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TEtE PITTSBURG-' 'DISPATCH,' TTIESDAY, MAT 2'1, 1889.
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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, MAY 21, 1SS9.
AK mPOBTAHT POIHT GAINED.
The concession made bj the railroad of
ficials at their meeting yesterday in the re
duction on ore rates, is of itself a good re-
tnrn on the labors of those who hare been
agitating in favor of more equitable freight
rates to Pittsburg.
The reduction of twenty cents per ton on
ore from the lakes to Pittsburg is not all
that our people have asked, nor all they had
a right to expect The gain of 30 cents in
the first cost of a ton of pig iron and of 50
cents on finished iron and steel rails will go
a long way toward correcting the influences
which hare of late worked against Pitts
, bnrg's natural supremacy in iron and steel.
"With this correction we may be certain that
Chicago cannot take our iron business away
from us, even though our city does not se
cure the full advantages of its sitnation.
The course of the railroad managers in
giving our manufacturing industries this
measure of relief is to be recognized and
commended. It was far wiser for their own
interests to make this concession than to
cling to their old policy regardless of the
public protests. Nevertheless we must
commend the intelligence and fair-mindedness
which produced this step as superior to
the average railroad policy.
"While onr railroad men have not given
Pittsburg-all that she needs, they have cer
tainly improved .their position by giving a
great share of it. It is to be hoped that
when they experience the expansion of all
classes of iron traffic to be caused by the re
duction in this fundamental rate, they will
see the wisd .m of further reductions, which
will at once secure them enhanced business,
and place Pittsburg far beyond all other
points in the production of finished iron.
For this relief much thanks. Neverthe
less the fact that it is given as a favor of the
railroad managers should point the moral
as" to the reform which will cause freight,
charges to be fixed just as the charges for
making iron are by the unerring force of
z, y sL
HEW GLASS SYSTEM.
The first test of the tank system of
glass' manufacture at Jeannette, Pa., which
was made yesterday, appears to have re
sulted favorably. Perhaps it may be wise
to await the experience of a larger ran than
that of a tingle day before asserting its en
tire success; but so far as can be judged
. from the reports of the first day's operations
. the indications are decidedly in favor of the
success of the new method. The change thus
foreshadowed comprises a revolution in glass
making. The enormous increase in pro
duction permitted by this process will, of
course, carry with it a great cheapening in
the price of glass, and if experience sup
ports the first test, will necessitate a gen
' eral reconstruction of the old style factories.
Glass'making has stuck to the old lines
longer than almost any other manufactur
ing industry. It now appears to be on the
ere of a new era.
THE DIRECT VOTE SYSTEM.
'In the heat of the struggle for supremacy
among the prominent Bepublican workers
the details of policy as to the operation of
the party machine, which are the ostensible
bone of contention, have been pretty much
forgotten by both sides. Yet, to establish
the best method of getting a fair expression
as to the candidates and measures from the
rank and file of the party, should be of
more importance than fighting to demon
. stratc whether Quay, Flinn, Magee, Bayne
or somebody else is "boss." The machin
ery of conventions and committees is get-
I ting to be a very complicated arrangement,
undeniably removing public interest farther
every year from the decision of party ques-
tions. The alternative known as the "Craw
ford county system," o(direct popular vote
for candidates, was far from a shining suc
cess when tried many years ago in Pittsburg;
but it is due to say that the failure was
largely because no legal checks were set
upon tie voting. There is now a State law
punishing fraud at primaries as rigorously
as at regular elections a condition which
'might well warrant a fresh experiment of
the Crawford county plan.
-It is-partly understood that Senator Quay's
following favor this change, which, in the
perverse nature of things, will likely be its
least recommendation to the other side. But
it might be just as good politics to consider
the question wholly on its merits. Besides
furnishing a direct settlement of contests for
nominations, it would have the additional
.id vantage of giving the leaders themselves
.a chance to get a popular vote on their rival
pretensions whenever the spirit 'moved them.
In that way each might from time to time
jget a- useful and instructive gauge of his
own waxing or waning popularity.
TEE C0ESECT PBJJTCIPIE.
The communication in yesterday's Dis
TATCH concerning the grant of passenger
railway franchise in the streets deserves
public attention. The fact that the fran
chises already granted to electric and cable
.railways, and those asked for by new pro
jects, to say nothing of the old horse car
lines, occupy nearly all the available streets
lor getting in or out of the business part of
the city, certainly Tequires the grave con-
aideration of the public.
"We can hardly agree with our corre
spondent as to the good policy of selling
' street franchises to the highest bidder,
eiber permanently or for a term of years.
"Whatever sum a corporation may offer for
the privilege of running- railroads through
the streets of Pittsburg will be given for the
necessary and 'obvious purpose of getting
that sum back from the patrons of the road,
with a profit on it The purchase of a
franchise like this necessitates not onlv a
profit on the capital invested in building
the road, but the profit on the capital paid
to the city for the sake of obtaining the
franchise. This must be collected from the
people using the road; and consequently
from that portion of the public least able
to bear taxation. The sale of. such fran
chises would therefore be identical with the
medieval system of tax farming, or the sale
of monopolies. It should be recognized
that the purpose of chartering such lines
is to furnish the ordinary people with the
means of the most economical and speedy
transit This is not to be secured by bur
dening the enterprising with the payment
of large sums to the public treasury; but
rather by placing them upon a basis of com
petition which will secure the lowest fares
Our correspondent happens to point out
the piinciple upon which this unalloyed
good can be secured to the pnblic, by hiB
declaration that no exclusive privileges can
be granted to any corporation in the streets.
This is an undoubted legal principle.
"Whether the streets are regarded as "simply
the property of the public, or are viewed in
the light of an easement, with reversion to
the abutting property holders, the principle
is the same. The Supreme Court of the
United States has decided that to give a
corporation exclusive privileges, or the sole
right of use in any public highway, by the
right of eminent domain, would be a viola
tion of the Constitution of the United
States, and therefore beyond any legislative
power. The State or city can grant a cor
poration an easement in the street for the
construction of tracks, subject to the right
of general use; but neither of them could
give a traction company the right to exclu
sively occupy a street for its business any
more than it could give a drygoods firm the
same exclusive right for its business.
This principle is certainly cogent as sug
gesting a solution of the present problem.
Both the competition of new passenger rail
way lines and the preservation of the unoc
cupied streets can be secured by adopting
the policy that all new lines shall have the
privilege of reaching the business part of
the city over the tracks of the corporations
to which franchises have already been
granted. It should not be difficult to ar
range conditions or rules by .which new en
terprises can reach the central-portion of
the city over the existing tracksupon the
payment of equitable tolls. It will serve
the purposes of the. public far better to have
the new railways confined to the half dozen
streets on which franchises are now granted
than to have all the down-town streets occu
pied with cable and electric lines.
STILL HASHING AN ADVANCE.
