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PITTSBURG. MONDAY. JULY 8, 18S9L
THE JOHNSTOWN' VEBDICT.
When the iucitement to local feeling is
considered, probably few will feel surprised
at the verdict of the Coroner's jury of Cam
bria county, holding the owners of the South
Fork dam responsible for the Johnstown
disaster. The jurors were necessarily se
lected from the vicinage of the catastrophe.
They were surrounded by the scenes of deso
lation while they were yet hearing the evi
dence. It would be strange if they were
not moved to find as strongly as possible
against those connected with the agency of
destruction. Still, these very circumstances
make the verdict one which the public must
necessarily be the slower to accept for its
own judgment That it bears hardly and
with clear injustice in putting the whole
membership of the South Fork Club under
the condemnation of culpability, a few con
siderations conclusively show. There is no
contention that the affairs of the club were
managed directly by the members. Like
other such organization's, it necessarily en
trusted them to agents. As individuals the
members of the club were at the ill-fated
lake but a small part of each year,
and then trusted their lives and those
of their families to it without expectation
or thought of danger. Some of them had
but recently become members; in one case,
it is alleged, a member never even saw the
lake or attended a meeting of the stockhold
ers. Few, if any of them, were in a posi
tion to know as much respecting the dam,
or the local conditions, as many of the un
fortunate people of Johnstown themselves,
who lived in the shadow of the valley
of death, year alter year, unmoved suffi
ciently by fear or suspicion to take the de
termined steps they surely would have
taken had there been in their own minds
serious apprehension of impending danger.
These ore facts which it is impossible to
ignore. Surely they do not point to culpa
bility on the part of the individual members
of the club.
In dwelling on these facts, which simple
justice to the individuals concerned re
quires should not be lost sight of, we by no
means imply that responsibility nowhere
existed, or that the cause of this or any
other such disaster should be in any way
excused simply on the plea of not having
been foreseen. Seasonable and competent
foresight becomes itself an imperative duty
where the conditions, without it, involve
danger. "Whether this was exercised as to
the dam is the vital point. The Johnstown
people exhibit this terrible disaster as a
demonstration of the insufficiency of the
dam, and bring expert evidence of the in
adequacy of the structure; while, on the be
half of the club, it is contended that a
phenomenal rain-fall, such as was beyond
all human expectation, caused the overflow
and the break. The club, as an organiza
tion, may of course, be legally answerable
for the acts of commission or omission by its
agents. It is not the place of the press to
pass upon the point further raised as
to individual liability of members because of
acts alleged to be ontside of the scope of the
charter. But, whatever the law and the
facts shall prove to be, as bearing on the
question of civil responsibility, the Coroner's
verdict is clearly harsh and untenable in so
far as it imputes culpability to the club
members. That such is its intended import
is to be gathered from the intimation that
criminal prosecutions are in view. Snch
would meet with no favor or support in any
quarter outside of Johnstown, and we rather
think would be soon regretted there.
There has been so much abuse and ex
travagant misrepresentation of the members
of the South Fork Club in papers outside of
Pittsburg mostly demagogic attacks be
cause of their presumed wealth that fair
play, which is due to rich and poor alike,
calls for a just consideration of the facts in
THE GLASS EXCHANGE.
The opening of the glass exchange, or ex
hibition of glass and pottery ware for the
benefit of the trade, this week, testifies by
its enlarged scope and expectations of in
creased business, to the prosperity of one of
Pittsburg's leading industries. The fact
that the exhibit is made by factories outside
the city makes the location and growth of
the annual meeting of manufacturers'gents
and buyers all the more significant as a rec
ognition of Pittsburg's supremacy in that
line. The exchange shows Pittsburg to be
the glasB center, and brings business to our
manufacturers, as well as to participants in
the exhibition. Its increased trade and
good prospects are therefore good news for
Pittsburg in a double sense.
LEGAL AND YET ILLEGAL.
The lawyers of Norristown, finding fees
rather scarce and the general outlook dis
couraging, have put their heads together to
discover a remedy. They think they have
found what they want in making law stu
dents study at least three years, and during
that time devote themselves exclusively to
the study of law, and in compelling lawyers
from other connties who may practice at
the Montgomery bar to take in with them
Xorristown attorneys in the conduct of
Of course the Korristown lawyers want
the world to understand that these rules and
regulations have been made simply to ele
vate the profession. The idea of discour
aging the study of the law and keeping the
practice before the Montgomery county
judges in the hands of the local lawyers
never occurred to them. Sordid motives
cover were known to soil the soul of a
All the same we Invite the barristers of
Korristown to walk discreetly in tl.cir
narrowed paths. The public will not object
as long as one set of lawyers seeks to de
f ii nf IJiifciiiiriii iiiili'-ttii nilii II i1.iliiTltl
prive another set of patronage. The temp,
tation exists, however, whenever a monop
oly is obtained, to squeeze the consumers.
The public consumes the law's services in
Korristown although the law sometimes
consumes the public and we imagine that
if the fees go up two or three hundred per
cent there will be a vigorous kick on the
part of the clients who have to pay. In
short, the danger is that the attorneys of
Korristown, having formed a species of
trust, will take advantage of their position
to extract more than their just dues from
the people. The fate of other trusts ought
to be recited by our esteemed cotemporary,
the Korristown Herald, for the lawyers'
NEW VIEWS ON SFEAE-EASIES.
The views on the "speak-easies," or illicit
liquor saloons, expressed by Captain "Wish
art in an interview elsewhere, present sev
eral interesting points. The opinion that
they are not as numerous as has been sup
posed is comfortable; but it seems that when
it comes to prosecuting them for violations
of the Sunday laws they can be found in
The further declaration that the Depart
ment of Public Safety can suppress them in
a day, if it chooses, seems to call for either
correction on the part of that department
or action to make it choose to do so. The
opinion which has been heard, that the city
is not interested in the maintenance of the
license law, is plainly erroneous. The cityj
derives a revenue from the licenses; ana
evasions of the license laws are, therefore,
an injury to the city revenues, to say noth
ing of the city's duty to enforce statute en
actments. Captain "Wishart's idea that illicit saloops
are not wholly obnoxious is a novel one,
especially from such a source. It is true
that their nature compels them to be con
ducted quietly and secretly. Their cus
tomers must be selected and disorder would
be fatal to them. Cut it remains the fact
that they are violations of the law and are
conducted in defiance of the legal measures
for the regulation and restriction of the
That fact should make their suppression
desired by law-abiding citizens, and es
pecially by those who have organized to up
hold the laws governing the liquor traffic
and the observance of the Sabbath.
The commission constituted by the last
session of the Legislature to take charge of
the soldiers orphans' schools seems to be
going at its work in a business-like way.
It descended upon the Mt. Joy School on
Friday, without a moment's notice, and con
sequently had a good opportunity to see the
regular workings of the school. Its most
serious discoveries were dilapidated build
ings, poor ventilation, overcrowded beds, in
sufficient towels and hairbrushes. This re
sult shows that in this particular institution
the practice of turning charity into money
making has produced nothing more than the
inevitable consequence of stinted accommo
dations. The commission may not be able
to take the other schools so completely by
surprise; but the knowledge that it is liable
to drop in at any time, will probably keep
them all in a state of order that the orphans
PUBLIC DEINKING FOUNTAINS.
The fountains which furnish a drink of
water upon the insertion o'f a penny in the
slot, constituted one of the leading features
of the city yesterday. That they serve a
good purpose was shown by the run upon
them which exhausted the supply of water
at a comparative early hour, and theobylous
fact that neither disorder nor crime resulted
from the use ot their beverages.
