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.ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8. 1848.
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PITTSBURG, FRIDAY. APR, S.1S89.
BURGLARS HEAB PHTSBUSG.
Pittsburg must not be surprised if some
fine morning she wakes up to find a near-by
town missing stolen bodily by one ot the
bands of robbers that are roaming abont
Western Pennsylvania at their own sweet
will. The Payette county thugs and thieves
are still at large, and on "Wednesday night
a gang of burglars entered the Court House
at Beaver, and ith gunpowder and chisel
blew up or broke open safes, vaults and
desks in the county offices.. There was a
watchman in the Court House at the time
and he heard the burglars at work, but he
thonght it was thunder.
TBe burglars at Beaver did not happen to
steal much; they were apparently either too
amateurish to make a large haul, or perhaps
only banged away at the Court House just
to show the citizens of Beaver how delight
fully defenseless their strong box is. They
demonstrated very clearly that Beaver, like
many another peaceful inland town, really
invites burglars and like criminals to visit
it by neglecting to provide itself with
proper police protection. It is not likely
that the bungling burglars of Beaver will
be caught They will probably blow up a
Court House and steal a watchman some
where else. But the immunity of the
Payette ruffians and the constant recurrence
of burglary and deeds of violence in this
part of the country reflect very unpleasantly
upon the county and town officials, and
upon the public behind -them who seem to
lack the energy to act The epidemic of
crime, and the concurrent apathy ol honest
men has now almost been brought under the
personal observation of Pittsburgers, and
our police department had better be pre
pared with strong measures for the criminal
bands should they venture here.
"WHICH IS THE WISEB1
Mr. Carnegie this morning comments
with severe perspicacity on the inference to
be drawn from the silence of President
Roberts respecting the freight discrimina
tions against Western Pennsylvania ship
pers. But though Mr. Boberts kept silent,
it is easy to believe that had he met the
complaints candidly he would have said
that it was in the interests of the company's
stockholders that charges are high against
shippers in this district That, indeed, could
be the only answer, for it is not to be pre
sumed that any special animosity is felt
This view would, however, lead to farther
thought Is it really, and will it be ulti
mately, to the interest of the Company to
maintain known and irritating exactions'
against this territory simply because pres
ent want of competition makes that course
possible? Suppose this policy should re
sult in a State Commission with power to
establish the equality of rates which is now
refused? Is it advisable for the Company
that this controlling agency should be
created by adverse sentiment in the State
from which all its profits are now drawn?
There is no hostility to corporations, or to
the true and permanent interests of the
Pennsylvania road in the agitation upon
which Mr. Carnegie and the Pittsburg
Chamber of Commerce have entered. The
complaints are just They cannot he
ignored. Are a State Commission and the
sure building of competitive lines, nnder
the spur of imposition, within a few years,
really more to be desired by thoughtful
stockholders than an amicable reasoning
together and just and cheerful concessions
Silence is sometimes "a strong fortress,"
and sometimes, again it is an unwise and
AIT EXTEAOBDINAEY SUICIDE RECORD.
That something more than the mere
chance of coincidence is at the bottom of
the suicides which have been so numerous
through the country, and particularly in
Pittsburg, -within the past two months,
nearly every observing person will be ready
to admit Yesterday's local horror was but
one of a swift series, those which preceded
it having already attracted wide attention.
The old saying of catastrophes of a kind
coming together has often found apparent
verification; but where the causes and char
acter of such happenings are widely diverse
it is useless to try to speculate on reasons
for the coincidence. Inrespecttotheserecent
suicides it is different Two suggestions
are offered: one that publicity of the details
of these tragedies prompts mentally dis
eased persons to a similar course; the other
tvat the spring season, which quickens the
morbid as well as the healthier impulses, is
responsible. Probably both these agencies
are concerned. "Whatever the cause of this
most singular development, nothing of this
sort quite so pronourced has ever been
known hereabouts before.
A VERY KATDRAX REVOLT.
The five years experiment of the Iiondon
and Northwestern Railroad, in establishing
a pension fund out of the savings of the
workmen in its shops and factories, and its
rather unfavorable termination is attract
ing some attention. The statement in brief
is that the directors established a plan by
which a certain percentage of the men's
wages was to be invested in a fund that was
to yield pensions to them after they reach
the age of sixty-five. It is recorded as
rather derogatory of the workmen that they
went unwillingly into the scheme at first,
and after five years of trial they are now in
I revolt against its continuance.
I "We should hope they would bel The only
1 feature about such a result that is deroga
tory to the workingmen is that they could
I have been persuaded at first into such a
soheme which pays so little deference to
their right to govern their own savings, or
maintain their own independence. The
plan shared vith all the schemes of railway
benefit funds nnder the management of
the corporation, the feature of keeping
a part of theworkingman's wages from him,
which he will lose if he exercises his right of
leaving the company's employment; but it
goes beyond that general trait in failing to
insure a just return to the workingman who
does not exercise that obnoxious individual
liberty. Under this scheme the man who
accepts a better place loses the money he has
put in; the one who wishes to buy a home
could not convert his share of the savings
into cash; and finally the one who sub
missively puts his percentage into the fund
for a score or two ot years, if he should die,
say when he is 64, will have secured no
benefit for his widow or children.
"We should hope for the credit of labor
that when the bearing of any such scheme
was appreciated, the men would raise a re
volt against it It is a splendid thing to
encourage the spirit of frugality among
workingmen; but it is not necessary to do it
on the basis that they are either children or
A LAND OF PROMISE.
Ominous though the observation be,
coming from the Pennsylvania Railroad's
President and considered as a possible pre
text for further advances of freight rates in
this quarter, it is still an nndeniable and
undeniably gratifying fact that Pittsburg
is growing at an almost magical rate.
During the early days of natural gas as a
fuel here, the most sanguine did not venture
to predict one-half what has come to pass.
It was well enough then to say vaguely that
a great future was possibly ahead, but had
anyone asserted that Pittsburg would, by
1889, show a larger Clearing House business
than Cincinnati, Baltimore or New Orleans,
with so many new houses going up as to
cause Philadelphia to look to her laurels,
how extravagant would not the prophecy
have seemed to the conservative man who is
always handy to pour cold water on
Yet these things are jnst what have hap
pened. The growth goes right on, larger in
proportions every day, in place oi any sign
of stoppage or abatement People have
ceased looking for periods of lull or re
action. The new order of things is
taken for the normal condition, and
no one hears of "spurts" or "booms" any
more. The time when the Clearing House
returns were to shrink back to their less
dimensions of former days has not arrived;
the depression in Pittsburg's iron industry
is not yet here; the natural gas is not yet
given out; the big and handsome new office
buildings still find tenants as fast as they go
up; dwellings, everywhere in city and
suburbs, are rented or bought as soon as
finished; and the railroads' high officers,
when faced by a possibly dull year and low
freight rates elsewhere along their lines,
come, like Joshua's men, to spy out the
"Western Pennsylvania land of promise, and
will no doubt return to Philadelphia bear
ing such schedules of possible freight
charges for this prosperous section as must
delight the Eastern financial mind and give
promise of still further addition to the nine
teen million surplus, which, in connection
with existing discriminations, excites Mr.
