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ELTTSBUKG DISPATCH; SATUEDAT, AUGUST
A SEBBtinre Romance.
Algernon met Evelyn at Atlantic City.
Evelyn was radiant in a brilliant summer cos
tume, while Algernon, In bit lurid Water and
magnificent cat b, gave points In color to tho
rainbow, and came out an easy winner. They
met on the beach, and that It was a case ot lore
at first sight was obvious to all who bad
enough presence of mind to put on smoked
glasses while they cased at the couple.
The acquaintance ripened Into ardent af
fection as the happy days sped by. On Satur
day evening Algernon, with some constraint In
his manner, remarked:
"Evelyn, darling, I have an engagement to
morrow morning, and 1 shall be unable to meet
you again until the erening. Do you care?"
The fair maiden (all summer girls are fair in
stones) replied with a shade of relief, in tier
"No, dearest: I will meet you in the gloaming.
I hare some matters to attend to myself."
The loving couple slowly wended their way
homeward, and while Algernon kissed Evelyn
several times while bidding her good night,
bis kisses were not quite as passionate as
usual, nor did Evelyn return them with the
fervor which had characterized her for several
A cloud had arisen on the horizon of their
love, and a vague distrust filled their breasts .
ON TUX TRAIL.
Algernon was awakened in the morning by
the gentle plash of the waves upon the sands.
His mind reverted to his last evening's conver
sation with Evelyn, and be wondered why she
should have so willingly agreed to his absent
"Evelyn has an engagement, too. I wonder
who withT" the unhappy lover said to himself.
"I will unravel the mystery, and, If I have a
rival, he or I must perish."
Algernon then girded up his loins with a
sash of somber hue, donned a blazer that
could not be beard for more than half a mile,
and, with a look ot gloomy determination cor
rugating his brow, set off for his lady love's
Evelyn was sitting in the cool parlor In
tently readiug a document, looking up every
sow and again as a footfall approached, as
thongh afraid of an intrusion upon her privacy.
A rapid step is heard, the door flies open, and
Algernon rnshes into the room.
"False girl," he cried, "what havo you there?
"Who has dared to address love missives to
Evelyn arose with a look of scorn upon her
face, and, after removing her chewing gum, re
marked in icy tones:
"I don't think it is any of your business, Mr.
Algernon de Browne."
"Then jou cast me off forever," exclaimed
"Certainly. Mr. de Browne, if you object to
' my reading The Pittsburg Hundat Dis
xatch, and unless you explain what your en
gagement was to-day."
"Why, darling," replied the astonished and
overjoyed Algernon, "I wanted to stay at home
and read The Dispatch, too. Forgive me,
dearest, and we will read This Dispatch to
And so they were married, ana brought up
their children to honor their parents and read
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PITTSBURG. BATURDAT. AUG. 10, 1883.
TEN PAGES. .
THE FIFE EXPLOSION.
A cast iron gas pipe laid on the South
Eide did not stand testing yesterday. Un
der the pressure of seventy pounds of com
pressed air the pipe exploded like a shell.
Two men dead and nine wounded, some
perhaps fatally, are among the unexpected
results of tbe test. These are the certain
facts known. There are other facts which
the Coroner is bound to elicit, and until the
evidence is given under oath at the in
quest it is not just to distribute the blame
for this lamentable occurrence, if indeed
there be blame to assign.
There are two or three conclusions, how
ever, that may be drawn without reflection
tsbon anyone. Several of those injured
were merely pedestrians passing at the
time, unaware that any test of the gas pipe
was being made. Hereafter it will be well
to have a danger signal exhibited while the
experiment is in progress. The public
safety is too often imperilled in this man
ner. A red flag and a man to ware it
ought not to be beyond the reach of the
Tbe necessity for the employment of an
inspector of gas and other pipes subject to
high pressure will be clearly demonstrated
if the allegations regarding the poor quality
of the pipe used in this particular instance
are borne out at the inquest. From all
points of view a strict and searching investi
gation is imperative.
LOOKING FOB AN ISSUE.
Both the political parties give signs of
catting about even thus early for the next
Presidents! campaign issue. The Repub
lican Convention in this State on Tuesday
last threw its net so wide as to bring in al
most every possible national topic but the
"trusts." That was evidently thought too
weighty a matter and dangerous to handle
on a mere State occasion until the lieuten
ants are better informed where the leaders
stand. Or, probably, it would be more cor
rect to say, until the leaders inform them
selves of their own position and purposes
for, since the utterance in defense of, trusts
by Blaine last fall, it is an open secret that,
among the Republican leaders, there is a
wide diversity of opinion as to the extent
to which they should be made a subject of
legislation. This is one of the problems
that will exercise the wisdom of the party
to tho utmost in the next two years.
The Democrats arc skirmishing around
the Administration outposts; hut, with the
exception of the public raid on Pensions
Commissioner Tanner, their operations have
been in the nature of mere rcconnaisances.
Their persistence In attacking the Commis
sioner indicated that an onslaught on the
liberal construction of the pensions and a
lamentation over the prospective "hole in
the surplus" would be features of the can
vas of 1892. They have not yet formally
abandoned tbe revision of the ' tariff, for
which they fought and fell last year; but
the recent silence of Mr. Watterson, the
reticence of Ex-President Cleveland on fis
cal topics, and the cheerful rejuvenation of
Randall Clubs in Pennsylvania are signs
that the party won't be caught again trust
ing all its iggt in the fatal anti-tariff
With tbe country continuing prosperous
as it now is, President Harrison and his ad
visers have only to give an administration
free from scandals to put the onus of get
ting up a new issue upon the opposition,
which has already been beaten upon most
of the old ones.
THE ERA OF COMBINATIONS,
A. reported purpose of the table glass
ware manufacturers of this State, Ohio
and West Virginia to merge into one big
corporation is the latest wrinkle. In these
days the occasional success of pooling is
sues makes such schemes inviting at first
glance, but insurmountable difficulties gen
erally arise when it is attempted to carry
them out. The reduction of expenses of
management, the advantage ot large capi
tal and united resources, and the facili
ties of a great concern controlling
factories at various points for shipping
to customers from the most convenient place
unquestionably are arguments in favor not
to talk ot the temporary check on local compe
tition. Yet the same arguments apply about
as strongly to most of the leading branches
of manufacture and trade. The various'Iron
concerns, the drygoods houses, the insurance
companies, might all make such savings if
the numerous operators in each line all put
their business into single representative
concerns. Why, then, do they not? For
the reason, it is to be assumed, that any
such plan presents enormous difficulties,
compared with which the stress of compe
tition and the drain of present expenses are
less to be feared.
In appraising the value of each separate
concern, and saying how much stock it is to
go for In the larger one, conflicting estimates
make the first impediment. In managing
the consolidated concern, another set of
difficulties arises. The ways and means of
managing so manr establishments usually
differ too much to be perfectly reconciled in
a single board: and, where the old managers
arc not retained, the opportunities for sell
ing out of the big concern and starting les
ser ones in competition are elements of dis
turbance not to be overlooked.
