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P1TTSBOEG. WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 18S9L
THE SITUATION AT JOHNSTOWN.
Yesterday brought forth no especially new
features in the situation at Johnstown,
where the work of relieving the living and
burying the dead is going forward slowly
but steadily. Somewhat tardily the State
authorities hare recognized the need of an
armed force to keep order, which was
clearly perceived by others two days ago;
and the fourteenth Begiment will be on
duty there to-day.
The contributions for relief still continue
to come in with the freest liberality from all
quarters. The danger of suffering from
want of food is thoroughly averted. The
work is now to prevent the growth of an
epidemic from the debris and offal of the
But back of all this is the fearful showing
made by the tally ot 3,600 bodies recovered
so far and an indefinite number still to hear
A NECESSABY WOES.
The question of the water supply of the
two cities, as it may be affected by the
Johnstown disaster, is recognized every
where as a vital one. One feature in con
nection with it deserves the attention of the
It Is necessary, apparently, that the water
as it comes duw.t the river shall be pumped
Jate the reservoirs. With a system of
- storage reservoirs, the city might be carried
past the period of danger from impure water
by an accumulated supply without pumping
any of the bad water. That being impossi
ble, the public must protect themselves by
boiling and filtering, and the need for wash
ing will necessitate further pumping.
But so soon as the danger is past and the
purity of the water coming down the Alle
gheny assured, the "Water Bureau should
have its force prepared to give every reser
voir a thorough cleaning. The possible ac
cumulations of filth should be thoroughly
removed at the earliest practicable moment,
and the system be thoroughly purified as
soon as it is apparent that it will stay pure.
It is to be presumed that the authorities
will be prepared to do this work promptly.
Until then the greatest care should be ob
served in the use of the city water.
The complaints which are made in some
quarters of the bearing of the people of
Johnstown toward the people who have
gone there to do relief work, are hardly
justified under the circumstances. It is not
quite reasonable to expect people who have j
been overwhelmed by such a shock to pre
serve the exact bearing required by inter
municipal comity. Especially when these
people are zealously guarding the ruins of
their homes and the bodies of their dead
against marauders, and have been plagued
by sightseers, it is necessary to pardon tbem
if they do not always distinguish accu
rately between relief workers and the ob
noxious classes. Pittsburg will go right
ahead with the good work and rely on the
future lor the appreciation of these efforts.
A DILEMMA AT BEST.
One of the least satisfactory features of
the present administration is the exclusive
""control by ex-Senator Mahone of the Fed
eral patronage in Virginia. This has re
cently been brought prominently before the
public attention by the visit of a delegation
of Virginia Bepublicans to the President
in order to protest against the small re
adjusters' continued power in the control
of the Bepublican machine in the Old
Dominion. As the Bepublican party of
Virginia is useful for nothing but holding
offices, it seems like rank injnstice to shut
that field of utility to all but the supporters
Secretary Blaine is reported to be op
posed to the predominance of Mahoneism in
the administration at present; but it must
be remembered that he was largely re
sponsible for the original acceptance of
JIahone by toe Bepublican administration
in 1881. It was a sour dose to thinking Be
v publicans to have that representative of a
dishonest financial policy forced upon them
when he was successful in the control of
his own State. Now that he has no power
in Virginia, and only represents the de
feated cause of repudiation and spoils pol
itics, it is even more discreditable to make
him the agent of the administration in the
distribution of patronage.
Still between Mahone on the one side and
Biddleberger on the other it is no more than
fair to recognize that a Bepublican ad
ministration, disposed to dictate in the
distribution of patronage, would be on the
horns of a dilemma.
' - LONDON'S UNSOLVED MYSTEBY.
Once again Londonls plunged into a fit
of excitement over an atrocity following so
gclosclyon the lines of those committed by
Wackthe Eipper" as to lead to the suppo-
sitiou that he has resumed his butchery.
"Whether it is the original fiend who has
again startled London on this occasion, or
some imitator, the effect, all the same, will
be to raise comment in every quarter on the
inability of the police to track and capture
the scoundrel or maniac who committed the
crimes of last year.
When excitement was at its height over
the murders of August and October a story
was pnblished that a Malay sailor was
probably the guilty party. It attracted
wide attention, because of the circumstan
tiality of the acconnt; though, nothing be
ing given to fix the identity, that, like the
other theories, was in time forgotten. It is
notable, however, that a prediction was
made in connection with the sailor theory
that a recurrence of such tragedies might be
looked for about the time needed for the
criminal to make some distant voyage and
return. This story made a deep impression
at the time and its effects were only dissi
pated by the bulletins purporting to be
written by the "Bipper," which were such
as the ordinary Malay sailor would hardly
The newly reported affair, verifying to
some extent the prediction tacked onto the
story of the Malay as to the probable fresh
outbreak, will doubtless set the London de
tectives back to that traft, however much
the "Bipper" bulletins seem to discredit it
THEEE WAS NO WATTING.
At a Cabinet meeting yesterday the na
tional authorities at Washington, after
council with Governor Beaver, took
some steps toward the relief of Johnstown.
The interest shown and the promptness of
the President are in gratifyingcontrast with
the previous slowness of Pennsylvania's
Governor in grasping the responsibilities of
the situation. That, indeed, has been mat
ter of comment The executive of our sister
State, Ohio, who, immediately on hearing of
the disaster, shipped tents to Johnstown,
was far quicker than Governor Beaver.
However, with so much sorrow abounding,
the people are not in a mood for sharp
criticism. The people themselves, all
over the broad land, have not
waited for the slow machinery
of official action to relieve the suffering.
They have been before their Governors and
their Presidents, not in thinking merely,
but in efficient action. Pittsburg's noble
answer to the first dread messages from
Johnstown is the grandest incident in the
history of this city. Before the noise of the
rushing waters had yet died away, Pitts
burg's men and Pittsburg's relief trains
were on the ground. Hearts, hands and
parses were placed at the service of the
sufferers with such prompt energy and pro
fusion that it is doubtful if even the organi
zation of the national or State Governments
could, for the time being, have done better
from their resources.
But. while it was peculiarly the privilege
of Pittsburg to care for the afflicted, and
while her spirit will not relax, but rather
grow more intense until everything that
can be done shall have been done, it is also
consoling to note the vast wave of earnest,
practical sympathy which has rolled over
the whole civilized world. The brother
hood of man, however forgotten at times in
the petty competitions of life, surely asserts
itself grandly when great misfortune
brings all within the overwhelming influ
ence of that touch of nature which makes
the whole world kin. There are throbs of
human sympathy which are felt sim
ultaneously around the globe. The calamity
at Johnstown has evoked one of them.
FEATURES FOB AMENDMENT.
