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THE. PITTSBURG DISPATOH,
A NEW FEATURE.
(In complete form)
"'For Forty-Eight Days."
The story is based upon an Indian campaign
In the early days of California, and describes
the mysterious captive maiden who formed
the theme for many of the anther's finest
None of the nsnal features of The Sun dat
Dispatch are omitted, and many new ones
hare been added. Oar list of contributors
embraces some of the brightest writers, for the
To-morrow's paper will contain the latest de
tails from the scene of the South Fork Reser
Toir disaster, at which point The Dispatch
has its own staff correspondents. The cable
news will be as complete as usual, and no Item
of interest in any part of the two hemispheres
will be omitted.
ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8. 1846.
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PITTSBURG. SATURDAY, JUNE 1, 1SS9.
THE BETTJBN OP THE B00DLEB.
The return of McGarigle, one of the Chi
cago boodlers, after an absence in Canada of
two years, his plea of guilty and the impos
ing of a fine of a thousand dollars on him
is a rather unique termination of one of the
celebrated cases of the country.
"When McGarigle fled he was under sen
tience to the penitentiary. A new trial hav
ingjbeen ordered alter his flight, he takes
.vantage of the lapse of time to walk'inlo
coSjrt, plead guilty on the trial and jet off
with a thousand-dollar fine. The fact that
sentence of imprisonment imposed on the
first trial was not given this time smacks very
strongly of an arrangement by which the
total cost of McGarigle's boodle career is
assessed at $1,000.
Of course this result will exercise a
strong deterring influence upon the repeti
tion of boodling if it does not yield enough
to enable the boodler to comfortably pay a
thousand-dollar fine after the affair has got
a little stale.
A SETTER POLICY.
The material reduction in the freight rate
on iron and steel to the West, announced in
onr local columns, is another point regis
tered in favor of Pittsburg's prosperity. A
gain of Zi to 4 cents per hundred pounds,
or 70 to 80 cents per ton on iron "and steel,
exceeds that recently secured by the reduc
tion on ore rates. The two, together with
the previous redaction on pig iron be
tween Pittsburg and the valleys, betters the
position of our iron interests by $1 25 and
$1 40 per ton of finished product This im
provement may cover the difference between a
slight margin of profit and a steady loss in
manufacture. lithe railroads will add to this
a reduction in coke rates from the ovens to
Pittsbnrg furnaces, they will have given
the most satisfactory evidence of their de
sire to preserve the best relations with onr
great freight originating industries.
D0WK WITH CITY FOBESTS.
Our esteemed cotemporary, JjoresJ Leaves,
the organ of the Pennsylvania Forestry As
sociation, thinks that ArborDay has not
yet obtained the prominent rt1fi.ee it deserves
in the minds of the peoplebut H is not dis
couraged because there was not a universal
impulse to plant trees on April 26. XlVrif
be a work of time of course to convince
people that it is really a most necessary
work to plant trees regularly each year, to
make amends to some extent for the de
struction of Pennsylvania's forests, which
is still proceeding rapidly.
It is a decidedly pretty idea that the Sew
Xork Evening Sun advances, to plant a live
tree for each of the telegraph poles chopped
down, and considering the reality of the
movement to clear New York of cumbrous
telegraph and light poles, it opens a way to
the Deautification of that city's streets. But
unhappy Pittsburg has no such pleasant
prospect before her. A forest is already in
ler streets, but of unsightly murdered trees
over which trail not tbe ivy and the vine,
bnt the dangerous electrical wires. The
forest is not growing less, but larger every
day. As old poles decay and are removed,
thicker and taller ones take their places.
The interlacing wires are constantly multi
plying. The very city sparrows have to fly
-with tbe greatest circumspection to avoid
the wires everywhere.
"When will this forest be destroyed? The
question has been answered by an active
Mayor in Sew Xork, and' since his first
order was issued 1,682 poles have been re
moved. There is a large vacancy here for a
public man with an ax and the courage to
defy a big monopoly. Not a soul would
lament ourcitv forests. Cut the timber
L r down 1
Onr friends of the single-tax school of
economic thought contribute some commu
nications, which will be lonnd elsewhere.
They are sincere presentations of that view,
and as .such are worthy of xespectlnl atten
tion. The reonestof the writer of one of them
that The Dispatch state what it is that
gives man the right to property, is a
rather strong penalty for the chance re
marks which The Dispatch made on the
remote and comparatively unprogressiye
Pitcairn islanders. But as the request is
made in good faith, we will do our best to
meet it, by stating that the right of man to
property is based on the greatest good to the
greatest nnmber. Generally speaking, be
cause it is for the greatest good of human
ity that a man shall enjoy the results of his
own energies he has the right of property
in what he creates; but this principle is not
universal. The taking of property for pub
lic use and compulsory service of the indi
vidual to the State are cases where the right
of the individual to. himself and the results
of his own labor are overridden for the
Our Henry George friends contend very
plainly that this greatest good will be
secured by the levying of a single tax to
the full rental value of land. No more
signal example of this contention need be
cited than the argument of the communica
tion signed "Fanatic," that the single tax
would be the surest method of securing
cheap homes for the people. Our corre
spondent avoids the paradox involved in
claiming that the cost of an article will be
cheapened by taxing it, with the assertion
that this would destroy speculative values
in land. But he entirely overlooks the fact
that if the speculative value is to be de
stroyed, the revenue from that value will be
destroyed also. Tou cannot tax a thing
out of existence and derive revenue from it
at one and the same time, any more than
you can both eat your cake and have it
There is a certain degree of foundation
for the criticisms of this school upon the
present system, in the cases where taxation
favors the holding of large bodies of unim
proved land for speculation and puts a
larger share 'of taxation on the property
that is improved. But they are mistaken
in supposing that this is the source of the
worst evils that threaten our nation and also
in the idea that they can at once tax prop
erty in land out of existence and derive a
remedy from it, to support the Government.
Inequalities in fortune in this country arise
out of corporate abuses at the present day;
and there is scarcely any class of property
more widely distributed among the people
than landed property.
THE MOUNTAIN FLOODS.
