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THE PITTSBURG DISPATOH, TUESDAY.""' FEBRUARY 4, 1890. Qt M$1&W ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8. 1MB, Vol. . Jo. S6S. Entered at Pittsburg 1'octofflce, November 14, 18S7, u becond-class matter. Business Office 07 and 09 Fifth Avenue. News Booms and Publishing House 75, 77 and 70 Diamond Street. Eastern Advertising Office. Koom US, Tribune Building. liewYort. TERMS OF THE DISPATCH. rOETAGK FBXE IX TUB EXITED STATES. UA1LT DiBPATCn, One Year. 8 00 Daily Diepatcti, Per Quarter 1 00 Dailt DisrATCH, UneMouth Daily Dispatch, Including Sunday, 1 year. 10 00 JUILT Dispatch, ineludingSunday.Sm'ths. 2 SO 11A1LT DISPATCH, Including Sunday.lmonth 90 Sunday Dispatch. One Year 3 50 Weekly Dispatch, one ear. 1 IS Iiie Daily Dispatch Is delivered bycarrlers at JScenUDer -week, or Including bunday edition, at 20 cents per week. PITTSBURG. TUESDAY. FER 4, ISM. THE MOTIVE FOB IT. There is a feature of the defense, published in yesterday's DisPATCir, on behalf of Speaker Kecd in the fight which is raging in the House, that is worthy the attention of the public. It consists in the allegation that his course is necessary in order to seat the Eepublican contestants; and the imper ative nature of that consideration is set forth in the statement of "the custom of both parties to seat their own contestants, somewhat regardless of law." This is the meat of the whole matter. The very foundation of free government lies in the right of the people to have their representa tives in the positions to which they are honestly elected. Deny that right and,you destroy republican government Tet this is what is being aone by the fight going on in the House. It is true that the Republican leaders are not sinners above all others in this respect The Democrats have done just the same thing in Ohio. No matter which party does it, it is usurpation to decide con tested election cases by any other criterion than an honest investigation as to which contestant was rightfully elected. But the Republican party presents the first example in Congress of a Speaker who creates the rules to suit partisan exigencies, who rejects privileged motions and usurps in his own person the authority of the whole House, in order to insure the success ful perpetration of the greater wrong of seating the Eepublican contestants regard less of right and justice. The unwarranted nature of the Speaker's action in making rales to order, is not so dangerous as the wider usurpation of seating contestants solely by partisan tests; but both together, if permitted to continue, will make truly representative government a mockery. The real purpose was obtained yesterday by a vote seating the Eepublican contestant, which singularly reduced to slight import ance all the previous fighting about the ne cessity of showing a quorum by the yeas and nays. But the real gravity of the situation appears in the fact that the question was not at all decided by the proof as to which man was honestly elected. Of so slight import ance was that issue that the press reports did not even deem it necessary to give ab stracts of the argument bearing on it if there was any serious argument on that point Very few know, and less seem to care, who was the man chosen by the people. The vote simply expresses the determination of the majority that its man shall have the seat " . A statement of this sort shows the neces sity, which The Dispatch has heretofore urged, of removing the decision of contested elections from partisan bodies to judicial tribunals, above the strife of politics. $200,000,000 have been squandered on the roads of Pennsylvania within the past fifty years, with very little to show for it. That this waste is to be replaced by an intelligent and well-directed use of the public funds for the creation of durable and solid roads, there is every reason to believe. All inter ests are awakening to the importance of this work, and are showing equal willingness to have the cost met by both State and loca taxation. TEE DISASTER AT WASHINGTON. "Washington is buried in gloom, and a shadow of sorrow has fallen over the whole country. The disaster which descended upon the household of Secretary Tracy yes terday was overwhelming. Seemingly no human effort conld have averted the catas trophe, and we have even cause to be thank ful that no more lives were lost The warm and pitifnl sympathy of all his countrymen may help to sustain Mr. Tracy in his ex traordinary trial. The loss of wife and daughter in such a cruel fashion is irrepara ble humanly; God alone can give comfort to one so afflicted. This unspeakable honor, it must be ob served, will have wide-reaching effects. Most probably it will entail the retirement of Mr. Tracy from his place in the Cabinet The country's loss will be no small one, for Mr. Tracy has already proved himself a most able head of the Naval Department The building of the Dew navy has had not a lit tle impetus imparted to it at his strong hands. Tet while we shall deeply regret such an event, we cannot be surprised at it Nor is it unlikely that another vacancy in the Cabinet, hardly yet a year old, will occur, for it is but natural that Mr. Blaine's domestic afflictions should tell heavily upon him, and render the arduous responsibilities of nis office distasteful to him. The trials that Mr. Tracy and Mr. Blaine have been made to bear will therefore indirectly affect politics and affairs of state. For the present, however, the respectful sympathy of the nation is extended to its exalted leaders in distress, to the exclusion of all other thoughts born of the situation. That would be an inadmissible policy. The Dispatch has always held, that the na tional banking system founded on Govern jnent loans which had to be floated for pub lic purposes, was a great benefit But to issue and pay interest on bonds which the Government does not need to float, would simply convert the banks into a publio bur den instead of a publio benefit What is needed as the Government bonds are retired is to find some form of security, of universal and stable value, on which a reliable currency can be founded. When Congress sets at work to discover such a se curity, the problem will be easily solved. The Marquis of Salisbury's threat thai if the Liberals get back into power the Irish re form will be "met by the stubborn resistance of the House of Lords" suggests the necessity of commending the noble lord to the study of George Stephenson's famous answer of what would happen If a cow got in the way of a rail road train. If the Houso of Lords (rets in the way of progress it will be bad for the aristo cratic bulls. An Eastern paper points out that the New York World's Nellie Bly makes more rapid progress than tho New York World's Fair. Tho intimation that Nellie is not the fair, is one of the comparisons that may be deemed decidedly invidious. CHEAP CABLE EATES. The cable road people declare they can not reduce the rate below 5 cents. So at one time they asserted and the assertion looked reasonable enough then that they could not carry people from East Liberty for less than 10 cents. If less than two years enables rhem to cut the East Liberty rate one-half, there is reason to hope that progress and competition may eventually sell 100 tickets to intermediate points for 3 or Si. No one expects our corporate friends to reach this point at a single step. What is needed is to have the forces at work which will cause passengers to be transported at the lowest profitable charge, which yields the greatest traffic With that force at work w e may yet see the day when passengers are carried in Pittsburg for 3 cents, as they are in London for 2. 