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After fifteen years the marble work on
Philadelphia's new City Hall is at last
finished. It has cost $5,300,000. More
than as much again has been expended on
the non-marble work.
The Cincinnati Commercial Gazette facetiously
says: "Many persons, including
6ome of our own correspondents, are
determined that the English sparrow
'must go.' The chief fault with him,
we have thought, was that he did go
everywhere he had a chance."
The story of Ireland is best told by the
following figures furnished by Mulhall,
one of the most reliable statisticians of
the day. He says that during Victoria's
reign there have died of starvation in
Ireland 1,255,000 people; there have been
evicted for non-payment of rcnt}
8,365,000; and there have emigrated, 4,185,000.
A Chicago man paid $130 a few weeks
ego for a new and improved incubator
machine. He placed therein $23 worth
of high-priced eggs and hired a boy to
attend it at a farther expense of $25.
The time having fully expired, he went
the other day to inspect the incubator
and see how many of the eggs had
hatched. The only living thing he found
was a large bluebottle fly, which he
caught and put in a bottle. He exhibits
this insect to inquiring friends as the
only $20(^ fly in the United States.
Every year increases the importance
of the cotton production of Mexico, especially
in view of the fact that vast
tracts of land hitherto inaccessible, and
rendered unsafe through the presence of
hostile Indians, are being opened up to
immigration by the railroad. At present
it is cultivated in only twelve States, and
the amount produced is not sufficient for
home consumption, large quantities being
imported from the United States. One
district, containing about 1,200,000
civ_i uo, iy pai tij in vvaiiuiM axi^4. *-> LArango,
produces a perennial cotton plant,
which does not require to be planted
oftener than once in ten years.
There is going to be another total
eclipse on August 18, and a company of
astronomers has been organized to go to
Japan and observe it. The expedition
will be under the auspices of the National
Academy of Sciences, which body also
furnishes the required funds. It will be
under the charge of Professor David P.
Todd, Director of the Observatory at Amherst.
The instruments to be used will
be chiefly photographic, aud will be fur- j
nished partly by the Government, partly ,
by the Lick Observatory, and partly by j
England. The party will number twelve
to fifteen, two of them beinr* i>hotooTnr>h
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ers from San Francisco, and there will be
three photographers from Japan. The
station will be at Nikko, ninety miles
from Tokio.
Apropos of Mrs. Cleveland's love
iffairs a correspondent tells a pretty little
Dtory, not generally known, that her first j
love was a newspaper man. She is said
to have been deeply interested in him,
but the engagement, which existed for
a long timej was finally broken off and
never renewed. It is said that even now
Mrs. Cleveland has a weakness for the
profession, and, in fact, it is generally
accepted that she takes a great deal of i
interest in newspaper men and their work, j
She regards with special favor the lady
correspondents attached to the bureaus
of the various papers in "Washington,
and in more than one instance she has
made a point of conversing with them.
Upon one occasion she went so far as to
gently chide one of the young ladies for
not speaking to her on the street. At
one time she did some literary work
In Hartford, say local papers, "several i
prominent physicians have been investigating
the new French treatment of consumption
by the injection of sulphuretted
hydrogen gas. In fact, experiments were
made by Dr. Johnson, of this city, somewhat
earlier than those at the Philadelphia
Hospital. The experiments have
continued, principally at the free dispensary,
by Drs. Johnson and Root, the
former having devised an apparatus for
uiaiviu^ auu auuiiuiovvxiu^ tuv; > *1 vin
descriptions given of the French method.
Several patients have been under treatment.
and -with encouraging results.
The physicians above named said that,
while they had every reason to be satisfied
with the results, they did not feel
like heralding the treatment as a sure
cure. Their patients have been under
treatment only two or three months, and
before speaking positively as to the
efficacy of the work, treatment should
be continued much longer?perhaps a
Clocks, says the New York Times, are
now not only useful but very ornamental,
and so very cheap, too. A very pretty
antique pressed brass mantel clock,
(American make), with a deep-toned
cathedral gong of a far-away sound, can
be had for $10. A good-time keeper,
nickcl-plated, costs but 90 cents. The
prices have this wide range, and selections
can be made from varied thousands
of office clocks, alarms, cuckoos, halls,
ind striking or silent recorders of the
flight of precious hours. Clocks that
tell the state of the weather and are also
calendars; clocks that tinkle the half
hours and chime the full; clocks that
work like watches or swing the faithful
pendulum, and, in fact, clocks of all
iinds, matching all dispositions, are
abundant and cheap, and there seems to
do excuse for even the occupant of an
east side flat not having one. These
Yankee clocks are appreciated abroad
and below, for the exportation* to Eu.
rope, Mexico, and South America number
a thousand a day. . ,
Buffalo Bill's "Wild West show in Lon- 1
don has oceasioncd an extensive republi|
cation of Fenimore Cooper's Indian novels
over the water. ''It seems as if everyJ
body who has paid a visit to the 'Wild
West,' at Earl's Court, must fortwitli
form an acquaintance with 'The Last of
the Mohicans,' 'Leather Stocking' and
t'The Pathfinder,'" says an English
I ?Mr.
Colman, United States Commissioner
of Agriculture, speaks hopefully
of the new method of obtaining sugar
from sugar-cane by diffusion. On returning
from a recent trip to Louisiana to investigate
the operation he is convinced
that the process will prove successful.
Cane which under ordinary circumstances
and methods will yield eighty pounds of
sugar to the ton yields 140 pounds under
this process.
A Providence man is issuing some tens
of thousands of fac-similes of the Vicksburg
daily paper which was issued by
Grant's soldiers after the capture of the
city, having already been put in type by
the regular printers. It was printed, as
Southern papers were in those days, on
the plain side of wall paper. This would
not be worthy of note but for the fact
that in a quarter of a century or less the
people who find these forgeries in their
attics will be claiming that their fathers
were at Vicksburg, and got one of the
only dozen or two copies of the Citizen
which were printed.
