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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH; EREDAY. ' APRIL "18, " 1890.
lite BiMfcg. ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8. 1846. Vol. 45, IV o. 70. Entered at Pittsburg l'ostoDcc November 14. I&S7, as second-class matter. Business OfficeComer SznithSeld and Diamond Streets. News Booms and Publishing- House 75, 77 and 79 Diamond Street. Eastern Advertising Office, Koom 48, Tribune Building, New Tort. THE DISPATCH it regularly on tale at Brcntano's. S Union Squa e, Hew York, where anyone who has been disappointed at a hotel newt stand can obtain it. TERMS OF THE DISPATCH. postage ntzr in the totted states. HAILT Dispatch, One Year. (8 00 UATLT Dispatch, PerQnarter 2 00 Dailt Dispatch, One Mouth 70 Daily Dispatch, IneludiogSunday, lyear. 30 00 Daily DisrATcn, IncludingSunday.3m'ths. ISO Daily DisrATCU. lncludingbunday.lmonth SO Sunday Dispatch. One Year 250 Weekly Dispatch. One Year 1 S3 Tjie Daily Dispatch is dellTered bycarrlersat 3! cents Der week, or Including Sunday edition, at 20 cen ts per week. PITTSBURG. FRIDAY. APR. 18. 1890. TWELVE PAGES 3-The BUSINESS OFFICE of THE DIS PATCH has been removed to Corner of Smithfield and Diamond Sireeis. A TIMELY CONFERENCE. The decision of the Library Committee of Pittsburg Councils yesterday to confer, if possible, with Mr. Carnegie before proceed ing further with the consideration of the library ordinance strikes us as sensible and proper. Nothing but good can come from such a conference. Owing to various causes which need not be discussed now the whole question bad become tangled. Some mem bers of Councils, and not a few outsiders, have shown a disposition not only to look a gift horse in the mouth, but to dislocate its jaw. The Library Com mittee of Councils, however, come to the rescue with a proposition that nobody can object to. Mr. Carnegie has a right to most conrteous treatment. The public to whom he gave the library appreciate this, and the committee of Councils voice the popular feeling. If there is any hitch or misunder standing to be removed, it will be done more easily and with infinitely greater grace with Mr. Carnegie's assistance. The conference will allow an exposition of all the facts in the case, and it the Councilmen and Mr. Carnegie agree, as we believe they will, the settlement will be final and satis factory to all. There is nothing like the suaviler inmodo in affairs of this sort. There never was oc casion for anything but constant remem brance by all parties of the prime import ance of obtaining the library for Pittsburg. All other matters are subordinate. The course of the beneficiaries is clear. THE PLEASANTRIES OF POLITICS. The suggestion of Judge Paxson for the Governorship nomination on the Republi can side acts as sootbingly as a large pack ace of oil suddenly let down among tbe dashing and furious waves. Both the Quayites and the anti-Quayites speak well of him, and tbe Judge himself seems not unwilling. But it is rather early to curry a dark horse. Even it Delaniater should be disposed of by withdrawal, Hastings and Montooth, Osborne and Stone may all well inquire what have they done that they like wise should be side-tracked. Anyone of these last named candidates is admittedly competent, and, not as yet subjected to charges. They will fight hard against the soreness over Delamater operating to their own exclusion. Thus it may well ce judged that if the withdrawal of Mr. Delamater is at all con templated as an escape from the reproach of too much management, the mistake of set ting up a new candidate now, to the exclu sion of all the old ones, who have made their canvass among the people, will not commend itself to the shrewd second thought of the leaders of tbe party. Thus it is that the prospects for Judge Paxson excellent candidate though he might be will not improve any with time. The mention of his name is simply a pleas ing innovation which can do no more than distract attention at a critical moment. STATESMEN SNATCHED AWAY. The funeral of Samuel J. Bandall at "Washington yesterday was characterized by the simplicity the dead statesman desired, and which was thoroughly in keeping with his lite. But the ceremonies were solemnly grand, nevertheless. It was well that they were so. Tbe country can ill afford to lose public men possessing tbe plain, substantial virtue of Samuel J. Bandall. Yet the United States has bad to mourn many faith ful servants and loyal sons mustered out. Death has been busy in the present Con gress. Three of tbe most distinguished members of the House have joined the great majority Samuel S. Cox, William D. Kel ley and Samuel J. Bandall. All three or these men gave over a quarter of a century to their country in a legislative capacity. Mr. Cox first entered Congress in 1857, serving continuously until his death, with tbe exception of tbe period between 1865 and 1868, at which time he changed his resi dence irom Ohio to New York, and from 1885 to 1886 when he served as Minister ' to Turkey. Mr. Kelley entered the House as one of the representatives from the city of Philadelphia in 1861, and there remained until death put an end to his career during the past winter. Mr. Bandall was elected from another Philadel phia district two years later and his career as a Congressman was ended by death on Sunday. What an illustrious page this trio of statesmen occupy in American history! Patriots all, statesmen worthy to rank with many of those who served the Republic in more trying times. "While the House of Representatives has lost several other mem bers during the existence of tbe present Con gress, no three statesmen will be more missed than Cox, Kelley and Bandall. A FARMING RIDDLE. A puzzle in farming affairs is presented in our Boad Commissioner's article this morning. He finds that farmers living near railroads or along the banks of the naviga ble Monongahela are unable to compete with Western producers or do more than eke out a living, whereas in the interior, and removed from almost all means of transportation, the farmers are getting along without much to complain of. Per haps an answer to what appears to be an inscrutable riddle may be found if it be punned with patience. The testimony of farmers as to the profit or loss of their labor, however, from time immemorial has been confusing to the lay man. It must be remembered that the farmers in soma places will not rerer their mislortunes to the bad roads, because their neglect has made the highways impassable. SOUTH PENN REVIVED. The news The Dispatch prints to-day concerning the resuscitation of the South Penn Railroad is the best and the most en couraging that Pittsburg has had in this connection for a long while. There is a brighter prospect for a new railroad link between this city and the Eabtern seaboard than anyone has ventured of late to look for among the iuins of the projected South Penn. That an earnest effort is to be made to build a new railroad between Philadel phia and Pittsburg may be