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ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1S18.
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PITTSBURG. THURSDAY. MAY 23, 1SSSL
KOHlKATIOire WITHOUT CONTEST.
After the hot struggle for the prestige ot
leadership, the Republican Convention yes
terday got at its task of nominating can
didates, and found it so easy and harmoni
ous that there was practically no formal op
position to any of the candidates. Judge
Collier had the pleasant fortune which has
latterly attended nearly all the Allegheny
county judges who hare come up for renom
ination. His experience, his ability as" a
jurist and the gentle, kindly temper which
alike on and off the bench has for many
years endeared the Judge to all classes of
citizens, without regard to party distinc
tion, gave of course the fullest war
rants for the compliment of acclamation.
The nomination of Arch. H. Kowand for
District Attorney was also without opposi
tion, becausB in managing and pushing his
canvass he seemed to hare entirely distanced
his recent competitors. But Mr. Eowand is
without donbt too astute a political observer
not to be aware that in the event of the
Democrats taking up a popular and active
man he may still have considerable work to
do in the campaign. His military record
and his peisonal force and earnestness, to
gether with his heavy party majority in the
county, are factors favoring his prospects.
The litigation growing out of his term as
Clerk of the Courts and the disposition of
the bar and of the public not to follow party
lines strictly where the administration of
the courts is concerned make it nevertheless
possible that he may have a Tery active
contest before him.
Coroner McDowell also had the comple
ment of a unanimous call. Of late years
the Coroner's office has been run without the
canses for complaint which distinguished it
in by-gone days. The present incumbent
seems to be fairly entitled to the considera
tion accorded him in again placing his
name on the ticket
NEW EAHE0AD PB0JECTS.
The reports of new railroad lines which
are to reach-Pittsburg from the Northwest,
and furnish new outlet for the "Western
Pennsylvania coal fields, and a new route
from Pittsburg to New York, show that the
fate of the Sonth Penn project does not deter
the builders of lines on paper from pushing
their profession. The Dispatch, while
the South Penn project was still among the
possibilities, pointed out that lines connect
ing both the Lehigh Valley and Beach
Creek roads with Pittsburg were practi
cable. How much real capital there is in
the new schemes may be left for the future
to determine. In the commercial interests
ofPittsburgof course a new line is de
sirable; but the construction of one road
would be especially to be hoped for, as a
demonstration of the fact that the commer
cial ancTindustrial interests can build rail
roads without the consent ot the Pennsyl
vania Railroad.
EOT0ECE TEE PRESENT ONE FIRST.
The proposition for a Constitutional Con
vention, to give our State a new Constitu
tion, does not meet with very much support
outside the ranks of the practical politician.
The people are generally of the impression
that we have already, as the resnlt of the
labors of the Constitutional Convention of
1873, a very good fundamental instrument,
and that it is better to give it a fair trial be
fore abandoning its provisions.
Possibly there may be details with regard
to the oaranization of the Legislature, which
require amendments, but that can be done
by a single amendment to the Constitution.
It is also quite likely that there are ele
ments of considerable influence in politics,
that would be willing to see the provision
against special legislation and those regu
lating the corporations of the State, repealed
or altered. But we think that the opinion
of the great mass of disinterested people
will be that since the present Constitution
is the work of some of the greatest minds
that this State has ever possessed, it is no
more than fair, both to the Constitution and
to the public, to give its provisions the test
of thorough and honest enforcement before
throwing them aside.
This has not yet been done with the work
of the convention pf 1873. Some of its most
important provisions have been neglected,
if not absolutely nullified. Special legisla
tion has, it is trae, been somewhat hampered
ly itsprovisions, but in several notorious
instances that prohibition has been evaded.
The Legislature has constantly refused to
enforce the provisions of the Constitution
with regard to the regulation of corpora
tions. While that which forbade the acqui
sition of the South Penn by the Pennsyl
vania road has been declared by the Court
to be self-enforcing, the practical result of
nullification has been reached just the same.
The public interests lie in the direction of
enforcing this instrument rather than aban
doning it If the experiment of giving the
Constitutional provisions full effect is tried
for a period of years, the result will be such
that the people will never permit that in
strument to be emasculated.
We think that the people of Pennsyl
vania will have no difficulty in perceiving
that it is better to enforce the Constitution
-which we have than to fly to pthers that we
know not of.
THIS LILY IS NOT BETIBINO.
Although there is very little reason to be
lieve that the sale of some of Mrs. Langtry's
theatrical property and her announced in
tention to go to Europe portend her perma
nent retirement from the stage, we deem
this a fitting occasion to record our opinion
that Mrs. Langtry would confer a benefit on
the American stage by leaving it If she
could have managed it it would have been
better for her to have retired before she set
foot on the boards.
Some of her chivalrous, but indiscreet,
friends say that Mrs. Langtry is about to
leave the stage because she is tired of being
talked about This is a substantial reason,
for truly very few actresses have been able
to carry about with them such an umbrage
ous cloud of gossip as has surrounded Mrs.
Langtry wherever she has wandered. If she
is tired of being -gossiped about, we trust
she is likewise tired of providing food for
the scandal-mongers. The public is very
tired of the whole Langtry business, from
ncr inability to act to her squabbles with
unpaid tradesmen and cooks. Therefore,
should she determine to forsake the American
stage, her alleged desire for a quiet, unnoticed
life and the public's hopes for a day which
shall not offer amateur society beauties in
the guise of actresses will both in varying
measure be gratified.
But, as we have ventured to say before,
we deem it the suggestion of a too sanguine
lover of the real stage which bids us look
for Mrs. Langtry's retirement to-day or to
morrow. The notoriety for which she now
affects disgust has proven a gold mine to
her. And such notoriety as Mrs. Langtry's
will last several years yet as a money
making medium.
THE PESTIYAL'S ATTRACTIONS.
Theenjoymentof such a musical eventas the
May Festival is not confined to the scholarly
masters of music, nor even to the lovers of
the divine art, who adore where they do not
always understand. As far as the music is
concerned there are many who will sit
through every concert of this mighty series
and yet never for a moment obtain from the
rendering of masterpieces by renowned art
ists that acute pleasure which a simple bal
lad sung to the accompaniment of on aged
piano brought to them in the shadow of the
parlor at home. But should they stay away
because the musicians and the singers oc
cupy a higher plane than their tastes com
mand? No; for several reasons.
For instance, when four or five thousand
interesting human beings gather together
in one place there is always a grateful field
there for the student of human nature to
survey. If a man does not care a fig for
Wagner, he may be an intense admirer of a
pretty girl. There are many of Allegheny
county's famous beauties to be seen among
the celebrants of the Festival. Or again a
woman may not value a chorus from Haydn's
"Creation" more than a solitary hair pin,
and yet burn with an absorbing desire to
compare her new Parisian hat with the head
gear of her friends and enemies.
There are all sorts of ways of getting one's
moneys worth out of a popular concert The
audience is not down upon the programme,
but its performances, individually and col
lectively, are often fully as remarkable as
those of the musicians and vocalists.
POINTS OF RESEMBLANCE.
