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THE PITXSBTJEG DISPATCH, SUNDAY, JUNE 16. 1889..
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PITTSBURG. SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 1SS9.
THE EEACII0N TO CRITICISM.
The first week after the Johnstown catas
trophe was one of work vigorous, prompt
effort in all quarters to help the sufferers.
Ilie second week, that which ended yester
day, was one of criticism, fault-finding and
hitter strictures on this, that and the other
thing. Perhaps this was hut a reaction to
he expected. Still the nuhlic will prefer the
spirit that was first shown.
Differences of opinion of course will exist
as to the best way of conducting operations
sndmpon many other points; yet once they
are fully and clearly stated, there is no need
to cumber an important work by petty dis
putes, misunderstandings and aspersion of
motives. There has been a good deal of this
senseless stun in some of the papers of
Chicago in respect to Pittsburg's relief com
mittee, which would not hare been written
if there was knowledge in those quarters of
the work and of the personnel of the com
mittee. There has also, outside ot the city,
been a great deal of unfounded and reckless
abuse of the South Fork club, that
could not justly be imported into any fair
or intelligent consideration of the question
of responsibility, which ought alone, and
canfonly be, accurately determined by a full
official investigation under oath. There
has also been a persistence in fault-finding
as to the Governor, who, however he may
have fallen short of expectations, should
no at least be permitted to do the best he
can, according to his lights and to his
means, unhampered by further adverse agi
tation. It is very likely that much of the irrita
bility which has charged the air during the
week past, is the reaction Irom the extreme
nervous tension of the days preceding. This
is a philosophical, as well as a charitable
way to look at the peculiar developments.
But the public will heartily join in saying
there has been enough for the present. The
critical faculty can, with great advantage
to the temper, and no sort of loss, take a
rest for at lest a few days.
The movement for the consolidation of the
different boroughs of Johnstown into one
city, from Conemaugn down to Nineveh,
Eeems to be one of the mitigating features of
the floods. The tendency of that great disaster
to draw together the suflerers and to teach
them to unite their efforts may overcome the
local jealonsies that have heretofore kept
them apart. Of course, the good to be ob
tained by consolidation would go beyond
the union of a number of boroughs into a
city of 20,000 to 25,000 people. The im
provements which are to be made in rebuild
ing the city, the laying out of new streets
and grades, and possibly decided action in
preventing the erection of any more threat
ening obstruction to water-courses above the
city, can all be done more thoroughly by a
city government than by a cluster of bor
oughs. Johnstown should show its inten
tion of rising superior to the calamity by
making itself a city.
GUESSING AT TUESDAY'S VOTE.
"Whatever advantage comes from tall
-claims is not to be foregone by either the
Prohibitionists or the Antis. Not the most
experienced of the veteran party poli
ticians, who know how a bold front intimi
dates the weak and influences the wavering,
could indulge with more seeming sincerity
in predictions of victory than bpth the Pro
hibitionists and their opponents are now
doing as to the ballots on Tuesday.
Yet the fact is that there was never an
election with fewer ascertained antecedent
factors to support even a guess at the actual
Tote. It is idle to attempt to figure it out
.hythe record of regular parties.- Neither
Republicans nor Democrats, in any great
number, will look at prohibition from a
party light, but much rather according to
their individual experience and personal
environment. It is a case for the conscience
and judgment of each voter, and it is very
ranch on that basis that the ballots will be
cast rather than following party leaders.
If everybody who doubts whether prohi
bition is the most desirable way of dealing
with intemperance; every one who thinks
high license rigidly administered, as by
Judge "White, for instance, to be preferable;
every one who believes that regulation and
punishment vigorously applied could deal
-with the abuse of liquor while leaving those
to use it who may safely do so; if these
several classes, including again such as be
lieve that prohibition is liable to become a
dead letter, were to be surely found among
the Antis, then, indeed, there is little ques
tion that party would have a large majority.
But there is no certainty of all these turn
ing up at the polls; and the past course of
the liquor interests will have much to do
with the absence of many of them. The
prohibition idea Is the extreme swing of the
pendulum. Por many years there was no
attempt at even reasonable restriction of the
liquor traffic. Such laws as existed for its
regulation were disregarded; when their
constant violation prompted more severely
restrictive measures these were antagonized
by certain sections of the liquor trade,
where, in point of fact, the true interests of
the latter should have dictated support for
every measure looking to the abatement of
intemperance and the better preservation of
order. ' For these reasons it would be falla
cious, and possibly misleading, to count
upon all who are unconvinced about pro
hibition voting against it, as to expect that
the Eepublicans will be ranged exclusively
upon one side or the other.
Where such a division of sentiment is
liable to exist, the confident predictions of
either side really amount to little more
than guess-work. The Dispatch does not
favor prohibitory legislation, particularly
when high license is being proved an effec
tive and successful method of preventing
the abuses which formerly attended the
liquor traffic. It believes a majority of the
voters take the same view; but, in estimat
ing the result, it is impossible not to take
into account that a considerable proportion
of those who think so may not think so suf
ficiently to go to the polls particularly on
a special election. Much will even depend
on the active personal canvassing of the
opposing sides between now and Tuesday
WHERE THE WRONG IS.
The interviews with certain leading oper
ators who state that their company stores
are beneficial to the miners, only empha
sizes the fact that the institution which is a
legitimate one kept within proper bounds,
may be perverted to an instrument of ex
tortion when the miners are forced to trade
at them and to pay prices that amount to a
virtual confiscation of part of their wages.
On the statement of these operators, the
miners are not forced to trade at their
stores, except by the fact that they can get
goods cheaper there than elsewhere. That
being the case, it is plain that these oper
ators are at a disadvantage in competing
with others paying nominally the same
wages but actually reducing wages by foro
ing the miners to take pay in goods at
The wrong lies in making a monopoly of
the stores and fair-minded operators as well
as miners should be united in the effort to
put down that pnblic injustice.
RATHER SHADOWY JURISDICTION.
The conflict of authority which has arisen
in California, between the United States
and . the State Courts, in the celebrated
Sharon case, is the latest of the peculiar
features of that remarkable litigation. The
State Court absolutely refuses to recognize
the authority of the United States Court,
and, having declared the marriage contract
valid, disobeys the injunction of the United
States Court against fixing a hearing for the
motion to appoint a receiver of the Sharon
estate. So far as the uninstructed public
can see, the State Court is in the right
The case is a decidedly unsavory one, and
one of its unsavory aspects is the interfer
ence of the United States Court with a prac
tical claim of jurisdiction upon the subject
of marriage laws.
The Dispatch has heretofore claimed
that, for the purpose of securing uniformity
in marriage and divorce, the United States
Court should have jurisdiction; but it has
always been recognized that that jurisdic
tion can only be obtained by an amend-.
ment to the United States Constitution, and
the passage of national legislation for uni
form marriage and' divorce laws. That
being the case, it evidently leaves a very
insecure foundation forthe claim of juris
diction for the United States Court in the
Sharon-Hill case. Apart from the merits
of the case, both parties to which seem to
have been of an equally shady character,
the interference of a Judge who has hitherto
been serviceable to the millionares of Cali
fornia upon such a shadowy claim of juris
diction is not creditable either to himself
or to the United States judiciary.
