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Helen Dacy, went to Elgin—not be
cause she Was insane, but because she
had asecond cousin who was. Elgin
is a beautiful town, but its street'car
lervice is not good, and Helen walked
through the village up to the pleasant
park with which the state has sur
rounded the asylum for the insane. It
is a walk of considerable length from
the-gate of the grounds to the build
ing, and Helen was to encounter a
melancholy sight. As she went along
Ihe serpentine path a procession came
toward her. There must have been a
hundred men in it and they moved
.slowly and most of them walked with
bowed heads. Their feet appeared to
press the earth heavily. At first Helen
thought it must be a funeral proces
sion, but a moment later she perceived
that. It was something more distress
ing. It was the walk of those who
hail survived their own death. In
other words, it was a body of insane
patients, exercising the bodies that
held their perished mind. Helen shrank
aside and stood fascinated while they
passed her. Some of them looked at
her. curiously, or with lack luster gaze,
or wistfully. A sudden appreciation
of her own youth and health and san
ity came over her and made her all the
more pitiful toward these unfortunates.
The procession had passed, and she
wasv about resuming her way to the
hospital, when one of the men quitted
the ranks and walked hurriedly toward
her. None of the rest looked around.
The attendants had not noticed his de
sertion, and his steps on the sward
made no sound. He came with a
rapid, gliding step toward Helen,show
ing his'teeth in abroad smile. Helen
decided that however impertinent his
intentions might be at least he was in
jgood humor. This was consoling, but
it did not keep her hands from turning
cold with nervous dread.
As he" approached he lifted his hat
wiiu a courtly air. It was evident that
the poor wretch had once been a gen
tleman, but even the most gentleman
ly of lunatics was not a companion to
choose, and Helen moved behind a low
lilac bush. She felt that she was white
and that her eyes were wide-stretched,
but' she tried not to show her alarm.
Confidence, she had always heard, was
needed in dealing with the insane. The
man moved more cautionusly and fixed
an undeviating gaze upon Helen.
"Madam," said the man in a pecu
liarly quiet voice, "it is a pleasant
Something in the words suggested a
scene in "Hamlet" to Helen, and she
betnought herself of an experiment.
"Ihe would soon determine whether or
iot the man had agleam of reason.
"Is it?" she asked, turning her eyes
to the sky. "Why, indeed, I thought
it was raining."
The man had a look in his face akin
to pity. "Perhaps you arc right," he
replied, gently. "It may be raining.
It is not always possible for me to tell
*xcz-pi wb.»7 I «ee reo^le •vai ryiug tUair
"Sensory nerves quite obtuse,"thcgght
Helen. "I have heard it is common
with degenerates." Tne man moved a
little nearer, and. Helen ventured to go
still further around the lilac bush. He
stopped still, and they faced each other
over the low shrubbery. What an
agreeable looking creature he was with
his soft brown eyes, his long, delioate
(ace, and his high brow. He looked
as if he might have been Intended for
a poet. Probably he had been, but
bad gone one step further. Helen had
not read Lombroso for nothing.
"Do you ^ver write poetry?" she
asked with genuine curiosity.
The man blushed. Helen had not
dreamed a lunatic would blush.
"When I find a fitting subject," ho
"Ah! And what should you consider
a fitting subject?"
"Why—you!" The words came out
explosively. They did not seem to be
meant for a compliment. The man
spoke pathetically. It seemed as if
there were tears in his eyes. Helen
answered as if he were a child:
'"•po I seem so sad to you?" she
asked. "Does it make the tears come
in your eyes to look at me, poor man?"
"Indeed it does," he replied quite
simply. "I think you are the saddest
thing I ever saw."
"I wouldn't die for anything," she
explained. "I like to live. I find
plenty of things to laugh at" And to
convince his wandering wits that she
was thp truth she broke intp a merry
laugh,which astonished the melancholy
spirit of the place.
I give you my hand," said the
man kindly, ".will you not w^lk back
with me tojthe house?"
