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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, MAY 7, 1SS8.
JUDGE WHITE'S BEPLY.
Judge White's response to the charges
hinted at, rather than directly made, by the
Shiras resolution is direct and sweeping.
The Jndge declares that every insinuation
against his fairness, impartiality and strict
adherence to the etiquette of procedure is
totally unfounded. He was forced by the
requirements of the law to examine into the
moral character of the applicants. He al
lowed nothing to influence him in making
his decisions except what was brought out in
open court; and he states the novel and in
teresting fact that his difficulty was not in
granting enough licenses to go around, but
in finding enough applicants who bore the
.tests sufficiently well to receive the necessary
number of licenses.
In short the Judge, to use an old and
somewhat threadbare piece of legal slang,
denies the allegations and confronts the al
legater. "With the issue joined in that way
it is certainly pertinent, if the opposition to
liia is to be taken as anything more than
the inspiration of disappointment and re
venge, to have some definite statements of
the judicial misdeeds supported by at least
prima facie proof. Yesterday the disposi
tion seemed to be so far from producing or al
leging the evidence, that the quandam im
peachers were adopting the crawfish tactics.
"Whether a bolder front will be presented to
day, is' for the fact to disclose.
As to the charge of personal motives be-
ninu luis rcMjiuuou uiaue uy uic uuukc, it
is hardly necessary to bring thdiscussion
of a question of publio morals down to that
low level. B-r; it is, pertinent to repeat the
remark made in these columns last week,
that unless the resolutions are backed up
with -some definite evidence, the most re
markable teature of this attack on the exer
cise of the judicial discretion will be the
phenomenal indiscretion of its mover.
THE UNFAILING GAS SUPPLY.
The Philadelphia Gas Company's annual
statement, yesterday submitted, will 'prove
of great interest to the stockholders, though
the magnitude of the concern involves a
complication of accounts and figures which
inaynotreHable'fhe general public, to grasp
the bearing ot its exhibit in detail. "What
's-does greatly interest everybody, and what
fchpuld, particularly impress outsiders, is
thatthis vast system of service is now sup
plying more gas -than ever. Though the
demands of consumers have grown, the sup
ply has more than kept pace with them.
"Where now be the prophets who, as ea'rly
as several years ago, shook their heads in
lugnbrious prediction that Pittsburg's new
fuel would not last? The end of it looks
lurther off than ever. So long as it con
tinues will the city continue to spread at its
recent enormous rate of expansion.
TEE BARON'S HEW LIGHT.
Light is thrown upon a frequently re
peated claim of the railway school, by an
interview with Baron Erlanger,who is visit
ing in the South for the purpose of inspect
ing the railways in which his wealth is
largely invested. He says: "Over here the
operating expenses eat up seventy per cent
of the revenues, while in Europe they are
only fifty per cent; yet freight rates here are
much higher." The Baron's view is very
plainly to the effect that the operating ex
penses ought to he reduced, from which no
stockholder will dissent But for some
years past the representatives of the railway
school have been telling us very strenu
ously that freight rates in this country are
lower than they are in Europe, The pos
itive statement to the contrary by so well
informed an authority as Baron Erlanger,
will rather destroy the force of the Ameri-
can railway argument, that everything here
is all right The Baron, from his stand
point, wants operating expenses reduced;
and the people, from theirs, would be glad
to see railway rates reduced wherever they
.are too high. Perhaps the people and the
Baron can compromise on having both
A BE0KEN BEH).
By this time it is pretty certain that Mr.
W hi tela w Eeid is regretting that he at
tended so many banquets before starting on
an ocean voyage. The last one, which the
Tribune staff tendered him, must have put
a nice finishing touch upon his digestive
system. Possibly a lot ot Mugwump fishes
will rejoice that the Minister to France laid
.in such store for their entertainment But
he will not rejoice, and we fear that his im
maculate collar and new nankeen trousers
will suffer "in the melee with remorseless
It is not hard to imagine the ex-editor sit
ting in his berth, pale and perturbed. The
hand that could have taken a pen and as
with a tomahawk snatched a fresh scalp is
nerveless and inert The voice that could
hare told the city e3itor to interview a hun
dred proud citizens to death is weak and
tremulous. It plays upon but one string
a mournful cry, ''Stewartl" The eye that
could have made the biggest man in the
Tribune office quail is lusterless and plane
tary. , It is a great thing to be an editor. It
is a great thing to he United States Minister
to France. But the greatest man on earth
feels mighty small when he is seasick. "We
extend our condolence to Mr, "Whitelsw
ABHOUB'S CLAIM TO DISTINCTION.
The authoritative statements which are
now made concerning the manner in which
the .American Meat Company was tempo
rarily suppressed are very interesting as
bearing upon the methods and weakness of
the trust policy. . We are told by the aem-
iberi-uf the syndicate who propose to reJ
vire 'the scheme, that Armour, of Chicago,
finding the original managers of the scheme
determined to carry it forward, bought up a-
controlling interest in the Cottonseed Oil
Trust, and thereupon informed Messrs.
Flagler and Moss that they must either get
out of the Cottonseed Oil Trust or abandon
their meat project. These gentlemen chose
the latter alternative, and so the new Ameri
can Heat Company was,temporariIy reduced
to soup meat.
This apparently undisputed statement of
facts reveals not only the trust policy, but
an absolute weakness of the trust position.
It seems that the great trust proprietors
must not only defend their monopolies from
all competition in any- quarter of the coun
try but that they are peculiarly weak and
open to attack from other trust monopolies.
Flagler and Moss. threatened the monopoly
of Armour in the meat trade and so Armour
by an excursion into the cottonseed oil
business was able to reduce them to disci
pline. There is nothing of this sort in le
gitimate business. Jones. & Laughlins do
not find it necessary to attack any man whd
proposes to start a rolling mill in another
section of the country; and the man who
started a rolling mill contrary to the wishes
of some of the great proprietors at present,
would laugh at the threat that if 'he keeps
on in his pernicious course, they will buy
up and destroy some other interest of his.
It is very gratifying to learn that this
scheme of Armour's to suppress competition
in the meat trade, is to be defeated. But
the public can hardly help having a warm
feeling for Armour, on learning that he is
the one man in thjs country who is able to
bulldoze the Standard Oil magnates.
PIAKS FOB SMALL PARKS.
"With the prospect of a. beautiful new
Exposition for Pittsburg comes the promise
from Commissioner Bigelow of an official
draft of plans tor the transformation ot the
unsightly Dnquesne wharf into a handsome
park. Simultaneously is suggested the
creation of a breathing space and elbow
room by the acquisition and clearance of the
triangular block at the intersection of Fifth
avenue, Liberty and Market streets. These
prospects come at a time when the "public
mind is already occupied by visions of
Diamond street widened, and of an unob
structed communication by t and Forbes
street with the East End.
It is true that these and spther improve
ments, if they are ever carried out, will cost
some money; but it is also true that the
business, the convenience and the comfort of
the half million of people who come and go
in Pittsburg daily require something of the
sort Extravagance or jobbery is one thing;
the meeting of reasonable, apparent and
actual needs for the accommodation of the
vast increase of inhabitants and trade is an
other. It simply so happens that the city
has outgrown its accommodations in some
directions as a growing boy does his last
year's suit. The real economy and good
sense consist in considering the propriety
and possibility of adapting the situation to
altered circumstances before the changes
become too costly to be thought of.
