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' - ; THE PITTqBtTKQ DISPATCH, JtONDAT;' PEBRtTAE"r'"25; ' 1889. ft & B S t r t &&Y ya Q f (tne .smprg.. ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1S41 Vol. 44, - 18. Entered HI Pittsburg Poit oSlce, Itovemberlt. 1SS7, u sucono-ciass matter. Business Office 07 a.nd.99 Filth Avenue. News Rooms and Publishing House--75, 77 and 78 Diamond Street This paper having more than Double tho circulation of nny other In Iho State outside of Philadelphia, its, advantages as an adver tising medium wilt be apparent. TERMS OF THE DISPATCH. rOSTAGE TREE IN TBE CMIJLD STATES. Dxilt Dispatch, Oue Year 4 8 CO Daily Dispatch, Per Quarter 00 Dailt Diepatch, OacJuonth Daily Dispatch, including Sunday, one year.. . 1000 Daily Dispatch, including Sunday, per quarter Daily Dispatch, including Sunday, one month. - SO Ecxday Dispatch, oneyear. ISO Weekly Dispatch, one year 1SS Toe Daily Dispatch is delivered by carriers at U cents per week, orincludlngthebundaycdluon, at 0 cents per week. PITTSBURG, MONDAY. FEa 25, 1SS9. A PEETUfEHT SUGGESTION. A very pertinent suggestion is inspired by the Beard of the Exposition in onr local columns, in reference to the taking of life memberships by young people. In a limited sense there would be an ad vantage to the Exposition in baring its life members mainly of advanced age, as in the course of time these memberships would ex pire by their death. But there is a broader view to take ot it than that, which is sug gested by the board. The future management of this public enterprise will lie in the hands of the young er men of to-day. It is well for the Exposi tion to have them interested in it; and it is well for them to become partners of the en terprise in its inception. The suggestion that the life memberships should be placed among young men is a sound one. It will be wise for the future business men of Pittsburg to identify themselves with the future exponent of its enterprise and growth. TAKE IT "WITH SALT. A rather good story is told by our Harris burg correspondent as coming from a politi cal worker, about how a man went into a certain campaign in the interest of purity and reform, and was presently found strik ing the candidate for more money than the regular and professed strikers wanted. If the story is strictly based on fact it only shows that there are hypocrites and Phari sees in politics as there are in every other department ot effort; and does not one whit detract from the necessity of realjrarity. But the fact that the story is told for the purpose of creating the idea that the men who object to money in politics are the worst of the lot, renders it necessary to treat with reserve the rather large draft upon the public credulity that it makes. "When jt is alleged that any Pecksniffian amateur can bleed a candidate worse than the profes sional heeler, we must beg leave to season the assertion with considerable salt before it is swallowed. THE SHITTING SURPLUS. The report that the President intends to make a pocket veto of the direct tax refund ing bill, arouses considerable comment; and some of the most singular is furnished by the journals that are opposed to the bill. Thus, the generally consistent Philadel phia fiecord says that the bill, if it should become a law, "it would put nearly two millions of dollars to the credit of Pennsyl vania; but as this sum is less than that which Pennsylvania would have to pay to refill the gap made in the Federal Treasury, the State in the long run would be a loser rather than a gainer." But the esteemed Record as for a year or two been one of the most forcible exponents of the indisputable fact that there is much more money in the Federal Treasury than is wanted. "What Has become of the surplus? Does the .Rec ord intend to have it understood that the Cleveland administration or its defeat has caused the surplus to disappear? Another view on the surplus question is furnished by the Buffalo Express, which says: "The loyal States which paid this tax do not need this money. It would be a curse to them. So let it remain with the other Treasury accumulations." This seems to indicate that the surplus has shifted to the State treasuries and to argue a novel prosperity among the Commonwealths. It is certain that the National Treasury does not need the money; and if the State Gov ernments are the equitable owners, they will probably consent to perform their duty ' by taking it. As the bill simply proposes to dispose of a tax, which some States paid and others did not, by putting them all on an even footing, it would certainly seem discreet if there are any reasons against it, other than purely sec tional ones, to have the President set them forth in a veto message. THE CLASS IDEA, The idea of injecting the interests of a class into a question of public importance reappears from the "West. In Missouri, where the question of a legislative reduction of passenger rates is under debate, it is argued, professedly on behalf of the Brother hood of Locomotive Engineers, that any considerable reduction of passenger rates would lead to the discharge of many rail way employes, and a general lessening, of wages. The Dispatch has fnlly urged the error and crudity of all attempts to legislate a restriction of the price of any service or commodity; so that it will not be misunderstood in pointing out that such an argument is bad in its statement of fact, worse in its application. A reduction of passenger rates does not generally have the effect of causing people to travel less, and so just as many employes would be needed, unless the railroads went ont of business. In that case the injury to employes wonld be no greater than the injury to the whole community. It is time for people to learn to discuss public questions in the interest of the entire public, and .not of limited classes. LITERARY VICES. Two features, of modern literary effort, which appear to be thought essential to suc cess, deserve a little notice. The least im portant is that of shrouding the meaning of a sentence in extremely recondite language. Edgar Saltus heroine, -with "eyes of iserine hue," and his hero, with his optics "of that eburneanhue which is noticeable in dysodile coal," impresses the average novel reader with the immense knowledge of the writer; but it does not convey any distinct impres sion to the average reader. Ithardly seems too much to say that there is no intention of clear and perspicuous information in such phrases. The other feature is the tendency of the current producers of light literature toward " the goal of surpassing the efforts of Daudet, if not of Zola, in actual prurience. -Edgar Saltus, to whom we have already referred, t owes whatever reputation be has to a cyni cal audacity in conceiving unmenttonaDie plots and presenting them with the art that has never been before seen outside of the French school. This is perhaps the highest specimen of the native class, com bining a little of the power of Balsac, with out his magnificent breadth of conception, with the terrible cynicism of Daudet and Cherbuliez; but as we go down the scale, Amelie Hives and the lesser lights of the day profess the passion rather than the cense or morality of life. The extent of this vicious tenancy appears from the fact that an editorially outspoken newspaper the other day called attention to the fact that a novel was published,advcrtising itself in the title as "A Disreputable Story." Whether this is reprobated as false pretenses is not absolutely clear; but it seems probable by the fact that the paper reproving it is pub lishing a serial story, based on the life of Prado, in which the hero has two illicit love affairs in each chapter, and in each chapter winds them up by killing one of his mis tresses and running away from the other. Are the manufacturers of such stuff right in thinking that the public demands it? The trouble is not so much in the public de mand as it is in the dearth of brains to sup ply a higher and puter class of