»,fo 'take ms hand, to let him get a
hold uppn her! It was ghastly. He
moved toward*" her. There seemed
nothing for it but to run, and run she
^speeding over the soft lawn with
jifty that astonished herself. She
lear him calling to her, but she
In. till, finally, a hysterical lm
^born of her fright and fatigue,
old of her. She began to laugh
[and the musical, half-weeping
floated behind her as she fled,
(breathless, she stumbled in a
|moIe'stunnel and fell flat She
ier face in the grass and waited,
irt paining with the stress of
^k. A second later two arms
bout her and she was.lifted to
|t, She faced the lunatic. They
a height and they stood "look
leach other, both of them pale
|mbllng, his an still support-
child," he murmured, '"how
fam that' I frightened, ypu. Per-
"hapa I ov&Jr not to have run after
you. F«c I was afraid you would
leave the grounds and come to some
She would have liked to have ex
plained to him that one need not come
to harm outside of their grounds, but
perhaps it was as well that he thought
otherwise. She would tell him the
truth about herself. Perhaps he would
understand. Ah, what a pity that such
an engaging face should hide a ruined
"You must try to understand," she
said slowly, "that I do not live here in
the—In the hospital. "I am here for
the first time. I have not yet been
up to the—the building, you know. I
came to visit a relative who is here. It
seems a pleasant place. Have you
been here long?"
"My dear young lady!" cried he, "I
also am a visitor. I also came to visit
an acquaintance, with whom I was
walking a moment since. I approached
you to ask if you knew when the next
train went to town, but when I ad
dressed you I judged from your reply
that you were one of the inmates."
Helen sank gently down on the grass.
"I think I must rest a moment," said
she. "I—I am much surprised!" Her
tone indicated something more than
surprise. It confessed to a great relief.
She paid her visit to the asylum, and
she and Victor Law, her lunatic, went
back on the same train together. To
both of them the afternoon seemed the
most interesting in their lives."
"Why were there tears in your eyes?"
she asked before they parted, "when
you talked with me at first?"
"Why, it seemed to me that I had
never encountered anything so sad as
a shattered mind behind eyes so—
please, pardon me—so beautiful as
your3. I know I am rude, but I must
speak the truth. If you had been mad,
I should have remembered you with
sorrow all the days of my life."
"Being sane, I suppose you will for
get me?"
But she knew well that he would not
give himself the opportunity. She was
quite certain that she should see him
often. It would have been a gro
tesque anti-climax not to have met
again after that afternoon.
Experience of a Mall Clerk Who Had
Work Ho Conldu't Do In the Dark.
"I noticed in the paper the other
day," observed an old railway postal
clerk,* "the story of how the captain
of the little gasoline boat that left
here for up the Missouri had to come
back overland for 40 miles for a re
pair that cost him only 10 cents, but
which was just as necessary as if it
cost the price of the whole engine. I
recalled to my mind an experience I
once had on the run between here and
Missouri Valley, on the Sioux City &
Pacific, illustrating how much may
hang upon something ordinarily quite
insignificant. Between Whiting and
Onawa one night a gust of wind blew
out every lamp in the mail car, which,
of course, made it impossible for me
to work, and I had considerable to do
yet to tie up Onawa's mail. I put my
hand into my pocket to get a match,
but couldn't find any. Something had
to be done quickly, and all there was
left for me to do was to pull the bell
cord and signal the engineer to stop.
The conductor, brakeman, and some
of the passengers came running to the
head of the train to learn what was
the matter. The darkness in my car
suggested that-perhaps there had been
a hold-up and robbery of the mail
but when I called to the conductor to
give me a match it relieved his anx
iety, but it did not entirely restore his
good humor. I lit my lamps again and
had my mail ready when we reached
Onawa. Since that time I am especial
ly careful to see that I have an ample
match supply."—Sioux City Journal-.
PseVcju Ssoift
There is a fly la South Africa whose
bite is very fatal to oxen, and as these
are the drawers of the great wagons of
the travelers, tt'a very tiresome insect
often prevents important journeys.
The tsetse is nt..t much larger than a
common housed./, and is nearly of the
same color as tie honey bee. The
after part of th* body has three or four
yellow bars across it the wings pro
ject beyond thit part considerably, and
it is very alert., avoiding most dexter
ously all attempts to capture it by
hand. The peculiar buzz when once
heard can never be forgotten by the
traveler whos« beasts of burden are
domestic animals, for it is well known
that the bite -of this poisonous insect
is certain detith' to the ox, horse or
dog, though it is perfectly harmless
to man and wild animals, and even
calves, so long as they continue to suck
the cows. The Insect sticks its long
proboscis into the spine and sucks the
blood until its body swells up, when
it departs. In the case of oxen no im
mediate effects of the bite come on
but in a few days the eyes and nose
begin to run. After a while they die.
