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Send in your or ders to reach this office not later than Friday moraine. A PEOMISE OF IMPBOVEHEKT. The statements made by Mr. Edward Schenley to a Dispatch correspondent in New York concerning the purposes of his visit to Pittsburg contain intimations that will be highly satistactory to all Pittsburg- ers who are interested in the advancement of the city. The most significant and satisfactory of them is summed up in Mr. Schenley's short statement that he is coming here to look after the property, "and if possible improve it." The policy suggested by these words means a great deal to Pittsburg. Up to a comparatively recent date the Scenley estate has been regarded as a rather egregious illustration of the results of absentee owner ship. This view of the case may have been due to a mutual misunderstanding. Possi bly the owner of the estate did not fully ap preciate the capabilities of Pittsburg for improvement. Certainly Pittsburg did not understand the liberality and willing ness to aid in the improvement of the city which has lately been manifested in the magnificent donation of Schenley Park and the liberal gift of a site to the blind asylum. If, in addition, the Schenley interests are about to adopt a policy of general improve ment, the significance is that of a new era for Pittsburg. An examination will show Mr. Schenley abundant opportunities for the improvement of the estate; and if the policy of supplying modern and attractive buildings is pursued throughout the two cities, it will be a leading feature in the creation of a new and greater Pittsburg out of the old city. With such a jignificance the coming of this visitor to the city assumes an im portance that cannot well be overestimated. The improvement of the property which these expressions permit us to hope for may be made no less and no lasting a public benefit than the splendid gifts of Mrs. Schenley to the public THE POLITICAI. FEAST. The Americus Club and its guests will enjoy the sweets of the table and the flow of political orartory, to-night ad libitum. The feast of material food will be rich and the beverages that stimulate the enjoyment of both bodily and mental food will be abundant; but more rich and abundant than both together will be the oratory of the feast; glorifying the Bepublican party in its past, present and future aspects, and es pecially magnifying the mission of Bepub lican clnbs like that which plays the host on this occasion. "Whether any Presidental booms, heretofore held in the process of in cubation, will on this occasion be hatched out and plume itself before the sympathetic gas of the Bepublican fcaslers, is an inter esting question which to-night's feast will answer. Such an interesting addition to the 24 1 FACES tgjjeBifertcli. entertainment -would not be wholly out of tune with the spirit of the occasion. For this do political clubs giro banquets. "WASTE OF TIME. Speaker Beed is reported by a "Washing ton dispatch to be angry over the way in which the members of the House are wast ing time. The further detail is given that the debates oi the past few days are charac terized by the Speaker and those who agree with him as "pure rot" If the report does the Speaker injustice he can set it right at the Americus Club ban quet this evening. But there is so much foundation for it that it will not injure his reputation tor telling the truth if it goes un denied. The only criticism that can be made ot it is one of tenses. The waste of public time is referred to entirely in the present tense, while it has been going on ever since Congress met. Two months were thrown away in useless partisan skirmishing before the Committee on Bules brought in its re port, which is usually presented in the first week of the session. Since then the greater portion of the time has been wasted in meas ures designed solely to increase the Kepub lican control of the House, while the actual public business of the nation has been very nearly at a standstill. The Speaker does well to be angry; but he should take the instructive lesson to heart that when the leaders of the party commence a session with the policy of subordinating the public interests to partisan advantage, there is certain to be an immense waste of time, for which they are principally respon sible. PUBLIC BUILDING METHODS. The report that President Harrison has notified the members of Congress that a halt must be called upon the broadcast distri bution ol public building jobs, is at present no more than one of the straws in the wind of political gossip; but it is indicative of a step that is necessary to preserve any repu tation of respect for principle,in the methods of government. Hardly any more remarkable expose of the theory of dividing tbe public plunder which prevails in the majority of appropria tions of this sort, could be given, than was openly presented in the House recently. A member from California, whose name would otherwise have been unknown to fame, pleaded when his public building job met with some opposition, that he had voted for every other job of the sort, and he did not think the members ought to go back on him now. The argument was a convincing one to the House. , It is on exactly such logic that bills scattering public bnildings broad cast down to such places as Amsterdam, N. Y.; Arkansas City, Bridgeton, X. J.; Camdem Ark., Houlton, Me.; and a score of equally important villages, and appro priating $25,000,000 or $30,000,000, have either been passed or reported favorably in one branch or the other of the present Con gress. It is not to be understood because the log rolling methods of building grabbing, are exposed that a broad and liberal policy of building Government offices wherever they are needed, is antagonized. Legislators who are anxious to see the public funds ex pended impartially for the benefit of the whole public would find it easy to frame a general law under which the Treasury should expend money for buildings at every city where the fixed standards of busi ness should require. A certain amount of postal and revenue business might authorize a building ot onegrade,an increase of that to a certain standard conld raise the grade ;and the establishment of a given ratio of growth could be permitted to justify a given in crease in the size and cost of the buildingB. This wonld provide buildings at all points where the business calls for them, and in accordance with business principles. But the jobbery that grows out of the archaic methods of special legislation which prevail in Congress has one of its most striking illustrations in the grotesque re sults of tbe public building log-rolling. The buildings are not located in accordance with economic requirements, but such ob scure places as South Bend, Ind.; Spring field, Mo,; Grand Haven, Mich.; and a score of others get $50,000 to $100,000 buildings when ?500"to 1,000 annual rent will furnish ample accommodation for their postal busi ness. The amounts are not apportioned even with a view to the relative importance of the cities. Sioux City, la., gets twice as much as Allegheny City and Kansas City gets a million dollars more than Pitts burg. Such cases could be extended ad infinitum; but these illustrations sufficiently show that the influence which distribute public building are the importunity, greed and skill at log-rolling of the members who are able to secure the biggest plnms. It is certainly time for the President to call a halt on the wholesale distribution