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THE PITTSBURG DISPATCH, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1889.
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PITTSBURG. TUESDAY, FEa 5. 1SS9.
A TIMELY BECON SIDEEATION.
The Prison Inspectors acted wisely yes
terday in promptly reconsidering the first
purpose of President Kelly to hare the in
quiry into the charges against the peniten
tiary hospital steward a secret one. There
would have been a peculiar unfitness in sit
ting with closed doors, because the inspect
ors themselves, being charged with the duty
of supervising the institution, are in a de
gree responsible for its administration. On
the other hand, it is the public who support
it; and there need be no apprehension that
the public are incompetent or unjust in
such matters. They understand pretty
fully about what degree of weight should be
given to this or that testimony. They are
not moved by passion or prejudice, and
those who manage their trusts, if they
really have nothing to fear, will always
find it the safest and best course to be per
fectly open and frank with the public.
As for the charges so far made, or any
others that may be brought up, they must
now be sifted to the bottom. No two
opinions exist as to the course that must be
pursued if they are sustained; while if they
arc disproved the officials will have suc
ceeded in putting a quietus on charges that
certainly must have been annoying if not
damaging. Now, also, is the time for the
Board to hear openly from any other parties
with complaints to make. If in open meet
ing, under the solemnity of an oath and
facing cross-examination, evidence is given
of wrongs that should be rectified, it will
have a weight which clearly cannot be ac
corded to mere rumors.
However, this investigation results, whether
in establishing or disproving the charges,
the proper way in this and in all such cases
is to inquire into them fearlessly and above
board. The public will make up its judg
ment when it hears the testimony.
peachment and would deserve to be deposed
for usurping a power reserved to the Con
gress of the United States." This is intend
ed to prove that the Presidentand Secretary
of State could do nothing to check the
German aggressions. But in that case the
President and Secretary Bayard are liable
to impeachment, for over two years ago
they committed th e Government clearly to
the policy of demanding from Germany a
pledge against any attempt at annexation.
The same principle would have sent Secre
tary Seward and the administration of 1665
to an impeachment court, for they very
decidedly told France that she must leave
the Mexican government alone, and followed
the declaration by the movement of troops to
the Mexican frontier, winch resulted in the
restoration of Juarez. The Fosl-DUpatch's
constitutional principle proves too much.
trated that Bacon wrote Shakespeare's
works, another disputante arises who shows
to his own satisfaction that Ben Jonson wrote
Bacon. It only remains for someone to per
form the easiest task of all, and prove that
Shakespeare wrote Ben Jonson's plays, and
the circle will be complete.
In estimating the stability of the French
republic, it is no more than fair to recog
nize that France has got through her elec
tions without even a riot. Time was when
an exciting election in Paris carried with it
the probability of a revolution. The fact
that an election can now result adversely to
the Government without disorder, proves
that the French are rapidly learning self-government.
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
AN OLD HUEND ONCE HOEE.
The Central Traffic Association which hag
been in a condition of suspended animation
for several months is going to be re
vived as a part of the general fashion
of railway officials of swearing off
from the vicious habits of cutting each
others throats. This traffic association is
an oft-revived organization, its basic princi
ple being to fight against the pernicious
idea of running each road on the principle
of doing business for itself. The Central
Traffic idea is that each railroad must bols
ter up all its rivals. This looks like a very
philanthropic and generous idea; but it
wholly fails to include the shipping public
in the range of its philanthropy. Unless it
succeeds in reducing the enforcement of the
Inter-State Commerce law to a dead letter,
it will do no special harm. It may repeat
its former efforts in the direction of trying
to crowd rates up; but if it does it will re
peat its old record of flying to pieces again
as soon as the advanced rates check business.
THEIR FINAL SAY.
After wabbling about somewhat ever since
the law was passed on the true interpreta
tion of the "Wallace act of 1874, ordering
city contracts to go to the "lowest responsi
ble biddei," the Supreme Court yesterday
indicated what we suppose must be taken as
its final dictum. It dissolved the prelimin
ary injunction of our local Common Pleas
against the purchase of the Amoskeag en
gines. No opinion was filed, so something is lost
to students of judicial construction. But it
mav be presumed that the Supreme Court
rests upon its early decisions of the Wallace
act, that the statute was not meant to shut
out the discretion of the city authorities,
and that fraud would have to be shown to
support an injunction. This was the
Court's view in the first cases under the act,
though later deliverances seemed to tend
While a good many readers of the act
have always thought that the legislature
clearly meant what it said, viz: To exclude
the choice and discretion which the Supreme
Court allows, most people of practical busi
ness experience will agree that if city agents
are competent and faithful it is better to
have them use their knowledge and discre
tion for the city, just as private agents do
for their principals. Of course the door is
opened to favoritism, but the public must
watch for that; and, if the officials abuse
their trust, bounce them. That, any
how, is now definitely laid down as the
law. Perhaps, also, it is the best sense, as
certainly the cheapest article is not always
what is needed, nor is the lowest bidder
necessarily the safest or the most desirable.
The decision puts upon the public the
duty of observing closely their servants;
and, again to these latter it gives not merely
discretion in choosing between bidders, but
constant accountability to the public for in
telligence and honesty in awards. If un
just discriminations are made criticisms
will be sure to follow. Where awards are
open and reasons are expected for any de
viation from the lowest-bidder rule, no time
need be lost in estimating whether the dis
cretion is well or ill used.
In view of the fact that Blaine is re
ported to stand in the way of John C.
New's appointment to the Cabinet, and that
New is alleged to be an obstacle to Blaine's
entrance, the cynical opposition may sug
gest that it will be a hard matter to decide
which has the greatest claim on the public
Fasiiion occasionally gets a violent set
back. For example, Miss Maggie Grady,
of Springfield, 111., rejoiced in a bang of
excessive length till Saturday last. Then
while she was at work her bang caught in
some shafting, and, in less time than the
most adept Indian could have done it, she
was scalped. Moral: Keep your bang out
of your eyes and out of the shafting.
Count Herbert Bismarck demons
trates the pure disinterestedness of Ger
many in the Samoan matter with the same
convincing disregard of the facts that Mr.
S. C. T. Dodd uses in showing the philan
thropic and beneficial work of the Standard
The Harvard College baseball nine has
been bereft of its best pitcher by the
heartless abtion of the faculty in suspending
Mr. Bates. Harvard graduates are conse
quently thunderstruck at the reckless dis
regard of the real objects of collegiate insti
tutions, by permitting such a trivial matter
as the rules of that institution to interfere
with its baseball supremacy.
WHEN THEY AEE WELL OFF.
