tho party, and as for himself it would be a dread ful nuisance to have to bother with Congress beforo ho had got fairly settled in the White House, and while he was still besieged by the first rush of the officeseekers. Nevertheless, he will not hesitate to call a special session if the present Congress adjourns leaving so much needed legislation unacted upon that the gen eral sentiment of the country seems to demand that tho new Congress be called. General Harrison has a vast respect for tho general sentiment of the people as is evidenced by the newspapors and in other ways. He is a man who likes to be in touch with prevailing sentiment of the day, and if the Dakota people and Southerners only knew what were tbelr wisest course they would direct their argu ments upon the newspapers rather than on uenerai narnson airectiv. Judge Stratton, of Birmingham, Ala., and his friend, Mr.Kirtland, called upon General Har rison to-day, and tho Judge exhibited his scars received in his famous encounter with the rot ten eggs of alleged Democrats in Birmingham, He estimated his damages at a seat on the bench or a district attorneyship at the very least, and came away disappointed because ho got no particular evidence of sympathy from the President-elect. Both the Southerners said that they were pleasantly received by General Harrison, and that from bis conversation they were convinced that under his administration the business interests of tho South would tako a great stride forward. WEAVER MUST BE TIRED OUT. Speaker Cnrlisio Has a Flan to Lay the Dcndlocklst on the Shelf. Special Tclcjrram to the Dispatch. Washington, January 11. General Weaver must be dealt with, and Speaker Carlisle has proposed a plan which might bo effectivo if it could be put in operation. It is to do away with the 5 o'clock adjournment, and to keep the House in session until General Weaver is worn out. To hasten the break down of tho deadlock, the Speaker would make him stand as teller all the while, though the teller on the other side would be relieved from time to time. If General Weaver would ask to be excused from this service, tho House would refuse to excuse him. Twenty-four of 48 hours on his feet the Speaker thinks, would bo enough for him. Undoubtedly this would break the deadlock in a day or two, but the difficulty is that to do tills the rules must be changed, and General Weaver can filibuster against the change. The only amendment to tho rules ho would agree to would be such as would givo his bill a chance to bo voted on. Meanwhile there aro a nnmber of important bills which will, through this de lav, be comDelled to co over until the next Con gress for consideration. In the House to-day Weaver's tactics wero resumed, but thev were successfully met by motions of Mr Randall on points of order and rulings of the Speaker on rights of precedence, so that a little headway was made. A couple of conference reports were agreed to. when General Weaver again asserted his power, and tho House adjourned till the usual ovening pension session. THE COMMISSION EVIL. It Causes an Outrageous Attempt to Swindle an Old Illan. CnicAGO, January It A poor old man who could neither read nor write, came into the Central police station this afternoon and told a story which excited the sympathy and indigna tion of tho officers. His name is Lawrence Carr, and he had come from his home in Alcrai, near Cleveland, and was on his way to join bb son in Los Angeles, CaL He applied to tho Lake Shore and Michigan Southern ticket agent in Cleveland for transportation to Los Angeles, and was sold a ticket for $52 SO. Ho reached Chicago to-day and learned there for tho first timo that his ticket read, "Via North em Pacific Railroad to Vancouver and by boat to Los Angeles," an extremely circuitous route, which would require weeks of travel, entailing considerable hardship for a feeble old man this time of year. Besides these objections ho had only a few dollars in his pocket, and by no means enongh to keep him from starving, or the greatest pri vations, while making this long overland jour ney and ocean voyage, Tho only motive for the deception which was practiced upon the old man, must mnst havo been the $2 commission which tho Northern Pacific pays to agents. Officer Junger went with Mr. Carr to the Lako Shore and Michigan Southern office and pre sented the caso to tbo proper officials. They claimed to strongly discountenance such prac tices on the part of agents. A part of the money, $42 60, was returned to Mr. Carr, and he will endeavor with that amount to reach his des tination. OHIO ODD FELLOWS. The Returns of the Vote for Stato Grand Officers. