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Vol. 41, So 47. Entered it Pittsburg Postofflce,
November 14, 18S7, as second-class matter.
Business Office 97 and G9 Fifth Avenue.
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The reported deathbed confession of a
woman alle5edjtQ.be the wife of Robinson,
who was acquitted of the charge of morder
at Ravenna, that he was a participant in
that crime, will generally be taken as cor
roborative of the wide belief that he escaped
his deserts, rffe new light on the subject
is very far irom unimpeachable evidence;
but in its agreement with the other grounds
of suspicion against Robinson is somewhat
significant of the fact that at present it is
more difficult to punish notorious and des
perate criminals than it is to get them off.
The revelation, such as it is, is too late to
have any bearing -on the punishment of the
Ravenna desperadoes; but so far asit is
worth anythine, there is some importance
in the statement that the alibi by which
Robinson was released was prepared in
Pittsburg, and that persons occupying re
spectable positions in this city were engaged
in getting it up. We do not know who the
persons referred to are, nor whether they
are still in the city; but the assertion that
they were engaged in suborning evidence
for the benefit of a professional criminal
certainly calls upon them to come forward
and clear themselves. If that is not done,
the officers of the law should take it in
hand to see whether there is no evidence
which will send perjurers and suborners to
the penitentiary.
It is not certain that this reported confes
sion is reliable; but its appearance calls for
the inculcation of the fact that those who
will cook up false testimony to secure the
escape from punishment of a professional
thief and murderer, are a grade lower and
a degree more obnoxious to society than the
thieves and murderers themselves.
The closing down of some of the river
mines, as announced in our local columns,
brings the realization of a step which has
long been predicted in that interest. The
fact that the shut-down is made without a
combination for that purpose is a prima
facie indication that it is done solely be
v cause there is no money in continuing oper
ations. But the avowal of an intention to
reduce wages which was probably the real
purpose of the combined shut-down in the
early part of the winter gives the step a
rather unsatisfactory aspect. Accepting the
evidence of unprofitable markets, we can
still imagine a more conciliatory way of in
forming their employes that the mines can
not be operated any longer, except at a re
duction of wages. "We have always op
posed strikes until all conciliatory measures
have failed; and we see no reason why the
rule should not apply to a strike by the
operators as well as to a strike by the
It is interesting to observe the class of
logic to which a great many people are
prone, as illustrated by the comments on
Chief Justice Fuller's mustache and his
daughter's elopement. The argument 4s
evidently to the effect though it may not
be put in so many words that he is the first
Chief Jnstice who ever wore a mustache;
and he Is also the first Chief Justice whose
daughter ran away to be married. Argal,
the mustache caused the elorjement. To
this effect does th'e wind of criticism blow
through the Chief Justice's hersute adorn
ment. This is readily recognized as nttcr non
sense; but it is no more so than a great deal
ofthatsortof logic with which the public
is drenched. Prom the day when the old
Torkshireman testified that the wrecks on
the Goodwin Sands were caused by Tenter
den Church steeple, that class of logic has
been used in a great many more important
affairs. Since the Standard Oil Company
secured amonopoly of the petroleum refining
business,an immense overproduction of crude
oil, which the Standard did not produce,
lias brought down prices of petroleum, and
the paid advocates of monopoly have
sounded high the claim that the Standard
has reduced the cost of petroleum to con
jrumers. The railroad pools have been
ghtinc for 12 years to keep rates up; but
the natural laws of trade have been too
strong for them, and their representatives
are now claiming for the pools the very re
duction in rates which they sought to pre
vent. A. depression in the iron trade makes
mill owners talk of a reduction in wages
and the Democratic organs join in charging
it to a Republican administration which
we shall bear in mind is to a certain extent
only a retaliation for similar logic on the
part of Republican organs.
All this is logic of the mustache and
Tenterden steeple class. Some day, the
world will progress to a stage when people
who indulge in sham reasoning of that sort
will be knocked out of court, but that will
not be while the foolkiller neglects his
duties in the present scandalous way.
We find in the colnmns oT the Philadel
phia Press the following, with regard to an
alleged practice that is somewhat new in
corporation circles:
If the Pennsylvania Railroad had bought
corn and brought it to the seaside at a loss so
as to keep Its cars moving, as it is reported the
Baltimore and Ohio did, this port would have
had more outgoing cargoes of grain In the past
two months and the railroad company serving
Philadelphia would have passed as many divi
dends as the one running to Baltimore.
' In this paragraph the practice of
a, transportation corporation buying
staple products in order to secure
their transportation is antagonized on
account of its effect on the profits of the
company. That is a legitimate considera
tion, of course; but it sinks to really minor
importance beside its dangerous and illicit
character viewed in the light of the public
obliga-ions of the railways.
Wc understand that the action of the
Baltimore and Ohio road as alleged is de
nied; but the allegation warrants the con
sideration of the public effect of such
a practice. It is plain that if the railroads
can buy corn,wheat, pork, live stock or any
other staple for the sake of securing its
transportation they can very easily make
it impossible fbrprivate enterprise to engage
in the purchase of these staples by rail ship
ment. It would be the simplest matter in
the world for a railway to put up its rates
so as to make private shipment impossible
from the section it controls; and when a few
great corporate buyers should control the
markets at both ends or the line, they would
be able to name just such prices as they
choose, both to the producers from whom
they buy and the consumers to whom they
sell. Means similar to that are alleged to
have built up the anthracite monopoly and, if
the allegation is true, constitute its crimi
nality. We do not believe that such a practice is
within the charter powers of any railroad.
If any railroad has been granted the right
to engage in the purchase and sale ,of com
modities, it involved a legislative betrayal
of the rights of the people. If such a be
trayal has taken place, it would certainly
be a violation of the interstate Commerce
law, which forbids discrimination and ex
cessive charges "by any device whatsoever."
Of course, the pursuit of such a practice
by the railroads would soon lead to a con
fiscation of private property by the corpora
tions; and in time it would inevitably prod
uce a confiscation of corporate property by
the people in retaliation.
There are many letters which are best
burned as soon as received. Letters linger
ing in pockets, desks and drawers are so
many little witnesses ready to talk about
your private affairs. But men will keep
them, nevertheless.
Who has had better reason to know the
folly of preserving correspondence than Mr.
James G. Blaine? The saturnine fate
which has preserved his correspondence
from the flan es is matter of history. The
record shows that long ago Mr. Blaine was
fully convinced of the theory of burning
letters; but the theory somehow failed to be
put into practice then. Notwithstanding
the lessons of experience, the same failure
permits inconvenient letters to drift into
publication, in a way more amusing to the
public than pleasant to Mr. Blaine.
The tale told by the letter from President
Harrison to Mr. Blaine, which was pub
lished yesterday, is not very compromising.
It simply discloses that General Harrison
declined, with thanks, Mr. Blaine's kind
offer to come out and help construct ihe
The most prejudiced anti-Blaineac will be
hard put to it to extract from the President's
words any meaning more damnatory than
Still, we can hardly suppose that Mr.
Blaine is delighted to have it published.
