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PITTSBURG, WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1SSS,
The discussion of the park question has
certainly been fruitful during the part few
days in pointing out projects tbat are prac
ticable. It is worth while to recount all
the possible parks that are within the com
mand of the city, if it promptly takes steps
to seenre them.
First, we hare tbe space at the two ex
tremities of the city, one on Dpquesne way,
the other at the Hilaud reservoir, which are
assured facts. Then the city owns ground
at the Bedford avenue and Herron's Hill
reservoirs, where small parks could be made
contiguous to closely built sections at slight
expense. Then the Bluff street improve
ment affords a chance for a boulevard which
could be made to serve the purposes of a
park. At another point in the Old City
the summits of Ruch's and Gazzam's hills
offer open spaces where land can be secured
at small cost. Made accessible by inclined
planes and cable roads, they would afford
magnificent Tiews and invigorating air to
the workers of the city districts.
Further out the splendid proposition for
making a 375 acre park out of the Schenley
property gives the promise of something
which would compare favorably with the
parks of other cities. The further sugges
tion is now made of a boulevard starting at
Soho and following the brow of the Monon
gahela hills around to Four Mile Run,
thence by Four Mile Run over Squirrel
Hill to Penn avenue, near Brushton. This
proposition, if it is worth noticing, worjld
only require the bridging of a small rf to
connect it with the proposed Bluffstreet
boulevard, and the latter could beyitcnded
around and down Boyd's HL to a con
nection over viaducts with TVlrd or Fourth
tvenue. A branch boulevard out Sylvan
'.venue to Hazelwood, cr even Glenwood,
id up Nine Mile Run would give it even
These points ought to be enough to show
at Pittsburg , -has possibilities in the line
parks-ssi Boulevards that can be made to
comprise mce unique and imposing at
tractions than any other city in the country
has got The main question is, when will
Pittsburg get ready to pnt the money into
such improvements on a basis that will re
turn her the worth of her money twenty
folL VSSSTDESTS AHD PARTISANS.
Speaking of President Harrison's Sunday
trip down the Chesapeake on the United
States steamer Despatch, the New York
Herald, which has for some time been un-
wontedly steadfast as a Democratic organ,
cuts loose "with the following attempt at
We dimly remember, however, that when
Cleveland boarded a Government vessel for a
trip ol that kind the Republican leaders threw
up their hands in holy horror, while their chins
dropped down to the last button on their waist
coats. "Using a naval vessel for a personal
purpose! Great Scott l" they cried, "the
country is going to the dogs."
The esteemed Herald is a little wrong
with regard to the original objections of
this sort. The first to raise an outcry over
the use of a Government vessel by the Pres
ident were the Democratic organs when
some of the Republican predecessors of Mr.
Cleveland did it; and the statement of the
Herald discloses the fact that notwithstand
ing the Democratic horror at such a prac
tice, President Cleveland did the same
thing. "We do not remember the occasions
when President Cleveland did so, but as the
pro tempore representative of his party says
that he dia, it is natural to suppose that it
must be so.
All of which is in the nature of proof that
Presidents and partisans, whether they are
on one side or the other, are tarred with the
AH OBJECT OF INVENTION.
Now that Mr. Edison has engaged in an
other big lawsuit, it is suggested that he
may, if the case does not go to suit him,
spend a few days in inventing a Judge and
jury to his liking. It certainly seems as if
some of the famous electricians might get
tip an electrical method of trying cases, like
patent suits, which would decide them many
times more promptly and just as intelli
gently as the present tribunals. If Edison's
present suit should result in such an inven
tion it would be a blessing in disguise. But,
on the whole, we have no reason to think
that either Edison or Bell has any reason to
be dissatisfied with the courts. Probably it
will require the overthrow of 'the telephone
patents before either of the inventors de
vises a new, improved and economical
machine for testing lawsuits.
CITIZEN TRAHTB LATEST.
Citizen George Francis Train of New
York City, is an amiable crank. Usually
what he says is worthy of no more attention
than the utterances of any other poor creat
ure of his class. Once in a while, however,
as it were by accident, be is guilty of saying
something that betrays wisdom. On Sun
day night he addressed an audience of his
admirers in New York City, and in the
course of his speech he said: "I clearly fore
see that we are on the eve of a terrible civil
war and financial crash; if you owe any
body, don't pay it, if anybody owes you, get
your money within sixty days or you will
never see it."
There are alwavs plenty of people in this
world who will follow Train's advice as to
dealing with debts, but it shows an unusual
knowledge and use of logic on Mr. Train's
part to predict a financial panic and then
to point out the surest wy in which to bring
it about. A general repudiation of debt
would inevitably under .anv circumstances.
sr and in any country, produce a?collapse of
that country's financial institutions. Civil
war is only too likely to follow a radical
revolution in a nation's money matters. Still
it is hardly necessary to consider Mr. Train's
Citizen Train is trying at present to
show the good qualities of water by re
stricting himself to it as an article of food
for one hundred days. He has lost a good
many pounds of weight and gained consid
erable additional notoriety by this feat thus
tar. We fancy that the civil war, which he
so plainly foresees, will ensue when the
authorities of New York see proper to pre
vent him from continuing his slow process
of suicide. It is quite possible that the re
sult will come as a cruel financial crash to
the sharp-witted New Yorkers who are at
present matin;: money out of a crank.
A GOOD SETTLEMENT.
The question of the miners' wages in the
railroad district was settled yesterday, as
The Dispatch has predicted it would be
when the two parties got so nearly together
as they have been for the past week.
Tbe operators offered 73 cents or one cent
less than the miners asked; and the latter
very sensibly concluded that it was not
worth while to fight over the cent.
The mines will resume operation to-day,
on a basis which speaks well for tiie moder
ation and good sense of both sides. The
miners accept a decline of three or four
cents a ton on last year's average rate; and
on the other hand the operators pay a rate
for the entire year considerably above any
other district in the country.
This secures steady work in the railroad
mines for the ensuing year; and that is a
great deal better than the enforced idleness
and possible disorders of a strike.
RELIEF AND INSURANCE ASSOCIATIONS.
The perennial question of tbe relief as
sociation is now agitating the employes of
the Pennsylvania Company's lines west of
this city. It appears from local reports that
many of the employes are disposed to
organize against the acceptance of the plan
which is presented to them by their mana
gers. The general expressions of dissatis
faction with which these schemes are re
ceived should certainly induce railroad
officials to examine the plans which they
have formed for such associations and to re
form all features in them "which do not
respect the individual rights of the men.
