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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY. APR. 2, 1SS9.
SO PERSONAL ISSUE.
The comments which some of the railroad
officials are reported as making concerning
Mr. Carnegie's agitation for State regula
tion of railroad rates, show a failure to com
prchend the public bearing of the issue.
They evince, rather, an idea that the allega
tion of discrimination against Pittsburg is
sufficiently met by intimations that Mr.Car
negie's motives are personal and interested,
and do not call for either a serious answer
or modification of the rates in the interest of
"When one railroad official is reported as
intimating that the author of the charges
was engaged in some "deal" within the
Pennsylvania Railroad, which was defeated,
and mates another intimation in the asser
tion: "At the present time Andrew Carne
gie has to pay the same rates as any one
else," an utter failure is shown to grasp the
real issue presented in the assertion that the
rates to every one in Pittsburg are in excess
of the charges at other points. The fail
ure is even more total to reply to the propo
sition for legal regulation which shall
insure that neither Andrew Carnegie nor
anyone else shall ever get better rates than
others, but that Pittsburg, as a whole, and
Pennsylvania as a community, shall be
secured rates as good as are secured to other
The idea attributed to another official that
the expansion of Mr. Carnegie's establish
ments is an evidence that he is not bur
dened with excessive rates is a little more
specious, but really dodges the question.
Pittsburg's natural advantages have fre
quently enabled her to bear the burden of
heavy freight charges. The question is not
whether Pittsburg has grown of which
there is no doubt but whether she has the
full growth to which her naturaladvantages
and position entitle her. Do onr .railroad
friends wish the public to infer from these
replies, that they can make no more direct
denial of such assertions as that they
charge double rates on coke to Pittsburg,
and that the excess of charges on Pittsburg
freights, oyer what competing pointshave to
pay, equals a dollar per ton on finished iron?
It is not necessary to put Mr. Carnegie in
the position of a purely disinterested cham
pion of Pittsburg, or to claim that he has
never in the past been willing to take re
bates, if he could get them. Those matters
are simply and entirely foreign to the ques
tion at issue, namely, whether the interests
of the city and State shall be preserved by
legislation to secure equitable rates for the
entire community. On this point Mr. Car
negie is on the side of the public, and, what
ever may be said of past events, The Dis
patch is with him. It remains to be seen
whether the manufacturers and merchants
of PittsbArg, who are equally interested
with him, will exhibit the same energy and
incisiveness in upholding the public cause.
It may be well for our railway triends to
take notice that Mr. Carnegie says he is in
this fight to win, and to reflect that a man
of that stamp who is fighting the public's
battle is likely to make good his promise.
Although the tone of the replies so far may
be born of the confidence in railway
circles that this Legislature will do nothing
to which the Pennsylvania Railroad ob
jects.it is worthy their consideration whether
it is not wiser to make a prompt and equit
able reduction of rates now, than to
wait for a prolonged fight to lead to legisla
tion which might be unpleasant for them.
THE SCALE QUESTION C0MIHG UP.
The maneuvers of both sides, preparatory
to the annual discussion of wages in the
iron mills, appear to have already begun.
Some of the mills are closing down under
circumstances that are expected, at least, to
influence the waste question, while the
Toughers and catcher, on the other hand,
are preparing the suggestion that their
wages be advanced by a proportion of 50
per cent. Of course this contains an ele
ment of bluff on both sides; but it is worth
while tor both sides to remember that such
maneuvers may easily be carried too far.
Past experience indicates that the em
ployers have needed this warning more
urgently than the employes; but it remains,
nevertheless, a fact that a proposition for
such an increase of wages on the present
market is more apt to repel a compromise
than to aid it The side that tries its best
to make a fair offer does the most toward
securing a prompt settlement of this annual
It begins to look as though the alleged
bribery cases in Allegheny will lead to a
very general washing of municipal linen.
Not merely the proceedings begun, but
those threatened, now convulse the usually
placid atmosphere of the sister city, whose
politics have hitherto been invested with the
sweet simplicity and almost primal inno
cence of corporations of the third class.
Allegheny has not exactly been an Arcadia,
but it has possessed many of the ways of
rustio simplicity. It has no debt
at least none to speak of. Its
taxes are low. The Law and
Order Society and its dread agents find
no disturbance ot the peaceful Sabbath
within its limits. The hay wagon, with
the new-mown odors yet upon it, still stands
in season in frcat of the City Hall, a re
minder of the grateful husbandry close to
the boundaries where Agricola joyously
drives his team afield, and the bees gather
the- honey all the summer days from the
clover blossoms. There is not now a May
pole dance by the young people" of Alle
gheny every year, it is true; and some of the
other early English customs of villages like
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it, famed in poetry, where "health and
plenty cheered the lab'ring swain" are
likewise missing; but, on the whole, every
one must admit that Allegheny is about the
last place in the world in whose young poli
tics the mercenary and trading spirit might
be expected to show itself.
Pittsburg has had its "bad quarter of an
hour" occasionally in respect to municipal
legislation, but nothing quite so direct ever
turned visibly up in its Councils as accu
sations with actual money real green
backs involved. It is to be feared that if
ever any business of the sort was done on
this sideTit was done mostly on what is im
politely known as "wind," i. e., promises
lacking dimensions, and too often mate
riality. But what might be 'almost ex
pected of Pitfsburg, a city of the second
class, fast getting on to be as big and
almost as bad as Philadelphia, which is of
the first, is really a painful surprise as com
ing from Allegheny. How earnestly will
the exterior world hone, if it might, that
the whole affair is but some leverish dream I
The'progressof the work of improving
municipal transit, and a promise of the
growth of a motor system that will be a
competitor of the cable method, are shown
by the announcement that the Pleasant
Valley Passenger Eailway has decided to
adopt the electrical system for its cars.
It has for some time been apparent that
if the system of electrical motors could be
made to do the work that is performed by
the cable roads, it would present many ad
vantages. Prominent among them are the
very much decreased cost of construction
and the ability of each car to set its own
speed. The general public has not yet been
convinced of the working qualities of the
electric system; but the fact that the mana
gers of the Pleasant Valley road have
adopted it after full investigation amounts
to very strong evidence of its practical
There has been an understanding, whether
well-founded or not, that the two electrical
roads which have been in operation here,
were not wholly satisfactory. The use of
electricity as a motor on the Pleasant Val
ley road, which will be in operation to the
central part of the city within the year, will
certainly extend the experiment. The
probability that added experience will en
able all three roads to make the use of elec
tricity a success, brings that motor more
prominently forward as a factor in our mu
The demonstration of the success of elec
tricity will make it incumbent on the cable
roads, not only to furnish the best tacilities,
but to put their rates as low as possible to
pay dividends on actual, unwatered cost, in
order to prevent the parallelling ot their
lines with roads carrying a mere fraction of
A NOVEL CLAIM.
The expressions of Senatorial opinion in
yesterday's Dispatch, concerning the dif
ferences between the Republican Senators
and the Senate, reveal what should be a
novel theory concerning the appointing
power, but is, nevertheless, one that is
firmly fixed in the Congressional mind.
