Pittsburg dispatch. (Pittsburg [Pa.]) 1880-1923, August 07, 1889, Page 4, Image 4
EKfl HE3aiE&HSSWE wyiKi i. . Kqpiit iTT TTTTSiil!W-il RS&cJ STT TWPSRP? '! ;T3--7rw' ft f k 'Bippfolj. ESTABLISHED FEBRUARY 8, 1848. Vol.41, It o. 1SL Entered at 1'lttsburg l'ostoffice, November 14, 1SS7, as second-class matter. Business Office 97 and 09 Fifth Avenue. News Booms and Publishing: House 76, 77 and 79 Diamond Street; Eastern Advertising Office, Hoom 45, Tribune liulldlnr, ItewYorL. Average net circulation of the dally edition of TuxDlsrATCHforsix months ending Julys, 1889, as sirom to betore City Controller, 29,914 Copies per Issue. Average net circulation of the Sunday edition of Tax DisrATin for tbree months ending July SI, J&S3, 54,897 Copies per Issue. TERMS OF THE DISPATCH. I-OSTAGE TRIE IN TUX UNHID STATES. DAILY DISPATCH, One Year ? 8 00 Daily UisrATCH, l'er Quarter 2 00 Dailt Dispatch. Oneilonth 70 Daily DisrATCH. Including Sunday, 1 year. 10 00 Daily Dispatch. Including Sundny.Sm'ths. 3 50 Daily Dispatch, Including Sunday, 1 month 80 buxDAY Dispatch. One lear 1 50 "Weekly Dispatch, One Year 1 3 Tna Daily Dispatch Is delivered by carrUrsat 35 cents per week, or Including Sunday edition, at 10 cents per eeb. PITTSBURG. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 7. 18S3. THE UNEXPECTED HAPPENS. , he strike of the coke workers in the 1 Connellsville district bids fair to rival preceding wages disputes in that indnstry, for the incongruity and unexpectedness of its events. The strike of 1887 made a re markable record in that way, but the present one rivals it as far as it has got. The former strike, it will be remembered, was due to the refusal of the men to accept the verdict on an arbitration, it was hardly thought that such a strike ought to or would succeed, but after it progressed to a certain stage the Carnegie interests con ceded an advance. By all precedents this was a harbinger of victory; but after a continuance of the strike in the other works the contrary was found to be the case, and the men gave up. This year the strike in a large share of the works is in violation of another principle fully recognized by labor organi sation, namely adherence to a scale signed by the representatives of the men. Under such circumstances the operators declared that they could have no security even in conceding an advance, and the public gen erally believed them. Yet within two weeks the operators have been offering an advance. What other particulars may be developed in which natural expectations will be re versed are yet to be seen. But there is ground for the opinion that, in wages dis putes, both operators and employes in the coke regions are decidedly uncertain quanti ties. QUITE NATURAL. . A New York court scandal, in which a person who some years ago became notori ous for making away with considerable money trust, now appears as a fiduciary officer, in the court and as active in the pro duction of a bogus-divorce for the benefit of an influential politician, naturally creates some sharp comment. The result, however, is so natural considering the premises, that it should not occasion any surprise. If a man who lias been notoriously unfaithful in a private trust is put in a position of publio trust no one has a right to consider it re markable if he follows out his custom of be trayal. The record of public affairs in New York is not such that the public at large need feel any surprise that people of this sort are put in public positions. A city 'which? permits its Aldermen to sell public franchises, at the rate of 520,000 for each Alderman, and which elects a District At torney for the express purpose of preventing convictions for that bribery, has no right to get worked up over a little matter like the manufacture of bogus divorces by the regu lar officers of justice. A HIGHLY COMPLIMENTED CANDIDATE. It is the good fortune of Major Montooth that no matter how Old Time rolls on he is still spoken of by the press of the State as ihe "popular young Republican," the "handsome young Pittsburger," etc "While paying deserved compliments to the Major for his many estimable qualities, his youth fulness is never forgotten. As a matter of fact a man who made an excellent record in the war, and who has been for 25 years prominent at the bar, would not ordinarily be classed among the "young" fellows, but the Major is of that cheerful, hearty dispo sition which never grows old. Whatever his fortune in the political field and his countless friends are making gallant prepa rations for him he can at least congratu late himself on the personal enthusiasm with which the announcement ot his re newed candidacy has been received, even thus early, in very many districts of the State. He certainly would make a dignified, able and immensely popular Governor. Whether the honoris to come his way will depend on the degree in which the political powers that be feel disposed to recognize the desirability of these qualifications in the Chief Executive in preference to fealty to faction. HEPE0BABLY DOESN'T WANT IT. The fondness of our esteemed and brilliant cotemporary, the New York Sun, for en riching the terminology of politics with new and astonishing words has heretofore been one of its effective characteristics. It has injected the term "Mugwump" into our language, and has given a newspaper pro prietor in a neighboring State more than local fame under the title of "a hebetudin ous crank." But there aie cases when its efforts in this direction require a diagram or glossary. Snch an one is presented, when, in connection with Senator Quay's alleged Presidents! ambition, it inquires in its headline "Would He Like a Chaneg?" The answer to the question will depend entirely upon what a "Chaneg" is. Senator Quay is not the kind of politician who wishes to grab everything that he hears of, without understanding its nature. He will under take the disposition of offices, in round lots; but he takes care to know beforehand what the offices are. The name "Chaneg" does not sound very attractive. Unless it is a new kind of fish we do not believe that a statesman of such discriminating and care ful taste as our own Matthew Stanley, would care for it. NOT THE BIGHT HOTIVE. The members of the Grand Army of the Republic, in various sections of the country, have voted to sustain the action of certain of the department commanders who recom mended the members of that order, on ac count of the refusal of the railroads to ac cord the rates on excursion tickets, of one cent per mile, to stay away from the Mil waukee encampment. It is undoubtedly a legitimate right of the members of tho G. A. E. to stay away from their national gathering, if the rail roads do not give them an excursion rate such as they can afford to pay. This is a right which belongs to everyone; and as the railroads took concerted action in their refusal to grant the requested excursion rate, the concerted actfon ot the members of the Grand Army in staying away because the rate was not granted, is little more than tit for tat. But as there are intimations that the Grand Army as a body will now pursue a policy antagonistic to the railroads, it seems necessary to remark that the order should not permit itself or its members to be swayed upon questions of public policy merely by personal grudges. Tub Dispatch has long held the posi tion that there are measures of legislation and regulation required to prevent actions on the part of the railroads against the pub lic interests. If the members of the Grand Army of the Republic should take up that question, solely for the publio welfare, they would be carrying put their reputation for patriotism and disinterestedness, but if they propose to antagonize the railroads merely because they have not enjoyed the special favors to which they considered themselves entitled, they will put themselves in the po sition of trying to squeeze the railroads for private revenge. This is an attitude which a patriotic order like the Grand Army cannot afford to take. They should take care not to forget the dif ference between acting on public