THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, THURSDAY. MAT 29, 1890.
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THE WELCOME OF KINDRED.
At the assembling of the Scotch-Irish
Convention to-day the welcome to the visi
tors on behalf of the city will be appropri
ately and eloquently made, in set form; but
The Dispatch can be permitted to
precede that welcome by another expression
of the pleasure which Pittsburg has in the
reception of her visitors, and the ties of
relationship which will make such a
gathering here, very nearly a family re
union. Pittsburg was not only a Scotch-Irish
town in its early inception, but it is more
peculiarly the center of a Scotch-Irish
region. The foundations of the industries,
and the beginning of institutions of "Western
Pennsylvania are to be credited to the enter
prise and foresight of that sturdv race. A
locality where the predominance of the
Scotch-Irish qualities is so marked as it is
here, can freely offer a family welcome to
the gathering of that race.
To snch an assemblage, as to kindred,
Pittsburg extends the welcome of warm and
the march of improvement.
The imperative progress of the work of
improving Pittsburg's transit lines, is
eIiowd by the action of the Pittsburg, Al
legheny and Manchester Company yester
day, in deciding upon the construction of
an electric line, and the immediate reduc
tion of its six-cent fares to five cents. "With
this change and that already decided on for
th Birmingham line, every leading street
car line in Pittsburg will be converted into
either electric or cable roads. This practi
cally doubles the area of the two cities,
available for residences, and allows an in
definite increase of population and business.
The change was made necessary for all the
leading lines, when the first improvement
"was begun, and now that it is nearing
completion, we can see what an immense
'addition it gives to our city life.
THE HOUSE BAR CLOSED.
Charitable persons having expletives and
objurgatory adjectives at their command
should send them to their representatives
in Congress. A crisis is approaching
in the House of Representatives; the
ominous mntterings of the storm are already
drowning the piercing vocals of the capital
jruides. The shadow of Speaker Beed,
gigantic and strongly sulphurous, falls
athwart the halls of Congress, and the
lights in the lobbies are burning blue,
Yesterday Speaker Beed closed the House
"This is the hend!" as Miss Fanny
Bqueers said after the catastrophe. Not
Content with abridging their liberties, with
making fun of their fire-eating proclivities,
with counting them against their wills, and
refusing to get angry at their insnlts,
'Speaker Beed has aimed a cowardly blow
at the personal com Tort of our representative
Statesmen. Yesterday he closed the bar-room
of the House. Without a word of warning
he shut off the supply of whisky. The blow
has no parallel. It is nnprecedented,
revolntionary. Some years ago, it is true,
there was an attempt made to deprive the
Senate of similar privileges, an attempt
that resulted in the tremendous reform of
calling whisky "cold tea" and serving it in
the Senate restaurant in china cups instead
of classes. But no Speaker before, we
Venture to say, has dared to think of
abutting up the House bar. Such a pro
ceeding shows the desperation of the
Speaker. He must realize that he cannot
much longer cope with the mighty orators
of the Democratic side. Does he calculate
to silence his adversaries by depriving them
oi the source ot their inspiration? For it is
a good long walk from the House to the
Senate restaurant, and everybody knows
that the form of courage known as Dutch
We trust that the tyrannical abridgement
of the rights of the minority will be properly
resented. Perhaps the aid of the Supreme
Court might be invoked. Otherwise a nice
: de in original packages will spring np
AN EFFECTIVE DECREE.
At last it seems as if one court has decided
to make its decrees effective against trusts
which suspend competition. That is the
indication from the action of the Chicago
court which yesterday enjoined the transfer
of the assets of the Chicago Gas Trust and
decided upon the appointment of a receiver.
For a long time the courts and trusts have
presented a modern example oi the fable of
the old nrar. who tried throwing grass before
he resorted to stones. The courts have been
deciding that the trusts are illegal and the
trusts have kept np their operations without
intermission. Now that the legal missiles
have taken a solid and effective form, we
may have the satisfactory demonstration
that the law is more powerful than illegal
combinations of capital.
THE SYNDICATE" VTUMBLING BLOCK.
A report comes from Kansas City that
Mr. Pillsbury, who recently sold his system
of flour mills in Minneapolis to an English
syndicate, is going to build a new set of
mills in Kansas, and that he has already
commenced the work by the construction of
an elevator with a storage capacity of 1,
500,000 bushels.' The report is valuable as
illustrating what THE DISPATCH has sev
eral times before said, that unless there is
some extraneous means of preventing new
competition this syndicate business contains
little danger of monopolies, and involves
more danger to the confiding British invest
or on whom these properties are unloaded at
profits which enrich the promoters.
It is noticeable that the force of the illus
tration does not necessarily depend on the
correctness of the report. There is nothing
to prevent Mr. Pillsbury from putting up
new flouring mills, either at Kansas City or
wherever else he may find an eligible loca
tion. If the syndicate mills should estab
lish an excessive profit, it is almost equally
clear that either he or someone else would
surely do so, and as the stock on the syndi
cate properties has been notoriously watered
and requires large profits to pay dividends,
while the new mills would represent a solid
cash investment, it takes neither a prophet
nor the son of a prophet to tell that in the
competition the watered concerns would be
greatly at a disadvantage.
The same argument applies to the past or
prospective purchases of breweries, glass
works, iron mills or salt works. If the
British promoter wants any of these proper
ties at more than it will cost the present
owners to replace them, he must take them
at his own proper peril.
JOHNSTOWN'S GOOD WORK.
The power of recuperation which can be
shown by a ruined city bas been displayed
by Johnstown to a marked degree, as is
shown by a special article elsewhere, on the
progress that has been made in rebuilding
that city in the year that has elapsed since
its great disaster.
Some of the facts disclosed with regard to
the work that has been done are of a surpris
ing character. The first six months were
necessarily spent in clearing up the debris
which occupied the site of what had been
the city. That made the work of rebuilding
really commence with this year, and the
consequence is that the present is the
busiest time that Johnstown has ever ex
perienced. One thousand buildings have
been erected, largely frame, althongh some
substantial blocks have taken the place of
the former structures. Two or three thou
sand houses are still to be constructed to
replace the total of those destroyed. Money
is plenty, and there is very little borrowing
considering the amount of business done.
The surprising fact is also revealed that
there are ninety more stores in actual opera
tion than in the year before the flood.
It is an honorable record for the people of
Johnstown which they have made in their
effort to recuperate from the disaster of last
year. The world at large will be glad to
learn how the aid which it extended to the
ruined town has encouraged and helped the
brave attempt to repair that terrible destruc
MORE ORIGINAL PACKAGE TROUBLE.
Another practical test of the constitutional
question involved in the original package
case is to be furnished by the application for
a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Silver
man, who was arrested for selling beer at
Leech-bum as the agent of a Cincinnati firm.
The indication is that there will be a harvest
of such cases. Yet the ease with which
snch a case can be removed to the United
States and the prisoner discharged on the
principle laid down by the Supreme Court,
may have the tendency to decrease the fre
quency of such arrests.