It is neither practicable nor proper tor a
newspaper to decide upon the correctness of
every plan for relief or insurance associa
tions that is formulated; but there are cer
tain points which should be clearly recog
nizee. At a corporation proposes such a
plan to its employes, it should give them 1
more and better insurance than they can get
in outside companies or associations; other
wise it is best to keep the insurance and
railroad business separate. It should per
mit the men to have a voice or at least rep
resentation in the control of their fnnds. It
should not be used to secure a loan of a
share of the men's wages to the
company; nor should it be left
on a basis which practically inflicts a fine
upon the man who exercises the freedom of
seeking employment elsewhere. With all
these points conceded it must not be com
pulsory on the men. The Pennsylvania
Company has no more right to force its men
to be saving and provident than the men
have to declare that the Pennsylvania Com
pany must lay up enough each year to pay
off all its bonded or leasehold obligations
These principles are based upon one. vital
fact The contributions which the employes
make to relief associations are money which
belongs exclusively to them from the date
of the services that earned it If the man
agers will bear that fact in mind they ought
to be able to shape their relief associations
with due respect for its cogency.
DR. DEPEWS ERUDITION.
The Centennial orations delivered in New
York recently seem bound to create a dis
turbance in some direction or other. Bishop
Potter's address aroused the entire na
tion. Now Dr. Chauncey Depew's ora
tion is flapping about his ears in a most un
comfortable manner. At present Dr. Depew
is said to be chuckling about the ludicrous
features of a controversy which- has arisen
between bim and Dr. Edward C. Towne; but
it is hardly likely that he will be required
to supply all the manifestations of mirth.
Two months ago Dr. Depew found that he
had to deliver the oration on tbe Centennial
of the inauguration of the first President of
the United States at New York, and that,
while he knew George Washington was the
first President, the father of his country, and
first in war, peace, and his fellow citizens'
hearts, his knowledge of the events of 1789
was what one might call general rather than
particular. So he wrote to the Rev. Dr,
Towne, who had been a classmate of bis at
Yale in '56, asking him to abstract from the
Congressional Library or other sources such
facts or suggestions in regard to the occa
sion of Washington's inauguration as would
appear to him useful to the orator of the
day. Dr. Depew added to this "request in
effect: "This is biz; pay sure."
Dr. Towne went to work like a beaver.
For twenty-two days he accumulated infor
mation far Dr. Depew. Then the latter
curtly informed Dr. Towne tbat further
work would be unnecessary ; that he had fin
ished his oration. Since then Dr. Depew
has refused to pay Dr. Towne the eight hun
dred dollars he asks for, andasuit for 1,500
damages against the orator and railroad
king is the result
We do not wish to prejudge the case, and
all we say now is that we hope the man who
is in the right will win. Still it is some
what of a surprise to learn the secret Of Dr.
Depew's incessant oratory, or rather the se
cret of the erudition displayed in the peren
nial eloquence. A check book is appar
ently Dr. Depew's substitute for a library,
though there seems to be some douDt now
about the signature on the check. Money
is the root of many things beside evil; and
the man who has it can be wise, witty and
full ofbooklore by proxy.
We have no doubt that Dr. Depew will
learn by experience; and it is also likely
that Dr. Towne's prices for research are a
little steep. When Mr, Depew wants any
thing more in that line The Dispaich
will engage toifind writers who will furnish
him Centennial orations research,oratory
and everything else at a sharp discount
from $800 per oration.
PHILADELPHIA'S GOOD IDEA.
The belt line movement in Philadelphia
has taken a shape which should afford a
model to all other cities. A number of the
leading capitalists have iormed a com
pany which is to build a belt line along the
wharves; and tbe road thus affording access to
the entire water front of Philadelphia is to
be turned over to the city in trust for the
use of all roads that may connect with it in
This will not only improve the shipping
facilities of .Philadelphia, but it will give
all lines that may reach tbat city an equal
chance to compete for its foreign 'shipping'.
Roads heretofore shst out from that city by
- . . tfjw -k
the cost of terminal facilities will be at
tracted to it. Above all the publio princi
ple is asserted that grants of franchises
aad rights of way by a city must be
for the equal benefit of all trans
portation companies, ' and that there
can be no monopolizing of public franchises
such as constitute terminal facilities. Other
cities should profit by Philadelphia's exam
ple. Indeed the time ought to be near at hand
when an intelligent policy will demand
that all railway tracks secured by city
grants should be open to the use of all com
peting roads on payment of reasonable and
But we must warn our Philadelphia
friends tbat trust deeds are uncertain things,
as is shown by the experience of Pittsburg
with the Pittsburg and Lake JErie trust
The more common sense and straightfor
ward method of having all grants of
franchises by the city make this stipulation,
with a forfeiture of them if the use of the
track is ever refused to a competing line,
shonld be adopted in Philadelphia as it
might have been in the case of the Pittsburg
and Lake Erie road.
AftD now we learn that Colonel William
R. Morrison is to be a candidate for the
Chairmanship of the National Democratic
Committee. The selection of Morrison would
put a consistent representative of the low
tariff Democracy in charge of their cam
paign, and would therefore be commenda
ble. But before Colonel Morrison accepts
that position he should resign his present
place of Inter-State Commerce Commission
er. The duties of that position are too im
portant to be mixed with political campaign
ing; and so long as Colonel Morrison draws
the Balary oi $7,500 a year he should do
something to earn it
When it gets to dog eating dotr on the
Petroleum exchanges no wonder there is a
wish expressed for a return to the old fare
of spring lamb. But the lambs were all
consumed about the time that theProduc
ers' Association signed the shut-down con
tract with the Standard,
It is a mild remark that the person who
interviewed John C. New for the James
Gordon Bennett cable syndicate in London
earned a premium for glittering idiocy in
asking Mr. New these two questions:
"What do you think of the appointment of
Robert Lincoln as Minister to England?"
and "Was the appointment of Whitelaw
Reid as Minister to Paris well received in
America?" The interviewer who does not
know that Mr. New, as the recipient of one
of the plums from the administration, can
have but one opinion on other appointments,
needs some primary instruction on the sub
ject of politics.
General Botoangeb from the safety
of English soil calls upon the French
people to rise as one man. Boulanger not
only emulates the character in "Olivette"
who found the "one man;" but surpasses
him by doing the "rising" on the other side
of the channel.
Possibly the building of the Standard
Oil Company's big refinery in Indiana indi
cates an intention on the part of the big cor
poration to take a hand in Indiana politics.
That State appears to offer a good field for
Standard methods; and it might purchase a
Senatorship to take the place of that which
it is to lose by the retirement of Payne.
The Standard cannot be going to refine oil
in Indiana; tor have not its organs assured
the public, time and time again, that it will
We hope that Common Council does not
mean to place any restraints on the personal
liberty of resigning office that looks like a
liberty which can be given free exercise
without any danger of bringing the affairs
of State to a dead stop.
That new war vessel that was built at
San Francisco seems to require an immense
amount of supplementary trials and altera
tions for a vessel that made such a wonder
ful success on the first trial trip, as was re
ported by the press dispatches. Is it possi
ble that the first roseate reports of her trial
trip were just a little bit fixed up?
No more remarkable evidence of Mr.
Gladstone's wonderful vigor of mind and
body can be given than the report that
he dined with Punch humorists the other
day and made the occasion a cheerful and
Incidentally we notice some of our
esteemed cotemporaries noticing the fact
that Thomas C. Piatt in his recent article on
politics attacked civil service reform. It
was hardly worth mentioning. Everyone
knew that Piatt wrote, and Russell Har
rison's paper published the article for that
The historical research of Chauncey M.