Some friend of his, some master of concise
and epigrammatic . diction, Senator Quay,
for instance, should write to him: "Burn
aU letters 1"
It has been reported and again denied
more than once that Edwin Booth and Mad
jime Modjeska were to -act together next
season, under the management of Lawrence
Barrett The negotiations have now come
to a satisfactory conclusion, the only ob
stacle having been removed, and the great
stars will enjoy a common orbit for some
two hundred nights and afternoons next
season. This is good news, but it is equal
ly interesting to note what caused the delay
in the consummation of this desirable alli
ance. It seems that Madame Modjeska and Mr.
Booth have long been accustomed to over
shadow the rest of the company in which
they have appeared, especially in a typo
graphical sense. Their names have been
printed in displayed type above their fel
lows on bills and programmes. When the
joint tonr was proposed this question of
the type was discussed early in the day, for
Mr. Booth and Madame Modjeska both
seemed to fear that the other would want to
havehis or her name printed inlarger letters
than the other. The agreement now is that
both names shall .be displayed in the same
It is to be hoped that .the public will be
careful not to wound the sensibilities of
these great artists. Applause will have to
be nicely divided between them; one must
not be called before the enrtain without the
other, and if any enthusiast shall send a
bouquet to Madame Modjeska he will do
well to convey to Mr. Booth a sum of money
equal to the value of the flowers. Probably
the advance agent will be required to give
bonds that he will lie equally on behalf of
his employers. Manager Lawrence Barrett,
literally, may thank his stars if he comes
out of the campaign alive and sane.
A reporter of The Dispatch a night or
two ago discovered George M. Pullman, to
whom the incense of gratitude will ascend
from thousands- of railway travelers yet
unborn, examining what seemed to be a
plan for an unroofed sleeping car. Per
haps this is some pleasant surprise in the
shape of a summer dormitory on wheels
which Mr. Pullman is preparing for the
relief of sufferers from the heat, kerosene
lamp odors 'and warm porters in sleeping
cars of the ordinary build.
If Mr Pullman is applying his inventive
mind to this profitable and pleasant pur
pose, the public will soon have new cause
to rejoice. The contrast between the rail
road cars of but a decade ago and the latest
pattern of vestibule Pullman coaches of
to-day is sufficiently striking, but there is
no reason to believe that this generation
will not see as great improvements in the
conveniences of travel in the future. This
is the age when such men as George M.
Pullman and George Westinghouse, Jr.,
are showing the world what can be done by
the combinatibn of many wise heads in the
fields of invention and creation.
There appears to be a rod in pickle for
the Sugar Trust in the rapid growth of
sugar-beet raising for the manufacture of
sugars. In California, where the experi
ment has been tried on a large scale, it is
demonstrated that so far from there being a
failure in the manufacture of that sugar,
therehasbeena decided success. The crop
now under contract is stated to be over 20,
000 tons, and its success there will undoubt
edly stimulate its growth all over the
Ihe permanence of this industry depends,
of course, on whether sugar can be produced
from beets grown in this country of as good
quality and as cheaply as cane sugar raised
here or brought from Cuba. But beyond that.
the effect of a high'dnty.Jaken advantage of
by a combination, to raise the price for the
benefit of a clique, is demonstrated. The
Sugar Trust has seemed to be an exception
to the general rule, that all artificial meth
ods to enhance prices will only call new
competition into (the field. But that ap
pearance was only transient. The Sugar
Trust has already called large refining
establishments .into existence, and the
growth of the beet sugar interest promises
to eventually make the competition to the
Sugar Trust even stronger than that which
the combination was formed to escape.
Such results show that the laws of trade
will, in time, work out their revenge on the
schemes to stifle and obstruct their actiqn;
but they do not at all obviate the necessity
of legislation to prevent combinations which
be-devil trade, and burden the people until
new competing forces are "brought into play.
An army lieutenant who is in charge of
driving the Oklahoma boomers out of that
territory writes that they are honest, re
spectable settlers, and therefore thinks they
should be allowed to settle on claims in ad
vance of the legal opening of the lands for
settlement There might be some force to
this idea, if the settlers had not taken the
attitude of defying the law. Not even
honest and respectable settlers can be al
lowed to defy the law. What is equally to
the point, neither can cattle companies,
whether they are respectable or otherwise.
When tire enterprising burglar is not
burgling in Pittsburg, the theory of ample
police protection looks very plausible. But
people whose houses are entered and safes
blown open without any arrests, may begin
to lose faith in it.
The official canvass of the New Hamp
shire vote on prohibition shows that but
50,000 votes were cast against 91,000 at the
November election. It will be an interes
ing question for Pennsylvania whether the
41,000 stay-at-homes were in favor of or op
posed to the measure. The probability
that it represents the proportion of those
who don't care enough about it to vote, is
also an important indication.
One of the late publications is "The
Autobiography of a Snob" byEdgar Faw
cett. No one will dispute that, for a work of
the sort specified by thetitle, Mr. Fawcett
possesses especial and marked fitness.
The text which the New York Mail and
Express had at its head last Thursday was
as follows: "Blessed are those servants
whom the Lord when He cometh shall find
watching." There can be no doubt that
Brother Shepard took care to be in the
frame of mind recommended by the text
But all the watching did not prevent the
coveted missions from hitting the other
newspaper men.
Mexico is indulging in measures adverse
to the importation of American lard. This is
likely to arouse the hostility of the cotton
raising States and provoke a new demand for
a second conquest'of Mexico.
A western cotemporary has discovered
that General Sherman is losing his mind.
There is nothing especially new in this
however. General Sherman was widely re
ported to be crazy during the first year of
the war; but St was subsequently demons
trated that a little of Old Tecumseh's luna
cy was worth more than a good deal of
some people's complete sanity.
The statement that Mme. Fursch-Madi
kissed her lawyer, who won a $10,000 suit
for her last week,- warrants ,the American
bar in firmly stating that they are not taking
their fees in that form.
The factithat when that big Munkacsky
picture for which John Wanamaker was
reported to have paid $100,000 was shipped
to the Paris "Exposition it was insured for
but $10,000, gives a tolerably clear view of
the amount of water in the advertised piece.
But 40 per cent of actual cash is rather
above the average nowadays.
BusaiAN activities along the Danube are
beginning to hold out the prospect of lively
times in the Balkans before the summer is
And now the story that Mr. Wanamaker
is breaking up Quay's slate by selecting a
member of the Committee of One Hundred
for Postmaster of Philadelphia, is making
the professional politician ponder on the
question whether civilization is not a
failure, after all.
CabdinaIi Newman, now in his 8th year,
was entered in 1819 as a student of Lincoln's
Inn. and actually intended to become a bar
rister. De. Stoeckler, the court pastor at Berlin,
has no faith in Count Herbert Bismarck, who
has, he says, "never shown that be is a man of
bis father's eminence."
The Emperor of Austria intends to visit
England this year in such strict incognito that
on one but himself and his attendants will
know anything about it till ho is at home
At her reception at the Arno. Washinton,
on Friday, Amelte Rives-Chanler wore a literary-looking
gown of white China crepe which
fell in the classic curves of Greek drapery.
She wore her bangs In a mass of fluffy golden
waves, while on either side the stray locks were
fastened down with small tortoise shell combs
beaded across the top With diamonds. A
larger comb of the same kind was worn in the
knot of hair loosely coiled at the napoofthe
neck, showing the shapely head to advantage.
