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PITTSBURG. SUNDAY. MAY 26. 1&8.
DISAPPOINTED BASEBALL VOTARIES.
In former rears, at this season, baseball
speculation was all tbe go. This year the
Mar Musical Festival supplanted athletics
in the interests of the community, but now
that the last echoes of Wagner, Beethoven,
Harden and the rest ol the old masters have
died away among the rafters of the Expo
sition building, the public, ever on the alert
for something new, will turn afresh to the
record of League percentages', and look with
curiosity for the whereabouts of the Alle
ghenies. We are afraid the discovery will not be of
the kind to stir enthusiasm. For several
years past Pittsburgers have liberally pat
ronized the ball games, not alone because of
their liking for the sport itself, but also with
the feeling of hopefalness, born of local
pride, that some day their club would get
into the front rank. But the organization
does not improve with age. Its drop from
the favorable showing early in the season to
sear the foot of the list makes imagination
that it is in the race for the pennant seem
like a vain thing.
Whatis wurth doing at all is worth doing
well If Pittsburg is to have a representa
tive ball clubitsbould ask for the best going.
Stir up, ve Alleghenies, or the national game
will soon lose much of its local interest.
HOBS TROUBLE THAN IT IS W0BTH.
Tbe fight against the business tax by a
number of firms whose works are located
outside of the city, but who have offices in
the city, is naturally attracting considerable
attention. Tbe courts will of couvse decide
the legal points involved; but, if a business
tax is to be collected, tbe uninstrncted pub
lic will fail to see why firms in that position
should not pay the tax as much as whole
sale firms whose goods are manufactured
elsewhere, or why the location of works where
they will escape the millage on real estate
should entitle them to the further advant
age over the firms whose works are located
in the city, of exemption Jrom taxation on
the sales which both make in the city. The
fact is that tbe tax itself is an antiquated
form of taxation. It is a tax on enterprise
and'Pittsburg would be wise to get along
HE SOBS 501 HATE TO.
What is likely to strike the mass of the
American people as a case ol misplaced sym
pathy, is the form of a sarcastic comment
upon ''the liberality of this Government,"
in giving Mr. Whitelaw Beid, the Minister
to Paris, a salary of $17,500 per year, while his
louse-rent costs him 20,000 a year.' A re
mark of this sort, in the Baltimore Ameri
can, may be tinged by the diplomatic am
bition of the editor ol that paper; but the
American people at large will be apt to re
spond that they cannot see that the case in
volves any special hardship to Mr. Beid.
There is nothing, either in the laws gov
erning diplomatic duties or in the require
ments of the public service, which mades it
necessary for Mr. Beid to pay 520,000 a year
house-rent in Paris unless he chooses to. He
las a perfect right to expend that sum for
the privilege of living in the house of tbe
Comtesse de Grammout,andthus surrounding
lis residence at the French capital with the
aristocratic brilliance of a palatial residence
and costly entertainments. There is no
donbt that the high rental which Mr. Beid
pays, as well as his other expenses, will be
fully met by the rentals from the Mills
building in New" York, and the income
- from-other properties which go to support
the expenses of Mr. Beid. He has a perfect
right to Use his wealth for the support of
lavish expenditures abroad; but it is easy to
recognize that the public service does not
require it of him, and therefore is not re
quired to make up any deficits between the
salary and his expenses.
'We will Tenture the assertion that Mr.
Held could discharge all lit diplomatio
duties in a residence costing one-fifth the
rent ol that which he las taken, and could
live very comfortably in Paris at a total
expenditure of $10,000 a year. That he does
not choose to do so is not the fault of the
people of the United States; and therefore,
there is no obligation on the part of the
people to make up his expenditures.
THE EH0CKIKG CB0HIH MYSTERY.
ITothing quite so sensational as the mur
der of Cronin, which has set Chicago all
agog, can be fonnd in the recent annals of
crime. That such an atrocity could be
planned and perpetrated ,ai an outcome of
antagonisms in the secret political society
-o-ith which he was connected is almost in
credible; yet up to tbe present it is the only
theory that seems to be insisted upon.
In a certain state of European politics
inch .assassinations have occurred. .Revolu
tionists and conspirators bound together by
oath have on occasions so punished members
of their order whom they suspected- or
knew to have betrayed them; but even such
instances are rare. For tea times they are
read of fti novels, they scarce occur once in
fact. ThekillingorCarey.who.tosave himself
turned witness against lis associates in tbe
murder of Cavendish and Bourke, was a
striking example; but Carey was not only
an assassin, but exhibited so many other
execrable qualities besides, that any ending
to his career .would occasion little surprise.
No such dramatic eTents, however, lad been
publicly connected with Cronin. As far as.
the authorities know, his quarrel with mem
bers of the secret society in which he. was
concerned, seems to lave been no more re
markabla than many such warfares, which
expend themselves in charges -and counter
charges in the newspapers. In the United
States there has always been a liberal toler
ation for the discussion of foreign politics
by any one taking an interest in them, but
this very circumstance, makes it all the
more imperative that the law shall discover
every fact in the present case, and make an
example of Crouin's murderers. If it shall
turn out that" the assassination was uncon
nected with the revolutionist society dis
putes in which the victim was involved, the
mystery will yet remain to be unraveled.
If it is the outgrowth of them, then once
and for all the heavy hand of the law of
this country must descend with crushing
force on those who fancy that they can set
up tribunals or administer revenges outside
of and in the face of it, The investigation
of the case will be watched with thrilling
A HECESSABY QUALIHCATIOff.
The closing night of the Festival de
veloped a striking example of the in
satiability of the encore fiend anc also of a
failure on tbe part of the conductor to rise
to the occasion.
Alter Mme. Lehmann-Kalisch lad made
evident ler refusal to respond to the en
thusiastic encores of the Fidelio duo, of
course every reasonable person in the
andience was ready to have the regular pro
gramme go on. In an audience of that size,
however, there is always a certain propor
tion that does know when to stop. Because
a score or two of people put of an audience
of 5,000 persist in smiting tleir lands
together out of season, is not a sufficient
reason to suspend the performance until
they are either quelled or contented.
However high Herr Seldl's abilities as a
musical conductor, he failed in theessen
tial quality of ruling the situation and tak
ing the opportunities he had of resuming
the programme. Instead, he weakly al
lowed the .situation to rule lim, and after
permitting himself to be foiled by merely
sporadic clapping two or three times, finally
gave in and permitted the encore fiends to
work their will.
The episode was not a satisfactory one,but
the responsibility rests more upon the con
ductor than with the audience. The audience
was not to blame lor the presence of the swin
ishlyenthusiastieelement,but aprime requis
ite of a conductor is to know how to quell the
HOT A VALID ARGUMENT.
A paragraph has been going the rounds
of the papers showing the perfect content
and prosperity of the Pitcairn Islanders,
who are descended from the old mutineers
ol the British ship Bounty. The state
ment is that they hold their landiu common,
and the disposition is shown to hold up
their case as an example in favor of com
munity of property.
