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3?HE. HTTSBimG- DISPATCH, CTJESDLO; JUNE 13, 1889.
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AA'ck and Brilliant Story of iore and War,
Romance and Adventure,
G. K. HENTr,
The Lion of the North," "With Clive In India,"
True to the Old Flap a Tile of the Ameri
can War," "Tllrcugh the Fray: a Story
of the Luddites," "In Freedom's Cause:
or With Wallace and Bruce," "Under
Drake's Flag," Tha Bravest
of the Brave." "The Dragon and
the Raven, "Facing Death,"
"In the Reign of Terror," "By
-j, Sheer Pluck,"! "For Xame
and Fame," etc., etc.
The publication of this thrilling Novel will be
Commenced ox Satubdat. Juke is, 1ES9,
And -will be continued weekly.
Our new and forthcoming work of Fiction
will be entitled
Curse of CernE'B Hold,
A Story of Adventure,
And from our perusal of the manscript we have
so hesitation in declaring that the story will be
enjoyed by all classes of readers. Their sym
pathies will be at once aroused In the characters
first introduced to their notice, and in the cir
cumstances attending a lamentable catas
trophe, which breaks up a happy household in
grief and despair. The hero of the story,
broken hearted and despairing, flees to the
Cape, determined if possible to lose his life in
battle. He joins the Cape Mounted Rifles and
(n active service finds the best solace for his
dejected spirits. Romance Is again infused
Into his life by bis success in rescuing from
the Kaffirs a young and beautiful lady, whom
he gallantly bears on horseback beyond reach
of their spears.
From this point the story taket up novel and
startling aevelopments. The hero's affairs in
the old country are adjusted by a surprising
discovery, and "The Curse of Carne's Hold" is
brought to a happy and satisfactory conclusion.
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PITTSBURG, TUESDAY, JUNE 1L 1S89.
THE WOBK SHOULD HOT STOP.
The transfer to the State, of the sanitary
work ..at Johnstown, in the line of clearing
the' streams and removing the debris, is
what was desired by all concerned. Yet
there is danger thattbe misunderstandings of
the situation mar hinder the work, if sot
materially nullify the necessary part of it
that has been done. ,
It is right that the State should furnish
the funds to prosecute the sanitary work,
and it certainly seems more appropriate
that whatever extraneous control of the situ
ation at Johnstown is necessary should rest
In the hands of the State rather than of a
committee which has only the official char
acter that is given it by the fact that it
met the emergency. But it does not
follow that the immediate direction
of the work should be changed. The
men who hare started the work and direct
ed to the necessary end will, if the policy of
the State is an intelligent one, be requested
to continue their labors.
The transfer of work should not include
a stoppage of work. -How far the general
discharge of the men employed at Johns
town is due to the apparent policy of the
Governor, that he is going to reform all that
has been done, may be an open question.
There is no question about the fact that the
dubitations, delay and red tape of the State
Executive has produced such results as that
of taking away the relief funds which Chi
cago has raised for the sufferers, as was done
HTJMOB IN WAGES DISPUTES.
The view of the proposed reduction at the
"Homestead steel works taken by the em
ployes, as stated in another column, is cer
tainly a vry pleasant one. They regard it
as a large joke and decline to take it seri
ously. The renewal by the firm of an ex
tension of the time for signing their scale
seems to lend a mild if not hilarious aspect
to the affair so far. It undoubtedly would
rob wage disputes of half their asperities if
they could be treated on the humorons"t)asis,
and taken as a jest clear through. Un
fortunately this has not been the usnaLway
of looking at them heretofore, and there is
consequently the danger that the fun of the
thing may disappear as the dispute pro
gresses. Still it would be a novel and
pleasant way of solving the labor question
to put the whole thing on the jocose basis
provided always that it is kept out of the
field of professional humor.
AH EHDTJEABLE HARDSHIP.
'We observe in some of our Eastern cotem
porarfes a new outbreak of regret that the
20 per cent tax on works of art will prevent
quite a number of the paintings belonging
UpH. Secretin, which are soon to be sold,
from coming to this country. It is stated
that a considerable number of wealthy
Americans in Pans at the time of the sale
would purchase these works of art if ft were
not for the duties which add 30 per cent io
their cost, when, they are brought into the
The 30 per cent dnty on paintings may be
an impolitic tax, but at the same tinre it has
no, aspect to the mass of the people such as to
make it a subject for general lamentation.
So far as the sale of the ruined copper spec
ulator's art treasures are concerned, we
have no doubt that this country c&n get
- along- and-preserve the prosperityof ,tha
passes just as well without them as with
thenu&jltsalso tolerably evident that the
TM?ssfuiAnerScaii speculators who are
f fjp B$galc&.
ulator's paintings are just about as well
able to pay 50 per cent duties as any class
that can be named. The balderdash
which has been written about the
necessity of admitting paintings for the in
struction of the people in art, is somewhat
damaged by collision with ine fact that the
law permits paintings, brought in as gifts
to public institutions, to be admitted with
out the duty. Therefore, as the 30 per cent
will be paid entirely by the wealthy class,
which imports paintings exclusively for its
private pleasures, the comparison of that
rate with the duty of a hundred per cent
tax on sugar, which has to be paid by the
common people, is not likely to impress the
general mind with the hardships of the
The importation of works of art is a com
mendable use of wealth, but we can hardly
specify any class which is better able to pay
a SO per cent dnty than the one which buys
foreign paintings exclusively for its private
THE GOVEENOE'S STBAKGE POSITION.
Governor Beaver's proposal as a substi
tute for calling the Legislature together to
deal with the Johnstown problem is meeting
with anything but a flattering reception.
His objections to convening the Legislature
are singularly untenable. At first the Gov
ernor was reported as saying that the floods
rendered transportation of the members to
the State capital impossible for an early
date, which is simply puerile and absnrd.
The next argument made by him against an
extra session was that to appropriate money
for the Johnstown sufferers would be uncon
stitutional. This is equally irrelevant. As
a matter of truth and fact, the State is not
being asked to make a charitable appro
priation for Johnstown or any other point
to the extent of a single penny. On the
contrary, what is wanted is that the State
shall appropriate money for its Board of
Health to discharge the dnty rightfully
falling upon it of cleaning the bed of its
streams, removing the debris which threat
ens pestilence, and doing other proper State
work which is now being done out of jthe
funds specifically contributed by the gener
ous public to clothe, house, feed and finan
cially aid the unfortunate survivors of the
In place of the State keeping the Johns
town sufferers, it is the tnonev of the Johns
town sufierers which is now doing State
work, Nobody pretends that an appropria
tion for the Board of Health would be un
To attempt to fathom the motives -which
lead Governor Beaver to reject the propo
sal lor an extra session is waste of time. The
pnblic are not so much interested now in
the peculiar mental turn which leads the
Governor to view the matter differently from
nearly everyone else, as in the fact that if
he does not act, serious and forever regretta
ble complications are likely to arise.