Thus, one Senatorial statesman is re
ported as saving that the President "has re
jected our nominees, and we have just as
good a right to reject his." The same high
authority goes on to specify the fact that the
administration will reject Senator Quay's
"nomination" for postmaster of Philadel
phia. Another Senator finds fault for the
President because "He seems to think that
he is solely responsible for the conduct of
this Government." As the responsibility
referred to is solely in connection with the
appointing power, these utterances amount
to distinct avowals of the" theory (1) that
the Senators hold the nominating
power, with a specification as to Sena
tor Quay's title to the Philadelphia
"nomination;" and (2) that this power rests
in the Senators to such a degree that they
claim a share of the responsibility for its
This has been supposed to be a govern
ment by constitution and laws. But when
we find the body which should naturally be
supposed to conform most carefully, not
only to the letter, but to the theory of the
Constitution, setting up such claims it is
calculated to create a doubt upon that
point. It is the general impression that the
Constitution and laws vest the appointing
power in the President and his Cabinet ad
visers. It would most certainly be diffi
cult for the Senators to produce the stat
utes by which they have been given any
nominating power, as claimed iu these in
terviews. Tet the theories of private title
in public offices have been carried to such a
length that the members of the highest leg
islative body in the land suppose them
selves to be improving their position before
the public, by setting up claims for which
there is not the slightest warrant in the Con
stitution or laws.
Could there be a more thorough demon
stration of the fact that the principles of
spoils politics are utterly opposed to the
principles and spirit of the Constitution ?
"Whatever doubts the world may have
about the sanity of the Kev. Mr. Jasper's
doctrine that "the sun, do move," people
hereabouts have the plainest ocular evi
dence that a great many free-born house
holders faithfully stick to the rule of mov
ing on the first of April. The weather yes
terday war very unfavorable for moving
household effects, though as the day ad
vanced the heavens consented to show a lit
tle mercy to the movers.
t'erhaps nothing is more importantas
there is certainly nothing more tiresome
and laborious in the annual history of a
man, than this transportation of all his
goods and belongings from one habitation
to another. It may mean much more than
misery of a single day's duration, for it is
not always possible, much as a man may
desire it, to make a change for the better.
Changes are always precarious, and some
of those made at this season are always dis
astrous. It is to be hoped that all of The Dis
patch readers who moved yesterday, did so
to their advantage, and that they may find
comfort and refreshment for their jaded
senses in a perusal of their favorite journal
GERMANY AND ENGLAND.
Count Herbert Bismarck's efforts to con
ciliate the British is a puzzle, in view of the
decidedly anti-English attitudeof Germany's
rulers a few months ago. It is plain that
England's friendship is desired now; and
the possibility that it is wanted for the pur
pose of aiding the schemes of German ex
pansion in the South Pacific, is an interest
ing one for this country. It is hard to per
ceive in the European situation any com
plications which make England's friendship
more important to Germany than it was a
short time ago, when the Government organs
were attacking the English officials and ap
parently trying to pick a quarrel with the
Emperor's grandmother. , But England's
acquiescence might be a vital element in a
scheme to. override the'TTnited States on the
Samoau question; and it might be well
worth tho younger Bismarck's complaisance
to secure such a result One thing is cer
tain, and that is that the Bismarcks do not
eat their words just for the fun of the thing.
It is an indication -of the difference in
national ways of looking at things that
while European financiers go in for corners
and combinations as unscrupulously as our
money kings in this country, they resort to
more severe measures when their schemes
come to wreck. Two bankers who were in
volved in the copper syndicate have com
mitted suicide, and a speculator in Antwerp
has similarly taken himself off by reason
of a speculation in wheat which jumped
the wrong way. In this country, the fin
anciers pluckily pull themselves together
and start another little game at the earliest
opportunity. Possibly the European
method may have its uses-in keeping down
the surplus population of speculators.
That last letter from Stanley is princi
pally remarkable for telling nothing new
about the explorer, and requiring an expla
nation as to which postal route it took from
the place in Central Africa whence it was
After the Samoan blow it seems that
Germany and the United States might come
to an agreement to let Mataafa and Tama
sese fight it out between themselves, unre
strained by the presence of the foreign
navies. But our Government is ordering
vessels to those coral reefs as if the national
prestige required a demonstration that we
are no more afraid of Pacific cyclones than
of German navies. "Why not propose' to
Bismarck that both Governments shall swear
off from Samoa?
If Quay is going to declare war on the
President, possibly his antagonist from this
city can discover methods of compensating
himself for any defeats-which he may sus
tain at Harrisburg.
New York's share of the diplomatic
spoils comprises three important missions
France, Austria and Russia. Pennsylvania
gets one Brazil; while Ohio after the Sen
ate gets through with it has a share which
is represented by a goose egg. The good
things of politics seem to fall in the direc
tion of the doubtful States.
Councils of both cities managed to
sound their note of squabble, and. then
simmered down iu to the conviction that
they had properly signalized the occasion
Thirteen millions of a reduction in the
public debt during March is a sign that the
process of reduction goes on whether Demo
cratic or Republican administrations are in
power. As no bonds have been called and
but few purchased, it also proves that the
process of piling up a surplus continues
with equal steadiness.
Those gold fields in Lower California
appear, on investigation, to contain nearly
the same proportion of fiat wealth that is to
be discovered in the corporate capitalization
of this country.
Some very comfortable offices were filled
by nominations sent to the Senate yester
day; but no Pennsylvania name appears
on the list The opinion is gaining strength
amoug the heretofore hopeful politicians
that Senator Quay ought riot to have de
clared his rupture with the administration
quite so prematurely. " n
The notes of coming warfare over that
cable railway bill at Harrisburg promise to
leave the Allegheny Council .fight with the
aspect of a peaceful and amicable dis
cussion. The April movers had the traditional
weather for the aggrevation of their woes.
It is to be hoped that they will recover
sufficiently by the 1st of May to note the
difference in the temperature on that date,
and to ask whether a May moving day
would not be an advance in civilization.
The coke region strike did not material
ize, which was evidently the wisest course.
A house divided against itself is not likely
to stand a strike. '
Eighteen million pounds of oleomar
garine were produced in the United States
during the last half of 18?7. Of course
none of it was sold in Pennsylvania. It is
against the law to sell it here; and this is al
leged to be a government of law.
Sporting With Heavy Swells.
From the New York Herald.!
The American baseball teams continue to be
the favorites of high society to the very end of
their trip; for, if weather reports are to bo
trusted, they are even on the ocean sporting
with heavy swells.
PERSONAL FACTS AND FANCIES.
Pellegrini died almost penniless.
The Kmpress of Japan has abandoned her in
tention to visit this country.
Rose Elizabeth Cleveland has left her
orange grove and taken rooms at a hotel in
The late Sydney Bartlett, of Boston, during
his active career at the bar saw the Supreme
Court of the United States twice entirely re
newed. Senator Edmunds, who went South for
his health two weeks ago, has returned to
Washington feeling better, and was in his seat
The Peking Gazette is over 1,000 years old.