0TJE OVEEWOEKED TBIBTJNAL. The centennial of the United States Su preme Court finds that body overwhelmed with business and justice delayed for years. The members oi that exalted bench are forced to work more hours per day than any other class of professional men. The description of their life as "a slave's life," by Justice Bradley, is a pardonable hyperbole; but with all this effort the necessary work of the court is not promptly done, and the most cruel injustice is often the result of the ine vitable delay in the bearings of the cases before it The interviews with the members of the court, which appear else where, indicate the proper reme dy to be that of erecting an lutermedi ate appellate court, which shall decide the less vital half of the business which now comes before the ultimate tribunal. This could be done by making the present Circuit Courts the appellate tribunal and giving all the initial business to the District Courts, or by creating an entirely new intermediate conrt for every two or three of the present dis tricts. Either plan would furnish some relief to the Supreme Court; although the latter might be made more adequate for the future growth of the country. It is significant that bills providing such relief have in the past two decades thrice passed both branches of Congress. When ever either House has taken the subject under consideration it has passed such a measure; but in every such case the bill has failed simply from inattention in the other branch. The fact is a peculiar indication that Congress is likewise unable to dispose of all the business before it; but that body can if it chooses easilv relieve itself of the great mass of special legislation and private bills which hampers it The responsibility, both for its congested condition and the in ability 'of the Supreme Conrt to do its work, clearly lies with the legislative branch. The present Congress ought not to adjourn without passing some measure for the relief of the Supreme Court, such as is indicated by the interviews published eltewhere. It could profitably take time from its present squabbles to pass a bill which would so facilitate the public business. PABNELL'S VINDICATION. The compromise of the Parnell libel suit against the London Time) for five thousand pounds, completes the back-down and con fession of defeat on the part of the Tory or gan, in the crusade which it began against the Irish leader, about two years ago. As a sequel to the break-down of Pigott on the witness stand, it makes that effort at political slander one of the most utter fiascos in history. There is little doubt that the intention of the crusade which was commenced against Mr. Parnell was to create such a revulsion of English opinion against him, that the Salisbury Government conld hold a new general election and obtain an extension of its lease of power in Parliament If the articles had gone unchallenged, or if the Parnell Commission could, with any respect to decency, have rendered a decision against Parnell, the probability is that the Cabinet would have announced the elections before this, and confidently expected the victory, from the prejudice thus created among the English against the Irish leader. The utter ruin of that fine scheme is confessed by this settlement of the suit The vital witness of the Times turned out a self-confessed forger before the Commission; and the Times ranks itself beside its dead witness as a self confessed libeller by this settlement of the libel suit Of course the money paid is not a fair rec ompense for the cost to which Mr. Parnell has b.-n subjected in fighting the Times; but his personal loss will be counted as little beside the magnificent victory for the cause. Two thousand dollars for a broken heart, tho sum'awarded by an Allegheny connty jury yesterday, is not such a singeing verdict as has been given to disconsolate and deserted sweethearts in other States. But likeMer cutio's wound, "'tis enough; t'will serve." Airy triflers with the female affections are henceforth and hereby warned not to give play to their powers of charming unless they mean business. The United States Supreme Court finds time to decide that the Mormons cannot over ride the authority of the United Btates, in Idaho, by taking a false test oath and appealing for the writ of habeas corpus to take them away from the Territorial courts. Tire Ohio Eepublicans are going to ap peal to the Supremo Court of that Btato against the action of the Senate in unseating Lampson; and the Democrats in Congress threaten to do the same thing in opposition to the way in which contested seats are settled in that body. Likewise each party is forcibly and loudly declaring that such a coarse on tbe part of Its opponents Is wildly unconstitutional. By close shave the Eepublicans suc ceeded in seating their man yesterday, with a vote that showed a quorum of tbe yeas alone. This makes the previous fighting assume the aspect of much ado about nothing. The positive rumors that Mr. Charles Emory Smith has been given the Russian mis sion, indicates that tbe representation of this country at the Czar's court will be in tho person of one of the most accomplished and able of Republican editors, and also that the Russian mission has success! ally eluded the ardent pur suit of Colonel Elliot F. Shepard. Let us hope that West Virginia will fur nish tbe good and rare example of deciding Its election contest by the rule of seating the man who got the most legal votes, regardless of party predilections. A COMMON EBB0B. In Mr. Joseph Cook's philosophical criti cism oi the Bellamy school of socialism, which forms a feature of The Dispatch, he states, as an objection to the proposition for national legislation in restraint of trusts, the danger of brineing such interests into politics. "Will it not," asks Mr. Cook, "open the way to vast corruption when we have political oil, political sugar or politi cal flour?" In this objection Mr. Cook falls into a very common error, which arises from a fail ure to understand that by tbe nature of the case these evils are already in politics. Mr. Cook does not perceive, as the vast majority do not, that every combination which has attained dangerous power founds its strength either on advantages given to it by legisla tion, or favoritism in the administration of agencies created by general legislation, or tbe violation of laws enacted in the public interest Consequently these vast interests are in politics already, as is shown by their proprietorship of Congressional seats and their ownership of State Legislatures. The corruption which Mr. Cook fears has already set in, and the way to take it out of politics is to enforce the principles of democratic social and commercial organization inherent in the constitution. It is a striking illustration of the general confusion on this question that after exhib iting this dread of bringing industrial in terests into politics, Mr. Cook should pre sent as a feature of his solution that of ex perimenting along tbe line of State rail roads. The fact is that no such modified form of socialism is at all necessary. A vigorous and independent enforcement of the principles of law as declared by all the courts, and a strict fulfillment of the origin al contract between the State and the rail roads, will wipe out every exclusive privi lege and destroy every special advantage by which wealth is concentrated at the cost of the masses. If such a vigorous and honest mainten ance of onr present system cannot now be attained, what hope is there of improvement by changes which will place vaster pre miums on the failure of political agencies to administer the Government for the wel fare of the people. The preparation of Germany for war is shown by tbe statement that within seven days sbe can put 1, -100,000 soldiers at any point on ber frontier and can reintoice them by 800,009 more in another week.This is calculated to fill good Americans with a sincere gratification that 3,000 miles of ocean interpose between us and Such a neighbor. The Chamber of Commerce expresses a desire to see the new postofflco finished promptly, and the people are ready to make the vote unanimous. When the Eepublicans bring in rules to stop dilatory motions and mako a visible quorum a legal quorum, then it will be fair for them to discuss whether Mr. Reed's flop from the principles he avowed In 1880, is an Improve ment or tho reverse. That will be the legal way to do It The present Is not the right way. Still the Sontbside must wait to nave its water supply purified, because the city health officer has overruled the legal opinion of the City Attorney. The increase of the numbers of the New York Four Hundred to twelve hundred ia the natural operation of the laws on which that so ciety jg founded. It is in harmony with the source of a fashionable set supported by Wall street that it should be watered nptotbree times the original