Some of the features of the contest which
is going on for the control of the Oregon
and Transcontinental B. B. present points
of peculiar public interest Besides the
fact that the attempt to solve the problem
involved in a study of the leases,
guarantees and stock ownership com
prised in the Oregon and Transconti
nental, Oregon Short Line, Oregon
Railway and Navigation, Union Pacific
and Northern "Pacific railroad companies
would afford a grateful variety upon the
popular struggle with the "pigs in clover,"
the contest presents some peculiar resem
blances to the ordinary political contest
The advertisements of the Villard party
invited stockholders to send their proxies to
that interest, in order to establish a policy
in the interests of harmony with the Union
Pacific and Northern Pacific lines and for
the removal of the difficulties which have
heretofore hampered that corporation. The
advertisement of the Smith party invited
the stockholders also to send their taxes to
the other interests, for the sake of removing
the difficulties that have heretofore ham
pered the corporation and in the interests of
harmony with the Union and Northern Pa
cific lines. These may not be exactly ver
batim copies of the advertisement, but
they set forth the fact that each party
claims to be the party of harmony
and prosperity for the corporation.
This presents a striking resemblance to
the political candidate and platform which
tell the public that the party making them
is the true party for the prosperity of the
country. As in politics, the faot that both
parties promise the same thing, does not
suggest that they should unite their forces
upon the same platform. Each wants to
get hold of the offices, and in order to do so,
promises are cheap. The further fact
that something like $24 per share above the
market price was-paid for stock in order to
Becure votes at the coming election, presents
another resemblance to some of the shady
practices of politics.
If such parallels continue they will give
pertinence to the inquiry whether the
practices of politics do more to demoralize
corporations, or the corporations do more to
demoralize the practices of politics.
PITTSBUEG INTERESTS AT HELENA.
Mr. John Thompson, a former well-known
resident of Pittsburg, bnt for some years
settled at Helena, Mont, was in the city
yesterday seeing some old friends. Mr.
Thompson gives a graphic account of the
.rise of Helena, which appears to be en
dowed with a great business movement
lately. Helena is in the center of the
mining district, and a distributing point for
supplies. It has had a lively real estate
experience, the demand, Mr. Thompson
states, for places of business being such as
to yield IB per cent returns. Some Pitts
burgers have lately been making invest
ments in that quarter, and the principal
business block is called "The Pittsburg
Block." Major Walker, a well-known
Pennsylvanian, brother-in-law to James G.
Blaine, is Paymaster at Helena, and it is
there Bussell B. Harrison, the President's
son, has put down his stakes.
THE PARIS EXPOSITION.
The statement is going the rounds that the
success of the Paris Exposition has led to
the discussion of the project of reopening it
next year. It looks possible that this micht
be a case of shouting before theshouter has
got out of the woods. It will be abetter time to
predicate the success of this Exposition when
it is ended, than within the first week of its
opening. At present it remains to be seen
what measure of success is to be gained. If
it scores a success the encouragement would
be decidedly in favor, not only of repeating it
next year, but of making it a permanent
Exposition. Philadelphia's attempt in the
way of a permanent exhibition did not suc
ceed veiy well, but Paris could put a per
manent exhibition on a different basis and
command elements of success that the
Quaker City could not.
The fall of the old church building on
Wylie avenue which the traction company
was tearing down to make room or a power
house, gives a new lesson -on the necessity
of active care against unsafe buildings. A
THE
few years ago there was a "proposition to
use this building for Mnrphy's temperance
meetings, and the plan was checked only by
the condemnation of the building. Tester
day's casualty shows how well fonnded the
condemnation was, and what a terrible dis
aster might have taken place if big crowds
had been allowed to gather there.
It is understood that Mapleson's Opera
Company is to be backed during the next
season, by one of the rich singers, living in
Paris. The result is expected to demon
strate that this Binger's notes are most pow-
crful in the production of first-class opera.
It is not surprising that the race for the
vacant Bussian mission is a close one, be
tween Colonel Elliott F. Shepard, of the
New York ifail and Express, and General
Felix Agnus, of the Baltimore American.
General Agnus seems to have obtained a
slight lead on the banqueting question;
but Colonel Shepard's professionally religi
ous character is a strong point which may
tell at the finish. It would be a decided
feather in the cap of the United States to
send a Minister to Bussla who could stop
the Czar's Sunday reviews.
' 'The cool wave is neither emphatic nor
pretentious," says the Philadelphia Press.
In viewof the recent meteorological events
it would seem that the esteemed Press has
the luck of most weather prophets in its
forecasts.
How Senator Quay stands at the White
House and whether Ford or McKean is to
get the Pittsburg postoffice are evidently
questions upon which the Washington cor
respondents consider themselves privileged
to entertain the widest latitude of opinion.
At last reports there were symptoms that
Congressman Dalzell might have the call.
This would probably be not wholly un
accounted for by the results of the primaries.
But Larkin, P. M.f is doing pretty well,
and the community will calmly await
official advices.
THAT Fifth Assembly district conven
tion's refusal to vote in favor of a resolution
against the use of city employes in election
work, appears to have been a case of in
voluntary frankness.
The declaration by some of our esteemed
Democratic cotemporaries that "when Jar
rett gets a Consulship, there is nothing
good enough to offer Dudley," assumes the
aspect of a clean bill of health for Dudley.
Ab no definite allegation has ever been
made, much less proved, against the honesty
of Mr. Jarrett's political methods, such
remarks look like a confession that all the
Democratic charges against Dudley have
been unfounded.
The weather may try to throw cold water
on the Festival; but the spirit of the occa
sion is too ardent to be dampened by exter
nals. The announcement that Steve Brodie
jumped from the top of the Passaic Falls
into the water fifty feet below, records a
very common place feat If Mr. Brodie
wants to do something that will attract the
attention of the world, let him jump from
the water fifty feet below to the top of the
Passaic Falls. That would be something
worthy of making a fuss about
Snow in the Fayette county mountains
may be a natural resnlt of what the poli
ticians have been making it do,ln Pittsburg.
"It does not help Benjamin Harrison's
case to record in his behalf that Grover
Cleveland appointed his wife's cousin,
Benjamin Fulton to be Consul at Shef
field," remarks the New York Sun; but
does it show that Presidents, like the rest
of ns, are subject to the ordinary weaknesses
of humanity.
PERSONAL PACTS AND PANCIE8.
STB Moeell Mackenzie has greatly re
gained his health at Madeira.
Thomas Hardy, the English novelist is a
Justice of the Peace in Dorsetshire.
Mb. W. D. Howells will spend the summer
near Boston and go to that city to livo in the
fall.
The Czar of Russia has appointed the
Czarowitza member of the Council of the
Empire and of the Committee of the Ministers.
Count Bayobgsaw de Brazza recently
had his famous collection of old gold and
silver plate melted into bullion by the burning
of a wrecked railroad train.
The late Washington Irving Bishop might
have been a very wealthy man. He made a
great deal of money, bnt did not possess the
faculty of keeping it He was a spendthrift
Ex-Seceetaey BATAED'S forthcoming mar
riage is regarded as an admission upon the part
of the distinguished Delawarian that it is do
mestic rather than foreign 'affairs that he is
best qualified for directing.
