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THE FAYETTE EOBBEB-HUUT.
Dwellers in cities in these parts can
not fail to be struck by the extraordinary
state of things reported from the mountain
district of old Fayette. The masked rob--bers
at McClellandtown, the diabolical tor
tures which they visited upon their victims,
and their escape, 'were all thrilling enough
rather more like a tale of the wild "West
than of one of the oldest settlements of
Pennsylvania. But whether the exigencies
of existence, much dime-novel reading, nat
ural disposition tn desneradoism, or all three
influences, can sufficiently or not account
fox this bold defiance of the law, the still
more surprising inability to catch the rob
bers is not explained.
Reports during the week stated that they
were known. Even their names were vol
unteered and the residence of some of the
supposed malefactors was located and sur
rounded The Sheriff, however, seems to
have returned to XTniontown empty-handed.
The strange and astounding circumstance
is that persons whose identity, truly or
falsely, is thus proclaimed) could success
fully lose themselves for any length of time
in Fayette. Though the mountain region
has extensive forest tracts it is surrounded
by a copulation which should long before
now have succeeded in laying hands on
fugitives in hiding. That there is any sym
pathy with or fear of the desperadoes up
there is not to be believed. Still the rob
bers are at large.
CLARKSOH'S EXQUISITE REABOKS.
It is instructive to be assured by Mr. Clark
son's own organ of his reasons for accepting
the Assistant Postmaster Generalship. He
tells the awed public that he refused a Cab
inet position, a first-class foreign mission
and four other posts of importance, but
when it came to the office that he is now
filling, he recognized the call of duty. He
knew the obligations incurred in the cam
paign and the necessity of bestowing this
army properly. He does not intend to stay
in the position more than a few months and
when the 64,000 postoffices are divided up
among the party -workers he will retire, evi
dently claiming the gratitude of the nation
for his labors.
The stunning picture which is thus pre
sented, of Mr. Clarkson throwing one high
place after another over his shoulder, until
be gets down to where be can sow fourth
class postoffices broadcast, is rivalled by the
implied spectacle of n great country going
down on its knees and imploring that gen
tleman to do as no one else can, the impor
tant work of ladling out the pap. But even
these are cast in the shade by the implied
avowal of the Assistant Postmaster General
that the raisbn d' etre of the postoffices is to
pay for campaign services. The idea that
postoffices are things exclusively for public
service never entered Mr. Clarkson'sinind,
or if it did it was rejected as an utterly Mug
Some day the idea of paying for party ser
vices with offices will appear as semi-civilized
as Walpole's practice of buying votes
with them; bnt it looks as if it will have to
be after politicians of the Clarkson stamp
have been killed off.
OAKS AND AC0RHS.
The litigation just started over the owner
ship of stock in the Monongahela "Water
Company throws some light on the profits
of that corporation. From small propor
tions it has grown in value at a rate corre
sponding to the enormous growth of the
Southside. While the stockholders are de
bating in the courts the legality of the al
leged injection of nearly half a million of
something like, if not quite, water into the
capitalization upon which consumers have
to toot the dividend bill, outsiders will re
flect that the city should have whatever
pront there is in supplying commodities
such as -water and gas. Or better still
would it be if the city furnished these at
the cost of production, allowing a fair esti
mate for running expenses and interest on
.But the era of perfect municipal economy
has not yet arrived. Franchises are not ap
preciated by the taxpayer at their money
value until the growth of towns and cities
shows their bonanza characteristics. Then
they have become "vested rights," and
either no remedy of repeal exists where they
are exorbitant, or they are powerful enough
to disregard inquiry and overcome opposi
tion. These remarks are not intended to corvey
any expression as to the extraordinary
charges which one set of prominent busi
ness men bring against another set equally
prominentregarding the management ofjthe
company's affairs. -That is for the courts.
The squabble simply serves to remind the
taxpayers that the profits which are being
fought about would, under a wiser policy,
belong to the city.
"WHAT WIND WON'T DO.
Farmers have a halcyon future before
them, If the Christian Metaphysician is to
be believed. Our staid cotemporary states
'thai a Kansas farmer planted threejmndred
grains of wheat in three boxes, one hundred
to a box. Then he mentally encouraged
the wheat to grow in one "box, discouraged
it in another and left the wheat in the third
box to work out its own salvation unaided
and undeterred. The result was that every
grain of wheat which felt the farmer's men
tal encouragement, sprouted and grew apace,
only a few of the discouraged grains broke
through the ground and the grains left to
their own devices grew but moderately well.
It just comes to this: If Christian meta
physics can accomplish this, the ugly and
unsentimental part of farming, the hard
work, can be dispensed with at once. A
man can just sit on his front porch and con
centrate his mind on his desires in the way
of crops, and the seeds will come hustling
prepaid from the seedmen, the horses will
be willed ont of the barn, the machines
will harness themselves to the horsev the
sqed will get into the machines, the ma
chines will move upon the fields, and the
fields will ripen to the harvest without
much ado. Such will be the triumph of
mind over matter.
However, till the editor of the Christian
Metaphysician states in leaded brevier that
he has succeeded in getting out his paper
by the simple exercise of will power and
mental concentration, and that he will not
ask subscribers and advertisers to pay for
what he can produce for nothing, we advise
the honest farmer to rely upon the sweat
of his brow and the kindness of nature to
fill his barns. "Wind will turn a windmill,
but it will not run even a two-acre farm.
GLADSTONE'S POSSIBLE SUCCESSOR.
Tne practical declaration of Lord Salis
bury's last speech, that the Tories -will hang
on until they are absolutely kicked out by a
vote of -want of confidence, has another
foundation than the hope of new issues
arising. It also contains a bid for delay
against Mr. Gladstone's life, with the ex
pectation that if the wonderful old leader
dies, the Liberals and Home Rulers would
fall to pieces.
"We have frequently expressed our faith
that Mr. Gladstone's magnificent physique
and temperate life would insure his surviv
ing the Tory regime. But it is worth while
to discuss the chances of finding a man to
take his place if he should die before the
Tory stupidities have brought them to ruin.
It has, until recently, been the fact that a
successor to Gladstone in the Liberal leader
ship was wanting. But the events of the
past few months have steadily tended to
point out a younger man who can take his
place if he should be removed by death.
That man is Charles Stewart Para ell.
Among the English Liberals, Morley and
Hircourt are able men and vigorous parlia
mentary fighters; but they have not all the
qualities needed for leadership. On the
other hand Parnell's position has been until
recently a semi-alien one. But the meas
ures which were intended to crush him,
have really strengthened him. He has tri
umphed over a conspiracy to blacken his
character; and in the very hour of triumph
has shown a moderation, conservatism and
singleness of purpose that must -win the ad
miration and confidence of the fair-minded
element among the English people.
