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PITTSBURG, WEDNESDAY, APR. 17, 1SS9.
THE CONVINCING ARGUMENT.
It is interesting to find that the Pennsyl
vania Railroad and Pittsburg and "Western
officials, who a few weeks ago withdrew
through rates to trans-Mississippi points, on
account of a pretended fear of the Inter
state Commerce law, have been convinced
of their error by the cogent argument that
their roads were carrying all the freight for
those points. After a few weeks of letting
the other fellows do the business, they have
concluded that they are not as much afraid
of arrest as thev were.
TVe find it-difficult to believe that there
was ever any such genuine fear. It is true
that we hare had an explanation that the
real difficulty was not, as stated to the re
porters, that absurd idea about the long-and-short-hanl
clause; but the difficulty in
making through rates on account of the
change in classification which the freight
undergoes on crossing the Mississippi. But
that difficulty is not insuperable, the very
fact that they can make through rates shows
that it is possible to publish and post them
as they are made; and if the rates are open
to all as published, no one need fear prose
cution The incident is, however, very useful as
shoning what a convincing argtfment it is
to railroad officials when they meet a com
petition which takes the business away from
them unless they make fair rates.
A GOOD BECOBD.
The immense magnitude attained by the
consolidation of plate glass works at Ford
City, Creighton and Tarentum, and the
growth of that industry, set forth in a local
article, are very interesting. Only eight
years ago the first plate glass establishment
of this vicinity was started, and now the
industry there .has grown to comprise
2,750,000 capital, iorty acres of works, with
an annual capacity of 6,000,000 square feet
of glass. The continuous operation of these
and the Xew Albany works, started six
years earlier, has reduced the price of plate
glass to 40 per cent of its old figure; and
the foreign establishments which formerly
controlled the market now do not sell half
their former output This is a splendid
record ior home industry and natural gas.
It is hard to see how it can be beaten.
A VICTIM OF THE CIECTJS.
It has never seemed to us strikingly be
coming, or finally advantageous, for authors
of genuine ability to fritter away their time
and their strength upon the lecture stage.
It is said that James Whitcomb Eiley is not
doing much writing now. He said the other
day to a Ivansas City reporter: "When this
engagement is over I want to hunt some big
lonely grave, crawl into it, and pull the
green covering over me, for a dead earnest
Everybody hopes that the Hoosier poet
will not be conducted to the haven he sug
gests by the undertaker. But he certainly
enforces by his melancholy plaint our con
tention that lecturing at one night stands
over the broad face of this country is not a
bealthy practice. Nor is it, irthe case of a
genius like Mr. Biley, at all necessary that
he should make a circus of himself. Before
he obtained the recognition of the public
he might have taken to lecturing, as it is
te'rmed, to pay for his bread and butter.
But he Is known everywhere now; his work
Jis admired universally, and there is a keen
demand for more of his delicious lyrics.
The supply will not be forthcoming because
Mr. Biley is fagged out after his lecture
tour with Mr. Bill Nye. Therefore we are
Perhaps Mr. Biley will abandon the cir
cus business and resume his pursuit of the
muse. Then everybody, the muse included,
will be happy.
DODGING THE LAW.
The latest move in connection with the
Sugar Trust proves the desperation with
which that class of monopoly overrides con
siderations alike of law and the publio wel
fare. It is reported-that to avoid the effect
or the decision of Judge Barrett in the case
of the North Biver Sugar Refining Com
pany, all the trust refineries have been as
signed to the managers of the trust. This
is supposed to defeat the suits by which the
refineries would be placed in the hands of
receivers; but it would be a very weak sys
tem of equity which could not open up and
Vacate assignments of that palpably fraudu
lent character. Such a ruse simply changes
the form of the trusts, which have already
been declared illegal and contrary to public
policy. But the obvious determination of
the trust schemers to evade rather than
obey the law, indicates that they will only
be brought to terms when we get law and
stamina enough to put them in the peniten-
OUa DEBT TO SAMOA.
Certainly the Samoans have exhibited
themselves iu a most pleasing light in con
nection with the destruction of the war ships
"in Aula harbor. Thev have tad little cause
Ljto love foreigners, and we should not have
ffibeen surprised if they had taken little pains
.to conceal their joy when tne elements
ijplayed havoc -with the rival fleets of
kmenca and Germany. But the Germans
jfcertainly had no reason to expect the gen
Eerous spirit which King Mataafa, whom
fcther had been trying to destroy, showed
Einem iu ineir nour oi greatest nmi, xtie
native followers of Mataafa by his orders
and of their own free will did their,, best to
succor the German sailors, as well as the
Americans. Their aid was valuable. Many
Germans and still more Americans owe
their lives to the natives. The latter in sav
ing lives risked their own.
The instructive charity and nobility of
are discussing Samoa's future at Berlin. If
Germany, tied to the unbending bars of
Bismarck's policy, finds it convenient to
forget or ignore the services of the Samoans
to the shipwrecked sailors, America surely
has no excuse for following her example.
There is now a debt of gratitude which this
country owes to Samoa, and which cannot
be better discharged than by helping the
islanders to preserve their liberty and inde
pendence. Samoa is likely to lose these
inestimable rights unless the United States
stands up for her. Justice and honor de
mand that we should pay our debts without
THE OVERHEAD WISES GOING.
New York underwent yesterday the
unique and unprecedented experience, for
that city, of witnessing a demonstration in
her streets that there was a higher authority
than the fiat of a great corporation. This
consisted of gangs of men under the orders
of the city chopping down and remov
ing the poles and wires from the principal
Under ordinary circumstances the de
struction of wires and the interruption of
telegraphic business would seem like a very
harsh method of enforcing the public rights.
But in New York, if the electric companies
undergo any loss, they have no one to
blame but themselves. They have fought
the law for years, first by securing a repre
sentation on the board established for its
enforcement who worked -to make it a
nullity; "next by setting up the absurd
claim of'ownership in the public streets;
and from first to last by keeping up their
poles and wires in defiance of the law.
When they thus practically set up their
will as superior to the law, the accompani
ment of their defeat with a heavy loss,
which they might have saved by obedience,
will be rather salutary than otherwise.
The removal of the poles and wires from
the New York streets will work a great re
form in the appearance and safety of the
city. But that is not the most important as
pect of the work which was commenced yes
terday by chopping down the poles. The
gieatcst importance is in the fact that after
a struggle of years between statute law and
the great corporations, the law has proved
victorious. It is a severe commentary on
the corporate tendency of the age that it
took years to assert the supremacy of the
law over its own creatures; but it is a much
better outcome than to have the assertion
the other way, as has been done in some
The work in New York naturally suggests
the wonder whether the day will ever come
iu which our city officials will get to the
point of chopping down telegraph poles. At
present their labors are more in the direc
tion of authorizing the erection of more and
bigger poles than ever.
NO HUMBUG WANTED.