"Whatever they may think about her literary
merits her callers agreed that she is beautiful.
It is a pity," writes a correspondent of the
London Star who has just returned from Monte
Carlo, "that the Prince of Wales has not as
much self-control as Lord R. Churchill. I saw
them both play at Monte Carlo. In each case
the stakes wcro high. When the Prince of
"Wales won one conld see it by the look of un
restrained delight on his face, while the som
breness of its expression equally told when he
was losing. It was quite different with Lord
Randolph. He never moved a muscle though
now and then one could see from the diminish
ing balk of his stakes that his losses were not
"When Mr. Bayard became Secretary of
State he found just above bis desk the por
traits of Abraham Lincoln, Daniel Webster and
U. 8. Grant. The combination did not please
him and he banished Webster to an anteroom
and hung a picture of Mr. Cleveland in the
vacant place. When Mr. Blaine came to the
desk two weeks ago he looked at the picture
of Mr. Cleveland wittidlspleasnre. Calling one
of his assistants he whispered to him earnestly
for a few moments. The following day the
face of Cleveland had disappeared and Web
ster's strong countenance again held the place
of honor.
Harper's New Editress.
New York, March 25. Mrs. Margaret F.
Sangster has accepted the offer of Harper
Brothers to become editor of Harper's Bazar.
Mrs. Sangster has been for several years tho
successful postmistress of Harper's Young
J'eople, and has been associated in other ways
with Harper's publications. She Is also a
writer of graceful verse and is well known as a
writer tor the religious press.
The Heart Bowed Down.
From the New York World;: -
The Impatient office-seeker is bowed down
with a wait of sorrow. ,
The Vnlneof n License and a Few Light
Jottings of tbo Day.
Last year when the License Court was in
session a certain saloon keeper ot this city ap
plied to a lawyer who, rightly or wrongly, was
supposed to have a better chance- of getting a
client a license than most members of the bar.
This saloon keeper had foreseen the conse
quences of the Brooks law, and told the attor
ney he selected to press his petition that he
was willing to pay a good round sum for a li
cense. "What dc you call a good round sum!" asked
tho attorney.
"How would $500 strike your' replied the sa
loon keeper, and the attorney acknowledged
that such a figure would be agreeable to him.
The license was granted; though I'm under
the impression that the attorney who made the A
application had precious little to do with
(jetting -the license. The 500 fee was paid into
his hands, all the same.
This year the same saloonkeeper is seeking a
license He chose the same attorney to pnt
the application into the tender care ot Judge
"I have made considerably over $10,000 in the
year," said the saloonkeeper to the attorney.
"What will you give 'me for a license this
yearr" asked the counsel.
"1 can afford. $1,000," replied the liquor
Fbom this it would appear and lawyers
know there are other things in connection with
license granting that smell of money that the
Brooks law is benefiting some people amaz
ingly. V
Dr. "W. H. Monk, the English musician who
died a few weeks ago, was the authorof a great
deal of exquisite church music, the compiler of
the best collection of hymns "Hymns Ancient
and Modern" In the world, a great organist
and and admirable choirmaster, and yet I re
member him and his works not half so well as
I recall his dyed hair and beard. He had a
most ridiculous fashion of dyeing his gray hair
with some inferior prepartion which left his
locks a charming mixture of purple and green
about 4S hours after the application.
Sous baseball manager in the League, I see,
has stated that he Intends to make his men
chew gum to assuage their thirst, so as to pre
vent them drinking water which is liable to
damage their systems, or beer, which is liable
to make their ball-playing a farce. Gum for
baseball players 'sounds absurd enough, but
what do you think of a pug dog that has the
fashionable feminine predilection for chewing
Such a dog resides at the suburban house of
one of the leaders of the bar. He is a fat,
somewhat asthmatic pug, who answers, when
he knows you, to the name ot Toby. His appe
tite for gum is violent. When given a fair
chunk of the durable substance he will retire
into a corner and chew by the hour together.
If while he is shewing some exciting diversion
occurs, such as the trespassing of an unseemly
loreign cat, Toby will quietly lay Dy his chew
ing gum, with the deft precision of a Vassar
girl, in some nook or corner, and return to it,
maybe, after many days to resume the chew.
The Enormons Quantities Annually Con
sumed In Art Had Manufactures.
The great importance of salt has recently
been brought to thenotice of the public, says
the Newcastle, Eng., Chronicle, by attempts on
the part of its producers to form a combina
tion for regulating the price at which it should
be sold. The great Salt Union last year bought
up several salt works, and consumers ot this
valuable prodnct at once anticipated an imme
diate increase in its value. Competition had
brought down the sale price to 2s. 3d. per ton,
while it really cost 4s. 6d. per ton to produce,
and manufacturers were consequently losing
100 per cent, on their business. But while salt
could be purchased for this ridiculously low
figure, the price for domestic use was kept up
to 4 13s. 4d. a ton the middleman taking all
the enormous difference in price. As a result
of the formation of the union salt for industrial
purposes has risen to a point which returns a
fair profit, no advance has been, or is likely to
be, made in its price for domestic uses.
Everyone is familiar with this substance, and
almost everyone is ready to appreciate its im
mense value in association with food, though
there are a few here and there ready to embark
in a crusade against its use. Few, however,
have any idea of the extent to which it enters
intovarious chemical and other products, or of
the enormous quantities annually consumed in
arts and manufactures. It is the source of all
chlorine with which our calicoes and linens are
bleached; the paper we write on owes its white
ness to its agency; the glass we drink from and
the spectacles we use to aid our eyesight are
partly composed of what was once salt. Our
boots owe their impermeability of wet to the
tan in which salt Is a considerable ingredient;
the soap we wash withvis simply transformed
salt: and half of our medicines owe their origin,
cither bytbeir composition or the mode ot their
preparation, to salt.
The table at breakfast or dinner contains
more evidence of its utility and value than the
small quantity visible in the salt Cellars. The
earthenware fs glazed by it, the silver spoons
and forks were extracted from the ore by its
agency; it is present in the milk, the butter,
the cheese, and bread, and often in snmmer
time the ice we find so refreshing is produced
largely by means of salt. Some idea of the ex
tent to which salt is employed for industrial
purposes may be gathered from the above, but
there are numerous other articles in the manu
facture ot which it plays an Important part in
addition to those stated. The consumption per
head ot population in different countries varies
largely according to the facility for obtaining
it. In the Tjnitea States, where it is extremely
plentiful, the average consumption is 50 lbs.
fer head: in England, 40 lbs.; France, 80 lbs.:
taly, 20 lbs.: Russia, IS lbs.: Belgium, 16 lbs.;
Austria, IS lbs.; Prussia, 14 lbs.; Madras and
Bengal each 13 lbs.: Spain, 12K lbs.; Bombay
and very Generally in India. 10 lbs., and Switz
zerlaiid.6lbs. The size of the grain indif
ferent varieties depends upon the temperature
at which the brine is kept during evaporation.
