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T^e Army of Correspondents Who fur nish 4he Press With Washington News. X Very Hard Working and Highly Ee spectable Class of Literary Workers. The Difficulties New Men Labor Un der in Becoming First-Class Correspondents. How The News is Gathered and Some of the Most Prominent Men Who Gather It. Correspondence of the Globe. Washington. May '2B.— The TVaslung ton correspondents are attracting quite their usual share of attention just now. One or two of them have been banished from the White house for the crime of baying pub lished a statement that Miss Cleveland bad quarreled with her brother about the use ot wine at the White house and was not going to return. The New York Graphic has published a page full of the faces of the leading correspondents, and the Washington Critic is "doing" them up m comical cuts. They are a peculiar feature of Washington life. They are übiquitous, and are an interesting study. There are scores of them, perhaps hundreds. No body knows j ust how muii y of them there are, for it is difficult to tell in some cases just where the correspondent ends and the gov ernment employe begins, it is a well known fact that lots of them hold govern ment positions at the same time they are serving the press a thousand miles away. A few of them succeed in carrying this double load gracefully and well, but these, are exceptions to the geniral rule. In most eases the correspondent jvho takes a posi tion in a department becomes a department machine, and LOSES HIS GRIP as a correspondent. Ye* there are so many who hold positions undor the government and at the same time do more or less news paper work that it is hard to count them. There is, too, another reason why it is diffi cult to count them. The reason is about the same that made it difficult for the Irish man to count his pig— because it frisked about so. They frisk about a good deal; this month they are here, jiext month they are away. There are of course a good many papers which do not want a Washington cor respondent during the season intervening between the sessions of congress. Many of these send some of their men here to do this work and withdraw them at the end of the peason. This is bad policy, except for the man who is sent, but the paper perhaps doesn't know it The fact is that few men we worth much as news-gatherers in Wash- !>. R. M'KEE. ington during their first year here. One of the oldest and most successful corre spondents in Washington, w r hose portrait is, by the way, given in this correspondence, said to your correspondent long ago that he did not consider that he was of iKY PARTICULAR VALUE to the papers he represented during the first three years of his experience here. So it is a mistake in most cases that the papers out of Washington send their best men here for merely a session of congress. But they do it, and the result is that there are numerous new faces among the correspondents and numerous changes, and that the correspond ents, like the pig aforementioned, frisk about so that it is hard to count them. There are. however, over a hundred of them who can be legitimately counted — a hundred or two hundred busy news-gath erers, hunting high and low for news, dig ing up the records of statesmen, who are always considered a fair target, andcombin ing the results of their labors. Do you wonder that some very queer stuff comes out of Washington and is called "news'?"' For there is a great interchange of matter, and when you read this or that item you never know whose actual production it is. Tliis is especially true about the afternoon dispatches. "The news clearing house" is the name given to the AVestern Union tele graph office just opposite the treasury. It is the general resort of newspaper corre spondents about nooii 6f each day. They gather there and "swap"' news, it is A CURIO I* 3 FACT that for afternoon paper work there is much greater exchange of news than at night. This probably grew out of the habit that aft ernoon paper correspondents generally fall into of giving away their nutter after they have had it sent to their own papers. A piece of news sent to one city for afternoon publication is often just as good the same night in some other city. So there was a system of interchange of news established in this way. Then as there is uot much news before 1 or 2 o'clock, those anxious to make a good showing of their work were ready to trade with other afternoon paper men, and the general system of interchange CHARLES 37ORDHOFF. \ ~ of afternoon news arose, and the *news clearing house" was thus established. < An old Washington correspondent said to your correspondent on this subject not long since that it was utterly impossible to' keep a piece of news "exclusive" in the morning here. This is not strictly true, but ;itis a fact that there is a great deal more trading in news in the morning than there