But the statement does not tell the whole
story. The Pitcairn Islanders have no
railroads and are consequently not bur
dened by the necessity of paying freight
charges on watered stocks. They have no
trade, and are not kept on the keen jump to
look after the chances of wealth. Their
creed is so simple that they need not worry
themselves over the disputes of predestina
tion or evolution. They have no intoxica
ting liquors, are without tobacco, and above
all, as the highest indication of their idyllic
state, they have no fashions as an object of
life for the women, and no politicians to set
the example of leadership among the men.
Any one of these features of primordial
life, or all of them together, may 'be taken
as the cause'for the content and peace of the
Pitcairn people. The fact is that they all
show the fact to be that while retaining
Christianity they have relapsed into the ease
and indolence of the South Pacific Islands,
Whether it is better to retain that simple
life than to plunge into the bustle, hurry
and straggle of civilization may be an open
question. But the fact is that such a
rudimentary style of life can furnish no ex
ample for the organization of great nations.
They may teach the virtue of contentment
and the dignity of quiet and uneventful
life; but they can yield no argument for
social systems in tbe great and busy world.
Beyond that the question will suggest it
self: Are the Pitcairn. Islanders any better
for their virtues, under absence from temp
tation, than the millions who lead equally
obscure but honest and contented lives un
der the temptations to greed and dishonesty
encountered in the active world?
THE RISE AND FALL OF HUSTON.
7 And now we are informed that Huston, of
Indiana, is grumpy. Mr. Huston was a
comparatively modest member of the Indi
ana Bepublican organization until he hap
pened to fill the chairmanship of the State
Committee in the last campaign. Since
then the idea that he made Harrison Presi
dent las resulted in making the Treasury
rather too small to hold him. Not satisfied
with the position of Treasurer for himself, he
wishes to name all the appointments for
Democratic districts in Indiana; and be
cause the President does not gratify that
modest request, he las gone home to In
diana in tbe sulks. The disaffection is not
reported to have gone to the extent ot mak
ing 11m throw up lis position, but it is
stated, apparently from Huston, that he is
not friendly to the President any longer.
Some people still appear to think that the
distribntion of the spoils is an element of
political strength. I
' AH nUPOBTAHT DEFINniOH.
Minnesota's new law making drunken
ness a penal offense, which has already gone
into effect, will, before its enforcement has
proceeded very far, raise a large number of
interesting and intricate .questions. With
penalties ranging from $10 for the first of
fense, to a $40 She and 60 to 90 days impris
onment for the third or subsequent offenses,
the definition of drunkenness will become
very important. Tbe first point upon which
those who are fond of spirituous beverages
will need to inform themselves will be what
the courts regard as drunkenness.
A necessity for such a definition arose in
the deliberations of our License Court, but
that waSby no means so urgent as when im
prisonment and crime will follow upon
the transgression of that indefinite line by
some unconscious imbiber. Before drinkers
proceed to their libations they must study
the Supreme Court reports in order to learn
whether the law fixes a certain amount of
beverage, or a certain condition of hilar
ity, induced thereby, as the limit beyond
which lies the condition which
may land the offenders in the lock
up. "Will the absorption of a stated
number of drinks or the, commission of a
certain amount of boisterousness constitute
drunkenness under the law? Will the un
accustomed drinker who becomes somewhat
noisy, after his first glass, ba subject to thel
law, while the old toper who can absorb an
indefinite amount of liquor, without betray
ing the effect of lis load, goes unscathed?
Or will the different characters of humanity
shown, under the effect df vinous stimula
tion, produce different degrees of legal in
toxication? Will the man who, under the
eflect of numerous libations, becomes offens
ively joy ial be considered a greater offender
than he who drinks deeply and preserves a
saturnine gravity, under the effect of alco
holic stimulation? Not only will it be nec
essary for habitual drinkers either to take
up a course of legal studies, In order to de
cide these delicate points, bat tbe safest
plan will be to fee a lawyer to accompany
them upon their nights out. Beyond that
It is evident that the entire mass of the
patrons of the saloons will be in a parlous
position, until tbe courts hare had time
to decide under what circumstances a man
is drunk in the first degree, or has simply
committed an innocuous case of intoxica
tion. The actual results of the new law will be
watched with a great deal of interest. In
no respect will its workings be more closely
watched than with regard to the question,
whether the legal definition of drunkenness
is the same in the case of the rich and in
fluential man who befuddles himself in
high-toned drinking places, as in the case of
the ordinary -workman who celebrates his
holidays by getting drunk in the promptest
and most economical manner.
What has been regarded in New York
as an advance toward sound business prin
ciples in the selling of beer, is the adoption
in Long Island City of selling that staple
to people by the pound. Under tbis rule
the foam which the sellers of this article are
so fond of making its leading component,
only counts tor the beer actually in it This
makes the press of New York regard the
new rule as a great reform. The practical
difficulty in adapting the change to New
York City is insuperable. In order to meet
the requirements of the beer drinkers of the
metropolis, it would be necessary for each
beer seller to have a pair of lay scales and
sell lis beer by the ton.
Enobmous icebergs lave been reported
to be floating around in the North Atlantic
this spring. It is presumed that a cold
wind from the biggest ot them is blowing'
through the diplomatic ambition of Colonel
Elliott F. Shepard.
Managers of future music festivals
should take this lesson from the present one.
Those who cannot remain until the close of
the performance should be given an oppor
tunity to leave before the closing numbers
are commenced, and after that opportunity
the doors should be kept closed until the per
formance is pver. The necessity ot this has
been demonstrated by experience in Pitts
burg heretofore, but the management of
this affair apparently did not remember it.
Stories that the Homestead men are all
going to sign the new scale and that the
non-union men at Duquesne are all going to
quit work, leave both sides about even in
the account of roorbacks n the wages ques
tion. OUT of loyalty to its long standing prin
ciple that it will not do, to let the people
have coal too cheap, the coal combination
has put np the prices of anthracite coal once
more. This is expressive of its determina
tion to get even on the fact that during the
last cold spell the people were able to burn
coal that cost 25 cents less than it would if
the combination had known that the cold
wave was coming.
The claim of Bismarck that Germany
has made things all right in Samoa by
"pardoning" Malietoa, fails to comprehend
the entire equities of the subject. When
Malietoa has pardoned Germany, things
will be more even.
The announcement that evictions have
been resumed on the Irish estate of
Lord Lonsdale is made in very much the
same way as if a pheasant battue or the
commencement of woodchuck shooting were
announced. Evictions may take the place
of other forms oi sport in Ireland, but the
game sometimes proves dangerous.
The .talk of a rise in the price of coke
shows that industry to be learning the great
truth that if tbe people who cut prices to a
losing level are permitted to suffer all the
loss, they will very soon get sick of it.
The members of the Boston City Council
who insist upon having their names in
scribed upon the Bunker Hill Monument,
must be close relatives of tbe former Com
missioners of Allegheny county who placed
their names among those honored on the
Soldiers' Monument, which nowstands on
The record of the Chicago detectives does
not appear calculated to refute the Blander
that they have more talent in unearthing
'plots that never existed, than in discovering
murders that have actually occurred.
