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PITTSBOnG, SATURDAY. FE& 16. 1S83.
DELAYING THE INEVITABLE.
Mr. Mills is like the President, In that
he refuses to learn anything about the tariff
from the returns of November. Yesterday
the Texas member went to the trouble of
discovering that the Republican tariff pro
posals do not amount to anything because
their bill "originated in the Senate," which
is contrary to the Constitution. Inasmuch
as the Senate put its plan in the shape of an
amendment to a House bill, and not as an
original bill of its own the point is not yet
quite clear that Mr. Mills' objection is con
It is not, however, any fear that the cons
titutionality of the Senate amendment
would be questioned by the country which
moves Chairman Mills. Opposition to the
Republican way of reducing the snrplus,
and adhesion to the Democratio ideas of
tariff reduction is the sole motive for conten
tion. As the Republican policy is bound
to be tried anyhow, for all practical pur
poses the present House might as well af
firm the Senate measure as leave it to the
succeeding House to do.
The tariff is rightly no more a partisan
question than it is a local issue. It is a
matter of business expediency, upon which
the country has just passed in a most un
mistakable manner; and what leading
Democrats have to gain for their party by
continuing to antagonize the verdict of No
vember is in no degree clear.
"WHAT FEAKCE NEEDS.
Unless some man with strong right arm,
stout heart and balanced brain, who will
put his country above himself, her interests
above his own, shall arise within her coun
cils, France, the Republic, will fall before
many more months have flown. Whether
France will fali a victim to Bou anger's
ambition or merely crumble into ruin amid
the wars of partisans, is a question time
alone can answer. It is certain, however,
that France's need for a patriot strong enough
to be her savior has never been greater than
it is to-day.
It is very hard to understand how the
Floquet Ministry came so suddenly upon
defeat yesterday. The assertion that M.
Floquet himself expected to be beaten on
the question of a revision of the constitution,
and saw in such a defeat a safe way out of
his embarrassment, must be taken with a
grain of salt niter the event. Probably M.
Floquet was as much surprised as his oppo
nents were, and that the latter did not ex
pect a victory is plainly shown by their
failure to follow it up.
It was hardly intended to fulfil such a
purpose, but at present it seems as if the ex
position at Paris might prove the salvation
of the Republic till the summer at least is
over. Every Frenchman wants to see the
exposition succeed, and to effect this result
a sort of armed truce between the enemies of
the Republic and its friends may be tacitly
A QUESTION OF METHODS.
A band of pickpockets in Chicago is re
ported to hare devoted its exclusive atten
tion to relieving ladies returning from shop
ping of their purses. Commenting tin this
the Boston Glole remarks that Chicago la
dies must be very different from Boston
ladies, the latter seldom having any money
in their purses when they return from
shopping. Perhaps after all the difference
may lie in the methods -of the shopkeepers.
, In Chicago, possibly, the storekeepers in
stead of cleaning out the customers' pockets
in the conventional way, have organized
the band of depredators in question to se
cure any stray driblets of cash which their
salesmen have failed to extract. In such
matters as these we shall always expect to
see Chicago ahead of Boston, as regards
originality and boldness of plan.
If the investigation into the inner work
ings of the Home Rule party of Ireland
were not already the most remarkable pro
ceedings in modern political history, the
quality of the evidence now brought for
ward to damn Parnell and his associates
would certainly entitle the affair to that
Obviously, to any mind not completely
occupied by prejudice, the proper proceed
ing from the first in regard to Parnell and
his companions was to indict them, if the
Government believed it had testimony to
connect them with crime. That this was
not feasible was clear from the failure of
the Government to take that step. Who
doubts that Balfour, who imprisons the
Irish: members for venal offenses, would
be glad enough to lay his hands on Parnell
and his lieutenants for greater trangres
sions, and would have taken the risk of
proceeding long ago, if there was a gleam
of hope for success? But though trials and
convictions of other persons for offenses
have been plenty asblackberries, and though
the Tories have had the whole machinery
ot the Government at their disposal, they
never found a pretext for calling Pajnefl
into court as an inspirer or accomplice in
crimes of violence.
Failing in this, they set up the Special
Commission as a fishing inquiry with full
power to go into details of everything done
by everybody claiming to act as a member
of the Home Rule party. Paid spies and
informers were then plentifully introduced
to couple in some way or another Parnell's
name with plots and conspiracies. The
slightest incident was not too little to serve
as a basis for this business. The preseuce
of men in meetings at which Parnell spoke;
the fact of his giving his autograph to one
fellow, or shaking hands upon introduction
to another anything was good enough to
make him an accomplice as to dynamite,
arson and assassination. Nothing could bo
worse than the logic of this poor pretense of
proof, unlets indeed it were the character
-of the witnesses by whom il was offered.
Bat there is probably an end to the string
now. The chief accuser of Parnell, the
man whff furnished , the letters, now de
nounces Labouchere' also, claiming that the
eminent English Liberal tried to bribe him
with 1,000 into false testimony. There
must be some point at which even the
Tories will cease to credit such confessed,
rascals as have been their mainstay so far in
these proceedings. "We judge ft is reached
when these charges are made -against a man
of such note and reputation for integrity as
Labouchere is. After a few more distin
guished Englishmen are slandered by the
suborned witnesses against the Home Bute
party, all England will feel disposed to cry,
THE REVOLT AGAINST BOODLE.
One of the questions of public interest,
which is at present being discussed more or
less by various State Legislatures, is that of
reforming ihe ballot. That there is a grow
ing popular sentiment against what Is
known as the boodle method in politics can
not be gainsaid. That the evil for which
a remedy is sought is widespread none eit
cept the willfully blind or corrupt will
deny. No section of the country is alto
gether free from its contaminating influ
ences, while in some cities and towns, and
even in wholo States, it is charged, if not
proven, that boodle is king, controlling ap
pointments, appropriations, legislation and
the administration ot the laws.