Solomon Htbsch, the newly appointed
Minister to Turkey, is now at Carlsbad, Ger
many. That he will accept the post is not
doubted, hut it is not yet known whether he
will returnjo the United States before assum
ing office.
The excursion to Mount Vernon, which was
to have been given by Secretary Blaine in
honor of Sir Julian Pauncefote, the new Brit
ish Minister, and which was postponed on ac
count of the death of Minister Bice, will take
place next Monday.
Russell Habbison is considering an offer
of W. J. Arkell to take an active part in the
editorial direction of Drank Letlie's Illustrated
Newspaper. The climate of Montana does not
agree with Mrs. Harrison and she is anxious to
move to New York.
Colonel Feed D. Musset. Washington
correspondent of the Commercial Gazette,
leaves the capital to-day tor Cincinnati to en
ter upon dnties in connection with the editorial
page of the Commercial-Gazette during the
absence ot Mr. Marat Halstead in Kurope.
Alphonse Datjdet is at work on a book
which is to be called bMes Donleurs." It is a
stndy of his own physical ailments, which are
registered with the most minute care. An ac
quaintance asked him a few days ago when it
would bo published. Daudet looked at his
questioner very seriously for a moment and re
plied "I am waiting till I feel worse, for there
may be some fresh symptoms to chronicle."
The analytical school of literature is coming to
rather a queer pass.
Sib Edwin Aunoltj has received yet an
other decoration. This time it is a commander
ship of the Order of the Lion and the Bun, and
the Shah of Persia is the giver. Sir Edwin,
who is a charming, good natured old gentle
man, has a mania for collecting foreign decor
ations. He is not content with his O.S.L and
K.LE., bnt claps an additional star .on his
poetic breast almost every year. He has been
decorated by most of the Oriental potentates
the Khedive, the King of Slam, the Shahof
Persia and one or two others.
The New York Sun says: In conversation
with an acquaintance yesterday Mr. Chaunccy
Depew referred to the time when he held the
office ot American Minister to Japan 23 years
ago. It appears that some of Mr. Depew's
friends are unaware that he ever enjoyed the
honor of an appointment to this high diplomatic
post. Bnt he himself has not forgotten it He
was appointed to it by Secretary Seward, under
the administration of Andrew Johnson, in 1866.
Mr. Seward was desirous that he should accept
this office at that time, and it was not until Mr.
Depew had taken a whole month to think of it
that he notified the State Department of his
final determination to refuse it. He preferred
life in New York to diplomacy in Toklo.
Not Well Tempered.
From the Baltimore Americana
From recent accounts of Bismarck's little fit
of passion, the Man of Iron does not seem to be
very well tempered.
PITTSBITRG DISPATCH,
TfiE TOPICAL TALKEB.
Colorado In Two Color The Old Stamp
Cry Editor (Scott's Flan A Little
Change.
It is all In the way a man looks it a thing.
Yesterday a TTenver man-was telling me that
the place to live In, the place in which to spend
a vacation, was Colorado. "Lovely air," he
said, "grand mountains, the most wonderful
stock-raising land, and the finest stock you
ever sawl"
Hardly had he left me than a Pennsyl.
vanian who hid plenty of experience in Colo
rado came np and asked me where I intended
spending my vacation this summer. I asked
him what be thought of Colorado. He replied:
"Don't be such a fool as to go to Colorado for
pleasure. The air they crack up so uuich isn't
a circumstance to what you can get at Cresson
You've got better mountains right at your
door, and as for stock farms and stock I tell
youl've seen more cattle and finer la Lancas
ter county than I've ever discovered In Colo
rado." Now I am waiting for someone to come
along to throw the casting vote on Colorado's
merits.
GET OCT TILE FAINT, UB. WANAMAKEB.
O Wanamaker, hear our cry)
The weather's drear and damp,
And dismal Is the bilious dye
Upon the two-cent stamp:
Too long has that sad sickly green
Made countless millions weep, Iween.
V
Mb. Scott, tho editor and proprietor of the
Chicago Herald, was talking of how he had
built that prosperous and clever journal in bnt
eight years, to a friend ot mine by the side of
the sounding sea a few days ago, and he said
that he believed he owed a large amount of the
Herald's success to the amateur baseball scores
which were made a special feature in its col
umns soon after the paper was started. The
scores of these juvenile contests were printed
in the same way as the professional games, and
allusion was always mado when possible to tho
good playing of some particular member of the
team.
Of course the Herald did not depend on this
alone, bnt Mr. Scott thinks it had a most im
portant influence on his journal's fortune.
V
A LITTLE CHANGE.
Most happy Is the man, and ne'er
Upon the (sheriff's docket,
Who always has a little change
Within his tfouser's pocket.
And so the Signal service nan
A panper can be never,
For In the elements he finds
A little change forever 1
V
PEBHAP3 you noted before in great assem
blages of peoplo that tho quietest and most
modest people therein are usually the greatest.
This truism came to my mind as I observed
the demeanor of the great audience at the
opening night of the May Festival. There was
one tnan whose size and tremendous pomposity
excited considerable attention among his
neighbors, and induced me to inquire who he
was. It doesn't matter what I discovered, be
yond the fact that the person who Wore the air
and attributed clothes of "a dook" or a New
York politician, was not worth talking about
on any score but his site physically.
AT THE INDIAN SCHOOL
A Distinguished Party Present nt the Annual
Graduating Exercises.
Special Telegram to Tho Dispatch.
Carlisle, May 22. The tenth anniversary
aud graduating exercises of the Indian Indus
trial School took place to-day. A varied and
attractive programme had been prepared. The
morning exercises were highly interesting.
They comprised inspections of the class rooms
and workshops, followed by gymnasium and
parade drill A special train from Washington
arrived here with a party consisting of the
Hon. John W. Noble.Hecretary of the Interior,
and wife; Hon. Joseph K. MtCommon, late As
sistant Attorney-General for the Interior De
partment,and wife; A. K. Smithley,ottbe Board
of Indian Commissioners, with his wife; Gen
eral Elisha Whittlesey, Secretary of the Board;
the wife and granddaughter of Associate Jus
tice S. F. Miller of the Buprcmoi Court; and
Messrs. Stevins, Gehr and Phillips, or the In
terior Department. The other prominent
guests included Senator A. H. Colquitt, Of
Georgia, and Rev. Br. J. A. McConiey, of Bal
timore, late President of Dickinson College;
Governor Beaver and Colonel Fuller.
The programme was an interesting one. The
presentation of diplomas took place this even
ing, and were made by Hon. John Noble, Sec
retary of the Interior. There are now 607
pupils connected with the school, over GOO of
whom were present to-day. Captain Pratt is
one of the pioneers of this new idea, which is
that the Indian children must be brought away
from tho influence of tribal surroundings and
placed and educated in the midst of civiliza
tion. This certainly was a great day' among
the Indians,
-KENTUCKY REPUBLICANS.
They Nominates a State, Ticket and Adopt
6omo Resolutions.
