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ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1818.
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PITTSBURG, SUNDAY, FER 3, 18S9.
THBJLLIltG BASTILE EENSATIOHS.
Very dramatic are the charges brought by
inmates of the "Western Penitentiary, which
form the basis for the inquiry which was
afoot at that institution last week. The
narratives of McPhillamy and other con
victs of their negotiation with officials for
the means of escape, the accounts of bribery,
and the intimations of torture, are all of a
sort which, considering the exclusive and
gloomy character of the Riverside colony,
are as thrilling in their small way as tales
of the old bastile or of the Tower of London.
Of course it is proper that such charges
should be fully and thoroughly inquired
into. It would be grossly improper if the
prison inspectors do not promptly investi
gate; and it is needless to say that, if estab
lished, the offending officials should be re
moved and punished. But before accepting
the evidence of the complaining prisoners
the public will want very clear corrobora
tion. In enforcing proper discipline officials
may often incur the bitter enmity of con
victs. Not much weight is usually attached
to testimony that is suspected of being thus
colored. Bat the very fact that the com
plaints of convicts are liable to this sort of
discount has, on the other hand, led in
other persons to the prosecution of abuses
with impunity. It is easy to carry the dis
trust too far.
Up to the present the administration of
the "Western Penitentiary has stood well so
far as the public have known of it. It is
due to the officials, as well as to this State,
to know whether the charges which are now
made are true or false.
THE VALUE OF LIFE.
A boiler explosion on the Allegheny
river destroyed two boats, yesterday, and
with them two lives. The boats were not
worth much; and for that matter the esti
mate of the Pennsylvania law and the peo
ple who operate explosive boilers does not
place the value of the lives any higher.
The straight assessment is made on the
whole business, of $5,000 each. This is prob
ably full value for the boats, but we sub
mit that a human life is worth rather more
than that. It may not do any good to raise
the civil valuation of human life; but that
inestimable gift of the Creator should be
worth enough to send men to the peniten
tiary who are guilty of the carelessness
whiou results in destroying life. "When
people get ready to place that value on
others' lives as well as their own, the
periodical killings will diminish in fre
quency. 3J0TTHEIB UNPAID AGENT.
By the Court decision yesterday the
Schenley and the Denny estate, are discour
aged in their policy of leasing rather than
selling, to the extent that they will here
after have to pay taxes on the improvements
made by their tenants. This simply means
that the city assessors can tax these big es
tates, just as they always tax lesser ones,
for what they find upon their ground. They
will not go to the trouble of presuming or
inquiring whether there are contracts be
tween the Schenleys and with other parties
whereby those other parties foot the bill.
Nor does it seem reasonable that the city
should be required to take note of such pri
vate contracts. It is particularly not desir
able that extraordinary steps should be
taken to facilitate a policy which has kept
large tracts of ground in Pittsburg in a
very backward state.
It is not, however, likely that either the
Schenley or Denny estates will sustain any
actual loss by the new procedure of having
them pay their own full taxes. "Where they
have stipulations in their leases that the
tenants should pay, they will doubtless
have recourse on the tenants; and, in new
leases, they will probably adopt the expe
dient of counting in a sort of general aver
age of prospective taxes when fixing the
The practical working of the decision
merely is that the city besides giving the
big estates the "unearned increment" does
not additionally propose to continue the ex
pense and bother ot acting as their special
agent and intermediary to enforce the pe
culiar terms of their leases.
THE RAILWAY VIEW.
The declaration of Mr. C. C. "Waite in
this city yesterday that the building of
railways should be restricted by law is the
legitimate conclusion oT the railway theories
that competition has got to be restrained in
the interest of the inflated capital of the ex
isting lines, and that legislation must shape
itself especially for the interest of the rail
way class, without regard to the interests of
the people at large. The irreverent out
sider may ask why the same logic should
not prevent the building of new rolling
mills where their competition would be in
convenient to the existing ones. The opera
tion of new blast furnaces is now worrying
the pig iron interests ot this section to no
slight degree: why does not Mr. "Waite pro
pose that no more blast furnaces shall be
put up? The one reliable test as to whether
new enterprises will pay or not is that fur
nished by demand under free and honest
competition. This applies to all classes of
enterprise; but the declaration of the rail
way interest that people who wish to de
velop their own section, by building new
railways, must not be permitted to do so,
because it will squeeze the water out of
older railway stocks, is a remarkable exhi
bition of the stereotyped railroad expression
a to what the public can do.
WHAT IT HAS C0HE TO.
A significant indication of the value which
is attached to the enactments of the inter-
State commerce act is furnished by the state
ment that Commissioner Walker is to be the
manager of what is called the Inter-State
Commerce Railway Association, at a salary
some three times the very liberal sum which
he now draws from the United States. This
organization professes to be for the purpose
of enforcing the inter-State commerce law
which establishes the inference that the
commission does not enforce it. Let us see
how the railway organization proposes to
supply the lack.
The fifth section of the law prohibits the
pooling or division of railway traffic or its
proceeds, "or any portion thereof." The
purpose of the enactment is well known to
every man who has given the slightest at
tention to railway regulation. The object
was to prevent combinations to raise rates
above the level which would be fixed by
competition. All the railwayorganizations
since the law was passed have had for their
end that which the law was intended to pre
vent; but as most, if not all of them, ab
stained from the pooling device, they could
be tolerated, although the marked friend
ship of the commissioners for them was
unique. "What is the status of this organi
zation? It provides a penalty of $100 for
each violation of the agreement, and in ad
dition the company violating it is to forfeit
the revenue secured by such violation.
This revenue is forfeited to the association,
and thus constitutes a distinct violation of
the letter of the fifth section, just as the
whole purpose of the association is to nullify
It is only two years since the act was
passed. That lapse of time was all that was
required to bring its provisions to that con
dition of desuetude necessaary to let a Com
missioner step from that body to a higher
salaried position established by the railroads
for the object of violating the law.
TBACTIOH E0AD DANGERS.
The accident on the Citizens' Traction
road yesterdav, emphasizes the imperative
necessity that the traction companies should
adopt the utmost precautions in running
their cars through the crowded portions of
the streets, and at points where their ap
proach cannot be readily perceived. In this
case, it is tolerably clear that an aged man
was run over, with injuries that are likely
to prove fatal, partly because the gong on
the car was not sounded, and more than
that because the cars come round a corner
where pedestrians are likely not to see them
when other cars are going down, at a higher
rate of speed than is safe.
