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GEORGIA. 6t. Luke’s Methodist church at Colum f>us is to be remodeled. The city of Baxley has recently organ ized a chain-gang, and is working Appling county's convicts on the street*s. The President has refused executive clemency in the cas. of C. W. Maddox of Georgia, convicted of counterfeiting. The Secretary of War has ordered the examining board to convene at Fort Mc- Pherson Feb. 27, for the purpose of ex amining the candidates for West Point. Application for charter has been made by the “J. S. Stapleton Company,” doing a central merchandise business at Pres ton. The capital stock of the company is $4,600, nut. may be increased to $20,000. The papers in the case of Henry White, the slayer of a policeman at Columbus, have gone to the supreme court, and it will not be long now before the case will be heard. Tom Watkins, colored, shot Tom Peter son, another negro, near Baxley, Wednes day. Peterson died Thursday. According to reports, the killing was murder. Wat kins in in jail. Several well-known financial men of At lanta are said to be prepatlng to con strue. anew ice factory in Atlanta with a sixty-ton plant, and a refrigerator and cold storage house. Seven negro houses In Tybee district of Macon were destroyed by lane Friday. Four were owned by Kd O'Connell and three by O. P. Willingham. L* oss about *1 ,500, covered by Insurance. H. B. Plant, the railroad magnate, will erect a two-story brick building’ on Deca tur street at Atlanta. The contract calls for the completion of the structure in ItO days. Work will begin on .March 1. Maj. John A. Fitten has bought A. P. Thompson's interest In the Fitten-Thomp son Hardware Company of Atlanta. There will be no change in the busineus of tin company, and it will continue! at the same place. Walter Dillard, an Oglethorpe county negro, whose skin is deep black, is now turning white. He commenced turning white about two years since, and within the past few months his face has almost entirely changed color. Mrs. A. M. Wynn of Columbus Is re ported to be dying of malignant cancer. Mrs. Wynn is the mother of J. O. Wynn, u prominent Insurance man of Atlanta, and is the wife of one of the most promt mil! ministers in the South Georgia con fererce. The governor has pardoned Charles Harris. Hariis was convicted In Fulton superior court of assault with Intent to murder, and sentenced for two years. The application for the pardon of Will Grazier, who was also sent up from Fulton county, was refused. Fred Barnes, Josh Cullom and B. F. Campnell, three young white men, well known about town, are under arrest at Atlanta, suspected of robbing Ben Barnes, 55 years of age, of SSO In cash. He Is the father of one of the prisoners, and states that his son robbed him Of nis money. . In a recent cleaning of the plates of the Morgan gold mine stamp mills near Lex ington three pounds of the precious metal was obtained. The owners are elated over this very flattering turn out. It is also re ported that a richer vein of quartz than has ever yet been worked has been struck at this mine. The governor has Instructed the secre tary of state to issue a reward of $l6O each for the arrest and delivery of Taylor and Lenton Findley to the sheriff or Fulton county. The Findleys are charged with the murder of Julius ‘lardy in Oglethorpe county. In November, 1896. They escaped from Clarke county Jail. “I will stay the execution of Gus Fara bles as long as the attorneys for Mrs. No bler can keep her case in the courts," said Gov Atkinson Friday In answer to the inquiry if Gus Families would hang on next I ( ‘day. The ease of Mrs. Nobles is now before the supreme court, and a decision is expected almost any day. W. J. Thagard of Laurens county took to Dublin Thursday a curiosity. It is a collection of fifteen hen eggs. The sizes range from that of the egg of a blue bird to that of half the normal hen egg. In shai>e the eggs are especially singular. Some are nearly as round as a bullet, while some are oblong like snake eggs. Gov. Atkinson has offered a reward of SIOO for the arrest, with proof to convict, of the unknown parties who murdered W. N. Waters In Fulton county. On Nov. 11 Waters was found dead near Atlanta. He was lying In a ditch, and the top of his head had been shot off. Two negroes were arrested and tried for the crime, but they were acquitted. A remarkable session of court was held In Dawßon county last week. Court con vened Monday and adjourned at noon on Tuesday. No state cases were tried and not a single bill of Indictment was re turned by Ihe grand Jury. One man was 1n Jail ready for trial, but the witnesses against him failed lo appear and he was released. Superintendent Marvin of the Electric Railway Company at Home, has begun work on the lake at Mobley Springs, pre paratory to the extension of the electric ear line to that point. The company will construct a park and make it u summer resort. It is thought the electric car line will also lie extended to Limlule, four njiles from Borne, in the near future. Ex-Gov. Sherman of lowa Is In Atlanta looking after business connected with the Order of the Woodmen of the World. He I* one of the sovereign managers of tha: fraternity and has recently Imen before the legislature of North Carolina to se cure tile passage of a hill admitting (he order to that state. The Woodmen of th* World have about Mi.IHIO members, of wriom 1,000 are in Georgia. Tl.e family of F. M. Kincaid, living oast of Columbus, had a thrilling experience Thursday night. A mud dog hurst Into the family sitting room, and made a at Mr. Kincaid. There were several eh 1- dreti In the room when the am mal mad* its ferocious attack, and tna (Ulna on was n perilous one. A terrible struggle ensued, and Mr. Kincaid hro e chair on him before he final !