Depew's orations certainly ought to be worth
enough to pay for the raw material. Is not
the historical researcher worthy of his hire?
The plums which have been distributed
among the Illinois politicians lately lead
to the fear that when it comes to the Su
preme Court appointment the President will
not be able to give it to Judge Gresbam.
More than that the appointment of Vander
voort creates the graver fear that he does not
PEOPLE OP PEOMINEfCB.
Aetottr L. Thomas, the new Governor of
Utah, was at one time a telegraph messenger
boy in Pittsburg.
MB.E.W. Haxfobd, the President's pri
vate secretary, has returned to Washington
from a short visit to Atlanta, Ga.
Goyeknok Beaver has been tendered the
position of member of the Board of Visitors to
the Annapolis If aval Academy in placoof Ed
ward T. Steel, of Gcrmantovn, Pa., who de
clined on account of a prospective trip to
.EX-ATTOBNEY GENERAL GARLAND has
bad good luck since he bung out his shingle in
Washington In corrallng more-law cases than
be can take caro of. lie has been so Dusy, in
fact, that bo will be nnable to take bis usual
vacation at Hominy Hill this summer, i
Hadji Hassetw Ghooly Khan, the
Persian Minister, is just recovering from a
severe shock which his Oriental dignity sus
tained a few days ago. He Etarted to make
some calls, and went to the residence of a
prominent Government official. The domestic
refused to admit bim and sent him away, think
ing be was a peddler.
JIBS. MABOABET OLfPHAHT is One Of the
most indefatigable of living writers. Her
novels, biographies, historical books, editions
of foreign classics, would nil a library. Her
latest enterprise is a biography of her dis
tinguished namesake, Laurence Oliphant, who
died lately. Her novels are particularly re
markable for their accurate painting ot Scotch
characteristics. She is Scotch herself, and
was born near Musselburgh CI years ago.
Mbs. Cleveland is soon to be the recipient
of an elegant souvenir in tbe shape of an album
containing tbe autographs of the members of
the Authors' Club ot New York, spread npon
leaves of tbe finest parchment The signatures
were collected through the efforts of Dr. Ed
ward Eggleston, and tbe book has been
artistically bound byune of the most skillful
bookbinders In the eonntryl It is to ba pre
sented to Mrs. Cleveland in remembrance of
tbe courtesies she extended to the authors
while She Was living at the White Ho wo. ,
THE T0PICA1V TALKEK.
Bishop Was Insane A Woods' KuriLIon
The Marring of May.
A curiously variegated careen was that of
Washington Irving Bishop, the mind reader,
whose death occurred in Such sensational
fashion on Sunday night in a New York club
house. It is not a career one can linger over
with any pleasure. Probably his vagaries may
be ascribed to derangements in his mental ma
When ho was here some years ago it hap
pened that I spent an evening with him. He
was not performing trick? of mind or muscle
reading that night, but breathing wrath
and fearful tnreats against his Bos
ton wife, Mrs. Helen S. Pond, who had
the day before published in the newspapers
some very ugly charges against him. He wasa
small man, very effeminate in appearance, and
his voice was a high treble. His prodigious ex
hibition of anger by contrast made it bard for
those who saw it to refrain from laughter.
This scene occurred at the Hotel Anderson,
where there are still at least a couple of clerks
who remember Mr. Bishop's behavior that
night vividly. He persisted in saying over and
over again that he intended to sue every news
paper that had published his wife's charges, for
libel, and added that he had engaged Major
Brown and D. T. Watson, W. D. Moore, and
Major E. A. Montooth to wage war for him in
.Pittsburg. In every thiughe said and did that
night Mr. Bishop impressed me as being out of
his wits. For tho time I believe ho was a
The suits for libel were never bropght, of
course, and I presume none of the lawyers Mr.
Bishop mentioned ever saw tbe color of his
money, or even knew that he had connected
their names with his case.
A rambling and decayed row of houses which
have long enjoyed the distinction of being the
ugliest in that home of the beautiful, Woods'
Run, are being pulled down to make way for
the approaches to the new railroad uriage con
necting tho Panhandle and the Fort Wayne.
The new bridge will certainly improve tho
appearance of the Northside neighborhood of
the Fort Wayne tracks adjoining Woods' Run.
There is a noisome little pond which will pre
sumably be filled In, and a comical vineyard on
the cllif just east of it will probaDly cease to try
ineffectually to bear grapes. The recent heavy
rain storms have caused the work on the bridge
foundations and tbe embankment to be sus
The great charts of seats for the May Fes
tival are gradually showing the inroads of the
purchasers. It is a fact though, that Pitts
burgers are rather famous for putting off their
purchases of seats for such an event as this to
tbe last moment It is a foolish habit, and in
this case particularly so.
If anyone who intends to go to the festival
thinks that he can afford to wait and buy his
seats at tbe door, permit me to point out to him
that thousands are coming in from all tho ad
joining towns, and that precious few of them
will buy seats until the doors are open. The
rush for seats at the last moment will be tre
mendous, and as a piece of disinterested ad
vice, 1 repeat, buy your seats to-day or to
It seems as if when May was born,
In these United States,
Tbe makers of the almanacs
Flayed havoc with the dates.
For April weather comes in May,
The sunshine and the showers;
The lawn you mowed just now will need
He-mowing n two hours)
HIS TIEWS TOO LIBERAL.
Prof. Russell's Ideas of tho Andover Ques
s tlon Cause His Resignation.
rSFECIALTXLSQRAUTO THE DIBFATCB.l
New Haven, Conn., May 14. Rev. John E.
Russell, of the Yale Theological Seminary, to
day resigned bis position as Professor of Bib 11
lical Theology. This action of Prof. Russell
was received with great surprise by tho faculty
of the university, and with indignation by the
students, especially the members of the senior
class, who are to graduate to-morrow. This
noon they met and passed resolutions express
ing their sorrow, and appointed a committee of
five to wait on President Dwight and endeavor
to make arrangements to have the resignation
While the reason for Prof. Russell's resigna
tion is said to be due to a call to Williams Col
lege, it is generally understood that his too
liberal views on theological questions, es
pecially on the Andover question, have been
distasteful to the members of the faculty of
the theological school, who are of the old
school. Prof. Russell is with the Andover pro
fessors and a supporter of Dr. Smith's views
regarding the future probation. He graduated
from Williams College in 1S72, and has been at
Yale since 1SS5.
A HAPPT, CONTENTED SET.
Paraguay a Country Where Women Work
and tho Mem Are Idlers.
Washington, May 14. United States Con
sul Hill, at Ascuncion, in a report on the con
dition of Paraguay, states that of the entire
population but 82,447 Paraguayans "and 3,818
foreigners know how to read and write,leaving
the number of illiterates as follows: Para
guayans who are unable to read and write,
199,431; foreigners in the same condition, 4,070.