The Fifth avenue line has, so far, been
happily exempt from fatal or serious acci
dents; but enough has occurred there to
show the necessity of strict instructions to
the employes to observe the utmost care
against any possibility of subjecting passen
gers or pedestrians to danger. On the Citi
zens' line the necessity has been shown to
be more imperative, by the serious occur
ence of yesterday and by others less vital
but still of sufficient gravity to call for
prompt measures. It is a primary public
duty to keep our streets safe for the weak
and infirm, and no privileges granted to
corporations can be permitted to destroy
The civil penalties, in the shape of dam
ages, which cannot fail to follow such acci
dents, ought to be enough to produce ex
treme caution on the part of the traction
companies and their employes. The indi
cations that they do not, however, may make
it necessary for the people to resort to the
THE ABSENT C0EE STEIKE.
So far, at least, the coke strike does not
appear to be a general thing. The advices
from Connellsville are to the effect that only
a small numberof the workmen have struck,
and from one source among the workers it
is alleged that the majority are satisfied
with their present wages.
This is probably the sensible view to take
of the matter, especially at this season of
the year when any deprivation of the com
forts of life, such as is sure to result from a
strike, is severely felt Thr Dispatch does
not believe that the resort to a strike affords
much prospect of a correct settlement of any
disputed points. It is industrial warfare,
and like warfare should only be resorted to
for the preservation of liberties or honor,
and then only all when other means have
Nevertheless, it is worth while to remark
that the future probability of strikes would
be very much allayed by the establishment
of an equitable scale based on the actual
selling price of coal.
A MONOPOLY MEASTJEE.
The bill prohibiting parallel lines within
a thousand feet of the existing traction
companies was a sufficiently remarkable
specimen of legislation for the benefit of
monopolies introduced in the present Legis
lature. But the bill brought in day before
yesterday, giving gas or electric companies
a monopoly where they are laid "until they
have paid eight per cent dividends for eight
years," caps the climax. It is hard to see
how legislation forihe benefit of the corpo
rations at the expense of the people can go
further than that. The name of the legis
lator who assumed the paternity of this
measure is not given; but it would be inter
esting to learn whether he read over his bill
before he launched it into life.
"With that provision in force, and pro
vided it were not declared unconstitutional,
nothing would be needed to complete the
sway of gas and electric companies over our
cities. Bach one could take up what terri
tory it wants, charge what rates it chooses,
and, by the simple expedient of passing a
dividend every seventh year, make its
monopoly perpetual. Such a thing as pro
tecting the interests of the people never
entered the head of the author of this bill,
except as something to be religiously ab
jured and avoided.
It is getting to be the case that the people,
after electing legislators to represent them,
will have to send down authorized commit
tees to the State Capital as a guard against
the desertion of their representatives to the
service of the jobbers in monopoly.
Pbof. Hadley is quoted as saying: "In
President Porter's time, when I went to the
President's office I usually found him read
ing Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason.' Now,
when I go to President Dwight's office it is
two to one that I find him reading the Fi
nancial Chronicle." The moral is obvious.
It furnishes a sufficient explanation of the
way in which Yale College teaches that the
principles of political economy must be sus
pended whenever it is necessary to support
the Wall street effort to force values into
The news that the crisis has come in the
"West Virginia fight is not startlingly novel.,
The crisis came about election time, and
bids lair to stay steadily by the "West Vir
ginia politicians for the rest of their natural
It seems to,be necessary to suggest to our
police officials that charges affecting their
integrity are not disproved by threatening
the person who makes them with bodily
violence, or by telling the alderman before
whom they are brought on surety of the
peace that they will work against his re
election. The charges may be wholly un
founded; but proceedings of that character
are not calculated to make the publio think
If it be true that the hospital steward of
the Western Penitentiary supplied re
volvers and clothing to convicts contemplat
ing escape, the situation is more picturesque
than that usually presented on the stage.
The sentence in the Criminal Court yes
terday, of a barkeeper for selling liquor to
an intoxicated person, will be apt to exert
a restraining influence on that practice.
Three hundred dollars fine and sixty days
in the workhouse will take the profits off the
sale of so much liquor, that selling it to
persons already intoxicated is likely to go
out of style among the licensed vendors.
Balfour's policy of freezing political
prisoners to death is worthy of the days of
King Bomba, and may produce a result
very similar to that in the case of the earlier
type of tyranny.
It will have to be said for our legislators
'that class legislation like the traction mo
nopoly bill and the bill to make meat dear
for the benefit of the butchers and grangers
does not stand very much show this winter.
Only the biggest corporations can get the
Legislature to ignore the Constitution for
their especial benefit.
Both in petroleum and stocks the agree
ments by which the big manipulators hope
to bull the markets and then unload, are
the substance of things hoped for but not
These is one reason for believing that
the story that Prince Rudolf was shot by
an outraged husband, and that is that the
statement of his suicide was officially pro
mulgated. If the suicide story had not been
useful for covering up something more dis
graceful it would have been declared that
he died of apoplexy.
If the cable dispatches keep on as in
dustriously as they have begun they will
before long have the Austian Crown Prince
killed by Bismarck in propria persona.
MnriSTEE Phelp'S departure from En
gland was accompanied by the tearful
adieux of the nobility, gentry and theatrical
profession; but England has since then had
time to draw solace from the reflection that
George W. Smalley is still left in England
to hold np American affairs by the tail.
The accident on the Citizens' cable line
yesterday is another proof that extreme
care is necessary in adapting rapid transit
to the needs of crowded streets.
The New York street car strike being
ended, some one will doubtless be keen to
suggest to the strikers that they might have
saved themselves from the trouble of ap
pearing in the character of rioters by not
striking until a strike could succeed on
The Denny adaptation of the George
theory of land taxation does not commend
itself to the courts any more than the gen
uine single tax idea.
Miss Maby Anderson's performance
of "A Winter's Tale" is very vivid; but it
cannot create so lasting an impression as the
tale of this winter will, unless we have some
ice as it will be represented by the bills of
the ice companies next summer.
PROMINENT PEOPLE PAKAGEAPHED.
In the Rev. Mr. Spurceon's library is the
precious copy of one of bis sermons which was
found in Dr. Livingstone's box, in Africa, after
the explorer's death.
A thoughtful and worthy New Year's
gift was that of Prince Charles of Sweden to
his mother, the Queen. It was a set of furni
ture for a hospital room for the use of two pa
tients, and it has been placed In the Queen's
name in the Royal Hospital at Stockholm.
Tun Czar has been advised by his physicians
to "do Banting." For a man who as a Conti
nental correspondent puts it can eat his two
pounds of meat and drink nearly a magnum of
champagne at luncheon, the advice would in
ordinary times not nave been palatable, but the
Czar sow suffers cruelly from insomania,and the
doctors think that an over-liberal diet is the
cause of the mischief.