literature. THE H0HB0E DOCTRINE MISAPPLIED. The minority report in the House sup ports the Edmunds resolution on the Pana ma canal, with an argument which is essen tially the usual argument in favor of warn ing off France. Nevertheless the majority report is nearer right; and some of the reasons for thinking so can be briefly stated. In the first place, the Monroe doctrine was a protest "solely against the re-establishment of European royalties in America. It was inspired by Canning and was the foundation of his boast that he had "called in the New "World to redress the balance of the Old." That it was never intended to prevent for eign governments interesting themselves in works of civilization to aid commerce, ap pears with tolerable force from the fact that since its enunciation the Canadian canals have been built by English Governmental influence, without any protest from this country, and with advantageous results to it Next, it is not the part of wisdom to bite off more than we can chew, in the way of warning European powers to keep away from spots to which they may take a fancy. It is especially unwise to do this to a power which might be useful and friendly to us. It would be very unfortunate if we should wipe the French nary off the ocean, in order to keep it away from Panama, and then find that we needed it in order to keep the Ger man navy away from Samoa. Finally, it is not necessary to give France a slap in the face by ordering her not to do what at present she shows no signs of doing. One of the most probable results of such of course would be to put it into the French mind that the honor of France requires her to do it. THE CAUCUS IDEA. A rather remarkable and instructive ex ample of the way in which the view of. things is changed by the standpoint, is furnished by some comments in the wide awake Chicago JVetcs on Mr. Randall's course with regard to revenue legislation. The Xetcs enumerates among Mr. Randall's sins that "lie has declared that he will abide by no caucus agreement concerning tariff legislation." This can hardly fail to re mind the readers of that journal that it has been one of the keenest critics of the super stition that men must be, bound by the rule of a caucus to vote for measures which they do not approve. But when the measure is one of which the News approves, it looks as if it thinks the caucus fetish must be worshiped. The illustration works the other way as rwell. There are many Bepublicans and high tariff men who have strenuously main tained that obedience-to the caucus is an es sential of party organization. The warmest advocates of this idea in the protection ranks are among the most ardent admirers of Mr. Randall's break away from the Dem ocratic caucus. The caucus which they wish to make absolute is the caucus which does' as they wish; but the other caucus can be smashed without sacrilege, in their esti mation. This seems to make the estimate of the caucus about equal, whether it comes from independent or strictly partisan sources. The caucus that suits our view must be obeyed; but when it agrees with our views to smash it, let it be smashed. Senator Ingalis tongue is reported to have rotten the better of him on the sub ject of Harrison's Cabinet, and he is said to surpass himself in his denunciation of the incoming administration. It is suspected that Ingalls is much displeased because "some fellow like Phelps" is not going to run the administration. It is asserted that pigs have no brains, on the strength of an investigation which some people in New Jersey made by a post mor tem examination of a porker whose cranial cavity was discovered to be empty. But before extending this damaging generaliza tion to the whole porcine race, it should be remembered that this was a New Jersey hog. From the political manifestations in which the human population have indulged, it would be manifestly unjust to expect the New Jersey pigs to have any brains. It is declared in New York that "every successive year lessens the possibilities for making large fortunes in Wall street." This looks like 'proof that the "Wall street lambs are getting their eyes opened to the game of passing off watered stocks as invest ments of real value. A Russian prince has been arrested in Hew York for getting away with an over coat, and a Portuguese marquis has been locked up in Brooklyn for nabbing two coats. This shows where the affections of the men of Gotham are placed. The aristocracy of the Old "World can carry off the New York heiresses with impunity; but when they proceed to lay hands on the New Yorkers' coats, the majesty of the law is up in arms against them. Perhaps Oscar "Wilde wrote his article on the "Decay of Lying" before Le Caron and Pigott were known to him; but if he had known them, it is not certain that he wonld have changed his view. Their lying is exceedingly decayed. It is no more than justice to recognize that something is being done in Arkansas .to punish the assassins of John M. Clayton, one of the men charged with the murder having been arrested last week. It is a rather remarkable fact, though, that the arc rest is repqrted to have been made "by the Democratic deputy of & Democratic United States Marshal." Has the State ot Arkan- sas no machinery for the tines t of murder ers? Dan Lamonx's back-salary provision went through without friction. It is evi dent that the wide-awake Private Secretary put his geniality where it did the most good. Tabor, of Cplorado, called upon Presi dent Harrison the other day and informed him that Thurston must b'e Secretary of the Interior. His argument was that "Thurston is an anti-monopolist and for that reason must hare the place." This is important as indicating Tabor's belief that an anti monopolist is one who draws a big salary as attorney and lobbyist for a big corpora tion. One of the most unexpected but bene ficial results of the Parnell letters fraud will be realized when it is made apparent that it has broken the back of Balfour. The report' that an Indianapolis bicyclist ran over two Judges of the Supreme Court of Indiana the other day, is likely to prove damaging to the reputation of wheelmen for good judgment It is beyond the general knowledge how a bicyclist of good sense could waste his time running over judges when the Indiana Legislature is in session. MEN AND WOMEN. John Buskin is still in a precarious condi tion. He attempts no work whatever. Mrs. Ingalls is considered a handsome woman, and her daughter is ono of the most charming girls at Washington. President-elect Harrison has bad to let up on bis smoking. Ho has been in the J habit of late of smoking from 10 to 12 cigars a 'day, but his nerves could net stand the strain. Lord Tennyson writes as follows to the Critic: "I thank yon for asking me to be among the numberless number of those who greet Mr. Lowell on his seventieth birthday. I wish that I had seen more of him whilo he wasamong us. .All blessings bo upon him and upon his coun try." Boss Elizabetd: Cleveland is living qui etly in a cottage in Florida, surrounded by an orange grove. She rises early in the morning, takes a short walk, breakfasts and then devotes four hours to literary work. Her forthcoming novel will give expression in a roundabout way to her religions views. Frederick W. Seward, son of President Lincoln's Secretary of State, lives quietly with his family at Montrose-on-the-Hudson. His country seat is one of the most charming on the Hudson banks, and is the pride of the owner. Since his retirement from political life Mr. Seward seems to have dropped completely ont of sight. He wonld havo it so. John W. Noble, of St. Louis, Mo., who is on the latest Cabinet slate, looks a good deal hko George Francis Train. He has the same kind of curling gray hair, the same little tnft of chin whiskers and much the same bearing. No ble is, however, somewhat heavier than Train and more reserved In manner. He is a mem ber of the law firm of Noble fc Orrick, promi nent in St. Louis, and would probably lose money by accepting a Cabinet portfolio. He is a lover of good dinners, good stories and good fellows. BLAINE ENJ0IED THE JOKE. Spirits, Under Herrmann's Guidance, Mako a Very Amusing Prediction. Washington, February 24. The Hon. C. C. Spcllman, of Springfield, Democrat. ex State Senator, sleight-of-hand performer and good fellow, is at Willard's with Mrs. Spell man. Spcllman has a most engaging mustache and imperial. These hirsute adornments, in fact, resemble those of the great Herrmann. 