As for the plan of small parks, it seems
the only alternative where larger ones' are
not favorably considered. Particularly, as
in the case of the Duquesne wharf, where
the city already has the'ground, there is no
reason why it should not be made attractive.
The Commissioner of Public "Works may
feel assured that any judicious enterprise
in that direction which can be conducted at
moderate expense will meet with very hearty
and general approval. His plans and fig
ures in detail will le watched for with in
CONSISTENCY AT A DISCOUNT.
The renewal of litigation over the attempt
of the Junction Bailroad to get its tracks'
past the Allegheny Valley yards at Forty
third street reveals another example of. the
superiority of the corporate policy to any
such consideration as consistency. The first
suit of the Junction to condemn a right of
way through these yards for a track on the
surface was resisted by the Allegheny Val
ley Bailroad with the, plea, among others,
that the Junction could get past by an ele
vated track, without occupying the surface.
This plea was largely influential in defeat
ing the first suit of the Junction.
Having accepted that defeat the Junction
now seeks to cross the yards by an elevated
track and meets with exactly the same op
position as before. This confirms what was
already generally understood, that the real
opposition of the interests that control the
Allegheny Valley Bailroad Is not based on
the injnry that will be done to property that
was left unused before the Junction wished
to cross it, but on the advantages to the
manufacturers to whom the Junction will
bring railroad competition. Another point
is somewhat strongly illuminated by this
action. The Junction will not compete at
all with the business of the Allegheny Val
ley road proper; but it will enable competi
tion to be brought to bear on the business
that goes off the Allegheny Valley Bailroad
to the Pennsylvania Bailroad lines.
Yet it was sworn in another recent rail
road suit that the Allegheny Valley Bail
road is not operated for the benefit of the
Pennsylvania road t
UNCOMPLIMENTABY TO THE LAWYEBS.
One of the expressions of bpinion which
has been made concerning the vote of the
Bar Association with regard to the Shiras
resolution reveals a rather low estimate.of
the integrity and independence of the mem
bers of that body. The statement is made
in various ways, but always to the effect
that "a great many lawyers voted against
an indorsement of the resolution because
they were of the opinion that the Legisla
ture would refuse to order an investigation,
and they would beat the mercy of Judge
"White hereafter." This Is practically as
serting that the legal fraternity has so little
stamina that, while believing the charges
to have some foundation, a majority of its
members would vote against' investigation
on account of some petty fears of personal
disadvantages. It is plain that such a con
temptuous view of the lawyers would, if
well founded, make their vote, either for or
against the resolution, of the smallest possi
In securing the services of Mr. Harry
Oliver as President of the Pittsburg and
'Western road the stockholders sot only ob
tain an active business head, but Pittsburg
interests will- have the assurance of that
sympathetic consideration which comes
from a thoroughly intimate acquaintance
and identification with them. The Pitts
burg and 'Western, through the enterprise
and activity of the late Mr. Callery, Mr.
Oliver and their associates, has been of
great service to this city. There is every
indication .that the period of its greatest
usefulness to the community and prosperity
for itself has within the last lew years but
It is reported that "before "President Har
rison appointed Mr. Frank Palmer, of Chi
cago, to the -position of Public Printer, he
telegraphed to the gentleman and asked him
whether he would 'accept 'the place.' This
seems to indicate the necessity of informa
tion for the head of this administration as
to whether duckswill swim or not
The Atlanta Constitution thinks that ex
President Cleveland was joking when he re
cently said that his public life was ended,
and declared that he would net be a candi
date in 1802. It seems to have been a good
deal the same sort of a joke as that which
the same statesman indulged in when ac
cepting his nomination for the first term,
viz., his strong opposition to a second Presi
dents terra. The person who most appre
ciates the humor in both cases is likely to
be David Bennet Hill.
The promoters of the Bill now pending at
Albany to authorize the use of Niagara
Falls for a manufacturing electrio water
power, must be the descendants of the tailor
in the old story who, when he saw the Falls,
exclaimed: "Ye gods! what aplace to sponge
The disposition to jeer at the rural mem
bers of the Pennsylvania Legislature who
took home to their families some of the free
champagne from the New York Centennial
is carping and unjust It certainly shows
a better taste and wiser foresight for the
statesmen to save up the surplus champagne
for the enllvenment of their domestic circles
than to utilize ifall on the spot for the pur
pose of making hogs of themselves.
Afteb some centuries of destruction of
its forests Italy proposes to undertake the
govermental work of restoring the trees to its
mountain slope. The necessary work is es
timatedio cost nearly 512,000,000. The ex
ample should have some effect in this coun
Ex-Seceetaet Batabd has got a new
position, having been made a member of the
Delaware boundary, commission. The fact
that the. State of Maryland, in putting units
line fences lately, encroached several feet
upon the territory of Delaware, has aroused,
that State to action. Delaware perceives
that a little persistence in this policy on the
part of Maryland will-soon leave Delaware
no territory worth mentioning.
Perhaps that proposition for a monu
mental arch in New York is based on the
conviction that when it comes to celebrating
making a big pot of money ont of outsiders
and enjoying the privileges of an enormous
free blow-out, New York is there every time.
The discovery is announced, that the man
who shot at President Carnot is a crank.
That view was supposed to be the natural
one to take of people who indulgeapenchant
for shooting at Presidents; but in this case
the rather saturnine theory seems to be per
mitted that the crankiness appeared in the
fact that the man used a blank cartridge.
The prolonged stay of Colonel Fred
Grant in London is privately explained to
be for the purpose of keeping Boulanger
.straight until Mr. Bobert Lincoln can ar
rive at his post of duty and overawe him
The refusal of the Legislature to pass any
law for enforcing the Constitution against'
the corporation, affords a tolerably clear ex
planation of the fact which was advertised
with some pride at the opening of this ses
sion, that there is no lobby there. No lobby
is necessary, it seems, to make this Legisla
ture do the bidding of the corporations.
Admiral Poetee and Ben Butler are
trying to find' out which of them has the
most unsavory war record. So far as the
country can find ont it is a dead heat
We are glad to see that arrangements
are alieady on foot for celebrating three
.years hence the fourth century of the discov
ery of Americaby Christopher Columbus.
Three years is not too long a time to quarrel
over who shall dance at the Centennial
quadrille, or to provide safeguards against
too free libations of the champagne.
The Allegheny wharf park scheme is
starting at the right end of the city. Let
us go ahead and open up some breathing
places in the center of the city.
PB0MINEHT PEOPLE PAEAGBAPHED.
A beonze statue of John Bright is to be
erected at Rochdale by public subscription.
Boston Is getting ready to greet the Presi-
rdent and bis family sometime late lfj the com
Genebaii Lew Wallace says that there
are two things of which he is immoderately
fond horse racing when conducted honestly
Ex-Mayor Stokxkt, of Philadelphia, has
given;to the Presbyterian Church at Bethlehem,
Pa., a splendid pulpit made of brass, ivory and
onyx, Inlaid with mosaics. It is a memorial
of his niece, Mary Stokley Evans, who died a
year ago. . ,
Ex-Govebwob Fostbb' General W. A. War
ner and Secretary Miller, of the Sioux Com
mission, called on Secretary Noble yesterday
and received their final instructions. General
Crook will meet his associates in Chicago, May
27. from which point they will together proceed
to the Sioux reservation in Dakota.