The appalling disaster which is reported
as the result of the storms among the mount
ains of Cambria, Somerset and Bedford
counties, and especially the sweeping loss
of life caused by the bursting of the South
Fork dam, furnish a new and awful evi
dence of the power of the destructive forces
of nature. At the present writing the full
extent of the calamities to life and property
along the banks of the mountain rivers is
beyond estimate; but the reports-which will
be found "elsewhere are sufficient to show
that the terrible and sudden nature of the
floods have wrought a great and almost un
The dispatches from various points show
that the rain storms of Thursday night and
Friday morning, which at this point were
mild and drizzling, took on a furious char
acter to the southeast of us. In the mount
ain region referred to, the storm evidently
reached the height of a water-spout such as
caused theButchersrnndisaster here 15 years
ago, except that it covered a.greater extent
of territory and flooded scores of valleys in
stead ol half a dozen. The streams in which
there was no artificial obstruction became
snddenly and dangerously swollen. The
dam in the South Fork of the Conemaugh
being subjected to unprecedented pressures
gave away, and the addition of its immense
storage of water to the floods has wrought
fearful havoc along the thickly settled por
tion of that valley near Johnstown. The
total destruction cannot yet be estimated;
but already the returns include scores of
houses swept away, and of lives lost in the
In the presence of such terrible work, the
human powers are paralyzed. "We can only
recognize the fact that within a hundred
miles of us a terrible calamity has fallen
upon the people. "Whatever can be done in
the way of alleviating the suffering Pitts
burg should be prompt to do; and beyond
that we can only acknowledge the impotence
of m&n against the terrible force of the ele
ments. THE HEW CUT IN BATES.
Another cut on freight rates in the North
west is agitating railway circles. The Chi
cago, Burlington and Northern road has
announced a reduction of about one-third
in its rates from Chicago to St Paul; and
railway circles are much wrought up over
the question whether this inaugurates an
other wholesale slaughter of rates. The ex
planation of this sharp reduction of rates is
that the rates which the Soo road; leading
direct to St Paul from the Lake Superior
district, has been holding out all along, are
taking away the business from the Chicago
This carries the obvious inference that the
lower rates Lave been profitable for the new.
line, and will also be profitable for the
line that has jnst made the reduction to get
the traffic. Otherwise it would be better for
the Chicago road to lose the business alto
gether than to carry the traffic at unprofit
able rates. Nevertheless, the change evokes
the usual gloomy predictions about the
general cutting of rates and unprofitable
It ouchlito. be plain enough that any
serions disasters of the railway interests by
this reduction can be averteefby letting each
line conduct its business on its own basis.
If the rates are unprofitable, the line that
carries the most traffic at such ruinous
charges will be the heaviest sufferer, and
the lines that refuse to meet those reductions
will gain by their refusal. On the other
hand, if there are any lines which can afford
to carry freight at these prices it is their
right and the right of the public, to have
the freight carried on the line which can do
so the cheapest.
The most salient and gratifying feature of
the reduction is its proof of the futility of
the combination between the Northwestern
roads to sustain rates at an arbitrary basis,
free from competitive influences.
A PEBTINENT BEJ0LNDEB.
There is a rather pertinent commentary
on the action of the white Bepublicans in
Alabama, who recently resolved to separate
themselves from the colored people of the
South, in the action of a meeting of col
ored Bepublicans at Richmond. The white
people having resolved to organize a Re
publican party on the plan of cutting loose
from the negroes, and, therefore, practically
depriving the Republican party of the
South from any considerable number of
votes, the Richmond negroes retaliate by
starting al movement for the purpose of
forming a political party from which the
white trash will be excluded.
This is nothing mors,, than tit for tat on
the part of the colored brethren. If the
white people are going to draw the color
line presumably for their own benefit, -with
regard to the distribution of offices, the col
ored people have the same right "Such
action on the part of either side avows the
abandonment of the principles on which the
Republican party of the South was sup
posed to be founded, so far as .it can be
said io have any principles. The mutual
retaliation and resolution to boycott each
other is more amusing than important in. a
political sense. The Republican party of
the South has been for some time a mere
AH SING'S CRUEL STAB.
The whole country has heard with un
alloyed pain that Mr. Ah Sing, the only
Chinaman on the police force of New York,
has resigned. He has taken to carting,
which he says contains more honor though
less boodle than policing. The police force
which is not good enough for a Chinaman
must be anything "bvA celestial. Mr. Ah
Sing has, intentionally or not we do not
know, stabbed the New York police force in
the back. The policemen ofaGotham may
put a brave face on the matter and scoff at
the heathen Chinee, but the fact will remain
that a Chinaman found the "finest' of New
York not fine enough for him. Under tbe
circumstances Jlr. Ah Sing will be wise if
he drives in a conservative fashion and not
too near the feet of the big policemen at the
crossings. He has trodden on their feet; he
cannot drive over them with impunity.
"We are glad to be able to congratulate the
Pittsburg police force on the utter impossi
bility of such a mean and cruel reflection
being cast upon them. There is not a single
Chinaman in their ranks. It takes but a
slight exertion of the mind to discern that
it is therefore impossible for a Chinaman to
resign from the police force. Oar police
force may not be free from all imperfections,
but at least it can be said that it is devoid"
of Mongolian complexion altogether and
always has been.
It is pleasant to observe the progress of
the work of retrenchment and reform in
New York City. The newly-appointed
Commissioner of Publio "Works has carried
on that work by the discharge of the in
cumbents of useless offices, as he announces,
to the extent of saving fifty-three thousand
dollars a year in salaries. This step has a
rather unique character, from the fact that
the political antecedents of the new official
are not such as to create any hope that he
would engage in such a work from pure
love of the public If useless offices are to
be cut off, what will be the rewards of prac
tical politics? But the departure from
Tammany precedents by the Commissioner
ofJPublic "Works is perhaps condoned by
the fact that the office-holders retrenched
out of office are invariably members of the
County Democracy. In view ot that fact,
the retrenchment has a somewhat familiar
air. New York will wait with some inter
est to see whether the Commissioner does
not, in the fullness of time, discover that
the offices are more useful than they seem
at present. Possibly it will be found that
their highest degree of utility can be at
tained by filling them up with good Tam
AmelieRites Chanleb, who is now
in Paris, was the recipient of a call from
Louise Michel, who had a lot qt manuscript
which she desired the American writer to
criticise. Mrs. Chanler says she was so
much afraid of the Parisian Anarchists that
she did not dare to refuse her request This
does not seem to make our fair compatriot a
very reliable critic of the French female's
work; but it might make Louise Michel
very competent to criticise1 Mrs. Rives
Chanler's writings. If the Frenchwoman
would criticise the American's works with
her favorite implement of a petroleum fire,
she would establish an international obliga
tion. The news of the return of Peter B.
Sweeny, of New York, coupled with the
fact that Tammany is once more in full con
trol of the seat of government, would wai
rant the public of New York in taking a
fresh grip upon their pocketbooks and pub
A signal example of political fore
thought has been furnished by Senator
Spooner, of "Wisconsin, who had the salaiy
of the TJ. S. Consul at Prague raised from
two to three thousand dollars some time ago,
and now has got his brother appointed to
that position. This is a match for the stroke
of business which the Hon. S. S. Cox did in
the first year of the Cleveland administra
tion, by fixing up the mission of Constanti
nople with a lot of comfortable perquisites,
and then getting himself appointed to the
The enmity of the Irish Clan-na-Gael So
ciety to spies is doubtless founded on the fear
that the spies may discover that the Clan-na-Gael
never did anything for the Irish cause
except to bloviate about it
These have been fears heretofore that
there was going to be something abnormal
with regard to the peach crop this year,
from the utter lack of the report that that
interesting and delicious crop was destroyed.