The Governor's only alternative proposition,
to which he pins his faith, has the misfor
tune of being-about the oniy really uncon
stitutional, and possibly impracticable, one
offered. He Would have the State Treasurer
advance $1,000,000 as a relief on the bonds
of 200 volunteer citizens. The people of the
State who want to see the utmost promptly
done for the sufferers would not criticise
even this, if it were not offered as something
so much easier and more constitutional than
the extra session. But as a matter of fact it
has the fault that the loan would not be
authorized by the Constitution; that if the
bonds were to be several, in place of joint,
that is to say only tor $3,000 each, the State
Treasurer might consider the possibilities of
some of the signers becoming insolvent
before the Legislature could be got together
two years hence to make the loan a gift;
while if the bond is a joint one it makes
each signer liable for the whole amount of
The pnblic have acted nobly in their con
tributions for the relief of Johnstown. It is
plain to everyone that there is a feeling of
deep irritation and annoyance at Governor
Beaver's refusal to take the simple course
of getting the Legislature together, and se
curing at once a direct appropriation. If
he can get his bond-loan scheme through at
once, the people, even now, while not likely
to see wherein it is at all better or as de
sirable as a direct appropriation, will, still
on account of the sufferers, bid him God
speed. But if, as we fear, he is to dally
with the matter, then, indeed, he will have
a responsibility upon him the full extent
he apparently has yet to realize.
Act, Governor, act!
A PERTINENT EXAMPLE.
The disclosures made by the Cronin in
quest in Chicago, that some hnndred thou
sand dollars of the Clan-na-Gael's fund was
lost in stock speculations by the custodians,
affords fertile ground for some pertinent
In the first place it should suggest to con
tributors to those funds, that the money
which they have been raisins for the sup
posed liberation of Ireland was thrown
away. Intimations of this sort that the
contributions of Irish men and women were
used simply for the support of professional
patriots, have already been 'made, and they
seem to be pretty thoroughly indorsed bj
this disclosure. It would puzzle even an
Irish intellect to understand how Ireland
can be liberated by the purchase of five
thousand shares of Chicago and Northwest
ern stock at 126.
The other point is on the inevitably de
moralizing character of gambling. "Whether
these funds were wisely contributed or not,
they were trust funds. If men of eminent
character among the Irish have used 'the
trust funds, placed, in their charge, in a
Way which would have been just as useful,
if they had coppered the ace or played it in
a jack pot, the lesson is so obvious that it
hardly needs to be specified.
THE SflPEEHE C0UBT OVEBEULED.
The reported decision of a United States
District Judge in Missouri that the long
and short haulx clause of the inter-State
commerce law forbids the levying of a
greater rate on the local traffic of a road,
than the proportion of the through rates,
which that road receives jointly with other
companies, necessarily creates a consider
able stir among railroadmen. If no through
Tate can -be made which is lower than the
sum of the local rates, it will occasion a
universal revolution in railroad methods,
and will do & good deal to justify the op
position to the long-and-shoft-haul clause
which was made by railroad men at the time
of its adoption.
But before accepting this decision as
final, it should be remembered that the au
thority of a district court is not by any
means equal to that of the United States
Supreme Court; and it so happens that the
United States Supreme Court united with
the Supreme Court of Illinois, in declaring
a principle which is practically conclusive",
in the exactly opposite direction from this
decision; Itis"plain that' ntfder' the long-and-short-haul
clause, if a through rate is.
considered as a single raie, say froM TS i w
YorktffOmah, tholaw simply requires
cee the total through rate. If the through
rate on the other hand is considered to be a
group of rates levied by the different
roads, the position oi the United
States district judge applies. .But in the
case of Wabash vs. Illinois, decided in the
United States Supreme Court, both the
United States Supreme Court and the Illi
nois Supreme- Court held that a through
rate was "one contract and one voyage,"
which affords a practically conclusive rule
for the construction of the long-and-short-haul
clause in this particular.
The decision of the District Judge has al
ready been made the subject of an tmtcry
against the inter-State commerce law. "But
before that outcry extends much further,
it should be recognized that the question
has already been practically decided by the
United States Supreme Court, the other
The work of the past ten or twelve days
in the line of destruction presents a remark
ably appalling total. Leaving out of the
question the fearful total of mortality, esti
mates, which of course cannot be taken as
exact or official, put the losses at Johnstown
at $30,000,000; those to railroads in other
sections of the country at 11,250,000; and the
damages at various , cities, outside qf the
Johnstown district.from flood at about $13,
000,000 more. Add-to this the loss by the
destruction of the town of Seattle by fire,
stated to be 515,000,000, and we have a loss
of nearly $60,000,000 in the period of a few
days. Losses of such an immense charac
ter will naturally exhaust tho snrplus pro
duction of a considerable portion of the
year. It is gratifying to know that a few
months' production of the United States
will make up such a loss as this; bnt it is
also evident that very frequent repetitions
of such losses would be greater than the in
dustry of the country could stand.
It is calculated to throw new light on an
old subject to learn that the Stewart will
litigation was settled because the lawyers
in the case were afraid that the estate might
be seriously impaired by the expenses of the
suit. The danger is quite credible; but the
anxiety of the lawyers over it, makes a
severe draft on the public credulity.
A veey unfounded fling at the manage
ment of the Pittsburg relief work is made
by the Chicago Times, as follows: "Money,
clothing and provisions are flowing into
Pittsburg fast enough. They do not appear
to be flowing out of Pittsburg fast enough,
however. Perhaps the Pittsburg committee
has constructed another flam." Everybody
who has paid any attention to the work of
the Pittsburg committee knows that it has
strained every power to forward all the re
lief that comes into its hands at once to the
Johnstown sufferers. The dam which holds
back the relief has been constructed by an
altogether different agency.
The first Battenburg baby has already
been made a Colonel of a German regiment;
and the perniciously humorous American
press is consequently declaring that of
course it must be in the infantry service.
No bettee evidence of the gratitude and
good will between the sections that have
aided each other in great calamities, is
needed than the noble efforts of Charleston,
S.' C, and Jacksonville, Fla., to repay the
charity shown them when they were afflicted
by4isaster. Charleston has sent a train to
Johnstown loaded with clothing and pro
visions for the sufferers, and Jacksonville
has made a liberal contribution in propor
tion to its size and wealth. Such acts are
as far above the attempts of some Southern
papers to make sectional points ont of the
event at Johnstown,as the heavens are above
the infernal regions.
"Wb feel justified in expressing our belief
that the universal opinion of "Western
Pennsylvania concerning GovernonBeaver
is a deep and abiding regret that he cannot
be a candidate for re-election.