Dr. Oscar Lenz, the eminent scientist,
has lately returned to Europe, after traveling
on foot across the African continent,
through regions literally reeking
with marsh fevers, ague3 and smallpox.
During the entire journey he enjoyed
perfect and robust health, aud on not a
single occasion felt the need of medicine,
remedial or preventive. This immunity
he attributes almost entirely to his correct
diet and habits. Raw fruit he eschewed.
All water used was first boiled.
Not a drop of alcoholic liquor passed his
lips. Rice, chickcn and tea formed his
staple fare. He avoided bathing in
cold water, exposed himself as little as
nossible to the d^ws and mists of ni?rht.
and dressed entirely in flannel.
A newspaper printed at Dolores, Argentine
Republic, which is situated near
the volcanic region, gives an account of a
mysterious shower of stones which fell
near that city a few weeks ago. The
stones are said to have fallen as thick as
hail, and varied in size from a pebble to
a very respectable boulder. Incalcuable
damage was done to the crops, tall trees
were shivered to atoms, barns and outhouses
were demolished and many
domestic animals were killed. In some
localities the ground was covered with
the bodies of wild geese and hawks,
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wmcn appeared to nave oeen Kiueu uuring
their flight in the air. Several persons
were struck and badly injured while
at work in the fields; and in the [city itself,
which missed the violence of the
shower, one dwelling was wrecked. The
stones are said to have fallen continuously
for more than a minute.
There is a strange and weird fascination
about stories of living burial. One
of the most gruesome of these which we
have seen for some time is sent by an
Odessa correspondent. Major Majuroff,
aide-de-camp to the Major-General of
Odessa, was believed to have died suddenly
three weeks since. He was buried
with all military honors forty hours after
his supposed death. But after he had
been a fortnight in the grave, "while the
family vault in the necropolis was being
renovated for the Russian Fete des Morts,
the coffin lid was noticed to have been
partly iorcca open, it was iiniiieuiuiejjr
removed, and the body was found face
downward. The face was dreadfully
lacerated, and flesh gnawed from the
hands. The corpse was still bleeding,
which confirms the statement of a workman
that his attentiph was first attracted
by a noise in the coffin, and the unfortunate
Major died only on the instant of
the appalling discovery." The idea of
the "corpse" reviving after burial, pro
longed existence for fourteen days by
eating the flesh off its own hands, and
then dying just as the lid was opened, is
as terrible as anything Edgar Allen Poe
ever conceived.
The Grant relics, which have been for
several months safely guarded in one ol'
*he private rooms of the National Museum,
in "Washi ngton,are now on public
exhibition. Recently two handsome
linnrl noc/io -fillml witli avfrtr?1n9
jilUClitU iiUVW VU-JVCj UUVV4 " *V?4 Ut ViV tvo
from the collection, were placed in the
north hall of the musem, near the main
entrance. They contained the presentation
swords, gold headed cane, caskets,
medallions and many other costly and
elegant articles presented by different
people at different times to General Grant.
Many of these articles are souvenirs of
his trip around the world. There is a
splendid' collection of Japanese coins,
one series ot seven pieces, old Japanese
gold coins of huge size, being valued
at $r?.000. There are also invitation
cards, menu cards, and reminders of entertainments
given in his honor,engrossed
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on guiu piuit's. ubi; iuvitiiiluu (.aru i<j u i
masked ball, given at San Francisco upon
General Grant's arrival at that city, on
his return from his famous tour, is engraved
on solid gold, and was inclosed
in a silver envelope, with the address engraved
upon it. In the right hand corner
is a two cent stamp, and in the left the
usual: "If not delivered in ten days return
to," etc. The articles shown, besides
their historical interest,are of great
intrinsic valve.
A beggar, to all appearances slightly
befogged, thus accosted a passer-by:
' Sir, would you please give me a little
money to buy a bit of bread, for I am so
dreadfully thirsty that I don't know
where I am to get a night's lodging." j
Fully 500,000 .lien Will Be Idle
Unless It is Settled.
Nearly Ail the Iron Mills m tne
Country Will Shut Down.
A Chicago dispatch says that fully half a
million men will be thrown out of work
within the coining month unless the Connellsville
(Penn.) coke strike is speedily settled.
and there seems to be little prospect
of a settlement of the trouble.
No coke is being produced at present
in the Pennsylvania coke regions, and
without a supply of this fuel every blast furnace
in the United States, with the exception
of the few run by natural gas, will be forced
to'shut down or bank their fires for an indefinite
The blow has already struck Chicago. The
first concern to feel it was the Union Steel
Company, which has banked its fires, throwing
out of work 400 men. Having a good supply
of iron, the rail mills are still running, but
as soon as the pig on hand is exhausted they
will close also, and 1,100 more men will be
nd(It>rl to the idle list. The Calumet Steel
Company is the only prominent iron manufacturing
company in the city that will not
be seriously affected. This company employs
only about on? hundred men in the ulast
furnace works, and these will be the only
men to be laid off for a while, as the mills
will be run with pig iron and do not depend
on the blast-funiaco metal for their material.
The Joliet Steel Company is fortunate in
having a stock of coke 011 hand, and is. therefore,
in a i>osition to 111 n for a while longer.
It is only a question of time, however,
should the strike continue, when this company
will close also, an! its thousands of
employes be thrown out of work.
The worst blow of all to the iron industry
of Chicago is the fact that the North Chicago
Rolling Mill Company will close its works 111
a week, throwing 5,(KM) out of work and leaving
their families without income. 4-lt looks
like a very serious thing just now," said Mr.
J. C. Parks. General Manager of the company.
"There is nothing to be done. Wo
cannot run without coke, and we cannot get
coke, so we must shut down. We are very
sorry to do it. Our relations with our men
have been pleasant, business has been very
good, and the stoppage of an immense
enterprise like ours means an immense
loss. We are only in the same fix, though,
that all iron works are that depend 011 blast
furnaca metal to run. Those places that can
run on pig iron may not have to close for a
while, but the outlook just now is anything
but cheerful. The Virginia coke is not good
enough and there is not enough of it to run
our works."