It is generally asserted, and in some cases
on what seems to be pretty good authority,
that Senator Allison declines a Cabinet
position because he prefers to keep himself
in the Senate as a factor in future Presi
dental contests. It is also alleged that Sen
ator Sherman takes a similar view. Where
upon the New Xcrk Sun warns them, terse
ly but emphatically, that "To be a pro
fessional candidate for the Presidency is to
throw away all reasonable hope of being
This is true enough; but it does not by any
means prove that Allison is not smart, and
Sherman also, if he has had the choice, in
preferring to stay in the Senate rather than
go in the Cabinet Either one of them can
exert more power in the Senate than they
could in the Cabinet, and in proportion to
the worry and friction than they
could in the Presidental chair. Sher
man was a remarkably successful Cabi
net officer, but he holds a stronger
position to-day than he did as Secretary of
the Treasury, and a far more comfortable
one than he would have had if his long
cherished ambition had been gratified last
year. Allison can hold his Senatorial seat
indefinitely. If his Presidental hopes are
fulfilled, he will, after a term in the Presi
dental chair, be retired from public life.
The comfort and power of a really able
Senator is enhanced rather than diminished
by the large element of the membership who
represent big bank accounts and let their
money talk for them.
It is a good thing for a man to know when
he is well off; and, though Senators Allison
and Sherman do not seem to be fully posted
on that point, they are likely to remain in
their very comfortable seats in the Senate,
and exert the powerful influence on public
affairs which they hold there.
Some special pleas on the Samoan ques
tion are worth noticing for their apt con
cealment of important portions of the truth.
Count Herbert Bismarck's extended state
ment, addressed especially to the people of
the United States, is principally significant
as showing the conclusion of the German
Government that it cannot fjord to antag
onize the United States on the Samoan ques
tion. But the plea that the Samoan chiefs
are constantly in a state of warfare, and that
Germany is only protecting the lives and
property of German citizens, carefully
blinks the fact that Samoa was at peace,
when Germany trumped up a claim against
Malictoa, declared war upon and deposed
him, and plunged the island into war anew,
by setting up a puppet of the German repre
sentatives. Another special plea is offered in
behalf of the administration by the St
Louis Post-Dispalch. That generally wide
awake paper bays: "Any' President who,
without authority from Congress, commits
our Government to the policy of supporting
any foreign prince or Government on other
than American J soil, against enemies do
mestic or foreigs, would be liable to in
A HEROIC DOSE
"A Family Doctor" sends to the London
Globe a prescription for curing burglars of
their nocturnal habits which he thinks will
prove a specific. The ordinary dose of a re
volver bullet, he regards as too much in the
homeopathic line, and his treatment is based
decidedly on the kill and cure principle.
"I would recommend," he says, "capsules
of buckshot, which, being more spreading,
would be more efficacious. If the domestic
pharmacopoeia does not provide this remedy
the want could soon be supplied by enter
prising gunsmiths." This remedy judi
ciously applied ought to decrease the spread
of burglary which now appears to be epi
demic on both sides of the sea. But there are
doubts of its practical utility. If the house
holder should resort to it as a general thing,
there is reason' to fear that the burglars
would follow the example of their bigger
prototypes, by getting up a combination and
appealing to the law-making power for the
protection of their vested interests against
the destructive assaults of a prejudiced
The information which comes from Lon
don that a fashionable boarding school
there devotes a large share of its attention
to teaching young ladies to get in and ont
of a carriage, is interesting and important
as showing the lines of female education
which the prevalent Anglomania is likely
to develop. The importance of this branch
of education may not be apparent to those
whose hearts are as vet uninspired by the
aim of reproducing in this country the
manners and customs of the nobility and
gentry; but a possible utility may be sug
gested by two views of the proper female ac
complishments in connection with the use
of vehicles, that have come from foreign
parts to this city.
An Englishman of some social standing,
who recently paid an extended visit to
friends in this city, while at lunch with a
number of ladies one day, exercised the pro
verbial insular frankness by telling them
that American ladies were not properly
edncated. Upon being challenged by a
somewhat outspoken young matron, he re
plied: "I mean that they are not taught to
ride in a carriage properly." This gives us
a glimpse of the importance to true educa
tion, of the art of using the carriage, with
out which no lady, however gracious, cul
tured or kindly, can hope to take rank in
England. The complementary view, if the
term may be so adapted, is furnished by
the remark of a Polish or Hungarian addi
tion to our population, who wa heard on
one of our street car lines deriding the idea
of stopping the cars to let women off. They
would not stop for them in the old country,
he declared, "Dey make 'em yump !"
Here, then, are the two essential lines of
female education as outlined by two au
thorities from abroad. Those who are to
rank in the cultured class have got to learn
the art of getting in and out of a carriage
in the highest style of. affectation; those who
ride in street cars have got to learn to jump.
There have been indications that some of
the cable employes were adopting the
Polish idea and '"making them jump."
The mass of the American people will, we
think, prefer the indigenous style of getting
into a carriage the simplest way, and of
preserving for the great mass of our female
population the right to get out of pnblic
conveyances the safest way.
NorwTTSTANDiNG the decided vote in
Select Council last night, the public will be
likely to agree with Mr. Bigham that the
concentration of the cable cars on Fifth
avenuo will be more convenient and safe
than to have them roam all over the city.
Colonel Shepabd has the merit of
printing texts which bear with especial
severity on himself. A recent one was that
which spoke of the necessity of having
your righteousness exceed "the righteous
ness of the Scribes and Pharisees." Col
onel Shepard may not rank very high as a
scribe, but the text applies just the same.
The coke troubles take a unique form
when they show the strike against the
lower rate of wages to be a failure, while
that against the company that is paying the
highest rate is reported to be in full force.
Thietx thousand dollars, in round num
bers, is not an extravagant sum for keeping
Pittsburg's sanitary affairs in good shape;
but the public has a right to know what is
done with the money. The Sanitary Bureau
is certainly not a proper place for providing
political favorites with fat berths. Expert
and active workers are wanted there.
Tips About the Typewriter and Somo of tho
Remits of Its Use.
TnET say that ex-Chief Justice Gordon, of
the Supreme bench, is one of the men to whom
the typewriter, tho machine and not the girl,
has come as a blessing. Before the typewriter
was invented lawyers will remember that Judge
Gordon's opinions in his own handwriting wero
almost illegible. Some people used to insinuate
the Judgo's strong point was not his spelling.
Anyway the typewriter has been a great con
venience to a great many laymen as well as
Judges and lawyers. There is hardly a profes
sion or commercial class that has not found a
way to utilize tho labor-saving machine.
Confusion Is sometimes caused by the indis
criminate, use of the word typewriter to denote
either the operator or the machine.
A case in point: Said Robinson to Smith the
other day, "I've got a new typewriter."