There Is a class of politicians who are
not troubled by consciences, who look upon
bribery, forged returns and stolen offices as
excellent jokes, providing these practices
succeed without bringing the originators
into unpleasant prominence. It is to this
class, as well as to the bribe takers and
bribe, givers, that legislators should turn
their attention, if they would frame laws
that are to be effective. la other words, the
punishment should be made to fit the crime,
and there should be left no loophole through
which the actual criminal can escape, while
his ignorant hirelings pay the full pen
alty. In all States there are laws
which make bribery a crime, punishable
either by fine, imprisonment or disfran
chisement; but the infrequenoy with which
convictions ore made under these laws
shows that they are cither defective or else
the officers charged with their enforcement
are neglectful of their duties. In many
cases both conditions probably exist. To
deal with the subject successfully is exceed
ingly difficult, and the highest degree of
legislative wisdom is necessary to frame
laws that will be an improvemcnt.on those
now in force.
But the evil exists and must be cured, or
the degrading of rthe ballot, now confined
chiefly to thickly populated districts, will
become general. "We do not believe that
complete reform can be brought about by a
change in the laws legislative cure-alls are
the hobbies of cranks and quacks; but some
thing may be accomplished by intelligent
effort in this direction, and vastly more by
an awakened public conscience. That
there is a revolt against political corruption
and boodle politics in general is proven by
the public interest aroused Jjy the present
discussion of the question in many parts of
the country. Let us hope that good may
COURTING HISS CANADA.
It is said that a nice little party of four
hundred there seems to, be a i pell about
that number of Canadian grandees has
been invited to come across the border and
see what sort of a place the United States
is. Some generous gentlemen among us
have, in fact, bade the whole Canadian
parliament -make a tour of the Middle,
Southern and Eastern States at their ex
pense. The party will invade the United
States about May 1, in Pullman cars, armed
with the latest brands of cigars and any
amount of champagne. To expound the
mysteries and point out the lions of our
great cities, and to help get rid of the wine
and cigars, members of the two houses of
Congress will be in attendance.
Pittsburg has a personal interest in this
Canadian tourist party, for this city is
naturally included in the list of places to
be visited. Her Chamber of Commerce and
her manufacturers will be asked to exhibit
Pittsburg's resources and exceptional gifts
to our Northern neighbors. What the pre
cise object of giving the Canadian legis
lators such a delightful junket is has not
been yet explained. It is, however, sup
posed to have been conceived as a means
whereby Canadians may be made to see how
desirable it would be for them to ask Uncle
Sam to take them to his bosom. It can
hardly be that Canada is to be supplicated
to annex us.
Perhaps the tour will give pleasure and
rest to the Canadian legislators and our
own fatigued Congressmen, but that de
pends in some measure upon the quality of
the cigars and the quantity of thewine.
That it is a dignified or useful action on the
part of American citizens, and one to be
indorsed by Congress, we take the liberty
of doubting. The United States is pot so
terribly anxious to acquire Canada and her
casket of debts, after all. If the Canucks
do not know or cannot see what a gain it
would be to them far greater than to us
to have all the barriers commercial and
political, between us removed, it is hardly
likely that a free junket through the States
will clear their brains and open their eyes.
We can wait until they are ready to dis
cuss the question; and in return would it
not be well to allow them to wait in like
SNUBS BADLi CLASSIFIED.
A gentleman vaguely described as an
attache of one of the foreign legations has
been telling a Hew York Sun reporter
about the brainless youths he has met at
receptions and balls in Gotham, and inci
dentally he remarks that "One can afford
to be snubbed by a duke, but nobody will
swallow an insult from a man who has not
social position, wealth or wit- to reepmmend
In this confession may be observed one of
the essential differences between a repub
lican and a man brought up amid the snob
bish notions of monarchical court life. An
American would resent a snub from a duke
with as much heartiness, wc may be sure,
as he would tho sneer of a snob in Xcw
Xork City. It reminds us of the story of
the man who boasted that the King had
spoken to him, and who, when asked to re
peat the substance of this regal condescen
sion, replied: "He told me to get out of his
A PBOGRESSIVE PEOPLE.
Eor a long time the Japanese (govern
ment has been sending to this country each
year a number of its brighiest young men
to be eduoated. Theso students have been
quick to conform to our ways, and many of
them have given evidence of scholarship of
a high order. It would bciinpossibletodeter
mine how far thn study of our political insti
tutions has been instrumental in bringing
about the change in the form of government
lately adopted in Japau; but that it has
had its effect will scarcely be. questioned.
The ,Tnpaaese,' whatever -erroneous options
may be current to 'the contrary, are really a
people of quick intelligence, and far mere
progressive than most Asiatic nations.
Within the last 25 years they havo ad
vanced rapidly, modeling' their civilization
aff$r thai of Europe-And America,
Kpw,' after 25 ceaturies of nearly absolute
.monarchical ruleV Japan has provlded.for a
constitutional government, a parliament
similar to that of Great Britain, and an ex
tension of the right of suffrage to all men 25
years of age and over who pay a tax of not
less than $25 yer year. Moreover, the coun
try has a postal system, public schools, an
army and a navy, modeled after those of
America. Its commerce with the rest of the
world is growing.rapidlv, arid railroads are
being constructed which will surely aid In
developing the internal resources of the em
pire. For a heathen nation this is not so
Oil is just moving up and also down
enough to make the tender lamb sigh for
the fields of his former fleecing. And the
brokers sigh, too, because the lambs are
neither so numerous' nor so ingenuous as
they were in the sweet long ago.
A cotempoeabY suggests that a pro
cession of the "original Harrison men" be
made a feature of the inauguration day
ceremonies. This might be interesting, but
it wouldn't be fair. The original "Harrison
men are so numerous that if all of them
should attempt to parade at once there
would be no room for anybody else in the
procession. They have had glory enough
and ought to be willing to stand back and
give the soldiers a chance.
A New York weekly called Lies will
henceforth be known as To-day, As it is
devoted to society news and club gossip
principally the change will not be noticed
by the readers. The lies of yesterday and
to-day are very much alike.
TnE essential difference between Mr.
