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Vol.44, A'o.187. Entered at Pittsburg Postofflcc,
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The letter which Mr. W. E. Scbmertz as
President of the Chamber of Commerce has
written to Mr. James Gordon Bennett, of
the New York Herald, may not prove pala
table to New Yorkers, bnt it contains sev
eral chunks of truth that they may study
with profit The Dispatch has already
taken the position upon the question of the
site for the "World's Fair of 1892 that Wash
ington is the best fitted in every way for the
honor. Mr. Schmertz's views are in accord
with those of The Dispatch. He states
them forcibly, as he does his views as to the
good results of the fair to the trade and
commerce of the United States. Mr.
Schmertz is not in favor of launching the
Exposition on private subscriptions. He
thinks that as it is to be an exhibition of
the United States' resources the expense
thereof should be borne by the National
Treasury. In the surplus he sees sufficient
funds to make the Exposition a success be
yond all peradventure, and worthy of the
As we have said New York will do well
to give heed to the growing sentiment now
being generally expressed in favor of Wash
ington as the site of the Exposition. When
Congress comes to the consideration or the
question, for it is evident that no plan is
likely to succeed without the backing of
Congress, the claims ot New York will have
to be presented in a far stronger fashion than
they have been so far to win the day for her.
Washington is decidedly in the lead at
present, though New York must be given
the credit of making strenuous efforts to se
cure the prize.
While the Wall street organs are in
dulging in glowing pictures of the influ
ences which are to put up the prices of
stock, the fact that there is a considerable
movement of funds away from New York,
and that the New York bank reserve is
steadily drifting in a direction which may
produce a stringency furnishes the danger
Epot in the financial situation. The Wall
street influences are of the opinion that
when the reserve reaches the vicinity of the
lezal limit it will be the duty of the Secre
tary of the Treasury to buy bonds and thus
replenish the money market with funds on
which to keep up the bull movement.
This opinion is reflected in some news
papers outside of Wall street in a modified
form as expressed by the Philadelphia Prcst,
which states that it is not the business of
the Treasury to rush to the aid of Wall
street every time its speculators see fit to
raise a hue and cry; but that in case of a
real business stringency, where the Secre
tary of the Treasury can give relief by the
purchase of bonds, it is right and proper
that he should do so. This does not draw
the distinction quite clearly enough. The
' Secretary of the Treasury should understand
that he has no responsibility whatever with
the embarrassment of the New York stock
market that may be created by the specu
lators, nor is it his duty to aid those gentry
in their efforts to put up the prices of stocks.
But if the movement of money should re
sult in redncing the price of United States
bonds from its present excessive premium,
it might be the duty of the Secretary of the
Treasury, in the interest of the Govern
ment, to buy bonds at a price which would
represent a distinct saving to the Treasury.
The importance of this distinction appears
from the statement, on good financial au
thority, that a group of notorious specula
tors of the trust stamp have bought up a
large amonnt of bonds and expect to sell
them to the United States Treasury this fall
at an advance. That is not the movement
which should take place in order to make it
right for the Secretary to invest the Treas
ury's surplus in bonds. If the money mar
ket becomes stringent, the New York inter
ests should be ready to sell bonds at a de
cline. Under those circumstances, it will
undoubtedly be for the benefit of the public
that the treasury should buy a liberal
amount of its own securities.
The treasury sbonld be run for the benefit
of the whole people, and should be kept dis
tinctly separate from any connection with
the schemes or manipulations of the Wall
street speculators.
It will be an uncommonly great blessing
to this community if the proceedings in
Court at present pending against certain
private detectives result in an appreciable
decrease in the numbers of that class of in
discriminately and often illegally consti
tuted police. There is no good reason why
the police force supported by the taxpayers
should not be competent to protect the lives
and property of all. That is what a police
force is designed to do, and if it fails con
spicuously in its duty the taxpayers have
the remedy in their own hands, or ought to
have if they attend to their business on
election day.
The private detective has been of consid
erable service, we admit, in not a few cases.
If his integrity and qualifications were al
ways beyond question there wonld be less
necessity for his removal. Bnt the ex
perience has certainly been in Pittsburg and
elsewhere of late that righteousness is a
rather scarce article at the private detective
agencies. So the system of detection by
private means has come to another name for
systematic blackmail and other hardly less
disagreeable things. It is a private abuse
of public power that cannot be allowed to
The news that Mrs. Maybrick's death
sentence has been commuted into one of pe
nal servitude for life is hardly likely to dis
please anyone. No one who has read the
evidence given at the trial and the subse
quent testimony as to Mr. Maybrick's
habit of eating arsenic can have the temeri
ty to say that there was not a considerable
element of doubt in the case. Very properly
Home Secretary Mathews in the exercise of
the. nominally royal prerogative, has ex
tended to the unhappy woman a certain
measure of mercy. In spite of the official
announcement that no further appeal for
mitigation of punishment. or absolute re
lease will be entertained, it is still possible
for Mrs. Maybrick's friends to bring for
ward the new evidence which has been col-
Jected since the verdict and launch a new
appeal to the press and public, without
whose help in all probability, the gallows
would have claimed Mrs. Maybrick as a
The process by which Home Secretary
Mathews arrived at his decision to com
mute Mrs. Maybrick's sentence, as de
scribed in the cable dispatches, will appear
peculiar to American eyes After a pro
longed consultation between the Secretary
and many eminent lawyers the great point
of discussion being the conflicting medical
testimony as to the amount of arsenic found
in Mr. Maybrick's body being enough to
cause death the unanimons opinion, was
reached that Mrs. Maybrick had given poi
son to her hnsband with intent to kill. We
may conclude from this that Mr. Mathews
and his legal advisers were convinced that
Mrs. Maybrick had poisoned her husband
feloniously, that he had died afterward with
thesymptoms of arsenical poisoning, butthat
Mrs. Maybrick, nevertheless, did not deserve
hanging. With these convictions, we do not
understand how this queerly constituted
court of appeal did not allow the death sen
tence to stand.
The strongest impressions made by this
cause celebre upon the thinking publio of
both countries seem to be that the English
practice by which the judge usurps the
function ot counsel in his charge to the jury
is barbarous, and that of not permitting the
prisoner accused of murder to testify in his
or her own behalf is hardly less so. Judge
Stevens in his summing up of the case was
not impartial, and in this country that fact
would surety have been deemed sufficient
reason for a new trial. English procedure
in murder trials Is pretty certain to be radi
cally reformed as a result of the Maybrick
The gentry who are engaged in the profit
able if precarious business of selling liquor
without a license are threatened with an
attack from a new qnarter. Probably they
will be loth to believe that Uncle Sam's
officers have at last become officially aware
of their existence. More than on'ce before,
the conductors of "speak-easies" will say to
themselves, have we been threatened with
prosecution under the Federal laws it we
did not take out internal revenue licenses,
and yet we have not been molested to this
Perhaps the "speak-easies" are justified
in believing that they are safe from attack
by the United States officers. But we think
that they are not, if the assertion be true
that Collector S. D. Warmcastle has said
that he means to compel all "speak-easy"
transgressors to pay the tax or incur the
penalty in the Federal courts. Mr. Warm
castle will have his hands full, but he is
not the sort ot man to worry about that.