The vigorous opposition of the Mt "Wash
ington people to the introduction of meters
in natural gas service looks like opposition
to progress. The plan of selling gas by the
thousand feet to consumers is certainly the
best one and indeed the only fair one as be
tween consumer and company. Those who
use gas economically and invest money in
appliances for saving are entitled to the
benefit of it; while those who waste their
gas are certainly not treated unjustly if
they are made to pny for the waste.
But it is also no more than fair that, in
the introduction of this opportunity for
economy, the consumer should have an
eqnal chance with the company to make a
saving. The general impression is that the
new rate of gas by the thousand will require
all economy practicable in order to keep gas
bills down to the amounts of the old con
tracts. This will certainly be fair ground
for complaint if the new rate is more than
an experimental one, to be reduced if it is
found to largely increase the charges on the
same amount of gas. The company should
not appropriate all the benefits from the
economy. It is to be hoped that after the
experiment has progressed to definite re
sults, the rate will be changed in accord
ance with those results.
One of the details of the scheme, that of
charging the consumer five dollars for set
ting the meters, is certainly taking a ques
tionable shape. It bears a perfect resem
blance to the deposit for meters which the
illuminating gas companies have long re
quired; but it differs materially in giving
the consumer neither any property in the
meter nor the right to receive his money
back if he should discontinue the use of the
gas. The consumer who deposits $5 with
the illuminating gas company for his meter
can, if he should move to another house,
receive the five dollars and apply it again
in his new house. But according to the
present natural gas arrangement he has to
pay $5 in each case for an amount ot work
which does not cost the company much over
SI SO. Unless the company reforms this
feature it will certainly have to be set down
as one of those methods of levying ex
cessive charges upon the consumer which
are common in the case of corporations and
individuals alike who are not forced, by
the presence of competition, to be fair in
A wise policy on the part of the gas com
pany would certainly reform these unsatis
factory features and apply the fair and
equitable method of selling gas by the
thousand feet, so that its advantages can
be shared equally by sellers and consumers
There seems to be an unjust discrimina
tion with regard to nationality in the fact
which appears from some of the Johnstown
reports that while the Hungarian thieves
who plundered the bodies were lynched, the
professional crooks who have got to the
place were rescued from the mob by the po
lice. If the shooting of the Huns was justifia
ble, as most people seem to agree, the same
treatment is applicable to the domestic
product in the line of thievery. In fact, as
between the ignorant and poor Hun and the
generally intelligent crook of native origin,
the latter deserves the severest penalty.
There is reason to suspect that the outcry
against the Hungarians has been carried to
the extent of oppressing some of them with
out clear evidence of wrongdoing; and the
injustice is not made any less by letting off
the professional crooks who have flocked-to
the place for the purposes of plunder, with
little or no punishment
Perhaps it is well that the summary pun
ishments shall stop; but if they are to go on
it will be necessary to insist that the profes
sional and native thief requires them just
as much as the cheap imported article.
Samuel J. Bandall is very anxious
to have the Democratic party "get to
gether.' As his idea of the method of
getting together is that they shall get to
gether under the Bandall banner it is not
difficult to see the grounds for his regarding
such a course very favorably.
A joke is going the rounds of the papers,
as having been played upon an ambitious
speculator in a Southern city by inducing
him to invest $16,000 in a "monkey farm,"
upon the expectation that the monkeys
wonld prove serviceable in cultivating cot
ton in the South. This may be a joke; and,
if so, it throws a great deal of satisfactory
light upon the character of a large number
of other investments that are offered. Prob
ably the effort of the American people to
buy four thousand million dollars worth of
watered railroad stocks, under the im
pression that they would yield dividends, is
a joke also; and the recent attempt that was
made to get the public to buy petroleum,
upon assurances that the Standard Oil Com
pany would never refine Ohio oil, was an
effort evidently of the most grotesque
As sfecutjAXOBS can no longer get quo
tations from the exchanges they will have
to satisfy themselves with quotations from
the poets, the lattec are jnstas instructive
and decidedly less harmful; but there is
some difficulty in betting on them.
Theee is a dispute abroad as to whether
the yacht Bestless, which was recently used
by the President for a Sunday excursion
down the Chesapeake, belongs to "William
M. Singerly, of thePhiladelphiaifecord, or
has been sold to Postmaster General. Wana
maker. Probably the extraordinarily good
Colonel Elliott F. Shepard is waiting to
have this important point settled before he
pitches into the administration for using
the yacht in going on Sunday excursions.
The young man who launched a skiff
upon the flooded Conemaugh and saved
22 lives at the peril of his own should cer
tainly be awarded rank as one of the humble
people who rose to heroism, at the crisis of a
These does not seem to be much proba
bility that the American woman who has
been detected in poisoning her husband in
England, will escape the gallows by the
sickly sentimentality which makes it im
possible in this country to hang women
murderers. England is not a model in all
respects, but it seems to have sense enough
to know that women who commit crime must
pay the penalty.
The Treasury surplus is $54,000,000.
This is doing very well considering the last
Congress; but in view of the fact that a
Congress is soon to meet, doubt may be
pardoned as to whether it is big enough.
It is hardly correct or wise for a Bepubli
can organ like the St Bonis Globe-Democrat
to say that President Cleveland's most truth
ful expression is "I have been honored by
my party far beyond my deserts." A cor
rect statement, both from the partisan and
non-partisan point of view, would be that
President Cleveland had given his party a
good deal more than it deserved.
A membeb of the Bhode Island Legisla
ture has been accused of buying his seat
This is unpardonable. No people can buy
seats with impunity below the rank of
United States Senator.
The days wages given to the sufferers by
the workmen at Homestead is an exhibition
of practical philanthropy that is all the
brighter from the fact that these workmen
are contemplating the possibility of a stop
page of work. Some millionaires could
find an example worth studying in the gen
erosity of these laborers.
The State administration concluded that
it was necessary to have troops at Johns
town about forty-eight hours after every one
else saw the necessity.
PekHAPS the weather prophets who
united in the predictions that this was going
to be a dry spring and summer, made their
calculations on the knowledge that the pro
hibition amendment was to be voted for this
month. No other foundation or corrobora
tion of their prediction has yet appeared.
The sightseers should be stopped; none
but hard workers are wanted at Johnstown
until the stricken place is fully relieved.
As the State officials discovered the neces
sity for earnest work at Johnstown, two
days after the rest of the country had found
it out, it is natural that they should call
out the troops the same length of time after
every one else had declared that such a
step was an absolute necessity.
PERSONAL FACTS AND PANCIES.
'To be 70 years young," wrote Dr. Oliver
Wendell Holmes on Mrs. Julia Ward Howe's
birthday anniversary, "Is sometimes far more
cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old."
