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THE PITTSBURG- DISPATCH. PRIDAT, JtJNE 21, 1889.
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PITTSBURG. FRIDAY. JUNE 21. 1SSU
EH0DE ISLAND'S ECHO.
At the time this is written it is abso
lutely certain that the amendment to
remove the prohibition clause from tho
Constitution of Rhode Island has been
carried, telegraphic advices from all over
the State indicating that result beyond
any reasonable doubt. Both the Prohibi
tionists and Antis will be quick to comment
upon this, the second defeat prohibition has
sustained in a week. The partisan criticism
of the causes which produced this revulsion
of feeling in Rhode Island to the damage of
the prohibition cause everywhere, is likely
to be more injurious than valuable as a
sober judgment of a great question at this
"Without the full returns of the election,
and explanations thereof from trustworthy
witnesses upon the spot, it is not possible
to perceive how the people who voted a few
years ago for prohibition yesterday voted
against it or stayed away from the polls. It
seems to be certain, however, that there was
a financial phase to the liquor question in
Rhode Island which counted comparatively
or little with the voters of Pennsylvania on
Tuesday last. The wiping out of the liquor
trade involved a loss of license fees w hich
appears to have seriously embar
rassed the State treasury. This
embarrassment was increased by
the expense to the State in prosecuting of
fenders against the prohibitory laws. So ex
hausting was the drain upon the State
Treasury from this cause that a special ap
propriation had to be asked for to pay for
the enforcement of prohibition. In a small
State like Rhode Island such a financial re
sult has probably induced many voters to
vote against it on other than purely moral
The State of Pennsylvania is fortunate
in having rendered its decision on prohibi
tion before the question had been passed
upon in Rhode Island, for there are not
wanting those who would hare said that
the majority cast against the amendment
on Tuesday owed in a measure its
gigantic proportions to the example of a
State that had tried and rejected prohibi
tion. It is always best that the truth of the
political situation should be plainly in
GIFTS TEAT ABE ArPBECIATED.
The donations which Mr. Henry Phipps
nas made to the Allegheny parks entitle
that public-spirited citizen to the gratitude
of the community. The greenhouses, which
he first gave, and which he now supplements
by a department for aquatic plants, are well
described by a cotemporaryas "encouraging
good taste, good morals and good temper
among the people." The fact that Mr.
Phipps made these generous contributions
unostentatiously, while enhancing the grace
of the act, must not prevent such public
acknowledgement and commendation of
them as shall encourage other wealthy men
to follow the example.
There is, in rood truth, an abundance of
opportunities on all sides for making both
Pittsburg and Allegheny more attractive to
the inhabitants. Tture is also, fortunately,
a great deal of private wealth in both cities;
and what will be more excellent yet the day,
we trust, will come here, as elsewhere, when
private liberality will do ranch more than it
has hitherto done for public comfort and en
joyment THE TBIAL OF HIGH LICENSE.
There is nothing surprising in the fact;
that the overwhelming vote against the pro
hibition amendment brought out so many
divergent speculative views as to the future
of the liquor traffic It was not to be expected
that the supporters of the amendment would
abandon or greatly modify in a day their
doctrine that prohibition is the only remedy
for intemperance, while with some of those
who think the Brooks law too severely re
strictive, the notion was very sure to spring
up that Tuesday's vote could be effectively
used as a lever to secure modifications of its
most stringent provisions.
But as the public temper crystalizes, the
fact will very soon be made apparent that
neither further prohibitory agitation nor
immediate movements against the Brooks
law will meet with favor. The high license
plan is now on trial. It will be nearly two
years before the Legislature can again meet
In thnt time the Brooks law will be thor
oughly tested, Those who a week ago were
committed to prohibitjop as the only method
of dealing with liquor, wjjl have an oppor-
tunity for a cool-headed choice betwecu sus
taining restrictive and regulative measures,
which have the sauction of the law, and
wasting time and energy in futile attempts
to establish their "Own favorite projects
directly in the face of the record of an over
whelmingly antagonistic popular sentiment.
So, likewise, such as think the Brooks law
not the proper measure of restriction and
regulation, will have abundant opportunity
to note whatever delects can be reasonably
objected to.and to suggest such amendments
as may seem justified by experience.
In any point of view further agitation of
the subject will excite little if any popular
interest for a year to come. During that
time attention will be rather exclusively
concentrated on the workings of the law we
have than directed to new proposals.
W0ETHY OF GOOD FOOD.
It does not require a great deal of knowl
edge of the laboring world to discern that
the laborers at Johnstown probably have a
good case against the contractors who em
ploy them. Their wages are $1 50 a day,
and of this the contractors ask them to pay
one-third, 50 cents, per day for board. Per
haps the laborers would not grumble if they
received good food at that price, although it
is extremely doubtful that any laborer in
Pittsburg, earning like wages, pays more
than half that amount for the food no needs
for his own sustenance. But to make the
position of the contractors more unrighteous
and the condition of their men the more piti
ful, it is generally conceded that the food is
very scanty and bad. General Hastings
himself, it is said, declares that the labor
ers' food is unfit for them to eat, consisting
principally of cornb'read, salt pork and very
Is it surprising, then, that men working
under conditions wblch are by no means
pleasant in other respects, refuse to work
longer unless there be a change for the bet
ter i the quality and quantity of the food
supplied to them? General Hastings evi
dently thinks that the men have not been
fairly treated, and his announced intention
to teed the men at the State's expense, and
charge it to the contractors if they do not
remove the grounds for complaint at once,
is likely to bring about the solution of the
question without further trouble. Trie
rumors of riotous behavior on the part of the
discontented laborers, which were current
yesterday in this city, happily have no foun
dation in fact It would be horrible indeed
if Johnstown were to be the scene again of
deaths by violence.
A FISH FIT FOE BOILING.
Stuyvesant Pish, of the "Washington Cen
tennial Entertainment Committee, Is run
ning the risk of getting into the hottest
kind of hot water. Perhaps he does not
know that it is, as he would probably say,
"doocidly unpleasant" to be boiled. Bigger
fish than he have found the process any
thing but prone to promote peace and con
tentment of mind. He has got time to re
consider hjs determination to keep secret the
account of his disbursement of the funds in
trusted to his charge. But at present he
has on file his absolute refusal to show a
page of his account book.
Brayton Ives, the treasurer of the Gen
eral Committee and the Arbitration Com
mittee, has asked Mr. Fish for an account
ing in vain. The ex-grea,t "Ward McAllis
ter spent lots of money out of his own
pocket before he was ousted from the
Ball Committee, and his request for
reimbursement, with many another said
to be well founded,-, have been
ignored by the cool Mr. Fish. Now the
latter is on his way to Chioago, and when
he returns East on July 1 he will at once
sail for Europe. If he is to be cooked at
all, the boiling must take place between to
day and July 1.
If Stuyvesant Fish were not hedged
around with that divinity that the Four
Hundred of New York monopolize, we pre
sume, Mr. Fish would not have been allowed
to go unboiled so long. But even the blue
blooded sons of fish-hawkers and other
delectable inhabitants of old New York
who subscribed the $12,000, for the expendi
ture of which Mr. Fish declines to account,
are said to be growing impatient. To re
vert to our figure once more Stuyve Fish
had better look out for the cauldron of the
law these days.
