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THE PrCTSSlTBQ- IMpTOH,"' ' Ttfi&DAY, rMA"f"14,' 1889.
ESTABLISHED FEBRUABY 8; 1846.
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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, MAY 14, 1SSX
THE PEOPOSAL FOB PAEKS.
It is gratifying to notice that Commis
sioner of Public "Works Bigelow has the
courage of his convictions in the matter of
getting parks for this populous and growing
city, while yet the chance exists; and that
ie does not hesitate to recommend the acqui
sition of the Scheuley property in the
Twenty-second ward, as well as the beautifi
cation of the barren and unsightly grounds
alone the Allegheny wharf.
Neither the Commissioner's convictions
nor perceptions run one whit in advance or
the public in this respect. To waste flowery
language in describing the attractions of a
public park is not needed; nor is it required
to thresh orer the old straw of arguments
supporting the position that such things,
while seeming luxuries at the start, pay
handsomely in the end. Everrone who
knows of the delight which New York takes
in Central Park, Baltimore in Druid Hill
Park, Philadelphia in Fair-mount Park,
Cincinnati in its Eden Park, and who
understands how much the people of these
cities would sacrifice before giving up their
pleasure grounds, can estimate what a glad
boon a similar endowment would be to Pitts
burg. And yet it requires courage to press it be
fore Councils. Wild expenditures and poor
returns in years past; the long drawn-out
and extravagantly built water works; the
miles upon miles of worthless patements,
which hare vanished, lea vine indeed, no trace
but bonded indebtedness; the general upward
tendency of city expenses these things all
combine to make tbe taxpayer look charily
upon any new proposition involving a con
siderable outlay. However, the facts are
there none the less, that the people should
nave some place and means of rational and
healthful enjoyment. It is well that the
saloons are closed on Sundays; it may be
proper to guard carefully against the inno
vations of baseball names; "sacred concerts"
cannot, perhaps, wisely be winked at; while
the period has evidently not yet arrived
when even "soda water" can be trusted
upon .indiscriminate draught. But some
reasonable provision, such as exists in other
cities, must be made for the great bulk of
the people who. have not fine grounds or
mansions, and to whom parading the streets,
standing at the corners or crowding on nar
row porches or backstoops is not the ideal
of enjoyment for the leiiure hours of Sun
day, or any other day.
If 200 acres of the Schenley property
can be got at the rate of $1,000 per acre,
with 75 acres donated besides, the city will
have a bargain. It is not like paying $10,
O00 per acre for property six miles from tbe
Postoffice, as was done for the water works.
But commendable as is the Commissioner's
cousre in urging the proposal, he and Coun
cils must not the less take care as to the
balance of the programme. If the purchase
is to be followed by extravagant plans for
improvements or a costly style of main-
, tenance, it will reflect discredit on those in-
charge just in proportion as a wise, though
not necessarily mean, economy and fore
sight will make the investment for all time
satisfactory. The progress of negotiations
will surely be awaited with great public
A ttat.T CENTS DHTEREKCE.
The indications are multiplying that the
differences in wages between the railroad
coal operators and the miners will be settled
without difficulty. This was to be expected
as the divergence was at first rather slight
and is rapidly becoming less. The miners'
Secretary is quoted as saying that the oper
tors mine four-fifths of the coal under the
summer price. Supposing this to be the
case the average wages for a year on the 71J4
and 76 cents rate would be 72 cents per
ton. This is a cent and a half below what
the miners ask. Several operators have
concluded that the difference is not worth
fighting'about and have gone to work at the
74-cent rate. Others have, it is now re
ported, come up a peg and are now offering
the miners 73 cents or half a cent less than
the latter ask. This is getting pretty close
and we have no doubt that this half-cent
gap will soon be bridged over.
. The decision of the judges of the Nash
ville race track that Jockey McLaughlin
should be reinstated is one of the events of
last week which has attracted the interest
of the sporting element. This deliberate
revision of their former action in ruling
him off, amounts to a declaration that pull
ing a winning horse so that another horse
from the same stable might win is not a viola
tion of racing ethics, gives a new view of
the theories upon which square races are run.
Nevertheless we agree with thejndges
that it would be hard lines on a jockey to
rule him off the track for a little peccadillo
like that when the great business lights of
the country do the same thing on a bigger
scale, with eclat. Pulling the winning
horse in order that his stable mate may win,
is doubtless unpleasant to the people who
backed the pulled horse; but in comparison
with the pojicy of deliberately wrecking
one corporation and refusing to carry out
its covenants in the interest of other cor
porations, it is a merely venal matter. How
harsh it would be to rule a Jockey off the
track for that trivial matter, when the great
patrons of the turf support that noble sport
by the profits of selling to themselves as
corporation managers, their private proper
ty at five or six times its value, and then
unloading the burdened stock on the confid
ing, investing public
It would certainly be unreasonable to ex
pect the ethics of the turf to be .more strict
than the. ethics of corporate management
But the parallels which can be drawn ia
this case may strengthen the conviction of
the public that if it wants honesty, it will
hare to look elsewhere for it.
COMMON COUNCIL'S NEW STBEAE,
Common Council made a bold stroke at
originality yesterday, and when it reviews
its own action it will probably surprise it
self as much as the public to find .oat how
well it succeeded.
Its action in refusing to accept the resig
nation of the Councilmen who propose to
leave that body in order to accept licenses,
is doubtless intended as a rebuke to Judge
"White for his ruling that the positions of
Councilmen and saloon keeper are incon
gruous., But the rebuke is of the kind that
will tall heaviest on those who are supposed
to be indorsed by it. If Common Council
can prevent its resigning members from
leaving and thus cut them off from that
bonanza which this year's licenses repre
sent, the disappointed Councilmen would
find their position between court and Coun
cil worse than the proverbial one between
the d 1 and the deep sea.
The request for information as to the use
of the police at the last election is still
more interesting and hardly less of a mys
tery. If it extracts the information it will
be decidedly effective. At present, how
ever, its most prominent feature is its sur
prising character. It is calculated to sur
prise the public and the Department of
Public Safety; but we question whether it
will surprise anyone more than Common
Council itself when it finds out what it has
There are decided indications that-Common
Council is getting up a boom of origi
nality. Bnt we fear that such a sudden
change will be likely to produce a reaction.
THE EFFECT OF COMPETING EOADS.
The reference of Mr. Carnegie in his in
terview in The Dispatch the other day to
the responsibility of Messrs. McCullough
and Stewart for the policy of the Pennsyl
vania company which called the Pittsburg
and Lake Erie road into existence, occasions
some little talk. "We have no disposition to
undertake the decision of the personal issues
that may arise in the discussion of railway
questions. But we desire to dissent from
Mr. Carnegie's view to the extent of point
ing out that whoever was responsible for the
policy that made the Pittsburg and Lake
Erie road a necessity, unwittingly did the
Pennsylvania Railroad interests a service.
To state the proposition in its broadest way,
the building oi competing roads to Pitts
burg caused such an expansion of traffic that
the roads whose monopoly is taken away,
gained by it.
The advantage which the opening of a
competing line conferred on Pittsburg ap
pears most plainly from the iron statistics.
