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The Pennycomequicks
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CHAPTEK XV. The Woman With a Pipe.
What bad become in the meantime of Mr.
Jeremiah Pennycomequick, over whose leavings-such
a dispute was beinE waged? We left
him clinpng to t00 head of a .Imbardy
poplar that was being swept down the Valley
of the Keld by the flood.
The head of a poplar was by no means the
most agreeable vessel in which to shoot the
rapids of Fleet lock and navigate the lower
Keld-dale. In the first place it allowed the
wash of the descending current to overflow it.
and in the next it had no proper balance, and
was disposed to revolve like a turbine in the
stream. The latter propensity was presently
counteracted by the branches catching and en
tangling about some ponderous matter in the
bed, perhaps a chain from the locks. It was
not possible for Mr. Pennycomequick to keep
dry He was like Moses in the cradle of bul
rushes, from which the pitch calking had been
omitted. lie was completely drenched, because
submerged except his head and shoulders,
chilled, numb and giddy.
The tree made a plunge over the lock edge,
where the stream formed a cataract, carried
him under water, and came up again with him
still among the branches. He had seen the
hut crumble Into the stream before he made
his dive When the water cleared out of his
eyes, and he looked again, he could see it no
threw himself on his back, with his arms
interlacing among the pliant boughs, and his
face toward the night sky. He saw the clouds
like card, and the moon glaring pitilessly down
on him in his distress, showing liim a wide field
of water on all sides and help nowhere. He was
too cold to cry out; he knew that it would be
useless to do so. Succor was out of reach.
Lying cradled among the branches, elastic as
those of willow, he was fast as in a net; bedded
among the twigs, he might let go his hold and
would be carried on. He looked np steadily at
the moon, and wondered how long it would be
before his eyes stiffened and he saw the things
of creation no longer. He could distinguish
the shadows in the moon and make out the
darkened portion of the disk. How cold and
cheerless it must be yonder! A life of numb
ness and lack of volition and impulse must be
the lot of the Selenites! Fear of death, anx
iety for himself, had disappeared; only a sort of
curiosity remained in his brain to know
whether the condition of life in the moon was
more miserable in its chill and helplessness
than his present state of drifting in the cold
Then be turned his head to take a last lookat
Mergatroyd. The lights were twinkling there.
He could distinguish those of his own house on
the hill-slope. He would never again set foot
within its doors, enjoy the comfort of his fire
side: never see Salome again. And then in that
odd, incongruous manner in which droll
thoughts rise up in the mind at the most inap
propriate moments, it occurred to him that
there was to be anchovy-toast for breakfast.
He had been asked by Mrs. Cusworth if he
liked it. and she had promised it him. And as
lie drifted, immersed in the deadeningly cold
brown water, at the thought the taste of
anchovy came into his mouth.
The valley of the Kcld contracted a spur of
hill ran forward from the ridge on which
Mergatrojd was built, and forced the nverand
canal to describe a semi-circular bend. The
line, however, had bored itself a way through
the hill, and came out beyond, in apart, among
stately but blackened elms. The spur con
tracted the volume of the flood, which there
fore became deeper and more rapid.
With his mumbled hands Mr. Pennycome
quick unloosed his white neckcloth, and with it
bound his arm to a branch of the poplar, tying
the knot with obe hand and his teeth, while the
water ran through his mouth over his tongue,
and washedaway from it the smack of anchovy
that fancy had conjured to it
Then he resumed himself to his lot. A dull
sense of being in the power of an inexorable
fate came over him, the eagerness for life had
faded away, and was succeeded by indifference
as to what befel him, this to make way, as the
cold and misery intensified, for impatience that
all might be over speedily. He still looked up
. at the moon, but no longer cared what the life
of the Selenites was like, it was their concern,
not his. The thought of anchovy toast no
longer had power to bring its flavor to his
toncue. Then the moon passed behind a drift
of vapor that obsenred but did not extinguish
it, and Jeremiah, half-unconsciously with his
stiffening lips, found himself murmuring the
words of Mi'ton which he had learned at school,
and had not repeated since:
"The wandering moon
Riding near her highest noon,
Like one that hath been led astray
Thro' the beav'ns wide pathless way,
And oil, as If her head she bow'd,
btooping thro1 a fleecy cloud."
And so murmuring again, and more brokenly,
at last fell into complete unconsciousness.
The critic who generally hits on those par
ticnlars in a story which are facts, to declare
them to be impossibilities, and those charac
ters to be unnatural, which are transcripts
from nature, is certain to attack the author for
making a man who trembles on the confines of
death think of anchovy toast and quote 21
J'enscroso; to which criticism we answer that
he has had no experience such as that de
scribed, or he would know that what has
been described above is in accordance with na
ture. For how long Mr. Pennycomequick was un
conscious he never knew, and no one. of course,
was able to inform him. When he returned to
himself, he found that he was lying in a con
tracted and queer bed, in the side of a chamber
equally contracted and queer, tenanted, as far
as be could make out, only by a contracted and
qncer human being, whose sex was not be de
termined at first glance. If Mr. Pennycome
quick had recovered his sense of smell at the
same time that he recovered his other senses,
he would have supposed that during the period
of unconsciousness he had been steeped in
creosote, for the atmosphere about him was
charged with the odor of tar.
He was, in fact, on board a coal-barge, in the
little low cabin, and in the little low berth that
occupied almost an entire side of the cabin.
The cabin was but five feet high; it was lighted
by the hatchway, through which the steps de
scended into it. At the extremity, oppo
site the hatch, was an iron stove, the pipe from
which poked through the deck above. At this
stove was done all the cooking ever done in
this establishment, and all the washing sup
posed to be necessary in it. as a concession to
public prejudice. On the side opposite Mr.
Pennycomequick's berth was another, on
'which were heaped gowns, coats, wading-boots,
a frying pan. a bird-cage, a broken jug, Tom
Treddlehoyie's "Bairnslcy-Folks' Almanac"
and a Bible. When that berth was tenanted by
a unman inmate, then the gowns, coats, boots,
frying pan, bird-case, broken beer jug, alma
nac and Bible were transferred to the floor.
Near the stove, peeling potatoes, and as she
peeled them, chucking thn peelings onto the
berth, witn its accumulation of gowns, coats,
frying pan and other articles, was a woman
wearing a man's black felt wide-a-wake, a
man's coat, and smoking a mahogany-colored
Her face was so brown, rugged and mascu
line, that It was only possible to determine her
sex when 6he stood up. Then she revealed
petticoats, short, and fastened together be
tween the calves, so as to convert them into
something like Tnrklsh trousers. Beneath
them protruded feet as big as those of a man,
encased In stout boots.
"Bless me J" exclaimed Mr. Pennycome
quick. "Where am IT"
Then the woman half rose. She could not
stand upright in the cabin, she was so tall; and
she came over to the berth In stooping posture.
"Eh. lad, tha'rt wick! Dos't a' want to know
wheertha art? Why, for sure, tha'rt i't Con
quering Queen, as carries coils ta' Goole."
"How came I hereT"
"Ah reckon ah hugged (drew) tbeeahto't
watrmysen. Ah saw thee fioatin' by on tha'
rig (back) tairied like i' an owil tree Sea (so)
I had thee ahti' a jiffy. If ah hed'dnt. lha'd
been dead long agone. Hev naw a sup o' tea,
and we'll talk after."
Mr. Pennycomequick tried to move to raise
himself but he was sRff in all his joints, and
unable to stir more than bis bead.
"Weelnaw!" exclaimed the woman. tha'rt
vornorlthowt. AU'be mainso"rrjr for thee.
Ah'll bring t' peggy-tub, and turn't npside
daan, and sot me a top, t'U do as weel as owt.
Ah can talk ta thee a bit I da'ant mind. But
I'm glad tha'rt better.lad. Come na,if tha woant
ha' no tea, mebbe tba'll tak a sup o' tar
water." By degrees Mr. Pennycomequick got to un
derstand, how be had been rescued and where
he was.