THE SPOTTED BUN,
A question that is interesting to every
body and upon which the astronomers are
already hard at work, is the connection of a
huge sun spot with the weather this sphere
of ours has been enjoying, or rather not en
joying. The New York Sun, which naturally
regards spots on its. celestial cotemporary
with absorbing attention, says concerning
the latest solar phenomenon:
A huge sun spot,comparable in magnitude with
some ol the great spots seen five or six years
ago, is now visible on the solar disk. Agocd
eyo should be able to see it with the aid of a
smoked glass. It is folly three diameters of the
earth across, and somewhat irregular in outline.
Along the edges of the dark central chasm the
familiar tongueshaped projections of photos
pheric flame can be seen. The whole aspect
of tbe spot is such as to remind tho observer
that the mysterious commotion which affects
the surface of the solar globe, reaching a maxi
mum once in every eleven years, is about to
manifest itself again after several years of com
If the vile weather of the last two months
is caused directly or indirectly by the erup
tion on the sun's face we trust that that
luminary hereafter will be careful to take a
thorough course of medicine in the spring,
A Buffalo paper says that it doesn't
want cable railroads for Buffalo because they
hate the cable railroad so much in Chicago,
that when a scaffolding in tbe powerhouse
fell, on Monday night, killing one laborer,
a mob of 8,000 gathered and indulged in
threats of violence. But if Buffalo will
contemplate the harmony existing between
the cable railroads and the public in Pitts
burg, she will be forced to confess that be
cause Chicagoans are unreasonably riotous
modern modes of rapid transit should not be
The engineers of the Union Pacific Bail
road are in dispute with the company about
wages, andunless their demands are granted
they will ask Chief Arthur to order a gen
eral strike on the system. After bis ex
perience with tbe C. B. & Q. strike we be
lieve we are authorized in saying that Chief
Arthur will not order a strike.
The New York World says: "The fact that
New York City has raised 2750,000 for the
Johnstown suflereraiu a much shorter time
than it has taken to collect $14,000. for the
Memorial Arch in Washington Square
shows that the human sensibilities of onr
people are much more acute than the
aesthetic. If the same thing were true of
our poets and novelists, it wpuld be well
for our literature." And it would be well
if the same thing could bo said of some New
It Is ungracious to suggest such a thought,
but it occur? t,o ps ia, jnropean monarch?
are showing tigus of a degree of recognition
for this republic's importance that has never
been visible before. In connection with
this note the generous gift of Emperor
Franz Joseph of Austria, to the Johnstown
Ax evening cotemporary exhibits a
strange state of affairs in Providence, B. I.,
yesterday before the election. A telegram
from Providence declares that the saloon
keepers have decided to close their saloons
and devote a day to work for repeal. How
have the saloons been open in Providence
all this while under prohibition laws? If
that has been the case yesterday's election
was uncalled for as far as the saloon-keepers
At a Vienna bazaar an English million
aire recently paid a lovely woman $5,000 for
a kiss. The average English millionaire
would have to raise bis terms if he wanted
kisses in this market
Chan Fan Invoke, secretary to the
Chinese Minister at "Washington, has been
examining the fire and police departments of
Chicago with a view to having them dupli
cated in the Flowery Kingdom. Of course
if the Chinese authorities are anxious to
give their criminals nine chances out of ten
to escape arrest the Chicago police depart
ment is just the model they want
Accobding to the most reliable reports
from Johnstown the laborers are not striking
en masse yet But if they are not treated
fairly they cannot be blamed for doing so.
The gentle O'Donovan Rossa is once
more in tbe Tombs jail in New York. The
man whom he unsuccessfuly prosecuted last
week for libel is now suing Rossa for tbe
same offense, and has a good case against
the mild-mannered dynamitard, It is easy
enough to put Rossa in jail. Hitherto the
difficulty has been in keeping him there.
The Duke of Portland has been influenced
by his wife to devote all his past and future
earnings on the turf to the erection and endow
ment of almshouses, Marriage is not always a
President Harbison, unlike his immediate
predecessors, is not a fisherman. He is very
fond of fish, however, and when he is off on a
yacht has the steward snpply him with fresh
fish from the water.
The Duke of Newcastle Is expending nearly
250,000 in building a church on his grounds at
Clumber, England. Tbe Dilke of Nocastle is in
this country looking for a wife. There is often
a great difference) In Duke,
Queejt Victoria will not entertain the Shah
of Persia at her own expense. Tbe taxpayers of
England will have that privilege. Victoria
would not allow tbe Shah to occupy Balmoral,
but decreed that be must go to Buckingham
Palace, thus throwing tbe expense of his viiit
upon the people. If the Shah were not most
reprehensible aud arrant rascal be would be
ashamed of himself.
When General Lew Wallace strides up
Broadway, New York, he does not look like a
man who fougbt in tho Mexican War over 40
years ago, though he looks old enough to be a
t eteran of our Civil War. His oye is piercing,
his movement is light, and his spinal column is
unbent. Ho has held the offices of Governorof
Utah and Minister to Turkey; be has written
novels and religious books; he has studied la
and practiced it. But those who talk with him
can easily find out that be has not forgotten his
adventures InMexIco before lie had reached tho
age of manhood. He is now in the E3d year of
his busy life.
Many years ago the honorary title of LL. D,
was conferred upon Mr- John Bigelow, of New
York, by Racine College, "Wisconsin, and' last
week tbe same title was again conferred upon
him by the University of the City of New York,
in the 72c year of his age. Mr. Bigelow has been
a politician and diplomatist, as well as a literary
man. He lias held the office of Minister to
France and that of Secretary of State in this
State, and ho has been tbe author of many
books. Two years ago, by tbe will of Samuel J.
Tilden, he was appointed a trustee of several
million dollars, to be applied to the establish
ment of a publio library In this city.
PLATING CHECKEEB IN C0UET.
A Conple of Chinamen Have a Game With
Jnilge and I.asvyors Looking On.
Special Te legrara to The Dispatch.
Philadelphia, June 20. The interesting
fan tan case in progress before Judge Bregy
brings out crowds of spectators. The trial is as
good as a play. To-day Court and spectators were
treated to a game of Chlneseoheckers, which, it
is alleged, the defendants played instead of the
other and wicked game. To make it clear to
the Court just wbat the innocent game was
like, Ah Yeck, a witness for tbe qefense, and
Lee Lunn, one of the defendants, wero called
Upon by Lawyer Kneass to, play a quiet little
game. The alleged checker board consisted of
two small squares within a larger one, connect
ed by a line at equal distance from tbe angles
of the squares, and it was Placed, together
with a number of colored buttons, to serve in
the capacity of checkers, on a table in view of
the Court and jury.
Tbe two chinamen then rolled up their
sleeves, and with the assistance of a little
stick beld in the right hand, began to manipu
late the checkers. Mr. Kneass told them to
explain each move as they went along, which
tbey did, and it was about as clear as Greek to
an Indian. Mr. Kneass was fearful that the
Judge coqd not see, but His Honor assured
him that he was all right, remarking that the
game reminded him of ''ut-tat-toeJ' One of
the players progressed until be got toree white
buttons in a row, arid his antagonist covered
them with a brass piece that looked like a, pool
"I'd like to know what money Is being put
there for?" said Assistant District Attorney
'We will explain that that Is not money.'1
said Mr. Kneass.