It would doubtless be well to have a new
test case made up, in which the full effects
of the original package 'case are shown, and
to give the Supreme Court an opportunity
to revise or modify its position. But it
hardly seems as if the Silverman case would
present the issue that is wanted, A case
from Pittsburg, in which the claim must be
clearly made that the right of the State to
license or regulate is set aside, would be
very likely to evoke a shift of position on
the part of the Supreme Court. But the
Leechhurg case, coming from a prohibition
borough is almost identical with the Iowa
case that formed the snbject of the famous
Under those circumstances it is difficult to
see what other termination there can he of
this case than the discharge of the prisoner
under the ruling of the ultimate Court.
But what will follow is a ques
tion of interest and importance. Will
arrest under the State law and dis
charge by the United States Court con
tinue to infinity, nntil Congress or the Su
preme Court introduces new elements?
There would be a public importance in hav
ing at least another test case in which the
extreme application of the Iowa decision is
shown; but beyond that the warning should
be given that there may be considerable
hazard in the persistent arrest and impris
onment of people for the exercise of rights
belonging to them under the Constitution as
construed by the highest judicial authority.
Whatever course is taken, it is clear that
a succession of complication is inevitable
unless Congress cuts the knot by enacting
that whatever regulations a State may estab
lish shall govern inter-State commerce to
and from that State.
NATIONAL CATTLE INSPECTION.
Senator Farwell, of Illinois, has proposed
an amendment to the pending bill providing
for cattle inspection. Tbe Illinois Senator's
measure provides for inspection under the
direction'of tbe Secretary of the Agriculture
whenever he may deem it expedient. The
original measure is understood to provide a
system of general and permanent inspection;
and the opposition to the Chicago press and
legislators to such a standing precaution
against the shipment of diseased cattle or
meat places the meat trade of that city under
The Supreme Court having correctly put
a quietus on the attempts ot certain States
to prohibit the trade in Chicago beef, it is
plainly the duty of Congress to provide
thorough and permanent sa'eguards against
the shipment of either diseased cattle or
meat. An occasional and sporadic system
of inspection, whuh will be enforced only
after the necessity has been proved by the
harm being done, will not do that. If the
meat trade is to be controlled by the railway
policy which concentrates it at a few points,
it will be easy to provide such an inspection
at the central markets; and the fact that the
vast majority of the traffic must be brought
together at those places, renders the strict
est sanitary precautions all the more neces
sary. It is to be hoped that Congress will
be able to take sufficient time from the
tariff and silver to pass an inspection law
which will place the meat trade beyond all
suspicion of disease.
There is beginning to be a doubt whether
the Department of Agriculture was no: wholly
demoralized by being made a Cabinet depart
ment. Ever since it reached that exalted
standing tbers are complaints that tbe seeds
sent ont by it produce pumpkins where they
should be pansies, and turnips come up where J
dahlias were fondly expected. When the Na
tional seed shop comes so close to the Impossible
task of producing figs from thistles, the agri
cultural and horticultural mind does not recog
nize the creatness of the achievement, but
gives itself over to wrath. Secretary Bask
should reform his department or he may find it
cut down to a mere bureau again.
Congressman Lodge's intimation that
Clarkson must have been joking when he made
certain statements about the civil service exam
inations, bas a broader meaning than that of a
courteous Intimation that the statements were
not true. It Is a pertinent warning to Clarkson
that he must not commit the error of taking
Colonel Elliott F. Shepaed is
moved by the ribaldry of Richmond folk to
declare a new war against the South. But he
does not appear to be ready yet to join In the
movement on to Richmond.
The Chicago Herald, speaking of a gen
tleman, of whom some other paper spoke as
having charge ot the American exhibit at
Pans, says: "Mr. A. Ballly Blancbard was not
In charge of the American exhibit at Paris,"
and then proceeds to some remarks of a dis.
couraging tone with reference to the idea of
giving Mr. Blanchard charge of the Chicago
World's Fair, it Mr. Blanchard had been in
charge of the American exhibit at Fans that
would have been the best argument against
letting him ran the Chicago show. Since he
was not, the statement very nearly amounts to
The truly good New York Mail and Ex
press continues its work ot publishing texts at
the head of its editorial columns: but it has so
far omitted the obviors duty of publishing the
Ten Commandments thero and Informing Sen
ator Ingalls that they should be respected by
politicians as well as anyone eise.
If the Mavor of Philadelphia, after sup
pressing the street organs of Philadelphia, will
now suppress the newspaper organs, the peace
and quiet of that staid city will be sate beyond
the shadow of doubt.
Pbop. Todd, of Amherst, lays the blame
of the failure of that expedition to Africa,upon
certain young men who left the expedition
when they found there was work to do. This is
severe on the yonng men: but considering that
the expedition was for the purpose of observing
an eclipse, and the eclipse was invisible on ac
count of the clouds, would it not be more charit
able tor Prof. Toad to put the blame on
the misbehavior of the elements? If the yonng
men were expected to clear away the clouds it
is no wonder that they failed to do the work.
The movement to raise additional funds
to meet the necessities of the West Fenn Hos
pital should be met with a generous response
from the public The hospital is one of Pitts
burg's oldest and most useful institutions, ana
It should not be hampered in its good work for
the lack of any necessary funds.
The Pittsburg baseball teams are im
proving their record. Heretofore they have
only been able to lose two games per day, but
yesterday they made a burst of speed and man
aged to lose three.
Succeeding the narrow escape which
the Government had of putting the wrong
Soles into the McKeesport postoffice, comes a
declaration from General Bonnafon, of Phila
delphia, that the wrong Smith has been sent to
St. Petersburg. Thi doubt caused by the sim
ilarity of names is distressing; but if all the
Smiths who are left out in the cold resent the
insult there will be no doubt abont the name
for the administration. It will be Dennis
Mud. The report that Senator Aldrich has said
that the tariff bill will be indefinitely post
poned is in all probability a weak invention of
the enemy. The Republican Senators are not
yet ready to assume the responsibility of any
such fiasco as that.
The original package matter is likely to
cause nearly as much trouble for the time
being, as its first, or perhaps second cousin,
A favorite saying in connection with
the coinage issue is that: "Gold is aristocracy:
silver is democracy." If that is true the coun
tries which nse silver the most ought to be ex
amples of tbe purest democracy; but when we
come to apply tbe rule to those great silver
using countries, India and China, we find that
it does not work. The makers of epigrams
should try to bring them into some accordance
with the facts.
FIVE-CENT fares on the Pittsburg, Alle
gheny and Manchester road shows that the
competition of rapid transit lines has at last
accomplished what other influences have failed
to perform for many years.
Nine building permits yesterday for
buildings running from $3,000 to 550,000 each
is a sign that tbe building boom is still in
"Ant serious attempt to create an Amer
ican navy would have to be preceded by the
reopening of the League Island Navy Yard,"
says the esteemed Philadelphia Record. This
leaves us open to the distressing conclusion
that the attempt of the late Democratic ad
ministration in that line must be regarded
purely as a humorous effort.
