Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, February 01, 1889, Page 4, Image 4
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FEB. 1, 18S9. DBTFTING INTO DAHGE3. The Senate yesterday adopted tne amend ments to the consular and diplomatic bill reported by the Committee on Foreign Re lations, appropriating 500,000 to protect American interests in Samoa, and $100,000 for the coaling station at Pago Pago in Samoa. This in itself was not remarkably significant, forthe passage of the amendments was never in donbt, but the spirited speeches of Senators Eeagan and Frye hot upon the heels of the announcement of further acts of argression by Germany against the United States in Samoan waters, contain consider able food for thought. If the last reports from Samoa prove to be true, and it is ascertained that without no tice of the establishment of a blockade, Germany's men-of-war are demanding and enforcing the right to search American ves sels for contraband of war, the time for de cided action on the part of our Government has arrived. As Senator Reagan says the United States must assert its rights in Sa moa, or call its representative home, and with a meek heart wash its hands of the whole business. The German Government has certainly taken no pains to curb or apologize forthe insolence of her represen tatives in Samoa. "With a calm disregard for everybody's interests but her own she has declared war against the de facto rnler of Samoa. Germany has elected to keep her own council, and consult none of her nominal allies. She will have to take the consequences. It is evident that Mr. Bayard and the 1 President are impressed with the necessity of preparing for more energetic measures in the Samoan matter. From San Francisco comes the news that the formidable man-of-war, the Charleston, under construction there, is to be hurried as quickly as possi ble to completion. Though her trial was set for the middle of March, she is expected to be ready in two or three weeks. From every point of view the Samoan im broglio is rapidly assuming a very ngly as pect For the first time war between Ger- ' many and this country seems to be more than a possibility. THE STBIKEBS' EECOED. The striking street railway employes of New York have succeeded in making sev eral thousand people walk rather more than usual during the past few days. They have itirred np a tew small-sized riots, and other wise inflicted more or less annoyance on in tensive citizens. In addition they have lost their jobs, perhaps permanently. This is the history of the strike as far as it has progressed. In view of these facts, and without attempting to decide whether the employers or the employes have been most wronged, unprejudiced friends of either tide will be likely to conclude that the old question "Do strikes pay?" has again been tnswered emphatically in the negative. NO PLACE FOE WHITE CAPS. Inspired by purely philanthropic motives, we desire respectfully to suggest to the "White Cap or Caps, who are reported to have served an ill-spelt and impetuous notice upon a prominent resident of Mc Iveesport to amend his ways, that the iron suburb of Pittsburg in question is not a N healthy place in which to display tomfoolery and lawlessness. There is too much brawn and too much muscle and too much horse sense in McKeesport society for any collec tion of fools or knaves, in caps or out of them, to imitate the lawless reprobates of Southern Ohio and Indiana without painiul results to themselves. THE EACE QUESTION. Senator John T. Morgan's article in the Forum, entitled "Shall Negro Majorities Rule?" is an extremely instructive illustra tion of the survival of the old slave-holding Bonrbonism. It follows the regular line of argument about the horror of amalgama tion between the two races which was not considered an especially horrible thing in the days of slavery the claim that political equality means race equality, and declares that the negroes were given the ballot to de grade and insult the Sonth. Of course in telligent argument against such dogmas is impossible. Toward the close of the article Senator Morgan makes the following surprising plea: "If we compare the condition of the :cgro caught in his native land and en slaved with that of his posterity in the South as it was at the date of the Thirteenth amendment, simple justice cannot deny to the former slave-holding South the credit of having dealt far more generously with the negroes than those who caught them in Africa, or bought them from the slave ships," When a man claims, as a justifica tion for the South in the nineteenth centu ry, that it was more civilized than the sav ages of Africa or the slave traders of the eighteenth century, he is past the reach of reason. But it is worth while to point to the obvious reply to the question which Senator Morgan selects as the head of his article. Negro majorities should not rule; nor should any other race majorities rule. The majority of the whole people should rule, and must rule, if the republican form of government is to be preserved. If the in telligence and education of the South with the tradition of a century of mastery on their side cannot lead the negroes to vote with them in politics, regardless of the race question, it must be taken as an indication that they have given the negroes reason to doubt the desire of the whites to secure the rights of education and citizenship to the colored race. Ignorance does not set itself upas a class against intelligence and ability without provocation; and the fact is that the race question in the South has its source in the prime article of faith be queathed lrom slavery, that the negro mnst be kept in a servile position. A good many of the more intelligent and progressive whites are beginning to perceive that the way to solve -the race question is to give the colored people their richts and to showsuchgood faith securing their advance ment and education as to wipe out the colox line. Such evidences of progress are so en couraging as to do away with theectionaI issue; but the solntion of the question will never be aided by the prating of snch relics of barbarism as John T. Morgan, who con cludes his argument with the idea of claiming that the slave-holding South was more humane and civilized than the slave holding savages of Africa. HOW I0HO WILL IT LAST 1 Those laugh best who laugh last is a proverb of which the thoughtful reader must be irresistibly reminded by the last move in the thimble-rigging game through which the South Pcnn road receives its quietus. Seemingly now there is cause for hilarious jubilation among the magnates of "Wall street, and the representatives of the Penn sylvania Central's interests. The compet ing line that was promised to Pittsburg is to lie in the picturesque unfinished condition of "a lot of holesinthe ground;" theratesare to be restored all through the country by the trunk lines; the "innocent investors" in di luted stocks and shaven bonds of all sorts of roads from Kalamazoo to Florida are to be protected by the resumption of dividends from shippers' pockets; in short, there are beautiful prospects of harmony ahead and the skillful upsetting and evasion of the Consti ution of Pennsylvania is a small price to pay for it. But there are drawbacks. The Vander bilts are not going to hand over the "holes in the ground" without being recouped; and, in some form or other, it is the bene ficiary who will have to pay the piper. In this case the dance-music will cost at least four r five million dollars. But with business existing at Pittsburg and other points along the South Pcnn line to justify the building of a road, how long will com petition be kept out of the field? Even assuming that the people of "West and Southern Pennsylvania have neither the means, nor the business sagacity, nor the local pride to build a road that would help their interests, how long are the ambitions and enterprises of other railroads to be dor mant? The public have seen often hereto fore just such solemn compacts among the great railroad managers not to compete or to encourage competition. No one needs be told that they are easier broken than made. How long will it take, after the first rup ture, to find new plans afoot for another road through the district traversed by the South Penn? If the Pennsylvania Central is so sensitive to that sort of competition, who doubts that competition in the next "railroad war" will take just that form? The Disfatcu sees many things in the Pennsylvania Central to admire, and of which the public may well feel justly proud. The Eplcndid management of its routine business, its admirable equipment, its promptness in the field with all improve ments, these are features which worthily inspire admiration for its efficiency. But that it is has any good reason to hope that it will be always able to shut out competition where competition is constantly invited by an immense growth of business and of popu lation is impossible. Upon the length of time that will elapse before another project takes the place of the South Penn must de pend solely the question whether the "holes in the ground" shall not have proved a most expensive whistle. As for the exhilarating effects on the stocks and bonds of the railroads of the country it will last until the big "Wall street operators who are now "bulls" begin to think the time ripe for a "bear" campaign. As for "innocent and legitimate investors," it can readily be believed that nothing makes such investors as are of that class more apprehen sive about the continued value of their hold ings than these very same artificial stimu lants and restraints to the course of trade, which if employed to-day to raise prices are just as liable to be used to-morrow to de press them. These are the business aspects and proba bilities of the situation. It Pittsburg manu facturers and merchants who had been hoping so earnestly for this new feeder to their trade are now compelled to set down for the present in disappointment, their curiosity will at least be immensely whetted as to the duration of this latest great railway "combine." JUDGE GORDON ON PB0HD31TI0N. The views of such a distinguished citizen and jurist as ex-Chief Justice Gordon, of the Supreme Court of this State, upon any question would be worthy of a respectful hearing, but particularly so are those which The Dispatch's special commissioner lays before our readers this morning. Judge Gordon has always been a strong and con sistent friend of temperance, and his latest utterances only confirm his record on the burning question. The pith of his views on prohibit.on is that local option is preferable to the adoption of the Constitutional amend ment . He makes out a very good case in this direction, and one which will bear close ex amination. It is also interesting to note that Judge Gordon refuses to hold out the slightest gleam of hope to the liquor men of compensation for the destruction of their business, should prohibition be inaugurated. Judtre Gordon adds his belief to the many already expressed that prohibition will be victorious in June. DEMORALIZING RAIMENT. Concerning the rumor that some especial scheme of the President's would go through the Senate by virtue of the administration influence, it is mourned by Frank Hatton in the "Washington Pott that this exhibits the degeneracy of politics. That, as he as serts, "the Democratic President can get an administration measure through a Republi can Senate with more ease than through a Democratic House," indicates that some unique influences are at work. These influ ences, in the opinion of our journalistic Jeremiah, is indicated as follows: There was a time when majorities could not be broken In the Senate and House by either the distribution of patronage victuals or social favors. The spade-tail coat and the low-cut vest cut no figure in those days. The fact of political degeneracy is some thing that few impartial observers will deny; and many have sought to find the cause of it This suggestion is full of -pertinence. Does the spade-tail coat pre dispose the wearer to surrender his princi ples and the low-cut vest allow his convic tions to slide easily out of his breast? If that is the effect of this demoralizing raiment legislation should hasten to pre scribe for its statesmen the embracing, am plitude of the Quaker garb, accompanied by the still more rigid iufibulation ot the Dunkard brethren. Probably the spade-tail coat, as typical of the desire to be Jashionable rather than in dependent, has a good deal to do with the abandonment of principle in legislation. But could not Brother Hatton have noted the fact that in cases where that sinful gar ment produces this demoralizing effect, it is generally surmounted by the corporation collar? There is one section of the United Stales which is not suffering for lack of winter weather. It is Alaska. If worst comes to worst, possibly we can obtain a supply of ice from that quarter. All Europe has been waiting for many months in momentary expectation that Ger many would declare war against some na tion. The declaration has come at last, but instead of being against France, Russia or England, it is only a handful of half-civilized people living in the Pacific Ocean who are to be targets for German bullets. If Bismarck is spoiling for a fight, why doesn't he tackle somebody of his size and leave King Mataafa alone? Evejt if winter does not linger in the lap of spring later than usual there will still be time after the Fourth of March for office holders to experience many a cold day. Thebe have been many illustrations of political "ways that are dark and tricks that are vain" brought out in contests for seats in Congress, but Arkansas has achieved the unenviable distinction of being the first to stain the record of such a squabble with the contestant's blood. It is a crime scarcely less horrible than that perpetrated by Guitean, and both Congress and the State of Arkan sas should see that every means is used to capture and bring the assassin to justice. "Winter at daybreak, spring before noon, summer after noon and winter at nightfall, such was the beautiful assortment of seasons exemplified in yesterday's weather. It will be wonderful itrdeed if the New York street car strike ends without great bloodshed. "With strikers drinking freely and Police Inspector "Williams advising his men to use their pistols and shoot to kill, it is possible that shocking scenes in the streets will recall the days of the Parisian Commune. In the matter of keeping his own counsel Senator Allison seems to be the equal of either Benjamin Harrison or Matthew Stan ley Quay. As soon as the Cabinet and Samoan ques tions are settled perhaps some prophet may arise who will be able to tell us whether Dudley will be indicted, and also to name the next Senator from "West Virginia. Then the country will breathe easier. "WHE2T the groundhog comes out to-morrow he will probably be able to tell us whether we are to have any sleighing this winter. Nobody will mourn excessively to hear that those peculiar street railway bills died yesterday in the committee nursery at Har risburg. They were unhealthy from their birth, and several spots on them have never been properly accounted for. The National Furniture Manufacturers Association deserves a medal. It has de cided not to form a trust. It didn't take the legislators long to per ceive the true inwardness of that anti Chicago beef bill. Those