taken as a fact. The circumstances of the fact are rather nebulous as yet. A month ago the startling report came from Fulton county that the South Penn Railroad, its franchises and other assests had been sold to George F. Baer, at Sheriff's sale. This was the first act in the new deal. Since then a variety of rumors concerning the plans of Mr. Baer and those supposed to be behind him have been afloat. They culminated yesterdav in the well-authenticated statement which is given in this issue. The railroad is reorganized under the title of the South Penn Railway Com pany; and its capital stock is set at twenty millions of dollars. The Board of Directors is significantly representative of powerful interests. The Beading Railroad is represented in the President of the new corporation, Mr. Baer; the Vanderbilts are supposed with good reason to have two directors in the board, Messrs. Bangs and Stetson, the well-known New York lawyers, with whom Mr.Cleveland is associated. These appear to be the pre ponderant powers in the company. The con nection of the Philadelphia and Beading Railroad with the project lends substantial ity to it. In other ways the Beading road has shown a determination to obtain a "Western outlet. Extensions of the Beading system now in course of constrnction will lend themselves readily to the new enter prise. It said that a large portion of the South Penn Bailroad is already in an ad vanced stage of construction, and appar ently no serious obstacle exists to the rapid completion of the entire line as already surveyed. The need for the South Penn or some other competitive railroad crows as Pittsburg grows. The progress of the revived project will be watched eagerly and closely by Pittsburgers. The behavior ol those inter ested in the garotting of new railroads will not be overlooked either. THE IMPENDINO STRIKE. At this writing it is impossible to tell whether a strike is to be inaugurated this morning among the yardmen and other em ployes of the railroads in this neighborhood. The hope of everybody is that a strike will not take place. At the same time it cannot be overlooked that the refusal of the rail road companies to treat at all with the Federated Order of Bailway Employes threatens to precipitate a conflict. It the men consider that the recognition of the Order is more important than the considera tion of their demands which the railroads are willing to grant to their employes separately we presume a strike must come. If tbe men strike we hope that they will remember upon what terms they can retain the good will of the public, without which they cannot possibly succeed. Bespect for the law, and abstinence from acts ot violence are the essentials. So far there has been no sign of disorderliness and the conferences between the managing officers and the men have been characterized by good temper and good sense on both sides. COAL MINERS SATISFIED. "While a shadow is hanging over other in dustries the result of the conference of coal miners and operators atColnmbus yesterday averted a strike among tbe bituminous coal miners of Pennsylvania and Ohio. The up shot of the conference was that the miners accepted a compromise which assures them an advance of six cents per ton. Although this is not what the miners asked, it appears to be a fairly satisfactory concession to the men. Anyhow, the terrible consequences of a long strike now need not be expected, and the general prosperity of the country will not be held back by the disablement of a most important industry. JESSE Hott has retired from tbe man agement of the Erie Elevator Company, a no tice to that effect having been posted in the New York Prodnce Exchange yesterday. Mr. Hoythas been at tho head of that concern for years, and his retirement was brought abont by his recent heavy loss in wheat speculation. The last whirl in wheat has proven disastrous to several manipulators of the staple article. Now that the tariff bill has been reported to tbe House and referred to tbe Committee of the Whole, the proceedings of Congress will be somewhat livelier for the next few weeks. The proposal of the "Western Seamen's Friend Society to equip a steamer for evangel ical work on the Mnnongahela among the coal miners has rather a startling sound. This effort to better the condition of tbe miners will command the sympathy of all, and Tee Dis patch wishes it success. The Harrisburg free library is open to the public The Allegheny library will be opened to the public when quarrels cease and books are placed upon the shelves. By the death of Bev. Alexander Mackay, the pioneer of Christianity in tne Uganda country, the African missions received a. sad blow. It will be remembered that Stanley ranked the deceased with Livingstone and Mof fat in the highest rank of Africa's Christian izers. Reading's Mayor has appointed a col ored man on the police force, and the Demo crats are raking him over the coals for his temerity. Already the politicians in the late Con gressman Randall's district are talking about his successor. There are any number of men willing to step into his shoes, but the man who can fill them will be hard to find; A Russian palace has been destroyed by fire. The Czar was not there, but he probably feels that the situation is getting too warm for comfort Not content with revolutionizing the street car systems at borne, Pittsburg capital bas gone to the rescue of Milwaukee. A mill ion dollars or thereabout has started from this city for Wisconsin, A conference in time may save nine or more years' delay with regard to Pittsburg's Library. One by one the boodle aldermen are re turning from their enforced sojourn in Canada to New York City. They will not find it so easy, however, to get their hoads back into tbe public trough. BIr. Theodore W. Kevin's Engagement. The engagement is announced of Mr. Theo dore W. Nevin, of this city, to Miss Bessie Apple, of Lancaster. Air. Nevin is the chief editorand oneof the proprietors of tho Leader, and resides at Edgewortb, in the Sewickley Vallev. Miss Applo is tho daughter of the Rev. T. G. Apple, President of the Franklin and Marshall College, at Lancaster, aud rumor is eloquent as to ber personal charms and accom plisnments. Since the news of bis engagement leaked ut a few days ago, Mr. Nevin, who is very popular, has been ovef whelmed with con gratulations. The date of tbe wedding is not fixed. THE TOPICAL TALKER. - A Serpentine Deadhead A Syrlnn Mission nry in tho City Itnllan Tenors and Ger mnn Sinner Compared The Secret of Detective Fitzgerald's Lack. Dram Stoker, a lanky gentleman with rose ate hair, who was the personal manager and factotum of Henry Irving, tbe English actor, dnrmg his first American tour whether he continued in that place tbe last time Irving came over, I don't know has written a novel called "The Snake's Pass." Tho title will recall to a great many Americans the time they had with Mr. Bram Stoker getting passes. Bram is a specialist on passes and tbe tribe who hanker after them, but it is the first time