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PITTSBURG. SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 1SS8.
AN AWFUL BEAUTY.
One of the striking indications of the ap
palling extent of the disaster in the Cone
maugh Valley is the fact that the early
reports concerning it instead of exaggerating
the loss of life and destruction of property
fell far short of it. The mind refused to
conceive the possibility of snch a terrible
destruction as now proves to be the reality.
The estimate of deaths has grown from a
few scores at first, to be counted by hundreds
and now some estimates state the possibility
t at fourwrnTe thousand lives are lost
TJ(efulier reports of the sweeping disaster
which are given this morning reveal the
existence of horrors that surpass all previous
conceptions of what might have taken
place. To the terrors of death by the sud
den and devouring floods have been added
those of death by fire. The fearful calamity
was crowned by the turning of the pile of
wreckage thrown np against the railroad
bridge across the Conemaugh; and the hu
man waifs who had survived being swept
away in the floods to be imprisoned in that
mass of debris, were doomed to the mockery
of death by fire "before they had fairly es
caped that by water. The combination of
the two incongruous and antagonistic ele
ments to produce an appalling and whole
sale destruction of life makes the calamity
an unequaled one in its fearful attributes.
'Beside the awful total of lives that have
been suddenly blotted out, the destruction
of property though unprecedented is hardly
worth a thought. The actual total of deaths
is as yet a matter of conjecture. Tteliable
returns indicate that it cannot be less than -two
thousand, while above that there is an
awful margin of possibilities that swell the
estimates from three to ten thousand. The
only thing that js certain Is that a popula
tion of 17,000 to 18,000 dwelt in the path of
he descending flood. Some of these es
caped; bow many it cannot yet be told. It
" is permissible to hope that the vast majority
of them have preserved their lives,
although they are still missing; but nntil
full returns are received the fear must re
main that the destruction of life is to be
counted by the thousands.
Such a fearful disaster surpasses comment
as completely as it dwarfs previous concep-
c tions. In the awful presence of the facts
humanity can only stand dumb and awe
fctricken nntil it rouses itself to efforts in
behalf of the sufferers who have escaped
-with their lives and little else.
HETTHEE BOOK SOB PAHIC.
It is interesting to observe a number of
our esteemed cotemporaries discussing the
prospects for a business boom. The main
provocation for such a discussion appears to
be the impression that the interval of years
since the last boom is abont sufficient to
'make a new one due. An editorial in the
Boston Herald which is a fair example of
the style, refers to the fact that the interval
of eight or nine years has about elapsed;
then, taking tip the theory that the prices
of iron afford a fair indication for the
changes of business, it points out the fact
that the prices of that staple are unprece
dentedly low. and upon thit basis it con
cludes that there is no immediate prospect
of the change which will produce a rapid
advance and a general inflation of prices.
The conclusion is undoubtedly correct,
Vlthough Le premises by which it is reached
Hiaybt a little confused. Low prices of
iron have very frequently preceded a rapid
advance, but -that Has always been due to
the fact that the margin ot profits on the
manufacture of iron was so Tar extinguished
as to induce a general redaction of output.
At present, although prices we very low,
there is still a slight margin of profit and
,fthc volume of production bids fair to be as
'large this year as ever. Beyond that, there
is the fact that rapid advances in the price
in1 the iron-market, heretofore, have invari
ably been caused by a sndden and unex
pected increase in the demand. This has
nearly always been due to a large resump
tion of railroad building, and to increased
expenditures, in repairs and equipments
after a period of adversity in the railroad
business had indueed general economy in
While there has been, of late, a falling off
in the railroad demand for iron and steel;
and while there is hope that good crops
would induce a moderate increase in that
department of consumption for our manu
factures, there is no reason to expect such
an increase as will produce a rapid and ex
ceptional inflation of values. Indeed the
more pertinent question now seems to be
whether there is any danger of continued de
pression amounting to panic, rather than
whether there is any probability of a boom
in prices. The most satisfactory feature of
the present situation, in the iron market at
least, is the evident impossibility of either.
Prices rest upon such a foundation of bot
tom rock that any marked decline is as im
possible as any rapid advance. The market
is about as low as it can be, and its capacity
for meeting all demands upon it, is so great
as to make it practically certain that no
great expansion can occur. There may be,
and all interests will unite in hoping that
there will be, a moderate increase in profits
and a marked enlargement in the volume of
traffic But unless some new and wholly
unexpected factors should intervene, it may
be taken as a foregone conclusion that the
fluctuations of prices for iron during the
next year or two, will be confined within
It is for the real good of conservative
business that we should have neither panic
nor a boom. A panic is destructive, but an
inflation of values, is the surest precursor of
the shrinkage which must inevitably follow
THE NEED FOB BELIEF.
Pittsburg is Responding promptly and
nobly to the needs of the sufferers along the
Conemaugh valley for relief from their ter
rible damage which has been inflcted upon
them by the unprecedented flood of Friday.
Too much cannot be done in this way.
Thousands of people are rendered destitute
and homeless, In addition to the unnum
bered hundreds whose lives have been de
stroyed by that terrible outburst of the forces
The contributions, which have already
been made,display an unsurpassed liberality,
but there is no dangerlhat additional con
tributions will exceed the needs of the oc
casion. Therst news from the disaster
commenced to count the losses of the home
less by scores, and later by hundreds; but it
is now evident that they most be counted by
thousands, and that the total of people
whose homes have been swept away at a
single blow is likely to amount up into the
tens of thousands. There is no possibility
of doing too much to relieve the inevitable
suffering from such a disaster. Clothing
will be needed, food will be needed, and
money will be needed to avert the horrors
which will exaggerate the calamity if the re
lief is not prompt and ample.
The stricken district is naturally a por
tion of the territory of which Pittsburg is
-the center, and Pittsburg's response to the
relief of the destitute people shonld be as
prompt and unbounded as the terrible and
unprecedented nature of the disaster. ....
A CREDITABLE BESP0NSE.
There is certainly much credit due to our
business men in the liberal response which
has been made to the need for relief 'of the
sufferers at Johnstown. An element of com
pensation for the sudden and sweeping
nature of the disaster is contributed by the
fact that Pittsburg has been correspondingly
prompt and free-handed in coming to the
aid of its stricken neighbors.
Our city has not been exempt in the past
from the charge of slowness in public con
tributions, But the calamity at Johns
town came so near home and struck so
many who are connected with Pittsburg by
tiesof friendship and business that our people
were closely touched. The contriDution of
nearly a hundred thousand dollars in a
single day is a measure of what our city
will do for its suffering neighbors when
aroused to the needs oi the case. It is also
a promise that Pittsburg is ready to do all
in its power to succor the survivors of the
Johnstown disaster and to relieve their
IT SURPASSES FICTION.
