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ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8. 1841
Vol. 44, o. 67. Entered at l'ittsbnrg Postoffice,
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PITTSBURG, MONDAY, APR. 15, 1SS9.
TEE NECESSITY OF SECUEITY.
Wfc Those cracks in the new Westinchouse
building will not down; but the more press
ing and vital question is afforded by the
discussion of the possibility that the build
ing may do so. The interview with Inspector
Frank in our local colnmns gives an expert
opinion to the effect that there was an error
of some gravity in its plans. It also shows
that the'authorities are watching the matter
closely and will take whatever steps may be
It would be a subject of universal regret
if such a fine and massive addition to our
architecture should prove so faulty as to re
quire general alteration. Everyone 'will
join in the hope that the steps now taken
will prove adequate to make the building
perfectly secure; but everyone will also see
the necessity of making that security un
questionable. "We havehad in this city too
recent a demonstration of the awful dangers
of lofty and unsafe buildings to allow either
public or private persons to take any
chances. The precautions must be absolute
and the matter placed beyond doubt.
'With the practical cu-tainty that this will
be done in this case, trie matter presents the
further lesson that in these days of lofty
structures a very heavy responsibility rests
on architects and builders, that their work
shall be perfectly sare.
THE HEW GLASS WOBKEBS.
The discovery that the twenty-five glass
blowers, whose arrival at Boston was an
nounced a few days ago, hae passed
through Pittsburg on the way to Jeannette,
is set forth in our local columns. There are
circumstances attending their arrival indi
cating that they came here under contract,
but the absence of any direct evidence shows
one of the weaknesses of the imported labor
act Another point suggests itself in con
nection with this case. The newly arrived
laborers 'are skilled workmen. They do not
displace native labor. They bear proof of
membership in the Belgian K. of LT The
law must be enforced, of course; but if it
should exclude workmen of this stamp,
while it is letting in, without question,
thousands of the poorest and least desirable
class of labor, would it not add another
illustration to the test already furnished
of its unique and utterly abnormal opera
tions? LEGISLATIVE BATES.
An illustration of the tendency to pre
. scribe fixed rates by legislation, for corpora
Itions performing public transportation's af
forded by an announcement that the Judi
ciary Committee of the Illinois Legislature
has unanimously approved a bill requiring
all street railways in cities, to furnish tick
ets for 25 trips at $1. Perhaps in the case
of the majority of city street railways this
regulation would be fair enough; but such
enactments are defective both in failing to
take into account the cases where a higher
rate is actually required by the public in
terest, and in failing equally to provide for
the possibility that a lower rate might afford
profit enough. A good enough illustration
could be found in this city. A road which
would carry passengers in half an hour
from the Court House to the Squirrel Hill
district would be an immense boon if it
charged ten cents a trip; and probably
would make little money at that figure.
"With the section built up so that its daily
passengers were numbered by the tens
of thousands, it might make money at two
or three cents a trip, as the London roads
do. The policy of legislative rates utterly
fails to provide for either contingency.
But the fault for such enactment lies
-largely with the corporations themselves.
They have committed themselves so com
pletely to the policy of excluding competi
tion from their business that the natural re
action of the public is toward the policy of
prescribing rates by enactment for cases
where competition does not work. "When
this mutual contest has gone on long
enough to show bow it interferes with nat
ural developments, both sides will be able to
perceive that the only measure of what is a
just charge is the charges fixed by free com
petition. THE PBACTICAL DIFFICULTY.
The general disposition of ballot reformers
to urge the adoption of the Australian sys
tem .of voting raises the question as to the
adaptability of that system to the Ameri
can method of choosing public officers. The
Australian plan has proved successful in
elections, where one, or at the most two or
three members of the Colonial Parliament
are to be chosen. It is advantageous in pre
serving the secrecy oi the ballot and thus
defeating corruption by making it uncertain
that the votes which are paid for shall be
delivered according to agreement.
But its utility, in application to Ameri
can elections, is rendered ver y doubtful by
the large number of candidates which, are
frequently to be elected here. Hardly any
better illustration of this difficulty could be
ciled than the last election held in this
country.- In Pennsylvania for instance,
thirty Presidental electors were to be chosen
by popular suffrage. Three parties, and
sometimes four, present tickets, making a
total of 90 to 120 names on the electoral
tickets alone. TJndef the Australian system
these names are to be printed on a single
list, and the voter in a room by himself is
to designate by a pencil mark the names for
which he desires his vote to be recorded.
The most intelligent voter would find it
Trio easy task to select from a list of ninety
.names the thirty electors for whom he de-
fsjres to vote. It is as much as he knows
who are the electors from bis immediate
vicinity. "When it comes to making out
the entire list of one party from the whole
State, we would find very few men able to
do it. For the average or ignorant voter the
difficulty would be la'r greater. The purpose
of the Australian system might be attained
in making corruption impossible, by the
unique method of reducing the outcome of
an election to the uncertainties of a lottery.
The same practical difficulty extends to the
vast majority of American elections. There
is hardly one in which the voter would not
have to select from eight to twenty names
out of a list ot perhaps twenty-five or sixty.
Very few people could do that adcurately;
and the inevitable result of the system would
be an uncertainty which would make intel
ligent voting impossible.
It is, no doubt, highly important to throw
safeguards around the safety and secrecy of
the ballot. The purpose of our system at pres
ent is to secure that end; and perhaps the best
way if to aim at carrying out the intent of
the present laws by punishing the mal-ad-ministration
which is able to defeat the pur
pose of any system.
R-FTTCT ASSOCIATION TBOUBLES.
The employes of the Baltimore and Ohio
road are said to be in a condition of open
revolt against the new organization for a
relief association which the management of
the company'is alleged to be urging upon
them. It is to be hoped that the prediction
of a general strike will not prove true; but
if the representations of the relief scheme
are correct, the men can hardly be blamed
for entertaining extremely strong objections
By itself, the idea of organizing among
men engaged in hazardous occupations re
lief associations, in the nature of mutual in
surance, is a philanthropic and praise
worthy one. But in order that it shall pre
serve that character and not be made an in
justice and burden, certain basic ideas
should govern its organization. The organ
ization should be voluntary; for to enforce a
compulsory saving on the men reduces them
to the rank ot children and idiots. A rail
road company has no more right to make
the men lay up money against accident than
the men have to order the company to lay
up money for the payment of its bonds when
they mature. The plan should provide that
if a man leaves the service of the company
he can receive an equivalent, in some form,
for the contributions that he has made to
the relief fund. To force a man to pay from
4 to C per cent of his wages to a fund,
which he will lose in case he ex
ercises his legal privilege to take
a better place, is practically a reduction of
wages. The contributions of the company
being in lieu of legal liability lor injury to
its employes, the management of the fund
by the company should be justified by
making it yield a larger return than could
be obtained by accident assurance in out
side companies. Ko doubt the statements
given elsewhere are largely ex parte; but if
they are true, the relief fund scheme urged
in this case fails to observe" these principles
of justice and honesty.
