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THE PITTSBUKG- DISPATCH, TUESDAY, - FEBRUARY' 19, 1889.
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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, FEB. 19. 1SS9.
The weighty quotations from Pope and
Juvenal, which ex-Comniissioner Edgerton
hurls at the devoted head of President
Cleveland for the offense of turning out the
writer of the very wrathful letter may have
a tragio tone to the parties immediately
interested; but their public aspect is de
The remarkable exposure of Mr. Cleve
land's demerits which is caused by Mr.
Edgerton's removal, in contrast to . the un
qualified indorsements which 'the latter
gentleman was always making of the ad
ministration while he was permitted to
draw a good salary for the task of nullify
ing the civil service law, furnishes the
leading rein of comedy; but the letter
is further enlivened by the striking
details of humor breaking out in the clas
sical allusions which Mr. Edgerton has
evidently gleaned from the civil service ex
amination papers. There is also an auda
cious joke in declaring that Mr. Cleveland
is turned out by the Democratic party on
account cf his adherence to the mugwumps,
the fact being that Mr. Cleveland threw
over the mugwumps, and the Democratic
party supported him solidly which may
furnish to men not blinded with partisan
ship an explanation of his defeat
Mr. Edgerton is a very angry man. Most
men are, at losing a month's salary, of a
lucrative position, but the majority of them
do not make such public display of their
THE TALL OF BUILDINGS.
The unfortunate example which Pitts
burg set of haying high buildings fall down
has started an epidemic of tumbling archi
tecture. The fall of ten floors in a fourteen
story building at Chicago, though unaccom
panied by loss of life, is very impressive in
its warning of what might be the case if
such a building were full of people; while
the terrible disaster at Hartford, yesterday,
is only second to our Wood street horror, in
its awful lesson. Possibly the organized
builders of these cities will formally lay the
responsibility on Providence or the innate
deDravity of inanimate objects; but the pub
lic will be apt to perceive in the simulta
neous occurrence of such fearlul casualties
the signs of carelessness or false economy in
CAN BE DONE THIS YEAR-- .
All the real estate agents are of one mind
in wishing a change of "moving day" from
April 1 to May 1. Everyone who has had
experience of flitting amid April showers,
of going into cold quarters, of superintend
ing the transportation of families and furni
ture with the chances of slush and mud un
der foot, or snow or rain in steady down
pour, will agree that it is a dangerous and
foolish waste of exertion and risk of health
to keep up the present unreasonable and un
But some people say the change cannot be
made. "Why not? Let tenants this year
see that their leases are made out for thir
teen months in place "of twelve. Landlords
will be glad enough to agree. Not only
can their property be seen to better advant-.
age by adopting the 1st of May for renting
time, but it will be less damaged when the
moving takes place, in longer hours, more
leisurely and in a cheerful spirit
Those who want to set a useful fashion
can begin this year by renting for thirteen
months. It will become immediately popu
lar. The customers of any one of the lead
ing agencies vtauld of themselves be able to
start the programme successfully.
WHAT LABOR CAN BO.
A very commendable example of the
mast effective resort for labor that is, or
considers itself to be, unjustly treated, has
been evolved from the strike of the "feather
girls" in 2ew York. The female workers
in feathers got into a dead-lock with their
employers a few months ago. The cause of
the strike is notof importance in comparison
with the result The outcome is that after
trying for a time the unequal contest of
sitting idle and trying to keep new hands
away from their old places, the feather girls
set up shop for themselves.
This experiment is stated to be eminently
successful. The new enterprise is on a good
basis, the girls pay themselves their own
wages out of the receipts, and arc entirely
independent of their employers. It is obvi
ous that this settles the question of wages of
feather girls; and it shows that a strike was
not necessary for the settlement, either. If
the employers are not willing to pay what
the work is worth the girls can go to work
for thgmselves and the employers will be
left without hands. Under such an in
fluence the profits of employers will be kept
down to what their skill in management
and their risk in furnishing the capital is
worth; and if they try to get more than that,
the workers have demonstrated they can
supply the management lor themselves.
This is bringing the regulative influence of
free competition in favor of the workers in
stead of against them; and it is the true so
lution of the greater halt of the wages
question. It may, of course, be objected
that it does not apply where large amounts
of capital are needed to start establishments,
in which laborers can work for themselves
on joint account. But when we consider
the money that has been lost in strikes dur
ing the past ten years, it will appear that if
the same self-sacrifice had been directed
toward giving this remedy its full experi
ment, there would hardly be an industry irom
steel mills down to coal mines in which the
necessary capital could not have been
furnished to organized labor setting up on
its own account
Of course the question of intelligent man
agement is vital in all such enterprises.
But as the managers of ninety-nine 6ne
hnndredths of all industrial enterprises
have risen from the ranks of labor, it ought
not to be impossible that the same skill may
be secured for new forms of organization.
A SYSTEM THAT NEEDS CHANGING.
When, if ever, the rational course is fol
lowed in Pennsylvania cities of reducing by
one-half tho number of councilmen, and of
choosing at least one branch upon a general
ticket, we can look with confidence for an
interest in city elections, which does not
The suggestion is an old one. It has been
offered time and again, but, so far from
losing any of its merits by neglect, every
year will show it forth in stronger colors.
As things go now, in place of any sort of
general judgment by the public as to
the men who are to manage city
affairs, there is a series of petty battles, in
the wards in which strictly local or purely
personal considerations too often deter
mine the choice. Men are elected because
they are amiable and have many friends in
their district; because the other fellows are
disliked; because of a fight over a street
opening; because they train with this crowd
of politicians or because theyoppose another
crowd; upon any and all sorts of causes,
usually limited to the ward, the election
turns.ecepting probably the most desirable
of causes, viz: That the favored candidates
have intelligible and well defined views as to
what should be done for the city's benefit,
andtbave such experience and character as
wcftld lead the public to look for genuine
ability and wisdom in their counsels.
It is not meant to convey the idea that
there are no capable men among the City
Fathers, or that to-night's returns will fail
to show a proportion of such. But it clearly
is meant and cannot successfully be disputed,
that the wider the constituency the better
chance of getting first-class material; and
that by choosing one branch on a general
ticket, for which the whole city could vote,
there would be such a chance for concerted,
popular expression at the polls, as is not
possible by any other plan.
But a faulty system exenses no one from
voting. Each citizen must look at the can
didates in his own ward, and choose accord
ing to his lights. Honesty, intelligence and
independence of character are the qualifica
tions in demand. The Dispatch does not
think that it is absolutely necessary for
voters to take their lanterns with them like
Diogenes; but the occasion in some instances
mny be one for prayerful thought and mi
nute circumspection, and in the end for
doubt whether much has been accomplished.
There will be less of this when, by reducing
the numberof Councjlmcn, the responsibility
of each shall be increased; and when, by
electing one branch on a general ticket, each
candidate comes under the scrutiny of the
A SNUB FBOM ITALY.
And now Italy has insulted us. This time
it is not an indirect stab, like that which
Germany recently gave us throngh the sav
age hides of the Samoans, but a deliberate,
cold-blooded insult to American citizens.
