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PITTSBURG. SUNDAY, JULY 2L 1SS3,
THE LICENSE DECISION.
The decision of Judge Ewiug, yesterday,
with regard to the rehearing of applications
for retail liquor licenses, created some sur
prise among those who are ambitious of dis
pensing alcoholic beverages. There is, how
ever, really more ground for surprise in the
manner of the decision than in the matter.
The declaration of the Judge that the de
cision given yesterday was .but his indi
vidual ruling, and that the other Judges
may decide differently, keeps the applicants
on the anxious bench, in its intimation of a
disagreement among the Judges. Still
those who accept the decision as settling the
question for this year, will take the most
plausible view. It is more likely that the
other Judges arc willing to let this decision
stand without further work over a diffi
cult and vexatious subject, than that one
Judge should file a minority opinion with
the expectation that it will be set aside.
In this view, the ruling seems to settle the
matter, for the present year, and the disap
pointed applicants will do wisely to seek
other employments, at least until next year
affords them an opportunity to once more
convince the Court of their superior qualifica
tions for the innocuous distribution of hard
BOTTLAITQEK'S WOBST OFFENSE.
The last addition to the charges against
Boulanger, on which the french Govern
ment is trying to obtain bis conviction,
may be founded upon fact, but under
the circumstances it is more likely to be re
garded as an index of the strenuous desire
of the Government to find something upon
which to obtain a judicial condemnation of
the doughty General. In trial upon the
charge of embezzlement as much as in a
trial for treason, the Anglo-Saxon idea is
well founded, that the accused should be
present, both for the purpose of defending
himself if innocent, and of being punished
if guilty. To try him for either treason or
malversation of funds, in his absence, is
both unjust and unnecessary. Boulanger by
running away has not necessarily convicted
himself of cither offense. "What he has con
victed himself of is cowardice; and that is
more fatal to him, as the idol of the French
public, than it would be to be found guilty
of either stealing or treason.
HIGH ABI 10 0EDEB.
A correspondent of an Eastern paper
wants the patriotism of the country braced
up by a new national anthem, and suggests
that 510,000 of the surplus be appropriated
to supply thai want.
As a detail in the dissipation of the sur
plus the suggestion is not without its
merit. While numerous other classes are
pitching in for a slice of the super
abundant national treasure, there is no
reason why the poets and the com
posers are not entitled to such a modest
share of it as is here suggested. There
are few classes in the country to the mem
bers of whjch a slight dividend of this sort
would come more gratefully than (hose
which compose our music and fur
nish our rhymes. As to whether the
music and rhymes would afford us any
equivalent for the money,that is, we believe,
entirely foreign to any discussion concern
ing the disposition of the surplus.
But with regard to the; idea tha,t a na
tional hymn of great artistic and patriotic
character can be procured by appropriating
ten tbousand dollars for it, it is simply
stupid. No such appropriation has ever yet
produced a great work of art It probably
never will be the case that anything truly
great,eithcr in music, painting or literature,
can be produced to order at the command of
an appropriation of money. The inspira
tion to great musical or poetic effort is not
pecuniary, and the best evidence of the fact
is the record that whenever any work has
been attempted for the stimulus of a stated
sum of money it has always iallen into the
lower levels ot mediocrity.
"When any writer and composer is able to
produce a national hymn of higher charac
ter than we now have, he will obtain a
much greater reward than tea thousand
dollars. Until then this country will have
to get along with "America," "The Star
Spangled Banner," "Hall Columbia" and
the "Battle Hymn of the Republic.'
THE MILLET ADVEBTISEMENT.
"We have already expressed our doubts
about "The Angelus" of Millet being really
worth any such sun) as the $110,000 said to
have been paid lor it, and now revelations
are being made concerning the sale which
throw a cloud of 'doubt over the whole
transaction. It seems strange in the first
place that Mr. Proust did not think it
worth while to wsdt till the French Cham
ber of Deputies passed upon the question
of paying the price he had offered for the
picture, lt handed it over to the Amen
can Art Association at pnee. He Proust's
action, however, t7as a superb advertise
ment for the picture. So is the prodigious
.price it is said to rjave fe(ehed:
The question arises without much forcing,
we think, Was 8110,000 paid at all? Have
the methods so familiar in theatrical mat
ters been transplanted into artistic deal
ings? If the auctioneer, Mr. Sedelmeyer,
Mr. Proust, representing the Louvre gal
lery, and the American Art Asso
ciation had a secret understanding there
was nothing to prevent them from carrying'
through a gigantic advertising scheme at a
slight expense. We do not say this was
done, but merely indicate a possibility
which may serve to explain certain myste
rious features oi (he secrejan sale.
"The Angelus" is to" be taken through
this country for exhibition, and the value
of advertising it well is apparent. No
picture has ever bad more free puffing than
Millet's great work. The results are likely
to be golden to the skilltul advertisers. We
suppose it will lead to the regular employ
ment of advance agents, literary pullers
and pamphleteers, without whom no theat
rical manager considers it safe to campaign,
by picture dealers in the show business.
But nobody should confound the clap-trap
announcement of these traders and brokers
with the cause of art. Combinations of
picture dealers for advertising purposes
may apparently increase the rewards of
artists, but it is only apparently. Ficti
tious figures, even if they come under the
Atlantic at half a dollar a word by cable,
are not to be trusted.
WHAT IS HE THERE FOB!
We can hardly see the reason for regard
ing the utterances of Mr. John Jarrett, with
regard to our friendly feeling for the En
glish people, as anything very reprehensi
ble. If Mr. Jarrett has, as reported, been
disclosing his instructions from the admin
istration, he has been somewhat indiscreet;
but it does not seem likely that has done
any very great barm.
But Mr. Jarrett's statement that the peo
ple ot this country are, in general,
friendly to the English, is no more
than diplomatic and veracious. The
United States is friendly to the English
people. We are so closely related that, like
members of the same family, we esteem it
our privilege and duty to find fault and
show where our relatives are doing wrong;
but this criticism is the expression of our close
relationship and affection. It is accurate to
say that the great mass ot Americans and
Irish-Americans wish so well to England
as to earnestly urge her to do justice to Ire
land and gain the strength and harmony
that will result from such a step.
As to Mr. Jarrett's reference to the Sack
ville fuss, it is chiefly open to the criticism
that it tells what was perfectly plain last
year. It was by no means creditable to use
private correspondence as a means of be
traying the British Minister to the blunder
of undiplomatic truth-telling; and it was
still less dignified for the administration to
raise such a fuss over a case of pernicious
veracity. But certainlv, as The Dis
patch said at the time, the whole affair
was one for thinking men to be ashamed of.
It is pertinent to ask those who profess to
be horrified at Mr. Jarrett's utterances,
whether the consular duties in England are
supposed to consist of informing the
English people that the people of the
United States bate them ?
ABE THEY PUNISHABLE!