A singular feature of the terrible disaster
along-the Conemaugh river is its almost
exact reproduction upon a terribly ex
panded scale of the similar calamity which
is told of in Charles Beade's story, "Put
Yonrselfin His Place." The representa
tion of the terrible force of the sudden flood
in that work of fiction was considered ex
aggerated when the book appeared. This
idea was corrected for Pittsburg readers by
the Butcher's Bun flood; but the Johns
town disaster reproduces the incidents of
the story more exactly. In both cases a
manufacturing town lying along the nar
row valley of a river was swept away. In
both cases the disaster was caused "by the
sudden bursting of an immense dam lying
above the devoted town and forming an
enormous reservoir. In reality, as well as
in fiction, the calamity was caused by a
sndden and unprecedented outpour of rain,
and the terrible loss of life in the work of
the imagination seems to have been dwarfed
by the actual horrors of the reality. The
improbability of the invented story is out
done by the terrors of the actual event.
Truth is stranger and more appalling than
The provisions of the Constitution which
are obnoxious to classes interested in ob
taining special favors from legislation are
those regulating the railway corporations,
the prohibition of special legislation and
the limitation of municipal indebtedness.
It is asserted by the Chicago Tribune that
it is for the purpose of getting rid of these
stumbling blocks to corporate aggression
and municipal extravagance in the Illinois
Constitution that a movement was started
there for a convention to revise the Consti
tution. It may not be the case that similar mo
tives are behind the'proposition for a con
stitutional convention in this State. There
is no apparent foundation for such a charge.
But it is evident-that if a constitutional
convention shonld be called it would be
necessary for the publie to take especial
precautions lest the interests that would be
benefited by the repeal of these salutary
provisions should gain control of the con
vention. That danger is so palpable that
the people of the State may well ask them
selves whether it is not better to give the
present constitution a fair trial than to cast
it aside within .15 years of its- ratification.
It Is a pertinent fact that the people of
SouthJakota, who are just now framing
their own Constitution, are decidedly in
favor of these provisions. That instrument
forbids special legislation in favor of cor-
porauons, and limits city indebtedness to 5
per cent of the tax valuation. Dakota is
wise in adopting these restraints on common
abuses, and Pennsylvania would be very
unwise in discarding them,
COSTLY E0YAL SOKES.
One of the embarassments under which
the English people continually labor, owing
to their form of government, is the obliga
tion not only to give their princes of the
royal blood big allowances but also places in
the army, navy or civil service. It is bad
enough for the Britons to have to pay the
Duke of Edinburgh, the Dnkeof Connaught
and the rest of them more than a gross of,
tnem would be worth, without having to
risk the valuable lives of English soldiers
and sailors because of the utter incom
petency of their royal commanders. It is
one of the absurd relics of old-fashioned
monarchy that the next decade is sure to see
Just now the Duke of Edinburgh, who is
a sulky man and a shocking bad sailor, is
being tried by a sort of make-believe conrt
martial for allowing the first-class man-of-war
Saltan to run ashore one calm, clear
day on the Mediterranean. Of course, the
verdict will be that the warship Sultan is a
contrary kind oi boat, with a'horrid habit of
jamming herself on to reefs and things
whenever she gets a chance. But to tbe ex
treme edification of the naughty Badicals
it has leaked out that the real reason of ihe
disaster, which came near resulting in the
loss of a costly vessel, was that His Royal
Grace had been on a seaboard tear.
Now, a tear on board ship only dif
fers from a tear on dry land in that
the limits ot a vessel at sea make the ine
briation, as a rule, a more intense affair.
It was a royal drunk; of that there is no
doubt. The royal drunkard will doubtless
celebrate his whitewashing when it occurs
by another high old time.
Our navy has a great many handicapping
conditions, but it is happily free from royal
dnkes who know how to handle a bottle
better than a ship, whose reliance is in a
corkscrew rather than a compass, and who
have no need to fear the consequences of
ON NEITHER SIDE.
The attitude of the Republican party upon
the liquor question is made the subject of
an article in the Philadelphia Press which
contains some interesting statements. We
are informed by that reliable authority that
in Maine, Iowa and Kansas the Republican
party is essentially a prohibition party. In
Illinois, Ohio, and New York it is a high
license party and in New Jersey it is a high
license and local option party.
This is rather interesting, as showing a
high degree of versatility on the part of the
Bepublican party on the liquor question;
but it seems to fall rather short of the needs
of the occasion in failing to define the posi
tion of the Bepublican party on the question
in Pennsylvania. The Press is undoubtedly
qualified to speak on the latter point, what
ever doubt might be thrown upon its au
thority with regard to the attitude of the
party in other States. Consequently it is
somewhat disappointing to find that jonrnal
saying that in Pennsylvania the party, as a
party, is not committed either for or against
therprohibition amendment. It the people
vote for prohibition, says the Press, the Re
publican partv will accept the verdict; if
they vote against it the Bepublican party
will adhere to license.
A great many people in the' State share
the position which is thus attributed by the
Press to the Bepublican party on the ques
tion of prohibition; but it is rather disap
pointing to find the assertion that the Be
publican attitude is clear and well defined
upon the liquor question contrasted with
such an avowal of neutrality. It recalls the
sarcasm of the old negress in "Uncle Tom's
Cabin," who declared that some people
were neither white nor black, and she liked
to be "either one or 'tudder."
Missouri has passed an anti-trust law,
and now the press of that section is largely
engaged in declaring that it will smash
things. This kind of talk grew very fa
miliar when, the inter-State commerce bill
was passed. It may be effective in pro
ducing the result of non-enforcement. One
great cause of many public evils ot to-day
is the national vice of passing laws and
then letting them become a dead letter.
The determination of English capital
ists to bny up the United States breweries
is met by a readiness on the part of the en
terprising citizens of this land to sell the
Englishmen all the breweries they want at
the highest market rates, and then to vote
on prohibition in an entirely disinterested
The Chicago News declares that the State
of Illinois is Democratic .now, and would
elect a Democratic Legislature and United
States Senator. As there is no election
pending in Illinois we shall have to take
the declaration of the esteemed A'ews on
trust. Republicans will find solace for it
in the reflection that it is better to have that
State Democratic now than at the future
dates when the elections will be held.
With regard to the French affair it is
certainly to be hoped that the State Depart
ment will succeed in asserting the inde
pendence of American women from French
dressmakers, further than Jthe thralldom
with which the fashions bind them.
Pittsburg's relief trains already on the.
road to Johnstown testify the practical sym
pathy of our city for the stricken people.
One hundred thousand dollars of a sub
scription raised in a day is a very ma
terial way of showing our sympathy and
readiness to alleviate the calamity. But
the sympathy cannot exceed the awful pro
portions the disaster.
Clothing, food or money, all seem to be
equally available for the Johnstown suffer
ers. The prompter the contributions the
greater will be their value.