• disabled the dog. Fortunately, no one was B. T. Palmour, former president of the company, and C. J. Finger, have been p. Pointed receivers for the King, r and Sh i w Manufacturing Company of Gaiuoßvide. Messrs. Gunnells and Finger are both stockholders and directors of the compa ny. The bill tiled shows that the- Finger & Shelly Cos., has liabilities amounting to $20,- 000. Mortgages have been executed by the company for about slo,Oft) to the First Na tional Bank, Dr. S. T. Hooper, and one to other parties, including J. H. Hunt, State Bank, C. J. Finger and B. E. Kimbrough. The balance of the Indebtedness is unse cured. Statham Is a town that boasts of n may or and board of aldermen. Municipal hon ors go a-begging there it seems, however, for the four couneilmen who were elected in January have failed to qualify within the time prescribed by law and conse quently another election has been called to elect sucei ssors who will show more ap preciation of the honor and responsibility bestowed upon them by the citizens of Statham. Robert Rhodes, an Atlanta negro has invented a machine to take the “kinks” out of the hair of negroes. The invention is a very ingenious one, being made of steel, in the form of a comb. A rod fits in side the comb, by which it is heated suf ficiently to straighten out the hair when it is being combed, without danger of burn ing the liar or causing It to fall out. The ''kink” remover is given the high sounding name of '‘Rhode#’ Patent Combination H dr Straightener. Comb, Scalp Cleaner, and Dandruff remover.” Betsy Head, an unmarried woman, is now under arrest in Hall county charged with infanticide. She is 40 years of age and has hitherto [borne a good reputation. Several days ago she gave birth to a child and shortly after the child died. The cir cumstances surrounding the death of the infant were such as to arouse the suspi cions of the neighbors and an inquest was held by the coroner. The verdict was to the effect that the child came to its death from a blow inflicted by the mother. Miss Head was placed under arrest and has since been guarded, but Is as yet unable to bo brought to the county seat. Mary Odom, a sexagenarian, who resides near Aurarta, is the happy possessor of a soek full of gold. When a girl of I*l she be gan to devote her leisure moments to gold panning. She made it a practice to lay aside one-half of the gold she paefl out. and by assiduous labor she soon t* -tan to make a living out of the work. Shi,'? dd all of her hills in gold dust and kept fKhiing to her store of the bright metal. Now at the age of 60 she still keeps up her labor, though she has long since laid aside enough gold to keep her tn comfort the rest of her life. Mary Odom offers a fine object lesson to the “new womaji.” Kart and Lawrence Johnson, young farmers of Warrenton, have been arrested charged with stealing $3,000 from the trunk of Silas Landrum, an aged citizen of the iower part of Warren county, some weeks ago. Mr. Landrum lives with J. Lawrence Johnson, fattier of the two young nvn. and was known to have a considerable sum of money. Only a few days ago the money was missed and suspicion was directed to the two young men from the fact of their having had more ready cash than usual recently. Warrants were sworn out and the arrests made, with the result that about $2,500 of the money was recovered and the young men Jailed. The family is one of the. mo.-1 prominent in the county. Columbus correspondence Macon Tele graph: The Telegraph told of the visit to the citv this week of a couple calling them selves Mr. and Mrs. Charles Wilson, who represented that they were members of “A Blooming Town” company.which,they said, stranded in Texas, leaving the mem bers to get homo the best way they could. On the strength of these assertions, they reaped in quite, a number of shekels from Columbus people, as they stated that they would like to get assistance to get to their northern home. Mrs. Wilson, who did the soliciting, was not an unattractive vvoms and very few doubted the truth of her story. A letter received to-day from tho manager of "A Blooming Town” company says that tho couple never played with that company, which, moreover, was not stranded in Texas. The company did dis band In Louisiana, but was afterwards re organized, ami the members all got their pay. The couple went from here to Amerl cus. Dublin Correspondence Atlanta Consti tution: Oscar Turner, a young white man about 19 years of age, tho son of John Turner, a prominent farmer of Bullock county, was