United States Consul Mason, of Mar
seilles, writes to the State Department that the
effects of general and unrestrained absinthe
drinking in France arenow recognized as form
ing a basis of one of the gravest dangers which
threaten the physical and moral welfare of the
Peop. Sylvesteb, who came from England
to be Professor of Mathematics at Johns Hop
kins University, is absent-minded. Calling on
friends in Baltimore, he inspected the pictures
on the parlor walls, and, coming to two striking-looking
ones, asked who they were.
"George and Martha Washington." "Ah,
friends of the family, J suppose."
Kalakaua. the jovial King of the Sand
wich Islands, is sorely in need of money. Prin
cess Katulanl explained that he wonld have ac
companied her to Europe had it not been for a
sodden illness. A rumor spread about that the
poker-playing potentate wai' afflicted with
boils. The fact is that Kalakaua is hard up.
He wants 510,000 for the expenses of his pro
posed trip to the Paris Exposition. His En
glish friends refuse to lend it to him, and his
agents in San Francisco find it hard to borrow
the money. 'It Is a sad truth that Kalakaua's
credit is about played out
The New York Sun: A former operatic
singer, now a teacher of singing, says that it is
impossible to stand on a carpet or rug and sing
one's best Bare boards make s good floor to
stand on when you sing. Stone is just as good,
and glass is better, but carpets deaden the
voice and make a trained singer feel choked
and suffocating. To sing well one must not
have anything above or in front to catch the
voice. Even the brim of a derby hat will im
pair the voice of a man who wears It while he
sings. That is why singers stana far out by the
footlights to sing, and because the stage of the
Academy of Music projects far beyond the
proscenium arch vocalists always will love that
Srlf-Mnflo Man and His Maker.
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CHURCH AND HOME WEDDINGS.
The Graham-Bcnm, Dean-Miller, Sadler
Bindley and Other Nuptials.
Last evening Miss Annie Graham, daughter
ofT. P. Graham, M. D., was married toG.
Walker Beam, M-D., of Chartlcrs. The wed
ding excited a .great interest among the friends
of Miss Graham, who, as the contralto of
Shady Side Presbyterian Church, was both
popular and well known. The service took
place in the presence of the immediate rela
tives only, and at Dr. Graham's house. Dr.
Beam and his bride left after the ceremony for
Mr. Harry C. Milholland. bookkeeper of the
Chronicle Telegraph was married last evening
to Miss Hattlo Clarke, sister of Mrs. W. J.
McCormack.of 441 Forbes avenue, only the
Immediate families being present. The conple
will enjoy a two-weeks trip to Chicago, Detroit
and Cleveland. Mr. Milholland is the son ot
James Milholland. Upon the couple's return
they will reside at No. 26 Btockton avenue,
A very pretty wedding of yesterday was the
one in the Second Presbyterian Church at 6 p.
M. just before the transformation of that edi
fice into a hospital for the relief of Johnstown
refugees. Miss Lilly Willis Dean was married
to Mr. D. Knox Miller, the architect and many
friends of the contracting conple witnessed the
nuptials. The congratulations and attendant
ceremonies were cordial indeed, and the Wed
ding was a memorable society event
George Breed Gordon, of the law Arm of
Dalzell, Scott & Gordon, was married in Brook,
lyn yesterday. The lady who became Mrs.
Gordon Is Miss Mary Edwards Boornm,
daughter of W. B. Boorum, of that
city. The wedding was quite a fashionable
event After the usual bridal trip the happy
couple will take up their residence in this city.
Many invitations have been issued by Dr.
and Mrs. O. W. Sadler for the marriage of their
daughter, Miss 'Sara, to Mr. Albion Bindley
The ceremony took place in Grace Eptscopa
Church, Mt Washington, last evening, at 8
o'clock. Afterward there was a delightful re
ception at "Grandview," the home of the bride's
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew S. Getty, of Thirty
third street and Webster avenue, had invited
many friends to the marriage of their daughter ,
Kate Armor, to Mr. Henry Browne Scott, yes
terday. It was solemnized last evening at 6
o'clock, and was a decidedly delightful event
In Cincinnati yesterday Mr. George M. Carr,
of the East End, and Miss Jessie Smithman, of
Cincinnati were married. Their future home
will be in the East End.
STOLEN BY THE INDIANS
Discovery of a Girl Who Has Been Missing
for 21 Years.
Portland, Me., June 4. In the year 1868 a
number of Indians were encamped at Knights
ville, and one of the families bad in their pos
session a white female child about 7 or 8 years
old, and they so 111 treated ber that complaints
were made to the Selectmen, who, upon investi
gation, felt it their duty to take the child, who
was called Julia A. Sampson, and they accord
ingly did, and sent her to the Baldwin Place
Home at Boston.
Since that time nothing had been heard from
her until this week, when a lady from Bangor,
accompanied by her daughter, called on the
Selectmen and made inquiries about the child.
The lady, whose name Is Bobbins, saya that in
the year 1868 the child was stolen from ber
home In Bangor, and she has never until within
a few days been able to find any trace of her,
and had almost given her up for dead. Her
child's name was Agnes Maria Bobbins, and
she feels certain that the one at Knightsville
was her child.
She has gone to Boston to make further in
vestigations. EELSEINS FOR RHEUMATISM
Sufferers Who Are Making sn Indnstry far
From the Boston Globe.
"Give me two large eelsklns," said a young
woman who entered a North End drugstore at
the time a Olobe man happened to be quench
ing his thirst at the soda fountain. ,.
"Eelsklnsl" said the reporter to the clerk
when the young lady had left with her pur
chase. "What does she want of eelsklns?" '
"Rheumatism." said the drug clerk. "You'd
be suprised at the number of people who use
eelskins for rheumatism. I know an old man
whose arms and legs are completely strapped
with them, and be believes that they prolong bis
life. We have more or less call for them, but
I understand that up-town stores don't seep
them, although once in a while their customers
ask for them. We got our skins of a fish dealer
on Atlantic avenue. He purchases them from
South Boston people, who sell the skinned eels
for food, and when the skins are dried, sell
tbem to various customers. In many of the
fish stores on Atlantic avenue yon will see a
bunch of the skins suspended from the wall by
a hook, Thoy are very oily and soft, and while
I don't take much stock In them, numbers of
people have implicit faith in tbem. I am told
that there is a German family in South Boston
that sell these eelsklns to various people
throughout the United States and realizes a
snug little Income therefrom."
A SPECTRAL L0YER.
Tho Good-Natnred Ghost That Is Astonishing
Indianapolis, Jnne 4. A ghost and spirit
manifestation story comes well authenticated
from Washington county, Indiana. The ghost
professes to be one Biley Mull, who died 3&
years ago, aged 18 years. It came into the Coker
family a year ago while Mrs. Coker and her
daughter, Sallle, aged 14, were sitting in the
room by lamplight, and claims to have been at
tracted by tbedaughter. Hundreds of people
have since gone and witnessed the manifesta
tions of the spirit which really did some re
markable things. It played an organ while the
girl worked the bellows, beat a drum, wrote on
a slate and talked very intelligently.