But, although somewhat delayed, the inev
itable has come to pass. In view of reports
that the recent cold weather has greatly in
jured the Maryland peach crop, the public
can rest reassured that the usual operations
of nature are going on in the -peach-growing
Representative Cannon, of Illinois,
having got the better of the two Illinois
Senators in a fight over the spoil, those
statesmen are doubtless convinced that this
Cannon is a great bore.
We learn from the reliable editorial
column of the esteemed Philadelphia Press,
that nearly all the licensed saloons in this
city, "have been compelled to employ
special uniformed police officers to keep the
thirsty patrons in line and preserve order."
The news is so interesting that we feel im
pelled toinquire of our cotemporory whether
the still more numerous "speak-easies" have
found it necessary to keep any of the police
officers on their pay roll.
Tiie gales seem to hate spent their fury
on the lake and ocean shipping, and passed
over the dry land with comparative though
damp mildness. Terra firma is the best port
in such storms.
The coke statistics do not indicate that
the low prices for that staple have got to
such a ruinous level that any of the ovens
find it necessary to shut down. The pros
pects of the industry have been painted in
even darker hues than that of the atmosphere
about the works; but the large volume of
traffio indicates that there may be a silvery
though slight margin to the cloud.
Common report is beginning to speak
roughly of the "speak-easies" and refuses to
hush up the talk about the hush houses.
Mb. Russell Habbison explains that
the reason -why he is leaving Montana is
that the air out there is too thin for his
wife's health. This will correct the general
misapprehension that since the Democratio
victory ont in Montana, the political atmos
phere out there was too rich for Mr. Russell
The practical politicians are very certain
that Mr. Blaine's influence is coming to the
front once more in this administration. Mr.
Blaine's nephew has just got an appoint
ment A Missotjbi court has just decided that a
poker deck is not a gambling device. The
Missouri opinion seems to be very much in
line with that ot onr own petroleum ex
changes which regard the implements of
their favorite occupation as legitimate busi
A monument to Franz Abt is to be unveiled
at Wiesbaden on Snnday next
The Hon. E. J. Phelps is to be this year's
Phi Beta Kappa orator at Harvard.
The venerable Sir Harry Verney, ex-M. P.,
has celebrated his 87th birthday and got rid of
a severe attack of pneumonia, and now goes
horseback riding daily.
Mr. Benjamin D. Siiaihan, of New York
City, says there were only 495 lawyers in this
city when he began his practice 0 years ago,
but that the New York bar is now adorned
with 5,675 members, some of whom have grown
Dr. Hetjstis C. Wood, bf the University of
Pennsylvania Hospital, having reason to be
lieve that the brother of a clergyman, who was
one of his patients, was merely shamming par
alysis, had him placed in an electrical chair in
the presence of students and then turned on
the current Tbe paialyzediman uttered a yell
and ran off to his room, in spite of a ''complete
paralysis of his lower limbs that had lasted for
Mb, Paux. tjtj CHAnATj has returned from
Morocco completely restored in health. Mr.
dn Chaillu did In Morocco what he did in Nor
way. He went right into the country and made
the friendship of the people, and became a fa
miliar figure in all the villages within a radlns
of ten miles of Tangiers. He is much taken
with the Moors, and Is so convinced of the gen
eral ignorance of their real charecter and
habits that he may very probably spend the
next few winters living among them as one of
themselves, just as he did in Norway.
Benson J. Lossino, the eminent historian,
recently wrote as follows to a friend: "I am, I
believe, in sound health of body, mind and
morals. I am happy to say that I am an opti
mist I see humanity progressing with mar
velous strides toward a higher plane, and I be
lieve in the preponderating coodness of human
nature when properly developed. I walk se
renely amid God's works of every kind, and ac
cept as true his fiat at tbe creation that all was
good and very good. Onr country! What a
glorious heritage we enjoy and will leave to
IN UNKNOWN GEAYES.
The Grent Number ol Soldiers Who Rest
Beneath Nnmelcss Tombstones.
From the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.!
Distributed among the 85 national cemeteries
of' the United States are 325.230 soldiers'
graves, of which 118.832 are marked "Unknown."
At "Vicksburg are 16.615 craves, at Nashville
16,533 and at Arlington 16,254, the other ceme
teries containing less numbers. The cost of
the cemeteries has been from $250,000 down. At
Arlington a single granite monument covers
tbe bones of 2,111 unknown soldiers, gathered
after the war from the fields of Bull Rnn and
the route to the Rappahannock. The grave of
General Sheridan Is at Arlington.
Near Salisbury, N. 0., in trenches occupying
a space not more than 400 feet square, are
buried the bodies ot 11.700 Union prisoners.
The emaciated bodies of the poor wretches
were hauled from the prison pens and piled in
the trenches like so many sticks of cord wood.
From tbe Cincinnati Commercial Gazette. 1
Some fellow has been discovered making al
leged new potatoes by soaking them In a prepar
ation which swells them up and causes tbe
outer skin to peel off. There is nothing to show
that the counterfeit new potato is not as whole
some as tbe genuine article, which, out of its
season, is a poor thing at best, bnt a chap who
would resort to such a trick must be a small
potato sort of a man.
PACT8 AEODT COLLAES.
General Grant wore high and low collars
Thomas Hood wore a high collar to hide a
On the necks of the ancients were collars of
silver and brass.
James G. Blaine wears a standing collar;
Grover Cleveland wears high or low.
THE standing collar had its origin in Ger
many in the reign of Otho IV., 1218.
Picoadhxies of red and green cloth came
into fashion at the close of tbe fifteenth cent
ury. General Bpinola's collars are laundried
by a colored "Aunty." They measure 3J
Inches in width.
Bill Nye says he always sports a "straight
band collar witbout any projecting. masonry or
Btron imported his famous low rolling
collar from Belgium. He delighted in exhibit
ing his white, almost feminine appearing
Washington wore no collar at all in the
last years of his life.-The stock or "swathe" had
been discarded, and the old gentleman rarely
went out visiting.
The poet Whlttler affects a cross between a
high and low collar. It may be described as a
wide band folded near the middle, and having
a soft, overhanging roll.