Hence the editor does not know what it is to
be troubled by the correspondent who has, sub
scribed f rpm the start
C. E. Mitchell, of Connecticut, Commis
sioner of Patents, and A. D. Hazen, of Penn
sylvania, Third Assistant Postmaster General,
yesterday took tbe oath of office and entered
upon their new duties.
The Emperor of China has ten men whose
sole duty is to carry his umbrella. In cases of
emergency they are backed up by the entire
Chinese army, and in spite of alLtbis the Em
peror complains that.he cannot keep an um
brella for any length of time.
Three United States Ministers took the
oath of office at tbe Department of State yes
terday. They were William N. Scruggs, who
goes to Venezuela; Lanzing B. MIzner, Minis
ter to Central America, and John Hicks, who
will represent tbe United States at Peru.
The "Speech from the Throne" in Sweden is
the genuine article; far different from those at
other capitals. It is delivered by stalwart King
Oscar himself, clad in white ermine trimmed
with red and cold, wearing a cro-cn of gold
upon his head and bearing a leweled scepter in
his hand. He has a line voice and is a graceful
and eloquent orator.
The other day tbe Emperor, busied in his
own room, beard a violent tumult in tbe nur
sery and speedily made his way to the scene.
When he entered the Crown Prince and Prince
Eitel drew themselves up and saluted their
father in the military fashion as Is their wont.
"What is all this noise about! asked the Em
peror. "A slight dispute, sire," said his eldest
Bon, "and I was obliged to let my brother Know
who is Crown Prince in this establishment."
"Good," said His Majesty, "I see what you
mean, and I think it will be as well if I let jou
know In the same way who is Emperor in jthis
particular family," and ho forthwith adminis
tered a punishment which impressed itself on
tbe mind and also on the body of tbe Crown
Prince in a manner highly suggestive of tho
possibilities tf the situation. -'
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PITTSBURG DISPATCH, m
THE TOPICAL TALKEB.
The Pacific's Storm signal A Word With
Some Correspondents Tho National
Reoabdinq the loss of the war ships in
Apia harbor Mr. George Hay, the well-known
analytical chemist of this city, has consider
able authority to speak, for he spent a good
many years, I believe, on the Pacific ocean.
He said the other day that he had seen many
storms liko that which did such damage to
the American and German squadrons at
Samoa. These storms 'are preceded Invariably
on the Pacific, Mr. Hay says, by a hissing
sound that is well understood by sailors accus
tomed to those latitudes. The hissing murmur
continues evenly for a time long enough to
allow a sailing vessel to get all her canvas In.
The storm breaks with terrific violence without
The only hops a captain has when canght In
oneot these storms is to keep out to sea with
bare poles and battened hatches. If the steer-
ins gear hold,s out. the ship has some chance of
weathering tho cyclonic gale.
A similab warning sound, a low hissing
heard over the water, is sometimes the pre
cursor ot a violent storm on the Mediter-J
It seems strange.if the storm which fell npon
the ships at Apia was preceded as usual by
this impressive monition, that there was not a
man on one of the ships which were afterward
lost to explain what it meant Butnotono of
the ships in that' harbor, or better, roadstead,
attempted to put to sea, where alone safety
lay, except the British man-of-war.
The particulars of the disaster, when they
come, may explain all this satisfactorily, of
A correspondent very kindly writes to
explain that the Constitution of this State for
bids legislative and all judicial and connty of
ficers to take railroad passes, and that there
fore he thinks it is not particularly creditable
tothp Judges of this county that they do not
ride by the courtesy of railroad corporations.
This constitutional obligation is as well known
in this State by its breach as by its observance,
and Allegheny county ought to rejoice that
her Judges are mindful of their oaths.
Tlfe inter-State Commerce law has done
more to curtail the use of passes by legislative
and other State and County officers than any
moral obligation in the Constltutionevcr did
or is likely to do.
Touching correspondents, I feel that some
answer is due to a lady who has taken the
pains to explain at considerable length that
cooking a la Farloe cannot be "learned like a
rhyme and sprung off at leisure," as some light
remarks upon the subject in this column made
a long time ago seemed to her to suggest.
The seriousness of cooking cannot be over
stated. If it is good it is a blesssng of the first
order; if it Is bad, it is little short of a crime.
The tronble Is that some young women think
it is a joke when they take It up, and proceed
to cook in a flippant don't-care-a-hair-pin style.
The kitchen is no place for any persiflage. A
frying pan or, a gridiron, a kettle or a spoon In
the hand of a woman who isn't aware of the
vast responsibility of cooking Is every bit as
dangerous as a hatchet or a loaded revolver.
If accidentally some remarks have crept into
this column which have seemed to Indicate
that the Importance of cooking was not prop
erly appreciated by the writer, he is prepared
to shed tears.
Thotjsakds moved yesterday, There were
moving scenes by flood and field in abundance.
They suggested, tho following lines:
the national motto.
"When yon hear a wild racket at breaking of dawn,
Tbat bints at the breakage of more than the day;
When later you see the best bed on the lawn,
And your wife says she wishes that you were
away I -
When yon watch the rain pelting on piles of your
And your youngest falls headlong from attic to
'When calmness deserts every race but the cook's,
"Who's haopy because well, 'cause you're not,
Then yon feel you're a patriot trying your best
The nation's Immovably set In the groove
To establish your right to the national crest:
An eagle in flight with motto, "I move!"
PeopIeWbo Cultlvnte a Blurred Calligraphy
to Dlsgulso an Orthographic Weakness.
'From fhe London Globe.
An American writer expresses the hope that,
before the type-writer is many years older,
some Inventive genius will have been able to
compass the problem how to give it some sort
of dictionary attachment which will enable it
to spell better than it does at present. Our
Transatlantic contemporary is quite right
The type-writer is a tell-tale instrument. It
conceals nothing. It is In that respect very un-
Jike the pen,'and especially the quill pen. the
breadth of whose stroke, like charity, covers a
multitude of sins in orthography.
Speaking generally, everybody who is not a
good speller should wrlto with as broad a nib
as possible. If it is even a little fluffy at tbe
point, why, so much the better,. The great
thing, of course, is to wnte as vaguely as may
be to leave as much as may be to the imagina
tion. Our contemporary raises the important
question of "ie" and "ei." of "ible" and "able."
How often an uncertainty in regard to these
two combinations is got over by the simple ad
dition of a little more obscuritv to the unintel-
ligibllity of one's handwriting! It is, indeed,
whispered that there are people who actually
cultivate a rather blurred calligraphy, In order
to disguise an orthographic weakness which
would otherwise be only too apparent
The type-writer, it is clear, mnst be avoided
by such persons unless, indeed, the suggested
attachment can be made. And then, conceive
tbe popularity of the machine imagine the
run upon it. its almost universal adoption. Of
course, the thoroughly educated person" always
spells correctly, but how many are thorodghly
educated, or, if they ever were so, have been
able to retain their acquirements?
OPENING DP SIBEEIA.
