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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 1889.
Some Arguments in Fayor of
1 Poolselling on Tracks.
HOW TO CHANGE THE LAW.
Several Evils of the Old Statutes
INTERESTING BASEBALL GOSSIP.
A Talk About Sullivan, McCaffrey and Jack
GEKEEAL SF0ET1XG SEWS OF THE PAY
Probably one of the most important ques
tions to sporting people throughout Penn
sylvania just now is the proposed amend
ment to the lair relating to poolselling.
Directly it is of very great importance to
X the people just named, and indirectly it is
of the greatest interest to a large majority of
citizens. The facts of the matter are simply
these: If the law relating to poolselling is
not amended there will be no poolselling on
the race tracks throughout the State; if
there is no poolselling there will be no
horse racing worthy of the name. Nobody
will contend for a moment that Americans
do not take remarkable pride in their trot
ters, pacers and runners; and'the spirit of
pride is no less in Pennsylvania than in
other parts of the country. It is
therefore, clear that as the law stands now one
of most cherished spcrts of the State, and one
of the greatest incentives to the breeding- of
first-class horses, is almost paralyzed. Bat if
the proposed amendment does become law,
some of the tracks, Homewood for instance,
will be benefited very little indeed, tbaf is,
compared with the condition that the enforce
ment of the present law would place them in.
It is, therefore, reasonable to expect that,
amendment or no amendment, that irrepressi
ble spirit of government interference- will
blight the good prospects of horse racing in
and abont Pittsburg. Certainly the Home
wood Park officials are of this opinion, and
only the other day one of the best informed of
them told me that the outlook is very dismal
and discouraging. He even intimated that the
park as a race track was done for entirely.
Amid the tidal wave otgrandmotherlygovcrn
ment that is now sweeping the State! 'and in
fact the country, it may be interesting to- eon
eider this poolselling question for a few min
utes. There are some very singular features in
it, the leading ones being the amusing incon
sistencies of those who ever and anon are en
deavoring to make us models of morality and
industry by law. For a man to say that he can
enjoy his leisure hours with advantage tb him
self, without the aid of Ham'tburg's grand
motherly love, is almost sufficient to force a
certain part of the community into a fit of
spasms. To a very great extent I am con
vinced that the desire on the part of many peo
ple to restrict the social habits of others is nore
the result of a petty tyranny to make every
body do as they do than of any noble motive.
It is a fact that the present poolselling- law has
been in existence for gcnerations,.but it has
been lying inoperative in some dark pigeon
hole. In the meantime our horse racing has
leen going on increasing in .popularity; in
creasing in quality; and the races have been
becoming more numerous every year. Parallel
-with this the morality of the racing and all its
surroundings have become better, until to-dav
it is safe to say that the trotting meetings of
to-day are conducted on more honest
and tair-dealing principles tnan they ever
weic Suddenly, lion ever, and prompted
only by a desire, of obtaining notorie
ty and something to do. two -or three
obscure citizens drag that old musty law from
its obscure concealment and demand" the ac
knowledgment of its power. Few people knew
that it had an existence at all and it is safe to
say that had it not really existed it would have
been impossible to have secured any law tp
change tne order ot things as mr as the tracks
of the State have been concerned for many,
Of course it is understood that efforts are to
be made at Hamsburg to amend this relic of
extreme puritanic times: but in trying to effect
an amendment why not frame a law which
would legalize a state of things similar
to what has been going on for many
years. Everything has been moving
along gloriously; our race meetings
have not thrown moral miasmas throughout
the community: but on the contrary have
played their part in making -things better than
they were. One of the amusing features of a
proposed amendment is that part of the revenue
for poolselling be devoted to cbaritaDle institu
tions. Poolselling is cither right or wrong. If
it is right there is certainly no more reason why
any of its revenue be legally compelled to go to
the poor than part of the profits of any business
concern. If it is wrong, for goodness' sake
don't let ns keep the poor by ill-gotten gains.
The truth is that if it is wrong no bill should be
offered or enacted to tolerate its existence.
In thinking over these attempts of govern
ment to prevent betting I am always re
minded of a passage on the Limits of State
Duty in Herbert Spencer's "Social Statics."
It runs thus: '"Let us put clown usury.'l said
to themselves the rulers of the middle. They
tried; and did Inst the reverse of what they in
tended. 'We'll exterminate Protestantism,
wnispcrea tne uonunentai uatnoucs to each
other. They tried; and instead of doing this
they planted in England the germs of a
manufacturing organization which has to a
great extent superseded their own. 'We must
suppress these brothels; decided the author
ities in Berlin in 1S45,' they did suppress them,
and in 1848 the Registrar's books and the hos
pital returns proved matters to be consider
ably worse than before." To these instances
cm be added recent government efforts in En
gland to prevent betting. The results show a
condition or things worse than before. In
short, there wonla seem to be at work in so
ciety certain agencies which cannot be re
strained with impunity: which when forcibly
dammed back, will find egress somehow
cither by bursting the embankment and doing
violent damage, or. what is still a greater evil,
by filtering through secret channels, and thus,
unseen, eating away the structure from below.
Licensed public poolselling is better than
clandestine systems of dishonest betting.
Whether or not the reports published relative
to Sullivan's drunkenness are true are not,
public confidence m bim has been greatly
shaken. His friends, of course, deny that he
bas been drunk or that be has violated Lis
-iledge. .Despite these denials, however, there
seems to be some truth in the published
rumors. I feel more convinced than ever that
"Sullivan has been in a 24-foot ring for the last
time. To live in strict sobriety for six months
is a task beyond his power, judging from his
past efforts. Sullivan was ruined amid his
prosperity. I have steadily contended that he
obtained his pugilistic laurels too easily to
prize them at their worth. Had it been other
Arise be might to-day still have been Sullivan,
the greatest pugilist in his day. If it
is really true that he has in anv
way resumed his drinking habits there
is no fear of bis backers losing their
forfeit put up m behalf of Sullivan against
Kilrain. Should the former totally break down,
however, it will be a sad blow to Luinley & Co.,
as they will have to take a back sear. This
T.ill be as painful to them as a financial loss,
and prob.fbly more so. If, however. Sullivan
can be held .together in any shape bis friends
will probably be able to wriggle out of the af
fair with specious excuses if not with grace.
The articles, as I have before argued, are worth
less, and should circumstances demand it Kil
rain wonld just as readily crawl out of 'the en
gagement as anything else. The articles of
agreement were, to use a street corner collo
quial, a dead give away.
Generally speaking, pugilism has been quiet
this week. Jack Dempsey's appearance in this
city has somewhat enlivened things here, but
there has not been much enthusiasm. His
sparring exhibitions have been well patronised,
and his somewhat original method of self-defense
has been exceedingly admired. Without
doubt Dempsev is a remarkable boxer.al though
there is little or no opportunity for bim to
show his best traits in his present engagement.
The usual exchange of opinions has taken
place between him and .Mitchell. The only ap
parent object, however, is to excite the public,
and such like bandying of words U-unworthy of
It may be that Dominick McCaffrey and Jack
Dempsey will have a meeting before next
spring comes and goes a meeting that will
probably decide the respective pu:llistic merits
of these two men. McCaffrey is now evidently
out to do some work, and in making his request
to the Athletic Club at San Francisco for a $5,-
000 purse for which he and Dempsey can right,
1 believe that McCaffrey is thoroughly in earn
est. The probabilities are that the club will
offer the purso named. The two men would
certainly make a battle as full of national in
terest as almost any otber two men in the world.
Dempsey is afraid that McCaffrey will bold out
for a. division of the purse, that is,
that the loser receive part of it.
It is to be hoped that McCaffrey will do no such
thing, but proceed to 'Frisco and meet Demp
sey on conditions that cannot possibly be
termed other than the fairest. Readers of
these reviews will know that I deem neither
McCaffrey nor Dempsey first-class pugilists.