The tsetse keeps to certain places, oth
erwise no cattle could exist in South
Africa. .\
Where the "Measly Pork" Went To.
This arousing tale was recently told
to his class by Prof. Comstock of Cor
nell, in speaking of the trials of Scien
tists. A professor of invertebrate zool
ogy in a sfister university wanted to
get some trichinous pork for experi
ment The learned scientist went to
his butcher and asked him If he ever
got any measly pork. "Sometimes,"
the butcher cautiously answered, "but
I always throw It away." "Well," said
the professor, "the next time you have
any I wish you'd send me up some,"
meaning, of course, to his laboratory.
The butchar, although somewhat taken
aback, said that he would. Three
weeks pased, when the professor, grow
ing Impatient, again visited the store.
"Haven't you found any measly pork
yet?" "Why, yes," said the butcher.
"I1 Bent up two pounds a w&ek ago." A
sickly grin broke over the professor's
face. "Where did you send it?"""Why,
to the house, of course," said the
A Happy Thought.
Mother—What has become of Char
He? I haven't seen him this morning.
Daughter—He is in Uncle Jbhn's room.
Uncle John is taking Charlie's photo
graph .by the Instantaneous process,
and that always taker
^eventl hours.—
Tammany Times.
His Machine Will Not Make Much Stir
In the World*
For eighty-two years Charles How
ard was the mystery of Okefinokee
swamp, and his death a few days ago
recalled to mind some stories of, his
life. The old man was a hermit, liv
ing all alone in a small and dilapidated
log hut in the swamp. His eccentrici
ties were many, though he did not an
noy people. The old man was a pau
per, dependent on the county for sup
port during the past thirty years. In
his secluded life he toiled on with the
problem of perpetual motion, employ
ing an old spinning wheel as a ma
chine, with two large rats as power.
The rats were
fastened on the rim
of the wheel that they could not get
away, and kept the wheel revolving
rapidly night and day. Once the wheel
got in motion, the rats kept running
on the rim till they expired from sheer
exhaustion. So intent was the old her
mit on solving the problem that he
hardly ever took his eyes off the wheel,
excepting, of course, in his slumber.
The life of the rats did not exceed a
week after he put them to work on
the wheel. When one team of rats
expired, another team was put in har
ness. The old man would hunt rats
in such ruins as he found in the vicin
ity of the swamp, and it is estimated
that his perpetual motion wheel con
sumed over a hundred rats per year.
When asked why he attempted perpet
ual motion the old hermit replied:
•"I hain't a losin' er gainin' up nuthln'
by passin' off the time wi' my wheel
an' rats, an' if I hit on perpetyul mo
tion yit hit hain't ner wuss'n a lot er
yer edicated folks is done in ther way
an' failed. Hit's mighty purty a seein'
uf my rats er chasin' one anuther on
my spinnin' wheel, an' I thinks as how
I'll, git a way to feed 'em atter awhile
so as ter keep 'em a runnin' durin'
the'r nacherl lives. Then I'd be nearer
perpetyul motion than some people
whut knows mo'n I do is. An' hit
hain't cost enything yit sperimentin"
as the rats can't eat an' run at the
same time. I thinks I'll git things a
workin' fer perpetyul motion atter 1
gits away to feed the rats while they is
a runnin'. An' if I do, I'll jus' rake In
a million dollars as easy as fallin' o£E a
The Baronet Tells Hnw He Slept,
Beggar, In Cltv Hall Park. fc.
"And the poor fellows I met those
nights that I slept in city hall park.