who. favored the measure by talking too much, gave their cause away. It's a good thing for the gen eral public that they did so. PERSONAL FACTS AND FANCIES. Sir Whxtax Peauce left a fortune of SO.2jO.000; all to bis widow and son. Time has led Count von Moltke from the battlefield to the rose garden. He gives most of his time now to the cultivation of his favor ite flowers. S. W. Hawkixs, a Cherokee Indian, is In Washington. He Is a tall, copper-colored, in telligent brave, who spends much time at the Capital advocating the claims of the red man to fall citizenship. Gekerai, Boulaxger's complaints against his wife, In his petition for divorce, amount substantially to this: She has dared to have a mind of her own, and has refused to be the slave of his whims. Not much better than Milan Obrenovitch's indictment of his wife. Says some one who i&posted: "Jacob Kilrain calls John L. Sullivan a baDy; John L. Sullivan calls Jacob Kilrain a monkey; Charles Mitchell calls Jack Deinpsey a rat; Jack Dempsey calls Charles Mitchell a duffer; Charles Mitchell calls John L. Sullivan a loafer." And they never fight! The expulsion of French cooks from his household by the present Emperor of Germany recalls the fact that his Imperial grandfather lone employed M. Urbain Dubois as chef. When the Franco-Prussian war broke ont 31. Dubois resigned his post, but Emperor William would not permit him to depart When the fortunes of war had placed the chefs native village in the Emperor's power the latter issued an order thai the people of that vicinity should not be compelled to pay an Indemnity. HENNA GAINS ONE VOTE. The Returns on tho State Contest May bo Canvnrtscd To-Day. Special Telegram to The Dispatch. Charleston, January 8L The vote for United States Senator to-day showed but little change from the previous ballot Senator Van pelt voted for Kenna, but Delegates Dorr and Merrill still re ruse to do so. District Attorney Watts, a friend of Dorr, who has been attend ing court at Parkersburg, arrived here yester day, presumably to use his influence in Kenna' s behalf, but if so his mission was a failure. The Union Labor men to-day voted for J. W. Goshorn. Kenna received 41i votes and Goff 40; necessary to a choice, .41. Chairman Gos horn, of the Union Labor party's National committee, suggested to-day that there would probably be an election when the labor bills now pending hart bpen passed. When it was remarked that the Union Labor members could not elect Kenna as long as Dorr and Merrill continued to vote against him, he replied : "No, but if they vote with tho Republicans tbev can elect" The holders of tbe alleged West Virginia certificates submitted a proposition to tbe Sen ate to-day asking that the certificates be ex changed tor state Donas, ana a committee be appointed to inquire into the merits of the case." The matter was referred to the Finance Committee. Two Republican Senators have announced their intention to vote to-morrow for proceed ing to the House ot Delegates to open and re port the vote on State officers, and the tug of war on the Gubernatorial contest will probably begin then. SHE WAS REALLY DEAD. Funeral Services Suddenly Stopped Because of r Supposed Trance. Special Telegram to The Dispatch. Erie, January 3L Edinboro has been in a state of excitement over the supposed entranced condition of a younglady.Miss Julia Davis, who died there last Saturday night The arrange ments were made for tbe funeral and interment on Monday. The life-like appearance of tbe corpse was the subject of much comment and as the hour of he funeral approached there was a general protest against tbe Interment although the phjsicians all agreed that life was extinct and that death was the result of heart diS63SC After the funeral sermon had been preached the lace of the corpse was exposed, when there was so much ocular evidence of lite that it was decided to stop the obsequies, and tbe body was taken back to the young lady's boarding house. When signs of decomposition appeared after two more days' waiting the surgeons held a post mortem and ascertained for a certainty that the girl was dead. There should be Plenty of News. From the New York Herald.l When Mr. Blaine Js Secretary of State here, Herbert Bismarck Chancellor in Germany, Cnspi controlling Italy and Boulanger Minister of War m.France there should ibe plenty of. news for everybody whojlikes news. ; THE TOPICAL TALKER. The Sugary Origin of n Llltle Girl's Curls Not a Widow' Sllte. A smalt, girl of my acquaintance exhibits a peculiar phenomenon at certain times of the year. For instance, a regularly as the weather begins to grow cold her hair begins to curl, and about this month her curls have the stillness and general appearance of corkscrews. Bat as soon as the weather grows warm her locks lengthen out into straight tags, or resolve themselves into a pigtail or some otner juven ile mode of hair dressing. Yesterday I had alengthy tete-a-tete with this young lady, and when we had exhausted all the topics in sight, when she had told me why she liked blue-eyed dolls and bated those or optics brown, when I bad told her for the nine hun dredth and ninetieth time the story of Cinder ella, and sheliad confided In me the news that she had made up her mind to bury her maltese kitten as soon as it died under the apple tree in the yard; if ter all this discourse I ventured to voico my curiosity. "Louise," said I, '"why is your hair so curly in winter and so limp and straight in Bum mer!" "Oh, It's because of the files," said Louise without a moment's hesitation and with some show of contempt for a man who deigned to ask such easy questions. "What have the flies got to do with the curl!- ness of your hair?" I asked In astonishment "Why, silly, ma does up my hair with sugar ana water, and the sugar dries ana manes my hair curly. It's all right In the winter, but In the summer, myl bow the flies settled on me when ma curled my hair once last July, I was all files, I tell you." The cable cars continue to attract a certain percentage of countrymen and women, as well as city folks, who ride merely to taste a new sensation. Yesterday, as X was riding in from the East End, a middle-aged woman and a gawky boy, both beyond all doubt from some jural district sat opposite to me for a while. Every time the car stopped and the whirr and rattle of the cable became audible, that good woman clutched the boy, her son probably, by the arm, as if an eruption of diabolical powers were imminent By the way, the cable cars hero do not make snch an infernal noise as the same vehicles do In Chicago. It is impossible to conduct any sort of a conversation in a Chicago cable car, abso lutely impossible. That is not the case at all in tne cars here. We've all of us heard the natural gas com panies abused for greediness and guile and other high crimes and misdemeanors, but it may be a novelty to hear a little from the other side. A high officer in one of the great gas com panies said to me the other day: "The pnbllo has a fashion of pntting on an iujured air whenever natural gas contracts are mentioned, but while I willingly admit that the gas com panies want all they can get I've found that the customers want more. "Not long ago a woman with a sweet smile and a very respectable appearance the sweet smile, however, was the predominating feature T-came into our office and said she wanted gas put Into her house. She smiled "so much and was so winning In her ways that I suspected something crooked and took her case in hand mjself. She told me she was a widow with several children and that she lived in a small bouse. She wanted gas put into one small grate in the parlor. "I asked her if she didn't need the gas for cooking purposes, and she said no. She