STANDARDS OF SUCCESS.
A recent remark of Mr. W. D. Howells
on the subject of the treatment which the
American magazines accord to new writers
is as follows: "Perhaps the American
magazine is a little despotic, a little arbi
trary, but unquestionably its favor is essen
tial to success and its conditions are not
such narrow ones." This arouses the an
tagonism of the esteemed Chicago Herald,
which takes pains to specify eminent writers
of the present day, whoje success has been
entirely independent of the magazines. It
instances Mr. James "Whitcomb Eiley,
whose literary character is certainly a proof
on that side of the argument; but its addi
tion to the list of Mr. 'William Nye, as one
who "never had an article accepted by a
magazine," indicates a somewhat question
able literary standard; and that indication
is strengthened into a certainty by the fol
lowing assertion: "The most successful
novel of late years has been 'Mr. Barnes, of
New York,' and the magazine editors and
their ancillary book publishers would have
none of it"
The critics who attack the magazine pub
lishers for rejecting "Mr. Barnes of New
York," might have strengthened his case,
indefinitely. If we are not mistaken, the
works of Sylvanus Cobb have obtained a
remarkable literary success, viewed by the
returns of the book-stalls. Mrs. E. D. N.
Southworth is another example of the lit
erary producer in large volume, whose works
have been entirely rejected by the maga
zines. But if the total return of sales con
stitutes the only literary standard, it is plain
there is no knowing where we will bring up.
Possibly the magazines might have in
creased their sales indefinitely, if they had
been willing to turn themselves into police
Nevertheless the standard of popular suc
cess furnishes a tolerably clear argument on
the other side. There are certain literary
publications which have attained of late
years a success folly overshadowing that of
either ot "Mr. Barnes of .New York," or the
"Gun Maker of Moscow," or "Capitola
Black." Those publications are the lead
ing magazines of the day. The publishers
who sell from 75,000 to 150,000 copies of
their issues each month certainly cannot be
relegated to the list of failures; and it is a
demontration of literary taste that they have
attained that success by maintaining a
standard of literary qualifications some
what above the rank of the works which our
esteemed cotemporary cites as an argument
Of course there is some foundation for the
assertion that the magazines give a prefer
ence to the writings of authors whose repu
tation is, made, above those of unknown
writers of perhaps equal ability. That is
simple human nature, and it is not by any
means confined to the magazines. Our es
teemed cotemporaries, the newspapers, who
are criticising the magazines, will pay a
good deal more for an article signs:! by a
man whose reputation is -world-wide than it
would for one of exactly equal merit signed
by an unknown man. A railroad corpora
tion will pay a manager who has made a
reputation $25,000 a year, while an unknown
subordinate, whose ability may be equally
great, but not equally famous, could not
get over $5,000. This is commercial human
nature, and while the magazines may have
made some rather remarkable displays of it,
they are hardly to be blamed for possessing
this in common with the rest of the human
THE JOHNSTOWN GORGE.
What a remarkable exemplification of the
terrible force of the flood at Johnstown is
furnished by the summary of the strata of a
single part of that gorge which was forced
open by dynamite yesterdayl A railroad
bridge at the bottom, on top of that a hotel,
above that a section of the Gautier Steel
Wsrks, and upon that foundation a super
structure of houses and small buildings!
This immense pile was hurled together in
an almost impregnable mass, by that ter
rible rush of waters. When stone, brick
and iron are tossed about like chips and
feathers the wonder is heightened that any
flesh and blood has survived to tell of the
The- weather prophets are now kicking
themselves because they forgot to predict
rain every day during the early months of
the summer of 1889. The prophet that
could have called a turn on this weather
would have made his reputation beyond
"One of the best horsemen in America"
is quoted as saying that he who follows the
advice of his jockey will be ruined because
"those who ride horses as a profession have
very poor judgment on anything outside the
actual race." With this authority the as
sertion is indisputable; but still it might be
qualified, or perhaps improved, by saying
that the poor judgment of those who ride
horses is not equal to the execrable judg
ment of those who bet on horse races.
The annonncement that Barry's Broth
erhood of United Labor has attained a mem
bership of 7,000 sounds a good deal like
stabbing it with insufficient statistics. If
the item is intended to be favorable to the
new organization, an additional cipher is
The indorsement which Hon. George A.
Jenks gave to Attorney General Miller's
ability does not seem to be fully carried out
by the Attorney General's letter, which
claims that it is the duty of the judiciary to
carry out the policy of the administration.
His letter to Judge Sanford, of Utah, seems
to indicate either that the Hon. George A.
Jenks committed himself prematurely or
that the Attorney General is the victim of a
The inthnations that one railroad to the
lakes will offer inducements to coal, ship
pers that another fails to, affords a hope
that competition is to be restored as a factor
in Pittsburg's transportation.
The Western paper which talks about
Pittsburg, as appropriating the stores sent
to Johnstown, is not worthy the notice ot the
Relief Committee. When a cur barks at
you tinder the impression that you are a
burglar, you may know that he is mistaken
but it is not worth your while to stop and
try to convince him of it
. - w
Seveeal very comfortable consulates
were distributed by the President yesterday;
and ten men to every consulate were con
vinced that this administration is not living
up to its pledges.
Inasmuch as the sealskin generally
causes harsh language on the part of the
father of the family, and has now got En
gland and the United States to entertaining
hard feelings toward each other, would it
not be wise to abolish the whole sealing
business and its attendant drafts on public
and private treasuries.
Afteb all this wetness it would be no
more than a movement in the direction of
preserving a fair average to have the State
go dry next Tuesday.
Last Thursday, it will be remembered,
was the day which was set by the gossip s of
the press for the marriage of ex-Secretary
Bayard to Miss Clymer; but the marriage
did not come off. If Mr. Bayard keeps on
neglecting the dates fixed for him, in this
reckless manner, he will be likely to get
The official record in the matter of the
Bed Pond causes sarcasms in ythe hill dis
trict on the title of "Public Safety."
Mayor Cbegiee, of Chicago, is the last
person who declares that he never reads the
newspapers. Concerning the notorious in
ability of the organization over which this
Mayor presides to prevent various fantastic
and famous murders, this avowal takes the
form of a vindication of the newspapers.
PROMINENT PEOPLE PARAGRAPHED.
Commodore Walkee wants to be placed in
charge of the North Atlantic Squadron.
The Rev. Dr. Temple. .Bishop of London,
drinks enormous quantities of strong tea.
Thet are building some beautiful sound
boats this season. We hope they are sound,
The more Mahone, of Virginia, is jumped
upon the stronger he grows. He's a small man,
but a big politician.
It is said that John Blight's papers will be
treated as Lord Beaconsfleld's have been,tvith
heldfrom publication daring the lifetime of
Mr. Tanhee, the Commissioner of Pensions,
will take his wife and children to Georgetown
to live daring the summer in a fine old man
sion with spacious grounds.