The report from Harrisburg that the
legislative managers propose to throw a
sop to the demand for anti-discrimination
legislation, by resuscitating the Williams
bill which was killed off early in the
session, is only another evidence of failure
to appreciate the gravity of the public
demand. It is bad enough to ignore the
needs and wishes of the people; but it
would be worse to juggle with the subject
by passing a bill which would hold out no
hope of relief and would only seize the op
portunity to create several well-paid offices.
The Williams bill simply proposes to
create a commission, with salaries of 4,000
for the chairman, $3,500 for the other
two members of the commission, and $2,000
for the secretary. People can mate com
plaints to the commission if they like, and
the commission can pass upon the com
plaints if they see fit. Beyond that, if
it suits the railroads, they can conform to
the findings of the commission. If it does
not suit the railroads "to obey any lawful
order or requirement of the commission,"
the matter shall be certified to the Attorney
General, to "take such proceedings thereon
as he may deem expedient."
Here is the utter futility of the proposed
bill. Without legislation directing and
authorizing proceedings by the Attorney
General, of course he can and will take no
proceedings The bill keeps further away
from even a shadow of a remedy than the
"caucus bill" of 1887, the hollowness of
which was so thoroughly exposed at that
time that no attempt was made to pass it
If it contained any provision for proceed
ings in equity to compel the railroads to
obey the orders of the Commission, it
promise of amelioration would depend en
tirely on the character of the Commissioners
who would be appointed. As it is, the char
acter of the commissioners would be of little
importance, because their rulings would not
be worth the paper on which they were
The managers of the Legislature should
understand that the demand of the pub
lic is for something more cogent than
the creation ol four new sineenres with sala
ries ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 per year.
EMAIL GAUGED CRITICISM.
It is a rather interesting, but by no means
gratifying side of human nature that is dis
closed by the disposition of certain journals,
largely of the two-and-six-pence variety, to
sneer at Stanley's expedition to reach Emin
Pasha. After demonstrating, to their own
satisfaction, that he could never reach the
object of his expedition, they are taking
their revenge on him for doing so, by argu
ing that as Emin was not in absolute need
when Stanley reached him, and as Stanley
had undergone dangers and losses on the
march, therefore his expedition was useless.
This sort of yelping has accompanied
everyone of Stanley's achievements; but the
fact remains that be has accomplished a
record of exploration which is unsurpassed
both in its remarkable work and in the
reality of its results. His first expedition
was decried in this manner; but it found
and relieved Livingstone. His second was
accompanied by the same chorus of detrac
tion; and it .discovered the mightiest river
of the world; his third settled the outposts
of civilization along that river, and his
fourth opened the route from the Congo to
the headwaters of the Nile. To assert that
this addition to the knowledge of the world
concerning the interior of Africa, is useless,
betrays rather phenomenal stupidity.
As to the assertion that the supplies
which Stanley took to Emin, on his third
march over the route from the Congo to the
Nyanza, are useless, it is certainly prema
ture. It is as decidedly a manufactured
conclusion as the one lately published that
Stanley and Emin are using slaves to bring
their ivory to the coast Considering that
no one yet has the slightest knowledge on
the subject, it is no more than fair to wait
until the explorers are heard from, before
concluding that Stanley has violated the
principle which he has always insisted upon,
of never employing slave labor when free
.labor was to be obtained.
"There is nothing like humbug," says
one of Stanley's editorial critics. True
enough 1 and there are no better illustra
tions of humbug than the men who sit in
editorial easy chairs and decry the achieve
ments of exploration, won by years of
struggle, privation and peril.
The energetic way in which one Demo
cratic organ confines itself to the discus
sion of live issues, is exemplified by the. way
in which the Chicago Herald editorially
whacks away at Secretary Stanton,charging
him with cruelty to Mrs. Surratt, and with
withdrawing support from McClellan
and "thus prolonging the war four years."
Let us sec. Has the esteemed Herald never
expressed an unfavorable opinion of the
bigoted Bepnblicans who keep right on
fighting over the war issues?
The promptness with which the House
will pass reputed Standard Oil bills is only
surpassed by the promptness with which it
declines to do 'anything in the Ifne of mak
ing the Constitution supreme over the cor
porations. The decision of the First Ecgiment, of
Philadelphia, to stay away from the New
York Centennial, may be the course of dis
cretion and economy; but is not the comic
touch which pervades this whole centennial
business, aided by tho announcement that
the regiment would attend and pay-its own
expenses, for the privilege of parading in
full dress uniform?
The denials of the telegraph officials that
any consolidation between the Western
Union and Postal is contemplated, affords
about the only reason that the public is yet
cognizant of, for suspecting that such is the
Legitime continues to inflict crushing
defeats on Hippolyte's forces through the
medium of the press dispatches. Their
value is somewhat diminished by the reflec
tion that the victories already claimed
should have left the insurgent forces so
completely wiped ont, that there would be
no more of them to defeat
Owhjg to the failure of Wiggins, Vennor
or any other weather prophets to predict
great storms for the next few weeks it will
not be wise to count too confidently on the
continuance of the pleasant spring weather.
The centennial celebration at New York
bids fair to make one lesson very promi
nent That is enforced by the demonstra
tion it gives of what fools the so-called aris
tocracy can make of themselves by ignoring
the principles on which this Government
was founded a hundred years ago.
The indications that the Czar is getting
ready to swallow Servia awaken the fear
that that morsel will only stimulate his ap
petite for larger meals. Turkey is always a
seasonable food for the Muscovite Autocrat
Somehow there seems to be a strong
commentary on the value of quo warranto
proceedings against trust combinations, in
the fact that an injunction was issued
against the Sugar Trust some months ago,
and it is now putting on the screws livelier
With the Volunteer against the Valky
rie for the international boat race, we may
be certain that whatever the result the
"Vs" will be in lively motion -when it
One of the unique features of our prac
tical politics is furnished by the fact that
some energetic Kansas Congressmen have
began to secure the appointment of post
masters iu Oklahoma before there are any
towns or population there, and much less
If the Baltimore and Ohio Boad has re
voked that order of compulsory insurance,
it has done no more than common justice
When the Governor of one State has
had bis nose pulled and the Governor of an
adjoining State has been kicked out of a
grocery store, we are prepared to show the
effete monarchies that this is a decidedly free
and independent Bepublic.
Bochesteb gives an offset to Birming
ham and leaves the Liberals one seat ahead
in the bye-elections of the past few days.
Young Beight's victory at Birming
ham s a proof that the son-of-his-father
sentiment is strong in England as else
where. But the Tories will be jubilant
over the fact that they have not lost a seat
PPLE OF PBOMINENCE.
GeokoeKennan, the noted Siberian trav
eler, was once a telegraph operator in Cincin
nati. Whttelaw Bmd's mother lives atCedar
ville, Greene county, O. He visited her last
The late Lady Arnold, wife of the author of
"The Light of Asia," was a daughter of Will
iam Henry Channing.
The man -who picks up the trains at Queen
Victoria's "drawing rooms" is Sir Spencer
Ponsonby-Faul. He has been manipulating
trains for nearly 49 years and has become bent
and worn in the service.
