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THE PITTqBtTKQ DISPATCH, JtONDAT;' PEBRtTAE"r'"25; ' 1889.
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ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1S41
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
"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
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
"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
"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
"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.'
"'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.'
" '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
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, 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
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
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
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
PrrrsBURO, February 23.
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.
To the Editor of The DlsDatcn:
To whom could I address a letter for informa-
tion regarding Cooper Institute, New York?
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
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
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. ' ' ' '
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
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
"Yes; there are a lot of carpenters In front of
the treasury building. They are building the
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
" '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,'
" '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."
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
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
"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
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
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
"Is there going to be a row?" asked the cap.
'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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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,
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
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
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
Bald-headed man to barber Hair cut,
Barber Yes, sir. Have you got It with you?
Bessie Mamma, will there be any doga
Mamma-Nonsense, child! of coarse not.
Bessie ot even Skye terriers, mamma? To
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
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
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.