of public funds on snch lines as these. The whole thing is an example of the vice of special legislation. The same thing appears in tbe admission of States which ought to be done in accordance with fixed rules of population and development, but really is done for motives of partisan ad vantage. "When Congress rises to the plane of prescribing general principles on which public buildings shall be located in accord ance with the requirements of business, the erection of sucn buildings can be made a public benefit. Carried on as it is, it is a scandalous illustration of recognized and open public extravagance and favoritism. HOT QUITE CLEARED UP. The report that a man who recently died a California was the murderer of John M. Clayton, in Arkansas, and that the crime was committed in revenge for a lynching in which Clayton participated years before, is the latest development of that famous crime. Of course it would be a relief to the public if the proof can be made clear that the crime was one of personal feud and not of political motives. But the manner in which the statement is brought out is not calculated to inspire public confidence in it. The ease and motive of putting the crime on a man who is dead are so obvious, that unless the proofs of his guilt are made very plain, the vindication of Arkansas from the charge of a political murder cannot be con sidered complete. If the disposition to prosecute the alleged murderer during his life had been more active, the case wonld have been stronger. As it is, there is still need for direct and conclusive evidence to clear up that murder. Speaker Beed expects Congress to ad journ in June and Senator Allison says that August is the most probable date. Allison's fences were repaired last winter, but there is a considerable job of building to be done by the statesmen of the lower House before the dog days come again. Baseball is declared by an esteemed cotemporary to be "an off-shoot of the national character." That way of putting it permits tbe addition of tho thought tbat some of the latest developments of the national came must be classed as in-shoots of the baseball charac ter. There is fear that strained relations may result from the statement of Prof. Heilprin, of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences that the mountain of Popocatepetl is not as lofty as is generally claimed, by 3,000 feet. To increase the duty on Mexican lead ores and to knock off 3,000 feet from tbe altitude of the most famous mountain of Mexico looks like an assault npon tho susceptibilities of the Mexi cans, that ought to be made more gradually. As tbe figures with regard to the mountain are barometic, and therefore liable to error, our Southern neighbors will be justified in claiming that a depreciation of 17 per cent ought not to be attempted in the standing of a mountain of world-wide fame without some corroboration of the unreliable barometic tes timony. Of course Sergeant Dunn, of the Signal Service, is sorry when he learns of the disas ters that are indicted by the Louisiana floods. But it is that mitigated sorrow which is allevi ated by a reflection tbat now the other fellows know that he was right. Numerous esteemed cotemporaries are agitating themselves over the adoption of a good word to express the act of transporting by electricity. Suggestions extend all the way from the verbs "to volt" or "to galvan" np to "telemote," "electrofer" and "telefer." After all this discussion tbe public will coin a word of its own and discard all the rest when elec tricity proves that it can beat steam as an economic power of transportation. A SUMMEB resort on the Connoqueness ing will be an attractive and convenient relief for Pittsuurgers from the heat and dnst of summer work. The report that a fine hotel is to bo erected there will bo fully appreciated. The solemn dramatic criticism of the Springfield Itcpublican "that 'A Brass Mon key' may be said to show in some measare the higher tendencies which nnd more complete expression in A Midnicht Bell' " is somewhat astonishing to the average mind. It may be ex plained, however, on the reflection that tbe high tendencies of the "Brass Monkey" repre sent the same class of altitude as that attained by tbe goose that bangs high. If the banquet this evening is "a regular love feast." tbe supposition Is that someone will be vindicated" by it. The State Committee apparently classes every political event as a vindication. It is said that experiments in England of the results of tight lacing on female monkeys proves beyond doubt that it is injurious, for it killed the poor things. But the so-called sotter sex will refuse to be convinced by any such demonstration as that. It can balance the experiment with evidence that buckling girths about donkeys, both male and female, to the extreme of tight pressute, does not hurt them in the least. Cecil alley bids fair to raise a bigger protest than Diamond street. The difliculty of assessing for an improvement of this sort ap pears to be in inverse ratio to its importance. Tbe excitement of the San Francisco "doom-sealers" because a little earthquake was felt ten days after they expected the de struction of the city might well be based on tbe failure of their expectations. But such is the nature of the prophetic cranks, that if they prophesied a deluge, and could only verify it with a sprinkling-cart, they would claim that their prophetic foresight was indicated. .Feed Grant's theory that a surplus is much easier to handle than a deficit seems to have inspired the present Congress. See how easily they can dispose of the surplusl A rKOMlNENT clergyman declares that Jacob and Abraham would not have been tol erated in modern society. That is not so cer tain. If it was understood tbat Jacob and Abraham were the heads of a great family and owned broad territories and some millions In flocks and herds, it is probable that society would not only tolerate but lionize them. The railroad yardmen's wages dispute still lags superfluous on tbe stage, long after it should have received amicable settlement, Patti is reported to have written a letter to tbe Collector of New York, urging the ad mission of Strauss' orchestra. Everyone knows that Patti has a pull on tbe purses of the pub lic; but it is not likely that she will possess much influence on the construction of the im migration laws until she subscribes to the cam paign funds. rEOHimT MEN AND women. Miss Murfbee has at last returned to her home among tbe Tennessee mountains. The Czar of Russia says that be considers duelling in the army not only allowable but necessary. Canon Faeeak will dedicate bis new book, Truth to Live By," to George W. Childs, of Philadelphia. Miss Magilx, daughter of President Magill, of Swarthmore College, is about to enter the Christian ministry. Mbs. W. S. Hancock has given to the Sol diers' Home at Minnehaha, Minn., a fine por trait of her illustrious husband. Pbof. "Andy" Phillips, of Yale, devotes his entire life to mathematics. Yale students say be pays his bills only after a calculation in logarithms. , Swinburne, Edmund Gosse, Andrew Lang and Lewis Morris are among tbe poets who will contribute sonnets to tho Beatrice celebration in Florence In May and June. The speech with which Oliver Cromwell turned Parliament out of doors in 1633 has come to light throuch the researches of Dr. Wolfgang Michael, and there is strong evi dence tbat it is authentic Miss Inqalls, daughter of the well-known railroad president, is to be married on Satur