The Italian authorities positively refused to
allow the Chicago and All-America
baseball teams tb play the American na
tional game in the Amphitheater at Naples
or in the Coliseum at Borne. Our corre
spondent, who heard these outrageous re
bluffs delivered, writes: "The powers that
be object to anyone playing in the historic
ruin, partly because the galleries and walls
are unsafe, but more because they affect to
think that such playing would be a desecra
tion of the building."
Think of it! a mere tumble-down building,
out of date and badly in need of repair, re
taining under the shadow of an effete mon
archy its reputation as a human slaughter
house of antiquity, and rejoicing in thejsame
name as a second-hand rink in Allegheny,
the Coliseum of Borne, to-wit, desecrated by
the patriotic players of baseball. If Cicero
were alive we have no doubt that he would
repeat in italics, O temporal 0 mores! For
the smart Roman barrister when' he
wasn't denouncing Catiline in the Senate or
meditating in his front yard upon the cuss
edness of his friends, liked nothing better
than to see Apulius, the gladiator, play
fully insert his trident into his brother in
arms, the middleweight champion with the
short sword. The Emperor Titus had he
been ruling Rome to-day would have wel
comed Mr. Spalding's athletes with open
arms and a special gladiatorial show. But
the descendants of Titus are not worthy of
him. In Titus's time men used to be butch
ered by the thousand to make a Roman holi
day; but now when a baseball team offering
to come as near murdering an umpire as
possible, asks for the Coliseum, the Romans
will have none of them.
But the decadence of Roman taste, re
gretable as it is, however, does not interest
us as much as the snub which the Italian
Government has seen fit to administer to our
baseball champions. We are glad to notice
that Mr. Spalding feels much gratified at
the action of our State Department in in-
structinz all the American consuls and
diplomatic agents to accord the baseballists
every assistance in their power; but cannot
Secretary Bayard do something more in
this emergency? He may not like war, but
then he should remember that by the time
the Duiliois bombarding New York and the
price of peanuts has risen to unheard-of-heights
owing to the revolt of the Italian
venders in this country there will be an
other man in the Secretary's chair. "We
beg Mr. Bayard to give this question due at
tention. The news that the true False Prophet
has determined to -suppress the false False
Prophet who is now ruling at Khartoum,
promises an addition to the already lively
times that have been prevailing in equatorial
Africa. The prophetic profession in Africa
is much more hazardous in its surround
ings than it is in the United States. The
latest Prophet appears to claim a monopoly
of the business which permits a hope that
after he gets through at Khartoum he may
come over to this country and suppress
The statement that Germany has issued
a white book on the Samoan affair raises a
question of the appropriateness of the title.
A study of its statements is enongh to con
vince any one that its misreprescntatio ns of
fact are not of the white variety.
It now appears that Judge Edgerton
feels at liberty to say what he thinks of
Mugwumpcry and Civil Service reform. If
he was not at liberty to do so when in office,
his language did not indicate it With re
gard to the expression of any stronger views,
the laws against profanity are in force now
just as much as they were before his invol
Mr. Gillette's determination to drama
tize "Robert Elsmere" should inspire Mr.
Hoyt to make a similar treat of Mr. Bay
ard's foreign policy. The latter possesses
the essential elements of a farce-comedy.
The uncertainty continues; but the public
has the solace of knowing that whether
Windom runs the Treasury or not; and
whether McKinley getteth there as Speake
or the contrary, the world will continue to
turn on its axis every twenty-four hours and
the earth to bring forth fruits in their sea-
The Delaware crop liar is commencing
his attempt to make the public believe
that the peach crop is as badly winterkilled
as Secretary Bayard's diplomacy; but there
are limits even to the public credulity.
It is pleasant news for the public that the
Jute Bagging Trust has been knocked into
a cocked hat by the use of pine needle
straw for cotton bagging. This will give
the monopolists in that particular line a
decided check until they are able to fix
things up for a Pine Needle Bagging Trust.
The fall of modern and supposititiously
well-constructed buildings is likely to bring
with it a tumble in the lofty reputation of
architects and builders who put up struct
ures that do not stand.
It will be solace to the radically partisan
heart to know that Senator Ingalls is
avenged. Senator and Mrs. Ingalis gave a
tea the other night and President and Mrs.
Cleveland were not invited. Things being
even now, the affairs of state can, we hope,
move on as usual.
Stanley having been in the interior of
Africa six months longer, the European cor
respondents have commenced killing him
A 3IURDEKER was recently caught in
India by the services of a monkey. The
unusual ability of the simians a detective
and the quality most generally found in that
business may explain the admiration of the
Chicago public for the "Brass Monkey."
PERSONAL FACTS AND FANCIES.
Cab ajjel left a fortune of more than 5400,000.
Count Herbert Bismarck cynically says:
"The only advantage of better society is that
its morality is worse."
Mr. H. H. Johnson, the African cxplorer.is
now about 45 years old; a small, wiry man, with
bright eyes and a bronzed face.
Mr. Dawes, of the Bryant farm, Cumming
ton, Mass., a brother of Benator Dawes, sends
annually 1500 barrels of apples to England.
The Crown Princess of Austria wore at her
husband's funeral a gown with a train made
from the mourning dress worn by Maria
Theresa at tho funeral of Francis of Lorraine.
The Emperor of Germany, is about to be
come an oarsman, and is having a four-oared
boat built for him at Richmond, where is also
being constructed a very gaudy launch for tho
The late Dr. M.H.Stinson, of Norristown,
Pa., took up the study of medicine for the sake
of her own health. She was the first woman
appointed to the head of a hospital department
lor her own sex.
A lively rivalry has been going on in the
House of Representatives at Washington be
tween Messrs. La Follette, Yost and Washing
ton for tho palm for youthfulness in looks.
The latter, known to his Tennessee constituents
as "Joe Washington," has come off victorious
by shaving his face clean. He now looks al
most painfully ,young. A few days ago he
clapped his hands for a page. Tho boys
laughed at him. They thought one of their
number was playing a joke on them. Wash
ington had to walk over to them and assure
them that he was not a page.
Secretary Colman, head of the Agricul
tural Department, is a mesmerist and ventrilo
quist of remarkable powers. He entertains
his friends with exhibitions of his curious gifts.
When he was younger he was in the habit of
using his ability as a ventriloquist In public
for his own amusement, and he tells many in
teresting stories of -the practical jokes he has
played. Mr. Colman is a small man with
straight gray hair. He wears eye-glasses and
dresses quietly. He is a genuine farmer and
runs a genuine farm in Missouri. He warmly
opposed the bill which has made him a Cabinet
SDBMASINE TORPEDO BOATS.
One to bo Constrnctod That Will Stay
Under One Hour.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington, February 18. Tho bid of the
Columbia Iron Works, of Baltimore, for the
construction of the submarine torpedo boat de
sired by Secretary Whitney is the only one
that can be accepted. That of Mr. Baker, of
Des Moines, docs not contain the necessary
guarantees, while the Baltimore company offers
them, and this company is now building the
gunboat Petrel for the Navy Department
Ihe great problem is as to what this practicable
distance beneath the surface is. Many boats
cau go all day, and perhaps all night added,
with a mere curved back surmounted by a
cupola showing. But what is wanted is the
distance a boat can go with nothing showing.
In other words, the true problem is a submarine
boat that can sink miles from the enemy and
guide herself under water to that enemy. The
heavy projectiles now available from Hotcb
k ss cannon and rapid (Ire guns makes the
showing of even an armored tower perilous.
