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PITTSBURG, MONDAY, APR. 22, 1S88.
THE HISSING TTEAttTl FEOM.
The mystery which, it was feared, might
cover a fearful ocean disaster and the ex
tinction of hundreds of lives has been dis
solved. The fear that the 700 lives on board
of the abandoned steamer Denmark were all
lost is relieved by the news published in our
telegraphic columns of their arrival at the
It is one of the interesting proofs of the
inferences that can be drawn by those
accustomed to the sea, that the non-arrival
of the steamer Missouri at Philadelphia
-was made the basis of a theory that she had
fallen in with the Denmark and taken the
passengers and crew to the Azores. The
logic on which this hope was based, seemed
to outsiders rather frail; but it has been
corroborated in every particular. Only one
life was lost, and beyond that the worst
suffering has been the terrible strain on
those who have for many days been dread
ing the loss of friends and relatives.
This is a happy ending to a great anxiety.
But it is hardly wise to let the relief cause
the fact to be overlooked that the lost
steamer was terribly crowded and that
a terrible destruction of life must have been
inevitable except for the fottunate presence
of the rescuing steamer.
THE NATIONAL EEFOHMEES.
The meeting of the National Reform Con
ference at City Hall to-morrow will be an
occasion when the gravest social questions
will be thoroughly discussed by a number
of able and earnest thinkers. Few among
. the great mass of sincere and thoughtful
men .will dissent from the ultimate purposes
of the conference in the promotion of mor
ality, the preservation of the Christian feat
ures of our republic, the maintenance of the
American system of education 'and the re
formation of the marriage and divorce laws.
As to the means to be adopted to reach the
final end of elevating and purifying society
there are inevitably the widest differences
of opinion. Intelligent discussion is the
only way of solving such problems, and the
conference will contribute an important ad
dition to that. Both the adhejents and op
ponents of the school of thought represented
by the conference will find a great deal of
interest in its procedings.
CAN JOKES PAY THISTEEIGHT!
Lieutenant Governor Jones, of New York,
who first came into public notice from the
fact that "he pays the freight," has got him
self into a snarl with the Bepublican major
ity of the Senate that bids fair to discount
the nnique proceedings of the lower branch
of that body. The Bepublicans of the Sen
ate have voted to lay aside the regular order
in order to take up and pass the ballot reform
and high license bills; and the Democrats
want to prevent their passage in order to save
Governor Hill from the 'embarrassment of
vetoing them. So Lieutenant Governor
Jones rules against the Republican major
ity, and on appeals from his decision refuses
to put the appeal to -vote. The Bepublican
Senators try to speak and he refuses to listen
to them. The Democratic Senators are per
mitted to do all the talking and the Senate
consequently resolves itself into a bear gar
den, with threats of pulling the Lieutenant
Governor out of the chair, as the leading
This is a pleasing example of the results
of unregulated partisanship in legislative
proceedings. It amounts to a declaration
on the part of the presiding officer that the
majority shall not legislate. A good deal
has been said about preserving the rights
of the minority in legislative bodies, but in
this case it seems that there is a need for
preserving the rights of the majority.
Matching this practical assertion of a power
to prevent the majority from governing the
action of a legislative body with the "West
("Virginia plan of forbidding the popular
vote in the election of a Governor to take
effect, there is a decided necessity of in
structing some of our politicians in the first
principles of popular government.
This is so clear in Lieutenant Governor
Jones' case tbift even the Democrats in New
York condemn his action and recognize
the possibility of his impeachment If
"Jones pays the freight" he may find that
there is a pretty bill in this case.
THE CONTROL LING EOECE.
A rather striking line of policy for the
operation of gas companies was outlined by
Sir Bobert Bawlinson at the half-yearly
meeting of the Commercial Gas Company,
ot London. He thought there was little to
fear from the competition of electric lights,
if their engineers and officers did their best
to produce gas at the lowest urice, to main
tain their works in the highest degree of
efficiency and to remedy defects in quality.
It is worthy of notice that the adherence to
this policy bad. during the preceding sis
months, enabled the company to earn a
profit of 5285,000, on a priceffor gas of 56 to
60 cents per thousand, the reduction to the
jlower figure having been made during the
half year. The cost of making gas cannot
,be as low in London as it is in Pittsburg;
ibut it makes a great difference whether
there is a competition that presses upon the
officers the necessity of producing gas at the
"lowest price and remedying defects in
'A more complete acceptance of the Amer-
can claim with regard to Samoa could hard
ly be asked for, than'is made in the White
Book issued "by Prince Bismarck on the Sa
moan affair. He not only disavows the ac
tion of Consul Knappe in his aggressions
upon the internal Government of Samoa,
but he distinctly charges those aggressions
'with the responsioility for the subsequent
troubles. He disclaims any attempt at con
trol of the Government of Samoa, and di
rects that hereafter commanders of German
vessels must satisfy themselves of the legal
and political soundness of consular orders
before they resort to armed interference.
This is a distinct retraction and disavowal
of the acts to which the American represen
tatives took exception even down to the ne
cessity of commanders satisfying themselves
of the piopriety of consular orders, this was
involved in the protests which Captain
Leary, of the Adams made to Captain Fri tie'
oftheAdlcr. The German officer positive
ly declared that his responsibility ended
with obeying the instructions received from
the Consul, and the American officer per
sisted that the responsibility must attach
to him as well. The very positive position
of the German officers on this point raises
the suspicion that it was based on their in
structions. This idea, with its legitimate
inference, that Bismarck finds it convenient
to make a scapegoat of Consul Knappe, is
corroborated by the fact that the subor
dinate was only carrying out the well-defined
German policy begun by his pre
decessor in the capture of Malietoa; and
that nearly all the acts, with the exception
of the declaration of martial law, must have
been known at Berlin long before they were
In other words, the change of the German
position may be credited to the steady op
position of the United States. Bismarck is
not especially fond of the United States;
but he perceived plainly that he could not
afford to quarrel with us over so insignifi
cant a stake as Samoa. Consequently, when
he finds that the United States could be
neither cajoled, hoodwinked nor browbeaten
into consenting to the German domination,
he offers Consul Knappe as a sacrifice on
the altar of diplomacy and adopts the
American platform of non-intervention
and the maintenance of equal commercial
A EADICAL BILL.
A bill has been introduced in the New
York Legislature which has been indorsed
by the Merchants Exchange ot Buffalo,
and which is, as we understand, practilally
the measure which Mr. Carnegie urges for
Pennsylvania. Its vital point is in the en
actment that no railroad shall charge tor
passengers or freight transported, within the
State "a greater rate of toll or compensation
than is at the same time charged by it as its
share of the through rate for the transporta
tion in the same direction for the same dis
tance of the same railroad" on inter-State
traffic The penalty for violation is from
51,000 to $5,000 fine for the first offense, and
not less than $5,000 for subsequent offenses.
Triple damages are given to injured parties;
and the fines are to be divided between the
injured party and the person irpon whose
information the complaint is made.
