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PITTSBURG, THURSDAY, JAN. SI, 1889.
The latest publications on the Samoan
question hardly leave any do ubt, either as
to the discourtesy with which our repre
sentatives have been treated by the Ger
mans, and as to the actnal insult offered to
the flag. In the meantime Bismarck has
pretended up to a very late date, to be
acting in accordance with the agreement be
tween the three Powers,and coolly requested
the co-operation of the United States in his
plan of putting the island under German
control. The telegraphic notice that a pro
posal lor a conference is on its way to
"Washington from Berlin is an indicator of
the Chancellor's quickness to discover that
the United States is getting restive under
the German policy.
Of course our Government cannot refuse
any conference tendered in good faith; but it
should be understood not to be that thread
bare diplomatic ruse by which the pro
testing Government is dawdled into quies
cence while the process of grabbing the dis
puted territory goes steadily on. If Ger
many is ready to revoke her unwarranted
acts, we can meet her half-way; it not, we
can better afford to hold aloof than be
fooled with any longer.
It is about time, if we have any dirjloma
tic policy at all, to let the world know that
whatever it is, it is the possessor of a back
bone. THE BEVENUE BILL.
The revenue bill, a summary of which is
given in our telegraphic columns, appears,
so far as can be judged by the abstract, to be
the bill framed by the Revenue Commission.
Full discussion of its provisions may be re
quired when the text of the measure is furn
ished; but at present the one thing to be
urged is that a bill of some sort be passed
for the taxation of the classes of property
that have escaped bearing their share of the
expense of State Government for some
years. Experience also should impress on the
Legislature the fact that the necessity does
not alone call for the passage of this meas
ure. Notwithstanding the comforting as
surance of an esteemed Philadelphia cotem
porary that there is no lobby at Harrisburg
this year, the legislators who wish the cor
porations taxed should follow the measure
closely through all its stages. The revenue
bill which the people of Pittsburg want is
the revenue bill that is signed.
G0IUG TO THE DOGS.
The dogs are having their day in Pitts
burg just now. They arc a nice set of dogs,
too. For once it would be by no means a
bad thing to see all our best citizens going
to the dogs in the Central Rink. In fact
that is the only way the canine beauties can
be seen by those who love them. The dogs
cannot go to their admirers, therefore the
admirers must go to the dogs.
. It must occur to some of the great St.
Bernards, the French poodles, the shrewa
Scotch collies, and the pert little terriers,
that they are better fitted to criticise human
ity than a large part of humanity is to pass
judgment on them. But we trust that none
of our canine friends will allow this justi
fiable conclusion to tempt them to make
violent critical remarks, with trouser-tear-ing
accompaniments. The dogs should con
tent themselves with the praises of judicions
and kindly men, and let the unwise and
brutal pursue their destiny unchecked.
A MISTAKEN POLICY.
A short editorial comment on the request
of Oliver Bros. & Co., for a conference with
their employes on the contract for yokes for
the traction road, was made by The Dis
patch before the facts were fully made
public The statements made from both
sides, and already published, render it per
tinent to urge upon our labor organizations,
that a local rule which prevents labor here
from obtaining enhanced wages and drives
work to other points, is not a wise one. This
appears to be the case in this instance, from
the statements on both sides, that the men
could get more wazes by taking the contract
as piece-work, while by adhering to the rule
against piece-work the contract must go else
where. "While every sensible man wants to
see labor well paid, the public cannot fail to
regard rules which drive contracts away
as opposed to the interests of labor and capi
tal alike. PitUburg ought to furnish the
iron for t':e greater part of all the cable
roads in the country. If this rule is the
reason why we are not making it even for
our own roads, it will be plain that it is in
flicting on the labcr of the city a material
CHINESE COMPETITIVE TEIALS.
A writer in Scribner's Magazine, upon
the competitive clement in modern life,
points out the really awful resnlts of com
petitive examinations in China. The op
ponents of the methods now in vogue for
filling the subordinate offices in our Na
tional Government will be inclined to make
capital out of this revelation of Chinese ex
periments with competitive examination.
It appears that at a recent competitive
examination held at Foochow, China, the
candidates underwent much suffering and
even death. One man, at the first sight of
the questions on the examination paper,
went mad, and, strangely enough, instead of
attacking the examiners, cut himself near
ly to pieces with broken bits of pottery.
Another terrified student lost his senses be
fore framing a single answer and began to
eat mud. On the second day another candi
date over-excited himself, probably in try
ing to write ten Chinese characters in suc
cession without stopping, and burst a blood
vessel. He died that day. The examina
tion was held in huts ran up for the
occasion, each candidate being confined to a
separate hut. Snakes and rain storms also
came to further distract the candidates.
Altogether the Foochow examination must
have about as cheerful and exhilarating an
effect as some of the witching seances the j
"White Caps have been giving in Ohio of
But the worst that can be said of com
petitive examinations in this country or
England, where the subject is now being
thoroughly threshed out, is not that they
fatten the graveyards and fill the lunatic
asylumB, but that it tempts us to put a
stock of assorted learning into the heads of
young men and women only at a later day
to extract it by means of a painful examin
ing process. After the examination too
many of the heads are found to be empty.
THE TBUST LEGISLATION.
Legislators are at work very generally on
bills to prohibit and punish combinations
to suppress competition. There is an im
mense range of them, from the very mild
class which deals with the monopolies so
tenderly as to create the suspicion that the
real object is to recognize and legalize
them, up to the extreme measure which pre
scribes the severest penalties for anything
like a combination and outlaws the whole
class. Unfortunately so far the legislative
energy has been spent rather in framing
and introducing bills than in perfecting and
No bill has got further along in the legis
lative stage than Senator Sherman's bill
against trusts, which was considered and
amended in the Senate last week. It is also
the fact that few of them contain more radi
cal provisions than that bill seems likely to
have, both from its original character and
the amendments that have been offered. At
present the proposition includes not only
criminal penalties for the managers of the
trusts, but the same penalties tor anyone
who acts in unison with them, and in ad
dition thereto civil damages lor any com
petitor who is injured by their attempts to
drive him out of business, as well as for
any consumer who has to pay higher prices
on account of the combination. This law
of course deals only with combinations in
the staples of inter-State commerce; but if
it is passed and enforced, it will make short
work of the great combinations.
The real trouble is that the bill has little
likelihood of becoming a law in the five
weeks that remain of the present Congress;
and if it should be passed there is a greater
doubt as to whether the criminal penalties
would be enforced against the men of
wealth and influence who control and man
age the trusts.
LET BAYAED PEN AN ELEGY.
Gray, the poet, wrote his famous Elegy
after long continued contemplation of the
graveyard at Stoke Pogis. Ever since then
the world has been marveling at the beauty
and elevation of the poet's deathless lines.