The higher the temperature, the finer the
grain, and the lower the temperature, the
larger is the crystal. Fine grained salts, such
as are used for domestic purposes, are pro
duced from brine kept at a temperature of 224
Fah: common salt is evaporated at about 100
to 190 FaK; fishery salt at 180 to 160, while
bay salt is produced at a temperature of 75 to
80 Fan.
Dr. John Wilson, Ex-United States Consn).
News has been received in this city of the death
of a former well-known PIttsburger, Dr. John
"Wilson, which event occurred on Friday evening
last at the University Hospital, Philadelphia.
Dr. 'Wilson bad a wide circle of acquaintances
here among the Old residents. During the war he
was Medical Director of the Army of the Potomac.
He was In Washington on the fatal night of Lln
coln'a assassination, and was the first surgeon
who probed the wound for the assassin's bullet.
Mr. Stanton, who had appointed Dr. 'Wilson to the
Medical Directorship of the Army of the Potomac
had great faith In him personally and in his pro
fessional skill. He Insisted upon his attending
Mr. Seward and Fred Seward, who were wounded
by the conspirators on the same Historic occasion.
Mr. Seward conceived quite a friendship for
Dr. Wilson, and sent him as Consul to Antwerp,
in 1S6S. There he remained for four years, when
he was transferred to tho Consulate at the Bel-,
glan capital, Brussels, where he remained for IS
Dr. Wilson was an extensive property owner in
Pittsburg, holding among other possessions a
valuable tract overlooking the ground of the
Homewood Driving Park. He was a man who
had many friends among the older residents. His
remains were taken yesterday from Philadelphia
to Chicago, where his son lives.
1 Rosannn McCorrnlck.
"WlSCnrSTElvVA., March 25. Kosanna McCor
rnlck, aged 63, an eccentric character, who has re
sided by herself near Jordans, White Sulphur
Springs. In this county for many years, and who
was well known by thousands of people from the
North and South, who have been patrons of these
springs, was found dead at home, yesterday.lylng
on fertilizer sacks and sheep skins. She had a
number of feather beds, but ne cr slept on them.
She always wore long, heavy boots, with pistols In
them for protection, rarely ever taking them off
and died In her boots. At the Coroner's Inquest a
verdict of 'Died" of pneumonia" was rendered.
She was a great reauer, very Intelligent, a fine
historian, and owner 01 two farms, a number of
cattle and sheep, which she aunssed byher indus
try. She told the fortunes or many a fair maiden
and old-time lady In the United Mates. Sno was a
great pedestrian, always walking to the city, clad
in the roughest material, accompanied by her
faithful dog and carrying a long staff. A number
of handsome uncut silk dress patterns were found
among her effects. She never took medicine, and
would not have a physician In her last illness.
Colonel Samuel McKelvey,
Colonel Samuel Mcltelvey, an old and well
known PJttsburger, died on Sunday night at bis
Sewickley residence. Tho deceased was promi
nent In manufacturing circles, having been the
proprietor or a large furnace factory, and was ror
many yean a Councilman and also United States
Marshal. Colonel McKelvey's wife died ten days
ago. ami the shock from the blow seems to have
Hid him beside ber.
jj .A 3,5 j . 1 , ( - ,
Keal Burglars nnd or Ynchl Uoslna Vobcs
In Comedy, nnd Othej Plays.
Burglary and the dramatic arf have shaken
hands and joinedforces. The result is "The
-Stowaway." Perhaps it is not quite just,
either, to say that burglary 'and the dramatic
art are solely responsible for "The stowaway,"
for without a real yacht in tho fourth act,
the play could hardly have obtained enough
popularity to float. Taken as a polite exem
plification of the finer side of burglary, as an
exposition of the daintiest work of the cracks
man, '-The Stowaway" is a howling success.
It might make an impression upon such a bur-ciar-hater
as Judge Ewlng, and convince him
that thero is a mysterious charm about house
breaking and safe-blowing which only the ex
pert operator can hope to obtain.
The scene of the yacht at sea is on the other
hand speaking seriously a very model of
truthfulness down to the smallest detail. It
makes one of the prettiest and most realistic
pictures seen upon the stage this season. Ali
tthls scene and much ot the mechanical and
what may be termed the criminal part of tho
drama are so close to nature and reality, in
form and substance, that wo cannot help re
gretting that the author or manufacturer of
i"The Stowaway" did not allow his villains and
his virtuous folk to bear a slight resemblance
to creature' of flesh and blood. If he had done
this a really good company would notbavo
been swamped in tho balderdash, cheap and
hackneyed heroics, andmorbidmonstrosities of
"The Stowaway."
Probably the promoters are content that the
author gave them a chance for the real convert
ed convicts and the apparently real yacht; or
would be content If they could drop the play
and the actors, too.
The story of "The Stowaway" is as old as the
hills. The moral of it is orthodox. Nearly all
the good people are happy before the nray
ends, and all the wicked ones arc dead, or as
good as dead. The only noticeable sensational
feature, aside from the Teraarkablv realistic
blowing of the safe, 1 the murder in the third
act. The villain in chief you will know him
by his good lucks and the fringe of grayish
hair on his brow kills a woman with great
cheerfulness and a large knife. He takes his
time over it, too. stabbing his victim from time
to time as he feels so inclined. By the time be
had stabbed her a good deal tho gallery gnds
were in a condition to kill the villain. But the
play proceeded after one of the most serial
mnrders ever published on the stage.
It must bo confessed that Mr. Mark Lynch is
an exqmsito villain oven his manner of taking
off his cloves suggests Jack the Ripper. Mr.
Joseph Slayton 13 a vigorous clean-limbed
hero, whllo Miss Emma Weathersby as the
much murdered heroine Is also well cast. Tho
company as a whole Including the reformed
burglars is too good for tho piece.
In the immense audience which filled the
Bijou Theater far beyond its seating capacity,
were a number of detectives and police and
other city officials.
The Grand Opera Douse.
There is something new and very good at the
Grand Opera Honse this week. A bill of light
comedy, that is acted by a mistress of light
comedy, with the help of some very fine actors.
Miss Rosena Yokes is of that buoyant, dashing
nature which is popularly snpposed to grow in
very few places but France, and only in France
to perfection. She reminds one of Theo, of
Rhea, and yet she isn't a borrower of either.
She is entirely and sincerely Vokes. Her voice
is powerful but melodious. Her feet twinkle
as fast as music can go with them. There's
laughter in her eye, in her month, in the poiso
of her chin, and wherever she goes there is
She showed a pretty big part ot her talents
last night in tbe queenly chosen bill of come
diettas. The part of Mrs. Alcrridew in "My
Milliner's Bill'' was a splendid outlet for the
gayety, the light-footed jollity of Miss Vokes.
Her singing of "'Is 'Art was True to Poll"
was almost too carefully ornamented with
comedy touches; but it was a gennine novelty
to the audience, and when the daring actress
caught up her train and danced a species of
sailor's hornpipe the applause was deafening.
She had to repeat both song and dance.
In tbe impersonation of a country girl lifted
Into an aristocratic scene above her natural
level Miss Vokes was eqtially novel and amus
ing. In tbls piece, also, her dancing of the
minuet and Sir Moaer de Coverley was a thing
of beanty. Her mastery of the lightest and
brightest vein of comedy so rarely found in a
woman was shown-in "The Rough Diamond"
to great advantage.