Unfortunate as I was, I'd give some
thing to know what became of them
afterward—whether God was as good to
them afterward as he has been to me,
and whetner they are the better for
the lesson of adversity." These are the
words of Millionaire Sir Thomas Lip
ton in Leslie's Weekly. "Those days
in New York were hard—hard in away
that you could scarcely imagine. Many
and many a night did I stand outside
the windows of the Fifth Avenue,
wondering what the rooms inside were
like, and whether I'd ever have money
enough to be able to afford to sleep
in one f6r just a night Yet through
all the storm of trouble and sorrow
never lost courage. There was some
thing in my bones that seemed to tell
me that I should get there at last. It
was a kind of instinct, I suppose, or
a touch of the bulldog—goodness only
knows. I don't know that I ever felt
so cut to the heart as in that morning
when, nervous and trembling—I'd eat
en nothing for nearly two days—I en
tered the office of a banker—rich then
and richer now—in search of a situa
tion. I've never forgotten how he
looked up, glared at me over his
glasses, growled, 'Turn that fellow
out!' aud walked away. I met that
man at a dinner the other night
thirty years older, but the same, boys,
always the same. That kind of animal
never changes except for hair and
wrinkles. He came up smiling, silky,
obsequious. I remembered his name.
I knew him again. He began to stam
mer a clumsy apology, and his apology
was mcfre unendurable than the orig
inal affront." "Yet those days in New
York were not without their results,'
remarked one of the group.
Needed the Soap.
From the Washington Post: It was
at a department store bargain counter
for odds and ends. The crush waster
rifle. Women squeezed and elbowed
and shoved to get alongside the coun
ter. Frequently two of them happened
to pick up the same bargain at one
and the same time, and then they both
retained their clutch on it and looked
daggers at each other until the strong
er of the two won the victory or the
bargain was rent into ribbons. A
haughty matron with an electric seal
coat picked up a box containing three
cakes of soap for 8 cents at the same
nioment a humble-looking little worn
an in a faded tan coat had fastened
her grasp on the .box. "I believe I was
the first to take hold of this," said the
matron in the electric seal coat, freez
ingly. The humble-looking little wom
an helu on for a minute, studying her
antagonist, then she slowly relaxed her
hold on the box. "Well, you can have
it," she said, amiably. "You look as
If you need the soap." The bargain
counter is the place to observe how
they love one another.
Ballet: Dlsmlsied the Gaest.
Sir Redvers Buller is credited with
being of that type of officers whose
"butcher's bill" is rather more likely
than not to be large. That he is not a
person who will allow any ordinary
considerations to swerve him from
what he thinks*is his duty was 3hown
at a dinner in his house not. long ago.
A certain well-known man was present,
and told an anecdote which was so
"off-color" that the ladies were ex
cessively displeased and distressed.
When the dinner was over Sir Red
vers rang-the bell. "Mr. A.'s carriage,"
he ordered when the butler appeared.
"I do not expect my brougham so ea"
ly," said Mr. A.,* and and there was
gleam of defiance in his eyes. Sir
Redvers did not reply, but he took Mr.
A. by the arm, and led him gently into
the hall. "It is time for you to go,"
he said quietly and his guest went
A Sly Dljr.
Mrs. Henpeck—No doubt the
dents were considered wise because
there were fewer temptations in those
days. Mr. Henpeck—Why, my dear,
the- proportion of women in the world
must have been about the same."—
British Again Attempt to Cross
prothe Tugela River.
"A" '-3.
loer Forces Under Gen. Jonbert Makes
a Determined Attaolc on the Position
—Seventy Men of Gen. French'* Com
mand Taken Prisoners.
London, 'Jan. 9.—A special from
Frere Camp, dated Saturday, Jan. 6,
At 2 o'clock this afternoon the
whole of Gen. Cleary's division
marched out of camp to attack Colen
so. Gen. Hildyard's brigade was on the
left and Gen. Barton's on the right,
with cavalry on the extreme right.
The attack was slowly developed,
and at 4:30 the British field guns ad
vanced on the ceiiter and commenced
shelling the Boer positions on the flat
land between Illiwane hill and Fort
"About this time a heavy thunder
storm raged over the enemy's posi
"At 5:30 our troops were still ad
vancing and had reached a point near
Colenso. The naval 4.7 and field guns
were busily dropping shells into the
enemy's trenches along the river, and
the forts of the enemy had made no
ladysmith Hard Pressed.
London, Jan. 9.—As far as the public
or the newspapers are advised, the
Boers continued the attack
smith which was begun on Saturday,
and over Sunday were pressing Gen.