Strangely enongh it thoroughly objected to
profane language, and several times asked thoso
who were present to pray, joining heartily in
the "amen." The organ playing, drum beating,
etc, have been done in other houses, where It
would have been impossible to have fixed up
any apparatus. Sallle Coker, to whom the
ghost seems to be especially attached, appears
to care but precious little for her ghostly lover,
and not infrequently goes to sleep during its
visits, while the mother treasures the hours ot
its visits. Mull, when alive, was her playmate.
MISCHIEVOUS CASH BOYS.
How They Amnio Themselves In New York
When They've Nothing to Do.
From the New York Sun.l
The cash boys m a big drygoods store up
town have invented a novel way of amusing
themselves. During the day many ladies enter
the store leading their children, who come tag
ging after them with one of the little red toy
balloons floating in the air. The cash boys
have an arrangement by which they can propel
a pin with deadly accuracy. They shoot the
pins at the balloons and ppucture them. The
air escapes, and in a few seconds the balloon
has disappeared, to tho tearful horror of its
Cold Feet in Jnne.
From the Chicago Mews. J
"Cold Feet in June," a beautiful poem by the
gifted poetess, Miss Juleppa Mint, contains the
following delicious lines, which tre very appli
cable to the present weather:
"The bloomsupon the sweet wistaria
Are quite suggestive of malaria.
And all the birds with songs symphonlo
Warm the sad heart with kindly glow
As does a chllls-and-f ever tonic
Dear Jnne, sweet June, we love thee so."
The Low Shoe and Flannel Shirt.
From the Philadelphia Press.!
The tan-colored shoe and flannel shirt have
broken out more violently this year than ever
before. Thevare unconventional and infor
mal: they belong to no "set" they are equally
In favor in town and country, in the mountains
and at the seashore, and are ostentatious only
in their suggestions of ease. The tan-colored
shoe and the flannel shirt have risen to the
dignity of summer institutions; they have come
to stay, and all the protests of bootblacks and
laundrymen shall not prevail against them.
He'd Umber Troublo Somebody Else.
From the Louisville Courier-Jonrtfal.
, Mr. Vonhinkelsteinhausenbloser, of Ohio, is
right in refusing to change his name. No man
likes to have his letters mixed with other peo
ple's. And besides, why shouldn't letter car
Tiert and sign painters earn tnolr salaries ?
THE DEATH CRADLE,
A Detailed Description of the
SCENES OF DESOLATION.
Chnos Reigns Everywhere In That Region
Stories of Those Who Saw tho Lake
Give Away An Old Man's Experience
AssertionsThat the Clnb Gavo a 33,000
IFEOM A STAFF COIUIESFONDENT.3
South Fobs, June 4. About an hour ago I
stood at the top of the abuttment of the South
Fork lake and looked down Into the abyss
created by tho maddened waters, which after
ward made their murderous onslaught upon
Johnstown, and changed a district flourishing
with industries into a place of unburied dead.
There the vast area of mud and slime spread
Itself out as far as the eye could reach. All
looked dead and dreary chaotic, in fact
Here, then, was the seat of the Angel of Death
who. In his rapid flight down the Conemaugh,
had blown his breath of everlasting sleep into
thousands of happy households. Here, then,
was his cradle, and from the aspect overspread
ing the scene like a funeral cloak, the Angel
had apparently returned to the place of his
Death was seen fn the dry rustling leaves
which still clung to the trees that lay strewed
in all directions. Death was marked upon
every big' rock covering the land at least 30
feet deep. Death was presented to view by
millions of young flsh which covered the
gravel for miles, lying there dried up and with
their mouths wide open. Death seemed to be
the echo of each of our footsteps, and over
awed by the ruddering aspect of the rapidly
decomposing objects. Now we Instinctively
halt and shudder at the sickening scene be
The Cradlo of Death.
A slow, hut steady drizzling rain made the
streets of Johnstown totally impassable yester
day forenoon. As the many stories ot death,
loss of friends, brother, mother, father, sister,
had been so often told me that the very thought
of the awful scenes brought a gulp into my
throat, I hurried out of town as quickly as a
pair of horses and a buggy could carry me.
The driver was a farmer from South Fork
valley, who had told me such a story about the
bursted reservoir that I concluded to go and
see it The road from Johnstown up along the
side of the hill brought us into gloriously
beautiful scenery, and at the top of the hill I
turned around to have one more glance at the
devastated town; and fn the next moment I
tried to forget it
On and on the horses flew through an avenue
of the most beautiful trees. Beyond them on
each side vast forests stretched themselves
over the hills, and the refreshing fragrance ot
the soft verdant foliage removed the horrors of
the past at lest temporarily. As the wheels
rapidly advanced over the ground the beauties
of the surrounding country increased. The
rain had ceased and the sky began to clear up.
A blue speck suddenly pressed itself through
the fleecy clouds. It grew and grew, and pres
ently it was made resplendent with the deep
orange-colored sun, which now loomed up in
the horizon. Gradually the buggy went again
on the downgrade until at last tne driver
stopped in front of a pile of logs and lumber,
"Now, we are near South Fork creek, and here
is the place where we commence to get at the
ravages mads by the onrging waters as they
rushed down from the lake," said the farmer.
"We had better get out of the buggy and go
up to the breastworks."
The Farmer's Story.
We are just at the place where the road
from Johnstown leads across the creek. It was
a magnificently romantic spot On either side
of the road stood a copse of beautiful hemlock
trees, which seemed to have been planted there
as the pillars of a gate to the plain beyond. We
went beyond; but sooner than day changes
into night in the tropics the entire scenery had.
changed. We seemed to nave enterea upon a
sea beech. Everything was covered with gravel
and sand and pebbles. "This is some of the
ground washed out of the lake," said my com
nanion. with a 8i?h. "and it covers some of the
I finest meadow land in this part of the country
to a aeptn oi ten leei, out lei us go on ana
turn to the right." So we did. and another ex
traordinary sight struck us. There were trunks
of oak trees lying all over the ground before
us, with their bark entirely pealed from the
wood, and their branches stretched out to
ward heaven, as if to call the avenging angel to
deal retribution for the wrong committed
among them. We were standing in a valley
which was about 300 yards wide. The hills on
each side were covered with most beantifnl
wood lands, and the creek seemed to be run
nine through this valley like a silvery streak
until they all lost themselves against another
hill which lay directly behind us. The whole
was more like an immense hall with the
Front Wall Knocked Out.
Toward this opening we were bent but noth
ing except the gravel underfoot, the rippling of
the creek, and the woods, and the sun
and the heavens above us wero to be seen.