"We hope that Mr. Gladstone will live to
preside over the triumph of his cause; but
if fate should order otherwise, it would be
a wonderful stroke ot poetic justice if the
slanders concocted to "destroy the Irish
leader, should make him as clearly and in
disputably the leader of the English Liber
als as he is of the Irish.
THE SINKING FUND. DISPUTE.
The discussion which, has been carried on
by Mr."Wherry on one side and by Governor
Beaver, to a rather limited extent, on the
other, does not seem to place the issues very
distinctly before the public. Governor
Beaver's assertion that it would be better to
sell Government fours and purchase State
fives at figures which effect a saving in in
terest is decidedly correct, provided the pre
miums on each class of securitv showed
such a saving.
It is hard to see how the figure named by
Governor Beaver, of 115 for State bonds
which will mature in 1892, could effect such
a saving, as that premium very nearly
equals the entire interest for the period in
tervening. On the other hand, 107.J4, the
price at which bonds are stated to have
been purchased within the past few days,
makes the State bonds a 3 per cent invest
ment It is undoubtedly wise to sell a 2
percent investment, like United States fours
at the present premium, in order to make
such a purchase.
But this ignores the charge which Mr.
"Wherry appears to make that the sales of
United States bonds at 124 lett its results
idle in the Treasury. If it be true that a
surplus had been 'kept idle -which might
have been left to earn 2 per cent interest, it
-was of course a grave error in administra
tion; although Mr. "Wherry's estimate of
5225,000 of a loss by that course does not
appear to be very accurate.
It is also necessary to say that Mr.
"Wherry's resolution ordering that United
States bonds only shall be purchased with
the State sinking funds is not -warranted by
the quotations on State and United States
securities. At 128 for U. S. fours and 107 for
State fives, the latter is by far the best in
vestment for State funds. The money
which will buy 5100,000 of the former,
yielding interest of $4,000 a year, will re
deem $120,000 of the latter and save annual
interest of $5,000. At such figures, there is
no better investment for the sinking funds
of a State than its own bonds.
That centennial quadrille at New York is
steadily becoming a complicated affair.
The announcement that the participants in
that important ceremony must be the
possessors of Revolutionary ancestors, has
had the effect of bulling the ancestor market
so much as to create suspicions of a corner.
The fashionable world has thought with
envy of the happy fortune of Majoi General
Stanley, -who was able to purchase a whole
abbey-lull of ancestors; butonly one eminent
lady of fashion who has adopted the tomb of
General Marion and sent orders to have it
repaired at her expense, has been able to
rival the good luck of Gilbert's military
And now come rumors of war between
those lights of fashion "Ward McAllister
and Stuyvesa nt Fish. Mr. Fish claims that
he "saved the quadrille from ruin," and in
timates that McAllister was the author of
that terrible disaster, while the latter replies
with a letter, which points out that Fish
has committed the sacrilege of addressing
him, "Ward McAllister, as if he were "a.
subordinate and delinquent clerk in a rail
way or factory." "We fail to see how such
an insult to the eminent and blue-blooded
leader of the Four Hundred, as to reduce
him to the lever of a beggarly hireling can
be atoned for, otherwise than by the spilling
of blood. Messrs. McAllister and Fish
should prepare at once for the field of battle.
But a conflict between such eminent'
characters cannot he of the ordinary class.
Let it be the real old-fashioned ordeal of
battle. Let the Four .Hundred repair to the
PJlo Ground, while the champions run a
tourney with grinded spears until one or
both of them has been conclusively demon
strated to be in the Wrong by his death.
This will not only vindicate their honor,
but will afford a large amount of amusement
until some other exponent of fashion dis
covers a new way to make a fool of himself.
That entertainment would be an accept
able substitute for the Centennial Quadrille,
especially in the promise it would hold out
of diminishing the surplus of population of
the class that plays at being aristocratic.
That probability, also, would diminish the
trouble from the overplus of people who
wish to be the observed of all observers, in
The report that General Lew "Wallace
will return to Constantinople will be wel
comed with joy by the Sultan. It is cur
rently believed that the Commander of the
Faithful has almost forgotten the art of
painting Stamboul red, since the exigencies
of American politics bereft him of the
author of "The Fair God."
The suggestion that the retention of the
present Postmaster, in the absence of
charges against him, till his term-runs out,
would be more in the line of the civil pro
fessions at Chicago than removing him,
seems to have struck in a good many quar
ters simultaneously. Neither the President
nor the Cabinet officers can desire to im
mediately adjudicate upon a rivalry for
patronage between Senator Quay and Con
gressman Dalzell. They mav prefer to let
Larkin stand till his commission expires.
"Whitela-w Beid was confirmed yester
day. The discrimination between his case
and that of Eugene Schuyler expresses the
Senate's platform that pitching into Grant
in 1872 don't count if the aspirant has
made himself solid with the Senators during
The example of sectarian dispute ending
in a fight which threatens to become iatal,
illustrates how little of the religious quali
ties of charity, peacennd good will there is
in the bigotry of such quarrels. On the
other hand there is a sort of grimly farcical
element mixed with the tragedy, when we
read that one of the participants carried
on the dispute by reviling the "Micks,-"
while his own name bears the prefix, from
which that very vulgar piece of slang is
As English paper trust is announced.
This looks like an attack on the other
trusts. It attempts to levy an increased
burden on their favorite scheme of produc
ing capital by means of the printing press.
The President's declaration that he Is
going to send a man to London who com
bines the qualities of Charles Francis
Adams, John Lathrop Motley and James
Russell Lowell, puts the country at large
in a state of bewilderment as to where he
will find that gifted person. But Colonel
Elliot F. Shepard smiles his pleasure at the
announcement, with the modest confidence
that he just fills that bill.
Fittsbubo might have made the "West
Virginia railroad boom extend her tributary
fields, if the SouthPenusylvania project had
been kept alive to fulfil the obligations of
The remark of the Philadelphia Press
that "the Mugwump organs are sorely dis
tressed" over Whitelaw Beid's appoint
ment, implies forgetfulness that Beid was
once a Mugwump himself. It also shows
a still more singular oblivion of the fact
that at a more recent date the esteemed
Press was itself a Mugwump organ. It is
human to regard every man's doxy but your
own doxy as heterodoxy.
Bismabck's reproof of Consul Knappe,
and disavowal of his aggressive acts, is as
conciliatory as this country can wish. "We
shall not have to fight Germany this round.
In view of the facthat bandits in Cuba
carry off distinguished persons and hold
them for ransom, the ex-Presidental party
should stick close to the towns. The Cuban
bandits might not be able to comprehend
the difference between the value of a Presi-V
dent and that oi an ex-President, and ask a
bigger price for Mr. Cleveland than he'
"Wheat prospects are excellent, but the
Chicago manipulators keep right on screw
ing up the price of the staff of life.
