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gfrJjiabTKfaaTyalWM BSHSl Wffm'' imrw1 ,yH pp-jg2r3E ."i THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH. 'TUESDAY, "APKLTi' 8, "1890. If MtM$mm ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY S. 1MB, VoL , o. 6J. Entered at Pittsburg Fostoffice. November 14. 1SS7. as second-class matter. Business Office--Corner Smithfleld and Diamond Streets. News Rooms and Publishing House75, 77 and 79 Diamond Street Eastern Advertising Office, Koom 43, Tribune lSullding, New York. THE DISPATCH is regularly on sale at Srentano's, 5 Union Squai e, A'ew York, where anyone who has been disappointed at a hotel news stand can obtain it TERMS OF THE DISPATCH. rOTAGE free IX THE ukited states. IJAILY DlKrATCIl. One Year. f 8 00 DaIiv Dispatch, PerQuarter s ro Daily Dispatch, One Mouth - 70 Daily Ihsfatcii, lncludingSumlay, lyear. 10 00 Daily Dispatch, lnc!udinRSunday.3m'ths. 250 Daily Dispatch, lncludlngfcunday.lmonth 90 fcl'XDAY Dispatch, One Year 250 A kekly Dispatch, One Year 1 15 The Daily Dispatch is delivered by carriers at Jf cents per week, or Including iunday edition, at 20 cents per week. PITTSBURG. TUESDAY. APR. fc, 1890, Patrons of The Dispatch icho have changed their residence should promptly notify their carrier or agent, either in person or by letter addressed to the business office. This will insure uninterrupted delivery of THE Dispatch. -TUe BUSINESS OFFICE of THE DIS. PATCH lins been removed to Corner at Smilhficld and Diamond streets. THE LIBRARY QUESTION. Mr. C L. Magee, in an interview else where, sounds a note of opposition to the constitution of the Board of Trustees, agreed upon between the city and Mr. Carnesie, as the conditions of the latter's splendid gift. Mr. Magee's main objection is to the pro vision for the future election of members who are not representatives of the city gov ernment. Mr. Carnegie's proposition is that future vacancies in the board, outside of those filled by the city government, shall be elected by that class of membership alone. Thus one part of the board will be constituted of members chosen by the city; another part of members appointed by Mr. Carnegie. Va cancies in the first portion being filled by the city, Mr. Carnegie's idea very evidently is that vacancies in the latter hall shall be filled by the members who stand as his ap pointees. Mr. Magee's criticism is to the effect that the representatives of the city should have an equal voice in filling the latter class of vacancies. Mr. Magee is in error in supposing this to be a change in the original proposition. The representatives of the city have stated that the acceptance by the city was made upon the understanding as Mr. Carnegie puts it, and that the wording of the ordi nance which they drew up was merely an oversight. The point is not a vital one. So tar as the real importance of the issne is concerned, we do not think either the donor or the recipient of the gift conld let it stand in the way of the successful prosecution of the important work. But it could not have anything but an unfortunate effect for the city after accepting Mr. Carnegie's liberality to raise difficulties over what is really a minor point with regard to its management. Possibly the suggestion that Councils should withdraw its committee from the board, under certain circumstances, may find a response in the antagonisms that have been created out of the discussions on the subject of site. But any such feeling as that would be prejudging the case. It is no lucre than fair to wait and see if the board does not act with full consideration of all the points involved in the site and for the best interests of the whole people. TO EXPLORE C0TJNTBY BOADS. An expedition starts out to-day, organized by The Dispatch, to explore the country roads of Pennsylvania. Much has been said of late on the subject of improving our rural highways; but little or nothing has been done in the way of actual inspection, or of inquiring into the opinion of the farmers who dwell aloug these roads and use them as a means of getting to market. This work will be done thoroughly by the representa tives of The Dispatch, who, in a wagon built especially for the work and provided with photographic material, will traverse Western Pennsylvania from north to south and from east to west until a full picture of our country roads and the opinion of the farmers concerning their improvement is laid before the public. The expedition will be an interesting one to follow, and the in formation which it will gather cannot fail to have important results. BO TE0DBLE IN BUILDING. The Builders' Exchange received from the Carpenters' Union yesterday a notification that the latter would not ask either a reduc tion of hours or an increase ot pay this sea son. This settles the reports that our city would be made the point for an attempt to establish the eight-hour day, so far as the carpenters are concerned, and presumably as regarus me entire uuuaing iraae. The action of the carpenters is in line with the policy urged by The Dispatch, and is eminently wise. As Pittsburg's building trade requires less hours work and pays better wages than many other cities, it would have been bad policy to select it as the point for another fight. That would have taken away the inducement to treat labor liberally which is now afforded by the fact that the good wages and reasonable hours, established in former years, will se cure our building operations against inter ruption by strikes this season. With this assurance, Pittsburg can count upon a season or unexampled activity in building for 1890. NOT IN PE0P0ETI0N. The death of Mr. David Dows, of New Tork, leaving an estate valued at $20,000, 000, evokes the thought that the fortune which he leaves is the same as that which the original Astor was credited with at his death in 1848. Then a fortune of twenty millions was a wonderful and unparalleled example of the greatest wealth. ,No one else in the country was credited with over a million or two. On the other hand, Mr. Dows' fortune is now reckoned among the commonplaces of wealth. The great for tunes are five or ten times as great, and those equaling or exceeding twenty millions are counted by the score. There is a some what grave significance in the fact that while the number and amount of the great fortunes have been multiplied ten or twenty fold, the population is but abont two and a half times greater. The increase of national wealth can hardly be claimed to have kept pace with the growth of the overshadowing fortunes. WHEN VIBBATION COMES. At the close of the series of extraordinary demonstrations in Mr. Keely's workshop in Philadelphia, Dr. Leidy, the eminent scientist, said: "Some day I suppose a young lady will bo able to play on the piano and set her father's mill to grinding." There is no need to stop qt what the fair pianist will be able to accomplish for her long-suffering friends and relations when Mr. Keely's sympathetic attractive force comes into every day use. The fact is there is nothing to show us where to stop; if Mr. Keely is able to bring down the power which holds the planets together he can accomplish anything he likes. We are not at all sure that we would not sacrifice our finger joints, a few of our ribs, an eye, and some other things as Mr. Keely has done, for the possession of a new and unlimited motive power. Of the scientific phases of this discovery we do not in this place care to treat; that the sympathetic negative dissociates molecules just as the spmpatbetic positive associates them, and that a copper ball, a half pint of fearful and wonderful Schuylkill water, a silk thread and some tenpenny nails can at the instance of a harp move continents, we are ready to admit for the occasion. Let us look at some ot the possibilities of Mr. Keely's discovery. It will be possible, as Dr. Leidy says, for the cherubic girl to thump a piano and make good flour by the same exercise. The young man who has a burning passion for the flute will no longer be a pariah wander ing among the attics, if he can drive a stone