President Buchanan's friends were
highly incensed because Representative Abra
ham Lincoln made a speech at Springfield, ridi
culing the President's notorious neckwear. He
said it always reminded him of an "under
taker's shop." Clothier and Furnisher,
London Editors Not Infallible.
From the Heir Tort Tribune.
In Its report of the ceremony, the London
Daily Telegraph quoted the hymn in full, and
then innocently remarked: "The name of the
writer of these lines has not transpired." We
venture to say that even our lnrid cotemporary,
the Arizona Howler, would not have displayed
such a depth of ignorance as this.
She Hnted Slang.
From the Minneapolis Tribune.
"I hate slang, don't you, Mabel?"
"Yes, it's enough to make a girl get up and
chant the sad refrain of chestnuts. I say that
people who use slang don't know their busi
ness, and what I say goes. Eh, Potle?"
This Is Fanny.
From the Philadelphia Times.
The proprietor of a comic newspaper has re
fused an office from the President. He will
publish the fact in his paper.
From the Boston Globe.l
No goddess ever received so many fond em
braces from her children as Opportunity, the
mother of success.
Is Just seven verses rhymed on two,
Is an old Jewel quaintly set
In pbesy a drop of dew
Charles Henry Ludcrt, in Literary World.
'What is the sonnet? 'lis a flower whose teed
Is some sublime emotion of the soul.
That sprlageth Into form as beautiful
As lily or violet, or winsome weed.
Or glowing rose or daisy of the mead;
Obedient to a lyrical control,
Bursts into bloom the theme of Joy or dole,
Of hope or memory, noble thought or deed.
The wider realms of man's creative power
Lie open to the mighty kings of song.
To whom all things In heaven and earth belong;
Bat the kind muse hath many a secret bower
For humbler votarles-fho gentle throng
'Who cultivate tbe sonnet's fragrant flower.
Herbert Sew, in London Spectator.
THE TOPICAL TALKEB.
A Remarkable Figure is tbeRollglous Field
Borne Remarks Abqat Newspaper Ad
Tni Kev. Father Molllnger, of Troy Hill, Is
a wonderfully active man considering his yeais.
How old he Is I do not happen to know pre
cisely, but he Is a good way past the allotted age
of man, and yet he vigorously administers his
parish, gives audiences to an immense num
ber of sick persons who come to him dally for
advice ana help both of which hegivesJUb
erally and yet has time to get into his car
riage and be driven to the most remote parts
of Pittsburg on errands generally of a charit
'Yesterday when he drove past me on Smith-
field street behind a good-looking pair of bays
I was reminded that I had seen him nearly
every day in Pittsburg for some time past.
These journeys to so old a man, and in addi
tion to such unusually heavy labors at home,
must be very trying. But Father Molllnger
looks well and strong.
The travelers on one of the railroads enter
ing this city have doubtless noticed a rather
novel advertising device in the shape of white
mile posts, on which are inscribed' in black let
ters the number of miles from a certain Pitts
burg firm. These posts were erected a week or
so ago, and they certainly have attracted a
good deal of attention, Everybody admires
But it is astonishing what care is taken with
the writing and illustrating of newspaper ad
vertisements, as compared with the customs in
favor a dozen years ago or less. Now the big
gest advertisers and those who eet the most
out of advertising employ men of brains andj
artistlo ability to write and draw advertise
ments." A New York advertising agent told me
the other day that there are a dozen literary
men known to him, who are also known to the
public by their books, who are not above
writing advertisements for proprietary articles
and tbe like. As to artists, It Is no secret that
theioap-Urms who advertise so prodigiously
employ first-class men.
A lady said to me the other day, looking up
from a magazine she held In her hand: "Why,
here's somebody's been copying Palmer Cox's
little urownies in an advertisement," but an
examination proved that the work was from
the pencil of Mr. Cox himself.
The improvement in advertisements is a
thing to be thankful for. The pictures especi
ally show a wonderful advance. Hatchet
hewn wood cuts are not often seen in connec
tion with patent medicine or other advertise
ments. The "before" and "after taking"
style ot displaying the merits of Toodle's hair
raiser is no longer in favor.-
It Is not at all impossible that the day will
come when the advertisement pages of a news
paper will show as much literary ability and
artistic taste as the news and editorial pages
do to-day. There Is considerable room for im
provement In advertising still. The value of
many advertisements is frittered away In care
less, pointless writing, bnt the number of such
efforts is steadily diminishing. As the truth
that newspaper advertising exceeds In value
all other kinds of advertising by several hun
dred per cent becomes more widely understood,
the necessity of composing advertisements
with care will become apparent to everybody.
The New York advertising agent to whom I
have referred above.told me that he had fonnd
it quite interesting to watch the various ef
fects of different styles of advertisements on
the public. One small story in this connection
may be worth telling.
It was in the eirly days of a campaign of ad
terislng to boom a proprietary medicine and
the prospects were not bright. Every modern
plan for recommending the article had been
tried, and still the sales were flat Then it oc
curred to the advertising agent to try an au
dacious movement He prepared a heavy at
tack on tbe medicine in question with doctors'
affidavits and so on to back it up. This attack
he published in every large paper in the land.
The publio became Interested. The attack
elicited an answer in defense, and the latter a
rejoinder. l3o the war raged for several weeks,
and astonishing to tell, tbe sale; of that medi
cine grew from the very day tbe first attack
was published, and the foundation for an im
mense fortune was laid.
SEVEN TIMES MAEEIED.
Mollle Corwin Divorced From Hniband No.
7 In Order to Wed No. 8.
Shelbtville, Ind., May 31. Mollie Corwin
was .yesterday divorced from her seventh hus
band, Joseph Corwin, for tbe second time
within a year. The history of Mollle's matri
monial ventures commences with her giddy
girlhood, way back in 1867, when she was 17, and
was living with her father, Jacob Howery, a
wealthy farmer ot this county. Her
first husband was William B. Lisher.
One year was enoueh for Will
iam and be left and soon after she got a
divorce. Her next capture was William J. Nu
gent whom she married in 1872. She lived
with him for three years. She procured a
divorce and came to this city. Her third bus
band was John ti. Little, a section boss, and
they were married in 1880. She lived with John
three years and then secured a divorce.
She then cast about her for a successor to
her third, and fonnd him in Lincoln J. Van
Bnskirk. a good lookine yrmng man several
years ber juplor, and a month after her divorce
from Little tney were married. Four years
later Lincoln was sent adrift and soon after
she married her fifth husband, who socn gave
way for No. 6 in the person of Joseph Corwin, to
whom she was married in 1887. A year later
sbe secured a divorce from him, and about
three months ago they were remarried. Sho
soon became tired ot him again, and again ap
plied for a divorce, which she received yester
day, and it is reported that bis successor is now
in training in the person of a man whom sbe
intended to marry the first time she was di
vorced from Van Baskirk, but who incurred
her displeasure by his jealousy.