The object of the players seemed to be to
get all the corners covered with tbe buttons,
and red slips of paper were used, as checks to
prevent tbe players from getting into the inner
circle, which seemed to be the "king reposi
tory." After they had got all the white but
tons in the central square, tbey worked with
black ones, and so on nntil tbe gamp was pearly
concluded, when one of the Chinamen was ob
served to cover some of his buttqns with, a
brass cup. This, it V as discovered, was to pre
vent his opponent from seeing now many but
tons be had left After prnceedipg In a man
ner reminding one of 'Plcs in Clover" and
'"Parcheesi," conglomerated with the American
game oi checkers, it was nnany announced tnac
the game was over. .
"It's very interesting. It's worth knowing,!'
said Mr. Kpeass
'Who wins the garnet" asked the Judge.
"Both." exclaimed a waggish member of the
Bar; but the interpreter explained that Ah
Yeck was tbe victor by seven points. "
A BONE OF CONTENTION.
Tho pilssonrl Republican are Very Anxjpns
for on Office.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch,
Washington, upe 2a A big fight against
Colonel Switzler, Crdef of the Bureau pf Sta
tistics, isbetngwaged by Missouri Republicans,
who think that as Switzler is from their State
they should have his successor. They have
moved heaven and earth to accomplish his re
moval, but Secretary Windom has expressed a
weak desire to bave-him retained nntil he has
completed his annual report The active Mis
sowi&ns were willing to concede this, but tbey
claim nqw to bave discovered that the canning
Colonel is delaying tbe preparation of his re
port and that its completipn is very indefinite.
This has led to a renewal or tho attack and
to quite a stir at Missouri headquarters. It is
desired to have Major Brock, of Kansas City,
appointed Colonel bwitzler's successor.
DTIXG TO AID SCIENCE.
A Man Bitten by n Mad Dos urrExperU
ntenl, Likely to Die.
Sepalia, Mo., June 2a Dr. Edward N.
Small, as a joke, offered to give $500 to the man
who would consent to be bitten by a mad dog
ho had and then trust to a madstono f or cure.
Ho had several applications, and one man, a
stranger from Arkansas, not to be boffed,
bared his arm and the dog promptly bit a piece
oat of it, dying in convulsions immediately
The madstqne was applied o the man';
wound, and tlipugli fte 6tifl lives, and is, appar
ently l ell, Ills recovery isdeempd, doubtful.
IJ is evidently demented.
THE TOPICAL TALKER.
Iiet Us Bave Peaco on tbe Liquor Ques
tion A Reason Why Invading" Insects.
Fob the sake of the comfort of those who
are neither saloon-keepers nor Prohibitionists
before everything, and they are tremendously
in tbe majority, tbe liquor question and last
Tuesday's election cnght to be dropped at once
from general conversation.
On Wednesday evening about 5:15 I had the
misfortune to be a passenger on a Manchester
car crossing to Allegheny. Sitting on opposite
sides of the car were two men engaged in a
fiery altercation. Before tho car started from
Liberty street the anti-Prohib for the election
of tho day before was the subject in dispute
had begun to use language of the filthiest and
profanest kind. Tho Prohibitionist did not
swear, but continued to argue with bis oppo
nent, though the tatter's drunken condition
was fairly apparent Tbe Prohibitionist was a
middling-sized disputatious-looking man with a
beard. The anti-Prohib was very large and
stout, bis head being abnormally big, and his
pugilistic jaw and determined face devoid of
beard or mustache. If I were to mention his
name a good many AUoghenlans would recog
How the argument began I don't know, al.
though at a later stage In tbe battle the Pro
hibitionist acknowledged that be bad provoKed
it The car had gone a few yards when a lady
got in. She was the only lady there among
seven or eight men and boys. Tbe big man at
the upper end of the car continued to swear at
the top of his voice. He used the same oaths
over and over again; but they were the rankest
kind of blasphemy. The conductor bade him
desist He refused. The conductor called tbe
policeman at the Penn avenue crossing to in
terfere. The policeman came in and told the
anti-Prohib, who bad meanwhile threatened to
throw the conductor and anybody who touched
him off tho car, to stop swearing. At this
point tbe Prohibitionist generously informed
tbe policeman that he had been to blame for
starting the discussion. Tbe anti-Prohib was
silent, and the policeman retired.
Then tbe aged sinner began to swear again
ferociously. The only lady in tho car rose to
her foet and bade the condnctor stop the car.
As she stepped into the street she said: "I
bave a good deal of patience with age, but I
can't stand such vile language as that"
Tbe swearing went on till the car was half
over the Suspension bridge, and then stopped.
The conductor was too small to deal summarily
with tbe offender. No man among the passen
gers was brave enough, though two at least
were big enough to interfere.
There Is no doubt that in the instance re
lated aDove the burly ruffian wbo, for no good
reason, drovo a woman off a publio conveyance
by his vile language, three months of bard
labor at the workhouse with 850 fine would not
bo too much punishment But surely the Pro
hibitionist who chose a half-intoxicated bully
to waste amendment arguments upon ought to
be fined roundly for his lack of sense.
A number of correspondents have answered
a question put in this column a few days ago.
viz: "Is there a plague of caterpillars in tids
All of these correspondents dwell in tho
suburbs, and their replies convoy the unani
mous testimony that nothing like a plague of
caterpillars can be said to exist One gent'e-
man says that there are 24 water maples on tbe
street in the East End upon which he resides,
and they are entirely free from caterpillars.
Similar assurances havo been received from
Bejlevue. Mount Washington, Sharpsburg and
two or three sections of the East End.
Dut the fact remains that in widely separated
parts of this county the same green caterpillar
is devouring the lovely leaves of water and
sugar maples alike.
The papers of yesterday afternoon recorded
the poisoning of a family of seven persons in
Chicago from eating raspberries. One child is
dead and two or three children are still
seriously ill. .
This is probably due to some extraordinary
circumstances abopt the gathprfng Of keeping
of tbe berries in damp warm weather. It is a
f aot, however, that maqy persons are suffering'
just now in various ways from Indulging in
strawberries and other fruits. There has not
been sun enough last month or this to make
the strawberry palatable orwbolesomj. Most
doctors, I think it would be found in Pittsburg,
have patients on their bands just now who are
paying the penalty in sore mouths or throats or
disordered digestive organs tor eating berries,
cherries aud other fruits that look toothsome,
but are treacherous.
One of the most disagreeable results of the
very wet season has already shown itself. The
housefly and the bloodthirsty mosquito are
already upon us in immense hordes.
Only in one place, at New Brighton, Staten
Island, have I had such ap awful struggle with
mosquitoes as I had, and bare a score of scars
of at a, low-lying spot in the Ohio Valley night
Tbe ground everywhere is more or less
swampy after 40 days' rain, and the Now Jer
sey butchers will have rivals in the mpsquitoes
of Allegheny county.
At all the city restaurants f ho flies are in
control a month earlier than usual. I wonder
the railroads which lead to the mountain re
sorts, where neither the fly nor tbe mosquito
make day and night joyless, do not flood tho
press with their advertisements at once.
A HEARING FOE EEMMLER.