Notwithstanding the usual early summer
talk of strikes it Is a cheerful and noticeable
fact that Pittsburg's business is shown by
the Clearing House returns to keep right on
at a rate of improvement exhibited by few,
if any, other cities. The prediction that
Baltimore would, like Cincinnati, be per
manently left in the shade is made good by
the exhibit from week to week. Pittsburg
has taken a firm hold on Ihe seventh place
in the business list of American cities. The
prospects, furthermore, are good that be
fore the current year runs out it will catch
up with St. Louis and that on the full
twelvemonth's returns it will exceed San
With these signs in the sky, as well as
for the more personal reason that "shut
downs" and strikes cause much individual
loss, every one will hope that the differences
between employers and employed in oertain
local quarters may be satisfactorily and
soon composed. .
THE NEW GBEELET LETTERS.
The New York Sun is publishing an ex
tremely interesting series of Horace Greeley's
letters to Mr. Charles A. Dana. Their high
interest depends not alone on the revelation
they make of Mr. Greeley's picturesque per
sonality, but on the vivid picture they also
give of the political methods and manners
in vogue some thirty years ago. Mr. Greeley
copld not write a line of commonplace.
Each sentence of even those letters which
are mainly devoted to the routine of a news
paper's management is instinct with the
writer's courageous and energetio spirit.
To-day a great many of us are inclined to
regard the politicians and their practices
with great disfavor, and there, is no doubt a
good deal of foundation for such a view.
Buta pernsal of this series of Mr. Greeley's!
letters will speedily convince anyone that
politics and the men who deal in it have
improved immensely since the dark days of
1856. The arguments most popular with
tne majority of the statesmen at Wash
ington at the time of the famous
Banks contest over the Speakership,
and during the succeeding era in .which
the rights and wrongs of Kansas played a
leading part, were the pistol and the club.
Mr. Greeley draws the political landscape
in perfect perspective, as it appeared to his
sharp eyes, and he does not fail to show that
his tongue had attuned itself to fie violent
tone of the men abont him.
But the redeeming quality of all his
writing, even in his angriest moods, that
surprising spirit of generosity which tem
pered his acute sense of justioe, clearly
shines in these letters and lends them a
unique charm. In short, the letters lead us
to admire Mr. Greeley more, and the times
he lived in less, than we did before.
The joeose element of the press, without
regard to party predilections or previous
condition of servitude, is very much en
tertained over the experiences of a young
man by the name of Gitt, who was a clerk
in the Pension Office, and is so no longer.
Mr. Gitt used to exercise his humorous fac
ulties at the expense of the Bev. Br. Scott,
who was then the father-in-law of Senator
Harrison, and a clerk in the same office.
When the aged Doctor would indulge his
weakness for a nap, Mr, Gitt used to
arouse him by shouting: "Sleeping cars
for Baltimore," and in other ways disturbing
the peaceful slumbers of the old gentleman.
Since Mr. Scott's son-in-law has become
the President, Mr. Gitt has been called be
fore his superior officer; and the condensed
report of the conversation that took place
is, that the superior told Gitt to "get" and
"Now while the joke in this case is decid
edly against Mr. Gitt, the serious aspect of
it does not count much in favor, either of Br.
Scott or the President Most people will
be apt to think that the Doctor might well
have taken a more charitable view of the
joke at the expense of his slumbers; and
hardly any view of the distribution ot the
spoils can make it the duty of the 'Presi
dent to revenge. upon officeholders, such as
Mr. Gitt is stated to have been, their trans
gressions in disturbing tho repose of age
in office. Especially, "since the removed clerk
is staled to have been a Bepublican, and
therefore is presumed to have earned his
-position by yeoman labors -inmost cam
paigns, it seems that even the vested right
of partisanship in the spoils Is very much
.encroached upon by such actions.
The removal is certainly a warning to all
who desire the fruits of office. They must
not only be very respectlul to the father-in-law
of the administration, but they must
look out for the other end of the family and
take care how they snap their fingers in a
light and irreverent manner at the Hon.
A YEftY unique theory of prodnction is
presented by the Grocery World. That
paper objects to the observance ot Arbor
Day, because there is a general planting of
trees on that occasion. This results in a
large production of fruit, and the Grocery
World objects that there is already a glut
of canned fruit in the market This effort
of logic permits us to anticipate the day
when tho press can reprove the reckless
habit of wearing clothes. Clothes even
tually become rags, rags become paper; and
the demoralizing effect of this habit will be
apparent when it results in the production
of an excessive supply of, trade papers like
the Grocery World.
An account of Lord Lonsdale's recent
Arctio trip tells how he literally played the
devil in order to frighten the thievish
natives. Bnt it entirely fails to explain the
reason why he did the same act before he
went to the Arctic regions.
In view of the disposition of numerous
New York cotemporaries to urge that the
World's Fair of 1892 shall be located in
that city, it is pertinent to specify the con
ditions upon which the proposition can be
entertained. When the New Yorkers, in
structed by recent experience, have killed
off the leaders of the Four Hundredand sent
the New York Legislature and the New
York Board of Aldermen to the stake then
the rest of the country will concede it to be
possible to creditably hold the great expo
sition of the next decade in the metropolis.
The strikes and rumors of strikes which
are filling the air still permit the hope that
by the time the scales mpst be decided on
both masters and men will conclude that com
promise is better than conflict
The case of a Philadelphia "physician
illustrates the very obliging disposition of
the divorce laws of this country. He left
hit first wife in New York, obtained a
divorce in Pennsylvania, and married
again ; but his Pennsylvania divorce does
not hold good in New York. Consequently
the Philadelphia doctor is provided with a
legal wife both in New York and Pennsyl
vania. If this sort of thing is carried far
enough an'enterprising man may yet be pro
vided with ahome and a better half in each
one of the sovereign states.
Authentic information is to the effect
that Fannie Davenport has been getting
married some more.' Pools can now be sold
as to whether the divorce cose will come
around in 1890 or 1891.
Afxee the Standard has swallowed the
Indiana oil field, the story comes that
Eockefeller is going to give three million
dollars for a Baptist theological seminary in
Chicago. If another big field of. production
could be found for him to freeze to, he
might devote an equal percentage of profit
to a religious institution even in St Louis.
Pittsbtjeq will to-night have an oppor
tunity of seeing what organized public
spirit can do in the way of producing a
Music Festival and an Exposition building.
Hon. A. S. Hewitt recently told a Lon
don interviewer that there are better things
in this conntry than holding office. Mr.
Hewitt could make his opinion more effect
ive by teaching it in Washington than in
London. That is, he might do so, if there
was any hope that anybody In "Washington
would believe him.
The deadly ice cream can improves the
season early by sickening over a hundred
poeple, who rashly partook of ice cream at'a
Connecticut church festival.
The way in which the petroleum market
persistently does not go up to the pointwhere
the Producers' Association could get out even
on-the stock, which was to pay the profits of
the shutdown, is one of the most instructive
evidences of the guilelessncss of the Stand
ard in engineering that pretty little deal.
It remains to be settled whether more
fighting is to be done over the results of the
recent primaries than over the primaries
With Stevens, of the New York World,
rescuing Stanley and James Gordon Ben
nett . rescuing General Gordon the role
which is assigned to Uncle Dana, of the
New York Sun, seems to be to lie low and
do nothing until it becomes necessary to
rescue both of his esteemed cotemporaries.