They are unique boxers, no doubt, but there is
a wide difference between a prizefighter and a
boxer. lam mindful of the fact that Dempsey
has come out victorious many good battles,
but in no one of them can anytbmg be found to
prove that he is a first-class prizefighter; that is
if we assume such a man as Jem
Mace in his best day, to be the standard. It
took Dempsey over two hours to defeat the
"Marine." Is o man who know s anything about
pugilism at all will contend for a moment that
the "Marine" could have stood before Mace
SO minutes. However, all of us must admit
that Dempsey is a clever fellow and possessed
of plenty of nluck and intelligence to class him
considerably above the average. McCaffrey, as
I have often said before, has to a great extent
to prove whether or not be is "a fighter to a
finish." However, if be and the Nonpariel
meet and both are in their best condition I ex
pect the winner to turn up in McCaffrey. There
are many reasons for this opinion which can
all be stated should a match be definitely ar
ranged betw een these two men.
It may not be out of place to here remark
that all opinions expressed in these reviews aro
the result of impartial thought. Personal sym
pathy is for t-e nonce put to one side, and,
while criticisms may be definite now andagain,
every effort will be made to keep them free of
insult and unfairness. As the famous Dr.
Chalmers would say: "We should be prepared
to follow the light of evidence whetherit causes
us to oppose, criticise or defend friend or foe.
A public man who cannot tolerate just criticism
had better retire into obscurity, and the same
applies to friends of public men. Time and
tlm, ,mln mon frtr- ivlinm T Iiova vfV nlfrn
opinion, and who are intimate friends of mine.
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have been criticised in these reviews just as
severely as men for whom I may have little
It seems to be a settled fact that Jake Gau
daur and William O'Connor are going to row
for the American championship. The contest
is to take place at San Francisco on March 1.
and both scullers are on their way there now. I
am much afraid that the proposed race is an
other that will add no glory to aquatic history.
I really cannot avoid the conviction that the
two oarsmen arc out West for the money there
is In it; indeed, I am informed on excellent au
thority that the race is to be one for "receipts"
only. Of course nobody who bas been at all in
terested In aquatic events during the last few
years will be surprised to learn that the race
is not for a stake. I certainly will bo very
much surprised if any stake money, without a
string to it, be put up at alL O'Connor bas rea
son to think that California is something like a
goldmine for scullers. When he rowed and
defeated Peterson there his share of the gate"
was about Sl,000,and, doubtless, bis expectation
is for a larger sum this time. But what I ob
ject to is the action of dragging the champion
ship title into a contest for receipts only. I am
aware that if the public, that gigantic victim,
can be persuaded that the contest i-i
to be a championship one, there
will be thousands in it for the con
testants. However, it is only such questionable
transactions that have caused the decline of
professional rowing in this country during re
The Britishers are becoming hot under the
feet again to have another international con
test. This time they want to match A Whar
ton to run Bethune, of this country, 120 yards
for 52,500 a side. I haven't much hope of a
match race taking place between these run
ners, mostly because I fear Wharton is a little
too fast at the distance named. However, I
would certainly like to see Bethune and Whar
ton run a match race. According to reports,
each sprinter is possessed of remarkable speed.
Some good authorities state that Wharton is
faster than rfutcbins used to be and considera
bly faster than Ghent. If these reports are
true Bethune would probably be beaten, but
the probability is that Wharton, while being a
remarkable sprinter, is not such a phenomenon
as be is reported to be.
There has been little or nothing to excite the
baseball enthusiasts during the week. One ot
tlic pleasant announcements regarding local
affairs was that relating to a movement ging
on to give the Australian players a grand
reception here. Al Pratt and others are arrang
lngthe programme, and itis tobehoped thatthcy
will be assisted by all who take an interest in
the National game. Certainly the players who
are now away will have merited more than our
thanks by the time that thev get back.
In the early part of the week there was a ru
mor current to the effect that the local club
was negotiating for "Deacon" White as well as
itowe. It seems, however, that the rumor was
nasea on a misunderstanding. At any rate,
Manager Phillips told me plainly that no ef
forts at all hare been made toward securing
White, nor has anything of the kind been
talked abont by the officials of the club. One
of the blessing that the opening of the season
will bring will be some definite fact about
AVhlte and Rowe. It would appear useless to
say anything more about these now famous
It seems that Jim Mutrie, the amiable mana
ger ot New York's champions, has been the
first to violate the new rules. He signed
Wagonhurst without even communicating with
President Young on the matter. However, it
seems that everything was put right in very
unique fashion, because after James had signed
Wagonhurst ho informed President Young of
the fact and the latter then singularly enough
deputized Mutrie to do what had alreadv been
done. This interpretation of the new rules
makes them very handv. Pringle.
Donnelly a Winner,
rSFECIAI. TELEGRAM TO TUB DISPATCH.1
Feeepoet, Pa., January 19. The great
walking contest came to a close here this even
ing at 1020. being won by Vincent Donnelly,
making bis 100 miles and 1 lap, Duffey 94 miles,
andBruner SO -miles. The hall was filled to
overflowing, being the first contest of this class
that ever took place here. Young Donnelly,
the winner of first prize, was greeted with a
perfect ovation, and was the recipient of sev
eral beautiful bouquets.
Something A (Tec tine.
New York. January 19. John L. Sullivan
to-day received the following letter:
Littlefield, III., January IS, 1681.
Mr. John L. Sullivan:
Beak Sir Having heard my papa read so much
about you, lam very anxious to have a real pic
ture or yon to put In our front room. 1 am a little
girl, Trearsold, and admire you very much. Papa
also sa; s yon are going to light Jake Kilrain. I
shall pray that you may w In. My ppa savs that
he Is going to see you knock hlin out. I "have a
baby brother that we call John L. 1 think It so
grand to be the best man In the world. Don't
you? Papa will back this letter for m. Please
don't forget the picture I want It so much. From
yourjlttle friend, Delia Ilanlox.
New Orleans Winners.
New Orleans, January 19. The races to
day were over a slow track. The weather was
cloudy but pleasant. Following is a summary
of the events:
First race, half mlle-Kollm Hawley won in 0:54.
Dot second, Iris third.
Second race, three-fourths of a mile-Uheeny
won In 1:20)4, Duhtne second, Jovful third.
Third race, five-eighths or a mfle-Henry Hardy
won in 1:03M, Regardless second. Fiorine third.
Fourth race,Eeieu-e1ghtlisof a mile Morna won
in 1:35, Mirth tecond, Benton third.
A Promising Filly.
Robinson Bros, sons of Captain Claudius
Robinson, of the West End, Pittsburg, have
just received from Kentucky the fast and
promising 2-year-old bay pacing filly, Hamble
tonian Belle. The filly is not broken to harness,
but was rode three times.by a boy and can show
a 2:50 gait She is a natural pacer, and prom
inent horsemen say that if she meets with no
accident she will pace in remarkable fast time.
She is at all events considered one of the
fastest 2-year-olds in Pittsburg.
A Koteil Dos;.
One of the most noted young dogs to be en
tered by Pittsburgcrs in the cominE bench
show will be the Irish setter, "Count Option,"
owned by L. W. Washington, son of MajorJ.
B. Washington, of the Pittsburg and Connells
ville Railroad. The puppy is from a bitch In
the kennels of the Duke ot Bergloe. at Kent,
England. "Count Option" Is the only descend
ant of the bitch in this country. All his ances
tors were bred by the Duke.
The colored baseball team known last year as
the Keystones have secured grounds at
Twenty-eighth street and Penn avenue. The
grounds can be easily reached by the Citizens'
cable line of cars. There is an abundance of
players in the Keystones, so much so that a re
serve nine is talked of. Effoita will be made
to secure W. S. Brown as manager.
Nolan Wins the Match.
SriXIXL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH.