It is admittod that all submarine torpedo
boats yet tried have fallen short of what is de
sired, and the proposals made by the Columbia
Iron works are, upon the whole, more prom
ising than any. A guarantee of nine knots
submerged, with a sub-surface endurance for
an hour while thus running is more than could
have been hoped for ty the most eager advo
cate of submarine boats. If she can literally
f nihil this our Government will have the start
of the rest of the world in this important
branch of naval warfare.
COAL IN A CREEK.
Tho New Kline Opened Up by .Enterprising
Special Telegram to Tho DlsDatcn.
MAnoNOY City. February 18. The bed of
the Mahonoy creek from thisplacffto Herndon,
where it empties into the Susquehenna river, a
distanco of 46 miles, is probably unlike the bed
of any other stream in the world. It is com
posed almost entirely of anthracite coal, the
accumulation of many years washing from the
mines that border the stream almost its entire
Farmers along the creek, whose land extends
to low water mark, bavo obtained their sup
plies of coal from the creek for time out of
mind, but until this mild and open winter it
never occurred to them that they could profit
ably mine the coal for market The idea v.as
at once put into execution and is now w orking
The river coal is of the cleanest and best
auality, being washed clean of slate and line
irt The prices fur it range from Si to $1 25 a
ton, according to locality half the price
charged by the regular operators. Asihe coal
deposit on the creek bottom is sufficient to sup
ply coal in this way lor many years, and as it
cannot be claimed by any of the collieries as
their property, this new and novel coal business
promises to be a serious matter to the regular
local coal trade.
THE OCEAN'S SECRET.
The Last Sad Message of
Special Telegram to Tne Dispatch.
Ojtanoock, Va., February 18. A daughter
of E. W. Nottingham, who lives on the seasido
in the lower part of Northampton, picked up a
bottle on the beach yesterday containing a
pieco of paper, on which the following was
written in pencil:
OrF Cape Cod, July 9. 18SS.
The bark Lucy Low Is about to go down with all
on board, bhe has been In a gale for 17 days, hue
is laden with oil, bound to Liverpool.
in nil nnnnn in i iropnnni i:a
Good h v.
my dear wile, gooaoy. iou must
abont his papa as soon as he Isold enough to un
derstand. Ihe finder of this will nlease keen 11
until the vessel Is advertised for. Cioodby, loved
Mr. Nottingham says he sees, no reason to
doubt that the paper is genuine. Nothing is
known hero of any such vessel or master.
To Restore Ilnrmony.
from the New York Trlhnne.3
President Harrison will have a most extraor
dinary Cabinet consisting of one Secretary of
State, five Secretaries of the Treasury, seven
Postmasters-General, 13 Secretaries of the
Navy, etc vThis is the only way, apparently, to
restore harmony to the newspapers.
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
A Littlo Suggestion of What Housekeeping
nod Amateur Cooking Are Worth.
When Miss Parloa was here last year teach
ing everybody how to cook, she impressed' me
wonderfully, as she doubtless did many an
other, with the evidences of thorough common
sense and knowledge of the world she
showed In conversation and in her lectures.
The science of cooking is not the limit of her
mind, and it seems to me that Missi Parloa
might readily have taken a much higher place
In literature if she had been so minded. In
the current number of the North American
Review Miss Parloa has a really admirable lit
tle paper on tho question, "Is Housekeeping a
Failure?" She says emphatically that house
keeping is a success, though many housekeep
ers fall by tho wayside and take refuge In
Four other women contribute answers to this
interesting question, but I think Miss Parloa
puts the case of the home as opposed to the
mere lodging or abiding place, which tho hotel
and the boarding house afford, more strongly
and concisely than any of the rest
1 cannot refrain from quoting the following,
in which Miss Parloa points out ono of the ad
vantages the home has over the hotel or
boarding house when one is suffering from a
long illness: "You hunger for some particular
food, and loving hands prepare it and bring it
to your bedside; not to be served, bear iu mind,
in the unattractive dishes made expressly for
boarding houses, nor yet in those of finer qual
ity, though possessing no charms for you, which
are lound in hotels, but rather in the various
dainty bits of china and glassware whch you
prize and with which so many pleasant recol
lections may be associated."
Iz is difficult to estimate tho precise amount
of benefit that some of Miss Parloa's pupils got
out of her lectures last year.
One of these pupils a demure damsel of 18
summers approached her father the other day
with a request that he expend somo $20 or so on
a course of mandolin tuition for her benefit.
"How much did 1 pay for your cooking les
sons last year?" he asked.
"Six dollars, papa," she replied.
"Well, what good did that do you? I've never
tasted a thing you've cooked yet I don't be
lieve you can cook a potato!"
She protested Indignantly against this ar
raignment. The cooking lessons had been in
valuable to her, and so forth.
"Well," said her father, "I'll tell you what
Pll do. If you will cook the dinner to-day, and
without assistance, I'll pay for the mandolin
Over the cooking of that dinner I deem it
kindest to the cook to draw a veil. Suffice it to
say some soup was in the tureen,a piece of beef,
by courtesy, roasted potatoes, com and a few
smaller dishes, at least in a nominal state of
cookedness, when the head of the household
returned from business, with an appetite sharp
ened by a brisk walk in frosty air.
The family sat down to dinner, the amateur
cook, with a scorched face and anxious air, at
her accustomed place. When the soup had
been served it was noticeable that she turned
"1 hope you dinner is not in the soup," said
paterfamilias to the pupil of Parloa.
Tho latter smiled rather dubiously. But in a
minute, when a black and unrecognizable ob
ject on a big dish was brought in, she did not
smile-at all. Neither did anybody else. They
were all hungry, you see, and the prospector an
eatable dinner was fast fading away. The beef
was burnt to a crisp, the potatoes were .as
bard as bullets, the stewed corn was smoked,
and even the last resort, an apple pie, con
structed, as the cook had thought, on entirely
constitutional plans, was a dismal, tough 'and
"Well. Belinda," said her father, "is this
"Oh, this Is my first attempt," replied the
unhappy girl; "I'll do better to-morrow."
"Not if I am to be the judge you won't," re
joined her father, taking out his pocket book.
"I am satisfied with one experiment, andsooner
than sutler from a second I'll give you the $20
for your mandolin course without further ques
tion." This parent's reasoning seems good. His
daughter may give pain with her mandolin, but
she is not as likely to kill with it as with her
A CHINA WEDDING.
Sir. and Mrs. Voicht Celcbrnlo nn Anniver
sary of Their Nuptials.
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Volght lastevening cele
brated the twentieth anniversary of their mar
riage at their pleasant home on Highland ave
nue, East End. This anniversary is known as
the china wedding, and the happy couple were
recipients of many pretty presents from their
host of friends.
A reception was held in the early part of tho
evening. At 10 o'clock dancing commenced,
and was continued until a late hour. Gernert
and Guenther's orchestra furnished the music
An enjoyable supper was served at midnight
The floral decorations were very profuse in
the parlors and the dining-rooms. About 200
guests were in attendance.
Mr. and Mrs. Voight, the latter of whom was
Miss Mammie Phillips, were married in this
city by Rev. Dr. Laird.
FROM EIGIIT TO TWO.
A Flenaant Reception Given by Ibe Employes
of Barnes Bros.
