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PITTSBURG, MONDAY, FER 1L 18S9.
A PATHETIC CASR
The sad case told in our local columns
this morning, of a family in Allegheny re
duced to destitution while the young man
whose struggle to support it had led him to
yield to temptation was in jail at Feeeport,
should appeal to the sympathies of the
A great deal is heard nowadays to the
effect that organizations for charity are in
cicessofthe needs of deserving poverty.
But it is true now, as it was nineteen hun
dred years ago, that the poor are always
with us. Just such cases as these, where
the struggle against adversity has proved
too severe, should be sought out and aided
by charity. The effort to find and help
those who really need aid, as was the case
"jere, will always find plenty to do.
It may not be wise to condone crime that
is produced by straightened circumstances;
but s -ciety can certainly afford to take a
merciful view of infringements upon the
rights of property that are produced by
poverty until it has provided severe punish
ments for similar offenses on a larger scale
that are inspired by pure avarice.
THE EIGHT POLICY.
Xow that the bill to make meat dear has
received its quietus in the Legislature, it
is worth while to suggest to our friends, the
Grangers, that they will be wiser to aim at
securing their legitimate rights than to try
to rectify disadvantages by depriving the
customers of meat throughout the State of
their constitutional right to buy the prod
ucts of other States.
The farmers of Pennsylvania have, we
think, proper subjects of compjaint in the
denial through railway tariffs of the legiti
mate advantages of their situation. They
have a natural right to get their cattle, their
butter and their other products to the city
markets more cheaply than the farmers of
the "Western States and Territories. If the
railway tariffs deny them that privilege,
they can make a claim for redress by legis
lation that will command the support of
honest men. But it is not just for them, if
they are oppressed, to try to rectify the
matter by joining with their oppressor to
get the illegal and unconstitutional privi
lege of oppressing someone else.
Let the agricultural interests of the State
lay aside the selfish idea of getting advant
ages by infringing on the rights of consum
ers of food, and Instead unite their interests
with consumers by insisting on as favorable
rates in getting their products to market as
are given to "Western shippers. A policy
which is based on upholding the rights of
the whole people will accomplish much
more than the policy of class hoggishness.
GEEELY AND THE GROUNDHOG.
"Whether the elements will be convulsed
by it or not, it is threatening, to observe
from the expressions of certain esteemed
Eastern cotemporaries, that a conflict of
authority as to the duration of the winter
weather, has developed between General
Greely, of the "Weather Bureau, and the
groundhog. It is learned from journals
which are supposed to speak by authority
either from the groundhog or General
Greely, that the former saw his shadow on
February 2, and that we have, therefore, to
expect forty days more of blizzards; while
on General Greely's behalf, it is asserted
that there will be no more winter worth
mentioning. This deadlock is a serious
one, and the esteemed Philadelphia Forth
American recognizes the magnitude of the
isue by frankly telling General Greely
that if his forecast prove, a failure, it will
"recommend the groundhog for an appoint
ment under the incoming administration."
But what are the sections to do where the
groundhog's prophecy works the other way.
In "Western Pennsylvania that factitiously
important rodent could not have seen his
shadow, if he looked for it; and therefore his
prediction for this district would be in en
tire unison with the "Weather Bureau. That
would give the people of this section some
thing definite to go on, for if these authori
ties predicted an early spring it would be
safe to presume upon the presence of a full
stock of blizzards nearly up to Hay day.
But in the presence of this official announce
ment of the diversity of the groundhog's
vaticination in diflerent sections, are we to
take it as foreshadowing an early spring in
Pittsburg and a late one in Philadelphia?
The entire superiority of the present season
to any rules, prophecies or expectations
concerning the weather makes it safe to rely
only on one thing, that whether Greely and
the groundhog agree or disagree the weather
will beat them both.
The centennial exhibition which France
holds this year is of supreme political import
ance to her. and it ought to be recognized as
of great significance on this side of 'the At
lantic Being the centenary of the Itevo
lution of 1789, it represents the progress of
representative government and popular in
dependence as lnlly as our Centennial did
our national and republican existence. But
while the Governments of Europe could
join in the celebration of a republio that
was separated from them by the breadth of
the Atlantic, they hold aloof from an un
comfortable neighbor of that sort next door,
and particularly from one whose history
has such striking landmarks in it as the
overthrow of thrones and the beheading of
This throws France on her own resources,
v. ith such assistance as the American re
publics and tbe less Bourbon European
Governments can give her. The celebration
will be worth holding, but in new of the
nineteen years of comparatively successful
republicanism in France, the celebration
will not be any greater than the thing cele
brated. The idea of government for the
benefit of the -people, which first found
practical utterance in France a hundred
years ago, has been hampered by reverses,
betrayed by false representatives and marred
by extravagant and cruel outbreaks. But
it has survived both Bourbon and Bona
partist dynasties; and to-day, when France
has just passed through a most exciting
political contest without the murmur of
riot or the rumor of a barricade, wc may
hope that the republican idea is stronger
The "United States should certainly
sympathize with their sister republic, and
the occasion of her celebration is one of the
best occasions for testifying to the friend
ship that should grow alike out of their
common political ideas and their'historical
THE ORPHANS' SCHOOLS AGAIN.
The disclosure of the remarkable epidemic
among the pupils of the McAlisterville
Soldiers Orphans.' School ib a matter that
can hardly fail to attract public attention.
The decidedly cloudy statements as to the
cause of the trouble are not likely to dissi
pate the suspicions which naturally arise
out of the former disclosures as to the man
agement of these institutions. These sus
picions are strengthened by the very definite
allegations that are made of the suppression
of a report on the schools by General Lewis
"Wagner and the success which some in
fluence had in inducing the last Legis
lature to shelve all attempts either .to in
vestigate or reform the management of these
The investigations made by Governor
Pattison, established several points to the
satisfaction of all right-minded and honest
people. The first was that grave abuses
existed, resulting in unjustifiable hardships
and privations to the pupils; and the second
was that these abuses were the almost inevit-
table result of the system of letting out the
careot the schools by contract to politicians
of a money-making bent. Governor Pat
tison's investigation forced some reforms,
and principal among them was the ap
pointment of General "Wagner as inspector
of the institutions. That official having
since then taken office in Philadelphia, the
benefit of his services in guarding the
wards of the State has been lost.
It may not be fully demonstrated that the
enidemic among the scholars at McAlister-
ville is due to abuses such as were disclosed,
in 1S8G; but it is a matter of disgrace to the
ruling powers in the State that little dispo
sition seems to have been shown to prevent
such abuses. The assertions are made by
good authority that an adverse report of
General "Wagner was suppressed, and that
a resolution in the Legislature of 1887 for
further investigation of the schools was
shelved in the Senate. Such steps are cer
tainly not calculated to impress the people
deriving profit from the schools with the
idea that any dereliction on their part
would be exposed and punished.
If the State of Pennsylvania cannot pro
tect its soldiers orphans' from such abuses, it
will be set down as a lasting and damnatory
disgrace to the influences which prevent
MAXIMILIAN AND RUDOLF.