Herein we see a suggestion which Secre
tary Bayard is free to adopt. For four
years he has been observing the burial one
by one of his own hopes and the hopes of a
large number of his countrymen in the grave
yard of his incompetency. Surely in the
sight, grievous as it must have been, there
should have come to him inspiration enough
for a matchless elegy. In Mr. Bayard's
literary compositions we have not detected
much poetic feeling: but he certainly has
more poetry than backbone. His imagina
tion seems to be vigorous though his
language is not "We should judge that he
has a distinct tendency toward melancholy;
and low spirits are evidently his constant
companions. In fact if Mr. Bayard had
the divine afflatus the elegy would doubt
less be his favorite poetic vehicle.
Mr. Howclls has authorized the American
people this month to accept Walt Whit
man's works as poetry, and Mr. Bayard can
can still ease his swelling bosom in an
elegy free from hampering rhyme and metre
and perhaps climb to a place beside the im
mortal Gray. He has griefs enough to pack
ten thousand lines with tears.
THE LAST STREET EATLWAY BILL.
In the multitude of bills which have been
introduced in the Legislature on the subject
of passenger railways, that introduced day
before yesterday, by a Lancaster member,
is at present prominent. A large number
of its provisions seem intended to provide
against abuses on the part of corporations
that furnish transit through the streets,
some of them being calculated to guard
against the vice of stock watering; but the
unique and characteristic feature is that
limiting the stock to be issued to 30,000
per mile, and the bonds to an equal
Now it is evident, if the actual cost of all
the passenger railways in the State were
exactly ?60,000 per mile, this bill would
prevent stock watering. If the cost were
less, the stock watering could go on to the
amount of the difference; while if the cost
were more it would prevent the building of
any more new roads, unless the stockholders
were willing to subscribe two dollars in
cash for one of bonds which does not strike
the general taste as pleasantly as paying
one in cash for two of stock. "While the
cost varies under different circumstances, it
is a well known fact that the vast majority
of city passenger railways now in operation
cost 'from 55,000 to 515,000 per mile. On the
other hand the improved lines now coming
into use cost from 575,000 to S100.000 per
mile. It is plain therefore that the effect of
such a provision would be to permit the
stock watering to continue on the former
class and to shut out new enterprises of the
There is a provision against stock water
ing in the Constitution of Pennsylvania.
If any legislator is anxious to stop the
evil, he cannot do better than to offer a bill
prohibiting and punishing the devices by
which that provision is nullified.
Bostonians are hard to satisfy. Max
O'Rell said nearly every pretty thing that
her warmest admirers could find to say of
the Hub. The amiable Frenchman gave it
as his opinion that Boston is the most schol
arly city in the United States; that she is one
of the greatest literary centers in the world;
thatshe is handsomely and solidly built; that
the English spoken in Boston is purer than
any to be heard elsewhere, and that it is
altogether the finest city in America to live
in. And nobody but a Bostonian w ould ask
a man to say more even of Boston.
But Bostonians are restive just now, not
because Max O'Rell didn't say enough for
Boston, but because he said too much. They
are angry because the assertion occurs in his
book that Boston is pronounced "Boaston"
by the natives. Perhaps Max O'Rell has
not quite hit the mark in his phonetic ren
dering of the common corruption of Boston
which all Massachusetts' men affect. The
Bostonian calls his birthplace Borscton,
when he does not familiarly term it the
Hnb, or, with affectionate classicism, "the
modern Athens." To a Frenchman writing
in English, Boaston may have seemed
equivalent to Borseton, and the error in the
translation of sound is really trifling.
"We are surprised, however, that Max
O'Rell should have commented upon this
affectation of Bostonian pronunciation and
yet have overlooked the impudent fashion
peculiar to the Unbblte of pronouncing
,,v.u..u.. iv I.. mi.uc - I.1UUWUUI.IUH
oracularly upon the rest of the world. To
this pronunciation Bostonians are most
TnEKE have been a good many queer
things in American politics, but ft is doubt
ful if any administration ever closed its
Career, by the public declaration on the
part of one end of the Cabinet that the other
end does not know what its policy is, and
has not got any. Frelinghuysen only sur
passed Bayard by consistently declaring
that the United States must never do any
thing that any other government would ob
ject to, and by inducing the other members
not to kick up a row about it.
The Democratic Senators finally con
cluded that they did not know what to say
about Prohibition and so refused to vote. It
remains to be seen whether that is the way
they will vote next June.
There is an item going the rounds of the
papers that when Disraeli first became
Prime Minister some one asked him to ap
point moderate men, and he replied: "Mod
erate men? Oh, I see what you mean. You
want me to appoint men without convic
tions." Yet it is not recorded that anyone
made the obvious rejoinder that the latter
qualification was fully supplied in an ad
ministration of which Mr. Disraeli was the
That Texas messenger got back in time
to save his distance; and now that it Is all
over, does it not seem as if he had to make a
very big trip on account of a very small
Concerning the reports of "White Cap
warnings in the East, it is necessary to point
out that the Eastern species is a different
breed from the wild and woolly "Western
ruffian. The Eastern "White Cap is nothing
more than a new name for the common,
cowardly, and blackguardly anonymous
"With Fish's sentence commuted and
Grant's monument unerected, there seems to
be a good deal of force about the old proverb
touching the relative values of the dead lion
and living dog.
It appears that the Inter-State Commerce
Commission has again been finding the rail
ways guilty and telling them that they
must not do it again. The Commissioners
are becoming nearly as monotonous in this
sort of thing as the railway presidents are
in swearing off, and then keeping right on.
Mr. Black, ex-Consul at Buda-Pestb, is
the latest public man to discover that the
too active pen is a more dangerous weapon
at the breech than even the indiscreet
The rebuke which the Emperor of Ger
many addressed to the students of Berlin
University for drinking beer and cutting
church, indicates that the good Colonel
Shepard might get a capital job as publisher
of the official organ of the present Imperial
The time is coming to reverse the famil
iar piece of worn-out slang and remark that
unless we have some cold days we will get
left on the ice crop.
The negative report in the Senate yester
day on the bill to prohibit common carriers
from engaging in mining and manufactur
ing, indicates that the majority of the com
mittee do not believe in making the State
Constitution superior to the corporations.
The "West Virginia contest seems to have
conceived the ambition of rivaling the tenth
census in its everlasting qualities.
"We have not hitherto shown much dispo
sition to adopt the party divisions of the
French; but there is beginning to be a fear
that the New York politicians will soon be
among the Left of the Republican party.
The next English Cardinal, it is said, will be
Mgr. Stonor, Archbishop of Trebizond.
The late Lord Eversley was the last surviv
ing Englishman who heard Pitt, Fox and
Windham in the House of Commons.
Verdi has declined to write an opera on the
discovery of the New World. The Committee
or the Columbus Celebration at Genoa has en
gaged Franchetti to compose the opera.