Slowly we advanced, and gradually the gravel
disappeared and we walked on big pebbles.
Then they grew, and we had large stones.
Then even they grew smaller, and we now
had to climb over gigantic stone, weighing
perhaps hundreds of tons, and apparently defy
ing the strength of a Hercules. While we
groped and climbed among these large blocks
the guide remarked suddenly: "Now look up."
1 obeyed, and then for a moment or two Istood
speechless. Before me I looked into a mon
strous chasm a Cyclopean gorge, whose very
jaws were yawning toward the woods as if they
were waiting to swallow a mountain, and true
enough a pretty good sized mountain conld
find plenty of room in this opening: and this
chasm, this opening, represented the aperture
through which the wild waves burst loose
toward tho city. The opening was about 100
feet deep and 100 feet wide. Silently and
breathless we stood and gazed into the big
hole. Then our thoughts flew upon the wings
of imagination away to Johnstown, the field of
so many deaths. Then they hurried on to
Bolivar and Nineveh, to linger on the pale, dis
torted faces of the many women and children
whom we saw in their coffins. Here we were at
Tho Fountain Hood
of all the trouble. The thought caused us to
recoil at the sight before us as if we were be
ing stared at by a venomous snake. "Let us
climb up the side of the breastworks," the
fanner at last broke in, and In 15 minutes we
bad succeeded in making the ascent There was
not a drop of water to be seen in the lake; As
far as the eye could reach all was empty noth
ing but black mud from one end to the other.
.Looking around we could see a wooden sign
stuck up in a tree: "No fishing or-huntlng on
these grounds under the penalty of $100 as pro
vided for by act of Assembly." What bitter
irony upon the cold facts of stem reality.
Not far from the place where the dam ot the
reservoir had burst stood a wooden shanty with
on Italians in it. The foreman called himself
Jack Lowrie and when asked whether he bad.
Doen present at uiv uiuo tueauuiueub uccurrea
he said: "Yes, I have been here with my men
for several weeks working for the South Fork
"Will you kindly relate your experience of
"Well, I will tell yon. On last Wednesday the
lake was all right. The water was still 10 feet
from tho top of .the dam, its usual height: but,
as everybody knows, on Thursday it began to
rain very bard. It kept on all day and all night
Incessantly, and on Friday morning I noticed
the water in the lake was rapidly rising? From
that time it continued to rise at the rate of 10
inches per hour. During the morning the peo
ple from the neighborhood came round here In
large numbers to see what the lake was doing,
and all of them knew that
There Was Damage Ahead.
At 2 o'clock in the afternoon water began to
run over the top of the dam, right there in the
middle of the breastwork. Then everybody be
came alarmed. The top of the dam began to be
washed away. Deeper and deeper grew the
bole until 3 o'clock, when the entire wall went
off. It was an awfnl moment. Istood just ten
yard away from where the dam went. The
entire wall which filled that immense hole you
seo before you tore itself loose and moved
down into the meadows as a wagon on a greased
track. It was awful, and I shall never
forget it. First when the ground got
loose and the water shot through a nar
row space in the wall you could hear
a hissing, whistling noise. Very much like a dog
will make when he has got a bone and you
want to take it away from him. This noise in
creased, became louder and louder, tho busing
grew into a rumbling sound, then it became a
roar, until! It found Its climax in the laud
thunder of, a wild storm. The roaring was
somethingterrific. You could not hear your
own voice. There were spectators all along the
bank -of thAvalley over there, who saw the aw-
xne water continued w rusn
through the opening for just. about, an hour,
and at 4 o'clock the lake was as empty aa you
see it now."
"Now, tell me. Don't you think that some
thing might have been done to prevent this
A Fatal Mistake
"I do not know. 1 hardlv think so: although
I tried when! saw the waters rush over the.
middle there. I got my men to make a dltcn
over beside the hill, where the abutment was
more solid. I know that the breastwork, which
had only a diameter of about 80 feet at the top,
was bound to go if the water once began to
wash over. Colonel Unger was here when I
was digging this ditch, but when he saw me at
it he told me to lot it go. He never thought
the dam was going to burn, but I knew better.
Of course, when Colonel Unger told meto stop,
I stopped, but I think that a great deal of the
danger might have been avoided."
"Well, it was an awrnl spectacle to see that
mountain of water rush down the valley and
tear down everything before it. I saw some of
the biggest trees that 1 have ever seen here
torn completely out of the ground and carried
down the stream, and when all was over the
beautiful landscape was changed into a chaotic
wilderness. Mr. George Fischer's farm stood
over there besides the stream, and the first
rush of the watter carried the whole place
away, and you could not find out now where
the house stood. The man Is poor becadse his
land is completely ruined by the gravel, sand
and stone which is covering it in some places
at a depth of 30 feet."
An Old Man's Experience.
We left the Italians packing their trunks ana
valises. "We are going away in the morning,
because we cannot do anything here now. We
cannot even amuse ourselves by fishing in the
lake, Decause it is empty," were the last words
they said, and retracing our steps across that
awful field of devastation, we made a detour
as far as the road from where we started. At
the bank of the creek stood an old man trying
to get across. "That is grandpa Fischer; let us
talk to him," said the guide. Fischer was a
man SO years of age, and father of the man
who lost his property. He had been thought
dead because no one had seen him since
Decoration Day. The old man himself said:
"I never thought that I would have to go
through the likes of this in my old days. Last
Thursday f went to see ray grandson down In
Minersville, near Johnstown, and on Friday I
meant to come up again, but. alas, since then
I have gone through an awful time. When the
waters came rushing along the Canemaugh
towards town we were all at my grandson's
home, but soon the waters broke in on us. 1
went to the roof of the house and so did my
grandson, bis wife and his child. There we all
Praying to the Lord
to ke:p us alive, bnt it was not to be. Sud
denly a big wave of water came along and
dashing against the house my grand-daughter
and her little child were carried oS the roof.
No sooner had the husband noticed it than be
jumped after them to save them, but what a
vain attempt All three drifted down the
river until at last Host sight of them all.
There I sat on the top of that bouse, an old
man. SO years old, and probably not a soul in
the world left who cared for me or belonged to
me, for I was sure that ourhomesteadhere had
gone with everybody in it. Well, I Bat on the
house for an hour, when another wave dashed
against it It began to weaken and at last it
drifted away. I held to the roof as best I conld.
but it was 21 hours before I got rescued. Ah,
this lake, this lake. I have lived here for
nearly 40 years and I always said that I would
yet live to see the dam break. Well, I saw It
once about 20 years ago, but I never drempt
to live long enough to see it again. However,
we must take things as they are. It is no use
complaining. I am too old for that now."
The Club's Guarantee.