A MAN who was captured down in New
Mexico with 350 stolen horses in his posses
sion, has not been punished. The man who
steals a single horse is promptly swung up
in the far West, but the New Mexicans are
plainly under the impression that this man
is such a wholesale horse thief that he must
be awarded the immunity of that class.
A QUEEE IIOOSIER HOG.
He Has Eight Lege, Two Bodies nnd
Cbawfordsville, and., June L A freak
of nature in the shape of a double pig was born
a few miles north of here last night. It has
eight less, two bodies, four ears, but only one
snout and mouth, bnt a double throat and or
gans for two mouths. It was of tbo Poland
China breed, and has been preserved in alco
hol. He Didn't Want Him to Grasp,
From the Chicago News.!
"I grasp tbe situation," said President Har
rison after listening tor bait an hour to the
man who wanted an office.
"That's just tbe trouble.?' complained tbe
suppliant. "What r want is for yon to let go
.hn e,.n-.fnn at tli.t 1 Jt-n mat. i l
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THE EIVEE'SMEK DRAMA.
Watching the Epilogue of the South Fork
Tragedr on the Allegheny's Bnnks.
x Tawny and turbulent was the Ohio yester.
day. It bore upon Its ever broadening bosom
the fragments of a thousand homes. Tbe gray
clouds gave no cheery tint to the brown waters,
and they flowed furiously, biting at the banks
and tossing tumultously together trees, timbers
and tbe wrecks of conntless bouses thrashed
out to kindling wood against bridge and rock
in tbe mad rash of the flood. The sun had set
tbe night before on a qniet river. It was a
mighty change that had come in the night The
waters seemed to have a crnel look;, and the
speed of the current suggested forcibly the
night of a murderer from the scene of his
The terrible news so graphically given in The
Dispatch yesterday morning seemed ail the
more thrilllngwhen the reader could look from
tbe paper to the swollen river.
Tbe Ohio has not been higher or uglier for a
twelvemonth, and even as early as 9 o'clock
yesterday morning, six miles below Allegheny,
the grim messengers from the scene of destruc
tion, doors, scraps of roofing, window frames,
smashed furniture, and here and there some
piteous reminder of a destroyed home, such as
a cradle or a rocking chair, littered the ex
panse of water from shore to shore.
The quay and outer wa'l of the lock at the
Bellevue dam were under water, and the only
.signs to show where the dam itself lay were
some of the timbers of a coffer dam which has
been in process of building all thl3 winter near
the southern end of the wickets. At this point
the river was a boiling torrent The swish
and roar of the conflicting currents could be
plainly beard on the train as we flew past
Above tbe dam the mass of float
ing debris became larger, and the
scene more exciting. All along the river
bank from Dlxmont np men in skiffs were to be
seen pulling hard against the current and hncr
ging the banks. All they seemed to be after
was the lumber broken loose from rafts in tbe
upper rivers. There was plenty of it But
above Bellevue the skin's multiplied, and pow
erful steamboats came Into view, driving be
fore them tbe tows of coal which had been tied
up to tbe bank along the landings of Neville
and Jack's Run. The sternwheelers seemed to
have all tbey could do to stem the stream.
Tbe rebellious strength of the great river
showed Itself plainly. It played with a heavy
steamer as if it bad been a pleasure launch.
But still nothing in the Ohio's appearanco
prepared one for tbe evidences of a great ca
lamity that crowded upon the eye as one
looked up and down the Allegheny from the
Sixth street Suspension bridge. Greater floods
have been seen often before in tbe treacherous
Allegheny, though the yellow tide was high
enough yesterday to submerge tbe Pittsburg
and Western tracks and to imperil tbe craft
tied to the banks. At first one hardly realized
what the floes of matted debris, which at times
absolutely bid the river's face, meant I heard
a man who had been silently staring at the
packs of splintered timber for ten minutes say:
"The flood must have struck a sight of saw
mills!" It was a reasonable error, for the re
fuse of twenty sawmills seemed to have been
emptied into the river of twenty, nay, a
But it was no sawmill that turned out these
Down the Allegheny were slipping all that
was left of thousands of homes!
When this thought struck a man's mind he
shivered. The whirling race of the river made
his bead swim; the thought of the homes torn
into shreds, of human beings dashed to eternity
without a second's warning, or held between
life and death only long enough to make the
final cutting of the thread more awful still,
made his heart sick.
Crashing and grinding against the bridge piers
came down the remains of what had been yes
terday tbe roofs, walls, floors and furniture ot
houses in Johnstown or her tributary villages.
There seemed to be no end to the flood's pillage.
The crowds upon tbe bridges and the river
banks bad a new relic of the great disaster to
look at every minute. Here was a whole stair
case "hanging together still upon the top of a
floating pile of wood cut into splinters as if
with a sharp hatchet The woodwork of a
garden pump trailed behind an outlandish
rudder. There, a compact mass of window
frames, the trellis work of a porch and a whole
door caught the eye of the men in a large skiff,
who were on tbe outlook for human remains.
See, the wreckage is so tightly twisted and
wedged'together that it is strong enough to
support a man's weight and one of the oars
men, dropping bis oar, steps upon it and pries
it open with a boat hook. The men in the boat
drag away the door and heavier timbers that 1
look like beams ot a roof, while the river tears
along with the boat and its quarry locked
together. Tbe man with tbe boathook
fishes out something limp and black. For a mo
ment the spectators hold their breath, but it
proves to be a man's coat; the wearer of it can
not be found, and tbe discoverer resumes his
place at tbe oar. His companions push off jnst
in time to avoid a large tree floating with its
broken roots pointing to the sky, and the shat
tered skeleton of a home is swept out of sight
Amonq the wreckage, which comes as fast
and thick as ice floes do in a January thaw, the
skiffs shoot In and out daring a great deal, but
keeping in tbe narrow paths of clear water
with astonishing skill. The men who are risk
ing their lives in their watch for the victims of
the flood are not always unsuccessful in their
search. In the shadow of the Exposition build
ing a clotted stack of dismembered bouse walls
gives up tbe body of a woman. So cruelly have
the waters nsed herthatnot a shred ot clothing
hangs to her, and the wonder is that her poor
lacerated body has withstood the buffeting b
With its bow touching the pier of the Sixth
street bridge and the stroke oar rowing stead
ily all the time to keep her from being swung
down stream a skiff holds four men who eye
the procession of ruins sharply as they float
by. They see strange sights. Now it is a
stable rent in twain; it bas come through tbe
ordeal with small injury; several bales of hay
are still Inclosed in tbe woodwork, and, a
pitiful sight! two horses float beside their food.