day, and has received a great number of beau tiful presents, among them a diamond necklace from Mr. and Mrs. Depew. Virginia's first woman physician is Mrs. C. L. Haynes. who has recently been elected as sistant physician of the Western Xunatic Asylum after passing a successful examination before the State Medical Board. It is reported that Leonard W. Jerome, President of the Coney Island Jockey Club and tho famous patron of tho turf, is still dan gerously sick in London, and that his family and friends fear that he will not recover. Mb. George Gould is having a cottage built at Furlough Lake, in the Ulster county Catskills. It will stand about 300 feet from tbe margin of the lake, and 23 feet higher than its surface. -It will be 31x70 feet in size, two stories high, built of logs squared on three sides, but left in their natural state with the bark on the outside. The house will contain 1G rooms, 4 on the lower story and 12 sleeping apartments above. It Could be Worse. From the Philadelphia Becord. Possibly a worse Silver bill might have been patched up by the Republican caucusers; but probably not. A proposition to buy all the silver produced in this country, and alargepart of the production of other countries, and to give our notes for it, has a nice, fragrant, syn dicate smell tbat will titillate the nose of spec ulation everywhere. But what will Benjamin Harrison say? Sketch of the Fifteenth Cavalry. To-day's Pittsburg Life contains an intensely interesting sketch of tho Fifteenth Pennsylva ma Cavalry, written by the Hon. J. W. Over and read before a meeting of Union Veteran Legion No. 1 on March 3L It cives a graphic description of some of the engagements that cavalry participated in during tbe late war. The same paper also prints a cnt of the late General Grant, seated on a horse, and a sketch of the ex-President's life. A Triumph for Journalism. From the Boston Herald. ( Editor Watterson has had a colt named after him. The animal won the Luke Blackburn stakes on Saturday, and he is a promising can didate for the Kentucky Derby. This is a proud triumph for journalism. .1lininpr lnIiiiT' Preference. From the Washington Star.j Minister Palmer is credited with being will ing to swap a castle In Spain for a Governor's mansion in Michigan. Borne men have no poetry in their souls. THE TOPICAL TALKER. A Nobleman Among Does Tho English Mm. tiff Wade-Re Knows When Saturday Comet The Mastiff as n Guardian My Dot Blanco. A mono my canine acquaintances in this neigh borhood is a large English mastiff, a thoroughbred, who rejoices 'in the name of Wade. Our acquaintance is not intimate, for Wade does not caro tor tbe friendship ot men, although he has an abounding love for women and children, especially little children. He seems to think that his mission in life is to pro tect the weak and tender. A grand purpose in life for man or dog. In his relations with bis own race the same sort of chivalrio feeling ap pears to govern him. He is not at all quarrel some, and though reserved toward most dogs, tho dignity ho always preserves is tinged with good nature. Sometimes his Ibehavior to dogs smaller than himself might seem to the uninitiated a little overbearing. A visiting dog will attempt to leave tbe premises before Wade has concluded a conversation with him, and then the great paw of the English mastiff is apt to descend npon tbe visitor, making him a prisoner till Wade has said his say. Wade does not mean this unkindly, but occasionally the other dog's feelings are hurt and he howls dismally. "Those who are wont to dispute the existence of reason in dogs are invited to consider the following story: Wade, the big English mastiff, mentioned above, is the actor. In the morning of six days of the week you may see Wade solemnly stroll ing about tbe lawn, or lying gracelully posed with bis grand head between his forepaws on the porch. But on tbe seventh day literally the seventh of the week, Saturday after breakfast, at which meal he always on that day refuses to participate. Wade Invariably ac companies his master's man to the railroad station. Every day by a certain morning train the supplies of meat, groceries, etc, come down to the neighboring railroad station, and tho hired man goes to fetch them. On five days for Sunday is out of the count of course he goes alone. When Saturday comes he has wade for a companion. Why does Wade eat no breakfast on Satur days Why does he on that morning alone and then uninvited, go down to the railroad sta tion T On Saturdays tbe butcher puts into the bas ket for this household a piece of meat espe cially for tbe lordly mastiff. Wade knows that a neck of beef or some other choice morsel is hht every Saturday morning. He refuses to spoil his appetite therefore by eating the usual breakfast prepared for him, and he watches for tho departure of the hired man only on that particular morning. Wade must have done some deep thinking; he must be able to count the days. Saturday is like all other days in that household, yet Wade knows it directly he wakes, and arranges his programme in accordance with bis foreknowl edgo of the butcher's provision for him. That is to say, the mastiff exercises the rational power of which man would fain persuade him self ho has tbe monopoly. To echo the passion ate exclamation of many a little child: "O, that dogs could talk!" What startling revelations they might make! tN my scrap book I have a poem which was written by someone, whom I know not, who must have loved and known the canine nature well. Probably the poem will be new to most of you, and I have no scruples it. giving it in full: "TO MY DOG BLANCO.' " Jly dear, dumb friend, low-lying there, A willing vassal at my feet. Glad partner of my home and fare, My shadow in the street. I look into your great brown eyes, Where love and loyal homage shine, And wonder wbere the difference lies, Between your soul and mine! For all of good that I have found, Within myself or human-kind, Hath royalty Informed aud crowned. If our gentle heart and mine. I scan the whole broad earth around. For that one heart which, leal and true, Bears frlendshlo without end or bound, And find the prize in you I I trnst you as I trust the stars: Nor cruel loss, nor scoff of pride, Nor beggary, nor dungeon bars, Can move you from my side! As patient under injury. As any Christian saint of old, As gentle as a lamb with me, Bnt with your brothers bold. More playful than a frolic boy. More watchful than a sentinel. By day and night your constant Joy, To guard and please me wclll I clasp your head uponlny breast And while you whine and lick my hand And thus our friendship Is confessed, And thus we understand! Ah! 