Dk. Olives Wendell Holmes, in present
ing his medical library to the Boston Medical
Library Association, has parted with a collec
tion which has taken a lifetime to gather. The
oldest book in the series was written in 1490
and the latest in 1S87. Bays Dr. Holmes;
"These books are dear to me; a twig from some
one of my nerves runs to every one of them,
and they mark the progress of my study and
the stepping-stones of.my professionel life. If
any of them can be to others as they have been
to me, I am willing tn part with them, even if
they are such old and beloved companions."
Objects belonging to the slaves and over
seers who worked the copper mines of Rio
Tinto, near Huelva, Spain, during the Roman
epoch are kept In a museum in that town. Mr.
J. H. Round reports that the hoes and pick
axes used in Spain are almost the same as those
found in the mines. The treadmills used for
draining the mines had ropes for the slaves to
hold on. Bronze urns and pigs of lead with
Roman stamps, fetters, collars and anklets of
modern shapes, amphora standing in their
stone sockets, and coins as late as A. D. 680 are
there to be seen. An earlier working of the
mines than the Roman is indicated by rude
mortars and pestles, together with hammers of
stone with depressions in the center of the
These may be some humor in Senator Pal
mer's forthcoming novel. While Senator
Dolph was speaking on the Samoan question
on Wednesday Senator Palmer left the Senate
chamber to see a constituent from Detroit.
"What's going on In the Senate?" asked the
caller. "Why," replied Palmer, "they are dis
cussing a bill relating to the affairs of your
late father-in-law." "Not Mr. Owen," ex
claimed the astonished Mlchlgander. "Yes,
Mr. Owen," returned the Senator, "old Sam
Owen. You can get a copy of the bill in the
Document Boom." The surprised visitor made
a dash for the gallery. He wanted to hear
Senator Dolph had to say abont Father-in-law
Qualifications of a College President.
From the Boston Herald. 1
Wherein the qualifications which are now
required in a model college president differ
from those of the old days was very pun
gently stated by Prof. Hadley at the Yale
alumni dinner in this city the other night.
"In President Porter's time," said Prof. Had
ley, "when I went to the President's office I
usually found him reading Kant's 'Critique of
Pure Reason.1 Now when I go to President
Dwight's offlce it is two to one that I find him
reading the Financial Chronicle." The moral
Close of the CntlicdrnI Fair.
The closing night of the eminently successful
Cathedral fair wound up with a pretty evening
ot music and recitation. A large crowd was
present and was delighted with selections by
Misses Jennie Gray, Flora Womersley, Emily
McAllster, Sadie Totten, Ida Lanigan and
Celia Fenesy; also Messrs. J. M. Bays, Law
rence Ricketts, Frank J. Totten, P. A Ward
and R. Mayers.
Sir Knlchts to Entertain.
On February U the third of a series of
charming entertainments will be given at La
fayette Ball under the auspices of Drill Corps
of Allegheny Commandery No. 35, Knights
Templar. The entertainment begins at 7:43
with music and elocution by well-known peo
ple, a few hours of pleasant dancing to follow.
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
A Few Words on the Text of Domestic Serv
ft Itude In modern Gnlte.
IF it were possible I would always like to ob
tain the views ot the servants in the house in
estimating the value of a man or woman. To
make mymeanlng clear, I think the character
of a man or woman is more often displayed
naked to his or her domestic servants than to
anyone else. The valet knows his master so
well that it has been wisely said that no man
appears great in his valet's eyes. The maid, be
she a stylish girl of the Imported kind, or a
plain, not too well-informed cook, usually has
the traits of her mistress and her motives and
means at her fingers' ends.
Have you ever noticed that the best men and
women you know, and especially the women,
are' those who are uniformly popular with the
servants wherever they goT If you haven't de
served this already, test tne accuracy or my
statement with your own eyes.
Afeofos of this, an incident I noted recently
A woman who applied for a place as cook
with a family in this city was subjected to a
very searching cross-examination as to her
abilities and habits by the lady of the house.
At last the latter asked the woman:
"Do you drinkf"
The woman replied with quiet dignity: "No,
ma'am; but judging by wbatrve seen In service
I might ask you that question."
Asked to explain herself the woman con
tinued: "In both my last places my employers
drank to excess, and I led a dog's life In conse
quence. I do not mean to enter a honse where
the mistress touches a drop of liquor."
This was turning the tables with a vengeance.
Naootno and a silly predlllction some
women have for Interfering with everything
and everybody they can reach, are at the bot
tom of a great many complaints one hears in
social circles against the nineteenth century
There was an excellent parlor maid in a cer
tain family in this county who for some reason
took it into her head to "hotter herself;" that
is, she left a comfortable place for one which
promised more money. She stayed in her new
berth for exactly one year and then returned
to the family she had worked for at first.
But that year of contact with a woman who
had a real genius for nagging and annoying her
servants had made this paragon of a parlor
maid pert, impudent and Inclined to shirk her
It seems to be a fact that while many serv
ants injure theirmlstresses' tempers and health
by their misconduct there are not a few serv
ants who are spoiled by the foolish behavior of
A FORTUNE SATED M MARRYING.
A Callow Youth Weds a Widow to Escape
Charleston, S. C, February a About the
queerest case of matrimony on record is re
ported in Spartanburg county, in this State.
Obadiah Blaylock, a callow youth, found him
self the defendant in several lawsuits, with
judgments out against him. His property was
advertised for sale Friday last. Before Satur
day night the Sheriff received notice from him
that he wonld claim homestead, and ho asked
that he send out and have it laid off
for blm, Inasmuch as he was not willing to see
his wife and children placed in. a condition of
want and suffering.
It seems that this enterprising young mer
chant had found a widow with three children
who consented to an immediate marriage and
had thus provided himself with a ready-made
family. Under the homestead laws of this
State a man's estate is exempt from judgment
to the amonnt of $1,000. The plaintiff's attor
neys have given notice to the other side that
they will apply to the conrt to set aside the
marriage as illegal, having been contracted to
hinder, delay and defraud the creditors out of
their just and lawful claims.
Valued at 815,000, Meets With a Serious
Accidentia the Senate.
Enecial Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington, February 2. The portrait ol
.Lincoln, which is to be purchased by the Gov
ernment for 615,000, if a bill introduced yester
day by Senator Voorhees passes, came near
being ruined to-day. Workmen were moving
it to the gallery corridors of the,
Senate to place it near ine iamous
landscapes by Thomas Moran, when they
brought it so violently Into some object as to
make a long rent In the canvas, about a foot
above the top of the head of the portrait As
it is the damage can be easily repaired, but if
the rent had ijeen across the face the work
would have been irretrievably injured.
As a portrait the picture is fair, but as a work
of art it is worthless. It is by one Travis, an
artist without reputation, and in view of the
lack of merit of the work and the obscurity of
the artist the price named in the bill Is looked
upon as laughably absurd. It is not claimed
that the portrait was even painted from life,
and there are now a dozen artists in this city
who will paint a better portrait of Lincoln or
any other man for $500.