Unless where possessing the means to make
a monopoly, extraordinary combinations in
manufacturing or trading ore more apt to
split upon rocks than to float into golden
harbors. So long as the field is open to out
side competition, and to compttition side
by side with tbe consolidated concerns, that
competition is sure to come as soon as the
market conspicuously warrants it. Tem
porary combinations for special conditions
of the market, from which individuals can
withdraw after a period, are comparatively
loose and easy arrangements. These, in
some form or degree, are familiar enough in
the glass-making and other industries
already, liut lor all tbe table-ware manu
facturing establishments to merge wholly
Into a single corporation, with no power
afterward to resume their separate assets or
identity, Is quite another matter. However
much it may be discussed, or however far
the preparations go, the public will be war
ranted in believing it when they see the
thing done hardly before.
If Pittsburg pipe wrought death and de
struction yesterday in one direction it won
a peaceful victory over a competitor in an
other. The pipe that exploded with fatal
results on the Southside yesterday was cast
iron, while it was Pittsburg wrought iron
pipe that has out-ranked its Southern rival
at Columbus, O.
Not unnaturally the manufacturers of
wrought iron pipe in the Pittsburg district
will regard the choice of their product in
preference of a cheaper one coming from
the Southern market as a very significant
victory for them! The contract to be filled
by Pittsburg pipe manufacturers is in itself
no small thing namely, seventy miles of
pipe, and there was a keen struggle between
our men and the Southerners before the
palm and the contract were won for the nat
ural gas made article.
This is only one of many signs that indi
cate the permanency of Pittsburg's suprem
acy in the iron business of the continent.
Enterprise and energy may yet spread that
supremacy over all the globe.
ENGLISH COURT PROCEDURE.
While it is altogether likely that the ex
pressions of dissatisfaction in England with
the verdict in the Maybrick case may result
in a reprieve, the proceedings so far show a
marked contrast with the usual course oC
procedure in our courts. Here the present
ation of new testimony and many other
causes would secure a second trial. In any
event an appeal to the higher courts is al
most invariably the rule. Seldom does a
trial arise in which an American lawyer
does not fiad occasion for exception on
which to appeal. The general and usually
just complaint here is of the law's delay.
The complaint of the English system on the
contrary, is that it goes somewhat to the
other extreme, and is liable to be so swift
that in the case of a prejudiced Judge or
jury, or the failure of expected testimony,
the accused person if convicted fares" ill,
unless, as in the present instance, strong ap
peals for a reprieve are made to the execu
tive branch cf the Government-
A ROGUE'S TRICK.
In more ways than one Mr. Allen, the
President of a New York street car com
pany, and Mr. Collom, the lawyer, of Min
neapolis, are alike. Both of them, out of
pure lust for money, became robbers, not
highwaymen with mask and pistol, but none
the less common robbers, and of the meanest
and most cowardly kind. But there is an
other point of resemblance worth noticing.
Mr. Allen and Mr. Collom, when cornered
and compelled to confess their crimes, pro
fessed immense concern for their wives and
families. They did not care, they said, so
much for the punishment that they would
suffer, as for the agony their dear ones would
be caused by their disgrace.
Why did not Messrs. Allen and Collom
think about their wives and children beloje
they chose the path that led to dishonor and
disgrace? That was the time for solicitude.
To attempt to sweeten the air made foul by
their crimes with cheap platitudes about
unselfish sympathy for the victims of their
selfishness is a common and fntile trick of
knaves who feel the halter draw. The pub
lic will always sympathize with the inno
cent relatives of the guilty men, but it is
- 'j. JCAhia,. aivi.
extremely undesirable that any pity should
be wastedon the calculating rascals who
point to the consequences of their evil deeds
as a reason for clemency, The man who
loves his wife and his children will not
barter his honor and good name for dishonestly-gained
Queen Victobia having been made a
Colonel of a Prussian regiment, and King
William haying received the honorary title
of Admiral in the British navy, the Gov
ernment organs of both countries prophesy
an immediate alliance between England and
Germany. But Queen Victoria cannqtspe&k
for England. She may appoint Emperor
William to be Lord High Chancellor or The
Back Stairs, or confer upon hint all the
stars and garters she possesses, but the En
glish people choose their allies for them
selves. If, as seems to be the case, Mrs. Maybrick
has been convicted of the murder of her
husband on insufficient testimony, it would
certainly do no harrfl It Minister Lincoln
were to take cognizance of the matter at
Empebob William of Germany is lib
eral with his taffy. Having spent the past
week in giving large doses to the English
royalties, he will spend the next distribut
ing saccharine goods among his imperial
Russian neighbors. Then Queen Victoria
and Albert Edward will go into the sulks,
and talk of a German-Russian alliance will
be in order.
Tee two ruffians who shot and killed a
policeman in Chicago yesterday morning
will be caught, tried and hanged in short or
der of course. A policeman is the only man
you cannot kill with impunity in Chicago.
Mast a time during the put year the
whole world has feared that the bleached
bones of Stanley would be found upon the
sands of some African desert; but Stanley
is not at that kind of bone business. He is
reported to be coming down the coast with
Emin Pasha and nine thousand men, with
an enormous quantity of Ivory.
Chicago has struck oil again. This time
half a pint of oil was found in n sewer, and
tbe sanguine Chicagoans feel confident that
they have a dead sure thing.
Mb. Chatocet Depew has become so
accustomed to being called President that
he declares he will exchange the Presidency
of the New York Central Railroad only for
the Presidency of the United States. Mr.
Depew is a man of good taste as well as un
The Pittsburg baseball team is showing
unexpected strength. But then how could
tbe boys be weakly under Sunday manage
ment? Oub grand old Sugar Trust is said to
have joined band! ; with an Anglo-German
syndicate to control the sugar market of the
world. The beet sugars of Germany and
Prance are to be cornered. How delightful
it would be it the sugar beats of this happy
land could be cornered!
Legitime may not fear the guns of
Hippolyte, but he evidently has a whole
some dread of trouble with Uncle Sam.
Yesterday his Haytian Royal Highness
handed over $7,500 to the United States as a
peace offering and compensation for the
seizure of the American steamer Ozarna.
Legitime may revive the American marine
if he perseveres in his subsidies.'
Custom House Clekk McCoubt may
not rescue his official head by his breezy
letter to Secretary Windom, but he will
certainly have lots of fun with tbe boss who
discharged him before tbe Civil Service
Commissioners, the Mugwnmps and the
Democrats stop talking about the affair.
PEOPIE OP PROMINENCE.
Mbs. Coppinoeb, daughter of James G.
Blaine, Is visiting Mrs. Gould, of Troy, N. Y.
Mrs. Copplnger says her father is In excellent
Empebob William, of Germany, no longer
suffers from insomnia. It is said that he wears
anlghtattiro of a peculiar Oriental texture
which produces sfeep.
William McCbeeby, Major W. B. Negley,
Vincent Stevens, B. B. Campbell and James
Henry Miller were among the Pittsburgers in
the Quaker City on Thursday.
Judge Patton, of Hicksville, O., is one of
the few men living wbo held office under Presi
dent Jackton. "Old Hickory" appointed him
a United States Court Judge in Pennsylvania
many years ago.
. Mrs. Akie Louise Cabt RATatoirrj, who
is making her home this summer at Scarbaro
Beach, Me., enjoys creatly the pleasant walks
in that region. Sunday, tempted by the
pleasantness of the day, she walked to Port
land, a distance of ten miles.