Miss Vokes has several good actors in her
company, but the work of Felix Morris in "A
Game of Cards" rather a wearisome, tame
comedietta and in "The Rough Diamond"
was of a very high order of art. Courtenay
Thorpe also hit off nature nicely as the hus
band of the woman in terror of htr milliner's
The same programme for to-night.
Harrla' Theater.
"A pretty play, prettily played" seemed the
unanimous verdict of the two largeiaudiences
that enjoyed "Beacon Lights" at Hairis' Thea
ter yesterday. The company is alflrst-class
one, and the drama has touches of
and humor. Frank Evans is a m
Jhll Gordon. Odell Williams' im
athos, wit
ply, heroic
of a "befo' the wan" Southern pi
ntleman is
true to nature and heartily enjoyab
uossar is a spienuia villain, ana
tipn uor-
man an interesting lover. A neat bUrof charac
ter work is done by Harrv Sinoalr, the de
formed innocent Grisley. Littler Miss Josie
Williams as Charley Haynes is almost a prodi
gy, and Miss Neva Wharton'slullaby, with
which she soothes the littleone to sleep,
brought out a good many handkerchiefs, in tbe
hands of even rough old men J bo conldn't for
get that probably ever since he world began
it is thns loving mothers hays put their babes
to sleep. Miss Grade Emrsett, as Carrie CaU
'houn, could not well be improved upon. Her
interpretation of the romping girl is excellent.
Tbe scenery of the play As appropriate, and the
properties are very well looked after. Few
better performances Than that of "Beacon
Lights" have been seen at this bouse.
Acndcmy of Music
Harry "Williams has a capital attraction this
week with the Big Four's New Departure.
With such clever? people as Harry Watson,
Alice Hutchings, tfie Big Four, Flora Moore,
Horseshoe Four, IfTank Lester, Maud Bever
ley.Nelsonia and Houclere, Bobby Dallj, Lottie
Roy, Smith and IJord, E. G. Johnson and tho
Peruvian Dog Clrjtus, it is easy to understand
why tho theater was crowded last night with a
lauguinu; auuieuci
THE sea serpent in the nictnra over the door
of the Casino Museum is a beauty, but it is
nothing to the original bird of prey inside that
ptlaco of art. jNor is the refined and masterly
sea monster all the Casino boasts. There are
also other curiosities and a by no means mean
stage show.
An Interesting Teat Cno In tbe New Jer
1 sey Courts.
CAMDE,N, March 25. An Interesting question
js raised 'in a contest commenced to-day over
the election of School Trustees in the borough
of Chiseihurst, Camden county, last Tuesday
night. The election foas held under the new
school law allowing Tromen to vote In New
Jersey. lOf the M votes cast 14 were deposited
by females, and the election of officers allowed
six of the women who were foreign born to
vote ontheir husbands' naturalization papers.
C. Ji Haycock, President of the Borough
Commissioners, which is equivalent to the title
of Mayor, was one of the defeated candidates,
and tie has commenced a contest on tbe
grouwl that tbe six foreign-born women voted
illegally. He claims that tbe law intended
that alwoman sbonld have no more privileges
than a man in casting her vote, and if foreign.
born s le must have been naturalized after five
years' residence in the country, and otherwise
has nc right to vote, even if her husband is a
fnll-fl( dged citizen. The question is said to
bo tbelflrst of the kind under the new school
law, and It will be made a test case.
ecretary of War Isaacs Bales Regard
ing Them for the Future.
HINGTON, March 25. The Secretary of
.s prescribed regulations governing the
of arms for military instruction atcol
under which each college or nnlveraltv
wheOean army officer is stationed will be al-
lowcju two three-Inch rifled guns of wrought
ironivalued at S150 each; two. carriages and
lliners and appurtenances, 150 Springfield cadet
rlflesjand a corresponding number of bayonet
scabbards and appendages. The colleges are
leqnired tq givo bond equal to double the
value) ot the arms f nrnlshed.
AnCmuultlon will be snnDlied ns follows? Onn
hundred blank cartridges and SCO primers for
four-Inch gun and 50 rifle ball cartridges for
each cadet engaged in the target practice.
A Well-Known Tonus Couple Married In
This City Last Evening.,
A vary quiet wedding took place at the resi
dence tot Mrs. H. P. Duff last evening, by the
marrlaVfe of her daughter, Henrietta, to Mr. A.
J. Montgomery, of Washington, Pa. Only im
mediate relatives were present at the ceremony.
Tbe couple took their departure for tbe East
after the wedding.
Miss Buff is a niece of Messrs. Duff, of Duffs
College. After a sojourn 'in the East it is the
intentiofa of the newly-married couple to settle
down in Chicago.
Tho 8
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Hotv Colonel jUcClnre Got tho Centennial
BUI Through Legislation In Ante Bel
lam Days A Political Sintenman.
Fnoir A ETxrr cokkzspoxdest.
Harbisbubo, March 25. "Ida not believe,"
said a gentleman who has been connectedwltb
legislation for many years, "that it is generally
known how Colonel A. K. McClure saved the
great Centennial celebration from utter and
complete failure. It was, the remarkable
achievement of a remarkable man. The time
for adjournment had arrived. The Senate had
concluded its business. The Centennial ap
propriation bill had npt yet come over from the
House. It was expected every moment,
though, and in anticipation of it Colonel Mc
Clure arose to speak on the wisdom of observ
ing great anniversaries.
"Word came over from the House that there
was some hitch. Colonel McClure still talked.
After awhile word came over again that the
Honsr was having considerable trouble about
It. Colonel McClure was still talking. The
leaders of the Senate were worried. If Colonel
McClure would continue to talk'the day might
be saved. He was nnaware of what was going
on in tbe House, of course, and how to get
word to him without attracting attention was
tbe great question.
"In those days I was the message clerk and
it was soon arranged that I should take a pack
age, of bills as if to go to tbe transcribing room
with them. The main object, though, was to
pass near enough to leave a note on Colonel
McClure's desk in an unobtrusive manner and
without advertising the fact to the Senate. I
did it. The note read: 'You must talk an
"He did, and itwas one of the finest speeches
I ever heard in my life. The whole field of
ancient history was culled from. Tbe cus
toms of tbe Greeks and the Romans and other
nations of antiquity, furnished illustrations
that, clothed in poetic language, colored with
the glow of oratory, held the Senate spell
bound. No prepared speech could .have
equalled it. The day was saved. The bill
came over from the House and tbe Senate
assed It, The great Centennial celebration
las passed into history these many years, but
if it hadn't been for Colonel McClure its glory
would have been sadly dimmed."
Business Was Rushed.
"Those were great days." sighed the Speak
er. "Bills then were read three times by their
titles and passed in 10 minutes. A man could
come here in the morning with a bill Sn his
pocket and go home in the evening with the
Governor's signature attached to it. The
Legislature was not so large then, and special
legislation bad the right of way.
"Bob Mackey and Sam Josephs and Sam
Moore used to run things then. Of course,
there were many abuses, but tbe new Consti
tution Isn't an unmixed blessing. What is good
for one section of the Commonwealth isn't
always the best thing In the world for some
other, and legislation must be general to be
constitutional. It was a jump from one ex
treme to another."