Ix is stated that the new stepfatler-ln-Jaw
of Mrs. Cleveland las lad an ad
venturous career among Indians, gold-diggers
and Buffalo Democrats. This seems
to lave qualified lim' for winding up
lis career by a connection which may em
bark him in the sea of national politics.
A BTKAKGB CLIFF DWELLEE.
An Antmal of Unknown Specie With a
Fondness for Raw Pork.
Paeis, Kt., May 23. A long, black animal
with small ears, a large month and flat tali,
measuring from seven to eight feet in length,
has been seen several times on the banks ol the
Licking river, near Lair's station, Kentucky
Central Railroad, recently. Forseveralmonths
it nas Deen aepreaaiing among me pigs, iambs
and poultry lnjthat neighborhood, and a day or
two ago a colored man was attracted by the
squealing of a pic in the boshes, and, repairing
thither, the strange animal dropped the pie
and plunged into the river and dived out of
sight, and entered a cavern in the cliff.
Delaware's Peaches and Cream.
From the Chlcaco Newa.j
The Governor of Delaware owns 80,000 peach
trees and 200 cows. His political success dem
onstrates that the people of Delaware are in
ordinately fond of peaches and cream.
Bow Inconsistent Man Is.
From the Baltimore American.
What an inconsistent creature is mini He is
anxious for his friends to think a great deal of
him, and yet he wants them never to reflect on
Ella Wheeler Wilcox's Eye Deal Marriage.
From the Baltimore American.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox says that a wife should
be asked "for with the eyes alone. Bbesaust
regard this kind of a marriage bargain as an
PITTSBURG DISPATCH, SUNDAY, MAT 2'6,
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Wagner Should Have Been Born In China
May Festival Mendacity Crackers
Oxs of the impressions which 'the May
Festival has made upon me is that Richard
Wagner ought to have been Dorn in China. Not
only would tbe beautiful musical instruments
of that oountry have suited Wagner's ideas of
composition to a T, but he would there have
been able to write an opera ot model length ac
cording to his notion; one, for example, that
would have taken ten years to perform.
A very great many who went to the concerts
last week cannot devote tbis day to a better
purpose than to repenting forall the falsehoods
in which their indulgence in Wagnerian nproar
is certain to have involved'tuera.
It wonld be very Interesting to know how
many persons out of the 6,000 who-sat for three
mortal hours In the Exposition building on
Friday night while the Wagnerian waterspout
was loose, really and truly enjoyed themselves.
It is one olthoso things we can never expect
to know, because not one. man in ten or one
woman in a hundred dares to say outside his
or her soul's chamber the thoughts which
Wagner's music no; all of it, but most of It
conjures there. Hence the prevaiency of polite
lying after such an event as the Wagner con
cert on Friday night.
The crop of travelers' tales is being harvest,
ed in some places. A Pittsburger writing from
London details a little experience in that city's
hotel life which seems worth relating.
They were four in number, all Americans,
and they were having dinner In the gorgeously
famished dining room of the Hotel Metropole.
When tbe soup was brought the Fittsburger in
tbe party asked the waiter to bring some
"Beg pardon," said the waiter; "what did you.
"Crackers," replied the Pittsburger
The waiter looked puzzled, but walked off
and did not appear again near the table for
several minutes. The soup was getting cold,
and tbe Pittsburger called another waiter and
sent him after the first with a renewed injunc
tion to bring some crackers. Another minute
or two passed, and then both waiters re-entered
the room with tbe stately head waiter. They
were engaged in earnest conversation for an
other minute. At last tbe waiter originally
sent bashfully approacbed tbe Americans and
laid besldo tbe Plttsburger'a plate a pair of
silver nut crackers.
There was a geneial Iangh in which tbe Pitts
bnrger joined when another member of the
party said: "If you want crackers to eat you
must call them biscuits as long as you're in En
There is a movement among the clerey ot
the Episcopal Church In the East to reviso the
Episcopal Hymnal. The Bishop of Western
New York said recently: "Away with these
nanseons ditties, which have degraded our
church solemnities of late, letting us down al
most to the level of campmeeting melodies or
tbe minstrelsy of a strolling Salvation Army."
Bishop Llttlejohn, at tbe convention of the
Episcopal diocese of Long Island, at Garden
City, on Wednesday last, quoted these words
with approval, and proceeded to urge upon his
auditors tbe importance of revising the
Has it not occurred to Episcopalians in this
part of the world that a great many ot the
hymns they use are not at all In harmony with
tbe services of their Church ? It is in the tunes
rather than the words that tbe unpleasant dis
cord is to be discovered. If a change is ever
made tbe Episcopal clergy and laity shonld ex
amine "Hymns Ancient and Modern," com
piled by the celebrated Dr. W. H. Monk, re
cently deceased, in London. This hymn book
is now almost in universal uso in the English
Church, and, to my thinking, it Is the most
beautiful collection of sacred songs in ex
istence. The dignity and Inspiring "melody of
the old hymns has been carried into those of
later date in tbis book, and there is not a hymn,
in it that is, objectionable to any reasonable
chnrchman, be he high or low.
Senator J.. S. Butan was saying goodby
yesterday to his friends here, or, at least, to as
many of them and no man has more friends
than Mr. Butan as be could reach. He is
bound for Europe, with Carlsbad as bis specific
destination. His .health is a good deal im
proved and he hopes tbe famous German
sprlngr may complete the cure.
When I met him yesterday he seemed to be
in capital spirits and be laughingly allnded to
recent political events and added: "As to my
political ambition, there are only two things I
care for a seat in the State Senate or one in
the United States Senate, thougn the latter, I
suppose, Is a long way off. I see they've been
saying that I've been after favors at Washing
ton, but that is not so. The Commisslonership
of Customs; which went to Mr. Holllday, bad
no attractions for me and 1 did not seek it, nor
was my name presented in connection with the
appointment. Until September, when I return,
I'm out of politics, at peace with all mankind
and in search of health."
The Hon. Leopold Morse and family will sail
for Europe next week.
Camden House, Chlselhurst, the last home
of Napoleon III, is to be let
The Hon. Rutherford B. Hayes has been
giving a course of lectnres at Oberlln College.
. Mr. Henry Fielding Dickens, third son
of the novelist, Is a highly successful lawyer in
Mb. John Gilbert, the veteran actor, has
set out for Manchester, Mass., where be will
spend the summer.