White severely, but the British posi
tion was not yet tak(£i. This informa
tion was heliographed by White at 3
o'clock on Saturday afternoon and for
warded by Gen. Buller to London last
Gen. White's message is brief, and
says: "Attack renewed. Hard
To this Gen. Buller adds the expla
nation, he could get no further news
on account of the abscnce of the sun,
which is necessary for heliograph ing,
and adding that a camp rumor said
Gen. White had defeated the Boers at
5 o'clock Saturday evening and had
taken 400 prisoners. Gen. Buller added
further that he had sent all his avail
able troops on Saturday to make a
demonstration at Colenso, and that his
men had discovered all the trenches
occupied by the Boers.
While this is the extent of the Lady
smith news given out by the war office
up to midnight, there is a suspicion
that later advices had been received
but had been withheld.
The nature of the last official mes
sages is unknown, and since the war
office alone is able to get fresh advices
from Ladysmith, the public will prob
ably not know before late today wheth
er Ladysmith has fallen or whether
Gen. Buller has succeeded in forcing
his way across the Tugitk and rescued
Gen. White's force.
British Taken Captive.
London, Jan. 9.—The war office pub
lishes the following dispatch from Gen.
Forestier-Walker, commanding at Capo
"Gen. French reports, under date of
Jan. 6: 'The situation is much the
same as yesterday, but I regret to re
port that a serious accident has hap
pened to the first battalion of the Suf
folk regiment.
'From news just come to hand
from them I gather that, with the au
thority and with the knowledge of
Gen. French, four companies of the
first battalion advanced by night
against a low hill one mile from their
camp. They attacked at dawn. Lieut.
Col. Watson, commanding, gave orders
to charge. He was at once wounded.
Orders for retirement were given.
'Three-quarters of the force re
treated to camp. The remainder held
their ground until they were overpow
ered by greater numbers, when they
surrendered. Seventy were taken pris
oners, including seven officers.'
"Gen. French reports that the Boer
commando which made the attack on
Jan. 4 lost fifty killed, besides wounded
and prisoners. The commando was
"There is no change in the situation
as regards Lord Methuen and Gen.
"Referring to my earlier dispatch to
day, I have to report that Gen. French
reports, under date of Jan. 6, that a
medical officer has been -sent out to
collect all the wounded to the north
east of Colesberg. The exact list of
persons missing French has not yet
ascertained. Probably about seventy.
The first battalion of the Essex regi
ment has been sent to replace the first
battalion of the Suffolk.
"The position ol- affairs, tactical and
strategic, is without alteration. A
Boer medical officer admits it was in
tended to leave Colesberg. The ene
my's loss day by day' from our fire
has been heavy."
Uprising Feared In Cape Town.
The Daily Telegraph publishes this
dispatch from its special correspond
ent: "Cape Town, Jan. 5.—Considera
ble suppressed excitement has pre
vailed here during the week owing to
the persistent rumors that a coup of
some kind was meditated by- the dis
loyal faction in the vicinity of. this
city. Today the authorities issued a
notice warning the public of the dan
ger of being fired upon if they ap
proached posts guarded by sentries at
night and do not stop at the challenge.
It also gave notice that all boats ap
proaching the cruiser Niobe, which is
anchored in the bay, must carry a
light or take the risk of being fired
upon. Four steamers are now dis
charging vast quantities of provisions
and ammunition stores."
Possible Fall of Idtdysmtth,
London, Jan. 9.—Great Britain has
to face the terrible possibility that the
next news will be this fall of Lady
smith. The disquieting feature is that
the Boers seem to have had sufficient
forces to. deter Gen. Buller from at
tacking while themselves ranking
strenuous efforts! to reduce the town.
In the presence of As ominous sit
uation even Geiu]£g^£gjUBast6r, of
yet been heard, assumes quite minor
Importance in the eyes of the public.
Boer* May Solicit Intervention.
Correspondents of continental news
papers all agreed that if Ladysmith
surrendered or was captured, the Boers
would then be in the finest possible po
sition to play a magnanimous role with
Great Britain, and that Leyds could go
with the greatest assurance to any one
of the great powers and solicit inter
vention to stop the slaughter of Brit
ish troops and negotiate for peace.
Foreign diplomats suggest that in that
event the Boers might not only insist
on the independence of the two repub
lics, but demand and secure a seaport
on the east coast of Africa.
Xo Fear of Complication*.
The gossip of the clubs turns on the
news of the seizure of the German
steamer Herzog. The belief is ex
pressed that the case will be found
similar to that of the Bundesrath—
that it will turn out that the Herzog
had contraband articles on board. No
one seems to feel apprehensive of any
international complications as the re
sult of the seizures.
