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PITTSBURG. SATURDAY. MAY 25. 1S89.
THE GALLOWS' PBOPEB SUBJECTS.
The accident on the St. Louis and San
Francisco road, in which a train was
wrecked apparently for the purpose of rob
bery, and every person on the train, singu
larly enough, injured without any being
killed outright, is an evidence that Missouri
is still cursed by criminals of the most
fiendish character. '
To wreck a train for the purpose of rob
bery is of the same quality of crime as to set
fire to a house in order to conceal the work
of plunder, careless whether the sleeping
inmates are burned in their beds or not,
The Dispatch has always denounced the
crime of lynching; but it must confess that
for felonies of this description the ordinary
penalties of the law arc inadequate. Hang
ing with a short shrift is none too good for
criminals who can hurl a trainload of people
to sudden death for the sake of a little plun
der; and the best disposition that the world
can make of such wretches is to put them
out of the way in the shortest possible order.
But the inadequacy of lynching is shown
by the fact that it does not suppress such
offenses as this. "When the lynchers of the
"West have hanged enough train-wreckers to
abolish that infernal crime, something in
the nature of commendation may be awarded
Senator Quay's incursion into Allegheny
politics may not have yielded him any very
grateful re turns;but he appears to have known
where he could find solace. Notwithstand
ing reports that he was getting a taste of
cold shoulder at the 'White House,he landed
his most ardently fought for plums, yester
day. Gilkeson's nomination for Second
(Controller and Martin's for Collector at
Philadelphia, will probably enable the
junior Senator to take a pleasant view of
political matters, even though Presidents
are tardy and Allegheny county politicans
perverse. But can Senator Quay, or anyone
else inform an inquiring pnblio as to who in
the world is "S. S. Holliday of Pennsylva
nia," who is reported to be appointed as
Commissioner of Customs? Which of the
wings of the party will answer for him?
THEEE JOLLY SAILOB BOYS.
Among the passengers who sailed for
Europe on board the new greyhound, of
the Atlantic, Augusta Victoria, were Edi
tor Murat Halstead of the Cincinnati Com--mereial
Gazette, Editor E. L. Oodkin of
the New York Poit, and the Baron and Bar
ron ess H. Von Munchausen. A happy
family Indeed, as the monkey said when he
saw the lion and the tiger disputing which
should eat the little ewe lamb. The possi
bilities of fun in that family during the
voyage are many and great. It is to be
hoped that Baron Munchausen will main
tain the superb reputation of his ancestral
namesake, and if he does there is some
hope, a scintilla merely, for the ewe lamb.
The redoubtable editor of the Cincinnati
Commercial has always been an admirer of
tall fiction, and if Baron Munchausen
spins incredible yarns continuously, Mr.
Halstead may forget that there is a Mug
wump editor on the bill of fare.
The Saturday cablegram which is such a
feature of our esteemed contemporary, the
New York Fost, will be more interesting
than usual a week from to-day. It will
contain Mr. Godkin's experiences during
the voyage, possibly an editorial applaud
ing once more the action of the United
States Senate in rejecting Murat Hal
stead's nomination, and half a dozen of
Baron Munchausen's choicest stories. We
congratulate the J?ott on the good fortune
in store for it, if its editor lives to reach a
telegraph office, in Southampton or Ham
burg. And we will strive to stifle our fears
TOO MUCH TO EXPECT.
Mayor Grant, of New York, whose recent
vigorous work in making the electric corpo
rations obey thejaws requiring them to put
their wires under the streets, won approval
all over the country, has recently developed
the other side of his official character by
his appointments to various important
places in the city government. His nomi
nation of men who are notorious machine
politicians, to occupy responsible positions,
is such a decided declaration of machine
politics that even the World, heretofore his
warm supporter, cannot indorse his actions.
The fact of a political leader making ma
chine appointments is so commonplace that
it hardly requires any especial notice; but
the contrast between Mayor Grant's vigor
ous assertion of the popular rights against
the corporation and his adherence to the old
'policy of distributing the honors for the
benefit of a political machine, naturally
evokes some comment. It seems to be one
oi the fatalities of public affairs, that the
men who have the backbone to uphold the
interests of the people against the corpora
tions are among the foremost In main
taining the Interest of the close
corporation of political organization in
the distribution of offloes, to the detriment of
the public interest Mayor Grant is, per
haps, the most signal example of this char
acter; but there are many like him who be
lieve in strictly upholding the law against
corporations and are pronounced spoilsmen
in their political affiliations. On the other
hand there are numerous eminent reformers
of political abuses who obstinately turn a
blind eye to the infringement upon public
interests which tate the form of corporate
It would be an approach to a millenial
condition of politics it a class of political
leaders should arise who believe in reform
ing the abuses both of patronage and corpo
ration management; but perhaps it is too
much to expect of practical politics, that a
class will ever rise that will uphold the
rights of the people against both the corpo
rations and the spoilsmen.
MIGHT II KOI BE IMPBOVEDl
As the musical festival draws to a close
it is pertinent to point out some respects in
which the management of future festivals
might improve upon this one. The gratify
ing success of the enterprise as a whole, the
high character of the music presented, the
liberal attendance, and the general acquaint
ance and pride of the public in the new Ex
position building, have been fully set forth.
The musical value of the performances has
beer duly acknowledged, and any deficien
o the rendition of the music fully noted.
We h.. i disposition to enter into invidi
ous critics of the details of the gratifying
and successlui ntertainment; but it is
cogent to indicate no or two changes in
which future festivals might perhaps earn a
greater degree of success.
"We think that every close observer of the
galleries and dress circle during the per
formances at the Exposition will agree that
the large attendance of the class that re
quires cheap seats and its intelligent appre
ciation of the performances, is an argument
in favor of affording that class the largest
and best possible accommodations. Eela
tively to the attractions offered we think
that the patronage of those who can only
afford to pay fifty cents or a dollar for their
seats was better than that of the persons
who pay higher prices; and it is a pertinent
question whether if there had been a larger
seating space at the low rates, the income of
the Festival would not have been materially
The application of this idea does not re
quire that, in future festivals, high-priced
seats and boxes shall be rnled entirely out;
but it does indicate that low-priced seats
should be furnished in great numbers and
not at such a distance from the stage as to
rob the performance of half its attractions.