Ex-President Hayes is said to be worth
Senator and Mrs. Stanford will go to
Klssingen next month.
Richabd Choker, Tammany's chief, 13 on
his way home from Europe.
Mrs. Waite, widow of the late Chief Jus
tice, and her daughter will sail for Europe to
day. THE family of Vice President Morton left
Washington yesterday morning for their coun
try home at Ellerslie, Rhinecliff-on-the-Hud-son.
Commander McCalla is announced to
spend bis three years of retirement at New
port, his penance beginning there with the
coming gay season.
M. B. Bailey, Bernard McDivltt, Julius
Jones, John Kelley and P. C. Harbours are the
Incorporators of the Chicago Tower and Con.
struction Company, with a capital of $2,000,000.
The late Fletcher Harper was a sailor to the
Chinese seas in his youth. There is another
Fletcher Harper, the third of his name, and a
great-grandson of the founder of the Harper
Mns. Philip H. Welch, widow of the late
humorist, whose death occurred about a year
ago, bas taken charge of a children's depart
ment in the Saturday issue of tbe Brooklyn
Me. Walt Whitman, who will be 71 years
old on Saturday, Is said to be failing rapidly in
health. He is no more seen on the streets of
Camden in his wheel chair, but is confined to
his modest homo.
Senator Manderson, of Nebraska, has
been confined to, his house in Washington
several days by an attack ot quinsy. He is re
covering, but it will be a week or ten da be
fore be can venture out.
The TJnke of Northumberland is no doubt
tbe greatest landowner in England. He owns
more than 200,000 acres and has a rent roll of
$875,000 a year. He is 81 years of age and all
his life has been a great reader.
The President will leave Washington in a
special train this evening at S o'clock for
Cleveland to take part in tbe Garfield monu
ment celebration on Decoration Day. He will
be accompanied by Vice President Morton,
Secretaries Blaine. Windom and Husk and At
torney General Miller.
The popular subscription for erecting a mon
ument to the newly made Duke ot Lauenburg.
Prince Bismarck, is very successful. At Ber
lin and Hamburg alone no less than $37,500 has
already been gathered. The late speech of
Mr. Von Hobenthal, in the Chamber of No
bility, at Berlin, praising the ex-Chancellor, has
produod a great sensation In Germany;
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Some Fish Stories The Rock Ban and the
Tvro-Gnllon Jun A Ghoit of a Trout,
pnis Is tbe season for hsh stories.
The conversation started upon the original
package question, from that went on to jugs,
and then a man with a gray mustache, who
knows more about fishing and shooting than
any other man in the county, said: "Talking of
jogs, the queerest thing I ever caught out fish
ing was a two-gallon jug. It was just about
sunset; and I was getting ready to go home.
But as I drew up my line for the last time some
thing gave a heavy tug. It was the sort of a tug
an old carp would give, stupid and sullen in the
mud. But there were no carp in the pond, and
I didn't know what it was.
Anyhow I reefed in my line and pulled up
finallya two-gallon jug. The book had got en
tangled in a branch of a tree which was twisted
through tbe jug handle. It was a good-looking
jug, and I made up my mind to take it home."
YXTHen I had emptied the water from it I was
surprised to bear something rattling in
side the jug. The rattling kept up and I got
nervous. At last I took a rock ana smashed
the juginplecos. There, sure as I'm allying
man, lay a good sized rock bass a goggle eye,
as we used to call 'em!"
"Had the jag an ordinary month?" someone
'Yes," said the old fisherman, "and how the
bass got in I don't exactly know, but I reckon
it was a 'mlnny' when it first got in, and tbe
whisky inside the jag for it was a wbiskyjug
sure swelled its head, and it wasn't able to
"""That bass was a sort of geni of the bottle,"
said a younger member of tbe party;
"bottles are always suggestive of spirits, any
how." "Spirits?" said the old fisherman, taking a
sip as he spoke. "Did you ever see the ghost
of a fish?"
' "Well, neither havo I-bnt I've heard tell of
a man who did. He was an Englishman, and
one of his favorite expressions was, 'I'd scorn
to tell a He,' and yon know men who say that
always speak the truth. He said that near his
birthplace in the South of England there was
a small tront stream, which also served to turn
ths water wheel of an old mill. In the mill
pool, which was deep and always black in tbe
shadow of the mill and the great willows on
the bank, several big trout were said to lurk.
And the story ran that when tbe full moon
shone npon tbe pool a phantom fish of immense
proportions was to be seen theie."
kJid anyone try to catch the trout
"Many did, and several fishermen claimed to
have made him rise, and even to have booked
and played him for a while, always losing him
at last. The man who told me the story insists
that be was among these favored ones. The
trout pulled as if it weighed seven or eight
pounds, and the bait that snared it was a white
moth. It broke away finally and disappeared."
"Bat why did they think It was a ghost of a
"Because the moon shone through it when it
jumped, as it always aid, in rising clear out of
the water, and because when the miller's men
netted the pool and drew out every fish In not
one weighed more than eight ounces."
"And nobody had a ebost of a chance to catch
it," commented an unbeliever.
CURRENT TIMELY TOPICS.
Chicago is having as much trouble in se
curing a site for the fair as she had In wresting It
from her competitors. As California has asked
for 10 acres of space, It looks as though Chicago
would be compelled to borrow space from her
Mrs. McClosky, of Logansport, Ind.. has
suedWlllard Harvey for 110, COO damages for kill
ing her husband. The deceased must have been
an exemplary good man, or else model husbands
must be a scarce article when that amount is
A professor at Washington is teaching
neople how to smile. Pltlsburgers can smile
without the aid of a professor. A wink from a
friend Is generally sufficient here.
Brn Butterworth says ne belongs to the
Hepublican party. When the Ohio Statesman
made his famous speech it was generally believed
be owned himself, but when bis vote was recorded
It was too transparent that somebody had a very
large mortgage on him.
The national inquisition will start on its
rounds next week. Long beaded men will lose
no time In settling with their tailors. Ladles
should also bear in mind that they must give the
enumerator their exact ages. It Is not only for
publication, but as a guarantee of good faith.
About 3,500,000 quarts of champagne were
consumed in this country last year. This is ex
clusive of the elder sold as champagne. Will some
one please figure out bow many swelled heads
those 3, 500, 000 quarts caused ?
Before General Sir Frederick Middleton
steps down and out from the Canadian militia, he
proposes to make the fur fly. air John A.Macdon
ald and the majority of Parliament have found
him guilty of seizing furs and appropriating them
to his own use, but as he divided the sdoIIs with
many government officials, nobody appears
plucky enough to bounce him, as the General is
liable to tread on their corns. He still holds the
Not even a cyclone or an earthquake visited
llhode Island this week, notwithstanding tbe
fact that the Democrats are holding tbe reins of
Or all the impertinent questions to be pro
pounded by tbe census enumerators, we fall to
discover tbe Important one, "Do you wear
pants?" Some one has blundered, and the voter
should remember him at the next election.