This is a very tart measure, and goes to
greater lengths than the majority of rail
road reformers have ever proposed. Under
its enactment, the Pennsylvania Railroad
must charge from Philadelphia to Pitts
burg exactly the rate which it receives as
its share of the through rate, say from Phil
adelphia to San Francisco. It allows a lit
tle lee-way by permittinr the addition of
terminal charges by an impartial tribunal;
so that if the share of the Chicago rate on
coke allotted to the railroad hauling to
Pittsburg should be 50 cents and the com
missiohbr other tribunal designated by the
law should say that 5 cents is a fair termi
nal charge the Pittsburg rate might be 55
cents. But the principle of the bill is that
the railroad must do the hauling on State
traffic for exactly the same rate that it gets
for the same haul as its percentage out of
long distance inter-State traffic
It is not necessary at present to discuss
the pros and cons of such a radical enact
ment But it is pertinent to point out to
our railroad friends the significance of the
proposal ot such a measure from such
sources as the Buffalo Exchange and Mr.
Carnegie. They have for years been pooh
poohing those who urged the conservative
principles laid down in the Constitution of
Pennsylvania and the Inter-State Commerce
law as radical and impracticable. Now
they are confronted with an important com
mercial body and a manufacturer who was
formerly a successful railroader, and whose
prosperity now depends on the prosperity of
the roads, urging a measure that goes
far beyond the previous standards and very
nearly calls for equal mileage rates.
This fact should impress upon them the
necessity of obeying the legal standards
already set up, and conciliating public
opinion by better treatment of their local
traffic. Theyshonld not only conform in
good faith to the principles of the State
Constitution, but they should cherish local
interests by keeping some sort ot decent pro
portion between through and short haul
charges. If they will do that they may
prevent the danger of much more radical
and vexatious measures.
The Philadelphia Ledger says that
though nearly a million and a half ballots
for the June election are to be sent to Phil
adelphia, "it will be a matter of surprise if
without the stimulus coming from party
candidates, one-tenth that number of voters
can be induced to go to the polls." As the
largest vote ever cast in Philadelphia was
in the vicinity of 180,000, we hope that the
esteemed Ledger does not mean to intimate
that with the stimulus coming from party
candidates a poll of two-tenths of 1,500,000
could be got into the ballot boxes of its
"We do not hear so much about the inter
State commerce law ruining the railroads as
we did a few months ago. This may be
partly because earnings have improved a
little; but the main reason is that Congress
is not in session.
THE comments which have been raised in
the opposition press by a circular from the
firm of Wanamaker & Brown, sent to post
masters asking them to find agents for the
sale of that firm's goods, brings forth an ex
planation that not Mr. John Wanamaker,
the Postmaster General, but Mr. "William
"Wanamaker, his brother, is the senior
partner of that firm. This exonerates the
Postmaster General; and it also proves that
the other Wanamaker has the full family
perception of the value of advertising and a
good business opportunity.
The New York Legislature makes more
of an exhibition of itself than its Pennsyl
vania counterpart; but it appears to contain
a saving remnant large enough to kick up a
rumpus at doing the exact bidding of the
The Legislature is promptly giving the
right of way to a bill appropriating $12,000
for tbejsubsistence of the State troops while
they are in New York. This may be pure
public spirit; but there is also a possibility
that the accounts which have come back
from other trips oi the bold militiamen
have inspired the- members of the Legisla
ture with care in protecting the larder
which is to be provided for themselves in
New York, from foraging parties by the
Except as raw material for the' newspa
per wits, the pigs in clover should be recog
nized as old enough to slaughter and smoke
As a puzzle, the affair is decidedly of the
back number variety.
The report that it is Secretary Blaine
who is keeping Judge Gresham out of the
Supreme Court is obviously offered to prove
that the Secretary of State has some in
fluence in this administration. It also
"seems calculated to produce hints that the
President has lost his memory.
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Secretary Proctor, in his boyhood, was
an enthusiastic coon hunter.
Mr. Joseph Pulitzer, proprietor of the
World, arrived at New York last night In the
steamer La Bretagne from Havre.
The first Postmaster in Oklahoma is a Phila
delphian. Fielder by name. Ho brought bis
office with him, and has erected it in Oklahoma
City. It is ten feet square.
M. Quesnat de Beavrefaire, the new
French Procureur General, is 42 years old, am
bitious and active. He entered the profession
in ISoS, and in 1870 ha entered a corps of Mobiles
as a volunteer.
President Harrison is a .physiognomist
He has erf at confidence in his ability to read
character through the expressions of the human
face. There is a, fascination for him In the
pursuit of this theoretical science.
James L. Babcock, of Ann Arbor, the
young man who must marry or lose a fortune,
will spend the summer in Europe. He starts
from Boston May 18. Whilo In Europo he will
hunt up some of his fair correspondents on
that side of the Atlantic
Major Slavmaker, Postmaster of Lancas
ter, Pa has a cask of brandy for wbich Simon
Cameron has offered in vain $45 a gallon. The
brandy was imported by the present owner's
grandfather. The pipe in which it came
from France bears the custom house marks of
Here's a bran new story told by Senator
Tom Cooper, who heard it in Washington:
Senator Hoar, of Massachusetts, and Senator
Beck, of Kentucky, are not in love with each
other. Hoar is crusty and Beck is prosy. Not
long ago Beck was making a speech in the
Senate, and was rather more long-winded than
usual Somebody said to Hoar; "Beckismak
ingan unusually long speech." "Yes," said
Hoar, "that's his way of resting his brain."
Miss Zaunski, sister of the Lieutenant who
invented the dynamite gun, has become al
most as much of a dynamite expert as her
brother. Since the death of his wife, about
five years ago, she has acted as private secre
tary for him. She has stndied out his prob
lems, read up mathematics to better aid him
and taken a deep interest in pneumatics ana
gunnery. Brother and sister have a comforta
ble home at Fort Hamilton, which attracts a
number of visitors.
Sir Julian Pnnnccfotc, the New British Min
ister, Arrives In This Country.
New Yoke, April 21. Sir Julian Paunce
fote, the newly appointed British Minister to
Washington, arrived on the Etrnria at 5 p. M.
Sir Julian was born 60 years ago in the county
of Gloucester, at Preston Court It may be ad
mitted that it is not usual to confer arduous
posts involving close attention and often very
hard work upon a man of 60, but there is no
evidence of mental or physical decay in Sir
Julian Pauncefote. His intellectual faculties
are as keen as they were a decade ago, and un
til very lately he practiced his favorite exercise
not only with the skill of an accomplished
fencer but also with the energy of vigorous
manhood. Conciliation is not altogether in his
line, and he will not make friends with every
Dick, Tom and Harry who. happens to be in
troduced to him. If not of 'noble birth he be
longs to a very old family, and has the manners
of an aristocrat who can be extremely fasci
nating or decidedly glacial. It may be essen
tial to be icy toward presuming Yankees, bnt
His Excellency does not require to be told
that it is, as a rule, better to attract than to
repel. Lady Pauncefote and her daughter
will undoubtedly assist in the more pleasant
Sir Julian Fanncefote has firmness written
in his face. It is not entirely because he is
not the kind of a man to stand any nonsense
that be has been appointed to Washington.
though an irresolute individual would have
been foredoomed to failure. There need be
no apprehension that the Interests of Great
Britain will suffer in this 'direction. Sir Julian
Pauncefote has an iron resolution, but he
knows how to yield gracefully when conces
sions are worthless or Inevitable.
SINGULAR CASE OP INSOMNIA.
A Woman Who Can Sleep Soundly
When the Moon la Waning.