Secretary Wisdom was better yesterday,
but was not well enough to leave bis house.
His condition-was much more serious than was
supposed. He had a severe attack of cholera
morbus Thursday night which did not fully
succumb to medical treatment until Saturday
night. Yesteraay he was able to leave his bed.
Members of the Institute of France appear,
as a class, to be extremely long-lived. The lato
M. Chevreul was a notable example; indeed,
he is the only member who- ever lived beyond
a .century. Yet, although he entered the in
stitute at the comparatively early age of 40, he
is only fourth on the'llst as far as official life is
concerned. Gassini was a member for 75
years, Fontelle68 and Jussieu 63. M. Chevreul,
at the time of his death, had been a member 62
"William Dean Howells Is one of the
neatest men in the world of letters," says Cur
rent Literature. "His stndy is as daintily or
dered as a lady's boudoir, cpd his dress is im
maculate, but he cannot induce his thick,
grayish brown hair to remain in the state of
smoothness to which he endeavors to reduce
it, and, rumpled over his broad forehead, it
gives him a singular youthful appearance. He
is rather un-American looking on the whole;
dark, with heavy features and very deep eyes1
beneath drooping lids, bnt which light up won
derfully, as indeed the whole face does, when
he is conversing."
"It is not," says Mme. Sarah Bernhardt, "be
cause I am always extavagant that I am al
ways in want of money, but because I am
always being robbed by my directors. Shame
fully robbed! I have been cheated out of
millions and millions. One trusts the rogues,
does not read over the engagement as care
fully as one ought'to do, and signs. Then there
is always a line about a forfeit or something
else which one has overlooked, and it is there
that the director is in ambush. Between the
thieves on one side and the small prices paid
in Paris on the other, I really often wonder
how I get a piece of bread to put between my
teeth. Of all countries France is perhaps the
one where an actress earns the least Look at
whatKUen Terry, Bernard-Beere and Mary
Anderson earn. -Why, they make as much, I
am sure; in a week as I do in a season."
Their Second Circus.
From the Philadelphia Tress.)
After the Centennial mismanagement in New
York it was hardly necessary for the 400 to get
up an" exhibition which was specifically an
nounced as a circus.. i '
THE TOPICAL TALKEE. -
Some Notes on Suicides of Recent Date A
Query In Rhyme nud a Parable.
The William Henry Davenport who commit
ed suicide at San Francisco on Snnday was not
a son of'Ii-L. Davenport the great actor, and
a brother of Fanny Davenport,.as the telegram
from the Pacific coast asserted he was. It so
happens that a competent witness on this
question Is in this city just now. Mrs. A. L.
Hamilton is staying here with her husband,
who is very well known in England as the pro
prietor of a most remarkable diorama, and her
She said yesterday that It was impossible'
that the man who committed suicide at San
Francisvo could be a son of E. L, Davenport
Ho had two sons, bnt both are living else
where. It is just possible that he maybe a
uiubuct ui iu amor, xxis age, od, would seem
to prove conclusively that he is not a son of E.
There Is some talk of the Grand Central
Rink being used for .rather a novel purpose In
a few weeks' time. It is proposed to set up a
diorama there, the canvass ot which has been
brought over by Mr. Hamilton and some others
interested In the project from London, where it
nas been exhibited for some years.
There is hardly any certainty about the
scheme yet and the PitUburgers who are to
put up the money for it are unwilling to say
anything about it. A diorama, if really first
class, might be welcomed heartily in Pittsburg
after the theaters close. 'The summer diver
sions of this workti-day community are not
'A RHYME FOB BONNET.
Give me some new rhyme for bonnet?
Fit to help along the sonnet
Some poor poet pens upon It,
Or the girl who haps to don it.
for to-day If yon should con it
Too will And In such a sonnet
Very fearful rhymes for bonnet
Such as won, and done, and shone it,
Ton, and gone, and sun, and shun It,
Pun, and run, and spun, and stun It,
Or some Latin word as "Monet"
All supposed to rhyme with bonnetl
The surgeon of the Inman steamship City
of Berlin, who committed suicide a day or two
ago, was known to a good many Pittsburgers.
What they think of him, I have no means of
knowing. He seemed to me to consist princi
pally of waxed mustache, and to be thoroughly
conscious that he bad nothing else to live for.
That's about the limit of the average steam
ship surgeon's ambition.
Nothing is more pitiful than, to see a young
man of the least merit slipping down into the
position of surgeon for a passenger steamer.
As far as my experience goes, and it happens
to be rather large in this "direction, only doctors
who cannot make a living on land take to the
sea. Recently, that is to say within the last six
months, three cases of poisoning by careless
ness or ignorance of the surgeons on board
trans-Atlantic liners have been reported in the
It is said that Surgeon Armstrong of the City
of Berlin disliked women; the newspaper re
port says so. Travelers on the City of Berlin
never were aware of'this. The reverse holds
good as to the expressed likings of most ship
surgeons. Flirtation is their strongest point
Brightly the light In the chancel fell.
And the perfumed Incense rose
From altar high to the rafters dim.
And the golden figure enshrined of Him,
Who died for the world He loved so well;
While the choir chanted a thnn'drous hymn
In praise of Him,
In glory of Him,
His love and His might to tell 1
And out in the churchyard's shadows gray,
On the bongh of an aged tree,
An oriole sang his vespers too,
While from afar came the low, long "coo"
Of a dove at the close of day;
And the robins sang as tbey'rewonttodo,
flow one, now two,
The orchards through,
Till the twilight waned away.
And the sweet sounds Hew to heaven's gate,
The hymn from the stately church,
And the song of the birds, the pipe and trill
Bent with the scent the flowers spill
When spring finds daylight lingering late.
"And the song birds' psalm Is echoing still,
And ever it will.
On heaven's hill,
While wltbont man's hymn shall wait I
OLD IRONSIDES MUST GO.
Secretary Tracy Order the Historic Vessel
Portsmouth, N. H., May a "Old Iron
side s," the same old American frigate immor
talized by the poet and the topic of many a
schoolboy's declamation, is and has been
for year one of the dearest relics
of this town. So when the rumor of
Secretary Tracy's intention to remove
the battle-scarred ship from Portsmouth Navy
Yard to that in Washington spread a wave of
indignation burst upon the town. And to-day
it may be said that Portsmouth citizens,
young and old, are 'fairly beside them
selves with anger at the prospect
People here see no reason for taking the
noble old frigate away. She Is indissolu
bly connected with this town, the people are
attached to her, and Portsmonth's prona naval
record is in itself a reason why "Old Ironsides"
should stay here. The idea of making her
an attraction for the curiosity hunters who
flock to the National capital is extremely dis
tasteful. There is no doubt that great pressure will be
brought to bear upon the administration to
save the old ship to the Granite State. From
Washington it is learned that Secretary Tracy
proposes to use,her there as a receiving ship,
providing the expense of removing her is not
too great He argues that the Constitntion is
not earning her oats here, and must be utilized
In some fashion besides catering to the patriotic
sentiment of the people who live on the banks
of the Piscataqua. It is more than probable
Not a Bad Investment.