A striking illustration of the failure of
human calculations, is furnished by the fact
that if the unfortunate Maximilian and
Carlotta had not been led into their tragical
Mexican adventure, they would have been
placed, by the no less tragic death of Prince
Rudolf, the next in succession to the Aus
trian throne. Maximilian whose married
lite was a happy contrast to the infidelity oi
his nephew, and whose private character
was estimable, could not remain content
in Europe because he thought there was no
chance of his ever becoming a reigning
sovereign. So he was persuaded by Napo
leon to renounce his succession to the Aus
trian throne lor the glittering unreality of a
Mexican empire. His fall, like the subse
quent one of his betrayer, is one of the turn
ing points of the history of the last half of
this century. If he had been content in
the safety and quiet of his palace of Mira
mar he would have been to-day the heir to
the Austrian Empire. That is the differ
ence between human calculations and the
unforeseen development of actual events.
Good comes out of a great disaster in the
shape of a fine business block to replace the
stores wrecked by the "Wood and Diamond
streets disaster. It will be safe to predict
that the upper stories of this building will
not be put up until the mortar in the lower
stories has had time to bind.
Me. C. B. Breckinridge, of Arkansas,
says that the Fifty-first Congress will be the
judge of his title to a seat in Congress. This
may be construed as an intention on Mr.
Breckinridge's part to refuse to accept the
advantage given to him by the murder of
his opponent. As the late Mr. Clayton can
not contest the seat, by reason of his forcible
removal from this world, of course the only
way in which the next Congress can get to
pass a judgment on his title would be for
him to refuse to accept the seat, and let a
new and honest election be held. The
country will await with interest the fulfil
ment of Mr. Breckinridge's indefinite but
Men who steal on the streets are gener
ally sent to jail, but the men who steal a
whole street, as was the case in a famous
New Tork case, obtain immunity by furnish
ing employment to eminent legal firms who
take in ex-Presidents for partners.
The French people seem inclined to pass
a verdict finding Colonel Senart guilty of
indiscreet, but very pertinent truth-telling
in expressing his opinion concerning the
German authorities who refused to give a
French surgeon a passnort to visit Stras
burg to see his dying mother. After Col
onel Senart has been formally reprimanded,
it might not be disagreeable to the French
susceptibilities to see him promoted.
The remark of the Louisville Courier
Journal that "President Cleveland is going
to live among the men who traded him off,"
does not reveal that all-pervading condition
of Democratic harmony which some of that
party would have us believe in.
Senator Evarts' indorsement ofthe
conclusiveness of President Cleveland's veto
of the bill to quiet the title of the Des
Moines river settlers,, is not likely to dispel
any suspicions that the corporations who
are driving these settlers out may have fur
nished retainers both to Senator EvarU'
law firm and the firm of Bangs, Stetson,
Tracy & MacVeagh.
The news that the peach crop is ruined
by the late freeze ignores the lateness of the
season in other respects, and arrives ahead
The opposition of Bourke Cockran and
Bavid B. Hill to ballot reform in New
York, because they fear it would strengthen
the machine is a bad case of Saul among
the prophets. If ballot reform would
strengthen the machine the firm of Hill and
Cockran, would give the legislators no rest
until it was lobbied into law.
A xzw winter hotel in Florida has
burned down. The winter resort business
has not been very good in Florida this sea
son; but we had not heard of any valued
policy insurance law in that State.
The news that the "White Caps are sys
tematically at work in Allegheny City,
which comes to us by way of the New York
Telegram, is interesting but uncorroborated.
"We do not think the North Side is infected
by anything worse than its ordinary quota
ol cowardly and blackguardly anonymous
It may be pertinent to suggest that when
Robert E. Pattison was Governor, some
thing was done for the protection of the
children in the soldiers orphans' schools.
The proposition of the National Tailors'
Exchange to limit the distribution of fash
ion plates to members of the exchange looks
like an attempt to check the popularization
of art Shall not the ontside public have
full opportunities to study those ideals of
manly beauty as produced by sartorial
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Chief Justice1 Fuiakr has been chosen
President of the Bowdojn Alumni Association
James Russell Lowell, after being well
feted and dined during his stayin Philadelphia,
has gone to Baltimore.
Senator Morrill is earnestly supporting
a bill now pending in Congress designed to im
prove the artistic standing of our national
Judge HorrER, of Now Jersey, refuses to
allow jurors to be challenged simply because
they have read newspaper articles about the
case on trial,
Rev. a V. Leach, tho stump Chaplain of
the New York Senate, is a former member of
the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Ho is a Southerner by
birth and a Prohibitionist in politics.
Mr. De Bensaude, who was married to the
notorions Violet Cameron, is making a fine
fortune in the London tea trade, while his
rival in his wife's affections. Lord Lonsdale, is
coquetting with Polar bears and icebergs.
President Cleveland's mail Is now
heavy with advertisements from hotels, flat
houses, apartment-houses, boarding-houses,
etc., sent out from New York. It is said that
he has been offered suites in very desirable
houses free of charge. " '
President Cleveland, has never crossed
the threshold of more than two houses in Wash
ington outside the residences of his Cabinet
officers during his term of office. He has never
seen Congress at work, and in four years ho
has not once entered a department building.
The most inveterate first-nighter" in Chi
cago is B. P. Hutchinson, known as "Old
Hutch." He is to be seen at the first presenta
tion of every newplay that reaches the Windy
City. He secures a seat down in the baldhead
row and devotes himself to talking to the
members of the orchestra when he is bored by
the play. He Is a clever critic and knows a
good drama from a bad one from the Chicago
standpoint, of course.
EIGHTS OP PRIVATE SCHOOLS.
A Massachusetts Judge. Decides That They
Aro Not to bo Interfered With.
Haverhill, February la The French
parochial school case had a very surprising out
come yesterday. Judge Carter, of the District
Court, dismissed the complaint made by the
City School Committee against the institution
and discharged the four parents who were used
as test defendants.
Tho laws of theCommonweaIth provide that
private schools must be of a standard approved
by the city or town school committees. This
school St. Joseph's is run by Father Boucher,
and the instruction is largely given in the
French language. When the Superintendent
of Schools visited the institution he found in
use a series of English and French readers, a
French grammar, a geography in English and
a history of Canada in French. That was all
there was. Thereupon the Superintendent in
formed Father Boucher that his school was not
of the standard of an American .public school,
and the School Committee determined to prose
cute parents who persisted In seeding ther
children to that institution.
The case came up Saturday for a hearing.
The Archbishop had been consulted and it had
been supposed that he would send up an emi
nent Boston lawyer to conduct the defense, but
be concluded at the last minute that the law
bad been infringed and declined to co-operate.
So the defendants were represented by local
counsel. When a member of the School Com
mittee was put upon the stand and asked to
say whether the the teaching at St. Joseph's
was comparable with that afforded by tbe city
schools, tbe defense objected and Judge Carter
sustained xne ooiecuon, saying mat it wouio. ue
ery dangerous if a school committee should
have the right to go to a private school, break
it up and say its pupils must attend a public
Tbe final decision was that the law did not
prescribe that a child must be educated in tho
public schools, but only that the child must be
furnished with tbe general means of educa
tion. The verdict was a great surprise to every
Or Heine tbe Man Who Will Give S20,
000,000 to tbo Baptists.