M'GLTNN'S PARISH DIVIDED.
Tho Carmelite Order, From Dublin, Will
Take Charge of the Enstern Portion.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
New York, February 2. St. Stephen's
Roman Catholic parish, Dr. McGlynn's old
parish, has been divided by Archbishop Corri
gan, and a new parish formed from the east
ern part. The new parish will run from
Twenty-fourth to Thirty-third streets, and
from the east side of second avenue to the
East river. It will be in charge of the Car
melites from Whitefriar street, Dublin. The
Provincial, the Very Rev. John Bartley, has
been In town some time, making the arrange
ments for introducing his order into the arch
diocese. The site of L. V. Conover &
Co.'s iron foundry on Twenty-eighth and
Twenty-ninth streets, between First and Second
avenues, has been bought for 870,000 as a site
for the church. It includes seven lots four on
Twenty-eighth street and three on Twenty
ninth street. The Carmelites will administer
spiritual consolations to the Catholic patients
in Bellevue Hospital.
EOE A LONG CEUISE.
William ICVnndorbilt and Fnmlly on the
Baltimore, February 2. William K. Van
derbilt, the millionaire, and his party arrived
here yesterday afternoon, and went aboard the
yacht Alva. At 9 this morning the Alva
steamed out of the harbor. The Alva is off
for Bermuda, Funchal, Madeira and thence to
the Mediterranean. '
She will cruise for some time and then go to
Norway and England. The trip will last about
seven months. Mr. Vanderbilt has his wife
and children, O. H. P. Belmont, O. Redmond
and Winfield Scott Hoyt accompanying him.
, Oar Triennial Assessment.
From the Philadelphia Tlmes.l
Pittsburg is bragging that the new triennial
assessment of that city will show a taxable val
uation of $191,072,000. This is nearly equal to
the assessed valuation of the State of Alabama,
which is 211,925,809, and of Louisiana, assessed
at $213,000,000. It exceeds the assessment of
Arkansas, which is 8127,000,000, and Colorado,
which pays taxes on $130,000,000, while it is
more than twice the assessed value of Florida,
which is 78,617,409. The fault which the tax
payers will find with the new assessment is
that the big valuation will encourage the levy
of big taxes.
Qncen of Sweden and the Servant Qnestlon.
Prom the Chicago News.
It Is said that the Queen of Sweden has to do
her own housework in order to preserve her
heaHb. Probably the hired girl whom she last
had was more trouble than she was worth.
Has One Distinction, at Least.
From the Chicago Neva.
Even if it should never float any ships, De
Lesseps can at least assert that the Panama
Canal has floated General Boulanger into great
DEATHS OP A DAL
Captain John A. Davis.
Captain John A. Davis, a widely known Ohio
river pilot, whose list of friends was only limited
by the range of acquaintance, (died after a long
andpalnfnl sickness at his residence In Coraop.
oils, on Friday night. He will be buried this aT
ternoon at 3 o'clock,
Miss Jennie Cognn.
Miss Jennie Cogan, of Braddock, a teacher In
the Port Perry schools, died yesterday morning
of pneumonia, aged 23 years.
THE DOCTOR ASTONISHED.
A Philadelphia Invalid Thrives on a Diet of
Philadelphia, February 2. Michael Htn
ley, of 143 North Fourth street, yesterday
went on a periodical spree and became in
volved in a quarrel with a stranger. Dur
ing the enconnter one of Hanley's arms
was dislocated. Ho went to the Pennsylvania
Hospital for treatment. Dr. Shoemaker fixed
him up soon. Then the patient asked for a
glass of water. Nurse McCann secured it. Tho
man swallowed the contents and astonished the
physician and nurse by biting out a portion of
the tumbler and swallowing It, Then he took
another big bite. He was careful to show the
physician that he swallowed the glass. He had
eaten about three-fourhs of the tumbler, when
the doctor, f earingf atal consequences, took the
remainder away. But tho man was not to be
"I'll tell you what I'll do," he shouted ex
citedly. 'Til bet you that I can drink water
faster than you can hand it to me. You can
fet a bucketful and hand it out from that and
can beat you."
Nurse McCann told the doctor that he wonld
soon knock the visitor out, for he intended
getting goblets that could hold a pintful. He
returneu with the glasses and one of the big
goblets was filled with icewater from the
cooler. The man emptied it at one draught.
Another was handed to him instantly. He
gulped this down also without stopping. Fif
teen more were banded to him and he dis
posed of them with the same rapidity.
Dr. Shoemaker, fearing that the man might
be taken seriously ill, interposed at the seven
teenth round. He begged for more, bat the
doctor Isaid he had enough. He was bowed
out and reluctantly went.
A TEDE PREDICTION.
Sirs. Harrison Always Thought That Ben
jamin Would be President.
Chicago, February 2. Mr. Russell Harri
son, son of the President-elect, refused to see
reporters while here. While Mr. Harrison
would not and did not talk to reporters here,
be told an interesting story to a personal friend
with whom he had engaged in conversation.
"Mother has always had an idea, as long as I
can remember," said the young man, "that
father would some day be President of the
United States. When he was defeated for re
election to the Senate she cheered him up and
told him his chances forgetting the Presidental
nomination were better out of the Senate than
in it, and mother had an idea, too, that father
would be nominated here by this convention.
Father was never sanguine, but mother stuck
to it, though we all feared the Gresbam move
ment would kill father's chances.
"When at last the nomination was made, I
don't think mother was surprised a bit, and she
told father he needn't concern himself about
the election at all, as he would go to the White
House just as sure as he lived. Mother didn't
pretend to know anything abont politics, but'
she wouldn't give up her idea that father would
be President some day. So you see she knew
more about it than most of the politicians."
A BOOKKEEPER'S PRISON.
Accidentally Locked In a Bank Vault for
Fifteen Long Hoars.
New Haven, February 2. Benjamin C
Lum, bookkeeper at the New Haven Savings
Bank, was accidentally locked up in tho big
bank vault yesterday afternoon and his where
abouts were a mystery until the vault was
opened for business this morning at 9 o'clock.
Just before closing the bank yesterday Book
keeper Lum carried his books intu the vanlt
and, while arranging them, struck his bead In
some way against a shelf with such force as to
render him unconscious. Shortly after Treas
urer J. P. Tuttle, supposing that Lum had gone
home closed the vault and set the time lock.
During the night Lum's family grew very
anxious over his unusual absence, and early
this morning began searching for him. No
trace could be found, and the bank officials
finally concluded that he must have been
locked up In the safe. The party reached the
bank just at opening hours, and when Treasur
er Tuttle hurriedly opened the door Lum has
tily stepped out whero he could get fresh air,
decidedly hungry but little worse for his 15
hours close confinement. In answer to in
quiries Lum said:
"I feel first Tate and am as bright as a dollar,
but I was anxiously awaiting the opening of
that big door."