The ropes that tethered the poor brntes are
still unbroken bnt the wall to which they were
tied is gone. In another heap a half ot a largo
kitchen clock lies beside a water-butt and the
bannisters of a staircase are sticking nn at odd
angles from the unrecognizable tangle of
So the tide firept on for hours. Crowds of
curious peoplefwatchcd the dreadful freight
tbe Allegheny f nceasingly hurried toward the
South from dawn till dark. It seemed as if tbe
Klskimlnetas would have never done disgorg
ing its prey. The story of ruin and death that
the Allegheny told wasafitting epilogue to the
terrible tragedy of SontbXFork.
Sueelt no battlefield, drenched In blood and
echoing with tbe groans of the bounded, could
be more full ot dread, more f rightlni than that
flood of waters fleeing from the "mountains,
hiding in its dark embrace only tbe great God
Himself knows bow many hapless beings.
Those who saw nothing more of the disaster
than the wreck-strewn Allegheny, havenoMe-
sire to see such a ghastly funeral processisn
again. HEPBtma- Jomrs,
PERSONAL FACTS AND FANCIES.
GEOEQE W. SHAIiMT, says Consul General
New, can easily save $100,000 from the fees of
bis London office in four years.
Queen Victoria still has her boots made In
the old-fashioned way elastic sides, soft kid
uppers, pointed toe-caps and low heels.
THE Countess Crosy of the old nobility of
Austria bas gone on the road with her circus
troupe. She will take it to Paris before the
D. B. Fijnt. of Boston, still drives one of the
horses ridden by General Grant during a por
tion of tbe war. The animal is 29 years old,
milk white, and still full of life.
MnrasTEB, Rtan goes to Mexico fortified
against the debilitating effects of the high lati
tude. He bas pledged himself not to touch a
drop of the Mexican national beverage.
Mrs. Josephine Baxter, who died recent
ly at Pomona, Cah, had an unusually varied
matrimonial experience. She bad no less than
six husbands in 80 years, and lost them all by
death except one. Her first husband was a
teacher, the seconds pork-packer, the third a
Lieutenant In the regular army, the fourth -a
preacher, tbe fifth a sugar planter, and tbe sixth
a lawyer, wno survives ner.
lli SOUL OP A heeU
How a Brave Little Newsboy 'Made His,
Denver, June L A most interesting story
comes from Leadvijle, how a few years ago,
when the great mining camp was in the pride
and glory of its wonderful career, there was
employed In one of the largest newspaper of.
flees there a weak and fragile little hunchback
by the name of Willie fluff. The boy, though
delicate In body, possessed the heart and sand
of a hero. No one knew where he spent his
nights, but bis days were devoted to his duties
about the office and to selling papers on the
streets. In all seasons he piled his vocation,
and no mountain storm, however nereely it
might howl about the hills, had power to drive
him into shelter if there was a possible chance
to dispose of his papers.
Year after year pased by and the boy grew
like a shadow, a walking" skeleton of helpless
infancy, scarcely able to stand npright be
neath the burden of his papers. It transpired,
however, that the Boy had an object in view,
which no mlsfortnne could make him forget or
forego. The boy had an only sister, and to
educate her had been the ambition of his life.
The girl's voice had long before given promise
of fame to Its possessor, and could it be culti
vated by the masters of song, the imaginative
ooy aireaay saw me worm lu worship at the
feet of his darling. Out of his meager earn
ings, the boy had already saved a few hundred
dollars, and with this he had established the
girl in one of tbe most famous conservatories
of music In Europe. Thereafter every month
saw a draft start upon its long journey across
the ocean, and thus the sister's expenses were
defrayed until she should graduate and return
to become a famons singer, whose material
ized image tbe boy carried in his mind.
Tbe girl had nowbeengonealmost four years,
and the letters which the waiting brother re
ceived regularly now began to speak of her re
turn, when they were to dwell together always,
and she, with her divine art was to support the
sickly boy and to love him to tbe end of time.
The mountains changed from green to white,
and from white to green again, Vhen'Willie
Huff lay down among tbe shadows of the hills
and faded from the earth. Tbe sister came at
last, but tbe boy slept beneath the shelter of
the mighty range, and the silent pines kept
watch abovo his lonely grave. That sister is
now the celebrated Minnie Huff.
BBIBE8 OP THE CHUBCH.
Two Pennsylvania Girls Take the White
Ynil at Louisville.
Louisville. June L The impressive cere
mony of taking the White Vail, according to
the ritual of the Catholic Church, was per
formed yesterday morning at the Ursuline Con
vent, Shelby and Chestnut streets, with nine
young ladies as postulants. Their ages range
from 16 to 20 years. They were each given a
name, by which to be hereafter known as Jong
as connected with the TJrsnline order. Mls3
Johanna Foster will be known as Sister Ancel
ma; Annie Dautb, of Ottenheim, Ky., as Sister
Amelia; Maggie Smith, of Madison. Ind., as
Sister Mary Loretto; Mary Lntz, of Hobbstadt
Ind.. as Sister Lncilla; Elizabeth Burse, of
Madison, Ind., as Sister Marv Andrew; Matilda
Noemer, of Cincinnati; as Sister Mary Nich
olas; Annie Brinker, of Cumberland, Md., as
Sister Layola; Magdalena Leonard, of Butler,
Fa., as Sister Hilana, and Maggie Sherman, of
Buttalo, N. Y., as'Sister Edmunda.
The ceremony of investiture was performed
in the chapel of the Immaculate Conception,
in tbe convent and it was crowded with rela
tives and friends of the young ladles. Rev.
Father Deppen, of the Cathedral, officiated in
tbe absence of Bishop McCIoskey, and deliv
ered an appropriate sermon. Each candidate
was dressed as a bride and carried a light wax
taper in her hand. Tbe usual ceremonies pre
vailed, ending with bestowing tbe white vail.
Though now Ursuline nuns, they can, at the
end ot two years' novitiate, return to the world
if tbey desire to do io.
EOUGH ON THE CHIEF JUSTICE.
Bngcne Field Says His Poetry Is Bad, Bat
Better Than His Prose.
Eugene Field In Chicago Sews.
Three or four of our Chief Justice's poems
have come under our notice, and the only in
terest we have been able to take in them isclue
to tbe circumstance that they were written by
the man who is now at the head of tbe Federal
Supreme bench. If these same poems bad
been sent to us by a lowly contributor we
should bavo declined publishing them. As
poems they are bad, but as freaks they are in
teresting. Still we think that Mr. Fuller's
poetry is better than bis prose. Mr. Fuller's
prose style is very turgid and exceedingly in
volved; it seems wholly incapable of epigram
matic expression. His poetry has this advan
tage over his prose: Few care what his poetry
means and few, can find out what his prose
Still we think that Mr. Fuller Is a successful
lawyer, and that ought to satisfy Mr. Fuller.
A YICriM OF ICE CEEA1L
Poison In tbe Compound Said to
Caused a Young Man's Death.