1 The other night the magician had in one of the boxes at the National Theater so distinguished v a spectator as James G. Blaine. Ho saw the .! -v fit...- 1 LI- . f . ti J future Secretary of State and his nerve failed him. But Soellman was in the audience. Herrmann knew him; he knew him by the model of his whiskers; he knew him by the reputation for legerdemain made in the Massa chusetts Legislature under the Speakership of the Hon. C. J. Nojes and the railroad commit tee incumbency of Jimmy Donovan, then a plain representative. Herrmann beckoned Spellman to the stage for the almost super human exhibition of quiet nerve anddexterity. The audience didn't see the lightning change. The Springfield man was equal to the occasion. He deposited bis plug hat on a neighboring table, rolled up his sleeves so that all might be perfectly fair, and said: "James G. Blaine, if you are in the cabinet give three knocks!" The house roared. Mr. Blaine smiled and enjoyed it. Alter the performance he went behind the scenes to shake the hand of Spell- THEI NEED NETER BURST. How to Keep Water-Pipes From Freezing in the Coldest Weather. From the bt. Louis I'ost Dispatch. 1 ".Now that cold weather has set in," said a plumber in conversation with a hotel manager this morning, "I expect that there will be a great many frozen pipes, and that a great deal ot damage will be done in consequence. If people only knew it there is no necessity for pipes ever freezing. The habit that some have of letting the water run slowly all night does well enough, but is by no means a sure preven tive. At an exposed angle a little ice may ac cumulate, which soon closes the pipe, 'the water fills it below the obstacle and a break occurs. Turning off the water in the basement is an absolutely sure preventive, if properly done. But as too often managed this method invites a burst, and a very large proportion of broken pipes are due to Ignorance in this re spect. v Of course there can be no freezing when the pipes are empty, but nearly everyone turns the water on with full force in the morning. The pipes are of course cold, and so is the water, and as soon as it enters the pipe with a full head, it is likely to freeze in an instant, and not at a single point, as is the case when the water stands, but throughout the entire length of the pipe, splitting It from top to bottom. To avoid this a thin stream should first be admitted, and then the full head turned on five or 10 minutes later.' By observing' this precaution a break will be rendered practically impossible." BEDS FOR EVERYBODY. AlNow Industry That Hna Been Boomed by the Inauguration. "From the"Wash!ngton Critic A new industry has been started in Wash ington during the past week. At least it is new is a certain sense, for it is only every four years that it is carried on to any extent. It is a mattress manufactory, and is doing a rushing business. Men, women and children are mak ing an entire mattress for 5 cents. "I have now nearly 5,000 mattressesbn hand," said the propnetor, "and I expect to make 20, 000 more before the 4th of March. The de maud is something enormous. It seems that everybody In Washington Is going to accom modate a dozen or more visitors, and many of my orders are from private residences. The larger class, however, come from people who have rented balls or vacant lofts. I am going into it myself. You see, by the time the crowd commences to come this business will be all through with, and I am going to fix the place up for lodgers. I have an order here from one of the leading hotels for 300 mat tresses. They are going to clear their dining rof m after 9 o'clock every night and pack the surplus guests on the floor like sardines in a box. Yes, indeed, you can depend upon it, there's going to be a great hustle after the almighty dollar about the 1th of March." SO SHE CELEBRATED. Mrs. Rchlnchtuer Hoists a Flag When She Hears of Her Rival's Suicide. New York, February 21. When Mrs. Chris tine Schluchtner heard of the death of Mrs. Thomas Schnltz, who committed suicide in Brooklyn the other day, she hoisted a flag in her Brooklyn residence. Mrs. Schluchtner recently secured a limited divorce in a suit in which she made Mrs. Scbultz a co-respondent. It was joy at her late rival's tragic end that prompted the raising of the flag. The neighbors tried to-day to get the Solice to pull down the flag, but they wonld not oit A Sesquipedalian Sentence, Irrom the Hew York Herald. 1 Evarts is having a chit with Mr. Phelps. The ex-Minister intends to reply as soon as the Sen ator reaches the end of bis first sentence If be don't die of old age in, the meantime. POLITICAL WHITE WINGS. The Cost of a Delegate Who Insists Upon Parity in Politics, bat Present a Bis; Bill of Expenses, and Kictta Himself Becauso He Didn't Ask for More, rrnox a staff cobhespondent. Harrisburg, February 24. The white wings of the practical politician are things the average Individual doesn't take a great deal of stock in in these degenerate .days when same people labor under the opinion that the person who goes into politics must not only wear gloves to keep his hands clean, but must also use tongs in handling a great many subjects. The practical politician, however, admits, both for pnbllcation and as a guarantee of good faith, that be is not only no angel, but is sim ply human no more and no less: and being human he has no hesitation in saying that he frequently meets with many funny things when his gun is resting in the seclusion of his home. "When I am out electioneering for a friend," said a gentleman from the northwest, "and meet a man who is out for money I know just what to do, but sometimes I meet other kinds ot fellows. "A friend of mine was running for Congress last year, and we had quite a tidy contest on hand at the primaries. I sent a man over into a neighboring township to secure the right kind of men to be put up as delegates for our candidate in the different districts, and to see that the vote was got out in good shape for him. In one district the man who was doing business for me mot a country Sunday school superintendent, who was repute'd to be a man of influence in his section. The man 1 had sent out, whose name isn't Smith, just as mine isn't Jones, met him on his native heath and sounded him as to his sentiments. He wasn't unfavorable to dur candidate, but he objected to politics. There was too much money used in campaigns, and something ought ito be done to stop it. He hated to mix in pol itics at all on account of tho boodle that was used right and left. It was decidedly wrong, and he felt like showing his disapproval of it by steering clear of the whole business, thereby shunning even the ap pearance of evil. "It was a very nice story, and my friend, whose name Isn't Smith, listened to it at tentively, but with many misgivings, and final ly suggested that the Sunday school superin tendent, whose name isn't Drown, was just the man to go into a campaign and give that moral tone which was so lacking in these degenerate days. Wouldn't he, in the interest of good morals and good politics, consent to have his name used as a delegate for our friend who was opposed to illegitimate expenditures in politics T "The man whose name isn't Brown at first demurred, though it pleased him to learn that our candidate was that kind of a man. Of course, he admitted, it might be a man's duty under the circumstances to go in and help so good a man. Purity in politics was what he was after himself -and it didn't seem quite right, after all, not to take off his coat and give the thing a boost. He would, ho thought final ly, liko to do it, but there wero of course some necessary expenses and he was a poor man. "'Don't let that worry you,' said my friend, whose name isn't Smith. 