is in the evening. Old correspondents say, too, that there ii not nearly so much rivalry among news purveyors now as there was ten years ago. . ' . " ';.",:. x ~ The world of the newspaper correspond ent is a complete one in itself. . It has its duties and its pleasures, its studies and its relaxations, its social joys and griefs, very much the same as that of any : other class. There is an idea that :; ; ': - YOUR AVERAGE CORRESPONDENT ' . is a Bohemian, with neither home nor fam ily nor ambition, except to earn his weekly salary and spend it. _ Of course there I are some men in the newspaper world who have this sort of record, as there are in any other profession— for it is a profession— but they are the exception, not the. rule. . Most of them have their families, some of them live in their own houses,' keep their own horses and buggies, and have their ? own : pews in church. It is a thing quite out of the usual order in the minds of most people 5, to see a newspaper correspondent passing the plate at church,. or filling the position of usher at one of the highly /■ fashionable churches, but such things happen In Washington. It ; is no uncommon thing to see the names of the wives and daughters of prominent cor respondents figuring large. in the annals of society, or to see them in person taking part in, the doings of that mysterious kaleidoscopic compound, the so cial world. There is, too, more or less of social relationship between the families of the correspondents, though where there are so many there is a tendency to divide up into parties whose tastes run in similar lines. There are among the correspondents | some whose tastes and acquaintances run in the line of tiie theatrical profession, oth ers who CULTIVATE THE LITERARY, others who turn their attention to the social world of Washington, aud still others whose acquaintance takes a more conserva tive line and comprises department people, and even the families of members of con gress. Of the hundred or' two of newspa per correspondents who are here, it is prob able that more than half live in boarding houses, for so many of them are sent here by their papers for so brief a time that it is useless for them to attempt to establish themselves. There are others, however, who live here, who make Washington their permanent home, who are here the year round and one year after another, who have been here for twenty years or more. They have usually their homes, some of them rented, some of tiiem their own. There is one peculiarity about the Wash ington correspondent that is worthy of no tice, and much to be wondered at. That is his reluctance to accept anything new as re lates to his own personal methods. Per sistent seekers after news as they are, they reject anything new in their own line until it is actually forced upon them through rec- E. B. WIGHT. ognition by the business world about them. Take the type- writer, for instance. It is universally . conceded to be an excellent thing for those having much. writing to do, yet these men, who make their living by writing, who do nothing else from one year's end to another, and who would find it A GREAT RELIEF after a busy day in the "field," where they are compelled to write more or less by hand, reject it. There are a few who are now beginning its use, a very few who have used and commended it for years, but they are, altogether, not 10 per cent, of the whole. Take that labor-saving instrument, the telephone. Here it connects with the White house, the home of every cabinet officer, the desks of dozens of department officials who are always willing to answer any inquiry you may desire to make, the capitol, the postoffice, the hotels, the local newspaper offices, the telegraph offices, and every news center, yet you can count on the fingers of your two hands all of the news paper correspondents who have it at resi dence or office. : The duty of the corre spondent requires him to travel about the city a great deal. He must, if success ful and alert, visit all the departments, the hotels, the capitol, the White house, and often the residence of some official, besides visiting his own home occasionally. Here in Washington there is no method of travel more popular, more swift, more comforta ble, more inexpensive or more time and la bor saving than by bicycle or tricycle. The asphalt streets are .as smooth as a floor and extend all over the city. You may go by the "silent steed" in any direction with the greatest ease and comfort, day or night, a ter the street cars have stopped or while 1 1 ley run. By it you save time, labor and money, and make that which would other wise be a drudgery a pleasure. The bicycle is sufficiently popular that the person who rides it does not become UNPLEASANTLY CONSPICUOUS thereby, for there are hundreds and hun dreds, probably thousands, in the city and to be seen on the streets at all hours. De partment officials, business