Frankxin, Ind., June 1. Oscar Terrell,
16 years of age, who resided four miles north
of here, came in town yesterday afternoon in
the best of health. After being bere four
hours he was taken seriously sick and seized
with violent vomiting. Medical aid was sum
moned, and the opinion of tbe doctors was that
young Terrell bad been poisoned from eating
He was taken to the home of Postmaster
Ben P. Brown, where be died in great agony.
Tbe Coroner will bold a post mortem to-morrow
Too Great an Undertaking.
From the Chicago News.J
Four members of the Yale boat crew are to
have fheirnoses perforated to increase the ca
pacity of those cartilaginous tunnels for admit
ting air Into the internal bellows of the oarsmen.
Up to date there has been no surgical operation
performed on their heads to. make them bold
We welcome thee. Oh, pretty month of June,
For you bring to us tbe roses1 sweet perfume,
And buds, that in tbe winter cost ns dear,
Tbe same grow in our neighbor's yard, quite
And for nothing do we pluck them night and
And our dining table with tbem we adorn;
But, of course, we steal tbe most of tbem at
For neighbors1 wakeful moments then take
Miss Moneybags Malcom. a suspicion
lurks within me that you don' t love me, bnt want
to marry me only for my money.
Slalcom My dear, you are so silly. Don't you
know I'm a member of the Amateur Athletic
Miss Moneybags "Well, what has that to do
Malcom A great deal; It bars me from taking
part in any event for money. '
The funniest thing I ever saw,
W as a thing contrary to nature's law;
It was on the river, while taking a row,
1 taw a steamboat pass that had a. big tow.
Qne side of the Chief Justice's mustache is
Fuller than the other.
Mr. Busyman My dear, the faculty at Har
vard must be composed of nothing but lawyers
and slick ones, at that.
Mrs. Busyman Why so?
Mr. B. Because 1 had a telegram from onr son
to-day, which said: "Acting upon the faculty's
advice, I leave here on the 4th lnst. for home.
Please send me check for $I."I0).,,
Mrs. B. Well, what Is there In that to make
you think they are attorneys ?
Mr. B. Why, the cost of their advice.
JlY tbe side of a dock be sat one hay,
An " -ach boat as it sailed away,
- '. t"rt.
We Ms lad,
Insi .t.. d,
I would h..mEy very best condition
And sail for the Paris Exposition.
A postman is a man of letters.
If in this country it should rain a week,
How the people would complain.
But what would they dolf in England they lived,
Where it is a lifelong reign.
MRS. Swelldom My dear, a bill for $20
came for yon to-day, for one box of cigars. Now
don't you think smoking ratber an expensive
Mr. Swelldom Well, that sounds very incon
sistent coming from you.
Mrs. S. Why so?
Mr. S. Because Just before 1 left the office I sent
a check for 1150 to BIncJay, the tailor, to pay for
your riding hblt. Darling, did you speak of ex
pensive habits, or did I misunderstand you?
It is not money that he wants,
"Nor is it any tov.
But something else it takes Just now
To fill the boys with Joy.
And that something else Is nothing more,
Than tbe picture that one gets
With every box of pure straight cut
Made Into cigarettes. ass 3. Sea.
SE WELL'S STkONG GRIP.'
The Jersey Senator Hold to Hare a Power
TulPallon the Administration ASfcrewd,
Silent Politician, and Harrison's Firm
Friend His Political Methods.
Correspondence of Tbe DLsDStch.1
Tbenton, N. J., May 31Ex-Senator Will
iam J. Seweil, of this State, has a tremendous
grip on the administration. This fact has been
recognized here for some time. It is now being
recognized at Washington also. There is prob
ably no politician In the United States that
stands closer to.PresIdent Harrison than Mr.
SewelL 8tories of their intimacy and of the
Jersey Senator's influence with the President
have been afloat for several months. But only
now Is the real state of affairs known. Jersey
Republicans discovered soon after the inaugu
ration that ex-Senator Seweil gotwhatever he
asked for at the hands of the new administra
tion. All the appointments for New Jersey
have been such as Seweil desired. Not an
enemy of tbe ox-Senator, and he has some
bitter ones in his own party, has been able to
obtain even a village postmastership. Matthew
Stanley Quay and James Gillespie Blaine have
not the pull, so far as the signs go, with Harri
son that Seweil has. How did It come about?
It began some years ago when Seweil and
Harrison were in tbe Senate together. It was
in tbe days when the "cold tea" rule was in full
force in the benate restaurant. Nothing spirit
uous or even malt could be obtained. Senator
Harrison was fond of good living, as he still is,
nowthathe occupies theWhlteHouse. While
the President is temperate in his habits, be is
not a total abstainer. Occasionally he wanted
a bottle of beer, and occasionally some wine, or
possibly a drink of good whisky.
How He Entertained Harrison.
Seweil had a flue bouffet- in-hls private com
mittee room. Representing a generous State
and other interests, as tbe Jersey Senator did,
be kept a choice stock of liquors and gave
lnncbes dally that were appetizing and socia
ble. Harrison sat near Seweil. Both men are
dignified in manner and do not unbend easily,
consequently, on tbe theory that like takes to
like, they soon became well acquainted, and
soon after grew to be chums ana boon compan
ions. Harrison was a regular habitue of How
ell's lunch room. The Indiana Senator made
very few friends. Seweil was really his only
close companion. Their lntimacv attracted
very little attention at the time, bnt it is now
recalled by tbose who were in and around tbe
Senate at the time Harrison confessed his
great lilting for Seweil, and often remarked,
after their Senatorial relations ceased, and
each had gone back to his State, that he would
like to reoay some of the Jersey Senator's
favors. Seweil also had a mighty warm place
in his heart for Harrison. While the Jersey
delegation went to Chicago last summer prac
tically pledged to Blaine, Seweil, who was one
of the delegates at large, was not particularly
strong for the man from Maine.
The President's Firm Friend.
When Blaine's positive declination arrived,
Seweil was among the first to wheel into line
for Harrison. He did all ne conld for William!
Walter Phelps, because the latter was a Jersey
man. But be knew Phelps had no cbance
either for the Presidency or Vice Presidency,
so be whipped into the Harrison procssion as
Soon as he could honorably do so. He brought
the other Jersey delegates with him, gradually.
Besides thU he did an amount of
work for Harrison with outside dele
gates that 'only tbose who knew of it
could appreciate. Harrison was aware of it
all along and saw that bis old Senatorial cbum
was as faithful and earnest as ever. Tbe
moment Harrison was elected President he
made up his mind to repay the favors bis
Jersey friend had bestowed npon blm so liber
ally at Washington. He also resolved to renew
the terms ot Intimacy that bad existed. Har
rison always had a high opinion of Bewell's
ability, and especially of his shrewdness as a
- As Mom as Colonel Quay.