It does not follow, however, that the men
must take upon themselves the responsibil
ity and odium of striking. The relief as
sociation is presented to them as a volun
tary matter. If it does not do them justice
let them refuse to accept it. If the railroad
discharges them for the refusal, it will do
PEOPLE STILL TAKE IT.
It is interesting to notice that the old
story to the effect that bank notes and legal
tenders are liable to be infected with the
deadliest bacteria and thus communicate
contagious diseases has stalled on its rounds
once more. It seems as if the originators of
that assertion were determined to impress
on the public mind -the undesirability and
danger of having too much wealth, and
also as if, however "industriously they keep
at it, it has little or no effect. Contagious
diseases have occasionally been communi
cated by paper currency, no donbt; but that
they are not very likely to produce epi
demics seems to be established by the gen
eral health of this country during twenty
eight years in which paper money had been
handled freeJy; and by the further fact that
bank tellers and cashiers of business estab
lishments, through whose hands the majority
of this currency passes, are not especially
subject to the contagious diseases supposed"
to be transmitted. At all events, everyone
continues to take the money and all the
risks that go with it.
The claim that is made on behalf of an
ex-Confederate soldier that he shot General
Hancock at Gettysburg, as presented in an
other column, is an interesting one. Still
we are not aware that anyone has taken the
view that the man who did it has performed
any important public service or ought to be
The shortcomings of our language are
illustrated by an editorial in the New York
Press on a recent remarkable occurrence in
that city. It starts out by speaking of "The
small Christian who murdered his Hebrew
playfellow." It is not easy to see how the
Press could have said what it wished to, in
other words; but it is nevertheless the fact
that a child who can murder another on ac
count of race prejudice as is stated to have
been the case here is not a small Christian
but a small savage.
"While there is ground for hope that the
discussion whether marriage is a failure
has reached a natural death, it would seem
as if the full expression of opinion was not
made up until the publio had the benefit of
the judgment ot Mr. Mona Caird.
"The Democratic member of the Civil
Service Commission whom President Har
rison has to appoint will not be a spoils
man," remarks the Philadelphia Press.
This is gratifying intelligence. But the
full measure of our desire will be filled up
Kwhen the esteemed Press is able to give au
thoritative information that the two Repub
lican members of the Commission whom the
President is to appoint will not be spoils
Don Piatt's declaration that the Repub
lican party of Ohio is "an organized appe
tite" is calculated to-provoke the retort that
the Democratic party is a badly disorgan
Is it not a little queer to hear the papers
which are supposed to be organs of the ad
ministration, announcing that Secretary
"Windom will not pay over 129 for i per
cents "unless compelled by a stringency in
the money market which does not as yet
threaten?" If there should "be any strin
gency in the money market, why should not
the Treasury get its 4 per cents cheaper in
stead of paying more for them?
The decision of an Iowa Judge that cider
is intoxicating is calculated to produce an
active demand for the juice of the apple in
The United States courts having af
firmed the police power of legislatures and
'cities to have the dangerous and unsightly
poles and overhead wires removed, it now
remains for the Pennsylvania authorities to
show what they will do about it- So far the
sum total of achievement in this State has
been to talk about the removal of the poles
and to permit more and bigger poles than
ever to be put up. ,
The Pennsylvania Legislature is equally
indisposed to give much consideration to
anti-discrimination, ballot reform or oleo
margarine. The anti-discrimination people declare
themselves in the fight to stay this time. If
they commence at the foundation and light
for'the election of members of the Legisla
ture who will stand on the platform of
making the Constitution supreme over the
corporations, they will win their point
sooner or later. The trouble heretofore has
been that the people were not in the fight to
stay, but only temporarily.
The usual international marriage for a
title in New York appears to have been at
tended with the usual result of trouble in
Reports are in circulation that the
Standard Oil Company is at work in Ohio
to secure Senator Payne's Te-election. It
may be relied upon, however, that the
Standard will keep itself under cover. It
is too smart to go before a jury of the people
to win its case. It finds it no more expensive
and no less certain to buy the legislators
after they are elected.
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Senator Colquitt Is stumping Massa
chusetts for prohibition.
Me. L. Q. C. Lasiar, Jr., is going Into busi
ness at Rochester, N. Y.
Senator Vance is steadily regaining health.
His remaining eye now does capital service.
Aeon of Admiral Farragut is modestly work
ing as a clerk in a New York counting-room,
rather to have some occupation than for the
money it brings him. ,
Miss Ella Day HALE,daughter of xhe Rev.
Dr. Edward Everett Hale, has painted a
portrait of her brother, Mr, Philip Hale, which
is exhibited to the public, and is much ad
mired. Mrss Florence Warden, author of "The
House on the Marsh," and other well-known
but eerie novels, has had a singularly check
ered career. Left at an early ago dependent
upon her own exertions, she started as a gov
erness. But she soon tired of uncongenial
drudgery and took to the stage. After quite a
successful career she tired of acting, and has
now settled down to literary work.
There will be no hand-shaking at the cen
tennial ceremonies. Mr. William p. Hamilton
discovered by the diligent reading ot history
that hand-shaking was abolished on the occa
sion of Washington's inaugural, and the cele
bration must follow precedent. It will be a
great relief to President Harrison, who, Mr.
Hamilton calculates, would otherwise have to
shake hands 10,009 times at least during the
three days' celebration.
James McCorhick, of Harrisburg, a gradu
ate of Yale and a millionaire, is also a mighty
Sunday school man. The emulation of even the
Postmaster General may well be excited by
Mr. McCormick's Bible class of 1.000 men at
Pine street church, from which he has never
been absent a Sunday during a period of 20
years. He never goes so far from Harrisburg
that he cannot get back within the week to ad
dress his giant Bible class.
PRIVATE DALZELL'S ADVICE.
Hints to Comrades, Mingled With Truths
That Are Toucblngly Sad.
A communication that was at first mistaken
Tor a spring poem drifted into this office yester
day. It wasn't a rhyme, but the words were
hichly poetical. Private Dalzell's name was
signed to the letter, which is given in full be
low: The flowers ire are gathering, comrades, for the
solemn service of Decoration Day, 1S89, will
hardly have withered or lost their lragrance
above the holy shriucs where our heroic comrades
sleep, until wc shall He down beside them. The
time Is drawing near. The night comcth. The
three shots arc already loaded In the guns soon to
be flrcd above our Insensate clav. Fassing away,
15,00030,000 or us, annually, andln an accelerated
ratio as years roll on. We cannot tarry much
longer. Bid the hungry and avaricious office
seeker and miser be patient. TVe shall soon.be
out ol their way! boon we shall all he mustered
under the sod. It cannot be long.
They 6ay we want the earth the earth wants us
and cannot wait much longer to receive us.
Graves yawn at our feet. This Is the last Decora
tion Day 25,000 of us sballcrcr Bee. Before an
other Decoration Day we shall rest under the
graves and flowers in our green tents of peace and
rest, bolcnin, then, and universal be the service
of flowers. .Bring your garlands, dear old com
rades, and from your sad eyes once more, and for
the last time, shed your tears above these holy
graves. But ever above the blooming blossoms of
spring, above the quietude of death let the flag
float, the sweetest of all the flowers In the world.
AN ELECTRIC WATCH.