The employes of Barnes Bros.' Troy Laundry
gave their secondannual reception atLawrenco
Turner Hall, on Butler street last evening.
The reception was fully attended, and dancing,
which was tho main enjoyment of the evening,
was continued until 2 o'clock this morning.
The Royals furnished the music
The managers of the reception were Messrs.
A. E. Ether. E. F. Morton, H. S. Cox, G. A. It
Stciner, C. E. Landis and E. E. White.
The Knights of Pythias will be addressed on
Tuesday night 19th inst, at Lafayette Hall, by
the Rev. E. R. Donehoo, Rev. It C. Morgan (a
Past Commander of the order), of Connells
ville: Representative J. C. Cramm, of Phila
delphia, and P. S. C. Vau Valkenburg, of Des
Moines, Iowa. Members of Nos. 200 and 345
not supplied with invitation cards can get
them at Mr. J. P. Miller's cigar store, Smith
field street opposite the postoffice.
Carried Oil" to the For West.
The marriago of Mr. Alex. Porter to Miss
Maggie Douglas, of Allegheny, was solemnized
at tho residence of Rev. Dr. Gibson, in Ban I
r rancisco, ai.. on me evening oi j-ebruary 5,
and the bride and groom wBl there take up
tbPir residence fur tho future Miss Douglas
was well known in Allegheny and will be great
ly missed by many friends, who wish her all
sorts of good fortune in her new Western
CONCLUDED TO WAIT NO LONGER.
The Boundary Lino Commissioners' Report
Forwarded to Congress.
Washington, February 18. A communi
cation wa3 presented in the Senate, to-day,
from the Secretary of the Commonwealth of
Pennsylvania, with a certified copy of the act
to confirm the boundary lines between that
Commonwealth and the States of New York
and West Virginia, and to ratify and co nrirm
the agreement entered into by commissioners
on the part of Pennsylvania and New York, in
iciauuu tu buu uuuuuaij iuicd Uliuruveuouno u.
The report of the commissioners had been
(the Secretary of the Commonwealth said)
held for a long time awaiting concurrent action
on the part of the State of New York, but as
the end of the Congress was approaching it was
deemed proper to transmit it without further
delay. Laid on the table.
Why lie Knows All Abont lb
From the Chicago lntcr-Ocean.1
Mr. Chamberlain has considerable to saA"
about American home rule. Recent experience
in tho matrimonial line may havo furnished his
DEATHS OP A BAY.
Snraurl P. Goodwin.
Philadelphia. February 18. Samuel P. Good
win, founder of the Franklin Keformatory Home,
this city, died yesterday from neuralgia Of the
heart. He was 1 years of age. Mr. Goodwin was
well known in this city and other parts of the
btate, and was especially prominent in temper
ance circles. He was president and founder of the
Keformatory Home at 815 Locast street. For
ithirty-flve years he was connected with the firm of
,Hood, BonbrlghtA Co., and at the time of his
death he was Identified with John ft'anamaker.
1 Colonel John Eyard.
WASHINGTON, February 18. The Adjutant
General of the Army is Informed of the death, at
Fort Bays, Kan., this morning, of Colonel John
Eyard. Eighteenth Infantry. This death will
cause tbepromotlon of Lieutenant Colonel Henry
Lazelle; Twenty-third Infantry, and Major H. S.
Hawkins, Tenth Infantry.
AT THE. THEATERS.
A Society Comedy, a New Opera and Other
tyhat was said in praise of "Fascination" in
this column a week ago, can be repeated with
emphasis in regard to "The Wife," this week's
attraction at the Grand Opera House. The
two comedies are totally unlike in conception
and details; the only similarity between them
is f ound in the admirable staging given to eacn
and the almost complete excellence of the
talent engaged in the production. "The Wife"
is a society comedy, the sceno of which is laid
Washington. Its story deals principally
with the lives of three people,
one of whom is a woman. The heroine,
Helen Truman, the motherless daughter of a
New York broker, has a misunderstanding
with Robert Gray, her lover, and; be
lieving him falso accepts the nand
of John Rutherford, a United States
Senator and an old friend of tho family. The
wife discovers, after marriage, that she still
loves Robert, but, attracted by the really ad
mirable traits in her husband's character,
eventually gives her full affection to him, A
cleverly constructed plot, in which the machi
nations of male and female mischief makers
figure prominently, leads up to the climax of
The character of John Rutherord is the
very ideal of a generous, noble man, and its in
terpretation by Mr. Frank Carlyle well-nigh
perfect Mrs. Berlan-Gibbs, In the title role,
proved herself an actress of superior ability.
A more pathetically sad yet Deautiful scene
than that between Rutherord and Helen
toward the close of the third act is rarely wit
nessed on any stage. When the wife,
after acknowledging to her husband
that she still loves another man, overcome by
her grief, asks Rutherord: "To whom shall I
turn in my trouble?" The latter replies: "Turn
to me the one who prom-eed to cherish and
protect you, and whoso protection you now
need moro than ever." Then he repeats the
words of the marriage service, binding himself
to her anew. It was all admirably done and
Of the subsidiary characters that of Major
Putnam, a veteran who can face cannons, but
not women, is a most artistic creation. Tho
role Is cleverly sustained by Mr. James O. Bar
rows, a very capable comedian. Mr. Charles
S. Dickson, as Jack Dexter, a young colleiian,
was most excellent, and with Miss Etta Haw
kins, who appeared as Kilty Ives, a very giddy
maid of 16, kept the audience in roars of laugh
ter. Miss Hawkins, by the way, made a de
cided hit, and is remarkably well suited to the
part Mr. S. Miller Kent, as Robert Gray, read
his lines well and made a graceful and hand
some, though somewhat conventional, lover.
Miss Adeline Stanhope, in the rolo of Lucille
Farrant, succeeded well when she was content
with being natural, but failed miser
ably when she tried to be impressive.
The rest of the cast was good, without ex
ception, the work of Miss Adelaide Thornton
and Mr. Henry Herman being especially worthy
of commendation. A more astute and less un
natural stage villain than Mr. Herman's
Matthew Culver is seldom scon. Tho scenery
represents interiors only and is very fine,
particularly in the last act in which
.a moonlight view of the capital appears beyond
tho library window. Mrs. Berlan-Gibbs' won
derful gowns drew a large share of the atten
tion of the ladies. They are indeed exquisite
veritable poems in silk and satin and other ma
terial, the very name of which is unknown to
the average masculine mortal.
"Tho Wife" contains scarcely any blemishes:
its tone is pure and elevating and the dialogue
remarkably animated. It is a pity that such a
fine play should be marred by putting oaths
into the mouths of some of the characters. It
would be far moro effective and a groat deal
more pleasing if they were utterly eliminated.
