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PITTSBURG, MONDAY, MAR. 18, 1K&
The resignation of Senator Cbace, of
Ehode Island, on the plea that he could not
afford to retain the position any longer, is
made the text of another argument in favor
of increasing Congressional salaries to
$10,000. The usual argument is heard that
the statesmen cannot lire in 'Washington on
the salaries allowed them, and that the
immense correspondence which they have
to attend to requires them to hire clerks at
J their own expense.
If ten thousand dollars a year would in
crease the intelligence and disinterested
ness of our legislators it would be the best
investment that could be made with the
people's money. But it is worth while to
notice that there is an clement of humbug
in the logic by which it is urged. There is
no public requirement that Senators or
Bepresentatives shall live in a style costing
over 55,000 a year. A statesman can get
very comfortable quarters, wear decent
clothes, and provide schooling and suste
nance for his family ont of that sum. He
may not be able to support a grand mansion
and give immense entertainments on that
income; bat there is no constitutional
necessity for him to do so, and if he wishes
to cut a swell of that breadth it is just that
he should pay for it out of his private
The talk of the immense correspondence
of the legislators is a good deal on the same
order. They have, no doubt, a large cor
respondence concerning their legitimate
duties; but the burden of it is caused by the
vice of our politic", which makes them cx
efficio private claim agents and patronage
brokers. Let them forswear those functions,
and their correspondence will be much less
Salaries which will be fair for men of
first-class talent ought to be paid by this
(government in executive, legislative and
judicial positions; but the advance should
not be made for the purpose of paying for
ostentatious entertainments, or to enable
them to transact an immense amount of ex
tra constitutional business.
CLAKKSON'S HEBOIC SACRIFICE.
An impressive example of the deteriora
tion in the gray matter of a live paper
which has to pass from the position of critic
to that of adulator to the dispensers of
patronage, is furnished by the usually
bright and sparkling New York Press. It
'declares that Sir. Clarkson "deserves the
thanks of all true Republicans" for accept
ing the office of First Assistant Postmaster
General, and goes on to elaborate the idea
that it was a sacrifice for him,-but he
heroically sunk his personal interests for
the good of the party. This is flap-doodle.
The country and the Republican party
would have gone right along their usual
paths if Mr. Clarkson had continued in the
Iowa newspaper business; and Mr. Clark
son was principally good to himself in
taking that post. Perhaps this outburst
may be the fruit of the fear which struck
the aspirants of the Press when it was de
clared by a member of the Cabinet that
''there will be no politics in my depart
ment," and its song of hope to the effect
that Clarkson will choke off any such
AN INSOLUBLE PUZZLE.
The new game, which consists of trying to
get five pigs, so-called, in a pen, which dis
counts the old fifteen puzzle, is presented in
an aggravated form to the President in the
shape of the English mission.
The President has switched off one of the
pigs, by putting Mr. William "Walter
Phelps on the Samoan Commission. But
the two great Republican editors of New
Tork remain, and one of them, Colonel
Shepard, tells the country that the Presi
dent really wishes to give that place to
"Warner Miller, who was slaughtered in the
interest of the party as Bepublican candi
date for Governor of New York. This dis
j)osition Colonel Shepard would probably
consent to, as he would also if the Presi
dent should insist on sending Mr. Chauncey
M. Depew to teach the Britons what after
dinner oratory really is. Likewise, if the
passionate desire of the President to ap
point the one embodiment of true millionaire
goodness, should call upon Colonel Elliott
F. Shepard to reside in London, there is
every reason to believe that the scriptural
editor would submit with a murmur.
But' all this time the Tribune will reserve
its comments on the diplomatic appoint
ments until Whitelaw Reid sees who is sent
to London. The President evidently cannot
get five pigs in that pen.
GOFF SHOULD STICK.
There certainly does not seem to be much
room for doubt that General Goff was
elected Governor of West Virginia, The
refusal of the Legislature to count the vote
is a practical confession that this formality
would show him to have received a majority
of the suffrages of the people. The country
.stands aghast at the simplicity of the West
Virginia plan by which the success of ob
noxious party opponents can be prevented
andtfje old party kept in power, solely
by the legislative body's conclusion that it
will pocket the returns and let this election
go for nothing. But General Goff hardly
evinces a true appreciation of his position
in accepting his defeat as final and appear
ing among the office-seekers at "Washington.
He represents a free expression of the peo
ple's will. The Supreme Court's decision
has only been against bis assumption of the
office until the vote has been counted; and
he should keep on demanding the count
until his rights are conceded, or he has
another chance to go before the people and
let them say whether they will permit the
popular vote to be nullified in that manner.
DisaGEEETNG VERDICTS, j
The outcome of the last boodle trial in
New York has left matters in a rather anom
alous position. Through the efforts of
Colonel Ingersoll and Colonel Fellows, it
has been decided by a picked body of jury
ignorami, that Kerr was not guilty of
bribery. Colonel Ingersoll was the recog
nized advocate of Mr. Kerr; but Colonel
Fellows' services in securing this outcome
of the affair, have been so important that the
New York Herald which, a year and a half
ago, was shouting for Fellows, now declares
that, if there is a public prosecutor who
would do less than he has done, "Mr.
Barnum ought not to let him run around
loose any longer."
But the declaration that Kerr is not
guilty leaves matters in an unique shape.
Sundry Aldermen are in Sing Sing because
previous juries decided that they had taken,
bribes of Kerr. Numerous other Aldermen
are residing in Canada because heretofore
they have considered it very undesirable to
permit the question whether they took
bribes from Kerr to be passed
upon by any jury. But now comes
this jury and declares that Ken
did not give bribes to'anyone. This indi
cates that the Aldermen in Sisg Sing are
martyrs, and that those in Canada rest un
der a delusion as to what they did. "Were
the old juries in error and are the Canadian
residents deceived? Or, is this verdict an
elaboration of the fact that political bribery
is just about in line with the New York
The doubt on that point is apparently the
onlybbstacle to letting the convicted Al
dermen out of Sing Sing. But there does
not seem to be any valid reason why the
Canadian contingent should prolong its
residence in the land of superabundant
snow and fugitives from justice. They need
no longer remain in that undesirable char
acter. Justice has nothing to say to them.
In fact justice is' more than usually blind
in their case.
A PRIVILEGED CLASS.
The forced retirement of Henry Bergh,
Jr., from the position at the head of the
New York Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals is, under the circum
stances, a very significant assertion of the
theory that a different rule of conduct must
be established for the rich and powerful
than for the obscure and common,
Mr. Bergh succeeded his uncle and name
sake as head of the society with which he
himself had been connected for 15 years,
and until recently nothing had been heard
to indicate that his services to that organiza
tion were not satisfactory. In an evil hour
for himself, however, Mr. Bergh conceived
the idea, that the laws against unnecessary
cruelty to animals were as applicable to the
sports and vanities of the rich as to the
labors of the poor. He started by interfering
with the Hempstead Coursing Clnb, an
organization of the fashionable young men
of New York whose idea of sport is to turn
rabbits-loose and see hounds tear them to
pieces. Having followed that up by attack
ing August Belmont, Jr., and E.D.Morgan,
for docking the tails of their horses, it will
be seen that Mr. Bergh had been successful
in arraying the wealth and fashion of New
York against him. The inevitable result
followed and he retired from the manage
ment of the organization last week. Pro
forma denials are made' that these two
prosecutions had anything to do with it; but
the fact that Mr. Bergh's deficiencies were
never discovered till he got into conflict
with the purse-holders, makes it tolerably
clear that if he had not been so indiscreet
as to suppose that the law applied equally
to rich and poor, he would still be at the
head of the organization.