Tbo flood had caught the Conquering Queen
coal barge some way below Mergatroyd, where
the land was flat, and where accordingly he
water had spread and Its violence was ex
pended. It had snapped the cable that fast
ened the boat, and she had been carried on
down the canal. She had not been lifted and
stranded beyond the banks, but had gone along
with the current in the proper course. The
Conquering Qneen was the property of Ann
Dewis. who inhabited and managed ber. along
with a boy, a gawky lad of 15, all legs and arms,
which became entangled among ropes and
chains, and stumbled over lumps of coal and
mooring posts, who never descended the ladder
without slipping and falling to the bottom in a
heap: and whose face and body, if not perpetu
ally begrimed with coal dust, would have shown
blue with bruises.
Ann Dewis had given up her berth to the
man she had drawn out of the water, and slept
on the floor beside the clothing, bird-cage,cook-ing
utensils, and literature sacred and pro
fane. "Sure sartatn," said Mrs. Dewis, "t'ull be a
long time wal (until) thar't better; and curias
it es, but all wor prof ezled t' Tom Treddlehoyle
i' hes predicshons for 1870. Jest yo listen till
this. November: Ah look for menny foakes
bein' brawt low. throo ababtat' middle ta t'end
a' t'munth: haviver. theaze a good prospecht a'
her" sooin lookin' up agean, if it is at they're
laid flat a' ther' back, res fortunate these
floods doant come offance (often) or we'd a'
be ruined. Looik here, lad, ah'l clap t' pot
o't'stove an mak thee poultices for thy joints."
Six weeks were passed by Mr. Jeremiah Pen
nycomequick in the cabin of the Conquering
Queen, in great pain, sometimes in delirium,
for he was attacked with rheumatic fever.
Throughout his illness he was attended inde
fatigably by Ann Dewis. She called in no
doctor, she procured no medicine. The sole
remedy she knew and favored, and which she
exhibited against all diseases, was tar water, a
remedy easily made on board the barge, of ma
terial always at hand.
Ann Dewis was reduced to temporary inac
tivity by the destruction wrought by the flood.
The canal was closed for repairs, and the re
pairs were likely to consume many months.
Accordingly she could no longer ply between
the coal pits and the wharf on the Humber.
This enforced inactivity enabled her to devote
her undivided attention to her patient. She
had no house of her own not an acre; no, not a
foot of garden ground of her own in any of the
various forms of ownership freehold, copy
hold or leasehold. She had no other home
than her barge. She paid no taxes no rates;
the only charges that fell on her were the dues
levied at the locks. And "Darn it!" said Ann,
"that flood will ha' sent np the dues like scald
in' water sends up t'momenter."
She belonged to no parish, came into no cen
sus, was attached to no denomination, and was
identifiable as a Yorkshire woman of the
West Riding only by her brogue. When the
fever quitted Jeremiah Pennycomequick it
left him weak as a child. He lay in the berth
powerless to rise, and long after bis mind had
cleared his joints were swollen and painful.
He foresaw that many weeks, perhaps months,
must elapse before he regained his former
She did her best to amuse her patient as well
as to cure him. She read to him the richest
jokes out of "Tom Treddlehoyle," and puzzled
him with questions from the same, compounded
as conundrums. But what interested him
chiefly was her account of herself.
I She bad been married, but that was nowt but
a scratch, she said. "Wunccl thowt forsartain
sure an'a uev to give up 10 oe uewis, ana suck
to the Schoficld."
"Schofleld!" said Mr. Pennycomequick, and
passed his hand over his brow. His memory
was somewhat affected. The name was familiar
to him. but he did not recollect when he had
heard it.
"Eh, lad. It wor a thing of no consekans.
Ah'll tell the t' tale." For the benefit of south
country readers we will to some extent modify
the broad West Hiding brogue.
"It was na'lang that Earle and 1 were ac
quainted "'
"Eh. every man has two names, as he has two
legs and two arms and two eyes and ears. He
was called Earle Schofield forsartain; and he
used to come and visit me in t' Conquering
Queen. My mother was dead, and had left me
a tidy bit o' mass, for shoo was a saving woman,
an shoo had been cap'n, boatswain, steward
and all tot' Conquering Queen ever sin' my
father died. All t'brass he and she had addled
(earned) was kip in but there I wi'nt tell
thee, not that I mistrust thee, but we're all
frail creetnres, and terribly tempted. So there,
lad, this here pipe belonged to Earle. He wor
a bit o' a gentleman, he wor. He'd niver been
in a coil barge trading up an' down t'canaL
We'd a famous scheme atwixt us. He was to
set up a coil store an' a boms by t'warf at Hull,
an' be sed that he knew o' a chap as ud sell
t'good-will and all his custom for 100. And
Earle be wor an uncommon clever hand
at account He figured it a' tip on a slate
and he showed me how great 'nd be our
profits. And he to'd me that It wor the coil
marchants as got a' t'profits o' t'sale o' coils,
and I got nobbut their crumbs, as I may say.
And be showed me how if be sold and I carried
coils we'd be rich in no time, and after we'd
got married then I tow'd him where I kep'
t'brass. I didn't tell him before believe me.
We were sitting on this aeck. drawed up by
t'side o' t'wbarf at Hull, as be showed a' that,
and as I tow'd him where I had my brass. Then
he took t'pipe be wor smoking out o' his mouth
and put it into mine, and sed I wor to kip it
aleet wall he came back, he'd go an' deposit a
hundred pound, he sed, for t'good-will, and se
cure the hoffis at wunce. And I let him take
all my brass, for sartain I thow't as we'd been
married for three weeks all war right, and what
was mine was his. He took t'brass, and he
went ashore, and t'last words he sed to me wor,
Ann, keep t'pipe aleet wall I retarn. I waited,
but from that day Pve niver clapt eyes on
"And your money?"
"Nor on that noather."
"What a great rascal he must have been!"
"Nay.I wont say that We're a' sinful creeturs,
and our temptations is terrible. Wot became
o' him I can'na say, but for sure sartin he'd a
mind to return to me, or he' not ha. tow'd me to
keep t'pipe aleet Whacan tell, he may ha'
got a drop o' liquor on shore, and ha besn
robbed, and then ashamed to come back and tell
me; or he may have found t'chap none so ready
to sen t'good-will and so ha' gone about looik
ing for summat else and not found it or he
may ha' been took by them ramDagin' an'
roarin' lions, as seek whom they can lock up
theperlice. Nay! I'll not condemn him. and
allow that he wor a rascal, for what sez Tom
This world, we all naw, bezltsupsandfU daans,
An' shorter wj'r time keeps wlndln'.
An' day after day we arc crost 1 wlr way
Then speak of a man as yo And him.'
"But I think you found him serve you badly
enough," said Mr. Pennycomequick. from Ms
benh. "to walk off with your savings and leave
you with nothing."
".Nay. not exactly," answered Anne, "There
wor this pipe for wun, he left; and," after a
pause, "there wer Jozeph. Tbairn came verra
comfortin' when I wer I' a tew aboot loising
ma' brass. Besides, t' lad, Joe, ha' been ov use
to me as much as I paid a lad afore 7 shil
ling a week, and he hev a'beent'sametome
for six years. If tha comes ta reckon at 52
weeks i't year, that's 18 pound 10 per hannum;
and for six year that mounts un to nigh on 110
pound, which is a scoering off of t' account"
"And that is his pipe yon are smoking?"
"Ecs, for sartatn. I sed I'd keep't aleet, and
if he comes back at t' end o' seven more yean
I'll say. There. Earle, is t' pipe burning, and as
for t' account Joe hev a' scored it off, Interest
and principal.' "
CHAPTER XVI Who? What? '
It is hateful hateful as poison the packing,
the turning out of drawers, and then the tilting
of drawers to get oat the dost and grit and flue
that has accumulated in the comers; the ar
ranging of correspondence, the discrimination
between valuables and things that may be
come valuable, and things that are not but
were valuable; the throwing away of rubbish,
the consideration as to what thingsure to be
disposed of, and If disposed of. how to be dis
posed of, and to whom, and all the business
and' care and misery of change of quarters.
And yet how out of thorns spring roses, and
out of troubles virtues come into bloom!
