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Bcmarkable Story an Outcast
American Told to, Lieu
tenant Skufeldt.
Fastened to the Walls of a Russian
Prison in Bleak Siberia.
Turned Loose at Last Without a Single
Word of Explanation.
c-s:xs6. toting
"We had heard of him in a misty sort of
tray in Eastern clubs in nfter-dinner talks
or ic semi-confidences
told over Japanese
mats in leafy tea
houses. Little by lit
tle, then here, then
there, he had become
a sort of reality to ns
in the vrardroom; and
in various naval minds
on the China station,
dim mental pictures
of an old American
chained to the Russian
walls of a gloomy
prison, excited tree
indignationand desul
tory sympathy.
It Tvas not for many
months after this tha
the reality indeed
stumbled on the stage
of at least my own
experience. We had
-'5l Tr Fur n TP9T nr trrrt
Tientsin and
J'rotoi-ptoil.t. yearning lor bhanghai,
tiring of Shanghai and yearning for Hong
kong, till the heat of a Tonquin summer
drove us north w itli its spice-laden breaths
over the muddy Yellow Sea back to Japan.
On Iho Water at Yokoliama.
Here ships galore, ships with stately
masts and spider yards, square-trimmed
ngainst a cloudless sky; ships with stumpy
spars and crowds of shouting men tumbling
bales and boxes into great lighters groaning
alongside; plenty, too, of lone, low, rakish
neniuers wim leau-coiorea ernes ana snore
stacks vomiting black emoke against a back
ground of dwarfish hills and trees and low
roofed houses Yokohama.
We made her out soon enough, though It
had been manv months 6inee we had been in
company. Her black hull, with its long
row of square white ports, each dotted with
a gun: her loftv masts and masses of heavy
rigffing: the quiet dignity with which she
rode the blue -naters of the bay amid the
noisy fleet of native junks and sampans,but
above all the flutter of blue and red and
many stars at her peak. It was the flag
ship, with the pennant of an admiral fly
ing at her mizzen. She didn't intend to
give us much rest, either, for almost before
our booms were out her boarding officer was
alongside and in to see our captain. Wo
had our "tailing orders" that very night,
und early the next morning, pitching and
rolline about, were flying beiore a heavy
easterly gale to the N." and W. and the in
hospitable coasts of Asiatic Itussia.
Tlio Spirit of Itnsslan Espionage.
Spread along the shores of one of the fin
est harbors of the Eastern World, stands, in
a rambling sort of way. the queer convict
town of .Russian Ylad ostok. An air of
Eussian mystery comes over one from the
moment that the anchor drops from off the
bows of a foreign craft. Everything is in
accessible. The great arsenal is sealed to
vibitors; the post and telegraph offices are
very caves oJ secrecy: even the inhabitants
seem to tread the narrow roads that run by
the sta with the uncertain and suspicious
Fteps of those that are watched and sus
pected. The entire population is convict,
either political or criminal, or the descend
ants of such.
There is a military club and a military
park where a military band plays to an idle
crowd of loungers in long coats and shaggy
beards with big odd caps on their heads. It
is the Eastern eye of the greatest of modern
despots, the Czar; the tin of the middle
linger of tiiat modern hand of power that
spreads from the confines of civilized Europe
to the shores of the Japan Sea. Our Cap
tain had been ashore several times; once in
uniform u ith an aide to attend him: f everal
times in plain clothes and finally in all the
jiaal regalia of his rank. This fast visit of
ins seemed to settle the reason of our unex
pected visit, for the following morning we
put to tea and returned to Yokohama.
A 31) stcrions Stranger on Board.
with quick glances cast about him, so pecu
liar, that my interest in him revived, anM
motioned to a public house near by, and
suggested that he go with me and tell me
his story. He followed me across the nar
row street in his shambling way and took a
seat opposite me at one of the little wooden
tables. There was no one else in the room.
He leaned his hairy head upon. his out
stretched hands and told me this:
"I am an American, sir, though they say
I look like a Slav. I was born in the west,
in one of the then new States, 58 years ago
this coming month. My real name is Simp
son, though I have had many since.
Ills Same "Was Only a Number.
"For nine years it has been 536, in the
Eussian tongue; that was the number I had
on the iron collar I wore about my throat
You see, sir, I was of the rowing and law
less kind that makes tails out of heads of
everything and sweeps round and round in
the eddies and gullies of life. I didn't
stay on the farm long, but wandered
further Westill I floated over the Eockies
and fetched up in California in the early
fifties. Then from camp to camp, from good
luck to bad and up arain till I came out the
mines with a good 520,000 in a 'Erisco bank
and a fair smattering of engineering. So I
gave up a roving life and made a hitch to
settle down and enjoy myself. I took to
studying too, and paid ray wav in a school
where they taught building and such.
"I married during these vears, the daugh
ter of a chum of mine in the old days, who
owned a small hotel and was doing a flour
ishing trade. She was a pretty little thing,
with wavy flaxen hair that she had a way of
letting tumble down when she got to talk
ing and shaking her head to convince me.