KOTwrTHSTANDDio the unanimity o,f
our Philadelphia cotemporaries that the
Legislature is not wanted at this time, it
seems pertinent to say that when the device
is resorted to of taking money out of the
State Treasury on the bond of private citi
zens, there is a good deal of room for the
opinion that It would be better to call the
Legislature together and adopt the constitu
tional method of appropriating the neces
If seems legitimate to remark that the
alleged Christian scientists who have under
taken to abolish the Christian institution of
marrying in Michigan are really practicing
Iz is interesting- to learn that Mr. John
L. Sullivan pronounces tea a powerful
nervous irritant and an undesirable bever
age generally. "Prof. Sullivan's record is
one of total abstinence from this deteriorat
ing liquor; but it is understood that he will
continue to pay homage to old Mononga
hela whisky As the conqueror which he has
learned by experience to be able to knock
out any man.
The latest report about the seal fisheries
dispute warrants the confident belief that
England and the United States will be able
to settle the matter without making the fur
A good deal of anxiety is expressed by
the organic press that Missouri's new anti
trust law will smash the trusts and smash
other business with it. The fact is, how
ever, that if Missouri has nerve enough
to enforce the law it will place business on
a firm legitimate basis, and abolish the ad
vantages to special classes secured by the
Othee cities are claiming superiority in
the amount of their contributions to the
Johnstown sufferers; but no one can deny
that Pittsburg got there first
Thh opening of the new Baltimore and
Ohio depot which took place yesterday is a
marked advance on the old and dingy build
ing which has done duty as a passenger station
in this city for many years. The improve
ment was a long time coming; but when it
comes in the shape of a handsome addition
to the city architecture it was all the more
The bullish statement of the pipe lines if
perhaps intended to prepare the publlo for a
slump in the petroleum market.
GEtfSKAli JOBAl. E. Eaelt is now
informing public assemblages in the South,
that he was a greater man than Phil Sheri
dan. The whole country will unite in ap
plauding the excellent judgment" shown by
General Early in 6t advancing his elaim
until the present day When foot-racing kern
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THE TOPICAL TALKBB.
Some Facts About ilio. Extraordinary Con
dition of tba Stored-, or Hay 31.
One of th6 features of the Johnstown dis
aster which is sure to come Into greater prom
inence as the Inquiry into the causes ot the
bursting of the South fork dam becomes more
searching. Is the extraordinary weather for the
week ending June L .The weather for several
days prior to May 31 was especially remarkable
upon the ridges ot the Alleghenles and through
the valleys starting from the eastern slope of
.Some of the figures Of the barometric re
ports have been given, and it has been the
custom of everybody who desired to demon
strate the adequacy of the dam under ordinary
circumstances to lay stress upon the immense
proportions of the rain-fall in the water shed
of the South Fork lake and the streams that
fed it before the disaster, but yesterday con
siderably more than mere figures or broad as
sertions based upon them happened to be
brought to my notice by the Ber. MathewB.
Riddle, of the Western Theological Seminary.
Dr. Riddle was a passenger upon the lira
itedvestbound from New York on tbat awful
Friday. The limited, as "will be remembered,
did not get further west than Lillys, less than
20 miles east of Johnstown. It was then sent
back to Altoona. .But of the train and its pas
sengers there is nothing new that need be told
Dr. Riddle tells me that the Susquehanna
and the Juniata were amazingly high at the
time he passed them. But he was particularly
struck with the immense banks of black
clouds which lay along the Blue Rideeand
every other succeeding range of mountains
that be encountered till the crest of the Alle
ghenies had been left behind.
The clouds that were so massed seemed to be
motionless. .Most of the time it was raining
pitchforks. What Dr. Riddle saw the reports
of the signal service show to bare been the con
dition of the atmosphere for more than 4S
From what Dr. Riddle suggested, but which
he wished to be understood1 is not his posi
tive assertion upon a full knowledge of the
facts, added to the memoranda of the signal
service officers in this city, it appears to me
that the following should serve to prove conclu
sively tbat there were rains and storms of unpre
cedented violence and under almost unparal
leled conditions,on the Alleghenles to the east
ward,and over afleldobIonginsbape,stretching
from the Potomac near Falling Waters, W.Va.,
to Buffalo in the North and Albany in the East.
On the 29th of May an area of barometric de
pression made its appearance in the South
west, and steadily moved upward and eastward
until it seems to have concentrated upon the
Alleghenles on May 80. It would have trav
eled eastward then, but it was opposed by the
high barometric condition of the atmosphere
on the Atlantic coast. The winds were blow
ing from the west, where a high barometer ex
isted also. Thus, as it wete, there was no out
let for the storms in the area of low barometer.
They hung suspended over the Alleghenles
and its eastern valley: principally, but lapping
over sufficiently to contribute to the western
watersheds of Pennsylvania's great mountain
range. And while the storm clouds were piled
along the mountain sides and crests by the law
of nature, tho moisture was sucked in from the
sea coast, where the barometer was high. Thus
were caused the long-continued rains and
cloudbursts which resulted in the floods on the
Snsquehanna and Juniata.
It should be remembered that if the South
Fork dam had not broken there would have
been no high water of a startling character in
the Allegheny or the Conemaugb. The heaviest
part of the storms fell on the eastern side of
the Alleghenles, although so close to the divid
ing line that the sources of snch streams as the
South Fork in some instances were affected by
There does not appear to be full authority
yet for the statement tbat the rainfall In the
neighborhood of South Fork was 6 Inches on
May 31. The last telegram received from the
lady who furnished the Signal Service river
report from Johnstown was that at 12 o'clock
midday 2 inches of rain had fallen. But It is
established beyond a peradrenturo tbat the
rainfall on the mountains was 'extraordinary.
Dr. Riddle says that the conditions which kept
the area of the depression so long at a stand
still almost abovo the Alleghenles and Central
Pennsylvania were such as are not likely to oc
cur more than once in 50 years,
Ik some places the storms were of different
character. At Falling Waters, W. Va., for in
stance, a cyclone wind storm scooped the water
of the river. In the regions in which we are
now so vitally interested it was the steady
downpour of rain upon the ground, already
soaked beyond its capacity td absorb, that
caused the trouble. Hepburn JoffiJS.
, GBASPIKG THE TEBRITOEI.
The Mew Salt Syndicate Is Reaching Oat for
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Wabsaw, N. Y June 10. Land agents
working in the interests ot the proposed salt
union, called the North American Salt Com
pany, have commenced securing options on all
desirable salt land lying adjacent to the Erie,
New York Central, Rochester and Pittsburg
and Delaware and Lackawanna Railroads, in
Genesee add Wyoming counties. They only
make offers on land which lies over salt reason
ably near the surface. No attempt Is being
made to gain control over the territory where
eak or impure brine Is found.
A good many leaseS have already been se
cured. Some farmers are not decided as to
what is for their best Interest, and ask for time
to consider the question. No one else stands
ready to take their property at the liberal
prices offered, so they will undoubtedly fall in
with the rest. The now move causes some ex
citement among ontside owners of plants.
PBS0-AL FACTS AND PANCUS,
Rev. Dn. Phillips Brooks goes abroad
ajain this month, and will come home by the
way of Japan. "
Gastok Plante, inventor of the electrical
accumulator, is dead. He was a brother of M.