Never, probably, In our whole career did char
ity, the bond of all virtues, so lnxuriate, throw
out such all-embracing tendrils, emit such
fragrance, ripen in to such fruit as on the
occasion of change of quarters. Old boots,
slightly damaged bonnets, heavy bat
tered pieces of furniture, for which
a dealer would not give sixpence; articles that
would fetch nothing in a sale, antiquated
scboolbooks, magazines five years old, novels
that have lost their backs, games, deficient in
one or two pieces, old gloves, iron bedsteads
minus their brass knobs, and that have to be
tied together with wire; cracked dishes, snip
ped tumblers, saucepans, corroded with rust
with what lavish and lordly magnificence we
distribute them to all, who will accept such
And then what a lesson does change of
quarters teach us, to discriminate between the
worthless and the valuable; and with equanim
ity to endure separation from things which
have become interesting to us, but which we
cannot remove. When the author was a boy,
his life was spent In traveling on the conti
nent; in rambles from the Pyrenees to the
plains of Hungary, from the Mediterranean to
the Baltic and wherever he went be made
collections of objects of curiosity, crystals,
petrefactions, dried flowers, butterfles, medi
aeval armor, books. Before quitting any place
of sojourn for a winter, or halt for a night bis
father explored every pocket and crevice of
the carriage, and turned out the treasures
there secreted, on which his son's heart were
set and his pocket money had been expended.
Nothing escaped his eye, nothing melted his
heart The author came to a place bringing
nothing with him, and left it carrying nothing
with him away, all he acquired he was forced
to leave. It was an excellent discipline for life,
and yet hardly attained; even to this day he
finds that he clings to trifles.
How many times since boyhood has he had to
shift quarters? and each time he has expe
rienced a struggle, and has had to surrender
some things on which his heart was fixed, but
from which it was, perhaps, well to be free.
He recalls how one winter at Bayonne, he col.
lected every match and spill end that had been
used for lighting cigars and candles, till he had
accnmulated a trunk full. When, in spring,
the move came, his father peremptorily re
fused to dispatch this trunkload of scorched
paper scraps by grande or petitte Vitesse to
Vienna, and they were consigned to the flames.
When he was in Yorkshire, he had collected
some prehistoric querns, stone hand-mills.
When he contracted with a furniture-mover to
translate his goods to the south of England,
the man struck at the millstones, they were not
in his bond. The author had to resign them;
but his heart aches for those stones to this
When a family has inhabited a house for
nigh on SO years it is incredible what accumu
lations have gathered round them, how every
corner, cupboard, closet, drawers, the cellar,
the attic are stuffed with articles of various
utility and importance, or let us rather say of
different degrees of inutility and worthless,
ness; none of which, however, can be spared
without a pang, for to every one of them a
recollection clings.
The Cusworths bad been, not indeed 20 years,
but approaching that time, in the house of Mr.
Pennycomequick. Every room, the garden,
the attic, were crowded with reminiscences,
mostly pleasant; to the ordinary eye a thin veil
of soot took the brilliance and sharpness off all
things in this smoke-laden part of England.but
to the girls, Salome and Janet, everything was
overlaid with the gold dust of childish memo
ries. Mrs. Cusworth had come to regard the
bouse as a qniet home in which she might
spend her declining days, without a care for
the future of her children, for Janet was pro
vided for, and Salome would not be forgotten.
But now, with the loss of Mr. Pennycomequick,
the prop had fallen on which the future was
reared; and suddenly she found herself in bad
health, obliged to think about her prospects,
and leave the house in quest of another home.
Mrs. Sidebottom, with the eagerness with
which some women fly to do a spiteful thing,
had taken advantage of herposltion to give the
widow notice to remove.
The Cusworths had receive notice to move
within a fortnight, and it was not easy for
them to find quarters into which to go. Salome
had songht lodgings in Mergatroyd, bnt in vain.
There none were vacant and she had been
obliged to engage temporarily a part of a house
in the nearest manufacturing town, a house
that was called Redstone, but which was popu
larly known only as Black hole. It was a low
house, surrounded by tall factories, that
crushed it into a well between them, into
which no sun could penetrate, but which re
ceived all day and night showers of condensed
soot She counted herself fortunate in having
secured this, and she bad already given orders
for the removal to it of some of the packing
cases tilled with their goods.
The time bad been one of strain to Salome,
already distressed by the lass of her best1
friend, and the subsequent doubt about the
Identity of thecorpse recovered. Mrs. Side
bottom had gone out of her way to make her
feel uncomfortable, had said ill-natured things,
had slighted her mother, and irritated Janet to
the verge of an outbreak. She had been
obliged to exercise great self-control to disre
gard the sneers of Mrs. Sidebottom, to screen
her mother and hold her sister in check. She
had been painfully affected, moreover, by the
mistrust Philip had shown, and though he had
apologised for what he had said, the wound
dealt to her self-respect was unhealed. She
felt this blow the more because she had un
consciously reposed confidence In Philip; not
that he had given her reason for reliance on
him, but that she had felt the need for some
one to whom to look, now that Mr. Jeremiah
PennycomequicK was removed, and she had
trusted that he would be honorable and con
siderate in his conduct, as behoved a Penny,
To add to her difficulties, her mother had
suddenly and unaccountably had a relapse, was
seriously shaken, and in no condition to be
moved. Unaccountably, for the attack had
not come on when it might have been expected
on hearing the news of the death of the old
manufacturer. She had borne np marvelously
under this trial; the bringing the corpse to the
house and the funeral had not materially af
fected her. She had spoken of the necessity
she was under of leaving the house, with sor
row, indeed, but not agitation: sha had taken
some Interest in the assortment and packing of
the family goods; and then, in the midst of the
preparations to depart, had been taken alarm
ingly ilL
When the funeral was over, Mrs. Sidebottom
had returned to her own house. All necessity
for her remaining in that of her deceased half
brother was gone. Nevertheless she was in
and ont of. the house several times during the
One evening she had left after 9, having
dined these with her nephew, who had moved
into his uncle's apartments, and had enjoyed
some of her brother's best wine.
At 950 the front door was locked and chained,
and the gaslight in the hall turned down, but
not extinguished. Old Mr. Pennycomequick
had kept early hours, and the servants 'ob
served the same routine of meals and work that
had been instituted in his time, as they had re
ceived no orders to the contrary. Now that
Philip had taken possession of his uncle's apart
ments on the first floor, and went to the mill at
the same hours, and took his meals at the same
hours, the house seemed to have relapsed into
its old ways, out of which it had been bustled
by the advent of .Mrs. Sidebottom.
Mr. Pennycomeqnick's apartments consisted
of a study, with a bedroom opening out of it.
The front of the house on the same floor was
taken np with a drawing room, rarely occu
pied. A third door on the same landing ad
mitted into the spare bedroom, in which the
corpse of the drowned man had laid till the
On the ground floor were two rooms, cor
responding to those occupied by Mr. Penny
comequick, and these had been given up to
Mrs. Cusworth, one the outer served as a
sitting room. The dining room and breakfast
room the latter under the spare bed chamber,
completed the arrangement on the ground
floor. Formerly Mrs. Cusworth and her
daughters had slept on the storey above the
drawing room and Mr. Pennycomeqnick's suite,
and Salome's apartments were there stilLbut of
late, owing to her mother's infirmity, her bed
had been transferred to the inner room, which
had been transformed from the housekeeper's
oMce to a sleeping apartment for the old lady,
to whom it was injurious to ascend many steps;
and as it was not advisable that Mrs. Cusworth
should be alone at night Salome had slept in
the room with her. Since the arrival of Janet
however, she had returned to her apartment
upstairs, as the old lady had expressed a wish
to have ber married daughter with her.
"My dear," she had said, "it is not much more
that I can expect to see of Janet She will have
to return to her husband before long, and I am
hot likely to live to have the pleasure" of many
of her visits; so, if you do not mind, Salome, I
should wish her to sleep in my room while she
is here, that I may have her by me as much as
I may."
"Salome had accordingly returned to her
chamber upstairs. She was glad that at this
time her sister was there to relieve her of at
tendance on her mother, while she went In
search of lodgings and was engaged in pack
ing. "I am expecting a summons to return to
Elbcouf every day," said Janet "directly I get
the news of the rout of the Prussians. Provi
dence never intended that barbarism should
prevail over'culture; and the French have such
accomplished manners, and such perfect taste
, why the German ladies I have seen have no
idea how to dress."