I ever heard of a manager giving a snake a pass. Mr. Stoker had a strong objection to giving anyone passes. It will be deeply interesting to loam how the snake "worked" Mr. Irving's fiery locked guardian for one. Tltas Barakat is a Syrian who is staying in Pittsburg just now. He is a missionary and is raising funds to carry on tho good work of Christianizing his native land. He has already lectured a good deal in this country, and intends starting soon upon a regular lec turing tonr. You would not imagine from his complexion or dress that Mr. Barakat came flora a place further east than McKoesport. The Syrian sun and climate does not paint faces very dark. Mr. Barakat wears American attiro and he talks fair English. Tbe condition of Syria is not remarkably cheerful, according to Mr. Barakat: the deadly blight of Mohammedan rnle preventing progress in civilization. As to mission work there he thinks that a good many of the Christians need conversion as much as Aiohomedans, and the efforts ot the Protestant missionaries are mainly directed toward those Syrians who are already acquainted with the gospel of Christ MR Bakakat Impresses one as an intelli gent, clearheaded man, with sincere de sires to benefit his benighted brethren. Proba bly, as he admits, the best thing in fact the only thing to save it for Syria would be its ab sorption by some European power. A New York correspondent writes: "Certain adherents of the Wagnerian school of music have made a good deal of fnn of Tamagno's pennrionsness. They thought it especially amusing that the Italian tenor should havo washed his own socks. But did not one of the German opera divinities do a similar thing? Does not Lilli Lehman wash her own stockings? Not only does Frau Lehman perform this domestic duty, but prac tices economy in other respects quite as ener getically as Tamagno did. She was also guilty, the other night, of marked rudeness to PattI, in contemptuously leaving the Opera house at the end of the first act of tbe opera. Tamagno could hardly have been guilty of such boorish ness as that. As to tbe matter of washing stockiDgs, there are a number of singers, both ItaliaD and German, who would be more desira ble companions if they were to emulate tbe example of Signor Tamagno and Frau Leh man." J-jetecttve FrrzaERALD's nickname of "Lucky" is burnished anew by his latest feat, the arrest of bno of tbe men suspected of participation in the cruel Tarentum murder. Paddy Fitzgerald would not have been so lucky as he has been if he had not also been plucky. When he was a humble officer in tbe ranks or as Lieu tenant of Police in the Twelfth ward, his nerve and grit were the qualities that made him the terror of evil doers. He caught thieves because he looked for them and was not afraid to arrest them single banded. That's the secret of his luck. Some men are born lucky, they say. it Is almost as much to the purpose to be born plucky. PROMINENT PEOPLE. EMIN Pasha now speaks 27 different lan guages and dialects. Vice President Morton reads more news papers than any man in Washington. Ex-Governor Hubbakd. of Texas, ex-Minister to Japan, wants to go to Congress. Joseph T. Lawless is the youngest member of tbe Virginia Senate. Lawless, in spite of his name. Is a clever lawmaker. Miss Jean Ingelow receives so many re quests for ber autograph that she is physically unable to respond to them all. Seth Low, President of Colombia College, eats nothing but oatmeal for breakfast, and al ways smokes a cigar thereafter. TnE Emperor of China is making a close study of railroad constrnction. He is said to have considerable ability as a scientific investi gator. Mr. Nathaniel Bowditch, of Boston, and Miss Choate, daughter of the President of the Old Colony Bailroad Company, are to be mar ried in June. Prince Bismarck has 103 decorations. He belongs to no English order. His diamond star, belonging to the Order of St. Andrew, a present from the father of the ruling Czar of Russia, is worth $50,000. The President has received a portrait of Mrs. Angelica Van Buren, who was mistress of the White House during the administration of her father-in-law. President Van Buren, and gave orders to have it hung In the Green Parlor with tbe portraits of Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Tyler and Mrs. Polk. General Jubal A. Early, one of tho pet cavalry leaders of the Confederacy, lives at Lynchburg. He has a suite of rooms, fitted up with a fine library, choice oil paintings and handsome steel engravings, but boards around at different restaurants, paying for his meals as he goes, and running up no bills. A letter trom "Buffalo Bill," dated at Milan, Italy, says that tbe skies have been bright for the Wild Westerners since reaching the land of tbe Cssars. At Milan the show played to 7,000 in one day something wonder ful for Italy. Colonel Cody says that he will soon astonish the Viennese with his racket After which Berlin will be visited. TIRED OP PENSIONING KINGLETS. Tho Question of the Abolition of the Gnelph Fund Discussed In the Landing. Berlin, April 17. In the Landtag to-day Herr Brenel and Dr. Windtnorst raised the question of the abolition of the Guelph fund the moneys accruing from the sequestration of the Kingdom of Hanover hy Prussia, and which aro claimed by the Duke of Cumber land. Thev advocated the rescinding of the act providing for tho sequestration of the property of the Hanoverian Crown, and con tended that tbe law conld be revoked without tbe enactment of a special act for the pnrpose. HerrFurth. Alinister of tbe Interior, op posed the proposition. He declared that the sequestration act could not be annulled with out the passage of a special act by the Diet LITTLE BREAD BAKERS. Tbs Prize Will be Awarded To-Morrow at tho Grant School. The pupils of the school kitchen will bold their closing exercises at the Grant street schoolhouse to-morrow afternoon. A spread of the dainties prepared by tbe youthful cooks will be sampled by tbe guests, and the best bread maker will, as usual, receive a prize presented by Air. Chas. Reisfar, the Secretary or the Central Board. Sheriff McCandless will make the presenta tion speech, and Air. Fred Aluller will receive for tbe fortunate baker. Diplomas will be granted to 75 pupils. DEATHS OP A DAY. Tlenjnmln Frnnklln Sturlernnt. A telegram from Boston to A. T, Barnes, announces tho death of "Father" sturte vant. Benlamln Franklin Sturtevant, a native of .Maine, was M years of age at the time of his death, which resulted from a stroke of paralysis which occurred three weeks ago. lie was the original inventor and patentee of tbe Sturtevant "blowers," which have an International reputa tion; also of the system of heating and ventilating known as the Blower system, which Is now In operation at the north wing of the Western peni tentiary, the Carnegie Library and the Western University. He leaves a wife and two married daughters, was an esteemed member of the Bap tist church and Is an exponent of the success of a working man starting on a shoemaker's