Mills and the late Mr. Christopher Colum
bus is chiefly to be found in the fact that
the latter's discovery of America was a
benefit to tho world, while the gentleman
from Texas discovered a mare's nest, which
will not oven beflefit himself. Why docs
not Mills discover his proper vocation in
The half-breed Indians in Bartlett
Lcounty, Dakota, are evidently highly civil
ized. They are objecting very strongly to
paying taxes, and use language to the
Sheriff worthy of alien landowners in Alle
Edison said in a recent interview that he
believed the phonograph might be success
fully used to sing babies to sleep. Un
doubtedly he has brought the phonograph
very near perfection, but we doubt whether
he has yet made a machine that will wake
up and sing every time a baby cries during
It is a pity that the Rev. Mr. Silence, of
Chicago, who is'said to be fraternizing with
Socialists and. Anarchists, does not adopt
his own name for a motto and keep his
opinions to himself.
Beadstbebt's report, printed in this is
sue, shows the country's trade to be in a
fairly prosperous and promising condition.
The outlook for iron has not improved, but
the healthy state of other markets may have
some -encouraging influence upon Pitts
burg's great industry.
TiiEHEisa very appropriate location as
signed to the artificial Ice works, which a
cotemporary tells us will be built here in
the near future.
Ex-Peesident RniHEBPOED B. Hates
told a reporter yesterday that the way the
prohibition question impressed him was that
yesterday might be considered a fine day.
There are a great many people who would
echo Mr. Hayes bold- views if they were
asked to declare them.
A white crow or a happy Mugwump are
not harder to find in these days than a civil
conductor on a cable car.
Feom all sides come reports that St. Val
entine's Day was not honored last Thursday
as it used to be. Various causes are av
signed. It may be that fools are fewer; or
that they have taken to marrying of late, or
their foolishness has found some other
PERSONAL FACTS AND TAKCIES.
The Cuke of Cumberland Is exerting himself
to bring about a reconciliation between Prince
Alexander of Battenberg and the Emperor of
Onb of the squaws of the late Colorow. Chief
of the Colorado Utes, is soon to visit General
Harrison at Indianapolis. Her mission is to
present the Indian side of the troubles on the
Ndta Vau Zakdt, the Chicago Anarchist
who is now in trouble oyer tho vicious deeds of
one of her three doss, has an enormous number
of pets. Dogs, cats, birds, mice, lizards and
rabbits make up her menagerie. She devotes
most of her time to caring for these animals.
The oldest member of the Pennsylvania Leg
islature is Representative John H. Rfaey.of
Cambria, who is in his sevcnty.flrst year. He
held his present position 40 "years ago. The
youngest member of the House is Representa
tive A. F. Sands, of Scranton, who Is, 27 years
M. Jacqves, who waj beaten by General
Boulanger in the recent election in Paris, has
been suffering from nervous prostration. He
was very confident of victory, and his disap
pointment was overwhelming whto he heard
the result of tho balloting. The fact that he
was mobbed after the returns wero in added to
his depression, and a fever resulted from which
ho is slowly recovering.
Mn. Hoijlan Hukt, the religious painter,
is, despite bis idealism, a seeker for actualitv.
To become better conversant with his subject
be, a few years back, built a house and studio
on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The Hill of
Calvary can be seen,from his studio windows.
His history is a strange one. He was In his
early years a clerk in an autioneer's office. As
he sketched and drew all day long, he proved
but an indifferent clerk.
Mb. Spuegeoit, telegraphing to his congre
gation from Mentone about his accident, sug
gested as a text of special applicability,
Matthew v. 84, which roads: "Take therefore
no thonght for the morrow, fox the morrow
shall take thonght for the things of Itself.
Sufficient unib tho day Is the evil thereof." Rut
the telegraphists changed "sixth" for fifth
chapter, and consequently the elect of tho
Tabernacle received the admonition, "Swear
not at all," which, as Sir. Soureeon said, is "a
superfluity to say no more."
The Emperor of Austria is a great worker.
He enjoys excellent health, and nothing seems
to fatigue nim. After a heavy night's work he
will lie down on a sofa and sleep for a couple of
hours, rising as refreshed physically and Intel
lectually as If he had enjoyed a good night's
rest When obliged to travel he makes it a
point to go the longest stages of his journey at
night, and, seated at the table of bis saloon car
riage, with the window .open at all seasons, he
gets through his ordinary routine of work. He
rarely puts his signature to any paper of im
portance without being mado thoroughly
acquainted with the subject It refers to,
From tho Chicago Xews.J
Mr. Blaine was seen on the streets of Wash
ington tho other da? with a rent in his over:
coat. As the buttonholes wero still Intact
everybody at the capital is .wondering why the
office-seekers are not attending more strictly to
business. -. ,..,.,
THE TOPICAL TALKl'R,
More Cable Car Incivility Odd Paces From
n, Notebook of To-Day's Filling.
Is there any reason why tho conductor of a '
caniocarsnouiuuot ue as civil as any otaer
like official in his dealings with the public?
Two serious comDlaints of cross Incivility on
tho part' of the cable car Conductors have
reached The Dispatch office. In one case a
dapper young conductor, with' a light mus
taoho, was asked to stop the car it was on the
Citizens' traction line at Penn avenuo and
Eleventh street. It was about 11 o'clock on
Thursday night and the car was crowded with
people going from the Bijou Theater. The
conductor heard the request, bnt before the
people who wished to get out and reach the
Union depot could uako their way through the
crowd In the aisle tho conductor started the
car. The gentleman of tho party.again asked
the conductor to stop, and he replied:' "I did
stop once you're too blamed slow."
On another car of the same hue a few mln
'utes later the conductor did not stop at
Eleventh street as requested, and a lady was
carried two blocks beyond, -and missed her
train at the Union depot. The conductormade
an insolent remark to her also.
I have the names and addressos ot all the
complainants in these cases, and the Citizens'
Traction Company ought to attend to the mat
ter at once. It would bo well for the aggrieved
parties to note the number of the car on which
they have received 111 treatment, .for then the
punishment of the, offenders, can easily bo ef
Often tho huestlons asked by small chil
dren are tho hardest of all to answer.
An East Endxorrcspondcnt of mine tells me
that'a small daughter ot his named Amy was
taken by her grandmother to see the house her
(Amy's) father lived In when he was a small boy
When they came homo Amy asked her father:
"Papa, when you wero a little boy, who was
my papa ?'