He can make the cheerful fall a season ot
great bitterness for the "speak-easy" crowd.
Their troubles will not stop with the pay
ment of the Federal tax or their punish
ment in the United States Courts for refus
ing to pay. The receipt for the tax or the
record of the proceedings in the Federal
court against an unlicensed liquor dealer
would seem to be pretty fair prima facie
evidence lor the State authorities to take as
a basis for further prosecutions. Alto
gether the unlicensed saloon keeper is not
happily circumstanced.
The Chinese colony in New York is
going to build a theater especially for their
national drama. The Swintien Iiok Com
pany which has been giving performances
of Chinese plays in New York, has a list on
its programme of one hundred and seventy
two distinct dramas. It will take several
years to give these plays, and New York
managers on this account have declined to
lease their theaters to the Chinese actors.
It is understood that the liberty of the
city, a suitable number of laurel crowns
and bouquets to match will be presented to
the Allegheny Baseball Club when it re
turns from its triumphal tour.
The great McAllister's fame is fast van
ishing. He is no longer entitled to the
glory of having invented the term, "The
Four Hundred." The New York Herald
has already explained how it used that
phrase twenty-nine years ago; and now in
dustrious inquiry has evoked the fact that
Lord Byron was the original author in these
lines taken from "Beppo:"
"The rest are but a vulgar set, the bore
Of public places where they safely brave
The fashionable stare of twenty score
Of well-bred persons called the world.
But 1 although I know them really don't
know why."
Atlantic City may be a good place to
go to to procure material for lectures on
morality, but it is not a good place in which
to deliver lectures on that subject A gen
tleman who undertook to show four young
ladies the error of their ways on the sands
there a day or two ago was thrown into the
surf with his clothes on, and then rolled in
the sand till he resembled a demoralized
star fish.
Sarah Alvthea Tebey wants to be
buried beside her husband. Her desire
would meet with no opposition, even if she
were to put herself in proper condition to
fulfill it at once.
The Shah of Persia seems to be a good
deal like a chameleon. While he was
visiting the Czar of Bussia his sympathies
and utterances were alike violently pro
Bussian; but English fetes and feastings
soon converted the Eastern potentate, and
he has since announced his intention of
bringing about a closer relationship with
England. But the truth of the matter is
that the Shah is not perfidious so much as
he is a Peisian striving to save his country
from being crushed between two great
Minneapolis seems to be going to the
dogs. At least that city In her recent
efforts to convince the world of her abound
ing prosperity, and the growth of her popu
lation is accused of including the names
ot dogs in her directory. "Cave canem,"
would seem to be a good motto to print on
the title page of the directories of Western
New York is monopolizing the big
scandals just now. The Fair ol 1892 is
another thing altogether.
Bom'e singularly soft-hearted and soft
headed individuals have sent the Prince of
of Wales $50,000, probably.as. a .compensa
tion for the unsympathetio attitude of the
House of Commons upon the question of in
creasing that royal personage's allowance.
There are probably plenty of Tory toad
eaters in England who would be glad to be
allowed to furnish the Prince with
all the money he needs in return for his
patronage. Wouldn't li be a good idea for
the British taxpayers to let them do it?
The paternal proposal of the Pennsylva
nia Bailroad to establish a pension fund for
its employes is but apart of the enlightened
policy which that corporation has pursued
for many years toward all in its service.
The efficiency of the large 'army employed
by the Pennsylvania is due to a consider
able extent to this policy.
The people of Allegheny do not wish to
run the risk of seeing their homes wiped
out by fire oftener than they can help. The
oil refinery which is still smoldering will
not be rebuilt. '
Eeferkino to the order that the Ameri
can flag is to be displayed hereafter on
buildings occupied by officials under the
Treasury Department during business hours,
the Hochester Democrat says: "It might
well be raised on every building occupied
by a federal officer. It is well to nave the
emblem of federal power flying- in as many
places possible.' It is well also, es
teemed cotemporary, to regard the stars
and stripes as the beloved emblem of all the
United States.
We have heard a good deal of the beauti
ful moral eflect of "The' Old Homestead;"
but it seems to have been lost on the princi
pal actor in that play, Denman Thompson.
He is said to have lost $100,000 this sum
mer at the faro table, and probably the only
old homestead that is left to htm is on the
Seven games straight captured, by the
whilom fly-bitten ball-tossers of this town
provokes the question: What is the matter
with Hanlon? Does anybody doubt that he
is all right.
We are afraid Judge Bookstaver, of New
York, will not enjoy his vacation very much
if the New York World continues to pile up
most embarrassing evidence against him in
connection with the Flack case. In the in
terest of the purity and dignity of all law
courts throughout the land the apparent
perversion of justice in the Flack cave
should be investigated by the trial of all
the parties concerned in the case on a charge
of conspiracy.
The lesson taught as to flimsy iron fire
escapes in the recent tenement house fire in
New York, is not unworthy the attention of
this city's building inspectors. Fire es
capes which are liable to be fire traps are
worse than none at all.
The west wind brought a strange and
lngnbrious sound on its wings last night.
Baseball experts recognized in it the echo
of Anson's lamentation.
If nations are to be judged by the charac
ter of their pastimes, then England must be
declining to its fall. What could be more
brutal or degrading than this sentiment ex
pressed by the London Referee, a leading
sporting journal: "The first duty of a prize
fighter is to win by fair means if he can, if
not. by foul." It does not better the Ref
eree' position much that this is and always
has been the practice with most professional
The Pope has had his large bedroom filled
with singing birds.
LAuoucnEUE may be expected in America
as soon as Parliament adjourns.
Jay Gould dropped a penny in the slot the
other day and cot his correct weight. It was
115 pounds.
The oldest admiral In England Is Sir Provo
Wallace, aged 93. He was In the fight In 1812
between the Shannon and the Chesapeake, but
he never commanded a steam vessel.
Austbaxia is sending another actress to
England, of whom great things are predicted.
Miss Myra Kemble is the young woman's
name, and she essays the higher walks of the
Colonel Joel B. Ebhabtjt, Collector of
the Port of New York, was at a full dress hop
at Bar Harbor recently, congratulating him
self upon his escape from office seekers. A
Gentleman who had just finished a waltz, ap
proached him, entered into a conversation, and
finally drew from the pockets of his swallow
tail a huge bundle of letters recommending
him for a position in the Custom House.
Mb. Gladstone's library at Hawarden Is
one of the finest private libraries In England.
It has more than 20,000 volumes. Mr. Glad
stone loans his books out to anyone in the
neighborhood who wants to read them.