A Novel Timepiece That Will Kan for a
Year Without Attention.
New Beunswick, N. J., April 11 M. L.
Hussey, of Menlo Park, employed A. F. W.
Mueller, of this place, recently to make a pe
culiar balance-wheel, suitable for an electric
watch. The wheel was completed yesterday)
and it was exactly the thing that Mr. Hnssey
bad long wanted. Mr. Hussey said to-night
that he was a friend of Edison, and for 11 years
had been experimenting on clocks and watches,
with the idea of running them by electricity.
The motor for witches is in a metallic case,
which Is about an ich long, and is attached to
the watch by a chain, which may bo of any
metal, but which is so constructed as to carry
the current. The motor, it is said, will not
need t be charged more than once a year.
Prof. Van Dyck, of Rutgers College, thinks the
A BLOW AT THE TWINE TRUST.
A Western Genius Discovers a Substitute In
Wire for Harvest Binding.
Quincy, III., April It Farmers through
out the Northwest will be interested in the an
nouncement that a simple device has been per
fected which will make them absolutely Inde
pendent of the Twine Trust. For some weeks
a harvester has been at work in the tall sedge
grass along the Missouri bottoms opnosite
Quincy binding with wire.
Tli (mftrnwm.nt was to-dftv rirnrnmird n.
I complete success by a large number of farmers
ana experts wuo naYe ueen watctuug lis word
ings. It Is very simple, only the substitution of
a twister in place of the knotter used on the
twine binder. The farmer can therefore use
either wire or twine, as the change can be made
in a moment's time.
ANARCHIST NEEBE WANTS A PARDON.
Governor Filer Will Consider the Applica
tion In Its Regular Order.
Springfield, April 11 Louis Neebe visited
the CaDltol yesterday for the purpose of mak
ing a personal appeal to the Governor for the
pardon of his brother Oscar, the Anarchist
He was courteously received by GovcreorFi
f er, who, after Neebe had stated the object of
the visit said he could not consider (he appli
cation to-day. Applications tor pardon are all
docketed and a day set for the hearing of each.
The Governor could not depart from his rule
in this matter.
Progress of the American Ravy.
From the l'luladelphla Record. J
Twelve grizzled sea captains are to man the
President's barge during the marine pageant
at New York on the 29th instant Some of
these ancient mariners might fix their eyes on
Commodore Harrison, if they would, and tell
bow," as It has happened, we were of quite as
much account at sea in George Washington's
day as we are in Benjamin Harrison's.
He's Able to Take Care of It
From the Chicago Times. J
Governor Beaver, of Pennsylvania, is going
to attend the centennial ceremonies In New
York. If Armcs is going along the Governor
had better leave his nose at borne.
From the Providence Journal.
General Boulanger seenuto be as popular in
official society at Brussels as a smallpox pa
THREE PAPERS IN ONE.
A Feast for Literary Epicures In the 29
Vago Dispatch of Yesterday.
Another great triple number of The Dis
patch was issued yesterday. It contained the
fullest and latest news of the day, and was in
all respects a complete newspaper. More than
this, Its literary .features were of a high
standard. Some of the most noted writers, of
America contributed to its columns. The mat
ter, botb In quantity and quality, was equal to
the contents of a first-class magazine. When
so much good reading Is furnished for a nickel
it Is not surprising that every paper of an extra
large edition should be "Bold early In the day.
Such was the case yesterday.
. The news columns contained full details of
the horrible disaster at Bamoa, the account be
ing furnished by sailors who were eye witnesses
of the scenes. Boulanger's poDularlty is on the
In crease in France, especially with the lower
classes. Important elections take place in
England this week. Bath Liberals and Tories
are confident of victory. Mary Anderson is
welcomed in London with open arms and is
looking well. English brokers have lost
heavily in sugar speculations. Bismarck is
likely to fail in his endeavor to force the
measure restricting the liberty of the press
through the Reichstag. Berlin does not like
Mr. Bates' appointment as one of the American
Samoan Commissioners. The Sultan has been
very extravagant and is hard up financially.
The fate of the missing crew of the wrecked
.steamer Denmark still remains a mystery.
The Loomls brothers, two Michigan men, are
accused of obtaining money nnder false pre.
tenses in New York and Chicago. It is be.
lieved that they have raked in nearly 100,000
by ways that aro danc A remarkable card
trick was performed at Cincinnati. Hon. Em
met Tompkins, at Columbus, guessed rightly
the card which Charles H. Kellogg drew from
a pack in Cincinnati. Baltimore and Ohio em
ployes have refused to pay for compulsory in
surance, as requested by the company. Ella
"Wheeler Wilcox introduced Gertrude Atherton
to New York society, and now regrets having
done so. Mrs. Atherton has written Snd pub
lished a caustic criticism of the personal ap
pearance ot her friend. The President has in
definitely postponed his proposed pleasure trip.
The news from nearby cities and towns, and
happenings of general interest in all parts of
the country, were given in the telegraphic,
The Senatorial committee investigating the
Riverside penitentiary finished its work and
left the city. It was their opinion that the
Charges of mismanagement were not sustained.
Chancellor Goff, of the Western University, is
likely to be appointed superintendent of the
United States Coast and Geodetic Survey.
John McBrlde, President of the Miners' Na
tional Progressive Union, arrived in the city.
He advises the miners to accept the operators'
terms and not strike. Milk dealers predict the
failure of the produceis' trust. President
Campbell, of the window glass workers, spoke
In favor of prohibition at a meeting in Salis
bury Hall. Returned missionaries described
the difficulties they met in their work in China
and the barbarous practices of the inhabitants
of Shanghai. A column of "Everyday Science,"
containing matter of much interest to electri
cians and mechanics, was given on the third
Noremac wen the walking match, the score
of the leading contestants being as follows:
Noremac, 601 miles; Hegelman, 4S7, and Con
nors, 188. The Alleghcnles defeated the De
trolts at Recreation Park: score, 8 to 3. The
sporting review was full of interesting matter.
Part II. contained the continuation of Ed
ward Everett Hale's pleasing story, "East and
"West," and a variety of special articles from
well known contributors. Bill Nye told of his
ambition to become a mountain climber. Frank
Carpenter described the palace and court of
the King of Siam. Gail Hamilton continued
her discussion on religious faith and agnosti-.
cism. Ouldagave utterance to earnest pleas
for human treatment of horses. M. H. V. crit
icized the utterances of Talmago and olher
clergymen on the immoral influence of the stage.
A batch of letters from readers was a new and at
tractive feature. "Rambler About" sketched
various scenes in New York life. A number of
noted amateur photographers gave their views
on matters connected with their art, Doutbitt
contributed a paper on the faults of the com
mon school syBtem. Frank Fern gossiped
entertainingly about children who have made
a reputation on the stage. Clara Belle's letter
and the society, theatrical and market pages
were also among the contents of this part of
In Part HL Beverly Crump gave a delightful
picture of life in Porto Rico; E. W. Bartlett
furnished a serio-comic view of the woes of a
married man dunng house-cleaning time; Mrs.
Frank Lcsllo discussed woman's influence; J.