From the New York San .2
"The most singular case of insomnia of which
I have ever beard," said a physician, "is that of
a friend of mine in a neighboring town, a lady
of middle age. With the- exception of her
peculiar insomnia, she is In robust health. She
is an uncommonly sound sleeper in the 'dark
of the moon,' but as the new moon approaches
its first quarter she is attacked' with wakeful
ness. She can sleep only at long intervals
during the night, and only a few minutes at a
This sleeplessness increases with the fulling
L of the moon, and by the time that stage in the
moon's course is reached she is unable to ob
tain even the lightest slumber. She remains in
a state of utter wakefulness until the moon
begins to wane, when she gradually grows
sleepy aeain. and is able to sleep longer and
sounder as the moon disappears. When the
period of dark moon has arrived she resumes
her broken slumber. This condition has
prevailed for more than ten years."
AN OKLAHOMA OUTFIT.
Secretary Noble's Excellent Advice to a
I Dlsnppolnted Ofllcesecker.
Washington April 21. C. C. Tincher, of
Coldwater, Kan., who has for weeks been vain
ly seeking an appointment at Secretary No
ble's hands, called on the Secretary last night
and informed him that he was going to Okla
homa, The Secretary said he was glad to
know that Mr. Tincher desired to better his
condition, and then, just as they were about to
separate, Mr. Tincher asked the Secretary
what Kind of an outfit he would advise him to
"Wait a minute," said the genial Missourian,
"I'll write it out for you and you can read it
when you return to your hotel."
Mr. Tincher laughed when he read this:
"Money enough to take you there, one pis
tol, some whisky, another pistol, some more
whisky, a lone box, money enough to bring
yon back in the box."
Rcsolu tions of Regret.
rSFECIAI. TXLIGKA1I TO THE DISFATCH.l
New Yore, April 21. About 100 officials of
the New York postoffice met this afternoon
and passed appropriate resolutions of regret at
the death of Postmaster Pearson.
DEATHS OFjL DAY.
Squire Robert Tteadllng.
Bobert Beadllng, Esq., one of the best known
and oldest inhabitants of Banksvllle, died snd
denly at bis home shortly after 1 o'clock F. m.
yesterday. Mr. Beadllng was one of the first set
tlers of Banksvllle, having come to the place
from TemperanceTllle with the opening np of the
Little Sawmill Bun Coal Company, one of the
first coal companies to enter the coal fields of that
region. He was connected with this company as one
or the managers in inc mines ror a nnmter of years.
connected himself with
Long's coal works In the ssme capacity. Long's
works being- about the second of that kind in the
tnen xnnving vmagooi DsnKsvuie.
In the year 3887 be was elected Jnstlce of the
Jt'eare for Union township, and commissioned as
such by Governor Beaver April 4, 1887. Mr. Bead
ling, owlnfrto his cental temperament and sterling
qualities, was widely Known by a large circle of
friends in Banksvllle, Tcmperancevllle, Monnt
Washington and West .Liberty borough. Be
leaves a wife and eight sons and two daughters.
The oldest sons, the Keadllng Bros., are exten
sively engaged In the coal business at Tom's run,
back of Mount Lebanon.
Chicago, April II, Ignaclo Alas, Mexican
consul at Chicago, died here to-day after a two
months Illness. The Consul his served his
coontry In varions capacities for 30 years. He
was at one time a member or the Mexican Supreme
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STATE CAPITAL CHAT.
Adjournment and Junketing- Commission
to Work When tbo Legislature Rests
Point for iho Old Soldiers Guarding
the Stnto Funds.
FROM A STAFF COEBEBFDNDEST.
Hahkisijurg, April 2L "Will wa adjourn
on the 9th of May?" is the question members
frequently assail each other with. Some
answer yes; others answer no. Some say it is
not possible for the Legislature to adjourn be
fore the 20th, or even later. But it will take a
two-thirds' majority of each branch to prevent
an adjournment at the time now appointed,
and two-thirds majoritie's are not to be had for
the mere asking. Members are becoming
anxious to get away to their business, and to
such as these legislation that looked very im
portant a little while ago looks much less im
pottant now and after May Day will look even
Time nnd the Excursion to Gotham.
The New York trip will knock out some val
uable time, in spite of the extra work on Fri
days and Mondays. Extra work on these days
might have been done to good advantage even
had there been no New York trip. Another at
tempt to prevent it is likely to be made to-mor.
row night, when original resolutions will be in
A large number of commissions will do busi
ness after the adjournment of the Legislature.
A commission to revise aud consolidate the
road laws of the Commonwealth is' not the
least Important or these A commission to
prepare a code of Insurance laws is another. If
all goes well, a commission will select a route
for a ship canal to connect Lake Erie with the
Ohio, and a legal commission may get a chance
to prepare rules of practice for tbo courts of
the Commonwealth. There will be no com
mission to prepare a uniform series of text
books for the schools of the Commonwealth,
or an; part of them, though there was a con
siderable effort in that direction.
Xooklng After Public Institutions.
A part of one important commission has al
ready been appointed. It is not called a com
mission, hownver, but is termed a joint com
mittee. Senator Mjlln, of Lancaster, gave
birth to the idea, and he, with Senator Rey
bura, has been appointed on the com
mittee on behalf of the Senate.
The members from tho lower branch
have not yet been appointed. The duty of the
committee will be to examine all the penal and
charitable institutions of the Stato, the Nor
mal schools and otber institutions getting
money from the publio treasury. Senator
MyUnsays the Appropriations Committees of
the two Houses have not the time to go over
these institutions as they should be gone over.
He thinks they should be held to stricter ac
count than tbey are, and that uniformity in
the keeping of accounts should be insisted on.
Much of the time of members of the Appropria
tions Committees is Inst on the biennial visit
in learning the method of bookkeeping. The
only place where this was not the case was at
the Soldiers' Home, In Erie. There everything
was as plain as it was possible to make it and
everything was accounted for. In the opinion
of Senator Mylin it is the best and most sys
tematically conducted public institution in
Mixing Moneys Up.
At many institntlons sustained or aided by
the State, it was discovered that a very, loose
system has prevailed. Money given by the
Legislature for a specific purpose has gone into
the general fund, and it is a very difficult mat
ter to discover whether all or only a portion of
it was used for the purpose for which the Leg
islature intended it. In some cases it is appa
rent that the whole sum has not Deen'so used,
all of it not being necessary for the purpose,
and the unexpended balance has been covered
into the general fund of the institution. This,
it may be said, is a practice of long standing.
It has been assumed by the officers
that the money given by the Legisla
ture is given absolutely, aud then that
if by economy any part of an appropriation
could be saved from the object for which it
was originally intended, they were perfectly
free to apply it to anything else. A different
view is taken by level-headed gentlemen who
have charge ot the legislative end of the public
purse, ana managers of public or semi-public
institutions have already been given to udder
stand that hereafter, when money is voted
them for a particular object, any balance re
maining after the purpose of an appropriation
has been accomplished is the property, not of
the institution, but of the State. Chairman
Dearden, of the House Appropriati ons Com
mittee, and several of his fellow members on
the same committee who had the experience of
last session before them, were prepared to deal
with tbismatter this year, and a number of 16-
I- stitutions that came for regular biennial allow
ances nave louna tne amount oi tueir demand
reduced by the amount of tile balance of the
last appropriation unexpended for the purpose
for which it was obtained.