didn't do much cooking; a little bread and butter and a cup of tea were all she wanted. Over and over again she enlarged upon her lovo of a lit tle enp of tea. Finally I told her a man would call at her house and examine the grate. She went away without a smile upon her face. "When our man called at the widow's house he found that the little parlor grate was nothing less than a bit: kitchen range on which the smiling little woman intended to cook for her interesting family the year through, calculating of course to get the gas at a reduced rate from us on the plea of using It only during tho winter." TO ESCAPE A COUNT. Tho Heroine of the Nice Elopement Snld to Hnve Fled From n Titled Lover. Minneapolis, January 31. The description and name of the young American lady whose alleged elopement from Nice, France, with Dr. Sellon, formed the subject of a cable dispatch tally so exactly with those of a well-known young society lady in Minneapolis, at present traveling In Europe, that there are a very anxious father and several young society men In Minneapolis whose hearts are all a flutter ritli thfi news Miss Ida Wilcox, the charming and gifted young lady whose name is so unfortunately connected with the latest sensation In Minne apolis society, was last summer's reigning belle at Minnetonka, the petted favorite of fashion able society at tbe lake and the idol of society men and the gav life at the Lafayette. Mr. Carlos Wilcox, the father of the young ladv, read the story with anxious incredulity. "If' you bad "brought me a dispatch that mv daughter was dead," he exclaimed, "I should not have been more surprised. I cannot deny it for I have heard nothing. 1 beard from my wife and daughter January 5. They were well and happy then. This is strange; I cannot understand it I cannot believe that my daugh ter would do that She had everything she needed to make her happy." . A gentleman who Bad been in correspond ence with members of the family says be be lieves the true solution of the case is that Miss Wilcox's mother wanted her to marry a French Count Tbe match was distasteful to Miss Ida, and to escape importunities she placed herself under the protection of Dr. Sellon and went with him to join tbe doctors wile in Paris. 1 . PROHIBITION AND LICENSE. Programme of tho Temperance People in Erie nnd Vicinity. Special Telegram to The Dispatch. Erie, January 3L The Women's Christian Temperance Union will meet to-morrow and decide upon a line of action during the forth coming: license courts. It is conceded that there will be no general remonstrance in Erie city. The sentiment in Erie county, outside of Erie, is growing stronger daily in favor of pro hibition. In the cities of Erie and Corry the contrary is the case, for the citizens cenerally agree that prohibition will not prohibit in Erie city, and that it would be free whisky and no revenue to tbe city. PATING WELL FOR ITSELF. A Satisfactory Showing for Ibe Ofllce of the Commissioner of Patents. Washington, January 3L The annual re port of the Commissioner of Patents shows that tho total receipts of the patent office for the past year were $1,118,616; total expenditures, 974.108; net income of the office. 3114,416. The patent fund in the Treasury January 1, 1SS9, amounted to 3,401,898. The number of original patents issued during the year was 20,420, of which 1,630 were to citi zens of foreign countries; re-issues, 86; trade marks registered, 1,039, and labels registered, 21,892a During tbe year 11,687 patents expired. Brilliant Architectural Ideas. From the Korristown Herald.l A Boston paper suggests that steeples be con structed with hinges at the base, so that they can turn them down for painting. Another brilliant architectural Idea would be to have rope and tackle suspended over theaters, so that when a Are broke out during a performance the house could be lifted six or eight feet and per mit the audience to exit in all directions. Of course the floor should not be drawn up at the same time. THE LOCAL STAGE. Fresh from her third tour of Great Britain, witching Minnie Palmer comes to the Bijou next week. On Monday, Tuesday and Satur day evenings she will appear as Tina in "My Sweetheart" which part she has played over 2,000 times. During the balance of the week "My Brother's Sister" will be given. There will be but one matinee, and that on Saturday. The world famous pianist Moriz Rosenthal, will give a performance at Old City Hall on Monday and Tuesday evenings of next week. No mnsic lover can fail to miss this treat The sale of seats indicates that the house will be crowded on both nights. Evans & Hoey, the favorite comedians, will be at the Grand Opera House next week with that mirth-creating success "A Parlor Match." The sale of seats is now in progress. "De. Jekyli, and Mr. Hyde" will succeed "A Cold Day" at Harris' Theater. Dore David son is the star. The show at Harry Williams' this week is one of tbe best of the season. A strong attrac tion will follow it t TnE many curious and interesting objects at the Cash o are drawing tlio usual crowds. A DAI'S SOCIAL EVENTS. it Tbelr The Schubert Club Observe! Usual Anniversary The Schubert Club held its annual anniver sary commemorative of the birth of the com pose, after which the dab is named, last even ing at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Mackenzio Davis, Fenn avenue. Two years ago the programme was composed wholly of the selections of the patron master, and last year tho local talent were represented. Last evening the programme was changed again, this time representing the works of the masters in general. The productions of Liszt, Shumann, Mendelssohn and Donizotta being among the number. Among the performers were Miss Mamie Reuck and Miss Jennie Abbott on the violin. Misses Jackson. Armstrong and Oehmler on the piano. The following vocalists participated In the programme: Mrs. J. E. Porter, Miss Ada Scandrett and Mr. J as. Lambie. After the concert the guests prolonged the evening's enjoyment with a social hop. A SUEPBISE BANQUET. Irwin Friends Feast Sir. Scbellenberg at the Seventh Avenue. Some of the friends of F. Z. Schellenberg, late Superintendent of the Westmoreland Coal Company at Irwin, surprised him with a ban quet at the Seventh Avenue Hotel last night. There were S8 guests present, all from Irwin. Mr. Schellenberg lives in tne East End, and was taken completely off his guard. Mr. E. B. .aicuormicK presontea mm witn a una ciock as the gift of his friends. After the different courses had been served and everybody folt happy, the speech making began, and the ma jority of those present took a hand in the work. Sin. Henry Phlppi' Reception. One of the grandest receptions of the season was that which Mrs. Henry Phipps tendered In honor of her guest, Mrs. V. Mott Pierce, of Buffalo, at her residence on Ridge avenue, Al legheny, yesterday afternoon. The entire house was lighted with electric lights and pro fusely and beautifully decorated with flowers and evergreens. From 1 until 6 o'clock there was a throng of visitors, whoso enjoyment 61 the perfect surroundings and of the hospitalities ot the occasion made the re ception a most notable success. Mrs. Phipps was assisted in receiving by a number of ladies prominent in Allegheny society. The reception was elaborate In 11 of Its details and accessories. An Enjoyable Sewickley Entertainment. The Sewickley Athletic Club entertained a good audience at Choral Hall last evening with a musical and literary programme, consisting of tableaus, character sketches and musical selections. One of the attractions was the Spanish dance, the whole forming a very pleasant evening's entertainment Miss Lizzie Dickson had charge of the exer cises, which were participated! In wholly