men, physicians and people of all classes ride them, and many ladies use the tricycle with grace and ease, yet with all of the recommendations and practical advantages which the machine offers the newspaper man, it is rejected. There are but two or : three newspaper men who ride the bicycle, and but one of these who makes it of practical use in his busi ness. It ■■ seems odd that these men who are constantly seeking something new, who may only make success by hard and con stant work, who lead public : opinion in many things of great importance, who claim to be progressive in many things, should reject the very things which would aid them in their own success, simply be cause they are comparatively new and be cause their fathers and grandfathers before them did not use them. rf£ In their office habits most Washington correspondents , are gregarious. It is " not uncommon to find two or three or four or more correspondents occupying the same • office. THERE ARE ADVANTAGES in it, and also disadvantages. There is op portunity for interchange of news, and for division of expenses, but the result is not always satisfactory in every particular. - Of course not all men who come to Wash ington as correspondents succeed. It takes one sort of talent jto succeed in one place and quite another to be successful some where else. Often the man who was a successful editor or reporter in some city a thousand miles away is surprised to find himself a failure here. The man who would be successful here must have a large amount of industry, a full modicum of com mon sense, a knowledge of public men and public affairs both past and present, and a "trace" of that quality designated in the popular and expressive slang of to-day as "gall." . But most of all he must be honest, earnest, untiring, truthful, fearless both as to politicians and as to the views and opin ions of his fellow correspondents, and al ways a gentleman. The key to success as ' a Washington correspondent may be given in one small word, work. . I It was not the intention in this letter of entering upon personalities, and this will not be departed from except to give the faces of three out of the many widely known and honored men who have made the name of Washington correspondent an honor to those who wear it. They are E. B. Wight, correspondent of the Chicago : Tribune and Boston Journal, • Charles Nord hoff. the corresponflent of the .: New York Herald, and D. R. McKee, the I head of the Associated Press, who may be properly termed successful in the field dis cussed in this article, but not more so than many whose faces and names, if all used, would extend the limits of this article be yond even the endurance of that most pa tient and highly revered newspaper poten tate, the managing editor. : 0 A BENEDICT'S VICTORY. , Get up now, John, and build the fire, - You see it's half past live; You'll find the coal out in the shed; ' Now, John, do bo alive. • Oh, it is cord? Of course it is, And cold yon don't admire? You lazy thing:, if it wasn't cold we wouldn't need a fire. ;■/. Get up, I say, and hustle 'round, You surely don't suppose That I am going to do such work, , ..-.,• - : While you lie snug and close? " Oh, ah, indeed? What's that you say? • , ■..:'•■ A bad word I declare I never would have married you If I had heard you swear. You wont get up? I say you shall 1 ■ ; ■ : ; Tj : Obedience is my due, : . . And if you think it is so cold, • ■ : I'll make it warm for you. Wait? Wait until the summer time, r And lie here on the shelf ? ■ You hateful, good-for-nothing thing, '< . I'll build the fire myself. , ", ■ ! k ".' * ' ••- - ' ■ ' ' ' ' '' ' ' •,■•■-"•'•.'. ! W . ' . "- V L'ENVOI. - ; Oh, brethren, do not weary. ! . Be patient under trial, ,■ , > : . ' . " i • ; And,' though the way.be dreary, -' - ' .'* You'll get there in a while. '■,'; — Cincinnati Merchant Traveller. _ ' THE ST. PAUL DAILY GLOBE, SUNDAY MORNIXG, MAT 31, 1885.— SIXTEEN PAGES. END OF THE SEASON. G-ayeties of the Post-Lenten Period Draw ing to an End in the Oapital v City. A Very Aristocratic Steamboat "High Tea" for the Benefit of Sweet Charity. House Hunting Still tlie Edifying Pursuit of Some of the Cabinet Families. Tlio Increased Interest Talcen in Bi cycling---Mount Vernon Regents. Correspondence of the Globe. Washington, May '28. — This has been a sort of closing week to the post-Lenten sea son in Washington. The wife of the secre tary of state, who is recognized as leading the social world, has given the word and the performance is to stop. She announced to her large list of acquaintances that this week's Wednesday reception would be the last of the season. This will be considered a signal for a general end of receptions until the return of society from the summer recreations next fall. Then the fun will begin again more fast and furious than ever before. It is easy to see at this distance away that this season will