Dk. Florestan Aqxjtlabt, the son of Field
General Aquliart, of the Spanish army, was re-
l cently graduated from the Philadelphia Dental
College. lie has just laiien neir to kuu.ouo, left
elm by an aunt bearing the rank of a Marquesa
oLSpaln. He will return to Spain In the fall
with a bride chosen from tho belles of Phila
delphia. General Batcbelixr, Assistant Secretary
of the Treasury, is very vcordial to newspaper
men. He always gives them whatever items he
can. When he has no news and does not wish
to keep the journalists waiting he looks over
the heads of office-seekers surrounding his desk
and exclaims "Mafushl" Batcheller picked up
the word in Cairo. It means, ''May your
shadows never grow less, and if you come again
to-morrow you will find no Egyptian files on
the sensational items I will famish you with."
John P. Dunning, the special correspond
ent of the Associated Press, who wrote the
thrilling account of the loss of the war ships
at Apia, is a voung man of about 28 years. One
secret of the power of this dcscriptionlies in
the fact that the writer remained on the beach
in a driving storm for 38 boors, and nearly
every incident sketched was seen with bis own
eyes. His account of the disaster made nearly
20,000 words, and was the largest dispatch ever
filed on the Pacific coast for transmission east
on one topic.
J. Lowbie Bell, the new Superintendent of
the Bailway Mall Service, has not gone into the
service of the Government to make money. He
was earning as a railway expert about 120,000
a year, and received So, 000 as a fee for his ad
vice and work in one railway case just before
he was asked to take the present office. His
salary as Superintendent of the.Mail Service Is
f 1,000 a year. He is a personal friend of Post
mater General Wanamaker. and has sacrificed
bis financial interests to do the Philadelphia
statesman a favor.
A Serlo. Comic Affair.
From the Providence JournaLl
The trial of Boulanger is ba.tjt an opera
boaffe hero by opera bouffe statesmen,
THE TOPICAL TALtfER.
A Miracle of Memory The Joko Went Offin
the Breech A Now Picture or Two.
It is strange how a little scrap of knowledge
will conceal itself in some nook orcornerof the
memory lying hid for years and years and fin
ally coming out to surprise one at some moment
of chance revocation.
A week or two ago a lady of this clty.'who Is
advanced in years, but still of a wonderfully
observant nature and youthful iu her buoyancy
and energy, happened to be in Washington
with friends, and she spent a great deal of time
seeing the sights. In the course of their wan
derings they visited the National Museum
and there they found two of those singular
stone figures brought from the little Easter
Isle, that volcanic-waif In tho eastern part of
tho Pacific Nobody knows who made these
hideous images of stone, with their ronnd out
lines. The Polynesian natives of the Isle are
no better informed about the statues, which
they usea to worship before Christianity took
them into Its fold, than anybody else.
But they seemed strangely familiar to the
Pittsburg lady. She was sure she had seen
thorn before. How this could have been she
did not know. She had not been to Easter
Isle, nor had she visited the National Museum
before. And these arc the only Images in this
country. For a long while she was at a loss to
read the riddle. Then it suddenly dawned
upon her that she had seen a picture of the
images in a book when sho wag a very small
girl. The book was in some sort a narrative ot
Captain Cook's voyages. In the course of one
of which that great navigator visited Easter
Isle. The book tt as published in 1810, and it
was not long after that that it was in the hands
of the little girl, who half a century later was
to sen the originals of one of the illustrations
in a Washington museum. The impressions of
childhood last a long while
As most people know, there is a man inPitts
bnrg who says he can diagnose physical ail
ments and prescribe for them efficaciously by
simply examining a hair of the patient A good
many other people must believe in letting their
lives depend upon a single hair, for this nnique
doctor has prospered not a little.
A couple of young men, however, not so very
long ago, thought that the hair doctor wonld
be an excellent subject for a practical joke.
So they plucked a hair from a bay horse and
took it to tho doctor, telling him that the pa
tient who desired his treatment lived some
distance from Pittsburg and was confined to
his bed. The doctor examined the hair care
fully, and turning it between his finger and
thumb remarked: "This is a very, very serions
case I mnst have a few minutes to think over
it," and he sat down at his desk with his back
to the two young men, who nudged one an
other and exchanged smiles.
Alter a few minutes the doctor wrote a pre
scription of some length, and handed it to his
visitors. They saw what appeared to them to
be the" usual mixture of hieroglyphics and in
distinct scrawls, which make up a physician's
prescription, and asked the doctor what his fee
"Well, gentlemen," the doctor replied, Tm
afraid my terms will seem a little high, but the
condition of your friend, judging by the hair
you have given me, Is so precarious that I must
charge you $25."
The jokers were a little azbast at this request,
but the amount was handed over by one of
them, and they then left They laughed hearti
ly when they reached the street at the way they
bad fooled the doctor, and laughed some more
at the thought of what fun they would have
with him later on. They were still laughing
when they entered a drugstore and handed the
prescription to the clerk. They kept on laugh
ing while the clerk tried to read the prescrip
tion, and remarked tnat it was hard to read.
Then the drug clerk began to laugh. The
jokers laughed with him. They all laughed
heartily till the drug clerk managed to blurt
out: "You'd better take this to the feed store
we don't fill such an order as this here," and
then he went on reading from the prescription:
"One bushel of oats, two quarts of bran, four
quarts of water, stir well, and give three times
a day and then turn the animal out to grass!"
Then the jokers' stopped laughing. The doc
tor had recognized the origin of the hair. He
had a joke on the jokers and five crisp fivers.
Evertbqdy who knows Mr, A J. Shedden,
the assistant manager of tho Bijou Theater.,
will be very sorry to bear that he is not likely
to be well enough to attend to his theatrical
duties again this season. He is at present in
the Allegheny Hospital, and in addition to the
lamentable eye trouble, his general health has
A we 6k or two before his eyes began to pain
him anew Mr. Shedden told me that he bad
evil presentiments about his health, although
no tangible symptom of his subsequent col
lapse had then shown Itself. It is sad that such
a gentle, warm-hearted, as well as very useful
man should be singled out for such intense
suffering. He himself often has expressed his
envy of the. very beggars who tramp along tho
highways stout in health and endowed with
PmsBOBO has recently encouraged dealers
In pictures of the better sort to bring their ar
tistic wares here. There is considerable en
couragement it will be admitted, in the fact
that dealers from abroad have sold over $21,000
worth of pictures here within the last ten
Mr. Bleiman has again brought some pictures
to the Gillespie gallery, which are worth going
to see. Probably they nnmber a dozen, and
they are mostly rather loftily priced. There is
a very repulsive, but powerful work of Gustave
Bore, very fitly called, "The Embrace of
Death," which very few would care to look at
everyday. Several other pictures, notably a
Jacque and smndgy, monotonous Corot, are
principally valuable because of the signatures
they bear. a
But there is certainly one picture which
everybody will rejoice in. It is a genre picture
of no great size, by Adrien Harmand. )The
subject is a hunter in fox-hunting rig of red
coat buckskin shorts and high boots, lolling at
his ease in a tavern. He holds his glass non
chalantly toward a pretty waiting-maid bearing
a ug of beer. She leans a little over the
table In a graceful pose. Her turned-up
sleeves show a rounded arm, and her skirt is
high enough to show a pair of shapely ankles.