H. Stephenson exposed some erroneous notions
regarding electricity and magnetism; Mary
Gay Humphries dealt with the subject of
Japanese art; Ernest H.Hclndchs contributed
a pretty fairy tale; Henry Haynle, Lillian
Spencer and Edgar L. Wake man sent letters ,
from abroad. Captain King, Bessie Bramble,
W. L. H., Rev. George Hodges, Piccadilly and
others also contributed papers of interest
USES OP THE GAS BILL.
Belgian Officials Show Great Courtesy to a
Dlnn Who Can Pay a Big One.
Philadelphia, April 11 Gas bills can be
used by tourists as well as by gas house rob
bers. August Breininger, of tbis city, has just
returned from a visit to Fatherland. In the
course of his travels be came tothe Belgian
frontier. "Passports," said the polite Belgian
official as he went through the train, and Mr.
Breininger plunged his hand into his pocket
for the necessary document He pulled out a
paper, and. without looking at it very carefully,
handed it over to the official. The Belgian's
eyes almost protruded from his bead lu aston
ishment as he examined the paper. The like
of it had never been seen itr'all Belgium and
France before, but it must be a passport
The strange paper was printed in two colors,
bore the apparent Impress of three great seals
of novel design, and down in one corner was a
striking signature, 'William Honey," Mr.
Roney's name is not familiar in Belgium, but
from the dashing handwriting the official
judged that he must be a great man and atleast
a Secretary of State somewhere. The seals
were also very impressive. These wore the
familiar legends: "How to read your meter."
Mr. Breininger felt very nervous as he recog
nized his old gas bill masquerading as a pass
port hut the official promptly honored it and
passed on. This so pleased the traveler that he
tried the same several times subsequently and
always with the most dazzling success. The
officials seemed no less impressed with the
seals ana the signature than with the figures of
the bill, showing what the gas bureau bad made
Mr. Breipinger pay, NothingJUke such figures
had ever been seen in Europe.
Mr. Breininger recommends to travelers who
may wish to mako use of this discovery that
the figures on the bill be as imposing as pos
sible. For this reason it will be best to take a
bill for the winter quarter or one presented
just before an election. A bill combining these
two features may be relied upon to carry a
man clear through Siberia. In case the bill
has not been paid it" would be well for the
traveler to wntd some name, say President
Harrison's, in one corner after the dashing
style of Mr. Roney.
CHARITY FOR THE DESERTING.
Great Quantities of Passover Bread Given
Awnv by the Wealthy.
Bpeclil Telegram to The Dispatch.
New York, .April 11 A distribution of
Passover bread and meat to the Eastside poor
took place In Goodfcllow's Hall, in Essex
street, to-day. More than 5,000 pounds each of
meat and "matzes," the gift of Mrs. Pauline
Rosendorff, were given away to poor Hebrews
and Gentiles. Mrs. Rosendorff is a wealthy
woman, who, for six years past, supplied the
poor witn Passover food, paid out ot her own
Another charitable institution, the Passover
Relief Society, also gave 8,000 pounds of "matz
W to the boor last evening. Some of the
Hungarian Jewish congregations in the city,
besides distributing Passover bread and meat,
have given a gallon of wine to each poor mem
ber ot the congregation.
DEATHS OP A DAY.
John West, of Klmlck.
John West of MImIck station, audawell known
steamboatman of this city, died suddenly yester
day at his home. He arose In the morning and
ate a hearty breakfast. A short time afterward he
received a paralytic stroke and at 12:30 o'clock he
was dead. ,
Ex-Congressman K. B. Ciilttendan.
NEW Yobk, April 11 Ex-Congressman Simeon
B. Cblttendoh died this afternoon at bis home In
Brooklyn. Ills age was 75 years.
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'-People Who Eat Wood With a Rel
ish. rconntsroNDENCE or inn dispatcili
Washington, April 18, George Kennan,
the Siberian, traveler, receives a great many
peculiar letters from people who are perfect
strangers to him. Some of them come direct
to him at his home in "Washington and some of
them come to him through his publishers in
New York. They are from all sorts of queer
people asking all kinds of queer things. Mr.
Kennan showed me a part of his mail the other
day. I found it extremely interesting. The
letters were written on fancy note paper, on
foolscap, on business headings, in pencil and in
ink. An enthusiastic female admirer of Mr.
Kennan, entirely unknown to him, writes from
Reading, Pa., as follows:
"Your name and personality are known to me
through your own words and those of others.
I am an entire stranger to you, but when you
know my reason for writing to you, you will
pardon mo for takine the liberty, I believe.
- Questions like these have been for
days putting themselves to my heart, and I
have been unable either to solve or silence
them: 'Is there the faintest possibility that I
could do anything?' Could I give the least hint
of anything that might be done? Could a mul
titude of American women joined together do
anything? Let me come at once and bravely to
my point, and say fully what I mean. I have
been thinking that some woman some poet
known to fame of burning heart and burning
tongue, might indite a protest and petition to
:hat most amazing monster of crnelty in this
glorious nineteenth century the Czar of Rus
sia. Ob, were there ever any more appalling
horrors known in any long past dark age than
those now living in this in Russia and Siberia.
I have been thinking that to the protest and
petition thousands of American women would
gladly sign their names; hav,o been thinking,
too, that 1 could myself obtain a multitude of
signatures by correspondence with the beads
of educational Institutions if indorsed by Mr.
Kennan. Are these thoughts but a dream, and
one that cannot be turned to reality like some
dreams of old? Well, my dream can certainly
do no ill, and Is itself no wrong. The petition
might be not that the system of penal law be
chanced in a day, which would be Impossible,
but that all cruelty should cease at once. No
beat of pity can be too intense, no haste too
eager when reeardinir the awful revelations
-you, sir, have made."
The Public Interested.
The interest in Russian and Siberian matters
aroused by the publication of Mr. Kennan's Si
berian articles has made quite a run on
Siberian literature. Among the publio docu
ments stored away in tno Capitol is one which
the Siberian craze has brought into demand. It
is Lieutenant Schuetze's report of his trip to
the Arctic regions in 1885 to distribute testi
monials of this Government to subjects of
Russia who extended aid to the survivors of
the Jeannette exploring expedition. The re-
Iiort was transmitted to Congress in February,
887, by the President, and was printed as an
executive document of tho House of Repre
r entatlveo. It is almost out of print now, and
with the demands that are being made upon
the document rooms now there will be very few
copies left ere long. Recently the Secretary of
State announced bis intention of getting out
another edition and asked Lieutenant Schuetze
if he would elaborate the story a little. He has
not done so as yet, and as be tells me he Is go
ing to sea lq a short time, it is likely the story
will never be more fully written, at least for
Like a Novel.
Lieutenant Schuetze's report reads like a
novel. He traveled 26,970 miles by rail, water,
post wagon, post sled and reindeer sled, from
the time he left St Petersburg, August 6, 1885,
until the date of his return, August IS, 1SS6.
During that time ho endured fearful hardships.