Our baseball clubs relieved t he every-day
monotony of affairs, and, instead of getting
licked twice, they got it in the neck three times.
A TOrVERSITY ASSURED.
The Sum of $600,000 Railed to Found n
CHICAGO, May 28. One of tbe most enthusi
astic meetings ever held in this city was that of
tbe American Baptist Education Society meet
ing to-day, held In the Immanuei Baptist
Chnrcb. Tbe report of tbe board of managers,
submitted by Rev. F. T. Gales, shows that the
contributions to tbe causa of academic and
collegiate edncation bave been many times
larger this year than during any previous year.
The great work of the society for the year
has been the raising of $400,000 to meet the con
ditions of Mr. J. D. Rockefeller's pledge of
$000,000 to found a university in this city. Not
only bas the $42o,000 been raised, more than
meeting Mr. Rockefeller's conditions, but in
addition, Marshall Field has pledged $125,000 to-i
ward the cost of tbe site. The total amount
pledged to the new Institution amounts to
$1,200,000. The great audience broke into wild
cheers as this announcement was made, and
for a time tbe chairman was overwhelmed with
pledges from all parts of the audience, rep
resenting different States and foreign lands.
The announcement that the Hebrew citizens
of Chicago had raised $27,000 toward the enter
prise called down enthusiastic applause.
Tbe new institution will be called the Uni
versity of Chicago, and the alumni of the old
university are raisinga f und of $50,000 to endow
a professorship as a memorial to the lamented
President. Edward Olsen, who perished in the
Minneapolis Tribune fire. Hon. George A.
Pillsbury, of Minneapolis, was re-elected Presi
dent and Rev. F. T. Gales, Corresponding Sec
retary. Plays to Come.
Hanlon'S "Fantasma," which bas not out
worn its welcome yet, will continue to be the
attraction at the Grand Opera House next
The regular season at the Bijou will close at
the termination of next week. Duncan B.
Harrison, in the realistic military drama, "The
Paymaster," will be tho closing attraction. It
has been seen here before, and was favorably
received. During the fourth act John L. Sul
livan and Joe Lannon will give a scientific ex
hibition of boxing. Mr. John Barnett will be
master of ceremonies. These interesti ag bouts
will be given in full-oress suits. The sale of
scats commences this morning.
DEATHS OF A DAY.
John Collins, formerly steward of the Press
Club of this city, died Tuesday at his residence at
the bead ofthe Twenty-second street Incline. For
the past four or five months he had been suffering
wltli pneumonia, which Anally caused his death.
Ho was 30 years of age, and was well known about
the city as a steward and caterer, lho funeral will
take place at 9 o'clock this morning from St.
Berlin, May 13. Herr Neiler,the German
composer. Is dead. " "" "
A GENUINE STJBFBISE PARTY.
A Proud Day for a Worklngivoman Over
SO Year of A Br.
Bridgeport, Conn., May 23. For several
days past the employes of Birdseye's corset
factory havo been in a state of much excite
ment, and this afternoon the matter came to a
head. Among the employes of the factory is
Mrs. Anna M. Booth. She is over 80 years of
age, yet is employed In the stitching depart
ment of the factory. Sho has worked there
for Beveral years, and every morning is among
the first to begin work, and she continues
steadily until 6 o'clock in the evening.
She is a great favorite among the hundreds
of girls employed there, and recently they
planned to give ber a surprise. There was
little work among the operatives yesterday. In
the afternoon abont 300 of them assembled in a
portion of the factory which had been cleared
out for tho festivities, and the old lady was
called from ber work aad Miss Lottie Nichols,
avoung lady employe stepped forward and
told her the celebration had been planned in
honor of her. The festivities were continued
during tbe evening, and Mrs. Booth entered
into the fun as heartily as any present. She
received many handsome presents, and was
congratulated by hundreds of people outside
tbe factory who know and lespect her. To a
reporter she said: "This is the happiest
moment of my life. I never had a surprise
party before in all my life."
A FEW FISH YARNS.
A huge conger eel five feet long was caught
near Port Blakeley, Wash., last Friday by an
Italian fisherman. It is a dangerous fish and Is
always in trouble with the devil fish.
Andy Bees and Henry Rudolph, of Punx
sutawney, were fishing for trout a couple of
days last week In the rocky and precipitous
streams of the Allegheny Mountains. Bees
caught over 400 and Rndolph about 200 very
fine trout. They brought 13 pounds of the
speckled beauties home with them.
During tho high water in the Feather river,
Colorado, tbe bottom land3 of tfie Bnggs
orchard were submerged. It Is said
that it is a fact that the fish have eaten the
young pear trees in the water. Along the tules
where tbe water covered the ground tbe fish
have eaten the crass in many places to snch an
extent as to make it unfit for pasture.
During tbe recent high rising, plunging and
backing of the waters a number of fish found
their way through the sewers into the base
ments of several stores in Oil City. They were
defeated in the encounter which followed their
discovery and placed in custody, from which
they have not yet been released. The catch
was not a large one, but was varied f or its slz e.
Including a pike, a rock bass and two suckers.
About five years ago Bowman's creek, in the
eastern part of this State, was stocked from
the State hatcheries with California trout but
there bas been no report made as to any of
them being caught np to this spring. On Mon
day E. V. Lott, while fishing up that creek,
caught one which measured 16 inches in length,
and after being carried a half day in his fish
basket, tipped tho scales at two pounds. It is
described as a beautiful fish, with a well
marked streak of red down each side, and
spotted or speckled with dark specks all over
VETERANS OF THE LATE WAR.
They Will Recognize and Appreciate tbe
Value of ThU Special Comas.
Superintendent Porter says: The importance
of accurate statements concerning the military
record of each participant in the late war should
not be underestimated. It should be the duty
moreover, of every veteran soldier and Bailor to
see that the enumerator is placed in possession
of the necessary information concerning bis
own service. If he cannot be at home when the
enumerator calls be should leave a proper
memorandum in the bands of his wife or other
member of his household, so that the work of
the census may not be delayed, and also that
there may be no doubt as to the accuracy of the
statements concerning bis service which may be
given to the censns enumerator.
That there may be no question as to the
points to be covered by tbis memorandum, it
may be well to state that tbe special inquiries
to be made concerning veterans of the Civil
War include the name, tbe company and the
regiment or vessel in which tbey served, their
late rank, tbe dates of enlistment and dis
charge, the length of service in years, months
and aays, and their present postoffice address.
Where a soldier or sailor re-enlisted or served
in mora than one organization or vessel, he
should be very, careful to give the term of
service in each instance, and to cover each
enlistment. In giving the organization care
should be taken to distinguish tbe arm of the
service, as infantry, cavalry, artillery, etc.. and
if a person served under an assumed name, his
statement should be made to cover both the
name under which be served and the truename
by which ho is now known.
Marriage of Mr. George HerivIcU nnd Miss
Alice Gnifirldal SIcKeesport.
TSFECIAL TELEGRAM TO TBE DISPATCH.