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Findlay, O., January 1L The committee appointed by F. B. Zay, of this city. Grand Master of tho Odd Fellows of Ohio, has just completed the canvass of the returns of the vote cast by the several lodges in tho Stato for grand officers, with the following result: Grand Master, John W. McKlnney, No. 8, Piqua, 4,337; Aaron McNeil, No. 1, Cincinnati, 1,945, Deputy Grand Master, Matthew Bartlett, No. 38, Toledo, 3,621; John Little, No. S3, Spring field, 2,639. flranrl WnrHpn A. C. Rflolifoll TC" FH AVmn 1,306; D. S. Dryfus, No. 230. Zanesville. 2,131; E. W. Mosier, No. 581, Lima, 1,029; W. R. Roebuck, No. 72, Bellefontaine, 976; Casper Wlnket No. 667. Cleveland, 829. Grand Secretary, W. Chidsey, No. 83, Cincin nati, 6,231. Grand Treasurer, L. W. Sherwood, No. 612, Columbus. 6,249. Grand Representative. Jacob F. Bnrket, No. 73, FindUy, 2,781; C. L. Young, No. 23, Colum bus, 3,513. A BUST OR AN URN. A Dispute Over the Form of a Monument to Governor Mifflin. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Lancaster, January 11. The last Legisla ture appropriated $6,000 for a monument to mark the last resting place of Thomas Mifflin, the first Governor of Pennsylvania, whose re mains lie in the yard of Trinity Lutheran Church, this city. A commission was appointed to do the work, and they awarded the contract to Lowell &. Gruger, who made tho designs. One had a Dust of the Governor and the other an urn instead. The commission and the Governor approved tho one with the bust and ordered it to be made. The church vestry wanted the one with the urn, and because they cannot havo it they re i-e to allow the monument on their grounds. The Governor telegraphed to-day to have the work on the monument stopped for the present. It will now likely be erected in Harrisburg. THE BENEDICTINE ARCHABB0T Will Officiate Instead of Bishop Phclan at a Dedication To-Morrow. The Rt Rev. Bishop Richard Phelan is af flicted with such a severe cold that it has been impossible for him to leave his room for sev eral days. He had arranged to bless the new St Boniface Church, in Reserve township, to morrow, bat, as he is unable to attend to this himself, he has appointed tho Rt Rev. Arch abbot A. Hintenacht, O. S.B.,of,St Vincent's- This venerable dignitarj will be received at the Union depot by tho Knights of St George and all the benevolent societies of tho Kt Mary's Church, Allegheny; and by several of the priests of the Order of St. Benedict at 8t Mary's Church he will be accompanied tb Ro serve township. Tho Latest Drop-n-NIckel Machine. From the New York Sun. The latest development of inventive genius in tne way of a drop-a-nickel-ln-tbe-slot ma chine has just been perfected in London. Over there tho casual Londoner drops a penny in the slot and receives a postal card, on which he can scribble anything that he has forgotten when he was at his office or home, and drop it into the nearest box, without further trouble. The machines are to be Introduced into this coun try. It is rather odd, by the way, that the de velopment of this principle, which found its inception: in the bobtail car, has gone ahead steadily ever since the cars were objected to. Law and Order Convention. Chicago, January 11 Charles C. Bonney, of tnis city, president or the National Law and Order League, has issued a call for the seventh'' fl annual meeting oi tne organization at Boston r em-nary la ana vj next. AN UNCONVENTIONAL SENATOR. Bowon, of Colorado, Enjoys Life, but De nies That He Is a Poker Sharp. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Washtnoton, January lL-Senator Tom Bowen has returned to Washington from his unsuccessful trip to Colorado in search of a second term in the Senate. He. is quite dis appointed at the result of tho fight, but takes his defeat philosophically and says that Colo rado is a pretty good State to live in after all. He commends his successful rival, "Ed" Wol cott, as a man of brains, energy and education, a bom orator and a man who will be a credit to the Senate. In dress, manner and speeches, Mr. Bowen is the most free and easy, unconventional member of the Senate, and when he and Biddleberger go out on the 4tb of March, the standard of Senatorial dignity will move up several points in the scale. Mr. Bowen at tonds the sessions less regularly than any Sen ator except Biddleberger and Jones, of Ne vada. He never makes a speech, and seems to have no great interest iu anyparticular class of legislation. He is Chairman of the Committee on Enrolled Bills, which has a very cozy little room on tho main floor, elegantly furnished, and in which public business is not pressing. Here Mr. Bowen spends much of his time cracking jokes with a few choice friends, and driving dull care away. The Senator from the Centennial State has the reputation of being a wonderful poker player, but he has always denied this, and claimed that