Francois Plante, the musician.
Father A. A. LAMBING, of Wllkinsburg,
has arrived in Johnstown to assist Fathers
Savin and Tahaneyin their arduous labors.
It has been decided In -Russia tbat women
may be physicians; but tbey must confine their
services to children and adults of their own
Rosa Boniieor is another one of the
famous people of the world who celebrate their
seventieth birthday this year. She-'is still
Fbanz VAX dkb StuckenwIU give a con
cert of music by American composers, done by
American performers, in Paris during the ex
position, and hopes to hire the Tricaderofor
July 1. .
Henry George has made a wonderful im
pression on the Britishers. The London and
provincial press agree in saying that he has
swayed the masses more powerfully than any
man who has appealed to them from the plat
form in a generation.
Mr. David LAurie, of Glasgow, has refused
810,000 for the famous "Alard" Straduarius
violin, but $12,500 has now been offered on be
half of an American, and the matter is under
consideration. The "Alard" formerly belonged
to J. B. Yuillaume, the expert, who gave it to
his son-in-law, M. Delpbin Alard, violin pro
fessor at the Paris Conservatoire, Who sold It
to Mr. Laurie. It is dated 1715.
Captain RiOio, whd recently died at Grand
Isle, La., is Said to have been the last survivor
of Lafitte's famous band of pirates. He was
the oldest inhabitant of the island, having
lived there from the time the band was dis
persed. In his early days he participated In
most of Lafitte's raids, but when the band was
broken up todk to cultivating oranges and
Other fruits, and made a snug little fortune.
Sin. BraM-auqh'S motion to abolish per
petual pensions has shown up the peculiar
history of one of them. On the list is a small
pension standing to the credit of a Scottish peer
for the fulfillment ofaBlnecttre office. For
two generations not a penny has gone into the
family coffers. This peer's grandfather, being
in need ot ready money, sold the pension to a
Portsmouth money-lender, whose heirs "and
assigns draw It to this day.
N. S, Wood at Karris' Theater.
Although "The Boy Detective," in the title
role of which N, S. Wood has appeared over
3,000 times, has been swo scorn of times in this
city, two large audiences applauded the gallant
hero at Harw Tbeater yesterday. Mr. Wood
M as manly a yonbg f ellonr as ever, and his comv
pany on W present vWt Is a carefully selected
fill iinmrtitnnf nnn tThft Bov DetMMra" ttU
,to gives iiwiweE,a"iBe sey
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DEMOCRACY OP DISASTER.
Reflections, br a Well-Known Gentleman,
on Barrleri Flooded Awur.
To the Kdltor or The Dispatch:
Two hundred of us, more or less, found our
selves between Friday and Sunday mornings,
May 31, June 2, caught and caged in the mount
ain town ot Altoona, nearly 250 miles from
Philadelphia and 120 miles from Pittsburg, on
the Pennsylvania Railroad. To all of us It was
a sudden and surprising, and to many a terrible
arrest of their persons and plans.
SFirst came those on Friday morning's "lim
ited'' from the East, turned back from Cresson
by news of a land-slide further on, deplored at
the time, but a disappointment which tidings
of the late destruction at Johnstown turned to
profound thankfulness. Then came those by
the afternoon "limited," also from the East,
stopped at Altoona by explicit orders that no
trains should bo moved east or west till further
notice. Uow little could trainmasters or pas
sengers have imagined how long it would be
before that further notice would be given!
How long not the most skillfdl engineer or con
ductor can yet telL
About 9 In the evening came the "Fast Line"
from the East, after which telegraph poles and
bridges (some of the latter but a lew minutes
only after the passing of the trains) sunk with
their poles and piers Into the undermining
floods of the swollen Juniata.
Saturday morning, and for days after. Came
little companies of those coming East from
Pittsburg on the "limited" and the
two sections of the day express,
who bad mercifully escaped the terrible
ingulfing of the South Fork deluge; each
with his or her tale, all alike in danger, terror
and deliverance; but each unlike the other in
its details. All was heard with a quick and
tender sympathy thatfrequent repetition made
only the more tender and earnest. Introduc
tions were either not needed, or were most
slender and Informal. Acquaintances wero
made in an hour, and In some instances ripened
into a heartfelt interest and affection which,
nnder ordinary conditions, it would have taken
weeks or even months to iot-m. None thought
of asking of another's station or circumstances
in life, whether capitalist or laborer, unedu
cated or educated, poor or rich, professional
raan or layman. A common peril and loss and
a common deliverance softened all hearts and
melted all the customary barriers to freest
Is it so, that our heaven-born Christianity
must find in some terrible common disaster
only the speediest realization of its own ideal
of a common brotherhood and of an earnest
mutual sympathy? Must it be, alasl that tho
melted barriers snail be instantly rebuilt as
strong and high as ever, so soon as the dreadful
suffering and danger shall cease to be vividly
remembered? If so, then this most sorrowful
of our late human tragedies will have failed to
teach us its most importdnt and Christ-like
lesson. Addison Ballabs.
Ingram, Pa., June 10.
PASTED 0YE A WEEK.
A Canary Found Alive In Its Case Amid the
frBOM A STAFF COMIESPOSDBNT.I
Johnstown, Jane 10. Sunday noon a mem
ber of the Beaver Falls relief corps, at work in
the rums of a bouse on Main street, found a
bird cage containing a live canary. The wires
of thd cage were Out little bent, although it
was discovered under atleast five feet of timber
and rubbish. When found the little creature
was lying on the back ot the cage apparently
dead, bnt in a tew moments, greatly to the sur
prise of the rescuer, it came to.
A dish of water and some cracker crumbs were
hastily found, Which the bird devoured with
great relish, after which It hopped and chirped
aronnd the cage. To all appearances It was no
worse for its experience. The seed and water
dishes were iboth empty when found, and it Is
highly probable tbat the bird bad neither food
nor water during its long imprisonment. It is
now at the camp of the relief corps.
THE CRANK A TRUE PROPHET.
A Man Who Predicted Years Ago That the
Dam Would Break.
VFBOM A STATT COHBESPONnEJTT.l
Johnstown, Jane 10. A few years ago a
man in Johnstown, called a crank, opposed the
construction of the Pennsylvania viaduct. He
predicted that in case of floods the obstruction
would be the cause of a great loss of life. He
even went so far as to bring suit against tho
road before a justice of the peace, who was lost
in the flood.
The suit was Ignored, bnt the prediction the
crank made at tbat time has become history.
If the world were full of such long-beaded
f glows humanity -might fare better.
A SINGULAR DISCOTERT.