Tne year the Pittsburg and Lake Erie road
was built the production of finished iron in
Pittsburg was 417,000 tons, or 17.6 per cent
of the whole product of the country. In
1883, four years later, the production was
877,000 tons, or 20.8 per cent. The great
er portion of the actual increase was
dne to the revival of activity; but the
increase in Pittsburg's proportion of
the total product of the country was due
to the improvement brought by moderate
railroad competition. No other cause can
be attributed for the gain of 3.2 per cent, or
about 150,000 tons. The statistics of later
years would include the gain from natural
gas; but this gain must be credited solely to
the improved rates secured by a competing
Now it must be plain that the gain in this
single item indicates a corresponding in
crease in other items. The addition of 150,
000 tons through railroad competition,
means when the coke, ore, pig iron, coal
and limestone freights are added, a gain of
900,000 tons in the item of iron freights
alone. Give a corresponding increase -to
other lines of traffic, and the total increase
in freight traffic from Pittsburg alone, re
sulting from the opening of the P. & L. E.,
will be found to exceed the entire tonnage
of its whole line for that year. In other
words, while the new line earned liberal
profits, it caused an expansion of traffic
which spread to the lines with which it
competed. This is corroborated by the in
crease of both net-and gross earnings which
the Pennsylvania Company's reports show
for the years alter the Pittsburg and Lake
Erie was built.
Competing lines are an advantage, and
when brought to bear on discriminations
such as the Pennsylvania Company laid on
Pittsburg in the last decade, their good
effect extends to the corporations whose un
healthy monopoly is broken. The lesson
should have its effect upon the railway
men who imagine that the secret of success
lies in strangling competition. Since no
new competition is involved in the present
problem, it should be plain to our present
railway managers that their truest pros
peritv, as well as the progress of the com
munity, lies in such rates as will stimulate
Pittsburg industries and expand her freight
TAHNEB AND THE CONSTITUTION.
A very remarkable feature of the execu-.
tive policy of Commissioner of Pensions
Tanner, in changing pension rules that are
fixed by law, because he thinks they onght
to be otherwise, has already attracted much
attention. But the Commissioner has per
haps with the purpose of showing how much
more he could have done in that line if he
had tried out-Tannered Tanner by a propo
sition to nullify the Constitution of the
In a speech at Columbia, Tenn., the other
day, this official declared it to be the duty
of the Southern States to provide for the
ex-Confederate soldiers, and asserted that
all Union soldiers in the South wonld
cheerfully snbmit to the taxation necessary
to keep the wolf of want and gnawing
hunger from the homes of the men who on
hundreds of battle fields felt the horrors of
war to the last extremity. In other words
Commissioner Tanner indorsed the project
of State pensions for ex-Confederates and
declared that "common decency demands
this action on-the part of the Legislatures
of the States who passed the ordinance of
What common decency may demand is a
matter of opinion. But what the Constitu
tion of the United States demands is set
down in black and white, and it happens to
take a decidedly adverse view of this plan.
But Tanner.'s idea being very plainly to the
effect that the end and purpose of Gov
ernment is to pay pensions, and hardly less
distinctly that it is within the, function of a
Pension Commissioner to make laws, it
may also include the opinion that he can 1
also unmake Constitutional provisions.
SUBSTITUTES FOB STATESMEN.
Soon after the inauguration of President
Harrison, The Dispatch suggested that it
would be a good idea to provide him with a
substitute to shake hands with the people
who called upon him This suggestion was
made simply with a view to relieving the
President of excessive. hand shaking. Now,
it seems that the New York Herald has re- 1
ceiyed from a crank named Jonas Robins a
letter stating that when he, Kobins, calls
upon the President he is always received by
'a dummy or substitute. Of course Mr.
Robins' statement is a mere piece of insane
imagination; but the Herald asks; ""Why
should not the President and his Cabinet
officers employ dummies to receive, hear
and reply to the office seekers and their
The Herald approves the provision of
paid dummies for the President and his
Cabinet officers. At this time, when the
President and several members of his Cab
inet are said to be suffering in health, from
the assaults of office seekers, this odd propo
sition bears a really reasonable aspect Even
practical politicians confess that the office
seeking nuisance this year is too great for
human .endurance in "Washington. "We be
lieve such men as Senator Quay and Sena
tor Ingalls would approve this scheme;
especially if they could have dummies too.
If we give our statesmen dummies,they may
in return give us a little statesmanship.
Ix is interesting to observe that Mrs.
Gertrude Atherton after an interval of some
weeks has continued her epistolary quarrel
with Mrs. Ella "Wheeler "Wilcox, by a pro
longed letter to the effect that her antag
onist is a mean thing and she never did like
her anyhow.- Such a response from a writer
of such professed ability in improper litera
ture is disappointing. If Mrs. Atherton
cannot say anything worse of Mrs. "Wilcox
than that, it is calculated to raise doubts as
to the real authorship of her published
Another conspiracy to kill the Czar of
Russia is announced. This is just in time
to remove all doubts as to the policy of the
new Minister of the Interior. That is what
most Russian conspiracies are there for.
General Butler's declaration that he
would prove Admiral Porter guilty of cow
ardice if he could get the logbook of the
Harriet Lane, is a good deal like the pro
verbial "I could prove it, too, if old Bill
Jones was alive." We do not think that
the General won fame and fortune as a
criminal lawyer by telling what he could
prove if he could only cet hold of the evi
dence. From the disposition to disavow respon
sibility for it before the law, that order No.
55, which plays such a prominent part in
the Federal street crossing case, is assum
ing the character of a fatal disorder.
Me. Commissioner Tanner's declara
tion that there are 10,000 honorably dis
charged soldiers and sailors of the Union
army in the almshouses of the country, is a
statement for which the statistics are neces
sary. "We are under the impression that
the G. A. R. is intended to prevent that
sort of thing.
To turn the Sehenley estate in the Twenty-second
ward into a park would be such a
decided improvement" that it comes in the
category of the things that are too good to
Captain Wissman's campaign in Zan
zibar opens with a victory over the in
surgents; bnt the campaign is not ended
until the greatest ally that Bushiri has on
his side is defeated. The German forces
have got to conquer the African climate,
and so far it has proved unconquerable.
A four-hundred acre park in Pitts
burg would be an entirely different affair
from our present possessions in that line,
of a quarter-acre park on Second avenue.
New York has raised 55,000 of the $150,
000 which her proposed Centennial arch is
expected to cost. That is a little less than
the proportion of the Grant Monument fnnd
which she has raised. But she has got
beautiful plans for the arch, on paper.
Records were broken last week by the
City of Paris, a lake steamer, and Assistant
Postmaster General Clarkson.
The fact that the sale of Mr. Cleveland's
horses brought only about 30 per cent of
what was paid for them is significant This
is an undonbted case of the deadly effect
upon an American product of the recent
The "speak-easies" are in danger of get
ing roughly spoken to in the courts.
The Reading road's rednction on ore
from the lakes to the Eastern Pennsylvania
furnaces is an example which the Pennsyl
vania Railroad will do wisely to follow for
tbe benefit of the Western Pennsylvania
PEOPLE OP FB0MINENCE.
William B. Gill, Superintendent of the
Sixth district. Western Union Telegraph Com
pany, with headquarters at Philadelphia, has
been appointed by Governor Beaver one of the
Pennsylvania Commissioners to the Pans Ex
position. John Allen and Prof. E. H. Piatt will start
on horseback from Harlem to San Francisco
to-day. Love of adventure and a desire to im
prove their health prompts them to make the
trip tbat way, and not any wish to spite the
railroads or the shoemakers.