Carnegie's sharp and pointed observations.
Such a spread is something for Pitts
burgers to feel good about anyhow. As soon
as the debris incident to the transition
period is removed, we shall have good
streets, fine Exposition buildings, a hand
some public library, doubtless, art galleries,
music hall, new theaters, and parks, pos
sibly if not big ones, then at least little
ones, here and there. Were Pittsburg but
to follow the fashion of "Western towns and
make a prospectus of these coming events
on paper to show forth on a map, as it
were, how the city will look when every
thing of which the beginning is in sight
shall be finished it would prove a great ad
vertising card. But enterprises go so fast
now that this is not worth while; for before
even the map itself could be prepared many
of the undertakings would themselves be
under way and in physical evidence.
As a specimen of rapid and substantial
growth Pittsburg is at a decidedly interest
ing stage of its history.
ADVERTISING A CESAR.
The situation in Prance is indeed critical,
though apparently the danger of a collision
between the Boulangists and the supporters
of the Government is less likely to happen
than it was before General Boulanger put
on his Checked ulster and escaped to Bel
gium. Premier Tirard, the figurehead of
the present Ministry, of which M. Constans
is the motive power, appealed yesterday to
the Chamber to order the prosecution of
Boulanger, and they granted his request by
a vote of 355 to 203. This is not the'major
ity that a French Ministry can afford to be
satisfied with in such an emergency as this.
Still, the prosecution of Boulanger, with
the defendant outside the Court's jurisdic
tion, is hardly essential to the Ministry's
As a matter of fact, judging by the way
the popularity of this mild Caaar has been
increased by every attempt of the French
Government to crush him, this prose
cution can hardly fail to win new friends
for the absent victim. He has apparently
resolved to enjoy the sweets of freedom in
Belgium or England until the French peo
ple determine whether they want him or
no. Prosecution in any form he can afiord
to observe with complacency. He seems to
be nothing more than a romantic actor on a
rather novel stage. Advertising will help
him in whatever form it comes, in prosecu
tions, denunciations, duels or what not
At the present moment the monkey ele
ment of the French national character
seems to be uppermost. To-morrow it may
be the tiger's turn. . Paris, with her expo
sition on hand, is to be pitied.
AN nrSUFFICIEHT COMPARISON.
Statistics as to the volume of divorces in
the United States as compared with that of
other nations are produced in a form which
possibly make a worse showing against this
country than the actual facts justify. The
assertion is that a total of 25,000 divorces
was reached in the United States, or about
3,000 more than were granted in all the
European nations. As our population is
only a fraction of the total in all the Europ
ean countries, this is presented as a severe
indictment of the facility of divorce among
There is no doubt that this total reflects to
a large extent the many opportunities for
divorce in this land, which cast a rather
unique uncertainty about the permanence
of the marriage tie, and give that re
lation more variety than morality. But it
is worth while to remember in contrasting
our record with that of the European na
tions that the respective morality of other
countries may depend somewhat on the
question whether they do not forbid divorces
where the circumstances would justify
.An illustration of this principle is af
forded by a recent ruling of the Michigan
Supreme Court, on a divoroe case, in which
it was held that "evidence that a man
choked his wife, threw her downstairs,
compelled her to lie on the floor behind the
stove all night without anything to sleep
on or anything over her; that he swore at
her and called her rough names and threat
ened to knock her brains out, will justify a
divorce on the ground of cruelty." The
vast majority of American citizens will in
dorse this legal declaration; but it is perti
nent as bearing on the international com
parison, tnat in Austria, Spain, Russia,
and, we believe, in Germany and England
also, this showing would not be held to be
ground for divorce. ,
The question as to the relative sanctity of
the marriage tie in this and other countries
cannot be settled authoritatively until the
unattainable statistics are published show
ing the number of cases in foreign lands in
which the obligations of marriage are
trampled into the social mire without any
resort to divorce.
The English critics are saying all sorts
of horrid things abont baseball, but these
gibes will be nothing, to what Pittsburg's
ball cranks Till say about the Allegheaies,
if the latter do not show some trifling
knowledge of the game before they come
Nobody will be sorry, except those finan
cially interested, to hear that the soldiers
orphans' schools,4iclonging to the syndicate,
will be closed in four months time. This
was decided in the Assembly yesterday on
a motion byMr. Kanffman. The fate of
the other schools seems likely to be the
same. The children are to be sent to their
homes or church homes.
The Pension Department is to be run
by veterans for veterans under this adminis
tration. The man who fougV for his flag
naturally feels a sympathy for his comrade
who bled for it, that the man who left his
fighting to a substitute cannot feel.
Some of Judge "White's logic has a
double action. Because an applicant for
license from Braddock yesterday said that
his receipts were very small, the Court
argued that the need for that saloon must
be small. Judge "White's remarks about
the saloons that coin immense fortunes will
Democratic members of the Legislature
at Harrisburg are debating which way to
jump, Mageeward or Quayward. At pres
ent they seem to think that Magee is in
deep water and Quay is on dry land. Quays
It is said that the cry of the Boulangists
now is : " He will return I " There used to
be a popular song with that refrain, hut its
pathetic point was that the gentlemen, who
figured in it, did not return. Perhaps
Boulanger will furnish a similar pathetic
interest to his followers' chant
The Rev. Sam Small favored the License
Court with his presence yesterday. He
says he doesn't like license. He ought to,
for there is usually enough of it in hisser-
Senatob Quay did not deem it worth
while to stop off at Harrisburg on his way
home to Beaver yesterday. "What is the
good of a statesman running the risk of
catching malaria when "he has somebody
else on hand to catch it and everything ejsa
that's going, for him?
The prospect is that saloons will need a
Stanley to discover them in Braddock and
other manufacturing suburbs after Judge
"White has cut down the license list
Good, kind Germany is shocked to think
that Switzerland should suspect her of
desiring to use the republic's territory as a
base of operations in case of a war with
Prance. But the naughty, distrustful
Swiss intend to fortify the St Gothard Pass
all the same.
Some of the newspaper illustrations of
the double tragedy yesterday were as horri
bly revolting as the crime itself.
Coal men in this neighborhood are not
afraid of the combination of Republican
statesmen in the coal mining business down
in Tennessee. Pittsburg's operators think
they can compete Very easily with Messrs.
Blaine, Alger and Foraker in anything but
PROMINENT PEOPLE PARAGRAPHED.
Mme. Jane Hading has returned to Paris,
not altogether pleased, it is said, with M. Co
qnelin. Captain, now Sir John, Gladstone, of the
Coldstream Guards, participated in the famous
slaughter at Tel-el-Kebir.
Miss Ida Mubfhy, daughter of a prominent
physician ot St Paul, arrived at Washington
yesterday afternoon, as the guest of Mrs. Har
rison, at the "White House.
Sik Julian and Lady Pauncefoto will leave
England for this country In the Etruriaon
April 13. Lord Sackville's departure for Con
stantinople has been indefinitely postponed.