A Book Containing Language Tbat Seems
Prophetic, Found Amonfc tho Bntns.
tFEOM A STAFF COHKERPONDENT.l
Johnstown. Jane 10. A peculiar and
Strangely interesting incident in connection
With the flood was noticed to-day at the ruins
of the Methodist parsonage. A visitor picked
up a book which "had been washed from
the library shelves and torn In two by the
angry waves. It proved to be the last half ot a
history ot Grenada, and on the top of the first
page occurred these lines:
"To his teet, and he looked back and saw the
houses falling in every direction and in a mo
ment the town was in ruins."
A noticeable coincidence-, to say the least.
PENSIONS OP DEAD VICTIMS.
Private Dnlzcll Write nn Open Letter of
Johnstown, June 10. Private Dalsell has
written to the Associated Press. He says that
widows and orphans whose hnsbands and
fathers were drawing pensions on the date of
the great calamity are entitled to the accrued
Sensions dne the soldier at the time of' his
eath and no longer. This also applies to those
whose pension claims were pending.
He further suggests that all the insurance
companies sbonld publish a list of the persons
having policies in their companies in the flooded
districts, because in many cases the policies
the elks raising honey.
A Fond to be Collected for Sufferers at
Seattle nnd Johnstown.
Washington, June 10. Dr. Hamilton E.
Loach, Exalted Grand Ruler of the a P. Order
of Elks, has issued 'the following notice:
To All Lodges B. P. O. Elkst
In view of the great calamity that his befallen
our countrymen and brothers, I hope each lodge
will raise n subscription, to be made a consolidated
fund for tnc rcuei oi our orotueri or Seattle as
well as Johnstown. All moneys can be forwarded
to me and properly receipted tor.
Hamilton K l
leach, e. G. b.
A CALL FROM LOOK HAYEN.
Money Needed nt Once to Clean the City and
I Lock HAVEN, June 10.-At a meeting of citi
zens held to-day a resolution was adopted re
questing that the following be given to the
To the People of the United States:
This city has been devastated by thereeentgreat
flood, and Immediate assistance Is needed. Our
Streets, alleys and homes are in, a frightful con
dition, and mouey 1 needed at once to save us
from enldeinic We are recoiTln a generous tup-
Sly of provisions, .nt Lock Haven alone is not the
niy place to he supplied from these. Many people
In the nearby small towns have lost neatly every
thing they bad, and are dependent upon us for
money and provialoas. '
We need disinfectants badly, and money with
wblch to hire teams and men from a, distance to
help clean our streets and cellars. There was not
a square Inch of land within the corporate limits
or the city proper that was not submerged, and
when the water subsided it left a layer of mnd and
filth which, under the strong sun of to-day,
creates a stench that Is almost unbearable. The
contents or vaults and cesspools are In cellars In
our main thoroughfares, and nothing will save us
from a frightful epidemic unless help comes
promptly and generously.
ESTHER ALL BROKEN DP.
the Bcnntlfol Colored Queen, In Two Per
sons, Growa Jealons.
AS to .Eiiicr, the beautiful though somewhat
dusky Pittsburg queen, she is in trodble. Both
of her, so to speak, feel Jealous. ''Esther"
(the cantata) was most favorably given in
Avery Mission Church nearly two months ago,
Uder the direction of that cultivated musi
cian, Mrs. H. T. Ncale, and by the colored
choirs of Aery and Brown chacels. On the
strength of the notice that fine performance
was accorded by The DisPATCif, another col
ored cantata company has advertised to pro
duce "Esther" arthe Bijou to-night( with the,
-original Miss Kate Kelly In the title role, bnt
without Mrs. Keale's trained company of
Still, tbey advertise it as the company tbat
waS"so highly iompllmented . in Tns-piTis
8080 Di spa ten of April 21" HeseetM
nttier Fklhtr'&nA her friends feel badly. aiM
'say tbat ill this iS dene to hanppwthem in tteir
MMdction of the cantata at Ltfttfty Hall, t
Xnayinttreafty eyefliBi, ana at .ntwrj nan)
A Correspondent Who Thinks Be and the
Water Are Jut Right.
To the Editor of The Dispatch:
A qnestlon for the hour: Wonldit n6tbe
advisable to take a calm view of the situation
as it now is, and instead of appealing to men's
prejudices and fears, make a plain statement of
facts, and then to try and find the best way out
of a bad situation?
Now, is it best to abnse Governor Beaver for
not calling a special session of the Legislature
to do what by an express provision of the Con
stitution it -cannot dot Bee article 3, sec
"No appropriations, except" for pensions or
gratuities for military services, shall be lpade
for charitable, educational or benevolent pur
poses to any person or community."
The State does not. and cannot, undertake
to make pood the losses snstalned by individ
uals or communities by floods, earthquake,
hurricanes or fires. This fact is so patent that
it needs no argument. 1
But because the State cannot, as a State,
come to the relief of the suffering, it does not
follow that they cannot be assisted by .indi
viduals and societies. Of course, the State,. to
a limited extent, has control over sanitary
matters; bnt is the sanitary condition of the
river such as to warrant the Governor in call
ing a special session of the Legislature?
I think, if we take time to examine the situa
tion, we cannot help coming to the conclusion
that, as far as the water in the river Is con
cnfnedvltisinabetter condition that before
the rise. We all know that the drainage of all
the cities and towns on the Allegheny and
tributaries is directly Into the river. When the
great rush of water came all of the accumula
tions of weeks would be swept Into tho river
and pass down stream, and are now well on the
way to the gulf, leaving the water that is now
coming down comparatively pure.
Not more than 2 per cent of the water in the
Allegheny comes from tho Conemaugb. That
stream has been patroled by hundreds of people
searching for dead bodies, and if any remained
in the channel tbey would hare been f onnd be
fore this time. All of the bodies that remain
have lodged outside of the channel of the
stream, and are covered by the debris or sand,
and can be found, if located, when they will
affect the water.
All of the-wreckage that can be burned
should be bnrned at once. It cannot injure the
dead, and ongbt not to outrage the feelings of
the living. One live man is better than a hun
dred dead ones, and to move all of the wreck
age by overhauling and taking it out piece by
piece will certainly cause several deaths.
We do not hesitate to dig tbrongh or build
over a cemetery when the public good, or even
private gain, seems to require it. Then why
should we hesitate in this case, when the pub
lic health seems to demand M Let that part
of the business be disposed of as soon as possi
ble, and apply the contributions of a generous
pnblic to the relief of the people, and providing
shelter for them until such time as they can get
td work and provide for themselves.
Allegheny, June 10. Festina Ledte.
A HEROIC SCHOOLUA'AM.
The Life-Saving Success ofDllss Love, a
To the Editor of The Dispatch!
The disaster at our place has brought many
a noble heart to the front. Among the heroes
and heroines I would place the name of one of
the Johnstown teachers, who, after getting to a
garret and finding herself beyond the reach of
the water, set to the work of saving others, and
succeeded in getting in 18 or 20 souls, all of
which are well. Not satisfied with this she
gave away every article of clothing she had on,
except a dress, and, when rebuked for it, saia:
"I will keep myself warm by keeping con
stantly In motion.''