investment That terrible fatality at Washington is a national object lesson on the need of slow burning architecture. The compromise of Parnell's libel snit against the London Times for 5,000 makes those articles on "Parnelllsm and Crime" an exceedingly expensive example of journalistic enterprise. If the Times is able to get up about one more great newspaper stroke, it will about finish its career. PEOPLE OP PE03IINENCB. PE0GBESS ON THE B0AD QUESTION. Colonel Eoberts' report on the road ques tion to the Chamber of Commerce yesterday shows a progressive public opinion that promises to bear fruit in well directed work to secure good highways. A striking illus tration of the wastefulness of our present system is given by the statement that over THE NATIONAL BANK QUESTION, The proposition which Mr. Dorsey, of the House Banking and Currency Committee, is reported to have incorporated into a bill, for making the national bank currency per manent, is receiving some favorable notice; but the idea is of such a character as U war rant tbe belief that, if it were not for its feature of perpetuating a loan on which na tional bank notes would be based, there would be an almost universal dissent to it It is briefly to issue a new loan of $300,000, 000 in Jfifty year, two per cent bonds, with which to take up the 4 per cents nexcyear, and "scattering remnants of other loans out standing," to quote one of the indorsers of the measures. The banks are to have the privilege of issuing currency up to the par value of the bonds instead of 90 per cent as at present The revenues of the Government are ample to provide for paying off the 4 per cents shortly after maturity, and the money is in the Treasury ready to meet any "seat terlne remnants" that are unpaid, upon their presentation. To renew and extend the loan for fifty years would therefore be borrowing money that the Government does J not want, simply for the benefit of the banks. Mrs. asb Miss Rusk are among the most popular entertainers in Washington. The lato Empress Augusta left Queen Vic-r toria a splendid gold bracelet, containing the words "For ever" set in precious stones. The proposition to erect a monument to Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg recalls to mind the fact that there is yet on that illustri ous field no memorial of George Gordon Meade, The new Prince of Monaco is personally op posed to gambling. Ho never indulges in games of chance, but cannot pass by the chance to make $250,000 a year from other people's chancing. PiTTSBUKQEHa in New York Charles Wheeler, at the Brunswick; Mr. and Mrs. William Shaw, Jr at the Fifth Avenue; F. S. Wlllock, J. R. McCune and C. W. Tindle,at the St James. Henry Sproul and wife leave for home to-day. Sir William Gull, the famous London physician who died last week, was a strikingly handsome man, a fine orator and an entertain ing conversationalist. He had little faith in drugs, a fact which goes to prove that his name was not appropriate. Zokilla, the most popular Spanish Repub lican, is living quietly in Paris. He lives in furnished lodgings and never goes into society. He is fairly well off, but not wealthy. He has been 15 years in exile, but has never for a mo ment lost faith in the nltimate triumph of his crusade. The worst thing said about him is that bo constantly smokes cigarettes. Anyone looking closely at General Butler's hands, says the Boston Gazette, will notice that tbe base of his right thumb is a very well de veloped, full and firm piece of flesh, while at the same place on his left hand it is very much shrunken and fallen away. The difference is due to shaking hands. Probably no living American who has never been President has shaken bands with so many thousand people as General Bailer, and he has developed tbe mus cles of his right band and arm by it, instead of letting It exhaust and paralyze them. The General says that the reason handshaking does not try him is that be does not let any man grasp him by the fingers, but advances bis band to meet the other man's. Instead of re treating it, and seizes tbe other hand himself in a Arm grasp. Then he manages the proceed ing to suit himself. A Rumor About Heed. Prom the Chicago Tlmea.3 Scbmiedbarcnguss is the name given to a new composite metal which will endure a ten sile strain of over 168,000 pounds to the square inch. It is rumored that Tom Reed has or dered a new backbone made of this metal in anticipation of tho contest over the rules. An Actor In His Way. From the Hew York World. J Bcrpa Pinto Is only 1 years of age. He bis been acting like sixty, however, TAKING A FRESH HOLD. Resumption of the Ohio Ballot Box Forgery Investigation Governor Campbell on the Stand I!o la Shown the Forced Fnper for tbe First Time Some Important Testimony. XTASHrifOTOif, February 3. After a recess of two weeks tbe special House commit tee investigating the Ohio ballot box forgery assembled again this morning, to continue its inquiry. Representative Grosvenor opened, with a statement that since adjournment the com mittee and himself had been unpleasantly criti cised by the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, becanso of the conduct of tbo investigation and because certain witnesses had not been cross-examined. Governor Foraker had been deprived of cross-examination. Governor Foraker interrupted to deny that be had anything to do with the criticism. "I should hope not" said Mr. Grosvenor. "You are a lawyer." Continuing, ho asked the committeo to insist upon a regular order of ex amination and cross-examination, so that the public would understand that ho was not to be expected to cross-examine his own witnesses. The chairman said that he did not care what criticisms were passed upon the committee, and he did not propose to allow newspaper edi torials to influence his judgment. Governor Foraker said that he hart produced no witnesses here. There was an effort on the part of the committee to get at the truth, and he aided tbe committee at its request in get ting witnesses. If this was to be an adversary proceeding, be wished to know it at once. He had seen an editorial in which Mr. Halstead criticised him for not cross-examining wood. Bat Wood had so utterly destroyed the valne of his own testimony that there was no neces sity, to his mind, for a cross-examination. w Mb. Grosvenor said he represented no ad versary proceedings, and did not propose by newspaper sneers to be driven into the atti tude of a prosecuting attorney. His clients suffered from a public belief that there was another ballot-box contract and he was called upon to bring out the facts, and not to be criti cised on his treating witnesses so gingerly. Mr. Turner, a member of tbe committee, said that the committee had called Wood, and it had cross-examined him. lie (Mr. Turner), had taken part in it Mr. Cogswell said the committeo should ig nore newspaper gossip, and carry out the orders of the House nothing more or less and the committee assented to this view. Representative Butterwortb, who was await ing an examination, said that there was not a scintilla of truth in tbe statements that the per sons mentioned in the forgery were afraid to go to tbe bottom of this case. The committee would realize tbe effect of having it said daily that they were palling the coat-tails of tbe members of the committee, saying, "Be care ful." Mr. Wilson, a member of. the committeo. re plied that It would appear from the record that the committee had tally cross-examined Mc Kinley and Wood. Representative J. R. Whiting, of Michigan, was put on the stand, and denied tbe genuine ness of his signature to the ballot-box contract He said he had been told that Walters, who had assisted him, had had something to do with the ballot box matter. He spoko to Wal ters about it, and Walters replied that he knew something of the matter; that he had In tended to tell witness all about it, and had pre served tbe papers to show him. He said that Wood came to him with a letter of introduc tion from Governor Foraker to President Har rison. Walters gave witness all tbe letters passing between himself and Wood. Witness produced these letters and read them to the committee. In one dated Cincinnati, Septem ber 6, Wood wrote Walters that they should want his services hunting up official documents. In