arrested and placed in the Laurens county li.il a day or two ago on a warrant sworn out by the Pritchett Gro cery Company of Dublin, charging him v.ith obtaining goods under false pre tenses. Turner has so far been unable to make bond and will remain in Jail un'il a preliminary hearing, which will he given to-morrow, shall determine the va lidity of the charges against him. Turner came to Dublin from Bullock county two weeks ago ami began a small mercantile liusir.es-: here. He went to the Pritchett company’s wholesale establishment and bought groceries to the amount of $1)0. giving a draft on John Flannery * Cos. of Savannah. The draft was turned over to tho Dublin Banking Company for col lection, hut wiusi sent to Savannah, pay ment was refused on the ground that Tur ner had no account with Flannery & Cos. The Pritchett company Immediately had Turner arrested. Turner says before lie came to Duhlin ho had shipped to Sa vannah six .tales of sea island cotton, and It was on these that he based his draft, having no idea but that it would bo honored as soon as presented. Three weeks ago Turner married a Miss Barnes of Bullock county, who Is now In that county making a’rangements for her hus band's bond. FLORIDA. H. Warren Scot!, a well known and popular merchant of Quincy, died at his home on Wednesday night from bilious colic. Mrs. B. M Hammond, wife of cx-State Senator E. M. Hammond of Orlando, has obtained a decree of divorce from her hus band. I J. P. Brawner of Jacksonville states that the recent report that $2,060 had been found In a tin can In the store of his son O. Troupe Brawner, deceased, is an orro. E. P. Branch, cashier of the Melbourne State Bank, last Monday recorded the highest number of deposits from the lower river country received since the bank commenced business. George 11. Wright of Orlando has re colved advices from Honolulu of another consignment of smooth Cayenne pineap ple plants. This will be the third oat-, load shipped to him from that point, Jacksonville's new Abe alarm system was practically finished Friday for active work, under the direction of A. C. Farrard, rep resenting the Oamewell Fire Alarm Com pany, assisted by Chief Hattcy and Assist ant Chief Singer. Two libels against the schooner 8. B. Hubbard were filed In the olllce of the clerk of the United States court h( Jack sonville Friday. One is tn the suit brought THE MORNING NEWS: SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1897. A RETIRING ANIMAL. Mosely Itagges—<Dat was do most modest and retirin’ bull-dog dat ever I cum across. Hungry Hank—How's dat? Mosely Ranges—Ever’ time I pass dis way he takes a back scat. A lilt IFT CLERK. i O’Hana—And fwhat are you doin' now days, Mack? Mack—Ot’m draft clerk in th' bank. O’Hana—Draft clerk, is it? An' fwhat are yer duties, Mack? Mack—Openin’ an’ shuttin' th’ winders. by Mary Jane Harris, colored, the widow of John Harris, the fisherman drowned by being thrown from a Ash-boat, which was run over by the schooner about Jan. 30, and the other by Carl Gustafson, the owner of the boat which was wrecked In the collision with the schooner. If it becomes necessary to appoint a permanent receiver for the Merchants National Bank of Jacksonville, I). G. Ambler wil probably be named. He founded the bank, but has had no con nection with it In recent years. John F. Howard, Sr., died at Jackson ville Friday, after an illnesd of several weeks. Mr. Howard has beep an invalid for nearly two years. He was a native of Columbus, Ga., but moved to Jackson ville eleven years ago with his family. Daytona Gazette-News: In front of the studio is hanging the saw of a large saw fish. The saw- is nearly four feet long, and the fish weighed 800 pounds. This large specimen of the -finny tribe was caught in the Halifax river by Capt. E. W. Bennett of Port Orange, O. S. Perkins went to South Beach, near St. Augustine, a few days ago, to locate for the purpose of exhibiting a pet seal. While at the Casa Marina Mr. Perkins lef his seal for a moment, and when he returned he saw it disappearing into the ocean. Mr. Perkins says that he had re fused SI,OOO for the seal. Capt. E. R. Mehaffey of the schooner S. B. Hubbard, now at Jacksonville, re ceived a letter from Darien. Ga., Friday, announcing the safe arrival of the schoon er Howard B. Peck, Capt. Hamilton, at Dar. n, Wednesday. The vessel has been out from New York thirty-two duys, and much anxiety was felt for her. Peach orchards aro still being planted tn Volusia county. Thousands upon thou sands of troi-s have been planted, mostly of the Angel, Oviedo, Waldo and Bidwell varieties. Six four-year-old trees at De- Land last season paid the grower net over SSO, and the fruit was sold for little up ward of $1 per übshel. The state board of education has fixed the sth day of every month for its reg ular business meetings at Tallahasse. Should that date fall on Sunday, the meeting will be held on the following day. All lulls for previous month must lie presented at these meetings, and no hills of more than sixty days’ standing will be considered by the board. The iltreet-lax fund, now between $7,(80 and $8,01)0, which was turned over to Gov. Bloxham on Jan. 