NEW YORK, February 10. John D. Rocka
f eller, the billionaire President of tho Standard
Oil Company, is believed by all the prominent
clergymen in this city to be the person who has
promised to give $20,000,000 for the endowment
of a great university, to be located either in
this city or in Chicago. Chicago and New
York have been urging rival claims for the
university which it was felt would soon be es
tablished. Tbe Baptist ministers of this city
have been no less eager than those of Chicago.
One of those seen by the reporter spoke of
Rev. Dr. Strong's interest in the university,
and mentioned tbe fact that he went toEurope
some time ago in company with Mr. Rocka
fellcr, and that the project was much discussed
"He interested Mr. Rockateller in tbe idea
to a very great extent," said he, "and that
gentleman was known to have made the re
mark that if any of tbe Chicago capitalists had
the idea that they could get ahead of New
York by offering large amounts for tho priv
ilege of having the university located there, he
would see that they were mistaken. Dr. Strong
frequently spoke of Mr. ltockafeller in this
light and said that he would do a crand thing."
The minister who gave these facts said that
he regarded it as not improbable that Western
Baptist ministers would succeed in forming a
combination of capitalists who could offer a
sum even larger than that which it Is said Mr.
Rockateller has promised. He mentioned a
Mr. Spillsbury, prominent among Western
Baptists, who was likely to be associated in any
A Swell Wedding nt the Sixth U. P. Church
Alexander Stewart, of Porter & Donaldson,
will be married to-morrow evening to Miss Ada
McCracken, daughter of Mr. R, McCracken,
the grain merchant of Liberty street. The
ceremonv will be performed at the Sixth TJ. P.
Church, Franklin street, at 8 J5 o'clock. After
the ceremony the young people will leave on
tbe fast line for Philadelphia. After spending
several days there they will go to New York,
Washington and Baltimore. They will then
settle down in this city.
Another Grand Concert.
A grand concert will be given be tbo Alpine
Quartet, under the direction of Prof. W. S.
Weeden on Friday evening, February 15, at
tho Central R. P. Church on Sandusky street,
Allegheny. The concert will be given under
the auspices of the Central R. P. Choral
Any Way to Get There.
From the Chieaeo Times.
A company of Ohioans have crossed tbe river
disguised as Indians, and are cutting through
the woods for Indianapolis. An Ohio man is
willing to shave bis head and wear a blanket to
get an office.
DEATHS OP A DAI.
Thomas 31. Klchol.
New YORK; February 10. Thomas M. Nlcbol.
whoie connection with the "Honest Money
League"' of Chicago and otber political organiza
tions Is well-known, died this morning.
"Df. Nathaniel R. Bosley.
NXW Yonic, February 10. Dr. Nathaniel K.
Bosley, who was a surgeon In the navy during the
late war, died of heart disease at tbe Urand Hotel
THE P1TTSBTJKG DlSPATOH,
CAPITAL NEWS NOTES,
The Fauions Shrine Where Presidents Wor
shiped Stories Told br the Pilgrims
From Indlnnapolls Harrison Net Food
for Laud Sharks.
rCORBESr-OXPEXCK OFM DISP.1TC1I.
Washington. February ft The" distinctly
fashionable placo of worship In Washington Is
St. John's Protestant Episcopal cnurco, at the
corner of Sixteenth and Lafayette square. It
is one of the oldest churches in the city, hav
ing been built in 1816 by Latrobe, who was the
architect of the central' part of the Capitol.
However, though still quaint and old-fashioned,
the St John's of to-day is a very differ
ent structure from the original church, and
would hardly, I imagine, be recognized by its
designer. It was erected in the 'form of a
Greek cross, the ground plan of which, with
Latrobe's autograph and a number of other in
teresting relics can be seen In the vestry room
at the present time. Originally there was a
circular gallery running completely around the
interior of tho building. A little antiquated
organ was over tbe chauccl, and the pews were
high-backed and square. The ables were cir
cular, with a brick flooring, and old-fashioned
wood stoves gave heat to the edifice, while
sperm candle and' oil lamps furnished
light to the worshipers. The prayer desk was
double-decked, and the wine-glass pulpit stood
upon tripodal slender columns. Its base ran
along a groove on wheels and was fastened
with a snap-catch. An interesting anecdote is
related of this nrimlttve pulpit At one time
when Bishop Ravenscroft was preaching a
vigorous and earnest sermon from it to a dis
tinguished and notable audience, he suddenly
felt that the pulpit beneath bim was gliding
away. Faster and faster toward the side wall
of the church it was moving, gaining speed
rapidly as it went The congregation was
agitated and the bishop helpless, which help
lessness was considerably increased when he
stopped suddenly with a bang and thump at
the end of bis novel journey. Tbe old pulpit
has long since been removed, and year by year
numerous other alterations to suit tbe increas
ing demands of the growing congregation have
been made. The gallery over the chancel has
been takinc away and a new organ placed in
the nave. Tbe old wood stoves have long since
been banished and the modern furnance substi
tuted; the antiquated pews have also disap
peared, and tbe floor has been built of wood
and has been raised.
Notable Names on GInis.
St John's, from its early days, has been at
tended by men and women renowned in the
political and social world of the capital. A lit
tle stained glass window in the gallery tells
this tale quite plainly. It is inscribed as fol
lows: "Erected by the vestry to the memory
of William Henry Harrison, ninth President of
the United States; John Tyler, tenth Presi
dent; Zacbary Taylor, twelfth President who
worshiped in this church while In office." The
inscription on another window is equally in
teresting: "Erected by tbe vestry to the mem
ory of James Madison, fourth President of the
United States, who worshiped in this church
while in office." Upon the first floor, in tbe
right-hand wall, is a beautiful window, repre
senting the angels of the resurrection, in the
upper medallon, and in the lower the annun
ciation to the shepherds. This window bears
the Inscription, To tbe glory of God, and to
the memory of Ellen Louis Hern don Arthur,
entered Into life January 12, 18S0." Upon the
window ledge beneath this memorial is a large
brass plate with the following inscription: "In
memory of Chester Allan Arthur.is placed here
by the vestry. He was the twenty-first Presi.
dent of the United States, and worshiped in
this church, and he in 1S8I erected this window
to the memory of his wife. He died November
18. 18S6." President Monroe, John QOincy
Adams, Van Buren, Fillmore. Pierce and Bu
chanan were also regular worshipers at St
John's, and Lincoln. Johnson and Grant are
known to have attended service there.
The present rector of the church is Rev. W.
A. Leonard. The first rector lies buried be
neath the cbanceL He was the Rev. Dr. Haw
ley. He wore the picturesque costume of the
last century, black silk stockings,sIlver buckles
and shorts. In the pulpit he wore the black
silk gown and bands, and tbe black silk gloves
with the forefinger of the right-hand glove split
open so that he might readily turn the leaves of
Many are the funerals of distinguished per
sonages which have taken place in the church,
and many also are tbe happy pairs who have
commenced life together at St John's altar.
Among tbe latest of these marriages was that
of Miss Endicott and Mr. Chamberlain, which
is still fresh in the memory of all.
Harriion Not Investing.