Warrex, O., January 19. The three days'
go-as-you-please walking match was settled
early this evening. Nolan seemed to have a
walkaway from the start, and held his op
ponents down. The score is as follows: Pott.
141; Nolan. 160; Lorgan, 151; Mitchell, 102;
WILL PLAY ST. LOUIS.
Von Der Ahe Consents to Tackle the
BUT NOT ON ODR OWN GROUNDS!
Tlie Story of Ball Player Bradley's Tragic
THE LATEST ABOUT WHITE AND BOWE.
They EesolTe to
and SoUiing Else
The great tug of war will come, at last if
the heavens don't fall. The struggle re
ferred to is a contest between the local club
and the champions of Von der Ahe. Of
course not a particle of the contest will be
seen here, but there is a consolation in the
fact that we are going to fight the enemy on
his own ground. Defeat, under the circum
stances, will probably be no defeat at all, at
least the victory, if the St. Louis players
are awarded it, cannot possibly say that there
was anything fair or patriotic about it.
Manager Phillips stated last night that be
had concluded an engagement with Von der
Ahe for three games. The trinity of games,
however, have nothing whatever .to do with
any legitimate contest that may have been
talked of between the teams as far as a real
test of their respective merits are concerned.
The Fittsbnrgers are compelled to play the
i Association champions on their own grounds,
and the games can only be deemed contests for
However, Manager Phillips has arranged a
programme that will in many respects bo inter
esting to local patrons of tne game. He has
arranged to have a game played here by picked
nines during the latter part of March. This
will give local enthusiasts a little idea of the
talent of the local club. True, the early part
of the season will detract from the good feat
ures of the contest, bnt still there will be many
things that will be interesting. After playing
here as picked nines the club will tackle Cin
cinnati on April 1 and 2, and St. Louis is the in
tended victims for April 8. Kansas City will
be visited on April 4, and 6. and St.
Louis will be tackled again on the Sth and 8th.
The local club will then proceed to Louisville
and play on the 10th and 11th and Columbus
may be visited on the 12th and ISth. Altogeth
er Manager Phillips is much pleased with the
arrangements made. He expects that the
team will return in time to have many exciting
games here be'fore the championship season
ends. He certainly expects that the western
trip will give the players excellent practice, as
some good teams have to be tackled.
YON' DER AQE'S TEAM.
Comiskey Wants to Bet 8500 That Fltts-
bore Will be Beaten.
tsrEcui. telegram to the dispatch. i
St. Louis, January 19. President Von der
Ahe is already arranging exhibition games for
the spring campaign. He says: "The Pittsburg
and Cleveland, and perhaps other League teams,
will play here in the spring. There will be at
least three games with Pittsburg, and with
Dunlap nn one side and Comiskey on the other,
some lively interest should be taken in them.
To-day I received a telegram from A J. Reach,
President of the Philadelphlas, asking me to
take the St. Louis Browns to Philadelphia and
play a series of games with the League club
there. The Browns, however, will do all their
exhibition work at home this year and they
will not leave here except when they go to play
their regular scheduled championship games.
"Yes, I challenged theNew Yorks for a series
in the spring. It was simply a verbal chal
lenge, however, and Mutrie, like the level
headed fellow he is, politely declined. I would
have done the same if in his place."
The spring series between the St. Louis and
Pittsburg teams is now coming in for a share
of public attention. Captain Comiskey feels
connaent tnat nis team win win tne series and
says that if Captain Dunlap desires to bet $500
on the outside he can be accommodated. There
is considerable feeling between the teams, and
the series promises some lively games. The
Smoky City boys say St. Louis willtsever see
daylight. Secretary Munson and Manager
Phillips, of the Pittsburg club, are now in cor
respondence arranging all the details or the
series. The season proper in St. Louis will
really open on Saturday and Sunday, March 23
and 24, the Browns then meeting .the Missouri
Amateur Athletic Club's strong team. The
Globe-Democrat attacks Von der Ahe for sign
ing Fuller, and charges the latter with' being a
drunkard. Many think, however; that the St.
Louis club bas done well in signing Fuller, but -
wen or in. one thing is certain, and that is be
fore condemning him he should be given a fair
trial. The Cudworth case remains where it
was this time last week. Howe, the Lowell
manager, says that Von der Ahe must pay him
good money for Cndworth's release, and Von
der Ahe says that he will not pay a cent, and as
the Lowell team will not be in the field next
year Cudworth will come to St. Louis anyhow.
There is much talk here of the killing of M.
J. Bradley, catcher of the Dallas club, at Dal
las. Manager Levis, of the Dallas club, who is
now in St. Louis, says:
"I knew Tom Angus, the man who killed
Bradlpy, well. A year ago Bradley shot a man
at Dallas, and while he was in jail Doily Love,
the mistress of Angus, fell In love with and se
cured him a bondsman. When Angus heard
that bis mistress had secured a bondsman for
Bradley he frothed at the mouth and swore
vengeance. I was walking along the street
with Bradley about that time, when Angus ran
mtons. I think I see the two men now. Brad
ley, pale faced, tall, slender and 25, and Angus,
a typical Texas giant, broad shoulders and des
perate face. Looking Bradley in the eyes An
gus said: 'Young man, I give you fair warn
ing. If you do not keep awav from Dollv
Love's house I will kill you.' Bradley smiled
and walked on without saying a word, but
something told me then that Angus would keep
his word. Bradley having received his advance
money last Monday from St. Joe, went out on
a toot, called on Dolly, quarrelled with her,
slapped her face, perhaps playfully, and got
killed for his pains. He was one of the best re
ceivers I knew of, but that was all. He was
weak as a thrower and a batsman. I do not
think St. Joe will have much difficulty in secur
ing a man to fill his place."
THE SWIMMING BATHS.
A Few Definite Featnrea of the New Venture
As was stated in last Sunday's Dispatch,
the proposed natatorium for this city is a sure
go. The building has been secured, the pro
moter has behind him the most public spirited
citizens of the city, and it is predicted for the
venture a success as Instantaneous as it will be
gratifying to those who find the financial back
ing. That it will be a boon to the city admits
of no argument. A novel and interesting idea
of Fred Goodwyn's is to set apartcertain hours
of every Saturday for school children, who will
get full privileges at half price.
Ladies will be pleased to learn that at least
two afternoons each week vill be set apart for
their accommodation. A lady teacher with a
sufficient number of assistants will be in at
tendance, and every care will be exercised to
frevent undesirable persons being admitted,
n fact, it will be a model natatorium in every
respect. Already have several local merchants
signified their desire to encourage swimming
by donating prize'. It Is expected that the
baths will be in full operation by no later than
THEY WON'T FIjAV.
Rowe and White Figure Out Some Very
rsrxcux. telegram to tub dispatch.!
Buffalo, N. Y., January 19. "Deacon Jim"
White has decided not to play ball this season,
and Jack Rowe will keep him company.They will
do nothing but manage their interests in the
Buffalo club. They see big money In the in
vestment, and as they have full control of the
club, they can manage It to suit themselves.
They are both nractical ball plavers. and think
thev know how to avoid some of the piMalls
that strew the paths of the managers. This de
cision on their part will set at rest all rumors
in regard to these players during the coming
Rowe will not play with Pittsburg, and
White will not become a bean-eater. Neither
will they cut their throats by attempting to
play with the Buffalo club. They will alter
nate in the trips of the club, one going with
the players and the otber remaining at home to
keep an eye on the home interests. In that
way neither will be upon the road very much.
Tho Gallagher-Shnw Match a Go A Cock
ing Main Postponed.
rtFECIAL TELEGRAM TO THE DISPATCH. J
Eeie. January 19. The wrestling match
which was on the tapis between Christ Shaw,
of Erie, and Dennis Gallagher, the Buffalo
champion, has come to a point. The match will
take place on Friday evening, January 25. The
conditions of the match are $50 a side, best
three in five two points, winner to take gate
receipts, and Police Gazette rules to govern.