5, was deposited in the Merchants' National Hank of Jackson ville and was In that institution when, It suspended. Uis amply secured by tn terest-bearlng bonds of Duval county. While li is in no sense state money, all that remains of the fund on March 7 will revert to the slate. James Anderson, who is said to have shot and killed John Ivey, another negro, in Alachua county, has been captured. In stead of fleeing from that part of the state Anderson stopped around Wade and waited for the Plant system pay train, ex pecting to draw money. The constable who made the arrest was apprised of this and lay In watt for him. He will be brought to Gainesville. Hr. It. 11./peak of Orlando has been experimenting for several years to dem onstrate the medicinal properties of the berries of the native saw palmetto. He has produced a sort of cordial or rßv.r from It. which is said to he of great value, an l latterly has made a wine from the berries. lie hope* for the wine that It will prove as valuable as a medicine, or (hat it will retain the peculiar qualities of the eilxlr, while it will be more palata ble. Senator T. C. Platt of New A'ork, accom panied by Mrs. Platt, reached Sanford Friday In a private car from Titusville. All the prominent republican* of the town called upon him. nnd paid their rt *peets. He left town In the afternoon over the Sanford and Lake F.ustis road to see his orange grove near Mount Dora. The sen ator 1* 111 good health, and is well pleased wilh tho appearance and prospects of Florida. President George K. Miles of the East Coast Line Canal and Transportation Company, to save time in condemnation suits, has purchased the right-of-way for the canal, which Is to be cut between Jup iter and Juno. The land is paid for, and Mr. Miles Inis the deeds In his possession. The work will now proceed. President Mile* is looking wfter a sultabl" location to build another dredge boa , to (til the place of the cue iccenUj wrecked mar Jupiter, The farmers of Mclntosh and vlnclnty, %Machua county, are planting Irish pota toes for the northern market very exten sively. One farmer will plant 125 barrels. E. M. Goodall of Sanford, Me., some lit tle time ago had ten acres of his land—just north of Titusville—planted out in. sugar cane. He says that it has done so well that he will plant out another ten acres. Mr. Goodall is about to have a sugar mill erected, and syrup will be made from the cane this season. Jacksonville Citizen: We called attention about a month ago to the very satisfactory financial condition of the state with ref erence to its bonded indebtedness, saying that of the total amount of $1,275,000 of bonds outstanding in 1891. $917,300 or nearly 72 per cent., was held by the state itself, leavipg only $357,700 in the hands of indi vidual owners. The controllers’ report for 1896 shows that the amount of bonds now held by the state. In varous funds, is $918,J 300, the sum of $356,700 being in the hands of individuals. While going down stairs at St. Augus tine Thursday, Mrs. Andrea Plummer, who lives on Spanish street, tripped and fell to the floor below, carrying with her a lighted lamp. The lamp was broken in the fall, and the burning oil ignited the floor. Charles A. Greaves, who was pass ing, saw the smoke, and, looking through tile window, saw a blaze. He broke in through tho front door, rescued Mrs. l’lummer, and smothered the flames. Mrs. Plummer, who is 60 years of age, fortu nately, escaped injury, and kept ihe burn ing oil from igniting her clothing. A well-organized gang of sneak thieves has been broken up by Jack Keyes and Jeff Bates of the A. L. Wilson Company at Quincy. The gang consisted of father, mother, daughter and two little sons, all colored. Merchants have for some time past missed goods from their stores, but have been unable to detect the thieves. A few days ago one of the boys was caught in the act of taking a sack of flour from the A. L. Wilson Company’s store. Messrs. Keyes and Bates took the boy in a buggy out to his home, about two miles from town, where the remain ing members of the gang were captured, and some of the property was recovered. The recent convention of County' School Superintendents at Live Oak appears to have been rather barren of practical re sults. aside from the benefits received from conferences upon matters of detail In the management of school affairs, and upon the relations of the county school officials to the state department. The only final ac tion taken with regard to Important ques tions of public policy was as follows: By a vote of 28 to 6 a proposition favoring un iformity In text-books throughout the state was defeated. By' a vote of 16 to 13 a resolution requesting the legislature to en act a law providing for comnulsory at tendance upon the public schools was adopted. A resolution recommending the passage of a law placing the power of levy ing school taxes in the counties with the school boards, instead of with the county commissioner*, was adopted. A committee was appointed to recommend a better sys tem of collecting taxes, by which all taxes should lie collected within tho year for which they should be levied. Samuel Brown, Jr., of Chicago, 