Well, sir, I followed her advice and took
half out of the bank and put it into the
hotel and married her. So when tha Occi
dental went up it took with it my half and
I drew the rest out of the bank and with
my wife and children, we had two then, I
came out
To Japan to Start Afresh.
"I made out to do pretty well at first.
this one, 'that is the man the architect,
"I recognized my friend, then, Major
Protoplovski. I never saw him again. Seven
long years before anyone, other than my
jailor, pushed aside my door. Years, sir,
that make my blood tingle at the thought;
years, sir, that the iron upon my neck
clasped no more closely about mv throat,
nor clanked the chains against the damp
walls of my cell, than did the spirit of
despair in my heart Little by little I had
managed to write with my blood upon a
piece of linen they had used to bind up a
sore the manacle had made upon my wrists,
my name and birth and begging that the
news of my cruel imprisonment might be
sent to my "family and to the nearest Ameri
can Consul. This I gave secretly to my
second visitor, an English clergvman, who
had been permitted to see me, they think
ing that I was about to die.
Released Without an Explanation.
"Weeks rolled by into months and these
into two long years, and there came neither
my release nor my death. One day, it was
in the early Siberian winter, there came the
sound of unusual voices outside my cell and
the shuffling of strange feet Presently a
flood of light poured in upon me and strange
people stood about, while one read from a
paper he held in his hands. When that
was done they unloosened my manacles and
took me from my dungeon. Through lone
narrow corridors" my dazed memory could
not place they pushed me till an open court
yard was reached, and I found myself in a
crowd of convicts seated on rough wooden
benches and eating black soup from wooden
bowls thev held between their knees. From
their greater liberty I knew them to be po
litical prisoners.
"Theie was snow upon the barren ground
and it was cold, and I had nothing to cover
me but the rags my long confinement hadleft
upon my body. A bowl was given me, sir,
and I ate the soup. That night and for
three days following I ate my soup twice a
day and slept beneath one of the wooden
benches, nraved acain for death. None
Europeans in my trade were tew then, and came, but worse; they took me from my
Introduction of the Sloyd System in
the Public Schools,
Drawing in Pittsburg and the Prang Model
ing in Allegheny.
But we had a passenger. He had come
on the day before we sailed,in a peculiar old
boat, pulled by two rough Eussian sailors
who had helped him up the side with an old
'rank covered with hair and brass-bound on
i he corners. Little attention was paid Jo
him at fiM as he stood near the mast -with
his shagg coa, buttoned to the chin about
Tim ln.n I'tai Droiciky.
him, and his great hands thrust in the
depths of its baggy pockets. He wore oa
his head a round fur cap, which every now
and then he would scrape off, to pass his
fingers across his face or to throw back his
tangled grayish hair. He kept his eye upon
his solitary trunk always, amid the hurrying
Failors and the hoarse shouts of the "getting
under wav." Finally they carried it below,
r:i'i !e followed it ia'a meek tort of way till
i' disappeared down the forrhatch.
iji. x'cmed to b" a quirt, inoffensive man,
x 'i j !!!; his a'loitcd place at the mess clolh
: che petty ofcictrs, and after that sat in
Seourc co-ncrs to smoke his pipe in silence
or to comb with his fingers his long un
kempt beard. We, in the ward room, had
c-ily a general idea that he was some out
cast in hard luck to whom we were giving a
passage free of expense, out of charity.
Getting at the aian'a Story.
It was not, in fact, for some weeks after
oar arrival at Yokohoma that I stumbled
tcross him again in the streets. He wore
the same old coat and cap, was smoking the
tame ponderous pipe and staring about him
in the same half-curious, half-lazy way. He
tool; a:t, hand from his pocket and raised it
t.'his fai e as I passed. I turned back and
ipok to liim: "Well, hew are you making
"About the some, sir, about the same;
nothing to do and nowhere to turn, I'm
tome years behind my time, and the crowd
have sort of left me passed and left me be
hind." His appearance was so odd generally, and
the hesitancy in his speech, punctuated
the Japs had a craze for foreign buildings
and foreign railroads and foreign clothes, so
I had a good deal to do. I -built a prettv
house in Tokio and took my wife and chil
dren there. One day I got a letter in a big
square envelope with a neavy seal and a
coat of arms. It was an offer lioni the Com
mandant of the Eussian military station at
Yladvostok to come over and help them to
plan some public buildings they wanted to
put up. well, sir, I did go alter a bit, and
took with me a kit of clothes and besides
some cash in gold about SG.OOO in United
States bonds, that I thought I could turn a
ready penny on in a rising Government
town. So I bid eoodby to my little wife
and children. We came down, hand in
hand, the broad walk that ran to the gate in.
the fence all covered over with trailing
vines and sweet smelling flowers.
'eGoodby,' she said, 'goodby, Ben," and
threw back her long hair all tumbled over
her teary face as usual, 'write us often and
I'll bring the boys down to meet the steamer
that brings you back.'
"So I kissed her and lost sight of her and
her yellow hair in a turn of the road.
Building a Convict Prison.