The cocking main' between Corry and Erie
did not come to a conclusion this evening and
has been postponed. By the articles of agree
ment Corry was to fight Erie cocks handled by
an Erie man. When they came here they found
instead of Erie cocks Buffalo birds and Henry
Dean here to handle them. Corry entered a
protest at once and refused to go into the main
unless an Erie man handled the birds. When
an Erie sport was agreed-upon the Buffalo
owner of the cocks refused to let them be
handled by anyone but himself. This ended
the main for to-night. At a late hour to-night
Corry men signed articles of agreement to fight
B uffalo for 500 a side, j
THE DOG SHOW.
Some Fine Canines Will be There Tho Long
List of Entries.
The entries for the local dog show have
closed, and the list is an imposing one to dog
fanciers. It is Some time since the first-class
canines were exhibited here, and the manage
ment of the approaching show expect a great
event during the last three days of the month.
The following are some of the principal entries,
and they will give an idea of the quality of the
Champion mastiffs, Msconta Kap.
Open mastiff class contains eight of the best In
Mastiff feltches Three entries, Including Will
iam Wade's Emma.
Puppy mastlfis Fonr entries.
Hough-coated St. Bernards-Four entries. In
cluding Melnrad and Bernardo. Rough-coated
bitches Five entries, matched owned by the Key
stone Kennels. Smooth-coated St. Bernard dogs
and bitches-Bonlta and Lola. St. Bernard pup
pies Monk, ero and Juno. Newfoundlands
contain the typical specimen. Jim. English
greyhounds Ten entries, including the noted
bitch Harmony and the dog Hazeluurst, owned
by the Hornell Harmony kennel.
PointersoverH pounds 9 entries. Lord Graphic
and Victor are among these entries. Pointers un
der S3 pounds 12 entries, lncluuc Donald B. and
the champion Duke, owned by John Fawcett.
The Pittsburg Kennel Club's black pointers Jet
som. Jet, Lady Smoke and Flent. Pointer puppies
9 entries. Lewis' Mcllle Is prominent In this
Champion English setters S. L. Hogg's cham
pion. Paul Gladstone. Open setterdog class 7
entries. LIndonnd S.in Koys Jr. are the princi
pals. Open English setter hitch cla-s 12 entries.
Zona and Mamie S.. Magnolia and .Slav Gladstone
are the leading entries. Setter puppks-7 entries.
Thunder, Hcula L., Tony Paul and Donald are In
class. Champion black and tan setters The noted
winner Dem only entry, and the bitch Koxey In this
bitch class. Open dog class 4 entries, includes
Disraeli and Duke. Bitch class Nellie Duane.
Pnppies 2 entries. Queen Second and Stubble
Wilson. Irish setters Dogs, 4 entries. Includes
Cleveland and Bed Boz. Bitches Bess P and
neauty. Irish water spaniels, contains cnampion
Fox honnds contains 'Squire Handel's and
English Beagles contain the noted champions.
Fitz Hugh Lee and May Belle Second, and the
noted winners, Jtoyal Krucger and Mum.
Daschunds. chamnion Lena L. and Feld-
manK. Collies, six entries. Bull terriers, repre
sented by George Wills' fine specimens. Biactci
and tan terriers, four entries. Irish terriers, two
entries. Italian greyhounds, McKnUbt's ltex.
Fox spaniels, represented by B. F. Wilson's
Prince Albert and Itomeo. Pugs, six entries, in
clude Miss Chloe and Dude. Chesapeake Bay
dogs. Flora and Jack, owned by II. Stewart.
Miscellaneous class contains the noted bob-tall
sheep dog, Sir Lucifer and Dame Ursula.
ANOTHER NEW CLUB.
A Number of Local Target Shooters Form a
Another organization his been formed which
promises to be a valuable addition tc tbo local
sporting clubs. The latest society or club is the
Fort Pitt Rod and Gun Club. The new club
expects to figure among the prominent organi
zations next season. The following (ffioKs
have been elected in the new club:
President, John Hanlon:Vice President, James
Mawhiney; Recording Secretary. Ed Galla
gher: Financial Secretary, Peter Duffy; Board
of Directors, Thomas Connors, Peter McCon
Yille, T. Lenniban. William Gray, James Cun
ningham, H. Kelly, John McClure, Walter
Loy, William Bridge.
The regular membership is as follows: P. F.
Divans, John Stelner, Dan Fitzpatrlck, Tom
Kavanagh, John Elmore, T. Trainor, Thomas
Austin, p. T. Malonr. P. Manion, Joe Kiland,
M. Riley, William Elmore. Christ Bauer. P.
JIaloy, John Gillespie. D. O'Donnell, Tom
Cumings. Fred Watson. John L. Rice,
SI. Mullen, William Murphv. C. Mel
Dermott, John Donehne, R. Sloss, Will
iam Htccins. P. S. Sullivan. James Mnlnno
Frank Glennan, Frank Coates, H. Garland,
Sam McCord, Tod Coates, M. Rngan, John
Kearney, Thomas Collins, A. Hill, A. Newman,
P. Magee, Ed Reed. Joe McAffee. Moe Sloss.
James Williams, Harry Cowden, Harry Camp
bell. James Kelly.James Austin. William Rilev,
James Whallen, John Koser, G. Hanlin, J.
Kemp, Sam Gray, H. Maloy, James Malov,
Martin Connors, John Connors. Ed Bauer. J..
Rice, John Monaban. J. Connellv, Daniel Wag
ner, James Robinson, John Robinson, John
Gibben, James Hassett, William Ebnetter, M.
Ward, C. McMannis, P. Donehue. D. Powell,
W. Whalen. M. Foley, Frank Little, John Mc
Caffrey, William Kaiser, Charles Eppley, G.
Wilson, R. Fowler, Peto Foley. Al Hauck, S.
T.Rltcbards, George Moore, William Love,
George Kei-el. P. S. Flinn. James Diven, John
Davis, Mike Kines, John A. Hare.
It was resolved that the roll of membership
would be closed at 130. The club's attomev
will apply for a charter, and grounds will be
secured at Ingram station. The club will be
prepared to accept challenges for target shoot
ing, and the directors will meet at Grand View,
corner of Magee andBlnff streets, where lettdrs
can be addressed.
About Bnd Shoulders.
Harry Wright, the veteran manager of the
Philadelphia club, tells how a ball player with
a bad rowing arm can remedy Jhe defect.
The fact that Big Sam Thompson, recently
signed by the Philadelphia club, has a bad
shoulder, causes the old man of baseball to ex
press himself ai follows: "Thompson's trouble
was entirely in the shoulder. His arm muscles
or elbow joint never bothered him. He can. if
he chooses, learn to throw without using his
shoulder quite so severely as is natural for him.
Tho correct way to throw is start the ball at
the height of the ear, but after a man has had
trouble with any of his throwing muscles he
can often change his style of throwing with
benefit. Take Jack Rowe for an example. He
cannot throw naturally, and yet he plays a
very good shortstop by snapping the ball with
a peculiar wrist motion. Meister throws in a
similar fashion. When I first tried to play
baseball I could not throw 20 yards, and yet I
could bowl very effectively. I had lamed mv
shoulder with cricket playing. I knew that I
must learn to throw if I wanted to play ball, so
I put in a whole winter practicing. I was then
living at Huboken. and every day I would go
down to the river and throw stones for an hour
or so, I had to snap my arm and wrist some
thing as Rowe does, and at first I could not tell
where the stone was going to land. I would
throw an old bottle or piece of wood out Into
the stream and practice throwing at that.
Before spring I conld hit the mark nearly every
time, and could throw a ball 70 yards without
an rjv McCarthy, the jockey, has gone to
Harry Nijork wants to tackle any of the
Oil City fighters.
Gaffsey has signed to umpire for the As
sociation next season.