It was for this reason that Seweil was among
the first men Harrison sent for after his elec
tion. Seweil was closeted with the President a
long time at Indianapolis, and he has called on
him for advice a great many times since he was
Inaugurated. These visits of tbe Jersey ex
Senator are kept very quiet Seweil keeps bis
own counsel faithfully. He is not inclined to
tell even a little bit of what be knows. He
drops down to Washington late in the after
noon, lets bis presence at tbe Capital be a
secret sees tbe President in the evening, and
returns home on the midnight tram. He is at
bis office in Camden as usual at tbe next morn
ing and no one is tbe wiser.
Returning Sewell's Favors.
Another Interesting piece of information bas
also come to light During the campaign last
summer, Harrison remarked to an intimate
friend that if be was elected, he should like to
have Seweil for his Secretary of War. Tbe
same opinion was quietly sent to the Jersey
Senator. With his usual common sense reti
cence the Jerseyman said nothing about It It
is known in circles that are close to Seweil that
when Harrison sent for blm soon after his
election, he offered the war portfolio to the
Jersey :ex-Senator. Seweil promptly declined.
He said he wonld be satisfied with the naming
of the New Jersey patronage. The President
elect said be wanted to do more tban that He
wanted bis old friend's advice at all times. So
they parted with that understanding. Conse
quently the President is exchanging Jersey
patronage with Seweil for the tatter's sagacity
and wisdom, L. S. M.
Tennyson's First Poem.
Alfred Tennyson received 10 sbillIngs'.for his
first poem, says Current Literature. The remu
neration was given blm by his grandfather as
tbe reward of industry, but not of genius, since
the old gentleman took the slate on which
Tennyson bad written bis blank verse, wiped it
clean and handed his yonthful relative the
coins with tbe remark: "There is the first
money you have ever earned, and I suppose It
will be the last" The poet laureate's next
venture was a volume of verse written with his
brother, published under the title of "Poems
by Two Brothers."
Why the Smith's Laughed.
From the Dayton (O.) Journal.!
A Dayton clergyman recently startled his
audience, wblch contained a large contingent
of tbe Smith family, by announcing several
times distinctly: "And there were no smiths
In all Israel." -At the last assertion of this sol
emn fact a ripple of laughter ran around the
The Hustle of the Bustle.
From the Chicago Tribune.?
Though for many years the bustle, like an
atblete on his muscle, has maintained its place
successfully In spite of gibe and jeer.
Yet so bard has been the tussle that at last
it has to bustle, or 'twill find itself forever
relegated to the rear.
It Mast Hnvo Been Awful.
From the Detroit Journal.!
A Bay City man is acensed of slandering a
lawyer $10,000 worth. One shudders to think
what be must have said of him.
Bomber mlrTor of cloudy gray,
JTlusblng faintly at break of day,
Behold a heaving sea. ,
Its salty breezes damp and bleak
Bougben the clam'rous waves that break
On tbo beach seaweeds are lying,
And, their lips forever sighing,
shells with pearly lining;
And clinging mosses scattered round
From forests in tbe dirk profound
Swaying trunks entwining.
From the misty distance all day long
Tbe restless tide, like a courser strong,
Unwearicdly sweeps In,
Past that bold headland's jutting form.
O'er yon bell-buoy that midst the storm
Sounds clear above the din.
On dangerous reefs it angry swells,
And crowded ships to deatn impels,
Their sailors white with f ar;
WhUe shreds of salt splinters of spar,
And curious waifs from coast3 afar ,
On foaming crest appear.
Upon that desert vast and lone
I gaze till cheerless day bas flown
And waits the dusky eve.
Tbe low 'ring western sky is cold;
1 look in vain for sunset's gold;
Ho twilight glow perceive.
Shrouds that shore the hurrying eight;
But metblnks a glimmering light
Struggles through cloud rift;
Yes, yon eagle gray descries It,
And discerns a realm still sunlit
As the fitful shades lift.
X.O. his mighty wings "extending,
O'er the waste bis course be's bending;
Flight so bold I'll rollow;
Courage, soul, stretch thou thy pinions.
Fare with him to braver regions
Through the midnight hollow.
W. A. HOWtAN.
FITTSBCEO, May 9, 1SS9,
IICILIB INTO C05GSES3.
A Man Who Rose to Fame la Coneqaeaee
of bb Accident.
From the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.1
It is seldom that a man is kicked from a
blacksmith shop Into the balls of Congress, and
from being an illiterate son of toil into a law
yer of the first rank and a broad and liberal
statesman, yet snch a case Is furnished in the
history of Indiana. Tbe subject ot this sketch
John Qulncy Adams declared to be the great
est natural orator in America, and yet he died
at the early age of 33. His fame once filled the
State, and in the halls of Congress for six
years be was recognized as one of the ablest
debaters in a body which numbered among Its
members such men as John Quincy Adam's and
Stephen A. Douglas, yet his name is now re
membered but by very few. Such a change
does a few years make.
Few even of the politicians of this day re
member Andrew Kennedy, yet no man tbe
State bas ever prodnced ran a more brilliant
race. He was an Ohioan by birth, but was
brought to Indiana when but a child. His
father was a farmer, and on a farm near the
city of Lafayette young Andrew grew into
young manhood without education. Before be
was of age he grew tired of farm life, and left
his father's bouse to seek bis fortune. He
wenttoConnersviileand apprenticed himself
to a blacksmitb. He threw bis whole soul Into
his new employment and soon became known
as, the best smith in all that region. He could
hardly read and could not write "lis name.
Kennedy was young, and not afraid to tackle
anything of the horse kind, and one day was
called npon by Mr. Parker to shoe bis horse.
He made the attempt but in doing so received
a kick that came near ending his life. It did
end bis work at the anviL While suffering
from bis injury, and unable to work, be began
to study. It was with difficulty that be could
read at alt but books opened a new world to
him. Ambition seized upon him, and as his In
tellect was of that receptive order wblch makes
learning easy, he studied with avidity, at first
without any specific design, bnt to know more
of what there was of intellectual life. He
learned rapidly, studied law, became success
ful at the bar, was elected to Congress and was
a candidate for United States Senator when he
fell a victim to the dread disease, smallpox.
Mrs. Cleveland to Attend the Reception and
to be tbe Chief Attraction.
Special Telegram to Tbe Dispatch.
Fbinczton. N. J., June L The commence
ment exercises at Princeton College will be
particularly interesting this year. Outside of
the large graduating class and the new build
ings and handsome gifts to he presented, tbe
Sophomore reception and ball will be especially
noticeable. Mrs. Grover Cleveland is to be one
ot tbe patronesses of tbe ball.
Tbe other patroness will be Mrs. George H.