Replied Smith anxiously: "Blonde or bru
nette?" And Robinson being called away at that mo
ment Smith was soon circulating the news that
Robinson was boasting of a pretty girl he had
employed as secretary. Finally the report
reached Robinson's wife, and she could not bo
convinced that the new typewriter was a cold
piece of mechanism nntil she bad visited her
husband's office and taken observations there
Judge Ewtng has an eyo for more than tho
mere routioo of Common Pleas. Talking of
the typewriter a day or two ago, Judge Ewing
said: "Wo have an immense amount of type
written manuscript to read, and somo of it is
trying stuff to the eyes. A good deal of it
comes on thin paper, and tho typewritten text
is often so blurred that after reading two or
three hundred words I find my eyes affected as
they might after looking for a while into a pal
ing fence. Your eyes travel along, but the dis
tinct outline of what the words convey is lost
upon you. Some of the typewriting is very
"The stenographers and typewriters," con
tinued Judgo Ewing, "have caused an
enormous multiplying of legal papers. In
equity and divorco cases heard before a master
it is now customary to employ a shorthand re
porter and have all the testimony reproduced
by typewriter. By this means a great mass of
evidenco in extenso is produced, through which
no Judge can find time to wade. Usually there
is threo or four times as much testimony re
ported verbatim as is necessary. The long
hand reporter who used to take the proceed
ings bofore a master was accustomed to leave
out the irrelevant matters and condense his re
port to narrative form. I prefer the old fash
It is probably a fact that most men who learn
to dictate to a stenographer are tempted to be
discursive. Sometimes this habit of rambling
from one subject to another in a desultory
manner is a positive advantage to a man, but
of tenor it betrays him into a lax verbosity than
which nothing is more undesirable in business
correspondence or literature.
One of the few men who have reason to con
gratulate themselves on finding in the habit of
dictating a spur to their inventivo faculties is
Joseph Howard,- Jr., the eminent raconteur.
He says himself that he finds that he can
wander on from subject to subject, from a topic
of the day to the reminiscence of some event of
50 years ago which it suggests, with far greater
ease when he is talking to his stenographer
than he can with pen and paper before him.
Other writers of the same class could never
produce so much matter indifferent as most of
it is nnless they had the assistance of steno
graphers and typewriters. Look at another
famous special correspondent, Georce Alfred
Townsend ("Gath") how could ho grind out
with the regularity of a clockwork machine
threo or four columns a day that Is 5,000 or
6,000 words if he had not tho mechanical aids
of shorthand and the typewriter at his dis
posal? But it is another matter altogether to aver
that the style of these writers' products, and
the matter as well as the manner, are improved
by the machinery which gives speed to their
TUB SOUTH PENN SALE
Ha n Favorable- Effect Upon the New York
Special Telegram to the Dispatch.
New Yoke, February 4-Henry Clews &
Sons say to-day: Various influences contribut
ed toward producing a much better tone on the
Stock Exchange during the last few days.
Transactions widened considerably and the
market displayed an unmistakable decree of
strength, which reflected itself in a sharp ad- 4
vance in prices toward the close of the week.
The first development which led to this
change was the meeting or Western railroad
Presidents in Chicago on Wednesday, at which
the revision of the agreement forming tho In-tcr-Stato
Railway Association was completed,
and a resolution passed making Mr. A. F.
Walker, at present a member of the Inter
State Commerce Commission, Chairman of the
Executive Board. It is perhaps to be regretted
that the Burlington, "Soo" and Illinois Central
roads have not been induced to enter the agree
ment; but these companies do not show any
hostility to the movement, and. as tho agree
ment will embrace 22 comnanies when all havo
signed, its importance can he easily under
stood. Another factor of importance was the report
ed acquisition of Southern Pennsylvania by
the Vanderbilts, and their expected intention
of turning it over to tho Pennsylvania. This
negotiation does not yet appear to have been
actually consummated,.'and it is understood
there are legal difficulties of some consequence
to be overcome, still such a great scheme as
mis win unaouDteaiy nave a lavoraoio influ
ence upon trunk line affairs in removing one
very important clement of uncertainty. In ad
dition to these factors, there has lately been an
excellent investment demand for better class
securities, which was most conspicuous in
bonds, andextendedsomewbatintostocks: The
coal stocks continued strong, under lead of
Delaware and Hudson, in spite of lessened
activity in the coal and iron trades and
a woakening in prices of both. Gross
earnings on the various lines again
made favorable comparisons with last ear;
probably more tho result of better rates than
increased traffic. In the money market thcro
was no change, except that funds are still ac
cumulating and tho prospects of continued
ease are more assuring, since the Bank of En
gland rate was unexnectedly reduced and tho
probabilities of gold'exports thereby consider
Under such influences as these, the improve
ment is not surprising, and manipulation is
certain to be more or less active while they
last. Stocks have been accumulating in strong
hands for some time past; and, if a general bull
movemencan be inaugurated, it Is not likely
that it will be wanting in support from large
holders; in fact, there are already iudications
of the advance being of this character. For
somo time to come, therefore, we anticipate a
more active market, accompanied with more
or less irregularity, tho genoral tendency of
prices being upward.
JOHN SMITH'S PETITION.
AT THE THEATERS.
Tho Attraction!, Grave and Gay. Daring tho
Tho "Dr. JekyU and Mr. Hyde" of Dore
Davidson's 'creation, as seen this week at
Harris' Theater, Is not an imitation of Richard
Mansfield's dramatization of tho same work,
given at the Bijou last year." It is entirely
original, and almost as weird and fascinating
as Stevenson's novel. The rapid changes in
Dr. JekylVi dual existence, from good to bad
and vico versa, are made by Mr. Davidson in a
wonderful manner, and yesterday called forth
bursts cf applause, and the actor was repeated
edly called before the curtain something very
rare at this house. Mr. Davidson's version of the
singular story on which the play is based Is a
far more pleasant one than that of Mansfield,
in that Instead of ending in the frightful death
of Dr. JekyU it has a peaceful climax, in which
a neat little love story finds a happy termina
tion. Miss Ramie Austen, as Winifred, the
schoolmaster's daughter, is pretty, win
ning and sufficiently strong in the
portions of tho play demanding a
forceful woman, whose thoughts of vengeance
for tho death of her father for awhile over
balanced even her strong love for the man
who, under the Influence of a mysterious drug
which brings out all the evil in a man's nature
and banishes the good for a time, is supposed
to have killed that father. The rest of the
company is equal to the work in hand. A
little spice of comedy is interjected to relievo
the horror which pervades the drama. Large
audiences are the rule at Harris' Theater, but
it Is safe to sav that overy performance of "Dr.
JekyU and Mr.Hyde" will make Manager Grover
wish daily that his house was large enough to
accommodate the srowds that wish to witness
a remarkable performance.
lie Asks Coneross for a Balloon to Get to
His County Scat War.
Washington, February 4 President pro
tern Ingalls to-day laid before the Senato tho
To the Honorable Senate and House of Represen
tatives: Your humble petitioner would respectfully
beg that your honorable body pass the bill in
troduced by Senator Butler, of the South Sea
Islands, empowering the Commissioners of
Whitman county, Washington Territory, to
issue bonds not to exceed $100,000 to build a
Court House and jail in the town of Colfax.
