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PITTSBURG, WEDNESDAY, APR. 24. 1SS3.
THE LATEST PARK PROJECT.
The movement which took shape at a
meeting of Twentieth ward citizens last
night, to have the Marine Hospital property
and the school grounds on Ellsworth avenue
converted into a park of about four acres,
.looks quite practicable. A park of that
size would add materially to the charms of
East Liberty, and it ought to be possible for
the means to be found to secure that benefit
But two criticisms can be offered to the
project in its present shape. The first is
that the location of the proposed park will
not be where parks are needed the most.
The East End is becoming so well built up
that parks are needed more than they used
to be when the whole valley was a mixture
of fields andgroves. But still the residents
there have foliage, fresh air and open
spaces within easy reach. The greatest
need tor parks is within reach of the tens of
thousands who cannot now find such a relief
from heat and dust except by long, and, to
many of them, expensive jaunts.
The other objection may be made rather
forcibly when the proposition is presented
to'Congress, to donate the property for park
purposes, that it is usual lor cities of Pitts
burgVwealth to provide their own parks.
SNAGS FOE THE EEVENUE BHL.
The revenue bill which has been one of
the expected acts of legislation in this State,
lo! these many years, is generally asserted
to have struck a snag. The suag is in the
shape of an amendment to the bill, allowing
those taxpayers who are taxed upon moneys
at interest, to deduct from their appraise
ment the amount of debt on which they are
paying interest at the same time. Thus if a
man holds notes and mortgages for $10,000,
and at the same time has his own note out
for $5,000, he would be required, by this
amendment, to pay taxes on the 5,000 sur
plus. This would seem no more than simple jus
tice as applied to private persons; but in its
application to corporations it opens the gate
for a very general exemption. Nearly all
corporations count not only their bonded
indebtedness but their stocks among their
liabilities, and the application of the rule to
those items in corporate balance sheets
would leave nothing for the corporation to
be taxed upon. It does not seem that the
difficulties raised by this question are insu
perable, yet it is asserted that the new reve
nue bill would be actually reduced to
a nullity by the adoption of this
amendment. It is interesting to notice how
prompt the Philadelphia journals, who
largely represent the interests that are to be
taxed by the new bill, are to jump to this
conclusion, and suggest that after all the
Legislature might as well abandon its at
tempt to enact a comprehensive system of
State taxation. We observe that the es
teemed Philadelphia Ledger is quick to de
clare the bill "a patch upon an already
patehed-up mass of revenue legislation,"
and to declare that it is a mockery and mis
spent time to continue to consider it
So far as the bill itself is concerned it
ought not to be impossible to reduce its
provisions to equitable and well-digested
shape. The difficulty seems to be not in
the character of the measure itself, but in
the disposition of the Legislature to fool
away time in junketing or in private ndn
sense, so that the needed work of the session
is net performed. So long as the statesmen
regard it as more important to provide en
tertainment for themselves and the State
militia at the New York show, than to pass
the measures which are demanded by the
people, the prospects of even the revenue
bill are very slim.
If after the failure of Congress to enact
the tariff legislation that has been an
nounced lor a year, the Legislature of Penn
sylvania proves unable to pass the revenue
bill, out of which the State has been
cheated for three or four years" further
commentary upon the utter futility of legis
lative pledges will be unnecessary.
TODEIIONSTEATED PEEMISES. '
The proposed survey for a canal from
Lake Erie to the Ohio river finds no favor
with the Philadelphia Times. The argu
ment of our cotemporary is that there was
once a canal from the Ohio to Lake Erie,
and that the railroad has superseded it.
The logic of this argument would be more
convincing it the Times would show, first,
that the railroads adopted no unfair
methods in crowding the canal ont of ex
istence, and would explain, secondly, how
it is that, if the Ohio river can carry coal at
one-filth the railroad charges, a water route
could not carry coal and ore, which are the
chief freights of 'Western Pennsylvania,at a
marked rcductiononlhepresentrates. "When
our Philadelphia cotemporary makes these
points clear its arguments may be accepted
as something more than an expression of
the Pennsylvania Bailroad's hostilities to
the revival of water transportation in the
State. But until that has been done there
will still be some cogency in the inquiry
why water transportation which has demon
strated its economy for heavy and slow
b& fre'Shts,should not be given an opportunity
,,10 transport the freights that are at the
jlpundation of Pennsylvania's industries.
NOT HECESSAEILY A VIOLATION.
-Tb"e New. York Bun makes n. -revv lnm
igcriticism ol the action of the Baltimore and
SUwo Railroad In contracting to transport
dressed beef for Chicago firms during the
next five years at 45 cents per hundred from
Chicago to New York, and 42 cents to Bal
timore. The Sun declares that this will
not pay the actual cost of transportation, as
serts it to be a clear violation of the inter
State commerce law, and calls upon the
commission to interfere.
This view implies the idea which seems
to have become general in some quarters,
that the inter-State commerce law forbids
railroads to reduce their rates, or to guaran
tee that the reduced rates shall be perma
nent. Nothing can be further from the
fact The law leaves the railroads at the
fullest liberty to reduce their rates; and all
that it does is to require that the rates shall
be published, and that those which are
given to one shipper on a certain class of
freight shall be given to all shippers of that
class. If the Baltimore and Ohio road has
made a secret contract with certain dressed
beef firms to give them a lower rate than it
advertises to the public, it has violated the
law and should be punished. If it has com
plied with the law in making the rate open
to all dressed beef shippers, the effect of the
contract is simply to guarantee to the pub
lic that dressed beef may be shipped for the
next five years at the figures named.
The idea that the inter-State commerce
law restricts the liberty of the railroads in
reducing rates is one ot the respects in
which that measure is most widely misrep
resented. It would be monstrous for the
law to prevent a road from making rates as
low as it chooses -to the public; and no
clause or section of the act reveals any such
purpose. It forbids the giving of undue
preferences by low rates to one firm or in
terest, and thus crowding the rival firms or
interests out of bnsiness; but leaves the war
dear for all open and well-considered re
ductions that any railroad may choose to
As to the allegation that the rate of 45
cents on dressed beef will not pay the cost
of transportation, it is worth while to no
tice that this is one cent per ton per mile on
a long haul, free of terminal expenses. This
is above the average trunk line charge on
all classes of freight, and is no more than a
reasonable reduction on the previously ex
cessive charges on dressed beef. If the
Baltimore and Ohio has complied with the
law in making this rate open and general,
the contract is one to be approved as in the
interest of the public
AH EXAMPLE FOE QUAY.
The indications that Senator Quay is on
the eve of a quarrel with the administra
tion, like that which Senator Conkling
wage'd with the Garfield administration, re
calls the fact that Mr. Thomas C. Piatt, who
followed Conkling out of the Senate in tbat
quarrel, is now- in full touch with the ad
ministration and enjoys th; privilege of
distributing the New YBrk offices. These
two facts, stated together, should not be
entirely without instruction for the Penn
Senator Quay belongs to the political
school of Mr. Piatt rather than that of Sen
ator Conkling. In the Piatt and Quay
school the oratorical brilliance and the na
tional breadth of Conkling arc entirely
ornamental superfluities. So long as they
can control the disposition of the offices of
the nation, they care not who makes its
speeches. It is tolerably certain, too, that
Quay is naturally a manager of much
greater ability and cleverer brain than Mr.