Formerly people could keep them as long as
they liked, but a few years ago the rule was
made that a book conld be kept for one month
only. It is the regular free library of the dis
trict. Phtnce Hatzfeldt, who, it is reported, Is
to marry the daughter of C. P. Huntington, is
a brother of Count Hatzfeldt, the German
Ambassador to London, to which post the
Prince was for some time attached as Secre
tary of Legation. He has made himself con
spicuous principally by running up a heavy list
of debts, which there is no Immediate prospect
of his liqnidating. He is said to owe anywhere
from &00.000 to f 1,000,000. He Is described as
tall and fair, with a slight stoop, and very
agreeable manners. He Is well known among
sporting men in .Europe, and has a passion for
betting. He is said to have first met Miss
Huntington in Spain, where she has recently
been traveling with Mrs. John Sherwood.
A War Between Church Faction Uesalts In
a Nnmber of Arrest.
Carlisle, August 22. A desperate religious
fight is In progress at Greencastle, a small town
in the upper end of this valley, between two
factions of a congregation of United Brethren.
Ono faction forced an entrance to the church
on Sunday morning, and held services; since
tbat time they have all been arrested, charged
with forcible entry, and have been placed un
der ball to appear in court.
The other faction broke open the door and
held Sunday school exercises. They, too, have
been bound over to answer for their alleged
trespass. The conflict is looked upon by the
people of the town as shameful. Warrants
were Issued to-day for the arrest of a large
number ot both factions of the church.
Two Little Girl Locked In a Chest and
Nearly Smothered.
Bethlehem, Pa, August 22. Esther, aged
12, and May, aged 6. children of Letter Carrier
Froxel, while playing Monday afternoon In the
garret, secreted themselves In an old-fashioned
chest. Alittlo girl companion shut down the
lid which closed with a spring lock, and becom
ing frightened ran home. When the mother
came some time after and missed the children
she began a search, and heard some one pound
ing In the big chest.
Unable to open It, as the oldest girl hid the
key, she called in a neighbor and broke the lid
with au ax. The oldest child was unconscious
and the little girl black and blue. The children
were resucltated after much difficulty.
Count Edison Modesty.
From the Baltimore American, i
"They must never hear of it in New York.
Tbey would never stop laughing at me." This
is what Edison said when he heard that he bad
been made a count. No douVt his countrymen
will pardon him. He couldn't help It. The
honor was thrust upon him,
Why Night Work Given Oat by Public
School Teacher Is Undesirable Flow
era for Busy Places.
The public schools will be tenanted again
pretty soon, and it Is opportune to repeat here
the substance ot a conversation I had recently
with a Pittsburg man who taxes considerable
Interest in educational matters,
"The system of giving out night work to the
children attending the public schools," said he,
"seems to me to be irrational and Immoral.
The school principals ought to give the matter
their attention. As an Instance of what
I refer to I may tell you of
the experience of the children of a
neighbor of mine. They are both girls; one
aged 10, the other 6 or 7 probably. Naturally
the elder is further advanced in her studies
than her sister. I happened during May last to
see their tasks for home work several times,
and I found that they were generally identical
in grade. That is to say, the elder girl would
have a number of mathematical problems in
volving fractions to solve, and her sister, who
had not reached fractions at school, had simi
lar exercises. The result was the elder sister
did her own work and her sister's too. The
younger girl would have been punished if she
failed to do the home work assigned to her. Of
course such a course Is foolish, but it is also
immoral, for it lndnces children to practice de
ception, as in this case.
"Tnevhorae work does not seem desirable on
other accounts. The children have all the
mental exercises they need during school
hours. The evenings ought to be theirs for
recreation and physical exercise. In a great
many cases elder sisters and parents do the
home wort for the children. This may be
good for the former, bnt I am thinking of the
Said a lady to me yesterday: "When I was
in 'sdrygoods store the other day I no
ticed that nearly every girl to the nnmber of
several score in the store had a flower pinned
to her dress. So the employers give the girls
the bouquets?"
It happens that the answer to the question,
which I knew not, was given to me later by the
donor of the flowers, a lady residing In one of
Pittsburg's suburbs. It appears that she takes
to the store in question, a very large one, a
basket of fresh cnt flowers once or oftener
each week, and distributes them among the
saleswomen and girls. She takes flowers from
her own garden, and from the gardens ot her
friends. You can imagine how gracious her
mission seems to the hard-working and often
abased women behind the counter. It is a
splendid supplement to the grand work done by
the Fruit and Flower Mission.
By the way, the Mission, I understand, is not
too well provided with means just now, and con
tributions of flowers and fruit should be sent
to the office of the Mission at 59 Fourth ave
nue. Otheb big-hearted women are also in tho
habit of taking the bloom and fragrance of
rural gardens into dark and stuffy marts of the
city. There is hardly a store In ttie city, I am
told, where many of the gentle sex are em
ployed, that has not one of these semi-celestial
visitors. Bat that is no reason why more
women should not go into the same benevolent
Although It is nearly 30 years ago since
Lablche's well-known comedy of "Lo Voyage
de M. Pernehon" was produced. It was first
seen in Paris in I860, It is still almost as popular
in the country of its birth as during its first
years of existence. It is somewhat surprising,
therefore, that until now no well-known
American comedian has added this part to his
repertory, for the character is one which ap
peals to all nationalities and to all times.
Slight as the! sketch is, Mr- W. H. Crane
(who has announced a production of an
adaptation of the piece), will find
no difficulty in demonstrating within Its limits
all the artistic skill of which he is capable. But
Mr.Crane will not depend on "Papa Perrlchon"
(as he has christened his adaptation) as the
sole fan producer for an evening's entertain
ment. He will play it In conjunction with a
rattling English comedy by Messrs. Darnley
and Fenn, entitled, "The Balloon." This amus
ing three-act trifle was produced early this year
at the Strand Theater, and was so Instant a
success that after its run in the metropolis it
was sent out in the English provinces and
played by no fewer that? six separate organiza
tions. THE C0XG0 EAILE0AD.
C P. Huntington to Console Belgium's Kins;
Abont the Project.
NewYobk, August 22. C. P. Huntington
sailed on the Teutonic yesterday, and by the
merest chance it was learned tonight that one
of the objects Ot his trip is to consult with the
King of Belgium about the Congo Bailroad
enterprise. This project seems to have taken
as deep a hold on Huntington as the project of
a railroad from Constantinople to India did
with Senator Leland Stanford before his son
died. Stanford Intended to build the Turkey
India road for his son. Huntington, it is said,
too, intends to build a Congo railroad for his
son. or rather let his son build it. Young Hun
tington Is a six-footer, who has been ont
of college a couple of years. When C. P.
Huntington sold out his Chesapeake and Ohio
control to the Vanderbilts a short time since It
was with the Congo road in view, and he is go
ing abroad to see about it. It is estimated that
the road will cost from 110,000.000 to f5U.000.000
to build and equip lt of whlob 9,400.000 has
been subscribed, under the auspices of the Bel
gium Stock Company, which is the great trad
ing concern of the Congo Free State.