With a view to increasing the number of
cheap seats from which the performances
can be seen as well as heard, it may be well
to inquire, if the Exposition building is t
be used for future occasions of this sort,
whether its shape may not be utilized for ex
panding the auditorium on an entirely differ
ent plan. Why cannot the stage be placed
in the central projection of the building
next to the river, and an amphitheater
facing it be built in a semi-circular form,
with a sufficient number of boxes and
orchestra chairs in the central portion; and
at each end of the building a large number
of cheap seats similar to those now known
as in the dress circle, but affording twice
the accommodations. Such a plan seems to
contain the advantage of largely increasing
the space that can be filled at popular
prices, and at the same time bringing every
part of the auditorium nearer the stage than
is now possible.
As it may be some years before a music
hall is added to the public buildings, of
which the Exposition building is the
pioneer, it is certainly well to inquire
whether that building cannot be utilized
upon a plan which will make its present
elliptical shape an advantage instead of a
LITTLE WOULD BE LEFT OF IT.
Our shining cotemporary, the New York
Sun, says in answer to the inquiry of a cor
respondent, that Mr. Cleveland cannot by
any possibility be a candidate of the Demo
cratic party in 1892. He may be the candi
date of the Free Trade party, the Sun ad
mits, but "the Democracy is not for him and
he is not for the Democracy."
This declaration that if the organization,
known as Democratic, should nominate Mr.
Cleveland in 1892, it would cease to be the
Democratic party, is retroactive in its char
acter. If, by turning itself into the Free
Trade party, it ceases to be the Democratic
party, it accomplished that revolution last
year. It nominated Mr. Cleveland on a
Free Trade platform and consequently, ac
cording to the dictum of our bright cotem
porary, it has already wiped the Demo
cratic organization out of existence.
But does not this rather strong assertion
destroy the existence of the Democratic
party for a good while back? That organi
zation was the Free Trade party in 1844, in
1848 and, with comparatively short inter
vals, for a greater part of the last half-century.
If the hurt's rather rigid principle is
to be applied, there has been no real Demo
cratic organization during all of these
years, and the assumption of the name by
the party claiming to be Democratio has
been reduced to a barren ideality.
We have great faith in the ability of our
brilliant cotemporary, but we fear that the
task of reading theentireDemocratic organ
ization out of the Democratic party will
prove too large a contract for it
WIGDIirS' WOEST WHOPPER.
What a comfort it is that Prof. "Wiggins
still lives. Without him' the fields of
science would become sere and serious
plains of fact No flowers of fancy would
blossom there; the colored lights of imagi
nation would play no more profitably upon
them than upon the immovable steps of the
multiplication table. But we have no need
to think of what might have been or may
yet be, for Wiggins is still in the flesh.
"Wiggins' latest discovery is that the sun.
is running away from the earth, or vice
versa, he does not explain which. The
most pleasant result of this movement is
that the earth is expanding, so that our
oceans are gradually becoming more shal
low, because they are covering a constantly
increasing surface, and the time will come
when it will be necessary to carve up the
continents by canals, as Wiggins informs
us has been already done on the planet
Mars. Bea voyages will be robbed of their
icrrorsif they can be made in canal boats
moved Ty mule power.
But Wiggins, apparently, has failed to
comprehend all the effects of the widening
of the ap betfeen the earth and the sun.;
Perhapsat our suggestion,4he communis
cative CSBadian.aay" indicate the Influence
of this astronomical disturbance upon poli
tics, religion, trade and the drama. In
every direction almost radical changes have
taken place of late, and for some of these .
good reasons arc wanting. The diminution
ofthe sun's poweriar be the long-sought
cause. If the victory of Mr. Harrison and
the Republican party Was due id solar assist
ance, thenatlon would like to know it. We
have suspected that there was some extraor
dinary influence behind the resurrection of
the hideous directoire cape and collar in
feminine fashions, the too long survival of
the society actress, and the elevation of the
long-haired poodle. Prof. Wiggins will
oblige us greatly by furnishing more light
on these matters. Surely he has lots of
The fact that some Influences are at work
in New York, in favor of enforcing the laws
against the corporations, is attested by the
report that the New York, New Haven and
Boston Bailroad has been ordered to pay
7,000 in fines for the violation of the law
prohibiting stoves on passenger cars. This
is an encouraging indication that in some
quarters the instrumentalities of the law
place the safety of the publio above the con
venience of the corporations. It also seems
to place New York ahead of our own State.
In Pennsylvania the law prohibiting car
stoves is still conspicuous by its absence.
Kikg Humbert and Emperor Will
iam's mutual display of their respective
armies and navies to each other will doubt
less fulfill its purpose in convincing both of
them that they will be wise, instead of fight
ing each other, to act in common and direct
their resources of war material upon, the
rest of the world.
The rioting reported yesterday from the
new town of Gnthrie, in the Oklahoma
district, is not so surprising as the fact that
something on a larger scale did not occur
there before. English writers describing
the march of the "boomers," compared it to
..the race movements by which Western
Europe was peopled. But it speaks well
for modern progress that the "claim-jump-in?"
and forceful acquisition by which the
ancestors of European aristocracy estab
lished themselves find few parallels in
Oklahoma. So far the settlement out there
has been rather orderly, taking the circum
stances into account
The announcement that both sides think
they have won the victory in the electrio
trial reveals the idea that in patent litiga
tions as in elections, something is to be
made by claiming everything with confi
dence. Peof. Wiggins' latest discovery is to the
effect that the earth is constantly receding
from the sun and, therefore, being less and
less subject to solar attraction, it must be
constantly expanding, so that our oceans
are gradually becoming more shallow. This
is likely to. necessitate the carving out of
the continents with canals, as is done in the
planet Mars and possibly in the planets
Saturn and Jupiter. This style of predic
tion creates a suspicion that Wiggins has
been retained by the Nicaraugua Canal Com
pany. The Land League's books seem to be de
veloping almost as strong a taste for wan
dering as the once famous No. 1 of Irish
plotters, who was sought for and found in
almost every quarter of the globe.