Speaking of tho cold weather he encountered,
he says: "As we approached Verchoyausk it
was almost unbearable, compelling a stop at
every inhabited yourta (native hut), not only
on account of ourselves but moro owmg to the
reindeer, which suffered vfsibly during the low
temperature. Fortunately these inhabited
yourtas are not far apart as one approaches the
village. Some merchant transports were
blocked on the road by the snow and cold
weather, having lost the greater part of their
reindeer and some horses. Breathing was at
times difficult, and on January 10 and lithe
temperature sank to 06 Celsius, corresponding
to 86.8 Fahrenheit below zero. This is the
coldest temperature ever observed, and I after
ward had the satisfaction of establishing it be
yond a doubt by the agreement of the ther
mometers at Verchovausk. observed bv exiles
ftwho were furnished with instruments by the
uentrai laeteoroiogicai uDservatory at rav
lovsk, near St Petersburg."
How to Fight Cold.
The costume that Lieutenant Schuetze wore
to protect him from the cold is described by
him as follows: "Deerskin clothing and furs
were difficult to obtain, owing to the scarcity
in the Yakutsk fair last summer. This was
due to the prevalence of smallpox among the
natives on the Kolyma, tho principal source of
supply. I contrived, however, to get together
a tolerable suit of Arctic clothing, partly o.d
and partly new, consisting of a fur-lined
jacket, trousers, stockings, boots and a ku
klauka, all of reindeer nkin. the latter being in
the shape of a long double shirt reaching below
the knee, with a hood attached. Beside these
articles, the nsual heavy woolen undercloth
ing and stockings, rabbit skin 'nips' for the
feet double fog skin cap and gloves, and a
long black squirrel boa, completed the outfit."
Of the food which he lived on, he says: "My
provisions while in the North consisted of rein
deer meat, fish eaten either boiled or raw,
black bread and tea."
Where They Ent Wood.
Lieutenant Schuetze tells an interesting
story of the natives of Siberia,, who eat wood
fit companions for the Southern Indians of the
United States, who consume large quantities
of clay. It was near Kumacbsurk that tho
lieutenant came in contact with the wood eat
ers. 'He says: "We have all had our sympa
thies aroused by statements that these people
are often, during -famines, compelled to resort
to wood for food. Now the fact is that care
less observers have simply been imposed upon
ortbey have jumped at conclusions without
caring or, perhaps, being able to make inqui
ries and because they thought that a statement
of theso views would make a heartrending page
for their books and by inference show what a
distressing time they themselves must have
had among such surroundings. AVood in a
certain torm is a most common and constant
article of diet on the Sena river, all along the
north coast and in the immediate neighbor
hood of Yakutch. in fact where the Yakut re
sides, north St Verchovausk, except in a few
sheltered valleys, it is said that there is no other
wood than the larch, and for miles south of the
tree limit absolutely no other. The natives eat
It because they like It Even when fish are
plentiful It usually forms part of the evening
meal, as the many cleanlv stripped larch logs
near every hut testify. They know by experi
ence that the fact of their eating wood excites
the sympathies of strangers and shrewdly use
It to excite pity and to obtain a gift of tea and
tobacco. Theascrape off the thick layers im
mediately under the bark of a log. and, chop
ping it fine, mtx it with snow. It is then boiled
in a kettle. Sometimes a little fish roe is
mixed with It, and farther south cow's milk or
ANOTHER BRITISH OUTRAGE.
Unique London Comments on the Appoint
ment of Robci t Lincoln.
From the Toledo Bee.l
The London Court Journal, when it wants a
littlo variety, dips into American politics.
Here is a specimen:
"The Americans have elected Mr. Robert
Lincoln as Minister to the Court of fet. James.
Mr. Lincoln is a brother of the famous war
President and is said to be an excellent judge
of horse flesh. Ho took no part in the great
struggle presided over by his brother, prefer
ring, he declared, to be merely an on-looker.
His life, however, has ndt been wholly un
eventful, for several years ago he was Secre
tary of Illinois and Nebraska. He has a won
derful talent for mimicry, and one of our cor
respondents heard him recito some time ago,
belore a stag party, in the rooms of tho Chicago
"We understand that he is now on a Iccturo
tour in Australii, but that h will cancel his
engagements in ylowcf the fact that lie has
been elected to a serious and responsible posi
tion. President Harris and sub-President
Morris are thus far giving satisfaction, and it
is not likely that there will be a change in
the Government for some time to come. Mr,
Blaine, secretary to President Harris, has suc
ceeded In electing bis son to the Senate. Mr.
Outlaw, who was elected to France, has taken
the oath of office. He is said to be a very
bandsnmn gentleman, and to his looks more
than any qu-iltllcatton can bo accredited his
election. For a number of years he has been a
typen Titer in New York."
A Remarkable Error.
I'rom the Chicago Ncws.j
Somebody has thrown another bomb at the
Czar. The singular delusion which causes so
many .Russians to-tnistakq their majestic ruler
for the bull's-eye of a shooting-gallery Is as in--teresting
as it is dangerous,!, v '
THAT CARD MISTERY.
Legislator Tompkins, of Ohio, Says Em
phatically That There Warn No Collusion.
Columbus, o., April It Hon. Emmitt
Tompkins, Representative In the Legislature
from Athens county, was one of the most
sought-after statesmen In Columbus to-day.
The sudden and extreme popularity Into which
the Athenian all at once sprang was caused by
the article in this morning's Dispatch detail
ing the manner in which Mr. Tompkins hid
guessed, by wire, what card Mr. C. H. Kellogg
had drawn at the Grand Hotel In Cincinnati
Mr. Tompkins seemed overwhelmed with a va
riety of emotions when the correspondent
asked him for an explanation. He said that
he had stepped out of the House for an hour or
two yesterday afternoon, and when heretumed
at 6 o'clock found the following telegram in his
CWCTNNATI, O., April 13, 18S9.
Hon. Emmitt Tompkins, House of Representa
tives, Columbus, O.:
Mr. Veazy is with me. What card have 1 drawn?
Answer Immediately. C. H. Kellogg,
Grand Hotel, Cincinnati, O.
Mr. Tompkins without waiting a moment
wrote and sent to the telegraph office the fol
Columbus, o., April 13, 1S89.
C. H. Kelloggi Grand Hotel, Cincinnati, O.:
Yours received. The card you drew was the
four of clubs. . Emmitt 'XoJirxiNS.
Mr. Tompkins was asked: "How did yon
know it was the four of clubs?"
"I can't tell you that I simply knew that,
was the card."
"Was there anything in the wording of the
dispatch any cipher or combination of letters
that gave you the key?"
"Positively nothing of the kind."
"Had you any previous arrangement .with
"I had not"
"Did you receive a message from any other
person in Cincinnati in collusion with Mr.
"Still you know Mr. Kellog picked the four
"Is it a trick?"
"That Is for you to flud out I cannot tell
you how I knew."
Mr. Tompkins was told by a member that
bad he lived in Massachusetts in the days of
the paternal grandfather of ex-Secretary of
War Endicott he would have been hung for
WORK OF A GREAT ARTIST.
Portraits of Ex-Secretary Colman and Hon.
A. H. Garland Just Finished.
Special Telegram to The DIsnatch.