The gossips have been trying for some time
to fix upon the President-elect the intention to
purchase a private residence in the suburbs of
Washington, and they have credited him with
designs on one ot the most valuable bits of sub-,
urban property on the market Mr. Harrison'
is not likely to go into any purchases of prop
erty for some time, for tbe excellent reason
that he can hardly afford it The President
elect is not a rich man: he is hardly what would
be called well-to-do. He has a good Income
and he has put by a little money; but be has
had so many calls upon bis purse that he is not
in position to become very heavily interested
in Washington real estate, at least until be has
drawn a salary from the Government for a
yearortwo. Very few of our Presidents have
come into office rich men, although many of
them have retired with competencies. Mr.
Cleveland has saved a comfortable part of his
$00,000 a year. The Harrisons make no preten
sions of wealth. They are entirely unassuming
and altogether modest A remark which is
ch.ir.T"tenstic was attributed to Mrs. Harrison
recently. A visitor was remarking on the man
ner in which vandals had stripped the grounds
surrounding the modest Harrison residence of
its fence and every other adornment and pro
tection which it boasted, except the well.
"Yes," said Mrs. Harrison, "they have not left
us much. It is tbe White House or the poor
house with us now."
There are many quaint stories related by pil
gilms who have returned from Indianapolis of
the raids made by the curious upon tbe peace
ful household of the President-elect Mr. and
Mrs. Harrison have become quite accustomed
and almost reconciled to the Invasions of tbe
vandals. They are comparatively happy when
the privacy of the family circle is not intruded
upon. Ono day, a short time ago, Mrs. Harri
son, looking out of the window of her home,
saw an ell-dressed Btranger standing on the
sidewalk gazing at the house and the grounds
With a peculiar look of longing on his face. It
was evident that be was too modest to intrude,
and that there was something be wanted for
which he was afraid to ask. Mrs. Harrison
opened the window and pleasantly asked the
stranger if tbere was anything he wanted. It
was evident he did not recognize her when he
replied: "O, yes: I should like so much to take
a urink out of that well." He was permitted
to get the drink.
Two Loving Brothers.
General Dan Macauley, of New York, has
been here for some time looking after the inter
ests of the Nicaragua Canal Company. HIS
jolly face and big upright figure have become
familiar to all tbe frequenters of the Capitol
in the last four weeks. A gentleman, who has
an acquaintance of long standing with General
Macauley, was relating a story abont him a day
or two ago. ."The affection that exists between
Dan Macauley and his brother John Is very re
markable," said he. "They are devoted to each
other. John runs Macaulev's theater in Lonig.
ville, and Dan is as well known in the West as
ho is in tbe home of his adoption New York.
There was a strong illustration of the warmth
of the love of these brothers a few years ago.
Dan and Jack were in the same town I cannot
at this moment recall tbe name of tbe place.
Someone offended Dan and he was obliged, for
business reasons, to leave town without obtain
ing satisfaction. The grievance rankled in his
bosom.bowever.and at the first place where the
opportunity offered he telegraphed back to
bis brother: 'Please lick for me. Dan.'
"As soon as possible after receiving the mes
sage Jack started out to find the offender. He
found him, and without any argument he pro
ceeded to 'lick' him in the most approved
fashion. As no limit had been placed on the
operation or its character or extent he gave
him a compromise licking one that did not
malm him, but was guaranteed to leave him in
a very sore condition for a good period. When
the operation was concluded the victim asked
in a grieved tone: 'What did you attack me
" "I don't know,' said Jack. 'You'll have to
ask Dan.' "
"If that record of brotherly affection has ever
been beaten I would like to know by whom,"
said the story-teller.
A War Reminiscence.
General Macauley was colonel ofafamons
Indiana regiment during the war the Eleventh
Indiana Zouaves. Lew Wallace was colonel of
the regiment and he was promoted to the rank
of major-general. He was followed by George
F. McGinnlss, who was raised to the same rank,
and then Dan Macauley took command of the
regiment until he followed In the steps of his
predecessors and earned the shoulder-straps of
a major-general. The Eleventh Indiana was
noted for its capacity for endurance. Indiana
people still tell of the time when Colonel Lew
Wallace drilled the regiment on the fair
ground track at Indianapolis In the middle of
a hot summer day and made bis men go
tbrough maneuvers at double-quick over seven
miles of ground without a rest The feat was
rendereddoubly wearisome by the weight of
the accoutrements which every man carried
57 pounds. There Is also a favorite anecdote
of Indiana people of the time when Lew Wal
lace, during the riots of 1877, got together a
company m Crawl ordsville at short notice and
marched his men over to Indianapolis 45
miles in a single night. He did not shirk any
of tbe toil himself. He was always with his
men and bore as much of the trouble as they.
Brief Summary pi tbe Leading Feature's of
tho Mammoth Double Number
u The treatment of O'Brien has greatly in
creased tbe number of those who sympathize
with the Irish causo in Great' Britain. Indig
nation meetings aro being held to protest against
tbe brutal enforcement of coercion laws: The
Reichstag has passed tbe bill increasing Em
peror William's personal allowance 3,60tMXX)
marks, despite vigorous opposition. De Les
seps acknowledges that the new Panama Canal
Company is a failure. The Austrian succession
continues to be a vexed question in European
politics. AgamSof baseball was played on
Saturday in the very shadow of the Sphynx,
and a full report of it sent by cable to The
General Wagner, ex-Inspector ot the State
Soldiers Orphans' Schools, makes somo start
ling disclosures regarding the management of
the school at McAUisterville. The condition of
that institution and its inmates is terrible, ac
cording to bis statements. A Hawaiian paper,
reporting the Samoan battle, says the Germans
commenced tho firing. Civil Service. Com
missioner Edgerton has been peremptorily
asked to resign by President Cleveland, and
Hugh S. Thompson nominated in his place. It
is thought that Edgerton talked too much. An
interview with Governor Beaver on the pro
hibition question furnished timely and inter
esting reading. The working of the civil ser
vice laws was discussed by Gail Hamilton, who
scores the l'resident and his friends most un
mercifully. . Indianapolis advices state that
Blaine will surely be Secretary of State. Sena
tor Chandler's resolution to investigate the
Louisiana elections has aroused the Senate,
and a breezy debate on sectional issues is likely
to result A mysterious cave was discovered by
New York plumbers In the rear of a tenement
house, and all sorts of guesses are made as to
the uses made of it
Judge Fetterman ha3 a plan to prevent
frauds at elections which he thinks superior to
the Australian system of voting. A gang of
counterfeiters were captured in Butler county
and brought to this city. The Pennsylvania
railroad has adopted a rule against moving any
but perishable freight on Sunday. Coal opera
tors complain that tolls are too high on tho
Monongahela river, and are agitating a reduc
tion in lockage rates. The investigation of the
charges against Police Inspector McAleese
was begun and adjourned until Wednesday.
There are 1,337 applicants for liquor licenses In
The sporting review, the music world, and
other regular departments were, as usual, com
plete and newsy.