"You forget, Janet" said the sister, "that
the Barbarians did, of old, overwhelm Roman
"Oh yes, but only 'that they might assim
ilate the culture and become civilized them
selves. If the result of this wretched war
were that German ladies learned how to put on
their clothes tastefully, I could almost forgive
Sedan and Metz."
Salome had as little knowledge of the ar
rangement arrived at between Mrs. Sidebottom
and Philip as has the reader, and for the same
reason. It had not been divulged. She, of
course, could ask no questions. The reader
does, but he must wait He shall be told pres
ently. Suffice it for him to know that Mrs.
Sidebottom had, unopposed, sworn to her
brother's death, without will, and had taken
ont letters of administration.
Philip did not have his meals with the Cus
worth party; they were served to him apart
On this evening, after the house was locked
up, and the servants had retired to bed, Salome
was ln her own room; she had been engaged
there for some hours, examining and sorting
the house bills, and destroying such as were
not required to be preserved. When this was.
done, she began to pack her little library in a
deal case, first wrapping each volume carefully
in newspaper. As she did this she came on a
garden manual that Mr. Pennycomequick had
given her on her birthday when 15. The sight
of this book suddenly reminded her of a score
of hyacinth bulbs she had put in a dark closet
under the stairs, in which to form shoots before
theywero put in their glasses. The book had
advised this as a corrective to the development
of leaf at the expense of flower. In this cup
board, which Janet and she as children bad
named tho Pnmmy closet a name that had ad
hered to it ever since she kept as well sundry
garden requisites.
Fearful lest she should forget the bulbs if
she postponed their removal to another time,
and accustomed, on principle, to do at once
whatever occurred to her mind as a thing that
bad to be done, she gently opened her door and
lightly descended the staircase.
The steps were carpeted, so that her foot was
noiseless. She had no need of a candle, for
the gas, though reduced, still burnt in the
She reached the bottom quickly; she was un
willing to disturb and alarm her mother, and so
trod noiselessly through the hall to the closet
door, beneath the steps. Her garden-gloves,
some tools in a little box that had been given
her by Janet and the bulbs, were there, the
latter. In a row, showing stout horns. She gath
ered these bulbs into a chip basket, and took
the rest of her possessions in the other hand.
Thus encumbered, she closed the Pummy
closet door with herf oot put down the basket
turned the key, took un the basket and stepped
out into the hall with the intention of re
ascending the stairs as noiselessly as she had
come down.
But before she had reached the foot and.
turned the balustrade; she was startled to see
a figure on the first landing. At first shock sho
thought it was Mr. Jeremiah Pennycomequick
dressed to go out as she had seen him on the
night thathe disappeared. If the hour was not
now midnight, it was near it
Salome conld not see whence the figure had
come, whether from Philip's room or from the
spare bedroom. Only from the drawing-room
he conld not have Issued, as that door was in
view, and was shut
Who was it?
The figure descended slowly, and with inaud
ible tread. The light from the gas was suffi
cient to show that the figure was that of a man,
but not to let ber see his face. !U
With a sickening feeling at the heart, and a
chill that ran through every artery and frosted
her blood, and deprived ber both of motion and
the will to move, she stood looking at the appa
rition that glided down the staircase, 'leisurely,
noiselessly. She recognized the great coat and
hat they were those of Mr. Pennycomequick.
The great coat was that In which the corpse
had been discovered invested.
Who was this coming coming probably from
the room recently tenanted by that strange,
awful, dead man?
That was the first thought ol horror that shot
through her brain, followed by another still
more horrible, "What is it?"
For a while Salome was "bereft of power of
speech and motion. There was' a sensation in
her brain as though a handle were being
turned that had attached to it every nerve In
her body, and that they were being spun off
her and on to a reel, like silk from a cocoon.
Her hands contracted on what she held; she
could not have let them fall had she willed to
relax her grasp. They stiffened as do the
hands of a corpse. She could not cry out; her
tongne was paralyzed. She could not stir a
step forward or backward; all control over her
knees was gone from her.
When the figure had nearly reached the bot
tom of the stairs, it stopped and turned its
head toward her, and looked at her.
The light of the lowered gas jet was on her
and off the face of the apparition; all she saw
was black shadow, as all she had seen of the
face of the corpse on the bed had been a black
handkerchief cast over it But she distin
guished the hair, somewhat long behind the
ears, and frowsy whiskers aboutthe jaws. That
was all she could make out in that moment of
acute, agonizing horror. The figure stood
looking at her, and she heard the clock in the
hall tick, tick, tick, tick, and then begin the
premonitory growl that preceded striking. The
figure moved down the final steps, and stole in
the same stealthy, noiseless manner to the gar
den door, and disappeared through it
The look of the back, the sit of the well
known overcoat the way in which the hat was
worn, all recalled to her the dear, lost
friend, and yet she knew it could not be he.
He would never have inspired her with shud
dering dread. He would not have passed her
without a word.
In another moment the spell of rigidity was
taken off ber. The blood rushed tingling
through every vein, her hands, her feet, recov
ered activity, her heart bounded and shook off
Its fear, and her mind recovered its proper en
ergy. She ran after the apparition, and found that
the garden door was actually open. Instantly,
without further consideration, she shut and
locked it and then flew upstairs and knocked
vehemently, loudly, at Philip Pennycome
qnick's door.
He opened it and was surprised to see Sa
lome on the landing, breathless.
"Is your mother worse?" he asked, for he saw
that she was shaking and white.
"Oh, Mr. Pennycomequick, do tell me. Have
you had a man here with you?"
"I do not understand."
"I have seen someone descend the stairs. If
he did not come from your study, he issued
from that room in which in. which " she
shuddered. "I mean from the spare bed
room." "No one has been with me."
"But he came down the staircase, slowly and
silently, like a shadow, and passed me."
"1 have seen and heard no one."
"And yet there has been someone in the
house." i
Philip thought, and then said, "Miss pus
worth, your nerves have been overwrought
You have" been imposed on by your imagina
tion." "But the garden door. I found it open. I
have just locked it The figure went out
through it"
"Did you distinguish who it was?"
"No; he came from the best bedroom, wear
ing dear uncle's I mean Mr. Tennycome-
quick's overcoat and hat"
Philip again mused.
"All my poor uncle's clothing;" he slid, after
a moment of thought, "all that remainedthe
overcoat included, 'l ordered yesterday to ba
laid out in the spare chamber. I told your
mother to dispose of them as she thought
proper. I made no doubt that she knew of
poor persons to whom they would be service
able." "But no poor person -would come at this time
of night, and slip out stealthly at the garden
door, which,ought to be locked at 9:30."
'Let us go into the spare room and reassnre
ourselves,'.' said Philip. "You will find the
overcoat there, and then, perhaps, you will
come to the same conclusion that I have, that
you have been over-worried and over-wrought
and that fancy has conjured np the ghost"
He went back into his room lor a caudle, and
Salome, standing alone, with beating heart, on
the landing, asked herself wbethershe had been
deluded by her Imagination.
Philip returned with a candle. He smiled
and said, "I remember particularly" that great
coat It was laid on the bed, and the hat by it
I went into the room this evening, about 8:30,
and both were there then." He had his hand
on the door. "Yon are not afraid to come in
with me?"
Salome shook her head. She had begun to
hope that she had been a prey to fancy.
He opened the door, went in, and held the
light over his head. The great coat and the
hat were gone.
, 2b be continued next Monday.
A Week's Survey of tho Trade In Produce,
Cereals and Provision Butter
and Egffi Are Drifting
Downward. v
Office of Pittsbdbo Dispatch,
Saturday, March 23, 18S9. J
The most marked feature of the produce
trade in the past week has been the drop in
eggs. This has been a decidedly unpleasant
feature to a number of our dealers. A week
ago eggs were 13c a dozen at Chiaago. To-day
they are slow here at 1212c. Thousands of
cases were shipped to Pittsburg dealers in the
foie part of the week, which must have cost at
least 14c a dozen delivered here. Now they
can bo delivered here at a cost of lie May
like weather and tho consequent activity of
hens in getting in their work far ahead of their
usual timei has upset many a calculation and
spoiled not a few dollars. Withont any statis
tics at hand it may be rash to say what has
been, but from the best information That can
be gathered, eggs have not been so low here at
this time of the year for a decade at least Con
sumption has very much increased on the low
.prices. A leading Liberty street jobber says
that his retail customers are buying In larger
quantities since the decline, believing that a
reaction is bound to come.