A New Railroad to bo Constructed by an
It is rumored, says tbe Glasgow Mall, tbat
an American syndicate, with a capital of $50,
000,000, has been formed to construct a railway
in Siberia, and that several former and present
diplomatic and consular American agents are
interested in the undertaking. It is singular
how thoroughly, these gentlemen share with
Sir Robert Morier the view that there is money
to be made by the development of Siberia.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Professor Richard Prosscr.
After a very brief prostration of typhoid pneu
monia. Prof. Richard Prosser, Supervisor of
Music In the public schools, died, aged about 41
years, at his home in Alientown yesterday noon.
He was discharging his duties on Wednesday and
was compelled to cease bis work through a severe
cold. He went to his home and placed himself
under the care of a physician. The cold developed
Into typhoid pneumonia and resulted In death.
Prof. Prosser had filled the position for the past
nine years. During his residence In this city he
had taken parti In many of the more Important
local musical events.
Professor black Davis.
Prof. Slack Davis, the veteran educator and
writer, died Sunday at his home on Pcnn avenue,
at the age or63ycar6. Prof. Davis was an English
man by birth, having come to this country-and
city In 1862, since which time he had been a resi
dent here. He was au accomplished linguist and
a graceful writer of poetry.
Andrew J. riolese. ,
A. J. Bolese, one of the oldest Pennsylvania
Railroad employes In this city, died yesterday at
his home. Mo. lMtfWylle avenue. He entered the
service of the company a short time after the close
or the war, and for the past -"0 years has been a
checkmauln tho outbound baggage room at the
Mrs. Sarah E. G. lUncrnm.
At an early hour yesterday morning Mrs. Sarah
E. a. Macrnm, relict of the late David 8. Mac
rum, died at her home In Bcwlckley. Mrs. Mac
rum was well known In Pittsburg and Allegheny.
Her death was sudden and most unexpected, hav
ing been caused by paralysis or the heart.
Stephen Van Dresser.
Home, N. Y., April I. Han. Stephen Van
Dresser, ex-Surrogate of Oneida county, and the
first Recorder of the city of Home, dlel at his
home here yesterday, aged 72 years.
r Mrs. John B. Linn.
Special Telegram to Tho Dispatch.
CUAMBEltsncna, April l.-Mrs. John B. Linn,
only sister or Colonel A. K. McClure, of the Phila
delphia Ttmu, died here last night, aged 66 years.
Olojor III. A. Reno. v
AVASiriNGTON. April 1. Major Marcus A. Keno,
formerly of the United States army, died at the
P-rovldencc hospital last night.1
TUESDAY, APBH; 2,
AT THE THEATERS.
The Mirer Slipper, Three of a Kind, and
Other Stage Attractions.
The pretty story of Cinderella was never
more gracefully told on the stage than in tbe
version which is to be seen at the Bijour Thea
ter ibis week. Last night it was received with
the highest favor by a very large audience.
"The Crystal Slipper" Is an extravanganza,
which does not depend entirely on its spectacu
lar merits, great as they are. The scenery is
very good, and was Bhown to greater advantage
than one expects on the first night of its pro
duction. It Is very complicated scenery, and
the chances of scene are made with a darkened
stage. They were effected last night very
smoothly. This reflects great credit on the
When a full review of all 'The Crystal Slip
per's" good points is made, we find that it is
staged richly, .there are a half dozen actors of
considerable ability, several of whom have ex
cellent voices, the comedian element is strong,
the ballet is pleasant to Iooe at'and can dance ,
the costumes are very handsome and skillfully
combined, and the wonderful variety in the
whole performance makes It curiously new
and strong. One falls to comparing this pro
duction of "The Crystal Slipper" with the
mlseraD't second-hand affairs, called spectacu
lar e avaganzas, which have been thrust
upon Pittsburg until the public here has come
to fight very shy ot everything bearing thename.
There is nothing In "Tbe Crystal Slipper", to
suggest the faded and fatiguing exhibition of
traveling canvas and young women with little
In the way of attire or terpsichorean ability to
boast of, which all the spectacular pieces seen
in Pittsburg for years have been noted for.
The old story is a little amplified, of course,
but "The Crystal Slipper" is still the tale of
Cinderella, the poor little girl with the tiny
foot and the ill-natured sisters, and her ulti
mate triumph is worked out through the old
fashioned fairy transformation. Miss Mar
guerite Fish makes an ideally petite and pretty
Cinderella andsbe is to boot a very vivacious
versatile little woman, who can sing and dance
very pleasantly. Her bad, bold sisters are
capitally presented by Mr. Charles Warren
and Miss Topsy Venn. The laughter is princi
pally provided by Mr. Edwin Foy, as a flunkey
of a unique character, and Mr. James Jlaas,
as tbe father or Cinderella. The comicality of
Mr. Foy is quite a revelation in its way, and
largely due to bis grotesque personality. His
dancing is also of a very remarkable character.
To him, in a more sedate way. Mr. Maas is a
good foil. Everything these two did last night
by way of song, dance or action, was applauded
Then, and it seems almost too gratifying to
be true, there are a very large number of
pretty women in the company. Miss Daisy
Kamsden, tor example, Is a wondenui little
dancer, with good looks and to spare and this
would describe perhaps a dozen more. The
ballet contains no sexagenarians, but on tbe
contrary, marvelous to say, is composed of
young and graceful women. The admirers of
the Pittsburg ballet, which economical man
agers are in the habit of dragging in to rein
force "a grand ballet" of six imported cory
phees, will bo disappointed, for it does not ap
pear this week on the Bijou stage, although 150
people are massed on it at one time. The pre
mieres danseuses are really premieres, and ot
coarse M'lle Qualitz is the star among them.
There are more special features of this
spectacle than can be enumerated here, but
Little Tich must be singled out for his singu
lar and simply indescribable grotcsquery. He
is a dwarf in size, possessed of a simply mar
velous suppleness and agility. Because ot the
part he takes In it the dolls' quadrille becomes
one of tbe funniest things in the piece. This
reminds us tbat the Mother Goose Nursery
dances havo a quaint charm of their own,
thongh the military marches in the grand
banquet ballet are more ambitious.
Very seldom, indeed, is it possible to say of a
stage production nowadays tbat it is fit and
adapted to any special extent for luvenile
audiences. "The Crystal Slipper" Is just the
thing for children. The tiny ponies, the pu
gilistic cat, the fairy transformation and the
pantomimic humor will delight childish eyes.
Grand Opera House.
"Three of a Kind" is very amusing. It is
more of a variety show than a comedy, but it
abounds in mirth-provoking material. Its wit
is not stale nor offensively coarse, and Miss
Nellie McHenry and her clever company man
age to bring out all the fun in amanner which,
could hardly fall to be appreciafed even by the
dullest of mortals. Songs without number,
both comical and sentimental, are interspersed,
the whole forming a combination that is en
joyable from beginning to end. The audience
at the Opera House last night was an apprecia
tive one, and encores were so numerous that
the play ran considerably over the allotted
Miss McHenry,,In the role of Dolhe Dash
iratd, a perfect tomboy, was as vivacious and
as pleasing as ever. Her voice is not remarka
ble, but her songs, together with her dancing,
captivated all her auditors. She is assisted in
tbe fnn-maklng by Mr. Frank Blair, Mr.