'We will pay all the necessary expenses. Get all the wagons you need to get our vote out and look after the necessary outlay. Then bring the bill to me and I will pay it. We don't want to spend any money illegitimately and you striKo me about right. We leave everything in your hands in the interest of that purity which should sur round the ballot box.' "The gentleman whose name isn't Brown was elected a delegate to the convention in the in terest of purity and our man. A few days later I happened to be at the county town on bus iness, and I saw him talking to my friend, whose name isn't Smith, and ho had a face on him as long as the moral law. My friend wore a much longer one, and it wasn't a bit less ab breviated when ho camo over to me and in quired: " 'Jones, have you got $15 in your clothes!' 'Yes,' I replied, "what's upf r "You see that fellow over there- Well, he's J hn fllmn inhn wms m .! n K- nn nn .! the chap who was running that pure campaign oi ours over in Blank township.' " The Sunday school superintendent?' " The same. He brought me an expense ac count the day after the primaries about six sizes too large, but I paid it, in the interest of purity, without a word.' "'Andnowr' "'Well, I suppose he's been kicking himself ever since because he didn't pile it on a little stronger, when I settled so promptly, and bo's discovered that there were some things in the line of time and trouble he overlooked.' " 'Year " 'Well, I've got it all fixed up with him now that if i. pay him 515 more he'll turn over his proxy to me.' " 'He's a daisy, isn't hef "'Perhaps he is. .Hustle that money over quick, now, before he raises the price.-1 can manage one of the fellows who are out for the stuff, but when I fail in with one of those blanked conscientious roosters, blank them, they rob mef," Sqipson. RELIGION AS A BUSINESS. Sad Result of an Attempt to Test the Hospi tality of Churches. Special Telegram to The pispatcn. New York, February 24 Last Sunday a local paper sent a corps of poorly dressed male and female reporters to test the hospitality of the fashionable churches of the city. The dis closures a few days previously, thatpoor people were practically excluded from the wealthy St, Thomas' Church, makes the test rather timely and interesting. The result is published to-day. It shows that the shabby stranger was welcome at the Church of St. George the Martvr, the First Presbyterian Church, St. Ignatius, and the Madison Avenue Methodist. He was merely tolerated at the Fifth Avenue Baptist Church. He was given a seat after some delay at St. Thomas' and St Bartholomew'schurches, and ho was manifestly most unwelcome at the West Presbyterian Church, Dr. Paxton minis ter, and at the Madison Avenue Reformed Church, Rev. A. E. Kittreuge minister. Air. Kittredgewas formerly pastor of the Third Presbyterian Church of Chicago. In face ot the previous week's discussion, however, the fashionable ushers were obliged to be, to some extent, on their good behavior, so that the test w as hardly a fair one, after all. A Church Dedication. Epeclal Telegram to The .Dispatch. Findiay, February 21 The new Second Congregational Church of this city was dedi cated this morning with impressive ceremonies. This makes tho sixth 'new church built and dedicated Id Findlay within two years and the second this month. DEATHS OP A DAL Joseph H. Lenhart. Special Telegram to The Dispatch. Meadvtlle, February 21. Joseph H. Lenhart, a prominent citizen of Mead vlllc, died at his resi dence at 2:43 this morning, after an Illness of only 48 hours, of congestion of the Inngs. Deceased was born at New liloomfleld. Ferry county, Penn sylvania, January 21, 1821, and came to Meadvllle In 1835, residing here ever since. Years ago he was engaged in mercantile pursuits, and was quite successful. Mr. Lenhart was probablybest known by reason of his connection with the Ancient Order of United AVorkincn. lie was a charter member of Jefferson Lodge .No. I, tho first lodge of the order ever organized, an d became a member of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania in the year 1674, since which time be has never been absent from a session of that lodge. He was elected Brand Overseer In 1675 and Urand Master Workman In 1876. Be was elected a representative of the Su preme Lodge lu 1878, and lias been connected with that body In an official capacity ever since. lie served as a member of the Supreme Lodge Finance Committed from 1380 till 1884, and was elected to the responsible position of Supreme ltecerter In 1836, which position he continued to hold up to the time of his death. Mr. Lenhart was also a promi nent member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Masonic Fraternity. He was one or the oldest members of the First 11. E. Church. Politically ho was always a ltenubllcan. Oue month ago Mr. Lenhart became possessor of a largo sum of money by reason of the provisions of the will of his uncle, the late Joseph l)erlcLson. W. B. Belknap. , LouiSTOlE, February 24. W. B. Belknap, a wealthy hardware merchant, died here to-day, aged 7 of heart failure. He was born at Brim field, Mass., and had been Identified with the Louisville business Interests 49 years. Joseph C. Hopper. Epeclal Telegram to The Dispatch. CAltLISLE, February 24. Joseph C. Hopper, eashler of the Farmers' HanK, died at his residence in this city at 10 d'clock this morning of heart dis ease, lie was 60 years of age. Emanuel Bird. Emanuel Bird, manager of the Windsor Glass House, In Homestead, died suddenly on Saturday at his home at that place from heart failure. ODE MAIL POOCH. A Pigmy Republic. To the Editor of The l)lspatch: In what country is Andorra situated T Q.M.C. McKeespobt, February 23. Andorra Is a country by itself. It Is a re public, situated In a valley of the Pyrenees and is under tho co-suzeranity of France and the Bishop of Urgel, in Spain. It claims to have enjoyed independence from the time of Charle magne. The first republic abandoned its su zeranity, as a relic of feudalism, but in 1800 tho former state of things was restored. In 18S2 tho French Government placed the exercise of its powers of supervision in the hands of tho prcfet of the department of Pyrenees Orien tates, with the prefet of Pradcs as Its ex-ofacio representative In the Republican Council. An dorra is divided into six communes or parishes, which are represented in a Council of 24 mem bers, charged with the general administration of affairs. The Council is elected every four years and chooses its own President. Franco and the Bishop alternately nominate civil judges. .The area of Andorra is ISO square miles, and Its population about 6,000. Tho First Oyster Eater. To the Editor of The Dispatch: Who ate the first oysterT H.C. Greensburg, Fcbrnary 23. The first oyster was not eaten; it died. It was not until the time of William the Con queror that oysters were eaten. In the year IOCS, in the month of September, a younger son of an impoverished French family swam the channel to England. In clambering up some rocks out of the water it was low tide he put his hand on a stone, as he thought, Tho stone, however, closed upon his fingers, pinching them severely. With his trusty sword he pried the rock open, and released his fingers, which ho put into his month to comfort. He tasted something so delicious that he forgot his pain. His hunger overcome his prudence, and he, though with fear, swallowed tho moist mass that lay in the "stone" he had opened. It was an oyster, and ho was the first to eat one! We have forgotten tho name of this hero, but are not his deeds related in Bcetoris Annual for 1SG5? They are of a verity. Really, though, oysters havo been eaten since tho time of the Greeks and Romans. , An Open Letter.. To Mr. Babcock, Ann Arbor, Mich.: The Bleighing is splendid just now. I hope you have