Maxims In Piano Boxes.
It Is asserted that the customs au
thorities on the river Thames have de
tained two outgoing steamers and
seized two large guns and six Maxims,
packed in piano cases, intended for the
Transvaal. It is also said that a quan
tity of foodstuffs on another vessel
have been seized.
American* Protest.
A dispatch to the Daily Mail, dated
Jan. 6, froih Durban, says: "Several
Americans among the civilians com
plain bitterly that their consul at Pre
toria ignored their representatives, al
though no charge had been preferred
against them."
Hrltlsh I.osses 0,791.
The total British losses in South
Africa to date are 6,791. The killed
number 793 wounded, 3,416 missing,
2,265 died of sickness, 118.
liocrs Tapturo Kuruman
Pretoria, Thursday, Jan. 4, via Lour
enco Marques.—Field Cornet Visser,
under date of Tuesday, Jan. 2, reports
as follows from Kuruman, British
"I commenced a bombardment of
Kuruland yesterday (Monday), aiming
at the police barracks. The fight last
ed until 6 in the evening, when the
garrison surrendered, issuing from the
forts and yielding up arms.
"We took 120 prisoners, including
Capt. Bates and Capt. Dennison, Mr.
Hiliyard, the magistrate, and eight
other officers. We also captured sev
enty natives, together with "a number
of rifles and revolvers and a quantity
of ammunition.
"Fifteen British were wounded.
They are being attended by us, with
the help of Dr. Bearne, an English
"The horses, oxen, mealies and flour
taken from the prisoners have been
sent to Pretoria by the way of Vry
Retreat from Dordrecht.
I.ourenzo Marques, Jajj.
patch from the Boer headquarters near
Dordrecht says: "The British have
been compelled to retreat from Dor
drecht. Fighting continues around
Colesberg, where the British occupy
some of the outside kopjes. Bullets
are dropping inside the town."
Will Send More Infantry.
London, Jan. 9.—The war office has
iecided upon immediate steps for send
ing an eighth infantry division to
South Africa. Some of the regiments
for this division will be taken from
3ibraltar and Malta. They will be re
placed by militia.
Colonial Troops Arrested.
Cape Town, Jan. 9.—An ammunition
iolumn has started for the rront.
Several colonial irregulars of Dutch
ixtraction have been brought here un
3er arrest. They are suspected of
Lose Fatlenee with Kn gland—Immediate
Action on Naval BUI Urged.
Berlin, Jan. 9.—The Berlin corre
spondent of the London Standard says
the German foreign office has been
induced to lodge another protest with
:he British government in consequence
if the Standard's recent Durban cable
to the effect that colored passengers
.in board the Bundesrath were set free
by the British authorities while Euro
pean passengers were detained.
The capture of the Herzog has added
oew fuel to the flames. The public
demands the seizure of British ships
in German harbors. The press, how
ever, advises against this, as it would
be a casus belli.
The Berliner Nueste Nachrichten
calls for the immediate introduction of
a naval bill and the convoying of Ger
man steamers by warships.
France May Make Protest*
Berlin, Jan. 9.—The Tageblatt learns
from a well-informed source in St.
Petersburg that in case Portugal gives
Great Britain a free hand in Delagoa
bay the other powers, Russia and
France especially, may regard it as a
breach of neutrality involving the
possibilities of intervention.
Smallpox In Normal School. .»
Springfield, 111., Jan. 9.—The state
board of health has received a message
from Dixon stating that smallpox is
spreading in the Northern Illinois nor
mal school. Thirty-five cases have
been reported among the students, over
twenty occurring in the college build
ings. The health commissioner of
Dixon has had all the patients removed
from "the college and has ordered a
thorough revaccination among the stu
On Watch for Contraband!
Berlin, Jan. 9.—A dispatch from
Rome says that the British warships
Vulcan, Thesis, Astraea and Hebe have
received orders to keep watch for a
steamer which recently sailed from the
Baltic for South Africa. It is believed
that it iscarrylng contraband of war.
Gala In Hamburg Shipping.
Berlin, Jan. The statistics of
ocean shipping at Hamburg for 1899
show 13,312 arrivals, an Increase of 789
over the previous year, and 13,336
clearances, an \lncrease of 804
Fainons Priest JPassee Away at New
bars, New fork.