The practical rule thus laid down is
rather instructive. The drayman who under
the incentive of earning a good day's wages
for his family overtaxes his horse, is to be
fined or hauled off to prison; but the mil
lionaire who inflicts greater suffering on his
horse merely to follow a senseless imported
fashion, must be held above the reach of the
law. The garbage hauler whose slender
earnings may make him unable to provide
the best feed for bis bony motive power is
an object for prosecution; but the gilded
youth whose sport consists of setting ani
mals free and seeing them killed, are above
criticism. It is hardly necessary to add
the comment that when an organization is
placed upon a platform of that sort, its days
of usefulness are ended.
Maey Anderson and Mrs. Langtryare
both ill and unable act, but Mrs. Potter's
asp is still enabled to perform its thrilling
impersonation without postponement.
Ms. Donh- Piatt's ferocious declara
tion that "the vast sums collected from
millionaires, and the very significant
amount assessed on office holders, were for
the one purpose of returning Benjamin
Harrison to the Presidency," reveals a
serious state of the once brilliant cor
respondent's mental faculties, "Dion Pott,"
as Zach Chandler used to call him, has evi
dently got under the delusion that the 10,
000 check of President Cleveland's and the
larger contributions of Messrs. Whitney,
Scott and-Brice were perverted and misap
plied by the wily and unscrupulous Quay.
There is a fear that Mr. "Wanamaker's
declaration that there will be no politics in
his department, will not stand unless it is
indorsed: "This goes. M. S. Q."
It is worthy of notice that the Duke of
"Westminster, who sold Mr. Gladstone's pic
ture sometime ago, to mark his disapproval
of the Liberal leader, turns out to have
contributed 450 to Plgott's scheme. No
body is likely to inform the ducal magnate
that he has made a consummate donkey of
himself; but it is not necessary. The facts in
the case convey the information with stun
ning force without any assistance from
mortal vocal organs.
The saloon back, as well as front, doors
were closed, and St. Patrick's Day was re
markable for its good order.
There is a good deal of indignation at
the man who sent that forged application,
purporting to come from Grover Cleveland,
asking for admission to the Buffalo Athletic
Club. Exactly where the slur comes in
does not appear at first sight; but examina
tion may disclose that Mr. Cleveland's
friends want it understood that if he goes
into athletics he is rich enough to adopt the
great professional theory and hire his ath
letics done for him.
If March continues in this lamb-like
mood that short crop of last winter's ice will
be in demand very early, t
Repgets indicate that the Illinois dele-
gationof office seekers at "Washington is as J
UtiUlJT UlB4UUblCU M U.V.Ub.O -.,1,11 nut
Dudley. But still, the spring sun shines as
brightly as of yore.
PEOPLE OF PROMINENCE.
Aetist Whistler is going to take a run
over to this country.
Mr. Jesse Geakt has come on to New York
to see bis sister,. Mrs.-Sartorls. Ho says he has
settled down in California as a real farmer.
There is a movement amongOhlo Democrats
in favor of the nomination of Allen W. Thur
man, son of Allen G. Tburman, for Governor.
Since the death of the Hon. Sidney Bartlett,
Mr. John C. Park, of Newton, becomes the
senior member of the Boston bar. Ha was ad
mitted in 1S27.
Mr. Joseph Babnby, the musician, Is an energetic-looking,
broad-shouldered, bearded, and
spectacled man, with the air of one born to lead
in more senses than one.
Hekky S. Battle is working in a cotton mill
at Manchester, N. H., for $1 10 per day. He is
reported to be the son of a Southern million
aire and came North to learn the business,
preparatory to erecting a cotton mill In North
It is more than hinted by friends of the late
Roscoe Conkllng that his biography Is being
compiled. The compiler Is one who has every
facility at his finger's end for the work. It is
Alfred R. Conklmg, a nephow and favorite of
the statesman. He is the son of Frederick A.
Conkling, and a lawyer in business with his
father In New York.
It is probable that Roswell Beardsley, who is
Postmaster at North Lansing, Tompkins
count', N. Y., will be permitted to remain in
office. Mr. Beardsley is a relic of the last
administration of several, in fact, for he was
first appointed by John Qulncy Adams in 1826,
and has drawn his salary continuously for
G3 years. He is now 90 years of age, but is bale
and hearty, and to all appearances will enjoy
the confidence as well as the favor of the new
ODE 1IBEI0 NAYI.
Ex-Secretary Whitney Takes a Cheerful
View of the Subject.
Special Telecram to The Dispatch.
Boston, March 17. Ex-Secretary of the Navy
William C. Whitney is in town to-day, having
come East to see his mother and his brother.
President Henry M. Whitney, of the
West End Street Hallway, and also to
transact "a little private business,"
as he pnt it when called upon
by a Dispatch reporter. The: ex-Secretary
had just returned from an extended trip on
the electric street railway lines with which he
was much pleased. Politics, when suggested
as a topic of conversation, bronght only a
smile, and a polite reference to the new navy
touched a more responsive spring and about
tbo fleet which had been started under his ad
ministration the Secretary said:
"There is no reason why the United States
shouldn't have as fine a navy as any nation in
the world, and It doubtless will have when the
people are made awake to the necessity of one.
We have money, push and genius, the
three thincs needed for success, and
already some gratifying progress has
been made. The people nave every
reason to be satisfied with the ships turned out
by the Cramps. The dynamite cruiser Ve
suvius Is a wonder for speed, and has done'
more in that line than any vessel of her size.
It was nearly a year before anyone could
be found to take a contract and guar
antee 20 knots speed. The Cramps
tried it finally. I thought they were
foolish to do so, but did not say so. And they
succeeded, getting 21 and over out of the craft.
The Yorktown also exceeded the contract re
quirements as to speed and horse power. She
was given a more severe trial, too, than ever
before required of any vessel, either at home
Mr. Whitney also expressed confidence in
the success of the new steel cruiser building
at Cramps. As to his successor in office, he
said: "I think he is a good man for the place,"
and Intimated that the policy of building up
the navy would be continued.
HE SEES TOO HUGH.
A Montgomery County Man Constantly Af
flicted With Double Vision.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Philadelphia, March 17. Levi H. Ger
hart, a Schwenksvllle carpenter, has a curious
affliction. He is a temperate man, but he sees
double. For years he has calculated with all
the nicety of men of his craft the dimensions
of doors, walls and ceilings, bnt now be Is sore
ly embarrassed when he attempts such tasks.
Gerhart's gift of second sight came to him
all unsought and unforewarned. On Sunday
afternoon three weeks ago, while deep In the
enjoyment of his postprandial pipe, he let fall
a casual remark about a quartet of men who
were passing on the opposite side of the street.