questions for the good of the public, and acting from personal and selfish motives. THE CONFLICT OP C0BP0EATI0NB. The very interesting fight which is afoot in Allegheny Councils between the, rival passenger railway lines, as to whether one can debar another from rights of way, is at tracting lively attention. The charge is openly made that while the people of the lower part of Allegheny desire cable service they cannot have it, because the interests of an opposition line might be effected. This, of course, is the poorest of all reasons; but it is of the sort that sometimes is potent. Taken into account in connection with the award of contracts for fire engines across the river to the highest bidder, it might provoke some pointed sarcasm on the pro tests which are occasionally heard from Allegheny against consolidation with Pitts burg. These invariably set up "ring rule" and corrupt politics in the Pittsburg munic ipality as the cause of refusal. -From recent indications it might seem as if that sort ot suggestion will savor hereafter of the pot and kettle controversy. However, in Pittsburg, as well as in Alle gheny, the franchise question and the con flicts of rival corporations, show signs of leading up to "merry war" in the near future. The quantities of dividend-paying water which is injected into the capitalisa tion of some of the companies has already invited eager projects of competition, par allel lines, and so forth. Some of the re cently procured charters are for that pur pose. There will doubtless be a cheerful time ahead when the plans are fully devel oped. Meanwhile it is a hardship that the peo ple should have to wait for rapid transit in any district of either oity on these conflicts. In Pittsburg, just as in Allegheny, there are needed lines of road which would be built and which the property owners would welcome, but which are now kept back com pulsorily to wait the maturing of other schemes witn which they might interfere. We will soon witness a desperate struggle to serve the dear people iu all quarters for the profit there is in it, against which the existing lines will feel called upon to make a big fight to "protect" their interests. So valuable have franchises become in thriv ing, populous cities like Pittsburg and Al legheny, that the fight over the Councllmen of the future will be fiercer than anything known in the past. THE RESULT OP CORNERS, The report of Consul General Charlton H. Way on the Russian cereal trade, gives offi cial notice to the fact which has often been referred to in these columns, that every corner or combination to artificially raise the price of wheat, has stimulated exports from Russia to the consuming markets of Europe. Not one dollar is added to the wealth of America by such juggling with the great staples, but the trade has in every such case been handed over to Russia or In dia. A large share of Russia's wheat ex ports is shown to be due to the operations of the Chicago gamblers. This is the inevitable result of manipula tions in any staple. In staples like wheat and petroleum, of which large amounts are exported, the idea is a favorite one among the cornerers and monopolists, that as for eign consumers must pay the advance, this country should approve rather than prohibit the artificial enhancement of prices. But the fact is that foreign consumers do not pay the advance. In the grain trade the result is tbat domestic producers lose- the trade. In petroleum the monopoly of the Stand ard has enabled it to put the price on exported petroleum lower than the price which it makes the people of the' United States pay for their light; and this reduced price, made to meet foreign competition, has been speciously cited as an evidence that the freedom of the Standard from competition has not prevent ed a reduction of prices. The fact is that corners and combinations are invariably at the expense of the public That does not trouble the manipulators at all. They do not care whose money they get, so they get it. But it is well that the people should see the real effect of these arti ficial barriers to the transfer of products be tween consumers and producers. WHAT THEY SHOULD DO. , The investigation which has been going on into the Illinois coal strikes have pro duced a declaration from one of the mem bers of the investigating body that "both the miners and operators are in a great measure justified in their positions. At the prices offered the latter they can only do business at a loss and.at ,the prices offered the former they cannot earn a living." This is supposed to present an insuperable dilemma; but it does not. If an industry cannot obtain enough for its product to afford itslabor living prices, it has no right to exist. If Illinois coal operators cannot give the miners a living, they should cease production. Pennsylvania and Ohio mines, while not paying royal wages, can certainly pay enough to keep their men from starva tion, and in addition can pay the freight charges for taking the coal West and selling it in competition with Illinois coal. If, with the advantage in the haul, Illinois operators cannot give their miners some thing better than starvation wages, they should go out of business. Some light upon the sincerity of this plea is afforded by the fact that the inter-State agreement, putting wages on an equitable basis as between the varions districts, was broken, up because the Illinois operators in sisted pn squeezing their men lower than the wages fixed by that compact. The labor leaden who are poshing the ;r. j.J f .jr... -fa-w m jjkjwgjHbi --. ui.f .AtebEflM-r.rlK.E3raOB3BKiBAfaTSBsaaBW4sBslBaSBs proceedings againsttne foreign glassblowers, at Jeannette, declare that they are going to urge the case in prder to prevent its being outlawed. Tbat is their right and duty; but their performance of that duty can hardly have much effect on the opinion of the public that a law which prevents a labor organization from bringing needed workers to this country is not particularly beneficial either to labor or industry, Mb. Allen O. Metebs, of Ohio, in a recent speech opposing the single legislative district amendment to the Ohio Constitu tion, is reported as saying: "This is the plan which prevails in New York City, Philadelphia and Pittsburg. This is the plan which has given to New York and Pennsylvania the most cprrupt Legislatures that have ever sat in any State of the Union." We are not perhaps quite quali fied to discuss with Mr. Meyers the re spective corruption of the Pennsylvania and New York Legislatures as compared with that famous body of which Mr. Meyers was a member, and which elected Senator Payne for a liberal consideration. But as it happens to be the case that out of the eight legislative districts of Allegheny county, six send two or more members to the Legislature, and that s majority of the districts in the State are more than single legislative districts, there seems to be room for the conclusion that Mr. "Myers method af argument is in forming his facts to suit bis theory. The City Assessors state that their force is at work in gettingout the pamphlet of assess ments, which is ao far satisfactory. Never theless, could not an assessment that was complete last spring in time to put the tax list in the hands of the City Treasurer on the first of April hare been copied a little more promptly? A unique view of social distinctions is presented by the Boston Qlobe, which says, that alter Sullivan has bowed to the "super stition" in the South that the law must be vindicated, he "may become the hero of tho day with those who are now calling for the vindication of the law." It is quite possi ble that after Sullivan has been instructed by the law in some such useful and honora ble occupation as breaking stones, the sen sible part of the public will be willing to accord him a little heroism in having him become an honest and useful citizen. The statement that a forgerwas pardoned by the President out of a California peniten tiary because he wrote a campaign poem in honor of Harrison, is one Of the productions of the opposition press that