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PITTSBURG. SATURDAY. JULY 6. 1883.
ANEMADVEBSIONS AT JOHNSTOWN.
The prospect previously pointed out by
The Dispatch that there wonld be abund
ance of criticism on the manner in which
J-.the relief work Is earned on at Johnstown,
bids fair to be more than fulfilled. During
the past two days the criticisms have been
abundant and sharp, with indication that
they are on the increase rather than wan
ing. Bo far as the administration of the gener
ous charity for the benefit of the sufferers is
involved, the most definite criticism is the
allegation o" undue adhesion to red tape in
distributingthe relief, while people may be
suffering physically and morally for the
, 1aekol it, -This is a blunder at the worst;
" bat it may be a blunder that approaches
an injurious degree. The plan of applica
tions, verifications, review of the whole sub
ject, and comparison of respective needs,
.may be very fine in the abstract; but when
' there are cates urgently requiring prompt
action, it is not fulfilling the purpose of the
donors to hold back the relief in the fear
that persons unknown may turn up who
need the relief a little more.
The criticisms on the award of the con
tract yesterday for clearing up the debris
seem to have a stronger foundation. There
is not much reason in the apparent local
-,-rjoalrmsies; but if the allegations that politi-A-cal
favoritism is controlling the contract
are sustained, it will amount to a scandal
that uhould condemn every man connected
with it The guarantee profit of 10 per cent
distributed among all the contractors was a
questionable proceeding. Concentrated in
the bands of a single firm which is to
pocket one-tenth of all the funds to be ex
pended from this time, it is made worse.
This is emphasized by the fact that the
work is done under orders from the State;
and the question becomes pertinent as to
.the authority on this third and most de
liberate award for disregarding the provis
ions of law requiring work for the State to
be let upon competitive proposals to the
lowest and best bidders.
The public should certainly be ready to
condone the honest mistakes made in the
effort to perform a difficult and unprec
edented task. But if there is any founda
tion for the intimations that private or
political interests are governing the work, it
will merit outspoken and unmeasured
THE COAL STRIKE.
The settlement of the irou scale, which
eeems to be assured, is no sooner reached
than the trouble over wages in the steel in
dustry is reinforced by a strike in the river
mines for a 3-cent rate for mining. The
chronic condition of struggle in that indus
try makes the renewal appear rather com
monplace; and there is a possible view that
the movement is more in the nature of a
shut-down than of a strike. N o one will be
likely to take the view that 3 cents per
bushel is an excessive rate of payment for
the hazardous and severe laborof mining;but
"whether, in competition with coal, that pays
less in wages and requiresless transportation,
the rate can be paid, is a question that might
be investigated more dispassionately than
by a strike. Every one will hope that the
miners will get the best wages possible; but
there is room for doubt whether enforced
idleness will improve their circumstances
HEW BUSINESS FOB GOVEBNMEHT.
The part which the State of Louisiana
seems disposed to assume in connection
with the coming Sullivan-Kilrain prize
ght, indicates the natural bent on the part
of that Southern State to go into disreputa
ble, and what other communities might re
gard as criminal, lines of business. Jt ap
pears from the report that the police will
take charge of the performance and provide
for the maintenance of order both inside
and outside of the ring, with the exception,
of course, of the principals, who are to
pound each other. In other words, Louisiana
is to make its sovereignty the favorite resort
of prize fighters and the center of pugilistic
This is not unnatural, considering the
lice of business in which Louisiana has en
gaged for a term of years, by drawing
revenue from that first-class gambling in
stitution known as the Louisiana Lottery.
It has established its ranks as the one State
Government in the country to whom the
morality of its legislation has no signifi
cance so long as it can get a revenue out of
the plunder of gudgeons and fools, for the
benefit of the sharpers. The gambling
business and the prize fightihg business
always go hand in hand; and when a State
embarks upon one form of enterprise it is no
more than natnrai that it should lend its
protecting arm to the other.
The example of Louisiana opens up new
lines in the field of State socialism. The
idea of having Government go into various
forms of business has beeri fully discussed
in connection with railroads, telegraphs and
banking; but the possibility of States going
into the lines of business represented gam
bling shops, prize fighting, saloons, with
possible extensions in the direction of
burgling and highway robbery, presents
novel and not altogether uninstructive food
THE POOL'S EXPEBIEHCE.
The notice of the Baltimore ana Ohio
Railroad that it will to-day make a reduc
tion of five cents on grain rates from Chi
cago to Baltimore and Philadelphia, is a
demonstration that the trunk line combina
tion which was formed with such a flourish
of trumpets in the early part of this year,
has undergone the usual experience of an
early death. The idea that even the edict
of the syndicate of bankers which generally
floats railway bonds can prevent railroads
'from making rales upon the basis of their
own ability to carry freight, is pretty thor
oughly exploded by the simultaneous dis
integration of the Western and Eastern
Of course we shall hear the usual outcry
that this action of the Baltimore and Ohio
will reduce the railroads to ruin, but to all
such representations the reply is an easy
one. The railroads need not be brought to
ruin by this action, unless they choose to
be. The reduction of rates by the Balti
more and Ohio is proof presumptive that it
can carry the freight on which the reduc
tion is made at a profit. If other railroads
cannot carry it at a profit they need not try.
The business for which the Baltimore and
Ohio makes its bid by this reduction
amounts to but a small fraction of the ag
gregate railway traffic of the country. If
the rate is a ruinous one, the road that
makes it can be brought to terms most
speedily by letting it have all of the losing
traffic. If it is a paying one the case is a
new demonstration of the rule that compe
tition is necessary to fix rates at a reason
Meantime the question might possibly
prove very pertinent to President Boberts,
of the Pennsylvania Railroad, and his
friends, the New York bankers, what it
profits tb;m to strangle the South Penn en
terprise and to let an already existing rail
road knock combination into a cocked hat.
WE WOULD HOT LIVE ALWAT.
Dr. Brown-Sequard, the eminent French
physician, is said to have discovered the
elixir of life. The London Daily Telegraph
says that Dr. Brown-Sequard has set forth
his discovery before the French Academy of
Medicine. It is probably a summer fable,
such as the Telegraph occasionally gives its
readers. The elixir of life will never be dis
covered by man. No amount of circum
stantial description of the process used by
Dr. Brown-Sequard is likely to excite any
thing but laughter among sane people.
For a moment, however, let us consider
superficially some of the results of the uni
versal use of the elixir of life supposing
that mysterious and mighty fluid to have
been discovered. Firstly, is it certain that
everyone wants to live on this planet for
ever? Is it not a fact that most of us would
not like to see all our fellow-beings contin
ually survive? These two questions are
easily answered. Life on this earth is not
agreeable enough to make the desire for its
infinite prolongation universal. Life would
be unbearable did not death stand ready to
remove those who trouble us from time to
time. We would like those who love us to
be immortal here, of course, but not those
who hate us. The prospect would be dis
mal, indeed, if all the evil-disposed per
sons, the bores and the knaves who hurt or
hinder us in the struggle of life, were uot
liable to be thinned out as the car of time
The whole essence of our contention is
that the elixir of life would not be a good
thing for the world at large unless it was
very discreetly distributed. "We imagine
that individuals would be dissatisfied with
any arrangement that did not give to each
person the exclusive right to say who
should live forever and who should not.