There are, therefore, of the inhabitants only
about 15 per cent who are able to read and
write. England furnishes 43 per cent of the
total imports, and beside a few agricultural in
plements and a little lumber, none of "the im
ports come from the United States. Women
do the work and tbe men do tbe smoking, gam
bling and cock fighting. The Depple are a hap
py, contented set, without aspirations, and as
indifferent to us as we are toward them.
TOO GOOD TO BE SOLD.
Old Wooden Government Vessel to bo
Attain Patched Up.
Washington, May 14. The United States
steamship Monocacy was to have been sold at
auction to-day at Yokohama, bu? an order
from the Navy Department has been tele
graphed, stopping the sale. The Monocacy is
an old wooden vessel which has been on tho
China station so long that It would not be safe
to undertake to bring her across the Pacific to
the United States.
Several times tbe department has decided to
sell this vessel, but the orders have always been
revoked at tbe last moment Not long ago a
board or appraisement was ordered, but alter
doing their duty in tbe matter of appraisement
the board recommended tbat tho Monocacy
be repaired, and for this reason the sale has
been again postponed.
VERY NEARLY CORRECT.
A Shortage of Only S35 Found In a Cannt
WASHINGTON, May li The recent count of
money at the New York sub-Treasury revealed
a discrepancy of $35 out of a total sum of J1&4,
000,000 to be accounted for, The shortage re
sulted from the" acceptance of a few counter
feit notes in tbe hurry of business, and by the
loss of a few pieces of silver.
The loss was promptly made good, ana a re
ceipt in full given to ex-Treasurer Hyatt, who
was responsible under bis bond for the entire
An Awfnl Prospect.
From the Chicago .News. J .
It is reported from Pennsylvania that black
bears are more numerous in that State than
they have been before for many years. If Sen
ator Quay succeeds in getting Federal positions
at Washington lor ail the rennsvlvanians who
want them it is feared that the black bears will
drive out the small fraction of the population
remaining, and that the State will become once
more a howling wilderness..
minister Lincoln at a Banquet.
NewYohk, May 11 The newly appointed
Minister to England, Boberfc T, Lincoln, wa3
tendered an Informal dinner at the University
Club to-night by his classmates "at Harvard of
tbe class of '62. Tho dinner was entirely in.
formal and there were no toasts. Minister
Lincoln sails on tbe City of Paris to-morrow,
A Toutu of Remarkable Talent.
From the PhlladelphiaFress. J
The new story by Sidney Lnska whose real
name is Mr. Harlan Is quite a Buccess, an en
tire edition having already been printed. Con
sidering the extreme youth ot the author he
is only 19 this is, indeed, remarkable.
A Perpetual ScssionTrobnblc.
Tbe Connecticut Legislature Is to allow wo
men to take part in tbe debate oh the female
suffrage bill now before that body. It will be
the longest Legislative session in the history of
V tne country. . ,. . vs
" WEME&pAY,, W&
CIYiL SEEVIfJS PRADDS.
It Is Claimed That There Is. a Leakage la
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
NEW YOKKMay 14. John M. Comstocfe,
Chairman of the Civil Service Board at the
Custom House, said there were wild rumors
flying about the Custom House to-day t6 the
effect tbat the practices at recent civil service
examinations bad been fraudulent If these
reports are. substantiated, Mr. Comstock said,
somebody would learn that a penal offense had
been committed. The reports were that certain
persons in the service bad furnished to mem
bers of the examination classes keys to tbe
forthcoming qnestlons for 25 and $50, and
that substitutes had passed examinations
before the Examining Hpard. Mr. Comstock
"I have no charges to make against anybody
at tbe moment; I have simply started a general
investigation. It is more in the nature of a
hunt I have just been elected Chairman of
the board. Yes, I attended as one of the ex
aminers, tbe examinations in the postofficaf
buildings. So far as I could see, and I paid
close attention, the seals of the packages con
taining the question papers sent from Wash
ington had not been tampered with. But they
may have been. It would have required an
expert, though, to discover any nans In the
seals. Why have I not beBun a general Investi
gation before? Simply for the reason that I
have only jnstbeen elected Chairman of the
board. I ao feel, though, that there were op
portunities for fraud so far as the examinations
for promotions, were concerned. The questions
for these examinations were made in the naval
office, while questions for entry to the service
came from Washington. The questions for
promotions were sent from the naval office to
Mr Mnsnn'aofflcRln the Custom House. Mr.
Mason was Secretary of the board and had full
charge. 1 do not believe that Mr. Mason would
countenance any leakage, but I must confess
tbat I have never had any confidence In his
clerk, Fred Davis. I don't say there is anything
wrong; I cannot tell that until I complete the
investigation. If the papers or questions have
been tampered with some one will suffer. The
reports come from people in and out of the
Mr. Mason started on his vacation to-aay pre
liminary to leaving the service June 1. He was
in Albany last night Fred Davis, clerk of the
Civil Service Board, bad never beard of the
ugly reports. He told how the questions ar
rived from Washington in a package plastered
With seals on the morning that tbe examina
tions were held In the Postoffice building.
Packages were addressed to E. B. Post, or tbe
Postmaster. He did not take any stock in the
story ot frauds. It was said by Mr. Mason's
friends tbat he should forego his vacation and
confront Mr. Comstock and the other mug
wumps and insist upon a rigorous investiga
tion. It was remarked tbat Mr. Comstock had
been chairman ot the board a week and thai' It
was not until Mr. Mason had left town that the
reports of criminal fraud were circulated.
A FIGHT IN THE W, C. T. TJ,
Mrs. J. Ellen Poster Raises a Bow In tbe
Minneapolis, May 14. "Internecine strife"
describes the state of affairs now existing in
the Woman's Christian Temperance Union
organization of Minneapolis. The recent coun
ty convention of the union opened into the
secret Efforts are now being made by the mal
contents to organize a rival association, and It
is not at all unlikely that they will succeed.
Secret meetings of those interested in the new
organization are being held,and as soon as they
feel strong enough the non-partisan people will
take the field for supporters. A fightwhich has
contributed in no small measure to this split is
the one which is on between Mrs. J. Ellen
Foster, of Iowa, and Mrs. Hobart, President of
the Minnesota W. C. T. U. In the last issue of
tbe Progressive Age, tbe official organ of the
Minnesota W. C. T. U., is a long three-column
article by Mrs. Hobart in which she seeks to
prove all the charges that she bad previously
made throngh the pauers or against Mrs. Fos
ter', and which Mrs. 'Foster had pronounced
"f also in letter and in spirit; false in general
and in particular."
Mrs. Hobart accuses Mrs. Foster of trying to
unite the W. O. T. U. to a political party under
tbe guise of "non-partisanship!" of suppress
ing, as President of Iowa W.C.T.U., legally
elected delegates becauso of thelrindorsement
of prohibition; of trying to make it appear
tbat there is widespread disaffection in the
ranks of the W. C. T.U. by "sending out spuri
ous reports and doing other Judas-Tike work."