"When coal begins to displace gas in the
factories our natural gas companies should
ponder the significance of the change.
The most hopeful aspect of Mr. James
Gordon Bennett's trip to Khartoum to visit
the Mahdi is the chance that it gives for
promotion among the men in the Herald
.office, and the probability that, if they get
promotion, they will not be disturbed by
further shakeups. -
PEOPLE OP PROMINENCE.
Max O'XiELL says he has no faith in Banian
H. tO. Houghton, the Boston publisher,
wants to be Governor ot Massachusetts.
A most astonishing story comes from Cali
fornia telling how Clans Spreckels has been
paying taxes, owing to defective maps, on hun
dreds of acres that he does not own.
William R. O'Donovan. A. N. A., has fin
ished In' the clay, for the Alumni Association
of St John's College, Fordham, his colossal
statue of the Right Bev. John Hughes, first
Archbishop of New York, which, when cast In
bronze will stand on the lawn in front of that
Among those who are to read papers at
the Convocation of the University of the State
of New York, at Albany, In" July next, are
President Backus, of Packer Institute, Brook
lyn; President Adama,of Cornell; Prof. Bhimer,
of the University of the City of New York, and
President Angell, of the University ot Michi
gan. Prof. Mommsen, who will soon be 72 years
old, expresses himself with bis old-time vigor,
it seems. A Berlin correspondent quotes him
as saying of the Samoas Commission and its
work: "The controversey relative to 8amoa is
a strife which Is unworthy of men. For my
part I would not give a glass of Bavarian beer
for all the islands In the Pacific Ocean."
Among the recent arrivals at San Francisco
was Princess Ka'ani, the niece of KJng Kala
kaua. She is 14 years old, and is the daughter
of Archibald Scott Cleghorn and Princess Like
Like. She left for New York, where she will
take a steamer on May29,Xor JEurope and re-i
main abroad for 12 months for the purpose of'
completing .her studies. Th.e King intended to
come, bat illness in the nature, of an eruption
of bolls confined him to his bed". "His Majesty'
expects to make a foreign tour soon, when he
will tfslt the Paris Exposition. -
THE TOPICAL TALKEfi.
A Glimpse at the njny Festival Scenes Th.o
Fate of tbe brass Band Hon- to Retain
Your Best Girl Two Great Pictures.
Gradually form and beauty erew out of a
cbaotlb and baremass of materials at the Ex
position building yesterday. It is said that
Duquesne way, which has been dug and picked
into ruins by a street car company, will resume
a passable state of order before this evening.
But the surroundings of the Exposition were,
when 1 wandered down there yesterday after
noon, a trifle repulsive.
Inside the hall thostate of affairs is immeas
urably better. Thet building itself Is of course
still gaunt and undecorated. The beams and
pillars of wood are naked, but the gay dressing
of the boxes in tasteful colors gives the audi
torium a good deal ot warmth and cbeeriness.
The private1 boxes are arranged in sets' of
four, entered by a single door from the reat.
The boxes have been decorated by their pur
chasers. Some are covered and neatly fes
toonl with blue and pink, gold and white, or
other colored bunting. The Westinghonse
boxes are easily distinguished on the right side,
because they stand alone in the glory of then
old gold satin furnishings.'
The great Anton Seldl, whoso baton will set
the festival in motion to-night, conducted ah
orchestra rehearsal yesterday afternoon. Carl
Better bad called the chorns for rehearsal also,
but when It was ' found that, the
orchestra needed the hall the former re
hearsal was postponed until the evening,
consequently a good many of the chords stayed
to hear tne orchestra, ana wnen Anton Heidi,
dressed in a becoming suit of steel gray, faced
his superb band of players, he had a fair-sized
audience behind him. Mr. Seidl is a man ot
good belcht and graceful carriage, bat his
great charms are his head and countenance.
He has a mass of black hair which Is just long
enough to make a graceful carve upward as it
reaches his collar. There is nothing effeminate
about him. His features are boldly cut; and
the strength of their handsome lines suggests
rather the warrior than the musician. What a
superb conductor be is, those who see him this'
week will discover.
AS to the acoustics of the hall of the Expo
sition building, I cannot speak certainly. As
far as a few tests I made yesterday Impressed
me I am incliueito think that no one in the
building will have reason to be dissatisfied with
the acoustics when the chorus or orchestra are
in aqtion. It maybe the same when the soloists
are concerned, but I rather doubt it That is
one of the things which will be settled to-nicht
HOW TO KEEP TTOUB BEST QinL.
If falrLucilia seems to care
No more for can dy or ice cream,
And sadly struma a weary air,
Or sings too oft' "It was a dream!"
He sure she wants the best of all
A seat at the May Festival,
Or If she tells yon, with asmUe,
She has a bonnet fair and new,
Of true Far isian stnnnlng style.
Too gorg eons far for street or pew,
Be sure she would be seen of all
Beneath it at the Festival.
lint if these signs yon fall to note,
1 warn yon love's a tender thing:
On yon she'll surely cease to dote,
She will return that little ring.
Eo let this rhyming Jest avail.
And take her to the Festival I
The Jobns-H&cke art gallery just now is
worth a visit, if only for a look at the famous
"Fugitives" of Carpentler, and a curious and
very clever canvas of Alfred Stevens, one of
the foremost of French impressionists. There
are miny other pictures in the gallery pleasant
to examine, and one can easily overlook the
worthless waifs and strays which every collec
tion such as this is bound to contain. The
Haseltlne collection, to which I refer, will only
remain here a day or two longer.
TO K. S. Q. AND CO.
It shows no sense. It may show Band,
In him on battle bent.
Who hires a regimental band,
Without a regiment. H. 3,
AT THE THEATERS.
Dockstnder's llllnstr,cls, Old.Onken Bncket
and Lilly Clay's Company.
If you like the. old-fashioned crescent of
black-faced minstrels, with the bones and tam
borine in their accustomed places, yoa should
certainly go to see Dockstader's aggregation of
singers and comedians. It is a strong company
vocally, and if Lew Dockstader alone had to
provide the comedy there would' be fun In
abundance. Bat Maxwell and Schoolcraft and
Marlon, who successively handle the bones and
tamborine, can make the laughter come readily
enough when Lew Dockstader is away. Joseph
Garland Is a grave and reverend presiding of
ficer. In the first part, which is managed on the
old-fashioned plan of broad humor for bread
and patbos-for meat In the sandwich, the sing
ing of Master Eddie Bloman a boy with a
voice of singular power and sweetness; B. J.
JoSe's rendering of "With All Her Faults I
Love Her Still," and the ridiculous "t Guess
Not," drollv said and sung by Dockstader. were
tbe gems. The lines in Dockstader's song al
luding, to "the squatters who are now up a
tree. Mat Quay may make a President, but be
can't beat ilagee," were greeted with terrific
applause. The novelty of the first part's
finale, "Oxygen," In which Dockstader put the'
entire company to sleep at will, was no greater
than its grotesque humor.