Feitz Geise, the violincellist, has come to
the conclusion that the street cars of New
York are essentially Pbiiistinic He owns a
Stradivarius 'cello made in 1691 and valued at
$5,000. In stepping from a surface car in this
city not long ago he injured the precious in
strument and was thus unable to take part in
the symphony concert in Boston on Saturday
night. The 'cello is now under treatment, and
Herr Geisc has sworn to carry it in a cab here
after. AT Evangelist Moody's school at Northamp
ton, Mass., is a fair-haired Norwegian girl who
came to this conntry entirely alone in order to
attend this seminary. Shssajs: "Norway is
much better acquainted with America than
America is with Norway. I learned of Mr.
Moody's school through the capers. I wanted
to be enrolled among its number, and so I
came." There is a Bulgarian girl among Mr.
Moody's pupils and & number of Canadian
The newspaper pictures of Tlppn Tib, says
the New York Sun, that are printed now and
then in this country make him look like a col
ored roustabout, and one would hardly imagine
that such a person could draw from Cameron
the remark that Tippu Tib was the greatest
dandy he had seen in Africa, These portraits
are taken mostly from Reclns' recent volume
on South Africa, in which scant justice is ap
parently done to the personal appearance of
the- great Arab trader. All his white visitors
have spoken of the richness of his attire, and
of his affable and courtly bearing. Probably
Jerome Decker, in his recent volume, exhibits
him moro correctly in a pictorial way. In one
picture Tippu Tib is shown in the rich dress of
a wealthy Arab gentleman, .and in another he
is represented on horseback entering an Arab
settlement while hundreds of people line the
roadway to see him.
It Una Dlnde Them Paint.
From the New York bun. J
"The Hadirjg veil," said a keen observer of
things about town yesterday, "has had the ex
traordinary eflect of causing American women
to fly to paint and powder as though their sal
vation depended upon it. The thickness and
voluminous character of the veil makes any
other face than one brilliantly and artificially
tinted seem pallid to an outside observer.
Women have realized this and they have put
on the rouge at first carelessly and then thickly
until a Hading veil means a painted face in
nine cases out of ten. It is a great blessing to
women who have always rouged, by the way,
for they look quite pale and interesting under
the heavy folds of this latest fad."
Signs of the Millennium.
From the New York Ban. 3
In eleven years from this time we shall be'
living in the twentieth century of the Christian
era. Some of the Christian interpreters of the
Biblical prophecies have tried to prove by them
that the millennium would dawn in the
twentieth century, and that mankind would
then enter upon tbe enjoyment of a thousand
years of universal peace and 'happiness. It
may be so, though tbe signs of it are not yet
obvious to the unprophetic eye.
Extra Dry Ammunition.
From the New York World. J
Admiral Luce's success at Port-au-Prince
leads to theconvlction that Admiral Kimberly
leads to theconvlction tbat Admiral J
should keep his ammunition extra dry.
TBE TOPICAL TALKEE.
What Is Victoria Woodbnll Up to Nowt
Ladles at the Dos Show Judge Collier
on the Jurora Again.
Victoria Woodhull's extraordinary ca
reer is still fresh in most people's memories,
and not a few Pittsburgers have personal recol
lections of her remarkable financial, moral and
political operations. She married Mr. Martin,
tbe well-known banker and philanthropist, of
London. At present she is housed in the center
of fashionable London, at 17 Hyde Park Gate,
and from this center she appears to be con
ducting some new experiments upon humanity.
A clergyman named the Rev. James G. Pascal.
M. A, Is delivering, presumably in the interest
of Mrs, Victoria Woodbnll Martin, a lecture
entitled "The Naked Truth; or Mrs. Woodhull
Marttn's Life and Ideas," in the towns and
cities of England.
This news in itself Is not particularly inter
esting, but there seems to be something behind
it which looks a little peculiar. To a casual
and unprejudiced observer there are certain
thines in the English newspaper reports of this
Mr. Pascal's lecture which, by the way, carries
a title beloved by Mrs. Victoria Woodhull
which seem to suggest that tbe adorable Vic
toria is up to some now philanthropic tricks.
Fon instance the Brighton Guardian, pub
lished in tbe seaside resort of that name in
Sussex. England, in an account of Mr. Pascal's
lecture after devoting considerable space to
the blae-blooded lineage of Mrs. Woodhnll
Martin, says: "Mrs. Woodhull-Martln's fortune
is colossal, and she will spend it all for the
furtherance of her cause the education and
elevation of women. She has also received for
the same purpose subscriptions from friends,
which amount now to 111,000,000. She is going
to publish three papers one in English, one
in French, and one in German; and she is now
writing her own life, which she will publish in
book form, beautifully illustrated, and get it
translated and printed in 12 languages, 100,000
copies being printed of each edition. She will
pay all tbe expenses of this work from her own
pocket, and the receipts of the sale will go to
institutions for the education of women, which
she is going to establish in all the capitals of
Indeed, times are changed for Victoria Wood
hull if she is worrying her great head, how to
dispose of a trifling sum like (11,000,000. Is it
unjnst to suspect that Mrs. Martin has already
grown tired of respectability and the luxury of
her London home? And has the wife of Sir
Francis Cook, Bart, Viscount of Cintra, and
Bead of the great banking firm of Cook, Son fc
Co., of St. Paul's Churchyard. London, Lisbon
and Oporto, or in other words. Lady Tennie C.
Clafiin Cook, joined her Illustrious sister, Vic
toria, in her new schemes to elevate men and
women by preaching free lover
Perhaps we shall be startled with news of a
crusade against immorality in high English
society led by Victoria and Tennie C. There
is need for snch a crusade, and if knowledge of
the subject is qualification, there can be no
better leaders for it than the famous sisters.
The dog show at the Grand Central Kink at
tracts a good many people besides the sports
and others who might be expected to take a
great interest in the intelligent and beautiful
animals, I noticed a number of ladies among
the visitors to the show yesterday and they
seemed to enjoy the sight immensely. It is
rather to be regretted that the pug dogs came
in for the largest share of the fair sex's atten
tion and admiration. To waste a second on a
pug when nearby such majestic and loreable
creatures as the mastiffs of St Bernard can be
found eager to respond with almost human in.
telligence to any marks of attention that may
be shown to them, seems akin to insanity.
The dogs look happier than they did at last
year's show. They have more room and the
rink appears to have been cleaned,
Judge Collier is a pretty big man anyhow,
but he is growing bigger fast
He made an excellent speech, free from for
mality and full of pith, at the Press Club ban
quet on Tuesday night. It would have been
fortunate for those who were not at the Hotel
Dnquesne that night if the newspapers had
been able to print Judge Collier's remarks in
full. One paragraph in particular evoked
cheers. Speaking of tbe relations of tbe press
with the courts, he said: "The days of the star
chamber are happily gone forever. The pro
ceedings in our courts are chronicled daily in
the newspapers. The public knows what the
lawyers are doing and what tbe judges are do
ing, and, let me add, they have a right to know ,
what our jurors are doing I"
WILL FIGHT IP WE MUST.
Senntor Rengnn Deplores tbe Humiliation
the United States Hits Suffered.
Washington, January 30. Tho Senate to
day resumed the consideration ot the diplo
matic and consular appropriation bill, tbe
question being on tbe amendments affecting
the Samoan Islands.