Queer Legislation.
"Be that as it may, much of the legislation
of those times was of a very queer character.
Tbe omnibus bills, as they are known, which
Legislatures gave birth to before the adoption
of tbe present Constitution, were many of
them fearfully and wonderfully made. A sam
ple of their scope was given in the Senate re
cently when Senator Harlan introduced a bill
to repeal tho I penalties attached for the re
using of certain bottles. Tbe repeal bad to be
worded as follows:
Be it enacted, eta, That so much of a supple
ment to the sixth section of an act entitled an
act authorizing the commissioners of tbe incor
porated districts of the northern Liberties and
Kensington to open a street, to be called Dela
ware, relative to the duties of assessors, ven
ders of mineral waters, passed the 24th day of
January, 1849, and tbe supplement to an act rel
ative to the venders of mineral waters, and an
act relative to tbe Washington Coal Company;
to Sheriffs' sales of real estate, to the substitu
tion of executors and trustees where plaintiffs
to partition of common pleas, and for other
purposes, passed the 9th day of April, 1849. rel
ative to tbe Pennsylvania Building and Loan
Association, and to the Venango Railroad Com
pany, be and the same is hereby repealed, so
far as the same relates to bottles used for tne
purpose of containing any malt, vinous or spir
ituous beverages.'"
A Poetical Stntesmnn.
The House of Representatives basapoetwho
has prepared a bill entitled "An act to com
memorate the virtues of two distinguished
Senators, to-wlt: John J. MoFarlane and
Joseph B. Showalter." Tho bill is not couched
in the usual legal verbiage, and, as follows,
tells of the strong resemblance of the gentle
men to each other:
'Unto the Senate chamber came John J. and
Joseph B., ,
As much alike as Tweedledum is like to Tweedle-
They both are men of stalwart form and piercing
eagle eye,
In crisp mustaches, wavy locks and stately port
tney vie.
From lllly groves of chestnut trees comes Senator
John J .
Insurance Is bis dally toll and making laws his
Upon apportionment he's strong, on temperance
stronger still.
For prohibition and reform he labors with a
The fates on him have klndlysmiled;he's growing
rich, they say.
Although he never takes a smile, this Senator
John J.
From Western plains comes Joseph B., of uEscu-
laplan mold.
And when tbat Senator gets left, 'twill be ex
tremely cold.
To medicate and legislate hetolleth day and night.
He eatcth heartily each meal, but never Smokes a
For Joseph B. one hobby hath, to banish from the
That noxious, nlcotlnlan weed, by the good law's
stern command.
Uhl when they're sitting cheek by Jowl, John J.
and Joseph B.,
Scorning tobacco and the bowl seraphic 'tis to see.
Diogenes, who sought in vain a good man any
where, Could, at a certain Senate desk, find, better still, a
Long lire these virtuous Senators, a gracious
sight to sec.
They're Just as like as Tweedledum is like to
Twcedledee. SIMFSOJT.
A Tonsorlul Artist Who Cnn Sbnve, Sham
poo nnd Trim Hair In 7 1-2 Minutes.
From tho New York Sua. 2
There's a black-haired, boy-faced barber in
tbe Astor House who believes he can work
faster than any of his trade In the country. A
man who sat in his chair on Wednesday asked
to be shaved in a hurry. The shave was finished
in less than three minutes.
"You'll have time for a shampoo now." said
tbo little barber. "Only three minutes more."
It was a good shampoo, worked in with tbe
fingers and a stiff brush. The head was washed
and dried with a sponge. Seven minutes afier
he sat down in his chair the man put on his
overcoat and asked for his hat.
"My razor was a little off to-day," said tbe
barber, apologetically. "I shaved and sham
pooed a man the other day and trimmed his
hair all in 7K minutes."
Lost, bat Not Missed.
From the Buffalo Express.
Lost An equinoctial stoim, now several
days overdue. Anyone finding the same will
please lose it again as soon as possible, and
leave this part of tbe world to tbe continued
though unwonted enjoyment of March sun
Hear tbe merry school bells ring.
Come! oi children, come!
Yon should U an apple bring.
Cornel oh, children, comet
The teacher then'U be kind to you
, And things qplte naughty you can do,
If that apple of emerald hue
You should bring to ber.
Vakct There are two young gentlemen in
Allegheny that think they should be remembered
by the President.
Zandy And why do they think that r
Vantly-Slmply because they have known Ens
sell Harrison, Scwell and so Long.
To Amateur Vocalists Sing In the phon
ograph and hear yourself as others hear you.
Goat Why, Arby, are you lame 1
Arby Yes; daring your absence my left leg got
yanked about two inches longer than tbe right.
Goat-You must have been at your old game,
Miss Adnes Won't you ask your friend to
sing something for us?
'She can't, Mr. Pherjyr the poor girl is
"Well, what's tbe matter with one of Mendels
sohn's songs without words r"
Humoriot'8 Wife My dear, while I was
away, yon never wrote over a half dozen lines to
me in any one letter." -
Humorists You forget, sweetness, that "brer-,
I Ity is the soul or wit." - 1 v. o. c.
..V- JW-T
f, .
An. Old Laundress Cremated.
New Yobk, March 25. About 7 A. ir. to-day
smoke and flame summoned firemen to No. I
Sullivan street, on the top floor of which lived
Elizabeth Nicolas, an old colored laundress
who for some time past has been acting queer
ly. The firemen found her seated upright in a
chair, with her clothing a mass of flame. A
half-consumed mattress which, it is presumed
she had, after setting Are to It, used as kindling
material to set fire to herself, was at ber feet.
The odor of burning flesh filled tbe room. The
poor wretch was so badly burned tbat she died
soon after being taken to St. Vincent's Hos
pital. Before ber death the last offices of the
church were administered to her by Father
Daly, of St. Alphonso's Church, whose laun
dress she had been.
Made to Eat Her Own Wards.
Rose McConlon made a long sworn statement,
about a fortnight ago, that Alton C. Waito. the
superintendent of the restaurant In the West
moreland Hotel. Brooklyn, fn which she is cook,
had given his wife cause for divorce by bis flir
tations with Josephine Camming!, an inmate
of tbe hotel. She was called upon to reneat
her testimony to-day at the trial of the suit for
divorce which Mrs. Waite had begun, and which
was based principally on her incriminating alle
gations. In place of making out Waite and
Miss Cummings no better than they ought to
be, she declared, in direct contradiction of ber
previous statement, tbat she had never seen
them behave improperly. When asked whether
she had not testified very differently before,
she answered in the negative, and when con
fronted with her sworn statement she declared
it was not taken correctly, was not true, and
tbat she had said nothing of tbe sort Her
change of base resulted in the withdrawal of
the suit.
Failed to GIvo a Policeman the blip.
A smooth-faced young man walked down the
main aisle of tbe Bethlehem Swedish Church.
Brooklyn. Sunday night, with a swiftness that
attracted attention, which was not lessened
when people saw the haste with which be re
moved his overcoat and dropped on his knees
as he took possession of one of the front seats.