The "New York World says: William Thaw
is one of the wealthiest citizens of Pittsburg,
Pa. He is called "the George W, Chllds" of
that city, which means, ot course, that Thaw Is
a warm-hearted man.
, Mks. Bptteqeon, the wife of the noted Bap
tist preacher, is a confirmed invalid, and has
been for many years. Yet she is the founder of
two important charities in London the book
fund and the pastor's aid fund.
At the close of tbe banquet recently ten
dered to him tn Paris, at which many appre
ciative speeches were made, M. Jules Simon
said: "It seems as though I had just been
present, like the Emperor with whose story
you are acquainted, at my own funeral, and
X now know what my friends will say over my
One of tbe few female architects of the
world is Miss Laura White, who is practicing
her profession in Ashland, Ky. She was grad
uated in architecture at Michigan Uni
versity, and then studied in Paris. She was
noted in Michigan as a mathematician, and
was the first stndent at Ann Arbor to solve a
problem that had been sent over by one of the
great English universities.
From the Cincinnati Commercial (laiette.V
Switzerland county, Indiana, is luthe Cin
cinnati market with a brand new style of hogs.
These corn-eating quadrupeds are described
as of Hungarian origin, oval in shape, sandy
in complexion and as heavy as lead. Indiana
has reason to be proud of her new product
Good hogs in the meat market will brine tbe
State more profit and credit than a horde ot
hungry office seekers, squealing around the
pnblic crib at Washington.
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Tho Theatrical Mania A Colored .Lady's
Experience With 'the Lnvf FcrsonnU.
ties of tbe Stage.
Evert now and then I am confronted with
new evidence of tbe widespread existence ot
what may be termed dramatic mania. More
young people seem to be stage struck to-day
than ever before. Where there was one young
woman who'wanted to be Juliet ten years ago,
there are now a dozen. Masculine maniacs of
this sort are no less numerous.
A few days ago tbe following letter was re
ceived at this office, and the changes I have
made is to strike out the names:
Dear Sins You would afford great pleasure to
many parties, also myself, if you will publish the
following in your paper:
Miss , accompanied by Mr. , of Alle
gheny, will depart In about a fortnight for Bos
ton, where great pleasuresawaitthein. Miss
Is a beautiful young artist, while on their return
her companion will appear before the footlights,
to sect Ills fortune in the theatrical world. His
friends all say be has great talent, and a bright
and successful future Is laid out lor him. Mr.
possesses such a wonderful, striking resem
blance to N. S. Wood, that one would take him for
his brother, while many have taken him for the
young actor himself.
It aflorrts Mr. great amusement, whlio
strolling up 1 iith avenue, for some great swell to
come up to him, grasp him by the hand, and ex
claim, "Why, Mr. wood. I was not aware you
were In the city," etc.; or, if visiting the theater.
Tor people to gap or stare at him and murmur.
That young man Is certainly H. S. Wood."
Many, many times has our young friend been
taken for the boy actor.
How painful it is to contemplate the probable
fate of the young man who evidently bases his
hopes of success on the stage upon his facial
resemblance to Mr. N. S. Wood.
During onoot the delicious little showers
that have punctuated tho regular service of
rain recently a colored lady intimately ac
quainted with washtubs, took refuge under our
porch. She had no confidences for me, but a
woman who employs her got tbe colored lady
to read a few chapters from her life's history.
The colored wasblady, it appeared, had been
engaged in a lawsuit, and she gave us a full
and graphic account of it It was wonderfully
funny. To reproduce it entire is beyond me.
In conclusion she said: "Dere ain't no law fur
cullud pussons. Now that grand jury took my
case, and my lawyer he says: 'Mrs. Smiff, you
give me $10,' an' I guv him de las' 10 1 had, an'
be says it'd be all right Dere was 12 men on
de 'f endant's side an' 12 men on mine dey was
de grand jury. But I had a white perliceman,
I want yer ter 'member, and dey had nothln'
but a wuthless lot o' niggabs. All de same,
that grand jury gnawed de bill."
"What did they do?" asked someone,
"They gnawed do bill, I tole youi"
Ah Eastern correspondent of mine states that
the alliance between RobertDowning.tbe actor
ot superb physical development and his light
ning manager and puffer extraordinary, J. H.
Mack, is at an end. Every dramatic editor in tho
country can testify to the fact that Mr. Mack
kept him thoroughly well-posted aboni the
movements, triumphs and monetary gains of
Spartacus Downing. Of all tho actors on the
road last season, and in fact for several seasons
past,Mr. Downing has been the best advertised.
Every Incident in his daily life was recorded by
hook or by crook in the local papers and then
mailed by Manager Mack to all the chief papers
of the United States.
Who will Mr. Mack convert Into a great
tragedian next? Someone suggests Mr.Warde,
but that is not likely, for Warde is an actor of
genuine talent and good reputation.
Talking of manufacturing stars, It is
announced that Manager J. M. Hill is going to
spring a new Juliet upon the public next fall.
Mr. Hill still has faith in women, notwith
standing bis trying experience with Margaret
Mather. His new protege, by the way, is prob
ably intended to squeeze poor Margaret to the
wall. This she will hardly be able to do, for
though Miss Mather evidently suffered last
season by reason ot bad management, she has
not ceased to be an actress of great emotional
ability who in certain parts stands near the top
of her profession.
Manager Hill's judgment is remarkably
good, and whatever' young woman he presents
to the public will be worth looking at.
W.J. Boanlah, the Irish character actor,
has, it seems, had no difficulty in conquering
all Ireland, HI enthusiastic agent, Mr. Au
gustus Pitou, says that he received ovation
after ovation nightly when be played in Dub
lin, and adds: "When he sang 'Peek-a-Boo' it
evoked a hurricane of applause.''
If W. J. Scanlan or any other man were to
dare sing that abjectly silly song In tflis coun
try to-day he would do Hat the peril of his life.
Not on account of its silliness, but 'because of
its age. There is nothing so abhorred here as a
chestnut. Idiotic song are popular enough for
a season or two.
An amateur ventriloquist in Wheeling. W.
"Va., threw cries of distress into a load of hay.
At once the farmer owning it began to dump it
in the street. Perceiving by a general burst of
augbter that he was tbe victim of a joke, he
spoke rebuklngly about its silliness. He
couldn't see how anybody could have got under
the hay, anyhow.
The timber jam against the Lewisburg, Pa.,
bridges is squirming with different kinds of
Not a pound of barbed wire can be bought
in Hollidaysburg, Pa. The flood cleane'd out
nearly all the fences along the river.
A Clinton county paper tells glovemakers
that thousands of drowned rat skins can bo
Reversible pants, to correct the "bag
ging," are proposed by a beneficent tailor of
A tramp called at an Oil City, Pa., black
smith shop, frankly asked the price of a drink,
was given 25 cents, returned shortly with 15
cents change, and disappeared without waiting
for commendation oi his conduct.