he is no match at all for such men as Charlie Farwell and Cush Davi3. However, Bowen is a genial fellow with a big heart and a level head, and many people in Washington beside his colleagues in the Senato will be sorry to lose such a good friend. A PROFOUND SENSATION. Election Frauds In West Virginia to be In vestigated by a Federal Jury Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Pabkersbubq, W. Va., January It There is every prospect that before the session of tho United States District Court, which assembled in this city to-day, adjourns there will be a largo addition to tho population of the peni tentiary, among the newcomers being many gentlemen prominent in both political parties in this State. Tho grand jury of this court ap peared before Judge Jackson this morning and received their instructions regarding the gen eral ana paipaDie irana at tne recent election. The court directed the jury to probe the matter to the bottom, regardless of persons or parties, and to mako an example of every one who seemed to bo tainted with crime of electoral fraud. He said that more than 400 witnesses, embracing many of the best-known officials and politicians of the State, bad been summoned to appear, and tbo efforts of the jury would be supported by tho Conrt in every possible way. The instructions of the Court have created a profound sensation among the politicians, and the most sensational developments are expect ed. Among the witnesses aro the editors of grominent party organs, and chairmen of the tate and county committees, members of tho Legislature and candidates for all grades of offices. It is thought a month will be occupied in investigations. 'GENE WETHERELL'S FUNERAL. Laid to Rest by Ills Sorrowing Widow and Friends at Gloucester. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Gloucester, Mass., January U. Emma Abbott's husband.was buried here to-day, the services being held in the Evangelical Congre gational Church. It had been intended to hold the services at his mother's house, but so many friends camo from a distance that it was neces sary to open the church. Among tho many floral offerings wero an elegant floral pillow of white pinks and roses, with "My Husband" in purpleacross the center, the tribute or affection from the bereaved widow, and a floral harp from the Emma Abbott Opera Company, now in Kansas City. There was a large attendance, Including a large number of men prominent In business circles. The body was buried in a beautiful lot in Oak Grove Cemetery, recently purchased by Emma Abbott, to be known as the Wetherell lot and on which, at an early day, she intends to erect a costly and beautiful monument which will be the finest In the city. Miss Ab bott is nearly prostrated with grief, but must soon return to Kansas City to fulfill her en gagements with her company. A CUTE SCHEME. Postmasters Resigning to Secnro Demo cratic Friends a Four-Year Term. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Washington. January 11. Tho President sent a long list of nominations of postmasters to the Senate this afternoon. In most cases they were appointments at offices that bave re cently become Presidental or where the in cumbent has resigned. Nearly all of these nominations, together with a large number previously sent to the Senate, will be allowed to die in the pigeon holes of theFostoffice Com mittee. To confirm them now would result in keeping a large amount of patronage out of the hands of President Harrison, and the Senators are not much disposed to do this. They have learned that there is an organized movement among postmasters a'l over the country to resign in favor of some particular person who is to be appointed in the hope of securing a full four years' term. The Senate Committee are carefully scrutinizing all the nominations and will hang up all except a few that are made in good faith and where con firmation is necessary to the proper perform ance of the public business. SALVATIONISTS DISAGREE. A General Accused by a Frivato ot Malad ministration of Finances. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Brooklyn, N. Y., January 11. The Brook lyn contingent of the Salvation Army is all stirred up over the quarrel of General T. E. Moore and a discharged private. Maxwell. Last night Maxwell raised a big hullaballoo at a meeting of Salvation Army trustees, about General Moore's maladministration of the Brooklyn contingent's finances. After a good bit of crimination and recrimin ation, General Moore told Maxwell to formulate his charges or get out ot the meeting. Max well refused to do either. General Moore called the police and Maxwell left General Moore says he will ruin Maxwell at the next regular meeting of the trustees. FEARFUL OF THE GREEKS. A Gift of $50,000 Which Is Being