Prom the Chicago Inter-Ocean. 1
New York spent some $200,000 in her Centen
nial demons tration, and It' is reasonably esti
mated that she took in $3,000,000. It was not a
ODD ITEMS FE0JI F0BBIGN BH0BES.
Ten and three-quarter miles is the range that
the French have obtained for the 43-ton gun, 33
feet long, with an 800-weight projectile and 425
. The French "National League Against
Atheism" proposes to erect' a statue to Chev.
reull, the centenarian chemist, to record the
fact that he remained "a believer" throughout
The greatest snuff-taking country in the
world is France, though it shows a decline in
the habit In 1869 the consumption was 13,000,-
is five ounces.
The newest thing in London household econ
omy is a female butler a maiden dressed in a
livery of blue, green, gold or scarlet, as taste
may prefer. The effect alleged is "more quiet
and equal style."
At the Royal Theater at Munich they are
going to try the presentation of Shakespeare's
plays with scenery and stage fittings as nearly
as possible a reproduction of those with which
the plays were originally produced.
It appears that Mr. Gladstone's ancestors
were pirates. In 1665 Halbert' Gladstone, a
merchant In Edinburgh, was a member of the
crew of the George, which sailed from Glasgow
to prey on tne uuicu mercnantmen.
The greatest of the new English Ironclads,
the Nile, bad to be taken out of dry dock be
cause of her structural inability to support her
armor. The Nile rates as of 12,000 tons, and
the weight of her protecting armor, exclusive
of glacis plates and steel decks, is 4,230 tons.
The Joneses are at the head of the English
clergy list with 450 representatives, while the
Smiths follow with 818. After them come the
Williamses, with 295. and the Evanses, with 16i
The Smiths make such an unexpected showing
because of there being almost none in Wales.
A ORAND washerwomen's competition has
been held at Bouveret, on the shores of Lake
Geneva, between France and Swisslaundresses.
Two of the champion washerwomen of "Paris
appeared to represent their country and one
Mile, Lefevre, age"d 18, won the first prize. ,A
banquet wound upa day such as the lake had
Von Moltke's objection to intrusting pri
vate soldiers with a rifle which.can be fired too
easily appears justified since two German regi
ments have held a sham light with an imagin.
ary enemy consisting of wooden palisades. The
command was three times given to''flre'at
nine-tenths of the bullets went clean over thn
palisades. . - - .-
DOW WE'AEE AMDSED,
New York Philharmonic Club Concert, Davy
Crocket nnd Other Attractions.
The New York Philharmonic Club, long
known as one of the foremost chamber muslo
organizations of the land.made its first appear
ance in Pittsburg last evening at Old City
Halt yThe audience was fairly large and mani
fested hearty appreciation at almost every op
portunity during the course of the following
Sextet Op. 79 Jadassohn
. , Intrate; nocturne,
Composed for and dedicated to 3. T. Phil. Club.
Vocal solo-"Thou art Mine AID' Bradsky
, , Miss .Elizabeth Norcross.
Violin 50lo-"Falrr Dance'1 Bazzlnl
.. .. Mr- Elchard Arnold.
Sextet, Bbapsodle Mo. 6 .Liszt
Quartet, variations, D minor Schubert
Flute solol-V?.r .Hanaei
(Auegro. ...., ,
air. Eugene Welner.
Vocal solo , , Denzs
. . , Miss Norcross.
Sextet, Tarantella B. Godard
In addition to the above, Miss Belle Johnson,
soprano, of Chicago, was to sing an aria from
Goldmark's "Queen of Sneba" at some point
in the latter part of the programme, Out as the
writer had to hurry off to tho opera jost after
the Liszt Rhapsodie it would be neither safe
nor just for him to enter into details as to
those later numbers.
In Jadassohn's sextet a" work at once
learned and possessed of much melodic inter
estthe club displayed an ensemble of marked
smoothness, balance of tone and uni
formity of attack and phrasing. The
dynamic effects deserved especial com
mendation, and the whole rendition
well deserved the applause it received to a de
gree quite unusual for an opening concerted
number. The Liszt rhapsodie Is not the kind
of a work that lends itself wellXo treatment by
sncha club. Its province is 'chamber music
where form and thematic development are su
preme; whereas the rhapsodie is a fitful,
formless effort at impressionist color-painting.
In both of these concerted piecesMr. Weiner,
the flutist, earned warm praise for the purity
of tone and artistic discretion, with which
he blended his single wind instrument with the
string ensemble. Mr. Schenclc played- the
lovely adagio with rich tone and much
tiste, while in the tarantella he dis
played a- brilliant if not immaculate
execution. Mr. Richard Arnold approved
his reputation as a leading violinist through the
masterly ease and muslcianly phrasing with
which he interpreted Bazzini's interesting
gaieties. On encore, a graceful lullaby. Con
Sordini, received afeelin? and taste fnl rendi
tion at his bands. Miss ElizabethNorcrosssang
Bradsky's glowing song a" trifle slowly, but
nevertheless with emotional strength and
artistic taste. Hers is a rich, pure and sym
pathetic voice that it would be pleasant to hear
more frequently in our concert rooms.
There's any amount of life still left in the
old dramatlo dog, VDavy Crockett" and Frank
Mayo makes it vastly interesting still. Mr.
Mayo is none the worse for wear; he remains
an actor of Intense power, of quiet and grave
humor, and tho character of Davy'Crockett
naturally fits him as snugly as the bark does
a tree or a dog. Perhaps some day It will be
necessary to re-tell the story, quaint and power
ful, of "Davy Crockett" It Is hadly time yet
for the theatergoer to have forgotten the
drama or Frank Mayo's conception of the hero.
As usual the wolves are very strong and noisy
assistants of Mr. Mayo, and the climax of act
XL made a great impression, while at the close
of the third act Mr. Mayo and Miss Bnrriss
were called before the curtain amid great ap
plause. Miss Bnrriss plays Eleanor Vaughn
with a delicacy and strength that are rarely
found together in such a comparative novice,
as we are assured she is. Graceful and slender,
.with a face that re-enforces by its sweet ex
pressions singnlarly melodious tones of her
voice. Miss Burriss has an excellent foundation
upon which she lays unflagging energy In her
work. She possesses decided dramatlo talent
and will do far better things some day.
The company includes Mr. Henry Aveling
and other actors of well-known ability. Mr.
Mayo always has a competent company, by the
way. "Davy Crockett" it well worth seeing
The advent of warmer weather had very little
perceptible Influence on the size of the audi
ences at this popplar honse yesterday. Roth
performances were witnessed by almost packed
bouses. The bill is George S. Knight's well
and favorably known "Over the Garden Wall,"
and it is in the hands of a competent company,
'beaded by that celebrated German comedian
Dan Mason. Edwin H. Carrol), Ed Van Vegh
ten and Richard Reab have the other male
roles, and all are equal to, the demands upon
them. The ladles of the company are Misses
Rosita Worrell, Lizzie Ingles and Milllcent
Page. All sing nicely; dress neatly and become
popular with an audience in short order. Espe
cially is this the case with Miss Page, who is
pretty, plump and has a sweet voice.
Notes of the Stage.