crusher with his piping of "In the Gloaming." Street railways will be revolu tionized again. The superintendent ot the road will sit in his office and whistle all the motive power the cars need. Probably the superintendent, however, will only have to see that somebody else whistles. The old phrase, "Whistle and she'll come to yon," will have a literal truth. When a man wants a certain woman to wife he will sim ply have to whistle for her, and unless she whistles "down brakes" she will have to go. In fact whistling will become a most valu able art. This is somewhat disadvantageous to women, forthev do not take kindly to whistling. Still thpy ran fall back on their voices, which are perhaps more generally cultivated than men's. And as we under stand the origin of Mr. Keely's mysterious power to be intimately associated with the vibrations of sound, it may be that the human voice with its wonderful vibratory qualities is to be the principal locomotive and engine of the future. The range of the human voice is three octaves, and each note represents from eighty-seven to seven hun dred and sixty-eight vibrations of sound per second, these vibrations translated into power would, we should imagine, make every man his own locomotive. More than ever will the owners of voices of great compass have reason to congratulate themselves. Patti's voice, for example, as sumes a new value. The phenomenally high note that Kilsson was able to take in "The Magic Piute" represents thirteen hundred sixty-five vibrations in a second. The value of such a note in motive power we do not know, but enough, it may be surmised, to run a sewing machine a whole afternoon. Looking through a crack in the door, as we have but done, enough is seen to con vince anyone of the wondrous results of the new Keely motive power if it motes for all mankind. When the door is flung wide open the world will be dazzled and dumb founded, we do not doubt. A C0MPE0MISE NECESSAEY. The coming meeting ol miners and opera tors for the Western coal industry at Colum bus, is preceded by announcements on both sides of decidedly radical character. The miners' representatives declare that a ninety cent rate will be demanded unyieldingly; while the operators are equally positive in asserting that no such advance on the pres ent rates can be conceded. Of course a good deal can be discounted from these rather extreme assertions. It is probable that the miners will accept some what less than a seventeen cent advance in wages, and that the operators, if matters are placed upon a proper basis, can concede a moderate advance. But it is not wise to go to the Columbus convention with avowals of even such a factitious difference. The great object of the Columbus meeting is to arrange a uniform scale of prices between the differ ent districts. It is hardly likely that this important work can be successfully under taken with preliminary avowals by both sides that the miners and operators of this district will not agree to the rate of wages fixed. Compromise is an absolute necessity on such questions. The employers and em ployes of this district should agree upon a fair rate, and then to go to Columbus and act together to insure that other districts shall pay a proportionately fair rate. Attention is called to the fact that the rules for the calling of Republican State Conventions and the election of delegates adopted in 18S3 are being ignored this year, in the election of delegates by County Commit tees The fact is that the rules were rather severely fractured some j ears ago, and have been observed since only as it suited the convenience ot the State managers. It will have a salutary effect to have the fact that the rules aro intended to secure a fair expression of the popular choice impressed quite forcibly on the minds ol political managers. Whatever success may have been regis tered in landirg tarpon off the coast of Florida, there is a suspicion that the troubled waters of the Pennsylvania political sea, requires the skill that can draw out Leviathan with a hook. Public opinion having been called to the polyglot and discreditable condition of the sea men in our navy, Mr. McAdoo, of New Jersey, has offered a bill providing that no seamen shall be enlisted who are not citizens of the United States. But as citizens of tbe United States decline to enlist in tbe navy, and the for eigners are all that can be got, Mr. McAdoo's bill may have the practical effect of adopting Sir Joseph's idea and matting our vessels "stick close to their docks and never go to sea." Allegheny's Council Committees' are held over, and the people of the Northside can spend the interval in contemplating their beautiful library building and hoping tbey will bare a library there, in tho future. The union of the dependent and service pension measures which the House has sub stituted for tbe Senate bill failed to go through under suspension of the rules, yesterday. The vote shows, however, that it is likely to be passed when it is reached in regular order. Tt is nothing more than justice that a measure, which, according to the statements of Us sup porters will add about 50,000,000 to tbe annual expenses of tbe Government should be debated a little before it is passed. The Chicago Board of Trade continues its berolc and determined effort to suppress the evil of gambling in grain and provisions everywhere, except where it yields a revenue to the Chicago Board of Trade. It is interesting to learn that the recent season ot Italian opera in New York did not develop any artistic force, according to the dic tum ot tbe Wagnerites. It developed the de light of thousands of people in tbe Italian school ot opera; but of course that made no difference to tbe Wacner cult Their definition of art is like tbe proverbial one of orthodoxy. Nothing is art except their particular kind of art ' Wallace appears to be slated for tbe Democratic nomination about as clearly as Dclamater is for the Republican. But there are people on both sides who think that slates can be broken. Two editors have been nominated respec tively by the Republicans and Democrats of Albany for Mayor of that city. This may be good for Albany, but It will certainly be useful to the Albany papers. The press at the New York capital has heretofore been noticeable for its absence of enterprise: but this will make its editors learn the art of hustling after beats. Predictions of a car famine on the railroads for the coming season, are already heard; but it is the predicted famine which does not occur. The action of Congress has prevented Bedloe's Island on which the statue of Liberty stands from being used as an Immigrant depot. This is to be credited to the New York World, which made a vigorous fight against the loca tion made by the Treasury authorities. The pedestal or Liberty is not to bo the home of the Immigrant pools, for the present at least. The announcement that Zola is going to publish three novels simultaneously justifies the suspicion that he has taken out a large sewer contract. The fact that it has taken nearly a year to get ready to begin to execute that Buffalo murderer by electricity, is calculated to arouse doubts as to whether electrical executions are any more rapid than the other way. They are certainly attaining the Mikado's standard by being lingering and almost humorous in the preliminaries. New Mayors and new Councils took charge of the two cities yesterday. They have the future before them in which to make a record. Meeks concluded to take his medicine without waiting lor the action on bis case by the Appellate courts. Certainly the man who gets off with thirty days imprisonment for helping to turn justice into a fraud, should be satisfied to pay that exceedingly cheap penalty. The rdutterings of a Bepublican storm are not very loud, but tbey give promise of thunderous tones in the future. Me. Ajjdkew Lang and Mr. Eider Haggard have become bosom friends, but Mr. Lang says that Mr. Haggard cannot write pol ished English. Your true polisher is Mr. Lang himself. But the art of literature is not wholly identical vtith that of a