Proceedings In the Cnie of tbe Condemned
Mnn Postponed Till June 35.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Auburn, Jnne 2a The bearing in tbe mat
ter of tbe habeas corpus proceedings in the
Ketnmler case, which was to have taken place
befprp Judge Day at 11 o'clock this morning,
was adjourned to Tuesday, June 25. The rumor
that Jieuimlcr wnnld not appear before Judgo
Day Is untrue He roust bo produced on next
Tuesday by Warden Dnrster. After the open
ing tbe attorneys may agree to a stipulation
whereby Kemraler's presence will not be ro
quired during the remainder qf tbe proceed-
Attorney general lauor, uisinci Attorney
Qnmby, of Erie county, and District Attorney
men win appear ior mo ueiense. n is pos
sible that the proceedings will extend through
ONE FOR THE LEGISLATURE.
The Supreme Court of Indiana Decides
Asnlnst Governor Hover.
Indianapolis, June 2a In the Supreme
Court, to-day, the application or Governor
Hovey for rehearing in the case of Riley and
Carson was overruled. These cases involved
tho location of tbe power of appointing trus
tees of the State benevolent Institutions, the
Governor holding that this was an executive
This decision, however. Jeayes the power in
theliands of the Legislature. There will bo no
further litigation, as Governor Hovey 11111 at
once issue tbe commissions. ,
Infant Industries of Bnssia.
Krom fjie New Yqrk Herald. 3
Tbe Czar is determined to faster the infant
industries of Russia. It was announced yester
day that the tariff on explosives had been in
creased, DEATHS" 0TI DAT,
Genera) A. C. Uyers.
WASnn?GTO!f, June 20.-Gcneral A. C. Myers,
late Quartermaster General of the Confederate
army, d)cd at his residence herp this morning.
He was a native of South 'Carolina, graduated at
West Point in 1833, served In tne rourtli United
btatcs Infantry nntil November, 1839, when he was
promoted tq a Captaincy Jn tho Quartermaster's
department He served in the Beuilnoje V ar, Jn
Florida, and in tbe Mexican War. being breveted
Malor In the latter for gallantry in the battles of
l'xio Alto and Itcsaca de la Palma and lieutenant
eral Myersmarrled the daughtefpr General David
E. Trelrtrs. a soldier of the War of 1812 nd Cnm.
mander of one of the two divisions of the r egulsr
Chicago, June S). Venerable Father John Car
roll, a veteran'Koman Catholic priest died at
Mercy Hospital to-day, He was born in Queens
county, Ireland. In 1796: was educated by his
uncle, Bishop Burke, of Halifax, H. S., and was
ordained a priest 'in 1829. bubsequently he was
made Vicar General pf the Halifax diocese. For
tbe past five years tie has been incapacitated for
duty by reason of pis old age, and has been during
that time an Inmate pf be hospital In which be
died. He bad been connected with this dloceso
since 1869 '
JJrs. Inrj E. Diirkdull.
EpfClgl Tcleanm, tgTlJc Dlspatcl).
TpoSTKB, O., jRpe20.-Mrs.1laryB. Barkdull,
the pldest lady In Wayne county, died in this city
this morning, aged. years. She was a natiTfi
orICrccr coijhty. Pa,, and resWcd here since
childhood, ' ' " ' ' '
A FORGOTTEN WARNING.
The Brcnklnjr'of a Dam In-Spnlti 87 Yenn
Abo Citifies Great Destractlon.
Mr.JJeorge Seymour, M. Inst C. E., writes
to tho London Globe as follows: In
view of the late terrible catastrophe in Amer
ica, a few particulars of an almost similar oc
currence which took place in Spain at the com
mencement of tho centnry may. possibly, prove
of interest to your readers. With the view of
providing a supply of water for the Irrigation of
tho well-known and "beautiful "Vegu," or
plain, of Lorca, in tbe province of Murcia, a
dani, .apparently identical in plan and dimen
sions o that in tho Conemangh Valley, was
constrncted about the year 1S0O, some 12 miles
to the north of the city of Lorca, at tbe apex of
a large and well-watered valley. The reservoir
formed by it was, as far as I can gather, some
three miles in length, by a mile or more in av
erage width, and the depth of water at the
deepest point some 200 feet I have visited tho
place on more than one occasion, but am writ
ing from memory. The dam was about 200 foet
bigb, and some 60 feet In width at the base,
tapering to some 20 feet in width at the sum
mit The outside and inside faces were of
hewn stones, joined together by iron staples,
long since removed. Tbo Interior of tbe mass
consisted of rubble masonry built np on a pile
At 2.30 o'clock on the artcrnoon of the 30th
d.iv of April. 1S02, it was noticed that, on open
ing tho sluices, the water flowed out with a
bubbling noise, and was, moreover, of a dark
red color. Information of tbe occurrence was
immediately sent to Don Antonio Bobles, tbe
engineer of the works. Shortly after 3 o'clock
the dam burst, and an irresistible-flood poured
down the valley, carrying all before it A in
tbe case of the Concinaugh Valley, tho center
of the dam first gavo way, leaving an arch in
the middle 120 feet high by 03 feet in width.
The stream of water, liberated by the bursting
of tbe dam, pursuod Its relentless course down
the vale of Lorca and throngh the city, where
the waters rose to a height of over 35 feet
Six hundred and eight persons were drowned,
09 houses and 229 smaller habitations were de
Etrojcd, and the loss of property was estimated
at over 200,000- One house alone, which was
destroyed by the force of the boulders carried
down by the torrent, consigned no less than 300
persons lo a watery grave.
The first victim of the disaster was its author.
Don Antonio Itobles, the engineer wbo de
signed tbe works hearing rumors of tbe catas
trophewas overtaken by the torrent as be
was driving toward the city. Bis assistant,
hearing the roar of tbe pursuing waters, im
plored him to fly; but, deaf to all reason, ho
protested the dam was too strong to burst.
The assistant opening the carriage door, fled
up tho side of the ravine, and a moment later
coachman, mules and master were all swept
onward toward tbo tea. Some of the boulders
sweot down by the torrent weighed as much as
275 tons, and were carried two leagues beyond
the City of Lorca. A new dam is now being
erected on the site of this terrible disaster
under the auspices of the Spanish Govern
ment but the memory of the catastrophe Is
still fresh in the minds of the citizens of Lorca,
notwithstanding tbe 87 years which bave since
LOCKED DP FOR LIFE SAYING.
A Youthful Stranger's Odd Introduction to
Our Auicrlcnu Laws.
New York, June 20 An Instance of the oc
casional hardship and Injustice of tbe admin
istration of tbe law is found in the caso of II.
I. Charles, a joung negro, who came from the
East Indies a short time ago. Charles saved a
man from drowning In the East river recently
and his reward was a night in a police station,
cigbtdays' confinement in the House of Deten
tion and the loss of the position in which be
bad been supporting himself. Charles came to
this city two months ago and secured employ
ment, in a saioon ai low wages, out suinciem io
bunday morning, ;June 9, Charles says he
walked to the dock at East Tenth street As
he stopped a moment a man came down and
leaped; into the river. There was no one in
sight, and Charles yelled loudly for help. A
uatchinan aboard a dismantled ship lying hard
by was attracted, and threw a rope to the
drowning white man, wbo was pulled ashore,
when Charles ran for an officer.
At Bellevue Hospital the rescued man was
found to be John P. Kane, of No. 226 East
Eleventh street, and a charge of attempted
suicide was preferred against him. Charles
was locked up at the Thirteenth Precinct Po
lice station as a witness, and next day was Bent
to tbe Honse of Detention to await Kane's re
covery. Eight days later Kane was discharged,
but by that time Charles' occupation was gone.