be a busy and in teresting one in the social world. There were a good many quiet receptions and minor social events this week. There are a number of the families of the supreme court people in the city yet, and they began the week with some informal receptions on Monday. Then on Tuesday there were a great many calls at the White house, for so ciety was very glad to welcome Miss Cleve land back, especially after the reports that she had gone away mad and was not coming back here any more. There seems to have been no foundation for these reports, and society is very glad of it, for Miss Cleve land is becoming QUITE A FAVORITE here, besides it would have been very awk ward to have had nobody as mistress of the White house. The president is anything but a society man, and the result would probably have been the closing of the doors of the White house to the social world. Wednesday was a tolerably busy day, as it was recognized as the close of the social season. Mrs. Bayard's parlors were well filled with callers, as were those of the other cabinet people who found it conven ient to receive on that day. Thursday was devoted to the opera and preparation for the great event of the week, the "High Tea to Quantico." This came off on Friday. It is an institution peculiar to Washington. "Quantico" is a summer resort on the Poto mac some thirty miles or so down the river. "High tea" is a sort of cheap social enter tainment, composed mostly of tea and talk, as was described in this correspondence some time ago. By combining the two ar ticles the ladies succeeded in forming A MOST SEDUCTIVE COMPOUND, which has thus far proven very popular and extremely able when the matter of rais ing money for a new "noble charity" came along. The high tea has become a yearly institution. It comes off every summer un der the patronage of some prominent society ladies, usually for the benefit of the Garfield hospital. Mrs. Logan was a leading spirit in the work. A steamboat was chartered, a lunch w r as prepared, booths and fancy articles were made ready to catch the dimes and dollars of the unfortunate representatives of the male sex who accompanied the party. Several of the leading caterers of the city had given a liberal supply of deviled crabs, salads and all the substantials necessary to furnish supper for a large company. For those who did not care to partake of a hearty supper, w r hichwas served for $1 apiece, ices and strawberries were served. In addition to the refreshment table there was A GAY LITTLE BOOTH, presided over by Mrs. Logan and Mrs. Self ridge, assisted by a bevy of pretty young girls, where dainty little knick-knacks and souvenirs of the occasion were sold. Among these were satin-covered fans, sachet bags, bonbon-holders and scarfs for decorative purposes in all the most delicate and aesthetic colors, handsomely painted by several young ladies of the West end who possess considerable artistic talent. Bonbons, cigars and cigarets ?were alse disposed of at this booth. A handsome donation, and one which received highest encomiums of praise from competent critics, was a life size head of George Eliot in crayon. This was the work of a young* lady studying art in Washington and who, though at present an amateur, gives promise of mak ing a name for herself at an early day in the front rank of artists. A band having been engaged for the occasion, dancing was one of the features of the evening. Among the number of young ladies were Misses Waite, Rickets, Stith, Casey, Wilson, Steujrt, Wallach, Miller, Howell and Em ery. The high tea was a grand success. Another incident in the early part of the week, which was very much enjoyed by society, was the bicycle races at Athletic park. There is so much bicycling and tri cycling here and it is SO MUCH INDULGED IN by people of prominence and those holding rank in society that these races always at tract attention. Those who attended them found them highly interesting, much more so than the races of horses at Ivy City a week or so ago. The use of the bicycle and tricycle is becoming extremely popular here. Large numbers of ladies now use the tricycle, and there is a tricycle club of some forty people. One manufacturer has, it is said, sold to seven doctors in Washing ton his most improved tricycle, and in a few days we may see seven of our city phy sicians flying about town on these light and fleet machines. The manufacturer believes that if it had not been for Belva Lockwood he would before this time have sold a thousand tricycles in Washington. He said that the notoriety of Belva as a tricycle rider had prevented nearly everybody else from using them, especially women. He said: "Now if it had only been Mrs. Logan who had bought a tricycle, then everybody there would have been using them before this time." The families of some of the cabinet offi cers are still engaged in the happy exercise of house hunting. It is