The lady that owned him said there were bnt
two, whereupon her good man stamped his foot
and bawled out "four." There followed a wife
ly remonstrance, but the carpenter soon became
convinced that something was wrong with his
eyes. Ever since then he sees two objects,
where others see but one. He finds himself
newly endowed with several sets of twins, and
beholding a pair of matrons parading through
his home, lives in mortal dread of prosecution
for bigamy. His fingers present a strangely
complex appearance when held before his eyes,
and be can only assure himself that he Is no
Montgomery county Briareus by the convenient
expedient of turning his right cheek, when all
things assume an orthodox aspect, even though
a little indis tint.
He has sought medical advice in vain, and
oculists are sorely puzzled to account for bis
TALK THAT BUILT A HOUSE.
Salo of the House Which Henry Ward
Beecber'a Lectures Paid For.
New Yore, March 17. Boscobel, the beauti
ful country retreat of the late Henry Ward
Beecher at Peeksklll, has been disposed of by
private sale, through Phillips fc Wells, real
estate brokers, to C. H. Butler, of this city, .for
575,000. The property covers 86acres of ground,
on which Is a beautiful, large three-story man
sion of Gothic architecture, built only a few
years before Mr. Beecber's death. It stands in
the midst of one of tne most charming spots on
the Hndson river, commanding a view of the
surrounding country for nearly 2o miles.
Thirty years ago, when Mr. Beecher first
bought the ground, it was a patch of plain
meadow land, with an ordinary little cottage
as a residence. This he inhabited during the
summer for many years, and be became so
attached to the little domicile that when tbo
larger and more imposing residence was built
he deemed it a duty to preserve the cottage as
an old landmark. The new bouse is magnifi
cently proportioned, and it is fitted with all the
latest modern conveniences.
Speaking of it to a visitor not long before his
death, Mr. Beecher said: "I love this house. It
Is very pretty, but do you know how I built it?
1 wanted it. I had set my heart on it, but I was
poor. So I went and lectured until I earned
the money. You have beard of castles in the
air. Here you find one, a regular castle of
wind. That's how I got it."
LOVE DE0TE DIM CEAZI.
Infatuation for a Classmate the Cause ot a
Young Student' Insanity.
Minneapolis, March 17. A short time ago
Andrew Thorsen, a student of the State Uni
versity, became madly .Infatuated with a young
lady classmate. His attentions were discour
aged. This and jokes of his classmates preyed
upon Thorsen's mind, and his behavior became
so strange that bis father was notified. Mr.
Ihorsen arlvediu Minneapolis yesterday, and
prepared to take his son away with him in the
afternoon. In some way, however, the boy
eluded bis father, and at last accounts had not
been found. His fellow-students say that he is
HONEST ABE LINCOLN.
A Colored Mnn of That Knmo Finds a Neat
Memphis, March 17. Abraham Lincoln, a
colored man, came In to-day and reported the
finding of $75,000 in legitimate Currency. His
bonanza was, he says, bronght out of an old
gum stump In Crittenden county, Arkansas,
opposite this city, across the Mississippi river.
The most singular feature ot the case is that
Lincoln, who is a pious fellow,-wished to adver
tise for the owner and surrender the money
upon sufficient proof of ownership. His
friends, however, have kent him in hlding'for
fear that someone will take advantage of aim.
From the Philadelphia Press. 3
You are respectfully invited to contribute to
the fund for erecting amonumentin New York
to the memory of the late John Ericsson. New
York is not selfish in this matter, and outsiders
will be cheerfully allowed to join in her com
mendable enterprise. She herself has already
contributed 6,000 cubic feet of wind and $0000.
quite Likely. -
From the Evening Wisconsin. 1
When a man files a claim for office will he
feel rasped if be is not appointed?
A Gentleman Who Helps to Ron the Penn.
ylvanla Senate Mr. Wherry's Break
and Its Meaning- Hott the Quiet Ones
Get There A George Washington HoIN
tTItOM A STAFF COBKZqrOXSZKT.l
Harrisburo, March 17. Undoubtedly if
Ed. W. Smiley, the able journal clerk of tbe
Senate, should go, suddenly to his reward in
heaven the august Upper-House of the Legis
lature would continue to do business. But
there would, without question, be considerable
creaking and groaning of the machinery of leg
islation, and the white tie and cheery smile
would be missed from tbelr place in front of
the presiding officer's chair. Just how the pre
siding officer mieht feel about such a depriva
tion deponent is not prepared to state fully,
but the quiet voice that prompts a decision on
many a difficult parliamentary point, and that
aids to cnt many a Legislative Gordlan knot
with a quick word of counsel could not readily
be replaced, and none know it better than tbe
Lieutenant Governor and the President pro
A Political Pilot.
When at home in Franklin, Venango county,
Mr. Smiley Is editor of tbe county organ of the
Republican party, the Citizen-Press, and it Is
just as bright as himself. He has helped to
steer the Bepublican bark through many
stormy campaigns in a section noted, for voting
pretty much as it pleases. He further dis
tinguished himself last year by winning from
one of the most popular men in Northwestern
Pennsylvania his county's indorsement for
Congress. There was considerable feeling in
the Concessional district, and tbe outlook was
dark and stormy, but Mr. Smiley named the
Congressman and the pleasure of 83eing the
Republican ship anchor safe in the national
harbor at Washington was intensified by the
knowledge that that tbe Federal patronage of
tho county was bis so far as Congressman
Watson Is concerned. But power brings care,
and tbe applicants for tbe fourth-class post
offices, as Mr. Smiley finds, are legion.
A Change of Name.
Samuel M. Wherry, the gentleman who,
from the fact that he was tbe Democratic
caucus nominee for Speaker ot the House,
officially figures as tbe leader of the Demo
cratic side, has been noted for tbe wonderful
influence he possessed on tbe other side of the
Chamber. Of ten has a good, solid Republican
member found the ground knocked .from
under hts feet by a few well-directed words
from the gentlemen from Cumberland.
Frequently has a Republican of '"good
and regular standing wondered where his
party's majority bad disappeared to 'after the
Democratic leader had bad his say. But that
is now all changed. Mr. Wherry on Thursday
personally.and on Friday through his colleague,
Mr. Zeigler. made an attack on the probity
of .the. Republican clerks ot tbe Republican
House, and now so far as tbeRepnbllcan mem
bers are concerned, Mr. Wherry's name Is no
longer Wherry, but Dennis. Persons who look
for bidden motives In everything say Mr.
Wherry has an ambition to come back to the
Legislature next year as Senator from district,
and is merely making a record to run on.
Not Bold Enough.
Mr. Wherry's colleague, Mr. Zeigler, Insists
that he and Mr. Wherry make no charges they
cannot substantiate. He further says that 12
men have told him they are recorded as voting,
when, as a matter of fact, they didn't voto at
all, being absent from the House at the time.
However, even 12 votes would not have altered
tbe result, and men make a bad play (as some
of the sinful would put it) when they state
such things in private and fear to stand by
them in public. The gentlemen who,. told Mr.
Zeigler their story would have dona finch bet
ter to have set themselves right in the open
Some Qnlet Workers.