Wheat, the colored sprinter, formerly of
this city, and Joe Gibbons will run a 100-yard
race to.morrow at Steuben vill e.
Miss Jexsxe Raxson-, the amiable and
sueedy f emalo pedestrian of this city, bas sev
eral oners to uu.e part in contests out West.
A baseball enthusiast has calculated that
it will require $3,310,800 to pay the salaries,
ground rent, and expenses for one year ot the
different clubs in the country.
The Sire Brothers have purchased Joseph
Hemmerich's interest in tho trotting mare
Rosalind Wilkes, and will campaign her next
season. Thev will start Harry Wilkes to beat
his record this year and are ready to match him
against any trotter in the world.
President Stern threatens revolution.
He is quoted thus: "I am now after a good
outfielder for the team, and if McPhee refuses
to signl will put Nicolat second and play the
new man in Nicol's place. I do not know what
Carpenter will do, but if be gets .his bead too
high I will push him off the bag and dispose of
bis services, and treat McPhee similarly. I
will have no bluffing. They either must sign or
A PERSISTENT SUITOR..
His Attentions Wero Not Acceptable, and
the Yonns Lady Shot Him.
Louisville, January 19. Near Jeffer
sonville, yesterday, Miss Dora Kane shot
and probably fatally wounded John Alstil,
a cooper who had persisted iu paying her"
attentions against her wishes. As he was
talking to her she stood -with her hands un
der her apron. She suddenly let fall the
apron and presenting a revolver fired. She
is in jail in default of bail.
Another Case of Grade Crossing.
Chicago, January 19. The outgoing
Bock Island Express train to-night collided
with a "Wentworth avenue street car at
Twenty-Ninth street, John and William
O'Mara, two of the four passengers, were
severely injured, and John Nochton, the
car driver, probably fatally.
THE MUSIC WOKLD.
An Interesting and Critical Review
of the'freyin-Maigille Kecitals.
A TEEY ENTERTAINING LETTER.
The Trio for Piano and Strings Mr. Kevin's
Host Important Work.
THE NEW ORGAN AT POINT BREEZE.
Concerts ana Dramatic Cantata Among the Offerings
for This Week,
From a variety of causes, the recitals
given last Tuesday and Thursday evenings
in the Pittsburg Club Theater by Mr.
Ethelbert Nevin, now of "Boston, pianist,
and Mme. Helene Maigille, of New York,
soprano, were of especial interest to, the
city's best musical and social circles. To
the programme announced in this column
last Sunday, Mr. Neviu added on the first
evening his otrn "Raft Song" and his own
transcription of the Bhinedaughter's Trio
from "Das Rheingold," Liszt's "Lucia"
Fantasie, a second transcription by Brassin
of parts of "Die Walkuere," a morceau, by
Scharwenka (or wa it Tschaikowsky?) and
the "Faust" waltz, from Gounod by way of
Liszt. In the second programme BIme.
Maigille substituted Mr. Nevin's setting of
"Du bist wie eineBlume" in place of the
song by Buck.
The peculiarly intimate personal relations
generally known to exist between Mr. Nevin
and the present writer, have heretofore
caused the latter to avoid a possible charge
of partiality by declining to write any formal
reviews of Mr. Nevin's concerts. Under these
circumstances it is pleasant ti be able to
present to the reader the following candid com
munication, which has been sent in unsolicited
by one of the ablest and most critical of Pitts
burg's musicians. The Dispatch is glad to
encourage from such a source ,tho reasonable
use of this department for the freo discussion
of musical performances and topics always
premising that the editor mnst not be consid
ered In any sense as agreeing with the opinions
advanced by the correspondent. Particularly
so, as rcgaras tne letter wnicn iouows:
-To the Musical Editor of the Dispatch:
I went with my "professor" and mentor,
whom I have dubbed the Analyst, to the last
Novin-Maigille concert last week, and it has
just come over me to write out for you our
talk about it. There will be' much of crudity
in my part of the dialogue, and doubtless all
vindicate my title to the name bestowed on me
by my "professor" of Impressionist, Wo both
use a rapid system of inter-communication in
order to gratify me in a theory of my own. that
the most profitable interchange of opinion is
at the moment of the impression that is its
basis. I shall reproduce here a few of our
notes made during the progress of the concert,
with some after reflections that my mentor in
sists must go in, and that he must write.
THE CRITIC SURPRISED.
The concert was in the pretty little (and
pretty Hot) Pittsburg Club Theater. We were
a little early, and as we sat there surrounded
by an elegant audience, many of whom were
Mr. Nevin's relatives, immediate and-in-laws,
and all of whom were his friends, I was sur
prised to see Mr. Nevin himself walk out on
the stage and deliberately proceed to move the
piano in position to suit him! My note here
says. "Isn't that too bad. We can't appland,
and how it will spoil his 'appearance' when he
does come out to piay." ino answer reads,
impolitely, "Bosh! Do you think an artist can
consider such trifles? His mind ought to be
on his work. He isn't an actor." You see, the
"professor" must "generalize," as he likes to
call it, at once.
The concert had not begun yet, bnt we wrote
our remarks because we did not wish them to
be overheard. And I am not sure that I know
all of Mr. N evin s relatives. Not on my own
account, but he is apt to criticise severely.
The first number was a couple of serenades
by Zilcber, of whom 1 never heard, and when
I asked uncle he crushed the note in his band
and frowned a little, and became more intent
on the music to which, indeed, he had paid
little heed so far. I concluded from these
signs that he didn't know either. Anyway
they were beautiful, with their lovely swyhig
motion and vocal melodies. I wrote here
"lovely" and the answer is "of the kind." .Mr.
Nevin played the piano and Mr. Toerge and
Mr. Cooper the violin and 'cello.
Mr. Nevin played, as solos, 'two of his own
short compositions, a valse rhapsodic, and a
raft song Uncle anticipated me here, and said,
"that is a good waltz. Short and to the point.
Rythms original, and thoroughly pianistic"
He was not quite so enthusiastio -about the
raft song, which I liked best.; He only said,
"those arpeggios' were well 'played, and the
theme is solid, but I have heard its prototype."
"The Chopin Ballade," tas the fourth one, in
F minor, and I had often picked out the easy
places in it. It is
SIMPLY TREMENDOUSLY IIARD
in parts, but it did not seem to me to be as
brilliant or powerful as I expected, in those
places. I nad never heard it from any
celebrated pianist, and when I said so, the
analyst replied, enigmatically, "I think, neither
Later on, after I had tried in vain to get any
response to my questions about several of Mr.
Nevin's songs, about which I could not make
up my own nimd (When I said of one that it
did not end on the key-note, he growled, audi
bly, "It would be better if it did") we came to
the concert-giver's own trio for piano and
The Analyst remarked (and I open my copy
and write It in here, to prore to et-erybody h jw
unreasonable a man can become when he
allows what he calls his analytical Instinct to
overpower, nis spontaneous reeling and taste)
he said that nobody could understand that last
sentencel When I answered that it was only
written for an editor to understand, he had to
acknowledge the justice of the excuse.
"When the Trio began, the Analyst glanced at
his watch, as if be were at a race course and
wanted to see which player got through first.
To this he only answered that time was the at
mosphere of music Mhatever he meant by that.
But be is listening in earnest now, and rejects
all overtures to any kind of commnnication
during the movements. .As I have no notes to
cony, I can only record my opinion that the
Trio was delightful in the first three move
'ments, and that I did not enjoy the last move
ment at all. Because my plan failed here, he
must wTite the rest, and about the first concert
too. He took well, he didn't take me, to that
Goodbye, Mr. Editor,
Sin. Editor The trio is a classical form,
Serfected, as were all classical forms, by
eetboven. Itis a sonata for three instru
ments. It has been somewhat enlarged in
scope and varied in treatment by later writers
without being radically chanced or conclusive
ly improved. Its successful treatment implies a
tncrougniy classical style to correspond to ana
fulfill the scope of the classical form.