Piatt But the New York politician who
first won national fame by bobbing along
in the turbulent wake of Conkling's wrath,
has had the benefit of experience. He knows
what it is to be left on the outside for a
term of years, and is thoroughly convinced
of the truth of the application to politics of
the old adage that "it is'not well to quarrel
with your own bread and butter."
Senator Quay should profit by the obser
vation tbat Mr. Flatt is not now waging
war against the administration because the
offices that he wants do not come exactly
when he wants them. The New Yorker has
tried that experience and is entirely certain
that he has had all he wants to. Instructed
by experience, he has learned to lie low,
keep what he can get, and trust to time and
industry to obtain the balance. The cleverer
and quicker brain of our Junior Senator
should be able to apply the lesson from Mr.
Piatt's experience, without having it drilled
into him by the severe instruction of his
own adversities. He possesses a power in
Pennsylvania not inferior to that which
Conkling and Piatt supposed that tbey pos
sessed in New York. But the experience
of those politicians should suggest to him
that perhaps his power, like theirs, depends
upon the possession of the patronage, and
should warn him that if he severs his rela
tions with the source of the goods that must
be delivered, his power may disappear as
entirely as theirs did.
There is little danger that Senator Quay
will repeat Senators Conkling and Piatt's
error of resigning his Senatorship; but he
might be warned by their example against
committing a muchless sensational, hut per
haps no less grave, error.
A "WASTE OF CBTTVTK.
There is originality, of course, in the
alleged scheme of Lawyer Anthon P. 3on-
lin and 3Ir. and Mrs. Henry C. Dubois to
defraud a New York street railroad by
rhaving Mrs. Dubois throw herself from a
car in such a way as to make it appear that
the accident was due to the driver's care
lessness. But common sense, linked to un-
common rascality, does not recommend the
idea. Anybody who travels regularly in
street cars knows that it is exceedingly diffi
cult, even with the exercise of constant
care, to avoid the sacrifice of life or limb.
It was not necessary, therefore, for Mr.
Conlin and his allies to make the pretense
of an accident They need have but al
lowed Mrs. Dubois an unlimited supply of
car tickets and traveled about the city with
her for a few weeks. It would not have
been long before they would have secured
an excellent case against some street car
company, at a trifling expense say, ot a
leg or an arm. By pertinaciously picking
out bobtail cars drawn by mules, preferably
white in color, their perigrinations could
not but have been crowned with success.
And by these means no such serious charge
as that now presented against them could
have been brought In a way, also, they
would have benefited the public.
The fact that Pittsburg is making ,large
expenditures in street improvements, which
must be paid bjr assessments upon abutting
property, suggests a rather instructive
lesson from our past experience.
Fifteen years ago we bad a law enabling
the city to issue bonds for street improve
ments, by which the payment assessed upou
property-owners for paving and grading
could be distributed -over the term of ten
years. Large improvements were made
under the law, and property owners dis
puted the legality of the measure. Tne
litigation resulted in faTor of the property
owners; and the result has been that im
provements were practically suspended for
imany years. "Now the properly owners who
desire the streets in front of their residences
improved must pay the assessment in a
There are now many people throughout
the city who own property in the future of
which they have the utmost faith. Most of
them, too, perceive tbe great enhancement
in yalue which will be attainedTby the pav
ing and grading of the adjoining streets.
This is demonstiated by the general signing
ot petitions for such improvements. It is
also probable that to the vast majority of
holders it would be a great convenience if
the payment of the assessment could be ex
tended over a term of years, with a payment
of a low rate of interest for carrying the
debt In qther words, if the method of pay
ment under the old Penn avenue act could
be revived it would be a great aid to the
very interest by whose opposition that act
was declared unconstitutional. But the act
has been slaughtered in the house of its
friends, and property owners must now pay
the sum necessary for the improvement of
their property as soon as the work is done.
"Without discussing the legal questions
involved in the overthrow of the Penn av
enue act, we can now look back and see
what an advantage it would be to the people
at large if the practical conveniences of that
act had been accepted and preserved.
The Oklahoma boomers seem to have dis
covered the method to make the amount of
available farm sites adequate to the num
ber of settlers. "When one-half of them
have killed off the other half, there are
hopes that the land will go around.
The latest grave issue raised in connec
tion with the New York Centennial is
whether the tune of "America" shall be
played by the bands on that occasion. The
objection is that the tune really originated
in Europe, and has been used to furnish the
music for the British hymn "God Save the
Queen." If an occasion should arise when
the performance of that anthem is appro
priate, the opinion of the old clergyman who
did not see why the devil should have the
advantage of all the good music, would seem
to be pertinent. There is no reason why
monarchy should monopolize that impres
Colonel, Elliott F. Shefabd has
been enthusiastically explaining to the
ministers of Philadelphia that there is no
necessity for the Suuday papers as long as
people can get the New York Mail and Ex
press. The intelligence that the Standard Oil
combination is gobbling up the white lead
industry is sweetened, by the announcement
that when the process is completed the
Standard will concentrate the industry at
Pittsburg. This will be a small compensa
tion for its destruction of our petroleum re
fining industries, if the promise is fulfilled.
But such inducements have a sound about
them which recalls tbe promises that were
so plenty about 1877 and 1878.
The latest method of shelving inconveni
ent measures at Harrisburg; namely to
amend the rules so as to kill them off, is
the remarkable stroke of genius adopted by
our legislative Solons yesterday.
"Without undue carping at the policy of
appointing politicians to administrative of
fices, it seems that there is a good deal of
force in the claim that President Harrison's
appointee to the New York post-office, Mr.
Van Cott, ought to be able to tear himself
away from the whirlpool of legislative job
bery at Albany in order to attend to the
office to which he has been appointed, and
which is now vacated by the death of his
Mb. McBntDE's manifesto appears to
emphasize the fact that labor organizations
in the mining industry are more hopelessly
at swords' points than cither of the organi
zations is with the employers.
The contest at the Duquesne Steel "Works
seems to be assuming s, very ugly stage.
There are always two sides to every labor
dispute; but when a strike has got into,
such shape that a report favorable to the
strikers says that to the new men, the gate of
the works "was a dead line," it is plain that
force and not law is ruling. The working
men should learn that government by law
is their surest safeguard.
The National Reform Association's ad
dress to tlfe President states the platform of
that organization with regard to Thanks-,
The statement of Inspector Byrnes that
there are now 400 professional thieves in New
York, waiting to begin operations with the
Centennial, furnishes a queer and rather
suggestive correspondence to the number of
McAllister's aristocracy. Four hundred
professional thieves and 400 professedly
fashionable people make a suggestive bal-
The lqss of the Danmark produces the
usual suspicions of criminal recklessness,
taking the shape of inefficient machinery or
an overloaded ship.