calls for a very sudden crushing, if it is not true We like anecdotes concerning political characters, and those which the Chicago Post publishes are generally fresh and funny. But when it steals the old story of the eloquent way in which Tom Corwin re plied to a man who stood on the edges of the crowd, shouting, "Louder," and credits the exact speech to Governor Leon J. Abbett, at the last St. Louis Convention, it is necessary to warn it against the indica tion that it is getting into its aneedptage. Ouc naval vessels should understand that it is hazardous for them to try to knock off the rocks along the Atlantic coast. They should succeed in conquering their old enemies, the coal schooners, before they tackle the rockier task. The rumor that the Standard Oil and Sugar Trust crowd are forming a combina tion to control the supply of guinea pigs, lambs and dogs lacks confirmation. Of oourse it would be a subject of grief to these eminent capitalists if they allowed anything that contributes to life to go un monopolized; but at present His hard to see how they are to follow their favorite policy of restricting production in the case of those very productive animals. The people who smuggle in bad whisky and other injurious delicacies to their sick friends in the West Penn Hospital must be of the opinion that the sooner their friends get out of this world of misery the better for them. When we find our cotemporary, the Detroit Free Frexs, criticising Mrs. Heman's poem concerning the landing of the Pilgrim Fathers, because it speaks of their landing on a rock bound coast, with the correction that "rocks are scarce on the sandy stretch of Cape Cod, it becomes necessary to suggest that the esteemed Free Frett should overhaul its geography and make a note of the fact that Plymouth Rock is not located on Cape Cod. PEOPLE Or PB01UKEHCE. " Attorney General Muxee left Wash ington yesterday afternoon tor Indianapolis. The Rev. William Ambler, a prominent Episcopal clergyman of Virginia, is going to Japan as a missionary. 'It Is not generally known that Mr. Gladstone bas only three fingers on bis left hand. The in dex finger was shot off 47 years ago, by an acci dent in the bunting field, HE key Ieving recently told a friend that be would not visit the United States again be cause of tbe shabby manner In which he had been treated by the press. President Caenot, of France, is a literary man by inheritance and habit, He has written a good deal of poetry which has never appeared in print. Parisian publishers hare tempted him in vara. Pbof. Mahaitt. of Trinity College, -Dublin, who Is now at Chautauqua, says that the leading authority on ancient Greece is Br. D. Orpfeld, of the German school at Athens. Dr. Opfeld Is a co-worker with Dr. Schliemann. Excepting Walter Savage Landor, wbo lived to be 90 years old, few English poets saw the age of four score, which Tennyson reached yesterday, though William Wordsworth, to whose laureate wreath Tennyson succeeded nearly 40 years ago, lived IS days beyond his SOth birthday. The Sultan of Turkey maintains 474 car riages which Incur an expense ot 2,800,000 francs a year. Most of these carriages are of French make. A few made in Turkey show cleverness in construction. The tiultan per sonally bas need for only abont four of the ve hicles referred to. Ivan Stepasofs, of Tobolsk, Siberia, is making an extensive tour of this country. He was at one time Governor ot one ot the Siber ian provinces. After resigning this position be made a large fortune in business. He is about 6 feet 9 Inches in height and weighs ISO pounds. Be tells many startling tales of life in Siberian prisons. Don't Monkey With tbe Preserves. from the Omaha Republican. Sit aown, Canada! You weary us. Little foreign children wbo steal game out of Uncle Sam's cupboard must be punished for their own good. It is a great moral lesson we are teaching in Behrlng Straits. An Astronomer's Time Wasted. yrom the Mew York World. 3 A European astronomer has discovered an other asteroid. He might bare employed bis time more advantageously. There Is nothing more useless than an asteroid, unless it be a dnde. M riding Toward Civilization. From the Philadelphia Beeonh J Oklahoma Is marching on with steady strides toward civilization. The City Counoll ttt Guthrie Is aooused of baring stolen $18,98e,fcBd thus bankrupted the City Treasury. , M, THE PITTSBTJBG- piSPATOH, THE ELIXIR OF LIFE. A Carious Phmo of the Discussion on This Interesting Subject Illusions of tho Bleb, and Poor Contentment Better Than Rejuvenation. There is much discussion just now about the discovery by Dr. Brown-Sequard of a prepara tion which will restore to tbe aged a portion of their lost vigor. A curious phase of this dis cussion has been the very generally accepted conclusion tbat in the opinion ot most men snch restoration would be of little value. Tbe vast majority of people appear to have had enough of life by the time tney reach tbe age 6f 60; and, looking back over the past, thev are not sufficiently charmed with the retrospect to desire any indefinite continuation of the strug gle. They have suffered so many disappoint ments, they bare found themselves bo rudely thrust aside, the brightest and best of tbelr friends have been called away, and the power of making new ones bas been denied them. The young are, perhaps, kind enough to them, but they feel themselves hereon sufferance, and are qnite ready to leave whenever, the summons may come. It is useless to deny the f aet that this is an age of disillusion and much uneasiness. There were many movements started at thebeginning of this century which would strike us as ab surd to-day. Anyone wbo is very enthusiastic on any subject now is regarded with more or less suspicion. Religion, charity, humanity, are each closely questioned by thinkers, who doubt tbe claims which formerly were accepted with out hesitation. In America there is but one dream which is apparently unladed, and that is wealth. V Tbe avaricious rich man is tbe one who wilt pay great sums to-day for a larger lease of life, for bis goal often sbmes as brightly before blm as it did in his youth, and no matter bow old be might live to be, he well knows that there would still remain possible wealth to accumulate. When a man like Jay Gould feels that the time has come for the care of bis millions to be an unbearable burthen, but is assured that a few byperdermlc injections will restore the same old zest for million bunting, bow quickly the doctor and his elixir would be called in, and what a handsome fee will be paid in case of success. To the poor it seems as though the rich man oneht to want to live forever and be willing to pay any price for tbe privilege. Most of us, remarks tbe Frovldenoe Journal, can think of so many things tbat we could find to do bad we the wherewithal to carry out our plans. Life would be so easy and pleasant, we could travebeducate ourselves, surround ourselves with all tbe comforts we now miss, and, in short, make our existence pleasant and profit able beyond tbe dreams ot the commonplace lot we now endure. Tbe last stronghold of romance to-day lies in the realm ot wealth. V There is nothing so fascinating as to think what we should do if our rich and far-away uncle should prematurely die and leave ns a million. How suddenly we should be transformed from the slouchy, indifferent, every-day creature we now are to the joyous, fascinating bird of paradise, floating from one beautiful scene to another, to tho delight of all beholders and the perfect satisfaction of ourselves. Yet somehow those who are rich to-day do not seem to be getting all tbe theoretical ad vantages from their wealth that they should derive. The ordinary rich man Is so apt to be anxious and worried about so many things that he cannot give himself up entirely to tbe en joyment of tbe passing hour. He finds so many difficulties to contend with not apparent to tbe impoverished looker-on. In the first place, he is so apt to overdo the creature com forts of life; luxurious food, drink and homes are indulged in, and bring in their train nu merous