Accepted Very Gingerly. Bpeclal Telegram to the Dispatch. New York, January 11. The trustees of the Produce Exchange gratuity fund have thanked William R. Foster very gingerly for the $50,000 which ho sent them yesterday. Mr. Foster gave the money to help make good the big losses of the gratuity fund through his son, now in Canada. The trustees fear to formally accept this present They apprehend that it is of the Grecian kind. They are taking legal advice in regard to the rights and claims which wonld still be theirs against Foster, Jr., in case Fos ter, Sr.'s partial settlement should be accepted. In the meantime, they kept the $50,000. News From Jerusalem. From the New York Sun.l Mr. Alfred A. Marcus, of Boston, has received a letter from bis agent in Jerusalem, under date of Tebeth, December 18, which brings the happy news that tho very severe drought and want of rain has been supplied. But the most extraordinary news is, they ba7e had in the Holy City storms of rain and snow alternately, with very short interruptions, and tho cold has been intense, and If it continues there will be a great scarcity of every description of pro visions. The European mail was robbed on the road from Jaffa to Jerusalem. Only $1,500 for n 810,000 Husband. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. New York, January 1L David Henderson, of the Anchor steamship lme, was directed by the Supreme Conrt to-day to indemnify Mrs. Kate Hogan for the loss of Mr. Hogan, sev eral months ago. Mr. Hogan was knocked by a sling into the hold of the steamship Devonia. He received injuries of which he died. Mrs. Hogan sued the Anchor line for $10,000. She got a verdict for $1,500. They Are AlivaysfWith Us. Krom the New York Tress. 1 Steve Brodie is going to jump into the Genesee where Sam Patch died. The worst of it is that if this fool dies like the other fool, some other fool will want to try it and there are always more fools. General Weaver's Figure. From the Washington Star. General Weaver is a dramatic figure these days. Like the swan that furnishes tne dirge for his own funeral the General proposes to be musical as long as he may. Strange but True. From tho Providence Journal. 1 General Boulanger has a great past before him. AN ENGLISH EETIEW Of tho Political Events on This Continent Daring the Year 1SS8. The London Saturday Review, in comment ing upon the affairs of the English Govern ment in North America for the past year, says: A much more serious matter has been the failure of the fishery treaty with the United States. By the exertions of Mr. Chamberlain and the Canadian delegates, helped by the ap parent goodwill of President Cleveland's ad ministration, a convention had been made which was firmly believed to be acceptable to both parties to the long-standing dispute. It would probably have been duly ratified If this year had not included a Presidental election in the United States. As President Cleveland Is a Democrat the Republican majority in the Senate thought the interests of their party would be served as representing him as unduly favorable to Canada and England. The treaty was therefore rejected, and, as far as we are concerned, came to an end. It still, however, played Its part in internal American politics. Mr. Cleveland, to show that he was not more mindful of decency and good manners in deal ing with England than an American who wishes to remain in politics ought to be, recom mended a policy of what he called retaliation against Canada, which also was rejected by the Senate. Beforo long Mr. Cleveland had another op portunity of Bhowingthat he could be rude enough to please even Mr. James C. Blaine. Very shortly before the time fixed for the election of electors, Lord Sackville, the En glish Minister at Washington, was induced to write a very imprudent letter of advice to a correspondent who represented himself as a citizen of the United States, born a British subject, In want of guidance as to what he ought to do with his vote. By an ienoble trick this letter was published, and the Republicans made capital out of it against Mr. Cleveland. When tho President found that ho was being represented to the Irish voters as too civil to England because he at first saw nothing to make a disturbance about he hastened to pnt himself right by first demanding the recall of Lord Sackville, and then, without waiting to allow tho English Government to inquire or decide, by sending the English Minister his Eassports. Mr. Cleveland's efforts were barren, owever. When the election had been held, it was found that a majority of the States had voted for his Republican rival, Mr. Harrison. This Incident and the knowledge that Mr. Cleveland was favorable to such a rearrange ment of the United States Tariff as would practically work for free