The various surmises as to what will be
done by the vendors or liquor who have
been refused license, are "Interesting. But
it is not difficult to predict that whatever the
disappointed dealers may try to do, the
thing that they will do, will be to grin
and bear it They will have to.
PEOPLE OF PE0MINEKCE.
Edward B. Hiltox, Son of Judge Hilton,
of New York, was married yesterday at St
John's Church, in Washington, to Miss Doro
thy Phillips. ,
Mb. George Meredith is said to be
writing, not one novel only, bnt two, at which
he works alternately, putting down one and
taking up tbe other, as his humor of the oc
The President's father-in-law, Dr. Scott is
in active demand by countless persons seeking
positions under the Government He is the
recipient of hundreds of letters from people he
knows, and from those be never had the pleas
ure of meeting. '
Captain JIubeell, of the steamer Mis
souri, which rescued tbe passengers and crew
of the wrecked Danmark, was tendered, an en
thusiastic reception at the Philadelphia Mari
time Exchange yesterday. He was presented
with a handsome gold watch.
Bra Julian Pauncefote, the new British
Minister to tbe United States, arrived in Wash
ington about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon on
the New York limited express. He was ac
companied by his secretary and Mr. Michael
Herbert, the Charge of the Legation, and was
met at the station by the Legation attaches.
Last evening he was entertained at dinner by
Gudbband "Vigfusson; the famous Ice
landic litterateur, who died at Oxford tbe
other day, was full, during his last days, of 1
homesickness. He longed to see and feel the
snow once more before be died. Tbe wish was
denied htm, but as though in irony, it has
fallen heavily upon-his grave almost as soon as
it was closed over him. A more kindly hearted,
genial companion than this simple, though
scholarly, Icelander never lived; with him die
a multitude of Icelandic traditions. Saga lore
and Edda meanings,--which, his life was too
short, with ail bis work, to fix npon cotem
porary .records. 'He died of cancer, of tbe
Hver, " " ' -. , .v' ',
THE TOPICAL TALKEB.
A Joke on Mr. Smiley The Happy Ninety.
Three nnd Other Concerts.
Repbesentattve Al Sbiilet is rather
famous for playing jokes upon his friends.
This reputation he has maintained, I am told,
at Harrisburg. The other day. however, I
beard tbat some years ago four very estimable
young ladles of Foxhurg, Clarion county, suc
ceeded in saddling a pretty good joke on the
redoubtable Smiley, by way of a change.
Smiley was in Foxburg looking after the oil
business there. He knew all the townspiople,
and like everyone else at tbat day he fully ap
preciated the charms of the four belles of the
town, who were always together, and had
earned the ludicrous name of "the Big Four."
Of course from time to time Smiley treated the
Foxburgers to a joke. He was much liked
especially by the ladies.
It happened tbat Smiley received instruc
tions from tbe Standard Company to have a
trench dug from the bakery of 21 oil tanks on
the hillside above the town, so as to catch the
oil should any of the tanks bnrst or be struck
by Jigbtning, and carry it off from Foxbnrg.
Smiley and the Big Four had a good deal of f tin
diseussmg the contract, and he jestingly said
tbat he would pay any of the girls SO cents an
hour who would work on the trench with pick
The Big Four were not to be bluffed after
this fashion. They bought toy picks and shov
els and spent several days about tbe trench on
the hillside. It was not an unpleasant dace to
picnic In a few days tbe Big Four took Smi
ley's breath away by presenting hipa with a bill
of $18 75, and a statement from tbe "foreman of
the woik tbat tbe bill was correct.
Smiley paid tbebtll, and tbe Big Four gave a
ball in his honor tbe next week. And $18 75
did not pay for tbe ball, either.
THE HArPY XINETY-TIIBEI,
The shades of night were falling
When fell tbe Court's decree,
That message so appalling, .
To all but ninety-three.
And then the hot tears raftered.
The oaths were tall and free.
The Court was roughly battered
By all hut ninety-three. ,
"Ob, somebody has blundered
It's downright butchery, "
go 6ung the odd five hundred,
But not the ninety-three.
1 'Our praise we gladly utter
To precious Mister B
His law's our bread and butter,"
bo sang the ninety-three.
And those who do not like It onght
To blame tbe law, and not tbe Court!
Fob several days a very wealthy gentleman
of this city has been trying to get a window on
Fifth avenue. New York, from wbioh to see
tbe centennial procession next week. He
offered to pay S400 for tbe window. He could
not get it -
Some idea of tbe demand for seats along the
line of march can be gathered from this. By
Monday it will cost a stranger ten dollars a
minute to breathe on Broadway.
"Elijah. " said the Prsident
'I'm very tired to-day
Of hearing old John blierraan shout,'
I want a rest from Quayl"
"In other words, " the olerk replied,
"You've no desire to con
The gospel of St. Matbew now.
Nor gospel of St John."
SQUIRT GUNS AND SULPHUR.
Admiral Tracy Tells flow to Drive the Red
Ants From tbe White Honse.
From the New York Evening Sun.l
"Shiver my Umbers for a land lubber, if I
don't believe you're trying to send red ants to
Davy Jones' locker with a squirt gnn, my
heartvl" and the Secretary of the Navy gave
his trousers a hitch and slapped tbe President
on the back in his bluff old sea dng way.
"Admiral Tracy," said the President as he
rubbed his shoulder and made a wry face, "you
are, if .yon will pardon me, you are very demon
'But blast my eyes, sir, I can't help being
kind of taken between wind and water, sir, to
see yon trying to drive out those ants with a
"Uncle Jerry sent it to mc from the Depart
mentnf Agriculture." said tbe President; "and
he recommended it very highly, too."
"Ob, Uncle Jerry be blowed!" cried the sturdy
old sailor man. "He may know something
about grasshoppers and potato bugs, but he's
no good wben it comes to red ants. The only
thing to do for red ants is to fumigate the ship
I mean tbe White House."
"But nothing. I know what I am talking
about Get a half a keg o' sulphur and put it
in the hold or I suppose you'd call it the
cellar and set her off with a match. Ifsbe
don't knock tbe topligbts oat o' those red ants
in no time you may holystone my head. You
just try It, my lad. that's all," and tbe head of
the new navy rolled away, singing as he went:
Yo, heave, O!
Tbe ants must go,
Or Ben '11 be driven crazy, OI
Yo. ho, ho, heave, O noi
As for the President, be had stopped working
his squirt gun and was sitting before his desk,
tbe picture of despair, while the red ants pried
into the State secrets which tbey found among
STONE FOR THE NEW P. 0.
Another Cargo Coining Patterson Appro
elated in the Architect's Office.
Special Telegram to Tbe Dispatch.