In the second part Joaquin Miller's intensely
Interesting romance of California was con
tinned. Frank Carpenter- described Peking
and Its strange sights and customs; BUI Nye
told how he and Riley hunted elephants in the
tropical region between Minneapolis and
Winnepig; Onlda discussed the tendencies of
modern art; Blakely Hall devoted his bright
letter to gossip concerning that peculiar pro
duct of modern civilization, the society actress;
Shirley Dare pointed out the evils of the pub
lic schools and. their effects upon children;
Dr. Hammond gave some useful health hints,
and Prof. Shaler described various interesting
geological phenomena. Clara Belle, Wake
man and Bessie Bramble each contrlbnted en
tertaining letters. John Dean Brown con
tinued his instructive historical articles, and
Captain King bis reminiscences of equestrian
feats. Eliakim Eastman furnished a column
of interesting matter on winter amusements,
and "A Clergyman" and Rev. George Hodges
discussed religious subjects In pleasing, yet
earnest language. There were also other orig
inal papers by various writers, and the usual
attractive departments which have so long
been a regular feature.
THE DIPHTHERIA GERM,
Pasteur lias the Deadly Microbe bnt no
Antidote as Yet Exists.
New York, February 10. The Pans corre
respondentof the World cables an interview
with Prof. Pasteur on the newly discovered
diphtheria microbe. The Professor said:
"I think that I can give you good news. My
able assistants, Drs. Roux and Yersiro, have
discovered the germs of the dreadful disease
of diphtheria, which perpetrates such terrible
ravages during the winter in your large cities.
I believe It exists in a more virulent form in
the United States than it does in any other
part of the world. My assistants have taken
pieces of the diseased tissue or membrane from
tbe throat of tbe victim and have inoculated
several animals therewith. All of the latter have
in due course died of a-disease displaying all
tbe objective symptoms of diphtheria that
terrible destroyer of child life. So far,, so good.
But the opponents of tbe animalcule theory in
epidemic diseases then argued that these ex
periments only showed the terrible virulence
of tbe original poison. To answer this my young
scientific assistants, by means of a series of
glass tubes, diluted the morbid tissue to an
infinitesimal amonnt A germ was taken from
the final result and a rabbit was inoculated
therewith, which immediately died as quickly
as the first victim in the cause of science, be
fore tbe dilution of the virus.
"This is how we stand." continued Prof. Pas
teur. "We have found the deadly germ, but
we have not as yet secured a prophylactic for
its cure or prevention. My confreres are now
at work solving tbe problem, and from their
success so far in this original field of research
I have but little doubt that tbe inoculating
fluid will soon be forthcoming. We have tbe
virus bottled and corked. We can give diph
theria to any number of rabbits and dogs and
kill them as effectually as though they had
caught it first hand in the regular course of
events. I have not however, succeeded yet In
attenuating the virus, and so cannot InocuIaU.
I wish you would lay great stress on this point
as I am afraid that whole shiploads of your
countrymen will be coming over to secure by a
visit to the Pasteur Institute immunity from
diphtheritic affections. Tell them, please, that
we are not ready for business yet, bnt that per
haps we will be so by summer."
HE DID NOT PREACH IESTERDAT.
Pastor Wentvrorth In Jail Charged With
Cheating In Swapping Oxen.
Farminqton, Me., February 10. The Rev.
E. L. Wentworth, of Perkins Plantation, was
announced to hold a quarterly meeting Satur
day and Sunday at Weld and Carthage, but
Judge Chandler yesterday, in the Farmington
Municipal Court, seriously interfered with
these appointments by committing him to the
county jail on a charge of false pretenses.
Wentworth described himself in court as half
farmer as wen as preacher, "a kind of lone
farmer," as he jocularly explained. He ad
mitted that the red oxen with brown heads
and white stars In their faces that he swapped
off for a fast colt with Charles Newell, of
Perkins Plantation, had a bill of sale on them
running to Jacob Holmes, of Wilton, but be
claimed that Newell knew this fact This
Newell denied, and the court found against
Before leaving the court room he lifted up
his hands and exclaimed dramatically: "My
benediction on my enemies! I forgive them. X
feel proud that the Lord has suffered me to be
JEFF DAYI8 ON RACE RIOTS.
He Declares Thnt the Trouble In Mississippi
Ha Been Exaggerated.
ATLANTA, Ga., February 10. In a personal
letter to Park Commissioner Root of this city,
Mr. Jefferson Davis writes concerning the race
riots in Mississippi:
"The tendency to change seems to grow upon
the negroes with the indulgence of 'their right
to leave at win. The accounts of riots in this
State have been greatly exaggerated. Though
it may seem singular, it is true that race con
flicts generally occur where the negroes are
few compared to the whites and the personal
association much closer than on I the planta
tions. On our island we have 500 or 600 blacks
and say ten or a dozen whites. There has never
been a disturbance among them. We for
several years bad a negro magistrate. He has
now gone away, but before Jus departure a
well-behaved, sober young man defeated the
negro in tbe last election contest which at
least shows that the negroes, to a large extent
are willing to trust a white man."
Not at All Improbable,
From the Boston Herald.!
It is announced that Count William Bismarck
has been appointed President of the province
of Hanover. Somebody will be hollering
nepotism over in Germany If this sort of thing
A Boom Easily Broken,
From tbe Baltimore Herald.j
Governor Hill Is blowing vigorously Into his
soap-bubble boom. It is a long time till '92,
and it will take a strong bnbble to endure four
years of hard puffing.
A SUP SEME COURT HUDDLE.
That Body's Illogical Position an the Classi
fication of Cities Developing an Un
friendly Feeling la the Smaller Munici
JfARRisijUBa, February 10. A positively un
friendly feeling has developed among members
of tbe Legislature representing the smaller
cities against the Supreme Court of the Com
monwealth, and the feeling, if anything, is
more pronounced among the lawyers than
among tbe laymen.
"Even-now," said an attorney of Urge prac
tice and of an experience extending over many
years, "we can't tell where we stand. The Su
preme Court having taken an illogical posi
tion, endeavors to set itself right by faking an
other illogical position. It has arrogated to
itself, in the first place, legislative powers. We
are told that it says there shall be but three
classes of cities. Its authority for such a decla
ration is among the unknown and unknowable
things. In making such a declaration it as
sumes to itself the right to put a bridle on the
work of the Legislature, tbe only duty of the
Supreme Court in this matter was to declare
whether, under the Constitution, the classifica
tion of cities is permissible, and if it Is permis
sible it is the right of the Legislature to limit
tbe number of classes or say bow many there
"Then again, with regard to the clause of
the act of 1874 which makes it optional with
cities whether or not they shall ac
cept the provisions of that .law. we are told
that the Supreme Court has reversed itself
and declared the clause constitutional. If this is
true, how does it compare, for instance, with
the decision on the fence law? Yon may l re
member that the Legislature passed an act per
mitting counties to repeal the fence law, each
for itself, by a popular vote at an election ap
pointed by the County Commissioners and well
advertised beforehand. You may also remem
ber that on an appeal from Venango connty
the Supreme Court declared that particular
manner of repealing a law unconstitutional.
The act under which it was done, declared the
Court is Indirect local legislation, and
tbe Legislature may not do Indirectly
what it may not do directly.
Now, then, if the option given to 'cities to ac
cept a law is constitutional, why is not tho
option given counties to repeal a law equally
constitutional? Or put It tho reverse: If an
optional law for counties is unconstitutional,
why is not an optional law for cities unconstitu
"If the Supreme Court had kept its hands off
the act of 1887 all would have been well, so far
as the cities are concerned, and if, under the
constitution, three classes of cities ate lawful,
it Is difficult to see why a greater number are
not. When the Supreme Court attempts to say
how many classes of cities there shall be it as
sumes legislative functions and has no right to
them. Tbe Supreme Court has reversed itself
on many occasions and there is danger of it
doing so In this case. It looks very much as
though the last reversal was simply an effort to
help the cities out of a hole. That is more
legislation, and when the Court stops that and
gets down to purely judicial work It may de
clare that any law classifying cities Is a viola
tion of the Constitution. Then where will wo
be? We will have all this trouble over again.