The failure of Henry Villard'a $12,000,000
scheme to get up an electric light pool, fills
the country with surprise that anything
embodying such an immense total could fall
short of success. But the rule that a big
pile of money can do anything is saved
in this case. Yillard's $12,000,000 was
principally a mixture of wind and water.
PERSONAL FACTS AKD FANCflS.
Ex-Sknatoh Palmkk, Minister to Spain,
speaks very excellent Spanish. He spent a
long time in Spain during his youth.
Me. Cleveland will call on bis sister. Rose
Elizabeth, before he returns to New York.
Miss Cleveland is in the south of Florida.
Mrs. Nellie Grant Sabtoris sailed for
Europe with her two children on the Cunarder
Serna yesterday. She returns in the autumn.
President Harrison's typewriter. Miss
Banter, is said to be the first woman ever em
ployed at the White House in a clerical ca
pacity. Buffalo Hill will leave this country for
Pans in a few weeks with his famous band of
cowboys and redskins. Her will camp for the
summer near the great Exposition.
A monument to John A. Logan's memory
Is projected in Illinois, and, as the Senate of
that State has projected a $30,000 appropriation
for the work, it will probably bo completed be
fore some other important undertakings of a
like character are well under way.
An old lady living in Portland, Me., offered
for sale to an agent of one of the Vanderbilts
ten years ago a painting by one of tho old mas
ters, an heirloom, which straitened circum
stances compelled her to part with. The price
asked was 4300, and the agent was instructed
to offer her that sum per annum for the work
as Ions as she might live, the painting not to
be taken from her until after her death. She
Is now b0 years old and still drawing tho $300 a
Isaac Prrrit AN, inventor of a short-hand
system, the juoilce of whose publication was
celebrated two j ears ago, has done all bis own
printing for 15 years. He was accustomed
daring most of that period to go to bis desk at
Ga.il and remain till 9 or 10 r. 21. He is now
past76 years ot age and is beginning to indulge
himself. He begins work at tho usual hour,
bnt ceases at 6 r. M, He does not, however,
ask any of those In his employ to observe the
The most valuable freak among dime mu
seum curiosities is Lucia Zaratc, "the Mexican
midget," She has made her father rich. She
maintains ber family, takes a maid and in
terpreter around the country and draws a sal
ary of $700 a week. She receives more than
almost any operatic star in the land. She is
small enough to make money, but large enougb
to enjoy It She insists upon living at the
most luxurious hotels, never -rides in anything
but a coupe and always eats a handsome sup
per washed down by champagne at night
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Matinees are Mournful A Peculiar Bear
Involuntary Mirrors A Flea far March.
It is no wonder tome that the average the
atrical star detests playing at matinees. In the
abstract it ought to be pleasanter to play be
fore an audience made up of women, sweet,
sympathetic beings, with souls cleaner and
hearts warmer than men can boast Bat It
Take yesterday afternoon, at the Bijou Thea
ter, for instance. Parquet Inhabited by women,
with not more than a score of men for a leaven
ing; first gallery filled with women altogether,
as far as I could see; a sprinkling of men and
boys in the upper gallery. Not a full-ground
round ot applause in the house.
The women, bless their hearts, were warmly
enough disposed towards the "honest Emma"
she is very popular with her own sex, as she
deserves to be, for a better woman than Emma
Abbott does not live but with their tightly
gloved hands how could they raise even a tea
pot storm of clappingT They had to look after
their dresses, their hats and bonnets, and while
very likely they oft?n wished for an encore,
they never tried to get one. For gloves would
burst and bonnets go awry, you know, if they
allowed their feelings such expression.
A VERSATILE ACTRESS.
Sweet spring, thou art a fickle Jade.
We know It to our sorrow-To-day
thou art a dancing maid,
A tragic queen to-morrow.
Hut we're content to see thee play,
Fair Nature's youngest mummer;
l'erhaps we'll weep when you're away
And we perspire In Summer.
It was last Sunday.
She was returning from church. The service
had concluded with the hymn in which is con
stantly iterated the line:
"The consecrated cross I bear."
Beside her walked herdanchter, a little girl
of say 6 summers, who had seemed buried in
thought from the time the last hymn had been
sung. Presently the child looked up with a
troubled expression in her eyes, and said:
"Mamma, will that cross-eyed bear we sung
about eat up good little girls?"
The above story, which Is fctrictly true, illus
trates the fact that ought to receive more at
tention than it does, namely, that hymns and re
ligious exercises intended for children cannot
be put into too simple and common English.
For that matter, to my mind, the most beauti
1 til hymns and the most beautiful prayers are
those which convey good thoughts in the clear
est and least pretentions language.
Several men and women I have known
have had the curious habit of Imitating un
consciously a person at whom they are looking.
Thus, the other night at the Opera House, I
noticed that every movement and facial con
tortion of Mr. Florence's face were reflected in
the countenance of a lady in the audience. She
was not conscious ot the involuntary mirror
like motion of her features, but I happen to
know that she is aware she possesses the habit
Talking of this matter yesterday, another
young woman confessed to me that she often
found herself imitating the manner of speech
of a person with whom she was in conversa
tion, and entirely against her will, for she had
several times been reminded forcibly that the
habit might be considered rudeness unpardon
able. How would you account (or this.
This same habit recently caused intense an
noyance to still another young woman of my
acquaintance. She went to a lecture, which
was delivered by a very learned man, who bad,
however, an exaggerated trick of raising his
eyebrows until they obtained seclusion in the
scant fringe of hair above his forehead. Hard
ly had the lecture commenced until my fair
friend's eyebrows began trying their best to
copy the maneuver of the lecturer's. The
effort was not very successful, but she said,
"My eyebrows were aching like anything when
that lecturejras over!"
A FLEA FOB MASCU.
Yon may tell me that March It a rare month to
ob In; "-
That dust and damp weather are mixed In Its
Bat still It has merits, so sings the brave robin.
And all of his friends, lit ravishing lays.
Bo still let us sing:
Life, love and laughter
io matter what's alter
Awake In the spring I
Two Peculiar Stories Which Are of Grim
Interest to tho Superstltloas.-
From the Mew York Epoch.)
The following instances may be regarded by
the superstitious as a sufficient warning against
all jests on such a grim subject as death. It is
related by Mr. Bolton, an English actor and
author, that the famous tenor Sam Beeves,
was once praying the "Squire," in the panto
mime of "Old Mother Goose," and at the very
moment when he was walking off the stage,
'My wife's dead, there let her lie.
She's at rest and so am I;"
a man tapped him hurriedly on the shoulder
and whispered: "You -must come home di
rectly; Mrs. Beeves is dead." Greatlyshocked,
Mr. Reeves hurried home and found it but too
Most impressive coincidences have sometimes
occurred in the words of actors in their last ap
pearance on the stage. An English actor
named Cummins, some 20 years ago, appeared
in a play in which it fell to nim to deliver these
"Be witness for me, ye celestial hosts:
Such mercy and such pardon as my sonl
Accords to thee and begs of heaven to show thee,
May such befall me at my latest hour."