The indications are that no attempt will
be made to interfere with the supply of so
necessary a beverage as water in so quiet
and inoffensive a way. This is no less
a necessity than the street cars or Sun
day passenger trains, and make far less
disturbance. If an attempt should be made
to use them for the sale or liquor there is no
doubt that those who put them in operation
could be held responsible. But besides the
probability that the bibulously inclined
would carry off a tank of beer or whisky,
they are plainly nnsuited for that traffic,
except possibly in private club houses. They
are altogether to6 public for illicit selling,
and the licensed dealer who should adopt
that method would veiy promptly lose his
Employed in the sale of pure, cold water
they are an unmixed benefit "We do not
think anyone can be so devoid of care for
the comfort of the public as to seek to stop
a service of such benefit and harmlessness.
VICT0BY MAY BE BABBEN.
The decision rendered last week in the
suit of the Government -against the Bell
Telephone Company, denying the ..defend
ant's motion to restrict the testimony in the
case to the single charge of fraud, consti
tutes a technical victoryfor the prosecution;
but its practical results are somewhat enig
matical. This decision reopens about all
the issues that have been raised against the
validity of the Bell patents, and permits
the whole question to be gone into .as to
whether the patent rightfully and honestly
belongs to Bell and the company should be
maintained for its full term.
This is what The Disf-atch has always
claimed ought to be done, in order that the
adjudication of the case shall be thorough
and conclusive. But the proverbial, leis
urely way in which cases of this sort are
tried, renders it possible that after some
years have been devoted to the investigation
of this point, the case will be decided about
the time that the patents expire. In which
event it will be very satisfactory to learn
that the exorbitant prices which the people
have been paying for the use of telephones
were not justified by law, but that nothing
further can be done about it.
Feom the number of "rising and pros
ous" young towns in "Washington Territory
which have gone up in flame -during the
past few weeks, there is room, for the intima
tion that the territory has been preparing
for the expenses of becoming a State by
realizing on its insurance policies.
"It looks as though the whole of the
newspapers of the United States, from
Dakota to Texas, and from Oregon to Maine,
with the exception of those of "Washington
and Chicago, are of one accord in maintain
ing that Kew York is the place for the great
American Exposition of 1892," remarks the
shining Kew York Sun with double-leaded
brilliancy. True enough, esteemed Sun;
but always with the condition precedent
that you first kill off your Aldermen and
members of the Legislature, and shut up
McAllister, Fish and the rest of the Four
Hundred in idiot asylums. Until that is
done, one centennial of the class illustrated
last spring is enough for the people of the
It is rather remarkable that the railroads
now engaged in cutting each other's throats
have not so far followed their usual jirece
dent of laying it on the inter-State coeimercs
law. It must have penetrated the railway
mind that this particular piece of fiction
was worn threadbare two years ago.
"With respect to the numerous columns
of talk about stamina and determination to
win fame that are to be seen in connection
with the pilgrimage of the professional
toughs to the South, it Inevitably goes in
with the rest of the nonsense. Nevertheless
it is evident enough that the one object
which the pugilists have constantly in view
is furnished by the gudgeons who yield up
the gate money.
Captain Wishabt takes the original
course of speaking rather easy of tho "speak
easies." The three deaths from drowning yester
day among the bathers along the rivers in
dicate that Sunday bathers, like any oth
ers, must take due precautions against dan
ger. Possibly a degree of progress like
that of other cities would furnish free bath
houses and diminish at once the display
and dangers of surreptitious bathing along
tne river banks.
The weather cranks who were moved by
the Johnstown disaster to predict great and
destructive storms for the opening of July
ore now .searching for little whirlwinds to
verify their prophecies. "Old Probs" is the
only weather prophet who, despite occa
sional slips, has not been made a fool by
recent meteorological events.
Geemast and Russia have been accused
of desiring to extend their boundaries; but
both powers have abandoned the field in de
spair since Chicago made its record of an
nexation. Another bank teller, in conjunction
with "Wall street speculation, produces the
natural result of an $18,000 shortage in the
bank's cash. This being as far away as
Hoboken, K. J., it will prove no impedi
ment to those of this locality who desire to
repeat the old dogma that speculation is
"With the present furore at its height, some
enterprising summer theater manager should
catch the patronage of the pugilist-worshipers
by advertising a season of Sullivan's
The announcement of Mayor Grant, of
Kew York, that he "will run the knife into
Governor Hill and give it a twist" promises
lively times in the Empire State. "What
Grant will do for Hill, Hill may do for
Grant. Is it possible thai Kew York poli
tics are to be cleaned up by the mutual knif
ing of its leaders?
The penny-in-a-slot water coolers were a
greater feature than the speak-easies yester
day. Their results, were also much more
PEOPLE OF TEOMINENCE.
TnE father of -Edgar Saltus, the novelist,
sold Louis Napoleon the cuns with which he
won the battle of Solferlno.
Governor Biggs, of Delaware, the largest
peach grower of the Delaware and Maryland
peninsula, said ot the peach crop as he passed
through Philadelphia recently: "The crop this
year will not be much more than the season of
S7, which was about tb00 cars, or about 1,000,
J at Gould's engagements for the day are
scrawlea on a blackboard in bis private office.
Russell Sage scribbles his dally programme in
hieroglyphics on his cuff. John Jacob Astor
keeps tally of his time on the margins of an al
Meissoniek was married on the first day of
the Secretan sale, and probably had little leis
ure to think about his pictures, or be would
have been gratified to observe that the 24
paintincs from his band which figured in the
collection brought the round total of 958,700
francs almost a million.
To-, those persons who are blessed with dis
cerning eyes, says the London World, It has be
come qnite apparent that the Italian papers are
preparing tbe country for the announcement
that tbe Prince of Naples is to marry a Protest
ant and Princess Margaret, of Prussia, the
youngest sister of the Emperor "William, and
goddaughter of the Queen of Italy, is under
stood to be the intended bride.
Tns Empress Frederick receives a jointure
of 10,000 a year from tho Prussian Govern
ment, the fortune left to ber by the Duchess of
Galllera represents upnard of 12,000 a year,
and she has a life interest in the trust estate of
ber husband, besides ber own savings. As the
Empress was always very frugal, and as there
as ever in her mind the prospect that she
might be left a widow while ber father-in-law
was yet alive, in which case her jointure would
havo been very small indeed, she regularly put
aside one-half of ber own separate allowance
ot 8,000 a year, which was granted to her by
Parliament on ber marriage. The Empress
accordingly now enjoys an income of qnite
70,000 a year, and all her children are well pro
FOOLED BY A M0CKINO BIED.
New York Police SlnkefFrnltless Chases
After Block Police Call.
New York; July 7. One of the residents of
a tall tenement in West Thirteenth street
nearly opposite Capt ReUly's station house,
recently secured a fine mocking bird. At night
be fills tbe air with variegated melody and im
itations of all sorts of queer sounds that he
hears in the busy neighborhood. One pecul
iarity of the bird ie the rapidity with which it
learns and. reproduces new sounds. The Cap
tain and Sergeants sit on the station stoops on
pleasant summer nights listening with delight
to the bird's wondrous vocalization.