LoTnsvnxE, May 22. The Republican State
Convention to nominate a candidate for Treas
urer, to be elected next August, convened here
to-day. Hon. W. O. Bradley was made Chair
man. John Z. Barrett, of Louisville, was nomi
nated for Treasurer almost without opposition.
Hon. A. M. Bwope, of Lexington, was first
offered the nomination, but declined for satis
factory reasons. Mr. Barrett is a prominent
young lawyer.
The resolutions indorse the policy of the
General Government especially referring to
the granting of pensions, and indo'rslng the
sentiment No Union soldier should ever go to
the almshouse." They also indorsed the Blair
educational bill. The sentiment of the con
vention favored the close drawing of party
lines in the coming contest for the Legislature.
Patriotism In the West.
From the Detroit Free Press.
Dubnque has voted 16 of the city money to
have a grand blow-out on the glorious Fonrth.
The further West you get the more a man's
patriotism bubbles up.
NOTES OF THE STAGE.
"MY Pabtxeb," an old favorite, at Harris'
next week.
Leavitt's LilylClay Company is playing to
fine business at the Academy.
The famous Blind Tom will make his last ap
pearance in Pittsburg at the Bijon Theater to
day and to-morrow. Matinee and evening per
formances will be given both days. The prices
remain as usual.
THE Gray and Stephens Company, with their
troupe of well-trained dogs, are filling Hams'
Theater twice dally. The bill will bo changed
to-morrow, the dramatio play, "Without a
Home," being given at the matinee perform
ance and for the remainder of tho week.
WnxABS Bpenseb's beautiful comic opera,
"The Little Tycoon," will be presented at the
Grand Opera House next week. Although
this opera has been before the public for nearly
five years it has lost none of its popularity. The
present season has been one of the most suc
cessful since the opera was first produced. Its
bright and tuneful airs are something of which
theater-goers never tire; they are perennially
fresh and pleasing. This will donbtless be the
last opera produced here this season. The sale
of seats begins to-day.
DEATHS OP A DAT.
Joslnh W. Fletcher.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Chahbebsbubq, Pa., May 22. Joslah W
Fletcher died here to-day, aged 73 years. He was
Sergeant at Arms of the House of ttepresentatives
at Harrisburg in 1853. He was a lieutenant of the
One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Regiment Penn
sylvanla.Volunteers, was taken prisoner at Chan
ceUorvllfe and spent a long time in Llbby Prison.
Robert Cornell.
"Washington, May 22. Bobert CorneU, for nine
years steward of the United States steamer Dis
patch, died la this city last night. He was well
kuown to many prominent persons. Including
Presidents and cabinet officers, who have dined
on the Dispatch when It was largely used for of
ficial trips and excursions.
JohnH. Emerson. -
Denton, M May 22. John H-Emerson, prob
ably the oldest newspaper man on the eastern
chore, died last night after an illness of four
months with consumption. He was bora on No
vember 11, 1820. He was owner of the American
Union, but had not edited It for several years on
account of falling health,
John Frederick Dlttler, Jr.
John Frederick Dlttler, Jr., an oldand welt
known resident of the Sixth ward, died at his
home, TJo. S2J Fifth avenue, Tuesday evening,
from the effects of a paralytic stroke. His death
Is said to have been hastened by worrying over his
disappointment at not being granted a license.
'THURSDAY, MAY
PENNSYLVANIA'S PEIDE.
Adjalant General Hngtlngs'RcportUpon the
Condition of the National Guard Some
Important Recommendations New Dress
Uniforms.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
HabbisbubO, May 22. Adjutant General
Hastings, in bis annual report, puts the numer
ical strength of the National Guard a"t 8,575.
Last year 101 commissions were issued, 190 com
missions expired and 40 officers wer e recommiS
sioned. The expenditures were $307,50563, of
which 127,773 2S were used to pay the militia,
30,457 82 to pay armory rent $69,Z71 02 to meet
nnuul allowance to Companies, $21,050 for arm
ory rent, and 512.819 S2 for rifle practice. The to
tal cost of the three btlgades was 171,315 42, of
which 54,239 69 were expended on the third
brigade.
The average cost per man at camp was: First
Brigade, J20 21j Second, $22 06; Third, 21 21.
The cost of tho Mt. Gretna Division encamp
ment was $174,041) 83, and the average cost per
man $22 11, while the average at the brigade en
campments last year was $21 10. The report
shows that while the cost of rifle practice in
18S6 was $2,M8, last year It reached $12,819 32.
The number of qualified marksmen was in
creased from 368 to 1,829. The number of Sharp
shooters is 4S2. One hundred and forty-seven
marksmen and 140 sharpshooters have records
of from 5 to H years. Following are extracts
taken from the Adjutant General's report!
The Mt. Gretna Range.
There is probably no more convenient or com
plete target range in the Country than that at
Mt, Gretna. The experience of tho present
year has convinced me that rifle practice should
not be carried on during the summer encamp
ments. No duty should be required in camp
that can be as well accomplished at the armory.
The company range Is the best place to qualify
marksmen. The spring inspections show in
creasing efficiency on the part of the company
organizations. The spring inspection gives the
true condition-of the company.
Experience has shown the futility ot wasting
time or money on a poor company or an inef
ficient captain. With the growing public in
terest and pride manifested in the organisa
tion, and with volunteer organizations in every
Quarter of the State knocklne at thn door for
admission, there is no longer room for any
other than first-class company organizations.
There are over 100 anplications on file for per
mission to raise companies of infantry, and
they aie constantly coming in. Occasional re
quests aio received for authority to raise a bat
tery of cavalry company.
It is evident from these applications that the
strength of the guard coald easily be doubled
In a short time. It is, therefore, undonbtedly
for the best interests of tho service to muster
out all laggard and Inefficient organizations and
replace them with those who are anxious to
enter tho service.
An Appeal to the Pnbllc
The Second and Eighteenth Regiments and
Several others are sorely in need of suitable
quarters There is nothing left but to appeal
to public generosity. When the appeal has
been fairly and earnestly made the public has
always responded. Tho proofs of this fact are
seen in the splendid armories of the First and
Third Regiments, in Philadelphia, the Ninth In
Wllkesbarre, and the Thirteenth, in Scranton.
The company armories through the State gen
erally are not what they should be, although
there are several notablo exceptions. No com
pany has ever measured up to the standard
contemplated by the law that did not have a
good armory.
The work of the examining boards is compli
mented because they have resulted in putting
into the National Uuard a class of excellent
men and keeping out those who would have re
flected discredit on it The allowance of pay to
the boards is recommended. The knapsacks,
haversacks and canteens in nse are condemned
because of their long service and consequent
bad condition, and an appropriation in addition
to the 300,000 annual allowance to the guard Is
suggested to procure new accoutrements.
The troops are encouraged to hope for the
delivery of a 45 caliber breach-loading Spring
field rilled musket to every soldier before the
close ot the present year. The gatling guns are
said to be in good condition, but the remaining
armament of the batteries is said to be of little
account
A Now Gnd Needed.