anotber, of tbe same date. Wood says that "T-lla Rnval TTI irlinaec't la in , nnvri. nnH In another, dated Lansing, Mien., September 9, he asKs ior iniormation aooat tne gun-carriage contracts asks for patents, wants to know whether "T. F. C." is on the list, and cautions htm to say othing about Ohio to anyone; to keep his mouth sealed. The witness at this point diverged to remark that Wood got bis (witness') signature in Michigan, and not from Walters. w tn a letter dated Cincinnati, October 2, Wood 1 says he is to see His Royal Highness this week. Everything received was very useful. From Columbus, October 0, Wood says be is coming to Washington to push the gun deal. On November 14, Wood writes from Cincinnati that he is having a red-hot tlmo starting two libel suits to refute charges against his char acter; nothing to do with tbe ballot box. "Hal stead has cut loose aain,:but it is O. K." On December 3, Wood says he is all right but has had a time since he got back. The box is O. K. He wants to know how his pension claim gets along. Governor Foraker asked for witness' esti mate of Walters' character. He replied that Walters bad served him faithfully, and he had confidence In him. Walters appeared to wish witness to know nothing of the case, and he could see why this should bo so, as Walters was a Democrat, and yet was in a position of help ing Governor Foraker. To Mr. Grosvenor, witness said that he knew of no other ballot box contract than tbe forged paper. Powell Crossley was the next witness. He said he had been associated with Mr. Butter worth in the practice of law from 1883 until about a year ago, wben ha went upon the bench. Witness was a Republican. He never had in his possession any papers relating to ballot boxes. Mr. Butterwortb. showed him the forgery after the election last fall. Wood, in 1888, had told witness, among other things, about his box: that a bill had been, or would be, lntrodnced in Congress; that John R. Mc Lean had Campbell in It, and were going to have a Democratic Congressman Introduce- tbe bill, as the House was then Democratic. Mo one made application to witness for informa tion last fall respecting ballot boxes, and he had no talk then about it with Governor Fora ker. Had had no intimation that Mr. Batter worth had anything tu do with the ballot boxes after the publication. THE CHINESE BAKQDETS Were Most Thoroughly Enjoyed by the Americans Present A Fitting Close to iheNevrYenr Festivities. More gennine hospitality than was dispensed by tbe Chinese class of the Second Presbyte rian Church Sabbath school last evening to their teachers and friends would be bard to find. About COO guests responded to invitations sent out by tbe happy entertainers, and at an early hour the audience room of the church was filled, and a policeman was needed at the door to prevent an Influx of uninvited guests, so popular are these annual entertainments given by the Chinese. The early portion of the even ing was devoted to a literary entertainment, the numbers of tbe programme being rendered by the hosts, after the seating of the large au dience had been accomplished by dapper, cute bttle Chinamen. Tbe front pews were reserved for the entire class of Chinese pupils, and were occupied by them. The exercises were opened by a hymn and prayer, followed by Rev. J. J. Bunderland, pastor of the chnrcb. The Twenty-third Psalm was sung by the class, and the programme was as follows: Scripture reading by Geo Chee; a duct by Lee Haw and Quang YVab. Hi; a quartet by Lee Haw. Chin Ying, Quang Wan Hi and Lee Noi; a dialogue, "Love of Country," by Lee Haw, Quang Wah HI and Lee Noi. The address of welcome was given by Secre tary Johnston, and was a very able effort. He was warmly applauded, as were each and every performer of the evening. A very pretty ad dress was made by a visiting Chinaman, Mr. Bert C. Lee. who Is a mechanical engi neer and has been educated in this country by tbe Chinese Government. Mr. E. S. Grey was master of ceremonies, and Rev. Donehoo and Mr. W. P. McJunkin made short addresses, the latter belne the zentleman who first started tho Chinese class of the Second Presbyterian Church. During the entire programme the most care ful attention was paid, and it must be said to the credit of the guests and hosts that every effort was appreciated. At the conclusion of the exercises the com pany repaired to the lower rooms where, in one of the class rooms, was stationed a Chinese band and also individual musicians, that enter tained a portion of the guests, while tbe re mainder filled tho eight long tables in the lec ture room. Every thing that a capricious ap petite could sucgest was served in abundance, the tables were beautifully decorated, and tbe entire room was radiant with decorative arti cles from the land of China. The happy hosts, some In the garb of their adopted country, but all with beaming faces, looked after the com fort of their guests in a trolv commendable manner, and the climax of the New Year cele brations which have been protracted for three weeks was a erand success. Tho Chinese of Allegheny celebrated their annual banquet last night at the Central Re formed Presbyterian Cnurch. The tables were set in tbe lower part of the church. The place was decorated ail over with Chineso emblems and shields. There were seats for a largo num ber of people, and about 270 people partook of the bounties of tbe occasion. The dishes were to a great extent of the Chinese style, and along with the ordinary American eatables, there were several kinds of Chinese food pre pared after tbe manner of their country. The dinner was given by tbe members of the Chineso class to their teachers, and they spared no expense to have everything that would be desired. Mrs. C. W. Newell is superintendent of tbe school, and she seemed pleased at the efforts of her class to improve their condition. She said: "The number of members in the class was at first about 0, and the average attendance is now from 15 to 20. Each pupil bas a separate teacher who takes great interest in her charge." After sapper had been given the Chinese re paired to the doorway of the church, where they had erected a tall pole, from which they strung firecrackers, and set them off to the In tense amusement of fully 300 people who had gathered round the church. The Chinese claimed they fired off 3,000,000 crackers. THE ACT EXHIBITION. Work of tbs School ot Design Much Admired by Patrons and Visitors. Quite a cosmopolitan scene was presented in the rooms of the School of Design last even ing. The crowds of fashionably dressed peo ple with their catalogues and opera glasses that thronged tho various rooms, and admired and commented upon the numerous pictures, mado a most pleasing picture in themselves. The rooms were opened for tbe annual inspec tion of the work done by the pupils of the school at 7 o'clock, and the entire evening they were filled with all the artists and art loving people of the two cities and the East End. The work exhibited, as a wnole, is tbo best ever shown, in the opinion Of the instructors, and of somo of the best local artists. The medal pictures, and also those that bore tbo cards of "honorable mention" naturally at tracted moro attention than any of the others, bat all tbe work received careful scrutiny. There are hung this season 73 oil paintings from nature, 2 water colors from nature, six pictures in the life class, four pen and ink drawings, 13 on obina and Interspersed are 0 pictures loaned by the Century Company. The public will have access to the rooms between the hours of 10 and 5 o'clock every day this week. AT THE THEATERS. A New Nndjy Tbo Fakir's Merits Other Flays and Players. fHAT "Nadjy,"' by Francois Chassaigne, was gireu wihu ptuuigioua coior aau cnmpiete ness by tbe Aronson Opera Company at the Grand Opera House last mzht goes without saying. But the large audience which assem bled to hear it had another treat in store: there was a new Nadjy, a very queen of the ballet, In the person of Miss Georgie Dennin. It is true also that Mr. James T. Powers gave us a new Faragas. This is not tbe first appearance of "Nadjy" in this city, and it is hardly necessary to review tbo opera again. Tbe opinion has already been expressed in these columns that "Nadjy," musically considered, is pretty small potatoes