Andrew Young, author of the hymn,
"There Is a Happy Land, Far, Far Away," is
hearty and vigorous at the good old age of SO
years. In 1833 be heard an old Indian air that
impressed him deeply and he adapted the words
to it. The hymn has been translated into IB
One of tbe prettiest woman at Bar Harbor
Is a French woman who Is known as the Con
tesse du Bartonne. She is petite, clever and
seemingly wealthy. She has dark eyes and
light hair, and dresses In exquisite taste. She
is accompanied only by a maid, and says this is
her first visit to this country.
President Cabnot, of France, has taken a
great fancy to Americans, and has gone so far
as to learn the game of poker. He was in
itiated into the mysteries of tbe game by Gen
eral William B. Franklin, our Commissioner to
the Exposition. Franklin, an old West
Pointer, plays a stiff game, and at first Carnot
made little headway against the Connecticut
warrior. Of late, however, the President has
played with considerable elan, and bids fair to
become extremely expert as a bluffer. Buffalo
Bill is anxious to grapple with him.
A PKEACflEE SHUT OCT.
His Church Boarded Dp, He Discourses
(UKBSi Standing: on the Step.
iNDlAlfAPOLM, August 8. For some time
there has been trouble between the Official
Board of Jit. Zlon Baptist Church (colored)
and the pastor. Elder Morton, in which the
congregation stands by the latter. Last night
the Trustees nailed up the doors and windows
ot the church, and the preacher conducted
services from the steps on the outside, while
ono of the Trustees slept conveniently near,
and the blue-coated colored police stood within,
To-day the Trustees suspended the pastor,
but tbe congregation unanimously ordered him
to stick, and he unanimously consented, and
to-morrow there will be a suit in one of tbe
minor courts to test the staying qualities of
Intimidating on Editor.
OTTAWA, Ost., August 9. The editor of the
Citizen, the Dominion Government organ
here, has received scores of threatening and
insulting letters from tbe United States as the
result of the recent publication of an editorial
reflecting on the American Government for. Its
aggressive policy in Behrlng Sea.
Louisville's Largest Woman Dead.
Louisville, August ft Mrs. Leon Moore,
wbo was said to be the largest woman in Louis
ville, died to-night of heart failure. She
weighed nearly 400 pounds, and was unable for
yean to move about without assistance.
One of the Saddest Bights.
Krom the Oil City JSUzzard.1
There are few sadder sights in this world
than the spectacle of a young man who is try
ing to be a dude and can'tT '
BI-METALLISH IN EUROPE.
A Steadllr Growing Sentiment In Favor of
Restoring- the Standard.
Washington, August 0. The State De
partment li In receipt of a report by Consul
Frank H. Mason, of Marseilles, upon "The
Outlook tor Bl-Metalllsm in Europe," in which
be says: "One of tbeclearly defined tendencies
of public opinion In Europe notably so In
France, Germany and England is seen in the
steadily growing sentiment in favor of restor
ing the bi-metalllc standard of currency, in
tbe strong and numerous petitions which have
been read before the German Reichstag; in the
recent resolutions of Mr. Chaplin in the British
House of Commons, as well as the frank
declaration of Lord Salisbury in favor of an
earnest participation by Great Britain in the
forthcoming conference at Paris; and in the
outspoken attitude of snch serious and Influen
tial French journals as Le Monlteur da In
terete Materiel and the Monlteur de Syndi
cate Ajnicolts, may be recognized the outward
manifestations of this new faith and purpose.
"Sixteen years experience ot monometallism
bas entailed an Industrial and agricultural situ
ation in Western Europe which demands a
remedy. How much of the present depres
sion in these interests has been really dne to
the practical demonetization of silver is a ques
tion upon which there Is naturally a wide di
vergence ot opinion, but the belief that tho
effect of that policy has been vitally prejudi
cial is rapidly growing. Lord Dufferin states
that the tow and fluctuating value of silver is
disastrous to the treasury of India, and de
clares himself in favor of immediate demoneti
zation, while Mr. Samuel Smith, a well known
Eng'rsh economist, even goes so far as to at
tribute to demonetization and its economic
consequences a large influence in tbe agrarian
troubles of Ireland, tbe discontent of that
country, the protectionist reaction of continen
tal Europe, and the spread , of Socialism and
other disorders incident to poverty and enforced
"In view of all that one reads and hears in
the discussion of this question, it would seem
apparent that the monetary conference which
Is to assemble at Paris in September, will meet
under circumstances far more promising to the
interests of bi-nietalllsm than those which sur
rounded the conference of U8L"
6UFPEEING IN SAMOA.
Seme Danger of Famine and Starvation
Among the "Native.
Washington, August 9. Under date of
July 11. Rear Admiral Klmberly reports to the
Nary Department from Apia, Samoa, that the
fathers of the Catholio Mission there had re
quested help from him to relieve tbe pressing
want of food then existing. Upon his return
from Pago Pago in a small vessel chartered for
tbe trip, he brought back with him from the
MononEahela 6,000 pounds ot buscult, 2,439
pounds of rice, 1,000 pounds of cornmeal, LOOO
pounds of oatmeal, 1,000 pounds of hominy,
1,000 pounds of wheat flour and 118 gallons of
beans, which, in accordance with the depart
ment's letter of May 24, he deemed it wise and
proper to turn over to the Catholic mission for
distribution among tbe distressed Samoans.
The Monongabela still has for issue large
quantities of the same stores. The Admiral
"There is undoubtedly a great scarcity of
food at present, bnt I do not apprehend any
loss of life from famine, except possibly among
the old and feeble, as tbere are cocoanuts
sufficient to exist on now, and these will soon
be helped out by the approaching harvest of
bread fruit and later by bananas. Yams and
taro are being generally planted, but it will
require several months before 'they are ripe
enough to gather. I offered to divide such
available stores as were on band with tbe
London Missionary Society, but my offer was
declined on the ground that the present
scarcity among those under their
care would not warrant such a
distribution, and tbe society is very desirous of
making tbe Samoans self-supporting. 1 can
not recommend any further distribution of
food among tbe Samoans until the necessity is
made more apparent than it appears at pres
ent." From a translation of the letter from the
Catholio fathers to Admiral Klmberly solicit
ing aid, which accompanies the Admiral's com
munication. It appears that there are 1(0 stu
dents in attendance UDon the course of instruc
tion given at their college at Apia. The fa
ther's state that they have 120 people under
their charge for whom succor Is necessary.
A M0NSTEE OP THE DEEP.
The Mysterious Creature That Struck a
Pleasure Boat Near Atlantic City.
Atlantic Cixr, August 0. There is a story
here something akin to that old' one ot tbe
presence of the sea serpent. It is vouched for,
however, by over 25 people, nearly all of whom
are Phlladelphians. They started outycstai
day in the sloop yacht Neptune, Samuel
Gale, captain. Captain Gale tells the story of
what happened to-day in this way, and he Is
borne out by everyone who was on his boat:
"Wo were about a mile from the seabuoy.when
a monster fish, or whatever it might be called,
came up just ahead of us. I was at the wheel
and had not time to change the course of tbe
Neptune. In less than 40 seconds we struck it
with full force. The great flshsankoutof
sight and we rode on. It made tbe timbers of
my boat shiver, and some of those on board
"Ten minutes later, while I was making a
tacking turn, we met the mysterious fish again,
and acain it struck us. I tried then to catch
hold of it, using a skid, that can be thrown
something like a email harpoon. It evidently
reached it, but without effect. The monster
simply turned lazily in the ocean and was under
water and out of sight for some minutes.