bootblack. PEOPLE WE READ ABOUT. John Boyle O'Reilly has made a decided hit on the Pacific coast. Senator Hoar is opposed to Sunday pa, pers. M r. Hoar is getting very aged. Governor Brackett will assist in the ser vices of Arbor Day, at Danvers. Mass. Senator Edmunds will soon, it is said, take a trip to the South for the good of his health. Stagg. the famous Yale pitcher, will play ball this season, and eventually enter the min istry. Mrs. Stanford is said to support 30 or 40 free kindergartens for the poor in San Fran cisco. Governor Campbell, Judge Stevenson Burke and General J. S. Casement, of Ohio. are in New York. The Prince of Wales and the Duke of Marl, borough have had a quarrel and all Paris is talking about it President Woodruff, the head of the Mormon Church, has, in effect, pronounced his occupation gone. Murat Halstead has been writing for the papers continuously lor 40 years. He is one of the hardest workers in the profession. Dr. Huntinoton, Dean of the Liberal Arts Collego or Boston University, will spend the summer with his family in Europe, sailing on May 31. Prince albert Victor, of Wales, arrived at Cario yesterday on his way from India to England. He received a royal welcome, prominent English and Egyptian officials hav ing met him at the depot. The wife of Vladimir Pachman. the famous ttussian pianist, who is about to tour the large cities or this country, is said to resemble Mrs. Laugtry so closely as to have been more than once mistaken for her. Dr. Alice b. Stockton, of Chicago, who was recently the guest of theBussian novelist. Count Tolstoi and his family, says the Count ess is a beautiful woman, who, although 46, and the mother of 13 children, has still the Ireshness of youth in her face as well as in her heart. Her habits are simplicity itself. AT THE BETHANY HOME. misses Scovel nnd Gordon Delighting the Inmates Willi Tbeir Tcncbliict. "Bethany," No. 113 Center avenue, Pittsburg, are enjoying the long expected pleasure of welcomii g to the Homo two religious teachers. Misses Elizabeth J. Scovel andMattieD. Gor don, of Nashville, Tenn. These youngladies have endeared themselves to great numbers of people who have listened to their teachings in different places. Those who were present yesterday at the Home en joyed a feast in the addresses. Meetings will be held at No. 113 Center avenue, every day, until Friday, at 2:30 and 730 P. M. One or other of these ladies will be present at the Mission, corner of Grant street and First ave nue, on the evenings of these days. They are expected to remain during next Keek also. A full attendance at these services is desired. Tbe doctrines of the Higher Life will be spe cially set forth. A PITTSBURGER GETS THE FUNDS. Jndse Jackson, ol Louisville, Makes nn Award to J. I). Rlaher. In the United States Court at Louisville Sat urday Judge Howell Jackson gave a decision on an appeal from the District Court reversing Judge Barr's decision in the case of M. Nip pert & Co. against the steamer J. B. Williams. The contest was between J. D. Rister, mort gagee of the boat, and M. Nippert Co., who libeled tbe Williams for alleged advances made to her master to pay off tho crew of the vessel and supply hills furnished by others. The steamer was sold during the progress of tbe proceedings and the proceeds thereof were deposited with the register of tbe court. The amount awarded Isippert & Co. was 3,500; the decision or Judge Jackson gives them nothing and awards tbe funds to J. D. Risher, of Pittsburg. DEATHS OP A DAY. J.irars Cntdwell. James Caldwell, for many years one of the lead ing merchants of Allegheny City, died early yesterday morning at his nome on Penn avenue, near Rebecca street. East End. He was 63 years oraeeand unmarried. Mr. Caldwell erected the large building at the corner or Federal street and Park wav, now occupied by Uoggs & Buhl. In 1879 he sold out his drycoods business, and since then had been speculating in real estate. Dr. J. S. Miller. 1FPECTAL TELIOBAM TO TUB DISPATCH.! Debut, April 7,-Dr. J. S. Miller, railroad phy sician and surgeog at Derry station, died suddenly of heart disease in his office this afternoon while writing a prescription for a pttient. He was In the 57th year of his age, and bad practiced medi cine in this place for more than 30 years. He leaves a wife and five children, three of whom are married. The sudden ness of his death was a great shock to bis family and the community. Chnrles 31111s. Charles Mills, editor and proprietor of the Brad dock Daily Hews, died at 7:30 last evening, after nn illness of about six weeks, Mr. Mills was a renldentof Dennlston avenue. East End, fHU burg. and becoming suddculr ill at his desk was removed to the home of his mother at Mills' sta tion, where he died In the house he was born forty-two rears ago. He established the Matty Sea in 1637 and made It a very successful paper. Dr. James Wallace. NEWCASTLE. PA., April 7. -Dr. James Wallace died suddenly this evening of hemorrhage of the lungs, aged 13 years. He was on the streets Satur day evening, apparently enjoying his usnat health. Deceased was a son of tbe late Dr. James II. Wallace and a nephew of the late Hon. John W. Wallace. He was one or the foremost young physicians orKew Castle. " Vim. Gollovrnr. Baltimore. April 7. William Galloway, -who ran the first engine on tbe Baltimore and Ohio Itallroad Is dead. Mr, Galloway .was probably theoIdeit .railroad engineer in tbe world. He -war retired from the Baltimore and Ohio In 18K7. 'He wjs -rrrn September 21, 180D. BURLESQUE AND BALLET. Fnost Brought Quite Up to Datn in tho British fclyle The Web for Many Flics True Irish Hearts Irwin Brothers nnd Oilier Tbeatrlcnls. The English burlesque, "Faust Up to Date,", was played last night by tbe London Gaiety Theater Company at tbe Graud Opera House. It is a curious thing, unmistakably British in every way, and fairly reeking of Lon don. The burlesque itself, for which Messrs. George R. Sims and Henry Pettitt are responsible, is unmitigated rot. Tbe lines are rhymed, as is usual in the English burlesque, but they are also devoid of wit, which is neither usual nor to be desired. Presumably, to sup- Ely tbe place of wit a carload of execrable puns a"ve been pitchforked into the piece hap hazard. Whenever a real, crying need for humor arises Mr. Sims hands out a pun. Per haps, with a thought for tbe public's digestion, Mr. Sims has taken care that every pun shall be stale. Stupidity might be more easily over looked if vulgarity did not link arms with it. The two together are enough to condemn even a burlesque. At times the vulgarity of "Faust Up to Date" runs to sheer indecency. It is always disagreeable to deal with such matters, but "Faust Up to Date" could be cleaner with advantage. There are plenty ot opportunities to praise "Faust Up to Date." Miss St. John is a very charming woman, graceful and sweet-voiced. She has ridiculously little to do as Marguerite, but one or two songs of hers were remarkable for their beauty. Her voice is of singularly great compass, powerful, and she manages it well. Her beauty is ot a Rood English type; it has a gontlo cbarm in it that grows upon one. Mr. E. J. Lonuen is, like Miss St. John, a new comer here. He belongs to the London school of comedians', and has all its mannerisms. Bnt he has an original bent of bis own that is hu morous enough, and he works with! a will. which counts for a good deal. Mr. Lonnen can sing, though he has very little voice, rod the Irish song, "McCarthy of Enniscortby.l which ho gave with a delicious brogue, tickled the audience amazingly. Another song which bad point and was ell given by Mr. Lonifcn and Sir. Haslem, described the analogy between children's games and their occupations later in life. It must not be forgotten, either, that Mr. Lonnen is a graceful dancer. Dancing is a strong point of f our lithe, slen der and piquant English damsels, the Misses Lillian Price, Florence Levey, Maude Wilmot and Edith Rayner, The accordion skjrts of this quartet Here seldom in repose. If the skirts were disturbed abnormally, it fas al ways done with a lightfootcd case and