Mr. Dolph said the question was one of
special and local interest to tbe peoplo of the
Pacific coast He then reviewed the history of
affairs since tho United States Government
first took an interest in the Samoan Islands,
and the recent occurrences which had involved
the United States in some controversy with
the German Government He suggested that
Congress should direct tho President to insist
upon a restoration by tbe German Government
of the status quo at tbe time of the Washing
ton conference, and to notify the German Gov
ernment that the United States would not per
mit tbe Samoan Islands to pass under the con
trol of any foreign nation. He saw no good
reason why, if requested by the Samoan peo
ple, an American protectorate should not be
established over tbem.
Mr. Reagan referrea to tbe documents that
have been published on the subject, and de
clared that no American citizen could read tho
correspondence without feeling humiliation to
see tbe rights of the United Stales brutally
overridden and trodden down by German sub
alterns, while the German Prime Minister was
professing friendship and a desire to maintain
proper relations with the Government of the
United States. His purpose was to call at
tention to the tact that the proposed amend
ment was tpo feeble to answer the purpose. It
was too feeble to vindicate the rights of the
American people in the matter. Continuing,
Mr. Reagan said:
I am not lu favor of war. I know too well the
calamities of war. But the humiliation of a great
nation In the lace of an arrogant power. Is worse
than war. I would give tbe ('resident power to
determine what our rights in the matter are, and
the power to assert tbose rights in a way that
could not be mistaken. If we do this we may ex
pect to maintain our rights and to see the restora
tion of the status quo I would suggest the addition
to the pending amendment of the words, "And
lor the protection of the rights of American citi
zens residing in said Islands and to preserve the
neutrality and independence of their people."
Uhen we will have tafd something. But, if we do
not put in some such declaration we leave the
president exactly where he is now in a position
where he regards himself as powerless to vindi
cate the rights of the United States.
At the close of Mr. Reagan's speech, the Sen
ate, on motion of Mr. Riddleberger, who said
that he wished an Executive session "for a
great purpose" presumably, the British extra
dition treaty, proceeded to executive business,
and when the doors reopened, adjourned.
The Shoes of Famous Women.
From the Woman's Journal. 3
Amelie Rives-Chanler says she wears a common-sense
shoe, "becanso I like them best, and
I have a right to dress myself as I please."
Mrs. Langtry wears a No. 5 shoe of English
make, of good breadth, with alow, fiat heeL
Mrs. Potter says she doesn't know what size
her shoes are, but apparently her shoe Is very
long and very narrow.
Mrs. Cleveland wears No. 5. B width. She
has her shoes or slippers to match every gown
she owns, and her hosiery is always of the same
Mary Anderson has a large foot, and she
wears a large, broad shoe.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Father Robert Mnnroe.
Special Telegram to Tbe Dispatch.
Greensburg. January 30. A cablegram re
ceived at St. Vincent's Monastery, at Latrobe.
announces the death In Koine of Father Bobert
Munroe, for many years assistant pastor at bt.
Vincent's. Hewasaged uhoutZS years, andcame
to St. Vincent's from Kentucky when a small bov.
He went to Koine about two ) cars ago to complete
bis studies. Three years ago he was ordained a
Srlest, and celebrated bis first mass at his home in
;cntucky. He was well and favorably known
throughout this section.
George L. Phillips.
Chicago, January 30. George L. FhMlps, Pres
ident of the Central, Union and Chicago Tele
phone Companies, and director In half a dozen
other corporations as well, died of typhoid fever,
at his residence in Edgewater, yesterday after
noon. Koawell Lewis.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
SlEADVlLtr, January 30. Knswell Lewis, the
was a cuiuicr ui iue war 01 ioi
MUST REDEEM THEIR PLEPGES;
Oklahoma Cnnsesva Discasslon of the Atti
tude of Politicians to tbe G. A. R.
Washington, January 30. The House con
sidered tbe Oklahoma bill in committee of the
The pending amendment was offered by Mr.
Payson, of Illinois, expressly providing that
the rights of honorably discharged Union
soldiers and sailors of tbe late Civil War to
make homes on tho public lands, under ex
isting homestead law, shall not in any degree
be impaired by the passage of this bill, but that
such rights shall extend to any and all lands
which shall be open to any settlement under
tbe provisions of this bill.
Mr. Lyons, of Colorado, opposed the amend
ment. He belonged to the Q, A. R-, and the
members of that organization were notbeggars.
They did not come before the House asking
that 200 or SOO of them, who might be able to go
with tbe boomers into Oklahoma, should have
a present of $200 to S500 each, while thousands
who were unable to go there and who were in
want, would receive nothing at all. While tbe
dependent pension bill remained vetoed, tbe
healthy, hearty, able-bodied members of the
G. A. R. who were able to go to the wilds of
Oklahoma and redeem the country, did not
want a present of 500 from the Government
Mr. Grosvenor, of Ohio, said that for
tbe first lime an opportunity was pre
sented to tbe representatives of tbe
people to make good somo of their
profuse and oft-repeated pledges to the sol
diers of the country. Very often tbe political
parties of the country bad said to the soldiers
that they were in favor of bestowing public
lands upon the soldiers. This had been sound
ing brass and tinkling cymbals in the platforms
of do! it leal parties.
After further debato the amendment was
agreed to pro forma, and it was agreed that a
vote should be taken In the House.
Mr. Holman, of Indiana, offered an amend
ment providing that nothing in this act shall be
construed to authorize tbe extinguishment of
Indian titles to any of the lands in the Indian
Territory. Tbe amendment was agreed to; as
was also an amendment offered by Mr. McRae,
of Arkansas, forfeiting all the lands and rights
granted to the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad
Company for the construction of a branch road
from tbe Canadian river to Van Buren, Ark.
On motion of Mr. McRae, the clause was
eliminated which subjects the lands to taxation
after the first installment pf the purchase
money has been paid.
On motion of Mr. Payson, of Illinois, an
amendment was adopted providing that no
entry shall bo allowed of any homestead except
to actual settlers.
Mr. Payson then offered bis substitute for
the town site section and it was agreed to. It
authorizes tho Secretary of the Interior to re
serve, on any public lands in tbe Territory,
town sites in areas not exceeding 610 acres in
compact form; and prevents tbe allowance of
any application to enter a contract of land
until approved by the Secretary of tbe Interior.
The committee rose and reported the bill to
The first vote was taken on Mr. Payson's
"soldiers' homesteads" amendment, and It was
agreed to eas 11B. nays 111. Pending further
votes the House adjourned.