diseases which narrass his days and nights. Then other people do not take any Interest in blm unless they see a prospect ot maklngsome thing out of him. It be would participate in the joys of society be must keep up a grand es tablishment and have gorgeous feasts where all may overeat themselves. If he would asso ciate with the great financiers he must be able to trade with, them on equal terms, and this requires much thought and study, 'or his wealth is soon absorbed in useless enterprises which have been skillfully unloaded upon him. He cannot travel unless he has a strong phy sique, capable of enduring great fatigue, poor accommodations, bad food and long intervals of ennui. Look what way be will, be finds his lot circumscribed in directions which seem to the poor to be limitless. V The real elixir ot life tbat is needed to-day is a scheme of existence which shall bring con tentment to all, independently of their cir cumstances. People well know that there is something wrong about this vast difference be tweeen. the dreams of tbelr youth and the realities of their old age. The process of dis enchantment which they undergo breaks them all up, and they begin to look forward to death with eagerness rather than to expetiment with rejurenators. It is a standing joke with those who witness or read about the graduating exer cises of our higher institutions of learning that the youth must unlearn many things be fore they can be taught the realities of life. Why should time be wasted on the youncim partlng to them so much knowledge aoout things which are not so? Why is It necessary for anyone to be started out on the road with any false notions about where ils to lead? This highway ot life is such a well-beaten track, so many millions have traveled over it for so many centuries and left an exaot record of their experiences, that there is really nd op portunity to go astray or come upon any new combination ot circumstances. The kind of medicine wbich would be of the most value, is not an essence scraped out of lambs and guinea pigs, but rather the essential experi ences of past generations made available for the present use of the humblest, as well as of the most exalted. Ignorance of the exact con ditions of life is the greatest evil of. the pres ent day. FOSSIL INSECTS VALUABLE. Yankee Capitalists Expect to Slake a For tune From Them. CnEEETFlELD, M&, Angust 6. About one mile from the tannery at Beddington, a thriv ing Washington county village, is a beautiful, sheet of water many acres in area, known as "Chalk Pond." The name originated from tbe Queer chalky deposit which forms the bottom, and for years the place bas been pointed out to visitors by the Inhabitants of the section as one of the natural curiosities of that vicinity. Through the instrumentality of Eben KChurcb, wbo lives here and operatos tbs great Bedding ton tannery, and Charles G. Mitchell, an energetic Bangor man, a company has been formed to utilize this deposit, which is known to tho scientific world as silica, and which is very valuable commercially. It is made up of the fossilized remains of millions of Insects, and when taken from the water resembles clay. It dries quite rapidly, and when the water ha Jully evapotated the, color of ttre substance changes to white and It bears a marked re semblance to magnesia. It is a perfect non conductor of beat and tbe best covering known Xorsteampipesand boilers, while its uses can be multiplied. A peculiar feature of the enterprise it that it will meet wltb no competition in America, for there is only one other deposit ot the kind known in tbe world, and that is in Germany. The Cameron Silica Company, which has been organized to work the deposit,.has a capital of $2o0,000, and is composed almost wholly of wealthy Massachusetts capitalists. They pro pose to develop their property to a great extent this year, and are now preparing to drain the lake of much of its water and are forwarding tbe materials for extensive buildings and a large plant. This year's output of silica is ux pected to be 00 tons. Next season they will place several dredges at work and take the deposit from the bottom. It is estimated that the supply will not be exhausted for many years. The pond is many miles from any rail road, but steps bare already been taken to extend a line to it. More Profitable Than Polities. From the Washington Poitl Ex-Congressman William L. Scott, of Penn sylvania, bas just invested S500,0U in Yonghio gbeny coal lands. There are some things that pay better than politics, as doubtless Mr. Scott knows by this tune. DEATHS OF A DAT. Madame Canrobert. PabiB, August 0. lime. La Marchale de Can robert died suddenly this morning. She was 10 7 ears younger than her hatband, and was next to he Empress Eugenie, the most brilliant social figure of the Empire, and the most beautiful woman in France. She married Gen. Canrobert art'rhls distinguished career in the Crimea, and shared with him tbe honors or tbe Governorship ofrarls. General Pklllppovlteh. X'BJLGOX, August 6.-Un. l'hlllppoviteh, the conqueror of Bosnia, died In this city laAt njght, oi aptipiu.. - WEDNESDAY, ATJQUSTr ,v WORKING AGAINST GREAT ODDS. Tbe Gas Company of Washington Fighting All Oppoaltion. SPECIAL TZXXQBAK TO TOTS DISPATCH.! WASiiraoTON, August ft Tho United States Electric Heat and Power Company, the Pitts burg corporation which several days ago se cured from the commissioners of the dtstricU what seemed to be an almost final concession of the privilege ot laying underground wires and lichtrng all of the fashionable northwest ern section of the city with the Westtngbonse Incandescent light, has just found Itself con fronted by tremendous opposition. The gas company and tbe United States Electrlo Light Company have pooled their issues to defeat tbe Pittsburger. The gas company bas practiced impositions which bare repeatedly been brocght out in Congressional investigations, and each investigation bas compelled a drop in pnee. which was pretty fully counterbalanced by subsequent cheap and poor gas. Now the company comes to the commissioners with a piteous whine about having recently spent a vast sum In tbe extension and Improvement ot Its plant, and for tbis reason they claim they shouldn't lose aslnglo lamp. The United States Electric Company, which uses the arc light, and which, from the develop ments of to-day, appears to be a tender to tbe gas company to help shut out any system of effective electric lighting, argued before the commissioners that the incandescent light pro posed to be used by tbe Pittsburg concern was not suitable for street ligbtlnc, and asserted that the company merely wanted to get down their wires laid for private use. Major Ray mond, tbe engineer commissioner, flatly told tbe gas company and Its electric tender that he had examined all these questions, and was favorably Impressed with the new system. To the assertion of the gas company's President, that no city ia the world was lighted as pro posed, Major Raymond cited Pittsburg and Paris. He said It was tbe purpose of tbe com missioners to permit tbe new company to put in experimental lights, and be was satisfied that the trial would create a popular demand for them that would amount to a furore. The Major signed the contract this afternoon, and it will be at once presented to tbe other commissioners for their approval. One ludi crous feature of tbe matter is tbat tbe Gas Company has been dabbling in tbe Arc Light Company's stock, hoping to monopolize tbe lighting ot tbe Capitol, as at present, in case gas were superseded, and they are now turions to find a strong rival concern, with probably a superior article, climbing over their beads. There is much rejoicing among citizens at tbe prospect of getting rid of tbe Gas Company's monopoly, as tbey expect, even if they have to pay as high rates, to get a much better light than tbe present miserable, sickly, gaseous affair, which is only a light burlesque. ORPHANS' SCHOOLS LEASED. Tbe Commission Meeta and Disposes of Three of tbe Institutions. GPZCIAI, TXX.8QBAH TO THE DISFATCH.l Haeeisbueo, Angust ft The