'A SINGULAR LAW SUIT.
The Case Postponed Many Times Because
of Sickness and Dentb.
Alliance, O., February 2. One of the
most remarkable Instances which has ever oc
curred in this place is that connected with the
lawsuit of Benjamin Eldenier versus Michael
Glessner and Ream Brothers, all residents of
this community, and is as follows:
Plaintiff was living on defendants' farm until
1885. when trouble arose, and he was informed
that his remaining thero was not in accord
with defendants' wishes. A suit in Common
F(eas Conrt for damages was instigated. A
day was set for trial, but it was postponed on
account of sickness of one of the defendants.
Time after time a day for trial was announced,
bnt sickness interfered. In the meantime an
important witness on the part of the plaintiff
sickened and died. This was followed by the
death of two of the defendants; then a witness
on behalf of defendants passed away. The
case was finally taken from Common Pleas for
arbitration. Yesterday was set apart for the
trial, but again if was destined to meet its fate,
having to be postponed on account of the criti
cal illness of two others of the defendants.
FROZEN WHEAT WILL GROW.
Experiments Prove Tbnt tho Grain Is Not
Affected by Cold.
St. Paul, February 2. The experiments
being carried out at the State Experimental
Farm with frozen wheat are attracting the at
tention of all leading grain men. About 30
samples of frozen or frosted wheat, of all grades
from No. 3 down to the poorest sort of shriv
eled, shrunken, frozen grain, have been em
ployed for the test. Fifty seeds of each
quality wero selected and planted, and are
growing in the greenhouses. Some of the seeds
are abont the next thing to mere chaff, and yet
many of them have sprouted, and, as a rule,
seem to be making a healthy growth.
The stalks are now six or eight Inches in
height, and it slmplv remains to be seen
whether they have sufficient vitality to mature.
A Postmaster Slnco 1S30.
STETJBENViLLE,February 2. W. H. Wallace,
8r., of Hammondsvllle, this county, Is the old
est postmaster in years of service in the United
States. He has been postmaster for over 58
years, his first appointment being by President
Jackson in 1830, and he is still handling the
mail at Hnmmondsville, as well as conducting
a mercantile business. Mr. Wallace was born
at Frcllghsburg, Province of Quebec, Canada,
Mrs. Frellngbnyscn Is Dying.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
New York, February 2. Mrs. Frederick T.
Frelinehnysen, the widow of the late Secretary
of State, is dying at her homo in Newark. She
has never been thoroughly well since before
ber husband's death. She was ill at the time
of his death, .
St. Petersburg's Population Decreasing.
Front the Boston HernW.l
By the new census of St. Petersburg, it ap
pears that the population has fallen off 80,000 in
eight years. This seems to vindicate the law of
physics, which declares that heat expands and
THE ALL-KIND MOTHER.
Lo, whatever Is at hand
Is fall meet for the demand :
Nature ofttimes giveth best
When she seemeth chariest.
She bath shapen shower and sun
To the need of every one
Snmmcr bland and winter drear,
Dimpled pool and frozen mere.
All thoa lackest the hath still.
Near thy finding and tby fill.
Yield her fullest faith, and the
Will endow thee royally.
Loveless weed and lily fair
She attendeth, here and there
Kindly to the weed as to
The lorn lily tearcd with dew.
Each to her hath use as dear
As the other; an thou clear
Thy cloyed senses thou may'st see
Haply all the mystery.
Thou shalt see the lUy get
Its dlvinest blossom; yet
Bhall tho weed's tip bloom no less
With the songbird's gleefulness.
Thou art poor, or thou art rich-
Never lightest matter which:
All the glad gold of the noon,
All the silver of the moon.
She doth lavish on thee, while
Thou wlthholdest any smile
Of thy gratitude to her,
Baser used than usurer.
name be on thee an thou seek
Not her pardon, with hot cheek.
And bowed head, and brimming eyes.
At her merciful "Arlsel"
James WMtcomb MUey, in'Tht Century.
8,",-' 188D. " " " V J
Warlike Sentiment Among Politicians The
Men Who Wonld Fight Qnay and Stages
Still on the Oats The Mystery of Five
Corre spondence of The Dispatch.
Washington, February 2. "Let loose the
dogs of war." has been the cry of the small fry
every day and night during the last week.
Those of broad and "statesmanlike" views ad
vise proceeding with care. They say if we
must fight It will not cost any more lives and
money to wait awhile. "On to Samoa!" is the
response of the small fry, interspersed with
such pretty remarks as "Down with Bis
marck!" "American citizens in Samoa must
be nroteeteill" shont a class that is lust a bit
more conservative than the witless small fry.
"Our flag must be respected," growls the en
thusiastic patriot, who don't know why ho is so.
Whnt Were the Outrages?
What right ot what American citizen has
been outraged or curtailed7 What was "our
flag" doing when it was shot down and burned?
Let us look at The truth in all its glorious
nudity. A few hundred citizens of the United
States, finding themselves unable to gobble up
sufficient pelf to satisfy their porcine desires,
in competitition with other citizens of the
United States, in their own country, go far
away among the simple-minded natives of the
Navigator Islands, who areyetuncontaminated
by the autocracy of fashion, and who have not
yet asked the momentous question, "Is Mar
riage a Failure?" They teach these children of
nature to wear clothes, and glass beads, and
brass jewelry, and to smoke, and chew, and
drink, sell to them at enormous profit all of tba
articles necessary for the gratification of these
newly-created desires, and then when they fear
that the English or the Germans will drive them
out of business, conspire with the old Samoan
King and his generals to secure the ascendency
of the United States in Samoan affairs. When
they are hauled up short by the Germans they
tell a heart-rending story of the vicious
conduct of the aggressive and unprincipled
subjects of Bismarck, and ask for "protection"
in their pursuit of skinning the natives. Asfor
the flag, I am not informed that when it was
shot down and burned it was floating over a
building owned or rented by the United States.
It may have been over a house devoted to faro
and chnck-a-luck, or a mercantile establish
ment devoted to cheating the Samoans, which
would be no more respectable than the other.
What It means.
What business has the United States with
Samoa, anyway? Wonld it not be better for us
to be a purely domestic country and keep our
noses out of unprofitable foreign corners, where
we are likely to get them tweaked by people
whose business it is to fight, who want room
to Bpread ont and must have It? I
can't for the life of me see why
we should more object to the Germans
having Samoa than to them having Germany.
It is certainly as much theirs as ours, and they
need it, possibly, and we certainly do not.