"The Barber of Seville" is the opera at the
Grand Opera House to-night
The curiosities and stage performance at the
Casino Museum this week are novel and amus
The Wild West and the spirit of its rough
and ready heroism has been transplanted to
the Academy of Mnsic this week. 'The Ranch
King" is not unknown to Pittsburgers, but
added to it at Manager Williams' cozy theater
this week is a first rate variety show into the
THE PISH HATCHERIES.
Commissioner McDonald Outlines His Plans
for the Summer.
Washlwotoit, May ft To an Associated
Press representative, to-day, Colonel McDon
ald, the Fish Commissioner, fet forth in detail
the plans proposed by him for the summer. At
the request of the Ohio Fish Commission, the
United States Commission this spring added to
its regular programme the distribution of pike
perch, commonly called pickerel, eggs and fry
collected and" batched at Sandusky. About
80,000,000 eggs were secured,-and these are now
being planted in the waters of Illinois, Ohio
and Western Pennsylvania. The trip of the
distributing car to Illinois is reported to have
been one of the most successful ever made.
The distribution of shad eggs and fry is be
ing conducted from several hatcheries ln-the
East. A car will leave Washington to-morrow
on. its second trip to the South, with 4,000,000
eggs, going direct to Montgomery, Ala.,whence
the distribution to local streams will be made.
On the first trip only 300,000 of the 4,000,000
eggs on board, or less than 10 per cent, were
lost. There are now being taken at the Fort
Washington station, ten miles down the Po
tomac river, about 20,000,000 shad. Daring the
summer the cars will be engaged in the collec
tion and planting of indigenous fishes in the
Mississippi Valley, in the States of Nebraska
Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana. Missouri and
The several steamers attached to the com
mission have their summer's work laid out for
them, and it is of great importance. The
Albatross will leave San Francisco about June
L going as far as the PrlviloW Islands in the
Behring Sea, where a study will be made of
the seal fisheries, In accordance with a reso
lution of Congress, adopted last session, as well
as of the general fisheries along the southern
Alaska peninsula. On the way up the Albat
ross will leave "a party of Investigators In
Alaska who will examine into the salmon fish
eries there, under tne terms oi another Con
gressional resolution. The new hatcheries are
to be located at Put-in-Bay Island, Lake Erie,
which will be the largest fish hatchery in the
world, having a capacity ot 600.000.000 eges a
yean at Evergreen Lake, Colorado, andBairds-
point California. Flans for these Improve
ments are all completed now. and it is exnecterl
-to have them erected and ready to beghvwork
In the fall when the white fish season begins.
A IEGACT TO A PAUPER
Results In a Queer Legal Complication In
an Alabama County.
Netvnan, GA., May 6. A curious suit is
about to be brought by this county in Troy,
Ala. Last year an old man by the name of
Zachry died at the County Poor Farm after a
lingering illness. Since that time his son has
come into possession of 4O,0CO, being a legacy
left his father. The County Commissioners
will present a claim against the State for ex
pense inenrred by Coweta connty In caring for
the old man and defraying his burial expenses,
and as the surviving heir is amply able to pay
he will be called upon to do so.
The deceased made a nuncupative (that is
by word ot mouth) will bequeathing all his
property, of whatever character, to O. P.
Sewell. Superintendent of the Poor Farm, who
will take legal steps to enforce bis claim
A Fortune nnnclng on a Word.
Coluhbus, May 6, State School Commls-'
sloner Hancock hafbeen subpoenaed to appear
in the Supreme Court as an expert witness in a
contested will case brought fromButler conn-
tr.ln 'flten IWOOO is Involved. The whole
.v. !,. nnnrTth. n,.ii n.r,.,.,inn
,ofne wordTthe word vthem" in one sentence;'
J . - V
JESTEES TO" EOYALTI.
An Important Appendage of tho Courts -In
the Middle Ages--A Number of Anecdotes
Concerning Celebrated Personages.
Court fools, or royal jesters, are happily
things of the past Wallett, the Queen's Jes
ter, was tho last of his kind, but he was only so
in name, bavine none of the functions to per
form exercised by a Will Somers or an Archie
Armstrong. Inded, altnongh ho styled him
self and was known as such, I scarcely think
he was able to produce the Lord Chamberlain's
warrant We must hark back to the days of
"bluff King Hal" if we would behold the Jes
ter at court Henry VHL, probably to ease his
troubled mind, took great delight in the mirth
provoking qualities of the mountebanks. When
these merry serving-men were first recognized
as auxiliaries at court it is difficult to deter
mine, but it is known that not only in England
but in Eastern countries they were in much
vogue with monarebs and nobles. Like chat
ting over dinner, so laughter Is said to aid
digestion, and it was probably in this belief
that the clown in cap and bells was called upon
to play his part before royal and distinguished
Chambers, ia his "Book of Days," treats
somewhat extensively of these court jesters,
and a brief summary of the article may inter
est your readers. During the middle ages the
court fool became an indispensable officer. Be
usually had his head shaved, and wore a fool's
cap of gay colors, with ass's ears and a cock's
comb. He often bad bells attached to his cap,
andcarried a scepter or bauble. "The fool was
a very humble person, hannting kitchen and
scullery, messing almost with the dogs, and lia
Dle, when malapert, to a whipping." The
jester, on the other hand, was generally a well
educated man, and comparatively a companion
to the sovereign or noble whom he .served, a
r man fall of wit and keen imagination, whose
iests -were wont to set tne tame tn a roar." ui
English royal jesters we have the names of
Scogan, Will' Somers, John Heywood, Pace,
Tarleton and Archie Armstrong, who served a
succession of Tudor and Stuart sovereigns.
Court jesters disappeared with the last-named
dynasty, one of the latest examples being
Archie' Armstrong, who died in 1643. After
ward half wltted persons were employed by
noblemen as court fools; but toward the end of
the seventeenth and beginning of the eigh
teenth centuries the custom was. abolished.
Some Celebrated Indlvidaala.
Will Somers, the court jester to Henry VTH.
whose effigy is preserved at Hampton Court,
had his memory perpetuated by the establish
ment of the "Will Somers Tavern" in Old Fish
street When tavern tokens were allowedlo
be issued, the landlord of this hostelry used one
bearing a figure of Will Somers. In the reign of
the Stuarts, the court jesters were allowed
serving men to wall on them, and some of these
were pensioned for their good services. Archie
Armstrong, who was jester to James I and his
son Charles, was a sort of gentleman Groom of
the Chambers to the first King, "preceding
him when in progress, and looking after the
royal quarters. In this capacity," we read,
"Armstrong was made a free citizen of Aber
deen, and held that freedom till his death.
James must have loved him at one period; for,
despite his hatred of tobacco, he granted a
patent to Archie lor the manufacture of to
bacco pipes. The position of Armstrong, .who
was on most familiar terms with his second
master, Charles, is significantly Indicated by
bis demand,when appointed to accompany that
Price to Spain. He claimed to have the service
of an attendant the same as was awarded to
the gentlemen of the rojal suit"
The claim caused a tumult among the gentle
men In question, and Archie was fain to go
abroad in less state than he thought became
him. I have quoted this from a work by Dr.