by Sewickley talent The proceeds will be used to liquidate the deot contracted by the Sewickley Valley Dramatic Club last season. To Replenish the Sunday School Treasury. Avery entertaining programme wasrendered at the Fifth United Presbyterian Cburcb, cor ner Washington street and Webster avenue, last evening, it being the first of two entertain ments given to replenish the Sunday school treasury. The numbers consisted of piano and vocal solos, declamations, a mandolin and piano trio, and closed with very laughable pantomime. An Enjoynblo Enat End Concert A very fine musical programme, under the direction of Prof. Simeon Bissell, was listened to by a large audience at the Sixth United Presbyterian Church, comer Collins avenue and Station street Hast End, last evening. After the rendition of the programme the project of a new building for the East End Younsr Men's Christian Association was dis cussed. An Allegheny Reception. Mrs. James Reed, Jr., of West End avenue, Allegheny, gave a reception last evening in honor of her sister, Mbs Mattie Beatty, of Freeport. The hostess as assisted by Mrs. Frederick Rook, Mrs.Garrett Crossnan and the Misses Reed. Two More Made Hnppy. Miss MaryL. Evans was married last even ing to George W. Clay, the East End con tractor, at her home on Forty-tlfth street Rev. W. H. Pearce performed tba ceremony. Tbe couple will spend their honeymoon in tho South. A Soclnl Party. About IS members of Post 88, G. A. It, of Al legheny, with their wives, went to Mansfield last night to spend the evening socially as the guests of T. D. Turney, Yardmaster of the Panhandle at that place. Christy's Society Class Annual. The Society Class of Christy's Dancing Academy gave their annual reception at the academy hall on Fenn avenue last evening, the Mozart Orchestra furnishing the music The Imperial Club Reception. The sixth of the series of receptions given by the Imperial Club last evening at New Im perial Hall was well attended, the Mozarts fur nishing the music NEW TORE TROUBLES HARRISON. lie Doesn't See How the Empire State Can Get Into tbe Cabinet. CnicAQO, January 31. General Washburne, the new Senator-elect from Minnesota, arrived in the city this morning on his way to New York. He may visit Washington before he re turns, but be does not go there permanently until March. Senator Washburne declares the report of his serious illness greatly exagger ated. He merely suffered from a bad cold, which, with an ulcerated tooth, gave him con siderable annoyance. He has been ordered by bis physicians to take a rest and is now trying to do so. Talking of politics. Senator washburne said: "I don't see how it is possible for General Har rison to construct a Cabinet without Blaine. In mv oninion there Is every reason whv he should be called to the chief place, and 1 believe he will. If Senator Allison goes into the Cabinet I am just as confident that he will only do so under pressure, tor his long career in the Senate has brought him all the political fame to which bo could aspire, asido from the Presi dency, and to leave the Senate for the Cabinet would certainly be resigning a thing he can have while he wishes it for something that at most will not last over four years. In my talk with General Harrison a month ago, from what he said I know he wants Allison to accept the Treasury portfolio, and I believe he will even push it npon him. As to the other Cabinet places, 1 should not be surprised if Wanamaker was asked to become Postmaster General. I have, reason to believe California would be given tbe Secretaryship of the Interior. In that case I would not be surprised if Swift would be chosen. As to tbe other positions, 1 have only the vaguest notions." "Do you think General Harrison is post poning too lonz the naming of the Cabinet slate?" tbe Senator was asked. I don't," was the reply. "General Harrison Is profiting by Garfield's experience. He does not propose to draw to himself the storm of ob jection and dissatisfaction throughtvhich Gar field struggled upon tbe eve of tits inaugura tion. Thirty days ago the new President as sured me be had not made a Cabinet choice, and I am not certain he has yet settled tho matter. Of one thing I am assured, it will be of able men. General Harrison further said to me that he did not see how ho could take a member of his Cabinet from New York, and when I saw him this matter was giving him considerable trouble." THE PRESIDENTS AT WORK. Every Effort Being Made to Have tbo Railroad Aerccnicnt Signed. CHICAGO, January SL President Hughitt, of the Chicago and Northwestern; President Cable, of Rock Island, and President Strong of the Atchison, Topeka ahd Santa Fe, consti tuting the committee appointed to secure sig natures to tbe presidents' agreement, held a brief conference at the office of tbe Chairman, Mr. Hughitt to-day, and mapped out the work before them. The signatures of all tbe principal Chicago lines, except the Illinois Cen tral, were obtained before the day was over, and President Strong left to-night for St Louis and Kansas City to secure those of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, and tho Kansas, Fort Scott and Gulf roads, about which there is still some uncertainty. The position of the Illinois Central andthat of the Chicago, Burlington and Northern re mains unchanged, tho former contending that the agreements already In effect are sufficient and satisfactory, and tbe latter holding out be cause its competitors for seaboard traffic via Mackinaw City are not admitted to member ship in the association. Powerful influences are at work to bring both these roads into line and with a fair prospect of success. Yalentlnes for Hooilers. From the Chicago News. 3 Tbe federal grand jury at Indianapolis Is pre paring to send valentines to a large number of prominent citizens of the State. It will employ deputy marshals as special messengers. OHIO POLITICS. The Democrats Preparing to Make n Strong Fight to Cnplure the Iienlilatnre and the Governorship Fornker Willing to Accept a Third Term Murot Halstend's Ambition. isriciAt. telioham to the dispatch.: COLUMBUS, January 31. Anything In the way of radical legislation at the present session of the General Assembly appears to be ont of tbe question, in view of tbe fact that there are so many interests to serve In the coming cam paign, when a Governor and Legislature are to be selected. Even what would be practical legislation Is being passed by for fear there may.be some mistake made which will have Its influence in the campaign. It is altogether likely that a Senator will depend upon the se lection of the Legislature, and there are indi cations on every band that tbo Democrats of Ohio are going to make a big fight for the game in signt J. B. Townsend, Chairman of the Democratic Committee, is making his headquarters in Columbus, and is keeping the Democrats stirred up by an occasional circular reminding them of the importance of organization at all times. Congressman James E. Campbell is' conceded to be in tbe direct line of nomination by the Democrats for the Governorship. A cancus of the Democratic members of tho Leg islature will be held early in February to dis cuss the political situation and harmonize the forces. A lormal address will be delivered by ex-Congressman Converse, who, daring the last campaign, was lukewarm and predicted early that Cleveland would be defeated on bis free trade fallacy. Mr. Converse is not in good odor with the rank and file, but his predictions have been so thorongbly supported by results that there is an inclination to give him another trial, thoueh bis old enemies and those icalous of ins abilities will make an effort to keep him in the rear. On the Republicau side there is just now a great