Tho last words had scarcely dropped from his
lips when he fell dead on the stage.
A LITERARI CLUB.
New York Authors, Publishers nnd Artists
Form a Social Combine.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New York, March 23. The publishers of
this city have organized a club. It is called the
Aldine Club. William W. Appleton is Presi
dent: Henry C. Bunner, Vice President; Franlf
H. Scott Treasurer, and J. S. Wood, Secretary.
Authors and artists as well as publishers are
eligible to membership, so William D. Howells
Is one of the council. Other writers also
Tho resident membership 4s limited to 200
and tho non-resident to 150. The bouse at 20
Lafayette Place has been leased for a term of
years, and it will be ready for occupancy on
April 1, the day of the club's inauguration.
CLEVELAND'S LOG CABIN
Again to be Occupied by the Ex-President
nnd HI Wife.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New .York, March 23. Unless something
happens to make them change their minds.
Mr. and llrs. Cleveland will go to the Adiron
dack's early in the summer and again take pos
session ot the log cabin on the OpperSaranac
lake, which they occupied the first year they
Hero'there is fishing for Mr. Cleveland and
lovely scenery and pure .air for Mrs. C, and
mosquitoes for both.
An Innovation In the Theater.
Special Tclcjrram to The Dispatch.
New York, March 23. A reading room has
been fitted up under the stage of the Academy
ot Music for the use of scene shifters and stage
hands jjvho are employed tor tbe presentation
of "The Old Homestead." The work of hand
ling the stage has been reduced to a minimum,
so that employes will have lots of time to avail
themselves of the advantages of the room,
which is to be supplied with books as well as
newspapers and magazines.
Easy to Jndtre His Occupation.
From the liorrlstown Herald. 1
A Baltimore man asks: "What will keep me
from going to sleep?" Why doesn't he resign
from the police force?
DEATHS OP A DAY.
D. Tj. Chambers.
GREEXSBURO, March S3. About 8 o'clock last
ecnlng, while D. L. Chambers, of Latrobe, was
seated In a chair conerslng with his wife, he was
stricken with rheumatism of tbe heart and died
almost instantly. Mr. Chambers was one of the
wealthiest and most prominent citizens of that
place. He was the prosecntor in the Chamber's
mill-burning case that comes np In our courts In
May. Jle was about S3 j ears old. The funeral
will take place on Monday at 10 o'clock.
AE0DT INFECTIOUS GEKM8.
Uncleanllness I the Great Factor in Spread
From the Sanitary Era.
Nine-tenths of all diseases, if not all, are
caused by specific Ioworganlsms. Among those
which we have already isolated distinctly are
the bacillus of consumption, typhoid fever,
yellow fever, lock-jaw, pneumonia, cholera,
dysentery, plague, etc. There is a great differ
ence between these different bacilli. Just as
there is between large animals. A fence which
will be perfectly safe against cattle may prove
of no account against dogs; and where cattle
may gow we inayno be able to raise ele
phants. Similar differences exist also between
All ot these germs of diseases require moist
ure for their plantation and growth. They are
not killed by dryness; they only do not develop.
A well-authenticated case is on record where
the plague, which we have now hardly any reason
to doubt is caused by a bacillus, broke out in a
town In Germany 200 years after the last plague
hadbeen there and-wbilo no cases of plague
were within 1,000 miles after the tearing down
of an old house, in the masonry of which a
mummy was found that had been cemented in.
From records it was evidently the corpse of a
person who had died 200 years ago of the
plague. This shows the wonderful tenacity of
these microbes. The whole medical science
has been revolutionized by their discovery.
Uncleanllness is now much better under
stood as being the factor In spreading diseases.
Vlrchow examined the nails of school children,
and underneath those nails he found, with
particles of dirt, eggs of all the intestinal
parasitical worms and bacilli, which, of course,
would be eaten by the children with their daily
Politeness and proper deportment will be
recognized as factors in the prevention of dis
eases. Children who are taught early to hold
their hands or pocket handkerchiefs to their
mouths when coughing, yawning or sneezing,
and to keep their mouths sunt, are thus taught
a simple hygenic preventive measure. Spitting
on the floor allows tbe germs of pneumonia,
consumption and bronchial catarrh to be in
"baled by others, and it is very proper that com
mon politeness slioula prevent such an indirect
form of assault and battery.
A STKANGE AFEICAN STOET.
How the Discovery ol a New River Was
Conpled With an Unusual Tragedy.
From the .New York Sun.
The report from Africa that Lieutenant Clero
of the French navy, has been tbe first to visit
the. headwaters ot the Cassini river calls to
mind one of the strangest stories of African
exploration ever written. In 1855 the French
merchants in Senegambia became aware that
the coast towns were being flooded with spuri
ous 6;frane silver coins bearing tho effigy
of Louis Philippe. It conld not be found that
these coins came from Europe, and it was soon
evident that they originated somewhere down
the coast. Finally -some natives were found
who said they received the coins in exchange
for ivory from two white men who had a trad
ing post on the Cassini river. Nobody had ever
heard of the Cassini river, and Lieutenant Wal
lon, now an Admiral in the French navy, was
sent with a small expedition to find the mys
terious stream which was reputed to be the
sonrce of the counterfeit silver.
The party coasted for 200 miles south, enter
ing many an Inlet on the way. and at last they
came to that complicated system of water
ways known as the Rivers of the South. One
of these rivers tbe natives called the Cassini,
and the travelers at once ascended it Not
many miles from the mouth they saw some
large huts, and two white men presently ap
peared to see who was approaching their re
treat As the boat party was landing tbe white
men, gathering a few things from the huts,
started to run away. They were pursued, but
were not taken alive. The two criminals ended
their remarkable enterprise by shooting them
selves dead. Tbe discovery of a new river had
been couDled with a stranee tracedv.
A counterfeiting outfit was found in the.
uufcs. lucaauica uau leit one ai me iraaing
posts with a deliberate purpose of burying
themselves in an unknown region and making
a snug little pile in the counterfeiting busi
ness. They bought ivory of the natives with
their spurious coin and sent it up the coast for
shipment to Europe.
NO DUTIE8 TO BE PAID.
Manufacturers Can Send Exhibits to Paris
Free of Customs Charges.
Washington, March 23. Secretary Win
dom' has; issued the following instructions to
customs officers in regard to the Paris Exposi
tion. Manufacturers' articles or wares, produced or
manufactured In the Tjnitcd States, which may he
sent to the l'arls Exposition or 1889 for exhibition,
will, upon their return to the United States, be
admitted to free entry upon compliance with the
following reqnlreintuts: Thatistosay, shippers,
at the time and port of exportation, shall file a
manifest showing the marks and numbers or the
packages, together with an Invoice or statement
specifying the contents of such packages (which
documents may. if the shippers so desire, be fitted
by Mr. S. 1'. Tnckcr, Assistant Commissioner
General of such exhibition, whose office is at Ho.