A Tyrone, Pa., tailor, who advertises, as
erts that on tbe night the water was four feet
deep in his store a man floated all the way
down from Bell wood on a door, and came
paddling into bis shop to get measured for a
A Meadville, Pa., paper urges its lady
L readers to bake bread for the Johnstown camp,
ana amis: .uanr; a iowei on me iront rioor
knob and the loaf will be called for by the com
mittee." At a concert in Wilkesbarre, Pa., while every
one was applauding, a little child exclaimed:
"Ob, mamma, see all the bigmenpattycaking."
Jakes Buchaxnan, of Ashtabula county,
Ohio, cuts his hair in a very peculiar manner.
He shaves all his head short except a ridge from
his forehead tothe back of his neck.
A SOCIETY" lady of East Liverpool, O., puts
her pet poodle dog's hair up in curl papers
DEATHS OF A DAT,
James Dalzell died at his home on Center ave
nue yesterday morning, having reached the age of
75 years, lie came to this country, when quite
young, from County Down, Ireland, lie located
in Pittsburg, after walking over the mountains
to reach the city. After being In the grocery bus
iness, on fifth avenue for a number of years, he
retired and had lived quietly at homo with his
family. His wife, three sons, Charles, Samuel
and William, and daughter Mary, survive Mm.
Mr. Dalzell was at the time of his death the oldest
member of the Fifth W. P. Church, de was one
of the trustees or tbe church and closed tho nego
tiations for the lot upon which the Fifth church
now stands. He was well and favorably known
its a straightforward business man and a con
sistent Christian. He was Joined in matrimony
on June 18, years ago, and his Interment takes
place to-day, June IS.
Hot. Fcter C. Oakley.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
EONDOoT, June 15. Rev. Peter C. Oakley,
familiarly known as the father of the Mew York
Methodist Conference, died at his home, at Mil
ton, on the Hudson, to-day. He was nearly 90
years old, and was born In New York City; He
began preaching a couple of years before joining
conference, with which he has been connected
since 1824. A few years ago be preached his
sixtieth anniversary sermon as a member of con
ference. Tho deceased was looked upon as an
oracle In canfereuce work. Ills sermons showed
careful studv and deep thought. Mr. Oakley was
one of that class of ministers that believed Chris
tianity was making rapid progress each year.
During his lifelong service In ministry he has,
among otber charges, been stationed at f'itufldd,
Mass. : Troy, Ithaca, Plattsburg.YorkvlllcKorest
street. Brooklyn, and Wlllett street. Mew York
Cltr, the latteMn 18-e-B. Ho had lcen on a de
cline for past few years.
PKOtfOUNOED A KDISAN0E.
Tho Governor's Proclamation About the
Drift In tho Concmnngb.
Habrisbubq, June 15. The following proc
lamation was issued by Governor Beaver to
day: Whereas, The State Board of Health, through
Its secretary and executive officer, has this day
made to me a report In writing bearing date tho
7th day or June, 1889. in which, after reciting ac
tion by said board In reference to the recent
flood which has devastated the Conemaugli Val
ley, and the work which has been done by the said
hoard. In providing, as far as possible, for puri
fying tho streams and maintaining the health of
tbe people, the condition now existing along the
Conemauph river at Johnstown and its vicinity Is
fully setlorth: and
Whereas, The said board, through its executive
officer as aforesaid, has made call upon the Chief
Executive of the Commonwealth to take action, in
reference thereto, as follows: "I, therefore,
altera careful personal inspection of the entire
situation, by virtue of the.authorlty conferred
upon the Male Board or Health by the act of June
3, 1885, and delegated to me as its executive ofllcer
in regulation 1, declare the condition of things
existing at Johnstown and neighboring boroughs,
and especially or the drlrfc heaps above described,
and of the waters or the Concmaugh and Klstl
mlnctas rivers, to be a nulsanco dangerous to the
pnblic health: and Inasmuch as the extent of this
nuisance is so great that the local authorities can
not abate It, I call upon Your Kxcellency.as Chief
Executive or the Commonwealth, to at once em
ploy such force as may be necessary to removeand
abate the same:"
Now, therefore, I, James A. Beaver, Governor
of the said Commonwealth, In deference to tne
said request of the State Board of Health, and in
pursuance or its declaration, do hereby declare
the said drift In the Couemaugh river at Johns
town, and at other points in and about said lo
cality, a public nuisance, and in accordance with
the power granted to said board, and acting under
the authority of the law which confers said power,
I do hereby direct that saia nuisance be abated,
and to this end I further direct that men and
means necessary for said purpose be immediately
employed and continued at work until the said
nuuancc has been entirely abate!, and the danger
to public health and safety removed, and in doing
this, and in order to provide tbe funds necessary
therefor, 1 ao hereby pledge the faith of the Com
monwealth of Pennsylvania. , '
AND SO TO-DAX THEY WORSHIP. v
Methodists in Front of Ruins, Episcopalians
In a School.
IFIIOJI A STAJP CORBESPOKDENT.l
Johnstown', June 15. Crushed and bowed
in the depths of despair, It is hardly a wonder
that the stricken people of this devastated; city
have thought of little else for the past few
days than the immediate relief of their suffer
ings, and given attention only to procuring
proper food and shelter, of which they still
stand in such urgent need. To-morrow, how.
ever, they will turn their thoughts to the re
ligious observances of the day, and several
meetings will be held.
Though many or thochnrchc3 in the city
that stood in tbe path of the mad waters wcro
swept away, and others ruined to such an ex
tent as to bo unfit lor use, a few were left stand
ing that are in proper condition for holding
The Episcopal churches wero completely ru
ined, and tbe members, numbering 400, some of
whom were lost in the flood, will meet at the
residence of Mrs.Higson in Morrellville Sun
Thirty-seven out of 1,063 members of the
Methodist denomination are lost and the
chapel is not in proper condition for use, but
services will bo conducted by Rev. Mr. Ma
gutra on the pavement in front of the cbapel at
the corner of Locust and Franklin streets.
Bishop Whitehead will bo in Johnstown and
conduct an Episcopal meeting in the morning
at tbe Peelerville scboolbouse on tho hill above
the Pennsylvania freight depot.
But there have been other unusual prepara-.
tlons for tho people who feel inclined to follow
the dictates of the different creeds and religions.
The Rev. George Purves will hold a Presby
terian service. Rev. John Fox, of North
Church, Allegheny, Rev. Chapman Maguire,
Elder - John Fulton, the General Manager of
the Cambria Iron Works, H. LT Chapman and
J. Logan, C. Sample, of Black Hills, will be
here. Rev. Father Troutwem will speak in
Cambria City, and Rev. Father Tahanev, in
NATIONAL GUARD ENCAMPMENT.
Orders, Issued by the Acting- Adjutant Gon-
cral, Relative to tho Matter.
Special Telegram to Tho Dispatch.