The dress of the maid is excellently finished.
The bodice ot dotted blue stuff, and the ker
chief of flame color about her neck contrast
admirably with the delicate flesh tints. The
wall of the room Is a sad neutral tint A pic
ture of an ancient beau and belle, hanging on
the wall is deliclously true in its stiff ugliness.
A dog In the foreground exhibits M. Har
mand's strength of drawing; the foreshortening
is accomplished in a masterly fashion. If yon
are not careful you'll find yourself trying to
pat tho dog. The whole picture is f ullof life
The only doubtful part of this picture is the
nationality of its subject The huntsman is
English In his dress, countenance and attitude
the waitress is as thoroughly German or at
least Continental; her face, cap and air do not
suggest an English inn. The huntsman's horn
hung on the wall is certainly of the French
kind. Perhaps II. Harmand made the picture
as English as bis choice of models and acces
PARADED IN A PELTING EAIN.
District of Columbia Colored Pcoplo.Celc
brnto Emancipation Day.
Washington, April 16. The colored people
of the District celebrated Emancipation Day
in tho orthodox fashion to-day by a parade In
the afternoon and public meetings in the even
ing. The paraders, as they passed the White
House, were reviewed by the President and all
the members of his Cabinet except Secretaries
Blaine and Tracy.
It took the line a little over half an hour to
pass, and the reviewing party stood on the
Iront portico of the White House in a pelting
rain daring that time.
To po Returned at Oar Expense.
Washington, April 16. Secretary Windom
to-day authorized the Commissioners of Emi
gration at Philadelphia to expend 300 out of
the emigrant fund in returning to their
bomes in Ireland two families who recently ar
rived in this country and who are in most des
titute circumstances. In one case the wife was
deserted by her husband and in the other the
mother was deserted by her son.
The Richest Mines.
From the Chicago Inter-ocean, J
Pennsylvantans are wild over the discovery of
gold In that State. Pennsylvania will never find
a gold mine anywhere as rich in wealth and
properity as ner cpai ana iron mines. j
THE WEATHEE WAS BAK,
Bat Mr. Clarkson Managed to Keep Up His
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington, April 16. The miserable
weather of to-day had doubtless its effect on
Assistant Decapitator of 'Fourth-class Post
masters, Mr. Clarkson, as he only gullotlned 179
Democrats to-day, as against 197 yesterday.
However, he exceeded yesterday and to-day the
record of the first two days of last week, and
beat all f ormer'records for Pennsylvania, as he
made no less than SO now postmasters for the
State. This is owing to the vigorous assistance
he gets from the Senators and Representatives.
Ohio appears to bo indifferent and therefore
onlv rats a becnrarlv half-dnrnn a dav. West
Virginia got three to-day. Following are the
A. L. Goldbrath, AlrvUle: J.H.Moser, Adair;
J. R. Leu bit t. Etcbison; S. Carmichael,
Bouchers H. P. Ark, Brady's Bend: J. V.
Walsh. Hnrnt Cabin: W. H. Reed. Camden: E.
G. Melfort, Coal Springs; Caries McCully, De
Haven; T. Colebank, Dilllner; W. M. Lynch,
Elliottsville: J B. Campbell. Elm; G. P.
Doughman, Grampian Hill; J. T. Mitchell,
Hay; F. IS. Whistler. Heberling; T. C. Corn
well. Helsterberg; John Evans, Bomer City;
G. W. Isett James Cieek: John Perrin, Kel
ley's Cross Roads; A. L. Hurd, La Josie; Will
iam Lauirhllntown. Armnnn Marv E. Dnnnfill.
'Merrittstown; William Henrv, Mover; J. M.
vaiiis, new minora; a. J. ttmltn, new juius
port; Mrs. H. L. Horn, Odell; D. C. Smith,
Olenta; E. E. Minnis, Osborn; W. H. McNitt,
Patterson; B. F. Rumberger. Petersburg: N.
Neirroan. Red Lion; Ida B. Mapel, Rnsedale;
P. S. Ritter, Shimokin Dam; C. G. Wagner,
Spnncs Forge; F. E. Putnam, Stevens Point:
J. W. Hostetter. Walnut.
Following are tho West Virginians: R. Mc
Conky, Fetterman: G. H. A. Batson, Prunty
town and Lillle J. Hutchison, White Day.
THE FAMOUS PICTUBED EOCK
Now Hidden From View by the Bnlldinff of a
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Chableston, W. Va., April 16. The erec
tion of the new Government dam in the river
near this city, has hidden from sight the
famous "pictured rock," one of the familiar
landmarks of the Kanawha valley, and one
which has occasioned much wonder and fruit
less speculation.. The rock was located near
the mouth of Paint creek, and while the river
was in its natural condition was visible at low
water every s umnier. Some years ago a part of
the stone was removed for building purposes,
an act of vandalism which should have been
prevented at all hazards, and now the remain
der is submerged at all seasons of the year.
When whole, the surface of the "pictured
rock" was about 20 or 30 feet In extent and was
covered with representations of animals, fi3h
and fowls, carved deep in the smooth surface.
On one side were the figures ot a man and a
bear, the latter being about life-size. Nearby
was a buffalo track, and a short distance away
was the representation of a large fish, and a
number of foot prints, evidently representing
the imprint of a child's feet
The work was evidently done by prehistoric
people, as the traditions of the valley are that
the representations were on the stones when
the first white man visited the region, and that
they then bore unmistakable signs of great
age, being water-worn and smooth. The
vicinity of Paint creek is rich in aboriginal and
prehistoric relics, and a volume might be writ
ten of the discoveries which have been made
there Almost every excavation brings to light
something of interest to the antiquarian, and
there is every evidence that in past 'ages the
valley was thickly peopled by an unknown
race, probably cotemporary with the mound
builders of the Ohio valley, and to whom the
American Indians were utter strangers.
SAYINGS BANKS WORTH! THE NAME.
They Receive and Hold All Deposits Until
Thev Reach a Certain Amount.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New Yoee, April 15. A resident of this
city, with a fine knowledge-bf the weakness ot
human nature, has devised and put on the
market a registering savings bank which holds
its deposits until they reach a stipulated
amount The bank is shaped like a Saratoga
trunk. Three styles are made, one for cents,
another for half-dimes, and a third for dimes.
Each after the first coin is deposited is locked
until the hundredth coin is pushed through
the slot and as each coin enters it registers
upon a dial. A man who buys a dime bank
mnst put 100 dimes into it if he wants to open
it, and a nickel bank can bo opened only when
It contains 55.
The banks are strongly made of nickel-plated
cast iron, and the locking device is unpickable,
because after it Is locked the keyhole is taken
indoors. .Nothing bat the right amount of
coins will open it and -when the hundredth
coin enters the door opens automatically.