John Doran, published in 18a& The same au
thority, speaking ot court jesters, tells us that
although they were not to be found in the
household list of Oliver Cromwell, there were
occasions when buffoons, hired for sport, ap
peared at Whitehall. One of these occasions
was on the marriage of the protector's daugh
ter with Mr. Rich. At the festival which fol
lowed some of tne buffoons attempted, with
burnt cork, to blacken the face of Sir Thomas
Hilllpgsley as he was dancing. The gentleman
usher to the Queen of Bohemia was so enraged
at the liberty thus taken that he seized bis dag
ger, and would soon have made short work of
the jester's life had not others present inter
fered. No Fear Even of Kings.
Leaving royalty, we now come to speak of
the nobility, who also bad in their retinue fools
or jesters. In the reign of Henry VIL (who, it
may be 'observed, neither kept fools nor ad
mired those who did), Thomas, Lord Derby,
had one of these jesters in bis suite. The King,
being on a visit to his lordship shortly after he
caused bis host's! brother. Sir William Stanley,
to be executed, was standing on the leads of
Lathan House viewing the country. Lord
Derby was close beside him. The jester, draw
ing near to his master, exclaimed: "Tom. re
member Wilt" The remark fell llxe a bolt on
the King's conscience, and he retired in an un
dignified manner Into the honse.
Perhaps the last man who would be credited
with maintaining a jester in bis suite was
Judge Jeffries. But so it was. He attended
him on his bloody circuit The Judge "loved
and laughed at the fool's power of wit and
mimicry, and at Taunton he tossed the buffoon
the pardon of a victim, leaving tne victim's
friends to purchase it of him, if such was de
sired and lay within the compass of their
Of the royal jesters of France, I may mention
the names of Trlboulet and Brusquet, court
fools to Francis I., also Coulon, attached to the
court of Louis XVIIL, and Dufresnay, to that
oi ijonisjuv. uuiresnay was a mnitumin
parvo, being at once poet, playwright, actor.
. gardener, glass manufacturer, spendthrift wit
ana neggar. Having gov into ueui who nis
washerwoman-he settled the claim by making
her his wife. He ventured one day to rally the
Abbe Pellegrini on the soiled look-of his linen.
"Sire," said the Abbe, "It is not everyone who
has the good luck to marry his laundress." The
jester was non est
Two Occupations Combined In One.
Coulon was a medical man of great skill, who
-gave up all bis practice except with respect to
the King, to whom be became doctor and
jester. As a medical student he was wont, by
teats of mimicry, to keep a wholehospltal ward
in roars of laughter. His power of mimicry
and Imitation of individuals was so great, it
was almost impossible to detect the feigned
from the real. The King would ask him daily
whom be bad met and Coulon, without men
tlonlng them by name, would so mimic each
that the King had no difficulty in recognizing
the individuals. C'CouIod," said the Duke of
Orleans to him one day, "I happened to see and
hear your imitation of me yesterday. It was
capital, but not quite -perfect You did not
wear, as I do, a diamond pin in your cravat
Allow me to present you with mine; It will make
tbe resemblance more striking." "Ah! your
"highness," replied Coulon, fixing the pin in his
own cravat and putting on sneb a look of tbe
Prince that the latter might fancy he was
standing before a mirror, "as a poor Imitator, I
ought properly, to wear only paster'
' Russia, too, has had her royal jesters. One
Aksakolf was jester to the Czarina Elizabeth,
whilst Prof. Stehlin ;fllled the joint offices
of teacher, of mathematics and history and
jester to the Grand Dnkp, afterwards Peter U.
Ernst Augustus, Elector of Hanover and
father ot George L, retained a jester, by name
Burkard Kaspar Adelsburn, who exercised
great influence over blm. That this custom
lingered on In Germany to the middle of tbe
last century is evident from a letter written by
Lady Featherstonebangh, in 1753, in which
she says: "In tbe evenings, we were at the
apartments of tbe Royal Family, and were
much surprised at seeing, an ancient custom
&epi up utio, tuiuin uu umer uuuib ucaiuea,
except that of Russia, of keeping buffoons.
There are no less than three at this court"
Hew Cattle (Bng.) Weekly Chronicle.
A CDBI0DS FAHCI.
A Poor Mother Acts as Nurse to Her Ele
gantly Attired Child.
'From the New York San.l
"What a pretty child: whose is It?" said one
lady to another, as they crossed Madison
Square. "I noticed you nodded to the nurse."
"Thereby hangs a tale," responded her com
panion. "The nurse used to be In myemploy,
and left It to become the wife of a coachman.
They live over his stable, not far away, and the
child Is theirs. She dresses it like a million
aire's baby, in the finest and most dainty of
clothes, which she faithfully copies from Fifth
avenne.chlldren. She cannot dress herself to
correspond, so she wears the nurse's livery for
her own child, and is proud to have passers-by
stop and admire him as some favored darling
of a wealthy home. Curious fancy for one ot
ber sort, Isn't it who, as a rule, are so eager to
drop the regalia of servicer"
One Hundred Million Dollars for Europe.
From the New York Herald. 1
It is estimated that 100,000 Americans will
visit Europe this summer. Suppose they spend.
$1,000 each on an average. That .is not too
much, Is It? Now reckon tbe amount of money
that, will be dropped In different parts of the
continent One hundred thousand persons at
51,000 each. That makes a grand total of tlOOL-000,000.
GOSSIP 01? GREAT GOTHAM.
One of the Electric Sugar Offshoots.
IHZW TOBX BUREAU grXCXiXS.1
New Yobk, May 6. A. ramification of the
notorious Electric Sugar swindle occupied the
attention of the Court of General Sessions this
morning. It was the snit of Lawson N, Fuller,
stockholder in the 'Electric Sngar Company,
against William E, Howard, for obtaining
f&EOO from him under false pretenses. How
ard is a gaunt tall, slovenly fellow, who wears
no collar or necktie. He induced Mr. Fuller to
buy Electric sugar stock by telling him it was
the biggest thing in the world. The first in
dictment against Howard, on which his extra
dition from Michigan was secured, related
merely to his transactions with Mr. Fuller. A
new Indictment however, has three counts,
one .charging the accused with defrauding
Fuller, the second with defrauding the Elec
tric 8ugar Company, and the third with de
frauding William H. Cotierill and James XT,
Robertson, the President and Treasurer of the
company, all for the same sum of $6,500. The
reason for the new indictment is that Howard
did not receive the money directly from Law
son U". Fuller, but through President Cotterill.
Howard's counsel filed a demurrer, which will
have to be argued and decided before a day
can be set for Howard's trial. Mrs. Howard
and Mrs. Friend, as well as Augustus and
George Halstead, who are also accused of com
plicity In the Electric sugar fraud, still occupy
ceils in tne 'lomo-j, in aeiauic oi pan.
A Sqnnbble for Haifa Dollar.
W. F. G. Shanks editor of thenar, accused
Harry Walker, a reporter, in a police court
this morning of assanlting him. The row oc
curred in the Hoffman House barroom. Mr.
Shanks wished to borrow half a dollar, which
Mr. Walker did not wish to lend. A short
s'qaubble folio ired and some one hit soma one.
Mr. Shanks is sure that Mr. Walker hit him
(Shanks), while Mr. Walker is just as confi
dent that Mr. Shanks bit him (Walker). Mr.
Walker was held in J300 bonds for further ex:
The Outs In and tho Ins Oar.