understood that the reason why Senator Payne and his son-in law, Secretary Whitney, declined to take the Stewart castle was that THE RENT WAS TOO HIGH, 38,000. Secretary Mann ing will probably take the large house at the corner of Twen tieth and F streets, which can be secured, furnished, for $3,000 a year. Mrs. Dahl gren:s new house on Massachusetts avenue was offered to Secretary Manning, fur nished, for $2,000, but it was not thought large enough for his uee. The postmaster general when joined by Mrs. Vilas went at once to their new residence, No. 27 lowa circle. It is not thought likely that Mrs. Whitney will return to Washington before next winter, and when she does there is a probability that she will take ex-Represent ative Lyman's house, which has been of fered for rent. Secretary and Mrs. Endi cott, with their daughter, who have been West for some time, are now settled in the house of Minister Peudleton, which they have leased for four years at an annual rental of 88,000. An event of the past few days has been the annual meeting of the Mount Vernon regents at Mount Vernon, Mrs. Laughton presiding. A greater number of vice re gents have been present than any previous year, though there are SEVERAL PROMINENT REGENTS absent, as Miss Longfellow, who is still in Europe. The vacancies made during the past winter by the death of Mrs. Yules of Fiorida and Mrs. Herbert of Alabama, will be rilled during the present session, the ap pointments being made by the regent, Mrs. Laughton. The bequests made by Mrs. Herbert has been formally presented by Gen. Herbert, and now hang in the main hall. They consist of the sword worn by Washington with his colonial uniform at Braddock's defeat, 1755, an autograph let ter of Washington, two bas-relief portraits in bronze, one of Washington, the other of Lafayette, and three old engravings, The Death of Montgomery, The Battle of Bunker Hill and St. Agnes, which hung in the hall in the days of Washington. MiM Cleveland is evidently glad to get back. She has already become very much attached to Washington, and one of her first utterances upon reaching the family sitting-room, as the Red room is called, was ' ilow glad lamto be home again, every thing looks so bright and cheerful!" Miss Cleveland was very much benefited by her trip, and during her stay in New York she made numerous additions to her wardrobe. It is probable that Col. and Mrs. Lainont will rent a house. He has been offered a choice building lot in the West end, and may conclude to build. NOTES. Dr. and Mrs. Cheatham and and Miss Pauline Acklin of Nashville, Term., have been here visiting friends. Dr. Cheatham has taken a home on lowa circle, and they thus add their pleasant home circle to the social worid. Friends of Mrs. Frelinglmyscn say that she will return to Washington with her family to reside permanently, as she is very much attached to the city and her associa tions are of the pleasantest character. Captain Hoxie writes to friends in this city from Montgomery, Ala., that both Mrs. Hoxie and the baby have recovered from the malaria with which they sulfered when first making their home in the South. Miss Foote, the sister of Senator Haw ley's wife, has been writing the Washington letters to the New York Independent since booh after the death of Mrs. Mary Clennner, who wrote them for so many years. Miss Hattie Blame entertains her friends at croquet fine afternoons on the grass plat of Windoni home grounds, that lie on Scott circle. Justice Blatchford of the supreme bench and Mrs. Blatchford have gone to Newport, where they own a cottage. Miss Nelson, who accompanied Miss Cleveland, will be her guest at the White house for several weeks. Mrs. Pound, wife of ex-Representative Pound of Wisconsin, is spending the month of May here. Gen. Van Vleet and his family leave here for their summer home at Shrewsbury June 10. Solicitor General Goode and his wife will go to housekeeping in Washington next au tumn. Justice and Mrs. Miller have rented a cottage for the season at Block Island. Ex-Speaker Randall's family left the city this week for the season. - Senator and Mrs. Eugene Hale have gone to their home in Maine. ALL ABOARD! The Trip of tlie Conductors to the Great Northwest. Charmed "With the Country and the Treatment Received. Correspondence of the Globe. En Route, May 29.