trade, have given this election an exceptional interest in England. WHISKI IS SAFE, At Least the Members of tho Trust Ap pear to Think So. Chicago, January It Whisky Trust stock has not been depreciated in value by Judge Barrett's decision in the caso of the people against the North River Refining Com pany, otherwise the Sugar Trust of New York. It appears that the Whisky Trust at this Incep tion, secured a copy of the charter of the sugar combination, but that the attorneys picked it to pieces, removing the weak points and bol stering it up in anticipation of just such an emergency as is now presented. Doubtless that is the reason that the whisky men are so un concerned. Mr. Abel, of tho Phoenix Dis tillery Company, speaking of the matter to-day, said: "Tho Whisky Trust did not fashion its charter after that of tho Sugar Trust although it may be similar. Whether it is like it or not Is of very little concern to us, as we think there is little, If any, fear of any law on the subject reaching us. We are not worried one bit" MRS. CLEVELAND'S PORTRAIT. A movement on Foot to Havo It Placed in the White House. Washington, D. C, January IL There is a project on foot to have a portrait of Mrs. Cleveland placed in the White Hause. Three members of the Woman'3 National Press Asso ciation have the matter in charge and think of having Mrs. Cleveland painted as she stood re ceiving New Year's Day. She wore a costume which captured the hearts of the women, and her grace and beauty were remarked by every one as something soon to be missed from tho White House. There are portraits of the wives of four Presidents on the White House walls, Martha Washington. Mrs. Trier. Mrs. Polk and Mrs. Hayes the portrait of Mrs. Hayes contributed by the Woman's Christian Temperance Union as a recognition of her influenco in the tem perance cause. PLEADING FOR FAIR PLAT. Pittsburgora Ask the Inter-State Commerce Commission to Enforce the Law. Special Telegram to the Dispatch. Washington, January 16. A score or two of lawyers and witnesses from Pittsburg and vicinity appeared to-day before the Inter-State Commerce Commission for the Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Ohio, and Pittsburg and Lake Erie Railroads, and for the ImpertafCoal Com pany. This company claims it shovld have the benefit of the shorter distance to Lake Erie as compared with other companies farther from the lake, but still within the 40-mlle radius. Hon. John Dalzell represented the Imperial Coal Company, and made a very able speech, and Attorneys Stone, Reed, and others repre sented the railroads. The commission reserves its decision. It Was Not a Bridge of Size. A petition for the dissolution of the East End Bridge Company was filed yesterday by G. M. Laugblin, President of tho company. It was incorporated in 1874 for tho purpose of con structing and maintaining a bridge across the Monongahela river from the property of the Eliza Furnace in the Fourteenth ward to Thir tieth street on the Southside. No part of the bridge was ever built St. Fanl's Ex-Ice Palace. From the Chicago News. A tear, like a pearly dewdrop caught In a lily's perfumed chalice, Comes into one's eye at every thought Of St Paul's ex-ice palace. Harris Will be Senator. NASnviLiE, January 1L The Democratic members of tho Legislature held a caucus to night to nominate a Senatorial candidate. One ballot was taken, standing: Isham G. Harris. 62; J. D. C. Atkins, 23; John H. Savage, 9. Nec essary to a Choice, 42. Superstition and Fact. from the Punxsutawney Spirit In Germany it is said to be a sign of ap proaching good fortune to have a spider spin his web across your door, but in this country it is simply a sign that you don't advertise. FACTS AND FIGURES. The Arctic whaling 6eason forlS88, which is about over, resulted in a catch of 1S4 whales, against 293 last year. According to the latest report of tho De partment of Agriculture, there are in this country 44,000,000 swine. In 100 years England has aided her merchant ships to the amount of $275,000,000 and her private ship yards to the amount of 100,006, MO. In the single industry of iron and steel in this county 37,350 men are employed, who receive every two weeks $939,500 in wages, or $23,487,600 a year. A law has recently been enacted In the Ger man Empire prohibiting the use ot tin alloy in the manufacture of cooking, eating and drink ing utensils, that contains more than 10 per cent of lead. The total carrying capacity of the mercan tile vessels of this country Is 4.101,915 tons, be ing an increase of 212,600 tons over 1887. Forty six per cent of last year's increase was in our western lake marine. Stock of wheat in the United Kingdom at the beginning of the year is officially reported as about 20,000,000 bushels, the same being 4,000,000 