A Ptnusiblo Explanation.
From the Denver News.l ,
There is a "dark suspicion floating around
that the rnmors of quarrels between the
President and certain Senators are but deep
designs of the lattor gentlemen to keep off the
Broomsticks Are Bad Enough.
From the Boston Globe, j
Of course it is ail right enough to drill the
schoolboys In handling muskets, bnt drilling
onrgirls to become proficient musketeers seems
rather odd, not to say in poor taste. The
broomstick Is good enough for most of us.
A new underground light operated by com
pressed air. is to be introduced in the zinc
mines at FriedensviUe, Fa.
A thunder clap In Lock Haven, the other
day. raised John Heibley off his feet and
pitched Jeff McCracken some distance.
A brutal mother in York, Pa., In in the
habit of tying two of her children together and
beating them with sticks with nails in them.
A'112-year-old Bible was stolen recently
from 'Squire Russell's desk at West Chester,
Pa. It had been In use since Mr. ltussell's
A West Chester, Pa., naturalist reports
having discovered the legger-headed shrike, a
rather rare bird, breeding abundantly In tbe
crab-apple trees In Erie county.
A private telephone wire of John R. Davis,
aMinersville, Pa., coal operator, which with,
stood the late blizzard and the lightning's
force, snapped in two a few days since during a
heated dialogue in Welsh between father and
Up on the mountains ot Garrett county, West
Virginia, a gentleman owns a dog which has
queer taste in selecting his playfellows. About2
o'clock every day he goes to a point some dis
tance from the house and thero meets a small
garter snake. He plays with tbe snako for a
half an hour or more and then returns home.
Tbe snake never falls to meet bim.
AN old man who lives near Lima, O., has a
peculiar hobby. He has read the story of
"Kobinson Crusoe" thirty-three times, ana is
now naif way through on the thirty-fourth
time. He Is such an old man, being 60 years of
age, that one would think that he would not
take much interest in the story, but he says he
enjoys it just as much now aa when he was a
Preston countt, West Virginia, has aroung
lady who would make a fortune for a dime
museum manager. Sbe can write just as well
with her left hand as with her right. She has
been known to write two letters on different sub
jects atthe same time, 'one with the left and
one with the right hand, and what makes it
doubly curious is that the style of writing of
the tTo letters is always different
0TJE MAIL 1WCJT.
Homes for the Tollers.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
Under the above caption yon discuss, edito
rially, Mr. Wiman's scheme for providing
cheap homes for the laboring man. If it were
not sad it would be amusing to see how good
people scheme and work to accomplish in a
round-about way, what would naturally come
of Itself, if only the artificial obstacles were re
moved. It is like securely tying a man's hands
and feet and then hiring somebody to feed him,
when, if you should untie him he would feed
There is but one thine that prevents Work-
ingmen from providing tbelr own homes, and
that Is the high price of land. Suppose; yon
organize several companies on the plan pro-
Eosed by Mr. Wlman: a number of kind
earted people of means being willing to put
in their money without expectation of profit,
it would only result Inputting premiums into
the pockets of some land owner. As soon as
the company of philanthropists select a site,
up will go the price, and a large share of tbe
money intended to help the poor will be re
quired to pay the speculative value put on the
So long as the present false custom of allow
ing private absolute ownership in land ob
tains, all schemes to help the poor will be suc
cessful only in a small degree, and then at a
great cost. The law recognizes land owners as
tenants only.. Put this correct theory into
practice and resolve taxation Into ground rent;
that is, raise all revenue necessary for tbe com
mon use, for the support of government, roads,
schools, etc., by assessment on gronndTalnes
only, and take tbe burden of taxation off of
property, and workingmen will then build then
own homes without assistance from anyone.
Why? Because under such a system it would
pay no one to own unimproved property; taxa
tion would eat up tbe speculative value: onBr
tbe man who used it could afford to own land.
A lot that a workingman would to-day have to
pay 1,000 for would, under the proper system,
bepurchaseableforJlOO. AU the wealth now
tied up In ground would be released and put
into improvement, thereby making work plenty
and keeping wages ud. The monev that now
goes to increase tbe wealth of the land owner
would be transferred directly to the wage fund.
Some day I hope that the philanthropists of
the country will awaken to these truths and
take steps in the right direction.
Pittsburg, May 3L Fanatic.
The Single Tax Theory.
To the Editor of Tbe Dispatch:
In Sunday's Dispatch In an editorial
headed, "Not a Valid Argument" you say:
"They hold their land in common, and the dis
position is to holdup their casein favor of
community of property."
I would like to ask the writer of tbe above
quotation, What is it that gives man the right
to property? On what principle is this right to
property based? Is it not based on the right of
a. man to himself, his energies and results of
these energies? Is not that property only
which is the result of the exertion of these en
ergies on land? Bnt does land come under this
head? Is land the result of any man's energies
or labor? If not how can he rightly class land
as property, as it is understood to-day, i. e.,
private property? lam not in favor of com
munity of property, but I am decidedly in favor
ot exempting all property from taxation, and
having the revenue for tbe expense of the local.
State and National Government derived from
a single tax on the value of land.
The Dispatch, in speaking of the proposed
business tax, says: "It Is a tax on industry."
This is right, but the same can be said of all
other taxes, whether on personal property, or
improvements on land. You tax the farmer
when he raises a crop, when he builds or im
proves bis house or barns, while tbe specula
tor, holding land ont of use, is let off at a low
valuation. The one is flnod for being indus
trious, tbe other rewarded for doing nothing,
except keeping labor from getting employ,
ment. Single tax on land values would equal
ize taxation, so that each would pay his just
share of the expense of government The
most valuable piece of land would pay the
bigbest tax, but tba improvement would be
exempted, though they be "mansions built to
Land values are created by the "people col
lectively. Increase of population increases
the value, while decrease of population lessens
It Why then should not tbe people tax this
value which they have created for Government
expenses. M. B.
Pittsburg, May 31.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
What penalty is Incurred by a deserter from
tbe English standing army on returning to En
gland after becoming a citizen of the United
Bbadsoce, May 3L
Desertion is a crime punishable by imprison
ment We do not think becoming an Ameri
can citizen would absolve tbe deserter from the
penalty. This side of the Atlantic is the safe
side for him.
It Will be a Whopper.
I NEW YORK BUREAU SPECIALS. 1
Nev York, May SL Joeph Pulitzer en
tered plans for the new World building, on
Park row, this morning. The building will
cost ?1, 000.000. It will be 115 feet front, 136 feet
deep and 188 feet high from curb level to tbe
roof. It will contain 13 floors. The Tribune
building, which haslong been the tallest struct
ure on Newspaper Bow, Is 11 stories high with
out the tower.