"Well, sir, about ten versts back from the
coast, on the road to Irkutsk from the con
vict military settlement of Vladvostok, I
settled down, and under the supervision of
a Eussian Commissioner began the plans
and watched the construction of a convict
prison. At the head of this commission was
an officer of the Eussian Secret Police bv
the name of Protoplovski, a major in rank
and a kind and companionable man. In the
two or three years that followed we became
great friends, and he knew all my.ideas as
well as I knew them myself. Many a time
we had gona over my drawings together and
wound up at the shanty we called neadquar
ters with a social glass of 'vodka' and a
good dinner. Of course I missed the wife
and little children, and never tired of tell
ing the major about them; so that withtny
talk of them and the rising prison we did
not mind the increasing snows or the gloomy
flays ot approacliing storms.
"One early morning, it was near mid
winter, 1 went out alone on my usual tour
of inspection; that finished, I was hurrying
back to be in time for my breakfast with the
Major, when there passed me the usual post
'drousky,' with its running horses, high
collars and jangling bells. I had stepped to
one side of the road to let it pass on the way
to Vladvostok, and had lifted my cap to
the driver, when I noticed for the first time
that three strangers, closely wrapped in
long gray military coats, were seated hud
dled together in the bottom of the vehicle.
The Message of the Strangers.
'It swept by me a little way and- then
suddenly came to a halt, and the three
strangers alighted and advanced toward me
over the snow. The leader of them, for I so
adjudged him to be by height and bearing,
addressed me in Eussian: 'Are you Mr.
Simpson, the architect of the new convict
prison of Vladvostok?'
"I bowed 'yes,' and the three whispered
together a moment over a paper that the
leader held in his hand. Then he added:
'We Reg that you will conduct us to that
prison and allow the 'drousky' to go and
bring over Major Protoplovsci to join us.
We are prison officials from Irkutsk with
instructions to confer with you as to the
progress of the building and the possibility
of directing from Irkutsk attain of political
exiles to Eastern Siberia."
"I walked back with the officers and In
troduced them to the head governor of the
prison who had arrived but a few days
pri ir to this date with a small prison garri
6on. I took particular pride in the under
ground dungeons and was very minute in
my descriptions of them, I well remember.
ProtoplovsUl Did Not Come.
"Upon my return we all went to the
Governor's room to await the arrival of
Protoplovski. But he did not come as the
winter night settled down and I became
somewhat uneasy, as well as the others ap
parently, for one after another they went
to the only little window and looked out
upon the advancing night and down the
long, bleak, snowy road. As the gloom
wrapped the bare room in darkness, they
left me, one by one, till I sat alone and
waited. An hour after this the door opened
violcnTl v and a man came in with a lantern
nml stood in front of me. I heard the
Miund of grounding arras in the stone cor
ridor outside and the murmur of sudden
voices. This one struck me roughly on my
shoulder and said, 'Follow me, sir.
" 'Where?' I asked, 'and by whose or
der?' " 'By order of the Governor General of
the military district of Irkutsk.'
"Well, sir. that was the warrant, and
that was all of it For nine long, inter
minable years I lay in one of the most in
accessible underground dungeons that my
own ingenuity had planned and executed, a
solitary prisoner, fastened by an iron collar
and chain to the wall waiting death. I
never but twice had a visitor in all that
wretched life.
Only Two Short Visits.
"Hie first came but a few davs after mv
confinement, the door of my cell was opened
gently, and four men stood at its entrance.
They were all dressed alike in the long,
flowing gray coat and round-top heavy cap
of the Eussian official. One held with one
hand a torch above his head, and resting the
other on the shoulder of a companion,
jointed at me in my chains. 'Yes, said
convict comrades and drove me from the
prison gates. It seemed a dream to me, sir,
but I wandered back to Vladvostok some
how; but I could not find a-friend. No one
had ever heard of Major Protoplovski or the
American architect So I wandered from
door to door, begging alms and sitting as
the long nights came on upon the sea wall
looking across the bay.
The Sight or Stars and Stripes.
"One morning my heart gave a great
leap. I believed my eyes to be lying to me
and I rubbed and rubbed them, for anchored
off the Naval Club was a Etately ship with
the flag of free America floating in a Eus
sian breeze. Well, sir, the day after that,
as I was standing on the little "wharf where
your boats came in, I was accosted by a
Eussian subaltern officer accompanied by
the rough looking men who carried be
tween them, sir, my trunk, the trunk, sir, I
had not seen for ten years and long since
thought destroyed. The official addressed
me, Are you the convict Simpson?
" 'I am 536,' I said.
" 'All right.'
"So they pulled me off to your ship, sir,
with my trunk and all and left me there.
There is little more to tell that you do not
know. Everything in my trunk was as I
left it, clothes and books and instruments,
but not a paper, not a pin, not a dollar. I
have not complained, it is useless. I went
up to Tokio when we got here, with some
money your sailors gave, and sought out the
little flower-grown hill upon which my cot
tage stood. All had changed, the very
house disarm eared. UDon its site stands a
two-story building, a half Japanese, half
English hotel, they told me. No one had
over heard 'my name nor of my wile and
lie covered his wrinkled, time-worn face
with his hands as he finished, and I could
see the moisture of his eyes glisten between
his fingers. I begged him to come on board
again as I gently laid the few foreign coins
I had before his bowed head and left him.