J. C. Strobe), of the Keystone Bridge
Works,who has an office at the Chicago headquarters
of Carnegie Brothers, said: "I think
a continuance 01 tne trouwe win paralyze ine
iron business. Of Carnegie's business" I only
know through Mr. Fleming, but I think they
will be obliged to shut down if the trouble
continues, notwithstanding the fact that
Mr. Carnegie is largely interested in
coke production and has an advantage ever
other iron-masters in that respect. No other
coke can take the place of the Connellsville
article, and when blast furnaces cannot get
it they must close, and not only they, but all
the immense Pittsburg mills. "The outlook is
very blue, unless something can be done to
settle the strike.
The United Presbyterian General Assembly
at Philadelphia voted down a resolution
prohibiting instrumental music.
George H. Disque, was hanged a few
days ago in Jersey City, N. J., for wife murder.
The schooner Jamestown sailed from Gloucester,
Mass.. March .'51, on a cod fishing voyage,
and not having been heard from since
has lictn given up for lost. Her crew consisted
of nine men.
Ix the late election for Governor of New
Hampshire 110 candidate received sufficient,
votes, and accordingly the Legislature met
in Concord on Wednesday and balloted, with
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the following result: inomas uogsweii
(Democratic), 140; Charies H. Sawyei
(Republican). 178. Mr. Sawyer was inaugurate:!
on Thursday.
The Northern Pacific Railroad tracks have
bcc-u blockaded in Montana by land slides
caused by melting snow.
There is a big wheat deal in Chicago, and
the clique hold about all the grain in the
A hail storm of great severity has visited
Mississippi. At Amirount the roof of houses
were battered in by the hailstones, which
were larger than hen's eggs.
Charles B. Parcei.ls, manager of the
Hall Safe and Look Company at San Francisco.
is a defaulter to the extent of $00,000.
His' stealings were sunk in mining stock
The total number of victims by the theatre
fire in Paris has been finally put at seventy.
a kire in Hamburg destroyed two British
vessels, the Huebenet* Quays and other prop- i
erty, inflicting a damage of several million
The Sultan of Turkey has ceded the Island
of Cypress to England.
The Thistle, the Scotch yacht which will
vti-itviiiii in the international
race at New York next fall, has been winning
brilliant victories in British waters.
Alfonso XIII, of Spa in, has just celebrated
his first birthday.
Mr. Gladstone denies the report that he
intended visiting America.
KING Oscar, of Sweden, has a magnificent
basso voice, and sings like an artist.
Mr. A bell, proprietor of the Baltimore
Sun, is reporti-d to on worth ?:20,000,000.
Mrs. Phelps, wife of the American Minister
in London, is a striking-looking woman,
with excellent conversational gift*.
John Wanamaker, of Philadelphia, is to
erect an immense structure in which the unmarried
men of his employ can find homes.
Lord Lansdowne, Canada's GovernorGeneral,
is ten times a peer. He is Marquis
of lansdowne. three times an earl, three
times a viscount and three times a baron.
Mus. Kate Chase Spragie is growing
wealthy by the advance in real estate values,
having but recently been offered #150,000
x? l,.... vtAar W/mhimrtnn
*Ui I1CI V? Wii ? ?0 AVest
Virginia is a!>k* to boast of having
the two youngest members in the United
States Senat?. Senator Kenna is only thirtynine
years old and Senator Faulkner fortyone.
Bernardo de Soto, President of UoKta
Rica, is only thirty-three years old. and is a
handsome, splendid looking man. His father.
General Jestis Apolinario de Soto, is Minister
of War.
Senator Lei,and Stanford has U?en inspecting
his big vineyard at Vina. II is the
largest vineyard in the world, having not less
than .'!,")00 acres planted in bearing vines,
while the entire ranch comprises #1,000 acres.
Mr. Samuel Pasco, the new Florida Senntm*
i? (W,Til?>-l In' his home nauer as "of
medium height, dark hair and complexion,
with black mustache and imperial, and is altogether
a very handsome man, and physically
and mentally active and vigorous. '
The Emperor of Japan is dark and his features
are heavy and irregular, but there is
much dignity and majesty in his carriage.
His uniform is handsome, the white cloth
trousers having broad strips of gold chrysanthemums,
and the black coat being almost
covered with embroidery in chryanthemuins.
Mk, Pa knell has received from Pay
Director Cunningham, of the United States
Navy, the parchment commission of President
Jackson to Commodore Charles .Stewart
("Old Ironsides"), grandfather of the Irish
leader and after whom the latter is named.
Thfttirst initial of "Old Hickory ' is at least
three inches long.
Competitive designs are now called for,
for the group of bronze statuary that is to
ornament the San Francisco City Hall, for
which James Lick left $100,000.
Eastern and Middle States.
Chiara Cigxarale, charged with killing
j her husband; was found guilty of murder in
I the first degree by u New York jury. The
nntinltr i< rlonth nn the fallows
Fifteen destitute Arabian families were
among the immigrants landed recently in
New York. They have been sent back to
their native country.
The pecuniary* losses sustained by th? destruction
of the feelt Line Railroad car stables i
and adjacent property in New York will ag- I
gregate nearly #70J,000. The number of
horses burned to death was reduced by later
reports to 1,185.
Governor Hill reviewed the Decoration
Day parade in New York. The day was
everywhere observed with appropriate ceremonies,
in which floral offerings were conspicuous.
The Knights of Labor have won in their
long fight with the Philadelphia Clothing Exchange.
Palmer's large cooperage works in Brooklyn
have been partly burned. One building
contained 65,000 barrels ready for use. The
loss is ?>30,000. A watchman was killed and
a fireman badly injured. Townsend Johnson,
a former employe, admitted having set
fire to the works.