Harrisburo, June 15. The customary or
der relative to tho encampments of the Na
tional Guard has been issued by Colonel Alex
ander Krumbbaar, Assistant Adjutant Gener
al, who has been keeping a record for the Gov
ernor the past ten days of the contributions for
the relief of the flood sufferers and making out
the necessary drafts. The militia will camp by
regiments. The place Is to be selected by the
colonels, subject to the approval of headquar
ters. , It is probable there 'will be a combined camp
of the artillery and cavalry companies at Mt
Gretna, where a battalion" of .United States
troops will also be encamped for the purpose
of Instructing the militia. Dates fixed for tbe
encampment are as follows: First Brigade,
August 3 to 10; Second Brigade, July 23 to 29:
Third Brigade, July 13 to 2a
THEY WILL BEGIN TO REFLECT.
Tho First Opportunity Johnstown Folk Will
Get to Think.
IPHOM A STAFF CQBBESPONDEJfT.J
JonNSTOWN', June 15. To-morrow work will
be entirely suspended within Johnstown and
the surrounding districts, or wherever the
oountry has been devastated from the efforts
of the terrible flood.
The men who have been hard at work for the
last several days will lay down their picks and
'shovels and sit down to swap stories.smoke the
pipe of peace or goto church if they have a
mind to. Even at the gorgo the men will not
be at work to-morrow, but they will continue,
with tbe aid of electric light to do all they can
by 6 o'clock in the morning.
The population of Johnstown, or what there
is left of it, will, for the first time since the
awful flood, have time to sit down and quietly
think. - Heinkichs.
THE -TICE PKESIDENT'S LITTLE GIRLS
Make a Donation of a Box of Clothing; to
Johnstown, June 15. Adjutant General
Hastings is in reeeipt of the following:
EmNlCLrFP-ON-HUDSoif, June 10. J
MT Dear Gevebal Onmvreturntomy coun
try home I find that my little girls, from 8 to 14
years of age, have been hard at work since the
terrible disaster at Johnstown in making articles
of clothing lor the poor homeless children who
have survived the recent floods In your State, i
am forwarding tb-day by the American Express
Company, free of charge, 127 articles of wearing
apparel, as per list enclosed, made by their own
hands, or purchased with their own money, with
some or their dresses. My children will feel
greatly obliged if you will cause tbe clothing to
be distributed among tbe little sufferers by the
recent calamity, for whom they feel the deepest
lam, dear General, very faithfully yo'ors,
Levi P. Morion.
HE WASN'T BCRIED.
An Undertaker's Aistnnt Who Drank,
Then Slept In a Coffln.
(TltOM OCE STAFF COMtESPONOENT.l
Johnstown, June 15. A story is told of one
of the undertakers' assistants at St Columbia's
morcue. He secured a bottle of whisky and
imbibed pretty freely of the red eye. Upon
getting tired he lay down in one of thocofllns
to no to sleep.
Tho next morning one of the undertakers,
seeing the body in the coffln uncovered, put
the lid on the casket. He then ordered it re
moved outside and placed along with the other
unidentified bodies for burial. The man, who
is an Allegbenlan, might havo smothered to
death had not tbe clerk uncovered him for the
purpose of taking a description ot the supposed
STOPPING UP STONY CREEK.
Tho Debris Dnmped Into Johnstown's Only
FROM A STAFF COnRXRVOXDEXT.l
Johnstown, June 15. A citizen called the
attention of the authorities to-day to the fact
that tbe refuse which is dumped into Stony
Creek is narrowing the stream. It was teared
this would result in serious consequences, if the
practice was continued.
According to views expressed by prominent
men in regard to the matter, the best placo to
transnort all the debris lrom the wrecked
houses would be a short distance above tbe
placo where tne iuuo uonemaugn nax a con
fluence with Stony Creek. Bahiier,
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The Growth of Volapnk.
from the Chicago Inter-Ocean.l
People laughed a good dealt when, ten years'
Ago, "Volapuk" made its bow to the public.
But, after all. it seems to have taken root. A
club has recently been organized in Boston,
and they assert that to-day throughout tbe
world there are at least 2,000,000 students of the
system. There are over 1,000 books and publi
cations npon the subject In point, COO organized
societies and SO periodicals regularly issued in
its interest With tbe fact in view that tbe
nations ot tbe earth are every day growing
closer to each other by travel and commerce
and their humanities, volapuk may become a
world-wide rclorm by the time the nineteenth
century closes up its account.-
Pecnllnr People Who Are a Fentnro 'of
Washington Eloquent nnd Gentlemanly
Old Timers Who Subsist on Their
' Friends The Patient Clnimant A Crank
Who Thinks He Is President.
ICORRESPONDEXCE OF THE nlSPATCH.1
Washington, June 14. One of the saddest
features of the always varying lite in Washing
ton is the gradual disappearance of the "old
timers." I do not want to call them the
"Colonels," "Majors" and "Judges," for that
would include some who do not really belong
to the charming and clever parasites whoare
meant by the "old timers." They are broken
down gentlemen, persons who have seen "bet
ter days," who never did and who never would
work, but who are yet persons of fine attain
ments, charming conversationalists, agreeable
in their manners, and yet always waiting near
some genteel bar for the Invitation that will
surely come to indulge in something genial and
exchange a flash or two of brilliant wit or nar
rate some thrilling story ot romantic personal
experience in the days when they were rich in
slaves and land and lived the lives of veritable
Five years ago, when I first began an intimate
acquaintance with the variegated life ot this
political capital, there were perhaps a round
dozen notable hangers-on of thi3 type. Hardly
one of them but could quote the Latin and
Greek classics by tbe ream in the original
tongue; most of tbem were well read in elegant
literature of all times and could discuss it in
tbe most charming manner; all of them had
been actors in real romances and tragedies of
luxurious social life, and scarcely one had any
parts so objectionable as to make him shunned
by the best gentleman with whom be came into
contact. Now they have dwindled away to two
or three. That is, there Is only that,number in
sight Several are dead.
Setting a Bad Precedent.
One has just come forth after several months
in tbe hospital, and immediately began to strike
his old friends for the generous entertainment
which was the means of sending him into re
tirement One has actually abandoned the
hospitable precincts of the hotel bars and tbe
appetizing -and Inexpensive free lunch, and Is
making a threadbare living by copying and
letter writing for this and that one of his
friends who like to encourage the old boy in his
novel attempt to earn his bread by the sweat of
his brow. It was a departure that was frowned
upon in an almost Savage manner by tbe others
ottis crowd as being not only degrading but as a
pernicious innovation upon a time-honored
precedent which tended to bring them all into
contempt It was a daring thing to do, and has
resulted in the utter ostracism of the bold old
boy, but be has stuck to it bravely in tbe face
of many temptations and discouragements. 1
fear tbere will be a change soon, however.