111., who has been spending a great part of the season at Cocoanut Grove, has just re turned from a short trip into the ever glades. Mr. Brown, in speaking of the trip to a reporter of the Jacksonville Citi zen, said: "Simple Justice seems to re quire that the everglades should be given to the Seminole Indians. The red men were promised this territory on condition that they would behave themselves. This was many years ago. The Indians have complied with the request, and are expect ing to become posses ors of the land. Tho everglades are practically useless, except to the red men. Lieutenant Hugh 1-. Willoughby made recently a trip through the everglades for scientific pur poses. and he pronounces them useless for anything except to th* red man and the sportsman. From what I have seen, 1 am of the same opinion. I think also that to lose the Indian is to lose for the east coast one of its principal attractions, for the red man has for many years been a drawing card, ami to remove him further from civilization is lo remove him alto gether.” The party that went in search of the rob bers of L. J. Porter’s store at Greenville, returned home Friday afternoon, about 4 o'clock, and report one robber killed and the other captured. This one was given a sound thrashing, turned loose and told to clear out. They wore tramps, and young, between 20 and 25 years old. and claim Johnstown, Pa., as their home. The name of the one living Is George Millen, but the other’s name la unknown. Among (he good* taken were ten botilos of bitters, which they (stopped at a colored womun’s house and asked her to get breakfast for th< m. saying that they would pay her for it. They appeared very sleepy and nearly dropped off to sleep while she was prepar ing breakfast. A few minutes later their pursuers came up and asked the woman it she. had seen any strangers pass her house that morning. She told them no. They went on for a few hundred yards and turned back. The woman saw them coming back and so told the tramps. They jumped out the door and ran towards a thick swamp. The party in pursuit called to them to halt, but they paid no attention to the summons. They then commenced tiring at them but the tramps reached the edge of the swamp, where one of them fell dead, the other surrendered. Both were dressed in clothes they had stolen from Mr. Porter. The dead robber was buried in the stolen clothes. Mr. Porter received about SIOO worth of his goods, but says that is not over half what is missing. Tlie Commission vs. the Rail road*. From Neman (Ua.) Herald and Advertiser When the constitutional convention of 1377 adopted a resolution providing for the creation of a railroad commission in this state, it was understood that it would he invested with authority to equalize rates on passenger and freight traffic, and to prevent unfair and unjust discrimina tions in applying these rates. We are sat islied that the framers of the constitution did not contemplate any exercise of au thority beyond the limits thus indicated, and that this was the spirit of the. resolu tion bearing upon the subject we have ro doubt. We think it may be safely claimed, moreover, that the spirit and purpose of the legislative enactment subsequently de vised to carry the resolution of the con vention into effect was quite as conserva tive in its object. uve in its ODjeci. _ , After the board was created, however, and *he commissioners were installed in office, it became evident that the people looked upon It as a specially-created pow er for the protection of their interests, and the final arbiter In all disputes where the people were in complaint against the rail roads. Nor is it going too far to surmise that in nine cases out of ten, the people have expected partial rulings from the commission in the adjustment of their grievances. How seldom they have been disappointed in this expectation is best shown by the records on file in the office of the railroad commission. . This brings us to the main point ol the matter which we have undertaken here to discuss, and that is the enormous power assumed by the railroad commis sion in determining what are "just and reasonable rates,” as applied to railroad traffic, and in then forcing the railroads to adopt the rates that it may from time to tithe prescribe. It avails nothing that the railroads have the privilege of ap pealing to the courts. In all such cases there are in reality but two questions of importance presented for adjudication— the equitableness of the rate prescribed by the commission, and the authority of the commission to impose such rate. With out technical knowledge or experience in the management of railroads, it is ob viously impracticable for the courts to de termine w hether a rate prescribed by the commission is "just and reasonable" or not, and it is passed over as being a matter of detail belonging more properly within the province of the commission. The other and more vital question, as to whether the commission has the power to fix rates, is invariably decided in the af-■ flrmative, because the statute has been in terpreted to mean that it has such au thority. Asa consequence, the railroads have no recourse