Wnv is it most people hereabouts alder from
the rest of the world in their pronunciation of
the feminine namo Ada 7 It is almost always
mado Adda here, bnt in the East and in En
glandnot to mention the dictionaries it is
invariably pronounced as it Is" spelled, Ada, the
first a being made to sound like the vowel in
The way of the rich man's son, is made easy
from tho first, but a school boy of this town
tells mo that one of the boys who attends the
same rather fashionable school In Allegheny
has a regular tariff of his own for smoothing
out the difficulties of tho ascent to knowledge.
This youngster, who will some flay bo a mil
lionaire, obtains the assistance of his school
mates in all his tasks in exchange for what his
well-lined pOcketbook can procure. In summer
time it is soda water to which be treats those
who furnish htm with translations and the
like, in winter candy and other things dear to
the urchin's soul.
How that small millionaire will weep when
he comes to man's estate and finds what knowl
edge is reauy worth!
There was a curlons cloud phantom in the
heavens last night. About 7 o'clock while the
full moon flooded city and field with Its won
drous light there slowly rose in the south
western sky some long filmy fingers of white
cloud. Venus shone brightly in this quarter of
sky, though a halo hung about her.
The long ringers ot white cloud, through
which the pale wintry blue of the firmament
beyond could plainly be seen, rose steadily-till
near the zenith. At this point they seemed to
converge toward the horizon until they formed
an exact image of a gigantic hand, spread
open, with thumb and fingers in proper propor
tion. This strange semblance stayed intact for ten
minutes or more. A few hundred years ago
such a 'thing would have brought to the be
holder prophetic warning of some stirring shift
of fortune. Even at this late day the heart of
man cannot but feel a touch of the ominous
when the clouds above him take such graphic
SEVERAL SOCIAL HYDNTS.
Pleasant Little Parties In a
Homes on Friday.
Among tho pleasant social events incident to
Friday evening a day of tbeweek when so
ciety may be said, ordinarily, to be as much at
rest as on Sunday were those noted below:
Progressive euchre parties were given by
Mrs. Frank Torrcns, or Torrens station, and by
Mrs. J. Howard Speer, of Hazelwood. In each
case a small company of guests passed a de
Miss Smith, of Ellsworth arenne, gave an
"at home." at which many of her legion of
friends paid their respects.
The ladies of the Central Presbyterian
Church, Allegheny, gave a supper in the
County Organization Enjoys Itself in
Its Annual Receplion.
Thn County Democracy gave a pleasant even
ing reception at Imperial Hall, tnew Grant
street, last evening. A large number were
present, including some of the best known pol
iticians of the city.
About 250 couples were in the grand march,
which was led by the members of the club.
The Original Royals andMcMicbaels furnished
tho music for dancing.
CATHOLIC 0HDECI1 NEWS.
Only Two Cardinals Receive Their Hats,
Owine to Illness ol the Rest.
New 'Yoke, February 15. The Catholic
Newt, of this city, to-day received the follqw
ing cablegram from Rome: Yestorday only
two Cardinals received their hats, Dusmet and
Macchi d'Annible being too sick to attend the
ceremony. The preciozatlon of the following
Bishops took place: John S. Foley, to Betroit;
John J. Hennessey, to Wichita; Thomas Hes
Hn, to Natchez; T. J. Dowlinjr was translated
fromS Petcrboro, Canada, to Hamilton, Can
ada, and the Dean of Connor was named for
the latter See.
Bishop John J. Keane, Hector of the Ameri
can Catholic University, was named to the
Titular See of Ajasso, and in the Consistory
Mgr. O'Connell, Rector of the American Col
lege in Rome, asked for and received the
.Pallium for Archbishop Jaunsen, of New Or
leans. SENATOR FOR A SHORT TIME.
Sketch ot the Gemloraun Who Will Succeed
Chnndlcr for a Few Months.
Exetek, N. H., February 15. General Gil
man Marston has boen tendered and accepted
the appointment of United States Senator by
Governor Sawyer, from the 1th of March until
tho Legislature In June provides for the next
six years' torm. His political career began In
IStawhen he was chosen to the legislature.
and was three times re-elected. In ISjO lie was
a member of the Constitutional convention; In
1859 he was elected to Congress, serving two
At the outbreak of tho rebellion he ivas ap
pointed Colonel of tho Second New Hampshire
Regiment and wag promoted quickly to Briga
dier General. In 18K5 ho was again elected to
Congress. Since 1S72 his services in the Legis
lature have been almost continuous, and he has
been a leader on the Republican side.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
NASHVILLE, February 15. Holland N. Mc
Tyelre, Senior Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, South, died this m'prn)n?nta o'clock at
bis residence on the Vanderbllt University
campas. Bishop McTyclre hat been stek since
list summer. lie was taken with chronic malarial
poison, which resulted In prostration of the nerve
centers and digestive organs, Mot long ago his
liver showed signs of disease; be was better for
the last three days, but last night hemorrhage of
the stomsch set In, rapidly prostrating htm. Ue
-was born In Barnwell county, South Carolina,
July 2S, 1821. lie joined the church in 1837, at
Cokcsburr school. South Carolina. Helicon to
preach in 1S4S, when he joined the Virginia
conference. In May, IS), the first general con
ference pf the church South was held In l'eters
btfrg. and MoTylere was sent to Mobile, He was
elected Bishop in 1S66. It was owing to lllshop
McTriere that Commodore Vanderbllt made the
Srlncely girts ol fl. 000,000 and William II. Van
erblltfmoooand Cornelius Vanderbllt SaHOCO to
VanderbVtVJnlversIty. of which Bishop HcTylere
was made frcldent for life. The funeral will
probably be from Vanderbllt University Chapel
on Sunday, and the bodv will be Interred on tbe
university campus. 1'ho. State Senate to-day
adopted resolutions of sorrow at the death of
WAsnwaiOS. Pa., February 15.-Iw!s Bar
ker, one of the heaviest stockholders In tbe First
National Bank of this place and for many years a
director In that Institution, died at his home to
day, aged 79 years.