Washington, April 23. At the office of the
Supervising Architect of the Treasury word
was received to-dav of the arrival at Baltimore
of the vessel L. H. Patrick, with a cargo of
about TOO tons of cnt stone from the East Bine
Hill quarries for the Pittsburg postoffice. This
will be sufficient to complete the walls of the
building to tbe top of tho upper story, exclu
sive of the stone parapet It is expected that
this will all be set early in June, and tbe roofing
can then be commenced at once. A large
quantitity of stone is lying cut at the quarries
in Maine, but at last accounts no vessel could
be secured to transport it About 1,800 tons
will be required to complete the work, towers
A deal of gossip is circulating about the
Bureau of Architecture in the Treasury De
partment in regard to the conclusion of the
department to'remove Patterson and reappoint
Malone as (superintendent. There are many
architects in the draughtsmen's room who
have been long in the service, who take great
pride in feeling that the affairs of the office aro
being conducted with regard to excellence in
architecture rather than success in politics,
and some of them are not slow in expressing
their opinion. "Of course, tbe office ofSupcP
intendent is more for the purpose of furnish
ing a berth for a politician than for necessity "
said one of-thee old draughtsmen to-day, "hit
it does seem strange that such a man as Patter
son should be forced out for political pur
poses." They Will Not Abandon It.
The statement in Sunday's DlSPATCn, from
an Interview with Mr. Young, who had just re
turned from Mexico, to the effect that the
Pittsburg and Mexican Tin and Mining Com
pany had given up the idea of. getting out tin,
and that its machinery was still lying at the
foot of a mountain, 30 miles awav from the
Durango mines, was Incorrect, as" Secretary
George H. Thurston says there is no induce
ment for tbe company to take up cold and sil
ver mining to the exclusion of a better project.
'A Coming Combat.
From the Chicago Times, j ,
Secretary ot War Proctor is coming West
with General Scboheld for the purpose of in
specting the military posts. The Secretary has
an idea that these posts should be cut donn, as
they are in New York, and the army be put un
der ground. General Schoficld will endeavor
to combat tbls argument.
DEATHS OP 4 DAT.
Mrs. Corinda Mechlinjr.
Gbeensbcbo, April 23.-Mrs. Corinda Mech
llng, widow of the Eev. Jonas Mechllng one of
the first ministers In Western Pennsylvania died
this morning at her home In this city' The funer
al will take place in Thursday morning.
II I ram C. Knoltcn,
BUFFALO, April 23.-Hlrara O. Knolten, Vice
President of the Bank or Commerce of this city,
died early this morning or pneumonia.
STOCKHOLM, April 3.-Prlnccss EnirpTiU. !.
of tbe King, is dead, BhewasWu April 2V1SW.' f
PEKING A MODEL 0ITT.
No Taxes to Pnv nnd the People! Thus
Tranquil nnd Contented.
Washington, April 23.J-Mr. Charles Denby,
the United States Minister to China, in a re
port to tbe Department of State says tbe sys
tem of taxation in China presents some de
cided contrasts to systems in other countries.
Taxes ontside of Peking are paid on arable
land only, tbe tax varying with the crop-producing
quality of tbe sou. Inside tbe city of
Peking there is no tax on land, houses, or per
sonal property. Goods brought through the
city gates pay a lekin tax, but are exempt from
taxation afterward. The only tax on land and
houses in Peking is on the sale of real estate,
10 per cent being charged on the price obtained
for the property sold. There 6 also a tax
resembling license fees.
Outside of Peking, Chinese subjects are
liable to be called on to perform certain duties
whenever the Emperor passes through their dis
tricts, bat this duty may be avoided by tbe pay
ment of a small tax. All monevs spent on pub
lic account in Peking come from the Imperial
treasury and the expenditure is not limited to
funds raised by taxation within the city. The
bulk of the people In Peking pay no taxes
whatever. The man who owns his house and
lot, bis implements of labor,enjoys his earnings
without toll or deduction.
The Minister closes his report with the fol
lowing comment on Chinese taxation, as con
trasted with the system of taxation in the
United States: "How different this condition
is from that in our.own cities, where sometimes
3 per cent on a high valuation is exacted for
public purposes. To tho absence of taxation
of the body of the people may well be ascribed
tbe permanence of tho Government and the
tranquility and contentment of the Chinese
race. Tho lesson of taxation in China mlghtbe
profitably stndled by the civilized world. But
in view of a national. State, county, township
and city indebtedness, piled mountain high,
the lesson must now be valueless to the United
FREAKS OP ELECTRICITY.
Queer Doings ol n Current In the Air Daring
n Severe Storm.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch
Bbidgefort, Conn.. April 23. Reports of
tbe, severe electric storm on Saturday nijnt
are beginning to come in from the suburban
villages. The first bolt that fell in Putney, a
village in the north end of Stratford, struck
Henry Johnson's blacksmith shop and tore off
a wing or shed, without Injuring the main
building. Tbe electric current, however, en
tered the main shop and made free with
articles of iron and steel. A large hammer was
welded solidly to tbe anvil, and tbe tips of 100
horseshoes were melted off. The tires of two
cartwheels were torn off, and the former welds
were melted apart.
On the mam road to Huntington a small red
house which has stood as a landmark lor 75
years or more was struck and tbe interior com
pletely ruined. Not a sign of the lightning's
work is visible from the outside, but not a room
in the building Is left intact. Only one person
occupied the premises, an old colored man
named White, and the ancient corded bedstead
upon which be lay is about the only object that
was not splintered. He had to return to his
coach and wait for daylight to come before he
could surmise what had struck bis shanty.
In the upper part of Fairfield tbe first bolt
that fell struck a horse and an ox at the oppo
site ends of a large barn. The two animals
were more than a hundred feet apart, yet botb
were killed and not a sign of tbe lightning
could be found elsewhere around the building.
At Milford a big bole was excavated at the rear
of the village drug store, but not a particle of
the earth thrown out by the lightning was to be
seen on the premises.
PULLED OUT HIS WIFE'S WHISKERS,
Before Whom He
Brought Commended the Act.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Chicago, April 23. Mrs. Hubert James is a
pretty blonde, with a mole on her cheek. Three
hairs grew from the blemish. Mr. Hubert
James said offensive things about tbe whiskers
and declared he would pull them out. When
Mrs. James put on her new bonnet Easter, her
husband is credited with saying : "You look
like a billy coat. I'll pull tbo;e whiskers out
myself." Then he seized her, and with one
sweep of his fingers yanked the hairs from the
mole. Mrs. James hit Mr. James over the head
with a carpet sweeper. Policeman Quinn heard
the noise and entered the house. James hit
him with his'fists. Other officers came and the
belligerent husband was taken to a station
house. He appeared before Justice Lyon this
morning. The Court said to the prisoner:
"I commend your action. 1 have observed
these whiskers growing ont of moles on the
ladies' faces, and I never conld understand
why they were preserved. Talisman or not, I
am in favor of wiping, them out, and tbe man
who is brought before me for pulling his wife's
whiskers will be leniently dealt with.
go. Mr. James.
I know Officer Quinn will not
AN IMPORTANT SECESSION.
Tho machinery Constructors Dlny Leave the
Knights of Labor.