Clark, Jr., of Newark. Mrs. Clark Is the
daughter-in-law of William Clark, the big
thread manufacturer. Mrs. Cleveland and
Mrs. Clark will conduct the reception and be
the chief centers of attraction. Long ago,
while Mrs. Cleveland was Frances Folsom, she
took a great fancy to Princeton. A number of
her friends graduated from the college, and
some of this year's graduates were old admirers
of tbe ex-President's wife when she was a
Mrs. Clark came from Philadelphia and Is
more stylish tban Mrs. Cleveland, although
possibly not quite so handsome. She bas a
host of friends and admirers and will be sur
rounded all tbe evening of the ball. Ten years
ago these balls, were not permitted by tbe
Princeton faculty. There was too much Cal
vinism to stand such an innovation. But of
late younger and less orthodox blood has taken
the lead in the Board of Trustees and this year
the reception and ball will be tbe most brilliant
in the history of Old Nassau.
TOO MUCH BED-PEPPEB,
It Broko Up a Banquet of Wisconsin Uni
Madison, Wis., June L There is a big row
in the University of Wisconsin, and several
students will be expelled. A large reception
was given last night by the yonng ladles of the
Delta Gama Society lnbonorof the visiting
delegates to the National convention now In
session here. The reception was given in Li
brary Hall, at tbe State University, and was at
tended by a large number of ladles and gentle
men. In the Ute hours of the evening a com
motion was caused by a violent epldemlo of
sneezing, cansed by the injection through a
hole in the ceiling of a large quantity of cay
enne pepper. Many ladles were taken sick and
had to leave the building.
Then tbe f nnny part of the business began.
The police were called, ud. reinforced by
youths in dress suits ana dignified professors,
started for the roof to capture the miscreants.
In the tussle that ensued one professor stepped
through the ceiling, another was knocked
down and beaten, and another received a
charge of pepper in his eyes. Several promi
nent non-fraternity students are charged with
complicity. Two suspensions nave been made,
and further developments are anxiously
THE SMALLEST FEMININE FOOT.
It Belonged Fo a- Famons Beauty and Was
Only Five Inches Long.
From the Chicago News, j
From an Eastern weekly we learn that Mrs.
James Andnese has the most beautiful foot in
New York. The shoe this lady wears is a No.
10, child's size. Unfortunately the exact di
mensions of the foot are not given, so that we
cannot compare with other famous feet. 'The
Duchess of York was a famous beauty of the
court of George IH. Her shoe, which is still
preserved, measured five inches in length, and
the Instep of her foot was from the lower arch
to tbe top a distance of three inches. The
duchess was somewhat above tbe medium
height of women, and her carriage 'is said to
bave been remarkably graceful In marked
contrast to the uncertain movement wblch
usually distinguishes women with unnaturally
From the Cotrolt Free-Press. J
A Pennsylvania paper advises its readers
never to climb a tree after a panther. It
should not stop there. None of its readers
should enter a bole after a woodebuck.
FOE WOMEN EEADEES.
Soft silk Is the proper material for tea gowns
Makquise laces are dividing popular favor
Sn.S mitts of black or of tan color will be
much worn this summer. ,
White crepe cloth is now nsed in pretty com
binations with suran or china silk.
An odd jewelry craze has just struck Paris.
The ladies there are wearing big loops of gold
in their ears-V'creole earrings" tbey are called.
There are only two women living who have
gowns embroidered with real pearls. Tbey are
Queen Margbarita Of Italy and Mrs. Bonanza
Lono wraps for carriage wear or for travel
ing purposes are made np veiy stylishly in
camel's hair, suran, cashmere, mohair, pongee,
beige, or corah. ,
Black gowns are often relieved with touches
of color here and there. Embroidery ia soft,
dull cashmere tints is considered tbe best thing
wherewith to brighten them.
Eleoant full-dress garments are of chan
tllly. escurlal and Spanish lace, and are decor
ated with watteaus of lace, passementerie or
ribbons. Some have ruches of lace carried
across the shoulder.
For. the tennis field ladies will wear the
blouse basque, in preference to the old-fashioned
sailor. The back of the blouse is fitted to
the figure, but allowed to fall full at the front
and is laced with cords.
In arranging tbo trimming upon a bonnet
care must be taken that the outlines of the
shape are preserved. The tiny frames can
easily be smothered in ribbons, laces or flowers
and their prettiness entirely destroyed.
A noyeltt In hair dressing is a revival of
the old revolutionary style. The hair is woven
into one large braid, which is carried from the
nape of the neck to tbe extreme top of the
head! It is not a pretty coiffure, and proves
most trying to all but the very prottieSt of
The parasol of this spring is slightly larger
than heretofore. It bas a paragon frame and a
long, slender handle, topped with silver or gold
that Is often set with jewels; Some very showy
ones are made pagoda-shaped or draped with
net tulle, gauze or lace. A new fancy is to
have lace trimming under the silk but none
Paris milliners predict that ribbon wDI soon
get the better of flowers as the trimming for
stjllsh hats. It is nsed in all widths, from
-baby"1 up to ten inches, and appears in the
richest weaves ana tbe most daring yet artistio
color combinations. When ribbon is combined
with flower trimming very narrow velvet is
of tenest need, of a color to sates the aomtnaat
hue of he blossoms.
, y. '7P.
Mr. George Clements, of'Gainesville,
Gahas a bnach of W distinct heads'of cabbages
on one. stalk.
C. H. Chappell, the General llanager
of the Chicago and Alton Railroad, was a
freight brakeman not many years ago.
The latest railway signal indicates
automatically the time that bas elapsed, np to
20 minutes, since the last train passed It.
An Bast Saginaw family that is sup
ported by public charity scraped together
money enough to pay tne.tax on a S3 dog.
Between 15,000 and 16,000 children are
lost in London every year, but nearly 93 per
cent of them are restored to their parents
through tbe aid ot tbe police.
Fort Keogb, Mont-, has the widest
range of temperature of any place on earth.
Last summer the thermometer ranged from 120"
to 130 above, while recently it marked 63elow
zero a total range of 185.
A negro testified In ft St Louis Police
Conrt the other day that while be bad good
clothes to wear he preached the gospel, bnt as
soon as his clothes wore out and his money ran
low he went to work as a day laborer.
In Holland an unmarried woman al
ways takes the right arm of her escort and
the married woman the left At a church
wedding the bride enters the edifice at the
right arm of the groom, and goes out on the
left side of her husband.
Dennysville, Me., a town of 522 people,
has no debt and has 11,000 to her credit There
has not been a fire for 80 years. One Peter
E-Voso bas been First Selectman 29vears.
Treasurer 23 years, Assess or 31 years, Overseer
a years ana xown Agent M years.
Eliza Jane Starr, an Oakland, CaL,
widow, has petitioned the Supreme Court to
increase her allowance of pin money. Her
husband used to give ber 5L600 per month, and
she is now only receiving tlfXO, which she
claims is not sufficient for her incidental ex
penses. It has been calculated that the railroads
of tbe world are worth nearly 300,000,000,000, or
about one-tenth of the wealth oi the civilized
nations, or more tban a quarter ot their in
vested capital. At this rate all the ready
money In the world would buy only about one
third of tbem.