J-TnE Countess Crosby, of the old nobility of
Austria, has gone on tbe road with her circus
troupe. She will take it to Paris before the
A small head by Greuse was purchased re
cently by Lord Wemyss from a dealer In Pic
cadilly lor 10. He was Immediately offered
3,000 for it by Ferdinand Rothschild, but
The giver ot $500,000 for a national portrait
gallery In London is Mr. Alexander, a well
known collector of Chinese and Japanese art,
and the giver of large sums ol money for many
Dr. George Sexton, fellow and gold med
alist of the Society of Science, London, will on
July 19 lecture before' the Summer School of
Christian Philosophy, at Key East, N. J on
"The Folly of Atheism Intensified by Modern
Four Mandara negroes are about to appear
at the German court as Ambassadors from
their African Saltan, who are said to bo mar
vels of intelligence and with a moral standard
extraordinarily bigb. Though they will dress
in their own costume, the etiquette of the Ger
man court cannot be foregone, and so the regu
lar dress coat will be worn over their African
The Idea of a stnke is so prevalent in Euro
pean air that even the CO donkey boys who were
brought over from Cairo by an Egyptian, to
take care of the donkeys in tbe Exposition, or
ganised and marched to the restaurant where
the manager was dining, and after violent
speeches in Arabic, tbe owner of the tavern
was obliged to put np his shutters. The Egyp
tian Consul finally interfered in behalf of the
UNDIGNIFIED UNCLE JBKEj
(Sharply Criticised by Blaine, Who Thinks
, His Conduct Indecorous.
Washington, May 85. Secretary Blaine
disapproves of the popular manners affected
by Secretary of Agriculture Busk with a view
to tickle tbe farmer. Blaine is quoted as say
ing that Uncle J ere Busk's mowing perform
ance was "undignified," and his riding a horse
in tbe team which drew the hay-wagon full of
newspaper men at Naclrema "indecorous "
both being quite below tbe dignity of any
Cabinet Minister, Hince Blaine's last trip
abroad he has been a great stlck.er for forms
and Ceremonies, and the unconventional con
duct of Uncle Jere is like smoke to his eyes.
He never did think much of the Drtnnitinn
to make tbe head of the Department of Agri
culture a member of tbe Cabinet, andsince he
has been mortined so often by Uncle Jere he
thinks less of it than ever. Uncle Jere has
always been a great Blaine man .going so far
as to name a son after tbe Maine statesman
but he may cbango bis mind when he hears of
Blaine's' oaptious remarks about him.
A Warm Spring.- -
From tbe Morrlttown Herald. 1
Bptaklag of the weather, a warm spring may
be anticipated when a man sits on a hot flat
iron placed on a chair by his wife.
A HINT TO HARRISON.
Tbe Course of tbo Administration In the
Spoil System Not Altogether Consist
ent Bad Appointments Blade br Subor
Inntes. Special Telegram to The Dlspatah.
Washington, May 25. Whether the Ad
ministration of President Harrison is old
enough to warrant judgment in regard to it is1
a question which each individual will settle for
himself in his own way, but there are' certain
phases of it which one may-refer to without
passing judgment, and without assuming to
arraign, and yet which may seem to take the
form of adverse criticism. Ordinarily it has
gone along much like other administrations
which were not marred by any' great or un
usual shock. Its good features were unavoid
able. Its other features are, to say tbe least,
somewhat grotesque. There has been a tre
mendous deluge of office seekers. This was to
be expected. In some directions there has
been a remarkable deliberation In the matter
of removals from office, of Democrats. That
was promised, not only In the Bepublican
platform, but by Mr. Harrison, In various ways.
Now what Is the factf
While Mr. Harrison has pleaded In extenua
tion of bis slowness tbe civil servlve reform
ideas, tbe necessity of carefully examining the
characters and indorsements of applicants, tbe
consumption of his time by visitorr, and many
other excuses, he has found, time to appoint
more of bis relatives than any of his predeces
sors In the same length of time, and in bis ap
pointments, and those of his subordinates, all
idea of civil service reform has been held in
contempt. With one stroke of bis pen the
President has declared that tbe terms of term
officials shall end four years from tbe date of
appointment, and in the same breath be de
clared that tbe end of such terms shall date
from the day of confirmation..
Some Little Difference.
In one case he has declared that Senators
shall control the patronage of a State in tbe
matter of offices which must be filled by the
consent of the Senate, and in other cases, such
as tbe Philadelphia postmastership and inter
nal revenue collector-ship of Springfield, II)., he
has totally repudiated tbe notion that aSenator
should assume more authority than anyone
else. In the Springfield affair there was
furnished an instance of even more flagrant
contempt forthe time-honored authority of tbe
great American Senator than in the case of
Conkiing and Piatt during the early days of the
term of President Garfield.
Neither of tbe Dlinois Senators were con
sulted in the appointment of Wilcox, and this
and other instances make it absolutely certain
that when the Senate comes to take nptbe
question of tbe confirmation of these "recess
appointments," tbei o will be one of tbe- grand
est rows ever witnessed between a President
and Senate. The spirit ot kicklngis very much
abroad, as was shown in the Halstead aftalr.
There are five or six Bepublican Senators who
hare not the lest fear of tbo President before
their eyes, and will seize upon any opportunity
to pillory that dignitary, simply because they
bare not been shown the consideration that has
been accorded to others in the matter ot patron
age. If Mr. Harrison has evinced some vague re
spect for civil service reform in his own actions,
he has suggested nothing of the kind to bis
subordinates. The removals in tbe Postal1
Service are on a scale never before known in
tbe history of tbe country. There is no pre
tense of wailing until tbe end of the incum
bent's term. The only obstacle, in the way of
the immediate removal of every Democratic
fuurtb-class postmaster Is tbe impossibility of
proceeding faster in the consideration of tbe
rival claims of Bepublicans. No attention is
paid to the necessities of tbe service.
A Kather Serlons Charge.
In the appointment of postoffice inspectors
and railway employes hundreds of good men
have been dismissed and hundreds of poor
ones put in their places. That process is inter
fered with now by the Civil Service Commission,
but wberever that obstacle does not interpose
the work of tbe executioner goes on with a
glee and bloodthirstiness never exhibited before.
It would seem that Mr. Harrison should at
least give some attention to the performances
of tbe postal authorities In' his own cityof In
dianapolis, but within a few weeks after tbe
appointment of a new postmaster for that place
bv Mr. Harrison himself, we find the appointee
filling bis office with menjiotoriously unfit, de
spite the civil service laws and examinations.
One of hlB appointments is that of man who
was arrested and served a term in prison for
keeping a gambling-house. Others are from
the ranks of tbe lowest and most ignorantward
workers mere party hangers-on, hustlers .and
bummers. Surely Mr. Harrison cannot be igno
rant of this, and yet no more removes or cen
sures Postmaster Wallace than he does Mr.
Wanamaker or Mr. Clarkson for their perform
ances in the higher offices.
I don't know that much fault' would be found
' with this if it were not for the hypocrisy of the
wnoie ousiness. ii tne administration wouiu
stand bravely forth and say: "We may be
wrong, but we are not hypocritical, and we
frankly admit that we intend to fill the civil
service as far as we can with our personal and
political friends and factional tools ot those
who hold control of tbe situation, President,
heads of departments, Senators and Repre
sentatives, regardless of their fitness or of tbe
wishes of the people to be immediately served,"
there wonld at least be a feeling of respect for
the frankness ot speech and self-gratulation
that tbe fight between purity and corruption is
an open one. But while all this deviltry is go
ing on it is nauseating to be dosed daily with a
lot of miserable cant about conscientious de
liberation and a desire to nil the offices with
the best men.