Kane is a poor laborer, but be gave Cbanes a
dollar for saving bis life. He denies having
tried to commit suicide. Charles is much in
need of a position and declares that if bo sees
another man lall in the river he will seal his
lips and run away.
A QUEEtf PHASE OF THE LAW.
Mrs, Bishop Is tho ?Ilnd Header's Widow
Only in Dllnncsotc.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch,
New YoBK.JnneJQ. When Eleanor Fletcher
Bishop, mother of tbe mind reader, filed her
application for letters of administration upon
her son's estate, it was stated that the widow
would probably consent To-day tbe widow,
Mabel Tabor Bishop, also demanded letters.
Both women were in court, clad in deep mourn
ing, to hear tbe argument Tbe mother's claim
is founded upon the contention that her son's
second marriage was not valid in this State,
although it was valid under the laws of Min
nesota, where tbe ceremony was performed.
The first wife. Mrs. Helen Bishop, had obtained
an absolute divorce in this State, under which
tbe mind reader was prohibited from remarry
ing during her lifetime.
The second wife, it is alleged, was aware of
this prohibition. It is claimed that She has no
legal statns here, and cannot claim tbe rights
of a widow in this State, There Is no dispute
about the fact in the case, and Surrogate Han
som directed counsel to present briefs within
three davs. Bishop's personal estate is esti
mated at $500, inclnding 400 taken from bis
pockets bj tbe undertaker ana 70 found in a
vest at the Lambs' Club. His mother claims
that the jewelry he wore, about $500 iu value, is
her own property.
A RELI0 RECOVERED.
Virginia, Rejoices n tho Reappearance of
One of Her Treasures.
Special Telegram to Tip Dispatch.
Richmond, June 20. During the advance pt
the Federal troops up tbe Peninsula, the tvhojo
of that country was pillaged by the soldiers.
At Williamsburg graves were desecrated of
tho lead covering of the coffins, and the silver
plates on the same were stolen and carried off.
A few days ago the Rev. James f. Tavlor, of
Rome, N. Y., wrote to Governor Lee that he
had discovered in a window of a jeweler of that
city the silver plate from the coffin cf Lord
Botetourt, and inquired of the Governor if the
State of Virginia wanted it
The Governor replied in the affirmative, apd
to-day received a letter irom Mr. Taylor, saying
that bo had secured the relic and had for
warded it to Richmond by express without
cost to the State of Virginia. Lord Botetourt
was Governor of the Colony pf Virginia in
17C3. Tbe Legislature of Virginia erected a
marble statue to bis memory, which is still
standing. His grave was pillaged auring fb.e
war and the silver plate stolen.
THEY ARE NOT BDR0HARDS.
l'atriqfie pons of Arnpricn Issue
Address to (lie Public.
Washington, June 2a At the session of
the Patriotic Sons of America an address was
issued to the public stating the principles of
the order, and dwelling upon the refusal of Mr.
Harrison to take one of their badges. It con
cludes: "The badge incident so sensationally de
scribed as 'Burchardism' is a misrepresenta
tion. The reception by the President was cord
ill and gratifying to tho members of this
Order, and the fact that be has promised (if in
tbe city) to review our paradi on Friday is evi
dence tjiat po ill-ff cling has been generated
between the member)' of this Order pnd our
country's Chief Executive.
A Somcivunt Curious Decision.
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
PABKERSBtmo, W. Va., June 20. Tho case
of Newton Hubbs, of Pleasant county, wblch
has been in the United States Court for over
five years, was settled yesterday after a week's
trial, by the jury bringing in a yerdht of not
guilty. Buqbs stood charged with counterfeit
ing. Tie Government proved conclusively
that he had manufactured counterfeit silver
dollars, but it was decided he was not attempt
ing to defraud the Government The case at
tracted great attention, and some of the most
prominent lawyers In the State were employed
A Fasf olBce in n Name.
Krom tbe Boston Herald, j
What's in aname? A good deal it would
seem, as politics gpnPW3das. Tho Ilion post
master is saved frqm decapitation only after
he has shonn that he, didn't name his boy
arpfer," as alleged by riYal candidates for
the office, but "GrosTepar," instead. The ven
erablgfehakespeeajj cdpnnijrum. is, answered
at last What's -tft n.a.nye, quotha? tVftri
marry; sirs, a postofflcel
IN A SILENT CITT.
A View of Johnstown and the Coneoangh
Valley From Grand View Cemetery The
Number of Victims Burled to Date
CTOOJI A STATT cOBBXErONDZST.
v JoHNSTOWir, Jnne 2a Tbe town was iuU of
well-dressed ladles and handsome maidens
to-day, with lunch baskets under their arms
filled with good things to eat. They wandered
about among the ruins as free as tbe air, and
clambered up on tbe Kernville hill, where the
finest view of the wreck and the Conemangh
Valley is obtained. Everybody here is glad to
see the girls, and they will be welcomed daily.
There has been a woful lack of women in the
town since the female portion was depopulated.
The press headquarters are one of the centers
of attraction, and the ladles are furnished with
some very graphic descriptions of the flood.
Not a Dad Summer Resort.
The work of clearing up tbe debris has been
progressing very rapidly up till to-day, when
many of the men refused to work unless their
demands were acceded ta. During the first
week of the flood one could scarcely see that
any impression had been made on the mass of
rubbish, but chaos and disorder are fast disap
pearlngjbcfore the systematic onslaught of tbe
workmen. Johnstown nsed to be one of the
prettiest of summer resorts, and it must be ad
mitted it is not a bad sort of resting place yet
Probably tent life with a board floor and a cot
to sleep on at night are so much preferable to
a barn and limekiln that outsiders, used to all
the comforts of life, mav not agree with the
last statement, should they como here.
Somo Unpleasant Stories Denied.
The stories about tbe dogs trying to dig up
bodies in the various graveyards are universal
ly discredited here. On Prospect Hill, where
a number ol bodies were hurled, tbe graves
were dug five feet deep and tho coffins well
covered with dirt
I climbed up the high Kernville hill this
morning, and visited the Grandview Ceme
tery for tho first time. Tbe place has been well
named, as it really affords one of the finest
views to be seen anywhere. From this elevated
point the work of the flood can be best seen in
a few moments, aud tbe picture will never be
forgotten. Along tbe Conemangh river the
average observer will soon discover there is
scarcely a boose left. Tbe Conemangh Valley
nas oeen cieareu oi its numan naDitauons.
The ruins of tbe Gautlor mill are In sight, and
near by stands out in bold relief, the span of a
bridge that miraculously escaped tbe rush of
The City of tbe Dead.
Turning to the Grandview Cemetery, the first
thing that strikes the visitor is the beautiful
stone gateway erected by Mrs. Morrell in
memory of her husband, A short distance up
the drive is tbe handsome brick chapel paid for
by Mrs, James McMIIlen. But tbo cemetery
itself could not be prettier. It consists of 100
acres of rolling ground on the top of tbe hill.
Running out Into tbe country are big fields of
waving grain, and not far away is a fine farm
bouse that Mr. James McMIIlen will occupy for
the summer. Mr. McMillen is President of the
Cemetery Company. A. Bradinger. tbe Super
intendent of the cemetery.stated that 2 bodies
were buried there since the flood, 16 of whom
bave been removed, leaving 307 up to date.