irtistic abandon that brought "encores" by the1 half dozen. Of the rest of tbe company it can be truthfully said that some of tbeia aro pretty girls; and that they, fill in the background of the burlesque very well. The dresses in many instances are of great beautv and there are a number of tableaux. which show good taste in the combination of color. The scene illustrating the Paris Expo sition at the base of the Eiffel tower is well done, and the scenery as a whole is good. Taking "Faust Up to Date" as the lightest kind of theatrical attraction it is worth Seeing. Tbe audience received it last night with great generosity. Perhaps it will be seen to gk eater advantage when the orchestra comes to under stand the music. Bilou Theater. iiTin Spider and the Fly" is an altegorl- mai uraiua; a sort ui uiuueriuzeu xuvivai of the old "morality play." It is intended to convey to our minds the time-honored morals that virtue and industry are their own rewards and tha,t the good little boy eventually gets all tho plum cake. But to make the ancient bill in any degree palatable it is necessary to sugar it largely; and consequently "The Spider and the Fly" is lull of pretty dresses and scenery, graceful ballets and daring acrobatic feats. The thread of tho stury can be followed, with moderate ease in the early part of the perform ance, but after a while loses itself in a dazzling haze of shimmering skirts and twinkling fret, failing to reanoear until the final scene. Tbe intermediate portion is a bewildering chaos of good dancing and bad jokes. Bessie Cleveland, as Progressa, -'Queen of the fairies," has an argument with Ray Allen, who enacts Anarchis, a very fierce, and withal a very pretty, disciple of HerrMost. Ignorance and Idleness, personated by Lida Lear and Loaise Allen, form the body guard of An archis; while Marguerite Wood and Lula Redan, as Knowledge and Industry, support Progressa. James B. Adams is fly, a very naughty youth, whom Anarchis pits against Spider (Elro Dare). Tho rest or the piece is supposed to.deal with the adventures of these worthies, and the final discomfiture or An archts and her minion. There is a highly patriotic and George-Washington-the-fathef-of-his-country-like air about the piece that, were it not for the ballets, might make it an edifying play for young America to visit. Frank S. Dare, in spite of tbe loss of one leg, is a really marvellous acrobat, and his reais metviitb tremendous applause. Elro Dare acted as a laughable foil to his brother; and bam Collins, as tbe conventional Irish police man, brought a host of antique jests, and a strong German accent to bear upon the part There was a very pretty ballet of nations, and Mile. Dorst went through soma charming dancing. There was a vast amount of knock about pantomimic fun, which tilled the "gods" vtith joy, and the whole wound up with a hand some transformation scene. Tbe scenerv w as excellent, particularly the view or New York harbor. Harris Theater. CO fair was Easter Monday that it needed not sucn a strong attraction to fill this house twice yesterday, as did Dan McCarthy's pretty Irish drama, "True Irish Hearts." The play became a great favorite last year, and as there have been no changes made in the cast except for tbe better, there is no doubt that all of the ten performances yet to come will bo given to as large andlences as witnessed it yesterday. Dan McCarthy himself is the Lanty Lamgan of vore, a "lad with a true Irish heart," little Danny McCarthy as "Little Bright Eyes," catches on at once with the feminine portion of the audience. The bagpipo playing, singing and dancing are excellent. nurry Willinms' Academy. Thwin Brothers' specialty show has played here this season before at this bouse, and the company filling this week is practically the same as on its last visit. Gordon and Lick's act is too well known here; it might be changed, just for variety's sake: the McCarthys are quite good; tbe Newcomb Trio's dancing is great; Richmond and Glenroy sustain their title of "tho comedy boomers;" tho Sankey Brothers are really wonderful contortionists, and the 6ketch of Riley and Wolfe is a laughable one. The rest of tbe company is quite good, and the audience of last evening was a "crusher." No Favoritism nnd No Boom. From the Philadelphia Inquirer. Senator Delamatcr. Secretary Stone, Gen eral Hastings and Major Montooth will be guests at the Americus Club banquet, at Pitts burg, but it is not now on the programme for them to do any speech-making. The reason given for this is that there will be so many speakers of national prominence from outside Pennsylvania that it will be impossible to put the four on the list, while to have any and not all speak would smack of favoritism and a boom. FUIiL AND COMPLETE. Drains and Pash nave Chased Tbe Dispatch Away Up Front. From tho Grove City Telephone, Tbe name itself has become to indicate a newspaper fnll and complete. Its mammoth 20-page Sunday issue has reached the enormous circulation of 50.0UO. This has been done by brains and push. It contains articles from tbe leading and most gifted pens, which gives it a glow at once desirable, and that The Dis patch is read needs no better attest than the large number Issued, as indicated. The daily and weekly editions are fully as popular, but perhaps less extensive. It begins tho new year by adding a new perfecting press, thus increas ing its already excellent facilities for giving all tho news. If you want a good newspaper you can make no mistake in sending lor The PnTSBURG'DlSPATCH. It SmncUs ofn Deal. From the Philadelphia Press. Tbe price of petroleum has declined about 30 cents per barrel within the last two months, chiefly by reason of an increase in the produc tion of 21,000 barrels per day, which, it is believed, will grow larger before the end or the haU year. Notwithstanding this ract tho stock of oil above ground is very small. Exports have run behind last year nearly 600,000 barrels dur ing the first quarter of this year. There is some belief that the decline has some connection with a new deal between the Standard Oil Company and the producers. Methodist Protestant University. CHESTERTOWN, Md., April 7. At the Metho dist Protestant Conterence to-day Re,v. S. B. Stephens, editor or the Methodist Mecorder, and O. E. Bullock, of Kansas City, told of a plan to establish in Kansas City a university which shall be a national affair, under the con' trol of tbe Methodist Protestant Cburcti, The matter was referred to a special committee. OCT IN FDLL FORCE. Pittsburg Mnsona Tender a Royal Reception In the Grand Commnndery. About tbe most fashionable event in colored circles within the past year came off last nicbt at Lafayette Hall. It was a reception tendered by Cyrene Commandery No. 4, colored masons, to the Grand Commandery of Wilmington, Del. All tbe society people ot tbe race in the city were present. Tho hall was beautifully decorated with flags and, Japanese goods and the stage was a mass of plants and flowers. Tbe exercises included an exhibition drill, an address by Rev. William H. Palmer, prelate or Cyrene Commandery, and a brother or the ex candidate for Congress in tbe Monongabela City district. After tho address dancing and a general good time was indulged in. Previous to the reception a narade by the Grand Com mandery, the Williamsport Commandery, No. 5, and tho Cyrene Commandery was held. Dur ing the day the visitors were entertained by the resident members of the order. A banquet closed the entertainment, Tbe officers of the Grand Commandery are: Most Eminent Grand Commander, Thomas H. Harrison; Grand Deputy, George H. Carpen ter: Grand Generalissimo. George H. Lewis; Grand Captain General. James E. Thonmson; Grand Prelate, William H. Gibbs: Grand Senior Warden, Daniel Dutton; Junior Grand Warden, William Trusty; Grand Treasurer, Noah White: Grand Secretary, James Pritch ard. The officers of the Williamsport Com mandery who were present were Eminent Com mander R. H. Morris, Generalissamo Alonzo Watson, Captain General William White, Pro late Rev. William Palmer, Treasurer William S. Johnston, Secretary