Washington, April 11 It has been the
custom for many years In most of the depart
ments to expend a sufficient sum out of some
of the funds to secure for that department a
portrait of the outgoing Secretary or Cabinet
officer. In accordance with this practice, two
excellent pictures, one of Attorney General
Garland and the other of Secretary Colman,
late of the Department of Agriculture, have
just been finished by Ulke", and will in a few
days take their places on the walls of the rooms
occupied by these gentlemen during the ad
ministration of President Cleveland. Ulke has
painted more portraits of public men than any
other artist and is very successful in produc
ing strong and faithful work.
This artist is one of the most remarkable
characters of the Capital City. Like many
other of the elderly German Americans, he is
an exile of the troublous times of 1848. Be
sides being an artist of note, he Is an educated
musician, so marked and original that he is in
vited to lecture soon before the students of
Columbia University on music .and the emo
tions, which he will illustrate with many com
positions by himself and others, on the piano.
But he is more eminent as a naturalist than in
either of the arts mentioned. He has the
largest private collection of beetles in the
world, and probably it is not exceeded in num
bers and interest by any of the collections of
museums. He has made the most amazing
study of them, and illustrates in their develop
ment not only the entire geologic growth of
the earth, but in the most consummate and ex
haustive manner the theory of evolution.
Added to these also, he is a profound sociolo
gist, radical inxprinciple and fearless in ex
pressing bis opinions.
Besides the pleasure of securing a good por
trait, public men like to have themselves trans
ferred to canvass by so remarEable a charac
ter, and so the brush ot Mr. Ulke Is constantly
in demand. One of his most noted works is a
portrait of Grant painted from life, which
now hangs in the white House.
SIMON CAMERON'S FRIENDSHIP.
An Ex-Senntor Tells How It Was Won by
General DI. C. Butler.
New York Star: '! amllivlng quietly atJMlf
flintown. Pa., my native home. I am entirely
ontof politics and take no interest whatever
in political movements."
Thus spoke John J. Patterson,-who served
six years in the United States Senate from
South Carolina. Probably his most notable act
during those six years was voting against his
party to seat General M. O. Butler, who was
then knockiag for admission from the same
State. His vote and Don Cameron's settled
the question In Mr. Butler's favor. Patterson
i8sald to have received immunity in South
Carolina for some political shortcomings in
consideration of his voting for General But
ler's admission. Senator Cameron voted in
opposition to his party upon this question to
Savadebtof gratitnde bis father owed the
u'tlers for years. It was General Butler's
uncle who was In the Senate at the time Gov
ernor Bigler undertook to question Cameron's
right to his seat in 1856. Butler took a hand in
Cameron's favor In a verylerse speech.in which
"Tho Senate of the United States is no place
for Pennsylvania to wash its dirty linen in. I
move to lay the whole subject on the table."
This was agreed to.
A few minutes afterward Butler walked over
to Cameron's seat and said:
"Simon. I think you owe me a bottle of
"That I do," replied the old General, "and I
will make it a barrel;" which he did.
From this incident sprang up a lastingfrlcnd
ship. THE AMERICAN GIRL AHEAD.
She Is Fast Becoming the Stngo Fnvorlto
tho World Over.
From the St James Gazette.
The American girl is gradually invading
every department of operatic representation,
and always with success. For years past more
leading prime donne have been produced by the
United States than by any European country.
Madame Patti is almost an American; Madame
Albanl Is a Canadian; Madame Valleria,
Madame Nordlca, Madame Nevada, and Miss
Van Zandt, with many more whose names will
at once suggest themselves, are all from the
United States. Miss Geraldine Ulmar, on
American, is one of the most attractive mem
bers of the Savoy company, and Miss Hunting
ton, another American, reigns supreme at the
Prince of Wales'.
We now hear of a new American Juliet, Mtss
Eamcs, who, coming after Madame Patti at the
Paris Opera House, has almost equalled
Madame Paul's success; of an American
dancer, Mademoiselle Flint, who has made her
mark in the grand ballets of Milan and of
Rome. Stendhal was certainly mistaken when,
rather more than 60 years ago, he wrote that
America was the freest country in the world,
but one to which Italian music could never
WHAT'S INA NAME.
The Cognomens Borne by a Party of Bad
Indians Who Are Coming East.
Chicago, April 11 Thirty Sioux Indians
passed through Chicago this morning en route
to Philadelphia. They are from the Pine
Ridge Agency. Dakota, and include a number
of participants in the Custer massacre.
At a roll call in the depot the Indians an
swered "how" to the following names: Lono
Feather, a big chief, tho fighting leader of the
Ogallalla Sioux, his squaw Mrs. Hailstones-in-Her-Stomacb,
papoose Little Hailstones, Red
Ears, Hull Tail, Shot In the Head. Wears the
Sheer, Two Tails, Yellow Bull. Got No Gun,
and Got No Horse.
Thoe who were In the Caster massacre aro
Lone Feather, Red Ears, Bull Tall, Shot In tho
HeadjJTwo Tails and Bloody Bear.
Important Archnialogieal Discovery.
from the Philadelphia Press..
The discovery that oleomargarine was in
common use ,among the Babylonians sheds
new light upon the great historical question
namely, the fall of Babylon. It Is not Impossi
ble that she stepped upon a piece of the stuff
A Senator in a New Kolr.
from the Kansis City Star.:
Senator Ingalls will spend tbo summer In
Atchison superintending the rebuilding of bis
residence It imposes a severe strain on the
fancy to tbink of ingalls standing around with
bis trousers In his boots whittling away at a
pine stick, '
CDRIODS COURTSHIPS. '
The Skeleton. Dude Still Advertising for a
WJfe A Couplo Married In Louisville as
a Result of an Advertisement Sad Caso
of a Stage-Struck Girl.
ISTECIAL TSXZOEA1IS TO TUB DISPATCH.
New York, April 11 J. A. Coffee, who has
been advertising extensively for a wife, walked
Into Castle Garden yesterday to get his letters
from Superintendent Simpson. His legs aro
about as big as a man's wrist, and tbar were
encased In trousers that fitted at the kid gloves
of) his bands. A fashionable suit of clothes,
light overcoat patent leather shoes, silk Hat
and a moustache and goatee completed his
make-up. In the lappel of bis overcoat he
wore a bouquet as big as a saucer. His ap
pearance amused the hundreds of immigrants
just landed from the French steamer La Cham
pagne. Here is a specimen of the letters, of
which he collected a satchel full:
Is It a wife you want or a servant girl T If the
former, the writer Is a jolly little widow, unen
cumbered, and capablyor making a delightful
and happy home. I am of an affectionate disposi
tion, and look good enough to suit any "dude."
I am the daughter of a West Canadian firmer,
and fond of horses, and can drive them. My
weight Is Expounds, and I am 5 feet 3 Indies tall.
I like all nice things, and think I could like a
nice-looking man. If his temper corresponded
with his looks' Mrs. Chute, Coming, N. Y.
Mr. Coffey liked the tone of this letter so
well that he made up his mind to answer It
"I have been married before," he said, "and
I want a mother for my little girl who Is now
living with my brother-in-law, named Carter,
at Fort Scott Kan. I shall answer some of
these letters, and after due investigation, if I
find a woman that suits me, 1 will marry her at
Married After an Hour's Talk.