Thomas E. Jackson, Miss Dickie Martinez,
Miss Frances Herbert and others. Mr. Blair is
a comedian of first rate ability, and his imper
sonation -of the eccentric Jack Pott
brougbt down the house. He did
not overdo his part even in the wildest of the
horse-play, of which there was a great deal, but
almost every move of his was a signal for a
laugh. Mr. Thomas E. Jackson was as ridicu
lous as anybody could be in the role of Priscilla
Prism, and his falsetto voice and giddy man
ners were the best that could be expected in
such a part Miss Martin made a pretty and
graceful country girl, and Mrs. Herbert sang
several popular airs very sweetly.
As a laugh producer, '"Three of a Kind" is a
The Rosenthal Recitation.
The Rosenthal-Krelsler concert at the Old
City Hall last night was attended by a large
audience, which was also decldedly.lf not enthu
siastically.appreciatlve. A different programme
was performed than that which had been an
nounced previous to the concert; but tho
change was for the better in presenting a some
what different class of anisic from that which
formed tbe mam part of their previous enter
tainments. Rosenthal's piano programme In
cluded the berceuse and a bal)ade ot Chopin,
coupled with a morceau of his own composi
tion entitled, "At the Fountain:" tbe
"Hexameron," or variations upon a sin
gle theme of the six composers,
Lizst, Chopin, Thalberg, Herz, Czerny,
and Plxls, and as a response to tbe encore a
waltz by Chopin, and for tbe finale the Fan
tasia Italienne. more vddely known as the
Tarantelleby Lizst Young Krlesler opened
the entertainment with the first movement of
Vleuxtemps, and also gave an allegro by Wien
iawskl, and a mazurka by tbe same author in
response to an encore, completing his rendi
tions with a polonaise, by Lautt. All the per
formances were keenly enjoyed and enthusi
astically encored, but only two responses tj
the encores were given. The concert to-night
will attract all music lovers as the last oppor
tunity of hearing these talented artists.
Lovers bf the exceedingly melo-dramatlc
melo-drama have a treat this week in "The
Boy Hero; or, Held in Slavery," at iHarris'
Theater. Martin Hayden and Miss Eugenie
Besserer, the joint stars, have made a decided
hit Mr. Hayden, in the title role, is heroic
and manly, and merits tbe applause his rendi
tion of Julian, the sailor boy, draws forth.
Largo audiences attended both performances
yesterday. Miss Besserer, a talented young
Udy, became a favorite, her conception of the'
role of Jennie La Koclie, a white slave, being
very good indeed. Tbe rest of the company
are equal to tbe requirements of tbe play.
The lubllee singers add to the enjoyment of
the performance, likewise the scenio effects,.
tho real rainstorm, ana mo lire scene ueing ine
most striking. Beautiful souvenirs are being
given to every lady attending the the theater
this week. This, added to the fact that the
performance is far above the average, and the
clever singing, dancing and mimic theatrical
work of Richard Lysle and Miss Llbbie Moore,
will doubtless fill this popular houso every aft
ernoon and evening this week. Next week a
first-class production of "Hoodman Blind" is
promised, with a Wallack cast and Wallack
scenery. . ,
Academy of Music
It is a merry time when the Night Owls come
to the Academy always, and last night a large
audience enjoyed the performance immensely.
The statuesque comeliness of the youngwomen
in tbe company Is given plenty of opportunity
for display in the Eden Musee grouping, and lu
the final burlesque called "Drummers m Para
dise." The soeclaltlcs on the programme are
new and clever and were well received.
.Notes of the Stage.
A Wednesday and Saturday matinee will
be given at the Grand this week.
There is a matinee on Wednesday as well as
Saturday at the Bijou, with "The Crystal Slip
per." The Swiss bell ringers and a variety of more
startling attractions drew large audiences at
tbe Casino Museum "yesterday as usual, while
the tame black bear kept up a lively conversa
tion with the pedestrians on Fifth avenue.
A Complicated Question.
From the New ITork World.
If tbe Legislature bad appropriated $1,000 for
the erection of a grand stand in this city, how,
much would tho grand' stand have cost? This
looks like a simple problem in mathematics,
bnt it Is in fact a very complicated question in
THE fiUSSIAN GYMNASIUM.
Facts Connected With the Russian Schools
Related by n Farmer PnplI Hindrances
Placed In tho Way of Education Dis
torting History, r v
From 1860 to 70, Russia has taken long steps
in education, and the result was that young
men who were enlightened by her could clearer
see the tyranny of their rulers and thcrstrong
oppression under which the people are kept by
the Russian government.
Owing to the bad influence (from the Czar's
point of view, of course) which education has
upon young Russians, it has become a difficult h
matter for the latter to attend a gymnasium.
The number of vacant places Is decreasing,
while the number of applicants is on the in
crease, and it is often the case that for every
vacant place there are ten petitioners. Of
course the children of more influential
parents have an advantage over the poorer and
less influential part. On the other hand, the
high price (CO roubles a year, uniform, book?,
etc) keeps the poorer class away from the
Russian temples of education.
The gymnasium is divided into eight classes.
Examinations are held annually in every class,
and if the scholar has been successful he passes
into a higher class; if not, be remains in the
same class for a second year.
Only two years is he allowed to remain In the
same class. If the scholar's examination has
proved unsatisfactory atter the second year he
is exclnded trom tbe gymnasium. It takes a
very good scholar to go through tbe eight
classes in eight years. You may find some
lucky fellows who were successful enough to
get a diploma after being in the gymnasium 16
As an illustration I'll bring before you the
following fact: The Gymnasium of Minsk
numbered 30 scholars in tbe first class in 1878.
Let us see whit has become of those 30 scholars
in a period of five years. In 1883 there were
only 8 ont of 30 in the fifth class, others were in
the third and fourth class, while over 12 have
been expelled from the school.
It Is not tbe fault of tbe scholars that they
have such a hard time in going through. The
higher officers of public education are sending
orders after orders to the gymnasium authori
ties to keep the number of the scholars as low
Especial attention is given to the conduct of
the gymnasists (as they are called in Russia.)
If the scholar has dared to read" such works as
Dohroluboff, Plssareff or other great Russian
writers, the gymnasist may lose his title for
In 1S81 the scholars in the third class in the
Minsk gymnasium organizod a circle for the
purpose of helping pecuniarily some of their
poorer brothers. This frightful conspiracy
was discovered by one of the teachers. The
names of the principal originators were placed
on the blackboard, and all the honorable mem
bers were 'put under arrest for 21 hours.
Fear is tbe characteristic line In a Russian
gymnasist. He must be always on the gnard;
every ritual, every policeman, police agent and
school teacher is watching his movements. In
order to keep away the young Russian's mind
from the rest of tbe world, considerable atten
tion is given to the dead languages: Greek and
Latin. History is being tangbt just enough to
give tne scnoiar to understand tnatino uzar is,
was, and always will be all-powerful and om
nipotent and that the Russians also are
the strongest nation on the face of
the globe. Thero were a very few bat
tles between Russia and other nations
whore tbe Russians (accofdlng to the Rus
sian history, of course) were not victors.