A rather interesting question in con
nection with the Sullivan-Kilrain prize
fight is raised by the Boston Globe, in the
shape of the theory that if Kilrain should
die oi his injuries within the course of the
next year Sullivan could De held for mur
der in the first degree.
There is no room for doubt as to the law
in the case. If Kilrain should die from the
result of injuries inflicted by Sullivan, In
the commission of an unlawful act, every
legal theory would hold Sullivan responsi
ble for the crime. There wopld, of course,
be a claim of the absence of malice; but the
iaw has expressly covered' that point by
enacting that where therd is an intent to
commit one unlawful act, the unintentional
commission of a capital crime is murder in
the first degree.
But that any such punishment would be
inflicted is more than doubtful, in view of
the fact that it is difficult to secure the
milder punishment which attaches to the
well-known and avowed commission of the
smaller offense. So long as we make idols
of prize fighters it would "be practically im
possible to hang the champion, even though
he were legally guilty of murder. The case
could be easily befuddled with the charge
that the death was the result of injudicious
medical treatment, or a hundred other pleas,
so that the jurors could get an excuse to re
fuse a conviction. So long as we are un
able to punish prize fighters for the lesser
offenses which they have committed, it is
unnecessary to talk of the possibility of
their being punished for the greater crime
which may possibly result from their of
A DUKE FOB VALOB.
The athletic deer-stalking Earl of Fife,
who is to wed the Princess Louise of Wales,
is to receive a dukedom from the hands
of his grandmother-in-law, Queen Victoria,
before the marriage takes place. From what
we know of the Earl of Fife it is safe to
say that he deserves a dukedom, if he wants
it A healthy, whole-souled sportsman
with good Scotch blood in bis veins is a
rare husband for a princess to catch, and
Queen Victoria cannot exert herself too
much to show appreciation of the honor
done her son's daughter.
Some carpers will say perhaps that the
ducal title in the days when it originated
was only conferred on men who showed
themselves fitted by valor on the field of battle
or wisdom at the council table to dominate
their fellows. The title in the time of Theo
dosius was given to the military governor
'of a province, and the dignity went with
the same office in France under Charle
magne, But in England monarchs.were
not particular whom they made dukes. The
strawberry leaves and coronet as often as
not "went to the man who could drink longest
with the royal roysterer, or to children of
the royal line whom the klaw refusedfto rec
Queen Victoria may intend to give the
Earl of Fife a dukedom for his valor in es
pousing a daughter of the Prince of Wales.
She knows what the Marquis of Lome has
gone through since he married the aunt and
namesake of Fife's fiancee. She knows it
takes courage in a British nobleman to
marry into her family. It is an amiable
act, anyhow. We trust that the Earl of
Fife when he is made a duke will, as the
French dukes did under the successors of
Charlemagne, achieve almost absolute inde
pendence. A SOLID TBUTH.
The Philadelphia Press gets very close to
the meat of the present railway question
with (he assertion that ''while a railroad
association is restricted from doing much
damage, by the present law, the trouble is
that a grea( many violations of the law
have befn made secretly, and that there has
been no enforcement of the inter-State act
jq (s etrj; sense. With tfte ad of associa
tions the railroads have obeyed what they
chose of the law and ignored wjiat they
chose." This simple statement ot, the fact
'goes nearer the true inwardness of the en
tire question than the .columns of nonsense
which have been published regarding the
necessity of combination on the part of the
railroads. When the inter-State commerce
act has been fully and thoroughly enforced,
according to its letter and spirit, there will
be a fair oppoitunity to judge of its effect
upon the interests of the railroads and the
conntry. Until then, what we have to
judge of is the effect of the evasions cf the
act by the combinations of the railroad
"Dojf'x legislate too much," the advice
given by Judge Cooley to the Constitutional
Convention of Dakota, is generally receiv
ing the indorsement of the press of the
country. In view of the fact that the legis
lation which we have is very widely suffer
ing from the evil of non-enforcement, it is
possible to support the idea that the practi
cal effect is just about the same, whether we
legislate too much or too little. The Judge's
advice would have been more pertinent if it
had been: "Don't legislate until you are
prepared to maintain the enforcement of the
laws you pass."
A eepoet is going the rounds of the
press to the effect that the air at Valparaiso
is such that chestnuts decay there on ex
posure. This fully explains the mystery
ofMr. R. G. Horr's refusal of the Valpa
The difference between buying trust cer
tificates and buying lottery tickets is de
fined by the Philadelphia inquirer to be,
that in buying lottery tickets you occasion
ally have a chance to make a hit The as
sertion that it is impossible to have a square
deal in the trust game is correct enough;
but as it is conpled with the assertion that
there is occasionally a square lottery deal,
it leaves it an open question whether the
statement is more flattering to the lotteries
than just to the trusts.
Lord DUNEAVEir should bring tig yacht
over and have a race anyhow. Mr. Jacob
Kilrain, the Democratic party and the
Pittsburg Baseball Club can assure him
that it it nothing to be beaten after you
have once become accustomed to it
The most credible variation of that story
about a Brickyard Trust is the one which is
presented by the Chicago jJTeicj to the
effect that the English syndicate is buying
up brickyards with the 'intention of turning
them into distilleries. The English idea is
very evidently to the effect that it must go
into the business of supplying the raw ma
terial for bricks in the hat on a wholesale
"Jack tiie BirrEK" seems to have
been prompt in taking his usual tragical
method of removing all suspicions from the
lunatic who was arrested, and who claimed
to have been that remarkably fiendish
The Salt Trust's announcement that it is
no trust, because anyone can buy the shares
who will put up the money, is a more than
ordinary violent effort ot combination logic.
Numerous other trusts have shown an entire
willingness to unload on the people who are
deceived by the promise of monopoly profits
into paying three or four dollars cash for
one of actual investment and the rest of
Don Piatt now baa abundant food for
reflection upon the lack of frankness in
humanity, in view of the fact that none
of the other blackguards have come forward
and followed his example of confession.
Some genius has discovered that mos
quitoes can be driven out of a room by
burning camphor gum in it until the air is
pretty well impregnated with its fumes.
The recipe, however, fails to state whether
the human beings who occupy the room will
not find it necessary to leave about the same
time that the mosquitoes do.
NO sooner has Browning written one
verse that the public mind can easily com
prehend, than literary taste begins to dis
cover that Browning ij decidedly coarse.
The cash valuation of the white-lead
factories controlled by the Lead Trust being
112,050,000, the true inwardness of the trust
becomes evident in the issue of $S3,000,000
of trust certificates. This trust is princi
pally profitable in passing off bogns values
pn 'deluded investors.
Peemits for over 5300,000 worth of build
ings, issued last week, indicate that Pitts
burg's building boom has no intention of
TnE news that the Socialist editors of
Berlin have managed to beat Bismarck's
decree of suppression, by giving their paper
p. new title with eyery issue, is likely to
create a decided feeling of approval for the
PEOPiE OF PROMINENCE.