Evidently the luncheon that comes by purchase
is not as liberal as that which comes without'
money and without price. The poor man grows
thinner and thinner, bis voice sounds as though
there .were a vast vacuum in bis stomach, and
if he does not find starvation preferable to re
ceiving the cut direct from his old friends he
will doubtless soon be seen at regular intervals
hovering about tbe best layouts of free
luncheons to get the freshest salads and flsh
balls and pork and beans and cold meats when
they first appear. Not one of them has a
watch. That useful bit of gentlemen's wear
long ago went tbe way of their "uncle" to ever
lasting oblivion, but some mysterious intuition
informs them to a second of the time when the
free lunch will be SDread, and tho moment
when this or that friend who will set up the
drinks will present bis welcome face upon the
They have been a 'great study to every
student ot human nature in this town of queer
characters, but their race will soon be ended,
and there is none to take their place. Their
tribe will become extinct with the dropping out.
of the two or three tottering forms which are
yet to be seen in the favorite haunts, and what
that means to Washington you who are
not to tbe manner either born or educated will
never know. It means the passing away of
figures which more than all else suggest the
life of tbe aristocratic South before the war,
and in their indolence and inability to do tbo
least thing for their own maintenance toll of
tbe immeasurable effect of the curse ot human
Somo Famous Clnlmants.
The figures of famous claimants which have
been familiar here for more than a quarter of
a century are also fast disappearing, and their
mantles are falling upon shoulders that are new
and uninteresting. I think Billy McGarrabn
will probably outlive all the others, for in spite
of bis lopg years of disappointment, often with
success almost within his grasp, apparently, ha
remains fat and sleek and rosy, and is always in
tbe best of humors, so modest and un
obtrusive that no one to whom be urges his
case can be offended. He lives on tbe
contributions of those to whom he has disposed
of an interest in bis claim, and seems to be
pretty sure of an easy life to the end of his
days whether he gains bis case or not Occa
sionally one of these old claims goes through
and tbat encourages all the claimants, and of
ten forms a precedent which results in the
success of a lot of others. One which went
through the Court of Claims last fall and for
which Congress appropriated the money at the
last session, brought close to 8100,000 to a man
who had almost abandoned his case. He had
offered a big fee for the attorney who would
get bis claim allowed, but when he found the
money actually appropriated, turned piggish,
and Is fighting in the courts the payment of the
modest sum of 825,000, wbicb was all tbe attor
neys charged for making good a claim that had
been lying abont loose for nearly a quarter of
a century, and which bad failed in the hands of
half a dozen other firms of attorneys, I really
think tbat in this case the lawyers earned their
fee, for it required not onlv consummate legal
cunning to worm tbe case through the Court of
Claims, but a vast deal of influence and bard
work to secure the appropriation by Congress.
In the place of these fast disappearing feat
ures of the curbstone landscape of Washing,
ton we have the advent of any number of
cranks with tbe coming of the new administra
tion. Somehow the cranks, especially those
who are after imaginative claims, are always
more numerous undera Republican adminis
tration. There are several here now almost as
interesting and persistent as the late lamented
Colonel Plncbover, who fancied that Colonel
Thomas Scott, late President of the Pennsyl
vania Railroad Company, owed him a round
million of dollars. One of these visits tho
White House frequently, and insists that tbe
sum of 810,000 is deposited there for bis order.
He does not seem to be dangerous, and is
therefore merely driven away by the door
keepers. One of these days an attempt to mur
der some high official will teach the authorities
tbat such imaginative gentlemen should be put
where they can do no harm.
An Interesting; Crank.
The most interesting of the late comers is the
man who Imagines be is tbe President, and
who resembles the President so remarkably
that 1 have several times mistaken ono for the
other when they wore not close at hand. In
close quarters one could detect tbat uncertain
movement of the eye which is found in every
crank, and I was curious V know what he was.
"Can you direct me to tbe insane asylum?" I
said to him one day as I met him in the street.
"No, sir," he replied, "I am somewhat of a
stranger in the city, and have not learned the
location of that institution."
"After an office. I suppose!"
"No. sir," drawing himself up proudly. "I am
not after an office; I am the real incumbent of
tbe blghest office in tbe land."
"Ah, what Is that?"
"Hush," he said in a whisper, "you must not
say a word about it nut I assure you I am the
President of the United States."
"But I thought Mr. Harison was elected
President" I ventured.
"HnshI I am Mr. Harrison Benjamin L.
Harrison, sir, but you mast not tell anyone. I
am simply biding my time. It will all come
out after a little, the impostdro will be exposed
without any effort of mine, but merely by the
imbecility of the impostor; then I will come
into my own and tbe country will have tbe real
"What will bo your policy when you become
"Ah, that is my secret; but 1 may say to you,
sir, tbat I will fight I will raise an army of
6,000,000 soldiers and drive every foreign power
off from American soil, and then I will march
against tbe monarchies of tbe Old World and
assist the struggling Republicans thereto es
tablish the rule of the people. Oh, I'll do it
I'll do it."
"But how long are you going to allow the
impostor to usurp yonr placer
"Ob, I'm very patient I'm in no hurry. It
may be several years It may be 1,000, OuO jears,
but I'll get there, never fear. I am the most
patient man ever born, and peaceful, too; I
wouldn't make any trouble about the matter.
You see, tbe impostor looks so much like me
that people will believe he is the rightful Pres
ident and so I shall just wait for timn. to de
velop tbe fact tbat be ts so unfit for the place
that he cannot be the true mm."
The old man utterly refused to divulge his
real name, and he remains a mystery, arousing
much comment as he appears rarely on the
streets. ; E. M. I
They've Learned Something.
From tbe Chicago Tribune.
If anyamind-reader dies in New York hereaf
ter tbe probability is tbat bis friends will be
compelled to take him outside of tbe State, if
they desire an autopsy, in order to, obtain the
necessary surgeons. '"
NEW YORK NEWS NOTES.
No Change for a Change.
CKEW TOBK BUREAU SPECIALS.
New York, Jnne 15. "You accused me ot
making wrong change In the cash drawer,"
wrote young Mrs. Hansen to her husband. "I
have tried to do the best I could. I -Trill never
make change for you again. You can get
somebody tbat will suit yoif better. 1 hope you
and tbe children will enjoy tbe new house, be
cause I will not live long enough to enjoy it
myself. Be good to the children. I have kissed
them goodbyfor the last time, and you will
never see me again. From Little Wife." Mrs.
Hansen's husband is the proprietor of a big
restaurant in Brooklyn. 'She was 26 years of
age, and had three children. She acted as
cashier for her husband. Thursday last Mr.
Hansen spoke some angry words to his wife
about some alleged carelessness in handling
tbe cash. A little later she left one of the
waiter girls in charge, wyit home and kissed
tbe children, wrote the foregoing note for her
husband and then disappeared. She has not
been seen since. The busDand Is almost crazed
with grief, and has the police and all his
friends searching f pr the missing woman. It
is believed she has committed suicide.
Too Wicked for Sbepard.
Colonel Shepard, the religious millionaire
editor of the Mail and Express, is still having
a hard time of it in this wicked city. This
evening's Commercial Advertiser says edlto
Tially: "In one short week Elliott F. Shepard
has been accused, first of stealing, by the
World, which furnished proof; second, of lying,
by the Times; third, of not being a Christian,
by the Evening Post, and fourth, of being a
'boodle politician,' by tbe World of yesterday."