This would be utterly impossible, of course.
Therefore the elixir of life is not in whole
some demand. Dr. Brown-Sequard had
better keep his discovery if he has made
one to himself.
THE TBTJST SWINDLE.
The use of trust certificates for manipu
lating the stock market and deluding in
vestors, as pointed out in The Dispatch
the other day, is illustrated by the most re
cent movements in the Sugar Trust certifi
cates. The break of 7 points in the price
of those certificates on Wednesday rumor
accredits to private information that the
New York Courts in General Term have af
firmed Judge Barrett's decision in the
Sugar Refining Company case on every
point. Indeed, rumor goes further than
that, and asserts that the recent boom in
the certificates was engineered by well-informed
members for the purpose of unload
ing their certificates on the confiding public
before the decision was affirmed. Such a
course is certainly entirely consistent with
trust tactics. There may not be as steady a
revenue in manipulating the markets and
selling wind and water as there is in hold
ing on to a thoroughly established
monopoly, but the profits can be realized
a great deal more promptly and the public
more quickly fleeced by it
A PUBLIC HEED.
It is more surprising than amusing to find
an intelligent cotemporary in Chicago
answering the objection to the pardon of
that convicted jobber and politician, Mr.
Joseph Mackin, by pointing out the fact
that it he had not been pardoned he would
have been discharged anyhow, under the
rules of the prison and the terms of his
sentence, on the 17th of next month.
This might suggest, the fact that it would
not have been any very great hardship in
that case for him to have served out his
sentence. Six weeks more of imprisonment
would have satisfied what was determined
by judicial proceedings to be the just
penalty for his offenses. A thorough ap
preciation of the necessity of enforcing
obedience to the law, especially by people
holding public positions, might have per
ceived the wisdom of letting Mr. Mackin
stay in prison as long as the law required.
It could not have hurt him especially, and
it might have been extremely salutary from
a public point of view.
This nation is suffering for the spectacle
of men with money and influence serving
out the full sentences which have been
meted to them for their transgressions of
TnE French Procureur General, who re
fuses to prosecute Boulanger, probably is
imbued with Anglo-Saxon theories of law
that it is not worth while to prosecute a
man if you have not got him there to pun
ish him if guilty, and to defend him
self if innocent. French justice is about as
rqueer an article as French polities.
Commenting upon the assertion "of the
President ofNewnbam College, in England,
that the cultivation of women'
thnt the cultiTAtion of women's intclierntal I Unca hrr to livo in a house thatis haunted. sons and abont SO dogs were bitten. I $1,260. ' . J camo back to him yp.terday. accompanied by a man. Cr p M tetfttyife ?m?9HH
Dowers does not unfit them for domestic
life, the Chicago Timet expresses its aston
ishment, and asserts its impression that "the
full development of women's intellectual
powers have a tendency to prevent them from
doing anything outside of the temperance
field." This is perhaps a possible mistake
for this paper. A jonrnal whioh considers
it smart to assert that Pittsburg has been
stealing the supplies sent to the Johnstown
sufferers, is likely to have very little knowl
edge of what intellectual women can do, or
Intellectual men either, for that matter.
Ftji.Ii returns from the work cf the Chi
nese method of celebrating our national in
dependence with the Mongolian fire
cracker are not yet in, but it is safe to
predict that one deyf it will rival the cost
of a month's prosecution of the war which
established our national independence.
The general disposition of Republican or
gans to agree that there must be a marked re
duction, if not abolition,o( the sugar duties is
regarded by the New York Telegram as a
remarkable indication of the progress of
opinion against the Sugar Trust But it is
not apparently included within the pink
politics of that journal to state the fact that
the Democratic party in Congress voted sol
idly a gainat the reduction of sugar duties
for fear of disturbing the solidarity of cer
tain Democratic States. When the alleged
tariff reform party gets as nearly fight on
the sugar duties as the Republican party
is, the day of the trust will be ended.
The County Democracy's day out yester
day was enlivened with mule races, among
other sports. It should be distinctly un
derstood that this divertissement was not
intended to typify the straggles at Demo
cratic primaries in this county, which are
also a source of public amusement
The success of Mrs. Mary Ann Dough
erty in at last receiving a position in the
seed department of the Agricultural
Bureau, apparently upon the ground that
she was exposed by President Cleveland as
somewhat of a hard character, shows the
value of notoriety when partisanship is at
work. President Cleveland's exposure of
this female did not by any means show her
to be an angel, but it seems to amount to
the same with the Republican administii
tion. It is asserted that 24 of the States of the
Union cast each a smaller vote than that of
WNew York Cityt This is accounted for by
the fact that some of them have a smaller
population, and that in some others the art
of counting votes has not been developed
such a remarkable degree.
Mb. Michael Davitt's statement that
"there is a hue and cry against the Clan-na-Gael
in America fur political purposes," in
dicates that Mr. Davitt is not much more
correctly informed with regards to Ameri
can politics than some of his English oppo
nents. There is a hue and cry against
secret societies that disregard the laws of
the land. That is not for political pur
poses, but for the purpose of asserting the
supremacy of our own laws in our own land.
The report that coal docks for the rapid
handling of Pittsburg coal will be estab
lished at Fairport has big possibilities.
Care should be taken, however, that they do
not include those of the sort which were
illustrated recently by the coal taking an
other route. ,
The story that Lord Tennyson only got
ten shillings for the first poem that he ever
published is an illustration of the difference
that exists between, market value and in
trinsic value. His Lordship has got as
many thousand dollars as that for recent
poems, and yet if the two efforts were com
pared, the earlier ones will probably be
found to be worth twice as much.
The Chicago reporter counts that day lost,
whose slow declining sun does not see a new
"mysterious prisoner" locked up in connec
tion with the Cronin case.
Ik a heavy rain at Washington, the other
day, the treasury vault, where the United
States Government keeps 80,000,000 of silver
dollars in store, apparently for a rainy day,
was flooded by the surplus water. The
practice of stock-watering is certainly
carried to a remarkable extent when Uncle
Sam begins to water his stock of silver dol
lars. PEESONAL GOSSIP.
Mke. Etelea Gerstkr Is devoting her
self largely to the musical education of hv
little daughter, who already tries to warble
Florence NiGnnxaALE is now nearly 70
years of age, and although she has been an
Invalid for a long time, she has never allowed
her interest in every good work to droop or
Miss Theresa Dease, the Reverend Mother
Superior of the Canadian Order of the Ladles
of Loretto, died a few days igo at 42 years old.