There is a great deal of quiet ability in tbe
present House. The men who make tbe
speeches are not in all cases tbe men who have
the greatest influence. Chairman Andrews,
for instance, is one of the quietest men on the
floor, but when he talks in private his auditor
listens. Some ot the quiet ability has hardly
begun to make Itself felt, because of the new
ness of memberaybut tbe quiet men who are
serving a second term are a power. Represent
ative Morrow, of Venango county, is one of
these. He bas not made a speech this session,
but when anything comes up affecting his sec
tion, he is right on band in a way that counts.
His constituents were warmly In favor of the i
repeal of the old fence law, and there Is much
signiflcance in the statemont that before the vote
was taken Mr. Morrow know within a' few votes
what the result would be. Mr. Morrow bad
been around among tbe members and the bill
went through in good shape. Of course be
doesn't claim tne honor of doing It all, bnt be
did a big share of it. The men who make
speeches on the slightest provocation wear
themselves out and lose their influence. Fre
quently they make enemies. The quiet men
are the best men on committees as a general
rule, and the most industrious men in the
House. When it comes to making votes there
is often more power in their little finger than
in the whole body of tbe inveterate speech
maker. The Inauguration Centennial.
Representative Robinson, of Allegheny,
wants a special order for the bill to make April
30 of the present year a legal holiday. The day
is the hundredth anniversary of the inaugura
tion of George Washington as President of the
United States. Mew York will have a big time
and theie Is a feeling that Pennsylvania ought
to honor the day to at least this extent Mr.
Robinson wonld nave obtained a special order
for the bill on Friday bad there not been so
many demands for this favor that tbe House
was compelled to shut them off.
A FARMER KIDNAPED.
A Remarkable Case of Mistaken Identity
Reported From Georgia.
ATLANTA, March 17. A N. Hill, a fanner
of Heard county, first appeared there several
years ago. He married the daughter of John
Mingo, a farmer. Mingo Intrusted the sale of
his cotton crop to his son-in-law' last Novem
der. Hill disappeared with $760. In the early
part of February he returned, saying that
while standing on tbe streets of Lagrange he
was suddenly seized by two men, bqund hand
and foot and carried off Into tho wilds of New
Mexico, where bo was chained In a cave. He
remained in the cave until January 29, when
he was aided by an Indian to escape, and finally
reaching Georgia, where bis story was laughed
at. Ho said tbe men claimed that his name was
Last Wednesday, while Hill was at work in a
sawmill, be was violently seized by three men,
thrown into a wagon and driven rapidly away.
-Tbe interference of some countrymen brougbt
the whole party to a halt. Detective Atkinson,
at tbe head of the party, said that in 1886 a
man named White murdered a citizen of Las
Vegas, N. Mex., and a reward of $2,500 was out
for nlm. A photograph of White, which the
detective exhibited, was a perfect likeness of
Hill. As Hill Uvea in Heard county at the
time of tbe murder, tbe citizens held that he
could not be identical with White, so they ar
rested the detective for kidnaping. The case
is more mysterious than ever.
HAETELOUS FEATS OF STRENGTH.
A Fov of the Samsonlaa TFasks Performed
by Maine Men.
Bangor, March 17. A little while ago was
published a paragraph telling of an Aroostook
Frenchman who picks up and carries away on
his shoulder logs that two ordinary men can
scarcely lift. The Aroostook man is tbe
strongest man in Maiife, as far as heard from,
but there are a couple of others worth of men
tion for their Sampsonlan f eat? . Fred Boynton, a
farmer living a few miles from Augusta, stands
6 feet 4 inches high, picks no a heavy stump
lifting machine as easily as a common man
would a spade, carries a breaking-up plow over
bis shoulder like a musket, and can toss a bar
rel of flour about like a football. Boynton has
a team ot sixfrisky bulls" which he uses in the
place of oxcrPto haul bis wood' and farm pro
ducts to Augusta, He says he likes bulls
better than oxen because tbero is "more snap"
in tbem. It is said that In one summer this
giant built eight miles of stone wall.
Timothy Mnrphy, of Bangor, a brother of
Jerry Murphy, the heavy-weight champion
Eugillst of Maine' is not remarkably tall, but
o is broad and deep-chested and is a solid
man. He drives a coal cart, and on one occa
sion, to win a wager, be shouldered a sugar
barrel full of coal and carried it up two flights
of stairs in the Kenduskeag block, just as an
ordinary man would carry a busheL
An Instinctive Impulse.
From the New York Herald.
Tbe fox hunt on Washington's birthday In
Chicago proved to be no great success, where
upon a St. Louis man remarked: "Let Chicago
turn a hog loose on the boulevard and the
whole town will chase it to the death."
Returning With Glory.
From the Chicago Herald .1 " i ,
The Chicago hall club Is onthe'-wayhome.
It returns with the glsry and renown of nav
Inglost a game lu every country on the globe.
MONDAY, , MARGH' 18,
WILD. BOARS IN NEW I0BE.
Gcnnlno Black Forest Terrors la tbe Sha
wangnnk Mountain Region.
Mtddletown, March 17. Any sportsman
who wants to enjoy the royal pastime of wild
boar bunting needn't journey to tbe wilds of
Europe in search of the nobe game, hut can
find It here in the deep recesses of the Shawan
gunk Mountains that border Orange and Sulli
van counties. He can enter on tbe hunt with
the assurance that the wild hogs of this lati
tude are of the genuine Black Forest breed,
and as ugly, ferocious and dangerous as their
congeners on the otherside of the Atlantic
Banker Otto Plock, of New York City, owns
an elegant country place in the Neverslnk
valley, about six miles north of Port Jervis,
his lands extending back up the wild ana
rocky slopes of the Sbawangunk Mountains.
A considerable tract of the rough mountain
land in question is inclosed by a strong and
compact wire fence, 12 .feet bigb, and is set
apart as a park for deer and other pet and
fanoy. animals and game birds.
But Banker Plock found tbe holes, ledges
and thickets ot his park inhabited by aborigi
nal tribes of vermin, including rattlers and
other venomous snakes, that played havoc
among bis choice fancy stock. After trying
various plans for exterminating bis noxious
tenants without success, it occurred to him to
bring over from Wurtemberg, Germany, a lot
of the famous wild hogs of the Black Forest
region, which are known to be tbe deadly foes
of snakes and remarkably expert in destroying,
vermin. Accordingly.Banker Flock imported
ulne hogs. Including two old boars of formida
ble size and phenomenal ferocity, and turned
tbem loose in bis park.
Tbe vicious hogs exterminated the reptilian
pests, but when that job was done the restless
brutes turned to and undermined the strong
wire fence and -escaped to the solitudes of the
adjacent mountains, almost Inaccessible to
Tbe escape occurred last fall. The wild hogs,
particularly the boars, are of formidable aspect,
with big heads and shoulders, lank hind parts
and huge tusks and long, erect bristles, and
they are as fleet of foot as deer. During the
daytime they keep close Jn their hiding places
in the mountain, out at night they sally down
Into the valleys and make the lives of the farm
ers miserable by devastating the growing crops
or winter stores of roots and grain.
BUDDING NAYAL 0FFICEES.
The New Regulations Concerning the
Academy at Annapolis.