But he never did.
A Sceno in Sacramento.
Half a dozen years had rolled by me
when, one idle hour accompanied by an old
and curious friend, I strolled into the new
Court House just completed at Sacramento.
The usual crowd of ill-fortune tossed hu
manity was gathered behind the iron fence
that barred off petty offenders against the
law. We entered just as a seedy figure clad
in an old coat, buttoned to the chin, stepped
into the prisoner's box. A tall Sergeant of
S once rose m ms place and addressed the
"This man Eoberts, Your Honor, has been
defrauding people with a story of a lost
wife with yellow hair and a couple of
children, and about a missing trunk that
the Eussians won't give him back, sir, his
56,000 that are gone, sir, and"
"Same story, officer?"
"The same, Your.Honor?"
"Thirty days."
I leaned forward and looked closely.
The old prisoner stepped down from the
box in a dazed sort of way, made a feeble
attempt to say something, looked about
him with a blank smile, and ran his fingers
through his long and tangled hair.
It was my friend Simpson, the architeot
536 of the convict prison of Vladvostok.
Mason W. Shxtfeldt.
Lieutenant "U. S. N.
B right's Disease of the Kidneys.
" The symptoms of this dread disease are
puffiness ot the face, especially under the
eyes, sometimes of the feet also, dull, heavy
pains in the back and loins gradually in
creasing, restlessness and weakness, palpi
tation of the heart, indigestion and urinary
sediments. At the appearance of the first
symptom Pe-ru-na should be taken in table
spoonful doses six times each day, or, if
more convenient, two tablespoon fuls three
times each day before each meal. This
remedy strikes at once at the very -oot of
the disease. It at once relieves the con
gested kidneys of their stagnant blood, pre
venting the escape of serum from the blood.
Pe-ru-na stimulates the kidneys to excrete
from the blood the accumulating poison, and
thus prevents the convulsions which are
sure to follow if the poisons are allowed to
remain. It gives great vigor to the heart's
action'and digestive system, both of which
are opt to lau rapidly in this disease.
tFora complete lecture on Bright's dis
cas.e, its cause and cure, send for the Family
Physician No. 3. Sent free to any.address
by The Peruna Medicine Company, Colum
bus, O.
A Woman's Life Saved at nillsboro, Pa.
A neighbor woman was afflicted with
cramp colic. My wife thought it would
coBt her life. She gave the woman Cham
berlain's Colic, Cholera and Diarrhoea
Eemedy according to directions and it gave
perfect satisfaction. I do heartily recom
mend it to do all it is recommended to do,
and feel thankful for the good it has done.
Joseph Bekkey, Hillsboro, Somerset
countv, Pa. wsu
Only Four Hours to Cleveland.
Special train Tuesday morning, June 16.
Leave P. & L. E. E. E. station at 7:30 A. m.
(8:30 city time). Tickets only fa Good
five days.
Hanover awnines-at Hamaox'& Son's.
.39 Penn avenue.
The Industrial Committee of the Central
Board of Education met yesterday at 3 p. si.
to make arrangements for the introduction
of the Sloyd system of industrial training,
which the Central Board of Education
adopted at its last meeting. The ex
perimental school will he opened at the
Forbes School with pupils of that school
on tho first Monday in September. The
Industrial Committee Candidly stated that
the first steps of arranging tho new room,
was to them quite a problem, and inquired
of Superintendent Luckoy, who was present,
if he knew of a teacher who would take
charge. Mr. Luckey stated that Miss
Esselins, teacher of the Sloyd svstemat the
give an outline of the work proposed. This
lady was intioduced and gave a list of the
tools required and tho estimated cost in the
schools of Boston. For 12 pupils, the num
ber ia each class, including benches and
tools, the school can be run at a cost of
$256 89.
After the lady gavo her Information, Mr.
Phelps asked her if she could recommend
anyone to the committee who would take
charge of the new departure. She at once
replied, "I will recommend myself."
A sub-committee, consisting of Messrs.
Phelps, J. O. Brown and Mr. Yagle, was ap
pointed to confer with Miss Esselins, asking
what compensation she required to take
charge. Slie asked $900. Miss Esselins was
then elected teacher at that salary, and sho
will supervise the fitting of tho room, to be
ready by September. The Chairman ot the
meeting then appointed Messrs. Kollar,
Yaglo and Torrence to assist Miss Esselins
in her duties. This lady has been at the
California Normal School for two years, and
previously taught three years in Sweden,
which country is her home.
Superintendent Luckey, who is a great ad
vocate of industial education, was inter
viewed by a Dispatch reporter after the
meeting, and said: "I think the Sloyd sys
tem is the best system for the publio schools.