and few to tbe hill. As it has been sung here tbe prettiest air in it the ballad "What is Love I" is not Chassaigne's, and while some of the choruses have a swing that Is lively es pecially that which forms tbe finale of tbe sec ond act there is very little music of any value In the opera. The less said about the libretto the better. Jt is therefore always right to praise any opera company which makes "Nadjy" enjoyable. Mr. Aronson's company is deserving of high praise for "Nadjy," in their hands takes on many charms certainly not its own. Miss Pauline Hall conld not be anything but beautiful, but she seemed rather more lovely than usual as Princess Etelka. Perhaps the costumes helped her a little, though it is hard to say whether tho severe simplicity of her white robe de nuit or the rich disguise of a Hungarian hunting dress became her most The bouquets and baskets of flowers which sbe received seemed no more than her deserts. Venus' temple alnays had the air ot a conservatory. But we must ;not forget Miss Georgie Dennin, who was also saluted very bunglingly with a floral harp or something of tho sort. It will be remembered that Marie Jansen injected a good deal of cbarm and a mouthful of naughti ness into the part of "Nadjy." Georgie Dennin does as much or more. It is not fair to at tribute naughtiness to her, though. She is awfully chic, and the excuse for using the French word is that she constantly reminds one of French methods. Sbe catches tbe spirit of comic opera as very few American actresses catch it nowadays. It is a matter of motion, expression and diablerie all the time with her; such a thing as posing like a statuesque sheep how many stars of comic opera love reposel does not occur to her. Her work is not wanting in contrasts, either. She sines a part of that charming "What Is Lovef" with a simple sweetness that flings the point of the song into strong relief. The song in which sbe describes, untruthfully of course,tbe fate of the married man, is delivered with all iaa ncorn imaginaoie. oo jxaajy as sne piays it would be a taking sketch even if she did not dance with great grace, as she does. The part of Faraaas we never esteemed much for humor, but Mr. James T. Powers gives it with rich and original unction. His imi tation of the ballet girl and ber admirer in the parquet ia very funny. Miss Kate Uart has lit tle to do but look charming, and of course sbe does that with ease. Miss Eva Davenport brought Angelia the waiting woman of Etelka and Faragas' wife, into unusual prominence by her capital acting. The Rakoczy of Mr. Jqhn Brand was also excellent be sings with spirit and expression. Mr. Edwin Stevens. in spite of a painfully ludicrous makeup rather misses the fun in the elderly roue Bobrumkoff. The chorus is well trained and good to look at. The scenery and the costumes are very handsome. The audi ence received the opera with generons ap plause. Wisely as we think the management have resolved to revive "ErmlnIe"for the Wednes day matinee and evening performances. Old as "Erminie" is it still has many friends. ME. CABNEGIE'B GIFT. How Raphael Was Led to Point the Picture of the Sistlne madonna. A patron of The Dispatch who read with interest Mr. Long's article on Mr. Carnegie's gift to St. Paul's Cathedral, sends the follow ing clipping from a German letter, which elab orates a point touched upon by the writer re ferred to: There is a pretty legend connected with the com position of tbe Sistlne Madonna. Kapha!, the story goes, was one time painting an attar piece, which was, for tbe nonce, veiled from the cartons gaze by green curtains while the paint was In pro cess of drying. The artist, weary or his work, bad fallen asleep before the closed hangings, but though hU body slambered his -wondrous mind still wandered through the realms of fancy, and as he lay In sleep he saw tbe curtains open, and standing between them, surrounded by myriads or cherubs, a glorious vision of the Madonna and Child, For a moment only the vision lasted, then tbe painter awoEe to find the cnrt&lns closed before the altar piece. Next day he received an order to paint a Ma donna and Child for the Sistlne Chapel, intro ducing Pope St. Slxtus. Kaphael, still haunted by the remembrance of his dream, resolved to paint what lie had seen. He sketched the .Madonna snrronnded by angel heads, with the green cur tains drawn back on both sides. St- Bixtns knelt down In agitation, his tiara renin on the altar ledge. St. Barbara occupied tbe other side of the painting. The picture was complete, the vision was there and the requirements of tbe order ful filled. mill something was wanting: tbe bare ledge troubled the artist's eye, till one day going to his studio he saw two boys leaning on the side, look ing intently at his work. He seized the happy moment and fixed them on bis canvas as the ador ing cherubim. CUiUOUS CONDENSATIONS. HAED TO IMPROVE IT. of The Plttsbnrg Dispatch a Newspaper Uniform Excellence. From the Bellefonte Watchman. rhe New Year of 1S90 finds The PrrTSBTrao Dispatch maintaining all the excellent quali ties which have made it eminent among the leaniDg newspapers of the day. It3 dally edi tion furnishes the general reader with every thing that is freshest and most Interesting in the line of news, and in addition it gives the latest current Ideas through the medium of able correspondents. Its general miscellany of the day's doings Is bright and lively, there not being a dull line in it. Its market reports are comprehensive and reliable. Although Repub lican in politics, its editorials are marked by an independence and liberality that lift it high above the level of the organ. Tbe Sunday edition of The Dispatch has attained a popularity that has secured for it a circulation considerably over 0.000. It is a mammoth 20-page issue, containing a most var ied collection of reading matter suitable to the tastes of intelligent readers. The current news is supplied In addition to a great amount of In teresting and instructive literature. Those who have had the pleasure and rdvantage of read ing The Dispatch would think that it conld not well be improved, but its proprietors prom ise even greater excellence during the coming year, and there is no doubt that the fullest per formance will follow their promise. TI1E OPENING DAT. TTTood used to come to witness' office to talk with his partner, Mr. Outcalt, and when that gentleman was not present, Wood often spoke to witness. He (witness) wanted to see that letter which had been put in evidence, wherein witness was represented as indorsing Wood for office. Wood had asked tor a letter of recommendation at a time when witness sup posed he bad been appointed, saying that a fight was being made on him. Wood pretended to be working on an invention, and. as witness had known him for two years, he gave him a letter of recommendation. Wood never spoke of Mr. Butterworth In connection with a ballot box. To ex-Governor Foraker witness said be knew no reason then why he Bbould not have indorsed Wood; be knew nothing derogatory to his char acter. Wood first talked to witness about the ballot-box matter in the winter of 1833-89. Governor James E. Campbell, of Ohio, was the next witness. The Cbair banded him the forged paper, and he declared that he had never seen the paper until that minute; that he had never signed It and never signed his namo as it appeared on the paper. He always wrote his name in fall "James E. Campbell." Wben be sent a short note he occasionally signed "J. E. C." Tbe newspaper accounts of how Wood got the signatures did not account for bis sig nature, but alter he heard Wood's statement that he had gotten hold of a letter signed "J. E. C." he made up his mind that Wood used the initials and filled in the name in making tho forgery. Witness was shown tbe contract bead, and said that he had never seen it before, bnt bad seen it published several hundred thousand times in tbe newspapers. He never was inter ested in tbe ballot box, or in any contract bear ing npon it. He bad introduced the ballot-box bill at tbe request of T. C. Campbell, and be lieved that that gentleman spoke to Repre sentative Grosvenor about it. He remembered nothing now about tho bill. T. C. Campbell brought one of tbe ballot boxes to Washing ton before July, 18SS, and brought It to wit ness' house; it might be in.iho basement of tho house yet. Mr. Campbell said that tbo Elections Committee was going to deal with the subject of ballot boxes, and be wanted to get his box before them. He had spoken, be said, to Representative Grosvenor, and now came to him, as a Democratic Introduction would give the bill a better standing. A fter the adjournment witness asked Camp- .,1 .,. , .. ,. .1 i. l.nVul m,ak ,.!.. 