A Shortage In tbe Estimates Big Money for
tbe Common Schools.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
Harkisbubg, January 30. In his annual re
port, State Treasurer Hart says: "The esti
mated revenues for the present year aggregate
SI,6S6,500, The estimated amount of payments,
based upon past requirements, has been fixed
at ?3,58 1,000, showing an excess in expenditures
over revenue of $807,500. This shortage in the
ostimated revenues is accounted for by the loss
of the funds received from tbe 'gross receipts'
tax, which, nndera recent decision of the Su
preme Court of the United States, has been de
"The year just passed has witnessed the pay
ment to the common schools of the State tbe
sum of $1,500,000. This amount is $500,000 more
than has ever been paid before, and was appro
priated over and above tbe requirements of tbe
Constitution by the Legislature In view of the
probable increase in the revenues to be derived
from the new revenue bill of 18S7, which failed
to become a law, Tbe attention of the Legisla
ture is called to this fact in order that revenue
mav be provided should this additional amount
of joOO.OOO be again appropriated to the common
schools of tbe Commonwealth."
By the foregoing statements it will be ob
served that the net debt of tbe Commonwealth
unprovided for, exclusive of interest, is 34,991,
073 70. Should our present revenues be main
tained by careful legislation, and tbe appropria
tions be kept within tho estimated resources of
the State, the Sinking Fund Commissioners
can reasonably rely upon sufficient revenue to
meet this indebtedness.
AN ELECTRICAL CONTEST.
Street and Telephone Wires Do Not Work
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
AKRON. January 80. The Akron telephone
ana electric street railway wires signalized tbe
climax of tbe suit between the two companies
here by mixing themselves up last night A
street car tralley caught on a telephone wire
and pulled it down so that a whole bunch of
telephone wire received the full street rail
At the Telephone Exchange 21 signals were
burned out, and a sheet of flame played about
the switchboard. In a South Akron livery
stable the telephone wire blazed out into a 2,000
candle power light, and tbe office had to be
flooded to put out tbe fire. At the houses of
three telephone subscribers fire extinguishers
bad to be used.
DEDICATED IN STYLE.
Cincinnati's New Cbnmber of Commerce is
CutciNSTATI, January 30. Tho new Cham
ber or Commerce was dedicated to-day with
great ceremony. Much interest was taken in
the event Brief speeches were made by Mr.
S. T. Hubbard, of tbe New York Cotton Ex
change; Mr. E. Nelson Blake, of Chicago; Hon.
Geo. W. Clements, Wichita; ex-Governor Bul
lock, of Atlanta; Mr. Keatintr, of Memphis,
and Mr. Power, of Richmond. Va.
Letters and telegrams of regret were re
ceived from President Cleveland, President
elect Harrison, Vice President-elect Morton,
David A. Well", Boston; Edward Atkinson,
Boston; Cyrus W. Field, A. J. Drexel. Senator
Sherman, Hon. Ben. Butterworth, Governor
Koraker. Hon. Wm. Henry Smith, General H.
V. Boynton and many others.
EVENTS IN SOCIETY.
A Promising Entertainment.
The concert to be given in Sobo School Hall,
Friday evening, under the auspices of Battery
B, gives promise of being a great success. The
Till Family Concert Company is one ot the
best troupes that has visited the city for some
time. The admission has been fixed at 35 cents,
reserved seats 60 cents. Tbe reserved seat
tickets are nearly all sold. The chances are
that tho demand will more than equal the
Their Twelfth Annual Maiuiucradc.
The twelfth annual masquerade party of tbe
Silvia Circle, composed of prominent Alle
gbenians, at Masonic Hall last night, was a
grand success. Tho hall was crowded, and
about SOO people were masked. Some of the
costumes were magnificent, and there was a
variety. Fully 600 guests w ere present as spec
tators only, the gallery being crowded. Dancing
was continued until 4 o'clock this morning.
A Formal Opening.
Wilson's Hall, on Station street in the East
End, was formally opened with an enjoyable
promenade party last evening. The Mozart
Orchestra furnished the entertaining music for
the occasion. Tbe ball tbns auspiciously
opened will be occupied by Jr. O. U. A. M.
lodges and other societies for a meeting place.
A Successful Reception.
An unusually large reception was held yes
terday afternoon by Mrs. J. Chambers, at her
residence, 270 Ridge avenue, Allegheny. There
were about S00 guests invited, and the decor
ations of the dining and reception rooms were
For tho Poor What?
The lively lodgers at 415 Penn avenue enter
tained anequally lively party of young gentle
men last evening. Pipe, bowl and Song received
equal attention, and a collection for the poor
was taken up at the close of services.
Tho Ynnlice a Straneo Critter.
From the Chicago News.
Young Jim Blaine is so dolighted at the pros
pect of his father's having a place In tho Har
rison Cabinet that he has quit work and is in
dulging in a jubilation all by himself after tbe
fashion of Lord Dundreary's bird of a feather
that flocked together. Tho Yankee is a
strangely mercurial critter when once be is
aroused to a condition of emotional exaltation.
They tell a story to the effect that when the an
nual salaries of the members of the Amherst
College faculty were raised to 81,200 apiece, old
Prof. Snell, who had taught mathematics for
half a century in that institution, went home
and called out to his wife: "Our salary has been
raised and we've got to celebrate; cook tbe cod
fish to-day, wife in real cream no more flour
thickening for us!"
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OUR MAIL POUCH.
To the Kditpr of The Ulspatcft;
A correspondent Inquires, in The Dispatqh
of Monday, whether fleas have ever been
trained to obedience.
Many years ago a man appeared In Pittsburg
and placarded the town with bills announcing
an exhibition of "The Industrious Fleas." The
performance took place in a second story front
room of the Concert Hall building, where
Library Hall now stands.
He exhibited the fleas upon a large sheet of
white paper on a table in all the stages of train
ing aqd complete education. One flea had a
small gold chain and ball attached to his leg.
The ball was about three-sixteenths of an inch
in diameter. This was the first lesson, and was
intended to stop him from Jumping.
Another flea tethered to apin by a fine strand
of raw silk. This was to teach Him to walk as
he moved around the pin.
Another flea hauling a tiny gold sulky, In
which sat a flea holding a whip made of a single
Two fleas harnessed to a little golden chariot
In which sat two other fleas, one dressed up as
a gentleman and the other as a lady, taking a
drive A flea acted as coachman, holding reins
made of strands of raw silk and a bristle for a
whip. Another flea rode behind as footman.
There were other funny conceits of this kind.
Tbe fleas traveled about at a great rate on the
sheet of paper.
The.man who exhibited tbem was a gentle
manly person with mutton-cbop whiskers, and
apparently well educated. He was both com
missary and quartermaster, for he fed the fleas
by placing tbem on his wrist and allowing them
to draw blood from bis veins, and he carried
tbe whole tronpe in a little half-pint glass jar.
which he put in bis coat packet wben the per
formance was over. The jar was about half
filled with raw wool.
This exhibition was a great delight to the
children, and manv hundreds of tbem, as well
as grown people, attended it.
I never heard of the man or his industrial
fleas since that time. Mokkison Fosteb.
Glenfhxd, January 20.
A Drifting Spider's Web.