The news that a Chicago audience hissed
Kyrle Bellew is generally received all over
the country as an encouraging indication.
It is certainly reassuring to learn that a
limit exists to Chicago's endurance of the
exhibitions of great scandals and the actors
in them. This disapproval permits the hope
that the daywillcome when Chicago will
object to turning a divorce case into an im
proper drama for the delectation of the
The reports in this city and Baltimore
indicate that this is the season for finding
out that the previous work on Government
buildings must be done over again.
The Board of Trade of St Louis is all
torn up over the suspension of a number of
its members for indulging in the blowing of
tin whistles during business hours. The
practical declaration that the members can
not give vent to their natural relaxation of
making fools of themselves is, of course, re
garded as a grave infringement upon the
vested rights of gambling in the food
products of the country.
The people of Oklahoma should stop to
reflect that land titles founded in mob law,
are not likely to enhance in value, as they
grow up with the country.
The fact that the directors of one of the
Fall Biver, Mass.' mills have decided to
adopt a system of sharing profits with the
employes of the mills is an evidence of the
progress of a good idea. When labor is
honestly given a direct share in the profits
of capital, a great advance toward the set
tlement ot labor difficulties will be made.
PERSONAL PACTS AND FANCIES.
The great historian Klnglake writes a manu
script as beautiful as engraving.
The late ancient chemist, M. Chevrenl, did
not have a picture taken until he was 97 years
A considerable gathering of literary folic
is expected at Camden next week to celebrate
Walt Whitman's birthday.
The Yale University crew is now In the en
joyment of Mr. "Bob" Cook's tutelage, and
that famous oarsman is confident of coaching
it to victory.
The popular Impression of Mr. Farnell, that
be is cold-blooded and phlegmatic, is said by
one of his Parliamentary colleagues to be in
correct; he really Is highly nervous and excit
able, but has the great gift of absolute self
control. Acttogbaph hunters will do well to let Dr.
Hans von Buelow alone. He has engaged a
clever young Russian to write replies to -such
bores for him, and she does so in Russian, gen
erally with a touch of satire, as, "Hans von
Buelow, commercial traveler in Beethoven."
Tsui Kwo Yes, who is to succeed Chan Yen
Hoon as Chinese- Minister to the United States,
is not as wealthy as his predecessor.butis much
livelier. In fact he would be called "one of the
boys" in this country. He is short, thick-set
and extremely affable, with a great fondness
for the gentler sex. He speaks few words of
English, but is very clever and will soon have
command of our language. He has traveled in
Europe and is a well-read man.
Alfred Tews yson .received 10 shillings for
his first poem, says Current Ziteraiure. The
remuneration was given him by his grand
father as the reward of industry, but apparently
not of genius, since the old gentleman took the
slate on which Tennyson had written his blank
verse, wiped it clean and handed his youthful
relative tho coins with the remark: "There is
the first money you have ever earned, and I
suppose it will be the last!" The Poet Laure
ate's next venture was a volume of verse, writ
ten with bis brother, published under the title
of "Poems by Two Brothers."
Tito last Shnll be First.
From the Baltimore American.
A shoemaker generally reverses the usual or
der of things, because he always begins his
work with the last piece first.
0 There Are Better Thing la Life.
From the Minneapolis Tribune.
The divorced wife of a Chicago mas has mar
ried a baron, which shows lhat there are better
things in life than being a nobleman.
THE TOPICAL TALKEB.
The Changes of Three Years Jn Pens Are
nac A Chicago Plutocrat. Frolic A
Ylstt to the Arsenal. ".
FenN aVEnub would not be recognized by
anyone who has been away f roFitburg for
more than three years: In the lower part of
the avenue, and especially between Fifth and
Twelfth streets, half a dozen of the largest
buildings the city possesses have been erected
since 18S3. Here are some of them: Penn
building, Westlnghouso's, Groetzlnger's,
Keech's and the new Pennsylvania Company's.
From Twelfth street to the Forks of the
Road almost as remarkable change may be
noticed. The LIcenso Court has wiped out
literally hundreds of saloons. Three years ago
there were nearly 1,000 saloons on Penn ave
nue; how many there are now I do not know
exactly, but not more than a score I should
imagine. In one ward to which the Penn ave
nue saloons furnished strong drink the number
of licenses was reduced from 63 tb 21
Perhaps if Judge White had known that at
one place on Penn avenue he had licensed two
houses which stand together, he would have
granted one license less.
If the reports I heartt yesterday are true the
"Speak Easles" are having a gay and profitable
time in their unlicensed barrooms on Penn ave
nue. The fact that they have a good many
sympathizers among their neighbors, occasion
ally including the representatives ot the law,
makes "speaking easy" an attractive and reas
onably safe business.
AChioago broker told me a story yesterday of
a certain great operator on the Board of Trade
in the Windy City, which can only be related
without the hero's name.
The greatloperator after a certain successful
deal recently took unto himself certain other
brokers worse than himself and started out to
bull the local liquor market If he and bis
friends did not break the market they broke
champagne bottles, saloon mirrors and a good
many other things. The pace was fast and
furious, and late in the afternoon the leader of
the party in some way became detached from
bis -friends and performed a solo of a singular
ly diverting character.
In the first place he found that he was run
ning out of ready money. Ho called a cab and
drove to his favorlto bank. It was closed and
nobody was In the building but the janitor.
Him the plutocrat ordered to makeup a bed ot
greenbacks. When the janitor, who didn't
know him, rather coarsely vetoed this request,
he said. "Don' yer know Fve the bigt cash
'count in this bank, you blank fool?"