New System Needed.
Senator Mylin has seen this same thing, and
the committee appointed under his resolution
is intended to permanently correct this matter,
and among other things, to devise something
like a uniform system of bookkeeping for the
institutions sustained in whole or in part from
the public funds. Tbe Senator is also of the
opinion that a new Executive Department to
control the penal and charitable institutions of
the State might save much moneytothe Treas
ury by carefully guarding expenditures.
Soldiers' Orphans and Border Claims.
A very Important commission to,be appoint
ed by the Speaker of tbe House, tbe President
pro tern, of the Senate and the Department
Commander of the G. A. R. will be the Sol
diers Orphans' Commission. It will have com
plete control of the orphans now in the schools,
and it is already promised for it that it will
close all tbe schools and otherwise dispose of
A commission in which the Grand Army men
will also be interested is the one to press upon
Congress the claims of citizens pt the border
counties who suffered losses during rebel raids.
Captain Skinner could not obtain tbo Legisla
ture's approval of a law permitting these peo
ple to sue the State, but be accomplished no
small thing when he induced it to throw its
Svhole weignt and influence into tbe attempt to
have Congress foot tbe bill. It is seldoufclaim
ants go to Congress with the official approval
of a great Commonwealth. Democrats just
now look on Captain Skinner with much favor,
and he looms up strongly among them as a
candidate for Governor.
A Legislative Camp Fire.
The campQre to be held in the Opera House
on Thursday night will be participated in by
the Governor and all tbo otber soldier survivors
of the late unpleasantness between the States
who are in tbe departments and in the Legis
lature. Tbey and their friends will furnish the
speeches, recitations aud songs that will iorra
the entertainment. One of the entertainers
will be Hon. John Rose, of Cambria, who as a
whistler can give Mrs. Shaw many valuable
pointers. His high notes are clear and bird
like, his low notes are as melodious as the
tones of a flute, and his trills are simply en
A Lawyer's Attnck on the Judges.
Hon. Henry Hall has made himself solid with
the granger element of the legislature, and
many others by his attack on the judges' sal
ary bill, but many things he said about the
judiciary shocked many and grated harshly on
many ears. Coming from a' lawyer, and" tbe
Chairman of the General Judiciary Committee
of the House, the words were of more weight
than had they been uttered by another.
Wailing on a Larger Salary.
The term of the Superintendent of Public
Instruction has expired, but no appointment is
likely to be made nntil the Legislature disposes
of the bill to increaso the salary of tbe place to
Pearson and the Tobies.
George Pearson, Governor Reaver's hand
some private secretary, is stalwart and Sulli
.sanesque in his physical development. There
is a similarity about his tobies, of which he
always has a generous supply for himself and
friends. Governor Beaver is not a smoker.
One day recently, however, work let up a little
a-id he leaned oack in his chair and surveyed
his handsomely furnished office. Suddenly he
looked vastly surprised, and calling his private
secretary remarked: "George, we've been
working pretty hard lately.'r George guard
edly admitted that it might be true, but didn't
commit himself, and tbe Governor continued
"I find I am becoming very absent minder) i
haven't tbe slightest recollection of smokW
all these tobies. Have youT" Mr. Pearson
looked around the room. Seven half smoked
tobies graced the mantel. There was a row on
one slue of tbe Governor's desk, and tbe win
dow sills were more or less decorated. It was
an interesting sight and the private secretary
surveyed it delightedly as he Informed His Ex
cellency that he couldn't remember havinc
seen a toby in his mouth during his term of
office, butlt was evldentlv time, from th n
pearance of things, to inaugurate an era of r-,
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A GEEAT NEWSPAPER.
A Fine Assortment of Reading Matter Cov
ering SO Broad Pages.
Yesterday's triple number of The Dispatch
was as complete as usual in its news and liter
ary features. A complete summary of its attrac
tive contents would be impossible in a limited
space. Suffice it to say, therefore, that tbe
issue consisted of 20 pages of eight columns
each, every bit of space being filled with Inter
Tbe leading news item was an account of the
scenes and events in the vicinity of Oklahoma.
A number of "boomers" crossed into the ter
il tory and were driven back. Rumors of fight
ing are current. Tens of thousands of immi
grants are ready to rush Into the pew territory
at the earliest possible moment. 'It is stated
that Senators Cameron and Quay are not op
posing each other, but merely pretending -to
do so. Secretary Rusk has discharged 18 em
ployes from tbe Agricultural Department.
Captain Armes' friends are rallying to defend
him. A mad dog created great excitement in
New York and bit nine persons. A Boston
leather firm has failed, with liabilities amount
ing to $200,OCa Frank Hancock, of Blue Run,
PaC, killed four of. bis children and then hung
himself. The Standard has some formida
ble rivals who aro also trying to gain Ohio oil
territory. A special correspondent at Lima
outlined the situation in that field. Joe John
son, of New Castle, has had marvelous luck in
fishing, and a correspondent tells The Dis
patch readers all about it.
Canada is preparing to rid herself of her
colony of American boodlers. King Milan, of
Servia, is under the influence of a spiritualist
medium of the Diss pebar type. A Paris cor
respondent related a story of Madame Bern
hart and Jane Hading and told of an experi.
ence in the catacombs. The great loan exhibi
tion opens at Vienna to-day. Newfoundland
fishermen are demanding that the Imperial
Government uphold their rights. The German
Government has assumed a peaceful attitude
on tbe Samoan questi.n, and seems ready to
conciliate the United States.
A Dispatch reporter interviewed Senator
Rntan, who made some startling statements,
charging gross extravagance in all departments
of the State administration. The old Butler
Street M. E. Church is to be 'remodeled and
made a handsome edifice of modem style. A
number of workers threaten to leave tne -
Amalgamated Association. Harvey Header
son, Esq., discussed prohibition at a public
meeting on Mt. Washington. Tbe Pennsylva
nia Agents' Association held a meeting and de
cided to make a rate of two cents a mile to
those attending the May Festival from places
within a radius of 123 miles from tbe citv.
The Alleghenies defeated the Syracuse club
11 to 4. Cartwright and Noremac engaged in
a pedestrian contest at the Central Rink.
The former won. Sporting news and gossip
filled several columns.
Parts IT. and HL (pages 9 to 20) Included a
great variety of original matter. Edward
Everett Hale's story was continued. Frank
Carpenter told how Americans live in Asia.
Gail Hamilton continued to pick to pieces the
doctrines of modern unbelievers. Bill Nye de
scribed remarkable fauna and flora, discovered
by himself. Ouida took sporting .men to task
Sot cruelty to tbat noble animal, the horse. Es
telle Clayton and others gave hints on the
proper car of women's hair. Rev. George
Hodges talked impressively on the lessons of
faster day. A couple of columns of every
day science contained a vast amount of curious
and interesting information. Mark F. Gris
wold gave a study of suicido and its
causes. Lillian Spencer described Cuba in a
bright, readable letter. MaryG. Humphries
furnished a pleasing description of some of the
luxurious bath rooms of rich people. E. H.