The Lower Congo country is in tho ten joy
roentof a complete system of government,
which has its headquarters at Brussels, and a
I nil set ot resident officials, courts, postofflces,
custom houses, standing army, etc. It is the
connection of this Lower Conco region .with the
Upper Congo country for which a railroad is
sought. The Upper Congo country has a large
population, and a vast trade can be opened up
there, of which the Belgians wish to reap the
benefit. It is said tbat Huntington Intends, In
pursuance of this enterprise, to sell all his In
terests in this country that lie east of the Mis
sissippi river.
The Lens; and Interesting Tramp of Two
English Gentlemen.
From the London Sportsman.
Mr. Donald Cameron, of Glasgow, and Mr. A.
Bowman, of Newcastle-on-Tyne, have accom
plished the extraordinary feat of walking
around Europe. They commenced their jour
ney at Aberdeen nearly 12 months ago, walking
from there to Dover, where they took the steam
packet to Calais,' crossing the Channel, being
me oniy occasion on wmen they did otherwise
than walk. All tbey took with them was a
knapsack each, contalnlnc such articles as
might be needed during the journey, and a
smut waiKinc suck eacn.
From Calais they proceeded along through
Abbeville, Dieppe and Havre, to Brest, Nantes
and Bordeaux, thence through Oporto to Lis
bon, Madrid and Barcelona. They then passed
through Genoa and Venice to Trieste, and on
through the German Empire to Cracow, Mos
cow and St. Petersburg, returning from the
Russian capital via Rica and Dannie to Nor
way and Sweden, going through Copenhagen,
Stockholm. Christiania to Bergen. Then keep
ing near the coast line tbey returned, passing
through Amsterdam, Antwerp andOstend
back to Calais, where they took steamer for
Dover and proceeded to London. The two
pedestrians were everywhere well received and
appeared none the worse for their long walk.
An Unfortunate Baby.
from the Blchmond Dispatch. j
We pity that McKee child. No matter what
promise there Is in him, he will be Baby McKee
all his We. '
DInJor J. 8. Davis.
CniCAQO, August 52. Major J. S. Davis, De
partment Commander of the G. A.lt.or Nebraska,
died In this city to-day from dropsy,superInduced
by a wound received at the Battle of Gettysburg
ln 1853. Major Davis was an officer In a New York
regiment, and when discharged for disability re
moved to Waboo, Neb., where ho has since re
sided and been engaged In the newspaper busi
ness. Grand Armyeervlces under the direction
of Department Commander Martin, of Illinois,
and his sutt will be held In this city to-morrow
afternoon at 3 o'clock, and the body win be taken
to Mew York for Interment. The pallbearers will
be General J. B. Martin, Colonel James A. Sexton.
H. 8. Dietrlth. L. 1'. McKenny, Charles A. Part
ridge and Fred W. Bplnks. "
Jacob Miller.
CANTON, August a Jacob MlUer. Superjn
tendeut of the Anltman Agricultural Works here,
and President or tho Aultman-Mlller Works, of
Akron, died at his home here last night, aged 62.
Death resulted from paralysis of the brain caused
by overwork. Mr. Miller was one or the leading
Methodists of the country, and was a liberal con
tributor to tbe church. He and his brother Lewis.
day School Assembly and were its chief patrons, l.i
hiui vi. luicu., muucu .tic uuutsuqiui Dun'
The Veterans Will bo Oat In Fall Force en
Pennsylvania Day.
Hakbisbdbo, August 22. The work in
cident to the furnishing of transportation to
Gettysburg on Pennsylvania Monument Day,
to soldiers who participated in the three days'
fight, has thus far required the services of Col
onel D. S. Keller, of Bellefonte, and three
clerks for several weeks. Au additional force
was pressed Into service to-day, owing to the
large number of applications received for free
transportation under the act appro
priating 50,000. Every mall brings hun
dreds of applications, and up to this
time abont 400 have been recorded. In
a few days tbe business will be so shaped as
to enable a proper application to be disposed of
ceremonies, have been furnished to secretaries
of the several regiments tbat participated In
the battle and by them distributed among the
veterans. Many blanks have also been sent to
individuals on request by the department here.
Every inquiry has been answered, either by let
ter or circular, as promptly as possible. Eleven
hundred applications were received yesterday,
besides a large number of miscellaneous letters.
Teathousand Is a conservative estimate of the
number of applications that will be received
before Pennsylvania day.
On the receipt of an application the record of
the soldier therein Is immediately compared
with tbe official records here. It entitled to
transportation, an order on the railroad com
pany for a ticket is at once forwarded. Each
ticket furnished by the railroad company on
the order of the Adjutant General will have to
be signed by tbe person entitled to receive it,
and It will not be good for return passage un
less the holder Identifies himself as tbeorlgU
nal holder to the satisfaction of General Hast
Ines or his authorized agent at Gettysburg,
wbere the holder will again be required to sign
the ticket The veterans will be provided with
State tents during their stay at Gettysburg,
and no expense will be entailed on them ex
cept for putting up the canvas.
Charles A. Dana Chosen a Chairman of the
New York Committee.
NewYobk, August 22. The Committee on
(Site and Buildings of tbe World's Fair met this
afternoon in the Governor's room. City Hall,
and organized by the election of officers and
the appointment of an executive committee of
seven. There were but two members of the
committee absent James Gordon Bennett and
Joseph Pulitzer. D. Willis named Boswell P.
Flower for chairman, and Andrew H. Green
followed In a brief address nominating Charles
A. Dana the gentleman from whose brain the
idea of holding a fair first emanated, and whose
pen and purse has since been actively engaged
in giving the plan his able support. Ex-Mayor
Grace seconded this nomination, as did also
Mr. Flower, who withdrew his name In doing
so. Mr, Dana attempted to speak, bnt his elec
tion was made by acclamation, and, before he
Could be heard, he was escorted to the chair.
"Gentlemen of the committee," said ho. "I
am profonndly grateful to you for the confi
dence and the unanimity with which you haTe
received my nomination. The gentlemen who
named me were my candidates, but as I cannot
be gratified by the selection of either of them I
thank you for the honor conferred on me."
John Foord was made Secretary and an Ex
ecutive Committee of seven was named which
shall receive plans and report to the full com
mittee. Apropos of a proposed Committee on
Sites, .Mr. K. P. Flower said that no sub-committee
should be appointed, but that each
member of the'whole committee should con
sider himself a committee of onA and examine
sites, so as that each man will have a thorough
knowledge of every site suggested. W. W.
Astor, speaking on the subject of a site, re
viewed all tbe facilities necessary, and said
that everything considered the site would be
found, not on New York Island, but in West
Chester county, on both sides of which there
are large parks bounded by the necessary
water front. A motion to instruct the Execu
tive Committee not to consider any proposition
for tbe selection of a site in Central Park was
characterized as unnecessary, and premature
and was laid on the table.
Recent Occurrence Which Show How
Well Tbey Love Law Suit.