The face of the young man was burled in his
hands, and he seemed devoutly praying, when
a moment later a policeman entered and took
a look at tbe congregation. The policeman
went away, apparently satisfied that the person
he "wanted" was not there, and the young man
almost immediately also quitted tbe church.
The policeman, who was lying in wait, collared
him at the door, in that way getting even witn
the young man for having tripped blm up and
run away after being arrested for loafing about
a street corner. The prisoner, John Miller by
namewas fined $5 this morning.
An Advertisement for Counterfeit Money.
An advertisement printed this morning
offered a "liberal reward" for the return of a
wallet "containing a large amount of counter
feit money, and of other valuable papers which
are of no value but to the owner." Investiga
tion discovered tbat the loser was an agent of a
counterfeit detector, and no shover of the
queer. The wallet was found by a Bowery
bartender, who doubtless thought of starting
in business for himself until he discovered that
the bank notes were branded by a rubber
stamp or by a punch as counterfeit.
Paid for His Little mistake.
A, young Englishman, rejoicing in the
sonorous name of Percy James Charles Mil
ward, after being married to a country woman
at the City Hall, about a fortnight ago, gave
Clerk Fitzgerald as a fee a check for 310 on a
bank in a Florida town, near which he said he
had several orange groves. Tho check proved
te be worthless, and, what is worse, Fitzgerald
has had to pay $4 60, tbe fees of the protest,
which was pinned to it when it was returned
to him to-day.
Time to Call a Halt Upon Self-Appointed
Joe Howard, In writing of the Centennial
ball fuss in the New York Preu, says: The
newspapers of the day are largely responsible
for the twaddlesomeness of gossip, the unbear
able impudence, the staring impertinence of
women, who, thanks to lucky fortune of their
fathers, their husbands, their brothers, or their
lovers, are enabled to supnort their equipages
1q the park, to Interrupt the majostlc ongoings
in the Opera House, and to bespatter upon a
disgusted and annoyed realm of common sense
men and women the petty details of thelr'flip
pery, fashionable existence.
Read this.
Not long since I drove up Fifth avenue and
out toward the park. I encountered at tbe
gateway a span of tortured animals. Frothy
foam flew from their bit-ridden mouths. Impa
tiently they tossed their harassed heads seek
ing relief for their fast stiffening necks. Silver
chains dangled and danced, rattled and rang.
Tbe coachman sat on a high seat, bis narrow
shoulders covered with an enormous cape of
'genuine fur." By bis side little Tom Noddy,
with folded arms and pious look, shivered Jn
the breeze, and in a magnificent landau ffe
clined a woman dressed in the height of fash
Ion. Scorn sat homelike upon her Up, con
temptuous regard of ber fellow beings looked
listlessly from her eye. She was rich and
Another equipage.
Day before yesterday, with the first gleam of
sunshine so welcome to so many, the massive
doors of her husband's place were thrown
open, and a casket with silver handles was
borne, respectfully to the plate glass hearse
waiting for it at be curb. Mourners with crape
to the top of their hats, and gloves as black as
the sDades of Erebus, followed. Decorously
for a few blocks tbe procession moved, then
tbe trot began, and the last scene in her life's
drama recognized its curtain in the shoveled
dirt, tbe fall of which was broken and the
noise deadened by tne latest appliances of
fashionable undertakers; and still the ball
goes on.
Did she have a box, at tbe ball, I mean?
Oh. yes: she had a box.
She had, but she hasn't. Queer what a dif
ference that little bit of bteath makes. She was
a higher lifer. Now she isn't. She bad a box.
now she has a casket. She was of great con
sequence, now she is a remains. There is a
lesson in it for McAllister, Fish, Tripe and all
the rest, you and I Included.
Harriet Beecher Stowe la Belter Health
Bat Weak Intellectually.
Hartford, Cosjt., March 25. It is "how
about six months since Harriet Beecher Stowe
was brought as an invalid from Sag Harbor" to
this city. Mrs. Stowe went early last season, to
Sag Harbor tb spend the summer. For a time
she seemed benedted by tbe change, but for
several weeks before she returned to Hartford
her life was despaired of. Everyone supposed
that tho renowned authoress of "Uncle Tom"
had but a few weeks to live at best, and by
many of her near friends her life was meas
ured by days.
Only the care of her physician and the at
tentive nursing of her children brought ber
through her illness. But Mrs. Stowe finally re
covered of her aliments, and is seemingly now
in as good health as she has been ever of late
years. The true mental condition of Mrs.
Stowe, although well known here in Hartford,
is seldom alluded to. It Is. however, a fact that
Mrs. Stowe's mind is shattered, and she is, at
best, in intellectuality now but a mere child.
Her friends will not say that she is insane, nor
tbat she is an imbecile, but her mind is almost
completely gone. Her memory is tbat of a
baby. When former dear friends visit ber,
people whom she has known for years, she
greets thm with a vacant stare, so indicative
a symptom of cases of that kind. Of course
Mrs. Stowe's relatives view all this with feel
ings of dismay, but they have now become
reconciled to tbe change, and her whims are
treated with tbe utmost tenderness.
For sometime It was given out that Mrr.
Stowe did not recognize ber friends because 0
filling eyesight, but this excuse is no longer
alluded to, and the fact that she is now no
longer mentally capable is recognized by every
one. It was also for a longtime thought to be
an attribute of genius wbenMrs. Stowe showed
idiosyncrasies; but the genius whicn made
"Uncle Tom's Cabin" tbe most popular book of
the century bas departed. The lather of Mr.
Stowe, the Rev. Lyman Beecher, passed the
closing years of his life with a cloud resting
over his mind. His symptoms were greatly
similar to those which now afflict Mrs. Stowe.
Hove to Obtain n Private Car
From the Morristown Hendd.l
A Pullman palace car can be bought for
about 112,00a This teems like a pretty stiff
price, but it Is believed that the purchaser," by
acting as his own porter, might saveVnough -si
fees in a month to pay for the car. -
I -..? ,A r 2KEOBkr wt
There have been 15 duels and 16 suicides
at Monte Carlo this year.
A curiously twisted root of an oak tree,
exhibited at Panta Gordo. Fix, is said to
show all the letters of tbe alphabet in its con
volutions. A Bushville, 111., girl put her lump of
chewing gum on her pillow. It got into her ear
while asleep. It took several days to remove
ir, and now she is deaf. ,
The youngest elopement of the season
took place In New York qn Friday. A little boy
4 years old and a girl 3 years old deliberately
ran away from home. They were captured
by a newspaper reporter, and related how
they both loved each other, and were never go
ing back home again. A pound of candy, how
ever, caused the young lovers to retrace their
steps. 1
The postal telegraph system in England
is operated at a continual-loss. Last year the
receipts were 30,000 less than expenses, and
there was, besides, the Interest on eightymil
iionsof investment to pay, making a total de
fljjljncyot over a million and a half. Since
1S72 the net loss up'on the telegraph depart
ment of the postofflce has been over $18,500,1X10.
Bishop Theodore B. Lyman, of North
Carolina, has discovered a new and hitherto
unsuspected virtue in the peanut For nearly
two years be had suffered from insomnia.
About a fortnight ago he ate freely of fresh
roasted peanuts before retiring, and enjoyed
the best sleep he had had for months. He has
tried the experiment repeatedly since, and hal
found it efficacious every time.