in law-, and no hope cf relief from the commission. In effect, our courts have held that there is but one tribunal in the state competent to determine whether a rate he "just and reasonable,” and that tribunal is openly at variance with the railroads on the very point at issue. This arbitrary policy of the railroad com mission was illustrated only a few days ago. The commission notified the rail roads that the rate on fertilizers would lie reduced 20 per cent. While the rail roads were allowed the privilege of being hoard before the rate was put into effect, yet all the argument that they could bring to bear on the subject went for naught. The commission “was of the same opin ion still,” and has since put the rate into effect. In this instance the ruling of the com mission will entail upon the railroads a loss of $200,000 per annum in freight re ceipts. while the advantage that is ex pected to accrue to the farmers by re ducing the cost of their fertilizers is so trilling as to be scarcely worth comput ing. There was no demand from the con sumers for a reduction, and no complaints of overcharge on shipments of this char acter, so far as we have heard. The ques tion of lower rates was brought up at the instance of half a dozen fertilizer dealers of Savannah and Charleston, who are seeking to crush out smaller dealers in the interior of the state, in order that they may again enjoy a monopoly of the ferti lizer trade In Georgia, as they did ten or twelve years ago. At that time, when the coast dealers had no competition in the interior, prices were 50 per cent, higher than now, and no com plaints were heard from them in regard to freight rates. It the Savannah and Charleston dealers succeed in driving the smaller fertilizer concerns of the interior out of business, as they are evidently try ing to do, the small saving that is prom ised the consumer from the reduction In rates which the railroad commission has just ordered, will be more than offset hy the increased cost of their fertilizers, and this cost will continue to increase each season. It is not worth while to discuss the ac tion of the commission as a business pro position; it is so manifestly unjust to the railroads as to amount to a hardship. The most serious phase of the matter is the extraordinary iwiwer arrogated by tlie commission in its treatment of the rail roads. If the commission is authorized by law to curtail the earnings of the rail roads of Georgia to the extent of $2(IO.OCO per annum by an arbitrary decree from which there is practically no appeal, what may it not do next? Is it the policy of the commission to continue its crusade against the railroads with a view to keep ing them in a condition of perpetual bank ruptcy? As originally designed by the constitu tion, we consider the railroad commission a necessary institution in this state, and it should stand always as a bulwark of protection between the railroads and the people; but it can at all times protect the interests of the people wthout bearing too heavily upon the railroads, and this is what it should do. It is wrong, morally and judicially wrong to pander to the prejudice against railroads, with no higher purpose than that of popularizing the commission, or the Individual members of that body. Con siderations of a political character should have no weight in determining the equi ties of a difference in which the railroads are invariably forced to assume the de fensive. -Mr. Cleveland’s Country Home. From the New York Sun. Washington, Feb. 16.—President Cleve land’s country place, just on the outskirts ' of the city, will bo placed on the market for sale soon after March 4, and will probably bring a higher figure than was paid for it three years ago, although real estute in Washington has made little ad vance In that time. Mr. Cleveland paid $30,000 for the house and grounds, and since then has expended some money on Improvements, which may bring the price of the place to S.">O.(X). It is not so pre tentious as the country residence occu pied by tho President when In Washington during his first term, and which he sold at a profit of SIOO,OOO, but Is better located and nearer the city. Suburban residents who passed It in tlie afternoon two years ago frequently saw three or four police men standing around the gates, and any one approaching not known to them was ordered to proceed without loitering-. Those were the days when the President was ad vised by Mr. Thurber that he was not surrounded with proper guards, and was urged to have the force st the white house increased. This was done and twice as many police officers are on duty there now as watched over the President’s household during Gen. Harrison's admlnis tration. Mr. Cleveland has not visited his country place for a long time, but the few weeks that ho nnd Mrs. Cleveland spent there last spring necessitated a guard of four police officers, two of whom were on duty at all hours. The sale of the President's property will probably produce a lively competition among the real es tate brokers who want the job of selling the place. _ —How It C'amo to Pass.