She was descended from the family of the
Nngents, and was a kinswoman of the late
Dr. H. M. Btarkxojt, the new United
States Consnl to Bremen, is tho best known
German physician in St. Louis, where ho has
lived for many years. He is a native of Stutt
gart, Germany, and served throngh tho war as
a Federal army surgeon.
The Rev. J. T. Ise, of Tokio, is now in this
country seeking aid to build a new Christian
Church in the Japanese metropolis. He Is a
son of the Illustrious scholar and patriot
Yokol, who took a leading part in the "open
lncs" of Japan and in bringing about the lib
eral reforms of recent years, and who was
murdered because of his Christianity some 20
Sln-TiESKi 11 in am. Director of the Com
mercial Bureau of the Department of Agricul
ture and Commerce of the Japanese Empire,
recently visited the San Francisco Produce
Exchange. Mr. Mlnaml has been ordered by
the Government to investigate the laws and
regulations of exchanges, the management of
chambers of commerce and trade guilds and
the managements of all commercial and finan
cial industries of the United States and Euro
SECRETARY RUSK'S TROUBLES,
After Lone Search Ho Kent a House, Only
to Find It Bathroom Haunted.
Washington, July 6. Secretary Busk is in
a peck of trouble. Soon after be came to Wash
ington he and Mrs. Rusk started ont to bunt
for a bouse. After searching for three months
tbey finally found one that suited. It Is a
handsome three-story on Massachusetts ave
nue, with a fountain in front, and surrounded
by a wilderness of roses and shrubbery Just
the sort of a place. In fact for Uncle Jerry
and his charming family that is, it would be
but for one unfortunate drawback. Mr. Lin
coln, the present Minister to England, lived in
the house when he was Secretary of War, and
more recently it was occupied by General Mor
gan L. Smith. Mr. Smith died there under
very peculiar and distressing circumstances.
He was found drowned In the bath tub. Since
then the bouse has not been occupied, and the
superstitious negro servants in the neighbor
hood tell balr-ralsing stories about the myste
rious noises that come from the house in the
still hours of the nlgbt. Some evil-disposed
friend has told Mrs. Rusk some weird tales of
how the old General's ghost stalks through the
deserted apartments, and of the muffled cries
for help that sometimes come from the bath,
room, and now Uncle Jerry's wife baa put her
foot down and declared that nothing canin
iluro hrr to llvo in a house that 13 haunted.
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JHE TOPICAL TALKEE.
Interesting Incident of Renl Life Within
the Two Cltte.
One of our suburban boroughs enjoys the
protection of a colored-policeman. His -vigilance
is wonderful, and for that matter, so is his
knowledge of the English language.
A few nights ago this dark-complexioned
officer of the law descended in majesty upon a
party of young men loafing at a street corner.
They questioned his authority, and he replied:
"Der law am quite cleah on dls point. It don't
allow no conjugation on der street coraersi"
The young men concluded to "conjugate" no
"WHEN Ben Butler had control of New Or
leans during the late unpleasantness he issued
an order forbidding the clttzen to gather upon
the streets. If two or three were found talking
together after nightfall the military patrol was
ordered to disperse them by force if necessary.
A Plttsbnrger who was in New Orleans dur
ing the war happened one night, after General
Butler pat the city under martial law, to leave
his house and seat himself on a fire-plug In the
street for the purpose of smoking a cigar In the
cool air. He had been sitting there but a few
minutes when the patrol camo along. They
were two privates and a corporal, and the latter
espying the civilian sitting In tho street shout
ed to him: "Disperse, at once!"
The smoker did not comprehend the order,
a nd asked what was the matter. The soldier
replied: "You've got to disperso them's my
A a AUG of men were at work on a city street
when a slight, beardless youth laid down his
pick and, approaching the foreman, said to
"Can I take a fit, sir f
"Take what T" asked the foreman.
"A fit I feel one coming on," replied the
young man, without emotion.
"Why, certainly," said the foreman.
So the young man walked over to a bit of
grass under a leafy tree It was a new street in
the suburbs and had a fit.
Then he went and washed his face, camo
back to bis place In the line, took up his pick
and struck into work. After the day's work
was over the young man said to the foreman:
"You don't mind my having fits f"
"No I guess not 'if you do a fair day's
"Well, you see I used .to work for a butcher
an' he wouldn't let me take fits said it inter
fered with business an' I thought you might
feel the same way about it" '
And that young man works hard with pick
and shovel and takes a fit once in awhile as you
or I might take a drink of water.
EA1N AND SHINE.
Some Instance That Illustrate How Pure
ly Local a Storm May Be.
From the Franklin Keposltory.j
Few people have any idea how purely local a
storm may be, and how near we may be to a
heavy rain and yet not get any of the water
which falls. Many people, end particularly
young folks, think that when we are getting
rain, that the whole immediate neighborhood
is being similarly dosed. Tyie clouds have
hung very low over Chambersburg and Frank
lin counties the past few weeks, and some
showers have fallen which barely oovered a
block or two in extent, being all over In a few
minutes. They fell not on the Justand unjust
alike, but ducked the one and spared the
A Letterkenny township farmer had a funny
experience with the rain last week. Ha and
bis neighbors were all making hay, and some
were hauling In. Our friend had been watch
ing the clouds anxiously all afternoon. At
about i o'clock he saw a heavy rain coming
rapidly toward his farm. He and his men pre
pared to stop work, for the storm was traveling
rapidly and coming straight toward, them.
Suddenly they were astonished to see the
shower shoot off to the left, being stopped in
its course either by a change in the air currents
or by a piece of heavy timber land upon his
place. Our Letterkenny friend was very for
tunate. Not a drop of rain fell where he and
his men were working, but his neighbor on the
next farm, on the other side of the woods, got
such ducking that be was not able to work his
hay even on the next day.
On Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock wa no
ticed a queer weatner ireaE on the diamond In
Cbambersburg. The sun nad been shining at
Intervals. A big black cloud which hung over
the western end of town began to let ont some
rain. The shower reaehed the diamond but
old not cross It. it rained sharply for two or
three minutes at Miller's pharmacy, bnt across
the square at the Deposit Bank not a drop fell
and the sun shone brightly. Close quarters,
wasn't itT .
Ono Horse on Them Wonld Do the Work of
Four on Stone,
A correspondent writing to the New York
Tribune on the subject of metal wheelways
says: It Is fortunate that the subject of metal
wheelways is likely to attract some attention
before the proposed expenditure of millions for
"street Improvements" shall have fastened the
present unsatisfactory methods of paving npon
the city for another generation. The failures
of the last ten years have thrown great donbt
upon the possibility of improvement on the old
lines. The best granite pavement on concrete
foundation, with cemented joints (Fifth avenne,
near Thirty-fourth street), is practically worn
ont in five years. The wooden blocks adjacent,
so carefully laid on the London plan, lasted In
fair condition only three years. The best as
phalt that In Chambers street, is plainly un
equal to its burden after two years, while tho
various experiments In other materials bave
generally failed within one year.