Twice afterward before we recrossed the bar
we ran across it. It bad a big, brown-looking
head, with large protruding eyes, and I should
judge would weigh 1,200 to 1,600 pounds. It was
about six feet in length, and was very broad. I
have never seen anything like it in tbe 15 years
I hare handled the Neptune. I don't believe
in sea serpents, but I don't want to meet this
?EBISHED OP COLD.
A Son-ln-Lnw of Senator Stanford Loses
Bit Life In Chill.
Washington, August 9. C. M. Seibert,
Secretary of the United States Legation at
Santiago, Chill, has communicated to the State
Department, under date of June 23, the fact of
the death of Thomas Bryan Gunlng. A certifi
cate was forwarded to the legation from the
District Judge at Los Andes announcing tbe
burial of Gunlng on June 12. he having per
ished of cold in the mountains May 27, while en
route from Mendosa.
Mr. Seibert further says that he received a
letter from one J. W. Clark, dated at Belleville
station, Argentine Republic, June 28, in which
Clare wrote that be bad come to Buenos Ayres
from Europe with Gunlng in January last; that
they became very intimate; that Gunlng told
him (Clark) that he had married an aaopted
daughter of United States Senator Leland
Stanford, and that Gunlng's father was a prom
inent surgeon in New YorK State. M r. 8elbert
adds that Guning visited Chili five years ago,
and became quite intimate with a number ot
BLASPHEMEES STEUCK DEAD.
Two Cases In Which Profanity Was Sud
denly and Terribly Rebuked.
OTTAWA, O., August 9. Last August Will
iam Mungan, a farmer who resides in Perry
township, this county, was plowing up a field
preparatory to sowing it in wheat, but the land
being very dry and hard was therefore difficult
to break up. Mungan cursing tbe soil,
said: "If I ever come bere again to plow up
this land may Almighty God damn my soul
and blast me." This morning Mungan went
out to tbe same field to commence plowing it
up. There was not a cloud In the sky, but no
sooner bad he began plowing than a small
cloud appeared In the sky, and as Mungan bad
turned a corner of land which he bad laid off
to be plowed be was struck by lightning and
Thomas Mllligan, another farmer, while
breaking up ground for seeding, cursed his
Maker over an hour, but before noon he was
rendered speechless by his profanity, and by
night he was dead.
In tbe Bellevue Pavilion.
The Lincoln Club entertained a number of
their friends last night at tbe Bellevue Pavil
ion. The Gernert & Guenther orchestra fur
nished the music, and a very pleasant evening
was spent by hosts' and guests.
What tbe Navy Needs.
from the Boston Gazette.
Our new cruisers are having bar J luck. What
our navy seems to need to go with these beau
ties, is some experienced navigators. That's
what's the matter.
A Passible Cine.
rrom the Chicago Tlmes.1
A safe at Allegany, N. Y., was robbed of 35,
000 in cash Monday night. Can the New York
world's fair committee be really at work?
DEATHS OP A DAY.
Colonel James Carry.
FoBT MONROE, Va., August . Colonel James
Curry, IT. S. A., retired, died suddenly at bis
CCSlUUlbQ Afc lUgill
THE SHOOTING STABS.
The Nature and Origin ef Meteors Their
Rapid Telocity Loose Matter Flying
Aboat In Space Remarkable Meteoric
Those singular and interesting celestial
bodies, the meteors, or shooting stars, are to be
seen on any clear night. Their general appear
ance is familiar to every one. On rare occa
sions they shoot across the sky, leaving behind
them a long train ot light, which marks their
course, and sometimes fades away into a white
cloudy streak, which remains visible for some
time after the meteor itself has disappeared.
Meteors hare frequently fallen to the earth,
and if on such occasions the observer is near
enough, the fall is attended by a bright light
and a heavy, prolonged sound, with now and
then violent detonations or explosions. Tbe
report resembles distant artillery, and may
be beard CO or 60 miles. The fragments
which fall are called meteorites, aerolites,
or simply meteoric stones, and vary In size
from a grain of sand to several tons. Of the
67 elementary substances found on the earth
21 .of them have been found in .meteorites.
These are oxygen, hydrogen-sulphur, phos
phorus, chlorine, carbon, silicon, potassium,
sodium, lithium, titanium, vana dlnm, iron,
nickel, tin, manganese, chromium, cobalt, cop
per, juaKutsiuxui caiciuro, aiuminium,anuinony
and arsenic. No new elements have ever been
discovered in them. Many of them consist of
nearly pure iron, alloyed with a variable
proportion of nickel; others of iron, carbon
and silicon of flint, while not,a few are almost
identical in composition with our lavas and
trap-rocks. This circumstance at one time
gave rise to a theory of the origin of meteors,
vi&, that they were originally ejected from
volcanoes, a theory which is possible, bnt not
very probable. The ancients were familiar
with meteorites, and several allusions are
made to them in ancient history. Tbe Pall
adium of Troy, the image of Diana at Ephesus,
and the sacred shield oi Numawereno doubt
Rapid Velocity ofMeteors.
Tbe vast majority of meteors, such as those
which occur in swarms of showers, and the
sporadic ones, which may be seen on almost
any clear night, are for tbe most part very
small, varying from a few grains to several
ounces, and are all consumed in the atmos
phere. By observations made at the same
time by two or more observers 40 or SO miles
apart, says a Baltimore Sun writer, the height
and velocity of these bodies have been found
with a degree of accuracy. They enter the at
mosphero at an average elevation of 70 or 75
miles, and, after traversing a distance of 50 or
60 miles with a velocity of from 20 to 25 miles
per second, disappear at the average height of
15 or 50 miles. It is only the large ones which
can reach the earth's surface, and then only
when they do not strike tho atmosphere very
obliquely. The beat and light evolved by the
meteor during its flight are due to tbe par
tial destruction of the body's velocity in
consequence ot the resistance of the
atmosphere. The energy of visible motion
is transformed by tbe friction of the air Into
molecular motion, which is heat. This is pre
cisely on the same principle that the plating of
a ship is made red-hot or even melted when
strnck by a cannon shot. Tbe quantity ot heat
developed in brineine to rett aiaree meteorite
moving with a velocity of 20 or 25 miles per
second is enormous, and more than sufficient to
fuse the most refractory substances known.
Periodic Bhovrera of Stars.
Occasionally meteors occur in swarms or
showers, which hare been found in some in
stances to return after certain definite inter
vals, thus establishing their planetary char
acter. Meteoric showers were observed in
very early times. Theophanes, the Byzan
tine historian, records one which was seen at
Constantinople in A. D-472, and Condelnhls
history of tbe Arabs mentions one which took
place in A. D. 902. In mediaeval times historians
record a remarkable display In England and
France on April 4, 1093. Humboldt saw a great
shower of them when he was traveling in
South America, on November 13, 1799, and
another superb display, ot them was wit
nessed by Captain Hammond, of the ship
Constitution, while lying off Mocha, in
the Red Sea, on November 13, 1831, but
the grandest display ever recorded was
that which took place November 12, 1833, and
was seen by many persons now living. A
competent observant at Boston estimated tbe
number visible to him during the five or six
hours the shower lasted at about a quarter of
a million. No sound was heard nor was any
of them known to have fallen to the earth.