The only way I see now to let the Court and the
cities out of a hole is the passage, as soon as
possible, of a Constitutional amendment for
tbe classification of cities. Then we will have
no further trouble, but not untd then will we
be safe." Smpsoh.
AN ALLEGHENY POETESS
Proposes to Help Wealthy Mr. Babcock
Oat of His Dilemma.
James L. Babcock, the wealthy young man of
Ann Arbor, Mich., who must marry or lose
half a million, has been receiving lots of mail
since the publication of the pecular provisions
of tbe will under which be inherits his prop
erty. Among the many fair ones who are will
ing to take bim for better or worse Is an Alle
gheny girl, whose letters the young gentleman
turned over to tbe editor of a local newspaper
In bis town. Yesterday, the following, clipped
from the Ann Arbor RegUter, was received at
this office with the following indorsement by
Mr. Bancock: "Too good to keep; please pub
lish in yourvaluabla-DisPATCii:"
Among the many lettenrtnTegard to matrimony
received by James L. Babcock, on Whose marriage
depends so many thousand dollars, tne following
poetical effusions are among tbe best The first
was received a couple of weeks ago, and Mr. Bab
cock's secretary wrote to the fair author congratu
lating her on her epistle, but suggested that while
tbe sentiment expressed was worthy, thelanguage
nsed was not the most refined. In response to this,
be received the second letter, couched In more re
fined language and written to please his style:
WESTIBN AVI, ALLEGHENY CITT, PA., J
January W, 1SS9. J
Dear Mr. Bab., your prosuecta 'r.
Are just now making quite a stir;
Bo many letters you have got
From those who wish to share your lot
That I will boldly venture too,
And see what poetry will do.
My form is tall, and large, and straight;
I always walk In my own gait;
My eyes are dark, so Is my hair
The latter though Is getting snare;
But with your wealth I'd be quite rich,
And oft could bay a bran new switch.
To see my feet you would proclaim
That I was a Chicago dame;
My bands are large, and broad, and red.
My face is, too, so some have said,
But ob I my heart is full of love,
Bo let me come and be your dove.
My Pittsburg home I'd gladly leave,
And never more for It would grieve;
A wife there never would be such,
And all that money firmly clutch.
My heart In rapture turns to thee,
O quickly, quickly, send for me.
WZSTEBX AVKNTX, ALLEGHENY CITT, 1
January SO, l&B. J
Dear sir. your letter is at hand.
And every line I closely scanned,
And now I think you are unkind
To say my rhyme was not refined.
I simply told you what was true,
And should expect the same from you.
Is this what you would have me say
In your sweet sentimental way:
I am so queenly, grand, and fair,
With dusky eyes and raven hair;
Am always pleasant mild, and sweet
With dimpled hands ana lime ieei.
Mr movements all are fuU of grace,
And such a kind, angelic face.
My ev'ry step Is soit and low.
Like dreamy songs of long ago.
Put this letter with the other,
See what difference you discover.
This Is your style, and that is mine,
At least It Is so far as rhyme.
I hope you are not dull or cross,
But If we wed 1 think I'll boss;
And with my charming, pretty ways
We would have none but sunny days.
Don't let your secretary write,
I feel lor bim a little spite.
Telling me what style to ape
"Parthenla" and "Prlscilla" shape.
But If you answer this at all.
Please write yourself; If but a scrawl;
Your penmanship I'd like to scan.
If oft doth Indicate tbe man.
ANOTHEE LADI BLEEPEE, .
She Lies Days at a Time Apparently Dead,
but la Conscious All the Time.
Norwich, CoKir., February 10. Connecticut
has developed a "sleeper" who threatens to
compete with theJ Attica wonder. Her name is
Miss Belle McArthnr, and she, too, is a beauty.
She lives with her parents In the quiet little
village of HawleyvlUe, and Is scarcely more
than 20 years of age.
At first her trances lasted only a few hours,
but with each successive one they became more
extended until she now lies for several days at
a time apparently dead. She Is stricken sud
denly, without the slightest warning, cannot
move hand or foot loses all power of speech
and Is unable to open her eyes. She does not
lose her senses, out claims that they are In
tensified. Her hearing is more acute and she
suffers agony of mind, knowing what is going
on and being said, but being unable to speak or
signify her condition. Physicians pronounce
ber case one of cataleptic fits, with some pecul
iar accompany symptoms.
An Indiscreet Emperor.
From the Minneapolis Tribune.
The young Emperor of China is soon to
marry two girls. This Is very Injudicious. A
pair Of queens and a king does not amount to
much. He should many four, and then only
two other hands could beat him: a quartet of
aces or a straight flush. The Chinese are not
thoroughly enlightened yet, it appears.
OUR MAIL POUCH.
Tbe British Parliament.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
What It the number of members of the
British Parliament and how aro they chosen?
MoKee's rocks, February 9. a
Tbe British Parliament Is composed of two
Houses the House of Lords and the House of
Commons. The former is composed of peers of
the realm by hereditary right, or by creation ot
the sovereign; of 23 Irish representative peers,
elected for life; ana of IS Scottish peers,
elected for each Parliament only. These con
stitute the ','lords temporal." In this body aro
also, by virtue of their office, tbe Archbishops
of Canterbury and York, and 24 English
bishops. These are the "lords spiritual." The
lords temporal are those of the ranks of dukes,
marquises, earls, viscounts and barons. Tho
Lord Chancellor is Speaker ot the House of
Lords ex officio. The House of Commons con
sists of 670 elected members, from England,
Wales, Scotland and Ireland. Tbe presiding
officer is the Speaker.chosen by the House from
its own members." His salary is 0,000 a year,
and a furnished residence, when Parliament
Is in session, the Commons convenes at 4 p. m.,
except on Wednesday?, when it sits from noon
until e p. jr. It does not; as a rule, bold sessions
Synclinal Axes and Oil Fields.
To the Editor or The Dispatch :
J. P. Lesley, State Geologist, in tbe second
geological survey of the State of Pennsylvania,
in outline map, showing the minor axes of the
sixth bituminous coal basin, Indicates that ba
sin by four parallel lines, which he calls the
synclinal axes, namely the Brady's Bend, Mll
lerstown, Martlnsburg and HanisTille syn
clinal axes. These parallel lines run in a
southwesterly direction through Butler county
and extend into the counties of Allegheny,
Beaver and Washington. Webster defines the
word synclinal as "formed by means of strata
dipping toward a common line or plane, as a
synclinal trough or valley."
Now, are our best oil fields found in these
synclinal troughs or valleys? By looking at the
map we find the following oil fields, located on
or in close proximity to the Martinsbnrg syn
clinal, as indicated by the State geologist:
Parker, Martinsbnrg, Fairview, Modoc, Greece
City, Renfrew or Thorn Creek and Evans City.