It is useless to consnlt the experience of other
cities aud countries, since we have carefully
tried everything that they have adopted. The
climate or the traffic of this city, or both to
gether, require other and better materials and
methods in the construction of its highways.
If steel can be substituted for stone and laid
as a permanent way for ordinary vehicles,
with rails wide enough for all gauges, and
roughened by indentations for foothold, while
smooth for wheels, it would seem to solve the
whole problem. On such ways one horse wonld
haul as much as four en a stone pavement, and
the annnal saving to tho municipality In re
pairs wonld be immense; while, outside the
rails, which would be rather below than abovn
the surface of the steel, any sort of pave
ment would snffice, and one that is cheap,
noiseless and cleanly conld be chosen. The
possibility of such benefits would easily war
rant the trifling expenditure asked for by the
7,000 wagon owners to bring the matter to a
test. Fortunately no legislation is needed, nor
the adoption of any patented plan of pavement
LEPROSY IN INDIA.
They Are Common and Tbey Go About tho
From the Kew York bun.
"I do not tbinK," said a man who has passed
a quarter of a century In India, "that the re
port of the death of a Brigadier General of the
English army in Hindoostan of leprosy is to be
relied upon. I suppose there are many kinds
of leprosy, and some of it, JIke the disease
spc ;en of in the Bible, may be very infectious.
Certainly Father Damien died of leprosy in
Molokal, communicated to him by the lepers
around him. But lepers are very common In
India, especially in the central and northwest
ern provinces, and, though every one tries to
keep tbem as far from him as possible, nobody
has the slightest fear of being inoculated with
the disorder. It seems to be almost entirely
confined to tbe natives, and tbey usually make
their living by it They are all beggars, and
ride about on small ponies soliciting alms.
The doors of tbe Indian bungalows are al
ways open, and wben a sahib looks up from his
breakfast, and sees one of these horsemen sit
ting In bis saddle, almost nased, and looking
indescribably wretched as be holds out- his
hand in silent supplication, he Is apt to be
willing to part with acemto Induce his un
welcome visitor to move on. In fact, the leper
won't go until be receives something. He
might, I suppose, be driven away with a stick,
bnt nobody cares to flagellate him, and he
makes a good deal of money. I never saw a
white man with the diseases, though I believe
there are a few isolated cases. It is cot neces
sarily fatal, and lepers who looked as though
they must soon dl of old age hare told methat
they were born with It"
A Mad Dog Bite eleven Persona.
Wooster, July & A dog supposed to be
mad created great excitement north of this
city this morning. It was first seen near West
Boylston, where it bit several dogs. At Oak
dale It bit a boy named Willie Alord on tbe leg
and arm and a woman and two children. It
also bit several dogs in Oakdale. and then went
on toward ilolden. On the way It bit a woman
who keeps bouse for Simoo A. Sterns. It also
bit Ftedlt Bryant's child at BryantviUe. At
Brick City it bit Charles t Fairbanks, a board
er at the Eaglevtlle'-HotcL Special Officer
Merrick, at Jeffersonville. was notified by tele
phone, and, after a long chase, caucht up with
the dog and ended its career. In all, seven per
sons and about SO dogs were .bitten.
The Dream of a Number or Prominent Chi
Chicago, JulyS. A number of prominent
Irish-Americans held a private meeting yester
day afternoon to discuss the feasibility of or
ganizing an Irish-American republic to ad
vance the interests of Ireland and the Irish
race. After a lengthy discussion it was unani
mously decided to adopt apian of action for
mulated and proposed'by W. M. T. Griffin. Ac
cordingly an organization was perfected- to be
known as the Irish-American Republic Associ
ation, and an election of officers was made. It
is the intention of the above named association
to organize a land syndicate composed of influ
ential and wealthy Irishmen, send representa
tives to Canada. Chill, Peru and Mexico.
Mexico, it is thought, would be willing to dis-
Sose of Lower California or a neighboring
tate under conditions with the privilege of
establishing an Irish-American republic there
on. The money expended on improvements,
necessaries and land will be secured by mort
gage, without Interest or at a very low rate of
interest ana will be collected in small annual
Installments, the same as rent. This money
will be utilized to build and eaulp a navy, or
ganize an army and develop tbe resources of
Said one of the men Interested in the move
ment: "Should Canadian land be secured an
effort will be made to colonize it with 1,000,000
Irish and Irish-American farmers. This num
ber of Irishmen, with the addition of the Irish
already in Canada and tho assistance of the
French-Canadian element, would, it is thought,
be able to capture the Canadian Government
and convert It into a powerful Franco-Irish
Republic. Tho only opposition expected as
likely to occur to the formation of a Franco
Irish Republlo will be in the province of Onta
rio. This opposition, however, will be sup
pressed by throwing tbe disaffected portion of
this prorinco into tho Amorlcan Union. When
once within the jurisdiction of the United
States the neutrality laws will keep the inhab
itants in check and compel them to become
reconciled to their situation. But should En-
fland dispute the authority of her Franco
rish subjects to assume control of Canadian
affairs and declare war against them, tbe neu
trality law would not prevent the enormous
emigration of Irishmen from this country to
FRED DOUGLASS AND HAITI.
The New minister Speak of the Influence of
the, Republlo on HI Race.
WASHINGTON, July & Fred Douglass, tho
newly appointed Minister to Hayti, says con
cerning "the Black Republic" and its Influence
on the colored race: "It is impossible to deny
thatHayti Is an important element in the
question oftbe possible future of the colored
man on this continent. Men point to it to-day
as an argument against the ability of the col
ored race to govern itself. Tbey say, 'Look at
Hayti, torn and rent by division and revolu
tion,' and ask us what wo can expect of the
American negro. To me Hayti Is In tho process
oi evolution, not or aecay or oi retrogression.
She Is going through the experience oftbe
South American Republics and of France,
which has had 12 revolutions in a single cen
tury, and I might say of our own country,
which but a few years ago presented a scene of
discord and Civil War as wild, turbulent and
persistent as that which is witnessed to-day in
the island of San Domingo. We bave risen
ont of this tempest and whirlwind of war a
stronger, wiser, happier and more united
people than at any other time in our history,
and I predict a similar result in Hayti.
"Of one thing Hayti may well be prond; no
hostile foot has been allowed to tread her soil
successfully during three-quarters of a century.
The child may stumble and fall many times and
receive many bruises, but the child will become
a man for all that. It is no new thing to have
Hayti cited against the cause of freedom in the
United States. It was so before we aoollshed
our slavery, when our fears created only disas
ter and ruin in that direction, and will con
tinue to do so. Nevertheless, Hayti is still
Hayti, sharing the commerce of the world, with
representatives in her capital from every great
maritime power, and flags of all nations float
ing in her ports and harbors. While I never
asked, sought nor expected to be appointed
Minister to this important country, I have no
sympathv with those who endeavor to belittle
the appointment or question the motives of
President Harrison in making it. I know of no
place on the globe where I could be more use
fully employed than in the discharge of the
duties which will naturally devolve upon me
should 1 reach Port-au-Prince."