Tbe other night a policeman's private call
floated ont on the night air near the station
house The private call is two prolonged
whistles, twice repeated. Policeman George
WTReid, the policeman who nearly brained an
Innocent Maltese kitten with bis night stick,
under tbe impression that It was a big rat
dashing out of the station house, came running
down Thirtieth street breathlessly from Sixth
"Did yon call. Sergeant?" he cried, hailing
Sergeant Sheldon, who was standing in the
"No. l didn't" the Sergeant replied, when
the call rang out again distinctly.
"It must have been the roundsman," the pa
trolman replied, and started toward Seventh
avenue on tbe run. He came back in a few
minutes with a disgusted look on his face.
"It's that darned mocking bird," lie growled;
"that's tbe fourth policeman he has fooled;
I'm getting tired of it"
Tbe wbistie rings ont on the night air with
unfailing regularity now, and it is one of the
practical jokes of the station for a sergeant to
assign a new man to the post for a while to
watch tbe promptness with which the bird's
call will bring him flying down the street
During tbe last few nights the mocking bird
has tackled the job of trying to Imitate the
thud of a night stick on the pavement As yet
the peculiar sound seems to be too complicated
.for nlm. Bat everybody who has heard an ex
hibition of his mastery of sound combinations
believes that he will get there before he is touch
nil Mind Had Changed, Too.
From Harper's Bazar.
"Professor, I's 'bout come to de conclusion
dat you's trifln' wid me. Heah we bean 'gaged
mo'nceben yeah now."
"Yes, Missus Wubbleby; but you'a prob'iy,
'ware dat de physiology stato dat de human"
body change once cber seben yeah; so 'cordin',
to sclonce I hain't de same person wot mek dat
gagement wid yoV x
"Yes, out de mln' don't change ef de body
"Waalmy min's changed."
A New Tobacco Outer.
Ashevillc, N. C, is looming up as a leaf
tobacco marker, although a comparatively niw
intlustiv there. Within tho past ulna months
4,045,815 pounds nf leaf tobacco were sold in tho
warehouses at Asbevillefor JH0.5Q3, an average
of a fraction over S10 per 100 pounds. This Is a
large Increase over the previous year, despite
the fact that last year's crop was cut down
nearly one-fourth by the frost which came npon
ft about the middle of September!
TDEPEESIDENT'8 COTTAGE. f
Where Mr. Harrison nnd tbe Grandchil
dren Will Pa the Summer.
Dees Park, Md., July 7. The little sage
green, red-roofed, 12-roomed structure, which
will hereafter bo pointed out as President
Harrison's cottage, Is two and a half stories
high, with artistic gables. It has a frontage of
40feetandis entered from a spacious piazza,
upon which open three long windows, without
hall or ante-rooms. The parlor, which is the
largest room. In the house, takes in the entire
width of the building, and is entered directly
from the veranda. It is supplied with a great
fireplace, built in the middle wall. The floors
are covered with sew matting and the walls
with buff papering. The furniture, of green
rep, has been reinforced by a nnmber of easy
wicker rockers and lounges, which lend an air
of luxurious leisure. Off the parlor, in a wing
of the building, is an apartment which has
been devoted to tbe use of the President as a
llbratv. The dining room is of good size, fur
nished in red, and adjoining is the kitchen.
On the second floor are four bed chambers,
and overhead, nnder the roof, are rooms for
tne use of the servants. The floors of tbe
other rooms are laid with matting, and bamboo
furniture predominates. In order to add to
the comfort of the inmates, awnings have been
placed at all of the windows.
The grounds In the immediate vicinity of the
neat little structure have been beautified by
the hand of skill and taste, tbe florist of the
Executive Mansion having been sent up
specially to put the exterior appearance in be
coming garb of floral beauty. Tho cottage,
which is the property of ex-United States
SenatorHenry G. Davis, tbe railroad and min
ing magnate of the surrounding region and
proprietor of vast landed possessions in West
Virginia, was placed at tho disposal of the
President by the proprietor immediately after
Ins inauguration. Having been the guest of
Senator Davis during his Senatorial term, tbe
President was familiar with the natural ad
vantages of the locality In fine scenery, good
water and bracing air. He also has agreeable
society among tbe families of Mr. S. B. Elklns,
son-in-law of ex-Senator Davis, and others who
occupy their own cottages m the neighborhood
of tbe hotel. The .region around affurdS ad
mirable facilities for hunting, fishing and
It is the present purpose of the President to
have Mrs. Harrison and the children remain in
this mountain retreat until September. JIo
will pass Sundays with them and possibly
other days during the week when the heated
term is at its height but will be in Washing
ton a portion of every week.
ANOTHER NEW IDEA.
A Plnn to Make Use of Worn-Oat nnd Dis
Special Telegram to The Dispatch.
Washington, July 7. Mr. C E. Creecy, of
the Pneumatic Gun Carriage Company, has a
plan for using tbe old monitors belonging to
the Government for coast defense vessels, and
will ask the nex,t Congress for money to carry
it out There are 13 of these old monitors, and
as they now are they are almost useless.
Their armor is too light tc be ot any
use against modern guns, and when it was
proposed to make their armor thicker it was
discovered that the additional weight would
sink them, so that plan was abandoned, and
there seemed to be nothing else to do but to sell
them for old iron. They cost about 5200,000
each, and tbe loss would be heavy. Now Mr.
Creecy proposes to take off their turrets en
tirely, and put two large cannon, each upon a
disappearing carriage, in tho hull. These guns
are to be sighted and aimed by means of mir
rors, and that and all the operations of loading
and working the gun will be done down below
the water line.
When tbe gun is ready to fired it is to be
hoisted by pneumatic power, fired and brought
back by its own recoil to the original position,
the entire process requiring about three sec
onds time. The guns, of course, san be re
volved so that there will be an all round fire.
The only target offered for an enemy
to fir at Is the gun, as it rises
to be fire, and that will be visible
for only three seconds. If a cannon was filed
at it, by the time tbe ball reached it the gun
would no longer be there. It would be like tbe
water fowl known to sportsmen as the "hell
direr," which dives quicker than a rifle ball
travels, and was never shot when it was in good
health. Mr. Creecy has protected his plan by a
caveat, and has Interested some prominent
officers of the army and navy, who believe tbat
it is feasible.
EXTINCTION OF THE BISON.
How tbe American Buffalo Were Ruthlessly
Shot Down by Millions.
Dr. Carver In the Kansas City Times, 1
As the Indians hunted them, the race of
bison would probably have lasted forever, but
about lbC6 the white men turned their attention
to the shaggy monsters of the plains. Large
Eastern firms organized hunting parties and
paid the shooters $2 GO for each bison where he
lay dead on the plains. I then went to Southern
Nebraska and became a professional hunter.
The bison consisted of two large divisions, the
one living in the South and the other in the
North. Their only common feeding ground
was along the Republican river and its
branches in Nebraska. The Indians were well
anareof this fact and hostile tribes have had
man v a fight for tbat territory. It was not un
til 1S73 that the Government put an end to this
by sending the Pawnees South and the Sioux
to their Northern reservation.
Like a herd of cattle, the bison are always on
the go, and are apt to walk out ot rifle range in
ashert time. In moving, however, they al
ways have a leader, and the trick was to kill
any one that started to lead the others off. By
thus killing the leaders we could often shoot
for an hour from behind one clump of grass,
and when they bad moved out of range the
skinners would come up, cut the hide in the
ordinary way lor skinning, tie tbe animal's
head to a stake, bitch a team 'of horses to the
hide, and jerk it off. No one will ever know
what immense numbers of bison were killed by
these hide-hunters, but to my certain knowl
edge 3,000,000 bides were shipped from the
bank of tbe Frenchman river in one winter. At
the close of tbat winter a man could go along
the banks of the Frenchman for 50 miles by
simply Jumping from the carcass of one bison
to another. Now a few old circus animals
represent the great herds,
THE BOSTON LEATES NEW I0EK.