Two young men and a young lady were
drowned by the overturning of their rowboat
in the Mohawk River at Utica, N. Y.
At a dinner given in honor of Editor
O'Brien, the Irish agitator, in Boston, Congressman
Collins presided. Mayor O'Brien,
the editors of the leading daily papers, forty
Catholic priests, a number of Protestant
clergymen, General B. F. Butler. United
States Senator Sabin, of Minnesota, and
other noted people were present.
The Vedder Liquor Tax bill, passed by the
New York Legislature, has baen vetoed by
Governor Hill.
John- W. Davis, the first Democratic Governor
of Rhode Island in many years, was in
augurated at Newport.
Professor Charles Siedhof, ninety-one
years old, and his wife, one year older, committed
suicide together in their room in Union
Hill, N. J., in preference to going to the
A distinct earthquake shock was felt at
Jamestown, N. Y. It sounded like an underground
explosion, and many inhabitants ran
out of their houses in great alarm.
Coke strikers made an attempt to blow up
a coal shaft at Davidson, Penn., with dynamite
while four men were at work. The
dvnamite was thrown down the shaft and exploded
without injuring the men. The workmen
quickly ran from the mine and were
then fired upon by four men. More than a
a dozen shots were fired, but uone of them
took effect.
A new silk mill to cost $500,000, and to employ
from 600 to 1,00ft hands, is to be established
at Pottsville. Penn.
South and West,
There is a hot Prohibition fight in Texas
and Dakota.
At the Virginia county and town elections
Asburv (colored! was elected Common- |
wealth's Attorney for Norfolk County. This
is said to be the first time in the history of
the State where a colored man has been elected
to this office.
The bursting of the boiler in a cotton
" a i
lacwry at mucu lvui jiciovua i
and injured a number of others.
The recent forest fires in Michigan caused
a total estimated loss of -$7,000,0:W and eight
human lives.
Gacdaur beat Hanlon in the three-mile
rowing match at Chicago.
A horse attac hed to a carriage ran away
in Kansas City, and the vehicle was smashed
into splinters by colliding with a freight car.
Mrs. Eleanor Randall was instantly killed,
and Mrs. Charles French and her daughter
Emily were fatally injured.
Bex: Perley Poore, the well known
Washington correspondent and writer of
reminiscences of public men, died a few days
since in the National Capital. He was born
in Newburyjwrt, Mass., in 1S20.
The collection of a fund for Mrs. Logan
Has been completed. The sum collected is
The various prizes were awarded to the
winners in the National Drill competition, participated
in by j soldiers from thirty-one
States?on Monday- and the regiments returned
to their homes.
A Washington* social says that President
Cleveland will not appoint "the late Justice
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preme Court for some time. The new Justice
will most likely be a Southern man.
A cyclone has visited Calcutta. Four
ships are reported missing, and one has
Editor O'Brikx paid a second visit to
Montreal, and met with a rousing welcome,
the French-Canadian associations taking part
in the procession in the Irish agitator's honor.
Mr. O'Brien spoke from the balcony of his
hotel to SO,000 people.
Six men who went fishing at Montreal became
intoxicated and upset their boat. Five
of them were drowned.
Four earthquake shocks, one of great violence,
have been felt at Ancona, Italy.
M. Rouvier has formed a new French
Cabinet. General Boulanger.tho noted French
War Minister, has been succeeded by General
Ferron. The retirement of General Boulanger
has caused much dissatisfaction in Franco.
Ax Anarchist plot to destroy Vienna with
dynamite is reported to have been unearthed
by the police of the Austrian capital.
A terrible explosion has occurred in a
coal mine at Blantvre, Scotland. Seventytwo
miners were Entombed. Sixty bodies
had been recovered at last accounts.
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i amlaatii? ui mciiciui , iui- iarc
French War Minister, made a turbulent
demonstration in bis favor at Paris, and were
dispersed by soldiers and the police. It is believed
the new French Cabinet will have a
stormy and short existence.
Mount Etna is again in a state of eruption.
Many persons were injured in a panic
caused by an alarm of fire during services in
the Cathedral at Presburg, Hungary.
The Ameer of Afghanistan's troops have
been badly defeated bv revolting tribes. The
commander of the Ameer's forces was captured
and beheaded.
A Vexed Question Settled by ilje
Presbyterian General Assembly.
A long debate on the music question occupied
the recent General Assembly of the United
Presbyterian Church, held in Philadelphia.
The direct cause ot' the issue was the
use of the organ by the Rev. J. T. Tate's
church. Keokuk. Iowa, to which objection
had been made.
The Rev. James Brown said it was a matter
of conscience with him. '"I couldn't go into |
the Keokuk church," said he, '"becaus- they
had an organ there. The congregation
promised to cover the organ if I would come
and preach for them, but I could not do so."
Elder Charles F. Deaue, of Pittsburg, in
Ixjhalf of the young people, appealed in favor
of the organ.
The Rev. D. S. McHenry,of San Francisco,
insisted that the prohibitory law existed, and
had never been repealed. "This is a question," j
he added, "that has divided the Assembly for
years. I contend that the organ is now'used
without the authority of the Assembly."
"This Assembly," said the Rev. Dr. Vincent,
'"should vote to exclude the organ. Its
use is wholly without warrant. It is a step
fnwflnl Him mnflinr of harlot"*-'*
The Rev. J. H. Brown presented the following:
Whep.eas, There is now 110 law forbidding
the use of instrumental music in the churches
of G?d, and therefore there has been no violation
of law in the casa pending; therefore,
Resolved, That the appeal be not sustained.