After getting out of ber prison honse, this
brave woman offered her services to the physi
cians, and was stationed in the Bedford Street
Hospital, and stuck to her post until compelled
to leave from exhaustion. She belonged to no
class of nurses, but her kind words and tender
touch will never be forgotten. When she bade
us good-by she said: "I would not go now, but
there are so many here that know more than
I do." God bless herl She Was there In the
Please publish this, for if any one deserves
special mention it is Miss Love, a Johnstown
teacher. a Hospital Inmate.
Johnstown, June 10.
THEY QUIT CONTRIBUTING.
Citizens of Cambridge, Pa., Take Governor
Beaver'a Adrlce, and Walt.
To thft Editor of The Dlspatcn:
The citizens of this place (Cambridge) in
tended to send you quite a sum of money for
'the Johnstown people. We see In the morning
paper, though, that Mayor Grant, of New
York, has telegraphed Beaver to draw'
on him for 130,000, and Beaver answers
to the Mayor, stating to leave the money where
It was, as they did not need it just now. That
being the case, we have refused to collect any
contributions until such time as tho Johns
town people may need it, But, judging from
the tone of Beaver's answers to telegrams,
Johnstown must be well supplied.
Cambridge, Pa., June 10.
AFTER THE RAILROADS
Now Castle Snlls Into Obnoxious Tracts In
Very Lively Style.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
New Castle, June 10. Some time ago the
City Council of New Castle instructedlCity En
gineer Miller to remove all railroad tracks
crossing South Jefferson street not authorized
by the Councils. The Western New York and
Philadelphia road has long occupied this
street and the City Engineer could discover no
ordinance that authorized It to do so. This
road had three tracks crossing this street be
sides themain line track of the road. Engi
neer Miller, with Street Commissioner Norris,
the city police force and a gang of 30 laborers,
proceeded to the point in dispute and
before the officials of the road
had time to raise any objection
tore Up one track. This track is known as the
engine house track, and at the time there were
three engines and a passenger train standing
on it at a point a few feet from where the city
officials were at work. This shut the W. N. Y.
& P. cars and engines from the main line. The
other two tracks were soon torn up. The sec
ond track torn up is the one used by the Pitts
burg and Western Railroad to get to Its depot
in this city, and this road was obliged to get the
malls and let off passengers a half mile f torn its
depot all day. It was about 3 o'clock this aft
ernoon before the.W. N. Y. A P. got its engines
oil the siding and at work. Passenger traffic
was not interfered with, as the trains ran from
Oil City and backed up again.
Roadmaster McGulre, of the western New
York and Pennsylvania road, endeavored to
tear away the obstructions placed on the
track by the officials, but was notified by the
Chief of Police that he would be arrested, ana
he desisted. When the City Engineer went to
tear up the tracks of the Pittsburg and Lake
Erie road George Tenner, manager ot Oliver
Brothers' large furnace in this city, notified him
that he would hold the city responsible for the
loss should the furnace chill by reason of
being cut off from its means of getting stock.
The Engineer said he would give the Pittsburg
and Lake Erie time to prepare for the inevit
able. The Pittsburg and Western is in bad
shape, as it has no track of its own into the
Union depot and the ono nsed by It is torn up,
with no prospect of the damage being repaired.
PALACB CAR TOURISTS.
A Wealthy Party That 17ns Just Covered
All of America.
Special Teiersm to The Dispatch.
New YOrk, June la-Dr. Seward Webb's
tour of 20,000 mlles'in palace cars is drawing to
a close. Dr. Webb, his wife and three children,
his brother, Mr. Frank 'Webb, Mr. and Mrs.
Henry Puraj1. Mr. Julian Kean. Mr. George
Bird, Dr. James W. McLaue, their maids and
valets, numbering 10 in all, make up the patty.
The four magnificent cars in which the journey
Is being made are now, in coming East on tho
Canadian Pacific from Vancouver, destined to
Shelbourne."W.TM where Dr. Webb has his
summer residence. They have traversed some
thing like 20,000 miles since April 6. wbcii they
left the Grand Central depot for Niagara Falls,
the first point of interest on their route.
From this point tbey passed no Interesting
place unnoticed In the United States, British
America or Alaska. By living in their train,
stopping but a short time at resting places and
visiting rapidly all the most, delightful attrac
tions, they have traversed this almost Incred
ible distance In so few weeks. At the time of
starting It was arranged to include El Paso.
Vera Cruz and the City of Mexico In the list of
places to be Visited, but. Owing to the extreme
warm weather, the route' was changed, and, in
stead of going South, after having cowed the
United 8tates, they turn In opposite direction
and visited Alaska,
Bank Papers and Record Safe.
Washington June 10. The Controller of
the Currency has received a letter from Na-
MenftiBank Exaalner Pleree. saying that toe
debris has.been removed from the-FlrstNa-
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h arid safe .obened and oxatBinei, showing that
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HFW YORK NEWS BOTES.
A New Place of Amusement.
CXZW TOKE BUSXAU SPECIALS.
.New Yoek. June 10. The cornerstone, of
the new West End Theater in Harlem was laid
this afternoon by Tommle Russell, the "Little
Lord Fanntleroy" of the last theatrical season.
It will be built after the Byzantine style of.
architecture. A big square Moorish tower will
adorn the main corner of the building. The
seats will be arranged according to a new plan,
which will afford to everyone an unobstructed
vie w of the stage. Ah elevator in tho tower,
will lift the persons from the ground floor
to the roof garden between the acts.
Hewitt la Not Mayor Yet.
The German flag was hung out over the City
Hall this morning, because to-day is Pflngst
Monday, and Mayor Grant wishes to catch the
German vote. AH the German societies of the
city have celebrated the day by going Into the
country. The Beetb oven Msnnerchor went to
Washington yesterday, so that they could sing
in front of tho White House this afternoon.
Two other societies have gone to the Lehigh
valley. Almost every picnic park pavilion and
dance hall on Manhattan Island have been en
gaged for German balls and banquets this
Fuller' Tnle of Woe.
In the electric sugar trial to-day Lawson Si.
Fuller began to tell how William E. Howard
and Professor Friend bad induced him to in
vest"j6.500 in electric sugar stock. Mr. Fuller
got very near to Prof. Friend's secret, he
thought, before he gave up his 18,500. The
Professor took him to the Brooklyn refinery
and showed him a big box called "Jumbo,"
and. said to contain machinery which could
refine 20,000 barrels of sugar dally. Once Mr.
Fuller and a friend heard Prof. Friend refine
sugar behind a curtain beforewhlchtbeystood.
After considerable fussing, he bronght them
some clean, white sugar. They all went behind
the curtain then and found everything neat
and clean. Mr. Fuller's friend asked where
the dirt from the unrefined sngar was. Prof.
Friend got into such a temper over this ques
tion that no one dared to press it
Why They Were Suspended.