To-day a big 'delegation of Colonel Shepard's
wealthy neighbors made a formal protest
against the erection of a big stable which the
Colonel has begun building.
Free Pnblic Baths.
Fifteen free public baths will be opened In
the city next week. Most of the baths are 100
feet by 50 and all of them are afloat adjacent to
the docks around tbe island. The 12 baths that
were open last year cost the city 833,000. Three
million baths were taken.
Opening of tho Annex.
Arrangements are now completed for the
opening of "Barnard College," this being the
name given the new women's annex to Colum
bia College. A big house has been leased for
the girl students, and examinations for admis
sion will begin September 30. The examina
tions will be identical with those required for
admission to Columbia College, and tbe course
of study will be a repetition of class work at
Columbia. A freshman class only will be re
ceived the first year.
A Chinaman's Estate In Chancery.
WongSingB,ow,a Chinese laundryman who
washes clothes in Newark, has an estate in
chancery. It is not a very valuable property,
but it gives him a great deal of trouble, as a
doubt exists as to whether be or his wife is en
titled to draw the income it yields, and he has
asked the Court of Chancery to decide the
question and to take charge of the property
until it is settled. In his petition be says tbat
a dozen years ago. wben be bad been but a
short time in this country, be married Minnie
Kiersted, an American girt He opened a
laandry In Newark and his wife managed his
financial affairs, and kept his accounts. He
spoke no English, but he could wash and iron
well, and he saved money which his wife in
vested so securely tbat he found it hard to get
any of it back. She purchased a tract of land
in Passaic county for 81,000,telling him that the
deed was drawn up and recorded in their joint
names. Four years ago Mrs. Sing Bow ran
away from her husband who has discovered
that the deed for the property, which has
increased in value, was made out in ber name
only. Since sho left him she has been receiv
ing an Income from it. and he now asks the
Court of Chancery of Passaic county to put
him in possession of bis own.
HIGH BUILDINGS IN LONDON,
A BUI Restricting; tho Erection of Them
How It Will bo Done.
From the Loudon Spectator. I
Tbe bill for restricting the height of build
ings in London which has just been introduced
iqto the House of. Commons by Mr. Whitmore,
is one which we trust that Parliament may find
time to pass. At present there Is no power,
except in the case of new streets, to regulate
the altitude to which bouses may be raised.
The owner of a piece ot land in an old
thoroughfare only .80 feet wide, may erect a
block of flats 100 f net high without any local
authority or puhlicdepartmentbavingthe least
right to stop him; while if the opposite pro
prietor follows suit, the street may be con
verted into a narrow, airless, sunless brick
canon, where two-thirds of the windows havo
no other outlook than the dingy wall that faees
The ruleby which Mr. Whitmore desires to
make it impossible in the future for the owner
of the land to deal with his property in a way
injurious to the health of the community is
that no building except a church or chapel
shall be erected In any street thoroughfare, or
place of less width than 60 feet wbicb shall ex
ceed 60 feet in height It. however, tbe street
is more than 60 feet broad, then the breadth
shall be tbe measure of the height to which It
shall be allowable to raise the houses.
The Stylo In Bathing Costumes.
From the Chicago Tribune!
The bathing costume for 1SS9, judging from
illustrations in fashion papers, is reduced al
most to a shiver.
FDN AND PHILOSOPHY.
I wish I bad a big mustache
Like others who I know.
Or could look older than I do.
If or I would like to go ,
Into a licensed beer saloon,
Where tbe barkeeper wouldn't rage,
And ask. In accents very strong,
"Say, kid, are you of age?"
Mamma's Darling (to German governess)
Barbara, are their eight days in a week?
A Telephone is not a speak easy.
Rev. Detbone Mr. Boozy. I can't see any
use In your coming to church. You go to sleep
every time, and It is impossible forme to do you
Mr. liooiy-Uut you are doing me good. Rev
Vnrbone; at least you are succeeding much better
than Dr. Dosemup did.
Bev D I don't understand you..
Mr B. Why, I'm troubled with insomnia.
You can tell wben love comes, but you cannot
And to Its mandate you might as well bow.
For It Is bound to rule:'
And when It onceselies your beating heart
In your life it will play a principal part;
So. when It attacks you, don't treat it rude.
But don't try to live on It, for It's a mighty poor
Shall Bot Say, pop, what is the differenco
between live pennies and a nickel?
Pop Hodlfference at all,
8. B. Is that so? Well. J as t you drop Ave pen
nies in a slot and you'll And there is quite a differ-
Mr. Funniman I see some New York
genius has patented an electrical machine for
Mrs. Funnlson Well. I can't see how he can
make It cheap enough te do away with banging
them out to dry.
Mr. Funulman Buv my dear, cheap or not
cheap, it must be done by electricity, as the law
"A place for everything, and everything In
Its place." go, small boys, remember that the
place for a green apple Is right on the tree.
Tire dog now pants his little pant
.The cat now mews Its mew.
The donk now brays Its loudest rtonk,
And tbe mosquitoes, you bet they do.
A BIT OF IRISH WIT.
McGinis Mike has got his dlplomee.
McCarty And phwat Is a dlplomee? .
McQInls A thine you frame and hang on the
Judge You say yon didn't steal this dia
mond pin from this gentleman?
rrlsoner Yes, sir.
Judge-But it w a found In your possession.
Frlsoner-l know It was Judge, but you see It
was this way. I wis examining the pin In the gen
tleman's necktie, and when I touched It it stuck
tight to me. I couldn't shake it off.
Judge I can't understand that.
Prljoaer WeU,.you see. Judge, the. thing's
paste. EXE S. SEA.
An irate citizen leveled the St. Joseph,
Mo., dog pound to the ground.
A gar fish two feet long was taken from
the tank of a Missouri Pacific passenger en
gine the other day.
There has been an increase in the popu
lation of Denver, Col. during the lastyear, the
total population being estimated at 123,000.
Look out for your rubber boots. A
Yale sophomore is very seriously ill in New
Haven, his blood having been poisoned by the
anniltne dyes of the lining of his rubber boots.
Down in North Carolina an 11-year-old
son of the boss brick mason is earning his 82 SO
a day. He is at work on the outside of the
wail,where none but experts handle the trowel.
At Crystal Falls, Mich., Mrs. Joseph
Clark was found Monday with a 3-months-oId
.babe and not a thing in the house to eat She
has lived on a dozen eggs for a week. The
good people provided for the starving woman's
wants and wdl look after her In tbe luture. -
There are some curious med on the legal
bench in this country. A Connecticut court
fines a man 85 for lying in wait to kill his wife
and stabbing her, and an Ohio court calls it
assault and battery wben four bullets are fired
into a farmer and be is robbed of his wallet.
An unknown desperado rodeinto Golden
City, Barton county, Mo began firing "right
and lett and made people dance nnder penalty
of death. He terrorized everybody for 20 min
utes and then rode away, but was pursued and
captured after being wounded In three places.