Pardoned After Twenty-Nino Tears.
Trenton, N. J., April 16. The State Board
of Pardons to-dav granted a pardon to Joseph
C. Steward, colored, who has been in State
prison for 29 years, having, when a lad, mur
dered a playmate in Gloucester county. He
was first sentenced to be hanged, bnt secured a
commutation to imprisonment for life on the
ground of not being mentally strong. Repeated
efforts have been made during the past 11 years
to secure his pardon.
CANNOT COME IN B0DILT.
Forelffn RInnnfactnrera Not Allowed to Pull
Up and Came to America.
Washington, April 16. The Secretary of
the Treasury recently received a letter inquir
ing whether tho transfer by manufacturers
from any foreign country to the United States
of their plant machinery, work people and in
terests, or any portion thereof, with a view to
peimanent settlement would in any way con
flict with the statutes relating to alien contract
labor, and also whether snob of their machinery
as has been in use would be entitled to free
In response the Secretary says that as no
facts are stated which would exempt tbe im
portation of the "work people" referred to
from the provisions of tbe act of February 26,
1885, it would seem that their transfer in the
manner proposed would be a violation of tbe
law. In answer to the inquiry as to the free
entry of the machinery referred to, the Secre
tary said that there is no law under which
such free entry can be authorized.
Hla Name Knocks Kim Ont.
From the Chicago Herald. 1
Mr. Bucksniblerls a candidate for postmaster
of Oshkosh. Bucksniblet Phmbus! what a
name, as Byron exclaimed regarding Amos
Cottle. Bncksnible of Osbkosh. How will
that look upon the imperishable archives of
the Fostoffice Department at Washington?
FISHING AND LYING.
Some hold it true what'er befall.
And deem It Rood whate'er betide t
Tls better to bave fished and lied
Than never to have fished at all.
-Oil City Blizzard.
Now is the time to have your fun
Wltn hook and line and bait
Then hie ye forth to Simpson's ran
And sit down there and wait.
And If perchance a cbnb or bass
Should cleave unto the worm.
Just sling him out npon the grass
And watch the snoozer squirm.
Now with line, and jug, and hook,
See the fisher by the brook
By tbe river lying.
Now again at eve behold him
Showing fish a dealer sola him
By the hour lying!
Izaak Walton, who did not know enough to
spell his front name properly, did not catch half
the fish the average man does, and why any oue
shpuld be called his '"disciple" Is a mystery and a
fraud. -Detroit tree frets.
A fishing party composed of W. M. Toller-
jon and wife, Mesdames Tollerson and Culpepper
tried tbclr met wltn the flnny trine oneaay lasi
week. This Is a report of the principal Incidents
of the day i Saw 57 snakes, one coon track, killed
one bird, lost the bait and succeeded in catching
three fish,McI)onough (tiq.) litnet.
It is In order now for all who have time to go
Ashing. We see from our window each morning
parties golqg with their rods and tackle lathe
direction of the rivers and ponds, which means
something unfriendly to the finny tribe. We
grudge the boys their sport but not time to Join
them Just yet Our plan Is to go In and ruuthem
down. Jonubora Ida.) Jfttct.
DEATHS OP A DAT.
PAiits, April 16. -Louis Ulbacb. the well-known
French writer, who has been ill for some tune, Is
John O. Whltr.
JUBA5T, N. T.. April IS. -John (J. White, the
veteran malstef, died this morning, aged S3.
HOW TIMES H4TB CHAKGED.
Chairman Andrews and Captain Billing
ley Not So Boldly Arrayed Against tbe
Standard a Formerly The Legislature,
Soldiery nnd Governor at tbe Centen
nial Other New From Hnrrlsburg.
rrnou a stajt coubbspondbnt.i
Haebisbubo, April 16. Hon. F.W. Hays,
of Venango, got his bill legalizing combina
tions of oil and natural gas corporations
through the House to-day: The bill permits
one company of this kind to absorb others of
tbe same kind, and has been looked on as a
measure In the interest of tbe Standard Oil
Company, which now controls a large number
of natural gas and oil corporations and com
panies in the petroleum regions. Mr; Wherry
stated as much by lnuendo, aud Captain Has
set of Philadelphia, said so In plain 'English.
This gave Mr. ijays an opportunity to explain
to the House that the measure was cot a
Standard Oil one, and that he wasin no way
connected with the Standard Oil Company.
He also said the Standard was indifferent to
the measure, if not opposed to it and it was
generally desired by the oil producers. He
had tho clerk read a petition in favor of the
bill, signed, among others, by such Veil-known
anti-Standard men as Thomas B. Simpson, W.
J. Young and H. L. Foster, of Oil City. Tho
others were members of the Producers' Asso
ciation, which started out more than a year
ago to pnt oil above the dollar mark, and com
bined with the Standard in the well-known ef
fort which failed to accomplish It
The vote on the bill was just three votes
more than the necessary Constitutional major
ity. Chairman Andrews and Captain Biliings
ley joined the oil country delegation in voting
for the bill. Two yean ago Mr. Andrews in
the lobDy and Mr. Billlngsley in the House
were tbe chief promoters of the famous Bill
lngsley bill. There wan no oil country opposi
tion whatever to Mr. Hays' measure. Members
sect copies of the bill home to leading oil men
and received no reply. Even Hon. Lewis
Emery, of Bradford, was not heard from. This
convinced men of independent tendencies that
the measure must be all right Ic now goes to
tbe Senato and Is not likely to meet opposition
, To be Quartered on a Boat.
Another attempt was made to-day to knock
out the Legislative trip to Now York. Mr.
Bliss, of Delaware, was the gentleman who
made the effort this time. He required unani
mous consent or a suspension of the rules to
get the motion before the House. Mr. Brooks'
objection prevented tbe former, and be called
the yeas and nays on Mr. Bliss' effort to accom
plish the latter. The motion lacked more than
20 votes of a majority, and It needed a two
thirds vote. No further efforts will bo made.
It is now too late, as the Governor's signature
is attached to tbe joint resolution, and tbe nec
essary arrangements to accdmmodate the
members on a Hudson river steamer have been
made. The vessel has berths for 250 persons.
It will meet the members on their arrival in
Jersey City, on tbe first day of tbe celebration,
and will join with its distinguished freight in
the marine procession. Tbe remaining two
days it will be tied up at a North river pier.
The use of the boat will cast 2.000 for the three
days, and it will be fitted up with supplies of
The Troops Will Go to New York.