The snbstitution of the three-inch rifle re
cently adopted by the United States Govern
ment is suggested. On the subject of dress
Uniforms the Adjutant General says the ap
pearance of the Guard in places where it comes
in contact with the troops of other States clad
in fine dress uniforms has intensified the desire
for a new and better outfit than now worn. The
service uniform answers the demands ot camp
and armory duty, but on occasions of parade
and display something better than his working
clothes is coveted by the Guardsman. The idea
of allowing each regimental organization to
adopt its ovn dress uniform, subject to the ap
proval of superior headquarters, has merit
In it
Of the brigade encampments the Adjutant
General says there was marked improvement
as compared with that ot the previous encamp
ment. Marches to and from camp are com
mended. The entertainment of visitors at en
campments is discouraged, as being prejudi
cial to the service. Encampments are neither
picnics nor summer reports. Regimental en
campments are recommended this year.
The Adjutant General closes his report by
recommending that companies marching to and
from camp be allowed commutation in cash
equal to the expense of railroad transportation
and one or two days' additional pay. The ming
ling of regular and national guard troops is de
clared to be advantageous to the latter and the
suggestion is made that the three cavalry
troops and batteries join the regular cavalry
companies and batteries that propose to camp
in this Stato this year.
DIDN'T MEAN TO DO WRONG.
Quite a Number ot Mall Route Contractors
Make n Serious Mistake.
Washington, May 22,-Asslstant Attorney
"General Tyner, sitting with Second Assistant
Postmaster General Whitfield and Law Clerk
Haynes,of the Postoffice Department to-day be
gan a hearing in the mall contract cases of W.
H.Smitb.C. W. Underwood, J. R. Piggand L. F.
Cbappel, of Windsor. The respondents are
successful bidders for about 580 mall route
contracts, the execution of which on the part
of the Department, was recently suspended by
Second Assistant Postmaster General Whit
field upon what he regarded as evidence Of ir
regularities in the execution of the contracts
and the accompanying indemnity bonds on the
part of the respondents. They expressed a per
fect willingness to execute new contracts and
new bonds in any required amount.and stoutly
maintained their perfect innocence of any at
tempted wrong.
The case was continued until to-morrow.
Colonel W. W. Dudley and Zovey 4 Finley, of
Washington, and Judge W. S. Shirk, of
Sedalia, Mo., appeared as counsel for the
contractors.
TAKING A TKIP WEST.
The Inter-Stnto Commerce Commission on
, Its Way to Toledo.
Washington, May 22. Commissioners Mor
rison and Bragg, of the Inter-State Commerce
Commission, left Washington to-night for To
ledo, O., where they will be joined by Chairman
Cooley, of the commission. They will hear a
case in Toledo the latter part of the week, and
after concluding their work at that place will
proceed farther west, stopping at Chicago, Jef
ferson City, Mo., and other points, complaints
from which have been lodged with the commis
sion. Commisioner Schoonmaker was unable to
go, on account of an affection of the eyes.
Some English Balls.
-A correspondent of the London Soectator
reprints the following literary "bulls," culled
from English newspapers:
"To investigate the question would lead us
too deeply into the dry and tronbled waters of
moral philosophy."
"Several chimneys fell, burying tho inmates
In the ruins."
"A row of cottages fell, but fortunately the
inmates were all out."
"At first sight, the electioneering addresses
sound thoroughly protectionist"
Four Bills Signed By the Governor
Special Telegram toThe Dispatch.
Habeisbubg, May 22. The Governor to
day signed four bills regulating the catching
offish. One applies to the entire State, two
refer to the Delaware river and one to Lake
Erie. The State Fishery Commissioners drafted
the bills, but toward the close of tho session
they were materially amended.
A Core lor the Rapid Yonth.
From the New York Herald.
If you know of a boy who is in danger of be
coming "fast" get htm a place in the district
messenger service. That is an infallible cure
for the disease.
Enow Fell, at HnrrUbnrg.
Habbisbubg, May 22. There was a severe
hail storm in this section to-day. Snow also
fell. The surrounding mountains are covered
with snow.
L889.
THE C0DNTY-C0BTES1Y
The Change la the Republican Rales the
Great Qaestldn Democratic Prospects
Itowand Considered Not Too Easy to
"Beat tittle Opposition to Jadge Collier.
The clouds have largely cleared out of the
Republican sky In Allegheny county. The
leaders, however, have a problem before, them
not very easy of solution in tho changes 'to be
made to tho rules governing the party. Every
body feels that the County Committee is virtu
ally pledged to a chahge, bnt everybody is not
agreed as to what the change Should be. The
Crawford county system is much talked of and
may be decided on by the committee when it
takes up the subject. Mr. Magee is understood
to favor tha present rules as far as they go, but
is quoted as believing that they do not go far
enough. For instance, an election precinct has
weight in the legislative district convention
only in proportion to the number of its Repub
lican votes. Bat each legislative district sends
delegates to the county convention regardless
of the number dr Republican votes it may give.
The One Bemocratio Legislative district has
as much weight in the convention as a Repub
lican district. This Is deemed Inequitable.
The same tronble, however, is met la each Re-
fubllcaa National Convention with regard to
he representation from the Democratic States.
A County committee man from each election
precinct instead ot the 80 now chosen is favored
by the present county chairman,George von
Bonnhorst In his opinion much better and
more thorough work can be got out of a com
mittee ot this kind than out of a smaller one.
In evidence of the excellent work of a large
committee Mr. Von Bonnhorst points with
Srlde to the vote of Allegheny county last fall.
n this point the Quay leaders seem to think
much as he does.
There Will Be No Spilth
If assnranccs of the leading Quay men hold
good with the rank And file of their wing of
the Republican party, the Quay people will
support the local ticket this fall as heartily as
will the Magee men. Opinions were expressed
on Tuesday afternoon that they would dot be
inclined to do so, but hints to this effect were
quickly met with the warning that the gentle
matt who will be on the State ticket is distinc
tively a Quay man, and it will not aid him any
to have tue O.Uav Deotila in Allegheny County
cutting the locaf ticket. '
In addition to feeling good over having, as
they claimed, forced the Magee people to con
cede a change of the rules, the Quay people are
congratulating themselves that they also elect
ed nine delegates to the State Convention
against seven elected by the opposition. The
latter, however, paid no attention to the fac
tional complexion of the delegation to the
State Convention outside Pittsburg and profess
Indifference.
Democratic Lookera-On.
The Democrats have been watching the fight
in the Republican camp with a considerable
degree of Interest Some of them are rendered
sanguine thereby, but the feeling is not unani
mous. Patrick Foley, while professing to be
more interested in the laying of gas lines thah
in politics, paused long enough to say that the
Republican majority in Allegheny county last
fall was larger than the Democratic rote. This
was in his eyes no small obstacle for the Demo
crats to overcome, even if there are differences
of opinion in the Republican ranks. He talked
some on the District Attorneyship fight, and,
while seeing a considerable Republican op
position to the Republican nominee, appar
ently considered that gentleman's ability as a
political hustler no small factor in tbe contest.