Twelve girls between the ages of 16 and 18 re
turned to Brooklyn Grammar School, No. 2S,
from Inncbeon last Friday with cigarettes be
tween their lips. They threw away their stubs'
and disappeared within the building. Tbey
didn't stay long, however. Principal Tuthill
sent them home with notices to their parents
' that they were suspended for smoking cigar
ettes. The girls explained that they smoked
because one of them had "stumped" the others
to do it. This explanation satisfied the par
ents, but not the principal, Tutbill. The
relatives of the girls made it so hot for him,
however, that he reinstated In school to-day
every one of the guilty dozen.
All About a Clieok.
Policeman John A. Bromily, of theTremont
squad, took his vacation last week. On
Wednesday he was in, Duffy's Hotel, at Ford
ham, when Contractor James A. Leeson asked
Mr. Duffy to cash a check for $147. Mr. Dnffy
could not accommodate him. Bromily grabbed
tho check and said tbat he'd get it cashed. He
went out and Mr. Leeson was a good deal wor
ried, bnt Mr. Duffy assured him that Bromily
was honest. Mr. Bromily did not return, and
Mr. Leeson compained at the Tremont Station
honse. Inspector Conlin heard that Bromily
was at the races at Jerome Park. He went
there, bnt didn't find Bromily. Bromily's vaca
tion was up on Saturday at 6 P. is. He didn't
report for duty, and on Sunday he was arrested
at hit borne InPetbam avenue on a charge of
grand larceny. He said that he got the checs
cashed at John Inner" s, in Tremont, and spent
the money. He was held In $1,500 at the Mor
risani Police Court this morning. Captain
Stephenson advised Bromily to resign. He
refused, saying that the board couldn't break
him. A charge ot being absent from roll call
"and duty for 12 hours has been preferred against
him to the Commissioners.
A Tough Yarn.
After the ambulance had brought tough
young Thomas Burns, who had been shot by
his old enemyrJames Poole, on Mott street,
Sunday evening, to St. Vincent's Hospital, and
after the doctors had found that the wonnd in
Burns neck was slight and had dressed It,
Burns got up, put on his clothes and cleared
out. First he went around to the Mulberry
street station house, and told the officers they
needn't bother hunting for Poole. "I ain't
agoln' to die," he said, "and I'll look after
flndin' him myself and tend to all the biz, see?"
Burns had bandages around his neck, and as
he walked down to Mott and Hester streets
he was a bigger man than he had been for
many a day. He hasn't had any regular work
of late, and it's only a few weeks since he was
in a row with a fellow named Doyle, who cut a
slice from his thigh. To-day jU the Tombs
Poole was held in S1,SC0 ball for snapping his
pistol at Policeman Donovan, who chased him
after he had shot Burns. Poole could not be
held for shootihg Burns because Burns was not
there to make complaint. The police having
let Burns go, now went to work to catch him
again for a witness. Poole says be shot Burns
in self-defense. Burns called him names and
appeared to be getting out a knife, "I pulled
out my gun." relates Poole, "but while I was
jerking it ont it fell to the street. There It lay
for both of us. Whichever could get it first
was goin' to use it He jumped for it; so did I,
but 1 got there. He was goin' to do me If he
could, and I couldn't do anything else than de
From the Baltimore American.
In Australia the baseball clubs are multiply
lng at the rate of one in a week. In Baltimore,
we think it astonishing progress when we've
won In a month.
Camaln John Weiss, who lives on an
Island in fie Susquehanna river at Shenk's
Ferry, says when the water rose during the
flood hundreds of rats, mice, minks and other
animals crowded around his bouse in the center
of the island.
A12-TEAE-OLD boy at Fleetwood threw a
hatchet at a lady who had rebuked blm for
trying to rob a bird's nest. The hatchet struck
Isaac, the 6-year-old son of William Schlegel,'
fracturing his skull and inflicting a probably
A West Chester tailor has tnade a mammoth
pair of trousers for a Fhoentxville customer.
The garment is 54K Inches around the waist,
and twice, the width of an ordinary man's
trousers in the legs. The owner belongs to a
family of seven, whose aggregate weight is oven
2,100 pounds, he weighing himself 323 pounds.
At a pnblic safe atShanesville, Berks connjy,
a gold watch 00 years old was sold.
A. MAN In Hancock county, Ohio, fells the
following story: Last year a robin, in building
its nost, used, among mud and other matter, a
twig from a wild rose hush. The twig took
root In the mud, and watered by the rains dur
ing the summer developed into a small rose
bush. The pest still ernalns Id the apple tree
fir which It was built, and this year the bush
bears six beautiful roses.
Chester has a demented man whd Is thrown
into a painful state of nervous excitement at
the sight of a cade.
A Mh. Bubke. who lives near Morgantown,
W. Va., lost a roll of bills amounting to $20 last
Wednesday which he recovered in a very cari
ous way. Mr. Bnrke lives about four miles
from town, and drives in twice a week to shop.
On arriving home Saturday evening he pro
ceeded to attend to hia horse. He commenced
by cleaning the hoofs, and there, to his great
surprise, ho found the roll, which he had evi
dently dropped from his wagon on the previous
A Reabiso Law and Order detective spotted
an offending saloon keeper from the heights of
a neighboring pear tree. He looked down in
the rear window of the saloon and witnessed
the illegal sale of drinks. ,
Joseph BEEKEit, of Trumbull county, Ohio,
tried to light a clgaretf the other day. bnt ex
perienced great difficulty in making it draw.
Feeling fiomethisff hsrfl,he broke the cigarette
open and f oiind it to eentaia a setting of a ring.
which be supposed had accidentally dropped
from the finger of the yoang lady who rollid it.
Tbesteaowas&'tftwttitae, bat Mr. Seeker vat-
oes it as a wsMewty: ihm M sew wewriM x f r a
.. .L. ? -.. .L - ")v . r
Of the 334 inmates in the Fulton, Mo.,
insane asylum but ono Is a woman.
Some engineers are planning an aerial
railway, by which they propose to connect two
Of the peaks of MountrPilatus with wire ropes
about 2,000 feet long, and to send tourists from
summit to summit In cars sliding along tho
While Mrs. Madman,, of laurel Hill,
L.1, was purchasing flowers In a store a pass
ing locomotive caused a heavy stone to be
hurled from the track. It struck her on tha
head, making a big gash and rendering her un
conscious. James Edwin Yardeman, who died last
week near Sparta, Ga., couldTrepeat the names
of all the Senators and Representatives in Con
gress from the beginning of the Government,
Yet all this never brongbt him atf engagement
In a dime museum and wasn't worth a dollar to
A. Tennille, Ga., gentleman caught a
number of fish and threw them, with an eel, on
the grass. Later he prepared to string them,
butf onnd tbat the eel had run his tan through
the gill of each fish andtied the end Into a hard
knot, thus converting itself into a genuine fisa
Mr. Parish, of Berrien county, Georgia,
is doubtless the youngest Sheriff in the State.