To the Editor of Tl-.e Dispatch:
While reading the entertaining article on spi
ders in a recent number of The Dispatch, I
recalled au incident I witnessed a recent bright
October day. A gentle wind was blowing from
the East as I walked across the high railroad
bridge right over tbe mouth of tho Kiskimini
tas river, and I noticed qnite a number of long
floating spider webs, when about half way
across I saw a black spider on the top of tbe
east rail whose body was about tbe size of a sil
ver dime, spinning a web, which floated a long
way out over the Allegheny river, rising up
ward in the gentle wind.
As I approached closely the spider gathered
his long legs under him, and to my utter sur
prise mado a spring npward and floated away
over tbe river, holding on to the drifting web.
I watcbed him gently rising, until his black
body disappeared in tbe distance. Mac.
Pittsburg, January 30.
An Error Corrected.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Being a reader of The Dispatch and notice
ing an item from your correspondent from
East Palestine stating, that oil had been found
three miles from that place, I beg leave to say
tbe party is in error. Some capitalists from
Pittsburg leased a large stretch of land in this
town and vicinity (not East Palestine) and put
down a test well near Kevin Bros. & Scboller's
foundry, in New Waterford, which is five
miles from East Palestine. They drilled it 750
feet, striking the first sand on Wednesday
morning. The derrick is boarded up and no
ono is admitted excepting on good authority. I
hear that there is a good showing of oil and a
little gas. The oil is of a heavy grade of lubri
cating oil. They are going to shoot tbe well
sometime soon and have the man here now
ready r his work. A Citizex
New Waterford, 0 January 30.
A Suggestion to the Exposition Board.
To tne Editor of The Dispatch:
I beg to submit through your valuable paper
the following plan to secure as needed all the
funds necessary for the construction of the
Exposition buildings, viz : Anticipate part of
the earnings for ISS9. The managers to issue
and to place on sale, in our two cities and the
more important of the adjacent towns, first,
tickets admitting families of five for season
1889: second, tickets admitting one person for
tbe season 18S9; third, single admission tickets.
first Family, season, 5, 000 at 5 J1M.0C0
Second-Single, season, 10,000 at 810 100.000
Third-Dally admission, 50,000 at 20c 10,1)00
You will notice this proposes to return value
instead of begging a gift P.
AitEOHENV, January 30.
He Hits Seen Fleas Act.
To th Editor of Tbe Dispatch:
I recollect when a boy of visiting an exhibi
tion of fleas. On entering the room my atten
tion was directed to a table on which a number
of figures of elephants and other animals were
moving, but on being given a microscope I saw
that they were propeled by fleas. There was
also a miniature carriage drawn by two fleas;
seated in the carriage were two ileas called
Lord and Lady Flea, who at times whipped his
horses to urge them to greater speed. S.
Pittsburg, January 30.
The Denth of tho Crown Prince of Austro
Washington', January 30. A cable message
was received at tbe State Department from
Minister Lawton, at Vienna, announcing the
death of the Crown Prince of Austria. Tbe
Secretary telegraphed to Mr. Lawton in reply
"Express, through tho appropriate channel,
the deep sorrow of the President and people of
the United States, by reason of the great
breavement suffered by His Majesty and tbe
Seople of Austro-Husgary, in the death of the
rown Prince. Bayard."
The Worm Turned.
From the New York World.!
A high-toned club at Ottawa. Canada, black
balled the Mayor of that city last week be
cause be is "in trade." He manages a large
furniture establishment, and many of tbe club
members, who are principally Government
employes, owe bim balances on account Yes
terday be brought suit against them and says
he will show tbem no mercy. He proposes to
make them explain in court why, if tbey are
the gentlemen they profess to be, they do not
pay their debts instead of devoting their earn
ings to club dinners, etc.
Bonlangcr and France.
From the Chicago News.l
It looks as if Gen. Boulanger could now fore
close his mortgage on France at almost any
FOLLY AS IT FLIES.
He's growing old, they say: his hair is white,
His step is feeble, dim tbe once bright eye;
Yes, old for earth but Hearing fast the light
The glorious dawn of Immortality.
What makes In her cheeks that beautiful glow,
That lovely light In her eye.
What makes ber neck as white as the snow,
What gives to her lips their bright dye?
What gives her that graceful and willowy form,
That hand so shapely and small.
These graces of hers bewitching they are
Ob, does she inherit them all?
So, ber father was homely, her mother was plain;
Her loveliness came n ot that way:
She diets, takes exercise and wears low heeled
And walks several miles every day.
She's growing more lovely the older she grows
And never knows Illness or ache:
She's making experiments, trying to show
"Heredity's" alia mistake.
TIIE ICE CREAM TltlAT.
The merenry's low, the wind Is high,
There's Ice beneath our feet,'
And few are the maidens now that sigh
Or long for an Ice cream treat.
IT IS COMING.
Soon we'll pipe the vernal lay
Ulrds will soon sing carols gay.
'.Scath a blue and cloudless sky.
Spring tho warm, thclrcsb, the fair,
A ave her banners In the air
And the fowl be hanging high.
Winter lies o pun his bier
None to shed for him a tear.
None to grieve beside his tomb.
All the meads be robed In green.
Smiling spring enthroned queen
While the Easter bonnets bloom.
How glad both rich and poor would be,
When frigid are tbe days.
If men who deal In coal could ste
Tbe error of their weiglis.
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' LIFE IN A GREAT CITY.
Used the Judge's Wardrobe.
rEW TOBK BUREAU SFICTALJ.1
New York, January 80. Ex-Judge Smith,
who, married a niece of Mrs, Stewart, was the
only witness examined in tbe Stewart will case
to-day. He described briefly the happy married
life of Air. and Mrs, Stewart, and told how Mrs.
Hilton occasionally wore tbe Judge's trousers.
Mr. Smith said tbat Mrs. Stewart always called
her husband "Honey." The case went over till
A Little Bad Weather.
The brig Medina, from tne West Indies, ar
rived hereto-day. Her Captain says that for
five weeks after December 15 tremendous
storms of wind and rain swept the plantations
at the eastern end of the island of San Domin
go, Nearly the entire sngar crop was mined.
Many estates were completely flooded, and had
to be temporarily abandoned. On Christmas
Day the brig Ozowa went to pieces on the coast
of San Domingo. The crew was saved.
Alvln Joilyn and His Diamonds.
Edward P. Myerson, whom Actor "Al
vln Joslyn" Davis charges with stealing a dia
mond pin and a diamond ring loaned him by
Davis last summer, was before Judge Gilder
sleeve to-day for trial. The defense claims that
Myerson often wore Davis' diamonds, and that
they were companions after the time Davis de
clares the diamonds were stolen. Tbe dingy
old courtroom blossomed to-day with bright
clothing and the faces of actors and actresses
from the "Pearl of Pekin," the "Old Home
stead," Casino and the "Fantasma" companies,
who were subpoenaed as witnesses. Actor
Davis, in big cape coat, loaded with jewelry
and carrying a silver headed cane, testified that
he loaned Myerson tbe jewelry about July 1
Myerson was to return it next day. He didn't
see Myerson again until be was arrested. The
property had since been returned. Tho case
will go on to-morrow.