bench and ending as sole proprietor of the largest works In that class of business In tbe world. He was well known In church and charitable circles through the generosity of his gifts. Inrmmluke Wllsnn. HEAVER, Pa., Aurll 17. Marmadnke Wilson, brother of the late Sain I!. Wilson, Esq., died this morning, of cardiac asthma, after an Illness ol six weeks. He was early la lire a member of the Whig party, but later became a War Democrat and was prominent In that party, having served a term as postmaster of this place. He was in his 81st year. RECEIVED AN 0YATI0N. Mrs. Jnrley's Waxworks Delight Sewickley Society An Entertainment Highly Ap preciated and Well Carried Oat Sir. Theodore W. Kevin's Engagement An nounced. "Mrs. Jarley" and her waxworks received quite an ovation from the Scwickley public last evening. She held her reception or gave ber exhibition at cozy little Choral Hall, which was filled with the wealth and fashion of the burg. The Osburn Orchestra rendered some delightful selections while the audience was being seated by Messrs. C. H. Little, H. 8. Winters and J. K. Gaston, who officiated as ushers. The stage was generously bodecked with placards testifying to the popularity of the Jarley Wax Works, which was entirely unnecessary, as the warm applause that greeted each group was proof conclusive of the esteem in which they were held by the Sewickley 400, Mrs. ueorgo A. Gormley, in an old-fashioned English gowa of extensive flowered pattern, and a nlack bon net of immense nrouortiona. with an adroit dropping of and adding of the letter "h" to her words, made, an irresistible Airs. Jarley, and with the assistance of Miss Daisy Miller as "Little Nell," W. W. Cunningham as "George," and Colin F. Reed as "Peter." succeeded lu dis playing her wonderful collection to great ad vantage. In group first Mr. M. T. Osburn represented "Lord Lorel" upon bis milk-white steed, which was a mechanical hobby-horse, and "Lady Nancy," wishing him speed, was Mrs. C. Reed. Miss B. Anderson as "Maid of Athens" re turned to Mr. Robert Miller the heart which, as "Lord Byron." he requested of her. Mrs. R. J. Cunningham as "Queen Elizabeth" hesi tated very nicely over tho rauddv crossing that would soil herslippeis until Mr. 'John Tale, Jr.. as "Sir Walter Raleigh." spread out his royal cloak. Miss Osburn as "Lady Macbeth," with a candle, which "Mrs. Jar ley" said they forgot to light, examined tbe great red snot on her hand in a very realistic manner. Miss Graft, as "Queen Eleanor," insisted upon Aiiss Detweiler, as the "Fair Rosamond," embracing death with either a dagger or a bowl of poison. Air. Harry Rich ardson, as "Confucius," delighted everyone and manipulated the fan aud parasol quite artistically. Air. James Gilmcre, as "Richard the Lion-Hcarted." and Dr. C. White, as "Blon dell," succeeded In playing tho harp and their part after the castle, wnich was represented by a Chinese screen, was placed in position. "Alothet's Dream," a solo, very sweetly ren dered by Aiiss AI. Gaston, concluded part first and received a hearty encore, to which the lady bowed her thanks. Mr. R. J. Cunningham opened part second with a solo, in which bo was accompanied by Mrs. William Adair on the piano and Mr. Will iam Adair on the cello, after which appeared Aiiss Lillie Nevin as "Alotner Goose," and air. George Whitsell as her son "Jack." Mr. T. H. Nevin as "Alonzo, the Brave," and MissM. Love as "Imogene the Fair," and Mr. H, L. H. Blair as "The Ghost," who succeeded in frightening tho maiden and some of the youth ful members of the audience. Miss M. Ander son as the "Old Woman in the Basket" swept tho cobwebs from the imagin ary sky, and Mr. Fred Irwin as "The Drummer Boy of " Shiloh" created quite a sensation, and when "Airs. Jarley," realizing that he was a favorite, ordered her assistants to wind him up Again, he refused to work, much to tbe good lady's astonishment and disgust of "Peter" and "George." but nu merous oil cans and working of joints put bim in good order again. Air. William Kinder, as "Blue Beard," cruelly mistreated Aiiss Lulu Blair, his victim. Air. F. Standish, as "Tom, the Pipei's Son," and Miss M. Porter, as "Dolly, the Milkmaid," were verv amusing. A beautifully rendered solo by Airs. Tener con cluded part second, and a 'cello solo by Mr. William Adair succeeded it and opened the last part of the programme. Airs. H. L. H. Blair as Chicago." held thp. World's Fair in her arms, while Miss King, as "New York," inaulged in a case of weep. Miss AlcCIeery, as a "Prima Donna," Mrs. Barrows, as a "Maniac,"Mr. R. P. Nevin, as a "Yankee," Mr. G. Hays, as "Captain Kidd," and Air. E. Carpenter, as the "Lone Fisherman," were in tensely amusing; while Air. John Porter was a "Ruffian," subdued byasmile from Miss Bessie Cunningham, and Aiiss Carrie Whiting, as "Nellie Bly," made a more rapid trip around the world than the original Nellie did, in spite of her jerky notions. "Airs. Jarle)'s Dream" concluded the even ing's entertainment, which was one of the most enjoyable given this season In the valley, and which enriched the coffers of tbe Alethodist church in no small degree. Tho costumes of the characters were rich and accurate. PROSPERITY IN THE S0CIETI, Eighth Annual meeting of the U. P. Women's missionary Association. The eighth annual meeting of the Women's Missionary Society ot tbe Monongahela Pres bytery of the United Presbyterian Church was held yesterday in the Eighth TJ. P. Church. Airs. AI. Al. Patterson presided. There were about 200 delegates present Airs. W. J. Reid, the Treasurer, submitted her report It showed receipts amounting to $3,020 04 for the last year, and expenditures to $2,675 55, leaving a balance of S344 49 in tho treasury. Of the money re ceived the Industrial Home got $204; the Home for Boys and Girls about $300; Egyptian School, SS3: India School, 8126; ministerial relief, $171 64. The report was approved. Tne report of the Executive Committee indicated prosper ity in the society and a constant increase of in terest from outside sources in the society. The reports of about 50 auxiliary societies and as many children's bands were received and read. They were all of an encouraging nature. Aiiss Laura AlcCurdy, Presbyterial Manager of the Orphans' Home, reported that there were 53 children in charge now, and that five more are expected before Sunday, Three boys and three girls" aro out on trial. The report of Airs. Price, for the Memorial Hospital, showed that thero were four patients under treatment Both reports were approved. luubuuiiuHieHuuiiuuuuAiiuiiauiauu lit. re port, and tbe election for officers resulted: President Airs. J. S. Sands; Vice Presidents, Airs. J. AI. Ross. Airs. A. R. Elliott and Airs. Al. J. Doutbett; Recording Secretary. Aiiss E. D. Beacon; Corresponding Secretary. Aiiss Alaggie J. Alitchell; Treasurer. Airs. W. J. Reid; Alan ager. Miss Laura AlcCurdy. An exercise by the Gorden Band of children of tbe Seventh Church, under tbe leadership of Airs. Dr. Llbhj, was well done, and showed tbe.splendia drilling