"And he will make this the fight of his life,"
said Mr. Foley. "Rowahd," he continued, "can
conduct a stronger personal campaign than
any man I know of." Mr. Foley, on the other
hand, had heard enough to know that there
wonld be strong opposition to Mr. Rowand
from tbe Allegheny county bar. -
For District Attorney.
The Democratic primaries do not occur until
the latter part ot August, but ex-Chairman
Brennan thinks unless something unforeseen
happens "Dick" Johnson, as his familiar
friends call him, will be the Democratic party's
nominee for the District Attorneyship. Mr.
Brennan brushes aside any ambitions he may
have himself for the honor, holding that Mr.
Johnson is the strongest man that can be
named for the place by his party. Mr. Brennan
sees many reasons for Democratic hope con
cerning this office.
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Little Opposition to Judge Collier.
There will be little pr no opposition to Jadge
Collier, according to both Mr- Brennan and
Mr. Foley. Indeed, had not the Republicans
named a candidate in opposition to Jndge
Bailey it is quite likely the Democrats at this
time would not think of placing anyone in tbe
fiefd in opposition to Jndge Collier. As it is,
however, there is a strone feeling in favor of
naming a candidate. Judge Collier is spoken
ot in the highest terms as a man and as a Judge.
No Individual Is yet mentioned by the Demo
crats for the nomination and there has been
little talk of a candidate for Coroner, though
one will be named.
Hopes for a Democratic Treasurer.
Mr. Brennan is strongly hopeful of Demo
crats success this fall. "Quay," he says, "has
publicly declared himself in favor of prohibi
tion, ana at the same time the word has gone
out among the Republican workers to knife tbe
amendment This thing of carrying water on
one shoulder and whisky on the other is not
likely to add strength to the Republican ticket
I am not In favor myself of submitting moral
questions like this to the Deople to be voted on,
and I am strictly temperate myself, not having
toncbed liquor for years. The refusal to con
sider Mr. Wherry's resolutions to reform, the
sinking fond should be a considerable aid to us
and will be, bnt it would be even more of a
help if people gave, proper attention to these
financial matters. The date of the State con
vention has been left to tbe Executive Com
mittee chosen at Harrisburg."
ODD FELLOWS IN 8E8SI0N.
The Grand Lodge Elects a Warden and
Transacts Other Business.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
York, May 22. The Grand Lodge of Inde
pendent Order of Odd Fellows of Pennsyl
vania finished its second day's work in this
city to-day. The report of the Finance Com
mittee was adopted. The important business
of the morning was counting the votes for tbe
election of tbe Grand Warden. The result was
as follows: Edgar Marsh, 8,096 votes; John A.
Wnnch, 8,061 votes; Marsh's majority, 85.
Grand Warden-elect Marsh is a citizen of
Cony, a lawyer by profession, and has been
Mayor and Solicitor for his city. The Grand
Lodge accepted the Invitation of the Phila
delphia Anniversary Association to attend
their celebration on June 15.
Tbe question ot admitting to membership in
lodges at the age of 18 years Instead of 21 years,
as at present, will be decided by the Grand
Lodge. It is believed that the action of the
Grand Encampment of Monday will lead to its
defeat by a heavy majority. A motion to ap
point an additional assistant secretary for tbe
order was voted down. Appeals from different
parts of tho State were then taken up for con
sideration and properly disposed of. W. H.
Cogswell, heading a degree delegation of 20
members from Philadelphia, exemplified the
unwritten work of the order this evening.
THE ENGLISH TATTEEN AT FAULT.
No Blame Attached to tho Workmanship of
the Cruiser Charleston.
WASHlHGloir, May 22. News coming from
San Francisco is to the effect that while there
is reason to believe that the new cruiser
Charleston will ultimately succeed in fulfilling
the contract requirements, much remains to be
done upon the vessel, and probably at the Gov
ernment's expense, before this expectation is
realized. The present air pump failed to give
a sufficient vacuum, and must be replaced by a
pump of another type. The defective sliders,
whicn were spoken of in the report npon the
trial trip as the cause of failure, must be
altered in design and other changes made.
As the same troubles were experienced in the
case of the Naniwakan, the Charleston's proto
type, the inference is that tbey arise from
faults in tbe drawings furnished by the English
designers rather than in tbe workmanship,
which is said to be of excellent character.
The Advent of the Circus Season.
From the Mew York THbune.3
This is the time of the year when the follow
ing paragraph maybe frequently seen in the
weeklies of .the Southwest: "Several first-class
death notices are crowded out this week to
make room for the circus "ad.' We are confi
dent that the relatives of tbe deceased will un
derstand and appreciate tbe necessities of the
case."
They May Carry Out Their Part.
From the Philadelphia Inquirer.:
Tho Czar is to go 20 miles, ont ot his way to
meet the Shah when he comes to St Peters
burg, and give him a private reception. A plan
to give him a magnificent public reception has
been changed for fear of a Nihilist plot; but
the Nihilists may carry out their part of the
programme just the same.
GOTHAM'S GRIST OF GOSSIP.
Building a Costly Church.
ritEW TOBK BDTUCAn SrSCIALS.1
NEW YoBK, May 22. The Brooklyn -Methodists
laid to-day on Ocean Hill the cornet
stone of a church which will cost $200,000.
Three Times Indicted for Libel.
General J. Madison Drake, commander of the
Veteran Zouaves, was arraigned In tha Union
County Court at Elizaoetb, N. J., this morning,
for criminal libel. He pleaded not guilty to
three lndiotments. Two of the libels are the
outgrowth of the Elizabeth Centennial. Drake
had tronble with the commlttep. and in his at
tack on them in his paper, the Sunday Leader,
he published caricatures of tne Hon. Amos
Clarke and Grand Marshal Halsey. W.B.
Doland.a merchant In Elizabeth, secured the
third Indictment against General Drake.
De Spent Her Money on Other Girls.
Mary Klein, a shop girl 23 years old, told in
court to-day bow her lover, August Petrle, had
swindled her out ot $806 and had then deserted
her. Petrie took her savings at the end of each
month for two years f 0 the ostensible purpose
of depositing them In the bank. She eventually
learned that Petrle had spent ber SS00 upon
other girls. She tried to arrest him, but he ran
away to Chicago. He was brought back by a
detective, and was placed on trial this morn
ing. To-morrow MisS Klein will bring into
Court Some of the girls whose dresses and
theater tickets Petrle paid for with her money.
Captain Harrison Objects to Alimony.
Mrs. Frank Harrison wishes an absolute di
vorce and $50 a week alimony from her wealthy
hnsband. Captain Harrison, of Brooklyn. Cap
tain Harrison is anxious enough for the di
vorce, but be objects to the alimony. His
connsel, in showing why Mrs. Harrison should
not get her $50 a week, to-day read in court
several letters which her husband had found
in her secretary. All ot them had been written
by her to John B. Hatch, formerly Captain
Harrison's best friend. Tbe letters were signed
"Yonr Own Little Wife" or "Your.Own Little
Girlie." In every one of them Mrs. Harrises
told "Jack" how much she loved him and what
a "disagreeable old thing" ber hnsband was.