Now, your petitioner most humbly prays that
you doublo the dose, and give them the priv
ilege to raise 5200.000. It will take this amount
to keep the county seat down in this hole. And
while you are about it, give us $50,000 more to
build a balloon to get down to the county seat.
And your petitioner will ever pray.
The petition was referred to the Committee
THE EEAS0NS WHY.
The stock market still appears to intimate
that the "agreement between gentlemen" is
not so omnipotent as its organs crack it up
The cry of distress over the small profits
of the railroads will be worthy of some at
tention when railroad stocks and bonds
represent actual and bona fide investments.
Three per cent on a capitalization which is
two-thirds water is nine per cent on the
cash invested. And nine per cent invest
ments are at a premium nowadays.
PUBLIC PEOPLE PARAGRAPHED.
The Akron miller who is quoted in our
commercial columns as saying that his mills'
have been "restricting product in connection
with other mills of the West, and we al
ready begin to perceive some advantage
from our course," may perceive the. ad
vantage better than the consumers and pro
ducers who are squeezed by this attempt to
establish arbitrary prices for flour. But the
report that also appears in our commercial
columns that "the flour trade has been ex
ceptionally dull and lifeless," may still
leave a practical doubt whether the success
of the conspiracy to make bread dear is as
complete as represented.
Ignatius Donnelly having demon s-
M. Sakasate, tho famous violinist, now en
joying a period of success in Berlin, is soon
coming to this country.
The Queen will start for Biarritz on March
4. She will tiavel in strict privacy under tho
name of Countess Balmoral.
Max O'Rell gleefully announces that his
book on "Jonathan and His Continent" Is en
joying a marvellous success in its French
It is said that the Duchess of Marlborough,
once Mrs. Hammersley, of New York, will be
presented to the Queen on the came day as
Mb. Sfxtboeon had two teeth kn ocked out
the other day in falling down stairs. Never
theless, he says, he would "gladly suffer an
other such smash to win a prayerless sinner."
Dr. Maby Waixer is masculine in her
gart, but she cannot stand tobacco smoke. She
went up to the Capitol in Washington a few
days ago to attend a meeting of tho House
Committee on District of Columbia Affairs.
When she entered the room tho air was blue
with the Incense of cigars. Mary was incensed
at once, and, covering her nose with her hands,
rushed from the apartment.
Senator Allison is a great worker. He
retires early and rises early, eats a simple
breakfast, reaches the Capitol long before his
colleagues and pegs away at committee work
until noon. He always stays through the ses
sion of the Senate and watches every move
ment until adjournment. He then returns to
committee work till dinner time. He is very
systematic in his habits, and is thus enabled to
accomplish a vast amount of work. He takes
plenty of exercise and seldom indulges in the
dissipations of society.
Harold Marsh Sewall, our Consul Gen
eral to Samoa, is a man about SO years of age,
who was graduated at Harvard and later at the
Harvard Law School. His father, Arthur Sew
all, P:esldent ot tho Maine Central Railroad,
is the Maine member of the Democratic Nat
ional Committee. Young Bewail was Vice
Consul at Liverpool before his promotion to
the samoan uonsul ueneraiship. He is a man
of imagination, and upon reaching Apia at
once became intensely interested in the ro
mantic features of the Samoan affair.
Me. CnoATE, President of tho Old Colony
Railroad Company, believes there is, in homely
phrase, more than one way to kill a cat. A
wrecked ship, bearing the date of 1626 was re
cently dug up on Cape Cod, and given to the
Pilgrim Society of Plymouth. "Can't you ship
it to us over your road free?" they asked him.
"No-o,"' he said, "Tm afraid I can't The inter
State law won't let me. But," ho added, re
flectively, "what did you say the date was?
1626? Ob, then we can fix it I can make a
special tariff for ships and marine articles
manufactured previous to 1627." And under
the "special tariff' the venerable hulk went
From the New York 'World.!
In portraying the advanced civilization of a
thousand years hence M. Jules Verne has cre
ated an unpleasant Impression on a certain
class of the community. He has represented
it as within the power of the men of that
period to regulate the climate. To most peo
ple this seems a desirable attainment, but it
deprives at one blow the wives and daughters
of well-to-do citizens of the excuse of going
somewhere for ..their health. This is bad
enough, but still worse is the "phonotele
phote." an Instrument with which he describes
Mr. Smith in this country as not only talking
with his wife in Pans, but seeing her and
noting her movements. Paris under such cir
cumstances to many would lose its attractive
ness. Clearly there may be such a thing as
THE HADST0NE FAILED.
Notwithstanding; Its Application, a Man is
Dying; From Hydropbobln.
Paiatine, III., February 4. William
Frost, aged 45 years, is dying from hydrophobia.
Hewas bitten in the face by a rabid dog six
weeks ago, the wound bleeding freely. He had
the sore cauterized and afterward resorted to
the madstone treatment The stone adhered to
the wound for several hours at the first applica
tion. On a second trial it would not adhere, and
from this it was believed that all danger was
It was not until last Friday that this feeling
of security was disturbed. On that day Mr.
Frost fell ill and symptoms of hydrophobia
rapidly developed. Horrible convulsions suc
ceeded, and all hope has been abandoned by the
attending- physicians. Three other persons
were also bitten by the dog, but fortunately all
have Escaped Mr. Frost's sad fate.
Flcmming Explains About That Suit
Against Ex-Senator Patterson.
Philadelphia, February 4. In tho suit of
Mary B. Flemmlng for damages for breach of
promise of marriage entered against John J.
Patterson, ex-United States Senator of South
Carolina, the statement ot the cause of claim
was filed to-day in the office of the Protbono-
tary. In the statement filed the plaintiff al
leges that Mr. Patterson promised to marry
,her, that a date for the marriage was fixed for
jseveral different times, but in .each case was
postponed by tho defendant and that the de
fendant has since married Mildred Frank, of
Waukesha, Wis., who is now his wife.
In consequence of the engagement the nlaln
tiff alleges that she laid ont and expended large
sums of money in preparing for marriage, and
that in consequence of tho breaking of the
engagement or promise of marriage by the de
fendant she has suffered loss of position, disap
pointment annoyance and tho loss of sums of
money, wherebv she has sustained damages to
the extent of 850,000, and therefore sho brings
THE BURNED COPPER MINE.
It is hardly necessary to introdnco tha amus
ing lttj;lo actress. Miss Minnie Palmer, to a
Pittsburg audience, but it is pleasant to remark
that she has not'suffcred by mingling with the
"dooks and dookesses" of England. She has
been away from Pittsburg for more than a
year, and a very large audience gathered at the
Bijou last niqht to welcome her.
She appeared in "My Sweotheart," tho play
In which she scored her earliest success. It is
not a wonderful drama, neither good nor bad in
a superlativo degree. It contains an abundance
of opportunities for a display of Miss Palmer's
voice, which is small but sweet, and her ability
in dancing, which Is very great The company
supporting her is very fair, and the Bijou man
agement have staged the piece in a very hand
someway. The set in the second act 13 especial
ly refreshing in its soft tone. It is also pleas
ant to be reminded that there are other scenes
besides those we have seen in comedy, tragedv
and opera for years.