W, B. Tate, a philanthropic bachelor of
Tennessee, has divided a fifth of his f ortune- of
100,000 between 40 needy Confederate veterans
of that State.
Up to June 30th only 591 babies in this coun
try had been named after Benjamin Harrison.
This lends color to the rumor that Harrison is
pot popular with his party.
W. H. Putnam, great-grandson of General
Israel Putnam, died at Brooklyn, Conn, on
Wednesday of paralysis, at the age of 77. He
was the most prominent figure at the recent
dedication of General Putnam's monument at
Emjions Blaine, whose engagement to
Miss Anita McCormick, of Chicago, was anv
noanced recently, receives a salary of 81,000 a
year as assistant to President Davis, of the
West Virginia Central Railway Company. Miss
McCormick is very rich.
Kino Menileck, the new ruler of Abys
sinia, is a fierce looking man, dark, tall, thin
and active, with piercing black eyes and a long,
dark beard. He is not quite as cruel bynature
as the late King John, but nevertheless he
manages to awe his subjects into docile sub
mission. Ms. Matthews, the young Virginia artist
who was so successful in touching up the por
trait of George Washington in the East Room
of the "White House last summer, is now en
gaged in rendering the picture of Abraham
Lincoln presentable. The canvas of the Lin
coln portrait is not nearly 50 well preserved as
was that of Washington.
Sir HEifBY BnouQHAJt Locn, the new
Governor of .Cape Colony, accompanied Lord
Elgin on his special mission to China in 1857
and was also attached to the s;cfdd embassy
of that nobleman in 1C0. While engaged in
negotiations under a flag of truce, it is related.
Loch and some of his companions were seized
and cruelly treated by the Chinese, and on one
occasion he was carried about in a cage by his
Matthew Riley, "one of Brooklyn's million
aires, is a young man who has retired from
business. His fortune was made In an inter
estingway. Fifteen years agaRly was one
of the clerks at Congress' Hall, Saratoga. Will
lam H. Yanderblff, who was, staying at "the
hotel, took a fancy to him and often drove
hi in to the. Jake, the geysers -and other places
pftfttcreat, Mr. RtJWnqwdfJVMhWQwn team.
in Saratoga and lives In qandsonie style. He is
a genial, opuIarpiinVaBrt is jt at, aj -tpuf ad
up" by his financial snJbcess.
THE TOPICAL TALKEB.
Where tho American School of Illustration
Came From Edwin A. Abbey' Start
How A. B. Frost Got Eii Foothold
Hollyhock Gossip of the Town.
"Twenty years ago," said an Eastern artist
who is now in Pittsburg, "there was no such
thing as the American school of illustration,
but the men who have since created that
school and raised it to a leading position in
the world of art were nearly all at work then,
and strangely enough a majority of them were
clustered together' in the Academy sf Fine
Arts at Philadelphia. The Academy still ex
ists, but its old quarters have long since passed
into otherhands. At the time I speak of, be
tween 1863 and lSCO.the Academy stood between
Tenth and Eleventh streets on the north side
of Chestnut street, in what was known as the
Shakespeare building, and where the Chestnut
Street Opera House now K
"Among the students who were imbibing the
principles of art as best tbey might at the
Academy during the years I have mentioned
were 29 men whose names aro well-known to
day. There was E. A. Abbey, for instance, a
celebrity of the wide world now: A. B. Frost,
Peter Moran, Jack Wilson, Charles Stephens,
Smedley, George Bensell, W. P. Snyder, E. B.
Bensell, F. H. Taylor, and W. R. Yeager.
Every one of these almost has made his mark
since. Abbey, I don't need to tell you, has be
come famous larcely through his delightful
pictures of old English life and country in
Harper's Magazine. He has a studio now
with the brilliant Millet in an old-fashioned
house they tumbled across in their wanderings
through London. The Morans' etchings are
also famous. A. B. Frost every American
knows by his clever work for Harpers, and in
Illustrations generally. Smedley succeeded
Rinehart in Paris, and his work is
winning praise everywhere. G. B. Bensell's
hand has served Saturday Night and Golden
Days with no little success. George Bensell's
picture 'Judith before the tent of Holofernes'
attracted great attention at the exposition in
1878 at Philadelphia. Jack Wilson has, I think,
drifted into scene painting In New York, ana
W. R, Yeager has made a high reputation as a '
""All of these men were, as I have said, at one
time in the Academy at Philadelphia. Ameri
can illustration to-day owes its advanced place
largely to the labor of a few."
"Mi brother," continued the artist, "was at
the Academy when Edwin A Abbey was ex
pelledf or a trivial offense. Abbey wasa small,
wiry little fellow, as full of tricks as some of
bis Bketches are of fun. He was always cutting
up. One day he broke a plaster cast while he
was skylarking. The directors of the Academy
hauled him up the next day before the whole
class and dismissed him after a severescoldtng.
They told him he wasa montebank and would
never amount to anytblne.
"But nothing could subdue Abbey's spirit.
He got lots of snubs from his brethren, espec
ially the elder brethren In art. After he left
the academy he went to Henry U. Snyder, the
engraver, to learn bis art. Abbey, even in
those days, was devoutly fond of all sorts of
antique things armor, old dresses and furni
ture. Ho never tired of drawing them where-
ever he found them. I am to'd that when the
Dolly Varden hat and tho flowered calico
dresses were the style, he was constantly
sketching them. The youthful fancy has blos
somed in the exquisite glimpses of old fashion
ed England, lads and lassies, country squires
and city dames, bits of lordly parks and gar
dens and corners of old hostelrles and market
places. In the pages of Harper's Magazine.
"But when Snyderfound youngAbbey spend
ing his best licks on what be called old-time
trash, he had no further use for him. He told
Abbey to leave; that he would never serve him
self or art by continuing in the latter's servioe.
What shall 1 dor asked Abbey. 'You might-
try the grocery business,' replied Snyder.
"But Abbey kept pegging away and the world
as well as he have reason to be thankful for
"Tub very opposite of Abbey as far as physi
cal characteristics are concerned is A. B.
Frost," said the artist. A great, big fellow is
Frost, and in his student days rough but good
natured. At the beginning of bis career he
was employed at a very small salary by Wortey
A Bracbor, the lithographers, on Sooth Sixth
street. Philadelphia. He worked away with
his pencil outside, however, and one day be
took some figure sketches he bad made to E.
B. Bensell, who was then In the illustrating
business back of Independence Hall. Mr.