William Fisher. The visitors are stopping at the Hotel Preston. IXTEUESTING MEETING oi Snbbotli School Teachcra of tho Alle gheny Presbytery. In tho First Presbyterian Church, Arch street, Allegheny, yesterday afternoon, assem bled a very interesting and enthusiastic audi enco in attendance at tho Sabbath School Con vention of the Allegheny Presbytery. The meeting was presided over by J. G. Stevenson. Addresses were made by Messrs. J. C, Gray. A. M. Martin, W. C. Lilley" and Rev. D. V. Mays on the different branches of Sunday school nork, and many allusions were made to the good work of the convention which was organ ized February 23, 18SS. .The election of officers was called for, and re sulted with President, J. P. Orr; Vice Presi dents, Frank C. Osborn. John D. Cheney: Re cording Secretary, Henry Dique; Correspond ing Secretary, Miss Varena Scott, and Treas urer, Walter C. Koch. The evening session was well attended. A special committee reported on dividing the Sabbath schools Into districts. Rev. D. M. Benham delivered an address on "Modern Methods of Instruction in the Sab bath Schools." A PLEASANT SURPRISE. Dr. Mayer's Friends Present Him With a Solid Sliver Tea Set. Last Sunday night a committee ot the United Hebrew Relief Association presented the Key. Dr. Mayer, or the Eighth Street Synagogue, with a handsomo solid silver tea set. Tho presentation was made by Mr. A. Fink. Beside Mr. Fink, the other members ot the committee present were Mr. J. M. Gusky, Mr. and Mrs. Josiab Cohen, S. Kauffman, S. Wert heimer and A. Uppman. Joe Stadtfeld and Nathan Weinberg were also present. Help for tbe Widow. General Taylor Lodge No. 0, of the A. O. U. W held a social entertainment at their hall at Sonth Fourteenth and Carson streets last night. Addresses were made and several musical and literary selections were rendered. The affair wound nn by R. S. Getty in a neat and appropriate address, paying to Mrs. Ellen Jones, the widow or the late John H. Jones, a member of the lodge, $2,000. Elegant Wedding Gifts. A handsome onyx clock now chimes the hours of the day and also the good will of fel low clerks for Mr. William A. Wilson, of the County Recorder's office, as such was presented to him yesterday in connection with elegant gold candelabra, in honor of bis marriage, tbis evening to Miss Ella Sharp, ot Elizabeth. The presentation speech was made by Mr. William P. Bennett, one of tbe donors. Social Chatter. The vocal and elocutionary pupils of Curry University will entertain an audience at the West End M. E. Church tbis evening ror the benefit of the church. Prof. Simon Bissell will be master of ceremonies. A cantata, "One Hour in Fairy Land," will bo given at Lafayette Hall on Wednesday evening, April 9, by the junior members of the Allegheny Cantata Association, lor the benefit of St. Cyprian's mission. The Soutbside Medical Society met last night and heard a progressive report Jrorn the com mittee appointed to arrange tor the twentieth anniversary banquet, to take place shortly. The Southside Turnverein held a pleasant social party at its hall on South Fourteenth street last night. There was a large attend ance ot the members and its friends. On Wednesday evening,) at the Pittsburg Club Theater, Mrs. James Marshall will tender her friends a dancing reception, at which Miss Marshall will make her debut. Mrs. Sullivan Johnson, of Western ave nue, will give an informal reception this even ing for her daughter, who is home Irom school. The young folks will dance. Cards have been received in this city an no uncing the marriage of Dr. C. A. Rediek, of Allegheny, to Miss Adele Batory, of Baltimore. April 15. The "Tyrolean Queen" will be given by the Sewickley Valley Club this evening in Choral Hall for the benefit of the Sewickley Free Li brary. A delightful Easter Monday reception was given last evening by the advanced pupils of Thuma's Dancing Academy. M RS. Mary Markxe entertained friends at her lovely suburban homo at West Newton last evening. Mrs. M. A. Woodward receives her friends tbis afternoon from 2 to 5 o'clock. Miss Minnie Jrwin and Prof. John Pritch ard will be married to-night, The Godfrey-Moorchead wedding this even ing. CURRENT TIMELY TOPICS, A Philadelphia woman nas won theprize offered by a New York man, for the best essay on the extermination of the mosquito. What device she has adopted has not, as yet, been published, but it Is believed to be an Improvement on the wet towel. A MONKEY in a Detroit store sits by the hour Intently regarding himself In a small hand glass, which he holds In his paw. Plttslrarg dudes practice the same habit, but tbey generally find tbe glass in barber shops. Feeling-Somewhat-Better, an Indian cbief, is on his way to Washington. By the time he gets through painting at the capital, and re turns to his wigwam, he will realize there is noth ing in a name after all. The California Alta anxiously inquires: "Where Is the American sailor?" He was en gaged for a while testifying before an investi gating committee. It Is a bare possibility he can now be found in the museum, BUDS in our parks aro showing strong symp toms of swelled heads. Some of them are burst ing. Germany Is tbe only civilized country in the world wherein murderers are still beheaded with an ax or sword. It might be added that the United States Is the only country wljere the ma jority of murderers are not punished at all. Every Governor ot Iona since 1859 is alive and bale and bcarty, and tbe only Democrat among them is the present executive. lie lecls like a fellow a thousand miles from home and dead broke. Queen Victoria's rheumatism has caused a contraction of tbo muscles of one of her limbs. As a general rule over here it causes a contraction of the pockctbook. The six days' walking match in this city is attracting as much attention as a similar "feet" would years ago. It may not be out of place, either, to say tbat the sawdust pounders are get ting there with both feet. We mention this fact simply to get ahead of the Chicago reporter. It does look to tbe average citizen as though two arbor days was crowding the mourners. In some cities throughout tbe State the shade trees are crowding business to an alarming extent. Cblcnco'a New Oprrtt House. SPRINGFIELD, III., April 7. The Secretary of State issued license to-day to tbe German Opera House Company at Chicago for musical and art purposes: capital stock, J500.000: Incor porators, Franz Amberg, I, Arnold, C. Herman Plautz. A DAY IN CONGRESS. Tbo Sennto Service Pension Rill Defeated A Similar Measure Introduced Into the Home Debute Over the Montana Con leslcd Election, TFROM A STAVF connrsroNnEjfT.i Washington, Ariril 7. Easter Monday was barely saved from being an exceedingly aull day in both Houses of Congress by the very lively debate on the Senate service pension bill, with the House "substitute providing for a pension of SS a month for dopondent soldiers 62 years or upwards of age. Tho number of those not voting was 71. and nearly all or these were absentees, most of them being in attendance at tho very gay races at the Bennlng track. The speeches, as is usual on all pension matters, were full ot buncombe, and the manner in which tho Democrats turned the tables on the Republicans in repeats! declarations that the bill was a miserable subterfuge to enable the Republicans to avoid facing the genera! service pension bill, the only one asked for by old soldiers as a rule, was considered to be very neat and effective. Democrats who would not under any circumstances vote for a sweeping service pension bill, hotly denounced tbis half way measure, as thongh they would vote for the most lavish legislation contemplated intheex ttemest of the bills borore Congress. The failure of the supporters or the measure to drum up the two-thirds vote nece'saryto secure the suspension or the rules and the passage or the bill, practically kills the meas ure, and it now remains,, for the opponents ot tbis bill to show the sincerity of their profes sions of favor for broader legislation by fur thering tho passage of a general service pen sion bill. The efforts to dodge