Then the janitor, with the aid of his son,
bounced the millionaire without any apologies.
After this the old money king rolled Into State
street, and, seeing a bed nicely made up In a
furniture store, he went In, and before the
proprietor of the place knew what was up, he
had thrown back the coverlet and jumped into
bed. He lay there for two or three minutes
under the brilliant illumination of electric
lights, while a great crowd gathered on the'
pavement and laughed at the sight
Fortunately the furniture man recognized
his customer and sent him home in a cab.
The grounds of the United States arsenal,
as usual, look very refreshingly green, and the
flower beds in front of the old main building
are just being turned into jewels of a dozen
colors by the skilled gardeners of the little
But Mr. Carroll, the clerk of the Arsenal,
told me that the loss of trees in the grounds
has been very great during tbe last five or six
years. Over 100 maple trees, I think he said,
had fallen before the attacks of the larva? of
some moth. The first year the tree so affected
sheds its leaves earlier than usual; the next
year its foliage Is soant and the third year the
tree is dead. Some of the stumps of these un
lucky trees are still standing around the odd
mixture of peace-breathing grass and frowning
guns, and a few little branches of green are all
that show that the poison has not succeeded in
killing a tree's life here and there.
Just as I passed under the stunted tower of
the main building of the arsenal the old clock
struck U. The thin 'tinkling tone of the clock
reminded me of another military timekeeepar
by which the movements of the big Life
Guardsmen on duty In the ridiculous stone
sentry boxes, in the London Horseguards are
regulated. Of course the English clock has a
larger voice, but it is of a sharp, jingling char
acter, probably due in a measure to the cause
operative In the case of tbe Arsenal clock,
namely, old age. The Arsenal clock was made
40 years ago, probably In the military shops,for
it cost $200, aad no clockmaker would make so
large a machine for that amount of money.
The works are of brass, and need to be wound
up once a week.
A EENTOCKT BONNET SHOW.
Attempt to Break Up an Old Custom of the
Blue Grass Country.
OWTNGSVH.I.E, Ky., May 24. There is a
great stir among the good people In the south
ern end of this county. In that vicinity is one
of the most fashionable country churches of
the State, known as the "White Oak Church,"
because it stands in a beautiful grove of white
oaks. Annually on the fourth Sunday in May
it became the habit for all, tha pretty women for
miles around to array themselves in their best
new clothing, regardless of expense, and go to
the services at White Oak Church. They wore
good clothes on other Sabbaths, but the fourth
Sunday in May was always an especial occasion.
By and by this rivalry among the Kentucky
ladles centralized itseii on oonneis. was me
particular aim of each to wear a new bonnet
which would eclipse that of any of her neigh
bors. Thus the day came to be known as the
"bonnet show," and was famous throughout
this and surrounding counties.
On "bonnet show" day the'ehurch would not
hold the people. Many of the young men who
never neglected the occasion were forced to
stand at tbe windows outside, and watch the
congregation of beauty and fashion. The
"show" caused feuds among the female por
tion of many families in the vicinity, and
nearly all neighborhood quarrels dated from a
bonnet show. The White Oak ministers en
deavored to stop the singular observance, but
they failed. It was too popular with the young
women and the young men, and the fathers
This year they have a new minister at White
not and he is decidedly straitrhtlaced. He ob
jected very strongly to the "bonnet show." and,
as it caused more than the usual number o
quarrels last year many of the older church
members agreed with him. Two or three
weeks ago they issued a manifesto that every
body was expected to observe the fourth Sun
day in May just as they would any other Sab
bath. They were informed that this would not
have the desired effect, and now they have de
cided to hold no services at all on that day.
All tbe ladies in the county are indignant, and
hare declared that they will choose some other
day for the exhibition.
Who Wonld Be a Kins'1
From the New York Snn.1
Umberto and Wilhelm met and kissed each
other yesterday after the manner ot Righteous
ness and Peace., Royalties do a number of
amusing things, but their frantic embraces at
railway stations are perhaps their greatest con
tribution to tbe humor fund. After all, who
would be a king or a kaiser, and change his
uniform 77 times a day, and be a professional
layer of corner stones, and obliged to kiss and
embrace visiting kings, kaisers, czars and
crown princes on their hard and cold cheek, and
dodge their mlrific mustaches?
From the New York World.1
"Prof." Wiggins, tho misfit weather prophet
of Canada, says that Pennsylvania will have a
severe earthquake on August 17, 1901. The
idea that Philadelphia may get a shaking up 15
years from now is encouraging though doubt
ful. DEATHS OP A DAY.
rSrXClAL TXLIGBAM TO TSE DISPATCH,
NEW Yoek, May 21. Dispatches from England
announce the death at AsMon-on-Mersey, in that
country, on Thursday, of Samuel Lord, the founder
of the drygoods house of Lord Taylor In this
city. Mr. Lord was born In Yorkshire, England,
in 1803. Ho was left an orphan, came to America,
borrowed J1.CO0, started a small store in Catharine
street, and used to deliver the goods himself.
After two years his wife and child joined him. and
her cousin, George W. Taylor, became a partner.
He retired rich about 18o returned to England
and settled down near the place of his birth, where
he built himself a magnificent house.
Boston, May Si Laura Urldgeman, dearVdumb
and blind from 2 years of are, made widely
famous by Charles Dickens in his "American
Notes, " alio by-many public references to her
nnderfnl Intelligence, died to-dar -at the South
Boston Asylum, where she has long dwelt, aged 99. j
MAX 3Br J888L
THE OFFENSIVE PABTISAH.
Mr. Larkla Bays? Ho Has Ceadaeted Bto
0ee oa Btrietly'Baslnss Principles
Some Political Gossip ProUMtloa
Postmaster Larkln's appointment was made
In April, four years ago. He entered upon the
discharge of his duties on May 25. In tbe suc
ceeding January the Senate confirmed the sp
nolntment and a commission was issued. Mr.