W. G. Whidbr. of Atlanta, Ga., has s
Scotch terrier who sails nnder the name of
Jim. Recently Jim caught and killed in a
branch a mink weighing two pounds and a half,
and a few moments afterward he ran afoul of
and killed a rattlesnake's pilot by shaking him
as limber as an old rag.
Elastic sideboots began about 1843, and
tbe elastics were made in England. Boots and
shoes were sewn up to the year 1S00, then nails
were introduced. It was about the middle of
the last century that high heels began to be
worn. Makers of beels were then introduced
into the shoemaker's trade.' Even now there
are 400 heelmakers in Paris.
Onion parties are fashionable in Ne
braska. Six girls stand in a row, while one
bites a small chunk out of an onion and a
young man pays 10 cent3 for a guess as to
which one it was. If he guesses right begets
to kiss tbe other five, but if he doesn't he is
only allowed to kiss the one with the onion
scented breath. This amusement is said to be
highly popular with Nebraska young folks.
A gentleman last week spent three days
in Northeast Putnam and Clay counties
Georgia, and while in the latter county ob
served in the flat woods a novel spectacle. One
day about noon be rode past a five-acre field
and saw the entire family working it. In the
middle of the field was a flow, to which was
hitched the old man, assisted by tbe son and
daughter, the old woman doing the plowing.
The field was almost plowed.and how long tbey
bad been thus engaged the gentleman did not
At Middletown, Conn., Olin J. Clark
has a curiosity which he tnlnks is the next
thing to being a miracle. Last fall he felled
an old cherry tree, cut it into cdrdwood and
threw tbe sticks in a pile In his wood house.
The other day be happened to look at the
sticks, which had become seasoned, and was
astounded to note that several of the sticks
were covered with perfect cherry blossoms.
Twigs bad put ont from the old logs and the
flowers were on them. Such vitality in wood
is unprecedented. Mr. Clark has left tbe blos
soms untouched, humoring a speculation that
tbey may develop fruit
The Troy township, Crawford county,
man who bnrned down his barn in order to de
stroy a bumble bee's nest will probably be glad
to learn that there is an old residentcr at Bel
fast Me who would be a worthy rival for nil
in a leather medal contest The Maine niaS
ota big fall tbe otber day while shingling h
arn, but escaped without Injury. His son wr .'
away at the time and on bis return the old gen
tleman told blm about tbe accident and pro
ceeded to show him just how it happened. -He
succeeded so well that be fell from tbe roof
with a dull, illustrative thud and broke one of
A Mr. Yancey met with his death in a
strange manner down In a town in Texas called
Miller's Ferry. It appears that several horses
bad broken into a field adjoining his residence
and Mr. Yancey mounted a horse in an effort to
drive them out Tbe intruding horses while
pursued by Mr. Yancey dashed Into the yard at
tbe rear of a neighbor's bouse, and Mr. Yancey
in trying to turn tbem back ran against a wire
clothes line, which caught him nnder the chin
and out bis throat. He fell off bis horse, see
ing which Miss Simms ran to his assistance.
She succeeded In lifting blm to his feet and led
him into the house, on entering which Mrs.
Blmms inquired: "Mr. Yancey, what is the
matter?" Mr. Yancey, in reply, waved his band
and tben dropped senselesson tbe lounge, blood
flowing from his nose and mouth. The next
moment he was dead.
The States so fortunate as fo be out of
debt are Illinois, Wisconsin, Delaware, West
Virginia and Colorado. West Virginia is pro
hibited by ber Constitution from going into
debt California and Iowa bave no debt to set
tle, thongh paying interest on a school fund.
Kentucky is nearly free from debt New York
owes $7,000,000. Ohio and Minnesota less tban
$1,000,000. New Jersey and Kansas less than
$2,000,000. Virginia is the most heavily bur
dened, having a funded debt of over 3,000,000,
and an unfunded debt of over $8,000,000. Massa
chusetts carries tbe next heaviest debt, over
$31,000,000. Next comes Tennessee, $17,000,000;
Pennsylvania, $15,000,000: North Carolina, J13.
OuaoOO; Louisana, $12,000,000, and Maryland,
$11,000,000. Total Indebtedness of all tbe States
Is $220,000,000. which is less than 1 Der cent of
their aggregate taxableproperty. Tbe rate of
taxation is heaviest in Nevada, Nebraska and
Louisiana. And, though Massachusetts stands
second in tbe size of her debt, she has the
lowest rate of taxation in the Union less tha?
12 cents per $100.
CLIPPED BITS OF WIT.
The reason the small boy does not wear a
bathing costume is because nothing is good
enough for him. Tirre Haute Express.
Ex-Basso The singers to-day have no
strength, I assure you. children. I sang once in
Vienna so hard that a gentleman In tbe parquet
became dear, and be never was sorry for it"
ntegende Blatter. ,
Excited Individual A terrible murder ;
has been committed. .-..
Chicago Police Cnlef-Ah! Then Imust call ont
tbemUltiaand have the police force arrested.
Cowboy Say, youl Do you run this en
gine? Locomotive Engineer Yes. what can I do
for you? Cowboy I want a situation as cow
catcher. I've been on a ranch lor the last ten
years. Boston Herald.
The dentist's daughter (who hears her
father approaching) O, dear Edward, here comes
my father. If be should find ns together here w
are lost. O. he Is eomlngl You wUl have either
to ask for my hand or let him pull out a tooth for
"Confound it," muttered Dobson.
"What's the matter, old man?" Inquired Blod
son. who was waiting In tbe library.
"Why. you see It was dark out there In the
kitchen and 1 clssed my wife by mistake. I hope
she doesn't suspect." Minneapolis Tribune.
X What has become of Peterson? I've
not seen him rbr a week. Y.-Tbere's no telling
where he Is now, poor fellow. He told roe abont
a week ago that he was going to take off his winter
flannels. If I knew where he was buried I would
go and strew a few flowers. Texas Sifting.
Not a Physiognomist Barber Wish any
oil on your hair, sir?
Customer (exploslvely)-obody that has any
sense uses hair oil nowadays. Do I look like a
howling idiot? . , . .
Barber (deferentially)-No. sir; but I'm not a
good Judge of faces. I always ask the question
anyhow. Chicago Tribune.
A messenger boy last week broke the rec- x
ord and ran a mile and a half la eighteen iml
ntes. He was coached during the entire dlstar
however. Thero was a dog Ajht at the clc
the first quarter, a street band at the end
half, a are engine at the third quarter and s
procession at the finish, while a woman w
letter she wanted blm to maU was, a elw
to blm all the way. You can get an awn
speed ont of these feUows IX yoa kn-