Detboit, April 23. The national conven
tion of machinery constructors, Knights of
Labor, is in secret session in this city, with
about 20 delegates in attendance. They are
from all over the United States, representing
draughtsmen, pattern makers, molders, boiler
makers, blacksmiths and machinists. It
transpires that it is the work of this conven
tion which brought Powderly to Detroit. It has
leaked out that this combination of Knights of
Labor assemblies, tbe most influential in num
Ders iu the United States, have instructed
their delegates to take steps to secede from the
Knights of Labor and resolve tbemselves into
trades unions, and bave representation in the
Their movement is based npon the claim that
tbe general management of tbe Knights of La
bor serves them in no good stead in their re
lations with their trades; that it is an organ
ization which deals with abstract principles,
wbilo-their immediate interests are uf more im
Dortance, and that these Interests will be bet
ter subserved in the trades union.
LARD OF ALL KINDS.
Tho Agricultural Department making a
Particular Study of Adulterants.
Washington, April 23. The study of foods
and food adulterants has been undertaken by
tbe experts of the Agricultural Department
and part 4 of bulletin 13 devoted to that subject
has just been completed by H. W. Wiley,
chemist In his note of transmission to tbtf
Seci etary. Prof. Wiley says:
"I have endeavored to show the character of
true larfl-howit isniade andbowitmay be distin
guished from its imitations. In the same man
ner the substances used in adulterating lard,
viz., stearines and cotton oil, bave been studied
and their proportion described. Also, tbe
characteristics of the mixed lards bave been
pointed out, and tbe best metbodsof analytical
BUSINESS ON THE BOOM.
A General Revival of Trade and Commerce
In the United Kingdom.
Washington, April 23. Consul General
Waller, at London, In a report to the Depart
ment of State, says there has been a general
revival of the trado and commerce of the
United Kingdom. Tbe returns, he says, clearly
show a decii'ed improvement in both tho vol
ume and character of the business done in 1SS8
over the previous year, and this increased pros
perity, which promises to continue, is not con
fined to any particular industry.
It is apparently due to legitimate trade, says
Mr. Waller, and not to speculation. The im
provement in business is especially notable in
the ship-building industry.
Physiology is Tanjlit.
It has been charged that the study of physi
ology is neglected in the public schools. In
respone to inquiries. Superintendent Luckey
has received replies from all the principals
showing that physiology is taught as the law
Ffbm the Altoona Tribune.
We do not exactly understand why any man
should be transported to tbe centennial cele
bration in New York at the public expense
simply because he is a member of the Pennsyl
Various JMylesof milcs.
From the Martha's Vineyard Herald J
An exchange says: "Tho smile is the same
in all langnaces." It varies in our land, how
ever, in tbe matter of size, from half a finger in
New Orleans to four fingers in Boston.
Bad Atmosphere for Suckers,
From the Boston Transcript.
There is no question about the unhealthful
ness of the White House. Every time an Illi
nois man visits it he comes away feeling chilly,
mad, and malarious.
Sirs. Cleveland is President.
New York. April 23. The annual luncheon
of tbe Eastern Association of Weils College
students was held at Delmonlco's to-day. Mrs,
Grover Cleveland is President The associa.
Uon'now numbers 100 persons- - "
AT THE SOCIAL SHRINE.
The Olircr-Rea Knptlals and Other Notable
Events' of a Dny.
The binding girdle of Lenten observances Is
now completely loosed, and strict society has
thrown aside the cloak of consistency to enter
upon an era of enjoyment until tbe sweltering
months of summer shall have driven its loyal
suujecw to tne snore or mountain resorts ior
their ease and recuperation. There are wed
dings galore on the tapis, and in this lino tbe
nuptials of Mr. Henry Eea to Miss Edith Oliver,
celebrated last evening, will be a matter of
much significance in the annals of local so
ciety. The principals in the event are, perhaps, asi
well known as any members of oar aristocracy,
tbe bride being a lady of rare Intelligence and
charming face and figure contour. She is a
tall brunette beauty who has inherited her
charms from a family of recognized good looks,
and, as a descendant of tbe Olivers, she upheld
their lucky laurels as she stood before the
altar promising to share tbe life joys and sor
rows.of "her fiance, Mr. Harry Bea. The latter
is a well-known popular banker, society and
club man of this city: a member of the firm of
Robinson. Rea & Co.
Over L200 Invitations were issued to friends,
and two-thirds of this number witnessed tbe
ceremony as performed by Rev. Dr. Felden, in
Christ Metbodist Churcb.at 850 P. ir. The soft
peals of the organ (Professor Carl Retter per
forming) emenating from tbe rear of tho
chancel rail, about which was an exuberance ot
rare plants and cut flowers, lent solemnity to
tbe event about to be.
As the strains ceased slowly the signal for
the entree of the bridal train was given by the
mystic inarch ot Mendelssohn, and a hnshed
murmur of voices, which seemed to say "here
theycomeP as tbe party entered the middle
aisle and slowly proceeded lo the altar. Lead
ing were the six uhers, Messrs. Oliver, Frank
SpronL McClintock. Ricketson, W. Pat
tnn and Lyon, at whose arms were
tbe bridemaids Miss Chapman, of
Minneapolis: Miss Harper and Mis Brown,
of New York; Miss Ricketson and Miss B)crs,
of Pittsburg. Each maid was attired in pale
green crepe, cut decollette, with short sleeves,
carrying clusters of lilacs. Following-was Miss
Georgia York, of Cleveland, who acted as maid
of honor. As a distinction and variety sho wore
pink net embroidered with-wild roses. Imme
diately behind came the cynosure the bride
elect who leaned upon the arm of ber hand
some father, Henry W. Oliver, Jr. She was
dressed in white corded silk front, with white
lace flounce and veil of the same and carried
As the ushers and bridemaids approached
tbe rail they separated and stood on either side
to make way for the bride to pass and meet
the prospective groom, who emerged from tbe
vestry room accompanied by his "best man,"
Mr. Alexander Wurtz. The scene was beau
tifully solemn when the wedding march had
ceased, and Dr. Felden approached to say those
sad yet happy words, while the father gave
away tbe jewel of a family to enrich another.
During tbe ceremony a soft voluntary was
rendered as a fitting accompaniment to the
After the ring bad been placed, and "God
bless you, my children," had been pronounced
by tbe preacher, the one trying ordeal was
over, arid the young couple, followed by their
attendants, while Lohengrin was beiuj'
played, repaired to the palatial residence of
tbe bride's fatber on Ridge avenne, Allegheny,
where a congratulatory reception was held,
together with a most toothsome menu, from 9
till 12. Over 400 gnests were present, and as
many "wish-you-wells" were given.
Tbe house was bedecked with portieres of
fresh flowers, each room being different in de
sign and color. Tbe presents were so abundant
and elaborate that a description is unnecessary.
Suffice to say, the bride was tbe recipient of a
very liberal one from her father, while hers
from the groom was very costly. After con
gratulations and conventionalities had been
gone tbrongh, the couple left for a four
months' trip East: but their destination was
Mr. and Mrs. Rea will, after theirsojourn, re
turn to this city and reside at tbe Oliver home
stead nntil tbe vicissitudes attendant upon
going to housekeeping have been perfected.