Blown Over by the Wind.
A sharp gust of wind at 10 o'clock this morn
ing blew over a large sign and part of the fire
wall of the building occupied by Hansling &
Stonebrldge.ln East Fourteenth street George
Bornmann, a little boy 4 years pld, received a
compound fracture of the skull and will prob
ably die. Annie Wlmmer, 11 years old, and
Minnie Seik were severely cut
A Bcceiver for tbo IJecnmler Company.
Bichard W. Henry was to-day appointed re
ceiver ot 498 shares of stock of the Recamier
Manufacturing Company. These shares, which
stand in the name of Harriet A, Seymour, are
the bone of contention in the suit of Harriet
Hubbard Ayer against James M. Seymour.
The receiver gave bonds for $25,000.
A Veteran Dead la a Ilospltnl.
Captain John Wildey, a veteran of the Civil
War and a prominent old-time politician, lies
dead in a hospital! At tho first battle of Bnll
Run, Wildey fought his way single-handed
into tbo ranks of tbe enemy and recaptured the
flag of tbe Sixty-ninth Regiment, to which he
belonged. His reputation for bravery secured
him election to many city offices after the war.
Wildey was a great friend of Boss Tweed, and
with bim and others organized the original
Mutual Baseball Club, which, with tho At
lantics, of Brooklyn, was among tho first pro
Statesmanship at a Low Ebb.
From the Chicago .News. J
Statesmanship at the National capital Is at a
very low ebb. Most of the news from there
now reads abont as follows:
"Senator Tallpepperhas succeeded in getting
a Republican postmaster appointed at Poke
"Congressman Tallowdlp called on the Presi
dent to-day to urge the appointment of the Hon.
Leonldas Mildew as consul to tbe Lollipop
Washington is so dull that the very statues
are in danger of going to sleep, falling off their
pedestals and breaking their necks.
FACTS AND FIGDEES.
Some genius who loves to delve In tbe tombs
of ancient things, has figured out that visiting
cards can be traced bacK to the Tong dynasty,
in China, 618-907.
Ten years ago French plate glass sold in the
United States at $2 60 per foot. To-day Amer
ican plate glass, which is a superior article,
sells for SI per foot '
A project is on foot among the largo rail
road corporations to organize a stock company
of $10,000,000 capital for tbe purpose of build
ing six mammoth ocean steamers, and sail
them under the American flag, that shall cross
tbe Atlantic in five days. The vessels will cost
about tl.2s0.000 eacb.
The area of tbe Territories of North and
South Dakota, Montana and Washington, is
equal to the combined area of the German
Empire, Great Britain and Ireland, tho Nether
lands and Switzerland; the lormer being 361,583
square miles, and the latter 201,500 square
miles. Tbe European area contains a popula
tion of over 90,000,000; the American area has a
present population of less than 1,000,000.
The bottle industry ot the world is a very
large one. The quantity produced per day in
tbe respective-countries being, estimated as
follows: Great Britain and Ireland, 6,206 gross;
Sweden, SCO gross; Norway, 600 gross:Denmark,
SSO gross; Germany and Belgium, 30.039" gross;
Franco, 100 gross; Austria, 7,000 gross: United
States, 840 gross;. Canada, 120 gross: Australia,
20Tgross; total, tt,31 gross. With 300 working
days this gives no less than 15,929,600 grots per
year. ' !
THE STATE OP TRADE.
Crop Reports Coatlnae Good, bat Collec
tions Are Slow Tier Iron Prices Seem
to Have Toscbed tba Bottom.
Special Telegraia to The Dispatch.
Hew York, May 3L Special telegrams to
BradslreeV indicate that the volume of gen
eral trade throughout tbe country remains
abont as reported for several weeks past
Kansas City deposits are excessive m that the
interior tributary demand has improved with
better crop reports. Word comes from Louis
ville, Galveston and Savannah that late rains
have effectually broken the drouth and that the
outlook, both agriculturally and commercially.
is in consequence much better. Trade at New
Orleans is light on tbe uncertain crop outlook
and the drouth which, though rain has fallen,
has seriously damaged tbe rice crop and sugar
to a considerable extent More rain Is need in
At the larger eastern centers business is not
specially active, notably at Baltimore and Phil
adelphia. At Boston the movement of merch
andize, while a trifle more active in some
lines, is disappointing. Summer dull
ness begins to be reported. Two carloads
of new wheat received at Bag Francisco, May
24. and sold at Si 37K1 40 per cental, the ber
ries were plump and quality good. Present
California harvest IS nine days ahead of any
previous one, and prospects are excellent It
Is thought that the present wbeat crop of
California will yield nearly 60,000 bushels.
Cable advices just received from Sydney re
port 20 inches of rain fallen In four days and it
is still raining. Heavy floods had occurred
with much damage, but tbe effect on crops is
not yet known.
General Trade is Qnler.
General trade at New York Is quiet Coun
try produce (strawberries) and woolen goods
(flannels by auction) are in heaviest movement
Furniture jobbers report slightly improved de
mand. Groceries are in light demand. Fertil
izers, seeds, paper, rubber, leather and naval
stores are dull, with prices of all but seeds and
fertilizers tending downward. Boots and shoes
aro fairly active. Stock speculation has been
strong, with increasing activity based on easy
money and good crop reports. Realizing, rein
forced by colder weather and fears
of damage to Western crops, caused
a reaction later In the week, but tbe bullish
sentiments underlie the market, and are act
ively asserted in the specialties.
Bonds strong and active. Money at New
York is easy. Rates ware 22K per cent on
call early in the week, stiffening slightly at
close on the shipment of $3,350,000 gold to Eu
rope. Foreign exchange is strong and steady.
Demand sterling Is S4 (SOI 8 Auction
trade sales of flannels on Tuesday, Wednes
day and Fridav have monopolized the
attention of tbe New York drygoods trade. A
very heavy distribution was made at a price
nearly 5 per cent better tban last year. In all
nearly 2,000 cases, valued at abont $3,600,000,
were disposed of, and results are satisfactory.
These sales have added firmness to tho market
In tbe regular way a seasonable distribution
has been made by jobbers' aid by commission
men, who report fair slders for fall wear goods,
with a considerable
Distribution of Dryiroods
and of bleached cotton goods at tbe late price re
visions. Raw wool has been fairly active at in
terior markets, and in average distribution at
the seaboard, with values aided by the good re
sults of the flannel sales, the late decision by
tbe Treasury Department and strong foreigu
advices showing a strong tone, but with no
quotable advance. Raw cotton Is rather less
active at unchanged prices. The old
crop movement is still further cur
tailed and a 7,000,000 bale crop looks
doubtful. New crop- advices are improved.