It differs from the systems of other cities, in
that theirs is so costly while the Sloyd will
he comparatively inexpensive, outside of
the salary of the teacher. It is a mistaken
idea to think that all the pupils 'will be
made mechanics. The primary idea is to
have them cultivate their hands, teach
them observation and mental discipline.
The Sloyd system embraces the advantages
of physical culture as well as those I have
pointed out"
If the school is a success a room in which
will be taught industrial education will he
established in every sohoolhouse in the city.
At the meeting it was developed through an
oversight that Mrs. Van Wagoner was not
re-elected supervisor of drawing. To
remedy this difficulty Dr. Kearns, of the
Committee on the Course of Instruction, will
call a meeting for this purpose.
The State Teachers' Association.
The thirty-seventh annual meeting of tho
Pennsylvania State Teachers' Association
will he held in Public School Hall, Bedford,
Pa., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,
July 7, 8 and 9. Tlte features of the pro
gramme are as follows:
Tuesday, at 10 a. m., addresses of welcome:
Hon. John M. Boynolds, Bedford; Hon Jac.
n. Longeneeker, Bedford; responsos: Super
intendent C. A. Babcoek. Oil City; Prof. E. C.
Lavers, Pittsburg; report of Higbee Memo
rial Committee, Prof. J. P. McCaskey, Chair
man, Lancaster.
Tuesdav, 2 o'clock r. m., inaugural address.
Dr. Q. M. Phillips, West Chester; report of
Committee on Closer Supervision, Dr. E. O.
Lyte, Chairman, Millersville; "Defects in the
Present Method of Licensing Tedchors in
Pennsylvania," Superintendent B. C. Young
man, Clearfield county; Prof. W. H. Cover,
Altoona; Superintendent J. M. Borkey, Som
erset countv; Prof. E. W. Moore, Braddock;
Superintendent K. F. Hoffecker, Montgom
ery county; Superintendent George J.
Luokey, Pittsburg, followed by general dis
cussion. Tuesday evening, addresses, Hon. James
A. Beaver, ex-Governor of the Common
wealth, and Hon. H. L Gourley, Mayor of
Pittsburg. .
Wednesday, 9 o'clock a. m., "History as a
Preparation for Citizenship," Miss Annie E.
Lyle, Millersville: "Patriotism in the Publio
Schools," Superintendent N. r. Kinsley,
Franklin; "The Academic Side of Normal
School Training," Dr. A. E. Malthy, Princi
pal Slippery Eock Normal School; Superin
tendent L. S. Shimmell, Huntingdon: Prof.
J. B. Welsh, Principal Bloomsburg Normal
School, followed by general discussion.
W ednesday, 2 o'clock P. M., nomination of
officers and selection of place of meeting;
"Scientific) Temperance Instruction," Miss
Leila A Cooper, Allegheny City, Pa.:Mrs
Anna Moore, Altoona,Pa.,followed by general
discussion; the "Teacher of The Twentieth
Century," ex-President E. H. Magill.Swarth
more College; "University Extension,"Seo
retary George Henderson, Philadelphia.
Wednesday evening, addresses, Hon.
Robert E. Pattison, Governor of the Com
monwealth, and Dr. J. O. Wilson, Brooklyn,
"Yellowstone and Yosemite."
Thursday, 9 o'clock A. M., "Pennsylvania
State Teachers'AssocJation" Prof.George L.
Maris, West Chester: Superintendent HI K.
Buehrle, Lancaster; Prof. H. S. Hockenberry,
Carbondale; Prof. J. H. Michener, Philadel
phia; Prof. W. W. Woodruff, Newton, fol
lowed by general discussion; address, Kev.
E. P. Prettyman, State Superintendent of
Thursday, 2 o'clock p. m. Memorial exer
cises on the life of Hon. J. P. Wiekersham.
...i.M Af htnHinhlnol nntn.ir -.. n
A R. Bieriy, Millersville, and a number ot
Thursday evening A social reception at
tho hotels of Bedford Springs.
The music will bo under the direction of
Prof. W. B. Hall, of Lancaster, assisted by
Prof. John L. Shroy, Doylestown, cornetist.
Besides, popular solos are expected of Miss
Ida M. Lindsay, of Pittsburg, and JIliS Ida
M. Pecht, of Huntingdon.
Next Tear's Corps for Braddock.
The Braddock Township Board of Educa
tion met Friday evening and reorganized as
follows: President, Robert E. Stewart. Esq.;
Secretary, A C. Coulter; Treasurer, Braddock
National Bank. The only change made was
James 11. McCrady, of Rankin, superceded
John McKelvey, of Swissvale, who had held
the office from that district for ten years.
President Stewart has been given that office
yearly successively since he first went on the
board, 12 years ago.