Off for Philadelphia to Tow the Amphitrite
New York, July 7. Those who have become
familiar with a steel vessel painted white, hav
ing a formidable appearance and long, ugly
looking muzzles of cannon protruding from ber
sides as she lay in the East river, opposite
Twenty-sixth street were surprised yesterday
to find ber gone. She weighed anchor without
any announcement and went down tbe bay'and
cutslde Sandy Hook late on Thursday after
noon. This was the cruiser Boston, and ber
present mission is a peaceful one. notwith
standing her hurried departure. She has gnno
to Philadelphia to tow the monitor Amphitrite
to the Norfolk Navy Yard, where her recon
struction is to be completed. This will be a
boon to the mechanics of tbat part of tbe coun
try, as $500,000 is to be spent on her, a large por
tion of it in labor.
At present she Is but a shell with the ma
chinery In place, and the work to be done on
her will consist of the placing of two turret;,
armor, guns, decks, furniture, spars, boats, etc
The transfer of the Amphitrite to Norfolk ex
plodes tbe Insinuation that Secretary Tncy is
"terribly prejudiced" against having any naval
work done there, and he has been assured tbat
there are mechanics there available for any
kind of work. It was not possible to have the
Amphitrite completed at League Island be
cause of the lack of facilities there for ship
building, and Secretary Tracy intends bringing
the matter to tho attention of Congress. The
Boston is ordered to return here alter com
pleting ber present service, and she will prob
ably be back in about a week.
AN EQDINE HEK0.
Dixie, the Teteran War Horse of the South
ern Army, Still Alive.
Louisviixe. July 7. At Sadieville, in this
State, there Is a horse which was ridden to bat
tie at Cbancellorsville, tbe Wilderness. Appo
mattox, and in a number of the other great
encounters of the civil war. He served in the
Southern army, and was quite appropriately
named Dixie. James Devers of Sadieville was
bis owner and rider, and those who knew Dixie
say there never was a better war horse. He was
not afraid of artillery or small arms, and even
now in bis old age pricks up bis ears and
prances around when he hears the sound of ex
ploding powder. After tbe war Mr. Devers
traded-bim to W. E. Bates, who has since used
him as a riding and farm horse. Dixie was 4
vcars old when tbe war began, and therefore is
now 32. Ha has done some light plowing this
spring. His eyesight Is good, but he cannot
DItten by a Knttler.
Birmingham, Ala July 7. Mrs. E. W.
Barber, an old lady living six milts-out was
bitten by a rattlesnake yesterday while out In
ber garden gathering plumr. Sbo had knocked
some plums iroin the tree and was In the act Of
stooping dow n to gather them from the ground
when the snake bit her on the finger, bbe im
mediately became very tick, ana has since laid
totally blind and Swollen beyond all recogni
tion. She has been heavily dosed wltltwblslry
and all other known remedies, butcher life Is
ucsjjaiicu ua. r
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MONDAY, JULY 8,
GOSSIP FROM TfliJCAPITAL.
Fred Douglass' Wealth Colo. vd Men Who
Own Lnrse Blacks of ValaakSo Heal Es
tate The New Marshal of the kNstrlct
Phelps nnd Ills Friends.
fconnzsroNDENCE or tiie dispatch. .
WAsnrNQTON, July 6. Fred Douglass, U)
recently appointed Minister to Haytl, Is not
only the most famous, but be is one of the
wealthiest colored men in the United States.
His wealth is estimated at $300,000. There are
a great manv wealthy colored men In Washing
ton. Mostot them made their money in real
estate speculation. They used the wages which
they recalved to buy land in the northwest sec
tion of the city, which a few years ago was re
garded as the least desirable residence section
of the city. When the tide of immigration set
in toward the northwest section these colored
people were sensible enough to hold on to what
they had and wait for the rise in price. In thi3
way many colored men gathered together
f0,000 and $15,000 and even $25,000. One of the
messengers on Newspaper Row is worth $20,0UU,
tho result of investing his little earnings in real
A great many colored people own property
on Sixteenth street, tbe broad thoroughfare
wbich leads out from the White House and
Lafayette square to the Boundary. It Is des
tined to be the most ponular and f abionabIe
of the residence streets of the city. Now, bow
ever. It Is disfigured by a great many
small houses, almost hovels, which stand be
side the tall and graceful structures recently
erected and detract greatly from their desira
bility as residences. Little stores and even sa
loons mar the beauty of the street. All of
these are tbe property of colored people, who
are holding them tor hlgbetprices. 1 hey will
get their price sooner or later, for the presence
of these houses on the street lesseus the value
of other property.
The Whirligig of Time.
Mr. Douglass owns a residence opposite
Washington. There is a history snrrounding
it It was once owned by a man who hated tho
-colored race so thoroughly that ho would not
sell anything to a colored man. Mr. Douglass
did not make his money in real estate. He
made most of It in the office of the Recorder of
Deeds of the District of Columbia over which
he presided for many years. Mr. Douglass bad
a great manv of his relatives in that office, and
when President Cleveland came In the Doug
lass family was exceedingly well to do. The
other negroes appointed to office by this ad
ministration are comparatively wealthy. Rob
ert Smalls, the ex Congressman, now tollector
of Customs at Beaufort S. C, is considered a
wealthy man among the people of his race.
John R. Lynch, the Fourth Auditor of tho
Treasury, who was temporary chairman of the
Chicago Convention of 188 1, is quite rich and
owns a fine plantation in Mississippi. Another
wealthy colored man is Geo. W. Williams,
who is the author of a history of the colored
race. He Is said to bo worth $10,000. John M.
Langston, who was Mr. Douglass' predecessor
at Havti, under former Republican administra
tions, is thought to be worth 73,000.
Of wealthy negroes elsewhere. Dr. Gloster,
who died a few j ears ago, left nearly $1,000,000.
John X. Lewis, a Boston tailor, does a business
every vear which Is reckoned up in the hun
dred thousands. Robert Gordon, of Cincin
nati, who died not many years ago, was tbe
proprietor of a great deal of improved real
estate. The list could be enlarged almost In
definitely. There are more than 100 colored
men in the District of Columbia alone whose
wealth is rated above 525,000.
Hnrrlson Remembered His Friend.
Daniel H. Ransdell, the new Marshal of the
District of Columbia, is awarm personal friend
of tbe President with whom he has been
associated socially and politically for many
years. A friend of Mr. Ransdell told me the
other night that he thought that General Har
rison owed his election to the Presidency as
much to Dan Ransdell as he did to any man.
Ransdell organized the Republioansof Indiana,
and particularly of Indianapolis and Marion
county, as much as 12 years ago. and through
his Individual effort, moro than any other in
fluence, tbe organization was maintained, and
grewBtronger and stronger each year. Tbe
President is not unappreclative of personal
favors, and be has shown his appreciation of
Dan Ransdell by giving himoneottbepleas
antest positions within his gift. Tbe Marshal
of the District has many duties of a social
nature to perform. Before the time of Presi
dent Cleveland ,Jt was the Marshal or the Dis
trict who made the presentations at the Whito
House receptions. He bad general charge of
these receptions and acted as a sort ot groom
of tbe second floor front.
Under President Cleveland the presentations
at tho receptions were made by Colonel Wil
son, tbe Superintendent of Public Grounds.