The lnck of John McKeon, the oil king,
continues, his present income from his wells
being $50,000 a month. In addition to his oil
interests, he owns 25,000 acres of yellow pine
lands in Alabama, one ot the largest floor mills
in Minnesota, and a business block in Balti
more said to be worth SLOOOjOOO. Nevertheless
he goes about his oil wells from 5 in the morn
ing until late in the evening, in an ordinary
Lady Hornby, wife of the British Admiral,
is a "character." Years ago she was struck in
the eye by a shot from a catapult in the streets
of London, and lost its sight She is, however,
as sharp as a needle, and her one remaining
eye amply does duty for both. She is one of
the most courageous women alive, and once
saved the life of a favorite cat by herself biting
a mad dog at the tail. She delights in nothing
so much as startling people, and once sent a
hotel full of dowagers into fits by telling them
the secret of her plentiful supply of exotics
was her habit of going ronnd the cemetery
every morning and snatching them from the
tombs. There are endless stories about the
sayings and doings of her ladyship: and she
does all she knows to foster a character for -eccentricity.
A Boy With nn Eye to Business.
From the Chicago Tribune.
Newsboy (at Baltimore railway depot) Is
this a through train from the West?
Newsboy Goin to Washington?
Newboy (entering car) Mornin papers! All
about the President's latest appointments!
Passengers (rising en masse) Here, boyt
Not Lone to Wait.
from the Chicago Tribune.
"I have only a moment to spare," said the
visitor at the White House. "Is the President
"Yes," answered the official; ' gentleman
from mindls has just gone in to see him."
"I will wait," said the visitor, taking a seat
I-rom the New York Press. 3 .
Everything -that moves at all does overtake
'that city. ,.v.4i,V.
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Dos Corners In City Streets Mr. Booth's Ill
nessTheatrical Mishaps A Sensible
HAYS you noticed the dog corners, as they
may be termed, in this city? They are places
which are never without two or more dogs,
generally animals ot the tramp kind, who
gather there to gossip and compare notes, sleep
and occasionally fight The most remarkable
of these canine camping grounds, perhaps, is
the bit of beach running down from Duqnesne
way to the Allegheny, beside the Sixth street
bridge. Pass this corner at any time, in any
weather, and yon may count there often as
many as a dozen dogs, mostly Ishmaelltes, and
seldom less than two. The dogs seldom sleep
in this place, however; It Is too exposed to the
exasperating wind and too often traversed by
horses, mules, and still more offensive in the
canine notion, by boys.
Even when Fifth aTenue Is most thronged
with shoppers you may also notice nine times
out of ten a dog or two hugging the front of the
drygoods store at the comer of Market and
Fifth. The boilers of Hngns fc Hacke's estab
lishment are under the pavement and keep it
warm. The homeless dogs found that out long
ago, and in winter time you'll always see sev
eral dogs asleep there at night There's a
rather good-looking black and tan terrier (with
a mongrel dash) who spends his afternoons
curled up on this bit of warm pavement when
ever the weather is dry and cold.
Another resort very popular with dogs of all
degrees is the yard of tbe Second Presbyterian
Church. The small plot of gTass attracts all
the canine residents of the neighborhood. All
the churchyards down town are much appre
ciated by the dogs. It is lucky, for apprecia
tion in other quarters seems slim.
Edwin Booth Is not an old man, as we are
wont to regard age. He was born atBelair,
Md., in 1S33, and is therefore 56 years old. But
he has, of course, lived a life of great activity.
The demands the actor's toil make upon a
man's vital forces are many and severe. The
genius of Mr. Booth has perhaps smoothed out
some difficulties in his path, bnt it has also
added others. The fact that he has been an
actor without any interruption to speak of for
nearly 40 years does not necessarily render him '
liable to paralysis at 66. Perhaps It was not a
stroke of paralysis after all.
Mr. Booth was able to tiko a very hearty
share in the banquet given in his honor at Del
monico's, in New York City, last Saturday. A
gentleman who was at th banqnet told a
Flttsbarger that Mr. Bootl appeared to be in
great health and spirits on the occasion.
The great tragedian has been more carefnl
in the matter of his personal habits, diet and so
on, since he has traveled in company with
Lawrence Barrett, than he used to be. Man
ager Chase says Mr. Booth smokes too much.
Everybody will trust that neither tobacco nor
anything else will deprive the world of its
It is really extraordinary that the theatrical
world should have been afflicted so much in a
physical way all this season, and especially
during the last three months. Mary Anderson
driven into retirement Mr. Booth temporarily
disabled, and a dozen others, including Mrs.
Langtry, Mr. Mantel), Marie Prescott obliged
to lay up for weeks at a time. Minnie Maadern.
who will be seen here next week, was also a
a victim of this streak of bad fortune, but has
The decision of the friends ot the late Phil
H. Welch, not to erect a marble shaft in the
humorist's memory but to raise a fund for the
education of, his children, is certainly most
wise and benevolent Marble shafts are very
little comfort to the widow and orphan, and it
is certain that poor Mr. Weleh would rather
see the children, for whom be worked so
bravely till death's band was on his shoulder,
aided than have his memory honored In bronze
-By the way Mr. E. P. Clark, of the New York
Evening Post, is tbe treasurer of the fund, and
if any of Mr: Welch's brethren in this city his
admirers are numerous here desire to con
tribute they can send checks to Mr. Clark.
WARD M'ALLI&TER IS OUT.
Ho Resigns His Position as Manager of the
New Yobk, April i Ward McAllister for
mally tendered his resignation as Secretary of
the Entertainment Committee of the Centen
nial Celebration to the Plan and Scope Com
mittee to-day. The officials connected with
the Centennial Committee in the Stewart
building are loth to discuss the position that
Mr. McAllister now holds In relation to the
coming celebration. On March 21 it was settled
that Mr. McAllister, as manager of the hall
and banquet Bhould hava fall control to carry
ont the programme of tbe Entertainment Com
mittee so far as the music, police, military and
dancing were concerned.
On Tuesday a new committee was created
which will be known as the Committee on
Management This committee consists of
.Messrs. Fisb. Olin, Jay, Wintbrop and Stokes.
These gentlemen will have charge of carrying
out the various suggestions made in the man
ONE DAI'S APPOINTMENTS.
Postmasters Named for Pennsylvania and
West Virginia, Yesterday,
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington, April 4. Postmaster General
Wanamaker to-day made the following ap
pointment of Postmasters for Pennsylvania:
R. G. Calvin, Benton, Lackawanna county; M. ,
Si Kintoner, Mehoopany, Wyoming conntyj
John McCrlndle, Moosic, Lackawanna county;
C. P. Bowles, Oshanter, Clearfield connty; A.
Swlngler, Pecksville, Lackawanna connty; F,
G. Seaman, WeUsvllle, Lackawanna county.
The following were appointed for West Vir
ginia: A F. Campbell. Fannington. Marion
connty; H. L. Campbell, Metz, Marion connty;
E. C. Henshaw, Hedgoville, Berkley countyi
J. I. Wilson, Jones Spring, Berkley county;
David Wandllng, North Mountain, Butler
county; J. H. Kitchen, Tomahawk Spring, But
DEATHS OP A DAY.
- Peter Walter, Jr.