Judge Matthews, wbo succeeds Judge
Durham as First Controller of the Treasury,
and Mr. Huston, who succeeds Mr. Hyatt as
Treasurer of the United States, entered upon
the discharge of their new duties yesterday
morning. There was no ceremony beyond tak
ing tho oath of office and the usual intro
duction of officers and employes of each of the
bureaus to the new chiefs.
The Hon. John O. New is perfectly familiar
with all the intricacies of tbe game of poker.
Before bis departure for his post he met a
friend who greeted him cordially and an
nounced that be bad a friend in England to
whom be was very desirous of giving Mr. New
an introduction. "Is that so?" said the Consul
to London, dreamily. And then he murmured
half unconsciously, "What's his llmltj"
The Indiana Medical Society did a rather
unusual thing at its session on last Thursday.
It elected a woman to honorary membership.
The lady so honored is Miss Kate Corey, M. D.,
a graduate of tho University of Michigan, who
for four years was principal surgeon in charge
of a hospital at Foochow, China, and who has,
as was stated in tbe convention by Dr. E. S,
Elder, "performed almost every surgical oper
ation known, from pulling a tooth to ovari
Messes. Coolet, Chairman, and Morrison
and Bragg, of tbe Inter-State Commerce Com
mission, left Washington yesterday morning
for Titusville. Pa., where several cases are as
signed for bearing during the present week.
Commissioner SchoonmaLcr was unable to ac
company tho party, being confined to his house
by sickness. At tbe conclusion of the hearings
at Titusville, Chairman Cooley will leave there
for tbe West, and Messrs. Morrison and Bragg
will return to Washington.
Stephen Nxorro, a nephew of the King of
the Free State of the Congo, Is a student at the
Wayland Seminary in Washington. He was
converted by missionaries, came to this conn
try and is translating tbe Bible into tbe Congo
tongue. His translation will be printed as soon
as be finishes it This is the first time tbat anv-
Jone has ever attempted to translate the Bible
from the English to the Congo language, and
Nkolyo is probably one or the youngest men
who ever undertook a work of a similar char
acter. He is very enthusiastic over his labors.
and says be hopes that it may achieve much
good in far away Africa,
THE" TOPICAL TALKER,
A Few Hoars' Stroll Throngh tbo Courts
and Lawyers' Offices.
These is an extremely interesting assem
blage of lawyers in the Criminal Court just
now. As a rule, the lawyers and proceedings
of the Criminal Court are far from interesting.
Bat tbe case ot the Commonwealth against
Superintendent Starr, of the tort Vayne Ball
road, arising from the Federal street accident,
has gathered there some of the biggest lawyers
in this State. It is a very unusual thing to see
Mr. D. T. Watson, of this city, in a criminal
case, although it is not, as has been said, his
first appearance in that court. It is hardly
less remarkable to find associated with Mr.
Watson in the prosecution, Mr. Franklin B.'
Gowan, of Philadelphia, whose fame as a rail
road man is hardly greater than his renown
as a lawyer. Yesterday morning the crim
inal Court was pretty well filled by the general
public and by an unusual number of lawyers,
who came there in the anticipation of hearing
Franklin B. Gowan present the case for tbe
prosecution. They were doomed to disanpolnt
ment, however, for tbe morning was consumed
in the examination of witnesses for tho defense.
In the afternoon, when there were not so many
lawyers as spectators, Mr. Gowan spoke. Mr.
Gowan is not a very imposing looking man. but
at tbe same time bo has a fine face, with pe
culiarly intellectual brow, an eye of very great
brilliancy; his mouth Is large, and has a pecu
liar tendency to rise on the left side, and a still
greater tendency to lapse into a smile. It is an
agreeable and pleasant face, and wreathed in a
smile, as it frequently was, I do not remember
seeing a face tbat has charmed mo more.
Mr. Gilkerson, the detective of this city, sat
behind Mr. Starr and his counsel all yesterday
morning, and. while I don't suppose he knows
It, he was similarly regarded by the people
beyond the bar as one of the great lawyers in
Mr. Gowan disappointed everyone who
looked to him for oratory. He expressly dis
claimed the title of orator which Mr. John
Bobb, in a preceedlng speech, had bestowed
upon him. Hemerelv talked. His style was
simpler and less dtgnitled even than Mr. D. T.
Watson's, which is saying a good aeaL All the
same, if I were on a jury Mr. Gowan's plain,
unencumbered talk would avail most with me.
A bather well known free-thinker of this
city happened to pass by a church a Sunday or
two ago in company with a lawyer, and point
ing to the crowd of men and women who poured
into the sacred building, he said, "All those
people yon see going in there are abont to have
their consciences cleaned of last week's stains.
The majority of people repent only once a week
and then start with a clean bill to sin again. It
would be rather an unfortunate thing for some
of them if they happened to die on Friday or
Saturday, without having been cleaned up."
If YOT7 have ever been in glorious old Tom
Marshall's law office you must have noticed
a cumbrous but comfortable armchair with
writing slabs and footstool attached. I believe
Mr. Marshall has had it there nearly a score
of years. A few months ago, however, be pre
sented it to City Solicitor Elphinstone, ot Alle
gheny. Naturally Mr. Elphinstone regards it
as a great relic, and at tbe same time it is an
exceedingly comfortable chair. It was made, I
believe, by some country client of Mr. Mar
shall's, and since he gave it to Mr. Elphinstone
he has had to have a duplicate of it made for
his own office.
THE OLD L0TE EEY1VED.
A Cnllfornlnn Sleets and Weds His Sweet
heart of 20 Years Ago.
Philadelphia. May 13. Twenty years ago
George E. McEibben and Sarah M. Lawrence,
both of New York, engaged themselves to
marry, but before tbe wedding day arrived tbey
quarreled and separated. Mr. McKibben went
to California and amassed a fortune In mining
operations. He married in California, and his
wife having died, he married again, but his
second ventnro was not a hapny one, and a
short time ago he procured a divorce. In tbe
meantime his first love had gone to Utah and
Her husband died, and she married again,
but tbe second husband also died, and she re
turned to New York. There she met Mr. Mc
Kibben again, the old love was rekindled, and
yesterday they ran over to Philadelphia and
appeared before Clerk- Bird, of tbe Orphans'
Court, for a marriage license. In a few hours
they were made man and wife and returned to"
New York." '
AFAETIST TUEN8 SHIrWBIGHT, .
And Builds n Trim and Novel Little Craft Id
Boston, May 13. A novelty in the yachting
line will be the steam yacht which Mr. David
M. Little, a well-known Salem artist, is build
ing, to use for obtaining instantaneous marine
photos and regatta studies. He has done the
greater part of the work himself, with the ex
ception of a little caulking and some of the
joining. The yacht has been built at Mr. Boss
Turner's stndio. She is to be christened the
Allda. The stPamer measures 35 feet GJ
inches over all, 29 feet on the witerline. 7 feet
i inches beam, and draws about 3 feet.
Tbe frame is of white oak and planking of
one-half cedar. All of the fastenings are of deal
and of galvanized Iron. Tbe steering gear is
connected with two wheels, one forward and
the other aft. The yacht will probably be
launched next week, and goes into commission
on May 30. It will be specially fitted for photo
From the Minneapolis Tribune.