not been so rash as to accept "Viola," of Allegheny, and, if ou have not committed yourself, take my advice and never marry a woman with feet liko a Chicago dame. Come east, dear Babcock, before you take the fatal step. Now, If you will kindly favor the writer with a pen picture of yourself through the columns of the PrrrsBUBo Dispatch, she will do what she can to save you from those fortune hunters, forrbellove me, dear Babeock,;that is their idea. You will find me a Jewel. PrrrsBURO, February 23. Rare Cents. To the Editor of The Dlsnatch: What premiums, if any.are offered for Amer can cents of the date 1785, 1896 and 1797, and where can I sell them. H. n. s. Mt. Pleasant, February 23. Thero are no United States cents of the date 1785. There are two kinds of cents of 1706, that with the draped bust of Liberty beini? worth Jo. The other kind is worth tl 25. A cent of 1797 i3 quoted at 75 cents. We cannot toll you where you can sell them. It Wonld be nn American. To the Editor of The Dispatch: Suppose American parents wero going to somo foreign country, and while on the high seas a child was born to them. Of what na tionality would that child be, or could it claim any nationality? CONSTANT. PrrTSBURa, February 23. Cooper Institute. To the Editor of The DlsDatcn: To whom could I address a letter for informa- tion regarding Cooper Institute, New York? WORKTNGMAN. Pittsburg, February 23. Address tho Secretary of the Board of Trus tees. Men -of-War. To the Editor of The Dispatch: Plcaio inform me through the columns of your valuable paper what is the plural of the word man-of-war. A Reader. Crafton, February 23. AN OLD-TIME PAES0N. Fifty Years in the ministry and Never Rode In tho Cars Owensboro, Ky., February 24. A revival Is being conducted here at the Methodist Mission Chapel by one of the few survivors of the old time ministers. He is the Rev. Black man Davidson, and is a most remarkable old man. He is now past tho three-score and ten years alloted by the Psalmist, has been a minister over 50 years, and still clings to the primitive habits of thought and action of his youth. Ho is a powerful exhorter, believes in the old-fashioned hell of fire and brimstone. and is a most enthusiastic worker. He has added more than 60 members to his chhrcli since taking charge, and Is now working for more like a young man of 20. Mr. Davidson has lived in this country all bis life, and cannot be induced to ride on a boat or train, bis method of conveyance being an ante diluvian buggy drawn by a faithful horse, known far and wide as "Old Baldy." He goes to conference and travels over his circuit in this. Twice in recent years he has gone to Louisville by this primitive conveyance, though passes wero offered to him over the railroad and by steamer. On all his trips he is accom panied by Mrs. Davidson, who has been his helpmeet for half a century, and whom he calls "Wifey." It is his boast that be will die in harness. SIX BABES IX THKEE IEAES. Tho Interesting: Fnmily of a Young Married Couple In the Hooslcr State. Jeffersonville, Ind., February 2t Na than Adair and his wife, who live in this city, have been married three years, and have six children. Twin boys put in an appearance the first year of the marriage. One year ago a lit tle sister arrived. Yesterday threo little strangers came. Two of the latter were girls and one a boy. Thereis nothing unusual in the appearance of tbe parents. Mr. Adair is about So. and weighs 140 pounds. His wife is 30, and weighs 115. They are poor, but Mr. Adair says he will take care of the children. Tbe Belled Buzzard Consul. York, PA., February 24. A large buzzard, wearing a bell on its wing, has just been cap tured at Coal Cabin, this county. On a small opper wire, which was fastened securely to the bird's left wing, was a tiny bell, which rang as the buzzard flew through the air. For sev eral years past this bird has been in tbe neigh borhood of Coal Cabin and in other sections of York county, and many efforts had been made to effect its capture. How the bell got on tbe bird's wing is a mystery. . A Holo Containing 132 Snakes. East Tawas, Mich., February 24. Henry Goodale recently took up a homestead about four miles from this village, and a few days ago dug a few boles in tbe sand for blocks on which to build a small barn.and ho unearfbed 132 snake' and two swifts. The snakes were of several different varieties, huddled together, and only a few were lively enough to show their forked tongues. He has the snakes as proof of his Btory, and they have not yet been killed. ;. Tho Way of the World. From the Philadelphia Press. The divorces granted in the United States during the 20 years ending with 18SS numbered 323,716. Theso figures would seem to indicate that the limited co-partnership act had been taken advantage of very liberally. Grcntly to His Credit. From the Minneapolis Journal. President Cleveland Is bnt a man and be has made mistakes; but can still retire from the highest office in tbe gift of his countrymen with the proud consciousness that be has never written spring poetry. Well Accustomed to Them. From the Washington Post. 1 Baltimore is all stirred up by a Search for an heiress. Nothing of that kind disturbs Wash ington. The town is so fnll of men searching for heiresses that we hardly notice them. Tbe Wondchuck No Chump, From tbe Ht. Paul Globe.: The ground hog understood his business when be went back to bis bole on the Second of February. ' ' ' ' O'BRIEN-SAIN GOSSIP. Demand for Seats on Inauaurotion Say Senator Stanford Asked to Hire a Hall Unique Bleetlns After Fifteen Years. rCORRSSFOXDENCE OP TUB DISrATCU. j Washington, February 2t The demand for good places to view the procession on in auguration day Is unprecedented. Crowds of people waited their turn when the sale of seats on the temporary stands was opened, and win dows havo sold for prices hcverreallzedbefore. A good figure for a window is $25, and they rent as high as $100 and $150, according to their location and their height from thegTonnd. This is the harvest season when Washington people make enough money to keep them from want for the four years which must elapse be fore there is another inauguration. Rooms rent for fabulous figures, and good food will be at a premium during inauguration week. At one small hotel, whose rates, however, are usually quite high, a gentleman was asked to pay 560 a day for a week for a room for two people. Many rooms are engaged for a month in advance. Declined With Thanks. Senator Stanford will have an opportunity to see the inaugural procession from the windows of his own house, as the line of march is along K street. Recently Senator Stanford's clerk went to a hotel to engage rooms for some friends. As he was departing the proprietor of the bouse asked some one to whom he spoke who he was. He was told. That evening there appeared in one of the daily pacers the an nouncement that Senator Stanford had en gaged a suite of rooms in this hotel, agreeing to pay $300 for them. The evening of the pub lication Senator Stanford was overwhelmed with offers of rooms all along the line of march. They were of all characters and all pric.es. It did not seem to occur to any of the owners that if Mr. Sanford had engaged rooms he would probably not wish to engage any more. Tho climax was reached when a message was received over the telephone wire from a local benevolent organization to the effect that Sen ator Stanford could rent a most desirable hall, with four windows on the avenue, at a very reasonable figure; that there was every facility for enjoyment, including a dumb waiter con necting with a saloon down stairs, and that the carpet in the hall would be taken np for 'dancing. The offer was declined with thanks. . Sad Information. The main streets of the' city have been badly disfigured for ten days by the platforms on which the sightseers will sit and gaze on tho inaugural parade. Remembering this.a friend asked President Cleveland the other day it he had been on the avenue lately. "I have not," be replied, "why do you ask. Is there anything special ?" "Yes; there are a lot of carpenters In front of the treasury building. They are building the scaffold." Johnson Turned Up. I was chatting tho other night with a well- known officer on the retired list of the navy about tho odd way in which old friends will turn up, and be related what is a unique ex perience in that line. "My wife had been very much annoyed," ho said, "by some boys who insisted on ringing the doorbell of my house on All Hallowe'en. I came home .rather late in the evening to find the whole' house topsey-tnrvey. When I learned the cause of the" trouble, I was exceedingly angry, and 1 proceeded to 'lay tor1 those boys. I concealed myself In the shadow of the house, and waited for some time, but the boys did not come. Then I stepped out into the middle of the street and started toward the corner look ing for them. It was not long before I came upon the crowd. Tney were of all ages, ranging from 15 years down. I grabbed the oldest boy, and wanted to know want he meant by ringing the bell.and annoying my wife. Of course, he said he hadn't touched my bell. 