The composer of "Falka,"FrancoisChassaigne,
did not improve upon that merry and musical
not to say model light opera when ho wrote
"Nadjy." It is very lucky that "Nadjy" does
not have to stand upon its musical merits
what comic opera has to? and as far as the
audiences at the Bijou Theatre are concerned,
it is even more lucky that such people as
Francis Wilson, Charles Plnnkett,MarIe Jansen,
Pauline Hall and Jennie Weathoisby are
in the cast. Leave out all tho music and you
still have the body of the piece in Francis
Wilson. The way to describe "Nadjy's" ap
peal to the public for a hearing would be to
say that Francis Wilson sings ono or two funny
songs of the regulation comic opera pattern,
says a score of very droll things and imitates a
drunken man to perfection; that Marie Jansen
is charming in black and abbroviated
skirts, with tights to match, as a bal
lerina, and exhibits her peculiar kind of
pert uuteness with success; that Pauline
Hall looks amazingly pretty in a succession of
very tasteful dresses, and sings such songs as
tho opera affords her with tho sweet volco na
ture has given her: that Charles Plnnkett has a
heavy part that doesn't suit him half as well as
that of the refined thief m "Erminle," and
that Jennie AVeathersby and several clever
actors besides have not a ghost of a chance in
"Nadjy" to show'thelr abilities.
More than this, wo do not know how many
girls waste their shapeliness, their good looks
and their voices. In concert with a chorus of
men, upon the tamo and antique music and the
hackneyed ensembles and conventional group
ings. It is pitiful to see so much first-class
material bestowed upon a work that is not to
be mentioned in the same breath with any of
the previous Caslrjo successes.
There is one air only which has enough in it
to live in the bearer's memory for an hour. We
mean the song, "What Is Love?" sung by
Mario Jansen in the first act This song, if we
are not terribly mistaken,is a clean thof t as far
as the melody is concerned. The finale of
the second act, a vigorous Hungarian dance
and chorus, is bright and somewhat original.
No other material number in tho whole opera
seems worthy of comment. The composer has
apparently tried to evade criticism by the very
modesty of his undertakings, and the author of
the libretto has, with curious confidence in tho
perceptlvo powers of tho public, left the plot
practically hidden in the programme, whero
probably he intended it to be printed.
Francis Wilson and Mario Jansen were fore
most last evening in the company's combined
efforts to instill life into "Nadjy," and they de
serve high praise. They appear to recognizo
the poverty of tho score and In the third act
chanted most agreeably the familiar dirge
'about "A little apple In an orchard grew, etc"
thev made it a peach. Tho audience liked
the flavor of this and the quaint dance ac
companying it and encored it again and again.
They accorded the same honor to Francis
Wilson's extremely funny rehearsal of the
feminine quality of "Gol" In fact the largo
and extremely fashionable gathering was
generous in its applause.
The scenery was very fair, but tho costumes
arc marvelously handsome. Indeed, so good Is
the cast, and so unusually adequate are all the
accessories, that "Nadjy," overlaid with some
music of recent date and real merit, and pro
vided with a plot'and say half a 'dozen acting,
parts, would be a verydelightful comic opera.
We are requested to state that the opera will
begin at 8 o'clock sharp all this week, as the
opera is a long one, and wa3 not over last night
till past 11.
Lovers of a first-class vaudeville performance
ought to be in clover this week. The bill of
fare presented at Harris' Theater by the Nel
sons affords not only quantity, but quality.
There's not a dull spot in the programme, and
several of the numbers are particularly bright
The Twin Brothers Wems are "as like as two
peas," and the more one compares them the
harder he finds it to distinguish t'other from
which. This remarkablo rcsemblaDco add
groat amusement to their otherwise enjoyable
acts. John A. Coleman is a favorite in Pitts
burg, his dancing being inimitable. Mciman,
the ventriloquist, is above the average. Clark
and Williams do a very clever black-faco act,
their greatest fault being a tendency to care
lessness of language in theirbadmage, which
they should avoid before such a large audience
of ladies and children as are always
attracted to this very popular theater.
Mile. Fogardus and her pretty pigeons and in
telligent dogs are a well-known feature of this
company. Richard Fitrot is the best traveling
imitator of well-known people, and Mile. Adri
enne Anclon Is very clever on the trapeze. But
the feature that rises above all othera in the
entire bill Is the wonderful acrobatic act of the
Nelson family, seven athletes, of various sizes
and ages, whoso feats of agility and strength
cannot be described. The "flying Dutchman"
and a peculiar "falling pyramid" are the most
striking novelties of the Nelsons' present con
tribution to the entertainment given by the
company that bears their name. The usual
daily matinees and performances every evening
at this house this week, with a souvenir candy
matinee Friday, Washington's Birthday, for
the little ones.
Academy of Music
When a performance of a legitimate variety
character presents itself there is reason for re
joicing, and the Australian Novelty Company
is an attraction of tbat sort It combines in it
self at least enough good stars to rig out
two or three good companies. Of course Mile.
Aimee, who has a good title to "the human
fly," is a wonder that can't be discounted. Ihe
Gamella Brothers, Weber and Fields. Miss
Minnie Lee, Winnie Nicholson, Charles E.
Schilling and the rest of the company are ex
cellent in their several departments. It is a
good company all through, and the perform
ance is well worth seeing.
Notes of the Singe.
THE Casino Museum is doing good business
with a very fair range of attractions both in
curiosities and tho variety entertainment
IS IT A GAME OP CHANCE?
The English Courts Declde.tbnt Playing Bil
liards for tho Rent of the Table is Gam
bling Following in the Lend of Allegheny
'A decisidn rendered by the English courts in
relation to playing billiards in taverns is inter
esting, from the fact that Judges Ewing and
White took the samo 'ground wherr granting
licenses lost year. The London Standard, in
referring to the subject says:
"The decision pronounced by the Queen's
Bench Division, in the case of Dyson, appel
lant, will come as an unpleasant surprise to
that by no means inconsiderable class of En
glishmen who are fond of billiards, and de
pend for a table on the inn or public bouse
So long as the law remains what Mr. Baron
Huddleston has defined it to be, they will have
to choose between playing for love or not play
ing at all. It is true that the judgment was
confined to the specific case of skittle pool, but
the arguments on which It rested would appear
to cover nearly every variety of the game.
Wherever there is anything in the nature of a
stake, the prohibition must be held to apply.
Even the lightest penalty that usage Imposes on
a loser the obligation to pay for the table
would, it may be presumed, come under the ban.
But for a chance scuffle in a Norwich hostelry,
people might have gone on indefinitely in the
Id-fashioned way, without the smallest suspic
ion tbat they were doing anything contrary to
thestatutes. Twoyoungmenhiredatable one
afternoon, and played skittle pool on 'it for
threepenny, sixpenny, and shilling staky.
Tbey did not bet; but there was some dispute
among the lookers-on, and out of that dispute
grew the assault. The offenders were duly
convicted; but, as a sequel to the prosecution,
proceedings were taken against the proprietor
of the house for permitting gaming on licensed
"Was it "gaming" to play skittle pooi
for money? If it was, then, undeniably,
there had been a breech of tho licensing act
of '1872; for, under the seventeenth section,
any licensed vicfualer who suffers gamine of
any kind to be carried on in his house is sub
jected to prescribed penalties. Games of
chance that would not bo "unlawful" else
where are as strictly forbidden within tho walls
of the tavern as the most barefaced indulgence
in pitch and toss on tho curbstone. The issue
was, therefore, narrowed down to the question
What constitutes "gaming?" It was urged
before the Divisional Court, as it was before
the local justices, that the element of skill
creates the essential distinction. It was
not, indeed, pretended that If the stakes
were excessive the penalty of permitting
gaming would not be incurred; but
it was urged that where they were barely suf
ficient to give zest to the play, and when the
result depended in the main on the compara
tive dexterity of the players tho amusement
was not "gaming" in the sense contemplated
by the law. The judges declined to take this
view. "Gaming."Baron Huddleston uncom
promisingly declared, is playing for money.