One hundred and twenty bodies are buried In
two trenches, each 160 feet long and four feet
deep. The bodies are well-covered and there
isn't a sign anvwhere that a dog has been on
tbe ground. The Superintendent donled the
dog story, and anyone could see that the bodies
bad not been disturbed. A piece of board with
a uumber on it is the only thing that marks the
head of each grave. An accurate record is
kept at the cemetery t correspond to each
body. There are about 47 unknown dead buried
in the cemetery, and thev have descriDtions of
most of them at the office. Others are "sup
posed to be certain persons," but there Is noth
ing sure about it
Kernville n Snd Wreck.
In Kernville a number of tbe houses are out
of plumb; some of them are turned completely
over, and others are badly bent and knocked
out of shape. Between the houses tbe hills of
debris can be seen as the water deposited them
when It subsided, bnt good progress has been
mads in this place. Many of the streets have
been opened, and the residents are busy clean
ing their cellars and scouring out tbe houses.
This has been a perfect day, and tbe house
wives' looked more cheerful as they scrubbed
away at windows, wainscots and furniture.
Occasionally a Utile party can be seen
sitting in tbe midst of tbe ruins of
their homo, contemplating the scene In silence.
Tho Nnmber of Bodies Buried.
James McMillen ;is authority for the state
ment that up to date 3,700 bodies have been
buried altogether. If this estimate is correct,
it is safe to say that between 5,000 to 6,000 peo
ple were lost An unknown man was buried
last night His age was about 50, and he bad
256 on bis person. Ho bad a watch with a
gold charm marked "Gqd with us." Tbis
morning Miss Bertha Knorr was found, and
her body was buried in Grandview. Her sister
and mother are buried in-tbe same place. Yes
terday some of tbe bodies were raised by
friends, but tbey were in such condition that
they were returned to the graves. On one plot
of ground the Prltchard monument is erected,
Tbe saddest feature connected with it is that
tbe husband and eight children are lost, and
none of their bodies have been recovered.
A Yqunjr Lady's Soliloquy.
"Isn't it strange," said a beautiful young
lady this morning, as she glanced from the car
window and saw a brewing establishment in
tact, "that the liquor should be saved and tbo
bread destroyed by the waters. It looks as if
God was not In this flood." The observation
of the young lady is quite correct, but tbe
brewers were fortunate by virtue of their posi
tion. Most of the breweries are above the
water line and are saved. Isbael,
MRS. CLEVELAND'S PET CO .7
Now Owned by a Former, Who Is Very
Prpnd of His Purchase.
Special Telejtram to The Dlsnatch.
.WAsnnfQTOjf, Juno 2tt A brown-faced
farmer, Who said his name was 3, J. Maboney,
stood jn front of the British legation tbe other
day, proudly contemplating a beautlfnl Jersey
cow which he bad fast at the end of a short
halter. "Star Beauty" was the name of the
cow and be added that he had bought the ani
mal of Mrs. Grorer Cleveland himself and paid
tbe money, $250, into that lady's own hands.
"Star Beauty," he says, grew from the calf
whicb George Washington Cbllds presented to
Mrs. Cleveland, and will yield, be guarantees,
half a pint of cream for every quart of milk.
Two others of tbe Cleveland held of Jerseys
arc left behind at Oakview and were sold far
GOO Mrs. Cleveland wanted $100 at first, ac
cording to Farmer Mahoney, for her particular
pet "Star Beauty." but as be offered only $140
and no other Judder ias willing tq run tho
price up, she compromised on $250. Then it
was that he paid the money into Mrs. Cleve
land's own bands.
G0TEEN0R JILL'S ECONOMY.
It Will Force Iho Soldiers to Use Candles
to Lleht Their Camps.
AlBAsr, June 20. Governor Hill's veto of
the appropriation for lighting the State camp
by electricity will renew tne reign of the an
cient candle and modern lantern for another
season. It bad been hoped that the proposed
Improvements to the esplanade would include
electric lighting, but the Commander in Chief
does not seem to tbfnk such a change is expe
dient. The carnp authorities are sadly put out
at the veto, but say they will have to make tbe
best of it
General Porter said somo time ago that he
considered tbe cleptrio light was very desirable,
but that whether the camp bad it cr not would
depepd entirely pn the cost Oter things were
of more vital importance than the light
BREAKING THE DAY IN TWO.
rwnrrTBH von thb ni6PAicn."
When from dawn till noon seems one long day
And from noon till night another,
O then should a little boy come from play
And creep Into the arms of his mother,
Snpgly creep, at(d lall asleep
O, come my baby, do.
Creep Into my lap and with a creep
We'll break the day in two.
When the shadows slant for afternoon
hep tho mid-day meal is over,
WJien the winds jiaye sung themieyes Into
And the bees drone In the clover.
Then hie, to me, hie, for a lullaby
Come my baby do.
Creep Into my lap, and with nsp
We'll break tbe (lay (u two.
We'll break It In, two, wi(h a crooning song
With a soft and soothing nnmber,
Jtortbe day has no right to be so long,
And keep my baby from slnmbcr.
Tbenrock-a-by, rock while white dreams flock
Like angls over you,
IJapi's gpne-a,ud the deed is dane-
We'yg broken tbe day in two.
-htta Wheeler Wilcox,
NEW T0EK NEWS ITEMS.
Panlo at a Picnic.
tlfXWr TOE1C BUBXAU SrECZAlS.
New Yoke, June 2a Many hundred volun
teer firemen and their friends started up the
East river this morning on tbe steamship
Pomoma and ibe barge Volunteer for a day's
outing on the sound. Near Hellgate tbe barge
swung against a sunken rock, which knocked
a big bole In the bottom. The women and
children on her two decks became panic
stricken. A dozen or more fainted, several
were trampled upon, and all screamed. The
Pomona backed up to the sinking barge and
took on boara her frightened passengers. Many
of them were too much shaken up to care any
more for the excursion, and were put ashore,
together with some nine or ten persons wbo
had suffered sprains and bruises during tho
panic Tbe rest of the firemen and firemen's
friends then went on with tbe picnic
Stay vcsnnt Fish Golna; to Europe.
Stuyvesant Fish, of the Washington Centen
nial Entertainment Committee, started 'for
Chicago this morning. He will return to the
city about July 1, to sail almost Immediately
for Europe. With bis departure will end all
probability of the general committee ever ob
taining from him an accounting of the (100,000
which he handled rm. preparing the Entertain
ment Committee's part of the Centennial cele
bration. Brayton Ives, treasurer of the Gen
eral Committee, and the Compromise Arbitra
tion Committee which tried in vain to-day to
convince Mr. Fish of the impropriety of bis
business methods, have given up bope of ever
getting a peep at his books. The florist whose
plants were injured at the Centennial ball, and
Ward McAllister, who bongbt vast quantities
of stationery and postage stamps with bis own
money during his brief career as committee
man, have asked Mr. Fish, in vain, to reim
burse them. The men who subscribed tho
original $42,000 to tbe Centennial fund are in a
position to demand a statement from Mr. Fish,
who occupies tbe position of a trustee in the
handling of their funds. They may ask the
courts to order an accounting.
O'Donovan Jlossa In the Tombs.
O'Donovan Rossa was shut np in the Tombs
to-day, at tbe instance of Patrick Sarsfield Cas
sidy, wbo charges him with criminal libel.