There has been much greater activity in but
ter as well as eggs the past week, but prices are
not materially changed. Creamery is off 2c in
a jobbing way. Country butter is more active
since oleomargarine has passed out of the mar
kets, but dealers report ho difficulty in meeting
all demands. Reports from rural districts are
that there is butter enough and to spare.
Cheese falls to follow Us custom in Lenten
times, which is to advance in price. While na
tive cheese holds its own, Limburger and
Sweitzer show droeping tendencies. The stock
of domestic, Sweitzer on band Is much above
that of a year ago, and as the season for new
products approaches there is a growing dispo
sition on the part of the holder to unload. The
cash customer will find jobbers of Sweitzer and
Limburger cheese ready to concede on our
In the lines of vegetables and domestic fruit
the week shows no improvement in trade.
Apples, potatoes, onions and cabbage are slow
as ever. The books of produce commission
men furnish some mighty nnpleasant facts,
showing losses to producers in all these lines.
One merchant showed the commercial reporter
of The Dispatch a day or two ago a number
of such items. Hero is a sample: On 488 bush
els of onions, for which $47 62 was paid for
freight drayage and sacking, and S100 ad
vanced to the farmer, the loss was total. An
additional outlay for hauling to the garbage
pue was added to expense within a few days.
A farmer who consigned 8 bags of potatoes, 3 of
turnips and 5 of apples to this commission
merchant had returned to him S3 36, which was
all that was left above freights, rot and com
mission. The oldest in the trade say they re
member no season as disastrous to producers
and middlemen as this has been.
With the exception of wheat all cereals have
been drifting downward the past week. Re
ceipts of grain and hay have been far beyond
demands of trade. At the Grain Exchange 231
carloads were bulletined this week. More than
half this amount was hay. Two carloads of
oats comprises the entire week's transactions at
the Exchange. With such liberal supplies
coming to markets it is plain enough to a blind
man that the situation is In f avnr of buyers.
The wheat boom, which has lifted prices from
94o to tl 06. is no doubt in a large measure
speculative, and bears may be looked for to
come of their holes any day. The bull move
ment has given a firmer tone to flour.
In grocery lines the most marked feature
this week has been the boom in suear, which is
advanced all along the line. Coffee options
have had their ups and downs, but stand about
as they did a week ago.
Hogs and hog products are a shade higher.
Mess pork and lard have been advanced at
Chicago. At tho meeting of packers held here
to-day it was resolved to make no changes, and
hence, so far as this city's trade is concerned,
hog products will stand another week as they
have been for two weeks past The drift, how
ever, is toward a higher level.
Condition of the Market at the East Liberty
Stock Yards.
Office of Pittsburg Dispatch, I
SATCBDAT, March 23, 1889. J
Cattle Receipts, 600 head: shipments, 520
head. Market nothing doing; all through con
signments. One car of cattle shipped to New
York to-day.
Hoos Receipts, 2,200 head: shipments. 2,200
head. Market fair; medium Philadelphia?,
So 00; heavy hogs, $4 90; pigs aud Yorkers,
$4 955 03. Nine cars of hogs shipped to New
York to-dav.
Sheep Receipts, 800 head: shipments, 800
head. Market dull at yesterday's prices.
Br Telegraph.
St. Lours Cattle Receipts, none; ship
ments, 100 head; market steady; choice native
steers, S3 804 40: fair to good do, S3 003 90;
stockers and feeders, fair to good, S2 1063 20;
rangers, cornfed. S2 0003 50: grass-fed. SI 80
2 9a Hogs Receipts. 1,000 head; shipments,
700 bead; market higher; choice heavy and
butchers, SI 7004 90; packing, medium to
prime, $4 G04 76; light (trades, ordinary to best
S4 704 85. Sheen Receipts, none; ship
ments, none; market steady; fair to choice.
S3 004 75.
Chicago Cattle Recetots. 21.000h.ead: ship
ments, none: market strong; beeves, $4 00-S4 3;
steers, S3 003 90; stockers and feeders. S2 2o
330; cows, bulls and mixed, SI 753 10. Hogs
Receipts. 7,000 head; shipments, 3,500 head;
market strontr; 5c higher; mixed. 54 654 90;
heavy. S4 654 87: light ?4 705 00: skips.
53 004 35. Sheen Receipts, 1,009 head; ship
ments, none; market steady; natives, S3 754 90;
western cornfed. S4 404 65: Texans, S3 004 05:
lambs, S4 505 60.
Kansas City Cattle Receipts. 809 head;
no shipments; market about steady; good to
choice cornfed, S3 854 20; common to medium,
S2 70453 60: stockers and feeding steers, SI 60
63 25; cows, SI 602 75. Hogs Receipts, 3,029
head; shipments, 1,081 head; active and 5c
higher; good to choice. S4 004 65; common to
medium. S4 254 50. Sheep Receipts, 380 head:
no shipments; steady; good to choice muttons,
54 254 50: common to medium. 52 503 90.
BUFFALO Cattle feeling steadv: receints.
2,000 head through; no sales. Sheep and lambs
active and a shade higher; receipts, 400 bead
through, 3,400 head sale; sheep, good, $4 653
4 90; lambs, good, S5 756 50. Hogs active and
1015c higher; receipts, a200 head through,
2,300 head sale; mediums, SI 60: Yorkers, S5 25.
Cincinnati Hogs in good demand and
stronger; common and light S400480: packing
and butchers', J4 754 95; receipts, 1,700 head;
shipments, 600 bead
Dletnl Market. y
New York Copper.nominaL Lead dull and
steady; domestic, S3 67K. Tin firm and quiet:
straits, $21 20
Whisky Mnrkec ,
Finished goods are quoted at SI 03, with a
good demand.
Wool Market.
St. Louis Wool unchanged.
Bilious Headache,
Biliousness, Dyspepsia, Indiges
tion, Constipation, Dizziness
Positively cared by
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They act slowly, but surely, do not gripe, and
their effect is lasting; the fact is they have no
wey nave no
Sugar coated
equal. Small dose:
: Dig results, ougar coated
Sena for testimonials. 25a.
ana easy to take.
at all druggists, or mailed for price. Prepared
by an old apothecary. Five bottles SL
The HOP PILL CO., New London, CL
nop umtment cures ana maKes cnannen
tongh, red skin soft and clear. 25 and 60c, I 7Si
Week's Wind-Up Shows No Improve
ment in Produce Lines.
Large Eeceipts of Hay--Wheat Still As
. cending, Flour Firm.
Office of the Pittsbueg Dispatch, (
Saturday, March 23. 1889. S
Country Produce Jobbing Prices.
Eggs keep coming to the front in quantities
far beyond demand, and markets are slow at
quotations. Betailer dealers take advantage
of low prices and are buying freely in the ex
pectation of a reaction from present low fig
ures. The weather, however, has been of late
-so favorable to laying hens that it is difficult to
see how egg prices can advance.
The week closes without an improvement in
general produce lines.
In the line of eggs some jobbers have found
trade far from satisfactory, having suffered
heavy losses. Tropical fruits are in improved
demand. Aside from this line, everything Is
slow as ever, and buyers are in possession of
the field.
Butter -"Creamery, Elgin, 28c; Ohio do,
2526c; fresh dairy packed, 2021cj country
rolK2023c; Chartlers Creamery Co. butter,
Means Choice medium, $2 002 10: choice
peas, 2 052 15.
Beeswax 2S25c f) tt for choice; low grade,
Cider Sand refined, S6 607 50; common,
$3 504 00; crab cider, S3 008 50 ft barrel;
cider vinegar, 1012c jf) gallon.
Cheese Ohio cheese, fall make, 1212c;
New York, fall make, 1213c: Limburger,
lie; domestic Sweitzer cheese, HK12c
Dried Peas SI 451 50 jf) bushel; split do,
23iS4c ?! ft.
Eoos 1212Mc V dozen for strictly fresh.
Fruits Apples, SI 502 00 13 barrel; evap
orated raspberries. 25c ft fi; cranberries, S3 00
f) barrel; S2 402 50 per bushel.