1.1, and he bad repbed that tbe committee was not going into the subject and they were also Improving the box, and they hoped to bring the matter before the next Congress. Witness was about to make a speech in Cincinnati October 4. and having seen an intimation in the Com mercial Gazette that himself and Mr. McLean had been Involved In some ballot-box trust which would not be a good thing for an anti-monopoly candidate, be telegraphed Mr. McLean and received an absolute denial ot any know ledge of such a transaction; and that was the last he bad had to say to Mr. McLean on the subject Just before the opera house speech a Cincinnati Post reporter showed witness an editorial written by Mr. Halstead, reflecting npon him, and be bad replied, "Mr. Halstead is a liar; and if he can prove anything of that kind, I will get off tbe Democratic ticket" At Uermantown witness saw a publication In tbe Post, and also heard that Governor Foraker had charged him with complicity In a bill hav ing a JL00O,000 fee in it He was "pretty warm" and ordered suit to bo brought against tho Pott, and also spoke as he did in the heat of the moment at German town. Witness here read the editorials from the Commercial Gazette and tbe published accounts of his Germantown speech, denouncing the statements made as lies. At this point the committee adjourned till to-morrow. Too Bis a Tnsk for Them. from the St Lonls Post-Dispatch. Tbe New Tork World's Fabr Committee should suppress the Piatt now being exhibited to the public, A Number of Ladles Lunched Yesterday at the Daqaesno Club. Tho ladles' restaurant in the Duquesne Cmb Houso was opened yesterday, and quite a num ber of ladies availed themselves of tbo privi lege of becoming charter patrons of the hand some little dining room in splteof thelnclement weather. Tbe room looked attractive In white napery, cut glass and silver, and seated behind a handsome little desk near the entrance was a petite, blue-eyed, dark-haired lady dressed in a stylish costume of heavy black silk with a gold and white embroidered vest who was no other than Mrs. James Riley, the charming wife of tbe new steward o( tbe club. Mrs. Riley, as cashier, will assist ber husband in tbe successf ol management of this special feature of the club house. Bijou Theater. 'That clever people can create a vast amount of amusement without a plot, and almost without a play, was again amply demonstrated at tbe Bijou last night "Tho Fakir," It is frankly announced by the management, was 'Invented and concocted by Harry L. Hamlin and Paul M. Potter for the sole and only pur pose of making the great American publio happy," and it is certain that a goodly section of the Pittsburg public has emphatically mani fested its approval of tbe effort The only pre. tense of a narrative or design in the ratber dis connected sketch is found in the appearance, at intervals, of a jealous wife, who jumps to conclusions and makes life a burden for ber husband, Seth Boker, a Retired Fakir. This latter character, in the bands of Mr. Edward Morris, furnished a continued source oflanehter for the audience. His mtn.iin was decidedlv artistic, and two of thn r9tiv I JmM .!. 4 - A 1 a 4 .S. - I nv1MllAlTA XjTdt tlSilnftA,! A It JB4 M W 1 Im iresu juA.es were laierspeirfa inrougn tue Jl uiuuchb.. ho uastcucu m ucr, uu hjcj A MILLIONAIRE'S BEIDE. Miss Nellie Powell Becomes tbe Wire of David m. Drnmbeller. Seattle. Wash., February a David M. Drumheller has arrived at Spokane Falls with his bride. The bride was Nellie G. Powell, daughter of tho late President Powell of the Washington University. When the great gold-spike celebration of the North ern Pacific Railroad took place In Seattle, Nellie Powell was selected to give the address of welcome to Henry VfUard. She captivated tbe whole Vlllard family, and when her father died sbe moved, with ber mother, to New York, and was thereafter a constant visitor in the Vlllard household and pursued her studies in German with Miss Helena Vll lard. About a year ago Miss Powell ro turned to Washington, and while teaching school at Spokane Falls she met D. M. Drnmbeller. the millionaire banker, stockman and capitalist He loved ber, but sbe was engaged to a young student in'the Yale Theological School and was loath to discard him. She finally con sented, bat again relented two days before the wedding day and fled to California. Sickness overtook her there, and sb' wrote to Mr. Public Entertainment. The first public entertainment of the Order ef the Golden Chain to be given under the aus pices of the Allegheny county lodges will take place at Old City Hall, this city, on Wednesday evening of this week. Tbe Imperial Banjo Quar tet. Boston, will be tbe main attraction. W. G. Griffith. Past Commander or Fidelity Lodge of Allegheny, will deliver a brief address. The Neal brothers will appear in then pleasing specialties. Five thousand free admission tickets have been distributed. Hoclal Cbntter. MB.ASD Mes. Kiee Mitchell have re turned from an extended wedding trip through the Sunny South. "At Home" cards at the Masree mansion, tbe home of the bride's parents, have been issued for Fridays, after noon and evening. February 7 and 11 At Miss Maggie McKnight's home, on South Highland avenue, the Monday Night Euchre Club enjoyed last evening in their usual happy manner. Me. and Mrs. F. P. Spboul will bo the honored guests at a theater party given to night by Miss Caldwell, of Penn avenue. A theater party at the Opera Honse to night will be in charge of Mr.W. H. Singer and Mr. Otis Cbilds. Mrs. Collins, of Dallas, gives a reception and dance this evening. The newsboys have their musical treat at tbe Home this evening. The Woman's Club bas its regular meeting this afternoon. more ancient sections of tbe dialogue. But it is in tne muicni specialties that tho strength of 'The Fakir" Is found, and here that pro nounced Pittsburg favorite. Miss Flora Moore, reigned supreme. Miss Moore was given an enthusiastic reception even before sbe had time to say a word or sing a note, and this wag repeated each time sbe appeared. In the sec ond act in response to a vigorous encore. Miss Moore warbled tbat classic ballad entitled "Dan McGinty." Most persons in Pittsburg have listened to this more or less entrancing melody, and when the orchestra struck the opening bars a wearied expression could be noticed flitting over tbe audience. But presto changel You may. and probably have heard "McGinty" a thonsand times, but until you bear and see Miss Moore's interpretation you cannot realise the full extent of Dan's misfortunes. Every feature of the singer's face is brought Into play, and,supplemented by a rich and free Irish brogue, the effect is irre- sistioie. wnen tne nrst verse was completed from gallery to orchestra arose a tremendous volume of approving noise. Again and again was the encore repeated. Finally the manage ment was forced to continue the programme, although not a sound of tbe next specialty got beyond tbe stage because of the wild demons trations of those who insisted upon hearing anotber chapter of "McGinty." Miss Mane Cabill, as Fatty Boker, the debu tante, executed some aeciaeuiy graceful danc ing, and her singing wasreceived with generons applause. Miss Florence Stevens, as fay Foil t bud, the leader of a quartet of chorus girls, alo obtained flattering recognition from tbe audience. Mr. Charles Seaman, in the triple role of Fit Quick, Delancey Dodge and Hansen Bousenhousett, did his share to keep up tbe hilarity, while Charles Edwards, as Officer Doilan and Mr. Boozey, was a prominent fea ture. Harry Williams' Academy. 