Larkln expects to continue in office until bis
commission expires. The local Republican
complication? make it probable he will, even if
there were no weightier ones to keep him in
Not nn Offensive Partisan.
Mr. Larkln was asked yesterday if he knew
anything on which Mr. Quay might base his
remarks concerning charges of offensive parti
sanshlp preferred against the Postmaster. "1
think," said Mr. Larkln, "Senator Quay must
have been joking with the boys. I have tried
to conduot the postofflca on business principles
and to be as big as the office. I have not al
lowed personal feeling to influence me in my
dealings with people. Persons do business day
alter aay witn tne postomce was are my
bitter enemiesbut they arc not discriminated
against in the slightest degree. If I or any other
man holding an office should become so narrow
as to let his personal feelings interfere with the
business of the office, then it would be time to
get out If to be a Democrat, and do all in my
power in my personal capacity In the interest
of Grover Cleveland Is to be an offensive par
tisan, then I am one. But I always endeavored
to discriminate during my term of office be
tween the postmaster and the citizen, and I
think you will find that my official acts have
met with the approval of our citizens. I have
endeavored to grow with the growth of the
office, and to have the office grow with the city.
It is true our facilities are not the best You
will observe that in a large part of the office we
must keep our lights burning day and night
That, however, is not the fault of the Govern
ment. Postmaster Lurkln's Hopes.
"I hope," continued Mr. Larkin, "to continue
in office until the expiration of my term, for the
reason that some of my friends might consider
It a reflection on my management of the office
if 1 were removed. Ihave no means of know
ing that I will be continued. As a Democrat it
would be indelicate for me to even endeavor to
ascertain the disposition of the administration
on this point My relations with its members,
however, have been very pleasant In dealing
with men like the President and the Post
master General and like Senator Quay, you
deal with broad-minded gentlemen. Ana it is
not as though I had gone about when the Dem
ocratic administration came In, trying to crowd
some one out The fact is, my predecessor.
Mr. McCleary, resigned during the recess of
Congress and was in fact more anxious to get
out to take the position he yet fills, than I was
to get In."
Views en Various Thing.
Congressman Daliell smiled and shook his
head when he was asked concerning charges of
offensive partisanship against Mr. Larkin. He "
didn't think there was anything in it Mr. Ma
gee didn't, either. Someone thought It was a
hint to someone else to try to stir up such
Congressman Dalzell did sot know much
about the talked-of Independent Republican
move against Arch Rowand. W. A. Magee
and Hon. Andy Robertson thought the placing
of an Independent Republican in the field
would be a splendid thing for Mr. Rowand, as
It would divide the opposition to him. There
had been a report in circulation that C. L. Ma
gee favored Rowand's candidacy because he
expected him to be defeated, and to be thereby
removed from politics. A gentleman close to
Mr, Magee pronounced this nonsense.
It Was Only a Joke.
A week or more ago a gentleman entered the
headquarters of the Constitutional Amend
ment Association and remarked:
"The liquor people expect to carry Allegheny
county by 20,000 majority."
"Well," returned a gentleman present, with
humorous solemnity, "we will try to hold them
down to 19,000."
This Is said to be the whole foundation for a
story published yesterday, to the effect that the
Prohibitionists conceded Allegheny county to
the liquor people by 19,000 majority.
The Prohibition Campaign.
Joseph D. Weeks said yesterday that there
was a strong feeling in favorof prohibition just
about the time the amendment resolution
passed the Legislature. Everybody felt elated
and hopeful. Then came a feeling of depres
sion which Is again wearing away "and," said
Mr. Weeks, "the feeling is now Btronger than
it ever was. Only a few counties remain to be
organized and in those the work of organiza
tion will soon be completed. Tbe prohibition
feeling, especially in Western Pennsylvania,
Is very strong."
He Is Against Liquor.
The prohibition people feel jubilant because
of Governor Beaver's recent declaration, but
Republicans whose sentiments run counter to
prohibition, consider the Governor did some
thing very injudicious, from a party stand
point Governor Beaver, however, only
spoke for himself. His personal
sentiments are well known and he could not
very well have kept silence much longer. Gov
ernor Beaver Is a temperance man In good and
regular standing, and though there is a punch
bowl in the Executive Mansion at Harrlsburg,
It has been a strictly temperate punch bowl
under the present administration. When the
Governor held a reception during the late
session of tbe Legislature ex-Governor Curtin,
who was present, thought he recognized the
bowl as one that had been bought for the
Executive Mansion when he held the reins of
"But when I held a reception," he said, "It
used to be filled with steaming hot punch. Now
it holds only Susquehanna water and lemons."
Governor Beaver, however, gave bis guests
as good as be used nimseir, ana lor tnose wno
dldn'tlike cold lemonade there was hot coffee,
and for those who mixed their drinks there
Sir. Hall Will See the Tall Tower.
Hon. Henry Hall, of Mercer, was encountered
yesterday on Smithfield street with a little
book In his possession supposed to contain be
tween its covers enough French to see tbe
bearer through the Paris Exposition In good
shape. Mr. Hall's health has not been robust
since his illness at the close of the Legislatire
session, and he goes to Paris mainly for the
hranln? effects of the sea voyage. He will sail
on June 6, and expects to return in about six
weeks. Mr. Hall, as Chairman of the Judiciary
General Committee of the last House, had
plenty to occupy his time, and toward the close
of the session he was frequently called on to re
lieve Speaker Dover, on wbose nerves the hard
work oi the session In the miserably ventilated
hall told severely. Mr. Hall may swing the
Speaker's gavel next session as the regularly
elected Speaker of the House.
The Republican Committee.
Chairman George von Bonnhorst said yester
day that be expects to call the new Republican
County Committee together some time this
A KINGDOM OP 117 PEOPLE.