Can you sing, General Butler? Yes? And
you. Admiral Porter? Yes? Then give us a
little duet well, say, "The Cruel War is Over."
DEATHS OP A DAT.
Mrs. Ann Sutton.
Mrs. Ann Sutton, widow of Alfred Button, Esq.,
died Sunday evening at her residence, Winebiddle
avenue, in ber 81st year. She was the oldest child
or tbe late Richard and Sarah Bishop, and the an
nouncement of her death will carry tbe memory of
bnt few persons back to tbe childhood and youth
of the deceased, for Fittsbure was then but an In
significant town, comparatively; suburbs, there
were none, save a few scattered houses and the
primeval forest covered miles of space, now occu
pied by roaring factories, business and Industries
or all tmas and a dense population, tne was born
in London in the year 1807-8. When she was but a
year old her father determined to remove to Amer
ica, and baring disposed of his business and prop
erty (he was a merchant in the btrand), set sail
for this land in the spring of 1503. lie was three
months In making Sandy Hook, and it is learned
from his diary that, during the last two weeks of
tho voyage the vessel was half water-lowed and
In hourly danger of sinking, the only food left
being Junk and sea-soaked crackers.
He escaped these dangers and hardships, and
soon after purchased the farm on which he lived
till his death. This farm, so well known to old
Blttsburgers, stretched nearly from tbe old Ernest
and hemple place to the Sharpsburjr ferry (since
bridge), and. under his skillful and Intelllcent
culture, became a truly lovely home. Here Ann,
bis eldest child, whose death Is noted above, crew
up in a scene of natural beauty nowlicre sur
passed, amid healthful employment, innocent en
joyments and pnre and good associations. Her
father was a man of unusual intellectuality and
wide reading: had imbibed largely of the philoso
phy and literature of tbe French Revolution, and
threw around his family a freedom of thought and
liberality of opinion which more or less left Its
traces for good upon every member oi his house
in her elchteenth year she was married tn ai.
rrea auiton. tsq ic
or several successive, term
Frothonotary or ai
Uechenv countr. livlnpnt nrt
ontneoia JJlsuopiarm; mierwara on smunneld
street (the only nouso left standing for several
;; ;. ...- . i . . A- ".--- "-."
squan saner in
cflroof '45); subsequently In Law.
rencevllle, and In these her last years, on Wine
Diddle avenue, in a uouse wnicn sue naa recently
erected, bhe had survived all her children, and
lived with her granddauchter. Miss Thcodosla
Moor, whose consecration of herllfe tothecaroof
her beloved grandmother has won the admiration
and esteem of all who Lnow her, and of tbo labor
and sacrifice which she has freely rendered to
make hapny and easy her relative's last years.
Mrs. Sutton was a very beautiful slrl. fun of
kindest Impulses and of an exuberant vitality
wbich made her a welcome companion
and guest at all tbe entertainments of the society
In which she moved. When It was first tho
writer's pleasure to meet her he found a woman
mature in mind and body, kind and good, ceuer
ons and just, naturally reverential, and then In
the communion of the church in which she lived
and died, her example and life being altogether
worthy of her proiesslon. but always liberal,
generous and kindly toward other professions and
She inherited the intellectual girts of her father
her Intellect was keen, clear and logical; excellent
sense characterized all her Judgments and con
duct: she was a constant and Jadlclous reader,
and 1 cannot but think it very beautiful that she,
an old lady, should take delight, as she did In
the last few weeks of her lire, in rcadinir '-A
Daughter of Fire." As a curiosity of literature,
it may be stated that she bought the first number
of The Dispatch ever printed, and has bought
and read every number since.
Her husband and all her children died before
her, and many years or her later life were given
lo the. nurture and care orhcr grandchildren, and
this devotion cime back in blessing on her at the
last. In the fullness of years, surrounded hyhcr
dearest eartblv friends, and in tbe calm and peace
of an untroubled faith and immortal hone' ihn
blddle avenue, In a bouse which she hadrecentl
has passed to her heavenly rest, with lovo and
kindliest recollections. Ucaulescat in tiace.
W. 1. Mr.
AT THE THEATERS.
Conrad, tho Corsair, Fat Men's Clab and
"Conrad, the Corsalr.V by Rico's Burlesque
Company, pleased a large audience at tbe
Opera House-last night. The play wis well
staged, the company quite evenly balanced and
tbe dancing and singing quite up to expecta
tions. Tbo production as a whole was there
fore a decided improvement upon many of the
so-called burlesques which have been seen here
this season. The scenery used in the last act,
was rich and handsome,
Miss Annie M. Perkins, who appears to be
young and who is certainly pretty, took the
title role, and it was but tbe work ot a few
moments for her to make herself a general
favorite with the audience. Miss Ida Verona
also made a very charming Medora. The lead
ing comedy roles were assumed by Messrs. Ed
win a Tarr, George A. Schiller, Bichard Gor
man and George K. Fprtesque, .the inimita
ble grotesque. Mr. Tarr made quite a hit
as Beyd facha, but a bigger one when
he ordered gin fizz by telephone. A quan
tity of liquid sufficient to fill a water
pail came shooting oyer him, but didn't stop
there. It went over the footlights and over
the orchestra, thoroughly dronchlng at least
one of the musicians, spattering upon the
sheet music and the bald heads fn the front
The female corsairs are numerous, shapely
ouu auvib mid aiordo in jooju.
Very fat men are not attractive at any time,
but in hot weather they ought to be secluded
in Ice-houses. Considering the truth of this
proposition the production of J. C. Stewart's
"Fat Men's Club" ai the Bijou Theater this
week, to say the least, is inopportune. More
over, it has not been our lot to see a more con
temptible conjunction of drivel, vulgarity and
idiocy than the "Fat Men's Club" contains. It
is tbe last attraction of the season atthe Bijou,
and it Is the worst In fact, it is not an at
traction. No one could ever convince us that "Tho,
Two Johns" was moro than a very weak farce,
but as compared with "The Fat Men's Club"
it is a divine comedy. Out of a pure spirit of
compassion we shall mention none of the actors
Implicated In tho production of this atrocity.
Some of them deserve to be named; their
acting is so awful.
it is given out omcially that the angel ballet
of fat men at the end of the second act is pro
digiously funny. The bulletin is verbally in
correct The spectacle of five men, all welsh
ing over 300 pounds, jnmping about the stage
In pink tights and short muslin skirts is dis
gusting. The managers of the Bijou, it is
said, had to brace up the stage to support the
ponderous gyrations of the corpulent quintet
This was a waste ot money. The collapse of
the stage might have made the dance amusing
"We, Us & Co.," a firm that is always favored
with good business in this city, are again at
Harris' Theater. Since their last visit there
has Deen little change in the personnel ot the
company, and that change for the better. Miss
Lena Johns, formerly the Violet of "The Little
Tycoon," brightens up the skit immensely with
her fresh young voice, rendering a couple of
ballads in a charming manner. Miss Lillian
Keene throws herself into the character of
Sella Buttle with an evident intention of pleas
lnz, and she succeeds, "Did yon notice it"
The other members of the company are at
home in their roles, and tbe entire comedy
moves smoothly. Large audiences attended
both performances yesterday, at each of which
Mr. Walter Jones' topical song, "When I Come
to Think of It" was encored so heartily tbat he
was obliged to respond seven or eight times.