—" Old Rhilark says he is the man who started you on the road to fortune.” "The old villain tells the truth. All I had when 1 was a young man was a fifty-acre fnrm, and he cheated me out of that. Thru I had to come to town to get something to do, and got into business and got rich,”—lndianai-tAis .'auraiu Our determination to make the Shoe Depart ment one of the most important branches of o ur business, is a lucky thing for clever buyers. The low prices we fix on goods justly entitles us to the name of bargain-givers. 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V , 11 fivith heels and without® r% r~ heels, made solid throughout, a t 51? s /.J Boys’ Seamless Shoes, i *>crsoies, P GIBSON’S BRAND-NEW GIRL MAY BE NAMED AFTER “THE DANA PEOPLE” OH “NANNIE.” Will Pone For Gibson In Hl* Future Pictures—lllumines, the Life Build ing With Her Smiles and Has Been Drawn in Blade ami White—lts Mother Has the Finest Singing Voice Off the Stage. Copyright, 1597. New York, Feb. 19.—Gibson has anew girl. This is precisely what might have been expected when you sit down to think about it. Charles Dana Gibson and Irene Lang horne, the former the creator of "the girl” in current art and the latter one of the finest women of Virginia, were married in Baltimore two years or so ago. Since that event the much watched couple have been living very quietly In New York, entering into the artistic and social life of the city, yet so incognito, you might say, that few know where to find them. Their biographies are written often, but tho two most concerned enter little into the sketches that are printed of them, these being little more than enco miums upon the art of the one and upon the beauty of the other, with the actual facts left out. Their home is where Mr. Gibson’s work lies, in the Life building. The Gibson girl came along the first week in February. She is quite different from her previous types, and on looking over Mr. Gibson's work you are struck by the fact that he, an artist of such wide il lustrative range, should have drawn so few babies. As Mr. Gibson is notorious for drawing those nearest him. he will un doubtedly place the girl in his next sketches. Mrs. Gibson, the mother of "the girl,” is one of the most attractive women, not only of the south, but of the world. Her figure is her distinguishing characteristic —until you know her. Then her talents enchain you. She is very tall, almost as tall as her big. reed-like husband, yet magnificently proportioned. “She is one of the biggest women I ever saw—yet she isn't stout after all,” said a girl admirer, trying to describe the full graceful figure, which is the despair of those who would copy her. In features Mrs. Gibson also "favors” the blonde type, it is not to be wondered at that young Miss Gibson is also blonde—and curly. The name which Gibson will give his girl is not yet known. She is a new comer, to be sure, but she may receive an old-fashioned name. "The Gibsons are so fond of the old Dana people—meaning the venerable Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Dana—that they will name the baby after old Mrs. Dana,” wrote a relative of the family on the baby girl announcement cards. But there are others besides “the old Danas” after whom the Gibson girl might be named. Mrs. Gibson is one of six brothers and sisters who live near Char lottesville. Va„ upon a grand old family plantation. There are Mrs. Perklnson, Miss Phyllis Langhorne, and Miss Nannie Langhome, and the boys are Harry and Keene. The grandmother's name is "Nannie,” so it is not impossible that Nannie—short for the family name of "Anna.” held for generations by the Gibson family—will be bestowed upon the new girl. Few begin life with an inheritance the equal of this Gibson girl. In dollars and cents there might not be an extravagant counting, although both the Gibson and Langhorne families are well placed. Tho latter is among the ’ F. F. Vs.” of the south, and the Gibsons are of a good, aristocratic old family of Concord, N. 11. But in the dower that fades not, that cannot be given away and that will not stay hidden—the dower of Inherited abil ity and talent—there is a finer showing. From her father the "Gibson girl” gets an immense slock of talent and a fine in herited modesty. When Gibson began, in libtft. he had a fine way of leaving his sketches at newspaper offices “to be ac cepted if agreeable.” No name was at tached to them, and after lying around for a few days waiting for an owner they were thrown away. He never railed to claim or explain them. But one maga zine—a comic one—saw merit in the line pictures of those men ami women and useil the pictures as fast as they came in, hoping meanwhile to find the author. One day a long, lanky, soft-eyed lad called and said: “I'm Gibson, the fellow that draws those girls. I was afraid they were no good, don't you know, so I sent them with out a name.” With this modest in-the btick-ground opinion a little talent Is bound to add to itself from its ever-obser vant meekness. From her mother the Gibson girl gets the constitution of an athlete. Irene Langhorne was the finest horsewoman in Virginia. She could ride anything and across anything. Hhe could also dance, dunce out all the belles of Baltimore. Hut