The Pennsylvania troops will go to New York
at the expense of the Centennial Committee of
that city. Adjutant General Hastings saia to
day "If I bad the least suspicion of, any want
of hospitality on tho part of the New York
management, or any idea that it was offered
in a grudging way, I would be In favor of keep
ing our troops home or asking the Legislature
to pay their expenses. But they bave done
everything, I am convinced, in a spirit of hos
pitality, with a view to return ours at the time
of the Philadelphia Centennial. I will go to New
York on Thursday." General Hastings says
the New York committee offered the Pennsyl
vania troops quarters and commutation for
subsistence. The Philadelphia Brigade, which
will be in New York but one day, is offered 75
cents per man, and the other brigades, which
will be tbere longer, ti per man. General
Hastings has received the following:
General Daniel U. Hastings, Adjutant General
Geseral Both General Leach and Colonel
Hill bave been In conference with me in regard to
quarters for Pennsylvania troops. We have se
cured quarters Tor about 2,000 to 2,5000 men, and
within a few days we shall have secured sufficient
accommodations for all the other troops. Colonel
11111 has Just left here, and I told him that be
might assure you there would be no question
about all the Pennsylvania regiments being quar
tered. As soon as we have secured the other
building I will let you know.
Very truly yours.
S. M. Conoxb, Chairman.
Tbe Pool Bill Didn't Quite Pass.
Mr. Lafferty's pool bill came up on third
reading this evening, andwas warmly debated
by Mr. Brooks and Mr. Stewart of Philadel
phia, with others against It and Mr. Donahue,
Mr. Fow, Mr. Richmond and Captain Hassett
of Philadelphia, and others in favor of it Mr.
Fow voiced the sentiment of the friends of tbe
bill when he said the bill was intended to abol
ish poolrooms entirely and to remove the sale
of pools to the race track. It is not mandatory,
he declared, on any driving park or agricultur
al association. Tbey could adopt it or not, as
they see fli. Mr. Fow contrasted pool selling
with gambling in grain and oil and with church
fairs. At one of the latter be said he lost the
only money he ever lost in gambling. The vote
was 83 yeas to 81 nays; 103 votes were reqnlred
to pass the bill. Captain Hassett and Mr. Fow,
of Philadelphia, Mr. Rose, of Cambria, and
Captain BiUingsley, of Washington, changed
their votes from the affirmative to the nega
tive, in order to be in a position to later move
to reconsider the bill.
Fow's License Tranfer BUI Flying.
Mr. Fow's license transfer bill came up on
second reading this afternoon, and passed, as
amended by Mr. Fow. It now provides for the
transfer of liquor licenses to the legal heirs of
a deceased person, gising them tbe privilege of
accepting instead of tbe transfer the money
value ot the licenses.
Prohibition In tho Western Counties.
Hon. James Stranahan, one of the Demo
cratic leaders from tbe Northwestern part of
tbe State, was here to-day. He predicts that
his county, Mercer, will give a majority of 5.000
In favor of prohibition, and be looks for a largo
vote In favor of It In the Western counties. He
says all the Democratic leaders of Mercer, with
ono exception, favor it, and a majority of tbe
Democratic leaders of Butler county.
Manual Training la Public Schools.
Superintendent Luckey has been here yester
day and to-day, attending the meeting of tbe
Manual Training School Commission, which
has decided on some amendments to tbe man
ual training bill. A short bill embodying the
principle of manual training in public high
schools pissed the House to-night This gives
the commission hope for its own bill, which
will be called up to-morrow.
Refused to Go Over Their Work.
Messrs. West and Harbaugb, representing
the Allegheny County grocers, and Messrs.
Campbell and Sailor, representing the tailors,
came here to-day to endeavor! to Induce the
Legislature to reconsider the defeat of the bin
giving retail merchants the right to garnishee
a certain percentage of a debtor's wages each
week until a debt is paid. Mr. Biter, of Phila
delphia, made the motion to reconsider, and
there was a debate on the matter. The reso
lution was defeated by a vote oI85 to 79.
Governor Beaver Veto Santalned.
A message was received from Governor
Beaver to-day by the House, announcing that
he had vetoed the House bill relating to regu
lating and governing poor districts in cities
other than first and second class cities, and
providing for the levy and collection of poor
taxes in said cities. The Governor gave his
reisous at length for declaring the bill uncon
stitutional, and the House sustained bis veto
by 153 yeas to A nays.
KIDDING A HPUSE OP EATS.
An Animal Koeper L'enrni That Sunflower
Seeds Are Excellent Bait.
WAsnrNOTON, April 16. An interesting, not
to sly valuable discovery, has been made by
Captain Weedin, In charge of tbe animals of
Smithsonian Institution. The building is In
fested by rats, and how to get rid of them
has long been a perplexing question.
Traps were used, but nothing would tempt the
rodents to enter. In a storeroom drawer was
placed a quantity of sunflower seeds, used as
food for some of the birds. Into this drawer
the rats gnawed their way. a fact which led the
Captain to experiment with them for bait In
tbe trap. .......
Tbe result was that the rats can't bekeot
our. A trap which appears crowded with six
or eight rats is found some mornings to hold
15. They are turned Into the cages containing
weazels and minks. The Utter will kill a rat
absolutely almost before one can see it so
rapid are Its movements. The weazels are a
trifle slower, but cone of tbe rats escape them.
From tbe Boston Globe, 1
Marriages by telegraph and telephone are
quite frequent now. Divorces by electricity
will come by and by.
MATTERS IN THE METE0P0L1S.
A Coming Genuine American Opera.
rXZW TOES BUSZAU SFICIALS. J
New York, April 16. A new light opera
wilt be- produced for Hhe first time at tbe
Standard Theater here next Monday evening.
It is entirely American, from prelude to finale.
The music was composed by Mrs.E. Marcy
Reymond, and tbe text was written by Mrs. B.
Banker and Mrs. C. Ranaud, all of New York.
The scene Is laid in Washington, D. C. in Ari
zona and In Chihuahua, Mexico. The per
sonel of the opera includes a United States
commissioner, an old politician, a crowd of
sharpshooters and several Indian braves and
squaws. The name of the operi and tbe plot
are withheld. Mrs.Reymond is a woman of
wealth and talents. She has appeared before
American and foreign audiences In concerts.
She is said to have spent much money to get
her new opera before the public.
Mayor Grant's Telegraph Pole War.
At 9 o'clock this morning Mayor Grant re
ceived his first official notice of Judge Wal
lace's decision against the Western Union In
the matter of overhead wires. At 10 o'clock he
directed the Commissioner of the Department
of Public Works to begin removing the West
ern Union poles at once. At 11 o'clock the first'
pole was dismantled and cut down in Union
Square. Forty men with axes and ropes then
quickly hauled down all the poles m tbe big
square. The last pole tbat fell came within a
hair's breadth of crushing a surface car full of
passengers. The wires bad been cut and the
pole was standing alone, swaying in the wind.
Guys were soon attached, but before it could
be steadied there was a crash, and down it
came. A car of the Broadway line was right
under it There was a yell from the crowd on
tbe sidewalk, and the pole crashed down be
tween the horses and the dashboard of the car.
This afternoon the 40 men have been removing
the poles on lower Broadway.
Stole a Corpse In Its CofUn.
Yesterday a burial permit was issued to John
Carr for his still-born child. Carr is a waiter
and lives in Harlem. He put the body in a
cigar box and started downtown on the ele
vated road with It bound for the morgue,
whence the box was to be sent to the city ceme
tery. He fell asleep on the way down, and did
not wake up until the train bad reached the
battery. Then he found that someone had
stolen the box.