The Reform Element Alienated,
If the administration were only affected
there would be little regret, but the civil serv
ice is ruined and the future success of the party
put in jeopardy. The reform element is alien
ated. From among the thousands of office
seekers tbe mere personal friends' and political
favorites of the administration and of tbe State
bosses are given places, and all of the other
fellows and their friends are mad. No matter
bow great tbe principle at stake the
effect of the pernicious spoils sys
tem, the abuse of the control of patron
age by the President and all others who
can abuse It, Is enough to wreck the strongest
party in a single term of tour years. In their
greed to control tbls patronage for their own
purposes those who are masters of the situa
tions fling to the winds all solicitude for tbe
fate of tbe tariff, are billing to let the party
take its chances ir they can but carry their
point for the tlme.trusting after they have cap
tured what they want to, loud talk about the
purity or the ballot, and the passage of "ring
ing resolutions" ot reform In political conven
tions. The business of the country, the manufac
turing interests, everv merchant and every
workman, suffers mbre than any one can esti
mate trom tbe pernicious abuse of tbo control
of patronage. If the present feeling is any in
dication of the future, it promises defeat for
tbe Bepublican party In 1892; and with all tbe
circumstances attendingthe triumph ot a great
party principle last year in full view, if the
party should be led to defeat in that coming
contest, the damage to tbe canse of the pro
tective tariff would be irretrievable. As mat
ters stand, the protective tariff has a more
dangerous enemy in the spoils system than In
the Democratic party led by ex-Confederate
To Din no Eny Dcojh.
From the Louisville Courler-Journal.j
Tbe old lady of Ohio, who is 113 years of age,
and still smokes without injuring her health,
should try cigarettes.
DEATHS OP A
At 12:30 yesterday afternoon, Otto Helmold, an
old and much respected citizen, died suddenly at
his home, 1C0 Bluff street. Mr. Helmold was very
vigorous and well up to last Thursday night, when
he was suddenly taken with tvpbold pnenmonla
and died at the time stated. The deceased was
in the 74th year of his age, and soon after he was
married immigrated to this country Tftim Germany
In 1339. He had been a member of Councils for
several 'terras, but is better known by the cutlery
house on Bmithfleld street, which he established
and had carried on for many years. His son, W.
O. Helmold, It now a member or Common Coun
cils, and will continue tbe business at tbo old
stand. The. funeral will take place Irom the
Bmithfleld Street M. E. Church at 2 o'clock Mon
day. The deceased leaves a wife and four ions as
members of his amlly.
Rev. Whitney Cyrus Bnrchnrd.
Eev. Whitlug Cyrus Burcbard, pastor of the Mc
Clure Avenue Presbyterian Church, died at mid
night Friday. Tht deceased's career as a
minister of tbe gospel has been fruitful of much
good, and a large concourse of people will mourn
his death. He -was a native of Crawford county,
this State, and was born In 1833. He was a graduate
of Allegheny College, Mcadvlllc, and Union Theo
logical Seminary, New York. Ho completed his
studies for the ministry by a tour or Palestine.
He bad charge ofa congregation in Illinois for ten
years,. and alter some Intermission took charge of
the church in this city he was pt stor of at the time
or his death, his last effort being the building ofa
magnificent new" church, In which he has preached
only three times.
G. G. Jarrett. 38sf
Among the deaths yesterday was tbatofO. ti.
Jarrett, at Woodvtlle, In his 68th year. In tbe
days of the old National pike, the deceased kept
tbe celebratod Wopdviile Inn, which he opened
In last, tie was. well known b) travelers in those
days, and much respected. Ue leaves a wife and
three children two sons and one daughter.
Senator Tbomas Rvnn.
MONraxAx. May S3. Senator Thomas yan died
this morning. '
THE PROHIBITION STRUGGLE.
Preparing to Take Caro of tbo Polls on
' Election Dny-Secrctnry Leslie Will be
BcndyforRrpenlers A Flood of Orators
Liquor Bleu Comparatively Quiet.
At Constitutional amendment headquarters
yesterday the chiefs of tun prohibitory forces
were considering tho important subject of the
manning of tbe polls on tbe fateful day of tbe
June election. "There will be someone at
each and every voting place In the county,"
said Secretary Leslie: "someone who Is well
acquainted with the precinct and knows those
who bavo a right to vote. Those unknown will
be challenged and forced to show that they
have a right to cast a ballot before they will be
permitted to do so. We, of course, are not
doing any cheating and we do not intend to let
anyone else cheat. Our agents and workers
through the county and in the city tell us there
will be. efforts to ring in repeaters, but we think
we will ba In a position to prevent anything of
the kind. There are many men who moved on
tbe first of April. They are on the registration
list of one precinct and actual residents of
another. Unless great vigilance Is used it will
be a comparatively easv matter for such per
sons to vote twice at the prohibition election.
Bow tbe Tote Will Stand.
"If we had one-third the money tbe liquor
people have," continued Mr. Leslie, "there
would be no doubt whatever of our carrying
the county. Will we carry it? Well, our re
ports are thns far very favorable. No, lean
hardly give you an estimate from tbe returns I
have received. It is really a difficult matter to
make an estimate on anything' of tbis kind. Tbe
campaign has been progressing qnletly and
people are only now becoming warmed up.
Pretty soon they will talk more freely. It will
icqulre a thorough canvass of the county to
show us just where we stand. The work is not
yet completed in the country districts, and has
only just begun In the city. By tbe way, our
advices on tbe liquor men's canvass of Phila
delphia differs a great deal from the figures
fmhlished this morning. We learn that the
iquor people's real estimate is that their ma
jority in Pbiladeipnia will not exceed 35,000.
Are we receiving much money? Weil, if we
received more we could make a much warmer
campaign. As it is. wo are using every cent to
tbe best advantage. We are giving the people
a great deal of reading matter and we are bring
ing some good speakers here to talk to them."
Aa to Carrying the State.
The prohibition people, it maybe said unof
ficially, have no idea they can carry Allegheny
county. Tbeir efforts will be none the weaker,
however, because of tbis. They realize that it
is only by keeping down tbe majorities in such
places as Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Lancaster,
Beading, Erin, etc, that they can hope to carry
the State. They talk hopefully of this latter
accomplishment, or at least make no admis
sions. They speak very hopefully of Western
Pennsylvania. Their advices lrom Venango,
Warren, Beaver, Washington and other coun
ties are rose tinted, and they expect the vote
of Erie connty, outside the city of Erie, to
mors than offset tbn vote of tbe city.
DTuch Oratory Let Loose.