Mckeesport, May 28. The wedding of
George Herwick, City Clerk, and Miss Alice
G.. eldest daughter of Daniel Garfield, took
place at the Garfield homestead this evening at
8 o'clock, and was witnessed by a large number
of friends, embracing people from Pittsburg,
Allegheny, Connellsville and otherplaces. The
ceremony was performed by Rev. U. N. Ter
hurst, of tbe First M. E. Cburcb, The groom
More a very appropriate wedding suit and the
brido a charming costume, costly and beautiful.
Tbtywere unattended. Tbe wedding supper
and reception followed. The yonng couple
were the tecipients of a roomful of presents.
TO BE A JUNE BRIDE.
Cards are Out for the Wedding of Miss
Snille Freyvogel nnd Joseph P. Dunn.
Cards are out for the wedding of Miss Sadie
Freyvogel, of No. 284 Fifth avenue, to Joseph
P. Dunn, a well-known commercial agent of
this city. The ceremony will take place In St.
Paul's Cathedral, Wednesday afternoon, June
11, at 4.30 o'clock. A reception will be held at
tbe home of the bride at 5 o'clock, and the
voung couple will leave on an extended East
Tnbleanx Vivnnts In Chnrcb.
On Thursday evening. May 29, an entertain
ment will bo given in the Fourth Avenue Bap
tist Church. Recitations, songs, instrumental
music and tableaux vivants will be given. The
entertainment is for tbe pnrchase of a new
orgm, and will be directed bv tho young ladies
of the church. The tableaux vivants will be
very fine. An orchestra of over ten pieces will
play during the performance.
Preparing for Graduation.
The closing exercises of Mrs. Lizzie Pershing
Anderson's school of elocution, mnsic and
literature will be held In the chapel of the First
Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 9. Miss
Jeanne Edith Eggers and Miss Frances E.
Graham will graduate in elocution, and the
.Misses Graham, Clara B. Hiys and Emma C.
Voegtley in the English course.
THESouthside Turners last evening held an
entertainment and supper in their ball on
South Fourteenth street. The occasion was a
farewell to Messrs. Fred Hush and Albert
Diemer, who leave to-day for a three months'
trip through Europe. Mr. Bush goes on a tour
involving pleasure, while Mr. Diemer goes in
search of health.
Miss Bessie Thohpson, of Philadelphia, is
visiting Mrs. E. Shuster, of Penn avenue, in
wllkinsburg. Miss Thompson intends to stay
Miss Annie Bole and Miss Mary Reed, of
Ingleside. Pa., are visitingMiss Amy Moffltt, of
North Wilkinsburg, this week.
Mrs. Ella Conn, of New York, Is the guest
of Mrs. John Lawton, of Swissvale avenne,
Wilkinsbure, this week.
Resembles It Namesake.
ITrom the Baltimore Amerlean.l
The'new city of Blaine, in the new State of
Washington, is described as one of the most
vigorous and successful places in the far West
It is thus emulating tho character ot tho great
man after whom it was named.
And He's Got It Every Time.
From the Philadelphia Times, j
No matter where they may be, since the
original package decision tbe Governor of
North Carolina merely asks tbe Governor ot
South Carolina If he's got a corkscrew.
-Tliry Concfnlt, Yon Know.
From tbe Washington Post.
The effort to defeat Congressman Bayne for
renomlnation bas proved a failure. In tbe
parliamentary language ot Mr. Bynum, they
conduit, you know.
SOME STRANGE PLANTS,
Snrprlalna Discoveries Made nt the National
Botanical Garden Whisky shops nnd
Lager Beer Saloons In the Vegetable
Thu Government has been going quite exten
sively of late into the propagation of
wnisky shops and lager beer saloons. Its labo
ratory employed for this purpose Is the Na
tional Botanical Garden in Washington, for the
lager beer saloons and whisky shops referred
to are purely of a vegetable nature. They are,
In fact, nothing more or less than plants of a
very extraordinary description, which devote
their attention exclusively to the manufacture
and sale ot intoxicants. A reporter learned
that attention is being given to an Investiga
tion of their manner of doing business and to
analyses of the liquor they dispense, which Is
expected to have very important and useful re
sults, opening up a lino of inquiry in an alto
gether new direction. The vegetable whisky
shop Is perhaps the most astonish
ing plant in existence. A number
of members of its family are repre
sented in tbe greenhouses ot the botanical
garuen. .uacn one does business on its own
hook, and most of them sell differing brands
of liquor, that supplied to customers at one
shop being unlike what is offered at another.
This does not appear surprising when It is con
sidered that every vegetable whisky shop does
its own distlllinc
You would be strnck at once with the carious
appearance of one of these vegetable whisky
shops if you saw it standing in a big flower pot,
carrying on the end of each of its long green
leaves a pitcher-shaped receptacle. If the plant
is open for business yon can look into the
pitchers and find them to contain quite a
quantity of watery-looking liquor. Tbis is the
intoxicant which i3 offered to customers, each
one being permitted to help himself to as much
as he likes for the stipulated and invariable
price. May be von will find the pitchers all
sunt np, lor each pitcher has a cover that shuts
down whenever any rain or dew is falling to
prevent the liquor from becoming diluted.
All Have a Weakness for Liquor.
Mow, the customers spoken of are insects of
all sorts such as blue-bottle flies, mos
quitoes, cockroaches, red ants and so on. There
is not a bug of any sort, apparently, that has
not a weakness for tbe liquor supplied by the
vegetable whisky shop. The insect walks out
on one of the long leaves nntil he comes to the
end of it,ana finding here a quantity of delicious
drink in the pitcher be crawls in and swigs and
swifrs at it nntil he dies, as is supposed, of alco
holism. At all events be pays for his drink
uu ms me, ana leaves nis corpse in me
pitcher to sustain Dy. its absorption the
healthful existence of the plant. And it
is just for this object to entrap cus
tomers for food that the plant pre
pares and places on sale its liquor. What the
said liquor is composed of, chemicallv speak
ing, attempts are now being made to find out
by analyses, bo far it is only known that it is a
powerful and palatable intoxicant. How
mucH the insects enjoy it you can perceive by
looking into tbe pitchers, where you will often
find in each receutacle hundreds of bugs of all
descriptions. Another form of vegetable
whisky shop has long perpendicular trumpet
shaped receptacles for tbe liquor, with the
wide end of the trumpets at the top where the
bugs are expected to crawl in. And when yon
tear open one of tbe trumpets it may be a loot
or more in length after it bas survived its
usefulness and dried np you will usually find it
filled from one end to the other with flies and
ants and sucb things. '
Variety of Drinks and Patrons.
Tt has recently been discovered and herein
lies the expected usefulness of tbe investi
gation now going on regarding these plants
that different vegetable whisky shops, like
their prototypes on the city streets, have differ
ent classes of customers. One kind of these
shops is frequented almost exclusively by cock
roaches, for whose reception unusually large
pitchers are provided the plant carrying them
looking as If it had suspended from the ends of
its strong leaves a lot of small bath tubs. An
other kind, with pitchers that resemble In ap
pearance great big bean, is frequented only by
red ants; and still another kind Is patronized
by slugs, and has the rims of its pitchers armed
with teeth to delay guests who might wish to
depart. So it would appear that these whiLy
shops could be propogated for use in destroying
such enemies of tbe household and tbe garden,
and It is proposed to find out how far such a
thine may be practicable. There is no difficulty.
certainly, in rearing and maintaining tbe
plants, which are not tropical exotics but
natives of tbis verv region about Washlnnton.
and readily to be cultivated in any temperate
Tho Lager Beer Saloon.