After further debate, Mr. Brown's proposition
was adopted, as follows: For the propostion.
and therefore for the organ?Ministers,
til; elders. 4fi: total, 107. Against the
proposition?Ministers, 30; elders, ; total,
Dr. Junker, the Russian explorer, has
received letters from Emm Bey, dated last
December. In these Emin Bey said the routes
between Uganda and Wadelai were open, and
that he had received supplies. Dr. Junker 1
savs he thinks that the success of Stanley's
relief expedition is, barring accidents, assured I
by the fact that the routes are open. ,
The Double Crime of ail Aged
Pennsylvania Widower.
Murdering Two Little Boys so that
He Might Marry Again.
The town of Lebauon, Penn., has l>een
double murder perpetrated at Annville. a little
village five miles away. William
Showers, aged fifty-nine, a widower, and
a cigarmaker, lived on the outskirts
of Annville, in a modest little
home. Nothing was known against him.
Living with him were two boys named Samuel
and Wille Hoffnagle. aged three and five
years. They were his grandsons, being the
children of his deceased daughter. Their care
devolved upon Showers, and he chafed under
the additional expense tliey caused.
Showers became engaged to be married to
a widow named Mrs. Sargeant, but the
woman finally told him that she would
not marry him unless the children were
put out to board. Showers suddenly
began to entertain a strange enmity
toward his little grandsons. He told
Mrs. Sargeant that they should be sent away
to live, and about two weeks ago the boys
disappeared from the house, and Showers told
the neighbors he had sent them to live with a
mnn iimr Trtwpr C'itw in Schnvlkill count7.
Then a suspicion arose that all was not
right, and whisperings reached the officials
in Lebanon that a double murder had probably
been committed. Showers told
conflicting stories, and Constable Fagan
went to his home and arrested him. It
was 2 o'clock Monday morning when the
doors closed behind him in the Lebanon jail.
Still he was only arrested on suspicion until
an investigation could be made.
. First he said he had given the boys in charge
of a man who would provide them with a
food home in Texas. Then he reported that
e had driven the boys to 'lower City
and given them into the charge of a
farmer. Later he said that while on
the way to Tower City he sent
the boys back for something he had lost on
the road, and they had been kidnapped by
tramps in the vicinity of Indiantown Gap, a
dangerous place.
Showers declared upon his solemn oath that
ho did not know the whereabouts of the children,
and tears streamed down his cheeks cs
he called upon God as his witness. Many of
the officials who held conversation with him
were inclined to believe him. Still the District*
Attorney was not satisfied, and ordered
a strict search of Showers's premises.
Late Tuesday afternoon the bodies of the
boys were found buried in the lot occupied
by Shower's house. The bodies were found
covered by only two l'eet of earth. They
were six feet apart, and about twenty yards
from the house. They had been strangled
with a small cord, arid there were deep indentations
in their necks where the string
had been tightly twisted four or five times.
They were in their nightgowns.
After they had been strangled the murderer,
to make his work sure, battered in their
heads, and then carried the boys out in the
night and buried them in the holes that had
evidently been prepared in advance. The
body of one of the boys looked as if he had
been beaten with a club after he had been
choked, and they had apparently been in the
ground two weeks.
It was well for him that Showers was safe
in Lebanon jail. Had he been outside the
jail when the bodies were found he would
have been 13-nched on the spot. The greatest
excitement prevailed. When confronted with
the evidences of his crime, the wretched murderer
confessed all, saying that his desire to
marry Mrs. Sargeant had caused him to put
the little boys out of the w-ay, and that he
murdered them in their sleep.
Tun Cincinnatis are in a desperate strait
for pitching talent.
Nashvtle won twelve straight ere New
Orleans checked her career.
Since the pitchers' games have become
fewer, drawn games are less frequent.
Vtuct Rasfwav MnRRir.T. is becoming the I
chief home-run getter of the Bostons.
All the League clubs are more evenly
matched this year than they were last season.
Professor Swing, of Chicago, says that
baseball is the "greatest outdoor sport in the
Clarkson* istljemost effective pitcher the
Detroits face. At least that's what the
Wolverines say.
O'Neill is leading the Association batsmen.
with MoClellan, Foutz, Burns and Fennelly
close after.
The Southern League is in a bad wav, and
is threatened with dissolution. Mobile has
dropped out, and Birmingham been admitted.
Chicago, Detroit, New York and Cincinnati
have made bids for Yiau. the Dartmouth
College pitcher, who is doing such effective
work for St. PauL
Harry Pyle. pitcher for the Chicago
Club, who gave the Detroits ten nins in one
inning was released, and was at once signed
by the La Crosse (Wis.) Club.
The gross receipts of the National League
Clubs last year amounted to not less than
$3:20,000. . it is estimated that the receipts for
18S7 will amount to $400,000.
Philadelphia has the most magnificent
pavilion and ball park in the world, but Detroit
indisputably has the finest playing field.
It is as level andsmooth as a table.
Right fielders haven't nearly as much
work as formerly, fewer flies being batted to
them under the new rules. Centre fielders
now have the bulk of the outside work.
Good pitchers are scarce in the New England
League. Whenever a player in a minor
league makes a reputation in that respect the
the larger organizations gobble him up.
That $10.(.i00 investment in Kelly of the
Chicagos was a paying one for Boston. The
team is playing a very strong game, and
drawing large crowds wherever they go.
The International League will now have
two colored pitchers, as the Syracuse Club
has signed a colored twirler named Robert
Higgins, of Memphis, Tenn. He is said to be
a wonderful left-handed man.
Pitcher Jack Lynch, of the Metropolitans,
says that the story about Phenomenal
Smith being unable to pitch until the ball
had become rough from wear is true. He
says that this is one of the deep secrets of
pitching. It is almost impossible to pitch a
?mnnth I mil hut. when it becomes chinoed
from coming in contact with the rough
ground, it can be thrown aiul curved at will.