Washington. March 17. At the last session
of Congress, tbe Senate and House had under
consideration for a long time a bill that makes
Important changes in the course at the Naval
Academy, and respecting tbo assignments to
the service upon graduation. As flnallyagreed
upon and enacted into a law the bill reads as
The Academic Board ot tbe Naval Academy
shall on or before the 30th day of Soptember in
each year separate the first class of naval
cadets then commencing their fourth
year into two divisions, as they may have shown
special aptitude lortbe dutietfof the respective
corps, in tbe proportion which the aggregate
number V of vacancies occurring in the pre
ceding fiscal year, ending on tbe 30th day of
June, In tbe lowest grades of commissioned
officers of the line of tho navy and marine
corps of the navy shall bear to the number of
vacancies to be supplied from the Academy
occurring during the same period in the lowest
grade of commissioned officers of tbe en
gineer corps of the navy; and tho cadets so
assigned to tbe line and marine corps division
of tbe first class shall thereafter pursue a
course of study arranged to fit them for
service In the line of the navy, and the cadets
so assigned to the engineer corps division of
the first class shall thereafter puisne a sepa
rate course of study arranged to fit them for
service in the engineer corps of the navy, and
the cadets shall thereafter until final gradua
tion, at the end of their six years' course, take
rank by-merit with those in tbe same division,
according to the merltmarks.
From tbe final graduates of the line ana
marine corps division, at the end of their six
.years' course, appointments shall be made
hereafter as it shall be necessary to fill
vacancies in tbe lowest grades of commissioned
officers of the line of tho navy and marine
corps; and the vacancies in tbe lowest grades
of the commissioned officers ot tbe engineer
corps of the navy shall be filled in like manner
by appointments from the final graduates of
the entrineer division at the end of their six
Alter Marcn i&oa, me minimum ago ui au
misslonof cadets to the academy shall be 15
years and the maximum age 20 years.
DON'T WANT AN ADJ0UEKMENT.
'A Number of Parties Interested In a Longer
Scssloa of tho Legislature.
Special Telegram to Tbo Dispatch.
Harrisburo, March 17. The Labor Com
mittee appointed to watgh legislation affecting
the interests of workingmen and to advance
that Intended to promote-their welfare is be
ginning to realize that the measure whose
passage is particularly desired may be wrecked
by tbe proposed early adjournment. One of
tbe active members of the committee says that
there is great danger of having them crowded
out, if tbe pregiamme of the Republican lead
ers should be carried out As a result of the
Andrews resolution Increased efforts will be
made to impress on the Legislature the Im
portance of prompt action on five of the more
urgent labor bills. These are the employers'
liability, semi-monthly pay, factory Inspection,
coal dockage and company store bills.
The same member who entertains fears for
the safety of the indicated legislation is very
indignant at the remarks of Senators that
there are no bills of importance outside of
those referring to revenue and appropriation
on the calendars when all the members of tbe
Legislature have been informed by memorials
from all over the State of the necessity of the
passage of the acts enumerated. It is set forth
by him tbat at least 1,500,000 people are deeply
interested inthe passage of these bills.
The StateTishery Commissioners are becom
ing a little nervous about their five bills before
the Legislature, because of the advanced stage
of tbe session. One of these provides for an
appropriation of $27,000 for the expenses of the
commission in propagating and purchasing
fishes for the stocking of tbe streams of tbe
State, and for the employment qf bailiffs to ar
rest violators of the fish laws. Another appro
priates $7,500 for the repair and construction
offish dams and the erection of additional
Other bills regulate the fishing in the streams
of tbe State. One act is a counterpart of bills
tbat have been under consideration In the
New York, New Jersey and Delaware Legisla
tures, and relates to finning in the Delaware
A FAITHFUL MAID.
Andrew Carnegie Fays a Trlbnte to His
Wife's Maid Mary.
From Harper's Bazar.
Mr. Andrew Carnegie has given some very
entertaining talks, with photographic illustra
tions, concerning his recent coaching trip to
Scotland. The photographs, which were made
by Mrs. Carnegie, were thrown up to life size
on tbe canvas arranged in the Carnegie draw
ing room, and gave a most admirable idea of
tbo trip. In tbe course of his talk Mr. Carnegie
paid a nigh compliment to the faithfulness and
efficiency of his wife's maid Mary. He said
he felt as though she owned all tbe inns of
Scotland, for whenever they arrived Mary
stood at the door, betwesn the landlord and
landlady, smiling tbem welcome and as tbo
coach rolled away she stood on tbe porch wav
ing farewell. The coaching party left every
thing behind them for Mary to pack, and when
tbey arrived in the next town Mary was there
ahead of them, with everything unpacked and
in readiness. She traveled by rail, while tbey
went by the old-fashioned coach.
TO REFUND BACK TAXES.
A BUI to Relmbnrse Counties for Money
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Harrisburo, March 17. Representative
Blair, of Greene, will endeavor to have a
special 'order fixed to-morrow evening for the
consideration of his bill providing for tbe re
imbursing of counties for the payment of a tax
on horses and cattle for several years after the
law imposinc tbe tax bad been repealed.
The bill applies to abont 20 counties, among
them Allegheny, which wonld get about 510,000
if the bill became a law. .
Cleveland's Visit to Cuba.
Washington, March 17. Ex-President
Cleveland and ex-Secrotarles Bayard, Fair
child and Vilas will leave here to-morrow after
noon at 8:40, in a special Pullman car, via the
Atlantic Coast Line, for St, Augustine, Fla,,
en route to Cuba. '
A New Division of Mankind..
From the New York Evening Sun.
Mankind is divided into two very distinct
classes: Those who have more dinners than
appetite, and those who -have more appetite
Things Aro Seldom What They Seem.
From the 8t Paul Globe,'
- After all, It was only a puff of tobacco smoke
from Bismarck's pipe that the American jmag
inatlon magnified into a Samoan war cloud, v '
ODE MAIL fUflCfl.
A Milk Producer's Plea.
To the Editor of The Dispatch!
The statement In The Dispatch of March
13 that all the parties interested in the produc
tion and sale of milk were forming a combina
tion to prevent competition and diminution of
charges, which the middlemen desire to im
pose on the consumers. Is made Under a mis
apprehension of the facts. Many of tbe men
who are engaged In tbe production Of this
staple article of prime necessity belle-re, as you
do, tbat tbe laws of commerce should regulate
tbe markets. It would be much better for all
men engaged In the various productive Indus
tries of the country it there was not a union,
trust or combination in existence.
It the laws of supply and demand, of pro
duction and consumption, was not Interfered
with It would work equal and exact justice to
each and all. Bat combinations, syndicates
and trusts exist everywhere and In everything,
so we mnst deal with tbe facts as we And them.
The milk producers find tbat the' Industry Is
not profitable as It Is conducted at present, and
seek to establish the business on some otner
basis. We believe that the producers can es
tablish. centers of trade in tbe cities, and come
Into closer nnion with tbe consumers, and
furnish the article to them cheaper and purer
than tbey can obtain it now, and. still receive
better remuneration for tbe labor and cost of
production. Or what is practically the same
thing, if tbe producers can establish agencies
through a respectable nnmber of prominent
dealers, and establish uniformity of prices, we
think it will be better for both the producers
and the consumers. A Constant Reader.
. Evans Cm-, March lft,
Something About Sponges.
To tho Editor of The Dispatch!
Do sponges, belong to the animal or to the
vegetable kingdom? Henry.