It is said that In the Supreme Court
reports of Georgia will be found the brief of
evidence of a witness who testified that a Tal
bot county farmer was so good at figures that"'
the witness built a gin house for him according
to his plan and specifications, and so close was
the calculation that when the job was finished
the witness took all tbe nails left borne in one
hand, while he carried the other surplus mate
rial home on tbe arm at one turn.
Says Prof. Hadley: "The speed of rail
road trains Is restricted within three theoretical
limits: First,apbyslcallimlt of SOmiles an hoar,'
beyond which it Is f ound impossible for a train
to hold the track; second, an operating limit of
60 miles an hour, which practical experience
has found trains cannot run without much
damage to life; third, a commercial limit of 30
miles per hour, at which, all things considered,
it is found most economical to run a train."
One of the small humbugs of the day,
as noticed by a New York paper, is an adver
tising card of a coming theatrical attraction.
On tho reverse side is printed a pretty, highly
colored picture, beneath which Is the caution
to read tbe other side, andfefterward immerse
the card In water, picture uppermost, for three
days, then watch carefully the result. It is
needless to add the result is nil, but the scheme
is rather clever, for It insures, six times out of
ten, the careful preservation ot the card.
A good many merchants of Atlanta,
Ga., have adopted the "anti-pass book system."
It consists of the issuing of books with the
merchant's and holder's names written on the
cover, the book containing $50 worth of coupon
tickets, numbered 5, 10 and 23 cents and $L Tbe
theory is that when a customer purchases a
book, whether for cash or an advance, each
purchase is to be made by these coupon checks,
which will keep the purchaser informed, as to
the amount of purchases and save tbe mer
chant a vast and Intricate detail of bookkeep
ing. That was a lucky fellow who found a
Shakespeare folio of 1622 In a book-stall in the
City of Mexico and bought it for a few dollars.
For many years tbe first folio has been valued
at from 13,000 to $3,000, according to Its condi
tion. There is only one copy at present offered
for sale in the United States, and that is by a
wealthy New York publishing house, which
has or had. not long since copies of the first,
second and third folios. Quaritch. of London,
has a copy of the third folia, which is much less
valuable than tbe first or second folios, and
can be bought probably for about tSOO. There
are not more than three or four copies ot the
first folio in the United States.
Three small boys were discovered lying
in an engine cab in the Pennsylvania Railroad
yard, on Friday morning. In Jersey City. When
ordered to leave they locked the door and
threatened to start the engine. It bad about
130 pounds of steam pressure in the boner and
there was danger of its exploding. Switches
were turned so tbat if tbe engine started it
would run off tbe track and the wheels were
blocked so that it could not backup. Police
men were then sent for to dislodge tbe boys.
Tbe boys met them with showers of stones and
coal. The policemen drew their revolvers and
charged on them. A short band-to-band battle
followed, ending inthe arrest of the boys.
Eighty thousand pounds of bones form
a part of the cargo which tbe British steamer
"W locates, from Alexandria, Egypt, brought to
New York a few days since. There were many
human bones among the number. Egypt has
become a great source of supply for bones.
The cargo of the Wingates was bought of a
German dealer in Alexandria, who has made a
fortune by his business. He sends out cara
vans into tbe desert, and there tbe natives
glean a harvest without any other effort than
picking it np. The great quantity of bones
now found is tbe accumulation o'. thousands of.
years. Those who died were quickly buried In
a foot or two of sand, and tbus every strong -wind
that blows reveals new mines of ghastly
treasures. The Egyptians who gather them
have only one scruple about sending tbelr
fathers' skeletons to become American fertil
izers. They will not send the skulls. These
are carefully buried again by the collectors.
A few days before Valentine's Day, 50
years ago, James Martin, a farmer of Balliet
vllle. Pa., refused to purchase his 15-year-old
daughter a dress because be said he could not
afford it. His daughter took his refusal much
to heart. On "St. Valentine's Day Farmer
Martin rfceived a valentine, representing an
old miser counting bis money, in his daughter's
handwriting, and although bis daughter de
clared she had not sent it, but instead a very
complimentary one, "An honest farmer," be
would not believe ber. When baying the
valentine a friend was with her, who bought
one for a miserly uncle, and the envelopes got
mixed, and her father received the one in
tended for the miser. Nevertheless he did not
exchange one word with ber from that day
until bis death last week. Just think of a man
not speaking to his daughter for 50 vears. In
bis will be left large sums of money to his
relatives, but to his daughter a sealed packet
which, when opebed. was found to contain tbe
unfortunate valentine which caused this ex
traordinary estrangement of the farmer from
his daughter.
Quite So Ye, there is no dmbtof it,
"women are-rlddles." Just So Bit they are
the sort or riddles men ar'n't likely to give up.
London J-'un.
A simile is generally supposed to be a
species of comparison, but It is more of a paradox.
Yon knock one of Its eyes out to make It 'smile.
Terre Haute Exprttl.
Jings -I understand that Jaggs is travel
ing for a wholesale liquor firm now, but I never
saw htm with any samples. Jangs Have you
never smclleJ his breath? Lowell Citiun.
He Appreciated Them. Chathard How
beautifully the roses bloom on Miss Slgourney's
Saystt Anybowe Yes, I always did admire
hand-painted flowers. the Epoch.
"Gentlemen!" exclaimed an orator from
the sister Isle, "I have a few words to say before I
begin, because I know very well that my opponent
will want to dispute the unanswerable arguments
which lam about to bring forward." London
Explained. Popinjay (in Boston for tne
first time)-Wbat's that blinding glare of light
down the street? Tin shop broke loose?
Blobson Oh, no! That's only a bevy of Boston
girls coming home from school. You seo the snn
reflecting from their spectacles. Burlington Free
Mrs. De Temper I am not happy with
my husband. Shall I drive him away? Lawyer
His life Is insured In your favor. Isn't It? Mrs.
De Temper-Yes, 1 made him do that before we
were married. Lawyer WelL doo't drive him
away. He'll die quicker where he ls.-.Vew Tor
Weeily. H
The3oots "Will be Saved. Actor toman
ager of tank show Sorely jou doa't expect merto
go in tbe tank with this ttt pair or boots? -;4Hk
Modern Manager-Oh, no. Just before yooTgoT
in there will bo an explosion which will blow off
both your legs, but the boots will be saved.'Xou?
need have no fear ror them. Philadelphia Jni
quirtr. , Zm
Her Mistake. Bride (of a month)-On
dearl I don'tknow what is to become ormcVMy
husband Is so surly and snappish and-'why,Hl
can't get htm to give a civil answer to a single
qnestlon. "" a"
Sympathetic Mother-Well, you might-have '
known better than to marry a railroad ' ticket
agent. injhoir.-Phtladelphla Record. - i
Jones (excitedly) Say, Smlth.Mhere
alieavy run on our bs.nk and we'll have to dose If
it keeps on. 1 know you h.ve several thousands
there. You better hustle If you'want to get 'em
out. Smith (who has Ju)t bought one of the new
pig puzzles Let 'em run. I've got three or these
confounded things In their pen and.I'll but the
last one In If It costs every cent Ihave, PMladsl-
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