Tbe Prohibitionists believe In lots of oratory
in the campaign, and besides Judge White on
Tuesday night at Old City Hall, S. A. Halnes.a
New York manufacturer, at tbe Opera Honse
to-morrow night and ex-Attorney General
Bradford, of Kansas, at the Opera House on
June z, they have 93 volunteer speakers on
their lists, who are assigned to various locali
ties thronghont thecounty. Ex-Attorney Gen
eral Bradford Is relied on to show that prohibi
tion does prohibit in Kansas. Tbe local speak
ers wbo fire the popular heart in tbe school
houses through the country districts are said
to be taken from all classes clergymen, doc
tors, lawyers and mechanics. "They will tell
the people aboutsavlngPennsvlvanlaforPenn
sylvanlans," said Mr. Leslie. In regard to pro
hibition in Kansas, a circular Is being
prepared to show that persons who clat m in
puhilc argument it doesn't work, often tell a
different tale on tbe witness stand. "W. P.
Tomlinson is at work for tbe liquor men in this
section,' ' said Mr. Leslie. "He was at -work in
Massachusetts and told there what a failure it
WAS. but when cross-examined at home hv tha
District Attorney he told a different tale. Here
it Is." And Mr. Leslie showed a copy of the
testimony.-wherein Mr. Tomlinson was made
to tell that liquor was sold nowhere in tho
county, so far as he knew.
The Anti-Frohlbltlon Campaign.
The liquor men have little to say, as individ
uals, when approached. Their campaign is In
the bands of a committee, and the committee
has done little 'as yet beside sending out circu
lars and tracts. Tbe two weeks immediately
preceding the election they believe to be the
time to do the real hard work, and their pres
ent efforts are mainly in preparation for that '
uotn siaes win PTODaDiymaKe minis num in
the closing days of the campaign. "The liquor '
men can do nothing themselves," said
a wholesale dealer yesterday. "There
are not more than 25,000 of us
in the State, and 25,000 votes are a mere drop in
the bucket The people must decide tbis mat
ter. We can't. Of course, tbe liquor men are
organized in each county of the State. That
was attended to a long time ago by Secretary
Turner, of the Liquor Dealers' National Pro
tective Association, whose headquarters are at
Louisville, Ky. The ward workers expect us
to employ them, eh?, Well, I am afraid they
will be disappointed. We cannot take an active
part in the campaign without arousing bitter
antagonisms, and we don't care to do that."
Another gentleman, a prominent German
saloon keeper, said: "The polls will be at
tended to on the day of the election. There
will be men there. I can't tell yon anything
more just now. I'm too busy. Look at tbe
thirsty crowdt A committee has charge of
everything and will see to it."
Cider In tbe Cnmpnlgn.
Cider is a very considerable factor in the
campaign in the country district", which have
all along been counted on as a strong factor In
favor of tbe Prohibitionists. There Is no
doubt that if there were no cider in Pennsyl
vania the prohibition vote would bn larger.
The liquor men feel that they have the cities,
and that the elder qnestion gives them aid in
the country that they would not otherwise
Wbnt It Is Coming To.
From the NorrlstOwn Herald,
The Boston Baseball Club has made a new
departure by tbe appointment of two phy
sicians to its team, one of tbe two to be in at
tendance at every game In which the team takes
part. Tbis is a wise' precaution. Tbe time
may not be far distant when a coroner and an
undertaker will also be attached to each pro
fessional baseball team.
Tbe Useof tbe Clnm.
Trom the Chicago ftews.l
A new variety of clam has been discovered.
As it is tenderer than the old style of clam It
will not be used f orcbowder, but will be worked
up Into lead pencil erasers and rubber over
THE ART OF COURTSHIP.
So ye ast her, Cyrus? An' sbo answered with a
An' ye think the world a sandy desert wilderness
of woe? ,
An' the wind is fall nv groanin' an tbe air Is lull
An' there ain't no blessed star nv hope peeps over
An the purty-smellln' roses look like tosseii on a
An the joys nv tbls probation yon are flndln
An' the birds sing funeral dirges to the ears nr
An' the unlterse Is lyln' ready for the under
taker. Cyrus Baker, yer a flat, sir, an' yon couldn't well .
The way to git the girl yer 'love Is Jest by keepin'
All tbe purty dears are cur'us this Is Jest the
way I view it
Thai the gals wonld like to lnv yer, but ye're got
to make 'em do lb
Don't hang roun' a-looklng lonesome as an Icicle
An' go a-Janglln' through tbe worr, a fiddle oat
An' call an' see her now an' then, but don't get
But drop In once or twice a month, as if 'twas ac
cidental. Bnt don't do reg'lar conrtln', an' don't hang
roun' an' haunt her.
An' don't say any words uvluv, however much
yer want ter.
An' ten to one ohe'U sweeten up, .for Nancy can't
stay soured, '
An'nex' time she'll say "Yes" so quick that
you'll be overpowered. ,
An' then the uttlverse'll be brim full of song an
Tbe sky will be a flower patch stuck full of star
The wind '11 be a fiddler playln1 tunes upon the
.rss, . ...--
An he'll play his jolllest music we'n you' aa
Mancy.pass. ; . : ..-.-. .
A DAY IN NEW TORE".
Thrown Fifty Feet and Not Hurt.
:new roas busbau srscui.s.1
Net? Yobic, if ay 25. A coal train ran into a
freight train on the Jersey Central Railroad
near Plalnfield tbis morning. Abrakemanon
the coal train was thrown some SO feet over-a
fence, but was not injured. Tbe engineer was
slightly bruised. Fourteen coal dumps wers
smashed to splinters, and hundreds of tons of
coal were scattered. The tracks were block
aded by the debris tor several hours.
A Really High-Toned Wedding.
Miss Teresa McAllister, of San Francisco,
Ward McAllister's niece, was married to Colin
Macrae Ingersoll, nephew of ex-Governor In
gersoll, of Connecticut, In Grace Church to
day. Only members of the McAllister and
Ingersoll families were present. The Bar. F.
Marion McAllister performed the ceremony,
and Miss M. McAllister was the maid of honor.
Some 20 other McAllisters, including tbe chief
of the "400," ate a wedding breakfast at tho
house ot tbe bride's sister.
Ed Bice Get Ont of Jail.
Ed Bice, tbe theatrical manager, is again a
free man. Tbe $500 fine in the contempt pro
ceeding was deposited with the Sheriff at I
o'clock. Judge Sedgwick, in the Superior
Court tbls morning, had refused to release Bice
or toremlt the fino. and there was nothing to
do but to pay it. Tbomas P. Hayes put nptbe
money on account of Henry E. Dixey, Kloe's
partner, and also signed a bond for WOO for
Bice's appearance In the city court next Fri
day. .Wants Balm for Ills Wounds.
W. G. Jones, President of tbe United States
Commercial and Collecting Agency, has
brought a libel suit for 525,000 against tbe Star.
A former reporter of the Btar gave his unpaid
bill for services to Mr. Jones' agency for col
lection. Mr. Jones threatened to sne the Star,
which then discovered that Mr. Jones' agency
was a rotten affair, and induced Leonards.
Howard, President of another mercantile
agency, to say so in its columns.