Another shower was seen In Europe November
15, 1886, as was predicted and was repeated in
the following year. The next shower may be
confidently looked for November 1215, 1899.
The S3-year period is now well established for
reasons which will be shown presently. Dur
ing the meteoric shower it is at once seen that
the meteors appear to diverge from a point in
the sky called the radiant; that is to say. if
their paths be produced backward, they would
all intersect at a common point, or nearly so.
This, however, is only the effect of perspective,
for they move in sensibly parallel lines, being,
of course, a little deflected by the resistance of
atmosphere and the attraction of tbe earth.
Where the Meteors Come From.
With regard to their origin, their great ve
locity (20 to 30 miles per second) proves at once
their planetary character. During the im
mensely long intervals that intervened between
the births of tbe several planets, and while the
central mass (now tho sun) was slowly contract
ing, vast CMntities of liquid or gaseous matter
would douutiess become either asteroids or
meteorites, according to the mass ejected, and
would henceforth circulate as planets or com
ets around the central sun, and, being of com
paratively small mass, would also be thrown
into very elliptic orbits by the attraction of the
various planets. Tbere are at least two such
rings of meteors circulating around the sun
the November meteors, which bare a period
of S3 years, and whose orbit extends
beyond that of Uranus, and the Au
gust meteors, which have an unknown
period, and whose orbit extends an unknown
distance beyond Neptune. These rings are of
prodigious dimensions, being several millions
of miles In thickness. In this ring there may
be only two or three In a cuble mile, but the
number of them is absolutely incalculable. In
the former the meteors are not yet uniformly
aisiriouica inrougnout ice enure oruii, uai
are stretched out along it tor such a distance
that It takes the grand procession Detween two
&nd three Team to nass a riven noint of snace.
This ring intersects the earth's orbit at that
point at which she arrives on or about the 12th
to 15th of November, and therefore more me
teors are visible at that time than in any other,
and when we come into the great swarm we
have those grand displays which have taken
place In 1799, 1833. I860 and '67, and which will
occur again in 1899 and 1900.
Shooting Star In Angast.
It is clear that the meteors on the outer bor
der of the ring will move mncb slower than
those on the Inner border, which are nearer the
sun; they will, therefore, fall behind, and in the
course of time the meteors will become uni
formly distributed throughout tbe center orbit.
This is the case with the latter ring; or those of
the August meteors. The earth enters this
ring on or abont August 6, and therefore we
may always look for more than tbe average
number of meteors during the first ten or
twelve days ot August in every year. More
over, It is now well established that the August
meteors, or the Perseids, moreen an orbit which
is identical with that ot the comet of 1862,
known as Tuttle's comet, and that the Novem
ber meteors, or Leonids, move in a path which
coincides with that ot Temple's comet. From
these facts the inference is almost irresistible
that meteor swarms are, in some instances at
least, the result of a comet's disintegration.
However this may be, tbere seems to bo a
prettyvloso connection between comets and
Looso Matter Flying About.
The visible heavens, then, are not so stabln
as some people imagine; on the contrary, they
appear to be rather loosely constructed. Be
side the planets, which pursue their ceaseless
journey in well-defined orbits, tbere are scat
tered throughout the Interplanetary spaces
prodigious quantities of loose matter, varying
in size from fine dust to masses weighing many
thousands ot tons, circulating in vast elliptlo
orbits around tho sun. These rings are of
vast dimensions, and we know with absolute
certainty that the earth, in its annual course,
plunges into at least two of these rings,
and, although the earth moves at
the rate of about 19 miles per sec
ond, it requires several days to pass through
them. If it were not for the protection afforded
by our atmosphere we would on such occasions
be subject to a bombardment, compared with
which all the artillery In the world would be as
nothing; but on entering tne atmosphere their
motion Is partially destroyed and converted into
beat, by which they are completely consumed
and rendered harmless. It is only on very rare
occasions that they penetrate to the earth's
surface to furnish us with further evidence of
the structure of tbe visible heavens, and also
to confirm the statement of the apocalyptio
writer: "Great and marvelous are Thy works,
Lord God Almighty."
He Knows It Now.
jTrom the Chleaso Tribnne.1
Mr. Norvin Green did not know that Mr.
JjWanamakei wa&loa Jed. .
BENT OUT AS A FEELEE.
Orfgin of the Bnmora of Impending
Changes la the Cabinet.
tsrzciAi, TXLXOHAK to TOE DISPATCH.!
Washington, August 9. While the recent
report of tbe coming appointment of Secretary
Noble to the United States Supreme Court
bench, and to transfer Assistant Postmaster
General Clarkson to the Interior' Department
Is denied by both these gentlemen, neither of
them has been quite willing to say that be
would not accept such a change with great
willingness. Secretary Noble Is chiefly known
at home as a lawyer. His tastes are judicial.
He has probably discovered by this time
that he is not fond of administrative
work. He would unquestionably accept a
position on the Supreme Bench. As for Mr.
Clarkson, he accepted with the greatest reluct
ance the position which be now holds. He
aspired to a Cabinet place, and was, astbe be
ginning of the administration, much dissatis
fied that he did not receive that recognition.
He has a large circle of political friends who
are of the opinion that good politics requires
that so efficient a political manager should be
J laced at tbe bead of a department. Tbe
nterior Department is one of the great politi
cal departments of the Government, and the
politicians in the party would be glad to have
him appointed to its head.
In view ot the circumstances under which
the recent report was first started, tbere is
some reason to believe that it may have been
sent out as a "feeler" to test public opinion.
Sir. Clarkson bas never been contented to be
the assistant to Mr. Wanaroaker. It is known
that Wanamaker is compelled to depend almost
entirely upon mm lor advice as to ail oi tne po
litical movements that he makes. Clarkson is
practically the politician of tbe Postoffiee De
partment, but it by no means follows that he
always has his own way. On the contrary,
tbere have been notable instances in which he
bas been overruled, and In these instances the
party men always insist that Wanamaker bas
made a mistake.
Clarkson spends a considerable part ot each
day in consultation with Wanamaker as to po
litical appointments. In fact, he sits every
afternoon as a sort of court to hear tbe state
ments of the representatives of the various ap
plicants for tbe Presidental postofflces, al
though he nominally is in charge of the fourth
classTiflices. He hears the cases as stated by
tbe politicians, reports to Wanamaker, ana
wben tbe latter doesn't act In accordance with
Clarkson's suggestions, there Is naturally
ANXIOUS TO SEE THE WAE END.