Ax exchange says: '-It is not generally
known, but it is nevertheless a fact, that the
Detroit. New York, Cincinnati, Philadelphia
and St. Louis Clubs have agents out all over
the country in quest of pitchers. There is
one pitcher in the Northwestern League that
every one of the clubs is after. The New
Yorks have offered as high as ?3,200 for his
release, while Von der Ahe, of St. Louis, has
authorized his agent to pay $100 more than
the best offer in order to secure his man."
Won. Lost. iron. Lost.
Detroit 21 0 Boston 18 Jj
Pittsburgh.... 10 13 New York....l.> 12
Philadelphia. .14 13 Indianapolis... 0 22
Chicago 11 14 | Washington... S 15
ll'on. Lost. Won. Lost
St. Louis 27 4 | Baltimore IS 11
Brooklyn 13 14 I Cincinnati.... 17 18
Ijouisville 17 1 (J j Athletic IS 14
Metroi>olitan.. 0 24 | Cleveland 7 23
iron. Lout. H'ort. Lost.
Newark 10 2 | Syracuse 10 11
Rochester. ...14 It j Bingha niton.. 0 I'J
Toronto 1:2 0 j Hamilton 10 i:;
Buffalo 1"> 0 j Jersey City... 1-1
Oswego ;J 10 j Utica *.... 4 15
If'o/i. Loft. Won. Lost.
Harvard 1 [ Princeton 2 4
Yale 4 0 | Columbia 0 5
iron. Lust. iron. Lost.
New Haven. ..in 14 Hartford 17 7
Bridgeport.... 1H 4 Waterbury... 11 11
Danbury 7 15 Springlieki... 4 15
H'on. IO't. Won. Lost.
Nashville Iti 4 I Charleston... 4 12
Memphis 15 fl Savannah.... 4 20
New Orleans. .17 11 Birmingham. 0 0
The estimated California hay crop this
year will be 80,000 bales, an increa?e over last
vear of i&.OOO bales. Reports from Oregon,
Washington Territory, and British Columbia
also show an increase. i
The Largest Fire That Has Occurred
There in Many Years.
The greatest fke that has taken place in
New York City for many years broke out at
1:30 o'clock Friday morning in the car stables
of the Belt Line Horse Railroad,
uii me ucm muc vi i "iiui a>cuuc, j
between Fifty-third and Fifty-fourth
streets. The car stables, with all their
contents, were completely destroyed. Nearly
1,^00 horses perished in the flames. One hundred
and thirty cars, with a large quantity of
harness, feed, and other material, were
burned up. Only about fifty horses were
saved out of the nearly 1.501) in the stables.
The stables occupied the whole front on the
west side of Tenth avenue.and extended down
Fifty-third anil Fifty-fourth streets half way
to Eleventh avenue. The building was three
6tories high.
The fire was discovered in the cellar in the
extreme western end of the stables and
spread so rapidly that it was impossible to
enter the building to save the horses.
The heat set lire to a row of frame stables
and dwellings on the south side of Fifty-third
street, and in a few moments the whole row
was blazing. Then the flames leaped across
Fifty-fourth street and set fire to the sixstory
silk factory of Jacob New, a
new building which extends through to
Fiftv-fifth street. A row of flats ana tene
ment houses east of the silk factory next took
fire, and the flames spread so rapidly that the
tenants, rudely awakened from their slumbers,
were compelled to fly for their lives.
In some cases the firemen were compelled
to tear down the fences in the rear to enable
the tenants to escape, as it was impossible for
them to leave by the front doors, owing to the
intense heat.
The live-story brick tenement on the northwest
corner of Fifty-fourth street and Tenth
avenue was ablaze from cellar to garret in a
short time. Next the intense heat set fire to a ,
row of eight two and three story frame build- I
ings on the east side of Tenth avenue, which j
were occupied as stores and dwellings. It (lit1
not take many minutes for the flames to
sweep through this entire row of buildings I
from Fifty-third to Fifty-fourth street, add- j
ing to the great heat and blaze.
The entiie pecuniary loss is estimated at j
Prizes Won at Washington by Com- :
JIVJIlllg OUJU11.19*
Thirty-one States were represented by
soldiers at this week's competition in the National
Drill at "Washington. The prizes were
awarded as follows:
I. Regimental?First Virginia Regiment,
the only competing organization in this class.
Prize?A stand of colors and medals for the
II. Battalion?(1) Washington Light Infantry;
(2) Louisville, Legion of Kentucky.
Prizes??3,000 for first, $1,500 for second. \
III. Company?(1) Lomax Rifles, Company j
B, 1st Alabama; (2) Company D, 1st Mlnne- .
sota: (3) Belknap Rifles, Company B. 3d |
Texas; (4) National Rifles. Washington, D. C.;
(5) San Antonio Rifles, Texas. Prizes?$5,000 j
to first; $2,500 to second; $1,500 to third:
F1,000 to fourth, and $500 to fifth. There were |
thirty competing companies.
I\. Cavalry (2 prizes)?No competitors.
V. Light artillery <2 prizes)?;1) Battery A,
1st Regiment Indiana Artillery (or Indianapolis
Light Artilleryl: (2; 1st Light Battery of
Wisconsin (or Milwaukee Light Battery), j
Prizes?S1.5IHH) for first: SI.(MX) for second.
VI. Machine Gun (2 prizes)?(1) Battery A,
Ohio (or "Cincinnati Battery"): (2) Battery A,
Louisville Legion. Prizes?Silver trophy
anil $750 to fii st and $500 to second.
VII. Zouaves (2 prizes)?(1) Chicago
Zouaves: pi) Memphis Merchants' Zouaves.
Prizes?$1,000 for first and ?750 for second.
VIII. Cadet Corps (2 prizes)?Michigan
Military Academy Cadets; <2i Maryland Agricultural
College Cadets. Prizes?$1,000 to
first and $750 to second.
The individual prises were awarded as follows:
1. Private H. G. Stack, San Antonio
Rifles, $100; 2. First Sergeant Charles F.
Conrad, Company B. Washington Light infantry.
$75;8. First Sergeant J. R. Wagner,
Company A. Louisville Iregion.