Tho more or less of skill, the lightness or the
heaviness of the stakes, matter nothing. The
one test is Was there money to be lost or won?
Chief Justice Cockburn's Indulgent dictum,
that "Gaming must contain somo of the ele
ments of chance," was set aside as not at all
consistent with the authorities. Unquestiona
bly, the tendency of judicial interpretation has
been toward harshness. Dominoes, it was held
in 1852, if played for money, amounted to gam
ing: a fortiori, then, the match at skittle pool,
which the Norwich publican was so unlucky as
to allow on his premises, must be construed as
a breach of the licensing iaw.
"It is, of course, conceivable that pool may
be played without any recourse to the stimulus
of betting in any shape or form. But it would
at once cease to be the pool which the majority
of billiard players love. Mr. Justice Wills re
marked incidentally, during the arguments on
the case, that he never played for money or
anything else, but found the game quite as in
teresting as if money were played for. The
confession throws a most pleasing light on the
learned Judge's capacity for deriving enjoy
ment from mild pursuits. But one is tempted
to suspect that he is somewhat less accom
plished, or at any rate less keen, as a billiard
player than as a lawyer. There are many con
scientious persons for whom the mere exercise
of walking around the table suffices, and whose
highest flight or innocent ambition is to hit, or
rather not to miss, the object ball. But these
blameless amateurs do not see the standard of
taste. The adepts, strange as it may appear,
do not find the full measure of possible delight
in displaying their consummate mastery of the
balls. In billiards, as in whist, there must be
the prospect of winning something by luck or
by good management or forfeiting something
in the event of mischance or clumsiness. AVhy
this seasoning of sixpence or half-crowns
should be Indispensable to whet the palate, it
wonld be a nice, and by no means easy, prob
lem to debate. The general feeling is strongly
against making stakes at cards so high
that loss cannot be borne without per
fect equanimity. Yet, quite as universal
is the admission that, without a stake,
there is no flavor of seriousness in a
rubber. There is something paradoxical in the
two-fold truth; but truth it is. ' A gentlcmau
does nut mind in the least paying np tho points
be has lost; bnt he would not have been in
duced to cut in at whist unless there was a
chance of winning something from his antag
onists. The consideration which harmonizes
the two frames of mind is perhaps to be found
in the circumstance, that whereas, on the
average of years, the average player has no
balance to show on either side of his account
yet this happy equilibrium is due to hi3 having
been forced (by tho immediate conditions of
each game) to do his best to win. It is not the
prospect of profit but the legitimate anxiety to
avoid loss, that gives the fillip and the zest If
this be true of ordinary games, it is pre-eminently
true of pool. It is possible, a3 we have
allowed, to play it without stakes: but it is
difficult to imagine that it could be seriously
attempted on that basis. To pay for forfeit of
successive "lives" in sixpence, and to pur
chase an extension of vitality by the same sordid
means, appears to be of the essence of the
thing. To substitute counters (or postage
stamps) for coins in a scheme worthy of those
hostesses who, to save the trouble and expense
of giving a ball, cheat honest pleasure
seekers by the transparent imposture of an
"Pool, and the many varieties of billiard play
ing, will. In spite of the judgment of tho
Queen's Bench Division, go on as heretofore in
licensed billiard rooms (provided they form no
part of premises licensed for the sale qf intox
icating liquors), and In clubs. Ginger will be
hot in the mouth in Spite of the Puritanical
construction to which the licensing act has lent
itself. But for the unfortunate publicans who
depend for a large part of their profits on the
incomings of the billiard table, the declaration
of the law on the subject is a very serious
matter. Year after year, pool and pyramids
and billiards have been played for money on
the premises without the smallest shadow of a
suspicion that any licensing regulation was
being infringed. Nor is it so much as sug
gested that any grave abuse has resulted. The
demoralizing influence of tho public house
stops, for the most part, in the taproom. The
clink of the balls is often a preacher of better
things to the confirmed toper. Whatever the
lawyers may twist tho act of Parliament into,
the instinctive judgment of sensible men
is that playing pool, as it is usually
played, is not gaming. That there is no clement
of chance in billiards, no conscientious player
would dare aver. The memory of fortunate
flukes would close the mouth ot boasting at
once. But it is not the element of accident
that gives the fascination: it is the opening for
skill;.the infinite posslbilies of acquiring more
delicate manipulation and a moro acenrate eye.
Tho mere wager is justly condemned; indeed,
we should be sorry to say a word that could be
interpreted to Imply any encouragement to
betting. Bnt to penalize the nominal stakes
which give zest to one of the best disciplines
that our English list of amusements offers,
strikes us as extremely unwise. It is all very
well for those who havo comfortable clubs, and
rooms especially licensed for billiards only, to
resort to. Others are not so fortunately placed.
In many a village and town the only decent
table is to be found at the inn, and, for the
present at all events, the Queen's Bench Divis
ion has issued an injunction against its use for
the main purpose for which it was made. We
do not for one moment suggest that the rule laid
down by Baron Huddleston is, in the lawyer's
sense, bad law; but as a principle of sumptuary
jurisprudence it is simply intolerable."
One Sign of Wealth in England.
From the London Globe.
Cats, says Mr. Besant In one of his novels,
have taken the place of oyster shells as the
adornment of the backyards of the poor. In
other Words, oysters are too dear nowadays for
poor folks to eat Tho use ot these grateful
and comforting bivalves may, therefore, be
taken as indicative of ease if not of opulence.
On this ground It was that the Judge of the
City of London Court decided last Saturday,
that a certain debtor, who was known to be a
consumer of oysters, must be sent to gaol if he
did not promptly pay his debt
It Ulnde- Them I.nngh.
Washington, February 18. The Clerk of
the House to-day announced that' the proposed
Democratic caucus would not be held this
evening, having been postponed for the pres
ent, the announcement of which called for sar
castic laughter from the Republicans.
PICKED UP IN GOTHAM.
A Veritable Floating Pnlace.
1NEW TOBK BUBEAU SFECIALS.I
' New York, February IK The Hamburg.
American Steamship Company announced to
day that its new, steamship, the Augusta Vic
toria, would begin her first trip, from Hamburg
to New York, on May 2. The A ugusta Victoria
was built to rival the Inman Line's big steam
ship City of New York. Sho is 4G3 feet long, 56
feet wide, 33 feet deep, and has a displacement
of 10,000 tons. Her guaranteed speed will ex
ceed 22 miles per bonr. She has five decks of
solid steel and teakwood. Many of her state
rooms will bs as Iarce and luxuriously furnished
as the rooms in a first-class hotel.
Sadden Summons of n Priest.
The Rev. Father William J. Lane, of the
Church of the Visitation. Brooklyn, died short
ly aftet midnight last night After the evening
service he complained of dizziness. "When he
reached home he became unconscious. He
never rallied from the stupor. Father Lane
was one of the youngest and most eloquent
priests in Brooklyn. He was a man of consider
able note in the Catholie Church of Southeast
ern New York.
Can't Get a Jury.