Bhe also hinted that she was preparing to get
a divorce so that she conid marry him. Hatch
is a married man and is prominent in yacntlng
Circles. Captain Harrison is a yachtsman and
club man o education and high social Stand
ing. One More Theatrical Divorce.
Mrs. Florence Gale has Served a summons In
a suit for absolute divorce from her husband.
sWatter Gale, the actor. Gale plays the part
of Happy Jack, tbe tramp, In Denman Thomp
son's drama. "The Old HomStead."
A Hospital Boder Fire.
Dr. Mary A. Dixon Jones and her son, Dr.
Charles N. Dixon Jones, the managers of the
Women's Hospital, in Brooklyn, are defendants
in a suit instituted by Mrs. Josephine Steln
f eldt for $50,000 damages. She alleges that she
consulted Mrs. Jones about Some ailment, and
was told by the latter that she was suffering
from cancer and that an operation was neces
sary to save her life. She went to the hospital
in February, and after a black cap, saturated
with ether, had been placed on her bead the
operation was performed. She now avers that
she was not suffering from cancer, and that the
operation was entirely unnecessary. Her
health also, she says, has been permanently In
jured through the malpractice of Mrs. Jones
and her son. Other cases of alleged misman
agement on tbe part of Mrs. Jones and her son
bare lately been called to the attention of the
prosecuting authorities, and they are being in
vestigated by the grand jury.
TICKET BROKERS TOGETHER.
They Assert That They Have Been Subject
io BnjastPersecutlon.
New Yore, May 22 The Ticket Brokers
Association met in this city to-day. President
McCrary called the convention to order at 1
o'clock this afternoon and read his annual ad
dress. He called attention to the fact that the
great railroad corporations had been for the
past few months endeavoring to have the busi
ness of the membersof the association .branded
as illegitimate. These magnates, he said, had
by every means in their power tried to have
laws passed by the different Legislatures de
claring the business Illegal, but they signally
failed. He hoped that the members of the as
sociation would stick together and assertjtheir
rights as American citizens. The small rail
roads, he said, principally depended on the
ticket brokers for sustenance, and that was the
reason why tbe large railroads wished to de
stroy the business of tbe brokers.
The report of tbe Executive Committee
dealt mainly with what was termed the perse
cution to which members ot tbe association
were subjected to during the past year- The
following are extracts from tbe report: "It is
almost impossible to realize the; enormous
amount of persecution tbe association has suc
cessfully withstood. Persecuted openly and in
secret, in the names of great and powerful
monopolies in the halls of Legislatures, through
the Inter-State Commission, in print and in
speech, in anonvmaps screeds, in word and in
action, our occupation bas been maligned,
scandalized and misrepresented charged with
conspiracy, with crime, with fraud and with all
that is evil. But the public has been our ally,
and truth and honest dealing our only weapons,
and we stand to-day victors upon hard fought
fields."
A Manhattan Reception.
Last night about 60 couples, comprising the
members of tbe Manhattan Club, of the South
side, went out to the. Windsor Hotel, on the
Brownsville road, in carriages, where the club's
annual reception and banquet was held.
A Reception Last Night.
Mr. and Mrs. Harry R. Rea, of Penn and
Lang avenues, gave a reception at their home
last night to a number of their friends. They
will also entertain a large party next Wednes
day evening.
Married a Brooklya Belle.
Mr. M. DeWitt Loomls was married last
night in Brooklyn, N. Y., at the home of his
bride's parents, to Miss Annie Williams,
daughter of Mrs. William H. Wallace, of
Brooklyn."
It Won't be Forgotten.
From the New York World.l
The experience of the doctors in the case of
Mind Reader Bishop will not be lost upon the
community. It will be some months before
another human body will be cut up hereto
make a scientific holiday before proper inquiry
Is made as to the relatives of the deceased.
No Change ta the Vote.
rSFXCIAL TXL20BAK TO THE DISPATCff.l
Chablestok, W. Va., May 22. The Legisla
tive Investigating Committee progressed as far
as Pocahontas county to-daj, when a knotty
point was reached consuming about three
hours in its solution. Tbe changes made so far
in the Gubernatorial vote are insignificant
PENNSYLVANIA PRODUCTS.
ANDBEwMETZ.of Butler county, has a pet
squirrel that is good for two rats per day.
The whistle of the partridge is heard now
from early morn till sunset on the outskirts of
Harrisburg.
Two large apple trees now in f nil bloom are
growing from the roof of a building on the
farm of George Newbart, Lehigh county.
Mb. H. B. Bighah, a chicken raiser of
Antrim, near Chambersbnrg, finds that eggs
will hatch" much sooner if a small hole is
punched in the shell.
Mns. William Tbissleb, of Christiana
vicinity, awoke in the morning with such a
hearty yawn that her jaw shot ont of joint and
a surgeon had to replace it
Atoung lady living fn Chester Valley was
promised that if sbe would take charge of a
public school three young men, each 20 years
of age, would enter her class.
Some boys of Clarksville, Greene county,
who were gigging for fish several nights ago,
saw something swimming toward them. They
caught it and, oh taking it to town, an expert
pronounced it an otter.
W. R. Knox, of Juniata county, states that
while on his way the other night to Mifflin to
take the Philadelphia express, he was attacked
by a f nil-grown panther, which he rolled into a
ditch with one well-aimed shot.
AcounTBTKAkinwantof a shear entered
a Sbatnokin barbeishop, and was told to take
a chair. Presently, tho busy barber heard a
scuffling behind him and found that the new
comer had taken his ords literally and was
dragging a missive chair to the window, where
tbe light could strike is.
CURIOUS C0HDEKSATI0KS.
The crying need of this country is a
back gate that nobody can hang a joke on.
A steel mat for the office of the Hotel '
Richelieu, Chicago, 13 41 feet long and 4 feet
wide, the largest ever made in the world in ons
piece.
A colored boy In Jeffersonville, Ind.,
swallowed a lead pencil. Tbe pencil and the
boy were saved, but it took fo or doctors several
hoars to do it.
A Portland, Me., business man lost a
$20 gold coin on his way to -work a f ew days
ago, and, returning at night found the same
piece on the pavement, where it. had remained
unnoticed alf day.
A soldier belonging to a detachment of
the Austrian army In Transylvania was recently
killed by a bullet from a Manllcher rifle dis
charged during target practice at a distance of
more than 2 miles.
A shaving match took place In the first
week of this month between two prominent
English barbers for 25 a side. The winner
shaved his 12 men in 3 minutes 40 seconds, and
then shaved two blindfolded in 2 minutes 14
seconds".
John Franklin, of Athens, Ga., wa
very much surprised when he went to his home
the other night to find that during the day a
swarm of bees had taken possession of hi
house. They entered through a knot-hole In
the weather boarding.
Tbe Poughkeepsie (N. Y.) HorselUil
road Company has just disposed of a horsethat
has traveled 04,000 miles on the road in that
city, having been in the service oi the company
10 years. Daring all that time it has teen
sick-but four days. The animal was still ia
good condition.
Mr. Armory Brown, of Taylor county,
Ga., has a ben egg that seems to be magnetized.