J. IF. Uolllngsworth.
Special Telegram to the Dispatch. "
, YquxgstowkT Febrnary 15.-J. V, Holllngsr
worth, aged M. the oldest business man In Youngs
town, died suddenly this morning. . , -.'
Attorney-General Klrkpatrick Say
Supreme Court Is Inconsistent.
Special Telegram to The Disputed.
llARitisiinno,;Kobruary 15. The biennial re
port of Attorney General Kirkpatrkk is ready
tor submission to the Legislature. It shows
that in the years 1SOT and 1883 the 'Auditor Gen
eral placed in his hands for collection' 121
claims, involving an indebtedness to tho State
of 5300,803 42, of which he collected and paid
into the State Treasury $113,036 42. In addi
tion to these claims, collections were made in
tho years Indicated on other previously certified
Claims, aggregating $182,623 61, making the
total amounts recovered $3C5,68o 08 In 1S87 and
18S9. On these claims the Attorney General Is
entitled to 5 per cont commission, not exceed
ing $7,000 a year, which netted him, in addition
to his salary, 314,000 for two years.
In deciding cases involving the taxation of
gross receipts, the Attorney General intimates
that tho SuDrema Conrt of the United States
has Deen guilt;
r of InconststenoT. as he alleles
that in a case
decided in 1ST2 that tribunal held
that tho tax
on gross receipts for transporta-
tion of goods or passengers from other States
Into or through Pennsylvania, or from Penn
sylvania into other States, was not in conflict
wun tno Federal constitution, while since the
Conrt has rendered decisions that taxation by
States of grots receipts of transportation or
telegraph companion, so far as they arise from
inter-State business, Is a regulation of
commerce and prohibited by the
National Constitution. In view of
the failure or tho Commonwealth to
collect this tax the past few years, the account
ing departments now confines the tax on gross
receipts to business done within the State.
The largest amount collected was from the
Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company,
charged with a tax on gross receipts of $175,.
900 35, of which 3100,000 was obtained on a com
promise made by the Board of Accounts. The
next in amount was the claim against ex-Treasurer
Bally and his securities, amounting to
$70,000 80. This money has been deposited In a
bank which suspended while it bad the money
on deposit. Other claims collected ran from
$1 63 to 513.410 46, tho latter having been
paid by the Western Union Telegraph Com
pany. Nearly SOO appeals were pending at the
cloee of last year, amounting to about $2,000,
000. NEW YORK'S GOSSIP BUDGET.
Manager CSallck'a Honeymoon.
INEW TOr.K BUtfEAtr SrXCIALS.I
NewYork, February 13. ThoeveningTTorld
has tho following: "Isn't this touching? There's
a Pittsburg manager In this city surreptitiously
honeymooning. It Is R. M. Guliok, the success
ful proprietor of the Pittsburg Bijou. Re stole
away from his managerial post last Saturday,
after marrying a charming young Pittsburg
Regret Her Ilord-lleartedncss.
Jacob Waldcr, 23 years old, tell in love with a
young woman of Union Hill, N. J., and asked
her to marry him. She refused Last night
she gave him a second and final refusal. Wild
er walked the streets all night, and early this
morning bought a revolver. He locked himself
In his room, wrote a note to the effect that he
died for love, and then shot himself in tho
head. He isn't dead yet. The young woman
whom he loves has been at his bedside all day
and promises to marry hhn if he recover.
A Warning- for Whisky Drinkers.
Thomas Walters, 60 years old, called tor
whisky at the bar of a Broadway saloon late
last night As he reached for the bottle, he
staggered back and then fell to the floor dead.
Just Aching to See the White Caps.
Staten Island has been struck by the Whito
Cap mania. The young men who sit on barrels
in Clifton's corner grocery nighlly.wcre warned
yesterday to stay at home evenings or take 20
lashes each. The letters of warning contained
bloodthirsty illustrations of skulls and cross-
bones, pierced hearts and silt ears, and were
signed "White Caps." This morning a second
batch of letters arrived. Every young man who
has received such a warning has bought a re
volver and invited the White Caps to ma
terialize. New York's Oldest Voter Dead.
Moses S. Bauer died ot old age yesterday.
Ho was 101 years and 10 'months old. He
was born at Bchoffen, in the grandduchy of
Darmstadt Germany, and came to America in
1856. Until recently, Mr. Bauer was bright and
well. He read tho newspapers, walked several
blocks every afternoon, and talked politics.
He was the oldest voter in the city at the last
election, and cast his ballot for Harrison. He
retired from business ten years ago.
Whiskers Drive Him Mad.
Louis Marx, 2S years old, now InBellevue
Hospital, excites a great deal of attention
among the physicians. He was admitted a
year ago, suffering from chronic lead poison
ing. He did not improve under the regular
treatment, and at present shows symptoms of
catalepsy and hydrophobia. When a man with
whiskers approaches him he goes into par
oxysms of rage and snaps like a dog.
QUICK WESTERN DIT0ECES.
A New York Jndgo Thinks Thex Should
Not bo Recognized.
fSrZCIJLL TILXQIUlil TO THE DISPATCH.!
New York, February 15. Cora DeHadley, a
pretty brunette, was arraigned In the Adams
Street Police Conrt in Brooklyn to-day, ac
cused of bigamy, having, as alleged, married
Gilbert M. Atwood with the knowledge that he
had another wlfo living. The fact that Miss
DeHadley had been married to Atwood on
January 1 by tbe Rev. S. B. Halliday was not
disputed, but the point was raised in her de
fense that she thought Atwood had obtained
divorce. She told how sho had become ac
quainted with Atwood two years ago, while
they wero fellow clerks In a Fulton street dry
goods store, and of calls which she mads on
his wife at their house. She knew of the trou
ble between Atwood and his wife, which re
sulted In his trip to the West and of his re
turn with some papers, which be declared con
tained a judgment of divorce obtained in Colo
rado. She made no secret whatever of her marriage
and was careful to have a notice inserted in
the papers. She would not hare thought of
marrying Mr. Atwood if she thonght his first
-wifo had any claim upon him. Justice Walsh
severely commented on the failure of Miss
DeHadley to consult Mrs. Atwood about a
matter of so much importance to each. "Every
one," he said,."knew with what easo a divorce
is procured in the West A man jumps off a
train, sees a lawyer, pays his fee and gets
aboard again with his divorce papers In his
pockets. Such divorces should not be recog
nized." He decided to bold the defendant to
await the action of tbe grand jury, and she
was released on furnishing $500 bail. Atwood,
who was out on bail, has been rearrested, hav
ing been surrendered by his bondsmen.