'lllanco, ' did 1 worship God ' As truly as you worship me. Or follow where my Master trod With your humility! Did I sit fondly at Ills feet. As yon, dear 'Blanco,' sit at mine, And watch Him with a love as sweet, My life would grow divine!" p you live in the country, and your house is isolated And yet near any of the tramp trunk roads, you cannot procure a better guardian for your wife and children than one of these big English mastiffs. They have a deep-rooted dislike fortramps and all disreputable-looking persous. Once a tramp, masquerading as a book agent, though the heavy cudgel he earned was more impressive than bis book, called at the country home of a irlend of mine. A little daughter of the latter opened the door, and tbe tramp, in a gruff voice, asked to see the lady of the house. Now It so happened tbat tbe ladjrof tho house was sick, and she told her little girl to Inform the alleged book agent of tbe fact. The child did as she was bid, and the cowardly brnte of a tramp told her in filthy language that she lied. Frightened out of her wits the child ran crying to her mother, who was lying on a sufa In the parlor. "Go and tell Mary to send the man away." was the mother's suggestion, and the child ran back to the kitchen over which Mary, a strap ping Irish girl, presided. In the kitchen also was a big English mastiff, and he went with Mary to the door. He growled menacingly when he saw the tramp. Tbe man turned white when he saw tbe dog. "Lave the place!" said Mary, shortly. "Call off your dog!" shrieked the tramp, for the mastiff was backing him off the porch. "Lave the place!" repeated Mary. "Call that dog off," again yelled the tramp, getting ready to run; and this colloquy contin ued till the tramp was back in the road a few paces behind him tbe dog. The way that tramp ran seemed to astonish the dog even. Now, what might have happened had not the mastiff been on guard? Well, murder has been done in like circumstances. Tramps are im pn dent and threatening until the huge leonine form of the mastiff looms np. Then they turn white and shuffle off with strange civility npon their lips. The thoroughbred English mastiff looks larger than he really is. Tbe color of his coat, suggestive of the sleek African lioness, adds to his awful presence. A NEW G0LC0NDA IS PERU. Snmploi of Qnnriz Taken to New York City to bn Assayed. rSPKCIAI. TELEGRAM TO TDK DISFATCn.1 New York, April 25. A young man who seemed very much interested in certain small canvass bags which formed part of his baggage, was a passenger on tbe steamship Cyril, from Peru, which reached Martin's stores in Brpok lyn on Wednesday night. The bags were filled with brown sand which the young man had col lected in tbe Andes. He said the sand was mixed with gold quartz which he was bringing to this city to be assayed. He had been sent to Pern, be added, by a firm of this cltywhicn Intended to begin mining operations where the sand was found. He be lieves it will yield 535 to tuo ton. Known by Its Frnlts. From the Atlanta Constitution. The ballot-box forgery has done its perfect work. Foraker is deader than if he bad died with some disease, and Mr. Murat Halstead, the great Field Marshal of Ohio politics, is modestly editing a gentle Brooklyn paper. Trying 10 F.qnnlizp Taxation. From tlin Philadelphia Timcs.i , Tbe Tax Commission is trying to equalize taxation. It bas not yet tackled tbe job of makinc tho people willing to pay their equita ble share of taxes-. This is too much even for a State commission. A JAPANESE WEDDING. Quite a TJnlqne Cburch Entertainment Quaint and Carious Customs Repro duced for n Charitable Purpose Tbe Masonic Orsnn Recital Other Social Events. From early morn until late in the afternoon yesterday, tho lectnre room of the Second PresbyterianChurch resounded with the merry laughter and gay chatter of the members of the "Adelaide Howard Mission Band," who were preparing for the Japanese wedding, which took place last evening. At last the flnA ishlng touch was given, the draplngs all hnng, the platform laid with soft, deep rugs and fur nished with luxurious divans. Even the double-spouted teapot, with which, by drink ing alternately, tbe bride and groontwere to signify their intention of living in peace and harmony, was in its place on a little stand located between fno chairs the bride and groom were, to occupy. The candy booth, occupying a corner of the room, had received its burden of delicious sweets, manufactured by the enereetic little workers who had arranged them so temptingly. And the cakes such cakesl that were to be served with the cream, and tbat also repre sented the labor of the young ladies, were All in readiness for the knife, too. before the tired littlo bride and her bevy of brldemalds de parted for, their respective homes, to reappear later on in the evening in their gorgeous bridal attire. At 8 o'clock the cozy little lecture room, look ing unusually cheerful, with its bright red draplngs and decorations and lighted by numerous Japanese lanterns, both great and small, was filled with an Interested, expectant audience, who bad not long to wait before the Cook Sisters' Orchestra announced the bridal party with appropriate music The parents of the bride and groom entered oppo site doors simultaneously, the gentlemen pre ceding tbe ladies, and. with countenances and costumes becoming their dignity and station, slowly traversed the aisles until they reached the platform, wbere they assumed sitting pos tures. Tbey were Miss Harriet Stone and Mr. Edward Wright, parents of the bride. Miss Lillie Gosh or n and Mr. Howard Wright, Barents of the groom. The "Go-Beteen," liss Virginia McCreery. followed, and after making a salaam to tbe respected parents, she took up her position in the rear, and awaited the coming of the bride and grcom. In tho same order, the groom ahead, as is always the case in Japan, they entered and slowly walked up the center aisle. Saluting their parents by touching their fore heads to the floor, they occupied tbe exalted seats prepared for them, and many were the admiring gazes turned upon Miss Minnie Howard, who, as tbe daintily dressed bride, modestly followed Mr. Joseph Benny, the hand some groom. The maids then, in bewilderingly pretty costumes of rainbow hues, fashioned in the prevailing Japanese style, in the same sedate manner and with measured tread passed, one by one, to the platlorm, and, after salutations, seated themselves in Japanese position upon too various rugs, xney were Misses Lou McLaln, Catherine Howard, Mar garet Sutherland, Nell Becker, Maud McLaln, Margaret Sheridan. Vida McCullough and Anna Herron, Tudie Goshorn and Adah Foster. ' Tbe ceremony, consisting of tea drinking by each, and the eating of rice balls, was very in teresting, and in a decidedly graceful manner the "Go-Beteen" officiated until, by agllmpso of the "God of Love" in the teacup, tbe groom plighted his troth and tbe fair bride did like wise, In tbe same imaginary manner. Tho "Go Beteen" then heard the groom's avowal of love, and repeated it in the ear of the bride, after which she escorted the newly-married pair to the parlors, where they were joined by the remainder of the party, and an informal re ception was held. Refreshments were served by the members of band, and Misses Maud McLain and Minnie Howard dispensed tbe sweetness from the candy booth, while tbe evening was devoted to mnsical selections by the Cook Sisters' Orchestra, and vocal selections by Miss Edith Harris and Miss Home. KARE TALENT DISPLAYED At the Annunl Elocutionary Contest of tho Holy Ghost College. The annual elocutionary contest and musical seance at the Holy Ghost College last evening was a very enjoyable one, and some rare talent was displayed in tbe rendition of both the musical and elocutionary selections. A large attendanco inspired tbe youthful contestants to earnest effort, and their success was greeted with rapturous applause. The programme opened with an overture, "Grotesque," and Rev. John T. Murphy, President of tbe college, made a short, witty introductory address. Part first con sisted of exercises by tbe junior divi sion. "The King and the Child," by Francis. Miller, "The Burning Prairie." given by Charles Frost: "Marion's Dinner," by Charles Spiglemire; "Somebody's Darling," given by Thomas Norton, and the "Mother of the Maccabees," by Frank Klein. The college