Bensell looked at the sketches and said that it
wasn'tlworth while for Mr. Frost to go into the
"Frost belonged at that time tolhe Philadel
phia Sketch Clnb, in which the Attic Sketch
Club bad been merged. It was the custom at
tho club to give out to the artist members for
there were authors In tho club as well a
subject for illustration every Saturday,
aud on the succeeding Saturday the
artists would bring in their conceptions and the
Bketches were put on exhibition for the even
ing. "Home sketch Frost made in this way at
tracted the attention of a brother ot Max
Adler. the humorist, who was a member of the
of papers to the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin,
but he had just finished his book, Out of the
Hurly Burly,'' and he was looking for somebody
to illustrate it. He had given the book tenta
tively to E. B, Bensell, the man who had pooh
poohed Frost's sketches. Max Adler saw at
once that Frost's sense of humor was as keen
as bis own, and taking "Out ot the Hnrly
Burly" from Bensell's hands, he cave it to
Frost. The result established Frost's reputa
tion as an illustrator of marked ability. His
quaint pictures in Adler's book really proved
the foundation upon which Frost has built a
fortune and acquired considerable fame. Of
course bis subsequent work lias surpassed bis
Flaming 'gaintt a cloud of crecn,
Red or white or salmon tinted.
Washed with gold or softer sheen,
-r with wavy hne imprinted
Btand they like tall halberdiers
High above the hedge of box;
Hot July has not the peers
Of the stately hollyhocks.
Tilt yonr dainty nose and smile,
v If it please too. lady lair.
Tell me they are not the style,
fashion sighs for something rare,
flowers grow, the Lord ordains.
Careless of the fashion plates if
Fashion's penalties and pains
Stay without my garden gates.
At the gates of Faradise,
Bo the byrisn poets sing,
Some day shall those flowers rise.
And their purple glory fling
Where, amid the cherubim,
Once there waved the flaming sword
Blazoning the way to Htm
Who so loved them, Christ the Lord.
THE only way to make a comedy of the light
er and ultra-farcical order go is to fill it full
with entirely new and startling specialties.
They are plums of the pudding. Without
them, and no matter how good the puddins: be
or how rich the humorous sauce, the dear pub
lic will have none of it.
George Jenks is rightly minded that his com
edy, "The U. S. Mail," needs all the plums ho
can lay hold of. He told me yesterday of two
he had just secured. They are two small col
ored Doys of Baltimore.' Mr. Jenks' stage man
ager,whose name escapes me.found them there
and made use of them in comic opera. They
can dance a jig thatls" described as delirious;
they can box with more skill than Sullivan and
Kilrain, and they have a large cargo of cute
nets under their dark skins. They will be
Special Delivery messenger boys In "The
U. S. Mail," and opportunities to exhibit their
dancing and pugilistic talents will be given
them. But the great feature of their engage
ment is that during the day tbey will run
around the streets attired in exact imitation ot
Uncle Ham's letter carriers, mail pouches and
alL In the pouehes tbpy will carry "IT. a
Mall" dodgers, --
There has been some enriostty to know
who "Miss Marieold," the writer of a very
clever series of sketches in the Bulletin, might
be, and yesterday 1 beard it said with some
authority that John Black, the publisher of the
magaxine, was the man behind the nom de
It Mr. Black is the author, he Is entitled to
congratulations. But the point of view taken
by "MUs Marigold'' is so feminine, and so
faithfully feminine, that it makes the report
hard to believe. Beforo this Mrs. James G.
Ulalpe, Jr., has been discovered in "Miss Man
gold," an a very much cleverer .woman, of
this county has,' been hinted at as the author.
The mystery does iof datraot from the piquan
cy 01 tne papers, iibfbusx J OHs.
SUNDAY, JOLT 21,
AN ENOEM0D8 FJJ1NG EL.
New York Famishes the Best Fish Story ot
From the Lyons (N. Y.) Hepobllcan.J
An account oX a strange occurrence comes
from Sodus Bay. While soma of the facts
connected with the event may appear Incredu
lous, yet the high character and standing of the
parties witnessing the abnormal 'occurrence
entitles the narrative to consideration. Three
men, whose names shall not be ment!oned,were
fishing last Friday night In the placid waters
of Big Sodus Bay. Tbey pursued.thelr sport In
a skiff of ordinary size, aided by a friendly
light, reflected from the bow of the boat.- At
a late hour In the night the occupants of the
twat-were startled, by a peculiar sound pro
ceeding from the heavens. It resembled the
flapping of wings.
Imagine their surprise when the trip or men
suddenly beheld a nsh lying at the bottom, of
tho boat. It apparently approached from the
cloud region, and at an angle of 43 degrees.
After recovering from then-surprise the men
proceeded to a critical examination of tneir
nocturnal visitor. It was found to bo an eel
anu weignea 0 pounds, in place 01 tne orai
nary eel fin was a short, stout member, part fln
and part wing, about flto inches long and four
wide. The tail of this monster, which evidently
served asarndder to guide it in its aerial
flight, was also supplied with semi-formed
Local scientists who have examined this
curious creature are inclined to believe that it
is in a transitory stage from tho fish to the bird
creation. The evidence is further emphasized
by the fact that when supplied with different
kinds of food the creature ate nearly a quart of
corn, using Its bead much in the manner as a
goose does when eating corn. There are also
well-defined legs and toes forming upon the
belly of this undeflnable creature.
DAMAGE TO TAB DAU
Effect of iho Cooemangh Flood Upon tne
Davie Island Locks.
SPECIAL TELEGEAM TO TUE DISFATCS.l
WASHiSGTOir, July 20. Engineer Martin, of
the Davis Island dam. gives the following re
port or the advent of the flood of May 31, which
destroyed Johnstown: "Enormous rains had
fallen In the mountain region and both the
Allegheny and Monongahela rivers rose
rapidly. The great volome of water be
gan to reach the Davis Island dam at mid
night, at which time the gauge read li feet:
so sudden was the coming that It was then Im
possible to protect our machinery and appli
ances from damage. We succeeded in getting
all our boats to the Island, but tho engine,pump
and derricks, remained in position. The river
began to rise at S P. 11., May 31, when the gauge
showed 6.2 feet, and the rise reached Its maxi
mum at 6 p. m. June 1, when the gauge showed
2280. The rains at the head waters since the
breakage of the South Fork dam kept the
river at a high stage, and It wasn't until the
morning of June 5 that the fall was sufficient
for us to ascertain the condition of the work.
The steam engine was forced off the pier in
the coffer dam inclosure, and the two derricks
were knocked down, but are uninjured. Two
hundred and thirty-six feet of the coffer dam
was destroyed, and require rebuilding before
operations on the permanent work can be re
sumed. The frame of the centrifugal pump
was broken; the discharge pipe, 23 feet long,
and one section of the second shaft. 10 feet
long, with pulley, were lost. The steam engine
was not damaged beyond breaking the governor
and a few pipe connections. The wreck had
been cleared away, and work was in progress at
the close of the fiscal year.
A Place oTSome Importance.
From the Hew Castle Courant. J '
No city in the country is making more rapid
advancement than Pittsbnrg. It is destintd to
become a place of some Importance. New
York, Chicago, St. Louis, etc, labor under the
disadvantage of being located too far from
New Castle, while Pittsburg is so sear as to be
almost a suburb.