was not en tirety ronnnea to the Democrats, nowever. Many Republicans aro in a cold sweat between tbeir fear or the power or the soldier element and the censure or another and numerous public which is opposed to adding anywhere from $30,000,000 to $50,000,000 annually to the vast sum already paid out in pensions. m Boothmnn'n Service Pension BUI. TKK service pension bill introduced to-day in the House by Representative Boothman, of Ohio, provides substantially as follows: It grants a service pension of 1 cent per month for each day or service to every man who served in tbe Union army during the late warwithout re card to age; it provides thatthose soldiers who now receive a disability pension, ma', if they choose, relinquish their disability pension and accept the service pension. Widows of those drawing the service pension, will be placed on the rolls at S8 per month during widowhood, but have the right to prosecute and obtain a pension under the present law by showing that tbo hu-band died from disability contracted in service and line of duty. The bill also grants a pension of $3 a month to minor children under 16 years or age ot sol diers who die while drawing a pension, and ir any or the children are so helpless as to require the care or another person, the pension is to continue dnnng this helplessness. H the widow dies or re-marries before the children attain the age or 16, her pension is to .bo paid to them until they attain that age. Protecting the Contractors. Cecretary Ppoctor to-day sent to the Sen ate a letter calling the attention ot that body to certain items in the bill making appro priations ror fortifications, machinery, mortars and gun carriages which, he says, cannot bo procured probably within three years the lifetime of current appropriations for any fiscal year and consequently the contract would lapse by limitation before the completion of the deliveries. He suggests tbat the bill be amended so as to correct this oversight, and further suggests that the Secretary of War be authorized to purcbase abroad such parts ot tbe gun car riages as are not produced in this country. Pennsylvania's War Claims. T kpresentativk Maish. from the Commit tee on War Claims, to-day reported to the House, with a recommendation that it pass,the bill to indemnify the State of Pennsylvania for money expended in ISO! for militia called into the service under the President's proclama tion. Tbe bill authorizes a re-examination of the claim and payment of sneb money as may be found to bo due. A New Ship Canal. The Honse Committeo on Railways and Canals has ordered a favorable report on the bill providing for the construction by tbe United States of a sbip canal around Niagara Falls. The route Is to be along one of the lines already surveyed, and a definite location is to bo made by a board of five men to be ap pointed by the President Tbe committee has listened to arguments upon the subject by representatives ot lake shipping .interests and others, and the report will make a strong point upon the military necessity for the canal. It will be urged that the Welland, which now affords the only route around tbe falls, is an English property and would be closed against us in event of war. The depth or that canal, 13 feet, would also be insufficient to permit of the passage of our war vessels. As a further reason in support of the passage ot the bill it will be recited tbat the Welland canal has been used as a means or discrimina tion against tbe ports ot the United States and in favor of the Canadian export trade. According to the plans submitted, tbo canal is to cost 823.600,000. which will be really less than the cost of the Welland canal with it3 13 feet uepth. while the new canal is to have a depth of 20K feet The route is about 23 miles in length and tbe locks are to be 100 feet long by SO feet in depth. Vance Illustrates His Point. ' Tra Montana election case was taken up in the Senate to-day, and Mr. Vance made an argument in support ottbe minority report, declaring Clark and Maginnis (the Democratic claimants) entitled to the seats. In the course of his speech ho told a story of a parson who was once schooling a couptry bumpkin to fit him to be a godfather at a christening. The parson asked him what was tbe outward and visible sign of baptism. The bumpkin, after scratching his head for a while, answered with an air of triumph. "Why the baby, to be sure." And so said Mr. Vance, tbe outward and visible sign of the backsliding or the Republican party will be tbe Montana twins not a baby but a couple of them. Ho also illustrated Mr. Hoar's position (that while nono or tho objections to counting the votes or precinct 31, in Silver Bow county was sufficient of itseir to justUy the rejection or the votes, all or them together did constitute sufficient grounds Tor doing so) by the anecdote of an old Justice of the peace, before whom a case was tried, in which 11 distinct pleas in bar were entered. Tbe Justice took them up one by one, and decided as to each ot them tbat it was not worth a cent, but mat taking all or them together they made a good case Tor the defendant He (Mr. Vance) bad never heard a title to a seat in tbe Senate based on such slender technical grounds. Ho had never known the public will of a community to be thwarted and trampled nnder foot on such flimsy pretexts. He knew (he said), tbat the fiat had gone forth. He knew tbat tbe Re publican claimants were to be seated. But in tbe wise regulation or tbe moral world there was compensation for all things. Republican Senators would be sicker oyer tbe thing before they were done with it than he was. A Defense of tbe President. M1 r. SpooneR (also a member of tbe Com mittee on Privileges and Elections), made an argument in favor or tho majority report that Saunders and Power (the Republican claimants), are entitled upon the merits of tbe case to be admitted to seats in the Senate from the State of Montana. Iu the course of bis speech Mr. Spooner al luded to the charge made by Mr. Gray against the President tor undue haste in issuing the proclamation ror the admission of Montana; and he defended tbe President in that matter. The President's whole Hie, lie said, was an ample refutation or any such intimation. He (Mr. Spooner) knew or no man who ever sat in the Presidental chair who was less likely than the President to be swerved one hair's breadth from tbe lino of what he deemed his constitu tional duty, either to please friend or punish foe. Mr. Gray's point reminded him of the de cision of an old Michigan Judge before whom a noted Chicago lawyer argued, with great power and ability, a point or law the decision being "cute point; but nothing in it" Tbe Senate went into executive session with out acting upon the report. Whnt Will be Dono With tho Gift? From the Boston Courier.. Mr. Andrew Carnegie has given 810,000 to the Authors' Club, of New York, for the encour agement of literature. It is to be hoped tbat those who administer tbis trnst will not make the common mistake of supposing that en couraging authors is necessarily the same thing as encouraging literature. It is by no means easy to see how such a fund can be used although it would not be difficult to mak4a long Hit of things which must not be done under this head, although thoy look seductively promising. It will be with some curiosity as well sb with deep Interest tbat the friends of literature will watch to see what will be done with this money. THEIR QUARTER!,! MEETING. The Parochial Conferences of tt. Vincent de Pan I to Meet on the Twentieth. On Sunday, April a), at i p. m., ail the mem bers of the Particular Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in the diocese of Pitts burg and Allegheny, will hold tbeir quarterly meeting. Tbe place chosen this time for the reunion of tbe different parochial conferences is St Benedict the Moor's Church, for colored Catholics, opened some eight months ago. No. 81 Fniton street The conference of St Vincent de Paul estab lished there already November last, in the very cradle of tbe new congregation has neen hith erto, and will