choir rendered a cnorus, "Sunrise." and "ihe Brothers," by Chris Gibney followed. Thomas Culinan in "The American Flag," pre ceeded "The Mother ana Her Dead Child," as recited by Charles Jaegle, and "Keeping His Word," by Charles Sheenan, concluded part first. Part second Senior division, was opened with the "Fate of Virginia," given by Andrew Carey; "Tho Dying Chief," by Michael O'Don nell, and "Lord William." by John Walsh, fol lowed and preceded piano and guitar duet, by Rev. Father Griffin and Mr. H. Buckell, and a four-part song by a select choir. "The En gineer's Murder," by Henry Altnieyer; "Coeur de Leon at the Bier of his Father," by John McTiernan; "Dorklns' Night," by George Mc Carthy, and "Death of Rboderick Dhu," by Edward Kearns, with musical selections con cluded part second. Part third Humorous recitations, consisted of "Laugh and Grow Fat." Anthony Kramer; The Bacholor's Soliloquy," Richard Hamilton, "Tbe Mule and tho Bees." Thomas Giblin; "Etiquette," Robert Lawler; "The Suiciue," Alphonsus Gavin, and "Sockery Setting a Hen," Eugene Reilly. Interspersed with musi cal selections. At the conclusion prizes were awarded. FULL DRESS AT A CONCERT. An Enjoyable Entertainment by the Scot tish Rite Last Evening. Full dress prevailed at tho Masonic organ re cital last evening, and handsome ladies in charming costumes vied with each other in point of beauty. Tho concert was given by the co-ordinate bodies of tbe A.A.S. R., Valley of Pittsburg, out of compliment to tbo three old est and three youngest lodges of Freemasons in Allegheny county, there being 600 present. Tho Mozart Club, with Prof. J. P. McCoI lum as director and Prof. John Pritchard ac companist, were assisted during the evening by Mrs J. Howard Speer and Mrs. Adah S. Thomas; also the Misses Mattie Reed, Jennie Evans and Ella Semple. and Messrs. Duff, Dennitt, Nuttall and Strouss. Tbe programme was rendered as published in a recent issue of The Dispatch. A Lectnre and Debate. The Working People's Debating Society will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 o'clock to-morrow evening at GVA. R. Hall, No.102 Fourth ave nue. Henry Bowers will open the meeting with a lecture, to be followed by a dobato on tbe subject of the lecture. , SOCIAL CHATTER. Mrs. C. C. Hussey's residence, on Cedar avenue, Allegheny, was tbe scene of a gay throng last evening, who, in response to invita tions issued by the charming hostess, assembled to dance the hours away. The favors of the germanwere unusually delicate and unique, and the refreshments served were ot the most tempting variety. Mr. and Mbs. Otto H. Groetzjsoer cel ebrated their first wedding anniversary last evening at their home on Bidwell Btreet, Alle gheny, with the congenial company of near rel atives and intimate friends. The I. O. O. F. will celebrate their seven tieth anniversary in Carnegie Library Music Hall on Tuesday evening, April 29, 189a Claims Ills Corn Is Undervalued. Lincoln, April 25.-Governor Thayer has i - ,, ,.. ... .. I begun a crusade aeainSt tho classification of corn at Chicago and otber grain centers. In a 1 otter to Senator Paddock he urges that a Government inspector be appointed to look after the grading. His complaint is based on tho fact that Nebraska corn which is known to be the finest In tho world Is generally raded No. 3 and 4 instead of No. 2. Somebody's Going to Get nil. From the Philadelphia Press. The McCalla court martial has undertaken a huge task, namely, to ascertain whether Com mander McCalla is a brutal tyrant or the victim of a conspiracy among his subordinates. The truth In the case, when it comes out, is going to hit somebody very bard. DEATHS OP A DAY. Hon. K. Stovrr. Lanaiik, 111., April 25 lion. E. Stover died suddenly last evening of paralysis of the heart. Her served two years as a member of the State Legislature. He was the originator and manager of the Grand Circle of White Men and a leading light of the Christian Church. VON BULOW'S RECITAL. Tbe Noted Pianist's Appearance Greeted by on Appreciative Audience Tbe Pro gramme an Interesting; and Artistic One. A fteb a lapse of IS years the second appear ance of Hans von Bulow before a Pitts burg audience was made at Old City Hall last evening. It would be hard to say just how many years have elapsed since such another audience in numbers and quality has been gathered in this city to listen to a simple piano recital, unaided by any collateral attraction. The close attention and enthusiastic applause from first to last showed that the auditors were more than satisfied in hearing the doughty, little doctor, all by himself, play through the following programme: 1. 1. Mozart (1736-17911 Fantasle and 1 Fugue, (J major 2. J. B. Bach (1685-1730) (a.) barabandp, F major, (a.) Concerto In tbe Italian style. (Allegro-Andante-fresto.) 3, Beethoven sn. Sonata appasslonata. op. 57 Allegro assal-Andante con inoto e Finale. II. 4. Joachim Raff (1K2-1882) hnite K minor, od. 72, composed 1853. (PrelHde-Menuet-Toccata-lComance-l'ugne.) 6. Chopin (a.) Nocturne, op. 9, No. 3. (b.) Impromptu, op. 30, F sharp, (c.) Scherzo, op. 3H, O sharp minor, (d.) Berceuse, op. 57. 6. Liszt (1811-1885.) ..:. "Veuczla Napoll," Canzone e Tarantella. V Tn framing this programme a rulinif considera tion would seem to have been to please tbe pnblic in the provincial towns In which, succes sively, it is being played. Whore von Bnlow is sure of bis public, he generally insists upon a different kind of programme. Recognized as the most authoritative exponent of Beethoven, theapostleof Brahms In short, astheintellect ual pianist par excellence von Bulow can well afford to leave tbo stock pieces of Chopin and Listz to other and younger players, in fuller flush of technical prowess, but not possessed of the same learning and experience. Nevertheless it was an interesting pro gramme, from a general artistic standpoint; giving a valuable illustration of the develop ment of pianistic art from Father Bach down to the present day. The broad, masterly hand ling of the sarabande and the andante from the Bach concerto brought out fully the vital musical contents which lie in tbeir antiquated forms beyond the ken of your everyday vir tuoso. In the pompous allecro and tho bril liant presto, also, appeared a meaning and a soul, though both were played with that thoroughly classical purity and dignity of style which, with so many players, mean simply dry ness and commonplace. Tn the great sonata appasslonata that one ot hid iuasLorworaa wnicn most luny com bines the elements of popularity and of truest musicianship the really great pianist shone forth at his best. Reverent, painstaking with tbe smallest details, finished to a nicety this interpretation was yet more notable for its rugged freedom, its breadth and especially for that comprehensive grasp of the work as a whole which, by all the resources of phrasing, of tone qualities and of dynamic grada tions, held together as an homogeneous unit all these diverse elements. Similarly in tho exceedingly difficult and elaborate suite in which Raff has so successfully imbued old forms with new life; here, too, the comprehen sive grasp of the master player made clear and strikingly effective what might very easily seem complicated and obscure. What slight technical blemishes were observable should not weigh for a moment beside tbe noble qualities of head and heart, tbat filled both of these im portant compositions. 