amount of inside work being done. The recent announcement that Hon. A. L. Conger, of Akron, would not consent to be a candidate for Guvernor. and tho moro recent understand ing that General Asa S. Bushncll, of Spring field, will not enter tho race, has left tho "field open, and many able suggestions are being made as to available timber. To-day Congress man II. L. More, of Hamilton, was here, and from the manner in which ho was received by all clashes of Republicans, there was some force given to the ruimir that everybody was uniting upon him for Governor. The lriend3 of Governor Foraker talk on the quiet that a third term would not be objectionable, and the Governor has not said that he would not ac cept it if offered the nomination. The political situation iu Ohio Is in a great measure dependent upon the makeup of Gen eral Harrison's Cabinet. This has delayed all combinations on the possibility that Foraker might be called into the Cabinet Notonlythe Governor, but a number of other prominent politicans in the State, are getting ready to place the responlbility for Ohio being ignored in the makenp of the Cabinet There has been a great deal of work done, principally, it would seem, against there being any selection made from this State, and it looks as If that would be tbe situation. An instance is given In the visit of Mr. Haistead, of the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette, to Indianapolis tbe other day. Tbe Indianapolis corresDnnoent of his naner men tioned incidentally that Mr. Haistead would not be averse to the English mission, and he was also reported as suggesting to General Harrison that Ohio would be much better off should he pass the State by in the makeup of bis official family. A BROAD BILL TO BE FRAMED. Resnlt of tbe Republican Senatorial Caucus on Territories. J Washington, January 31. The Republican Senators to-day in caucus resumed the consid eration of Territorial matters at the point where the discussion ended yesterday. To-day's caucus was productive of results in the adop tion of tbe programme that was outlined yes terday, namely, a resolntion to insist upon the admission as States of North and South Dakota, Montana and Washington. While it was regarded as expedient that Constitutional conventions should be called in the two'Dakotas to pass npon the new Constitutions, the Re publican Senators are resolved that another vote shall not be required npon the question of division. There was a lack of unanimity, however, in regard to New Mexico, which tbe House bill proposes td admit on like terms with the other Territories; and Senators were notwantlnc in sunport of the" adoption of a broad, non-partisan policy which would include that Terri tory in the benefits to be accorded Its sisters. It was nrged, on the other hand (and the argu ment appeared to meet with the approval of a majority of the Senators present), that, owing to peculiarities of the people of rew Mexico, the Territory was not yet fitted for admission. The statements contained in the petition from Albuquerque against admission, recently pre sented to Congress, were quoted with effect in this connection. The final decision of the caucus was that the Committee on Territories should frame a sub stitute for the House bill that should be so broad in policy and fair in terms that its rejec tion by tbe House would saddle that body with an unpleasant responsibilitv to the people of the West When this bill Is made up it will be flushed through the Senate with expedition, as t is the desire to reach the conference stage, at least this session. K0 SEEDS FOR CONGRESSMEN If the Agricultural Appropriation Bill Passes as Now Proposed. Washington, January 31. The Agricul tural appropriation bill, completed to-day by the House Committee on Agriculture, proposes an appropriation of $l,636,010,as compared with estimates of $1,680,160, and an appropriation for tbe present year of $1,715,826. The appropriation of $100,000 made in last year's bill to enable tbe Commisslonerof Agriculture to continue experi ments in developing sorghum cane is omitted in the present bill. The regular appropriation of $100,000 for tho purchase and distribution of seeds is made, but a provision is inserted requiring that the Com missioner of Agriculture shall supply the seeds directly to the several State agricultural ex perimental stations for distribution by them. This provision will deprive Senators and Repre sentatives In Congress of their usual quota of seeds. A CEASELESS TIGIL. An Aged Couple Take Turns In Watching Their Hoarded Wealth. Special Teleeram to The Dispatch. Wilijajipokt, January 31. It has come to light that Mrs. Gabriel Rothschild, an aged Hebrew woman who died a few days ago, left a large fortune, estimated at $60,000. The woman and her husband lived in abject pov erty and were supposed to be very poor. The money was kept concealed in a bedtick and the woman carried large sums sewed no in ber clothing. Tbe husband is now preparing to go to Ger many. It is said that for many years the hus band and. wife have not slept at the same time, bnt that they kept a ceaseless vigil over the wealth at all times. Tbe Boy and tbe Cigarette. From the New York World. A bill has been introduced in the Senate at Albany providing that If a boy under 16 years of ago is found carrying a lighted cigarette in the street he shall be arrested. But it's the boy who brings the lighted cigarette into house or office who deserves harsh punishment Our Poor Senators. From the Chicago News. The studied effort which is being made to prove that most of tbe members of the United States Senate are poor men and not million aires, as is commonly reported, is likely to re sult in a popular subscription being started for their benefit TWO VALENTINES. Love, at your door young Cupid stands And knocks for you to come: Tho frost Is in bis feet and hands, His lips with cold are numb. Grant him admittance, sweetheart mine, And by your cheering Are Bis lips shall loosen as with wine And speak fcrth my desire. He left me not an hour ago, And when the rascal went Barefooted out into tbe snow I asked him whither bent Quoth he: 'To her whose face Is like A garden full or flowers, To her whose smiles like sunlight strike Across the winter hours." No more he said, nor need of more Had 1 to know. I knew His path lay straight unto your door "that face belongs to you. Godipeed," 1 cried, "ind give her toil When you her face shall see;" And on his lips I set a kiss, ' A Valentine from me I . -Frank Dempfter Slitrman, intht Ctntury.- MATTERS m THE METROPOLIS. Two Boys Have Tbelr Mother'a Life. fUtv" YORK BDKXAU SPICIALS.1 New Yohk, January 3L Mrs. Helen Fair child and ber two boys, who occupied the sec ond story of a Harlem flat, awoke early this morning to find the flat blow them full of fire and smoke. Tbe stairway bad already been burnt away. The biys urged their mother to jump from the window, but sho refused. Tbey ran a noose in a clothesline, placed it around ber waist lifted her to the window sill, and gave her a shove. Sirs. Fairchlld weighs 200 pounds, and she dropped with a jerk that bronght her sons at the other end of the clothesline half way over the window sill, and made-the spectators below hpwl apprehensive ly. The boy.' regained their grip, however, and bracing their leet against the window case ment lowered their mother slowly to tho cround. Young Sturgis Fairchild let down his brother in the same way. He then made the clothesline fast to the bedstead and came down hand over hand. The hands of both boys were badlv lacerated, and Mrs. Fairchlld was sore around the waist where the noose squeezed ber; otherwise the family was uninjured. Per sons living in the third and fourth floor flats escaped