A. Recherche Wedding at the Trinity
Church in Little Washington.
The wedding of Rev. James De Quincy
Donehoo, of Fairview, W. Va., and Miss Bessie
Brown, of this, place, occurred in Trinity
Episcopal Chntch at Washington, Pa., yester
day afternoon, 'Bishop Courtland Whitehead,
D. D., of Pittsburg, officiating. The bride is
one of Washington's most beautiful daughters.
Her dress was of lovely cream faille silk, with
beautiful bridal veil of finest texture. Tbe
train of her dress was square cut. In her hand
she carried Easter lilies ot tbe valley. Harry
SteVenson, organist, discoursed sweet strains
of music as tbe bridal party entered the
church. First came tbe ushers, R. B. Scan
drett, of Pittsburg, and J. R. Wright, cousin of
the bride; next the bride, leaning upon the arm
of her brother, Harry Brown, of Ravenswood,
W. Va. The following persons acted as brides
maids: Birdie G. Brown and Bessie Doneboo,
sisters of tbe bride and groom respectively.
Miss May Graham, maid of honor, followed the
At the chancel the party was met by the
groom and best man, James R. Donehoo, of
Pittsburg, son of Rev. D. R. Donehoo. After
tbe ceremony tbe wedding party proceeded to
the residence of the bride'sgrandfatber, Joshua
Wright where a reception was held. The
happy couple left at 3:13 this afternoon for
Fairview, where they will remain a week, after
which they will go to Philadelphia to reside.
Among the guests preent at the wedding were
Hon. Charles F. McKenua and wife, of Pitts
burg; Mrs. W. F. Wright, of Buffalo, N. Y.,
and Hon. J. R. Donehoo, wife, son' and
daughter, of Fairview.
St. John Wood, in New York.
Mr. W. Dewees Wood, of Oakland, yesterday
Med to the altar Miss St John, of New York, a
lauy wen Known in mis city, ana wno was one
of the gay party accompanying Mr. Wood, and
his daughters on their Western trip last year.
A tour abroad with a visit of some months In
Paris will follow. Mr. Wood is one of Pitts
burg's iron manufacturers.
A Church Bazaar.
The members of tbe society of the King's
Daughters have made arrangements to bbll a
bazaar in the lecture room of St. Peter's Epis
copal Church for two days. It will open to
The wedding of Mr. M. J. Carter, who is with
Joseph Home & Co., and Miss Clara Schindle.
of Minersville, Schuylkill countv, this State,
wascelebrated at tbe home of tbe bride, in
the eastern part of the State, yesterday.
MAI BE A SENATOR.
General Harrison Allen the Mainspring of
Dakota Republican Politics.
Special Telegram to The DisDatch.
Hakrisbcko. April 23. General Harrison
Allen, of Dakota, is the guest of bis brother.
Senator Allen, of Warren. He arrived from
Washington, D. C last night, and to-day sur
veyed tbe scenes of his former triumphs in
tbe State Senate.
General Allen is even more prominent In Da
kota politics than he was In the politics of this,
his native State. The Dakota Territorial ap
pointments made by General Harrison are
attributed to him, and in Washington it is ex
pected he will bo one of the first two United
States Senators from tbe new State. He leaves
to-morrow for bis Northwestern home.
Laid Up for Re-Pairing.
From the Baltimore American. 1
Apolygamist in Georgia married for his first
wite Miss Gunn, but treated her so badly that
she went off with a startling report After
several other matrimonial experiences be re
turned to beg her forgiveness, but being fired
by wrath, she gave him a point-blanlfdLscbarge
which landed him in jail, where be is now laid
up for extensive re-pairing.
From theTJtica Observer.
One would thins! after a consideration of the
prices that are to be charged for various priv
ileges in New York next week, that George
Washington was first In tho pockets ot his
When the leaves begin to waken
From their winter slumbers long, ;
And the atmosphere Is shaken
With the robin's merry sonjr,
AVhen the April's necronitncv
Softens all flic stars afan e.
Then It Is a "j-ouna; man's fancy
Lightly turns to thoughts oflove."
Then with face drawn out and solemn,
Andjwith all his senses dumb,
It takes hours to add a column,
And the balance will not come:
For bis thoughts are of a charming
Little lady in the town;
And bis brain Is fairly swarming
Whenhe sets the figures down.
So It follows that next morning,
When he opens up his book.
Re's an object for bis scorning,
ixnd there's sadness la his look.
And be questions much his talents
When be sees It written plain
Tbat bis figures gave the balance
."irHorrllOTeyou, Maud Elaine'."
,7s V"--f t-arpo-'itwar,
A DAY IK THE METROPOLIS.
Chief Justice Fuller's Summer Home.
rXW TORE BUREAU SnCIALS.3
New Yoek, April 23. Lcland Castle, on
Echo Bay.Jncar New Rochelle, win be the
home of Chief Justice Fuller during the sum
mer months. Simon Leland spent 81011,000 in
I860 to build this handsome summer residence.
For tho last ten years thebnilding has not been
occupied, and a force of workmen Is already at
work repairing it Kx-President Cleveland
will spend a week in July with Chief Justice
A Serious Charge.
Slxty-four passengers of the ill-fated Dan
mark arrived here this morning from Philadel
phia, where they had been landed by the
freight steamer Missouri. One of the Immi
grants named Wugelund, a florist makes a se
rious charge against the company, which the
officials at the office of tbe Thmgvatla line dis
credit. Wngelund says that before the acci
dent occurred a Norwegian overheard one of
the ship's offlce'rs saying that he thought the
vessel would never reach New York, as her
machinery was out of order and had not re
ceived the proper attention before the Dan
mark left port
BofT.ito Bill's Greatest Effort.
The Hon. William F. Cody, of "Buffalo Bill"
fame. Is In New York preparing for tbe trip to
Paris which he proposes to make with his
"WiltKWest" show. A number of cowboys
are here, and Thursday they will bo joined by
300 Indians in fresh war paint and new
blankets. Nate Saulsbury, Buffalo Bill's part
ner, bas been in Paris for tbe past two months,
and everything is in readiness for the cowboys
to whoop it up May 15, when the big exposition
opens. Colonel Cody has chartered the Persian
Monarch, and Saturday the aggregation of
cowboys, Indians and bucking ponies will sail
for Paris. After the Paris exposition London,
Madrid, Berlin and Vienna will be visited.
Off for His New Post.
Sir J ulien Pauncefote, the new English Min
ister, who arrived a few days ago and put up at
tbe Brevoort House, started at 10 o'clock this
morning with his Secretary, for Washington.
Mayor Grant's First Marriage.
Mayor Grant's first attempt in the matri
monial line at tbe City Hall occurred to-day.
Comedian Eugene Canfield. who plays the
country boy In tbe "Midnight Bell," was mar
ried by the Mayor to pretty little Sallie
Stembler. well-known in comic opera circles.