AMERICAN CAPITAL ABROAD.
Yankee Money Fashlug Volt Enterprise
In Other Land.
It Is hard to say where the influence of
American energy and capital is not now felt
It is reaching into Chill, where American con
tractors are accepting a, 115,000,000 railroad con
tract It is apparent in Peru, where the build
ing of 600 miles of railroad contracted for with
that Government for- 22,000,000 is just be
ginning. It Is present in Porto Rico, where
Brooklyn capitalists have purchased Immense
coffee and banana plantations, and also in
Jamaica, where it has largely helped
to develop the fruit trade, and where
American hotels are now being built for
the accommodation of visitors from the States.
It is pushing its railroads into Mexico, and is
not only working there the ancient silver mines
and lately opened mountains of Iron, but has
secured the privileges of supplying Mexican
cities with water and light for a period of 20
years. Tbe prodigious mining and electrical
operations that are being carried on by Ameri
can Anns in Japan bave met with signal suc
cess, and one of the latest Instances of Ameri
can goods being In demand abroad is the ship
ping by a Pennsylvania carriage manufacturer
of a very neat carriage to a distinguished mag
nate in Persia.
CODFISH SHOWING UP.
Latest Report From the Bnnk Indicate a
I Good Crop of tbe Finny Tribe.
Gloucester, July 5. The latest reports
from the codfisblng fleet on the banks are
much more encouraging than heretofore, and
if the good prospects continue much better
fares will be landed on the first trips than were
first anticipated. The captain of the schooner
Edward J. Foster, of Beverly, in a letter from
St. Johns, N. F., states that ho has secured
160,010 pounds of fisb. The weather was bad,
but fish were fairly plenty. Several of the"
fleet were baiting at Cape Brovle. Tbe
schooner Algeria of La Have had taken a trip
which would amount to 875 quintals dry fish,
110 miles south by west of Cape Race.
AtCatie Canso hardly a Gloucester vessel
had reported for a fortnight previous to June
9. The mackerel seiners, discouraged at the
prospect had nearly all returned home. Tbe
codflshlng fleet were nearly all on the banks.
Tbe Dominion cruiser Vigilant and Acadia
are on the ground looking after the Americans
and enforcing tbe law against the factories
that use short lobsters.
An encouraging report from the Grand
bank is the larce number of sqnld found.
The squid are tbe favorite food of the cod
flab. ODD ITEMS FROM FOREIGN SHORES.
Mosquitoes are said to be particularly J
troublesome in London Just at present
The Calals-Douvres, with 200 passengers,
crossed the channel recently in 63 minutes, the
quickest passage on record.
The city of Berlin is far ahead of London in
telephonic progress, there being 10,000 sub
scribers. The entire pet of wires in the Ger
man capital has reached a length of 17,804
kilometers, and the average number of calls
amount to 190,691 daily.
It has long been a tradition with the people
of tbe Pnnjaub that leprosy is not an lncura
bla affliction. At Tarn Taran there is a sacred
tank, built 250 years ago by tbe Sikh saint
Ourn Arjan, and it is believed tbat any leper
who can swim across it will be healed.
The making of a tramway from Cairo to the
Pyramids is likely to become a completed fact
before long. The money paid for tbe Govern
ment concession has been actually handed
ever to tbe official concerned, and it is said
tbat the preliminary operations have already
Rembrandt's famous painting of "Tbe
Night Watch" Is said to be m parlous danger.
It seems that ill-aavlsed restorations under
taken some time ago are now affecting the
picture so seriously that a commission of ex
perts has been hastily appointed in order to
decide what can be done to stay tbe mischief,
which is spreading.
The spread of cancer in a small oommune
of Normandy (St Sylvester de Conrcelles) at
tracted the attertion of Dr. Arnaudot, as the
disease has attalsed to 15 per cent of the total
mortality. The oases were principally males,
and as a rule the cancer was principally located
in the stomach; hence Dr. Arnaudet thinks
tbat cancer is contiiglous, and is propagated by
A cunious thcfli is reported from Prague,
a burglar, having gained access to tho cabinet
of a well-known collector, broke open a small
but richly-cliaie.1 steel coffrefort of antique
workmanship, ajd, having taken oat its con
tents (about 1150 in Austrian currency)
obligingly left the casket the worth, of which,
at a moderate computation, is said to be
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SWOBD PRACTICE AT SEA.
Tall Tale of the Prowe of an Armed
SXonater of the Briny Deep.
Boston, July 5. Captain E. W. Smith, of the
schooner John W. Smart whose duel with a
swordfish a few days before bad brought him
to the cot, replied to the questions of a re
porter: "We were cruising oft Sconnett light last
week after swordflsb. when It died away to a
dead calm. Just about then we sighted a
swordfish. You know, you can see the back
nn ana tail oi tbe fish sticking ont oi water, as
tbey swim about feeding on menhaden that
always school near the surface. So 1 took two
of tbe crew and a dory and pulled quietly up
alongside of him and stuck the iron in him.
We use the ordinary 'lily' iron fastened to a
pole a yard long. It works on a swivel. When
the iron goes in, tbe swivel turns, and, acting
like the barb to a booV. prevents the iron pull
ing out. We have a 40-fathom line fastened to
the end. Well, we pulled him in and landed
him, and soon after got another fish without
"When we struck tbe third one I knew he
was a fighter. We pulled him npand I stepped
to the stern of the dory and stuck the lance
into him back of the gills twice, when be
Bounded. Tbe water was clear audi leaned
over the stern watching him. He went down
about two fathoms and a half, got his bearings
and shot up straight for me, I watched him
coming, but couldn't move. He smashed a
hole about 15 Inches square in the side oftbe
dory, near the bottom, and drove the sword
into my right thigh clear to tbe bone. I pushed
tbe sword out of my leg and through the bole
in tbe dory apd fell back in the boat. My men
pulled for the sebboner, landed me and then
went off and killed the fish.
"There wasn't a breath of wind stirring and
If it hadn't been for tbe commander of the
cntter Dexter, who brongbt mo here, I reckon
I'd have kicked the bucket"
"Ever hear of many such accidents!"
"Yes, lots of 'em. The same day a sailor
named Scott on the schooner H. W. Pearse
was struck by a fish and badly hurt. Some
times fatal accidents occur. A Rockport
sailor was standing on the thwart of his dory
once when a swordfish that had been har
pooned struck tbe bottom of the boat, throw
ing the man off his balance, so that he fell
backward, Impaling himself on the sword and
killing him. Then, a few years ago, a cousin
of mine struck a big fish, got his font caught
in the line and was carried down. We never
saw him again. Very often swordfish strike
vessels and set tbem to leaking; and I have
known of schooners being scuttled by fish
that have been harpooned by tbeir crews.