Last Sunday, Fetor Walter, Jr., of Allegheny,
the well-known politician, was stricken with par
alysis, and, as his friends feared, it proved fatal.
He died last evening at his home at the corner of
Chestnutand Ohio streets. One of the most Im
portant and pleasing acts or Mr. Walter's lire
was hU service at the convention that nominated
He was born on the tth of March, 1849, In the
then Third ward of Pittsburg, which now, how.
ever, constitutes the First ward; His parents
being in moderate circumstances were enabled to
give him a thorough common school education,
after which he went to work to learn the drug
business. This he followed for several years un
til he was seized with the gold fever at the age of
SO, and went to the Vest in tbe hones of amassing
a fortune; but, like many others, fie came back In
a few years no richer than when be went.
After this reverse, he went to work, and took
up his old profession, that of a druggist, and lo
cated a place of business near the corner of Ohio
and Chettnut streets. Here he drew about him a
flourishing trade, probably one or the largest In
the two cities, and as he grew in years be was
brought more prominently Into public life.
Always a stanch Republican, he soon
became one of the foremost local leaders
of his party and repeatedly was honored by his
fellow-citizens by the bestowal of public office.
In 1S72 he commenced his eouncllmanlc career,
and has been ever since returned with each elec
tion. In the last municipal election his name
could easily have headed tbe ticket, and It did lor
some time, but his falling health required him to
withdraw, although many urged to the contrary,
and since then he has remained In the less active
public arensvof the council.
He was In the truest sense of the words a large
hearted man and loved by his many friends.
Many and countless are the good deeds of his
hand which never will be recorded anvwhercbut
In the great records, and every citizen will deplore
tho loss or such a respected and able leader, lie
belonged for many years to the Evangelical
Lutheran Chuiclu or Allegheny, or which the
Kev. Goettman Is pastor. He leaves a sorrowing
widow and several children who are old enough to
appreciate tbelr loss.
Mabshalltown, IowA,tAorll 4.-John Mur
ray, at onetime prominent in theatrical circles,
and the divorced husband or Grace Hawthorne,
now managing the Princess Theater, London,
died here this evening, poor health having com
pelled blm to stop off In February. His wife and
child were with him. He has been cared for by
local theatrical people.
W. W. Wells.
CmCDWATl, O.. April 4. Mr. w. W. Wells,
Superintendent of tho Cincinnati Southern di
vision of the Queen and Crescent system, died
suddenly yesterday morning In his ear at Somer
set, Ky. nc had been ailing a few days, but a
sudden attick carried him away. His remains
will be tikeu toTuIcdo, P., forluterment.
Mm. Tnrncr Sargent.
BOSTON". April 4. Mrs. 'Turner bargent daugh
ter of Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes, who had been
111 for nearly two months, died last evening at her
.father's home. Mrs. Sargent was a lady deeply
.micresieu in cusritauic nut.
FRIDAY, APPJL 5,
LAW AND LABOR.
Joseph Cook Tackles the Problem of the
Age Poverty and Property.
It was rather a small-sized audience" that
faced tbe Rev. Joseph Cook at tbe Old City
Hall last night but then the author of the
famous Monday lectures has a big bead and a
large body, and it takes something more than a
small audience to disturb the equilibrium of
either. If current reports bo true, a-Brahmln
priest once succeeded in making the Boston
lecturer turn a mental somersault
After considerable delay Mr. Cook was Intro
duced by Jr. McMillen, of Allegheny, and the
lecturer launched Into his old subject of "Law
and Labor, Property and Poverty." He was
advertised to speak on the "Seven Modern
Wonders," but through the error of the lecture
bureau the subject was changed Mr. Cook
complimented Pittsburg, and referred to the
prediction of Washington that some day a
great city would stand at tho confluence of the
two rivers. He referred to tbe grievances of
workmen, and pointed ont certain remedies.
Tbe first grievance he said was the illiteracy
existing among unskilled laborers. They are
paid such low wages that they cannot send
tbelr children to school. Mr. Cook claimed
that the spread of Ignorance resnlted from this
cause and is fast becoming a menacing evil.
He thought it wasn't right for the poor to
despise the rich and vice versa, for the children
of either are likely to change place with the
other. His hope of the future lies in the great
middle class that acts as a stepping stone be
tween the extremes of society.
The growth of large cities also he put down
as a grievance of workmen. Tbey herd to
gether in one nlace. underbid each other and
reduce the price of wages. This is true par-J
Liuuiaujr uj. uu&Kiueu laooreis. xno isKiueu
class are able to take care of themselves. Lord
Beaconsfield used to say that there is not a
well governed city in America, and Mr. Cook
indorsed the statement. He pointed out the
corruptions and evils existing in municipal
governments, and held the Whisky Trust re
sponsible to a large extent. The glory of the
American workman is that be possesses po
litical power, and Mr. Cook said be was glad to
see the intelligent mechanic in Congress. He
advocated education as a sure panacea for
THE WESTERN UNION'S PLEA.
It Claims Not Co bo Subject to tho Laws of
Habbisbubq, April 4. There was another
move In tbe Dauphin County Court to-day in tbe
suit of tho Commonwealth against the Western
Union Telegraph Company.an action to compel
forfeiture of tne company's charter for alleged
'consolidation with the Baltimore and Ohio Tel
egraph Company. Messrs. Silas W. Petitt and
M. F. Olmstead, ior the Western Union, pre
sented tbe pleas, an abstract of which is ap
pended, and also a petition tor removal of the
snit to the United States Circuit Court at Phil
adelphia, Similar pleas and petitions were
presented by counsel for the Baltimore and
Ohio Company. Attorney General Eirkpatrick
opposed the removal. Hearing of argument
was fixed for April 17.
The Western Union in its plea, after saying
that it had accented the provisions of the act of
Congress of 1806, relating to the use of tele
graph lines for postal, military and other pur
poses, says that it does business in Pennsyl
vania, and from points within to points with
out and from points without to points within,
and that such communication of Intelligence
is commerce between the States within the
meaning of the Constitution of tbe United
States. The Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph
Company was engaged in like commerce in
1857. The Western Union therefore denies that
it or tbe Baltimore and Ohio are subject to the
Constitution and laws of Pennsylvania. It ad
mits that it has acquired substantially the whole
stock of the Baltimore and Ohio Telegraph
Company, bnt that it has not consolidated with
It also denies that the Baltimore and Ohio
Company owned a competing line ot telegraph.
It further denies that it holds any part of the
capital stock of tbe Baltimore and Ohio Tele
graph Company of Pennsylvania,or that it atrany
time consolidated with said company. It
further says that tbe We&tern Union Telegraph
Company is incorporated for telegraph pur
poses under the laws of Now York, with power
to construct and operate lines by telegraph and
to sell tbelr own property or acquire that ot
others. The plea closes with the denial that
the company is subject to the laws of Pennsyl
THE RATES ARE TOO HIGH.
Secretary Wlndom Not Grabbing at All of
the Offer of Bond.