On tbe otber synclinals we find good oil fields,
as, in ease of the Scrubgrass or Bullion, or on
the HarrisvWe synclinal. Is there anything in
this theory or did these things just happen so?
Wampum, February 9. m.
Is Cider Intoxicating.
To tbe Editor of The Dispatch:
The amendment to the Constitution prohibit
ing tbe sale of intoxicating liquors, which
reads: "The manufacture, sale, or keeping for
sale, of intoxicating liquor to be used as a
beverage, Is hereby prohibited, and any viola
tion of tbis prohibition shall be a misde
meanor." etc. Is more tar reaching than many,
aye, I may say most people thlnic
This undoubtedly means that the fanner and
cider manufacturer is also prohibited to press
bis surplus of apples and grapes into cider and
native wine. Now, is this the meaning of the
intended prohibition act to be voted on hv thn
people of this State June 18 next? Will ypu
kindly give your opinion whether elder is In
cluded fn the prohibition act? J. B.
This will be a question for the courts to
determine, should tbe amendment be adopted.
Our Country nnd Canada.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Which has the greater area the United
States or British America? John Bull.
Pittsburg, February 9.
Area of tbe United States, 3.680,212 square
miles; area of the Dominion of Canada, 3,204,
381 square miles. In the Dominion of Canada
are included all of the British possessions in
America except Newfoundland, the area of
which is 40,20D square miles.
Two Cities' Population.
To the Editor or Tbe Dispatch:
Please let me know the population of Cleve
land and Pittsburg in 1870, also the population
of Pittsburg and Cleveland in 1888, or by the
latest census of tb e two cities. F. C M.
BLAIESVTI.I.E, February 9.
Cleveland, 1870. 92,829; 1880. 160.116; Pitts
burg, 1S70, 86,076: 1SS0. 156,369. The last official
census was taken in 1880.
Two Great Fires.
To the Editor of Tbe DlsDatch:
What was the estimated loss by the great
Chicago fire? What was the loss some time
later when the great fire took place In Boston?
Pittsburg, February 9. K.
Total loss by tbe Chicago fire ot 1871, 3190,
OCO.000, of which $44,000,000 was recovered on
insurance. Total loss by the Boston fire of 1872,
Two Terms as Mayor.
To thn Editor of The Dlsnatch:
In what year Vras W. C. McCarthy elected
Mayor of Pittsburg? M. J.
Pittsburg, February 9.
First in 1866 and again in 1S74.
HAEKISON'S ALL EIGHT.
The Revivalist Think $100 b Week Not
Extra Big Pay for His Work.
rSFXCUL TZLXOBAK TO TBS! DISPATCH.!
New Yobs:, February 10. A paragraph pub
lished in a Philadelphia paper, and extensively
copied, states that Revivalist Harrison is find
ing his work in the Beekman Hill Church, in
this city, pretty "rough sledding-" that "the
brethren do not revere him as much as for
merly, because they have heard that 80 per
per cent of his converts in the Jane Street
Church have slid back into the paths of
sin. and that Mr. Harrison's work, when his
salary Is considered, is nothing more than a re
Mr. Harrison came down from the pulpit in
the Beekman Hill Church this afternoon, and,
leading the reporter into a side room, said
tbere was not a word of truth in the whole
statement "I have been eneaeed in this
ork," said Mr. Harrison, "for 14 years, and in
all that time the question of money has never
prevented me from working for any church that
seemed to need my help. My terms are 8100 a
week and expenses, and there has never been
any difficulty in any church I hare worked for
in meeting this expense."
Mr. Harrison threw open the door of tbe
room, and displayed Beekman Hill Church
crowded to the door. "Does that look like
hard sledding?" he asked. "I have been work
ing here five weeks, and tbere is always a
crowd here. I shall have eight services to-day.
Trouble about expense? Why. we could col
lect $300 here In five minutes if it were needed."
A CAI'S BITE PATAL.
A Georgian Expires la Great Agony, and His
Wife la Not Expected to Lire.
Moxboe, GA., February la The news of
the terrible death of Henry Womac, a young
farmer, who lived six miles below Monroe,
from a cat's bite, is now followed by the state
ment that his wife is dying from tbe same
cause. Saturday, a week ago, Mr. Womac was
sitting by the fire with one hand hanging
down, when suddonly one of the house jests
sprung upon bis hand and fastened her teeth
in one of bis fingers. He slung her loose, and
seizing a shovel, killed her immediately. Tbe
wound in his finger soon healed.
Last Saturday morning, just one week later,
the other cat suddenly showed signs of fight
and with bristles raised ran nnder the bed in
which Mrs. Womac was lying. When she got
up and her feet struck tbe floor, the cat bit her
on one heel. Her husband, hearingherscreams,
rushed in, choked the cat off and killed it
About noon bis finger began toswell and pain
Mm, and at night he was attacked by spasms,
which continued until he became so wild that
his friends were compelled to fasten him np In
a room by himself, where he diea a most terri
ble death from what is pronounced hydropho
bia. Mrs. Womac's foot is swollen to three or
four times its natural size and she is not ex
pected to live until morning.
Two New Churches Dedicated la Ohio With
Special Telegram to The Dlsnatch.
FnrnLAY, February 10. The 813,000 United
Brethren Church In this city was dedicated to
day with impressive ceremonies. The vener
able Bishop Weaver, ot Dayton, preached the
At tbo same hour the new Presbyterian
Church at Bluffton was dedicated by the Rev.
Dr. Scoville, President ot Wooster University.
A VICTIM OF CIGARETTES.
Tho Deadly Little Weapons Adding Another
Ulan to Tbelr Long List.
Special Telegram to Tbe Dispatch.
Habbisbubo. February 10. E. A. Croll, the
bright and energetic business manager of tbe
Morning Call, of this city. Is dying at his home
In Carlisle of cigarette smoking. His once re
markable handsome face is frightfully con
torted beyond recognition, bis right eye and
Iris mouth being drawn around on the side of
bis face. He is said to suffer untold agony.
During the year 1887 the Eussian to
bacco factories turned out 2Ji,T&&o dzar
ettes. A rich man in Jrjprtland, 0., zot drunk
the other day and bought 86 coffins for himself,
leaving only about ten more In stock In tno
Miss Amelia "Wadsworth, of Spring
field, Bl having publicly lectured on marrlags
as a fail are, a newspaper man went to work
and proved that she had been engaged ana
jilted three times.
There is a young woman living in New
ark, N. J., who bears the brief name of Hen
rietta Louisa Caroline Amelia Adelaide There
sa Whitehead Thorpe Wilkinson KlnseyPost
Her other name is not given.
While "William Jackson, a Chicago
roofer, was sliding down a roof a distance of
45 feet, be bad time to tell a fellow workman
that he owed three debts and bad the money in
his trunk to pay them. Then he reached the
eaves and went to his death on the frozen earth.
At a hugging bee for the benefit of the
church along the npper Hudson a few even
ings since a man while blindfolded hugged his
wife for several minntes without knowing who
ha was hugging. When be did find out ho
wanted his 15 cents back.
An ingenious person who was getting
up a popular entertainment in London, "in aid
of a well-known charity," wrote to a business
man as follows: "It has occurred to me that
you might be inclined to support so good a
cause say on these terms: If you will take
seven 3a. tickets I will cause the ventriloquist
to refer to yonr firm and business. If yon
agree to this I will write the wheeze' myself,
or will adopt any you may send."