Newburg, N. Y., Jan. 9.—The r.ev.
br. Edward McGlynn died at 6:23 Sun
day afternoon at the rectory of St
Mary's ohurch, 180 South street, of
which he had been rector during the
last five years. His death, according
to Dr. Charles E. Townsend, his at
tending physician, was caused by
heart failure superinduced by Bright's
Funeral services will probably be
held at St. Mary's church on Wednes
day forenoon, and at the Church of the
Holy Cross, New York, on Thursday
morning. The interment will be in
Calvary cemetery on Long Island.
Few more picturesque figures than
the Rev. Dr. Edward McGlynn have
been known to recent church history
in this country. His hold upon the
affections of the masses was remarka
ble. His tireless energy, his active
brain and keen intellect made him a
power outside as well as within the
church. His career as a priest was al
ways sensational. At one time he
seemed to be under the ban of Rome,
but ultimately he was restored to fa
vor, and during the last five years o£
his life performed the functions of his
The father and mother ot Dr. Mc
Glynn came to New York in 1824 from
county Donegal, Ireland. In 1837 Ed
ward McGlynn was born in a house in
Third street, between Second and
Third avenues. He was one of eleven
sons and daughters, and of the entire
family only one, Dr. McGlynn's
brother, in California, is now living.
The father, who was a thrifty con
tractor, died in 1847, leaving a consid
erable fortune.
Dr. McGlynn completed his studies
for the priesthood at Rome, and in
1860 was ordained. Returning to New
York he was given the rectorship of
St. Stephen's church.
Dr. McGlynn early developed a line
of independent thought which was
destined to make him trouble within
the church for the upbuilding of which
he incessantly labored. He was seldom
in full sympathy with the teachings ot
the authorities of the church regard
ing questions of public policy. His op
position to the parochial school sys
tem was a striking illustration of his
independence. He never hesitated to
declare his belief Uiat Catholic chil
dren should be educati-d in the public
schools. He also deemed it his duty,
as well as privilege, to engage in poli
Dr. McGlynn's participation in the
municipal campaign in this city in
1896, when he expressed his sympathy
with the single tax teachings of Henry
George, was regarded by the Vatican
as "pernicious/activity." Archbishop
Corrigan admtnished him that his
course did not meet the approval of
his ecclesiastical superiors, b,
Glynn nevertheless .-omaine
worker in the cause until
After that he was sumrnoi
but refused to obey
mons. To him was g£
to comp
defend himsCr£~$5efore the Vatican
July, 18S7, he was excommunicated, be
ing notifiC^&if the action by Arch
bishop Corrigan.
For six years Dr. MGlynn remained
without the church, and during that
time his conduct was such as to inspire
the greatest admiration. At no time
did he rail at his fate or denounce
those who had brought disgrace upon
him. He continued his work of char
ity among the poor, and never forsook
his position of independence. In 1893
the ban of excommunication was lifted
from his shoulders, but it was more
than another year before he received
another church. On Christmas day,
1894, he celebrated mass for the first
time since his excommunication, and
on the following New Year took charge
of the parish of St. Mary's, in New
burg, where he had 2,000 souls under
lis charge. After this his life was un
jventful, though filled with the hardest
and most useful work.
Street Car Is Wrecked.
Detroit, Mich., Jan. 9.—A car on the
Mount Clemens fast line electric rail
way, while out-bound from Detroit
within five miles of Mount Clemens,
ran into an open switch and six per
sons were injured. Supt. Brooks of the
railway says that the derailing was ev
idently the work of some one bearing
malicious intent, as the switch was
closed fifteen minutes before the acci
Would Strike England*
Albany, N. Y., Jan. 9.—The Ancient
Order of Hibernians of Albany county,
in convention here, adopted resolutions
offering their heartiest congratulations
to the Boers for the gallant fight which
they are making "for the protection of
their lives and liberty," and promising
aid in case their national officers
should see fit to order a call to strike
a blow at England.
Ltpton Will Defer Action*
London, Jan. 9.—Sir Thomas Lipton,
it is understood, will defer action re
garding another challenge for the
America's cup until the Distant Shore
and another yacht now in course of
construction according to designs by
Watson have been completed for C.
D. Rhodes.
Rnmor That Ameer Is Dead.