'pnEValdis Sisters' Refined Specialty Com pany furnishes an excellent programme. Last evening's andience filled the house early, and those present enjoyed a treat The pro gramme opens with Carr and Tourjee, musical artists: Sam and Kitty Morton, old favorites. follow in a neat act; Bellao, an excellent necro mancer, performs some astonishing feats; Bob by Ralston, tbe diminutive dancer, comes next; then Napier and Marzello in a unique gym nastic act: Mellville and Stetson, lady dialect artists and vocallits, are followed by Keller, "the only," and Comedian John E. Drew. The big card of tho performance is then given, tho Vaidls twin sisters, in their astounding trape zone feats, concluding with Miss Lizzie Vaidls' great leap from the dome of the theater. The "Little Lord Fond-of-Rye" concludes a flrst class entertainment. I were married in the Justice's Court at Santa Cruz, in the presence Only of strangers. A CLEY CONFIDENCE GAME. A Self-Appointed District Attorney Making Lots of llloney. Chicago, February 3. State's Attorney Longeneckerand bis assistants are just at pres ent anxiously on the look-out for a tall, light complexioned gentleman with a slight limp, who calls bimself E. J. Reynolds. Mr. Rey nolds bas for some weeks past been playing a peculiar kind of confidence game on the West side. This i-t bow he gets bis work in: He comes down to the Criminal Court nearly every day, and manages to get in some of tbe court rooms where he takes a seat among the audi ence. He gets the names and appearances of the witnesses in whatever case may be going on. then in the evening he goes to the houses of the Srmcipal witnesses, if tbey are ignorant Pro uces a bill "for affidavits of additional wit nesses in the case," gets paid and signs a re ceipt for the amount. He signs himself in a dashing hand. "E. J. Reynolds, Assistant States Attorney." His victims have been numerous. FOE HAI0E OP JOHNSTOffff. Political Economy. From the Minneapolis Tribune. Jay Gould, though perfectly able to purchase for himself a seat in the Senate, has never shown a disposition to do so. Perhaps,however, tbe great financier finds that he can accomplish more by employing Senators already elected. DEATHS OP A DAY. Wllllnm ITnrsb. William Harsh, the well-known and popular night clerk of the Hotel Duquesne, died yesterday at bis home on Boyle street Allegheny, jfor some tlmo be had been suflcrlng with quick con sumption, which carried him off. He was con nected with tbe hotel bar three years, and was unusually liked by the traveling public. Manager l'urdue will accompany the remains to Minerva, O., where they will be interred. John Bins'. TSPECIAL TELEGRAM TO TUE DISPATCH Bellefokte, Vebruary 3. John Blng, a promi nent resident of this county, died at his home lu TJnlonvllle on Saturday, aged 71 years. He was a life-long Democrat and held the office of County Commissioner for several years, lie was post master or Unlonvllle nnder the Cleveland admin istration. His burial will take place to-morrow. Hon. Alexander D. Bentty. IFrECIAL TEZ.EOBAU TO THE DISFATCIT.l Mxadvtlle, February 3. Hon. Alexander D. Beatty, of Bbaw's Landing, this connty, died sud denly at S o'clock this afternoon. Mr. Beatty was a member ol the Legislature of 1867-9, and was highly esteemed throughout the county. He had suffering from la grippe for a few days, but bad so far recovered that be thought of visiting this city to-day. The news of his death was received with profound sorrow. Harris Theater. A EETTJRN engagement of N. S. Wood in his new play, "Out in the Streets," began at tbe above honse yesterday, there being two very large audiences present, Tbe same com pany supports Mr. Wood tbat was seen but a few weeks ago. The scenery is tbe same, and is very good. A large week's business is a foregone conclusion. World's Museum. ""The German Giantess with the Celtic name, Anna O'Brien, is the heavy-weight star at the World's Museum this week. A particu larly smalt baby, tbe Lucasslo Madagascarian, and large variety show make up the pro gramme. IN THE CONVENT GARDEN. I. Under tbe willow trees We sat one autumn day. My lesson-book on our knees. But our thoughts from It far away. Mine were on her alone: Hers, beyond gates of stone To some bright time long flown; Some sweet, lost dream ol Mar. IL The wind played with tbe leaves, And sent them rustling down Yellow as harvest sheaves Over her black serge gown, I gathered some-that fell; I hare them yet to tell Of tbat sweet day. Ah, well I 1'oor leaves as dost now brown. HX Bhe saw my girlish love, And turning pressed my hand Blue were the skies above; The soft, warm breezes ianned My scarlet dress, her veil; Toyed with the popples frail; And bowed tbe lilies pale "Bear child, you understand." rv. No other words she said; Sbe ope'd the book again; in her sweet tongue I read Tbe deeds of Charlemagne. I see again that sky; I bear her soft reply; While all around us fly Leaf showers, like golden rain. -San Iranciico Call Lawyer Horace Rose Nominated by the Democratic Convention. ISFXCIAL TELEQBAM TO TUB DISPATCH. Johnstown. February i The Democratic City Convention to-day nominated W. Horace Rose for Mayor, Frank P. Martin for Con troller. George C. Miller for Treasurer, and John O'Toole. Joseph Kuntz and G. Bantley, Assessors. After the convention adjourned it was discovered tbat Mr. Martin was ineligible for tho ofilca of Controller, not bavins; been a resident of the oity tbe reqnlred length of time. The City Committee will meet in a day or so to fill the vacancy. Mr. Rose, the nominee for Mayor, it a leading member of the bar.ftHe was terribly used up in the flood and has not yet fully recovered. The Republicans bold their city primaries to-morrow evening and their convention on Friday. It is believed tbat tbe new city ball will have a small Democratic majority, al though of this there is no certainty, as no com plete canvass has been made since the flood. COLUMBIA'S ELETEXTfl PEBSIDENT. Hon. Selb Low Formally Installed a tho Head of the College. Nrw" York, February 3. It is seldom the Metropolitan Opera House is called upon to entertain such grace and beauty as it did to-day. The occasion was tbe installation of Hon. Seth Low as President of Columbia College. Tbe ceremonies were opened with prayer by Chap lain Duffle. This was followed by the address on behalf of the Board of Trustees by Rev. Morgan Dix. Hon. Hamilton Fisb, amid a tumult of cheering and handkerchief waving, formally installed President Low into office. The honorable gentleman was brief in his re marks and finally declared Hon. Seth Low the eleventh President of Columbia College. When Mr. Low arose to respond ne louna himself compelled to face a sea of upturned faces, and to listen to vociferous cheering for 1 ally two minutes. Mr. Low made a long ad dress, and was enthusiastically applauded when he finished bis remarks. Captain Cook, the new doorkeeper of tbe Kentucky House, is 7 feet blgn and weighs 260 pounds. A doll show for tha benefit of the new hospital for women Is about to take place in London. There will be prizes for the best dressed dolls In tbe different classes, and after ward tbe dolls themselves will be sold for the good of tbe cause. The Sultan Abdul Hamid lives in as constant fear of his life as the Czar of Russia does. When he goes to the mosque, which be must by the law of Mahomet do every Friday, a body-guard of 10.0CO men, well paid and there fore loyal, surround him. a. periodical ior the betrothed is now published in Vienna. It is published twice a month. Every announcement of a betrothal or marriage is Inserted gratuitously, provided the happy couple will buy their trousseau of tho tradesmen advertising in the paper. Young George Stokes was escorting home Sarah Horton, his sweetheart, recently, at Pelsall, England, and was so busy entertain- nig ber that neither one of them beard tbe ex press train that came along just as tbey were crossing the track. Both were killed. The question: "Is there coal under Londonr is extensively discussed. Geologists say that the lay of the strata there justifies the belief that coal can be found at a practicabla depth. Tho development of mines there would mean an enormous saving in the cost of coal. A novel flower has been found at the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. This floral chameleon has a faculty of chanpng its colors during tha day. In tbe morning it U white, when tbe sun isat Its zenith it is red. and at night It is blue. Tue red, white and blue flower grows on a trea about the size of the guava tree, and only at noon does it give out