Haytlnea In Neir York Want to See
ISPECIAL TXLZGBAir to tub DisrATCU. J
New Yoke, August 9. Native Haytlans in
this city and merchants interested intbe Hay
tian trade are anxious.now to see tne end of
the war if sueh it can be termed between
Hippolyte and Legitime. Minister Preston said
to-day: "There is no trnth In the statement
that Legitime bas massacred men in tbe mar
ket place at Port-au-Prince. Many of the let
ters sent here are written by officers onboard
United States cruisers in Haytian waters who
know nothing of what is going on in Port-au-Prince,
as they are not allowed to go on shore
at all. Tbe statement that tbe Haytian capital
is notproperly supplied with food is also un
true. The city is infested only on the north by
Hippolyte's force, the south and east being
open, and tbere is also open communication by
sea. Ten thousand well disciplined troops
could not take Port-au-Prince, let alone the
few thousand men at Hippolyte's disposal.
"Our last mall from Port-an-Prince left there
on the 2s:h, on the Alvo, which transferred it
to tbe Athos at Navassa, on the 29th, that ves
sel arriving bere on tho 6th instant. That mail
brought no news of any change in the situation,
but 1 bare since received a cable which informs
me that on the night of July 29 Hippolyte's
forces made an attack on the city and were re
pulsed with considerable loss, while Legitime
had only two men killed. This cable was dated
July 31, and was sent by land to Jacmel, thence
by mail steamer to Kingston, and then tele
graphed here. This would go to show that
Jacmel had not gone over to Hippolyte."
Mr. Hanstedt, Hippolyte's representative,
also said that tbe reported massacre of men by
both sides in and near Port-au-Prince was un
true. He had received on Wednesday a letter
from General Hippolyte, who said he did not
propose to try and take Port-au-Prince at pres
ent, but preferred to have the uprising in the
South against Legitime do the work for him.
The first officer of the Alvo, which got in to
day from Port-au-Prince, bad heard nothing ot
the reported massacre there. The Alvo left
Port-au-Prince on the 23th.
DUDE SOLDIEBS TO WORK.
Secretary Proctor Metas to Drive Them to
Do Tbelr Duty.
tSrZCIAI. TXXEOSAX TO TUB DISrATCO.1
Washington, August 9. Secretary Proctor
has been inquiring into the matter of special or
detached service for officors ot the army, and
has already learned sufficient to convince him
that a radical reform is needed in this direc
tion. It Is well known that certain officers
through family, social and political influence,
have managed to avoid service with their regi
ments for lone periods of time. This class of
officers and their relatives and friends seem to
devote themselves to looking out tor service
that will keep them in the large cities and
away from their regiments. They have suc
ceeded in gathering an influence behind them
that has hitherto, in many cases, been too pow
erful to be resisted by the military authorities.
The result of this flagrant favoritism and un
just discrimination against meritorious and
conscientious officers bas been demoralizing to
the army, and bas tended to create a teeilng
that social and political influences at Washing
ton count more than service in the field with
troops. The rule is that officers shall not be
detailed for special dnty until they have served
four years with their corps or regiments, but
tbe rule has been more honored in the breach
than in the observance.
Secretary Proctor has prepared a list of these
favored officers, and is determined to make an
effort to drive them to the performance of
their proper duty with tbelr regiments, in this
effort be will bave the earnest assistance of
Adjutant General Kelton. A publication giv
ing tbe record ot some of these "Coburgers"
would be Interesting to the public and profita
ble to the army.
A FIGHT WITH SNAKES. '
Tbe Path of a Regiment of Pythla'ni Ob
strncted by Hugo Rattlers.
Eagle LakeCInd.. August 9. The review
of Sir Knights was witnessed to-day by more
than 10,000 visitors. When the Fourth Regi
ment was marching into line a huge rattlesnake,
with nine rattles, obstructed the pathway of
the Jeffersonvllle division and showed fight. A
dozen or more gleaming swords struck the rep
tile down Just as it was about to spring upon
one of the members.
The shrill command of "Forward" from
Colonel Vanasdel put the columns again in
motion, bnt not more than SO steps had been
taken wben the ominous rattle of a second
snake was sounded. Confusion in the ranks of
the advancing division prevailed for a moment
as tbe bead of the fierce rattler was raised in
the air, but Sir Knights Ererbardt and John
ston, of Bauer division, sprang forward and
their swift descending swords smote the erect
and resisting reptile to death.
A PEESECUTED L0YEB.
Fleeing From a Wrathful Parent, He la Ar
rested for Burglary.
Philadelphia, August 9, A tale of love
and persecution in the romantic region of Har
rowgate, came out yesterday in Judge Biddle's
Court, when Conrad E. Birch, a young man
was arraigned upon the serious charge of bur
glary, brought by Thomas and Alonzo Will
iams, father and son. The evidence showed
that one evening while Birch was laying siege
to the heart of Miss Williams, much against
the wishes of her father and brother, they de
scended upon him so suddenly that he sought
safety In a precipitate flight to the roof.
Father and son followed him up and fired off
an old shotgun, with the effect of accelerating
the lover's flight. They then bad him arrested
for burglary. The Jury promptly acquitted
A Plnce for Boalnnger.
From theNew York Telegrsm.i
General Boulanger threatens to come to
America. Will Mayor Grant please put him
on the World's Fair Committee to represent
the gas industry T
A TRUE LOVER.
Oo forth Into the world again,
Searching for one as fair and sweet?
Leave yon, who are iny dream complete f
Leave you. and let the great sun wane.
Shrouding my life in darkness? Oh,
Love, oh my love, I cannot go I
Tbey say that love is bat a show
Borne wizard easts before oar eyes;
They say that as a fading flower
Rapture will lose Its magic power
To turn to heaven this earth of woei
Butlsar, "Love, I cannot go!"
To touch your heart with perfect faith.
To win with ardor your rare life,
Bo full of beanty, charm, and praise.
Bo full of bliss to light my days
From now to death, were you my wife
Itake your trembling answer so,
And love, my love, I cannot go!
Cam ffawfkM.. rrtihrnwi 4a Ha-n.t TlWtftf.
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BOTES TAKEN IN NEW TORE.
Fosmd HI Danghtcr'a Body In a WeH.
INEW TOSX BUREAU SrECIALS.l
Narw Yobk, August a Lena Copperman, 20
years old, drowned herself in the well behind
her father's house at 10 o'clock this morning.
Her father brought np one of her slippers In
tbe bucket while drawing water for breakfast.
This was the first intimation he had that she
bad committed suicide. Her body was recov
ered this afternoon. Miss Copperman bas suf
fered from melancholia since tbe death ot her
brother, last spring.
Ttredof Trying to Live on 83 a Week.
Charles Hadler, a clgarmaker 60 years old.
banged himself lu his bedroom this morning
while his wife was getting his breakfast in the
kitchen. Formerly be was In good circum
stances. For the last ten months he has been
nnable, on account of lack of work, to earn
more than S3 a week, In a note which be wrote
just before banging himself, he said he was
tired of trying to support his wife and three
children on this sum.
la Mourning for the Wrong Mas.
Up to last Monday two Hungarians, named
Kraus, were confined in Ward's Island Insane
asylum. Their Christian names were Fritz and
David. Ihey were not related. Monday night
the authorities ot Bellevue Hospital received
by telephone from Ward's Island instructions
to prepare a place in the morgue tor tbe body
of David Kraus, who had just died, aadto noti
fy Mrs. Kraus. The hospital authorities care
lessly sent word to Mrs. Fritz Kraus that her
husband was dead, and that his body must be
removed for burial. Mrs. Fritz Kraus, by dint
of borrowing and begging, got together enough
money to buy S50 worth of widow's weeds and
to make a deposit on her order to the under
taker for an elaborate funeral. To-day she
went to see her husband "laid out," Her first
glance at tbe body sent her into hysterics. She
screamed that it wasn't her Fritz at all, tried to
scratch the undertaker, and then fainted. A
hurried investigation revealed the factth,at she
had gone into mourning for Mrs. David Kraus'
husband, while her Frits was still alive and
crazy at Ward's Island.