'THE Chopin Berceuse was charmingly given; it had a touch of sentiment not always ac credited to the worthy Doctor Von Bulow. The other Chopin numbers and the played out Liszt tarantella, were not, on the whole, up to tbe standard of playing set by the rest of tho programme. 'Here the me chanical increases in importance as the intel lectual decreases; in the 60 years of Von Bu low's life as with anyone else the progression has been tbo other way. Nevertheless these compositions were exceedingly well played; the virile Cbopin Scherzo, indeed, might be wholly excepted from the above strictures, on account of tbe drastic, passionate power of its performance. C. W. S. IN RICH ATTIRE. The Charities of Detroit Get a Benefit From Her Lending; Ladles. Detroit, April 25. The second annual floral and musical festival held in the interests of the 23 charities of this city came to a successful termination tbls evening. The several charities were represented by booths illustrative of the architecture of various nations and ages. Tbe leading society ladies of the city were in charge of tbe booths, with young ladies as their assistants. Tbey were all attired in the national costumes of tbe countries their various booths represented, the whole presenting a remarka bly pretty and varied scene to tbe thousands of visitors who attended during the week. The attendance has been enormous from tbe begin ning, and tbe sales strictly in proportion to the crowds. Tbe floral exhibit was especially fine, and at tracted universal admiration. The display of orchids by the leading florists of the country was particularly worthy of comment, as it was said to be the finest display ever seen in the West. A unique feature of the festival was th'o "Golden Book," which was embellished by sketches from tbe hands of the leading artists of tbe country and designed to contain pledges on each alternate page lor 1,000, to be devoted to charity. Many such pledges were procured. Tbe musical part of tbe festival was good, tue feature being the choruses of SU0 school children and tbo Detroit Musical Society, both of which rendered tbe various national airs and selec tions from tbe leading operas. The city has worn a festive attire all the week in honor of tho event, and the coffers of the various charities will be lareely increased by the success of tbe show. WORTH TWKTY-FIY DOLLARS To State That an Artist Produced n Foct With etlx Toes. Loxdon', April 25. The trial of tbe action for libel brought by Mr. George Augustus Sala against Mr. Furniss, the caricaturist, took place to-day and resulted in a verdict of 5 damages for tbe plaintiff. The libel was contained in an after-dinner speech made by Mr. Furniss. In his remarks Mr. Furniss stated tbat Charles Dickens bad refused sketches made by Mr. fila, and tbat the latter had sent to the Academy School a drawing which contained a .figure having six toes on one foot. Despite these facts Mr. Furniss said Mr. Sala is now art critic on tbe London Daily Telegraph. Mr. Furniss also stated tbat Mr. Sala bad painted pictures on the walls of an eating saloon, and claimed that this probably gave him the taste for cookery he had evtned ever since. CDEREST TIMELY TOPICS. The Mayor of Salt Lake has stopped gam bling, and now there is no more of It going on than there Is In Chicago. A lady living in Athens, Ga., nearly 40 years of age, acknowledges that she his never had a proposal of marriage in her life. Life bas cer tainly been a failure as far as she is concerned. Buck beer is not as old as the beer ordin arily sold, but will give to the consumer a much larger and commodious head. The man who looks up the shaft to see if the elevator Is comlntr down Is getting as numerous as the man;'who didn't know It was loaded." OK Monday Kemmler, the Buffalo murderer, will succumb In the Interest of science and justice. The Scranton liepnblican is one of tnose papers that can appreciate good things. Its issue' lliursday's contained six items from Tub Dis rATCn, but on account of tbe editor leaving his glasses at home he forgor to credit this paper. There is a little narrow-gauge railroad in Pennsylvania or which one man is the president, thi hoard of director. fliA silnprintomlnnf. thi. the board of directors, the superintendent, the general passenger and freight agent, the ticket agent, tbe conductor and the yardmaster, and tbe president, etc., always asks for an annual over all other roads, and he generally gets 'em, too. The Washingtonians- wear a broader smile than ever before. If the President signs the zoo bill they will have a circus thero the year 'round. The oldest Odd Fellow is beginning to die with remarkable regularity of late. lie is dis counting the oldest Freemason. The weather prophots are predicting a dry summer. It may prove the case In some section of the country.but Judges Magee and Ewlng have willed otherwise so far as Pittsburg Is concerned. DUNN is being vindicated. Tbe people who were loudest In their condemnation a few weeks ago are now yelling with one voice, "Well Dunn, good and faithful servant." Editors of baseball cities are explaining why the local clubs are not at the head of their re spective leagues. The only reason tbat our clubs are not on top of the heap Is because tbey haven't won as many games as the other fellows. 0UE MAIL POUCH. Condition of the Allesheny Cemetery. To tbe Jidltor of The DIsoatch: Cemeteries should be kept up In a style cor responding to the amount of money paid for lots in them, and also to the wealth of tbo lot holders as well as their number. Cemeteries are exempt from taxationand otber outlays re quired of otber corporations, and. of course, when such an institution is populously inhab ited by the honored dead of a great city.it is of course expected of the managers that they keep tbe highways and byways in good condi tion, and the grounds and grave enclosures trimmed and kept in order. Water should be furnished at regular intervals, so that those de siring to plant new flowers or evergreens or water old ones and thus beautify the grounds, should not have to search for water In uuEnown locations. Last Sabbath was a beautiful day, and, of course, the Allegheny Cemetery had a multi tude of visitors. From tbe recently erected pa latial gate on Penn avenue to tbe first grave, which Is over a quarter of a mile, there was no sidewalk, and the troops of pedestrians were compelled to walk on the yellow sandy road among the vehicles, which literally covered the walkers with a fine yellow dust. A hot day and a dusty atmosphere causes thirstiness. and many were tbe desires expressed for a drink of water, bj grown people as well as children. Hagar in the desert with little Ishmael bad Di vine relief, but no person last Sabbath or any otber Sabhatb day could get relief in the Alle gheny Cemetery, unless it were from the lakes, whicn no person would drink from lor various reasons. Tho tower on Penn avenue is very fine and ornamental, bnt if a little of tbat money had . Deen used to lay a water pipe line to certain places inside the cemetery, so that a thirsty multitude on a hot day or any person who wanted water on any other day to drink or to water flowers with could get it, it would have certainly been better. There is water far down the hill to water graves with, but not to drink, but it Is not every woman who can go so far. and carry a quantity of water up a steep bill for any purpose. The condition of many lots and many graves was not in unison with apparently more fav ored localities. Four graves within a stone's throw had been opened and half filled again some time before. Monuments, or