Trading in wbeat has been light on and off the
option list with prices c down for cash and
steady for options, and the market about
steady. Southwestern advices favor harvest
ing at many points at an early day. In the
Northwest frost, low temperature and unfavor
able weather are reported. Prices advanced
on this, but have reacted. Flour remains
barely steadyon low and medium gTades.
Indian corn is not in active export demand
and broke c on more tban 500.0WJ bushels re
served at New York. Oats ic lower In sym
pathy with corn as well as on large receipts.
Dealings in hog products are only moderate
and price fluctuation slight Raw sugar is He
higher on restricted offerings, firmer foreign
markets and urgent reqirements from refiners.
Refined, too, was in better demand, and the
market strong; even buoyant with prices up
Coffee remains steady in price on the week,
and there has been a freer movement to arrive,
and the distribution to jobbers has been freer.
Speculative trading in Brazil coffee here and In
Europe remains lifeless.
Business failures reported to BradstrecCs
number 133 in the United States this week,
against 140 last week and 123 this week last
year. Canada had 18 this week, against 19 last
week". The total number of failures in tbe '
United States January 1 to date Is 5,044, against
4,511 in 1888.
It. G. Don 8s Co.'s Review.
Dun & Co.'a trade revlewsays: On the whole,
crop prospects continue unusually good, and
the markets are rapidly adjusting themselves
to the assurance of ample supplies. Business
at all points reporting continues large In vol
ume, and the clearings through banks show an
Increase of about 12 per cent over last year out
side of New York.
In view of the large exports of gold, and con
siderable realizing sales of securities by foreign
holders, the course of foreign trade is closely
watched. Tbe increase over last year in exports
from New York and in imports at New York
has been about 7 per cent for eacb, which indi
cates an excess of imports over exports for
May of about 511,000, 000, and the specie move
ment thus far has-notnearly settled the balance
Lighter exports are to be expected for the
next month, so that a considerable .outgo of
gold would be natural, even if there should ba
no withdrawal of capital on account of securi
A Look Ahead.
There is no apprehension of early disturb
ance In the money market, but the bank sur
plus. If materially weakened dnring the next
six weeks by gold exports, may not be strong
enough to prevent serious pressure in tbe fall.
During tha pas: week the treasury has taken
In only $200,000 more than it baxpald out and
domestic exchanges favor New York.
Monev at interior Dolnts is almosteverrwhere
In ample supply, Cleveland being tbe only ex
ception. Collections do not improve at Kansas
City or Milwaukee, and banks report many
drafts returned unpaid at Cleveland, but tbe
complaints are on the whole not increased.
The speculative markets have been compara
tively tame, though corn has declined lKcoats
4c and coffee He, while wbeat, oil and pork
produqts are eacb a trifle stronger. No change
is seen In cotton. Tbe general average of
prices has declined only a fifth of 1 per cent for
the week. About 10 per cent moro tban last
year's prices is asked for Michigan wool. The
decision on the worsted question Is regarded
by many is insuring a more active demand for
Pie Iron Doll.
Pittsburg reports a very dnll market for pig
iron, with lower prices for some brands and a
fair demand for manfactnred iron and steel
at former prices. The impression prevails at
Philadelphia that bottom prices have been
reached, and steel rail producers are encour
aged by sales of 80,000 tons or more durlag the
week to believe that the turning point has been
In other branches of business tbe outlook Is
encouraging. There are signs of an immense
production of butter and cheese, with a full de
mand. The production of boots and shoes is
Increasing and orders received are large.
Scarcely any profit is realized in production
of leather, but the visible supply is believed to
be steadily diminishing, and hides are abundant
and cheap. India rubber is not very firm at 66
cents for paraflne. The trade in groceries is
moderate. The stock market after a strong
advance, has Deen somewhat depressed by
realizations, and tbe outbreak of a new war of
rates among the roads west of Chicago is a dis
quieting feature, but as yet prices nave receded
onlv a little.
, The business failures number 21o, as com
pared with 223 last week and 232 the week
previous. Korthe-correspondlng week of last
year the figures were 205.
A Slap nt Philadelphia.
Don't label Philadelphia dead;
Why. bless you I look around.
There's lots of Gotham overhead
That going underground.,
THIS IS NO CEMETERY.
And yet Ignoble carper, so live is this big
That the very wires we bury are "live" when
they're put down1;
Nothing that'sdeaa W buried, and all Is live
one meets, j '
Except when a Fhiladelpbian is seen upon our
streets. New York Herald.
Not Gambling-, bat Science.
From the Philadelphia Press. 1
The decision bf the Missouri Supreme Court
that poker playkig is not gambling will" no
doubt be prompts affirmed by tbe courts of
Kentucky. Pnblts sentiment in those States
regards poker.as, the science of higher matbe
ihatics, which whlily antedates gambling.
The editor of a Fort Ogden (Fla.) paper
asserts that a bamboo sprout near his well grew
five Inches in one night.
Mr. Beaucnamp, living near Smithfield.
Ga., complained of s pain in bis feet about ten
days sao, and bow they are both dead, up to
the middle of the calf of each leg- He Is about
80 years old, and his physicians say that in a
few days all the flesh will drop off, ir he does
not die himself.
Joshua Mullen, w inmate of the
Charlestown, InL,poorhouse,builtawagon and
ran away with Lucinda True, another inmate,
taking ber baby and trunk along. When last
seen Mullen was in the wagon with the baby
and trunk smoking a pipe, and Lucinda was
pulling It along.
In the out-bouse of Mr. N". W. Sweet
man, near Cuthbert, Ga., last week, a rattle
snake f rigbteped a cat, that scared a hen. that
knocked a jar from a shelf which hit tbe fau
cet of a barrel ot molasses, which turned the
faucet causing the loss of a barrel of syrup.
The snake was killed. '
A popular clerk in a 'Cuthbert, Ga.,
drygoods house, who is unmarried andiwho Is
doted for politeness, especially to young ladies
was waiting upon a young lady a few evenings
ago and sold her quite a nice little bilL He)
was all smiles and bows, and as the bill was
completed the young lady said: "I haven't th
money with me, but I will pay you in a few
weeks." "That's all right" was the clerk's re
ply, with a bow and a smile, "I hope yon wiU."
A California philosopher evolves the
theory that the many divorces in that State are
due to the coldness of the climate and the high
price of coaL In the evening, be says, it is so
chilly that tbe husband and wife can't sit down
comfortably as they do in tbe East, and with
coal at S15 a ton they can't afford to use it
So the husband gets into the babit of going
out for a walk in order to keep warm, and tbe
wife often gets Into the same habit. Divorces
Messrs. Charles Farrington and J. P.