always, no doubt, be a powerful factor in tbe development of this new mission for the benefit of tbo colored people. The sim ple, unassuming, unostentatious, and, by tbe world, ror the most part, unacknowledged and unthanked practice or Christian charity, has been in all times and places a characteristic mark of the Catholic Church. The Society of St, Vincent de Paul 18, in its.practical working, guided by the same spirit. No worldly remuneration, no commendation or praise, save that ot God alone, is held out to its members, and herein, no doubt lies tbe se cret or the wonderful good effected in parishes and institutions all the world over, where a conference of St Vincent de Panl is estab lished. It is a powerful help to the pastors of souls in tbe discbarge ot tbeir duties, charity ana self-denial being tbe most difficult and most important duties in the Christian life. Bishops and priests can find no mure efficacious means to inculcate these virtues than the exis tence of tbis admirable society in tbe midst of their flocks. Hilling Mr. Ingalls. From the Philadelphia Times. If Senator Ingalls would stop arguing the "growth" theory as applied to the Constitution and grow enough himself to find out that tbe Constitution means what it says and nothing else, ho might in time arrive at the full stature of a statesman. TURNING ON TlIE LIGHT. The State Board of Charities to Inspect the Philadelphia Blind Institute. James B. Scott and George W. Starr, of Erie, went to Philadelphia last evening to attend a meeting of the State Board or Charities. Mr. Scott said their object was to make a thorough Investigation into the management of the Philadelphia Institute for the Blind. All the evidence will be sifted and the Board will then make an official report Mr. Scott said he didn't know any more about the insti tute than what he had seen in the papers. The Board or Charities is not invested with execu tive authority, and all tbey can do in any case is to recommend the withdrawal of State aid to the proper authorities. Here the exercise of their prerogative will do some cood. Mr. Scott added, also, that if the facts are as bad as rcptesentcd, that tbe blind children sent to the school by tbe State would he with drawn. Referring to the Dixmont episode as a sample, Mr. Scott continued: "We must have charitable institutions, but when people maliciously attack such places in tbo public press and fail to substantiate tbeir charges they ought to be subject to a libel suit It is proper to turn the light on such institu tions at all times, and it tbey are not properly managed or the inmates are cruelly treated, then some action should be taken. In making investigations they should be so conducted as not to injure the reputation of tbe institution needlessly. It this is carried on with impunity, it will reflect on all the charitable institutions of the State." ThoNecdlo in tho Haystack. From the Philadelphia Times. J If the visiting delegation from the Massa chusetts Legislature find any rapid transit sys tem in this city they should tell U3 all about it at once. IS THE BIBLE SECTARIAN ? The Republican Party Responsible for the Good Work In the Dalcotas. New York, April 7. A committee ot the M. E. Conference in its report repudiated the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Wis consin, regarding the reading of tbe Bible in public schools, as "un-American and pagan and a menace to the perpetuitvof our institutions." It held that it was the duty ot Christian citi zens to deny that tbe Bible was sectarian, and to claim for it a place wherever tbe State at tempts to educate youth for the duties or citi zenship. It was decided that the representa tion of laymen and ministers in the General Conference should remain unchanged. Conference Missionary Foster, of South Da kota snoke or the work accomplished by the Prohibition party in that section. He was in terrupted by the Rev. Delos Toll, who wanted to know ir tbe .Republican party was not re sponsible for most ot the gooa work in the two Dakotas. Bishop Goodsell prevented any political discussion by announcing that the time of the speaker bad expired. Rarely as White as Painted. From the Philadelphia Press. 1 Pittsburg's white lead manufacturers are forming a trust Such combinations to control prices are rarely as white as they are painted. NEW BOARD ELECTED Br Ihn Contributors to the Pittsburg Free Dispensary. The annual meeting of the contributors to the Pittsburg Free Dispensary was held yester day afternoon In the ne dispensary building on Sixth avenue. The only business witbin the scope of the contributors' meeting is the elec tion of the new board, which resulted in the choice of the following named gentlemen: L. H. Harris, C. C. Baer. George V. Smith, Reu ben Miller, F. Seraple, D. Leet Wilson. George K. Stevenson. John Dunlap. Colonel James CoIIord. Dr. James Mc'Jann. Dr. S. N. Henbam. Dr. A. Koenic, Dr. J. A. Lippincott, Dr. J. J. Buchanan, William O. II. Scully, John M. Kennedy, W. E. Schmertz, James I. Buchanan, D. Herbert Hostetter. William Thaw, Jr. The new board will meet shortly and elect officers. No day has vet been named, but the meeting will be field within the next ten days. Wnnt a Show for their Money. From tbe New York Tribune. J Chicago issues promises as freely and as regu larly as tho Thirteen Colonies used to issue paper money. But the country wants a "show down" in cash. BUILDING A STEEL PLANT. Mr. Weeks Interested in nn Open-Hearth Mill In Virginia. Joseph D. Weeks went to Virginia last even ing, to look after the construction of an open hearth steel plant, in which ho and several other Pittsburgers are interested. Most of tho capital, however, comes from the South. Mr. Weeks said the plant was located near Clifton Forge. Tbey expected to be in opera tion by April 1. but the work was delayed. He hopes now to begin making steel on May L When the plant is working tbey will employ about 500 men. Mr. Weeks marvels at tbe growth and possibilities of Virginia. He says thoy have plenty of iron ore and a good market A Forty-Eight Hoar Afternoon. From the Philadelphia Times. A good many people who clamor for an eight hour day would like to have a 48-hour afternoon. OUR SALOONS AND SPEAK-EASIES. HarkiSBTJRO Telegraph: There are 308 liquor licenses in Pittsburg tbis year as against 1,500 under the old low license system. And yet some people say high license is no good. Philadelphia Uullettn: It was the wild est kind of folly to endeavor to limit the num ber of saloons in a great and populous city like Pittsburg to 93, and the Judges this year have simply increased the number in accordance with tho reasonable and legitimate demands of the public. Chicago Times: Pittsburg is in an agonv of reform. She had a former attack, in which she refused to license but a little more than 100 sa loons. As a result, "speak-easies" sprang up on every hand, and she bas determined to sup press tbem. In order to accomplish tbis laud able purpose she has licensed about SOU of tbem. Reform is a curious disease. Detroit Free Press: The cities of Pitt3 bnrcand Allegheny have, during tbe year just closed, faithfully tried the experiment of re ducing the number of saloon licenses with a result indicated by the fact that during tho coming year there will be 123 more licensed sa loons In tbe two cities than were provided for ror the previous 12 months. The officials state tbat the experiment led to the opening ot not less than 1,000 unlicensed and unregulated places where liquor of tbe vilest quality was sold in a most reckless manner. L The First Nationalist Clab. A Nationalists' club, composed of Beliamists, has been farmed in Allegheny. Meetings will be held in Lorena Hall, Federal street Tbe club starts out with 60 members. W. J. Be-Ard is the President CURIOUS (MDEKSATIOKS. A Butler county, Pa., cow gave birth to five calves last week, but none of them lived. Twin gorillas vrere born at the London "Zoo" the other day. They are the first of their species ever born in England. A San Benito mare treated its owner to a surprise lately. She gave birth to two colts, one of