Baxgor, August 22. Maine countrymen are
great lovers of litigation and argument, and
nothing tickles them better than a long and
badly mlxed-up law suit. They will go to law
about anything, from a tin kettle up, and when
their cases come to trial the whole countryside
turns Out to witness' the legal "fray. A case
which was tried In Somerset connty a tew years
ago, wherein the issue at stake was the owner
ship of a pair of steelyards. The contestants
f ought tooth and nail through several terms of
court, appeals, postponements and continu
ances stretching tbe dispute over many mouths
of time, while the lawyers' bills reached alarm
ing proportions. Finally a level-beaded Judge,
when the jnry declared themselves unable to
determine which man owned the steelyards,
threw the case out of court and then called for
the apparatus In question.
"Mr. Sheriff," .cried His Honor, "I want you
to take these steelyards and throw them into
the middle of the Kennebec river." Tbe officer
did as directed, and that ended the celebrated
In the town of Winn, Penobscot county, the
other day, a backwoods .lawyer sued another
mralist for tbe sum ot 512, tbe same, he
claimed, being due for hay, legal advice, and
an accordion. After a long and exhaustive
hearing of the case the presiding Justice de
cided tbat there was tbe sum of 11 cents due
tbe plaintiff, but whether for hay, legal advice,
or the accordion he did not state. As 11 cents
will buy neither accordion nor hay, the in
ference Is tbat the defendant owed for 11
cents' worth of law. Both parties objected to
the doclslon, and the case will go to a higher
There is a man in Houlton jail for debt who
owns a farm worth $S0O and receives a pension.
He could pay his way out, bnt he won't. He
says the farm belongs to his wife, and tbat his
pension money is needed by his family. The
creditor has made provision in his will tor tbe
debtor's board, and swears tbat he will hare to
pay up or die In jail.
A Delegation of Copper-Colored People
Wbo Have Been at Pari.
From the New York San.
Tbe delegation sent out by the Government
of Tahiti Island to represent the industries of
tbat Island at the Paris Exposition returned on
La Normandie yesterday. There were eleven
in the party, four of them women, and their
copper-hued complexions and broad-brimmed
bats of rongbly woven straw made them con
spicuous among the throng on the French line
Tbe French Government defrayed all the ex
penses of their trip-to Paris, and yesterday aft
ernoon the French Consul secured tickets for
the transportation of tbe party to their native
Island. They will go to San Francisco and take
tbe mail steamer there. None of the party
speak English.
A Singular Omission.
from the Boston Herald.
Tbe new State of Washington's seal Is chaste
and appropriate. A simple vignette of Washing
ton fills the bill, but where's the little hatchet?
St. Paul Pioneer Press. Where is Mrs.
Frank Leslie now? The Queen of Slam wears
1 Inch boots.
Philadelphia Ledger. Tho height of
tolly in wedding ceremonies will be practiced
by a young couple In, Paris. They are to be
married on the top of the Eiffel Tower.
Wheeling Register. A Berlin professor
says that constant piano practice will ruin the
health of any girl. The girl, however, can
probably stand it better than her neighbors.
Boston Globe. What's the use ot talking
about Boston's "surplus women?" Tbe women
are not surplus. Tbey are tbe greatest aids
many men have found in disposing of the
Detroit Free Press. Chicago has named
a statue in honor of Isabella of Spain, if it se
cures the World's Fair. Ferd seems to be
quite forgotten, but be never was much more
than the hnsband of his wife.
Philadelphia Times. American girls who
marry foreigners with real titles generally vote
themselves big fools In a short time. Tbe girls
wbo get stnek on bogus counts and lords, bow
ever, don't know enocgh to go in doors when It
Nobbistown Herald. A woman who fell
down a flight of stairs, striking her head on a
cement floor, escaped Injury by wearing her
hair thickly braided. Instead of feeling grate
ful to her hair, she has been up-braldlng It ever
since the accident.
Norristown Herald. The latest 'fad.-"
it is stated, among young women who play the
piano, is to accompany themselves with an Imi
tation of a cornet produced by a peculiar
buzzing sound through the lips. If tbe youn
. in m. .a.u.M haw fi.nitanAfl nil ftnn nA
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annexing husbands, they can afford to Indulge
in such ft "xad.".
The Smallest and Oldest Religion Sect la
the World A Community of Samaritan
In the Heart of tbe Mobammedaa Coon
try Singular Religions Views.
There is to be found in the heart of the small
city of Nablus, In North Palestine, a little re
ligious community now nnmbering about ISO
souls which has defied the ravages of war and
poverty and oppression nearly 3,000 years. Un
like the Vaudols, these Samaritans hare had
no friendly system of mountalnbuttresses to de
fend them through the centuries; and still more
unlike the long-lived Savoyard Protestants,
they have been right In the pathway along
which tbe devastating armies have marched
back and forth from the time of Sargon to Na
poleon. Bnt tbey have lived on, and their
unity has never been broken. They have clnng
to little Nablus and their sacred Mount Ger
izlm, says Be v. John F. Hurst, D. D., in an arti
cle In Sarper's for September, as tbe very
cactus roots to the granite sides of the somber
Ebal that confronts them across their little en
chanted valley.
The feeling with which the present Samari
tans regard the Mohammedans is of that In
tense bitterness whl:h they have always mani
fested toward the Jews. And why not? Does
not the Samaritan date his faith from Abra
ham, or rather fiom Adam? and has he not a
right to call tbat an infant religion which has
been in existence for only tbe trifle of 12 cen
turies? Is not tho Koran one of your new
catchpenny romances, while that mysterious
copy of the Pentateuch, made of sacred lamb
skins, which the Samaritans have been reading
and kissing through these many ages. Is the
oldest copy in existence, written down by
Aaron's own grandson, and the veritable origi
nal of all the Pentateuchs in the world?
The Samaritan Synngogue.
As the population of Nablus is just abont
12,000, the little Samaritan community Is al
most absorbed by the snrroundlnz Mohamme
dan mass. Save to a careful observer, the very
existence and presence of the. Samaritans as
a distinct element of citizenship in Nablns
would not be n otlced. The Samaritans wear a
turban, much like tbat of their true Moslem
neighbors, but between the history and theol
ogy ot the two classes there is not a single
point of positive resemblance.
The Samaritan synagogue is a small build
ing in tbe center of Nablus, half obscured by
the surrounding dwelling. I nassed thronsrh
arobedand littered streets to a little court, in
the middle of which was a little plot of grass,
relieved by three trees, two of which were
lemon. I here found a little Samaritan school,
and at the sight of a stranger tbe children
sprang from the floor where they were sitting.
kiueu mj nauo, ana Deggea lor Daegsneesa.
The teacher was a yonth of about 14, the son of
Amram the high priest. I was greatly disap
pointed at falling to find Amram himself, but
In the end this circumstance aided me In my
chief object, for the young man was willing,
for a good fee, to show me tbe ancient Penta
teuch. His lather might have been deaf to all
A Very Ancient Tolame.
The claim of the Samaritans to have a copy
ot the Pentateuch older than the Jewish is
supported by their own unbroken tradition,
and by the opinion of some learned men of the
present time in Christian countries. But the
weight of internal evidence is against it
among which may he mentioned grammatical
emendations, late glosses in the text, insertions
of foreign passages, alterations, Samaritanlsms,
and changes in support of Samaritan doctrine.