From the Kansas City Star. :
, The proposition is being discussed in Wash
ington ot having a Legislature "too big to cor
rupt" The scheme is to have so many repre
sentatives that it will be too expensive to bay
a majority of the members. That seems to be
a practical plan of regulating practical poli
tics. Americans Have a Monopoly.
From the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.?
There is still one industry in the United
States upon, which, no English syndicate has
yet presumed to lay a hand, and that is the
free-born American prerogative of seeking an
He Might, bat He Won't.
From the Denver Times. 1
Jay Gould says that tho first year of his mar
ried life he lived on 100 and was happy. There
is nothing to prevent his going back to that
way of living.
A Singular Delusion.
From the Wheeling Intelligencer, j
Some of our distinguished fellow citizens
who desire office seem to think the President
is named Quay.
A FEW PISH STOUIES.
EianT men fished all day in a Butler connty
stream and were rewarded by the capture of
one small sunfish.
Tom Wells, while, fishing for bass near
Reading, caught three fish at one time one on
each of the three hooks attached to his line.
After a recent rain in Tuscumbia, Ala.,
young catfish, from four to seven inches In
length, were picked up all over the city. They
are supposed to have rained down.
A boy who was bathing in the Mahoning
river near Youngstown, was nearly pulled under
water and drowned by some strange creature
that caught his foot and lacerated it terribly.
His assadant is supposed to have been a big
Boating for bass Is a new sport at Marietta,
Pa. A party in a boat drift on the river, and
while floating around the bass, which are so
numerous, jump from the water into the boat.
A party of four the other evening had 13 bats
to jump into their boat.
Eels got into the turbine wheel at Jesse
Smith's great mill, at Trough Creek, Pa., the
other day, and stopped it. Some of them
measured nearly fonr feet and were 10 inches
in diameter. In their efforts to escape they
were nearly cut to pieces by the wheel.
A good fish story comes from Saratoga
Lake. A lady, a veteran angler, was fishing
there one morning last week about o'clock,
using side lines with minnows as bait for bass.
She felt a tug at one line and began pulling it
in. A fine bass was at the end of it badly en
tangled In two lines. The voracious fellow had
swallowed the bait of one line, hook and all,
and before he knew he was caught had swum
under the boat, and devoured hook and min
now 'of the other line as well. A couple of
hours later he expiated his greediness on the
broiler, whence he was deliclously served with
cream-hashed potatoes for his captor's break
fast. BEYOND THE MYSTIC RIVER.
Beyond the mystic river
Are paths that lead to peace,
PCo the mansions of the ransomed.
Where strife and tnrmoll cease.
Beyond the raurxy waters
Of Charon's sullen stream
I catch the sheen of Jasper
Through a star-lllumlned dream.
Beyond the mystic river
Are paths that lead to Joy;
Where the tree ot life is blooming.
And never griefs annoy.
Beyond the storms and shadows
That gloom our lives bslow,
There Is a land all radiant
Where living waters flow.
Beyond the mystic river
Are paths that lead to llgnt,
Where the glowing sea of crystal
Breaks on thy ravlihcd sight.
No sunlight gilds the city.
Nor argent moonbeams play;
God's presence, all of glory.
There pales the orb of day.
Beyond the mystic river
Arc paths that lead to love,
here streets of golden splendtr
Illume the world above.
There sits enthroned the Father,
Amid the seraph throng.
That cast their crowns before Him,
And glorify with song.
Beyond the mystic river
I hesr tho harps alar,
And through the crimson sunset
bee pearly gales ajar.
Beyond the vale of shadows
A star beams on the way;
The star that led the magi, -
Leidj on to endless day... . - .
, G0SIP FROM THE CAPITAL.
The Troth About Blaise's Health An Amer
ican Pepys and His Diary A Sensational
Poker Game $32,000 la the Pol.
CORRESPONDENCE OT TIIE PISPATCH.J
Washington, D. C. July 19. The sensation
of the past week has been the reports in regard
to tho 111 health of Secretary Blaine and his In
tention to resign. I am somewhat interested in
this for the reason that I sent to The Dis
patch tho special telegram out of which the
wnoie sensation grow. It was taken
up by other writers, distorted into every con
ceivable shape to suit tho relations of the
paper written for with regard to Mr. Blame.
The Blaine paplrs denied it' in toto, and care
fully interviewed those who were certain to
give the lie to tho reports. Tho anti-Blaine
papers and all others wh)ch accepted the news
as having a good groundwork of fact on ac
count of the appearance of things, followed
ekher in the line of the telegram given In The
DISPATCH or added to it the more sensational
assertion that the Secretary was absolutely un
able ,to perform his duties and was on tho point
of resigning his office.
Now what T sent to The Dispatch was
based on the most careful inquiry extending
over a fortnight after the departure of Mr.
Blaine for Bar Harbor. Almost immediately
upon bis leaving I was told by a high official of
tho State Department that it was probable the
Secretary would never return as an official of
the, Government. Remembering bow former
reports of Blaine's ill health had been denied I
did not desire to be canght in a trap, and, as I
hate the sensational in any form. I kept silence
until I happened to meet a physician who was
thoroughly conversant with tne condition of the
Secretary's health, and who confirmed the re
port given mo by the official of the State De
partment. A Peculiar State of Affairs.
Doubtless it Is not the proper thing to assert
that a man is sick when he and his immediato
friends, vow that he is well, but I think I am
justified in doing it in this case, upon the testi
mony of persons who know what tbey are talk
ing about and have no Interest in misrepresent
ing the facts. Add to this the evidence ot Mr.
Blaine's own actions, aud the unnecessary
vehemence with which the denials were made,
and the story of the illness is pretty well sub
stantiated. If ever man looked sIckMr. Blaine
does. He bears every evidence of suffering a
serious general debility. He has not attended
to his duties as Secretary half the time during
his stay here since the 1th of March. 'He leaves
the first of July following his appointment,
just at a time when the work of his office is
most pressing upon him, and the latest author
itative announcement is that he will not return
before the first of October. Mr. Walker Blaine,
sl young man without experience and of de
cidedly ordinary ability, is practically the Sec
retary of State, though he really has no official
standing in the department, the offlco to which
he was appointed being a misnomer, and he
really acting as his father's private secretary.
No such condition of affairs has ever been
known before in the State or any other depart
ment, in the first or any other year of an ad
ministration, and it Is remarkable enough to be
spoken of and dwelt upon.
Mr. Walker Blaine explains that his father Is
working vory hard In affairs of the department
at his far-away seashore residence. He is said
to be engaged on matters pertaining to the ex-
Eosltion ot the Three Americas, which will be
eld in this city in 1892, but that is positively
absurd, for Mr. Blaine has absolutely nothing
to do with the arrangement of the machinery
for that great fair. lie has sent forth one cir
cular, and that is all. The South American
States have either accepted or they are con
sidering acceptance. Clerks in the department
have charge of all the official correspondence,
and there is a committee of citizens here which
is constantly giving information on the sub
ject. So mucn for the question of health. As to
the story of resignation, the official referred to
tells me that he had it from the mouth of Mr.