When it came to the French Revolution our
teacher did not say yery much. Of course, be
could not hide from us the great fact in the
French history, and be said in a- few words
about the ungrateful Frenchmen in regard to
their benefactors Kings. Indeed, he was very
sorry for the poor Kings! But when it came to
tell about the bravery and other qualities of
Peter or Ekaterina tbe Great, the teacher got
very excited and it took him five lessons to tell
us about Ekaterina the Great. We had to re
member every single fact of her life.
Of course there were always some bad boys
among us who use to tell quite different stories
concerning Ekaterina and other greatnesses of
the Russian rulers.
As I have said before, Greek and Latin oc
cupy the first place in a Russian gymnasium,
while less attention1 is paid to'phvsics, mathe
matics, languages, etc Bnt in spite of all tbe
difficulties which a Russian gymnasist has in
developing his intellectual faculties, a large
number of talented and useful friends of the
Russian people have spent their best years be
tween the walls of gymnasiums.
FOOD F0K THE DEAD.
A Chinese Bnnqnet to tbe Departed in a
Prom the Philadelphia Record of Monday.
Chinamen, arrayed In all the gaudy finery of
the land of chrysanthemums, poured out of
Race street yesterday and moved' to the
Methodist Union Cemetery, at Tenth street
and Washington avenue, to celebrate tbe
Chinamen's Decoration Day. It was the one
day in the year when all Chinamen good, bad
and indifferent felt it incumbent to do honor
to their dead ' ancestors by visiting
their graves and going through the ceremony
of their oriental home. About 200 Chinamen
went to the cemetery. Tbe procession started
ont from Race street with an express wagon In
tbe lead, containing a lot of pots, kettles and
pans, and proceeded slowly to the cemetery.
Here a tripod was put up In the center of the
Chinese graves, a pot was hung from it and a
wood fire built underneath.
When the water was boiling some chicken
and a big pleoe of sliced pork was thrown in
and cooked to a nicety. A little rice was then
added. While the cooking was in progress
the Chinamen chanted religious songs. After
the boss cook had tasted the food and
found it to be satisfactory he fished it out
with chonsticka and laid it tenderly on tbe
graves. Tbe pieces of meat were watcbed
eagerly by the Chinamen for about ten min
utes, and it was finally concluded that the dead
heathens were not hungry. Tbe meat was left
there when the Chinamen went away, aftor
burning joss-sticks, and the big bloodbonnd
who watches for grave robbers made a meal
THE HOME ALL EIGHT.
Another-Gcnerous Donation Made to the
New York, April L Major Joe H. Stewart,
member of the Board of Directors of the Na
tional Confederate Soldiers' Homo at Austin,
Tex., now In this city in the interest of the
home, is in receipt of a telegram from the
President of the Board of Directors at Austin,
stating that the Texas Legislature had just
passed a bill leasing the old Capitol building at
Austin for ten years at to per annum. The
State Constitution forbids the property being
given and hence this nominal rental.
This Income will maintain 15 inmates annu
ally, as the cost is about 88 per month per
capita. Up to this date about 81.500 has been
sent to Treasurer Chauncey M. Depew for the
COLUMBIA'S NEW ANNEX
A College for Women to be Added to tho
New York, April k In accordance with tbe
action of the trustees of Columbia College this
afternoon, that institution will probably soon
have a sister college for women. Hitherto the
young women who have attended Columbia
have had limited privileges, and were not given
degrees, although paying the regnlar tuition
fee of $150 Hamilton Fish presided at tbe
meeting of the trustees. The scheme of a
woman's college was approved.
It was decided to call the new seat of learn
ing Barnard College, as a testimonial of respect
to the venerable Dr. Barnard, who had been
the president of Columbia College for a quar
ter of a century.
A PEEACHEB AND HIS BEIDE.
Asked to Resign for Beating a member of
HI Chnrch Ant of n Wife.
Monttcello, April L The members of the
"New Light Church at La Place are greatly In-,
censed at their pastor, Rev. George W. Dra
por, and have demanded bis resignation. They
clrarge the reverend gentleman with having
cheated Charles Sampson, a member of the
New Church, out of his intended bride. Samp
son was engaged to marry Miss Addle Daniels,
and had bought bera wedding outfit. Drapor,
it is said, persuaded the girl to marry him and
jilt Sampson. Sampson proposes to sne the
preacher for damagos, and there Is lots ot
trouble In storo for tbe unfortunate, or fortu
IN MEM0ET OP JOHN HEIGHT.
The Senate Considering a Resolution of Re
spect for the Great Commoner.
Washington, April t In tho Senate to-day
Mr. Ston art offered the following resolution,
which vias laid over till to-morrow:
Resolved. That tho Senate has learned, with pro
found sorrow, of the death of John Bright: and
remembering nIsconstantandunwaerlng friend
ship tor the United States, desires to loin with tbe
Parliament olhls own country in paying a ente
ral iriDnte to one wno, auring nis longpuouc uie,
was conspicuous In his devotion to the cause of
GOSSIP 0E THE METB0P0US
' Jades Hilton Ran tbe Stewart Fatally.
TNIW TORK BUREAU SrECIALS.
New York, April l.-Mrs. Kate A. With
erll, grand-niece of Mrs. A. T. Stewart, told a
long story in. court to-day concerning her
grand-aunt and Judge Hilton. Whenever
Mrs. Stewart went out shopping, she said, the
Judge directed her what to buy and where to
buy it When asked what "shopping" meant
Mrs. Witherlll ingeniously replied that it "sim
ply meant shopping." In further explanation
she remarked tbat shopping did not necessa
rily mean purchasing anything. It oftcner
than not consisted of "simply looking around."
Mrs. Witherill also related now juase wuv,
at a garden party in Saratoga, told Mrs. Stew
art she was notproperly dressed, andhow Mrs.
Stewart immediately retired in confusion to
put on the gown which the Judge preferred.
This testimony was adduced to show that Mrs.
Stewart was completely under Judge Hilton s
Cleveland Gets a Good Paying Job. .
Ex-President Grover Cleveland jas to-day
appointed Commissioner of Estimat and As
sessment In the matter of the new High Bridge
Park. His duty as Commissioner will be to ap
praise some 2,000 city lots: in company "with
two other discreet and disinterested persons,"
and to draw a big salary for doing it
Doesn't Pay to Sanfc Aldermen.
"There is more tronble brewing for the Cen
tennial Committee bf Four Hundred. This
time it's the Aldermen. Some two moaths ago
the City Council appointed a special committeev
with President Arnold as Chairman, to confer
with Mr. MacAllister's committee concerning
arrangements for the big celebratibn, and sent
Mr. MacAUister a copy of the resolutions of
appointment But the 400. from tbat day to
this, have paid no attention to tbe Aldermen
and their resolution. The Aldermen are terri
bly Indignant over this snub, and are to-day
threatening the Centennial Committee with all
Sorts of indignities in case proper recognition
and tickets to the grand stands, tbe ball and
the banquet ate not immediately forthcoming.