To-night Miss Palmer repeats "My Sweet
heart" Among the manifestations of respect
which the audienoe showed Miss Palmer last
night was an immense bouquet of roses.
THE GOSSIP OP GOTHAM.
Ono of the Customs of the Country.
IXSW TORE bureau specials.
Nbtv Yore, February 4. A Swede who knew
nothing of the English language went to the
Government building to get a registered letter
from tho postofflce. Several hundred appli
cants for positions in the postal service were
crowding Into the room where the medical ex
aminations of tho Civil Service Commission
were being conducted, and the Swede somehow
fell into line. When his turn came he was
ushered into the examining room. Tho doctor
was in a hurry and didn't question him. He
was put on a scale and weight taken, placed
under an upright and height recorded, his
outer clothing removed and body subjected to
a severe thumping, was made to draw lone
breaths and given further exercise before the
examination was finished! "What's your
name?" asked tho doctor. The Swede present
ed the notification card Bent him by tho regis
try department An interpreter was sum
moned. A few minutes' conversation revealed
to the Swede the fact that a mistake had been
made. He thought the postofflce authorities
very strict andsupposed the medical examina
tion was the custom of the country. He was
condncted to tho proper division.
Used Kerosene With the Usual Kesnlts.
Mrs. Catherine Garry poured kerosene from
a can upon the smoldering fire In her kitchen
stove this morning. An explosion followed.
The clothing of Mrs. Garry and her young
daughter caught fire, and they ran screaming
Into an adjoining corridor. Tho neighbors
extinguished the flames. Both will probably
Grand Opern House.
Thcro is no doubt about the standing of
Messrs. Evans and Hoey as comedians of great
cleverness and originality. They are essentially
different in their conceptions of humor, and
nothing could be more diverse than the charac
ters they assume in "A Parlor Match." They
are the life and soul of Hoyt's whimsical
piece, and for the most part the fun they make
is of tho most wholesome kind. As usual the
audience wentoffitsfeet into roars of laughter
every two minutes. The company is good as a
whole, as well. The Innocent Kidd of Miss
Minnie French Is the samo piece of incessant
motion and good humor, colored with tho
bright light of a very clever individuality.
In these days "A Parlor Match" must be
dubbed a very high class attraction It is worth
any two of the awful farce comedies on the
Hnrry Williams' Academy.
Frank Jones reapneared at tho Academy last
night with the old favorite, "Si Perkins." It Is
a laughable piece, well done, and evidently as
popular as ever. The house was crowded last
night, and the humors of the pieco and the
music of the Pughtown Band seemed to be
Tho Anstrinn minister ot Foreign Affairs
Returns His Thanks.
Washington, February 4. The following
telegram has been received by the Austro
Hungarian Legation at this capital, from
Count Kalnoky, Minister of Foreign Affairs:
"You will please tender to the President of
the United States in the namo of His Majesty,
of tho Government and of the people of Austria-Hungary,
the warmest thanks for the tele
gram of condolence presented through Minis
ter Lawson, which was received here with tho
highest appreciation. "Kalnoky."
The Sevres dessert scrvico in Windsor Castle
is valued by an expert at fully 100,000, the
punch bowl alone being estimated at at 10,000.
The value of the china at Buckingham Palace
and that of Windsor together is thought to ex
ceed considerably 200,000.
Victoria's will was made in 1876, engrossed
on vellum, and is now a great bound volume
fastened with a lock, with several blank pages
left lor subsequent codicils. The last was
made recently and distributed jubilee gifts.
Some are left to the State, and the others are
distributed among the members of the royal
M. Jacques, tho unsuccessful candidate in
Paris against Boulanger, estimates that his
election expenses amounted to 2,000,000 francs.
The chief expense was for bill sticking, 100,000
being pasted up every day in competition with
a still larger number put up by Boulanger.
But the question Is where does the latter get
Robert Louis Stevenson writes from
Tantira, that he has taken to going barefoot
and is doing well. In his own words: "I write
this just after having dismissed Oil (the sub
chief, in whoso house I live), Mrs. Oil. and
Pairai, their adopted child, irom the evening
hour of music, during which I Publlckly Blow
on the .Flageolet i
The Canadian Government will soon adopt a
policy of hostility toward immigration. All
alien laborers, except British, will be prohibited
from coming to Canada, and the funds which
the Dominion Government has hitherto granted
in aid of immigration, amounting In tho ag
gregate to a quarter of a million sterling, will
On January 11, says the Glasgow Herald,
Mr. Charles Spinks exhibited in Leith Harbor
a small working model six feet long, of a vessel
with improvements in the construction of the
propeller, which he has invented and patented.
The vessel is constructed in the ordinary man
ner until toward tho stern, where, instead of
ending in a single keel, a double keel is formed.
which completely encases the propeller, and on
either sido the keels are fitted with sluices, to
be used as required. It is claimed that from
the position of the propeller between the two
keels, it can never bo thrown clear of the
water, consequently rendering it safer and
greatly reducing the strain on engines and
macninery, and also, from the protection so
afforded, is not nearly so liable to accident as
is the case with proprellers as at present situ
ated. It is further held that a higher rate of
speed will be reached by the improvements.
From the tests the vessel appeared to go as
fast astern as ahead. In the case of going
ahead by raising the starboard sluice, an ad
ditional motive power was gained by the rush
of water through the aperture acting on the
propeller as on a horizontal turbine, and on re
versing the engine, by closing that sluice and
opening the one on tho port.aide, a correspond
ing acceleration of speed wa the result la the
Calumet's FIro Did Grentcr Damage Than
Was at First Supposed.
Calumet, Mien., February 4. Six mining
Captains went underground in tho Calumet
mine lastevening. Theyfoundthattbefire had
extended downward 1,500 fee t from the starting
point, making the total depth of the burned
district 2,100 feet This is a disappointment to
the management, as they had felt confident it
would not burn down at all. The experiment
of letting the fire in the mine burn out has
proven that the forcing down of carbonic
gases saved tho mino below where the fires
started in former fires. There is no possibility
of finding the remains of the dead miners
whoso escape was cut off when the fire broke
out, 03 they must have been consumed.
OUR MILITARY FORCE.
Notes of the Stage.
The Casino Museum has surpassed itself
this week with Hefron's Specialty Company
and a host of new curios, including tho won
derful one-legged dancer. The crowds are un
usually large at this popular place of amuse
ment. The cngagoment of Cora Tanner, which
takes place at the Grand Opera House next
week, in view of the great popularity of the
handsome and accomplished star, and the
marked success which her new play, "Fascina
tion," has achieved in all cities where it has
been seen, there is good reason for anticipating
splendid business throughout the week. Tho
old-time manager of the Pittsburg Opera
House, Mr. C. D. Hess, who is the associato
manager with Colonel William E. Sinn in his
amusement enterprises, is now in the city com
pleting arrangements for a most elaborate pro
duction of "Fascination" next week.