'You're a liar,' said L 'and I am going to teach you not to ring bells any more,' and ttith that I began to spank htm. lie yelled murder, and bis companions ran in every direction. The warming process had continued in operation for some minutes, when a woman came-,out of an adjoining house, and, rnnnlng over to the spot where we stood, told me to let the boy alone. " 'Have you any interestin the boy, madamef said I. " 'He Is my son,' she replied. " Then you ought to have done this to him long ago,' said L and whack, whack went tho palm of my right hand. " 'You're a brute, said the woman, "and I shall send my husband to you.' " 'I wish that you would, madame,' I replied, as my right hand kept up the rhythmic meas ure. 'You send him to me here or yon send him to wy house hereafter and I'll give him a good licking for bringing a Doy np mtnis way.' "We had quite a little audience by this time, ana one man who had come up to see what tho row was about said, 'Leave that boy alone. Why don't you hit a man?" 'I brought down my hand once more for luck and then letting the bov escaDe. I reached for the stranger's collar, as I said:" 'Perhaps you'd like to be the man?' He drew away and put his band behind him. I did not know whether he bad a revolver or not, but I knew that I had one, and before he could have drawn I had it down on him. 'Don't yon dare.' I said. " 'Are you Lieutenant ?' he said as he looked down the cold muzzle of that revolver. " 'I am, I replied. 'What of it?' " "Why, I'm Johnson,' said be. " That doesn't convey any impression to my mind,' said I. " 'I was in your class at the naval academy,' said he. " 'Como up to my house Johnson, and have a drink,' said I, and be came up to my house and drank until he was very full. We bad not ceen each other for 15 years. If anyone can match that meeting I want to hear from him." Rapid Traveling. A handsome, well-groomed man of five and thirty stalked in my office the other morning and handed mo a note of introduction from a friend in the West, The atmosphere of her most gracious majesty pervaded him. In a moment I was greeting a well-bred, well dressed Englishman, and the spic-and-span bit of bfistol board that be handed me with the letter bore the name of Captain well, say Gardner of the British army. "I'm on a six months' leave," he said. "I left London three months ago and have been doing the world a bit I started via the Suez Canal. I have done Asia and Honolulu, had a lolly time in San Francisco, did the Chicago clubs In a day, and your friend said that you would help me out in my brief 'go' at tbe capital of your country. 1 don't want to do much. I shall only he here eight hours before the night train starts for the Eastern seaboard, so what shall I do first? How can I see your houses of Par liament? Aro they open to foreigners?" We passed the afternoon and evening together. The customary programme was carried out. A drive, rush through the capital, a quiet little dinner with a third congenial man to liven up matters, and later a vi3it to the theater. While waiting for our carriage "trap," the Captain called it a man paced slowly by on the opposite sidewalk. He was a simple, mild-mannered man, but he wore a broad-brimmed soft hat. "Whois that wild-looking fellow?" said the Captain. The opportunity was not to be missed. "One of our most notorious characters," I replied. "He's from Texas; has killed his forty-fifth man, and carries six guns and three bowie knives." "Really," said the Captain. "A doocid un pleasant kind of a man to meet on a dark night. I should say. Are there many like him in Washington?" The hours sped away. Many strange stories were told the captain stones that the vera cious historian has not set down. The visitor was Interested in a mild way, but he made con stant references to ttte man with tbe slouch bat he fitted so well into the pictures of life In the United States as told over the mess table in London. Fooling a Britisher. After the first act of the play that night we sought a neighboring cafe. A man was trying to take his companion home, and tbe compan ion did not waut to go, bnt he did want to cre ate a disturbance. With a rather extended and varied experience in Washington tbe scene was a unique one to me. Until that mo ment I had not seen anything unquiet in any public resort. "Is there going to be a row?" asked the cap. tain. 'There may be the usual pistol shot or two," answered the other man of our party. 'The man who Is making all the noise is a dead shot, and ho always shoots at tbe cashier, near whom ho is now standing. But the cashier doesn't mind. He knows him, and the moment the revolver is produced he will knock the des perado's arm up and tho bullet mil go into the ceiling. It is padded ou purpose." "Let's go out, then; I don't want to be rid dled." "Wby leave," we both said in chorus. "Stay and see the fun we won't be hurt." Tbe Captain said be was much interested in the play, so we with great show of languor re gained the theater. Tbe Captain was much impressed, and finally said: "Since I've been In your big country Pre un learned a lot of what they told me of it at home. I made up my mind recently that all ruffianism was confined to the wild borders, but after to-nicht I don't know what to think." We were at tbe station and the midnight train was about to start for New York when we undeceiyed ourgallant guest when we told him we had been indulging in fairy tales. Hands were clasped as tbe train began to move, and the Captain said: rii lorgire you lor -selling- me po wen. ji ought to have known it, though; you Ameri cans are such 'chaff ers.' " O'BBIEN-I Bain, YESTERDAY'S DISPATCH. Brief Summary i Leading; Features of the Mammoth Doablo Number. The London correspondent of The Dis patch cabled an interesting account of what be saw and heard at the famous gambling re sort, Monte Carlo. The Prince of Wales Is re ported to be one of the heavy players. The Queen's drawing room is to be held to-morrow, when several Americans are to be presented. Pigott, tho Times' witness in the Parnell trial, turns out to be one of the greatest villains un hanged. A New York correspondent reviews his career at length. The Tories are much cha grined at the revelations made in tbe trial, and tho Home Rulers greatly encouraged. Bis marck made a speech at a diplomatic dinner in which ho expressed a wish to avqld any dis turbance of harmony with friendly powers on account of the Samoan difficulties. The Em peror of Germany is still suffering from bodily ailments. Russell Harrison says that the Cabinet Is completed, but refuses to divulge his father's secrets. The President-elect has nearly finished his preparations for inauguration. A romantic story comes from Boston of the runaway match of the daughter of an Irish peer and her fath er's coachman. A daring train robbery oc curred near Pixley, Cal. The express car was exploded by dynamite and one man fatally shot by tbe robbers. In tbe Senate, Daniels, of Virginia, made a five-hour speech on election outrages. Senators Blackburn and Chandler have had a disagreement; and it is rumored that their friends were obliged to interfere to prevent a hostile encounter. Tbe proposed 3 mlll tax on the capital stock of manufacturing corporations is meeting withmnch oppositional Hamsburg. J. 