The election ot teachers for tho entire town
ship was then made and resulted as follows:
North Braddock Sohool Superintendent,
Prof. 0. D. Coffey; High School, Prin
cipal, Miss Mary K. Price; Interme
diate, Miss Georgia E. Lowry; Miss Mary
R. Kennedy, Miss Emma Slater, Miss Belle
Simpson, Miss Ida Boyle, Miss Flora Packer,
Miss Ada B. Sloan, Miss Clara H. Davis, Miss
Mildred Morris, Mrs. AnnaE. Wharton: pri
mary, Miss Sara Gilfillan. Bessemer School
Principal, Prof. C. B. McCabe: intermedi
ate, Miss Mary JOnes; primary, Miss Jennie
Hammill. Copelaud School Principal, Miss
Mary J. Marshall; intermediate, Miss Jennie
Braznell, Miss Sallie M. Walton, Miss Mary
I. Bell; primary, Mirs Lily B, Price. Swiss
vale School Principal, Prof. J. A Keener;
intermediate, Miss Belle Murray, Miss W.
Miller, Miss C. A Mofflt; primary. Miss Fan
nie Newell.
The salaries of all the teachers in tho
township were increased in proportion to
their grades voluntarily, and in many cases
are auite larce. Prof. Carson D. Coffev.
Superintendent of the North Braddock
School, has already served eight successive
terms as superintendent of that school. His
salary this year was increased Irom $1,000 to
$1,200 per year. Tho salary of Miss Mary K.
Price, of Wilkinsbnrg, superintendent oft
Not th Braddock High bcliool, was raised
i'iom$00 to $70 per month. Slie has been
teaching at that school for H years in suc
cession,"and she is still quite young 26. Tho
salaries of tho principals of the Swissvale
and Copeland schools, Prof. J. A Keener
and Miss N. J. Marshall, respectively, were
raised from $75 to $90 per month.
The Stevens School Board.
Tho Board of Directors of the Thad Ste
vens sub-district at Its last meeting organ
ized by electing Henry C. Bankard, Presi
dent, Samuel Harper, Secretary, and Andrew
G. Strieb, Treasurer. The following corps of
teachers have been re-elected for the ensu
ing terra: Grammar Department, Miss Ida
M. Garbooh; Primavy Department, Anna R.
Mitchell, Clara M. Kay, Emma O. Kiefer,
Sadie J. Campbell, Maggio A Allen, Mary C.
White and Ella White. W. M. McCulloueli
was re-elected principal and Mary E.
Rogers assistant principal lor a
term of three years. The board
discussed various plans for making the an
nual plcnio, to be neld at McKeers Rocks
Thursday, June 25, one of the most enjoya
blo ever given by the sohool. After adjourn
ment the board was taicen in onarge by tna I
Prlnolpal and teachers and conducted into I
an adjoining room, where they regaled J
themselves with a collation of hasty pud
ding and milk; after dispensing with the
first course they were again conducted to
another room, where a table groaned under
the weight of ice cream, strawberries, cake,
coffee and other delicacies. Everything
passed off pleasantly and the participants
on this festive occasion arc unanimous in
the opinion that Principal McCullough and
his able and agreeable corps of teachers
know how o make theirfriends happy.
Teachers of the County.
County Superintendent Hamilton held a
teachers' examination at Etna Friday. The
olass numbered 72. Examinations had al
ready been held at Turtle Creek, Coraopolls.
Elizabeth and Sewickloy. In all 235 appli
cants have passed through the trying ordeal,
About 700 are examined each year. Mr. Ham
ilton is assisted by Profs. Kendall, of Home
stead; Cook, of Chartlers borough, and Cof
fey, of Braddock. Chartlers borough will
receive a visit from these gentlemen
Wednesday. Tho class at that placo wUl
number at least 100.
The teachers of Allegheny county can
congratulate themselves on account of the
tidal wave of increasing salaries that is
sweeping over tho county. Braddock and
Homestead lead the list with salaries raised
to $1,400 each for their principles and a fair
increase in salaries of lower grade teachers.
Sewlekley, North Braddock and other .bor
oughs aro following in the same line. The
educational interests of Allegheny county
are surely booming.
The Standard of Drawing.
Mrs. Van Waggoner, the supervisor of
drawing, will, at the close of school, spend a
week at Asbury Park and then go to her
home at Kingston, N. Y. Sho is much
pleased with the progress mado'in drawing
since her advent here, and noxt year, when
tho system i3 fully understood, she predicts
a remarkable standard of drawing in Pitts
burg. The trouble In the beginning was that
when the system was first introduced no
teacher was here to explain it, and con
sequently each teacher had an interpreta
tion lor nersou. aeiub atace xeacaers' .as
sociation, to bo held at Bedford, there will
be an exhibit of drawing from the Pittsburg
schools. At the opening of the Mt. Wash
ington School a splendid exhibit of indus
trial drawing in its progressive steps will be
ready for inspection.
Prang System of Models.
For tho last two years the Allegheny
schools have been working at the Prang
system of modeling, form study and draw
ing. The system involves considerable ex
pense, and in order to give the Board of
School Controllers an idea of the work ac
complished, Superintendent Morrow three
weeks ago sent notice to each teacher in the
city to prepare at least 12 specimens of her
pupils' work to be placed on exhibition at
the High School. This work is now com
pleted and has been received by Mr. Morrow.
It consists of free-hand drawings, borders
and other decorative work in colored paper,
cutting and pasting of objects such as the
cube, cone, pyramid and modeling in clay of
leaves, apples, etc.