headstones, were broken and thrown down in places. Grave stones had tilted and were leaning together in other places. New graves were unsodued, and old blackened and dried up bouquets and flower pieces lay around the lots and on the graves, showing that they had not been renewed, ana that sorrow and grief bad subsided with tbe burial. Can it be possible tbat all of tbo large income of the cemetery from lots and interest was spent on a tower, a gateway and a fence? can it be possible tbat there is no moral or other obligation on the administration of tbe ceme tery to clean up the lots, or have them cleaned np; to trim np and clean the grounds and cut the grass? Should not these venerated grounds be kept as becomes the largest cemetery In this large city? Especially, now as Decoration Day is coming when the grounds will be more crowded than on any other day of the year. The management seems close. They have an old Cerberns at the Ponn avenue gate who darts at timid women and children, tearing out of tbeir hands as they pass out of the gate their wild flowers, Quaker ladies' dandelions, or wild violets, which last but a day and which have been plucked by tbe little children along tbe paths. At the old gate where there was a hydrant, and while be was using the hose, he told some ladies and children, on a very hot day, that he did not know wbere thero was any water to be had. The cemeteries of Pittsburg are tbe only pub lic parks we have. In fact, they are the only ones we should have, for it is tbe desire we have to show our respect for our dead that takes us there; and our pleasantest memories of our dear ones are relresbed more in tbe quietness of the cemetery, while sitting near them, than they are anywhere else. There we can go and contemplate tbe mystery of life and death. We can regret with fond tears tbat our pleasant companionships on this earth have ceased; we can recall tbe pleasant faces, the gentle smiles and loving words; we can trim tho grass, root out tbe weeds, arrange tbe vines or plant lovely flowers on tbeir graves, flowers which are be lieved by tbe people of tbe far East to be tbe bright exhalations ot the souls of the departed, each flower having been born over the site of tbe obliterated grave of a long-forgotten departed spirit. It is a pleasant thing, as well as a duty we owe to the dead, to thus bring the silent city of fast moldering forms our pleasantest thoughts for a private season of introspection. The sweetness, tbe tenderness, the charity, the beauty of life is thus displayed in affection for tbe dead. But when we go there we want things to look right and to have water and other con veniences at hand. Enough money bas been paid for the lots to pay lor conveniences also. BUMBALO. ALIEOHEXT, April 25. Stenoirrnphy find Typewriting;. To the Editor of The Dispatch: Where can one learn typew riting? How long does it take and how much does it cost to learn? How much does a typewriter cost? If I should learn do yon think there Is any chance of obtaining a situation without the aid of in fluential friends? Subscriber. New Castle, April 25. One should learn stenography as well as typewriting in order to be well fitted for tbo po sition of private secretary to a business firm. Both are taught in tbe business colleges. Tbe length of time required to master either art depends greatly on the quickness of tbe pupil to learn. Stenographers are not as well paid in these days as they were formerly, when there was less competition, but one who is thoroughly competent ought to be able to obtain a situa tion at fair waes. Typewriting machines cost from S10 to $100. A good one will probably cost at least 75. Tho cost of a coarse of lesson3 you can ascertain from the circulars of any of the business colleges, or, better, by personally consulting some expert stenographer and type writer. A Suggestion for illcKeesport. To the Editor of The Dlsnatcc: 1 hare noticed in your most valuable paper of late tbat a great deal of dissatisfaction has been and is now in progress among tbe Repub licans of McKeesport in regard to the appoint ment of a postmaster lor that city under the present administration. It seems to be a fore gone conclusion that it will be impossible for either of the Dtesent applicants, who are. by tbe way, both excellent men in my estimation, to receive the appointment, to the satisfaction of the citizens. After the thought I take pleasure in pre senting the name of a most popular citizen of McKeesport as a man worthy of tbe earnest support ot the entire representative popula tion of the town. He bas always becu a true and faitbtul Republican, and was only pre vented from taking a mure active part in polit ical affairs on account of his occu pation. I therefore present the name of Captain Elmer E. Soles as a man worthy of the appoint ment as postmaster of McKeesport. A Comrade. McKeesport, April 24. Not nl Present To the Editor of The Dispatch: Is a $5 gold note worth more than its face value? Leon. Pittsburg, April 23. 62S Fenn Avenue. To the Editor of The Dispatch: Where Is the Woman's Exchange in Pitts burg? Inquirer. Pittsburg, April 25. Depew Amunsr the Least Eligible. From the Brooklyn Eagle. J A wit, a humorist, a railroad President, an orator on stately occasions, as well as the most sparkling after-dinner speaker tbe country has known, a statesman in the breadth of his views, and with one or two exceptions, perhaps the ripest man in public life on this side of the At lantic, is 56 years old to-day. It is because he is a railroad President and identified with in terests which are held to be injurious in a race at tho polls and because of the belief that thero is too much of tue comedian in his nature to warrant perfect confidence in him as the occu pant of tho highest of public positions that Mr. Chauncey M. Depew is among the least eli gible of the Republican aspirants to the Presi dency. Wishing Them n Harmonious Lire. Chicago, April 25. Tho marriage of Theo dore Thomas, the wcll-knonn orchestra leader. to Miss Koso Fay, of this city, will take place on Wednesday, May 7, in the chapel of the Church of the Ascension. The ceremony will be private, only tbe most Intimate friends hav ing been Invited. The bride-elect is Miss Rose Fay of Chicago, sister of C. Norman Fay, a well-known capitalist. Mr. Thomas gives his own age as 51, and that of Miss Fay as 17 years his junior. The Seve Name for It. From the Oil City Blizzard. Some of the candidates are getting an excel lent color in their faces. As the campaign ad. vances thsi low becomes more and more rugged. If ismtributed, of course, to the gen tie zephyrs encountered in driving through tbe county. CUK10US COKDENSAT10KS. A Hillman Mich., man is accused of selling bis vote for two busbels of buckwheat. It is said that the London edition of the New York Herald has had 12 editors during the past year. There is a lady Jiving in Clarke county, Ga., who has never tasted or taken a drink of water in her life. A former sheriff of Knox county, JIo., has been sentenced to two years from Sedalla for stealing a 8100 mule. On May! the last of .Michigan's bonded debt will mature, and the money,, J229,000, is ready to pay the claims., Any corporation which 'will locate in Harrison, Mich., and employ 50 men for ten years will receive a cash bonus of J5,000. Perhaps it is because the son of Mrs. Stowe's original "Uncle Tom" lives at Adrian, Mich., that tbe show of tbat name always packs tbe big Opera House. A civil list pension of 5375 Der ye3r has been granted