'W.Breen contributed a valu able paper on co-operation in business. IL The special car which is to carry Harrison to Washington was visited and described by a Dispatch reporter. Jacob Reese is about to try the experiment of making a cast steel gun by a new process. Pittsburg experienced lt3 coldest day thns far during the winter. A large audience listened to Mrs. Shaw, the famous whistling woman The Camegie Free Library at Braddock, to be opened this week, was fully described In an illustrated article. The Romans witnessed the first professional game of baseball ever played in the Eternal City. Other sporting events were accorded the usual space. m. In the second part Joaquin Miller's Interest ing romance was concluded. Bill Nye told what ho knew about hotel porters and other people with whom the traveler comes in con tact. Frank Carpenter's letter from Peking was one of the best he has written. Five col umns were devoted to reports of strange and su pernatural occurrences brought to the attention of the Boston Society for Psychical Research. Those who are impressed by the mysteries of naturo and the human mind should not fall to read it, Henry Haynie described Paris as it appears from the top of the lofty Eiffel tower. Gail Hamilton gave utterance to some thoughts on charitable work which philan thropists would do well to study. Blakcly Hall wrote of the favorite athletic games of various countries. Olive Logan furnished a breezy letter descriptive of various things in Wash ington that have attracted the attention and excited the wonder of this accomplished lady writer. Mrs. Sherwood's social chat dealt with numerous topics of interest to men and women in society. Eliakim Eastman contributed one of his characteristic sketches. Prof. Shaler'3 paper stated reasons.why the United States should send out another party of Arctic ex plorers. S. Goodfriend gave some entertaining information about what the baseball players saw and did in Australia. Shirley Dare and Clara Belle contributed papers of unusual ex cellence. Joel Benton revived some interest ing lore regarding the ancient inns. Edgar L. Wakeman sketched the curious ways of tbe peasants in an out-of-tbe way corner of Ire land. Rev. George Hodges, Barney and other writers also furnished original matter. The various departments were full of interesting news. A HOODOOED I0C03I0T1TE. A Switch Engine Which Superstitious Rail road Men Are Afraid o Fort Worth, Tex., February 24. What is known among railroad men as tbe "hoodooed" locomotive. .No. 153, a switch engine of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas road, killed its sixth man in two years at 10S0 to-night, John Galtman. a railroadcoal chute man, was Jtralk ing on the Fort Worth and Denver track, when a train came along and he stepped over to the Missouri. Kansas and Texas track. The en gine coming up ran him down and completely severed his, head from his body and cut off one foot. Galtman leaves a wife and two children, living in San Diego, Cal. It is related of engine 153 that six months ago, it was ordered to be taken from the eastern to the western division of the Texas and Pacific to do an hour's work. Before the hour expired it had killed a brakeman. It has killed a loco motive engineer named Bond, a commercial traveler from Memphis, a locomotive fireman named Thellman, and a civil engineer. Three months ago the cylinder head burst and scalded tbe engineer, and it has only been "out of the shops two weeks. Railroad men have a super stitious dread of this locomotive. A EIDICULOUS BLUNDEE Ulado by n Legation fllnn in Sending a Par eel to a Lady. Washington, February 24. Mrs. Hearst's "Colonial cotillon" on Tuesday night last was the first successful fancy dress party since the masque ball given during the winter of 1884 by Mrs. Senator Miller, of California. Tbe fact that at Mrs. Hearst's party nearly all the men wore Colonial costumes also added immeasura bly to the general effect. Apropos of the cos tumes, they are telling a laughable story at the expense of a well-known legation man whose name gets Into the papers pretty frequently. He wore at the ball white riding trousers and a uniform coat dazzling with gilt. Some days ago be ordered a new pair of rid ing trousers of immaculate whiteness to bo sent to bis rooms, and at the same time a box of roses. In tbe privacy of his chamber he wrote a tender missive to go with the roses to the girl of his choice. The story runs that the note was tied up In tbe box containing tbe trousers and safely delivered to its destination. W 'en the contents were exposed to view thero ensued a tableau which it is maddening all aronnd that neighborhood to refer to in the vaguest way. WHAT IS MEANT 21 FULL DEESS. "Pcoplo Who Go to the Inauguration Ball OInst bo Well-Attired. From the Washington Star. Tho inaugural ball tickets announce that "full dress la required." This regulation has caused considerable discussion, as the general understanding is that full dress means a swallow-tailcoat. Some have feared that the re quirement might have the effect of keeping from the ball many who could not convenient ly provide themselves with swallow-tail coats. Hundreds of visitors to the city might not be able to attend the ball. -When Mr. Britton was spoken to by a Star reporter to-day on tbe subject, he said that tbe words on the ball tickets should be construed that full dress is "requested" or "expected." It was desired, ho said, to prevent people com ing to tbe ball without any care whatever as to the propriety of their dress. Not Too Natural. Prom the PhBadelphla Press. A friend of mine tells me a gentleman well known in the world of finance called at bis studio recently with a friend. He was a widower. "I want a portrait of my wife," said he; "can you paint it from this?" "Yes," replied the artist. "He wants it for his wife's mother," added the gentleman's friend, "and would like to havo a spVakmg likeness." "Not much," broke in the husband; 'I mean, eh, well, to bo candid, let it be silent; otherwise, let it please her mother." HEREAFTER. Shall we not weary In tbe windless days Hereafter, for the murmur of the sea, Tbe cool salt air across some grassy lea? Shall we not go, bewildered, through a maze Of stately streets with glittering gems ablaze; Forlorn amid the pearl and ivory, btrainlng our eyes beyond the bourne to see Phantoms from Life's perforce-relinquished ways? Give us again the crary clay-bnllt nest. Summer, and soft, unseasonable spring. Our flowers to pluck, ourbroten songs to slug. Our fairy gold of evening In the West; Still to the land we love our longings cling, The dear vain world of turmoil and unrest. arahamX. Tomton, in Bcribntr1 for March, CDKIODS CONDENSATIONS. The grandmother of the Queen of Mada gascar is dead. She was nearly 100 years old. In 1880 the Maine Legislature fixed a bounty of 8 cents a head on crows- This bounty cost the State $2,137 in 1832. Two years later, the law was repealed. An international exhibition of postage stamps is to be opened at Amsterdam- To give additional Interest to the show there will be sketches of the various costumes worn by post, men in different countries. There is a haunted mill at Marshall, BL The machinery Is heard running at night, exactly as if water wero turned on. The peo ple areunable to explain the mystery, and few aro bold enough to go near the mill after dark. John Dennett, of Santa Cruz, Cal., re cently found a two headed snake, about a foot long. The heads were distinctly separate and both were perfect. The heads were little over an Inch in length. When aroused the snake would throw a forked tongue out of each head simultaneously, as if they were one. A man in Davenport, Iowa, recently slipped down in the street, and a handful of loose silver which be carried was scattered. First pickinghimself up. he then proceeded to pick up the silver, and found that he had not only recovered it all, but had an extra dollar, which doubtless some one else had previously dropped. A. turner in East Corinth,Me.,wonldn'5. give a copper for a bounty on crows. He Is able to take care of bis own property. When be gets bis corn planted he carries out two coops, each holding a rooster, and sets them on the two ends of his field. As soon as it be gins to grow light the roosters begin to chal lenge each other and ttieir music scares all the crows away. An old volume of the "Williamsburg! Va., Gazette, now in tho possession of H. D. Cole, of that city, contains the following wed ding notice: "Fairfield, Aug. 29. 