Washington, April 4. The action of Sec
retary wlndom to-day In rejecting large offer
ings of 4 per cent bonds at $1 08, 51 0S and
SI 0SK, Is regarded at tbe Treasury Depart
ment as indicating his purpose of not paving
over II OS for these bonds, for the present at
least When asked this afternoon why be had
not accepted any of to-day's offers the Secre
tary replied: "Tbe rates were too high," and
declined to say anything more on the subject
A prominent official of the department how
ever, said to-day that it was strange that there
were so few offerings of 4 per cents, as there
was no good reason forsupposingtheSecretary
.would not buy bonds of that loan, provided
tbey are offered at reasonable rates. The last
offer of 4 per cents was at $1 'Si. It was re
jected, the official said, because fcwas above
tbe prevailing market rates, and not neces
sarily because the Secretary does not wish to
apply any of the surplus to the payment of
that particular loan as has been conjectured.
It is believed that Secretary Windom will
outline his policy in this matt or more definitely
In a few days. He has been busy with so many
other matters up 4o this time that he has
not been able to give it the consideration he
SOME OP THE SHIFTING.
Appointments Made Yesterday in Severn! of
Washington, April 4. The Attorney Gen
eral has appointed Herbert Hess, ot Indiana,
to be Law Clerk of the Department of Justice,
vice N. T. N. Bobinson, resigned, and O. P. M,
Hubbard, of tbe same State, to be stenographer
and confidential secretary, vice Miss Lyda M.
J. G. Meam, Chief of the Computing division
of the Treasury Architect's office, has re
signed, and E. W. Pease, or Massachusetts,
has been selected for the position. Mr. Pease
was f ormerjv in the office, but was dismissed
by the last administration.
James A. Vose, of Maine, who for 14 years
prior to tbe incoming of the last administra
tion was Appointment Clerk of the Postoffice
Department, has been reappointed to his old
C. F. Clarkson, Jr., of Iowa, has been ap
pointed pnvate secretary to tbe First Assistant
Hamilton Reeves, Jr., of New York, has been
appointed Assistant Chief Clerk of the Pen
A QUESTION OP IMPORTANCE.
Trial of a Canadian Road for Violating tbe
Washington, April 4. The Inter-Stato
Commerce Commission to-day began tbe hear
ing in the case of tbe Grand Trunk Railway
Company, of Canada, upon a charge (contained
in an order of tbe Commission issued March 26
last) ot violating tbe Inter-State Commerce
law by granting rebates on traffic taken from
points in tbe United States to points In Canada
and by charging less than their published rates
on such shipments.
Mr. Otto Kercbner, who appeared for the
road, said that tbe question involved was one
of tbe greatest Importance, and requested to
be allowed ten days within which to rile a brief
in support oi nis nosition, wnicn was granted,
and the Commission adjourned.
' SPRING, GENTlYE SPRING.
In the spring wben tbe green gits back in tbe
And the sun comes out and stays.
And yer boots pulls on with a good tight squeeze.
And you thlnic of yer bare foot days;
When you ort to work and you want to not
AnJ you and yer wife agrees
It's time to spade up the garden lot
When tbe green gits back In the trees
Well, work Is tbe least of my ldees
Wben the green, you know, gits back in the
When the green gits hack In tbe trees, and bees
Is a buzztn' aroun' agin.
In that kind ol a lazy, "go-as-you-please"
Old gait tbey hum roun' In;
When the ground's all bald where, the hayrick
And tbe crick's rlz, and the breeze
Coaxes the bloom in tbe old dogwood,
A'-nd the green gits back In the trees
1 like, as 1 say, sucb scenes as these,
Tbe time when tbe green gits back In the trees.
When the whole tall feathers o' winter time
Is all pulled out and gone, '
And the sap It thaws and begins to climb.
And the sweat It starts out on
A feller's forred, a glttl ( down
At the old spring on bis kness
I kind a' like, Jes' a loaferln' roun'
When tbe green gits back in tbe trees
Jes1 a-poUerln' ronnd at 1-dnrn please
When the green, you know.glu back In the
trees. r jamu WMtcomo Jiilev. .
STATE CAPITAL GOSSIP
Spring; In Hnrrliburg Getting Ready for
Adjournment Mr. Lytic Is a Talker
Senator Quay Chooses His Associates
Hon. Henry Hall Recovering.
f FKOII A STAFF COBBXSrOITDXNT.l
Habbisbubq, April 4. a cold wind blew
Into Harrisburg early Sunday morning, and
brought with It a last dash of snow from the
frosty caves of Boreas. Three robins and two
bluebirds came up from the South and met the
breath of the North in the Capitol park. Un
dismayed, they remained, and that night 1
sleepless as some of the people of the city,
they listened from their perches in some shel
tered spot amid twigs and branches to the
"honk" of the wild goose as it fled
before the summer. Warm rains suc
ceeded the sudden chill April showers
patched with sunshine and the buds on
the trees now bulge to- bursting, tbe
faded grass shows greenly in spots that grow
larger, and the robins and the blue birds, their
numbers Increasing, hop briskly about in
search of the things that tickle their palates.
The awakening of nature from her winter
torpor brings to tho breast of the legislator
loathing for the illy ventilated arena of parlia
mentary fence and oratorical combat, and as
the warmth comes on anace, and with It the
languor natural to the season, tbe longing for
other scenes than these becomes stronger.
Hustling Bills Through.
Thus far about 80 bills have reached tbe
Governor, but the time has arrived when they
will move more rapidly from the legislative
halls to the executive chamber. When the ap
propriation bills are out of the way the states
men who now throng the old Capitol buildings
will be quite ready to go home. Many measures
on the calendars, will be treated with scant
courtesy, bnt when the date for final adjourn
ment is fixed bills will be crowded through at
an astonishing gait Some ot tbe legis
lators are quite willing to adjourn now
for reasons other than those connected
with spring fever and business at home.
Choice spirits who like fun In various forms
have been lavish tn expenditure, and their
faces have become well known at the Treasury
Department Soon they will not be so freqnent
in their visits. The key to their whole situa
tion was furnished this morning by one states
man who dolefully remarked: "It's too late in
the session to play any more poker." These
gentlemen are quite willing to adjourn jnst as
soon as the rest do, and ttjey are not anxious to
wait until the Governor has signed all the ap
propriation bills before they go home.
A Prettv Sharp Talker.
Probably the sharpest-tongned member of
the House is Mr. Lytle, of Huntingdon. He is
a criminal lawyer of great reputation in his
own county, and at times goes for members on
the floor of tbe House as he might move on an
unwilling or obstinate witness. His words fit
right to the point, and his wit is as keen as his
tongue is sharp. The Employer's Liability
bill, when It came up on third reading Wednes
day, gave him a fine chance to display himself,
and he did it to good advantage. He'
had objected that the word manufactur
ing, according to its derivation, would make
the bill apply to people who made any
thing bv hand to a shoemaker, for instance.
This led Mr. Davis, of Schuylkill, to inquire
whether the gentleman from Huntingdon is In
tbe Legislature in behalf of the shoemaker or
of tbe Pennsylvania Railroad. "I am under no
obligations whatever to the Pennsylvania
Railroad," returned Mr. Lytle, "but I am un
der many to my shoemaker. It is unfair, Mr.