Beat His Whole Family.
John Verden, a Jersey City saloon keeper, 20
years old, went home drunk last night and
beat tho whole Verden family. He began with
his lG-year-old sister and wound up with his
70-year-old grandfather. While he was caning
his wife tbe sister, whom he had beaten, sum
moned a policeman. The officer arrested him
just as he was trying to shove his grandfather
through a second story window. This morn
ing the old man died. Young Verden was held
without bail to await the result of the autopsy.
A Wedding ns n Ball Band.
Some time ago William List was put in tbe
Raymond street jail because ho refused to
keep bis promise to marry Lena Steffens, 19
years old, and handsome. For several weeks
Miss Steffens visited him about every other
day, to tell him she was ready to get him out
by marrying him. List, however, said he did
not love her and would not marry her. Late
last night he took it all back, and this morning
he and Miss Steffens were married by an Epis
copal clergyman In the jail. The bride was at
tended by her mother and was given away by
the keeper. .
DEDNKENNESS OP SPECULATION.
Gains Made With TJnusunl Rapidity Have
nn Intoxlcntlng Effect.
We cannot hut suspect, says tbe London
Spectator, that cool business men get intoxi
cated with gain, even if it is only visible on
paper; that they think anything possible, that
they lose the sense ot proportion, and that the
impulse which so often destroys conquerors
comes upon them also. Their brains cease to
act steadily. We see tbat in small individuals
every day, and the big men have no exemption
from human disqualifications. It is not at all
likely tbat any man at the center of the copper
speculation was more qualified to conduct it
than Napoleon was to conduct his later wars.
He could not know his maps better," or have
the essential figures more perfectly at his
fingers ends. Yet we all know that Napoleon
was beaten, and not wholly by providence or
fate; that success had. in some way whichnone
of us quite understand, but which all ol ns in
stinctively compare to drunkenness, impaired
his mental power.
We do not see wby a speculator should not
suffer from deterioration of brain or morale, or
both, as well as Napoleon: and we believe Jbat
it happens much oftener than it is at all sus
pected. At a point In his career the great
financier has. In fact no judgment, is subject
to the mania which Infects speculators in Mis
sissippi or South Sea stock, and must land all
who follow him in greater or less loss. That,
and not ill-intent. Is our own explanation of M.
de Lesseps, whose 'campaign of Russia" was
the Panama canal; and it is one which onr
readers will do well to recollect for the special
peculiarity of the speculation of to-day 6 the
readiness to follow successful and wealthy i n
divlduals Into anything; however wild, or h ow
ever demonstrably certain to end in final dls
FAITH CDEE ENTHUSIASM.
A Convert Baptized la the Ocean Daring a
Jersey City, April 1. In the heavy snow
squall and while the keen, penetrating March
wind blew fiercely yesterday morning, twenty
ardent faith curists were assembled on the
bank of New York bay singing merrily "Shall
We Gather at the River." They sang to cheer
a convert who was wading out in the chilly
water with Pastor Haneock for baptism.
The convert was James Madden, a short
stout, athletic man of 40 years, who bad come
from Mlddletown, N. Y.. to unite with the
church of the Faith Healers. He will return
to do missionary work at his own home.
There was no more haste in the ceremony
than In midsummer when'tho temperature of
the water is much more agreeable. The
preacher offered a short prayer before the
candidate was dipped below tbe surface. It
was not a pleasant day to face tbebittingwind,
but the candidate did not appear to mind it
and waded slowly ont and stopped on the bank
to be congratulated and receive the blessings
and words of encouragement of tho members.
Tbe baptism took place at the grounds of the
Mount Zion Sanctnary, foot of Chapel avenue,
Jersey City. The morning was selected as tbe
tide was high. The immersion had no bad ef
fect on the candidate, who was one of the most
enthusiastic at the faith meeting held yester
day afternoon. '
- A EATHEE COSTLY WALK.
Fifty Thousand Dollar Damage Snlt Against
a Railroad Company.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Mansfield, O., April 1. Harvey R. Mess
more has sued the New York, Lake Erie and
Western Railroad Company forJoO.OOO for In
juries received near Dayton on February 18,
1883. He bad come to tbat city on an Erie
train, the conductor of which told bim he
could pay tbe Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati
and Indianapolis conductor nis fare Instead of
getting out of the coach to buy a ticket He
was put off the train, and in walking back to
Dayton a train knocked him off a trestle,
breaking both arms.
The Failures far Three Months.
New York, April 1. The failures for the
first quarter of 1889, as reported by B. C. Dunn
& Co.'s mercantile agency, 'number 3,291, as
against 2.JW3 for the corresponding three
months of 1S88. Tho liabilities for the first
quarter of 1880 are $i2.7S6,C00 as against SB.831.
000 for the first quarter of 1888. The failures in
Canada numbered 5J5 for the first quarter of
1889, with liabilities of $1,802,000, wbile those In
the first quarter of 1883 were 529, with liabilities
A Baseball Bacarole.
From the New York Evening Sus.l
. Over tnejiright blue sea
Came Spalding, Anson, Fogartee
O'er proud ancestral hall
They've banged tbe bounding ball
Shout! o'er the bright blue sea
For Spalding. Anson. Fogartee!
ShoutI for Columbia's Three!
For Spalding, Anson, Fogartee!
A Decision Against Breyfogle.
Louisvtlle, April 1. Iu the suit of W. L.
Breyfogle to have a receiver appointed for tbe
Kentucky and Indiana Bridge Company a de
cision was to-day rendered refusing the pe
tition. It was also decided adversely to Brey
f pgle that the company might issue the second
mortgage bonds agreed upon by tbe directors.
The decision Is considered a great victory lor
And Vet Xhey Don't Go.
From the Louisville Courler-Journal.1
Our desperate Harrison has opened Okla
homa In the vain hope that some ot tbe office
hunters may fly there.
A canvasback dock: is said to be able to
fly 80 miles an hour.
An Englishman has invented a bonnet
which can be taken off in the theater, folded
up and used as a fan.
1 In London last 'week 2,699 births and
L639 deaths were reglstereS, the annual death
rate being 19.7 per L00O. The death rate in 23
large towns averaged 2L3per 1,000.
A pigeon missed seven times at a shoot
ing match In New Jersey finally broke the
string attached to its leg'that it might he
again used as a target if not hit and flew off.