There are three codices kept in the little syn
agogue in Nablus, two being generally shown
to strangers. It Is very rarely that the verita
table one can be seen. My good fortune in get
ting a hasty look at It was due to the venturous
and avaricious spirit of Amram's son, rather
than to any management of my own. Having
first exhibited tbe two imitations, the young
man, upon the offer of an additional fee, then
brought out the original scroll from a chest.
After the removal of the red satin cover I saw
that tbe codex was inclosed in a silver cylin
drical case, which had two doors opening on
two sets of hinges. When these doors were'
thrown back the whole column was exposed to
the vision. This cylinder is of rich workman
ship. It is about 2K f eet long and nearly a foot
In diameter, and presents in exquisitely raised
work, a good plan of the Tabernacle, with
every part given with the utmost minuteness
and rarest skill. The roll consists of dingy
skins prepared be Tore tbe Invention of parch
ment sewed together with neat stitches, and
worn and patched, and here and there entirely
illegible. The skins are of equal size, and
measure each 25 Inches long and 15 wide.
An Evening at Amram' House.
Before leaving Nablus I bad tbe opportunity
of spending an evening with Amram at his own
house. He lived in the greatest simplicity,
though In Palestine tbat Is the rule rather than
the exception. Mrs. El Karey, the wife of the
missionary in Nablus in the employment of the
Church Missionary Society of London, was
good enough to accompany me and serve as in
terpreter. Tbe venerable high priest, who was
barefooted, and clad In a great turban and
loose flowing robe, received us with calm and
dignified cordiality in his room at once bis
parlor, dining room and bedroom. His very
aged mother was lying on tbe floor, covered
with bedclothlng, and asleep. There were
several children, half asleep, lyinz about the
room. Amram's son-in-law was slowly copying
a Pentateuch for tbe Samaritans have no
printing press. It requires a year to make a
copy, which is never sold, and is only used by
the community. The aged mother of lAmram
arose after we had been present a few mmntes,
the many ornaments on her neck and in ber
ears maklne a harsh, tinkling sound as she
moved. I was invited to a seat on the floor,
and to take coffee and cigarettes. Tbe mother,
on seeing guests in her presence, took a rude
bellows and blew ud tba dull coals under the
copper kettle. Coffee, the Oriental's unfailing
proof of hospitality, was handed us in little
The Samaritan Theology.
The peculiar views of Amram may be said to
represent very fairly the theology of his dying
community. Tbe world, be claimed, is abont
7,000 years old. For 55 years men will go on in
creasing in wickedness, after which there will
come a time of great peace and purity. Then
there will como on a new period of consum
mate wickedness, which will last 3U0 years. This
time will be consummated by the total destruc
tion of the world. After this the general judg
ment will take place, when tbe righteous will
go to lire with God and the wicked with Satan.
There are some people who hare clean hearts,
or at least are accepted as clean, though none
are absolutely pure. Just bere Amram looked
off, as if In the distance, and said. "God is one!"
Here he inteuded a slight thrust at all Chris
tians, becanse of their emphasis ou Christ and
His divine character.
Amram' Prediction.
He spoke with interest of tbe ruins on Mt.
Gerizlm, and of tbe increase of his community
within tbe last SO years. He closed by express
ing his firm belief that the time would come
when the Samaritans would be tbe most nu
merous body in tbe world.
Amram has since died, and the sedate son-in-law,
being tho eldest male relative, has suc
ceeded him In the high-priesthood.
A Touching and Romantic Procession of
Gondola Bearing Corpses.
rrom a London Letter.!
Where Is the person who, upon the first eager
introduction to the gondola, has not felt tbat
he is stepping into his coffin when, with scant
grace, he creeps into tho black cabin of the
little black boat? With me the impression
was perhaps deepened because in our passage
up the canal we twice made way for a funeral
procession bound for tbe island cemetery to
the north of tbe city. The one funeral was
tbat of a girl. Sbe lay under a blue pall In the
middle of the boat, a crown of white flowers,
symbolical of her virginity, being over tbe pall.
Both wero flanked by tall candles. After tbe
bodies came tbe friends in other gondolas,
priests In violet and acolytes in scarlet.
The sun blazed upon all from tbe blue
heavens, so tbat even this dolorous scene,
enacted to the smooth, purpled water, between
the high, mildewed old palazzl," was not
wholly melancholy.
Alexander Murdoch, of Pittsburg, Chosen a
Member el tbe Executive Committee.
BUTFALO, August 22. At the session here
to-day of the American Society of Florists 'a
National Chrysanthemum Society was organ
ized, with the following officers: President,
John Thorpe, Pearl Jtiver, N. Y.; Treasurer,
John Lane, Chicago; Executive Committee,
W. J. Bettennan, Indianapolis; J. T. Anthony,
Chicago; Robert Craig, Philadelphia; Alex
Murdoch, Pittsburg; B. T. Critchell, Cincin
nati. M. A. Hunt, ot Terre Haute, IncL, stated that
the third annual chrysanthemum show would
take place In Indianapolis November 5 to 9. In
clusive. Mrs. Harrison, wife of the President,
will give a silver cup prize.
It Lost Sad Wall.
Trom tbe Philadelphia Press.
The expiring cry of; tho Brown-Sequard
elixir craze' will probably be a large and plalnt-iT0q,uckI"
Rained By tba RaciosT Fever.
New Yontc, August 21 William Johnson
was in a police court to-day, because he played
the races with his employer's money. He lie
came bookkeeper fn the office of George Par
ker, produce dealer, five years ago. He was a
member of tho Presbyterian church, a Sunday
school teacher, and altogether a model yonng
married man. He was trusted by Mr. Parker
with the handling ot all the money in tbeoffice,
and his honesty was never doubted until a tew
dan aff-o. This afternoon an exnert wbo bad
been put on the books reported a shortage ot
o,000. which has been increased upon inrtner
investigations. "I think that this thievery has
been going on abont six months." said Mr. Par
ker, "but I did not discover it nntil I drew my
vouchers trom tho bank. Then I found that
Johnson had indorsed a number of checks
which I had given him to pay off some of my
I bills around tbe market. He hau forged the
name of the person to whom the check was
payable, on the back, and then added his own
name, getting some individual or friend to cash
the check." Johnson had his pocketful of
racing tickets wbn he was arrested. He con
fessed bis guilt, and said be lost the money on
tba races. He had been tempted to goto a
race course last spring, had caught the betting
fever, and had been secretly betting ever since.
Johnson has a" young wife and two children.
Oat of Sight, bnt Not Forgotten.
The Bev. Dr. A. Schabehorn, a German
Presbyterian clergyman, Republican stump
speaker and agent for tbe Spellbinder Publish
ing Company, has disappeared from bis home
in Nyack. after overdrawing his account with
Ltbe house he represented and pawning his
wife's two gold watches. Up to tbe opening ox
the last campaign the Bev. Schabehorn devoted
himself to preaching the gospel to German
Americans for $400 a year. He was employed
all last September and October by the Republi
can National Committee to make speeches in
German districts of the State. When the
Spellbinders began publishing their monthly
magazine they engaged him, in recognition of
his work last fall, to canvass for the advertising
department. He was last seen a week ago at
Niagara Falls. His friends are confident tbat
he will ttum up soon to pay his hills, get his
wife's jewelry out of pawn and support his nine
J children in Nyack.