Some time ago Rossa had Cassldy arrested for
calling him a liar, a traitor and a British spy.
Cassidy's lawyer produced evidence in Court
which showed that Rossa had received money
from Red Jim McDermott,the British spy. This
disclosure knocked the bottom out of Rossa's
case, and Cassldy was discharged, Rossa at
once tried to get back at him by calling him an
"English-McDcrmott-Le Caron spy," in tbe
United JrUhman. This expression constitutes
Mr. Rossa's libel upon Sir. Cassldy's character.
rCassidy's complaint also charges Rossa with
Inciting to murder, Inasmuch as it was claimed
that if Dr. Cronin was assassinated for being a
British spy, Cassidy,' for tbe same reason,
should bare met a similar fate, long ago. Rossa
was liberated late this afternoon on parole to
give 8500 bail to-morrow.
DInnv 3Ioro Mormons Arriving.
Among the steerage passengers from Liver
pool landed at Castle Garden to-day, wero 345
Mormon proselytes, under tbe guidance of
Elders Ellis and Andersen, of Utah. The
elders kept a starp eye on tne converts while
they nere being registered. The efforts of tbo
Castle Garden missionaries to distribute tracts
among them created a row which would have
culminated in a fight between tbe Mormon
leaders and tbe Cbrlstiaus had not the Garden
officials interfered. Although, as a rule, tbo
nenly arrived Mormons are a grade better in
appearance than tbe ordinary emigrants, this
morning's batch was an exception. All seemed
stupid, few seemed to know their names, and
all deferred in everything to Elders Andersen
An Unsolicited Contribution,
Chevalier Dr. A. von Pawlitschek. the
Austrian consul in this city, notified Mayor
Grant to-day that his majesty. Emperor Eranz
Joseph, of Austria, has sent 2.000 florins for the
Johnstown sufferers. The gift, which amounts
to SCO, was unsolicited.
HIS WAG0S WAS TOO WIDE.
Tenderfoot Was Victimized by a
Many stories bave been- told on the plains as
illustrating tbe verdancy and Eastern inno
cence of pilgrims" and "tenderfeet" One of
the best which tbe News now recalls Is related
in regard to the manner in which one of tbe
old plains ranchmen up near tbe South Pass
got a new wagon. He bad an old one,
whicb was practically worthless, and be
had made many efforts to trade it
off to passing triins and travelers,
but without success. He was getting consid
erably discouraged when a long "pilgrim" ap
peared at tbe ranch and camped for the night
The pilgrim was very green and, as he was
bound over the mountains, bad many questions
to ask about the mountain pass, how wide it
was and whether wagons experienced much
difficulty In getting through. He had a brand
new wagon, whicb struck tbe ranchman's eye,
and he determined to play a bold game to get
The next morning the fcpllgrim" saw the
ranchman very carefully measuring his wagon,
and very naturally his curiosity was excited,
and bis inquiries wero answered by the very
solemn assurance from the ranchman that the
wagon was just two inches too wide to get
through the pass. The pilgrim was dusi
founded and in a peck of trouble. Finally bis
eyes rested on tbo old rattle-trap of the ranch
man, which he measured and found to be two
inches narrower than pis own. He promptly
proposed a trade. Tbe ranebman demurred.
His wagon was old. to be sure, but then it was
narrow enough to go through the pass In case
ne snouia ever want to visit tne pajt jjaka
Tbe more be obiected the more importunate
tbo "pilgrim" became, and finally a trade was
consummated, tbe ranchman getting tho new
Wagon and pocketing a good round sum to
boot. The "pilgrim" went on his way rejoicing
at his good fortune in getting a wagon which
would go through the narrow pass; but when ho
reached the Western slope be must hare real
ized how badly be hod been victimized, since
tbo South Pass is broad enough to march an
army through, and not tbe narrow gorge; barely
wide enongh for a wagon, which had been
pictured to him and which ho was so willing to
Dill.NKING ICE WATER,
A Bad Amerlcnn Habit Wblcb English Peo
ple Seem to Frown Upon.
In reference to the American habit f drink
ing freely of Ice water, to which I referred the
other day, I am reminded of the way in which
a Boston woman, who was at a hotel in York.
England, attracted the attention of an old
Uily and her daughter, sitting at tbe same long
table, by asking for a glass of tbis insidious
compound. As soon as tbe order was executed
by tbe waiter the Boston woman saw tbe
young English girl lean over to her mother and
ask in an audible tono if she couldn't hare
soma ice water. The old ladv drew herself np
somewhat stiffly, and, in a very emphatic voice,
which almost seemed intended as a reproaeb to
tbe stranger whose example bad been felt by
ber daughter, said :
"Np, my dPr, that Js a very bad American
custom." I believe tbat this custom has gained
ground in England of late years, although ice
water is not brought to the table as a matter of
course, as with us, but has to bo asked for as a
special accommodation. No doubt climate bas
nmch to do with the difference in the habits of
tbe two peoples, but I can wpll understand the
feeling with which an English lady of tbo old
fashioned sort would object to increasing her
tendencies as a refrigerant by drinking ice
An Unwelcome YI'UQr.
From tho New York Trlbune.l
It is amusing tq sea the crowned heads of
Europe get into their cyclono cellars when they
hear of the approach of tbe Shah of Persia.
Bnt it is evident tbat the Shah is no mint,
reader, as he goes right on expecting to be. re
ceived with enthusiasm.
Tho Dtenuest Man la Maine,
Burlington Free Press.
Nothing seems to be too mean for some; men,
Tberp Is an old fellow in Maine who is Imposipg
oq his hens. In a most shameful mapper. Ho
hag put an electric light in the henhouse, and
the hens lay day and night
Her Wteratnro Too Progressive,
rrom the NewTTork World.
France has come to tbe conclusion tbat hei
navy is not sufficiently modern. How different
from her literature, whioh is about two genera
tions too progressive!
Wnfrrlqq Water Lost.
From the Boston Herald.
It; was j, singular coincidence that tbo day
when Pennsylvania voted, on the prohibitory
amendment was' tho anniversary of the battle
The proprietor of a German watering
place, desirous of catching English custom. In
his advertisement "beseeches note an excel
lent station for friends of the fischport, ships
and a riding room in the house.'
The "real red poppy" has recently been
found to have the valuable power of binding
with its roots tho soil in which it grows in such
a manner that it will prove most valuable in
supporting embankments. Already several en
gineers hare undertaken the sowing of railway
embankments with poppies.
"A great many people still firmly be
lieve the old notion that lriction on the head
stimulates the intellect," li a barber the
other day, as he strapped his razor with a con
templative air. "I know several lawyers who
iust before they are to make a plea invariably
ave their crowns vigorously rubbed. They say
that It not only brightens up their Ideas, bat
gives greater power of concentration upon
Last week the postofSce in Alna, Me.,
was removed from its old place in P. B Jones'
building to the store of F.L. Weeks. The next
morning driver Perham. of the Alna and Gar
tner stage, left his horses tor a moment at the
new office, when they started, called round at
the old postoffice, waited a moment, and then
started off at a quick dash down the street to
connect with the morning train at Wiscasset
They were overtaken and caotured about half
a mile below tbe village.