Tbe week's business for the medical firm of
"We, Us fc Co." will doubtless be very good.
The lovers of Irish melody, dancing and
humor should certainly pay a visit to the Acad
emy of Music this week. C. C. Magee's com
pany In "Irish Lnck" gives a very artistic and
enjoyable combination ot Irish character
The Boston Symphony Orchestra, in con
junction with the Mozart Club, of this city,
will render the oratorio of "Elljah"on Wednes
day next at Old City Hall. On Thursday even
ing a symphony concert will be given at the
SAD E0HANCE OP A DAT.
A Girl Finds a Lover, a Husband and Death
All In 24 Hoars.
Cheyesiik, Wyo., May 13. Courtship, mat
rimony, death, is the brief history of a day in
the life of "Rosebud" Callahan, once the most
beautiful woman in the Bocky Mountain region.
For a year past she haB lived with ber parents,
who keep the Mountain Hotel. Friday a tall,
broad-chested cattle drover from Texas stopped
at tbe hotel, was smitten with "Rosebud," pro
poned and was accepted. Tbat night tbey were
married, and yesterday morning tbe bride
groom awoke to find his bride a corpse. She
was a morphine eater, and bad taken an over
dose during the night. Thev buried her this
afternoon, the same minister who bad officiated
at her wedding preaching her funeral sermon.
"Rosebud" was 26 years old, and a queen in
the days of cattle and gold. From a variety
theater here she went to Leadville, where it is
said the furnishing of her cottage and its ex
penses cost a prominent Senator $10,000 in one
year. When her beauty waned she came back
to Cheyenne, and had lived quietly with her
parents. John V. Boggs, the drover, was her
third husband. He is wild with grief.
FIGHTING A CONSOLIDATION.
Steps to Set Aside the Beo Line-Big Four
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Cleveland, May IS. Jndge Stone, of the
Common Pleas Court here, to-day granted a
temporary restraining order in the case of
Stevenson Burke against tbe Cleveland, Colum
bu'.Clncinnatl and Indianapolis Railroad Com
pany. Judge Burke seeks to prevent the Beo
Line Big Four Consolidation, and is more de
termined in his position than he has been at
any time since tbe deal was proposed. The
company is restrained from taking steps
toward the proposed consolidation until May
21, except as to taking sfnd receiving votes at
the stockholders' meeting.
Tbe hearing on the application for a tem
porary injunction, to remain in force until the
case is heard, is set for May 20. President
Layng, ot tbe Bee Line, accompanied by Jndge
Green, is here to look after the Vanderbilt in
terests in the case.
. THE BEEKMANITES BOUNCED.
Followers of Schwelnfurth Uncermonlously
Hustled Out of Ctiurcb.
Minneapolis, .May ia Bev. J. Schweln
furth, of Rockford, 111., who claims to be the
second Christ has had several followers in
Minneapolis. They are called Beekmanltes.
The colony now consists of four women and
three men, who live together in one house
under the leadership of Brother Whitney. The
bouse is situated near the Bloomington avenue
Methodist Church, which tbe Beekmamtes
have been in tbe habit of attending and raising
more or less discord at the Methodist prayer
They were warned to desist Friday night
the Beekmanites appeared as usual and fol
lowed their old tactics- Then up rose several
hnskv Methodist brethren and girded up their
loins and hustled the heretics out In a Very I
lively manner, just now quiet Drooas over
that vicinity, but tbe Schweinfurthlans are
vowing a sort of churchly vengeance.
Yon Needn't Eat tho Stems, Though,
From the New York Snn.l
Tho really proper way to serve strawberries
nowadays is with tbe stems on. Part of a small
saucer should have a little mound of powdered
sugar poured into it, and on the other side the
largest and choicest berries obtainable should
bo heaped up. Each berry Is taken up by tho
stem, dipped into the sugar and eaten from the
' A Pittsburg Artist's Work.
Speaking of the pictures by American artists
shown atthe prize fundexhibltioninNewYork,
the Bun says: "A new name is that of Mr. D.
B. Walkley. of Pittsbure, wbo sends a picture
called the "Potter," a veracious. Intelligent aud
not unattractive study of two figures, one at
bis task, ono idly watching, in a modern work
A Savins' of Salary.
From. the Kansas City Btar.l
When a new building goes up at Atchison
tho services of a superintendent are dispensed
with. A man opens up a peanut stand at tbe
place where the structure is being erected and
tbe fellows who patronize him tell the work
men what to do.
Indusiiloni in His Own Wcy.
From the Minneapolis Tribune.
Jay Gould says be ma4o,every cen$ he has bX
bard work. If Jay calls "workingia man for a
sucker' hard work he certainly has been inde- I
fatlgiblc. - i
PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.
Lleeoso Legislation Likely to Greatly Agi
tate the Next Session of tbe Legislature
ThePIttsbnrg Postoffice and tbe County
Committee Quay After Pittsburg's
Members of the Legislature jnst home from
Harrisbnrg have heard more aoout liquor li
censes and prohibition than they bad heard in
some time before. A great many unreasoning
people think the members from Allegheny
county could have in some way averted" the
storm lr they had only wanted to do so- When
pinned down and asked for plans and specifica
tions tbey are unable to furnish them, but con
tinue to adhere to the original proposition that
there must have been some way to do it or at
least that some way might have been found.
No Allegheny member conld have done a thing
to in one way or the other hare changed the re
sult at the late License Court, and no one of
them nor all of them together could have
passed any law to alter the result
at any License Court that meets be
fore the next session of the Legisla
ture. . Orders went out from Mr. Quay
while the last session was yet in Its swaddling
clothes that there should be no liquor legisla
tion until after the vote on the prohibitory
amendment, and Mr. Brooks, who had an
amendment to this Dill, bowed to tbe superior
power and refused to be tempted into an alli
ance wun senator cooper, i nose wno aia not
bow failed to achieve anything. Some were
encouraged late in the session to hope that
something might be done for tbe bills they had
Introduced, bnt this was merely to win their
support at critical times. Mr. Cooper's last
effort at amendment to tbe high license law
for tbe purpose of liberalizing it in some re
spects, was killed on the last night of the ses
sion, as was Mr. Quigley's one amendment in
the same direction.
A Shadow of Coming Events.
There is tbe highest authority for saying
that the next session of the Legislature will be
as remarkable for its license legislation as the
late one was for its lack of anything ot the
klnd.ihat materialized into" law. The Republi
can leaders, except when talking- for publica
tion, do not mask their opinion tbat the prohi
bition amendment is as good as dead. What
will satisfy the people in general is the thing
tbat is troubling them. Some deliverance on
the subject will be made at tbe coming State
Convention and from tbat until the Legisla
ture next meets tbe details of the bill tbat will
be Introduced as the party measure will cause
them moro or less anxiety. It is not likely to
be tbe only bill there. Men with ideas of
their own on the subject will be on band next
session of the Legislature as this. Mr. Brooks,
if be Is in legislative harness two years hence,
as he hopes to be, will probably introduce the
party bill. Mr. Cooper hopes not to be in the
next Legislature, though it is equally true that
his recent effort to amend the nresent liauor
law was a defiance of orders tbat may be a
stumbling block in the pathway of his Federal
Opposed to the Judges.