she has another talent, that of music. She Is the owner of a magnificent voice that , could easily take her upon tlie stage iu opera, grand or otherwise. It has a mar vellous range, is highly cultivated and i probably the finest voice in the world of? the stage. She uses it frequently hue only for charity, being much in demand for benefit performances and church mu sieales. She has never sung for money, all the proceeds being donated to the cause of good works. Mr.Gtbson is very tenacious of this voice, and, though ho does not object to slyly tucking his wife’s beautiful face in his pictures, he most de cidedly objects to loaning her voice. Mrs. Gibson, by the way. is only twenty five years old, though her powerful fig ure, her dignity and her beauty make her seem older. Indeed, she has been taken to be the senior of her husband, whose birthdays began four years before her own. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson are a singularly loving couple. Since their marriage Mrs. Gibson has, It is complained, given up her old friends for her husband’s, and at he? mother's country place in summer it is not her own friends she entertains but those whom her husband has known for years. I-ast summer she had Richard Harding Davl9 and his sister down at tha plantation. So watched are the Gibsons and so eager ly is every word read about them that last! summer an enterprising paragraphs, catching at insufficient straws, wrote that: "the Gibsons have separated and that Mrs. Gibson has gone home.” A friend in tears went over to call aC the Langhorne home, but found Mrs. Gib son in smiles, clapping her hands. "My husband is coming to-day,” cried the en thusiastic young woman, "to-day, to-day! He i9 coming to-day!” “But I heard you had been separate! from him?” gasped the friend. “So I did—but only because he was call ed back to draw a picture. Oh. Kittle' grasping the girl friend around the neck— “l'm so much in love that I'm ashamed of myself.” The only Inconvenient phase of the new Gibson arrival is the confusion which it will make in the theatrical world. “Gib son tableaux” are now the rage. But tho rehearsals will have to begin all over again now, for the Gibson baby cannot be left out. Meanwhile the name of "Schiller." so carefully embroidered upon a certain coverlid—after Mrs. Gibson’s father, a veteran of the war—will have to be turned towards the wall, Augusta Prescott. STATIAHV MADE OF SNOW. Park in Brussels Turned Into Ate lier by Artists. From the Pittsburg Dispatch. They have a pretty way of making a snowstorm contribute to the benefit of art in Brussels. After a heavy fall of snow, accompanied by a frost that shows signs of lasting for some time, the gates of tha Parc Royal are closed for the space of three days, during which time the public are excluded. The students of the School of Art are in the meantime informed that by the courtesy of the king they are per mitted to transform the park into one vast atelier, where they may pursue their stud ies out of doors, a permission of which they take the fullest advantage. Bach student, under the guidance of his mas ter, sets to work at modeling a subject in snow. From morning to evening the em brvo artists labor hard, and at the dawn of the fourth day the fete commences. The park gates are under the charge of gen darmes. and the public are admitted on payment of five cents. The lump sum that these entrance fees ultimately repre sent Is handed over to the school as a do nation, with the exception of the amount put aside to pay for a military band as an extra attraction during a part of the day. As the school barely pays its way. tho money thus raised is of inestimable ser vice, especially as while the spectacle lasts the park becomes a general rendezvous for the entire populace, and the entertain ment often realizes a very respectable sum. Some of the figures are beautifully executed. A favorite subject Is Charity, covering two small children beneath her ample robes, and bearing a third In her arms. The more ambitious students attempt, with varying success, to model the Venus de Milo, the Venus de Medici, Apollo Belvldere and other masterpieces of im mortal sculptors. Brizes are awarded the students, either for a good copy of some well-known work, or an original design. A committee of Judges, formed of profess ors. who have not been helping in the work, and one or two outsiders, are the first to enter the gates, so that no time may be lost in awarding the prizes, lest the greatly-dreaded thaw should set in and ruin everything. One of these fete"* wa.. held soon after Christmas. The benches were filled with snow figures, one of the cleverest showing an old peasant woman who had fallen asleep in one cor ner. while at her feet crouched her dog, watching his mistress so as to catch tho first signal for departure. Bo well was the snow put together, and so hard was the frost, that the faces were as if cut in stone, nnd in that condition they remain ed until the thaw came. —Some years ago the Rev. Dr. Crane, the father of Stephen Crane, the novel ist, wrote a tract on popular amusement* In which he condemned novel-rcuuln • one of the vices of the ago.