Mr. Nevin can hardly be expected to have a
stylo of such breadth as is demanded by the
form so early in his career as" composer.
Consequently the trio in question must be
expected to be not completely satisfactory. As
a whole it is surprisingly effective. As a whole,
also, the effects used are not broad enongb.and
partake too much of the evident present beat
of tho author's talent toward superficial and
sometimes exaggerated romanticism.
The andante shows this tendency on a far
better sido than any of his former composi
tions and rises to genuine poetry of expres
sion and solidity.of style.
The sequencing climax Is strong and urgent,
though unhappily somewhat marred to the lis
teners, who use eyes rather than ears as medi
um for musical perception by a slight
ACCIDENT TO A MUSIC'STAND.
The first movement is clear in form, but tho
first subject is so trifling as to give the im
pression of a mere introduction to the second
subject, and it is only at the repetition that it
it is easy to correct this feeling. The develop
ment lacks in inventive power, clearness and
variety. And once for all, musical "Imitation"
as a process of composition cannot take the
place of luvcntion. The second subject is very
satisfactory and reposeful, making the con
trast between itself and the levity of the first
subject conspicuously evident. The first sub
ject should be entirely re-coinposed, and also
much more composed, when It would probably
furnish the motive to a moro refreshing devel
The Scherzo is bright as behooves it to be,
and it would have beenbetter for the finale to
come before the finale began. The latter is
simply incoherent. And when tho fugato sub
ject gave promise of lucidity the players swared
abou t too unrhythmically to allow it to be effec
tive, despite Mr. Nevin's heroic efforts to steady
The playing was excellent, thanks largely to'
the composer's thorough personal supervision.
DoS the fact that Mr. Nevin plays arpeggios
well account for their somewhat free Introduc
tion? That is an effective and Mendelssohn
like use of a rhythmically repeated chord in
the first movement. As a rule the rhythmic
effect is too monotonous, and the Individual
parts have not as much variety as desirable.
Mr. Nevin's piano playing in this piece was
entirely satisfactory, but with the technically
unimportant exception of Des Abends and his
own pieces, his playing is entirely inadequate
to the pieces undertaken. This was most evi
dent in the Brahms variations and the Chopin
Ballade. The variations were too slow; and
their wonderf nl rhythmic effects blurred and
lost, to say nothing of lack of power and clear
ness. If necessary, other pieces should be
chosen which, if less difficult, wonld be more
Meanwhile music is too great a subject for
anyone man, and while there are many good
players there are remotelyfew good composers.
Mr. Nevin's past success in light music, and
the prevalent beauty in this trio, strongly urge
the adoption of composition as his specialty
until further experience gives further ground
for judgment. The Analyst.
Yes, Mr. "Analyst," you are right in your
final remark at least. Composition is certainly
Mr. Nevin's forte. This has been already
proven by the repeated editions through which
a number of the young composer's songs and his
Sketchbook have passed; by the more than cor
dial reception of certain of bis works at Becu
stein's, in Berlin, and at the Manuscript Club,
of Boston; by the fact that Theodore Thomas
has commissioned him to orchestrate' bis
"Doris; a Pastorale," for his next regular con
cert at Cbickering Hall. It bas been proven so
clearly that Mr. Nevin himself has long since
decided bis course in that direction and de
voted himself chiefly to study and practice
therein. Mr. Nevin, therefore, may claim the
same indulgence for bis piano technique that
his former master, Karl Klindworth, was
accorded when here last season; neither of
them makes his chosen career that of a con
cert pianist and the best qualities of each must
be looked for below the superficial- plane of
mere virtuosity. It is only just to state, also,
that Mr. Nevin bas been in very poor physical
condition for some weeks past.
Could "The Analyst" have attended rehear
sal and examined the score of the Trio, he
would doubtless have formed a yet better
opinion of its merits particularly as respects
the development of the first movement, To
many who have been heard to express a desire
to hear and know more of the work, this brief
scheme of it may prove interestinpr. Allegro
Vivace, in F major, M time. First subject,
stronglv rhythmical, followed by an episode of
four measures for the strings in unison which
it repeated by the piano and resolves into the
second subject, melodic which Is elaborated
and augmented until the first ending. After
repetition the second ending opens up a still
larger and more extensive elaboration of the
second subject in canon form and afterward in
combination with the first subject and episode,
working up to a climax and ending in a con
tracted form of tho first subject. Andante
iloderato. D flat maior. 32 bars of niano solo in
3-1 time, the theme of which is then taken up
by the strings against delicate arpeggios for
piano and is worked up to a new theme in 4-1
time, which modnlates into B major in the
course of a gradual climax and finally returns
to the first subject, closing with an af terphraso
in 4-4 time. Intermezzo, B major, WS time
simple Scherzo form, a trio in syncopated
rhythm and a repetition: in dance stvle. An
dante Passionata, F major, 6-8 time First sub
ject melodic, working up to a presto with sec
ond subject; then a free fugue on the first sub;
ject, and closing with a final presto.
Of Mme. Maigille's share in the recitals it
wonld be unfair to speak critically, since the
lady was suffering from the after effects of
acute tonsilitis. Under the circumstances her
production of any tone at all, and her excep
tionally skillful vocalization evidence a good
method, careful study and practice as well as
courage and self-possession. Her interpreta
tions were in the main very tasteful. Mention
should not be omitted of the fluent melodious
ness and graceful accompaniment of Mr. Car
ter's prize song, "The Stream." In playing the
accompaniments for his sister, Mme. Maigille,
Mr. Carter snowed a sad lack of familiarity
with two or three of them, and, on the other
hand, earned commendation for his judicious
subordination of the instrument to the voice.
The new organ of the Point Breeze Prcsby
terian Church is the first one erected in this
vicinity by the Wirschlng Organ Company, of
Salem, O. The Instrument cost somewhat less
than the nominal price, $1,000, and is certainly
a large one for that money. It could not
be expected to equal the organs of the
older leading firms, any one of which would
ask well up toward double the sum
to fill those specifications. The chief tonal
defects seem to be in the reeds which
are comparatively harsh, rattling and uneven
in scale. The string tones are very fair; flutes
better, and the 8' open diapason on the Great
is the one of remarkable sonority and- tense
ness oi tone, some tauits in voicing nave neen
remedied; others will be. The action is even
and responsive; the case neat and tasteful, and
the inside material and workmanship appear to
be those of a conscientious builder.
The specification of stops is not as wisely
drawn as might be this presumably the fault
of the purchasers, net the maker. The two
very similar V flutes should not be both in the
Swell; the Great needs one of them. Tbo
lack of a soft 8'. string stop on either Great or
Choir is painfully felt; and a few lesser points
of deficiency would have been avoided oy an
experienced organist in planning the instru
ment. The full scheme is as follows:
1. 8 ft. Open Diapason, metal, S3 pipes.
2. 8" Double Flute, wood, 58 '
3. s " uamDa, meiai, .is
4. 8 Dulclaua. 58
5. ' Principal, '. 58
8. 3 " Twelfth, ' 58
7. 2 " ' Fifteenth, ' 53
8. 3 rks. Mixture, lli
9. 8 ft. Trumpet, ' 58
wood, 53 pipes.
wood, 5S "
" 58 "
Oboe and Bassoon,
i lauto Amablle,
wood, 27 pipes.
Great to 1'cdal Coupler.
Swell to Pedal
Choir tu Pedal '
Swell to Great "
Swell to Choir "
Choir to Great "
Great Organ forte.
Swell Organ Porte.
Full Organ. -
PXECMATIC FBSII BCTTOSS.
. Great Organ Mezzo Forte.
' Swell Oriran Mezzo Forte.
Balanced Swell Fedal.