— At 10 o'clock sharp on Monday morning the cry, "All aboard!" went up in vociferous tones from the healthy lungs of Eph Evans, the veteran conductor. It was caught up and re-echoed by about a hundred other voices, and it must be ad mitted that there was something about the manner in which the cry was enunciated that gave you the impression that these gentlemen had made the same remark be fore. It was the united effort of a party of jolly knights of the punch, who, with their ladies and entertainers, were starting for the far West to learn a little of something about the great country of which they are useful citizens. The engine sighed deeply and with a mighty effort pulled out of the union depot at Minneapolis as fine a train as ever rolled on rails. It consisted of five elegant Pull man palace cars, a special officers' car, a very handsome Northern Pacific dining car, a storeroom car for the use of the latter, a breezy smoker and a baggage car. As the train moved off loud cheers and "God speeds" were raised by hundreds of friends on the platform and answered by the ladies and gentlemen tourists on the cars by wav ing of hats and handkerchiefs. . The train was in charge of Messrs. George B. Clason, W. S. Kemp and D. H. Moon, and soon after the start the former gentle men announced to the inmates of each car that ' 'the cities of St. Paul and Minneapo lis had got through with them and that thay were now the guests of the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba and the Northern Pacific railways, and they were at liberty to do as they pleased in the state of Minne sota and in the territories of Dakota and Montana." We were no sooner under way than the Globe man proceeded to take the census, not proposing that Minneapolis should have a chance to count them on their quota. Following is a correct list: A. N. Aldrich, O. I. Bonham, D. Bur leigh, Jennie M. Baldwin, M. Brinker hoff, Mrs. D. L. Basquin, D. E. Bas quin, Mrs. J. R. Blair, W. S. Bull, G. D. Bowen, George Birch, wife and sis ter, L. L. Chase, J. R. Clason and wife, D. A. Crowell, J. F. Conant and wife, Mrs. Frank Clark, Mrs. M. E. Chamberlain, J. N. Climenson and wife, J. B. Danforth and wife, J. S. Day and wife, F. P. Dar lington. C. C. Davis and wife, W. C. Davis and wife, C. S. Dodson and wife, J. F. Dick, C. R. Evans and wife, J. P. Forrest and wife, G. P. Ferry, J. R. George, Rob ert Gibson and wife, A. H. Horton and wife, J. E. Haves, M. M. Houlton, G. I. Hamlin,R. Hayland aud wife,W. S. Hem pertey and wife, C. E. Hurd and wife, J. H. Hanson, J. E. Horrigan, Arthur Hiey, Miss Ilorrigan, D. W. Jones, C. T. John son and wife, C. -H. Jenks, J. G. King and wife, Robert Kelly and wife, W. S. Kemp, W. Lane and wife, J. Lane, wife and sis ter. Walter Lackey, wife and daughter, T. J. Lassiter, W. J. Lan don, Miss Eva Mclntyre, F. S. Mc- Keeley and wife, C. E. McDonough, W. R. Morton, P. McFerren, Miss McFer ren, W. J. Morgan and wife, J. H. Wissi mer and wife, Mrs. E. D. McDonald, D. H. Moon and wife, Miss Moon, A. J. Manley, J. J. O'Neill, wife and daughter, Charles Parker, Miss Parker, C. H. Porter, Andrew Quinton, Miss Quinton, A. S. Ridlon and wife, J. A. Rodgers and wife, John Rice,, Mrs. J. H, Ross, H. P. Robinson, J. H. Rogers, Jr.. Mrs. A. L. Scott. T. W. Shipley and daugh ter, Miss S. C. Slinger, B. F. Smith, wife and son, John Sullivan, C. Stringer and wife, E. H. Smith, G. H. Swart, Mrs. E. O. Thomas, D. Watrous, A. W. Williams, S. S. Williams and wife, J. H. Wellerand wife, H. Wolcott, C. H. Wilsey and wife. Dr. J. D. Wyatt, A. H. Wilson and wife, Miss Minnie Rozier, Miss Minnie Duke, Peter Touy and wife, C. H. Warren. For a few miles everything passed off nicely and good time was made, but as if to prove that conductors are no more exempt from the mishaps of travel, it was discov ered that we had a bad hot-box, and over an hour was delayed in curing it. It was amusing to see the great committee of con ductors all wanting to boss the job. After we finally got off we made good time run ning in one place eleven miles in ten min utes. A splendid dinner was served in the dining car under tlie supervision of Mr. J. J. Strong, chief of the dining car service of the Northern Pacific railway, and it took about three hours to serve the party. At 7 o'clock we arrived at Moorhead and found a fine supper awaiting us at the palatial Grand Pacific. The day has been beautiful and the visitors are in extacies over the country, which to them is a revelation. J. H. H. THE LU OF THE BOOTBLACK. As I walk down the street, Any morning: at nine, Twenty bootblacks I meet Yulling "Shine, mister, shine; Shine up ycr shoes? Please don't x-el'uso; Gimme a show, boss, Stand where you choose." Still they pursue me, DodariQff around, Whilo they imbue me With auger profound. "Plenty of time, Just half a dime; Stand by the lamp-post, We'll flx 'em prime." A stranger draws near me, He calls for a boy; No longer they hear me, Toward him they deploy. Oh, joy! they surround him; They fljrht for his feet, As soon as they've found him I hasto down the street. TRESPASSING YOUTHS, j The Disagreeable Ending of the Ama- j ■ tory - Adventures 'of* Two Fresh . ■ - Young Men. Lured on to . the Seminary Grounds by ; j the Ladies They are Sued for ''.".'."' , Trespass. . ' ;' : '" A Medical Examiner for Secret So cieties Tries His Hand at Grave yard Insurance. . The : Unparalleled Hands Which . Showed Up in a Quiet : Game of Poker-- Newspaper Change. Correspondence of the Globe. , - St. Louis, May 2.9.