Among certain politicians of Allegheny
county there Is a strong feeling tbat the liquor
law should be so amended as to take the licens
ing power out of the hands of the judges. There
is a great deal more unanimity on this than on
any other point that has yet been developed.
One plan suggested is that a general license
board or commission be established in Harris
burg and that a deputy be located In each Sen
atorial district of the State, the latter to have
power to license and tbe former to have gen
eral charge of tbe matter and act as a court of
appeal. In its general features this plan bears
great resemblance to a bill introduced early in
the session by Representative Lemon. Tbeblll
also had the high license feature and was de
cidedly stringent in its provisions. It was neg
atived by the Committee on Ways and Means,
but may be heard of again at the next session.
In the ruxal districts of tbe State, where the
people have been accustomed to tbe exercise ot
tbe license power by the Judiciary, such a de
mand is practically unheard of. what favor
such a scheme might receive if passed is one ot
tne imngs inai cannot do toia.
Fostofilce nnd Primaries.
The Pittsburg postoffice Is giving Mr. Quay's
local adherents a great deal of mental trouble.
They had hoped for a change before the pri
maries, but hope has faded into an almost ab
solute surety that nothing will be done until
much later, probably not until tbe expiration
of Postmaster Larkm's term. It is represented
that Postmaster General Wanamaker is quite
ready to accommodate Mr. Quay in this matter
at any time he may say the word, for the prin
cipal reason tbat he desires to make amends td
tbe junior Senator for their little difference of
opinion concerning the Fields matter in Phila
delphia. Mr. Quay is reported to feel that it
would not be good policy to make tbe change
now, though a short time ago he almost prom
ised to make the appointment within a week
after Mr. Warmcastle shonld be appointed to
the Collectorship of Internal Bevenue. The
Quay workers think they could capture the
Bepublican County- Committee witb little or
no trouble in case of Mr. McKean's immediate
appointment. Without it tbey make no boasts
that they can do anything more than make a
What Mr. Qnny Wants.
Mr. Quay wants all the Pittsburg Federal
offices. He is working for them, and if any of
them get away from him it will be a sad blow
to the hope be cherishes of being able to elect
a majority of Pittsburg's Councilmen In the
future. Mr. Quay argues that while Mr. Magee
is the leader 'of the Bepublican forces ot Pitts
burg his own leadership in the State is npt
secure. This not only is a compliment of a
hlcb order to Mr. Magee's ability to make a
light against big odds, but indicates tbat in tbe
Beaver statesman's estimation the Pittsburg
chief tain was not very badly injured alter all
when an avalanche of votes was overturned on
Senate bill No. 70. If Congressman Dalzell
can make a strong enough fight to secure
recognition from the President of his claim to
name the postmaster for tbis city, it will be a
big point in Mr. Magee's favor in the struggle
that is on from now out
A MONOPOLY OP OFFICE
Held by a Firm That Can Supply a Post,
master of Either Party.
Norwich. May 13. N. O. Barker, of Leba
non, Conn., has just received his commission
as postmaster, vice Frank P. Fowler, removed.
Under tbis apparently unimportant bit of news
is concealed an interesting little story of the
past, present and future of the Lebanon post
office. Mr. Fowler was appointed by President
Cleveland nearly f our jjpars ago to succeed Mr.
Barker, who had been postmaster for the pre
vious 1ft years. Now Mr. Barker is to succeed
The point of the story is tbat Messrs. Barker
and Fowler are members of a grocery firm
tbat have dono business together during many
years past and the change in postmasters has
made no change in tbn location of tbe office or
tbe personal of therofflcials. except that in one
rase Mr. Barker has been assistant to Mr.
Fowler, and In the other case Mr. Fowler will
now become, as he has previously been, assist
ant to Mr. Barker.
The Lebanon postoffice has, therefore, occu
pied the same position for the past 21 years,
and been operated by tbe same people In suite
of partisan changes of postmasters ny Bepub
lican and Democratic administrations. And
even President Harrison's appointment follows
the same line. Mr. Barker and his partner may
be snoken of as being on either end of a politi
cal teeter board, on which, in tbe nresent case,
the former is doubtless saying: "Now 1 go up,
up, up; and now you go down, down, down."
The Rebels Triumphed.
From the Washington Post.
General Henry R. Jackson, of Georgia, has
been thinking with his lungs again. This time
he says It was the North, and not tho South,
tbat rebelled in 1881. If General Jackson will
only sit down and refresh this wearied nation
with a few confluent flashes of bis brilliant
silence, we will all gladly agree that tbe North
did the rebelling, even though the admission
may imply that rebellion was a success.
THE PUKEST THING OF EABTH.
I saw two little children,
Two little baby girls.
The one with raven tresses,
The other golden carls,
liy chance stand by each other
Upon the busy street,
As If some unseen spirit
Introduced each sweet
They soft embraced each other
And klssid a kiss of love
An Imagery or angels
Before God's throne above.
And as they were embracing
I tnonght a world like this
Could treasure nothing purer
Than a baby 'b kiss;
Bnt they had chUdhood's pnreness,
A truth they could not hide.
So each forsook tho otber
For Its mother's side.
For they bad baby wisdom,
Learned ere their mortal birth,
Each one knew & mother wis
The purest thing of earth.
-Panaia It. XcQregor in S, X, (gopMCj i
GOSSIP OF GREAT GOTHAM,
Wants a Receiver for Bootb and Barrett.
:xxw YOBS BUEXAU SrXCIALS.1
New Yobk. May 13. The counsel of Henry
F. Glllig, manager of the American Exchange
in Earope, urged the Supreme Court to-day to
appoint a receiver for the profits ot the Booth
Barrett combination. Mr. 0111123 story is that
his exchange in Europe lent Mr. Barrett 840,000
about four years ago, with the understanding
that Mr. Barrett should pay weekly one-tenth
of the net earnings of the Booth-Barrett com
bination until the debt was canceled. Sir. Bar
rett, through his counsel, Boblngersoll, denies
the truth of this story. Colonel Ingersoll asked
to-day whether Mr. Barrett was charged with
owing Gillig or the American Exchange, and
I- the. proceedings were adjourned until the
Judge could decide. Booth and Barrett are in
San Francisco. Mr. Gllllg la in New York, bnt
did not appear in court
A Baby Born on Bedloe's Island.
Baby Lewis, the first child born under the
torch of the Bartholdl statue, on Bedloe's
Island, was four days old this morning. Tbe
baby is the only son of Lieutenant Lewis,
U. 8. A, commander of the garrison, and has
been christened Bartholdl. A big ten inch
cannon was fired over the bay to announce
little Bartholdl' s birth. The garrison turned
out in Castle William when tbey heard the big
gun, and every man stood at his post on the
ramparts. A crew ot soldiers rowed over to
Liberty Island in tho night to learn what the
excitement was. The soldiers who stood at the
guns on Castle William were tremendously ex
cited till tbey learned the cause of the firing,
most of them fearing that some kind of war
had been declared.
Minister Lincoln Preparing to Salt
Robert T. Lincoln, United States Minister
to England, Mrs. Lincoln and three children
arrived at the Fifth Avenue Hotel from Chi
cago, this morning. Mr. Lincoln will sail for
Liverpool on the City of Paris next Wednesday.