All stops supplied wlih the Wirschlng Improved
Of this week's musical attractions, several
should not be forgotten, though space be
scarco this morning. Mr. W. S. weeden bas
prepared well for the three performances of
tho cantata. "Queen Esther." to be given at
Masonic Hall, Allegheny, on Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday evenings. The forces
inclndea mixed chorus ot 123, a children's
chorus of SO, accompanied by piano (Mr. John
A. Bell) and six or eight instruments. Full
scenery and costumes will entrance the effect
The cast: Queen, Miss Emma Blngler; King,
Mr. W. S. Weeden; Soman, Mr. John A.
Stross; Zcresh, Miss Ella Graham; llordecai,
Mr. Dan KNuttall: MordecaCs Sister, Mils
Carrie M. Angel and others.
The concert at the Bellefield school hall, on
Friday evening, for the benefit of the sufferers
from the recent storm, will enlist the services
of Miss Belle Tomer, Miss Grace Miller,
Messrs. D. M. Bullock, William A Mc
Cutchpon, J. E. Eytb, L. RI Schmertz and
Tbeo. Hofman. and an amateur orchestra of
some 20 players.
The "Boston Stars" are booked for a concert
at the Butler Btrect M. E Church on Friday
evening. Mrs. Medora Henson-Emerson, so
prano, Walter Emerson, cornettst Rudolph
King, pianist, and Miss Nella F. Brown, elocu
tionist, constitute this bright stellar aggrega
The death in abject poverty last week of
lima de Murska makes a mournful close for a
career which Is depicted by. Grove in such
bright colors as this :
lima de Murska, a native of Croatia, born
about 1843, and taught singing at Vienna and
Paris by Madame and Signor Marrhesl;made
her debut in opera at tho Pergola, Florence, in
1S62, sang at Pesth, Berlin. Hamburg, eta; ob
tained an engagement in Vienna and appeared
in London at Her Majesty's Theater, as Lucia,
May 11, loOa. She playod also Linda. Amina,
Astrifiammante and sang at the Pni h.irmoi.ic,
May 2), and always with great applause. Be
tween this date and 1S73. she acted and bang re
peatedly in London, at Her Maje ty's, Covent
Garden and Drury Lane, returning to the con
tinent In the off seasons. One of her most con
genial parts and best achievements was Scuta,
in the ''Ollandese Dannato," July 23. 1870. Be
tween 1873 and 1876 sbo visited America. Aus
tralia, New Zealand, etc., returning to Eng
land in 1879. Her voice is a soprano of nearly
three octaves compass, with great execution.
Her acting is brilliant and' original, though
sometimes bordering on extravagance. Her
parts, besides those mentioned, include Din
orah, Isabella, Ovhelia, Marguerite de Valois,
Gilda, Hdrta, FUine, etc.
According to the London correspondent of
the American Musician, "A new pianist an
Englishman bred and born, mirabile dtctu
has jns't come upon London like a revelation,
Mr. John A. St Oswald Dykes, a son of the
lamented Dr. Dykes, whose' name stands over
some of the finest anthems and hymn tunes ever
written In our own or any other age. Young
Dykes studied for some years under Clara
Schumann, and bas thus imbibed the best tra
ditions of the best school of pianoforte playing
which the world bas ever seen or is likely to
see. His concert at Prince's Hall. Piccadilly,
startled some of the knowicg ones, and the
grand style in which he interpreted all the
schools demonstrated his complete mastery of
technique and the thoroughness of bis artistic
A Pneumatic Dynamite Gun Success
fnliy Stands the Official Test.
ITS NEW AND PECULIAR FEATURES
A Charge Whicli 17onld- Instantlj Annihi
late a Man-of-War
FIEED WITH THE GREATEST ACCURACY.
The Experiments of Two Tears Brought to a Success
Official testa made yesterday conclusively
prove that a heavy dynamite charge, which
would sink any vessel on the seas, can be
successfully projected by means of com
pressed air. The guns are intended for the
new United States cruiser "Vesuvius. Some
minor defects have to be remedied, when
the gun will again be tested.
rSFZCTAZ. TXLXOBAM TO TBZ DISPATCH.!
NEW Yoke, January 19. An official
test of the pneumatic dynamite gun, in
tended for the new cruiser Vesuvius, was
made to-day at Fort Lafayette. Captain
Zaliuski conducted the experiments. They
were not wholly satisfactory, but the fail
ures were due, it is said, to an imperfection
in the construction oi the apparatus which
is used in firing the charge.
A good many people interested in the
gun and its object went down to the old
dismantled fort at the mouth of the Narrows.
Two or three days ago several naval officers,
placed buoys north of Gravesend Beach to
mark the target for the new guns. The
buoys were so placed that the space included
by them was about equal to the size of a
small ship. It was stipulated by the War
Department that 50 per cent of the shots
tired should tall within tne Duoys.
Several experiments have been made dur
ing the9 past two years with an eight-inch
dynamite gun, but since then there have
been improvements in the structure of the
weapon, especially intended to secure the
hurling ot a heavier projectile than had
EXCEEDED THE EEQUIKEMENTS.
The Government requisitions called for
three guns on the Vesuvius of ten-inch
bore, but in view of the fact that they also
call for a long-range firing capacity and the
explosion of a big charge of dvnamite, the
officers of the Pneumatic Gun Company de
termined to overstep the requisitions and
furnish a gun of 15 inches bore. The ex
periments of yesterday were conducted with
a view to testing the new gun.
It ha3 become habitual. to speak of this
new feature In warfare as Captain Zalinski's
gun, but as a matter of fact Captain Zalinski
did not invent it. The first suggestion of
tnrowing dynamite was made by Al. U. Mel
ford, of Toledo. About five years ago he
constructed a gun out of two-inch gas pipe
and rubber hose, which was designed
to 'hurl a few ounces of, the ex
plosive. Then his attorney at Wash
ington, W. A. Bartlett, elaborated the
idea and constructed a four-inch gun upon
the same principle. The gun, which has
been heard of a good deal the past two years,
an eight-inch bore affair, was constructed
upon ideas furnished by N". W. Pratt. -It
had to be used with a pressure of 1,000
pounds to the square inch
In the making of the 15-inch gun several
men were concerned, chief among them
being George H. Reynolds, of theDefamater
Iron "Works. Captain Zalinski was de
tailed by the "War Department to watch the
experiments of the company and make full
reports oi tnem. in tne course oi his duties
he got interested in the gun, and devised
two or three features which helped to make it
The most important is a device
to explode the entire charge in the projec- I
tile simultaneously. This is effected by
connecting the forward point of the projec
tile witn tne rear oy a wire, xne result is
that as soon as "the shock explodes the
charge in front, the body of dvna
mite at the rear is exploded
by means of the wire, which is made to con
vey a current of electricity. He also in
vented a chemical device by which a shell
is certain to be exploded in the water if it
should fail to strike the target.
The directors of the company are lavish
in their praises of the captain. His study
has been directed toward a projectile rather
than toward the gun itself. The projectiles
are not all of the same carrying capacity.
A TREMENDOUS CHARGE.
One that fits the bore of the 15-inch gun
can be loaded with 500 pounds of dynamite
and can be thrown two miles. Others are
so made that they can be fired with the
pounds of the explosive. The shell is made
of brass and is an elaborate affair that costs
to make and load $750. It is somewhat like
a cigar in shape, the pointed end having a
cap that insures the immediate explosion of
the charge when it hits a solid body. From
the butt end a rod projects which has a
four-flanged -wheel, after the manner
of the screw propeller of a steamboat.
"When the projectile is in the air this wheel
revolves by force of the air resistance, and
is intended to serve as a guide in. keeping
the shell on its course, as the feathers on
the butt of an arrow make it go straight.
The entire length of the cannon is 10K feet.
RESULT OF THE EXPERIMENTS.
It was on the programme to fire one pro
ject! je of the full limit of the gun and six
others of 200 ponnds capacity each. It was
about 3 o'clock when the first discharge took
place. The report was somewhat like
the gasp of a gigantic bull, whose
skull has been cracked with an ax.