Louisville, Ky April 11 Two months
ago John A. Dobbins, who is a merchant at
Greenfield, Ind., inserted in the local paper an
advertisement for a wife. Miss Kate Riley, of
this city, saw the advertisement and answered
it The two began a correspondence, and after
continuing it for some time, exchanged photos.
Finally Mr. Dobbins made a proposal of mar
riage by letter, and it was accepted by the re
turn mail. Yesterday morning Mr. Dobbins
came to the city and stopped at the Commer
cial Hotel He called upon Miss Riley-at her
home, and they bad an hour's talk. In which
the pleasant impressions they bad formed by
Correspondence were fully confirmed. After
the conversation they returned to tho Commer
cial Hotel, where they were married by 'Squire
John McCann. The bride is 33 years and the
groom is 62, and Is a widower with three chil
dren. A Stngestrnck Girl In Trouble.
Buffalo, April 11 Rowena Scott, a tall,
graceful girl of IS, became stagestruck, and
her folly has got her into trouble. Two weeks
ago she answered an advertisement for young
ladies wishing to become actresses. Charles
Wesley 'Woodruff, the advertiser, was 42. and
had the look and manner of a decayed
tragedian. On three days' acquaintance
Rowena thought it romantic to marry the
actor, and "Arizona Joe" acted as best man,
while Rev. Mr. Dean married the couple.
"Woodruff and his bride lived at the United
States Hotel until the proprietor refused to
trust him longer or .accept worthless checks.
Then he wrote bis wife a letter explaining that
he was penniless, and was going to abandon the
stage because it was a curse to him. The de
serted girl and her mother are heart-broken.
THE AUSTRIAN EMPRESS INSANE.
ho Accuses Herself of Having Caused the
Death of Prince Rudolf".
.New York World Cable Dispatch.
Berlin, April 11 Advices from Vienna
state that the Empress of Austria has been at
tacked by the "Wittelsbach family malady,
namely, insanity. She suffers from long spells
of melancholia and entertains delusions, ac
cusing herself of the death of Crown Prince
Rudolf, bbe is possessed with ideas of sui
cide, thinking to leave tho Emperor free to re
marry. Sometimes she dandles a cushion or a
pillow, thinking it a new-born heir to the
throne. The Emperor is greatly affected. He
suffers from insomnia and has no zest for work,
talcing only a langnfd interest in State affairs.
It is reported that he has consulted with
Count Kalnoky and Count von Taaf e upon tba
advisability of abdicating in favor of his
nephew, Franz, It Is also said that he wrote to
the Pope, declaring that he longed for restand
wished to retire, and that the Pope's response,
urging upon him the necessity of submitting to
the decrees of God, combined with the protests
of the Ministers, induced him in the mean time
to remain upon the throne.
FREQUENT MEETINGS NOT NEEDED.
The Antl-Povorty Society to Meet Only Once
n. Month Hereafter.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New York. April 11 Dr. McGlynn an
nounced to the Anti-Poverty Society in Cooper
Union this evening that as Sunday. April 23,
would be tho Sunday nearest to the date of tho
second anniversary of tho society, the anni
versary would be celebrated on that date.
After that the meetings of the society will be
bpld once a month, on the last Sunday, instead
of onco a week.
He added that he should undoubtedly take a
trip to Europe next fall
MANSFIELD'S NEW U. P. CHURCH.
A nandsome Edifice Dedicated Yesterday
With Appropriate Ceremonies.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Mansfield, April 11 The new United
Presbyterian Church, of this city, erected at
the corner Of Washington avenue and Roberts
street was dedicated to-day with appropriate
ceremonies. Rev. T. H. Hanna, of Monmouth,
111., preached the dedicatory sermon.
The new cbnrch is neat, attractive, semi
gothic structure, 70x98 feet, and 63 feet high.
It is built after the latest and most approved
style of architecture. Tho cost of the hand
some edifice and the parsonage was $25,000.
The Millennium Is Near.
From the Chicago Tribune.!
A gas company In New York City a day or
two ago notified a customer that the meter In
use on his premises had been tested and found
to register against him, and that he was enti
tled to a credit of tU 62, which amount would
be returned to blm by the collector. This
seems strikingly corroborative of the predic
tion made by an Iowa preacher last week that
the world would come to an end this month.
A Woman Saws Wood for a Living.
From the l'arkersburg Sentinel 1
Mrs. Folly Jamison, residing at Egkle's
Mills, Berkeley county, was left a widow about
a year ago, since which time she has been sup
porting her family by sawing wood, receiving
as pay, for her labor 50 cents per cord.
Saloon for Ltfo Saving.
From the Norrlstown Herald.
Somebody has Invented a "life-saving saloon"
for ships. We don't know how the thing
works, but a life-saving saloon on land Is one
that has been closed by the high license law.
JABS AT JAY. GOULD.
New York Press: Well, who owns the town
Jay Gould or the people?
CniCAGO Serald: Jay Gould says that he
has no intention of leaving New York. Jay
never leaves anything that be can get away
Minneapolis Journal: The rumor that Jay
Gould was about to remove to London was
promptly denied by his jayness. Another in
ternational complication is thus averted.
Baltimore Herald: The rumor that Jay
Gould is to go over to London to live proves to
be untrue. Jay has a soft snap In this country,
and ho is not the sort of a man to get away
from a soft snap. y
New York TTorld.- To the rumor that Jay
Gould may take up his residence in London the
Sun adds: "After that what shall we do for a
general bugbear?" lint Jay Isn't always a bug
bear. Sometimes he Is a bug-bull In the mar
ket Haltijiote American: Jay Gould is not
the champion grabber, after all There is an
other famous grabber who has been longer In
the business than Jay. an older and better
soldier, and when he gets the railroad kings in
bis clutches he wdl give the latter some points
on raf id transit
New York World: The money which Jay
Gould is wasting in lighting against the State
is nut his own. It belongs to his company.
Some of the stockholders of the. Western
Union ought to step in and protest against tbis
squandering ol their money before-Gould trn
loaos ana leaves mem in toe lurcn.
By far the greater part of the elcctrio
wire to be used In the Paris Exposition build
ings comes from the United States.
Tne wealthiest colored mania the South
is a New Orleans sugar planter named Marie.
He has an income of (40,000, and Is a cultivated
Colonel Majendie concludes as a result
of his experiments that one volume of liquid
benzine will render 16,000 volumes of air in
flammable. The first Arbor day was observed in,
Nebraska 17 years ago, when 12,000,000 trees
were planted. There are now growing In the
State 605.000,000 trees.
The little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.
P. Fisher, of Colusjbos, Ipd., who died a few
days ago. was probablythe smallestchlld In the
State. Although three months old, she weighed
only three pounds.
MrSj. v Groundwater, the new J?olice
Judge at Cottonwood Falls, Kan., began her
administration by fining a plain drunk to and
costs. On the same day she set a ben, made
two gingham aprons and returned five calls.