Colonel Wilson will probably go to West Point
to succeed tbe officer in charge. He will be
much missea from social and army circles in
Washington. His place will be hard to fill.
Not tbat Colonel Wilson made himself invalu
able by a phenomenal recollection of the names
of those presented at the public receptions. It
is tbe invariably experience of those who pre
side at these affairs that tbey forget the names
of their most intimate friends in the monotony
of hearing and repeating the names of
Phelps nnd Blnlne.
There were not many people surprised at the'
appointment of Mr. Fbelps to be Minister to
Germany, because it had been predicted for
some time before it was made. To those who
were at the Chicago convention a year ago it
emphasized vividly the changes that have taken
place within a year. One year ago the friends
of Mr. Blaine were engaged in violently exe
crating Mr. Phelps and satisfying their desire
for revenge by defeating him in tbe race for
the Vice Presldental nomination, for which he
was a strong- candidate. Senator Ingalls'
famous letter about "some fellow like Phelps"
bad injured the chances of the man
from New Jersey, but he signed bis
own DOlitical death warrant in that
convention when he cabled to Mr. Blaine
to preventtbe consummation ot tbe plan wbich
had been, formed for tho nomination of the
Maine statesman. I sat just in front of the
presiding officer in that convention when Har
rison was nominated, and tho air was filled
with cheers for tbe successful candidate. Two
or three of Mr. Blaine's best friends stood near
me. 1 asked one of them who would be the candi
date for the Vice Presidency. He replied that
It would be Mr. Morton. I asked him if Mr.
Phelps was not a dangerous man.
"Phelps!" he replied, with several profane
ejaculations to emphasize his remarks. "No;
confound him. He prevented Blaine's nomina
tion. We would have nominated Blaine If it
had not been for those two cable messages
which Boutelle read to the convention. And if
it had not been for Mr. Phelps cabling Mr.
Biaine and calling on him not to allow his
honor' to be sacrificed by his friends in tbe
convention, those messages would never have
been sent Phelps has nothing to expect from
any Blaine man in this convention."
And yet the present preferment of Mr.
Phelps is attributed to tho good offices of Mr.
Blaine and not to the President Perhaps Mr.
Phelps knew better than the friends of Mr.
Blaine what the man from Maine wanted.
John C Kew Was n Fishier.
Captain William M. Meredith, the new Chief
of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, was
a member of the old volunteer fire companies
in Indianapolis before the war.
"John C. New, our Consul General at Lon
don, was a member ot the old company," said
tbe Captain. "In those davs the proudest
honor of tbe fireman was to be the first man at
the engine honse after the alarm. Tbe first
man there had the privilege of running to the
fire at tbe head o' his company, and nf holding
tbe nozzle of the hose at the fire. We always
had a fight with some rival company at the
fire. John C. New was one of the best fighters
we haoV'i. O'Brien Bain.
Gossip of Courts.
Queen Cliristina'of Spain, we are told, at the
time of her marriage was an angular, hard
faced, repellant woman, whose manners of
fended those who approached her. But her
passionate desire that her baby son shall in
herit his father's throne has altered her whole
character. She is gracious and friendly; has
acquired fine tact, and her manners are now as
charming as they were once unpieasing. She
has subjugated tbe haughty grandees of Spain
and made them myal"to their little King by her
direct personal influence alone. Every day is a
new battle for her boy; and sojfar she has won
Tbe Czarina ot Russia, several months ago,
with her husband and children, was in a rail
way train which was wrecked by conspirators.
For some time she thought her oldest son was
killed. The result was that for a time her
mind,was affected; the dead boy was constantly
Tbe Empress of Austria, it Is rumored)
owing to tbe sniciae of hereon, has lost her
The Queen of Sweden has long.been an in
valid from sonio obscure disease. She Is ex
tremely fond ot music, and ber happiest hours
are those when her sons sing to her.
The most touching s.tory which comes out of
the court surroundings Is that of tbe Duchess
of Cambridge, aunt of Queen Victoria, who
has just died at an extreme old age. Her son,
who Is over. 70 years old, invariably came twice
a day to sit by ber bedside abd entertain her
with f amIly.gossip. He never left her without
bending bis white head tbat she might lay her
hand upon it In blessing.
I A Cure for Tattoo Mnikt.
lnhas generally been supposed tbat tattoo
manes are ipdelible. A writer In the Hevue
Bdmtiflque has, however, just given a recipe
for the Tmoval.of these tinsigbtly adornments.
Tannin and nitrate of silver 4 are the, principal
HgCUMS IU UVSklUJJU UKlllt
A BEAS0N FOR THE FOURTH.
An Atlanta Colored Mao Explains It to an
Atlanta Journal, j
On another stand was a long pan in which
was an old-time gineercake.'blacklsh brown in
j color, and smelling loudly of soda and sorghum.
When the rain came, the tent leaned aDove
tne pan. t
The ginger cake began swelling, and in half
an hour it had risen so high that it looked like
a single wardrobe of mahogany laid on its back
on the shelf.
A regular Fourth of July darkey stood gazing
sorrowfully upon the risen mass of 'spiled"
He was an old man, a sage among his people.
He wore the regulation black suit second
handed and faded, while his bead was adorned
by a broken down beaver hat that had done
service in ante belluin days;
Tbe old man sighed very audibly as a Jour
nal reporter came up. . . .
"What's the matter, old manT" asked the
"Ha! Lawd, boss, I hates ter see all dat
sweetnin' stuff sp'lled, an hit da fofe er July,
"Do you know what the Fourth of July isT"
"Who.meT In course I does. Hits de open
in' erde watermllllon season, an' de fokes lays
off a day ter git a good taste."
"Why do the colored people celebrate HT"
"'Cause de white fokes selerbrate hit."
"Well, wbv did tho-white folks first start
"Well, dat was 'fore my time. You swine
back too fur me, boss. But l'se hear 'em tell
how dey cum ter start de fofe er July."
"Well, efl'se up on de Bible, hit wuz 'Dout
de time Moses wuz 'lected fust President er
dese Nunited States."
"No, you are a little off there; it wasn't
"Well, wot wuz de eemmen's name!"
Don't Ton lrnnur ltr
"Course I knows it but I can't 'member de
uaroo rue now.
"Was it Abe Lincoln:"
"Yasser, he de man. My grandpa wuz wid
him when he rid across de Chattahoocbe riber
In de batteau an' grandpa catch ed de bigges'
catfish offln de trot line dat Mister Llnkun eber
seed, an ho gib him a silver dollar fur hit an'
my ole lady's got de dollar now. Yasser, das
de reezm dey selebrates de fofe."
Just then another shower came up and the
old darkey hobbled off to take shelter under
one corner of a friendly tent
There are many negroes in town to celebrate
tbe Fourth with no other idea of what it is than
the one interviewed above. They know it is a
day of rest ginger cakes, apple pies, red lemon
ade and soda water, and that is sufficient for
GHOOLT KHAN'S BAD BREAKS,
How the Resigned Persian Astonished So
ciety In Wabhlngton.
Washington, July 7. When Ghooly Khan
arrived here he was taken up by society and
made much of. Ho was inclined to be very
genial. His nature seems to be possessed of
more levity than tho average Oriental, and the
men about town voted him unanimously a good
fellow. Ghooly Khan became a rounder in
Washington, and unfortunately became pos
sessed of the Idea that it was the proper society
caper, and that what he heard at the places he
visited was the language of the best society.