which was a mule, the other a natural horn trotter. During March 75,819 barrels of salt were inspected In Saginaw county; 29,157 bar rels in Bay; 43,091 in Manistee a total or 160, 2o7 barrels lor the State. A cedar stump stands on "W. S. Cliv's farm near Snohomish City. Ore., that measures 20 teet in diameter. A photograph was taken or it with SO men ana five horses standing abreast. Sir Edward Guinness has selected sev eral sites in London for the erection of dwell ings for the working classes, which are to differ from the famous Peabody houses in that they will be let only to the poorest class of laborers and that the rent will be almost nom inal. Sixty-five Cardinals have died since the present pope became the head of the Church, and tbe Sacred College is now composed almost fSy1!0 newPen- Only 16 of tbe present HVn?Js we.re tn?re Dnder the late Pope, and S J e ls son?osI-' -1-. while several other are over SO years of age. Nashville's, Tenn., curiosity is aroused as to what becomes or the pennies that are sent there. They are not used in trade to any con siderable extent, and it is surmised in n-n quarters that most or them f aUintS , th" ffiS of superstitious people, wno toss them over houses or cover them with stones -ror luck." Ivan Petroff will take the census of Alaska. He is a Russian by birtb.andwas living in Alaska when it was bought by Uncle Sam. His name appears officially in two or three of the Government books, in one or which he is registered as "a citizen ot the United Slates by treaty" and in the other a3 a. citizen "by purchase." Hon. Frank O'Brien, of Atlanta, Ga., has a valuable relic It is the canteen which General McPherson had on his person when he was killed, and which bears tbe imprint of the bullet, so it is supposed, tbat killed him. Xhe Identity or the canteen is abundantly vouched for. Mr. O'Brien will present it to the McPherson Society of New York. John Phillips, a young slater, believes he has solved the question of how to reach, without building a scaffold, tbe top of the tall chimney at the Clark Thread Works, at New ark, N. J., to repair the dam3ge done over a week ago by lightning. The chimney is 325 feet high, and he proposes to climb it by means ot ladders firmly attached to the chimney with long spikes. He has already got over 15 or tho ladders in position. A passenger car on the Louisville and Wadley Railroad performed a new feat in rail road running by running on two tracks atone and the same time. While drillingthe train the front trucks jumped the switch and took the right track, while the rear trucks failed to jump and took the wrong track and continued on the main turnout until both ends of the car were nearly even. When tbe conductor called a halt he round his car in rather an awkward position. A printer by the name of Lewis, who has neen working in tbe Hastings, Mich., Dem ocrat office for some time past, but who was discharged, entered tbat office Thursday night, took all the type which was set for tho paper and several cases or type ana dumped it all in a pile on the floor. Then be took a keg ot print ers' ink and turned It out on top or this. He lert a note in substance as follows: "Hastings, midnight: Windsor, daylight From the looks ot your office, 1 am even now. Goodby." During the present term of the Maine Supreme Court, ladies in the gallery bring their needle work and sit out tbe long hours of the season. It is interesting to watch them threading needles, tying knots, basting, occa sionally pausing to catch somo portion ottbe evidence and again to confide in a neighbor something relative to some new comer, inter spersed with the slight click of the scissors, all of which tend to impress the lookers on with the solemnity of the occasion, and adds per ceptibly to the "home like" appearance of our judicial residence. A gentleman living at Ean Claire, Wis., had a sick horse. The veterinary surgeon could do nothing for tbe animal, and the local Christian science experts failed also. There upon the owner of the horse went to the tele graph office and wired an account of the case to a Christian science professor in Chicago. The symptoms were given in the telegram, and the Chicago expert was asked to treat the case by the nsual method. Tba horse was at tbat time apparently n Its last legs. The Chicago scientist wired back that be was treating the horse to the best of his ability, and was think ing bard. Within rive hours the horse wa3 well and eating oats. Texas farmers have been almost ruined by the depredations of rats. To get rid of them a novel expedient ha3 come into use. Tho farmer finds a burrow in which from fifty to a hundred rats reside. Every exit save one is carefully stopped. At this one is placed a com mon iron tea kettle. Opposite the spout is bored a hole in which is inserted a piece of gas pipe about one foot long. Over tbe spout is placed another piece of pipe, which is rnn into the opening leading to tbe burrow. A lire is then built in tbe kettle and a couple of band rulsof sulphur thrown on thccoals. The top being rloaed. tbe fumes are driven into tho burrow by a hand bellows, the nozzle of which is inserted in the top pipe. Some or these bar rows are 50 yards in length; the fumes go through all its passages, and in five minutes every young and old rodent is dead. Early in 1861 a young farmer, of Bulloch, furnished a homo for himself and bride. Tbe kitchen was a log one. with one of the old-fashioned hard clay floors. He bad built over a gopher hole and of course the bole was filled up and the owner was forgotten. Tho farmer went off to tho war and when be came back he found somo charred timbers which Sherman bad lett. Tbe house was rebuilt and the dirt floor was still a feature. But the kitchen was never remodeled. Last week the mother who first set foot on tbe clay floor. 29 years ago. was sitting by a window when chanc ing to look down on tbe kitchen floor she was astonished to seo it show signs ot being dis turbed underneath. For flvo minutes she watched it intently,and then called other mem bers or the ramilyj who entered jnst in time to see his gophersblp emerge from his long sleep. FROM THE JE-.TERs'. The girl who wears the heaviest veil is the one who bas the least beauty to conceal. -A-tancJ( Wis., frest. Indignant guest "Waiter, I have drank five (classes of water waiting for tbat beefsteak. When am I goine to jet it? Walter In about four glasses moie.lcxas Sifting'- "Dirt you ring for a messenger?" iYes last October. Howls it you are here so quickly?" TTiey told me at the office It was a quick call." --Harper's Bazar. "Wile John, John, come here quick. Bertie has swallowed a 10-cent plece. llusband-A 10-cent piece? Oh. well: never mind. That Isn't much, ir It was a quarter It might be worth while to make a fus3 about it. Boston Beacon. Judge You say one of the musicians cuffed your ears. Was It the violinist or the piano player? Complaining Witness It must have been the piano player, for the blow felt as If a male had kicked me. Texas Sif tings. He "What would you have done Ifl had not married yon? She Picked np some other fellow, I Buppose. He But you told me that you could never love anybody but me? She That was before we were married. Texas Siftings. "Do you think your father likes me, Mamie?" lam sure be does." "What makes you sure?" "Because It was only yesterday he asked me when yon and I were going to be married. Bos ton Courier. "Wife (awakening her husband) Oh, George, there's a burglar in the bouset Husband (sleepily) -Hub! 'yes, andhe'satinrJewelryhoxl" Hob:" "No: I declare, ha's In the Ice-chest room!" Is tht so? Give me my revolver, quick!" Lawrei is American. OF COURSE SHE IS. As Peter sat at heaven's gate, A maiden souzht permission. And begged of him If not too late, To give her free admission. What claims hath you to enter here?" lie cried with earnest mien; "Please, sir," said she, 'twixt hope and fear, "I'm only Just sixteen.". Enough," the hoary guardian said. And the gate wide open threw, "That ls the age when every maid Is girl ml angel, too. Detroit rree Prut, I lm jtSl rv li &?x A tM Eregigg?