News That Created a Sensation.
To say that the dropping of Prof. Johnson
as principal of tho Moorhead School Friday
night had a cyclonic effect on educational
circles yesterday morning would be putting
it mildly. So lar all the elections have
passed off smoothly. Ithas now become pub
lic that for a month there have been lively
times in that school district. One of the
leading candidates was Prof. McCIure, of
the Mooro school. He had strong religious
backing. Mis3 Mackrell, however, was the
winner over all candidates.
Tho name of Miss Erwin does not appear in
the published list of teaohers elected, and
there is considerable comment as to whether
this was an oversight or not.
Pleasant Affair at Mt. Pleasant.
The middle-year entertainment of the Mt.
Pleasant Academy occurredFriday evening.
The features of the programme were as fol
lows: Oration, "The Progress of Socialism,"
A. B. Long; essay, "Fragments of Time,"
Mamie T. Berthel; oration, "The Annexation
of Canada,', O. S. Burchinal; essay, "A
Glimpse Beyond," Agnes Clare Barnes; ora
tion, "Tho Parochial School," Chauncey
Lobingier; oration, "Coke Ia Kin"," A. W.
Stephens; oration, "WageE," A C. Rohland.
The first prize, a gold medal was awarded to
O. S. Burchinal,. ol Uniontown.
Gosiip of the Schools.
TooronBow the first batoh of provisional
certificates will be issued to the successful
candidates at the late May examination.
StxpEBisTEirozirr Moebow, of Allegheny,
heads a large delegation of Allegheny teach
ers who will attend the International Teach
ers' Association at Toronto in July. Later
tho majority of the party will view tho
beautiful scenery of the Thousand Isles.
The Allen School Board organized last
Monday. M. M. Garland is President, R- L.
Jones, Secretary, and Rinohart Herbster,
Treasurer. -Principal W. W. Kennedy and
tho present corps of teachers were re
elected. The Allen School will have the
earliest picnic of the season. It will bo held
at Idlewild next Monday. The grove was
engaged for tho after dates.
The organization of the Humboldt School
resulted as follows: President, F, Eglinsdorf;
Secretary, C. B. Deets; Treasurer, John Ru
dolph. It was decided to hold the annual
picnic of the school at Kinney's Grove on the
26th. The board has been contemplating the
addition of threo rooms to the main build
ing on the property which was lately bought,
but the present strike has delayed opera
tion. At the Mt. Washington schools tho thre6
last days of tho school year will be given
mostly to enjoyment. At the new building,
the Whittier, reception day is announced
for Wednesday, June 21; at the old building,
reception day is slated for Thursday, the
25th. On Friday the climax of pleasure wiU
bo, for that day will be known as Jubilee
Day. A brass band will be in attendance
and ice cream and other dainties served to
the pupils.
For Pain in the Stomach.
We made use of Chamberlain's colic,
cholera and diarrhoea remedy on two occas
ions for pain in the stomach. Eesult satis
factory in a very short time after taking
thetnedicine. I hesitate not in giving my
opinion in favor of the medicine. At least
it has done all claimed for it as far as we
have tried it, E. D. BOOK.
Blain, Perry county, Pa. VfSu
There Is a Tide.
In the affairs of men, which taken at the
flood leach on to fortune. The great sale of
lots at Kensington is the tide. Don't fail
to go with it and secure a lot.
They're Elegant for tho Money.
Here's an extra special bargain we will
offer to-morrow: We place on sale 250 men's
cassimcre sack suits, neat patterns, checks,
plaids and hair-line stripes, good, desirable
colors, dark grounds, with light mixtures,
etc., for only 56 75 each. Eecollect that
these suits are only to be had on Monday,.
as there's only a limited quantity.
P. a C. O., Pittsburg Combination Cloth
ing Company, comer Grant and Diamond
S3 To Cleveland and Betorn S3,
Via P. & L. E. E. E. All trains of Mon
day, June 15, and morning trains of Tues
day, June 16.
BraniER maiden
Sitting in swing,
Man swings maiden,
Quite the correct thing.
Man and maiden
Taking a ride.
Man says to maiden
Be my bride.
Maiden answers man,
If you'll buy
A lot at Kensington
I will try.
A TOUR of our stores these warm days is really refreshing. There's
a suggestion of coolness and comfort in the seasonable goods so temptingly
displayed. What is more, our stores in themselves are the coolest in the
city, so that shopping Here is a pleasure on the hottest days. There's noth
ing "stuffy" about the place, and patrons won't return home feeling tired
after making their purchases.
But after all the great magnet of attraction is our exhaustless variety of
Fine Summer Wear which is.offered at prices much lower than quoted by
any other house hereabouts. ,
r K tiQ, We show all styles and all qualities at prices from 3c to 20
1MI1O. each. Just see the beauties at 25c, 50c, 75c and $1.
flfAIQTQ' 2S y5 Indies' and Misses' Waists from 50c to
wVMIOiy. $675. Notice particularly the elegant waists offered
atsoc, 62c, 75c, 85c, 95c, $1 15, $1 25 and $1 50. Full line of Black
Sateen and Surah Silk Waists.