MT. M'GREGOR'S COTTAGE.
Wo navo Eight million Men That Can
Fight if Neccssnry.
Washington, February 4. Secretary Endi
cott to-day transmitted to Congress the report
of Adjutant General Drum, giving the strength
of the organized militia of tho various States
and Territories, and the force of men available
for military duty not organized. The totals arc:
Commissioned officers, 837; enlisted men, 98,109;
numoer oi men avaiiaDio Dut not organized,
Works of Art Wanted.
Washington, February 4. In the Senate
to-day Mr. Sherman offered a resolution which
was referred to tho Committee on Library, in
structing that committee to inquire into the
propriety and expediency of purchasing Bier
stadt's pictures, now In the Executive Man
sion, of "Yellowstone Falls," "Yellowstone
Park," "Giant Geyser" and "Yosemite in Winter.
Tho memorial Association is making Ar
rangements to Take Chnrgo of It.
Albany, February 4. Major William War
ner, member of Congress from Missouri and
Commander-in-Chief of the G. A. R; General
N. M. Curtis. Department Commander G. A. R.
for this State; Adjutant General Josiah Porter;
William J. Arkell, President of Judge, and
John Kellogg, President of the Saratoga, Mt
McGregorand Lake George Railroad Company,
as the Mt McGregor Memorial Association, by
act of Legislature, passed December 31, will
meet in this city for organization to-morrow.
The corporation is created for the purpose of
receiving the title of the Drexel cottage on
Mount McGregor, in which the lato General U.
S. Grant passed the last months of his life and
Teaching Truo Temperance.
Father O'Hare is conducting a novel temper
ance movement In Greenpoint a few miles
from the city. He is preaching against the
evils of drinking in saloons, and of treating.
The men who sign his pledge are allowed to
drink only at home, and are bound not to buy
drinks for their friends. Father O'Haro thinks
that his work would havo been much less suc
cessful had he preached total abstinence.
Greenpoint saloonkeepers, who have paid littlo
attention to the many temperance crusades in
their village of late years, are much excited
over Father O'Hare's new crusade.
A Kind-Hearted Wonltby Widow.
At tho trial of the Stewart will casn to-day,
Judge Smith described his aunt Mrs. Stewart,
as a "tender, kind-hearted, simple-minded,
confiding person," who had much confidence In
Judge Hilton's honesty. When houpbraldedber
forconveyingher big business interests to Judge
Hilton without exacting a written acknowl
edgment, Mrs. Stewart told him how Judge
Hilton had promised her. In return for her
confidence, an income of $1,000,000 a year from
the estate. Altogether, Judge Bmlth gave
Judge Hilton a pretty rough raking. He con
fessed he had been intimate with the Hilton
family during Mrs. Stewart's lifo merely for
the purpose of keeping an eye on thn Judge.
He had been afraid the Hiltons would induce
Mrs. Stewart to will them the Smiths' slice of
her property if they were not well watched.
A Panic in a Mnnslon.
At noon to-day the house of H. C. Nevins, a
wealthy broker, caught fire. The panic-stricken
servants ran screaming Into the street leav
ing theirsick mistress helpless In bed. When tha
firemen arrived the interior of the house was
all ablaze. Two men groped their way to Mrs.
Nevins' room. She was unconscious. They
wrapped her in wet blankets and carried her
down the burning stairway to the street Both
men were badly burned. The cook fainted in
the kitchen and was dragged out by the coach
man. Ten thousand dollars' worth of furniture
and bric-a-brac was destroyed.
Defeat Meant Death.
James Waters, of Brooklyn, 27 years old, pol
itician and ex-Supervisor, cut his throat with a
penknife this morning. His recovery is doubt
ful. Waters ran for re-election to the super
visorship last fall and was defeated. He has
been drunk ever since.
Return of tho Jonnltn.
After an absence of over three years in the
waters of China and Japan, the United States
man-of-war Jnanita arrived this morning at
quarantine. The cruiser came back via the
Suez Canal. The last port she touched was St
Thomas, where she put in in January for coal
and fresh water. The Jnanita is commanded
by W. O. Wise, has a crew of 18 officers and 205
men, and an armament of 8 guns.
Current American Fiction.
From the New York AVorld.l
American fiction now has a prominent repre
sentative in the man who "simply stopped
over a tram for a friendly call on General Har
rison." DEATHS OF A DAI.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Butler, February 4. The funeral of Dr. Joseph
Lusk will be held to-morrow at 2 o'clock P. M.,
and will bo under direction of the Masonic Order.
About three months ago Dr. Lusk was last seen
on the street since then he has been confined to
his office with heart trouble. On Saturday even
ing he ate a hearty supper, and sat in his office to
receive somo gentlemen visitors. One of them
asked how he felt and heieplled, "I am feeling
particularly well this evening." These were bis
fast words and within five minutes he was dead.
He was offlne address and 6tood high in his pro
fession. With remarkable calmness he talked of
death and to friends would carefully explain the
disease of his heart and whv it was impossible for
him to live many weeks. He was 63 vcars old and
leaves a wife, two sons and three daughters.
Jadgo William M. Merrick.
Washington, February 4. Judge William M.
Merrick, of the Supreme Court of the District of
Columbia, died at his residence in this city this
evening, of gastric complaint. He was a native
of Maryland, about 70 vcars of aire, and was for
two terms a member of Congress from that Btate.
He served on the Credit Moblller Committee, and
made tho principal report of the investigation,
lie served as a member of the old Circuit Court of
the District from 1855 to 1863, when the court was
legislated out of existence. President Cleveland
appointed him to the place be occupledat tho time
of his death.
Mary H. Fiskc.
New YortK, February 4. -Mary H. Fiske, the
brilliant and versatile writer, and wife of Ste
phen Fiske, the well-known llterateur, died this
morning. She was connected with the Mew York
Mirror, and wrote under the nom de plume of
'Giddy Gusher." She also wrote for the St.
Louis Republican, Chicago Herald. Tribune and
JCtwt, and the Post and Herald of Washington.
Mrs. Fiske had been 111 for some time ft her home,
No. 71 West .Ninety-third street
Rev. George Charles Street.
Chicago, February 4. The Bev. George
Charles Street.canon of the Cathedral of Bts
Peter and Paul, in this city, died at Whiter Fart,
Fla., yesterday, aged 75.
Natural Gas la Mew York.
Oswego, N. Y January 4. Natural gas con
tinues to flow from the well at Shady Creek
with a great roar. Every precaution is being
taken to prevent the gasbeing ignited until the
tools can be removed. The contractor thinks
there is plenty of gas, and gas well stock cannot
be bought at any price. Many people aro
visiting the scene. Arrangements are being
made to pipe gas through the village.
STREET CAR ETIQUETTE.