Tbe rest of the programme, with Frapk and
Marlon in some acrobatic exercises, displaying
great skill, and a number of other downright
varieties, concluding with a travesty on the
May Festival which must be seen to be under
stood, was enjoyable also. Mr. Dockstader
again contributed chunks of fan in bis dis
guises ot an angloroantac and a Sunday school
scholar. The Grand Opera House was crowded
and the performance was hailed with hearty
'The Old Oaken Bucket" and a large troupe
of well educated dogs drew two good audiences
to this house yesterday In fact the best Mon
day business of Several weeks was done. The
mejodrami, as presented by the Gray and
Stephens Company, is well worth seeing, if
only for its good mechanical effects and the
handsome and well trained dgs. These are
artists in their line, and without the visible
presence of a trainer on the stage their feats
are marvelous. They rescue a tolerably good
heroine from numerous thrilling situations,
sucn as being tied in a burning houso and
burled beneath an avalanche on the Allegheny
Mountains, and two of tbem execute a credit
able waltz with the heroine. Probably the best
work of the two-legced actors is done by the
smooth-tongued villain, E. F. Gilpin, as Ifarry
Skinner, and Billy Williams' Josephine Is right
clever. Miss Gray In her double roles is a
hard-workinir. painstaking little actress.
Change of bill at the Friday matinee, when
"Without a Home" will be given, running the
remainder of the week.
Academy of Itlnslc.
The Academy of Music offered as its farewell
bill for the season Lilly Clay's Burlesque Com
pany. Tbe ability of(tbts company to stand
well before the public is undisputed. It is ex
ceptionally strong in its understandings. The
young women who pleased a large house last
night have among tbem a good deal of beauty
and some pretty voices. It is the sort of enter
tainment suited to tbe heated term now upon
POUE WEEKS WITHOUT FOOD.
A Clergyman Starves Himself ta Dentb,
Believing It His Daly to Do So.
Salem, Ore., May 20. Rev. J. W. Harris, a
Congregational minister, died at his home Fri
day evening, having abstained from food four
weeks. When first taken 111 he declared that
God had ordained he should die, and he would
not attempt to f rostrate heaven's decree by
trying to sustain a life whose sands were run
On all other subjects his mind remained re
markably clear until tbe time of his death, but
bo positively refused food, and his physicians
assert that his death, if not absolutely caused,
was hastened by starvation.
He was born in Cornwall, England, April 25.
1831; came to America when 12 years nlrt o.iV.
-catedjjiraself at Belolt Wis., and began work
in the ministry In 186U '
POISONED BI HIS OWH BITB.
An Ohio Blnn SaSierin; from CsncerBrosgat
New Philadelphia, O., May 2a-Frejler-
ick Eiozcl, saloonist of this place, has gbne
tn Rome. N. Y.. for treatment for rin-l
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tho lip, brought on In a singular manner. IA
abort time ago, while at the dinner table, ho bit
A decayed tooth, poisoned the flesh, resulting
in cancer in its worst form. Tbe growth enn.'
tinned and the pain was almost unbearable.
fus.vuuuuuu u aaiu u vo very dangerous.
ECHOES FE0H THE PBAY.
Chairman Yon Bonnharst Receives Visitors
bnt Only Hear of One Contest Porter
or Necb for Connty Chairman Andrew
Not Pleased With tbe Campaign The
Bales ia the Fight.'
Chairman Von Bonnhorst sat at his desk in
.Bepabllcan headquarters this afternoon from
U o'clock until 3:80. He was there for the pur
pose of receiving notiies of contests but had
very little in that line to employ his time. In
stead he received party chiefs and workers,
conferred with them and exchanged congratu
lations. From the Magee standpoint there is
no change in the situation; except to further
clinch it Captain Nesbitcamo in from the
Sixth district this afternoon, claiming it for
Quay by 400 votes. County Commissioners
Clerk Bell had just as positive advices the
other way. The Quay people are ;stlll making
claims on the First district bttt tbe best ob
tainable advices indicate- a surprising defeat
there for them.
Only One Contest.
There- is but one contest in the county. J.
W.Hood received 21 votes in tbe First pre
cinct of Findlay township and Wm. Barton, ex
member offthe Legislature; S3. Mr. Barton was
Judge of Election, and as such counted up the
returns -with the other officers of the board.
Mr. Hood claims that this procedure was de
cidedly irregular, and should invalidate Mr.
Barton's selection as delegate. He claims be
side that at least ona vote that was offered for
him was notreceived. Mr. Barton is a Quay
man and Mr. Hood is a Magee man. The latter
has been appointed Postmaster at Clinton, and
is to take the office June L He mvs Mr. Barton
1 tried hard to defeat his appointment, in spite
oi tne jact mat ne inoou) naa ueen a Die to
have a majority of the township officers chosen
from the Bepublican side in spite of a natural
Democratic majority. He also claims for him
self that the Quay people were at work in his
township for two weeks preceding Saturday,
wheieas be had not been selected to run until
two days in advance, and did not get his tickets
until Saturday. Otherwise, he says, he would
have had a big majority.
J. B. Hamilton came in with Mr. Hood and
wanted it understood that Josiah Speer bad'
not defeated him in Elizabeth borough, but
that lie had defeated Mr. Bpeer by a vote
of 136 to 83.
The New County Chairman.
The talk as to who is likely to be tbe new
Chairman of the Bepublican County Commit
tee centers entirely around District Attorney
Porter and John Ieeb. It must be one or the
other of these unless all signs fail, and in spite
of the fact that Mr. Neeb has stated very posi
tively that he does not want tbe place, there is
a strong tendency to insist on his taking it It
is felt that the magnificent manner in which be
acquitted himself is deserving of recognition.
There was a strong personal fight made against
him in the First .Legislative district and a re
port was circulated just about tho time the
polls opened Saturday that he had withdrawn
from the contest He telephoned to various
places to set bis supporters right aft saw
others personally where ne could. Thttifluence
of Allegheny's City Hall was against bun. and
tbe promises of Federal appointments to those
who would work against him were numerous,
it all reports can be believed, and In some cases
promises were duplicated. Allegheny was
practically conceded to Colonel Bayne bv tho
Magee people, and tbe report that John Neeb
bad captured the First Legislative district was
as unexpected to them as it was pleasant
What Andrews Had to Say.
Btate Chairman Andrews,-who was here all
last week, did not approve the plan of cam
paign of the local Quay managers. According
to his ideas it was not sufficiently thorough.
But according to' his own statement be was
merely here as a spectator. There was no
doubt, of course, that he was a very much in
terested spectator, and none whatever as to
which side bis sympathies were with. His
principal visitors were Colonel Bayne and the
gentlemen who work closest to him in politics,
or who expect to fill the more important Fed
eral offices. When outsiders were present he
checked on several occasions references to
the Bepublican family quarrel, and especially
references to tbe merits of the fight The
Magee people, however, are not convinced, and
refuse to believe that he was bere in the char
acter he assumes. They argue that if he had
been he would have endeavored to be sociable
with tbem, or might have endeavored to arbi
The Objectlonnbie Bales.