The 3-year old girl baby of William
Laws, of Erie, fell into a well containing four
feet of water, but its stiff skirts assuming a
parachute shape, sustained it till a pole could
be thrust down, to which it clung till it was
A Maine mechanic is the inventor of a
sleigh which is to be run by steam. The model
which he has bnllt has capacity and motive
power sufficient to carry 15.UC0 feet of logs.
The sleigh has made a number of successful
trips tbis winter.
A Portsmouth paper publishes the fol
lowing copies of the ballot slips used by a jury
which tried a man for grand larceny in a New
Hampshire court: Gilty, gellty, guilty, not
gealty, gillty, gelltr, not guilty, guildty, guildy,
guilty, giltey, gealty.
Tbe Pike county superstition that it is
unlucky to kill a white deer is discunted by the
case bf tbe late Christopher Tallman, who
killed 13 of them during his life, and died lately
at tbe age of 83 years, without having had ex
traordinary ill fortune.
An immense terrestrial globe on the
scale of one-millionth is to be exhibited at the
Paris Exhibition. Tbe globe measures 13
meters In diameter and is to be surrounded
with platforms and ladders that any part of Its
surface can be- examined. Paris appears on it
in a spaco not quite a centimeter square.
A Homer, Keb., girl, named Johana
Christopherson. has within tbe past few days
killed 58 snakes, and Miss Nina Ream, of the
same place, gave the alarm which saved a lot
of valuable property from being destroyed by
prairie fire and outran all of the men to the
scene of the conflagration. Homer is very
proud of its girls. t
It Is said that Lee street, in Dawson,
Ga., is the abiding place of a spook. A citizen
living on that street says that when on his way
borne the other night a white object In the
shape of a gander, suddenly arose before him
and finally grew to the height of a man. The
man was "badly scared, and now when going
home after dark always takes his gun with him
to protect himself.
At a Philadelphia restaurant, with a
bar attached, says a paper of that city, waiters
may be seen coming daily to the bar with a
'cup and saucer and asking for an "L. T.
straight." The cups are handed back to them
containing a fluid that very much resembles
tea, but smells of something stronger. L.T.
means ladles' tipple, and it is simply an in
genious way of serving whisky straight at
table to the many women who call for it with
out attracting attention.
Ashland, Me., boasts of a woman who
besides managing a family of children and a
refractory husband, carries on a large lumber
ing operation. She recently made atrip 40
miles Into the woods to her lumber camps, set
tled with her men, examined the landings of
logs and timber with a critical eye. inspected
an extensive dam made for driving purposes,
and made arrangements for driving out the
lumber. She can boast of having been farther
into the Aroostook wilderness than any other
An old Washingtonian says that the
game of picking or cracking Easter eggs is
played In a novel manner by the youth, black
and white, of tbe Capital City. They take the
the toughest and hardest shelled eggs they can
procure and repair with them to the slope back
of the White House. There matches are made
between tbe lads, who decide them by rolling
the eggs down the slope. The boy whose hen
frnlt survives the down-hill journey without its
shell cracking takes themore unlucky egg as
his prize, that is provided it is not wholly
wrecked on the trip, as Is frequently the case.
The slope after Easter presents a wonderful
appearance. Pieces of egg shells make It look
from a distance as if a light snow bad f lllen on
It. The scene while the contests are in progress
is highly diverting, and it is a wonder that no
great artist has deemed it worthy of transfer
ence to canvass.
Hezekiah Spalding, the meanest citi
zen of Hardin county. Kentucky, is dead. Had
Hezekiah met bis deserts he would nave been
hanged long ago. but that was impracticable,
and be was never even brought to triaL He
was only 27 years old, yet his reputation for
meanness was tbe outgrowth of a whole life de
voted to wicked deeds. Hezekiah was a white
mule owned by Richard Spalding. When 2
years old be was stolen by a Yankee soldier.
He threw his rider into a creek and ran home.
"When he was 3 years of age he smashed up five
wagons, nine ploughs, broke tbe arms of three
men and tbe leg of a fourth. When be was 4
years old Mr. Spalding succeeded in selling
Hezekiah to a Louisville stock dealer, who In
tended to ship him South for work on a cotton
plantation. Hezekiah went along peacefully
to Louisville, and was put in a stable there
awaiting shipment by the railroad. Before ha
was in the stable three hours he kicked the end
of tbe stall out overturned all tbe stable boys,
and ran into tbo street He got back to the
farm again, and tbe man who purchased him
made a present of Hez. and what be bad paid
for him to Mr. Spalding. The older Hezekiah
grew tbe meaner he became, but he was not
perverse at all times. He seemed to have
spells, so that many of the neighbors used to
date events by the time "when Hezekiah
Spalding had a lit" The only time he was
ever worsted in a fighwas when he tackled a
locomotive. Even that aidn't kill him. He
died of old age.
Oh, Lovely Woman. Bessie How dread
fully 111 lilting all Miss Dowdy's things are.
Jennie Yes. She'd need to have apoplexy to
gat a Bt.A'cio Xork Evening Sun.
At the Operetta. De Hope Those girli
march In excellent time.
Le Uloke Yes. they have clocks on their stock
ings, doa'Jyou know? Toion Toplet.
A. Tight Place. Popinjay How is Mon
tana for throat trouble, Dumpsey?
Dumbsey Bad very bad. While I was there I
uw as many as ten fellows who had died of stran
gulation. Hurlmgton Free Prat.
The Chicago Foot Miss Wabash I'm;
not going to let Charley flirt with that girl' I'm
determined to pat my foot down pa It t --v
Miss Caustlque How cruel you are. That would
be a crusher. Sew Xork Evening Sun.
Dr. Physick Tour blood appears to be a
little out of order, madam. I will sendjou some
thing which will purify It
Mrs. Murray Hill (Indignantly) Purify my
blood, sir? Are you not aware that I am one of the
Four Hundred? Town Topics.
Too Cheap to Pass for Gold. Artie
(showing his watch to"his Jersey sunt) I bought
taat case for IS carats.
Aunt Maria You don't say I An1 carrots Is only
CO cents a bushel, too. Dear. dear, dearl Artie,
If you hadn't told me I'd a-thought It was pure
gold. Jewellers' Weekly.
Tommy Say, paw, I thought you said
people could leejurther as they got older.
Paw-Yes. . v
nA... trr-ti .... ... i .. la mfh. what 1
makes so many old men always get In the rron ,
row at the show?
Paw-Ob, shut up! Terre Haute Expretr.
HE BARBIES DE CHARLESTON.
The man who to the barber goes-
And irt & thttvun crown.
Emerges from the chair with glee, ,
The happiest man la town. ,
But ere a day has passed away.
With fearful oaths and cries
He'll curse the hour he made his heaor
A drill ground for the flies.
TVe had a small game at the J?oiks,
And the Parson and Jim took a hand,'
And a tenderfoot fresh from the East.
With a eountensnee open and bland.
The Parson was smltln' that night
And his mauner or aealln' was great,
nis luck was a wonder to see,
And the tenderfoot paid all the freight
Jim drew out at last with a sigh,. -,
Aud the next deal the game had to stop.
Sot the Farsou, he got all the cards,,,
" But tbe tenderfoot, he got the drop.r
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