Colonel Joel B. Erhardt entered upon his
duties as Collector of the port ot New York
this morning. Daniel Magone. the ex-Collector,
received Collector Erhardt in his office, and
wished him a pleasing and successful adminis
tration. Collector Erhardt has appointed
Thomas Hunt as his private secretary. There
were no other new appointments, and it is im
possible to say how soon the work of decapita
tion will commence. Mr. Magone will resume
his law practice at Ogdensburg, N. Y.
The Original Lord Fauntleroy Pops Up.
Mrs. Burnett received recently a letter from
an Englishman who claims to be a genuine
Lord Fauntleroy, the last of his line and un
married. He thinks he bore a strong resem
blance Is his childhood to "Little Lord Faun
tleroy." He described himself and his circum
stances at length, and asked Mrs, Burnett to
write to him how she happened to use bis name
and biography in her story. He also invited
her to visit the Fauntleroy estate, in England.
Mrs. Burnett never knew that there was a
Lord Fauntleroy in the world till she received
this letter. She selected Fauntleroy as the
name of her little hero merely because it
pleased her fancy.
She Was Long Island's Oldest.
Mary Nolan, who died atGlen Cove, this
morning, was over 101 years old, and the oldest
woman on Long Island; If she had lived three
months longer she would have celebrated her
105th birthday. Up to the time of her death
she possessed ail her faculties.
Georgo Francis Train's Very Latest.
George Francis Train is as lively as a
cricket, despite the fact that he has eaten noth
ing for 17 days. Last night, after his lecture,
he attended a banquet in his honor at a coffee
and cake restaurant but he refused to take
even a little bite of the cakes set before him.
He says he is "bound to beat Tanner or bust"
His friends fear that it will be a case of "bust"
If he persists, and are making all sorts of
efforts to induce him to eat Mr. Train will ex
hibit himself shortly in a dime museum, far
SUOO0 a week. Ofhe proceeds will go the Press
Club. If his strength holds ont he will give a
May party in Central park, next Saturday.
Enough to Excite the Exchange.
The Maritime Exchange has been greatly ex
cited to-day by reports of foul play in the case
of the burning of the f nil-rigged ship Richard
P. Buck, April 19. Tbe Buck left Philadelphia
for San Francisco with a cargo of oil and
whisky, April 4, encountered severe storms,
and April 10 put into St George for repairs.
On the night of April 13 tbe sailors entered the
hold, opened a barrel of whisky and got drunk.
One of the men dropped a light into the barrel,
and in a moment the whole place was in flames.
Tbe sailors foolishly endeavored to quench tbe
flames by pouring whisky on them. The fire
made such headway that tbe alarm was finally
given, the Captain aroused, and they were
taken off, with a great deal of the whisky, to
St George, The whisky was spread about over
the land, and soon the whole surrounding
country was drunk. After the spree a court of
inquiry was held atSt George. It was decided
that someone had set the, ship on fire, bnt as
that someone could, not be identified no arrests
were made. Tne Richard P. Buck was only
seven years old, and was Jbuilt in Bath, Me.
Bhe was of 1,500 tons burden and was a full
rigged ship. The ship was partially Insured.
The steamship Trinidad arrived here last night
from Bermuda, with four of the Back's crew.
What a Kiss Is.
JBTora tne New Tork 'World.t
What is a kiss? Is a question which has agi
tated the world for centuries. The great prob
lem Is solved at lastl Dr. Henry Gibbons, In a
recent lecture at San Francisco, described a
kiss as "the anatomical juxtaposition of two
orbicularis oris muscles in a state of contrac
A Queer World This.
Prom the New ?ork Tribune.
This is a queer world. A large number of
people worship idols which are manufactured
in England, while, on tbe other hand, the man
ufacturers of these idols make an idol of tbe
money received for them.
Washington county has a man who can tell
when snakes are pear him by a singular tin
gling sensation In the ends of his fingers. He
is much sought after by thirsty strangers.
In digging a well on the property of W. H.
Gorrecbt at Lancaster, workmen yesterday
came across a number of human bones, includ
ing eight skulls, of the ConestogsT Indians, who
in 1763 were murdered In the old jail by the
One of the most valuable lots in the town of
Huntingdon will always remain unimproved.
By the will of the party wbo formerly owned it
the building which was then standing upon it
was to be let rot away and then a paling fence
was to be put around it and no other building
to be erected.
R. Harry Strode, who has charge of the
Chester County Fair Grounds, tied a valuable
bulldog to a sulky, and forgetting the fact,
jumped Into the vehicle and speeded his horse
around tbe track for exercise. When he re
membered about ths dog he stopped short, bet
theanimal was stone dead.
A HOTJSB-in Towanda was being moved the
other day, and Samuel Adams, one of the work
men, crawled under it, when one of the "jacks"
broke, letting the house fall on Adams and
crushing him into the soil, which late rains had
luckily softened. He was bleeding atthe mouth
and nose when taken out bat no bones were;
broken;'!! not hurt internally he will live.
A son of John Detwiler. of Scottdale, a few
days since, plowed up a copperhead, which he
killed. A comrade named Santamyergathered
np the fragments; andgoing to the bouse of a
miner named Layton secretly dropped them
in a barrel of vinegar beside the door. Another
boy, growing conscious stricken, went back and
told Mrs. Layton, who was just about using
some of the vinegar, thus averting a wholesale
A Somerset paper of yesterday records a
peculiar mishap to John Spangler. He was
walklngwithasackof flour on his shoulder,
and a large dog behind him. Both were un
conscious that a train was approaching from
the rear, and were crossing a creek upon tho
railway tles.when the man was suddenly hit by
the dog's body, burled at him by the engine;
and man, dog and flour were knocked lato tbe
water. The dog was killed. Tho bub Is all
right The flour ianot
' There are five banks and six newspaper f
and an average dally sale of $30 worth ot pos
tage stamps in Guthrie, Oklahoma, a town
which did not exist prior to April 22.
A Bnffalo bachelor has a memorandum
"book in which he keeps the name ot every girt
he has ever kissed. He bad' 923 names on tho
list tbe last time be counted up.
Boston evidently thinks that to spare
the rod spoils culture. During tho school year
of 18S8 there were 1H.661 floggings administered:
in tbe public schools of that city, which havo
an enrollment of 29,580 boys.
In the quaint old Anglican Church of
OapeHe-Ferne, near Doverthere Is no provis
ion made for lighting it at night and at the
evening service, those who attend are in the
habit of bringing candles and lamps along with
An Indiana woman who had been twice
divorced from one man, recently appeared at
bis home in Peru and asked permission to be
married In his parlor to a man whqaccompanied
her. Consent was given, and tbeconple were,
united, with husband So. 1 and bis second wils
In a few of the famine-stricken districts
of China mothers are selling their children. A
missionary, wbo visited tbe market town of
WangChiaCh'uan, met many women on tho
streets calling outt "Who will buy this boy T X
can t feed him any longer, and I don't want
bear him crying about for food."
A colored chap, named Newkirk, hail
ing from under the Hurley Mountain, was ia
Kingston, N. Y., circulating a petition recom
menaing him for the position of "Blower Out
ot Electric Lights." Some joker had told bira
that the city wanted a man to climb the poles
at 2 o'clock every morning and blow out the
Iigbti, and that a well-recommended person
could get the job.