bushels less than some recent estimates. Stocks of both wheat and flour are returned as 19,377.259 bushels In the British Isles, 11,690,000 bushels on ocean passage, 7,366,000 bushels m Odessa (all wheat), t17L475 bushels in Paris and 1,147,660 bushels in Marseilles. Men in the export trade say the foreign situation is im provingfwith news of drouth in India, failure in Australia and smaller yield In Russia than has been estimated. The kind of money in the treasury changed somewhat in the last fiscal ytar. The increased holdings consisted largely of legal tender noJcs and credits to the Government In njiral banks, so there was no disturbance of!flts?r- dinary circulating medium. Of $862,280,000 of interest bearing bonds which remained out standing January 1 18S9, $163,480,000 were held by the treasury as security for national bank note circulation and $49,249,000 for deposits ot public money, leaving only $643,531,000 of Gov ernment bonds, exclusive of those in the cus tody of the department CUB10DS CONDMSATI0S8. The Czar of Kussia wears a ring im which Is embedded a piece of the trus cross. A screech owl was recently found oh the farm of a Susquehanna county man with the figures "1876" cut on its beak. Churchill county, Nevada, is in danger of breaking in two. A crack has recently ap peared three feet wide, several miles long, and how deep no one can find out The oldest musical society in the world, the Antlltzgesellscnaf t, celebrated its two hun dred and seventieth anniversary last week at St Gall, in Switzerland, with great eclat. One of Maine's Interesting industries is at Omeville, where one coneern makes 20 different kinds ot log and board rules and four different caliper rules. The factory sends ltt rules all over the world. ' A Maine pine tree recently felled at Bullen's Mills was 105 feet long, 3 feet 11 inches on the stump, and the first three cuts of 12 feet each made L22S feet of sawed boards. The top of the sixth cut 72 feet from the stump, was 13 inches through. James Bailey, of Towa, who married hia second wife two days after the death of tho first Mrs. Bailey, was the recipient of a coat of tar and feathers, and succeeded in rubbing off the last of thetarju3t63 days after the close of his second honeymoon. An omnibus run by electricity, the only one in the world, has made successful trips in London. It runs on any kind of a street without the use of rails, while the so called electric omnibus of Paris is in reality a train of cars running on a track. In one-year Frank Davis, a Des Moines youth, got into jail, broke out, saved two boys from drowning, discovered and put out a fire, had his arm broken, stole a horse, shot at a burglar and put out his brother's eye. H he lives to grow up he will be a hustler. In a row at Terre Haute, Ind., a negro known as "Jasper" was struck on the head by a bullet fired from a revolver of heavy caliber held quite near him. The bullet was flattened by the man's skull and fell to the floor, leaving only a sore spot on Jasper's head to remind h that his thick skull had saved his life. The residents of Hew Brunswick: and its suburbs havo drganized to kill, capture or maim an alleged monsterwhich has been carry ing off all the poultry thereabouts. Some of the more timid persons aver that it is a llonj some that it is a wildcat and still others that it is only the proverbial colored man with a bag. John Hancock, of "Worth county, Ga., says that he can remember when evary mem ber of the Georgia Legislature was dressed In homespun. It was in 1829, and the tariff had caused woolen goods to reach such an exorbi tant price that tbo Legislature resolved as a man to buy no more manufactured cloth until the duty was reduced, and they kept the reso lution. Last summer a 13-year-old boy, while pulling fodder on the farm of his father, George G. Brogdon, of Gwinnett Ga., un earthed a rock described as "fnll nt imM This fall Mr. Brogdon had the vein tested by an experienced miner, who says it is a remark ably promtsing vein. It Is opened for ten feet is a foot thick, and will yield from $30 to $50 to the ton. The big iron tower in Paris, which is now in process of being erected, is about two thirds finished. It will be 934 feet in height when completed, and the ascent will be accom plished In elevators in five minutes. At present the workmen occupy an hour In reaching their work, and they wear blinders, which prevents them from seeing anything but the work before them, as an outlook would produce giddiness. The chef d'eanvre of the' art treasures owned by Queen Victoria is her Sevres dessert set which is kept at Windsor Castle. It is valued at $250,000. This service was made for King Louis XVL of France, and was purchased by King George IV. when Prince Regent The pound is of gros