Most of the fishing is done off Block
Island, about 80 sail being off tbero
daring tbe season. The season begins about
June 15 and lasts abont a month and a half.
Eight or ten a day is a good average catch, and
tbey are worth on an average J10 apiece. The
fish for tho past two years bave been more plen
tiful than ever. Small schooners from 8 to 80
tons, with a 'pulpit' or stand built at tbe end of
tbe bowsprit where the lanceman stan, and
carrying crews of from three to elgbfmen, aro
the kind that go out. The swords average about
28 inches long. The fish run from 100 to 600
pounds. The smack Grocer Phillips, of New
London, captured a swordfish weighing 700
pounds, which is the largest on record." Tust
then the supper for the different patients was
brougbt in, and among other appetizing dishes
the reporter noticed nicely fried and browned
A STANDARD OIL DONATION.
ItGftofS24S,000 and tbe Vexed Ques
tion of it Distribution.
Oil. City, JulyS. The following view of the
culmination of the great oil deal and tbe ques
tion of the proper distribution of the producers'
profit is freshly ground from the Standard Oil
mill: The Producers' Protective Association
sold their oil for 91 cents per barrel and re
ceived cash for it Tbe committees are hard at
work arranging for a just distribution of the
proceeds to those entitled. The nnmber of in
terests involved and their diversity make this
a task of no easy accomplishment. The profit
realized on this oil which was set apart for
those who kept their obligation to Bhnt in a
certain part of their production, cease drilling,
etc.. Is (248,000. The amount of production
actually shut In was 18,500 barrels. Mathe
matical calculation shows that the profit re
alized to the producer directly from the oil
thus set aside amounts to about 113 40 per bar
rel of production shut in. Thus far all looks
simple enough, but there was a greater amount
than this promised to be shut in. Some of the
parties to tbe agreement did not keep tbelr
obligation In full. In the division of the pro
ceeds these parties will be left to a proportion
ate amonnt and the problem becomes to a de
gree intricate. The committees will do what
is equitable, although some delay necessarily
arises from the fact referred to.
Referring again to the consummation of the
great shut-in movement. It may bo said that
both parties are well satisfied with the outcome,
whatever expression chronic grumblers mav
have permitted themselves to nse. It is prob
ably the first time In the history of the finan
cial or commercial world that a combination of
men received a donation of (248,000 for no other
consideration than that thev should prove
faithful to an agreement voluntarily entered
into among themselves. Beside this oroflt on
the oil shut-in, the market has been advanced
so that present production is worth nearly 60
per cent more than it was then.
A Battle' Capacity Increased One-Half.
From the Xw York Sun. 3
A touching story comes from the Congo,
showing the straits to which brave men, cut off
from tbe comforts of civilization, are some
times reduced. The commissary stores were
getting rather lowatLeopoldville. andthe cruel
edict went forth that the ration of Portuguese
wine would thereafter be only a half bottle a
day. Each white man was told to send bis bot
tle to tbe storekeeper every other day to have
it replenished. It was a trying situation, and a
secret meeting of the white employes was held
to devise measures to meet the emergency. It
was found that by applying intense beat to the
bottles it was possible to blow ont the bulge
that partly filled the Interior. In this manner
the capacit yof each bottle was Increased nearly
one-half. The ingenious expedient worked
admirably, and the secret was not revealed
until some time after full rations had been re
sumed. TRI-STATE TRIFLES.
A satoon in Philadelphia has this odd sign:
"Turtle soup on tap."
ATOUNGmanwhc clerks in Philadelphia
contracted a dimple in his cheek while trying
to smoke some defective-draught cigars which
his wife gave blm.
A vegetarian, who lives in Montgomery
county, is so strict that he won't eat vegetables
that have been kept in tbe same refrigerator
During a thunder-storm tbe other after
noon, a young woman living with Mr. Gre,en, of
Uniqntown, Pa., received an electric shock
while gathering clothes from a wire line. She
was numb for two hours.
The 15-year-old son of Samuel Brown, of
Peachville, Pa., went into a stable to feed a
fierce bull, when it cornered him, gashed him
badly and broke one of his ribs. With rare
presence of mind he dropped to the floor,
crawled under the bull and thus got away.
WniLE Mrs. George Seeds, of Pocopson
township, Chester county. Pa., was making a
liniment, thningredients exploded and set flro
to her clothing. Her family tore it oft her be
fore she was badly burned.
Fred Hats', Jr., of Reading, prides himself
on tbe height of his kicks. The other night he
kicked a pipe from tbe month of Ed Bitting,
without a previous understanding with tho
latter, who therefore had him arrested.
Whxiamsport, Pa., has anovelty called a
"bicycle jenny," consisting of 20 bicycles in a
circle, so fixed that anyone can ride without
Horatio McXxlvey, aged 15, has died at
Franklin, Pa., from having swallowed creosote
which a dentist had put in a tooth.
A Fnna.DEi.pniA cobbler has a card on his
window reading as follows:
"Here Uvea a man
That don't refuse
To make and mend
v Your boots and shoes.
His leather Is good.
His work is quick.
His profi ts are small.
But he gives no tick.
And when he dies
He fears no coals, '
As he has saved
So many soles."
Robert Mifjxin, of Hancock county, Ohio,
has been laid up in bed for the past two weeks
with a very sore head. He had bis hali burned
off by coming too near a burning gas jet
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NEW YORK'S SMALL TALK.
May Land Under Bond.
;XZW TO EX BUBB.HJ sr-XCIALS.1
NEW York; July 6. Irving & Sellers, an
English firm doing business here, sent over
their bookkeeper, Thomas Hennessy, a short
time ago, to examine the books of the New
York office. Hennessy arrived on tbe steam
ship Umbria, but was not permitted to land, as
some one had complained that he was being
imported under contract The matter was re
ferred to the Treasury Department at Wash
ington, whence a telegram was received to-day
tbat Hennessy could land, providing tbat
Irving & Sellers wonld give bonds that he
would be returned to Great Britain if required
to do so by the department
Figuring by Mean of Electricity.
A statistical automaton has jnst been pnt
on trial in the office of tbe Board of Health
here. With tbe aid of an electric battery this
automaton is expected to tabulate, with un
precedented rapidity and correctness, all the
statistical information which it has heretofore
required some 10 or 12 clerks to handle. The
machine was devised originally for the purpose
of tabulating returns of the eleventh census of
tbe United States. It records, on small square
cards, all sorts of statistical data concerning
sex. age, race, marriage, death, disease, occu
pation and dwelling place.
Nell Barges' Condition Critical.
Nell Burgess, the actor, who was injured by
the explosion of a cas store at his home in tbe
Atlantic Highlands last week, is in a critical
condition. His injuries are much more severe
than was at first supposed. His physician says
to. day that his recovery is improbable.
, Mill ibe Mormons Are Coming.
About 160 Mormon Immigrants arrived here
on 'the steamship Wisconsin this morning.