The Court of Oyer and Terminer is rapidly
pushing the number of ineligible talesmen ex
amined by it in the boodle aldermen trial up
toward 10,000. For three days the court has
been busy pronouncing-'citizens incapable of
fairly trying Thomas B. Kerr, who bribed the
city fathers to vote for the franchise of the
Broadway tramway. An average of one tales
man is examined every two minutes of the
court's session. No eligible man has turned np
A Cnwido Against Amusements.
The Rev. Father O'Hare, of Green Point,
has suspended his crusade against treating and
drinking at public bars to declare war against
the waltz and masquerade balls. He has an
ardent supporter in the Rev. Father Gessner,
of Elizabeth, who yesterday expelled from his
chnrch flvo young women who waltzed last
week despite his advico to the contrary. The
five young women threaten to appeal to the
bishop for reinstatement Father O'Hare's
visitation has created much excitement among
the young people of his parish, because in two
weeks Green Point Is to have its annual mask
ball, which all the young people in the town
have attended in former years.
Lawyer Marsh In Great Danger.
The friends of Luther P. Marsh, lawyer and
spiritualist, were startled to-day by the report
that Mme. Diss Debar is setting her cap for
him. Mme. Diss Debar went to Boston three
weeks ago to escape the reporters here. She
femained there quite harmless until yesterday
morning when she announced that spirits had
commanded her to become Mrs. Luther It
Marsh. Mr. Marsh's friends here think his po
sition exceedingly perilous, as, even in his most
skeptical moods, he didn't dare to disobey the
madam's spiritualistic communications.
Illness of a Mugwump.
The clerks in the general postoffice here will
probably have nq more chance to rail against
the unpopular mugwump postmaster, Mr.
Pierson. He is reported to De incurably ill of
cancer of the stomach at a hotel in in Aiken,
S. C. The heads of the Postoffice Department
deny the truth of this report, but they are
known to be acting under the instructions of
the postmaster, who wishes to keep secret the
condition of his health.
Merely a Social Call.
Scott Harrison, of Kansas City, Mo- brother
of the President-elect arrived here last Satur
day with his wife and three children, and is
visiting his brother-in-law, Dr. It Rldgely Ly
tie. Mr. Harrison expects-to remain in this
city a week or more before going to Washing
ton to the inauguration. He is a well-known
lawyer and real estate operator in Kansas City,
where he has resided many years. The visit of
Mr. Harrison is purely social. He has not
been prominent in politics. Mr. Harrison ex
pected to make his visit here very quietly, and
the politicians have not been aware that he
was in town.
NOVEL, BUT IMFORTAXT.
The Synopsis of Several Bills Now In the
Spbisgfield, February 18. In the House
to-day a bill was introduced forthe suppression
of trusts and combinations in trade and pro
ducts. Also one to prohibit the treating of
persons to intoxicating liquors. Also a bill to
enable mechanics, tradesmen and laborers to
form societies for their mutual aid and pro
tection. It declares that it shall be lawful for
the members of such societies, either individ
ually or collectively, to strike work for any em
Eloyer because of a disagreement about wages,
ours of work or manner of treatment or when
to continue work would be in violation of the
regulations of such society, and it provides
that such persons so striking shall not be sub
ject to prosecution or indictment for conspir
acy luerelur, uuieas luo tuica ui duuu Buiueiy
slmll be in contravention of the Constitution of
the State or the United States.
The bill further provides that such strikes
shall not hinder others who so desire from tak
ingthe places left vacant, with the further
provision that "the use of force, threat or
menace or harm to any person's property shall
not be regarded as in any way hindering' such
persons. A bill also introduced defining lager,
beer as a beverago made of pure barley, malt
and hops, and providing that any beer arti
ficially colored or containing other ingredients
shall be known as "commercial beer," and shall
be so designated by means of stamps to be
furnished by the State. This bill carries a
miuimum penalty for a violation of its pro
visions ot 81,000 fine and 30 days In prison. Pro
vision is made for a chemical analysis of such
THE IDES OP MAECH.
While Harrison Is Inaugurated There Wll
bo Trouble Elsewhere.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
CHAW.EST0N, W. Va., February la The
long predicted break from the Kenna ranks
came to-day. It was led by Senator Knottwho
was followed by Senators Sweeny and Van Pelt,
and Delegates Merrill, Peck, Shanklin, Sprigg,
Sydenstricker, Altlser, Jack andShiw. Dorr,
of course, maintained his old stand and voted
for J. B. Jackson, while the Union Labor mem
bers voted for Wirt R. Neat Several members
made speeches explaining their position. One
of the Kenna men reflecting quite severely on
Dorr, who did not deign to reply. Justice, of
Logan county, stated tbat he had voted for
Kenna first and would vote for him to the last,
and said defiantly if the gentlemen thought
they could elect without tho vote of Logan let
them try it Two ballots were taken, the sec
ond resulting in Goff receiving 40 votes, Kenna
20, Governor Wilson 6, scattering la Kenna's
defeat is now generally conceded, but it does
not seem likely tbat his name will be with
drawn. , ,
The joint assembly to open and declare tho
result of the State election, which had ad
journed until to-day. met this afternoon in the
hall of the House. The Republicans had pre
pared a resolution to declare Goff duly elected
Governor, but before it could be introduced
Delegate Sprig moved that the joint assembly
dissolve, which was carried without loss of
time. There are no new developments In the
Gubernatorial matter, but exciting times are
expected on March 4. ,
JIAET ANDEKSOxN IN TROUBLE.
She is Billed to Piny In Two Rival Opera
Louisviixe, February 18. Manager Bour
lier. of the Masonic Temple Theater, has ad
vertised Maty Anderson to play at his theater
the closing days of this week. It is now cer
tain she will play at Macauley's Theater. It is
agreed that the rent of the Masonic Temple for
the time of the contract will be paid, but this
does not satisfy Bourlier. He saj she will
Ipend $5,000 in showing Macauley and Abbey
they cannot make a tool of him.
He will on Monday next suo to enjoin Mary
Anderson from playing at Macauley s. will sua
Abbey for damages, "and threatens to sue
Macaulev also. He is well backed financially
and an interesting fight seems probable.
Lncky Tbat Time.
From the New York Tribune.!
The Thirteen Club owes it to itself to elect to
honorary membership or to bestow some other
mark of respect on the men who barely escaped
from a railway wreck at Ashland, Neb., a day or
two ago. There were just IJ of them and they
were asleep in a caooose attached to a freight
train when another freight train ran into the
caboose and knocked it to flinders. Its 13 oc
cupants suffered no inconvenience, however,
further than tbat one of them had the nose
bleed. This trifling Indiscretion ought to be
easily overlooked by the deflers of tne 13 super
stition in this neighborhood. Greeting from
the Thirteen Club is in order.
A Plymouth (Conn.) dwelling still oc
cupied was erected in 1877.
D. Edgar Crouse. of Syracuse, N. Y.,
has just built a SoOO.OOO stable.
A rabbit with two tails was caught in a
trap at Red Bank, N. J., last week.
The numberof books in the Boston pub
lic library has now reached 500.000.
A revival meeting which has just closed
atMuskegop-Micb., gathered in 100 converts.
The Bank of England buildinj:. Lon
don, covers eight acres and employs 1,000 per
sons. A man in the interior of Pennsylvania
killed himself because he couldn't use his $100
There were only 2M daily newspapers
in the country In 1830. only 387 in 1S60, but 571 in
1870, 881 In 1BS0 and 1123 in 1888.