1 Broadway, and who wilt act as their agent for
such purpose), and shall, npon return or the
packages, produce certlncates, either from the
director or other proper officer of the said I'aris
Exhibition, duly authenticated by a United
States Minister or Consular officer, or by a state
ment of the consignees at the loreign port from
which the re-lmportatlons may be made, certi
fied by a proper officer of that port and required
by department's circular of March 31, 1336, which
documents shall fully Identify the goods.
i'alntlngs and other works of art the produc
tion of lorelgn schools of art, which may be now
owned in this country by residents or the United
States, and which maybe loaned to the French
Department ot Fine Arts or said exhibition for
exhibition, will also, upon their return to the
United btates, be exempted from the payment of
duty upon their Identity being established in the
manner hereinbefore described.
Great Men Welcomed to America.
Special Telegram to Tbe Dispatch.
New York, March 23. Herr V on Bulow, the
great musician, was among the passengers on
the Saale, which brought back the baseballist
John M. Ward to his native land, this morn
ing. A crowd of musicians welcomed him just
as a crowd of baseball players and lovers of the
national game welcomed Ward.
There's No Foundation for It.
From the Albany Journal.
It Is confidently asserted, but probably un
true, that the "All-Americas" batted a ball
into the London fog so hard that it stuck fast
and did not fall until tho fog lifted.
Chicago's Only Chance.
From the Albany Journal.
A man engaged in the great freight frauds
at Chicago died of shame. Chicago will miss
her chance if that man does not get a monu
ment She Will Not be Forgotten.
From the Minneapolis Tribune.
Statistics show that an American family is
in size 4.13. This 13-100 is, we suppose, tho hus
band's wife's mother.
CAUGHT ON THE GEIP LINE.
She gave me a kiss, it was the first,
And my heart it leaped with joy,
For then I knew that I nad won,
A maiden sweet and coy.
She said: "Iloveyou verymucb,"
And my heart took another leap,
But Just then I awakened, and found I'd
This whole thing while asleep.
Tosfinr Wanamaker Mamma, now that !
papa owns the postoffice, we can send our letters
for nothing. Won't haye to stamp any of them.
Mamma Oh, that will be lovely.
T.W. And mamma, 1 gnesswhen papa stays out
late at night with his Sunday-school class. It
won't even be necessary for you to stamp your
foot the next morning, when you go for him.
John, See (a) New (man) is to be Consul
"General nt London.
Vandy I see some enterprising firm are
giving a picture and a bottle ot cachous with
every box of cigarettes.
Zandy Now let them add a good cigar and there
will be some temptation to buy.
What does it proflteth a man if he pay S3 to
have his application for a license filed, and then
be dropped In the soup.
Arby I understand Stage, Yale's crack
pitcher. Is to be a minister.
Goat Well, he should make a dandy, forhebas
two great requisites.
Arby A-nd what are Ihcy?
Goat He has a good delivery and makes few
"March comes in like a lion, and goes out
Bnt this year 'twill bo the reverse.
Mow don't contradict me, I've got to fill up?
And all I can think of 's this verse. C. 8. C
0LIYE LOGAN'S LETTER. .
Changes In Social Life at the Capital Fat
Women In Fnshlon A Now Occupation
for Ladles Teaching the Art of Conver
sation Mrs. Mnlaprop's Remarkable
rcoBRESrosniiTciEor THE DISPATCH, j
Washington, March 23. An English gen
tleman of high position, who was here at in
auguration ttme,.said to me: "To change the
Government of a great country, without the
slightest friction, in this way is somethlngmore
than astonishing It is marvelous." As with
the political, so is it with the social world.
Great leaders are socially dead long live
great leaders! The wonderful Whitney regime
is over, that of the house of Morton is soon to
be established. It only requires about half a
dozen great "entertainers" to sustain the
character for splendid hospitality of an
administration. Croesus was scarcely more
numerous than that during the Cleveland
epoch. Everybody, great and small, "enter
tained," true. AVashington. in every quarter,
was at home on a certain day each week, and
to use tbe conventional phrase, Mrs. Three
Stars "was assisted in receiving" by the Misses
Blank, while the Misses Full "poured tea."
This high sounding announcement in avast
majority of cases, chronicled social amenities
which occurred in very modest residences,
sometimes In hotels, and occasionally even in
boarding bouses. Let me not be understood to
imply that tins was a special feature of Cleve
land's time. Modest entertaining has always
been in vogue in Washington; it is one of tbe
greatest attractions of this most delightful
capital. There is everv reason to suppose that
the festivities during Harrison's tenure of of
fice will equal If not surpass those of Cleve
land's. There are many enormously rich men
in the Cabinet and m tbe Senate; gay parties
will be uncountable among persons of modest
means; and over all will shine the refulgency
of the peerless Morton househould.
Stout Women May Take Heart.
Peerless, because of tbe Vice President's
wealth, the charming affability of his wife, the
interest attaching to his family of five
daughters, one of whom will soon make her
social debut So many delightful things have
been written about Mrs. Morton that one
scarcely knows how to add to their number;
all of them are true. Permit me to say a word
or two, quite specially, to those of your fem
inine readers who may be inclined to stout
ness, if, indeed, you number any of these hith
erto despised ladles among your clientage.
Ah, sisters! the moment ot our revenge
has at length arrived. Have you
ever noticed that nothing was ever
written of as being becoming to
stout women? Every fashion that came out
was only designed "for slender and graceful
women;" "stout women," we were instructed,
"should carefully avoid wearing this." The
pencil of the caricaturist was never idle, ex
aggerating our proportions, and showing what
an absurd figure we cut in every individual hat
or garment that was in vogue, no matter what
its shape or style. But soon we shall change
all this. Ai, ha! Mrs. Morton, dear ladles, is
no skeleton. She has a lovely embonpoint, a
stately enougbness that casts your "slender,
graceful" person quite In the shade. With the
Queen of Fashion as our exemplar we can
langh to scorn the slings and arrows of out
rageous thin people. So therel Shakespeare
we can quote to advantage, too. Let who so
will revel in his thinness, we can point to gen
tle Will's scathing definition of "one Pinch a
hungry, lean-faced villain. A mere anatomy."
Revenge is ours, dear ladles; long delayed, but
come at last
New Work for Women.
I hear of a new avocation for women. To
pursue it successfully the woman must be ex
ceedingly bright, intellectually speaking, and
she must bo located in Washington. She is a
conversation instructress. Her title fully ex
plains ber business. The neophyte to fashion's
faith, newly arrived in Washington, feels
anxious to know what to say to the distin
guished personages in whose company she is
soon to be known. Even more important is it
that she should be informed what not to say.