W. Otis Harlan d, one pt tbe "Razzle Dazzle"
trio in the "Brass Monkey," acted as witness
and best man. Mayor Grant did not kiss the
The Pool Sellers In for It.
Tbe Society for the Prevention of Crime Is
going to wage active war against the pool
sellers In this city. The agents of the society a
few months ago examined 13 pool rooms in f our
precincts, and in 1,000 visits, averaging 10
minutes each, counted 31,500 persons and saw
2,526 tickets sold. The places were frequented
principally by clerks, messengers and young
men whose appearance indicated that a large
proportion of the money risked by them was
A CLERK IN GREAT LUCK.
He Weds a Widow Worth 8300,000 and
Wins a Lottery Prize.
Buffalo, April 23. Tbe aged widow of
General G. A. Scroggs was this morning mar
ried to James Albert Stitt, a drygoods clerk, 22
years old, with whom she became acquainted
less than a year ago. The wedding was origin
ally arranged to be celebrated to-day in St
Thomas' Church, Now York City, by Rev. John
W. Brown, an old friend of the Scroggs famtfr.
Forsomereason not known here, but suspected
to be a disinclination on the part of Dr.'Brown
to officiate, tbe arrangements were altered, and
tbe wedding took place in St. Panl's this morn
ing. Mrs. Scroggs is said to be 67 years old.
out sue claims to oe younzer.
She did not look over 50 as she swept down
the aisle of the cathedral this morning clinging
to tbe arm of her vonthful and much less
robust lover. Stitt has lately resided at Mrs.,
ocroggs a eieput uuiuv iu rein sireeu no u
above the medium height dark complexioned
and has a full heavy face set off by a neat black
mustache. There appeared to he less than a
score of years difference between the two. Only
a few friends of the couple wero present. John
Stitt, brother of the bridegroom, who is a
Toronto business man. and Mrs. Elmer H.
Whitney,'an Intimate friend of Mrs. Grover
Cleveland, were the witnesses. The couple left
for New York on a West Shore morning train
and will spend their honeymoon in Eastern
cities. Mr. Stitt last week won a S100 prize in
a lotterv. Mrs. Scroggs's fortune is estimated
PENNSTLyANlA'S FULL SHARE.
Over Ten Per Cent of the New Postmasters
Are From tbe Keystone State.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington, April 23. "One hundred and
seventy" was tbe announcement at tbe Post
office Department when the inquiry was made
how many Democrats had been beheaded to
day. Only 18, however, were for Pennsylvania.
They are a3 follows:
Joseph Frederic. Auburn; A. A. Carter, Au
burn Center; J. H Davis, Barclay; Charles Fin
cile, Bath; W. R. Yeager. Bingui; W. H. Min
iek, Cberryvllle: Jacob Ebey, Ebey's; M. N.
Reynolds, Factoryville; P. M. Leitzel, Fleming
ton; F. M. Case. Kersey's: L." B. Carlisle, Luth
ersberg; W. C. Timms, Morton; J. H. Hecks,
NorthTowanda;J. A.Walter. Natrona; P. 8.
Calif, Somer's Lane: Samuel Weckter. Terre
hill; W. F. Anderson. Walnut; C. F. Gillespie;
Whighlil. and C. G. Smith. Wrightsvllle.
Vnllnnlnn!lrA (n WpqtVIrrrinlfl' T M VT.
rell. Bnrnt House; John Grimes. Frozen Camp; I
ti. v. uon, uons; w. w. uater. namnn; r.
Gloves. Hebron: H. W. Peem. Jackson Court
Honse; Charles Thornton, Mairgle; M. New
man, Milton, and J. M. Wease, Handy.
Among the postmasters appointed by tbe
President to-day were the f showing: Samuel C.
Moore, at Findlay. O., vice W. C. Hammaker,
nominated but not confirmed, and John W.
Steele, at Oberlin, O.
From the Oil City Bllzzard.l
It must be some satisfaction to Cleveland to
know that he can go fishing- now without being
likely to find a special correspondent coiled up
in his lunch basket.
An Ohio iHan's Blodesty.
From the Courier-Journal.!
At 80 years. Senator Payne, of Ohio, wishes
to bold no more offices. The retirement of an
Ohio man at that early age astonishes the
Worse Diseases Than Goat.
From the New fork World.
Sir Julian Pauncefote is afflicted now and
then with the gout. This is better than having
the swelled head a disease very common to
Let tbe Tonrlsts Travel.
From the Chicago Tribune.!
Take them about half way round the world
again, Anson, and leave them.
AS OTHERS SEE US. -
. Louisville Courier Journal: What is the
good of a Northern climate when Pittsbnrgers
are stricken down with heat on the 19th of
April. Come to tbe cool and sunny S4utb, ye
Detcoit Free Press: One of the punish
ments in tbe public schools of Pittsburg for
trifling offenses is .to make the victim write
3,000 words. Not one of them is. "d n," al
though he thinks only ofthat one.
Indianapolis Journal: The "bringing In,"
near Pittsburg, of tho largest natural gas well
ever struck should cause the scientists to sus
pend their asseitlons that tbe supply is being
exhausted. We remark again tlfat the scien
tists mean well, but they do nut know.
New York .Vun.-A Pennsylvania farmer
IostROOoutoriiisixicketwhile ploughing the
other day. We hope he will find It, but in view
of the remarks of our friends, tbe tariff smash
ers, as to tbe pitiable plight of the farmers, it
is hard to understand howany of them can ac
cumulate S60O. So the Robber Barons don't
got all the money, eb!
New York Commercial Advertiser: Not
being able to seenre accommodations to its taste
onshore, the Pennsylvania Legislature has se
cured the "option" on a North river ferryboat
for its sleeping quarters during the centennial
celebration. The idea is by no means a bad
one for other public bodies which we mlcht
mention. It suggests, to be sure, Mr. Stnck
ton's"Rndder Grange" and Mr. Black's "Ro
mantic Adventures of aHouseboat;" but that
is, at all events, better than "Tea Nights la" a
CDEIQUS COSDESSATIOXS.'; y
The "Woman's Charity is & new Boston'
club. , j
A 250-pound sturgeon was caught at
Port Penn, Del.
A Belfast (Me.) woman has entered a
machine shop to learn the trade.
Valuable copper ore has beendisoov
ered In Wayne county, in this State.
The Monastery of Melk, in Austria.has
just celebrated its eight hundredth anniver
sary. An enterprizing citizen o.T Johnstown,
N. J., Is applying for a pension, a divorce and
Waldron, Mich., has been settled mora
than half a century, yet the people have jost
begun to clear tbe stumps out of tbe main
The London Lapcet recently contained
the following advertisement: "Home wanted
for homicidal lady in house of medical man,
Address, stating terms," etc.
Dr. Calvin Parker of "Willacoochea
Ga.. has a mule 45 years old. This oldmule
has served tbe doctor faithfully. He has worked
him in harness and has plowed with him for 40
A natural curiosity is to be seen on a.
street in Columbus, Ga. A small oak tree !'
growing from the limb of a chlnaberry tree andV'
tbe strange freak attracts the attention of all
A French scientist says that, allowing
five acres for each Inhabitant, Europe has
room for 115.000,000 more people. Africa for
1.338,000.000, Asia for L4C2.000.COO. Ocanlcafor
515,000,000 and America for 2,000,000,000.