In addition to the list of prizes announced
to be awarded by the Board of Judges, the
Executive Committee bestowed upon the
first Light Battery of Wisconsin a gold medal
for proficiency in sabre drill, and a silver
medal to the Louisville Legion Drum Corps
for proficiency in music an'l movement.
Three Prisoners Brought Down by
a Guard's Single Shot.
The other afternoon, in a convict camp in
Kentucky, two negroes and a white man of a
gang of fifty penitentiary convicts who have
been at work on the railroad to Newport,
planned an escape. Toward evening, while
<)vers?er Marshal was superintending some
work, the white convict sneaked up behind
him and struck him with a shovel. Marshall
fell mortally wounded.
The guard heard the tumult and rushed to
the scene with his gun at full cock, and was
aKr.?i- tr, fim nt the murderer, when the two
negro conspirators interposed themselves be- j
tween the guard and the fugitive. The guard
ordered them out of the way. but tbey re- |
fused to move, and picking up rocks advanced I
upon him, when the guaru fired.
Both negroes and the ileeing white convict
dropped in their tracks from a single charge
of buckshot?one negro dead, shot through
the head, and the other dangerously wounded,
while the assailant of the overseer was pierced
through the lungs by two buckshot and mortally
Baby shows are in process of revival in the
West and South.
Edwi.v Booth has become so gray that he
wears no wig in "Hamlet*' now.
It is said that TV H. Doane, of Cincinnati,
makes ?20,000 a year writing hymns.
The Emperor of Austria spends over $1,OOH,(iOO
a year on the Vienna Opera House.
Joseph Haworth, who is one of the rising
stars, will play Wallace's 'Rosedale" next
"Harbor Lights" has run 500 times in i
London, "Sophia" nearly 400, "Dorothy" 200 |
and "The Butler"' 1.50.
At the performance of "Ali Baba" in the
Alhambra, at Brussels. forty horses and a
camel will be introduced in the procession.
Pauline hall.the leading lady of the New
York Casino, has sung the "Lullaby1' in "Erminie"
over KW times, encores included, during
the past twelvemonths.
The Rev. S. F. Smith, who fiftyfive years
ago wrote "My country 'tis of thee,'1 has
lately celebrated his seventy-ninth birthday
anniversary* in vigorous health.
The tendency to low prices is general
throughout the country. McCaull's Opera
ComiMuiy has been singing in Baltimore to a
public that pays fifteen cents a head for seats.
Miss Emma Abbott says she is the only
prima donna in die world who sings publicly
seven nights n week, and she can sing three
notes higher than any other, excepting Sernbricli.
at" hi" ST a Van Dorex, the young woman
who will play "(.'iiariotte nusse hcai
has just liad the life of her big Saint Bernard
dog insured for The dog appears on
the stage in her new play.
A proposition* has been made in a London
pajx*r that the words Way Out'' be painted
m large letters with luminous paint near the
exits of theatres to guide the audience iu case
the lights should be stuldeuly extinguished.
tyi kk.v Margherita. of Italy, attended
every one of the twenty-two performances of
Verdi's "Otello" at Home, always entering
the theatre before the overture was begun
and remaining in her seat till the last chord
of the finale had been struck.
Patrick Gilmore and his baud were recently
obliged to wait two horn* for a train
at Warren, 111. The citizens made up a purse
cf $50 and offered it to the director on condition
that his musicians would play one selection.
Mr. Gilniore informed them that a little
music would cost them $150. Warren did
not hear the great band that day.
Thk manager of a minstrel company in
California having decided that he preferred
farming to running a show lias gone to his
1. .>.1,1 liis wife has started out iu his
lain ii. ??
place. Three or four owners and managers
of theatres in this country are women, two
or three heads of companies are women, and a
woman is the theatrical bill poster in Saratoga.
Osip Feldman is the name of a Russian
mind-reader who has set all Paris agog. He
finds hidden objects without coming in physical
contact with any of the persons having
k knowledge of the secret. j
1 J ?*" j
City of Mexico Severely Shake
by a Prolonged Shock.
A Number of Shocks Also Felt i
Arizona and Texas.
A heavy earthquake shock was felt in tl
City of Mexico, and throughout the valley t
2:50 o'clock Sunday morning. Saturda
afternoon had been extremely warm?in fac
the weather for the last four days had bee
extraordinarily warm for that regkn
which generally enjoys a very - mi]
degree of temperature even in surame
Last Saturday afternoon there were
eral whirlwinds in the valley and in the cifr
carrying clouds of dust and fine gravel hig
in the an-. Old citizens, with the memory <
previous earthquakes in mind, predicted
shock, and they are now regarded as prophet
At exactly 2.50 o'clock there was felt, n<
only in the city, but in the suburban town
a violent shaking of the earth, or sort of lift
ing motion, which lasted five seconds. Nea
there came, prefaced by a low roar, as trot
the bowels of the earth, and accompanied b
a stiff breeze, a violent oscillation of the lan
from east to west, which awoke nearly ever
one, lasting, as it did, thirty-nine second
Houses swayed as if they were ships at set
and persons arising from their beds were, ii
many cases, thrown with force to the_fioo1
Bells were rung in the hotels and everwher
doors were forced open. Then came another a
L'iilUUVII UL luutu ?iuicuv c yi wcvutug &?vi
north to south. During this shock crockery wi
thrown down and pictures demolished ii
several houses. Then followed a scene <j
general confusion, dogs barking and horsj
neighing and stamping in their stable
Thousands of persons dressed themselves an
did not go to bed again.
Reports received by Governor Ceballos, o
the federal District, do not show any fatil
ties as the result of the earthquake, and th
denizens of suburban towns report about th
same sensations as were felt by the inhah
tants of the metropolis. At the School <
Mines Secretary Ugalde reports that the seii
mic instruments showed that a heavy shoe
had taken place. These instruments are sel:
registering and prove that the shock c
Saturday morning was a severe one. Dow
J wmimU CAKAAI n#
were UJKTiiCU ail uiu uu^u i/uc ucuwi v> ? j
and the night watohnan reported the s'frftj
ing of that enormous building.