of the class in the Sabbath lessons. The afternoon session was brought to a close by the reading of a short paper by Airs. AI. AI. Calhoun entitled, "Practical Mission Work." A deli ciouslunch was then served by the ladies of tbe Eighth Church. At tho evening session tbe conference on borne mission and church extension was opened by Aiiss AI. A, George, of McDonald. Alis Alary AIcQuigg spoke on the duty in re gard to them, urging help in the missionary, work and liberal contributions. Aiiss Margaret Gilfilian spnko on the results of tho home mission and church extension work on other missionary work. The Committee on Resolutions submitted their report which was adopted. The delegates elected to the meeting of the General Missionary Society, to be helu in Washington, la., in 1S90, were Airs. W. D. Irons, Airs. Jean S. Sands, Aiiss Lizzie McKee and Airs. J. P.Wallace. ITS PIRST OPEN MEETING. A Large Crowd at the Feast of the Father Mathew Association, The first open meeting of the Father Alathew Association, of this city, was beld last evening In Duquesno Hall, Penn avenue. The large hall was packed with the best Catholics of the city, and was profusely decorated with flags of allnations, Tbe stage was a bower of loveli ness and wisdom; the familiar likenesses of great men looking down upon those taking part in the entertainment The followlngjprogramme was rendered: Open in g address, Fresident Jatr.es A. Burns. Piano solo, Aiiss Ada AIcFarland. Specimen minutes. Secretary Bernard O'Toole. Bass solo, "Pirato King," Air. T, J. Fitzpatrick. Address, "Our Association," Air. Frank Aiurto. Instrumental duet Misses Alice Carter and Sadie Totten. T?pitatlnn. Afr. .TaiTifia .1. Onlnn. Tpnnp cnln A. V. D. Watterson, Esq. Essay. "Pre-Historic and Traditional America," Air. Joseph A. Wel don. Barytone solo, Mr. Lawrence A Ricketts. Mrs. Arina Bennett's Funeral. The funeral of Mrs. Anne Bennett, mother of Samuel Bennett the well-known Second ave nue business man. who- died Wednesday, will take place this afternoon. from her late resi dence. Airs. Bennett was one of tho oldest residents of the city and was well known all over town. She was born near Bwansea, South Wales, in 1817, and camo to this city shortly after tho big Are of 1815. She settled in what is now called Temperanceville, and about 1850 removed to Second avenue, to tho house where she died. She was well known as a charitable and Christian woman and bad a large circle of endearing friends. Ripples From Society's Waves. "Romeo and Juliet" will be given this afternoon, at the Bijou Theater, by pupils of the Curry University. Tbe title roles will be assumed by Aiiss Millie Gardner and Mr. Ed ward AlcConnell. Tbo performance will be given under the direction of Prof. Byron King. Tbe costumes to be worn are all now and strikingly bcautirnl. The second annualtrce supper of the Cen tral Presbyterian Church, corner of Forbes and Seneca streets, was given last evening. The Young Ladies' Matinee Alusical gave an entertainment, last evening, at the residence of Mrs. Baxter, East End. OUR ROAD EXPEDITION. Outside Exchanges Generally of the Opin ion That It Is a Mnmmoth Work, and That Much Good Will Remit A Pointer for Governor Denver's Commission. From the Sharon Eagle. That prince of progressive newspapers. The Pittsburg Dispatch, has organized and started out on Tuesday morning an expedition to traverse the main country roads of Pennsyl vania during the next two months. A two-' borse wagon, built especially for the purpose, and equipped with reporters and photographic material has been provided, and a complete and unvarnished account will be written, to gether with the opinion of farmers with whom the expedition may meet of the best means to improve the highways. Tho information will be.valuable and of inestimable benefit to tbe State Commission appointed by Governor Bea ver, and which will meet In Philadelphia some time the coming summer to hear opinions on tbe condition of the roads. It Is the only way to get at the facts and to see the roads as thev are, and this enterprise of the Dispatch will be appreciated by everybody interested. Invpntffffitlne; Conniry Rondo. From the Sharpsvllle Advertiser.! The Pittsburg Dispatch hassetabontthe treatment of the subject of improving the coun try roads in a practical way, and in doing so shows commendable enterprise. Tbe publishers of tbe paper last Wednesday started out an ex pedition organized to explore the rural high ways of Pennsylvania. Several reporters in a wagon built for tbe purpose, and provided with photographic material, will traverse every country road and obtain the views of the farm ers concerning their improvement The importance of the results of this method of obtaining a complete picture of tbeconditlon of tbe roads, together with a consensus of opin ion of those who use them, cannot be overesti mated. Tbe country roads are the farmers' highways to their markets, and thev will take a great interest in anything which may result in their improvement A Rurnl Road Expedition. from the Somerset Democrat. J The Pittsbcro Dispatch has started an expedition to traverse tbe country roads of the entire State, with the view ol ascertaining just how neglected the highways are. The expedi tion is undertaken in tbe hope that when the almost impassable condition of roads is demon strated the State authorities will take some action to relieve the perils of travel and losses to farmers. L. E. Stofiel. a stafflwriterof The Dispatch, has charge of the expeditlon,whlch consists of a two-horse wagon. Mud Splashes.. The Pittsburg Dispatch Is making itself known by sending reporters over tbe different dirt roads of the State, who report upon their condition. A true statement of the condition of Georgia's highways would require more space than the newspaners could afford to give it Savannah, Oa., News. The Pittsburg Dispatoh has sent out a party of reporters in a wagon to explore the country roads in the vicinity ot that city and report on their condition. Syracuse Standard. REDUCING THE NATIONAL DEBT. The Good Result ol Continuing tbe Pros perity of Englnnd. London, April 17. Air. Goschen. Chancellor of the Exchequer, presented tbe budget in the House of Commons to-day. It shows that tbe expenses exceeded the estimates by 11,600 and that the receipts exceeded tbe estimates by over 3,000,000. The duty on alcoholic beverages realized over 5,800.000. The beer duty ex ceeded tbe estimates by 270,000. The dnty on foreign spirits exceeded the estimates by 421. 