Wesley, of Macon, Ga., while out fishing tbs
other day killed a three-legged alligator. The
reptile was abont three feet long, and a closa
examination could show no trace that it had
ever possessed more than three limbs. The
dead alligator was brought to town, and at
traded much attention. There is no sign what
ever that It ever had more than three legs;tbers
is no shoulder blade or other cone to which the
missing limb could have been attached.
A lady near Willis Point, Texas, re
cently, was busy abont the house when sbe
heard her Infant whom she had left on a
pallet on the porch, make a peculiar noise. She
hastened to her babe and was horrified to see a
long, poisonous snake loosely colled abont the
child with its head in the baby's lap, looking
straight into the child's face. The mother
with one frantic movement jerked the Infant
out of tbe Snake's coiL The reptile fell and
ran under tbe floor where it was dispatched by
pouring a kettle of hot water through the open
cracks of the floor.
B. S. 'Williams, who lives near Mucka
lee creek. Ga., within tbe past week caught
four large alligators in the creek aforesaid.
These 'gators have usually been feasting on
the fonr-legged animal known as the hog in
that settlement and tbe people out there have
determined to put an end to these depredations
on their hogs by catching tbo pests. The way
they catch them Is this: They bait a large hook;
with a piece of fresh meat then tie tbe line se
curely to a limb or small tree near tbe water.
In a short time his 'gatorsbip comes up and
swallows it and thus he is fastened.
Dr. William A. Hammond writes that
water for drinking purposes should never be
below 50. We can almost always get it even
In the hottest weather, as cool as this by letting
it run for a minute or two from any household
faucet or drawing it from any country well. If
not, there is no objection to cooling it to tho
potnt mentioned. The East India "monkey,"
which can now be had almost anywhere in this
country, and by means of wbich tbe contained
water is cooled by its own evaporation, answers
tbe nnrnose admlrablv. Iamauitesnre that
if ice water should be generally discarded as a
drink tbe average duration of life would ba
lengtnenea ana existence renaerea more toier-i
From Putnam county, Fla., comes news
a n A AlrfcYlA nAAtwAnfta KvnA TwmAva In
the field heard a tremendous rushing sound I
over their beads, and looting up saw something
"that looked like i solid column of fire passing
with tremendous velocity through tbe air with
a whirring, hissing sound. It appeared to ba
from eight to ten feet In length and from four
to five feet in diameter. When first discovered
it seemed to be several hundred feet above) the
earth and was Inclining in its course tovfird
tbe ground, profusely emitting great sparkfi of
fire. In an instant It passed out of sight 1 '
an awful explosion took placothat sboUf
earth for miles around and was heard foi-dio-tance
of 15 miles.
The story is going the rounds of a retail
dealer who obtained a rare bargain in ladies'
hemstitched linen handkerchiefs wbich be de
signed to sell at a fair profit at 25 cents eacb.
On examination of tbe goods he determined
not to give such value for so small a sum. Tak
ing one-half this lot, he marked eacb hander
cbief in tbe corner with a lead pencil 25 cents,
and tbe other half of the lot, precisely the
same style and quality, be marked In tbe same
way, 30 cents, and displayed tbe goods on his
counter side by side. Imagine his surpriao
when he found that two out of every three of
his lady customers selected tbe bargains at 30
cents, leaving him with the larger part of those
marked 25 cents on his counter. As it was im
possible to alter the marks from 25 to 30 with
out soiling the goods, he was actually com
pelled to purchase another invoice of the
same lot to obliged the fair buyers who pre
ferred to pay 30 cents for the article rather
than 25 cents.
A Georgian relates the following story
of a queer delusion under which one of his
uncles labored: "My uncle was a farmer and a
wealthy man. When the war broke out be en
listed and fought bravely to the end. He had
not been home six months when the strange
fancy seized bim that there was a small drum
In tbe top of his head, and'tbat ne would never
more have peace. He was sent to tbe private
Insane asylum. Except for this peculiar idea
he was apparently as sane as you or I, and his
conversation on any topic but this was rational.
Finally tbe physicians hit upon a happy Idea.
They told my uncle they would perform a
surgical operation, and take tbe drum out So
they bad a miniature drum made, and one ot
them kent it in the nalm of his band, where the
patient could not see It. They then cut the
scalp on the top ot bis bead until blood came,
and the physicians pretended to draw out the
drum through tbe top of bis bead, stitching the
wound after doing fio. My uncle was cured the
minute he saw the drum."
WHAT WILD WITS SAY.
The night rolls on until stopped by the
brake of day. Hotil UaiL.
In ancient times everybody played the
lyre; nbw the liar plays everybody. TroyPreu.
It is when a landlord creeps through the
barb wire fence of a delinquent tenant that he Is
almost sure to get bis back ient.Bingtiamt07i
"I onc&had a dog that was so-clever that
he could easily distinguish rogues from honest V
people, but I had to ittve him awy, for one day he
bit me." tlltgende Blaetter.
One of the new mining towns in Michigan
Is called Gladstone. Its greatness Is ore, wherein
it differs from the Grand old Man In whose honor
It was named. PMladtlpMa Prut.
The Usual Disappointment Omaha
Touth-I've called for my new spring snlt.
Average TailorSorry, but It Is not finished.
Omaha Youh Why, you said you would hava
It done if yon worked all night.
Average Tailor Yes, bnt I didn' t work all night.
Is Learning Fast. Visitor Well, Tom
my, how are yon getting on at school?
Tommy (aged 8) first rate. 1 alo't doing as
well as some of the other boys, though. I can
stand on my head, but I have to put myfet
against tbe fence. I want to do it witbout being
near the fence at all. and 1 guess I can after
awhile. lantee Blade. ,
As a Sequence. Wibble Wbathave you
been doing to-day, Wabblef
Wabble Ob, nothing la particular. Just killing
Wibble I never have anyipare time to till. X
have all my time laid out for each day. I
Wabble I nave my time laid out, too, after XL
get It killed. Tern Jlaute Express. t
"What do you mean by following me alF
"lam ordered by the Chief not to lose sight ot .
you. sir." J
'Well, hereisoneofmy photographs. Yon can
keep your eye on that. And wait a moment
here's 15 besides." 7
Thanks." " ,'
(Lynx-eyed detective keeps his eye on tbe ph
Where They Fail. Caller (at aphob
graph gallery) That Is a grand picture of he
Centennial parade: every face perfect i
Photographer (proudly) Yes, It Is an instanta
neous picture of the troops on the march pel I
ever took. " iW
Caller Ye, every motion appears to have fla
caught; the marching troops, waving flags,gal
loping horses, rushing crowds bnt what are
these blurred spots on the grand stands? .
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