Berry Wall In Contempt.
Lawyer Crane obtained an order from Jndge
McAdam, of the City Court, last week,
returnable to-day, for the examination of
C. Berry Wall before Referee W. H. Myers, as
to his assets. The order was based on a judg
ment for clothing furnished Berry Wall three
years ago by Matthias Rock, a tailor, which the
Sheriff bad returned unsatisfied. The original
bill was J562, which the ex-King dude had re
duced to S312 by payment on account Mr,
Wall did not appear before Referee Myer, and
the Referee gave the ex-King dude an order re
quiring 'him to submit to examination, or be
locked up for contempt of court
Tbey Cast Reflections and Stones.
Faith McElhane, Maggie Ryan, Emily Reyer
and Katio Hazey, young girls formerly em
ployed in Higgins' carpet factory, were in
court to-day because tbey threw stones at
women wbo had replaced the strikers in the
factory. The women who had been stoned re
peated some shockingly bad languago Which
the young prisoners shouted at them from the
housetops near the factory. The girls were
put in $300 bonds to stop throwing stones and
He Itlny Escape.
If ex-Alderman Thomas Cleary is ever called
to face a jury again on the indictment for
bribery found against bim aver two years ago
it will be in Binghamton, the connty seat of
Boone county. Jud;e Patterson to-day granted
the motion for a change of venue made by
Cleary's lawyers, and at tbe same time trans
ferred this particular case to the county men
tioned. The general belief among those who
know is that quondam boodler will never again
be called to account for his vote m favor of the
granting of the franchise to the Broadway
Railroad while he was a member of the Board
of Aldermen of 1884.
The Vanderbilts About to Make an Extended
Baltimore, January 30. Mr. Wm. K. Van
derbilt's steel steam yacht Alva arrived yester
day from Wilmincton. Del., where she bas been
thoroughly overhauled by her builders, Harlan
& Hollingswortb, and will remain here until
pext Friday, when Mr. Vanderbilt and family
will join her to make an extensive cruise.
The Alva will proceed from Baltimore to
Bermuda, thence to Madeira, from where her
destination will be VilIefranrhe-Snr-31er.
France. After a cruise about tbe Mediter
ranean, the Alva Will take in ports in Sweden
methods of Ohio Pedagogy.
From the New York Sun.3
A school teacher in Jackson township, Ohio,
has been dismissed for hitting with a slung
shot a pupil who couldn't define the relation of
the participle to the other parts of speech. It
is small wonder that Ohio boys learn rapidly if
the methods of Ohio pedagogy are thus drastic
and convincing. Yet if the rudiments of gram
mar are to be slungshotted into the miqd, the
system of the late Amos Bronson Alcott should
also be used. Mr. Alcott used to apply the
ferule to himself for tbe misdeeds of his pupils.
So be it with the slungsbot
A Plensnnt Prospectus.
From tbe Philadelphia Press.
Our esteemed cotemporary TRe Shroud, offi
cial organ of tbe Undertakers' Association,
cheerily announces tbat the outlook for tbe
coffin makers for 1889 is brighter than ever.
This exultant announcement will doubtless be
followed by a rousing boom in the price of
WHAT TO DO,.
After Eating Welch Rarebits and Pine
apple. I. Make your will.
II. Send to the nearest undertaker for terms.
HI. Do not try to stand erect A martial
bearing is not expected of the man whose In
terior Department is given up to such frivoli
ties as Welsh rarebits and pineapple.
IV. Avoid the physician or other useless and
expensive luxuries. The physician cannot save
V. Abandon hope.
VL Do not worry about your debts. Leave
that to your executors.
VIL Be thankful that the system of the uni
verse declines to permit you to take the Welsh
rarebits and tbe pineapple away with you when
you go aloft
VIII. If you are fond of the combination, eat
as many of each as you choose. Ten portions
is no worse than one.
IX. Groan until you wake the baby. His
wailing at being disturbed will be "nectar to
your ears," as the Prohibitiou orators put it.
X. Do not tie yourself into a sailor's knot
It is not de rigueur to do this, nor is it health
ful. XI. Realize your condition at once, and,do
not deceive yonrself with the vain hope tbat it
is pneumonia, peritonitis, or dropsy that is kill
XII. Do not describe your sensations too
vividly to your wife. The mere suggestion of
such suffering as you will undergo when you
have eaten Welsh rarebit and pineapple is
enough to prostrate a woman.
XIIL Do not attempt to relieve your pain
with milk or ice cream soda water.
XIV. Holding hot coals in yonr hands may
draw your mind from your suffering, but will
not cure it
XV. Do not kick your dog. If you had had
his sense you would have eschewed your food
XVI. Stay at home. It is the height of ill
breeding to die in a theater or ballroom1 with
XVII. If the night is cold do not hang your
self over the back yard fence.
XVHI. Do not waste your money on plasters.
A fonr-horse team couldn't draw the pain from
XIX. If the pain becomes absolutely un
bearable, the quickest relief is the river.
Revolvers as a relief for Welch rarebits and
pineapples have gone out.
XX. Do not offer to dramatize your suffer
ing for the stage. A stomach ache, no mat
ter how fatal, is not apt to be a good motive for
XXL Do not pay for tbe rarebit and pine
apple. The murderer who sold It von or gave
it you will probably never dare to tell all he
knows or to try to collect his little bill.
XXII. Do not ask to have your digestion
amputated. The doctors are curious fellows
and seem to have a prejudice against amputa
tion of the digestion.
XXIH. Leave your dyspepsia to your enemy.
A'ew York Evening Bun.
Three-fifths of the cotton crop is now
produced by white labor,
Louisiana furnishes alone one-seventh
of our sngar. Her crop in 1888 was 350,000,000
Seven million feet of spool wool was
lately shipped from Bangor, Me., to a firm of
Scotch thread makers.
Knitters in Donegal are paid Vfi to 2
pence per pair for long socks that the most
nimble fingers cannot finish in less than a day.
Steel rails have grown in weight from
56 pounds to tbe yard to 9OandJ00.and it is
probable that in time they will be even heavier.
-Cohoes, N. Y., the chief seat of the
Knit goods Industry, reports that 65 per cent of
its mills are idle, and begins to sigh for free
John Wanamaker's life is insured for a
round million of dollars, which a statistician
computes is at the rate of 57,500 for every
pound of his flesh.
An authentic silver dollar of the Con
federate States is valued by coin collectors at
Sl.OOO. Only a few were coined before the Con
federate mint ran out of silver.
An enterprising French newspaper, on
the day of the Boulanger election, engaged 230
special reporters, each of whom it provided
with a cab. and 30 bioylists, to bring the re
sults in each section with the greatest possible
The costliest book owned in Chicago is
a copy of the first folio edition of Shakespeare,
published in 1623. It is regarded as the finest
copy in America and is valued at Slu,000. -Its
owner is a man wbo made a fortune on the
Chicago Board of Trade.