Washington's list of "things which had been
better left unsaid" exceeds in length the no
table one possessed by Dumaurier, and it is re
ceiving extensive additions every blessed day.
Two well-known elderly ladles of great wealth
who " receive " magnificently, are re
spectively dubbed Mrs. Malaprop, Number
One, Number Two. A fresh bon mot from
either, eiven off with the delicious irresponsi
bility of ignorance, is enough to amuse VV'ash-
mgton ior a wees;, ana circulates everywnere,
from the gravest Secretary in bis Cabinet to
tbe jokiest clerk at his desk in a department
Some of these lingnistle misappropriations are
so astonishing that one finds them difficult to
understand. For instance, one of the Mistress
Malaprops has been saying that while cutting
off meat from her dietary during Lent she eats
a great many 'Tufiles." She just dotes on
ruffles;" she has eaten as many as a dozen
"ruffles" for breakfast. Visions of masticated
dress trimmings or old-fashioned shirt fronts
float indistinctly before tbe hearer's hazy
mind's eye: nor can he for tbe life of him un
derstand the process of eating ruffles. Oh!
you say, tbe poor woman meant truffles. No,
the poor woman did not; she meant waffles,
those small, thin cakes baked on coals in an
Mrs. Lolly's Enigmatic Talk.
Ismet Mrs. Lofty yesterday. She is the
widow of the ex-Senator, you remember, a rich
Woman, miraculously stylish, who elects to
make Washington her home. Her conversa
tionwhen she finds it to her good pleasure to
address a few words to groveling humanity at
large is occasionally condescending, but
oftener rightly disdainful. I was recently the
honored recipient of a few of her periods. She
said that what was most particularly observa
ble in men who came from New England and
the West was their entire lack of plstache.
Money they might have, and even local esteem;
but once they struck Washington their fatal
deficiency in pistache branded them unmistak
ably; and irretrievably, so to speak, cooked
their goose. I floundered, during tbe entire
conversation, in a morass of wonderment con
cerning tbe purport of her speech; but finally,
by an ingenious scheme of reasoning by
analogy I made the triumphant discovery that
when Mrs. Lofty said "pistache" she meant
Lapsus Lingua: Rectified.
Trifling errors of this sort it is the province
of the conversation instructress to correct
Indeed, tbe scope of her duties is extensive,
beginning with the fundamental rules of En
glish grammer, thence through the mazes of
Iexigrapby, and so on to the divine art of con
versation upon which the late Bronson Alcott
was wont to lecture to admiring hearers. Con
ceding by anticipation the teacher diligent the
pupils apt who knows bnt that the now lost
art of holding salons may be revived in Wash
ington? The soil is well suited to the growth.
Here the sordid cares of business can never
intrude. The occupation of male visitors is of
a kind in which the nations at large are inter
ested. The men at Washington are engaged in
conducting a Government In worldly affairs
there is no grander work. Women are com
petent to be literary, artistic, or to shine by
their surpassing beauty, as did Mesdames
Tallien and Recamler: or they may be witty in
comparably as were Mesdames de Stael and
de Sevigne. '
A Want of Washington.
These examples, lightly culled from different
epochs, show how prolific France has been in
furnishing materials for salons. Washington
has the necessary requirements for many a
Hotel de Ranibonillet She bas great men,
beautiful women; superb residences, enormous
wealth; nevertheless there is room for the
modest conversation instructress. She may
not be able to impart to her pupils the literary
ability of Mademoiselle de Sender!; but she
can do her utmost to prevent the well known
disaster to Mrs. Malaprop, of whom it is wont
to be said that whenever she opens ber mouth
she puts her foot in it Olive Looa.
CORNISH LULLABY. x
Out on the mountain oTer the town,
All night long, aU nlgbt long,
The trolls go np and the trolls go down.
Bearing their packs and crooning a song;
And this Is the song the hill folk croon.
As they trndge in the light of the misty moon
"Gold, goldl ever more gold
Bright red gold for dearie!"
Deen. In the hill tbe yeoman delves,
AU night long, all night long:
None hut the peering, furtive elves
See his toll and hear his song;
Merrily over the cavern rings
As merrily ever his pick he swings.
And merrily ever this song he slugs:
"Gold, gold! ever more gold -
Bright red gold for dearie!"
Mother Is rocking thy lowly bed
All night long, all night long
Happy to smo6:h thy curly head
And to bold thy band and to sing her song;
'Tls no: of the hill folk, dwarfed and old.
Nor the song of the yeoman, stanch and bold,
And tbe burthen It beareth is not of gold;
But It's "Love, love-nothing bnt lovo
Mother's love for dearie!"
Nugent tttUS, in tne Chicago Sties.
A Strnlght-Ont Voter A Man Who TeB
a Good Story Something About Oleo
margarine nnd Batter A Doable Taxa
tion. rOOX A STAJT COnnXSFOXDXXT.I
Harrisbdro. March 23. Representative F.
W. Hays is one of the few men who never
d odge a vote. "I don't like to vote against any
man's bill," be said, "but I must do it some
times. That's why I voted against Campbell's
bill to put a tax, on alien laborers. Mr. Camp--bell
is a nice man, but I couldn't conscien
tiously vote for his measure, and I didn't
That's why someone up near me wanted to
know whether or not I was an American. X
think I am too good an American to vote for a
bill like that Just think what it will do! Why,
the title of It ought to be changed to read: 'An
act to promote crime and fill the almshouses.'
That's what It will accomplish. Its intention,
of course, is to prevent the employ of alien
labor, and these people are not going to stop
living just because the bill Is passed. If they
don't stop living and can't get employment the
otter quickly follows."
Tbe Boss Story Teller.
Tom Kilrow, of tbe Senate transcribing
room. Is the boss story teller of the Legisla
ture. He lives at Great Bend, Susquehanna
county, and has a reputation as a narrator of
facts that spreads far beyond the boundaries
of the shrievalty. It Is 'said that he is either
subpoenaed as a witness or drawn as a juror at
every term of court, simply on the strength of
his reputation in this line. When he doesn't
appear promptly in answer to his citation tbe
Judge of tbe court always Issues a bench war
rant for him.
They Haven't Caught Up.
It takes some people of Pennsylvania a long
time to learn about a change of officials at the
State capital. Tbe Department of Internal
Affairs frequently receives letters addressed
to J. Simpson Africa, and letters to Aaron
Dnnkel come often. Most curious, though, is
the fact that within a year and a half two let
ters have been received addressed to Daniel
Brodhead. who was Surveyor General of Penn
sylvania almost 100 years ago.
Tricks In All Trades.