Soldiers' Or phan Commission met in this city to-day to consider tbe(demands made by the ownersof tbe schools at Jumonvllle, Whitehall and Har ford for leasing those institutions for the ac commodations of the children of soldiers to be placed in them under the arrangement made at the recent meetint of tbe commission in tbis city. Tbe board decided to allow the owner of the. Jumonvllle school H&00 a year for the use of the several buildings on tho premises and the 300. acres of land owned by Mr. Watres, tbe principal. As ISO acres are nnder cultivation, tho commission expects to realize from the products of the farm about 2,000 annually, so tbat tbe net cost of the school will not be more than 2,600. The Harford school was leased at 2000 a year and the Whitehall at $1,600. These leases carry with them all the beds, queensware and otber articles In use In the several institutions. The three remaining schools selected by tbe commission are tbe Loysville, Butler and Northern Home, in which pupils will be maintained at $110 a year. The necessary clothing will be furnished by tbe commission at an additional expense of about 123 a Year In tbe Jumonvllle, Whitehall and Harford schools all the expense incident to the maintenance of tbe pupils will be borne by the commission out of the State appropriation. Mr. Watres, principal of the Jumonvllle school, Mr. Bowman, of tbe Whitehall, and Mr. Clark, of tbe Harford, were chosen managers of them at a salary of J1..&00 each. MUST SETTLE IT THEMSELTES. The Government Refuses to Decide n Blatter In Which 896,000 are Involved. Washington, August ft-Several years ago tbe Court of Claims gave judgment for 590, 000 ia favor of Perez Dickinson, of Tennessee, for cotton destroyed by General Burnside dur ing the war. Some years 'after Congress pro vided for the payment of the' judgment. Colonel Woods, tbe attorney in the case, demanded and received from the Treasury Department a draft for the full amount. The draft was of course made payable to Dickinson, but he re fused to Indorse It, as be was afraid Woods would retain more than he thought him enti tled to. Woods wanted $24,000, or onerfourth of the entire amount, for his services. Several attempts were made to settle tbe case, but without success. Finally Secretary Falrchild recalled the original draft and Issued in its stead, two drafts, both payable to Dickinson, and delivered one of them, amounting to $24, 000, to Woods, and the other, for $72,000, to Dickinson. The latter, however, refused to In dorse the draft held by the attorney, and de clined to draw the money on his own. In the meantime. Woods brought salt in Washington to establish bis right to a lien on tbe judgment, but tbe case was dismissed for want of jurisdiction. More recently, the case was again heard at tbe Treasury Department, and to-day Acting Secretary Batchellor de cided to pay the entire amount of the claim to Dickinson, and to leave the question of attor ney's fees to be settled between tbe parties. The drafts outstanding were accordingly re called, and a new one issued in favor ot Dick inson. SOLDIERS AND SAILORS' CHANCES. All Tblngrs Being: Equal, They Have Pre fereneo In Appointments. Washington, August ft In response to a letter of inquiry from W. B. Cooley, Chief Clerk of the Postofflce Department. James M. Tyner, Assistant Attorney General for the Postofflce Department, wrote that when the Civil Service Commission certified three names for appointment, and one of them was a dis charged sailor or soldier, be must be selected for the place. It was suggested in tbe inquiry tbat if tbe appointing power were allowed no cbolce in such a case, it would be useless for tbe commission to certify more than tbe one name of tbe ex-soldier or sailer. Mr. Tyner said as to this, that If tbe name of but one ellclble were certified, tbat person might be come Incapacitated or fall to appear; hence, the convenience and desirability of having three names on the list This opinion of Assistant Attorney General Tyner was confirmed by the Attorney General, who bowoTer, brought out more strongly tbe point that the anpointlng power still bad the riebt of Judging as to the ex-soldier's capacity and personal fitness beforepntttngblm In place, though, all things being equal, the soldier must be appointed. The correspondence in tbe case is being circulated among heads of divisions in tbe various departments lor their guidance in making appointments. THE EIGHTH WILL TAKE PART. An Invitation Accepted to Attend a Cele bration In Baltimore. SrXCIAt. TILIORAU TO TUB D1SFATCR.1 Harbisburg, August ft Colonel Magee, of the Eighth Regiment, and the several captains of companies comprising the organization, bad a conference In this city to-day to consider the invitation extended to the regiment to partici pate in tbe celebration of the anniversary of the battle at North Point, in Baltimore, on the 12th and 13tb of next month. Colonel E. H. Wardwell, of Baltimore, of Governor Jackson's staff, was present at tbe conference as the rep resentative of the Maryland Exposition. Colonel Wardwell indicated that tbe regiment was particularly Wanted to participate In a sham battle to be fought between tbe Mary land, Virginia and Pennsylvania troops, on one side, and all the remaining troops present on The officers of the Eighth Begiment unani mously agreed to accept the invitation. Dauphin and a number ot otber counties rep resented In the regiment had soldiers In the battlo of North Point. THEI CANNOT AGREE. One Case In Which" Arbitration Is Not nn Entire Buccess. Chicago, August ft The arbitration com mittee of three which was expected to report to-morrow a basis of settlement for tbe labor troubles in the Northern Illinois coal fields, bas failed to agree. No two of the arbitrators bold harmonious opinions. A conference of the employers and wageworkers will be held to-morrow. Tbe arbitrators, Messrs. Gage. Bend and Williams, are to lay the result of theinlabors before the conference, and it a compromise docs not result will ask to be discharged. An Editor Spectacle Reversed. From tbe Chicago Inter-Ocr an.l About tbe lath alt. one may reasonably e pect "a rain of' meteors." That Is the time set .- - -'V'-.v - - -a v . .- .. -iJa. v ii ifafsn - 3aK-mL . vascKA .. L -uE.sflsssss?..-' ' " '. t fa4- -U. & VmtCi ' LinHllfe. :T. -, t . . .. - .. - v . . . - . . nkiBBf , . .IHBM .-ST. .U Ml WL. J . ,.. 1 3. SMKS. . .. . .-S ..BMBtf 7, 1889. SUMMER E.YEN1NQ COKCERTS. A Music-Lover Takes the Public to Talk 'for Kon-Appreclatlon of Harmony High Praise for a PIltsburtT Musical Organi zation. To tbe Editor of Tbe Dispatch) Now that the heart and beat of summer hare arrived, and the tastes of humanity in general, drift toward "Heaven's -dlvinest gift music," it is not alone a wonder, but an outrage, that a city of toe magnitude and importance of Pitts burg, possessing as it does, thousands of crea tures wbo are lovers of legitimate music, and the Great Western Band, which undoubtedly is second to none in the entire State, should be compelled to drag through the dull monotony of a hot summer, without the ever welcome di version of the summer evening concerts as they soothed and comforted us last year. The Inexplicable peculiarities of human na ture are indeed remarkable. Tbere was a time when the clamoring of the people for music of a high order of excellence was not without reason, and tbey pointed, and very naturally, too, with the finger of scorn at tbe city the size of Pittsburg, which could not, or worse still, would not, support a musical organization tbat would be an honor and a credit to iu Encouragement for Musicians. The difficulty of being without the necessary musicians of a requisite order of merit suf ficiently to satisfy tbe demands ot tbe people, liaabeen successfully overcome, at tbe present dayiand now, with such a grand and musically perftct organization as the Great Western Bandstands betore us to-day, the disinclina tion aid supreme indifference ot the people, in this ripect, brands them with a lasting dis grace and shame. Hundreds there are who are ever ready to growl akd