"Bight here on the side of the creek," said
the guide, "stood another farm belonging to
Mr. George Lamb. He lost everything he had
in the world, and he got nearly drowned him
self in trying to save bis pigs. Do you see
those trees looking out of the sand? Well, that
was his orchard, and you can judge how deep
the sand must be when nothing but the crown
of the trees looks out of it All his land is
ruined, but he says that the club will return
him the money."
"How Is that?"
"I do not know, but the people around here
say that the members of the South Fork Club
when they built the dam gave a bond of $2,000,
000, with the understanding that when the dam
would break they would give that amount
toward all damage done to property and other
wise. If that is so it will come very handy to a
good many people."
"By the way, what do the people around here
say abont the accident?"
"A good many things. We are very sorry for
the members of the South Fork Club, because
the members brought a great deal of money to
the fanners. But we have always lived in con
stant fear of tho dam bursting; Whenever
there has been any rain here at all the first
question wonld always be: 'Will the dam be
able to stand ltf But, curiously enough, when
it did come nobody wanted to believe it. It was
the same as the cry about the wolf. But the
people here bellevod it because the roaring of
the waters as they broke through that hole
could be heard for miles around here. But let
us go further."
Scenes of Desolation.
Following the course of South Fork creek
we came to the front of a hill where the rivulet
takes a turn to the right. At that bend the as
pect presenting itself was most curious. The
water of the creek formerly ran quietly
through a beautiful forest of enormous hem
lock trees, but from this bend in the river a
gap had been made in the woods about SO feet
wide, and every tree which had formerly cov
ered the ground, and in whose shadow the
small stream ran down toward the Conemaugh,
was pulled out by the roots. Some of the trees
were standing on their crown, the roots spread
out aloltr but there was not a vestige pi Dark
left on any tree. All was bare as it an army of
beavers had been attacking tbem.
Thus it continued for about a quarter of a
mile, until again a bend occurred in the
stream, this time the course going to the left.
The same scene of utter wilderness uprooted
andnnbarked trees, and the valley covered
with enormous stones of tons upon tons of
weight, was reproduced. From here the great
big mountain of water, which had been seen by
scores of the people on the train near Johns
town on that memorable Friday afternoon,
took its downward course through South Fork
village and into the Conemaugh. There were
only five lives lost in South Fork Philip Her
Dert, Charles Geisenheim, Lizzie, Theobald
and John Tonens but nearly half the village
has been destroyed. Before the dam burst the
South Fork people were notified, and hence
they were able to escape, though their homes
had been destroyed. Hetnriciis.
TROUBLE IN THE CAMP.
Some Nationalists Believe That Sullivan
Had the Meeting Postponed.
JSPECIAI. TELEGRAM TO THE DI8PATCII.I
New York, Jnne 4. There Is a prospect of
a big row among the Irish Nationalists
throughout the entire country In consequence
of the announcement just made by President
Fitzgerald, of the Irish National League, that
the convention to be held next week In Phila
delphia has been postponed. Tho dispatch
from Lincoln giving this intelligence says that
President Fitzgerald postponed the convention
on the advice of Mr. Parncll that such action
be taken. The postponement" the dispatch
added, "is until after the ending of the present
session of the British Parliament."
A reporter conversed with many prominent
Irishmen in New York to-day, and in almost
every instance the postponement of the League
convention was condemned in the strongest
term. The statement that MrParnell ordered
the convention to be postponed was received
with increduillty. The impression among Irish
men in this city over Mr. Fitzgerald's action is
that be has postponed the convention on ac
count ot the Cronin murder case, and Mr. Fitz
gerald, in all probability will be asked to make
public the correspondence between himself
and Mr.'Parnell. Alexander Sullivan, who is
considered to be President Fitzgerald's confi
dential adviser, as everybody knows, has had
his name mixed in one way or another in the
Cronin case. A National League, convention
without Sullivan as a delegate would bo like
the play of "Hamlet" with Samlet left out, so
that there is a more than a little justification
for the suspicion that President Fitzgerald has
postponed the convention just to accommodate
Alexander Sullivan and his friends.
A TEST OF AUTHORITY.
Aro Firms With Only Branch Offices In the
City Liable to Business Tnx?
An argument was bad before Judge Slagle
vesterday in the test case equity proceedings
of the Hartman Steel Works against Pittsburg
to restrain the city from collecting business
tax levied on plaintiff. The works of the com
pany are at Beaver Falls, but they have a
branch office in this city. Th assessors as
sessed the companv for all business transacted
at the Pittsburg office.
The firm claim that they are not liable to
taxation in Pittsburg, as the business here is
merely that of keeping accounts and attending
to correspondence. Orders art taken, bnt they
bold that-the business is actually transacted at
the works in Beaver Falls.
Messrs. D. T. Watson and J. H. Beed repre
sented the steel company, and City Attorney
Moreland and Assistant City Attorney Cama
ban appeared tor the city.
From the Chicago Mows. J
To "Constant Eeader": The famous saylnr,
"Head, I win," was not coined by the Hon. J.(
a Clarkson, of Iowa, Your mistake was a nat-
m1 nm V
HEROIC LIFE SAVERS,
A Brave Girl Jumps Into the
SAVING HER TWO SISTERS
Seventy Human Bolags Takes From the
Water by the Columbia Clnb An At
toona Girl's Strange Experience Little
Cecilia Thomas Tells a Thrilling Storr.
1FBOK A STAW COBBISPOJTOTST.J
Johnstown, June 4. Among the families
who secured safety from the angry floods upon
the roof of their residence was the wile, daugn-
ter and two children of John Duncan, a promi
nent citizen of Johnstown. Just at the moment
when the few unfortunates thought themselves
free from danger a telegraph pole struck the
end of the house. The force of the shock cast
the two little ones Into the water. Without a
moment's hesitation Miss Duncan, who Is an
excellent swimmer, jumped in and rescued her
The work done by the Columbia Clnb, the
swell organization here, was something re
markable. Its members were at dinner when
the flood burst upon them, but they jumped
out at once and manfully went to work. To
their united efforts 70 beings, who were liter
ally jerked from the jaws of death, owe their
Laura Proser was taken out alive some time
this afternoon. The poor girl wasbadlv crushed
about the legs and one arm will have to be
Mary Wayne's Rescue.
Mary Wayne, of Altoona, was also rescued.
She had a thrilling experience. The young
lady had come from Altoona to attend a wed
ding, and was dressing for the occasion wnen
the water came. When found she was naked,
and they dressed her In boys' clothes. She
wore these garments to Altoona.