One of tbe visitors to Republican headquar
ters to-day was W. E. Thompson, one of tbe
candidates lor tho position of postmaster at
McKeesport, Mr. Thompson says the fight in
the big borough was a hard one, and the Magee
forces were greatly handicapped by the issue
declared by the Quay people of a change of
rules. Mr. Thompson says all the Republicans
of the borough, which was carried for Magee,
are in favor of changing the rules. Mr. Flinn,
it may be recalled, is also on record for a
change in the rules, and so is John Neeb, who
refused, however, to declare himself on the
subject until after the primary election, when
he stated bis position. One organ of Quay
sentiment takes water gracefully by declaring
that while a majority of the-committee is for
Uteee, the principle for which tbe Quay peo
ple contended a change in the rules has been
generally conceded,,. and that the latter have
thereby really won all for which they con
FUNEEAL OP IEVINd BISHOP.
The Komalns of the Mind Bender Laid to
Best by His Friends.
New Yobk, May 20. Over 200 people visited
the undertaking establishment to-day and
viewed the remains of Washington Irving
Bishop, the mind reader. Scattered on and
around the casket were many floral tributes.
Tbe casket shortly after 1 o'clock was placed m
a hearse and taken to the Hoffman House,
wbere tbe mother, widow, friends and pall
bearers of the deceased entered carriages, and
were driven to Grace Church.
At the church a large crowd awaited tbe ar
rival of the cortege, and a force of police was
stationed in front of the edifice to preserve
order. The Bev. Drs. Huntington and Bottome
conducted the services, and the body was taken
to Greenwood Cemetery for interment
A SHOW POR CHICAGO HOGS.
An Investigation to be Held Into Railroad
Chicago, May 20. The Inter-State Com
merce Commission has fixed next Monday as
the time for hearing the case of the Chicago
Board of Trade'agalnst tbe Western railroads,
in which the latter are accused of discrimin
ating against Chicago in the relative adjust
ment ot rates on live hogs and packing-hoase
products from Missouri river points. The pro
posed change in these rates will be strongly
opposed bv the Associated Packers of Iowa,
Omaha and Kansas City.
Tbe legal representatives of the Board of
Trade in this controversy are Judge South and
J, A. Monroe.
Mlsi Jennie B. Kennedy Is Married to Jo
Miss Jennie B. Kennedy, formerly of Pitts
burg, now of Cleveland, was married there yes
terday to Joseph Borland, of Philadelphia, a
Pittsburg boy. The marriage took place at the
residence of -Sam P. Shane.
The young couple went East last evening,
and will make their home in tbe Quaker City.
The knot was tied pyltv. Carlos Chester.
It Ought to Be.
From the New York World.
It is now certain that ex-Secretary Bayard Is
to be married. It Is to be hoped that his do
mestic administration will be more of a success
than his foreign policy.
ODD ITEMS FEOM FOBEIGN SHOEES.
The fish consumed in London annually would
weigh 138,251 tons. ,
The illumination of the dome and cupola of
St Peter's, Borne, usually requires over 300
Let-tees in the handwriting of Figgott, the
notorious forger, are now advertised for sale at
2 guineas apiece.
It is estimated that the annual money value
of tho fruit consumed in Great Britain Is 150.
000,000, of which about $15,000,000 worth Is im
The weiebt of the flsh landed In Great Brit,
aln and Ireland last year was 575,000 tons, of
which somewhat less than half was carried into
the interior by railway.
A seaman at Milton, Sittingbourne, who has
just attained his 100th year, was powder-monkey
pn board the vessel which brought to En
gland the news of the victory ai Trafalgar.
A SOCIETY termed the Army Floral Asioda
tlon bas been formed in London for the sale of
flowers In the streot by discharged soldiers pf
good character. Bartons are to be supplied to
the men enrolled, so constructed that the flow
ers wiU'.be protecteifrom the weather and
kept perfectly fresh. Each man employed will
receive 2s. 6d. a, day, with, a, commission on all
he sella over a cerUIn'suia.
PHILOSOPHY OP A'DRUHK.
Sensations and Effects of a Drank Explained
by a Physician Only One Point' la a
Spree Where tbe Man Is Happy.
"Were you ever drunkr asked a physician
recently of a reporter. Tbe doctor might have
known better, and doubtless did; but to be
polite the reporter replied to the question, and
claimed, without a blush, 'that he had never
yet been in such a condition. Being asked as
to the inspiration of such a foolish
question tbe physician explained that he
had that day been called op to . pre
scribe for a very peculiar case, and tbe circum
stances attending it had been running through
his mind ever since. "Alcohol," tbe man of
medicine continued, "is a magnificent medi
cine. There are frequent occasions on which I
advocate its use, as ,1 think every physician
ought but I do not close my eyes to the fact
that It la oftener abused than anything else
jtossessrag a medicinal property. One cannot
do this, for on every hand one sees the dam
ages wrought by its abuse. Under certain
conditions It will accomplish what nothing
else in the entire pharmacopoeia will do.
After a sudden shock, physical or mental, a
stimulant in which there are large proportions
of alcohol are almost absolutely necessary. Of
course a prescription conld be written contain
ing nothing but recognized medicines, bat tbe
emergoacy Is so great that frequently tbe
patient's life would be endangered by waiting
lor the recuperative effect from the slower'
acting drugs. In the victim of a gunshot
wound Or a railroad accident tbe heart action
is extremely deficient. It is desirable to ac
celerate it at once: 'therefore we give the man
whisky, because of its quick-acting, stimulating
Pare Air the Best Stimulant.
"The philosophy of a drunkT Yon have It
substantially above, but I will try and make it
plainer. The man whose case set me thinking
aoout whisky and its effect upon the human
system has been what you may term "on a
tear" for several weeks. He has long since
passed the period when whisky has any effect
,on him beyond that of a temporary stimulant
He is a sign-writer by profession, but cannot
hold a brush steadily enough to make a letter
unless his nerves are artificially braced by
whisky. When the effect of his last drink wears
away his hand will shake Hkealeaf. Iknow that
this man took his first drink, as many men do,
when suffering from physical or mental de
pression. Now, bad he set his imaginary
troubles aside for a moment gone out in the
sharp, bracing atmosphere of the early morn
ing and taken a brisk walk of a few miles until
his lungs were filled with pure, cold air, the
circulation of his blood quickened by the exer
cise until it fairly bounded through his veins
and every muscle taut through tbe use of it
be would have felt permanently, jostrtbe same
as he bad temporarily, after taking his first
drink of Whisky.
Tho Dangerous Period.
"As I explained it is a powerful stimulant
It accelerates the action of the heart, and this
effeot of quickened blood movement this new
rushing of the life fluid in veins through which
before it crawled in a slow, sluggish, heavy
fashion makes the man feel young, light buoy
ant, active and strong. In a word, his feeling
is one of perfect health. In Imagination he
Is a young man again. Tbe troubles of to-day
are for tbe time forgotten nor does he bor
row them in advance of the morrow
which is sure to bring Its own. And
this period, my boy, Is the only one
of imaginative happiness connected with a
drunk. If a man stops here his sailing is com
paratively smooth: ( his recuperative powers
are good he will feel all right when he wakes
up: but if not his path will be strewn with
bowlders, so to speak. Let him keep It up be
yond this exhilarating point and hell will be a
paradise compared to bis physical condition
before he gets through with bis fun. Every
drink will make it harder for him to overcome
its final effect for it has helped paralyze the
efforts nature will always make to assert her
self. In an Unnatural State.