A British Slnn-of-War In Sight.
The British man-of-war Buzzard came to
anchor In tbe harbor near Liberty Island tbis
moming. The Buzzard is a small twin-screw'
corvette, carrying eight guns at.d a crew of 128
men. She has been detailed to cruise along
the American coast. The Buzzard is tbe first
British man-of-war that has visited New York
waters in a long time.
Breaking Up an Abominable Practice.
Max Gaskolsk'y, a flashily dressed young man,
was sent to the Island to.day, becasss he
chirped and raised his hat to Lizzie Campbell
in tbe street last evening. Frank P. Little
was fined ?10 for following Nellie Havemeyer.
a shop girl, tbis afternoon. His wife paid the
Why Montana Went Democratic.
According to Russell B. Harrison. Richard
F. Negley. who accuses him ot losing the Mon
tana Constitutional Convention for tbe Bepub
lican party, is an eccentric and disappointed
office seeker. He asked Mr. Harrison to boost
him into Presidental favor, but Mr. Harrison
refused to help bim. Negley then began to
tell everyone what a dead weight the Presi
dent's son was upon the Bepublican party of
Montana. To-day Mr. Harrison said: "As to
his charge that I lost Montana to the Bepub
licans, I can only say that the territory was
Democratic np to the last election. It was lost
on account of an unfair Democratic apportion
ment, and also because only -10 per cent of tbe
vote was cast."
HANGING AS A FINE AET.
A Missouri Sheriff Wants an Opportunity to
DIsplav His Executive Ability.
Philadelphia, May -25. An "expert on
hanging" wants the job of executing Samuel
Johnson, tbe convicted murderer of Farmer
Sharpless, on June 5, the date of expiration of
his respite. The expert Is Daniel F. Binkley, of
Kansas City, Mo., wbo has written to Sheriff
Green, at Media, stating that be will "superin
tend the erectiop of the gallows and guarantee
tbe results for $30 and expenses." He thinks
the job would be a good advertisement for him
in the East, where he intends attempting to
build up a prosperous business In his particular
He has a scaffold which he carries with him,
and agrees to furnish the rope and black cap.
He concludes bis letter by saying: "I will guar
antee yon a slick, clean and humane job, and
no work like was done recently by a Missouri
A POT POLL OP MONET.
Over S700 Discovered Secreted In a Vessel
In a miser's Garret.
Pottstown, May 25. An old coffee pot,
filled with gold and silver, was found secreted
in tbe garret in the house ocenpied by the late
Mark Linsengibler, a wealthy, retired German,
who died here about three weeks ago. The
greater portion of the money was in gold coin,
in pieces from 1 np to S10. and the remain
der In silver, some of which was Spanish
The total amount found was a little over
S700. His widow came across tbe treasure by
accident. A further search ot the premises
will be made.
From the Cnlcago Inter-Ucean.I
The passage of the Chicago drainage bill and
the conclusion of the Carter divorce case are
tbe most important sanitary enactments of the
BY the light of tbe moon I saw them sitting
'Neath the leafy branches of an old oak tree,
The bench was smalt, but what did It matter.
For she was silting on Bis knee.
He drew her closer to his bosom.
And on her lips he printed a kiss;
Now was It right, for be was married,
And she was a Hrs. instead ofa Alias?
It is Just such actions that canse the divorce suits
That we hear of so often in this wicked life.
Bnt in this case I think there'll he no separation,
For he was her husband and she was his wife,
Smarty Well, you've been looking over
that paper now for three honrs, and I will bet yon
f to there lsatery Important article In It that yon
Is women got equal pay for equal work,
wonld they stand their turn at buying the theater
tickets and paying forthe supper? '
Mrs. Gooften I see Mrs. Jamss Brown
Potter and Eyrie Bellew were hissed In Chicago
the other evening,
Mr.Coorten In Chicago?
Mrs. Gooften Yes.
Mr. Gooften Well, that is certainly a new way
ot treating hams.
"Doos deileht to bark and bite,"
The cats delight to scratch,
But men delight each day in the week
To read the PnrsBDBG Dispatch. .
"The pen is mightier than the sword," so Is the
pencll-because It's loaded with lead.
Hz went and bought a brand new pole,
A fishing line and hooks.
Then fifty miles from home he went
To fish In the crystal brooks
And when he got to the moss covered banks
He sat on a log damp and old,
And all he caught on tbat flsblngirlp
Was pneumonia, which came from a cold.
First Pittsburger (in a restaurant) Do you
see that man sitting directly opposite?
Another Pittsburger Yes.
K. P. Well, I never saw him before; hut he's
A. P: How can you lell?
P. P. Because In the absence of his favorite dish,
scrapple, he's eat!ng,bologna.
Mn. judge Mr. Pack, I charge you with
Mr. Puck Mr. Judge, I deny the charge, and
beg leate to Inform you that all our stuff Is taken
Mr college days are at an end.
And pnpa will no more money send.
But! don't care
Tor I dloxnot study the languages dead,
And neverviid i reach the head
But in y workWas laadlfferentllne,
I was the pltcler ofosr nine.
So I'm all-tight
'' Tor don't the Alleghenys heed
A pitcher with tee carvel and Iptel?
. 3o let Rustling Horace now take heed
And sign me before L so to seed . . ,
rori'maiitignt. - eas.su. -
CURIOUS ' CONDENSATIONS.
Albany, Ga., is proud of a three-legged'
A 8Bade of pink scarf very much affecV
ed by Harvard boys Is commercially known as
A "Brooklyn father is under arrest for
baring whaled his daughter with a section ot
Augusta has both A6am and Eve. and
one of the Georgia papers wants to credit it
with being tbe first paradise.
At the Troy polytechnic the students
have a craze. They paper their ceilings with
envelopes of letters from their best girls.
In Eoostoen, Holland, there is a giant
rosa tree belonging to Mme. Begnen. which a
few years ago held 6,000 roses at the same time.
One hundred dollars has been offered by
the Princeton Club la New York to the man
who passes ths best examination for tbe fresh
man class in June.
There is an old negro in Quitman conn
ty.Ga who has never owned a lock. He has
been for years nailing a bar of wood across the
door of his crib every night. . t- .
The expected visit or the Shah of Perstsv
to England recalls the fact that no Persian
monarch ever bad gray balr. Gray hair is by
universal custom prohibited In Persia, and it
John D.Davis, a farmer residinsratNew"
Diggins, 111., put bis milk cans on the. woodpile
to dry, and the reflection of the snn's rays from
them set tbe wood on fire, doing considerable
damage to bis house and barn.
Recently ilr. John W. Thompson, of
Walton county, Ga.. let off bis fish pond and
be and his son killed 75 snakes. Two of them
were very large water moccasins, tbe rest some
f mailer. The layout of snakes made a terrible
Mr. DaTis, a "Wrightsville school
teacher, had curiosity enough to break a leg
yesterday. He wanted to test the workings of a
painter's elevator, and when 75 feet from the
ground, fell, breaking bis leg and catting a
great gash in his throat.