An admirer of General Harrison, a
blacksmith in Schuylkill Haven, Pa., has made
a fine cane for tbe President-elect It is of
hard sprnee, and alonz its length is represented
in excellent carving, his progress from the log
cabin to the temple of fame.
Louis J. Beck, a Newark (X. J.)
butcher, aged 23, is the latest freak. He sticks
needles through his cheeks, nose, tongue, lips,
fingers and external tissues generally, making
of himself a human pin cushion, without expe
riencing any pain or discomfort
One hundred and five collieries are now
open In India, which, among them, mined near
ly 1,400,000 tons of coal in 1888. It is not so very
long since the chief Indian Government geol
ogist said that he was prepared to eat all the
coal that was ever found in India.
The Emperor of Russia exhibited at
Copenhagen an immense dinner service of
Dresden china which was manufactured for
him a few years ago at a cost of S50.000. There
is a different scene of Rus-ian life on every
piece, and every variety of Russian uniform
and costume is represented.
A wooden coffin has been discovered in
the crypt of the parish church ot Linares in
Spain bearing the following strange inscrip
tion: "Herein lies the pretended corpse of
Francisco Pizarro." It was found to contain a
corpse which had been carefully "mummifled."
and which was clothed in a garment of violet
cloth. The countenance is said to be remark
ably like tbe portraits of Pizarro, and it ha a
pointed beard like his. One of tbe hands was
detached, and lay near the body, while the
other hand reposed npon tho breast
The town of Havre de Grace, Md has
a real live ghost Recently it followed a city
Councilman, and when the Councilman turned
around to ask it what it wanted it drew a knife
and threatened to carve bim into several
pieces. Tbe Councilman started home, and
made the greatest run of his life. Several
other persons allege tbat tbey have seen the
chost. It haunts tbe section around tbe Salva
tion Army barracks, and has caused so much
excitement that the boys and young men of the
town haye all armed themselves with revol
vers. A London fashion journal says that
there is in this city a fashionable boarding
school where young women are taught to enter
and get out of a carnage. "A vehicle with the
proper pedal arrangements for this sort of ex
ercise, which determines a lady's breeding and
claim to social position, is kept in tbe back
yard of tbe educational establishment, and the
carriage classes are put through tbe most ar
duous training:" The information is also given
tbat "another accomplishment peculiar to this
gilt-edged academy is learning to eat aspara
gus, oranges, grapes and other juicy and un
manageable viands in a style that shall repre
sent the perfection of table manners."
A number of Irwin, Pa., boys were
frightened almost to death by seeing what they
declaro to be a-gbost near tbat town tbe other
night. They say they saw a woman running
along the top of tbe bank and then suddenly
jnmp into the cnt As tbe distance from tbs
top of the cut to tbe bottom is about 30 feet
they rushed up, expecting to find the mangled
remains of a dead woman, but on arriving at
the spot she had mysteriously disappeared.
Then a scare of such huge dimensions took
possession of them that every one's hat rose
several inches above his head, and "Lets
getouterthis" was the cry, and out thty did get,
makfhg more steps to the minute and fewer
to the mile than ever were made in that
Colonel Calvin Sayre, of Montgomery,
Ala., adds his testimony to tbe great ma'j that
goes to show what a memory Mr. Blaine bas and
what a good fellow he is, too. "Belore the war,"
said Colonel Sayre, "I was at school at Millens
burg, Ky where Mr. Blaine was a teacher.
Many years afterward, whilo he was in Con
gress, 1 was in Washington. I was thinking one
day of makine mvselt known to him. but had
about abandoned tbe idea we bad met so long
before tbat I did not think he could be made to
remember me when we happened to meet In
the rotunda of tbe Capitol, lie knew me at a
glance, and, graspini my right hand in his. ha
laid his left tenderly on my shoulder, saying:
'Why, Sayre, old boy, how are you? I'm glad
to see you. I guess you were a rebel and area
Democrat, but that don't make a bit of differ
ence. You are my friend, and if there's any
thing in the world I can do for you. let ms
know, and I'll do it' His memory was as great
as his words were sincere. I wanted nothing
for myself, but I spoke to him in behalf of
friends on several occasions and he cheerfully
granted every favor which was asked.
PICKINGS FK03I PUCK.
A New Longinus. "The punster," re
marked Cbatterly, "must not consider himself the
soul of wit: he Is only the sole of It."
And Carper murmured: "His own example
strengthens all his laws."
Breaking the Ice. Mr. Slopace Er ah
do yon sing "Whistle, and I'll Come to. You, Jly
Miss Liepyer I don't sing: but perhaps yon can
whistle, and I might try the rest.
English as She is Twisted. Mr. Shoreby
Who's tbat awfully pretty woman over there?
Ensign Heavey-That's one of the lieutenants
Mr. bhoreby Which one?
Home, Sweet Home! "I suppose," said
Unton meekly to the real estate agent "that if I
hire this flat from you. I will be allowed to sleep
in it when I am tired."
"Well, yes," returned the autocrat, adding a
new clause to the conditions of the lease, "pro
vided you don't snore!"
An Irresistible Impulse. Private de
tective (at the Vondervclt reception) I'm very
sorry, sir: but I caught this gent stealing.
Mr. Vondervelt-What! the Count d'Omelay, of
i'rance? Impossible! What did he steal?
Private Detective I sec him backln' up against
the aquarium, flshln out frogs.
A Hardened Villain.-. Y. Judge (to
criminal) And the sentence or the Court Is that
yon be shocked with electricity until you are
dead, and may
Criminal (Interrupting) That's played out,
Judge. Yon can't work that on me.
X. V. Judge-Silence in the court! What's the
Criminal Electricity won't shock me. Judge.
Nothing else either. Iv'e read "The Quick or the
Perfect Massachusetts Congeniality.
John Carver Backbay (or Boston, who has Jnst
proposed and been accepted, and bas taken from
the lips of bis betrothed that ley confection, &
Boston kiss) And our love. Marian, will outlast
life wlll-er-llve through the xons of time, for
It Is based on the closest psychological affinities.
From the great to the small, our feelings, our
loves, our tastes are one. I noted, with what
seems like a enrlous premonition, soon after we
met that we even used the same odor of sachet
Their First Anniversary. Mr. Washing
ton 1'ye (opening his pipe case) th? What's this,
my dear-where's my meerschaum? ,
Mrs. Washington 1'ye (with beaming eyes)
Why, I saw It was stained nearly black, so I
bought you IhU nice new wbltc one to surprise
you with on our wedding day. And It was such a
bargain, too! The man says its warranted never
Mr. Washington Pye (setting bundle on table)
Tliat's very kind of you, of course, my dear, and
thank you: only 1 really prefer the old one. But,
see. I thought I'd give you a little surprise. That'
Just as good a piece of silk as a woman needs to
wear. I paid p a yard for It.
3Irs. Washington Pye (examining It) So kind
oryou, darling! Just exactly the same quality
that I saw in Tape Button's yesterday, for Jl JO!
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