Bottler. March 18.
The question was long debated by scientists,
but it is now generally agreed that the sponge
belongs to the lowest order of animal life.
Sponges may be regarded as aggregations of
animals of the lowest type. If a sponge is
divided with a knife, the parts when placed
together again, even If not in the same form,
readily unite, though sponges of different
species will not unite at all. When a sponge
becomes fixed' to a rock it Increases In size by a
regular process of growth. The surface of a
living sponge is generally covered with min
ute pores, through which water is taken In.
which carries with It both the air and tbe or
ganic particles necessary for the support of
life- Prof. Huxley describes, a sponge as a
kind of sub-aqueous city, where tbe people are
arranged about the streets and roads In such a
manner tbat each can easily appropriate his
food from the water as It passes along. The
sponges used for domestio and other purposes
derive their value from the elasticity and
porous nature of their fibrous framework; It is
necessary that a good sponge be quite free
from sandy spicules. Tbe sponges fit for use
are found generally in the seas of warm
Tbe President's Expenses.
To the Editor of The Dispatcn:
Who pays the expenses of the Executive
household? ' L.
Gheensburo, March 16.
The bulk of the expenses ot the White
House are paid by the President from his
salary, but Congress each year appropriates a
contingent fund, which is to coyer repairs of
the'mansion, care of the grounds, and salaries
of such employes as night watchman, door
keeper, janitor and policeman, also the private
secretary and his clerks, and finally the ex
penses of stationery, etc
To the Editor of The Dlmatchi
Please Inform me where Judge Sterltt is and
how long since he served on the bench in Pitts
Washington, Pa., March 16.
L At his home near this city. 2. He was
appointed to the Supreme Bench in 1877. Prior
to tbat he was one of the Judges of the courts
of Allegheny county.
Two Easy Ones.
To the Editor of The Dispatcn:
Please' give me the meaning and derivation
of the tworLatin terms, "et ux." and "et al."
Pittsburg, March 18. c. L.
Et ux. is an abbreviation for'"et uxor,"
meaning "and wife." "Et al." is shortened
from "et alii" (and others. Haven't you a dic
tionary? Joseph Ernest Kenan, a Frenchman.
To tne Editor of The Dispatcn i
Please give me through your columns the
name of the author of "Ecce Homo."
Beaddobk, March IS. Reader.
FOEEWAENED IS FOEEAEMED.
Rales of Conduct for Umpires and Specta
tors of Baseball Games.
From the Philadelphia Record.
One shot allowed with each reserved seat
Dead heads must sboot with their mouths.
Fresh umpires will be kept in stock.
The umpire is there for nine Innings, so take
Dynamite bombs not allowed.
Mr. Anson will not be permitted to use more
than one gatling gun.
Umpires' should kiss their wives and girls
goodbyatthegate. , -
No Insurance taken on umpires.
Particles of the umpire's clothing will be dis
tributed by the peanut boys after the firing. -
Boys up a tree will be allowed three shots for
If there is a balloon over the field spectators
will please not perforate it be sure to hit the
The Coronor is engaged for the season.
F1EE INSTANTANEOUSLY QUENCHED.
AJBurnlng. Schooner Saved Through Some
Lewes, Del., March 17. The schooner A.
R. 'Weeks, Captain Hanley, from Matanzas for
New York with sugar, put into tbe Break
water yesterday for shelter and provisions.
The Weeks sailed March 3, and when three
days out the steward, while filling the lamps,
upset a lantern, which ignited a quantity of
oil and turpentine in the oil room. Captain
Hanley -ordered the hatches and windows
closed and began to throw water on the fire.
Tbe flames spread rapidly, bursting through
every crevice and cutting the crew on from the
after part of the vessel and the small boat.
Giving up all hopes of saving the schooner
tbe men made preparations for leaving in the
longboat, when suddenly great clouds of
black smoke came through tbe openings, and,
as if bv magic, the flames were smothered. Tbe
cabin and its contents were totally destroyed.
One Trouble at an End.
From the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 3
To a certain extent tbe recent adjournment
of the Indiana Legislature swells the tide of
Hoosier place hunters at the National Capital.
To another extent it gives the Indiana White
Caps more of a show to attract unenviable at
tention. JIM BOWK.ER'3 LUCK.
Jim Bowker, he said, ef he'd had a fair show,
And a big enough'town for his talents to grow,
And the least bit assistance in lioclu' bis row,
Jim Bowker, he said.
He'd filled the world full of the sound of his
An' cllm the top round In- the ladder of fame;
It may have been so;
Just so It might been,
Bat he bad tarnal luck-eTerytnln' went ag'ln
Tbe arreas er fortune they alius ud pin htm;
So he didn't get no chance to show off what was
Jim Bowker. he said.
Ef he'd had a fair show, you couldn't tell where
An' the feats he'd a-done, an' the heights he'd
t It may have been so;
Just so It might been,
Then, ag'ln .
But we're all like Jim Bowker, thinks I, more or
Charge fate for our bad luek, ourselves for suc
cess, An' give fortune the blame for all our distress,
As Jim Bowker, he said.
If It hadn't been for luck an' misfortune an' sich.
We might a-been famous, an' might a-beenrich;
Jest so it might been,
" "Then, ag!tn
S. W. Fit tin Yankee Bladt,
T' YESTERDAY'S DISPATCH.
Brief Summary ol Leading Features of the
Mammoth Double Nnmber.
Gladstone's gain la popularity is something
wonderful. At the theaters and music balls
the mere mention bf his name is sufficient to
set the crowds to cheering. The Eennington
election Is tbe most serious reverse sustained
by the Tory'TJnlonlst Government since It
came Into power. Tbe Liberals are rejoicing.
Richard Manifleld, the American actor, has
met with a most favorable reception in Lon
don. Chamberlain and Chnrcbill have fallen
out. A revolutionary demonstration was made
on Saturday by a large body of unemployed
London laborers who paraded under a black
flag, and listened to the seditious speeches of
Socialists. Bismarck and a portion of his Min
istry are Involved In a dispute over the financial
policy ol the Government. The Socialists con
tinue to oppose the ruling powers. Emperor
William says he favors peace, and believes he
bas insured it.
Late advices from Samoa state tbat all is
quiet on the island. Tbe American and En
glish consulates are still guarded against a pos
sible outbreak. Ex-President Cleveland made
a speech at the banquet of tbe Friendly Sons
of St Patrick In New York. Chicago steel
men say that a combination of Interests Is nec
essary to'enable the Western manufacturers to
compete with Pittsburg. It is feared that
Mary Anderson's illness may result in tne loss
of ber reason. Tbe mutilated body of an un
known man was found hanging to a tree near
Byerson's Station, Greene county, Pa. .Wash
ington and Harrlsbnrg news and gossip of un
usual interest was furnished by special cor
AN old landmark cm Fifth avenue extension
is to be removed to make room for a large
business block. The license court sits to-day.
Local manufacturers expressed tbelr views on
the Western steel trusts. 'Prof. Brashear de
livered an interesting lecture" on celestial pho
tography. Poker rooms were raided inthe
West End and in the Southside. Two men
were fatally Injured by a gas explosion near
Thirteen thousand people witnessed the ball
game In London. The Chicagos won easily;
score, 12 to 6. A special article on foxhunting
and the review and record of sporting events
at home and abroad made the sixth page a
most interesting one. The music world, market
reports, editorials and all the regular depart
ments were also replete with good matter.