The total coal consumption of the world,
is said to amount to upward of 1,000,000 quin
tals per hour. Of this quantity about 240,000
quintals are required per hour in order to heat
the boilers for stationary and marine engines,
locomobiles, locomotives, etc The production
of pig iron absorb 1 00,000 quintals, and that of
other metals 80.000 quintals per hour. The
average hourly consumption of household coal
is reckoned at 200,000 quintal", but the total
production Is estimated at 30,000,000 to 23,000.000
per diem, so that it still considerably exceeds
There are said to be 70 street bands in
New York City, most of them Italian, a few of
them German. Some of tbem favor the listen
ing crowds with masterpieces by Mozart or
Beethoven aud airs from "Martha" or "Trova
tore," but others prefer to give more popular
selections. In a few of these string bands
there are excellent performers, possessed of
real artistic ability. Many of them at this time
o tbe year find employment at picnics or in
steamboat excursions. It is said that a band
of half a dozen pieces, while playinz In tbe
streets, will often pick up from $10 to 815 a day.
A debating clnb in Germany has been
discussing for two years tbe question whether
it is possible to get nothing for something.
Tbe realists say yes, and adduce numerous in
stances in commercial transactions. But the
idealists say no. "For," they argue, "if notbin
really is nothing, bow can you get it?" Then
everybody drinks beer for a month or two, un
til some bright realist thinks up an answer to
this question. The beerseller in whose ball the
club meets says it is one of the finest debates
he has ever heard, and he confidently expects
it to run along for another year at least
A St. Lonis paper offers a prize for tho
best list of ten books for boys and girls. Tbe
competitors must be nnder 16 years of age.
Twenty-fire lists are published and they maks
interesting reading. On the 25 lists tbe follow
ing authors are mentioned: Bunyan. 7timest
Mrs. Bnrnett U times; Miss Alcott 21 times;
Hans Christian Andersen, 4 times; De Foe, U
times; Shakespeare, 2 times; Dickens, 10 times;
Grimm. 1; the Bible, 3 times. Here is one of
the lists (from Bonbam, Tex.): The Bible,
"Tiffany's Diamonds." "Peter tbe Whaler,"
The American Orator'," Hume's or Good
rich's "History of Enjland" (I). 'Ivanhoe,
Shakespeare, Bayard Taylors "Travels."
"Frederick the Great" 'IRoblnson Crusoe."
Comparatively few fairy tiles are mentioned
in these lists.
The famous London companies or guilds
have met in convention to consider tbe plan of
the city's connty council for dividing up their
enormous wealth. The original purposes of
the guilds, says the county council, are no
longer served, and their usefulness has passed.
Tbo gross value of propertv vested in 74 com
panies is estimated at lo,C00,000. with a proba
bility of a large increase during the next quar
ter of a century. The available revenue is
taken at 440,000 and the actual expenditure at
425,00a Of this revenue, larger than that of
many a German grand duchy, the companies
spend 150,000 a year on objects of public uso
or beneficence akin to the charitable trusts of
which they are tbe almoners. One hundred
thousand pounds goes for "banoeting," and
another 100,000 on management that is, for
salaries of officials and tho court fees payable
to members for attendance at meetings. .
Joseph Oscar Johnson, of Macon, Ga.,
is queerly affected, and is condemned to laugh
all bis life. He I a paralytic and one side is
entirely useless. The stroke came on him soma
two months ago. He Is a locomotive engineer.
It was in the town of Clinton, S. C, tbat the
stroke came on him. He was one day doing
some work on bis engine and talking to some
one standing near. At tbe moment he received
the blow he was In tbe act of laughing, and
strange to say, the muscles and nerves of the
face tbat are brought most into play in the act
of laughing, are the ones that are most affected,
and over these he has no control whatever, lis
cannot ,ell of his troubles and the doubts and
fears that torment him without laughing. He
bas a wife and five children, and when this
affliction came upon bim he went to his father-in-Uw,
who lives in Wilmington. N. C, and
told him of bis condition and ot his inability to
oare further for his family. The recital ot his
parting with his wife was most pathetic and
heartrending, yet with tears in his eyes and a
heart full of agony be was forced to laugh as
though he had been telling the most ludicrous
incident. He dares not go to church lest he be
accused pt making sport of the services aud be
requested to leave tne church. And as for a
f uperal it wonld be out of tbe question for him
to attend one. His case is a must pitiable one,
and is the more so because be is only awaiting
tbe only relief possible for him. and one that
he would hail with pleasure and almost prays
BUNNY MEN'S FANCIES.
Mr. Grouty (in Park) I'm surprised,
sir, that yon allow that boy to speak so impu
Great Man's Servant This Isn't my boy, sir; it' t
my younc master. If he were one of my children
I'd give him a good hiding-. Pact.
The Usual Conditions. Mamma Bobby,
I notice that yonr little sister took the smaller
apple. Did yon let ber bave her choice, as I told
Bobby Yes, I told her she eonld have the little
one or none, and she chose the little one. Oiiaha
Judge You were arrested for walking on
the grass in the park, and that, oo, right near a
notice warning yon to keep off.
Accused Yet I'm near-sighted, you kfow. and
I couldn't make out what tbe sign was, so I went
over oq the grass to read U and was arrested.
The Story of Alice and George, Alice
No, George, you must not put your arm around
my waist. v
George Be careful, Alice.
Allee Carefull What do you mean?
George Why, haveA't you beard tbat wllfnl e
waist makes a wofol want? d ifrmee Americanist
Bival Cities. Chicago lawye-Ah'd, ,
gentlemen of the Jury, remember you can'. ,taa
this poor man's life without rcdcclng the popui'X
tlonofour mighty metropolis, an act of wblcb I
am sure sneh patriotic citizens as yourselves will
never be guilty while Brooklyn puts In bar absurd
claim to being the third great city In the country,
The tpoch. &
A Strained Peace, Neighbor Boy Ma
sa)d she'd lick me If 1 didn't ask your for
glvcness. She's watching me from the window,
so out with It or I'll thump you when I catch you
Our Boy-Well, I'll forgive you till my big
brother gets home, and then If you know when
you're well off you'll stay rnlgbty close to your
own house Omaha World,
The other day a St Louis physician was
questionings, Chinaman wbP was thought to ha
"Do you ever have illusions?" he asked.
" bat are they?" asked the Chinaman throngh
HVby,i explained the physician, "da yon
ever hear voices?' '
"Ob. yet," replied the Chinaman.
'Whenever someone talfcsto mr, "wajtheen-.
tlrply sane reply, Aeie lark Tribune.
Communing ynth Nature. Close by tho
sparkling brook whose silvery waters danced in
the sn.plgat and rippled Joyously over the golden
sands they sat In silence George and ljura
drinking In the glorious beautr pf the rustic scene
and communing with nature in one of her chosen
thrlnes. Afar In the west tbe sun seemed to
linger at the horizon's brhn as If unwilling to
but out from his gaze the lovely landscape that
glowed with a softened and even melancholy radi
ance In his deotrtlng beams.
A thrilling cry burst from the lips of the bcautl.
"George! George!" sheal-nost shrieked.
'What Is it darling,'" ho asked, placlng'hli
arm tenderly around ber waist "lias the ro
mantic, yet oppressive, loveliness of the scenery
saddened yourspirlts "
"So, George!" she scretmed,wvinjh6rhs,ii4i
wildly and making a frantic Jab at th inuli'of
her back. "1 think its some kind of abug!''
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