A Pltcalrn Island Ruler nad His Handful or
New York, May 21 The first news from
Pltcalrn Island received in a long time was
brought In this morning by the British bark
Mikado, Captain Brum, from Altala. OnJan
uary 20 the Mikado left Altala for this port
loaded with spices. She oftne to an anchor off
Pltcalrn Island on February 14, and in the
evening a naval flotilla, consisting of a half
dozen canoes, under the command of the
chief of the island, put off from shore and
boarded her. . . ,
The chief, who is a full-fledged King, said
that his subjects now nnmbered 117 people.
They lived on fruits and fish, both of which are
plentiful. Exchanges of soap, salt meat and
other ship stores were made for fruit and fresh
fish, and the Mikado left the King to rule his
LEFT HIS NOSE ON B0AED.
A Sword Fish Attacks a Vessel, Leaving
His Sword In Its Side.
Philadelphia, May 24.-The nose of an
Immense sword fish was found yesterday stick
ing from the side of the bark Virginia L. Staf
ford, from Barbadoes, now discharging a cargo
of sugar at South street wharf. The fish had
struck the vessel on the port side abaft the
mizzen rigging during the voyage, and the
sword had entered one of the seams, forcing
out the oakum and penetrating.. through the
side of the vessel Into the cargo, if
A Horse Commits Suicide.
Philadelphia, May 2t A horse belonging
to Charles Tansa, an oyster dealer of No. 319,
West, Glrard,r avenue,, committed suicide lasf
night The animal was hitch'ed In front of No.
128 Allen street and,suddenly making a plunge,
culvert oa Geraaatowaroad, breaking his nets
and one of hto hlaa legs,
KMPIEE CITI CHIT-CHAT,
More TroaW for Col. ShepartL
UTCW TOBK BtmiAtJ SPECIALS.
New Yobs. May 2-l Trouble is again brew
ing in Colonel Elliott F. Shepard's Fifth Ave
nue Stage Company. Ever since Colonsl
Shepardand his friends obtained the majority
of the company's stock, some months ago, they
have, it la said, ridden rough shod over their
opponents. The minority stockholders have
decided that Colonel Shepard must go. They
will offer him double the market value of his
stock to get out of the company, and if be
won't gst out voluntarily they will freetehim
Proved Her Father Crazy.
The Surrogate Set aside to-day the will of
Ellas Kahn. which has been in litigation nearly
one year. Last August Kahn killed himself
and bis wife with a dagger. He left property
valued at $20,000. His will, drawn in February,
1866. directed that S1.800 of his estate should go
to Hebrew charitable societies and 818,000 to
the children of his two eldest daughters. His
youngeBt daughter. Mrs. Bella Noot,wascut
off with $10 because she had married against
her father's wishes. Mrs. Noot contested the
will on the ground that her father was Insane
when he made It Hbe proved that during the
whole week, at the close of which he drew up
his will he thought she was trying to poison
him and refused to eat The Surrogate held
that she proved her father to have been insane
throughout the last three years ot his life.
David Will Meet Graver.
Governor David B. Hill to-day accepted the
invitation of the Young Men's Democratio
Club to attend the banquet to Grover Cleve
land next Monday evening.
Paying; Dearly for Hie Dog.
Colonel Erhardt has had tnls notics posted
on the Custom House: "One dog, seized on the
steamship Queen, will be sold at auction to the
highest bidder on May 28." This dog has been
an unprofitable Investment for Uncle Sam. His
board at a bonded warehouse since his confis
cation has cost S16, and the auction expenses
will be $10. He will probably bring at auction
about one-half the cost of selling him, but he
had to be held just two months and sold pub
licly to satisfy the requirements of the law.
Colonel Nicholas Smith as a Meddler.
The domestic troubles of Mr. and Mrs.
Nathan Appleton, of Boston, are being pretty
thoroughly discussed by Brooklyn people who
knew Mrs. Appleton as Miss Jennie Ovington,
Although Miss Ovington was regarded as re
markably beautiful and amiable by Brooklyn
society, most of her acquaintances had mis
givings about her future happiness when she
became Mrs. Appleton. Mr. Appleton was a
bachelor of 0 at the time of tbe marriage.
Miss Orington liked about everything that Mr.
Appleton disliked, and neither one changed
after their marriage. All the Ovlngtoss, how
ever, are looking for the scalp of Colonel
Nicholas Smith, Horace Greeley's son-in-law,
who In a newspaper paragraph recently accused
Mrs. Appleton of wilfulness, selfishness, con
celt and of having married Mr. Appleton for
money. Colonel Smith's dislike of the Oring
ton family dates from the time when Mrs.
Appleton's father refused to pay his bill for
services as best man at the famous Ovington
wedding in New York some time ago.
CAUGHT SI A HUNGB1 CLAM.
A Bird Captured and Drowned by a Greedy
SARATOGA, May 24. Harvey Cook is the tra
ditional fisherman of Saratoga Lake. Perch,
black bass and other toothsome denizens of
these waters, which iurnish so much material
for the delicious second course at the hotel
dinners, that shun every other hook, are
prompt to bite at his bait and are easily hooked
by him. The regular Saratoga summer visitors
have known Harvey Cook, or of his name and
fame, tor tbe past half century. He is a plain,
old-fashioned man, a shrewd observer, and In
the course of his long experience as a fisher
man has beoome familiar with the habits of al
most every living thing that crawls on the
borders or swims in the waters, or files over the
surface of the Saratoga Lake.
"I have lived on these waters, so to speak, for
64 years." said Mr. Cook to a reporter, "but I
never before saw anything like what I saw a
few days ago. 1 was moving along the shore of
the lake when I saw a sand snipe, or HIpup,' as
the boys call them, standing at tbe water's
edge, and struggling as if its feet were In a
trap. Soon tbe bird arose a little way in the
air and flew as far as the road, where it fell and
fluttered as though calling on me, as on an old
friend, for help. When I reached the spot I
saw that one of the bird's feet was clasped by a
large fresh water clam, but before I could ren
der aid the bird again with a great effort arose
into the air and made a few wild circles, unfor
tunately over the lake but the clam held on,
and In a minute more both were In the water.