The end of the fight is not yet
TAKING THEIR TIME.
Only One-Fifth of the Land In Oklahoma
Washington, May 14. The clerks who were
detailed from the general land office to go to
Oklahoma to assist the land officials at the
Guthrie and Kingfisher land offices returned
to Washington to-day. They state that at
Kingfisher about SOO entries had been made up
to last Friday, and at Guthrie about 1,000 had
been made. The total number of quarter sec
tions in the territory opened to settlement is
about 10,000, hence less than one-fifth of tbe
whole has beon filed upon. The force of clerks
now employed at the two land offices is be
lieved to be sufficient to keep up the current'
Many of the settlers, it is said, have gone to
their former homes to settle their private
affairs; and will return next fall to complete
their entries and establish themselves perma
nently in the new territory. Ihe scarcity of
water has been to some extent overcome by
Beef, Hay and Dairy Products
This Yenr and Last.
Washington, May 14. The Chief of the
Bureau of Statistics reports that the total
values of the exports of beef and hog products
of tbe United States during tbe month of April,
1SS9, and during tbe four months ended April
SO, 1889, as compared with similar exports dur
ing the corresponding periods of the preceding
year, were as follows: April, 1889, $8,88S,602;
1SSS.S3.89S.OU; four months ended April 30,
1SS9, 36,222,762; four months ended April SO,
The values of the exports of dairy products
were as follows: April, 18S9, 5120,021; April,
18S8, 8302,781. Twelve months ended April 30,
18S9, $10,011,600; 12 months ended April 30, 18S8,
HONORS TO THE BRAYE.
A Gallant Sailor Highly Complimented by
Washington, May 14 Secretary Tracy has
issued a general order calling attention to the
repeated acts of berqism of William Fooye, a
seaman on the Vandalia, who jumped over
board February 23 and March 9, in the harbor
of Apia, and rescued shipmates from drown
ing, and again, on the latter date, when the
ship's propeller was fouled by a rope during a
heavy swell, disabling the engines at a time
when the vessel's position was unsafe. The
"Such bravery and devotion to duty merit
the highest praise. Tbe department-directs
that this order be read at quarters, on board
all fhips of the navy in commission,"
Protect Homo Industrie.
From the Chicago Tlmes.3
Whenever the fellow who gets up the cable
letter on tbe other side of the pond gets hard
up ho reels off a yarn about some American
girl being fooled by a bogus baron. Something
ought to be done to keep our girls at bome. If
there is any fooling to be done, let it be by our
PLEASANT AND PECULIAR.
On. City iiliaard: The inertia of .indiffer
ence permits the existence of many imposi
tions. Chicago Nev:ti Pension Commissioner
Tanner to the surplus: "You and the Democracy
will have to go."
Detroit Free Presi: Ireland has seen
enough of the vices of royalty pot to welcome
the idea of having a prince of the realm as
CincApo Times: Ex-Secretary Bayard, who
used to be accused by his enemies of having no
backbone, proposes to refute the statement
He is golng'to marry again.
PHTLAnELPHiA Press: Tho mercury and the
price of ice are marching upward together.
They come, or rather they go, high, but we
must have them in this climate.
Boston Herald: As to the merit:) of the dis
pute Detween General Wolseley and Jeff Davis,
the public will gladly side with both, provided
they will agree to keep quiet and write no more
Philadelphia -Pu&Wo Zedgerr James D.
Fish's voice deepened considerably daring bis
stay In Auburn prison, whence he was released
on Saturday. For nearly four years Fish has
been a striped bass.
Boston Herald: If Dr. Tanner wants to find
aconuino caso of suspended animation, where
the patient has subsequently developed into
renowed life, let him examine a roan wholost
bis omciai neaa in i&h and who is now looking
1 for Its restoration by the now adalnistratteB,
iThereVre Iota of them, J - :,'-! v ' '
A London Editor1 Pays His Respects to the
-Gould and Yanderbltti Money Kings
of Ancient Times The Millionaire's Xo t
Not a Happy One.
From the London Standard.'
The American press Is just at present devot
ing much attention to the annual examination
of that portion of the revenue returns' from1
which, by a process of calculation based on the
statements handed in for the purposes of direct
taxation, the acknowledged Income of tbe
various transatlantic millionaires can be com
puted. How far such returns may be accepted
as accurate Is an open question. It is doubtful
whether the State can ever take tithe of the
taxable wealth of magnates whose invest-1
ments, spread over half the world, are only to
a small extent In tangible property. On the
other hand, there Is gossip to the effect that, to
Increase their consequence, and the credit
which follows, aspiring bachelors and pushing
men of business sometimes return their means
as higher than they really are, and find their
profit in paying on the fictitious amount. Mr.
Jay Gould, we aro told, is worth 60,000,000, a
figure that Is, probably, enormously exagger
ated, as are also the 50,000,000 set down tor a
Nevada mine owner, who. It Is added, was
wheeling a barrow in Virginia City some 25
years ago. These are followed at some distance
by the head ot the New York Asters, who is
credited with 38,000,000, the Vanderbilts with
25,000,000, and a variety of less familiar per'
sonages. M. de Varigny, who has been exam
ining these and similar figures, considers that
the richest Englishman is tbe Duke of West
minster, whose property is estimated at 18,000,
000, and tint no continental, land owner or
merchant comes within many millions of this
America Has most Rich Men.
The New World millionaires, however, differ
in certain respects from those of this side of the
globe. On the one band their riches are all
their own, unhampered with entails or other
obligations incident to property inherited or
acquired on this side of the Atlantic; but on
the other, very little of It Is real wealth, Most
of the American millions are represented by
shares in all sorts of speculative enterprises In
mines which may or may not run clear of ore,
or in railways, the stock of which is often at
the mercy of one or two shareholders, and may
In a few hours be made almost worthless. In
California there are, perhaps, more millionaires
than in any other State of the Union, the rich
mines and the endless opportunities for enter
prise offered by tbat region having operated to
the benefit of its sharper citizens. Ohe of thesa
is said to bo a university graduate, and seven
are lawyers, The rest were in their youth of
the uneducated, barefooted order, their early
struggles being unaided by friends or relatives.
Forty-nine are Americans by birth, 18 are Irish,
8 are Hebrews, 6 are German, i are English and
1 is of French extraction. Yet it is a strikingcom
mentary on public life in America that of thesa
85 millionaires, representing a total of about
90,000,000, only 7 have ever aspired to any
millionaires ol Antiquity.
The millionaire In America dates, generally
speaking, from the time of the Civil War, and
we are accustomed to speak of his wealth as
putting completely In the shade that of the
ancients. But we are Inclined to think that in
the palmy days of Rome, when all the world was
pillaged to enrich It, there were men, relatively
speaking, quite as rich as any of these days.
Crcesus possessed in landed property nearly
2,000,000, besides slaves, furniture and money
to more than an equal amount Seneca could
afford to ba philosophic with a fortune of
8,600,000. Tiberius left at his death over 23,
000,000, which Caligula snent In less than a year.