Heinnchs contributed one of his ,fanclful
stones. In "The Land of the Lotos" Beverly
Crump told of the many curious things he saw
in 'the West Indies. E. V. Lv explained the
method of determing the correct time, as car
ried out at. the Allegheny observatory. Grace
Greenwood's Melightful sketch was on "Actors
m Society' Wakeman furnished a pen picture
of the celebrated Lakes of Killarney. H. A.
W. described the life of the shanty boatman,
who leads an itinerant life on the Ohio and
Mississippi rivers, between Pittsburg and New
Orleans. T. T O'Malley gave a stranger's im
pressions ot Pittsburg. Other contributors
were Clara Belle, J. W. Breen. O. M. S., Cap
tain Charles King, A. Von Hoesen, "A Clergy
man" and Bessie Bramble. It was a fine num
ber of our paper. '
A BELIETER IN LUCK.
John C. New a Crank ou the Ancient Super
stition as to Friday.
Washington, April 2L Hon. John C. New,
Consul General to London, will be here to-morrow,
and will probably sail on Saturday next
for his post. He may demur, however, unless
he can get away from Washington on Thurs
day, 'for he would not start anywhere on Fri
day. He is as superstitious as Blaine, and has
practically lost a day out of each week in con
sequence. A man of many enterprises, he has
never been willing to make anything that
looked like a beginning; in any of tbem on Fri
day. No matter how urgent it seems to be,
new business always has to wait till Saturday
The Frldav fear in nnlv otia nf mrmvln TTats-U
mindA He never goes out of his own front
door if he-can help it. Even when he has
guests he walks out of his side door while they
walk out of the front. Naturally, he believes
in luck, and trusts to it even in his favorite
game of poker. He expects to teach the En
glish somethings about tbe great American
game not contained iu tbe little manual which
General Robert C. Schenck wrote for private
circulation among "the upper circles" when he
was our Minister at the Court of St. James,
and to add to his income incidentally. He has
already made some inquiries as to crack play
ers in London, and feels sure that he can van
quish even those who have bad the advantage
of Minister Sclienck's personal tuition.
When a friend of New, who has many ac-
Suaintances abroad, offered recently to give
ew a letter of introduction to a well known
man in London, New asked: "What's his
limit?" His friend replied: "You must find
that out for yourself," and that was all he could
get out of him about the Englishnfin's poker
playing. New thinks that in him he may find a
HIED TO FOLLOW THE LAW.
A Married Woman Still Enjoys Exemption
, From Arrest lq Civil Proceedings.
From the Philadelphia Hecord.J
"They make law so fast it is hard to keep up
to it," said Judge Biddle to an old lawyer who
had been beaten by a decision in Common
Pleas No. 1 yesterday. "It has been decided
by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania,!' con
tinued bis Honor, after referring to the' fact
tbat different decisions had been rendered by
the lower courts, "that tho act of June 3, 1887,
has not abrogated tho privilege of a married
woman to exemption from arrest and imprison
ment In civil proceedings." The Judge accord
ingly quashed a capias that had been issued for
the arrest of Elizabeth Rothfussin a civil suit
for $2,000 damages for slandering Fredencka
Accepted, With Thanks.
The Dispatch thankfully acknowledges
the receipt of copies of Smull's Hand Book
for 1889, kintllv forwarded hv Representative
W..T. Marshall rnd Hon. I'ussell Errett.
The silent dewy darkness
Is changed to leaden pray,
Tbe odorous breath of morning
Comes throughKhe gates of day,
Out from the brooding shadows
The breezes bear along
The first faint rippling bird notes,
That soon shall wake In song.
Across tbe dim, wide reaches,
Fog-hidden from my sight
There swells a wordless chorus,
That heralds coming light
The prophecy of morning ,
Is In the atmosphere,
The piping of a robin
Proclaims that day linear.
Soon on the ramparts of the East
Are violet banners hung,
"Which turn to burning crimson
While rose-red clouds, wind-swung,
Tloat up to tbe brightening zenith.
Or out to tbe horizon dim,
And the mists like night time phantoms,
Flee over the wide world's rim.
Then comes a burst of radiance,
And every wind-swept Void ' (
Of cloud is edged and braided
Willi lavish wealth ofgold.
They fade from red topcecy white.
The darkness disappears,
A day is born gem-like to shine
In the rosary of years. ,
mutr PunU, in Cincinnati Commercial Ba-secre.
THE WASHINGTON ELEPHANT.-
A National Zoological Display A Race
War Between the Black and Grlzzlr
Benrs-Tho Rale of the-Southern Briga
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
WAsrnuaTON. April 21. Probably the most
striking contrast between now and four years
ago is in the type of politicians who hang about
the lobbies of the hotels, and on the doorsteps
of their members of Congress." Now the vast
majority of them are unmistakably Northern.
Most of the white Republicans lrom the South
are of Northern breeding, and the few negroes
from the South might be from any part' of the.
country. Four years ago the Southern poli
tician was supreme. "Northerners were modest
and kept in the background. They simply asked
for what they wanted for their own localities or
States, and did not attemntto gnm?pst"what
would be-best for the South or any other sec-
wm. .liojwiunm do anxiety to runtmngs.
The supremacy of the Southern element was
too apparent for that The long-haired, seedy,
tobacco-chewing, old-fashioned brigadier"
was clearly on top. Even the young element of
the South was forced to the rear. The briga
diers bad captured Washington and proposed
to make the most of their prize. There was a
lot of sleek, well dressed, good mannered,
Southom young men in tbe field, but the
youngsters were not consulted at all, and any
who attempted to thrust themselves to the
front, and vent ideas less than a quarter of a
century old, were summarily frowned down
and informed that they must listen to their
elders who bad led the South in her days of
trial and must lead it as long as they were
on too of the sod. The change is agreeable.
The Southern-born men who are here now
are nearly all young. Not many or the old'
brigadiers are found among the Republicans.
These men are for the new South. They are
not interested in maintaining South'n bonab,
sah," but understand tbat the welfare of tbe
South is that of the whole country, and so they
are national and not sectional. The drift of
the young South is In this direction -and tbey
know it, and they are no longer alarmed for
fear of enmity or ostracism. With the success
last fail of the Republican party.the rule of tbe
brigadiers ended forever. Even Democratic
success in 1892 will not resunectit. The fact
that under their management the party was re
pudiated at the end of its first term in more
thon a quarter of a century has crushed them
out of existence, and whether we have republi
can or Democratic administrations in the fu
ture, the young South will be to the front and
the ancient brigadier will live only in history.
A few of tbem will linger superfluous on the
dwko uj ungreis lor years to come, as laaing
memories Of a former crlnnr hntJhAV will rnfc
no flgureJn the legislation of the future.
A Circus Demanded.
Well, the office seeker may come and go, but
we who are here forever care little, in our
philosonhjcal moods, as to his identity. What
difference to us whether he be Smith or Jones
who is hea"i of a department or burean, chief
of a division, chief clerk, auditor, controller or
commissioner? One man is as good as another,
if no better, and there is so little individuality
under our crushing system that it la mostly a
mere change of name with no difference of
character, and. so we care little who fills tbe
offices if they do not tramp on our toes when
tbey are rushing about, new fledeed and im
portant, carrying the whole world on theirlittle
shoulders. We turn from these serious matters
of government, and, as we work for bread, are
Imbued with the spirit of the noble old Romans
and cry for circuses also. Tbe cry was a brief
one. Evidently the grave and reverend
seniors caught the infection easily. After
agitation during one short congressional term
they gave us our circus.