Once in a while we inadvertently learn what
is mixed with our victuals. Representative
Roblson's bill develops this with regard to but
ter. Freauently when we think we are buying
butter we don't get it unmixed, even if we don't
get oleomargarine. The Roblson bill, by pro
hibiting their use, shows that there is often
mixed with bad butter to purify it snch chemi
cals as borax, boric acid, boraclc acid, salicylic
acid, biborate of soda, tartaric acid, saleratus,
alum, saltpetre, nitrate of potassium, bicarbon
ate of soda, hypochloride of soda, salicylate of
soda, sulphate of potassium, phosphoric acid,
bromo cnioralum, sulphuric acid, nitric acid,
caustic soda, potash, sulphate of lime, sulphate
of alumina, hydnc borate, sodic dlborate and
A Good Measure.
A. M. Watson, of Pittsburg, spent a consider
able portion of last week here. He has hope
yet that he may knock out the oleomargarine
prohibitory law, tint it is fast a vanishing hope.
Mr. Watson was asked whether he wasn't
really here in the interest of Representative
Roblson's butter bill, and reclled that he
wasn't but that he considered it a very good
bill. This measure is before tbe Committee on
Health and Sanitation, and one of tbe mem
beis said be hoped it would pass. "It is in a
line," be said, "with the antl-olpomargarlne
law. The latter, bars out bogus bntter; this bill
bars out tbe bad article."
A Lous Way to Church.
A great many members of the Legislature go
to Philadelphia each Friday afternoon or Sat
urday morning for the purpose of being able to
attend church there each Sunday. Harrisburg
consequently is a quiet place on the Sabbath
Wants Good Fishing.
Speaker Boyer is an authority on hunting
and fishing, and talks learnedly, at times, to In
terested groups concerning the various kinds
of game fishes of American and Canadian
waters, of rods, lines, flies and the various de
vices well known and dear to the angler's
heart He says the Fish Commission is doing
good work and is in favor of their recommen
dations of fish ways for dams, and of their
work in general for the distribution and propa
gation of the finny tribe.
Favors the Amendment.
The Auditor General is in favor of the
amendment proposed by Hon. J. M. Dickey,
of the Franklin Natural Gas Company, to the
general revenue bill. This amendment is to
meet the case of companies that pay a per
centage ot their gross receipts to other gas
companies for their supply of gas. Each com
pany, of course. Is expected to pay tbe eight
mill tax on its gross receipts, and under
the bill as it stands, tbe money
paid by the consumer, or a part of it would be
taxed double, or 16 mills. Tbe Auditor Gen
eral is decidedly opposed to Dr. Neil's amend
ment made to tbe bill In the House, which
provides that a man shall receive credit on the
books of tbe assessor for money owed by him
in taking account of the money he has at in
terest Wouldn't be Bluffed.
Daring the debate on tbe liquor license mat
ters on Friday, Representative Fow, of Phila
delphia, referring to the Brooks high license
bill, called it "the Vail bill introduced by the
gentleman from Philadelphia." Mr. Vail Is
the Law and Order officer of Philadelphia, and
Mr. Brooks replied that Mr. Vail knew a good
thing when he saw it Srapsoir.
A New York Burglar In Pickle.
From the Detroit Free Press.
A New York burglar got into a genuine pickle
the other day. Officers discovered that some
one was feloniously at work in a butcher shop,
but after they bad entered could not find the
man until they looked in a pork barrel, where
they discovered him up to hte neck in brine.
From tbe London Court Journal. 1
A Midland county general,on his return from
Egypt showed his family a regimental flag all
tattered and torn and riddled with bullets,
which ho bad captured from tbe enemy with
his own hands. It now looks nearly as good as
new. The careful housekeeper sat up all night
and mended it
SOME CHOICE ADS.
Wasted, a guillotine In good working order.
Address Mfa Qny, Postal Department Wash
mgton. For adoption, two orphan children, whose
parents, for a consideration, will relinquish all
claim over them.
If John Jones, who 20 years ago deserted his
poor wife and innocent babe, will return, said
babe will lick the stuffln' out of him.
Wasted, a few cowboys, actors, and poets to
sell our magic hair restorer. Bald-beaded
men, unless they wear wigs, need not apply.
A chap who has just completed a term in
Sing Sing for attacking a defenseless
woman would like to get a job as dramatic
critic on a St Louis paper.
Chicago friends I have arrived In New
York safely. Mf position dnring tho past year
as a member of the Chicago detective force,
which necessitated tbe preservation of a strict
incognito, made my life there Irksome to me.
hence my resignation. M. B. Tascott.
If the undutif ul wife, who after swearing to
love, honor and obey her husband, left his bed
and board a week ago, will return at once she
will be allowed in future 'to retain for use of
herself and children one-fourth of all money
she earns by washing and sewing.
A GESTLEirAS who has recently become
connected with tbe United States Navy, act
ing upon the advice of a superior oQrer, will
engage a competent teacher who can Instruct
him in the art of casting an anchor to wind
ward and other nautical duties. Address,
B. F. T.
A Chicago-born gentleman of considerable
culture, employed In tbe mortality department
of a great Hoboken pork factory, finding him
self unable to exist away from the refining in
fluences which an atmosphere saturated with
Browning and Coouelln naturally exerts, de-
.slres to purchase a cheap scalpers' ticket on
which he can return to his native city.
A middle-aged veteran who served in sev
eral ol tbe bloodiest campaigns of the lata war
as a sutler, being now disabled through an old
wound received by a piece of pie sold to a
vicious comrade striking him in tbe jaw, ap
peals to eveiy member of the G. A. R. to sub
scribe $5 to a fund be has started, the pro
ceeds of which will be devoted to his mainte
nance the rest of hisllfe.
AUfromJfew York Sun.
CUI10US COIOIEIMTIOSSr f
Mystic, Conn., boasts of & singing rat,
Brazil has a prohibitory tariff on band
organs and monkeys.
In France experiments are being made
with cork car springs.
'A hat measuring inches has just
been finished by a firm in Bethel, Conn. It 1
for a Chicago man.
A hard-up Georgian endeavpred to
raise money at Americas the other day by
mortgaging a 23-year-old mule.
The Dacca Shakti an Indian paper
avers that there is Irving at Barnda.n'ear Dacca
a Yogi who is more than 150 years old. He ig
strong and able-bodied. He-talks with alt
A ne?o at Daytona, Fla., went to sleep
last week with a half-dollar in his month, and
swallowed it and it came near choking him to
deatb before it could be poked down his
About 3,000 brakes have been invented
ind patented. One of the latest is described
as beautifully simple in Its working. Push a
button and the brakes are set on the entire
A Chicago man went into a bookstore
the other day to buy a copy of "Ben She," and
got mad when he was told there was no such
ook. It was learned afterward that he meant
Among some old papers jn Xondon,
recently, a genuine likeness of John Banyan as
he appeared in his prison cell at Bedford haa
just been discovered, for which the owner de
mands 1,000 guineas.