Foxes are very plenty in Connecticut
this spring. Not many months ago a New
London man killed a fox with a' bean pole is
his henhouse on Jay street The animal had
killed a score of hens belonging to dwellers on
that street before he met hl3 death. In Tolland
county foxes are so numerous that the farmers
strew poisoned meat in the fields, and some
times bag half a dozen of them in a night A
few weeks ago Charles Crane, of Atwoodville.
lb that connty, while following his hounds that
were tracking three foxes, saw tbe dogs lead
after one of the animal?, while the other two
satin a lot apparently watching the chase with
professional concern." He stole up within
range of the idle foxes and killed one with each,
barrel of bis breechloader.
Scup have come. Scup is the Bhoda
Island name for porgies,.one of the sweetest
and most delicious fish in the Atlantic The)
fish are in weight from one to three or four
pounds, and because they are boneless, with
the exception of a broad backbone, many
peopleprefer them to shad. Scup rush on the
New England coast in vast numbers at this
season, are caught by the million by fishermen
for a week or two, and then they disappear, to
return only about the same time the following;
year. Except for a few weeks in midsDring.
they are said to abide la the deep waters of tha
ocean off the coast. Tbe fishermen are very
busy when scup come. Tbey build great
pounds out into the sea all along the Connecti
cut and Rhode Island coasts, and frequently
load a schooner from a single night's catch.
Dr. Abbott of Trenton, is a warm ad
mirer of the catfish, not so much on account of
its culinary excellence as because the females
of the tribe are good mothers. He has studied
the habits of the fish long and carefully, and ha
knows this to be a fact He says that onona
occasion he captnred an entire brood of little
catfish In a hand net .ettlng their mother, who
was swimming with them, escape. She would
not leave the spot where she had been be
reaved, and when tbe doctor put the fry into
a glass jar and placed it in the river where sho
could see it she dashed herself furiously
against the obstacle that separated her from
her young ones. When the jar was drawn
slowly from the water she followed it to tha
surface, and then absolutely left the river and
wriggled 12 inches up the sloping beach in her
frantic efforts to recover her progeny.
Here are two young men who would
not make very profitable boarders. Mack
Hampton, of New Orleans, while inLouisvUla
recently, drank a quart of whisky at a draught
Then he drained a bucket containing three gal
lons of water, and finished up by eating two
beer glasses and four lamp chimneys. This
case is even more surprising. Samuel Morse,
of Esssex, Mass., Is affiicted-with a most )-"-.
collar disease, being constantly hungrv. 1
eats ravenously nearly every hoar in the
getting up several times during the night
appease his appetite. He has been examim
by many physicians, none of whom cans?
any reason for this abnormal appetite or i
scribe any medicine which will afford- reX.
Morse is not wery particular what it ii heef . i
He often bakes a quart of beans and eats the
most ot them at one sitting; and in ten minutes
is hungry for more. He recently purchased '
four and a half pounds of lamb and made a
broth of It and ate the whole in tbe course of
two hours. Tbe vast quantities of food which;
he partakes ot do not seem to injure him. Ha
has been afflicted in this way tor some months.
G. J. Fmcher, ol Pike county, Ga., was .
engaged near a creek in replanting some com '
when a noise on the bank of tbe stream at
tracted his attention. He went to see what
was up and fonnd two snakes, apparently tha'
same size, engaged in a mortal combat the one "
a king snake and the other a water moccasin. '
The king snake had the moccasin by the throat
and was using his best efforts to put it under
paralyzing circumstances. Finally both snakes
fell in the creek, but tbe war was not ended.
Tbe fight grew hotter so hot that tbe water
sizzed for ten feet around. Down tbe stream
they went, hissing, wrestling, sinking and
swimming. They reached a water gap that
stopped their downward march, and iere ic
was that tne mellow heart of Mr. Finchergava
way, and, procuring a hickory pole, thriat it at
the snakes. So far as intentions were con
cerned It was a misllck. But on drawing tho
pole ont he found that hebadrnnitthrongh.
the bead ot a very large fish. Tbe fish weighed,
according to Mr. Flncber's' statement, 74
pounds. A Georgia paper is responsible for
the above story,
The other day a party of fishermen in
the oaky woods of Dougherty county, Georgia,
went out to fish. They found the bead of an
immense loggerhead turtle lying near tha
banks of tbe creek. A fisherman had caught
the turtle three days before and. cutting off
its head, left it on the ground, whjle betook
the decapitated turtle home to feast upon it
One of the gentlemen mentioned the peculiar
tenacity to life possessed by this species ot
turtle and sdggested opening tbe mouth of the
head and potting tbe tail of a fine cur dog
therein. The owner agreed, the Immense dog
was gently enticed to them and tha tall in
serted. Thebnge jaws came together with a
vicious snap, and tbe dog started homeward on
a run, dragging the heavy head behind him,
which hung on like grim death. Like a dog
with a tin pail hung to his extremity, the taster
he ran the more tboronghly alarmed he be
came, and the way that canine broke through
those woods was a sight to see. He ran two
miles and stopped at bis master's farm, where
tbe negroes, seeing his peculiar annoying con
dition, tried to force the jaws of the bead open,
but not succeeding, they had to cut it to pieces
to release the tail from the vice-like grip.
WHAT WILD WITS ARE SAVING.
The grave may not be the glass of fashion,
bat It is tbe mold of form.
If you would avoid the suspicion of your
neighbors never carry your molasses In a demi
john. Of all the mysteries life is the greatest,
that Is if there are degrees of greatness where all
is uiteily beyond our comprehension.
It isn't what a slugger does in this world
that makes him great It Is what he says he U
goto g to io.Sew Orleans Picayune.
Johnny Dumpsey Pa, does a man gain
wisdom by experience? Mr. Dumpsey-Seldoa
until It Is too late, my wa.-BurUngton iru
Not on Speaking Terms. Oldmanson
Have yon a telephone. Blggs7
Biggs N o, I ant not on speaking terms with ths ,.
company. Their rates are too high. Burlington
tree Prett. ' J$
His Attitude Toward Wagner. Sirs, v
Quarterest-TVhatls your attitude toward Wag- j
net's art, jreoressor? .
Pror. Zalder-Hands'over my ears. Burlington
IMrr-it t t J i.
r en, mat s junny, remai&eu vuuuij.;
"What was fonnv?'
"Why, that remark of Miss Johnson's. 1 asked
if I might see her home, and she said 'Certainly,''
on a clear day, and then she walked off with' that
jay, moatln:"-Mln!uapom lnovme.
At the Eeception "Just think, when It
was a little girl, abont 13 years old, I fell through.
tne ice." "But you surely were rescueaji; v,.
yes: there were some workmen there who pulled V
me ont" "You have no Idea what a weight of
anxiety you take from my heart" Tliegendt '
"I think, JJiSs Blossom," remarked young
Mr. Glller, "that I shall have to go and call oa
your friend, Hiss Posey, some evening." '," '
"Yes, do. I am sure she would be delighted to
have yon go, " responded Miss Blossom,' In her.
sweetest tone, bnt a lingering" smile led nisi to be
lieve that hcrconstrnctloa Of lb "sentence WM
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