QUITE as Interesting in its way as the whisky
shop Is the vegetable lager beer saloon re
ferred to at the beginning of this article. In
general appearance it resembles the whisky
shop strongly, but its pitchers are wider at the
mouths and have no tops to them. Thus the
liquor dispensed by the lager beer saloon is
diluted more or less by the dews and rains, so
that it is not verv intoxicating. However, the
drink is intended to attract tbe insect custom
ers and not to poison them. Patrons, crawling
into tbe pitchers, take a drink, and, without
feeling it go to their heads very much, start to
walk out again. But, unfortunately, tbe whole
Inside of tho nitcber is lined with strong, hairy
projections, all pointing downward toward the
liquor and away from the brim. It waseay
enough to walk downward, but when tbe
victim attempts to go upward and out again
the hairs obstruct his progress so etfectnilly
that He finally tumbles back into the drink and
is miserably drowned. That is tbe way the
vegetable lager beer saloon captures its
customers by drowning.
The Butcher Plaat.
A notheb fascinating plant now being propa
gated at tbe botanical garden is tbe
"butcher," which kills tbe insects and such
things that it feeds upon by crushing them
alive, afterward consuming them at its leisure.
This is considered, to be of all vegetables tbe
one exhibiting an intelligence most nearly ap
proaching that which animals possess. Its ap
pearance Is not impressive save for its pe
culiarity. Growing along the ground, it bas
for leaves little green things shaped like open
clam shells, the biggest of them half an inch
long, with a row of little snlkes around each
edge. As you observe the plant most of the
clam shells will be open, waiting for food, each
ot them a greedy mouth ready to devour any
thing that may crawl in. Here comes an ant.
Perhaps he will walk into one of these pairs of
yawning jaws. Yes, there be goes into the big
one, attracted by tbe sugary excre
tion on- tbe inside of the lnlni
ture clam shell, which serves for a
bait. The victim reaches the middle point be
tween tbe jaws and comes in contact with six
microscopic hairs that grow inside the clam
shell leaf and serve tbe plant as feelers. Im
mediately the jaws close with a snap, tho two
rows of spikes folding over the shut edge of
the clam shell, so as so give the prey no chance
of escape. If the insect were much bigger and
stronger than an ant be would be quickly
crushed to death. It may be some hours before
tbe jaws will open again, clam-shell leaf being
occupied meanwhile in digesting the food cap
tured. All the leaves of the plant being en
gaged continually in waiting for prey, catching
it and digesting it, it makes a verv good living
indeed where bugs are plentiful. In the green
houses there are comparatively few insects,
however, and so tbe bead gardener feeds his
butcher plant from day to day with such deli
cacies as finely chopped or scraped beefsteak
and earth worms cut up, which are devoured
with relish. The butcher plant is found in
North Carolina, ana nowhere else in the world.
REFORMED CHURCH SYNOD.
Two Hundred and Fifty Delegates In Attend
ance at Lcbnnon.
fSPSCIAL TELIGBAM TO THE PISrATCH.1
Lebanon, May 23. The General Synod of
the Reformed Church of tbe United States
convened in triennial session at 7 o'clock this
evening in the First Reformed Church, Of this
city, ot which Rev. David E. Klopp is pastor.
A general women's miJSionary meeting will be
held in conjunction with tbe General Synod,
with the special object of arousing more Inter
est In missionary work. There are about 250
ministers and elders in attendance, and tbey
are all being royally cared for by the members
of the coneretration. The Home Mission Board
and tbe Sunday School Board met last evening
and transacted all necessary business prelim
inary to making their reports to the Synod.
Owing to ill health, tbe venerable President,
Rev. Dr. Walker, of North Carolina, was un
able to attend and open tbe preparatory ser
vice. Rev. Dr. Bomberger, of Xlrsinis College,
delivered an eloquent sermon in place of Pres
ident Walker. The Synod will remain in ses
sion abont ten davs, and promises to be quite
interesting. The Missionary Board has ar
ranged tbe following programme for Thursday:
Morning, devotional services and reports: after
noon, adoption of constitution and election of
officers of the conferences.
Tbey Are Rapidly Disappearing.
From the Altoona Times.!
The newspapers of Pittsburg are very much
elated over tbe authorities closing up the large
number of "speak-easies" in that city, and say
that last Sunday was one of the most quiet,
orderly Sabbafh days there bas been In that
cty for a long time. With this evil abated
there will be fewer ocenpants for "murderers'
row" In tbeir'county jail. All such demoraliz
ing institutions as this should be downed In
Pittsburg, and other placet aa well.
TO A FAMOUS BATTLEFIELD.
Congressional Excursion From Washington
to Gettysburg To-Motrow.
Washington, May 23. The Congressional
excursion from this city on Memorial Day, May
SO, to Gettysburg, Pa., promises to be well
patronized. It will leave the Baltimore and
Potomac denot. Sixth ana B streets, at 9 a. il,
taking the West Maryland road to Baltimore,
arriving at Gettysburg about noon, tbe train
going directly out to the famous railroad cut
near which the battle opened July 1, 1863, and
a description of the engagement, together with
the location of the troops, will be given. After
the visit to Railroad Cut is finished tbe train
will return to town and go out on the Gettys
burg and Harrisburg road to the base of Oak
Hill, where the afternoon battle of the first day
will be dflsenbed. Tbe dstance between the two
points is balf a mile, completely filled in with
a line of monuments, and tne cars will move
slowly while points of interest are being desig
nated. Little Round Top, the scene of the
second dav's fight, will be next visited, and
then the train will go to Hancock station. The
excursionists will here be given a walk of 'about
100 rods to the copse where Longstreet's assault
was repulsed on tbe third day, a description of
which will be given.
The cars will tben return to town, but those
willing to walk will have an opportunity of see
ing East Cemetery Hill, where the attack was
made on Johnson and Early's divisions, and
where the engagement between Grecs's and
Stewart's cavalry took place. When the partv,
on their return, shall reach the Maryland Rail
road station, they will enjoy tbe hospitality of
the Blue Mountain House Company, and enjoy
an hour's ride through the wild and pictur
esque Blue Ridge. On Saturday morning a
drive will be taken to the High Rock on tbe
summit of the Blue Ridge, and after dinner
the excursionists will start for Hagerstown,
en route to this citv, via the Baltimoro and
Ohio road, passing the Antiotam battlefield on
the way, and which will be visited should time
SHERMAN TO GO TO PORTLAND.
Tbe General's Characteristic Letter In Ac
cepting the Iaviiatlon.