grumble because they find such a dearth df reputable musicians; men who are veritable masters of tbe instruments noon wbich thly play, and yet why need they. What inducement have they held out to tbem, as musicians! to better their proficiency, by re ceiving encouragement through tbe medium ot public patrnageT In tbe last ten years it bas been my gou tortuno to have traveled over thousands oimiles of American territory, and to have cornoin contact with the crack musical associations of the different States; but 1 can truthfully anqoonscientiously say, that never within my experience, have I beard men play, (outside of skeb- nrofesslonals as Theodore Thomas' men p .nd others wbose only empioy- inent is musl c) whose instrumentation and time are as enect as louna iu we ureat Western. Ia the rpbllc Unapprrclntlvo f Jt Is undoubtedly a band that has few dupli cates in this pan of the country. It is a band in which every layer is a master of his Instru ment, a proflenc which bas been acquired only after years of bird, exhaustive labor. It Is composed of menwho were not slow to recog nize the wants ofiPittsburg In a musical direc tion, and reallztig that there existed a gap which music of tils finest quality alone could fill, the members If tbis band have filled this gap be it said to I their honor and now that they have placed it the disposal of tbe public tbat blessing which tney so much coveted, the latter refuses to esjoy it. While I have said what I have, concerning the Great Western Band, I desire to state that I am not a player la tbe same, and that they are under no obligatloas of any sort to me, nor I to them. In conclusion, and In partial proof of what I have said, let tbe reader look back to tbe pleas ant days of tbe old Exposition, and what did we find there as tbe center of attraction? The old Great Western Band, with tbe handsome face of its old and tried leader, Weiss, encir cled by an atmosphere of harmonies and melo dies, that would transport the bearer In a dreaming ecstacy of delight into an Imaginary heaven. Let Harmony Return. The Exposition Society made the most for tunate more of its entire campaign, during its former existence, when it secured tbe services of the Great Western, as is proven by the myriads tbat flocked to the old building daily and nightly, to listen to its beautiful music. Let us only hope that with the resurrection of tbe old and worthy enterprise, transformed into a new Exposition of blusblne beauty and i lasting existence, the walls of the new ediface may resound, as Uld'the old one, with those de licious Harmonies, wnicn out one Dana in a-iiis-Burg is capable of producing. A Lover of Music. THINKS SATAN 18 AFTER HIM. A Young; Man In Adninsvlllo Has a Strnngo Hallucination. , Meabvixxe, August a There was quite an excitement on Chestnut street, about 1-20 this afternoon, created by tbe shouts and boister ous actions of a young man who was being led up street by two men. Such exclamations as "I have neglected JesusP' "I must leave it all with tho Saviorl" and "God save me from the wrath to comer' fell from the lips of the poor man. He was taken to the office ot the County Commissioners. It was learned, that tbe name of the young man is Isaac Hunt, and that he is a resident of Adamsville. One of his relatives who brought blm to tbe city said that tbe young man had been paying much attention to religious mat ters, of late, and Saturday morning bo sud denly became violently insane, going out into the yard and butting his head against a post, saying he was determined to knock out bis satanlo majesty. He is aged about 23 years and unmarried. He has a very wild look, and it is evident tbat his mind is unbalanced. Tbe physicians who examined bim did not hesitate to pronounce him Insane. When tbe necessary papers bad been made out. Hunt was Informed tbat he must go to the Stato Hospital for tbe Insane. He seemed to be more calm, and said to the man who bad been trying to quiet blm: "1 don't like to put you to the expense of taking me up there. I want to take Jesus with me to keep tbe devil away." Clark Holllster informed him that there was no 'Other alternative, and the better be behaved, the better be would be used. The attendants departed with the demented man tor Warren on train 2. STARS AND STRIPES SELDOM SEEN. All Countries bat the United States Trading at Buenos Ayres. Washinqton, August ft Before leaving Buenos Ayres forborne. United States Minister Bayliss W. Hanna wrote a short report to the State Department on immigration into the Argentine Republic. He says it is setting in from ail countries of Europe, and tbe great number of arrivals is marrelons. Tbey are generally assisted by the Argentine Govern ment, to tho extent, at least, of having tbelr passages paid from starting point to destina tion in the interior. Tbe amount thus paid In March H estimated at 81,000,000. or at the rate ot 112,000,000 a year. Already this vast influx, the Minister says, is begtnmng to tell on the exports of corn. Last rear the country shipped 44a000 tons of corn. This year it will go above 2,000,000 tons. , ,. , Mr. Hanna further says: "In the vast fleet of merchant ships and great steamers coming bere to trade from every European port the United States flag is barely seen, but It ishoped'and believed tbat the policy of the new administra tion on the subject of an encouraged steam navigation between the United States and the South American ports will successfully solve this embarrassment." A Comet That U Growing. Geneva, N. Y.. August ft-Prof. Brooks ob served his- new comet this morring and found It much brighter and the tail linger. While observing It a brilliant telescopiJ meteor passed directly over the head of the tomet, leaving a fine trail of sparks, lasting several seconds. Tbe comet's position now is ifeht ascension, 0 hours, 6 minutes, 20 seconds; declination south, 6 degrees, 18 minutes. i, Two of a Klsd. rrom the Chlcaso Trlbnne.1 A production In one of the literary maga zines for the current montb Is entitled "Grover Cleveland-a Poem." By Edgar Fawcett. Grover Cleveland is about as much of a poem as Edgar Fawcett is of a poet. THE SCIENTIFIC PKOPITET. The earth is but a bomb all filled with gas, ' A scientific prophet once asserted; 'In but a year I say 'twill come to pass 'Twill burst-our fate can't be averted." The year passed swiftly on; earth still revolved Around and round about Its rigid axis Tbat they'd escaped, the populace resolved, Tho borrldest of terrible climaxes. Tbey straightway said the prophet was an ass: Twas not, of course, polite, but they were goaded. Theysald'twashealonewasmoJtlygal: 'Twas but bis theory, said they, exploded. How had tbat prophet been exceeding wise. To win high placv among ournodcrn seers, He'd not have dated thus bis prophecies Except beyond the coming thousand years. 6a would I say, dear reader, you'll do well And this I thlnk's the moral of ny rhyme When coming woes you strive to truly ted, 'Wltb all the future years to take your time. John KcTuirichJiang tin Harper? t Bazar. GOSSIP OP HEW YORE. Worked Their Little Game Well. WIW TOOK BUSXAU SHOALS. New York, August ft A gang of burglars sent a telegram to Mrs. John Hazleton, of Brooklyn, to-day, to the effect tbat her sister in West Farms, N. Y,-was dying. An hour after receiving the dispatch, Mrs. Hazleton and ber daughter shut up their bouse and were on tbelr way to West Farms. Tbe burglars Immedi ately entered the basement, ate a full meal, smoked several of the absent Mr. Hazleton's dears, and. after collecting: some 1300 worth of jewelry, left. They hare not been caught yet. Tbe Dry Docks lo'Great Demand. Commander James O'Kane, of the cruiser Boston, bas been very anxious all day to ex plain to everyone how slight are the Injuries received by his ship in Newport harbor. This afternoon he said: "The Boston is not disabled to any extent which is dangerous at all. Only one plate In the outer bottom is scratched, and out of mora than 70 compartments between the two bottoms, only two of them are filled with water. I would cross tbe Atlantic with her In perfect safety. Of course I regret tbe accident. I believe tbat I shall be found free from blame. When the vessel Is dry-docked It will be seen how little damage tbe boat has sustained. It Is a case of great cry and little wool." Tbe dry. dock Is In great demand at tbe Brooklyn Nary Yard just now. Tbe Despatch occupies tbe ways. Extra gangs are pushing the work upon her, so as to make way for tbe Boston. The Yorktown will be scraped and painted as soon as tbe Boston shall have been made sound. 