Tbe First Sccreinry of Agriculture.
Washington, February 15. Mr. Norman
J. Colman, the newly appointed Secretary of
Agriculture, received his commission from the
President this afternoon, and took the oath of
office, which was administered by Mr. O. D. La
Dow, his private secretary.
A PACK OF CARDS.
You took up a spade. (This was quite long ago)
And hope with firm will made all labor aglow
AVIth triumphs to come and fortunes well earned.
The struggle was bard. You were quite uncon
cerned As to who fell by tbe way In the ebb and the flow
Or tho river oflife, always deep, never slow.
Unwilling to pause, love and friendship you
You tout up a spade.
You toqk una club. You determined to light
And always to crush, whether wrongful or right,
All others against you, who tried to succeed
In grasping the wealth and tbe power to lead.
For this you have bartered all else In your sight.
Forgetting, Ignoring, In tho strength of your
That Mammon and Heaven are never agreed.
You took up a club.
You took np a diamond, for np to ths sun
Yon had climbed. Tbe world at your feet, Its
What mattered to yon those behind In the race
AH crippled, disabled yon laugh In their face
And triumphantly point to what you have done.
The obstacles vanquished, the webs you had
For those who bad dared to compete with your
Yon took np a diamond,
Now you take np a heart -' lis the last of the cams.
Yon have thonght until now that love only re
tards The real business of Ilfo-io get riches and rule
Over men. You have said you were not such a
Tobellercln affection, of which sing the bards
And credulous persons. .Now you want the re
gards, Indeed, more, all her heart. Hardened and cruel,
.. Turn down the bcart
Jantt Cottar, in the Vkieago Av.
la Ihe Art ol Forgettlns Stare Valnah'le
Than That' of Remembering? When it
Would bo tJseYoI Worry Would be a
Thing of tbo Past Sufferers Might Pass
Their Dismal Hours In Dllrth and
From the London Globe.1
That tueful and indispensable machine, the
memory, is noted for the difficulties which it
causes to those who try to manage It It in
sists on having lta own way as to what it, will
forget or remember, and there is no knowing
at what moment a freak may not seize it, and
make It Incurably obstinate. In view of this,
certain sanguine and enthusiastic persons are
forever trying to invent artificial ways of re
membering things. There Is an art of memory
which has its professors and Its students, though
whether it confers degrees, and how far it has
yet fallen into the vice of examinations, are
matters on which tbe public has no certain in
formation. But why, we may reasonably ask, do the pro
fessors who offer to teach us to remember (on
payment of a reasonable fee) never turn their
attention to what would be an equally useful
object the. art of forgetting? Many people
wonld be glad to pay a large sum' to be
able to forget things at will. To remem
ber the dates of the kings of England-It
Is this sort of things to which
the professors of memory help us is a chaste
and noble pleasure, and the pedigrees in the
Bible, recited by aid ot a memoria technics,
may afford refreshment in the intervals of
business. But what, after all, are these intel
lectual enjoyments compared with the delight
of forgetting .what you do not wish td remem
ber? It is quite true that ordinary f orgotf ul
ness often involves great Inconveniences. But
tbe professors of memory do not greatly hclpns
to get over these. They do not assist us when wo
have forgotten tbe name of a person wbom we
are Introducing or the number of the house at
which we are going to call. They cannot re
mind tie nervous customer of bis own initials,
or bring back to the tipsy wayfarer the recol
lection of his address. Indeed, many of these
things may be managed by the simple expedient
of writing tbem down; and even the humble
assistance of the knotted pocket-bankerchief
may in small matters supersede the lectures of
Bow Hard It Is to Forget.
But the art of forgetting Is far more difficult,
and worthier of the attention of science. To
make a list of things to be forgotten, or append
to tbem in your diary a mark to that effect, is
of little moro value than the rival process of
pot putting them down at all. Neither of these
is found to Insure forgetfulness. And thongh
cudgeling tbe memory often has the same ef
fect as cudgeling that serviceable animal So
largely employed by costermongers, and makes
it stop altogether, it cannot be used, in a re
verse process, to make it forget at will. It
would, therefore, be valuable if some ingenious
person conld hit upon an antlmemoria technica
and enable the human mind to get rid, with a
little ordinary care, of its disagreeable recollec
tions. This might well seem impossible, if it were
not for facts constantly occurring in every
one's experience. Far from this art being im
practicable, there appear to bo persons who
have secretly mastered it and are constantly
using it The art of forgetting already exists,
but those who practice it conceal its rales, and
do not allow the public to benefit by them.
Though perhaps we cannot expect them to re
veal the mystery, it is an encouragement to the
investigator to know that such there Is. If
there were not, bow can we acconnt for tho
regularity nnd precision with which some per
sons forget things obviously not agreeable to
tbem? ft is simply unscientific to put this
down to chance; it Is far better to stva them
credit for the skill which they undoubtedly
Anti-Mnemonics Applied to Dills.
Watch one of these artists in contact with
that unostentatious, but yet somehow not
altogether welcome little composition which
occasionally crops up in the letter-box, and is
familiarly called a bill. Everything may seem
to be against bis success, and yet a skilled
practitioner may do wonders even with a rather
memorable bill. Memory depends a good deal.
on vivid impressions; and to see a distasteful
envelope larking amid tbe innocent and pleas
ing objects of tho breakfast table, is a likely
way to gain a vivid impression of the envelope.