Speaker, to tbe other attorneys of this House
to single me out as the attorney here for the
Pennsylvania Railroad, for it is well known
that the Pennsylvania employs only the best
Mr. Lytle Is the gentleman wbo so greatly
resembles Matthew Stanley Quay. "In some
positions be assumes," said one gentleman, "the
resemblance Is simply marvelous," Mr. Lytle,
however, is impatient of that sort of fame.
He is working for a reputation based on some
thing more substantial than his resemblance to
the Napoleon of politics.
They Mingle With Him. '
Mr. Quay has not shown his face in Harris
burg this session. There have been numerous
rumors since Mr. Magee began to do business
at the Capital thatthe former gentleman would
be here, but he has not yet arrived, and it is
said he will not come at all. His address has
all along been Washington, D, O., and anyone
who bad business with him knew just where to
find him. .There has been little hesitancy on
the part of many in looking him up and his time
has been well occupied. Olr. Quay has reach od
that eminent position In politics from whose
height the statesman does not need to descend
to mingle with the common herd, for the com
mon herd Is only too glad to hunt him up and
mingle with him.
Cooper Is on Top Now.
Mr. Cooper is a changed man Mr. Cooper
that was once State Chairman. He is not go
ing about the halls of legislation asking favors
or drumming np support, as at the beginning
of the Bession. Then he was fighting for posi
tion, and was a more or less humble suppliant
at the shrine of Hon. William Brooks, of Phil
adelphia. But the latter was not pulling Mr.
Cooper out of, every bole just then and was'
granting no favors. The father of nigh
license refused to be made tbe stepfather
of higher license. Mr. Cooper was apparently
dumped, but his patience, persistence and
readiness to use his oratorical pon ers for party
measures on him recognition once more. He
showed in adversity that he could be as faith
ful to bis party as he was in prosperity, and the
fact that there was really nothing more to lose
and nearly everything to regain didn't halt bis
progress a bit Since the famous conference
with Quay at Washington dnrinz tbe inancura
tion Mr. Cooper has been going abont like a
gleam of sunshine in a land of plenty a veri
table messenger of sweetness and light Tbe
members who erstwhile bold aloof from him,
again court his favor, and be is as gracious as
though no cloud had ever passed between
He Worked Too Hnrd.
Hon. Henry Hall, "the next Speaker of the
House," as he has come to be generally known,
Is recuperating at Atlantic City. His sudden
and serious attack ot illness last Thursday left
him very weak, and it was not until Wednes
day of the present week that he felt strong
enough to depart for the seashore. No member
of the House has worked harder than be. The
Sosition of Chairman of the General Judiciary
ommlttee is no easy one under any
circumstances, and this session there
were a very large number of import
ant bills before it Mr. Hall made
a carefnl study of each and all, and in addition
to that took charge of tbe general revenue bill
at a time when he was almost exhausted by the
labors of the committee room. Then he de
fended the fiscal affairs of the State from Mr.
Wherry's sinking fund attack. Here nature
rebelled, and tbe brilliant member from Mer'
cer succumbed for a time. Ho will close the
session, however, in his accustomed place.
NOW THE! Gfi THEIR PENSIONS.
Three Former Rnlings Reversed nnd Claims
at Last Allowed.
Washington, April 4. Assistant Secretary
Bussey has rendered a decision upon the appli
cation of John P. Davis for a dependent
father's pension on account otthe death of bis
son, Samuel E. Davis, formerly of Company G,
One Hundredth Ohio Volunteers. The facts
oonnected with,the soldier's death, as elicited
by tbe evidence, are aS follows: In 1863 the
soldier was detailed as regimental hospital
nurse, and while on duty at Crab Orchard, Ky.,
one night, feeling ill.Jie took a swallow of
tincture of aconite, mistaking it for brandy, a
bottle of which was on tbe same table, from
tbe effects of which he nearly died at tbe time,
and never afterward recovered. He died from
disease of the lungs and all tbe vital organs,
produced by poison. Tne former decision,
which held that the soldier's death was not the
result of any disability Incurred in tbe line of
duty, but the result of his own indiscretion, Is
reversed, and the application is allowed.
The formerrejection of the application nf
William L. Warnick.late private Company F,
First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, and John
Derenzy, late of Company L, Twelfth Illinois
Volunteers, is also reversed and the claims
IDAHO WANTS TO GET IN.
The Little Territory Thinks It Is Fnlly
Rcndv for Statehood.
siosnoN, Idaho. April 4. Governor Stev
enson's call for a constitutional convention at
Boise City July 4, on assurances from Delegate
DuBoli. irr Washington, that Idaho will be
made a State next winter causes much re
joicing throughout the Territory. Members of
the constitutional convention, 73 in number,
will be elected Monday, June 3. The election
to adopt a constitution and elect a full State
ticket wdl be held next fall, and two United
Slates S-inators will be chosen next winter by
tho new Legislature. Tbe Mormons oppose
(statehood and will, it is claimed, attempt "to
Colonel George H. Shoup's appointment as
Gpvernor of Idaho was received with great en
thusiasm and publio demonstrations. Idaho
.will ask Congress for a grant of 6,080,000 acres
arid land to reclaim by a system of canals lrom
" Snake river when admitted as a State.
KEWS OP GREAT GOTHAM.
A Novel Use for Wedding.
WXW TOKK 8CBXAU SrECIAtS.3
NkwYobk, April 4. The police have de
cided to permit weddings to be celebrated In
public places on Sundays. This decision was
authorized by the corporation counsel last
week, and last Sunday tbe proprietors of Tam
many Hall and a large up-town beer garden
had two couples married in their big concert
balls. Beer and music and dancing, and about
everything else that is supposed to be illegal
on Sunday followed both marriage ceremonies.
All this aroused the hall, ball room and park
owners In the city to put their heads together
and devise a new scheme for evading the Son
day concert law. Now they all want engaged
couples- to come and get married in tbelrplaces
of resort Liquors, music and dancing, accord
ing to their plan, will be ostensibly free to all
wedding guests. When tbe guests leave, bow
ever, they will find waiters at the door with
their bills. The advocates of Sunday morality
are tremendously distressed over the novel re
sult of the corporation counsel's decision.
A Reporter's Tragedy and DentB..
John C. Pollock, fdrmerly a reporter on the
Brooklyn Argus, died to-day of alcoholism In a
public hospital. Pollock gained considerable
notoriety, many years ago, by shooting Isaac
S. Bourne, a Brooklyn police captain. The
tragedy occurred In Captain Bourne's private
office. Pollock unintentionally pulled the
trigger of a revolver that he was showing him.
Terribly Cat by Her Hasband.
John Harrison and his wife, colored, of
Orange, quarreled over a bottle of whisky last
night Mrs. Harrison struck her husband on
the back with a sugar bowk He drew his razor.
She tried to run away, bnt he knocked her
down at the door, kicked her in the stomach,
and slashed off half of her right ear. While
she yelled for help he cnt hercheeks, scalp and
arms. He ran away before the police came,
and has not been found. Mrs. Harrison will
Fooled With Other People's Names.
Thomas K. Crawford, a handsome, well
dressed young man, was sentenced to-day to 6
years in tbe penitentiary for f oreery. He was
formerly the bookkeeper of the Tuxedo Club.