It will not lie on tbe side or on the large end,
but when it is put down it immediately turns
up on tbe small end. It makes no . difference
in what position it is placed, it will turn until it
stands on the small end,
A veritable thunderbolt is said to have
been seen by a farmer's wife in Cumberland,
says an English paper. As she was going to
the cowsheds "she saw a black mass descend
ing, and it burst with a loud report 50 yards
from where sne was standing." Fortunately
the fanner's wife was not hurt, only terribly
scared.
A recent device for tho preservation of
paper-covered books Is a caie of seal or other
soft leather, made to fit tightly over the book,
and removable when the book bas been read.
It is flexible, and does not interfere with the
book being slipped into the pocket or carried
doubled up in the hand or in a satchel, bnt it
saves the paper covers from being soiled or
torn and keeps the leaves from getting dogs
eared. The prize recentlj offered by a Little
Rock, Ark., paper "for the largest family" in
tne State bas just been awarded to W. D.
Green and wife, of Murfreesborough. Pike
county. They were married in 1835, and have
had 23 children, -18 of whom are living. More
than SO families applied for the prize. Green,
who is a blacksmith, has lived in tbe one town
for 40 years, and his statement Is attested under
the seal of the county clerk.
The fishermen who find sport and meat
in the Withlacoochie, in Florida, are regretting
tbe fact that the sucker fish in tbat stream are
dying In great numbers. They appear to be af
fected by some disease which (rives them tbe
appearance of having Smallpox or a similar
disease, as they are covered by hundreds of
bumps and pimples. No one seems to know
the cause of this strange disease among them,
and some people are found who believe that it
Is the resnlt of the explosion of dynamite in
the water. This is hardly the cause, for the ef
fect of that substance Is instantaneous; others
advance the belief that it is natural for fish of
that species to die after spawning.
An odd case was tried at the jutice'i
court at Jasper. Ga., the other day, between
Uncle Stephen Kirby and the Marietta and
North Georgia Railway Company for damages
to a hog by reason of the toss of one of the hog's
feet in a collision with the train. After a
strong legal fight for three honrs, the defend
ant's counsel contending that the rule-of as
sessing damages was the loss In weight of the
bog by reason of being run over, which was one
foot weighing half a pound, at 10 cents per
pound, 5 cents; the plaintiff's connsel insisting
tbat the rule for assessing damages was the
value of the hog when hurt with the cost of
nursing and medical treatment in curing the
hotr. together with such damages as the en
lightened minds of the Jury thoosbt proper.for ,
the mental pain and aorntih oilo:Jjos: 'iS .
jury gare-the plaintiff $5. . , '
Some extraordinary seenes at Holjj.
head over theburialof a woman named Hughes
were terminated by the nephew stealing a
march on the stepson and burying the old lady
a day earlier than was fixed. A dispute arising
over the will, both parties claimed possession,
and each songht to effect the burial. The
townspeople took sides, and the street outside
was crowded with a shouting mob. Two coffins
were ordered, and two graves were dnj. The
nephew took possession of the premises, and
held it against all comers. The first coffin ar
rived three honrs in advance of the other, and
into this the remains were put The second
coffin was received by tbe crowd with ironical
cheers. The funeral by order of the nephew
was kept a profound secret, but immediately it
bad gone away tho stepson's friends burst in
the front door, and when the funeral party re
turned there was a row. Both nephew and step
son are now in possession, and refuse to budge.
There have long existed in Germany
and else wheie societies for collecting cigar
ends the tips cut off to permit of suction on
lighting, and the parts left when the smoker
dare not proceed further out of mercy to his
mustache. It is customary to have boxes for
preserving these remnants on the tables of
hotel smoke-rooms.as well as m private houses.
They are collected, at given times and sold to
tbe manufacturers, who make snuff of them.or
cut tbemnp after a kindly Steeping for smok
ing mixtures. Their pnee goes to orphan in
stitutions or other charities. Now the news
comes that an organization of the kind, and
that on a grand scale, .has just been started in
Sweden. The Queen is President, and young
ladies and gentlemen throughout the country
are members. Fathers and brothers and sweet
hearts are to be prayed not to throw away
cigar-ends. These are to be gathered from the
streets. The money to be got for the product
will nourish and educate 500 children. Here is
acbance for some philanthropic person to
start such a society in this country.
WHAT WILD WITS ARE SAYING.
Patient (at Christian Scientist's office)
Is the healer In? Attendant Yes, sir, bnt she Is
sick to-day, and can't do any business. Boston
Herald,
The nuisance of the hotel was in the parlor
warbling "Oh, Would I Were a Bird." "Well,
here's a beginning for yon, " said the landlord.
And he handed him his blll.-i6rt Plain rru
Prut.
Lawyer My conscience troubled me a
little last night about that fee I charged Jones
yesterday, friend astonished) Yonr conscience?
Lawyer Certainly. 1 was afiald that I had been
unjust to myself: Washington Critic.
Dumley What's the matter Brown? You
look bad. Brown Yes: all bunged up with rheu
matlsm again. Dumley-Have jou ever tried Dr,
Wragley? Browu No. is he familiar with rheu
matism? Dmnley-He ought to bo by this time; he
has had it himself for over 40 years. Harper's
Bazar.
First Tramp Goin' in that bouse over
there, pard? Second tramp I tried that house
last week. I ain't goin' there any more. First
tramp 'Frald on account o' the dogs? Second
tramp Me pants are. first tramp Pants are
what? Second tramp Frayed on account o' tbe
dog. Detroit Trie Press,
Daughter Mamma, Mr. Strongbox has
offered me his heart and hand.
Mamma Do yon love him, dear?
Daughter Ub, yes, mamma; very much. He Is
worth a million.
Mamma Of course you do, dear. How sUly of
me to ask such a question. Washington Cntie.
His Grand Destiny. You have spent
eight years in college, three at a theological sch ooL
and two In the study or tbeosophy. and yet you do
not Intend to enter the ministry. May I ask what
special career yon are fitting yourself for?
"I am studying for marriage with a Boston
girt" replied the scholastic enthusiast, his voice
tremnlons and his dark, melancholy eyes lighting
up with an eager, aspiring gleam.-CAJcao Tri
bune. Our Idiomatic English. Miss Langham
(reading an Amerlcau paper)-Wbst a strange
country yours is, to be sure, Mr. De Tank!
Mr. De Yank (of Boston)-' don't think itmacn
stranger than yours. Bnt why?
"Well, this paper glres an account of a game or .
baseball (I think they call It), and it says that
Chnmpysawared hot ball coming for him ta
center field, but he promptly froze to it. "
Laartnet (Mass. ) American.
Natural. Uneasiness. The stranger tin
New York City was talking earnestly arid'ex.
cltedly to the hotel clerk.
"lam a remarkably heavy sleeper." he said,
and often He in bed boars and hoars after every
body else Is np. Promise me,"-be entreated, as
his, face grew pale with fear, "that .if r"honld
happen to sleep till noon to-morrow yon;,wllTnot
let any of yonr city pnyslelans undertake to pert
fera m aatopsyoa mei"-('Aia?o znewM.'
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