"This, in a word, Is the philosophy of a
drunk, or rather the very first stage of one. A
man is put, artificially, in the condition which
should be natural to him. His spirits are higb,
circulation quick, and nerves and muscles
tense. In a word, be feels as does a person in
perfeet health, but instead of this condition
being the result of natural laws, he bas induced
an artificial State of things by a powerful stim
ulant and when tbe effect Is absorbed by the
system when the fuel Is -burned upthe man
enters into a state of collapse-and feels Infin
itely worse than ever. It is a popular expres
sionand therefore impression that whisky
will cure consumption. Nothing conld be
farther from the truth. Whisky has no cura
tive properties whatever. It simply arrests the
process of decay in the longs and gives nature
a chance to assert herself.,r
THE SILK BUEEAU.
An Interesting Feature of the National Ag
Washington, May HX In one corner of the
building in the Agricultural Department
grounds known as the museum is the
silk bureau, and an interesting and
important place it is. For 19 years,
beginning at the time Prot Biley took hold,
experiments more or less extensive, intricate,
and successful have been made with a view to
determining whether silk culture can be made
profitable In this country. Tbe experiments
seem tp demonstrate that It can, under certain
conditions within the power ot the people to
obtain. These conditions, Mr. Walker says,
'are an automatic maobine to feed cocoons to
the winder and a duty' of 25 per cent on raw
material. The duty on the manufactured arti
cle, he says, now averages 'about E0 per cent
The automatic machine spoken of Mr. Walker
thinks he has secured, after much labor. Tbe
model has worked satisfactorily, and a number
of machines are now being constructed in the
department to determine whether the Inven
tion is entirely practicable. If it works, two
thirds ot tbe labor now necessary to reel the
silk from tbe cocoon can be saved.
At the department there are a large number
of silkworms being fed, and experience has ap
parently demonstrated the valuo of Osage
orange leaves as food. Old authorities agreed
that they were an aid to the mulberry leaves,
but that the latter were indispensable in the
production of good cocoons. But as far as he
has been able to observe, Mr. Walker says that
cocoons from worms fed on Osage orange ex
clusively produce as gOod silk as those from
worms fostered on a mulberry or a mixed diet
Aknowlege of this fact Is valuable, ai it will
tend to increase the culture of the silkworm.
Mr. Walker will start for Europe in a few
weeks to study tho methods ot silk culture and
manufacture there. '
MKS. AYEE GOES TO LAW.
The Sues the Recnmler Company to Recover
$30,000 Worth or Stock.
Epeclal Telegram to The Dispatch.
New- Yoke, May 20. Harriet Hubbard Ayer
is suing t6 recover GOO shares of stock in the
Recamler Manufacturing Company and for an
accounting. The case was before Judge Daly
in the Common Fleas to-day. The defendants
are the. plaintiff's daughter, Harriet; the
daughter's husband, Allen Lewis Seymour,
treasurer of the Recamler Company; his
father, James M. Seymour, and the company
itself. Mrs. Ayer's affidavit jays that in April,
18S7, at the suggestion of James M. Seymour,
she transferred to him and his associates re
ceipts for the Recamler preparations, a com
pany being formed with 1,000 shares of So0each
which were issued to the plaintiff as considera
tion for the recipes. She -"vanced J7.000 work
ing capital, and $50,000 was borrowed,
Mrs. Ayer giving Mr. Seymour 483 shares as
collateral. She was elected President She
said-she bad stock-broking transactions with.
Seymour, Baker d: Co., and was told by James
M. Seymour that large sums ot money had
been plsced to her credit during tbe year 1S88
She claims that her entire Indebtedness of
$50,000 has been wiped out, and she wants her
The affidavit of Mr. Seymour denied Mrs.
Aye''s allegations, and set up 'that the stock
was his own, Mrs Aver having given it to him,
for his valuable services in suggesting the idea'
of tbe Recamler Company and Its reorganiza
tion. Out of his great lave for his son and;
daughter-in-law he said he bad given tbem two
the 500 $50 shares he received from Mrs.
Ayr. Mrs. Ayer, he alleged, went abroad to,
obtain relief from the alcohol and morphine,
AH IKFA&T AT 23.
Sad Case of a Wheeling Woman, Who Can
Neither Walk Nor Speak.
; wnmiNo, May 20. Womanhood's matur
ity of years has come to Ella Miller,, but has
brought her little else than the melancholy re
flection that she Is a grown woman. And yet
the average woman of 23 Is ,a creature of
uriTlirhtlmfiss. feellmr. vitality and hone. With
trnaps a single exception tneae arouzii w 441a
Him .-an neither talk nor walk, and passes her
time, helpless as an Infant, in the swinging em
brace of 'a" cradle. 'Her life bas been one of'
affliction, and thus exiled from tbe world, she
Is still a child, and has all tbe sympathy she.
merits by her peculiarly (Uttrewlsg ees<tes.;
. PITH OP GOTHAM'S GOSSIP.
A General Shnfle Off Attempted.
rxxw tobx bvxxau grxcTALs.1
NEwTOBir,May 20. Four suicides were re
ported to the Qoroners to-day, John Carr, 20
years old, nephew of General Joseph B.Carr,
ex-Secretary of State, shot himself In his room
early this morniog. Carr had had bad luck,
since he came to this city two years ago. For
the last few months be eked out a bare living
as night watchman. He was in debt anddhP
couraged. Frederick Schmitt 20 years old and
well-to-do, closed bis windows and turned on
tbe gas full head when be retired last night
His mother found him dead in bed when she
went to call him to breakfast this morning.
Edward Conley and Mamie Fallon, each 21
years old, tried to die together In a Bowery
Hotel. When the hotel keeper 'broke In the
door of their room he found the air saturated
with illuminating gas and Conley dead. The
girl was black in tbe face, but still breathing.
She is alive, but too near death to tell the mo
tive of Conley's suicide.
Not Exactly n. Good Advertisement.
A Coroner will inquire into the death of baby
Newman. 5 months old. Mr. and Mrs. Newman
and Dr. J. T. Terriberry attribute the child's
death to opium narcosis, caused by a dose of
Mrs. Window's soothing syrup.
The Electric Sugar Frauds In Court.
The Assistant District Attorney has- been
trying to get a jury to-day for the trial of Will
iam E, Howard, In thjs Court of General "Ses
sions. Howard once sold Electric sugar stock
to everyone who would bay it He was Indicted
by the grand jury for grand larceny in the first
degree in Inducing Lawson N. Fuller to pur
chase $3,500 worth of this stock. He told Mr.
Fuller that the Friend Invention for refining
sugar was a wonderful thing, and that there
were millions in it The grand Jury decided
that these pretenses were false. Howard is
ungainly and unwashed, and wears neither col
lar, cravat nor cuffs, but he drew a large audi
ence of business men to the Court of General
On tbe Onts With His Church.