Julius Cassar, before he obtained any office,
"nursed the constituency" so adroitly that he
owed nearly 3,000,000. In all he squandered
147,000,000 Of the publio money. Appius wast
ed in debauchery 500,000, and poisoned him
self rather than face the world on a pittance of
80,000. .ASsopus, the comedian, would spend
80,000 on a single dish. By the time the Roman
Empire fell Europe had been pretty well
skinned, though, as the mediaeval bankers
were concentrated for tbe most part in Italv, a
great deal of the plunder in tho Peninsula does
not seem to have crossed the Alps.
When It Was Easy to be Rich,
In the Middle Ages there were rich men, of
Course, for in such a state of general impecuni-
oslty it was easy for a capitalist to heap up
wealth. Bo Jonsson Grip, a Swede, died in
13SS, leaving, in addition to enormous estates,
mines and sums of coined money, 67,000 ounces
of silver. So well provided was he with tho
sinews of war, that na could declare hostilities
against the Hanseatla League and dictate
terms to JjUqsck ana Aanizig. -ine truggers
and other merchants also managed to monopo
lize a vast amount of money. Yet when Ed
ward III. failed in 1386 to pay 1,365,000 golden
crowns which he had borrowed of the Feruzzt
of Florence, something like a panic ran
. through the Exchanges of the Continent
The Orient Eclipsed.
With the discovery of America, wealth once
again began to grow rapidly, but not even then
did anything like modern fortunes become
common. Within the last 60 years, manufact
ures, mines and various industrial enterprises
have revolutionized our conceptions on the
subject When the elder Dumas revelled in
Oriental conceptions, he created Monte Cristo
as bis ideal millionaire, Yet judged hy modern
standards, this imaginary being would have
been rather poor, and would scarcely have
found a place in the annual list which appears
in New York.
The Plutocrats Not Happy.
Few of these American plutocrats can be
said to enjoy their money. Most of them get it
at a time of life when they are too old to begin
to learn anew the art of living. They have
never done anything but form combinations
and rake in money. Publio Ufa they despise.
They have no position as great landowners or
rjobles to keep up. Most of them are too
slenderly educated to appreciate science, or
art or learning, though now and then they
found universities, or buy fashionable French
pictures. But as a rule, tho feelings of the
class maybe represented by tbe late Mr. Van
derbilt, who declared that tbe weight of his
wealth crushed him that he "had no pleasure
In money, and no use for it"
A HIGHLY PRIZED PAPER,
Secretary Rush: Accepts a Written Resigna
tion and Gets It Framed.
Correspondence Chicago Tribune.
Secretary Rusk has a sense of humor about
him. He has been trying ever since be entered
npon his duties at the Agricultural Depart
ment to see what he. could do about making
room for a few Republicans. As none ot the
Democrats employed in bis Department ex
pressed a willingness to resign he has not given
many Republicans places. He is averse to
turning out Democrats in order to make room
for Republicans, and especially if the former
perform their duties faithfully.
The fore part of this week Secretary Rusk
was tendered a written resignation from ona of
the messengers, who was receiving a salary of
EGGO per annum. This was the first resignation
he had received during his admistration of the
Department He has, therefore, deemed this
phenomenal action worthy ot recognition and
has had the resignation framed and placed, in
his office Immediately In front of his desk.
Clear Case of American Hogeishness.
From the Baltimore American,
Nothing could be more clear and simple than
Bismarck's proposal to the other powers to
settle the Samoau difficulty. "Let's take, turns
in its government" be says. "First I'll take
mine and yon wait for yours, then yon wait for
yours and I'll take mine," And yet the cable
tells us tbat the greedy American delegates are
not satisfied with. this fair division of the spoils.
Rusk Gains a Convert.
From the Washington Pott.
The Viceroy of China, after reading Secre
tary Rusk's suggestions en agriculture, issued
a proclamation In which he advocates tree
planting. He says that trees aro promoters of
rain, beautlflersof the country.and preventives
'of drouth and flood. Instructions in tree
planting are to ba given in accordance with
Secretary Rusk's rules on arborl-culture.
What Is the Matter W'tb Chicago f
From the Norrlstown Herald.l
A Chicago minister says that insanity is
caused by disbelief in a future state. The ma
jority of Chicagoans, however, think that men
aro crazy because they don't believe tbat their
city Is tho greatest in the country.
Probnblr Wishes Ha Had Thought.
From the X ew York Telegram, l
A suit to restrain General Butler has been
brought in a Washington court This is
something Admiral Porter has not thought Of.
Watch IHm and See.
From the Albany Journal,!
,WIU not Mr. Blaine please admit, that he is
snubbed by the President, and resign, Jat to
( snubbed bj
) Demewatta press T
A DAT IN THE METROPOLIS.
Annie Plxley Has Pneumonia.
txaw TORI BVBSAU SPECIALS.!
New Yoke:, May 14 Miss Annie Pixley's In
disposition has developed into pneumonia.
Her physician hopes that she will be fairly well
again within two weeks, but she will be unable
to appear ori the stage this season, and her
husband and manager, Robert Fulford,has
cancelled her engagements.
Will Try to Lower the Record.
The City of Paris will sail for Liverpool to
morrow afternoon, with a cabinful of passen
gers. Her officers are betting that they will
breakthe record of fast eastward voyages by
getting across In six days. At very nearly the
same hour at which she will sail f romthis side
her sister ship, the City of New York, will sail
ComiilB Homo Under Canvas.
The United States warship Qulnnebaug is
due here, after an absence of almost sixyeirs
at European stations. Tbe Qulnnebaug- left
Gibraltar early last month, and is coming home
A Horseback Rldo Across the Continent.
E. H. Piatt professor in an uptown rldmjf
academy, and John Allen, a millionaire hotel
keeper, mounted two mustangs at 6A.M. to
day, in the presence of some 300 friends and
acquaintances, and rode away westward over
the new Washington bridge. They expect to
ride all the way to San Francisco, which they
expect to reach in QotoKer. They wU travel
30 utiles a day. Their route will take them
through Columbus, Indianapolis, Hanover,
Leavenworth, Denver, Salt Lake City and the
alkali desert of Utah and Carson City.
Made Him Harry Her Before Breakfast.
Madam Roqueplan became Mrs. Casar Beck
man, to-day, much against Mr, Beckman's will.
Four years ago she left her husband in South
ern France, to live with Beckman. After six
months Beckman tired of her and ran away to
America. She followed and pursued him all
along the Atlantic seaboard, and finally cor
nered him in New York. To prevent his es
cape she had bim arrested on the charge ot
stealing $1,200 from her. In the court room she
withdrew the charge on the condition that he
would marry her. He agreed, but fled to the
West She caught him in Milwaukee, a few
days ago, and forced him to sign a contract to
marry her. Then she and her lawyer brought
him to New York. Th ey arrived this morping.
Beckman wished to go to a hotel, but Madam
ttoquepiau Said he must marry her before
breakfast The Mayor was too busy, but a
Justice made the indomitable little French
woman Mrs. Caesar Beckman.