He forged the names of several of tbe cot
tagers to checks, and got tbem cashed at busi
ness houses with which the club used to deal.
The checks amounted to about 51,000.
Kate Lenry Falls From Grace.
Kate Leary, widow of the notorious "Red"
Leary, Is in jail because she helped steal $2,000
worth of satin fromacustom house truck. The
driver who was given the goods to deliver to
the importers has disappeared, and his horses
and truck were fonnd in the sandbanks of
Coney Island. The satn was fonnd by de
tectives in Mrs. Leary's house. Mrs. Leary was
formerly one of the most expert female pick
pockets in the country. She gave up her busi
ness, however, on tbe day of her marriage to
the notorious bank burglar.
An Iron Worker's Awful Accident.
Last evening James Russell, an employe in a
Brooklyn foundry, accidentally stepped into a
pot of molten iron. His screams brought all
the employes around him immediately, and
though not a second was lost In rescuing him,
his right leg below the knee was charred to the
A Blotter ofTotal Indifference.
President Cotterill and Secretary Robertson,
of the Electric Sugar Company, have been tell
ing everyone to-day how Indifferent they are to
the new legal tanglo that threatens them. An
injunction, granted yesterday, restrains them
from drawing or appropriating any of the
money of the company now in tbe City Nation
al Bank, because the money was secured by
them ostensibly for the sole purpose of buying
Mr. Friend's great secret Cotterill and Rob
ertson have been using the money in their ef
forts to bring the Friend crowd to justice, and
claim that the sale of stock by which the
money was raised was an open one, and that
tbeyaie no more responsible for tbe money
than for any other funds of the company.
Thus Far It Is One-Fifth Less Than Last
Yenr Canadian Inducements.
From the New York Sun.I
It appears by the quarterly report just re
ceived from Casde Garden tbat the immigra
tion thus far this year has been over one-fifth
less than that for the corresponding period of
last year, or, in other words. It has fallen from
5L546 to 40,683. Tbe decline of numbers is
among the Italians, British and Irish, not
among the Germans and Russians. Advices
from various countries in Europe, however,
lead to the belief that there will be a big rush
during tbe summer months, especially if en
couragement is given to it by the condition of
the labor market in tbe United States. It is a
fact tbat warnings against immigration to
America have been sent both to Germany and
Great Britain by several of the "leaders of
powerful trades unions in this,country.
The British immigration to tbe Canadian
Provinces has been increasing within recent
years, and last year it rose to 35,000. The En
glish people are told tbat land is more easily
obtained there than in tbe United States, and a
large proportion of them are anxious to get
hold of a piece of the soil. The Canadian Gov
ernment offers inducements in this line, and
takes care that its offers shall be well adver
tised throughout Great Britain.
THE NIPSIC AGAIN AFLOAT.
Ono Teasel of Our Snmonn Fleet Survives
tho General Disaster.
Stdnet, N. S, W., April 4.-The British
man-of-war Calliope which escaped possible
destruction in Apia Bay during the ravages of
tho cyclone there on March 15 and 16 by being
able to put out to sea, has arrived here. She
reports leaving Samoa on the 21st of March,
and that the United States man-of-war Nipsic
bad been floated off of the beach, tbe natives
lending material assistance.
A dispatch from Washington says: No news
had been received by officers of the Navy De
partment up to 720 o'clock this evening in re
gard to tbe floating of the Nipsic at Samoa.
The announcement tbat tbe vessel bad been
floated was received with a groat deal of satis
faction by Secretary Tracy and the Bureau offi
cers of the Navy Department "That's good
news; that's good. lam glad to hear it" said
tbe Secretary, and his face indicated as well as
bis words the pleasure tbe tidings gave him.
Commodore Walker, Chief of the Bureau of
Navigation, was highly gratified at tbe Intelli
gence. "That's a eain of one." said he. "If
we can get her afloat and sent to Auckland
andrepalred It will be doing very well. I am
glad to hear she has been floated. The Nipslo
is a good boat a very good one of her kind."
He did not think it likely) that the Trenton
or Vandalia could be saved, as the dispatches
indicated they were too badly damaged.
Another Alleged Illegal Separation la Un
earthed In Chicago.
Chicago, April Attorneys for Mrs. Mur
phy. ofNew York, have unearthed an alleged
fraudulent divorce which her deceased hus
band, William Murphy, secured from her in
Chicago, May 11, 1833. The decree was ob
tained by Lawyer Charles J. Beattiei whose
connection with a fraudulent divorce in the
case of Mrs. Gordon, another New York
woman, is to cost him one year of liberty and
Publishing notices only in obscure newspa
pers and supplying perjured evidence are the
methods alleged" to have been pursued by
Beattie. Murphv left $500,000 in real estate,
which tho New York woman lays claim to as
widow. Her right is disputed by one Julia
Gray, who exhibits the supposed fraudulent
divorce and claims to be Murphy's lawful wife.
' A Two Month' Bible Convention.
Chicago, April 4. A Bible Convention, to
continue about CO days, was begun here this
morning. Mr. D. L. Moody arrived from Cali
fornia to-day, and will have charge of the
meeting, assisted by Rev. W. O. Clark, of
Brooklyn, and other revivalists. Meetings for
Bible study and addresses will be held each
morning. The afternoons will be devoted to
social visits, and the evenings to missionary
A Family Reunion.
Mr. S. IXHerron, of Herron Hill, gave are
ception last night at bis borne In honor of the
Sev. Charles Herron, Andrew W. Herron, who
was married last montb. and Thomas P. Her
ron, ot Dakota, who was also married la Feb
ruary, and is visiting his father's family. It
was a uerron crown una a umuy rcumos. .
It is said there are more American
women studying art in Vienna and Paris than
ever before. Aleading-artclubin the former
city has 23 American lady students.
It is feared that the hyppopotamus in
Barnum's show in New York will have an at
tack ot pneumonia and that a pail ,of quinine
will nave to be emptied into its stomach.
A lover of.chess on the Pacific coast has
kept strict connt of the games he has played In
51 years, and gives the number as 73.S32 an
average of a fraction more than four per day.
A hint that the silly season is coming,
around Is given In the story from Youngstown,
Ohio, that a turtle which disappeared last July
has been found alive in the craw of a chicken'
Eighteen years ago a pane of glass was
broken In the window of a house in Hamilton,
O. On the 23th of last month the owner got
around to have it replaced, and it was recorded
among the "great improvements" to the city.
Mrs. Beckv Stevens keeps a saloon in
Cincinnati, and during the past five years she
has broken heads, arms and legs for seven
different men who wouldn't walk out like
gentlemen. A wagon spoke is her favorite
Nefr Hampshire farming property Is
not very valuable nowadays. A farm of St
acres In Springfield, with a decent bouse and
bam In good repair, with meadow land tbat
cuts enough hay for two cows and a horse, and
with a good wood lot was lately sold for $250.
A story is told of two parrots that lived
near each other, In Philadelphia. One wis ac
customed to sing hymns, while the other was
addicted to swearing. The owner ot the latter
obtained permission for it to associate with tbe
former, hoDlng that lti bad habit would be cor
rected; but the opposite result followed, for
both learned to swear alike.