Another High Boiler Come to Grief.
William Bepper, receiver of taxes In New
town, L L, is 18,000 short in his accounts. At
the end of the last financial year he was 32,600
short, hut his friends made up the amonnt and
he was allowed to remain in office. Though
his salary is small, he bought a saloon a short
time ago, lost 8500 on Kilrain, and has played
the races persistently all summer. Last Mon
day he ran away. He was found drunk In a
neighboring town and arrested. He is not
sober enough yet to make a confession.
Mrs. Carter Learning to Act.
Mrs. Leslie Carter, late ot Chicago, Is said to
be studying eight hours each day. She rarely
leaves her room, and practices posing, fainting,
emotionalizing and other like stage effects
with an Industry which threatens to under
mine her health. She will make her debut to
Trouble Among tbe Soldier.
Mrs. Mary Brennen is captain of tbe Salva
tion Army In Newark. Her husband is ser
geant In tho same regiment. Miss Mallie
Langdon is one of the privates. When Captain
Mary got home from headquarters last night
sbe found SergeantBrennen and Private Mollle
drunk and asleep in her bedroom. She caught
Mollie by the heels, dragged her to the front
door and slid her bead foremost down the steps
to the street. Then she pounded her husband,
the sergeant, until the police came. Judge
Bodrigo to-day sent the trio to jail.
A Short nnd Sad Courtship.
Henry Aldrldge, 2S years old, first met Mar
garet O'Brien, 21 years old. In a Bowery music
hall at 8 o'clock last evening. At 9 o'clock he
proposed marriage to her. At 10 o'clock tbey
were engaged. At 11 o'clock tbey would prob
ably have been married had not Margaret re
fused to become Mrs. Aldrldge before she re
ceived some wedding presents. As it was,
Aldndge quarreled with bis fiancee of two hours
about tho presents, till ho lost his temper and
began to thrash, her with his cane. Both were
arrested and locked np. This morning Ald
rldge was fined $5 and Margaret was eent to
the Island.
Lively Times at a Church Picnic
There were lively times In Lehman's uanarsle
Grove last night, the occasion beingthe second
annual picnic of the First A. M. E. Zlon
Church, of Brooklyn, The whole colored pop
ulation of the city turned out. A game of base
ball had just been started, when a woman's
voice was beard on the platform shouting. "Let
me get at him!" The woman was as black as
coal, and she evidently belonged to the Crow
Hill contingent. The object of her wrath was
a light-colored negro. "Take that, and that,
you monkey facer' she shouted, as she slapped
his face. Tbe young man threw off his coat
and made for his assailant. Half a dozen
grabbed him and as many held the sister. "Let
go o' me," he shouted. "I'se goin' to kill ber
dead." "I walk on yer, chile. If yer come near
me," said the woman. "Hnhl" In the rush
from the platform another sister was knocked
down, and it so happened that the woman who
had commenced all the trouble stepped on her.
Sister No. 2 was a fighter from 'way back, and
as sbe regained her feet she made for sister
No. L Then there was a digcing and clawing
and scratching and pulling, until both women
had pulled each other off tb e platform. There
they were separated. "Pse a better woman
than she Is," shouted sister No. 2. "Sbe can't
walk on me." "I kill her dead if I get at her,"
said sister No. L "1 strip ber so she never
knew she wore nnffin." continued sister No. 2.
Sister No. 1. wbo had begun the mischief, was
put ou; of the grove.
A Revival of Ship Building,'
From the Augusta (Me.) Journal.
It is said that never in the history of Bath
from early colonial times to the present day, a
period of 231 years, have been on the stocks at
one time so many vessels as are now seen
These vessels ranee all the way from a 300-ton
schooner to a 3, 000-ton ship, and in all there are
some 2U.
Not Exnclly an Ornament.
From the Detroit Free Press.l
Queen Victoria has sent Bismarck a life
size portrait of herself. It is believed to
have more political significance than personal
B. M. Thompson, of Bayne .township, In
diana county, has, perhaps, the oldest watch In
the county. It is of the bull's eye pattern, keeps
correct time, and was made by James Luck
hart, of Glasgow. The time-piece was pur
chased by Mr. Thompsons grandfather while
crossing the ocean in June. 1789. and conse
quently has been in he Thompson family over
100 years. The present owner is proud of it,
and wonld not exchange it tor the finest gold
watch made.
Solomon Zook, an Ohio gentleman, aged 86
years, who is visiting friends In Mifflin connty,
distinguished himself by picking 200 quarts of
raspberries in two days during the season.
A West Virginia girl has promised her lover
to marry him when "the count for Governor is
The Indiana JPrograt says: Wilson Keener,
of Reed's station,, killed 36 snakes on bis way
to chnrch on last Sabbath.
A very rare specimen of animal life was dis
covered in Summerhill township, Saturday
night, on the farm of Mr. Henry H. Daven
port, father of George F. Davenport, Esq., of
Meadville. Mr. Davenport set a trap for what
be supposed to be a white skunk, and caught
what turns out to be a genuine white wood
chuck. A Canton, O., man undertook to eat 12 honed
eggs In 15 minutes, and it took two doctors to
bring him around again.
A toad-stool three feet across and very beau
tifully colored was, found in the woods above
Martin's Ferry recently.
Farmer O'Brien, of Venango county, heard
his pigs making a great racket, and looked into
tbe pen to see what was the matter. He dis
covered a five-foot blacksnake. He gave it a
blow on the head,, and tbe pigs then pitched la
and assisted him W killing it.
A Chattanooga man tried the other day
to pawn his false teeth to get money to buy
Mr. Kesterson, of Fulton, Ky., has
fire 'sons, and the birthday of each of them is
July 21
Ansonia, Conn., has a 3-year-old boy
who cries for cigars, and smokes them when
they are given to him.
A fish-hawk has built Its nest on a
chimney on Jonathan Hoffman's bouse, in
Fishing Creek, Cape May county, N". J.
Louis Fenton, who is camping at Belle
View, near Jamestown, N. Y., caught a 22
pound muskallonge the other day. It was 44
Inches long and 4 Inches across the back.
The dramatis persons in tbe now cele
brated Terry-Broderick duel numbered 13.
Tbe dnel wa fought early on tbe morning of
eeptemoer ia, isoa, wiuun ten mues ox tne cen
ter of San Francisco.
The.porgy factory at East Boothbay,
Me., is at present producing porgy oil by the
cargo. It sells at 25 cents per gallon, and Isnsed
largely for making "pure linseed" and for ex
port for soap making. Of late Scotch soap
makers have been taking a great deal of the
oil. "
Within the last few weeks more than
50,000 acres have been bought In the Bahama
by British and American capitalists, to be de
voted to raising sisal hemp. The Bahamas had
for some time lost all their commercial life, but
the discovery that hemp would flourish there
has wholly changed their prospects.