— F0r several years Mr. B. Gratis Brown was the only great man in St. Louis. ; It will be remembered that he was' the candidate for vice president on the Greeley ticket in 1872. lie has not done anything' •particularly stupendous since then, but during the present week his son, B. Gratz Brown, Jr.; has achieved ! greatness at one fell .swoop. : The family lives at Kirkwood,' one of the suburbs of St. Louis, which is also the seat of Mrs. Snead- Cairns' female seminary. The result of this proximity has been the argument of the legal- question before the courts whether or not the defense that a : young <■ lady had waved a handkerchief at a young , gentle man was a valid defense to a charge of trespass, The court has ruled that it is not a good defense, and has assessed Mr. B. Gratz Brown, Jr., $20 and costs, all of which 'happened in this manner: , The Kirkwood seminary is patronized by some of the nicest girls in St. Louis, ; and. as a consequence the road running by that insti tution is much patronized by the jeuuesse d'oree of the suburb. . Young Brown with a couple of friends was taking his constitu tional the other evening jj when | the sweet faces, of Misses Ella | Barrett and Kansas McKinley appeared at the seminary win dow and fluttered their handkerchiefs. The young men, led by Brown, crowded through the fence and made their way under the window, where they conversed with the la dies above. ." "Did the Romeo and ; Juliet act," as one of the witnesses described ! it. Now the young ladies were looking out of the second-story window, while Fate was peering grimly down from the third, ver tically above the billing and , cooing. Fate was the principal Mrs. Cairns. Just as things were . beginning to warm up this latter lady upset a jug of water upon the Romeos, drenching them : thoroughly, 1 and making them so indignant that they walked right. off . But | this was not the - end of it. Mrs. Cairn s: had the young men arrested, and charged them with : trespass. All of them pleaded guilty, save Brown, and were fined $5 a piece without any scandal or un necessary publicity. ' He fought the case, however, : and | summoned £in i his '■ defense Miss Barrett and Miss McKinley, who ad mitted tearfully having fluttered their ker chiefs at the young man. The court ruled that this was not a constructive invitation to enter the seminary grounds, and Mr. Brown contributed $20. A great deal of useless trouble was employed to keep the matter out of the newspapers, but | the whole story came out in all its enormity to-day. •■-. ■"..■ ': ;•■■■'.'■ *** Sporting men in St. Louis are talking about a game of poker played in a private residence on Chestnut street on Wednes day night, which :is said, to be almost, if not quite, unparalleled in the annals of the noble game. .: Everybody in the game is be yond suspicion of crookedness. \ In one deal two straight — straight flushes are played in Missouri — .' one set of fours were simultaneously jostled together. It was a five-dollar-limit game, and an ex circuit judge, with a king-high, straight flush, collected ©380 from his friends, one of whom rejoiced in a Jack-high ; piece of deception, and the other, who grieved over a job lot of five spots, and who remained with ; the I procession for [ $100 worth and over. It is said. that the same thing would not happen again in millions of deals. \ : -- :■. :; -.: *** ' ■ • ■ Our courts have been occupied during the past week with a very singular and sensa tional case of which the newspapers have made very little. Dr. Whitmore was medi cal examiner for the Knights and Ladies of Honor and several other insurance socie ties. He had a sort of relative and servant in his house named Mary A. Mudd, whom he had initiated into enough societies to make the insurance on her life amount ' to 319,000. ' He paid the initiation fees • and dues for her, and the I policies and certifi cates were made out in favor of his daugh ter, Belle Whitmore, his wife being named as the trustee. Mary Mudd died with appro priate celerity, and the different lodges de clined to pay. the death benefit. Rumors of a very serious nature filled the town, and Dr. Whitmore consented after a time to having the body exhumed and the stomach analyzed. This was done, but with no re sult. The lodges still refused to pay and suit was . entered. Several people swore positively that the corpse exhumed and ex amined was not that of Mary Mudd, but of a different and very much larger woman. Naturally the inference was drawn that the doctor had substituted another body for that of the woman whose death was in question. ; By agreement between counsel on Wednesday of this week, the grave was once more opened and the dead body once more dragged into the daylight. Measure ments were taken and everything done to establish the identity of the corpse. . This was done beyond the possibility of a doubt, only a number of