Another instalment of the fascinating story
"Tbe Lily of Rochon," was continued in tbe
second part Bill Nye told more about his.
extraordinary experiences in hotels and on the
road. Gall Hamilton used her sharp-pointed
pen in dissecting "Ronert Elsmere," and sue-'
ceeded in producing a bright and readable
essay on that much discussed theme. Eliaklm
Eastman contributed one of his pleasing
sketches of New England village life. Car
penter told how Chinamen live and labor in
their native land. Blakely Hall had the bold
ness to assume that the American girl is not
perfect and to state why. Evelyn Malcolm
advised women how to attain beauty of face
and form. Henry Haynle gave some useful
hints to Americans who may contemplate
visiting Paris or London this year.
Rev. George Hodges pointed out the
benefits to be derived from the
daily perusal of a good newspaper. An Inter
esting biographical sketch of the Rev. George
M. Scott, Mrs. Harrison's grandfather, and
his labors in this vicinity, was a part of tbe
contents of the eleventh page. Tbe author of
"Don't" answered numerous questions relating
to etiquette. Prof. Sbaler told of the Import
ance of recent discoveries in the realms of
natural science. Frank Fern gave the history
of St Patrick. Goodfriend wrote about the
ball players visit to Egypt Clara Belle's
chat; Wakeman's letter from Ireland; "Sun
day Thoughts-" Bessie Bramble's Southern
notes, Captain King's acconnt of some thrill
ing fights with Indians; E. W. Bartlett's
description of the method of making naper.and
an illustrated article on the new gold fields in
Lower California were other features of a
most excellent number of The Dispatch. t
SOMETHING HE KNEW.
A Little Difference of Opinion on One Sub
From the .New York.!mbune.l
It is a generally accepted theory that a man,
is never great to his intimates, which bay ac-
count for a setto that tbe late Civil Service
Commissioner had with one of his old friends,
in which the honorable commissioner was
routed.' Mr. Chester R. Faulkner is 'the
head of one of the bureaus in tbe
Pension office, an old friend of Ed
gerton's and a combination that one often
finds in the States of illiteracy and clever
ness. 'Some recent rules of the Commission
not suiting Mr. Faulkner, he interviewed Mr.
Edgerton on the subject pointed out their
weakness ana Impracticability and Insisted
upon It that they shonld be changed. It seems
that this was a weak point of Edgerton's, and
he thundered back at Faulkner in a voice that
would have made a weaker man tremble.
"You old ignoramus, you, what do you know
about it? Those rules are all right I made
them, and they are not going to be changed."
"Very well," said Faulkner, "very well, Ed
gerton. That's all right You and I know all
there is to know in this world, I reckon, so we
won't say -anything more about tbe rules."
"We know everything there Is to know?"
said Edgerton. "What theN dickens do you
"Well," answered his friend, "you know ev
erything there is to know 'cept jess one thing
and I know tbat"
"Heml" mused Edgerton becoming inter
ested, as we all do under the Influence of a bit
of flattery. "What is it you know and I
"Well, Edgerton, as I Bald, you knew every
thing there is-to know in this world, 'cept jess
one thing, and I know that and that is that
you're a fool. Good morning,' juid Mr.
Faulkner walked eft.
SHE CAMPED ON THE TEACX
HovrnWomnn Tried to Prevent Railroad
Building on Her Farm.
Manistee, Mich., March 17. When the
Manistee and Northwestern Railroad Company
was being built into this city, Mrs. A. P. Soren
son concluded she didn't want tbe road to run
in front of her house, arid ordered the track
layers to clear ont Tney laughed at her.
Then she took her rocking chair and knitting
work and sat down on the right of way. -The
railroaders picked her up and set her aside.
She wouldn't stay aside, however, and returned
with ber chair and some blankets and camped
Her meals were brought to her and she ate,
drank and slept there during the raw Novem
ber days and nights. Tbe track was laid up
to her camp each way, and when tbe company
wanted to connect tbe links the gritty obstruc
tionist was arrested and sent to" jail. Yester
day a jury gave her a verdict of $200 and costs
for false Imprisonment but the' railroad Is
SOME SMAET YANKEES.
One Steals a 200-Pound Grindstone Glad
stone Beaten as a Chopper.
Norwich, March 17. Some Connecticut
men work hard to mako a living. Thomas Nor
man has walked eight miles daily for four
months to teach tbe youngsters in the Haskill
district in Preston. He makes $25 or $30 a
month, and Is so flashed with prosperity that
he has hired ont to take tbe same school, same
wages, for tbe summer term. .
An Atwoodvllle thief got away with a grind
stone the other night tbat weighed 200 pounds.
B. Ripley Park, Upper Mystic for a $o wager,
-felled, cut and split Into marketable wood,
four cords of chestnut logs In six hours and five
minutes, making an average of a cord in one
hour and S1K minutes. In that time Park took
10 minutes lor lunch and a smoke. A large
crowd saw him do the stent He beat tbe
An Overloaded Editor.
From the Springfield Repibllc-Tlmcs.:
A humorous old agriculturist in Greene
county tells tbe editor qf tbe Xenla Gcuttte
that be has a Jersey cow that be carries across
the field to a good place, and then milks her,
getting so much milk that he cannot carry It
back to the house. He sap more; bnt this is
enough. It Is all that we can assimilate.
Something Under the Smile.
From the Baltimore American.!
' Jay Gould takes a gloomy View of the finan
cial outlook. Those who follow Gould's pub-.
Ilsbed advice will also get a gloomy view of the
Situation.-There Is generally a broad, slgnM
cJbt smile underlying Jay's gloomy vis wt. We
use the word underlying advisedly.
" CUBI0DS CONDESATIOSB."
It took a Norwalk, Conn., man Just
three years to squander $600,090.
A Cleveland lady recently recovered
a pair of diamond earrings, worth $1,000, which
had been missing several months. A laborer
found the jewels in a gutter, and not thinking
them of much value gave them to his children
to play with.
A New York pawnbroker ordered half
a dozen shirts. A week later a boy came Into
his shop, laid a box containing six new shirts on
the counter and said he wanted $18. Tbe
broker refused to advance more than $3, and It
required five minutes' effort to get it through
bis head tbat they were his own shirts sent
C. O. D.
An English paper recently published
the following 'advertisement: "Notice To
ladles of position: Will any lady of good social
position receive another In her house for a
week dnring next May, and present her at the
lastot tbe May drawing rooms? Satisfactory
terms to be arranged, and good references
given. Strict confidence will be ooserved."
.Two wild camels, which run away like
deer from mankind, are seen occasionally on
the Gila river, near Cottonwood, Ariz. Tbey
are tbe last remnant of the band Imported by
tbe Government and nsed on the desert for
pack animals some years ago. The scheme did
not prove successful, and four of tbem were
turned loose. Two have either died or been
Japan is to adopt baseball as h er national
gome. Recently an order was received in New
York from Toklo requesting that several gross
of halls and bats be sent Immediately to Japan.