He will remain in London probably throughout
the summer, though be may run across the
channel onco or twice to see the Paris Exposi
tion. Among the prominent visitors who called
upon the Minister was Edward Plerrepont, ex
Mlnlster to England. Mr. Plerrepont bad a
long conversation with Mr. Lincoln, and gave
him some valuable bits of information abont
London and his experience as Minister.
LINDENTHAL'S HIGH BRIDGE.
Tbe Pittsburg Engineer Returns From De
troit Qnlte Sanguine.
Mr. Gustav Lindenthal, the well-known
bridge engineer, has just returned from De
troit, whither be went on business connected
with the proposed high bridge across the De
troit river. Mr. Lindenthal said of his jour
"During the last ten days a United States
Commission of Engineers has been meeting in
Detroit to consider what kind of connection
shall be made between the Michigan and Can
adian shores. There were three different
plans before the commission. The first was
my own, ot connecting Windsor and Detroit
with a long-span high bridge; the second was a
tunnel under the Detroit river, and the third
was a winter bridge. The Commissioners sent
for me and asked me to give my professional
opinion on the plans."
"What do yon think will be the verdict of the
"I do not "know. They adjourned last Satur
day, and will make their report to the Secreta
ry of War, who in turn will submit the facts to
the Senate Committee on Commerce. I be
lieve, though, that I stand the best plan, for
several reasons. To build a tunnel w, so far,
not advisable, inasmuch as it is impossible to
estimate tbe cost of such an undertaking,
while 1 know my bridge will not exceed 18,500.
000. "The winter bridge Is not much favored by
mo navigation people, Decause tney Don eve it
10 oe noimng om a ruse
on tbe part of some
railroad people to tri
:et across tbe river as they
like. The object of the Winter Bridge Com
pany is to Duua a Driage across tne river witn
a movable span, wbich can be taken
away on pontoons during tbe summer,
to prevent any interference with navigation;
while they only mean to use it in tbe winter
months from December until April, when the
river is frozen nearly all the time, and naviga
tion lsat a standstill. I have explained to the
commissioners that my bridge, being 140 feet
above the level of tbe water, will not interfere
with the highest sailing vessel. I have every
reason to ue santruine, ana x minjc tne Driage
will be bailt before we are much older."
MEEEIE COUNCILMEN ABE THEY.
And Tbey Wonld Fain Find Pavements
Which Are Broad and Smooth.
From the Philadelphia North American.!
Eight brave and gallant-looking gentlemen
slowly marched into the Girard House yester
eve and bespoke food and shelter for man and
beast In letters large and plain very, very
plain their names they did inscribe on the
register. What tbey did write read thus: W
W. Speer, Henry O. Lowe, Charles T.Welble,
J. H.' Smith, Joseph B. Wolfe, Charles H.
Hartmann, Charles Ehlin, Charles. Mnhl
brower, Allegheny City. Pa.
Refreshments did they take, and then unto a
many pencilled scribe did Master Bpeer thus
unburden his mind. In accents grave and slow
spoke he: "Eight merrie Councilmen are we,
and from Allegheny City are we come. In
search of first-class pavements are we. We
would make our city to have pavements broad
and smooth. Therefore are we on a visit to
your City of Brotherly Love. But we like not
your pavements. They are rongh and tedious
to the foot We fain would have smoother
streets for our fair city of Allegheny."
"Whereunto wilt thou and thy comrades go
to find the pavements smooth?"
"To Camden do we go next Over sundry
lanes in tbe little Jersey city we will make onr
way. We doubt not that we will profit ui by
our visit across the Delaware. Then to New
York City do we go. and there likewise we will
seek for pavements neat and smooth. Thence
to Baltimore our band will march, and there
full well will wa search lor the object oi our
"And our Mayor you will consult?"
"Of a surety. His methods in your fair city
have done mnch good. We wonld learn of him
how to pave our streets. And your wise di
rector, too. will we consult. His word will
weigh much with us. 'Twixt Philadelphia,
New York, Camden and Baltimore a fair pave
ment shonld we find to nnt in place of our
cobbles, wbich are rough and unseemly
Time for a Change.
From the Inter-Ucean.1
When mail clerks get to seeing "snakes four
feet long crawling out of mall sacks" It might
be remarked, "It is a condition, not a theory,
wbich confronts" tbis department of the pub
Can't Siralo-r Porter.
From the New York World. 1
It is said that Benjamin F. Butler never
drinks malt liquors. Porter is too strong for
. PENNSYLVANIA PK0DUCTS.
A Chambeesbueo man has taught his dog
to smoke a pipe.
A Lancaster county quarryman asserts,
tbat be found a live frog imbedded m a stone
the other day, and exhibits tbe frog to prove
An eccentric single lady of Crawford county
wears red dresses summer and winter, week
days and Sundays. She has bad no other kind
for 30 years.
A Delawaee county mechanic returned to
his home the other day after an absence of a
year. His wife had received no word from him
and didn't know but what he was dead. The
first words he said to ber were: "Is dinner
An Eastern woman sold her husband's old
coat and vest to the ragman because they were
too shabby to wear. When the husband came
in at night and told her he had left $83 in the
pocket of the old vest she wished she had ex
amined the pockets hefore disposing of the
A faemer riding along tho rotd in Chester
county overtook two children, a boy of 8 and a
girl of 7, some distance from their homes. He
knew tbe boy and asked him where he was
going. "You won't give mo away?" queried
the little fellow. "No, Indeed." "Well, then,
we're going to get married. We've run away."
The farmer persuaded them to postpone their
elopement for a dozen years or so and took
them back to their parents.
A drunken man who was picked up" In
MIddletown. N.Y., suted when arraigned be
fore tho Magistrate, that his name was Dennis
Sweoney. born in Ireland, and now a resident
of Wllkesbarre, Pa. His age was 02 ycar,
having been born In 1737; that be served as a
drummer boy in the War of 1313, and took part
In the battle of Litady's Lane; tbat be had
since served 35 years as a soldier and a mariao
in the United States fereee. - j,
Circus parties, modeled after theater
parties, are the latest fashionable diversions ia
Mr. Smith, a gim dealer of Stepney,
Coaa, Is suffering from lockjaw""froia the bits
of a six-foot Dlacksnake.
A company of Boston stock brokers re
cently dined Oh two lobsters weighing 28
pounds, canght at Sullivan, Me.
Six eloping couples were married at
Jeffersonvile, Intt, in ono day recently. One
justice married them all. His fees amounted
A. D. Thompson, of Oswego,. N. Y., is
said to be the oldest railroad conductor in the
United States. He beganrailroadine in 1M4 on
a tramway from Ithaca to Owego. H? is abont
70 years old.
Horton Bailey, of Omaha, is suing for
divorce, and one of his allegations is that his
wife once bit him on tbe bead with a picture
frame in which was the motto: "God Bless
The Hllnois Assembly has shown it
self to be possessed of a truly Western sense ot
humor by appointing a gentleman named
Partridge to the chairmanship of the commit,
tee on game laws.
A horse at Ansonia, Conn., got a peb
ble in bis nose while drinking from a shallow
brook, and now, whenever he crosses it, laps
water there like a dog, though elsewhere he
drinks in the usual fashion.