After a brief fluttering resistance the toor
sand snipe succumbed to the weight of the
clinging clam, and was lgnomlnlously drowned.
Ihave seen a good many queer things," said
Mr. Cook, "but I never saw anything like that
A PETKIFIED HUMAN HAND,
Found Sixty-Five Feet Below the Surface
in a Railway Cat.
The New Lexington, O.. Herald gives the
following account ot tbe finding of a petrified
hand In a cut on the Shawnee an d Muskingum
Railroad: E. E. Faught of Shawnee, this
county, has on exhibition in his saloon a petri
fied human band. It Is about 13 inches In
length and 9 in width, and Is perfect in all its
parts except that part of the thumb is missing.
It was discovered by Mr. Faugbt and some
workmen while making a cut on the new rail
road, and was found 65 feet below the surface.
No other parts of the body were seen, and
where tbe hand came from, and to whom it be
longed, will forever remain amystery..Whether
It swayed a scepter or was engaged In erecting
ancient mounds, is more than we can tell. It
a curiosity, and should be sent to the Smith
sonian Institute, or some other archaeological
Making Rome Howl With a Lemon.
From the Detroit Free Presi.1
Up to the time of Pliny lemons were consid
ered a deadly poison, but old Plin squoze one
into a bowl, made a glass of lemonade and
drank it with a "hahl" and all Rome got up
Beavxb Falls boasts of the only girl paper
carriers in Beaver county.
As fastas the locusts come out of the soil of
Mifflin county they are snapped up by wild
West Chester robins have waxed fat on
tbe earthworms which have emerged freely as
a result of the rams.
Fbank Cboll, of Mlddletown, has a full
blooded English mastiff pup, two months old,
that is S2K Inches talL
Lightning killed a full-blooded Jersey cow
atTitusville during the last storm without
leaving a mark upon her.
Ueobge HEiTNCiOEB, aged SO, and Henry
Geist, aged 89, are among the warmest baseball
zealots in Bethlehem, Pa.
Warded Walton, of the Easton jail, has
patented a "poor man's carpet," the two sides
have different designs. The jail cannot make
it fast enough.
H.L. Close, of Slglerville, Mifflin county,
captured a mink recently which measured 25
inches from tip of nose to end of tall and
weighed SH pounds.
Feed Johnston, a photographer, of New
Castle, recently broke an egg which had been
set on for some time and found a chicken with
four well formed legs.
A Siglervule, Mifflin county, young lady
cut the head off a chicken recently and when
she let it go it ran up tho road. She ended its
career by lassoing it with the clothesline.
AN Armstrong county man has been sent to
jail for IS days for singing. His musical per
formance took place on a railroad train, and he
wouldn't stop when requested by passengers.
A ka up In Venango county froze his hand
the other day when the thermometer, stood 80
in the shade. He was helping transfer some
Ice and his hand was so badly frosted that he
had to wear it in a sling for several days after.
A monument to the victims of the squib
factory disaster at Plymouth was to have been
unveiled on Decoration Day. It Is found that
the name of one victim has been misspelled,
which will Involve postponement and the taking
down of the monument
A Hoesk. wandered oa to the railrpad bridge
at Canonsburg a f ew nights since,' and got his
legswedged between ,the ties. His owner
found him thus, but could, not extricate him.
Then he heard the thunder of a coming trairv
and frantically waving a newspaper he ran,
down the track and, flagged It, after ireh (tie"'
hem was pried o of an ax.
George Petrk, walk cutting peat on the
island of Burray, Orkney, found some curious
and valuable sliver cotes and ornaments. There
were 2b armlets aad bangles, asd neck rings
of silver wire, rope p-t&fB. She coins are of
the eleventh century. ,
An Orlando," flla., policeman had a
novel and exciting txperte-ctf Thursday. He
opened fire-on astray dog on the street, wound
ing It at first fire. This so Incensed another
doptbaut attacked the pMee-an savagely,
and he had to do some very lively raOTing to es
cape from It '
A. J. Johnson, of Americus, Ga., has
one of the oldest $10 bills afloat The bill Is on
the Mississippi Railroad Company, and bears
date of June 3, 1838, aad Is, therefore, almost 60
J jars old, bearing Interest at 4 per cent If the
tisslssippi Railroad Company Is as well pre
served as their note is, they can pay on de
ta&ncL. Af gentleman from Jackson county,
Georgia, sajs that he has a saddle horse that
has more sense than the average schoolboy.
He can ride his horse up to his front gate,
hitch him to a post and go into the front perch,
and by command make the horse unbuckle the
saddle and shake it off, slip the bridle, open
the lot gate with his nose, go Into the stable
and close the door.
The London Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals directed Its officers to
observe the "thoughtlessness, heedlessness, or
cruelty of coachmen who keep their horses
checked while waiting outside of theaters and
public places. At the last drawing rnnm tha
duration of waiting was three hours and a
quarter, and out of 230 eoaenmen 29 only had
loosened the check rein.
Some Maine lumbermen, who were
annoyed try a bear stealing their molasses out
of the camp storeroom, recently put up a job
on Bruin. They got an empty molasses keg,
filled the sides of it full of sharp-pointed nails,
inclined toward tbe bottom, poured a little
molasses into It, and set the whole arrangement
out in tbe bushes. Tbe next morning it was
found some distance from the camp. The bear
was inside and couldn't escape.
It may not be a trne story, but it comes
from the West by the way of Boston, and Is to
the effect that a Western mother thus wrote to
her daughter's teacher: "1 do not desire that
Mattle shall lngage in grammar as I prefer her
to lngage in more yousful studies and can learn
her to speak and write proper myself. I have
went through two grammars and can't say as
they did me no good I prefer Mattie to lngage
in German and drawing and vokal music on the
A young lady of Schley county. Ga.f
had a pet hen, and on April SO the hen disap
peared. She thought the hen had been stolen
by some prowling negro and got bravely over
her loss. On May 13 she was feeding her other
chickens, when she-heard a fluttering among
some lumber that was piled In tbe yard. She
pulled it down and found her pet. still alive but
nearly starved to death. She fed her carefully
and in a few hours she was as lively as ever,
and cackled as loud as the rest of the old hens.