To secure accuracy the inventors
have learned how "to gauge the elevation of
the gunand the pressure of air. The latter
feature is the more important, for the guns
on the Vesuvius are fixed so that there is a
liniit,to their elevation.
The first shot to-day fell exactly on the
mark. If a ship had been there it would
have become firewood for residentsof Grave
send. As it was, the projectile, after de
scribing a beautiful curve, fell into open
water between the buoys apd instantly ex
ploded, sending up a column of spray at
least 200 feet.
About an hour later a second shot was
fired, which was a fine failure. The first
shot had been a big cartridge filled with 250
pounds of dvnamite. The second was
smaller, but it held 200 pounds of thof ex
plosive. GENERALLY SATISFACTORY.
The gun barrel was considerablyelevated,
and after the projectile had risen to its
greatest height it began to turn over. The
screw wheel seemed to have no effect upon
it Four times it turned over before it
struck the water, but when it disap
peared, about Ihlf a mile from the
fort, it was head down and it.
kicked up twice as much spray by its
explosion as the first one did. That may
have been because it fell in shallower water.
After that two "'wind shots" were fired,
that is, the pressure was turned upon the
gu.n without any projectile for it to work
upon. The result was an unsatisfactory
grunt from the weapon and the spectators.
It was announced that the wooden discs
which are put in the breech,
of the gun to make sure that the compressed
air gets a fair chance had been imperfectly
constructed. They leaked, and thus gave
an unsteady motion to the projectile. This
was said to account for the unsatisfactory
character of the second shot, and by reason
of it further experiments were discontinued.
They will be resumed some time within a
Great Winter far Snakes nnd Fnniles.
Mattoox, III., January 19. This has been
a great winter for snakes in this latitude. The
largest haul so far reported was in Union town
ship, eight miles east of Mason, where men dug
out 123 rattlers, some of them five feet in
length, and about 60 blacksnakes and otber
reptiles. Pansies are yet blooming in the door
For Western Fenn
iyhania, West FlK
ginia and Ohio, gen
erally fair, warmer,
PrrrsBUBO, January 19, 1S89.
The United States Signal Service officer hi
this city furnishes the following.
7:00 A. V ij
100 A. X 28
1:00 F. M 30
40 Y. X S3
7.-O0F. H 27
Mean temp 28
Maximum tmn x
Minimum temp..... 23
Klrer at 5 F. M., 6.1 feat, a fall of 0.8 feet la the
last 24 hours.
MURDERED WITH A BOOT.
A Horrible Crime Committed ,by a Borof
Only 16 Years.
Chili, N. T., Jannary 19. A horrible
murder was committed between the hour
of 7 and 12 o'clock last night at Myron
Davis' house, in the town of Biga, on the
Chili road, two and a half miles from Chili
station and 12 miles from Bochester. Mrs.
Mary J. Hale, a lady 60 years old, was
killed by Chris Burger, or Sticklenberger, a
boy aged 16. The murderer killed his vic
tim with a boot, pounding her head and
face to a pulp, breaking the frontal bones
and crushing the nose and forehead. Last
evening Myron Davis' wife and two chil
dren left the house at 7 o'clock, to attend a
school entertainment. There were left m
the house Mrs. Hale and two of Mr. Davis'
young children am Chris Burger, or Stick
lenberger (he went by both names). Tha
boy seemed to be in a good humor when
they lett tne house.
At 12 o'clock Mr. and Mrs. Davis re
turned, and on entering the bedroom occu
pied by Mrs. Hale and the two children,
they were Horrified at finding, lying on the
floor in a pool of blood, the body of Mrs.
Hale. The dead woman's face was a horri
ble sight. Lying on the dead -woman's
breast, its little hands covered with her
blood, was the youngest child, aged 3 years.
It had evidently crawled on the body after
A search was then made. It was found
that the drawers of a bureau in the room
where the murder was committed had been
ransacked. A silver watch, a revolver load
ed, a 'half dollar of the coinage of 1812,
which was a keepsake in the family, and a
bunch of keys were missing. Later it was
found that the boy had also taken Mr. Da- .
A late telegram from Bochester, N. T.,
states that the murderer has been arrested.
He attempted to foil the officers by an effort
to commit suicide.
MR. DANA'S MUSHROOMS.
He Will Hare to Coninlt European Works
to ISave His Crops.
From the Fall Mall Gazette.
State Entomologist Linter snapped the red
cord which bound a mail package this morn
ing, and then taking off a manllla wrapper
found a baking-powder box. The cover re
moved, a pungent odo of spirits escaped.
Then the Professor carefully unwound several
small wads of saturated paper. These held
within some unappetizing specimens of mush
rooms, of the champignon species. They were
ota brownish cast, and appeared to have dried
up. "These came from the grounds of Charles
A. Sana," said the entomologist, "who says
that bis crop has become badly
marked with black spots. The causa
has been a mystery for a long time, and
I was at first thought to have been caused bv
rubbing. The reason, however, is that the
plants are covered by a very minute form of
eel worms, known scientifically as anguillldoe.
It is of this family, and can be seen by micro
scopic inspection. The pest is new in this
country, and Mr. Dana must send to Europe to
get works on it"
MAKES BALD HEADS.
You can trace the loss of your hair to eating
bread made with Cream of Tartar Baking
Powders, which always produces Rochelle
Salt. This salt makes bald beads.
"The daily use of Rochelle Salt in our daily
bread retards the growth of the hair and
makes bald heads." Dr. Carpenter.
Baking Powder contains noRoclfelleSaltjno
THOS. t. JENKINS,
Wholesale Agent for W. Pa.,
OLDEST DRUG HOUSE IN PITTSBURG
JOSEPH FLEMING & SON,
Having had for a number of years a f air share
of the patronage of the good people of Pittsburg
and vicinity, 1 take this opoortunity to say,
with Increased facilities and stock, I am better
prepared than ever to solicit their orders, either
wholesale or retail. In any way relating to the
drug trade, and by accuracy, neatness and
promptness, and prices lower than ever, I hope
to merit their continued favors. I bave con
stantly in stock a f nil line of Drugs, Trusses,
8nouiDER Braces for ladies and gents. Baud
ages. Family Syringes, Hair, Nail and
Toothbrushes. All the leading Proprie
tary Medicines of the day. Cod Liver On,
Preparatioss,Malt Extracts. Formedlcal
purposes there is no better, purer, older whisky
sold to-day anywhere than the pure eight-year
old Guckenheimer Whisky I am selling at Jl
for full quart bottles, or six bottles for Jo. The
only wines that should be used for medical pur-
Soses are the pure California Port, Sherry,
luscatel, Angelica and Sweet andDry Catawba
that I am now selling.
Send for price list of Wines and Liquors,
mailed free to any address. The money must
accompany al! orders for wines and liquors, as
we do not send any goods C. O. D.
Jos. Fleming & Son. Drogsts,
(Wholesale and Retail.)
412 JIAREXT ST., cor. of the Diamond. Trssu
7TIHE WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA 9
Will bold their
BENCH SHOW OF DOGS,
AT GRAND CENTRAL RINK, PENN AVEL,
January 29, 30, 31. and February L
In addition to the grand display of the best
dogs in the United States. Prof. Parker, from
New York, will give an exhibition every after
noon and evening of his
GRAND DOG 'AND CAT CIRCUS.
The finest trained dogs in the world. ja20-12) -
Warranted absolutely ptrro
Coeoa. from wblch the excess of
Oil has been removed. Itbasmcr
than three limes the strength of
Cocoa mixed with Starch, Arrow
root or Sugar, and Is therefore far
more economical, costing tea than
one cent a cup. It Is delicious.
nomiihtn;, strengthening, easily
digested, and admirably adapted
for Invalids as well as for persons
Sold by Grocers everywhere
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