Jacob Fross and James Mohan, of Pittsburg,
brothers-in-law to John Thomas, told a DIS
PATCH reporter that they went to Johnstown
on Saturday last and when they arrived soon
found Mr. Thomas who was saved as also his
oldest girl Cecilia, U years old. Mr. Thomas
bad a saloon on the corner of First and Bail
road streets. The house had seven rooms and
when the flood came there were IS persons in
one room. Thomas clung to his son Sylvester,
4 years old, and went down with him twice be
fore he was forced to let nim go. He then
saved himself. Cecilia's father has not seen
her yet. Minnie 8 and Annie 9 years old were
not found. Sylvester was found and is buried.
Several Kemnrknble Escapes.
Barbara Smith, Thomas' hired girl, who was
drowned, was well-known at Sharpsburg. Her
relatives and parents, who reside in Johnstown,
were all lost Harvy Wagner, a Tarentum
glass worker, and Joseph Duffy were saved,
and Bichard Howe, owner of the property.
Duffy floated 18 miles on a piece of timber, and
states that he saw conntless numbers of people
go under, while dunng bis perilous journey he
went nnder water seven times.
Mr. Andrew Noe, another brother-in-law to
Mr. Thomas, who has been at Johnstown since
last Sunday, stated, when seen by the writer,
that little Cecilia Thomas said that she and
her mother drifted about a mile. The young
man who saved Cecilia, was abont to rescne
her mother, when the latter went under. The
little girl begged to her rescuer to let her go,
but he clung to her and kept ber safe.
IT WAS NOT TRDE.
A False Charge Made Against One of the
Johnstown, June 4. A deputy consta
ble of Johnstown, named Hetzlnger cre
ated considerable excitement this evening
when be stated that he was going to arrest a
PittsbnT? fireman of No. 10 Engine Companv.
of Mount Washington, for robbing one of the
dead bodies recovered irom tne aeons, oi s-juu.
When the Assistant Chief was seen and asked
what he knew about the matter, he said that he
knew all about the matter.
"The body," he said, "was that of Mrs. Eva
Bending, of Mt. Washington, who was in Johns
town to visit her parents; Mr. and Mrs. Freder
ick Hill, at the time the disaster overcame the
city.-Thp woman died with the rest of her
f amilv, and she was not found until this evening.
Well, this man. who knew the woman since Bhe
was a mite of a girl, recognized her as she was
lying on the ground, and as he noticed her
pocket hanging outside of her dress, he pulled
it off and took the money out But he never
kept the cash. He has delivered it to the hands
of the committee and he immediately tele
graphed the fact of the recovery of the body to
That Is the true story of the affair, and I
know the Pittsburg firemen sufficiently to
know that they would not steal anything that
belongs to any oi tne aeaa Douies.
PITTSBURG PEOPLE SATED.
Arrival of Passengers Who Were In the
Pennsylvania Ballroad Wreck.
tJT.OM A STABT COBEISPOXDZHT.J
Johnstown, June 4. This afternoon about
3 o'clock another party of the travelers who
were In tne Eastern express, which was canght
at Conemaugh on iriday aiternoon wnen tne
waters came down from South Fork, arrived In
Johnstown. The party consisted of Mr. Will
iam M. Williams. Mr. William Scherer, Miss
Margaret Patrick, the daughter of W. Patrick,
the banker; Miss Whittaker, of Brooklyn: Mr.
T.H.Swift, of Allegheny, and Mr. Davis and
famfjy, of Lancaster, who have friends at Alle
gheny. Mr. Robinson stated that tbey bad got
off the train all right and escaped over the
hills to Ebensbnrg. where they were ever
since. All of these people left this evening on
the Pennsylvania Ballroad.
EETERIES OF A PHILOSOPHER.
How fragrant are the flelas and groves I
The feathered songsters sing their loves;
The days are warm, the days are bright;
With bloom the orchards all are white;
The swallows skim the river's brink;
In meadows sings the bobolink;
Where buttercups adorn the dale
And daisies wink their eyes.
The brlndle cow with supple tall
AVhUks ofT the pesky flies.
POOt DATS, NOT COOT, SAYS.
The perspiration beads the brow,
And Sol at noonday flames;
And there's s deal of betting now
On baseball games.
Such betting oft brings grief and woe;
bome men lose quite a pot
Of money and get left although
The days are hot.
THE XOVXB AND HIS LASS.
They trip across the dewv grass
Beneath the stellar lights;
The lovers burn no coal or gas
On these delightful nights.
The frog within the sedgy pool
A song sings to his mate
While they lt on the piazzas cool,
Or swing upon the gate.
Beneath the oaks and pines they meet
And spend a happy tune;
Ah ! love Is strong and life is sweet
When June Is in her prime.
A PBETTT SUGGESTION.
They lingered at her father's door.
The hour was shining bright,
And to the maiden, o'er and o'er,
The youth had said good night
Bnt still reluctant to depart
Her tiny hand he pressed.
While all the love that filled his heart
His ardent looks confessed.
At length the maiden blushed and sighed.
And said In accents low,
1 hope, dear John, you will not try
To kiss me 'ere you go.
Now ripening are the native fruits
That everybody wants ;
The girls put on short bathing suits
The dogs put on long pants.
IT IS REPOETED SO.
He lies all day In Jane's sweet air,
Beneath her cloudless sties.
The pretty -speckled trout to snare.
And then goes bome and lies.
Of course he failed" to land them all!
Of this he makes the most.
And those he caught were verrtmaU
, compared with those he lost.
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-Terre Haute, Ind., has the oil fever.
Everybody Is getting up a company to bore for
the greasy fluid.
Mesquite, Tex., comes forward with a
champion snake story. A snake measuring six.
feet in length was killed near there, and its
immensa size caused the parties who found it
to cut it open. It was found to contain three
large rabbits and 23 guinea eggs.
There is a new fly in the market which
will doubtless take well with anglers. The
hook is so completely concealed as to be invisi
ble even when the fly Is held in the hand. It Is
made like a white miller and Is so constructed
that the action ot the water will not affect it
A. philanthropic citizen of Harvey
county, Kansas, has planted three miles of
peach trees along a public road "for the benefit
of travelers." But the small boys of the neigh
borhood have another theory as to whom they
Hereafter women will be admitted to
the Hartford Theological Seminary on the
same terms as men. This action has been taken
by the trustees to meet the needs of women
who desire to prepare themselves for Christian
work either at home or abroad.
The Salvation Army has a new method
of advertising Itself In Paris. An open car
riage Is daily hired and In it are placed four of
the most conspicuous members of the confra
ternity a North American Indian, a China
man, an Egyptian and a Persian. These are
driven wherever the crowd Is greatest
An American painter, living in Flor
ence, has painted a big picture of Satan so
"realistically" that when a lot of young people
who went to see It began to dance, the shaking
of the canvas made the figure have such a
semblance of demoniac laughter that ths
dancers would not continue until the picture
A team of four cows appeared in Belle.
vne,Idaho,not long,ago having been driven from
Nebraska, a distance of L00O miles. They had
acted as motive power for a praine schooner,
and had also furnished milk and butter for the
family en route. They were In good condition,
with the exception of their feet which needed
A new mat, which ac's as a foot
scraper without retaining the dirt on its sur
face, and which is readily cleaned, is made of
flexible wood matting. Strips of clear white
bard maple, straight-grained and well seasoned
are connected by means of galvanized iron
wire, with a rubber tnbe between tbem, and
the result Is a very durable and flexible mat.