000. on home spirits by 1,010,000 and on wine by 12,000. The total receipts froji alcoholic beverages, both foreign and domestic, exceeded the estimates by 1,800,000, a decrease of 17,500. while tbe duties on tea showed an increase of 40.000. Commenting on tbe gross revenue from alco holic beverages, 29,265.000, Mr. Goschen said that the figures showed a universal rush to the beer barrel, tbe spirit bottle and tbe wine de canter. Everybody seemed bent on toasting the national prosperity and increasing the revenue. He said be was glad to give a good account of the continued reduction of the national debt which, during last three years bad been diminished by leaps and bounds. The total reduction for lbS9 reached tbe sum of 8,295,000. This amount added to the reduc tions of tbe previous two years made a grand total of 23,323,000. This amount was tbe largest ever paid in reduction of the debt dur ing the same length of time. CURRENT TIHELI TOPICS. It is said that the locks on tbe Government vaults are so weak that most any burglar could pick them. Tdeiewlll be but very little nse for locks, anyway, after the Congressmen get through with the contents. If this nice weather continues the drowning season will soon be with us. Queer people they have out in Kansas. Dur ing the past winter they burned corn to keep themselves warm, and now they are planting corn by the llghtof the moon. George W. Peck, of Milwaukee, is tbe best advertised man ever elected Alavor of a city. Will he Improve the opportunity and live up to bis advertisements? A correspondent in Alabama wrote a de scription of hall stones measuring seven inches In circumference and a day or two afterwards a report was sent out that hall stones an Inch and a half larger had fallen In Illinois. It made the Southern man so mad tha4 he filled his bide full of whisky, got arrested aud was sent to Jail for 30 days. Served him right. While be was In the lying business he might Just as well told a good big one, as his punishment would not have been any greater. Between 500 to 1,000 shots were fired at a poor defenseless duck in Oil creek, at OH City. None of the shots tired at It took effect, or If they did the bird was either too proud or tough to ac knowledge It. Eastern Pennsylvania editors are pur chasing straw hats and linen dusters on the strength of Forcpaugh paying their respective totfns a visit shortly. One hundred years ago yesterday Benjamin Franklin was gathered to bis fathers, ir the philosopher and statesman could look around him now and see the vast strides made In the printing business, he would probably be shocked with amazement AIR. GreeltIs getting very careless about the weather be Is dishing out these days. Here It Is now over a week since he has given us a storm. He has a kindly feeling, no doubt, for the people who have been moving from onehouse to another. IN Rhode Island when they discover an honest man they dab him "Old Honesty." There are only a few of them troubled with the oom de plume. "PLAY ball" will be beard officially through out the length and breadth of the land to-morrow. The umpire's life will be In Jeopardy, but he will be able to Indulge in the novelty of three square meal a day. A oate has been designed for railway cross ings which Is opened and shut by passing trains. If It proves a success star gazers and coroners will find their occupations gone. It is said that if one Denver editor should call anotucr a gentleman there would be a funeral, and the editor who made the assertion would be In the front wagon. A SONG OF SPRING. The swift Is wheeling and gleaming, The brook Is brown In its bed, Kain from tbe cloud Is streaming; And the bow bends overhead. The charm of the winter Is broken! The last or tbe spell Is saldl The eel in tbe pond is quickening, Tbe grayling leaps In the stream: What If tbe clouds are thickening? Sec how the meadows gleam I The spell of the winter Is shakenl The world awakes from a dream I The fir puts out green fingers, The pear tree soltly blows. The rose In her dark bower lingers, But her curtains wilt soon unclose; The lilac will shake ber ringlets Over tho blush of the rose. Tbe swirt Is wheeling aud gleaming, The woods are beginning to ring. Bain from the cloud Is streaming: There, where the bow doth cllug, Summer is smiling afar off. Over the shoulder of Spring! Eobtrt Buchanan, OUR MAIL POUCH. Dnngprous Qnasmlrn. To the Editor of The Dispatch: I am sorry that your road expedition has gotten out of the city without first going over tbe roads in onr suburban wards; fur instance, the Twenty-seventh, Tliirty-flrst and Thirty, second. Now. I would have led the procession over the following route: From Pittsburg to South Twenty-third street, thence over the Twenty-seventh ward, thence to Arlington ave nue, across to tho Thirty-first ward, up to Eureka, along Eureka to Beltzhoover avenne. thence along, Beltzhoover avenue, to the Wash ington road toward the Bell House, West Lib erty borough. I am positive that when I wnnld pull up at the Bell House, whatever time of Jay I might arrive, I could send photo views and descrip tion of roads for the readers of The Dispatch that would make your hair turn up on end. I think that men, horses, harnesses, etc.. will be found about July 4, 1S90. that have been Inst in tbe mud on the road between Allentown and the Beltzhnnvcr borough road to the Bell House, West Liberty. I have heard that a wagon loaded with a few stone has been stand ing at one place for one week. Whether the teamster and horses have passed into the be yond I cannot say. This road has been so bad that tbe tountry peddlers have been com pelled to ship by rail, as their wagons, etc., aro lost in the canal of mud between here and Little Washington, and they must hire horses In the city to deliver their goods. From the Bell House to Washington, Pa., the road must be personally examined to jndge of it pro perly. Nemo. SoUTHSIDE. April 16. Roads Thnt Are Worth Seeing. To the Editor of The Dispatch: If your road Inspection party want to view the roads through tbe firtiie limestone hills of Washington county, please let them come from Washington via Buffalo village, and West Mid dlctown to Independence, thence to Burgetts town via Cross Creek village, and if they don't see sights worthy the name of enlightened civi lization, then they may as well strike for Pitts burg, for they will certainly have enough ma terial on which to write a big book. We think this errand of mercy would convince yon that the age in which we live is one of progress and enterprise, especially tbe land owners of the above named route. Certainly the men getting up such an en terprise as you have undertaken deserve tbe praise of all citizens. By all means come this way and see our public highways. Independence, Pa., April 16. We Think Not. To the Editor of The Ulsnatch: Please inform me through the medium ot your columns whether the .late Rt Hon. John Bright M. P., was ever knighted during his lifetime. R. H. G. Allegheny, April 16. Queries Answered nnd Unanswered. From T. N., city: I say that the court of Alle gheny connty must produce a Catholic Bible for a Catholic to swear on. It he calls fur it A savs not Who is right? Grocer: Tbe letter you intended to send re garding tbe jubilee was not complete. Yon sent page 3. bnt pages land 2 were not with it Reader, Allegheny: The publication of mar riage licenses in tbe daily papers is not com pulsory; tbe Register can do as be pleases about it A Pittsburg reader wants to knowif marriage licenses are required