Timothy Smith, watchmaker. Is doing;
business in Belfast Me., in the shop that was
occupied by his father and grandfather, whoso
first names were also Timothy. The sign-which
hangs over his door is the same one that his
A letter mailed in Liverpool about 65
o'clock in the evening of Mayl was delivered
to its destination in Chicago early in the morn
ing ot May 10. As it probably reached the
latter city the previous evening the whole time
of transmission between the two cities may be
set down as eight days. Tbat is quick transit
A gentleman living a few miles from
Vienna, Ga., dreamed a few nights since that
an alligator bad bim. He had often beard that
if you would gouge them intheyes tbey would
turn you loose. So he proceeded to stick his
thumbs into the 'gators eyes. He awoke in
stantly from the scream of pain from his wife,
when be fonnd that he bad almost put both her
eyes out She claims that he did It on purpose,
and refuses to become pacified.
The youngest commercial drummer ia
the United States is Harry Wade, of Buffalo.
He is bnt 12 years of ace, and a son of Frank A.
Wade. The way Master Wade first went one
was owing to the serious illness of his father,
who is now confined to his house. Tbe boy had
made frequent trips with his fatber and ob-
servea nis ways oi aoing cosiness, xie prevanea
upon bis father to let him take bis route.which
is throngh New York State. The boy has mado
two successive trips over the route, and is the
favorite of the commercial men and his father's
Blue lobsters are ceasing to be a novelty
la Connecticut waters. Fire of them are known
to have been taken within the past two years,
Charles Miner, of Qulambang, near a to nington,
having taken the fifth within a few days. It
was like all the others, as bine as old-fashioned
blue crockery, and the shell was translu
cent All tbe blue lobsters, with possibly ono
or two exceptions, tbat have been taken In the
history of American fishing, were captured In
Long Island Sound, or at tbe eastern gate of
tbe sound, where tbe turbulent waters of tbo
Atlantic break into pacific Fisher's Island
In the weird town of Moodus, on the
Connecticut river, a resident was cured ot
rheumatism in a marvelous way. He went to
bed with aching joints, after leaving a lotion
on the kitchen table with which to bathe his
limbs. He arose several times in tbe night and
laved bis limbs freely with tbe contents of a
kitchen table bottle, and in the morning was
joyfully surprised to find that all bis pains bad
fled. It was not until be inspected himself
and perceived that be was black and blue tbat
be mistrusted that he bad used tbe family
blueing bottle instead of the one with the lo
tion over night
Probably the biggest hunting expeff-
tionever arranged by private individuaV !
that now nnaer discussion by Messrs. Cba Y
Carroll, Harry Carey and Willie Chanler,V(
New York. Their Idea is to arrive at Zanzibar,
on the southeast coast of Africa, about Novem
ber 1 and proceed inland after big game and.
adventure of all kinds, including the fascina
tlon of exploring an unknown country. M-T
Willie Chanler, as advance agent." has alreaflf
reached Zanzibar, and a letter just.cbelred!
from him reports that the plan is perfectly
feasible. A party of 400 native?, thoroughly
armed and equipped, will be tbe body guard,
and tbe outfit is already being prepared.
The barbed wire patents, which have
netted fortunes to their owners, hare an inter
esting history. The first patents were Issued to
a man named Kelly, living down East. About
two years later a farmer at De Ealb, RU con-
ceived tbe idea of keeping his unruly cattle in
the pasture by patting short barbs on a wire
and then twisting it with a plain wire. This Is
known in tbe market as the Gidden wire, being
named after its Inventor, Joseph F. Gidden.
One day while he was experimenting with it a
neighbor going by shouted: "Joe, you better bo
ont harrerin' in your oats instead of foolln'
away your time with patentsi" Gidden thought
otherwise, and in less than two years received a
bonus of (60,000. with the guarantee of a royalty
on all made nnder bis patents. For one year his
royalties exceeded 3171,000.
In Andover, Conn., recently C. Brad
bury, a prominent farmer, was suffering from
rheumatism. He could hardly hobble, and
life was a harden, when one day he beard of a
faith curer. He tried the Impalpable treat
ment Tbe doctor looked steadily at Mr. Brad
bury and said: "You think you have rheuma
tism, but you haven't; there Is nothing the mat
ter with you. What you call rheumatism Is
only false thinking. Tnink right and your dis
ease is gone." The doctor continued to gaze
steadily at the patient until tbe latter pulled
out 2 and gave It to him, and tben the faith
man said: "Yon are cured; get up and walk."
Mr. Bradbury got up, and, though bis joints
crackled some, be walked. That evening he
walked to bis barn and did his chores, some
thing be bad not attempted before in months.
Mr. Bradbury is still welt
While Farmer Solomon Titsworth was
sowing grain in Tunkhannock county, near
Scranton. on a cloudy afternoon a flock of 200
or 300 pigeons alighted in the ploughed lot be
hind him and began to gobble up bis grain at
a rate that he did not like at all. Fanner Tits
worth tried his best to scare them away, bnt he
couldn't As fast as he drove them from ono
part of the lot they flew to another and picked
up the grain as If they hadn't had any food for
twoortnree days, xnen tne zarmer got a
beech gad and set to beating the hungry birds.
but they were too many for him, even though
he killed a dozen or so. The hunger of tbe
pigeons overcame theirfear,and they stayed
in the field until they filled their crops, when
they rose in a body and sailed away toward the
north. Farmer Titsworth had to sow a portion
of the lot orer again.
FOLLY AS IT FLIES.
He What do yon suppose I gave for this
She Your promise to pay for It sometime.
Gould's Carelessness. First Broker Jay
Gould-'s stocks are feverish this morning.
Second Broker Feverish I Is It possible that he
forgot to water them? Texas Stftinsu.
Some one says that a woman should never
allow a man to propose marriage to her unless she
Is willing to become his wife. Some people would
deprive the women in this world of aU their fun.
What He Was. Higgins I heard yon
lost a pile on 'Change yesterday.
Wlgglns-Yon heard right.
' 'Were yon a bull or bear?' '
'Neither; I was a Jackass. Texas Slftingt.
A physician says: "Girls in feeble bealtn
sfinnlilfmfrAKtrmTTin'tlirnnirh the WOOdS Or fields
everyday." But suppose a tramp should object v
to being taken through the wooos or ncm -'
day by girls In feeble bttXQLl-Binghamtoa xt-
Thfrlaundryman now counts the doUaa
Taken In for wilted collars gr
Counts them o'er with Joy profound, ,
Piles them In a stack.
Smiles a smile that reaches round
And buttons In the back.
Precaution. First Deacon Have you
ever heard the Bev. Mr. Goodman. who exchanges j
pulpits with our pastor to-dayr
Second Deacon No. ..,-. T..k..
First Deacon-Well. I ! J thlnk Brother
Passbasket, we'd better vary our regular eastom .
this morning and tako up the coUectlon before the -sermon.
Chicago xrtttuw. ,
The Boy's Jnst Complaint "Falher.have
you ever wanted to be rresldcnt?''
"1 will not d-ny my son that I have. The of
fice of President Is one to whlelr any American
citizen may rightfully aspire." . s.T
(Bitterly "Nol Uha has any, boys.jlf ,you
should ever be President teould never be anybody
but the oa of my latacr. -nKago-j.nount,
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