Tho apparition is hardly less striking when tbe
enemy enters abruptly on a salver, altera
rather irritable ring of the street bell, or when
It is poked into the band out of doors by an in
sinuating person In shabby clothes. But the
trne artist can overcomo all these ob
stacles. In spite of them all. he can, by
tho marvelous control of memory which be
possesses, succeed in entirely forgetting
that bill. If he is a genius, and has complete
self-confidence, he may even, in spite, of tbe
awful risk of receiving too deep an Impression
from the process, give the envelope and its
contents the personal care and attention of
tearing them up into small bits over tho fire,
and so bestowing upon tbem the final honors
of cremation, and yet come out so triumphantly
successful as to completely forget tho circum
stance. Tradesmen, who may venture to refer
again to this person in regard to their so
highly honored communications, get tbe
authority of his own word for the fact that
every trace of it has been obliterated from bis
memory. This is surely a very Important in
stance in favor of the possibility of an art of
Tho Masterly Skill of Some People.
There are other examples of this practice,
not affecting public business, which are equally
encouraging. Promises and. engagements of a
private nature, which become onerous to
the person who has made them, are
often found to havo been forgotten,
when those who have forgotten them are
persons otherwise of good memory and business-like
habits. Something of the same sort
brings on the fate to which borrowed books are
notoriously liable. Statements, again. Indi
cating a point of view from which the speaker
bas subsequently departed, are fonnd to be
forgotten with unfailing accuracy by the
memory. Science cannot afford to pass over
these things. At tbe bottom of them all Ilea
the unmistakable craality ot masterly skill.
Such persons can never, perhaps, be got to
formulate and publish the methods by which
such training and control of the recording fac
ulties of the mind have been laboriously at
tained. But their results are an adequate
ground for science to advance from, in the
construction of an art of forgetting.
Tbe value of this is so obvious to tbe least re
flection, 'that it is perhaps scarcely necessary to
enlarge 'upon it Business people, from Job
downward, have been recommended by philo
sophical friends, when complaining of the re
verses which keep their thoughts employed,
and themselves awake on the pillow, to take
courage, and forget their trouble. But Job,
and the succeeding very long family of suf
ferers, have, in the absence of an art of for
gettlug, invariably found this an im
possible task. What a triumph on the
appearance of the worry, . to confront it at
once with the resources ot the art, and utterly
suppress it If this succeeded, sufferers might
go on to further victories. Shakespeare re
marks that no philosopher could ever bear tbo
toothache patiently. Modern science would
improve on philosophy If it could teach us to
foriret toothache. Aided by the professor of
I anti-mnemonics, tbo sufferer might pass the
dismal hours of that disease in mirth and
revelry. All doctors, inuceu, might get ac
customed to find tbelr patients sitting in easy
chairs, convulsed with laughter over works of
wit and humor, with a memorandum jotted
down In readiness for the medical arrival, re
minding the sufferer that be was the victim of
toothache, gout, angina pectoris, and so on
ailments which (for convenience and ease) he
bad decided, to forget until the doctor should
Baseball In tbe Eternal City.
From the New York World.1
On Sunday, February 21, the wandering
knights ot the American Baseball diamond are
to play a game In the Eternal City. O Rome,
Rome! if you, are not made to howl at that
time the testimony ot the past does yon grave
injustice. Not since the walls of the Coliseum
echoed the cries of an excited populace enjoy
ing tbe contests of men and animals has the
city of the Cassars bad so lively a time In pros
pect Would that; we could all see tbe face
of the noblest Roman of 'em all as he first be
gins to comprehend tbe beauties of curved
pitching, base-stealing and foul catches,
A Goad Man to Have About.
From the New York World.
An'undettaker occupies a seat In tbe Penn
sylvania Senate. He has a very crave manner,
and be is fond of seeing that bills are burled
with due solemnity. It is too bad tbat there
are not more of bis calling in the New York
Legislature. There are a great many meas
ures there which shonldbe interred with skill
Why Go From Heme to Dig f
From the New York M'orld.l
Near Meriden, Conn., tho remains of a fossil
trie ot a genus said by Herodotns to havo be
come extinct several hundred years before the
Christian era have been found. And yet our
scientists set out every littlewhile to make ex
cavations at Babylon or Tlmbuctoo or some
other remote spot, .A little digging here at
home might win a rich reward.
Last year 20,000. persimmon trees were
exported from Japan to tho United States.
Men at work on the Eiffel tower in
Paris begin at OA.Jf.. and have sunlight Ions:
before it reaches the city.
An orange grower at Lake Coma, Fix,
exhibits a navel orange tbat weighs 25 ounces,
and says there are several moro of the same
size on his trees.
John C. Kope., the lecturer of Cam
bridge, possesses tho finest portrait of Napol
eon now in existence. It represents the Em
peror at the battle ot Areola.
A giant ice making machine was ship
ped Friday from Cincinnati to Denver, Col. It
weighed about 200,000 pounds, and 13 cars wero
required to carry it It cost $36,000.
A shrewd citizen of Montezuma, Ga'.,
swapped horses ten times in one day and made
$125, and galloped home tbat night possessor of
the same horse to Impart the news to bis
The richest man in Berlin rejoices in an
annual Income of 2,700,000 marks ($1,190,000).
There are, beside this Croesus, 162 millionaires
In thalers (at 3 marks) and 928 millionaires in
Fernandina, Pla., was visited by a
good freeze Wednesday night, icicles f nlly an
Inch in length forming in the most exposed
places. Thursday nlgbt the weather was still
cold, covering housetops, trees and ground
with a snow-white frost
A lady residing in Elberton has a pet
hen that laid 29 eggs during the month of Janu
ary. She has kept a strict count of the eggs,
and la sure tbat they were all laid by one hen.
She confidently expects to get as large or larger
number of egg3 during this month.,
The rats have become so numerous and
mischievous at the residence of W. B. Mitchell,
of Americus. Ga.. that they go into the bureau
drawers, get the money that i3 stored away in
them and carry it off. It is known tbat they
nave cameu away several silver quarters.
Old Boxem Brown, of New Mexico, is a
coffin peddler. He travels with a big wagon,
a team of mules and about 20 assorted coffins.
He says he knows 10U men who already have
their coffins in their houses. Boxem well
knows tbe tendency of tbe frontier West to
i die with its boots on.