in Allchigan. "Mixed" starts tbe old chestnut: Will Janu ary 1, 1900, or January 1, 1901, be the beginning of the twentieth century? C. AI. D., Canonsburg. says: There are in tbe Eastern cities dog pounds where stray dogs, cauzht wandering around town, are taken and kept a certain length of time, and then, if they are not reclaimed or called for by their owners, they are slaughtered. I would like to know whether there Is such a pound in Pittsburg, and if so, where is it? And can anyone call to seethe dogs? JAPAN WILL EXHIBIT. A Good Showing Will be Made at the Chi cago World's Fair. CHICAGO, April 17. Teioke Alinami, Di rector ot Commerce for tbe Royal Agricultural and Commercial Department of Japan, whobas been in Chicago several days en route from Paris to Japan, is enthusiastic in bis praise of American mannfacturcd goods in com parison with those of Germany and England. "If we can only secure cheaper freight rates between San Francisco and Japan," be said this afternoon, the trade be tween that country and America will be won derfully increased. At present we sell more than we buy. We get large quantities of agri cultural implements from Germany, but they are cheap and poor. Yours are far superior. It is tho same with carpets, w hich we buyfrom England and Germany. Aly Government is very de sirous of finding some means "to bring about a more intimate exchange with the United States, and my trip is the preliminary step. "Grand preparations for a Japanese exhibit at the World's Fair," added the speaker, will commence as soon as your Government officially advises us that the fair is to be beld. Japan made scarcely any exhibit at the Paris exhibition last year on account of the relations between France and Germany. We in Japan really didn't know whether to ex. pect a fete or a war. To retrieve the poor showing at Paris, my Government will, I am officially informed, give very generous financial aid to the Japanese exhibitors who desire to ship goods to Chicago." Mr. Alinami leaves3unday for San Francisco, where he will at once embark for home. SUPPORTING BALFOUR'S BILL. The Dolce of Argyll Says it Is a Very Good niensare. London, April 17. The Dnke of Argyll has written a letter in support of the Irish land purchase bill recently introduced in tho House of Commons by Air. Balfonr. He argues that it is a matter of urgent importance to re-establish full ownership rights to tbeland of Ireland. As things stand at present such rights are not clearly fixed owing to what he terms "the chaotic legislation" relating to the Irish land question, which bas been adopted from time to time during the past ten years. Nobody, tbe Duke say, can call himself the full owner of land when its value can be regu lated at frequent Intervals by Government offi cials who act upon no settled and clearly de fined principle. As a natural result, their deci sions satisly nobody neither the nominal own ers nor the occupants of tbe land. Such a state of things as now obtains in Ireland is utterly barbarous, a violation of M common sense, and a defiance of tho universal sense and practice of all nations in all times. The Duke concludes with the expression of a belief that the purchasers to take advantage of the provisions of the bill, would honestly pay tbe Indebtedness they would Incur, aud that the measure Is well adapted to secure such pay ment INDIANS WANT TO KNOW Just What Their Rights Are ns Landholders In Severnlty. Pierre. S. Dak.. April 17. Through the ef forts of the Indian Rights Association, their big powwow has been called bythebigchiefsof the Sioux nations to reconsider tbe final action on tbe taking of lands in severalty as provided by law. Tho meeting is called for next Sunday at a point two or three miles up the Bad river. Colonel Lounsbury, special agent of tbe Gen eral Land Office, and Register Bailey have been invited ana will bo present. The Indians intend more clearly to under stand what their rights are as landholders in severalty and to decide whether they shall take land in that manner or go on to tbe reservation and coutluue their relations. It will be a very important meeting for them. John Grass, bit ting Bull and other noted chiefs, as well as other bands of hostiies, will attend. Tbe Bcctboven's Last Recital. The last recital of the Beethoven Club for the season, which was given last evening in tbe Pittsburg Clnb Theater, called out most of the musical people of the two cities. The pro gramme consisted of a number of difficult selections rendered by tbe quartet, Alessrs. Carl Retter. Fred G. and George Toerge and Charles F. Cooper, and duets and solos by Airs. EmmaBingler Wolf and Miss Agnes VogeL A Preuy Picture. Large crowds were entertained on Fifth ave nue, yesterday, by a very pretty picture on ex hibition in Alellor & Hoene's window. It is a scene from "The Corslcan Brothers," In oil, by Hillary Bell, an artist of no little note. The picture Is large 67x07 inches aud is of consid erable merit Beeeher's Cbnrch la Tronble. fSriCIAL telxgbam to tux dispatch. New York, April 17. There is considerable talk In Brooklyn about dissatisfaction which is said to exist in tbe Plymouth Church in regard to Dr. Lyman Abbott, and which may lead to bis resignation. ' In Fnvnr of the Commonwealth. 'SrSCIAI. TICLEOrtAM TO THE DisrATCii:! Harrisburg, April 17. A judgment was rendered to-uay in favor of the Commonwealth for 840,057 60 against tbe Erie and Western Transportation Company for tax on capital stock. CURIOUS CONDENSATIONS. ' E. H. Hodge, of Caledonia, O., entered the army when only 12 years old. A Bickley, Ga., man has a handsaw' which- was bought in 1771, which has been in use constantly ever since. A gold nugget, found in the Neal plac. ers on Block creek. Idaho, reccntlv, is said to perfectly resemble tbe figure of a woman. A Colorado veteran bas outdone the needle act by taking from his heel a bullet which was shot into his hip at the battle of Antietam. A Philadelphia saloon keeper refused to pay an additional J50 per month for his S50 house. Another man secured the property and had the luck of getting a license. Returns show that 82 Presbyteries have voted in favor of revision. 