Portland, Me, May 2S. Mayor Melcher
has received tbe following very characteristic
letter from General Sherman:
ItEW YORK, May 3, 1890.
The Hon. H. S. Melcher, Mayor, Portland. Me.:
Hear Sib I wrote yoa some days ago that I
could not come to Portland on the 4th of July
next. I have to-dar concluded arrangements to
go to Cleveland to witness the unveiling or tbe
Garfield monument May 30, Decoration Day. I
will theugoto WestPolut Juue Uforthe gradu
ating exercises, and the next positive engagement
Is for Boston, August 12, the National Encamp
ment, and Chicago In September, the unveiling
of Grants equestrian statue. As 1 am thus
robbed of all chaoces for a summer1, holiday. I
might as well take In Portland, Me., for the
Fourth of July, and the everlasting Armv of the'
Potomac which seems Icalous that I have out
lived all their commanders, and want to kill me
somehow. Therefore, if you will permit me to
come to Portland in my own way, and secure me
a room at a fair hotel, I will come, attend their
exercises, share tbetr banquets and get back to
.New York. 1 prefer to be Independent, not the
guest ot any private family, or even of your hos-
Fiitable city, but to take It easy In "mine own
nn,1' where old friends will call who would not
intrudeontbo privacy of a family, lhislsnota
whim of mine, but a conclusion reached by Orant,
Sheridan ana myself more than ten years ano at
Cincinnati, U. ittmemoer, also, that 1 have six
children and eight grandchildren, who expect me
to fflve them some of my thought and attention.
With profound respect, your friend.
W. T. SHERMAN.
A Proud Day for America.
From the Illustrated American.!
Every time that a thermometer is nsed on
board of a ship to determine whether she is in
the Gulf Stream or not, an American may re
flect with pride that though our flag is driven
from tbo high seas through the operation of
our navigation laws, it was an American who
taught the world bow to navigate these seas,
and that no nation bas in modern times done
more to dignify tbe sailor's craft than ours.
STATE POLITICAL NOTES.
Beaver countt will hold her primaries to
day. Delamater delegates will, in ail probabil
ity, be elected.
A. D. Lowing, of Center Road, Crawford
county, is a candidate for Congress in the
Crawford-Erie district. The back districts are
now being heard from.
Wednesday's Da Bois Courier contained a
two-column cut of Major Montootb. The
above paper is putting in some pretty big licks
for Pittsburg's favorite candidate for Gov
ernor. Blair countt Republicans will hold their
convention on Tuesday, June 24, at Altoona.
It's anybody's race in that county up to date.
As yet no cry of fraud has been heard in tbe
Five candidates for tbe Assembly and about
as many more for tbe Senate have announced
themselves as ready and willing to serve their
constituents and their country from Crawford
THE Westmoreland Tribune-Herald says
that the primaries held in Indiana county will
not be conducive to harmony, and would like
to have some man not mentioned yet get tbe
nomination. It seems to think that there are
Hannibal K. Sloan, of Indiana, Is In the
race to tbo finish for the Lieutenant Governor
ship on tbe Democratic side. He was a gallant
soldier during the war. Is a resident of an agri
cultural district, and enjoys tbe confidence and
knows the wants of farmers.
ALL tbe principal candidates for State of
fices bave already secured quarters in Harris
burg. The Lochiel Hotel will be in tho bauds
of tbo politicians during tbe convention.
Rooms have been reserved for Senator Quay,
but it is stated be will not be in attendance.
Collector Cooper desires to see a clean
compaign on the Congressional question in the
Sixth district: that be wants it understood that
he shall give no orders to bis Custom House
employes as to bis preference In the matter,
but that he and they are free to exercise their
choice as they deem best. As for himself, he
is in favor of Captain Johnson.
Meadville, notwithstanding her extreme
bashfulncss, is not lacking in furnishing a full
quota of men willing to suffer for their con
stituents. One of her citizens wants the Gov
ernorship, another the Congressional nomina
tion and still another the State Senatorsbip. So
far no Presidental bee has been beard hum
ming there, but tbe campaign is still young.
Department Commander Joseph J3
Denniston has i'tsued a general order rela
tive to politic in tbe Grand Army of the Re
public Among other things tbe Commander
says: "If any desire to assist in tbe way of po
litical preferment any ex-soldier, it can be
done as citizens, but not as members of the
Grand Army of the Republic Posts must not
indulge in resolutions of indorsement of can
Qidates, whether snch candidates be comrades
Franklin, the county seat of Venango
county, the home of all classes ot politicians,
from a County Commissioner to United States
Treasurer, Is not making much noise during
the present campaign. A gentleman from that
city, now on business here, gives as a reason
that all the shining lights have been provided
for, and hence the younger men have got to
bide their time. It Is tho first time on record
that Franklin men have expressed themselves
as being satisfied.
ALL DIFFERENCES ADJUSTED,
Western Passenger Agents Sign an Agree
ment and Restore Prices.
New Yoke. May 23. The difference in re
gard to passenger rates in the Northwest were
all adjusted to-day, and an agreement was
signed bj all the roads to restore passenger
rates to the tariff in effect on December 31.
The agreement goes into effect on June 10, and
will continue for 60 days. No road can with
draw, except on 30 days' notice. It was signed
in Chicago by the officers of all tbe roads whose
executive officers could be reached there, and
then Vice President Goddard, of tbe Atchison
road, brought it to this city. He presented it
to-day to President Oakes, who signed it for
tbe Northern Pacific and Wisconsin Central
roads, and tben. alter the St Panl directors
voted In favor ot it, President Miller, of that
road, added bis signature.
The situation in tbe Southwest continues un
changed. Tbe parties 'having charge of tbe
movement to adjust rates in that section state
that tbe matter rests entirely with Jay Gould.
If be orders bis subordinates to restore rates,
the other roads will follow at once
A Doctor to be Btnrrleil.
rsriciAL TELZORAJC TO Tns DISPATCH.!
Greensburg, May 28. Dr. C C. Porter, a
prominent young physician of this place, will be
married to-morrow morning at 6 o'clock to Miss
Minnie In, the accomplished daughter of A. W.
Jones, a leading coal dealer of this vicinity.
After the wedding tbe couple will leave for an
extended tour of the Western cities.
The Chicago police gathered in 206 lost
children on a recent Sunday.
A lively Maine young woman has de
veloped much skill in snaring Maine song birds
and does quite a business at caging and selling
A German scientist has discovered that
trees tbe trunks of which are covered with
moss or lichen are tbe most liable to lightning
The water supply in Tokio, instead of
being taken directly Into the bouse, is led into
wells, which, as a rule, are only on one side of
There is a Baptist church at Mendon,
Mich., but no society, and a Baptist preacher
occupied the pulpit last Sunday for tbe first
time in more than 20 years.
The thickest octavo volume in the
world known is thfc latest edition of Whitaker's
Reference Catalogue of English Literature.