The largest mail ever received at the
postoffice in Colfax, W. T., came in one day
last weak for C. S. Voorhees. It consisted of
24 mail sacks packed full with Government
publications, weighing in the aggregate more
than a ton.
The interesting discovery of a number
of oysters growing on a piece of bark has been
made at Fort Wrangel, Alaska. They are sup
posed to have been propagated from oysters
thrown overboard from the California and,
Probably the most expensive carpet ever
manufactured Is. that owned by the Maharajah
of Baroda. It took three years to make, and
cos,t $200,000. It is made entirely of strings of
pure colored pearls, with the center and cor.
ners of diamonds.
One of the most accomplished young
ladies of Selma, Ala., was hailed on the street -by
a bystander, who .very politely knocked a
rat off her bustlp, where It was enjoying a de
lightful ride. As the varment struck the
ground, and tbe lady saw that it was actually
a live rat. she had a lively foot race for soma
Several tipsy young men got Into a
house at Castanea, near Lock Haven, lately,
while the family were out and fell asleep, when
a wandering horse that had been nosing in a
basin of flour sniffed at the faces of tho
strangers so closely as to imprint on eacn a
ghastly whiteness. When the family got back
at twilight their outcries could be heaid three
The chartering of the iron steamship
Shawmut to load 30,000 bags of sugar at Ma
tanzas, and to-tow the barge Atlas with a full
cargo from the same destination to the Dela
ware Breakwater, marks a big innovation in
the shipping trade. The voyage will ba an ex
perimental one, and the first instance of a
barge being towed from a foreign port Ship
ping people are taking great interest in tho
At Titusville, Fla., a trout measuring
over 27 inches in length was captured at the
ranroaa wharf very easily Sunday morning,
having gotten himself in the peculiar predica
jnent ot trying to swallow a fish called the
sailor's choice, which actually measured over
eight inches In length. Tbe trout had parti
ally swallowed tbe fish, and being unable
.either to engulf him. or rejet him from hi
voracious grasp, he was drowned, so to spealf,
and lay almost helpless on the surface of the
water. In this state the trout was picked up.
A Chicago gambler whose first name
was George, used to frequent a Chinaman's es
tablishment and smoke opium almost daily.
One day he rushed into the plaee and said ex
citedly: "Hip, loan me $10. Thanks. Til come ,
in and pay you to morrow noon if I'm alive,"
and out be went with the money. About 3
o'clock the next afternoon a friend pf tbe
gambler dropped in on the Chinaman and said:
"Hip. where is George to-dayf" and the con
fiding Celestial wiped his eye with the comer
of his blouse, and replied: "George, him dead."
A contractor in Birmingham, Ala., wasl
obliged to put off paying his men for three
days on account of the failure of some of bis
creditors to meet their obligations. Finally he
got his checks and came to the city for the
cash. It was too late for him to get in bank,
and he took It quite philosophically and went
to get shaved. The barber persuaded him to
have his wbl3kers cut off. That shave cost him
$1,000. People met him and failed to recognize
him and the rumor got abroad that be had
taken his money and skipped the town. Men
began pushing their claims, some even goingto
the courts. Tbe compromises be was obliged
to make cost him a large amount of money.
Nathaniel Eogers and a negro were
plowing in a pasture at ParisKy., where some
sheep and lambs were grazing, when they dis
covered two large black snakes colled around
a 6-weeks'-old lamb, trying to crush the life out
of it. Tbe men went to the lamb's assistance
with clnbs, whereupon the snakes uncoiled and
gave chase to the men. The latter were hotly
pursued for over 100 yards, wben they grabbed
a lence rail, and turned on tbe snakes. They
succeeded in killing one, which measured over
8 feet, and the other ran into a hollow stnmp.
Later in tbe day it came out and coiled itself
around the legs of one of the plow mules, and,
the negro abandoned the team. Tbe snake
soon returned to the stump. An endeavorwill
be made to catch it alive.
The arrival of the "Wilkommen at Bal
timore aroused much Interest and curiosity, as)
she was the first oil tank steamer ever seen in
that port She Is a barkentlne-rigged vessel,
built of steel, and is S28 feet long by 41 feet
beam, with 32 feet depth ot hold. Her capacity
is 28,000 barrels of oil in bulk. The Wilkom
men is one of six tank steamers owned by Mr.
W. A. Reiaemann, of Bremen, and she is the
largest afloat. She is consigned to the Balti
more United Oil Company, which will load her
with 1,270,000 gallons, or 25.400 barrels, of re
fined oil, all of which Is purchased on the ac
count of the vessel's owner. Other steam tank
vessels are expected to follow the Wilkommen.
Tbe oil for the Wilkommen it pumped through
tbe pipe line to Baltimore from the Pennsyl
vania oil fields In a crude state, and refined at
"Brown is a collector, isn't ha?"
"Yes. He Is the original dun Brown."
"And will yon always love me, George?"
"I will If yon behave yourself and don't cut up
The match is pttV. Boston Courier.
At the shining portals. St Peter Helloyj.
therel Why don't you come In?" -
Silntly bhade (running away) Not much; 1
Just caught sight of my wife in there. 'Xotm
Fully Equipped. "Bromley, I hear yoa
are golnsr to housekeeping?' "
"What have von got toward It!"
"A wlfe."-2terrott Free Press.
Inexpensive Amusement Miss Point -,
Playce (in the foyer at Wheeler's) Mercy! TVs
can't co to tne matinee at an: I hare left my.
tickets at home, and haven't a cent about me.
Wbat'll we do?
MUs Standplpe Let's go shopping. TnieaoiS
3Ir. Brown Nonsense, child; there are naj
such things as ghosts. JSt
MLs Brown (emphatically) I tell yon, pa, Ijvaj
Mr. B. (lncrednlonslvl Where
Miss B.-In the play of "UamIet."-Jwtonj
Served, him right He Can't I havevjast?
one kiss before I go? Only one. "SjasB
She-And ir I let you have one you will taketwo
won't you? .igsW
He No. I won't: indeed I won't. I
bhe Then you shan't haTe any. TerreHautSt
Express. '' -titf"
Politics vs. Letters.-First HtUegftlil
ilv pa Is a great councilman. nd glvejcoutfaetsV
for sewers and things. Everybody hasjheardof -him."
j ' -
Second little girl-My P " n editorial writer
on a great newspaper, and helps to -make history.
Everybody will hear of hlmwhenhedles. Xcv
Xork Weekly. .
The Early Bird. "I desire- to apply for
the position organgcr recently held bymny old
friend Jones, who was found drowned daydwfiire
yesterday. I havejust come from the funoral."
"Sorry, Smith, bat the place has already oeen
So quiet Whogotthejob? 30t'
The man who dlscoveredthe(bodrloatlng la
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