An apale tree growing out from the
solid rocks and bearing beautiful red-cheeked
apples in abundance can be seen at the fore bay
in front of the Immense pumps and engines at
Falrmount water works, Philadelphia, not fax
from the CallowhiU street entrance. The roots
run along the wall, nourished by tbe earth
lodged in the crevices. On Sunday last it was
seen in perfection.
A few days ago two Arabs were found
at Castle Garden, one of them named Ben
Josef and the other Mohammed Ben Abdel
Hlrmlr, wbo had come here to seek employ
ment as camel drivers. The penniless Arabs
were in despair when told that there was no
such Industry as camel driving In New xork,
aud tbat they were unwelcomed guests in the
land of the star-spangled banner. The Col
lector gave orders that they should be sent
A bird story was told by a lecturer in
Buffalo the other evening that rivals the best
fish story on record. This was the way it ran:
A certain man went gunning for parrots. He
stole np on a flock, picked ont a bird at close
range, raised his gun, and was just about to
fire, when tbe bird saw him and called out:
"Won't grandmother give it to you when you
get homef Tbe man was struck all In a heap
with astonishment, dropped his gun and
vowed he never would go parrot shooting
The marvelous story telegraphed from
Chicago on Monday concerning tbe aerial jour
ney made by little Sophie Schwab by means of
a bunch of toy balloons, and her subsequent
rescue, has been disproved by the testimony of
those Interested In selling balloons on the
streets. Allowing tbat Sophie weighed atleast
25 pounds, it would have taken 3,500 balloons of
the ordinary size to hold ber weight, and the
Idea ot a peddler having as many toy balloons
for sale on one day is beyond the bounds of
At the dance in Mrs. W. K. Vander
bilt's stable at Newport, the other night, an
improvised electric plant furnished the Illumi
nations upstairs and down. Over the carriage
doors bung bright red peppers, and all over tbe
ceiling were frescoes ot pumpkins, squashes,
egg plants and other garden vegetables, tbe
groundwork being of oak leaves, and oak
leaves were used for tbe decorations ot the
sides, leaving places for floral panels In the
shape of horse collars and yokes for oxen.
Flowers were also made np to represent har
nesses, hung abont as It on pegs.
A girl tramp, wearing male attire, was
arrested in Cincinnati one day this week on sus
picion of being a crook. At tbe station bouse
she told this story of her life: "I came bere from
Indianapolis on a freight train; rode all tbe way
on the bumpers. I've been a tramp for two
. years, working wben I bad to, and begging tor
a living when it was possible. I never had a
home, and never lived in a house. My father
was a horse trader and peddler, and traveled all
over the country in a wagon with my moth"-'
and myself. I suppose I was born in a wago
as I never knew what it was to live In ahou-
Prof. B. T. GalIowayM Chief of
Section of Vegetable Pathology. Depa
of Agriculture, bas recently succeeded,
result of practical: experiments. In prod,
remedy for the disease called pear leal
and apple mildew, which annually causeA...
destruction to those trees. As a result of pras
tical experiments ho feels justified in recom'
mending it to the farmers and fruit growers a3
both efficacious and economical. The remedy
consists of the application of a fungicide, with
an appliance by which 50,000 plants were sprayed
In a day and a half at a cost, not including
labor, of H 75 for each application, five being
required to secure good results.
Jonathan and David Chace, twin
brothers, were born at Sandbornton, New
Hampshire, in the year 1795, which makes
them 94 years of age. Jonathan was a drum
mer and David a fiter in tho same company
and regiment during the war of 1312. but owing
to some misunderstanding with other of the
musicians of tho regiment they did not leave
New Hampshire. Tbey both lived in Fall
River. Wis., until two years ago, when David
went back to New Hampshire and is living
there at this time. Jonathan still resides in
Fall River and Is keeping house with bis second
wife. He saws and splits his stove wood, works
bis garden and Is at the postoffice abont every
day In the week.
A horse belonging to a ferryman was
on the boat at Irvine, Ky and was in the act
of drinking when he plunged forward from
some cause and fell into the water up to his
nose. With remarkable instinct he turned
round and swam to the boat and made several
efforts to crawl back into it, but It only served
to push It further away. By this time' he had
drifted below the ferry, and he then made ef
forts to get out upon either bank. In this he
also failed, as the banks were too steep. He
then turned aside and swam down tbe middle
of tbe river. The ferryman. Mr. White,: made
vain efforts to rescue his horse, and, watching
him until he was out of sight, gave up all hopes
of ever seeing him again. 'Next morning the
passengers on tbe Irvine stage were amused at
tbe manner in which the ferryman was fondly
caressing a horse which bad just arrived, and
later learned that tbe steamboat from Ford
had picked up tbe swimming animal eight miles
below. Wben dragged npon the boat he sank
down, too completely exhausted to stand.
When this became known the sympathizing
passengers joined with Mr. White In bis ex
uberance over the recovery of his noble steed.
A Corner Lot. The community of Italian
fruit venders. Puc.
Might does not always make right; but it
seldom gets left. Puek.
Who ever heard of the literary man so
poor that be complained of Intellectual aovertyf
And yet that's Just the thing that causes the ma
terial kind. Puct.
Higher Yet, Mr. Cadsby Scads Srgnor
Kobustlno Is going to sing at our reception.
Mrs. Waverly Plaice He's a tenor, is he not?
Mrs.Cadsby8cads-Ob.no, Indeed! Wocouldat
get him for a cent less than $. Pact.
Time 230 A. M. Druggist Well, what
Is It : is it a case of extreme necessity?
Caller 1-hlc should think sbo. Would you
hie please let me look at hie your directory
'Ulll hie find ontwhereIllve?.-L('.
"Since you have insisted on trying on my
hat. Miss Ma bell, I shall certanly claim the for
feit." I don't know what yoaraean, sir: and besides
this Isn't a good place; they can see us from the
hotel. "-LVt.
KEEP toue tempeb.
When you see another's toils
Think your luckless self la clover;
There was Job all over bolls.
But he never did boll over. .
PkUadtlphla Prat.
Down on the Isms. Indiana Girl No; I
don't believe In these Isms. I onco knew a man
who was sent to prison lor devoting bis tune to
one of them.
Boston Girl What terrible laws yon must have
out In Indiana! What was the Ism?
Indiana Girl Incendiarism, 1 believe. Judgt.
A Prediction Fulfillea. "Young ladies,"
remarked Mr. Wanamaker to hi ruble class,
"tell me what the prophet referred to when be
said, "Seven women shall take bold of one
'lie had the modern summer resort In bis
mind," replied a girl who had been to Cape May.
A Question of Conviction. Eomantic
passion and worldly wisdom.
'Dear adored one, since your cruel parentswIU
not give their consent, what do yon say to oar
'My seal's Idol, nothing would salt me better
could 1 convince myself that It's my duty to go
Without my wedding presents, "fudge.