Just to Please the Children.
It Is one of the mysteries of our lives, this
love of animals. It is an instinct in children
and a passion with grown people. They may
notadmltit, but it is true. What minister or
deacon fails to bring his children, or some
body's children, to the circus, ostensibly forthe
children, but really for themselves? What vis
itor at New York, Philadelphia, London, Paris,
Berlin or other spot having a zoological garden
fails to take in the animals among tbe earliest
of the sights? I suppose it is because we have
in our own natures so much of the brute, and
because the animals have in their natures so
much of humanity, that each recognizes the
nearness of the relationship, and so we are
brought together as first cousins of a long sep
arated family, whose natures have remained
quits similar, but whose language has drifted
Everybody Wants to See tbe Animals.
Small as our little "zoo" is now, it is safe to
say it has more visitors than any otber spot in
tbe city. Thousands of tbe townspeople who
would not think of wasting tbe time to go to
the halls of Congress to listen to a debate on
the most profound or exciting of national or
international questions, will go three times a
week to gee the collection in the little.tbanties
at tbe east frent'of the grand edifice of the
Smithsonian Institute. It is rare tbat tbe de
bates furnish anything new. Man, you know, is
the most monotonous creature in tbe world,,
except woman. Animals are endless in their
variety. What human shows the marvelous
complexity and subtility of character exhibited
in the actions and expressions of tbe monkey ?
It makes one sigh for a backward evolution of
the race. Every time I drop into tbe little
'zoo" I see children and elders staring with
open and admiring mouths at the ease, grace,
naturalness, humor and pathos of these con
summate actors, and surely inwardly fcursing
society for the veneering and conventionality
that has been thrust upon tbem.
I A Race War.
But as it Is with men, so it is with brutes, it
is hard fox them to be natural or happy amid
unlovely environments, and so our animals will
look somewhat forlorn nntil they are taken to
the new home tbat will soon be purchased for
tbem in the loveliest spot in all tho suburbs of
the Capital City. Strange, isn't it, tbat govern
ment should be so devoutly solicitous for tbe
animals within its boundariea and care so little
for its men, women and children? As now sit
uated, the buffalos and deerare in little muddy
pens, with coops for stables only large enough
for them to turn m; and tbe others are crowded
in a little room wbich has almost no ventilation,
and where the cages must be accordingly small.
Whatever must have been tbe opinion of men
before, these animals mnst have a great con
tempt for them now, but they make the best of
it. The two big brown bears play as much as
their mature dignity will allow; the beautiful
jaguar remains as sleek, bi3 spots as iridescent
as though he lived on tbe fawns and gazelles
of his native jungle; the two black bear cubs
from West Virginian mountains could not be
moro comical if they were in the forest of their
Recently a grizzly cub was added to the pit
where these cubs are confined. These savage
first cousins lived in amity as long as they
were Very small, but as soon as they began to
feel their strength they apparently desired to
test it. Fights began to occur. The grizzly
would pitch into one of the black cubs, and
then the other of the black cnhsnnntH t-i.
into the grizzly, and a fierce race war would en
sue. The two blacks could just overpower the
one gray, and the latter soon recognized tho
inequality of .the contest How to solve tbe
problem he evidently discovered, for when it
wasful'y established that tbe blacks would
always hang together, and that united they
could lick him, he picked up the smaller of the
two cubs and threw bim out at the top of tbe
pit which had been left open for ventilation.
Then he gave thb larger of the two a,, good
drnbbing, at tbe same tone enjoying the panic
araong tho bvstanders who snddenlv found t
bear loose in their midst
A Fmnro Attraction.
Outside of these .larger creaturestbe" collec
tion is now insignificant consisting of foxes,
wolves, badgers, squirrels and a few snakes,
wbich are so small as to be almost invisible
through the glass of their little cage; but there
is really not an inch more space in the present
Quarters, and for any increase the big and
little children of the country who are here, or
who expect to be here, must wais-for the ad
vent of the gardens, which will undoubtedly
be tbe finest in tbe world in the course ot
time, as the Yankee nation does everything
better than anybody else, or, at least n a
larger scale. The from 100,to 200 acres which
will be comprised in the area will very soon be
selected, and then the fine enthusiasm of Prof.
Hornaday will not permit it to rest barren of a
great collection of animals for rvery long.
Within two years the millions who visit Wash
ington annually will doubtless be treated to a
sight of the best collection of animals ever
seen in America, and to the quarter of a mill
ion of population in Washington tbey will be
a perennial joy, quite the best thing tbey
have had in the way of an '"attraction."
No Advantage Yet Taken of tbe Oppor
tunity to Extinguish Him.
From the Philadelphia Eecord.1
Will the Pennsylvania Railroad management
answer Andrew Carnegie? There was a very
well-defined rnmor afloat yesterday that the
attack will not be allowed to stand unchal
lenged. At the railroad office yesterday the
matter was pooh-poohed, and it was said that
no answer was called for. Mr. Carnegie's
charges have attracted wide attention all
through the State and no attempt has been
biade to deny the correctness of his mostim-
OUR MAIL POOCH.
An Intolerable Nuisance.
To tbe Editor of The Dispatch;
The approach of the month of May, replete
as It is with tbe events of great moment to
lovers of music of the higher order Is hailed
with joyful anticipation by all devotees of the
divine art, and well it may be, for the dearth of
means whereby to gratify the true musical
.taste is, indeed, remarkable in a Community
possessed of the population aud material pros
perity of Pittsburg and its environments. But
many there be that I wot of whose joy of
anticipation is dampened by a nervous dread
of tbe reality. Whence arises this nightmare?
Lit may be asked. It is produced by a vague
feeling of uncertainty as to the plan of campaign
likely to be adopted by the monstrosity com
monly known as tbe theater or concert room
hog. This bete uoir of tbe playhouse or con
cert hall, be it male or female, is
answerable, wittingly or unwitingly, for
the deviation of thousands of its
victims from tbe paths of rectitude; yet in
spite of this lamentable fact these bores rise
superioitto their surroundings; their mobility
of countenance is undisturbed, and their
serenity of spul unruffled: for they are suscepti
ble neither To didactic criticism nor to tbe
ethics of good breeding. Tbey simply journey
alone in tbe even tenor of their way, calmlv
indifferent to the Intolerable outrage which
they perpetrate upon the poor deluded
wretches who fancy that they visit a theater or
concert room to bear and witness a per
formance, and not to be enmeshed in the
cabalistic workings ot an impromptu conver
sazione. There resides In the cities of Pittsburg and
AUegbeny many an ardent lover of music
especially orchestral who, through stress of
circumstances, cannot by any possibility leave
hpme in order to gratify his desire; therefore,
unlike Mahomet and the mountain,
he must, perforce await the pleasure
or any peripatetic musicians that may
chance to pass through this arid
desert But alas I even then be is not permitted
to enjoy to tbe full that feast of harmony that
his soul has long craved for. Once snugly en
sconced in his seat he is soon made painfully
conscious that he is placed in fatal juxta posi
tion to a parcel of noodles whose sole mission
there apparently, is to display their ornaments
and asinine proclivities. Should the noodle's
attention by any chance be attracted to the
performance he will then and thorn nrni-peri tn
rapidly expatiate upon its merits or demerits
iu a very auamie tone oi voice, and then, hav
ing disposed of It to bis satisfaction, will at
once revert In a hissing whisper, to an edify
ing narrative of tho remarkable doings of
"Cjiolly" and iimself the preceding evening.