Measured for Their Grave Clothes.
The five condemned murderers in the Tombs
who are to be executed August 23 were meas
ured to-day,far their grave clothes. The tailor
who had contracted to make the five suits un
dertook the job very reluctantly. While meas
uring Packenham, the wife murderer, his
hands trembled so that be had to call upon an
assistant to help him hold the tape. Carohn,
another wife murderer, bas just finished a
crayon sketch of himself. Gihlin alone of the
five condemned men expects to gat a new trial.
All tbe others are confident that they will swing
and are resigned.to it.
Bound to Catch the Bay.
Baker Robert A. Prior told tbe police, a short
time ago, that some one was swindling him by
buying cakes and pies on his credit at an up
town bakery. Tbe policeman who took charge
of the case to-day caught Thomas Tone, IS
years old, in the act of having ten pies charged
to Mr. Prior. Tho policeman tried to arrest
him. The boy ran toward tbe river, the police
man in hot pursuit. At the foot of the street
the boy made a flying dive from the dock into
the river. The policeman threwoff his coat and
dived after him. Both swam some 200 yards
down stream. There the boy's strength gave
out. Tbe policeman overhauled him, swam
back to shore with bim and locked him up.
Not the Best ef Preachers.
The Rev. Georgn Tomklns was in the Su
preme Court to-day, to hear a motion to vacate
an order tor his arrest. John P. Kennerly told
how the Rev. Tomklns had fraudulently se
cured 13,600 worth of city property by giving
him for it the Hotel Victoria, at Ontario, in
which the Rev. Tomklns bad no present inter
est. The order was continued till Monday.
The Rev. Tomkins says he was ordained as a
minister by the Rev. Dr. Bpurgeon in London
Ave years ago, and came to America at once,
with HO, 000 In his pocket. He married a Cana
dian woman, wbo, he says, ran away with his
money and another man. The Rev. Tomkins
gained considerable newspaper notoriety some
time ago, when he was expelled from his pulpit
in Canada on account of alleged Intimacy with
a colored woman.
A rjrslr Fsmllr Jar.
When Robert Jones, a colored waiter, went
home for supper last night, he found the table
bare and his wife gossiping with the woman in
the next flat. He led her by tbe ear to tbe
kitchen and cuffed her. Mrs. Jones picked up
a tableknlfe. with which to defend herself,
Mr. Jones took a razor. They went at each
other. After ten minutes of cutting and slash
ing they were separated by neighbors. Mrs.
Jones' arms, neck and face were cut in a dozen
.places. Mr. J ones had two scalp wounds. Mrs.
Jones told her side of the ease this morning to
a police justice, and Mr. Jones was locked up
to await further examination.
U0NTEEAL IN A MIEAGE.
A Picture of the Canadian City Taken 4,000
rSPXCIAt. TELEOEAM TO TBE SI8PATCH.1
Ottawa, August 9. A dispatch from VIc
toriaB. C, says that Prof. Willougbby, who
has visited the Alaskan coast for many years, a
short time ago vlaltod "Muir'g glacier," and
took a shot at it with his camera. He was star
tlea by a most remarkable result. It was the
phantom of a great city, with rows of large
warehouses and factories with tall chimneys,
stately residences and .elegant church spires.
Various were the conjectures as to the locality
from which tbe shadow was evolved. Victoria,
Seattle. Portland and San Francisco were all
suggested, but none met tbe requirements.
At last a French Canadian recognized the
Windsor Hotel, the dome ot the new Catholic
cathedral near the hotel and Notre Dame, with
Mount Royal in the distance. The mysterious
city was the phantom ot Montreal, nearly 4,000
miles away. Tbe professor bas bad a large
number of bis pictures struck off, and it is the
wonder ot the day.
Too Mneh for the Clerk's Cheek.
From the New York Telegram.l
At last a long suffering public is avenged.
Bomethlnghas been discovered whereby a hotel
clerk can.be knocked out. 'That something is
electricity. The clerk of the Niagara House,
Niagara Falls, carelessly rested his cheek
against some incandescent light wires and was
paralyzed. Thanks for the discovery ot a hotel
A Humane Suggestion.
From the Chicago ewi.l
A Rochester scientist advocates drowning as
the most humane form of capital punishment
to which criminals can be subjected. If hu
manity is the only thing to be considered it
would be well for judges to condemn prisoners
to die of old age.
MRS. Slatzb. of Slverlyville, Pa., had a
rooster killed tho other day, and was pleased
and surprised to find a fo gold piece in its craw.
At Camp Hartranf t, while a Chester com
pany was drilling a day or two since, one of the
privates threw down his gun and pulled franti
cally at his tronsert leg, from which he drew a
lot of blazing matches. The butt of his gun
had struck them.
Samuel Stuuenboth was standing beside
an electric light pole in Columbia night before
last wben a bug flew into bis ear and braced its
feet so firmly against the inside edge that it
could not be pulled out save by a doctor.
Bajcuel Riaos, while hunting in Greene
county, fired at a rabbit, and missed it, but the
shot struck ana killed a pheasant just beyond,
which the hunter had not seen.
A FOX that tracked a flock of turkeys In
Brooke county, W. Va, was attacked by the
old gobbler, and So badly thrashed that he put
bis tail between his lees and skulked away
like a whipped dog.
Henrt Wilson, of Jefferson county, Ohio,
has a cow that is 7 years old, and weighs less
than SCO pounds. The animal is about 3J feet
Arris a courtship that lasted an hour, a
young couple in Akron concluded to get mar
ried, and were wedded the following dfy.
A. W. ANKENT, of Wheeling, has a tin plate
which, it Is said, belonged to George Washing
ton when the latter was a' soldier.
It is reported that foreign scientists
have discovered minute diamonds In meteorites
found in Siberia.
The agent of the Broome county, H. T.t
Bible Society has discovered that there are 124
families in that county who do not possess
The Newport cottagers, in their fight
against the street railway tbere, s"et up the)
claim in their bill In equity that they own to
the middle of tbe street,
Mr. C. M. Lane, of Oakdale, Me.,
picked a number of sprays of apple blossoms
on his trees last week. Tbey were as beautiful
and as fragrant as though they were not several
luuubuo ucjunu nana in ineir appcAtuio.
A little boy of only about 0 years ar
rived in Pomona, CaL, a few days ago, after
having made ajourney of over 6,000 miles from
Lincolnshire, England, entirely alone. He had
a tag fastened to his clothes and 1200 in hs
Eeeent Australian papers announce the
finding ot a nugget weighing 330 ounces and
valued at 1,360- It was found near Wedder
burn, Victoria, by a young Australian named
Costa Clorieb, who had only recently arrived
in the colony.