While Henry Parker was calling on
Miss Dudgeon, In a small town near Mt Vernon,
C the other night at midnight, a masked man
entered the room, presented a revolver at his
bead, and demanded his money. Parker re
plied that he had none, but when the robber
cocked the revolver the young man handed him
over 31, all he had. The robber escaped. This
is a warning to all young men not to stay later
than 11 o'clock.
Becent experiments to ascertain within '
what limits the ear can distinguish the differ
ence In the pitch of two sounds show that the
smallest difference perceptible by untrained or
only slightly trained ears appears to be from
one-sixth to one-fortieth of a semi-tone. It is
said that a peculiarity that seems to apply alike
to trained and untrained ears is that they de
tect upward differences more easily than down
ward. To think of having ahole bored through
your nose in order to facilitate breathing is al
most brutal. But it is not considered so in these
days for the operation is performed on all sorts
of persons. The oarsmen of a certain college
who have just submitted to it are merely fol
lowing a current fad of one school of doctors.
The part that is bored is the cartilage between,
the nostrils Inside the nose. The hole is bored!
by means of a sort of wire drill, and the opera
tion 13 said not to hurt at all. Very many la
dies as well as men have their noses bored.'
The wound does not show, of course.
Sir William Thomson recently delivered
a series of lectures on physics at Johns Hopkins
University, and the fashionable people of Balti
more set out to make them an event in social
Intellectual circles. They understood that
some mathematical training was necessary, hut
Sir William sailed right into the questions in
volving differential and integral calculus. After
he had filled a blackboard with equations he
turned ana asked, "Do you follow me?" A few
minutes later, in a particularly difficult problem
he mildly asked his audience, if they saw any
mistake, to call his attentien to it. He won
dered why everybody smiled. Half a dozen
very studious looking men made up the audi
ence at a second lecture.
From New England comes the' idea of
applying the drop-a-nlckel principle to the tele
phone. The person who wants to send JoMl
messages occasionally, bnt aoes not cars to In
come a regular subscriber, will be jfrlvilegedt v
stop at any of several kiosks or sentry becus- -distributed
aboat the streets, drop abit of
money into a slot and open a door admitting
him to the mouthpiece of a telephone through
which he can communicate with his friends at
will, or send an order to his grocer, or engage a
seat at the theater for the evening perform
ance. But is it not odd that, with all the pub
lic conveniences fostered by the nickel and
slot device, nobody seems yet to have thought
of a scheme for furnishing the customer with
change of the right size? It Is not everybody
who has a nicxel In his pocket whenever he
wants to use one of these slot-boxes. Why
should not each box, therefore, have one sup
plementary to it, which on receiving a dollar
or a half-dollar or a quarter will shoot out an
envelope containing the equivalent in small
change? Here is a chance for some Inventive
A little girl in Lewiston, Me., fell in
love with the sweet dissonance of the "Silver
Threads Among the Gold," as wound ont by
the hand organ the other Jay, and she went to
her mother's purse for money for the grinder.
"What have you?" asked her mother carelessly,
as the little one approached the window with
the piece of money. "A penny." was the re
ply, "bnt it Is an awfully pretty one." Her
mother held out her hand to look at it, and was
surprised to see It a 55 gold piece. A half a
minute more and the barrel organ virtuoso
would have been wealthy. The lady says she
would not have minded the loss of the money
so much as she would the permanence of the
"Silver Threads." Five dollars' worth of "Sli
ver Threads" would weave a shroud for a per
son of Iron nerve and constitution, and wonld
have included the summer vacation wnile the
house Is closed. If a band organ will play five
tunes for 1 cent it will play 25,000 for 600 cents,
la which each tune is repeated ECO times, not
including the additional favors in the direction
of additional tunes arising from hope of receiv
ing another to gold piece.
CLIPPED BITS OF WIT.
The Customary Question. Lady Custom
erDo you keep linen writing paper?
Stationer Yes, ma'am.
Lady Customer Will It wash. Hurltngton Free
A Dangerous Experiment Miss Antique;
(school teacher) What does w-h-1-t-o spell?
Class (No answer).
Miss Antique What Is the color of my skin?
Class (In chorus) Yellow. JTo York Weekly.
TM n iu n f.l i m tn i what von n eed."Hsaid
thohlgh-prlced physician, after he had llstened,to
all the details of the patient's case. "Change of ell
matel" exclaimed thepatlent in surprise. "Why,
it-., ni nr had anvxhlnsf else. I've
lived right here In New England all my life."
nn;Vf Art. Smith I've iust taken soma
of Dr. Quack's medicine; thought I'd try new
dOCtOr. IWIOBIBOWluiiW wu.mi
jnnM-Yts. a little. A friend Of mlnetook some
of bis medicine once.
Did, eb? Was It quick to act?"
on. vest there wascrape on thedoornextmorn-
lag." Ainc York Sun.
Seasonably Safe: Mr. Slick (innocently)
I never went home drunk in the whole course of
Mb Coldwater (congratulatory) Ah, that's
good. I'm very glad to hear It, and I hope yoa
if. hii.vtoii T vnn't. nnlpu the natrol
wagon u on duty some night and a strange cab
driver gets on to me. nasmngion t,nc
Conditional Pardon. Oldgrudge The
doctor says lam about to die and I sent for you
that we who have been bitterest enemies all these
years might receive each other's forgiveness.
Makepeace I most truly forgive you In every-
Oldgrudge And I forgive you, if I die, but re
. . , Twu.AVA. thofiirht. will be taken up
Just where we now drop u-0ma&a Worm
Miseries ot Suburban Life. Mr.s. fauouro .
-Yoa are very late to-night. Supper was ready
two hour. ago. . .
Mr. Suburb Yes. I missed the 8:17 train and
bad to take the 5:19. ,,
Mr. S.-Yes, my dear, but the J:17 comes stralghj
through, and the 8:19 stops at ITS stations beforels
gets here. new iotk weeny. j,
Humbling a House Agent Dilapidated
Specimen-Say, wsvs the price o' that !ere s
brown-stone? ' r -
Agcut-Uuh! What 'do you want ttf know
Dilapidated Bpec!men-'one oyr itiiVm
walkln" to Saratogy, where I've been promised a
all summer johas head waiter. "JStr
Agent (humbly)-The price Is only m, Wgw.?