Samuel H. Wilson and tbe Methodist Church,
of Lambertville, are out Mr. Wilson was a
most active member of the church, up to a
short time ago, when the votes of his fellow
church members made him an cxeiso commis
sioner. When the Methodists elected Mr.
Wilson, they thought that he was a Prohibi
tionist like the rest of them. He was not bow
ever. He believed in limited license, and
showed it at the excise board's first meeting
by voting, to grant five licenses to Lambertville
liquor dealers. The elders reported Mr. Wilson
to tbe pastor, the pastor reported him to the
presiding elder, and the presiding elderordered
tbe church to try Mr. Wilson at once and to
expel him if he had voted as was rumored. Tbe
trial will take place this week, Mr. Wilson
acknowledges that he voted for limited li
cense. Won't Sail Under the English Flag.
Patrick Egan, United States Minister to
Chili, arrived in New York to-day, and is stop
ping at the Gilsey House, where he received
many friends. He will pay a nylng visit to
Washington before leaving for Chill. He has
delayed his departure from San Francisco in
order that be might secure a berth in a steamer
not carrying the English flag.
Racked Her Lover nnd He Kicked.
Rosa De Luce and William L. Vallely agreed
months ago to many each other. Recently
Bosa bas discovered that William was jealous
and exacting, and high strung generally, and
decided that she could never marry him, and
last night while they walked In the parks, she
told him so. William knocked her down and
kicked her nine times. This morning he wis
sent to the island for three months.
Not Entirety In the Navy.
General Benjamin F. Tracv. Secretary of the
Navy, was in the Brooklyn City Court this
morning, to show why the Atlantic avenue
street railway should not pay Thomas Holmes
$25,000 for the loss of a leg. Two years ago
Holmes accidentally fell on the railway track:
before a carand wasxrun over. He was badly
bruised and his left leg was completely crashed.
He sued tbe railway company and got a verdict
for 514,500, which was set aside. In a second
suit the jury disagreed. General Tracy is trying
to make the third suit still more unsatisfactory
SDCE0WB LATEST STOEI.
He Claims to be the Man Who Started
Around the World in a Bovfboat.
New Yoke, May 20. Madam (Sucrow has
gone to Boston, where she has friends. Her
husband says he never told her he was a baron.
He states that he is willing to take her back,
as he loves her, but that he will not follow hr.
In the course of an interview Major Sucrow
went into a long and confidential relation of
tbe peculiar circumstances which hedge him
in, and, in his mind, justify him in all that he
has told his wife and in all that he has done
that seemed erratic. He say: in the first place
that bis father, wbo is now- 91 years of age. re
f uses'peremptorily to allow him to draw back
from a wager. Major Sucrow claims that this
wager was one enterett into by himself arid an
Englishman last year, just after the" Interna
tional yacht race, and that the stakes were $25,.
000 against $10,000 that he (Snerow) would not
go around tbe world alone in a boat In the next
five years. It was to start from Bangor on this,
journey that Major Sucrow says led him to the
erratic journey which so alarmed his wife.
It will be remembered that some weeks ago
a dispatch was printed announcing that a man
calling himself Otto Falke, but asserting that
this was only a "nom de row-boat" had arrived
in Boston from Bangor on Inst such a voyage
as this. Major Sucrow claims that be is the
same Otto Falke; that his boat is now lying at
a New York wharf, which one he refuses to
state: that it Is 1 feet long: that it fa called
the Uncle Sam, and that in it he must go as
far as New Orleans, there to embark in a
larger boat in which he must circumnavigate
The Advent of the Silly Season.
From the Philadelphia Becord.l
Evidences of tbe advent early this year of
the silly season are accumulating. Here, for
instance, Is a report from Laurens county,
Georgia, of the existence of a well from which
the owner Is accustomed to draw up pure
spirits of turpentine.
BOGS have become a nuisance at the Belle
fonte Cemetery. Whenever a grave Is dug
they dlgnp the loose earth at night
An economic Bradford man. an hunting for
his last year's straw hat, fonnd it pre-empted
as a nest containing five yonng mice.
A Butleb county black and tan terrier hunts
snakes for amusement He never attempts to
kill them, but calls f pr help, and remains to see
A gentxeman of Washington connty has a
hog that watches broods of chickens and pro
tects them from hawks. He has killed many
hawks that attacked the broods.
Mes. Jacob Buch, of Newton, went Into
her kitchen at night without a light While
she was about to take something from the
table a rat bit her hand and threw her Into
At Conshohocken, the other day, Albert
Bhelnhart found a large rat In his room. He
went to a drawer, got onr a revolver and killed
tberaat the seventh shot it was found to
weigh six pounds.
In clearing up around Independence Island,
atHarrisburg, the past few days. Proprietor
Newman and his employes have found a num
ber of robins, doves and blackbirds, which
have recently been killed wantonly by parties
out in boats skirting the Island.
Mrs Montqomebt, of Middletown, whose
chickens were troubled with vermin; was ad
vised to burn brimstone In her hennery, and
the insects would disappear. She tried it and
he result exceeded her expectations, bat tbe
promptness ot the firemen saved her dwelling.
CouKCTLif an Jesse Evans, ot Pottstown,
in operating a lawn mower a few days ago,
mowed a piece off the ear of a fine young
beagle hound named "Dash," and wanted It
sewed back again, but a veterinary surgeon
told him the ear was too thin to admit of
Two officers went to a Mead ville man's house
a day or two since to seek for stolen- goods.
One of them ran his hand In behind a bunch of
hay and instantly It was bitten, as he thought
by a snake. Thfe victim was In mortal terror,
despite the prompt application of antidotes,
nntll It lumnnnttll&tDu MfcA u tar m. dnek
attttBgmseise eggs. ' '
; CDEI0DS C05DENSATI05S, t &.
Shad are selling for $13 a hundred down
Enough bones to fill a cart were found
In a fox's dea In Birmingham, Chester county,
The deepest coal pit in the world is said
to be the Br. Andre in the Charlerol (Belgium)
district It is 3.064 feet deep.
John Starr, of Pike connty, Ga., killed
two owls on Powder creek; some time ago, one
of them measuring 50 inches from tip to tip.
Master Jabez Bailev, of FitchviUe,
Conn., has broken six sheep to harness, ana he
drives them about tbe village daily. He la not
15 years old, but has broken oxen and horses.
He is going to tackle nigs next and if he Is
successful with them will try breaking a team
of hens, and next geese or turkeys.
Mr. WiUie Coon, of Brooks connty, Ga.,
was fishing in a stream last weck-he tells it
and Jerking np his hook suddenly pulled 'In a
fish's eye, thongh be failed to catch Ihe flshi
Upon close examination of tbe find be discov
ered that It belonged to a trout which" must
have weighed two pounds. He is now fishing
for a one-eyed trout.
Now Bev. A. V. Sims, a highly re
spected and much beloved minister of Brooks
county, Ga., tells this: "While fishing I had a
bite. The catch was a cariosity. First on tbe
hook was an eel, and hanging to the eel was
something like a huge turtle, it looked lika'it
would weigh 300 pounds, and had a white head
like a child's." He ran for help, but when he
had returned his curiosity had escaped.