Down with a "vigorous foreign policy," say L
It means the expenditure of hundreds of mil
lions unnecessarily, the sacrifice of unmeasured
property and life, and possibly the ruin of the
nation. It means a vast navy and a big stand
ing army, an increase instead of a decrease of
the national debt, the piling np of taxes and
other evils too many to enumerate.
The Poor 3Ian Does the Fighting.
"Oh, it's all well enough for you to talk
war," said I to a Jingo Senator this morning,
"but who would do the fighting? Not you. nor
any of the others who help to make war, but
the poor who flee to the army as a sure means
of employment, and whose lives are not much
pleasure to them anyway."
"Well, I think that would be a good thing,"
said the philanthropic Senator. "We have a
surplus poor population, and a war might be a
happy solution of labor troubles, at lest tem
porarily." Well, in this, at least, some of our statesmen
are In sympathy with the German statesmen.
It was a frank, if somewhat brutal avowal. It
is interesting to kntw just bow some of our
freat law makers feel about these matters, and
have no doubt many hold opinions exactly
similar to the one so honestly expressed above.
Tho Qnay-Magee Fend.
"Your hopeful picture of a cessation of hos
tilities, and the beginning of a new era of peace
and love between Senator Quay and Mr. C. L.
Mageo. Is very pretty, but I fear it is prema
ture," said a prominent visiting politician from
Pennsylvania to me the other day. "I know
pretty well what is going on In that circle, and
I can assure you that while Senator
Cameron is using his best offices to bring about
harmony. Quay and Magee are no nearer to
gether than they have been at any time since
the divorce. Oh, yes, they speak as they pass
by, but that is about all. I have no doubt they
will rearrange their relations in the course of
time to work together, because it is to the in
terest of both to do so. The entire tendency
seems to be toward harmony among all of the
bodies of former disagreeing factions of the
Republicans. Cameron and Blaine have sat
together at several love feasts. Mr. and Mrs.
Blaine were at a dinner at the old Cameron
mansion on Lafayette Square. At an elegant
luncheon given by Senator Hale in tho room of
the Committee on Naval Affairs who should I
see hanging on the arm of Mr. Blaine but Mrs.
Senator Cameron. It seems to me that
the cordiality between the two fam
ilies is genuine and complete. 1 believe
the overtures in this mediation camo from
the friends of Mr. Blaine. They knew he was
to go Into the Cabinet of President Harrison.
It was desired by him and all his friends that
he should go in there without serious antag
onisms lurking on the outside. Quay, at the
head of the National Committee, occupied a
position in which, if he had opposed Blaine,
things wonld have been unpleasant all round
for the new administration. Qnay was in a
way responsible for tho existence of the new
regime, and consequently responsible for its
snecess a3 far as it lay In his power to promote
success. Therefore, I imagine the junior Sen
ator from our State was quite willing, with the
senior Senator, to meot the Blaines half way
and bury the hatchet, recognizing that it was
practically impossible for Harrison to avoid of
fering Blaine the portfolio of State. The rec
onciliation of Quay and Magee is in line with
this, and will doubtless come soon."
A Disappointed Politician.
"Hon. W. L. Scott is the most disappointed
man politically In the United States," said a
member of Congress to me this morning, as
the Erie millionaire walked past us through
the aisle. "He believed implicitly in the power
of money, and he and his fellow Democratic
millionaires poured it out like water. He
would have been in the Cabinet had Cleveland
succeeded himself. He had pictured the close
of his active life surrounded by a blaze of po
litical glory. He wonld be the power behind
tho throne. He not only gave tens of thou
sands but wagered many other tens of thou
sands. He did not think failure was possible.
He actually believed that Pennsylvania would
be carried by the Democrats. His downfall was
simply terrible, because it meant his retire
ment from national politics forever, except
perhansasa manipulator of conventions of
the minority party. It was a cruel blow, but
oue common in political life."
An Ace Too Many.
I bavo received the following communication
from a Presbyterian elder, highly esteemed by
his fellow citizens of the esthetic and moral
town of "Little" Washington:
Dear Sir Your poker story in Sunday's
Dispatch was good, but a careful scrutiny of
the number of aces laid down in those three
hands seems to make it appear that for "ways
that are dark and tricks that are vain tho
Washington game is peculiar.
Out of consideration for tho good elder's
modesty I do not print his name. Let my
crude knowledge of the game of poker be my
excuse for those five aces. The story was ab
solutely true, with the exception that 1 should
have said the opener laid down a king high
flush instead of one ace high. The game was
honest if ever a game was, and my Washington
(Pa.) friend would recognize tho truth of
this assertion if I were to whisper in
his ear tho names of the statesmen who were
engaged in the game. The only curious thing
about the incident was that the Representative
whom I called to see passed his band blind in a
"jack pot," in sheer disgust at his previous bad
luck; that the "jack" was opened by the very
next player, thus giving my friend the "golden
seat;" that every man "taycd in:" that the
Representative picked up four aces in his blind
hand, and luckily found against him one strong
flush and a big full hand. If there were any
other technical errors In the account, I hope
my good friend, the elder, will attribute them
to my poor memory of the graphic explanation
ot the hands and play given to me by the
statesmen engaged, and to my own utter igno
rance of the game. E. W. L
A Magnificent American Ship.
Philadelphia, February 2. From Charles
Hillman & Co,'s shipyard the large wooden
1,100-ton steamship Maracaibo was launched
this afternoon. She Is said to be stancher than
any other wooden vessel of her size ever put
into the water from any of the shipyards along
the Delaware. She was planned and con
structed for a special trade by the Red "D"
line lor their main line.
GATHERED Iff OEEAT GOTHAM.
Mrs. Brlce Loses a Valuable Jewel
CHEW TORE BUBZAU 6PICLU.S.1
NEW YORK, February 2. Mrs. Calvin B.
Brice has lost "an oblong aaua-marine pin, cut
intaglio with several flgufes, and set with 35
diamonds." She offers $100 reward to the
finder. Sbo thinks the pin contains the largest
aqua-marine stone in the world, and values it
way up in the thousands. Colonel Brlce is ad
vertising for it in all the papers. The pin dis
appeared at a big Madison avenue reception,
two nights ago.
Six Men Saved From Starving.
In Justice Duffy's police court, this morning,
six young men asked to be sent to the Island
because they could find no work. The Judge
asked them If they conld care for horses. They
said they could. . The Jndge promptly handed
a nickel to each man and said. "They need
men at the Second avenue streetcar stables
since the strike. Take a trip up there." All
six went to the stebles and got work.
Getting Ready for War.
Colonel James J. Mooney is enrolling a small
army of veterans who are ready to help drive
the Germans out of Samoa. As soon as the
Samoan trouble began, veterans of Colonel
Mooney's acquaintance decided to form a reg
iment. This they did on paper. Nearly 2,000
have signed their names to the enlistment roIL
They claim that similar enlistments are being
made in several large Western and South
ern cities, and that they can be ready for
the field In 30 days.