Feathers Extra live geese, 5060c; No. 1
do., 4016)450; mixed lots, 3035c $ ft.
Hominy S2 652 75 53 barrel.
Honey New crop, 1617c; buckwheat, 13
Potatoes Potatoes, S540c Tft bushel; J2 50
2 75 for Southern sweets; S3 253 50 for Jer
sey sweets.
Poultry Live chickens, 6575c ft pair;
dressed chickens, 1315c 7? pound; turkeys, 13
15c, dressed, ft bound; ducks, live, 8085c ft
pair; dressed, 13Uc f) pound; geese, lOQloc
per pound.
Seeds Clover, choice, 62 fts to bushel. S6 ft
bushel; clover, large English. 62 fts, S6 25;
clover, Alsike, $3 50; clover, white, S9 00; timo
thy, choice, io fts, SI 85; blue grass, extra clean,
14 fts, SI 00; blue grass, fancy, 14 fts, SI 20:
orchard grass, 14 fts, S2 00; red top, 14 fts, SI 00:
millet, 50 fts, SI 25; German millet, 50 fts, $2 00;
Hungarian grass. 48 fts, S2 00; lawn grass, mix
ture of fine grasses, 25c per ft.
Tallow Country, 45c; city rendered,
Tropical Fruits Lemons, fancy, S3 00
3 60 ft box; common Ieinnns, $2 75 ft box; Mes
sina oranges, $2 503 503 box; Florida oranges.
S3 504 SSft box; Valencia oranges, f ancv, S6 50
7 50 ft case: Malaga grapes, S9 00 10 00 ft
per keg; bananas, 52 60 firsts; SI 60, good
seconds. $) bunch: cocoanuts, S4 004 60 ft
hundred: new figs, 1214c $1 pound; dates, 5
6Kc ft pound.
Vegetables Celery, 4050c doz. bunches:
cabbages, S3 0004 00 ft 100; onions, 60c ?1 bushel;
Spanish onions. 7590c ft crate; turnips, 30
40c 13 bushel.
Sugars have taken a decided turn upward, and
our quotations are advanced all along the line.
Coffee options keep fluctuating, and while
prices have been a shade off, once or twice this
week, there is no likelihood of their reaching a
lowel leveL
Oreen Coffee Fancy Rio, 2l22c; choice
Rio, 2021c: prime Rio, 20c; fair Rio, 18K19c:
old Government Java, 27c; Maracaibo, 2223c;
Mocha. 30X31Hc; Santos.a922Hc; Caracas
coffee, 20X22c; peaberry, Rio, 2022c: La
guayra, 2122c.
Roasted (in papers) Standard brands, 24c;
high grades, 2628c; old Government Java,
bulk, 32K3SKc; Maracaibo, 27K2SJc; Santos,
2324c; peaherry, 27c: peaberry Santos, 2224c;
choice Rio, 25Kc; prime Rio, 23c; good Rio,
22Kc; ordinary, ac
Spices (whole) Cloves, 2123c; allspice, 9c;
cassia, 89c; pepper, 19c; nutmeg, 7080c
Petroleum (jobbers' prices) 110 test, 7c;
Ohio, 120, 8X0; headlight, K0, 8Jc: water
white, 10c; globe, 12c; elaine,' 15o; camadine,
lljc; royallne, I4c
Syrups Corn syrups, 2629e; choice sugar
syrup, 3338c; prime sugar syrnp, 3033c; strict
ly prime, 3335c; new maple syrup, $1.
N. O. Molasses Fancy, 50c; choice, 4Sc; me
dium, 45c; mixed, 4042c
Soda Bi-carb in kegs, 3K4c; bi-carb in J.
5JjC: bi-carb, assorted packages. 56c; sal
soda In kegs IMc; do granulated, 2c.
Candles Star, full weighty 10c; stearine,
per set, 8Kc; paraffine, ll12c
Rice Head, Carolina, 77ic; choice, 6
7c; prime, &X6Vc; Louisiana, 66Kc
Starch Pearl, 3c; cornstarch, 5J7c; gloss
starch. 57c.
Foreign Fruits Layer raisins, S2 65; Lon
don layers, S3 10; California London layers,
S2 50; Muscatels, $2 25: California Muscatels;
51 85; Valencia, new, 67c; Ondara Valencia,
7V7Kc; sultana, 8Kc; currants, new, 4Jf ?5c;
Turkey prunes, new, 45c; French prunes,
8K13c: Salonica prunes, in 2 ft packages, 8c:
cocoanuts, per 100, SO 00; almonds, Lan., per ft,
20c; do Ivica, 19c: do shelled, 40c; walnuts, nap.,
12K015c; Sicily filberts, 12e: Smyrna figs,12J
16c; new dates, 5K6c; Brazil nuts. 10c;
pecans, 11015c: citron, per ft, 2122c; lemon
peel, per ft, S1314c; orange peeL 12&C.
Dried Fruits Apples, sliced, per ft, 6c;
apples, evaporated, 66c; apricots, Califor
nia, evaporated, 15lc; peaches, evaporated,
pared, 2223c; peaches, California, evaporated,
unpared, 1012c; cherries, pitted, 21022c:
cherries, unpitted, 5Gc; raspberries, evapor
ated, 2424kc; blackberries, 78c; huckle
berries, 1012c
Sugars Cubes, 8c; powdered, Sc; granu
lated, 7M7?ic; confectioners' A, 77c;
standard A. 7c: softwhites, 77mc: yellow,
choice, 66Kc; yellow, good, 66Kc; yel
low, fair, 6Kc; yellow, dark, 5c.
Pickles Medium, bbls. (L200), 4 75; me
diums, half bbls (GOO), $2 85.
Salt No. 1 !J3 bbl, 95c; No. 1 ex, W bbl.'Sl 05;
dairy, bbl, SI 20; coarse crystal, ft bbl, 51 20;
Higgitfs Eureka, 4 bu sacks, S2 80; Hlggin's
Eureka, 16-14 ft pockets, S3 00.
Canned Goods Standard peaches, $1 30
1 90;2ds, SI 301 85: extra peaches, SI 50l-90;
pie peaches, 90c: finest corn. SI 0001 50; Hfd.
Co. corn, 7090c; red cherries, 90cSl 00; lima
beans, SI 10; soaked do, 85c; string do do, 75
85c; marrowfat peas, SI 101 15: soaked peas,
7075c; pineapples, SI 401 60; Bahama do,
52 75; damson plums, 95c: greengages, SI 25;
egg plums, S2 00; California pears. t'S 50: do
greengages, 2 00; do egg plums. $2 00: extra
white cherries, S2 90; red cherries, 2As, 90c;
raspberries, SI 150)1 40; strawberries, SI 10;
gooseberries, SI 201 30; tomatoes, 8292c;
salmon, 1-ft, SI 752 10; blackberries, 80c; suc
cotash, 2-ft cans, soaked, 90c; do green, 2fis,
SI 251 60; corn .beef, 2-ft cans, 31 75; 14-ft cans,
S13 50: baked beans, SI 401 45; lobster, 1 ft,
SI 751 80; mackerel, 1-ft cans, broiled, SI 60;
sardines, domestic, A, f4 154 60; sardines,
domestic 9, $8 258 50; sardines, imported,
4.s, Sll 6012 60; sardines, imported, s, $18 00;
sardines, mustard, S4 00; sardines, spiced. S4 25.
Fish Extra No. 1 bloater mackerel, S30 $1
bbl.: extra No. 1 do, mess, S40: extra No. 1
mackerel, shore, S32; extra No. Id u. messed, $36;
No. 2 shore mackerel, S24. Codfish Whole
Sollock, 4c 13 ft.; do medium George's cod,
c: do large, 7c; boneless hake, in strips, 6c; do
George's cod iri blocks, 6K7Kc. Herring
Hound shore. S5 00 bbl.; split, S7 00: lake S2 50
ft 100-Sx half bbl. White fish, $7 ft 100-ft. half
bbl. Lake trout, So 60 ft half bbl.- Finnan
hadders. 10c f) ft. Iceland halibut. 13c ft ft.
UUCKWnEAT t lour lyJWVA v "
OATMEAL-SC 300 60 13 bbl.