Always speak in a loud tono of voice in a
horse car. It attracts attention.
Never tell the conductor where you wish to
get off. He is supposed to know.
Never thank the man who gives you his seat
He might think you wanted to flirt with him.
If you have three or four bundles lay them
on tho seat beside you, especially if the car is
crowded. You will not be so crowded yourself.
Always stay down town until 5:30 or 6 P. jr.
This will give you a chance to make somebody
who has been standing all day give you his
Always try to stop the car on the near side of
the crossing. You will have to walk to the
other side and this makes a good excuse for
jawing the conductor.
If the conductor carries you a block or so be
yond your destination look daggers at him and
turn up your nose. Thvs will have? tendency
to make him feel good.
Do not wait for the car to stop before getting
off, but alight with your face to the rear of the
car. The result will be unpleasant, but you
will have shown your independence.
If you have a lady friend in the car always
kiss her and tell her to "be sure and call" be
fore getting off. This gives the horses a chance
to rest and pleases the conductor. This urbane
official will be particularly pleased if you stop
to add a choice bit of gossip to your parting ad
monition. ron gentlemen.
Never give your seat to a lady unless she is
young and pretty.
Make a practice of spitting on the floor. Do
not omit It if a lady is sitting opposite you.
If you have a plugged nickel give it to the
conductor for your faro. He will havo to make
Always smoke on the rear platform. Ladles
who dislike tobacco smoke will be enabled to
get accustomed to it
It is a good plan to read a newspaper In tho
streetcar. It gives you an excuse for not no
ticing that a lady wants a seat
If there are any pretty girls on the car stare
at them hard and persistently. This has a ten
dency to make them feel comfortable.
Make a practice of whistling in the cars.
Your traveling companions will be obliged to
hear it, and they may possibly delight in listen
ing. Cross your legs so that they will occupy the
full width of the aisle. This will afford addi
tional exercise to the conductor, who Is badly
in need of it
New York Evening Bun,
A Fiend Conld Do No Worse.
Tha old St James Hotel, in Marion, N. J.,
was set on fire to-day. The building is five
stories high and is of wood. It is occupied as a
tenement About 15 families live in it At 6
o'clock this morning one of the tenants on the
top floor smelled smoke. He found the entire
stairway between the second and third floors in
flames. The tenants "had all they could do to
get out of the building in safety. The fire was
put out A pile of half-burned shavings, some
small pieces of lath, and a lot of rags saturated
with kerosene oil were found under the stair
way. There are no fire escapes.
Want to bo Tried at Home.
Backed by the affidavits of "Napoleon" Ives
and Partner Stayner, the lawyers of that notor
ious pair have made a motion before Judge
O'Erien, upon whose order they were arrested
in the suit of the Cincinnati, Hamilton and
Dayton Railroad Company, to recover (500,000
of cash and securities they are alleged to have
stolen, for a change of venue to Kings county,
on the ground that both of the defendants live
there, when tho law permits them to. The
motion will be argued to-morrow morning. In
the meantime the pair are confining their
talents to amusing each other in Ludlow street
jail. It is understood that the evidence of
fraud and peculation that has thns far been de
veloped in the civil suit will be presented to the
grand jury that convened to-day.
Wound Up In n Rnttle of Crackers.
The Chinese New Year celebration closed
this evening, and Chinatown turned out en
masse and shot off millions of firecrackers.
From 6 o'clock to 8 Mott street was crowded
with sightseers. One firm alone shot off over
$200 worth of small firecrackers. They be
lieved that this extraordinary liberality wonld
enable them to keep away bad luck for the
balance of the year.
China's solitary railroad is 81 miles
long and cost 9,000 a mile. It uses American
An elephant lately died at Bombay in
the800th year of his age, and naturalists figure
from this that any elephant of regular habits
will have no trouble in pulling along for at
least 230 years.
A Mississippian boasts of having had
the agua for 7! straight years with only ons
break of three weeks. He set out to beat tha
shakes at their own game, and there are 160
pounds left of him yet
Just for a joke, a Des Moines man put
an old clay pipe in his store window and
labelled it: "Martha Washington's pipe."
Within half an hour a patriot called and
punched his head and broke the pipe.
Mrs. Mary Brunner, who lives on a
farm near Derby. Pa., is 102 years old. She has
171 descendants living. She was never taught
to read, and passes her time smoking, which
has been a solace to her for tho last 65 years.
S. P. Hutchinson, the millionaire grain
speculator of Chicago, rarely spends as much
for his lunch as his clerks are accustomed to
spend. Hj may frequently be seen in a cheap
restaurant making a meal of a sandwich and a
enp of coffee, at a total cost of 10 cents.
A novelty is reported from Hastings,
England, in connection with the performance
of "The Yeomen of the Guard" at the theater.
The stage has been connected by telephons
with various private houses and hotels, so that
numbers of people are nightly bearing tha
opera without seeing it
A London caterer proposes to run
luncheon wagons through the business streets.
A Boston confectioner the other day re
ceived the following note: "Sir, when I was a
child, over 30 years ago, I took off your counter
in Brattle street a little sugar man, price prob
ably one cent, and it has troubled my con
science off and on ever since; and once I sent
monev to you by a friend and she was ashamed
to deliver it so I inclose it by mail (50 cents)
and beg that you will acknowledge it"
Several months ago Colonel J. G.Truitt,
of Troup county, Georgia, presented a fine)
Maltese cat to a friend in Hogansville, and
carefully confining the mouser In a sack, sent
him up there via the railroad. The cat seemed
to bo well pleased with his new home, and
quietly caught mice and purred before the fire
until last week, when he took a notion to visit
his old home. Not having the necessary funds
to pay railroad fare, he took the nearest routa
across the country, and surprised his old master
by appearing in time for breakfast one morning
Some time ago Bert Coverston, of
Barnesville. Kan., witnessed an interesting
fight between a blue racer and a hawk. Ho
saw two hawks apparently fighting in afield,
and approached them without difficulty. With
a pole be killed them, and upon turning one of
them over noticed the head of the snake strik
ing out from the hawk's wing. Upon Investi
gation he found that the snake had wound it
self about the hawk's neck, and was choking it
to death. The other hawk was attacking tho
blue racer in attenmts to release his mate. Tho
hawks wero bur fellows, and tha snaka of
medium size. If left alone it would have un
doubtedly killed both of the birds.
, Bub Pratt, of Troup county, Georgia, ia
the owner of a valuable horse. A short time
ago the horse strayed off, and diligent search
failed to locate his whereabouts, and Mr. Pratt
had about given up all hopo of seeing the ani
mal again. Thirteen days after he was missed,
a negro boy, while bunting in the creek swamp,
found the horse in the bed of the creek stand
ing in the water, the high banks on either side
preventing the horse's escape. He immediately
reported the matter to the owner, when several
of his neighbors went with him to relieve tha
horse of his long imprisonment The bank of
the creek had to be dug down, and when tha
incline was completed the horse lost no time in
rushing to the top. though he was much ex
hausted by the terrible exposure. He bad been
in tbo creek 13 days without other food than
that ho had picked from the almost bare banks.