Blaine himself that if he does not soon regain
more vigor, and consequently more ability to
attend to bis duties, he will be forced to resign.
An American Pepys.
I have recently been shown the outside of a
diary whlch,if it can ever be secured and printed
for the delectation of the public, will create
one of the liveliest sensations that have been
known for a long time in this raw country of
ours, where we have no scandals ot royalty or
nobility to feast our souls upon, but must be
content with small gossip about such ordinary
persons as millionaires or members of Congress.
It will be remembered that some time ago the
death was announced of "Jim" Christy, the
Assistant Sergeant at Arms of the Senate. He
was a factotum of the Senators, especially of
the lively ones and the good livers. Nobody
could order a better dinner, and the fellow who
devises a good dinner can always penetrate to
the heart of the fellow for whom he orders it.
Christy used to go on all ot the great junketing
trips of the Senators. He would order the
wiue and cigars and luncheons, and it is said
his very ordinary salary was greatly swelled by
these extra services. In a thousand ways he
assisted and aided tho Senators, and became
'possessed of more of their secrets than any
omer man in tne country, ne was ciose
mouthed and discreet, but it seems that like
the adoraoie irtvys, De kept a aiary. ana in
this diary he jotted down the baldest sort of
memoranda ot bis association with Senators of
high renown. "Jim" was not an intellectual
sharp, and did not possess the art of concealing
forbidden fruit in rhetorical sugar. He lacked
Imagination. A primrose by the river's brim a
simple primrose was to him, and nothing more.
Consequently lie called things by uncanny
names, and consequently, also, before his diary
can ever be published it will have to be care
tuUy "edited," and made fascinating by that
classical style which takes the Decameron of
Boccaclo, tho Confessions of Rousseau, the
stories ot Rabelais, and other similar volumes,
without the pale of the law, and to which even
the ferret eyes of the Anthony Comatockj of
the land are blind.
An Interesting Diary.
"Christy would never let this diary go out of
his hands," said a gentleman, in whose posses
sion it now Is, to me yesterday, "and he Intend
ed it should be in safe keeping after his death.
It was more than a year ago that he gave me
one day a sealed envelope, which was not to be
opened except in case of his death. After that
occurrence, so startling in Its suddenness, I
broke the seal, and found an order for a book,
which would be found locked in his writing
desk. I secured the volume, and here It is.
You will notice that It is very extensive. I have
calculated it would make at least 00 closely
printed pages. I keep It locked In this safe, of
which no one but myself knows the combina
tion. What if I should die Uko Christy I have
provided for that as Christy did, in regard to
this diary. I would not have its Contents pub
lished, nor even show them to my nearest friend
for any sum of money, for in that manuscript is
a startling history, told m Jim's crude way, of
personal peculiarities, escapades, queer capers,
lobbying bchenies, intrigues, and so on, of half
the Senators of the United States. I have no
doubt it is true, every word of it. I may at
times show you harmless passages like this one,
but any page which would involve a Senator in
a scandal will be sealed forever, at least during
the lives of all the actors on the Senatorial
stage of this period."
A Steep Poker Game.
The custodian of this precious volume then
showed me a few lines containing mention of a
poker game between Senators, which run as
"Sat in a poker game last night with (here
he names five Senators). It was a deuce of a
hot game, - and seemed to have a pick
at each ana quarreled nearly all the time.
Finally canght discarding four cards
and holding up two on his own deal and ac
cused him of cheating. Don't think knew
he had six cards, but the looks ot things was
against bim. declared it was all a mis
use, but was ugly and wouldn't have it,
and it was all we could do to keep them from
coming to blows. It was easy to see there was
blood on the face of the moon, and nobody was
surprised when on one deal they both stood
pat to see them square themselves for business.
We all knew tbey would both bet their last dol
lar before they would give up. just on account
of their quarrel. bst J100. raised
htm S500. swore tho thing might as
well be ended 'then and there, and swooped
down with $5,000. declared that he wasn't
to bo scared with a littlo bluff llko that and
coolly raised 510,000. Then gotnervou".
It was plain to bo seen ho would like to have
crawled out, but the words that had passed
between them made hira hot, and after a little
-while he concluded to call. That made about
$32,000 in the pot. - , who had made the
f 10.000 raise, spread out his hand, and showed a
straight flush oi clubs, eight high, and started
to rake down the pot
" 'Hands off that money,' shouted - , his
face lighting upj "Your hand's no goodr
" The deuce vou sav, said , his jaw drop
ping as though be had been shot through ,the
"No,itlsn't,forl'vogota straight flush of
hearts, ten high.'
f'lwas a fact He had 'em, and none of 'em
bad got away. It was tho biggest two bands I
ever saw out against each other, and the
astonishing thing was they were both pat. I
klndot think , who can shuttle the cards
like a professional, put up a job on them."
I have never Mows open a safe, but I would
do something dWfldly energetic to get hold
oftbatftiary. . - r & w. Uohxheb.
THE GOSSIP OP GOTHAM.
A DlstlngalsbVd Lot of Flitters.
!1T TOBK BUREAU EFXCIALS.J
NirwYOEK,Jnly 2a William Hayden Ed
wards, United States Consul General at Berlin;
Julio de Arellans, Spanish Minister to Central
America; Frederick Schenck, United States
Consul to Barcelona; Tom Karl, Sir Charles
Brownlow, Karl Woxen, Swedish Secretary of
Legation at Washington, and Sir Donald
Stewart sailed for Europe to-day.
An Exciting Scene In Court.
Tho trial of the divorce suit of GluseppI
Serra was enlivened to-day by a rough-and-tumble
fight right under the Judge's nose.
Gasparo Rollo was on the stand telling just
how Mrs. tierra and tho co-respondent were
bugging each other when he surprised them in
Serra's back parlor about a eek ago. Mrs.
Serra was terribly excited by this testimony.
She tried several times to get at Gasparo, but
her lawyer held her down. He let go of her
for a minute to make an objection. She
jumped at Gasparo, buried her nails in bis
checks, tore out one side ot his mustache, and
dragged liim to the floor. Then sho wept
copiously, while Gasparo went out to wash his
wounds. The trial was adjourned.
Twnsn't Eddie Gould's Wife.
A story was printed this morning to the effect
that Edwin Gould, the second Son of Jay Gould,
had been qnletly married before sailing for
Europe on Wednesday. The story was based
on the fact that on the cabin list of the City
of Pans was the name of Mrs. Gould, imme
diately following that of Edwin Gould. The
two were utter strangers, and occupied sepa
rate rooms. The names were brought together
in alphabetical arrangement Tho Mrs. Gould
in question is gray-haired, about 50 years old,
and lives away out Westsomewhere when she's
Diss Debar Gets Her Receiver.