A Philadelphia dealer, not being able
to sell even a single pair of shoes of a certain
grade at II, thought to mark them down to
cost. Instead ot doing so, however, he took
the advice of bis errand boy and added 25 cents
to the price, and the shoe went off like hot
It has been calculated that the railroads
of the world are worth nearly $300,000,000,000, or
about one-tenth ot the wealth of tbe civilized
nations, jor more than a quarter of their in
vested capital. At this rate all the ready
money in the world would buy only aboat one
third ot them.
They get at the real value cf a eo tr ia
Sussex county, N. J., by selling her at so much
a quart. The scheme is prononnced by dairy.;
men as the most equitable yet proposed in the
sale of miloh cows.. The purchaser pays S3 60
per quart. Thus, if she gives 20 quarts dally,
she is worth 150. The purchaser keeps the cow
on trial for a week.
The Public Library at Toronto has be
come the possessor of a copy of a very rare
book published In Paris, in 16SS, "Estat present
de l'Eglisa et de la Colonie Francolse dans la
Nouvelle France, par 11. l'Evecue de Quebec"
Tbe author was the second Bishop of Quebec.
Saint Valller; and tbe book was the fruits of
his first visit to Canada in 1ES3L
A letter which read as follows was re
ceived the other day by tbe Mayor ot Dallas,
Tex.: "Sir I have been in this city a few days.
Am a carpenter and would like to get some
work and at same time would like to marry.
As I am a stranger, I beg you would assist me
in getting a wife. I have about 300 laid up;
am not particular as to looks, so she knows bow
to work. Am a Democrat in politics."
Three-year-old Clara Young, playing
with her 6-year-old brother on the banks of the
Yellowstone, near Livingston, Mont., waded
ipto the water and was caught by the current.
Her little brother ran home and told his father.
Young ran down tbe stream and saw his little
girl floating fate up and unharmed. He fol
lowed her for a msta and a quarter, when John
Souths? heard his shouts, and, plunging into
the quick-running river, brought bee safely to
Caribou, Me., has a ghost- A few years
ago John Cochran, of that plaoe, mysteriously
disappeared and nobody bas heard from him
since. The family occupying his old home
have moved out, not being able to endure the
supernatural sounds heard in the bouse at
night. Neighbors bave gone and staved
through the night and have come away believ
ing In some supernatural agency at work there.
Last 8unday night a man by the name of Bubar
stayed there. Rapplngs, which sounded like
the blows of an ax, were heard in tbe chamber
and on the outside of the bouse when Mr. B.
called out, "If you are the spirit ot John Coch
ran ran on the other side of the house!" and
immediately the raps came from that direction.
Albany, Wis., has gone wild on the.
subject ot clams. Two weeks ago a worthless
young fellow, who wrs a stranger to the citi
zens of this place, began fishing for clams in
the bed of the river. No one suspected thati
the man whom thev saw with a rake and a row.
boat was raking in a snug little fortune. Tha
other day this fellow, thinking his IuckwortU
celebrating, went on a drunk. He gave his
"snap" away, and now men, women and chil
dren are fortune hunters, and with more or less
success. He had found pearls, and now every
body is finding them. One roan has fished two
days and seenred J1.000 worth: another reports
1500 worth of pearls as the result of one day's
work. Everybody in the town has turned
clam-fisher except the one Jeweler who la kepi
busy estimating the value of the pearls brought
Kenka Lake, New York, is 20 miles
long by two miles wide. Penn Yan is atone
extremity, Hammondsport at the other. While
making passage across the lake a citizen ot the
former place related this story: Some years
ago a friend of mine, taking bis little son along;
went fishing on this lake. The bov was at the
father's back in the stern ot the boat. Soon a
violent splashing, accompanied by a stifled
scream, startled the fatner, who a moment
later clutched the foot ot his son, J ust disap
pearing in tbe waters of the lake. Palling bim
aboarabe also landed a salmon trout Ave feet
long, weighing 40 pounds, with his teeth firmly
Imbedded in the boy's face on either side of the
nose. The little fellow, lying on the seat, his
body half over the side of tbe boat, was mirror
ing his face in the lake. The fish sprang up,
seizing him, and so lost his balance. As quick
ly as possible tbe boy was taken home, a doctor
and photographer were called, and to-day a
picture of the boy with tbe fish attached may
be seen at Penn Yan.
An extraordinary evidence of the rea
sonableness of an old-time superstition was
given at Oregon, Morecentir, when the body
of a young man who bad "been drowned was
found by placing one of tbe deceased shirts on
the water's surface, and following it in a boat
until it sank. A young man named Ryan had
been drowned while bathing, and his friends
searched in vain for the body. After every
effort had been made by dragging and diving it
was suggested to throw tbe shirt he bad on
Just before he went into tbe water. Mr. Tay
or, a resident of tbe neighborhood, spread out
the shirt with the bosom downward and arms
stretched ont on the water, and let it float on
down the stream as it would. He followed
elowlylu a skiff. After the .shirt bad floated
along for about 100 feet It suddenly sank plumb
down. Tbe man hurried with the skiff and
was close by wben the last vestige of the gar
ment was seen. Then be stopped and lelt down
with along pole right after the shirt and
touched the body with the end of the pole.
FUNNY MEN'S FANCIES.
A bootless attempt To get upstairs with
out being heard by your wife. Rochuttr Utratd.
No wonder the spoon looks so hollow and
long-faced. 'What in the world is oltenerln the
Wisdom does not always come in the yel
low leaf, but you'll generally find It in the seer.
Glen t'alte Republican.
There seems to be a strange relationship
between eonrtlng at the summer resort and the di
vorce eourt. Ttxai Sitingi.
It does look as if England, after trying to
gobble all our brewerRs, mlfht hare let Uncle
Bam take one little schooner. Terrt Haxtt Bx
prett. When old Niagara gets 'harnessed
electricity In Western New York will go voltlng
along as It has never gone before. Soehetter Ex
prtit. A man may not be afraid of danger,
but he looks down In the mouth wben he pre
pares to descend Into a mine. b.nghampton Jit
publican. A Good Eule. Upson Dowries I've come
to you. Barker, after a little advice.
Barker Carper Well, here's some: Never ask
Mrs. N. Peck I ran across one of your
old letters to-day, Nathan, where yon said that
yoa would rstber be, In endless torment with me
than be in bliss by yourseir.
Mr. N. Peck-Well, I guess I got my wish.
Tern Haute Exprtit.
It Pulled Him Through. How is your
grandfather. Bobby? '
"Ah, he's all right."
"But I thought he was so tick a month ago that
the doctors gave him up?"
Yes; bnt the baseball season has opened now.
A Dull Neighborhood. Miss Nobby (of
Boston) I suppose, Mr. Pop'em. you have very
few amusement out In Montana?
Mr.. Pop'em Wal, yas, we hev been right
skeerce nv amusements the past year. Two or
three bangln's an' seven or eight shootls scrapes
Is 'bout all, I reckon, that we've had la ther way
o' fan. Draw Magazine.
Mrs. Aleet If you shonld make a thou
sand dollars unexpectedly, Tom, would you give
me that diamond pendant I've been looking at so
Mr. Alcet-Why, yes, dear. '
Mrs. Aleet Very well; I'll order It to-morrow.
I stopped wanting that Ivory-finished piano to
day, and a thousand was Just the price of It,