Most of them were English and Swiss. They
left for Salt Lake City this afternoon.
Watting for Daughter and Sisters.
Chief Justice Feller and Miss Fuller awaited
on the revenue cntter Manhattan all to-day tbe
arrival of tbe steambbip Alter, due this even
ing. On the Aller are the Chief Justice's two
youngest daughters. To-morrow they will go
with their father to New Rochelle, where the
whole Fuller family will pass this summer.
Fault of the Steamship Company.
The United States District Court to-day
awarded some $17,1)00 to the British andthe
Universal Marine Insurance Companies, in
their suit against the White Star Line Steam
ship Company. In May, 1887, tbe cargoes of
the steamships Celtic and Britannic were badly
shaken up in a collision of the vessels near the
Narrows. Goods Injured by the British and
the Universal Marine Companies were dam
aged. The steamship company claimed ex
emption from liabilities resulting from the
carelessness of its officers, on the ground of a
provision to that effect on its bills of lading;
Tbe court held to-day that all such limitations
of liability were void. The Judge also thought
the Captains of both vessels guilty of negli
gence because tbey allowed their ships to pro
ceed at full speed In the fog, and because,wben
each heard tbe whistle of the other, this speed
was not slackened.
Gobbled tbe Foe and Ran Away.
Martin Outinen. Charles Johnson and
Michael Hogan played poker all last night at
104 Cherry street. Early this morning Out
inen held four Kings against Johnson's pat
straight. He bet 20. Johnson went him S20
better. Outinen then went into an adjoining
room to get fCOfrom the pocket of a coat
which be hong there at the beginning of tbe
game. Hogan, meantime, had left tbe room.
When Outinen returned, Johnson and the pot
were gone. With the aid of a policeman, how
ever, Outinen got, back his money and lodged
Johnson in jail.
A DROP OF 1,200 FEET.
The Terrible Fnll of nn Aeronaut
Live to Tel! HI Experience.
Providence, R. L. July S. One of the
most filghtful experiences ever had by
an aeronaut was that of Prof. Walborne
Allen yesterday afternoon. Allen actually
dropped from the clouds a distance of
1.200 feet, but he lives to tell the tale
of the remarkable fall. His airship What
Cheer, a new balloon, proved to be a
treacherous carrier. .-The ascension was made
abont 4.30 o'clock. Tbe balloon rose 800
feet, when it was caught In a current of air
eolng directly opposito from the way in which
it bad set out. This surprised tbe spectators.
Suddenly the balloon veered again and set off
to the north. Then reaching as altitude of
about 1.200 feet a current of air from the
west swept tbe balloon toward East Provi
dence and over toward the big Wllkesbarre
pier. For a moment the airsnip seemed to
stand still and waver. Suddenly the balloon
collapsed. It reeled and turned bottom np,
and then it rolled around once more and the
basket lay ont horizontally from the envelope.
Then it fell rapidly.
Tbe terrified spectators next saw tbe gasbaz
on top once more and fast nearlng tbe earth.
They saw a form clamber np into the ropes and
toward the big letters which made the words
"WbatCbeer." This form was that of the
youthful professor. Only for a second did the
bottom stand erect. It rol'ed completely over
again and the drag rope made a complete cir
cuit of the airship and was whipped about vio
lently. Whipping out his knife, Allen pierced
a rent in tbe canvas and the balloon spread out
like a parachute and shot downward like a dis
abled bird and landed in a lot. The concussion
threw tbe aeronaut out He was picked np
semi-unconscious, badly shaken up and very
pale, but was not seriously injured.
ATTRACTING GREAT ATTENTION.
SlrChnrle Topper' Double-Column Tariff
Scheme Loudly Repudiated.
bpeelal Telegram to Tbe Dispatch.
Ottawa. Ont., July 5. Sir Charles Tupper's
proposal of a double-column tariff between tbe
colonies and England and tbe colonies and
foreign countries, snch as France, Germany,
Belgium, Italy, the United States, etc., is at
tracting general attention. The fact of Bir
Charles being tbe representative of Canada at
London attaches more importance to his re
marks than those from a less Important poli
tician would bave been accorded. Members of
the Cabinet here, however, do not appear
E leased with tbe step their high commissioner
as taken in Initiating a policy which was gen
erally supposed to have been inspired by the
They repudiate any knowledge oftbe scheme,
and all state that he has acted entirely upon bis
own responsibility, without consulting tbe
Cabinet here, who think tbat matters of so
piramonnt Importance as a complete recon
struction of the trade and fiscal policy of the
Dominion, should have been Initiated at
A Peculiar Trade Practiced by Two EeglliB
Ladles of Rank.
From the London Truth.!
Tbe operations of those enterprising dames
who were in the habit of advertising their
readiness to present ladles for consideration
bave been stopped, or, at least, tbey must in
futnre be much more secretin tbelrmanenver.
lng. One lady who was playing this game was
tracked, through the connivance of the man
ager of the nowspaper in which her advertise
ment appeared, ana her sentence was perpetual
banishment from court.
Another, who was more artful in her arrange
ments, was hunted down very cleverly, and, in'
her case, the offense was aggravated, in the
opinion of the Queen, by the tact tbat she is a
"person ot honor," nearly related to a great
family of "the nobility." and ber Majesty,
wben ordering tbat the culprit was never again
to be allowed to attend a drawing-room or any
other court-function, declared tbat she had
"disgraced her order."
DEATH OF AN AGED NEGRO.
A Centenarian, Farmer Slavr, Fonnd Dead
In Delaware County.
MoRTOjr, July 5, About 250 o'clock, this
afternoon tbo body of Jim Braxton colored,
was discovered under a tent in JtriBeatty's
lawn. A coroner's Jury was impaneled and a
verdict of death from natnrai causes rendered.
The evldonce went to show that he bad called
teseoamanatMr.Beatty's house and get in
structions in regard to some work. When
overtaken by the storm, he bad sought refuge
in the teilt and had an attack of asthma to
which he was subject and on account of bis
age, heart failure resulted and he fell upon his
face, dead. t
Deceased bad been a slave before the war,
and was captured and sent North, while serv
ing his master In the Confederate army. He
claimed to be over 100 years old, and was the
oldest perscn in Morton or vicinity.
pMm Mi Phnerlatnhia T1ntAi m
CUM0US C0BUENSATI0KS. '
An Illinois man who bet that the world
was round and failed to prove It had to pay.
On the bill of fare of a temperance
restaurant in Chicago, there appears a list of
130 temperance drinks.
A large bear, which weighed 600
pounds, was killed on the beach opposite Se
bastian, Fla., last week.
A man by the name of Kirkland, living
at Spring Gardens, Fla., has eaten fire pounds
of honey at one sitting, and is still there.
A Topeka society lady recently issued
invitations for a "breakfast" and three-fourth r
of the guests were on band before she was oat
A cloud burst in Nevada tho other day
drooped enongh water on a region two mile
square to forma lake of ten acres In extent
and ten feet deep.