This canted trouble. For instance, when he
told his hostess on a certain occasion to "wipe
off her chin," and suggested to bis hoit that he
"pnll down his vest" his entertainers appeared
uncomfortable. On another occasion, when he
told the lady of tbe house at which be was a
visitor to "come off" and "not makesomuoh
noise." there was consternation all around him.
At a reception at Secretary Whitney's one
evening, when be told tbe accomplished wife
of the Secretary of the Navy that he thought
she was "too fresh," an extraordinary sensa
tion pervaded tbe surroundings.
A few weeks later, at a party given by the
Secretary of State, when Hassein Ghooly told
one pf the Misses Bayard to "Kiss me sweetly,
baby dear," society people thought it was time
to draw the line. Still tbe Persian representa
tive was tolerated for some time longer. But
about last January, when the social season was
fairly open and a great gathering was convened
in tho parlors of a distinguished Senator, the
representative of tbe Shah took hold of tho
nose of the wife of the Senator and said:
"What a of a bugle you have." it was con
sidered to be ample time to cut Ghooly Kban,
and he was forthwith cut Since then he has
been completely cut from all social connec
tions at the capital. His social call are met
with the invariable announcement "not at
home." Hassein Ghooly Kban tumbled to tbe
racket after a time, and tbe cold shoulder ot
society made him sad and peevish. As a result
be resigned his place and is preparing to quit
tbe country, but he makes as an excuse tbe
comments of the American press on himself
and his imperial master. Ghooly Khan will be
missed. We never had a diplomate in this
country like him and may never have again.
SOMETHING-IS WE0NG. .
ThePabllo Printing Employes Will Not Get
Leave of Absence With Pay.
CsrXCIAI. TELXGKAX TO TUB DISPATCH.!
Washington. July 7. There Is a very un
pleasant feeling In tbe Government Printing
Office over the f act that by some mismanage
ment prior to Mr. Palmer's appointment, the
money appropriated for the leaves of absence
of employes has been partially used for some
other purpose; consequently none of the em
ploye; will be able to secure their full 30
dajs' leave with pay, and the clerical force is
now engaged in allotting the time which can bo
granted. The pro rata pay which is due to
clerks who have not taken their leave, and
wbich is legally due tbem, cannot be paid m
full, owing to the exhaustion of tbe fund.
The employes do not know yet whether tbey
will get 25 or 10 per cent or what the propor
tion will be. Mr. Palmer is doing everything
in his power to straighten out tbe matter in
the employes' favor. In tho meantime the em
ployes tro wondering why a fund set apart by
Congress for their annual leaves should havo
been encroached upon. It is stated that many
employes belpca to exhaust tbe fund by stay
ing several days beyond the limit allowed by
law and receiving pay for the extra time.
MAJOR AEMES' MEDAL.
He Aceepts It la n Letter Combining;
Tlinnks and Baldness.
Special Tcleirram to The Dispatch.
Washington. July 7. Major George A.
Amies, who received a gold medal from 100
Pittsbnrgers for "pulling Governor Beaver's
nose," has sent tho following diplomatic and
Washington; July 5, 1883.
To John F. Blair, Treasurer:
Dear Sin-Baring received the heantliul sold
medal donated and sent to me by 100 of your citi
zens, I accept the same as their approval of the
letter I sent General James A. Dearer. March 15,
1883. Uclnjr a real estate brcker, the honorable
Secretary of War extended mv limit's outride the
city of Washington to 60 miles. While under,
jroinp my sentence as commoted by the President
this affords me an opportunity to give some bar
pains to those who apply tome for houses, lots or
farms. Ueoi:ge a. Ar.uts.
SELLING TO THE BIXDICATK
Indianapolis Breweries About to Pass Into
the Hands of Englishmen.
Indianapolis, July 7. The three breweries
of this city are about to pass into the hands of
the syndicate which has made so many pur
chases in this country, and the deal may be said
to have been consummated. Several weeksago
an agent of the syndicate was here and in
spected tbe property, and made each of tbo
broweries an offer. This was followed by a re
quest for their books, and these for two years
bacK wero sent by express to New York. To
day a reply came tbat the inspection was per
fectly satisfactory, and it is believed tbat the
terms of tho owners will now be accepted, and
tbat the property will pass to the ownership ot
Nebraska After Cotton Mill.
The citizens of Kearney, Neb., which has a
population of 10,000, havo undertaken to raise
$250,000 as a subsidy for an Eastern cotton
manufacturing company to remove Its extensive
plant to Kearney. In two days $181,000 was
secured. It will be Nebraska's first cotton
mill, and tbe Kearneyites are enthusiastic over
A Nobby Uniform. '
The equerries and all tho male members of
the royal household wboarn in waiting when
the Queen is residing at Windsor aro now
under imperative orders always to array them
selves in that hideous Windsor uniform which
is the sole monument of the creative genius of
HER PRAYER WAS ANSWERED.
"Ob, where have yon been, my pretty mala?"
"To tbe morning service, sir," she said.
"Did you enjoy It my pretty maid!"
"I did, indeed, kind elr,'" she said.
"And what was the text my pretty maid?"
"I didn't hear It, sir," she said.
"And what did they sing, my pretty maid?"
"I cannot tell you, sir,"' she said,
"Then why did It please yon, my pretty maid?'
"My prayer was answered there," she said.
Z "And whatwas the asswez to yourprayer?"
"Mine was the prettiest bonnet there.'.
, ' Omahi Bee.
A GREAT SUNDAY PAPER.
The Leading; Features of the Slxtcen-Fnge
Dispatch of Yesterday.
The Sundat Dispatch contained an
amount of excellent news matterand literature
that would once have proven an astonishment
to the public, which, however, has become so
accustomed to the superiority of this gem of
Sunday journals that it would now be surprised
by anything but the highest quality. Tbe cable
dispatches gave a racy and interesting account
of the doings of tbe Persian Sbah In London,
of bis diamonds and of his reasons for now ab
staining from eating In public or at banquets
given in his honor. Tbe great gold-field of
Johannesberg. in South Africa, is alsoaescrlbed
by a gentleman familiar with it From Johns
town cdmes the news of the fixing of the re
sponsibility -for the great fatality by the Cam
bria county Coroner's jury on the South Fork
Fishing Club. A bloody riot growing out of a
strike of laborers at Dulntb, Is described, and a
telegram from Reading tells that discontent
has been caused among the workingmen there
by an order issued by President Corblu that
none who will not renounce all connection with
labor organizations shall be employed
at the Reading Iron Works. Carter town
ship, in Huntingdon county, is very
much excited by a romantic talo of burled
treasure. Washington dispatches tell ot the
threatened resignation of Assistant Secretary
Bacheller, of the Treasury, and of wives as
"their husbands' private secretaries. Long
urancb furnishes the sensational incident or a
wife horsewhipping her husband in a public
street In addition to this there are a host of
minor Incidents and happenings interestingly
The coming fight between Sullivan andKil
raln Is the great topic tbat excites the sporting
world and, in fact, everybody, including those
who have no love for brutal exhibitions of that
kind, and persistently and consistently con
demn them. All that skilled investigators
could learn of the preparations for the pugi
listic encounter and tbe possibility of interrup
tion are told in the special dispatches from
New Orleans. The reception the New Orleans
people are giving the fistic gladiators, the bet
ting on the outcome, the talk and the' gossip
and all the happenings of Interest are well told.