The writer says that tbe Japanese have been
for some years trying to adopt some sport as
their national game, and tbat they have tried
baseball and that it fills the bill in every par
"PIgottry" and "to Pigott" have been
added to Parliamentary English. TimHealy,
tbe Irish member, fired them off first In the
House ot Commons, and. In spite of a mild
protest from the Speaker, tbey have passed
into common use. Mr. Healy also is responsible
for the assertion that a grossly exaggerated
statement "was not excessive; it was Bal
A Brooklyn crank has a scheme for
facilitating rapid transft upon the big bridge."
It provides for the construction of a sort of
toboggan slide arrangement between the piers
of tbe bridge over which trains start with a
alight boost from locomotives at the termini
would run with great speed. Then there would
be pocket contrivances where tbe cars would
find lodgment when they reached their desti
nation. On the high road in a quaint village of
Langbanshyttan. in Central Sweden, stands an
iron shaft on a pedestal of coarse granite. It
bears an Inscription, of which the following Is
a translation: "In a miner's hut at Langbans
hyttan were born the two brothers Niles
Ericsson (January 31. 1802), and John Ericsson
(July 31, 1802). Both honored theirnativa land.
Their way tbrongh the world to knowledge and
lasting fame Is open to every Swedish youth."
There was shipped recently from the
Savannah river to a Baltimore dealer a fish,
weighing 400 pounds. The eye of the monster
was nearly three inches in diameter, and the
head was 23 Inches long. From bead to tail the
distance was 6 feet and 20 inches. Tbe meat
was white and had a promising look, bur the
dealer Intends sendinghlm to tbe Smithsonian
Institution. He was captured with a lot of
shad, and is known In bis region as a f euh fish.
Tbe President of the fair grounds at St
Louis has evolved a scheme which, for origin
ality, certainly beats anything of the kind yet
projected. He recently purchased a machine
to plow up the track at the fair grounds. It is
a very heavy affair and requires the united
efforts of four horses to drag It over tbe ground.
Mr. Green conceived the novel Idea ot making
the elephant at the grounds earn its feed by
dragging the plow. He has ordered a harness
and will soon set the elephant to work.
An unusual case of combined longevity
Is reported from Waterboro. Me. Four genera
tions are' unbroken by death. David Scribner
Of tbat town is now in his 60th year and his
wife is nearly of the same age. Tbe couple
have been married for 65 years and have three
children living, the oldest of which Is upwards
ot 60 years of age. These children have chil
dren and grandchildren and the remarkable
fact Is tbat no death has ever yet occurred in
tbe line of tbe descendants, from Mr. and Mrs.
Scribner to tbelr great grandchildren.
Something of interest to ornithologists
occurred over in Canoe township, near Funxsu
tawney, Pa., recently. On the 10th day of Feb
ruary last, while a young Son of Uriah Peace
was returning from Sunday school be -no'ticed
a bluebird goIHg into a bole in an old stub of a
tree. Thinking he could catch the bird, he
climbed up to the hole and ran his band in.
Tbe old bird flew away, but the boy was sur
prised to find the nest still inhabited. It con
tained three young bluebirds, about half
fledged, and evidently only a few weeks old. It
would appear from this tbat bluebirds do not
confine their work of incubation to the mild
and genial spring or the sweet snmmer time.
L. J. Reese, of Carroll county, Georgia,
is exhibiting a snake which he killed last Mon
day afternoon, and which he says Is tbe out
growth of a red-headed scorpion. Mr. Reese
says he has seen these scorpion snakes before
they bad sbed their fore legs seen them when
they were snake and lizard' combined. The
species of lizards which make these snakes are
usually found about rotten logs or stumps, and
have red heads and green and reddish stripes
lengthwise their bodies, and usually larger and
more clumsy than other lizards. When they
have turned into snakes tbey are Very bard
and sleek, and are of a reddish-brown color on
tbe back with black and white specks, and a
black stripe along the center, the sides hav
ing white stripes along tbem. About two
inches of the tail is brown, and very hard and
sharp, and the belly Is perfectly white. These
snakes taper gradually from the bead back
ward. They do not grow very large. The one
spoken of above was two feet and four inches
long, and from the size of a man's thumb at
the head to a pit at tbe tall.
A remarkable coincidence occurred at
the home of Dave Eenney, at Athens. Oa. He
bas for a long time taken care of old Mr. Og
lesby, who is nearlng his 100th year. Mr. Ogles
Dy is now very 111 with pneumonia, and at times
delirious. About midnight Wednesday ha
called Mr. Kehhey, whose room adjoins his,
and when Mr. Eenney went In he found him
very excited, and, pointing around the room,
he asked: "What are. all those people doing
here? Where did they come from?" Mr. Een
ney assured him there was no one in the room.
"What?" says he: "look there; there stands a
man with a cancer on bis nose and a piece of
Saper covering it Look, he is taking it off V
It. Eenney tried to quiet him.buthe remained
awake and restless tbe whole night The
strange part of the matter is, tbat just about
this time Mr. Oglesby was most excited, Bob
Booth, a brother-in-law, died In Barberville, of
cancer on the nose. Mr. Oglesby has not
seen Mr. Booth since he bas been afflicted with
cancer, so what he said must be considered as
only a very remarkable coincidence. or Is there
communion of spirits?
WHAT WILD WITS ARE SAYING.
Manslaughter never excites man's laugh
ten XUvoaykee WUcontin
At one timethe earth Bad only "a float'
Ing population" in Noah's day. Hotel Hail.
"Fine dog that of mine, Doc." "Ye-es,
but isn't he consumptive?" "Consumptive?"
"Ves he's Spitz blood, yoa know." Motel XaiL
A South African chief has sold a gold
mine to an English speculator for a hand organ.
If the African adopted the practice' or Christians
and "salted" his mine- before disposing of It he
Is about po In XKxitl.h'orrUtownMeraUi.
"When "Women Hold Office ITemale Sheriff-Is
your hnsband at "home?
Wife (suspiciously) He Is not What do you
want of him?
"I have an attachment for him."
'You bavel Why, you shameless thlngl"
"I saw at once." said a physician who
Jiad been called in consultation, "that Dr. Pel-
let's diagnosis was wrong: but, as ne wasiin
charge'of the case, of course It wouldn't do for
"Did the patient die?"
"Oh, yes; died of professional courtesy a
very common and fatal disease. "Marptft
Xatar. . &
"Yon are not engaged to Miss Bsaitb,
then. Jack?" ' ' ,
"No, she refused me." - '
H'm. Bort of conjurer, eh?" -v js.
"How so?" . tjmi3
"Why, she performed a sleight of hand trick,
And then a great silence fell upon them.
Minneapolis Tribune. -
The New York boy is notprecisely sTcbild
of the devil,- bnt for malicious mlschler he Is hard
to beat One of them was overheard Initiating a
Strange boy fTom4be lawless South into the mys
teries of New Tork life. "Winter is the best Ifo
to throw stones at windows." said' tbe New Tork
boy. "Why Is winter the best tlae?' asked tBe
unsophisticated youth from tie South. Be
cause, yon see, the houses have double windows,
aad you can break twopaaea wlla one throw, and
yda only get one licking, Jnr the' same as ifyoa
had only broken one paaer" Texas Siftingt.