The court of Leo XHL is said to com-
prise 1,160 persons. There are 20 valets, 120
bouse prelates, 170 privy chamberlains, 6 cham
berlains, 300 extrahonorary chamberlains. 130
supernumerary chamberlains, 30 officers of the
noble guard, and 60 guardsmen, U officers of
the Swiss guard and palace guard, 7 honorary
chanliins, 20 private secretaries, 10 stewards
and masters of the horse, 60 door keepers.
While seining in Hollis' mill pond,
Warren county, Ga., Jim McCorkld saw the
tall of a large cat-fish sticking above the water.
He crept upon it, seized it and nulled it out of
the water. Attached was a huge mocassin.
The snake had swallowed the fish as far as the
fins. The reptile was a huge one, and as it be
gan to loosen its awkward position, MtCorkle
dropped his prize and quit seining for the time
Two sea robins, or grunters, were shown
as curiosities in Fulton Market recently. They
are called sea robins from the two large pecto
ral fins, which are webbed and resemble wings.
They are called grunters from the noise they
make when caught There are plenty of peo
ple who will say that sea robins will fly, and
tales are often heard of sea robins flying into a
boat at night when a bright light is shown.
These are flsh tales.
Black birch oil is being extracted from
the twigs and branches of tbe trees at a factory
in Mystic, Conn. Fire cans were shipped on
Thursday, containing 158 pounds of oil, valued
at $300. The tree does not yield nearly so much
sap as a sugar maple tree. There is a great
deal of work in getting tbe twigs and much .
labor in extracting the oil. One ton of branches
will produce only three pounds of oiL Tbe oil
Is shipped to New York and Boston, wbere it is.,
used by confectioners to make the wlntergreen
The restoration of the famous- "Wil
mington Giant" situate on the Sussex estate
of tbe Duke of Devonshire, a few miles inland
from Eastbourne, has been resolved upon. The
figure, which Is believed to be of Celtic origin,
poses In an attitude similar to that of the
Colossus of Rhodes, but its proportions are
double those of that statue, and it is unlike
any other representation either In barbarous
or classical device, except an almost exact de
lineation on one of the ancient Justice gems.
There are in its vicinity British earthworksof
a lunar form.
There is an old negress la Clarke county,
'Georgia, who prepares herself for death every
night, and this is bow she does it: After a short
prayer she clothes herself In a long, flower-bedecked
gown, plaits her hair carefully, crosses
her hands on her breast and falls asleep. Two
coppers are placed on tne table beside ber to
put upon ber eyelids. She has directed that
she be burled on tbe banks ot the Oconee river,
and believes she isTgolng direct to heaven." She
is angry beyond expression as she awakes each
morningr-not having moved a muscle during
her slee and finds herself alive.
At Middletown, Conn., Olin J. Clark
has a curiosity whioh he thinks is the next
thing to being a miracle. , Zast fall hefellet
an old cherry tree, cot it intocotitpiod aiu
threw the stloks in a pile. fatKhls woo"ihi:as.
The other day he happened to look' at the!
sticks, which had become seasoned, and jn
astounded to note that several ot tbe-stlcks
were covered with perfect cherry blossoms.
TwIgThad put out from the old logs, and tbe
flowers were on them. Such vitality In wood
Is unprecedented. Mr. Clark, has left tbe blos
soms untouched, humoring a speculation that
they may develop fruit
Joe H. Johnston, a worthy colored mas
of Richmond county, Georgia, lost a steer re
cently, and while searching on a neighboring
farm for the missing animal, was caught in a V
rain storm and took refuge under an inviting
tree in a grove. Cattle in the adjacent field
also sought refuge under tbe trees. The ram
lasted some time, and Johnston was worrying
himself about his loss. Glancing at the ani
mals, he noticed that some dark spots were be
ing washed from one ot tbo steers. Steadily
big black blotches were disappearing nnder the
steady downpour, and in half an hour Joe bad
his lost steer on the way home. It bad been
stolen and disguised with sboe blacking.
Owen "Woolfolk, employed as engineer
on the ferryboat. V. Owen, running between
Padueab, Ky,, and Brooklyn, HI., relates a story
of his desperate encounter with a mad buzzard
a few days ago. Mr. Woolfolk says he waa ac
companied by 'Squire Sldener.and was driving
along the road on the Blinols side of the river,
between Strlngtown and the ferry landing, in
the afternoon, when a mad buzzard made a
violent attack upon the mule which was draw
ing the buggy. The. animal plunred and
kicked, and it was with difficulty that they re
strained him from running away. After leaving
tbe mule the bird turned Its attention to the
occupants of the buggy and made repeated as
saults, and It was only by vigorous application
of the whip and an old sack which happened to
be In the buggy that they were enabled to de
fend themselves and finally kill the mad bird.
Once in a "While. Boy (reading; history)
Pa, are dishonest people itill'pnnlshed by the
Pa (who speculates a little) Occasionally, my
son, occasionally, down on Wall street.
Not Saying Much. Dude That dog of
mine Is a dandy. You ought to see him some
times. "Weally-aw I believe he has mors sense
than I have.
Old Crabtree And that ain't saying, much,
"Would-be purchaser How much for tills
Arils t-The price la "4000.
"Whv. man alive I yon expect to be -paid for yoa
work as if yon bad been dead four or fire hun
An Offensive Word. Boston Lady-
Bridget I wish you would refrain from using thai""
coarse and vulgar word "pantry."
Bridget Then vwhat should I jay, mum?
Well, to refined ears, "troasery" I not nearly
Somewhat fendacious. Brown Eli
Perkins Is a fearful liar. Everything ho says Is
Robinson That's nothing. I knows New York
editor wbo Is such a liar that everything be la
lnr to say is a lie.
Didn't Want to be Conspicuous. Briggi
-Hello, Orljgs, what Is the matter with your
head? You are quite bald.
Griggs Well, I am goiug to witness a burlesqus
this evening, and having taken s seat in tbe front
row, and not earing to look conspicuous there, I
have bad my head shaved.
The Stupid Drummer. Member of firra-
Howdo you like the looks of tbe new drummerl
have engaged? . t ,
Partner-To ten the troth, he looks awful f
taP,1- . ,i
That's his strong point He has such a stupid
looktbat the, customers will give him orders out
of pure sympathy. t
Friend What's the matter? Yon look as
ifyou were In a bad humor.
Chronic Klcker-I am la a bsd humor, sad I
nave good cause for It.
What Hit? ft ,
This morning something occurred to worry in
but I was interrupted, sndl have not been bl t
all day long to remember what It was. j.
The' Paragraphers Pun-ishment, Pro
prltorofpaper(tomana6-er)-I understand .yotr
threw our paragrapher, Mr, Phonyman, down
stairs and injured his spine. What do yon mesa
by thaUng members of the staff with inehrude-
nesst , . It
Thl-managing editor did not reply, but merely
bandLd over a paragraph in Jlr. Phonyman'
banaTvritlng. It read: , "-
".lb at ales Porter. Ask the Butler.'
ProVletor-Your salary I doubled. If he dies
from 8m Injuries I shall, or yoa atUtibtterMt
-atfetW .... -?lXsi.