In one of two stone sarcophagi .found at :
Rome in the Pratt dl Castello the skeleton of a
girl was found along with a wooden doll with'
jointed arms and legs. , '
Ten years ago a man near Lexington,
Ky., had 24 sheep' bitten by dogs. Since that ,
time he has poisoned and shot over 300 canines,!
and is still engaged in bis glorious work.
Take the railroads of the North and
South mile for mile and we have three acci
dents to their one, and some ot the railroad.
publications are wondering why this is so.
A wildcat fell into a cistern the other
day at Myers. Fix Tbe water not being deep "
enough to drown it, it was beaten until insen
sible, and then taken ont with a rake and pot
SurgeoD Parry, of the Medical Depart
ment ot India, says that be once saw the jet
black hair of a rebel Sepoy turn gray in half an
hour through fright caused by a judicial ex
amination. There is a womnn in a West-of-England
town who makes a good living by killing cats.
She advertises that if people who are abont to
go away for the summer will send their cats to
er she will kill them with chloroform.
The Princess Imperial of Brazil has or
ganized a corps of negro troops whose office it
is to act as an imperial guard. As they are all
men or good character, the meaning of the
word "blackguard" will have to be revised In
Eighteen Cincinnati grocers offer their .
customers 3 per cent discount if they will carry
home their purchases. They can afford to do
even be tter than this, as some of them bave to
keep as many as eight horses, wagons and
A fond parent in Massachusetts wishing
to assist his little son to make up a purse for tbe
Fourth, agreed to pay blm 1 cent for every po
tato bug be would capture. At tbe close of the
first day the child had 640 bugs. The father
paid the IS 40. but the contract did not con-
It is slated that a patent has been taken
out to abolish sand in casting pipes. Pipes are
cast 'in super-heated or gas-jacketed metal
molds," and are said to have many good quali
ties. Beyond not being porous tbe pipes are
uniform, sound and true, as if turned or bored
by a lathe.
Twenty-eight iron girders, said to be the
argest ever used, will form a portion of the
new American Museum of Natural History In
New York. Each girder measures about 62
feet in length, and weighs 40,000 pounds. Great '
difficulty was found In their transportation
from the river front to the site of the building.
A New York jeweler has two jewels, ap
parently diamonds, in his window, with the
simple inscription overthem: "Which is genu
ine?" Two young men, after holding a heated
discussion on the question, made the jeweler
the umpire of a wager. Tbe latter was com-
tolled to acknowledge tbat both were genuine.
t was merely an ingenious advertisement.
The Sanitary and General Purposes
Committee of tbe London Council hare been
instructed "to take into consideration the
causes of the fogs which trouble London during
tbe winter months, and tbe increased death
rate during tbeir prevalence, in order to pnt in
force existing powers for dealing with them,
and obtaining increased powers, if necessary."
From Lexington, 111., comes a strange
snake story: Mr. Kennedy, formerly supervisor
and the cashier of tbe Lexington Bank, one
day last week opened the different doors of the
vault, and finally, reaching the cash box opened
tbat, when, to his alarm, a long garter snake
crawled quickly out. The snake was pursued
and killed, and it measured three feet six
inches. It must hare crawled into the cash box
tbe day oeforoandinclosingnp was imprisoned.
The first street railway was operated in
1832 from New York to Harlem. It did not
appear in Boston until 1856. Tbe first "horse
car" line was opened on the Baltimore and
Ohio line prior to the introduction of tbe steam
engine, bnt was not designated as a street rail
way. From a comparatively recent beginning
a vast enterprise has sprang up; to-day there
are 25,000 cars in use in the street of cities in
the United States, requiring the services of
It is said that a prominent merchant on
Clayton street in Athens, Ga has adopted tbe
following novel plan of determining tbe price
of his chickens. He has four coops. In them
he has a half-Inch, a one-inch, an inch and a
half and a two-inch angner hole. All the
chickens be can squeeze through the first he
sella for 10 cents, throueh the second 15 cents.
tbe third 20 cents and the fourth 25 cents. He
Is making money.
A party of young- men, curled and
dressed to visit their girls, were standing in
front of a hotel at Atlanta. Ga-,when a large
roach wriggled out of a crack and perambu
lated across the sidewalk. One of the young
men, who is known to be far from a total ab
stainer, noticed the insect and called his com
panions' attention to it. All looked where
he pointed and then looked at their friend in
an inquiring way, and denied that tbey saw
anything at alt A frightened look came over
the youth's face. He looked doubtfully at tha
roach for a minute and then turned his back
on it and said: "Of course you couldn't see it;
bow could you wben there was no roach there.
I was only joking." Bnt he continued to look
fearfully over his shoulder until the party
broke up. then he went home, sent for a
doctor and swore never to take another drink.
CLIfPED BITS OK WIT.
The wages' of sin is death, and there's no
kick for higher wages. Wtuhing ton Critic
Society is like a pie the upper crust, the
lower crust and the best part. Mng amton Bi
publlcan. It is not good for man to be alone except
when hi wife's millinery bill come In. Then it
is a good thing for the whole family tbat be should
he alone. Burlington Frtt Vrti:
Employer Wben I hired you yon said
yon were a man of regular habits, and here yon
are drunk the first thing.
Employe I am regular. I'm sure to get drank'
twice week. Omaha World.
"I have met this man," said a great
lawyer the other day, 'In a great many places
where I would be ashamed to be seen." And for
a minute he couldn't understand why everybody
laughed so uproariously. Sew Tork Tribrmt,
NEVER OCCURRED UNTIL NOW.
The secret of onr mental pains
Need be no further songht;
When yon consider that the brain
Are often rapped in thought.
Out failures are rockets that lack,
The force to remain in thelrtraek;
When the powder is spent
In the blue Armament,
'Then the stick to tbe earth tumbles back,
Peddler Beg pardon,, ma'am, but I am "
agent for Dr. Feeder's splee root bitters, and l'm..'
sure If the members of your family, would try' ,
tbem they would soon have tha finest app.-.'
jltes . , '
Lady at door (severely) This, sir, la a boarding
house. Stw Xork Wtttlg. ,
Young man Ah I How do, Dick? Is
your sister at homef ,.
Little Dick Which sutsvfthelloeclyonethat's
eoln'tohave all oClta's money, because'
likely to be an old maid, or the pretty one whad
ain't to hare anything f
Young man Umer both of thea. JTtw Fork
Bobby grew Impatient at the table. "Ha
bad been cautioned by his mother to eat sparingly,
and to say thank you" when anything was
pasaed to him. Tbeolderocea demanded ao much
attention that Bobby got very little. Ma," he
wnltperea arter a time, "now can I eat sparingly,
and say thank yon If I don't get anything?"
Some compensating good avilg
Why even fish when woe assails,
Can listen to each other's talis, f
Hear music, for they all have seal r;
Andbe content . " '
(u tug ojLioas
Of quarte-ptnts-that's gUI. '