Got Hold of the Wrong Bottle.
Mrs. James C. Stead, wife of a prosperous
Brooklyn manufacturer, kept a bottle of wine
and a bottle of acetic acid on the same shelf in
a dark closet. Late last night she took a big
swallow from the wrong bottle. She was im
mediately seized with acute pains in her throat
and stomach. Before her husband could sum
mon a doctor she became unconscious. Some
what later she recovered slightly, but a little
later died in horrible agony.
A Great Time Ahead.
Over $22,000 have beensubscribed here toward
defraying the expenses of the Washington In
augural Centennial. Arrangements have been
made with, all the trunk lines entering the city
for the issue of tickets at the rate of 1J cent a
mile during the celebration. The Committee
on Art is preparing a memorial medal to be
worn by everyone who takes official part in the
Killed Over a Game of Tag. .
Leo Clossis, 10 years old, and Jimmlo Mc
Donald, 13 years old, quarreled a few days ago
over a game of tag. Jimmle kicked Leo in the
stomach and leg. Blood poisoning resulted
from the bruise in Leo's leg. Last night he
died. To-day young McDonald was arrested.
A Crisis In the Sorosis.
The New York Sorosis is in a ferment. Mrs.
Thomas, who has been its President for three
years, is being pushed for re-election by a
faction under the lead of Hester M. Poole. An
opposing faction has nominated Jennie June
for the Presidency. A small free-for-all party
is out against both Mrs. Thomas and Jennie
June on personal grounds. Many members say
that the Sorosis is done for, whoever maybe
the next President. They think it has been
doomed since it ceased to be fashionable.
There is much talk among woman suffragists
here about organizing a new woman rights
society out ot the wreck which the Sorosis is
expected to be after the approaching election.
Several Amendments to the New BUI Are
Now Being Prepared.
Washington, February 2. The House
Committee on Judiciary to-day had the natur
alization bill again under consideration.
To meet the objection that had been made to
the original bill that it would operate to pre
vent an intending citizen from acquiring a
home for his family during the year probation
ary period, it was suggested that a section be
added limiting the property rights of aliens
who may file a preliminary declaration of in
tention to become citizens to the entry of one
homestead. It was believed by the committee
that such a limitation would bo just to immi
grants and at the same time prevent foreigners
who have no real Intention to become citizens
from acquiring large tracts of land from the
To fit the case of Indians who desire to be
come citizens and who would be greatly ham
pered under the operation of the bill as orig
inally prepared, another section was suggested
extending the privilege of naturalization to
aliens in cases where tbey renounce their tribal
relations and assume civilized life. The mem
bers who suggested these amendments were re
quested to reduce them to form and the bill as
amended will be further considered next week.
FLORIDA'S MISSING MESSENGER,
The Returns Have Been Secured, Bnt the
Man Is Missing.
Washington, February a The electoral
vote of Florida was the only one not received
by President pro tern Ingalls within the time
fixed by law for the messengers to present their
Jiackets to him. In accordance with the new
aw on the subject of counting the electoral
vote, Secretary Bayard, upon being notified of
the delinquency, appointed Law Clerk Bryan,
of the State Department, special messenger to
seenre the vote.
He started last Tuesday night and returned
this morning, having made the trip In very
short time, and this afternoon banded the vote
to President pro tern Ingalls. He heard
nothing of the missing messenger appointed by
the electors on his trip.
Allegheny Mnslcnl Clnb.
The fourteenth concert and promenade ot
the Allegheny Musical Club, under the director
ship of Prof. L. Zitterbart. will be given Feb
ruary 5. The usual high class order of music
will be given by well known vocalists and
Aspect of the French Crisis.
From the Chicago News.
The French crisis has arrived all right, but it
begins to look as if it wished it hadn't.
It has been observed that the Eiffel Tower,
now over 670 feet high, has been frequently en
veloped In cloud at a height of 620 feet.
Prof. Graham Bell says that the con
genital deaf mutes of the country are Increas
ing at a greater fate than the general popula
tion. Recent electroscopic experiments fully con
firm former conclusions regarding the origin
of atmospheric electricity from aqueous evapo
ration. In the severe earthquake shock that occurred
recently In Vogtland there were remarkably
loud subterranean noises, but no serious
The administration in Brazil is going to fit
up all telegraph stations suitably situated with
instruments for making meteorological obser
vations. The greatest mean heights and depths of
continents and ocean are found in the northern
hemisphere between 30 and 10, and in the
southern between 10 and 30.
The remedy against sore throat of wearing a
few threads ot Berlin wool around the throat Is
said to act by keeping up a belt of skin action
and so acting as a connter-lmtant.
It is said that a fatigued eye recovers last
the perception of the color by which the fatigue
has been induced, and first recovers the sensi
tiveness of the complementary color.
An area of 3,500 square miles m the drainage
basins of the Jemez and Rio Grande has been
surveyed with sufficient detail to construct a
map on the scale of two miles to an inch.
It was found that the loss by evaporation
from a large tank for supplying the city of
Nagpur with water was in the hottest season
2X times as great as the quantity supplied for
Examinations in English schools go toward
proving that color blindness is often declared
tobepiesentwhen really no organic defect,
bnt only poor training in the naming and dis
tinction of colors, is found to be the trouble.
AN admirable textile matter, said to be soft,
elastic, tough, and silky, and which can be
chemically bleached without losing these prop
erties, has been obtained in France from a
plant called kanaff, brought from the shores of
the Caspian Sea.
A building 13 feet by 23 feet and 11 feet
high, made of canvas and paper and built in
sections for convenient transportation, has
been made for the Harvard South American
astronomical party. A galvanized Iron cupola
surmounts this structure.
Several cases of blindness are reported
among observers of the sun during the eclipse,
The law library of Congress contains
over",fl00 carefully selected volumes, ex
dm Blegal In character.
aeard over seven and one-half feet
lor Lirorn by Louis Coulon. a mechanic 63
yf t, living in MonUucon, France.
: biggest steam derrick in the world
Le Hamburg docks. It can pickup
! eled locomotive and place it on a steam-
rty tons of stone have been left on a
sculd SO feet high in Mark Lane. London, for
two years past, and the people have just woke
up to the fact that they may feel something
All the slow-going British gnnboats on
foreign service are to be brought home and de
voted to coast defenses and their former duties
assigned to new vessels of greater speed and
A. lazy genius in Maryland has in
vented an automatic fishing pole, which, by the
aid of stout spiral springs, yanks uut the un
wary denizens of the streams while the fisher
man smokes and reads in peace.