hi their nlghtclotbes to the roofs of adjoining houses. Loss, 15,0G0. Two Clubmen nt Sord Points. Joseph LiwTence and R. Penn Smith, mem bers of the Staten Island Athletic Club, are watching for achance to thrash each other. Mr. Lawrence talked a quarter of a column to fonr different newspapers this afternoon to the effect that though six inches shorter than Mr. Smith, he was ready to "do bim up" at a min ute's notice. The trouble arose from the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence gave their coach man a glass ot wine at the Athletic Club din ner, on Monday night. Mr. Smith, who had been crowded away from the dinner table In the rush, thought the club was going to tbe mischief when a coachman was wined before a clubman had dined, and he said It right before everybody. Mr. Lawrence retorted In kind, ana a ngnt was imminent Some friends inter fered and hustled Mr. Smith In one direction, while Mr. Lawrence went off with his wife in another. But, as Socrates remarked, the end is not yet Trying to Decipher a Cipher. The officials of the Electric Sugar Refining Company are trying to find some one who can read Mrs. Friend's alleged cipher receipt for refining raw sugar. When President Cot tenll first attached the receipt he thought he had something that would boost Electric sugar stock. He and bis fellow officials have puzzled over the Intricate cipher since they first got it but not a word have they been able to read. One or two of them think the cipher is a lot ot unmeaning bosh written by Friend to fool the stockholders. Mrs. Friend has asked tbe Su preme Conrt of Michigan to give her back her husband's unintelligible cipher. Money Must be Raised at Once. Judge Barrett to-day appointed Henry Win throp Grey receiver for the North River Sugar Refining Company against which he recently gave his decision in the famous Sugar Trust case. Mr. Grey is required to lurnish bonds for 8100,000. He is directed to convert all the company's property into money, which is to be immediately deposited with the United States Trust Company, and held until tho further order of the Court Chinese Corpses Wniting a Claimant. Three Chinamen were killed In the wTeck on the New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio Rail way, near Tallmadge. 0 on January 11 This line is managed by tbe Erie Railroad. Tho bodies of these Chinamen were shipped to Jer sey City, and arrived there on Tuesday last Two of the bodies were In one pine box, and tbe third in another box. The bodies were ad dressed to the "Superintendent of Evergreen Cemetery. Brooklyn." Eighteen days have passed since the men were killed. Their bodies still lie on the depot platform in Jersey City. Tammany Once More Hopeful. Mayor Grant has made Tammany happy by asKing the present members of tbe Civil Service Board to resign. This board, by means of competitive examinations, controls largely all city offices which are not elective. It has long consisted of such men as Everett P. Wheeler, E. L. Godkln, and other prominent Mugwumps. Mayor Grant told Godkin &. Co. that they mnst make way for men more in sympathy with the new city administration. Tanimanyites think that the sympathy of Mr. Grant's new board will materialize in the form of fat municipal plums for Tammany Hall. MONEY NEEDED FOR MAILS. An Appropriation of Nearly $6,000,000 More Than Last Year' Aiked For. Washington, January 3L The postoffice appropriation bill, as completed by the House Committee on Postoffices and Post Roads, pro poses a total appropriation of $66,695,414. This total is $216,630 less than the estimates, and $5,735,210 more than the appropriation for the current year. Tbe most Interesting feature of tbe bill is the provision for a classification of salaries of postoffice clerks. The committee has adopted what is known as "Plan 11." sub mitted by tbe Postmaster General (which has already been published), with a significant omission of the last provision that promotions shall be made only after competitive examina tion, conducted by examiners appointed by the Postmaster in the case of first class offices, or after a probationary service of six months. Tbe committee has decided not to undertake any legislation during this Congress in tbe di rection of a reduction of the rates of compen sation for railway mall carriage. Something New for Cbicnjio. From the New York Snn.J The City Council of Chicago has laid in the dust another plan for an elevated road. Mean while the Impatience of the Garden City to get an elevated road is fast nearing frenzy. She wants onft as another nvirlpnon nf hr mptrn. 'politan character. If she could build it as high as tho Eiffel tower ber cup would be full to overflowing. We suggest to her as a scheme of transportation worthy of her full-bosomed am bition an elevated canal constructed on arches and navigable by swift steamships of light draught She deservestobave something new, being herself perennially new, although not, of course, too new. It U Well to Keep It In ilfind. From the New York Tribune. There are no ronnds of drinks in the ladder of success. SCIENTIFIC SCKAPS. The New England Meteorological Society proposes a loan exhibition of meteorological apparatus, photographs, etc-, in connection with its fourteenth regular meeting in Boston. The danger from gases only jn connection with house drainage are said to be compara tively easy to avoid, the main consideration being a continuous thorough ventilation of the pipes. To the changed condition of a vessel's mag netism by induction during a lengthy voyage may be attributed the loss of more vessels than Is usually thought to be the caso among mari time men. Thebe are propositions in France to con struct canals from Bordeaux to the seaboard of the Atlantfo and from Narbourne to the Mediterranean; total length, 330 miles; cost, $130,000,000. Dr. Rutgers, of England, after an extended series of dietetic experiments, declares that a vegetable diet can easily be lived on, and tbat vegetable albumen is, weight for weight, equal to animal albumen. IN the new process of metal-plating the in ventor does away with batteries and dynamos and depends unon a double electrical composi tion. In copper-plating cast iron an alkaline bath is used in place of an acidulated one. One of the chief features of the use of paper fabric for building purposes is the ease with which it can be worked into sheets of any re quired width or thickness that will not be af fected by changes of temperature or humidity. At a recent meeting of tbe Academy of Sci ences the Prince of Monaco read a paper dem onstrating tbe possibility of shipwrecked peo ple, who have taken to the boats and are with out provisions, being able to sustain life with what they could catch In a dragnet trailing overboard over night In the new'methoftfor obtaining gas for bal loons the hydrogen is gotten by beating slaked lime and powdered zinc, to be inclosed in the cartridges for safe transportation--by heating this cartridge in an apparatus provided for the purpose, hydrogen gas is obtained in sufficient quantltiesjto inflate' an ordinary military bal loon In three hours.. CUEI0DS CONDENSATIONS. There are 26 State Legislatures now is session. A, Chicago man claims to be. living on eight cents a week. It is proposed to attempt the dissipation of fog by electrical discharges. The population of Afric is 18 to the square mile; in Europe there are 83 to thosame space. The Lord Mayor 'of London received 30,000 letters last year. It is not stated how many he wrote. If the water of the ocean were to snd Jen,,T ' cease being compressible its mean depth would bo increased by 116 feet. There are over 20,000 young women in Great Britain studying music with the Idea ot some day blossomine