An Indiana girl flared up and fired a
pistol at her yonng man because he was half
an hour late on Snnday evening, and he didn't
want to explain that he had been washing his
"A superior house parlor maid who
can teach elementary music" and "a plain
cook, under 23, who knows short hand." were
advertised for in a recent issue of an English
A portable house has just been com'
pleted down in .Orlando, Fla. It has on three
floors six comfortable rooms, and being con
structed in sections 20 inches wide, it can be
taken down and transported like ordinary
A revivalist at Tama, la., recently
asked all of the congregation who paid their
debts to rise. All rose but an editor, who ex
plained tbat he didn't pay his debts because
tbe rest of the congregation owed him on sub
scriptions. A whale and her calf were washed
ashore at Santa Barbara, Cal., during a recent
storm. The discoverers rigged up a windlass
and hauled the carcasses on the beach and will
fry out the oil. They expect to get several
A Mr. Sweeney, of Cummings, Ga., has
some extra smart stock. He says that one day
recently one of their bogs slipped up on a large
hen hawk that was devouring a chicken and
caught and kill it At another time a cow ran
down and caught a rabbit,
In Tallapoosa, Ga., a party had run a
large bill with a merchant, and given his prom
issory note in payment To avoid paying a
legitimate debt the said party brought action
to show that said merchant bad never had his
weights and measures tested, and for this rea
son could not collect any bills for goods sold by
weight and measure. The law is rigid on this
point, and specifies tbat merchants cannot col
lect bills for goods sold by weights or measures
not bearing the stamp or seal of tbe ordinary.
A young married man of "Washington
who has been annoyed by vagrant dogs at
night, coqeeived the idea of setting a fish hook
to catch one. He succeeded in catching one,
which be killed. A few nights afterward he
dreamed that a black dog was after him; after
a wbile the dog changed to a bear, which seemed
intent on his destruction. His gnn dropped
from his hands and he set up such an unearth
ly yell, calling for his nearest neighbor to come
and kill the bear, as to awaken him and
frighten his wife almost to deatb.
Ai gentleman of Americas, Ga., was
bragging of having the best wife in tbe State.
He says that in the ten years he has been mar
ried she has never asked him for a dollar. He
never gave her a dress, S3, nor anything. Ha
generally borrows money from her, and she
makes more than be does, yet he Is a mer
chant ene sens ail borne products, sucn as
meat, lard, chickens, wood, hay, etc. and beats
his store. He does not buy anything but
sugar, coffee and a little rice, as he has every
thing else to sell off at bis place. He says she
Is above all price to him.
At Macon, Ga., the other morning amaa
named Sparks saw a flock of English sparrows
feeding in their energetic, nervous way. In
among them was a pretty canary. The sparrows
seemed to be paying a good deal of attention to
the little stranger and seemed to be taking
especial care of him. He concluded to capture
him, and walking toward the flock, the spar
rows all flew away and the canary remained
quietly eating. He walked closer, and holding
out his hand, called to him and be hopped on
it, seemingly glad to hear a human voice. The
bird is now caged and as happy as can be.
Dr. S: L. Butler, of Lousville, Ky.,
has a white mocking bird tbat Is remarkable
not only for its rarity, bnt for tbe fact that it
succeeded In killing a half-grown rat; which
entered Its cage the other afternoon. The rat
evidently intended to make a supper of tbe
bird, but the latter knew a thing or two itself,
andpouncingnpon the bold intruder, pecked
its eyes out. Having it at this disadvantage,
the bird pecked it to deatb, and when tbe doc
tor returned soon after the dead rat was found
on the floor of the cage. Dr. Butler says he be
lieves his to be the only white mocking bird in
the country, f, -a
During a revival at a Methodist church
in Orlando, Fla., the other night quite a
solemnly comic incident occurred. There is a
certain dog in town who has been taught by
his owner to kneel in tbe attitude of prayer
wben commanded by a snap of tbe owner's
fingers. The dog followed a lady and gentle
man into the church, and insisted upon making
himself at home around tbe altar, to the an
noyance of those conducting the meeting. One
of tbe congregation, noticing the unwelcome
presence of the canine, rose from his seat and
proceeded to conduct his dogsblp to the street.
He was making slow progress in his efforts,
and when abont midway down the center aisle
chirped and snapped bis finger at tbe animal,
who deliberately turned ronnd, placed bis paws
upon the end of a pew, and bowed his head as
if in earnest prayer.
A dice-shaking game has been going on
for some time past in a small Southern town,
and a saloonkeeper has been sweeping the
sbekels into bis pocket, much to the dismay of
tbe participants in the game. It came to a sud
den close, however, the other day when a con
stable came in and examined the table upon
which tho dice shaking was going on, and found
tbat under the cover there was a steel plate
which was connected with an electric battery
beneath, and a current from which could be
applied whenever tbe saloonkeeper wished to
shake high by pressing bis knee against a knob.
The dice were loaded and worked very well
without the battery, bnt wben tbe current was
applied the sixes came out on top every time.
It was quite an ingenious contrivance, and paid
the saloonkeeper well for his trouble.
FUNNY MEN' FANCIES.
The amateur photographer is commonly
regarded as a public nuhance, and yet he has a
very taklnway. ,
There are two great events in th? life of a
Chicago girl one wben she Is married, and the
other whcil she Is divorced.
One o the quickest ways to get wisdom is
to watch a fat man trying to learn to ride the
The correct walking shoe has a low heel
and a square toe. Impecunious lovers will be
clad to learn that the pointed toe has gone out of
Major Stofah I say, Hawkins, what do
yon think of that cigar I gave you?
Hawkins (weakly)-I don't think of It at all.
I'm trying to forget It. Washington Critic.
B EIGHT BITS.
"How it Feels to Take a Bath" is the big
headline on a long article In a Western paper,
vr-tprn editors never hesitate to sacrinee their
y personal feellngi In order to get a piece of sensa
Caller (to fond mothet) Isn't it some
what remarkable and wonderful, Mrs. Hobsoa,
that yonr little boy Frank, though 8 years old, can
neither read nor write?
fond Mother-Ob, yes, I think so. The dear
little fellow always was a remarkable and won
derful child. Uarpif Magazliie.
AN OTT-RZrZATXD XRBOB.
"Sweet love, good-night
Beneath the stars which radiantly are glowing,
Reluctantly I quit tby sight.
For joy mnst end; time flies and I am going
Sweet love, good-night."
"Sweet love, good-nlgbt"
The maid replied; "and yet that note of warnlmg'
Which sharply cuts the air; oh. prythee, harkl
Was it the mellow lay of matin lark.
Or barnyard rooster crowing in the dark?
Kay-see the East: 'tis Phoe Iras' glaring sparK
Alas, methlnks, thou shonldst have said goooU
morning, ' VJfef '
And not 'good-night'" "!
' -Ttxat Sifttngtip,
In the hammock, slowly swinging,
Where the butterflies are winging , ,
Idly through the summer air,
Tbroujrh tbe boughs tbe snnllffbt stre&mlag
' nn.iitir.Aii hr trolden hair. aGeL,
Wltf v - w - -
Coming close to her, I wonder
Ather beauty, ana ipouuci
Whether It would be sin . a
Just to kiss her, or would make her
Angry, If the kiss should wake her. . ' "
Pressed above tier dimpled chin. fM
'Heath her lashes bright eyes twinkling
All at once give mean inkling; ,
That her slumber Is a sham;
And my faint resolve grsyrs nrmer,' , ' "'
When ber ripe lips sortly murmur:! Jj
. "tioodness. Jack! Don't be aelaml"