Detroit, Mich., is about to undertake
flower show, and some citizens of Florida pur
pose sending there gratis a carload of choicest
blossoms in token of gratitude for Northern
help in their time of fever trouble.
A peculiar accident happened to Wm.
Fisher, a Lima, O., youth. He was standing
under a street lamp, when the glass broke. He
looked npward to see what was the matter,
when a large fragment of glass hit him in tho
eye, cutting the ball nearly In two.
A little boy who lives at Sparta, Ga.,
met with a singular accident In running after
a robin he stepped on some object which gave
his foot a sudden twist This caused the bone
in his leg to split from the consequences of
which he has suffered very much. It was some
time before the cause of his troubles was found
The fine compact sand which gives suck
firm footing upon the beach of Anastasia,
Fla., is scarcely half an inch in depth. Below
it lies a bed of loose, broken sheik Under the
microscope a pinch of this debns from tbe
ocean bottom is transformed into a myriad of
grottoes, towers, and minarets, built of glitter
ing crystals'and gems of every hue.
J. Odom, while firing the woods near
Reldsville, Ga.. recently, found a rattlesnake
over five feet long near a gopher bole. He
sent his boys to bring bis gun while he kept
the snake away from the hole. In the mean
time another rattler of about tbe same size
appeared and entered the hole. He shot the
first and procured assistance and dug out and
killed the second.
In the largest jewelry shops in New
York, where $3,000 worth of gold is used a day,
the gold is not weighed out to the workmen,
and nothing but tbe honesty of the employes
prevents loss. But while the gold is allowed to
be thus exposed, tobacco bas to be locked up
because it bas been fonnd that the man who
would not steal a grain of his employer's gold,
would not hesitate to appropriate his neighbor's
The chair back has gone through almost
as many evolutionary stages as the animal
kingdom itself. Originally designecfas a pro
tection from sadden attacks in the rear. It
became, from protecting even the bead of tbe
house, reserved for those holding tbe highest
rank in households or courts. When the long
white wig came into use the chair back bad to
be sacrificed to tbe exigencies of fashion, since
which time its significance has been lost
Among the hereditary jewels belonging
to the Duke of Cumberland are Queen Char
lotte's pearls valued at $730,000, and about
which, for 20 years. Queen Victoria ana the
Hanoverian King quarreled with majesterial
dignity. Tbe Queen maintained tbey belonged
by right to England. The King insisted they
should have been sent to Hanover in 1S37 on
the death of William IV. The other jewels
belonging to the Duke are valued at 2,000,000.
His gold and siver plate weigh 12 tons.
There are at present some 2,000 women
employed in drag stores throughout tbe coun
try. When tbe Woman's School of Pharmacy
was first organized at Louisville there were but
two women encaged in the business, and both
of these were In tbe laboratory of one of the
professors. During the last term more appli
cations for graduates to fill responsible posl-'
tlons in drug stores or laboratories of manufac
turing chemists have been received at the
Louisville school than the total number which
the school has graduated since its commence
ment. In the Elberton (6a.) fire John Bailey
lost over $1,400, including two $500 bills. Mr.
Bailey collected the charred fragments and
ashes of this money and sent them to the
United States Treasury. Last week he re
ceived a check from the Government for $920.
with a statement that if he wonld make an
affidavit to bis possession of tbe unredeemed
$500 bill that it could also be paid. He is happy
over the recovery of goods that be once sup
posed lost beyond redemption. The night of
the fire he offered his interest in this money for
A Carnesville (Ga.) writer says: "I heard
a truthful, religious old lady say that when she
was a little girl she was sent to pick cornstalks
with a child of a reputed witch. Growing weary
of the work, the child of the witch mother pro
posed to collect tbe stalks without further
labor. A few minutes later tbe wind began to
rise, furious whirlwinds made their appearance
in different parts of the field, the stalks were
lifted In the air and were being rapidly whirled
into large heaps here and there over the field
when my informant, becoming very much,
frightened, begged that it might be stopped.
The witch child waved ner arms, the wind sub
sided and tbe stalks were left in their disar
An old Dutch doctor named Starfle Set.
zer, who lived in Franklin county. Ga was the
subject of a strange visitation. His house was
situated about half a mile from tbe graveyard,
out of which a brilliant light would rise night
after night and passing over the tree tops set
tle over his house and remain stationary for a
time, when it would again rise above the trees
and sweep tbrongh tbe air in tbe direction
from wbence it came and sink into the earth at
tbe graveyard. On the night of Setzers death
It shone more brilliantly than ever before it
hovered over tbe bouse for a long time, and as
the dying man drew his last breath it arose in
the air. and. like a flaming meteor, moved
swiftly to tbe graveyard, sunt into the earth
and was never seen again. There are many
who witnessed this strange phenomena and saw
the blazing specter on the very night that old
Dutch doctor died.
Fond Mother. You must remember. Era-.
ellne, that line feathers don't make a fine bird.
Daughter-True, Mamma, but they do make
awfully pretty hats.
She Asked Too Much. Mr. Smith
M-m-mlss jn-s-sle I-1-l-l-love you.
Hsle-Oh, Charlie, say It again.
Mr. Smith I-c-c-c-can't
Belying His "Words. Jones (blowing H
clond of smoke Into the air) I'm very fond of a
Mrs. Jones Then for gracious sakes get one.
Swellboy (to tailor.) Look here; there isj
only one check on this pair of trousers.
Tailor Yes, only one check on the trousers, but .
yon see I've put another whole one In the coat. 1
Offensive Partisans in Office. Postage j
Stamp (to mailbag) Bump Into me again and I'll . j
knock the stalling out of you. '
MaUbag-Try It and you'll get the worst licking
yon ever had, you stnek-up thing!
Honesty the Best Policy. Fleecy (to
milkman I s'pose yon have bard work nowadays
In (retting to town with the roads sU frozen np.
MUkman-Ah! Bnt that Isn't the worst or It
Mr. Fleecy. The pump freezes worse than the
The Eight Number. In the accounts of
the marriage or the Emperor of China, said Mrs.
McCxackle, "1 see tnat bis household comprises
seven cooks and 30 physicians."
That's about the right proportion," said Mr.
McCraekle. . '' -
A Horrible Fate. Applicant You say a
terrible fate awaits me. Don't be afraid to tell
me what It is. $H.
Astrologer-Brace yourself; young man; the
stars say you will wed a lady who has a passion for
grand opera. 'If t
Sufficient Grievance. MagistrateWhat
reason had you for abusing the prisoner In this
l'rlsoner-He called me a pig - "- -
That wasn't sufficient cause." swe -j
'You Interrupted me, your Honor.'Hecallcd
me a IMgott. JJow, as I am only,aneordlnary
Hsr-" . ,&,"-
"1 wouldn't haTB put npwlth'lt'mvssir. loo
are dumuseu." jiujrom jmm.z