The -hair about his legs all dropped off from
being in the water so long, but be seemed to
suffer no further damage.
An old lady, but a portly one, heavily
veiled, came into a St Louis street car tha
other day, and set a huge, well-filled basket
down. It chanced to intrude on the toes of a
superbly dressed voung woman opposite. Sns
immediately was indignant She abused mar
ket baskets roundly, and then abused the peo
ple who carried them. Then she allowed tha
opinion to escape that people who carried
baskets had no business to ride on streetcars.
And then sho decried against poor people being
allowed to ride in every street car. Some cars
should be reserved, she said, for genteel folks.
The girl mortified everybody. The veiled lady
said not a word until both motioned the driver,
and the car stopped. "Hold on! Take that
pall," said the elder lady. Her tormentor
looked a moment in astonishment "Take that
pail, Martha, and carry it home. This basket
is all I can manage," repeated the elder.
"Why didn't you tell me who you were, moth
er!" asked the crestfallen girl, as she picked up
the basket and went out while the occupants
of the car giggled.
Father Camien, who has been devoting
himself to the lepers exiled at Molokai. in tha
Sandwichlslandtrroop, Is actually giving his life
to them. He Is thus described by a priest who
is his assistant: "Leprosy has done its work in
turns, at his ears, his eyes, nose, throat, his
hands and bis luncs. The poor father is com
pletely disfigured; his voice Is almost extinct
Fortunately he has yet the use of bis hands,
which a great number of our people have lost;
and also that his feet are not yet falling to
pieces, as happens to so many here. He is yet
so useful, so necessary, and that for many
things. He has under his charge over lOOleper
orphans. This in itself is not a light burden,
there bcinc; no ono to help us but leper boys;
besides, the number Increases every week. The
father has also begun (about a month after my
arrival) to build anew church, 30x70 feet 40
feet of which is of stone, and the rest of wood.
We have only one mason, a white leper, an
Irishman. Father Damien Is the head carpen
ter, and his helpers are two or three leper boys.
Althongh I am not a leper, I could not leave
here to go to any other of these islands without
a proper certificate from the Board of Health.
But I have no wish to go anywhere. My mis
sion is here, and hero Til remain." Doubtless
this priest will lie in the same grave which ia
destined for Father Damien.
THE NATION'S DEBTORS.
Sonators Discuss the Fabulous Sum Owed
by the Pacific Railroads.
Washington, February 1 The Union Pa
cific funding bill was taken up in tho Senate to
day. Mr. Frye stated that tho Central Pacific
had bepn included in the bill because the attor
neys who had appeared for that company had
not seemed to manifest any great desire for a
settlement: and because there was no parallel
between the cases of the Union Pacific and the
Central Pacific. The Union Pacific Company
was entirely solvent and could make a settle
ment that wonld make the payment of the
debt absolutely certain, and would increase the
security that now existed. The Union Pacific
could pay the wholo debt in 0 years. It was
apparent that the Central Pacific could not
submit to a similar settlement. Therefore, the
committee had determined to proceed with the
consideration of the Union Pacific question
alona. The condition is worse than it was ten
Mr. Mitchell made a motion to recommit the
bill. He spoke of tho enormous amount that
would be due by the Pacific railroad com
panies to the Government at the time of the
maturity of the debt 8147.924,000. Any legisla
tion having for its purpose tho payment of
that almost fabulous sum had to be regarded
as ot the very utmost importance. If there
was anything in Mr. Frye's suggestion that the
Central Pacific was not in a solvent condition
as the Union Pacific that fact was an addi
tional reason why the Central Pacific should
not have been omitted, but should rather have
paid precedence in the Settlement
Mr. Frye then said: "I ought to say, in
justice to the Central Pacific, that, in the last
month, that company has shown a disposition,
and a very great desire to make somo settle
ment and adjustment of its debt with the
United States, and thcro is now pending before
the committee an amended bill which the
committee is called to consider to-morrow
Divorce in Philadelphia.
From the Philadelphia Times.
Although only 13 divorces were granted by
the Philadelphia courts yesterday It would
not be filr to lay the blame for this decrease
at the feet of the learned judges. At various
times these gentlemen have shown that they
can do better than this, and it is to be pre
sumed that they will do it again. The bad ven
tilation of the court rooms is probably mora at
We know a man, a brave, true hero,
Who, when themercury drops to zero.
Will hold the babe, as few men conld,
So that bis wife can split the wood.
Boom for Begrets. Missionary (to pris
oner) -My poor friend, don't you regret what
brought you here?
Prisoner Indeed I do. and when I get oat the
duck that peached on me will regret it toot
The Farmer "Was Probably Eight Ex
cited Sportsman (to farmer) Say. did you see a
bird fall anywhere about here? I shot at one just
now and saw the feathers ny.
Fanner No, I ain't seen nothin' of it I guess
when the feathers Hew the bird flew with 'em.
They Disturbed His Slumbers. Jack
Say. Gus, will you please leave your trousers out
In the hall to-night?
Gus Good heavens t Jack, what do you want me
to do that for?
Why, the pattern Is so loud that they keep me
De Bore (after a prolonged call where he
wasn't very welcome and at a loss what next to
say) How lonely that old clock looks ud there?
One or the girls It doesn't have to stay there.
The other girls-No; .we let It run down occa
sionally. De More took the hint and running down him
self, hastened home.
Pa, I want you to buy me a gun for my
My son. it 13 not Bale for you to have a gun.
Pa, don't you know that a boy of my size can
shoot a gun?
Yes, I know that a boy of your size can shoot a
gnn.but I also am aware that by a strange coinci
dence, a gun can shoot a boy of aboat your size.
Gilhooly You seem to have the blues.
Gus De Smith Yes, I am feeling somewhat de
spondent The young lady to whom- I was en
gaged has gone back on me.
Jilted you, has she? What is ber name?
Miss Anne Jones.
Well, if you bad studied your grammar properly
when you were at school you might have found ont
that an" is always an Indefinite article.
A Fair Average. Friend Allow me to
congratulate you. I hear that your danghterhas
married a foreign nobleman.
Mr. Goldbug-Yes. It's pretty tough on me, but
by a streak of good luck her sister has eloped with
a steady street-ear driver, so the affliction is some
what mitigated. This Is a world of compensation,
and 1 can't expect all my girls to doas well as tha
one who married the street-car driver.
The Modern "Way of Fighting. Profes
sional Puglllst-Dldyou send my last challenge to
all the papers?
And publish the card calling BUllman a liar and
a coward ?
And tell the reporters how I licked four fellows
Yes, sir. v
Then I'll get ont There's a fellow coming
around who's threatened to lick me, andldoa't
want to meet hlml -
All from Jtxat Sitingt,