The shock is the topic of conversatio
everywhere, and the people all have peculii
experiences to report. In the Schw
of Mines the water in the swimmin
tank used by the students flowed 01
over the courtyard. Clocks everywher
were stopped and there was general constei
nation. At the office of Governor Ceballos
is reported that the shock was much mof
severe than that of 18ISJ.
The heaviest shock of earthquake of th:
century occurred in the city of Mexico,!
1858, when many persons were killed: T1
shock, which happened in the ni?ht, was fo
lowed by a severe one the next day, the p&
pie taking refuge in the streets. Prior to tbi
there had been a heavy shock in 1847. 1
1864 there was also a heavy 6hock and in IS
a very severe one, cracking the front of ti
parish church and the Sagrario and tfaja wal
of the London Bank building.
Reports from- various points in the soutl
ern parts of the Mexican Republic show thi
the earthquake was severely felt very gene
ally. " "
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Earthquakes in Arizona and Texa
Another earthquake shock occured at !
Paso, Texas, on Sunday, at 12:30 o'clock. T1
United States signal officer. T. W. Twadde
says the shock lasted about ten seconds, ai
that its intensity was about equal to that <
the second shock of May 3. A second shoe
was distinctly felt by everybody and peop
rushed into tne streets.
There was quite a severe shock of eart
quake at Nogales, Arizona, at about 1 o'clo*
Monday afternoon which created mu<
excitement, although no damage was don
Ten minutes ^afterwards there was anotb
shock, but it was a very light one.
Sunday evening a terrific dry cycla
visited Is ogales. It came from the mountai
on the east side of the town and demolished
great many Mexican huts and unroofed se
eral other'more substantial buildings. 2
one was injured.
Six Passengers Killed and Othei
The other night, as the fast line west.w
nearins Kittaning Point, Penn., the wheel
a car on a freight train east burst and t
car crushed into two passenger coaches Wi
terrible effect, killing instantly four men at
injuring many oth&s. Telegrams were ii
mediately sent to Altoona for physicians, ai
all that could be procured were detailed
the wreck.
The killed were Dal Graham, son of e
Speaker Graham, Allegheny, Penn.; J. ]
Stauffer, of Lewisville, Ohio; Wymer Sn
der. a one-legged man, of Shamotin, Pern
John Dorris, a newsboy of East Libert
Penn.; Frank McCue. of 75 East Thirt
third street. New York City: Charles Beid
man, of Brinfield, Noble County, Indiana.
The injured were: A. Agen, Fayettevil
N. Y., head and side, not serious; Clara i
bert, of Flint, Mich., slightly injured: t
Rev. John Alford. of Beaver Falls, Peru
slight injuries: Hattie Luckett (colored),
Alexandria, Va., not seriously; the Rev
H. Porter (colored), of Detroit.
Edith Geise. aged eleven years, travel!
with her mother, was prostrated by t
shock, but was not injured to any extei
No passengers occupying sleeping or par]
cars were injured. The accident was t
worst that lias happened for years on t
Pennsylvania Railroad. The injured w<
brought to Altoona and were made as coi
fortable as possible.
A Canadian firm have taken a contract
iii>r? of land in Sou
Australia for the compensation of one-fifth
the land ?-'500,000 are to be expended in t
work, in twenty years, in terms of five ye<
French ladies won't go to a party
bali whore the electric light is used,
shows their pimples and wrinkles t
plainly. Something soft and snbdn
is what they want.
new york. 22
Beef, good to prime 6.l-*<3 '
Calves, com'n to prime !
Sheep 8 *65 ;
Lambs 9V?(?) I
Hogs?Live 5}[email protected]
Dressed. "
Flour?Ex. St, good to fancy 4 75 @ 4S
West, good to choice 3 85 @ 5 (X
Wheat?No. 2, Red 96 @ .9
Rye?State*. (jjp t>
Barley*?State 00 (fit 7
Corn?Ungraded Mixed.... 4
Oats? Wbite State 37% @ 3!
Mixed Western S4 @ 3
Hay?Med. to prime 85 @ W
Straw?No. 1, Kye 60 @ 6
Lard?City Steam 7 1 7 6
Butter?State Creamery.... ? @ V
Dairy 14V<<g| 1
West. Im. Creamery 13,[email protected] 1
Factory 10 @ 1
Cheese?State Factory 7}^(g 1
Western 13 "(<f! 1
Eggs?State and Peun 14 (? 1
Sheep?Good to Choice 4 10 @43
I^3iubs?Western 4 75 (<$ 5 0
Steei-s?Western 4 35 @ 4 ?J
Hogs?Good to Choice Yorks 4 t'O @50
Flour 4 75 eg 5 1
Wheat?No. 1 91 @ U
corn?.>o. x, Mixed *- ..>(<11 *
Oats?No. 2, Mixed 32 (ii 53
Barley?State '54 (g 0
Beef?Good to choke 1
Hogs?Live <r>[email protected]
Northern Dressed....
Pork?Ex. Primo.iier bbl...12 00 @12 3
Flour?Spring Wheat pat's.. 5 00 <& 5 i
Corn?High Mixed ? ? 5
Oats?Extra White 40}<@ 4
Rye?State 60 @ ti
Beef- Dressed weight o%@
Sheei?? Live weight 4 @
Lambj ? @
Hogs?Northern "}{? '
FJour?Penn.extra family... 3 00 @ 3 o
Wheat?No. 2. Red 9
Corn?State Yellow 48 @ 4.'
Oats Mixed 84^@ 3?
Rye-State ? <? 5
Butter?Creamery Extra... 16 % 11
Cheese?N. Y. Full Cream., ? L

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