Anthony Burrows, of "Walker county,
Ga., has a small pine stump that has been pet
rified. It is as heavy as stone, cnts hard and
resembles a rock, though the streaks of rosin
and growth can be seen, and beyond a doubt
has been a small pine stump, which shows the
marks of an ax.
A French chemist named Beaumetz ex
hibited at a recent meeting of tbe Paris Acad
emy of Medicine a new alimentary substance
which he names fromentine. It is obtained
from wheat by the aid of special millstones and
Is really the embryo of the wheat reduced to
flour. It contains three times more nitrogenous
substance than meat, and a large proportion of
sugar. It is thought that it may advantageously
replace powdered meat as a concentrated food.
It may be employed for making soups, and even
for making biscuits.
T. S. Robins, of Eatonton, Ga., says his
father built a house in Greene county in 1834
and a hen laid two eggs in the boxing nnder
the eaves of the house. The carpenter, not
knowing the eggs were in the boxing, ceiled
them up aud leu them inclosed. Recently the
house was recovered, when the eggs w ere dis
covered. As tbe boxing was tightly ceiled, no
one could have placed them tbere since, hence it
is believed they were deposited in tbe nest when
the house was built, which makes the eggs 33
years old the oldest eggs, we suppose, on
Logan county, Kan., comes to the front
with a natural barometer in the way of a whist
ling well, which warns people from six to 12
hours in advance of approaching storms. It is
13S feet deep, and sends out a strong current of
air, which, as it escapes through the apertures
about the pump stock, whistles in a loud, flute
like tone that is distinctly audible to every
citizen in the township and more penetrating
than tbe noise of any log born. Whenever the
people hear the well whistling they strikeout
at once for tbe cyclone caves. A man by the
name of Smith owns tbe well.
The following story is told at Ypsilanti,
Mich., concerning Miss Mollie Richards, one of
the Johnstown victims: During tho past winter
Miss Richards was troubled with frightful
dreams. In every instance she imagined her
self crushed to death. The trouble became so
great tbat tbe young lady refused to go to
sleep until overcome by exhaustion. It was
then her friends determined to send her to
Johnstown to visit her sister. Hers was one of
tbe first bodies recovered, and it was taken
.East by a young man who thought it was bis
sister. The mistake was discovered and the
body was reshipped to Johnstown.
Merrill E. Shepard, of Haddam Neck,
Conn., is tbe owner of a hen which made its
nest in the woods near his home, and laid
several eggf only to desert tbem finally. A
partridge then appeared to usurp the claim,
and, after laying a few eggs, settled down lor
the usnal three weeks' stay. Five young
chickens first appeared on tbe scene, but these
were removed by Mr. Shepard, in hopes the
bird would stay and present him with some
young partridges. He was disappointed, how
ever, nut on the principle tbat fair exchange Is
no robbery, the partridge eggs were hatched by
, About a year ago, a Baltimore exchange
relates, some wag polished a nickel till it only
resembled the coin of the realm iu size and
color. After It had dropped into the bottom of
a bobtail car box tbo driver eyed it suspiciously,
and evidently thinking the other side of the
coin might be all right he gave tbe decisive
pull and let it pass. From tbat time to this tbs
company has been endeavoring to get tbat
nickel back on therascaliypublic Butstranga
to say. every man who tears open tbe litti
envelope containing it and its companion piece
always puts the smooth nickel back into the
box. Of course no driver can now complain,
Because the coin always comes out of the com
pany's package. During iu first yearof service
it has taken about 2,190 trips, and as it is get
ting thinner and smoother all the time, there is
now little b6pe of its ever escaping street car
service except through tbe charity of some
kind deliverer, or through tbe final dissolution
of the company's corporation.
E. B, "Washburn, of Three Oaks, Mich.,
was until tbe other night the very dirtiest hu
man being that could be imagined. His hair
was long, snarled and unclean; bis whiskers
shaggy, his clothes in rags bis boots were mads
ot rubber, and bis general appearance such as
to disgust any decent citizen. He is a widower,
and has two children about 12 years of age,
whom ho refuses to allow to attend school. The
other evening tbe citizens of Three Oaks pro
cured a large tnb, a quantity of soap, brushes,
towels, etc., and after receiving the donations
of a bat from one merchant, a shirt from an
other, an overshirt from another, etc., repaired
to the dingy hovel of tbo old scamp, in the rear
of an old store building, and proceeded to give
him a cleaning. He .protested vigorously and
even showed nght but the crowd was too much
for him, and when they got through, an hour
later, he had bis hair clipped, his whiskers
trimmed, and was positively clean for once,
CLIPPED BITS OF WIT.
A correspondent wants to know how to
remove paint. Thebejt way Is to sit down on it
and then get up and walk away. Rochester Post
Xxprtss. It a man is dead sure of anything in this
world he can gamble on it. Tbe trouble with the
average man is that he lsot quite certain or what
be knows. It all depends upon something else.
Sew Orleans Picayune.
"I say, doctor, yon who know medicine
from A to Iziard, what do you do yourself when
you have a bad cold?"
Fhvslclan Cwho does not believe In giving ad-
vice gratis) Cough. Judge.
"Have yon any cash to-night, Ned?
"Let me see. Yes, I've a dollar and soma
'Ah! some sense? Well, that wHl keep you
from spending tbe dollar ror whisky. "Judge.
Poet I know now how Columbus must
have felt when he discovered America.
Editor-Bow is tbat?
Poet (gayiy)-Why, I've Just found a dims In a
pocaet of ray last summer's suit. .Veto xor
Vidocq I think I have a sure thing on
the late Mr. Tascott. I don't know where he is,
hut I heard down-town what be Is doing.
Hawkshaw-TeU me all about It
VIdoeq He Is In the hlJe business. And an
other lifelong friendship was severed. Terra
Oily to Polly (reading,newspaper) When
yon are so mad yon can't express yourself, send
yourself through by mall. 1 don't see how you'd
go to work to do that.
Polly to Oily Easy enough. Wben you aremad
you always stamp your feet don't you know.
The widow who was monrning the loss of
her husband exclaimed: "There Is nothing left
for me now but to enter a convent, tor all is van-
"Let ns hope not" remonstrated a friend.
"You are still beautltul, and a widow of 30 years
' "Twenty nine, if you please, sir," Inter
rupted the nneomoled. Boston Journal.
"Now," said the bridegroom to the bride
when they returned from their honeymoon trip,
"let ns have a clear understanding before we
settle down to married Hie. Are you the Presi
dent or Vice-President or this society?" "1 want
to he neither President nor Vice-President," sho
answered; "Iwlllbeeontentwlth a subordinate
position." "What Is that?" Treasurer."
The modern child is an analyst Tha
small kid was playing with the scissors and his
kindly old grandmother cblded him.
"You mustn't play with tbe scissors, dear. I
knew a little boy Just like you who was playing,
with a pair of scissors Just like that pair and he
put them in his eye, and he put his eye out nd'
he never eonld see anything after." SJf
Tha child listened patiently. ai.d said whenshs
got through: ajt5
.VWhatt w the matter with his other eft" .
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