Meanwhile tbe victim writhes in mental agony,
and at the conclusion of the co icert, having
uccu uucmeu uut oi taat wmen ne paiatonear,
anoThad a right to hear, he wearily wends bis
way homeward creating fearful havoc among
the Ten Commandments in an impotent effort
to WTeck his righteous vengeancey.upon any
thing at all, however intangible.
And the concert hog? He ambles away,
bearing within bis breast a glowing conscious
ness of having acquitted himself nobly of his
contemptible part in life. Men and women of
common sense and enlture attend concerts as
listeners and remain so until the conclusion of
each number arid comment upon the perform
ance during the interregnum only. The
noodios-of both sexes go to vindicate their in
comestible claims to be what inherent and ac
quired ignorance, stupidity and ill-breeding
have made tbem consummate asses. Perhaps
it were useless to attempt the extirpation of
this evil, but in view of the approaching sym
phony concerts and the May festival I would
like to see The Dispatch and other Influen
tial journals of the city hammer the concert
hog on the bead once more, so tbat we may see
what can be accomplished. L. D.
ALLEGHENY, April 21 f
A Terr Important Link.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
In your article on the projected merger by
the Standard of their Ohio tank and pipe line
system with their Pennsylvania system, you
failed to mention a very important link in your
chain of evidence.
Both the United Pipe Lines and afterward
the National Transit Company's oil certificates
always used to read: "Deliver to John Smith
or order L000 barrels 'merchantable' crude
petroleum," but if you will take the. trouble to
look at ore of their current certificates "you
will find the word "merchantable" is left out
This Is decidedly significant. This important
change in the phraseology of the Standard cer
tificates was made about two years ago, when
Lima oil began to loom up.
As soon as the pipe line connections are
completed between the Lima and the Pennsyl
vania fields, there is nothing to prevent the
Standard from delivering Lima oil. or a mix
ture of the samo'with tho Pennsylvania pro
duct on their certificates.
nils matter of tbe change in the phraseology
of the certificates in such a vital part as leav
ing the word -'merchantable" out is particu
larly important to bankers who loan largo
amounts of money on such certificates, tne
value of which can, by the above means, be re
duced at will by the Standard from the present
market price to that of Lima oil.-
H. L. HEE3HSEB0.
Tthjsvtlle, Pa., April 20.
To the Kdltor or The Dispatch:
Will you be kind enough to inform one of
your lady readers why all this excitement in
regard to Oklahoma? Had I been a close
reader of your paper I suppose I would un
derstand all about it, bnt feel assured that
you will overlook my negligence and explain
the matter to me. A Lady Readee.
johkstowit, April 30.
TThe President has issued a proclamation
opening to settlement a large tract of fertile
land in tbe Indian'Territory. Many have long
looked with 'covetous eyes on this land, and
hence there is a grand scramble to see who
shall be first on the ground to secure home
steads. An Address Wanted. -
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Will you please inform me how to direct a
letter to David Fiocker. the longshoreman
mentioned in The Dispatch of April 20?
New Waterfobd, 0.,Vpril2L
A New York directory would peibaps give
tbe information. We do not know bow it
could be ascertained elsewhere. The item came
from that city.
The Bill Has Not Yet Passed.
To tne Editor or The Dispatch: '
Has there been a law passed lately forbidding
tbe sale of tobacco to persons less than 16 years
of age? Readee.
Butler, April 2a .
ME. CAENEGIE ACCEPTS.
He Believes tbo Inter-American Confer
ence Will Exert a Great Influence.
ISFXCIAI. TXZ.EQBAM TO TBXDISrATCBJ
New York. April 2L Mr. Andrew Carnegie
has received from the Secretary of State his
commission as a delegate to tbe conference be
tweentthe United States and tbe Republics of
Mexico, Central and South America, Hayti,
San Domingo and the Empire of Brazil, to be
held at Washington on the 4th of October, 1889.
Mr. Carnegie's letter of acceptance is as fol
lows: 5 West Futy-fibst steeet. New,Yokk, i
Aran. 20, 1889. J
Ron. James G. Blaine, Secretary of State:
Dear Sib I am honored by the receipt of my
commission as delegate to the conference between
tbe United States and the Southern American
conntries, to be held in Washington, October "4,
18S0. My best service will be given to the duties of
-Noactof President Harrison's administration
J is likely, In my opinion, to exert so great an In
fluence for good upon tbe American continent as
this first steplooklng to a coming brotherhood
among the nations of the Western world. I con
sider it a great privilege to be identified with this
effort and especially to be one of the representa
tives of the liepubllc which has given me citizen
ship under Its flig.
1 beg yc to convey to the President and to re
ceive ror yourself, my grateful acknowledgments
for the high honor conferred. .
Your obedient servant
THE OIL OCTOPUS.
Detroit FreePreisz Canada apparently has
a well founded objection to being annexed to
the Standard Oil Company.
CniCAGO Newt: Things have come to snch a
pass that whenever the moon fails to shine at
night there is general apprehension lest the
Standard Oil Company has gobbled it
CnfCTNNATi Commercial Gazette: The
Standard Oil Company is making a vigorous
effort to capture everything in the Northwest
ern oil and gas field, and it is making very de
Williamsport Gazelle: It is denied by the
Standard Oil Company that they intend to
abandon the Pennsylvania field. This seems
reasonable, as that corporation was never,
known to let go its grip on anything.
Aleant Journal: The Republican party in
this State must not be bound hand and foot
and a club given to Tammany Hall and the
Standard Oil Company wherewith to beat out
ltsbralnsli Weobjecfto the Republican party
Gold has been discovered at Tilden,4.
Minn., and there is a wild rush of prospectors ";'
to the new field,' 47-
In tbe village of Strobeck, GermanyJ'
every inhabitant Is a chess plaver, and the
game is regularly taught in tbe public scools.
In Oregon the public lands still undis
posed of aggregate 60,795,860 acres; in Washing
ton, 4i.7B6,lbO acres. Much of It is said to be of
tbo very best
A newly-born infant who was found in
an ash barrel on Marshall street. Philadelphia,
recently was taken to the Sheltering Anns.
where it was christened "Marshall Asb.7
The largest bine tree ever cut in Michi
gan was felled recently near Hobart It meas
ured at the but six feet In diameter and scaled
10,331 feet of mercantile lumber. In the fall
the top was broken, destroying about 300 feet of
An Eastport man hopes to keep his
lawn In fine condition this summer. Re re
cently distributed 2,500 bright new marbles of
assorted colors among the boys, in considera
tion of a promise tbat they would keep out of
his grass this season.
The Board of Education of New Lon
don, Conn., reporting on orthography in the
schools there, gives 49 different wavs In which
the word "busy" wa wrongly spelled. 37 ways
of ,raiBSpelline "which," 99 ways ot mlspellin!j -
whom, ana an ways or misspelling "scholar."