While' Israel Stoops, of Los Angeles,
CaU lay on his deathbed be said to his wife:
"When my soul leaves my body and enters the
other world I will let you know by crossing my
hands on my breast." He kept bis word and
died immediately after giving tbe sign.
The most eastern portion of the United
States Is Quoddy Head, Me.; tbe most northern
point is Point Barrows. Alaska: the most west
ern is Alton Island, and the most southern Key
West. Working from these four points, many
will be susprlsed wben they locate the geo
graphical center of tbe United States.
The newest device for killing time in
vented by tbe Briton is to make the men at a.
dinner party write out some account of the la
dles' gowns after the dear creatures have left
them to themselves, and later, when tbe efforts
are read aloud In tbe drawing room, to give -prizes
for tne best and worst descriptions.
Samuel Moore, o! Gloucester, has a re
markable appetite, or rather disease, that com
pels bim to eat every hoar of tba ii. He has
consulted many physicians, but none has fonnd
a cure. If he does not eat often be suffers
great agony, bnt the vast quantity of f aod that
he consumes gives him but momentary relief.
There is a shooting gallery at the Paris
Exposition where, in a painted jungle, painted
bares, rabbits and other game (even including
foxes!) -run about for the amusement of the
sportsman. The other day a gentleman, who
bad a dog with him. took a shot, and rolled over
a rabbit; At once tbe doz jnmped the barrier
and leaped into tho jungle to retrieve tho Daint-
A curious wedding has just taken place
at Lodz, Hungary. A young man, 18 years of
age and of good position, for some unaccount
able reason , married a poor widow witb.a nu
merous family. The "blushing" bride Is in her
71th year! The "happy" bridegroom has now II
stepsons and daughters, tbe eldest of whom is
53; besides 23 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren
and all tbat at IS.
For years there has stood in the British
Legation at Toklo an old safe, tbe key of
which has long been lost. The other day it was
forced open, and among its contents were
found tbe gold and silver medals which 26
years ago were sent by the British Government
to be presented to the natives who defended
tbe British Legation against the attack of a
mob in 1881. Most of the men for whom tha
medals were intended are dead or cannot ba
Actress Mathilda Cottrelly proudlvj j
claims to have broken the record for tha mda.
successful hunt for four and five leaved clover?
wnlcb. all women regard as emblems of good
luck. While wandering over tbe grounds of
her home at New Rnchelle last Sunday with a
friend, she stumbled upon a luxuriant paten of
that sort nf clover, and claims to bare picked
out no less than 44 different sprigs of tbe four
and five leaved variety. Professional gamblers
have offered as high as 1100 for a fire-leaved
clover as a talisman for poker and faro.
A queer complaint was made to the
City Marshal of Portland, Me. It was from the
neighbors of a Mrs. Warren, the proud pos
sessor of 40 cats. The neighbors showed a sad
lack of appreciation for these pets, which they
accused of being a first-class nuisance. Mrs.
Warren was found by tbe officers to be sick In
bed, but the 40 cats, not counting numerous
kittens, were all in the best ot health and filled
tbe two small rooms fun. Tbe mistress of tha
establishment claimed tbat she kept a cat
boarding house, but the officers after Investi
gation decided that they all belonged to her
and took measures to relieve tbe people in tbe
vicinity from tha filth, noise and predatory ex
cursions of the "boarders."
William Tadder, of Beading, has a
number of cats that beat the record for sagac
ity. Some time ago be placed 12 ben's
eggs under the largest cat, and the animal
stayed by them until they were batched. Tbe
result was as satisfactory as if it bad been
done by a mother ben. But tbe cat did not
take to tbe chicks, so they were allowed to care
for themselves and are doing nicely. Mr.
Tadder also has two cats tbat will go hunting
with him. Tbeywill ferret out a rabbit with
the same aptitude as a ferret. One of them
has web feet, a rare species, and will catch fish
out of a stream and bring them to shore. There
is no reason to donbt the veracity of tbls state
ment. At Friar's Point, Miss., the people are
strangely excited over newly discovered treas
ure. Two boys who were digging In the sand
along the river unearthed a number of gold
pieces. A fisherman, examining the money,
fi'und it consisted of SSO-pieees. He began
digging and was soon joined by others,
Pockeiknlres, parasols and fingers were the
tools used and they yielded a licb return. Tha
fisherman got about S60U, a lady passenger se
cured S500 and others got smaller snnis, tba
whole amount aggregating several thousand
dollars, all in 130 sold pieces, bearing dates of
1559 and 1860. Tbe money was burled early
during the war bv somebody nnknown. Sev
eral years ago a wealthy planter spent about
S3,O0U in excavations on Montgomery bar, soma
distance abovo Fiiar's Point, to find a treasure
tbat was supposed to be buried there. He .
failed in his attempt, but managed to furnish V
another channel for tha river at that point.
WHAT WILD WITS ARE SAYING.
Though not a man-of-war the City of
Paris Is a declared member of the flee t. Ealtimori
Baseball Item. As a lady at the Tale
field put It yesterday Tha bluebirds ate the po
tato bugs all np. Jfito Haven News.
Difficult. Doctor And now, as to the
swelling on tne back of your head, there Is nothing
serious abont It at present, bnt yon must keep
your eye fixed on lt.Fliegcndt blatter.
A Home Institution. Mrs. Higbfeather
Has the Browning cult reached your town yet,
Mr. Bascom No, he hain't, yet: bnt we've got
a young hoss by the nam e of fetlocks that'll teat
him to shucks. I'll bet.-.SurMnjton trte Prist.
Hicks (to Briggs, who has had a day out
at target practIce)-Dld you hit the bullseye, old
Brlggs-No; It was a cow, I believe. At any
rate It cost me 1100 to fix It up with tbe feUow who
owned ths critter. Boston Iranseript.
She Was Thinkinz of Something Else.
(The Prohlbttlou question Is being earnestly dls
dussed In Pennsylvania )
"Do you approve of license?" asked one Phila
delphia girl of another.
"Indeed. I don't. 1 think wd oua-ht tobeal
lowed to marry without one." Tlu Bpoeh.
Tt Was Free. Yabsley Hello, Wick
wlre,yoa are not looking very well to-day.
Wlckwlr-No; I took some long syrup this
morning and it kind of made me sick.
Yabsly-irttlmI knew there was anything,
the matter with your lungs. v
Wlekwire-There Isn't. I guess, but there was, a.
free sample bottle of stuff left at the house ana It,
thought I would try lt.-rrrs Haute Express. r " '
Mr. Banks Come into this drugstore,'
Harriet, and let's have a glass of soda water.
Mrs. B. -I will if you'll promise not to wink. I
know what that meaus, you know.
"All right, I promise." ,
Jiri. Banks (after leaving the drugstore)-.
What was that splritus frumtntl that you had,;
"SfjlrltasfrumentU That's UteLaMn for rasp
terry and cream. "-CAlcojrO iferaiaWy tJTi.y