A Small Boy Saved From Drowning.
Little Howard Jones fell' into Jamaica Bay
from a boat in which he and his two brothers,
both under U years, had been out rowing, on
Saturday. He did not rise to the surface im
.medlately, and his brothers, thinking be was
drowned, hurried home to tell their father of
the accident About 20 minutes after tbe ac
cident Dr. Houghton, of Brooklyn, and a com
panion who had been fishing In the bay saw a
little boy In the water, paddling with-his hands
to keep himself afloat They rowed alongside
the boy and drew bim into the boat. The mo
ment the boy realized he was safe he sank into
insensibility. Ho did not recover until this
morning; Then he was carried home to his
BURGEONS IN SESSION.
The American Association In Convention at
the National Capital.
Washington, May 14. The eleventh an
nual meeting of the American Surgical Asso
ciation began here to-day. Skeletons, skulls
and other appropriate emblems ornamented
the room in which the surgeons met on the
third floor of the Army Medical Museum build
ing. Dr. David W. Cheever, of Boston, the
President of the association, opened the pro
ceedings with an address, entitled, "The Fu
ture of Surgery Without Limit"
Dr. Cheever said that the student of surgery
must of necessity he struck with its great
progress and also with its imperfections.
Surgery was advancing slowly, but was con
stantly advancing. Several papers on purely
technical subjects were also read at to-day's
A MONSTER SEA SNAEE.
An Ocean Reptile ISO Fast Lonjt Seen by
s British Captain.
Philadelphia, May 14. Captain Smith,
chief officer of the British Princess, in port
from Liverpool, comes to time with the first sea
serpent story of the season. It was on Satur
day, May 4, and in latitude 44. longitude 42.40,
that Captain Smith says he saw his big snake,
which he says was 150 feet long, with eyes like
a ship's starboard light When sighted a large
section of his snjkeship stood perpendicularly
out of the water, and, as it was daTbreak, with
a smooth sea, there was opportunity for a good
view of the monster.
Several passengers who were on deck at the
time ara sa)d to have seen the snake, but when
Chief Officer Smith cried out for Captain
Freeth to come on deck, the monster turned
tail and fled, churning the water like a Missis
HOTEL MEN'S MEETING.
They Elect O Peers and Arrange far
Chicago, May 14. Matters were quite lively
for a time to-day in the Palmer House at the
annual meeting of the Hotel Men' 3 National
Mutual Benefit Association. Delegates were
present from all parts of the country, the New
Yorkers alone numbering 60. Tbe next meet
ing will be held in Boston the second Tuesday
The election of officers resulted as follows;
President M.S. Gibson, of the Preble House,
Pottland, Ore.; First Vice .President Wash
ington Lv Jacques, representing tbe Interest of
me laio ait. nnnungin ine Murray nm notei,
of New York;, Secretary and Treasurer, W. C,
Snow, ot Chicago.
THE TARIFF ON LEAD.
A Large Delegation Will Talk to Secre
tary Wlndom About It.
New Yobk, May 14. A large delegation of
metal brokers left this city to-day for Washing
ton to be present at the meeting to-morrow
morning before Secretary of the Treasury
Windom on the vexed lead question. In the
West the question of putting a tax on Mexican
lead has excited a good deal of interest and
two special cars nneu with western mine own
ers and others- interested in tha subject will
meet the New York delegation at the Capital
1 i ' ,
The Colonel Hai n Competitor,
from the Philadelphia Times.
And now we awake to the fact that yarn is
being shipped to this country from Scotland.
Where is Colonel Ochiltree 7
AmoSO the new industries of Butler Is a
A LEWTS-rowN man, finding a neighbor's dog
in his garden, struck i; with his fist and killed
it on the spot
SHEawF Wolf, of Willlamsport, while out
boating, caught a 14-inch trout with a quick
flash of his bare band.
A Philadelphia man arose In the night
andin his wrath broke the noseof his roommate.
The latter bad monopolized the bed covers.
C. F. Bbown, of Malvern, Chester county,
has just taken the first drink of water since
October last. He can go without water all
A carriaqh .maker of Armstrong county
has just shipped to Persia a carriage packed in
boxes to facilitate transportation across the
desert on camels' backs. Tha total freight bill
was about $100.
AT Pottstown during the last gust about ICO
swallows tbat had dwelt in George LIggott's
large old-fashioned chimney were suddenly
blown downward, and Came flopping on the
kitchen floor, along with loads of soot
Jambs M. Taylob, of Hatboro, who was
slightly scratohed by a mule, which was soon
af terkllled for supposed hydrophobia, is con
Cqed to his room for 14 days without water,
and on Slow, diet by order of the ''mad dog
A NOBMSTffwjr man, applied" to the Justice
of the peace on January 81 to seenre him a
marriage license. He made tha affidavits re
quired, and then came a "bitch in the shape of
having no cashL to pay. for tha license. After
working bard from that day nam yesterday, be
Raaaeedto aeeamstatem nessiiary fig nets
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There are 633 widows in Youngstown,
and very few of them are engaged ,
Bradley county, Kansas, has produced
a colored baby that welghedl8 porinda at birth.
A ton of rope made from the hair of de
vout women of Japan has been used In build
ing a $3,000,000 temple to Buddha at: Kioto.
At Nevada, Mo E. Williams, aged 50,
was married to Mis? Battle Baker, aged 15. Tha
groom Is a farmer In good circumstances, while
the bride is tbe daughter of a man who lost his
all in a trip to Kansas and is now camping on
the edge of that city. This is Williams' fourth
'Squire Beans, of Warminster, Bucks
county, sitting by his door at dusk the other
evening beard a whirring nolso above him, and
found lodged in his tree tons a cloud of June
I.... l.ll . .. m. . f. - kl.k m.m ....
uciiuing norm, ine trees. huku
tall, had apparently nlnned their flight
caught one, a fuzzy yellow bug.
Mr. Soundstrom, an intelligent young
Swede, was in Atlanta a short time ago organ
izing a Btock company to manufacture per
fumes from flowers by distillation. He met
with considerable enctfuragement and will
probably start his factory. He already baa
such an establishment in Florida.
The poorest memory on record is that of
the fellow tried for burglary in Brooklyn tho
other day. He testified that he had never been
arrested before, but when his memory was
logged by certain evidence, admitted that ha
had a dim recollection of being convicted of
mnrder once and a 20 years' sentence.
The Trench poodle belonging to ex
Mayor Irwin, of Steubenville, O., committed
suicide a few days ago. He ran on the track
in front of the acproachlng electric car several
times, but was driven off. Finally be made a
dash and was caught by the wheel, charged
with enough electricity to kill an elephant He
gave one yelp and died.
While a couple of Easton sisters were
eating breakfast alone a few mornings ago,
their mother being absent in New York, they
were startled at bearing heavy footfalls on the
stairs. Next Instant a tramp, who bad got in
unobserved and slept all nicht In the attic,
stalked into the room, gave them a glance and
then passed out without a word.