On pages 7 and 11 general sporting events are
fully reported. Pringle's Weekly Review cov
ers the whole field In tbe usual inter
esting style of the writer, while the
manner in which the home nine gave a game
to the New York Giants is described scientifi
cally. Tbe other games of the day are also
accurately reported, with interesting gossip
from Washington and Cleveland. The coming
of White and Rowe, the manner in which
huntress won the Washington Park race at
Chicago and interesting news and gossip round
out a complete and remarkable journal of
The columns of The Sundat Dispatch de
voted to news of a purely local character tell
how a reporter viewed Saturday's ball game
through a telescope. Scenes and Incidents as
thus viewed are reproduced in excellent illus
trations. The new "drop-a-coin-ln-tha-slof
machine is described, with the manner in
which it furnishes drinks, and the reporter who
found it tells how the redoubtable "Milk
Shake" Martin hopes by the use of the inven
tion to defeat Cantaln Wisbart Tbe work of
an Italian with his home-made stiletto is told
by a writer who. In the same connection de
scribes Splane Court and its fighting foreign
residents. Senator Gobin, who is In the
cltv,tells something of the plans of the Soldiers'
Orphans' School Commission. Another writer
tells of the proper time to bathe, and the trial
of Frank Aldricb, charged with bunkoing, oc
cupies another's pen. The Allegheny bribery
charges, the verdict of the Coroner's jury in
the case of the boy killed by whisky and the
story of the search for bodies of those drowned
In the Connoqnenesslng are only a few of the
things tbat crowd these columns with matter
of absorbing Interest
In the second part of the paper Frank J.
Carpenter describes some interesting pbases of
life in Egypt The picturesque features ot
gay Narragansett are touched lightly by
"Kamera." In "The Music World" the growth
of the Mozart Club, of this city, is the leading
feature, while matters of almost equal interest
are told more, briefly. "Comic Opera of Old"
and his own experiences of tbe shifts, expedi
ents and hard work are told about by W. H.
Crane. Blakely Hall's letter on the servants
of England's nobility lets In light on a peculiar
class. Ernest Heinnch's fairy tale entitled
'Froth for the Fool," will prove Interesting to
both ljig and little. Clara Belle's description
of women in railroad accidents, and of English
railway travel. Bill Nye's interview with a
hotel bell boy, and the habits and haunts of a
woodcock are other fine features. Maurice
Thompson's story, "In Love's Hands," is an
exqnisite romance of tbe days when the French
and the Spaniards fought each other in what
are now our Southern States. Among many
other entertaining features are those excellent
writings, designed, however, more for instruc
tion than entertainment, "The Difficult Task,"
from the pen of Rev. George Hodges: "Every
day Science" and "Sunday Thoughts on Morals
and Manners." Peregrine Quill has an inter
esting column on a variety of popular games.
Among the illustrations is a reduced copy of
Millet's famous picture. "The Angelus," which
was sold In France last week for 553,000 francs,
br about $110,000. Space fails to tell of all the
Killed by a Rattlesnake.
Pembebton, Pa.. July a While Mrs. Sarah
Betcher, Miss Maria Setchel, John Betcher,
Herm.-fh Betcher and James Sampson were
gathering whortleberries In the swamps about
three miles south of this place yesterday, they
were attacked by a large rattlesnake, and be
fore the party could get safely out of Its reach,
Sampson, a young man 20 years of age, was
bitten on the leg by the snake. The party
hastered to their home, which is a small cabin
built In tbe woods back of tbe swamp, and
medical aid was sent for, but tbe young man
died In great agony before the doctor arrived.
PAKIS EXHIBITION X0TES.
Tub mot striking feature of the Edison
exhibit at Paris is a series of 100 charts and dia
grams illustrating tbe growth and development
of all the great electrician's Inventions.
After a holiday night at the exhibition, the
damage done to the grounds, flowers and shrubs
included, is estimated at 8.000 francs, the
amount of admission fees for 10,000 visitors.
Duking the first 14 days of June upward of
2,000,000 visitors passed through tho wickets of
the Paris Exposition. Such success ought to
be a strong temptation to New York to hold a
world's exposition In 1894
Public attention is still directed to the Cairo
street of tbe exposition. Tbe other day It was
"Syrian syrup" ot a deleterious character
wbich nearly poisoned six people who bad
imbibed it Now the hue and cry has been
raised by tbe sudden disappearance of one of
the almees or "Oriental dancing girls." whose
voluptuous undulations attracted numerous
The International Theater at the exhibition
is now completed, and only waiting for tbe
electric light which was promised to be In
readiness a week ago. The theater is capable
of holding 2,500 persons, and has been com
pleted by Mr. Seymour Wade in the short
space of 35 days from the signing of tbe con
tract at a cost of 8,000. The Parisians cannot
understand how an Englishman managed to
obtain the concession, and are astonished at
the Idea of a foreigner building a theater in
Under tbe bead of vital statistics, the ex
hibition has to record tbe death of one exhibit,
a native from the Congo. He died close to his
own wigwam, but was not buried under his
kitchen floor. He had what the Hugolaters
would call a "pauper's funeral." He died In
tho hospital of consumption, and at tbe re
quest of his fellow-Congnllas, a postmortem
examination was made, and they were allowed
to examine and conclude tbat be did not fall a
victim to any white man's sorcery. De Brazza
was one of tbe (pallbearers; the king of the
Belgians was not represented.
The exhibition closes at night in tho follow
ing manner: Tho Rates are all shut at 10.30
o'clock, p. x., when tho cannon on the Eiffel
Tower is fired at that hour to announce the
fact At 11:15 o'clock, two drummers beat the
tattoo In the gardens, while 200 policemen and
50 municipal guard;, carrying lanterns
gradually clear tbe crowd off tho grounds
toward tbe Jena bridge, where tho only exit is
found. By 11:30 o'clock tbe exhibition Is
empty, and all trespassers found Inside after
that hour are arrested. Policemen patrol tne
place all night and firemen hold themselves In
readiness to start at any moment should an
aiarm oe given.
CURIOUS COHDEKSATIOKS. -
A large cave has been discovered near
Las Cruces, N. M tbe Interior of which fat
lined with veins of almost pure silvers
About a week's association with
threshing machine will pitch a farmer's voica
fully an octave bigher, as all town folks know.
St Louis raited the money to forward
the stranded chorus girls to Chicago rather
than support them at the Home for Aged
Women. .' -,.".
Brooklyn has a German resident who
plays on a 50 silver cornet a $58 French horn,
an SIS flute, a S3 piccolo, a $25 drum, a'10Pfr
of cymbals and a S20 violin. - "?
According to the society editor ofj a
Clinton (Mo.) paper tbe maid of honor at a re
cent wedding at that place wore a cream surah
silk dress with an empire sash aud a "surplus,,,
waist . ""
The record shows that 150,000 strangers
pass the night in New York 3G5days in every
year. Now and then on exceptional occasion
there are 500,000 here who have no local habit- -tion
of their own. "
Three months ago the postmaster of
Chico, Cat, gave a pet dog to a friend who wal.
leaving for Oregon to settle. Two weeks, ago
tbe dog reappeared at the bouse of his old
master, nearly starved, but delighted to aea
The other day in Lawrenceville, Ga., B.
L. Patterson bad eight chickens killed by light
ning on his lot lie and his wife left home in
the morning and wben be returned the chick
ens were all lying dead and tbe feathers
scorched upon tbem as if by electricity.
Benjamin Jones, colored, ot Columbia,
Pa., had been a sufferer from rheumatism for
many years. He sent to a voodoo doctor, who
advised him to take a tincupful of saltpetre,
stating thvt this was a sure cure for his disease.