This book weighs 12 pounds and is 11 inches in
Mr. E. G. P. Smith, the Government
keeper at Little Diamond, bas unearthed what
appears to be an old Indian Idol, weighing half
a ton, and' the Maine Historical Society will
An old man, going into a liquor saloon
in New York the other night, boasted he could
give those present "some pointers on danc
ing" and started in to do so. He danced five
minutes and fell under a table dead from heart
Jane Simmons, a little mulatto woman
living in Milledgeville, Ga., is said to be the
first woman in tbe South to become a batcher
by profession. She can kill, clean and cut
up more hogs in a day than any man in tbe
The remains of Ann Kntledge, the early
love of Abraham Lincoln, were removed tbe
other day from tbe obscure country graveyard
at Concord, where they had Iain for nearly 06
years, and relnterred at Oakland Cemetery, in
Mrs. Hnling, a Ehode Island woman;
being thrown into the water by the filling of a
boat in which she and two lady friends were
rowing, escaped drowning by clinging to ber
dog, which swam with her to the shore. Her
friends were drowned.
In Bangor there is a one-armed man,
the right one having been taken off at the
shoulder in the Gettysburg fight, who has
spaded np a quarter of an acre of land, carried
dressing to it and planted a garaen. He
whistles and sings, too, as he works.
A Western paper says the German
language is fast giving way to English in parts
of the West largely settled by Germans, bo
cause the baseball renorts cannot be under
stood in the German language, which has no
equivalents for tbe technical terms used m de
scribing the games.
Little Jake Seligman has bought a fiat
Iron block in Sagiaaw and be is going to make
it a feature of the city. He will erect a band
some brick and iron block on the site, to be
surmounted by a tower. In that tower be will
place a $4,000 clock, and upon the top of the
tower a life size bronze statue of himself.
There is no country like France for
starting journals. Daring 18S9 no less than 9o0
new newspapers were brought out, of which
not one remains in life. On the other hand, the
Petti Journal now claims a circulation of
1.01)5,000 copies dally. During tbe same period
there were printed in France over 15.000 new
books, including 5.000 new musical pieces.
An exhibition illustrating in 230 pic
tures the costumes ofthe French army from
1789 up to now will shortly be opened in the
Palais des Beaux Arts of tbe Champ de Mars,
Paris. M. Jacques Wacbenheimer is the or
ganizer of the exhibition, and after its close he
proposes to sell it to the French Government.
As a man was walking along the Ham
mersmith road, near London, carrying a tame
fox under his arm, a mastiff approached from
bebinaandso startled tho fox that it sprang
from the min's arm and darted along the road
at full speed with the mastiff in pursuit. A
dozen other dogs joined in the chase and tbe
fox eventually was rnn to earth In a drain
George Sheldon, second engineer oi
the steamer City of Milwaukee, died of rheu
matism at Mt. Clemens Sunday night. Four
years ago Sheldon was on the ice-bound
steamer Michigan, in Lake Michigan. He
walked ashore 3d miles and then returned and
piloted the crew ashore, after which he re
turned to tbe steamer and remained with ber
until she went down.
According to a Virginia paper ths Eldest
person in that State, if not in the nation. Is
Sarah Gaddess, a colored woman, of Oreide.
Taylor county. Bhe was a slave In an old Vir
ginia family when the Revolution began, and re
memberea distinctly circumstances of that
war. Friends who know her history estimate
ber age at 130 years. She lives alone, caring for
herself with the aid ot neighbors, who erected
a small house for ber, tbe whole community
contributing to her support.
"When you are ready to put away fnra
and woolens and want to guard against the de
predations of moths, pack them securely in
paoer flour sicks and tie the latter up well.
Tnis is better than camphor or tobacco or snuff
scattered among them in chest3 or drawers.
Before putting vour muffs away for the sum
mer twirl them by the cords at the ends, so
that every hair will be straight. Put them in
their boxes and paste a strip of paper where
the lid fits on."
Count Pnnonrostro, aprorninentSpanish
nobleman, has just died in Madrid. He waa
called "Count Fist-In-the-Face," and got the
name oddly. He was once a game-keeper, and
being called a liar by Charles V. for having
claimed to bave killed a certain bird, he slug
ged his Majesty in the face. Tho king doomed
him to death, but afterward finding be was
correct and admiring his pluck, said: "I not
only pardon you. but I attach you to tnv person
and make you Count of Pnnonrostro (Fist-in-the
While exercising a horse at Fort Col
lins. Col., the animal became enraged and at
tempted to bite its leader. The trainer suc
ceeded in preventing the furious beast from
injuring him until the halter broke, when the
animal picked him up by the shoulder and
threw him to the ground with great violence;
then burying his teeth in the fle3h of the pros
trate man, the brute trampled upon him. The
trainer's chest was crushed, three ribs were
broken and tbe flesh on aU parts of his body
was bruised and crushed.
A FEW SIDE PLITTERS.
The sweet girl graduate is now busy with
thoughts about her June essay, and tbe dress
makers will soon be called In to take measure
ments ror tbe same. Rochester Post-Express.
"Here's a question," said the information
editor, "that 1 can't answer. The man wautsto
know 'how long girls should be courted.' "
"Just the same as short girls," returned the
And the star! humorist stole the Joke and sold it
to the editor In chlel for SI. New Xork Herald.
Jupiter (over the OlymDian telephone)
Hello. General Greelvt
General Greely Hello!
Juoller 1 am very sorry, bnt I must cancel your
last order for thunderstorms.
General Greely What is the matter?
Jupiter The Cyclops have gone on a strike for
an eijrht-hour day, and I'm running short of thun
"Sir." said the tramp, '1 want to join
church." And If ever a man's face expressed
contrition his did.
"Ah, I am glad, my friend, that you have seen
the error or yonr ways. And what saving power
of trace has worked upon yoa?"
"Your daughter. I asked for some cold victuals
and she game me a piece of pie she Slid she baked
herself I Just ate it an hour ago, and If I keep
on feeling this way I don't want to let no chances
slip, you bet."-PMod'.PA,a Time.
Aunt Mary Poor Budgel Does your
tooth ache yet? If 'twere mine, dear, I'd have It
OUBudge-If 'twere yours! Well, aantle, so would
I. loung Peep"-
Mamma Bobbie, does yonr ear ache?""
Kobble No, mamma.
Mamma Then why have you put cotton In It?
Robbie Well, mamma, yoa kaow yoa Veen on
telllag me tbat I learn so little, because what goes
In at one ear comes out at the other. Bo I've
plugged the other up. young People.
"Practically I refused him, yes. I told
him be must choose between me and smoking, and
he said he would give up me. "
It was Tour own doing, then, and yon h&va no
right to feel ofieuded. No woman knows how
dear a cigar is to a man."
'Ah, bad he had a reason like that It would
have been different. But you must remember ha
smoked nothing but cigarettes." Philadelphia.
He rushed downstairs with his hair un
combed. His breeches all out of gear.
And a general look of a hasty man
heu he gets up on his ear.
His breath came short, his eyeballs biased,
His cheeks were the hue of gore -As
he snatched the morning paper trp- - ,
And read the basebaU score- -. j
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