any perfume. An amateur trapper at Lebanon Center, Conn., recently caught In his "squat traps" the funniest looking animal ever seen in Connecti cut; nobody seems to know what he is or was Intended to be. The beast has the feet and tail of a skunk, bnt the rest of him cannot be even approximately classified. The most carious thing is that there Is not a hair on him. He is about as large as a skunk, and looks as it ha might be one that had been well scalded. Ha is dead. Whatisaid to be the most powerful electric light in existence has recently been put Into operation in a Bgbtbouse at Houst holm, on tbe dangerous coast of Jutland. It is of 2,000,000 candle power, mounted on a tower Huout iw ieet nign. ana can De seen at a oist tance of 35 miles even in rainy weather. Be sides the light there are two great sirens, ono about 650 yards and the otherabout three miles from the tower, which are sounded in foggy weather by electrical connection with tbe same currents that supply the light While out hunting, Colonel Standifer and Billy Mailer, of Dennison, Tex., came across a large dead tree, the stump of which was full to overflowing, so to speak, with mice. The Colonel and his companion pulled off strips of the decayed outer growth of the tree, and every time a strip was polled, myriads of mice ran for their lives. Colonel Standifer killed 3S6 of the mice, and Mailer 41S. Tbe next day the tree was visited with two black-and-tan terriers, tbe bark was removed, and the number of mice killed is estimated at over L000. The Eoyal Botanic Society has re ceived for its museum a specimen of the double cocoanut, known also as the coco ae mer. For hundreds of years the origin of these nuts was a mystery, for thoy were never seen except when they were washed up by the sea. They were supposed to have wonderful powers in the way of curing disease, and were the subject of other superstitions until the place where tbey grew was at last discovered to be tbe Seychelles, a small group of islands in tha Indian Ocean. Formerly they were worth their weight In gold, and tbey are rare now. Mr. Page, the father of tbe four girl babies whose arrival created such an excite ment here some tune ago, was in Texarkana, Arlc, the other day. The little ones are now more than a month old. and are growing rap Idly. Page has received many letters of con dolence and congratulation, some proffering financial assistance. A lady, said to be an old maid living out West, writes tbat she has seen the newspaper reports, and on proper proof being made tbat it was an actual occurrence she will send a check for 300. She wishes it understood, however, that the gut is a token of sympathy for the mother. The keeper of the New Tork Central Park menagerie Is training an elephant to carry people on its back. A howdab loaded with eight children Is to be placed on tha docile beast The camels, dromedaries- and elephants that form part of the resident staff of the "Zoo" In Regent's Park, London, are made to earn some of their bread by strolliug about with cargoes of Infants, at a tariff of 1 cents a head. Tbe dead Mr. Jumbo must bare carried hundreds of tons of small Britons in his time, and might be carrying them yet had it not been for the fact that his keepers feared he would mutiny and kill a cargo or two. A Swede, Charles Peterson, bad a curi ous experience with a bald eagle while going to bis work one morning near Woodstock, in Windham county. Conn., recently. He was trudging along tha New Boston country road, wben he saw a big sleepy-looking bird perched on a branch of an oak by the roadside. To Pe terson the bird seemed as big as a condor, it patd no attention whatever to the Swede, who walked up to the tree, and with a club knocked it off the branch, which was a low one. With a second Dlow the Swede killed the bird and took it home, and a neighbor, a banter, told him that it was an American eagle. Its wings measured 6 feet and 6 inches. M. Thivrier, a workingman, elected as such to tha present Chamber of Deputies in France, wears all tbe time in public the blouse, which Is the badge of a laborer in that country. M. Thivrier began work in the coal mines at Commentoy, France, when 12 years old, and for 20 years remained in them, handling the pick. Afterward he became a vine grower ana dealer in wines. He Is a Socialist but not a Commun ist, "for, having," as a French paper puts it, "acquired his capital by his own hard work, ha cannot easily understand bow tbat capital should belong to all the world." Through all bis career he bas stuck to his workingman's blouse, and it was largely upon tbe strength of that peculiarity that he was elected a Deputy. He Is said to be a man of unusual Intelligence and a good speaker. Wben he came to Paris to take bis seat his blouse, which ba wore not only at the Chamber, bnt at receptions and all other functions which be attended, made Dim at onca famous. THE LAUGHING PHILOSOPHERS. NEWSPAPER 0PIN1053. Philadelphia Jhsuirer; The man who runs for office bears of all tha mean things he ever did and a great many more. New Yobs FotW; Our squadron of evolu tion is about as ornamental, expensive and use less as tber Pan-American Congress. CincihnatI Commercial Gazette: The rebel yell Is a reminiscence. The rebs do not mean if. and tha Reps do not care a hooter. Philadelphia Record: Wheat it jointing In Tennessee, turkeys are piping spring lays in Mississippi, and New York's Fair is down with tbe spring fever. Philadelphia Times: If Editor Smith un dertakes, among bis other new duties, to edit the Russian language he'll ba sorry the grip left anything Russian alive. New York Tribune: Yes, February took bold yesterday in a manner which warranted the conviction that she will have no policy to enforce in regard to what constitutes winter weather which will differ from January's. New Youk: Press: We learn from some of our critical cotemporaries that Hod. John Wanamaker is still guilty of the nsgentle manly practice of teaching Sunday school. We cannot sea bow tha President can much longer remain blind to the reprehenslbillty of the Postmaster General's conduct There is hardly any man so friendless in this world that be hasn't at least one friend ready to tell him his faults. Tirol Sifttngs. "Yon say that drinking is one of your husband's failures?" "Failures? Oh, no. It Is one of his successes." Ktv lort Ledger. There are few things in the world really worth getting angry about but there are lots of things that Justify a man la getting mad. Somer xilte Journal. Dasbaway I think that Robinson is tbe best dressed man I know. Cleverton Is that so? What does lie wear? Dasbaway I never noticed. Clothier and Furnisher. "I see a Qeorgia woman died at 109 the other day." 'That's notbmg. I hare an aunt still living at 153." "Git out." "Fact-13 J street." Washington Critic. A household paper tells how "to get grease out of white marble." It anybody wants grease, it would seem as lfan easier way would be to get It from tbe dripping-pan after the roast beef Is done. SomervilU Journal. Hygienlsts are vigorously combating tha Idea that every girl should learn to play tbeplano. Tbe health of tbe girl might bo Improved from ab staining fromfrlaao practice, but It Is tbe girl who hasn't learned to play and insists on attempting to that Is killing off the general public-Troy Times. "This hand," quoth a Congressman, ex tending bis right hand to a group of Chicago fair boomers, "never took a bribe. But or this one," he continued, holding out his left. "I have lost eontroL" The Congressman, however, wss only Joking we nave his word for It. Kansas City Journal. BT THH DOT OX THE DUSCE BLOCK, "The saying, 'Ignorance Is bliss,' Was uttered by a foot He never had to pose Ilxe this Before a district school. Somervills Journal,? HEB OSS 7AULT. Now, why does she say, 'Ton don't say soi". When she knows very well that I do? -j. Ehe bas promised to wed me some day. so I think that she trusts me. Don't you? Bhe is cnarming, but for this one habit Which sbe seems quite unable to break. If a cbance ever comes, how I'll grab It And tell her It makes my heart scna To hear her exclaim, "You don't say sol" - When she knows very well that I dot She bas promised to wed me soma day, to I think she'll reform then. Don't you?. Somervilis Journal. , t , v " ' ' ,- " '