At the Instance of Ryerson fc Brown, Wan
hopo Lynn was to-day appointed receiver of all
the property of Mme. Diss Debar. Ryerson &
Brown secured a judgment against Diss Debar
for ESI and costs. Her spiritual paintings,
which were at police headquarters, together
with her furniture and surplus .clothing, will
now be turned over to the receiver and sold.
Sir Julian Pauncefoto's Last Taffy.
Sir Julian Pauncefote, British Minister at
Washington, fqund time to say some very nice
things about the United States before the
steamship Etruria earned him off for England
this morning. He considers Washington girls
very entertaining, and expects that his wife and
four daughters, who will return with him in tho
steamship Anrania, next October, will consider
the Washington young men correspondingly
clever. Only one of Sir Julian's daughters is
out in society. The other three will come out
about the middle of the next administration at
Washington If Sir Julian gets through the
campaign of 1892 all right The British Minister
spoke at some length of Mr. Blame, as "far
seeing, intelligent and agreeable," of Mr. Har
rison as having an "honest, open countenance,"
and of Washington newspaper correspondents
as "pleasant and anxious to be accurate." Sir
Julian has gained weight in Washington, but
fears that he has contracted some kind of a
A Mexican Governor at Sea.
Ex-Governor Evaristo Madero, of Coahuila,
Mexico, his wife, six daughters and 12 sons,
sat on the hurricane deck of the steamship La
Champagne, as she put out of her berth this
morning. The three youngest children played
with dolls and toys. The eldest son, 32 years
old, alternately chatted with his wife and
struggled with the first pages of an English
Spanish grammar. The family came from
Mexico to New York in a special.
Mme. Albanl Coming to America.
Mr. L. M. Ruben, 23 Union Square, who rep
resents many of the leading foreign soloists in
this country, has received from Ernest Gye,
the husband of Mme. Emma Albani, a cable
gram from London stating that Mme. Albani
bad just concluded an engagement with Mr.
Henry Abbey, to sing in this country under his
management during the entire operatic season
beginning next December.
A GIGANTIC COMBINE.
Tho National Lead Trast Controls a Capital
rsrsciAi. nxxoBAx to tux nisrATCitt
NewYomc, July 20. Wall street was In
terested in a statement contained in Engineer
ingland Mining Journal which purported to
give the approximate cash valuation of the
various properties absorbed by tho National
Lead Trust. The valuation put upon the
various properties was:
Atlantic White Lead Company. ?2,30O.0OI!.
Collier White Lead Company, bt Louis,
e, 500. 000.
southern White Lead Company, bt. Louis,
Eckstein White Lead ,Co'nPnT. Cincinnati.
tl. 250, 000.
John T.Lewis & Brother. PMlade! phis. fl, M0, WO.
St. Louts bmelting and Keflnlie Uomnany, St.
Union White Lead Manufacturing Company,
New York, 90,000.
Ulster White Lead Company.Hcw York, 300, 000.
Jewctt White Iad Company, 8300,000.
Brooklyn White Lead Company and Bradley
"White Lead Company, (1,230,000.
The frank statement is made that the figures
could not be obtained for Harrison Brothers i
Co.. Philadelphia; Billings Rio Grand Works.
Socorro, N. Mex., and the Maryland White
Lead Company, Baltimore.
An Awful Anarchist
From the Alta CallfornU.l '
-uin Van 'Zan.lt Snlnj is cointf on the stace.
It does seem as though sho might have omitted
. 4 A LaIa m vAtAS Caa a Ytnm4 n
tnis cviuence luas&uoja si vw w mw
peace than her husband was.
Viewed br a Chicago Critic.
From the Chicago .News.
.rtna.. f.mniif ntrrnra. 4lThfl Anpelns."
looks like a bit of realism caught in the potato
ueius 0 imperial oujeauu.
A hobSk over 19 hands high, and weighing
2,300 pounds, was shipped from Myers town. Pa.,
to Boston recently. The purchaser will put the
animal on exhibition.
A tbamp worked a cute trick on a Wheeling
shoe shop. Ho asked for a drink of water, and
laid his' coat down on tho counter while be
drank. In leaving he picked up his coat and a
pair of shoes under it
SiaKln a busy Kensington neighborhood:
'We dine you boss for 20 cents, and shape you
off with melon."
Bon. ALKXA.SDBB a Beattt, of Meadville
vicinity, noticed that his melon-vines were
gnawed, and he sprinkled poison near them. In
a few days five young raccoons that were evi
dently starving the mother presumably having
been poisoned came into his yard to help
themselves from the milk palls. All were
A H-TEAit-OL daughter of John Masterson,
of Pbllllpsburg. while playing hide-and-seek
jumped out of a kitchen window. At night,
perhaps from dreaming of the game, she
jumped from a second-story window in a som
nambulistic state. Her back and one ot her
ankles are somewhat bruised.
Hesbt KATFFJfAN, of Bportlng Hlfl, near
Manbelm, Pa., has a 23-year-old horse that was
so stiff that he could hardly walk. He was put
into a pasture through which runs a creek; It
was noticed that a great part of his time was
spent in bathing and lying in the water, and, in
a short Unio,tothe surprise of the owner, he
bocamo as spry as a young colt
Recent storms have washed thousands of
tons ot culm down upon farming lands In the vi
cinity of Sunbury, Pa.,and a number of farmers
have taken legal action to recover damages
from the Mineral Mining Company, the Phila
delphia and Reading Railroad and other opera
tors. The most forgetful young man In Snyder
county. Pa., recently went to town with his best
girl, and wbon tho time came for his return,
actually left without her and proceeded several
miles before ha happened to think bo had for.
A Beixaibe man who sent SO cents to a New
York firm for '.'an easy method of setting rid
of debts," received by -return isall tte leeaic
&aTicet "jr j vmw.-
A 5-year-old child In Monson, Me., is
said to speak three languages.
A Chicago baby that was born July 4
has been christened Gloria Columbia Ottofy.
Buffalo has completed the count and
announces that 253,000 persons reside within
Sylvanus Jones, ol Richmond, Va., is
reported to have written 36,761 words In short
hand on a postal card.
Rhode "Weimar, of Bhelbyville, Ind.,
caught a three-pound black Dass the other day,
and found in it a silrir quarter.
Hon. James A. Gilbert, of Syracuse,
recently caught 160 bass in the St Lawrence In
less than two hours, using only a rod and
A Jefferson City, Mo., man manages to
make a living by following-up picnic parties
and gathering np the empty pottles which they
After two years work has been resumed
on the Hudson river tunnel at New York City.
The tunnel was begun in 1S71 and may be com-'
pleted In a year.
A Cleveland man has just married
again the woman from whom he was divorced
ten years ago. Meantime be bad married
second wife and became a widower.
A grizzly tried to capture a eow on tba
the Ftores ranch, near Santa Maria. Cal., last
week. The cow and bear both went over
high bank and were found dead.