"That Man is Wise Who Does
Everything in Its Proper
When you are suffering from constipation,
sick headache, dyspepsia or any stomachic
or liver troubles, you will do wise by using
Carlsbad Sprudel Salt,
Which is imported from Carlsbad. It is
Nature's own remedy. Only be sure to buy
the genuine article, which must have the
signature of "Eisner & Mendelson Co., Sole
Agents, New York," on every bottle.
Perfect fitting Wrappers and hundreds of styles to
choose from at 75c, 85c, 98c, $1 25, $1 50 to 5.
You won't find such values elsewhere.
We have a beautiful assortment of the
latest and most stylish Summer Suits-. As
to values we will merely say that it will be to your interest to see the goods
and compare prices.
Big reductions have been made on Parasob.
Prices were never so low before. Look at the Si
lot which has been reduced from $2, $ 2 50 and S3.
TUIM IINnrRWPAR' Don't buy trash when we are offering
I illll UllULnif tnn. the finest at these figures: Ladies'
Gauze Vests, 25c, 33c, 38c. Misses' Gauze "Vests, i2c, 15c to 35c. La
dies' Eibbed.Vests, 10c and 15c. Ladies' Lisle Vests, 18c, 22c and 25c
Ladies' extra fine Lisle Vests, 35c, reduced from 50c. Ladies' fine Bal
briggan Vests, 45c. Gents' Balbriggan Shirts, 37jc, 50c, 75c and $1.
Qiimmor PrkreoQ We keep the Perfect fittine
OW1I II HOI UU1 OCLOi kinds and guarantee they will
give satisfaction. "Cool Wave" we sell at 5005 "Zephyr" at 75c; "R. &
G." and "Thomson's" at $1.
Fine Black Silk Mitts at 25a
Fine Milanese Silk Mitts, 33c
Still finer Milanese Silk Mitts, 38a.
Extra fine Milanese Silk Mitts, 50a
The very best English Mitts, 75a
Misses' Silk Mitts, colored, 10a
Misses' Silk Mitts, black, 25c, 33c, 38a
Colored Tafetta Silk Gloves, 15a
Misses' Tafetta Silk Gloves, 15a
Black Milanese Silk Gloves, 33a
Black Milanese Silk Gloves, heavy, 50a
Black Milanese Silk Gloves, extra heavy,
All of these are positive bargains, tho
like of which has not been offered this
Q4-voiit I-Jo-t-o- A imiflense line of Leghorn and Garden
OUdW llClLvD. Hats from 25c up; Silk Hats, P. K. Bon-
Our stock is the largest and most care-
nets, etc., at greatly reduced prices,
fully selected to be found anywhere.
T irlr Uror A complete line of French Lisle Hose at in-
iilOiv3 J. IUOCi teresting prices awaits your inspection
nice goods at 35c, 38c, 44c, 50c and 68c.
JpSee our immense assortment of Cream Blazers. We have an end
less variety of these popular goods at prices that will make-decided inroads on
the stock. Come early for choice.
-AHD- t
In Carpet Remnants we are showing
some 200 odd pieces, embracing all
kinds Ingrains, Tapestry and Body
Brussels, Moquettes," Axminsters and
Velvets, in lengths of from 5 to 20
yards. The Ingrains are going at
from 15 to 50 cents per yard. The
Brussels and others at from 85 cents
to 1 1 65. The best values ever
In Curtains the inducements will
surprise you. Fine Point Lace, of
beautiful new patterns, from $4 50
to 25 per pair.
Also lot of Chenille and heavy
. Portieres
50c ON THE $1.
Cash or Credit.
Positively the finest line of China
and Japanese Mattings ever offered
in this city at factory prices. Keech
buys in large quantities and you get
the benefit. Plain and fancy mixed
patterns, cool and comfortable and
clean, and of the best makes. Plenty
to select from, too.
Cocoa Mats of all sizes and at lowest
prices. They wear well, they look
well, and, as they are of the best
manufacture, they are worth the
money .we ask for them.
While in this department ask to
see the Peerless Cosmopolitan
The Best Made.
A very complete line of Lawn and
Porch Chairs and Settees. There
has been a brisk demand during the
week, but Keech has plenty to select
from. Some very tasty designs are
shown, handsomely painted in
various colors. They are right in
season now. See them this week.
Don't overlook our bargains in BABY
TORS. Double the stock of any
other house- in this city, and, of
course, at the very lowest prices.
Seeing is Believing.
In Furniture suitable for Summer Cottages, Keech is showing some special designs. Your attention is called to the fact
that Keech can fit up your home from basement to attic at a net saving of 25 per cent Everything that leaves the
Mammoth Penn Avenue Stores is guaranteed to be as represented. THERE'S SOMETHING JN THAT, for you
are secured.
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923, 925, 927 PENN AVENUE, NinSeet.
SSpecial-attentiongiven to Making and Laying Carpets, and Furniture Upholstery.

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