1775 Last evening was married at tbe feat of Thaddeus Burr, efq., by the reverend Mr. EIIiott,the hon. John Hancock, efq., president of the Conti nental Congress to mlfs Dorothy Quincy, daughter of Edmund Quincy, efq., of Boston. The Eev. "W. E. Johnson, the rector of the Episcopal Church in Plainville, Conn., is imitating Dr. Parker, of London. Arrayed In his surplice he gives informal talks on religion every Sunday evening to a number of men as sembled inadrygoods store. In a pleasant, chatty style, he lectures on such subjects as Biblical inspiration, while tbe men listen and smoke. Mr. Johnson believes that he can do much good in this way. A queer, but true, story comes from Nesbannock, east of Sharon, Pa where lived an old lady 82, who wanted to go to Iowa, but was afraid to because she had never traveled by railroad. She remarked to a friend at the station that it would be her first and perhaps last ride on the cars. Several days ago fnends in Iowa received word that she had actually died on the train. The noise and excitement bad been too much for her, Dr. Young, of Cartersville, Ga.f has just received & letter that he is bothered about and would like to read. It is an incomprehen sible mass of hieroglyphics covering four pages, and though intended to be written in the English language would pass for Chineso manuscript or a foreign war map. .Ml he can decipher is the card on tbe envelope that shows that the document emanated from the Kansas lunatic asylum at Topeka. To the inquiring minds of the citizens of Freehold, N. J., is due the discovery that a pic has no brains. A discussion upon this sub ject arose, and to settle the question it was de rided to sacrifice the most intelligent pig in the community, and have his brain scientifically analyzed. After the pig was killed tbe bead was examined and found to be brainless. Tho cavity in which the brain should have been was extraordinarily small and empty. There is a maiden lady in a city not far from Elberton, Ga.. who is so constituted that she cannot live out of water but a short whilo at a time. After remaining way from a bath tub for a couple of hours she commences to faint and almost suffocates, and to procure relief must at once cover ber entire body in cold water. She has in her room a pool of fresh water, and in this she spends a greater part of her time, both winter and summer. Li Hen Poi, the Jay Gould of China, is not worth quite so much as first reported. His wealth was estimated when he first arrived in New York the.other day at $o0,000.(XXl. This mistake may have arisen from the difference in the monetary unit of the two countries. It takes L200 Chinese coins to make one Ameri can dollar, hence a Chinaman becomes a mil lionaire wheu be acquires J533. and he may be 50 times a millionaire, as Li Hen Pol is reported to be, and only be worth $41,650. A. Japanese, after 20 years of labor, re search and experiment, has patented an in vention fot walking on the water, a sort of shoe made of wood, of paper, of iron and of gum elastic Its shace is 'elliptical, and it is joined with a belt of salvage and gutti percha tubes. It is not stated what makes tbe locomo tion, but it claims to go nearly a league an hour. The whole thing does not weigh more than 23 pounds, and it allows the voyager to carry with him about 25 pounds of baggage. Prof. Poe, of Bridgeport, Conn., has in vented an artificial pair of lungs which he uses in restoring life in cases of drowning and as phyxiation. Ho is experimenting on a pet rab bit, and has already drowned it and restored it to life 11 times. The rabbit has also been suf focated by the fumes of burning cbarcou until all signtof life were extinct The professor then attached his patent bellows to tbe ani mal's mouth and forced oxygen into the lungs. The returning suction drew out the deadly gases, and the artificial respiration produced a muscular contraction and expansion of tbe lungs until life was restored. Prof. Foe claims that his invention will save human beings as well as rabbits. Samnel Snowden, who lives on the out skirts of East Orange, N. J., tells a remarkable snake story. He went to a barn to get some wood,and In the woodpile saw what he thought was a dark; and mottled stick of wood abou: two feet long. He drew it from the pile, but suddenly dropped it as if it was hot '.The sup posed stick, he found, was a torpid black snake about four feet long. It had crawled Into the woodpile and was frozen stiff. Mr. Snowden picked up the snake by the tall and playfully shook it at his little son. To his surprise the frozen snake broke in two, and the head end fell to the ground. For a lew seconds the tail end quivered and then was apparently dead. The bead, however, suddenly thawed, and ex hibited remarkable activity, gliding back to ward the woodpile. Then Mr. Snowden re covered from his astonishment and battered the life out of the head with the snake's talk Snowden has the two pieces of snake, and will have them stuffed and mounted. WHAT WILD WITS ARE SAYING. "What horse did Lady Macbeth ride be lore she bade a fond adieu to her wicked husband? The nightmare. Boston Saturday Gazette. The Family Autocrat, Merritt Yon; don't seem, to mind what your mother says. Little Johnnie No; but dad does. Evening San. Bald-headed man to barber Hair cut, please. Barber Yes, sir. Have you got It with you? Boston Beacon. Bessie Mamma, will there be any doga In heaven? Mamma-Nonsense, child! of coarse not. Bessie ot even Skye terriers, mamma? To ledo Blade. Miss Lovelorn The professor says I have the Inventive genius. Miss Caustlqne Perhaps you misunderstand him. No doubt be meant you were full of new wrinkles. Evening Sun. Giddings That young Smithy that got married the other day Is a mighty nice fellow. Peyton Don't know. Saw him treating his wife the other day as I wouldn't treat my dog. Uiddlngs (excitedly) Is It possible? And she so lovely! What was he doing to ber? Peyton (calmly) Kissing her. I wouldn't kiss 'my dog. Son Francisco Examiner. Touche (airily) What! working, old man? I'm just off for the dog show. bilious (wearily) What prize are you try ing for Touche (angrily) WelL sir, I'm not entered la the puppy list, at any rate. . Bilious (promptly) Thanks, awfully?.. That gives my pup a walkover. Hem lork tleratd. A Limit to His Ambition. Female Friend-Young Smlthers. who Is paying you at tentions. Is one of the most promising young men in this city. " , Miss Lively Tes, I know hlra. V Female Friend-He is ambitious, too. He Is a man who will always sun higher than the mark. Miss Lively Aim higher than the mark?' Well. I don't know about that. He has never: kissed me on tbe nose yet. Texas Siftlngs. Husband (kindly) My dear, yoa have nothing decent to wear, have you? Wife (with alacrity) No, Indeed, I haven't; not a thing. I'd be ashamed to be seen anywhere. My very newest party dress has been worn three times already- Husband-Yes; that's Just what 1 told BHfklns when he offered me two 5 tickets for the opera to night for (9. I knew if I took them they;djoaly be wasted. So I Just got one. jWell, 1 must harry. rnuaaeipnia aecora. ify I3b19 i&ft&yi