The eight families occupying' the four
story tenement house. No. 241 East Seventy
fifth street New York, were saved from being
asphyxiated Thursday night by a sagacious
old black cat, which Is the joint property of a
family named May, living on the ground floor.
The cat detected that the gas was escaping
from a leak in the pipe, and crawled Into the
bed of Mary May. a 17-year-old member of the
May family, waking her by pulling at the bed
clothes. Mary realized the danger at once
and called ber mother, who aroused the rest of
the house with difficulty! Two members of
the May family were nearly suffocated before
rescued and had to be taken to the hospital.
Since electric lights were introduced in
Georgia large gray bugs have become common.
They are called electric bugs. Tbe other even
ing John McLaughlin, of Savannah, was sitting
by an open window and one of these bngs,
abont two inches long, flew in, and, striking tbe
wall, fell to the floor. McLaughlin picked it
up to throw it out of the window and the bug
sank its claws into his hand. He said tbe sen
sation was as though several Ash-books were be
ing pulled through the arm. Immediately his
hand began to swell, ana small pimples ap
peared on his hand, arm and face within 24
hours. For over a week tbe band and arm were
very sore, and at one time the case looked dan
gerous. Mr. Crumpton, who lajfe in the Arkan
sas flats, seven miles south of Quanah. had an
inkling that something was going wrong
around his place, and determined to seek out
the trespasser. Going a short distance from
his bouse, be entered a cave, and in the dark
ness he was confronted with a pair of fierce,
glaring eyes and rumbling growls. Whipping
out bis revolver, he shot at his mark, when a
scream was nttered and suddenly an enormous
panther sprang upon him. knocking him some
feet backward, when a hand-to-band fight en
sued. After a fierce struggle and being violently
scratched in the face, Mr. C. Anally succeeded
in firing the fatal shot which stretched his
game out The animal was dragged from the
cave and measured over nine feet
Dick "Worsham, of Mexico, Mo., re
cently bad on exhibition a hen's egg which was
an object of great curiosity. Upon one side of
the shell, which was of extraordinary size,
could plainly be discerned a number of war
ships at sea, peacefully gliding along upon tha
water's calm surface. Three vessels are plainly
visible. Turning the egg gradually over, a sea
port comes fully into view, resembling the)
harbor of Apia. Tbe similarity Is striking.
Indeed, and the Samoan matter at once enters
the mind upon beholding the egg, which is the
product of a hen that some German neighbors
of Worsham's brought over from the old
country three years ago. The extraordinary
figures upon the shell are thought to havepecu
liar significance just at this time.
The purchase of Alaska proves to be an
exceedingly good investment for the United
States. In the year 1867 It was purchased from
Russia for the sum of $7,200,000. Three years
later the Alaska Commercial Company was
formed for the purpose of embarking in the
sealskin trade. It was obliged by law to limit
tbs number of seals it destroyed yearly, and to
pay a tax on every bide. A report of a com
mittee of Congress calculates that In tbe 20
years that have since elapsed a sum exceeding
$8,000,000 has been paid into the treasury by tbe
company. This means that through a single
.company, and by means ot a single trade. In
the space of two decades, Alaska has repaid
the whole of tbe capital invested in her
purchase, together with interest at the rate of
about U per cent
The tarpon is the king of game fish. His
home is in the Gulf of Mexico andfn the West
ern Atlantic. He occasionally appears as far
North as the Jersey coast and Is met with,
around the West Indies, but Is most frequently
caught in the bavs and harbors of the Florida
coast In his prime tbe tarpon is a six-foottr.
He weighs from 100 to 150 pounds. He is re
markable for his great beauty. When first
landed his scales shine as though plated with
silver. He has a long bony projection at the
dorsal fin, which Is often seen scooting along
the top of tbe water while the fish is out ot
sight beneath. The tarpon Is known In Georgia
as the "Jew-flsb," and in Texas as the "Sava
nilla." In other places It Is called 'Silver-fish"
and "silver-king." The French-speaking peo
ple of the Gulf coast call it tbe "grand ecaiile,"
owing to the size of the scales.
Great possibilities lie in the well-known
sensitiveness to slight influences possessed by
many plants, and it was but natural to suspect
such vegetation of some weather-indicating
capabilities. Astonishing, however, are the re
sults lately recorded by Mr. J. F. Nowack. an
Austrian chemist after three years of study of
a sensitive plant from tbe tropics. The leaves
of this plant are in pairs on opposite sides of
the stem, and with varying atmospheric con
ditions they describe many different angles and
'curves, from which rain, fair or clearing
weather, increasing or decreasing cloudiness,
coming thunderstorms, earthquakes, winds and
even their force and direction. aS well as ris
ing and falling temperature, hare been pre
dicted with surprising accuracy for at least two
days in advance. Prof. Weiss, of Prague, has
traced this sensitiveness to a hitherto unknown
substance in the cells on the upper side of the
THE LAUGHING PHILOSOPHIES. -
A Fashion Plate The card receiver.
It is not good for man to be alone; it is
better. AtcMitm Qlobe.
Charles Holmes, an old hermit of Con
necticut, predicts that there won't be a railroad
Une left in this country 2S years hence. Why not
get him Into tbe Weather Bureau? Detroit Fru
An Ohio farmer mortgaged his farm to
get his wife some diamond earrings, and she lost
one of them in the suds the very, first wash-gay,
and attempted to hanz herself In the bam. De
troit free Prest.
Travis I tell you, fellow, I struck a
mighty soft thing to-day.
Chrones'Vyhat was It?
Travis Foseboy's bead. He Insulted mt, Burr
liagton Fret Prtsi.
She Ought to Have Known Belinda
Have you read Mr. Penman's last poemon "Grow
ing Old?" Irs really charming.
Mabel-No; but I will do so. I'm sure you ought
to be a good Judge. a ton Pott.
An Ohio cow was found in a swamp the
other day where shs had passed 86 days and nights
of anxious waiting. She bad grown so thin that a
man easily picked ber up, and It took three days
to get her full of taj.-Detroit free Preit.
Too Conscientious Pupil "May I be
absent this afternoon? My annt'sbrotherlsdead."
Teacher -"Welt as tar as I am concerned, job
can have permission: but really, I wish It had
been a nearer relation I" FUegenO Blatter.
"Now, Johnny," said the teacher, "what
scriptural quotation would you use it somebody
should call Jimmy a fool? You remember 'He
that calleth '" ''-
Johnny Oh, I know! "The truth -should aot be
spoken at all times. ' 'Botton Tramcrtpt.
Wife (who has just been ibiougr ht
pockets) You wretch, you have been playing the
Hubby No, my dear. I spent the evening-at
the ladles' bazaar. All th poolrooms have closed
up since the church fairs began. JV. X. Evening
There was a lull in the conversation, but
finally she inquired:
"Did I understand yon to say that yon had'at
made many calls lately?"
Youdld. 1 have made only one."
"You are fast becoming a social hermit ,6n
whom did you call?"
"Jack. I tried to bluff on apalr ot trays, ana8
can't get my dress shirts out of the laundry. that's
ul."-Mineapollt XriJuns, - -