Captain A. C. Bell, of Americas, Ga.,
received a large turtle lrom Brunswick re
cently. It weighed 275 pounds. It was brought
up from the depot on a dray and attracted a
Bluff old Captain Josiah Hendryx, of
Decatur, Mich., who died a few days ago, had
Six children, all of whom died young, except
one son. Then he did his full duty to society
by adopting and rearing ton orphan children,
pving them good educations and a fair start in
the affairs of life.
The people of Sao Francisco expect to
find themselves, ere lonitat the end of an ocean
cable, the other end of which will be fastened
at Hawaii. To lay the wire, which must bo
2.US0 miles long, will cost as estimated, 81,500,
000, and of this sum the Hawaiian Government
and people will furnish a third.
A Test-pocket edition of the horse has
been foaled in Hartford City. Ind. The mother
is a 2-ycar-oId Shetland pony, owned by Harry
B. Smith, President of the Exchange Bank.
The colt is 9 inches along the back, stands 8
hands in height and is lively as a cricket It
Is doubtless the smallest horse in the State.
Mrs. Moore, of Middle ville, Mich., went
out to the spring the other day to see what ber
little, 4-year-old boy was crying about and
found he had been in the water. She said:
"There, there, don't cry. Earl," but did not
realize how near she had been to attending a
funeral until another little boy of the same
ace told her. "He tootent cwywnen I pulled
him out" Then she felt like crying herself.
Henry Sturdivant is a negro farmer,
who works on the farm of Mr. K. W. Berryhill,
three miles out from Rome. Ga on the Ala
bama road. Sturdivant has always been accus
tomed to having his Shoes made to order. One
of his feet is larger than the other. It takes a
No. 20 shoe to inclose his right foot and a No.
11 to house the other. The largest shoe in the
world is worn by a young lady in Kentucky,
who sports No. 24.
The most valuable book in the world
is said to be a Hebrew Bible at the Vatican in
Rome. In 1312 Pope Julius, then In great
financial straits, refused to sell It to a syndicate
of rich Venetian Jews for its weight in gold.
The Bible weighs more than 325 pounds and isj
never carried by less than three men. The price
refused by Pope Julius was, therefore, about
1125,000, and tbar, too, when gold was worth at
least thrice what it is now worth.
The latest revelations concerning
Egyptian antiquities come through the re
search of Prof. Navillc, of Geneva, made at
Bnbastes. Bnbastes was the sacred city of
Bast, the cat-headed goddess. It was supposed 1
that its great temple had entirely disapeared, J
but M. Naville discovered extensive remains of
it and striking proofs to show that the pyra
mids of Cheops and Cheferen must have beeSi
in existence at least by 3700 B. C, or about 6, 0
years ago. The Hyksos, or shepherd kino
came from Bab) Ion or Mesopotamia In tit
twenty-third century B. C. ( 1.
There is an old man in T7ashingT y
named Roger Evans, who claims to have p
Ished the boots of every President since the
the time of Jackson. He has been obliged at
times to resort to peculiar devices to accom-
pllsh his designs on the shoes of a new execu
tive. Up to a few weeks ago he had not been
able to capture Harrison's feet but be met the
President one day recently about a block from
the White House. Harrison's shoes were dusty
and In an instant Evans bad his box on the
ground and, before tne President realized what
had happened, bad begun to wield his brushes
vigorously. Harrison had to submit
A most remarkable snake story comes
from Mad River township, not far from Spring
field, O. The story is vouched for by Isaac Ar
rowsmith, a prominent resident ot that town
ship, and can be set down as strictly true. It
seems that Mr. Arrowsmitb was ont with his
run one day recently and while passing a large
elm tree which has a diameter of several feet
saw to his amazement a blacksnake coiled
around the trunk ot the tree about 40 feet from
the ground. He fired several shots at it and
finally succeeded in bringing it down. It meas
ured nearly eight feet in length aud was one of
the largest snakes ever seen In this part of
Ohio, as there are no limbs on the tree much
below whero the snake was colled the wonder
is bow bis snakeship ever succeeded In reach
ing bis dizzy altitude. ,
A novelty in the way of labor-savins
devices is about to be put upon the market by
W. B. Martlndale, of St Louis. It Is called the
electric date and time stamp, and it A thought
that It will soon become a necessity tq business
men, railway and telegraph companies and gov
ernment officials. The stamp, which, like the.
ordinary stamp, records one's name, address,
business and the like, is peculiar in that it also
stamps the correct date and time of dato to tho
minute. It works automatically, in syn
chronism with any clock, by means of an elec
tric batterv and circuit closer, which are at
tached to the clock. No electric stamps will
be sold by the company which manufactures
them. They will be leased to subscribers Uko
Grave diggers do a great deal of work'that
Is beneath them. Toledo Blade.
The greatest pitcher's curve was the ara
otoah. lie pitched without and within at the
same time. -Detroit Journal,
Los Angeles has a modest girl who learns
the church songs from her sister and not from tha
book because It Is a hymn book, Los Angtlet
He Young Algernon Browne smelt of
She The dear boy I So long as he didn't taste ot
it! Evening Sun;
Li On is the name of the manager of the
Chinese theatrical company In e York. It
strikes ni that he ought to be the advance agent
Farmer Here, young scamp, what ara
you stealing my corn for?
Young forager-I ain't; I'm only nulling Its
ears. Town Topic.
The Doctors Agreed. Skeptic Did yoi$
ever know two doctors to agree?
Medical Student (after reflection) T-e-i; oncdj
Where was 1"
At a post mortem. "Seta York Wctkly,
A 8LHJHT DIFFERRNCE.
The poet and the politician
Are nearly of a stripe; "
For one Is always piping lays
While tne other Is laying pipes.
Something New. Mr. Highup (at break
fast) An jthlng new In the paper?
Mrs. Highup (who has had a monopoly or the
morning paper forbairan hour) Yes; Hard Cash
A Co. are selling 6urah silks at hair off.-.Vio
TIIB BLWDNESS OF T.OVS.
The girl who really cates for you a rap
Who has a little brother-pesky gopher
Before she goes and ilM upon yoar lap.
Will always take a look behind the sofa.
Sew lork Evening Sun.
Mr. Gabb "What is the matter with my
Doctor-Nothing, except that he needs change.
I prescribe opiates and rest
Mrs. Osbb-Sball I give him the opiates at onee
Doctor Oh, the Opiates are not for him; they
are for you. Once a Htek.
Been There Before. Guest (at Mrs. Da
Fashion's Uuslcale)-Merey! What are all these
wash boilers, and list-Irons, and things In the par
locforl Mrs. De Fashion (hclplcssly)-I had togetthem.
The leader of the orchestra came here at the last
minute, and refused to play unless I furnished
those things for the anvil chorus. He said he was
bound tq have one selection beard above the eoa
venation.-Sue Xort WMy. 1 T -,