When elected he had to wait three months to
become of age before ho could bo sworn into
office. He is now confronted with the difficult
problem of Jake Young; the murderer, and
how to arrest him.
Here is a pretty stiff story about an En
glish sparrow: A Boston small boy recently
gave some sparrows a very bard cracker, on
which they could make no impression. After
picking at it in vain for awhile, one of the spar
rows took the crackerln his bill, and flying with
It to the horse car track, carefully laid it on a
rail. Then all the sparrows waited until a car
came along and crushed it, when they flew to
the spot In great glee and ate the pieces.
A, man down in Atlanta, Ga., carries
two Irish potatoes with him all the time. Ha
has a reason for it, too, and here it is in his own
language: "Irish potatoes carried in the pock
ets enra kidney tronbles and relieve rheuma
tism. I did not believe it until an old gentle
man at Marietta Insisted on my trying the
remedy, and I have f onnd it most efficacious.
It relieved me of lumbago, anil I carry one In
each pocket now as a preventive."
A simple stove for warming rooms by
means of solar heat has been contrived by Prof.
E. S. Morse. It consists ot a shallow box; hav
ing a bottom of corrugated iron and a glass top.
This device is placed outside the building,
where the sun can shine directly into it. The
rays pass through the glass and are absorbed
by tho metal, heating it tu a high temperature
and warming the air of the box. The air.
which on sunny days rises to 90 Farenhi.it, Is
conveyed Into the room to be heated.
The number of building societies in
England and Wales is, according to a recent
report, about 911, having a membership of over
320,OCOantfashare capital of $94,311,690. The
receipts for one year were over $80,000,000, and
the societies held securities valued at $150,000,
000. In Scotland the societies are reported to
have a membership of over 11,000, with a share
list valued at over $1,043,000. while they held
securities to the value of 6,34,105. In Ireland
such societies have made less progress, and a
membership of only 0,533 is reported.
The latest thing in fashions for men in
Englandls known as the American shonlder.
It consists of a coat padded at the shoulders in
a manner quite unlqne. Pieces of lead of
quite an imposing size are employed in the
process, and when the dude is properly "fixed
up" be appears with a sort of epaulet arrange
ment calculated to transfix the gaze of tjielesi
enlightened observer. The "American shoul
der" is only just coming into vogue, but it was
decidedly conspicuous In Piccadilly, Lon
don, last Sunday afternoon. A London tailor
says that ho is putting 12 ounces of lead into
some of his "padding."
M. Topinard has been making a statis
tical inquiry into the colors of the eyes and
hair in France, and from his 180,000 observa
tions he deduces many interesting results, one
of the most curious being that where the race
is formed of a mixture of blondes and
brunettes the hereditary blood colonng comes
out in the eyes, and the brunette element re
appears in the hair. To this tendency prob
ably Is to be attributed the rarity of a combina.
tion of light hair with dark eyes. Several ob
servers have asserted tbat the American
people, who are pre-eminently a mixed race,
arebecommg a dark-haired and blue-eyed na
tion, and if this be true, such a development
must ba owing to the working of the law form
ulated by M. Topinard.
Btchard Chandler, a prominent ana
wealthy resident of the town ot Irving, a fen
miles south ot Black River Falls, Wis., is or
the verge of the grave, as the result of an af
fliction that has puzzled the doctors and which
stands unique In the records of medical history.
For several years Chandler's mouth has been
gradually growing together, until now the ori
fice is only about the size of a small marble.
All efforts to check the strange growth have
been unavailing. Chandler is now unable to
take sufficient nourishment to satisfy the de
mands of his system. It is proposed to cnt bis
mouth open and prevent its further closing by
attlilclal means, but the patient says his afflic
tion is a forewarning ot his approaching disso
lution, and will not allow his physician to oper
ate on him.
The whale, which belongs io the mam
malia, no doubt holds the palm for thickness of
skin. At some parts of the body the skints
only two inches thick, but in many places iti
pelt Is fully two feet in thickness. Tbe skin of
the whale is the substance usually known as
blubber, and in a large specimen will weigh al
together more than 20 tons. The distinction of
being tbe thickest-skinned quadruped belongs
to tbe Indian rhinoceros, whose hide has a
knotty or granulated surface, and is so impene
trable as to resist the claws of the lion or tiger,
the sword, or the balls of the old-fashioned
musket. So stiff and bard Is this skin tbat
wero it not divided by creases or folds the ani
mal imprisoned in its armour could scarcely
move. It is manufactured Into leather of
great strength ana durability, and targets and
shields are made of It that are absolutely proof
against aarts cr sword strokes. The skin of tho
hippopotamus runs that ot tbe rhinoceros
Very closely as regards thickness; When dried
It is also used for shields, which are highly
prized by the natives.
MEANT TO BK FUNNY.
Plenty of sleep is conducive to beauty,
ven a garment looks worn when It loses IU np,
It is considered a pretty serious charge to
bring against a woman to say that she means all
she says. Xoclititer Exprut. ,
The naval gun plant at Washington is
growing so hlcely that it will soon begin to put
ont a few spring hoots. A'altimor Aratrietm.
Electricity had made but little headway
at the time of the flood. What Noah most needed,
and could hot getwas an arc motor.--.Vu Orltanf.
The principal features of corrupt' legisla
tive assemblies are ayes and noes. These features
enable them first to scent Jobs and then to wink
Stranger in the courtroom What time
have yon got, please?
.Prisoner, at counielor'4 table I can tell yoa
better after the tnal.-oiton Uaiettt.
Nickelby That's a strange pair of iztii
you have there. I suppose th;y arc of the ambus
cade kind- Grocer-Ambuscade? What Is thatT
Nlcelby-WhyF that lie In weight, as It wete.
A young lady In Indiana 'yawned hey
mouth so wide open recently tbat she dislocated
her Jaw. Home man who had seen better days bad
her In a corner and was commencing again to tell
her how things were before the yt&r.Stw Orleans
Pardonable Ignorance Stranger (lo po
liceman) Are there any public drinking placet
in this prt or the City?
Policeman '(with alacritr) Henty of them.
O'FrencU's place Is Just around the comer- Hike
Schnltzget's sample room is three doors west.
Wash CornwaiUa1 saloon Is in the basement across
tbe street, and
Stranger You have misunderstood my ques
tion. 1 was not lnq olrlig for saloons, but public
fountains, where a thirsty man can get a drink of
Policeman (apathttlcally)-I don't know of say.
I 've only been three weeks on this bat-CAta0
A WOlIAS'S BASqS'.'
Heir manner was so pensive"
So sober was her air.
That 1 began to wonder
What grief she had to bear.
Bhe was not dressed In mouralnfr,
But in the latest style. '
She wore a FarlS costume,
Bnt she did not wear a smile. - V
Sha looked quite ehie and dainty,
Her hands wero neatly gloved;
But, somehow, she looked JniUS if
Bhe never had beea loved.
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