Israel Stoops, who a few days ago fell
from a roof died, at Los Angeles. Shortly be
fore bis dissolution the man said to bis wife:
"When my soul leaves my body and enters tha
other world I will let yon know by crossing my
hands npon my breast" He kept hte word and
died immediately after giving the sign.
T. C. Mitchell, of Thomasville, Ga.,
caught a mother fox and three little foxes a
few mornings ago while out bunting. Mr.
Mitchell carried one of the foxes home and
placed him amontr a litter of newlv born nuns.
The mother of the pups gives him the same at
tention that she gives her own offspring, and
the little stranger bids fair to be raised by Its
A bear hard pressed by pursuers ran
into Monn's saw mill at Quincy, Franklin
county.. Pa., last Sunday. Mr. Monn. who is a
Seventhday Baptist, was at work, and thinking
it was a boy tbat had come bustling in. warned
him to look out for tbe saw. His panic on dis
covering his yisitor was a bear was promptly
allayed by a horse pistol shot from the pursu
ing party which killed tha animal.
Dawson, G'a., has developed a "fly
eater," who, for singularity of taste and
strength of digestive organs, takes tha cake,
flics and all. The negro boy, John Wheel, can
eat anything, and, according to a physician, is
tbe only person known tbat can retain a fly on
his stomach. A few days ago John ate three
flies and took a big chew of tobacco on top of
them, all for tha snm of 5 cents.
Miss Clara Davis, boarding with Prof.
W. Parnbam, while in attendance upon tha
Female College, at Millersburg, Ky., placed a
pet squirrel in her trunk, where there was a
box of parlor matches. The squirrel ignited
the matches, causing a combustion, which de
stroyed tbe trunk and several bundred dollars'
worth of fine clothing and jewelry. Tbe carpet
was burned off the floor, but the building was
saved with great difficulty.
Benjamin L. Hurst, of the Pennsylva
nia Railroad, celebrated Sunday tha close of
hi3 50 years' active service as a locomotive engi
neer, and he is not ready, by a long way, tore
t're. He is called Uncle Ben by all who know
him, and he is still at work running a first-class
passenger train. His eye is as clear as ever,
and be stands as erect as a cadet. Ha runs
from Jersey City to Rahway twice daily and
mi.ea one inp to vv a veny.
A unique Fourth of July illumination
will take place in Washington Territory. A.
C. Warner, D. W; Bass, H. F.JJcClura anrrrLy:
Shroeder. of Seattle, and W. G. Steele, of Port
land, will ascend and Illuminate Mount Rainier
on the night of July 4. The party will take
along 75 pounds of red fire and burn it at 11
o'clock at night. Iti3 proposed to spend all
night on the summit of the mountain. The
night before will have been passed at an alti
tude of 10,000 feet.
A copy of the Mazarin Bible, which was
tbe first printed by Gutenberg with movable
metal types, and should be more properly
called the Gutenberg Bible, formerly in the li
brary of Lord Hopetoun, was recently sold for
tbe large sum of 2,000. As everyone knows, ic
is a Latin Bible, printed by Gutenberg and
Faust about 1450 to 1455, at Mainz. This is tha
fourth copy of this extremely rare and most in
teresting Bible which has been sold within the
last 15 years, for prices varying from 10,000 to
George Gooderl, tha proprietor of a
meat market at Barnesville, O., tells this'story
of a thimble and chicken. Some time since
his wife was engaged in feeding the chickens,
when a thimble she wore on her finger at the
time mysteriously disappeared. Quite a time
elapsed, when tbe other day Mrs. G. requested
her husband to behead s chicken, which was
done. In dissecting tbe fowl the missing thlm.
bla was found firmly imbedded in the chicken's
gizzard, tha process of digestion having almost
worn the thimble Smooth. Tha hole of tbe
tbimbla was found to be completely plugged
with Indigested grain which the hen with
ostrich proclivities had swallowed.
President Harrison's dog is named'Dash.
The President can relieve his feelings when the
demands or offlca seekers ara past endurance by
calling his dog. Boston Times,
A Chicago Diploma Dullard I see old
man Klllmer has taken to doctoring. Is he having
Brightly Success? Why, he eared 23- hams last
winter. Lowell Citizen.
Accounting for the Edition. Enthusias
tic Friend -Ah, how d' do, Charlie? Gone lnt?
literature, I see. Onlte a book of yours. I bought
a copy yesterday.
Author, thoughtfully Now, If I could only find
ont who bought the other copy I Sew Xotk vtn
Testing a Clucker's Age. "I say, Jenkins,
can you tell a young chicken from an old one?" '
'Of course I can."
"By the teeth." t
"Chickens don't have teeth. "
"No, but 1 have. "Pick 3Ce Up.
They Agreed. Jolly Bachelor Friend- ,
Bo, Fred, you're married. &nd,'excuse me, to thai
determined friend of ours who was Miss Wllbu,ai.'
and you have a temper yourself, Xell me, do yon -
The Bridegroom, meexly Oh, yes; I agree,-
Sew York Evening Sun.
"What's the matter, Bromley?"
' lv'e recovered my valise. '
"I don't see why you should swear Is that way
"Oh, you don't eh? The-darn thing isn't worth
P, and It had to turn up Just when the company
was about to allow me 130 on it. It's just my
Equal to .Anything. "This is a disa
greeable and somewhat humiliating assignment"
said tha city editor to the new reporter, "but it is
tho only1 trilng I have for you to-day. It will re- '
quire you to visit two or three dozen salmons and
interview a score Of dudes before you finish tha
"I guess I can stand it" said tha hardened
youngman. "I was one of the reporters as ma .
Haw York.Centennial ball." CMeago Traune.
Needed No Sympathy. '1 am, tralyj
sorrr. JohnnT."sald tho friend of thar-ramuy
meeting the little boy on the streetn'toIearBr?
ttiitvnnr father a hoiiiA iris hnraed ddvn VeitATfejJ
day. Was nothing saved?" h
"Don't you waste no gner on me, "irepiieaxv
Johnny. "All of paw's old clothes was biiranpwJE'i
in that fire, and maw can't make any" jotem over a
fo me this time. Tum-tladle-lnmtuai whoop-de-rj "?
doodle-do!" CMeago Tribune. 1 ., ' ,-,
Caught at Last Father fibtti&iij' down-" $?
Stairs la an angry volcc)-aiaryl '
ilry (who is with her beau who 1st. been walt-Lj&
ing on ner for about three years) TeaT U. v2?
F.-ls Mr. Slowcoach, there? 1 fj
M.-Yes, sir. , .
V.U he proposing to you th hl'la ftayla r"a
late? t' , Z-v-?.
M. (to Mr. Slowcoach In a frlglteaM waisWi
OhI what shall! say? r"u 'JT 3 '
Mr. 3 .-(trembling WhU W
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; Ail nffnr- an riffnir
can have you.- mess yon-
jtseoa't Mry away.-d