Miners' Oil No. 1 winter strained, 6860c
ft gallon. Lard oil, 75c.
Grain, Flonr nod Feed.
Total receipts as bulletined at the Grain Ex
change, 49 cars. By Pittsburg, Fort Wayne
and Chicago, 1 car of wheat, 6 of hay, 4 of oats,
2 of middlings, 1 of feed, 1 of flour. By Pitts
burg. Cincinnati and St. Louis,8 cars of com, 10
of hay. 4 of oats, 1 of middlings, 2 of bran.
By Baltimore and Ohio, i cars of hay. By
Pittsburg and Lake Erie, 1 car of feed, 1 of hay,
3 of flour, I of oats. The only sales on call the
entire week were 2 cars of white oats. Re
ceipts for the week were 231 carloads against
205 last week and 217 the week before. More
than one-half of the receipts this week were
bay. -
Markets are depressed all along the line.
The situation In almost everything is in the
buyer's favor. Wheat still keeps ascending;
and flour roust follow soon unless a reaction
sboald come to present bull movement.
May wheat at noon to-day was more than 12c
above prices of a week or two ago.
WHEAT-Jobblng prices No. 2 red, $105
Corn No. 2 vellow.ear, 39e39Kc; high mixed
ear, 3637c; No. 1 yellow, shelled, 3s39c;
No. 2 -yellow, shelled, 37K38c; high mixed,
shelled. 3637c: mixed, shelled, 3o36c.
Oats No. 2 white, 82K33c; extra. No, 3, 31
31Kc;No.a white, 3030Kc: No. 2 mixed, 23
Rye-No. I Western, 7075c; No. 2, 65056c.
Barley No. I Canada. 959Sc: No. 2 Cana
da. 85j8c; No. 3 Canada, 7072c; Lake Shore,
Plojr Jobbing prices, winter. patents, S3 23
6 50; spring patents, S6506 75: winter straight
$5 5005 75; clear winter. $5 0006 25: straight
XXXX bakers'. $4 755 00. Rye flour. MOO.
MiLLFEEDr-Middlings, fine white, $16 00
17 00 ton; brown middlings, $13 0013 60;
winter wheat bran, $13 50li 00; chop feed,
$15 0016 00.
HAY-Baled timothy, choice, $14 6014 75;
No. 1 do, $14 0014 25: No. 2 do, Sll 60012 00;
loose from wagon. $18-002O 00: No. Lupadnl
prairie. $10 0010 25; No. 2, S3 008 60; packing
do. $6 757 00.
Straw Oats. $8 008 2S; wheat and rye
Straw, $7 007 25.
Provisions. .
Sugar-cured hams, large, 10c: sugar-cured
hams, medium, 10c; sugar-cured hams, small.
He: sugar-cured breakfast bacon, 10c; sugar
cured shoulders, &c: sugar-cured boneless
shoulders 9c; sugar-cured California hams,
8c; sugar-cured dried beef flats, 8c: sugar
cured dried beef sets, 9c:sugar-cured dried beef
rounds, lie; bacon shoulders, 7Hc; bacon clear
sides. 8c; bacon clear bellies. 8c: dry salt
shoulders. 6r; dry salt clear sides, 7Jc. Mess
pork, heavy, $14 00: mess pork, family, $14 50.
Lard Refined in tierces, 7c: half barrels, 7c;
60-ft tubs, TJc: 20 ft pails, 7c: 50-6 tm can',
7c;3-ft tin pails, 7Vc; 5-fttin pails, 75c; 10-ft
tin pails, 7c. Smoked sausage, long, 5c:large,
5c Fresh pork links. 9c Pigs feet, half barrel,
S3 75; quarter barrel, $1 75.
Dreued Bleat.
Armour & Co. furnish the following prices on
dressed meats: Beef carcasses, 450 to 560 fts,
5c; 550 to 650 fts; 6c: 650 to 750 fts, 6Kc Sheep,
7c ? ft. Lambs, 8c ft ft. Hogs. 6&c.
A Bulge In Wheal, Accompanied by Great
Excitement nnd Heavy Trading Hog
Products Active and Higher A
Spirited Dfnrket In Oats.
Chicago The operations in wheat to-day
would have been regarded as wonderful but for
the fact that for range of prices and Intensity
of feeling it fell far belowyesterday. The mar
ket opened excited, with May selling at $1 04
to $1 05yi the first few minutes, after which that
future was neglected, and the tip was out to
take July. -While the deferred futures were be
ing picked up freely, the shorts' scare again
broke out in May. The price had eased off to
$1 04, and started up with a rush which ended
at $1 07. June sold at 9Sc to $1 00, and July
at 88c to OOc Following the bulge there was
bfg selling of May.
The clique houses are closely watched, and
no heavy selling was traced directly, but there
seemed no doubt that Falrbank wheat went
out above 107 quite freely. At the same time
reports of rain where most needed were wired
from the Southwest, and the fever to buy July
was quickly over, and the price went off from
90c to 88c May, after touching tbe top for
the day at SI 07. went off to $1 04 rallied to
$1 06, went off to $1 05, and again rallied slightly
before 1 P. H. June dropped back from $1 to
99c. During tbe last hour of the session May
wheat held around $1 05 until just before the
close, when It went down to $1 wfri, closing at
$1 04. June closed at 9Sc
Corn was fairly active and firm early and
quiet and easier later. The market opened at
about the closing prices of yesterday, was firm
and'advanced Up on covering by shorts, influ
enced some by the strength of wheat. Offerings
became larger at the advance, the aggregate
being sufficient to more than satisfy tbe de
mand, and the market reacted, declining c,
closing same as yesterday.
The market for hog products exhibited con
siderable strength during the greater part of
the day, and prices ruled higher on all tbe
leading speculative articles. When tbe ex
treme figures were reached the offerings were
enlarged somewhat and prices receded.
Toward the close the feeling was Stronger, and
prices were again forced to outside figures.
Prices receded slightly, but the market closed
Oats took a slight bulge early to-day In sym
pathy with wheat. May opened at 25c and
closed at 25c June sold at 25c and 25c.
The leading futures ranged as follows:
""Wheat-No. 2 May. $1 07K1 071 04
3372UPVfeV; uuc, OJy4,ViJKVt7WttJ7Vii u luSl
Oats-No. 2 March. 24c:Mav. 25KI
2525?ic-June, 25J25c; July. 25025
MESS Vork, ner bbl. April, $12 30012 40
12 30; May, $12 55012 55, June. $12 55012 60
12 45012 60: July, $12 62012 70012 52
12 65.
Lard, per 100 fts. March, $7 O2J4: May,
$7 0507 12k07 0207 VOi: June.
57 m
7 1007 15; July, S7 1507 2207 12K07 17K.
short iubs, per iuu ds. May. jo siw, June.
S6 356 4006 So03 40; July. $6 4206 4o6 37
06 4$:
Cash quotations were as follows: Flour
quiet and firm: No. 2 spring wheat, $1 020
1 02: No. 3 spring wheat, -nominal: No. 2
red, $1 ffjjiai 02. No. 2 corn. 34c No. 2
oats, 24c No. 2 rye. 43c. No. 2 barley,
nominal. No. 1 flaxseed, $1 5101 52. Prime tim
othy seed. SI 381 40. Mess pork, per barrel,
S12 60012 55. Lard, per 100 lbs. $7 05.
Short ribs sides (loose). $6 2506 3a Dry salted
shoulders (boxed). S5 5005 75. Short clear
sides (boxed), $6 6006 62J Receipts Flour,
5,000 barrels; wheat. 21,000 bushels: com, 175,
000 bushels: oats. 131,000 bushels: rye, none;
barley, 20,000 bushels. Shipments Flour.
6,000 barrels; wheat. 8,000 bushels; com. 75,000
bushels: oats, 76.000 bushels; rye, 4,000 bushels;
barley. 28,000 bushels.
On the Produce Exchange to-day the butter
market was slow; creamery, 1824c; dairy, 13
21c. Eggs weak; fresh, 10011c.