'Two Sulla Wltb a History. Two suits with a rather curious history be hind tbem bare just been brought against Cyrus W.Field, In the Court of Common Pleas. Carrie Beckner and ber father. 8. W. E. Beck per, onco editor of the Corner Stone, Masonio periodical, wish Mr. Field to pay them $50,000 each because some two years ago be printed a very1 uncomplimentary bait column about the Beckner family In the Mail and Expreu, then bis newspaper. The article In question was headed "to Younc and So Bad," and made out that Carrie and ber mother were a bad lot. Both were described as professional beggars and blackmailers, who tried to 'conceal their real occupation by pretenaing to sell newspa pers at night. Mr. Beckner got a still worse scorching at tbe bands ot Mr. Field's reporters. He was accused of blackmail, of having mar ried a ballet dancer whose mysterious and sud den death In hls house was never explained, and of having provoked his expulsion from three Masonic lodges by his dishonesty. Another Society Girl's Venture. Another society woman has announced her intention to take to the stage next season. She is Miss Ruth Carpenter, of Indianapolis. She has never been on the stage before, and is said to be young, pretty and ambitious. Sho will "play with Roland Heed in "The Woman Hater," which opens In Boston August 19. A Big; Italian on the Itnmpnae. Gaetano Carmadella, an Italian tobacconist of large physique and tremendous strength, created a panic whenhegotbome drunk early tbis morning. He dragged his wife out of bed by tbe hair, cased his little girl, and tried to carve up his mother-in-law with a butcher knife. Two policemen and scores ot men and women, half dressed and hatless, gathered be fore the house. Tbe policemen broke down the door, and pounced upon the big Italian. Tbe knife was torn from his grasp at the first onslaught, but his bare fists were a match for the officers' clubs. He fought tbem like a tiger, sending now one, now tbe other, reeline to tbe ground. Tbe women turned with him upon the common enemy, and the battle raged hot and heavy. Furniture, show cases and counters were smashed to Hinders. Eventual ly the three men tumbled down the steps to the street, Tbere one of the policemen fought Carmadella at long range, while the other one rapped for assistance. It took four policemen to drag the big Italian to the station house. A PENSION PAID TWICE. Tbe Curious Manner la Which tbe Govern ment Was Defrauded. Belvzderz, N. J- August ft Special Pen sion Examiner Potter has been InHacketts town trying to recover 11,700 wbich was paid by the Government through fraud to a pension claimant. Tbe revelations in the case are most startllnc and bare caused much excite ment. HooeriB. jnuniMD, now aeaa.'years ago married Elizabeth Hazzard. of Washington, and the couple lived together until the war broke out. He went to tbe front, and on his return left his family and married a woman named Martha Wright. Millham was arrested, indicted tor bieamy, tried, convicted and im prisoned. On bis release he returned to Martha, and soon thereafter they moved to Hacketts- town, where Millham made application for a pension, ms aisaoiuties were not proven until after his death,, and then bis so-called wife drew 1,700, and was allowed a small sum monthly. She was married soon after Millham's death to Alexander Beatty. Subsequently the rightful Mrs. Millham heard ox tbe affair and placed ber claim with the Government. Her Identity was easily estab lished, and for .the second time the Govern ment paid the J1.700 pension. Tbe Government Is now trying to find tbe money paid to tbe first claimant, now Mrs. Beatty, but with littlo success. Tbe woman says she spent It all before ber marriage with Beatty. Beatty owns a fine farm, and tbe Government will try to make it appear that the 1,700 went toward its purchase. ALLEGHENY COUNT I'S HISTORY. Height Hundred Pagoe on the Subject la a Handsome Volume. A handsomely bound and ricbly Illustrated quarto volume of nearly 800 pages, entitled "The History of Allegheny County"' has re cently been published by A. Warner dc Co., of Chicago, and Is now being delivered to sub scribers in this city. The work is a valuable addition to tbe already extensive literature on the subject, treating as it does of early events in tbe Ohio Valley and the West and of tbe civil, military, educational, religious, Indus trial and commercial development of Alle gheny county during the 100 years of Its exist ence. Many excellent portraits of prominent citizens, both living and deceased, are pre sented, together with many pagos of biographi cal matter. We have made but a hasty examination of the work and are not. therefore, prepared to .speak of its literary merit. The fact, however, tbat it contains contributions from tbe pens of such well-known writers as Hon. Russell Er rett, Rer. Father Lambing. Rev. W. J. Hol land, Prof. George J. Luckey, and many oth ers, is a guarantee of the accuracy of those por tions of the work at least. It is a handsome book, and one which every citizen of Allegheny county will find full of interest. , -TRI-STATE TRIFLES. Mrs. Tones, of Lock Haven, Is suffering from cancer, caused by a child's bite. Some weeks ago a piece of meat lodged In ber grand child's throat, and she thrust a finger into its mouth to aid it, when tbe child closed its teeth on It, The wound festered, and the finger was amputated, but the poison now shows itself on her nose. Miss Mart Bender, of Lebanon, has a ring-dove which she has kept In the same cage for 23) ears. Mbs. Sophia Shade, of Reading, vras sweeping her yard on Saturday, when the cover of a well gavo way beneath her. With rare presence of mind she beld tbe broom across the opening, and thus sustained herself till help came. Tnx other evening an old fellow about 80 and bis newly acquired wife, aged about 20, at tracted attention and created mirth by their loving and affectionate caresses at the front window of. a SteubenTille hotel- Several sar castic and unfeeling comments were burled at the conspicuous pair, but they were utterly oblivious to every one and everything but tbelr own sweet selves. GKOBQE W. Haoxt is fast becoming the genius of the- village of Martlnsburg, Pa and its surroundings. He has made a wheel seven feet In diameter, added thereto a frame, ad justing it completely In all its parts, and, hoist ing it in high bearon. it runs with tbe least breath of air. His next effort is to erect fans lu bis dining room and 'attach them to this wind wheel. A cat went fooling around a creek near Grafton, W. Va., looking for fish and got caught. Amhdturtie nabbed her by the tall and held on until her pitiful cries brought a fisherman to her aid. Isaac) Hoover and, William Ecrert traded horses at New Holland, Lancaster county, two days ago. Hoover paying Eckert 10 boot Within half an hour Hoover's horse staggered and fell dead, and -before the excitement was over Eokert's 'horse likewise fell dead. No cause for either deathWeld be eeajeetared. CURIOUS CONDEBSATIOHS. A rustle bridge just completed In Hous ton county, Ga contains 67 different kinds of wood and vines, and all were grown in the connty. According to a story from Ohio a marked sparrow, liberated at Londonrille'ln July, was shot and killed In Huron. Dak- 11 days after, and the question arises how did the bird get so tar off? A lot of old letters having upon them stamps Issued by tbe postmaster at St Louis in 1S45 wero recently found at Galena, TIL The denominations were 10 and 20 cents, botn of which are extremely rare. A little girl fell offa three-story house, near Boston, and wasn't Injured In