into stars. Tbe heaviest leather belt ever put in an establishment is 60 inches wide and 110 feet long and weighs 1,600 pounds. It will drive LOCO horse power machinery. The rarest collection of old watches in this country, if not in the world is owned by Giovanni P. MorosinI, at Inrtngton, on tbe Hudson. He has from 600 to 1,000, worth about $30,000. A St. Louis coal company recently mined at Danville, IIL, a lump of coal that welshed 37.000 pounds. It was shinned to Chicago, and tbe timbers in the mine had to be taken down for its removal. For the supper to be served at the inau guration ball In Washington there will be pro vided 20.000 raw oysters, 20,000 stewed oysters, 8.000 chicken croquettes, 6,000sweetbread pates, 300 gallons of terrapln.ind other articles of food in proportion. -" Queen Victoria has decided to bequeath the whole of the jubilee gifts to the nation, from which the presents originally came. Tbe treasures, numbering over a thousand articles, have been collected at Windsor, and npon Her Majesty's death will be transferred to a pnblio Institution probably the South Kensington Museum to be open for all time to gratuitous Inspection. M. Maspero, the Egyptologist, recently brought back from Egypt a royal mummy. The case had to be opened at Marseilles by the cus tom house officer. Being told it contained Pharaoh the officer looked np "Pharaoh" in the tariff, but as it was not to be found he de cided that Pharaohs, being an article of which there was no mention, should be taxed accord ing to tbe highest scale. 8o M. Maspero was made to pay as for dried fish. Mr. J. D. Beats, of Lewiston, Me.,went the other morning to clear out a boiling spring in his pasture. He was greatly surprised dur ing tbe work to see a snake a foot and a half in length come forth and go wiggling away over the snow. Hardly had the snake disappeared, before out jumped a large frog. The next morning he went to the spring again, and lot two frogs came out of the recesses of the well. They thought" says Mr. Beals. "that summer had really come, and expected on coming to the surface to And tbe green grass and everything eorrpflnnTirllno- rf A Bangor, Me., man is credited with, reuniting a severed pair of lovers in a unique way. One day while traveling he bought a paper-covered book and found in it alettertbat hd been accidentally bound in the leaves. The letter proved to be from a voung lady In Chlcaeotoayonngman in Lewisburg, Pa. It was sent to its destination, having been several months on the way. The Lewisburg young man. who bad supposed the young lady had wearied of him and his letters, promptly an swered It, and the rest of tbe stonf goes on in the regular paper-covered novel way. A venerable, white-haired clergyman of Philadelphia has recently been much gratified at receiving several requests from ladles for a lock of his hair. But the other day his wife received a note that put a different light on the subject It ran as follows: "My Dear Mrs. X.: Won't you please ask" your good husband to send me just a little lock of his hair. We have all been taking lessons in making hair flowers. So many of tbe other girls asked him and he sent It to them, but I thonght I would rather ask you to get it for me. Now, won't you, S lease do this for me. it is so bard to get white air for lilies of the valley." It cost an Auburn trackman nearly $5C to move a certain family a few years ago and 1" "ory 0I " a 3" comln? "- A. woman ,,""" ""T 'v. "ft?? ,mI 1,'fnK u5 mth her. hnsband.and had decided to leave him, came to tbe truckman and en gaged his services In the removal of ber house hold belongings. The truckman sent along one of bis men to do tbe work. He did It without asking any questl-ns, but later was sued for do ing so, it being alleged that he bad knowledge of the woman's project and was helning tho thing along. Tbe case went Into tbe courts and an execution was issued against him. and, as said before, it cost bim in the end about $50. and furtheimore he didn't get his pay lrom the woman for moving the furniture. The rat catching sqnad in the home of Mrs. Mulholland, In East Orange, N. J was Increased by five kittens the other day. The new comers were given one to each of Mrs. M.'s children, and provided by their fond owners with a basket bed. Early one momlnj recently, as Mrs. Mulholland was about leav ing the room In which the kittens were, she beard a noise, and looking around saw a huge torn cat enter by the open window. As she watched him he walked deliberately to the basket and after glaring at tbe kittens for a, few seconds, he picked them up separately by the necks, snapped their vertebra like pipe stems, and then laid tbe unfortunate cats dead upon tbe floor. Mrs. Mulholland says that the whole murderous transaction did not occupy moro than ten seconds, and at the close the intruder presented so fierce a front to her thac she reconsidered her intention of attacking" him with her broom. The mother cat, which was near by, seemed to be paralyzed with fear, and the assassin leaped out of the window and disappeared. CLIPPED BITS OF WIT. "Cicely, dear, who was the best man at your wedding?" "Vhy, my husband, of course." Time. In From the Country. She Is that a voluntary that the organist Is playing now? He No. I believe he Is paid for It.-Burlington. Free Prtsr. Bye, Baby Bunting, Bnnnie went a hunting And got a little verdict in That swallows much of Baby's tin. Mailawl Expreti. Eeadyfor Business Colored Strange-- Yon doan know me, I reckon? Pawnbroker No. "1's one ob de Presidents of Aaytl. an' I'd Ilka ter pawn that country fer enough ter buy a square, meal. ' '-PMladetptiia Becord. A Disastrous Contribution. Agent (to soar-faced lady with capital) Madam. I am so liciting funds to start a benevolent enterprise for the poor whites of the South, and I thought- Sour-faced lady I can't give you money, sir. I have been fooled too'often. All I can do Is to lend my countenance to the scheme. Agent (sadly) That wonld simply ruin It, ma'am. Burlington Fret Prut. Laying Down the Law. Bridget The nurse says, mum, that yez worrln the kitchen while I worr ont Mistress (tlmidly)-Yes, Brldiet Bridget-Yls-lndade, mum. an' whatwudye, think if I wlnt to your boodwsr when ye worr ont? Mistress (very timidly) I should think It strange, Bridget. Bridget (modifying a little as she shatters s. piece of Sevres on the floor) Very well, mum, but hereafter If ye will stick to your own part of the) ' house Ol'll stick to mine. The Epoch. sidewalk bzximbrancxs. "Who are they who, nothing daunting, . Never speaking, never jaunting. In our eyes their clothing flaunting? , They are dummies, helDlesa dummies, And their legs are tadly wanting. Who are they each corner haunting, One another mildly taunting, ". Of their silly actions vaunting, J Of their clothing vainly vanntlng? X They are dndles, helpless dndles, Jf And tbelr heads are sadly wanting. -Yew Tor Evening Sun. CHOICE ASS. A young gentleman wanted for position in office. DntieslIgbtandealaryS7aweek. Slnrt' be able to lend employer S1O.00O without Interest The head porter of one of the principal hotels of. this city desiring to take his family for a cruise la the Mediterranean, would like to purchase a first class steam yacht Price mult not go beyond quarter of a million. Good feeders wanted. No free lunch patrons' need apply. A handsome mustache for sale, cheap. Reason,' for selling, owner going on stage. Wanted, a ruler. One that won't want to boss as well as rule. A few chasers wanted. Must not be paper chas ers. Wanted, a practical farmer. One accustomed to country life preferred. An experienced dairyman required who thor-i oughly understands manufacture or pure nutter auumiiK. iuus t UTG in city. -.YW Ion Swttng Suk ?