40 against revision, and four have refused to vote. There are yet ofipresb-teries to be heard from. About 1,000 wild ducks rested in and about the Franklin street bridge, at Lansing, Sunday night. They were on their way North, and were overtaken by the heavy storm. The Detroit W. C.T. TJ. will send to the Czar of Russia a remonstrance against the cruelties practiced upon the Siberian exiles, also resolutions of sympathy with the unfortun ate prisoners. Clarence Toot, the Grand Rapids, Mich., thief, sent to Ionia for 12 months for punish ment and not for his health, has been appointed clerk in the depnty warden's office and will have to worry through in some way. Miss Alice Elliott, of Ottawa, OntV, aged 23 years, while suffering from dementia, swallowed a small penknife with the blMes open. So far she has experienced no unpleas ant resnlts, but ber physician is watching tho case with great anxiety. The false teeth swallowed by Lorenzo Hinkley, of Aladrld. Me., a few days ago. were taken from the oesophagus through tbe stomach at Portland, at the State General Hospital. The operation was a difficult and trying one, and the patient survived. A history of all the wars in which Rus sia has been engaged since the time of Peter the Great, is soon to be issued. It will be edited by General Leer, who will be assisted by some of the best known Russian authorities in military matters. Three volumes are nearly ready. Mrs. John Soudts, a German woman re siding on Water street, Pottstown, was fright ened into convulsions and died Yesterday. Two of ber children were playing on the Pennsyl vania Railroad track, and the mother succeeded in rescuing them from being run over by a pas senger train. A Sault Ste. Marie young man fell In love with a girl, bnt her mother objected. One night last week the young man took the girl and her mother to a show, but got the seats, widely apart While the play was in progress the lovers slipped out and were married before the curtain dropped. In Madrid when an actor has a benefit his admirers send to the theater little gifts, such as canes, slippers, game and such trifles, just as if it were a donation party, and the em ployes hand these gifts around among the au dience for inspection, while next day a com plete list of them is printed in the papers. The Monterey and Mexican Gulf Rail way is using ebony and mahogany In tbe con struction of its bridges, and the stations are being built of black marble. Tbe country through which this road runs abounds in those kinds of woods, whereas the commoner kinds usually used in constructing bridges are wholly wanting. According to the laws of Italy fathers are responsible for their son's return when they leave the country, and, shonld they not return to do the military dnty required of them, are put in prison. A young Italian, who had been living in Waldoboro, Ale., returned to bis native land last week to save bis father from a term of imprisonment In upward of 100 districts in tbe north ern and western parts of Victoria simultaneous action is to be taken for the destruction of the rabbits, in accordance with tbe rabbit sup pression act recently adopted by the Legisla ture. Poisoned grain is to be largely used, and it is estimated that fully 75 per cent of the rab bits will be killed. The old story of Richard III. of England having baen born with teeth has been revived by the recent birth of a child to parents of German origin in Quitman, Ga., which pos sesses a complete set. They are well formed, milk white teeth, but show signs of softening already and early decay, and are so closely crowded together as to make the child's mouth almost a deformity and only to be shut with difficulty. A remarkable story of a railroad acci dent comes from 'Japan. Tbe Japan Gazette states that, on January 21, a soldier committed suicide by throwing himself in front of a train on the Tokaido Railway. When the body was found one of the arms was missing, and. on ar rival of the train at KoDe. the missing limb was found attached to one of tho engine wheels. Tbe distance between the spot where the sui cide took place and Kobe is about 200 miles. Not long ago Moses Short, of "Wood stock, N. J., aged 84, while working in a saw mill, was thrown against the saw and part of his shoulder sawed off. Recently bis daughter fell from the bay mow while hunting eggs and broke her.leg. Then bis wife fell down cellar and broke her arm and received other serious injuries. Finally, a few days ago, old Air. Short went to the hay mow himself to hunt eggs, when he fell to the barn floor and broke two ribs. A Kingston, N. T., man left by will a life interest to bis widow in a little estate val ued at 2,000, tbe property after her death to be divided among 12 heirs. There being a small mortgage on this property, foreclosure pro ceedings followed, and the costs of court law yers' fees. etc. made tbe iudgmentfoot tra to 81.939. During her life the widow will be en titled to the Interest of the remaining dollar, and at her death two ot the heirs will receive 20 cents each, five of them will be given four cents each, four of them will be entitled to five cents each, and one will receive the annual interest on 25 cents during life. In East Java, China, a band of contra band opium dealers passing through a jungle saw two tigers following them. They lost not a moment in hastening their steps, but tbe least nimble of them found tbe beasts of prey at his heels, when he spied a tiger trap. He crept into it with the forbiddon freight on his back. The trap shut the closer for the heavy weight, and when danger no longer threatened the dealer he attempted to lift up the door of the trap, but all his efforts proved unavailing. Next day the setters came to have a look at the trap and rejoiced to see it closed, thinking a tiger bad been caught Their joy knew no bounds when the prize proved to be a smuggler with 30 catties of opium. MEANT TO AMUSE. "May it please Tour Honor," explained the attorney, "the witness Insulted me." "1 don't see how." said the Judge. "She merely asked you to hand her the concentrated lye." "X es. Your Honor, but she was referring to my brief." iraAtno:ton Star. Caller "Where is Mr. Rhino, the cashier? President of Bank He has gone on his regular yearly vacation. "He will be back again in a week or two, I pre sume?" "I think so, bnt I am not sure. The experts have not finished examining his hooks yet." Chicago Tribune. Teacher And Adam and Eve couldn't go back to the garden, because an angel, holding a flaming sword, was at tbe gate. Billy Snodgrass Why didn't thev Jump the fence? If I'd been there Tony Fuller What're you talking 'bout? 'Sposln' 't was barb wire? Puck. Mr. Bent I'm sorry to see, Maria, that our Tommy If developing Anarchistic tendencies. Airs. Bent Bless me! What's he been doing? Air. Bent Why, I heard him talking very fero ciously to a small boy; but when tho other put up his fists, Tommy ran away I Puck. Bootblack Shine, mister? General Gr 1 y Er no, I'm afraid not The atmospherlo pressure denotes rain. Besides, I predicted fair weather yesterday. American Grocer. f "Mabel!" It was Heorge who spoke. George was hanging by his elbows on the stone wall and was looking over timorously. "What Is It?" "Will you will yon " 'Will I what?" "Will you communicate with your dog and In form him that he owes me about three square inches of rebate in this pair of trousers?" H'ojA ington Pott. Page is a youngster who is given to slang and his father does not like it. Tbe other morning at breakfast be said something and bll lather reproved him. I ' "I thought I told you not to nse slang," he said. Blang?" repeated Page with big innocent in terrogation points in his eyes; "well, if that's slang, yon may paste me one In the neck." Washington Star. 9 - V - - tfeL- -'. Li?i2&r&iLtt&&& . .??&&S,-JaJSlL3ttL. .-.. jjiii3aiJ . -ZsLt. i lift SSiiiiaiimimSSK'SSiSmSSSBmSI