by the English Government to Ellen Isabelle Tnpper, daughter of the late Martin Farqubarlupper. Miss A. Doll, of Hamilton, Mo., cor rectly solved tbe problem of bow to plant an orchard containing VJ trees in nine straight lines with five trees in each row. On the C40-acre farm of ex-Governor Glick, near Atchison, la., there is not a single horse. The Governor believes in mule power and nses those animals exclusively. The first poet laureate was John Kay, in tbe reign of Edward IV.; the only perquis ites of the office are $500 a year ana a quantity of wine taken from tbe royal store annually. The Eoyal Geographical Society has in vited Thomas Stevens, tbe African traveler, to send a paper to be read before the society, de scribing how be reached Henry M. Stanley in Eastern Africa. Mrs. Humphrey "Ward's eldest son, Ar nold, who is only 14 years old, Is said to be a lit erary prod icy; he recently sent an essay to a magazine aud received a check for S50 and a letter of thanks. Thomas G. Shearman, of Brooklyn, ba3 offered a prize of 250 for the best essay on State and local taxation, the essay not to ex cee d 25.000 words, and to bo completed before December J, l&IKX E. "W. Cato, who lives five miles south of Tinney's Grove, Ray county. Mo., is tha owner of a madstone which he took from tbe stomach of a striped-hoot deer that he killed 30 years ago in tbe btate of Alabama. Old furniture still sells extremely well. In Paris recently two Louis XV. cabinets, ornamented with ancient Sevres porcelain, brought 115.000 francs, a Louis XV. chest of drawers 13.000 francs, and a jardiniere in old Sevres porcelain 4,000 francs. Ouida nses scent in her hair and on her eyebrows that'eosts $30 an ounce; she can't bear a pieco of muslin tbat has been starched, and tho touch of velvet, she says, makes her flesh creep: sbo hates the world, likes to offend it in her books and shock it with her manners. At the recent election in Stanley county, Dak.. 40 Indians marched up to Ihe polls with tickets in their hands ready to vote. They were all challenged, but their tickets were re ceived and laid aside until a decision can be reached as to their qualifications a3 voters. Between the Aral and Okhotsk seas there is a spot half as large as the State of Michigan, which is frozen ground to tbe depth ot 94 feet. That is, it has never thawed out since the world wa3 created, and probably never will, and even if it should nobody would have any use for it. At Ulysses, Kan., the Commissioners have been arrested for swindling in the matter of wolf scalps. It is alleged tbat one man would present a sack of scalDS and get bis bounty. The sack would be left where another could steal it, and this was continued until that one sack had realized IIC.OOO. Elijah "Watson, of Rushville, Mo., has doubtless held tbe office of Dostmaster longer than any other incumbent in the United States, having been appointed in 1842 on tbe establish ment of tbat office. He is still vigorous, and meets all trains with and for his mail as regu larly as he has for so many years. A plump and blue-eyed baby boy was left at midnight on tbo doorstep of tbe home of Mr. and Mrs. Furnia. of Eau Claire. Wis., who were aroused by a rap at their window. There was a note attached Degging them to take care of the baby, and saying that its mother wonld at some time reclaim it. If ear Gandy, Neb., a party of ranch men unearthed a den of young animals, which are supposed to be tbe yonng of the mountain lions tbat have been prowling around that place for tbe past two year's or else tbe young of the big gray wolf. They found tbe den in the sand hills and bad to dig some 30 feet before tbey secured tbe little fellows ten in number. Over a dozen correspondents have re plied in a London paper to Lord Bury's. invita tion to suggest aconvenient verb for electricity. The following are among the suggestions offered: To motor. To mote. To electricise. To electrise. To electrate. To trie To run. To speed. To squirm. To spark. To gleam. To flash. To coulomb. To volice. To volize. To amber. To Bury. Thomas Congley, of Dover, England, is said to be the heaviest of Her Majesty's many subjects. He is an intelligent and respectable citizen, 42 years old. having been born (of parents not above the normal size) In 1818. As a baby he was considered small and not over healthy. HN Dresent weight is 40 stone (560 pounds); beicht. 6 feet inch: measurement of waist. SO inches, and of legs, 25. The reason a Hillsdale, Mich., busi ness man looked so ungodly dnring a prayer meeting the other evening was because he bad in his pocket reserved seats for a theatrical entertainment and thoughtlessly had strayed into the wrong hall.wbere a revival was in prog ress. Tbe usher conducted him and wife to good front seats, and the two never realized this mistake until the services began. They then stuck it out. The Mexican Postofhce Department is about to adopt a novel device. A phonograph is to be placed in each principal office in tbe country, for the accommodation of the numer ous citizens who cannot read or write. Tbe illiterate Mexican will go to the postoffice. talk his messago into tbe receiver of the phono graph, and when the cylinder reaches its des tination the person addressed will be sent for and the message will be repeated to him by an other machine. At a lecture given in Fairbank, Ont, by a citizen oT Toronto on tne subject of Balaam's Ass," and illustrated by a magic lantern, John Windlass attempted to tnm the proceedings to ridicule, and throw suspicion on the verity of the story of tho angelic voice by counterfeiting tbe loud and discordant bray of the uninspired animal. For this he was sum moned to appear before Justice Wlngfleld on Tuesdav night on tho charge of disturbing a religious meeting, and was fined SI and costs. FLASHES OF HU3IOK. First Canal Mule Well, the first of May 1 is not very far off. Second canai ainie o, me very tnougnt is galling. '"' Tor Weekly. Lawyer Now, sip what did deceased wear the last time yon saw him? WI tness 1 dunno Jes' wot It was, bnt he tol me dat be wuz wrapped lu doubt. Sew lork Weekly. A "Wise Course. "I fell over tbe rail," said the sailor, "and tbe shark came along and grabbed me by the leg." 'And what did you do?" "I let him have the leg. I never disputes with a 6hark." Baltimore Herald. "Mamma," said a little girl as they draggled along In the rain without an umbrella, "how old is General Greely?" "Old enough to know better," snapped the mother as she thought of the fair weather predic tions In the morning papers. Washington Star. Editor How's this or cool gall! You know Brown Is always saying that poetry Is a gift? Snbber Well? Editor lie writes to know why I don't send him a check for his last piece of verse! Dry Goods Chronicle. "Hello, Jack, where arc you living now!" "I'm boarding with a widow lady on Madison auenue. Where arc you living?' "Oh, I'm the guest of a widower gentleman with two daughter ladles and one son gentleman same avenue. Life. Fad man I tell yon religious persecu tion in this country's getting to be something aw fu! Freaklelgh Why. what do you mean? Fadman Here's a long account of a woman arrested In a Broadway millinery store for 'tak ing the veil!" Dry Goods Chronicle. "I'must confess, Herbert, that papa does not lite you." "1 realize that: bnt I cannot understand the cause." "He thinks that you were not well raised." "He knows better: in fact tehlmseirhas raised me, alas, too well, on several occasions, and a this own front door. Washington Pott.