Moscow, Jan. 9.—A rumor is circu
lating in St. Petersburg, traced to offi
cial sources, that Abdurrahman Kahn,
ameer of Afghanistan, is dead. It is
feared that disturbances in Kabul will
follow if the ameer is in fact dead.
Fishery Deadlock Continues.
St. John's, N. F., Jan. 9.—Informa
tion from official quarters indicates
the deadlock respecting the French
shore modus vivendi is still unbroken.
Boasts of JTUtpIno Agent.
Paris, an. 9.—Agoncillo says ttiere
is not enough room in Manila for the
American wounded, and Aguinaldo has
issued a manifesto declaring that the
Filipinos wil resist until the last A
dispatch received from the so-called
government says Aguinaldo's army Js
composed of 40,000 men, well armed,
and another 50,000 whose only arm is
the bolo eighty cannon of every
model at Farloi, and fifteen other
pieces of artilWy, without counting
those taken (HLfl^Irdane
Qnlbs, Gibes and
Canse a Smile —^Vlotum
Jetsam frota
the Tide lliimoz—
Witty Sayings.
He Knew.
Voice at the Telephone—"Is Mr. Bil
linger there?"
Office Boy—"Yes, but he's busy. Who
shall I tell him wants to talk with
him?" 7 ,r WJ
Voice—"Um-m-m-m-m-m." A
Office Boy—"I don't get it Speak
louder, please."
Voice—"Tell him he's an old fooL
He'll know who it Is."
Billinger (upon receiving the mes
sage)—"You idiot, that's my wife."—
Vrom the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Bell of War.
From World's Comic: Mrs. Henpeck
"If it hadn't been for the Soudan cam
paign you wouldn't have been my hus
Mr. Henpeck (savagely)—"What a
curse war is!"
A Fortunate Mistake.
Jagson—"Mus' 'pologlze ole (hie)
man. Mistake all round. You made
(hie) mistake in housh. M'wife made
mistake in man. She must thought it
was (hie) me."—Philadelphia Inquirer.
A Sure Thins*
Sparkle—Your sister is wearing
of Miss Pinkie's rings. I wish
get it for me. I want to take
measure. Going to buy an engage
ment ring, you know.
Barkle—Eh? Has Miss Plnl
cepted you?
Sparkle—She will, whei!
Last night she asked me hof
her mother.—New York Weekly.
Is Happened In Pittsburg.
Frot the Chicago Daily News: Ho-
it (as fire alarm sounds)—Does
department here have any dif
gatlng a fire?
jt any more than in any
jut why do yon
otel Guest—Well, it's so
iiere I don't see how they ever find
the fire.
Not Dead Yet*
Laura—While Jack was calling th'e
other evening he made the statement
that be would kiss me or die in the
Belle—Yes? (After a pause.) Well,
did he kiss you?
Laura—You fiaven't read nr.? ac
count of Jack's death in the napers^
have you?—Paris American Messenger.
Of Other sTj^ht*-
Ethel (rummaging in ""grSHntna'tf
drawer)—"Oh, grandma, what a curi
ous key this is!"
Grandma—"Yes, my dear. That was
your grandfather's latch-key."
"And you keep it in memory of old
"No, my dear old nights."—London
Mntual Grief.
"What are you crying for, little
"Boo-hoo, 'oos sittin' on my jam
tart!"—Punch. v-
"He done look kinder queer-like
when I met him on de road," Mr. Eraa
tus Pinkley was explaining. He would
n't look me in de face."
"You means," said Miss Miami
Brown, "dat he looked sheepish."
"When you looks sheepish does yon
look like you had been stealin' sheep?"
"Dat's de idea."
"Well, he didn't look sh'eepish. Hei
looked chickenish, dat's what he
looked."—Washington Star.
"fe Move On!
From the Chicago Daily Mews:
"Brown," said tho partner of the cor
ner office, "you put that notice on the
wall, 'No Loafing,' and there are now
actually five men lounging directly un
der it Go out and tell them to mon
"No," answered Brown, "I won't do
it They are beneath my notice."
-So Like Her Husband.
"And do you miss ..your poor'
husband much, Mrs. Muggs?"
l$rs. Muggs—"No, thanking yon
kindly, miss. What with my parrot
which fwears, and my monkey wot
chews tobacco, I ain't loneljr. I
almost fancy bev

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