witnesses are ready to swear, and are swearing, , that the . body ex humed Wednesday is not the same body as that exhumed last July. Of course the complication is apparent and the mystery is simply thickened. The case will hardly go to the jury till Monday. ; • ■ . *** .. . :, ■:. Mr. Frank O'Neil, who has been for some time past on the local staff |of the Post- Dispatch, was on Thursday appointed man aging editor of the Missouri Republican. He will begin his new? duties on Monday next. r Mr. O'Neil will be the , best paid managing editor in St. Louis. . His salary has been fixed at $4, 500 a year. Mr. Hyde, the editor of : the Republican, who is at present in Europe, continues to v hold his position as editor-in-chief, rumors to the contrary | notwithstanding. I happen to know beyond question that there has been up to the present time no serious difference between the proprietors of the Republican and Mr. Hyde. There, is no doubt, how «> ver, that Mr. Hyde is being gradually helved. Mr. O'Neil left- the Republican two years ago, after a piece of particularly small business by Mr. Hyde, and his return .'will be a very bitter dose to that gentleman. It will make a new paper of the Republi can, however, because there ,is but one opinion about Frank O'Neil's merits among those who know him best, and that is that he is without question the i best all-around newspaper man in St. Louis. /t?'i ■" ; '^'- ' : Asmodeus. . ; , /. • .",'■. A Great Discovery. . Mr. William Thomas of Newton, la., says: "My wife has been seriously affected with a cough for twenty-five years, and this spring more severely than ever before. < She had used many remedies without relief, and being urged to try , : Dr. King's New Dis covery, did so with most gratifying, result-?. The first bottle relieved her very much, arid the second bottle has absolutely -cured her. She has not had* so < good health ; for thirty years." ; ' Trial Bottles Free \at ' Lamble & Bethune's and J. P. Allen's drug store. Large size SI. , . , . Emerson says: "All ■ mankind : loves a lover.". It may be so, it may be so: but if it is, why is it that so many fathers wear cop per-toed I boots and ; give; savage bull-dogs the run :of their : front yards at [ night?"—- Boston Courier. .* , -- ,1 • .- •■ ' — — — '" ' — '_, " ■; Who of us are without "■ our troubles, be they small or large? The blessings of health are best appreciated when we are « sick and in pain. v A hacking cough, a severe cold or any throat or lung diseases are very trouble some; but all j these ? may >be -. quickly and permanently cured by Dr. ,: Bigelow's Posi tive Cure. Safe and pleasant for children. Price 50 cents. - Trial > size free. P. J, Dreis. DRY GOODS. MANNHEIMER BROS. ■ Have Made Sharp and ) Decisive During this week on all articles contained in their ]loak and Suit Department 1 lot Cloth Newmarkets, plaited backs, best sailor finish, in all sizes, $6; worth fully double. 1 Lot Ladies' Jersey Outside Jackets, tailor-made, plaited backs, best all-wool cloth, $4.50; sold everywhere at $7.50. 1 Lot Ladies' Braided Jersey Waists, fine quality and pure wool at $2. 1 Lot Ladies' White India Lawn Suits, well made, an un usual bargain at $3. 1 Lot Ladies' White India Lawn Suits, made of the very finest material, during this week at $5. Special and Eiceginal Pies. On Jetted Mantles, Brocade Velvet Mantles, Drap d'Ete & Crepe Fichus. Embroi dered Cashmere Scarfs, Raglans and Newmarkets, Tailor-made Suits, White Lawn and (xhurham Dresses, Children's Cloaks and Children's Dresses. PARASOLS & SON UMBRELLAS 1 Lot 10-Ribbed Pongee Coaching 1 Parasols $1.50; worth $2. 1 Lot 10-Ribbed Satin Coaching Parasols, in all leading colors $2; worth 53.50, 1 Lot Black Satin Parasols, Spanish Lace Trimmed and Silk lined, 82.50. Excellent bargains in Escurial Covered Parasols, Spanish Lace Covered Para sols, Lace Trimmed Parasols, Fancy Coaching Parasols, Sun Umbrellas, with ivory, pearl, silver and gold handles -1 Lot Lunch and Picnic Baskets 25c; worth from 75c to SI. 1 Lot Fine imported Baskets 50c; none worth less than from $1.50 to $2. TOM ail Minnesota Streets 1 CARPETS, UPHOLSTERY, CURTAINS, ETC. JOHN MATHEIS! No. 17 East Third Street, and Corner Pine and Seventh Streets. LARGE MIES OF II GOODS THIS WEEK I -\ ——————— THE Prettiest Carpets In the City, largest stock and variety in the Northwest. Remember there are two immense stores filled from top*to bottom. All Kinds of CURTAINS The Lower Grades as well as the very finest. Some of the designs are extremely beautiful, and none shoiflcbfaiMo see them. THE Wall Paper Department Is complete, and contains a great variety of patterns, which are the handsomest to be found anywhere. Every thing in the stores is worthy of inspection. We are pleased to show Goods and present prices, and cordially invite the inspection of our friends. JOHN MATHEIS, 17 East Third street, and Corner Pine and Seventh streets. 13