Rev. Eobert Collier has presented Cor
neU College with an old factory bell which bas
an interesting history. It was tbe bell that
rang him to work everr morning in his young
days and fixed the time tho day's toil was over.
Tbe bell will be used at Cornell for summoning
the students to their classes.
A 14-year-old girl who lives in High
land, a town near Harrisburg. was converted
lately at a religious revival. Soon afterward
she fell Into a trance, and much of the time
since she has been in that state. The trances
last from fire minutes to half an hour, and
don'r leave her In the least exhausted.
The apple market has somo queer
phases Up In Maine this winter. Recently a
man started from Kent's Hill with a load of
dried apples to sell. At ML Vernon he was
offered 5 cents a pound; several miles further
along he could have got 4 cents, but when he
reached Augusta nobody wonld give blmover
3 cents. The apples went back.
A remarkably cool-headed man is James
Purlcss, of Sacramento, Cal. Last week, by the
breaking of scaffolding aronnd a building he
was tearing down, he was thrown Into the cel
lar. Soveral of his bones were broken and pro
truded from the flesh, but notwithstanding he
continued smoking, and quietly directed the
men in their work of clearing away the rubbish
which held him a prisoner.
The Mexicans have a queer way of bury
ing the dead. The corpse is tightly wrapped in
century plant matting and placed in a coffin,
rented for about 23 cents. One or two natives,
as the case may be. place the coffin on their
heads and go in a trot to the grave, where the
body is Interred, and the coffin is then returned.
Tbo wealthy class use tbe street cars as
hearses, and the friends follow beside the car on
A Paris correspondent says fpat it has
generally been supposed that the highest fall of
water used for industrial purposes was tbe one
ntilized for generating electric power at the
Nevada mines, in the United States, which ba3
a fall of about SOO meters; but it appears that
water power is employed near Qreenole, with a
fall of SOO meters, which serves to drivo a tur
bine developing 1,500 horse power. The diam
eter of the turbine is three meters, and the
Bregnet firm bad to construct a manometer for
it Indicating a pressure of 60 atmospheres
tbat is, to say, over 735 pounds to the square
Delegate Carey, of Wyoming Territory,
bas received a letter from Cheyenne, stating
tbat a herd ot native American buffalo have es
caped the advancing march of civilization and
are roaming the wilds of Wyoming. It bas
been generally believed tbat the buffalo in
tbeir free stato had practically become ex
tinct except in the Yellowstone Park; where
the National Government bas taken steps for
their preservation; but this seems to have been
an error. Tbe herd numbers 23 finely devel
oped animals four bulls and 22 cows. At Mr.
Carey's request the Indian Bureau has issned
orders which, it is hoped, will save the animals.
Captain James Meredith, of Clearwater,
Fla., came near losing his life at DeSotoafew
nights since, under circumstances tbe like of
which has perhaps never been recorded. He
was shot for a jack-'o-lantem. The other night
just after dark, Captain Meredith fixed a bunt
ing lantern on his head and came ashore to
shoot raccoons, alligators, or any such game as
be might find along tne beach. His light was
seen from a nearby house, and was construed
to be something unaccountable, no one being
able to account for the peculiar light which
would be suddenly very brilliant and then as
suddenly gone, the result of Meredith turning
his head in different directions. One of the
occupants aetermined to capture that jack-'o-lantern,
set out with a 32-caliber revolver. He
hastened along the beach In the direction it
bad been last seen, hoping to be in its neigh
borhood when it should again show itself. It
appears tbat Meredith bad seen him coming,
but he didn't see him. When he walked up
within about IS feet Meredith turned his face
toward, him, when the lantern startled blm by
blazing in his eyes. He had seen nothing,
and this sudden flash so excited blm, tbat be
fore Meredith bad time to speak Ham fired at
thegb08t The ball entered the cheek an inch
orso below the eye, and now lies buried about
three inches deep in Meredith's bead. A doc
tor was sent for. but could not get the bullet
"but the patient Is on the road to a rapid re
covery. Of course, great regret is felt over tbe
affair, but Meredith appears to be the most
cheerful ana least concerned.
DIEANT TO BE FUNNY.
Feeling His "Way. Hennepekke (who
has rang the bell or Ms own house)-Is my mothr
In-law in or oat Bridget?
A Desperate Extremity. "What the
deneo makes Uldbore continually talk to him
self?" "Can't get anyone else to listen to htm, I sup
pose." At the Clnb. Bylk Funny what queer
dreams a fellow bas, Isn't It?
Sukker Why, have you dreamt that you paid
me what you owed me!"
Bylk No, dreamt you lent me more.
A Searching Investigation. Snypes
Seems to ine these advanced school doctors carry
things a little too far, dun't you know.
Pypes Why so, dear boy?
Snypes Why, there's Doctor Jones, now. He
made me swallow a glass eye yesterday, to see
what the matter was with my liver.
Young but Gifted. Lie I. Timell'A.M.
Mother Now mind, Johnnie, there's a ghost In'
that dark closet guarding the jam!
Johnnie trembles violently and commences to
water at the mouth.
Lie II. Time In. jr.
Johnnle-Ob, mammal The ghost has eaten half
of tbe jam!
How He Won Them. On the rolling
prairies. A band of cowboys have captured av
Cowboys (In gleeful ehorns)-We've. got' yon
now, you villain, and you are going to swing-;-,"
They prepare the rope and select a convenient
treo. .. - -
The Villain Hold on, boys. I'll' bet yon tha
drinks you don't stretch my neck. -
Cowboys Oh! won't we, just? '' ''"-
TUey pinion his arms. '.-- j-
The VUlaln-I can put you up to some valuable
They tie his feet together. 'V 4
The VUlaln-I know where 460,000 la gold'tt
bnrled. - " . ,,s
They adjust the noose to his neck. "."" ' "-
TheVlllaln-Icanputyouon to anew sliver
They commence to hoist hhnnp. "
TbeVilialn-And I've got six new tricks' fat
Chorus of voices (excltedly)-Hold on! Let blm
He Is let down, released and pardoned.- '
Mt from LUt.
Little baby cannot tell -,' S
When he's sick or when he'. wn.
. j. But he knows when papa steep, 9
For then's the time ho starts to feHS