Kb fewer than 7,000 horses are slaugh
tered yearly in the market of Berlin. Four
thousand seven hundred pigs annually pay the
debt of nature in tribute to Berlinese appe
tites and find their way to the table in shape of
either sausage or ham. Beside dexonnng this
porcine bosr, tbat city stands accountant
yearly for the violent death of 137,500 bead of
cattle. 131,500 calves and 346,-000 sheep, besides a
multitude of minor animals.
On the northern face of Castle Peak,
Nev., is a lurrow cnt this winter by a snow
slide. The slide started from a point on Mount
Scowden high enough to overlook tbe inter
vening ridge. As it went down the mountain
it increased in volume until it rea ched the tim
ber line, and there it cnt a f nrrow 100 feet wide
and many feet deep, not leaving a tree standing
for half a mile along the base of the peak.
Where it finally stopped a small mountain of
huge bonlders, earth, and shattered trunks ot
trees, many of them three and four feet in
diameter, blocks a deep ravine.
In Sumter county, Georgia, Mrs. Ma
jors' little boy. about 2 years old. bas a very
large cat tbat he plays horse, with. They found
the other day near the bouse a snake overtbree
feet long. The cat tried to kill the snake, but
the little boy took it away from the cat and
carried it in his arms to bis mother, telling ber
he had found a doIL His mother was so ex
cited she could do nothing but scream, which
scared tbe child and caused It to drop the
snake and go to his mother. The snake was
killed, and found to be what is called a coach
whip. The little fellow did not want to give
up bis doll, but his mother promised him an
other and be was satisfied.
There is war in the jelly business. A
year ago 43 firms formed a trust nnder
which all their establishments, except 15,
were closed down, and prices, it was ex
pected, wonld be put up. Two large flrps in
Camden, however, refused to go in, and hava
been making things Interesting for tbe trust
Recently the trust cut prices on jelly to 2 and
2 cents a pound, and guaranteed purchasers
against any lower prices from outside firms.
The two Camden firms promptly put jelly
down to 1 cent a pound, and sold enough at
that rate to give the patrons of the trust ground
to demand a rebate of tbe difference oetween
trust prices and Camden prices.
The latest little swindle in the peddling
line is being worked through the suburban
towns in New Jersey. A mangoes around to
each house with a bottle of medicine, a box oi
salve, and a vial of "perfumed disinfectant,"
the whole lot for a dollar. Tbe latter, be al
leges, wben the cork is out will diffuse a pleas
ant odor through a room, and will at the same
time be a safeguard against contagion. He in
sists upon leaving a bottle and asks tbat it be
tried, lie will call again In a tew days, and if
It has not been found satisfactory he will not
charge anything for iL He slips the coik in
his pocket and leaves the open bottle to per
fume ana disinfect the room. The liquid is
very volatile, and when he gets back in a day
or two it bas nearly all evaporated, whereupon
he demands 50 cents for what bas been "used."
A man who lives near Starke, Fla.,
had chiokens stolen from him until at last only
an old rooster was left Havinz a chance to
buy a bald eagle that had been wounded in the
wing, he substituted the bird for the rooster in
tbe fowl bouse and watched for results. The
other night one of his sable neighbors entered
tbe hennery, grabbed the eagle and left It
was not long before a prolonged "Ob. Lawd!"
was heard In the direction of the thief's path,
and the following morning an "ole Virginny
gem'man" was sitting on tbe porch of his cabin
with one eye nearly out. under lip split, swallow-fork
in both ears, arm in sling, and with a
general appearance of a section ot a slaughter
house floor, while his wife was beating the
corpse of tbe eagle with a battling stick to get
It tender before "bill'n."
A romantic story, connected with a
young Frenchman of Fall River, bas just been
brought to light His name is Tancred Rons
Bel, and he was left an orphan In Canada at tha
age of 10 years. He had a brother who left
home 21 years ago two years before
Tancred was born and consequently the latter
never kneg of his whereabouts. .Some time
ago Tancred went from Fall River to Bristol.
R, I., to work as a mason's apprentice, and on a
day entered into conversation with a fellow
employe about bis former home in Canada.
When he told the workman his name and the
clrcumstancos of his life, tbe latter replied that
be knew of another orphan surnamed Roussel,
immensely rich, wbo resided in British Colom
bia, Canada, and suggested that he might be
tbe brother whom Tancred had mentioned as
his only relative. Tancred had doubt of ever
being able to find his brother, bnt finally was
induced to send a letter to British Columbia i o
inquire about tba matter. He received a reply
asking blm to give the names of his father and
mother as a proof of his identity. Jhe names
were right and the two brothers have been
MEANT TO BE FUNNY.
Appearances are sometimes deceiving.
Eggs are not strong, yet they do ntllinzsciim
"That man expects to rise high in the
world." "lndeed-ln what way?" "Well, he's
working toperfect a flying machine." EpoeX.
Barkeeper Look here, you, I say, stop
working that lunch counter. .
Tramp (reproachfully) I ain't working; It's a
pleasur e. Una Xorlc Sun.
'"What did Miss Frost say in answer to
your proposal!" "Well, she spoke la such V
hoarse whisper that I found It Impossible to an- -
derstand her." "O. then, she probably said 1
nelgb." Bolton Qatttte.
On the body of a man found hanging to a
tree In Missouri was found this card:' "I die be
cause I am toododgasted lazy to live." Lots of
worthless men are Uvng as If they were too Iasy
to die. ifeuf Orleans Picayune.
Business man See here, that typewriter
you sold me has no capital B at all.
Agent I'll have the mistake corrected at once.
Tbey must .have sent you one Intended for our
English trade. Terre Haute Exprtti.
Mr. Wabash Ton seem to value your
Mrs. Van Knickerbocker Tes; never saw his
equal at handling a tray'.
Mr. Wabtsh (sadly)-I saw a man hold four v
treys once. Sao Tork Sun.
Vfibble Do you believe all this nonsense
you read In the novels about the sailor railing la
lOve with bis ship and all tnat sort ui ';
Ws.bble-0, yes. At least when a vessel goetoo. ,
a cruise tbe sailor Is gone on her until she gets i
back, Isn't hel-Terre Haute Axprett. ' jdSr- "' I
Biddy I want 5 cents, mum, ttrtbuy
cheese to bale tbe raftrap. B1
Lsd-nere Is 10 cents. Buy some macaroni.
too, and cook It with the cheese au gratln. This
house was occupied bv Slg. Cenavcntura for three
years, and the rats may nave Italian tendencies.
Epoch. ' LJ
I'M NOT WHAT SHE'S AFTEE. "
Did you see her at the ball last night?1 .
She was arrayed in a dress of the purest white;
It was cut low In the neck and short In the sleeves.
And her diamonds they glistened like dewdrops
I wenldllke very mc,, t0 " ler mt Jni
And have ber dear papa build us a home
And pay for our d Jthes and what we wonld eat
Then other expenses l guess I could meet.
Tint iiii i no such fortune for me 1 in store.
And I suppose my affection should cease growing
for If I'm persistent she'll say I am rude
But I am not what she's after: for, that 1 a dude. ,
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