The Roman Forum is about to be
ruined by a road bridge which Is to crow its
center-In order to continue tho Via Cavour
toward the river.
A royal Egyptian mummy landed zi
Marseilles, France, the other day was taxed the
usual duty on dried fish, no scale for preserved
Pharaohs being known to the customs
There is a man in "Waterville. Me., who
boasts of a pair of mittens that have seen
service, but are good for several winters yet
The present owner inherited tbem 37 years ago,
from the man for whom they were made, and
has worn tbem every winter since.
The newest thing in crests or mono
grams is to pnt them down at the bottom of the
note paper instead of at the top, as before, tha
chosen corner being the right-hand one. Tha
effect is strange, aud rather suggests the writer
having made a mistake, and begun his letter
A writer in an English paper claims
forWoodbrldgetbe credit of possessing tha
meanest man in the person of a miserly yeoman
who refused to allow his daughter to receive a
sealskin jacket as a present because he could
not afford to pay for the camphor which would
be needed to keep the moths out of it during
A new departure has taken place in tho
lighting of public conveyances in London.
Several of the new omnibuses are lighted by
gas Instead of oil. The gas is contained in a
small reservoir, similar to those in use on tha
railroads, and is carried underneath the vehicle.
The light given is greatly superior to oil, and
enables the passengers to read a paper with
The ladies at Jackson, Mich., are
taking tho tenderest care of Latimer, tha
alleged murderer of his mother. They supply
him with delicate edibles, and their floral
offerings have transformed his gloomy cell into
a fairy bower. They would bo miserably dii
appolnted should he prove to be innocent of
crime and never to have had the charming
ap.titude for assassination which has won their
Back in the last century, Alexander
Smith, afterward known as John Adams, ona
of the ringleaders in the famous mutiny on tha
ship Bounty in 1789, saved a midshipman from
drowning. The latter put 100 in bank to
await Smith's call. It remained until it had
risen to the sum of 96.000. Now three grand
sons of the mutineer, living on Norfolk and
PItcairn Islands, have discovered their iden
tity, and one of them has succeeded in estab
lishing bis title to the great accumulation.
A Paris correspondent says that com
pressed air is now being extensively employed
as a motive power in Paris instead of steam.
The Central Station comprises 12 boilers' and
six compound engines, and the air, which is
compressed to six atmospheres. Is stored in
vast receivers, and distributed as required to
various Industrial establishments. The com
pressed air also serves as a refrigerating me
dium, which can be utilized for sanitary and
other purposes. It is Intended to erect covered
markets, which will be provided with cooling
chambers, supplied with compressed air from
the Central station.
An extraordinary crime, if the deed can
be called a crime, owing to the offender being
a child of only i years of age, was committed
in Panama the other day. It appears tbat a
poor woman left her rom, leaving her baby of
only a few weeks old fast asleep, and a second
child, aged some 4 years, playing in the room.
On her return, to her consternation she found
that the 4-ycar-old child bad beaten the baby so
severely over the bead with a stick tbat tha
little thing was defld. The only theory ad
vanced Is that the baby had awakened, and in
order to quiet It the order had innocently beat
it over the head and caused its death.
Citizenship amoVg any of the five tribes
of the Indian nation has a tangible cash value.
The Cherokees, of whom there are between 20,
000 and 23,000. po3scss'll,000,000 acres of land,
worth from S5 to S15 an acre, and have J2,5OO,0OO
in the hands of the United States Government
from which they draw $142,000 a year, besides a
rental of 200,000 from the cattle companies.
When a surplus accumulates it is divided
among the citizens. About half the Cherokees
are full-blooded, while the rest are of mixed
Scotch and Irish blood, but white men cannot
acquire citizenship now by simply marrying a
Cherokee woman, as formerly. Sam Houston
married a Cherokee: so did John Sevier, and to
did numbers of Adamses, Rosses and other
leading families of the South.
A reputed old maid of 60 summers, who
had been for years in the service of a grocer at
the Halles, France, died recently; and as she
was believed to have saved a little money, her
niece, a young woman of 13, lately wedded to a
policeman, searcned dilizently among her
clothes and boxes for the treasure. Nothing,
however, was to be found, although the mat
tress, which with French people of this class
often plays tho part of a bank, had been ripped
carefully. A large cheese was discovered in a
box under the bed, but as it was too strong for
the palates of the policeman and his bride,
they disposed of it to the grocer for the sum of
10 francs. The next day, as the worthy man
was cutting tha big cheese, bis knife came into
contact with a bard substance, and presently
gold pieces were rolling about on the floor.
The secret was at last out The cheese was
now carefully examined, and was found to con
tain 2.000 francs, or 80, In notes and gold; but
unluckily for the presumed heiress, there was
also a little bit of parchment on which tha
venerable Rosalie had penned a few lines, set
ting forth that she bequeathed the money to
her son, whose name she gave, and who is
serving in an infantry regiment at Lyons.
JUST FOR FUN.
Feminine Logic. Teacher "What does
Condtllac say about brutes In the scale of being?
Seminary (Sirl He says a brute Is an imperfect
man. "And whatlsmanV" "ManI Oh, man's
a perfect brute!" Spotted Cayute.
The pronunciation of some fashionable
anglo-manlae clergymen Is getting to be very
much lite that or the English clergyman who la
reading the passage, "He that hath ears to hear,
let him hear." gives It, "He that hathyahsto
yah. let him yah." .Vew Xork Tribune.
Visitor (dime museum) Ton are not a
freak, are yon? Lady Yes. "Beg pardon;
but what Is there remarkable about you?" "I
have been married ten years and 1 never once told
my husband that I could have got plenty or richer
and handsomer men If I'd wanted 'em." PAiio
She Why, Charley, your grandmother
died only a week ago and here yon are at a dtnclng
party. I should think you'd have some respect
for her memory."
He Why. 1 certainly have. But yon see she
lost her memory six years before she died ana I
date my respect from that time. Boston Beacon.
Not an Appropriate Bemedy. Friend
not water will cure your nervousness. Mr.
Henpeck Not much. I've been In hot water
for ten years, ever since I married. In fact. That's
what makes mo nervous. "Perhaps If yon
heaped coals of nre on your wife's nead she would
he better." "Coals of Are? Why, she's red
headed already. "Texas Siftingt.
Chumpleigh What did you see in Egypt
that Impressed you?
Corncorner I seen the Sphinx.
Chumpleigh Worth seeing?
Corncorner It may have been once, but at
present the darned shebang is so busted that It
don't pay to learn Ut spell the name of It.
Harry (horrified at seeing Kate puffing at
a cigarette) Mercy! Do you smoke, Kate?
Kate Xot because 1 enjoy it, Harry. I want to
1111 the rooms with smoke, so that should a bur
glar break in, he'll think there's a man In the
Harry Well, your only losing your time and
soiling your lips. A man never smokes cigarettes
leastwise no man that a burglar need be afraid
ot. Boston Transcript.
Oh, merchant, in thine hour of e e e,
if on this paper you should c e c.
And look for something to ap p p p
Your yearning for greenback V v v,
Take our advice and now be y y y, ,
(So straight ahead and advert ill,
1 You'll find the project of some u n n;
eglect can offer no ex q q r.
B wise at once, prolong your d a a a, "
A silent business soon do kkk.
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