The improved manufacture of rust
proof paper, for wrapping metafile articles lia
ble to become tarnished, consists in incorpora
ting with the paper or applying to its surface a
fine metallic powder in such a manner that It
will adhere. By this means, when silver, cop
per, brass or iron articles are wrapped In the
Saper, they are preserved from rusting or tarn
ihlng by reason of the greater affinity of the
zinc for sulphureted hydrogen, chloride or acid
gases or vapors, and preventing them from in
juring articles ot such materials.
Prof. Hartley, ot London, has been
trying to find out why the sky Is blue. His ex
periments show that the color arises from the
action of ozone upon the rays of light The re
sults of his examination of ozonized air go to
prove that It Is Impossible for rays ot light to
pass through so little as five miles of air with
out the rays being colored sky-blue by the
ozone commonly present, and "that the blue of
objects viewed on a clear day at greater dis
tances up to 35 or 50 miles must be almost
entirely the blneness of ozone In the air." In his
laboratory experiments he observed that the
quantity of ozone giving a full sky-blue In a
tube only two feet in length Is 2,500,000 milli
grammes in each square centimetre of sectional
area in, the tube.
A duel in a railway station is a novel
experience, but two men who arrived in Paris
some days ago from Versailles, and had fallen
out during the trip, treated their fellow pas
sengers to such a spectacle on alighting from
the train. Each happened to be provided with a
sword-umbrella, and. after a hot altercation in
the waiting room, they proceeded to the big
hall, drew their weapons, put themselves into
position, and began to lunge at each other with
all the energy of which they wero capable. The)
bystanders looked on for a few moments in
utter bewilderment: but soon, a large crowii "
having collected, steps were taken to separate
the beltgerents. The task was effected with no
little difficulty, as the combatants had thor
oughly warmed to their work, and each had
received slight wonnds.
The new translucent substance intended
as a substitute for glass has been satisfac
torily adopted in some of the publio buildings
of London, and various advantages are claimed
for It, among these being such a degree of pli
ancy that It may be bent backward and forward
like leather, and oe subjected to very consider
able tensile strain with Impunity; it is also
almost as translucent as glass, and of a pleas
ing amber color, varying In shade from very
light golden to pale brown. Tbe basis of the
material is a web of fine Iron wire, with warp
and weft threads about one-twelfth inch apart,
this being inclosed, like a fly in amber. In a
sheet of translucent varnish, ot which the base
is linseed oil. There is no resin or gum in the
varnish, and, once having become dry. it Is
capable of standing heat and damp without un
dergoing any change, neither hardening nor
becoming sticky. Briefly, the manufacture Is
accomplished by dipping the sheets edgewise
into deep tanks of varnish, and then allowing
the coating which they thus receive to dry In a
warm atmosphere. It requires somewhat more
than a dozen of these dips to bring these sheets
to the required degTee of thickness, and. when
this has been accomplished, the material is
stored for several weeks to thoroughly set
Small Opening for an Apology. I hope
you will pardon me foryawnlng. Miss Silver.
'Don't mention It Mr. Unwell, it's quite a
preparation. I expect to spend the summer at the
Delaware "Water Gap."
Balling in Success. That carriage con
tains the most successful poetess of passion in
America. All of her verses have been prin ted.
"Friends la the publishing business?"
"No. Uses a typewriter.'
On the Boad to Success Friend How
are yon succeeding at literature?
Writer Very well. Lastyearlmade enough tq
pay for postage stamps, and this year I hope td
realize enough to pay for paper aad Ink.
Van Ambergian Enterprise Mrs. Kidd
let Why, children, what's all this noise about?
Little Jamie We've got gran'pop and Uncle,
Henry locked In the closet for an hour, an' when'
they get a little madder, I'm going to play 'going
into the lion's cage.
Eumly Ah, Grimly! Hear about Lmm.
ly? Poor chappy's dead.
Gumly Dead? I thought he was la Europe,
Did he die on board?
Bumly Yes, board. Didn't go to Europe a
all; but you know the hotel he lived at? and the
board? that's what he died on. a
A Grammatical Error Scene! School
room at public exhibition. Elderly La dy John-j
nle, what is the present third singular of "tOj
Johnnie He flees.
Elderly Lady-That's right. Now give the per
feet third singular.
Johnnie (promptly ) He has fleas.
(Elderly lady Is carried out In hysterics.)
Inconsistent "Don't you think musid
rather Inconsistent Miss Bang?"
"At least It looks rather queer to see In the list
of the recently divorced, the name of M. La Seals,
with the designation added, '.Professor of har
mony.'" A pushing man always gets ahead in tha
world- So does a cabbage.
Not That Kind. Little Samuel-Mr.
Snoodles, may I have some preserves?
Mr. Snoodles (regarding with Interest tbe little
fellow) Why certainly. Samuel. But what made
you think we had any?
Little Sam nel-Oh, I've often heard pa and ma
speaking about your family J ars.
And when little Samuel and his pa and ma.
reached the paternal domicile there was a family
lar, and It was not preserved, either.
The Leading Attraction. Drumme
jut. seaview, i representing joammo a. v.,
manufacturers of resort attractions mineral
scTlnrs. meteors, sea sernents
Professor (of summer resort)-Can't do asl
business with you this season, sir. '
Why you wrote us that oar sea serpent was '
your drawing card last season t ' ' "
"My dear sir, I've a card worth a dozen of It
this summer. I'm designing lovers' lanes, train
ing up my bowers, locating hammocks, blasting
natural teats In the rocks all about here, and have
agents out offering on the quiet Incomparable
terms to bridal couples. Sea serpent 1 My dear
Mr. Mammoth Co.. what Is your sea serpent to
a fresh Paul aad Virginia ter shef eOiacatlon ot
yew fMs oa every train I"