bleu, with a wonderful gild ing by the renowed Leguay and exquisite medallion subjects painted byDodln. It will scarcely be credited that this almost priceless service was for many years in dailyuse at Carlton House and at the Cottage in Windsor Park for the private table of George IV.. and during that period 12 pieces disappeared, being reported as broken. At a Boston club the other evening this story was told of a certain eminent Judge, who was probably about the "nearest" man in tbo old Bay Stato, and that's saying a good deal. His thrift had naturally resulted in wealth, and he owned many houses. In one of them, a very small one, lived an Irishman who got behind with his rent The Judge worried over the matter greatly, and fought for some property of the tenant that might be attached for the debt." The poor fellow had nothing worth attaching except a fine fat pig. and the law forbade a landlord's attachingapoor man's only pig. But the Judge wanted roast pig.and. worse than alt he wanted his rent and so he thought bard; and the result of his thinking was a complete and, to him, very successful solution of the problem. He hunted around town until ha found a very poor, miser able little pig, which he bought for almost nothing. He gave this pig to the Irishman, who thanked him warmly. Then the Judge attached the fat pigl The smuggling of Chinese men and women from British America into United States territory is a very lucrative business at various points along the border from Van couver to Winnipeg. 11 tho venture fails at one place it Is renewed at another, and sooner or later the pilgrims get in. A new trick just discovered at Whatcom, Wash. T., has almost taken away the breath of the Federal officials, for they know that it must have been very suc cessful fora time. The large number of squaws coming into the country from British Columbia finally attracted the attention of an official. and he took a party of them to jail. On close inspection it was found that the creatures wero not squaws at all, but able-bodied Chinamen who bad painted and otherwise disguised them- selves so as to resemble the typical Indian squaw of the frontier. In one instance two young and rather comely Chinese women cams across in the garb of American women, but closely veiled. An ungallant official lifted their veils and found them ont These girls were billed through to San Francisco, and were worth to their owner about $2,000 apiece. FUJWY MEN'S FANCIES. Ted "Why do you think Miss Euclid is of such a very logical turn of mind? NedShe once tried to prove that I ought to marry ber.St.Paul Qlobt. Teacher Samuel, which animal, outside of man, has the most brains? Samuel The hog. Teacher (surprised) The hog? Hamnel Certainly; he has a hogshead full fit. Paul Globe. Lover ;I adore yon, Alice. Alice (embracing him) Oh, It is sweet! Lover When shall ire marry? Alice (haughtily) Never sir. The Count pro posed to-day, and I accepted him. I was practic ing on you. St Paul Globe. Hard on the Trofession. First Actor Say, Charlie, who Is this Kobtrt Klsmere every body's talking about? Second Actor Blamed if I know. There's so many of them English duffers in the "profesh" nowadays a fellow can't keep track of half of ; e'm. Detroit Free Frets. It was a Jackpot Boston So that's) Tombstone Bill, is It? Denver That's BUI, stranger, the smartest cuss this side o' the Kockies. Hoston (sarcastically) Do yon raise many Uka Bill ronnd here? IJenver Welt I reckon not. Tho last fellow that raised Bill went dead broke for six months, Lowell Citizen. A Serious Trouble. Doctor My poor man! Yon seem to be la a sad condition. Indeed. What is your trouble? Cadaverous Individual Difficulty la swallow ing. Doctor Does it seem to be due to constriction of the throat? Cadaverous Individual No; It's due 'to not having anything to swallow. Burlington Frtl Press. BOTH MISTAKEN. He stopped in front of a maiden fair 'Twas at a waxworks show And he said: "How lifelike Is her stare! How natural her golden hair! Her cheeks! See what a hue they weart They actually glow I" .The maiden opened wide her eyes "Notonly can they walk," She said In evident surprise, "But now It seams these effigies Are made in such a wonderous wise They actually talk!" Chicago TribUTu. Experimental Engagement Kings. Young Alan (confidentially)! want to see some of your solitaire rings. Jeweler Engagement rings, I presume. Young Man-Y-yes, sir. Jeweler Here's just the thing you want Alaska stone, roUed plate, and warranted for a year. Young Han But I want a real stone. Jeweler Of course. As 1 was going to say, we give one of the plated rings along with earh real stone. They, are exact duplicates. If the engagement Is a success, it is very easy to sub stitute the real for the Imitation. Terrs liaut Express. t 1 f-