Quaritch, the London bibliophile, wants
6,220 for a psalter of the fifteenth century ha
has In stock, and which, he calls "the grandest
work ever produced by typography, and one o
the rarest of the early monuments of print
ing." The costliest book owned in Chicago is
a copy of the first folio edition of 8hakespeare,
published In 1623. It is regarded as the finest
copy in America, ond is valued at $10,000. Its
owner Is a man who made a fortune on the Chi
cago Board of Trade.
The farmers and gardeners of Southern
New Hampshire are of the opinion that the
open winter weather, which caused buds to
start, will bring about a failure of the f mit
crop the coming so ason. So they are quoted
on the subject, at least.
A Coroner's jury in New Rochelle, N.
Y., after an investigation Into the death of an
infant, reached the conclusion that "the child
came to its death, January 21, 1889. through the
ignorance of Its mother and her husband, from
causes unknown to the jury."
The new pencils introduced by Eaber
for writing upon glass, porcelain and metals
in red, white and bine, are made by melting to
gether four parts of spermaceti, three parts of
tallow and two parts of wax. this mixture being;
colored with white lead, red lead, or Prussian
blue, as desired.
The strike of the New York street car
men has had a disastrous effect upon the
theaters. For several evenings the audiences
have been so small as to suggest the advisabili
ty of closinz up the more remote houses. Only
those in the more central localities have earned
enough to cover their expenses.
A placard placed on the window of a
shoemaker's shop near Cripplegate, London,
many years ago, is said to have read as fol
lows: "Surgery performed on aged Boots and
Shoes broken Legs sett and bound upright dis
ordered feet repaired the wounded heeled, Tho
whole Constitution mended and the body sup
ported by a new Sole. By T. T."
A young gentleman of Ocenee, Ga., had
a bone felon, for which a physician prescribed
a blistering ointment. The remedy was appllod
In the evening just before retiring, and by an
accident a small particle of the ointment was
dropped unobserved in the heel of the shoe of
the afflicted. The result was a blistered finger
and a blistered heel, but the felon was cured.
Walking sticks are now being made)
that are useful as well as ornamental. From
one a silk umbrella can be drawn and screwed
to the cane; another has a receptacle fornlckels
and cents, and Is convenient for thoso who ride
on street and other city cars and cross ferries;
another contains a measure for the height of
horses, and has a spirit-level attachment; and
still another has a good little watch set in tho
The imitation of Western civilization
by the Japanese has led them to regard Sunday,
which in Japan has hitherto been decidedly
continental In its character, as a day of rest.
This began with the closing of the Government
establishments on Sunday. The Tokio citizens
followed this example, and the closing spread
from city to village, and now on a fine Sunday
business is nearly suspended and the places of
popular resort are crowded
A best man asked at the conclusion of a
marriage service in South Kensington what
fees were due, and received this statement:
Vicar, i is; chancel fee. XI Is; clerk and
sacristan, 1 Is; organist. 2 2s; blower, 5s; red
clotn, 1 lis: total, 10 4s. And the vicar was
not present at that. The best man refused to
pay it. and inquiry revealed the decision of a
case in 1S68 which held that a fee of 10 shillings
to the rector and 3 shillings to the clerk was
If the Missionary Review is correct, the
3,000,000 converts in the foreign mission fields
are setting a good example to tho many millions
of Christians at home, for these converts have
sent out 30,000 missionaries, or one of every
hundred, while their more fortunately born
brethren send but one in five thousand. The
converts serve as native preachers, teachers,
catechists. and lay helpers, and prove helpful
to the regular missionary force sent from
England and this country.
Three years ago John Wright, of Pike
county, Georgia, lost his sight, and the oculists
that he consulted agreed that there was no pos
sibility of his ever seeing again. The other day
as Mr. Wright sat on the porch in the sunlight
his eyes began to itch violently. He rubbed
them, and when he took away his fingers he
was conscious that he could distinguish objects
dimly. During the day his power of vision in
creased, and at last account the old gentleman
was in a fair way to see as well ss ever.
The most serious blow ever struck at
fox hunting has been attempted by 26 farmers
In Essex and Hertfordshire. Mr. Gosling was
master of hounds, and these 2S farmers told
him not to hunt on their land, and because ona
of his dogs ran over a lor. tbey bronght him
to court. The Jndge decided that there wa3
no trespass, there being no damage and no in
tention of trespass; but tho case will bo
bronght up in another way. and it shows cer
tainly a surprising change in tho attitude of
the English farmers toward one of England's
The London Mode of Fashion says that
tho Empress of Japan is at the head of a pow
erful movement for bettering the condition of j
the women of that country. She has es tab-1
lished a college for women at Toklo, under the I
management of a committee of European and 1
American women. The standard of education I
Is very low, esDecially In the country districts, i
and It is hoped that this college will prove a
valuable aid in raising the women of Japan to
a higher level. In one of the London hospitals
there are now three Japanse ladles who are go
ing through their training as nurses, with the
intention of returning to their own country
when qualified and teaching their country
FUNNY MEN'S FANCIES.
Probabilities Correct Mrs. Winks
Well, I declare! The weather Indications are
right for once.
Mr.Wlnks (looking over her Bhoulder) Humph I
That paper you've got Is a week old. Philadel
"My family," said Eedtape, pompously,
Is a distinguished one. It came to this country
in the Mayflower."
"Why," observed Selvedge, "that was tbename
of the emigrant vessel that my cook came over In
also." Chicago Kews.
Very Absent Minded. Ad absent-minded
man entered a shoe shop the other day andwanted
his boy measured for a pair of shoes.
"Bnt Where's the boy?" asked the dealer.
"Thunder!" saldtheman, "I've left the boy at
home t I'll go and get him. " and off he started for
his house. London Tit-Hitt.
All Tastes Suited. Waiter The custo.
merl'swaitln' on says the brandy sauce doan
taste like It had any brandy In.
Cook Who Is he?
"Doan know. Western man."
' 'Bring the sauce back and chuck In a little sul
phuric acid and kerosene oil." Philadelphia
PE0DIQIES AND FKEAK3.
William H. Bacon, of Ocala, Fla., has
an orange grove two or three miles back of the
town that yields H barrels of tomatoes to the acre
There Is a horse In Connecticut with eight legs
that can walk twice as slow as any other horse In
Otto Von Heffenburg, of Berlin, Is the latest
rival to Hoffman, lie is said to be able to play
the Chopin funeralmarch with his thumb.
The most unique specimen of a freak that has
yet come to our notice Is little Henry Williams, of
Norfolk. Vs., who though now S years old, has
never yet doneanythlng that his father could brag
Henry Barkins has been a baggageman on the
Central for 40 years and has never yet smashed
over five trunks In a single day.
Robert Wllklns,of Easthampton has a pet whale
that follows him about wherever ho goes. Jins
XqtK Evening Sun,