New York Flour firmer and quiet. Corn
meal dull andheavy. Wheat Spot dull and M
c lower; options c lower, active and
irregular. Barley quiet. Barley malt doll; un
graded Canada, 75083c Corn Spot firm and
quiet; options dull and a lower. Oats Spot
firmer, and dull: options lLs higher. Hay
quiet and easy; shipping, 65c; good to choice, 85
095c Hops steady andquiet. Coffee Options
opened steady, unchanged to 10 points down;
closed firm and unchanged to 15 points np; firm
cables and moderate business; sales.
30.K0 bags, including March, 16.900
16.95c: April, ia.9017.00c: May, 16.95
017.05c: June, 17.05O17.10c: August.
17.2517.3oc; September. 17.35017.50c; Novem
ber, 17.50017.65c; December, I7.5517.05c: Janu
ary, 17J017.60c; spot Rio barely Steady: fair
cargoes, 18c. Sugar Raw firm and quieter:
fair refining, S 7-16c: centrifugals, 96 test, (c;
refined firm and moderate demand. Molasses
Foreign strong 60 test, 25c; New Orleans
quiet; open kettle, good to fancy, 23042c
Rice quiet but steady; domestic, 4V06c:
Japan, 425a Cottonseed oil firm. Tallow
higher; city, ic Rosin qniet and steady.
Turpentine lower and quiet at 5152c Eggs
quiet and easier; Western, U012c; receipts,
6,398 packages. Pork firm: old mess, $12 75
13 OO. nav mMI S13 FSVFfl 75 n-rtr nrtma
$12 5a Cnt meats steady; sales of pickled
bellies, 12 pounds average. 7c: pickled should
ers, 5c; pickled hams, 10c: middles firm.
Lard steady but quiet; sales of Western steam,
S737K: city, S6 90; March. $7 33 asked: Anril,
S7 3307 35. closing at $7 33 asked; May, $7 35;
June. $7 37 July, J7 33; August, $7 40; Septem
ber, $7 4307 44. closing at $7 43. Butter easy
and in moderate demand; .Western dairy,
13018c: do creamery, 1725c; Elgins, 26027c
Cheese quiet; Western, 9$liJc
St. Louis Flour very Btrong, but quotably
unchanged. Wheat Cash higher: demand
better; options, there was a further advance
this forenoon, following a largely higher
Chicago market and with advances at all
points; shorts bought freely early, but this de
mand slackened, and with relapses elsewhere
prices went down; tbe close was at the bottom
with May Kc June Jc July HHc and Aucust
Kc belowyesterday; No. 2 red, casb,92093Wc;
May. 92K094C closlngat 92Kc; June. 89-Ji09O?ic
closing at 69c asked; July, 80K80k82J?c.
closing at 81&c asked; Aucnst. 980c, clos
ing at 79c asked; year, 7879ic, closing at
78Jc asked. Com strong and in demand at an
advance early, but became nnsettled and fin
ally closed weak; No. 2, cash. 29c: May, 30
3031c, closing at S0ic asked: Jnne, 31c,
closing at 31c asked; July, 32032Jc closing
at 32c bid; August, 33Kc, closing at 33c bid.
Oats steady; No. 2 cash. 26c bid; May,25Vc
Rye Nothing doing; No. 2, 41c Barley More
doing, but generally at very low prices;
sales, vviacuasjn, iuc; xuwu, uc juilx, f 1 40l
Provisions firmer, but qniet.
Cincinnati Flour easy. Wheat dull; No.
2 red, 95c; receipts, 1.000 bushels; shipments,
none. Corn steady; No. 2 mixed, 34kc Oats
easier: No. 2 mixed, 2728c Rye easy; No.
2,45047c. Pork quiet at $12 62. Lard strong
at $7 00. Bulkmeats and bacon steady and un
changed. Butter quiet. Sugar in good demand
and higher: hard refined, 7e8Jfc; New Or
leans, 506Kc Eggs heavy. Cheese steady.
Philadelphia Flour dull. Wheat Noth
ing doing in options; prices nominal. Com
steady bnt qniet. Oats Carlots quiet but
prices firm; futures quiet but steady.
Baltimore Provisions dull and quiet.
Butter easy: western packea, 18020c: roll, 150
17c; creamery, 26c Ezss easy at 11011c Cof
fee firm; Rio, fair, 18c
mining Stocks.
New York. March 23. Mining quotations
closed: Amador, 100; Belcher, 200; Best & Bel
cher. 400: Caledonia B. H 300; Crown Point,
400: Consolidated California and Virginia, 812;
Commonwealth, 500: El Cristo, 110; Gould &
Curry, 240; Hale &Norcross, '365; Iron Silver,
300: Mexican. 335: Mutual. 140; Ontario, 3375;
Onbir, 612: Savage, 260; Sierra Nevada, 275;
Standard. 110; Silver Cord. 105; Sullivan. 140:
Union Consolidated, 335; Yellow Jacket, S7a
On mortgages on improved real estate In sums
of SL000 and "upward. Applvat )
mh4-34-a No. 124 Fourta avenue.
Spans the Local Blcy, Indicating. Tzade.flW 1.
Soon Revive. '
The spring season limbers the joints, of
the granger and makes him think aboat .
doing something. "Weary pf tha i winteji
torpor, he surveys his well-filled barns, ex-"'
amines his haymows, makes an estimate 'of
the daily egg product of his chickens, looik -over
his apples, potatoes .and cabbages, awl)
casts longing glances toward the citywherB,"""
inch things are wanted at good pnces'ia'
hard cash. This means a revival of tho
country trade so soon as the roads get into .,
good condition, which, if the weather coa- .
tlnue as it has begun, will not be long. Bad
roads cut him off from the market nearly all
winter, and he has plenty of stnff to sell.
Engineer Davis says the worst roads In tha
State are In Allegheny county, and he is about,
right. A new deal In their management Is one
of the necessities of the times.
That spring Is opening Is shown in the largs
and rapid increase in tbe number of new
houses that are going up and in the largo
number projected. Permits' for 76 were issued
the past week, at an estimated cost of $85,923.-,
It Is safo to say that within the past tfirea
years 6,000 houses, mostly for residence pur
poses, have been built in Pittsburg and imme
diate vicinity. These are all occupied and ths
demand Is not satisfied. Allowing five persona
to each house, a moderate estimate, we find as, ,
Increase of 30,000 Inhabitants within the period.,
mentioned. The growth of the city will be
much greater this year. The syndicate,' of
which Messrs. Flinn, Stewart and Mageeare1
members, will start In the Nineteenth ward" -this
year with 50 houses. They will probably,
erect 300 before they are done Another enter-.
prise is by an Allegheny gentleman, who pro
poses to put np 100 houses on Penn avenue,
near Wlnebiddle, during the season. These)
will be cheap and will rent at a low price. This
will materially reduce the pressure fur small
Pittsburg women hold their own with th
sterner sex in business affairs. Scores of them
are engaged in mercantile pursuits, where. la
many cases, large interests are involved, and
are doing well. An enterpsising, energetio
lady, who occupies an office on Fourth avenue,
is making money as a solicitor for an Eastern
stationery house. Several ladies support thenW
selvesby speculating in oil and stocks, and ara
often seen flitting around the Exchange build.
Ing; They are generally on the bear side.
. . ,, ,
One of the best moderate-sized houses ia
Wilkinsburg was sold a day or two ago for
$4,70a Two weeks before it was offered a&
$4,200 and refused. This sale proves two things;
That Wilkinsburg property is bracing up andU
that delays are dangerous.
The feature of the stock market yesterday
was a further advance in Westinghouse Elec
tric It closed rather weak on Friday, and at a
slight recession from the highest price of tha
day, mainly for the reason that the price had,
passed the limit prescribed by the orders fo
the stock, bnt yesterday tbe brokers seemed to
have practially unlimited power, and they
sailed in with such vigor as to boom the stock:
to an altitude that confounded all previous
calculations. The first sale was made at 59,
This set the ball rolling, and the quotation con
tinued to climb skyward until 60 was reached
a gain of a dollar a share. Over 700 shares
changed hands, the most going East where)
electric plants are located. After call 75 was
freely talked of. All the gassers were strongL
and not pressed for sale. Chartlers was wanted
50. Wheeling at 31 and Philadelphia at 38.
Tne rest of the list was dull and about steady.
Bank shares were in request, but held beyond
the limits of brokers' orders.
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