He took the dose, aud fears are now enter
tained that the cure may be permanent and
Ii. J. M. Bell, of Heard county.Georgia,
was bitten by a mad dog last week, and on Fri
day he bad tbe madstone owned by J. A. Brett
anplled to tbe wound. The stone adhered 3
hours and 80 minutes before falling off. It
was then cleansed by being boiled in sweet
milk and again applied, and adhered 2 hours
and 10 minutes. On being applied the fourth
time it would not stick. Tbe milk, after the
stone was boiled in it had a green, poisonous
The giant diamond, lately discovered
in Cape Colony, and now at tbe Pans Exposi
tion, weighs 180 carats and is valued at 13.000,
000. It is kept In a glass case by itself and
guardians stand around it all day. At night it
is placed in a big safe, which is similarly guarded
all night. It is said to be of the first water, and
as pnre as the famous Regent in the French
Crow n diamonds. It is tor sals, and it is con-i
tidently expected that some American in home
spun clothes and a slouch bat will come along
one of these days and buy it as a pocket plecs
Here are some advertisements which
have recently appeared in the London papers: '
"A young lady most earnestly wishes to becoma .
acquainted with thorough believers in
Spiritualism. No tnfler need answer." A.
smart young novelist wanted at once. Salary
about 4 pounds. Increase to S pounds. Hours
good. Good connection." "Agents wanted to "
sell a beautiful portrait of tbe Right Hon. W.
E. Gladstone, printed npon wood cut down by
himself." "Young man wants secreterial en
gagement with literary man. Qualifications:
Considerable ignorance, fair capacity for labor,
some literary enthusiasm, and the ability to
The schooner Polly, employed in the
coasting trade between Penobscot ports and
Massachusetts, is probably the oldost vessel in
the American register, having been built some
where along the Penobscot in 17S0. She is a
litttle stub-toed, rolypoly craft deep and square
on the bilge, like a miniature old-fashioned
ship, and she can easily be dlstinsulshed among
100 coasters by la strong list to starboard, which
nobody has ever been able to take out of her.
She was originally built as a sloop, and carried
a big squaresail, fore and aft topsail and jib.
She measures bat 43 tons, but sbo was a great
West Indiaman in her time, and carried any
amount of sugar and rum Into Boston. During
the War of 1812 the Polly was seized by the
British, but she was recovered after that dis
pute was settled, having suffered little damage
at the bands of the Johnnies. Last spring,
while beating into Portland in a snow stormA
gbe was run into by an outbound fisherman and
a hole was stove in her port side. The crew
(two men) jumped aboard the fisherman, and (
tie Polly, slewed around by the force of the
.collision, filled away on tbe other tacK and
stood out to sea, heeling enough to starboard
to bring the leak out of water. She was found
next day by a tug all right and towed back to
Portland. She has been new topped once or
twice, is perfectly sound, and bids fair, with
good luck, to live another century.
The crew of the John Davis, which ar
rived at New York from Calcutta on Sunday,
were 30 Lascars. They are wiry and swarthy
and dressed in Oriental white blouses. Tbey
were under the immediate control of a person
called a "Serang," whose official rank onboard
Bhip was boatswain. Three parallel horizontal
scars on each cheek marked him a Mohamme
dan of high rank. This Serang, during tne en
tire voyage of four months from Calcutta,
never by any chance addressed tbe other Las- .
cars on board, except to issue some necessary
order. Wben not working tbe ship he sat
alone reading the Koran and other standard
works of heathen literature. He was the only
man on board whose f aco bore, not the scars of
battle, but of religion. Captain Crocker said
the Lascars made good sailors, according to
their ability, which is only half that of an Eng
glishman. Their wages are S12 or $15 a month,
and tbey have to pay about three-fourths of
their entire earnings after every voyage to tha
Mohammedan priests. The reason of this ex
tortion Is simply that no East Indian can leave
his native country without losing caste, and if
he returns he must pay the cost of rehabilita
tion in his chuich or suffer the unendurable
penalty of ostracism. After a year of hard
work they were as poor as before. The Las
cars were a musical lot their principal amuse
ment being vocalization.
THE CREAM OF TIME.
There is something nice about balance ef
trade. For Instance, a farmer comes to the city
loaded with hay and returns home loaded wlta .,
Out Driving. Ed Is your horse gentle y.
George Gentle and obedient as a lamb. My
genital! I've forgotten the whip.
A Soft Answer. Miss Denceace (who '
has been qnlzzlng tbe small boy for some min
utes) And a-are you married? -
Small Boy Nope, but pa 'n' ma Is. ;
Gleanings From Sunday School. I
Teacher You may tell me, Michael, what mads .
Joseph a good ruler?
Mickey (with a burst of enthusiasm) Because ha
wa so straight mum. - .
A "Literary Estimate. Mr. Hubb Hon-.
estly, now, Mrs. Wabash, what do you think "oV
"The Ministers Charge?" 4v
Mrs. Wabash-Why, Mr. Eubb. 1 thought It
was perfectly exorbitant '
Not a Great Sinner. Mamma (who sees
Kobby working on Sunday) Why, Bobby, you
musn'tworkonSundar. , j
Bobby Why, 'mamma, I'm not working hard. -?
An Incriminating Circumstance. AKT
kansas Lawyer-Did you see blood on the bands Jj
or the prisoner when you met htm at Sutter's '
Witness-No, but they looked 's if he'd wash4
'em a few hours afore.
A fish with his nose pointed toward "LtTer-
pool, and with an American flag In his belly, was
caught recently as be was escaping from New York
harbor. Whether he was a Fenian In disguise or
an ambitious cod with a notion that he could be
come a man-of-war when be grew up, win nevi r
be known, as he died before disclosing bis Inten
tions. The Interesting fact reinalns, however,
that his was about the only craft carrying the '
Stars and Stripes that has been seen outside of ,
Sandr Hook for some time.
Degenerated. "In my days gals an' boys
was some 'count" said old man Barleycorn to a
sympathetic and like-minded neighbor; "bntl.
tell ye It's nip and tuck nowadays if ye make 'cat -aim
their salt. Now. there's my darter M'randy."
It's all I can do to git that girl out of her bed by. ,
half-past four of a mornla', an If she milks nine '
keows an' weeds out an lnyun bed an' totes la a '
day's supply o' stove wood for ber maw, she J
thinks It's all she'd orter do till breakrus li )
ready, an' like as not she'll want to quit workby 1
sundown of an evenln'. Oh, I tell ye, bat tbe t
rlsln' generation Is a-goln'to destruction through '
the shiriessness and etarnal Idleness of their f
ways. Indeed an' tkeyjlstalrl" - Jfj,
Just How It Was. Mr. L Da Dah-4
How did you enjoy your first sea bath. Miss Gush
lngton? j u
Miss. Gnshlngton Obi it was Just perfectly
lovely after 1 got a little used to It bat at first JI
thoughtl should Just freeze! Oh, It was so-o-o r
e-o-v-o-ldl Ugh! I just thought I never could...
tike that first plunge! Cghl My teeth Just chat-.;
tered! And when the nrst breaker cnnie'l Just;,
screamed, snd all the other girls Uughed at met J
Weren't they horrid! Oh, 1 -was dreadfully J
frightened at first! But after toe first plunge It 1
was Just too perfectly lovely for anything. I go J
in every day now and Idnenlorltso ranch!. But.
oh. hnw cold It was and how foolish X WM'aSJ