Sir. Grov-r Cleveland Declines an Office.
Ex-President Grover Cleveland has declined
to serve on the commission which will appraise
tbe condemned land for the new High Bridge
Park. He thought he knew too little about
High.Bridge real estate to appraise correctly.
Close ofjthe Stewart Will Case.
In the Stewart will case, Mrs. Floyd Jones,
an Intimate friend of Mrs. Stewart told the
Surrogate how Mrs. Stewart once showed her a
watch, with these wordi: "Mr. Stewart gave
me this watch before he died. He said it was
1,000 years old," upon which Mrs. Jones ex
plained that watches were not made 1,000 years
ago. Several other witnesses were examined,
and then the counsel for the contestants an
nounced tbat they would rest their case there.
To tbe surprise of everyone, Jndge Hilton's
counsel said tbe same thing. Then the lawyers
for the relatives, who have been non-committal
daring the trial, and for tho Clinches and for
the Stewart Garden City Cathedral, rested their
case too. Concluding arguments will be heard
on May 21, 2 and 23. The Stewart will case
has monopolized the Surrogate's time for more
than a year. Tbe documents in the case have
become so bulky that two lackeys have had to
carry them into court in a big chest It is ex
pected that the Surrogate's decision will be
followed by an appeal.
A Couple of Hnndred Raised for Charity.
Three bales of cotton were sold on the Cotton
Exchange to-day, for the benefit of tbe Confed
erate Soldiers' Homo at Austin, Tex. One
bale, weight 488 pounds, was given by the Gal
veston Exchange. Another, weighing 503
pounds, by the Atlanta Exchange; tbe third,
weighing 469 pounds, by the Savannah Ex
change. The sales aggregated about S20Q,
How Lota of Junkmen Were Fooled.
Robert Black, of Felham Manor, recently
gavo an old safe that had lain under his barn
nearlv 20 years to Peter Berger, his gardener.
Mr. Berger carried the safe away. He tried to
sell it to several traveling junkmen, but they
refused to take it on account of its great weight
He then gave it to his son, who broke it open
and found inside a lot of old silver, handsomely
engraved and lined with gold. The whole set is
worth about J50O. Several pieces were en
graved "Napoleon Third." It is thought tbat
part of the silver was taken by burglars who
robbed the Emmet place, on the Pelbam road,
Offfor Their New Posts of Doty.
Ex-Governor A. C. Porter, of Indiana, Min
ister to Italy, arrived at the Fifth Avenue Ho
tel this morning. He will start for Europe to
morrow on tbe North German Lloyd steamship
Aller. Colonel Fred Grant, Minister to Aus
tria, will also go on the same vessel.
HEAL THRILLING COMBATS.
The Bears of the bmlthsonlaa Collection
Unable to Live Together Peaceably.
Washington, April 16. Visitors to the
live animal collection at the Smithsonian In
stitution these spring days are treated to com
bats between a grizzly bear and two smaller
black ones that sometimes are so thrilling as to
thoroughly terrify the spectators. For some
time past the grizzly has been developing a
viclonsness of disposi'fon that makes him any
thing but a pleasant eompanlon, and this ten
dency is aggravated by one of the black bears,
whose judgment is not equal to his bravery.
The little fellow is easily incited to attack bis
bigger cagemate by the crowds tbatalmost con
stantly surround them, and the consequence is
a perennial fight Is In progress. One of the
black bears joins it, apparently only ont of
brotherly regard, after his colleague has pre
cipitated the combat
Yesterday the grizzly manifested a power and
temper that alarmed Captain Weedin, and In
consequence, orders have been given for tbe
construction of a separate cage for him, which
will be placed out of doors. There was the
usual crowd about the pit and the sounds of
an ordinary struggle were beard. These at
tracted no attention, but In a few minutes
there was an ominous growl, a scuffling on the
floor, and then a wild scream. The more timid
of the spectators fled, and those who remained
drew back a respectful distance. The grizzly
had seized his exasperating foe, and by a
mighty "effort had thrown the black bear
bodily through a ventilating space in tbe side
of the pit into the adj-ining apartment He
was easily secured by tbe keeper before doing
any damage and replaced in the-pit, but it was
deemed best to prepare other and Separate ac
commodations for the grizzly.
HABEIS0N TAKES A HAND.
The President Appoints a Number of New
Washington, April 16. The President has
appointed the following-named postmasters:
William C.'Torrence, Punxsutawney, Pa.;
David Hamilton, Osceola Mills, Pa.; Miss
Bridget T. Mooney, Dunmore, Pa.: Fred Lewis,
Marion, Kan., vice Charles' Hardcastle. re
signed; William March, Baxter Springs, Kan.;
David "G. Miss, Argentine, Kan.; Eugene F.
Goodrich, Lawrence, Kan.; Jacob Keiser. Clin
ton, Mo., vice S. D. Garth, resigned: William
T. Fontz, MeConnellsville, O : James A. Gib
son. Carey, O.; Edward F. Chinn, St Paul,
Neb.; Harry F. Housman, Missoula, Mont;
Samuel Foster, Midland, Mich.; Jonathan
Maxon, West Liberty, Iowa.
Catching Time by the Hair.
From the Philadelphia Press.
General Alger, of Michigan, Is out early with
tbe announcement that he will be a candidate
for the Republican nomination for President
in 1892. The General has taken time not by
the forelock, but by the whole scalp.
Her "own sweet .Will, " would oft say Nell
She loved, how much she could not tell;
She loved him well, suffice to say.
Yet thwarted him from day to day,
To her own way would him compel.
A woman Is a miracle.
But she, I think, must "Dear the bell"
Her love she ho wed In such a way,
Her own sweet 'Will.
His words were naught hit will "a sell"
An empty fraud: one day with fell.
Bad emphasis he said, "Imsy
A compliment for truth her pay;
She loves indef dalas, too well
Her own sweet will!"
i Detroit Fret Prttt.
John Hoffman, ot Beading, in fixing ft
violin for August Wagner, who had Just
bought It, found under tbe neck tbe name
The Brush Electric Light Company em
ploys a man in New York whose only duty is to
cut electric light wires at fires. He is paid a
good salary, as the work Is dangerous.
A curious result of being hit with a
baseball is reported from Philadelphia. A
stuttering man was struck in the mouth and
when he got well the impediment in his speech
A man in Rothschild, Neb., dressed
himself in a shroud and laid himsef carefully
Into a coffin which he had purchased. In this
position he went to sleep. When his friend
discovered him, some,hours later, he was dead.
A. L. Smith, quite noted in Southern
Michigan as a dealer in blooded stock, was
married In Coldwater, Mich- a few evenings
since to Miss Eva Paddock, of that place. The
remarkable part or the matter Is that they
have been keeping company 21 years.
P. E. Lockwood, a retired Minneapolis
capitalist bought a lot in tbe cemetery on Sat
urday, and tbe samo night went there and
placing a shawl beneath his head took a bottle
of poison. The superintendent found bim dead
on the spot he bad selected for his grave. .