Mr. Mercy Chase, of North Woodstock, ?""T
Me., aged 3 years, has spun nine pounds of
rolls and doubled and twisted tbe same, has,
knit seven pairs double mittens, eight pairs of
stockings, is now drawing in a large rug and
has patched two qniits finee the wool was
carded in the summer of lfcSS.
The biggest trout story of the season up
to date comes from Wlnsted, Conn. Roberta!
Hulbert went out last Wednesday and caught
00 tront tbat averaged 1 pounds each. The
largest weighed on the scales at the Nauga- -tuck
depot by tbe agent, who is also a truthful
man, was 2 pounds 8 ounces in weight
In one block on Main street in Battle
Creek the other daya reporter saw 3 one-legged
men, 4 one-armed men and 2 otber ,men who
were so lame they couldn't walk without
canes. The reporter went home and wrote up
tbe item, stating that "Battle Creek is one of
tbe greatest railroad towns in the United
At a church party held recently in Mc
Donough, Chenango county, N. Y.. 40 young
ladies were put ud at auction and sold to the
highest bidder. A hayseed believed the sale
was bona fide and put up all his casb, ST 49. on
the prettiest lady bid off. It took considerable
persuasion to convince bim that be could not
remove bis purchase to thepa:ernal ranch.
Sam Andrews has a curiosity in his
barn on Lacrosse street Detroit in tbe shape
of a six-legged cow. The cow is a thorough
bred Durham, 3 years old, and gives a pail f nil
of rich milk twice a day. The two extra legs
are suspended from the right shoulder. One'
of them is a fore leg and the other a hindlez,
and they are nearly as long and have the joints
and muscles and hoofs of an ordinary
The ravages of the birds, in the corn
fields In Barnwell county. South Carolina, is
almost without precedent In many places the,
fields have been planted the second time and
now the birds are devouring tbe young corn as
fast as it appears. There has never been found
any way to get rid of these birds. Poison has
noeffec'.on them. And they are too wild to
reach with shot. Their numbers increase
yearly, and unless some way be discovered to
destroy them corn planting will have to be in a -measure
At Bangor, Me., a native went to a fish
dealer to purchase a salmon. He saw a fine
large fish marked "20." He had been living in
Oregon, where salmon are comparatively
cheap, and he thought that was the price per
pound. It wasn't, but it represented the weight
of the fish. With a patrician ware of his band
toward tbe Penobscot 20-pounder. carelessly re
marked to the shopkeeper, "-That's rather a de
cent fish; I guess I'll take It home to my fam
ily." The fish was wrapped np. and the re
turned Oregonian handed over a $20 gold piece,
and stood waiting for about S16 change, when
the shopkeeper said, ,-J10 more, please." Tho
would-be purchaser's jaw fell, and he grabbed
bis gold and departed, followed.by roars of
A most interesting experiment has re
cently been made in taking a photograph by
the light of the Cuban firefly. After various
trials of tbe insect's power, the experiment of
photographing by Its Jight was successfully
carried out A copy or a family portrait was
made, tbe insect being held within an inch of
the original, and. in such a way that the-rays ,
fell perpendicularly on tbe negative. The time
of exposure to bug light was about 30 seconds.
A living specimen of these tropical insects was
recently presented to the Bridgeport Scientific
Society. It is about an inch and a half long,
and bears upon each side of its body oval spots,
resembling eyes. In tbe dark these spots emit
a greenish light resembling that of tiny electric
lamps in lull glow.
' Jonas.Milton, of Patterson, 111., tried
to prevent a snake from creepint into his hen-
.house and sucking eggs. He got a china nest-
egg and tbe snake swallowed it "Shortly
after," says Mr. Milton, "I wentto Kansas. One
day my attention was directed toward the wood
shed by a peculiar Coise. I proceeded thither
and found my old acquaintance, tbe snake,
completely wedged in a jug handle. It bad gone
as far through the jughandle a3 tbe china egg
would permit and had then swallowed another
egg. wbich prevented it from backing out Mr.
Snake seemed to have trouble enough to last
him a lifetime, but as I could not see even an
enemy suffer, I released him by breaking the
jug. After recovering from the sbeck he re
ceived be started East gave up hi bad habits
and finally became the leader of a swell sine of
snakes living m New York, but I have an im-
pression he always suffered from indigestion.' l
William Youmans, of Delhi, N. Y.,
thinks his cat can charm fish. One day he
caught tbe cat eating a trout but was at a loss
to see how the feline had captured it This set.
him to watching the cats. In a day or two he
traced one of the cats to the pond, andhidlng '
behind a tree, saw the cat approach the edge
of the water, put its nose level with the surface
of the pond and fix Its gaze intently upon some
object After remaining In tbat position some
little time some strange noise near by fright
ened the cat away. iir. Youmans rushed to
the spot and found a good sized trout appar
ently disabled within a few inches of where the
cat was crouched. He touched it with bis cane,
when tbe fish acted as though it had been mes
merized. It shortly came out of its dazed con
dition and swam slowly off to the center of tbe
pond. His tbery is that "the cat mesmerized
the fish by looking it in the eye.
The defeat of prohibition ,in Connecticut
looks like a case or Fro. and Conn. Boston
He Dear me, you haven't heard of it?
Why. it's in all the girls' mouths. She (enviously)
What? Ua-Gam.MiatuapolU Tribune.
So far ex-Senator Riddleberger, of Vir
ginia, has failed to obtain a Federal appointment
Keally, the administration ought to ask him to
take something. .Veto York World.
He had gone to Oklahoma, -
And he didn't take a gun.
Bo he missed his quarter section, - t
And his bssasbleach in the sun. "
-.Veto Yort BeroM. '
Four Oil City ladies met on one of our
streets tbe other day and talked five minutes with
out uttering a single word of gossip. A great
many strange things happen In Oil fitj.Uli
Beautiful summer is coming,
The files are on the wing,
And so is the Jersey mosquito.
w no letencs along his sting.
Sew Xork Graphic.
Hardcheek I had a qneer experience
downstairs, Hardhead. A moment after I
alighted from the cab my old cabman fell over
dead. Hardhead Ah I Paid your bllt without
wrangling, 1 suppose. Philadelphia Inquirer.
"What is a dnde, anyway? He is the
graceless son of Egotism and Stupidity: his s!stersu
are vanity ana ueartlessness. There is on'j vude
thing to praise about him, and that Is he lives lal
harmony with the rest of the taaSXj.-lexat SitVk
"Mr son." said the anxious parenV1
learn with some surprise that you are marked "dsjw
ncient'in your French history. 1 muusuijgsi
told me you finished yonrpapcr In ten minutes.1
"Sol did; but the question was. Tell all yoaP
know about the history or France.'" ,.'T,S
AhUiee."-arpr' Magazine. , -'
Bankrupt's -Wife Well, at any rate, ttfa f
Thompson failure was worse than ours. & '
Sympathizing Friend by, I thought It was x
Just the other way. . , i ;(
Bankrupt's Wife No, indeed; Edward only J
failed for 10 cents on the dollar, while llr. Thomp.
son failed for m-UarperJi Magazine. .
Bimberly Doddley, you are a married"
man and ought to be able to tell me what I want to
know. Are these gsgs about a woman's pocket
being so hard to get at founded on facts or sot?
Doddley (who married a rich widow) "Yoa bet
they are. By the way, Bimberly, have yon got a 1
couple of d ollars you could loan me till Saturday j
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