tbe slight est There were three children on the roof (tbey went there to play) and all of them lost their footing owing to the damp condition of the shingles, but two succeeded in grasping the gutter and retaining tbelr hold until as sistance arrived. About 150,000 persons have gone to the top of the Washington Monument since Octo ber of last year, when It was opened to the public. In this number were relic fiends, wbo stole a number of the brass letters in tbe block presented by tbe Swiss Confederation. The rest of tbe letters bare been removed and the Inscription cut in tbe stone. A carriage road to tho lop of Pike'a Peak has just been completed. It begins at Cascade Canon, and extends IS miles until It reaches the very summit of tbe mountain. H 147 feet above the level of the sea. Tbere is one point. Grand View, where at an altitude of 10,852 feet one may see tho smoke of a loco motive crossing Marshall PaisSO miles away. The floods of this summer hare shown bow great a protection against the inroads of water a row of willow trees may be. The en gineer in charge of tbe Potomac river improve ments says tbat where willows were planted the land was protected from washing, and prac tically no damage was done, while in the im proved land not so protected there was great loss. Henry Hurlburt, of Boscobel, Wis., pierced tbe ears and clipped the tail of his pet cat, a very fine specimen of the feline species. The animal immediately fell to weeping, re fused to eat anything; and actually committed suicide by banging itself with a rope tbat hung from a hammock in Hurlburt's yard. Tbe cat put its bead through a spilt In tbe strands of the rope, and when discovered was stone dead, with its bind feet resting upon tbe ground. While Mrs. Charles Bindesbacker, of Stockton, IU., was visiting friends in Mankato, Minn., she was sitting talking with a friend one evening when she was startled to see her sis ter's face at the window. She made a sudden outcry, and her companion also saw and recog nized the apparition. Tbe next morning she received a telegram from Stockton stating that ber lister bad died at tbe very hour and minute that she had seen tbe face at tbe window. At Asbury Park last Sunday, several thousand persons gathered on the big ocean walk, the beaeb, and the famous fishing pier to watch the fish in the surf. Tbere was an Im mense school of mullets near the pier. Tbe school must have numbered many millions, as the surf was alive with fish. A school ot bluefish and one of striped bass followed tbe mullets Into tho shoal water and began gobbling tbem up. Frequently big bluefish and heavy bass would jump clear ot the water In their eager ness to secure the small fish. A lot of fisher men sat on tbe pier watching the antics of the fish and growling because it was Sunday. An amusing marriage took place in Elberton, Ga., the other day. A eouple came Into the Court House to be married. A new Justice was called in. He had no form, and Improvised a ceremony. He first ordered tho couple to join hands, and then after hesitating a while, be asked the groom these questions: "Will yon stick to tbis woman through thick and thin, up and down, right and left, hot or cold, wet or dry, and have no otber.wlfe but her? H you will, you can have her for a wife." Similar questions having been propounded to tbe woman, and Lffirmatlro answers having been given, he pronounced them husband ana wife. A doctor who lived near the Back Meeting-House, In Fairfield, Me., was one of tbe best physicians in the county, but his skill was no avail in tbe case of his wife, who kept her bed for more than two years. One day tbere was no grown person about the house and her little boy came running In with a bad cnt on bis finger or band, bleeding profusely. With true motherly forgetf ulness of sell, she sprang up, found bandages and properly dressed the wound: then sitting down to rest she looked around: everything seemed so pleasant and she felt so nicely, she decided not take her bed again, and she did not She lived several years lnthe enjoyment of comfortable healths James Waters, the recluse of Horse Island, near the mouth ot tbe Detroit river, died a few days ago. He lived tbe life of a Crusoe on the island for 40 years, and little !s known of him except he came from England. His only companions at tbe time of his death were two dogs and 40 cats. Among his per sonal effects was a wonderful fowling piece that was proved by a manufacturer's mark to have becu made in England 200 years ago. It Is called a pontoon gun, and was used by the hermit in tbe wholesale slaughter ot water fowl. Tbe length of tbe gun is 11 feet its di ameter at tbe muzzle Tyi inches, and at tbe breech &K inches. It bas a flint lock, and one pound of powder and three pounds ot shot con stitute a charge. With one discharge of the weapon he often killed 60 or 60 waterfowls. Among the original documents pre served in the Interior Department at Washing ton, the most interesting are the relics of 1780, about 23 of which, hardly averaging the size of an encyclopedia, are safely stored where lock and key protect them from the casual visitor. Tbe most striking feature of thee books is the remarkably legible writing with which the founders of the Republic recorded the name of every bead of a household in the United States. The census-takers of that period did not use printed forms on which to tabulate this In formation, baf ruled blank books for the work, and in many eases made the books from blank paper, wbich tbey bound by inclosing within eld covers of books tbe leaves of wbich had been cut ont However crudely these books are shown to be made, there isnot one InsUnceln whloh careless work can be charged, and In no case was there any slovenliness ot penman ship. FUNNY HEN'S FANCIES. In a Nutshell. "Popularity is evanes cent" 'ays a philosopher. It is Indeed. Just see bow quickly the popularity of a popular sub scription dies ont. Boiton Courier. Old jokes may raise a laugh at times, but Jokers who are sage Make new ones, for they know that jokes are always badinage, Omaha Wortd-Hcrald. The wise young man copies his fervent love letters before he sends them to his darling. Then by simply changing the names he can make them do for several successive girls. SomervitU Journal. Jenks "Got a new job, did you say?" Yearly salarr. I suppose!" Umbos "Well, I work by the weak." jenks "What vou doing?" Grubbs "Tending hospital patients Ktarney (A'.) EnUrprUe. Hard to Please. "Won't you let me hare a few cents till to-morrow, Charllef" Yes; here is a dime." Something larfrer, please." Certainly; hand back the dime and take this two-cent piece. " A'no lor Suti. On Forbidden Ground. "I have an ex cellent steel trap for sale. Do you want to bay one?" "Have yoa a trap for sale? How did yon hap pen tq strike it?" ? 'In the dark. Ton see, I was so busy hnntlnjr for muskmelons that I didn't see It." Acta lork Bun. Husband (after a quarrel with his wife) Welt, let us drop It. I don't care to have any words about it and besides I like to talk to a sen sible person when I am talking. Wlie (with a sarcastic langht Ton don't always do It then. H.-l don't V, o. 1 sometimes hear you talking to your-' self. Bottom. Courier. Some Coming Norels. "Whisky Straight " by the author or "Which Shall It Be?" The Siamese Twins," by the author of "As Unnatural lSondajre." "On a Chicago Vara," by the author ef 'Tar from the Madding Crowd." 'A Boiled Kxs" by tbe author of "Bad to Et." "Dandy Elvers." by the anthor of "Daisy Brooks." 'The White Horse," by the anthor or "Bed as a Bose U She." Terrs llautt Xxprtil, BIB ATTRACTION-. There's something attractive about herj It Isn't her beauty of face. It isn't ber ribbons or lace. But there's something attractive' about ber. And 1 swear that 1 can't live without her, And that is tbe state of tbe case. There's something attractive about her; It Isn't her glance or ber smile. It lin't ber elegant style; Btttl'm poor sad I can't live without her, , For tbat something attraetlvebout her, , ; xoaknow.KtaeslzeornerDUe. 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