Thomas Coleman, a colored boy of 14,
In Anacostea, Md., thought he would have
some fan throwing stones at pigs In a pen. One
of the pigs became enraged, broke out and
commenced eating the boy, first attacking bis
thigh. His cries brought help, but his injuries
Colonel Daniel, of Talbotton, Ga., says
that goats are spunky animals. He says tbat
his father had a flock of goats, and tbat the
goat3 while grazing came to a pond of clear
water. Tbey went to the pond to drink, and
when they lowered their heads tbey saw their
shadows in the water. Tbey began to butt at
the goats in the water, and failing to drive them
away they continued to butt until the entire
flock was drowned.
The newest thing in a New York con
fectionery store window is a collection of bas
kets of porcelain flowers. They are made in
Paris, and are so delicate that except -for a
placard upon them, they would be taken for
artificial flowers of paper or silk. The leaves
and petals can almost be seen to flutter in the
draughts of the show window. A pound of
bon bons in one of those baskets is warranted
to do as much execution on tbe feminine heart
as five pounds done up in a paper box.
Some four years ago, at that season of
tho year in which migratory fowls make their
trip north, a wild goose flew down iu Mr. J. N.
Young's field at Vidosta, Ga. As night ap
proached It came to the flock of domestic
geese about the premises, and by the aid of
band torches was captured and its wings
cropped. It has remained with the flock since,
eating the same food they eat At the season
wild geese migrate it appears restless and un
easy, and will rise and fly a mile or two away,
but always returns to tbe flock again.
In Richland, Ga., Mrs. Major's little
boy, about 2 years old, has a very large cat that
he plays horse with. They found the other
day, near the house, a snake over three feet
long. Tbe cat tried to kill the snake, but the
little boy took it away from the cat and carried
it in his arms to his mother, telling be had found
a aoll. His mother was so excited she conld do
nothing but scream,wbicb scared the child and
caused it to drop tbe snake and go to bis
mother. The snake was killed and found to be
wbat is called a coachwhip. The little fellow
did not want to give up bis doll, but his mother
promised blm another, and he was satisfied.
Dispatches from the Lower St Law
rence and the gulf tell of the most remarkable
event that has ever occurred in those localities.
From the npper end of Antcosti Island to the
Magdalen Island a driving, blinding snow
storm began on Tuesday, and on the night of
the same day great floes of ice began to come
down from the St Lawrence and the Saguenay.
The few people along the north and south
shores and an Anticostiwho were astir on
Wednesday momingwitnessed a sizht tbat star
tled them. As far as the eye conld see up, down
and across the gulf tbe floes still mo vine were
packed with harp or Greenland seals. Every
body went after tbe seals. It was estimated
that 00,000 were seen altogether aud 130,000
killed in three days. It was a godsend to poor
The manager of the International Ex
position at Buffalo has secured a novel attrac
tion a human sky-rocket the handicraft of
Mr. Edselle, of Callao, Peru, formerly of the
United States navy. His model has been -successfully
experimented with In South America,
and a brother in Minneapolis has filed a caveat.
Slgnor Camararamade the initial trip. Tbe
apparatus consists of a combination of rockets
of immense power with a parachute attach
ment which folds over tbe apex. Four tubes
form the framework and contain the explosives.
The nature of tbe explosive Is a secret and Is
called dyco-ascenlmite. Its peculiar property
is that it is detonating. A small volume of the
solid makes an immense volume of vapor and
lifts the machine wth lightning rapidity into
the clouds. The test took place under Peru
vian Government patronage near Callao in De
cember. Tbe charge, touched by electricity,
sent the machine over 15,515 feet and tbe de
scent by pirachute was perfect Signor Cama
rara landed fire miles from the starting point
co worse for the trip.
Some weeks ago an applicant for a post
office forwarded his picture to the Postoffice
Department The fact was published and
others imitated his example, until cow the
First AisistantPostmaster General has pictures
enough to fill an album. Our candidate. In
addition to bis own picture, sent a photograph
of a handsome residence. On the back of it
was written: "This Is the home of ,
applicant for tbe postoffice, who came to this
town a year ago with HO in his pocket and by
industry and thrift has been able to build this
handsome residence, costing $4,000." This
picture was put on file, andanother photo soon
came, forwarded by the same man. This was
of a rather disreputable two-story building
with seVeral tough looking men standing in
front of it. On tbe bacjc of It was written'
"This is the home of , the other candi
date for tbe postoffice at , the place foi
which I have applied. He lives up stairs and
underneath Is a saloon." Some enemy of the
enterprising applicant found out what be was
doing and told the story. The good man was
guyed so much that be withdrew his applica
tion and prepared to leave town.
The announcement that Bev. Mr. Stagg
is going to pitch for the Yale clue Is the latest
news of Importance in religious circles. Bev. Mi.
Stagg has a line delivery. Boilon Herald.
"Wbat are Bermuda potatoes?" he asked
of a Woodward avenue grocer yesterday.
"Why, potatoes from Bermuda, of course."
"Oh, they are? Then parls green Is green from
Paris, Is IK" Detroit Free Frets.
Poor Browning. "What has become of
your Browning Society. Miss Wabash?" asked a
New York gentleman of a Chicago girl.
"Oh, Browning Is In tbe soup, and we are going
for Goethe nowl" Sew York Sun.
Why he called it so. Pangle told Mc
Corkle an Improbable story.
"I've heard that varts before," commented
'Why do you call It an Evarts?" asked Fsnzte.
"Because It Is too thin." Sew York Sun.
A peaceful farm life, "You will look
like a frontier cowboy. What are you going to do.
Charley, with a Winchester rifle and your belt full
of revolvers and howie knives?"
"I'm going to open a farm in Oklahoma."
"Ob, yes! Welt I guess you've got tbe right
kind of agricultural Implements." Chicago
A ticket for his friend. "Mother doesn't
think sbe will go to tbe theater with us to-night,
"Is tbat so? I've got three tickets. What shall
we do with the third one."
"Give it to the man tbat you always go out to
see between tbe acts. He can sit with ns and
you won't have to go out to see him." Chicago
A Testimonial. Judge You have been
summoned to taatlfvu tn-wh&t von know of the
character of the defendant. What have you to
ssy? . "
Wltness-I think the defendant wouia m.
capital police offlcer, . -t-
J. A capital police officer? ,f.
W.-Yes, If It takes a thief to eaten wi.
Who is the author of the following lines?
asks J. 7. Young:
There are no pears'on last year's trees,
No bird's In last year's nest
There are no pod's on last year s peas,
No coins In last year's vest
Wedonotknow. Ifwe old we should probably
be hanged for murder within six weeks of our first
meeting with hlm.-JfunK' Weekly.
He began with the first of the season,
Bat each In turn said "no;"
Though every form of tbe question
Be studied, to make It go.
And this Is the answer he'll give you
When-yon ask the popular "qulzs"
"1 don't know Is marriage a failure.
But I know my getting there Is."